Learn How to Create a Timeless Look with a White Cyclorama

first_imgLighting a white cyclorama? These tips will help you get the classic look you’re going for in your next film or video projectOne of the most common tasks in video production is lighting a white cyclorama (or “cyc”) — a white backdrop. This timeless look can be difficult to master; however, with a few techniques, you can get the results you need.Let’s take a look.Distance Your SourcesThe first few times I tried lighting a white cyc, I was under the impression that you wanted to take your brightest sources and get them as close as possible to the white backdrop — to essentially blow it out — making it true white. However, I quickly realized that for a better-looking white background, a softer, more evenly cast light looks much better on camera, and you can do this by distancing the light from the backdrop. This approach will give your light a more even and appealing look. Essentially, just walk your light back for a more uniform spread, which will maintain a consistent exposure as the talent moves throughout the scene. Cover image via Marko Poplasen.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Stabilizing Your Camera Movement: Gimbals vs. SteadicamsProduction Tips: Working With a Color Checker on Your Next ShootAdd Flavor to Your Footage by Implementing Color ScienceFilmmaking Fads and Trends: Don’t Let Them Bother YouQuick and Easy Compositing Tips for Adobe Premiere Pro Don’t Forget ContrastWhen you’re lighting a white cyc wall, it can very easily turn into a flat image without any contrast. Our first instinct is to usually blast all the light we have onto the stage to see where it puts us. However, by adding contrast back into the image through lighting, you can help lift the scene.One production that did this well was the series of Heineken commercials with Neil Patrick Harris. Although the background is purely white and evenly exposed, the filmmakers still managed to create a nice degree of lighting contrast. All you need to pull this off is some negative fill. Always Use Soft SourcesSoft sources and lighting a white cyc go hand and hand. Shadows can be one of the biggest threats to lighting your white cyc. Shadows can quickly interrupt the infinite feeling and draw attention to the ground — or the background if the shadows appear on the walls. One way to avoid this is to incorporate very soft light sources with diffusion materials. When shooting on a white cyc, you’ll very rarely use raw sources of light.There are many ways you can create a soft source of light — no matter your budget. Whether that means using a soft box, a shower curtain, or even an 8×8 full grid butterfly, there are plenty of options out there to help you create a large soft source on any budget. ExperimentOverall, lighting a white cyc wall or backdrop is an exciting and fun part of the filmmaking process. Through trial and error, you can find the perfect way to create the best lighting for your next production. Then, by incorporating shape and contrast, you can take your project to the next level.last_img read more

Yanks Tanaka on Mound

first_imgTAMPA — New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, coming back after arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow last October, has thrown off a bullpen mound.Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said the Japanese right-hander had a throwing session Tuesday in New York.After a pre-spring training workout at Steinbrenner Field, said Rothschild said all the reports are good regarding Tanaka’s rehabilitation program. The Yankees said the injury dates from when Tanaka pitched in Japan. He signed with New York before the 2014 season.Tanaka was diagnosed with a partially torn elbow ligament in 2014, when he went 13-5 in 20 starts. He was 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 24 starts last year and lost to Houston in the AL wild-card game.Tanaka was on the disabled list from April 23 to June 3 last season with right wrist tendinitis and a forearm strain, then missed a September start because of a strained right hamstring.MORE FROM THE MOUNDA trio of Yankees’ starting pitchers, Luis Severino, Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi, are taking part in throwing programs with Rothschild in Tampa. Eovaldi went 14-3 in 27 starts last year, but his season ended after an outing on Sept. 5 due to right elbow inflammation.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Wales 16-19 South Africa: Rugby World Cup player ratings

first_img Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Faf de Klerk celebrates his side winning a penalty to end the match. Photograph: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images South AfricaWillie le Roux A bit of a scratchy display from a great talent and looked a bit vulnerable. 5Sbu Nkosi Exposed for the Adams try and never asked any questions of Welsh defence. 5Lukhanyo Am Good in defence but unable to display many of his attacking skills. 6Damian de Allende England will be wary of the centre’s power. Easily the pick of the Bok backs. 8Makazole Mapimpi Cut through the Japanese defence but unable to get any ball out wide this time. 6Handré Pollard The match-winner with his place-kicking and break for the try. Very influential. 8Faf de Klerk Made a couple of errors but always a livewire threat around the fringes. 7Tendai Mtawarira Decision to replace front row early on was odd given his strong display. 6Bongi Mbonambi Will come under pressure for starting spot from Malcolm Marx but tidy. 6Frans Malherbe Scrummaged powerfully and very solid in the setpiece. 6Lood de Jager Has had an impressive tournament and very strong in the setpiece. 7Eben Etzebeth Good in the lineout as usual but not one of the lock’s best displays. 6Siya Kolisi South Africa’s captain led by example with a powerful and unflashy 68 minutes. 7Pieter-Steph du Toit The flanker got through a monumental amount of work. Their best forward. 9Duane Vermeulen The No 8 made more carries than any South African forward. Very strong. 7Replacements Malcolm Marx (for Mbonambi, 47) 6, Steven Kitshoff (for Mtawarira, 47) 6, Vincent Koch (for Malherbe, 47) 6, R G Snyman (for Etzebeth, 52), 7, Franco Mostert (for De Jager, 58) 6, Frans Steyn (for Le Roux, 68) 5, Francois Louw (for Kolisi, 68) 7. Share on Twitter Wales rugby union team Rugby World Cup 2019 Rugby World Cup Topics Share on Facebook South Africa rugby teamcenter_img Twitter Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. WalesLeigh Halfpenny Showed no sign of rust after stepping in for Liam Williams. Very sound. 7George North His departure just before the break was a huge blow. Had looked a real threat. 5Jonathan Davies Wales missed his attacking nous against France. Good defensive organiser. 6Hadleigh Parkes Had work cut out with De Allende and made numerous tackles. 6Josh Adams His sixth try in the World Cup was a gem. Always a danger in attack. 7Dan Biggar Tackled bravely and kicked astutely before being replaced by Patchell. 8Gareth Davies Failed to win duel with Faf de Klerk and replaced early on by Williams. 6Wyn Jones A couple of significant turnovers and powerful at the breakdown. 6Ken Owens Another powerful display against the strong Bok scrum. Unyielding. 7Tomas Francis His loss was another massive blow to the power of the scrum. 5Jake Ball Made few carries but tackled hard before being replaced by Beard. 5Alun Wyn Jones His brave decision to go for a scrum rather than penalty deserved more. 7Aaron Wainwright Not as influential as last week but good defensive shift. 6Justin Tipuric Unobtrusive but hard-working display. Has been outstanding in back row. 6Ross Moriarty Recovered from horrible mid-air collision and carried with intent. 7Replacements Dillon Lewis (for Francis, 35) 5, Owen Watkin (for North, 39) 5, Tomos Williams (for G Davies, 47) 7, Rhys Carré (for Wyn Jones, 56) 6, Rhys Patchell (for Biggar, 58) 6, Adam Beard (for Ball, 59) 6, Aaron Shingler (for Wainwright, 68) 6, Elliot Dee (for Owens, 72) 5. Since you’re here… features Rugby union Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Reuse this content Facebook last_img read more

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray Makes Declarative Statement About Future

first_imgKyle Murray walks off the field.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)There’s been a lot of talk about Kyler Murray’s 2019 plans over the past couple of weeks, with the Oklahoma quarterback being named a potential first-round pick in the NFL Draft.Murray, of course, was a top 10 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft and had previously said that he’d play the 2018 college football season and then head to the minor leagues.The Oklahoma quarterback’s baseball agent, Scott Boras, has maintained that that’s what he’ll be doing.“We negotiated a baseball contract provision allowing him to play COLLEGE football for 1 year…” Boras said, per Jon Heyman. “He is grateful & will honor agreement w/A’s & wants to be great MLB player. While every player would like to do both he understands why he’s focusing on baseball.”Today, Murray was once again asked about his plans.The Oklahoma quarterback made a definitive statement.“As of right now, I’m going to play baseball,” Murray told reporters. “That’s about it.”Murray gets the NFL/MLB question again: “As of right now, I’m going to play baseball. That’s about it.”— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) December 12, 2018Murray has at least one more big college football game to play. The Oklahoma quarterback is set to face Alabama in the College Football Playoff.Alabama and Oklahoma are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Dec. 29.last_img read more

Election results 2019: PM Narendra Modi crushes Opposition to win new 5-year term

first_img Ganesh Kumar Radha Udayakumar New DelhiMay 23, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 12:39 IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi has returned to power with a new and bigger parliamentary majority. (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSModi, Shah celebrate election victory at BJP HQ in DelhiBJP wins majority alone, NDA soars above 300-markNDA jumped into commanding lead soon after counting began on May 23Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s NDA government has been picked to lead India again by many of the hundreds of millions who voted in the hotly contested, six-week-long Lok Sabha election.With most votes counted, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won a parliamentary majority on its own in a 545-strong Lok Sabha with two nominated members — just as it did in 2014.In fact, the BJP alone has won 300 seats.The last time a single party pulled off back-to-back majorities was in 1984, when Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress won more than 400 seats in an election held soon after Indira Gandhi’s assassination.Across India, the BJP began celebrating well before Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared victory on Thursday afternoon. His tweet evoked his own jubilant words after winning in 2014 — “India wins yet again!” he said.”Together we will build a strong and inclusive India.”- Prime Minister Narendra ModiVoters “have clearly given their decision today”, said Rahul Gandhi, the Congress president, as he congratulated Modi on Thursday evening. He also conceded the election in Amethi, which he has represented for 15 years, to Smriti Irani. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with NDA allies on May 21, two days before counting. (Photo: Twitter/Narendra Modi)Nearly all of the 542 races had been called as of around 12.30 pm on Friday. But for Opposition leaders who dismissed exit poll data predicting an emphatic victory for the incumbent, the writing had been on the wall since counting began. The spectacular failure of opinion and exit polls to predict the recent election in Australia — a talking point when Indian survey data were broadcast on May 19 — has not reproduced itself here.advertisementSome foreign leaders, including Prime Ministers Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka and Benjamin Netanhayu of Israel, congratulated Modi before the first results were declared on Thursday. Omar Abdullah, a former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, who acknowledged this weekend that all exit polls couldn’t be wrong, congratulated the BJP’s leaders in a sporting message on Twitter.So the exit polls were correct. All that’s left is to congratulate the BJP & NDA for a stellar performance. Credit where credit is due PM Modi Sahib & Mr Amit Shah put together a winning alliance & a very professional campaign. Bring on the next five years.Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 23, 2019A number of exit polls broadcast on May 19 — the seventh and final day of voting — had the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the BJP, retaining power with well over 300 seats.Counting trends and results bore out that projection throughout Thursday, without a flicker of hope for Modi’s rivals.For the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the Congress-led grouping vanquished so emphatically in 2014, the dreary picture painted by exit polls has materialised into its worst nightmare. It has won fewer than 100 seats.’GRAND ALLIANCE’ FLOPS IN BIGGEST STATEThe three-way contest in Uttar Pradesh — home to 80 parliamentary seats, the highest number in any Indian state — is of particular interest.A regional coalition of three opposition parties, including the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, has failed to seriously challenge the NDA, which won all but seven seats here in the 2014 election.Now, the NDA has won 63 seats — a smaller seat share, but a rout nonetheless.The Congress was also in the fray in Uttar Pradesh, but was not part of the tripartite “mahagathbandhan”. Its UPA coalition was outclassed in the Hindi heartland, where it formed three state governments just months ago. The smattering of good news on offer came from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Punjab.Campaigning for the Lok Sabha election was often acrimonious — politicians got personal at times while targeting their rivals. There were reports of violence, especially in West Bengal, where campaigning was ended a day early after clashes in Kolkata that involved the BJP and the All India Trinamool Congress. The Election Commission found itself under constant scrutiny; it drew the opposition’s criticism for a number of issues, including one election commissioner’s dissent against clean chits given to speeches made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.Around 900 million people were eligible to vote in India’s seventeenth Lok Sabha election. The turnout was a little over 67 per cent.The election in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, was cancelled.Inputs from agenciesWATCH | The turning points of Lok Sabha election 2019Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Election 2019 Election results 2019: PM Narendra Modi crushes Opposition to win new 5-year termElection results 2019: The BJP claimed victory for its ruling coalition in India’s marathon Lok Sabha election on Thursday, as results closely matched predictions made by exit polls: a total landslide and a second term in power for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

World champion Sindhu resumes quest for season’s first BWF World Tour title in Korea

first_img Press Trust of India Incheon (Korea)September 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 18:46 IST PV Sindhu crashed out of China Open in the pre-quarterfinals. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu will be in action at the Korea Open starting on TuesdayThe newly-crowned world champion crashed out of China Open in 2nd roundSindhu will face USA’s Beiwen Zhang in tricky opener on TuesdayWorld champion P V Sindhu will seek to quickly get over the disappointment of an early exit in the China Open when she resumes her quest for a BWF World Tour title this season at the Korea Open Super 500 tournament beginning here on Tuesday.After the high of winning the World Championships, Olympic silver medallist Sindhu was knocked out of the China Open Super 1000 event by Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the second round last week.The 26-year-old Indian, who had won the Korea Open title in 2017, will have to sort out the little things that had led to her early ouster in China and turn her focus on the USD 400,000 tournament in Incheon, where she will face USA’s Beiwen Zhang in a tricky opener.Sindhu had defeated Zhang en route her World Championships gold at Basel and she will look to produce her best again against the Chinese-born shuttler, who had defeated her twice last year at India Open and Denmark Open.A win in the first round may hand Sindhu a chance to avenge her loss in China as she is likely to face Chochuwong again.Besides the World Championships final, Sindhu has reached the summit clash of only one BWF World Tour Final this year — the Indonesia Open Super 1000 — but the title eluded her.London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, who had claimed the Indonesia Masters early in the season, hasn’t looked her usual self this year.Saina, who has been bothered by pancreatitis and few injuries, lost in the first round of Malaysia Open, New Zealand Open, Sudirman Cup and China Open.advertisementThe eighth seeded Saina will hope to turn around her indifferent form when she opens her campaign against Korean Kim Ga Eun.The 29-year-old from Hyderabad has a 2-0 head-to-head record against Kim and another win over the Korean is likely to pit her against Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung.B Sai Praneeth, who had ended India’s 36 year old wait for a medal at the World Championships, will also look to continue his impressive run after a quarterfinal finish in China Open last week.However, Praneeth will face a dangerous opponent in fifth seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark, who had returned with a silver from the World Championship last month.Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, who has looked impressive this season, will take on a qualifier in his opening round.Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who had broken into world’s top 10 after winning the Thailand Open last month, will face fourth seeded Japanese pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda in the men’s doubles opening round.Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will take on a qualifying pair.Also Read | PV Sindhu crashes out of China OpenAlso Read | China Open: Sai Praneeth crashes out in quarterfinalsAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow China OpenFollow Korea Open World champion Sindhu resumes quest for season’s first BWF World Tour title in KoreaAfter the high of winning the World Championships, PV Sindhu was knocked out of the China Open Super 1000 event by Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the second round last week.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Harry’s Fall Shaving Incentive

first_imgA limited edition seasonal shave collection? Yeah, we rolled our eyes too, but when our peepers finally settled on the toasty fall-like colors in the new handles from Harry’s Shave, they also opened wide. There’s just something about the new handle’s deep red, chocolate brown, evening blue and walnut that gets us excited for fall, as if they’re the prismatic interpretation of brisk, flannel, sweater and peaty bourbon. And to be honest, now that lazy summer is over, theses hues are  doing some color-therapy magic to get us back in to the spirit of keeping the face clean for fall. Especially now that work is pretty much back in session and boss people are once again paying attention to small details.Harry’s first ever seasonal collection launched this Tuesday and includes four new polymer coating colors in their staple zinc alloy handle. Designed in NYC, the Harry’s team were inspired by the colors in the New York’s upstate regions which is where the images above were shot. Suddenly, we feel the urge to drink a hot toddy around a campfire while shaving in the reflection of our pocket knife.$20 for one handle, 3 cartridges and the shave cream at Editors’ Recommendations Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobe How to Shave With a Straight Razor A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials last_img read more

Auramarine to Provide Fuel Services for MARCASServed Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license Finnish fuel supply systems provider Auramarine has signed an agreement to deliver its services to a fleet of more than a thousand vessels served by MARCAS International Ltd, part of V. Group.Auramarine fuel system services would help the vessels navigate “some of the most significant fuel regulation changes that the industry has seen in decades.”“Cooperation with Auramarine enables us to source high-quality services and genuine spare parts from a trusted fuel system expert, while coping with the challenges of the 2020 IMO sulphur cap,” Jesper Bak Weller, Managing Director at MARCAS International Ltd, said.“Under the agreement, Auramarine will offer advice and support to MARCAS members,” Ole Skatka Jensen, CEO of Auramarine, added.This will include a full technical analysis of on-board fuel supply system conditions and the cost-efficient planning of customised upgrades and improvements, likely to be required for operating on the new fuels.The agreement covers volume sourcing and the allocation of services specifically adjusted to the geographical requirements of the fleet, cost-competitive spare parts and on-board fuel system upgrades and modifications, advantageous service engineering rates, and 24/7 technical support.last_img read more

Man accused of stabbing team to be assessed for fitness to stand

first_imgWINKLER, Man. – The man accused of stabbing a 15-year-old girl inside a church in Winkler, Man., will receive a mental-health assessment to determine if he is fit to stand trial.Maksym Kravchenko, 39, appeared in provincial court in Morden, Man., on Tuesday to face charges of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.Pastor Michael Sullivant, who was present in the courtroom, tells CTV News that Kravchenko speaks Russian and Ukrainian, but very little English, and a translator was present during the proceedings.Police say the girl was stabbed at least twice inside the women’s washroom at the Pembina Valley Baptist Church following a service on Sunday.In a statement on the church’s website, Sullivant says the teenager underwent surgery in Winnipeg following the attack, and is in stable condition.Kravchenko is expected to meet with a psychiatrist before his case is back in a Winnipeg courtroom on Thursday.The girl’s family tells CTV News the stabbing punctured her kidney, an artery, diaphragm and intestinal area, but she is recovering.“Up in spirits. She was talking about how she remembered the whole thing and how everything transpired and felt,” her uncle Barry Wiebe said outside the courthouse on Tuesday.Wiebe said the family’s faith has helped them cope with the ordeal.“When we first saw her in the hospital it was very comforting to the family. Just the things she was saying was very comforting and how at peace she was,” he said.Sullivant, who was the one to called 911 after the attack, said the girl was speaking after the stabbing and was expressing concern about other people in the vicinity.Winkler is about 100 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.(CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

Elections Canada warns environment groups that calling climate change real could be

Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press Any partisan activity — including advertising, surveys, or any kind of campaign costing at least $500 — would require a charity to register as a third party for the election, an onerous requirement that could jeopardize a group’s charitable tax status, Gray said.It is “discouraging” that Environmental Defence and other charities may have to zip their lips about climate change being real during the campaign period “because one party has chosen to deny the existence of this basic fact,” he added.“Obviously climate change is real,” said Gray. “Almost every credible institution on the planet is telling us to get our act together and do something about it.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.One party has chosen to deny the existence of this basic factLast fall, the United Nations climate change panel, made up of hundreds of scientists from around the world, said if the world doesn’t act faster to cut global emissions the planet will face irreversible and catastrophic consequences.Five of the six political parties expected to have any chance of winning a seat in the upcoming campaign agree that climate change is real and caused by humans. Bernier, however, is the one outlier: he believes that if climate change is real, it is a natural cycle of the earth and not an emergency.“The main reason for climate change, it is not human activity,” Bernier said Sunday in Gatineau, Que., where his party was holding its first convention.“There is no climate change urgency in this country.” he said in a speech in June speech. He also disagrees that carbon dioxide, which experts say is responsible for three-quarters of greenhouse emissions globally, is bad.“CO2 is not ‘pollution,”‘ he tweeted. “It’s what comes out of your mouth when you breathe and what nourishes plants.” Data from thousands of monitoring stations says July was the world’s hottest month since records began To reduce global warming, people need to eat less meat: UN report Kelly McParland: Why reactionary populism will fizzle in Canada ‘It’s not a wall. It’s a fence’: Maxime Bernier says he will keep illegal migrants out of Canada Because of that, Elections Canada is warning that any third party that promotes information about carbon dioxide as a pollutant or climate change as an emergency could be considered to be indirectly advocating against Bernier and his party. Activities can be considered partisan by Elections Canada even if they don’t mention a candidate or party by name, the agency’s rules say.An Elections Canada spokesman confirmed “such a recommendation would be something we would give.”Gray says the impact is stifling the conversation about climate change at a critical time.“At this point, unless I can get greater clarification, after the writ is dropped we would stop doing anything online that talks about climate change, which is our entire mandate,” he said. “You feel you’re being drawn into this space where you’re being characterized as being a partisan entity for putting up Facebook ads that say climate change is real, which seems ridiculous to me.”Environment groups in Canada are still on edge after spending much of the last five years fighting against the Canada Revenue Agency accusations and worry that if Elections Canada accuses them of being partisan, it will attract another round of audits for partisan activity. Gray said the two may have different definitions of partisan, but the fear is still having a chilling effect.“We need to ensure that we’re not saying things that are going to be considered to be illegal by Elections Canada.”Climate change is a scientific factIt doesn’t mean Gray is forbidden from giving interviews about climate change during the campaign, he said. Rather, it would affect any kind of activity the group undertakes that costs more than $500, such as a Facebook ad campaign.In 2012, the former Conservative government unveiled a $13-million audit program to seek out charities the Conservatives alleged were abusing their tax status with partisan activities. The probes went after two dozen environment, human rights, anti-poverty and religious groups — none of them considered partisan — for going beyond a rule that limited their spending to no more than 10 per cent of their funding on political advocacy work.The program was launched as the Conservatives called many environment groups “radical” and a “threat” to Canada.The Liberals promised to end what they called a “witch hunt” against any civil society groups that opposed the government’s policies. It took more than three years, but eventually legislation was changed last year to lift the 10 per cent limitation. The non-partisan rule, however, remains.Catherine Abreu, executive director of the Climate Action Network Canada, called the Elections Canada warning “shocking.”“Climate change is a scientific fact,” she said. “It’s not an opinion.”The situation is “contributing to ongoing confusion” about what environment charities can and cannot do, and will give fuel to pro-oil groups that want to silence their opponents, Abreu added. People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier speaks during a candidate nomination event for the upcoming federal by-election in the riding of Outremont in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. OTTAWA — A pre-election chill has descended over some environment charities after Elections Canada warned them that discussing the dangers of climate change during the upcoming federal campaign could be deemed partisan activity.An Elections Canada official warned groups in a training session earlier this summer that because Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, has expressed doubts about the legitimacy of climate change, any group that promotes it as real or an emergency could be considered partisan, said Tim Gray, executive director of the advocacy group Environmental Defence. read more

Afghanistan UN stresses right of free expression after journalists sentencing

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which is closely following the case of Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, noted that the Media Monitoring Commission, as opposed to the court, found that he had not committed blasphemy and recommended his release from detention, spokesman Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Kabul, the Afghan capital. UNAMA understands that Mr. Nasab has the right to appeal his conviction under Afghan law on grounds relating to the substance of the case, as well as on procedural grounds if he considers that due process has not been observed. The mission considers the widespread attention given to this case in local media is an encouraging sign, Mr. Edwards said. “UNAMA believes the right to freedom of expression, enshrined in the Constitution of Afghanistan as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, applies to everyone, including journalists, and should be strongly defended,” he added. read more

Oil company abandons plan to drill wells in Alberta city limits after

by The Canadian Press Posted May 1, 2014 4:58 pm MDT LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – The mayor of a southern Alberta city says an oil and gas company’s decision to abandon plans to drill three exploratory wells within city limits is a victory for activism.Goldenkey Oil Inc. announced Wednesday that it will not be applying to the Alberta Energy Regulator to access its mineral rights in the Lethbridge area.Goldenkey says the decision was the result of public consultations, inquiry responses and numerous meetings with stakeholders.Project representative David Hill says it came down to the cost of being successful in the application process versus the prospect of technical success for an exploratory well.Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman says the more than 13,000 signatures on a petition against Goldenkey’s plans and hundreds of letters was — quote — a victory in “activism over apathy” and a great example of democracy.But Spearman also says it’s still very important that Lethbridge and other Alberta communities push the province for an urban drilling policy.Goldenkey had proposed drilling through a sour geological formation, but would have produced from a non-sour zone.“Goldenkey has decided on a project basis that the barriers here did not justify the costs,” Hill said in a statement.The group that launched the petition, No Drilling Lethbridge, says it’s “thrilled” Goldenkey won’t be submitting an application to drill on the west side.The Alberta New Democrats also echoed the mayor’s call for the province to develop an urban drilling policy.“Though we are relieved for the citizens of Lethbridge, the threat of urban drilling in other cities and towns remains. Today, we repeat our demand that the provincial government ban all drilling in urban areas and commit resources to a study of the impact of drilling,” said Mason.“The people of Lethbridge forced a company to back down when the provincial government failed them. But what about another city or town tomorrow?”(CJOC, The Canadian Press) Oil company abandons plan to drill wells in Alberta city limits after petition read more

5 talking points from Saturdays Premier League action

first_img1. Jordan Henderson the unsung hero of Liverpool’s successLuis Suarez will take much of the plaudits following his hat-trick in Liverpool’s 6-3 win over Cardiff today, and deservedly so.Nevertheless, one player who rarely attracts the same level of superlatives while still being quietly impressive is Jordan Henderson.Quite simply, it is difficult to imagine Liverpool enjoying the same level of success without the ex-Sunderland man, who was initially much-maligned after he didn’t quite fit in seamlessly at Anfield following an expensive transfer there.Yaya Toure sometimes gets compared to Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira, but surely Henderson is more similar in style with his dynamic running, first-rate tackling and exceptional work-rate — these qualities were key to United’s midfield being overrun against the Reds last week.Moreover, he showed a level of variety to his game this afternoon, with a David Silva-esque through ball to sublimely set up Liverpool’s first goal, at a time when they were in desperate need of inspiration.2. Wayne Rooney’s goal one of the best ever in the Premier LeagueWayne Rooney has received considerable stick recently owing to the lucrative new contract he has just signed, but there is no doubt that the England international is a special player.He is no stranger to spectacular goals — his famous bicycle stick against Manchester City stands out in the memory — but today against West Ham, he produced an effort that rivals any of his previous strikes.As the ball bounced favourably into his path just inside the West Ham half, the forward showed the instincts that all great players possess, swiftly checking to see the position of the goalkeeper Adrian before lobbing him expertly from all of 55 yards.Fittingly, David Beckham was in the stands watching on, and whether Rooney’s goal is superior to the former star’s famous strike against Wimbledon is 1996 is debatable, yet there is no doubting that the England striker is currently at a phenomenal level that even Beckham never quite reached.3. Arsenal surely out of the title raceArsenal’s tepid performance against Chelsea today means they have now just won three of a possible 17 games against Premier League Champions League qualifiers.The loss also means Arsene Wenger has still to beat a Jose Mourinho-managed Chelsea side in 11 attempts.Statistics should always be considered critically, but these ones leave little room for ambiguity.The Gunners will point justifiably to the ridiculous sending off of Kieran Gibbs, but even with 11 men, they were overpowered.While their exquisite football with an emphasis on technical prowess has brought them a certain level of success, Arsenal are all too often brutally bullied by the bigger sides.Wenger may thus need to seriously reconsider his philosophy and transfer policy if he seeks to reverse this trend anytime soon, as once again, it has cost the Gunners dearly.4. Long looks at home with HullShane Long looks finally ready to show the type of consistency that Ireland fans have (no pun intended) long been hoping he’d acquire in his game.The Tipperary native had a significant influence on Hull’s win over his former club, West Brom today. The 27-year-old scored a goal and won a penalty, as Steve Bruce’s side went one step closer to Premier League survival.The fact that international teammate Seamus Coleman has scored as many goals this season as the forward, highlights not only the Everton player’s excellent form, but also suggests Long has underachieved of late — six goals for a striker at this stage of the season is simply not enough.That said, Long appears to have a manager who has complete faith in him, starting him in most games, and he has now scored as many goals in eight appearances for Hull this season (three), as he managed in 15 games for West Brom since the start of the campaign — not exactly Suarez-esque admittedly, but a steady improvement nonetheless.5. Goal difference could be crucialChelsea, Man City and Liverpool won 6-0, 5-0 and 6-3 respectively today.Sometimes when teams go a goal or two ahead, their intensity level drops, knowing that they have the game under control.Yet such behaviour was scarcely evident today in the ruthless manner that these title-contending teams dispatched their hapless opponents.Their increasingly freescoring tendencies perhaps represents a growing acknowledgement of how tight this race for top spot is likely to be, and that goal difference may ultimately be an integral factor in deciding its outcome, as was the case in 2012.Alex Tettey’s first goal of the season was a thumping 30-yard volleyShades of Beckham as Wayne Rooney lobs West Ham keeper from the halfway linelast_img read more

Man sentenced to 12 months for assaulting babysitter in Kildare

first_imgI saw blood on the roadway. There was blood on the front of the house. There was blood on the hallway [and] the kitchen was dishevelled. The cabinet press was hanging on a hinge.Garda O’Donnell said that the teenager was ‘visibly upset’, was ‘shaking’ and had a ‘large wound in the centre of her forehead.’‘Traumatic incident’Defence solicitor Tony Hanahoe put it to the victim that Coady did not push his way inside and did not enter the house.Under cross-examination, the defence put it to Garda O’Donnell that there was no visible damage to the door and that this would be corroborated in court by two brothers who lived next door to the scene of the alleged assault.Garda O’Donnell said: “I saw the damage, there was red blood on a white door.”Defence argued that there was no medical evidence of the assault causing harm and that the victim had struggled to remember details of the incident, and called for the case to be struck out.At this point Inspector Oliver Henry said:” She was 16 years of age at the time, it is not unreasonable to see that she would forget some of it given that it was such a traumatic incident.”In court, Coady outlined how he was not residing in the house in Lacken View at the time and did not have a key. He claimed that he had an argument with his partner on the night and followed her to Lacken View, but did not gain entry.In court, two neighbours gave evidence claiming that on the night there was no damage to the front door and that they did not see swelling on the victim’s head. They both agreed, however, that she was ‘shook up.’Defence, in its summary, argued that the ‘whole case is riddled with inconsistencies.’CourageJudge Desmond Zaidan said he had ‘no doubts’ that the victim was telling the truth.He commended her for her courage.In a victim impact statement, she told how the incident had caused her to suffer from severe depression and anxiety.She said:After the assault, I was scared to leave the house for a few months. I had to go to counselling for severe depression. When I am leaving my estate, I see him a lot, it makes me remember everything.Inspector Oliver Henry told the court how Coady had 23 previous convictions, including three years in prison for extortion and blackmail, along with a previous for an assault causing harm.Judge Zaidan said: “This is a particularly nasty incident. The weight of the evidence is so compelling.”The judge imposed the maximum 12 months prison sentence. Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 10:00 AM No Comments Share Tweet Email Image: Google Maps By Louise McCarthy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 28,554 Views Man sentenced to 12 months for assaulting babysitter in Kildare The judge praised the teenage victim for her courage. Naas District Court Image: Google Maps A KILDARE LEAVING Certificate student assaulted in a ‘horrendous’ incident while babysitting has been praised by a judge for her courage.Patrick Coady (27) , of Patrician Avenue in Naas, appeared before Naas District Court over two days this week facing charges of assault causing harm to the babysitter of his three children on 2 January 2015. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison.The victim, who was 16 at the time and is now 18, outlined in her evidence on Wednesday how she had been asked by Coady’s partner to mind the children. She told the court how she had never met the accused until the assault, when she claimed that he struck her with a metal bar and threatened to put a bullet through her head.The events of the nightSpeaking through tears, the teenager told the court how she was babysitting at the house in Lacken View in Naas when she heard a ‘big argument’ coming from outside the house.She described how the mother of the children burst through the door with ‘blood on her clothes’.The victim said she spoke to the woman and then proceeded to sit in front of the door, which she said was not locked.Coady managed to force his way inside through the door, the teenager said. She told the court that he hit her with a metal bar and told her he would come back to put a bullet through her head.In court, she said that she FaceTimed a neighbour and friend at the time of the incident.Giving evidence, Garda Patrick O’Donnell described the scene at the house when he arrived at 1.20am.He said: Apr 8th 2017, 10:00 AM Short URL Naas District Courtlast_img read more

Former deputy principal jailed for 18 months for possessing and distributing child

first_img Image: Shutterstock/kuzmaphoto By Olivia Kelleher No Comments A FORMER DEPUTY principal of a primary school who pleaded guilty to four counts of distributing child pornography has been jailed for 18 months for what the judge called a “heinous’ crime.Brian Fitzgerald (49) of Golf Links Road, Youghal, Co Cork pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to one count of possession of child pornography on 6 May, 2017.The four distribution charges to which he pleaded guilty occurred on 26 February, 3 March, and 2 and 18 April of that year. The offences related to his previous address at Meadowlands, Youghal on various dates in 2017.Sergeant Mark Ward said the offences came to light in early 2017 when the Garda National Protective Services Unit raised the alarm.Fitzgerald was logging on to a child porn website using the internet username ‘Schoolteacher’.On 6 May 2017 he was arrested by gardai in connection with the offences, He denied any wrongdoing and was released without charge. A search of his computers was carried out.On  25 May 2018 a further warrant was obtained for his arrest. When questioned for a second time he cooperated fully with gardaí and made admissions about his wrongdoing.Sergeant Ward said the child porn involved 555 category one images and 1,162 videos.Category one images involve children under the age of 17 engaged in sexual activity with other children or adults.Images and videosThe former teacher was found to have 529 category two images and 1,018 videos. This category involves children under the age of eighteen with their genitalia exposed.He said Fitzgerald also distributed 53 images to other persons over the internet. He was unable to say which category these fell in to but stated the distribution of same had led to investigations in Germany, the US and the UK.Judge Sean O’Donnabhain heard that Fitzgerald is a single man without previous convictions.He lives with his elderly mother whom he cares for and has worked as a primary school teacher for 26 years. He is a former deputy principal.Barrister Stephen O’Donoghue BL said his client went on sick leave shortly after his first arrest. He has since lost his job. He said Fitzgerald was deeply remorseful for his actions.He is resigned to the fact that he will never teach again having derived great joy from a job he loved. Fitzgerald has been attending a psychotherapist since the matters came to light and has received a degree of insight in to the fact that it is not a victimless crime.O’Donoghue appealed for leniency in the case saying that his client was of previous good character and had entered a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity.He said Fitzgerald realises that children have been damaged because of his actions.Judge O’Donnabhain said it was “a heinous matter”.He stressed that society can never tolerate a crime in which children are exploited.Genuinely remorseful The judge said he accepted that Fitzgerald was genuinely remorseful and had some degree of insight in to his actions but he said a custodial sentence was merited in the case.He jailed the former deputy principal for three years with the last 18 months suspended.Judge O’Donnabhain said it wasn’t a victimless crime whilst expressing shock at how easy it is to access images.“This vile material is available at the touch of a button. Obviously that is wrong. It is remarkable that these sites are so easily accessible,” he said.Speaking outside the court Superintendent Colm Noonan reassured parents in East Cork that none of the images originated in Ireland.“I am satisfied that were before the court do not relate to children in Ireland. The investigation came to light arising from the Garda National Protection Services Bureau who instigated the investigation,” he said.Noonan said An Garda Siochana are working closely with Tusla and the school where the man worked to assist any parents who have any concerns arising from this investigation.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues in the Garda National Protective Services Bureau, the investigating gardaí and the Garda National Cyber Crime bureau for the extensive work that was carried out in bringing this case to a conclusion,” he said. Share41 Tweet Email3 Feb 20th 2019, 10:21 PM Image: Shutterstock/kuzmaphoto Former deputy principal jailed for 18 months for possessing and distributing child abuse images Brian Fitzgerald (49) of Golf Links Road, Youghal, Co Cork pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. Short URL Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 10:21 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24,499 Views last_img read more

Port receives award for outstanding achievement

first_imgCamas — The Port of Camas-Washougal said Friday it has received the 2012 Port of the Year Award from the Washington State Public Ports Association.Each year, the association honors one of the 76 public port districts across the state for outstanding success in the port industry. The Port of Camas-Washougal was selected from a roster of nominees for the strategic planning, acquisition and development milestones it has achieved.Port Executive Director David Ripp “and his team have put in a tremendous effort and produced outstanding results to make the port a well-respected entity that is delivering on its mission to bring jobs to our community,” the port’s commission president, Mark Lampton, said in a news release.The Port of Camas-Washougal, founded in 1935, encompasses more than 40,000 residents in the cities of Camas and Washougal. The port operates a general aviation airport, industrial park and a 350-slip pleasure boat marina.last_img read more

For the love of cinema

first_imgThe second edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival- DIFF, was announced in the Capital on Tuesday. For all the cinema lovers this year DIFF has an array of 30 films – a choice pick from independent movies, documentaries, short films and experimental cinema.Created by noted filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam this film festival is determined to provide a platform to independent movie makers and to present exceptional contemprory cinema to the viewers.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Few movies to be screened this year includes Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s provocative Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, based on controversy created by  the Russian feminist punk rock protest group. Another interesting watch will be  Polish filmmaker Jacek Borcuch’s award-winning romantic feature film, Lasting which will be followed by Australian director Kate Shortland’s moving post-World War II drama, Lore; British artiste Shezad Dawood’s debut sci-fi feature, Piercing Brightness and Japanese cult director Takanori Tsujimoto’s martial arts extravaganze, Bushido Man. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis year, DIFF have a special focus on Indian documentaries with strong social concerns. Festival will be presenting Nishtha Jain’s Gulabi Gang, Amit Virmani’s Menstrual Man, and Anand Patwardhan’s Jai Bhim Comrade.A number of films selected for the festival are based on children or teenagers struggling to overcome failure and dilemmas are also lined up. Some of these are Kim Mordaunt’s coming-of-age drama set in Laos, The Rocket; Dominga Sotomayor’s Chilean road movie, Thursday Till Sunday. Following the new Indian Indie wave, films like Nagraj Popatrao Manjule’s Fandry and Q’s Tasher Desh will also be screened.A carefully curated series of fillers (to be screened between movies) will present short takes  made by leading international artistes.last_img read more

Stairs to DAvila moat parking to be closed for four months

first_imgThe staircase from the D’Avila moat parking to Constantinos Palaiologou avenue next to the Nicosia municipality will be closed for four months from March 5 during which time a new staircase is going to be constructed and a lift will be installed, it was announced on Tuesday.The Nicosia municipality said the closure was necessary both for the smooth operation of the construction and the safety of the public. The public is advised to use the second staircase to and from the car park at the Ochi roundabout end of the moat.For years, the existing lift was closed and it was eventually removed altogether, leaving people with mobility problems no option to access the parking on the Eleftheria Square end of the moat and forcing parents with prams to carry them up the long flight of stairs.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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