Smoke ConnectFX Nodes: The Color Corrector

first_imgThis ends our look at the basic Color Correct Node in Smoke 2013.  I use the term “basic” loosely, as you can see by the feature set that this node has many tools to help you achieve a good primary grade on your clips.  Often times the Color Corrector is all you need to enhance your video.  In the next installment of Premiumbeat’s exploration of the nodes in ConnectFX, we will look at the Color Warper and Secondary color selection and correction. The breakdown of ConnectFX Nodes in Autodesk Smoke 2013 continues as we being our look at the color tools with the Smoke Color Corrector.Smoke has 2 main tools for color work, the original tool is the Color Corrector (CC). It is a primary color corrector, no secondary selections are possible.  As Smoke matured it adopted the Color Warper tool from Autodesk Flame. With the Color Warper (CW), it is possible to use secondary selections. Both have their advantages and often you can toggle back in forth between the 2 tools as they are both available in the CC Timeline effect and inside of Action.  You can only use one or the other in these menus, but as a node in ConnectFX you can link the two in your effects pipeline.Autodesk Smoke’s Color CorrectorYou can feed the Color Correct Node a Front, Back, and Matte.  Normally these inputs are more for compositing one image over another, but in the Color Corrector, you can use the Matte to isolate part of the front image and only make color adjustments within the matte area (or outside the matte if inverted).[Click for larger image]When a front and back are connected, you can use the sample tools inside the node to sample colors from the front and back and match them to each other.  The front clip will always get matched to the back clip.  I’ll explain the matching workflow later in this post, as I walk you through the interface.One thing to be aware of when you are working in ConnectFX is that CFX will bump 10bit and 12bit clips to 16bit in the pipeline.  8bit clips will remain 8bit.  This can sometimes cause issues when adding mixed res clips into a node, as Smoke likes frame size and bit depth to match.[Click for larger image]If your frame size is the same, and it’s only the bit depth that is different, you can use the LUT tools in CFX to make a quick adjustment.  This keeps your schematic cleaner and eliminates the need to process through another node.  Select the clip you want to apply the LUT to, and then select RGB LUT in the UI.  Then, press the ACTIVE button to turn on the effect. You can then select the bit depth that you would like to convert the clip to as the destination.In this case we are working with a 10bit clip that was promoted to 16bit automatically.  We need to change the 8bit clip we are using as a back clip for color matching to 16bit.  The resolution is the same , so it’s simple to use the conversion LUT in the CFX clip controls to make this happen.When you look at the UI, it’s best to work work left to right as that is how Smoke will process the effects within the node. For example, Hue shifting will happen before Saturation, and Saturation will happen before the Histogram.  So as you work left to right the items on the left get processed first and the tools on the right get processed at the end.[Click for larger image]On the far left you have buttons for Master, Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights. By selecting one of these items to work on you can move right along the UI and adjustments will only be done on that selection. For example, by selecting Shadows, you can adjust the color of the shadows in the color wheel, along with saturation, gamma, gain, offset, & contrast of the RGB channels individually or together.Next to the the range buttons are options to rewire the RGB channels. This means you can send the Blue Channel to the Red Channel, or the Green Channel to the Blue channel.  There is also a selection button to make an instant Mono or Negative image.  When you choose one these options you will see how the individual RBG channels can get rewired to perform these actions.  You can often achieve interesting color results by rewiring the B read more

The Animal Spirits In Your Pipeline

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now We have a lot of ideas about how buyers buy and how we as sellers should sell. We collect and count data (mostly without capturing any context) and use it to show how buyers make thoughtful, rational, well-informed decisions. But mostly, as buyers, we aren’t as thoughtful or rational as we pretend to be. Mostly, we make emotional decisions and rationalize them after the fact.This week, Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, made the rounds to promote his new book. With a sexy title like The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting, how could I possibly resist picking up? It wasn’t the title that got me. It was Greenspan’s admission that “animal spirits” have a greater impact on the economy as a whole, and that we aren’t ruled by “considerations of our rational long-term self-interest.” Greenspan wrote the book to suggest that animal spirits need to be considered when you look at whole economies.So how is this useful to you and me? You and I have known animal spirits underlie economic decisions for a long time. Our clients aren’t rational, decision-making creatures.Here are a few ideas Greenspan discusses in the book. I selected them specifically for the crossover into sales.Animal Spirits: John Maynard Keynes coined this phrase to mean “a spontaneous urge to action rather than inaction, and not as the rational outcome of a weighted average of quantitative benefits multiplied quantitative probabilities.”Purchasing agents use spreadsheets to try to rationalize buying decisions. No one else does. The weighting is done in their head and doesn’t have very much to do with mathematical equations.Fear and Euphoria: “We all directly experience threats to our self and our values (fear) and the sense of well-being or elation (euphoria) triggered in pursuits of economic interests. Fear, a major component of animal spirits, is a response to a threat of life, limb, and net worth.”People are motivated to move away from pain and towards pleasure. We move away from danger and towards security. In larger, complex deals, this matters a great deal.Time Preference: “Time preference is the self-evident propensity to value more highly a claim to an asset today than a claim to that same asset at some fixed time in the future. A promise delivered tomorrow is not as valuable as that promised delivered today.”The return on investment we promise needs to be sooner rather than later. We don’t act in our own long-term self-interest because we are focused on the here and now. Even (especially) your clients.Herd Behavior: “There is a universally observed human trait to follow a leader of some sort. It is driven by most people’s need to achieve the security (emotional and physical) of belonging to a group. It is arguably one of our most important propensities, second only to fear, and a significant driver of economic activity.”“The emergence of modern social media has only accelerated herd behavior.”“People in every society seek to improve their status in the pecking order of any organization.”Want to know why consensus is so important? Want to know why people go along and get along? We need to belong to a group. Want to know why some organizations are so political? It’s the pecking order. Welcome to the herd!Home Bias: “Home bias is the propensity to deal with the familiar: with people and things geographically close to home and familiar in terms of culture, language, and trust.”“A propensity related to the comfort and familiarity of trading with partners close to home is the emotional comfort we all sense in personal relationships that become familiar and predictable. The uncertainty that arises with strangers imparts a certain, if minor, stress that subsides with familiarity.”All things being equal, relationships win. Trust matters. Caring matters.Look at the opportunities that you are working on right now. Look at your clients. If you can’t see the animal spirits at work, then look deeper. We are human beings, and animal spirits is the deep stuff that drives our behaviors and beliefs.last_img read more

Will uproot Modi govt. before it completes term, says Lalu

first_imgStung by a series of scam charges and Income Tax raids against his family members, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Friday declared that he would uproot the Narendra Modi government at the Centre “before it completes its five-year term.” He also accused the BJP of conspiring to tarnish his image through I-T raids and making “frivolous allegations” against his sons and daughter.“Listen, BJP/RSS people, Lalu will drag you off your seat in Delhi, whatever be my situation… Get this straight… don’t you dare threaten me,” tweeted Lalu Prasad. ‘Where’s the proof?’ On the recent Income Tax raids against his family members and others in connection with several “dubious” land deals, Mr. Prasad’s second tweet asked: “Chapa…Chapa…Chapa…Chapa…kiska Chapa? Kisko Chapa? Chapa to hum marenge 2019 mein…Main dusron ka hausla digata hun, mera kaun digayega (Raid…Raid… Raid… whose raid? Who is being raided? … I’ll do a raid in 2019…I make others nervous, who will make me nervous?). Mr. Prasad asked the media to name the 22 places where Income Tax officials had conducted raids. “How did they [the media] report without any verification or evidence,” he asked. Speaking to a select group of journalists in Patna, the RJD chief said the Modi government had completed three years. “But it’s not going to complete its full five-year term… The BJP has been conspiring to tarnish Lalu’s reputation… How can my family and I become super rich and others remain paupers .. It’s all part of a political conspiracy.” Mr. Prasad said he, his wife and two sons had been filing I-T returns and had also submitted affidavits on their assets to the Election Commission. “It’s all in the public domain.” Mr. Prasad said Mr. Modi was trying to divide the country. “But we won’t let him divide the country … I’m standing rock solid in their path.” Pan-India campaignThe RJD chief said he had called a “BJP bhagao, Desh bachao” rally in Patna on August 27. “I have invited top leaders of all non-BJP parties to my grand rally…leaders like Congress president Sonia Gandhi, H.D. Deve Gowda, Arvind Kejriwal, Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav, Mamata Banerjee and Karunanidhi will attend the rally from where we will launch a pan-India campaign to uproot them [BJP] from the Centre,” Mr. Prasad said.He also raised the issues of beef ban and the volatile situation in Jammu and Kashmir. “Modi talks about beef ban, but in the last three years India has been the largest exporter of beef… In Kashmir, bodies of soldiers are being mutilated every day…Are these the real achievements of the Modi government?”last_img read more

Fight the Flu, Hurt Society?

first_imgWhen you’ve got the flu, it can’t hurt to take an aspirin or an ibuprofen to control the fever and make you feel better, right? Wrong, some scientists say. Lowering your body temperature may make the virus replicate faster and increase the risk that you transmit it to others. A new study claims that there are at least 700 extra influenza deaths in the United States every year because people suppress their fever.As a result, if you have the flu and you’re taking medication “it may actually be more important that you stay at home because you could be a greater risk to others,” says David Earn, a mathematician at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and one of the authors of the paper. Some scientists call that claim premature, however.The debate about whether treating fever is good or bad for patients has been simmering for decades. Humans have reduced fevers for thousands of years; Hippocrates recommended extracts of the willow tree bark, which was later found to contain salicylic acid, better known as aspirin; Romans, Chinese, and Native Americans used other plants containing similar compounds. But some research conducted in the 1970s suggested that fever may actually be beneficial when you’re sick—perhaps because it makes it more difficult for pathogens to multiply—and that cooling your body can have negative consequences.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A 1975 paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association, for instance, showed that people infected with a common cold virus called the rhinovirus shed more virus particles if they were treated with aspirin than untreated patients. Another study found more virus in the noses of ferrets infected with flu if they had been shaved—which reduces their body temperature—or treated with antipyretics, fever-lowering drugs.The new paper does not add experimental evidence; instead, the authors have for the first time tried to model what fever suppression could mean for an entire population. They estimated how much more virus flu patients shed when they suppress their fever and how much more infectious that makes them; then they combined these numbers with data about the use of antipyretic drugs by parents, patients, and nurses. They conclude that current antipyretic use in the United States leads to at least 1% more flu cases, resulting in 700 extra deaths. The size of the effect depends on how easily the particular strain of the flu is transmitted, however. If the virus is harder to transmit, suppressing fevers could lead to as much as 5% more cases and 2000 more deaths, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.”The conclusion is not unreasonable,” says Philip Mackowiak of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, who has researched fever for decades. But he cautions that the model “involves a tremendous number of assumptions that are only loosely supported by medical literature.” For instance, the conjecture that treating fever increases shedding of influenza virus rests solely on the ferret study. “Ferrets may be the best model for influenza, but ferrets in cages treated with antipyretics are very different from human populations,” he says. And shedding more virus does not necessarily mean people are more infectious, adds Gérard Krause, an epidemiologist at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig, Germany. “It’s plausible but by no means proven.””Based on this paper you cannot conclude that treating people with fever-lowering medications is a bad idea,” adds Walter Haas, an epidemiologist at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. The assumption that suppressing fever increases infectivity is built into the model, he says, “so it’s no surprise that that is what they come up with at the end.”Earn says he and his colleagues considered the various uncertainties and took care to be as conservative as possible in their estimates; they didn’t even include the effect that after an aspirin, people may be more likely to go out and meet people, increasing chances of spreading disease. The main message, he says, is that the effects of suppressing fever need to be studied much more carefully.That’s something everybody can agree on. “It’s shocking that we don’t know more about the benefits versus the adverse effects of fever on higher animals,” Mackowiak says. And Krause finds the paper “inspiring” because it takes the debate about fever suppression from the individual to the population level, which he hadn’t given much thought so far himself.But what does all of this mean for you when you come down with flu this winter? The decision on whether to take antipyretics is up to you, Earn says. Just be aware that your decision may affect other people as well.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Rohit Sharma says Team India ready for title showdown vs Pakistan

first_imgRohit Sharma blasted his way to a sensational century to fire holders India into the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Rohit struck an unbeaten 123 as India thumped Bangladesh by nine wickets in the second semi-final at Edgbaston.A masterful unbeaten 11th hundred from Rohit steered defending champions India to victory with nearly 10 overs to spare after they were set a target of 265 by Bangladesh, playing in their first semi-final of a major tournament.WATCH FULL VIDEORohit, who was named Man of the Match, shared a 178-run partnership with Virat Kohli, who ended unbeaten on 96 as India delivered a composed and classy batting display.Bangladesh’s bowling attack never managed to create any real pressure on what was a good batting track and they will also feel they failed to put up a big enough target.”It was a great knock, especially when it comes on a winning note. Always memorable when you score a hundred and win the game. Last two games also I was trying to get a big one, unfortunately could not get through.”After playing the initial few overs, it was all about you making mistake and getting out. I kept telling myself to bat as deep as possible. We have been playing some good cricket,” Rohit said at the post match presentation ceremony.Rohit said the team is all geared up for the “big final” against Pakistan on Sunday.”Even our bowling, we have been bowling well. We have all bases covered. One last hurdle against Pakistan, we know it is going to be a big one. We will be up for it, but for now we will cherish this win,” he said.advertisementThe 30-year-old also praised captain Kohli for his quick-fire knock.”He (Virat Kohli) was absolutely fluent; as soon as he walked in, it felt like he was batting overnight. That’s the kind of form he is in. As a captain on the field, he was brilliant, manoeuvring the field and making the right bowling changes,” Rohit said.last_img read more

Hungarian Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas thanks Lewis Hamilton for keeping his promise

first_imgSebastian Vettel won a tense Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday in a Ferrari one-two that stretched his championship lead to 14 points after Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton sportingly surrendered third place to his team mate.The German, savouring his fourth win of the season and 46th of his Formula One career, took the chequered flag 0.9 seconds ahead of team mate Kimi Raikkonen.The Finn had looked faster than Vettel for most of the afternoon.”I’m over the moon, that was a really difficult race,” said the winner, who had to wrestle with a skewed steering wheel on a sweltering afternoon at the Hungaroring and had no room for error.Hamilton finished fourth after slowing down on the last lap and allowing Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas to go past, despite the loss of vital points to the Briton’s championship challenge.Bottas had let Hamilton through on the 45th of the 70 laps, on the assurance that his team mate would hand back the place if he could not overtake the Ferraris, and the triple champion duly kept his word.”Really thanks to Lewis for keeping the promise in the end and letting me by,” said Bottas.”I don’t think every team mate would have swapped back.”Hamilton, whose radio was malfunctioning for some of the race and would have had more of a chance had he got past Bottas earlier, said he had done what he had to do.”It’s tough in the championship but I’m a man of my word,” he said. “I did say that if I can’t overtake them I would let him back through.”advertisementOn a circuit where overtaking is notoriously hard, the top five all finished in their starting order with Max Verstappen fifth for Red Bull.The Dutch teenager was handed a 10 second stop and go penalty for colliding with his Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo on the opening lap.The impact ended Ricciardo’s race, with the car stranded on the track and fluid leaking from the broken radiator, and brought out the safety car.”It’s not on. It was amateur to say the least. It’s not like he was trying to pass — there was no room to pass,” said an angry Ricciardo.”I don’t think he likes it when a team mate gets in front. You’ve got the whole race to try and repair the mistake but the pass was never on. It wasn’t even a pass, it was a very poor mistake.”Fernando Alonso, who celebrated his 36th birthday on Saturday, gave struggling McLaren their best finish of the season so far by taking sixth place and also setting the fastest lap of the race.Belgian team mate Stoffel Vandoorne was 10th in a double points finish for the former champions, who moved off the bottom of the table and ahead of Sauber.Spaniard Carlos Sainz was seventh for Toro Rosso with Mexican Sergio Perez eighth and Force India team mate Esteban Ocon ninth.Britain’s Paul di Resta, replacing unwell Brazilian Felipe Massa at Williams, retired.The last Ferrari driver to win from pole position in Hungary was Vettel’s compatriot Michael Schumacher, who was dominant in 2004 and went on to win his seventh and last championship that season.Hungary was the last race before the August break, with nine of the 21 rounds remaining.last_img read more

TFC survives despite wacky loss to Red Bulls

first_imgMLS Toronto FC survives despite loss in wacky second leg against New York Goal Last updated 2 years ago 06:14 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jozy Altidore Tyler Adams Toronto FC New York Red Bulls MLS Dan Hamilton MLS Toronto v New York RB New York RB Toronto The Supporters’ Shield winner made it to MLS’ final four, but will be missing two stars after a wild night in Toronto Toronto FC has earned a spot in the Eastern Conference final despite falling 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls in the second leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal tie. That’s the good news for the Canadian outfit. The bad news is that the club will head into the East final to face New York City FC or the Columbus Crew devoid of Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While Altidore was shown a red card at halftime, along with Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan , for a scuffle between the two in the tunnel, Giovinco picked up a booking late in the second half that will see him ruled out for the first leg of the next round.  Coming into Sunday’s contest, Toronto held a 2-1 advantage after winning at Red Bull ArenaNew York climed back level on aggregate thanks to a deflected Daniel Royer shot that found its way into the Toronto net off of Bradley Wright-Phillips early in the second half. Game on. @NewYorkRedBulls put one past @TorontoFC and it’s 1-0 for the visitors! #TORvNY // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs — Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 5, 2017 Wright-Phillips later nearly won the tie for the Red Bulls, but TFC goalkeeper Alexander Bono came up with a massive stop with the forward in alone. Toronto twice had goals ruled out as well, first on a ball from Giovinco that looked to have been turned into the net by the Red Bulls and then on a free kick from Victor Vazquez that he took quickly, with the match official ruling that he hadn’t allowed for play to continue.last_img read more

a month agoWATCH: Man Utd hero Rio tells fans to stop Ole sack talk

first_imgWATCH: Man Utd hero Rio tells fans to stop Ole sack talkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRio Ferdinand has posted a video of himself defending Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Manchester United supporters.The video came after United lost 2-0 to West Ham United at London Stadium on Sunday.Some supporters have called for Solskjaer to be sacked after the lacklustre display.But Ferdinand told fans the reaction was “knee-jerk” and wouldn’t benefit the club.Rolling up on the fan tv like….— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 22, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

11 days ago​4.5 million UK people watch pirated Premier League games

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​4.5 million UK people watch pirated Premier League gamesby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNine per cent of Britons admit to having illegally streamed at least one Premier League game over the past 12 months, according to new research by the personal finance comparison site, reports, figure equates to roughly 4.5 million people over the course of a single season, with a ‘high proportion’ of UK pirate content consumption coming from soccer-related streaming.According to’s research, more than 81 per cent of Britons have been subscribed to a streaming service in some capacity over the last year, while 17 per cent admit to streaming films, movies or sports illegally in the same period.’This means that of all those who illegally stream across the UK, 24 per cent view Premier League games,’ the report said. ‘When you look at the numbers of people who illegally stream any type of sport, the number rises to 44 per cent of illegal streamers, or 16 per cent of all Brits.’While both male (83 per cent) and female (81 per cent) respondents said they are streaming content over the last year, men (25 per cent) tended to illegally stream more often compared to women (17 per cent), according to the research.Of these, 14 per cent of male audiences were found to illegally stream soccer compared to other sports (12 per cent), and is double the number of female viewers who admitted to doing the same. Meanwhile, streamers aged between 25 and 34 are the most likely to illicitly stream Premier League matches.Regionally, London-based consumers are the most prolific for illegally streaming Premier League (21 per cent), with Scotland (17 per cent) coming second. The two regions with the lowest percentage of illegal football streamers were Wales (four per cent) and East Anglia (six per cent). last_img read more

Euroseas Proceeds with Construction of Kamsarmax

first_imgzoom Greek owner and operator of dry bulk and container carrier vessels Euroseas Ltd. has decided to proceed with the construction of a Kamsarmax drybulk carrier originally ordered in 2014 with China’s shipbuilder  Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding.Under the addendum to the earlier agreed newbuilding contract for hull number YZJ 1153, the remaining payments for the vessel were reduced by more than 10% to USD 22.5 million.The eco-design fuel efficient Kamsarmax, which will have a carrying capacity of 82,000 dwt, is scheduled for delivery to Euroseas by June 2018.“We are pleased to proceed with the building of our second Kamsarmax bulker which is a sister ship to our M/V Xenia built by the same yard in 2016,” Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas, said.Pittas added that the reduction in the contract price coupled with the recovery taking place in the drybulk market “has made this investment very attractive prompting us to forgo an option to terminate the contract but rather proceed with the building of the vessel.”last_img read more

Province Consulting on New Immigration Stream

first_img FOR BROADCAST: The province is consulting with immigrant and business organizations to help attract more immigrant entrepreneurs to Nova Scotia. The Office of Immigration will use the input to implement a new option under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program for people who want to settle and establish their own business in the province. The entrepreneur stream is expected to be launched in the spring and will replace the economic category of the nominee program. A discussion paper is available on the Office of Immigration website at w-w-w dot nova-scotia-immigration dot com . Written submissions will be accepted until March 31st. -30- The province is consulting with immigrant and business organizations to help attract more entrepreneurs to Nova Scotia. The Office of Immigration will use the input to implement a new entrepreneur stream under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. It will also use information gathered about similar streams in other jurisdictions. The stream is for people who want to settle and establish their own business in the province. It is expected to be launched in the spring. “Attracting immigrants who want to settle in Nova Scotia and invest in their own businesses here increases the likelihood that they can and will stay in the province,” said Elizabeth Mills, executive director of the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration. Implementation of the new stream will honour the government’s commitment to introduce an entrepreneurial category as outlined in the province’s immigration strategy. A discussion paper is available on the Office of Immigration website at Individuals can make written submissions by March 31. The entrepreneur stream will replace the economic stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. The province stopped accepting applications through the economic stream in July 2006. The Nova Scotia Nominee Program enables the province to recruit and nominate immigrants who can help meet Nova Scotia’s labour market and economic needs. An individual nominated by the province, together with his or her spouse and dependent children, is eligible to apply for a permanent resident visa from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the federal department responsible for immigration. Potential immigrants can apply for permanent residency through four other active streams within the nominee program: skilled worker, community identified, family business worker and international graduate.last_img read more

Who said what about the Liberals decision to go ahead with Trans

first_imgOTTAWA — There was swift reaction Tuesday to the decision by the Trudeau Liberals to give the go-ahead to the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion. Here is what federal, provincial and Indigenous leaders, as well various groups had to say:“Fundamentally, this isn’t a choice between producing more conventional energy or less. It’s a choice about where we can sell it and how we get it there safely. We strongly believe that having more options and more markets puts Canada in a stronger, strategic position to create good middle-class jobs and invest in our shared future. That is why we made today’s decision.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—“We all knew he was going to approve it. What Canadians were hoping for today was a clear timeline for construction to start and he failed to be able to tell Canadians on what date construction would actually start.” — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer—“This is deeply concerning particularly given that those environmental concerns aren’t addressed still … and finally because the Indigenous concerns that were raised are still present.” — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh—“This second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline isn’t a victory to celebrate. It’s just another step in a process that has frankly taken too long.” — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney—“Although I regret the federal government’s decision, it’s within their authority to make that decision.” — B.C. Premier John Horgan—“They will build a pipeline to blow through our Paris targets, use our own money to do it, and then try to trick us by saying every dollar made on this project … is going to go to clean-energy projects.” — Green Leader Elizabeth May—“It’s clear First Nations have different positions on this project, but they all stand firm that their rights be respected and their traditional territories be protected. Only First Nations can determine if those conditions are met.” — Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde —“After all the debates, reviews, hearings and court challenges, only one thing remains: build it now.” — Goldy Hyder, president and CEO, Business Council of Canada —“The federal decision to buy the pipeline and become the owner makes it impossible to make an unbiased decision. … We will be appealing the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal.” — Chief Leah George-Wilson, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation—“We’ve learned that approved is not built. What we need now is a concrete plan to get TMX and other trade-enabling infrastructure built without unnecessary legal delays.” — Aaron Henry, director of environmental and resources policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce—“This is far from a done deal. First Nations and Canadian environmentalists will continue to fight this project and their international allies will support them in whatever way they can.” — Patrick McCully, climate and energy program director, Rainforest Action Network—“In order for taxpayers to be made whole for being forced to pay for the purchase and expansion of Trans Mountain, it is imperative that the Trudeau government ensure construction gets underway as soon as possible.” — Aaron Wudrick, federal director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation—“For the Trudeau government to approve this pipeline after declaring a climate emergency makes about as much sense as pouring gasoline on a burning fire.” — Mike Hudema, climate and energy campaigner, Greenpeace Canada—“The federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is a positive step toward further hydrocarbon development in Canada. However, the project still faces significant political, regulatory, and judicial challenges, and ultimately we see a tremendous amount of execution risk up until the oil starts flowing.” — Gavin MacFarlane, vice-president, Moody’s Investors Service—“More tanker traffic, increased noise and the possibility of a marine oil spill with devastating consequences for the West Coast remain concerning. One spill could spell the end of endangered orca and salmon, as well as harming bird populations.” — Jay Ritchlin, Western Canada director, David Suzuki FoundationThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

North American stock markets push higher loonie also gains ground

first_imgTORONTO – North American stock markets pushed higher Friday as a broad-based rally helped lift Canada’s main stock index.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 130.28 points to 15,638.45. A surging energy sector led the advance.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 347.51 points to 25,309.99. The S&P 500 index was up 43.34 points to 2,747.30 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 127.30 points to 7,337.39.“The market is benefiting from the fact that as we’ve gotten through this February flop we’ve had a return to rationality and a focus on fundamentals,” said Jamie Robertson, managing director of the portfolio solutions group at Manulife Asset Management. “I think the market’s appetite for volatility is exhausted.”The tumult that saw global equity markets begin to fall at the beginning of February was triggered by U.S. jobs data that showed wages grew more than anticipated, raising worries that signs of higher inflation might push the U.S. Federal Reserve to increase interest rates more quickly. Markets have since bounced back but have been at the mercy of investor’s changing opinions day-to-day on inflation and the Fed.Higher yields generally hurt stock prices by making bonds more appealing to investors.A continued pullback in bond yields from the four-year highs reached earlier this week likely also gave equity investors a shot of confidence on Friday. The yield on U.S. 10-year Treasury notes fell to 2.87 per cent.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar reversed its week-long slide, closing at an average trading value of 78.94 cents US, up 0.26 of a U.S. cent.Robertson attributed the correction to a more positive outlook for oil, as the April crude contract rose 78 cents to US$63.55 per barrel.“The Canadian dollar is always a push and pull between interest rates and oil prices,” he said.Elsewhere in commodities, the April natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.66 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was down US$2.40 to US$1,330.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was down three cents to US$3.21 a pound.last_img read more

Moroccan Woman Poses in Selfies with Protesting Anti-Islam Group

Rabat – Moroccan Zakia Belkhiri’s selfies in front of an anti-Islam protest of a far-right nationalist group in Belgium has gone viral with tens of thousands of likes and shares across social media.Last week, about 40 members of Vlaams Belang, a far-right Belgian political party, showed up to protest the third annual Muslim Expo, a festival celebrating Muslim culture, held in Antwerp, Belgium.While the protestors chanted their anti-Islam slogans, a young girl originally from Morocco posed in front of the group to take selfies. The Moroccan young woman managed to successfully steal the spotlight, with some of the anti-Islam protestors reportedly entertained by the way she was taking selfies. Photographer Jurgen Augusteyns captured photos of her doing so.When Belkhiri left the annual Muslim Expo, she started to take photos of herself under signs that read “no headscarves”, “no mosques”, and “stop Islam”.She told BBC Trending she took the photos “to show that things can be different. And that we can live together, not next to each other but with each other.”She said her selfies had not been a form of counter-protest, and she just wanted to “share joy and peace”.The Moroccan activist was immediately labeled as a “herald of peace” – a true hero “fighting against islamophobia with humor, love and selfies.” She was put on a pedestal as an “icon for tolerance”, and the selfie considered as the perfect cure against discrimination.Some sources claim that Bilkhiri went to stay with family in Morocco until “the storm has blown over.”According to BBC, the recent bombings at the Brussels airport resulted in an increase in support for far-right groups. read more

Residents of Greeleyarea mobile home park feel abandoned

GREELEY, Colo. — Steve Spencer has lived in the Hill-N-Park subdivision in unincorporated Weld County on and off since he was 16.At 42, Spencer is thinking about moving his family after issues in the subdivision have become too much.Imagined as a master-planned community south of the city limits of Greeley and adjacent to Evans, the majority of Hill-N-Park was built out from 1966 to1973.Residents were attracted to the idea of getting away from city life and the higher taxes that come with it. And while the plan was a mix of modular and site-built homes, most lots filled with mobile and modular residences. Unlike many mobile home parks, the subdivision was unique in that most of the lots were owner-occupied, not rentals.Attracted by the opportunity to own the land under an affordable home, as well as the good condition of the subdivision at the time, Spencer’s father moved into a modular home in Hill-N-Park in 1980. Spencer said he used to feel some pride in his community, but it’s fallen with lapses in the economy over the years from which the subdivision’s residents never seem to recover.Many residents are on disability and make low incomes, making it difficult to keep the neighbourhood spick and span and even more difficult to advocate for their needs. As a result, residents feel abandoned by local officials.“We’re pretty much the red-headed stepchild of Greeley, Evans and Weld,” said 52-year-old resident John Dyer. “We’re unincorporated Weld County; we’ve got a Greeley address and water from Evans.”___ISOLATIONResidents have pushed to get a bus stop for the subdivision, but they’ve been unsuccessful and largely remain isolated. The only roads entering and exiting the subdivision are to the south, away from commercial developments in Greeley and Evans. Residents often walk along 49th Street south of the subdivision, hiking or hitchhiking their way into town. With no sidewalks along the street, this can be a hazard to both pedestrians and drivers.The subdivision has a convenience store and gas station, called Our Little Store, at the southwest corner. With typical convenience store pricing and a limited selection, residents don’t get much use out of the store, preferring to go in town to shop.The issue of isolation is a familiar one to residents like 79-year-old Bill Long, who’s lived at Hill-N-Park since 1972. Even though he hasn’t personally had a transportation challenge — owning a reliable vehicle — Long said he’d like to see bus service, even if a bus stopped only once in the morning and once in the afternoon.Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway said residents came to a commissioners’ meeting about 2014 to express their concerns about the lack of transportation. Conway worked with Greeley-Evans Transit and North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization to meet with residents and identify possible solutions.With a price tag of several tens of thousands of dollars, a bus route wasn’t feasible, Conway said. Five years later, the talks are ongoing, he said. But they haven’t yet materialized into a solution, and many residents continue to struggle with the area’s isolation.Dyer’s neighbour struggled with the lack of bus service this past year, when her child was suspended from the school district’s buses for three days, and the neighbour didn’t have a car to drive the student to school.Even with a car, navigating Hill-N-Park streets can be dangerous in the winter. Most of the roads are on a hill, including two downward sloping roads that meet at a corner. No one salts the roads, making driving on the snowy roads all the more risky. Dyer said he’s seen one street sweeper in his entire time living at the subdivision.___STRUGGLING WITH RISING COSTSLife in Hill-N-Park has become more expensive in recent years, as both taxes and water costs have risen. Dyer, whose said his property taxes recently went up by more than 40%, said those rising costs are making life even more difficult for Hill-N-Park residents.“Some folks out here are barely getting by,” he said.And some aren’t, he said. Dyer recounted a household that took to shutting off their power and gas for an extended time. They cooked on a barbecue throughout the summer, saving money for utilities in the cold winters instead.As of late August, three modular homes in the subdivision listed for sale as pre-foreclosures.And the rising costs aren’t helping. Spencer, like most in the subdivision, chose to stop watering his lawn after his water bill went up. City of Evans officials recently raised the water rates to pay for a wastewater treatment plant replacing a plant wiped out by the 2013 floods. Though plenty of lawns still host towering wildflowers, many of the lawns have yellowed and died.Long said he and his neighbours feel they have no say in the city’s actions, so residents just pay what they’re told to. Though Evans’ boundaries lie to the north, east, west and south of Hill-N-Park, the city has not indicated any interest in annexing the subdivision — a process officials have said would be too costly, citing the need to bring any annexed properties up to the city’s codes.County officials in the past couple years have taken to more strictly enforcing codes, hitting residents with fines for unkempt yards. Dyer understands the need to keep properties clean, but cleaning up a yard can be difficult when managing a household on a low income or working with a disability, he said.Dyer worries that residents could become priced out of the area and sent packing to find affordable homes elsewhere.That increased enforcement, though a sore subject for some who live in Hill-N-Park, was a result of the county’s meetings with those who live in the subdivision, according to Conway.Residents started those conversations by talking about their transportation issues, but it opened up a dialogue about other concerns, Conway said, including a lack of zoning enforcement.To help homeowners avoid those fines, the county organized a couple clean-up days for Hill-N-Park, where officials work to streamline disposal of items that can be difficult to get rid of.To further help owners struggling to make home repairs, Conway said they’re working with the Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity and the Greeley-Weld Housing Authority to explore rehabilitating some properties and doing minor updates. Conway said they collaborated on a similar project in the Glens in southern Weld, a community of seniors in mostly mobile homes.Conway said county officials continue to work on addressing residents’ concerns.“There just isn’t one silver bullet,” he said.___HOME FOR NOWWhile some residents openly acknowledge the subdivision’s issues, many still hold fond feelings for the Hill-N-Park community. Long said he feels the drawbacks are worth the quiet away from city life. Some neighbours do a great job taking care of their properties, he said, and Long doesn’t blame those who are struggling to get by for having a messy yard.For Dyer, being able to step out, sit on his front porch at night and think is a great feature of the area’s stillness. People don’t call to complain if he starts a fire in his backyard, and, without much light pollution in the area, he can look up and see the stars. Neighbours become familiar with one another and keep an eye on each other’s homes.Dyer acknowledged that many of the positives of the community are due to its out-of-town location, leaving residents in the paradoxical situation of wanting some help from local governments, yet appreciating the peace and freedom that comes with the isolation.For others, like Spencer, the challenges of living in Hill-N-Park play into a larger question of whether they see a future in the community. With the state’s more relaxed marijuana laws a concern and Colorado’s rising population driving up housing prices across the state, Spencer said if he leaves Hill-N-Park, he’ll likely leave Colorado altogether.Trevor Reid, The Associated Press read more

With so much at stake in crisistorn South Sudan UN and partners

“There is growing need for humanitarian assistance with displacement, food insecurity, malnutrition, violence and economic decline taking a toll on the health, safety and livelihoods of people in need,” stated Alain Noudéhou, the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan in a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “Today, we are calling for $1.72 billion to continue providing life-saving assistance and protection for six million people most in need in South Sudan,” he said, emphasizing the plan’s focus on protecting vulnerable groups, especially women and children. Since the conflict in began in December 2013, about four million people have been forced to flee their homes, including nearly 1.9 million internally displaced and about 2.1 million in neighbouring countries. As the conflict continues in parts of the country, hunger and malnutrition rates have risen and, without early actions, thousands of people in multiple areas risk famine.The UN relief wing has more on the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan hereAccording to the South Sudan Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, an earlier than normal start of the lean season will result in an estimated 5.1 million people, or 48 per cent of the population, being classified as severely food insecure between January-March 2018. Moreover, nutrition surveys reveal that approximately half of all South Sudanese children under five experience acute malnutrition. Despite these challenges, the South Sudan humanitarian operation continues to reach millions in need across the country. As of end-November, aid organizations had reached more than five million people since the year began. Mr. Noudéhou thanked South Sudan’s donors, who contributed over 70 per cent of the plan for 2017 and called on all stakeholders to play their roles in alleviating the suffering. He highlighted the enormity of the challenge and the collective efforts for a rigorous prioritization to ensure the effectiveness of the response. “With our collective and coordinated efforts, we will be able to effectively provide much needed assistance to the people in need. Children will remain in school. Many more will survive diseases. Livelihoods and hope will be restored. There is so much at stake,” stressed Mr. Noudéhou. read more

You cant sit here Ohio State honors POWMIA with an empty seat

A sign reading “YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN” in front of the POW-MIA seat at Ohio Stadium. Credit: @OhioStAthleticsIt’s a seat, but not any seat. Unlike other seats, which are meant to be sat in, no one will sit in it. Not on Saturday when the Ohio State football team opens its 2016 season against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium. Not any on Saturday, or the week’s other six days. No, no one will ever sit in this seat, because this seat, it’s more than a seat. The seat is in the first row of section 3AA at the stadium. It’s in that section, surrounded by the some 100,000 frenzied other fans wearing Scarlet and Gray and the usual sliver of opposing fans wearing whatever colors of whatever team they support, that members of the ROTC program at Ohio State, donning their branch’s respective uniforms, sit during football games. This seat, unveiled for the first time Thursday, is black. It’s not for Buckeye fans. It’s not for opposing fans. It’s not for any of us. This stirring black seat is a memorial for the 92,000 American soldiers that are unaccounted since World War I, the war that was supposed to end all wars. If looking at the seat from the front, in the upper right-hand corner, it’s marked seat No. 1, for the 92,000. In the middle of the forever-empty seat’s back is the harrowing POW/MIA logo — the silhouette of a man’s head in the foreground, with a guard tower and a barbed-wire fence in the background. The rest of the seats at Ohio Stadium are mostly bleachers. The bottom rung, closest to the green astroturf, are steel gray. The ones beyond that are scarlet. That pattern — rows of gray, rows of scarlet, rows of gray — spiral upward until the stadium stops and the sky begins. Smattered throughout the vast stadium, disrupting that perfect scarlet-and-gray spiral, are scarlet chairs, for the season ticket holders. But on game day, what those seats look like, no one knows; it doesn’t matter. The seats in the stadium, whether it be for the meaningless spring scrimmage, the banal early-season matches versus weaker teams or the wintery late-season contests, are, it seems, always occupied.This POW-MIA seat will remain empty the entire season at Ohio Stadium. Credit: @OhioStAthleticsExcept this black seat will never be occupied. Though it has a backing like the scarlet chairs season-ticket holders sit in, this is quite literally one-of-a-kind. It shall always serve as a reminder that whatever a game’s outcome is, at the end of the day, it’s just sports, which are important, but not that important. On the gray railing in front of the empty black seat is a black rectangular plaque, with a thin-gray trim. In large gray font, it reads: “YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.” Below, it continues: “Since World War I, more than 92,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for. This unoccupied seat is dedicated to the memory of these brave men and women and to the sacrifices each made in serving this country. God Bless You. God Bless America.” Sometime around noon on Saturday, the kicker for either Bowling Green or Ohio State will send a football flying through the blue September sky. Well over a 100,000 fans, wearing a collection of scarlet and gray, orange and brown, or their ROTC uniform, will leave their seats, making noise, as the game gets under way.But in the first row of section 3AA, there will be a tiny space where no noise is coming from, near the black seat, in which no one is sitting. read more

Doctors at war over juniors strike plan as royal medical colleges denounce

first_imgShe also threw her weight behind Jeremy Hunt, who has become a hate figure for many opponents of the new contract, calling him as an “excellent Health Secretary”.Describing the new contract as “safe for patients”, Mrs May said: “The Government is putting patients first, the BMA should be putting patients first – not playing politics.”A statement from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said: “We know there are genuine concerns about the contract and working arrangements, but we do not consider the proposed strikes are proportionate.“Five days of strike action, particularly at such short notice, will cause real problems for patients, the service and the profession.”Niall Dickson, chief executive of the doctors’ regulator the General Medical Council, said the strike represented a “serious escalation”.“It is obviously a matter of great concern for everyone, especially for patients, and when so little time has been given for the NHS to make contingency plans,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The medical profession are at war with junior doctors accused of putting patients at risk after confirming a series of monthly five-day strikes running up to Christmas.The leaders of Britain’s royal medical colleges condemned as disproportionate the industrial action announced by the British Medical Association, which will affect an estimated one million appointments and 125,000 operations.The plea to rethink the programme of strikes came as the BMA faced criticism after chairman Mark Porter refused to give details of the vote which authorised the action after initially failing to deny that it was as close as 16-14. Five days of strike action, particularly at such short notice, will cause real problems for patients, the service and the professionAcademy of Medical Royal Colleges Jeremy Hunt decided to impose the contract after the deal was rejected in a referendumCredit:Neil Hall Jeremy Huntcenter_img As well as the September strike, junior doctors will stage a full withdrawal of labour between the hours of 8am and 5pm from 5 to 7th October and on 10th and 11th October, from 14th to 11th November and from 5th to 9th December.The action can proceed without a fresh ballot of junior doctor members, because the decision to stage fresh action falls within the statutory time period since the last ballot in November.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the strikes were a “disaster for patients” and would cause misery and said it was “odd” that the BMA was now calling threatening to stage the “worst strike in NHS history” in opposition to a deal it previously supported.Yesterday Theresa May made her first intervention in the long-running dispute when she accused junior doctors of “playing politics” with patient safety. It has been reported that only a third of junior doctors were in favour of the current programme of rolling, all-out strikes. Documents leaked to the Daily Mail showed that in a secret ballot earlier in the summer, only 31.5 per cent supported full walkouts.Six strikes have already taken place across England during the lengthy dispute, causing disruption to hundreds of thousands of patients who have had appointments and operations cancelled.In May the Government and BMA achieved a breakthrough agreement the dispute after both sides agreed to a new deal.Then in July, the Government announced it would impose a new contract after junior doctors and medical students voted to reject the contract brokered between health leaders and the BMA.The BMA said it will call off the strikes if the Government agrees to stop the imposition. “We recognise the frustration and alienation of doctors in training and indeed their right to take industrial action.“However, we issued advice earlier in this dispute to senior doctors and doctors and training, and we will now consider wither further guidance is needed.”The GMC guidelines issued in May said that if during a strike NHS employers became concerned for patient safety and asked junior doctors to return to work, then the medics should comply.A GMC spokesman said each individual doctor had a responsibility not to harm the care of their patients regardless of industrial action.Playing down suggestions of a split at the top of the BMA, Dr Porter said:“The council, as is the rest of the BMA, is absolutely behind the decision that has been taken.”There is not a considerable number of members of the council who don’t support this,” he added. The new leader of the BMA junior doctor committee faced criticism for hypocrisy last night, as sources close to the May negations said she had enthusiastically proposed a number of the features of the contract she now opposes.Owen Smith, the Labour leadership contender, yesterday called on Hunt to be “sacked immediately”, and branded him the “worst Health Secretary in the NHS’s history”.“It is simply astounding that on the day Theresa May walked into Number 10 one of the first decisions she made was to keep Jeremy Hunt in post,” he said.Mr Smith, however, refused to reveal whether he supported the strike action announced by the BMA, saying he agreed with the “fundamental right” to strike, adding “this strike doesn’t need to happen.last_img read more

National Gallery to launch immersive Leonardo Da Vinci experience as they unveil

“These new images were found because the drawings were made in a material that contained some zinc, so it could be seen in the macro x-ray fluorescence (MA-XRF) maps showing where this chemical element was present, and also through new infrared and hyperspectral imaging.“Why Leonardo abandoned this first composition still remains a mystery.”   Speaking of the newly-uncovered original sketched version of The Virgin of the Rocks, a spokesman for the gallery said: “In the abandoned composition both figures are positioned higher up, while the angel, facing out, is looking down on the Infant Christ with what appears to be a much tighter embrace.  A section of the finished Virgin of the RocksCredit:National Gallery Infrared reflectogram mosaic of an earlier sketchCredit:Rachel Billinge A section of the finished Virgin of the Rocks Of other discoveries, he added: “Handprints resulting from patting down the priming on the panel to create an even layer of more or less uniform thickness can also be seen, probably the work of an assistant – but perhaps even by Leonardo himself.”Dr Gabriele Finaldi, National Gallery director, said: “This exhibition represents a fascinating new venture for the National Gallery, combining the most recent technical research on The Virgin Of The Rocks with an immersive, enveloping experience, giving visitors the opportunity to explore Leonardo da Vinci’s creative process in making this masterpiece.” Leonardo: Experience A Masterpiece opens on November 9, and runs until January. The National Gallery has commissioned the production team behind the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony and blockbuster pop culture exhibitions to bring to life a Leonardo Da Vinci painting, in a new “immersive” exhibition.The show, which opens in November, will see the ground floor of the gallery “completely transformed” into an “immersive exploration of [Leonardo’s] genius as a painter”, focusing on one work: The Virgin of the Rocks. The painting has been undergoing significant scientific investigation, uncovering the original, hidden sketches of the artist as well as mystery handprints left in the paint. Visitors to the show will be able to see images of the “abandoned composition” below the finished paint work, thanks to macro X-ray fluorescence (MA-XRF) maps and infrared and hyperspectral imaging.External company 59 Productions, which has previously worked on the video design of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and museum installations such as the V&A’s record-breaking David Bowie Is, will bring the exhibition to life for visitors by recreating moving images of the chapel the painting would originally have been hung in. The gallery promises “multi-sensory experiences” spanning four rooms, including projections showing Leonardo’s use of “light and shadow” and a conservator’s studio showing how modern experts can look beneath the painting’s surface.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Infrared reflectogram mosaic of an earlier sketch read more