Adobe to Scale Back Sales of Creative Cloud From Resellers

first_imgAdobe is scaling back the sales of their CS6 software suite. CS6 will not be sold through certain volume-licensing plans or resellers.UPDATE from Todd Kopriva, quality engineering at Adobe :Adobe is still selling CS6 perpetual licenses through the Adobe website, and will be for quite some time to come.What has been announced is that CS6 software will not be sold through certain volume-licensing plans and through resellers.Adobe’s Creative Cloud was first released in 2012 and has been growing in popularity ever since. Mathematically the cloud is much cheaper for those who regularly upgrade from one edition of a software to the next (but may prove more expensive for those that are content to sit on older versions of software). With the Creative Cloud being so successful, Adobe has announced that they plan to scale back the sales of the CS6 app suite.Adobe’s Encore has been a favorite authoring software for DVD’s and Blu-ray’s alike but it is not available in the Creative Cloud. In an interview with Larry Jordan regarding this issue Adobe stated that for those that need DVD/Blu-ray Disk authoring, “Encore CS6 will remain an entitlement to CC subscribers, there is no plan on changing that.”. Although the “all-digital” approach hasn’t been adopted by major film distribution networks we do expect this to slowly become the norm.Going forward we can expect CS6 support (both from Adobe and third party developers) to be less and less.Right now there are a few alternatives to using the Creative Cloud. Apple’s Final Cut Pro X is still a buy outright software that users will own forever, and Avid’s Media Composer is the same way. But with the success of the Adobe Creative Cloud we wouldn’t be surprised if the other major video editing applications begin to offer (or completely change to) subscription based pricing models.It should also be noted that The Foundry, developers of the popular node based editing software Nuke, have just announced Nuke Studio which should be available around October of this year. Nuke Studio is set to be a completely subscription based software…further validating the success of this pricing model for creative arts.Do you prefer to buy your software outright or have access to continuously updated versions via the cloud?Share in the comments below!last_img read more

The Best Color Grading Software and Plugins for Video Editors

first_imgColor grading doesn’t have to be a mystery. These programs and plugins make the process faster and easier than ever.Top image via Lee CampbellIf you aren’t a full-time colorist, odds are you won’t be diving into the likes of FilmLight’s Baselight, AutoDesk Flame’s Lustre, or specific programs like REDCINE-X. You’re probably just looking for a quick way to get results that make your client happy. Here are some of the best programs and plugins for video editors to make a quick color grade.DaVinci ResolveImage via Blackmagic DesignBlackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve is one of the industry standards for color work. The reason it makes the list for video editors — the latest version (12.5) includes a built-in NLE. Blackmagic wants to become the go-to place for all things post-production, and they are well on their way to making DaVinci Resolve a major program outside of color circles.DaVinci Resolve can be intimidating, as the color work is node-based — but there are a ton of tutorials online, and the amount is growing. Diving into all the specific tools requires an article much more in-depth than this, but here are a few tools for basic color grading.In the Color tab, you will be presented with a variety of tools. This includes Color Match, Color Wheels, RGB Mixer, Curves, Windows, and more. The Color Match tool works great with color charts to instantly match the environment the footage was shot in. It will give you true color results at the click of a button.Next to the Color Match icon, you will see the traditional Color Wheels tab. There you will see three workspace options — Primaries Wheels, Primaries Bars, and Log.The Primaries Wheels are the Color Wheels you will see in nearly every color grading program. DaVinci Resolve uses Lift (shadows), Gamma (midtones), Gain (highlights), and Offset. Offset is used to raise or lower everything in each channel. To control each wheel, just drag the circle toward the color you want. (You can reset the tool by double clicking on the circle.)Quick note — DaVinci Resolve was designed to be used with a color grading surface. If you’re like me and don’t have $30,000 for the Advanced Panel, check out these more affordable color grading tools.DaVinci Resolve 12.5 is available for free in the lite version of the software. The full Studio suite goes for $995.Adobe Premiere Pro CC (Lumetri)The Lumetri panel has grown tremendously in the past few iterations of Premiere Pro. Originally a drag-on effect, Premiere Pro CC 2017 has a full-on color grading tab. When entering the Color panel, you will be met with all the traditional Lumetri effects, as well as more traditional tools like color wheels.The side panels are split into six default menus — Basic Correction, Creative, Curves, Color Wheels, HSL Secondary, and Vignette. Each tool works independently of each other, so changing the Creative color wheels is not the same as changing the actual Color Wheels.The Basic Correction panel allows you to use an Input LUT (look up table), adjust White Balance, Tone (exposure, contrast, etc), and Saturation. These are each controlled with sliders. (If you don’t like an adjustment, just double-click the slider circle to reset.)The Creative menu allows to to use .Look files, which are specific to working in Lumetri. If you like a “look” you are working on, you can save the adjustments as a preset. You can also download free look files to apply. Additionally, you can adjust the Intensity of the applied look. Within the Adjustments drop-down, you will see options to, well, adjust things like Faded Film, Sharpness, Vibrance, Saturation, and Tint Balance. (Note that this is not the same Saturation slider mentioned in the Basic Correction panel.)For the sake of brevity, the rest of the panels are rather self explanatory. Curves allows you to adjust RGB Curves and Hue Saturation. The Color Wheels act as traditional controls for Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights. The HSL Secondary will allow you to select color ranges and adjust the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness. You can also refine the image with the Denoise and Blur options. Under Correction, you will see the original color correction tool from Premiere, controlled by a single color wheel and basic color sliders. Finally, Vignette adjusts the vignette.Lumetri is included with Premiere Pro. You will need an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.Final Cut Pro X (Color Board)With the latest overhaul of Final Cut Pro 10.3, Apple made an overhaul to the entire face of the NLE — but the color grading remains similar. You will need to apply a Color Correction effect to a clip, and then use the Color Board to adjust the look of the footage. You will adjust four pucks on the board — one each for Shadows, Midtones, Highlights, and Global.I’m personally not a fan of this, but I understand its theory of simple adjustments. I’d much rather use an FCPX plugin for color — which I’ll cover next.The Color Board is included with FCPX. FCPX is available for $299.Color FinaleWhat FCPX lacks in color grading, Color Finale makes up for. This plugin is specific to FCPX, so if you aren’t a Final Cut Pro X user — skip ahead. Color Finale is a product of Color Grading Central, which has a great community for all things color grading related.Color Finale adds a free floating window to FCPX. Inside the window are Color Wheels, Color Sliders, Auto White Balance controls, and the Secondaries Vector tool. The Pro version of Color Finale features some workflow management tools for those working in ACES. Here’s a look at the plugin in action.Color Finale requires FCPX 10.2.3 or higher. It’s available as a FREE 7-day trial, $99 Standard version, and $149 Pro version.FilmConvertFilmConvert is an emulation software that gives digital footage a film feel with grain and color effects. It works on a multitude of NLEs and platforms, including Premiere Pro, FCPX, Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve, After Effects, Sony Vegas Pro, and as a standalone platform. There are also camera profiles for a variety of cameras, likes ARRI, Canon, Sony, Blackmagic, GoPro, and DJI.FilmConvert is compatible with Mac and PC workflows. The video plugins start at $149, and all versions can be had in a $219 bundle.Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite (Colorista)Image via Red BulletColorista is a standalone color grading plugin for Premiere Pro and After Effects. By dragging the Colorista IV effect to your NLE timeline, you will gain access to a three-wheel color corrector, a guided workflow to balance shots, LUTs, RGB curves, color key tool, skin overlays, and hue control. It also integrates itself with Adobe’s masking and tracking features.Odds are you have heard of Red Bullet Colorista, but Colorista is actually part of the much larger Magic Bullet Suite 13. All of the following can also be purchased individually or together as the Magic Bullet Suite. Looks allows you to color correct and apply popular television looks in seconds. Mojo is similar to Looks in that it applies popular looks immediately, though Mojo delivers cinematic looks, sports videos, and fashion films. Film applies the look of twenty-two negative film stocks and four print stocks. Denoiser removes noise and grain, and Renoiser adds cinematic texture and film grain. Finally, Cosmo is a beauty tool, designed to apply digital makeup and cosmetic cleanup.Colorista IV is available as a free trial, $99 for the Academic version, and $199 for the Full version. The entire Magic Bullet Suite is available for $899, which will save you $394.NewBlueFX Color Fixer Pro and ColorfastColor Fixer Pro is a FREE color grading plugin for Premiere Pro, After Effects, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve, and Sony Vegas Pro. It has ten customizable presets, white balance tools, and film lighting curves.If you like the plugin, you can consider upgrading to Colorfast — a color correction and color grading plugin that includes sixty-five presets and the tools to create your own looks.Color Fixer Pro is available for FREE. Colorfast 2 is available as a free trial and a $99 purchase.What are your go-to color grading tools as a video editor? Share your opinions in the comments below!last_img read more

NBA: Gasol to opt out of deal but re-sign with Spurs — report

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Pau Gasol reportedly plans to re-sign with San Antonio Spurs for next season. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Spanish center Pau Gasol will decline a $16.2 million NBA contract option for next season but plans to re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday.The 36-year-old 7-footer (2.13m), who won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, would become a free agent but hopes the move would help him obtain a longer-term contract.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ What ‘missteps’? View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Teng takes over as Philippines wins 3×3 World Cup closer 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Gasol taking a lower salary would enable the Spurs to spend more money to offer other free agents deals for next season, adding talent to a lineup that produced the second-best record in the NBA last season but was swept out of the Western Conference finals by eventual champion Golden State.Gasol, a six-time NBA All-Star taken with the third overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, averaged a career-low 12.4 points with 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots over 64 games in his first campaign with the Spurs last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis career averages over 16 seasons are 17.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 1,119 games with the Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.Former All-Star forward David, 34, is expected to opt out of a deal that would bring him $1.6 million next season in a similar move. Lee averaged 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds over 79 games for the Spurs last season. CBBlast_img read more

England Under-17s overwhelm Spain to land spectacular World Cup win

first_img Read more The Observer Spain were unable to affect the tempo and England continued to look like scoring with each attack, their fourth goal arriving in the 84th minute. Hudson-Odoi was rewarded with a free-kick after the tired Jaume rugby-tackled him to the ground. The Chelsea winger made Spain pay, sending the resulting free-kick into the box for the ball to eventually be turned in by Guehi. The centre-back steered home from inside the six-yard box after a knock-down by his captain, Joel Latibeaudiere.There was no doubt about the result once the fourth had gone in, but it was fitting that the scoring was completed by a combination between Foden and Hudson-Odoi, England’s two outstanding players. The latter had spent most of the game outwitting defenders on the flanks and using his pace to get to the byline but with two minutes to go he showed another side of his game, picking out Foden in space. The City midfielder calmly controlled the ball and got away from the defence before hitting a shot through Fernández. Cue scenes of celebration rarely seen by English players – except this year. Twitter Facebook Read more match reports Pinterest England’s Phil Foden, No7, celebrates scoring their fifth goal with his team-mates. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters Share on Messenger England Under-17s are world champions thanks to an inspired second-half performance in which they overturned a two-goal deficit with five unanswered goals. A talented Spain team were 2-0 ahead just past the half-hour but England, a side packed with attacking talent, recovered to win 5-2 thanks in large part to Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi. Spain could not handle the duo. Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIncenter_img Topics Share on Twitter Share on Facebook England 5-2 Spain: Under-17 World Cup final — as it happened! England U17s head coach Steve Cooper praises self-belief in World Cup win Share on WhatsApp Football Share via Email Reuse this content Rhian Brewster pulled one back just before the break after Sergio Gómez had netted twice for Spain, and from then on there was no turning back for Steve Cooper’s side. They came out after the interval and dominated the game: Morgan Gibbs-White drew England level before Foden took hold of the game, scoring either side of Marc Guehi’s fourth.Foden scored in May to put England 2-1 ahead against the same opponents in the European Championship final. On that occasion Spain scored an equaliser deep in added time before winning the shootout 4-1. There was to be no such disappointment this time and the Under‑17 World Cup is added to June’s triumph by the under-20s, who beat Venezuela 1-0 in their final in South Korea.In May’s final, Hudson-Odoi had opened the scoring. This time a lapse in concentration at the back allowed the Barcelona forward Gómez to give Spain the lead in the 10th minute. Juan Miranda’s looping cross into the box was weakly headed at goal by César Gelabert and Gómez was waiting unmarked to flick the ball home, Steven Sessegnon playing him onside.If lifting the trophy seemed a long way off for England, their spirits were not dampened. Indeed, they were the more consistently threatening thanks to fine combination play from Gibbs-White and Foden, and Hudson-Odoi tormenting the Spanish full-back Jaume.The confidence of Spain grew thanks to their opening goal and they did their best to use England’s high pressing and fast attacking against them. It eventually earned them a second goal in the 31st minute, Gómez again finding space in the area to finish off the move. This time the forward volleyed the ball with his left foot across Curtis Anderson from 15 yards and into the top corner, leaving England looking demoralised.Steve Cooper’s side’s most dangerous play came down the wings and they deservedly found a way back into the game just before the break when Sessegnon crossed from the right after earning himself a few inches of space. He landed the ball on Brewster’s head, the Liverpool forward powering the ball beyond Álvaro Fernández to score his eighth goal of the tournament. Scoring just before the break gave England a momentum they would not relinquish. There was no stopping England in the second half as they dominated possession, Foden taking hold of the game and Hudson-Odoi tiring out the Spanish defence. The shift in dynamic led to England drawing level just before the hour mark. This time the move was started by a Foden pass to Sessegnon, who burst beyond the defence before sending the ball calmly across the six-yard box for Gibbs-White to tap into an empty net.Foden was instrumental, making things happen for England throughout and eventually getting his personal reward by giving his team the lead with 20 minutes to play. The skilful Hudson-Odoi burst away from Moha Moukhliss down the left flank and crossed to the back post, where the onrushing Foden kept his cool to ensure the bobbling ball ended up in the net. The celebrations behind the goals attested to both England’s dominance and the resilience within the side: they looked determined to not let Spain back into the game.last_img read more

Smoke from BC wildfire supports experts conclusions for nuclear winter

first_imgVANCOUVER — Unprecedented smoke from British Columbia’s wildfires in 2017 is helping scientists model the potential impacts of nuclear war on the Earth’s climate, says a study from Rutgers University.The enormous plume of smoke formed the largest cloud of its kind ever observed, which circled the Northern Hemisphere, says the study published Thursday in the peer-reviewed academic journal Science.The cloud, called a pyrocumulonimbus, formed over the wildfire and sent black carbon high into the atmosphere, said the study’s co-author Alan Robock, a distinguished professor in the department of environmental sciences at Rutgers in New Jersey.The scientists used a climate model from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the U.S. to forecast the movement of the dark cloud high into the Earth’s stratosphere, where there is no rain, Robock said.“This smoke that lofted up, that’s what our climate models told us would happen if we put smoke in (the model) as a result of fires from burning cities and industrial areas as if there was a nuclear war,” said Robock.The smoke lasted more than eight months in the stratosphere, where there is no rain to wash it away, the study said.When soot heats up and extends higher into the stratosphere the process is known as self-lofting, it said.“We had never observed it actually happen,” said Robock. “This natural occurrence validated what we had done before in our climate models, so it gave us more confidence that what we were doing was correct.”The team of researchers, including Robock, plugged the data from the B.C. wildfires into their software and successfully compared the real and the projected results, validating their ongoing climate modeling.Robock has been studying and modeling the potential impacts of a so-called nuclear winter since 1984. Even a relatively small nuclear war between India and Pakistan would, for example, send soot into the stratosphere, causing unprecedented climatic cooling, he said.“The temperatures wouldn’t get below freezing in the summer like they would with a war between the United States and Russia. But it would still have devastating effects on agriculture around the world, far removed from where the bombs were dropped,” said Robock, who added that global cooling as a result of nuclear war is by no means a solution to the global heating occurring today.In the case of nuclear winter resulting from a nuclear war between large superpowers, Robock said temperatures would dip below freezing in the summertime and stay there for years, causing starvation as agriculture grinds to a halt around the world.The wildfire smoke cloud contained 0.3 million U.S. tons of soot, while a nuclear war between the United States and Russia could generate 150 million tons, Robock said.It was the consensus on nuclear winter between both Soviet and American scientists that encouraged the de-escalation of the nuclear arms race in the second half of the 20th century, he said.Robock said he hopes the modeling of the climatic consequences of nuclear war will help convince countries to sign the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.There are currently 24 signatories to the treaty, which was adopted by the UN in July 2017 and is meant to be a legally binding mechanism to prohibit nuclear weapons and work towards their elimination worldwide.Fifty countries must sign on to the treaty before it can come into force.To date, neither Canada nor any of the nine countries known to be in possession of nuclear weapons have signed the treaty.Brenna Owen, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Corus Entertainment today announced three unscripted, lifestyle series for international sale at MIPCOM. The company continues to grow its slate of outstanding original unscripted series developed for its portfolio of Women and Lifestyle channels and this season debuts Home to Win (10×60), Backyard Builds (8×30) and $ave My Reno (14×30) to the international market.“Our premium lifestyle series continue to have global appeal and we’re thrilled to showcase three new properties at MIPCOM,” said John MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Women and Lifestyle Content, Corus Entertainment. “We are committed to the continued growth of our slate of top quality programming for international distribution and providing unparalleled service to our clients.”Unscripted series being sold at MIPCOM include: Home to Win (10×60)The hit series Home to Win brings 20 of its HGTV Canada celebrities under the same roof to pool their extraordinary expertise, creativity, and reno know-how. Celebrity builders and designers include Scott McGillivray (Income Property, Moving the McGillivrays), Bryan Baeumler (Leave it to Bryan, Bryan Inc.), Mike Holmes (Holmes on Holmes, Holmes and Holmes), and Sarah Richardson (Sarah’s Rental Cottage, Sarah 101). Together they will completely remodel an average, run-of-the-mill house into a dramatic, inspirational dream home. Home to Win will culminate in a one-hour challenge episode where home-winning hopefuls will compete to win this spectacular house. Produced by Architect Films in association with Corus Entertainment.Backyard Builds (8×30) – In ProductionWhen indoor space isn’t enough, Backyard Builds showcases the endless opportunities outdoor areas can provide. The series stars contractor Brian McCourt and design expert Sarah Keenleyside who work with homeowners to maximize their backyard potential to create tailored, one-of-a-kind structures. Whether it’s a converted shipping container, cake studio, treehouse village, or poolside oasis, this contractor and designer duo can extend any living space on a budget. Produced by Frantic Films in association with Corus Entertainment.$ave My Reno (14×30) – In ProductionIn the upbeat new series $ave My Reno, cash-conscious homeowners finally catch a break when Sebastian Clovis, the savvy contractor with contagious energy, and Sabrina Smelko, the resourceful DIY designer, toss out overpriced reno quotes and make dreams come true with a slashed budget and spectacular renovation. Sebastian and Sabrina save by putting homeowners to work and hunting for salvaged goods. Sabrina is a wiz at finding restored pieces at great prices while creating amazing designs and crafted items. Sebastian is the master at smart spends for breakout builds and custom surprises. Together, they give homeowners the reno they want on a budget they can afford. Produced by Great Pacific Media in association with Corus Entertainment.Corus Entertainment has a longstanding history of international success in the Kids programming category through its production and distribution giant Nelvana, and in more recent years the company has expanded its content offering into the unscripted Women and Lifestyle genre. As commissioning broadcaster and distributor of Canadian series that have achieved international success, with Masters of Flip now available more than 90 territories worldwide and Buying the View in more than 60 territories, Corus brings its production, broadcast and distribution expertise to this new slate of internationally appealing series. Corus’ Women and Lifestyle networks include: Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada, W Network, Slice™, Lifetime, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CMT (Canada) and Cosmo TV.At MIPCOM, Corus will be represented by Rita Carbone Fleury, who will be overseeing the global sales of Corus’ original content slate. Carbone Fleury is a seasoned broadcast sales executive with extensive international experience and past clients include Bell Broadcast & New Media Fund, QVF Productions, Verite Films, marblemedia, Studio B Productions, BRB International (Spain), RAI Italian Television Corporation. For further sales inquiries, visit Rita Carbone Fleury, Worldwide Sales, this MIPCOM at Stand P-1.A0 — Telefilm Booth.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Man bludgeoned wife to death in Gurugram held

first_imgGurugram: Gurugram was once again witnessing to a crime where on the basis of suspicion a husband brutally murdered his wife. The latest case involved the murder of 20-year-old woman identified as Kajal who was murdered by her husband Dharmendra.On Sunday night, he beat her repeatedly with a stone and then crusher her face with the sharp object. On Monday morning, the Gurugram police found the blood laden body of the deceased in Nathupur. Subsequently, the law enforcement officials were able to arrest Dharmendra near the Delhi-Gurugram border. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, Kajal who belonged from Assam had married Dharmendra just six months ago. They were residing in South Delhi’s Chattar Pur area where Dharmendra was working in a local eatery. In the short duration of their marriage, there were constant fights as Dharmendra on numerous occasion raised suspicion on his wife’s character. Sources in the police also highlighted that on numerous occasion, Dharmendra even resorted to domestic violence that further deepened the marital discord between the two even further. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn Sunday, Dharmendra asked Kajal to come with him to Gurugram where his brother resided. Midway there was again a heated argument between the two that eventually led to Dharmendra murdering his wife. The case of murder has been filed in DLF Phase-3 police station under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The law enforcement officials are now trying to get in touch with her family in Assam so that the last rites of the deceased can take place. “Immediately after the incident, we were able to quickly arrest Dharmendra from Aya Nagar that lies in Delhi-Gurugram border. He has confessed to his crime and said that the main reason for him to murder his wife was that he suspected her character. We are trying to interrogate him further was it actually a crime that occurred in the fit of rage or was there any other reason also for him to have carried out this heinous crime,” said a senior police official from Gurugram police. On several occasions in the past, there have been cases where there have been brutal murders in the city due to marital strife. In one of the horrific crimes, a husband pushed his wife and mother of his two children from the eighth floor of his apartment on October 27, 2018, the day of Karva Chauth as he was having an extramarital affair. In yet another heinous crime, a husband bludgeoned his wife to death with a hammer in front of their two-year-old daughter in the fit of rage because of the heated argument between the two.last_img read more

Champika warns cabinet of another 88′ – 89′ period

Sources said that Ranawaka has also proposed that a separate paying system be introduced for government universities. However he also noted that the Government must have a clear stand on the SAITM issue and not be divided.The Ministers at the group meeting agreed that the Government must speak with one voice on the matter.  (Colombo Gazette) Ranawaka told the Government at the meeting that if SAITM is not abolished violence may erupt in the country like what was seen during the 1988 – 1989 period, sources said. Cabinet Minister and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka has warned that the country may face a repeat of the 1988 – 1989 period.He has told a Government group meeting that the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) must be abolished. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne however noted that Sri Lanka needs more doctors as for every 100,000 patients there are only 65 doctors.Senaratne said that the ratio must increase to at least 200 doctors for every 100,000 patients.At the discussion the President had also made inquiries about the ongoing case on SAITM. He said this will attract students like those who had joined SAITM expecting better education.However State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe had said that having a separate paid system will result in an overflow of medical students who will eventually not have jobs. Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera told the President he was confident the outcome of the case will be positive. read more

New UN website mobilizes action to protect waraffected children

The United Nations today announced the launch of a new website aimed at calling attention to the plight of children affected by war and mobilizing action to protect them. Created by the office of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Olara Otunnu, the site uses multimedia technology to provide comprehensive, detailed and easily accessible information on key issues. The website’s statistics paint a harsh picture of conditions facing children in today’s strife-torn world. Over the last decade, 2 million children have been killed in conflict situations, over 1 million have been made orphans, over 6 million have been seriously injured or permanently disabled and over 10 million have been left with grave psychological trauma. A large number of children, especially young women, have been made the targets of rape and other forms of sexual violence as a deliberate instrument of war. While confronting the ugly realities experienced by children caught up in combat, the site also offers hope in a section on progress achieved so far. For example, it notes that war crimes against children have been prosecuted and violations are now being reported more systematically, while warring factions have made concrete commitments to respecting children’s rights and international humanitarian law. read more

Sharpe riding high into halfpipe season as Olympic champ

Cassie Sharpe was name-dropped in a tweet by movie star Ryan Reynolds, saw a little girl dressed up as her for Halloween and even got her face on a pair of socks owned by the prime minister.These things can happen when you win Olympic gold.Sharpe won the halfpipe skiing competition in South Korea, nailing jump after jump and thrilling her native Canada. She gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the special socks during a meet and greet at Parliament Hill with other Olympic medallists in May. The idea came after she saw socks adorned with Trudeau’s face at a tourist shop in Vancouver and bought them to wear to the meeting.“I told one of my friends about it and she was like, ‘You should get socks with your face on them and give them to him.’ So yeah, I gave the prime minister socks with my face on them,” Sharpe said with a laugh in a phone interview with The Canadian Press. “He said people always give him stuff with his face on them so I was like: ‘you know what? Funny you should say that,’ and I pulled up my pant leg and showed him my socks with his face on them.”The visit to the capital was just one of the highlights for Sharpe in a summer that also saw her take some much-needed time for herself after years of near non-stop training for her Olympic debut. She went to Mexico, Disney World and Japan over a three-month break. Now that she’s back on snow in the Colorado mountains, Sharpe is ready to defend her World Cup points title at her season-opening event at Copper Mountain.Sharpe finished first in qualifying runs Wednesday for the weekend’s competition with 93.75 points. She called the Copper Mountain halfpipe her “nemesis” — three years ago, she took a tumble on the course while doing one of her easier tricks and has had trouble turning off the negative feelings.“I think coming into last year I was only thinking about that (fall) and I wasn’t aggressive, I wasn’t enjoying skiing it, I had so much on the back of my mind,” said Sharpe, who’s spent the last few weeks training in Austria. “I think this year coming into it I’ve tried to only have positivity about it and not dwell on something that happened three seasons ago. We’ll see how it goes but I’m definitely trying to emote more positive vibes toward this pipe.”Sharpe capped the 2017-18 halfpipe campaign with a World Cup victory in France a month after winning Olympic gold. The 26-year-old won two other World Cup competitions last year and added to her medal haul with a Dew Tour gold and an X Games bronze.While the next Olympic Games is still three years away, Sharpe said she is not taking it any easier this season. The pressure to maintain her top ranking is serving as a motivation.“I definitely feel the pressure of being the athlete on top,” Sharpe said. “I feel like it’s more performing on demand — like I have to always be on and skiing my best to maintain that spot and that pressure and expectation that I’m going to do that. That’s what I feel more, but I’m for sure my worst critic. I’m the person who pushes myself the most.“My family, my coaches, my team, no one is putting that pressure on me. So I’m trying to just be more positive and go out there with a more fun (attitude) instead of that heavy, competitive vibe all the time. I just want to have fun with this season.”The Associated Press read more

Anastasiades reelection reduces uncertainty over Cyprus economic policies

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The re-election of President Nicos Anastasiades for a second term in office reduces uncertainty over the direction of economic policies in Cyprus, rating agency DBRS has said.In a press release, DBRS said “the latest election result gives President Anastasiades a solid mandate for a second consecutive term,” adding “the recovery of the economy under his first term seemed to have driven votes in his favour.”Furthermore, the agency noted that “with the presidential elections settled, the focus moves back to addressing the challenges Cyprus faces,” such as the reduction of banks’ high non-performing loans (NPLs), the still high private sector debt, and maintaining healthy growth prospects and public finances.“DBRS sees the election outcome as reducing the uncertainty over the direction of economic policies. DBRS expects continuity on fiscal policy and the debt management strategy, and more progress on efforts to address banking sector vulnerabilities, after delays on pending reforms in Parliament ahead of the elections,” the agency added.Referring to the future reforms, DBRS said the government lacks a majority in the House of Representatives, which “resulted in delays in adopting additional reforms and is likely to remain a challenge for the government’s reform agenda.”“Moreover, the completion of additional privatisations is likely to be a major test for the newly re-elected administration,” the agency said, adding that if completed, reforms such as privatisations could contribute to a faster-than-expected decline in public debt.In December 2017, DBRS changed the trend on the BB (low) ratings for Cyprus from Stable to Positive, the Cyprus News Agency reports.“This change reflects DBRS’s view that Cyprus’ solid fiscal and economic performances are likely to be maintained, leading to a further reduction in the government debt-to-GDP ratio,” the agency added.DBRS said the Cypriot economy is expected to grow by 3.8 per cent in 2017 beating the earlier projection of 3 per cent, while economic growth is projected at 35 in 2018 and 2019.The forecast for the 2017 fiscal surplus was revised upwards to 1.0 per cent of GDP from an earlier forecast of only 0.2 per cent and it is now expected to remain above 1.3 per cent over the next two years.EU Commission forecasts strong growth momentum in Cyprus for the next two yearsGrowth in Cyprus for 2017 will peak at 3.8 per cent and will continue expanding at 3.2 per cent and 2.8 per cent for 2018 and 2019, according to the European Commission (EC), making Cyprus “one of the fastest growing economies in the euro area,” while wages, employment and consumption will continue to expand, even if export and tourism may slow down due to capacity constraints.The EC forecasts a ‘Strong Growth Momentum’ for Cyprus in its release of the Winter Interim Economic Forecast, published today in Brussels by Commissioner Pierre Moscovici.The European Commission DGECFIN (the responsible directorate general in its structure that compiled this report) notes that “Cyprus is experiencing a very strong recovery,” while “quarterly GDP growth in the third quarter of last year was just as solid as in the first half of the year”, furthermore stating that “available ‘soft’ and early ‘hard’ data point to healthy growth in the fourth quarter as well.”The only negative aspect of the interim forecast was inflation that “surprised on the downside”, at 0.7 per cent in 2017, mainly driven by energy prices, while prices of processed and non-processed foods and industrial goods declined in the second half of the year.Even so, after two years in negative territory, “core inflation turned marginally positive in 2017 due to higher service prices linked to increasing wages.” Inflation in 2018 is expected to climb to 1.2 per cent, mainly as a result of higher oil prices, and to 1.3 per cent in 2019, amid higher domestic price pressures stemming from wage dynamics.According to the EC, the economy’s robust performance can be attributed “to strong private consumption and solid export growth, as well as some support from public consumption.” Moreover, private consumption benefited “from rapidly expanding employment across all sectors (which led to a marked decline in unemployment, including long-term unemployment) and rising compensation per employee.” Wages and employment are expected to continue growing into 2018 and 2019, supporting private consumption.Furthermore, the EC notes that “exports of services were strong, especially in the second and third quarters of 2017, linked to the ongoing tourism boom in Cyprus,” stating that “this coincided with a certain rebound in goods exports.”Meanwhile, import growth was “more moderate in the first three quarters of 2017” (compared to 2016, when imports and investment were heavily influenced by one-offs related to ship purchases), but “both investment and imports are expected to have picked up in the last quarter of the year.”After “the surge in 2016”, investment “levelled off in 2017.” The EC projects it “to pick up in 2018, on the back of buoyant residential construction and plans for large tourism projects.”In 2019, the EC expects “import growth is to strengthen”, driven by “rising consumption and investment,” while export growth “is set to slow given limited opportunities for further growth, especially in tourism” where “capacity constraints may become binding.”On Thursday the European Commission presented its first new issue of what will be twice-yearly interim forecasts, resuming its annual schedule of two-fully fledged forecasts and two much shorter interim forecasts as produced until the height of the sovereign debt crisis. The interim forecasts provide an update of GDP and inflation developments for all EU Member States. They will be published in February and July, providing an update of its comprehensive spring and autumn economic forecasts. This interim forecast updates the outlook of the autumn 2017 economic forecast of 9 November 2017.last_img read more

Vitamine B6 effets sources carence questce que cest

first_imgVitamine B6 : effets, sources, carence, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Hydrosoluble, la vitamine B6 est rapidement éliminée par voie naturelle. N’étant pas synthétisée par l’organisme, elle doit donc faire l’objet d’un apport alimentaire quotidien pour éviter les carences.Qu’est-ce que la vitamine B6 ?Sous l’appellation générique « vitamine B6 » sont regroupées six substances distinctes que sont la pyridoxamine 5-phosphate, la pyridoxamine, le pyridoxal 5-phosphate, la pyridoxine, la pyridoxine 5-phosphate et le pyridoxal. L’ensemble de ces composants est essentiel au bon fonctionnement du corps humain puisqu’ils participent à de nombreux processus métaboliques et organiques :- La métabolisation des acides aminés, – La production des neuromédiateurs, – La synthèse de certaines hormones (adrénaline, noradrénaline, dopamine…), – Le renouvellement des hématies, – Le fonctionnement du système immunitaire…Quels sont les apports journaliers recommandés ?Les besoins journaliers d’un individu sont fortement liés à sa consommation de protéines. Il faut, en effet, savoir que la vitamine B6 est amplement mobilisée pour faciliter l’assimilation des protéines alimentaires. Ainsi, une personne dont le régime alimentaire est riche en protéines nécessitera un apport en vitamine B6 moins important que d’autres. Dans tous les cas, les autorités sanitaires font état d’un apport journalier recommandé de 2 mg par jour. Il ne s’agit là que d’une indication qui sera susceptible de varier selon diverses situations puisque certaines personnes présentent des besoins augmentés : les femmes enceintes, les personnes souffrant d’alcoolisme, les personnes âgées, les grands sportifs…Quels sont les risques d’une carence en vitamine B6 ?Les sources alimentaires de la vitamine B6étant multiples, les carences sévères sont très rares dans les pays industrialisés. Certains déficits légers peuvent toutefois être observés chez les personnes alcooliques ou celles atteintes d’une pathologie intestinale chronique. Une insuffisance en vitamine B6 se manifeste alors par les symptômes suivants : irritabilité, fatigue, dépression, anémie, glossite (inflammation de la langue), inflammation de la commissure des lèvres…Quels aliments contiennent de la vitamine B6 ?La grande majorité des aliments renferment de la vitamine B6, mais certains affichent une teneur plus intéressante que d’autres. C’est le cas, notamment, des poissons gras, des abats, de la viande, des œufs, des pommes de terre, des bananes ou encore de la levure de bière. En outre, certains légumes, légumineuses et céréales complètes constituent également des sources d’apport potentielles.Quelles sont les maladies en lien avec la pyridoxine ?À lire aussiAutisme : la vitamine B9 pourrait permettre de réduire le risque à la naissanceL’avitaminose B6 est le terme médical associé à une carence profonde en vitamine B6. Or, un déficit massif peut avoir des répercussions majeures sur l’organisme étant donné les fonctions importantes assumées par la vitamine B6 au sein du corps humain. Les troubles peuvent être divers : neurologiques, digestifs, immunitaires, psychiques… Chez l’enfant (moins de 8 ans), des cas d’acrodynie ont été rapportés dans le cadre d’une carence.Le 25 avril 2017 à 12:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

San Diego police one of last big city departments to use chokehold

first_img Updated: 7:47 AM Ashlie Rodriguez, Ed Lenderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The use of the chokehold by the San Diego Police Department was the topic of discussion Tuesday night at a Community Review Board meeting.Residents want to know why officers are still allowed to use the restraint technique that can lead to death.There are a few reasons why residents are bothered.San Diego is one of the last major cities that allows the police force to use a chokehold. It’s been banned in New York and Los Angeles for decades.The other concern, they say, is the technique disproportionately affects minority communities.Members of the community expressed their concerns to San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit, who listened, angry over the use of the chokehold by his officers.It’s the topic that kicked off the Community Review Board meeting, a public body that looks at complaints against the police force.The chokehold, or the carotid artery restraint, squeezes the arteries in the neck so the suspect passes out. But when applied, the suspect can experience permanent brain trauma, or worse, die in as little as 30 seconds.In 2015, video showed the chokehold being used on a man by a sheriff’s deputy at a traffic stop in Del Cerro. It was labeled as excessive force.Back in January, this board brought in a medical expert, who said the chokehold is dangerous and should only be used if the officer feels the suspect is a lethal threat.The feeling of mistrust weighed heavy inside the Malcolm X Library, where people explained the perception is that those living south of the I-8, and specifically black men, could be directly impacted by this technique. Posted: March 27, 2018 March 27, 2018center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter San Diego police one of last big city departments to use chokehold restraint Ashlie Rodriguez, Ed Lenderman last_img read more

Vancouver council grants city manager 15 pay raise

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council on Monday praised City Manager Eric Holmes and gave him a 1.5 percent pay increase, equivalent to what all non-represented city employees earned for 2013.The pay increase will be retroactive to Jan. 1, said Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.“We are extremely pleased with the performance of our city manager,” Leavitt said. Measured by both quantitative and qualitative standards, Holmes was rated an 8.8 out of a possible 10, a half-point improvement from his last evaluation, which was in December 2011. At that time, he was given a 3.5 percent raise.Monday’s raise boosts Holmes’ salary to $169,659, plus benefits.Holmes, the only staff member the city council can set compensation for and hire or fire, was promoted from assistant city manager in October 2010.Councilor Bill Turlay, who was not yet on the council, recalls urging the council to hire Holmes and not spend thousands of dollars on a nationwide search.“I recognized you were a talent in-house,” Turlay said. “I’m extremely proud to have been one of your earliest supporters.” He thanked Holmes for helping him get off to a running start his first year on the council by setting up individual meetings for him with department leaders.last_img read more

Man gets 5 years jail for sexually assaulting daughter

first_imgHyderabad: The MSJ Court at LB Nagar on Friday convicted one man for sexually assaulting his daughter. The court sentenced one Lingam Kumar to five years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000. According to police, on July 12 a complaint was lodged by the victim (10), in which she stated that her father was sexually assaulting her since last two years. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us She said that due to assault she went to her relative’s house but did not disclose to anyone about the assault, as her father threatened her with dire consequences. On the eve of Raksha Bandhan festival, she was called back to her house by her father and again he assaulted her. She revealed her ordeal to her Mathematics teacher and with the help of the teacher she got in touch with the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU). On receiving the information, they spoke to the girl and sent her to Government Children Home and also informed the police. Later, on receipt of the complaint police registering a case under sections 376 (2) (ii) F(1) IPC & Sec 4 of POCSO Act and nabbed the accused and sent him to judicial custody.last_img read more

15 graft cases against Mirza Abbas others to continue HC

first_imgMirza AbbasA bench of justice Obaidul Hassan and justice Krishna Debnath rejected the revision petitions filed by the accused in 2017 challenging the proceedings of the cases.The fresh order cleared the way for the lower court to continue the trial proceedings of the 15 corruption cases filed against them.Anti-Corruption Commission’s lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said the HC earlier had stayed the trial proceedings of the cases in 2017.He said the ACC on 29 March, 2007 filed a first information report (FIR) with Motijheel police station against 12 people, including Mirza Abbas and a number of high officials of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) and Power Development Board (PWD).The accused in connivance with each other sold 18 abandoned government houses on a fake auction at prices much lower than the market price, according to the FIR.In 2007, Dhaka Special Judge Court -3 framed charges against 21 people, including Abbas, in the 15 cases.last_img read more

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first_imgWant to be the coolest kid on the dock? Waiting for a promotion or simply want to hone your skills before you get back to work? Today’s featured deal, and may I say one of the awesome ones, is for you. Not only you get to pay exactly how much you want to pay for the courses you take but you also contribute to charity and get into a free Google giveaway. What exactly is this developer bundle all about?If you want to build your own apps and websites, this back-end developer bundle is all that you need to get your journey started. From Ruby to Python and PHP, this bundle has it all for you to learn new languages at your  own pace. Get some 100 hours of content and eight courses covering different aspects of several languages. Name your own price which could go as low as just $2 and start coding! You can start the beginner courses with no prior programming experience required at all. Go up the steps and you will be able to write and work on real-life projects with the help of this back-end developer bundle.Get to know all the details of these eight courses of the Back-End Developer Bundle, name your own price and start coding. 10% of your purchase price will be donated to the charity. Need even more incentives? If you beat the average price (right now at $10), you will get to unlock the contents of all of these eight courses! Yes, the entire bundle at a fraction of the original price.What are you waiting for? Head over to Wccftech Deals, name your price, unlock the entire bundle, and be ready to become a star programmer! Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Alphons assures support to PETA to ban elephant rides

first_imgIngrid Newkirk, Founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently called on K J Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism, Government of India, and submitted 63,000 digitally-signed appeals from tourists requesting a ban on elephant rides. The petition was a result of a viral video which showed that the elephant being used for tourism was beaten so hard breaking its leg. Alphons watched the video during the meeting with the Newkirk and assured her that he would take measures to prevent cruelty against elephants.Newkirk remarked, “Representing tourists from all over the world, who would rather take home photographs of elephants living in nature than memories of a trip ruined by the sad plight of animals It was heartening to hear the Minister express his compassion and respect for the plight of these social, intelligent and sensitive beings thereby pledging to help.” PETA reported that Alphons has assured Newrick that he will issue an advisory to state governments and union territories on this matter. Earlier, the ministry had also received a letter from Academy Award winner, Anjelica Huston, requesting the minister to stop cruelty towards elephants.last_img read more