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Editing Features in DaVinci Resolve and Resolve Lite

first_imgSlipPut mouse over the Clip thumbnail Did you know you can perform basic video edits in Resolve and Resolve Lite? In this post we’ll guide you through the fundamentals. Let’s go!Video editing in Resolve 10 feels very similar to an NLE. The added features of this release give you the ability to modify edits without going back to your NLE. Currently, Resolve 10 is $995 & Resolve Lite is free. You can compare the features here.You can also just start an edit in Resolve 10. I can see those new to the industry embracing Resolve 10 Lite, as it is free and can do a lot on it’s own or combine it with Final Cut Pro X. For $300 that gives you a crazy amount of post power for the money.In this post we tackle the basics of video editing Resolve:1. Walkthrough of Editing Features & Interface in Resolve2. Performing Video Edits in Resolve3. Resolve 10 Video Editing Shortcuts4. Trimming in DaVinci ResolveNote – If you’re new to Resolve 10, check out the section on Editing in the Manual (pages 165-248). Resolve is powerful, but not the most intuitive app. An example is that at times you may see Menu selections grayed out, like Video Scopes and Safe Areas. This is because you are not in the correct page.  Video Scopes and Safe Areas are accessible when you are in the Color Page (not the Edit Page).I also suggest going though all the menus, and memorizing the shortcuts you often use. Resolve 10 is not as “right clicky” as most NLE’s, so often you will need to go to a menu or know the shortcut to be efficient.Walkthrough of Resolve Editing Features & InterfaceKeyboard Layout: You can choose to use popular NLE keyboard layouts in Resolve. Modify this setup in Project Settings > Editing (gear icon on the bottom left).Spend some time in the Project Settings and customize Resolve 10 to best suit your workflow (just as you would in any video editing application)…Transitions and Preroll/Postroll settings:  Project Settings > EditingSnapping and Linked Video/Audio: Icons in ToolbarTimeline View Options and Audio Meters: Icons in TimelineMatch Frame: Use the shortcut “F” or click the icon in the Source or Timeline ViewerAccess the Audio Mixer: View > Audio MixerTitles and Transitions: Toolbox, below Media PoolSpeed Changes: Retime a clip by using the shortcut Command (on Mac) or Control (on PC) + R. Constant & variable changes can then be made on the clip from the Timeline. You can also change constant speed and retiming options in the Inspector.Performing Video Edits in ResolveResolve 10 adds the Edit Page, a portion of the app geared specifically geared toward video editing.You can edit directly from the Media Pool in List View with Filmstrip. Resolve has a hover scrub ability, so drag your playhead to view the clip, then press I and O to set in and out. Note: the Media Pool is equivalent to a project/browser in a NLE. InsertSelect the insert icon in the toolbar or press F9. SlidePut mouse over the Clip Name (bottom of clip) Place on TopPress F12. This behaves like the Superimpose Edit in FCP7. ReplaceSelect the replace icon in the toolbar or press F11. This uses the playheads in the Source and Timeline Viewer to perform the edit. OverwriteSelect the overwrite icon in the toolbar or press F10. Fit to FillPress Shift + F11 Append to EndPress Shift + F12 (similar to FCP X) You can drag and drop the clip into the Timeline, or right click and choose “Insert Selected Clips to Timeline”.You also have the choice of “Append Selected Clips to Timeline”, which is an editing feature in FCPX.Additionally, you can double click on a clip in the Media Pool to load a clip into the Source Viewer. Set your in and out in the Source Viewer (using the I and O shortcuts). Then drag into the Timeline in Normal Edit Mode (use the pointer, shortcut is A).Resolve 10 Video Editing ShortcutsResolve 10 offers the  standard editing functions found in NLEs. Note: The tools and types of edits are also under the Edit Menu. Here’s a few of my favorite video editing shortcuts for Resolve: Left or Right ArrowMove one frame (add shift to shortcut to move in 1 second increments) Up or Down ArrowJumps to previous or next edit RollingPut mouse between 2 clips. Perform split edits by holding Option (on Mac) or Alt (on PC) before you click. Have you tried the editing features in Resolve 10 Lite?  If not, what are you waiting for, it’s free (grab the download on the Blackmagic site here).Share your thoughts in the comments section below! You can lock and target tracks in the Timeline and from the Edit Menu:Trimming in DaVinci ResolvePress T to get into “Trim Edit Mode  or click on the Trim icon.You have one trim tool that performs ripple, roll slip and slide. What determines the type of trim this is where you place the mouse… RazorSelect the razor in the toolbar or press B. B cuts one track, while Command + B (on Mac) or Control + B (on PC) cuts multiple tracks. RipplePut mouse on the side of the clip you want to Ripplelast_img read more

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Fake Chinese Parts Doomed IAF’s Super Hercules

first_imgDid IAF’s ‘US-made’ C-130J Super Hercules that crashed have fake Chinese parts? Related Itemslast_img

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Chumma Chumma De De

first_imgA caress given with lips. Key to paradise. The blossom of love. The first discharge of a purely, physical, sexual sensation, the first crisis of voluptuous pleasure. The kiss has been described in many ways by experts, as the mother of all senses. Interestingly, while kissing in its present form is said to be rare among the primitive races, it appears to be fully established and almost instinctive in higher societies.The celebrated Dr. Kinsey’s Report found that kissing is more common as a measure of love among the higher echelons of society. Lower down the social strata, men may have initiated lots of action with tons of females, but the kiss has hardly played any role in those gasp-pant transactions. Sociologists believe that kissing was almost unknown in ancient Egypt (Cleopatra didn’t kiss?) although widely practiced in Assyria and Greece, but mainly as a token of humility and reverence and fully developed in India only once the Aryan influence seriously invaded the land with its s-m-o-o-o-c-h signature.The sublime language that Shakespeare describes as “the voice of all the Gods that make heaven drowsy with harmony” had once invaded early Bollywood, but in its latest avatar, it is played out in an embarrassing whimper. The passionate, red-hot, four-minute (longest recorded kiss in an Indian movie) shared between the husband-wife team of Devika Rani and Himangshu Rai in Karma (1933) has never ever been remotely matched in recent times. Consistently shying away (No kissing — we’re Indians, yaar!] B-town freaked out simulating the kiss (by showing flowers swaying and then touching, birds coochie-cooing) in the dumbest way. Over time, kissing did make it into the movies, but last year lip-service chewed up a lot of space. The biggest surprise was the tight-lipped, no-kissing Shahrukh Khan giving in to the dictates of the script and actually kissing the angelic Katrina Kaif — more than once.Did it work? Did these acts, blending love n’ lust from hunks and babes get the required reactions from the audiences (the drool, gasp, pant) as expected? Out of the bedrooms and into the public domain, did new-age Bollywood finally manage to take the leap with any real degree of success? From all reports the answer seems to be a resounding no.Film Critic Kalpana Nair says: “The grammar of Bollywood is usually so dramatized and over-the-top that something as fragile as a kiss invariably pops as a soap-bubble under its weight. After all, you can’t choreograph it like a sex scene or cue armies of back-up dancers to lend it scale.” She points out that Bollywood spent decades filming weird, cheap, titillating sex-scenes, worked its way to some coded satin-sheeted draped coitus, then shed most of its clothes (Beautify? Celebrate? Commodify?) to grapple desperately with the simplest of all acts defining, magical, pure love — the kiss.She is spot-on. Never has the female body been so flashily, glamorously and sexily, promoted as an object of desire as in the last few years. From Munni to Fevicol the Item Girl — completely wiping out the yesteryear’s Vamp/Cabaret Girl — is played by every single top heroine and remains a critical masala ingredient on its journey to the magical Rs. 100 crore club. Scintillatingly choreographed (with huge focus on the male-friendly gaze), Farah Khan and gang remain committed to turn on the heat and strike target with chart-busters that become veritable anthems, must-play numbers at every party/club/disco/wedding/function worth the name. Yet these very same guys can’t seem to transmit even a fraction of the required gentleness, sensitivity, tenderness and chemistry when framing a simple, believable, convincing kissing scene that will light up the emotive quotient to ignite the moment. Why?24-year old Mumbai-based photojournalist Awasthi ascribes it to two factors: “For one, almost without exception, Bollywood stars —heroes and heroines — are totally out of depth in this area because kissing is not a part of the prescribed B-town vocabulary required for success. How does one act out kissing scenes? The discomfort and cluelessness is evident. Secondly, B-town is full of bloated, shoshabaazi stars, (not actors) so layers and nuances are alien territory. Love scenes with kissing falls into this category — a space without props from directors, lyricists, singers, dialogue writers etc. — so it’s a flop show!”Sneha, a 23-year old Mumbai-based assistant director for a production house, puts it more bluntly: “It’s amazing, but men can piss but can’t kiss in public. They don’t think twice about unzipping and letting fly. Koi sharam nahin, but the most beautiful and spontaneous act of bonding has them in dumb, panic mode.”Kolkata TV actress and Anchor June Malleya argues the problem is cultural: “To begin with, these romantic scenes are played out in the most unromantic environment of all; with camera, lights and tons of technicians around, the director yelling instructions … does it happen like that in one’s private lives? Also, we, unlike the west, are not a demonstrative people. So kissing does not come naturally to us, in a, any-time, any-where, any-person mode.”Veteran, Delhi-based ad executive Esha Guha concurs: “As a people, we are not physically demonstrative while expressing affection, love or passion, so why should cinema be any different? Remember, commercial movies come with a built-in mandate of hyping the truth. With the exception of the original serial kisser Aamir Khan and later his enthusiastic successor Emran Hashmi, no one has really come on with any great heat. Even the king of romance, SRK, in Jab Tak Hai Jaan was a sensational p-h-u-s-s!”Guha believes that the actresses have fared better in this area: “Be it Piggy Chops, Kat Kaif, Mallika Sherawat, Anushka or Deepika … they’ve all displayed greater efficiency, acting skills and credibility in the smooch department. Re-visit their scenes and you’ll agree. The guys are a disaster!”Mumbai-based journalist Roma Kapadia adds: “Indian society, post-globalisation may be wanting to make that critical, new-age, paradigm shift regarding morality, but still feel distinctly uncomfortable while discussing anything to do with sex. If we can’t talk about it with any degree of normalcy and maturity, how can we ever hope to represent it, meaningfully?”Journalist Shrishti Jha argues that that filmmakers obsessed with the Rs.100 crore club and convinced that kissing generates excitement incorporate it, come what may; “The heroines, for their turn, are running scared about vetoing it and getting dumped, replaced by another willing girl, so they go along. Also, somewhere they believe that bold scenes and kissing give them an entry into the business, even a ticket to stardom. Why else would everyone from Aditi Rao Hydari to Bips, Priyanka and Katrina kiss and flash flesh? As for whether they enjoy it or not, approve it or not … ask them!”Communication specialist and ad titan Alyque Padamsee says: “I think it has to do with the fear of the scary, uncontrollable hormonal rush. A peck on the cheek or on the mouth is both safe and antiseptic, but a full-blooded, passionate French kiss where tongues play starring roles can lead to problems. Why? Because it unleashes desire and lust that usually zooms to the next destination and that is certainly not what stars are looking for! Hence, keep it cosmetic and quiet, sweet n’ cute and let the camera and crazy body language imply passion and whatever it is that the scene requires. That’s my take.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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Fried Ice Cream

first_imgA teaser poster announcing the opening of its flagship outlet at a mall in New Delhi invited “International Travellers” for a preview, with a worm line, “Entry restricted only to holders of international passports.”An Indian turned away from the store on Dec. 15 (ostensibly because the store was overcrowded, according to the company) posted an image of the poster on the Web, sparking a viral online campaign, protesting “Indians not allowed” at the store. The red faced company quickly melted. Anindo Mukherji, managing director of General Mills India, which markets the brand in the country, said, “An error was made in the creative execution. It was a wrong choice of words, and we regret the error.”The company claims the campaign intended to suggest that one could taste foreign things without travelling abroad. “The message was intended to suggest that you can enjoy, for instance, a taste of the French Riviera without travelling to France – at Häagen-Dazs,” Mukherji said. “Unfortunately the reference to the international passport holder on the poster may have led to a significant miscommunication. This was completely unintended and we apologize for creating the misimpression that may have hurt our sentiments as Indians…. Häagen-Dazs products and our Häagen-Dazs shop in India are and will always be for our consumers in India.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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Indian Students Facing Visa Issues Seek Govt Help

first_imgAbout 700 Indian students fear losing their academic year after getting admissions in various post-graduate courses in German universities due to the lack of availability of slots for visa interviews at the country’s consulate in Mumbai. The students have now started approaching Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on social media with the issue.The students have to report at the particular university by October 1, when the new academic year begins, according to the Times of India. The problem is being felt only at Mumbai since there is a huge number of applicants, and no additional arrangements were done to ensure smooth functioning of the process.“Everybody’s goal to pursue the course of their choice in German is at stake. Students have already paid fee for their admission in universities which had asked for the fee to be deposited,” Dishant Nayak, a student, told TOI. The publication also cited the cases of some other students like Samarth, who got admission into Hochschule Bremerhaven for a Masters course in process engineering and energy technology as far back as the end of June. Though he initiated the visa proceedings on June 29, he has not got a visa slot yet, the report added.“We have friends across other consulates and they are doing quite fine. No one is facing a problem. It is the problem in Mumbai only,” Shreyas Gulhane, a student, told TOI.Among the universities that the Indian students have got admission into are the Hof University of Applied Science, Tehcnische Hochschule insgolstadt, University of Freiburg, HTW Berlin, and Hamburg University of Applied Science.The German Consulate General in Mumbai, meanwhile, posted a notice on their social media pages last week, warning students about false agencies claiming to help them in arranging visa interview slots. “We are dealing with a very high number of student visa applications at the moment, because of which we are forced to place students on waiting lists and are unable to advance appointments or arrange for special appointments. Be assured we are doing our utmost to fulfill applicants’ needs,” the post added.The post received comments from worried students, highlighting their plight. “Sir my college starts on 1st october even after getting extension I am not able to get to the college.because I am not even getting appointment in october. [SIC],” a comment by Abhinav Paul Suman said. Related ItemsGerman consulate MumbaiIndia students GermanyIndian admissions GermanyLittle IndiaNRI students Germanystudent visas Germanylast_img read more

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10 months ago​Brighton midfielder Gross unfazed by Liverpool, Southampton links

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Brighton midfielder Gross unfazed by Liverpool, Southampton linksby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Pascal Gross is not concerned about transfer speculation.The playmaker has been linked to clubs such as Liverpool and Southampton in the transfer window.But he is focused on doing a great job for his current club.Gross said to the Evening Standard: “I don’t read the newspapers but then maybe some friends or here (club) someone sees it and makes a joke.”I have got nothing to say about it.”I am really enjoying and I’m really happy to play in the Premier League with Brighton.”I hope we can continue as we have done. At the moment that is everything I care about, the game on Saturday and that’s it.”All the other stuff, that’s not my business.” last_img read more

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BlackBerry Secure tools revealed at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:BB)David Paddon, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Anyone who has seen an “Intel Inside” label on a piece of computer technology will instantly grasp what BlackBerry Ltd. is aiming to achieve with its “BlackBerry Secure” branding strategy.The Canadian technology company, based in Waterloo, Ont., unveiled the latest components of BlackBerry Secure on Monday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev.The announcements were aimed mostly at manufacturers and other companies that want to assure their customers that their products have privacy and security features endorsed by BlackBerry.Alex Thurber, a BlackBerry senior vice-president and its general manager of Mobility Solutions, acknowledged that younger consumers may not be as aware of the company as in its heyday before the arrival of the iPhone a decade ago.But Thurber said BlackBerry still makes the security software and other features that go into phones and other devices in return for licencing fees.“Of course, businesses and enterprises and governments are still very aware that BlackBerry is out there because our software management and security has continued to be deployed everywhere,” Thurber said Monday.Speaking by phone from Las Vegas, Thurber said one of the BlackBerry’s achievements has been its accreditations by the National Information Assurance Partnership administered by the U.S. National Security Agency.That accreditation has opened government doors for BlackBerry in the United States — the company’s biggest market — and around the world.“It really is all the G7 governments that use BlackBerry technology, be it the older hardware phones or now the software-protected devices. I think that’s important,” Thurber said.“At the end of the day, people realize that governments need to secure classified information and companies that they trust are companies that have proven themselves.”In today’s world of internet-connected consumer electronics and social media, Thurber added, consumers are also concerned about who is collecting and re-selling their personal information.“We have never monetized users’ data. We have been very clear and up-front about that,” Thurber said.The BlackBerry Secure labelling has been attached to specialty phones by Punkt Tronics AG, under a framework agreement announced last year. BlackBerry also signed a similar deal last year with Bullitt Group, a British smartphone and consumer electronics maker, but that hasn’t yet resulted in a BlackBerry secure product.The company is also working with a partner that makes Alexa-enabled interactive speakers, though the partner hasn’t been identified.BlackBerry is talking with potential partners that could use its BlackBerry Secure feature packs, Thurber said.“We’re hoping that those will start being announced around the time of Mobile World Congress (in Barcelona) at the end of February.”last_img read more

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State to reduce complexity in recruitment process of teachers

first_imgKolkata: The state Education department has decided to simplify the process of recruitment by the School Service Commission (SSC), which is responsible for recruitment of assistant teachers in the state.The Education department has also constituted a five-member committee to look into the demands of the SSC candidates, who have been staging demonstrations near the Kolkata Press Club for the past 23 days. “We have come across certain complexities associated with the recruitment process by School Service Commission. I have instructed officials in the department to review the process and simplify it as far as possible,” state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said after meeting a representative of agitating candidates at his office in Bikash Bhavan on Friday. It may be mentioned here that there are four steps involved in the interview of the candidates before being finally selected. The department wants to bring it down to two. “The recruitment process of the teachers has been marred by several litigations. These litigations have come up due to the complex nature of recruitment rules. We want to hold the examination at least once in a year and for this purpose the simplification of recruitment rules is necessary,” a senior official of the state Education department said. The department officials while framing the rules will consider the weightage of marks secured by candidates in the Higher Secondary and the marks in the SSC examination. According to sources, since 2011 the recruitment process can be carried out only twice. The five member-committee led by secretary of School Education department Manish Jain will take into account the demands of the agitating student and will submit a report to Chatterjee in 15 days. Then, the minister will again hold a meeting with the agitating candidates. “Our government is sympathetic towards their issue and we will try to come up with a solution under the ambit of law. Their names figure in the waiting list and they should understand that they are not part of the panel,” a senior official of the department said. Earlier, Chatterjee had met the candidates at his office on March 6 and after being informed of their demands, he had assured them that those having the requisite qualification would get call for interview in due course. Chatterjee had also sought a report from the SSC regarding these candidates. The agitating SSC candidates, who alleged not being recruited as teachers in classes IX to XII despite having the requisite qualifications, had first met the minister on March 2. These are the candidates, who had written the SSC exams in 2013 and 2017 and had subsequently qualified the examination, are on the waiting list for recruitment. They are demanding that recruitments should be made against numerous vacant seats across schools in Bengal. They are in the waiting list for post of assistant teachers in high school, and for the posts of work and physical education teachers. The agitating students vowed to continue the stir unless there were some concrete assurances about filling up vacancies in the state-run schools.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Congratulates Atlas Lions on Winning CHAN 2018

Rabat – King Mohammed VI sent a congratulatory message on Sunday evening to the members of the Moroccan National Football Team of local players, on their win of the African Nations Championship (CHAN 2018).In this message, the Monarch said that he followed “with joy and pride the well-deserved achievement of the Moroccan selection of local players,” who won the 5th edition of the CHAN , beating in the final Nigeria by 4 goals to 0.The King expressed his “warmest congratulations to all the components of the national team, players, coach, technical and medical staff, leaders and executives of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) following this great sporting feat that comes to crown the beautiful performance and high competitiveness that the national team has shown during all phases of this African competition, organized in Morocco.” King Mohammed VI also welcomes the good organization of this competition, which has contributed to offer a quality football show to the many spectators who have enriched with “their distinguished presence and their enthusiastic encouragement this continental sporting event.The King expressed his conviction that this coronation, which supports the positive results that the national football does not cease to realize, “will constitute a source of strong motivation for the national selection and all the Moroccan sportsmen with a view to redoubling their efforts to promote national sport and raise it to higher levels.The Moroccan football team of local players won the title of the 5th edition of CHAN following an outstanding performance, on Sunday at the Casablanca Mohammed V stadium.The first Moroccan goal was scored by Zakaria Hadraf seconds before the referee blows the whistle for the end of the first half-time, while the second goal was scored by Walid El Karti at the 61st minutes of the game. The third and fourth goals were scored by Hadraf and Ayoub El Kaabi respectively.This is the first title of the Atlas Lions in this competition, succeeding Congo which won the Rwanda 2016 edition against Mali (3-0). read more

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UKs Labour Party wants push on Sri Lankan issue

Reiterating his colleague’s call for further action, Barry Gardiner MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, also said the Sri Lankan government cannot be allowed to deceive the international community through another resolution at the UNHRC: “I think it is now time that we should say not just no to a second resolution, but that that we have a referral from the UN Human Rights Council to the UN General Assembly. And I think that really is where this must now go.”The meeting’s host, Joan Ryan – the MP for Enfield North, said: “The slaughter of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians in the Vanni in the final weeks of the war will never be forgotten.”“[…] There are many of us – and I am one – who would say that a genocide took place against the Tamil people on the beaches of Mullivaikal and elsewhere. It is shameful that so many questions about what happened to the disappeared remain unanswered and that justice and accountability has still not prevailed. Justice delayed is justice denied.” “[…] We must not allow the commitment to an investigation that involves international judges and others to just be brushed under the carpet. This was a commitment that Sri Lanka itself made. It was a very, very important step forward in 2015, and we must not allow that to disappear.” The meeting was chaired by Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Mitcham and Morden.The comments of the senior members of the Labour Shadow Cabinet were echoed by Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, Wes Streeting MP for Ilford North, Rt. Hon Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, Liz McInnes, MP for Heywood and Middleton, Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West, and Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central.The messages of the Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn MP, and Kate Osamor MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, who could not attend the meeting due to unavoidable circumstances, were read out by their colleagues. Speaking at a packed Tamils for Labour event in the UK Parliament, John McDonnell MP, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, said the Labour Party is “extremely concerned about the role that the Sri Lankan government has in the recent period – [they] are trying to undermine the UN resolutions and the way which the Human Rights Council has sought to address this matter. I think the Sri Lankan government have had a strategy for dividing and ruling the Tamil community; dividing and ruling the international community; and trying to undermine any attempt to seek truth and justice on this particular issue.” McDonnell went on to say that “there is a real anxiety that the Sri Lankan government will again manipulate the situation in the Human Rights Council where again we don’t get any further movement on this. That’s why we are saying to the UK government it is important that they stand firm in these negotiations; that we get both the proper investigation: the monitoring of the Sri Lankan government’s activities; and at the end of the day also the holding to account the perpetrators of these human rights abuses that have taken place, particularly in recent years.” Britain’s Labour Party has called on the UK Government to ensure that Sri Lanka honours the promises it made – in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution 30/1 – to address the legacy of the country’s armed conflict.The Government of Sri Lanka’s commitments to achieving justice, accountability and reconciliation, under resolution 30/1, will be assessed by the UNHRC at its current 34th Session in Geneva, Switzerland. “[…] It cannot be right that the Sri Lankan government is allowed to investigate itself. That is not an independent inquiry. In addition to that, it cannot be right that the Sri Lankan government almost vetoes elements of international representation in independent inquiries – that will never achieve the security of truth that we are seeking in this matter.”Emily Thornberry MP, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, said she was “far from convinced that this is the right time to reintroduce EU trade concessions [GSP+] to Sri Lanka. We need to think about what message this would send on human rights. So I am writing to the Foreign Secretary and urging his government to press for further progress on human rights before trade concessions are offered to Sri Lanka.” Speaking at the event, Sen Kandiah, the Chair of Tamils for Labour, called for the UNHRC to establish an in country monitoring office in the North and East of Sri Lanka to ensure that the fundamental rights and freedoms of Tamils are respected and upheld. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN General Assembly renews call for end to US embargo against Cuba

The resolution urged all States to repeal or invalidate any laws and measures – such as the US “Helms-Burton Act” – which affect the sovereignty of other States, the legitimate interests of entities or persons under their jurisdiction and the freedom of trade and navigation. One hundred and seventy-three countries voted in favour of the measure, which was opposed only by the US, Israel and the Marshall Islands. Four countries – Ethiopia, Malawi, Nicaragua and Uzbekistan – abstained from the balloting.Explaining his country’s position, US Ambassador Sichan Siv called Washington’s embargo against Cuba “strictly a matter of bilateral policy” which the General Assembly should not address. He said the US did not prevent other nations from trading with Cuba, and argued that the embargo is not the cause of Cuba’s economic problems.”The failure of the Cuban Government to respect the rights of its people concerns more than just Cuba,” Mr. Siv said. “The focus of the international community, as manifested in the United Nations, should be on the continuing human rights crisis in Cuba rather than on the bilateral United States efforts to encourage a peaceful transition to democracy.”The President of Cuba’s National Assembly, Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada, said a wide range of civil society and influential business entities in the US were calling for a lifting of the blockade and the normalization of economic ties with Cuba. Thanks to their efforts, it had been possible to take a few steps, he added, noting that for the first time in four decades, a number of US exporters were able to sell their products to Cuba and carry out the necessary operations despite the severe obstacles and discriminatory practices they had to confront. Mr. Alarcon de Quesada also pointed out that a constructive spirit had also been echoed in US legislative bodies, but these efforts were forced to contend with the opposition of a powerful minority. The anti-Cuban minority, protected by its privileged relations with the current US administration, acted ever more openly against the true interests of the United States, he said, hailing the General Assembly for its action to provide justice for the Cuban people, who had suffered greatly as a consequence of a policy unjust, illegal and contrary to both reason and morality. A comparable text was adopted last year with 167 in favour and the same three countries in opposition. read more

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Pitt undaunted by many doubters in ACC title game vs Clemson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — George Aston has felt the slights throughout his career. That’s why he’s not surprised so few give Pittsburgh any chance to topple No. 2 Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night.“We know nobody really respects us or gives us any credit even when we have great game,” the senior fullback said of the ACC Coastal Division champions. “Even after we win, they’ll probably still find a way to discredit us or (say) Clemson had a bad game.”Aston and the Panthers (7-5) might be the only ones who believe there’s a chance to upset the surging ACC Atlantic winners. The Tigers (12-0, CFP No. 2), three-time defending ACC champions, enter with the conference’s top scoring offence and a defence that’s No. 1 in the league in keeping opponents from scoring.Clemson tailback Travis Etienne, the ACC’s leader with 1,307 yards and 19 touchdowns, was named league player of the year. The Tigers experienced and heralded defensive front of ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant and tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence have locked down the line of scrimmage by allowing less than 85 yards a game rushing.Clemson also has a huge edge in big-game experience. It has advanced to the past three College Football Playoffs following its ACC title wins and has that 2016 national championship in which many current Tigers played.Tigers receiver Hunter Renfrow said becoming the first to win four consecutive ACC crowns is a goal they’ve sought all year.“I think from here on out, kind of, we just keep breaking records, especially the senior class,” Renfrow said. “It’s something we shoot for, being our best, being the best we can be.”Clemson has not lost many games in that time, although it knows what it’s like to lose to Pittsburgh. Among the two regular-season losses the Tigers have had (they’ve gone 46-2 the past four regular seasons), one was a 43-42 stunner unranked Pitt pulled on No. 2 Clemson in November 2016.Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said that result won’t have much bearing on this game, although Aston said there’s much the Panthers can take from the win.“We really do have good luck playing No. 2 teams,” he said.Narduzzi said Friday that as incentive the team sees a picture of Bank of America Stadium when it leaves the locker room.“That’s where we want to be,” he said. “And now we’re here.”___Things to watch in the ACC title game:LOOKING FOR LOVE: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has chastised fans last Sunday, at least those grousing that the Tigers 56-35 rivalry win over South Carolina was not dominating enough. Swinney clarified it’s a small percentage of the fan base. Still, “I don’t want anything to creep into the culture of our program. I don’t want players ever to walk off the field with a win that so-called felt like a loss,” he said. The Tigers are looking for a 13th win for the third time in four seasons.DUECES WILD: Pitt has a penchant to topping No. 2 teams under coach Pat Narduzzi . The Panthers defeated second-ranked Clemson in 2016, then closed the 2017 regular season with a 24-10 victory over No. 2 Miami. The Panthers have won four straight games as unranked opponents against Top 3 competition since 2002.COACHING CAROUSEL: It’s that time of year when Clemson assistants are part of the speculation for college openings. Tigers defensive co-ordinator Brent Venables said he’s recently talked with Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt— (the two were linebackers together at Kansas State. Both of Clemson’s offensive co-ordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott have been discussed in several openings, including recently vacant Georgia Tech. Expect that buzz to continue as December deepens.JOINING SPURRIER: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney traded quips and critical comments with Steve Spurrier while he led South Carolina from 2005-2015. Swinney has the chance to join his friend (the two became close over the past decade) as the only Power Five programs with four straight conference title game wins. Spurrier’s Florida Gators won the Southeastern Conference championship game from 1993-96. Swinney’s Tigers have won the past three.INCONSISTENT COASTAL: Pitt is the sixth team in the past six years to represent the Coastal Division. All previous five Coastal winners, starting with Duke in 2013, then Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Miami, all lost in the championship game. Florida State won the title in 2013 and 2014 with Clemson taking the past three. Look for Virginia, if the pattern holds, to represent the Coastal next year as the only one of the seven teams not to win the division the last six seasons.___AP Sports Writers Aaron Beard in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Will Graves in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania contributed to this report.___For more AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Pete Iacobelli, The Associated Press read more

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If Ray Rice Told The Truth Roger Goodell the

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.Ozzie Newsome, the highly respected general manager of the Baltimore Ravens, testified in the Ray Rice hearing that the former Ravens’ running back gave NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a blow-by-blow (pardon the pun) description of what happened in at elevator with his wife, Janay, long before the commish suspended Rice indefinitely from the league.If this is true, Goodell should be fired.Why? Because Goodell said Rice was “ambiguous” in his description of what happened on the elevator in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day—and that Rice’s ambiguity led to him changing the two-game suspension to an indefinite suspension after seeing the video of the incident because he said he did not know the severity of what happened.Goodell said Rice did not tell him he punched his then-fiance in the face and knocked her out. However, Newsome testified that he was there and, according to ESPN, heard Rice give Goodell the gory details.This is not a Black man lying for another Black man. This is the commissioner of the NFL being called out on what appears to be a lie—another botched element of this sad case.Newsome’s testimony also shows that Goodell suspended Rice twice for the same offense: Once when Rice told him what happened and again after the video was released months later showing the infamous left-handed punch. This gives Rice leverage to be reinstated to the NFL, although he likely will be hard-pressed to find a team that would welcome him.A larger concern is the power that Goodell has flung about with impunity since taking over as commissioner—an overseer control freak who has used scare tactics to achieve his mission. Sound familiar in history?He has exacted punishment on players with impunity, garnishing a reputation as a power hungry ruler of all things NFL.The undercurrent is there is white rule over Black players. Goodell sits on high and determines what the athletes who drive America’s most profitable and popular sport are held held accountable for under his watch. Not a good look.Players have gotten to where they are scared to voice concern about Goodell’s power, for fear of retribution. Problem is, his authority was granted to him by the NFL Players Association, same as with previous commissioners.Goodell has chosen to use his power at times to insulting levels. The way he handled the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, in particular, was outrageous. He issued fines for borderline hits, eliminated post-touchdown celebrations, viewed by many as another way to suppress Black celebration of achievement. Goodell ran things—runs things—as he sees fit, a dictator ruling his underlings.David Stern did the same when he ran the NBA for 30 years, and instituted a dress code for players—a move widely considered an act against Black players playing in front of mostly white crowds. And it was under Stern’s rule that the league airbushed a photo of tattoo-laden Allen Iverson on the cover of an NBA magazine.Rice’s case will challenge Goodell’s power. . . and future. If Newsome’s testimony proves to be accurate—and there is no reason to believe it is not—the commissioner will be proven to have lied. And his reign should be over. read more

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Trimble acquires Terralite assets from Novariant to expand its positioning technology portfolio

first_imgTrimble is a leading innovator of GPS technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble’s worldwide presence and capabilities position it for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Trimble has acquired the Terralite assets from Novariant to expand its portfolio of positioning solutions. The Terralite XPS technology is a scalable infrastructure that generates signals for real-time positioning to augment existing Global Positioning System (GPS) coverage. The technology uses a network of ground-based transmitter stations to broadcast a proprietary signal to one or more mobile GPS+XPS receivers. Using Terralites allow operators of GPS-enabled machines, such as drills, bulldozers, shovels and haul trucks, to receive continuous real-time positioning information in locations where conventional GPS satellite signals may be obstructed or unavailable.“The Terralite asset acquisition expands Trimble’s technology portfolio and can enable us to offer an even broader range of positioning solutions,” said Bryn Fosburgh, vice president of Trimble. “The solution can improve the efficiency and productivity of surface mining and other high-value site operations challenged by limited or no GPS coverage.”GPS is a proven utility for determining positioning on the Earth’s surface. However, in certain cases it requires augmentation in areas with obstructed views of the sky, such as heavily forested areas, near high walls in open-pit mines, and areas with overhead obstructions such as bridges and cranes. A variety of technologies have been implemented to augment GPS, including the development of receivers that track GPS along with additional GNSS signals, and the use of optical technology, inertial systems, cellular network assisted GPS, LAN-based positioning, laser augmented GPS and others.Operations such as open pits can enhance the continuity, efficiency and productivity of GPS applications by deploying the Terralite technology to have direct control of positioning coverage in their area.last_img read more

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Liebherr family looks to the future

first_imgThe owners of the Liebherr Group, Willi Liebherr, President of the Administrative Board of Liebherr-International AG, and his sister Isolde Liebherr, its Vice-President, have assigned a proportion of their shares in the Liebherr Group’s parent company to their children. The statement said “This will enable various duties and responsibilities to be transferred to the next generation.” In the future individual group divisions will be managed by Isolde Liebherr or Willi Liebherr jointly with a representative of the third family generation.Initially, the following members of the third generation will assume responsibility step by step for corporate management and supervisory tasks: Jan Liebherr; Stefanie Wohlfarth; Sophie Albrecht and Patricia Ruf. The statement closed: “The way is now clear for the future management of the Liebherr Group, and to ensure that Liebherr will remain an independent family-owned company.” Hans Liebherr established Liebherr as a family business in 1949. The company’s first mobile tower crane laid the foundation for its remarkable success. Liebherr is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery but also an acknowledged supplier of advanced technical products and services in many other business sectors, including mining, with its hydraulic excavators up to the R9800 and trucks up to the T282C. Liebherr has developed into a group of more than 120 companies worldwide, employing more than 35,000 people. The parent company is Liebherr-International AG, which is based in Bulle, Switzerland and owned entirely by members of the Liebherr family.last_img read more

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ZRK Vardar and Kim Rasmussen go their separate ways after only 28

indira kastratovicKIM RASMUSSEN ← Previous Story Slovenian roommate Gajic and Zorman played last World Championship in Qatar Next Story → Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic overtakes Croatia from the next summer? One of the most ambitious team in women’s handball struggling to find a perfect combination between the bench and the field of play. Danes with strong CV from his Polish NT job, Kim Rasmussen was presented on 5 January as a new consultant and assistant coach of Indira Kastratovic, but after the first match and defeat in Leipzig 26:23 (13:10) at the start of Women’s EHF CL Main Round, the club shortly announced that young coach left Skopje by mutual agreement.Rasmussen worked exactly 28 days in Skopje. Before him, Vladimir Vujovic was assistant of Kastratovic and goalie’s coach, but he also was sacked in December 2014. read more

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Herrera Beutler hosts senior resources fair

first_imgRep. Jaime Herrera Beutler made it about three steps through the door of the Community Room at the Luepke Center in Vancouver before she was approached by a constituent. Then another, then another.There the Battle Ground Republican stayed planted for the next hour, answering questions about everything from sea lion population control to a Mexican border wall to the recent report on the president’s conduct from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. She didn’t make it any farther into the room until it had nearly cleared out.It wasn’t an explicitly political affair — the senior resource fair, hosted by Herrera Beutler’s office and featuring booths from 37 senior-focused organizations, was designed to connect the older residents of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District to various medical, recreational and employment services.But much of the conversation veered toward the political. And while many of the 400-odd attendees came for information on local senior services, for others, an audience with the congresswoman herself was a big part of the draw.“This wasn’t a partisan event, so that surprised me a little bit,” Herrera Beutler said, speaking just outside the venue after the event wrapped up around 4 p.m. Tuesday.last_img read more

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Updated Technology Review Relaunches With Digital Focus

first_imgThis story was updated Friday, October 26 to include comments from Technology Review’s Jason Pontin. Technology Review has relaunched itself as MIT Technology Review, taking one more step toward a digital-first transformation worthy of its cutting-edge namesake.The publication, owned by the prestigious university, unveiled a new website and logo Wednesday—the largest and most noticeable changes of a strategic overhaul announced in June. The first rebooted print issue will be released November 6, but membership options and a new HTML5 mobile platform are still to come. See Also: Behind Technology Review’s Digital-First Strategy Philosophical changes, including providing all content online for free, have been rolled out through the summer and fall by editor-in-chief and publisher Jason Pontin, who, despite an admitted “impatience for change,” decided the magazine would be better served if the new strategy were implemented gradually.“The core idea is that a website is irremediably free, that the web demands a kind of ‘linkyness’ that resists paywalls,” he says. “A free website does not mean that people are not willing to pay for beautifully designed membership experiences. The one that most readers will know is the printed magazine, but there are other types of membership experiences.”Those membership options are expected later this year and will offer benefits related to events, page design, pagination and advertising.“[The membership experience] will, if not supplant, at least compliment our traditional circulation business,” he says.Pontin stresses that MIT Technology Review will not abandon its print roots though—“We’re absolutely maintaining the rate base levels we’ve seen for the past seven years,” he says. And with ad pages up 2.9 percent in the first half of this year, according to data from the Publishers Information Bureau, there is no reason to right now.The digital side of the business had been expanding at a far greater rate even before Pontin decided on the new initiatives though. In June, the magazine reported a 104-percent increase year-over-year in unique visitors.“We want to do the things that made print so successful as a platform for the last 120 years and we’re dispensing with things that no longer work” he says. “What we don’t want to do, is run a digital enterprise that’s essentially an overgrown blog.” To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

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