How to Create an Original Travel Video that Will Captivate Viewers

first_imgStep 1 — Avoid Trendy TransitionsTransitions simply move the viewer from one scene to the next. But, used improperly, they begin to show the seams in the project. While some creators have made very successful careers out of using motion-driven transitions, this technique isn’t for everyone. I believe zoom, warp, and swoosh transitions have their places in specific timelines; however, excessive use will detract your audience from the intended experience.The key is motivation before movement. Emotion before motion (we will get to this later). If there is no motive behind the cinematic elements you’re adding to a scene, they won’t translate. Transitions are like salt. A little dash enhances the flavor, but too much spoils the broth.Step 2 — Avoid Influences from Other Travel VideosThe mistake I learned from a year ago is still relevant today. Instead going to other travel videos for inspiration, watch documentaries, dramas, music videos, Vimeo staff picks — basically, anything else. By diversifying what you watch, you’re changing up how your brain will come up with ideas. For example, when creating my latest across-Canada video, I drew inspiration from the double-exposure effect in the opening credits of True Detective.Step 3 — Music Is King!The right track can motivate the entire video. For me, finding a killer song to incorporate in my films before beginning the edit changes the entire creative process. Music is a good way to convey emotion, so I spend hours on end listening to either my friends’ music or selections from PremiumBeat.com. From there, I pick a track that eventually influences the rest of the project.Step 4 — Sound Effects Connect with Your AudienceHave you ever watched a video that was captured, composed, and edited beautifully, but it still lacked something? The issue was probably good audio. If you skip the sound design, you’re robbing the audience of auditory immersion. For example, if your video shows a waterfall, but your audience hears only music, they’re not getting the full experience. If I’ve captured shots rooted to a specific meaning, I like to apply the slightest bit of sound design to give them a kick.Step 5 — Emotion Before MotionWhen you’re starting your edit, try to remember what the experience felt like. Experience always trumps cinematic trends. I usually ask myself How did you feel when shooting this? And then I follow it with How do you want the audience to feel? Remember, the most significant, most profound films are usually those that nail the emotion corresponding to their scenes.(Tip: sometimes, when I capture scenes or moments, I’ll pull out a little pocket journal to jot down the essence of where I was. Later, I’ll reference the note to properly apply that feeling to my edit.)Looking for more video production tutorials? Check these out.How to Export with Transparency from Adobe After EffectsHow to Properly Pancake Timelines in Adobe Premiere ProVideo Tutorial: Determining The Best Lens for Your ProjectTutorial: Removing Audio Pops and Recording Audio DifferentlyHow to Change the Color of Exterior Lights in After Effects Travel videos can be a dime a dozen, so what can you do (and not do) to make your video stand out in a crowd of look-alikes?You’re back at home after your vacation. You have a hard drive full of epic, experiential shots from the trip, and you’re ready to cut the footage together. For inspiration, you check out some trendy YouTube travel videos. There’s only one small problem — they all look the same. You get quickly overwhelmed by zoom transitions, six packs, and back-flips. Your motivation dwindles, and now all you can think about is that you don’t have a six pack.This is how I felt a little over a year ago. Other than what I saw on YouTube, I didn’t know anything about travel videos. So, like most others, I fell into the internet’s creative vortex, copying a trend rather than creating something authentic.In the following post, I’ll go over how I broke free from the cliches and share how you can get your own original results.last_img read more

German football team’s stunt on stage wows the crowd

first_imgGermany’s Thomas Mueller (R) holds the World Cup trophy during celebrations to mark the team’s 2014 Brazil World Cup victory, at a ‘fan mile’ public viewing zone in Berlin.The victorious German team reached capital Berlin on Tuesday, and was welcomed by thousands of supporters who lined up the Fan Mile in the heart of the city. Among several acts, the team decided to do a stunt on a stage that drew huge cheers from the crowd. In the impromptu act, Germany captain Philipp Lahm hid behind Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels, Eric Durm and Christoph Kramer, who suddenly fell to the ground revealing the captain with the Jules Rimet, the FIFA World Cup trophy. The stunt, and other dance acts done by the team, was greeted with huge cheers. In another act, Coach Joachim Low joined the team in a simulated catwalk on the stage. He happily bounced a toy football on the stage as he walked. Later, Hummels, Lahm, Durm, Kramer and Muller were seen air guitaring for the pleasure of the gathered supporters. The players also kicked footballs into the crowd. Watch the complete celebration here. The stunt appears after 6:30 minutes in this video. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday.last_img read more

Thierry Henry Back to Management as Coach of Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer

first_imgMontreal: Ex-Arsenal star Thierry Henry has been appointed coach at MLS franchise Montreal Impact on a two-year contract, the Canadian club announced Thursday.”Welcome to Montreal @ThierryHenry!” the Major League Soccer (MLS) club tweeted. Henry, whose baptism of fire as a manager ended in disaster at French club Monaco when he was fired in January, will coach the Canadian club for a minimum of two seasons, Montreal Impact said.”Henry signed a two-year deal, with an option for 2022,” the club said on its website.Henry, 42, who helped France win the World Cup in 1998, is familiar with the MLS, having played from 2010 to 2014 with the New York Red Bulls.He scored 51 goals and had 42 assists in 122 games with the club.”It’s an honour to coach the Montreal Impact and return to MLS,” said Henry. “It’s a league I know well, in which I had some very nice moments.””I’ve always kept an eye on the club and now I’m here.”Henry becomes the seventh coach of the Montreal Impact, succeeding Colombian Wilmer Cabrera, who was acting coach for two months after the dismissal in August of French coach Remi Garde. The former Lyon coach arrived in Montreal in November 2017.The Frenchman made his name as a world-class player at English club Arsenal. In the Premier League alone he scored 175 goals in 258 appearances.He played in four World Cups with the French national team (1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010), winning the tournament in 1998 on home soil.He is France’s all-time leading scorer with 51 goals in 123 games, in front of Michel Platini.Henry’s hiring is expected to help revitalize the Montreal Impact, which has struggled over the years to score big, missing the playoffs in 2019 after finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference.The team has long been overshadowed by its stronger Canadian rival, Toronto FC, which lost 3-1 to the Seattle Sounders in the 2019 MLS Cup on Sunday.In Montreal, Henry reunites with his former France teammate Bacary Sagna and former Barcelona team-mate Bojan Krkic.”Henry will bring a new energy to our club,” Impact president Kevin Gilmore said in a statement. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. footballmajor league soccerMontreal ImpactThierry Henry First Published: November 14, 2019, 8:40 PM ISTlast_img read more

Boxing: Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury targeted for December 1st in Los Angeles

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is potentially expected to land at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This news was first reported by Lance Pugmire of LA Times.This is the biggest heavyweight fight in American soil since Wladimir Klitschko took on Bryant Jennings in 2015 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, where the Ukrainian legend won the fight via unanimous decision.Initially, it was expected that the fight will land in either New York or Las Vegas but Barclays Center in New York already has a Michelle Obama speech scheduled for that night, while T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is hosting a Justin Timberlake concert.Deontay Wilder is coming off of an impressive win over Luis Ortiz, where Wilder survived an onslaught from Ortiz but ultimately displayed his uncanny power late in the bout when he knocked out Ortiz in the tenth round.Meanwhile, Tyson Fury is coming off of a dull win over Francesco Pianeta on the undercard of Carl Frampton and Luke Jackson.The fight is scheduled to land on Showtime PPV in US and BT sports PPV in the United Kingdom.Also Read-KSI vs Logan Paul sold almost as many PPVs as Jones vs Cormier 2!last_img read more

HHI, Workers Reach Agreement on Wages

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has negotiated a tentative agreement in this year’s protracted wage talks with its unionized workers, according to local media.The company and its workers agreed to freeze the base pay of yard employees and distribute a 100 percent bonus increase, plus an additional USD 1,283 (KRW 1.5 million).The 2015 saw HHI’s workers take several actions against the company’s measures to return to profitability due to the decline in newbuilding orders and a downturn in the offshore oil and gas industry.In August, around 3,500 workers voiced their dissatisfaction with the announced wage freeze with a three-hour work stoppage at the company’s headquarters in Ulsan, and announced two strikes in September during which they called for wage increases and better working conditions.HHI expects that the 2015 tentative agreement will be finalized on 28 December.As World Maritime News reported, the shipbuilding giant reported a net loss of USD 398.4 million (KRW 451.4 billion) in its earnings report for the third quarter of 2015.According to the disclosure, 3Q sales came in at KRW 10.9184 trillion and operating loss at KRW 678.4 billion.On a quarter-on-quarter basis, sales declined 8.7%, while operating loss and net loss widened by KRW 507.4 billion and KRW 209 billion respectively, due to delays in offshore projects and lackluster sales of the construction equipment business, the company said.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

4H Members Attending National Conference

first_img During the week, 4-H members will also visit several points of interest in Toronto, including the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Rogers Centre, Toronto Dominion Bank Tower and the University of Guelph. Kristen Battiste, Barrachois, Cape Breton Co. Dylan Langille, River John, Pictou Co. Lianne Lenihan, New Ross, Lunenburg Co. Murray Clements, Blandford, Lunenburg Co. Katie Dufresne, Blandford, Lunenburg Co. Jelisa Waugh, Lower Truro, Colchester Co. Michaela Benvie, Upper Stewiacke, Colchester Co. Rebecca Smith, Rodney, Cumberland Co. Jessica Gravel, Bridgetown, Annapolis Co. Megan O’Singa, Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co. Kris Brown, Windsor, Hants Co. Briana Fletcher, Falmouth, Hants Co. Morgan MacNeil, Hantsport, Hants Co. Thirteen 4-H members from Nova Scotia will discuss some of today’s most challenging and relevant issues at a national forum for leadership development. The annual 4-H Members Conference starts today, Nov. 2, in Toronto, and runs to Sunday, Nov. 6. “This event, like the whole 4-H program, focuses on developing caring, responsible and confident citizens that make positive differences in their communities,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. “Our young people will be excellent ambassadors for our province and our 4-H program.” The conference is a five-day program in leadership and agriculture for 4-H members between 16 and 21 years old. Eighty-five members from across Canada, two from the U.S.A. and one from the United Kingdom, will attend. Science and technology is the focus of this year’s conference. Throughout the week, members will discuss global issues, hear lectures from guest speakers and make a group presentation. Discussion will include energy, water, land use, soil loss, air and water quality, climate change, plant and animal production, biodiversity, sustainability and biotechnology. The conference is sponsored by the Canadian 4-H Council. The thirteen Nova Scotia members attending are:last_img read more

Chopper scam Ratul Puri may compromise probe if not arrested ED tells

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate told a Delhi court Thursday that if not arrested, Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, may compromise investigation in the AgustaWestland chopper scam. While seeking non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Puri, ED told special judge Arvind Kumar that the evidence was being tampered in the money laundering case related to now scrapped Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The agency further said that there were chances that Puri may flee from justice. “Tampering of evidence going on. He is also a flight risk. Though there is LOC (Look Out Circular) issued against him (Puri), he may flee from Nepal and using other modes, since nothing seems impossible for these rich men… We are facing a lot of difficulty and the probe is likely to be compromised,” the ageny told the court. “Flight risk” is used to determine whether or not a person being accused of a crime in a court case would consider running away or flying to another country in order to avoid being found guilty and going to prison. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The court has reserved its order on ED’s application for Friday. Puri’s advocate Vijay Aggarwal opposed ED’s application, while urging the court to hear his submissions before passing any order on the agency’s plea. The court said it will decide on Friday whether to hear defence counsel in the matter. The submissions were made days after Puri failed to get relief from the Delhi High Court and the trial court on August 6, paving the way for ED to arrest him. The High Court had dismissed his petition seeking a direction to the trial court not to pronounce order on his anticipatory bail plea without hearing his other pending applications. Hours later, the trial court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea, noting that the probe was at a crucial stage. The agency Wednesday moved the court seeking NBW, alleging that Puri was non-cooperative and untraceable. It said Puri was directed to join the investigation on Tuesday but he failed to turn up before the agency. “The probe agency has the rights which are being violated. This man (Puri) slipped from my (ED) office. He also blatantly non-cooperated after an interim order was granted by this court. He stopped coming before the ED,” the agency said. Puri had approached the trial court on July 27 seeking anticipatory bail in the matter, seeking protection from arrest. The court on July 27 granted him interim protection from arrest till July 29, which was later extended from time to time until his application got dismissed on August 6. Puri earlier appeared before the ED for questioning in the case. The agency has been seeking the businessman’s custody to further investigate the matter. The case pertains to alleged irregularities in the purchase of 12 VVIP choppers from Italy-based Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland. The deal was scrapped by the NDA government in 2014 over the alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of payment of kickbacks for securing the deal. According to the ED, Puri’s role surfaced after deportation of another AgustaWestland case accused Rajeev Saxena on January 31 from UAE and the arrest of Sushen Mohan Gupta, an alleged defence agent. It said the investigation showed his foreign entities received proceeds of crime directly from Interstellar Technologies Limited, an accused comapny, and he had received funds from both the chains of money laundering involved in the matter. It said the probe has further revealed that the applicant, using shell companies in the name of others, accumulated proceeds of crime which have been parked and later laundered to reach the desired beneficiaries including the applicant amongst other. As per ED, the proceeds of crime have been deposited in the accounts of different companies owned by the accused and he is a key link to unearth the modus operandi adopted by other accused persons and to determine last mile connectivity of the proceeds of crime in the case. The agency also claimed that Puri has also received proceeds of crime from channel of another alleged middleman Christian Michel James.last_img read more

Pintys chicken products recalled due to possible Listeria contamination

first_imgOTTAWA – Health Canada says a frozen food company is recalling a line of chicken strips in British Columbia and the Prairies due to possible bacterial contamination.Pinty’s Delicious Foods Inc.’s Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Strips have been recalled from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba following tests by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.Health Canada says the pre-cooked fare may be contaminated with a strain of Listeria.The recalled cutlets were from two batches with best-before dates of Aug. 9 and Aug. 15.Health Canada warns that the food may not look or smell spoiled but can still lead to sickness.The agency says that pregnant and elderly people are particularly at risk. Symptoms can include nausea, fever and muscle aches.Full details on the recall are available here.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral to depart on twoweek visit to Europe

27 June 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will depart this weekend for a two-week trip to Europe that will take him to Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and the United Kingdom, a spokesperson for the world body announced today. Mr. Ban’s first stop will be Geneva, where he is scheduled to open the high-level portion of the annual month-long session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 2 July, spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York.From Geneva, he will travel to Rome to attend the Conference on the Rule of Law in Afghanistan, which will be chaired by the UN and the Afghan and Italian Governments.Mr. Ban will travel back to Geneva for the Global Compact Leaders Summit on 5-6 July, which is expected to be the largest gathering ever held by the UN on the issue of corporate citizenship, featuring an international roster of business leaders, government ministers and heads of civil society. After that, the Secretary-General will embark on an official visit to Portugal.He will then head to Brussels, where he plans to attend the first meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, hosted by the Belgian Government from 9 to 11 July. The idea for such a forum was first proposed by then Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2006.Mr. Ban will also make an official visit to the United Kingdom, before returning to New York on 12 July, Ms. Montas said. read more

Lankans in Chennai given citizenship

“The time has come where our people are now wishing to return to Sri Lanka. We now welcome all our citizens back to the motherland,” Rajakaruna said.The mission has issued 4,033 birth certificates and citizenship certificates since 2009. (Times of India) The deputy high commissioner of Sri Lanka in India R K M A Rajakaruna on Saturday gave away 58 birth and citizenship certificates to children of Sri Lankan Tamils living in refugee camps in the state.The envoy thanked the state government for providing the Sri Lankan nationals relief measures. read more

Afghanistan Taliban reject truce appeal by UN refugee official

Taliban “Foreign Minister” Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil conveyed the message to Ruud Lubbers, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), during a meeting in Kabul, according to a UN spokesman. Mr. Lubbers met with the Taliban official to press for the truce, but the Taliban “did not agree to halt the fighting,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.The High Commissioner met yesterday in Faisabad with Afghanistan’s President, Burhanuddin Rabbani, who had agreed with the idea of the proposed truce on the condition the other side did the same.After trips to Iran and Afghanistan, Mr. Lubbers next heads for Pakistan, where he will visit newly arrived Afghans and meet Pakistan’s Chief Executive, Pervez Musharraf, and other government officials.Afghanistan has been devastated by the combined effects of fighting and massive population displacements, as well as major human rights abuses, drought, a looming famine and an economy in shambles. According to UNHCR, Pakistan and Iran are bearing a heavy part of the burden from the Afghan crisis, hosting some 4 million refugees — one third of the world’s refugee population. read more

Annan hails Summits intellectual breakthrough on security development rights

“I think in a way we did make a sort of intellectual breakthrough at the Summit, as the Member States accepted, or acknowledged, for the first time the indivisible links between security, development and human rights,” he told an Executive Committee meeting of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.”It was clear that security cannot be enjoyed without development, that development can not be enjoyed without human rights, and neither can be enjoyed without respect for human rights,” he added in an address devoted to analyzing the Summit outcome, particularly with regard to UNHCR’s agenda.He called the agreement to establish a Peacebuilding Commission “perhaps the biggest innovation” and the clear acceptance of all UN members of the responsibility to protect civilian populations against genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity “another very important step.”He also stressed the pledge to improve the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and applaud UNHCR’s commitment to strengthen its efforts to protect IDPs and take a lead role in assuring emergency shelter and coordination in the camps. But the full cooperation of Members States is vital.”With the commitment to strengthening the humanitarian system comes the hope that the world will guarantee a swifter and more predictable response to the victims of war and natural calamities,” Mr. Annan declared.”But let us acknowledge that humanitarian agencies alone, vital as their work may be, will not resolve crises unless States uphold their responsibilities, address root causes of displacement, and do the political work necessary.”The Secretary-General also visited the headquarters of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) where he reviewed efforts to prepare for a potentially deadly human flu pandemic, possibly generated by the current outbreak of bird flu in Asia.”As you heard earlier on, the only way to prevent the catastrophe is to prepare and to have early warning systems and for governments to work together,” he said of the concern that bird flu could mutate into a worldwide human pandemic which, in a worst-case scenario, could kill tens of millions of people.”So I would appeal to leaders around the world to come together, to pool their efforts, to make the resources available and to assist those countries which do not have capacity to set up their own systems because we are in this together.”Asked whether he felt enough countries were doing enough seeing that only 40 had preparedness plan, Mr. Annan replied: “No, there is much more to be done. And the question is why aren’t other countries doing it?”Some are blatantly, obviously complacent, others do not have the capacity and need help to be able to do it. And we need to identify those countries and offer them the help to be able to bring their preparedness to the level that we think it should be.” read more

Ford repairs Austin police SUVs but questions linger

FILE – In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017, file photo, Austin police Ford utility vehicles are parked on East Eighth Street outside police headquarters in Austin, Texas. Ford Motor Co. has begun repairing Ford Explorer SUVs in Austin that were pulled off police duty because exhaust containing carbon monoxide was seeping into them. But the company faces lingering questions about the safety of thousands of other Explorers on the road. Ford says it’s still investigating complaints of exhaust fumes in its non-police Explorers. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File) Ford repairs Austin police SUVs, but questions linger DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. has begun repairing Ford Explorer SUVs in Austin, Texas, that were pulled off police duty because exhaust containing carbon monoxide was seeping into them. But the company faces lingering questions about the safety of thousands of other Explorers on the road.Ford is repairing police SUVs in Austin and other cities for free. Austin city spokesman David Green said a team from Ford took five of the police department’s Explorers to local dealers Monday to teach them how to fix the issue.Austin pulled nearly 400 Explorers off its patrol fleet late last month because of concerns about carbon monoxide. Green says the city will likely send its entire fleet out for repairs, but he didn’t know how long it would take to get them all fixed.“When we are confident our employees will be safe, they’ll be back on the road,” Green said.Ford blames the issue on non-factory outfitters that drill holes into police SUVs to install extra equipment like lights and radios. In visits to police departments, the company has seen multiple examples of holes that weren’t sealed properly after the equipment and wiring was installed.But Ford is still investigating why many non-police consumers have also complained to the automaker and the government about exhaust fumes — which contain odourless, colorless carbon monoxide as well as sulfur and other chemicals — in their vehicles. It also can’t explain why there have been no carbon monoxide complaints about a rival SUV, the Chevrolet Tahoe, which is also used by police.It’s a critical issue for the automaker. The Explorer makes up more than half of all U.S. police vehicle sales, and the seven-passenger SUV is also a big profit generator for the company. Ford has sold more than 1.35 million Explorers since 2011, the model year in which the Explorer was last redesigned.Bill Gubing, the chief engineer for the Ford Explorer, said Tuesday that Ford hasn’t found elevated levels of carbon monoxide in non-police vehicles. One explanation is that police vehicles drive differently than normal SUVs. Police often have to accelerate to full speed from a stopped position, for example, which causes the engine to work harder and emit more exhaust.“Most average retail customers don’t drive like that in freeways,” Gubing told The Associated Press.But Ford clearly knows it has a problem with non-police Explorers. It has issued two bulletins to dealers — in December and March — telling them how to repair vehicles with exhaust in their cabins, and has told customers with concerns to take their Explorers to a dealer. It also settled a class action lawsuit over the issue in Florida last fall.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found more than 2,700 complaints of exhaust odours in the passenger compartment in an investigation started a year ago. Among the complaints were three crashes and 41 injuries, mostly loss of consciousness, nausea and headaches. Many — but not all — of the complaints came from police departments.The agency tested multiple vehicles at its Ohio research centre, and made field inspections of police vehicles involved in crashes. As of Thursday, NHTSA said it had no evidence or data to support claims that injuries or crash allegations were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. It said tests suggested carbon monoxide levels may be higher in certain driving conditions, but the significance and effect of those levels remain under investigation.Gubing said the problem isn’t found in police cars like the Ford Taurus because the exhaust is usually trapped in the trunk. But he couldn’t explain why police departments haven’t complained about the Chevrolet Tahoe, which is also fitted with extra equipment. Darrel Stephens, head of the Major Cities Police Chiefs Association, said he hasn’t heard about exhaust problems in the Tahoe.“I wish I could comment on their product design, but I don’t have that,” Gubing said. “This is not a Ford-specific design problem.”Gubing also said Ford has ruled out cracks in the exhaust manifold as a cause of the problem. NHTSA says tiny cracks in the manifold — a cast iron or stainless steel tube that carries combustion gasses to the exhaust — could explain why exhaust is entering the cabin. But Gubing said there is no pathway for exhaust to escape from the manifold and into the car.___AP Writer Jim Vertuno in Austin contributed. by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2017 3:09 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Yemen UN voices deep concern over ongoing human rights violations abuses

“The UN Human Rights Office in Yemen has documented serious violations committed by all sides,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told reporters in Geneva today, explaining that such violations include the killing of civilians, arbitrary detentions, the recruitment of children and the targeting of schools and hospitals as well as private property.Of particular concern, Mr. Colville said, is the situation of children, especially those that have been seen manning checkpoints, on board armed vehicles, patrolling streets and present in schools that have been used for military purposes. OHCHR continues to document civilian deaths and injuries in the country. However, he said, some families have been afraid of speaking out for fear of reprisals.Given that no official investigations have been conducted, “OHCHR urges the authorities to ensure that violations of international human rights law are promptly investigated by independent and impartial bodies in order to ensure that victims’ right to justice and remedy is upheld,” said Mr. Colville.Urging that all parties involved in the recent violence in the south to allow immediate access to humanitarian assistance in conflict-affected areas, including in Al-Shabwa and Al-Baida Governorates, he said the agency is closely monitoring the situation in the region and call on all parties to exercise utmost restraint and to resolve their differences peacefully. Despite the formation of a recent new Government as a result of national efforts, “OHCHR calls on all sides of the political divide in Yemen to renounce the use of violence and to participate in the ongoing national processes,” said Mr. Colville, adding that those include “the drafting of the new Constitution and the implementation of the outcomes of the national dialogue to avoid a descent into further instability and bloodshed.”According to Mr. Colville, the OHCHR and other UN actors in Yemen continue to be closely involved in the constitution-building and reform processes in the country.On 7 November 2014, a formation of a new Peace and National Partnership Government in Yemen was announced, aiming at ending a period of political turbulence and bringing about a full transition towards democracy in the country. In 2011, the OHCHR recommended the Government to establish a national commission of inquiry to look into violations. Unfortunately, that recommendation had never been acted upon. read more

Puck drops Friday for Ohio State against Wisconsin

Ohio State redhshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo during the game against Ryerson on Sep. 30. Ohio State lost 7-4. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsAfter the Ohio State men’s hockey team surprised the nation last year, the Buckeyes are coming out this season to prove their success was no fluke.Ohio State will get a chance to prove that early, with a season-opening series at No. 12 Wisconsin this weekend. The No. 19 Buckeyes are coming into this year after a season in which they finished 21-12-6, which was enough to earn the team’s seventh all-time NCAA tournament appearance and the first in eight years.In the tournament, the Buckeyes lost to eventual NCAA-runner-up Minnesota Duluth 3-2 in overtime in the first round.  “We watched [the film] a couple of weeks ago in the locker room, and all those chances we had in overtime, I thought we were right there and hopefully we can get back to that point and make it further,” junior forward Mason Jobst said.Jobst is the most pivotal player returning to the Buckeyes this season, as he led the Big Ten in points last year with 55, and was named team captain.The Buckeyes lost their only exhibition game 7-4 to Ryerson. Ohio State roared out to a 4-1 lead midway through the second period, then proceeded to give up six unanswered goals, leading to the defeat.“[Ryerson] came in here and they were the better team no question,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “It’s going to take hard work, and how we prepare Monday through Thursday is when you win the game, not showing up on Friday.”Ohio State had less than a week to get back on track after the defeat as it opens its season with a pair of road games at Wisconsin, the team that eliminated the Buckeyes from the 2017 Big Ten tournament. Ohio State opens the season against the Badgers Friday at 8 p.m. and the two teams return to action the next day at 7 p.m.“It’s going to be exciting,” junior defenseman Sasha Larocque said.  “Obviously they’re a great team and it’s going to be a great test for us to see where we’re at at the start of the year.”The Buckeyes lost several All-Big Ten players from the previous season, including top goal-scorer Nick Schilkey, forward David Gust, defenseman Josh Healey and starting goalie Christian Frey.Now, the team will rely on their remaining talent, starting with two NHL draft picks — junior forward Dakota Joshua and sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski — who were fourth and fifth on the team in scoring, respectively. “I think I need to be more consistent,” Laczynski said. “Night in, night out not taking any games off, really just work hard and try to be a leader out there.”The Buckeyes managed to remain consistent on the road all last year, with an impressive 13-2-3 record away from home, the best in the NCAA.  The problem was their record at the Schottenstein Center, which was a much less glamorous 7-7-2.When asked about improving the home record, Rohlik said, “Well if you know that answer let me know. I just think it’s a mindset of coming out here and just, in that locker room knowing that we have to step on the ice and win games here at home, and I think that’s something our guys want to do.”Season PredictionThis Ohio State team is going to need players to step up in big ways for them to have the same level of success they achieved last year, especially considering the Big Ten got even stronger with the addition of No. 8 Notre Dame to the conference.  The good news is that this leaves Ohio State with numerous chances scattered throughout the schedule to prove themselves as a legitimate contender to make the NCAA tournament.Jobst will be a major factor if this team will want to succeed, as his incredible playmaking abilities allow for other players on his line to really strive. Ohio State will also need help from its newcomers, as transfers redshirt sophomore defenseman Wyatt Ege and redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo could help the team massively on the defensive end, where it struggled mightily against Ryerson.The power-play success will be essential, as the Buckeyes were by far the best team in college last year with a man up, boasting a 31.4 percent success rate. That success had a lot to do with both Schilkey and Gust, who scored 26 of the team’s 49 goals with a man advantage. Still, Jobst had nine of the goals, and set up plenty of others, leaving open the possibility the power play will again be among the NCAA’s best.The road to the NCAA tournament will be tough, but it’s not completely out of the question.  The opening series against Wisconsin will answer more questions as to where exactly this team sits, and just how much of a threat they will be in the Big Ten, but if the team gets stronger defensively, keeps its impressive power play, and gets Jobst some added help from some new faces, the Buckeyes could match last season’s success. read more

GFC working with GRA to recover monies owed by BaiShanLin Dow

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), Jocelyn Dow, on Monday asserted that Chinese company BaiShanLin owes the Commission in excess of $80M and that moves are afoot to have that recovered in collaboration with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).Chairman of the Board of Directors of the GFC, Jocelyn DowIn September of 2016, the GFC had repossessed concessions held by BaiShanLin International Forest Development Inc (BIFDI), since it “failed to deliver on agreed actions to introduce investors to the Commission and having been given time to prove that it had an acceptable plan to clear an approximately GY$80 million debt”.Earlier that same year, it was reported that the Long Jiang Forest Industries Group, a Chinese State-owned company, had acquired 55 per cent of the shares in BaiShanLin and had intended to fully take over the company in 2016.The GFC said, in an effort to conclude the matter, representatives of BaiShanLin were invited to a meeting on April 8, 2016 to provide an update on its plans to clear the debt.When the company started its operations locally in 2007, it had also committed under its investment agreement to establish a US$100 million wood processing plant in order to engage in value added exports – this too was never built.The Commission said during the meeting company representatives had indicated that BaiShanLin suffered financial constraints, which affected the establishing of the wood processing facility, and the company was engaging a new partner that would contribute significantly to its investment in Guyana.The GFC Board said it was, at the time, assured of the financial strength of the new partner, who had committed to pay off the debt owed by the company to the Commission.“To date, the BIFDI has failed to fulfil any of its commitments to the Government of Guyana, effectively failing on the obligations it made, which were accepted in good faith.”As such, the GFC had said, “In keeping with Forest Governance Practices, the GFC will be formally repossessing the concessions owned by the company and accelerating efforts to recover the debt owed.”The GRA in April of 2016 had seized a Lexus SUV, PRR 2888, and a Nissan minivan, PRR 3888, from the Chinese logging company after it had failed to pay import taxes for the two luxury vehicles.SEIZED: One of BaiShanLin’s luxury vehicle (a black Lexus) being towed awayIn the same year, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman indicated that Government was moving to up the ante in order to recover outstanding monies owed to the State.The Administration had also banned the logging company from exporting any logs from Guyana until a resolution could be met.BaiShanLin has repeatedly been accused of unscrupulous and sometimes illegal practices in Guyana’s forests and its export of logs.The Chinese company has also been accused of contravening local laws to get around logging quotas by purchasing from small loggers and exporting those logs to China under their names.BaiShanLin reportedly closed its operations in Guyana in September of 2016. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChinese Bank, BaiShanLin discuss future in GuyanaSeptember 12, 2016In “Local News”GFC to repossess forest concessions from BaiShanlinSeptember 7, 2016In “latest news”BaiShanLin writes UN on vehicles’ seizureMay 18, 2016In “latest news” read more

RIO 2016 Brazil beat Norway in worlds champions opener

← Previous Story Men’s U20 EURO 2016: Spain and Germany for the gold! Next Story → Strong France and furious Russia celebrate first wins! brazil handballrio 2016 Brazilian girls going for gold! The world champions from 2013 beat the reigning worlds’ champions from Norway – 31:28 (17:16) in the first match of the Women’s Olympic tournament. Future Arena in Rio wasn’t sold-out, but home fans showed great passion in supporting home team, who had great leader in playmaker  Anna Paula Belo. She netted 12 goals for the winners and was unstoppable during 60 minutes of great fight of two great teams.The crucial period of the game was between 40th and 50th minute, when team coached by Morten Soubak made 6:1 series to went on 27:21. Despite they were fully concentrated to get back in the match, expect Nora Mork (12 goals), Norway had no player on the level necessary to outplay host team in Rio.Deonise Faschinello netted five goals for Brazil, while in Norway, Heidi Loke ended match with six goals.Brazil will play against Romania on Monday, while Norway wait for Spain. read more

Nexus 7 Moto X Chromecast and Legos on Geekout 16

first_imgWith all the news coming from Google this week, it’s not hard to guess what the theme of this week’s Geekout is going to be!What was expected to be a fairly low key announcement from Google, largely due to the belief that most of the news regarding Android 4.3 and the Nexus 7 had already been leaked out to the world, turned out to be an exciting reveal for Chromecast and Google Games. Google’s third attempt at putting their products inside your television have been met with a great deal of excitement, especially once the $35 HDMI stick started showing up on shelves and arriving at doorsteps earlier than expected. With such a low barrier to entry, anyone with WiFi and access to the Chrome browser can take advantage of this new hardware.The new Nexus 7, and its shiny new flavor of Android, are going to be hitting shelves in a few days. Google has bumped up the hardware in all the right places for this new version of their 7-inch tablet, with a new focus on landscape orientation. With the logo horizontally positioned across the back and the speakers at the center of the narrow edges, it is clear that the device is meant to be held with two hands in landscape. It still works just fine in portrait view, like the original Nexus 7, but the new design suggests the position Google thinks you should use the tablet.We were fortunate enough to be joined by GigaOm’s Kevin Tofel this week, who on top of sharing his thoughts on the Google announcement, talked for a bit about the upcoming Moto X. We’ve learned that the new Droid family of phones for Verizon Wireless are very similar in some aspects to the soon-to-be-released Motorola flagship, but there’s still quite a few questions left to be answered. One of the more curious things from the Droid announcement was the confusing language used in describing the processor used in these new phones, which we’ve been told will also be in the new Moto X. The X8 is described as an octo-core computer system, and while we didn’t find it to be that exactly, there’s plenty of reasons to be excited about what this hardware will be capable of.If you’d like to join us on our weekly Geekouts, or if you’ve got a topic you’d like us to talk about on next week’s broadcast, leave us a message here or on our Google+ page.last_img read more

The Superstar ShakeUp kicks off this week tonight live on WWE RAW

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WWE RAW is live tonight from Hartford, Connecticut.Tonight is the first night of the two-night Superstar Shake-Up, as wrestlers from RAW and Smackdown Live will be switching brands over the course of the week.With no live events scheduled, almost all of the Smackdown Live roster is scheduled to be at tonight’s RAW taping in preparation for the two-night event.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of RAW beginning tonight at 8:00 PM ET.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Kurt Angle WhatsApp Facebook WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Now Playing Up Next FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27center_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Roman Reigns is in Remission Pinterest Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articles Google+last_img read more

Health Hotels Team Up for Tourism workshop opened today

first_img Total Community Involvement Essential to Fighting the Aedes aegypti Mosquito Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jan 2015 – CARPHA, the Caribbean Public Health Agency is in country for a two day workshop where a national plan is being formed as health and hotel and tourism professionals filled the Occasions conference room for day one of the session, earlier. Health Data, Public Health Concerns and their impact, Prevention of foodborne disease in hotels, Food & Environment safety activities and prevention of Norovirus were apart of today’s agenda. Dr. Lisa Indar is in from CARPHA and at the opening this morning said this initiative has been years in the making. Effects of Norovirus on the TCI Tourism industry two years ago, Dengue Fever and ChikV have all provided reason for pause; officials say the aim is to be on the side of prevention. The training event is sponsored by the Ministry of Health and Human Services, the TC Hotel and Tourism Association, the TCI Tourist Board and CARPHA. Dr. Shandey Malcolm, Deputy Director of Epidemiology has been appointed leader of the national campaign for enhanced synergy between health and tourism. The workshop to enhance health safety in the tourism sector wraps up tomorrow. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region Related Items:carpha, dr. lisa indar, dr. shandey malcolmlast_img read more