Fix Shaky Footage with Warp Stabilizer in Premiere Pro

first_imgHow to Stabilize Your Footage with Warp StabilizerApply the Warp Stabilizer effect from the effects window under the distort tab.Allow Warp Stabilizer to analyze your footage. You can continue to work on your edit during this process.Adjust the Smoothness parameter to the best setting for your footage. Keep in mind that you may not need a high percentage value. Something as low as 5-10% may be sufficient.Adjust the Crop Less <-> Smooth More parameter to bring back any unwanted crop or to smooth out your footage even more.For more details and a full overview on how to stabilize your footage, check out our tutorial.Issues to Look for When Using Warp StabilizerNoticeable Warping When Warp Stabilizer is finished stabilizing, your clip may look smooth, but there may be noticeable warping in the background areas of your shot. Be sure to pull back on the smoothness parameter and adjust the crop settings within Warp Stabilizer.Too Much CroppingSometimes, in order to get a clean stabilized shot, Warp Stabilizer may crop your clip too much and cut out essential parts of your shot. To help fix this issue, adjust the Crop Less <-> Smooth More parameter. You can now stabilize your shaky footage without having to leave Adobe Premiere Pro. Here’s how you can best use the Warp Stabilizer effect.Cover image via Shutterstock.Whether you shot your footage handheld, on a shoulder rig, or with some accidental movement using a Steadicam or gimbal, Warp Stabilizer is more than capable of stabilizing your video. Several years ago, if you wanted to reduce camera shake, you would have to jump over to Adobe After Effects to stabilize your footage. Now, you can just stay inside of Premiere Pro without disrupting your workflow.Let’s get started. Do you have tips on how to stabilize your footage? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Video Tutorial: Determining The Best Lens for Your Project

first_img200mmThe audience is very removed from the character, creating a sense of suspicion. The character knows something the audience doesn’t, and we’re not close enough to figure out what it is.But used for a close-up, the result is dynamic and flattering — a complete reversal from a medium shot. Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“KickShot” by Gyom“Liseberg” by Origami Pigeon ArtistLooking for more cinematography tutorials? Check these out.How to Create the VHS Look in Premiere Pro + Free VHS Effect PresetsGet Better Results Using LUTs with Lumetri Color in Premiere ProHow to Create a Stop-Motion Paper CrumpleCinematography Tutorial: Following The Three-Second RuleProduction Tips for Shooting in Outdoor Lighting Conditions 85-100mmThis pulls the audience away from the character, casting them more as observers than participants in the scene.This option is a great focal length for enhancing movement and action in a frame. Which focal length communicates which feeling in which situation? We break down the options down in our latest video tutorial.As a storyteller, I’m constantly trying to determine what focal length works best to evoke  a particular emotion in a scene. If the character knows something the audience doesn’t, do I shoot my scene on a wide 16mm or a telephoto 200mm? If my character is claustrophobic or afraid, what focal length best represents that emotion?In this tutorial, I break down some of cinema’s most-used focal lengths (16mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 100mm, and 200mm) and explore which work best to communicate the message I’m trying to get across with the scene.Below, I’ve detailed the emotions each lens conjures along with a corresponding set of images. If you’re interested in learning a little more about my experience shooting with these lenses, check out this video.Disclaimer: the following article is based completely on my personal opinion, so nothing here is by any means an industry standard. Your emotional reactions may be completely different, but stopping to think about them is a good exercise.16mmEpic and expansive. This is great for documentary or location-focused work. 24mmSimilar to the real world. It’s perfect for conveying real-life experience.(22mm to 24mm is the most realistic option because it is so similar to what our eyes see.)35mmWide and cinematic, this is great for Medium shots.The image feels close to the character without actually occupying his space.50 mmThis creates a nice, comfortable distance from the character.It’s also my favorite cinematic focal length because it keeps the background recognizable while creating beautiful bokeh.last_img read more

Debate over Zeliang’s qualification set a rest

first_imgAs Nagaland goes to the polls, a long-time debate has been put to rest. In his affidavit submitted for contesting the Peren seat as a Naga People’s Front candidate, Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang said he had failed in his BA examination in 1979. Kengim Kulimbe, an Independent candidate and Mr. Zeliang’s opponent in Peren, was quick to issue a statement on the Chief Minister’s “true academic status”.Mr. Kulimbe had often gone to court in his bid to establish Mr. Zeliang’s qualification.Mr. Zeliang, 65, chose not to react. But the returning officer at Peren, the headquarters of Peren district in Nagaland, said the complaint against the Chief Minister was for the court to decide and not the Election Commission.Nagaland’s Chief Election Officer Abhijit Sinha said the nominations of 227 out of 257 candidates were found valid. His Meghalaya counterpart Frederick Roy Kharkongor said 374 out of 443 nominations were accepted.last_img

Meghalaya RTI activist murdered

first_imgA Meghalaya youth leader and Right to Information activist was killed in a coal belt in the hill State’s East Jaintia Hills district on Tuesday morning.Police said the body of Poipynhun Majaw, the president of Jaintia Youth Federation (JYF), was found on Rymbai Road near Khliehriat, the headquarters of East Jaintia Hills district bordering Bangladesh and a prime mining area in the State.“We found wounds on his head probably caused by a heavy iron object. This looks like a case of murder, but we are waiting for the post mortem report to find the culprits and uncover the motive behind the murder,” Nazarius Lamare, the district’s Superintendent of Police told The Hindu.“Mr. Majaw lived in Jowai (22 km from Khliehriat) and had come to Khliehriat yesterday (Monday). He was last seen at the deputy commissioner’s office about 3pm,” Mr. Lamare said.A.R. Mawthoh, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Eastern Range), said a wrench was found near Mr. Majaw’s body and that the police were hunting for more clues.Misuse of public fundsRights activists say they suspect the 38-year-old Mr. Majaw could have paid the price for exposing a nexus between heads of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) and cement companies that were allegedly allowed to mine limestone without permission.Besides coal, East Jaintia Hills district is rich in limestone. A year ago, Mr. Majaw had, through RTI, revealed misuse of public funds by the JHADC and its leniency towards more than a dozen cement companies that were violating the provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution and mining limestone without permission.These cement companies, owned by non-locals in the Narpuh area of the district, have allegedly been accused of operating against the interest of local people and harming the fragile ecology of the area.The JHADC, currently headed by Andrew Shullai, denied any ‘evil nexus’ with cement companies. “A former chief executive member of JHADC was arrested after Mr. Majaw filed an RTI and exposed a scam in the council. He had given to the police recordings of threats from this chief executive member,” Agnes Kharshiing of Civil Society Women’s Organisation said.“We condemn this murder and demand stern action against those responsible for Mr. Majaw’s death,” she said.last_img read more

Unnao rape: HC seeks CBI’s response

first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Monday sought the CBI’s response to an affidavit filed by the mother of the Unnao rape victim alleging that the agency was not conducting a fair investigation into her husband’s murder.The court also stayed the hearing under the POCSO Act in the rape case in which BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar is an accused along with others as the State counsel informed the court that the U.P. government has agreed to transfer the matter from Unnao to Lucknow following a CBI plea.POCSO ActThe CBI told the court that the case was now before the special CBI court in Lucknow after it took over the investigation, and the matter under the POCSO Act, which is before an Unnao court, should also be transferred to the CBI court in Lucknow.After the U.P. government counsel said that the State was ready to transfer the case, the Bench comprising Chief Justice D.B. Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar stayed the hearing in the Unnao court, pending a decision on the CBI’s transfer plea. The court also directed the CBI to file its reply on the affidavit by the mother of the victim alleging that the CBI was not conducting a fair investigation in her husband’s murder case and the FIR registered by the agency was different from the version in her complaint.The 17-year-old girl has alleged that she was raped by the MLA at his residence, when she had gone to meet him with a relative, seeking a job on June 4, 2017. Frustrated with the alleged inaction, the victim attempted self-immolation in front of Chief Minister’s residence on April 8. The next day, her father died in jail.last_img read more

Will House Science Panel Need an Ethical Review?

first_imgSince U.S. House of Representatives science committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) subpoenaed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 1 August for data from decades-old air pollution studies, the agency has remained silent on how it will respond. But a vehement back-and-forth has filled that silence, as the panel’s top Democrat, Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), continues to spar with Smith over the move’s wisdom. Last week, the exchange included Johnson’s suggestion that the panel might need an independent oversight board to approve its use of sensitive data—and a letter from a researcher who claims Johnson defamed him during the fierce debate over the subpoena.Smith argues that raw data from two seminal studies linking airborne soot to higher death rates—the so-called Harvard Six Cities Study and American Cancer Society research known as Cancer Prevention Study II—should be made public for reanalysis, because they underpin costly pollution regulations. But because this data contains personal health information about participants who were promised confidentiality, Johnson and fellow Democrats argue that the subpoena violates the participants’ trust.Smith has repeatedly promised that committee staff members would handle any personal health information with care. But the wording of the subpoena, which gives EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy a 19 August deadline to present the data, has Democrats uneasy. It states that the information “may be produced in a de-identified form that removes personally identifiable information,” but also demands that these data be sufficient for independent replication of the original findings. Critics of the subpoena argue that it will be impossible for independent researchers to replicate the studies with de-identified data, meaning the committee will need to get the complete raw data, including sensitive personal information.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In a letter to Chairman Smith on 6 August, Johnson said the subpoena’s wording was evidence that the Republicans intend to go after data that is not fully de-identified. And that raises a new question, she wrote: Will the committee follow the same rules as federally funded research institutions entrusted with sensitive health information about human subjects? Will it, for example, establish an institutional review board (IRB) to oversee the process and ensure it meets ethical standards?In his 8 August response, Smith reiterated that any personal health information in the subpoenaed documents would be removed before third parties saw the data, but did not respond to Johnson’s IRB question. Smith also asserts that de-identification is a simple process that should cause no delay in the EPA’s response.Not everyone is so confident. Darrell West, director of the Brookings Center for Technology Innovation, notes that data collected from smaller communities, as in the Six Cities study, can be problematic, because it might be possible to reconstruct a participant’s identity even after names and addresses are removed. Others told ScienceInsider that the question of whether the science panel would need IRB approval for holding and handling any original data isn’t easy to answer, because Congress can—and often does—exempt itself from federal regulations.There’s a chance that such issues could end up being hashed out in court, if EPA resists the subpoena. West, for one, believes that if the raw Six Cities data can’t be adequately de-identified, the committee has no legal right to request them.Meanwhile, one of the researchers who says he was denied access to the American Cancer Society data has also become involved in the fray. At the 1 August committee meeting to approve the subpoena, Smith named James Enstrom, formerly an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as an example of a legitimate scientist whose request for raw data had been unfairly turned down by the society.Johnson, however, challenged Enstrom’s credentials in her 6 August letter. Enstrom, she wrote, was a longtime tobacco industry consultant who conducted industry-funded research questioning the negative health effects of secondhand smoke and was fired by UCLA in 2012.Enstrom fired back with his own letter on 8 August, writing that he wanted “to fully refute the defamatory statements about me” and asking Johnson to “immediately withdraw” her comments. He is a past user of American Cancer Society data, he wrote, and has never been a consultant to the tobacco industry, although the industry has funded his research. He also noted that he is now involved in a wrongful termination suit against UCLA, which he claims fired him in retaliation for studies that found that fine soot particles did not cause “premature deaths” in California.last_img read more

‘Putting in work, believing in yourself’ still keys to LeBron James’ success

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GALLERY: LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of his generation with a resume of godlike proportions that include four MVPS, three NBA titles, and countless All-NBA nods.And it’s not just his 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame that has helped him achieve such sporting legacy, but also a belief in one’s self that no other force on earth could ever shatter.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ “For me, it’s all about believing in yourself, uncertainties will come to your mind but you cannot stop believing especially if you put in the work,” said James during his private session with the Gilas players and members of the media for his Strive for Greatness tour.“If you put in the work then I believe it takes care of itself.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonJames have been the subject of heavy scrutiny since his decision to skip college and go straight to the NBA from St. Vincent St. Mary and his controversial move to Miami from Cleveland catapulted him to super villain territory.Still, James triumphed and won two titles and two MVP trophies with the Heat before he returned to Cleveland to steer the Cavaliers’ to the city’s first championship since the Browns ruled the NFL in 1964. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony PLAY LIST 01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “Sometimes you’ll feel that you’re not doing enough and if you get to that point just look at the mirror,” said James. “At the end of the day you’re the one who’ll control your destiny.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Paralympian duo to compete in table tennis at Rio Olympics

first_imgParalympian table tennis players Natalia Partyka of Poland and Australia’s Melissa Tapper will compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) said in a statement on Friday.Three-time Paralympics gold medallist Partyka, who represented her country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games, will make her third Olympics appearance in the team event this year.”I am very proud and happy that I will compete at the Olympic Games for a third consecutive time. I hope that this shows all disabled athletes that impossible is nothing,” Partyka said in the statement.Tapper, who becomes the second table tennis player to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics, will play both the singles and team events in Rio.”I think that it’s awesome that the Paralympic athletes are breaking down barriers and getting to participate in the Olympics,” she said.The Rio Olympics take place from Aug. 5-21 and the Paralympics are held from Sept. 7-18.”Both these players are inspirations to all para athletes as they show that disability is no barrier to success. We wish them the best of luck in Rio,” ITTF president Thomas Weikert added.last_img read more

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali to be buried in Louisville after local hero’s sendoff

first_imgMuhammad Ali’s hometown of Louisville will honor the former boxing champion on Friday with a solemn procession through the Kentucky city and public funeral at a sports arena, a tribute befitting a local hero who achieved global stature as a humanitarian.Ali, one of the most celebrated figures of the 20th century whose death brought accolades from around the world, will feature eulogies by former President Bill Clinton, broadcaster Bryant Gumbel and comedian Billy Crystal, a family spokesman, Bob Gunnell, said on Saturday.The body of the former prize fighter, who died in Arizona after suffering for decades from Parkinson’s syndrome, was expected to be returned within the next two days to Louisville, where flags were lowered at city hall on Saturday in his honor.MUHAMMAD ALI KNOWN AS LOUISVILLE LIPAli was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr in Louisville, in western Kentucky, on January 17, 1942, and was known as the “Louisville Lip” early in his boxing career because of his playfully boastful nature.Fans gathered on Saturday at his modest childhood home on Grand Avenue, which has been converted to a museum, and at the Muhammad Ali Center, a cultural and educational venue, to pay their respects.Friday’s events were expected to begin with a private prayer service for family members at a funeral home in Louisville.The procession was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. along the city’s main streets, including Muhammad Ali Boulevard, to Cave Hill Cemetery, passing locations that were significant to the former champion.The funeral service was scheduled for 2 p.m. at the KFC Yum Center, which seats more than 20,000 people, and will be live-streamed at the Ali Center’s website.advertisementMUHAMMAD ALI, THE GLOBAL ICON DIES AT 74 Ali was admitted on Monday to a Phoenix-area hospital with a respiratory ailment and died Friday night of septic shock due to unspecified natural causes, according to Gunnell.In his prime as a fighter, Ali spoke out against racism, war and religious intolerance, while projecting a brash confidence and sense of pride that became a model for African-Americans during 1960’s and 1970’s.Stripped of his world boxing crown for refusing to join the U.S. Army and fight in Vietnam, Ali returned in triumph by recapturing the title and starring in some of the sport’s most unforgettable bouts.In later years, Ali’s grace in coping with a disease and his role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes, endeared the former champ with people of all social strata in every corner of the world.ALSO READ | Muhammad Ali: The boxing legend’s greatest quoteslast_img read more

China criticises Carters “self-isolation” remarks

first_imgSingapore, Jun 4 (PTI) China today hit back at the US after Defence Secretary Ashton Carters remarks that Beijing was building a “Great Wall of self-isolation”, asserting that America should “learn lessons” from the wars it had waged in the Asia-Pacific region after World War II and play a “constructive” role.”Carters claims are incorrect and do not accord with the actual situation,” Guan Youfei, director of the Office for International Military Cooperation of the Chinese Central Military Commission, told media on the sidelines of the 15th Shangri-La Dialogue here.Guan said the US should “learn lessons” from the wars it had waged in the Asia-Pacific region after World War II and play a constructive role in the region,” state-run Xinhua news agency reported.The top Chinese military official asked the US to keep its security pledges, withdraw troops from Afghanistan as soon as possible, stop arms sale to Chinas Taiwan and refrain from holding military drills on the Korean Peninsula.Speaking at the security summit, Carter said that China risks further alienating regional neighbours and building a “Great Wall of self-isolation” as it pursues its military expansion across the South China Sea.”Chinas actions in the South China Sea are isolating it, at a time when the entire region is coming together and networking…Unfortunately, if these actions continue, China could end up erecting a Great Wall of self-isolation,” Carter said.Guan said China will continue to enhance cooperation with other Asia-Pacific countries under the Belt and Road (Silk Road) initiative in various fields.advertisementCarter had earlier made similar accusations against China in a speech delivered at the US Naval Academy.The Chinese Foreign Ministry had responded, saying such claims reflected “American-style mentality” and “American-style hegemony”.The war of words came ahead of the high-level annual Strategic and Economic Dialoguebetween the two countries to be held here on June 6-7, which will be attended among others by US Secretary of State John Kerry.China said besides highlighting its concerns over US-Asia pivot push into the South China Sea at the summit, it will also raise Tibet and Taiwan issues with US. PTI KJVPMS AKJ PMSlast_img read more

Jennifer Garner Announces Americas Report Card

first_imgAmerica earned a lackluster C- grade on child well-being, according to a national report card released today by First Focus and Save the Children. Artist ambassador for Save the Children, Jennifer Garner, joined Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn., retired) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) to announce the findings of America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S.“The number of Americans living in poverty remains at a historic high, with nearly one in four children knowing all too well what it means to go without,” said Garner. “Childhood poverty sets children up for failure in school, impacts their health, and can pre-determine the course of their lives. So why, then, are children being left out of the conversation during an election season in which the economy is the primary issue? We need to do better for our kids.”Commissioned by Sen. Dodd and Sen. Casey, America’s Report Card provides a holistic picture of unmet needs in five areas of a child’s life: economic security, early childhood education, K-12 education, permanence and stability, and health and safety. The report also urges the American people to take action to boost children’s chances for success in school and life: vote in November’s general election for candidates who support investments in children; hold elected officials accountable for commitments to help children succeed; and engage with other local leaders to improve the lives of children in their own communities.More than 300 policymakers and congressional staff, children’s advocates, and concerned citizens attended the report’s launch. Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, described the grading system and provided an overview of the 2012 grades. Mark Shriver, senior vice president of Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, urged our country’s leaders to summon the political will to end childhood poverty by investing in early childhood education, a key to a brighter future for our children, and our country.“Children can’t appear on cable talk shows, contribute to political campaigns or vote. Politicians know this and listen to the loudest voices in the political arena,” said Sen. Dodd. “With the election quickly approaching, you can be the voice for children. This November, cast a ballot for candidates who will put children first. And after the election, no matter which candidates win, it is up to you to hold them accountable to ensure children are a legislative and budgetary priority.”“The future of our nation rests in our ability to give every child the opportunity to succeed,” said Sen. Casey. “That is why I have fought to build support for initiatives to increase access to early learning programs and to ensure children have access to healthy food. Preparing children for the future must be part of our strategy to continue to grow the economy and create jobs. By giving our children the best shot at success, we can also boost the nation’s productivity, increase prosperity and fuel competitiveness.”“The presidential candidates this year are talking about building an even greater, more prosperous and more competitive nation. And yet, during the first presidential debate, neither candidate mentioned the poverty epidemic affecting the lives of 16 million children in America,” said Shriver. “Reducing the deficit is not mutually exclusive from reducing poverty. Childhood poverty costs our nation $500 billion per year. If the candidates are truly serious about building a stronger America, then a meaningful debate about ending childhood poverty must become part of the conversation.”“We grade kids all the time,” said Lesley. “It’s time to take responsibility as a nation for the decisions that determine whether kids can succeed. We can’t be satisfied with a C-, but raising the grade means getting involved, voting for kids, and holding politicians accountable.”The report card assigned the nation grades in five key domains of a child’s life: Economic security: D, based on the number of children living in poverty, experiencing food insecurity and unstable housing. Early childhood: C-, based on early learning program availability and enrollment, as well as access to child care. K-12 education: C-, based on children’s math, reading and science levels, school resources, the number of at-risk youth, and educational attainment. Permanency and stability: D, based on the well-being of children impacted by the child welfare, juvenile justice, and immigration systems. Health and safety: C+, based on the state of health insurance coverage for children, access to health care and preventive services, public health and safety, and environmental health. Source:Save the Childrenlast_img read more

USO Pays Tribute To Robin Williams

first_imgThe USO has paid tribute to Robin Williams, who died this week.“Williams went on six USO tours from 2002 to 2013, including five overseas,” wrote Eric Brandner for USO.org. “He visited troops in 12 foreign countries, making three stops to both Iraq and Afghanistan.“’There’s nothing I enjoy more than traveling with the USO and giving back to our troops in whatever way I can,’ Williams said during his 2007 USO tour led by then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen. ‘They work hard, sacrifice a lot and deserve to be treated like the heroes they are. The very least I can do is bring a smile to their faces.’“The connections didn’t end when he left the stage. One of Williams’ legacies will be the photos with men and women in various shades of camo squinting and smiling at camera phones in the middle of the desert. He openly discussed his struggles with them, too.“’He talked to [troops] who had gone through [Alcoholics Anonymous] backstage,’ said USO Senior Vice President John Hanson, who also went on the 2007 tour. ‘That was the most remarkable thing. It happened in Kuwait, it happened in Iraq, it happened in Afghanistan. People would seek him out and he would take the time to talk to them.’“According to Tischler, Williams was always cognizant of playing to the military audience’s shared experiences.“’What was great about him on tour was that he always took the time to sit down and talk to people about what they were going through, what life on the base was like, about personal experiences,’ Tischler said. ‘And then he’d get on stage and he’d be telling a joke about Mexican Night in the [dining facility].“’He already put on a great show, but now it was just for the people who were there and no one else would have gotten the jokes. … It made the moment even more amazing for them because he’s talking about what they went through.“’We’d land and we had a show in five minutes and in the course of… walking to a stage, he somehow found someone and got that information and put it in a routine. It was absolutely mind-blowing.’“His fellow entertainers were impressed, too.“’His generosity of spirit was as boundless as his comedy,’ comedian Lewis Black wrote on Twitter on Monday night. Black also performed on the 2007 USO Chairman’s Holiday Tour. ‘I will miss him terribly.’“The USO’s Entertainment team estimates Williams performed for or visited with more than 89,000 service members during his 12-plus years of volunteering.“’When our service members had the opportunity to see him in person, they knew they were seeing an icon of comedy, but it was more than that,’ said John Pray, the USO’s executive vice president and chief of staff. ’It was someone who actually understood their own trials and tribulations and struggles as they dealt with loneliness, fear, uncertainty and a variety of negative emotions.“‘He brought them light and took them away for a period of time from those challenges and gave them a chance to recharge.’”Read the full story at USO.org.Source:USO.orglast_img read more

Top UN officials kick off highlevel meeting with call to action to

8 June 2011Top United Nations officials today issued a call to action to end AIDS, stressing the need for a broad partnership among governments, the private sector and civil society to combat an epidemic that is still wreaking havoc 30 years after the first case was reported. Top United Nations officials today issued a call to action to end AIDS, stressing the need for a broad partnership among governments, the private sector and civil society to combat an epidemic that is still wreaking havoc 30 years after the first case was reported. “We have reached a critical moment in time,” General Assembly President Joseph Deiss said at the start of the High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, which brings together some 30 heads of State and government, along with senior officials, representatives of international organizations, civil society and people living with HIV.“This High-level Meeting is a unique opportunity to reiterate our collective commitment and to step up our campaign against AIDS,” he stated. Member States are expected to adopt a new declaration at the end of the three-day meeting that will reaffirm current commitments and commit to actions which will shape the future of the AIDS response 30 years into the epidemic and 10 years since the Assembly’s Special Session on HIV/AIDS in 2001.During the past three decades, more than 60 million people have been infected, at least 25 million people have died and more than 16 million children have been orphaned by AIDS.“I believe that if we are to succeed, it is essential for our actions to be based on a broad partnership in which governments, the private sector and civil society join forces and, together, play a greater governance role in efforts to combat the virus,” said Mr. Deiss.He noted that the stigmatization of and discrimination against persons living with the virus and vulnerable groups far too often continue to present a major obstacle to any open debate on AIDS-related issues and hinder progress. “Universal access implies social justice and social inclusion. Persons living with the virus must be stakeholders in every aspect of our effort. Their experiences and their stories are essential in developing an effective strategy for combating the epidemic.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that from its birth, the campaign against AIDS was much more than a battle against disease. “It was a cry for human rights. It was a call for gender equality. It was a fight to end discrimination based on sexual orientation. And it was a demand for the equal treatment of all people,” he told the meeting. He added that today’s “historic” meeting is a call to action for all partners to come together in global solidarity as never before. “That is the only way to truly provide universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care by 2015,” he said.It is also necessary to lower costs and deliver better programmes; commit to accountability; ensure that HIV responses promote the health, human rights, security and dignity of women and girls; and trigger a “prevention revolution,” harnessing the power of youth and new communications technology to reach the entire world.“If we take these five steps, we can stop AIDS. We can end the fear. We can stop the suffering and death it brings. We can get to an AIDS-free world.”The Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibé, highlighted the collective achievements of the international community over the past 30 years while also noting that now is not the time to be complacent. “AIDS remains a critical challenge of our era,” he said, stressing the need to agree on a “transformational” agenda that will end the epidemic and achieve the common vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.This vision will become a reality, said Mr. Sidibé, if the world can revolutionize HIV prevention and mobilize young people as agents of change; scale up universal access to treatment and services; break the trajectory of treatment costs; promote innovation, technology transfer and country ownership; stop violence against women and girls; and open a frank discussion about intergenerational sex and concurrent partnership. Turning the vision into reality will also require that the vulnerable populations most affected by the epidemic – migrants, people who inject drugs, sex workers, and men who have sex with men – do not face discrimination and have access to life-saving services, he added. read more

ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Wednesday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close TueJuly ‘ 17 509.60 511.40 505.90 506.30 510.40Nov. 483.00 484.40 478.70 479.40 483.40Jan. ’18 490.30 490.30 485.00 485.30 489.20March 495.10 495.60 491.10 491.10 495.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 493.30 497.20July 0.00 0.00 0.00 494.60 498.50Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 480.70 484.60Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 480.90 484.80March 0.00 0.00 0.00 480.90 484.80May 0.00 0.00 0.00 480.90 484.80July 0.00 0.00 0.00 480.90 484.80Barley (Western): Open High Low Close MonJuly ’17 0.00 0.00 0.00 138.00 138.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Thunder Bay CW: $178.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $537.30Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $546.30 read more

Human remains found in Fort Erie

Human remains that were discovered in Fort Erie last week have been identified as Barbara Cowsill. The 66-year-old woman went missing from her home in February of 2016.A member of the public found the remains while walking in the area of Gorham Rd. and Cherry Hill Blvd. near the Friendship Trail on Wednesday.Members of Niagara Search and Rescue, Marine Unit, Forensic Services Unit, Emergency Task Unit, Auxiliary officers Fort Erie Fire, Ontario Provincial Police cadaver K9, Niagara Regional Coroner’s Office, and student volunteers from the University of Toronto Anthropology Department performed extensive ground searched over the weekend near the location where the remains were found.Foul play is not suspected.

Man seriously injured in mining incident

The Ministry of Labour is investigating an incident at a gypsum mine near Hagersville last week that seriously injured a worker.Haldimand OPP report two men were working underground at the Canadian Gypsum Corp. facility on Third Line on Thursday when a large slab of rock fell on them. One of the workers – aged 27 and a resident of Haldimand  — was trapped underneath.Employees nearby rushed to the scene and extricated him from the rubble. Haldimand paramedics transported the man to an out-of-town hospital with life-threatening injuries.The other worker – a male aged 23 and also a resident of Haldimand – was treated for his injuries at West Haldimand General Hospital.The incident was reported to police and paramedics around 2:45 p.m. The Ministry of Labour has taken over the investigation.“Ministry of Labour inspectors investigate all workplace fatalities and injury incidents which raise matters of immediate potential threat to life, limb or health,” Janet Deline, a spokesperson for the ministry, said in an email Friday.“During the investigation process, inspectors may examine the incident location and any equipment involved, interview witnesses such as co-workers, supervisors, employers and anyone else the inspectors determine might have relevant information and may request assistance from the professional staff of the ministry.“The length of any investigation will depend on the complexities of the case.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Ontario hospital pension to buy half ownership in TransCanada Tower in Calgary

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2016 8:30 am MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – An Ontario-based pension plan has agreed to buy a half interest in the TransCanada Tower in Calgary for $257.4 million.H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:HR.UN) says the property has almost doubled in value in the 15 years since it was built in 2001.The buyer is HOOPP Realty Inc., a subsidiary of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), which manages about $64 billion of assets for its members.The deal is subject to conditions but expected to close in November.The 38-storey TransCanada Tower houses the headquarters for TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP), one of North America’s largest pipeline and energy infrastructure companies.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled HOOPP. Ontario hospital pension to buy half ownership in TransCanada Tower in Calgary read more

One Of These World Cup Hosts Is Not Like The Others

After the arrests of several senior FIFA leaders and widespread evidence of graft, bribery and general corruption at the highest levels of the global soccer conglomerate, FIFA’s selection of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup has come under renewed criticism. The indictments allege that vote-buying occurred in past World Cup host selections, and there have been other allegations that millions of dollars were paid to rig the vote for Qatar in 2010.And when you look at all the World Cup hosts since 1978, it’s clear that Qatar is in many ways an outlier.Compared with other World Cup hosts, Qatar is at the extremes on almost every metric I looked at. The data wasn’t perfect — two of the data sets I used weren’t measured annually when it would have been ideal if they were (the United Nations Development Program’s carbon-emissions reading and Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index). Also, the Press Freedom Index did not exist before 2002, so I used the 2002 mark for the World Cups that came before that year. It’s an estimation, but because that measurement is less susceptible to annual change, I felt safe in using it. And one last thing while we’re here: The Elo and GDP numbers for Russia and Qatar aren’t projections but are the most recent data available.Qatar was definitely not selected for its temperate weather in June, the typical time for the FIFA tournament. There has historically been some variation here — Argentina’s average June temperature is in the low 50s (it being in the Southern Hemisphere and all), and Mexico’s is in the mid-70s. But Qatar’s average June temperature is in the 90s.Perhaps Qatar is a real soccer up-and-comer, then? Not quite! I pulled the Elo rating of each men’s national team on the first game they played the year they hosted the cup1The last game of the previous year for Colombia, which resigned from hosting the 1986 cup and did not play soccer that year, and the most recent game for Russia and Qatar. to get the gist of how good the teams were on the world stage. Qatar has the second-lowest score ever.2Might they improve substantially in the next seven years? Sure, it’s possible. But the point is they’re not an unrecognized powerhouse in the sport at this point in time, and the fact that the host nation gets a free bid may mean they don’t have a ton of incentive to drastically improve.And it’s not like Qatar holds a bulk of the world’s population, either. Typically the country that gets the cup has somewhere around 1 percent to 5 percent of the world’s population, but not Qatar. With a projected population of 2.24 million in 2022, it’ll have a whopping 0.03 percent of the global population within its borders in a few years, not counting the spectators. What’s more, that population mostly comprises people who weren’t born in Qatar — as of 2013, according to the U.N., 1.6 million of the country’s 2.2 million people were international migrants.Although Qatar will be a global hub for sports journalists in several years, FIFA apparently did not select the country to highlight its illustrious human-rights record. Qatar has extreme restrictions on press freedoms that put it in league with Russia (the 2018 host) and Brazil (the 2014 one). They have a very high score on the Press Freedom Index, where a low score indicates a great deal of freedom.It’s also not for the nation’s climate record, either, as it’s by far the highest polluter — measured in metric tons of carbon emitted per capita. And that’s on a list that includes America. That was our category to lose!But Qatar does have one metric by which it is off-the-charts outstanding: gross domestic product per capita. Namely, it’s a small country that makes a whole lot of money. In the chart, we’re looking at the ratio of GDP per capita the year each nation hosted the cup to the United States’ GDP per capita that year, to keep it apples to apples.None of this proves vote-rigging, obviously. But when a country lacks many of the competitive advantages of other countries’ bids, some extra scrutiny is probably worthwhile. read more

Geometrica Freedome protects vineyards from Coemin ore dust

first_imgAt the entrance of the Cerrillos Canyon in northern Chile lies the Coemin facility, a plant that processes raw copper ore from the Crola mine. Located 30 km southeast of the city of Copiapo, this area is also an important wine region, with dust from ore handling and crushing obviously not desirable for the vineyards. Coemin had long used preventive measures such as foam sprays and fabric barriers to control emissions. But as the plant has grown and existing measures where no longer sufficient they then decided to completely enclose their crushing operations in a customised dome solution from Geometrica.The task was a challenge, as the equipment and conveyors were not laid out with an enclosure in mind. The main area encompassed more than 5000 m2, in a shape that was irregular after several expansions.  The initial concept consisted of two smaller domes and a huge arched vault for the facility’s largest area. Local suppliers were consulted, but the spans for the big area were simply too large and complex. As a result, Coemin’s in-house architect and Head of Projects, Percy Diaz, contacted Geometrica for a proposal. The large arched vault had its drawbacks. Bending stresses were very large. It would have required increased truss depth and structural members that would have been too heavy. Clearances for access and interior space would be compromised. This vaulted shape meant that some of the existing equipment would have to be modified or have to remain uncovered. Equipment modifications were undesirable as they would require plant downtime. Geometrica proposed a very different solution, a Freedome, Geometrica’s brand name for a free-style dome. Geometrica considered the scope and scale of the new vision and confirmed that the Freedome could be built without increasing the budget.The new challenge was to design and engineer a dome that would spring from this very irregular plan. Existing equipment and buildings dictated the shape as crushers and sifter equipment had to be enclosed, while a hopper had to remain outside. The supporting structure had to bridge existing buildings. There was no way to fit a conventional circular dome on this site. Diaz’s plan was a heart shape — roughly three sided with rounded corners and a dimple in one of the sides. Spans were 90 m in the principal directions. The Freedome was the solution and no equipment modifications were required. When the dome was approved for construction, all elements varied — meaning this project was “truly a custom architectural achievement” and was installed using local labour who had no problems following the simple procedures required to build it.Construction of the dome started on the foundation and progressed toward the apex, ring by ring.  No scaffolding, nor operating downtime were required, as the partially built dome supported its own weight plus that of the construction crews through the whole process. Cladding consisted of rectangular corrugated metal sheets with with a polyester finish. The Freedome, plus the two smaller domes, now control dust emissions from the plant’s material processing while the vineyards are protected.last_img read more