Don’t miss out on a few timesaving features of Adobe After Effects CC that flew under the radar. The following video gives a rundown on many of the hidden gems of AE CC.After Effects pro and Premiumbeat friend John Dickinson of Motionworks.net shares some of the best ‘hidden features’ of AE CC. Among the feature additions and changes to After Effects CC that you may have missed:Shift Parenting: holding shift while combining layers will inherent the anchor point of the parent layer…as well as the keyframes.Isolate AE comps that have missing elements: effects, fonts or footage.AE Brainstorm: you can brainstorm gradient colors for text and shapes.Quickly experiment with looks by reversing the colors in a Gradient Ramp.You can now set audio output to ‘auto’. The file will only output audio if there is audio present in the comp.Enable/disable the ‘render finished’ alert sound.If frames are missing when importing footage, know exactly which ones.You can export Effects.Reveal a layer in Finder by right-clicking it in the Timeline panel.Keep your project more organized (especially big projects) by using the new “close other timeline panels” feature.Quickly replace a layer with a precomp.Be sure to check out the video to see these features and more, as well as how to access them in Adobe After Effects CC. Thanks for sharing, John!
Your film may be set for disaster before you even begin rolling. Here are a few filmmaking tips for optimizing your productions.Top image via Sociable FilmsSometimes, filmmakers get the short end of the stick; companies and clients don’t have the money, time, or true desire to make the most of each project. This can be rather frustrating for those seeking to progress in the industry by making each project better than the last. Here are a few filmmaking tips that can help you maximize time, money, and energy while giving clients the best value for their buck.1. Pre-ProductionImage via ShutterstockTime spent on planning is something most people tend to neglect on any sized budget, but it is essential when it comes to creating an organized piece. Not being prepared will cause setbacks, which, in the end, will be costly on set, both in time and money.These are often the most overlooked points of pre-production:Game-plans for shootingshot listsshooting schedulesquestion lists (for interviews)knowing the bio of the interview subjectlocation movesclean up and trash disposalplanning on lunch and mealsMissing these elements not only hurts your schedule and budget (because of overtime pay), but can hurt your personal image and work ethic as well. A crew can easily see the difference between a production that has been properly planned compared to one that’s just “winging it.” Typically, a set that’s well prepared will always start and end the day on time with minimal stress and a happy crew.Yes, the more experienced you are, the easier it is to just show up and “make it happen,” but the reality is that proper pre-production saves the morale of the crew. Nothing is worse than having a team of filmmakers NOT wanting to be actively present and who only show up for the paycheck.Time on SetImage via ShutterstockA few simple items can be overlooked when it feels like there’s too much packed into a day. Things like walkthroughs with the crew, department head meetings in the morning, or a simple team gathering for a schedule summary are all crucial to the flow.If everyone is on the same page, then the entire team can move towards the same goal.However, if that game plan is only known by the Director or Assistant Director, then the crew may be overworked trying to accomplish tasks that are irrelevant for the production.Many have seen it: the frustrating moment when a crew sets up lights, cameras, set dressing, and sound equipment because everyone thought the shot was facing the east — and then the director strolls in an hour late and says, “oh by the way, we’re facing west today.” Suddenly, that huge setup has to be taken apart and reset, and the rest of the day is delayed because of a difference in mentality.Good Effort vs. Wasted EffortImage via ShutterstockWe all want that cinematic look with perfect dolly shots, sliding shots, and great angles that give us the artistic style we all have grown to love. Unfortunately, when crushed for time, many of those shots are the first to go because there’s a higher demand for coverage.A great tip, when it comes to time management for shots, is to count the number of setups (camera moves, lens changes, etc.) that are needed for the day. If you’re “run and gun,” you’ll be maxed out at 50-60 setups in a 14 hour day — any more and you’ll be sacrificing the integrity of the film. For television production, 25-30 setups are average. In film, it’s closer to 20 or fewer in a day is normal. Don’t ever plan to shoot more than you can handle; be realistic in what you can accomplish, and stick to it.In the end, investing thought ahead of time will save time in the long run. Have a solid idea of what is needed before ever stepping foot on set. When that day comes, make sure to keep the crew updated so that all hands are on the same page. The number of setups is vital to a proper day of planning. Don’t be greedy, and plan for what you know you can accomplish. Following these tips will help make the most of your valuable time and energy on and off the set.What tips do you have for optimizing your film set? Share in the comments below.
Outsourcing news operations overseas is being pitched as one solution to the crisis in America’s newspaper industry.Dean Singleton, CEO of MediaNews Group Inc., publisher of 54 dailies, including The Denver Post, says the group is exploring outsourcing in every aspect of its operations, including copyediting, design and editorial. “In today’s world, whether your desk is down the hall or around the world, from a computer standpoint, it doesn’t matter.” “One thing we’re exploring is having one news desk for all of our newspapers in MediaNews … maybe even offshore.”Says Singleton, “Fond memories of dead newspapers will do nothing for our communities.”Presently pre-production work for MediaNews’ papers in California is being done in India, a move, he said, reduced costs by 65 percent. Related Items
Australia are just one win away from reclaiming the urn in the ongoing Ashes series at home. The hosts have taken a 2-0 lead against England with their victories in Brisbane and Adelaide.The sledging has been “intense” with sparks flying from both ends when the two sides collide on the cricket pitch.England all-rounder Moeen Ali has been a victim of sledging in the first two Tests but he says he hasn’t faced any “major” problem so far.”Somebody asked me what time my kebab shop opened, That’s about it. Nothing major. You take it on the chin,” Moeen was quoted as saying by news.com.au.”It is more intense, but not as much as I thought it would be. I thought Brisbane would be a lot more of a buzz. I mean, there was a buzz. But it’s been pretty quiet, to be honest,” added.Moeen shared an instance when he was ledged by Australia’s vice-captain David Warner.”You’re batting a place too high,” Warner said to England’s new No.6 batsman.”I’m batting two places too high, mate,” Moeen replied. “It went straight over his head,” he said.CA XI win the toss and elect to bowl in the two-day tour match against England at Richardson Park #CAXIvENG pic.twitter.com/X30LGUIQkV- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 9, 2017England coach Trevor Bayliss with an interesting take on the heated exchanges during this #Ashes contest. pic.twitter.com/hjl19meb41- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 3, 2017In one such instance, England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow headbutted allegedly “headbutted” Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft during a night out in Perth last month.advertisementAccording to a report in The Independent, the incident occurred between Bairstow and Bancroft outside The Avenue Hotel in Perth, when England were playing a warm-up match against Western Australia Cricket XI at the start of this month. It is claimed that the incident went no further, and that police were not involved in the matter.”I got into a very amicable conversation with Jonny and he just greeted me with a head butt, kind of thing,” Bancroft explained of the night in question. “I was expecting a handshake. It wasn’t the greeting of choice that I was expecting.”It was a good hit. Play on!” (right, Cameron Bancroft?) ???Funny stuff from the UK broadcaster of the #Ashes – @btsportcricket! pic.twitter.com/zDbBiIWVYG- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 28, 2017″There was certainly no malice in his action and we continued on, having very good conversation for the rest of the evening,” Bancroft added. “Obviously at the time, he said sorry. For me personally it was just really weird — it was so random and I certainly didn’t expect it coming.”Just wait for Steve Smith to absolutely lose it at the end of this video! ??? #Ashes pic.twitter.com/S3UMqBfEZj- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017However, it was not the first time that such an incident has happened. In 2013, Warner had punched now England captain Joe Root at a pub in England.Smith and Anderson with PLENTY to say and Aleem decides to step in… #Ashes pic.twitter.com/gNNTdMgBMK- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 2, 2017
ZURICH – Gianni Infantino pulled off a stunning victory Friday to take over as FIFA president.The Swiss official received 115 of the 207 eligible votes in the second round to earn a decisive majority over Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, who had been the strong favorite entering the election.The 45-year-old former lawyer saluted voters by patting his right hand over his heart, and had to compose himself before starting his acceptance speech.“We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA. And everyone in the world will applaud us,” Infantino said, referring to bribery and corruption investigations that have rocked soccer’s governing body and forced Sepp Blatter out of office after more than 17 years as president.Sheikh Salman received 88 votes after being the front-runner during much of the four-month campaign. Prince Ali of Jordan had four votes, and Jerome Champagne of France got zero.In the first round, Infantino surprising led with 88 votes. Sheikh Salman had 85 votes, Prince Ali 27, and Champagne seven.Infantino, the general secretary of European governing body UEFA, is the second straight FIFA president from the Valais region in the Swiss Alps. Infantino is from Brig and replaces the 79-year-old Blatter, who was born in neighboring Visp.Infantino will be president through May 2019, completing the remainder of Blatter’s term.Blatter was forced out by the pressure of American and Swiss investigations of corruption that hit FIFA two days before the previous election in May.“I congratulate Gianni Infantino sincerely and warmly on his election as the new president,” Blatter said in a statement. “With his experience, expertise, strategic and diplomatic skills he has all the qualities to continue my work and to stabilize FIFA again.”There were only four candidates on Friday’s ballot after Tokyo Sexwale withdrew during his campaign speech to voters, and all four went forward to the second round.Not since 1974 has a second-round vote been held in a FIFA presidential election. Then, Joao Havelange of Brazil beat 13-year incumbent Stanley Rous of England 68-52 after an initial 62-56 ballot in Frankfurt, Germany.Infantino exceeded most observers’ expectations after an impressive 15-minute pitch, only 20 minutes before first-round voting began.The Swiss-Italian spoke in several languages without notes and portrayed himself as a leader for the world, not just his own wealthy confederation.“We have to get Europe to do much more,” Infantino said.His campaign promised more of key FIFA gifts to member federations: More guaranteed funding from FIFA’s $5 billion-plus World Cup revenue, more places in an expanded 40-team tournament and more opportunities to stage the World Cup with multi-national regional hosting.Sheikh Salman was expected to lead the first round with backing from Africa and the Asian soccer confederation he has led since 2013.Still, he had been the most criticized and scrutinized candidate throughout the four-month campaign. The issue of Bahrain’s human rights record was often cited by Gulf activists but had not seemed to seriously trouble voters outside Europe.Sheikh Salman has strongly denied claims about his role in the Arab Spring protests of 2011 when he was Bahrain’s soccer federation president.Infantino takes over a wealthy but vulnerable soccer body whose image and confidence has been shattered by escalating scandals.Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term in May but bowed to pressure four days later and announced he would resign. Blatter was subsequently banned for six years for financial mismanagement and was absent Friday after 40 years as a fixture at FIFA meetings.Before electing FIFA’s first new president since 1998, 87 percent of the 207 voting federations passed wide-ranging reforms to protect against corruption and curb the powers of its new president.Those include preventing presidents from serving more than three four-year terms, reducing their powers and guaranteeing more independent oversight for FIFA’s decision-making and spending. The executive committee will be renamed the FIFA Council with more female members while there will be stricter integrity checks will also control top officials.FIFA and its lawyers hope the reform will help show U.S. prosecutors the soccer body is serious about changing its culture, and protect its status as a victim in the American investigation. A total of 41 people and marketing agencies have been indicted or made guilty pleas, and Blatter is a target.Still, the new era FIFA hopes for will not easily escape the fallout from Blatter’s scandal-hit leadership.TweetPinShare0 Shares
LONDON (AP) — Not one top-10 seed has made the women’s quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Serena Williams will be there, though, after she moved a step closer to an eighth title at the All England Club.Williams reached her 13th Wimbledon quarterfinal by beating Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-4, 6-2 on Monday, and never looked likely to join the parade of favorites who have been eliminated.No. 7 Karolina Pliskova became the last of the top-10 seeds to be knocked out, losing to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.Since seeds were introduced in the 1920s, it’s the first time none of the top-10 have reached the women’s quarterfinals at Wimbledon. It’s also a first for any Grand Slam tournament in the 50-year professional era.Williams is seeded 25th after returning from having a baby, but is looking like her usual dominant self on the grass courts. In a matchup of the only two mothers remaining in the draw, she jumped into a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up the win in 62 minutes.Rodina, who upset 10th-seeded Madison Keys in the previous round, broke back for 3-2 in the second set but was broken to love straight away.“It was tougher than the scoreline,” Williams said. “I knew we were both moms, and I’m not sure how often that’s happened, if ever. So it’s really cool. You can be a mom, you can still play tennis and you can still be great.”In the men’s tournament, Roger Federer advanced to a record-extending 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino of France.The eight-time champion lost just five points in a 16-minute first set but faced break points for the first time in this year’s tournament, saving all four. Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon to move within one straight-sets victory of breaking his previous longest streak at the All England Club, when he won 34 in a row between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.Ninth-seeded American John Isner, No. 13 Milos Raonic of Canada and No. 24 Kei Nishikori of Japan also advanced.Isner rode his big serve to beat Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (4). He next faces Raonic, who defeated Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns to John Isner of the US during their men’s singles match on the seventh day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)Bertens hit seven aces and saved eight of the 10 break points she faced to win 6-3, 7-6 (2) against Pliskova and complete the latest upset in the women’s draw. She beat the ninth-seeded Venus Williams in the third round after coming from a break down in the third set.Bertens next faces 13th-seeded Julia Goerges, who beat Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-3, 6-2 to secure her first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance.Jelena Ostapenko and Dominika Cibulkova will also meet in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.Ostapenko reached the last eight for the second straight year with a 7-6 (4), 6-0 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich, while Cibulkova beat Hsieh Su-Wei 6-4, 6-1.Williams faces Camila Giorgi of Italy next, while 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber plays Daria Kasatkina of Russia.—By MATTIAS KAREN , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
Australian pacer Mitchell Starc on Thursday became the fastest bowler to 150 ODI wickets and he also became the first in World Cup 2019 to pick up a five-wicket haul to lead his team to a 15-run win over West Indies in Nottingham.Chasing 289 for victory, the West Indies were restricted to 273 for 9 with Starc picking up his sixth five-wicket haul in ODIs. Australia, who were bowled out for 288 batting first, registered their second successive win in the tournament to move up to second place in the points table.Starc finished with figures of 5 for 46 from his quota of 10 overs and bettered former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq’s record to become the fastest to 150 wickets in his 77th ODI match. Saqlain had achieved the milestone in 78 matches.”We back ourselves to defend anything. I felt it (the surface) quite hard – the wicket was a bit up and down but I settled in and got used to it. They were on the way before Starcy picked 2-3, good move by Finch to bring him on then. He is a fantastic bowler and credit goes to him,” man-of-the-match Nathan Coulter-Nile, who smashed 92 runs with the bat, praised Starc after the game.Starc has a terrific record against the West Indies with 21 wickets in 7 matches at 12.76 with three five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket.West Indies got off to a poor start before Shai Hope (68) and Nicholas Pooran (40) laid the platform for the power-hitters, but the Starc-led Australian attack kept them on a tight leash.Starc first picked up the wicket of Chris Gayle (21) in the first powerplay and then returned in the death overs to remove Andre Russell (15), Jason Holder (51), Carlos Brathwaite (16) and Sheldon Cottrell (1) to swing the match in Australia’s favour.advertisementPat Cummins (2 for 41) and Adam Zampa (1 for 58) gave good support to Starc from the other ends.Also Read | Australia vs West Indies Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019Also Read | Smith, Coulter-Nile, Starc shine as Australia beat West IndiesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle left to rue his luck after series of umpiring errors Also Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle 3rd West Indian to score 1000 World Cup runs
Moussa Sissoko delighted with new Spurs dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko is delighted with his new deal.He has signed a new contract with the club until 2023.The Frenchman arrived in north London in the summer of 2016 and has developed into a key player under Mauricio Pochettino.Sissoko said: “I’m very proud to sign a new deal with the club – that means the club believes in me and they’re happy with what I’m doing.”Hopefully I can give my best to the club for a long time and hopefully we can get some trophies all together.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Find Z is next Oppo flagship smartphone, likely to come with Snapdragon 855The Oppo Find Z has been spotted on European Union Intellectual Property Office’s certification. The smartphone will succeed the Find X and is expected to sport a Snapdragon 855 chipset.advertisement Next Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 10:19 IST HIGHLIGHTShe certification reveals that Oppo will call its next flagship smartphone Find Z.The Find Z, as expected, will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset.Oppo Find Z could end up debuting Oppo’s 10X hybrid optical zoom technology.Last year, Oppo stunned the world with its flagship Find X smartphone – Oppo’s first smartphone with the world’s highest screen-to-body ratio. The Find X featured a motorised slider that housed both the front and rear cameras. The Find X was at the forefront of the completely fullscreen display revolution in 2018. For 2019 though, Oppo will be offering a successor to the Find X and the first details of the flagship Oppo smartphone has surfaced online.Leaked documents reveal that Oppo has filed for certification to the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The certification reveals that Oppo will call its next flagship smartphone Find Z. The certification reveals no other details so far, apart from the name. The Find Z moniker hints that Oppo will be packing another set of exclusive features that will differentiate it heavily from the Find X. The device isn’t expected to be unveiled at the MWC 2019 though, but Oppo could unveil it in the coming months.Previously, the Oppo Find Z appeared on Geekbench where some vital information regarding the key specifications were uncovered. The Find Z, as expected, will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, which will be a staple for all flagship smartphones in 2019. Rumours also suggest the Oppo Find Z could end up debuting Oppo’s 10X hybrid optical zoom technology. The 10x hybrid optical zoom technology is expected to enhance photography performance by bringing in better zooming capabilities than the existing optical zoom in present-day smartphones.The Find Z is also expected to feature Oppo’s new on-screen fingerprint sensor. The new system is expected to bring two-finger authentication. Additionally, rumours also suggest that display will feature a bigger fingerprint sensor compared to the previous version. It is also expected that the find Z will come with Android 9 Pie underneath Oppo’s ColorOS 6.advertisementSimilar to the previous model, the Find Z could also end up featuring Oppo’s SuperVOOC charging technology. It will also be interesting to see whether Oppo retains the motorised slider for housing the cameras or opts for the more popular manual slider option seen on other fullscreen smartphones.While it’s least expected that Oppo could unveil the Find Z at the MWC 2019, it is expected that they would launch it later in the year after all the flagship models from various manufacturers are available in the market.ALSO READ | Oppo Find X quick review: Truly bezel-less display with popping camerasALSO READ | Oppo K1 India launch on February 6, expected to be cheapest phone with in-display fingerprint sensorALSO READ | Oppo F9 Pro review: Waterdrop notch, superfast charging makes it worth buyingGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow OppoFollow androidFollow smartphonesFollow Google
The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations Kotn is a two-year-old clothing brand out of Toronto that makes and sells “elevated essentials.” Created by three friends – Rami Helali, Mackenzie Yeates, and Ben Sehl – the line was born when the trio discovered that they couldn’t find a quality plain T-shirt that wasn’t super expensive. Now offering other wardrobe must-haves such as henleys, sweatshirts, tracksuits and underwear, Kotn stands apart because it employs Egyptian Cotton only – the finest variety of this natural fiber in the world. Helali and Yeates recently shared their young brand’s story with me from their office/store on Queen Street…How did Kotn come about?Helali: All three of us were working in New York and the uniform across all the industries we were working in, which were anything from finance to branding agencies to startups, were tending toward tees and that kind of thing. And we found that our closets were either not so great with Hanes or Fruit of the Loom or your “going out” tees that were 100 bucks. There was a big discrepancy there, so we decided that we wanted to perfect what we thought would be a really simple item – the plain white T-shirt. That’s what got us started and that’s what we launched with, a T-shirt in black, white, and grey in three cuts. We found that it is much harder to find “the perfect T-shirt” than we thought when we set out.The Crew T-Shirt/KotnSo what does make “the perfect T-shirt”? Helali: It’s really a combination of price that makes it accessible so that you are able to replenish your white T-shirts every six months or so and at the same time the quality of the materials, the cut and all that type of thing. That’s what’s what we did for the first year – just the tee. And since then we have added more and more of these staple items, these essentials that you can wear every single day.What are some of your favorite new pieces?Yeates: We just launched a pique T-shirt that’s made from fabric that they typically use for polo shirts. That is our favorite item this season and a lot of our customers are really liking it as well. It’s soft and can be worn every day but it’s a slightly different twist on your everyday white tee. The fabric is really breathable for the summer and it hangs a little bit differently than a plain jersey does.Helali: I like the dusty rose pieces. I’m not a pink person per se. I just own black T-shirts but I think the pink ones we just put out are awesome.Where do you manufacture?Helali: Everything is done in Egypt. We buy the cotton directly from the family-owned farms in Egypt and provide subsidies to those farms. When we set out to do this we wanted to use the best natural material in the world and that is Egyptian Cotton. But what we found out really quickly was that industry was on the brink of extinction – and I am not being an alarmist when I say that. The independent farmers were saying, “I don’t want to grow this cotton anymore” and were switching their fields to rice. And this thing that 20 or 30 years ago was called “white gold” and was coveted across the world was on the brink of extinction essentially because of fast fashion. So we decided we were going to subsidize these farms and buy directly from them. The Future of Jeans is Here with these Alternative Fabrics to Cotton Denim Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire We control the process from the second the cotton leaves the ground to the final product and we make sure we partner with right people. We have really intense audits with our partners and we make sure everything is really ethical and sustainable. Just like how we want to elevate the lives of our customers we want to do that with the people we work with too. So it’s all made in Egypt within a 100-kilometer radius of the farms and then shipped over.And you recently opened a physical store? Yeates: We opened the store in March. We decided to open a flagship store that also doubles as our office. It has been a great opportunity to try things out and talk to our customers firsthand and better understand who they are.So who is the Kotn customer?Helali: It’s a little bit older – probably 28 to 38. It’s 70 percent male even though a women’s line is coming in the future. It’s a lot of creative industries.Yeates: We jokingly refer to our customers as “architect dads.” The neighborhood we are in is a really cool, creative neighborhood with a lot of bigger international brands and also a lot of small independent shops. A lot of people who live and hang out in this area work in creative industries or have young families. So many brands say that they are for the creative class but the price point doesn’t really reflect that. We are just trying to be the go-to stop for those pieces that you need to restock every once in a while.And now you are selling some clothes as part of a kit?Yeates: Yeah. We started the kits a couple of months ago and now we have revamped versions of those. We are creating classic products that don’t really go out of style which also means our stuff won’t go on sale. But we do want to create different offers for our customers and the way that we are doing that is bundling in the way that we see people shopping. A lot of people are coming to our site and buying one tee or one pair of underwear to try it and then coming back and buying three more or a seven-pack or underwear. So we have a starter kit that is a T-shirt, a pair of socks, and underwear to basically just try the stuff out.We also have a “Suit Up” kit where you can get a full sweatsuit at discounted price. We’ll be switching those out once a month to offer new deals. It’s a way that we can offer a bulk pricing deal and hopefully with our new kits we’ll be adding in little surprises and cool items.What’s next for Kotn?Helali: We can’t exactly say all the things but there are going to be more physical locations popping up across North America and then continuing to flesh out what “essentials” mean – things that you can live in.What are the top reason readers of The Manual should check out your brand?Helali: I think a lot of what out there right now is a lot of fast fashion that really takes shortcuts on the quality. I think your readers can really appreciate the focus on the craft and making those classics perfect and always available. I think that’s something that most men really appreciate.And thing is: It’s the softest T-shirt you will ever touch and I am not making that up. It’s crazy! Egyptian Cotton is absolutely absurd. Just like Champagne can only be made in one region, Egyptian Cotton can only exist in this little Nile delta area and there’s a reason why it has the reputation that it has. It’s incredibly breathable and if you touch it you’ll honestly feel like you’ve never touched cotton before. Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn
OTTAWA — An outside body to investigate allegations of abuse and harassment in amateur sports is hung up on legalities, says Sports Minister Kirsty Duncan.Last week, Duncan announced a new code of conduct for handling abuse allegations in sport, from community teams to national sports organizations, but critics say it’s toothless.Cheryl Hardcastle, a Windsor, Ont., MP and the NDP critic for sport, has been calling for an independent investigative body for some time.“We started out with mandates and codes of conduct and it’s not enough,” said Hardcastle. “It’s not that it’s not working, it’s that it’s not enough to follow through on the complexities of these issues. Some of these investigations that are having to be done by organizations, they’re not even really equipped to do them.”Hardcastle said she thinks Canada should follow the lead of the United States, which has established the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The non-profit organization allows athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movement to report sexual abuse, provides information on abuse-prevention techniques and policies, and keeps a public database of coaches and other sports figures disciplined for sexual misconduct.In an emailed statement, Duncan wrote that a third-party mechanism for investigating complaints in Canada is in the works but “legal and jurisdictional issues” need to be considered and that her officials are working with provinces and territories.Duncan also wrote that the outside body will eventually “ensure all athletes can feel safe and confident in disclosing incidents of abuse and be assured their case will be given due process.”Canadian Heritage spokesperson Daniel Savoie said in an email that the federal government already requires that all government-funded sports organizations allow for “access to an independent third party to address harassment and abuse cases.”But establishing that independent body for abuse allegations requires “support and collaboration between federal–provincial/territorial governments and the sport community,” wrote Savoie.Like other provinces, Alberta has been in talks with the federal government about how to reduce abuse in sports and recently hosted Canada’s sports ministers at a conference in Red Deer. They discussed the possibility of “a mechanism to report and monitor incidents of harassment, abuse, and discrimination in sport,” wrote Marion Nadar, a spokesperson for Alberta’s culture ministry.Nadar wrote that the ministry isn’t aware of any legal or jurisdictional obstacles that would prevent the creation of a third-party body to hear complaints.The provincial ministry that handles sport in British Columbia referred questions on the issue to the federal government. Ontario’s ministry condemned abuse in sport and said that province is working on a sports action plan but didn’t answer questions about problems with a third-party investigative body.Duncan’s announcement came shortly after a CBC investigation found over 200 coaches in Canada have been convicted of sexual abuse in the last 20 years and another 34 cases involving coaches are before the courts.—Follow @Dani_Edwards1 on TwitterDanielle Edwards, The Canadian Press
Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, a former Presidential advisor, and his bodyguards were murdered in October 2011 ahead of elections held at the time.Duminda Silva was also injured in the incident and he sought treatment overseas but he was accused of being involved in the killing. However the fifth suspect was not in court when the verdict was issued as he was reported missing. Former Parliamentarian Duminda Silva was today sentenced to death in the Bharatha Lakshman murder case.The Colombo High Court issued the death sentence on five convicts when the verdict over the death was announced today. The High Court issued the death sentence on the 1st, 3rd, 7th, 10th and 11th accused. The convicts will serve life in prison as the death sentence is not implemented in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)
AURORA, Ont. — Auto parts manufacturer Magna International says it has struck a multi-year collaboration with rideshare company Lyft to jointly fund, develop and manufacture self-driving systems at scale.Aurora, Ont.-based Magna says the co-developed self-driving systems could be used on Lyft’s rideshare network as well as across the automotive industry.Carmakers have less than a decade to reinvent themselves or die, warns Sergio MarchionneLyft being watched closely by transit officials in Toronto following ride-hailing app’s launchThe partners say Lyft will take the lead on developing the self-driving system at its engineering centre in Palo Alto, Calif., while Magna will lead manufacturing and contribute knowledge in vehicle systems, safety and other areas.The companies say they will share jointly created intellectual property and use data from Lyft’s eight billion kilometres travelled per year on its network to improve the systems.Magna says the scalable technology is expected to be market-ready over the next few years.The company says that as part of the partnership, it will also invest US$200 million in Lyft equity, subject to regulatory approval.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 27, 2016 6:34 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2016 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. government, Vancouver to collaborate on creating empty homes tax VANCOUVER – The provincial government will look into taxing empty homes in a bid to increase affordable housing across B.C.Finance Minister Mike de Jong says government staff will work with the City of Vancouver to develop a proposal for the vacancy tax soon, with discussions focusing on how to figure out which homes are empty.De Jong met with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson Monday to discuss the potential levy after Robertson said last week that the city will move forward on the tax plan with or without the province’s help.Robertson says a higher property tax on vacant homes would create an incentive for owners to rent, creating more available units in the city where the rental vacancy rate is 0.6 per cent.He says the city will still move forward with imposing a business tax on vacant homes if it cannot come to an agreement with the province.Both men say affordable housing is a serious problem across the province and that the proposed tax is just one of many issues that need to be taken in order to address the issue.
“Forests are integral to the post-2015 development agenda,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day. “To build a sustainable, climate-resilient future for all, we must invest in our world’s forests.”At least 1.6 billion people directly depend on forests for food, fuel, shelter and income, but everyone benefits from the clean air, water, and climate regulation that forests provide, Mr. Ban said. Three fourths of freshwater, crucial for human survival, comes from forested catchments. Healthy forests are also critical for building resilience – the ability to bounce back from storms and other natural disasters. Mangrove forests, when left intact, reduce loss of life and damage caused by tsunamis.“Sustaining healthy forests and mitigating and adapting to climate change are two sides of the same coin. Forests are the largest storehouses of carbon after oceans,” the UN chief said, stressing that forests are on the “front lines” of climate change. Forests can absorb and store carbon in their biomass, soils and products, equivalent to about one-tenth of carbon emissions projected for the first half of this century. At the same time, deforestation and land-use changes account for 17 per cent of human-generated carbon dioxide emissions. A special event on the occasion of the International Day was held at UN Headquarters today with Manoel Sobral Filho, Director of the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat, delivering opening remarks. In the ensuing discussion, three films ranging on topics from the green economy to sustainable development were screened and a panel discussion was held on ‘Forest-based solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation.’ “As the world’s population grows, demand for forest goods and services continues to increase. The dividends from forest stewardship will benefit us, and future generations,” Mr. Filho said.In a news release, Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said the benefits that forests provide are incalculable. “Forests drive economic development and prosperity, provide jobs and livelihoods, and at the same time, promote health and well-being. Proven solutions exist to create the future we want; investing in our forests is a pathway to transformative sustainable development.”“Forests are central to the global effort to meet the climate change challenge, eradicate poverty and realise a sustainable century,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.“The new universal climate agreement to be inked in Paris at the end of the year needs to put in place a swift peaking of global emissions, a deep decarbonisation of the world-wide economy and climate neutrality in the second half of the century,” she stated. “This will not be possible without smarter and more sustainable ways of managing existing forests and the restoration and expansion of many lost and degraded ones.”The International Day of Forests is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees outside forests. Global celebrations will range from community-level tree-planting events, to publication of new forest data and analysis, as well as cultural activities featuring art, photographs and film festivals.
The Buffalo Bills probably need to beat the New England Patriots if they want to secure a playoff spot, but it didn’t have to be that way. As you’ll see in the video above, their odds would be higher if they hadn’t messed around and benched Tyrod Taylor, who’s been surprisingly good, a few weeks back.
The past few months have seen a sharp increase in the number of Greeks taking their own lives, according to a non governmental organization that runs a suicide helpline.The number of suicides “have doubled if not tripled” over the past year, Aris Violatzis of Klimaka said.Violatzis said the rate had increased to more than two suicides per day this year, compared to one per day in 2009. And these are just the suicides that are recorded, Violatzis said. The real number was likely to be higher as the stigma attached to suicide means they are often not reported. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Sometimes you think you know what you want from The Flash. These past few weeks, the most enjoyable arcs have been watching Ralph and Sherloque play detective and watching Caitlin solve the mystery of her father. But with everything going on with Nora, Iris and Barry, those stories haven’t been given the time they deserve. Well, this week they were given the spotlight and it almost didn’t matter at all. We met a cool (sorry) new villain, and… that’s about it.Cisco uses his hacking skills to track down Caitlin’s father, who’s been hiding out in the North Pole. Why they needed an elite level hacker to figure out where the ice guy was hiding isn’t explained, but sure, why not? To the episode’s credit, it gets to the point pretty quickly. Thomas Snow, and Caitlin as a child, had ALS. Killer Frost was the cure. Thomas says a split personality never manifested in him, so he’s still dying while Caitlin isn’t. Caitlin takes him back to S.T.A.R. Labs, a place he’s recently started spying on so he could keep up with his daughter. No red flags here. Caitlin realizes she can save her father by making a serum out of some of her cells. With the help of a Department of Defense laser cooler which can bring temperatures down to absolute zero.Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Kyle Secor as Dr. Thomas Snow (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW)Cisco is the only one who’s not entirely on board with this plan, which should tell you right away that he’s right. Hacking into a DoD system to break his friends in doesn’t sit right. He uses his limited remaining Vibe powers to follow up on his hunch. He’s not just reacting poorly to an experimental cure. He’s hiding his own dual personality with skin grafts. He’s using his daughter to get access to the serum. This news doesn’t go over well with Caitlin, who doesn’t want to believe the person she’s worked so hard to find isn’t her dad. When nobody listens to him, he storms out, which leads Barry to utter the most dreaded sentence in any episode of The Flash. “Dude, we need to talk.” Well, we made it this far without a trip to the talk-hallway. That’s an accomplishment at least.Fortunately, we’re not here to rehash a lesson we’ve already learned. Except maybe be a little more delicate when delivering the news that your friend’s father is a secret supervillain. In any case, the bluntness worked. Caitlin can’t shake the feeling that her father’s story doesn’t add up. Especially once she realizes what effect the serum will actually have. If administered to someone while in their icy alter ego, it will make that personality permanent, losing the original forever. That’s what Icicle, as he calls himself, is after. He wants to get rid of Caitlin’s father forever, then eventually do the same to her as Killer Frost.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow (Photo Credit: Jeff Weddell/The CW)Ultimately, this episode just kicks the can down the road in all of its stories. It ends up feeling like filler. The bright side is, at least for this Killer Frost plot, it at least gives Killer Frost a deeper, more emotionally charged backstory. Yes, it’s a retcon, but it’s a necessary one considering how much we’re supposed to care about the relationship between Caitlin and her other personality. It gives us a reason to get invested in Caitlin’s journey to get Killer Frost back. That will likely make future episodes that focus on this arc better. For this episode though, there’s not much here. There’s a very brief fight, which doesn’t involve The Flash at all, and then Icicle escapes. The one bright side is that Caitlin seeing her friends in mortal danger triggers a strong enough emotional reaction to bring Killer Frost out. DeVoe didn’t destroy her, he just suppressed her. Killer Frost is still there. It’s always fun to watch Danielle Panabaker play this character, and it’s easily the highlight of the episode here. As Killer Frost defends her friends and blasts her father with ice, it’s the episode’s only real moment where I was actually excited to be watching.If the Killer Frost arc passed the buck to future episodes, the rest of the episode was pure filler. Since the main story only involved Barry, Caitlin and Cisco, the episode had to find something for the rest of the cast to do. And boy do their plots feel like busywork here. At least it’s fun busywork. The rest of Team Flash splits up to try and figure out Cicada’s identity. I’ll just spoil this now: They don’t. First Ralph and Cecile team up to get a list of people treated by FEMA after the satellites fell. Cecile finds her confidence as the badass intimidating D.A. again, and they uncover some insurance fraud. Not the most exciting mystery, but Cecile and Ralph make such a fun pairing, I don’t mind. Their back-and-forth banter gives the episode some much needed comedy. Also, I’m just glad someone finally comments on Ralph’s nose thing. “That’s nasty. Please stop.” Cecile’s the best part of this episode.Tom Cavanagh as Sherloque Wells, Jessica Parker Kennedy as XS and Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen (Photo Credit: Jeff Weddell/The CW)The Nora-Iris story is sweet in its own way. Hearing about how cool her mom is, and seeing her jump off a building to save The Flash, has Nora fully enraptured by Iris. She wants to spend all her time with her mom, and do things the way she did them during that one episode where Iris was a speedster. God, remember that? The best episode of last season? Man, I’d like to see more of that. Anyway, they find the core of the satellite that created all these new metas and meta tech, including Cicada’s dagger. Combining that information with the FEMA list Cecile and Ralph got, they still don’t quite get to Cicada’s identity. But they do find his daughter. Guess we’ll have to wait until next week (at least) to see the next step.This episode definitely had some fun moments, but it just felt like the show was filling time. It had about two scenes that absolutely had to happen, and tried to stretch them out to an entire hour. In the end, what good moments there were marred by the episode dragging its feet before a holiday weekend. Even the Cicada scenes were just more of the same. He kills a meta who’s been carving people up, sustaining a few injuries himself. There’s a sympathetic nurse he’s working with, but he asks her not to treat him. The injuries are making him stronger. That could be interesting in the future, but for now, it’s not telling us anything new. Still, I can’t get too annoyed with this episode. There have certainly been worse hours of filler on The Flash. At least we got to see Killer Frost in this one.The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on The Flash Stay on target The Flash: Season 5, Episode 5 Recap The Flash: Season 5, Episode 4 Recap The Flash: Season 5, Episode 3Recap
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday directed the Meghalaya government to deposit the Rs 100 crore fine imposed on it by the NGT for failing to curb illegal coal mining with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph directed the state administration to hand over the illegally extracted coal to Coal India Limited (CIL) which will auction it and deposit the funds with the state government. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The bench also allowed the mining operation to go on in the state on the privately and community-owned land subject to the permissions from the concerned authorities. The National Green Tribunal had fined the Meghalaya government on January 4. During the hearing, the state government had admitted that a large number of mines were operating illegally in the northeastern state. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us A total of 15 miners were trapped on December 13 last year in an illegal coal mine at Ksan in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya, about 3.7 km deep inside a forest, when water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into it. Only two bodies have been recovered from the mine so far. The apex court had earlier refused to allow miners to transport extracted coal lying at various sites in Meghalaya.
Listen 00:00 /50:26 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X On Friday’s Houston Matters: A trial is wrapping up over whether a question about a person’s citizenship status should be included in the 2020 Census. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang brings us the latest and discusses how the outcome could impact Texas.Also this hour: Journalist Jeff Guinn explores Houston’s connection to the Jonestown massacre, which happened 40 years ago Sunday. He’s the author of The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple.Then, our non-experts break down The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the news.And Chef David Cordúa discusses his new program on Houston Public Media, TV 8, called The Houston Cookbook, which showcases the rich diversity of Houston’s culture and food.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share