8 Bit Color vs. 32 Bit Color in Video Color Grading

first_imgThe histogram is completely clipped. The blacks and whites are milky, and it just looks nasty. Now, this is an extreme example, but you get the point. 8 bit color has major limitations.Now I’m only going to do one thing. Change this:to this (option/alt – click):Look at the result. Way better, right? Switching to 32 bit color can have an impact on your render times, so keep that in mind when deciding if you really need it on or not. If you can do all of your color grading with one effect, or if you’re doing more gentle adjustment, 8 bit could be just fine. But if you’re relly doing a major push/pull or using several instances of color effects, 32 bit may be your best bet. Just to show you that this isn’t due to the fact that Colorista is a 3rd party plugin, here’s the same process with After Effects’ built-in Brightness and Contrast plugin. First, up the contrast: Notice how the histogram I applied below it starts to get little spaces between the lines. That’s because of the limitations of 8 bit color. Under normal circumstances it wouldn’t be a huge deal, since you don’t need that extra information if that’s your final look. But what happens if I apply another instance of Colorista and try to pull the image back to it’s original contrast? Now I’ll apply a color corrector (my favorite freebie – Colorista Free) and crunch the image by lowering the blacks and raising the whites: Bit depth has a major effect on color correction adjustments. Know the difference between 8 Bit and 32 Bit!The default bit depth for After Effects is 8 bit, which works fine for most projects and renders fast. You can also choose 16 or 32 bit (float). If you’re careful and intentional with your corrections, 8 bit will work fine, but with major adjustments and re-adjustments – or multiple layers/instances of color correction effects – you can start to see some nasty results.Here’s a starter image. I applied a levels effect so that you can see the histogram: Change to 32 bit mode: Lower the contrast: I can even adjust the second instance of Colorista to correct the image almost back to start, and I have all of the original color information to play with:last_img read more

Bundesliga 2019 Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Telecast, Timings in India, Team News

first_imgBayern Munich will meet Eintracht Frankfurt in their upcoming Bundesliga fixture on Saturday (November 2) at the Commerzbank Arena. Bayern Munich, who had an impressive start to the season, will eye to register their third consecutive victory this season. Meanwhile, Eintracht Frankfurt, who have registered victories on seven of their last eight outings, will try to continue their winning momentum. The Bundesliga 2019 fixture Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich will commence at 8 PM.In their previous outing, Bayern kept a clean slate with a 2-1 victory over 10-man VfL Bochum. Whereas, Eintracht Frankfurt defeated St Pauli 2-1 in their away match. Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has a long list of injuries ahead of their Frankfurt trip. The side will travel without Javi Martinez, Ivan Perisic and Jerome Boateng.Meanwhile, the hosts will feature without Marco Russ, Danny da Costa and Kevin Trapp.Bundesliga 2019 Eintracht Frankfurt possible starting lineup vs Bayern:Ronnow; N’Dicka, Abraham, Hinteregger; Fernandes; Chandler, Sow, Kohr, Rode; Kamada, PacienciaBundesliga 2019 Bayern possible starting lineup vs Eintracht Frankfurt:Neuer; Kimmich, Pavard, Boateng, Davies; Thiago, Giretzka; Gnabry, Coutinho, Coman; LewandowskiWhere to watch Bundesliga 2019 Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich match live in India (TV channels)?Eintracht Frankfurt will welcome Bayern Munich at 8:00 PM on Saturday. The Bundesliga 2019 Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich will be played at the Commerzbank Arena. Bundesliga 2019 Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich game live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD1 channels in India.How and where to watch online Bundesliga 2019 Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich match live streaming?Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich live stream will be available on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website in India for premium users. bayern munichbundesligaeintracht frankfurtfootball First Published: November 2, 2019, 6:37 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Better monsoon to ease price situation: Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 5 (PTI) Better monsoon and foodgrain output will help ease the price situation, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today even as he listed performance of PSU banks, stalled projects and private sector investments as challenges. The meeting of the Financial Stability Development Council (FSDC), chaired by Jaitley, also decided that India will not let guards down on preparedness to deal with external sector vulnerabilities including those arising from Brexit. Financial sector regulators, including RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and Sebi Chairman U K Sinha, also deliberated on the macro-economic situation and financial developments globally. Jaitley said the major challenges before the government include strategy to improve the overall performance of public sector banks, to make stalled projects functional and economically viable and to increase private sector investment. “Due to better spread of monsoon, we are expecting higher production of pulses this year compared to previous years which in turn will substantially ease their prices in the market,” Jaitley said as per an official statement issued after the FSDC meeting. The Council also reviewed the measures taken by the government and the central bank for handling stressed assets and discussed ways to manage the situation. It called for continuous monitoring of the situation developing from Britains exit from the European Union as it would take long time for the full scenario to unfold, official sources said. There should be no complacency on Brexit situation, said the FSDC, which met for the 15th time today since its formation in December 2010. “The Council also discussed issues relating to developing a comprehensive framework for identification of Systematically Important Financial Institutions (SIFIs) across all sub-sectors of financial sector,” the statement said. On the issue of maturity of concessional swaps of 2013 against FCNR deposits during September-December 2016, FSDC noted the steps taken by RBI to suitably address the issue and its consequences. PTI JD DP ANZ SAadvertisementlast_img read more

HRs Lift Cards Over Dodgers, 3-1

first_imgST. LOUIS — John Lackey was just as advertised for the St. Louis Cardinals. Their postseason power surge has been a big surprise.Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to snap a seventh-inning tie, Matt Carpenter went deep for the third straight game and Lackey pitched St. Louis past the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Oct. 6th to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NL Division Series.“Well, we just kind of knew what we were going to get,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “He wants the ball. He proves it by how he goes out and throws.”Facing elimination in St. Louis for the second consecutive postseason, the Dodgers will turn to ace Clayton Kershaw on short rest Oct. 7th night in Game 4. Shelby Miller makes his first playoff start for the Cardinals, one win from a fourth straight trip to the NL Championship Series.The Cardinals finished off Los Angeles in a six-game NLCS last fall, knocking out Kershaw in the fifth inning of a 9-0 blowout in the final game.Two runners reached against Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth before he earned his second save of the series — with an assist from the grounds crew on a rainy night.Rosenthal said he was unable to find his footing, missing badly on consecutive pitches to Juan Uribe, before the grounds crew applied a drying agent and raked the mound. The right-hander then threw a pair of practice pitches and regained his stride, retiring the next two batters on flies to right for his sixth career postseason save.Hanley Ramirez had three of the Dodgers’ seven hits, including an RBI double in the sixth.Lackey, acquired from Boston at the trade deadline, gave up five hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts. The veteran right-hander improved to 7-5 in postseason play, including three wins for the Red Sox last year — one against St. Louis in the World Series.“I think there’s definitely different energy, different adrenaline level. And that can take you to special places when you use it the right way,” Lackey said. “The atmosphere tonight was great. Fans were unbelievable. You feel that. You feed off that. If you channel it the right way, it can definitely help you out.”Asked what made the 35-year-old Lackey so tough, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly mentioned plate umpire Dale Scott. “I thought Dale was very generous,” Mattingly said. “We had a lot of guys complaining about the strike zone. We felt like he was really generous, and that puts you in a bind. You can’t go too far with it, but really generous.”St. Louis hit 105 homers in the regular season, the second-lowest total in the majors, ahead of only Kansas City. But the Cardinals have shown plenty of power in the playoffs, scoring 10 of their 15 runs on six homers in three games.Carpenter connected in the third and then Wong, the rookie second baseman who was picked off to end a World Series loss against Boston last year, hit a two-run shot off loser Scott Elbert to put the Cardinals ahead 3-1.“That pickoff last year definitely crushed me for a long time throughout the offseason,” Wong said. “But it was something that I definitely look back and I’m not thankful for it, but I know it made me stronger as a person and as a player.“Once you go through something like that, everything else is a walk in the park.”Carpenter and Wong, both left-handed hitters, connected against left-handed pitchers.Hyun-Jin Ryu tossed six solid innings for the Dodgers in his first start since a shoulder injury on Sept. 12.“Pretty amazing, a guy can be off that long and be that sharp,” Mattingly said. “He settled down and went farther than we thought.”Heavy rain fell briefly in the bottom of the seventh, when Yadier Molina greeted Elbert with a double for his second hit. Molina advanced on a sacrifice before Wong drove the next pitch into the Cardinals’ bullpen in right-center and let out a scream as he rounded first.“An awesome feeling,” he said.Carpenter had eight homers in the regular season and had never connected in consecutive games before these playoffs. He hammered a 1-2 pitch from Ryu over the right-center wall leading off the third.Yasiel Puig struck out in seven consecutive at-bats before hitting a leadoff triple in the sixth. Lackey almost got out of it, getting Adrian Gonzalez on a fly to shallow left and striking out Matt Kemp before Ramirez doubled to tie it.The crowd of 47,574 was the largest for a baseball game at 9-year-old Busch Stadium.Before the game, Mattingly announced Kershaw will start Game 4 on three days’ rest instead of Dan Haren, the only way Los Angeles has a chance to get two starts apiece out of its twin aces in this series. Zack Greinke would start Game 5 on regular rest in Los Angeles on Oct. 9..“This was certainly kind of a must-win, knowing that we do have Kershaw and Greinke left,” Carpenter said.Kershaw was 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA this season and is a heavy favorite to win his third NL Cy Young Award in four years, but he blew a 6-1 lead in the Cardinals’ 10-9 victory in Game 1.(R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Finding efficient transport as data scales massively

first_imgData is being procured at an ever increasing rate for analytics, machine learning, and other types of analysis. But Tbytes (or even Zbytes) of data need a transportation system to be useful and although we’ve transitioned from moving data through individual pipes to cloud-based services, we face extended requirements in practice. IoT devices are becoming more prevalent and we need to consider how we will transmit the exponential amount of data before we are suddenly confronted with the need.Applications such as real-time big data analysis require high bandwidth access to all that data. Standard hardware solutions can prove to be inadequate due to bandwidth and capacity. So, to solve for cost (especially when scaling up), bandwidth, capacity, and long-term reliability, there are two valid options at present. The first is cloud computing over high speed Internet and the second is localized portable storage arrays with high speed fiber connections.Cloud SolutionsThe advantages of cloud solutions include offloading cost and hassle of growth onto a cloud provider. Local machines can be offloaded to a generally reliable cloud system. Enterprise level storage arrays with redundancy and historical backups are commonly available from many cloud providers who offer additional reliability and performance from networks that deploy multiple decentralized data centers. With the growing ecosystem of global datacenters maintaining massive virtual clouds, cloud solutions provide an increasingly robust and convenient way in which to store and transfer large volumes of data generated from new technologies and applications such as IoT, autonomous vehicles and other connected smart devices.But while a standard Internet connection provides easy access, it also limits bandwidth to Internet connection speeds. And while giving up the hassle of maintaining the system, you also give up control over the performance of cloud machines, being limited to what is provided.Localized Portable SolutionsWith localized portable solutions, performance can be customized to meet application needs, giving great flexibility. Compute load can still be offloaded, this time from a client machine onto the server, and you can set up security protocols so that only local clients can access the system. The main advantage of localized systems is that connection speeds are much higher using high speed fiber network adapters. 10Gb/s connections over Ethernet have begun to break into the consumer level market and even greater speeds are available over commercial grade SFP connections and optic fiber interconnects. Compared to the national average of 96Mbps/32Mbps up/down over the Internet, this offers notably faster speeds. With IoT expected to generate Zettabytes of data annually alongside the growth and development of new technologies such as machine learning that take advantage of these massive datasets, this speed may not be enough for certain applications. In addition to the added total bandwidth, localized solutions also offer much lower latency and can benefit applications that need low response times, such as video editing of high resolution footage and compositing/rendering Hollywood-grade special effects sequences. For added speed and responsiveness, localized storage systems can be customized with solid-state storage drives as high speed data buffers or used in place of traditional hard drive storage media as the primary storage units.With localized units, transfer and deployment of entire storage systems can be as easy as carrying it to the needed location and hooking it up, as with CP Technologies’ Portable Storage Arrays. These types of storage devices offer a convenient and efficient means of migrating hundreds of TBs of data to a cloud provider. Data can be transferred and stored on the system in a minimal amount of time using high speed fiber connections, then hand carried or shipped to the cloud provider’s datacenter. With such localized solutions, you can transfer TBs of data significantly faster by redeploying in the new location compared to sending all the data over the Internet. And, if you need Internet accessibility, localized solutions can be configured to be Internet accessible. Additionally, by having a discrete portable storage unit, you also maintain a high degree of data security when transferring data from site-to-site, as you can have personnel monitor the unit at all times with significantly reduced for concern over Internet hacking or unauthorized access, since it’d take a physical connection and power to the storage unit in order to access the data while in transit.The main disadvantage of localized storage is that it is not as robust as decentralized cloud storage. If a flood or some other act of God happens and you don’t have additional off-site machines, then you can lose everything. And capacity and growth will be limited by the size and number of local machines. While localized solutions tend to be very cost effective, additional costs for space, power and cooling need to be taken into account when expanding upon an existing storage solution.Whichever solution is the best fit for you, something to think about is creating redundancy of data. Decentralized clouds can mitigate the effects of disasters by spreading out their data across multiple data centers. Local systems should be used with an accompanying off-site storage solution to ensure that the security of the data system is decoupled from its geographic location. When transferring machines from site-to-site, having a ruggedized design like those made by CP Tech ensures that data remains safe when in transit.Michael McCormack is a CEO of Combat Proven Technologies and has extensive domestic and international experience in managing organizations that design and manufacture a wide range of innovative products. His experience covers over 25 years in defense and industrial markets and previous to that served in the US Air Force. 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Durban Test: Steyn, Philander help South Africa dictate terms vs Sri Lanka on Day 2

first_imgBrief scores – South Africa (235 & 126/4) at stumps, lead Sri Lanka (191) by 170 runs. Fad du Plessis (25*), Quinton de Kock (15*), Lasith Embuldeniya (2/36). Full ScorecardFast bowler Dale Steyn took four wickets as South Africa seized control of the first test against Sri Lanka on day two and went to the close on 126 for four, an overall second innings lead of 170 runs at Kingsmead.South Africa had earlier bowled the tourists out for 191 in their first innings, with the experienced Steyn leading the charge on a slow but seaming wicket.Captain Faf du Plessis (25 not out) and Quinton de Kock (15 not out) will seek to push the home side past the 250-run lead on the third day, a daunting target against a visiting side that have not passed 300 in any of their last 12 test innings.But debutant left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya (2-36) ensured South Africa stuttered in their second innings as he collected the wickets of Temba Bavuma (3) and Dean Elgar (35).Aiden Markram had the home side off to a positive start with a brisk 28 before he edged seamer Kasun Rajitha to second slip, while Hashim Amla was snatched in the gully off Vishwa Fernando.South Africa have a long tail with all-rounder Vernon Philander batting at number seven and quick wickets in the morning could bring Sri Lanka back into the contest.”We want that lead to get up a little bit more tomorrow,” Steyn told reporters. “If we bowl anything like we did in the first innings we should be OK. But we do need more runs.advertisement”If you bowl short and aggressive lengths, there is was always a chance of a wicket.”Whatever target they are set, the visitors will have to show more application with bat in hand against a home attack that is expert in their own conditions.The tourists resumed their first innings on 49 for one on the second morning, but were soon in trouble as Steyn (4-48) struck the opening blow when he trapped Oshada Fernando (19) leg before wicket.WILY SEAMThe wily seam of Philander (2-32) then removed Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne (30) with the same mode of dismissal.Top-scorer Kusal Perera (51) and Dhananjaya de Silva (23) added 43 for the sixth wicket with some attacking stroke-play, but their promising partnership ended on the stroke of lunch when the latter was caught by Duanne Olivier in the deep off Kagiso Rabada.The procession of wickets continued in the afternoon, with Embuldeniya (23) providing some dogged resistance before he was the last man out, caught by Steyn at mid-off to give Kagiso Rabada a second scalp.Also Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 2 in Durban: As it happenedAlso Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka: Dale Steyn surpasses Kapil Dev in Test wickets listlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola tribute to Sterling after goalscoring cameo

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola tribute to Sterling after goalscoring cameoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola was pleased to see Raheem Sterling on the scoresheet for victory over Everton.Sterling came off the bench to score in the 3-1 win.”Raheem – when he has no time to think in front of goal – he’s always good,” Guardiola said.”The cross was amazing from Fernandinho and it was a great finish. We are not the tallest team in the world but after just a few minutes, it was an important goal for him and everyone. “I see him so calm. I think he has handled the last years in many situations and rumours – not nice things about him or his family or the colour of his skin. I admire him and appreciate that it’s not easy for him.”He’s loved by all staff and in the locker room.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Bill O’Reilly Asked Urban Meyer If He’d Have Cut Jameis Winston Following The Crab Legs Incident

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer made the rounds yesterday, appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, CBS, ESPN and Fox to promote his new book, titled “Above the Line.” Bill O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor, made sure to ask some interesting questions.O’Reilly, alluding to Meyer’s strict policies, asked the Buckeyes head man what he’d have done if Jameis Winston, who infamously stole crab legs from a Publix ahead of the 2014 season, had been on his team. He said he “would have had a hard time letting it go.”Of course, it’s always easy to say what you’d have done when you aren’t in the exact situation. That being said, Meyer probably runs a tighter ship now than he did in the past.last_img read more

Modern Express Heading for Shore, Tow Attempt Unsuccessful

first_imgzoom The drifting car carrier Modern Express is heading towards land and is now some 200 km away from Gironde, France, as weather continues to interfere with the salvage attempts, the French Maritime Authority said.A four-member team from the company SMIT Salvage boarded the 10,454 dwt vessel on Friday in an attempt to secure it for towing, however, they were unable to finish the task before nightfall. During the operation one of the team members suffered minor injuries and needed to be evacuated.According to the authority, the second attempt of boarding the 2001-built car carrier was delayed, as the weather worsened on Saturday. The team eventually managed to board the car carrier in the afternoon, making initial preparations for the towing operation.Another attempt to board Modern Express will be made on Monday when a favorable weather window is expected.If the team does not succeed to prepare the vessel for towing on Monday, Modern Express is expected to ground on the coast of the Landes department on Monday night.The Panamanian-flagged vessel was reported drifting east toward land at a speed of 2-3 nautical miles, while the measured winds at the site were of Force 6 and waves were up to 6 meters.Vessels including two Spanish tugs chartered by SMIT Salvage, French Navy’s frigate and Lynx helicopter, rescue tug Abeille Bourbon and a support and assistance ship Argonaute, are at the site monitoring the situation.Image Courtesy: French NavyModern Express, loaded with 3600 tons of timber and construction machinery, ran into trouble on January 26 when it started listing some 240 km off Cape Ortegal, Galicia, in the Bay of Biscay. The vessel’s crew of 22 people was evacuated that afternoon.Due to inclement weather, and the shift of the cargo aboard the vessel, Modern Express reached a list of some 50 degrees.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Trump administration Democrats make progress on new NAFTA

first_imgWashington: Congressional Democrats appear to be moving from “no way” to “maybe” on President Donald Trump’s rewrite of a trade pact with Canada and Mexico. House Democrats have met four times with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, most recently on Friday, and both sides say they are making progress toward a deal that would clear the way for Congress to approve Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, who heads a House subcommittee on trade, declared a couple of months ago that there was “no way” Democrats and the administration could bridge their differences. Lately, he’s reconsidered. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “In the course of the last two months, we have seen significant progress,” Blumenauer said. Negotiators so far have not offered details on where they’re making progress. Democrats want the agreement to include stronger protections for workers and the environment. They also are seeking to jettison a provision they see as a giveaway to big pharmaceutical companies. Talks could still fall apart. Meetings between congressional staffers and officials from Lighthizer’s office during Congress’ August recess could prove critical. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls House Democrats working on USMCA will submit text next week to the administration “memorializing the concrete and detailed proposals that we have made.” They called on the administration to do the same. “It is time for the administration to present its proposals and to show its commitment to passing the new NAFTA and delivering on its own promises,” the Democratic lawmakers said. Supporters of USMCA are pushing for a deal before the 2020 election campaign heats up, which could make it harder for Democrats and Republicans to compromise. A senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said there was growing optimism within the administration about USMCA’s prospects amid signs that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was willing to work toward a compromise. “The smart money in Washington is that USMCA will pass this fall following a bargain,” said Daniel Ujczo, a lawyer with Dickinson Wright in Columbus, Ohio, who specializes in North American trade. “However, it is just as likely that we will be in a ‘bump and blame’ scenario where the president can blame Speaker Pelosi and Speaker Pelosi can blame the president.” By ratifying the agreement, Congress could lift uncertainty over the future of U.S. commerce with its No. 2 (Canada) and No. 3 (Mexico) trading partners last year and give the U.S. economy a modest boost. U.S. farmers are especially eager to make sure their exports to Canada and Mexico continue uninterrupted. Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, who oversees efforts to get Democrats elected to the House, said Pelosi “understands the sense of urgency” about USMCA among some lawmakers who represent rural districts. “The hope is that we can get to a yes,” Bustos said. “But first and foremost, it has to look out for working men and women in our country.” The USMCA is meant to replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which eliminated most tariffs and other trade barriers between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Critics including Trump, labor unions and many Democratic lawmakers called NAFTA a job killer for America because it encouraged factories to move south of the border, take advantage of low-wage Mexican workers and ship products back to the U.S. duty free. Lighthizer last year negotiated a do-over with Canada and Mexico. But it requires congressional approval. He sought to reach a deal that would win over Democrats. It includes provisions designed to nudge manufacturing back to the United States. For example, it requires that 40 per cent to 45 per cent of cars eventually be made in countries that pay autoworkers at least 16 an hour that is, in the United States and Canada and not in Mexico. But Democrats say it still doesn’t go far enough. Democrats are also lined up against a provision of USMCA that gives pharmaceutical companies 10 years’ protection from cheaper competition in a category of ultra-expensive drugs called biologics, which are made from living cells. Shielded from competition, critics warn, the drug companies could charge exorbitant prices for biologics.last_img read more

ProTrump activist within rights to wield profane protest sign in public

first_imgTORONTO – A Donald Trump supporter had every right to brandish a profane protest sign in a busy public park on a summer’s day at Niagara Falls, Ontario’s top court ruled on Monday.In quashing a trespass notice issued to Fredrick Bracken, the Court of Appeal said the ability to protest publicly — even using vulgar language — is an essential part of the democratic process.“In a free society, individuals are permitted to use open public spaces to address the people assembled there, to challenge each other, and to call government to account,” the Appeal Court said. “The idea that the parks are somehow different — that they are categorically a ‘safe space’ where people are to be protected from exposure to political messages — is antithetical to a free and democratic society and would set a dangerous precedent.”At the same time, the court upheld the constitutionality of a rule barring park users from abusive behaviour that could interfere with the enjoyment of other users. The provision, the court found, was a reasonable restriction on free speech.The case arose in August 2016 in the run-up to the presidential election in the United States. Bracken, of Fort Erie, Ont., was in a park near the falls holding up a sign reading: “Trump is right. F–k China. F–k Mexico.”Niagara Parks police decided the sign was offensive and disturbing visitors. Officers told Bracken he could not display the sign and told him to leave.A couple of days later, Bracken went to the Parks police headquarters, where he was told that if he returned to the park with the sign, he would be removed under trespassing laws.He turned to the courts, seeking a declaration that parks rules prohibiting “abusive or insulting language” that interferes with other park users was unconstitutional, and that the oral trespass notice police gave him had violated his free speech rights.In September 2016, Superior Court Justice James Ramsay ruled that constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression does not apply to shouting insulting or abusive language in parks. However, Ramsay declined to rule on the validity of the oral trespass notice because he was not satisfied police had actually issued such a notice.Bracken turned to the Court of Appeal, which decided Ramsay was mistaken to conclude that park rules did not infringe on free speech. The judge was also wrong in deciding police had not issued a trespass notice so there was nothing to quash, the Appeal Court found.For their part, Niagara Parks police and Niagara Parks Commission tried to argue that the parks are intended to be a place of refuge where users can experience natural beauty without the distraction of potentially divisive expression. However, the higher court found the plaza where Bracken was protesting was a busy, partly commercial area where neither quiet nor an absence of distraction was possible.At the same time, the court upheld the law itself on the grounds that it aims to prevent individuals and groups from using public spaces in a way that makes them unfit for others to use. When the line is crossed must be decided on a case-by-case basis and, the Appeal Court said, Bracken in no way went too far.“The public is not required to endure personalized invective, but nothing in the sign’s message could be characterized in this way,” the Appeal Court said. “The display of the sign, despite its profanity, did not constitute the use of insulting or abusive language.”In November 2016, Niagara police arrested Bracken, then 39, during a similar protest at Brock University, according to the student paper Brock News. He was charged with assaulting a student and making offensive racial comments.last_img read more

UNAfrican Union police begin patrols in North Darfur

“The safety of the citizens of Darfur is a priority for UNAMID,” said UNAMID Police Commissioner Michael Fryer, in announcing activities in the domain of the rebel group, which is a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). “But curbing crime also involves the full cooperation of the entire community,” he added, explaining that the patrols aimed to strengthen cooperation and trust between the UN and the population and local police. Fighting between rebels, the Government and allied militias has caused the deaths of over 200,000 and the displacement of more than two million people in Darfur over the past five years.There are currently over 1,600 police officers, including 252 female officers, from 32 different countries serving with UNAMID, which took over from an African Union force at the beginning of the year.The UN refugee agency, meanwhile, says it is continuing to provide emergency aid to small groups of Sudanese refugees from West Darfur who are still arriving on a daily basis in eastern Chad, fleeing a wave of aerial and ground attacks that began on 8 February.Over the weekend, teams from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) distributed emergency kits to some of the refugees in the border area, which now number some 13,000. The kits include blankets, as most of the new arrivals have been sheltering under trees for the past three weeks. 4 March 2008Police units of the new United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) conducted their first “confidence-building” patrols in areas controlled by the Minni Minawi-led rebel group in the violence-torn region of Sudan, the mission said today. read more

Brock in the News – August 2026

Visit to China a tricky one for TrudeauHistorically, Canada and China have had a difficult relationship, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a challenging road, says Political Science professor Charles Burton, as Trudeau prepares for his visit to China: The Globe and Mail and Radio Canada InternationalNew Brock dean pushing for well-rounded gradsNew school year, new leaders join Brock University. Earlier this week, the St. Catharines Standard profiled Jens Coorssen, new dean of graduate studies, as he discussed his objectives for his term.Team Canada 72 partners with Catholic school boardLegendary hockey players who competed for the Team Canada hockey team in 1972 have partnered with the Goodman School of Business and Niagara Catholic District School board to provide students and administrators with a program that aims at developing strong leaders and teamwork within the community: Niagara Falls ReviewIs the “All Lives Matter” slogan racist?Psychology professor Gordon Hodson, whose research focuses on prejudice, explains in Psychology Today how the “All Lives Matter” slogan is more than just a race-based response.The cost of raising an Olympic athleteThe Rio 2016 Olympic games are over, but parents and families of athletes are still feeling the stress, especially on a financial level. Sport Management professor Chris Chard reports in Inside Halton that supporting Olympic athletes can run a family back roughly $15,000 annually.Scientists create green coating to protect metals against corrosionChemistry professor Paul Zelisko has partnered with Vanchem Performance Chemicals on patenting new technology that protects metals against corrosion called Greencoat. This technology is unique in the way that it is a water-based system, meant to be a greener way of fighting corrosion: Special ChemToronto FC: Scarves, Socks and SuperstitionsIt’s more than just the love of the game and pre-game rituals, it’s an identity that fans create when they express their loyalty to their sports team. Goodman School of Business professor Peter Yannopoulos dives into the deeply rooted connection fans have to their teams on Under the Cosh. read more

Westminster falls silent for victims of London terror attack

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A minute’s silence has been held at New Scotland Yard and in the House of Commons in memory of  the victims of the Westminster terror attack.The silence was held at 9.33am, because 48-year-old Pc Keith Palmer – who was killed in the attack –  had the shoulder number 933.At New Scotland Yard, prayers of thanksgiving were offered for the memory of Pc Palmer.Speaker John Bercow said: “Colleagues, in respectful memory of those who lost their lives in yesterday’s attack and of all of the casualties, we shall now observe a minute’s silence.”last_img read more

Slovenia Gorenje beats Celje – title is closer

Gorenje Velenje beat Celje Pivovarna Lasko in front of 3800 spectators in the “Zlatorog” arena in Celje. Gorenje won the game with 34:27 (17:15), and now they lead the championship by 5 points ahead of Celje. Dolenec and Bezjak scored 7 and 6 goals respectively, while Gajic and Manojlovic combined for 22 saves for the visitors. For the hosts, Zvizej scored 6 goals.RK Celje Pivovarna Laško – RK Gorenje Velenje  27:34  (15:17)RK CPL: Lesjak, Perič 6/1 odb, Skok  2 odb; Mlakar, Marguč 4, Žuran 4, Razgor, Toskič 5, Ranevski, Poklar 4, Poteko, Metličič 2, Zelenovič 1, Žabič, Mačkovšekv1, Žvižej 6/2; trener Vladan Matič7m: 2/3Suspensions: 4 min;RK GV: Gajič 15/1 odb, Zaponšek, Taletovič; Melič 5/1, Medved 2, Bezjak 6, Pucelj 3, Manojlovič 7, Dolenec 7/3, Cehte 1, Miklavčič, Gaber 1, Golčar, Gams, Bajram 2, Šimič; trener: Branko Tamše7m: 4/5Suspensions: 8 min1. Gorenje Velenje 19 – 372. Celje Pivovarna Laško 19 – 323. Cimos Koper 18 – 254. Trimo Trebnje 18 – 185. Krško 19 – 176. Maribor Branik 18 – 157. Istrabenz Plini Izola 19 – 148. Jeruzalem Ormož 18 – 139. Ribnica Riko hiše 18 – 1110. Šmartno Herz Factor banka 18 – 1111. Krka 18 – 9 ← Previous Story Rikke Skov quit assistant job in Viborg HK Next Story → German Cup Final Four: HSV, Kiel, Flensburg and Lubbecke! read more

Tesla Motors suing BBCs Top Gear for libel

first_imgIf you were watching BBC’s Top Gear about three years ago, you may remember the unfortunate episode where the crew tested the Tesla Roadster. The segment showed the Roadster running out of its electric charge during a race against the gas-powered Lotus Elite, which the Roadster is based on.Though just a startup company at the time when the show aired in 2008, Tesla Motors is now a big name, and the company is not happy with the results of Top Gear’s episode. Tesla Motors is suing BBC for allegedly falsely representing the Roadster’s performance.AdChoices广告After 55 miles, the first car’s battery ran out, and another car’s motor overheated. Then, there were problems with the brakes with the first car. This video is all over the Internet and has been for the past few years, thus Tesla’s libel suit.Tesla’s VP of Communication Ricardo Reyes wrote in a blog post on the official Tesla blog that Tesla was “good sports” when the show ran back in 2008 while Tesla was still a young start-up. He says Tesla is now in the game with high-profile investments and partnerships, and Tesla wants to set the record straight. Reyes said the company’s repeated attempts to contact the BBC over the course of months were ignored, and a lawsuit for libel and malicious falsehood was the only way to go.In the blog post, Reyes lists bullet points of what Top Gear claims happened while testing the Roadster, countered by “facts” disproving the claims. For one, Top Gear said the Roadster’s true range is only 55 miles per charge, although Tesla says it will do 200 miles. Reyes said the Roadster has been certified under EU regulations, and that Top Gear was wrong. He said a Tesla owner achieved “an astounding 313 miles on a single charge.” You can check out the blog post to see more of these points and counterpoints.Tesla is apparently not “doing this for money,” but feels the episode contains blatant lies that have been re-broadcasted and is widely available. BBC released a statement saying it stands by the program and will be “vigorously defending this claim.”The original episode is shown below.Read more at the Tesla Motors blog, via CrunchGearlast_img read more

Photos over 50 years

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Pallaconian Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria will be celebrating their 50 year anniversary this year. And to showcase their contribution to Victoria, they are putting on a photo exhibition Recollections – 1961-2011. An eclectic selection of photographs spanning the 50 year history of the organisation, these snapshots depict the prolific social, cultural and economic contributions made by the Greek Laconian community to a truly multicultural Australia. Through these images, you will see one generation striving to hold on to the familiarity of a life and culture left behind in the mother country, and a new generation proudly embracing the Laconian heritage of its ancestors while acknowledging it’s Greek Australian cultural identity. Pallaconian Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria secretary, Cathy Petroulis, told Neos Kosmos that this exhibition is important to showcase the contribution the brotherhood has made to not only Victoria, but the whole of Australia. A relative newcomer to the organisation, having been there for only eight months, she said it was difficult sourcing pictures for this exhibition. “I had to rely on private collections. I was fortunate enough to source the original articles that people had kept. Some people are willing to share their photos and some were scared that they would lose them. These will be scanned in and we are hoping to make a database from this end for future generations to have access,” Ms Petroulis said. “This way people can see the early beginnings and the purpose of the organisation in the 60s. And now in 2011 the organisation seeks not only to be a base and network facility for Greek Australians, as originally the purpose was for Greeks who migrated to Australia. “Now it’s for future generations of Greek Australians to see where there roots are. To see where our parents and our grandparents socialised, how they networked, what they needed to survive in Australia. Our needs now are so different. We have the internet, we speak two languages. Back then they only spoke Greek and they felt so isolated from their homeland. Now organisations such as ours, through our youth groups and dance groups, we are one of the few organisations that have an active youth group and that’s how we are hoping to keep the organisation going,” she said. The exhibition will kick off with a free cocktail party on Saturday 25 June at the Laconian House 253 Albert Street, Brunswick. Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu will be attending along with other prominent Greek Australians within the community. The exhibition will run until 28 July and admission is free.last_img read more

Athens burning

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram — There are not many certainties in life (and they seem to be getting fewer every passing day), but there is one thing that you can definitely bet on and that is that on certain days, riots will take place in Athens. — It will happen on 17 November each year, when the anniversary of the students’ anti-junta revolt will predictably lead with clashes between so-called anarchists and the riot police. — For the past few years, another annual ritual of the same kind takes place on 6 December. — The date commemorates a horrific event: the cold-blooded murder of a 15-year-old boy, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, by police officer Epaminondas Korkoneas. — Let’s repeat it, so that we finally get it. On a random Saturday night nine years ago a police officer shot a 15-year-old unarmed child dead. — In the meantime, he’s gone through a trial, been convicted, issued several apologies covering all range of emotions, said that he has nothing to apologise for, fired his attorney, issued another apology and is now again on a trial that is taking painfully long. — In the meantime, there has been no major overhaul of the Greek police force, no audit to determine the culture Korkoneas emerged within, why an officer of the law, responsible for keeping people safe, would aim his gun at a child and pull the trigger. — In the meantime, Greece has defaulted, the political system has entered an ongoing crisis ,and a group of Nazi criminals have become the third largest political party. — With a large following within the police force, according to election statistics. — Are you surprised?— Greek media are constantly surprised; so, even though one would be certain that anti-fascist groups and riot police would clash on the anniversary of the incident, the clashes are reported as something unexpected. Rocks and firebombs were thrown, rubbish bins and flower pots were turned into barricades, and the neighbourhood of Exarchia was, once again, drowned in fumes from burning things and tear gas. — The Greek chorus of media pundits once again started chanting about the lawlessness that rules the neighbourhood, which has been traditionally considered as a haven for the underground (from leftist political groups to philosophers to punk rock groups taking their first steps), although previous underground bars and anarchist bookshops are closing and giving way to mainstream restaurants and cafes, signalling a slow, but certain, process of gentrification. — In fact, despite the Opposition persisting on the ‘law and order’ rhetoric and targeting Exarchia, official police statistics show that, but for petty theft, Exarchia is no more dangerous for passers-by than picturesque Plaka, nor more dirty than any other part of Athens, really, the city is completely abandoned to filth. — Yet, only in Exarchia would a local butcher shop be vandalised by a group of activists protesting against the meat industry, like it happened a few weeks ago. — Which leads to the other issue that sparked debate in Greece. The threat that the EU would ban one of the traditional Greek dishes, gyros, or doner kebab (more on that later). — This, of course was fake news, first printed by one of Europe’s usual suspects, the German Bild newspaper, stating that EU is considering to ban phosphates used to preserve meat used for gyros. — Adressing the rumour, the European Commission worked to disperse the fears of indignant Greek meat lovers, stating that the opposite is in fact happening. So 24 out of 28 EU countries agreed to allow the further use of phosphates in frozen meat products, deeming the procedure safe for the health of consumers. — This is an understatement, of course. Gyros meat might be ‘safe’ but it is not by any chance ‘healthy’. — But who cares? It’s our national dish. — Doner kebab, that is. — Yes, the Greek national dish has a distinctly Turkish undertone to it – but at this stage, we’re probably used to this.— As used to having an Athens neighbourhood engulfed in smoke and fumes every now and then. — So, the Greeks rioted against another EU assault at what makes us culturally special (our reliance on chemically enhanced meat). — But there was no riot when the leader of our neighbours at the other side of the doner visited Greece. — Modern-day tyrant Recep Tayip Erdogan came to Athens and managed a first win – to make the Greek PM issue a statement against Anti-Erdogan ‘coup plotters’, saying they are not welcome in Greece. — From his part, the Turkish president said that it’s time to reconsider the Lausanne Treaty.— No sign of riot against this statement. — Apparently people were still digesting their phosphate-laden gyros.last_img read more

Wrinkles The Clown Documentary Tells Story of RealLife Pennywise

first_img ‘It Chapter Two’ Final Trailer Teases Pennywise’s Return at SDCC 2019’Pennywise: The Story of IT’ Explores Stephen King’s Chilling Clown Tale If IT Chapter Two and Joker are elevating your fear of clowns, you have not seen anything yet: Wrinkles The Clown, a documentary about a real-life Pennywise who was paid by parents to scare kids and went viral on social media, will haunt your dreams.Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing released the documentary’s official trailer on Monday and it’s a chilling exposé of how one man, whose identity remains unknown to this day, managed to become an online celebrity overnight and creep out people across the U.S.In late 2014,  a video of a person in a clown mask sneaking up on a sleeping child appeared on YouTube. The video’s description claimed that the clown, named “Wrinkles,” lived in southwest Florida and was hired by the kid’s parents to frighten her for behaving badly. This footage kickstarted Wrinkles’ terrifying reign on the internet after it went viral on the video platform.More footage of Wrinkles started emerging online shortly after, in addition to a phone number to hire him for “behavioral services.” The real-life Pennywise became popular on YouTube, as kids filmed themselves calling and leaving thousands of messages for him and sharing their “brave” task with millions of viewers.He’s just a phone call away.@WrinklesFilm comes to theaters and on demand October 4th. #WrinklesTheClown #TheRealPennyWise #ITChapterTwo #ITMovie #ITEnds pic.twitter.com/g3zXKgEoXw— Wrinkles The Clown (@wrinklesfilm) September 6, 2019The documentary aims to tackle a more challenging question though: Who exactly is Wrinkles and why did he opt out of the conventional clown job? What makes the situation even eerier is the fact that Wrinkles has remained anonymous this entire time.Clowns are taking over box offices lately: IT Chapter Two, which highlights the return of the Losers’ Club as they confront the demon-like Pennywise, premiered in theaters on September 6, while Joker, a film following the early days of one of DC’s famous villains, will debut in theaters on October 4.Wrinkles The Clown is also hitting theaters on October 4 and until then, we will be keeping the lights on while we sleep.More on Geek.com:Watch These Movies Before ‘IT Chapter Two’‘Joker’ Earns High Rotten Tomatoes Score From Film Critics‘Pennywise: The Story of IT’ Explores Stephen King’s Chilling Clown Tale Stay on targetlast_img read more