How to Create Broadcast Graphics in After Effects

first_imgWhat is your approach to creating broadcast graphics? Share your tips in the comments. Learn how to design and create broadcast graphics and bumpers for TV shows in Adobe After Effects.In any creative field, there are usually many different ways to create a piece of work. This could not be more true for broadcast graphics — even the term itself has an extremely broad meaning.There are many graphics to create when designing a TV show’s motion graphics: lower thirds, bumpers, transitions, intros, schedule screens, and so much more. On top of all these, you have to decide on the style of the design and animation. It can be a lot of fun branding a full motion graphics pack for a show, but it is a huge responsibility.Let’s take a look.How to Create Broadcast GraphicsThis After Effects tutorial will show demonstrate how to create a small portion of a broadcast graphics pack. However, you will learn essential techniques that you need to design a full-screen graphic with a bumper. In the tutorial, we talk about branding consistency across all of the elements of a graphics package and how to direct your audience’s eyes.DOWNLOAD THE FREE PROJECT FILEWhat you’ll take away from this After Effects tutorial:Design the layout for a full-screen graphicAnimate each shape and text layer elementHow to easily replace text for future useEdit together the show bumper with your full-screen graphicAfter watching the tutorial, you’ll understand how to use animation and clever text positioning to draw attention to specific text elements. Another pivotal point that you will be able to apply in your own unique work is understanding consistency through animation and layer design.Great Broadcast Graphic AE TemplatesPressed for time to create a broadcast package for your show? Here are a couple of great broadcast graphics packs from RocketStock.com.NeonNeon is a full-show graphics pack that comes with an intro, bumper title, full-screen schedule graphics, a lower third, and more!PrimetimePrimetime is another full graphics package that has everything you need to brand a TV show.last_img read more

Army orders probe against Major Gogoi

first_imgThe Army on Friday ordered a Court of Inquiry (CoI) against Major Leetul Gogoi’s conduct, hours after Army chief General Bipin Rawat promised “exemplary punishment in case the officer was found guilty of any wrongdoing.”“Any rank of Indian Army — if he does anything wrong — an action will be taken. If Major Gogoi has done something wrong I will punish him and the punishment will be exemplary,” General Rawat said in Anantnag in south Kashmir.Terms of reference According to Army sources, the terms of reference of the CoI will be finalised after a meeting of senior Army officials in New Delhi.Major Gogoi, who used a civilian as a human shield by tying a man to an Army vehicle in Budgam in 2017, was detained from a Srinagar hotel along with a woman and a member of the Territorial Army on May 23.The officer has been now removed from the 53 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit posted in Budgam and attached to the Army headquarters pending the inquiry.The woman accompanying the Major was not a minor: the police said. A senior police official, probing the incident, told The Hindu that preliminary investigation suggested the woman was “a major and not a minor” and was born in 1999 as per the Aadhaar card details.The woman, a resident of Budgam, has told a magistrate that she had gone to the hotel “on her own free will” and “wanted to spend time with the Major”.A hotel room was booked by the Major for two persons on May 23. However, an altercation ensued when the hotel staff objected to allowing a local woman to the room as per the hotel policy.The Major has allegedly been in touch with the woman before also and got connected through a Facebook account named “Aadil Adnan”.Sources said the police are yet to establish any legal grounds to file an FIR in the case as “both the individuals were adult”.last_img read more

Moniz defends DOE budget at House hearings

first_imgSecretary of Energy Ernest Moniz went committee-hopping this week, defending President Barack Obama’s 2016 budget request for the Department of Energy (DOE) before two panels in the U.S. House of Representatives. And although some lawmakers worried that DOE’s request tilts too far toward applied research in its science programs, their grilling of Moniz on science was relatively light.On Wednesday, Moniz appeared before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and yesterday testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies. Representatives mostly peppered Moniz with questions that focused on hot-button energy issues—including DOE’s role in evaluating the controversial Keystone pipeline and efforts to promote nuclear power—but the department’s science programs also saw some time in the spotlight.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A few highlights:Applied versus basic science—At the House science committee, several Republican lawmakers complained that DOE was putting too much emphasis on applied energy research in its spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins 1 October. Representative Brian Babin (R–TX) compared the whopping 42%, $809 million increase that DOE has requested for its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program, which in part funds R&D for new energy technologies, with the 5%, $272 million increase requested for the Office of Science, which funds the national labs and basic research. “Are the Office of Science’s basic research programs a lower priority for this administration, when compared with these renewable programs?” he asked. Representative Randy Hultgren (R–IL), whose district includes Fermilab, later added: “There’s a problem that has been ongoing with this administration’s choice to value applied R&D over basic scientific research.” But Moniz pushed back, saying the 5% boost for basic science would “fully support” needed programs, and defended the applied programs. “We think we have to work across the entire innovation chain,” he said.Fusion research cuts—Representative Don Beyer (D–VA), a new member of the House, asked about the reasoning behind a requested cut in DOE’s fusion program budget, which would decrease by 10% under the request—the only loser in the Office of Science. (Last year, the House rejected a similar proposal for a cut in DOE’s fusion budget, which is increasingly dedicated to the ITER fusion project under construction in France, forcing cuts in domestic projects.) Franklin Orr, DOE’s under secretary for science and energy, suggested the trim was part of a long-term approach to achieving fusion power. “It’s a tough enough problem that a measured approach is appropriate,” he said, without addressing specifics. (Moniz has recused himself from fusion funding issues, in part because proposed cuts have targeted a DOE-funded fusion project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT], where he used to work. The MIT project is now scheduled to close within a year or two.)Exascale computing—At the appropriations panel hearing, Representative Mike Honda (D–CA), whose district is located in Silicon Valley, asked about DOE’s efforts to achieve exascale computing—computers that can perform a billion billion calculations per second—calling it the “next technological leap.” DOE has requested a 15%, $80 million increase for its Advanced Scientific Computing Research program—the largest boost in the Office of Science—to help accelerate the effort, which Moniz said could bear fruit as early as 2022 or 2023. But he noted several challenges, including the whopping energy consumption of exascale computers and the massive amount of data they generate.Moniz’s appearances this week concluded the first major round of hearings on the DOE request; earlier this month he also appeared before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power. The Senate appropriations panel has yet to schedule its DOE hearing. The House and Senate will soon begin the work of deciding how much of the DOE request will become reality—and what will get left on the cutting room floor. That process isn’t expected to be complete until late this year.last_img read more

SPORT-JAISHA 2 LAST (RPT)

first_imgAFI, on its part, said that Jaisha or her coach had not AFI, on its part, said that Jaisha or her coach had not told any athletics official present in Rio about any specific requirement of any drinks. “It is the responsibility of the organisers to provide water and energy drinks to the marathon runners. For that, there are water and energy stations throughout the course” AFI Secretary C K Valson, who was also in Rio during the competitions, told PTI. “If any marathon runner needs any specific drink to be available for him or her, prior permission from the organisers is required. We could have done that if Jaisha or her coach had informed us that they would need specific drinks or separate water. But they did not told us about any such requirement before the race,” he added. Valson also said that officials cannot be present at the marathon race course without prior permission and necessary accreditation. “For an official to be present, you need prior permission and proper accrediation,” Valson said. When asked about the incident, Sports Minsiter Vijay Goel said it was the Athletics Federation of Indias (AFI) responsibility. “Every time any small incident happens, we take note. It was AFIs job, it is the federation which should have taken care of this,” he said. The athlete on her part said she has no clue who to hold responsible for the fiasco. “I dont know who to blame for this. May be nobody realises the seriousness of a marathon, the fact that we have to run 42kms,” she said. Valson also said that 3000m steeplechase runner Sudha Singh had collected medicines from the Games Village polyclinic just a day before her departure from Rio. “Jaisha was treated at the Games Village polyclinic after she fainted at the finish line of marathon race. Sudha Singh also complained just a day before her departure from Rio that she was not feeling well and she also collected medicines from the polyclinic,” Valson said. “But all these are minor illness and we have not been informed of any major or serious illness. Otherwise, how would have they returned home after a long journey without any problem,” said Valson, who reached the country early today. PTI PM PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018 Day 7 wrap: Tajinderpal wins gold to take India’s medal tally to 29

first_imgTajinderpal Singh Toor won the men’s shot put gold on Saturday to cap off a four-medal day for India at the Asian Games 2018.The other three medals came for India in squash after Dipika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal los their respective singles semi-final matches.In the medal standings, India were placed eighth with 29 medals including seven gold, five silver and 17 bronze.Tajinder, the season’s leader, smashed the Games record and the national record to claim the top prize, something that was expected of him. The 23-year-old was heads and shoulders above the field, throwing the iron ball to 20.75m to better the six-year-old national record of 20.69m in the name of Om Prakash Karhana.The Indian’s domination can be gauged from the fact that silver-medallist, China’s Liu Yang’s best throw was 19.52m.Asian Games 2018, Day 7: HighlightsThe athletics campaign was, in fact, off to a very good start in overall analysis with strong medal hopes such as Muhammed Anas (men’s 400m), Arokia Rajiv (men’s 400m), Hima Das (women’s 400m), Nirmala Sheoran (women’s 400m) advancing to the finals with strong showing in heats as well as semis races.Asian Games 2018: Tajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot put with games recordDutee Chand (women’s 100m) made the semifinals by winning her heats.The squash players’ singles campaign ended in the semifinal stage but that was enough to yield three bronze medals, there bes performance in terms of number of medals won.A RECORD BREAKING GOLDEN THROW!Champion Tejinderpal Singh Toor has won a GOLD medal in Shot Put at #AsianGames2018.What a performance! What a champ! #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/R8eK7y5ce7advertisementRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 25, 2018In squash, Dipika lost to defending champion Nicol David of Malaysia while Joshna was shown the door by Malaysian Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia. Top seed Ghosal lost to Chung Ming Au of Hong Kong China.”I don’t want make excuses but it’s hurting badly. Against this player, you need to have high intensity. Towards the end of the second game it flared and I lost my intensity. But credit to him for fighting back after losing two sets,” Ghosal said.Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 7The debut sport of bridge also delivered some good news for India as medals were assured in the men’s team and mixed team events. The two teams made the semifinals of their respective competitions. After the qualification rounds, the men’s bridge team was placed fourth while the mixed team took the top spot.The women’s hockey team also continued its fine run so far and advanced to the semifinals with a 4-1 triumph over defending champions South Korea. Gurjit Kaur’s two penalty corner conversions late in the game was high point of the match for India.Asian Games 2018: Saurav Ghosal settles for bronze in record haul in squash for IndiaIn badminton, top shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal advanced to the women’s singles quarterfinals after beating their respective opponents in straight games.With a total of 4 medals won today, we bring to you #Indias #MedalTally. Have a look!Many congratulations to all the medalists.is celebrating the victory of every medalist from the #AsianGames2018! #SAI #IndiaAtAsianGames #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/hx2nxEVxvUSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 25, 2018Olympic and World Championship silver-medallist Sindhu outwitted local favourite and world No.22 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 21-12 21-15 after Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Saina dispatched another crowd-favourite Fitriani 21-6 21-14.There was no shooting medal to celebrate in Palembang today as the Indians drew a blank in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event in which there were expectations from 15-year-old Commonwealth Games gold-medallist AnishBhanwala.Proud of you Tajinderpal Singh Toor: India hail shot put hero after Asiad heroicsIn the boxing ring, 31-year-old debutant Pavitra (60kg) advanced to the quarterfinals after out-classing Pakistan’s Rukhsana Perveen in a bout that lasted just one round..@HimaDas8 superb effort Hima, Congrats on NEW NATIONAL RECORD of 51.00s, keep it up & #GoForGold in Final #AsianGames2018 #EnergyOfAsiaPrevious National Record- Manjeet Kaur-51.05s (2004) #TeamIndiaAthleticsPhoto- @rahuldpawar @ioaindia @Media_SAI @IndianOlympians pic.twitter.com/Rs3w9cRtLUAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 25, 2018But there was no end to India’s archery woes as they continued to misfire. The recurve archers will return empty-handed from the Games with both the men and women’s sides crashing out in the quarterfinals of the team events in Jakarta.After a disappointing campaign in the individual recurve events, the Indian women’s team lost 2-6 to formidable Chinese Taipei, while the men were beaten by Korea.advertisementSimilar was the story of the country’s weightlifters. Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Vikas Thakur finished eighth in the men’s 94kg category with a total of 335kg (145kg+190kg).India’s medal chances were also dented in golf after all four players shot over-par scores in the third round of the men’s competition. Rayhan Thomas (73), Aadil Bedi (74), Kshitij Naveed Kaul (76) and Hari Mohan Singh (77) endured disappointing outings.India, who had a total of 12-under from three best cards to be second after first two days, today slipped to tied fifth place with a total of seven-over from the three best cards.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Trapp: Buffon at PSG would be ‘something special’

first_imgTransfers Trapp believes working with Buffon at PSG would be ‘something special’ Dom Farrell 09:26 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Buffon Juventus Verona Serie A Transfers PSG Ligue 1 The legendary Italian arriving at the French side would excite the man who would be part of his competition for a starting spot Kevin Trapp feels it would be “something special” to count Gianluigi Buffon as a Paris Saint-Germain team-mate.Buffon completed an emotional farewell at Juventus with his latest Serie A and Coppa Italia double this season and the 40-year-old goalkeeping great has been heavily tipped to join PSG .Trapp managed to secure a place in Germany’s World Cup squad despite losing his first-team spot at the Parc des Princes to Alphonse Areola, but he would have no qualms over Buffon providing a further threat to his prospects of regular action. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I have to say, there were many rumours about different goalkeepers joining PSG,” he told reporters.”If they all joined we would have had like 15 keepers during that time.”For me, as a goalkeeper, Gigi of course is a legend. What he did the last couple of years, at that age, on that level, that is remarkable.”If you had the chance to work with such a goalie, that would be something special.”Whether it happens, I don’t know, but it would be interesting to train alongside such a goalkeeper.”last_img read more

Province Announces Better Regulation Index

first_imgNova Scotia is about to become an easier place to do business. Today, Jan. 25, the provincial government announced that it is working to save Nova Scotia businesses more than 123,000 hours of paperwork by 2010, an overall reduction of 20 per cent. The Better Regulation Initiative has been working to create simpler, more effective regulation that will cut time and expense for business, but also protect the public and the environment. The objective is to reduce paperwork for business by 20 per cent over the next four years. With the Better Regulation Index, the province now has a calculation of the hours businesses must spend on regulatory paperwork required by provincial departments. Nova Scotia businesses currently spend 615,000 hours each year on regulatory paperwork required by provincial government departments alone. In financial terms, that represents a cost of about $14 million annually. “If we want to make progress, we need to understand our starting point,” said Angus MacIsaac, chair of the Treasury and Policy Board and minister responsible for the Better Regulation Initiative. “The Better Regulation Index is part of our accountability to take action and reduce the paperwork burden in Nova Scotia over the next four years.” The index is one of several priorities of the Better Regulation Initiative. Identifying administrative burden on business start-ups and the operations of specific business sectors was an initial priority, along with centralizing information about government requirements for easy access by business. Other priorities include addressing the way regulation is designed, communicated and enforced. The Better Regulation Initiative’s goal is to make sure that government’s approach to regulation contributes to a prosperous business environment. “Government is working with business and the public to get regulation right,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “We know that Nova Scotia is at or below the national average for the cost of regulation. We will continue to protect citizens’ quality of life and to be sensitive to the burden regulations can place on business.” The index currently does not include any municipal or federal requirements or provincial agencies, commissions, and boards such as the Workers’ Compensation Board. The index is a starting point to improve and expand on, and is critical to getting progress underway. “The government has to be accountable for making it easier for businesses to deal with regulations. Measuring the amount of paperwork with the Better Regulation Index is a good start,” said Stéphane Robichaud, vice-president Atlantic Canada, Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “Businesses need to see the decrease in paperwork and want to see progress reported publicly.” The Better Regulation Initiative is a multi-pronged approach to improving the provincial government’s regulatory tools. It aims to maintain the benefits of regulation while making it easier to do business in Nova Scotia. It involves all departments of the Nova Scotia government in creating a culture of continuous improvement that will result in simpler, more effective regulation. Comments on the Better Regulation Initiative can be provided at www.gov.ns.ca/betterregulation .last_img read more

Deputy Minister of Finance Appointed

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter today, Oct. 29, announced the appointment of a new deputy minister for the Department of Finance. Margaret MacDonald, deputy minister of Labour and Workforce Development and chief executive officer at the Office of Immigration, will start Nov. 8. “I want to congratulate and thank Margaret for taking on this exciting and challenging role,” said Premier Dexter. “I am confident she will approach her new portfolio with the same enthusiasm and commitment to excellence she has shown in the past.” In addition to her appointment as deputy minister of Finance, Ms. MacDonald will also sit on the board of directors of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. Ms. MacDonald has over 25 years experience in the civil service. Prior to joining government, she was in private legal practice, graduating from Dalhousie law school in 1980. Jeff Conrad, associate deputy minister of Labour and Workforce Development, is appointed acting deputy minister for Labour and Workforce Development and acting chief executive officer for the Office of Immigration.last_img read more

Congress to not participate in TV debates for one month

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress has decided to not send spokespersons on television debates for a month, as the party faces a leadership crisis with Rahul Gandhi insisting on his resignation as its president.Party insiders said the move was aimed at avoiding embarrassing questions on television amid uncertainty over the continuation of Gandhi as the Congress chief after he had offered to resign at the meeting of the party’s working committee last Saturday following the Lok Sabha poll debacle. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistThe Congress has often accused the media of being “biased” towards the Modi dispensation and insiders are citing this as a possible reason for the boycott. “The Indian National Congress has decided to not send spokespersons on television debates for a month,” party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a brief statement on Thursday. “All media channels/editors are requested to not place Congress representatives on their shows.” Gandhi is adamant on his decision to quit after the Congress won just 52 seats in the general election and its state governments facing an uncertain future.last_img read more

8 Things to Know About Mary Kills People

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Add Dr. Mary Harris to the list of complex and layered lead female characters that Canadian TV seems to be giving us lots of at the moment (and that we’re totally loving by the way!). Mary is a strong, intriguing, smart and mysterious woman who, after two episodes, we can’t wait to learn more about. Dr. Mary Harris: angel of death or murderer? That’ll be for viewers to decide in the new Global TV drama Mary Kills People, premiering Wednesday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and April 23 at 10 p.m. on Lifetime in the U.S. Hannibal’s Caroline Dhavernas stars as Mary, an overworked single mother and ER doctor who is running an illegal business assisting patients in going out “on their own terms.” While Mary has managed to build her business and be busier than ever, she’s also on the brink of having her double life exposed and things getting a lot more complicated.From creator Tara Armstrong and showrunner Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue), the one-hour drama has also been picked up by Lifetime in the U.S. Over the course of its six episode first season, Mary Kills People will follow Mary’s exploits as she balances her family life and day job with side duties helping terminal patients end their lives on their own terms…all while eluding the police. Dhavernas is joined by a talented ensemble that includes Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast), Lyriq Bent (The Book of Negroes), Richard Short (Vinyl), Greg Bryk (Bitten) and Charlotte Sullivan (Rookie Blue).We here at The TV Junkies were lucky enough to screen Mary Kills People’s first two episodes and thought we’d pass along a few teases to help get fans even more excited for the premiere. So check out our main takeaways from watching those first two episodes and everything we thinks fans should know before they meet Mary.Dhavernas is Divinelast_img read more

Twitter removes accounts linked to Alex Jones Infowars

first_imgTwitter has removed some accounts thought to be used to circumvent a ban on conspiracy-monger Alex Jones and Infowars, the company said Tuesday.A Twitter spokesman confirmed that the accounts had been removed but provided no additional comment. The company says it usually does not discuss specific accounts.Twitter permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope in early September, later than many other tech companies such as Apple and Facebook. It said it based that action in reports of tweets and videos that violated its policy against abusive behaviour.The ban underscored the difficulty many social-media services face in trying to consistently apply their rules against harassment and other bad behaviour. It was also likely from the start that Jones and his supporters would find ways to get around Twitter’s ban by setting up new accounts or posting from existing accounts that were not part of the initial purge.Twitter said Tuesday it would continue to evaluate reports regarding other accounts potentially associated with @realalexjones or @infowars and would take action if it finds content that violates its rules or if other accounts are used to try to circumvent their ban.As of Tuesday afternoon, an account for Alex Jones podcasts was still up on Twitter, as was another called “InfowarsFeed” that hasn’t tweeted since 2008.Other tech companies, including PayPal, YouTube, Apple and Spotify, have limited or banned Jones’ activities on their sites.Infowars has said the moves are intended to sabotage the site just weeks before the midterm elections.On Twitter and elsewhere, Jones has done such things as describe survivors of a shooting in Parkland, Florida, “crisis actors” and saying the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 was fake. He had about 900,000 followers on Twitter. Infowars had about 430,000.last_img read more

As drug trafficking undermines peace and security UN calls for global measures

“So far, cooperation between governments is lagging behind cooperation between organized crime networks,” he told the 15-member body at the start of a day-long debate.Drug trafficking is fuelling brutal insurgencies in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Myanmar, spreading violence in West Africa, Central Asia, Central America and the Caribbean and threatening to reverse UN peacebuilding efforts in Afghanistan, Haiti, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Sierra Leone and elsewhere, he warned.UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said Africa serves not only for trans-shipment but also as a production and consumption centre, with drug routes now meeting in the Sahara, jet planes replacing traditional camel caravans, and terrorists and anti-government forces funding their activities from the illicit profits, just as they have done in West Asia and the Andean region. In a presidential statement at the start of the debate, in which nearly 40 countries and regional representatives were scheduled to speak, the Council called for reinforced coordination of UN actions with the global police organization Interpol and regional and sub-regional organizations, citing Africa by name.“Drug trafficking is evolving into an ever graver threat that is affecting all regions of the world,” Mr Ban warned, calling for sustained political will and significant resources to counter the trade, which in some countries generates huge profits that can rival gross the domestic product. “The trans-national nature of the threat means that no country can face it alone. This fight requires a comprehensive international approach based on a strong sense of shared responsibility. States must share intelligence, carry out joint operations, build capacity, and provide mutual legal assistance,” he added.He called for a more balanced approach in the war on drugs to reduce demand in consuming nations and promote alternative development in supply countries while disrupting trafficking routes.“Drug trafficking does not respect borders,” he said. “Most of all, it does not respect people. It is a menace to the health of societies and individuals alike. It is associated with horrific abuse of women in particular. Those who run trafficking operations are ruthless and often murderous. We must pursue them and thwart them with the full force of the law and international resolve.”With a set of maps Mr. Costa underscored “new worrying development” in West and East Africa and across the Sahara, with cocaine pouring into the west, and 30 to 35 tons of Afghan heroin trafficked annually into the east, which is becoming “a free economic zone” for all sorts of trafficking, whether drugs, migrants, guns, natural resources or hazardous waste, mainly due to the chaotic situation in Somalia. Meanwhile the two illicit streams are meeting in the Sahara, creating new trafficking routes across Chad, Niger and Mali, with cocaine and heroin becoming a new sort of currency, being traded at par.Moreover, the recent discovery of seven laboratories in Guinea shows that West Africa is also becoming a producer of the synthetic drug amphetamine and of crystal cocaine refined from the base paste.“Drug trafficking in the region is taking on a whole new dimension. In the past, trade across the Sahara was by caravans. Today it is larger in size, faster at delivery, and more high-tech,” Mr. Costa said, citing the debris of a Boeing 727 jet found last month in the Gao region of Mali, an area plagued by insurgency and terrorism.“It is scary that this new example of links between drugs, crime and terrorism was discovered by chance following the plane crash,” he added, calling on the Council to set up a trans-Saharan crime monitoring network to share intelligence, watch for suspicious activity and strengthen regional efforts. 8 December 2009The Security Council today called for greater international cooperation in fighting drug trafficking, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon terming it a leading threat to global peace and security. read more

Ban urges Europe to forge common agenda against global inequality

“Our world faces an increasingly complex set of realities,” the Secretary-General said, as he addressed the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Executive Committee. “We need to forge a common agenda that can address the challenges and yearnings of people, and help ensure that future generations grow up in a world of sustainable peace, prosperity and progress.”It was the first time a UN Secretary-General has addressed the European forum. Pointing to recent protests in numerous cities worldwide over economic problems, Mr. Ban reiterated remarks he made yesterday calling the demonstrations the result of widespread frustrations with inequality.“Many people are disillusioned with the established order,” he said. “There is distrust in institutions and a general sense that the playing field is tilted in favour of entrenched interests and elites.” Against that backdrop, he highlighted UNECE’s “essential” role in contributing to the well-being of global society, noting that more than 100 countries beyond its membership participate and benefit from its work.Mr. Ban also reiterated his “five imperatives” for the years ahead, calling on UNECE to play a vital role in promoting solutions to all of them – sustainable development; preventing and mitigating conflicts, human rights abuses and the impacts of natural disasters; building a safer and more secure world; supporting countries in transition; and working to engage the talents of women and young people. Turning to UN reform, the Secretary-General commended the commission for adjusting to the changing European and global environment.“Tight budgets are simply a reality,” he stated, referring to Organization-wide austerity measures. “This is not an easy exercise. But it is necessary and urgent. It is a process that requires vision and leadership from us all.” 18 October 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on European countries today to unite in tackling the world’s most looming issues and work together to ensure the prosperity of future generations. read more

Somalia 14M children to suffer acute malnutrition this year – UN agency

The figure includes more than 275,000 children who have or will suffer life-threatening severe acute malnutrition. “The combination of drought, disease and displacement are deadly for children, and we need to do far more, and faster, to save lives,” Steven Lauwerier, UNICEF Somalia Representative.Somalia is in the midst of a drought after rains failed in November 2016, for a third year in the row. About 615,000 people looking for food and water have been displaced since then.The women and children who make the trek, generally on foot, to places where they hope to find assistance, are often robbed or worse, both on the way to, and in camps. While there have been some reports of sexual abuse, including rape, according to the UN agency. Some children have been conscripted into armed groups. Since April, it has rained in parts of Somalia, but there are concerns that if they come in full, they could spread disease among children living in makeshift shelters made out of twigs and cloth, or tarps. “If assistance doesn’t reach families, more people will be forced off their land into displacement camps. Outbreaks of malaria are already imminent, as is an upsurge of cholera,” UNICEF said. VIDEO:According to UNICEF, acute malnutrition is projected to affect 1.4 million children in Somalia. The situation has been worsened by ongoing drought, disease outbreak and displacement in the country. UNICEF is providing assistance on the ground.Speaking in Geneva, UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado said that a severely malnourished and dehydrated child could die in a matter of hours if they did not get treatment for diarrhoea and choleraMs. Mercado just returned from Baidoa, in the Bay region, which has more than half of the 28,400 cholera cases so far this year. She visited an inoculation campaign targeting every displaced child under five years of age with an emergency measles vaccination.“Every mother I had spoken to had said that her children were sick, either with diarrhoea or vomiting, or feverish. Most had never been vaccinated before because of the insecurity across the country,” she said. Humanitarians in Somalia are seeking an overall $825 million to reach the most vulnerable with life-saving assistance until June 2017.Donors have been responding, hoping to avoid the 2011 famine in the country. But whereas the 2011 drought was concentrated in South Central Somalia, this year, it is affecting more parts of the country, including the north-eastern and the Somaliland regions, with a higher total number of people at risk. read more

Viral Video Helps Atlanta Officer Get Fired After Choking

Henry County police admitted that the mobile phone video didn’t convey “the level of resistance by Mr. Marrow while officers were arresting him, and the struggle officers encountered while trying to get control of the situation while Mr. Marrow was fighting with those officers.”The department claimed that the officers’ behavior was “within departmental policy.”However, Rose, on the other hand, violated the department’s rules on maltreatment and unnecessary force, according to Henry County Police. A Georgia officer was fired for choking ex-NFL player Desmond Marrow during an arrest in December.Officials announced the decision on Thursday, May 10 after an investigation conducted by internal affairs concluded that officer David Rose’s use of force was unnecessary, CBS reported.The in-car camera footage of the officer showed him saying he choked Marrow and that he purposely planned to leave the incident out of the report according to Henry County Police Chief Mark Amerman.The County’s District Attorney’s Office told USA TODAY that the obstruction of a law enforcement officer charge was dismissed against Marrow and the judge dropped the other felony charge of terrorist threats. The misdemeanor charges which includes reckless and aggressive driving remains under review.“We have reviewed the police reports, witness statements, 911 calls, audio and videos, as well as interviewed witnesses, and determined there is insufficient evidence to present any felony charges to a grand jury,” District Attorney Darius Pattillo said in a statement.Marrow posted the video of the incident from his phone on social media and the video instantly went viral. The former player is heard yelling,”I can’t breathe.” read more

Radio 3 launches hunt for unsung female composers in pledge to play

first_imgFanny Mendelssohn, the German pianist and composer For centuries, they have been the unsung talents of classical composing, overshadowed by men in their time and airbrushed from history ever since.Radio 3 is now seeking out “lost” female composers, commissioning orchestras and choirs to record their work so they can be played on the radio for the first time.The BBC station will launch a nationwide search by academics for little-known women in classical music, inviting people to identify music scores and manuscripts hidden away in their archives.Next year, a shortlist will be transcribed into legible sheet music, given to the BBC’s own orchestras and choirs to broadcast.The project was inspired by a concerted effort to play more music written by women on the station, as executives aimed to redress an overwhelming historic imbalance. 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. Alan Davey, controller of Radio 3 We want to change the established canonEdwina Wolstencroft “This is an industry-wide problem. It is the historical issue for all kinds of women, who have been written out and ignored.“They might have been celebrated at their time, but when they died people lost interested in them.”Research published earlier this year indicated there may be around 6,000 little-known women composers whose works lie largely forgotten.Radio 3 has previously showcased works by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Germaine Tailleferre, Barbara Strozzi, Ruth Crawford Seeger Fanny Mendelssohn, the German pianist and composer Barbara Strozzi “There are a lot of works that haven’t been recorded. The score might be in a mess, there might be parts all over the place.“There’s a real job to do here researching where the best stuff is and managing to record it.“We can give listeners the chance to hear something they haven’t heard before, and in the end we’ll be giving them something better, more meaty to engage with and respond to.“They can discover things they hadn’t known, and I think our listeners like that.”  But as they tried to compile playlists, they struggled to find enough music to fulfil their own mission.This weekend, the BBC will announce it is to work with the Art and Humanities Research Council to track down surviving works by female composers in an initiative it hopes will have a “long term effect on our musical landscape and the classical canon”.Edwina Wolstencroft, Radio 3 editor, said: “We want to change the established canon. We want to say women in history have always written music and are still writing it now.“We as the BBC have obviously got resources, we’re massive cultural patrons, we’ve got our own orchestras and choir. We thought what we need to do is join up and ask our own orchestras to make recordings for us. Alan Davey, controller of Radio 3 The BBC and AHRC will now ask academics to report to a special conference on January 25th, where a shortlist of composers will be chosen for recording.Alan Davey, controller of Radio 3, said the key to the project’s success would be when the new recordings were added to the mainstream classical radio playlist, rather than being viewed as a niche subject by virtue of them being written by women.“The key has to be that we’re playing good stuff that will be of interest,” he told the Telegraph. “It will be good stuff people will want to listen to, rather than ‘women’s music’ as it were.“Looking at diversity isn’t just about box ticking. If you allow and enable the good stuff to come out, you’ve got better art to present to the public and more interested and rounded view of whatever was happening at the time. Barbara Strozzilast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgOver on DailyEdge.ie: One Direction are mad for the Nandos in Dublin, Denis Rodman the peacemaker, and will Justin Bieber stop acting the maggot? Go on, just click on The Dredge> EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #NICOLA FURLONG: The fourth day of the trial into the death of Irishwoman Nicola Furlong has heard from a defence witness. RTÉ News is reporting that Dr Marianne Hamill argued that the presence of both alcohol and the drug Xanax in Furlong’s bloodstream had, in fact, lessened her suffering and that a question mark remained over how she had been strangled. 19-year-old Richard Hinds is accused of her murder.2. #EXAMINERSHIP: The Sunday Business Post is set to apply to the High Court today to have an interim examiner appointed to it. The move follows yesterday’s complex restructuring by the former parent company of the newspaper, Thomas Crosbie Holdings Ltd.3. #ULSTER BANK: Services at Ulster Bank have returned to normal this morning after customers were unable to access cash through ATMs. Online services were also disrupted. Customers of NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland were also impacted.4. #GOVERNMENT: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has told TheJournal.ie that after two years in office, government still has a “huge amount of work to do”. He said that the main focus of government continued to be the creation of jobs and the helping of those with distressed mortgages. Gilmore also insisted that the X case would be legislated for this year.5. #SHOOTING: Five men are still being held by Gardaí over yesterday’s fatal shooting of Peter Butterly, 35, outside The Huntsman Inn in Gormanston, Co Meath. It is understood that the victim had links to dissident Republican activity. A post-mortem is due to be carried out today.6. #PEACEKEEPERS: The UN Security Council has called for the release of 21 Filipino peacekeepers that are currently being held by Syrian rebels. RTÉ News is reporting that the troops are being held in a “safe area”, and that the UN commander on the ground is hopeful that all 21 will be released.7. #LION DEATH: A 24-year-old woman has been mauled to death by a lion at an exotic animal park in the Sierra Nevada foothills of remote Central California. The volunteer intern has been identified as Dianna Hanson of Brier, Washington. Investigations are continuing to see if safety protocols had been followed.8. #OPERATION ‘LIGHT UP’: The two-day safety initiative by An Garda Síochána late last month to address the issue of defective, broken, missing or inappropriate use of headlights resulted in 1,089 motorists being advised and 317 offences being recorded, figures have revealed.9. #MICROSOFT: The European Union has fined Microsoft €561 million for breaking a pledge to offer personal computer users a choice of Internet browsers when they install the company’s flagship Windows operating system. The company has now paid €2.2 billion in fines to the Commission since 1998.last_img read more

Wear sunscreen today could be the warmest day of the year

first_imgTEMPERATURES COULD REACH 27 degrees today, as a heatwave continues.Met Eireann is forecasting high temperatures today, but is warning that some areas will be hit with thundery showers.“This morning any mist or fog will soon lift but may linger in a few coastal areas. It will be dry and sunny for a time, but cloud will build up as heavy thundery showers with the risk of hail develop over the western half of the country in the afternoon and evening.“It will be very warm again with top temperatures reaching between 22 and 27 degrees and winds will be light variable or easterly.”Showers will die out tonight, but the west will see some fog. Almost perfect at 7.15am.Tomorrow will be largely the same as today, with scattered showers and warm weather, with highs of 27 degrees.Saturday will start mostly cloudy and with outbreaks of rain gradually clearing eastwards during the day.The rain could turn heavy or persistent for a time in the north but drier and brighter weather in the southwest will extend further eastwards later.It will be a cooler and fresher day with top temperatures of 18 to 23 degrees with light breezes.Sunday will see some showers and it will be cooler and fresher.Read: Coast Guard warns people to stay away from sea fogRead: Man reacts excellently to sudden lightning strikelast_img read more

Coalition persists with FYROM

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Opposition’s deputy leader and shadow minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, denies rumours she has committed to lobby the Gillard Government for the recognition of FYROM by its constitutional name. Quizzed by Neos Kosmos about the content of her discussions with members of a parliamentary delegation from Skopje, which visited Australia recently, Ms Bishop responded that “at no point did I say that I would lobby to change the policy”. Ms Bishop confirms that the “Coalition’s policy of using the title FYROM has not changed” and makes clears she did not inform the delegation “that it would change”. Ms Bishop is another leading member of a major political party who has been used by the propaganda instruments of Skopje to create the false impression the Gillard government is under pressure to recognise FYROM as “Republic of Macedonia”. However, in her written response she states that the only undertaking she has given is to seek clarification from the government “regarding the naming of their country”. “During my meeting with the FYROM delegation I informed them that I had written to former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd last year seeking clarification of the formal government policy regarding the naming of their country, as I had received a similar submission from a previous FYROM delegation. “I told them that Mr Rudd had not replied and that I would write to new Foreign Minister Bob Carr about the same issue. “A member of my staff took detailed notes of the meeting and at no point did I say that I would lobby to change the policy. “The only people present at the meeting were me, my staffer, the translator and members of the delegation, so there can be no other ‘sources’. “The erroneous reporting appears to have been based on a misunderstanding of my comments by the translator. “The Coalition’s policy of using the title FYROM has not changed, nor did I inform the delegation that it would change”. Neos Kosmos understands Ms Bishop gave similar explanations to his Excellency the Ambassador of Greece to Australia Mr Alexis Christopoulos during a meeting in Canberra. The President of the Pammacedonian Society of Melbourne and Victoria Mr Dimitris Minas applauded “the consistency” of the Coalition regarding the name of FYROM. “We are pleased by the fact both the government and the opposition maintain a consistent line against recognising the Former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia by its constitutional name until a mutually accepted solution is reached by the governments of Athens and Skopje. “We are perturbed, however, by the deliberate twist of Australia’s position by the known centres of pro-FYROM propaganda instruments. The time has come, we believe, for Australian politicians to silence permanently the sinister propagandists by condemning publicly their intolerable practices” Mr Minas Said.last_img read more