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  • Add Flavor to Your Footage by Implementing Color Science

    first_imgYou often hear about color science in camera circles, but what exactly is it referring to, and what effect does it have on your images?The term “color science” gets thrown around a lot in the camera world, but what is it and how does it effect the images we shoot? Let’s break it down.Color science, in the camera world, is very different from the science of color (or how the human eye interprets light of different wavelengths as color). Color science is also not the physiology of color, or how different colors affect our memories or emotions — but it is related. (We’ll get to that later.)Color science is how a particular sensor, or brand of sensor, changes the colors it reproduces. Built into the camera’s sensor, color science is essentially an internal LUT, or Look Up Table.It would be fair to ask why camera manufacturers would manipulate the colors coming off of the sensor. Why not just let the sensor capture the entire range of colors, giving everything to the photographer or filmmaker so they can manipulate it in post?Some companies do this. RED cameras were “color neutral” for a long time until moving to a more subjective color space with IPP2. Sony still produces very accurate — some would say sterile — images. What There Is vs. What We SeeWhy Canon, ARRI, and Panasonic cameras don’t produce “accurate” colors has to do with the physiology of color and the history of cinema. When ARRI designed their digital cinema camera (the Alexa), they weren’t trying to create accurate colors but, rather, colors that closely resembled those captured on 35mm film and chemical emulsion. This meant skin tones (where the yellows and reds shifted closer to orange, thereby flattening the skin, hiding color imperfections, and making skin tones) seemed more consistent.Canon followed closely with colors that emulate 35mm stills images. Canon pushed their colors even warmer and designed their cinema lenses to further enhance and complement their own look.Color Science is not simply a remapping of colors in the camera — it’s deeper than that. Different colors are affected at different intensities, so a dark red might be desaturated while a bright red might appear more yellow.A camera’s color science is built into the capture chain of the camera. Some of the elements of color science are corrective, rather than aesthetic, which may be a result of the maker trying to compensate for tints in the IR filter, Optical Low-Pass Filter, or some other part of the image chain. The first Blackmagic Ursa mini cameras shipped with a noticeable magenta tint in the captured footage, but a subsequent firmware update corrected it.“Pre-Graded” FootageColor science has become more important as turnaround times have become shorter. People want a camera to produce images that have high latitude but don’t need extensive grading in post. They want an “ARRI look” or a “Canon look” because that’s what their clients are paying for.There’s a reason why seven out of the eight films nominated for best picture were shot on ARRI cameras. That look has become the standard in narrative high-budget feature films, despite it having the lowest resolution and the highest cost of any brand.Aside from dynamic range (in which the Alexa excels), there is nothing to stop you mirroring the fabled Alexa color in your own films, regardless of what camera you choose to shoot with. I made a LUT that shifts the Canon colors into an Alexa color space, and the footage appears almost indistinguishable from each other. The question is Do you want to have to do this to everything you shoot? Shot after shot, film after film?If you like a certain camera’s look, surely it makes sense to shoot with that camera, and not have to do this extra step.RED, who for the better part of a decade had a very color accurate — some would say flat — color science, saw their customers going over to ARRI and decided to create a more filmic, “Kodak” look with their IPP2. You can even open up all of your old Red Raw files and debayer them into this new look, which just goes to show how much Color Science is a function of post processing — and not how the image is captured.Looking for more on filmmaking and video production? Check out these articles.Tips for Making High-Quality Small-Budget Video TutorialsQuick and Easy Compositing Tips for Adobe Premiere Pro A Rundown Of The Edit Page Changes in DaVinci Resolve 16How to Alter the Color of Your Video Using Lumetri CurvesHow to Use Calibration Tools for Footage, Sound, and Monitorslast_img read more

  • Indian Student Numbers at UK Universities Fall Sharply: Report

    first_imgIncreasing worldwide competition to attract international students has led to a sharp fall in the number of Indian students coming to UK universities, a new report commissioned by the government warned on Tuesday.Read it at Business Standard Related Itemslast_img

  • Lady Bulldogs, Lady Falcons near ‘Collegiate’ title clash

    first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Read Next A veteran of top-level international tournaments, Santiago provided a menacing presence at the net that clearly intimidated the intrepid Lady Chiefs all match long.“Maybe we just played more aggressive, but the important thing is that we followed our coach’s game plan,” added Santiago, who is on her last year with NU.It was the sixth straight win for the Lady Bulldogs, having swept their way in the elimination phase of the tournament that serves as tuneup for the collegiate season.Arellano, the NCAA defending champion, was simply outgunned—out-attacked 16-6 in second set alone—with normally effective scorers Jovielyn Prado, Andrea Marzan and Regine Arocha stymied by NU’s height and heft.But the Lady Chiefs still put up a brave front, especially in the third set which saw them take an 18-17 lead.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary However, Santiago came through with clutch hits from the open spiker position.“It’s very important for the players to translate the game plan on the court,” said NU coach Babes Castillo. “I’m very happy because the players responded well.” The scary thing was that for Santiago, it was just another day in the office.“We didn’t do anything new. It was still the same plays, but we executed well today,” said Santiago in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdamson also kept its record in the tournament spotless as the Lady Falcons outlasted Far Eastern University, 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 15-8, to inch closer to a finals berth.The Lady Falcons have made a wonderful turnaround from their dismal UAAP season and are on the verge of a potential title showdown with Santiago and National U. La Salle foils Pasaol, UE MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City National U’s Aiko Urdas connects on a hard spike against Arellano U’s Andrea Marzan (14) and Necole Ebuen during their PVL Collegiate Conference Final Four duel at the San Juan Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith Jaja Santiago at the helm, National University muscled its way past Arellano University, 25-17, 25-16, 25-23, Wednesday night and moved within a win of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference finals at FilOil Flying V Centre.Already the most dominant force in club and collegiate volleyball, the 6-foot-5 Santiago threw her weight around, dumping 24 points to give the Lady Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three semifinals series against the Lady Chiefs.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View commentslast_img read more

  • London olympics: Kohei Uchimura shows class, wins all-around gymnastics gold

    first_imgJapan’s Kohei Uchimura put p a classy all-around performance to take gold in the men’s gymnastics at the London Olympics on Wednesday. Uchimara put in five near-flawless routines, and despite a four-point landing on the floor, the Beijing silver medallist held on to win with 92.690 points.”I’ve been aiming for this for a long time and now I have achieved it,” Uchimara said. “It’s a dream.””I have been world champion in the all-around three times in a row, but this is an different feeling. The Olympics are only once in four years so I have been waiting for this moment.”Marcel Nguyen of Germany scored 91.03 for an unlikely silver on the final rotation when Uchimara’s teammate Kazuhito Tanaka fell off the pommel horse.”It’s amazing, it’s a dream come true. I had an difficult start. I started on pommel horse and that’s my weakest event, but it went better from apparatus to apparatus,” Nguyen said.America’s Daniel Leyva took the bronze after a strong final routine on the high bar, scoring 90.698.British favourite Kristian Thomas’s challenge slipped on the vault, when he stumbled on landing a double pike to score 14.9.A mid-16s score that he was expected to achieve would have placed him in medal contention.As it was, he finished seventh on 89.406.last_img read more

  • Not Rs 25,000, tickets for Coldplay concert to start at Rs 5,000

    first_imgBookMyShow, an online entertainment ticketing brand, will begin the first phase of ticket sales for Global Citizen Festival India 2016, to be headlined by British rock band Coldplay, on Thursday. Limited early bird tickets will be priced at Rs 5000 each.Making its maiden appearance in India, the festival is a collaboration between The Global Education & Leadership Foundation and Global Citizen. It will be held at the MMRDA grounds, Mumbai on November 19.The event, produced by Wizcraft International, will also feature performances by the hip-hop legend Jay Z, and Bollywood stars Aamir Khan, Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor along with music maestro AR Rahman, music composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and singers like Arijit Singh and Monali Thakur.Also Read: This is the final line-up of Coldplay’s concert in India, and it’s not what you’d expected While a majority of tickets to the event can be earned by fans for free by engaging in causes and completing Action Journeys, BookMyShow, the exclusive partner for the event, will sell tickets across four phases through its website and app.The early bird tickets (first phase) will be priced at Rs 5000 per ticket. The second phase ticket sale will go live immediately after the first phase gets sold out. Ticket sales for the subsequent phases will go live a few days after that.There are also limited hospitality tickets which will be sold through BookMyShow. These are special tickets which will offer varied benefits including food and beverage options and the early bird prices for these will start at Rs 15,000 per ticket.advertisementWatch: India, are you ready for Coldplay, AR Rahman, Farhan Akhtar on one stage? BookMyShow will implement virtual queue management during online ticket sales to manage and organise traffic on its platforms. It has also set up a separate extension for users reaching out to the BookMyShow contact centre for any event related queries.It will also be giving smart RFID bands which can be used by attendees to enter via automated gates using turnstiles at the arena and even purchase their refreshments during the event.Also Read: You have to be VERY rich to attend the Coldplay concert in India Apart from that, BookMyShow will also be providing end to end ticketing solutions for the event, including ticket printing for all event tickets. Most tickets will be home delivered, starting end of October. The on-ground management of the event will also be handled by the platform.Ashish Hemrajani, CEO and co-founder, BookMyShow, said in a statement: “It is our great honour and privilege to be associated with The Global Citizen Festival as it comes to India for the first time. With all the work we do with BookASmile in supporting alternate education, sports and entertainment for the underprivileged – we knew this was meant for us.”last_img read more

  • RCB v DC IPL 2019: Need to execute plans better on the field, says Delhi Capitals’ Prithvi Shaw

    first_imgTwo successive defeats in their last two matches may have put the Delhi Capitals in an uncomfortable position in the IPL points table, but batsman Prithvi Shaw believes that DC will need to improve their execution of plans on the field in order to accumulate more wins.When asked what has gone wrong for his team in the past two matches, Prithvi said, “I think we had a fine start to the tournament, winning two out of our first three matches. But the past two results have been tough to take.””We have been practicing hard in the nets, and the team is also gelling well. But I feel we haven’t been able to execute ourselves on the ground properly,” Prithvi told the media ahead of Delhi Capitals’ match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday .”Personally, I feel that there will be times when you will go through tough phases in this tournament. But the best way to bounce back from it is to perform in the next match, and that is what we are all looking to do tomorrow (Sunday),” Shaw said.Prithvi was also asked to access the Bengaluru pitch and he had this to say, “I think it’s a good wicket, I have played a lot here in the past. It is going to be a crucial match and I hope we put up good runs on the board if we get the chance to bat first.””We usually don’t talk about the opposition, and we believe that it up to us to make plans according to our strengths and execute those plans. So far, the wicket has looked good on TV and has played well, so we will be looking to put up a strong total if we bat first, or chase down the target as we saw KKR doing it last night,” said Shaw.advertisement’Not focused on the World Cup right now’With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 also not too far, questions about Prithvi fighting for a place in the Indian team were asked, but the youngster said he is fully focused on the Delhi Capitals at the moment.”I’m not focused on the World Cup right now. I am fully focused on the Delhi Capitals doing well in IPL 2019 and I want to contribute in the team’s success. There is quite some time in the World Cup at the moment, and I like to go match by match. I don’t want to look too far ahead, I just want to do the job for the Delhi Capitals in the next match,” he said.Asked if batting second will be an advantage on the Chinnaswamy pitch, Shaw said that the wicket remains the same throughout the match.”On this wicket, I don’t think it matters too much if you are batting or bowling first. The wicket remains the same throughout the 40 overs. There is only the dew factor that probably comes in the second innings,” Prithvi said.”As for our choice, it obviously depends on the coach and the support staff as to how they want to go about it if we win the toss,” Prithvi said.Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers BangaloreThe last time Delhi played RCB in Bengaluru in IPL 2018, the match ended up in a 6-wicket win for the home side as they chased down Delhi’s total of 174/5 with two overs to spare.Rishabh Pant (85 off 48) and Shreyas Iyer (52 off 31) helped Delhi to a respectable total, but AB de Villiers’ fantastic innings of 90 off only 39 balls saw RCB chase down the total in 18 overs.The two teams have faced each other on 22 occasions in IPL history, with Royal Challengers Bangalore having won 15 matches while Delhi only have six wins, with one match having ended in a no-result.Also Read | CSK vs KXIP, IPL 2019: Umpire talks to MS Dhoni after Ambati Rayudu backs up too farAlso Read | IPL 2019: Aggression makes David Warner a dangerous batsman, says Yusuf PathanAlso Watch | Great to have someone like Chris Gayle in KXIP: KL Rahullast_img read more

  • IPL 2019: Virat Kohli’s RCB look to get off the mark at KXIP’s fortress

    first_imgIt’s that time of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season where teams will be hoping to settle in on their playing XIs and build momentum as they progress towards the business end of the tournament. While defending champions Chennai Super Kings are well ahead of the chasing pack, as many as four teams are on eight points each in a crowded mid-table.However, two teams Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals have been struggling to gain any sort of momentum. While Rajasthan have two points from their only win over Bangalore, Virat Kohli’s men are yet to open their account in IPL 2019.Can RCB avoid unwanted IPL record?Royal Challengers Bangalore are one more defeat away from creating an unwanted record as they will become the side with the most number of successive defeats at the start of the season. RCB have lost six matches on the trot this season and have equalled Delhi Capitals (Daredevils) record from 2013.Virat Kohli’s men are facing a daunting task of breaching Kings XI Punjab’s fortress. R Ashwin’s men have not lost a single match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali this season, winning three in three. In fact, Kings XI have stitched a 7-match unbeaten run at the iconic venue over the last three years.Notably, skipper Ashwin sent a warning to opposition teams after Kings XI crushed Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday when he said the hosts will be hoping to stretch their winning streak at home to 11 at the end of the season.advertisementRoyal Challengers Bangalore though will be hoping for a change in fortunes as they are heading into their seventh match of IPL 2019 after a five-day break. RCB can take confidence from the fact that they had completed a double over Kings XI in IPL 2018. When it comes to head-to-head records, RCB have managed to beat KXIP 10 times in 22 meetings.While KXIP will be keen on maintaining their fine run at home, all eyes will be on Chris Gayle as the big West Indies batsman had suffered a twisted back during their last match against Mumbai Indians. It remains to be seen if the Universe Boss will recover in time to face his former club.RCB will be boosted by the presence of Dale Steyn in the camp after the South African pacer replaced an injured Nathan Coulter-Nile. However, the fast bowling great will not be available for selection in Saturday’s away game.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly on MS Dhoni’s on-field outburst at umpires: Everyone is humanAlso Read | India might select KL Rahul for No.4 in World Cup based on IPL form: Sunil GavaskarAlso See:last_img read more

  • 21 days agoSteven Alzate ‘very proud’ of new Brighton deal

    first_imgSteven Alzate ‘very proud’ of new Brighton dealby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteven Alzate has penned a new deal with Brighton.The midfielder put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with Albion after making his Premier League debut last month, and spoke of his pride at signing a new deal with the club.He said, “I’m very proud, as this club has a lot of faith in me. I’m honoured to sign a new contract and I now need to keep working hard.“Things have happened quite quickly, but I’m just trying to keep learning and take each day as it comes. I probably wasn’t expecting to play in the Premier League this early on, but I’m just grateful for what’s happened and know that I have to stay focused.“I have a lot of family and friends who are all very proud, and it’s every child’s dream to be in my position.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Ohio State Reveals Its Uniforms For The Rose Bowl

    first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Ohio State Buckeyes were so close to making the College Football Playoff, but earning a trip to Rose Bowl is quite the consolation prize. With Urban Meyer’s final game as the coach approaching, it should be one of the most watched games of the season.Many fans were wondering which uniforms the Buckeyes would wear for the game. Well, that question was answered this afternoon by the Buckeyes’ official Twitter account.It appears Ohio State will feature its classic home uniforms for the game with a minor addition of the Rose Bowl Game patch.Here is the photo:?????@rosebowlgame #GoBucks #WinTheMoment pic.twitter.com/cj4Rdm4Nv0— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) December 10, 2018Not only will this be the final game for Meyer at the helm, but it might be the last time Dwayne Haskins suits up for the Buckeyes. The dynamic gunslinger put together an admirable campaign, and scouts can’t stop raving about his NFL potential.Ohio State will face Washington on New Year’s Day. The game will be on ESPN.Do you think the Buckeyes will defeat the Huskies?last_img read more

  • One Dead One Injured in Accident at BlohmVoss Shipyard

    first_imgzoom One person died and another was injured in an accident at Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, on November 22, 2016.Both casualties are employees of a partner company, Blohm+Voss said.The first worker was found dead at the scene by the rescue team, while the other was seriously injured and was taken to hospital for further treatment, Blohm+Voss told World Maritime News.The shipbuilder said that the accident occurred during works taking place at the shipyard’s Dock 11 but it did not disclose the project.The employees reportedly worked on Fred Olsen Cruise Line’s cruise ship Black Watch when they were hit by a steel support beam, according to local media.The accident is currently being investigated by the criminal investigation department.“Our thoughts and compassion are with the relatives of the deceased and the injured. Blohm+Voss will do all they can to help the injured person as well as the relatives of both casualties in this difficult time together with the partner company and also to aid the authorities in the early, factual clarification of the accident. We would like to thank all the staff who were on site promptly for their assistance,” Blohm+Voss said.last_img read more

  • Unpleasant trends of intolerance polarisation can damage our polity Manmohan

    first_imgNew Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said “unpleasant trends” of growing intolerance, communal polarisation, and incidents of violent crimes propelled by hatred of certain groups will damage our polity. Remembering former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary, he said these trends are repugnant to promotion of peace, national integration and communal harmony, which are cherished objectives enshrined in our Constitution. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “All of us need to reflect on how we can contribute to arresting these trends,” he said. Recalling Rajiv Gandhi’s words, Singh said, “Nothing is more important than the unity and integrity of our nation. India is indivisible. Secularism is the bedrock of our nationhood. It implies more than tolerance. It involves an active effort for harmony.” “No religion preaches hatred and intolerance. Vested interests, both external and internal, are inciting and exploiting communal passions and violence to divide India,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Singh said another cause for solemn reflection today is some “disturbing trends” that our country has been witnessing over past few years. “These unpleasant trends of growing intolerance, communal polarisation, growing incidents of violent crimes propelled by hatred of certain groups and of mobs taking the law in their own hands can only damage our polity,” the former prime minister said. He was speaking at an event by the Rajiv Youth Foundation and presented the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Janma Pancha Sapthathi Puraskar’ to prominent personalities and organisations who have made valuable contributions to the society for the last one decade.last_img read more

  • Help needed for Sudans displaced following referendum says UN agency

    11 February 2011With the historic referendum on South Sudan”s independence now complete, help is needed to support the return of southerners back to the South from other parts of Sudan, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which is seeking $53.4 million for this effort. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), some 200,000 southerners have already returned from the North over the past three months. In the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, some 75,000 others have registered to go back. “Relief agencies anticipate that as many as 800,000 southerners will return from the North this year, which will add pressure on the already fragile humanitarian environment,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Geneva today.“UNHCR”s role is mainly focused on ensuring monitoring of protection needs along the way, at transit points and in return areas,” he stated. “We are also facilitating reintegration, particularly in urban and semi-urban settings. We are also setting up way stations along major return routes where we provide water and sanitation, health services, reception and rest facilities.”January”s week-long referendum was a culminating point of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending two decades of civil war between the North and the South that killed some two million people and drove an estimated 4.5 million others from their homes.An overwhelming majority of the nearly 4 million voters that took part in the referendum opted for secession. Both sides still have to work out a number of post-referendum arrangements with regard to issues such as border security, citizenship and the sharing of oil revenues. UNHCR said the main reason people have given the agency for moving to the South is because they have concerns about their citizenship status if they remain in the North. “But many also express keenness to be part of South Sudan”s rebuilding,” said Mr. Edwards.In New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon”s Special Representative Haile Menkerios said the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has been trying to assist capacity-building and social services in South Sudan and would send a team next week to cooperate with the Government in assessing the needs.“The need is everywhere, it”s a new Government, it”s a new State actually being built, the needs are tremendous,” he told reporters.In a related development, the Secretary-General today expressed concern over the renewed fighting in Southern Sudan between the Sudan People”s Liberation Army (SPLA) and rebel forces loyal to George Athor , which has reportedly resulted in at least 100 civilian casualties.Mr. Ban called on the SPLA and General Athor “to immediately implement the ceasefire agreement between them, and stresses the responsibility of the Government of Southern Sudan in protecting civilians,” according a statement issued by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General. read more

  • Independent UN expert urges Namibia to expand access to sanitation services

    11 July 2011The United Nations independent expert on the right to water and sanitation today took note of Namibia’s success in expanding access to water and urged the Government to make similar efforts to ensure that proper sanitation is available to more people in the southern African country. At the end of a week-long visit to the country, Catarina de Albuquerque noted that Namibia has over the past 20 years achieved significant progress in extending its water network across the country.“It is time for sanitation to get the same attention,” she said, adding that Namibia would have to make an important choice between wet and dry sanitation.“Wet sanitation risks making unaffordable water even more unaffordable. In the dry climate of Namibia, wet sanitation uses precious water, while dry sanitation offers a more sustainable path forward. However, dry sanitation solutions will only work with widespread awareness-raising efforts,” she added.Ms. Albuquerque noted that access to improved water sources appeared to be very high, especially in urban areas, but that water points were still far away from households and water remained too expensive.“When water is too expensive, those with lower incomes are forced to make unacceptable trade offs – choosing between water and medicine or food for their child, for instance,” she said. The UN Special Rapporteur stressed that access to water and sanitation are human rights, and while that did not mean that the two services must be offered free of charge, it meant that systems must be in place to ensure availability to those who face economic barriers to access.Ms. Albuquerque said community participation in the design and implementation of water and sanitation projects was indispensable.“Communities have important perspectives which must be taken into account in the design and implementation of water and sanitation projects,” she said. “They also play an important role in monitoring quality.”Ms. Albuquerque was received by the Namibian Prime Minister, representatives from Government ministries, the private sector and civil society. She also visited informal settlements in Windhoek, the capital, the Windhoek central prison, as well as communities in Outapi and Epupa.She will prepare a report to be presented at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva next year, describing her main findings and providing recommendations. read more

  • Oil drilling plan near Utah monument draws tribal opposition

    SALT LAKE CITY — Environmentalists and tribal organizations are protesting a lease sale by the U.S. government that would allow oil and gas companies to develop land considered archaeologically sensitive near a national monument stretching across the Utah-Colorado border that houses sacred tribal sites.Documents show about 47 square miles (122 square kilometres) of land near Hovenweep National Monument in southeast Utah are being offered during the Bureau of Land Management’s September lease sale.The sale comes amid an ongoing debate over drilling in states like Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.Environmentalists and tribal organizations say drilling on the high desert would damage the prehistoric structures and pollute the air.Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Kimberly Finch pointed to leasing guidelines that companies are asked to follow to be environmentally conscious.Morgan Smith, The Associated Press read more

  • Secondary school students See Inside Manufacturing at BMW Group facilities

    Hundreds of secondary school students had the chance to ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ this week at BMW’s engine plant at Hams Hall and MINI’s manufacturing sites in Oxford and Swindon, experiencing the UK automotive industry first-hand.At BMW’s Hams Hall facility, more than 220 students benefitted from a plant tour, witnessing how engines are built, and were given the opportunity to meet current apprentices to discuss the variety of training opportunities available.At the same time, students from across Oxfordshire, Swindon and Wiltshire visited MINI Plant Oxford and MINI Plant Swindon, getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse at automotive manufacturing and MINI Oxford’s new training facility that opened in November.Nick Spencer, Plant Director at BMW Plant Hams Hall said, “The training and development of young people is a vital aspect of our role and responsibility as an employer.“We hope that by giving young people insight into the interesting and rewarding career opportunities at Plant Hams Hall, many will be encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship here next year.”Frank Bachmann, Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford said, “The opening of the new training school is a clear indication of how important skills are to us.“Apprenticeships are highly valued by the plant for the unique blend of knowledge, skills and practical experience they offer. We hope that by giving young people an insight into Plant Oxford, many will be encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship here.”The ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ programme is part of a government-industry initiative launched in 2011, aimed at showcasing career opportunities in the UK’s dynamic manufacturing sector. Click through to find out more about ‘See Inside Manufacturing’.Young people can find out more about apprenticeship opportunities at BMW Group facilities through a new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BMWCareersUK.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

  • Short shrift for Napoleon complex as it turns out he was quite

    An Irish nobleman wrote of meeting Napoleon at the Tuileries Palace on January 8 1803. Charles Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry – who, as a soldier in the British army, was to fight in the Napoleonic Wars – painted a portrait of a friendly, charismatic Frenchman who was then Consul, and soon to become Emperor. Psychoanalyst Alfred Adler was inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte when he diagnosed a syndrome in the last century in which men overcompensate for their short stature through aggressive behaviour. He would never have applied the Napoleon Complex to the man portrayed in a previously-unpublished letter, which describes the future Emperor of France as charm personified. In an 11-page letter to…

  • 11 symptoms of Post Bank Holiday Syndrome

    first_imgFlickr/Pug50Well, how did you do?1-4: You get the Post Bank Holiday Syndrome all-clear. Chances are you either worked over the long weekend (sorry), or mistakenly spent it doing something productive.5-7: You are a worrying borderline case. To check, look at the text messages sent from your phone over the weekend. If there are any that make you want to dissolve with mortification, the diagnosis is positive.8-11: This is a confirmed, full-blown case of Post Bank Holiday Syndrome. There is only one remedy: immediately retire to your sofa with a duvet, a box set, and a family-sized tub of ice cream.Bank holiday weekends in your head versus in reality>Working this bank holiday? Join our support group> SO, THE LONG weekend. That happened.Do you have Post Bank Holiday Syndrome? Here are 11 key indicators:1. You felt like this when your alarm went off todayImgur2. This diagram rings chillingly true3. This accurately represents your morning commuteImgur4. Working has for some reason become impossibletheouthousers.com5. Time appears to have cruelly slowed down littlebigfund.org8. You’ve already had this conversation more times than you can countPhoto via Shutterstock9. This happens when you actually check your bank balanceImgur10. You are beset by confusion about what day it is11. You would give literally anything for thiscenter_img Flickr/DeaPeaJay6. When asked how your weekend was, you say:7. This happens when you think about your bank balancelast_img read more

  • Private investors seek exemption from haircut

    first_imgA lobby group representing private investors in the European Union has asked the Prime Minister Lucas Papademos to exclude them from a 53.5 percent haircut on Greek government bonds.The government will launch a bond swap for institutional and individual holders of its debt on Friday in an attempt to slice off some of its liabilities, as a condition of the 130bn euro rescue package.“We believe it is highly unfair to treat EU individuals the same way as institutional investors, as EU individuals were excluded from the negotiations and often cannot deduct the losses from their taxes as institutional investors do,” Guillaume Prache, secretary general of Euroshareholders, an umbrella organisation for around 30 national shareholder groups, said in a letter addressed to Papademos.Euroshareholders is a Brussels-based umbrella organisation for around 30 national shareholder associations across the European Union.“Euroshareholders are kindly asking you to exclude individual bond holders from the forced haircut participation, or at least to make sure that individual investors from the European Union will be able to deduct losses from their taxes,” Prache said.Around 1 percent of Greek debt is in the hands of private investors, a spokesman for German shareholder lobby group DSW said. DSW is represented by umbrella organisation Euroshareholders. Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Greek lifesavers earn their stripes in Qld

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Four lifesavers from Greece have spent two months on Gold Coast beaches training as lifesavers to better their skills and take their knowledge back to the Hellenic Republic.Evangelos Tsampazis, Antonis Argyrakos, Christon Ziogas and Paris Pakimidis have been in Queensland since 29 November 2012, enhacing their lifesaving knowledge with Pakimidis and Argyrakos succesfully completing thir Bronze Medallion and Ziogas getting his proficiency. They all completed their training at Broad Beach Surf Lifesaving Club in the Gold Coast. Each year, Mr Tsampazis organises a group of lifesavers from Greece to train on Australian waters and gain profiencies in areas of surf lifesaving and learn new skills to take back to Greek waters. The lifesavers fund the trip themselves but are thankful to the Greek community in Queensland for their ongoing help. Families within the community offer their houses and billet the lifesavers for the duration of their stay. Tsampazis told Neos Kosmos he is grateful to Tom and Kay Souris and the Kottanides family for billeting them and to the Greek community of Saint Anne and Father Roman for their ongoing help year after year. This is the fourth time Mr Tsampazis has been in Australia on lifesaving duties, and this year, he and his colleagues got a chance at patrolling on Christmas and New Years Day.“Christmas day was challenging because conditions were rough and we had 11 rescues on the beach,” Mr Tsampazis said.“Even the club said they don’t get that many rescues in one day so we had to do a lot of rescues due to the conditions and the amount of people on the beach.”He was quick to point out that although they had such a high number of rescues, the preventative actions the lifesavers put into action were “ten times more”.“The beaches here are very different to Greece – it’s more challenging with the rips, the wind and the waves,” said Mr Tsampazis of the challenges faced by the Greek lifesavers.“So we think if we can do it here then it will be much easier in Greece; and the Bronze Medallion is well-known around the world so we can now work in any country.”Mr Tsampazis said that although the sea in Greece is calm and quiet they still have over 300 drownings a year. Last year, the Greek waters saw 378 drown and in 2011, there were 350 victims. He said that Greek swimmers aren’t so quick to heed the advice of lifesavers as they do in Australia and wants to take back the knowledge to Greece to educate the swimmers on the dangers of the sea. As for tourists in Greece, he said they are more likely to listen to the lifesavers but language can sometimes be a barrier for them.last_img read more

  • Mitsubishi Celebrates 100 Years Of Automaking By Electrifying Its First Car

    first_imgWay back in 1917, the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Company built its first — and only — car: the Mitsubishi Model A. Now, 100 years later, Mitsubishi Motors is paying homage to the vehicle that got its wheels turning.How? By building a brand new Model A with a decidedly modern twist. Mitsubishi’s 2017 Model A will be a plug-in hybrid, though a Mitsubishi spokesperson pointed out that the car will “will feature all the distinctive aspects of the 1917 vehicle.”The original Model A was a four-door, seven-seater. It featured a 2.8L four-cylinder engine that pushed 35 horsepower to the rear wheels. The cars were all hand-built, and were expensive to produce. Mitsubishi built its last Model A in 1921 and spent the next four decades focusing on commercial vehicles.To rebuild their classic four-door, Mitsubishi has called on the crew at West Coast Customs, which you may be familiar with from the MTV series Pimp My Ride. The project will be built on the platform that Mitsubishi uses in one of its hottest selling vehicles (outside of North America, that is), the Outlander PHEV. It’s a very logical choice, given that the Outlander is also a four-door vehicle that features seating for seven (at least in some configs).In addition to the Outlander’s twin-motor, four-wheel-drive system, Autoblog notes that the Model A will be tricked out with “a host of current technology.” We’re genuinely hoping that WCC stops well short of installing a Playstation 4 in the back seat.If you want to check out the results — or the build process — keep an eye on the Velocity Channel. They’ll be running an episode of Inside West Cost Customs that features the Model A PHEV.last_img read more