Video Editing: Additive vs. Subtractive Color Correction

first_imgNasty stuff. Yes, you can make adjustments to the other controls to make it look a little better, but it takes a lot of work with minimal results.Subtractive Color CorrectionNow look at how a subtractive color corrector works. In this case, I used Colorista Free by Red Giant Software. It’s a great color corrector, FREE, works on a ton of platforms, translates to After Effects, and it’s pretty much my default NLE color corrector when I don’t want to go into a full-fledged grading program.We’ll add a little bit of blue into the shadows like before: When you add a little bit of blue into the shadows, look how the image and the RGB parade respond: If you have a choice, you’ll find subtractive color correctors much more pleasant to use with better results in less time. It’s a no brainer when getting fast grading results in your video editing projects!What kind of color correction filter do you use?Share your thoughts and advice in the comments below! Notice how much more pleasing the results are compared to the additive corrector. Also notice that the blue channel in the parade pretty much stayed the same, and the other channels went down. That’s how a subtractive color corrector works: instead of adding the color you want into the shot, it takes away the opposite color (or really amount of the red, green, and blue that make up the opposite color).Here’s an even more extreme example with Colorsita. Yes, the shot starts to get a little dark, but you still have a real black point, so you can just lift the shadows a bit to correct while keeping the pleasing look:center_img Not all 3-way color correctors are created equal. Use a subtractive 3-way color corrector instead of an additive one for better results.Just like there are two types of color theory, there are two types of color correctors: additive and subtractive. Both old-school Final Cut Pro 7 and Premiere Pro (even the most current version) ship with additive 3-way color correctors built in. The problem is that additive color correctors don’t really give great results very easily. As a matter of fact, they can really be junk when it comes to making great looks in your video editing projects without a ton of effort.Additive Color CorrectionLook at the very simple adjustment below. First is the original and its RGB parade: You’ll notice that the blue channel has been lifted – blue has been added into the image (look at the hair closely). The shadows on the image look pretty terrible, don’t they? The addition of blue has also lifted the black point of the image.Here’s a more extreme example for you you compare to the original image and parade:last_img read more

Nitish Kumar hints at amending prohibition law

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday gave an indication of a possible amendment to the prohibition law to prevent its misuse, especially by government officials.“People in the government machinery are taking advantage of the provisions under prohibition law but they are under scanner…the poor and downtrodden who were earlier engaged in liquor business have been given alternative means of livelihood and are happy”, said Mr. Kumar while addressing a youth conference organized by JD(U) on the occasion of World Environment Day in Patna on Tuesday.Mr Kumar further said that he would keep reviewing every aspect of prohibition but “the matter of prohibition law is before Supreme Court now.”Earlier too, while introducing the prohibition law in April 2016, I had sought opinion and feedback from people and political parties too, Mr. Kumar said.“I’ve been regularly monitoring it as well…it has benefitted a large section of the society, especially the poor and downtrodden segment,” asserted Mr Kumar.Over 1 lakh arrested in two yearsAccording to the records, as many as 1,41,861 people have been arrested under the stringent prohibition law since April 2016 in the State. Over 8,000 are in jail.The police and excise department officials have conducted 7,62, 416 raids while 1,17, 283 cases have been lodged. Total 20.47 lakh litres of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and 9.25 lakh litres of country-made liquor have been seized.The stringent prohibition law has been under constant attack by opposition parties and a section of society but Mr Kumar said, “I’m willing to face all the criticism and consequences of my actions.”last_img read more

In people’s hearts, Ginebra always has a home

first_imgView comments “I never played in anything like this. It’s an amazing view,” he said. “In the Philippines, the fans are special and different from other countries. They really love their basketball here, so I’m just blessed to be here and perform in front of this amount of people.”It’s this red sea of fans that pretty much told the story. Along with the highs and lows of the series came the ebb and flow of cheers from the crowd in the packed arena.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 shutoutHushed in Game 6 when Ginebra got ripped by Meralco, the Gin Kings’ passionate supporters—all geared up in fiery red shirts—came back loud on Friday night at cavernous Philippine Arena in Bocaue.And in a do-or-die Game 7, it all mattered. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It mattered that the spirited fandom dominated the all-time record crowd of 54,086. And it mattered to the Kings, who needed a dash of their never-say-die spirit in the final push to turn back the rallying Bolts and complete their quest of defending the Governors’ Cup crown.“As a kid, of course you dream of playing in a championship. But I never thought it would be in a place like this. Fifty-plus thousand, it’s amazing,” said Brownlee. “It’s unbelievable. Words just can’t describe it.”Even coach Tim Cone who has already witnessed too many hardcourt battles—and collected an all-time league best 20 titles—the sight was still overwhelming.“Look at this crowd,” the Ginebra mentor. “This is absolutely grabe (wow). Amazing. That’s what makes it so special, to be able to do it in front of these fans, even the Meralco fans.”It was the second time in three days the PBA crowd record got shattered—thanks mostly to the country’s most popular ballclub that lured a likewise mammoth crowd of 53,642 in Game 6.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather fan caps Batang Pinoy with stoppage 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 LATEST STORIES “It’s unfathomable that you can play in front of 50,000-plus people,” said Cone, “Nobody does that. Nobody coaches basketball in front of 54,000. Maybe 20,000 to 30,000, but 54,000—that’s such a privilege. And it’s back-to-back games of 50,000-plus.”For the two-time Grand Slam coach, it’s a story worth telling. And he even plans to let his friend Erik Spoelstra, the Filipino-American Miami Heat coach, know all about it.“He’s been in the NBA Finals, but he has never coached in front of 50,000 people, so I got one up on him,” the American mentor said with a laugh. “It’s awesome. I’m proud being a part of it. I’m so happy that we made the Ginebra fans happy. That’s the best part of it all. I’m so happy to win this for them, 54,000 people—it just blows my mind.”The Ginebra die-hards couldn’t be any happier, too. Their past heartbreaks forgotten, just like Brownlee’s.And their undying and unmatched loyalty, gifted with a championship anew. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJustin Brownlee had a dream turn into a heartbreak once. Snubbed in the 2011 NBA Rookie Draft, the 6-foot-5 forward had to chase that dream in his own way. It’s a journey that led him to a rash of summer leagues and international stints for five years before finding his way to the Philippines.Brownlee has found a basketball home here. And for the second straight PBA season, the Ginebra import found himself in the middle of roaring fans who stormed the court.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Struggling Hornets fire general manager amid 24-33 season

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Messi scores vs Chelsea at 9th attempt to give Barca CL draw LATEST STORIES Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Cho and the Hornets have struggled with building a consistent winner.He was responsible for drafting All-Star point guard Kemba Walker in 2011, but the team’s inability to get the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft after a 7-59 season proved to be a backbreaker. Instead of getting perennial All-Star center Anthony Davis, the Hornets settled for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the No. 2 pick, a significant dropoff in talent.Charlotte missed on second-round pick Jeffery Taylor from Sweden in 2012.They took Cody Zeller, now a backup center, fourth overall in 2013, Noah Vonleh ninth in 2014 and Frank Kaminsky ninth overall in 2015. Cho drafted Malik Monk in the first round last year, but he barely sees any action for Charlotte because of concerns about his defense.Cho traded this past offseason for center Dwight Howard, who has improved his play and had a decent season for the Hornets. However, the five-year contract given to Nic Batum last year has left the Hornets strapped under the salary cap.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ FILE – In this April 13, 2017, file photo, Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho speaks to the media during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. The struggling Hornets have fired general manager Rich Cho. Team owner Michael Jordan announced the news in a release Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, saying “we’re deeply committed to our fans and to the city of Charlotte to provide a consistent winner on the court. The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal.”(AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)The struggling Hornets have shaken up their front office, firing general manager Rich Cho on Tuesday.“Rich worked tirelessly on behalf of our team and instituted a number of management tools that have benefited our organization,” Hornets owner Michael Jordan said in a release. “We are deeply committed to our fans and to the city of Charlotte to provide a consistent winner on the court. The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Charlotte is 24-33 and on the verge of failing to reach the playoffs for the second straight season.Jordan’s college teammate Buzz Peterson was hired last year as the team’s assistant general manager is a potential replacement. Former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak could be another candidate to join Peterson in the front office in some capacity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCho was hired as GM in 2011 and assumed day-to-day responsibilities of the basketball operations department in 2014.“I will always be grateful for my experience with the franchise,” Cho said. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Indian stars headline 84th edition of Ranji Trophy,Indian stars headline 84th edition of Ranji Trophy

first_imgsport The 84th edition of Ranji Trophy that begins tomorrow will see a plethora of Indian cricket stars in action besides the return of the home and away format.India play their next Test from November 16 and that has allowed the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara to get some additional match practice and contribute to their state team’s campaign in the premier domestic tournament.Besides Ashwin, the presence of Test opener Murali Vijay will further bolster Tamil Nadu, who play their tournament opener at home against Andhra. Abhinav Mukund, India’s reserve opener in the recent Test series against Sri Lanka, will captain Tamil Nadu.Pujara, who like Ashwin had a fruitful county stint in England, will captain Saurashtra in the absence of Jaydev Shah. Giving him company will be left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who suddenly finds himself out of the national ODI and T20 squad.Test keeper Wriddhiman Saha and pacer Mohammed Shami will turn up for Bengal in the team’s first round match against Services at Palam.Ishant Sharma, India’s leading speedster not so long ago, will lead the Delhi squad with Gautam Gambhir declining captaincy for another season.Sharma will be itching to perform after not getting a game in the three Test series against Sri Lanka. The lanky pacer has not been part of India’s limited overs set up for a long time now, having played his last ODI in January 2016 and T20 back in 2013.The tournament is definitely high on international flavour and what should make it more interesting for the fans is the return of the home and away format after the failed experiment of neutral venues last year.This time all teams will play equal number of matches with 28 sides divided into four groups and top two in each pool will make the quarterfinals.Additional weightage has also been given to Ranji Trophy with fringe India players told to be part of as many First Class games as possible. It is for this reason that Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer has been appointed India A captain only for the first three games of the five-match series New Zealand. After doing the India A duty, Iyer will travel to Indore for Mumbai’s opener against MP beginning October 14.It remains to be seen whether the tournament will produce another first-time winner like the previous season when Gujarat humbled record champions Mumbai for their maiden title. SHARE India ranji-gujarat   –  The Hindu October 05, 2017 Published on COMMENTcenter_img ranji-gujarat   –  The Hindu COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL R Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and many others are set to take part cricket ×last_img read more

Gold Cup: Mexico Beats Jamaica, 3-1

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Andres Guardado scored again, with no penalty kick needed this time, and his teammates finally managed some goals, too.Mexico ensured the final wouldn’t come down to any calls in the last minutes with a 3-1 victory over upstart Jamaica for the CONCACAF Gold Cup title July 26.Guardado had his fourth goal of the knockout rounds, and Jesus Corona and Oribe Peralta also scored as El Tri won its seventh Gold Cup. It was a convincing performance for coach Miguel Herrera and his team after some shaky play and contentious moments in the previous two games.Jamaica had made a rousing run to the final, stunning the U.S. in the semis to become the first Caribbean nation to reach the Gold Cup’s championship match. And the Reggae Boyz looked as though they belonged in the opening minutes, keeping the pressure on Mexico with several promising scoring chances but never putting a shot on goal.But then El Tri started to find the gaps in the defense, and a yellow card for Jamaica helped lead to Mexico’s first goal. The Reggae Boyz hadn’t trailed since early in the second half of their Gold Cup opener.Mexico, which already held the record for most Gold Cup titles, is 7-1 in finals. El Tri will face the U.S., the 2013 Gold Cup champ, on Oct. 9 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, for CONCACAF’S spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.“We won a game today, but we don’t accomplish our goal yet,” Herrera said.The only way Mexico had been able to score in the knockout rounds before July 26 was on penalty kicks, all three by Guardado. And two of those came on late, questionable calls.Against Costa Rica in the quarterfinals, a scoreless game was moments from going to a shootout when Guardado converted his penalty in the final minute of extra time. Mexico had been the better team that day, but that wasn’t the case in the semifinals.Down to 10 men, Panama was on the verge of victory when a disputed hand ball set up a penalty for Guardado in second-half stoppage time, and he scored on another for the winner in extra time.Mexico had gone 272 minutes since one of its players scored on anything other than a penalty when Guardado put El Tri ahead for good.Jonathan dos Santos found Paul Aguilar out wide on a free kick, and Aguilar crossed it to Guardado, whose left-footed volley made it 1-0 in the 31st minute. It was his sixth goal of the tournament, one behind Clint Dempsey of the U.S.Guardado, voted top player of the tournament, had also been the last Mexico player to score on anything other than a penalty with his goal in the 88th minute against Trinidad and Tobago in the final group stage match.Any chance of a Jamaica comeback quickly evaporated after halftime. Just over a minute in, Corona, who had failed to convert two good chances in the first half, stole the ball from Michael Hector and pushed forward.The 22-year-old forward slid his left-footed shot from the edge of the area under the legs of Wes Morgan for a 2-0 lead in the 47th minute. Corona was selected top young player of the tournament.Another mistake by Hector in the 61st minute put Mexico up 3-0. He whiffed on an attempted clearance, and the ball went right to Peralta for an easy goal.Shortly after, Guardado came off to a thunderous ovation from the pro-Mexico crowd of 68,930 at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. “We really managed the game in the correct way,” Herrera said.Darren Mattocks scored in the 80th minute to pull the Reggae Boyz within 3-1.A magical tournament over in defeat, Jamaica coach Winfried Schaefer proudly held out the medal hanging around his neck. “For me, this is not the silver, this is gold,” he said. “Nobody gave us a shot.”(RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Thirty Students Graduate from Abilities Foundation

first_imgCONTACT: JENEVA GORDON Thirty students, some with severe hearing, visual, and physical disabilities, were presented with certificates on June 27, after successfully completing studies at the Abilities Foundation.Speaking at the graduation ceremony, held on the grounds of the institution, at 191 Constant Spring Road, Kingston, Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Board Director, Sarah Newland-Martin, commended the graduates on their achievements, and implored them to continue striving for excellence.She urged them to maintain high standards in their endeavours, pointing out that despite their challenging circumstances, they are equally important to the society and capable of attaining and fulfilling their highest potential.Mrs. Newland-Martin also lauded the parents, family members, and caregivers who supported the graduates during their course of study, against the background of what she said are the varying challenges encountered over the years.“The work of the staff cannot go unmentioned, because they too have also contributed significantly to the overall success of the graduating class, and many others who have benefitted from the programmes,” she stated.While noting that the Abilities Foundation has made tremendous strides over the years, through its programmes, to meet the needs of more persons with disabilities islandwide, Mrs. Newland-Martin said its efforts to this end are, to some extent, constrained for various reasons. She also noted the challenges experienced by persons with disabilities, pointing out that these are often financial, educational, medical, social, marital, or psychological.Mrs. Newland-Martin, who is physically challenged, lamented that persons with disabilities tend, to some extent, to be ignored by society, with many encountering persistent discrimination. This, she pointed out, often results in this special group being marginalized out of the country’s economic and civil processes, among others.“Often times they are denied their rights to move freely, access social protection, and proper medical care, which causes them to live in poverty. They have a hard time in school, and also finding jobs, because of their conditions,” she said.Alluding to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which emphasizes, among other things, the need to break prevailing barriers encountered by the disabled so as to improve their welfare, Mrs. Newland-Martin said persons with special needs should be provided with the appropriate resources that facilitates their seamless incorporation into the society.Additionally, she underscored the need for persons in the wider society to be educated about developments relating to persons with disabilities, in order for them to fully understand the special group’s circumstances.Administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) since 1992, the Abilities Foundation currently caters to persons, aged 17 to 65 years, with physical and mental challenges.last_img read more

Over USD 550 Mn Needed to Restructure Uljanik

first_imgzoom Next week is expected to see key developments take place that will decide the fate of the Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik Group.Namely, the shipbuilder is waiting for a green light from the European Commission for a state guarantee for a EUR 96 million (USD 115.6 million) loan, aimed at preserving the company’s liquidity and ensuring workers are paid their December wages.Metalworker unions have already voiced their intentions to stage a strike next week together with other affected unions if their December wages are not paid by then.Last week the Croatian Government issued the guarantee for the loan in order to help the shipbuilder initiate its restructuring process.The loan will be provided by Hrvatska poštanska banka (HPB) and/or other domestic or international banks.Speaking to local media president of Uljanik Gianni Rossanda said that the EC is expected to support the request and that a reply will be provided next week enabling the company to pay the outstanding wages along with meeting the yard’s obligations toward suppliers.However, as indicated by local unions, the loan is not enough to ensure sustainable operation of the shipbuilder having in mind that the Croatian shipbuilding industry lacks systematic financing. As a result, Uljanik Group will have to resort to restructuring which will most likely include diversification of the company’s business with the help of private capital from third-party investors.Until now, two companies, Kermas Energija and Palumbo Group, expressed their interest in joining Uljanik’s ownership structure.The restructuring program is expected to result in workforce cuts, but at this point, there have been no estimates on the potential number of layoffs.As confirmed by Rossanda, over EUR 450 million (USD 551.5 million) is needed for the shipbuilder’s financial restructuring. Rossanda explained that this amount would be directed toward covering of outstanding debts as well as diversification costs, which would include the construction of an infrastructural facility intended for new services- most probably ship repair.As part of its restructuring, the shipbuilder plans to reduce its current output and switch focus on the construction of highly-sophisticated vessels such as hopper dredgers and luxury cruise ships which have an added value.The issues that led to the need for restructuring started with the downturn of the global shipbuilding industry that left the shipbuilder without work for two years coupled with systematic financing problems and lack of skilled workforce.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Toronto Masque Theatres goodbye show celebrated its finest work

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Toronto Masque Theatre. Larry Beckwith, artistic director. Jane Mallett Theatre. May 12.It’s not every day that three dead sheep sing a swan song. But Toronto Masque Theatre is — or was — no ordinary performing arts organization.For 15 years the company reimagined, over and over, what multidisciplinary musical theatre might look like in a diverse 21st-century city that still owes much to European artforms. Twitter Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: On Saturday night, Toronto Masque Theatre (TMT) put on a heartfelt, classy farewell to its decade and a half of existence for a warm and enthusiastic audience at the Jane Mallett Theatre. Singers aplenty join the Toronto Masque Theatre’s final performance on Saturday May 12 at Jane Mallett Theatre. (JOHN TERAUDS PHOTO)last_img read more

BJP chief Manoj Tiwaris Twitter Chaupal to reach out to voters

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari Thursday interacted with people through social media which he named “Twitter Chaupal” and answered questions on a range of issues, including full statehood and the Centre’s welfare schemes.During his “Chaupal”, Tiwari hit out at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his government’s “failure” in fulfilling pre-poll promises.The BJP MP said under the Swachh Bharat Mission, 9.5 crores toilets have been constructed to ensure respectable life of the country’s women. He said under the ‘Ujjwala’ scheme, 6.5 crore gas connections have been provided to empower the women and the works done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being talked about in every ‘chaupal’ of the country.Replying to a question on pollution levels in Delhi, Tiwari said there is such a “negative government” ruling Delhi which is not ready to admit its mistakes.He alleged that the AAP government has “no will power” to take steps to control pollution. Environment cess of Rs 9,000 has been collected from the people of Delhi but it has not been utilised, he said.last_img read more

Naveen Patnaik calls BJP communal party

first_imgNEW DELHI: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has told a television channel that he had “always considered the BJP as a communal party.” Between 1998 and 2009, his Biju Janata Dal (BJD) was an alliance partner of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government. “They (the BJP) were less so (communal) earlier,” Naveen Patnaik said on the previous partnership. He said he discovered the BJP’s “true colours” after communal violence erupted in Kandhamal region in 2009, over which he ended his ties with the BJP. The riots, which broke out in the aftermath of the killing of a Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader, saw local Christians being targeted by mobs. Though no longer a formal member of the NDA, the BJD has lent tacit support to the BJP-led government at the Centre and is expected to be one of the regional parties that the BJP might turn to, should it fall short of numbers.last_img read more

IT dept files 11 charge sheets against lobbyist Deepak Talwar

first_imgNew Delhi: The Income Tax Department has filed as many as 11 charge sheets against corporate aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar for alleged tax evasion by him and his companies, official sources said Tuesday. They said the prosecution complaints have been filed before a special court here last week under Section 276C(1) (prosecution for wilful attempt to evade tax) and Section 277 (false statement in verification) of the Income Tax Act. While six are fresh complaints, the rest are supplementary charge sheets to the main complaints filed in 2017 by the department against Talwar. These pertain to different assessment years, the sources said. “Investigations have revealed that the accused was the beneficiary of a complex global corporate structure of several entities in different offshore jurisdictions like British Virgin Islands, Mauritius, Singapore, Hong Kong which received funds from foreign entities,” a senior tax department official said, quoting contents of the charge sheets. “A part of such money was also routed back in India for investment through multiple layers in foreign countries,” he added.last_img read more

Algerian officer explains why he decided to seek political asylum in

first_imgRabat – On Monday we reported that an Algerian officer fled Algeria and sought Asylum in Morocco. In its edition of Thursday, the Moroccan daily Al Akhbar delivers more details about the circumstances surrounding the request made by the Algerian defector and his arrest on charges of “illegal immigration.” According to the Casablanca-based newspaper, the man known as “Farkhatou Sheikh, was arrested Friday in Morocco at the entry point of the city of Oujda. “He made a number of revelations to Moroccan investigators from the infidelity of his wife, caught in adultery with an Algerian official seconded to the presidency to his troubles with the Head of State to the Polisario and the army.” The Algerian officer, who was promoted in 2008 to the rank of colonel, “reported to the police under a false identity before saying he was an officer in the Algerian Republican Guard who fled Algeria to seek political asylum in Morocco.” According to the same source, Farkhatou Sheikh said that “the infidelity of his wife whom he discovered in the act of adultery with a with an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assigned to the presidential palace “is one of the causes” of his decision to defect and flee to Morocco. “My wife has been exploited to trap the official. We divorced in 2012. I later continued to be under pressure and unfair measures by the security services of the presidency and the intelligence services,” he was quoted by the newspaper as saying. “This injustice has pushed me to hate the Algerian state and think of fleeing to Morocco, something I did via the border where I concealed my real identity,” he added. Commenting on the relations between the Algerian military and the Polisario Front, the Algerian officer said that the Algerian army constantly forms Polisario elements in aviation and artillery before they return to their bases, adding that the Polisario enjoys a privileged status from the Algerian army. He also talked about the deteriorating relations between Moroccan and Algeria, saying that the army receives instructions to be prepared for a potential military confrontation with Morocco. “Senior officers tell us to prepare ourselves, given the deterioration of relations with Morocco,” he was quoted by the same source as saying. He also spoke about the President’s deteriorating health and the military’s hold on power saying that those who hold the power are “Mohamed Tawfik, from the military intelligence, the caid Salah, Chief of Staff and Deputy Minister of Defense.”last_img read more

Former Sathosa chairman arrested at the BIA by FCID

Former Sathosa chairman Nalin Fernando was arrested by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today.Fernando was arrested over the alleged misuse of state funds in 2014. He was produced before the Fort Magistrate and remanded till April 9. (Colombo Gazette)

Myanmar UN refugee agency warns number of displaced people in Rakhine state

Four months after inter-communal violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) continues to rise, the United Nations refugee agency said today, adding that some 75,000 people are currently living in camps and many more are in need of humanitarian assistance. “Movement is still restricted in parts of Rakhine state, preventing some villagers from going to work, accessing markets, food supplies, health services and education,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Adrian Edwards, told reporters in Geneva. “Out of desperation, people are leaving villages to seek food and medical assistance at the IDP camps.” In June, violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in the state of Rakhine, located in western Myanmar, led to the country’s Government declaring a state of emergency there. The figure of 75,000 people in need of humanitarian aid, provided by local authorities, is an increase on initial Government estimates of some 50,000 people displaced shortly after the unrest broke out in early June, according to UNHCR. It added that a resurgence of violence in early August resulted in more than 4,000 people having their homes burned down, affecting thousands more. The refugee agency, along with its humanitarian partners, has been advocating for greater humanitarian access and support for the most affected villages, including the towns of Sittwe, Kyauk Taw and Maungdaw. “We hope that by delivering aid in places of origin, humanitarian agencies can help to prevent further displacement and make interventions that can facilitate the eventual return of IDPs,” Mr. Edwards said. UNHCR is distributing relief supplies for some 54,000 people in IDP sites. The supplies include plastic sheets, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and kitchen sets. The agency is also supporting the construction of emergency temporary shelters that can house about 10,500 people, and continues to support delivery of basic assistance such as food, water and sanitation to Government-run IDP camps until the situation stabilizes sufficiently for them to return home. Mr. Edwards added that despite the rising numbers of IDPs, some people whose houses were not damaged have returned to the town of Sittwe. He added that a “fragile calm” has returned, but the situation remains tense. read more

Ban offers condolences over death of Delhi student urges reforms to deter

“He offers his sincerest condolences to her parents, family and friends, and utterly condemns this brutal crime,” the spokesperson added in a statement issued on Saturday night. The 23-year old student had been gang-raped by six men in a moving bus in the Indian capital on 16 December. Subsequently, she had been transported to a Singapore hospital where she was being treated for severe injuries, and where she was reported to have died on Saturday.In addition, the attack reportedly sparked widespread protests about gender attitudes in India, as well as calls for changes to relevant national laws.“Violence against women must never be accepted, never excused, never tolerated. Every girl and woman has the right to be respected, valued and protected.” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in the statement.He noted that the UN chief welcomes the efforts of the Indian Government to take urgent action on the matter and calls for further steps and reforms to deter such crimes and bring perpetrators to justice. “He also encourages the Government of India to strengthen critical services for rape victims,” the spokesperson continued, adding that the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and other parts of the UN system stand ready to support such reform efforts with technical expertise and other support as required.Established in July 2010 with the aim of accelerating progress on meeting the needs of women worldwide, UN Women works for, among other issues, the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development and human rights.. read more

Afghanistan UN mission welcomes final list of candidates for 2014 elections

“The completion of the candidate nomination period marks another important step for the Afghan people in the process of electing the country’s next leader and provincial councils,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš.The list, announced by the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC), contains 11 presidential candidates and 2,713 provincial council candidates, with the latter including 308 women.“The candidates and their supporters bear the responsibility of fully upholding Afghan electoral laws and other relevant electoral provisions, as well as international standards for peaceful, transparent, credible, inclusive and fair elections,” said Mr. Kubiš.The Special Representative also urged the Afghan electoral and state bodies, and the candidates and their teams, to take all measures to ensure the election process and their conduct are “marked by the highest degree of integrity, free from internal and external interference and fraud – all of which are so important for the acceptance and legitimacy of the outcome of the elections.”The UN has repeatedly stressed that the elections, scheduled for 5 April 2014, must be free and fair, and enjoy wide participation. The polls are seen as a vital step in the ongoing transition in Afghanistan, which next year will also see the withdrawal of the majority of allied international military forces, with national forces assuming full responsibility for security throughout the country. read more

Lowcarbon technology landscape based on a range of technologies designed to deliver

Barb Samardzich, Vice President Product Development, Ford of Europe, said there is not one “silver bullet” approach to powertrain strategies and propulsion systems will always have to deliver value to the customer. She claimed, “consumers are rational” and the technology would have to be cost-effective for “millions of customers”.Samardzich continued that regional fuel costs and government policy would determine consumer purchasing decisions. She stressed that key to Ford’s global powertrain strategy was its “down-sized” Ecoboost engines, which deliver important reductions in CO2 emissions. While Ford has adopted an integrated approach to powertrain technologies and will launch a Focus-sized electric vehicle in Europe by the end of 2012, Samardzich believed that there was still potential for significant efficiency gains from traditional engine technology, and that globally it would remain the dominant form of propulsion well into the future.Thierry Koskas, Global Head of EV, Renault, suggested that its group of companies had embarked on a bold EV strategy and anticipated it would sell 1.5 million EVs by 2016. Koskas remained optimistic that its range of EVs, to include the ZOE supermini in Europe from October this year, will address customer demands about range and offer considerable driver appeal, thanks to the quietness of the powertrain and the slickness of the gearbox. Koskas said that his company had already received more than 14,000 orders and EV was set to hit the mainstream.Rounding off the stream on innovation in ultra-low carbon, Dr Henri Winand, CEO, Intelligent Energy, discussed his company’s hydrogen fuel cells strategy. He stressed the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, emphasising that they had the capability of rapid refuelling and could offer similar range to traditional ICE technology, with the advantage of zero emissions and no compromise in performance.The stream concluded with an interesting Q&A, and one of the final remarks came from Richard Bruce, Managing Director, OLEV, who asked what the panel thought would be the dominant powertrain by 2040. The panel found it a challenging question but all agreed it would be most likely to consist of a portfolio of technologies to meet a variety of driver needs.Click through for more news from the 2012 SMMT International Automotive Summit.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mens basketball CJ Jackson responding to Chris Holtmanns message with improved play

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) brings the ball down the court in the first half in the game against Clemson on Nov. 29. Ohio State lost 79-65. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorC.J. Jackson never expected to be the primary ball handler in such a short time at Ohio State. The junior probably didn’t expect to be benched 10 games into his first season as a starting point guard either.And with Jackson coming off the bench, the Buckeyes (7-3, 2-0) have pulled off two significant early conference victories against Wisconsin and Michigan.Jackson wasn’t meeting the demands through the team’s first eight games. His 23 percent turnover rate was unacceptable for a starting point guard in a Power Five conference, and the Ohio State offense wasn’t getting it done against top quality opponents. Holtmann moved Jackson to the bench and started senior forward Jae’Sean Tate at point guard.When asked Monday following a 20-point comeback against Michigan if benching Jackson was done to send a message, without explicitly saying it, head coach Chris Holtmann’s answer was yes. It was done to send a message.That’s life as a point guard under Holtmann, who has said in the past it’s probably no fun for a point guard to play for him.But Holtmann’s message to Jackson was simple: stay poised and be a leader on and off the court.Since coming off the bench, Jackson has been incredibly efficient. He has turned the ball over just three times, following games of seven and five turnovers in consecutive losses to Butler and Clemson. Jackson scored 10 off the bench against Wisconsin and 17 against Michigan, including seven free-throws in the final three minutes of a nine-point victory.Message received.“I guess you could say [I was pushing myself too much], like trying to make the perfect play and playing mistake free, which is when you start making mistakes,” Jackson said Friday. “I guess you could say that’s where I was at before.”Jackson entered the game off the bench for the majority of last year, then started the final six games. However, this year, he’s the guy. There can’t be any letdown from Jackson. For a team short at the guard position, with the backup being graduate transfer Andrew Dakich — who has a turnover rate near 40 percent — Jackson has to be a consistent point guard who won’t turn the ball over.Tate has filled in nicely at the point guard position, but it’s not his natural spot. He’s arguably Ohio State’s best option for taking a player one-on-one at the end of the shot clock, but he’s not a true point guard and isn’t a strong-enough shooter to be a combo guard.Jackson’s the natural point guard. But for the time being, it’s Tate’s role. And it’s working, with Jackson, ironically, providing some insight to Tate.“Kind of what my issue was, I was just telling him to make the simple plays,” Jackson said. “You don’t have to make the home run plays, things like that.”Jackson said coming off the bench allows him to examine the pace of play and play at that level when he enters the game, instead of adjusting to it on the fly when he starts.Holtmann didn’t rule out starting Jackson at noon Saturday against William & Mary, but acknowledged the guard’s improved play since moving out of the starting lineup.“I think he knows that his minutes will be pretty consistent as long as he can continue to try to do what we’re asking him to do in terms of limiting his turnovers,” Holtmann said. “It’s nice to be able to have him or at least a guy that can give you some scoring punch off the bench.”When making the jump from the junior-college level to Division I, Jackson didn’t expect such a significant role entering his second year in Columbus. Now that the Buckeyes have some momentum, his role is that much more vital for them to sustain any success. read more

Twoyearold drowns after car rolled into river as mother blames my own

first_imgKiara's mother made an emotional post about the incident It is not known exactly how the vehicle ended up in the river  Kiara would have celebrated her third birthday next weekCredit:FACEBOOK Ms Rowlands wrote on Facebook: “Sadly yesterday my beautiful baby girl passed away! Due to my own stupidity, I will have to live with the guilt for the rest of my life! “ mummy loves you baby girl and I’m so sorry”!”Father, Jet Moore, said Kiara had been left in the car while Ms Rowlands went into the nearby office of his business, Adventure Beyond, to get some money. On returning to the car it had disappeared sparking fears it had been stolen. A two-hour police search followed and Kiara was pulled from the water by officers but she later died. Mr Moore wrote: “They got in the car to go home. Sat on bank card which snapped and needed money to get home etc.”Went back to the office to get money from the desk and came back to no car.”Looked in the river. No signs. So we thought she and the car had been taken.” A mother has blamed her “own stupidity” after her two-year-old daughter died having been left in a car that rolled into a river in Cardigan, Wales.Kiara Moore died at the University Hospital of Wales, just days before her third birthday, after being pulled from a silver Mini in the River Teifi. In an emotional Facebook post, her mother, Kim Rowlands, said she would have to “live with the guilt for the rest of my life”. Police were initially called to the scene on Monday afternoon after Ms Rowlands reported her car missing, where she was heard shouting “somebody’s kidnapped my daughter”.But Dyfed-Powys Police have since confirmed that they are not looking for anyone in connection with the investigation. It is not yet known exactly how the vehicle ended up in the river or for how long Kiara was left in the car unsupervised.Dyfed-Powys Police said it received a call on Monday about a missing vehicle at 3.30pm and posted on its Twitter page that the Mini had been located at 5.11pm.A police spokesperson said: “Police have made extensive enquiries into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident and can now confirm that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.  “The vehicle was recovered from the river early this morning. H.M Coroner has been advised. Kiara’s family are being supported by specially trained officers.”Adventure Beyond, owned by Mr Moore, is located next to a slipway near to the old Scout Hall, where the vehicle was reported missing from. It is believed Ms Rowlands also works at the business. Kiara’s father explained the accident on his Facebook page Kiara's father explained the accident on his Facebook pagecenter_img Two-year-old Kiara Moore, pictured here with her mum Kim Rowlands Noel Lewis who runs a car repair business close to where Kiara went missing told BBC Wales that Kiara was “the most wonderful little girl”, adding “she was always playing out here with her little dog. “I’d often see them taking Kiara out on the river in a canoe. She always had a life jacket on when she was in the canoe with them. “They’re a lovely family, always smiling and having fun together.” Kiara’s mother made an emotional post about the incident It is not known exactly how the vehicle ended up in the river  “Had a Loving family and made us all happy She always wanted to be called RAR RAR which was our Knick Name for her  Love her so much.”Mr Moore today thanked everyone who had helped try to save Kiara, adding: “A mega thank you the officers who jumped in the river and the rest of the emergency services for all they did. Unfortunately Kiara had an amazing but short life.” Paying tribute to his daughter Mr Moore said: “She was an incredible happy young girl who lived I hope a great adventurous fun life. And may have done more than most people  Been skiing twice and skied her self! Paddled the great glen Scotland Paddles the wye Played on every beach we could. 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.last_img read more