In this post we get our hands dirty with Luca Visual FX, special effects and filters for video editors. See how to use these VFX in your editing projects!Luca Visual FX is a London based visual effects company created by filmmakers and video editors. They’ve recently celebrated their third year in the plugins/VFX business, making effects for Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects (prices range from $29 to $79). The Luca Visual FX product line includes overlays and transitions, with new effects packs created every few months.Be sure to snag several Freeibie effects on the Luca Visual FX site, including a random text generator.In this post, we’ll get our hands dirty with Luca Visual FX, experimenting with several of their plugins and how to install them. Good info for video editors exploring filters and effects options for their video projects!This post is an objective look at Luca Visual FX and is no way sponsored or endorsed by that brand.FX FactoryThe Luca FX Plugins are accessed from FX Factory. FX Factory is a free app (basically a plugins hub) that gives you access to plugins from a variety of companies. You download FX Factory and then download the third party plugins from there. You can download a plugin and try it first (watermark) before purchasing.Light LeaksLuca Visual FX’s Light Leaks is a plugin for creating color washes and transitions. To use them as a color wash in After Effects add the Light Leaks effect to an adjustment layer in Soft Light Mode (Layer > New Layer > Adjustment Layer).What I like about Light Leaks is I can quickly get a different look by switching to another of the 15 presets. This is quicker than auditioning clips and having to swap them out. You have the ability to customize each Preset, and if your not sure how something works, check the Online Help by clicking on the Luca FX icon. I prefer to do my VFX work in After Effects (over using Premiere Pro or FCP), as I can add randomness with expressions and add masks to customize a look.Check out the light leaks in action:Light KitLight Kit is a collection of 7 effects & 2 Transitions. They are used to create “light effects” (Flicker) or “stylized looks” (Stylizer).I used the Stylizer Preset “True Highlights Sepia” to create a warm, nostalgic look. Like most of the other Luca Plugins, you have the ability to customize presets and save them as your own custom presets for future use.I used “Regional Light” on some footage from a music venue that was too dark. This lets you quickly “relight” footage”. You can apply it to the clip or to an adjustment layer (Premiere Pro, After Effects).Original:With ‘Regional Light’ Applied:Lo-Fi Look ($29)Default setting: The Lo-Fi Look gives you a vintage/grunge look that you can customize. I applied the effect to an adjustment layer in Premiere Pro, so I could adjust the opacity or change the Blend Mode. You adjust the effect in the “Effect Controls” panel:I turned on Looping so I could play the clip while adjusting the settings. This will give you instant feedback and makes it easier to create the custom look you want (I added the Loop button to my Program Monitor using the Button Editor). Original Clip:Modified Lo-Fi Look:You have 12 Custom Presets, 11 Gradient Presets, and Vintage Frame controls to really customize the look you want, and you can save your own Presets.Overall the Luca FX plugins offer a lot for a small price. You can try the plugins before you buy, as they all have trial (watermarked) versions.To purchase any of these effects packs visit LucaVisualFX or keep up with them on Facebook or Twitter. To use Light Leaks as a flash transition, apply it to a black solid (use Screen or Add blend mode to isolate just the effect). I increased the exposure in the Stylization section so that the flash is bright enough to hide the cut.
December 3, 2019
At least 14 people were charred to death in a major fire that broke out during sale of of kerosene oil and various food grains at a fair price shop in a village near here, senior officials said. The blaze started in a cooperative society building, which housed the shop, in Bargi village under Harrai tehsil and engulfed the entire single-storey structure, Chhindwara Superintendent of Police Gaurav Tiwari said. Many insideAt least three dozen people were inside the building and many others standing in a queue outside at the time of the incident, he said.14 bodies recovered “So far, 14 bodies, three of them of women, have been recovered from the building,” the SP said adding three persons were injured. The tragedy took place when villagers were buying ration during the Friday weekly market. The fire reached the kerosene drums stored in the shop for distribution and quickly spread to all directions, eyewitnesses said. Soon after getting information, the police and district administration officials rushed to the spot along with fire tenders and brought the blaze under control, the SP said. He said the cause of the fire was not yet known.Ex-gratia Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed grief over the loss of lives in the mishap and announced an ex-gratia of ₹4 lakh each to the kin of those killed and ₹50,000 each to the injured.Probe ordered Chhindwara Collector J. K. Jain also confirmed the death of 14 people in the tragedy and said a magisterial probe has been ordered. Among the injured, two were referred to the neighbouring Narsinghpur district hospital, while the third one was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Harrai tehsil, he said. The government also sanctioned ₹10,000 each for conducting the last rites of the deceased, the Collector said.
December 2, 2019
Facebook has said that “ad load,” or the relative volume of advertising versus content on its pages, isn’t going to be able to fuel revenue growth as much as it has to date. The disclosure indicates that the display-ad business model — which has largely been the industry standard for monetizing content on the internet — may be tapped out.When Facebook reported its third quarter earnings, CFO Dave Wehner outlined how ad load is going to be less effective in the very near future. “We continue to expect that ad load will play a less significant factor driving revenue growth after mid-2017. Over the past two years we have averaged about 50% revenue growth in advertising. Ad load has been one of the three primary factors fueling that growth,” explained Wehner on a November 2 conference call. “With a much smaller contribution from this important factor going forward, we expect to see ad revenue growth rates come down meaningfully.”Facebook officials’ comments recognize that advertising has its limits online and may have peaked. The popularity of ad blockers highlights how consumers are turning their backs on internet advertising as it becomes ever more plentiful — and intrusive. Research firm eMarketer estimates that 68.9 million Americans will use software to block advertisements in 2016, a 34.4% increase over 2015 and a number expected to rise to 86.6 million people in 2017.“Long-term, the ad landscape we know today is so archaic. It’s a legacy to an old world where ads were the only way to pay for media,” says Peter Fader, a marketing professor at Wharton. “There’s no good aspect to them, and anything they are doing now is hurting the user experience and the value of brands.”Wharton management professor David Hsu says the balance between usability and advertising has been lost. “If you use an ad blocker you know how many ads are blocked. It’s ridiculous,” says Hsu. “These companies [ad-based publishers] have gorged and it’s slowing down the infrastructure. Some of these experiences are really terrible.”Experts give Facebook credit for noting that filling its news feed with ads is a bad long-term strategy. They also applaud efforts like Facebook’s Instant Articles, which run natively on Facebook for faster mobile viewing, and Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project, which also limits ad formats in exchange for speed. But publishers have reportedly been complaining about AMP monetization — multiple publishers told The Wall Street Journal that AMP pageviews currently generate about half as much advertising revenue as a pageview on their full mobile sites.Wharton legal studies and business ethics professor Kevin Werbach says that Google and Facebook can take steps to curb advertising because those companies have a massive user base and the scale to forgo revenue. “It’s not written in stone that advertising has to be the dominant monetization model for online and mobile services,” says Werbach. “Google and Facebook figured out how to generate huge advertising revenues based on massive user numbers and sophisticated targeting, but that doesn’t mean the model is viable for everyone.”The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) said November 1 that digital ad revenue grew 19% in the first half of 2016 to $32.7 billion. But the IAB also said that 74% of ad revenue in the first half of the year was concentrated with the top 10 ad selling companies. Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser said in a research note November 1 that Google and Facebook captured 68% of digital ad spending in the second quarter, up from 61% a year ago.The Conundrum for PublishersThe dominance of Facebook and Google may present a conundrum for other publishers that rely on advertising and can’t shift to a new business model easily. Fader says that advertising is likely to give way to the more direct marketing approach used by Google. To shift away from advertising, a company would need more customer data. Companies such as Facebook and Google have amassed extensive data on users’ characteristics and behaviors.“A lot of media will simply go away,” says Fader. “Google will be fine due to sponsored search. Facebook also has the clout to charge for a premium version.”In other words, advertising will be dominated by two giant companies and possibly a few others. “The data-centric model of online advertising also trends toward concentration, because those with the most data can provide the best service for advertisers,” says Werbach. “Hence Facebook and Google’s dominant share of advertising revenues online.”Werbach says the likely outcome is that internet publishers will have to band together to offer bundles that can justify subscriptions. He sees the cable TV model as a potential option for content sites.“If you look at the way television has evolved, for a long time it was predominantly advertising-supported through over-the-air broadcasting,” Werbach notes. “Eventually, though, cable TV came along with a subscription model. It’s ultimately better to have the opportunity to generate revenues from both sides of the market: users and businesses who want to reach those users.”Werbach argues that in the end, large sites will have power as aggregators. These aggregators, such as Facebook and Google, will be able to bundle ad-free content from publishers similar to the way cable TV does. “A fair number of users might be willing to pay for ad-free content on high-quality sites like newspapers, but they don’t want to pay each of them individually,” says Werbach. “The natural solution is a bundling model like cable TV, where the user pays one fee to an aggregator who then signs up and pays the content providers. This is where Facebook’s Instant Articles and similar services could go. The big challenge there is what we’ve seen in the communications market: It gives enormous power to the aggregators.”Fader agrees that subscription based models will emerge. For instance, Facebook could charge for a premium ad-free experience similar to Spotify. “Facebook Premium could charge $6 a month, have an ad-free experience and offer more control. Facebook could make so much more money,” says Fader.What remains to be seen is whether consumers will go for an à la carte subscription approach where every company has relationships based on data. “Look at the over-the-top [direct internet-delivered content] companies like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. They’ve managed to go it alone,” says Fader.Hsu says whatever models emerge, they aren’t likely to be developed by existing players. “We’re going to see new models, but it’s quite a challenge,” says Hsu. “The only opportunity is really for the next era of companies. There’s a limit on ads, but it’s unclear people will pay for the alternatives. None of the current companies want to try a new model because you can’t spring it on consumers midcourse. If you start with a non-ad experience, that is easier than starting free and then trying to charge.”Some publishers such as The New York Times have made the transition to digital subscriptions. New York Times CEO Mark Thompson said November 2 that digital news subscription revenue was up 15% in the third quarter, but also noted there was pressure on the traditional print business. The digital gains were helped by the presidential election in the U.S., but Thompson also said that the company has improved its targeting and marketing to gain more subscriptions.Nevertheless, the company’s digital-only subscription revenue was $58.5 million in the third quarter, while total revenue was $363.5 million.“We’re continuing to optimize our consumer marketing and the configuration of our pay model. Our investment in international is translating into more subscriptions. We are reducing churn. We’re putting more focus into corporate and education subscriptions,” said Thompson. “Our market research and our practical experience on the ground makes us more bullish about the future growth of this model than we were even a year ago.” According to Hsu, a business model similar to that of software company Zenefits may also make sense. Zenefits gives its human resources software away, but makes money by being a health care insurer of record and generating commissions. “We are living in an era where there are more touch points and there are more revenue models,” says Hsu. “If we’re compiling all of this data, what are we going to use it for?”Novel models that revolve around using data and customer relationships may give internet publishers more control over their destinies. “The risk is that Google and Facebook have all the data,” says Hsu. “Can you live in that ecosystem?”Is Advertising Doomed?Meanwhile, online advertising may decline over time. “Advertising still has some room, but Facebook’s comments illustrate that it is reaching the saturation point,” says Hsu. Forrester Research analyst Brigitte Majewski said in a November 3 blog post that the end is near for advertising. Forrester found that one third of U.S. online adults use an ad blocker and 48% actively avoid ads on web sites.Werbach adds that the biggest issue with advertising is that there are “divergent incentives between users and advertisers.” “We’ve clearly reached the point where many users feel the proliferation of ads has gone too far,” says Werbach. “Right now we’re seeing a technological arms race behind the scenes between the advertising-dependent sites and the ad blockers. That’s not a healthy or stable situation.”The tug of war will be between publishers and users who employ ad blocking technology or forgo advertising sites completely. Werbach says large sites like Facebook will continue to do well, but smaller players will suffer.One option is to use data to better target ads. “Marketers will choose quality over quantity advertising. This doesn’t mean no advertising — just better advertising,” said Forrester Research’s Majewski. Marketers will have to adapt to lower ad consumption, she added.The new era of post-peak advertising will mean that publishers and marketers will have to adapt or die, says Fader. “Companies will have to run experiments beyond where to put an ad or the right size,” says Fader. “That approach would just prolong the agony. Some of these experiments will go under. Some will go right.” Related Items
December 2, 2019
Three persons, including a doctor of Indian descent, have been charged in the United States for participating in a healthcare kickback scheme, the Department of Justice said on Feb. 8.According to the indictment, Padmini Nagaraj, 60, Muhammad Kaleem Arshad, 62, and Joseph A. Haynes, 61, from Louisiana have been charged with one count of conspiracy to receive illegal health care kickbacks and three counts of receiving illegal health care kickbacks. Arshad and Nagaraj were also charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and five counts of health care fraud, the Department of Justice said.While Arshad specialized in geriatric and addiction psychiatry, Nagaraj specialized in forensic psychiatry. Haynes worked as a marketer and allegedly assisted in negotiating and getting bribes as well as kickbacks for the doctors.The indictment said that from around September 2010 until April 2015, Arshad, Nagaraj and others conspired among each other to execute a scheme to defraud a healthcare benefit program that affected the finances of the program.Nagaraj and Arshad treated psychiatric patients at outpatient facilities and were permitted to refer these patients, including medical beneficiaries, to home health agencies (HHA). Haynes, who frequently worked in the outpatient facilities, interacted with these patients. Together they attempted to allegedly enrich themselves through this referral process and entered into a kickback and bribe arrangement with HHAs.The HHAs are said to have paid bribes and kickbacks to Arshad, Nagaraj and Kim Richard, an associate of Haynes, in exchange for referring Medicare Program beneficiaries, a federal healthcare program, to HHAs. They would, in turn, provide medically unnecessary home health care services to these Medicare beneficiaries and submit claims for reimbursement to Medicare.Haynes helped in assisting and negotiating kickbacks and bribe arrangements with different HHAs, including Progressive HHA, in return for Arshad and Nagaraj referring and certifying Medicare beneficiaries from the outpatient facilities to HHAs for home healthcare services, according to the document.“The purpose of the conspiracy was for defendants Arshad, Nagaraj and their co-conspirators to unlawfully enrich themselves,” said the indictment. They referred patients to home healthcare that was not medically necessary for psychiatric patients who were not homebound so that HHAs, like the Progressive in the Louisiana could submit false and fraudulent claims to Medicare. They also diverted the proceeds of the fraud for their personal use and benefits, it added.“Nagaraj and Arshad fraudulently certified and recertified the Medicare beneficiaries regardless of the beneficiaries’ needs, homebound status, functional limitations or diagnoses,” the indictment added. Related ItemsIndian AmericanLouisianaUnited States
November 27, 2019
Signature BridgeWith the construction of the much delayed Signature Bridge entering its last phase, the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) is relooking and preparing its proposal of developing the area surrounding the bridge as a tourist destination.”We have submitted this proposal to the government to develop the area at Wazirabad. As per the proposal, the Delhi government asked us to take this tourism destination in the second phase. The work will start soon after the completion of the Signature Bridge,” a senior DTTDC official said.According to the plan, a water body will be created to facilitate water sport activities in the area. “Presently, the area surrounding the bridge under construction gives an unplanned and dirty look. We propose to offer the Yamuna as a destination to tourists, both international and domestic alike,” the DTTDC officer said.The recreational facilities are expected to cater to visitors of all age groups. “Boat rides for tourist groups will be encouraged. The jetty and launching ramps will provide the necessary facility for the operation,” the officer added.DevelopmentDuring a presentation for development of the Signature Bridge and the Wazirabad tourism destination made in September 2004, it was decided that the bridge project would be taken first and the tourism works in the next phase. Expected to open by September next year, the Signature Bridge will connect Outer Ring Road on the western bank with the Wazirabad Road on the Yamuna’s eastern bank.Delhis top tourism body proposes to create water bodies and walkways on the eastern and western banks of the Yamuna.The tourism body has proposed to create water-bodies, viewing points, parking areas, promenades and winding walkways, making complete use of existing topography and features on the eastern and western bank of the Yamuna.For the water sports activity, a 600 m by 200 m area of the river will be channelised and an inflated rubber dam will be set up. “The water will be first treated to make it fit for use. Only the required quantity of water will be treated for the recreational facilities. The remaining water will be diverted under the promenade and dispatched across the barrage,” the officer said. “The inflatable rubber dam will be used so that when required the downstream rubber barrage can be deflated and removed.”advertisementBesides this, the Yamuna’s east and west banks will be developed separately. The east bank zone will be rejuvenated as an aquatic riverine habitat with special emphasis on birds, both aquatic and terrestrial. The west bank zone is planned to have construction along the Yamuna bank near Arun Nagar. Further south, a promenade will come up providing pedestrian connectivity to the main development area via the Majnu ka Tila Gurdwara.”At the east bank, visitors can walk towards an amphi-gallery, facing toward the new bridge. On the other side, the visitors can reach the jetty where boats will take them on the river or to the west bank,” the DTTDC official said.The idea is to strike a balance between environmental foot print and urban dynamics.
November 26, 2019
Fielding questions on the Goods and Services Tax (GST)Fielding questions on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, which is pending in the Rajya Sabha because of stiff opposition from the Congress, the minister said regional parties, including UPA allies like DMK and NCP, are all making strong noises in support of the tax legislation. “I am reasonably confident because… every political party, including Congress, favours the GST. In fact, Congress should have had the vision to support it more aggressively because they could claim the original authorship of the idea,” Jaitley said when asked if he was confident of passing the Bill in the monsoon session.”So, whether it is SP or BSP in Uttar Pradesh, JD(U) or RJD in Bihar, the Left in West Bengal and Kerala, the Trinamool in West Bengal, BJD…, each one of the UPA partners from DMK to NCP is making strong noises in support,” he added.Moreover, he added, when it comes to the crunch, “it would be extremely difficult even for the Congress party to take a contrarian view”.Probed further on the possibility of political support for pending Bills, the minister said the government will not compromise on fight against corruption to get the legislations approved by Parliament.”Is that the democracy of this country so vulnerable that we should compromise with such a kind of corruption because we have to pass two Bills… we will fight corruption also and also get our Bills passed,” he added.”So far, in these two years of the Modi government, we have passed more than 90 laws. In the just-concluded session last week, a total of 24 bills (were passed) in the Upper House. So, if one or two remains without clearance, we will look into it.”advertisementHe expressed confidence in get those legislations passed in the next session, “but to say that since we have to get the Bills passed, we will allow political blackmail and should compromise with corruption, at least we will not accept that”. PTI JD DP KPM CS ARD
November 22, 2019
If you bought Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P last year, you could have bought the very last Nexus phone. Don’t be alarmed just yet. Google is still working with phone makers, HTC this year, to make phones but they won’t be called Nexus anymore. An Android Police report says that the two phones will be called Pixel and Pixel XL. It also says that Google will launch the phones on Oct 4 at a major event focused at hardware.The report cites two reliable sources who claim that Google has decided to shift the Nexus branding to Pixel, however, there’s no official word on it. This means the two Nexus phones that HTC was building will be called Pixel and Pixel XL instead of Marlin and Sailfish.The latest report has come after a similar report by Android Central, which also claimed that Google has decided to do away with Nexus branding for its collaborated phones.Reports, for a long time now, have suggested that HTC is making two Nexus phones named Marlin and Sailfish. While most of the reports have said that both the phones will look identical with screen size as the only differing point.Also read: HTC Nexus Sailfish will have 5-inch screen, Snapdragon 820 insideAccording to the latest report, the Nexus Sailfish, which has been rumoured to sport a 5-inch screen, will be called Pixel. The bigger phone, Nexus Marlin will have a 5.5-inch screen and thus the name, Pixel XL.Considering that Pixel is already a Google brand, this news suggests that Google is planning to take over the designing part entirely and HTC could be there as the manufacturing partner.advertisementAnother news report says that Google is planning to announce the new phones at an event on October 4. It says that the company will also launch a 4K Chromecast, Google Home, and Daydream VR hardware.Google had announced its VR plan earlier this year at the IO event. The VR headset will be called Daydream View and is expected to be open to smartphone makers.Also read: HTC Nexus Marlin full specs leaked, to come with 4GB RAM, 5.5-inch screen
November 18, 2019
NEW YORK — A Babe Ruth road jersey dating to 1928-30 has sold at auction for $5.64 million.Hunt Auctions, which handled Saturday’s sale, says the price breaks a record for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold. A Ruth jersey from 1920 previously sold for $4,415,658.The auction was conducted at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees jersey was part of a collection of items that Ruth’s family put up for sale. His granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, says in a statement that a portion of the proceeds will go to charity.TweetPinShare0 Shares
November 16, 2019
Some Dakota Dunes residents are evacuating as the Missouri River continues to rise again.The latest prediction has the river rising to 30.8 feet at the Dunes this week because of last week’s heavy rain in South Dakota.Dakota Dunes officials say Missouri River elevations may exceed riverbank protection, flooding low lying roads.The evacuation advisory applies to all residential neighborhoods because Dakota Dunes Boulevard may be compromised as well.If the river breaches the Dunes, the sanitary sewer system will be shut down in residential areas to preserve the infrastructure.They do not believe water, gas and electric will be impacted.Residents are being advised to plug floor drains and turn off irrigation systems before leaving.The flooding is not expected to affect the commercial areas or Dakota Dunes hotels, only the residential areas.UPDATED 5:50PM 9/16/19The River predictions have changed from a high of 30.6 to 30.8 Missouri River stage at the Sioux City gauge. There is an even greater chance the river elevations may exceed our riverbank protection. Therefore, we advise all residents to relocate as soon as possible. If the Missouri River overtops and/or breaches the protection, many low lying roads will become inundated which makes leaving the Dunes difficult and dangerous. This notice applies to all residential neighborhoods because Dakota Dunes Boulevard will be compromised as well. In addition, the sanitary sewer system will be shut down in residential areas to preserve the infrastructure.Again, for your safety, we are advising all residents to relocate as soon as possible.This could last for five days or more, so prepare accordingly.Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District Board of Supervisors are not confident that our protection can withstand the high water level a third time this year.Residents should plug floor drains and turn off irrigation systems before you depart.Turn off dehumidifiers, water softeners and air conditioners to protect your homes.This relocation & River level are not expected to affect the Commercial areas or Dakota Dunes hotels, only the residential areas.
November 9, 2019
Lazio 2 Inter 3: Spalletti’s men seal Champions League qualification with stunning comeback Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 04:40 5/21/18 Getty Images Matias Vecino’s late header earned Inter a 3-2 win at Lazio and a place in next season’s Champions League. Inter secured Champions League qualification in the most dramatic fashion as Luciano Spalletti’s men came from behind to beat 10-man Lazio 3-2 on Serie A’s final day.Lazio only needed to avoid defeat in what was effectively a play-off at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday, but they collapsed incredibly in the closing stages as captain Senad Lulic was dismissed.Ivan Perisic’s remarkable own-goal, an Adam Marusic shot deflecting in off the midfielder’s face, gave Lazio the lead, but Danilo D’Ambrosio levelled with an acrobatic effort from close range. 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 Felipe Anderson’s breakaway goal restored the lead and put Lazio in control at half-time, but the Nerazzurri somehow completed a stunning comeback with two goals in three minutes.Referee Gianluca Rocchi had already changed his mind about one penalty for the visitors following a VAR review when he pointed to the spot after Stefan de Vrij – strongly rumoured to be joining Inter at the end of the season – hacked Mauco Icardi down in the box.The Inter captain converted and, after Lulic was shown a second yellow card, Matias Vecino headed in Marcelo Brozovic’s corner, Simone Inzaghi’s men unable to muster a fightback of their own after the coach earlier made defensive changes to leave them fifth and devastated at the full-time whistle.:stopwatch: | FT Lazio 2-3 InterWE ONLY WENT AND DID IT IN THE MADDEST WAY POSSIBLE! WE’RE BACK @ChampionsLeague!!#INTERISHERE!!!!!!#FORZAINTER!!!!! pic.twitter.com/yHEqiqyTny— Inter (@Inter_en) May 20, 2018Icardi mishit an early chance and Antonio Candreva thudded a volley narrowly wide as Inter made a flying start.Luiz Felipe should have opened the scoring, blazing over when picked out by a low left-wing Ciro Immobile cross, but Lazio led in the ninth minute in freakish circumstances.Although Samir Handanovic denied rising star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lazio kept the ball alive and when Marusic let fly the ball cannoned in off the face of the helpless Perisic.Icardi missed a golden chance to level in the 22nd minute, dragging wide after Joao Cancelo’s interception and throughball, Milinkovic-Savic denied by the woodwork from a superb free-kick at the other end moments later.Inter’s equaliser was no less dramatic than the opener, Thomas Strakosha keeping out D’Ambrosio’s initial effort but unable to stop the full-back turning home the rebound, the goalkeeper’s protests that he was fouled falling on deaf ears.Lazio retook the lead in the 41st minute with a sensational break, Anderson rolling in a superb finish after he and captain Lulic countered at rapid pace to unlock Inter’s defence.Icardi was becoming influential but Anderson rippled the side-netting as Lazio again threatened on the counter, Spalletti’s side growing increasingly desperate with their own attacks.Rocchi awarded Inter a penalty in the 72nd minute after Milinkovic-Savic appeared to handle the ball in the box, but after consulting VAR the referee elected not to award the spot-kick, replays showing the ball hit Serbia international on the shoulder.100 – Mauro Icardi scored tonight his 100th goal in Serie A for Inter, in 159 games played. Nerazzurro.— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) May 20, 2018But Rocchi had no choice but to point to the spot when Icardi was hacked down by De Vrij – the Lazio defender having confirmed he is leaving the club at the end of his contract.The Inter skipper stepped up to slot in past Handanovic and set up a dramatic finale in the capital, Lulic seeing red after losing composure and needlessly bringing down Brozovic.And when Brozovic floated a corner to the near post, Vecino met it with a glancing header to secure Inter’s Champions League qualification at the expense of their heartbroken hosts, who saw substitute Patric sent from the touchline in the dying stages.Key Opta stats:- Inter have qualified for the next Champions League; it’s the first time for the Nerazzurri since 2011-12.- Inter have won last three away league games, as many as their previous 12.- Lazio have picked up only two points in the last three league games, after they had won five of their previous six (1 draw).- Danilo D’Ambrosio has scored nine of his 11 Serie A goals from corner situations. read more
October 15, 2019
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October 12, 2019
Rabat – In his King and People’s Revolution’s Day speech on Sunday night, King Mohammed VI made it clear that the conflict in Western Sahara is not the main drive behind Morocco’s African policy. At the same time, he affirmed that this strategy is having an impact favorable to the kingdom as far as the issue is concerned. Such a change could not have been possible without a “firm” diplomacy.“Our African policy has had a direct, positive impact on the question of our territorial integrity, be it with regard to states’ positions or the resolutions adopted by the African Union”, said the monarch. While the King did not detail the positive impacts, going back a few weeks and months can provide us with the answers.In early July, the African Union headquarters saw a first confrontation between Morocco, backed by a number of friendly African states, and the Polisario Front, shouldered by its sponsor Algeria and its staunch supporter South Africa.Morocco objected the wording of a report by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) referring to Western Sahara as “occupied territories,” using the name Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) for Polisario, and calling for an AU mission to evaluate respect of human rights in the region.The text was going to be adopted by the AU’s Executive Council, but pressure from Morocco and its allies compelled the council to modify its version.The final text stated that the proposal to send a mission to the territories known by the United Nations as Western Sahara, and the AU as SADR, was supported by some member states and rejected by others.“The Executive Council clearly notes that there was a debate over the issue, and that some countries were for and other against [the proposal],” said Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, explaining that Morocco’s position has now been “taken into consideration” inside the AU, which was not the case before.When King Mohammed VI mounted the AU tribune to deliver a historical speech on January 31, 39 African heads of states out of 54 attending the AU summit, had already back Morocco’s reintegration to the organization.The strong support African member states showed to Morocco’s readmission to the AU was a confirmation that the kingdom’s African policy was on the right track.As the King noted in his Sunday speech, the continental success of the Moroccan diplomacy in regard to the issue of Western Sahara is echoed by the positive results it has achieved internationally in defending the Morocco’s rights in the region and countering the maneuvers of its foes.The King said that the positive impact of the country’s African policy “has given fresh momentum to the examination of this question at the United Nations.”According to the King, 2016 was “the year of resolve and intransigence, during which we matched action with words to thwart the schemes designed to impinge on our rights,” likely in reference to the former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon’s “bias” towards Polisario Front when he visited Tindouf Camps in 2016 and referred to the Western Sahara as “occupied territories.”In contrast, “2017 has been the year of clarity and of a return to the standards and principles for the settlement of the artificial dispute over the Moroccanness of the Sahara.”The King praised Morocco’s “firm” and “proactive” policy in countering the schemes of its rivals, as was the case in the crisis of Guerguerat, which helped “put the process back on the right track.”This was confirmed by the new UN Secretary General’s report and UN Security Council resolution, both in April.Antonio Guterres’ report differed from his predecessor’s report the year before. Unlike Ban Ki Moon, he did not recommend expanding the prerogatives of the MINURSO to include human rights monitoring in the Western Sahara and the Tindouf camps, and he did not mention the alleged exploitation of human resources. Instead, the report praised Morocco’s decision to unilaterally withdraw from Guerguerat in February following the Secretary-General’s request.The UNSC Resolution 2351 welcomed Morocco’s efforts to find a solution to the Western Sahara dispute and called them “credible.”
October 12, 2019
Rabat – On Monday, Moroccan authorities arrested suspected members linked to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), seven of whom were arrested in the city of Fez and neighboring regions, while four others were apprehended in the Souss provinces.In its December 26 edition, Moroccan daily Assabah reported that the three individuals arrested in Fez were suspected for their links to the ISIS members apprehended last month in the city. The four other suspects were arrested in neighboring regions. One of them was arrested in Moulay Yacoub, a town located 21 kilometers northwest of Fez. Another one was arrested in Taounate, a city in the north of the country in the Rif mountains, while another suspect was arrested in the city of Taza. The seventh was arrested in Sefrou, a city in central Morocco in the Fez-Meknes region. Most of the suspects are craftspersons, wrote Assabah. The arrests were made by law enforcement of the General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) in collaboration with Directorate of Surveillance of the National Territory (DST).Moroccan media reported on Monday, December 25 that police element of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) arrested on Monday in the provinces of Ait Melloul and Chtouka-Ait Baha in the Souss region, four other individuals suspected of their links with terrorist groups.A young suspect living in the Azrou district of Inezgane was arrested as well as another suspect in the Chtouka Ait Baha province.The four suspects were moved to Casablanca for further investigation to determine other possible suspects linked with ISIS and other terrorist groups.Back in November, BCIJ made two arrests in connection with a Fez-based terror cell that was dismantled in October. The four-person cell was spread through different parts of the city of Fez.
October 6, 2019
Noting that the latest report on the Middle East referred to continuing tensions, the Security Council today unanimously renewed the mandate of United Nations observers in the Golan Heights monitoring the ceasefire between Israel and Syria for another six months, until the end of next June.As it has done in other renewals during the past 30 years of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the Council called on the two parties to implement its resolution of 22 October 1973, which urges them to negotiate “a just and durable peace in the Middle East.”“Under the prevailing circumstances I consider the continued presence of UNDOF in the area to be essential,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in his report earlier this month.UNDOF was established in May 1974. Last month it had 1,039 troops from Austria, Canada, Japan, Nepal, Poland and Slovakia and was assisted by 77 military observers from the UN Troop Supervision Organization (UNTSO). In addition to its mandated monitoring functions, it has helped pilgrims and students cross the region.The new mandate would expire next 30 June, by which time the Secretary-General would have submitted an updated report on developments.
October 6, 2019
Speaking at the opening of a meeting in Russia for the heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies, Javier Rupérez, head of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), underscored the crucial role of such services in that they represented the first line of defence in fighting terrorism, which he described as a “common enemy” that can only be defeated by working in harmony.This is all the more so as “intelligence services have the capacity to observe the evolution of the terrorist phenomenon, to prevent its actions and to alert governments to its threat and new modalities,” he added, according to excerpts of his remarks released beforehand.The meeting in the western Siberian city of Novosibirsk is the first time officials of the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and CTED are attending the gathering of heads of special services, state security and law-enforcement agencies that are foreign partners of Russia’s Federal Security Service. Andrey I. Denisov, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, is attending in his capacity as current CTC Chairman.In addition to focusing on strengthening cooperation and information sharing among participating agencies, the meeting is also looking at preventing the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) for terrorist purposes as well as cutting the channels of financing for terrorist activities, including the funds from illegal drug trafficking, with a special focus on Afghanistan.The agenda also covers the practical difficulties in identifying and countering suicide bombers, and maintaining a database on organizations and personalities involved in terrorist activities.The two-day meeting – the fourth of its kind – is being attended by 75 delegations from 50 countries, including those of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Other participants include representatives from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the European Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, as well as officials from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States and the Israeli intelligence service Mossad.The CTC was established by the Security Council in the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States to help countries strengthen their legal and institutional abilities to fight terrorism.Both the CTC and CTED work with a wide variety of partner organizations, regional bodies and other institutions – including intelligence services – to build cooperation and promote assistance for nations needing help to meet their obligations under Security Council resolutions concerning terrorism.
September 22, 2019
A COMPLAINT BY the Galway One World Centre alleging that racist comments went unchallenged on an edition of the The David Harvey Show on 4FM has been upheld by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.The complaint related to the 16 January episode of the show this year which included a discussion on a report by the ESRI about whether Africans people living in Ireland are subject to discrimination when seeking employment.The BAI committee concluded that as the programme developed, statements that it considered racist and prejudicial were permitted to be aired by callers to the programme.The BAI said that these included the following statements made during the programme:‘Blacks’ are “very lazy.’‘Black Africans’ always “get up on their high horse” if challenged.‘Blacks’ have a certain DNA related to their work ethic and practices.Filipinos in Ireland are “scammers.”The committee decided that in this case the broadcaster had failed to moderate the programme in accordance with its obligations:In this context, the committee noted that these remarks and others like them went largely unchallenged by the presenter and that the programme facilitated the airing of such remarks. The BAI also noted it its judgement that callers to the programme of African ethnicity were treated differently to other callers.“While these callers went on air to discuss discrimination in the workplace, each of them was questioned by the presenter or a caller about his or her legal status as a resident in Ireland,” according to the BAI.ComplaintThe complaint was made to the BAI by Sharon Murphy on behalf of One World Centre and alleged that ”it is the view of many people that Classic Hits 4FM is becoming a platform for people to articulate their racist views towards African People and members of the Traveller Community”.Harvey had strongly rejected the allegations made by the Murphy in respect of negative disinformation about Africans and Traveller behaviour. He stated that the programme is specifically targeted at RTÉ’s Liveline audience and is generally based on the issues of the day.The BAI did not agree with the complainant that the programme constituted evidence of systematic failures by 4FM. The committee also concluded that the moderation and and contributions by Harvey did not constitute racism.The David Harvey Show was dropped in May but then re-instated in August due in response to what the 4FM said “listener demand”.Read: Presenter’s ‘medical cards for Africans’ monologue “lacking in impartiality or objectivity” – BAIRead: How the rules have changed for broadcasters when it comes to referendum coverage >
September 21, 2019
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September 21, 2019
Share53 Tweet Email Trump’s plan to slash corporate rates to 15% could pose ‘competitive challenge to Ireland’ The plan could face stiff opposition in Congress. Image: Niall Carson 22,096 Views By AFP Updated at 9.55pmTHE GROUP THAT represents Irish business said that plans by the US to slash corporate rates to 15% could pose a “competitive challenge to Ireland”.Ibec said that the announcement was just one in “a long line of challenges that Ireland’s economic model has faced in recent years”.“We have come through previous challenges stronger than ever and we must use every opportunity to champion internationally the depth, diversity and development of the Irish business model,” said Ibec’s director of policy and public affairs, Fergal O’Brien.O’Brien said there would be a “plenty of obstacles to overcome” for the proposed US tax rate cut to come into force.He said that plans that were previously mentioned around the mooted Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) would have been the most worrying aspect of any potential US tax reform plan for Ireland.But it “now looks likely that this proposal will not proceed”.The Trump administration earlier pledged to slash corporate rates to 15% as it prepared to unveil a long-awaited reform it touts as the “biggest tax cut” in US history.But the plan could face stiff opposition in Congress, including from some Republicans, with lawmakers sharply divided over the prospect of fueling already-rising deficits.“This is going to be the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at a discussion about the proposal.Ireland’s corporate tax rate is 12.5% on trading income and 25% on non-trading income (eg rental income or investment income).Slashing taxes on income and business was a key part of Donald Trump’s election platform, and the Republican billionaire is seeking to deliver on that pledge as his presidency nears the symbolic 100-day mark this weekend.Mnuchin will outline details of the plan at the White House later Wednesday, but confirmed press reports that “the business tax is going to be 15%.”He said the administration hopes to push the reform through the Republican-controlled Congress as quickly as possible, but declined to set a deadline.Trump had initially hoped to drive through tax reform before the summer, but that ambition evaporated amid a failed push to repeal Barack Obama’s signature health care law.“We’re working hard to get it done quickly,” Mnuchin said. “This is part of his big impact for the first 100 days.”“We have fundamental agreement on what we’re trying to do and the details of tax reform are still to be worked out.”The tax plan’s impact on the deficit and debt will be key to winning backing on Capitol Hill.House Speaker Paul Ryan hailed the reform, even though Mnuchin signalled it would not include a tax on imports, something Ryan had lobbied for among fellow Republicans.The party had been drafting plans for the so-called border adjustment tax for months.Nevertheless Ryan praised the new plan as “progress.”“It’s basically along exactly the same lines that we want to go,” he told reporters.‘Explode the deficit’ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, and National Economic Director Gary Cohn, arrive in the briefing room of the White House in Washington today. Source: Carolyn KasterThe overhaul is likely to face stiff opposition from Democrats.“I can tell you this: If the president’s plan is to give a massive tax break to the very wealthy in this country, a plan that will mostly benefit people and businesses like President Trump’s, that won’t pass muster with we Democrats,” Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor.He also warned that a plan that dramatically shrinks tax revenues would “explode the deficit.”Analysts have said cutting the top marginal corporate tax rate by 20 percentage points could add a whopping $2 trillion or more to the deficit over a decade.The administration has said its tax cuts will spur growth — its goal is 3%– thus bringing in tax revenues to make up the difference, a calculation known as “dynamic scoring” which the Trump administration supports.“The difference between 1.6% , 1.8% GDP and 3% is staggering,” Mnuchin said. “It’s trillions of dollars of revenues. It’s tons of jobs.”Economists say this growth effect is not supported by evidence from prior tax cut efforts.Wishful thinking? Douglas Holtz-Eakin, an economist and former head of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office who served in previous Republican administrations, said dynamic scoring is wishful thinking.“There has never been any single credible analysis of dynamic scoring that suggests that taxes pay for themselves,” Holtz-Eakin told AFP.The tax cuts could be limited to a 10-year period, but Mnuchin said that would be less than ideal.“If we have them for 10 years, that is better than nothing,” he said. “But we’d like to have permanency to it.”Mnuchin said the lower corporate rate is aimed at helping small businesses, not the wealthy.“What this is not going to be is a loophole to let rich people who should be paying higher rates pay 15%,” he said at today’s event, hosted by The Hill newspaper.Mnuchin also said the administration plans to simplify the highly complex process by which Americans declare their income and pay taxes.“For most Americans, we think they should be able to do their taxes on a large postcard.”With reporting from Cormac Fitzgerald- © AFP, 2017Poll: Do you think it’s acceptable that Ivanka Trump was booed at?> Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 9:56 PM Image: Niall Carson Apr 26th 2017, 9:56 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3360147 89 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
September 19, 2019
Cheryll McAtee lives in an old farmhouse on a rural stretch of Northeast Fourth Plain Road just outside the Vancouver city limits, which she bought more than 20 years ago. It was a pretty quiet street when she first moved in. She recalls her neighbors riding their horses in the center of the road. Today the road is busier than ever, and it seems like drivers rarely observe the speed limit. But worse than the traffic for McAtee is the trash that endlessly accumulates along the road — tossed out by seemingly indifferent passers-by. You just about name it, and McAtee said she’s found it along her road. “Oh, my God, needles, the top skull of an animal, fruit, apples —I don’t know why they take one or two bites then toss it — half of a banana with the peel … lot of bags, fast-food stuff,” she said.One time, someone even left a box full of kittens at her neighbor’s mailbox along the busy road. The trash embeds in the ditch along her road, gets caught in property owners’ fences and blows into their yards. McAtee said she and her neighbors are caught in a never-ending cycle of cleaning up after the careless.