Is it Time to Switch Back to Final Cut Pro?

first_imgOver five years since its release, is Final Cut Pro X finally more of a viable video editing option?Top image via AppleI, like many of you, switched to Premiere at the release of FCPX. I had been using Final Cut for a few years at that point. Then FCPX came around and had too many quirks and missing features. I tried it out for a month or so but I, like many others, abandoned ship and went to Premiere.Then, within this last year, it seems like Apple has brought FCPX back from the dead, especially with the latest 10.3 release. I’ve casually spent the last few months reading a lot of articles and seeing videos of the improvements. Through all of this, I’ve been considering hopping back on the FCP bandwagon.Image via AppleYou can read a fantastic article about all of the latest updates here. I’ll walk you through a few of my main points and reasons for considering a switch.The ReviewsImage via AppleI’ve read multiple articles and watched a lot videos within the last year of editors who are praising FCPX. One of those articles is a feature on Apple’s website about the film Focus and how it was edited using FCPX. This was the first article and “review” I read that really started to jump out at me. If a major Hollywood film was cut using FCPX, then it will definitely work for my needs. Regarding the NLE, writer/director Glenn Ficarra said:I’ve cut on all the other systems and I can easily say I’m three times faster on Final Cut Pro X.The PerformanceOne reoccurring theme I see in all of these articles is the fact that FCPX is simply faster than any other editor on the Mac. They attribute this speed to the fact that the hardware and software are built to speak to each other extremely well. This, in return, makes the NLE faster and much more efficient. For example, the video above (via Jonathan Morrison) details the speed at which FCPX can export. The video showcases a four-minute 4K video exported from a MacBook vs. a four-minute 4K video exported from Premiere on a specced-out PC.The Latest UpdateImage via AppleIn a recent Huffington Post article, pro editor Thomas Grove Carter from London’s Trim Editing weighed in on the new MacBook Pro and the FCPX combination. Here’s what he had to say:First off, It’s really fast. I’ve been using the MacBook Pro with the new version of FCP X and cutting 5k ProRes material all week, it’s buttery smooth. No matter what you think the specs say, the fact is the software and hardware are so well integrated it tears strips off “superior spec’d” Windows counterparts in the real world. This has always been true of Macs. If you’re running software with old code which doesn’t utilize the hardware well, you’re not going to get great performance (as pointed out here). I understand people need to use programs from other developers, but at some point they need to play catch up. Otherwise it’s akin to asking for a more powerful engine because you like to buy tire-less wheels for your car. For all the kinds of work I do it’s been excellent.Making the SwitchSimply put, FCPX sounds like it is simply just faster than its competitors. For me, it’s starting to sound like if you’re editing on a Mac, cutting on FCPX is an obvious choice for efficiency. When editing, I like to be able to do so quickly and smoothly. Although, switching back will involve a learning curve, it seems like it will save time in the long run.Take your time, do your research. I think it’s time I give FCPX another chance. I’ll be posting my review about switching in the coming months.What are your thoughts on this matter? Did you leave FCPX or did you stick with it? Share your experiences in the comments below.last_img read more

Police detain a few for Punjab blast

first_imgThe Punjab police on Tuesday detained a few persons for questioning in the case of a grenade attack on a religious congregation at Adliwal near Amritsar, which claimed three lives. The police are yet to arrest the assailants who carried out Sunday’s attack that they said appeared to be an act of terror by separatist forces, organised with the involvement of the ISI-backed Khalistani or Kashmiri terror groups.Inspector-General Police, Border Range (Amritsar), S.P.S. Parmar told The Hindu that the police had detained a few people for an hour or two for questioning. “We are examining shady characters. Some people have been detained for an hour or two and then let off. The preliminary investigation is going on, and suspicious people are being rounded up and questioned.” The Dal Khalsa, a radical outfit, alleged that several Sikh activists were summoned by the police, without the legal procedureshaving been followed. “The police came to the houses of Sikh activists Paramjit Singh Mand and Gurjant Singh in the early hours of Tuesday… and asked them to appear before it. While Mr. Mand was not at home, Mr. Gurjant Singh was taken into custody,” Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said. Dal Khalsa chief Harpal Singh Cheema said the police and investigating agencies should probe this attack without prejudice. “Until the identity of the attackers is not ascertained, the motive will remain dubious,” he said, urging that leaders of all parties refrain from accusations.Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana K.P. Singh appealed to all parties to let the investigating agencies do their job. “It is a serious matter, and any attempt to make political capital out of it will prove disastrous for the State,” he said.last_img read more

Traffic welcomes Ray Allen in Manila

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Alora falls to familiar foe, settles for silver in taekwondo Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games In his post, Allen put some work in, running several miles around Makati. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension READ: Ray Allen visits Manila“Me and @tyfleming3 ventured into the unknown this morning. We ran through many different neighborhoods often times hoping we were heading in the right direction. The traffic was everywhere!!! #carpediem #tuktuk #manilamiles#runtheworld #runningisfree,” Allen posted on his Instagram account (@trayfour).The 42-year-old Allen flew to Manila from Hong Kong, where he attended a Sneaker Con event.Allen last played for the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals but only announced his retirement in 2016 in a letter on the Player’s Tribune.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day01:37Protesters 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 Welcome to Manila, two-time NBA champion Ray Allen.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 shutoutNot the best way to greet a basketball legend but the Philippines gave Allen, who arrived here Tuesday, a first hand look of one of the things Manila is infamously known for.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

‘Misunderstood’ Terrence Romeo putting issues behind as he starts new journey with San Miguel

first_img‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Jimmy Alapag excited to help San Miguel in whatever capacity READ: Jarencio, Romeo insist all is well after heated argument But Romeo insists that the public doesn’t know the whole truth about this tumultuous stretch in his PBA career.“People only know me through what you guys write and put out, and they don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes,” said Romeo. “And I won’t act the way people perceive me because I know myself better than them.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I think the lesson I can get from my previous teams is I have to choose who my real friends are,” said Romeo in Filipino. “Because in the world of PBA players, you can’t immediately say who are the sincere people, and you all saw what happened in my previous teams.”READ: Seven TNT KaTropa players declare they want Terrence Romeo out“If I have my wrongs, I think they weren’t that bad but we just have to move on. We just have to be happy, I’m happy for them and if they’re not happy for me I will be happy for myself.”San Miguel acquired Romeo via trade that sent bench players Brian Heruela and David Semerad, and a 2020 first round pick to TNT.Romeo was also traded away by his first club GlobalPort earlier in the year after he and head coach Pido Jarencio had some public run-ins. He also allegedly went AWOL for several days before TNT shipped him to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Romeo, who made his first appearance with the team on Thursday since being traded last month, is aware he doesn’t have the richest of histories in the few years he’s been in the league.READ: Leo Austria expects Terrence Romeo to rally behind Beermen’s causeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionDespite being a generational talent in his position, Romeo had trouble with his former teams NorthPort and TNT after getting involved in several controversies with the two clubs.This, Romeo said, made him more mature towards the people he associates with. Terrence Romeo talks to reporters as he attends his first practice with San Miguel.MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel team governor Robert Non gave a simple yet powerful statement when he formally introduced the polarizing Terrence Romeo to his new team on Thursday at Acropolis Clubhouse.Non described Romeo as “the most misunderstood player” in the league when he introducing the three-time scoring champion to the Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Photos : The Maria Yuryevna Sharapova Story

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementMaria Yuryevna Sharapova born April 19, 1987, is a Russian professional tennis player.Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001.She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks.She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam.She is also an Olympic medalist, having won silver in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.Maria Sharapova is a Russian player who is currently ranked No. 8 in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).Sharapova has won 29 WTA singles titles, including four Grand Slam singles titles.She was World No. 1 in singles on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks.The Russian is famous all over the world and is actively involved in a number of brand endorsement deals, and even has her own line of candy called ‘Sugarpova’.last_img read more

Clemson AD Says Another Huge Non-Conference Series Is Being Discussed

first_imgHead coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after a ruling on the field during their game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Clemson Memorial Stadium.CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after a ruling on the field during their game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 14, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)You can’t accuse Clemson football of backing down from a big game.The Tigers have regularly scheduled tough non-conference series, despite playing in the tough ACC Atlantic, and having a standing rivalry game with South Carolina out of the SEC.Under Dabo Swinney, the Tigers have played games against Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame, and TCU, with multiple series against AU.This year, Clemson travels to Texas A&M. To their credit, the program seems more interested in true home-and-home series than many other powerhouses, which have flocked to neutral site games in pro stadiums.Just yesterday, Clemson football officially inked a deal with LSU. The two sets of Tigers will play a home-and-home in 2025 and 2026.That series won’t stop Clemson football from continuing to add powerhouse programs to future schedules.Athletic director Dan Radakovich says the program is still in negotiations with another Georgia series, even after scheduling the program’s first ever series with LSU.Just chatted with Dan Radakovich. Said the deal for the home & home with LSU doesn’t stand in the way of nailing down a home & home with UGA, too, and that discussions remain ongoing.— Hale yes! (@DavidHaleESPN) August 16, 2018Clemson hosts Texas A&M next year, has a bunch of Notre Dame games set as part of the team’s agreement with the ACC, and now has LSU on the schedule.Two potential years for Georgia games: 2021 and 2024. It is unclear if the programs want the home-and-home that spread out.In 2021, Clemson has its South Carolina game, and will host UConn and Wyoming, while Georgia brings in San Jose State and UAB and travels to its annual ACC rival Georgia Tech. Clemson just has Appalachian State, The Citadel, and the Gamecocks in 2024, while Georgia only has Tech on the schedule so far.Clemson and Georgia have played a bunch through the history of the two programs. Georgia has a 42-18-4 all-time edge in the series, with the last games coming in 2013 and 2014. The two sides split that home-and-home.last_img read more

1 dead as car rams into van

first_imgMuzaffarnagar (UP): A person died and three were injured when a van in which they were travelling was hit by a speeding car in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district, police said on Monday. The incident occurred on the Karnal-Meerut highway near Ahamadgarh village on Sunday evening. The injured were shifted to a hospital in a serious condition. The driver of the car driver was taken into custody, the police said. In another incident, nine factory employees were injured when a van in which they were travelling was hit by a tractor near Katka village in Jansath area of Muzaffarnagar district on Sunday evening. The injured have been shifted to a hospital, the police said.last_img read more

Meet Natasha Negovanlis Canadian Web series superstar

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement In an interview the day after the CSAs, Negovanlis replayed those adrenalin-spiked moments, and about her choice to call out the lack of gay representation in much of film and TV. “It definitely became even more political in the moment than I expected it to be, but it was important to me to be as honest as possible about who I am and who my fans are. After all, it is a fan’s choice award,” she says. “What’s special about our Web series is that it’s given a voice to queer youth who need that voice and need the representation.” Twitter ‘Most of you are wondering who the heck I am!” It’s Sunday night in Toronto at the Canadian Screen Awards and Natasha Negovanlis has just won the Fan Choice Award for her role as a lesbian vampire on the Web series Carmilla. She’s not wrong.Negovanlis is mostly an unknown name in the traditional world of film and TV, but online she is beloved by a global fan base of gay and queer millennials that watch her in three-to-seven-minute increments, adoringly. Those fans – who gave Carmilla more than 55 million views on YouTube – had spoken, and in so doing thrust their star into the spotlight of an audience of Canadian media institutions and gatekeepers, from Telefilm to the National Film Board, who were already wondering where the future of homegrown content and production is going. In the moment, the quick and dirty answer seemed to be: right where Negovanlis stood.The 26-year-old performer dedicated her win to her online fans and offered a rallying call for more diverse depictions of queer sexuality. “It has been an honour and a privilege to provide for more positive on-screen representation for the queer community – for my community,” she said. “This is for my fans who feel like they don’t belong, or who feel like an outsider – I’m still very much the little girl who used to get shoved into lockers – so this one is for all of you.” Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Moroccan Coalition Calls for Abolition of Death Penalty

Rabat- The Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty has called for a demonstration in front of Parliament to demand the abolition of the death sentence. To bring awareness to its campaign, the coalition organized a press conference alongside the Moroccan Prisons Observatory (OMP) on Tuesday in Rabat.The coalition seeks to lead a demonstration to ask MPs to vote for the UN resolution for a “moratorium on the use of the death penalty” which the country had abstained from in 2016. The call for the demonstration is in line with the World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10, Wednesday.The coalition will also call for the government to improve prison conditions for those already sentenced to death.Morocco’s representative to the UN, Omar Hilale, clarified that the country has maintained a de facto moratorium on the death penalty since 1993, when the last government-sanctioned execution occurred.In 2017, at least 95 people were sentenced to death in Morocco. And in contradiction to Hilale, Death Penalty Worldwide recorded more than 15 individuals were executed in 2017.The UN argues that the North African country’s position is incompatible with Articles 20 and 21 of the constitution, which guarantee the right to life to all human beings and the right to “the security of their person and of their kin.”Since the revision of the constitution in 2011 to include the “right to life,” human rights missions and NGOs have repeatedly called on Morocco to abolish the death penalty. Human rights activists demonstrate annually in October to end the death penalty in Morocco. read more

Pamela Anderson Calls FrenchMoroccan Ex Monster in Dramatic Instagram Post

Rabat – Anderson publicly announced her split from 33-year-old football star boyfriend Adil Rami on her Instagram account on Tuesday, June 25. The 51-year-old model and actress accused her ex of leading a “double life,” and said the relationship had been a lie. Rami fired back on social media, denying that had he cheated on Anderson.“I don’t think I’ll recover easily from this,” Anderson said, commenting on her post. Anderson first gained international fame after being chosen as Playmate of the Month for Playboy Magazine in February of 1990. The Canadian-American actress was a popular cast member in the TV show Baywatch in the 1990s before going on to star in films including Barb Wire and Raw Justice.Born in Corsica to Moroccan parents, Adil Rami was courted by Morocco before the football player opted to play for France, the country of his birth. Rami was on the French Squad when they won the 2018 World Cup, but stayed on the bench throughout the tournament.Although Anderson and Rami began dating in 2017, the relationship did not go public until Anderson showed up to support Rami in person during France’s winning match against Belgium during the World Cup in July of 2018.Following the break-up Anderson unleashed a barrage of accusations against Rami on Instagram, alleging he had carried on a relationship with his former partner. The actress also claimied she suffered “physical and emotional torture,” providing a link to a domestic violence hotline in her post.Calling Rami a sociopath, Anderson said she had hired a bodyguard for protection and that she would “run for my life.”Rami responded on Instagram, using the same black and white photo of the couple Anderson used in her post. “A break is never easy,” he said. “As often in these situations, emotion can take over.” Rami continued by denying Anderson’s accusation his of leading “a double life.” read more

Manmade brown clouds darkening cities threatening health in Asia

13 November 2008A three-kilometre-thick “brown cloud” of man-made pollution, which stretches from the Arabian Peninsula to China to the western Pacific Ocean, is making Asian cities darker, speeding up the melting of Himalayan glaciers and impacting human health, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report. A three-kilometre-thick “brown cloud” of man-made pollution, which stretches from the Arabian Peninsula to China to the western Pacific Ocean, is making Asian cities darker, speeding up the melting of Himalayan glaciers and impacting human health, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report.Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs), resulting from the burning of fossil fuels and biomass, has resulted in the formation of particles such as black carbon and soot which absorb sunlight and heat the air, experts write in the study released today in Beijing.The clouds also “mask” the actual warming impact of climate change by anywhere between 20 and 80 per cent because they include sulfates and other chemicals which reflect sunlight and cool the surface.The artificial lowering of temperature by ABCs is leading to sharp shifts in weather patterns, causing significant drying in northern China while increasing the risk of flooding in the Asian nation’s south. Monsoon precipitation over India and South-East Asia has dropped up to 7 per cent since the 1950s, with the summer monsoon both weakening and shrinking.Meanwhile, the health and food security of 3 billion people in Asia are threatened by ABCs, which impacts air quality and agriculture.Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director, voiced hope that “Atmospheric Brown Clouds: Regional Assessment Report with Focus on Asia” will serve as an early warning of the phenomenon, which he hopes will now be “firmly on the international community’s radar.”He called on developed countries to help their poorer counterparts attain the technology needed to spur ‘green’ economic growth.“In doing so, they can not only lift the threat of climate change but also turn off the soot-stream that is feeding the formation of atmospheric brown clouds in many of the world’s regions,” the Executive Director said.The new publication points out 13 megacities as being ABC ‘hotspots’: Bangkok, Beijing, Cairo, Dhaka, Karachi, Kolkata, Lagos, Mumbai, New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Tehran. Soot levels in these cities comprise 10 per cent of the total mass of all man-made particles.Since the 1970s, the Chinese city of Guangzhou, among other cities, has witnessed “dimming” – or reduction of sunlight – of more than 20 per cent, it notes.The solar heating of the atmosphere by ABCs is “suggested to be as important as greenhouse gas warming in accounting for the anomalously large warming trend observed in the elevated regions” such as the Himalayan-Tibetan region, the study says, leading to the retreat of glaciers.Further, the clouds contain toxic aerosols, carcinogens and other harmful particles, which could result in more people suffering from respiratory disease and cardiovascular problems.While the effects of the clouds on food production and farmers’ livelihood could be immense, more research must be done to determine their precise role, it acknowledges, adding that the possible impact of ABCs could include elevated levels of ground-level ozone, which could result in massive crop losses of up to 40 per cent in Asia.Scientists behind the report – produced by UNEP’s Project Atmospheric Brown Cloud – stress that brown clouds also can be found in parts of North America, Europe, Southern Africa and the Amazon Basin, and that they also require urgent and detailed research. read more

More civilian police 6month extension recommended for UN mission in Cyprus

In his latest report to the Security Council on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the Secretary-General stresses that under current conditions, the mission’s continued presence on the island is necessary for the maintenance of the ceasefire between the two sides and that its mandate should be extended until 15 December. Mr. Annan notes that in the last week of April, the Turkish Cypriot authorities opened a crossing point to the public for travel in both directions – the first such opening in almost three decades. Additional crossing points were opened in the following days. The first week, around 140,000 Greek Cypriots crossed to the north and 34,000 Turkish Cypriots went in the opposite direction. Since then the average number of crossings has stabilized to about 13,000 people per day. The UN Force, especially its civilian police component, has been active in ensuring a safe and orderly crossing of people and vehicles through the UN buffer zone. UN engineers have also worked to improve the roads. To face these additional duties, Mr. Annan recommends that the current police force of 35, be augmented by up to 34 more officers. Still, the Secretary-General emphasizes that recent developments are not a substitute for a comprehensive settlement. “It seems highly unlikely that such a settlement can be achieved without the genuine political commitment to the proposal I put forward and a firm timetable to finalize negotiations,” he says. read more

Connacht philosophy on full display as they carve up Zebre for 10try

first_img Image: James Crombie/INPHO By Sean Farrell Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe changes meant that the urgency to chase a points total was lost and Zebre were allowed a third try at the other end.Still, the ruthless counter-attacking skills meant there was never anything to unduly worry this accomplished Connacht side.They don’t panic anyway.ScorersConnachtTries: M Healy (2), J Cooney, T O’Halloran (2), F Bealham, K Marmion (2), C Ronaldson. C Blade.Conversions: J Cooney (8/10)ZebreTries: J Meyer, F Ruzza, M BelliniConversions: C Canna (3/3)Yellow cards: L Greeff (’30 mins) P Ceccarelli (35 mins)Connacht: Tiernan O’Halloran (Danie Poolman ’57); Niyi Adeolokun, Rory Parata, Craig Ronaldson (Tom Farrell ’42), Matt Healy; John Cooney, Kieran Marmion (Caolin Blade ’54)Denis Buckley (JP Cooney ‘37), Tom McCartney (Dave Heffernan ’46), Finlay Bealham (John Andress ’46); Lewis Stevenson, James Cannon; Sean O’Brien, Eoin McKeon, (James Connolly ’68), John Muldoon (Naulia Dawai ’46) Share Tweet Email1 Follow us: Zebre: Kurt Baker, Lloyd Greeff, Edoardo Padovani, Mattia Bellini, Guglielmo Palazzani; Carlo Canna (Serafin Bordoli ’63), Marcello Violi (Carlo Engelbrecht ’70)Andrea Lovotti (Andrea de Marchi ’55), Carlo Festuccia (Oliviero Fabiani ’46), Pietro Ceccarelli (Dario Chistolini ’59), Gideon Koegelenberg (Josh Furno ’46), Valerio Bernabo (Derick Minnie ’59). Maxime Mbanda, Johan Meyer (George Biagi ’74), Federico Ruzza.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 19,722 Views Connacht 66Zebre 21Sean Farrell reports from The SportsgroundIN RECENT YEARS, particularly after their Pro12 title win, Connacht players have spoken with a certain pride of how they have to shut out some outside noise in order to continue to play their game.Today’s 10-try bonus point win over Zebre was another fine example. The Italian side’s recent results meant nobody gave them a hope and bookmakers set the spread at five converted tries. So when they took a 7 – 14 lead simply by piling pressure on the hosts when they attempted to run from their own 22, the old school mutters could be heard.They need to kick it.But on a dry day, that’s just not in their make-up. Pat Lam’s side, even with John Cooney acting as a makeshift out-half, continued to trust in their own process and ignore any wisdom that wasn’t from their own team room. Sure enough, the bonus point was secured with just 27 minutes on the clock and the grumbles were long forgotten.In possession in the final two thirds of the field, Connacht constantly threatened to carve out space to score from distance. Matt Healy touched down after just a minute as Cooney put Tiernan O’Halloran through a gap and he duly put his wing away.Eight out of 10They needed a second breakthrough to level the scores at 14 – 14 in the 18th minute, Sean O’Brien grasping a pass and breaking in midfield before the playmakers Ronaldson and Cooney linked to get the number 10 over.Cooney has been eased in to out-half duties in recent weeks, but starting for the first time he was impressive with the kicking tee (converting eight tries successfully) and in possession. His kicking from hand will be his big work-on for the week ahead though, as he twice left penalties aimed at touch woefully short.Such errors were not going to be seriously punished today however. And Cooney made amends by poking a chip through the defensive line with the outside of his right boot for O’Halloran to collect and dot down under the posts. Source: James Crombie/INPHOHaving shown their handling skills, Connacht then went after the set-piece and sealed the bonus point with Finlay Bealham off a maul. Italian indiscipline soon brought two yellow cards which gave Connacht a wide open target.Tries before the break from Kieran Marmion and Craig Ronaldson made the halfway advantage 40 – 14. The visitors mentally checked out as they headed for the dressing room, forlorn attempts at tackles were no way to thwart Connacht when they raided into space and the clinical skill-set brought excellent second half tries for Healy, Ronaldson, Marmion and his replacement Caolin Blade.The canter allowed Lam the chance to call some of his more important men in out of the firing line; Craig Ronaldson, John Muldoon, Marmion and O’Halloran all wrapped in cotton wool as the scoreboard went past the 60 mark. Connacht philosophy on full display as they carve up Zebre for 10-try win Despite some early frustration, Pat Lam’s side secured a bonus point inside 27 minutes. 22 Comments Image: James Crombie/INPHO Jan 14th 2017, 2:58 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL ‘We know we’re close’: McCloskey vows to improve Ulster fortunes with a little extra focus‘A red card distorts it a bit, but it was pleasing in the first 20 minutes’ — Cullen Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 2:58 PM last_img read more

Mikakos launches PanMessinians 50th anniversary celebrations

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The PanMessinian Brotherhood Papaflessas is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting an array of events. The event calendar began on Friday, with a speech by Victorian MP Jenny Mikakos on “The role of second and third generation Greek women in Australian Society.”Mrs Mikakos opened her speech by acknowledging the great contribution of the first generation of Greek Australian women. Outlining the new challenges faced by women in Australia nowdays she underscored the need for Greek Australian women to develop more networks. “This is something that I think my generation of Greek-Australian women needs to focus on. We can learn from each other and support each other in a more organised way than we have to date,’” pointed out Mrs Mikakos. Events will continue on July 3 with a presentation by Bill Giavris on the topic of “The politics of transition: The need for succession planning and generational leadership change in Greek community organisations,.” All of the events are at the Papaflessas House in Thornbury.last_img read more

Dhakas air reaches hazardous level

first_imgWomen carrying children cross crossing a road in a cloud of dust at Postogola, Dhaka. Photo: Hasan RajaPresence of heavy metal particles in Dhaka’s air has exceeded the level even many polluted cities have experienced, seriously affecting public health, especially the children, in recent times.Metals such as lead, cadmium, zinc, chromium, nickel, arsenic, manganese, and copper that can cause fatal diseases like cancer were found in alarming proportion in the Dhaka city’s air, according to two studies carried out in December 2018 and January 2019.Dust in Dhaka city contained 200 times higher than generally acceptable level of cadmium, supposed to be present in the soil, revealed the study reports published in Science of the Total Environment and Environmental Science and Population Research this month.Lead and nickel were found to have been more than double in Dhaka’s air. The researchers further detected arsenic in an alarming proportion in the city air.These particulate matters, researchers say, are so fine that they can easily come in contact with skin and enter human body through foods and drinks.”The amount of very fine particles has increased greatly in Dhaka city and it is higher than what many countries have seen,” Abdus Salam, a key researcher and professor of chemistry department at Dhaka University, told Prothom Alo.The particles found in Dhaka’s air are not normal dust, and can float in the air if there is no rain, he pointed out, adding that they affect human health.The DU chemistry department, in association with Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) and University of Iowa, USA, conducted the two studies.Air pollution, a new threatProfessor Salam, who has been working on air pollution for two decades, and Md Shafiur Rahman, chief scientific officer at the BAEC, led the study on health issues caused by heavy metal in the dust of Dhaka roads.They collected samples from 88 roads of 22 areas in the city in January 2017. This included 300 grammes of dust from the roads, footpaths, and from the soil around the ditches in the areas that were chosen on a random selection basis. The samples were later analysed at the BAEC laboratory.There was heavy metal in almost all the 88 areas, said the study. Among these, the highest level of metal including cadmium, led, nickel, arsenic, copper, chromium, was found in GPO area.Emissions from the vehicles often stranded in traffic congesion as well as from various factories in the city were blamed for the air pollution.The studey said the level of cadmium in GPO, Bangabhaban and Rampura TV station areas was around 200 times higher than normal one. Though the presence of lead was slightly lower in these areas, arsenic and nickel were high.There is a good number of vehicles that operate in different routes in the city use nickel and cadmium batteries, the study confirmed. The researchers added, many factories producing hybrid metal and plates along with enamel, plastic and glass also use cadmium for pigments.The researchers also confirmed high level of chromium presence in the dust around the BFDC rail crossing area in Karwan Bazar, Banglamotor and GPO areas.Metal found in these areas are three times heavier than normal level. Tanneries and dying factories sprung across Dhaka and its outskirts are the source of this high chromium, said the study reports.Level of zinc is the highest in area from Farmgate to Manik Miah Avenue, from Asad Gate to Kalyanpur and from Mahakhali to Tejgaon Industrial Area. Zinc was high across all the areas covered by the research.Air pollutionA tree with dust covers foliage at Shukrabad, Dhaka. Photo: Zahidul KarimProfessor Abdus Salam and Mohammad Sohel, chemistry professor of Iowa University in the US, conducted a joint research on the level of particulate matters and gas substances indoor. Five residential areas of Dhaka were selected.The research team detected presence of lead, zinc and nickel in the particulate matters in the air indoor. Smokes of vehicles, factories that operate relentlessly and construction works were found to be responsible.The paint on the wall is also said to be another source of lead for indoor pollution.Air samples were collected between August to October in 2017 from the houses of 25 residents at five households. The areas included Mirpur, Khilkhet, Rampura, Dolairpar, and Tongi. The buildings were built between one and 24 years. The buildings were one to six storied.The density of the particulate matters including PM1, PM2, PM2.5 and PM10 was higher than the ratio declared as safe by the World Health Organisation.The study says harmful particles enter human body reducing the strength of the lungs.More than 40 per cent (42 per cent to be specific) of the contaminated outside air also enter the houses, affecting the residents. Detergents and the polluted air from kitchen and toilet contribute to deteriorating the condition.The highest level of particles was found in Khilkhet houses, were followed by Dolairpar and Rampura houses.The minimum particulate matters were found in Mirpur. But, during the study, it rained there regularly helping the particulate matters to dissolve.Three other areas had no rain then and the researcehrs concluded that the condition of Mirpur was not properly reflected in the study.The level of heavy metal in the air rose when two-stroke auto-rickshaws ran across the city and these transports were eventually banned, said Rakibul Islam, the general secretary of Bangladesh Doctors for Health and Environment, a physicians’ organisation working on health risks caused by environmental pollution in the country.This, he regretted, is a matter of grave concern that such heavy particulate matters have returned to the city air.The number of children affected by these has increased by 50 per cent over the past five years, said Rakibul Islam, adding that particulate matters in the air causes cancer, asthma, nerve problem and other problems.No one to control heavy pollutionThe government’s Department of Environment (DoE), responsible for addressing pollution, is currently running a World Bank-financed project in two phases for 12 years to control air pollution. Some regular tasks are also being carried out, but the air quality is consistently getting worse.The DoE authorities say they have sent letters to the companies involved in construction of building , roads, metro railway and flyover for controlling dust.It sat for talks with the representatives from government and private companies that are implementing such projects, but to no avail. The two city corporations are responsible to sprinkle waters on roads in the city every morning to control the dust. However, that is not being done as widely alleged.Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) or the capital development authority, is responsible to inquire whether or not the builders are taking necessary measures to control the dust. The RAJUK is allegedly not doing the job properly.When asked, DoE director general Sultan Ahmed said, “What we can do is calling on government organisations to take steps to control dusts. But if the responsible agencies do not take any steps, what else can we do?”Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in pollution, said a World Bank report titled “Enhancing Opportunities for Clean and Resilient Growth in Urban Bangladesh: Country Environmental Analysis 2018”. About 80,000 people died in urban areas in 2015.Gloab average rate of death caused by pollution is 16 per cent, whereas it is 28 per cent in Bangladesh.According to the WB report, brick fields are responsible for 58 per cent of the air pollution. And 26 per cent air pollution occurs due to dust on roads and automobile pollution.However, according to the environment department, the three said sectors contributed to only 15 per cent of the pollution five years ago.City planner Nazrul Islam said, “It is sad that minimum environment safety requirements are not followed while building infrastructures and setting up industries in the capital.”“The intensity of pollution proves the government agencies are not doing their job properly,” he continued, “If the pollution control is not seen as an urgency, a big environmental disaster is awaiting us.”Children at risksThe metal particles floating in the air are affecting the children.A group of researchers found children are suffering for shortness in breath and other forms of sickness due to the air pollution.The DU chemistry department last year measured the level of air pollution in 10 educational institutions of the capital. It found four times higher level of harmful particles than the World Health Organisation’s standard by measuring PM-1, PM 2.5 and PM-10 and intense organic compound material on the school premises and around the classrooms.Supervised by professor Abdus Salam, the research team surveyed as many as 250 students from 9 to 10 years of age from educational institutions in Mugda, Kakrail, Fuller Road, Jatrabari, Ahmadbagh, Motijheel, Gulshan, Nilkhet and Khilkhet.The study showed that 16.8 per cent of children were suffering from cough, 6 per cent asthma and 5.6 per cent migraine or headaches. Many children were found to have shortness of breath.Educational institutions located beside the roads are more likely to have harmful particles in the air, the study said.There were harmful gases found in the air at the institutions that are located in the densely populated and traffic-prone areas.*This piece originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain, Nusrat Nowrin and Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Youth stabbed to death

first_imgCriminals stabbed a young man to death and injured another at Ghohordanga village in Terokhada upazila of Khulna on early Wednesday.The deceased was identified as Naim Sheikh, 26, son of Hiru Sheikh of the village.Salekuzzaman, officer-in-charge of Terokhada police station, said several assailants attacked the house of Hiru Sheikh around 3am and hit him with sharp weapons.Hearing screams, Naim rushed in and tried to save his father. The miscreants stabbed Naim indiscriminately, leaving him dead on the spot.Later, Hiru Sheikh was taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to a hospital morgue for autopsy.last_img read more

What GTA Vs main characters look like in real life

first_imgIf you lined up at midnight to secure your copy of Rockstar’s latest crime opus, Grand Theft Auto V, you likely skipped work, played it all day, and are just now coming out of your GTA V coma, lifelessly staring at the internet through your bloodshot eyes. If your brain is still in GTA V mode but your body says no more — or you just want to see the faces and voices behind Michael, Franklin, and Trevor — then the above picture will satisfy your state of being.From left to right: Steven Ogg plays the rough-around-the-edges desert hooligan Trevor Phillips, Shawn Fonteno plays repo-man-with-a-shady-past Franklin Clinton, and Ned Luke plays former-criminal-turned-current-criminal Michael De Santa.For the first time in the crime sim series, you assume the role of three main characters rather than just the one. This should make the narrative more interesting than narratives past, but the web is decidedly mixed on the matter. Certain outlets feel weaving the three stories together works wonderfully, while other outlets feel this is the only place where the game stumbles.Last night during the game’s release, Steven Ogg showed up to some New York City Gamestops and graced the avid fans with the voice of Trevor Phillips. He posted a quick video to Facebook. It’s always fun to see where your favorite game characters come from, and even more interesting when it’s not Nolan North (not that we’d be complaining).last_img read more

Enpass Portable password manager released

first_imgEnpass Portable password manager released by Martin Brinkmann on October 14, 2016 in Software – 8 commentsEnpass Portable is the first portable version of the popular cross-platform password manager that you can run without installation.Enpass is a password manager that combines what online and offline password managers offer. You can download and run it fully locally. This means no account creation, no subscription, and that all data is stored locally on the device.Users who do want easier data syncing on the other hand can store the encrypted database at various cloud storage services to make use of that functionality. Again, completely optional.The one caveat is that Enpass Mobile is not free but available for $9.99. The desktop version of Enpass is not limited however and can be used without restrictions.Enpass PortableThe portable version of Enpass offers the same functionality as the desktop version.Enpass Portable does not need to be installed. If you work on Windows or Mac devices, you can simply download the latest version from the Enpass website — linked below the article in the summary box — and start using that version. The distribution includes both the Mac and Windows version in one package. Linux users can check here to download the version for their devices.When you start Enpass Portable for the first time you are asked to pick a data location. Pick a location on the device to save data to it. Please note that you need to pick a new location even if you have a backup of Enpass data already. You may import that backup then afterwards to gain access to the data.You can set the portable version to remember that location for convenience.You are asked to set a master password afterwards for the data. Once that is out of the way, you can start using the password manager. If you have an Enpass backup already, select File > Restore to import the data. You may also import data from other password managers — 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass, and several others — if you have made the decision to switch to Enpass.Also, you may export the data at any time as well.You can use the portable version on a USB Flash Drive or other removable storage. This can be useful if you want access to the password manager on all devices that you use without leaving a trace of its use on those devices. Also, it may be handy if you don’t want to store the data in the cloud but prefer to store it on local storage only.The portable version works with Enpass’ browser extensions, so that is covered as well.Closing WordsEnpass’ portable version adds another use option to the password manager. This can be useful if you prefer to use portable versions, want to carry the password manager around with you on a removable device, or simply cannot use the installed version on certain devices.Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 2 votes Software Name Enpass PortableSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more