Each iteration of Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve has become more efficient than the last. In 15, it’s the shared node that makes the difference.Shared nodes are a new feature in Resolve 15 that allow colorists to share individual nodes across multiple clips, allowing for simultaneous correcting and grading on all clips while maintaining the properties from the clip-specific nodes.For example, in the past, if you needed to push all the interior shots from scene six toward a warmer hue, you had two options: group all clips together and apply the correction, or individually open each clip and apply a new node to follow with the new direction. However, with the grouping aspect, you then had to keep switching between clip node graph and the group node graph to make further adjustments. Suddenly, applying the warm push to each clip became tedious, especially if there were numerous clips to adjust.This is where shared nodes come in.Creating a shared node couldn’t be easier, but there are a few steps that can trip you up (especially the automatic locking feature).To create a shared node, you simply right-click any corrector node and select Save as Shared Node. There’s no minuscule color change to the node outline, nor is there a hard-to-miss icon indicating that the corrector node is now a shared node.However, what isn’t as obvious is the small lock icon on the bottom-right of the node, which signifies that the node is locked. This is an automatic feature to prevent users from making accidental adjustments across all the clips that share the node. It can be somewhat confusing as you can still use all of the available correction and grading tools, but no adjustments are implemented. To make any further changes to the shared node, right-click and select “Lock Node” to unlock it. There won’t be an option to “unlock it” — the tick will symbolize if it’s locked or not.Of course, sharing the node is the main thing to learn.Copy and Paste The simplest (although not the most practical) way to share the node is to select and copy the node by either selecting the node and using Edit > Copy, or by hitting Ctrl+C, then moving to a new clip and pasting the shared node properties to a new node. This, however, requires one too many clicks and button presses compared to other methods.For example, if you were to copy and paste the shared node to a new clip, Resolve would automatically apply it to the node that was previously selected when grading that clip, which nullifies any existing adjustments. Therefore, you have to add a blank node before pasting the shared node.Copy Entire Grade ShortcutLikewise, if you were to copy the entire grade by using the middle mouse button shortcut (select a clip from the clip timeline, and then hover over a graded clip and press the middle mouse button), then the shared node would be on the new clip.Apply Grade from Still If you were to save a grade to the gallery, and the grade included a shared node, and you were to apply that grade to a new clip, the shared node would be included. Again, it’s important to remember that when applying a grade from a captured still, all of the nodes replace all of the existing nodes unless the still is appended.All these options are great for when you want to move the entire grade, but how about just adding the shared node to a new clip?Node Contextual MenuThis is arguably the best and easiest way to add a shared node to a new clip. Upon creating a shared node, the option to add a shared node appears in the contextual node menu (the menu that appears when you right-click a node). When you do this, you get a selection of shared nodes to choose from, and the shared node appends to the selected node; there is no overwriting existing nodes.Append Node to Selected Clips If you have several clips and need to apply the shared node to all, perhaps for a color temperature change, you can do this with relatively few clicks. First, make sure that the shared node is selected in the open clip window and that the clip timeline is visible, then while holding Ctrl, select the appropriate clips, open the color menu, and click “Append Node To Selected Clips.”If you need to delete the shared node, you need to do more than simply selecting the node and hitting delete. While that will delete the node from the specific clip, the shared node and its properties will still be active on the other clips. To remove the node from all shared clips, you have to enter the contextual node menu, and then select “Delete Shared Node.” This will delete the properties of the shared node across all clips; however, an empty node will remain. The ability to share nodes across several clips truly is a brilliant feature, and I’m sure that with future updates the feature will only improve. Being able to see which clips share the node would be most welcome . . .Lewis McGregor is a certified DaVinci Resolve trainer.Looking for more Resolve tips and tricks? Check these out.Quick Tip: How To Use Optimized Media In DaVinci ResolveRemove Unwanted Shot Features With Resolve 15’s Patch ReplacerResolve’s Lens Reflections and Film Damage FX AnalyzedVideo Tutorial: How to Configure The ADR Panel In Resolve 15Your Guide to Working with Project Files in DaVinci Resolve
The Left parties have called a State-wide protest against the “police action” on their supporters during Monday’s ‘March to Nabanna.’ They will observe Tuesday as a day of condemnation across West Bengal.CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the protest would continue till the Trinamool Congress government apologised. “About 250 of our party supporters have sustained injuries and 100 grave injuries,” he said.“We condemn the police provocation and attack on our party workers who took part in today’s [Monday’s] peaceful rally. Many of them got severely injured as the police resorted to baton-charge and lobbing of tear-gas shells,” Left Front chairman Biman Bose said.Mr. Bose and CPI(M) State Secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra were present on Mayo Road, which resembled a war zone. They insisted that the march was “peaceful.”Asked about the injuries to the policemen, Mr. Bose alleged that it was the police who first resorted to violence, acting as agent provocateurs. “If the police did not throw stones at our activists, they would not have been injured. They resorted to stone-throwing first and some of our workers paid them back in the same coin.”Mr. Mishra said the march was a success and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was scared of protest. “This shows the CM is scared. She thinks that the protest can be stopped. But the protest will not be limited to some city roads; it will be staged across the State,” he said.
Train service and bus services have been disrupted at some places during the Bihar bandh call by Left parties on Thursday. The Opposition parties Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress, Hindustani Awam Morcha and others too have supported the bandh call.Supporters and workers of left parties blocked railway track in Jehanabad, Gaya, Bhojpur, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Patna and Madhubani districts disrupting movement of over a dozen trains on the route. Road traffic too has been affected in Siwan, Patna, Nawada, Bhojpur, Arwal and Jehanabad districts due to bandh call. All schools in Patna have been closed and there are few vehicles plying on the road. However, no untoward incident has been reported in the State so far.Left parties have called for a Bihar bandh seeking resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the sexual abuse of minor girls at state-run Muzaffarpur shelter home.Leader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejaswi Yadav had tweeted on Wednesday, “Against ghastly, dreadful & gruesome mass rape sponsored by Nitish Kumar, Left parties have called Bihar Bandh supported by RJD & Congress demanding CM Nitish Kumar resignation. I assure that I will compel Nitish Kumar to speak up. Chacha (uncle), get ready to walk the talk.”Earlier, Muzaffarpur-based NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti was blacklisted after a social audit report conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences revealed horrific details of the sexual assault on minor girls.34 of 42 girls’ medical reports had confirmed their sexual abuse. The main accused, Brajesh Thakur who was managing the affairs of the NGO has been arrested along with 10 others.The CBI is currently investigating the case following a recommendation by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, center, talks to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, and center Steven Adams during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon — CJ McCollum had 33 points, Damian Lillard added 29 and the Portland Trail Blazers took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 114-94 victory on Tuesday night.Maurice Harkless added 14 points and nine rebounds for the third-seeded Blazers, who opened a playoff series with two wins for the first time since the 2014 playoffs, when they beat Houston in six games.ADVERTISEMENT The series shifts to Oklahoma City for Game 3 on Friday.“Now we’ve got to go on the road and get gritty,” McCollum said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRussell Westbrook, who had his ninth career postseason triple-double in Oklahoma City’s Game 1 loss, finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists. He was pulled with 3:31 with most of his fellow starters after Portland built a 112-91 lead.Paul George had 27 points despite lingering questions about his right shoulder, which was covered with kinesiology tape. George insisted the shoulder, which kept him out of the Thunders’ regular-season finale, was fine at practice on Monday even though it was wrapped in ice. The Blazers were up 91-75 after three and easily protected their lead in the fourth, with Seth Curry’s 3-pointer pushing the lead to 100-83.Portland’s victory in Game 1 snapped a 10-game postseason losing streak that included four-game sweeps in the past two seasons — first by the Warriors and then last year by the Pelicans. Lillard had 30 points in the 104-99 win on Sunday.Oklahoma City beat the Blazers in all four meetings during the regular season. The Thunder have been to the playoffs for eight of the last nine seasons, but they haven’t gotten past the opening round for the past two.Oklahoma City started with a lot more energy than in Game 1, when it fell behind by 19 points in the first half. When Westbrook hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter, he pounded his chest and the Thunder went on to lead 31-26 at the end of the quarter.Lillard hit a 3-pointer and was fouled to close the Blazers within 48-43. But the game began to get heated, with Lillard and Westbrook getting into it when Lillard tried to strip the ball. The officials reviewed it for a “hostile act” but concluded there were no fouls on the play. There was tension the rest of the way, and frequent jawing back-and-forth.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Nuggets erase 19-point deficit to beat Spurs, tie playoff series Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Westbrook collected three fouls in the half and headed early to the bench, as did Portland’s Enes Kanter, who was so successful against the Thunder in Game 1. Together the teams had 29 fouls in the opening half.McCollum nailed a 3-pointer off a pass from Lillard at the buzzer to tie the game at 54 going into the break. Then McCollum turned to the crowd and simply nodded.Portland pulled in front on McCollum’s jumper and extended it to 69-63 with Lillard’s long 3-pointer. Curry had back-to-back 3s to put the Blazers up 85-73 late in the third.The Blazers’ hopes for postseason success appeared to take a blow last month when center Jusuf Nurkic was lost for the season with a broken left leg. Nurkic was averaging 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds when he sustained the gruesome injury during a game against the Brooklyn Nets.Kanter, signed just before the All-Star break after he was waived by the New York Knicks, has started in Nurkic’s place. Kanter had 20 points and 18 rebounds in Game 1 but finished with six points and five rebounds on Tuesday.TIP-INSThunder: Thunder coach Billy Donovan was emphatic before the game: “No injuries, no one out, no game-time decisions.” … It’s the first playoff series between the teams since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City.Trail Blazers: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who just signed a contract extension that makes him the highest paid player in the NFL, was among the fans at the Moda Center, as was Gonzaga coach Mark Few. … Jake Layman, who did not play in the series opener, came in to start the second quarter.UP NEXT: Game 3 is set for Friday night in Oklahoma City. 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Udhampur (J&K), May 18 (PTI) Over Rs 3 crore meant to be deposited in SBI ATMs was allegedly swindled in Udhampur district by two employees of a company assigned to refill the machines with currency notes.”There are over 10 to 14 SBI ATMs in the area and the bank has outsourced the task of refilling the money in those ATMs to a private company,” a police officer said.Vicky and Sahil, two employees of the company were tasked to take the money and replenish the ATMs, the officer said.The company recieved complaints that there were some discrepancies in the amount deposited in the machines and what was shown on the papers, he said, adding, the company conducted an audit and found that over Rs 3 crore has been swindled from these ATMs.A complaint has been lodged by the company following which Vicky has been arrested while Sahil is absconding, the officer said.”We are conducting investigation and further details can be revealed after the inquiry progresses,” he said. PTI CORR TSS RCB SK RCB
The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal has denied permission for landing BJP president Amit Shah’s helicopter in Malda district. Shah, who was recently treated for swine flu, is scheduled to address a rally on January 22 in Malda. He will reach Kolkata and then take a chopper ride to Malda to attend a public rally with BJP workers from North Bengal.In its reply to a request from the BJP, the Malda district administration has said it is not possible to grant permission to land VVIP helicopters in this week.In his letter, additional district magistrate of Malda has said: “As per report of the executive engineer, PWD (civil), Malda Division, up-gradation of work at Malda Airport is going on in full swing. A large quantity of fine sand, dust and GSB materials is lying all along the runway and also stacked all around the site.””Moreover, temporary helipad is not maintained properly due to this ongoing construction work. In this situation, Malda Airport is not suitable for safe landing of helicopters. Hence, granting of permission [for Amit Shah’s chopper] is not possible,” the letter read.Ground zero tells another storyMeanwhile, when India Today TV visited the Malda airport we found that the helipad area and the runway was clean and devoid of construction material. This was completely opposite to what the district administration had claimed in its letter while turning down BJP’s request. The helipad area at Malda airport. (Photo: Bhaskar Ray/IndiaToday)The local workers employed at the airport too said helicopters have been regularly operating out of the airport.advertisementDipali Das, who works around the airport said, “Ministers and passengers come by helicopters. In the past, the chopper service was irregular but now it is available every week. We have helicopters of Mithun Chakraborty and Mamata Banerjee land here.”Last month, Trinamool Congress in-charge of Malda and West Bengal Minister for Sports and Environment, Suvendu Adhikari, addressed a rally in Malda. In his speech he had said that helicopter service will be available every Wednesday.Locals said many ministers and celebrities have used the facility since then.All out war: TMC versus BJPThis comes days after the Supreme Court stopped the BJP from going ahead with its rath yatras in West Bengal. The state government had raised apprehensions that law and order will be compromised and communal harmony disturbed if the BJP is allowed to hold rath yatras in the state.The Supreme Court however allowed the BJP to hold rallies across West Bengal.Amit Shah’s rally on January 22 will be the party’s first rally in 2019. Owing to Shah’s poor health, it was postponed from January 20 to 22. Amit Shah is scheduled to address five rallies in Bengal.Meanwhile, BJP workers are gearing up to make necessary arrangements for the January 22 rally. The stage is under construction and posters have started coming up across the district.BJP leader from Malda, Sanjay Sharma said the party has spoken to the local administration for granting permission for the Shah’s helicopter to land in Malda.He claimed that the ruling Trinamool congress is “scared” that BJP’s support will increase if Amit Shah speaks at the rally.He said, “Democracy in West Bengal is at stake. The administration is allowing the state government to land its helicopter but permission is not being granted for Amit shah’s helicopter. They are also denying us permission to host the meeting at the venue which was planned earlier.”Speaking to India Today TV, Sanjit Mishra, BJP district president in Malda, said, “There is no democracy in West Bengal. TMC is trying every way to stop our yatra. We have now decided to hold a public rally but we are not being allowed to land our helicopter. The state government uses this airport and there are helicopters landing here regularly. But rules have changed when we asked permission.”On its part, the BJP had written a letter to the Border Security Force (BSF) that has a base in the district as it shares border with Bangladesh. The BJP has requested the BSF to allow Amit Shah’s helicopter to land at its helipad on January 22.(With inputs from Bhaskar Ray.)ALSO READ | Amit Shah’s posters vandalised ahead of BJP’s mega rath yatra in BengalALSO READ | After SC red-lights BJP’s rath yatra, party floats new plan for West BengalALSO WATCH | BJP prepares for statewide yatra in West Bengal ahead of 2019 polls
AS Roma kept their Champions League hopes alive on Sunday when late goals from Alessandro Florenzi and Edin Dzeko gave them a 2-0 home win over Serie A champions Juventus.The match also saw the Turin side’s controversial black-and-white halved shirts made an inauspicious debut, replacing their traditional stripes after 116 years.The win left Roma sixth on 62 points, behind AC Milan on their head-to-head record, with two games left.Needing a top-four finish to qualify for the Champions League, they are three points behind third-placed Atalanta and one adrift of Inter Milan, who have a game in hand.Roma remain two points clear of Torino who twice came from behind to beat Sassuolo 3-2 earlier on Sunday.”I’m not making any predictions, we are depending on others,” said Roma’s veteran coach Claudio Ranieri, who took over in March to guide the team through the rest of this season.”We need to keep believing we can make the Champions League. We must play the final two matches with complete conviction and motivation.”Juventus, who wrapped up the title with five games to spare, wore their new strip despite many fans objecting to the decision on social media.The new design, confirmed by the club shortly before kickoff as their new home shirt for next season, also features a pink pinstripe between the two halves. “Change is not to be feared,” said the club on Twitter.Roma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante made brilliant early saves to deny Juan Cuadrado and Paulo Dybala before Lorenzo Pellegrini hit the bar for the home side. Juve also hit the woodwork when Mirante somehow turned Dybala’s drive onto the post before halftime.advertisementCristiano Ronaldo thought he had put Juventus ahead when he collected Dybala’s pass before running on to slot the ball past Mirante but he was fractionally offside.Instead, Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini lost possession in his own half and Florenzi finished off a quick exchange of passes by gently chipping the ball over Wojciech Szczesny in the 79th minute.Dzeko then finished off a counter-attack in stoppage time to hand Juve their third league defeat of the season.”We enjoyed great supremacy in the first half and we should have created more chances,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.Also Read | The wait goes on: Elusive league title evades LiverpoolAlso Read | Manchester City defend Premier League title, valiant Liverpool finish 2nd
The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations If you’re inexplicably hypnotized by one-second videos played on loop ad nauseam, Instagram has a present for you, and it’s called Boomerang. Today, the app that makes all of our lives look better than they are is releasing a new standalone app that allows you to take five photos, string them together into a GIF, and play them over. And over. And over. Tapping into our collective obsession with GIFs, using Boomerang is as easy as tapping your photo button on your phone — then, the app does the rest.As explained on the Instagram blog, “Boomerang takes a burst of photos and stitches them together into a high-quality mini video that plays forward and backward. Shoot in portrait or landscape. Share it on Instagram. Boomerang automatically saves it to your camera roll.” Effectively turning your normal ‘grams into supercharged mini-vids, Boomerang allows you to “transform an ordinary selfie with your friends into a funny video,” or better yet, “Get that exact moment your friend blows out his birthday candles, then watch them come back to life again and again.” Seriously, who doesn’t wanna relive that moment?Related: Janet Jackson fans find their Instagram content and accounts deleted, artist repondsAs Instagram’s third standalone app (it was preceded by Hyperlapse, which creates time-lapses, and Layout, which creates collages), Boomerang isn’t necessarily the most novel of developments. The Google Photos animation feature achieves a similar results, as does Instagram competitor Phhhoto, which allows you to capture “instant moving pictures” and crossed 1 million users back in March.And of course, there are other apps like Vine and Apple Live Photos, but whereas both of these tools include sound, you’ll have to make do with silence in Boomerang.Born out of a July hackathon (as all great products seem to be), Boomerang was initially nothing more than a small passion project begun by a few Instagram engineers. But soon, as the app gained traction within Instagram, the team decided to take it public and let the whole world experience the joys of instant GIF creation.“Now, with Boomerang,” says the Instagram team, “we can’t wait to see what you’ll create next.”This was originally a post from our brother site, Digital Trends. The Top 5 Best Note-Taking Apps Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers
zoom Owner and operator of tanker vessels Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (Navios Acquisition) has agreed to sell two second-hand chemical tankers to an unnamed third party for USD 74.6 million.The company said it would use the proceeds from the sale for repayment of indebtedness and general working capital purposes.The ships in question are the Nave Constellation, a 2013-built chemical tanker of 45,281 dwt, and the Nave Universe, a 2013-built chemical tanker of 45,513 dwt. The sale is to result in an expected book gain of approximately USD 11.7 million, as the tankers were acquired in 2013 for a lower purchase price of USD 67.2 million.While owned by NNA, the two vessels have generated a total EBITDA of USD 22.3 million, the company estimates.Navios Acquisition said the transaction is planned to close in the third quarter of 2016, following the completion of vessels’ chartering commitments.For 2015, the company reported net income of USD 89.7 million, with adjusted net income posting a rise of USD 72.2 million to USD 87.1 million, compared to USD 14.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.The company said that it has no debt maturity before 2021 or any committed growth capex, adding that it anticipated its net debt to decline in 2016 through the cash flow it aims to generate. In December 2015, the company’s proportion of long-term debt, net of deferred finance costs stood at USD 62.6 million.
zoom Greek emergency response contractor Tsavliris Salvage has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s Zhoushan Port Free Trade Zone Administrative Committee on setting up a salvage network in Chinese waters. The agreement was signed as part of the Zhoushan Maritime Event held in Athens.In the event of a casualty in Chinese waters, Tsavliris Salvage said it would be able to provide assistance in an operational, advisory or technical capacity.The company’s participation is expected to offer strong support to the establishment of Zhoushan International Marine Services Base.“The relationship and cooperation between China and Greece is an extremely important one which continues to grow from strength to strength,” George Tsavliris from Tsavliris Salvage said.The Zhejiang Zhoushan Archipelago New Area is focused on shipping and attracts a growing number of maritime industries to settle in Zhoushan.Tsavliris is also seeking to establish, through the exclusive joint venture with its Chinese partners Kamji Marine, an international marine services online platform to provide one-stop services for ships and shipowners around the world, according to the company.
Shirdi: Three members of a family, including a teenaged girl, were stabbed to death by a man who was apparently mentally unstable here in Maharashtra, police said on Sunday. Two persons were also injured in the incident that took place at Nimgaon village in Shirdi temple town of Nashik district on Saturday, Deputy Superintendent of Police Somnath Wakchoure said. The accused, Arjun Panhale (50), who was apparently not mentally sound, had a tiff with a family residing in his neighbourhood over some cleanliness issue outside his house, he said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! On Saturday, the accused went to his neighbour’s house and attacked three persons there with a sharp grass-cutting tool, killing them on the spot, the official said. The deceased were identified as Namdev Thakur (62), his wife Dagubai Thakur (50) and daughter Khushi Thakur (16). Two other persons received injuries when they tried to save their family members and were undergoing treatment at a local hospital, the official said. Panhale, who worked as a plumber, was subsequently arrested and the weapon used in the crime was seized, he said, adding that some paper clippings of crime news, rotten fruits and empty plastic bottles were found in his house. A case was registered against the accused under Indian Penal Code Section 302 (murder), he said.
New Delhi: A 16-year-old boy was murdered after his shoulder brushed against the accused at Central Delhi’s Nabi Karim area.Police said that two persons were arrested in the case. The accused have used a knife to attack the deceased. Another minor was injured during the scuffle. Deputy Commissioner of Police (central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that a PCR call was received on Sunday in which the caller stated that two boys were stabbed by a knife. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice reached the spot and during the investigation, it was found that two injured residents of Central Delhi were sitting on the door of stairs on the ground floor. “Two persons Mohammad Rizwan who resides in the same premises came with his friend Sehnawaj. Sehnawaj had an argument with deceased Why they are sitting on the door of the stairs. They had heated arguments first, Sehnawaj took out a knife and caused injury to deceased,” police said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe investigating agency further said that the accused started running, Farman caught hold him, he again caused injury to his known person (another minor) on the abdomen. “One of the victims succumbed to this injury in RML. The another injured is under treatment and stable. Both alleged nabbed, the knife with blood stains recovered. A case under sections 307/302 IPC is registered,” police said. DCP further said that the argument started after the deceased shoulder was touched accused which led to the crime. In an alleged CCTV video of the incident, it can be seen that few persons were gathered near a house and suddenly scuffle took place. One of the persons started attacking another. Later one of the persons was holding his stomach and later fell on the ground after hitting scooty. The police nabbed the perpetrator with the help of CCTV footage from the area. Further investigation is underway.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Consumer products multinational Unilever, whose brands include Dove soaps and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, says Europe’s hot summer and the sale of its spreads division helped drive up net profit to 9.8 billion euros ($11.2 billion) last year, from 6.5 billion euros ($7.5 billion) a year earlier.The company said Thursday that sales in the fourth quarter of 2018 fell 5.3 per cent to 12.15 billion euros ($13.9 billion). That contributed to full-year sales of 51 billion euros ($58.5 billion), down 5.1 per cent from 2017 due to the sale of the spreads division and exchange rate fluctuations.Unilever’s new CEO, Alan Jope, says 2018 was a solid year. He adds that “in 2019 we expect market conditions to remain challenging.”The Associated Press
Rabat – The 92-year-old Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi died on Thursday, July 25, the Presidency of the Republic has announced.Tunisian press agency Agence Tunis Afrique Press shared a brief notice from the press release to confirm the death of Tunisia’s first freely elected president.The late president suffered a health crisis last month. He was taken to the military hospital on June 27. Despite leaving the hospital, Essebsi’s health condition remained critical.Essebsi served as president of Tunisia since December 2014 after an Arab uprising across the region.In April 2019, the late president announced that he had no intention of running for presidential election again.Born in 1926, Essebsi completed his studies before entering the political field. He was a supporter of Tunisia’s independence leader Habib Bourguiba. The country gained its independence from France in 1956.Essebsi served in several positions, including as speaker of parliament, while Ben Ali was still in power.Essebsi’s expert fields were security, defense, and foreign affairs.Essebsi, a prominent political figure, led his country towards democracy after serving as Prime Minister following the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.Three years later, Essebsi was elected president of Tunisia.According to Al Jazeera, a presidential vote will take place on November 17 after parliamentary elections expected to take place on October 6.The leader of the Ennahda political party, Rached Ghannouchi, will run in the next parliamentary elections.“The decision to present Ghannouchi at the top of the party’s electoral list in Tunis 1 [district], is to have leaders of parties play a more important role at this crucial stage in the history of the democratic transition in Tunisia,” said Imed Khmiri, an Ennahda party official.The parliamentary race is expected to be fought closely by the Ennahda party, the secular Tahya Tounes party of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, the Nidaa Tounes party led by the president’s son Hafedh Caid Essebsi, and the Courant Democrate party.
TORONTO – The company formerly known as Wind Mobile starts rolling out its new high-speed wireless network in Toronto and Vancouver on Sunday, as part of an incremental effort to better compete with the country’s Big Three wireless providers.But some industry watchers say the rebranded Freedom Mobile, which was acquired by Shaw (TSX:SJR.B) in a deal that closed in March, is unlikely to make a big difference immediately.In theory, Freedom’s beefed-up LTE network, an upgrade from its third-generation platform, should increase competition, said Marc-David L. Seidel, a professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.But its restricted launch isn’t a competitive entrance, he said. The service won’t start expanding to the Greater Toronto and Vancouver areas until next spring, and to Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa next summer. Parts of southern Ontario, including Hamilton and Kingston, will join as of fall 2017.As a result, Freedom will have difficulty attracting new users with its “very limited footprint in Toronto and Vancouver,” Seidel said.“So it’s not going to be an incredibly strong force on the LTE side.”Another major hitch, he added, is that the company’s network coverage isn’t as robust as that of the Big Three telecommunications companies, Rogers, Telus and Bell. It’s also weaker than these rivals’ flanker brands, the less expensive Fido, Koodo and Virgin, respectively.Freedom CEO Alek Krstajic said that while the company’s coverage may be spottier, it offers a better experience because their network is less crowded. He likens it to driving on an empty highway and expects that to be the case for the next year or two, until about one million customers rely on the network.Krstajic also said he anticipates that coverage will improve after it acquires more spectrum at the next government auction.Barclays analyst Phillip Huang, however, wrote in a note that using the Freedom brand rather than the Shaw name suggests its network quality is not likely to close the gap “for some time.”New hardware requirements may be another impediment to Freedom’s price-sensitive customers considering an upgrade to its new high-speed network, said Seidel.Existing customers will need one of two smartphones to able to access it, and they’ll likely have to pay a higher price point than with their current 3G plans.The regular price to access the LTE network is $45 per month, which Seidel said could further discourage customers.He said Freedom will need to change its pricing strategy to concern its competitors.Krstajic said the company doesn’t plan to discount heavily, as it needs to be patient about gaining market share rather than offering unfeasibly low prices in order to become a sustainable fourth player.Still, he noted, Freedom’s LTE plan is at a significant discount to those offered by competitors when features like the amount of data offered are taken into account.Freedom is advertising a special offer of 6 GB for $40 a month for the first year. Meanwhile, 5 GB of data at the Big Three’s flanker brands would cost nearly $100 for the least expensive option.The company’s LTE plan price could drive its competitors to lower their prices, at least for prospective customers, said Fred Lazar, an associate professor of economics at York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto.He believes Shawis well-positioned to become a fourth major player in the markets it services as it’s bound to attract individual customers, as well as small and mid-size businesses looking for less expensive, high-speed plans.“Can they pull it off? Who knows,” he said.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. Industry watchers question Freedom Mobile’s strategy to compete with Big 3 by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 27, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 27, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Over the year, MAPA was directly affected by 37 security incidents that resulted in 34 deaths among its personnel and 27 injuries, with an attack on a de-mining project near to a copper mine in Logar province in June and a second in Helmand province in December accounting for 19 of the deaths and nine injuries.“The total of 34 de-miners killed in 2014 is almost equal to the total number over the previous four years combined,” said a press statement released by the Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA), which is managed by the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS). MACCA’s statement also countered reports in the Afghan media that two recent attacks on de-miners working for the Programme were carried out because they were clearing IEDs in an area of ongoing conflict.“We refute this explanation and once again condemn these attacks,” said the statement, referring to the December attack in Helmand province and another in Logar province on 9 January. “The clearance of IEDs where fighting continues is not the responsibility of MAPA and it has never conducted such clearance.”The statement notes that MAPA is involved in clearing explosive hazards but only in cases where fighting in an area has ended and internally displaced people have returned to their homes and requested the clearing of lands. In such instances clearance goes ahead only to improve public safety and when it avoids interference in active conflict.‘The preservation of MAPA’s neutrality is key to its continued services to communities in Afghanistan,” said the statement, stressing that support from the people was “paramount” to the Programme’s enduring success and resilience. “MAPA has never and will never implement any operations that go against that policy.”One of the largest mine action programmes in the world and the first ever humanitarian, non-military programme, MAPA comprises 50 national and international partners from commercial and non-profit spheres, with a 26 year history of cooperation that has seen over 23,000 hazardous areas cleared and a resulting decline in civilian casualties by almost 80 per cent.MAPA has maintained its humanitarian neutrality throughout its history, working with all Governments and operating to ensure the safety of Afghan civilians.
The New York Mets are on some kind of tear right now. With a 9-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, the Mets have won 21 of their last 29 games — a run that dates to July 25 and the handful of player acquisitions the team made before MLB’s trade deadline.The biggest catalyst for New York’s sudden success has been a vastly improved offense. Over that red-hot 29-game stretch, they’re averaging 6.2 runs per contest, or 46 percent more than the National League average.1After adjusting for park effects. By contrast, the Mets were scoring just 3.4 runs per game before their hot streak began, or 11 percent below the NL average. New York’s shift from ranking 26th in park-adjusted runs per game2Indexed relative to the league. through July 24 to No. 1 in the month-plus since is by far the biggest offensive turnaround any team enjoyed over that span:But how much of this improvement should we expect the Mets to retain going forward? To get a general sense of how much regression to the mean tugs on scorching August performances like those of the 2015 Mets, I gathered Retrosheet data on all MLB teams in the expansion era3Since 1961. and measured how much of a team’s August scoring-index boost (relative to its scoring index through July) carried over into September and October.4Including regular-season games only. The effect was slight, but significant: About 21 percent of a team’s August hike in scoring rate is “real,” in the sense that it can be expected to continue into subsequent months.And the Mets have reason to believe they can hang on to more than 21 percent of their offensive gains. One of their trade-deadline pickups, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, leads the team in offensive runs above average over the past 30 days. So at least part of New York’s scoring surge is due to talent they’ve added since July (as opposed to existing players simply hitting better, which is less sustainable). And, as our friend Jonah Keri pointed out Monday, the Mets also have the easiest schedule in baseball over the remainder of the season.Combine it with New York’s 86 percent probability of making the playoffs, and the Mets are looking like a far more credible World Series threat than they were earlier in the season.
OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. Credit: Courtesy of OSUA typical highly-touted college football recruit hopes to see the field as soon as they arrive on campus, but that doesn’t always happen.Whether a player isn’t big enough, good enough or mature enough to play right away — or if there is simply a more experienced player ahead of them on the depth chart — many have to spend a season looking on as a redshirt.The 2013 Ohio State football team had a handful of hyped-up recruits — and even a couple of returning players — who took a redshirt season. While some of those players still face an uphill battle for playing time, others are set to make an instant impact in 2014.Headlining the group of 2013 redshirts is redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who is slated to start this season for the Buckeyes after senior quarterback Braxton Miller suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder last week. Barrett, who tore his ACL during his senior year of high school, hasn’t taken a competitive snap outside of practice in nearly two years.“(Barrett) had about 300 competitive throws this fall, where when (former OSU backup quarterback Kenny Guiton) went into the game a couple years ago, I think he had six,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said at a Wednesday press conference. “(Barrett) is a meticulous guy.”Before fall practice, Barrett had limited reps as a true freshman in 2013 and split time with redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones in spring camp and during OSU’s Spring Game at Ohio Stadium. In the Spring Game, Barrett completed 17 of 33 pass attempts for 151 yards through the air.Barrett was a four-star recruit coming out of Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, but still found himself buried behind more experienced players as a freshman. As the depth chart shifts heading into the new season, Barrett suddenly is on the list of key Buckeyes, and he won’t be the only one in that brand-new situation.At OSU’s annual media day on Aug. 10, Meyer rattled off the names of a few different players who weren’t as well-known in 2013 but could make an impact this season.“Dontre Wilson (and) Jalin Marshall are in a heated battle at the H-back position,” Meyer said. “Corey Smith and Michael Thomas have started the battle for top two or three receiver spots, and there is a bunch of guys, just don’t have time to go through them all.”While Wilson is entering his true sophomore season, the other three players Meyer singled out all redshirted last year. Marshall is a redshirt-freshman, Smith is a redshirt-junior after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan before last season and Thomas is a redshirt-sophomore who played as a true freshman in 2012 before sitting out last year.When a player redshirts for a season, they are allowed to practice with the team but can’t play in games, and retain the year of eligibility. Therefore, a player who redshirts their first season will still have four years of eligibility remaining. A player can also receive a medical redshirt if they sustain a season-ending injury. In medical cases, the NCAA determines whether or not the player will be granted the medical hardship waiver and retain a year of eligibility.Even though Smith is fighting for playing time against established players such as seniors Evan Spencer and Devin Smith, he still hopes to find a way onto the field in his first season playing for the Buckeyes.“I plan on having a big role, just do my best in whatever role it is to contribute,” Corey Smith said at OSU’s media day. “But I plan on having a big role.”OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith had high praise for the transfer student as well, calling him “one of the most talented guys” he has ever coached.“He is very talented,” Zach Smith said. “He has bought completely into the system instilled by coach Meyer, (OSU assistant athletic director for football sports performance) Mickey Marotti and myself.”Outside of Corey Smith, Marshall and Thomas, Barrett might have yet another target who redshirted last season.Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh didn’t play in 2013 for his first year on campus and had just one reception for four yards in the spring game, but OSU tight ends coach Tim Hinton said he’s come a long way since arriving in Columbus.“Marcus Baugh has really matured as an individual and as a player,” Hinton said at OSU’s media day. “He’s physically developing. There’s a lot of raw talent.”While Baugh might not be expected to carry the team with senior tight end Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett already on the roster, his development can serve as proof of hard work during a redshirt season.Baugh was initially suspended for the first game of his freshman season after being cited for underage alcohol consumption before eventually redshirting.Like Thomas, redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn saw the field as a true freshman in 2012 before finding himself buried on the depth chart the following year.In 11 games as a freshman, Dunn carried the ball 25 times for 133 yards and even scored a pair of touchdowns, but went into last season behind now former OSU players Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall, as well as now-redshirt-senior Rod Smith and now-sophomore Ezekiel Elliott in the pecking order.After averaging nearly six yards per carry and scoring a touchdown in the spring game, as well as putting on a strong performance in fall camp, Meyer said Dunn, along with Rod Smith, is firmly in the mix at running back this season, even though Elliott is expected to be the No. 1 on opening day.“I give credit to Bri’onte and Rod,” Meyer said Aug. 17. “Every day they’ve worked their tails off.”Even though their college experience might have started off differently than they hoped, each of these redshirts could be looking to come out fresh and strong for the Buckeyes this season.OSU is scheduled to start its season Saturday against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon.
Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve (32) sits on the puck after a save in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 5 Ohio State women’s hockey team has made history — again.The Buckeyes reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history and now have a shot to bring home their first national title with three straight wins. They will face fourth-seeded Boston College (30-4-3, 19-2-3 Hockey East) in the NCAA quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.After losing 2-0 to Minnesota on Saturday during the WCHA Final Face-Off, the Buckeyes (23-10-4, 14-6-4 WCHA) were named an at-large team an at-large team in the tournament Sunday. Ohio State will compete in the tournament with Clarkson, Mercyhurst, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colgate, Northeastern and Boston College. Each winner of the quarterfinals will advance to the 2018 Women’s Frozen Four. Should Ohio State win, it would face the winner of top-seeded Clarkson’s matchup against Mercyhurst. Second-seeded Wisconsin will host Minnesota. No. 3 Colgate University hosts Northeastern University. Boston College holds the fourth seed in the tournament and hosts the Buckeyes. Following two straight losing seasons, Ohio State made history this season by claiming the program record for wins in a season and at one point was ranked third in the country, higher than ever before in program history. A win in the NCAA tournament would add another improbable feat to the continued turnaround under second-year head coach Nadine Muzerall, who was named WCHA coach of the year.The Buckeyes will lace up their skates and take the ice at the Conte Forum at 1 p.m. Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
Short URL Poll Results: Poll: Should pubs be allowed open on Good Friday? A senator has tabled a bill to end the practice of having to close pubs on that day. Share38 Tweet Email 34,824 Views I don’t know (488) YesNoI don’t knowVoteRead: ’We’ve outgrown this dated practice’: Bill tabled to open pubs on Good Friday> 119 Comments Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 8:26 PM Image: Shutterstock/Ievgenii Meyer Yes (15384) Image: Shutterstock/Ievgenii Meyer EVERY GOOD FRIDAY, pubs have to close their doors in Ireland.But one senator believes it is an “outdated practice”, and has tabled a bill that would end the compulsory closing of pubs on that date.Independent Senator Billy Lawless is supported by a range of fellow independent Seanad members in the move.Lawless said that Irish pubs are an “intrinsic part” of our tourism offering and that we’ve outgrown this ban.But some believe that pubs should have to close to mark the day – especially as it is just for 24 hours.What do you think: Should pubs be allowed open on Good Friday? No (7541) http://jrnl.ie/3255909 By Aoife Barry Feb 23rd 2017, 8:26 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article