first_imgDiscover 7 pro tips for better shooting.Having worked as a director, cinematographer and editor I learned very quickly how important it is to shoot your film not only for the narrative that you are building in the present, but for the narrative that you, or your editor will build in post. Lucky for us, our friend Caleb Pike with DSLR Video Shooter has provided us with a great set of tips for shooting like an editor.“If you can think like an editor, and shoot like one while your out filming, you can do yourself a ton of help.”– Caleb PikeHere are the listed tips that Caleb goes through in the video:1. Transitional Shots (00:56)Utilizing transition shots gives the editor the ability to move from scene to scene without using harsh cuts. As Caleb points out you can find very creative ways to develop and film transition shots without the use of “artificial crossovers and fades”.2. Slate Your Shots (01:42)Metadata is pretty important to an editor. It not only helps you, the director, to keep everything organized on set, but it also helps the editor in post. On any film shoot you’re going to go through several takes of multiple scenes, so by slating and cataloging each slate you’ve already begun the metadata collection and organizing for your editor.3. Overlap Your Shots (02:16)Overlapping shots can make editing easier and its gives the editor more options to work with. To do this you want to film specific actions and tasks in several angles, and you want to be sure and film the action from beginning to end in each take. Total pro move.4. Get It On Film (03:09)When shooting interviews or filming a narrative sequence begin rolling before you say “action”, this way you can gather auditory information about the scene or you can ask metadata questions to your interview subjects. Such questions for your subjects would include asking their name, spelling of their name and title. Having this information in audio form can greatly help your editor when setting up interview titles and or just labeling the metadata.5. B-Roll (03:44)As Caleb says, “B-Roll, B-Roll, B-Roll, B-Roll. You can never have enough B-Roll….it doesn’t matter how important it is or whether you’ll actually use it. I’ve always been taught that, “It’s better to have it than not.”6. Practice A Lot (04:12)You can go to school for years to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking, but if you don’t get out there and practice then you’ll never improve as a shooter or editor. So, use any open time you can and begin filming anything you can think of to practice shooting and editing.7. Keep The Tone In Mind (04:31)Know your story. Know what it’s about and the tone you want to set through the visuals. This is extremely important as the tone will most often dictate how the transitions and b-roll will work.In addition to this article also see an article by Mentorless on 5 Things Cinematographers Can Do To Make Their Editor Happier, as well as The Art of Shooting B-Roll: Where to Start to Make Sure You Get What You Need.Do you have additional tips to add? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgIn a bid to check the spree of illegal encroachments on the hill slopes of the district’s eco-sensitive Pavana dam area, the Western Bench of the National Green Tribunal has issued notices to the State Environment Department, and 53 other people, including many celebrities.A Bench comprising Justices S.P. Wangdi and Dr. Nagin Nanda was acting on an environment interest litigation (EIL) filed by Sanjay Vishwanath ‘Bala’ Bhegade, a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Maval, around 18 km from the city.“The area [in Maval Taluk] under the water catchments of the Pavana Dam, surrounded by hills, has been declared as an ‘eco-sensitive zone’ by the committee formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in 2000 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Pronab Sen,” reads Mr. Bhegade’s petition.However, recently, a number of diamond merchants, cricketers, industrialists and Bollywood personalities have built luxurious villas and farm-houses on the hills, said advocate Asim Sarode, counsel for the petitioner.“The illicit constructions are shearing away the natural contours on the hilltops and hill-slopes, and the rampant felling of trees was causing permanent damage to the environment,” said Mr. Bhegade.Mr. Bhegade also alleged that the constructions had already disrupted water channels, forcing streams and rivers to alter their natural flowing path, posing a serious risk of landslides. “Earlier, some villagers had approached government authorities to apprise them of the situation. But other than sending notices to the owners of the illegal constructions, no action was taken. Hence, I have filed this EIL,” Mr. Bhegade said. Despite the ecological damage and a significant reduction of forest and green cover area, the taluk still retains its importance as a forest area rich in biodiversity, as is noted by the Madhav Gadgil and Kasturirangan panels on the ecological preservation of the Western Ghats, Mr. Sarode said.The tribunal also reprimanded the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) and the Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board for the rise in encroachments in the area. The next hearing is set for August 6.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery pressed about dumped Ozilby Paul Vegas9 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was reluctant to discuss Mesut Ozil’s situation last night.Emery did not consider Ozil for their Europa League win over Vitoria.Pushed about the German, the manager would only say: “Tonight is not the day to speak about that.”I prefer to speak about the match. We have all the players who played.”He’s not in the squad. That is the decision tonight. Now we are going to work towards Sunday.” last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Liberian Registry The Liberian Registry and the China Classification Society (CCS) have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as the latest step in its strategy to collaborate effectively with its long-term key industry stakeholders.Under the terms of the MoU, the Liberian Registry’s technical competence will be employed to help shipyards and shipowners improve their innovative strategies.The CCS MoU has a particular focus on innovation and technology within the international regulatory framework and maritime sector projects. It is an extension to the governmental Maritime Transport Agreement between China and Liberia which entered into force in February 2016.The MoU is the most recent agreement between the Liberian Registry and stakeholders in the Chinese shipbuilding industry. The Registry has also signed ten MoUs with shipyards, shipyard groups and ship design companies in China in order to create a platform for the exchange of market intelligence, innovation and technological development.A streamlined Ship Newbuild Services facility is also available to Liberian-flag shipowners through dedicated joint industry ship design projects. The intention is to produce ships capable of high performance levels and outstanding Port State Control performance, in compliance with all rules and regulations.“Under the terms of the MoU, the Liberian Registry’s technical competence will be employed to help shipyards and shipowners improve their innovative strategies. In this way, the Liberian Registry will be able to expand its continually growing fleet numbers with ships of the highest quality and safety standards, able to operate competitively in today’s challenging shipping industry,” Scott Bergeron, LISCR CEO, said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Two days after three masked robbers robbed a family at gunpoint in Model town, the same gang struck again and robbed a medical store in Sarai Jullena of New Friends colony in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The gang barged inside the 24×7 medical store and took the two men present inside the store at gunpoint. The whole incident was captured on the CCTV camera of the medical store. The three men were seen wearing masks and brandishing weapons as they took money from the cash counter. The gang spent close to 2 minutes inside the store and fled after scaring the living daylights out of the shop attendants. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefThe victims made a PCR call at 5 am regarding a robbery in Sanjeevni Chemist shop at Sarai Jullena village. “Three armed men came inside the shop and took away the cash in the counter amounting to nearly one lakh rupees and also took away two mobile phones and sped away on a motorcycle. One person was wearing a helmet while two persons covered their faces with handkerchiefs to hide their identity,” said DCP South East Chinmoy Biswal. The gang which committed two armed robberies in a span of two days has become a new menace for Delhi Police.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement While working a photography gig, she found out about plans to redevelop the West Don Lands, an ex-industrial site east of the Distillery Distrct. Excited by the area’s potential, she decided to make it the starting point of her condo search. With a $300,000 budget, she began hunting. A pre-construction Streetcar Developments condo in Corktown seemed perfect, but when she showed up at the sales centre, there weren’t any units left. “I was so bummed,” she says.READ MORE Alexis Jardin, 50ArtistWhere: Corktown, TorontoHow big: 497 square feetHow much: $256,000When Alexis Jardin left her rented Liberty Village penthouse behind in 2008 after a breakup, she was ready to buy a home of her own, but she did not want to bring more than a few suitcases with her. She had a short wish list: the place had to be small, it had to be easy to rent out when she was travelling and it had to have at least a little bit of outdoor space. (Jardin grew up in Muskoka and can’t abide by an indoor-only lifestyle.)last_img read more

first_img Twitter Actor and comedian Gerry Dee will host Family Feud Canada, one of the new additions coming to CBC Television. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Family Feud Canada, which hopes to inject a distinctly Canuck flavour into the long-running game show format, is part of the slate of new programming coming to CBC Television.The public broadcaster unveiled a host of new and returning shows during CBC’s 2019-2020 upfront presentation event in Toronto on Wednesday.“We’re very focused on speaking to contemporary Canada, so ensuring that we are reaching not just a broad audience, but a diverse range of Canadians,” said Sally Catto, CBC’s head of English television programming. Programming that appeals to families is a thread running through Wednesday’s announcement, including Family Feud Canada.Since debuting on ABC in 1976, Family Feud has been adapted for 71 international markets, including a French-Canadian version called La guerre des clans.Catto noted that each market has put its own stamp on the format, which sees two families compete to correctly give the most popular response to survey questions..@cbc announces @gerrydee is the host of the new show Family Feud Canada.— Eli Glasner ? (@glasneronfilm) May 29, 2019“[Family Feud Canada] is an opportunity to reach audiences across the country,” she said.“We are talking about Canadian families that are going to be showcased on a very fun and entertaining show with a wonderful Canadian host. So for us, it makes a lot of sense.”Family Feud Canada will be hosted by actor and comedian Gerry Dee, who concluded his CBC sitcom Mr. D in December. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Taroudant, Morocco- Morocco will participate in the 23rd International Food & Drinks Exhibition, the leading international exhibition for food products in Russia, to be held from September 15 to 18, 2014 in Moscow.As part of the implementation of the “Green Morocco Plan”, the Kingdom will participate in the exhibition for the first time, through self-control establishment and coordination of exports (EACCE).According to the official website of the World Food Moscow, more than thirty exhibitors from all regions of the Kingdom will take part in this international exhibition. The Moroccan delegation will include senior officials from the Department of Agriculture and private operators who will present the richness, diversity, and quality of Moroccan products.The government’s objective in participating in the exhibition is to consolidate and strengthen the presence of Moroccan goods in this market and explore opportunities to develop new partnerships in other sectors, such as olive oil and local products.With an area of 256 square meters, the Moroccan pavilion will have a modern and authentic design and will present the diverse products of the Kingdom ranging from saffron, one of the world’s most expensive spices, to fruits, vegetables, drinks, seafood, and much more. read more

BERKELEY, Calif. — Elijah Hicks and Ashtyn Davis scored on interception returns for touchdown in the first quarter to lead a defence that forced a season-high five turnovers, and California rolled past Colorado 33-21 on Saturday night.Chase Garbers passed for 116 yards and two touchdowns while absorbing several big hits early as the Golden Bears (7-4, 4-4 Pac-12) clinched their first winning season since 2015 despite nearly blowing a 17-point lead.The Bears were already assured of a bowl bid and can improve their prospects next week against Stanford in a game that was delayed due to unhealthy air conditions stemming from the deadly wildfire in Northern California.Colorado, on the other hand, will begin a coaching search after ending the season with seven straight losses. The skid cost coach Mike MacIntyre his job a week earlier and the Buffaloes (5-7, 2-7) showed little improvement in his absence.The Bears have improved steadily in two seasons under Justin Wilcox, most significantly on defence, a point that was driven home emphatically in the first two minutes of the game.Hicks put Cal ahead with a 34-yard pick-6 off Colorado quarterback Steven Montez. Davis followed with a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown 45 seconds later. Davis added another interception late in the second quarterGarbers threw touchdown passes of one and seven yards. The second came after the Buffaloes cut the Bears lead to 27-21.Montez passed for 170 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Kyle Evans added a 1-yard touchdown run for Colorado.THE TAKEAWAYColorado: The Buffaloes have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. With recruiting already in full swing, it’s imperative that the administration decide on a full-time replacement for MacIntyre. A handful of names have been thrown around but there is no clear front-runner. Whoever takes the job will inherit a program in flux. Colorado has 25 seniors, including eight starters, but will return most of the key starters on offence and defence.California: The Bears set the tone early with their defence, which was key in a game when their offence sputtered much of the day. Garbers had a pretty efficient game and showed some grit with his running. That was critical because the Buffaloes made running back Patrick Laird mostly a non-factor. Greg Thomas helped bail out Cal’s offence with a pair of field goals.UP NEXTColorado: The Buffaloes season is over.California: The Bears host Stanford on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.__More AP college football: Wagaman, The Associated Press read more

first_imgThe distinct smell emanating from the house at the end of the cul-de-sac had been familiar to the neighbours for years. But when masked gangsters forced their way into the property, demanding its occupants hand over their cannabis stash, the middle-aged couple were understandably bewildered.The couple, it emerged, had a plant growing in their front garden commonly called Caucasian Crosswort, which gives off a smell resembling cannabis, and which the bungling burglars appear to have mistaken for the drug.On discovering that the house was not, in fact, a cannabis factory, the gang made off instead with cash and other personal items. “It was by the front door,” she said. “We could sometimes smell quite a strong scent but we thought it was foxes as there are a lot around there.”An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said they were still investigating the aggravated burglary that occurred in the early hours of August 15.“Masked men went into the property and threatened the occupants, before making off with cash and other personal items,” he added.“Officers with the local neighbourhood team have been providing support to the victims and recently identified a plant growing in the victims’ garden commonly called Caucasian Crosswort, which gives off a smell resembling cannabis.“We believe this smell may have led to a case of mistaken identity, with the offenders believing cannabis was being grown at the property.“We’ve advised the victims to remove the plants and would appeal to anyone with information about this incident to come forward.” “The smell is so distinct, it really does smell like cannabis,” he told the Telegraph.“It’s more intense when it’s hot and dry.“It’s an uncommon garden plant that makes good ground cover and is easy to grow but it comes from Iran and is an unusual plant to find in the UK.” Gardener Alan DownCredit:Bristol Post/ One of the plants at the house in Bristol smelt strongly of cannabis Mr Down said he was able to identify the plant, which has delicate pink flowers, because he had spotted it once on a farmyard in Cornwall and taken a photograph.“I like a challenge,” he added. “I knew roughly what it was but it took me a little while. The police were very grateful. I assume this couple will dig it up now.”Neighbours said the smell had emitted from the garden for at least ten years but most thought it was foxes.One neighbour said: “The smell is quite strong. It always smelt as if it was where foxes had been.“The couple who live there didn’t plant it, it’s been there for many, many years.“But I’m not sure how anyone would even know about it. Unless you were looking for it, you couldn’t possibly know it was there. No one would have cause to walk past that house.” One of the plants at the house in Bristol smelt strongly of But the pair were left traumatised and utterly baffled about what had led to the mistake. Police officers called to the property, in Winford, Bristol, were equally confused.They could smell the strong scent of cannabis outside the house but were unable to identify the source.Eventually, one of the officers contacted Alan Down, a local horticulture expert, asking for help.”The police officer who came to see me said he specialised in drugs,” Mr Down said.”He knew of several plants that smelled like cannabis but he couldn’t see them in the garden.”Mr Down told the officer to take cuttings of the smelliest plants in the couple’s garden and he soon identified the culprit as Phuopsis stylosa, known as Caucasian Crosswort. The previous owner of the house, who did not wish to be identified, had lived there from 1999 and said she believed it was already in the well-established garden when she purchased the house and had no idea where it had come from. Gardener Alan Down Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgLa météorite bretonne captée par une caméra de vidéo surveillanceLes premières images de la météorite lumineuse, entrée dans l’atmosphère le mardi 19 juillet à l’aube en survolant la Bretagne, ont été publiées dimanche par L’Espace des Sciences de Rennes. L’arrivée du fragment venu de l’espace a été captée par une caméra infrarouge.C’est une aubaine pour l’Espace des Sciences de Rennes qui a publié dimanche les premières photos de la météorite qui a survolé la Bretagne le mardi 19 juillet après qu’un particulier leur a remis une vidéo inédite du phénomène. Jusqu’ici, les chercheurs n’avaient pas réussi à mettre la main sur des images de la mystérieuse explosion aperçue par de nombreux habitants dans la région. Ces images “proviennent d’une caméra de surveillance et ont été remises par un particulier à l’Espace des Sciences de Rennes pour aider les scientifiques”, a précisé Priscilla Abraham, la responsable du planétarium de l’Espace des Sciences, citée par l’AFP.”L’explosion dans le ciel avait été si rapide, quelques secondes, que nous pensions que personne n’avait eu le temps de le filmer ou de prendre une photo “, résume Priscilla Abraham.Des preuves en images Priscilla Abraham et Bruno Mauguin, responsables du planétarium de l’Espace des sciences ont reçu de très nombreux témoignages, avant d’être contactés par un particulier ayant une vidéo en sa possession. “Cette vidéo nous prouve que le phénomène est bien lié à la chute d’une météorite. On y voit très bien la trace que l’on nomme le météore, générée par la météorite. Nous avons l’heure exacte du phénomène, sa durée, son identification, une idée de sa trajectoire et l’altitude à laquelle il disparaît. Environ 10.000 mètres d’altitude.”  Avec une petite ombre au tableau : “On ne peut pas déterminer la taille de la météorite”, rapporte Ouest France.Prochaine étape : récupérer des fragments de la météoriteÀ lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAMaintenant, les scientifiques ont pour objectif de retrouver des points d’impacts avant d’être devancés par les chasseurs de météorites dont “l’intérêt n’est en rien scientifique”, a déploré Priscilla Abraham. D’autant plus que ce type de chute n’a pas souvent été répertorié en France. En effet, l’observation d’une entrée de météorite, mais encore plus la récupération de cette dernière constituent des occasions très rares. Pour la majorité de ces petits corps célestes, il ne reste qu’une lumière éphémère après la traversée dans l’atmosphère. Pouvoir observer ce phénomène “en live” est donc une chance quasiment unique pour les scientifiques qui espèrent désormais retrouver des fragments de la météorite. Découvrez la chute de la météorite qui a illuminé le ciel breton en vidéo sur MaxisciencesLe 26 juillet 2011 à 09:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgAn account has been set up to help a family displaced Tuesday by a fire at its east Clark County home.Donations to the family of Eric and Jeanette Rafferty can be made to the Pacific Crest Academy Rafferty Family Fund at any Riverview Community Bank location, said Manda Levie, who works at the Camas school the family’s children attend. She said the Raffertys have been staying with family but plan to move into a hotel. “Jeanette was inside at the time” of the fire, Levie said. “She was able to get the kids out. They’re all safe. Eric was at work.”A hot-burning floor-lamp bulb that made contact with a curtain is believed to have started the fire that caused $475,000 damage.Levie, of the private Pacific Crest Academy, said the account was set up in response to a large number of inquiries from community members wanting to lend a hand.“They have nothing right now,” she said of the Raffertys.For more information, contact Levie at 360-834-9913 or by e-mail at read more

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian welcomed more than 50 volunteers to the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction on January 28 for a celebration of their service.Volunteers at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction provide a wide range of spiritual, therapeutic and reentry services throughout the facility.“Volunteers play an integral part in supporting the efforts our professional staff undertake to help prepare those in our custody to make a successful return to the community,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “We are extremely fortunate to have volunteers who generously give of their time as individuals, as well as part of community organizations both inside and outside of Middlesex County. This celebration was our way of saying thank you.”In addition to hearing from Sheriff Koutoujian, volunteers were treated to a meal prepared by inmates in the culinary arts program, as well as remarks and musical performances by some of the inmates the volunteers work with on a routine basis.Individuals interested in learning more about volunteering at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction can contact Assistant Superintendent of Program Services Josh Bowdridge at 978-667-1711.Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian welcomed more than 50 volunteers to the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction on January 28, 2019 for a celebration of their service.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSenator Markey & Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian Promote Expansion Of Opioid Treatment In JailsIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Helps Collect 120 Unwanted Guns During Regional Gun Buyback InitiativeIn “Police Log”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”last_img read more

first_imgFederal staff will again manage king salmon on the lower Kuskokwim River after requests from tribes. Earlier this year, a handful of tribal governments asked the federal subsistence board to implement federal management. The Federal Subsistence Board deferred last month, but at a Friday meeting of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service leaders announced a plan for federal management.Federal staff will manage the 2015 king run within the Yukon Delta refuge boundary. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK. Download Audio:Federal staff plan to limit the chinook fishery to federal qualified users from 32 Kuskokwim villages and manage the fishery day-to-day within the boundaries of the Yukon Delta refuge. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Biologist Brian McCaffery, the in-season manager last year, points to guidance from federal law and the weakened state of king salmon.“In a time of conservation needs, in resource shortage, if anyone gets a shot at the resources within the conservation unit, it has to be first the federally qualified subsistence users. By implementing the federal special action, we set that sidebar as the bounds for which any harvest can occur,” said McCaffery.Only residents of the 32 villages would be able to fish for king salmon under federal management. The reason dual management exists is because state and federal law don’t match. While both have subsistence priorities, federal law includes a rural preference the state doesn’t have.Federal staff managed the king salmon run last summer on federal lands after the Federal Subsistence Board took action on a request from the village of Napaskiak. Five tribal governments asked this year for federal management. The fishery has been in decline for years, and with another poor run expected, Yukon Delta Refuge Manager Neil LaLonde says king salmon fishing may not even be a possibility.“We expect little to no harvestable surplus,” said LaLonde.The state estimates the run at 96 to 163-thousand kings, well below the average run of 240-thousand fish. The drainage wide escapement goal range is 65 to 120 thousand kings. LaLonde says his team is still working out management details.“The season framework itself will likely look very similar to what it was last year in 2014. It wouldn’t be things that would be drastically different. We want to improve on things we did last year and be more effective in different ways,” said LaLonde.One area to improve is the early season set net fishing. Managers expect to close the river in mid-May to big salmon gear and allow fishing for white fish with four-inch set nets for a period each week, instead of 24/7 fishing like 2014, in which thousands of king salmon were caught.If there are enough kings for some harvest, LaLonde says it’s too early to say how the harvest would occur. They could implement a limited community permit system or, as the state has proposed, allow a very short king salmon fishing period, with limits on net length, to keep the number of salmon harvested to a minimum.At a meeting Friday of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group, fishermen from the length of the river tried to make sense of what this year’s version of dual management means. Working Group Chair Bev Hoffman emphasized that however it pans out, the goal should be the same for managers and subsistence fishermen.“We’re going into another year of chinook conservation,” said Hoffman. “Any opportunity, 4” or 6” is not to target chinook for the drying rack.”Members asked for consistency between federal and state regulations, which could change at Aniak. The state retains management outside of the boundaries of the refuge and the federal action only concerns king salmon. The state has new management options this year that should make it easier to match federal rules, like requiring set nets to be within 100 feet of shore and limited driftnet lengths. State and federal staff emphasized that they plan to work closely this summer and include the working group. The next Working Group meeting is not yet scheduled.last_img read more

first_imgSupporters of Medicaid expansion have continued their efforts with rallies in downtown Anchorage this week.Download Audio:An Anchorage based political group again called on the state Legislature to make changes in oil tax credits now.Backbone is an activist group loosely made up of a former state lawmakers and community leaders who are opposed to current state policies regarding oil taxation.Group members positioned themselves around a table downtown today to demand that state legislators get back to work.Vic Fisher, himself a former state lawmaker and a signer of the state Constitution, says the current legislative impasse is unacceptable. Fisher says it’s a few key figures in the government who are blocking a decision on the budget:“These decisions are being made by the legislative leadership — the chairs of committees, the speaker, the president, the Senate. So that’s where the responsibility lies.  They are the ones who have to reach out to the governor, work with the governor… they’re the ones who have to work with the minority if that’s what it takes to serve the people of Alaska.”The problem, former Anchorage mayor Jack Roderick says, is that the Legislature has lost control of the oil industry.“The Legislature… I think most of this is way over their heads. Except for maybe a couple of people who work for the oil companies and are key members of the Legislature. And you can not serve two masters at the same time.”Fisher says it is not a matter of changing current oil tax law, but at pinpointing the problems that exist within it to hammer out an equitable solution for both the oil companies and for the people of Alaska.last_img read more

first_imgThe bill would allow up to five Alaska tribes territorial jurisdiction in their villages to prosecute crimes like domestic assault, sexual violence and stalking, whether the accused is a tribal member or not.Congressman Don Young spoke on the House floor in favor of the Alaska pilot program. He cited grim statistics, saying women in Alaska Native villages suffer the highest sexual abuse rates in the nation.“Yet Native villages currently lack any efficient tools to criminally prosecute the offenders,” he said.Tribal courts are already taking domestic violence cases, but jurisdiction can be tricky. That’s because, with one exception, Alaska tribes don’t have reservations, or a specific geographic area where their laws apply. The VAWA bill aims to solve that, at least experimentally. Tribes participating in the pilot program would get Indian Country jurisdiction, like Lower 48 tribes have over reservations, to enforce VAWA crimes.The version of the bill that reached the House floor said jurisdiction would be limited to certain lands owned by Alaska Natives, or Native groups. Young submitted an amendment to expand the area.Alaska Rep. Don Young. Photo: Liz Ruskin.“My amendment would add jurisdiction of all lands inside Alaska Native villages, to cover where the majority of violence actually occurs,” he said.Young’s amendment passed. It says, for the pilot project, a tribe can have jurisdiction over a village that is at least 75 percent Alaska Native.Kenai attorney Andy Pevehouse foresees a problem.“The question is, does the village have a defined border?” he asked.Pevehouse represents a former Togiak resident, a non-Native man named Ronald Oertwich. By the authority of Togiak tribal court, Oertwich was banished from the community in 2017, allegedly for bootlegging whiskey. Last week, Pevehouse filed a lawsuit in federal Court on behalf of Oertwich, against the village, the tribal judges, the city of Togiak and the state. Pevehouse disputes the Togiak tribal court had the authority to prosecute his client.“If the tribe can assert jurisdiction absent geography or membership, then where does the tribe’s jurisdiction stop?” he asked.The tribe has not yet responded to the lawsuit and its attorney did not answer our interview request.Debate over the VAWA renewal bill continues in the U.S. House. Photo of U.S. Capitol by Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public MediaAlaska tribal courts could get a power boost if Congress passes a bill the House is debating to renew the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA.last_img read more

first_imgBangladesh Road and Transport Authority (BRTA) launches a 10-day-long training for bus drivers in Dhaka on Monday. Photo: UNBBangladesh Road and Transport Authority (BRTA) on Monday launched a 10-day-long training for bus drivers in Dhaka, reports UNB.Road transport and highways division secretary Nazrul Islam inaugurated the training workshop at BRTA office in Banani aiming to reduce road accidents and raising awareness among drivers.At least 100 bus drivers started training in the first phase and another 100 will attend in the 2nd phase. Gradually drivers from inter-bus services will attend the programme.Transport expert and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) professor Shamshul Huq spoke in the first day of training.BRTA chairman Moshiar Rahman presided over the training where BRTA director Sirajul Islam, Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity (Road Transport Owners Association) general secretary Enayet Ullah, Dhaka Sarak Paribahan Malik-Shramik Oikya Paribahan member secretary Sadiqur Rahman Miah were present.last_img read more

first_imgUS president Donald Trump`s attorney Rudy Giuliani is seen during a visit at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted there was “nothing wrong” with the president’s 2016 campaign taking information from the Russians, as House Democrats pledged stepped-up investigations into campaign misconduct and possible crimes of obstruction detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report .Giuliani called the Trump campaign’s effort to get political help from representatives of the Russian government possibly ill-advised but not illegal.”There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians,” Giuliani said Sunday, referring to a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving Trump’s son Donald Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a lawyer linked to Russia. The Trump campaign was seeking harmful information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.The Sunday news shows offered the latest back and forth following the long-anticipated release on Thursday of Mueller’s 448-page redacted report on his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller found no evidence of a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign and made no decision on obstruction of justice.Giuliani rebutted Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who said in a statement on Twitter Friday he was “sickened” by the findings in Mueller’s report that cited details on how the Trump campaign welcomed political dirt from Russia.Giuliani said Romney should “stop the bull,” saying that accepting negative information about a political opponent is common. “I would have advised, just out of excess of caution, don’t do it,” he said. Nevertheless, “there’s no crime.”Pressed about whether there is a something wrong about using information stolen by foreign adversaries, Giuliani said, “It depends on the stolen material.”Trump, who spent the holiday weekend at his private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, asserted in tweets Sunday that he had been fully cleared by Mueller’s report and that Democrats’ continued efforts to investigate him will prove politically costly.”Despite No Collusion, No Obstruction, The Radical Left Democrats do not want to go on to Legislate for the good of the people, but only to Investigate and waste time. This is costing our Country greatly, and will cost the Dems big time in 2020!” he tweeted.Mueller explicitly did not exonerate Trump in the report on the question of obstruction, citing in part Justice Department guidelines that a sitting president shouldn’t be indicted.Not ruling out impeachment, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who chairs the House committee that would hold impeachment hearings, said he remained puzzled why Mueller did not bring charges of criminal conspiracy against those in the Trump Tower meeting.”All you have to prove for conspiracy is that they entered into a meeting of the minds to do something wrong and had one overt act. They entered into a meeting of the minds to attend a meeting to get stolen material on Hillary (Clinton). They went to the meeting. That’s conspiracy right there,” said Nadler, D-N.Y.Nadler said it was now up to Congress to investigate after the special counsel said it did not establish enough evidence to bring charges of criminal conspiracy, yet detailed 10 allegations of Trump’s attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation that left open whether Trump broke the law.Asked whether the offenses are impeachable, Nadler told NBC, “If proven, some of this would be impeachable, yes.” He said Democrats’ current focus is to “go where the evidence leads us.”Nadler has subpoenaed the Justice Department for the full, unredacted report and said Sunday he was adding former White House counsel Don McGahn to the list of people he would call to testify before his committee, along with Mueller and Attorney General William Barr. According to the special counsel’s report, McGahn was among the Trump aides who effectively halted Trump’s efforts to influence the Russia investigation, rebuffing his demand to set Mueller’s firing in motion.Nadler has said he expects the Justice Department to comply with the subpoena for the full report by May 1, the same day Barr is to testify before a Senate committee and one day before Barr is to appear before Nadler’s panel. Nadler summoned Mueller to testify by May 23.Democratic leaders are under mounting pressure from the party’s rising stars and some 2020 presidential contenders, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Julian Castro, a former Housing and Urban Development secretary, to start impeachment proceedings.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is pushing for a step-by-step approach to the House’s oversight of Trump and has refused to consider impeachment without public support, including Republicans. Pelosi is convening House Democrats on Monday to assess next steps.Sen. Mike Lee, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said it would be a “mistake” for Democrats to pursue further investigations that could lead to impeachment proceedings, arguing that the American public won’t stand for it after Mueller failed to conclude that crimes had been committed.”It’s time to move on,” said Lee, R-Utah.Giuliani said Trump’s legal team was weighing whether it would release a detailed written rebuttal to the Mueller report.”It may become necessary, whether they go ahead with the hearings or not, whether other issues are raised by different people – there’s probably a point at which we’ll use it. Right now we think the public debate is playing out about as well as it can,” he said.In the redacted report, Mueller said he considered bringing charges over the Trump Tower meeting but ultimately did not obtain admissible evidence that the campaign officials involved knew the actions were illegal. The meeting had raised questions about whether Trump Jr. and others violated the federal ban on foreign contributions to American political campaigns.”On the facts here, the government would unlikely be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the June 9 meeting participants had general knowledge that their conduct was unlawful,” the report stated. “The investigation has not developed evidence that the participants in the meeting were familiar with the foreign-contribution ban or the application of federal law to the relevant factual context.”Giuliani spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union,” ”Fox News Sunday” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Nadler also appeared on NBC. Lee was on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”last_img

first_imgCenter Windows 10 Taskbar icons and Start button with Falcon by Martin Brinkmann on June 20, 2018 in Software – 12 commentsFalcon is a free program for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system that you may use to center icons and the Start button on the taskbar.While you can make some modifications to the Windows taskbar, you are somewhat limited when it comes to the default options. You can move the taskbar to another edge of the screen, hide it by default, or change the icon size, but that is about it.If you want to make other modifications, e.g. center taskbar icons, make the taskbar transparent, or add other things to it that are not unlocked by default, you either have to apply hacks to make it happen or use third-party software instead.Center Windows 10 Taskbar icons and Start buttonFalcon is a free program for Windows. It is a .NET program which means that you need to have the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2 installed on the PC to run it. The application has been designed specifically for Windows 10.You can run the program after you have downloaded it to the local system and unpacked it there. The application starts in minimized state and a click on the system tray icon displays its interface and the provided options.Falcon supports three options that you may enable:Center Taskbar IconsCenter Windows ButtonHide TaskbarThe changes take effect immediately. When you check the option to center taskbar icons, all icons that are on the taskbar are centered immediately by the application. The center Windows button option works in the same fashion whereas hide taskbar enables the automatic hiding of the taskbar on the device.Please note that the application works only if the taskbar is displayed horizontally. It won’t work if you display the taskbar vertically on the left or right side. Similarly, all changes are applied only to the first monitor and not to secondary monitors that the PC may be connected to.Last but not least, it is necessary that Falcon runs in the background. If you exit Falcon, all changes are undone. The application uses roughly 20 Megabytes of RAM while running (oh those NET applications and their RAM usage).Manual wayThere is a manual way to center icons on the Windows taskbar (but not the Start button). It requires the following manual steps:Create a new empty folder on the device. It does not matter where you create the folder.Right-click on the taskbar and remove the checkmark from “Lock the Taskbar”.Right-click on the taskbar and select Toolbars > New Toolbar, and select the the newly created folder when the folder browser window opens.Drag and drop the new toolbar to the left. You need to be fast as you will squeeze the icons on the main toolbar instead only. The new toolbar should be displayed between the Start button and the icons.Use the separators to increase the size of the new toolbar so that the displayed taskbar icons look centered.Right-click on the new toolbar and disable the show title and show name options to hide the name.Right-click on the taskbar and enable the lock the taskbar option.Closing WordsFalcon is a handy program for Windows 10 that you may use to center the taskbar icons and Start button on the Windows 10 taskbar. Downside to using the program is that it needs to be run in the background and that it uses about 20 Megabytes of RAM while it is run. (via Deskmodder)Related articlesAdd separators to the Windows taskbarAdd your favorite websites to the Windows 10 TaskbarFix Pinned Items Opening As New Icons On Windows TaskbarHow To Place Drives on the Windows TaskbarSummary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 12 votes Software Name FalconOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more