Cardona makes PBA return with GlobalPort: ‘I feel like a rookie again’

first_imgMac Cardona of GlobalPort makes his PBA return against NLEX on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Cardona finished with four points and two rebounds in a 109-99 loss. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMac Cardona quest to make it back to the PBA has ended with GlobalPort on Sunday.Falling on hard times last year, the 35-year-old Cardona was able to pick up the pieces and he feels rejuvenated after being given a second chance.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Even if his return ended in a 99-109 defeat to NLEX, which ironically, is the previous PBA team he played for before a drug overdose in an apparent suicide attempt nearly ended his life, Cardona remains grateful for his new beginning, sharing that he has already moved past that dark chapter and is now hoping to live his life to the fullest.“Whatever happened to me in the past — I know I’ve made mistakes — but I tried to move on because I can no longer take those back. I’m just grateful for all the support that I got because if not for them, I wouldn’t have had my drive to get back here. I’m moving forward,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees View comments The former La Salle standout didn’t deny that he felt overwhelmed with his return.“I feel goosebumps that it’s like I’m back in the UAAP. When I was gone for almost a year, I was able to rest and I felt excited to play again,” said Cardona, who had four points and two rebounds in eight minutes of action.Cardona’s journey back into the PBA started in the PBA D-League where newcomer Zark’s Burger signed him up to play a couple of games in the 2017 Foundation Cup.“It was like a sign from the Lord that when they called me to play in the D-League, I still can make it back playing basketball,” he said.It didn’t take long the opportunity for a PBA return came knocking and it was his former college coach at La Salle in Franz Pumaren, who gave him the shot in his road to redemption.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies “I feel like a rookie again,” quipped Cardona. “I don’t remember how the court looks. I’m just happy that I made it back to the PBA and the people saw me playing again.”But it’s not just the fans, but also his new Batang Pier teammates, who welcomed him with open arms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“They’re happy to see me back, especially Terrence (Romeo). He was telling me that I still got it, that they’re there for me. The same goes for Mike (Cortez) and Ryan (Araña),” he said.“I’m just happy to get back. I didn’t expect that I’ll still be able to play in the PBA after all that happened to me last year. So I’m thankful for coach Franz (Pumaren), boss Mikee Romero, and boss Erick Arejola because they gave me a chance that I can still play.”  OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Close to quitting, Tiongson finds resurgence with NLEXlast_img read more

Former West Ham man wanted by Nottingham Forest

first_imgNottingham Forest are poised to make a move for former West Ham midfielder Jack Collison.Collison, 25, is still looking for a new club after being released by Sam Allardyce at the end of last season.The Wales international played a major role in helping West Ham gain promotion back into the Premier League in 2011/12, but he has failed to secure a regular first-team place in the last two seasons.Collison was strongly linked with a move to Forest earlier this year and has plenty of experience of playing in the Championship following recent spells with Bournemouth and Wigan.Stuart Pearce is keen to strengthen his squad during the summer and could make his move to sign the talented midfielder in the near future. Jack Collison in action for West Ham 1last_img read more

Toure and Sterling blast Juventus over Kean abuse

first_img0Shares0000Sterling celebrates the visitors’ fifth goal by cupping his ears towards the home fans in MontenegroLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 3 – Yaya Toure responded with fury and Raheem Sterling with mockery after manager Massimiliano Allegri and teammates said Juventus youngster Moise Kean shared the blame for racist abuse by Cagliari fans.Toure, who was speaking at UEFA’s Equal Game conference at Wembley, said he hoped the Italian football authorities would respond in a determined fashion to the chants and to Allegri’s lukewarm defence of his player. Kean, 19, along with team-mates Blaise Matuidi and Alex Sandro, was subjected to monkey noises during the match on Tuesday.Kean, an Italian international, reacted by celebrating with his hands outstretched in front of the Cagliari fans after scoring his side’s second in the 2-0 victory.Allegri and fellow goalscorer Leonardo Bonucci both said Kean had not helped himself.“He is a young man and he has to learn, but certain things from the crowd also shouldn’t be heard,” said Allegri.Bonucci said the blame was “50-50”.England international Sterling, who also reacted by celebrating in front of abusive home fans after scoring for England away to Montenegro on March 25, took to Instagram to ridicule Bonucci.“The blame is 50-50 @bonuccileo19,” Sterling posted on his story alongside a number of laughing and applause emojis.“All you can do now is laugh.”Kean defended his actions as “the best way to respond to racism”.Toure, the former Ivory Coast captain, said Allegri should have offered his full support to Kean.“I was shocked when I saw that happen and then the manager saying Kean shouldn’t have done that,” said Toure.“I want to see what the Italian FA is going to do about it. I want to see a response.”– ‘Long way to go’ –Jason Roberts, the former Premier League striker who is CONCACAF director of development, said he was shocked at the response of some of Kean’s team-mates.“I think it’s deeply troubling when you see a young player having to endure what was thrown at him,” said Roberts.“What was stark was the reaction of some opposition players and his team-mates, as if he had done something wrong. Who else in the workplace would have to endure that?”Roberts, who was an international for Grenada, said players should not feel they had to take the lead because administrators were not doing enough.“I don’t think we are doing enough and the players are having to take the lead,” he said.“For that to be the case in 2019 shows we have a long way to go.”The negative comments by Allegri and Bonucci to Kean’s actions contrasts to the praise showered on Sterling.The Manchester City star, along with team-mates Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi, was subjected to racist chants from Montenegro fans during their Euro 2020 qualifier in Podgorica last week.However, when he scored the final goal in a 5-1 victory, he cupped his hands to his ears, a reaction that gained him praise too from Toure.“I was surprised Raheem Sterling stayed so calm,” said Toure, a former team mate at Manchester City.“He is like my little brother. When you have seen what he has done surely he has to be Footballer of the Year.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Letterkenny Credit Union has the solution to your debt woes

first_imgThere are always times in life when people will find themselves having to juggle a number of different debts.Events such as an overseas holiday, a wedding or preparing for a new arrival often call for a little extra expenditure. Trying to cope with this however on top of day-to-day bills can prove overwhelming, especially when trying to keep track of varying interest rates and different types of credit.For many, reaching for the credit card to manage debts can seem like the easiest and most convenient solution. However, with interest rates as high as 23%* often charged for the privilege, more often than not this can prove to compound an already stressful situation. There is a much more effective solution which won’t end up costing people more than they bargained for; the new debt consolidation loan from Letterkenny Credit Union.The new product aims to help members refinance high-interest debts – and combine all of their debt into a single, straightforward payment at a fair and reasonable rate.Speaking about the new product, Paul Hume, Chairperson of Letterkenny Credit Union said: “On a daily basis we are dealing with members who have to fork out for substantial repayments on debt, often at very high rates of interest.“In many cases, this is a case of running to stand still. “With the new, consolidated loan from Letterkenny Credit Union a restructured payment can ease the pressure – and make it so much easier for people to get on top of their debt and manage it in a way that suits their everyday lives.”There are no hidden charges or transaction fees with the new loan, and repayments can be tailored to suit individual circumstances.There are no penalties for early repayment, and if circumstances change and existing repayments cannot be made, Letterkenny Credit Union will work to try and restructure the loan in a more convenient way.Paul continued: “Central to our ethos at Letterkenny Credit Union is helping people to avoid unnecessary debt and this is one of the reasons we have launched our new product.“We would really urge anyone struggling with debt to talk to us about this very fair option. While not everyone will be suitable for the new loan, staff at Letterkenny Credit Union are always on hand with guidance and tips on how to budget and manage debt responsibly. “We would encourage all our existing and prospective members to call in to us and find out how we can help them.”For a €25,000, 5 year variable interest rate loan with 60 monthly repayments of €506.33, an interest Rate of 7.95%, a representative APR of 8.2%, the total amount payable by the member is €30371.60 Information correct as at 23/01/2018.*Source: Competition and Consumer Protection CommissionLetterkenny Credit Union has the solution to your debt woes was last modified: January 26th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:consolidated loandebtLetterkenny Credit Unionlast_img read more

Men’s Golf Heads to Illinois for SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational

first_imgStory Links Live Stats The Drake University men’s golf team will head to Madison, Ill. for the SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational on Sept. 23-24. The 54-hole event will take place at the par-71 Gateway National Golf Links. The 18-team field includes Austin Peay, Belmont, Bradley, Creighton, Eastern Illinois, Loyola, Missouri State, Murray State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, Omaha, SIUE, Southern Utah, Tennessee Tech, UT Martin, Weber State and Western Illinois.The Bulldogs will be back in action for the first time since their 15th-place finish at the Falcon Invite hosted by the Air Force Academy. Drake was led in that event by freshman Nick Pittman in his first-ever collegiate event.Following the Derek Dolenc Invitational, Drake will return to Des Moines for their home event, the Zach Johnson Invitational, on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Persecution Of A Fall Guy For Anonymous: The Feds vs. Barrett Brown

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… adam popescu Since his arrest, Brown’s mother Karen has also been targeted by authorities. She pled guilty to obstructing the execution of a search warrant, and now faces up to a year in jail and a $100,00 fine. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled. Brown has gotten some support from the Internet community, but nothing like the outpouring for the recently passed Aaron Swartz. Anonymous created a White House petition to stop his prosecution, but the reprieve didn’t come close to getting the required 100,000 signatures by the April 20 deadline. Supporters have built several sites to educate the public about his plight, the timeline of his case and to help raise money for legal representation. Hard Times For The Fall GuyBrown’s supporters have raised about $20,000 for legal fees, and Brown has a new team of lawyers replacing his previous public defendants. But the court had up until last week frozen Brown’s access to those funds, which meant that Brown’s new legal team of Ahmed Ghappour and Charles Swift were essentially working pro bono. But that all changed last Wednesday when the court allowed the transfer of funds to pay for the lawyers’ travel expenses and fees.It’s still a long way to Brown’s September trial, which could end up conflated in public perception with two other prominent hacker prosecutions. There’s the case of Matthew Keys, the journalist facing a $750,000 fine and jail time for allegedly feeding passwords to Anonymous members who then defaced the Los Angeles Times‘ website. Andrew Auernheimer, the hacker also known as Weev, is also appealing his sentence of more than 41 months in prison for his role in a 2010 hack of AT&T.(See also Hacker Crackdown: Blame AT&T’s Crappy Security, Not Weev.)All of these cases are related to the much-maligned Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) the outdated law that has led to a number of questionable prosecutions — often of activists like Aaron Swartz rather than actual computer criminals. By the time Brown’s trial gets going, there could be government movement to reform the poorly constructed law.(See also ‘Aaron’s Law’ Promises To Reduce Hacker Penalties.)Prosecuting Brown Won’t Stop HackingThe federal case against Brown, once you understand the details, doesn’t pass the laugh test. It turns hyperlinking into a crime akin to breaking into secured computers and casts loose and admittedly unwise Internet soapboxing as criminal conspiracy against federal agents. And it turns one link into 11 separate charges of alleged identity theft.“Barrett is facing decades in prison for cut-and-pasting a link,” laments his lawyer, Ahmed Ghappour, a cybersecurity expert at the University of Texas at Austin. Were it not for the hysteria over WikiLeaks and Anonymous attacks on government, financial and security-contractor sites, this case probably wouldn’t exist.Arresting hackers and fringe collaborators doesn’t seem to be slowing the tide of cyberattacks. The last 12 months have seen some of the biggest cyber attacks on record. Denial of service attacks are up 12% since 2011, according to data from the security firm Arbor Networks. If the government really wants to stop hacking attacks, it needs to focus more on the actual perpetrators and less on show-trial prosecutions of peripheral figures like Brown.Which isn’t to say that Brown himself deserves to get off scot-free, just that his proposed punishment should fit his alleged crime. No matter what the circumstances, once you threaten the FBI, the feds are pretty much guaranteed to come down on you. And even Barrett Brown should have known that.Photos courtesy of Shutterstock, Twitter 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Hours later, while on a live feed on TinyChat, Brown’s home was raided and he was arrested. The whole thing is captured in this almost surreal video:  Barrett Lancaster Brown, best known as the so-called former mouthpiece for the hacker collective Anonymous, is sitting in a jail cell in Texas. For the past eight months, Mansfield Law Enforcement Center has been home for the journalist and activist now known as Prisoner 45047177.Three hots and a cot will continue to be his routine at least until September, when he is scheduled to stand trial on 17 charges, including allegations that he threatened an FBI agent and committed identity theft and credit card fraud.The slightly built 31-year-old former heroin addict denies the charges. What he does admit is that he used his hacker connections to look under rocks and uncover what he considered evidence that the U.S. government was using private security companies to clip the wings of Internet activists and sympathetic journalists.Brown: I Wasn’t A HackerBrown’s sometimes questionable behavior and affiliations make him a confusing and polarizing character. He claims he never hacked anything, and we’ll probably never know with certainty exactly which details in his story stack up, or what involvement he had with Anonymous’ core hackers.There doesn’t seem to be much evidence Brown was involved in any actual hacking, despite his connection to both Anonymous and his obsessive interest in federal security contractors. But his outspokenness, drug history and outlandish claims make him unsympathetic and hard to believe — an unlikely poster child for Internet freedom. And his unbalanced, over-the-top YouTube rants — more on those below — made him an easy target for the feds. What we do know is that in early 2011, Anonymous targeted a security contractor called HBGary Federal and its CEO Aaron Barr after Barr publicly claimed he’d infiltrated the hacker collective. When Barr threatened to reveal the identities of Anonymous members, the group hacked straight into HBGary’s servers, stealing 70,000 company emails.Brown, through his affiliation with Anonymous, then posted a link to those hacked company documents on a public website called Project PM and wrote about his findings for the U.K. Guardian. Brown, who seems to have been conducting an obsessive investigation of both HBGary Federal and Stratfor (another security contractor hacked by Anonymous), claimed the material proved that the companies were hired by the government to monitor and shut down various online activist groups. In particular, he alleged that HBGary was working with high-level government agencies to feed fake information to WikiLeaks.The aftermath of the HBGary episode led to Barr’s unceremonious departure from the firm. Brown would later claim on YouTube that Barr’s well-connected friends then mounted a federal vendetta against him.In The Feds’ CrosshairsBrown, one of the few public figures available for authorities to target for the activities of Anonymous, is basically a fall guy for the hacker collective. He faces 100 years behind bars if found guilty on all counts. And right now he’s stewing in a cell where he may be getting less than proper care. In a Pastebin message from last September, Brown claimed he did not receive appropriate medical attention for crushed ribs suffered during the FBI’s raid of his home.Between his connection to Anonymous and his obsession with digging up dirt on the national security state, Brown pinged up on the feds’ radar pretty quickly. He was first indicted last year after allegedly threatening federal agents. He was arrested, then subsequently indicted a second time for allegedly linking to stolen documents from Stratfor that included credit card data.The third indictment involves an obstruction charge of concealing evidence, wherein Brown allegedly hid two laptops when federal agents stormed his mother’s home in a raid. The laptops were eventually found and confiscated. The alleged threats and credit-card charges led prosecutors to push for a life sentence. In some ways, Brown’s muckraking wasn’t all that different from what many journalists have always done, updated to employ digital tools. Reporting based on leaked documents — which, of course, aren’t usually authorized for release — is as old as investigative journalism itself.But Brown pushed the boundaries, and his drug history and proximity to the hacker community made him more vulnerable than other rabble rousers such as columnist Glenn Greenwald. Brown wasn’t a staffer at a major publication, and his own blistering public statements and threats, on both television and YouTube, gave the government all the motivation it needed to take him down.Barrett Brown’s Incendiary VideosMajor news organizations like the New York Times and The Guardian both describe Brown as a victim of persecution. And in many ways he is, although some of his alleged actions are criminal by definition, such as threatening the life of a federal agent. Brown’s legal troubles began when his mother’s Dallas home was first raided in March of 2012. At that time, the feds confiscated his laptop, and by his account terrorized his mother and sent his life into a downward spiral.  After the raid, Brown took to the Web to tell his side of the story. On Sept. 11, 2012, Brown posted a trio of videos lashing out at perceived enemies:At around the 12:00 mark of video number 2, Brown says that the FBI views him as a bad guy, and that he’s going to prove in the court system just how bad of a guy he is. About a minute later he demands that the FBI return his laptop, notebook and Xbox. In the third video, shot and released a day later, Brown brings up his heroin addiction and subsequent move to suboxone, a narcotic used to treat oppiate addiction. At around the 12:00 mark of this video, Brown warns that he is armed and has been trained to shoot, saying if any FBI agents come to his home, particlary one agent that really irked him for allegedly harassing his mother:I will shoot them and kill them… I have no choice left but to defend my family, myself, my girlfriend, my reputation, my work, my activism, my ideas and the revelation that my friends are going to prison so we can have a chance to get out for other people. So they would matter. And frankly, you know, it was pretty obvious I was going to be dead before I was 40 or so, so I wouldn’t mind going out with two FBI sidearms like a f***ing Egyptian pharaoh. Adios. 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Revamped Text Features in the New DaVinci Resolve 15

first_imgFusion TitlesOne of my biggest grievances with Resolve 12 and 14 was the way the software handled titles. Unless you were applying a simple lower third that would fade in and out, using text was cumbersome and impractical. In 15, while we still have the standard Resolve text generator, which now responds slightly better than it did in 14, we also have Fusion Titles. These aren’t generators in the same sense as what we’ve previously worked with, as these are fusion compositions that have become macros.According to Blackmagic,It’s possible to make all kinds of Fusion title compositions in the Fusion page, and save them for use in the Edit page by creating a macro and placing it within the /Library/Application Support/Blackmagic Design/DaVinci Resolve/Fusion/Templates/Edit/Titles directory, but this is a topic for another day.We will cover creating templates from the Fusion page in a different post, but in this preliminary breakdown, let’s have a look at how Fusion titles work on the edit page. To some extent, I guess you could say they work similarly to the 3D and 2D animated text presets in Adobe After Effects.To get to the Fusion titles, open the effects library, and scroll through the regular titles until you see all the new Fusion presets — 27 to be precise.The titles work the same way as any effect in the library. You can add them to your favorites folder for easy access, and to apply Fusion titles to a track, you simply drag the title from the effects library onto an empty area in the timeline. With the Fusion title set on the timeline, you can easily tell which titles are conventional Resolve generators and which are the Fusion titles — Fusion titles will have three stars on the media clip in the timeline.If you open the inspector, it will display a range of creative color controls and, most interestingly, the option to create versions of this specific title. Being able to instantly swap between titles with different fonts and color schemes is much more efficient than hiding and displaying different text layers to see what works.While the presets are fine the way they are, you can modify the movement and specifics of the animation in the all-new Fusion page. Again, this is something we will cover with dedicated Fusion Page tutorials.Text+The fusion titles are great when you need quick-and-easy presets that look professional. However, what if you want all the styling options of the Fusion titles but want to start from scratch? Well, you can do that with the Text+ generator. It’s a 2D title generator that harnesses the otherworldly power of Fusion. Although it’s a Fusion tool, you’ll find the Text+ title generator in the standard Title Generators toolbox.When you drag the Text+ generator to the timeline and open the inspector, you’ll see different text and color options, akin to what you’d see in Photoshop and After Effects. In fact, there are six different menus to work from: text, layout, transform, shading, image, and settings. All the parameters in these settings pages are keyframable.And if that wasn’t enough, since the Text+ generator is a fusion tool, you can open the Text+ title on the Fusion page and use the motion graphic tools to create something unique.Looking for more information on Resolve? Check out these articles.How to Add Sound Effects to a Sound Library in DaVinci Resolve 15Everything You Need to Know About the LUT Browser in DaVinci Resolve 15The Lowdown on Working With Subtitles In DaVinci Resolve 14A Look At Resolve’s New Node Graph FeatureHow to Replicate Cast Shadows In DaVinci Resolve Last week at the 2018 NAB Show, Blackmagic Design announced DaVinci Resolve 15. Let’s take a look at a few of the improved features.Blackmagic has been updating Resolve so steadily that sometimes it feels like we can’t put together a new features roundup before the next version comes out. We only recently published an article on how to work with subtitles in Resolve 14 — without the use of an actual subtitle tool. As we mentioned in the article, it’s always a pain to use an external program for something that should already be part of the software you’re using. Well, Blackmagic must have been listening because Resolve 15 now offers a fully dedicated subtitle tool.On the edit page, open the Effects Library, and scroll through all the new additions to the library until you find subtitles near the end of the panel.Drag the subtitles to the timeline, and you’ll notice that (unlike a text layer) you can’t add this to the video track area. Instead, the subtitle appears above the top video track. If you decide to delete the subtitles, you have to do it manually in order to remove it from the timeline — or you can hide the subtitle track by opening the track view options and deactivating the subtitle track. (Note: hiding the track does not remove the subtitles from the preview monitor.)If you open the inspector, two panels control the subtitle properties: Captions and Track Style.CaptionsThis is where you’ll implement your subtitles or captions. The UI makes the panel very easy to use. Input your line of dialogue directly in the caption box, and adjust the specific in and out points on the subtitle clip in the timeline.I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth, as I wanted to see this feature, but it would be great if you could adjust the in and out points on the inspector itself. I feel like the timecode boxes are supposed to be adjustable since the same boxes are adjustable on the ADR panel on the Fairlight page. But, this is the beta, so perhaps we’ll see this in the full release.While you can still use the blade tool (B) to splice the subtitle clip and create a new subtitle, it’s now easier to hit the Add New button. This will add a three-second subtitle (you can change the duration in the settings) from the play head position. All subtitles for the given track will appear in the subtitle list beneath the text editor, and you can jump to the beginning of any subtitle on the timeline by clicking on it.Track StyleThe second menu in this panel is the track style. This is your typical run-of-the-mill Resolve text editor. In this menu, you can adjust the style of your text as you see fit — from the kerning of the font to adding a drop shadow.Most interesting, however, is the Use Track Style checkbox in the captions menu. If deselected, the Caption Style drop-down menu will appear, which will allow you to override the track layer style and implement a different design for a specific subtitle. This is a useful tool for if you ever need to apply a different color scheme or font unique to a particular character. Note that you do not have separate subtitle tracks for different characters. You can only have one subtitle track activated at any given time. Separate tracks are only for different languages.In the Resolve 14 subtitle article, I talked about how tiresome it was to import and export subtitles, primarily because 14 did not support the widely used SRT subtitle format. Well, 15 does. You can import an SRT file in the media pool like a standard media clip, and you can export an SRT file on the delivery page by checking the export subtitles box, changing the first dropbox menu to “As A Separate File,” and export as SRT.last_img read more

No Turning Back

first_imgIt seems oddly fitting that the UK’s first museum dedicated to the topic of migration has yet to find its permanent home. London’s newest museum began life four years ago as a series of temporary exhibitions and events, before moving to its current venue in spring this year.It’s now housed in The Workshop, Lambeth, a cavernous arts space in a South London borough that has historically been, and continues to be, a destination for many migrants. The building is earmarked for redevelopment, and so it seems likely that next year the museum will be moving on once again. For now, though, the organization is using its current space to showcase exactly why there is a need for a permanent Migration Museum in Britain.The museum’s remit is to explore a divisive issue that is so often talked about in a polarized way. Its current exhibition, No Turning Back, was conceived as a reaction to the 2016 EU Referendum and ongoing Brexit negotiations.Photo: Migration Museum ProjectAs Britain stands poised for momentous change that will affect its relationship with the world, the exhibition explores seven key “migration moments” from British history, to show that this is not the first time that the movement of peoples from one place to another has had a profound effect on the country.Indeed, one exhibit in No Turning Back quotes a newspaper headline decrying immigrants as “a pest and a menace,” a sentiment that will be all too familiar to anyone who witnessed the anti-immigration campaign waged by the British tabloid press in the run-up to the 2016 EU Referendum. But this particular indictment is actually taken from an early 20th-century edition of the Pall Mall Gazette and describes the influx of Jewish refugees escaping persecution in Eastern Europe. Clearly, the cry of “Keep Britain British” has echoed down through the generations.According to Aditi Anand, one of the curators of No Turning Back, this idea of continuity is central to the exhibition:“One of the aims is to show history not just as something that happened 700 years ago, but something that informs who we are in the present as a country and as people. That, really, it has a contemporary relevance,” she says. “At times people have been accepted and at times rejected, and it’s just part and parcel of this great national story.”Ranging from the 13th to the 21st centuries, the migration moments that make up the framework of No Turning Back include the expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290, the first East India Company voyage to India in 1607, and the Rock Against Racism movement of the 1970s. “We wanted to pick moments that reflect the long history of migration. That was our rationale for choosing things that go back to 1290 to the present day,” says Anand. “We wanted to show that there’s this very long history and to put it into context.”The moments are not presented in chronological order as a history of migration in Britain. Rather, they embody themes — colonialism, control of borders, persecution, the media, globalisation, grassroots movements — that help to illustrate the way that migration has shaped the country.Spanning the height of one narrow column in the gallery is the Global Passport Power Rank: a list of passports of the world ranked by how many countries holders can visit without a visa. Topping the list is Germany, with 158; way down at the bottom, hovering just above the floor, is Afghanistan, with a mere 26. It could be easy to forget that behind these numbers there are human beings, real stories of people being granted or denied the right to free travel based on an accident of birth. It’s the aim of the Migration Museum to unpack these stories. From the thoughts that Almas Mir jotted on a menu card on her flight to England from Pakistan in 1966 — “I will be embracing a new life, in a far-off land that I have only read about” — to Martin Spafford’s reminiscences of watching punk and reggae bands playing together at the Rock Against Racism carnival, the exhibition reveals the people behind the numbers.No Turning Back. Migration Museum ProjectAs well as artifacts, personal histories and photographs, No Turning Back presents a number of contemporary artworks that relate and react to the moments explored.One piece that grabs visitors immediately is The Singh Twins’ All that I Am, a stunningly intricate painting that illustrates their Punjabi father’s journey to Manchester following the Partition of India.Also featured is a selection of photographs from Angélica Dass’s project Humanae, which aims to create a photographic catalogue of every conceivable skin tone. The people-based Pantone swatches ask the viewer to reconsider our identity as part of one human race.“We’ve tried to bring the contemporary relevance of the moment out of every moment through the artwork and the personal stories,” says Anand. “We like collaborating with artists because it really brings the history to life and allows us to have a contemporary lens on the past. We collaborated with a lot of different artists who interpreted the moment using their own compass, from their own point of view.”All That I Am by the Singh Twins. Photo: Migration MuseumIn order to gather new stories, No Turning Back also asks its audience to participate, encouraging them not just to consider the exhibits presented, but to share their own migration moments and join in with conversations.Lining one wall is a series of envelopes containing people’s responses to questions posed by fellow visitors: questions such as, “Could we ever live in a world without borders?” “What is the difference between a migrant and an expat?” And, “What advice would you give to biracial couples that have ‘mixed race’ children?”“The conversation we generate is a really big part of it,” says Anand. “People tell us what moments they think are of national or personal importance to them. We want to make people feel that the migration story is a part of their story. We’re not a campaigning organization; we just try to tell really rich stories that show that migration has been this organic thing that’s happened across generations. We’re showing that there is a common thread that connects us.”The most recent migration moment featured in the exhibition is the 2011 census, which revealed the rise of mixed-race Britain, with an 85% growth in the number of people describing their heritage as “mixed or multiple ethnic.”The exhibition presents portraits and personal accounts from mixed-raced families in Britain today. The photographs celebrate just how diverse the family is in modern-day Britain, to emphasize the way that traditional notions of “Britishness” are being challenged and changed. If there’s one thing No Turning Back makes clear, it’s that there may be no turning back.VISITOR INFO No Turning Back is on at the Migration Museum, Lambeth, London, until 25 February 2018. Admission is free. For more information visit www.migrationmuseum.org/exhibition/noturningback Related Itemslast_img read more

Sexy Is Healthy

first_imgIf you think women with the belle-curve are sexy, you are not being sexist. You actually have an “evolved sense of beauty.” You see, “Waist size is the only scientifically documented visible body part that conveys reliable information about reproductive age, sex hormone profile and risk for major diseases.”What’s more, say a team of researchers led by University of Texas’ Devendra Singh, this is not a modern Western discovery, but can be traced as far back as 16th century Britain, fourth century China and first century India. In fact, there is even a celebratory hreference to the hour glass shape in second century B.C. on Egyptian Queen Nefertari’s epitaph, whose “buttocks are full, but her waist is narrow.”Their research, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society – let’s bow to that – studied British literature from the 16th to 18th century for hreferences to the female anatomy: breasts, hips, buttocks, legs, thighs, etc. Breasts, waist and thighs had the strongest romantic appeal. But whereas it was roundness rather than the size of the breast that enraptured writers of the period, the verdict on the waist was unambiguous: “the narrow waist has a universal and timeless appeal.”The researchers’ analysis of the Mahabharata and Ramayana found that all 35 hreferences in them celebrated slender waists, such as in this quote in the Mahabharata – “accept this slender-waisted damsel for thy spouse.” The epics apparently also approved of “full and round” hips and breasts and “tapering” thighs.The researchers conclude: “This body part – a known marker of health and fertility – is a core feature of feminine beauty that transcends ethnic morphological differences and cultures.”Well not quite. The British seem to be partial to the breast, waist, thighs and legs in that order. By contrast, Indians rank the female anatomy as waist, hip, buttock and breast.  Makes sense, doesn’t it? The Western mind is linear – goes down the body sequentially. By contrast, we Indians are free floating. Come on, move that butt, will you?REFERENCES TO BODY PARTS IN MAHABHARATA AND RAMAYANABody Part ReferencesRomantic ReferencesWaist 4437Breasts 3411Buttocks186Hips 40 21Thighs127Legs 4 0Plump00Slim 2 2 MOST ROMANTIC BODY PART Indian LiteratureWaistHipsButtocksBreastsBritish LiteratureBreastsWaistThighsLegs Related Itemslast_img read more

Brown Clouds Melting Himalayan Glaciers

first_imgUniversity of California, San Diego, researchers say pollution-filled “brown” clouds over South Asia are responsible for global heating that is responsible for the retreat of Himalayan glaciers during the past half century. These glaciers feed India’s major rivers, including the Ganges, Indus and Yangtze and major melting can contribute to flooding and weather changes.  Related Itemslast_img