How to Edit and Encode Videos for Instagram

first_imgTweak your Instagram vids beyond what you can achieve in the app. In this post we share a more powerful workflow for editing your Instagram videos.**We’ve updated this article! See the in-depth guide to uploading 60-second videos to Instagram.Since adding video to its service in the summer of 2013, sharing video through Instagram has grown from a simple photo app to a powerful way of showing off your videos to a growing network of friends and users. With these steps you can import your best 15 seconds for the world to see.1. The rules of Instagram are made simple: 15 seconds of video in a 1:1 square ratio. First, bring your video into an editing application and cut at will. Most video editing applications allow you to modify the aspect ratio of your project.Instagram video dimensions are 640X640.If you don’t know how to do this, Instagram will automatically crop the sides of the video upon import and let you tweak the cropping point within the app, but if you want to double check the crop points before putting it onto your phone do it here or within the encoding process.2. Next, you will want to get your video into the H.264 codec. This format is ideal because it looks great while still keeping your file size low (to make transferring your video quick and painless). Instagram will accept other video formats, this is just the smoothest one I have found.I use Compressor with the H.264 setting, but other encoding apps will also convert to H.264 (like Adobe Media Encoder or the free MPEG Streamclip app).3. Once the video is in the right format, the easiest way I have found to get a video from your desktop to your phone is by using the Dropbox app with a free account. If you aren’t familiar with Dropbox, it’s a cloud storage company that offers limited amount of space for free users but more than enough than we need for this project. Sign up and download here. 4. After you have uploaded your video to the Dropbox folder on your computer. Then, install the app on to your phone, find your video file within the app and save it to your camera roll or gallery. Here you can you access it from Instagram. Now share your creation with the world.Got your own tricks for editing and exporting video for Instagram? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: How Teams Work

first_imgAlmost every day I drive through the Starbucks in my neighborhood. Most days the team that works at this particular Starbucks does an exceptionally good job managing high traffic. On days when someone is missing, the traffic backs up. Traffic is particularly backed up at the drive-through window. Because the Starbucks is located in suburbia, there might be 20 cars waiting to order a drink.But some days, when there is a new team, even the large staff can’t manage the traffic. It isn’t because they’re not good people, and it isn’t because they don’t care about their work. They just are not clicking well together. They don’t have a rhythm. They can’t anticipate what customers need or how best to help each other.And this is the nature of teams. When people have the right chemistry, when they’ve worked together and know how to work as a single unit, they are highly effective and highly efficient. But a team that doesn’t have the right chemistry, that hasn’t spent time learning how to work as a team can be inefficient and ineffective–even though individually each member of the team is perfectly competent.In fact, changing just one member of an effective team can have a detrimental impact on the team’s effectiveness and efficiency. Even if that one individual should be, by all accounts, perfectly qualified to generate the outcomes necessary to perform on that team.Time: For a team to gel together the members need time. Sometimes you can be lucky enough for someone to step in and immediately fit with the team, but more often it’s a matter of spending time as part of the team.Communication: For a team to work well together, there needs to be exceptional communication. After a team has worked together, they don’t need to communicate as frequently or with great direction, because they know how each other thinks. In fact, they think as a team. But that competency was only developed because there was so much communication at some point. But the new member wasn’t there when the team learned to work together, and now the new member needs that same communication to succeed.Expectations: A new team member needs to know what that team expects of them to be effective. They need to know what good looks like. The team has a standard, and a new person on that team will not be familiar with that standard. The team has to teach the new member.It takes time for a group to become a team. It takes time and communication. That is how teams work.last_img read more

Donovan Mitchell, Jazz back Russell Westbrook, say Utah won’t condone racism

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES View comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Westbrook has had run-ins with fans before — and reacted calmly last month when it appeared he was touched by a child sitting courtside. Others have not been as pleasant, and Denver’s Will Barton said he believes fans know they can get a reaction from Westbrook.“They know he’s going to react a little bit or might say something,” Barton said. “Now I feel like every time he goes on the road, they’re picking at him. I don’t know what the league can do, but some of those fans are out of control.”In a social media age, anything can be captured by cameras. TMZ Sports obtained video last week of New York Knicks owner James Dolan at Madison Square Garde n when he heard a fan that he was walking past yell “Sell the team.” Dolan told the fan he was rude, asked if he wanted to come to any more games and then told him to “enjoy watching them on TV.”Fans boo. That’s expected and even encouraged in arenas. But unlike games in the NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball, fans in the best seats at NBA arenas sit only a few inches from the playing surface, the coaches and the players — with no obstruction between them. On occasion, some coaches are even seen engaging in conversations with fans during games.Sometimes, the banter is friendly. Often, it is not.“It’s great having fans into their home team, and taunting and that noise level in great arenas, opposing places, is awesome,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what you want. But you don’t need to cross the line and say something that you would never say if you were walking up to one of these guys on the street.”One of the league’s lowest moments came Nov. 19, 2004, during a game between Indiana and Detroit. Tensions boiled over on the floor after a hard foul led to some pushing and shoving, and then fans became involved — a drink was thrown at the Pacers’ bench, prompting Metta World Peace (then known as Ron Artest) to climb into the stands. A melee ensued, and nine players were suspended.Nothing to that extreme has happened since, though incidents between players and fans are hardly uncommon.There is a fan code of conduct at all NBA games, including a part that says guests “will enjoy the basketball experience free from disruptive behavior, including foul or abusive language or obscene gestures.” Violators are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and each team handles things its own way. At the Utah game Monday night, some fans were issued warning cards but allowed to return to their seats.Keisel told Salt Lake City television station KSL that he told Westbrook to “sit down and ice your knees, bro.” Westbrook claimed that Keisel said to “get down on my knees like you’re used to.” “The Utah Jazz will not tolerate fans who act inappropriately,” the Jazz said in a statement. “There is no place in our game for personal attacks or disrespect.”READ: NBA fines Russell Westbrook $25,000 for language; Jazz ban fan permanentlyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWestbrook was fined $25,000 for “directing profanity and threatening language to a fan.” In the video, which was posted to Twitter by The Deseret News , Westbrook is seen on the sideline near the Thunder bench saying “I’ll (bleep) you up, you and your wife.”The comment, and threatening a woman, is not a good look for the image-conscious NBA — especially since it came from a former Most Valuable Player and one of the game’s biggest stars. But Westbrook, who has had multiple angry in-game exchanges with fans, insisted that Monday night’s video during a 98-89 Oklahoma City win over the Jazz told only one side of the story. He said he was responding to a racial taunt, and not for the first time in Salt Lake City. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook gets into a heated verbal altercation with fans in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)NBA star Russell Westbrook will play in Utah again one day. When he does, a fan who allegedly made racial taunts against him will not be there to watch.A day after the Oklahoma City Thunder standout directed vulgar comments — which were captured on video and went viral — toward two fans, the Utah Jazz responded by banning a fan from their arena. Westbrook also got support from Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, who said it wasn’t the first time a racially motivated event happened at a Jazz game.ADVERTISEMENT The Thunder did not have any comment other than the statement Westbrook made to reporters after the game.Westbrook has been upset about fans in Utah before. The Jazz eliminated the Thunder from last season’s playoffs, and as Westbrook walked off the floor immediately after that loss, he swiped at a fan who was taping him with his phone. Later that night, Westbrook described fans in Utah as “truly disrespectful.”“Most of the time, the microphone or the camera is on the player,” Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “It goes both ways. A lot of times it’s started from the other way and is directed at the player. You want to say, ‘Be above it. Be bigger than that.’ But a lot of times, if it’s personal, it becomes some things that you just cannot deny or you cannot ignore.”Westbrook and the Thunder have finished their season series with the Jazz. Unless the teams meet in the playoffs, the earliest he would play again in Salt Lake City is next October.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief “Every time I come here, a lot of disrespectful things are said,” Westbrook said. He added that he has never physically abused a woman and never would.The man Westbrook was shouting at during the game, identified as Shane Keisel, denied saying anything improper or profane. The Jazz did not name Keisel in their statement announcing the ban, and a phone number for him rang unanswered.READ: Russell Westbrook revives beef with Utah Jazz fansWhat exactly happened is unclear, but some of Westbrook’s peers in the NBA came to his defense Tuesday, saying fans who sit near players in many arenas now feel emboldened to say things that would be described as disrespectful or worse. Mitchell said he will devote some time in the coming months to try to combat racial inequality. The most recent population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that about 2 percent of Utah’s population is black, the lowest percentage of any state that has a major pro sports team.“Racism and hate speech hurts us all, and this is not the first time something like this has happened in our arena,” Mitchell said. “The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive, and last night’s incident is not indicative of our fan base.”ADVERTISEMENT Serge Ibaka suspended 3 games, Marquese Chriss 1 game for fight 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 Krausslast_img read more

Mary Kom Settles for Bronze After Losing Intense Semi-final at Women’s World Boxing Championships

first_imgUlan-Ude (Russia): Six-time champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) on Saturday settled for a bronze medal in the World Women’s Boxing Championships after losing to Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu in an intense semi-final bout here.Mary Kom, seeded third, lost 1-4 to second seed Cakiroglu, who is the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medallist. Both the boxers seemed hesitant to make the first move in the opening round but Mary Kom had the edge in counter-attacks as Cakiroglu struggled to make her height advantage count.The second round followed a similar pattern as far as the tactics went but Cakiroglu seemed the sharper of the two.In the final three minutes, both the boxers upped the ante but Cakiroglu became the dominant aggressor eventually.Despite this loss, it was a stupendous campaign for the 36-year-old Mary Kom and added to her long list of accomplishments. This bronze is her first world medal in the 51kg category.Besides six world titles, Mary Kom’s incredible career is also studded with an Olympic bronze medal (2012), five Asian titles, gold medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, besides numerous other international top finishes.Later in the evening session, Manju Rani (48kg) will be up against Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat, who upstaged fifth seed Yuliyanova Asenova in the quarterfinals.Jamuna Boro (54kg) will take on top seed and former Asian Games bronze-medallist Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei.Last edition’s bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) will face China’s Yang Liu, who took down top seed Chen Nien-Chin Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. boxingmary komWomen’s World Boxing Championships First Published: October 12, 2019, 11:31 AM ISTlast_img read more

Premier League: Alexandre Lacazette Defends Unai Emery, Calls Arsenal Fans ‘Fickle’

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: French striker Alexandre Lacazette has leaped to the defence of under-fire Arsenal manager Unai Emery saying fans were being fickle in criticising him after not praising him when they were on a good run last season.The pressure on the 48-year-old Spaniard grew with a 2-0 defeat by Leicester on Saturday, leaving the Gunners with just one win in their last six Premier League games and eight points off fourth place and a Champions League qualification spot. Emery has also had to deal with the fallout from Granit Xhaka’s emotional outburst towards supporters when he was substituted against Crystal Palace a fortnight ago. The Spaniard eventually stripped the Swiss international of the captaincy.Lacazette, though, said while the players’ confidence had dipped the present international break gives them a chance to recharge their batteries ahead of their game at home to struggling Southampton on November 24.”Last season when we were unbeaten in 20 games in a row nobody said anything about the coach or manager,” said Lacazette.”We miss confidence and we need the international break.”I hope we are going to come back well. We want to be top four, of course.”Now we are nine points behind Chelsea and Leicester and it is going to be hard, but everything is possible in football.” Alexandre LacazettearsenalPremier LeagueUnai Emery First Published: November 11, 2019, 3:15 PM ISTlast_img read more

a month agoAndy Carroll in line for second Newcastle debut

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Andy Carroll in line for second Newcastle debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll is in line for a second Newcastle United debut against Brighton tomorrow.Carroll hasn’t played since February towards the end of an injury-plagued six years at West Ham, and underwent surgery to address a long-standing ankle problem in April.However, the striker, who returned to Newcastle on a free transfer in August, is now closing in on a return to first team football after impressing in training. Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said: “As long as he comes through today (Friday) OK – touch wood, he’ll come through today OK – but yes, he will be involved, which is good news for all of us.”At the top end of the pitch, him and Allan Saint-Maximin as well, we have been a little bit short – and Dwight Gayle is another one – so we have had limited options up top, but certainly the return of Andy and Allan give us something which obviously can only benefit us.” last_img read more

Sunil Gavaskar not invited for Border-Gavaskar Trophy presentation

first_imgSunil Gavaskar not invited for Border-Gavaskar Trophy presentationSunil Gavaskar has been present at most Border-Gavaskar trophy presentations thanks to his broadcasting roleadvertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 30, 2018 15:05 IST The Border-Gavaskar trophy took shape in 1996 as a tribute to these two great batsmen (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Border-Gavaskar trophy was named to honour the pair’s contribution to cricketBorder and Gavaskar were the first two to touch the 10000 run mark in Test historyGavaskar will be missing the trophy presentation, despite CA earlier seeking his presenceIt appears Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar will miss his date with history in handing over the Border-Gavaskar trophy to Indian captain Virat Kohli. Following India’s Melbourne Test win by 137 runs, it’s already certain that India would retain the trophy, it won at home, 2-1 in 2017. But this could get extra special if India go on to win the Sydney Test match and register their first ever series win on Australian soil.The decision to coin bilateral Test cricket between India and Australia as Border-Gavaskar trophy took shape in 1996 as a tribute to these two great batsmen (Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border) and their role in rewriting Test records. Border and Gavaskar were the first two to touch the 10000 run mark in Test history.But thanks to administrative negligence or indifference from Cricket Australia, Gavaskar will be missing during the trophy presentation. This despite a previous communication by Cricket Australia, seeking his presence.”I was sent a letter by Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive, James Sutherland in May asking about my availability to present the Border-Gavaskar trophy and I would have been happy to go. But he stepped down and there has been no further contact,” Gavaskar told India Today when we inquired about his plans.Cricket Australia has seen administrative upheaval after Sutherland had to go as a fall out of ball-tampering scandal. An internal cultural review held Cricket Australia equally responsible for allowing ‘win at all costs’ mentality to develop in Australian cricket.Gavaskar has been present at most Border-Gavaskar trophy presentations thanks to his broadcasting role. He is commentating on the ongoing series as well but from Mumbai studios.advertisement”I am happy that the Border-Gavaskar trophy is staying in India and very happy with the way team has played,” he said.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sunil GavaskarFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Border-Gavaskar Trophylast_img read more

Politician takes up cause of NS woman who wants to teach Gaelic

first_imgA prominent member of the Scottish parliament is taking up the cause of a young Nova Scotia woman and the Scottish island school that wants her to be its Gaelic teacher.Sine Halfpenny of Antigonish, N.S., was the only applicant for a Gaelic-language teaching job at Bunessan Primary School in Isle of Mull, Scotland.But she encountered visa issues, and couldn’t get approval to immigrate. She ultimately took a job in Manitoba that doesn’t allow her to use her Gaelic skills.“It’s frustrating because you got kids with no teacher,” Halfpenny said in a phone interview. “The kids are going into year two and they still don’t have a teacher.”Her story garnered the attention of British newspapers, with articles in The Telegraph and Scotland’s The Herald last fall.Now, Michael Russell, the local member in the Scottish parliament as well as the minister for U.K. Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, has written to the new British home secretary, Sajid Javid, urging him to reconsider Halfpenny’s case.“The local community affected by this decision have worked extremely hard to secure Gaelic education for their children and we must not let them down,” Russell said on Twitter this week.Halfpenny said she learned Gaelic from a childhood caretaker and fell in love with the language. She studied Gaelic at St. Francis Xavier University and became a certified teacher.The Isle of Mull opportunity intrigued her, and she obtained an additional teaching certificate qualifying her to work in Scotland.Halfpenny said the school gave her a conditional offer, which she accepted. Her trouble began when she tried applying for a work visa.“We kept getting denied,” she said.First, she said the government had filled its work visa quota for the month, so her application was rejected. When her application was finally accepted, she said she failed to show that she had a sponsor.Her sponsors, the regional councillors, couldn’t vouch that she would be making at least 30,000 pounds a year, a requirement of all visa applicants.“It’s not fair to keep a teacher that can be there and is willing to settle down in their area away,” said Halfpenny.Frustrated, Halfpenny moved on with her life.“It got to the point where I couldn’t stay in Nova Scotia,” she said. “It’s not easy to sub at home and keep your head afloat.”Halfpenny moved to northern Manitoba, where she now teaches English at Garden Hill First Nation High School.Russell, a member of the Scottish National Party, said he is disappointed with the Home Office’s immigration policies because they are “preventing good, qualified Gaelic-speaking professionals” from teaching in Scotland.He called for a “more progressive approach to immigration,” and asked the home secretary to reconsider Halfpenny’s case because of the school’s urgency to fill the position.Halfpenny said all she can do now is watch from afar as Russell and the local councillors continue to lobby for her.“They’ve been champions for me. I wish the process was easier on them so that we can just get to work. They’re good people and hopefully things will work out for the school,” she said.last_img read more

Indigenous leaders say reconciliation involves recognition of values culture

first_imgSIDNEY, B.C. — Indigenous leaders from British Columbia, Manitoba and Nunavut told federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna that reconciliation involves recognizing and supporting the deep connections their people have to the land. The leaders took part in the ceremony in Sidney, B.C., where the federal government announced $5.7 million in funding for the Indigenous Guardians pilot program in support of environmental conservation efforts.McKenna says the program recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ rights and responsibilities to the land and waters of their traditional territories.She says the financial support allows First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities to work to protect sensitive areas and species and monitor ecological health and maintain cultural sites.Chief David Walkem of the Cook’s Ferry Indian Band in B.C.’s Interior says part of the project will involve his nation reconnecting with the land after decades of industrial influence dating back to the Cariboo and Fraser River gold rushes.McKenna says Indigenous people understand the importance of acting now to protect Canada’s environment and preserve biodiversity and this program ensures they have the support to be the best possible stewards of their lands, water and ice. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

RCMP preliminary search finds nothing as Senate committee ready to study forced

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsA Senate committee is getting set to investigate the forced sterilization of Indigenous women but the RCMP says a preliminary review of a complaint filed with them on the issue has not identified anything.The committee will start its work on Wednesday.At the moment, a class action lawsuit is being put together in Saskatchewan where a number of women were sterilized against their will.Senator Yvonne Boyer is the driving force behind the committee’s work.She says her interest in the issue peaked by gossip in her own family about who had been sterilized and who hadn’t.“Nothing was ever really brought to the forefront so there was always something in the background of my thinking that this is something that needs to be talked about,” she told APTN News.Watch: APTN Investigates – Against their will Boyer and Metis physician Dr. Judith Bartlett researched the issue a few years ago.They found Indigenous women in the Saskatchewan health region who were often, without consent, sterilized for dubious reasons.“Aren’t you on welfare? Don’t you think you should stop having children? It’s that judgement call and it’s for these reasons I’ve talked to you about,” she said.“It’s the underlying assumption that this person seems to think they know better than I do on how many children I should have.”Alisa Lombard is a Saskatchewan-based lawyer and will be the committee’s first witness.She is  heading up a class action lawsuit of women from Saskatchewan.She does not believe women can give informed consent during child birth.“It’s chaotic. It’s not a time where you can have these long, lengthy conversations about what you want to do for the rest of your life, or make any kind of permanent decisions in that regard,” she said.“And you’re also in some of the most intense pain of your life.”She has this piece of advice for these women.“If they identify with this particular experience that they are net alone,” she said. “Many women have experienced the same thing.”One of the goals of the Senate committee is to find out how many women were sterilized and where they were from.Senator Kim Pate who advocates on behalf of people in prison, certainly wants some facts.“It’s probably more prevalent than we know,” she said add that she’s heard anecdotes of women with mental health issues being sterilized.“Went in for something whether it was a procedure and then they were sterilized in the process. And you know I would ask, is that what you went for? No, but I guess it’s okay and I guess I’m going to be so old when I get out of prison I won’t have children.”Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard chairs the human rights committee.She says she knows of a community of African Nova Scotians where hysterectomies were performed.“Many of them didn’t know why they had hysterectomies. In one family we found every women in the family, a mother and three or four of her daughters had all had hysterectomies.”“We need to have a map on the wall. We need to have those pinpoints of where this is happening,” says Boyer. “And we need to have that evidence in front of us so we can take some action.”Everyone interviewed agrees on one action since there is evidence the practice of coerced sterilizations still occurs.The senate committee hopes to have four meetings before the end of June.It would set the scope of a larger study to hopefully begin after the next election.Preliminary search finds no reports of coerced sterilization to police: RCMP The head of the RCMP says the police force is looking into whether any complaints about forced or coerced sterilizations have been made to law-enforcement agencies in Canada, but a preliminary review has not identified any.RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki’s comment is in a letter to NDP health critic Don Davies, who called on the Mounties in February to launch an investigation into all allegations of forced or coerced tubal ligations in Canada.Dozens of Indigenous women say they’ve been pressured into sterilizations they didn’t want or had them carried out without being asked when they were seeing doctors for other reasons.The Saskatoon Health Authority publicly apologized in 2017 after Indigenous women came forward to say they were coerced into such procedures while a proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed against Saskatchewan, the federal government and doctors.But while at least three federal probes have been launched, Lucki did not say the RCMP will launch its own investigation. Instead, she said any evidence of criminal activity should be reported to police _ which at this point does not appear to have happened.Neither the external review that led to the Saskatoon Health Authority’s apology nor the proposed class-action lawsuit identified any complainants who had reported their allegations to the police, Lucki wrote to Davies on March 20.“A search of our national database was conducted,” she added. “However, no files of forced or coerced sterilization were found.”The RCMP will work with commanding officers in each province and territory as well as with other police forces to determine if any complaints of forced or coerced sterilization were made, Lucki said.However, the commissioner said, “it is important that any evidence of criminal activity be reported to the police of jurisdiction where offences are alleged to have taken place so that they can be properly investigated.”In an interview, Davies expressed disappointment and concern that the RCMP appeared to be refusing to launch an investigation _ particularly given the amount of information that has been unearthed in recent months about the coerced sterilization of women in Canada.“I don’t accept that as a condition of a police investigation that there has to be a complaint,” he said. “There are facts in the public sphere and known to police that could lead to a reasonable belief that a crime was committed.”Davies, who worried that the Trudeau government and RCMP are not taking the issue seriously, said he plans to ask Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who oversees the police force and is from Saskatchewan, to take a closer look at the matter.An existing Criminal Code provision speaks to the involuntary termination of pregnancies. Another provision on aggravated assault applies to anyone “who wounds, maims, disfigures or endangers the life of the complainant.”But critics have said a legal void remains around forced sterilization.In December, chiefs at a meeting of the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa passed a resolution to support changes to the Criminal Code to explicitly criminalize forced sterilization.The federal government has so far rejected the push to change the Criminal Code, saying existing provisions forbid a range of criminal behaviour including coerced sterilization.The Senate’s human-rights committee last week became the latest to probe such practices, with a House of Commons committee also studying it and the federal government working with provinces and territories to discuss the scope of the problem.tlamirande@aptn.ca@toddlamirande– with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ghosn to give second annual Automotive Academy Lecture

Carlos Ghosn will give this year’s prestigious SMMT Automotive Academy annual lecture.Mr Ghosn, who is president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Company, will deliver his lecture at London’s Lancaster House on Thursday 29 July 2004, where he will explain why training is more important to the sector now than at any time in its history.The secretary of state for trade and industry, Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP, will also address the audience, which is expected to be made up of around 200 stakeholders from industry, academia, training and funding providers. SMMT Automotive Academy was set up to ensure that Britain’s automotive industry has access to skills that create world-class productivity through training. Now an integral function of the SMMT, the Academy has been established as a partnership between government, industry, the education sector and training providers. The Automotive Academy is headed by chief executive, Dr Alan Begg and has its central operational hub in Birmingham. It will also operate through a network of regional spokes. Three of these have already been launched – Skills4Auto covers the Midlands region, while spokes in the North East and the North West are now also fully operational. Dr Begg, said, ‘It is a privilege to have someone of the calibre of Carlos Ghosn to give the second Automotive Academy lecture. This reflects the high level of support the industry continues to give to the Academy.’ Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Babies living with abusive parents under 24hour CCTV as Childrens Commissioner calls

Anne Longfield OBE, the Children's Commissioner. Babies are living with abusive parents under 24-hour CCTV surveillance, The Telegraph can reveal, as the Children’s Commissioner calls for a review into the ‘Big Brother-style’ accommodation.Local authorities are spending millions-of-pounds each year housing parents suspected of being unfit to care for their children by housing them in residential family assessment centres.Councils and the courts can allocate a family to the centres – which are monitored with 24-hour CCTV – when there are serious concerns regarding parenting skills. They help provide evidence of competence and can play an important role in making difficult long term decisions regarding vulnerable children.However “disturbing” cases – which have remained unreported until now – where children have been physically injured and sexually abused while living in the units have prompted the Children’s Commissioner to call for a review into the controversial scheme. Anne Longfield OBE told The Telegraph that a review of the centres was needed after this newspaper brought a “shocking” case to her attention in which an eight-month-old baby boy was sexually abused by his mother during her elongated stay at the centre.She told this newspaper: “The details of this shocking case do beg questions. Where these Centres provide early parental support, I have heard good things, but the nature of these “assessments” both as a process, and how they practically work, combined with the length of stay and the costs involved suggest a valid case for reviewing how they continue in future.”   Anne Longfield OBE, the Children’s Commissioner.Credit:Jeff Gilbert /Jeff Gilbert  Ms Jellings added that given the high- profile criticism of the alleged ease with which local authorities remove children, one has to wonder whether fear of such criticism was a factor at play in this case.  “Resources must be allocated on a strictly needs and merits basis, and not according to politics or fear of negative PR” she said.Sophie Humphreys OBE, a child protection expert and founder of the national organisation Pause aimed at reducing the number of children going into care said that Baby L’s case would “at best only confirm what is already known by the local authority”. “A review of the whole notion of residential parenting assessment to understand what works and what does not would be of significant benefit”.The Local Government Association said that matters involving the centres, which are monitored by Ofsted, are up to individual councils.An Ofsted spokeswoman said: “Ofsted inspects residential family centres at least once every three years in line with government requirements. We consider any serious incidents as part of our risk assessment and will take action where we are concerned for children’s safety. Such placements are overseen by the court, with day to day supervision provided by the unit and regular visits from the local authority.”A Department for Education spokesman added: “No child should suffer abuse and it is important that we learn lessons from cases like this to ensure vulnerable children are safeguarded. We have set up new systems for local reviews to ensure lessons are learnt and best practice is shared.“We have also set up the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel who review the most serious or complex cases. The independent panel has launched its first review into criminal exploitation which will consider where learning can be shared nationally, and make sure our most vulnerable children are protected.” 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. Show more Questions have been raised as to why Baby L stayed in the care of his parents for so long when he was clearly at risk of harm and sexual abuse and while the family struggled to maintain a working relationship with the local authority and accept their advice. Credit:./. Furthermore, despite repeatedly being told that they should not have contact with the grandfather – who is currently in prison – not only did Baby L’s parents allow contact but the mother “encouraged contact between the grandfather and the children,” Judge Greensmith said. According to the latest publicly-available Department for Education figures, in 2014, the average cost of a 12-week placement in an assessment centre – which is the length of the average stay – was around £16,000. Yet Baby L’s family stayed in their centre for 22 weeks, which would roughly amount to more than £50,000. Jacqueline Fitzgerald, Partner and Head of Family at Wilsons Solicitors LLP, said the case represents an “abject failure” on behalf of the local authority which “failed to prioritise the needs of the children over adults”.“It’s almost like political correctness gone mad,” she said. “There’s such a willingness to keep families together but there’s nobody shouting out for the children.”She said that when the centres work well they are beneficial to families. However, she added that she has been made aware of cases where children have been injured, despite the parents “supposedly being monitored” and said that the centres have “the potential for Big Brother-style monitoring of families”. Jo-Anna Jellings, Associate at JMW Solicitors LLP and a specialist children lawyer, said that Baby L’s case will raise further concern at a time when the conduct of local authorities in care and adoption proceedings is under increased scrutiny, amid an ongoing funding crisis.She added that there is a “delicate and challenging balancing act” to be undertaken between ensuring that children can be raised with their families and ensuring no unnecessary intervention from the state – and the absolute need to protect vulnerable children from serious harm“On the face of it, it seems hard to see how those considerations were correctly balanced in Baby L’s case,” she said, adding that assessment centres, such as the ones used in his case are amongst some of the most expensive forms of intervention”.  Her calls echo those of family lawyers who accuse councils of putting the safety and welfare of children at risk in order to avoid “negative PR” for splitting up families. They also claim that CCTV is not constantly monitored which can lead to children being harmed.In 2013 local authorities were given clear guidance by the Supreme Court which stated that removing children from their parents must be a last resort. The case, Re B, became known as the ‘nothing else will do’ case in family-law circles, on account of the fact it made clear that removal was only justified when there was no less draconian option available.It was generally accepted within the profession that the case had raised the bar for the removal of children from their families. However family lawyers now believe this landmark case has sparked an epidemic of “political correctness” among councils fearful of separating children from their parents – even when they need to be for their own safety.Questions have been raised as to why Baby L stayed in the care of his parents for so long when he was clearly at risk of harm and sexual abuse and while the family struggled to maintain a working relationship with the local authority and accept their advice.The case was heard earlier this year at the Family Court in the north of England before His Honour Judge Greensmith where he ruled that Baby L should be raised either in foster care or be placed for adoption. The judge had to determine whether Baby L’s parents were likely to expose him to harm either from his grandfather – who had been convicted of sexually abusing his siblings – or others. However, he found that during the family’s stay in the centre, Baby L’s mother had sexually abused him as she “failed to take proper measures to prevent [him] being exposed to sexual activity”. In his ruling it emerged that CCTV cameras in the family assessment centre had recorded her repeatedly masturbating while he was in the room, and while holding him. Questions have been raised as to why Baby L stayed in the care of his parents for so long when he was clearly at risk of harm and sexual abuse and while the family struggled to maintain a working relationship with the local authority and accept their advice. read more

Overloaded plasma panel creates awesome light show

first_imgThe video above is the very definition of the cliche “don’t try this at home.” Created by YouTube user Aussie50, it depicts his effort to see how long an LG plasma television can hold up to the stress of being overloaded electrically by an ultra-powerful microwave transformer before burning out.Before you start to complain about a crazy Australian destroying a perfectly good TV, know that it was broken well before he began his tests. As you witness by watching the video, the result is not only entertaining but a testament to how well LG built that particular model of television.The YouTube poster Aussi50 is known in real life simply as “Ed.” Working as a machinist and a welder, he spends his weekends fulfilling his need to tinker with anything that makes “lots of noise, smoke or power.” Sounds like a fun person to hang out with on a Saturday.For this particular video, he accomplished the dazzling display of electrical arcing by hooking up the microwave oven transformer to the leads of the television. By cranking the power up Ed creates an overload situation inside the panel itself, causing the plasma to be consumed by burnout.If you have seen the original Tron movie from the 80’s, it looks a lot like a program being “de-rezzed.” Although we know that LG made the display in question, we don’t have the model information. What we do know from the video is that it takes almost fifteen minutes for the entire panel to burn out under the full output load of the microwave transformer. Even Ed is surprised by how long the display lasts, usually the panels he burns out last about four minutes or so.I have to stress that this type of experiment is extremely dangerous (which is probably what makes it fun). There are several hazards to be aware of, the most obvious being the danger of getting electrocuted from the transformer hookup. In addition to the possibility of riding the lightning, there is a chance the pressure will rise to the point of being able to blow out the glass panel, which would also put a damper on your day. It’s probably safer to just let Ed take care of the dirty work while you sit back with a bucket of popcorn watching the beautiful destruction happen.last_img read more

Hercule un exosquelette qui décuple les forces de son utilisateur

first_imgHercule, un exosquelette qui décuple les forces de son utilisateurConçu par la société française Rb3d, Hercule est un exosquelette permettant de décupler les forces de son propriétaire. Il se présente comme un robot collaboratif au service de l’Homme et devrait voir le jour en 2014.Si cet exosquelette semble tout droit sorti d’un film de science-fiction, il est bel et bien réel et a même été conçu par une société française connue sous le nom de Rb3d. Baptisé Hercule, celui se présente comme un robot collaboratif au service de l’Homme. Plus concrètement, il permet en fait de décupler les forces de son utilisateur. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour cela, Hercule est formé de deux jambes, deux pieds, d’une ceinture et de bretelles qu’un homme peut facilement revêtir pour se mouvoir alors en toute liberté. Complètement animé et articulé, le robot possède une capacité de chargement de 100 kilos et est même tout-terrain. Il est capable de détecter les mouvements du porteur et de les suivre, lui épargnant ainsi de nombreux efforts. Sans oublier son autonomie de 20 kilomètres.François Louvigné, ingénieur à la DGA (qui a financé le projet), explique sur le site du ministère français de la Défense : “imaginez en cas de catastrophe naturelle, la vitesse et l’efficacité que l’on peut gagner ! Les pompiers pourraient déblayer rapidement, apporter le matériel de secours là où les véhicules ne peuvent pas passer”. Le robot pourrait aussi être utilisé dans les secteurs civil et militaire, le principal avantage étant qu’il ne nécessite aucune formation complexe. Néanmoins, M. Louvigné ajoute que le “cobot” (robot collaboratif) pourrait servir particulièrement lors d’opérations militaires car “la manipulation de munitions, de caisses de matériel en terrain accidenté impose des gestes extrêmement éprouvants pour les servants à l’heure actuelle”. Hercule a été conçu grâce à la collaboration de la société Rb3d, l’école d’ingénieurs ESME Sudria et la branche robotique du Commissariat à l’énergie atomique, la CEA LIST. Au vu de telles capacités, la commercialisation d’Hercule débuterait dès 2014.Découvrez une démonstration du robot Hercule en vidéo sur Maxisciences Le 26 février 2012 à 11:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Tortuga Music Festival brings thousands to Fort Lauderdale Beach Park

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Thousands of music lovers have descended on Fort Lauderdale to attend the fifth annual Tortuga Music Festival.More than 90,000 fans of country and rock music are expected to attend the three-day festival, which is taking place at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.Big headliners like Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan will take one of three stages over the weekend.Marine conservation exhibits and culinary treats will also be featured.Due to the amount of people attending the event, there may be traffic delays for motorists in the area. These streets include barrier island roadways like State Road A1A and Seabreeze Boulevard.The event began Friday afternoon and will continue until Sunday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Pulitzer Prizes Open Three More Categories to Magazines

first_img The board noted that all entries should still come from U.S.-based organizations that publish at least weekly and that are “primarily dedicated to original news reporting and coverage of ongoing stories.” The Pulitzer Prize Board announced that online and print magazines will be eligible for consideration in three additional categories: International Reporting, Criticism and Editorial Cartooning, beginning with the 2016 prizes, which honor work published this year. No magazines won in either of the eligible categories last year, although The New Yorker’s Jennifer Gonnerman was named a finalist in Feature Writing for her article, “Before the Law,” detailing the story of a teenager who spent three years on Rikers Island without trial after being accused of stealing. “Magazines are adapting to the digital age and accelerating their publication schedules to report on a timely basis consistent with what newspapers do,” said Mike Pride, administrator of the prizes, in a statement. “The board is attuned to this media convergence and is opening our competition in light of it.” Entries for the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes will open in December, with a deadline of January 25. Traditionally limited to newspaper journalism, the prizes first expanded the Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing categories to include magazine entries last year. The announcement comes a day after board chair Paul Gigot, editor of The Wall Street Journal, issued a call for wider participation in 2016 among U.S. news organizations large and small. The move also recognizes the reshaped role of magazines in a changing media environment.last_img read more

Bengal CPIM on way to major overhaul aged leaders to pave way

first_imgKolkata: Over two months after its worst-ever poll performance in Bengal, the CPI(M) is set for a major overhaul of its organisation in the state by replacing the old guard with new blood at all levels to “send out a message”. The CPI(M)-led Left Front, which ruled Bengal for an uninterrupted three decades since 1977, drew a blank in the 2019 election and lost deposits on 40 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Facing strong challenges from the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the latest entrant in Bengal politics, the Left party has organised two state committee meetings since the election results in May showed its hold waning in the state. At the meetings, the party concluded that organisational change should happen not only at the grassroots and mid-levels but also at the top to “send out a message” to the electorate. The Left party is also trying to reach out to the youth through social media tools. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us “The party is going through an extraordinary situation and it calls for extraordinary measures. Earlier, TMC was the only threat. Now we are facing dual challenges from the TMC and the BJP,” CPI(M) politburo member Hannan Mollah told PTI. “We need to bring in more youth at the leadership level who can lead mass movements against communalism and revive the organisation,” Mollah said. According to CPI(M) sources, there is speculation that the 70-year-old Surya Kanta Mishra, who has often expressed the desire to step down as the party’s state secretary, could be replaced with someone comparatively “more young and agile”. Advertise With Us “Suryada had expressed the desire to pave way for young leaders. Nothing has been decided as of now. But by the time we have the next state conference, we can have a new state secretary who is more young and agile,” said a senior CPI(M) leader, on the condition of anonymity. By August 15, all district committees have been asked to submit their proposal on a revival of the party’s organisation. Those suggestions would be looked into and a final draft would be prepared, to be placed before the central committee for approval, he said. “We have lost our vote share to TMC and BJP but it does not mean it is a permanent phenomenon. To reverse the tide, you need a strong and youth-driven organisation. The average age group of 70 per cent population of the country is around 40 years but the age group of CPI(M) leaders and workers in Bengal is around 70 years. We need to change it,” the Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader said. The Left Front secured only 6.8 per cent votes in the 2019 general election, a drop of about 17 per cent when compared to the previous parliamentary polls. “The age bracket of the leaders in the state committee needs to be brought down from 60. The same would happen for district committees, where the age bracket would be brought down from 50 and area committees, where it would be brought down from 40. “By the time the next state conference takes place in 2021, the shift in the age gap would be complete,” he said. Another CPI(M) leader said it was also decided at the meetings that the party would look into the number of members in each committee and if needed, would cut the size down. Though the party has assessed its performance since 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the reasons were not identified properly and steps to check erosion in vote share were not implemented. “The reasons behind this inability are manifold. But one of the major reasons is the presence of inactive and aged leaders. So it has been decided that the average age group of all the committees will be brought down to infuse fresh blood,” said a senior state committee leader. The CPI(M) has launched a digital initiative “Bondhu Hoye Hath Barao” (extend your arm of friendship), which aims to attract the youth to volunteer in the party to counter the aggressive social media campaign of the BJP and the TMC in the state. “The secular fabric of our state is under threat due to competitive communalism practised by the TMC and the BJP, and social media is an important tool used by them. We want to use the same social media to counter those sinister designs and protect the communal harmony of the state,” the state committe leader said.By Pradipta Tapadarlast_img read more

FEMA Assesses Flood Damage In Montgomery County To Issue Disaster Declaration

first_img Share 00:00 /01:26 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 3FEMA workers are assessing the damage last month’s floods have caused in Montgomery County.Representatives of that federal agency were joined on Wednesday, May 4th by U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady and Montgomery County officials, including County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack, who visited homes located in communities such as The Woodlands.Montgomery County officials estimate 500 homes are impacted, but that’s just the number of houses that have reported damage so far.Darren Hess, deputy director of the county’s Office of Emergency Management, thinks that number could increase to more than 1,000.“We have homes as far west as Hockley, all the way to the east side of our county, as far north as just around the Willis area,” Hess noted. He added that very few parts of Montgomery County “did not suffer the brunt of the storm.”The main goal of FEMA workers evaluating the damage in the field is for the federal government to issue a disaster declaration for Montgomery County.Congressman Brady thinks it will not take long.“I’m confident by the end of the week, when their assessment is finished, Montgomery County is going to meet the threshold and we’ll get the help we need,” Brady says.Besides contacting FEMA, officials urge residents and business owners to also get in touch with Montgomery County agencies to report damage. Listen Xlast_img read more

Embracing art

first_imgThe Nostalgia Colours in order to promote art and to bridge the gap between the need of genuine art lovers and authentic artworks by the master artists of modern India like Suhas Roy, Jogen Choudhury, Sanatan Dinda, K G Subramanian, Ramananda Bandopadhyay and others. The exhibition is called Sangbit and it will continue from March 10-15 at Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre in the Capital.The aim of this show is reach out to the genuine art lovers and collectors, who otherwise get dependent upon the large galleries and auction houses to satisfy their artistic quench. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Nostalgia Colours is one of the youngest but finest arts promoting organizations and aiming to make these artworks available as affordable as possible to the art lovers and collectors. This is a small little step taken up by the organization to establish that the authentic artworks of the master artists are also can be made available at an affordable price.The exhibition will showcase the authentic artworks of the master artists like K G Subramanian, Suhas Roy, Ramananda Bandopadhyay,  Jogen Choudhury,  Lalu Prasad Show, Sunil Das, Manoj Mitra, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Jayashree Chakravarty, Chandra Bhattacharyya ,  Atin Basak, Sanatan Dinda and Nirjhar Bose. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNostalgia colours displays, exhibits and stocks the finest collection of contemporary and traditional art, sourced from all over the country. Its collections are ensemble of India’s most sought after artists, credited for their artistic, aesthetic and investment value. The range of art includes serious collector’s items as well as genuinely astounding works of budding artists waiting to be discovered. When : March 10-15Where : Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre, New Delhilast_img read more

Is teenagers smartphone obsession really bad

first_imgParents’ fears about their teenagers’ heavy use of cell phones and social media may be exaggerated as the youngsters’ online worlds may be an extension of their offline lives, a new study suggests.“We see young people constantly on their phones and assume ill effects, but much of the research to date tells a more positive story,” said lead researcher Candice Odgers from Duke University. “When we look closely, we see considerable overlap between the underlying motivations and content of online versus offline communications and activities,” Odgers explained.Rather than connecting with strangers, most adolescents use digital media to interact with friends and acquaintances in their face-to-face social networks.last_img read more