DaVinci Resolve Tip: Use Color Keys to Fix White Balance

first_imgFixing color issues when working with mixed color temperature footage can be simplified utilizing color keys in DaVinci Resolve.Top image via ShutterstockAttempting to color grade footage that suffers from mixed color temperatures can be quite difficult to say the least. Often you may be faced with a color-grading scenario where the footage you’re working with is relatively well lit and properly white balanced, but there’s a light source somewhere in the frame that throws off the color balance.A common example of this occurs when shooting inside a home that’s lit completely with tungsten lights (which are around 3200K). If a window is present in the shot, and there’s daylight spilling through (at 5600K), the window light will appear very blue in contrast to the warm tungsten lights.This is just one of countless examples, as mixed color temperature issues can occur in so many different ways. No matter what your specific issue may be with mixed color temperature, the remedy will always involve the following three steps.1. White Balance for Skin TonesIn a worst case scenario when you have multiple light sources intersecting (each of which has a different color temperature), you can’t simply set your white balance to 3200 or 5600 and hope for the best. You’ll need to use your eye to adjust your color wheels until the overall balance feels relatively neutral, and most importantly so that the skin tones look natural.If you’re adjusting your RAW settings and dialing in white balance numerically, you might end up with a number around 4300 or 4700 — it will likely be an arbitrary number that falls within the average range of all the sources that are lighting the frame.Once you have your balance set (either using color wheels or a dedicated white balance setting), and the skin tones are looking natural, you can move on to the next step.2. Color KeysThis is the most critical step of the process, as it will help you isolate the problem areas within your shot. Assuming the skin tones in your footage are now natural looking, chances are there’s an area of your frame that looks completely off. For example, as stated above, you might have a window in the background that appears a vibrant blue color, which is clearly going to be distracting to the viewer.In DaVinci Resolve, you can simply use your qualifier tab to select the bright blue color in the background of your shot. As with any qualifier selection, you’ll want to refine things by adjusting the softness, symmetry, and other settings until you have perfectly isolated the problem area. From there, simply use your color wheels to adjust the color as needed. In the scenario described above, you’d likely want to push a lot of warmth into the highlights and midtones, and desaturate things overall.3. Final TouchesBy this point, your image should be looking pretty good. The skin tones should still look the same as they did in step one, but now, of course, your window light (in this example) has been adjusted to compensate for the color temperature issues. Even still, you’ll likely want to do some more work on your footage to help everything blend in together.Often when working with multiple color keys, it’s a good idea to create an additional node in your structure to allow for some overall/global adjustments to be made. For example, you might want to do an overall color balance at this point and start to give your image some style. You may want to desaturate overall or warm everything up — all according to your creative preference. Regardless of what you choose, this step will help any color temperature inconsistencies disappear completely.Always remember: fixing these types of issues in post will never look as perfect as getting it right on set. Working with footage that has been shot in a controlled lighting environment with a color card (or gray card) will always be the best option — and save you a lot of time in post.For those of you also shooting your own footage, be sure to check out this short clip from Curtis Judd in which he showcases another useful white balance technique in DaVinci Resolve:last_img read more

Phoolka urges Punjab Speaker to accept his resignation

first_imgAam Aadmi Party leader H.S. Phoolka, who had stepped down as Punjab MLA in October, on Tuesday met the Assembly Speaker and urged him to accept his resignation.Mr. Phoolka said he submitted a letter to Rana K.P. Singh, informing him that he would not rethink his resignation, adding that the Speaker assured him that his decision would be considered. It was earlier believed that the lawmaker from Dakha had not submitted the resignation in a proper format. The AAP leader had stepped down to press for immediate action against those accused in the sacrilege cases that rocked the State in 2015. Mr. Phoolka claimed that the Congress government had not taken the desired action against those named in the findings of the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report on sacrilege incidents. In his letter to the Speaker, Mr. Phoolka wrote, “I have sent my resignation from the post of MLA vide letter dated 12.10.2018, but I have not received any communication from you regarding the same.” ‘Appearing in person’ “Today I am appearing in person to communicate that I have resigned as a Member of the Legislative Assembly and request you to kindly accept my resignation. After accepting my resignation, kindly inform the House during ensuing session which is commencing from December 13,” he added. If his resignation is accepted, the AAP’s strength in the Vidhan Sabha will drop to 19 MLAs, eight of whom have formed a rebel group led by Sukhpal Singh Khaira.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Honduras

first_imgWilson Palacios and Carlo Costly will be crucial for Honduras in the World CupPlaying at the World Cup for only the third time, teamwork and organization will be key for Honduras.Just qualifying for the tournament in Brazil was a massive achievement, but now the focus is on finally winning a match on football’s biggest stage.Here are five players to watch:CARLO COSTLYCarlo Costly is a tall striker who has been unable to find consistency in his club career.He has played in Poland, England, Romania, Mexico, the United States, Greece and China, but returned to Honduras with Real Espana early in 2014.Despite the globe-trotting, Costly has remained a central focus of the Honduran national team since debuting in 2007, although he missed out on the last World Cup because of injury.Costly uses his physical strength and aerial prowess to cause problems for defenders. He holds the ball up for his teammates and is an awkward player to mark.The former Birmingham player scored a famous goal for Honduras in World Cup qualifying, netting a second-half winner at Estadio Azteca to seal victory over Mexico.JERRY BENGTSONJerry Bengtson is Honduras’ other tall, powerful striker.The Costly-Bengtson partnership has the ability to cause problems for group rivals Ecuador, France and Switzerland at the World Cup.The New England Revolution player scored nine goals in 12 games in CONCACAF qualifying and is known for his all-around ability to both play with his back to goal and create opportunities for himself.advertisementBengtson made a name for himself outside of the Americas at the 2012 Olympics, scoring the goal that defeated Spain 1-0 to knock the European nation out of the tournament.EMILIO IZAGUIRRELeft back Emilio Izaguirre plays for Scottish champion Celtic and is one of the only Honduras players – along with Wilson Palacios and Andy Najar – with experience playing in the Champions League.The defender is best known for his forays down the left flank, but his crossing into Costly and Bengtson is one of the most dangerous aspects of the team.Izaguirre has previously been linked with big-name clubs outside Scotland, where he was voted the first division’s 2010 player of the year by his peers.MAYNOR FIGUROAWith more than 100 appearances for the national team and more than 200 Premier League games, Maynor Figueroa is one of Honduras’ most experienced players and is charged with leading the defense at the World Cup.Figueroa plays at left back for Hull, where he moved from Wigan in 2013, but is a central defender for Honduras, partly due to Izaguirre’s quality. He has a knack of scoring spectacular goals, including one in December 2009 from his own half when playing for Wigan.Goalkeeper Noel Valladares is Honduras’ captain, but Figueroa is one of the main leaders in the team.WILSON PALACIOSA combative defensive midfielder, Wilson Palacios’ best moment came at Tottenham when he dominated AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf in the Champions League in 2011.Palacios became Honduras’ most expensive player when Tottenham signed him from Wigan in 2009.The central midfielder has struggled following a move to Stoke in August 2011, failing to break into the first team on a regular basis, although he remains a key figure for Honduras and a leader on the field.Tragedy struck Palacios’ family in 2009 when his younger brother was found dead in Honduras. He had been kidnapped in 2007.last_img read more

Uttarakhand Public Service Commission hiring for 237 posts

first_imgUttarakhand Public Service Commission (UKPSC) has invited applications for recruitment to 237 posts. Interested and eligible candidates can apply latest by September 24.Post details:Total posts: 237 postsPost names:Deputy Collector, Uttarakhand Civil Services (Executive Branch): 16 postsPolice Deputy Superintendent (Home Ministry): 21 posts Agriculture Service Grade-2 Section-B (Development Branch) Agriculture Department: 5 postsAgriculture Service Grade-2 Section-C (Plant Conservation Branch) Agriculture Department: 2 postsAgriculture Service Grade-2 Section-C (Chemical Branch) Agriculture Department: 2 posts Agriculture Service Grade-2 Section-C (Statistics Branch) Agriculture Department: 2 posts Agriculture Service Grade-2 Section-D (Engineering Branch) Agriculture Department: 1 postDistrict Social Welfare Officer (Social Welfare Department): 6 postsAssistant Sugarcane Officer (Sugarcane Department): 2 postsPromotion Officer/ Public Relation Officer (Sugarcane Department): 1 postsAssistant Divisional Transport Officer (Transport Department): 5 posts Work Officer District Panchayat (Panchayati Raj Department): 6 postsBlock Development Officer (Village Development Department): 32 postsFinance Officer (Finance Department): 23 postsAssistant Labour Commissioner (Labour & Employment Department): 3 posts Assistant Director (Sanskrit Education Department): 6 posts District Tourism Development Officer (Culture Tourism & Sports Department): 9 postsPromotion Officer/ Public Relation Officer (Culture Tourism & Sports Department): 2 postsDistrict Saving Officer (Finance Department): 1 postSub Registrar (Finance Department): 19 postsInformation Officer/ District Information Officer (Information Department): 11 postsTransportation Tax Officer-I (Transport Department): 11 posts District Youth Welfare & Provincial Guard Team Officer (Yuva Kalyan Evam Praanteey Rakshak Dal Vibhag): 4 postsChild Development Planning Officer (Women & Child Welfare Department): 39 postsDistrict Fulfillment Officer (Food & Civil Supplies Department): 2 postsRegional Food Officer (Food & Civil Supplies Department): 5 postsProbationary Officer (Social Welfare Department): 1 post    Eligibility criteria:Educational qualification:The candidates should have a relevant degree in the concerned department they are applying for.  Agelimit: Deputy Collector, Uttarakhand Civil Services (Executive Branch): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Police Deputy Superintendent (Home Ministry): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years. Agriculture Service Grade-2 Section-B (Development Branch) Agriculture Department: The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Agriculture Service Grade-2 Section-C (Plant Conservation Branch) Agriculture Department: The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Agriculture Service Grade-2 Section-C (Chemical Branch) Agriculture Department: The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years. Agriculture Service Grade-2 Section-C (Statistics Branch) Agriculture Department: The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years. Agriculture Service Grade-2 Section-D (Engineering Branch) Agriculture Department: The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.District Social Welfare Officer (Social Welfare Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Assistant Sugarcane Officer (Sugarcane Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Promotion Officer/ Public Relation Officer (Sugarcane Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Assistant Divisional Transport Officer (Transport Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years. Work Officer District Panchayat (Panchayati Raj Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Block Development Officer (Village Development Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Finance Officer (Finance Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Assistant Labour Commissioner (Labour & Employment Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years. Assistant Director (Sanskrit Education Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years. District Tourism Development Officer (Culture Tourism & Sports Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Promotion Officer/ Public Relation Officer (Culture Tourism & Sports Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.District Saving Officer (Finance Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Sub Registrar (Finance Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Information Officer/ District Information Officer (Information Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Transportation Tax Officer-I (Transport Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years. District Youth Welfare & Provincial Guard Team Officer (Yuva Kalyan Evam Praanteey Rakshak Dal Vibhag): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Child Development Planning Officer (Women & Child Welfare Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.District Fulfillment Officer (Food & Civil Supplies Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Regional Food Officer (Food & Civil Supplies Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Probationary Officer (Social Welfare Department): The candidates appplying for this post should be aged between 21 and 42 years.Pay scale:advertisementadvertisementDeputy Collector, Uttarakhand Civil Services (Executive Branch): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400Police Deputy Superintendent (Home Ministry): Rs 15,600-39, 100 + GP Rs 5,400 Agriculture Service Grade-2 Section-B (Development Branch) Agriculture Department: Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400Agriculture Service Grade-2 Section-C (Plant Conservation Branch) Agriculture Department: Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400Agriculture Service Grade-2 Section-C (Chemical Branch) Agriculture Department: Rs 15, 600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400 Agriculture Service Grade-2 Section-C (Statistics Branch) Agriculture Department: Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400 Agriculture Service Grade-2 Section-D (Engineering Branch) Agriculture Department: Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400District Social Welfare Officer (Social Welfare Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400Assistant Sugarcane Officer (Sugarcane Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400Promotion Officer/ Public Relation Officer (Sugarcane Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5400Assistant Divisional Transport Officer (Transport Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400 Work Officer District Panchayat (Panchayati Raj Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5400Block Development Officer (Village Development Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400Finance Officer (Finance Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400Assistant Labour Commissioner (Labour & Employment Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400 Assistant Director (Sanskrit Education Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400 District Tourism Development Officer (Culture Tourism & Sports Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400Promotion Officer/ Public Relation Officer (Culture Tourism & Sports Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 5,400District Saving Officer (Finance Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 4,200Sub Registrar (Finance Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 4,200Information Officer/ District Information Officer (Information Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 4,200Transportation Tax Officer-I (Transport Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 4,200 District Youth Welfare & Provincial Guard Team Officer (Yuva Kalyan Evam Praanteey Rakshak Dal Vibhag): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 4,200Child Development Planning Officer (Women & Child Welfare Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 4,200District Fulfillment Officer (Food & Civil Supplies Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 4,200Regional Food Officer (Food & Civil Supplies Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 4,200Probationary Officer (Social Welfare Department): Rs 15,600-39,100 + GP Rs 4,200Selection Process:The candidates will be short listed on the basis of their performances in the preliminary exam, main exam, physical test and an interview.How to apply:In order to apply, the candidates are required to log in to the official website and fill in the applications, online.last_img read more

Captain Kohli keeps India afloat with a fighting 85,Captain Kohli keeps India afloat with a fighting 85

first_imgTogether with Vijay, Kohli added 79 runs for the third wicket as India crossed 100 in the 33rd over. COMMENT Patel had put on 32 runs with Kohli for the fifth wicket but became Ngidi’s maiden Test wicket just as the innings started to look stable. Ishant Sharma celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of South Africa’s Faf Du Plessis.   –  Reuters India wasted their last DRS review early in the day as Jasprit Bumrah (0/60) looked for an early LBW call against Maharaj. Starting from overnight 269/6, Faf du Plessis (63) and Keshav Maharaj (18) took their seventh wicket stand to 31 runs. Kohli held together India’s innings with a classy unbeaten 85 which came off 130 balls and was studded with eight boundaries. The visitors, who are down 0-1 in the three-match series, still trail South Africa by another 152 runs. The duo added 19 runs for the unbeaten sixth wicket. Skipper Virat Kohli scored a fighting 85 to keep India afloat on the day two of the second cricket Test against South Africa, here today. Barring Kohli, opener Murali Vijay scored a gritty 46 off 126 balls before being dismissed by left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj. Earlier in the post lunch session, Vijay and KL Rahul (10) started watchfully against South Africa’s pacers. They added 28 runs for the opening stand. SHARE × Ngidi bowled a fiery first four-over spell on Test debut, egged on by the home crowd, but he couldn’t etch out a breakthrough before tea. Rahul had looked rusty, particularly against Morne Morkel’s (1-24) bounce, and only ended up returning a catch, which the bowler grabbed in a diving effort to the left. South Africa then crossed 300 in the 106th over, while du Plessis reached his 17th Test half-century off 127 balls. In doing so, he put on 42 runs with Rabada (11). Lungi Ngidi (1/26) then had Parthiv Patel (19) caught behind in the 54th over to reduce India to 164 for five. The skipper also added 25 runs with Rohit Sharma (10) for the fourth wicket. This was after South Africa were bowled out for 335 runs (113.5 overs) in their first innings just before lunch. R Ashwin finished with 4/113 and Ishant Sharma took 3/46 as the Proteas lost their last seven wickets for 89 runs. On the very next ball, Rabada (on 3) was again dropped by Pandya at point as Shami obstructed him whilst running in from short third-man. Ishant Sharma celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of South Africa’s Faf Du Plessis.   –  Reuterscenter_img When rest of the Indian batsmen looked in little discomfort against the South African bowling attack, Kohli was at his positive best as he played his drives and pulls with consummate ease from the onset. Kohli, meanwhile, scored his 16th Test half-century off 68 balls and was inclusive of seven boundaries. Hardik Pandya (11 not out) was giving Kohli company at the crease as India reached 183 for five in 61 overs in their first innings at stumps in reply to South Africa’s 335 all out. 0 Kohli, who faced flak because of lack of runs in the first Test and his selection decisions in the ongoing match, paced his innings to perfection and attacked the Protea bowlers when opportunity came his way. Vijay too had a couple nervy moments against Vernon Philander but managed to survive the spell. He then settled down to aid Kohli in India’s recovery. COMMENTS But Rohit once again fell cheaply, out lbw to Kagiso Rabada (1/33). The batsman went for review but was given out on umpire’s call with the ball clipping the top of middle stump. Pandya then joined Kohli in the middle and the duo managed to see off the remainder of the session without any further loss. India made a double howler in the 104th over. First, Kagiso Rabada (on 1) was dropped at slip off Ashwin by Kohli. India finally got the delayed breakthrough in the 111th over as Pandya held a smart catch off Ishant in the deep. Two overs later, Ishant also bowled du Plessis to change the course of the morning session again. Immediately on the next ball, Cheteshwar Pujara was run- out for his career’s first golden duck as he set off on a suicidal run and failed to beat Lungi Ngidi’s throw from mid- on. Mohammed Shami (1/58) bowled a lively spell and got the breakthrough with Maharaj caught behind in the 99th over. Ashwin then wrapped up the South African innings as Morne Morkel (6) holed out to long off. cricket January 14, 2018 But South Africa got the breakthrough soon when Vijay was caught behind off Maharaj (1/53). India crossed 50 in the 16th over as Kohli looked in good touch from the very start. He set off with a flurry of boundaries and quickly outscored Vijay. The duo put on 50 runs off 101 balls. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published onlast_img read more

Formula 1: Sebastian Vettel holds off late Lewis Hamilton charge, says “I love what I do”

first_imgFerrari driver Sebastian Vettel held off a tremendous late charge from Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton to win the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday and take the overall lead in the Formula One title race.Hamilton was catching the German on every lap but ultimately ran out of time and finished almost seven seconds behind.Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel are on top of the world as they race to victory at the #BahrainGP ???? pic.twitter.com/MEaIjv8YeY- Formula 1 (@F1) April 16, 2017″The car was really amazing to drive,”  Vettel said. “Lewis was a threat towards the end and with the traffic you never know.”Vettel and Hamilton were level with a win each heading into this race, but Vettel’s second victory of the season and 44th of his career puts him in command.Sebastian Vettel is my kind of guy. Just wins the race and says he can’t wait to get back in the car to test in 2 days. #markoftrueracer- Mario Andretti (@MarioAndretti) April 16, 2017Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas finished third after starting from pole position for the first time in his career. It was his 11th podium. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fourth.Bottas made a clean start but Hamilton was beaten for pace by Vettel, who overtook him heading into the first corner.VET: “Something inside told me we had a good car for the race. The Easter hunt was on, but we found them [Mercedes] today!” #BahrainGP ???? pic.twitter.com/Kn8bWfrNhI- Formula 1 (@F1) April 16, 2017Hamilton’s hopes were also hit when the British driver was given a five-second time penalty early into the race for driving too slowly in the pit lane and holding up Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who was fifth.advertisement”The pit lane was really my fault so apologies to my team for losing time there,” Hamilton said. “Ferrari did a great job today.”There is strong mutual respect between three-time F1 champion Hamilton and four-time champion Vettel, and Hamilton gave him a warm handshake after the race.Vettel completed the 57 laps of the 5.4-kilometer (3.4-mile) track in 1 hour, 33 minutes, 53 seconds, for his third win in Bahrain after success with Red Bull in 2012 and 2013.It was 24 degrees Celsius (75 Fahrenheit) with a refreshing breeze when the race started at 6 p.m. local time (1500 GMT) and finished under floodlights.”The last half of the (final) lap, with the fireworks … I love what I do,” an emotional Vettel said on the podium.Bottas got away cleanly but crucially Hamilton was beaten for pace by Vettel, while Max Verstappen rocketed up from sixth to fourth after passing Raikkonen and Ricciardo.With Bottas losing power in his rear tires, Vettel sensed it was the right time to pit for new tires on lap 11.Verstappen asked his team to match that strategy and he came in on the next lap.But moments later, the Dutchman’s brakes failed and he drifted across the track and into the wall, his race over. The 19-year-old Verstappen, who had driven so well from 16th place on the grid to finish third in China last weekend, climbed out and kicked the barriers in frustration.The incidents were coming fast, with 18-year-old Lance Stroll hit from the side on lap 13 by Carlos Sainz Jr. and this forced the safety car to come out.Both Mercedes drivers used the safety car incident to pit for new tires, but Hamilton made the mistake of holding up Ricciardo.When the race began in earnest again on lap 17, Hamilton burst straight past Ricciardo into third while Vettel brilliantly defended the corner twice to fend off Bottas.By the halfway point, Vettel’s lead was six seconds over Hamilton, who had just passed Bottas, who pitted soon after.There was some frantic action behind the leaders, with Fernando Alonso battling it out in midfield. He was not happy with his car’s performance, though, saying “I’ve never raced with less power in my life” over the radio.With Hamilton gaining fast, Vettel came in for his second tire change on lap 34 and came out in fourth place behind Raikkonen.Hamilton was the new race leader, but with more than 20 laps to go, a time penalty still to take, and with Vettel on new tires, it was a precarious lead.Hamilton’s strategy was to make his tires last as long as possible but he came in with 15 laps left and took his time penalty.This put Bottas in second place, but he then backed off to let the quicker Hamilton through to chase Vettel down.”Thanks to Valtteri for being a gentleman,” Hamilton said.advertisementMeanwhile, Alonso retired one lap from the end, making it a third straight race without a point for McLaren. His teammate Stoffel Vandoorne did not even start because of an engine failure.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: France overpower Belgium to reach final after 12 years

first_imgFrance defeated Belgium 1-0 to reach their third World Cup final where they will meet either of England or Croatia. Samuel Umtiti scored in the 51st minute to ensure the French booked a berth in the title clash after overcoming the Belgians in a high-octane semi-final at St Petersburg.France had won the World Cup in 1998 after defeating Brazil in the final. However, in 2006, Les Blues had lost to Italy.In an enthralling tactical match, it was once again a set-piece that proved decisive with Umtiti’s near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner settling matters.Belgium took early control of midfield with France content to sit deep and eliminate the threat of counter-attacks from Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSBut it was by no means a purely negative approach as the French offered their own danger on the break, perfectly illustrated when Paul Pogbas delivery sent Kylian Mbappe racing towards goal and Belgium were thankful their keeper Thibaut Courtois was alert to snuff out the danger.The first real opening came in the 16th minute when De Bruyne hooked the ball into the path of Hazard whose shot was just wide of Huge Lloriss far post.YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Final here we come! #FRABEL #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/6z5l7rXKnoFrench Team (@FrenchTeam) July 10, 2018#FRA WIN! @FrenchTeam are in the #WorldCupFinal! #FRABEL // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/yPDKMKPpdtFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 10, 2018Hazard was dangerous again moments later when he cut in from the left and unleashed a rasping drive which clipped off the back of Raphael Varane and just over the bar.advertisementFrom a Belgium corner, Toby Alderweireld tested Lloris with a smart shot on the turn but as the half progressed France began to create more.Olivier Giroud flashed a header just wide and Mbappe set up Benjamin Pavard whose low shot was kept out by the outstretched leg of Courtois.It was a fascinating first half and all that was missing was a goal but one came soon after the break.From Griezmann’s corner, Umtiti beat Marouane Fellaini at the near post and powered a header home to put France ahead.Fellaini flashed a header just wide and Axel Witsel forced a good save out of Lloris as Belgium pushed forward for an equaliser and France hung on in six minutes of stoppage time to book their place in the final.It was engrossing contest watched by French President Emmanuel Macron and Belgium King Philippe of Belgium, Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Belgium Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

a month agoTottenham boss Pochettino admits relief after victory over Southampton

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino admits relief after victory over Southamptonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Maurcio Pochettino admitted some relief after victory over Southampton.After a week where they had lost to Leicester before being beaten by League Two Colchester in the Carabao Cup, Spurs’ spirits were lifted as £53.8m club record signing Tanguy Ndombele scored with a powerful deflected finish.Serge Aurier, who had already been booked, was sent off in the 32nd minute for a foul on Ryan Bertrand after Spurs felt the ball had gone out of play just before.But within five minutes of Danny Ings’ leveller, Harry Kane swept home what proved to be the winner after an assist by Christian Eriksen.Pochettino said: “We needed to work a lot with 10 men. We showed our spirit, that is the way we need to work to work together.”We have worked very hard for five years to put the club in the level that no-one expected. That is why now for some results that were not in the way people expected, we don’t give up, so we need to be strong to be stronger.”I think it was completely unfair for Serge to be sent off, but I accept the decision of the referee.” last_img read more

Former Arsenal star Reyes dies aged 35

first_imgFormer Arsenal and Sevilla winger Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a car accident at the age of 35.The EFE agency in Spain reports that the accident took place in Seville at 11.40am local time and that “his car went off the road and caught fire”.Sevilla would later confirm that the former Spain international’s cousin Jonathan Reyes was also killed in the collision. Reyes left the Liga club in 2016 but was a popular figure over two spells with the Andalusians. He also played for Arsenal between 2004 and 2007, scoring 23 goals in all competitions for the Gunners and winning the Premier League and FA Cup.Most recently, he had been playing for Extremadura UD in the second division in Spain after joining in January following a brief stint in China.Confirming the tragic news, Sevilla tweeted on Saturday: “We could not offer worse news. Our beloved squad member José Antonio Reyes died in a traffic accident. Rest in peace.”Arsenal also took to Twitter to express their shock and sadness at the news: “Everyone at Arsenal is devastated by the shocking news that our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision in Spain.”Jose Antonio Reyes: 1983-2019. Rest in peace, Jose.”Jose Antonio Reyes SevillaReyes won five Europa League titles over a remarkable career, three of which came in current Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s Sevilla side, having already lifted the trophy twice during his time with Atletico Madrid. Having won the Premier League title with Arsenal in 2003-04, Reyes would also go on to win La Liga during a loan spell with Real Madrid in 2006-07.The winger spent his final year in the Spanish top-flight at Espanyol during the 2016-17 season having left Sevilla at the end of his contract.Espanyol also paid their respects via social media, posting: “Today is a very sad day for the whole Parakeet family. Our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has passed away.”From RCD Espanyol de Barcelona, we want to express our deepest condolences and offer all our support to his family and Sevilla.”With two matches remaining in Spain’s second division, the Sevilla academy graduate was part of the first team at 15th-placed Extremadura and he spoke of his happiness when he signed for the club back in January.”A month ago I came back from China and I have been running on my own, this brings me real happiness,” he said, as quoted by Marca.”Last year everyone told me I was crazy with a team almost descended and it was a satisfaction, a pride to save that club and I come with the same desire here to contribute, help my team-mates and achieve the goal.”The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed that seven second division matches due to be played on Sunday, including Extremadura’s away fixture at Cadiz, have now all been postponed as a mark of respect.UEFA has also announced that a moment’s silence will be observed ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.last_img read more

Damen Shipyards Enters Cruise Market with SeaDream Order

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Damen Shipyards Group Damen Shipyards Group has signed its first contract for the construction of a cruise ship for Norway-based SeaDream Yacht Club.The contract is for the 155-metre mega yacht, that will be deployed on voyages all over the world.The purpose-built ship will be prepared to operate in various destinations, including polar and tropical. As such, it will boast ice class Polar Code 6 credentials.“We are delighted to sign this historic contract with which the Damen Shipyards Group enters the cruise market,” Andrea Trevisan, SVP Sales and Marketing Damen Cruise, said.SeaDream’s vessel will be completely constructed and outfitted, including the interior, at the Mangalia yard by Damen. The construction is scheduled to start in October this year, with a scheduled delivery date of September 2021.last_img read more

Premier Congratulates Winning Curling Teams

first_imgPremier John Hamm extended congratulations today, March 15, tothe Nova Scotia men’s curling team, led by skip Mark Dacey, onwinning the Canadian men’s curling title. The win means Nova Scotia will represent Canada in both the men’sand women’s categories at the world curling championships takingplace in Gavle, Sweden, in April. “Nova Scotians are proud and excited by matching nationalvictories of the province’s men’s and women’s curling teams,”Premier Hamm said. “The win by team Dacey is the perfect match tothe talent and skill we saw in February by Colleen Jones and herteammates.” Nova Scotia’s men’s team came from behind in the last three endsof the Nokia Brier on Sunday, March 14, to defeat Alberta 10-9.The win is the first national men’s title for Nova Scotia since1951. The Nova Scotia Women’s curling team, led by Colleen Jones,was victorious over team Quebec in February.last_img read more

Updated Highway Conditions Ferry Operations

first_imgTransportation and Infrastructure Renewal equipment operators report series 100 highways continue to be passable with extreme caution. High winds and blowing snow are causing poor visibility in most areas. Some local roads may not be passable. Drivers should watch for localized flooding where storm surges may have washed out roads. Motorists are also encouraged to stay off the highways if possible to allow snow plows and salt trucks to clear the roads. The Tancook Island ferry is tied up for the day. The Englishtown ferry, Country Harbour and Digby Neck ferries are out of service until further notice. LaHave and Little Narrows ferries remain in operation. Conditions can change quickly. Drivers are reminded to call 511 or visit the Nova Scotia 511 website for updates on road conditions before traveling. -30-last_img read more

Trudeau mum on pipeline front even as May 31 deadline looms

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists his government is going to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, but still has nothing to say about how, even as Kinder Morgan’s deadline clock ticks ever closer to the end.The pipeline deadline is just one of two big dates coming for the Trudeau government this week, which could turn out to be one of the most important of his first mandate as prime minister, especially if he wants a second one.Kinder Morgan’s May 31 deadline to decide if it has enough certainty to proceed is now just 72 hours away and while Trudeau says financial discussions continue, he also says there is nothing yet to say publicly.The government has said it is willing to cover the costs of budget overruns on the pipeline caused by political interference from British Columbia, but the company has not yet indicated if that will be enough to convince it to put shovels in the ground.The government is also lobbying hard in the United States this week since President Donald Trump only exempted Canada and Mexico from steel import tariffs until Friday.Losing either of these issues would be big problems for Trudeau’s government as it starts to move into election-year planning to seek a second mandate.last_img read more

Expert panel says Canada needs new agency to oversee pharmacare program

first_imgOTTAWA — An expert panel studying the best way to implement a national pharmacare plan has released its interim report with three main recommendations.The report is seen as a way to set the foundations for the federal government’s plan to bring in pharmacare for all Canadians.“Must complete the dream of Medicare by finally finding its missing piece, and that missing piece is pharmacare,” said Health Minister Ginette Petitpas, noting the government will consider the recommendations made.Health Minister @GinettePT says people shouldn’t have to choose between their prescription medications and their food. Says the feds are looking to move forward on pharmacare, something she says is the missing piece to healthcare in Canada. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 6, 2019The report comes with three main recommendations, which are being described as the building blocks to a national pharmacare program.Doctor Eric Hoskins, who is leading the expert panel, says the main recommendation is to create a national drug agency.“It would negotiate with manufacturers and carryout health technology assessments of prescription drugs.”The report also recommends developing a national list of drugs so coverage is the same across the country and to gather better data on prescription medicationsFinance Minister Bill Morneau would not say if any of these items will be in his upcoming spring budget, but a pharmacare plan is expected to be a main pledge from the liberals in the fall election.Both Morneau and the health minister deny the announcement is being used as a distraction to the SNC-Lavalin testimony in Ottawa, saying they set this date to release the report weeks ago. The Canadian Institute for Health Information says drugs are the fastest-growing component in health spending but unlike hospital care and doctors’ visits, most people’s medication needs aren’t covered by public health insurance.An analysis by the parliamentary budget officer estimated a broad coverage regime would cost $20 billion a year.The second report from the panel is expected later this spring.last_img read more

Baloney Meter Was the budget a political prop for the scandalplagued Liberals

first_imgOTTAWA — “(Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) thinks today’s budget will distract Canadians from all of this. He is using the budget — a critical element of any government’s agenda — as nothing more than a political prop in an unprecedented cover-up.” — Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer, March 19—Andrew Scheer and his Conservative caucus members have been scathing in their attacks on this week’s decision by the Liberal-dominated House of Commons justice committee to abruptly end its examination of the SNC-Lavalin affair.In addition to calling it a cover-up and a snub to all Canadians, the leader of the official Opposition called it an attempt by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to undermine the role of Parliament.The committee’s decision came on the same day as the federal budget was being tabled. So Scheer wove that into his broader criticism of the government, describing the budget as a “political prop” by a prime minister determined to divert the public’s attention from the scandal engulfing his government.That raises a question that cuts to the core of this week’s two big national political stories, the budget and the everlasting SNC-Lavalin saga: can the regularly scheduled tabling of a federal budget be described as a political prop?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).Scheer’s remark earns a rating of “a lot of baloney” — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truth.THE FACTSThe SNC-Lavalin controversy slammed like a runaway train into Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s delivery of Tuesday’s budget, the government’s final spending blueprint before a federal election scheduled for this fall.While the budget lockup was underway several blocks east of Parliament Hill, the Liberal majority on the House of Commons justice committee voted to end its five-week inquiry into the controversy, enraging Conservatives and New Democrats alike.By the time Morneau reached the Commons to deliver his 4 p.m. budget speech, he faced some serious Conservative roadblocks. The Conservatives forced a vote on a motion to allow MPs on the fisheries committee to travel. Several Tory MPs voted both for and against.They then stood — one at a time — to apologize for voting twice. But they each also managed to also denounce the Liberals’ earlier decision, which prevented former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould from reappearing before the justice committee. Chants of “Let her speak” filled the chamber, while more points of privilege and points of order ate up the clock.Morneau’s speech was delayed an hour, and when he finally rose to speak, he was drowned out by opposition MPs. Eventually, the Conservatives walked out of the Commons, with Scheer calling the committee’s decision “an assault on democracy.”Morneau’s budget aimed billions in new spending at a variety of areas — from pharmacare to retraining workers to helping first-time homebuyers. It was a deficit-friendly, pre-election platform that contrasted with the Conservative mantra of balanced books. Morneau decided the government would use up a big windfall, and run near-term deficits of almost $20 billion. He offered no timeline for bringing the budget back to balance, and made no apologies.The budget document credited a stronger economy for an extra $27.8 billion in revenue over the next six years, compared with the numbers in the government’s fall update. The new budget will spend about $22.8 billion of that additional cash, and the government said it has earmarked another $4 billion in spending since the fall update.Morneau called this “investments to grow our economy for the long term — while we bring the books back towards balance.”Trudeau, meanwhile, accused the Conservatives of using the SNC-Lavalin affair to avoid talking about their own “failed” approach to the economy. “The Conservatives still don’t want to talk about jobs, about growth, about investing in Canadians because they’re realizing they have no plan,” he said.WHAT THE EXPERTS SAYFinancial experts say that while budgets can certainly be used by governments to make political gains, they are an annual ritual of government that are scheduled to take place on dates that are set weeks in advance.  “The content of the budget is the real issue, and here the claim the budget was used as a prop is weak,” said Brett House, the deputy chief economist at Scotiabank. “Though the revenue windfall was spent, and we would have preferred to see it saved, the amount was not large and wasn’t devoted to a big signature project or program.”Kevin Page, the former parliamentary budget officer, agrees there is no single big initiative in the budget to draw attention away from other issues such as SNC-Lavalin.“Budgets are not mandatory but it is a long-standing tradition and a best practice to table a fiscal plan before the start of the fiscal year,” said Page, the president of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa.“This budget does not look like a prop.”Doug Porter, the chief economist of BMO Financial Group, says there is little doubt the government would like to shift the focus to other matters, including the economy and fiscal policy.“But, it’s also fair to say that, as the quote suggests, a budget is ‘a critical element of any government’s agenda,’” he said.Porter said the convention has generally become to unveil a new budget in February or March before the start of the new fiscal year on April 1.“It’s a convention that is followed by all 10 provinces as well.”THE VERDICTThe government usually releases a budget at this time of year. Though a lot is riding on the pre-election blueprint the Liberals tabled Tuesday, and Trudeau wasted no time in using it to attack the Conservative record, it didn’t feature a showcase signature initiative aimed at changing the political channel.For those reasons, Scheer’s assertion that the Liberals were using the budget as a political prop contains “a lot of baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurateMike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Galagodaaththe Gnanasara remanded till February 16

The monk was remanded last month after he surrendered to the police after the Homagama Magistrate issued an arrest warrant on him. The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) the venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was further remanded today till February 16 by the Homagama Magistrate today in connection to allegedly threatening Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was granted bail by the Homagama Magistrate yesterday over contempt of court charges. However he was remanded till today for allegedly threatening Sandhya Eknaligoda. The arrest warrant was issued after the monk had allegedly disrespected court during proceedings into the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda.(Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan mourns death of Nigerian diplomat leader of antiapartheid campaign

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today mourned the death of Ambassador Joseph Nanven Garba, a former Foreign Minister of Nigeria and President of the UN General Assembly who emerged as a leading figure in his country’s diplomatic campaign against apartheid during the 1980s.A statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesman in New York said Mr. Annan was saddened to learn of the death of Ambassador Garba, and conveyed his condolences to the diplomat’s family and to the Government and people of Nigeria.Before serving as President of the 44th General Assembly in 1989-1990, Ambassador Garba was Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN and Chairman of the UN Committee Against Apartheid for five years until 1989. read more

In Bangkok Annan confers with special envoys on HIVAIDS

As he continued his visit to Bangkok, Thailand, where a global conference on HIV/AIDS is taking place this week, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today conferred with his regional special envoys dealing with the disease.The envoys – Stephen Lewis for Africa, Nafis Sadik for Asia and George Alleyne for the Caribbean – were appointed to help promote and advocate on behalf of issues relating to the outcomes of various conferences on HIV/AIDS, particularly the UN General Assembly’s special session in July 2001.In addition, Mr. Annan met with Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a public-private partnership created in 2002 to boost financing to fight three of the world’s most devastating diseases.Later, Mr. Annan visited the UN Building in Bangkok and met with staff there, telling them that the United Nations has a future “if it adapts and changes.” In this connection, he said, “If I were a doctor, I would say you are in reasonably good health but you must remain active and exercise.”The Secretary-General and his wife, Nane, then visited an AIDS ward and talked with several patients there, accompanied by the Thai Health Minister.During his stay in Bangkok, Mr. Annan has held several bilateral meetings with Foreign Ministers, meeting yesterday with those from Australia, Timor-Leste and Thailand.In a press encounter on Sunday following his meeting with the Thai Foreign Minister, the Secretary-General was asked about the International Court of Justice’s advisory opinion on the wall in the occupied Palestinian territory.He said he would not want to prejudge what the General Assembly may decide on the matter. “I think the decision of the Court is clear,” he added. “Whilst we all accept that the Government of Israel has a responsibility, indeed a duty, to protect its citizens, any action it takes has to be in conformity with international law and has to respect the interests of the Palestinians.”In a separate programme, Mrs. Annan visited a centre helping 550 girls and women who have been trafficked from within Thailand and surrounding countries. She encouraged the young women to focus on developing their skills and education so as to enable them to be strong and stand up for themselves. read more

Norbord and LouisianaPacific Corp to exchange ownership Quebec of mills

TORONTO – Norbord Inc. (TSX:OSB) and Louisiana-Pacific Corp. have agreed to exchange ownership of two wood panel mills in Quebec. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.Louisiana-Pacific’s mill in Chambord, Que., is bigger than Norbord’s oriented strand board mill in Val-d’Or, Que., but both have been idled for a number of years.Tennessee-based Louisiana-Pacific said the swap is part of its strategy to increase capacity for its siding business, which has seen rapid growth.LP also recently acquired a former OSB site in Cook, Minn., to increase its siding capacity.The Chambord OSB mill that will be acquired by Toronto-based Norbord was built in the 1980s and has a stated capacity of 470 million square feet of OSB panels, which are used in construction.“While market conditions do not support an immediate restart of Chambord, the asset is in good condition and is located closer to key markets, representing a better competitive opportunity for Norbord,” Norbord chief executive Peter Wijnbergen said in a statement.Norbord also announced that it had a US$55-million net profit in the third quarter (64 cents per share), compared with a $9-million loss (11 cents per share) in the comparable period last year. Sales increased to $453 million from $378 million.“As we enter the seasonally slower winter building period, North American benchmark OSB prices remain well above where they were this time last year as U.S. housing starts, particularly single-family, continue to recover and drive increasing OSB demand,” Wijnbergen said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect spelling for Val-d’Or, Que. Norbord and Louisiana-Pacific Corp. to exchange ownership Quebec of mills by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 28, 2016 4:58 am MDT Last Updated Oct 28, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Canadian U Box It wins uuuge trademark battle over American UHaul

Canadian U Box It wins u-u-uge trademark battle over American U-Haul by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 17, 2017 10:21 am MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The U-Haul logo is shown on the top of a truck sitting on a dealer lot in this June 14, 2006 file photo, in Des Moines, Iowa. A family-owned Canadian garbage business is claiming victory over huge American moving company U-Haul International in a David-versus-Goliath battle involving whose U-themed brands deserve trademark protection in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Charlie Neibergall OTTAWA – A family-owned Canadian garbage business is claiming victory over huge American moving company U-Haul International in a David-versus-Goliath battle involving whose U-themed brands deserve trademark protection in Canada.The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court ruling denying U-Haul two trademarks because they too closely resemble the brand of U Box It, a small waste management services company in the Greater Toronto Area.Both U-Haul and U Box It supply large boxes or bins to be filled by customers and then hauled away — although U-Haul boxes are delivered to the customers’ new address and U Box It’s bins go to landfill sites.U-Haul applied in October 2009 to register four trademarks in Canada. Two that contain the name U-Haul were accepted: U-Haul U-Box and U-Haul U-Box We-Haul.But the Canadian trademark office denied the third and fourth: U-Box and U-Box We-Haul. It noted that U Box It’s trademark had been registered in February 2008 after two years of use and that the names were similar enough to confuse customers.In her written ruling, judge Judith Woods disagreed with U-Haul’s contention that the two services were so dissimilar that confusion was unlikely. read more