DaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — Basic Settings

first_imgIn Resolve, there are two settings menus: the system preferences and project settings. First, let’s look at the system preferences, which you can find by navigating to DaVinci Resolve > Preferences. Let’s look at a few settings that you may need to change when first loading up resolve.Memory and GPUThe very first window is the Memory and GPU panel; in here, you can limit how much RAM Resolve uses. Now, the more you allocate to Resolve, the less there is for other processes, which may, in turn, make things worse. However, if you find that Resolve is behaving sluggishly, see if you can increase the memory in this panel. (Even though I have 16gb installed, I can only use up to 75 percent.)Audio I/OI often switch between using my monitors and headphones, and sometimes, if it’s open when you’re changing the system volume, Resolve can get confused. If that’s ever the case, head into the Video & Audio I/O, and here you can configure your audio output.Alternatively, if you want to keep your system volume oriented to the monitors, you can use this panel to change from the system default to your headset. On a basic level, I think these two are the only options you need to know. Although, I would say, for good measure, read up on the autosave feature.Project SettingsIf the system settings affect the hardware, the project settings affect the project and software, like the resolution and frame rate. To get here, you need to head to the bottom right, where we have a cog icon. Let’s first look at timeline resolution because this can sometimes catch people out.As I mentioned in Episode 3, you set your timeline resolution when you create a project, when you create a timeline, or when you first import a clip that doesn’t match the default settings — Resolve will ask if you want to make adjustments. If for example, you want to switch from 4K to 1080p so you can crop the 4K footage, you would open the project settings, and change the timeline resolution to 1080p. (However, look at what happens when we do this — see video.)The 4K footage in the viewer has remained the same scale. If we were to insert a 4K file onto a 1080p timeline, then we would have to decrease the scale of the 4K file to fit into the viewer completely, right? But Resolve has an image scaling process that will change how your footage interacts with a timeline with a different resolution.To adjust these properties, we need to drop down one panel to Image Scaling. Here, you will find an Input Scaling option, which controls the resolution of mismatched media. The default says “scale entire image to fit,” which is what happened to our footage. However, we can change that to “center crop with no resizing,” and when we do so, the image in the timeline has resorted to its recorded resolution.There may be a time when you’re working with 4K and you want the majority of clips to decrease in scale, leaving only a few at the default size so you can crop and zoom in and so forth. Well, changing the entire timeline properties is going to be cumbersome. So, instead, after changing the timeline resolution, close the settings panel, select the 4K clip that you want to keep at default size, open the inspector, and scroll down to the scaling section. Here, instead of using the project settings, change them to crop, which will then override the 1080p project setting.Optimized MediaLet’s look at one more basic setting that may improve your Resolve workflow if you feel like playback is sluggish. There’s no denying that Resolve needs a somewhat-powerful machine to operate efficiently. However, even my computer, which is reasonably well-kitted-out, struggles with high-resolution files with a significant data rate. There are two things we can do to lighten the load. We can go to Playback > Proxy mode and lower the resolution of the playback.You can see the drastic decrease when I switch playback to a quarter resolution. (It’s important to remember that when you’re doing this, you’re not doing anything to clips of the timeline; it’s just a playback setting.) However, as you can see, this isn’t ideal if we’re editing footage that requires close analysis of the details in the shot. Everything is blurred. So, what we can do is generate optimized media.To do this, you right-click on a clip and select “generate optimized media.” Resolve will then create a proxy file at a lower resolution and format for real time playback. But what resolution and format? Well, let’s head back to Project Settings > Master Settings and scroll until you reach Optimized Media and Render Cache. Here you can choose what resolution and format you want for these files.So, we’ve only skimmed the surface of editing in Resolve in this miniseries; there’s so much more to this software, but as with most things, you’ll primarily learn by running into an obstacle, searching for a solution, and implementing the fix. So, if you do get stuck, you can find a library of solutions here.We hope, if you’re entirely new to editing in Resolve, that after this crash course you’ll have a basic understanding of how to edit with the software. Good luck!Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Relaxing in Vermont” by Chill Study“Brooklyn Drive” by Chill Study“Be Gentle” by Ben BeinyLooking for more DaVinci Resolve tutorials? Check these out.DaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — Delivering Your ContentDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — Working with Audio on The Edit PageDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit ToolsDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit PageDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Media Page In part 6 of our six-part video series The DaVinci Resolve 15 Crash Course, we take a look at the basic settings you need to know to use all these tips.In the final episode of the new editor-friendly Resolve 15 crash course, we’re going to cover the remaining settings you need to know to put all these tutorials to use. Don’t worry though: we’re not diving headfirst into technical jargon and advanced settings — we’re just going to cover the settings that new editors might want to check before getting started in Resolve.If you need to brush up on the series, you can watch the first episode here.All right. Let’s get started.last_img read more

ATP rankings: Novak Djokivic retains top spot

first_imgSerb Novak Djokovic, who won the US Open earlier this month, retained the top spot in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings with 16,145 points. The rating have been released a packed week of Davis Cup action.There were no changes in the top ten men’s rankings. Swiss Roger Federer still held second place, followed by Britain’s Andy Murray, reports Efe.ATP ranking and point scores1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 16,145 Points2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 9,4203. Andy Murray (Scotland) 8,8004. Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) 6,0055. Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 5,0506. Kei Nishikori (Japan) 5,0157. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 3,7708. David Ferrer (Spain) 3,6959. Milos Raonic (Canda) 2,79010. Gilles Simon (France) 2,560.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019 Final HIGHLIGHTS, Dabang Delhi vs Bengal Warriors in Ahmedabad: Bengal Beat Delhi to Win Maiden Title

first_imgBoth Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors were the two best teams throughout the league phase and rightfully set up the final. However, Dabang Delhi have not been able to beat Bengal Warriors in the season so far with one of their matches ending in a 30-30 tie while the second in Panchkula was won by Bengal Warriors 42-33 against a second-string Delhi side. Delhi will now be looking to get their first win against Bengal and get the trophy along with it.The stage is set for a NEW CHAMPION! 👑👑@DabangDelhiKC or @BengalWarriors – tell us who you think will emerge victorious in the #VIVOProKabaddiFinal!#WorldsToughestWeek #IsseToughKuchNahi #DELvKOL pic.twitter.com/JJAympMBlu— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 19, 2019 Dabang Delhi have had a brilliant season where they have won 16 matches, lose just four and drawn three. Their raider Naveen Kumar has been the breakout star of the season and 56 per cent of the raids points scored by Delhi have been his. While they are a cohesive unit and work well in tandem, Naveen has played a huge part in their remarkable journey in season 7.Bengal Warriors, on the other hand, have won 15 matches this season, losing five and drawing three. Their captain Maninder Singh has been their star raider even as he has been well supported by K Prapanjan. Bengal are known for their exceptional raiding abilities even as they have a solid defence, which knows when to step up.last_img read more

Here’s why the Euro 2016 format rocks

first_imgA 24-team draw is unwieldy. The phony war of the group stages is made more cautious, more dull. Three 0-0 draws are potentially enough to put a team through, since four out of six third place finishers qualify for the knockout stages. Unfancied teams understand that stout defence and pragmatism. The upside of attacking adventure – a goal against the odds – is not worth the risk of leaving space for better teams to exploit.Slovakia showed this in their 0-0 draw against England, barely bothering to mount an attack. While Northern Ireland, by bravely keeping the score down against a manifestly superior Germany have been rewarded with a place in the last 16, though they lost two of their three matches. Northern Ireland could play Wales for a place in the quarterfinals. (Euro 2016: Air of disbelief as Wales win Group B)BEAUTY OF THE FORMAT Games becalmed by limited but tactically disciplined teams do not make for compelling action. But the beauty of a format that keeps everyone guessing is that just as caution can be rewarding for smaller, less talented teams, caution and sloppiness can be costly for the game’s more traditional powers.England, by failing to break down a resolute Slovakia, finished second in a group they were in prime position to top after Daniel Sturridge’s last minute winner against Wales. The immediate consequences don’t appear particularly grave. England’s round of 16 opponent will be the team that finishes second in Group F, that is any one of Hungary, Iceland, Portugal and Austria. Portugal, having eliminated England in the quarterfinals at both Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup in Germany.advertisementPortugal also have Cristiano Ronaldo, whose wretched form must surely turn. England did beat Portugal 1-0 on June 2, in their last warmup before the start of Euro 2016, but the Portuguese were without Ronaldo, played more than half the game with only 10 men and England still laboured. (Euro 2016: Misfiring England still have reasons to be cheerful)More concerning for England than a potential second round clash with an out of sorts Portugal is the fact that they find themselves in the same half of the draw as France, Spain, Italy and Germany. How did this come to pass? Because Spain were just as sloppy as England. While England failed to score against a dogged Slovakia, Spain were up against much superior opposition in Croatia. Still, Croatia were without their playmaker, Luka Modric, diminutive and boyishly skinny but blessed with technique, imagination and two precisely calibrated feet.Spain missed a fortuitously awarded penalty, the Croation keeper coming illegally off his line to bat away Sergio Ramos’s tame kick. And Croatia, dangerous throughout, broke away late in the game with the excellent Inter winger Ivan Perisic shooting past a dozy David de Gea on his near post.The upshot of Spain losing a game they only needed to draw is that they take on Italy next. And probably Germany in the quarterfinals if they get past Italy. Croatia meanwhile take on a third placed team and then either Poland or Switzerland for a place in the semi-finals. Wales are in Croatia’s half too, as is the talented but brittle, mercurial Belgium. The brittle, mercurial Portugal, if they beat Hungary to finish top of Group F, could set up a fascinating, psychologically fraught second round encounter with the Belgians.WALES SHINE ON DEBUTWales, as rousing against the pathetic Russians as they were inhibited against England, should relish their opportunity. Playing in their first tournament finals since a creditable showing in the 1958 World Cup when they lost 1-0 to the eventual champions Brazil, the 17-year-old Pele scoring the winner. That Welsh team was led by John Charles, the ‘gentle giant’, a star with Juventus and one of Britain’s greatest ever players. I remember the excellent Welsh team of the 1980s. The goalkeeper was the burly Neville Southall, a brilliant shotstopper. His club teammate, Kevin Ratcliffe, was a hard centre back but, unlike most of his contemporaries in the English first division, comfortable with the ball at his feet. (Euro 2016: Where have all the strikers gone?)The pair took onto the international stage the partnership that had made Everton English champions in 1985 and 1987. Up front were the tough Mark Hughes, whose spectacular volleyed goals at Manchester United led to brief spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and the pacy Ian Rush. A cross between a greyhound and a toilet brush, the gawky Rush is Liverpool’s and Wales’ all-time leading goalscorer. This Welsh team came close, failing to qualify for the 1986 World Cup on goal difference, but ultimately, unlike the current Welsh squad, was less than the sum of its parts.advertisementGareth Bale, Wales’ lodestar, has outshone Ronaldo, his Real Madrid teammate. Rangy, athletic, Bale’s coruscating runs, his pride in playing for his country, the strength of his desire, has made him the player of the tournament so far. Wales should reach the quarterfinal; the opening up of the draw could mean they could go further. Only one of Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and England will make the final. What a reward for bravery and skill it would be if their opponents were Croatia or Wales. (Euro 2016: Wales’ win over Russia is one of my greatest nights, says Gareth Bale)As I write this, Lionel Messi, his country’s new record goalscorer, has just set up Gonzalo Higuain for Argentina’s fourth goal against the United States in the Copa America semifinal. Chile beat Mexico, on an unbeaten run of 22 matches, 7-0 in a quarterfinal display of smothering aggression and panache. Argentina against Chile (or Colombia) will be a spectacular final.The football in the Euros has not been as much fun but the tournament’s format has achieved what the much maligned former UEFA president Michel Platini, a once wonderful footballer, intended. It has provided a stage for the continent’s underdogs. There will be at least one surprise finalist in Euro 2016 and that is refreshing in a continent which has determinedly set out to kill the element of surprise, such an essential part of sport, in club football.last_img read more

Italy’s Antonio Candreva doubtful for Spain game

first_imgItaly winger Antonio Candreva is in a race against time to be fit for Monday’s Euro 2016 last 16 showdown with holders Spain. The Lazio player started the opening two games in the tournament but injured his right adductor muscle in the 1-0 triumph over Sweden and sat out Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Ireland.Candreva joined his team mates for the warm-up in Friday morning’s practice before training separately. (Full Euro 2016 coverage)Striker Federico Bernardeschi, who started against Ireland, trained alone on Thursday due to a knee problem but joined the rest of the squad on Friday.last_img read more

SECO: solutions with AMD ‘’Zen’’ CPU & ‘’Vega’’ GPU in a single SoC

first_img Continue Reading Previous MEN: four 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet channels over M12-X and CompactPCI SerialNext Tearing into a Zigbee-based LED light SECO will present its new solutions based on AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processors featuring AMD “Zen” CPU & “Vega” GPU in a single SoC at electronica 2018: the COMe-B75-CT6, based on COM Express, and the UDOO BOLT, designed for the maker market.The COMe-B75-CT6 is a computer-on-module featuring 2x DDR4 SO-DIMM slots with ECC support and up to 32GB 2400 MT/s. It offers a vast array of choices when it comes to expansion ports, with 5x PCIe and 1x PEG x8 Gen3 Lanes. It also is very flexible in terms of the variety of video interfaces it supports: 3x DDI and eDP or LVDS interfaces.The UDOO BOLT is instead a fully-fledged single-board computer funded on Kickstarter. Targeting the maker market, it is characterised by a very different approach. First and foremost, it is open-source software and hardware. Moreover, it provides a complete toolbox not only for professional developers, designers and startups, but also for the casual user that is looking for a low-cost yet high-end replacement for their desktop PC. It mounts a multitude of embedded controller I/Os as well as an Arduino Leonardo-compatible microcontroller for physical computing. The UDOO BOLT supports the most prevalent operating systems of the PC domain. In terms of expandability, it also is very flexible, coming with 2x USB 3.0 type-A, 2x USB type-C, 2x HDMI 2.0, and 2x DP (USB type-C).Both the COMe-B75-CT6 and the UDOO BOLT feature an AMD “Zen” CPU & “Vega” GPU in one single SoC, characterised by loading edge security (SME/SEV), capability to drive up to four displays in 4K resolutions, VP9 decode support, and extreme scalability (12 W to 54 W).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

SURPRISE SELECTION FOR TASMANIAN TEAM MATES

first_imgThe trip to Coffs for the Under 18’s last September brought more for Tassie team mates Emma Haines and Emily Hudson then they could have ever imagined.Their team might have finished 20th out of 21 teams but the pair did enough to be noticed by Australian talent identification members and selectors, who were picking squads to attend the upcoming Australian Under 18’s development camp.With the TID members and selectors scouting for potential representatives for the 2009 Youth World Cup and future Australian Open teams, these two young girls from the very south of Australia have good reason to be excited.”I couldn’t believe it when I found out,” said 16 year-old Emma, from Geilston Bay.”It’s such an honour to be selected, especially when you go to the National competition and see the quality of players that are there and to know you’ll be training with the best.”For 15 year-old Emily from Prospect, the phone call inviting her to attend the camp was also a shock.”I was totally lost for words,” she said. The pair will travel to Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast and will be training alongside the most promising up and coming junior Touch players in Australia. Under the tutelage of Australian Open coaches, guest coaches and Australian Open players, the girls will be learning new skills, drills and training methods, as well as taking part in the educational aspect and being a part of the games against Queensland Rustlers and SQBD teams. Both girls are excited about the chance to train with the best players and learn from the best coaches.”I’m looking forward to learning new things and making new friends,” said Emily.”To be able to train and participate in a camp like this, to improve skills, to see what is required to represent at the highest level and also make new friendships is what I’m really looking forward too,” Emma said.Keep your eye on the TFA website this week for more stories from the Australian Under 18’s development camp.last_img read more

CMA CGM Otello Becomes Largest Boxship to Call Indonesia

first_imgImage Courtesy: Pelabuhan Indonesia IIIn today’s spotted, we bring you images of CMA CGM Otello which arrived at the Jakarta International Container Terminal in Indonesia earlier this week as the largest container vessel to call this country. During the ship’s visit, its upcoming maiden voyage for “the industry’s first direct service” from Indonesia to the United States was celebrated on April 24, according to CMA CGM which operates the container vessel.The 8,238 TEU boxship is deployed in the Java Sea Express (JAX) and Pendulum Loop 1 (PE1) services by CMA CGM and APL, respectively.The 2005-built CMA CGM Otello is one of 17 vessels that will ply the sea route of the two weekly services which offer a transit time of 23 days from Jakarta to Los Angeles.“Indonesia is strategic to the developments of the CMA CGM Group in Southeast Asia. We are fully behind Indonesia’s aspiration for a mega maritime network across the island nation and seek to exploit opportunities to make a meaningful contribution,” Jean-Yves Duval, Senior Vice President, CMA CGM Asia, said.“Moving forward, the group looks to write new chapters with IPC and other key stakeholders for the Indonesian maritime industry,” Duval added.Image Courtesy: Pelabuhan Indonesia IIlast_img read more

Storm Alexa kills two, displaces 5,000 in Gaza

first_imgGAZA CITY – The Gaza government has estimated the damage left by the storm at $64 million.At least two residents of the Gaza Strip had been killed and 108 others injured as a winter storm coupled with torrential rain battered the enclave for four days, authorities said Sunday.The storm, called Alexa, has displaced around 5,250 people who were forced to resort to shelter camps across the Gaza Strip after their homes were weather conditions, Ashraf al-Qadra, a spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry, told Anadolu Agency.He did not mention what caused the two deaths.The Gaza government has estimated the damage left by the storm at $64 million.Around 3,300 housing units had been submerged.The Gaza Strip has struggled to deal with cold winter temperatures in the absence of badly-needed heating fuel, which remains in short order due to Israel’s blockade of the enclave and an Egyptian crackdown on cross-border tunnels used for smuggling vital commodities.The strip’s only electricity plant stopped working several weeks ago after consuming the last drop of fuel, rendering the local energy authority incapable of providing power for more than six hours a day to the strip’s almost two million inhabitants.last_img read more

Algeria Appoints New Ambassador to Morocco

Rabat – Interim president Abdelkader Bensallah recalled the Algerian ambassador to Morocco, Mohamed Salah Dembri, on Thursday, August 22. Dembri had been Algiers’ envoy in Rabat since 2009.Algerian news outlet Ennahar Online reported that the interim president replaced Dembri with Abfelazi Benali Cheri as ambassador to Morocco.Benali Cherif served before as the spokesperson of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition to Dembri, Bensalah recalled several other ambassadors, including Abdelkader Msdoua, who was posted in France. Bensalah replaced him with Abdellah Ba Ali.Algeria also appointed Milat Toufik as a new ambassador to Spain and  Tououahria Abdlekrim as ambassador to the UAE.Read Also: Khaled Nezzar: Gaid Salah Wants to Eliminate All Opposition FiguresAlgeria also recalled and replaced its ambassadors to Tunisia, the US, and the UK.The purge of Algerian diplomats came suddenly without explanation from Algeria. It is not the first time, however, that Algeria has sacked a slew of officials after the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Gaid Salah, the chief of the Algerian army, has sacked many military officials recently.Khaled Nezzar, the former minister of defense in Algeria, accused Salah of “eliminating all” opposition figures.“Gaid Salah prides himself on having a double cap and believes he can afford anything. This arises from a sick mind that should be reduced at all costs and quickly,” Nezzar recently said. read more

Group wants Alberta to show oil sands recommendations were followed

EDMONTON — Environmentalists are trying to force the Alberta government to show it’s followed through on previous recommendations to reduce the impact of oil sands mines before any more projects are approved.The Oilsands Environmental Coalition has asked the regulatory panel examining Shell’s proposed Jackpine expansion to check into the status of dozens of recommendations by previous panels.Those recommendations were conditions under which previous oilsands projects were given the OK, but there’s no information on whether they’ve been lived up to, said Simon Dyer of the Pembina Institute.“There’s no accountability,” Dyer said. “We fear many of (the recommendations) have not been acted upon.“These were recommendations that the panel said had to happen for the project to be in the public interest.”The groups combed through the approvals for four major oilsands projects made by joint federal-provincial impact assessment panels. Each of those four panels concluded the projects would have no significant adverse environmental effects, provided the recommendations were followed.There are a total of 108 separate recommendations, although some repeated from panel to panel.The Pembina Institute, part of the coalition that filed the motion, then tried to find out how many of those recommendations had been implemented. They were unable to do so.“There’s no public registry,” said Dyer. “There’s no contact person.”Some of the recommendations have been met, such as the 2004 recommendation for a study into how much water the Athabasca River needs to stay healthy.Others haven’t. The water management framework based on that study remains stalled at phase one, more than a year after it was supposed to have moved forward.But the status of most of the recommendations, which involve everything from wildlife impacts to tailings management to emissions from mine vehicles, is simply unclear.Randall Barrett of Alberta Environment said recommendations dealing specifically with a project — allowable level of sulphur emissions, for example — are tracked very closely.But he said those dealing with larger issues, such as overall water use, are simply considered part of the government’s ongoing environmental monitoring work and are not tied as closely to project approvals.“We carefully track the high-consequence items that are used in the public-interest test for that project,” he said. “The other items relative to ongoing work, we consider those, but the timing on those is not tracked in the same way.”Barrett acknowledged that timelines for such issues often change and may not conform to those set out in project approvals.The coalition is arguing that hearings on Shell’s Jackpine expansion, which would produce 100,000 barrels a day, can’t proceed until the panel finds out what happened with those recommendations. Until that happens, Dyer said it’s impossible to know how the project will add to environmental impacts the oilsands region is already seeing.“We’ve got a cumulative effects problem that’s getting worse with every project that’s approved,” he said.Shell argues the coalition’s motion has come too late in the game and should be disregarded.“The time to make such a submission has long since passed,” it says in its own filing.A federal government submission filed last Tuesday argues the status of recommendations from previous panels isn’t relevant to this one, and points out no previous panel has been asked to deal with the issue.“This panel’s process is not intended to serve as a proxy for a fishing expedition by (the coalition),” says the letter. “Nor is it necessary that the panel perform an audit function related to the implementation of recommendations of prior panels.”The review panel will have to rule on the coalition’s request. A spokeswoman for the panel said there’s no timeline on such a decision.The issue arises as Alberta Environment considers a report into how its long-awaited “world-class” environmental monitoring program for the oilsands should be structured.Officials have confirmed Environment Minister Diana McQueen has received the report and discussed it with its authors. Among the issues it’s expected to address is the program’s independence.McQueen is expected to release the report in the coming we read more

Head of UN mission strongly condemns shooting of Kosovo Serb teens

“It is a tragedy for Kosovo that four years after the conflict ended, such incidents continue to take a terrible toll on the lives of innocent individuals and on Kosovo’s image in the international community,” said Harri Holkeri, the new head of UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), whose arrival in Pristina coincided with the tragedy.Efforts are being made to treat the injured at Pec or to airlift them to Mitrovica Hospital, according to UNMIK. A massive search for the shooters is now underway and an international prosecutor has already been assigned to the case.”We cannot allow a few extremists, of whatever ethnicity, to undermine the secure and hopeful future that so many have worked to build here. Such incidents will only strengthen our determination to establish the rule of law for the sake of all people in Kosovo. We will do everything to bring the killers to justice,” Mr. Holkeri stated.Meanwhile, a Kosovo Albanian woman was wounded, apparently by a group of Kosovo Serbs, after the shooting. read more

UN teams bring aid to besieged Syrian people despite extreme challenges

International Organization for Migration (IOM) delivers non-food relief items to western Aleppo, Syria. Photo: IOM “While [we welcomed] convoy, the level of access to besieged areas in August was wholly unacceptable,” Alessandra Vellucci, Director of the UN Information Service said, on behalf of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), at the regular press briefing in Geneva. “Much more progress [is] required to reach all besieged and hard-to-reach areas considering the very high level of needs. [We continue] to call for unconditional, unimpeded and sustained access to the millions of people in besieged and hard-to-reach locations across Syria,” she stressed. The humanitarian delivery, undertaken through two convoys on 23 and 25 August, comprised of food, health, nutrition and non-food items for populations in the besieged town al-Waer. Concerning relief for Aleppo, Jessy Chahine, a spokesperson for the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria said that the UN was working day and night on the preparation of its humanitarian mission but awaited the concurrence by all parties in order to make sure that the mission could move towards both east and west Aleppo. Similarly, Joel Millman, spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), informed journalists that the organization was delivering supplies to Aleppo under its ‘whole of Syria’ programme. He noted that on 22 August, despite security precautions one truck carrying IOM aid had been targeted, destroying the cargo of humanitarian supplies inside and injuring one aid worker. Pause in fighting desperately needed to save lives: UNICEF chiefMeanwhile, in a statement issued today, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that the agency is at the ready to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance, including medicines, vaccines and nutritional supplements but underscored the desperate need for a pause in fighting to actually deliver them. Pointing out that since early July, more than 100,000 children remain trapped in eastern parts of Aleppo city, he expressed: “Every child there – everyone affected – needs an immediate pause to the fighting in Aleppo, and every second of every minute counts when it comes to protecting and saving the lives of children.” Situation in Darayya criticalAdditionally, a statement issued by the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria has said that the situation in Darayya is extremely grave and that it is tragic that the repeated appeals to lift the siege in place since November 2012, and cease the fighting, have never been heeded.The statement noted that Staffan de Mistura had been made aware overnight of an agreement to evacuate residents, both civilians and fighters, starting today. It clarified that the UN was not consulted or involved in the negotiation of the agreement.According to the statement, Mr. de Mistura has appealed to the co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) and co-sponsors of the cessation of hostilities and other ISSG members to ensure that the implementation of this agreement and its aftermath is in full compliance with international humanitarian law and protection standards. The respective taskforces on a ceasefire and on humanitarian issues, created by the ISSG, have been meeting separately since early this year on a way forward on the crisis. Russia and the United States are the co-chairs of ISSG, which comprises the UN, the Arab League, the European Union and 16 other countries. The statement added that a UN humanitarian team is reaching out to all parties, including the local population. “It is imperative that people of Darayya are protected in any evacuation that takes place, and that this takes place voluntarily,” the statement noted. “The world is watching,” it concluded. read more

Mens Volleyball No 5 Ohio State maintains undefeated MIVA start with 30

Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Leeson celebrates a point with his teammates in the 2017 NCAA tournament. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (9-2, 2-0 MIVA) swept No. 14 Fort Wayne (9-2, 1-1 MIVA) in three straight sets to maintain an undefeated conference record.Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said it was not clear going into the match whether to expect a three-, four- or five-set match.“They’re a much improved team, but they had a really, really tough year last year. Improvement is kind of in the eye of the beholder,” Hanson said. “They’re playing a bunch of sophomores, and some freshmen and maybe a junior, and I think the experience and the moment kind of favored us.”The first set foreshadowed a good serving match for the Buckeyes, who amounted four service aces in the first set alone. Fort Wayne struggled with receiving serves and were unable to run an aggressive offense, averaging a .143 as a team. Mastodon redshirt outside hitter Colton Stone carried Fort Wayne in kills, contributing five of its nine total kills.Ohio State also struggled with attacking in the first set, hitting a .143. Despite matching Fort Wayne’s hitting percentage, the Buckeyes won the set 25-23.Mastodon blockers were successful in moving from pin to pin across the net and keeping the ball on Ohio State’s side, but the Buckeyes countered with good defense by staying light on their feet and moving to the ball. The Buckeyes picked up their offense in the second set, hitting a match-high .393 hitting percentage and shutting down Fort Wayne’s defense and counterattacks. Ohio State middle blockers Blake Leeson and Nick Laffin showed force from the middle, contributing seven kills, helping the Buckeyes win 25-19.The night seemed to go downhill for the Mastodons in the final set with their hitting percentage dropping to -.125 for the set. Both teams passed well, but Ohio State had a better handle on the ball that allowed them to surge ahead. The Buckeyes felt comfortable enough to sub in sophomore outside hitter Reese Devilbliss and sophomore setter Andrew Hillman for some late-set gameplay. Toward the beginning, the teams were close, but leading 5-4, Ohio State went on a 10-3 point run to put them at 15-7. The third set was the lowest scoring for Fort Wayne, who lost to the Buckeyes by 11 points, 25-14.“I think Fort Wayne struggled with connecting on their pins,” Leeson said. “I think their offense was a little too fast for their own ability in some cases, forcing thins, trying to get split blocks and it worked sometimes, but they were high-error.”After the match, Hanson said he thought the team’s serving played an important role in its win. “Our servers put a lot of pressure on their passers and their offense and if you look at the stats, their hitting numbers got worse as the match went on because our serving got better as the match went on,” he said.The Buckeyes ended the weekend on a high note, starting conference season off 2-0 after their victories against Ball State and Fort Wayne. Ohio State will continue conference play at St. John Arena, facing Lindenwood University on Thursday and Quincy University on Saturday. read more

Veselin Vujovic is no longer PPD Zagreb coach

← Previous Story EHF CL Round 4 BEST 7 – Comeback of Nikola Karabatic Next Story → RK PPD Zagreb director Ante Ancic: Dual function main reason for Vujovic’s departure RK PPD ZagrebVeselin Vujović Fairy tale in Zagreb is over! Veselin Vujovic is no longer coach of the Croatian champions whom he led twice until the VELUX EHF Champions League quarter-finals! Four defeats in a row at the start of the season were decisive in such a conclusion of successful handball story in Croatian capital.Vujovic was in Zagreb since early season 2014/2015 when he replaced Boris Dvorsek.A lot of good results, big scalps of the best European teams are behind PPD Zagreb in Vujovic era. He also played twice at SEHA GAZPROM Final 4 tournaments.However, teams looks lost at the start of the current season. Home defeats against PICK Szeged and Meshkov Brest, but also easy capitulations in Sweden against IFK Kristianstad and defeat in Celje, were signals that something has to  be changed. read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_imgINTERNATIONAL Novice Buddhist monks walk begging for alms in rain, following a cleric rule of no footwear nor umbrella in the streets of Yangon, Myanmar today. Source: Gemunu Amarasinghe Senators called for Ireland to toughen its stance on Gaza.A group of dissident republican protesters heckled President Higgins at a WWI commemoration event.  An average family of two adults and two children will pay €278 a year in water charges under new rates published today.Two former Anglo Irish Bank directors have been sentenced to 240 hours of community service. [RTÉ]The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against Irish murderers who contested that their imprisonment was a violation of their rights.  Paddy Power is contacting customers who had an account with the bookmaker in 2010 over a data breach.The family of murdered teenager Marioara Rostas have spoken of their grief. #US: America’s House of Representatives is suing Obama over his healthcare reform bill. #GAZA: The UN Security Council has called for ‘humanitarian pauses’ in the conflict. [AFP]#DEFAULT: Argentina has burned bondholders for the second time in 13 years. Updated at 11.15pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Former Anglo bankers Pat Whelan, left, and Willie McAteer photographed outside the Circuit Criminal Court, Dublin today. Source: Brian Lawless/PA WireA man in his 30s has been seriously injured after being allegedly pushed in front of a bus in Dublin city.A delay in Bank of Ireland’s processing has meant many workers in Ireland were not paid as expected this morning. Have you ever wished your car would park itself and come back for you later?NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover is preparing for some ‘unprecedented’ exploration of the red planet. [NASA]PARTING SHOTThe 140-year-old Eastboune Pier in England has burned down after a fire started in the amusement arcade area of the historic structure. Here’s a brief history of similar – not infrequent – fires through the years. [BoingBoing] INNOVATIONlast_img read more

La plus ancienne perle du monde découverte en Arabie

first_imgLa plus ancienne perle du monde découverte en ArabieDes archéologues français ont découvert sur un site néolithique des Emirats arabes unis la plus ancienne perle fine de l’histoire de l’humanité. Ce bijou est vieux de 7.500 ans, selon les chercheurs.Jeudi, le CNRS a fait part d’une découverte surprenante. Ce n’est ni plus ni moins que la plus ancienne perle fine de l’histoire qui a été retrouvé sur un site néolithique des Emirats arabes unis. Dans un communiqué, les chercheurs souligne ainsi que, “ni l’Egypte, ni la Mésopotamie, l’Inde ou la Chine n’ont fourni de perles fines très anciennes, on en connait toutefois en Mésopotamie dès 3200-3000 ans avant notre ère”.Mais “la perle qui vient d’être trouvée au sein de l’habitat côtier d’Umm al-Quwain 2, aux Emirats arabes unis” date d’entre 5547-5477 à 5410-5235 ans avant notre ère selon les analyses réalisées avec le carbone 14. “Il s’agit donc de la plus ancienne perle fine archéologique connue actuellement en Arabie mais aussi au monde”, ajoute le CNRS. “Ces résultats, alliés aux précédentes découvertes de perles fines faites sur le littoral de l’Arabie du sud-est, attestent dans cette région du monde de la plus ancienne pratique de pêche à l’huître perlière”. En Arabie, la totalité des perles néolithiques retrouvées (101 au total) est issue de la grande huître perlière Pinctada margaritifera et de la Pinctada radiata, plus petite et plus facile à collecter et offrant des perles de plus grande qualité. Elles étaient certainement utilisées pour leur “valeur esthétique” (après avoir été triées pour garder les plus rondes d’entre elles), mais également, possiblement “à des fins rituelles”. “Les perles fines occupaient une place particulière dans les rites funéraires. Ainsi, la perle retrouvée, non percée, était déposée dans la sépulture d’un individu dans la nécropole d’Umm al Quwain 2. Dans d’autres nécropoles, les perles étaient placées sur le visage du défunt, notamment au-dessus de sa lèvre supérieure”, indiquent les chercheurs. Des perles plus ou moins bien conservées À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Par ailleurs, des travaux récents ont montré qu’au Ve millénaire avant J.-C., les perles fines semi-percées étaient associées à des hommes, et les perles entièrement perforées l’étaient à des femmes. Dans leur étude, les scientifiques précisent que les perles sont souvent blanches opaques et mates du fait de leur altération, mais que certaines ont conservé leur lustre d’origine avec des tons blancs, roses, orangés et brunâtres. Ces résultats “montrent l’importance qu’elles pouvaient avoir dans les sociétés anciennes du Golfe persique et du nord de l’océan Indien, au point même de constituer un élément majeur de leur identité culturelle”, ajoute le communiqué qui précise que ces perles étaient collectées au prix d’une pêche difficile et dangereuse.Le 10 juin 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sportsmen commercials feud over Columbia River reforms

first_imgOLYMPIA — Sport fishermen from Southwest Washington repeatedly exhorted the state Fish and Wildlife Commission on Saturday to implement fully in 2017 the most sweeping reforms in Columbia River salmon management in decades.And their commercial foes, also from Southwest Washington, were equally strident that the plan adopted four years ago to eliminate gillnetting from the main river and to prioritize angling has been fraught with problems in the 2013-16 transition period.The nine-member citizen panel will meet Jan. 13 and 14 in Vancouver to make its decision. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is going through similar deliberations, then the two states will need to reconcile any differences in their policies.Reforms adopted by both states in early 2013 allocated more chinook salmon to sportsmen in the main Columbia and restricted gillnetting to off-channel sites like Youngs Bay near Astoria. The reforms also called for commercial fishing that remained in the main Columbia to be done with live-capture methods — such as purse seines and beach seines — designed to harvest hatchery stocks and release wild fish.last_img read more

Jayne A lot of big issues with no simple answers only pain

first_imgWell, I’ve put it off about as long as I can.Wrote all the week’s editorials. Selected all the editorial cartoons. Edited all the opinion columns. Finished all my duties as Opinion editor except for one — writing my column.Maybe it’s because I was hoping that a less-complicated topic would come along. More likely it’s because the senseless killing of a college baseball player in Oklahoma is so difficult to write about.You’ve read about it by now. About how Australia native Christopher Lane was gunned down by three teenagers — two of them black — as he went for a jog. About how one of the perpetrators supposedly told investigators that they were bored and just wanted to kill somebody.The difficulty in writing about the case doesn’t come from a difficulty in condemning the killing; that part is easy. No, the difficulty comes because it touches upon so many things that we are unable to talk rationally about in this country. Race. Violence. Gun control.One of the overriding themes of the week has been the question of why Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and President Obama haven’t spoken out about the slaying (Jackson did issue a tepid message on Twitter). They were, after all, quick to judge George Zimmerman’s killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin.last_img read more

Harp Magazine Folds

first_imgAccording to the Web site Country Standard Time, Crawford broke the news to staffers last week in an e-mail. “It’s with a really heavy heart that I even have to write this. As many of you know, our cash flow had slowed recently,” Crawford wrote. “Due to various factors, including the current newsstand magazine slump, the majority shareholders of Guthrie Inc. Harp’s parent company, have decided to declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy.”Neither Crawford nor advertising manager Jake Flack returned phone calls for comment.Harp’s folding comes less than a month after Seattle-based alternative country music magazine No Depression announced that its May-June issue—its 75th—would be its last. The magazine’s founders attributed the demise to declining advertising revenues, which were down 30 to 40 percent, they said. Guthrie Inc., the parent company of Silver Spring, Maryland-based rock music magazine Harp, is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Harp’s March/April issue will be its last.Guthrie CEO Glenn Sabin said Harp had struggled to become profitable since the company’s purchase of the magazine in 2003. “Unfortunately, Harp’s critical acclaim never translated into sustaining commercial success,” Sabin said in a statement. “Harp’s lifecycle was ill-timed with the precipitous decline of the music software industry, coupled with the consolidation of the consumer magazine newsstand business and rising paper postage costs.”Harp was founded in 2001 by Scott Crawford, who served as editor-in-chief. The magazine had been distributed nationally and to 15 other countries.last_img read more