How Video Editors Can Increase Production Value Using Song Stems

first_imgTake creative control of your next video project by using song stems, and increase the production value of your video edits.One way to bring a professional workflow to your video edits is by using song stems (also known as music stems or submixes.) We’re going to dive into some of the creative ways you can use song stems, but first let’s learn exactly what a stem is.Song StemsIn order to define song stems, we need to think of our song as a complete mix. Stems are essentially portions of the mix, usually various instrument groups — bass, drums, piano, vocals, etc. When you stack all of these stems on top of each other in an edit timeline, they play back just as the complete song would.However, when you have access to each individual stem track, you can customize the song even more to suit your video project. Using stems opens a lot of creative possibilities. Let’s take a look at a few.Interviews and Film DialogueWhen you’re editing a video with dialogue and music, more often than not, you’ll have to drastically lower the volume of the entire music track to ensure the dialogue comes across clearly. This is no longer the case when you’re using song stems. Now, you can easily fade the more distracting musical elements in and out (such as drum hits or heavy bass.)This is great for interviews; it allows you to customize the mix to match the visuals and sounds of your project. One of my favorite tricks is to create suspense by slowly raising the volume of various stem tracks.Song RemixesAnother great use for stems is creating your own song remixes. You can easily do this by enabling or disabling various stem tracks for the song you’re working with. This allows you to quickly create variations of a song that keep to a similar theme (such as disabling the vocals and piano to get a mix that emphasizes the lows). It’s a great way to get more mileage out of a single song.Target Audio EffectsAlong the same lines as remixing a song, stems allow you to selectively apply audio effects. For example, in Adobe Premiere Pro, you can apply the audio effect Studio Reverb to a specific stem track, which allows you to affect something like vocals, without applying the unwanted reverb to the rest of the song mix.Another example would be using the bass effect to increase or decrease bass on specific instrument tracks. You can really get creative when mixing various effects. A few of my favorite audio effects in Premiere Pro are Vocal Enhancer, Flanger, and Studio Reverb.Splice Together SongsStems also give you the creative ability to splice two songs together. In theory, you can do this with any two songs, but it’s much easier if songs have the same number of beats per minute (BPM). You can mix and match various stem audio tracks atop each other in your timeline, or easily fade stem tracks in and out from one song into another — which is helpful when you need to transition into another song and keep your story momentum moving.Prolong Song ElementsBecause stems give us access to different pieces of a song, it’s easy to prolong sections to fit our edit. A great example would be a song’s intro or outro. You can select the audio tracks that play in the beginning or end and duplicate them before and after the song. This will give you a longer lead-in or -out. (It works great for opening or ending title credits.) You’ve likely heard a similar effect used by DJs on the radio, as they sometimes will loop a stem at the beginning of a song.Looking for more articles on working with audio? Check these out.Download, Prep, and Import Song Stems to Your Favorite NLEWAV vs MP3: Why You Need Hi-Res Audio for Your VideoCreative Ways to Use Music Loops in Your VideosAudio Tips: How to Remove Vocals in a Song Using StemsTutorial: Removing Audio Pops and Recording Audio Differentlylast_img read more

Debt-ridden farmer kills self in Madhya Pradesh

first_imgA 60-year-old debt-ridden farmer allegedly committed suicide on Thursday in a village of Harda district of Madhya Pradesh, police said.Jai Narayan Meena, a resident of village Deepgaon Kalan under Sirali Police Station, consumed poisonous substance under a tree in his farm this afternoon, local police station in charge Sushil Patel said.Patel said his body was found under a tree on the outskirts of the village.“A suicide note was also recovered from the spot. It was stated in the suicide note that he was taking the extreme step due to increasing debt,” the police officer added.According to Meena’s brother Prem Narayan, Jai Narayan had taken loan of ₹2.5 lakh from a bank and was finding it difficult to repay them.Police handed over the body to his kin after the post-mortem.Harda Superintendent of Police (SP) Aditya Pratap Singh told PTI that the police are probing further on basis of the suicide note.last_img read more

FRA implementation issue irks voters in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj

first_imgPolitical parties have let down voters as they have failed to give any concrete assurance on speedy and proper implementation of the Forest Rights Act that is critical for the survival of forest dwellers, people residing in rural and forest regions of the Mayurbhanj Lok Sabha constituency have said.Key issuesDuring the past decade, the implementation of FRA and rights over forest produce have emerged as the key issues for forest dwellers across Mayurbhanj that goes to the polls on April 29.According to Y. Giri Rao, a leading researcher on forest issues, of the 3,036 villages that come under the Mayurbhanj Lok Sabha seat, 2,633 villages have direct correlation with the implementation of FRA. In fact, 81.15% of the total 14,61,415 voters in Mayurbhanj are concerned about FRA implementation, said Mr. Rao.“Despite six of the seven Assembly constituencies falling under Mayurbhanj being reserved for Scheduled Tribes and the voters being predominately forest dwellers, no political party has made any commitment for proper implementation of FRA,” said Dhaneswar Mohanta, a resident of Jashipur.The average size of forestland recognised under the historic Act in Mayurbhanj is 0.68 acres as against the State’s average of 1.48 acres; in the case of particularly vulnerable tribal groups, the average size of forestland recognised is even smaller at 0.62 acres, said Mr. Mohanta.Till December 2018, a total of 69,023 individual forest right claims have been received from 81% potential villages and 52,318 IFR claims have been approved by district-level committees. Also, 47% of distributed IFR titles were pending for incorporation in relevant government records.Vulnerable tribesMr. Rao said Mayurbhanj is home to three particularly vulnerable tribal groups, namely Hill-Khadia, Mankidia and Lodha, and of them the Mankidias belong to the semi-nomadic community.“Though the district-level committee approved habitat rights for Mankidias in 2016, the title has not been distributed due to opposition from the forest department, especially the Similipal Tiger Reserve authorities,” he alleged.Protest in SimplipalForest dwellers residing inside the Similipal Tiger Reserve have long been protesting against displacement from the protected forest.“Under FRA, lesser area is being recognised compared to the actual occupation of forest dwellers in Mayurbhanj. Moreover, tribals and other non-tribal forest dwellers, who critically depend on forest produce, are being prevented from collecting and selling non-timber forest produce,” said Mohanty Birua, a sarpanch of Astakuanar panchayat inside Similipal.last_img read more

Euro 2016: UEFA fines Russia, face disqualification in more fan violence

first_imgRussia will be disqualified from the European Championship if there is more violence by their fans inside stadiums in France. UEFA sent the message Tuesday in a disciplinary panel ruling to punish assaults by Russians who charged a section of England supporters after the teams’ opening match in Marseille.Russia will be expelled if its fans attack rival fans or stadium security staff at its two remaining Group B matches, or later at Euro 2016 if the team advances.Russia’s “disqualification is suspended until the end of the tournament,” UEFA said. “Such suspension will be lifted if incidents of a similar nature (crowd disturbances) happen inside the stadium at any of the remaining matches of the Russian team during the tournament.”Russia plays Slovakia in Lille on Wednesday and Wales in Toulouse next Monday. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )RUSSIA’S PROBLEMThe incidents have shown Russia’s problem with hooligans before it hosts the 2018 World Cup in 11 cities.A spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin condemned the “rampages in Marseille,” while noting that fans from other countries were involved in disorder in france.”It’s absolutely unacceptable, and we certainly expect our citizens to respect the country’s laws,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call on Tuesday.UEFA also fined the Russian soccer federation 150,000 euros ($169,000). The charges were for crowd disturbances, fans aiming racial insults at black England players and setting off fireworks during the game. (France desperate to deport nearly 50 Russian football fans )UEFA can punish soccer bodies only for the actions of their ticketed fans in and around stadiums. Russia and England played a 1-1 draw amid rising tension after several days of clashes between rival fans, French youths and local police.advertisementThough England fans were at the center of the first skirmishes, the violence levels increased when Russian fans arrived closer to the matchday.After the final whistle, a group of Russia fans in a poorly segregated area behind one goal stormed a section of England supporters. The Russians threw objects and broke through a line of stewards, forcing the England fans – including young children- to flee for the exits in panic, with some having to vault railings to escape.A prosecutor Marseille on Monday blamed “highly trained” Russian thugs for the worst of the violence in the cobbled streets of the city’s Old Port and around the Stade Velodrome.RUSSIANS FANS HAVE HISTORYRussian fans have caused the worst violence inside stadiums for the second straight European Championship. Among the incidents back in Euro 2012, stadium security staff in Wroclaw, Poland, were assaulted by Russian fans at Russia’s opening 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic.Four years ago, UEFA deferred a punishment of ordering Russia to play three home Euro 2016 qualifying games in empty stadiums. The stadium ban would have been activated if fan violence during qualifying matches was repeated.UEFA had initially threatened Russia with a six-point deduction in Euro 2016 qualifying but that was removed when the Russian Football Union appealed to UEFA. A fine of 120,000 euros ($150,000) was maintained.Also in 2012, UFEA fined the Russian soccer body 30,000 euros ($37,500) for fans making monkey noise as racial insults aimed at Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie, who is black.In a separate Euro 2012 incident, UEFA charged and fined Russia for a fan carrying a national flag across the field after a 1-1 draw against Poland.That heavily policed match in Warsaw was played on June 12 – Russia’s national day – after fights in the city as rival fans went to the stadium.last_img read more

Clive Lloyd replaced as West Indies chairman of selectors

first_imgFormer West Indies wicketkeeper and Barbados captain Courtney Browne will replace Clive Lloyd as chairman of selectors with immediate effect, West Indies Cricket Board announced today. Legendary skipper Lloyd served as Chairman for two tumultuous years which saw the team abandoning a one-day tour of India in 2014 and many selection controversies.OH LORD!Darren Sammy, who led West Indies to the World T20 tournament triumph in India earlier this year, reacted with “Oh Lord” on Twitter after WICB announcement.Oh Lord https://t.co/2vJErMYowx Darren Sammy (@darrensammy88) June 23, 2016Courtney Browne, who played 20 Tests and 46 one-day internationals for the West Indies, has been on the senior men’s selection panel for almost six years.WICB said Lloyd, who will officially hand over all selection duties to Browne on September 30, will serve as a ‘special ambassador’ from October and will be responsible for being a spokesperson for the board at special events in and out of the region.SPECIAL AMBASSADOR”The time as Chairman was quite rewarding and I am hoping my contribution would have added value to the current system,” said Lloyd.About the new role, Lloyd said “I made every attempt to serve with distinction and I was pleased to contribute to the game again. I look forward to the new role. The details of that arrangement will be discussed and will be released shortly.”The former captain has served the WICB in multiple roles. Among his most noted was captaining the 1975 and 1979 teams to victories in the World Cup. The new appointment coincides with Lloyd’s 50th anniversary of representing West Indies Cricket. He made his Test debut against India in December 1966.advertisementlast_img read more

First Drive review: Volvo S60 Polestar

first_imgIt’s not likely the name Polestar will ring a bell, not unless you’ve been a fan of the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship at least. Polestar has been exclusively tuning and racing Volvos in the STCC since the 90s and they’ve been quite successful at it too. It was only natural that Polestar became Volvo’s official performance tuner – the fruits of the union being the V60 and S60 Polestar models. We get the latter in India, serving as one of Volvo’s halo cars in the range alongside the XC0 T8 Hybrid.Picture Credit – Kingshuk Dutta We mention the XC90 T8 since it shares the basic heart with this here Polestar. Cause under that Rebel Blue skin is the 2-litre, four-cylinder T6 engine that’s been getting engine of the year awards the last few years. As is, the T6 engine is twin-charged, with one turbo and a supercharger thrown in to negate any off-boost lag the turbo produces. But Polestar, being the race outfit they are, have fiddled with it to up power output to 367bhp and 470Nm torque, up considerably from the output in non-Polestar cars. They’ve done everything from putting in a new, larger turbo to more aggressive valve timing to revising the intake and exhaust completely. In all, over 260 changes have been made to the base S60 to make it worthy of the Polestar tag. The focus, as per the Polestar ethos, is still on everyday usability and that explains a lot about the dynamics of the car but we’ll get to that.advertisementPicture Credit – Kingshuk Dutta As far as the exteriors go, nothing that’s been added to the car is fluff – the front splitter actually produces 21kg of downforce at the car’s electronically limited top speed of 250kmph, same with the rear spoiler and diffuser that contribute towards 33kg of downforce at the same speed. The highlight has to be the 20-inch rims though – the classic snowflake pattern is technical, aggressive and classy all at once. Just like the rest of the car really, we really like the shape of the S60 even though it’s a generation older than the competition. Where this does seem uncomfortably apparent is inside the car. The infotainment system is old-school but not painful to use but you still get the modernities of a full digital instrumentation. Polestar additions here include carbon fibre inlaid on the centre console and nubuck inserts all around the cabin, coupled with blue double-stitched detailing. The seats are expansive, comfortable and supportive – a mix of adjectives we don’t usually have the chance to use together when it comes to performance cars.Picture Credit – Kingshuk Dutta Ironically, the driving experience is similarly comfortable and the car never makes you feel like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. That in part is down to the BorgWarner all-wheel drive system, that though is rear biased, helps the inside tyres hook up without drama. Handling that power is an eight-speed automatic box, a torque converter, which offers quick upshifts but is too conservative on the downshift. Putting the box into Sport lets it hold revs longer (Polestar has retuned the software to allow this), through corners too, so you can get back on the throttle and be in the meat of the power which seems to be between 3,000rpm and 6,000rpm.Picture Credit – Kingshuk Dutta We don’t doubt Volvo’s 0-100kmph time of 4.7 seconds, the S60 Polestar is quick. But it never feels explosively so. Power delivery, especially out of the tight corners at Kari Motor Speedway is underwhelming until you realise you’re carrying a surprising amount of speed. The experience is helped somewhat by the supercharger whine.Picture Credit – Kingshuk Dutta We saw a top speed of 187kmph on the straight and the Brembo-Polestar developed brakes shed speed astoundingly well. Running high-spec Ohlins was a good move since they offer great compliance, smoothing out the really bumpy track surface while keeping body roll in check. We did feel the rear of the car go a little lighter than we would’ve liked under heavy braking but we’re told the suspension was in its median setting and can be made stiffer for track use. Unfortunately, the damping can’t be adjusted electronically, making changing settings on the go next to impossible unless you like getting your hands dirty – you have to get under the car to adjust the front dampers and drop the seats and remove the carpeting to get to the rear adjustment knobs. The steering has been software tuned by Polestar too, to offer the feeling of a tighter rack and the steering feels communicative and well-weighted.advertisementPicture Credit – Kingshuk Dutta Coming to the clinchers – the price, equipment offered and exclusivity. At Rs 52.5 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi, the S60 Polestar has a whole list of radar based active safety systems including dynamic cruise control, auto emergency braking, blind spot assist and more, including six airbags. There’s also just going to be 30 of these cars for the Indian market this year, which will make it a rare sight on Indian roads – the place where, we suspect, the S60 Polestar will be right at home, with its emphasis on usable performance.Picture Credit – Kingshuk DuttaPicture Credit – Kingshuk Duttalast_img read more

Indias candidature for UNSC nonpermanent seat for twoyear term endorsed by Asia

first_imgUnited Nations: In a highly significant diplomatic win for India and testament to its global stature, India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat at the powerful UN Security Council for a two-year term has been unanimously endorsed by the Asia-Pacific group at the world body. Elections for five non-permanent members of the 15-nation Council for the 2021-22 term will be held around June next year. “A unanimous step. Asia-Pacific Group @UN unanimously endorses India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat of the Security Council for 2 year term in 2021/22. Thanks to all 55 members for their support,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin tweeted Tuesday. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France A video message accompanying Akbaruddi’s tweet said “Asia-Pacific Group endorses India for Non-Permanent Seat of United Nations Security Council. 55 countries, 1 nominee – India for non-permanent seat of UN Security Council Term 2021-2022.” The video message thanked all the countries in the Asia Pacific group for endorsing India’s candidature. Among the 55 countries supporting India’s candidature are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Each year the 193-member General Assembly elects five non-permanent members for a two-year term at the UN high-table. The five permanent members of the Council are China, France, Russia, UK and the US. The 10 non-permanent seats are distributed on a regional basis : five for African and Asian States; one for Eastern European States; two for the Latin American and Caribbean States; and two for Western European and other States. Previously, India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the Council for the years 1950 1951, 1967 1968, 1972 1973, 1977 1978, 1984 1985, 1991 1992 and most recently in 2011 2012 under the leadership of former Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri. Early this month, Estonia, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam were elected to the Council for a two-year term beginning January 2020. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the smallest nation ever to secure a seat. Currently the 10 non-permanent members are Belgium, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and South Africa. India has been at the forefront of the years-long efforts to reform the Security Council saying it rightly deserves a place as a permanent member of the Council, which in its current form does not represent the geo-political realities of the 21st Century. India’s former Permanent Representative to the UN Asoke Kumar Mukerji had previously told PTI that the country will contest the elections for a non-permanent member seat of the Security Council for the 2021-2022 term.last_img read more

Danone Nations Cup to Take Place in Morocco in October

Rabat – The 16th edition of the football “Danone Nations Cup” will take place in October 2015 in Morocco, according to a statement released by the organizers of this sports event.Morocco will host 500 finalists representing 32 countries participating in this Cup, the biggest football competition in the world for children under 12 years.French footballer Zinedine Zidane, sponsor of the international tournament, announced the date of the event, adding that “playing in Morocco this year will be like a dream that became a reality for many of these children.” The 15th edition of this event took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 13 to 16 November 2014.Every year, a number of Moroccan children teams participate in this competition with the support of Danone Dairy Central.

Malaysia Australia Has No Right to Recognize Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

Rabat – On Saturday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced his country’s decision to relocate the Australian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Several countries, including Malaysia, condemned the decision.On Sunday, December 16, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad denounced Australia’s move, saying that it had no right to do so. The Malaysian official told Reuters, “Jerusalem should remain as it is now and not the capital of Israel.” “Jerusalem has always been under Palestine, so why are they taking the initiative to divide Jerusalem not belonging to them, but to divide the Arabs and the Jews? They have no rights,” Mohamad said.Read Also: Australia to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital SaturdayThe Australian move followed Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moving the American embassy there. Guatemala and Paraguay also announced they would move their embassies to Jerusalem.However, the new president of Paraguay reversed the decision and decided to stay in Tel Aviv three months after the initial announcement to follow Trump’s move.  Paraguay’s decision caused uproar among Israelis.Trump’s move stirred tension in the Arab world, as international leaders, including King Mohammed VI, condemned the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.The King warned in December that “the city of Al-Quds [Jerusalem] must remain a land of cohabitation and a symbol of coexistence and tolerance for all.”The monarch added that “the city is not only important for the parties of the conflict, but also for believers in the three Abrahamic religions, due to its unique religious characteristics, its ancient identity, and its great political symbolism.” read more

TSX extends losses as Encana speeds up shift to liquids

The Toronto stock market resumed last week’s selloff Monday amid news of a major acquisition in the energy sector while the latest round of Chinese economic data kept concerns elevated about global economic strength.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 120.85 points to 14,905.92 with all sectors contributing to the slide after falling 1.55 per cent last week.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) is buying Athlon Energy in a US$7.1 billion friendly takeover deal that will give the Canadian gas producer access to a major Texas oil play and speed up its shift towards more liquids production. Encana shares gained 73 cents to $24.32.The Canadian dollar traded near its lowest levels since March, up a slight 0.01 of a cent from Friday’s close to 89.66 cents US. The loonie has lost strength in recent days amid stronger than expected second-quarter economic growth in the U.S. along with increased speculation that the Federal Reserve could move to hike interest rates sooner than expected.U.S. indexes also piled on more losses with the Dow Jones industrials down 121.73 points to 16,991.42 after losing one per cent last week. The Nasdaq fell 27.21 points to 4,484.98 and the S&P 500 index declined 13.69 points to 1,969.16.China reported a 0.6 per cent fall in industrial company profits in August, indicating economic growth might be declining further. Despite improved September manufacturing data, analysts said declining industrial production, lower property prices, weaker imports and pressure on factory prices are pointing to softening economic conditions.Traders also focused on Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests escalated, raising concerns that business in this Asian financial hub might be disrupted. Thousands of people took to the streets over the weekend in a challenge against Beijing’s decision to limit political reforms.Markets are set to exit September trading lower as traders wonder if the U.S. central bank will move before the middle of next year to raise rates from near zero, where they have been since the 2008 financial collapse. Worries about the pace of global economic growth have also made for volatile markets during September.Seasonality also came into play: September has a reputation as the worst trading month of the year.The TSX is down about five per cent for September, led by drops in the energy and mining sectors. The showing has left the main Toronto index still up almost 10 per cent year to date.Financials led TSX decliners, down one per cent with National Bank (TSX:NA) down 96 cents to $50.64.The base metals component fell 1.25 per cent while December copper was unchanged at US$3.03 a pound as Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) droped two per cent to $21.10.The energy segment lost 0.8 per cent as the November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged up two cents to US$93.56 a barrel. The gold sector faded 0.2 per cent while December bullion gained $4.50 to US$1,219.90 an ounce.Data out Friday showing the world’s largest economy expanded at an annual rate of 4.6 per cent in the spring — the fastest pace in more than two years — helped push North American markets higher at the end of the week after a string of losses.On Monday, traders received another indication the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year as consumer spending rose 0.5 per cent in August after showing no gain in July.But traders are looking for reassurance that job growth is also showing similar strong advances. They are expecting the U.S. government to report Friday that the economy created about 210,000 jobs during September. And it is possible that the disappointing August report will be revised upward. read more

Torontobound Skyway to remain closed until at least Monday OPP

(Updated)Traffic chaos continues in and around Hamilton, as the Burlington Skyway Toronto-bound lanes remain closed, and are expected to stay that way thoughout the long weekend.Not much has changed at the top of the Skyway, since a dump truck slammed into scaffolding in the Toronto-bound lanes Thursday afternoon.There are a number of alternate routes to try and get around the closure. One of them is Eastport Drive to the lift bridge. The lift bridge is a federal bridge and sometimes must go up to allow ships to pass through, to access Hamilton’s port or Lake Ontario. And that’s adding to the backups at times.The government says it’s working with the OPP and the Hamilton Port Authority to ensure continued flow of traffic, while the northbound Skyway lanes remain closed.And another alternate route is the QEW to the Red Hill Parkway, and the Linc over to the 403. It’s quite a detour for those trying to get to Toronto this weekend. And keep in mind, tens of thousands of people are heading there for the Caribbean Carnival, concerts and a music festival.So this closure is going to put a kink in a lot of plans. Official word from the Ministry of Transportation right now is Monday afternoon. That’s when we’ll get our next update on the extent of the damage.The footage from yesterday just after the crash happened show the scope of the damage. The dump truck drove into the bridge with its bucket in an upright position. It hit the scaffolding that was there for a construction project. that triggered a partial collapse of the overhead bridge structure. These photographs taken by bystanders shortly after the collision give an up close view of the damage.Not only was the dump truck damaged when it drove under. The crash also damaged a transport truck and two other vehicles. Thankfully no drivers or passengers were seriously injured.Here you can see what’s happening at the bridge right now. It’s tough to make out but you can see some of the crew members who are working at the moment. A full team has been on the site. Structural engineers, can’t move vehicles until the Ministry of Labour approves it because it is a construction site. That is all planned for weekend according to Astrid Poei from the MTO: “The work that will be happening over the weekend will be cleanup and that cleanup includes removal of damaged temporary scaffolding, vehicles involved in the collision and removal of damaged steel. At that point we will conduct a more detailed inspection and at that time we will know what has happened and any possible repairs that need to be conducted.” read more

Yahoo Thousands take in the Stampede Parade

Yahoo! Thousands take in the Stampede Parade by Jonathan Muma Posted Jul 3, 2015 7:12 am MDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2015 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Related Stories Road closures for the Calgary Stampede Parade FridayFirst Stampede parade-goers already lining up Marching bands, floats, clowns, and all sorts of other delights flooded Calgary’s downtown core Friday morning, as the official start of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth was marked with the Stampede Parade.Hundreds of thousands gathered along the parade route to take in the festivities.Getting up early to save a front row seat is a tradition for many Calgarians.Parade watcher Rory said he wasn’t bothered by the sneaky folks who tied chairs to poles along the parade route, and then went home to bed.“The nice thing is those chairs are always within ten feet of a post, so they can be locked to a post, so that always leaves extra space, so, I don’t have a problem with that,” he said.Early riser Paula set up two rows of seats for her family around 4:30 a.m.“We come every year, so, there’s quite a few of us,” she said.The parade was scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The marching bands are by far the crowd favourite at the Stampede Parade. (Jonathan Muma, 660 NEWS) read more

Football Ohio State vs Rutgers preview

Ohio State senior defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis tackles UNLV quarterback Armani Rogers (1) in the second quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 11 Ohio State football team (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) will travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, for its second Big Ten game of the season Saturday against Rutgers (1-3, 0-1 Big Ten) at 7:30 p.m. Here’s what to expect on all sides of the ball heading into the game.Ohio State offense vs. Rutgers defenseThe Buckeyes will match up with the stingiest defense they have played this season. Rutgers is tied for the 27th-fewest points allowed per game at only 18.3 points per game.The key to the team’s defensive success has been the improved play of the defensive backs. The Scarlet Knights have allowed only 179.5 passing yards per game so far this season, 34th-fewest in the country. They also rank 16th with five passes picked off and have returned one for a touchdown.Defensive back Kiy Hester has been the biggest defensive weapon this season for the Scarlet Knights. His eight passes defended are tied for third among FBS players, and his two picks — one for a touchdown — put him in a tie for 12th-most.“One thing I notice right off the bat when I started watching film was that their secondary is very aggressive,” H-back Parris Campbell said Tuesday. “They have really, really good coverage skills and you don’t see too many guys getting beat on that defense.”But Ohio State’s passing offense appears to be clicking lately, which could provide Rutgers all it can handle. The offense has recently shied away from its attempts to deploy the deep ball, instead opting for shorter passes on bubble screens and crossing routes and relying on perimeter blocking down the field to open up big gains for playmakers like Campbell and wide receiver Austin Mack. “You block good out there and it pops,” wide receiver Johnnie Dixon said Tuesday. “A guy like Parris touches the ball and you see what he can do. He’s quick. Give him the ball in space and lights out.”Rutgers’ rush defense has also been more stout this season than last. After allowing 264.2 rush yards per game last season (third-worst in the nation), the Scarlet Knights have allowed teams to average just 118.8 rush yards per game (37th-best) and only one touchdown coming on the ground. The team has received big performances from redshirt senior defensive tackle Darnell Davis Jr., who leads the team in both tackles for a loss (3.5) and sacks (two), and junior linebacker Trevor Morris, who paces the team with 29 tackles. This ability to stop the run will be tested against an Ohio State rushing offense that ranks 24th among FBS teams with 229.8 average rushing yards per game and seven touchdowns scored already. Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins has emerged as one of the best running backs in the nation, leading the Big Ten in total rushing yards (520), two yards ahead of Heisman-hopeful Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.The Ohio State backfield will also receive the added support of redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber, whom head coach Urban Meyer said Monday is cleared to play Saturday. Last season, Weber was the third Buckeye freshman ever to rush for more than 1,000 yards. Ohio State defense vs. Rutgers offenseOffensively, the Scarlet Knights are a different story. A season after ranking dead last in total offense among FBS teams, they have made marginal strides in escaping the cellar, ranking 110th of 129 teams in total offense with an average of just 326.8 yards per game.Rutgers’ passing game has been its biggest struggle. Quarterback Kyle Bolin has completed just 57.3 percent of his passes (67-of-117) for 642 passing yards. In his first season for Rutgers after transferring from Louisville, Bolin’s inaccuracy has led to more interceptions (six) than touchdowns (three). Overall, the team’s average of 163.5 passing yards per game ranks 117th among FBS teams.The backbone for the Scarlet Knights’ offense has been its ability to run. The team averages 163.3 rushing yards per game, good for 69th on the FBS leaderboards. Another transfer — redshirt senior running back Gus Edwards — has been the primary source of production from the team’s backfield. The transfer from Miami (Fla.) has carried the football 62 times for 259 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and scored two of the team’s nine rushing touchdowns. Unfortunately for Rutgers, its biggest strength will run into Ohio State’s stingy defensive line. The overall rush defense numbers on the season do not look great for Ohio State as it has allowed 139 yards on average, which ranks 60th among FBS teams.However, it also faced back-to-back offenses that almost exclusively ran the ball — Army and UNLV rank third and eighth in average rush yards per game, respectively — which has inflated the average a bit for Ohio State. Not to mention that by the beginning of the second half of the Buckeyes’ last game against UNLV, a majority of the starters on the line had been replaced by the backups. Redshirt senior defensive tackle Tyquan Lewis said that heading into a game where the opposing offense might rely on its run game again, it will be important for the defensive line to establish a tempo early.“Make it a point of emphasis that you’re able to dominate the game and establish that we’re a dominant group and get ahead,” Lewis said Wednesday. “That’s very important. Just getting it all together. Coming out and setting a tone, that’s the main objective.”Conversely, the passing-defense numbers for Ohio State look a lot better than they might be had the team played more balanced offenses. The Buckeyes rank 67th in passing yards allowed this season, but after their first two games against Indiana and Oklahoma, the team was ranked last with an average of more than 400 passing yards per game. For Rutgers, the combination of a weak passing attack combined with the matchup against a stout Ohio State defensive front lends itself to a bad matchup for the Scarlet Knights. The team’s offense could be kept in check for much of the game.Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 42-10Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 38-17 read more

IHF Super Globe 2017 starts on Friday

Fuchse Berlin will try to win the third IHF Super Globe title in a row. However, team coached by Velimir Petkovic will have the role of favorite from the shadow, as the VELUX EHF Champions League finalists – RK Vardar Skopje and FC Barcelona Lassa, will also fight for the trophy in Duhail, the home of Qatari Handball Federation.August 2512.00: FC Barcelona Lassa – Esperanza (4)14.00: RK Vardar Skopje – Naft-O-Gasharan (Iran) (3)16.00: Fuchse Berlin – Pinheiros (2)18.00: Al Sadd – Sidney (1)August 2612.00: Defeated No. 3 – Defeated 414.00: Defeated 1 – Defeated 216.00: Winner No. 3 – Winner No.4 (semi-final 2)18.00: Winner No. 1 – Winner No. 2 (semi-final 1)August 27 – Rest dayAugust 2812.00: 7th14.00: 5th16.00: Third place match18.00: Final ← Previous Story IHF TROPHY 2017: Dr Congo and Benin are African winners Next Story → SURPRISING START OF DKB HBL 17/18: TVB Stuttgart beat MT Melsungen IHF Super Globe 2017 read more

Best Regional Airline Award 2018 for Aegean

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Athens-based Aegean Airlines is celebrating its 18th year with a prestigious award and an expansion that includes 18 new routes.The Greek commercial aviation company has just won Best Regional Airline 2018, a long way from its tiny two-jet fleet flying from Thessaloniki to Heraklion, Crete back in 1999.Aegean now consists of 47 jet aircrafts that includes turboprop subsidiary Olympic Air (former Olympic Airways), which mainly flies A320s and A321s on short to medium-haul routes joined by a brand new A319.“It is now Greece’s biggest airline with a fleet of modern Airbus A320 family aircraft, a good reputation among travellers and bold plans for expansion,” said the judges of the website Airline Ratings that organised the awards.“The airline is also heavily involved in promoting its home country by providing a platform for Greek regions and products.”Aegean was also the recipient in 2017 of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Fast Travel Gold Award for simplifying and speeding up the passenger experience. In 2016 the airline flew 12.5 million passengers in 2016 to destinations ranging from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and London to Cairo, Moscow and Tel Aviv.Even though Aegean currently offers 30 inches in economy and 33 inches in business, its frequent flyer program and connectivity benefits through its Star Alliance membership have made it more competitive. Meanwhile, Aegean plans on expanding available seats by 700,000 in 2018, reaching 16.6m while upgrading passenger facilities. The lounges in Thessaloniki and Larnaca have been upgraded, the Athens International Airport lounge will be completed by December and a second lounge in Athens is also due by early next year.last_img read more

You Smell Like Trash May I Take You Out Science Says We

first_img My boyfriend knows that after a session at the gym or a couple of hours on the badminton court, he better hit the shower before leaning in for a kiss.There is nothing sexy about that post-exercise scent; in fact, I find it repugnant. But it seems I’m the only one.GQ this week reported the unsettling reality that people are, in fact, attracted to body odor. At least, most are not repulsed by the natural musk of their partner or potential mate.AdChoices广告It’s still unclear whether people secrete pheromones the way animals do. After all, we don’t have a functioning vomeronasal organ—what non-humans use to detect chemicals excreted by other members of their species.“Instead, we sense smells via the olfactory system,” Lindsey Bordone, assistant professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center, told the magazine. “Perceivable smells likely do play a role in attraction, or lack of attraction, in people.”That I can get behind: When my boyfriend wears a nice cologne or has just lathered himself with scented body wash, I’m happy to catch a whiff. But straight-up B.O. is not my cup of tea.According to Bordone, though, it’s not actually the odor that’s seducing you; rather, you’re probably just more forgiving of the stink because you’re attracted to the person.“A recurring hypothesis regarding body odor and sexual attraction is that a person’s immune system influences what he or she perceives as attractive, and also influences what their own unadulterated scent would be minus all of the personal-care products,” the M.D. said.“The brain and olfactory system are very complex, so it is likely that there are many factors in this selection process,” she added.Some theories suggest women’s perception of smells changes throughout different points in their ovulation cycle. Or that they give off a different scent during their period.This isn’t the first time someone has made a case for body odor.In 1995, researchers famously discovered that women prefer the stench of men whose major histocompatibility complex (MHC) differs from their own. Which is why we love wearing our boyfriend’s T-shirts, faintly perfumed with their natural musk.“The favorable smells that make up a person’s scent are more a combination of their body wash, shampoo, deodorant, fragrance, hair product, fabric-softener sheets, and other scented products used throughout everyday life,” Bordone explained. “While there is a uniqueness to a person’s scent, there are many other things that influence the final ‘product.’”Which do you prefer: the organic bouquet of deodorant, rugged masculinity, and organic pungence, or a freshly scrubbed snuggle? Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Fire destroys mans beloved kit car

first_imgIt was a 1964 Volkswagen that looked British because of its MG kit.When it caught fire about 11:30 a.m. Monday at Hazel Dell Avenue and 99th Street, owner Robert Howell knew the end was near.“I’ve had that car since 1978 and I’ve got a lot of good out of it,” said Howell, 78, of Hazel Dell. Howell, who was driving the car, said the MG had sentimental value.“I had an MG TD in the Navy,” said the retired personnel manager for Boeing in Portland.He said he bought a kit and converted the Volkswagen himself.What caused the fire?Howell said he had just put on a electric fuel pump and, “I must not have gotten one of the hose connections tight.”He said he thinks the car might have been worth $18,000.“I will salvage a lot of parts,” he said. “That car will never be on the road again as a car.”A couple of men helped Howell push the car into a parking lot and Fire District 6 firefighters arrived soon afterwards. No one was hurt.Howell said from now on he’ll have to get his main pleasure from his 1941 Lincoln Continental. “It’s a museum piece,” he said.last_img read more

New charges possible in alleged abuse of twins

first_imgA complicated case involving twins who were reportedly imprisoned, starved and beaten continued to unfold Monday with new revelations in court.Family law attorneys hinted of the possibility of additional charges against the twins’ adoptive parents, Jeffrey and Sandra Weller. Assistant Attorney General Cindy Gideon said in court that there was evidence the Wellers exhibited manipulation and control over the four children — all boys ranging in age from 4 to 14 — not currently named as victims by prosecutors. Those children are now in foster care or placed with a family member.However, an attorney for Sandra Weller said she has not heard anything about additional charges.The Wellers are currently charged with second-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment of their 16-year-old twins for allegedly keeping them in a locked room for several years and only feeding them once a day. The twins would reportedly be beaten with a wooden board if they snuck food, prosecutors allege.Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier denied the Wellers visitation of their four other children (there’s already a no-contact order in place relating to the twins), and set a review hearing for Nov. 22. At that time, he expects to hear from the Children’s Justice Center on whether more charges are possible.After the hearing, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Dustin Richardson said he could not yet say whether more charges would be filed, but confirmed there’s an active investigation against the Wellers relating to the other children. Also in court, attorneys raised concerns about one of the twins’ stability. Attorneys and social workers said the twin, a 16-year-old boy, who is in a foster home in Woodland, may be involved in gang activity. They said he was just suspended from high school for tagging on school grounds and marking himself with gang signs.last_img read more