The Biggest B-Roll Mistakes to Avoid When Shooting on the Run

first_imgCover image by REDPIXEL.PL.For more B-Roll and videography advice, check out some of these resources below.The 5 Tenets of Capturing Good B-Roll for Your DocumentaryQuality vs. Quantity: What Should You Record While Traveling?Tips for Shooting B-Roll for Digital News PackagesHow to Approach People for Interviews or B-Roll ShotsDocumentary Editing Tips for Working with Lots of Footage 4. Flat Backgrounds and CompositionsAnother problem many videographers face when trying to get B-roll on the run is treating the camera as a recording device. While the inner voice is saying, “Oh great, these two people are talking, let me make sure I capture this.” Just “capturing” something isn’t the same as shooting quality B-roll.Shots aren’t meant to just be checked off a list; they’re meant to be artfully constructed and composed. Know where lighting sources are at all times, then use these lights to help paint your subjects. Look for other things in the foreground and background to create a multi-planed composition.Here’s a good article on mastering the layers of composition.5. Sticking to One Depth of FieldDepending on your camera selection, rig setup, and available lighting, you might feel that choosing depth of field is simply a reaction to the environment. However, you really should be treating your DOF as just another tool for shooting creative and beautiful shots.Try mixing shallow and deep depth of field compositions to see which looks right for your project, how it affects the other elements of your shots, and how much they push your camera. 3. Not Giving Style OptionsBy the same token, once you do add some entrance and exit moves to your B-roll shots, consider trying out some different options. I’ve often found it best to do at least three different camera moves for any B-roll shot (as long as the action/subjects aren’t leaving).Try starting with a simple pan move, then maybe a trickier rack focus from foreground to background. Then, if you have time, maybe a more complicated reveal, slide, or dolly across the room. This way, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from in the edit.center_img Here are 5 of the biggest mistakes filmmakers and videographers make when shooting B-roll — and how to avoid them when you’re on the run.It’s sad to admit, but for many of us, B-roll is often an afterthought. Whether you’re shooting documentary content, corporate or commercial video work, or even creative shorts or features, your filmmaking focus will often be on getting the best footage of a main subject or character — and their voice and actions.However, when you get into your edit, you’ll often find yourself wishing that you had better (and probably more) B-roll footage. B-roll not only helps flesh out sections or sequences to make them more dynamic (and better paced), but you can also use it to cover cuts, pauses, or mistakes.1. Not Holding on Shots Long EnoughThe biggest sin in B-roll shooting is to not hold a shot long enough. This happens more often than we’d all like admit, especially when running and gunning. But if you cut a B-roll shot short, you can render it useless, so don’t waste your time.A good B-roll shot should be at least ten to fifteen seconds long for short videos, and around a minute if you’re working on slower-paced shorts or features. Anything less than that, and you’ll find some frustrations in the edit.2. No Entrance or Exit to the ShotWhile not quite as big a sin as not holding a shot long enough, just shooting a plain static is boring. Consider starting your shot either to the left or right (or above or below) the action in question, then pan to reveal what’s going on. Also, consider rack focuses, reveals, slides, dollies, or other camera moves to make your shot more interesting.The following video is a good lesson on the importance of adding camera movements to your shots.last_img read more

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Rafael Nadal admits ‘hard to return to court’ after Monte Carlo shocker

first_imgThe 32-year-old said he played “one of my worst matches in 14 years on clay” in losing 6-4, 6-2 to Italian Fognini, having been forced to save three match points at 5-0 in the second set.“It will be hard to return to the practice court,” a subdued Nadal said after his fourth loss to Fognini, three of which have come on his beloved clay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I lost an opportunity in a very important event for me. I’m sad for that.”Nadal has struggled with knee injuries this season, and was playing his first event since withdrawing before an Indian Wells semi-final against Roger Federer last month. (FILES) In this file photo taken on April 20, 2019 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during the semi final tennis match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini at the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament in Monaco. – Rafael Nadal admitted that it will be “hard to return to the practice court” after a shock semi-final defeat by Fabio Fognini ended his bid for a record-extending 12th Monte Carlo Masters title on Saturday. The 17-time Grand Slam champion starts his Barcelona Open title defence on Wednesday April 24, 2019, as he also fights to keep his world-number-two ranking before the French Open gets underway next month. (Photo by YANN COATSALIOU / AFP)Rafael Nadal admitted that it will be “hard to return to the practice court” after a shock semi-final defeat by Fabio Fognini ended his bid for a record-extending 12th Monte Carlo Masters title on Saturday.The 17-time Grand Slam champion starts his Barcelona Open title defense on Wednesday, as he also fights to keep his world-number-two ranking before the French Open gets underway next month.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “There was little chance for me to start the clay-court season in a perfect way,” he insisted.“It was a bad day, the kind of day where the feeling is not there at all. It’s difficult to find positive ways today.”Nadal was close to losing his first set to love in Monte Carlo since the 2005 final, where he beat Guillermo Coria in four sets.“I was lucky to win two (second-set) games to avoid an even worse score,” he admitted.“I’m thinking about how bad I played today, (trying to) understand the things.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Champion for years to come’ Naomi Osaka out to conquer clay SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “Coming back from injuries, winning and winning and winning is not easy.“(It’s been a) year and a half of not having the chance to play tournaments in a row (due to injury).”Nadal facing rankings slipNadal, who will be favourite to win a 12th French Open crown at Roland Garros, has plenty of ranking points on the line before heading to Paris, with titles to defend in Barcelona and Rome.A slip outside the top two could set up a potential meeting with old rival Novak Djokovic, winner of the last three Grand Slam tournaments, before the final.The ‘king of clay’ will have to bounce back quickly next week to allay fears he is now vulnerable on the red dirt.“I played one of my worst matches on clay in 14 years,” he said.“It’s difficult to find any positives — I deserved to lose.”The Spanish great is yet to win an ATP title this season. The last year he reached May without a tournament victory was in 2004.Fognini will face unheralded Serbian Dusan Lajovic in Sunday’s final — the first time since 2004 that neither Nadal, Djokovic nor Roger Federer have made it to the last day in the Principality. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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SPORT-IPL-DD-BOARD

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 15 (PTI) Scoreboard of the Indian Premier New Delhi, Apr 15 (PTI) Scoreboard of the Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils, here today. Kings XI Punjab: Murali Vijayrun out (Khan/Nair/de Kock)1 Manan Vohrab Mishra 32 Shaun Marshst de Kock b Mishra 13 David Millerlbw b Mishra9 Glenn Maxwellc Brathwaite b Mishra0 Aaxar Patelc Negi b Yadav 11 Wriddhiman Saharun out (Duminy)3 Mitchell Johnsonb Morris4 Mohit Sharmac Morris b Khan 15 Pardeep Sahunot out 18 Sandeep Sharmanot out1 Extras: (LB-1, W-3)4 Total: (for 9 wickets in 20 overs) 111 Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-37, 3-52, 4-52, 5-59, 6-65, 7-73, 8-90, 9-99Bowling: Zaheer 4-1-14-1, Negi 1-0-10-0, Morris 4-0-19-1, Brathwaite 4-0-33-0, Mishra3-0-11-4, Yadav 4-0-23-1. MORE PTI SSC SSClast_img

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Emotion, history, politics, money and the great Hampden head-scratcher

first_img Facebook Share on LinkedIn Kevin McKenna Lost in the emotional pull of Scottish football’s instantly identifiable home is the kind of commercial dialogue inevitable in 2018. It is little wonder the Scottish FA correlates making a Hampden call to playing three dimensional chess. Every move has heavy consequences. From 2020 – a year in which Hampden is scheduled to host European Championship games – the association must extend or halt a two-decade-old lease from Queen’s Park. It is hardly a leap of faith to infer the £300,000 received by Queen’s from the £800,000 paid annually – the rest is essential to maintain the stadium – keeps the club above water.The Scottish FA has options. On Friday board members were delivered a sizeable business study which considers remaining at Hampden versus utilising alternative venues. It is that document which will come under scrutiny on Tuesday. Murrayfield, the home of Scottish rugby, has made a pitch. So, too, have Celtic Park and Ibrox. With Tynecastle, Easter Road and a newly proposed ground in Aberdeen available as smaller stadiums, the question is widely posed as to why Hampden is necessary. It is, though, Scottish football’s administrative base and a location not thought to have anything remotely resembling a high alternative value.“It is a difficult discussion,” says the Scottish FA’s chief executive, Stewart Regan. “We have to look at the situation we find ourselves in, which is the lease expires; we have an option to renew on exactly the same terms. We have got to decide whether that is a good option for Scottish football. Is it a good use of money for another 20 years?“So we commissioned a piece of work. First and foremost we will be looking at that from a financial perspective. Subject to the finances we will have to factor in other things be they political, emotional or social considerations.” Pinterest Share via Email Hampden erupts as Leigh Griffiths (right) scores against England. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images For all that complainants tend to make the most noise, there has been rancour in recent years regarding poor views, acoustics and facilities on offer at Hampden, which was last redeveloped to the tune of £59m in 1999. Behind each goal the scene is essentially of shallow terraces with seats bolted on. Those ends could be rebuilt but at a projected £100m+ cost. And yet the epic noise as Leigh Griffiths cracked home free-kicks for Scotland against England last June suggests Hampden can still produce that spine-tingling atmosphere which once contributed to its fame.The Scottish FA’s wholly owned subsidiary, Hampden Park Ltd, runs the stadium. Its managing director, Peter Dallas, understandably backs the “stay” cause. He says: “Our position is to inform the Scottish FA board on the national stadium’s viability beyond the current lease from a factual position, looking at maintenance costs now and in the future as well as other operational considerations in line with all other tenderers in the process.“I believe Hampden Park remains not only the best option for Scotland’s competitive international home matches and cup semi-finals and finals but the only option.” Topics Football Share on Twitter Read more Michael O’Neill turns down Scotland job to stay with Northern Ireland Share on WhatsApp Read more features Share on Messenger Saturday’s meeting of Queen’s Park and table‑topping Ayr United drew a relatively strong crowd, for a Scottish League One fixture, of 1,233. That more than 50,000 seats remained empty at Hampden Park highlights one of the game’s great quirks, anomalies or annoyances depending on standpoint.The future fate of Queen’s, an amateur team formed in 1867 and owners of Scottish football’s national stadium on present site since 1903, is intrinsically linked to boardroom talks as scheduled for Tuesday. Discussion regarding Hampden’s fate has proved a slow burner, almost to the point many are unaware of the very real possibility of it being discarded. The host venue of the iconic 1960 European Cup final, the scene of 149,547 – officially – attending a Scotland v England fixture, the setting for that Zinedine Zidane volley in 2002 is under threat. Share on Pinterest Twitter There is a political undertone to this topic. In recent days it has emerged that Glasgow City Council is keen to meet the Scottish FA in an attempt to safeguard Hampden until at least 2025. The stadium, when hosting music concerts as well as football, proves highly lucrative for the city. The Scottish government, which will be subject to elections in 2021, is also under private pressure to assist with a potential funding gap. Owing in part to a lack of major finals involvement going back to 1998, the Scottish FA cannot possibly pay for any Hampden rebuild on its own. The pursuit of public money by football is, however, a thorny affair.It is unclear what would represent utopia for the SFA. “That depends where you are starting from and how much money you have at your disposal,” Regan admits. “If money was no object, you would perhaps consider either building a new stadium or completely redeveloping Hampden. But we don’t have that luxury because we don’t have an unlimited pot of capital at our disposal.”The concept of a wholly neutral venue is important to some, as is the fear of handing money out of football and to Scottish Rugby or the hiring of specific stadia, solely increasing the bank balances of the country’s biggest clubs. There is no question Scotland would suffer embarrassment should a national football stadium be mothballed given that the very same continues to be the case in Dublin, Belfast and Cardiff. “What would that say about football’s role as the national game in Scotland, the country in which the game was invented?” Dallas asks.For now there are a multitude of questions. The Scottish FA is in the invidious position of needing to supply answers. At least Scotland’s women know how to play football Scotland Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Texas A&M’s Josh Reynolds Punches Kansas State DB In The Nuts

first_imgJosh Reynolds punches a Kansas State player.Aggies wide receiver Josh Reynolds appears to have thrown a punch at a Kansas State player.Late in the first half of tonight’s Texas Bowl, Texas A&M wide receiver Josh Reynolds appeared to throw a punch at Kansas State defensive back Donnie Starks.The punch was thrown in the groin area.My 8 year old son Sam said “Hey, Daddy… rewind that. He just punched him in the twig and berries”.Welp. pic.twitter.com/50t3psetq7— Proffitt (@BreakinDownFilm) December 29, 2016This might have been semi-deserved, though.Check out what Kansas State’s defensive back was doing prior to the punch.yo did he just get punched in the crotch? pic.twitter.com/B3G7Cpwf1m— SB Nation (@SBNation) December 29, 2016The Kansas State defensive back was called for a 15-yard penalty for the act, which will be enforced to start the second half.KSU and Texas A&M are playing on ESPN.last_img read more

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DNV GL: New RSCS Notation for MV Maersk Elba

first_imgzoom The Maersk Elba has become the first of her fleet to implement DNV GL’s Route Specific Container Stowage (RSCS).Developed in cooperation with Rickmers Group and other industry partners, this newly introduced class notation is the first of its kind. RSCS not only allows operators to load more containers on deck and to accelerate cargo operations in ports by a higher degree of loading flexibility, through increased stack weights in the cargo holds and vertical centre of gravity on deck , while at the same time maintaining required safety levels.Managed by Rickmers Shipmanagement Singapore, Maersk Elba is the first of a series of eight 13,000TEU containerships which will implement the newly introduced class notation. Supported by DNV GL, Rickmers is also currently preparing to upgrade further vessel types with the RSCS notation.The new class notation was recently recognised by Containerisation International, taking the award for innovation in recognition of its “practical application, giving ship operators greater flexibility when loading cargo” and “the tangible benefits of being able to adjust stowage patterns according to trade routes”. The new notation is based on long-term statistical data on wave conditions. This allows for container stowage schemes that take into account the variance in sea conditions on particular sea lanes. It is built around the realistic determination of route specific loads on the deck containers and their lashing systems.“The RSCS notation is the result of intensive cooperation with our industry partners, Rickmers Group being one of the most notable,” said Dirk Lange, DNV GL, “the notation allows operators to adapt their stowage patterns based on verified data to maximise their loading capacity for their individual routes, while at the same time preserving the same levels of safety. As well as resulting in reduced fuel costs per TEU and constituting a competitive edge for carriers operating vessels being assigned with this notation, vessels equipped with the new notation will be more attractive in the market.”With RSCS, ship operators have greater flexibility in stowing heavier containers in higher positions on deck. This is because the centre of gravity of shielded stacks can be increased by up to 21%. Moreover, a significant increase of in-hold stack weight for 20-foot stowage – up to 25% – can be achieved. In addition to these benefits, nominal capacity can be increased and an additional tier can be added where the line of sight is not affected.The implementation of RSCS is easy and offers high impact with low implementation effort. Owners and managers merely adopt an addendum to the Container Securing Arrangement plan and install or update a certified lashing computer on board, with integrated software elements from DNV GL. No further retro-fitting measures of equipment are needed. According to Dr.-Ing. Georg Eljardt, head of Rickmers Maritime Technology, the Rickmers Group is proud of being an active contributor during the development of this innovative class notation and in addition being one of the first ship owners worldwide to be able to offer this innovative competitive edge to its customers, enhancing the flexibility and efficiency of its container vessels.On 12 September 2013, DNV and GL merged to become DNV GLThe new company DNV GL started operating as one company with effect from 12 September 2013. DNV GL is now the world’s largest ship and offshore classification society, a leading technical advisor to the oil & gas industry and a leading expert for the energy value chain including renewables. DNV GL has also become one of the top three certification bodies in the world.DNV GL, December 18, 2013; Image: DCT Gdansklast_img read more

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Container Terminal Operators Form Hong Kong Seaport Alliance

first_imgThe four companies plan to commence the joint operations of the Seaport Alliance progressively within 2019. zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license COSCO-HIT Terminals (Hong Kong) Limited (CHT), Asia Container Terminals (ACT), Hongkong International Terminals (HIT) and Modern Terminals Limited (MTL) have decided to collaborate together in order to better use terminals and enhance their competitiveness.The four companies entered into a Hong Kong Seaport Joint Operating Alliance Agreement on January 8.As informed, the companies will collaborate with each other for the efficient management and operation of the 23 berths across Terminals 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of Kwai Tsing, New Territories, Hong Kong.The cooperation between CHT, ACT, HIT and MTL is expected to create additional capacity by increasing the flexibility in the overall berth and yard planning by using a common terminal operating system. The aim is to better accommodate the need of shipping alliances and optimize utilization of the terminal facilities and cost synergies, taking into account the changing dynamics of the shipping industry, in particular with the formation of strategic alliances and the growing use of mega vessels.“The formation of the Seaport Alliance will further enhance efficiencies, increase utilisation and improve our overall service offering,” Gerry Yim, Managing Director of Hongkong International Terminals Limited, said.“The Seaport Alliance will improve the value proposition of Hong Kong to customers, while reducing emissions and enabling Hong Kong to more effectively compete within the region,” Peter Levesque, Group Managing Director of Modern Terminals Limited, commented, adding that the application of new technologies will enable Hong Kong to thrive as an international shipping hub in the future.“The maritime and port industry is a major part of trading and logistics which is one of the four economic pillars of Hong Kong. We will work together to enhance the position of Hong Kong as an international shipping centre,” Lawrence Shum, Managing Director of COSCO-HIT Terminals (Hong Kong) Limited, noted.“By achieving additional efficiencies through optimised use of terminal assets, the Port of Hong Kong will continue to be a reliable transshipment hub in the region and a key gateway to China,” Hanliang Zhu, Managing Director of Asia Container Terminals Limited, pointed out.last_img read more

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7 rescued as fire breaks out in parking lot

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Fire service saved the lives of seven people after they were stuck in a fire in the parking of their building in South East Delhi’s Abul Fazal area.The fire was reported at around 3:22 am when all the residents were asleep. Soon, the fire engulfed the whole parking area and several vehicles includimg cars and the bikes were reduced to ashes. Four fire tenders were immediately rushed to the spot. The residents panicked and were stuck on the several floors of the building. The locals did try to douse the flames after the police and the fire brigade was called but soon the DFS team arrived at the spot and controlled the fire. The residents including women were also safely rescued by the firemen.last_img

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Ontarios Doug Ford approval rating still sinking Quebec Premier most popular leader

first_img“Because of extremely small sample sizes, approval ratings cannot be provided for Prince Edward Island, Nunavut and both the Yukon and Northwest Territories,” the firm said.The survey was conducted among 5,273 randomly selected Canadian adults who are members of MARU/Blue’s online panel between Sept. 5 – 11, 2019. The poll is accurate to within plus or minus 1.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s approval rating continues to slide while Quebec Premier Francois Legault remains the most popular provincial leader among those surveyed, a new poll released Thursday said.The DARTMaru BluePoll is conducted every quarter to gauge Canadians’ approval or disapproval of their provincial leaders.The polling firm said about 5,273 randomly selected Canadian adults were asked if they approve or disapprove of the performance of their premier.Quebec Premier Francois Legault: unchanged at 59 per centSaskatchewan Premier Scott Moe: 58 per cent, down 2 per centAlberta Premier Jason Kenney: unchanged at 55 per centBritish Columbia Premier John Horgan: 47 per cent, up 3 per centNew Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs: 43 per cent, down 2 per centManitoba Premier Brian Pallister: 40 per cent, up 3 per centNewfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball: 40 per cent, up 9 per centOntario Premier Doug Ford: 26 per cent, down 3 per centNova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil: 19 per cent, up 5 per centlast_img read more

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City to hold public hearing on proposed CoOp gas station

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has scheduled a public hearing for the proposed Co-Op Gas Station development.The hearing, originally scheduled for November 26, is now set to take place on December 10.  It will allow members of the public to voice their concerns or support for the proposed gas station.On July 11, 2018, the City hosted a public engagement event to gather feedback fromneighbouring residents regarding the proposed development. The proposal details for the project can be viewed HERE. “Originally the site was zoned correctly, but for some reason, it got rezoned, and now I have to make an application again for it to have the gas and propane.”Currently, Co-Op is waiting for the third reading, a public hearing, followed by Council’s final decision on the project.“As far as the City planner stuff, they are in favour of that location,” said Lussier.The public hearing for the proposed Co-Op gas station is scheduled for December 10 at the Fort St. John City Hall Council Chambers.center_img The City says the information gathered during the event and the online survey was reviewed and used to inform the regulations and landscaping requirements being proposed within the Zoning Amendment Bylaw.In addition to the surveys and comments received at the public engagement event, a resident submitted a petition against the proposed development with 23 signatures from residents of neighbouring Mackenzie Place at the engagement event on July 11.Fort St. John Co-Op General Manager, Brad Lussier, says the proposed gas station will provide multiple services.“There will be a 2,800 square-foot convenience store, which will have seven-days-a-week propane service, and, of course, a car wash. We’ve looked at the area, and it’s very high density for residential, so that’s why we identified that property as a place to put up a store.”The proposed site location is at the corner of 114A Avenue and 100 Street.Lussier says he has to resubmit an application due to the rezoning of the proposed site.last_img read more

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US Alexandria Celebrates Morocco Day Explores Zagora Tourism Assets

Rabat – The city of Alexandria, Virginia, held its official “Morocco Day” at the Market Square on Saturday, June 9.“This is monumental because Alexandria, one of America’s oldest cities, is home to 10,000 Moroccans; it is a great place for entrepreneurship and tourism,” said Justin Wilson, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia. Several delegations from the Moroccan embassy and consulate in Washington attended the event. “Morocco Day” was sponsored by the Moroccan American Network in partnership with Zagora Regional Council. The event featured various entertainments including live music, fashion shows, and handicrafts. The event highlighted Zagora, a city located in southeastern Morocco’s Draa-Tafilalet region, as a cultural, environmental, and tourist destination for American visitors.“This event organized primarily to encourage small and medium-sized Moroccan businesses that work in the field of Tourism to connect with their American counterparts….”, Mohammed Hajjam, CEO of AVA Actions, a partner of the Moroccan American Network, said.Read also: Moroccan American Network Considers Moroccan Cities for 2020 Morocco DayThe event paid tribute to Moroccan renowned singer Nouaman Lahlou whose famous song “Zagora El Ghazala” fits the theme of the day. The Moroccan American Network plans to celebrate twelve other regions of Morocco in the upcoming years. “We have a road map for twelve regions and we have a great team to do this in the next few years”, Mohammed Hajjam told Morocco World News earlier this year. The very first official “Morocco Day” was organized on March 29, 2019, at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. read more

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UN completes safety check of proposed crossing point in Cyprus

26 March 2008The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today completed a sweep for unexploded ordnance in the area of the Ledra Street crossing point in Nicosia, which the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities last week agreed to open as soon as technically possible. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today completed a sweep for unexploded ordnance in the area of the Ledra Street crossing point in Nicosia, which the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities last week agreed to open as soon as technically possible. A six-person mine action team carried out the search – which is necessary to secure buildings before the opening of the crossing point – with support from the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and funding from the European Union. No dangerous items were found.The agreement on opening the crossing point was welcomed earlier this week by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a “positive step forward,” following a meeting between Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat last Friday.At that same meeting, which was hosted by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Michael Møller, the two leaders agreed to start full-fledged negotiations within three months on resolving the long-running dispute on the Mediterranean island.According to UNFICYP, the advisers to the leaders have agreed, in accordance with the agreement reached last week, to establish, as soon as possible, several specific working groups and technical committees.Both advisers agreed to establish further working groups and technical committees, as required, to ensure that their respective leaders may be able to negotiate as effectively as possible on the full spectrum of issues to be discussed in Cyprus. The advisers have agreed to meet again on Friday under UN auspices.The UN’s political chief, B. Lynn Pascoe, is scheduled to go to Cyprus later this month to help the UN determine how it can be as helpful as possible to the success of the process. Established in March 1964 following the outbreak of inter-community violence in Cyprus, UNFICYP is tasked with preventing a recurrence of fighting, contributing to a return to normal conditions and the maintenance of law and order. read more

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Italian police seize painkillers being sent to ISIS via Sri Lanka

The tablets were found hidden in three containers in the port of Genoa. They were labelled as blankets and shampoo on a vessel destined for Misrata and Tobruk, Libya.“ISIS is making a fortune from this traffic, giving it to its fighters to make them feel no pain,” an Italian investigator told the Times of London. It’s thought the tablets are frequently sold to ISIS fighters for about $2 each, meaning the haul was worth in the region of $75 million to whoever was planning to push them. The pills are understood to be tramadol, the painkiller which some use as a cheap alternative to cocaine. Italian investigators have traced the tramadol shipment to an Indian pharmaceuticals company called Royal International, which has not commented.It allegedly sold the pills for $250,000 to a Dubai-based importer. They then went from India to Sri Lanka where they disappeared from the ship’s documents.“The containers were then shipped to Genoa, ready to be delivered to two companies in Libya, which the US Drug Enforcement Administration has informed us are linked to ISIS,” the investigator said. Terror groups routinely encourage the use of a wide variety of drugs by their foot soldiers. Those who attacked the Bataclan music club in Paris in 2013, slaughtering 89 people, were said to be high on the amphetamine Captagon. It suppresses hunger, fear and fatigue. (Colombo Gazette) Italian police have seized painkillers being sent to ISIS in Libya via Sri Lanka, reports said today.The Times of London reported that Police in Italy seized an estimated 37 million painkillers which they suspect were being shipped to Libya to be sold to ISIS fighters who take them during battle. read more

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Interim order issued against new Directors of Litro Gas

An interim order has been issued against the new Directors of Litro Gas appointed by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.The Commercial High Court of Colombo issued the interim order preventing the new Directors of Litro Gas from carrying out their duties. The order was issued in response to a petition filed by former Directors of Litro Gas.The case is to be heard again on May 28.

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Security Council condemns human rights violations in Côte dIvoire

Following a briefing by the Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, on a Commission of Inquiry report, the Council President for May, Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, told journalists: “The members of the Security Council firmly condemn the violations of human rights.”They note that putting an end to impunity is important for resolving the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire and urge that those responsible for violations of human rights, in particular those committed on March 25 to 26 in Abidjan, be held accountable.”Council members also urged the immediate establishment of the National Human Rights Commission called for in the 2003 Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement that ended fierce fighting between the Government and the opposition Forces Nouvelles. Under that agreement the two parties also pledged to set up a government of national unity.They welcomed the intention of Mr. Ramcharan’s Office to establish another Commission of Inquiry to look into violations going back to September 2002, announced today in Geneva, and urged full support for the new Commission’s investigation.”The members of the Security Council expressed their determination to consider rapidly the concrete steps that could be taken to ensure that those who are responsible for all the violations of human rights perpetrated in Côte d’Ivoire since September 2002 are held accountable for their actions,” the Pakistani Ambassador said.The conflict in Côte d’Ivoire began in September 2002 when some former army officers tried to take over the government.In March of this year the opposition defied President Laurent Gbagbo’s ban on protest marches. Dozens of people died during sporadic shooting in the main commercial centre, Abidjan, according to what was then the UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (MINUCI). One person was also killed in a protest in the capital, Yamoussoukro.A January 2003 report from a team led by Mr. Ramcharan contained allegations about mass graves, cases of detentions and disappearances and refers to torture and sexual violence, including gang rape, about all of which the Government and the opposition have traded charges.Between 1,000 and 2,000 people were killed in the civil war, many by summary execution, and many politicians and businessmen were murdered in killings, which, according to testimony, were “organized by death squads and private militias,” the report of 2003 said. Video of Council President with the press [5mins] read more

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Sony Pictures says report that it will soon name North Korea as

by Brandon Bailey & Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2014 1:17 pm MDT Sony Pictures says report that it will soon name North Korea as source of hack is “inaccurate” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sony Pictures says the investigation into the cyberattack that crippled its computer systems is continuing and denies a report that it is poised to name North Korea as the culprit.Earlier Wednesday, Re/code reported that Sony Pictures planned to officially name North Korea as the source of the hack in an announcement that could come as early as today. It cited two sources close to the investigation.“The investigation continues into this very sophisticated cyberattack. The re/code story is not accurate,” a Sony Pictures Entertainment representative told The Associated Press in a text message.Speculation about a North Korean link to the Sony hacking has centred on that country’s angry denunciation of upcoming Sony comedy “The Interview,” in which Seth Rogan and James Franco star as television journalists involved in a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.___Bailey reported from San Francisco. Bahr reported from Los Angeles. read more

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Protect indigenous peoples land rights and the whole world will benefit UN

In her opening remarks to the Forum in New York, the chairperson, Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, a medical doctor from Timbuktu, Mali, called the land husbandry of Aboriginal peoples “part of our history and heritage.”But few countries have acted to defend these peoples’ collective rights, she added.“Law enforcement is inadequate or non-existent, and other elements of Legislation goes against these rights,” she said. Measures necessary to give meaning to land rights, such as tenure delimitation and allocating title deeds, are often not implemented.Moreover, she continued, those who defend indigenous rights continue to be targeted when they raise their voices – particularly when States or private actors seek their resources for aggressive development such as logging.“As long as our rights over our lands, territories and resources are not recognized,” she added, indigenous people risk falling far short of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.“In the same way,” she said, “the world risks losing the fight against climate change and the destruction of the environment.” UN Photo/Evan SchneiderParticipants of the seventeenth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.UN for all peoplesGeneral Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák reminded everyone “The United Nations is here for people. And that includes indigenous people.”“But we cannot yet say that this Organization has opened its doors wide enough,” he said. “And so, we need to be more ambitious.”Mr. Lajčák, of Slovakia painted a grim picture of the situation facing indigenous people today, pointing out that while they make up only five per cent of the world’s population, they comprise 15 per cent of the world’s poorest people.“That is shocking,” he said, adding that their human rights are being violated, they are being excluded and marginalized and face violence for asserting their basic rights.Focusing on the theme of indigenous land, territories and resources, he said: “Indigenous people are being dispossessed. They are losing the lands their ancestors called home.”But with global attention to indigenous rights on the rise, Mr. Lajčák saw reasons for hope, as well. “The signs do look positive,” he said, noting that the UN teams on the ground are developing stronger partnerships, determined to make these communities stronger.“We should be hopeful. But we cannot ignore the very real, and very serious, challenges. They cast a shadow over the future of many indigenous communities. And they demand our urgent attention,” he said.When Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, spoke, he explained how for 500 years the indigenous people of America have waged a resistance campaign to defend their dignity and identity.“We are all descendants of Mother Earth, so we are all brothers and sisters,” he underscored.The annual Forum, the seventeenth, opened to a ceremonial cultural performance and a traditional welcome by Todadaho Sid Hill, Chief of the Onondaga Nation, located in New York.Established in 2000, the forum provides expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the UN’s Economic and Social Council as well as to specialized agencies that work on issues like development, agriculture, environmental protection and human rights. read more

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Mens basketball Ohio State season preview

The Ohio State men’s basketball team gathers together after a foul during its exhibition match-up against Walsh on Nov. 6. The Buckeyes won 85-67. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIn the eyes of many, last season’s 21-14 (11-7 Big Ten) record was a humbling moment for an Ohio State program that had underachieved for three straight seasons. Almost eight months removed from OSU’s second-round loss to Florida in the National Invitational Tournament, the 2016-17 Buckeyes serve as the final string of tolerance for a fanbase eager to return to the glory days of OSU basketball under 13th-year coach Thad Matta.OSU opens its season on Friday against Navy in the Veterans Classic in Annapolis, Maryland. Coming off of its 85-67 exhibition win versus Walsh, Matta and his team are ready to begin a new chapter in OSU basketball.“Honestly, I’m ready to go. I’m excited to play,” Matta said. “I’m excited for the event that we’re in. From my standpoint, I’m jacked up ready to go.”It’s been nearly six weeks since practice began for the team and Matta said that the play of the four newcomers has given them the opportunity to see the floor.Freshman center Micah Potter started in the exhibition game over incumbent redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson, who most expected to remain in the starting role. Potter showed off his ability to stretch the defense with his outside shooting and displayed a knack for rebounding the basketball in traffic. Freshmen Derek Funderburk and Andre Wesson, and junior-college transfer sophomore C.J. Jackson all saw the court against Walsh and were a factor at times in the game.Matta is known for giving his younger players action in the exhibition game before the real games begin, and Sunday was just that. However, Matta has seen enough from the class of 2016 in practice that has earned them playing time. Just how much, that is still to be determined, but Potter is expected to start on Friday with the rest of the class coming off the bench.“The more experience we can get those guys, the better they’re going to be in terms of making the adjustment from high school basketball into college basketball,” he said. “Obviously how they’re playing dictates a lot of that but I thought most of the new guys did a pretty good job the other night.”The newcomers could play a key role in getting OSU back into the NCAA tournament after missing it last year for the first time since 2008, but Matta will ride his top six returning scorers, specifically junior forward Jae’Sean Tate and sophomore point guard JaQuan Lyle.Since Tate was a surprise contributor his freshman season, he has been nothing but consistent. When OSU has needed a bucket in the past, Tate is the guy to get into the paint and either create his own shot through contact or be patient enough for the right shot. For Lyle, he was a bit more of a wild card.Lyle averaged 11.2 points and 4.2 assists per game in 2015-16, a solid mark for a true freshman. However, there was a discrepancy between several games for the Evansville, Indiana, native. He looked like a promising point guard in games like Rutgers, at Indiana and at Nebraska in overtime — triple-double, 29 points, and 19 points and seven rebounds, respectively — but then would disappear in many other games including a five-point loss at home to No. 6 Maryland where he scored just one point in 18 minutes.For 2016-17, the question for Lyle is if he can take that next step, which could put OSU into one of the top teams in the conference. Lyle has gotten slimmer and a bit stronger from last season, which bodes well for a point guard who uses his body to absorb contact when attacking the basket. He also has taken on a leadership role on the team.In the second half against Walsh, Funderburk went to the free-throw line when Lyle looked the freshman in the eyes and told him to “knock these down, and then we’re going to get a stop.”“He’s our starting point guard so he has to be the leader on the court,” Funderburk said. “If it’s not JT or Marc, it’s likely JaQuan Lyle.”For Tate, Friday’s game will be the first real game since he went down with a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season last year. As a second-year captain, Tate is anxious to get back on the court. Being a local product from Pickerington, Ohio, he said the fact OSU hasn’t won a Big Ten championship since he’s been in the program is something he takes to heart.“I feel like we’re going to Navy, we’re going in with the right mindset,” he said. “We’ve been working hard this week in practice and I think we’re hungry to start the season.”As far as the Midshipmen go, Matta knows a little bit about the team due to his familiarity with Navy coach Ed DeChellis, who was formerly at Penn State.DeChellis led a Navy squad to a record of 19-14 in 2015-16, and 9-9 in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen return two starters from the year before, including their leading scorer, junior guard Shawn Anderson. Senior guard Tim Abruzzo attempted 130 three-pointers a season ago and could be asked to do more of the same.Matta said just knowing DeChellis from his Penn State days, Navy is a tough and disciplined basketball team that likes to be physical against cutters on defense and executes well in the halfcourt.Since Walsh, the mantra from Matta to his team has been “think the game of basketball.” There were points in the exhibition where OSU had a slow pace on offense and struggled with keeping possession of the basketball. In the second half, though, it was much different.OSU controlled the pace of play and caused several turnovers in the second half on way to an 18-point victory. Tate said each time out, the goal is to play that way from the tip, not after halftime.“There was times where we didn’t cut as fast as we needed to or run the floor as fast as we needed to, focusing on the little things, and I felt like we could’ve guarded the ball better,” he said. “Going into Navy … the little things are going to be important to beat that team.”Season prediction:At the top of the Big Ten conference, Wisconsin and Michigan State are the overwhelming favorites. After that, it’s anyone’s game.Michigan, Indiana and Maryland are other conference teams who figure to consistently be at the top of the league, but OSU is a serious challenger for a top four spot in the Big Ten tournament come March.Forward Marc Loving is entering his final season as a Buckeye, still trying to live up to the hype he came to Columbus with. However, with player like Tate, Lyle, junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and sparkplug redshirt junior guard Kam Williams off the bench, there is plenty of scoring to go around for Matta’s crew.OSU has four major nonconference opponents in Providence, No. 8 Virginia, No. 18 Connecticut and No. 17 UCLA. Winning two of those, and earning victories in all of the games it should win, will go a long way toward OSU’s chances at returning to the NCAA tournament.The Big Ten has five teams in the Associated Press Top 25 Preseason Poll — four in the top 15 — so OSU has plenty of opportunities on its schedule for signature wins.Overall record: 23-8 (12-6, 4th Big Ten)NCAA tournament: Yes, second-round knockoutSurprise of the season: JaQuan Lyle contends for Big Ten Player of the Year read more

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Softball Ohio State clobbered by Northwestern in pair of mercyrule losses

Second basemen Emily Clark makes an off-foot throw to first during the Sep. 24 gameagainst Wright State. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Northwestern softball team needed just 12 innings to outscore Ohio State 24-8 and dispatch the Buckeyes in both games of the abbreviated series.What was supposed to be a three-game series ended up being just two short games due to the weather.Game OneNorthwestern rolled over the Buckeyes with a 10-2 win Friday in the weekend series opener.The Wildcats entered the fifth inning tied at two, but reclaimed the lead with a three-run frame. But with a three-run fifth inning and a five-run sixth inning, Northwestern stormed ahead and ended the game with an eight-run lead.Northwestern’s first batter in the sixth inning walked and Ohio State junior pitcher Kat Duvall struck out the next batter. But the Buckeyes walked the following four hitters, scoring two runs. Despite just one hit in the frame, the Wildcats scored five runs.Senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin led Ohio State with two hits.Senior pitcher Shelby McCombs knocked in both of the Buckeyes’ runs with a home run in the fourth inning.Game TwoOhio State got off to a hot start by scoring four runs in the first inning, but it was all downhill from there with the Wildcats running away to a 14-6 victory Sunday in another six-inning game.Goodwin launched a three-run home run in the first inning after one run scored on a throwing error. But Northwestern then scored six unanswered runs over the next three innings, kicked off by a solo home run from Lewis in the bottom of the first.Ohio State scored two more runs on an RBI single from junior shortstop Lilli Piper, but Northwestern piled on eight more unanswered runs over the next three innings before the game was called for mercy rule.Northwestern did not exactly beat up on Ohio State’s pitching staff. Rather, the Buckeyes proved to be their own worst enemy, walking 11 Wildcats and allowing just nine hits. McCombs, along with her seven walks, also hit a batter while Ray walked four and uncorked three wild pitches.Ohio State, on the other hand, managed just six hits and four walks against Northwestern freshman Kenna Wilkey in her six innings of work.Senior catcher Sammy Nettling and Lewis each tied for the team lead with three RBIs. Goodwin was matched the two Wildcats with three RBI while Piper had two.Up NextOhio State will look to get back on track when it hosts Ohio University in a double header at 5 p.m. Tuesday. read more

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