12 Video Editing Tips for Cutting a Documentary

first_imgFrom file management to lower thirds, these twelve video editing tips will help you shape your documentary film.Top Image: Ken Burns editing The Civil War, Cori Wells Braun via We Wild BeastsPerhaps the most difficult aspect of editing a documentary is the amount of unscripted responses during interviews. As an editor, you’ll find yourself sitting through hours of content looking for that one little snippet you need. After hours spent preparing to edit, then your work truly begins.1. Organize Folders and Label BinsA feature length documentary will have so much content, it’s crucial that you have you footage and assets as organized as possible. I highly recommend using PostHaste from Digital Rebellion, a free program that instantly creates folder structures based on the type of project. There are settings for video editing, motion graphics, photography, visual effects, and web design. The program works for both Mac and PC.Then you will need to dump your footage and audio into the various folders. Yes, this will be time consuming, but you’ll thank yourself later if you ever have to make adjustments or migrate to another machine. In your NLE of choice, recreate the same folder structure and import your files. If you are using the Adobe Creative Cloud, PostHaste already has templates for Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator.2. Create Sequences for Individual InterviewsThis tip is one that I personally use, and every editor will offer their own opinions. I like to create individual timelines for each interview. This timeline will now have all the camera angles and audio synced. Then I start adding cuts in between all of the answers. You could also use markers, I just find it faster to scrub through splices. When you’re done, each splice now represents an answer. As you are going through the interview, you’ll want to transcribe everything.3. Transcribe FootageImage via ShutterstockI’m not going to sugarcoat it. This step is a real pain, but on feature documentaries — it is a must! You, or an assistant — like you have one of those — will need to sit and watch every interview. As you watch, you will need to transcribe what is said and timestamp as you go along. You can use any program like Word or a Google Doc. Type out every word that is said. After each sentence (or during a good pause) be sure to note the time in the clip.This will take forever, but when you’re editing and you need a clip of the subject saying that one line you need, you can easily search the document and find the exact line you are looking for next to a timestamp. It may take hours to get this done, but it’s better spent in the beginning than searching for hours on a tight deadline.4. Backup EverythingWe’re three tips in, and you’re already several hours into setting up this project. Make sure you have already backed up your project. I suggest copying your folder structure onto an external hard drive. If you can, I’d keep that hard drive off site. Just in case there is a fire or theft, those files still exist somewhere else.5. Edit for a Story ArcWhether it’s a documentary or work of fiction, every film needs to tell a story. In doing so, you want to make sure you have a beginning, middle, and end. In that series of events, you want to take your audience on an emotional rollercoaster — or story arc. It doesn’t matter if your documentary is two minutes long or two hours, if the story doesn’t progress — don’t expect anyone to watch.6. Use Close-Ups and Medium Shots Over Wide ShotsImage: Cartel Land via The OrchardWide shots are great for establishing a scene or as an introduction to a new speaker, but they aren’t enough to maintain your audience’s attention. Their eyes begin to wander around the set if the shot is too long. But cutting to medium shots and close-ups, you are making the speaker more relatable. The medium shot is most often used for conversational pieces, as the audience feels the subject is right there talking to them. However, documentary films frequently use close-ups of only a speaker’s head. This is common due to the varying sets and backgrounds that can be jarring when cutting between speakers.7. Cut on ActionIf a shot is getting too static, go for an edit on physical action. Is the speaker using their hands a lot? Perhaps they turn their head to the side. These actions make perfect cutting points that seem natural.8. Cut to DialogueLike cutting on action, cut to words with strong pronunciation.  You can also cut at the beginning of a new sentence.9. Avoid Jump Cuts With Multiple Camera Angles or B-RollWhen interviewed, many subjects will stumble on their words. Be prepared to cut out a lot of umms, uhhhs, and hmmms. You can hide these cuts by switching between angles. If the speaker is a chronic mumbler, then you may be cutting back and forth too much. You can cover these edits up with b-roll. Check out this posts on hiding jump cuts.10. Use Photos When You Don’t Have FootageImage: The Roosevelts – An Intimate History via PBSKen Burns gets all the credit for this technique, but using still photos can help you hide edits or break away from static shots. Burns is notorious for adding subtle movement to his photos, keeping viewers engaged. If you didn’t have any photo files from the production crew, you can always turn to stock photo sites like Shutterstock.11. Keep Graphics and Lower Thirds Easy to ReadImage: The Battered Bastards of Baseball via NetflixIt’s bad enough that this needs to be a rule, but some documentary films have interviews with — well, I don’t know who, because I couldn’t read the lower thirds. Less is more when it comes to lower thirds in documentary films. You don’t need a ton of moving parts or motion graphics. In fact, text with shadow is the most common lower third for a reason. It’s simple and legible. Be sure to also use a font that is easy to read, as well as a nice font color. Don’t go crazy. For some great pointers, check out this post on designing professional lower thirds.12. Have an Archive of AssetsThese are things you can use in multiple projects. Royalty free sound effects (which you can get here), overlays, elements, instrumental tracks and graphic packages will always come in handy. One of my favorite resources for lower thirds and graphics packages is RocketStock. From there I can just snag an After Effects template and customize it to any project. They even have a section dedicated to free AE templates which has come in handy several times.Got any additional documentary editing tips? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

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North Bengal gets HC Circuit Bench

first_imgChief Justice Biswanath Somadder on Saturday unveiled a plaque to mark the operationalisation of the Calcutta High Court Circuit Bench at Jalpaiguri. The programme was attended by West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, among others. The Centre and the State had been engaged in a bitter rivalry over the past few years over the fate of the Bench in Jalpaiguri. The foundation stone for it was laid by Ms. Banerjee in 2012, but it was only on February 8 this year that Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the facility. It triggered a prompt protest by the CM, who claimed that her government as well as the high court were kept out of the loop.On Saturday, Ms. Banerjee refused to get drawn into any controversy. “There have been some struggles along the way, but I don’t want to fuel any controversy about it. All’s well that ends well,” she said. Relief for manyThe new Bench is the third one of the Calcutta High Court, the other two being the principal Bench in Kolkata and a permanent Circuit Bench in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Calcutta High Court retains jurisdiction over the Port Blair Bench. The new Bench will have jurisdiction over five north Bengal districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Cooch Behar, Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri. Acting Chief Justice Somadder and three other judges will hear matters at the Jalpaiguri Circuit Bench. The judges will begin hearing petitions from Monday at the Jalpaiguri Zilla Parishad bungalow till a new building comes up on land allotted by the State government.More than 10% of Bengal’s almost 10 crore people reside in the area and they had to travel to Kolkata, about 600 km away, for “every tiny issue or dispute”, said Tanmay Mallick, a Siliguri resident. The Circuit Bench will stop the ordeal, he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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1.4 mn people move to cities weekly: UN chief

first_imgBy Yoshita Singh United Nations, Oct 31 (PTI) About 1.4 million people move to cities every week around the world, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said on the ‘World Cities Day’, warning that such a large rate of migration can contribute to increased risks from natural and human made disasters.In his message for the ‘World Cities Day’, celebrated annually on October 31, Guterres stressed that “hazards do not need to become disasters”.”Every week, 1.4 million people move to cities. Such rapid urbanisation can strain local capacities, contributing to increased risk from natural and human made disasters. But hazards do not need to become disasters. The answer is to build resilience — to storms, floods, earthquakes, fires, pandemics and economic crises,” the UN chief said Tuesday.Guterres explained that cities around the world are doing just that, forging new ways to increase resilience and sustainability.Bangkok has built vast underground water storage facilities to cope with increased flood risk and save water for drier periods, he said.The local government in Quito has reclaimed or protected more than 200,000 hectares of land to boost flood protection, reduce erosion and safeguard the city’s freshwater supply and biodiversity, he said.The UN chief indicated that Johannesburg “is involving residents in efforts to improve public spaces so they can be safely used for recreation, sports, community events and services such as free medical care”.The ‘World Cities Day’ was established by the UN to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanisation, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanisation and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.advertisementMaimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat), flagged the importance of investing in resilience or face growing “economic, social, political and human” risks.”It has been estimated that without action on climate change which accounts for just one facet of resilience some 77 million urban residents risk falling into poverty,” she said, elaborating that human-made and environmental threats ranged from drought, floods and fires to economic shocks, disease outbreaks, war and migration.”Investing in resilience is a wise investment,” the UN Habitat chief said.The theme of this year’s commemoration ‘Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities’ focuses on the need to preserve human life and limit damage and destruction while continuing to provide infrastructure and services after a crisis.A range of UN-backed international agreements, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the New Urban Agenda provide “a roadmap for a more sustainable and resilient world,” according to the UN Secretary-General. PTI YAS CPSlast_img read more

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Surfer bitten by shark in latest Australia attack

first_imgSydney, Nov 11 (AFP) A surfer was bitten on the leg by a shark off a beach on Australia’s west coast Sunday, authorities said, the latest in a spate of recent attacks that saw another man killed.The surfer, aged in his 20s, was on his board at Pyramids Beach south of Perth in Western Australia on Sunday morning when the attack happened, a fisheries official told AFP.A witness told news website WA Today the man was with another surfer in the water when a large school of salmon swam past them and the shark alarm went off.”He had been attacked on the lower part of the leg, with a couple of meaty bites,” said Damian Baker, who was watching from the shore.The young man pulled himself onto a rock after he was bitten, surf lifesavers said. He was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.State officials confirmed the attack by an “unknown species of shark” in a statement.Beaches in the area were closed and water police were patrolling the waters, the state fisheries department said.The attack is the fifth encounter off Australia’s beaches in two months.A swimmer died last Monday after being mauled by a shark in the Whitsunday islands off Queensland state — the third encounter in the tourist site since September.On Wednesday, a surfer fought off a shark with his board after being bitten on the leg at Shelly Beach –another popular tourist site — in New South Wales state.advertisementExperts say attacks are increasing as water sports become more popular and fish eaten by sharks move closer to shore. Fatalities, however, remain rare. (AFP) AMSAMSlast_img read more

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OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro: What are likely differences and will it be worth spending extra for Pro

first_imgThere are only a few weeks left before OnePlus officially announces its next generation of smartphones. Yes, “smartphones” it is this time. For the first time since the OnePlus X, OnePlus is going back to releasing two devices together at the same time – OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. The OnePlus 7 Pro is ideally supposed to be the next generation offering while the OnePlus 7 will essentially be an update to last year’s model for the price conscious buyers.So far, the leaks have revealed a lot about the two variants. In short, the OnePlus 7 will be an updated OnePlus 6T with the new Snapdragon 855 chipset and some minor refinements. The OnePlus 7 Pro will be truly a generation upgrade with major new features and design. Here’s a brief is what we know about the phones.OnePlus 7 Pro specs and features– OnePlus 7 Pro will likely sport a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with curved edges and no notches. It has been almost confirmed that the phone will have a unique screen with 90Hz refresh rate, which should result in a very fluid and smooth user experience. An optical in-display fingerprint sensor is also expected to be there.– The front camera will sit in the pop-up module similar to what we saw in the Vivo Nex. This is not yet confirmed by OnePlus, but leaks suggest this too is a certainty.– There will be a triple rear camera setup – 48-megapixel primary camera + 16-megapixel wide-angle camera + 8-megapixel telephoto camera — on the rear.advertisement– OnePlus will surely use the Snapdragon 855 chipset. The device could come with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.– There could be a 4000mAh battery that will come with support for 30W Warp Charging.– Leaks suggest OnePlus 7 Pro may get flagship territory pricing. The base version of the Pro with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage could come with a price above Rs 50,000, sitting against the Samsung Galaxy S10e and Apple iPhone XR.OnePlus 7 specs and possible features– OnePlus 7 is rumoured to come with a 6.2-inch display with a waterdrop notch on the top, similar to OnePlus 6T.– The design will be similar to the OnePlus 6T. The minor refinements are there in the form of the redesigned camera module and colours.– The OnePlus 7 will be using the Snapdragon 855 chipset and may come with at least 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.– The leaked renders suggest a dual rear camera instead of the Pro’s triple rear camera.– The OnePlus 7 may get the 20W fast charge system from the previous OnePlus 6T device.– The OnePlus 7 could come with a price similar to the prices of the OnePlus 6T.Will the OnePlus 7 Pro be worth the premium over OnePlus 7?This question cannot be answered until we get to review both the devices. However, on the basis of all that we know so far, we can draw possible conclusions.Should you spend a premium for the OnePlus 7 Pro? Possibly yes — if you care about the most premium smartphone experience from the Android universe. From what OnePlus has hinted so far, and along with the leaks, the OnePlus 7 Pro will be a true flagship phone. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Apple iPhone XR, the OnePlus 7 Pro will hold an edge with its rumoured 90Hz Curved AMOLED display. Additionally, with the pop-up selfie camera design, the OnePlus 7 Pro will offer a true fullscreen display – a feature that no other flagship phone offers presently.OnePlus phones have also been known to be the fastest Android phones, often competing with Apple’s latest iPhone models in terms of fluid performance. On top of that, clean bloat-free user experience also draws consumers. Then there is the OnePlus community that also plays an important role in developing the Oxygen OS UI, hence it keeps getting many meaningful features.On the other hand, OnePlus 7 will still be a good deal for those who only prefer the fast OnePlus user experience and want a phone with a tried-and-tested form factor. In fact, for those want the no-nonsense premium Android phone with flagship-levels of performance, the OnePlus 7 could be the ideal choice for those people.That said, do keep an eye for review of the phones over here at the India Today Tech once they launch in India on May 14.ALSO READ | Samsung opens world’s largest Onyx Cinema LED screen in IndiaALSO READ | OnePlus officially confirms coming of OnePlus 7 Pro, reveals it will have triple rear camerasALSO READ | OnePlus 7 to launch on May 14, OnePlus offers Indian fans chance to be part of launch eventadvertisementlast_img read more

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2020 BMW X1 updated with new hybrid powertrain and tech

first_imgThe German carmaker, BMW has updated its popular X1 sports activity vehicle with the new exterior styling, colours, wheel designs and new interior enhancements. But the biggest change comes under the hood as BMW has plonked a new plug-in hybrid in the X1, which sees BMW stepping up the electrification of its vehicle line-up. Additionally, the production of the updated BMW X1 will start from the first week of July while deliveries will begin by the end of the same month. 2020 BMW X1 comes with a centrally mounted 6.5-inch screen.Visually, the 2020 BMW X1 comes with a fresh new look including revisions in the front and the rear. Like the elder siblings X5 and the X7, the X1 too gets a larger BMW grille, new Adaptive LED headlights, a bumper with integrated LED fog lamps and larger air intakes. At the rear, the new inlay in the body-colour rear apron adopts the car’s main body colour. Additionally, the X1 also gets a two-tone LED “X1” image when the car is unlocked. The BMW X1 M Sport is a particularly athletic-looking option, courtesy the lowered M Sport suspension, BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim with extended features and the M Aerodynamics package. One of the highlights of the interior is the Control Display which is a centrally mounted 6.5-inch screen, whereas, in case of a navigation system, the X1 comes with either an 8.8-inch or the new 10.25-inch Touch Control Display – which can be operated using the BMW iDrive Controller, voice control or touch screen technology.advertisementComing to the point now, the BMW X1 facelift will come in both petrol and diesel iterations along with the plug-in hybrid variant. Powering the 2020 X1 xDrive25d is a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with a power output of 231bhp and 450Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission. Acceleration from 0-100 kmph is accomplished in 6.6 seconds. The power is generated via BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. The plug-in hybrid version, the BMW X1 xDrive25e is fitted with the latest 4th generation BMW PHEV technology, which was initially found on the BMW i8. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine generates an output of 125bhp and peak torque of 220Nm powering the front wheels, while the 9.7 kWh electric drive system with a rated output of 95bhp and torque of 165Nm will channel its power to the rear wheels. Combined, the X1 xDrive25e churns out 220bhp and 385Nm of peak torque. BMW says that the plug-in-hybrid X1 can cover more than 50 km on electric power alone.Up until now, the plug-in hybrid version of the X1 was only available to the Chinese market, albeit the older generation of the technology. Now, the company is concentrating on the US market before it brings in the updated X1 to the European market. In India, the pre-facelift X1 comes in both petrol and diesel version, however, the company has not announced its plan to the launch 2020 X1 in the countryALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: First drive reviewALSO READ | MG Hector bookings to start on June 4ALSO READ | Honda Amaze gets 4 stars in Global NCAP crash testlast_img read more

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Four-star Running Back Names OSU in Top 5

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Jennings, LA star running back Travis Etienne Jr., fresh off his decommitment from Texas A&M, named his new top 5 schools Friday and included OSU in his list:pic.twitter.com/IUv6Smhi5b— Travis Etienne Jr⁶? (@swaggy_t1) August 5, 2016On Friday I predicted Arkansas, Texas A&M, OSU, Tennessee, Alabama would all be in his top 5 (yes, I whiffed in thinking Miss. State may be included). Those are the schools that seem to be coming the hardest at the moment and, at the moment, I think Etienne is OSU’s to lose.The only outside factor that could play a role in his decision is his relationship with LSU. As with most prospects from Louisiana, A LOT of recruits elect to stay in state to play for the Tigers, given the option. And at the moment, LSU has yet to offer the standout back and seems to be slow playing him. At this point, he could be waiting for the offer. Or with the Tigers slow playing him, he could feel disrespected enough to move on and pick a school elsewhere.Regardless, OSU is putting the full court press on the 6-0, 200-lb. back who could see OSU as a landing spot with a chance to play immediately with three of the biggest expected contributors graduating after 2016.last_img read more

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9 months agoCapello: Higuan wants to play for Sarri at Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Capello: Higuan wants to play for Sarri at Chelseaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan coach Fabio Capello believes Gonzalo Higuain wants to leave for Chelsea.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is eager to move to London and work again with his former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri.“I got the best out of him at Real Madrid,” Capello, who coached the striker at Real Madrid, told Radio Anch’io Sport.“I think he was burdened by that penalty miss against Juventus. I’ve seen him play too far away from goal.“I hope that for Milan’s sake, he can overcome his mental block and score lots of goals between now and the end of the season. Higuain’s quality isn’t up for discussion.“What would I tell him? I remember when I joined Juventus and Trezeguet wanted to leave. I told him to stay because he was important to me.“My feeling, though, is that Higuain wants to go and play under a Coach who knows his qualities and can enhance them.” last_img read more

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Brian Kelly Provides Update On QB Brandon Wimbush

first_imgBrandon Wimbush passing the ball for Notre Dame.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 16: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to pass during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)With Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book slated not to play against FSU this weekend, the QB duties will fall to Brandon Wimbush.On Thursday, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly addressed the status of the senior QB slated to start.Kelly spoke glowingly about Wimbush, complimenting him for improving his mechanics and balance. He used the word “championship quality” to describe his QBs reps as well.“The QB that is taking reps of us is a guy you would say of championship quality,” Kelly said.Brian Kelly says Brandon Wimbush has improved his balance throwing the football and has fine-tuned his mechanics. “The QB that is taking reps of us is a guy you would say of championship quality.”— Irish Illustrated (@timprister) November 8, 2018Wimbush was Notre Dame’s starter in 2017, but lost his starting job to Ian Book prior to the start of the season.In 2017, he had 1,870 passing yards, 804 rushing yards, 16 passing TDs, 14 rushing TDs, and six INTs.Wimbush led the Fighting Irish to 9-3 record as a starter (he missed one game), including a win over LSU in the Citrus Bowl, though it was Book that came in and wound up being the key quarterback in that one.Notre Dame is undefeated, but may still need to win out to have a shot at the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

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ZIM Returns to Black in 2nd Quarter

first_imgzoom Driven by a positive trend in the container shipping industry, Israel’s shipping company Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) saw steady improvement in its quarterly performance.The company’s delivered a net profit of USD 2.3 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared to a net loss of USD 74.1 million reported in the same quarter of 2016.For the three months ended June 30, the company’s revenues reached USD 745.7 million, up from USD 611.9 million in the second quarter of 2016, representing a 21.9% increase.ZIM also handled 6.7% more volumes during the period as it carried 659 thousand TEUs, compared to 617 thousand TEUs handled in the previous year’s quarter. The average freight rate per TEU increased by 16.3% to USD 1,007 from USD 866 in the respective quarters.“ZIM’s positive results in Q2 demonstrate an ongoing, steady improvement in the company’s performance. We focus on achieving profitability through efficiency, innovation, and above all reliable and agile services to our customers,” Eli Glickman, ZIM President & CEO, said.“Our customer-centered approach is at the root of our strategy, and as an independent global niche carrier we can provide unique and flexible services to our customers. I’m confident that this approach will enable ZIM to prevail and achieve additional improvements in the coming years,” Glickman added.The shipping liner industry went through major developments and structural changes which include reshaping of the alliances and M&A activities that took place over the last quarters. In the face of this tough business environment, ZIM “continues to outperform the industry and achieve improved results.”For the first six months of 2017, ZIM’s net loss stood at USD 4.1 million, compared to net loss of USD 130.4 million in the first half of 2016.Total revenues for the first half of the year were at USD 1.4 billion, up from USD 1.24 billion reported a year earlier, while the company’s carried capacity increased by 5.2% to 1,257 thousand TEUs from 1,194 thousand TEUs in the first half of 2016.last_img read more

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Yemen UN special envoy welcomes release of abducted presidential aide

The United Nations envoy on Yemen has welcomed the release today of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s chief of staff, and urged the opposition group Ansarallah – which had abducted the official last week – “to undertake steps that would be in the best interest of all political sides and the people of Yemen.” According to a note to the press issued by the spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, expressed great pleasure on today’s release by Ansarallah of Ahmed Awadh Bin Mubarak, Director of the Office of the President, after Mr. Benomar’s continuous mediation efforts. The UN says that the Special Adviser remarked that this news would help reduce tensions and enable progress in the on-going negotiations that he has been facilitating. Further, Mr. Benomar urged Ansarallah to undertake steps that would be in the best interest of all political sides and the people of Yemen. In the context of the daily meetings of all the signatories to the Peace and National Partnership Agreement that Mr. Benomar has been convening, he pressed all political parties to act responsibly and to give priority to the national interest in order to overcome the current crisis, said the UN. Despite the formation of a new Government in November 2014 aimed at ending a period of political turbulence and bringing about a full transition towards democracy, Yemen continues to be plagued by violence and mass political demonstrations. News of Mr. Mubarak’s release after nearly 10 days being held captive comes as political tensions grip the country’s capital, Sana’a. The Secretary-General and the UN Security Council have, in recent days, expressed concern about the situation and issued strong calls for calm, restraint and dialogue among the parties. Just this past weekend, Mr. Ban voiced serious concern about developments following the resignation of the President and Prime Minister amid a takeover of the capital by Houthi militants. This followed a steady deterioration the previous week as Government forces clashed with Houthi militants throughout the capital. read more

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UK car production falls in September as market turmoil continues

UK car manufacturing fell by -16.8% in September, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 25,610 fewer cars rolled off production lines than in the same month last year, capping off a turbulent first three quarters as global trade tensions, model changes and uncertainty over diesel and Brexit were exacerbated by testing backlogs due to new emissions regulations.Production fell for both home and overseas markets, down year on year by a respective -19.0% and -16.2%. Exports, however, continued to drive volumes, accounting for eight out of every 10 cars produced. In the year to date, overall output has declined by -6.6%, with the decline driven predominantly by falling UK demand, currently down -18.6%, but compounded by slower growth across Europe.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Today’s figures highlight the many competing challenges facing UK Automotive. It has been a turbulent year and the industry needs stability, something which appears elusive given the lack of resolution to Brexit negotiations. The UK government has recognised the importance of a deal that maintains free and frictionless trade with the EU, but it is up to all sides to deliver this to safeguard the hundreds of thousands of jobs depending on the sector.Stability is also needed at home and a stronger UK new car market would go a long way to boosting manufacturing output. The Chancellor’s Budget next week is the perfect opportunity to stimulate the market, sending consumers and businesses the right signals to encourage the purchase of new cars, which would help bolster economic performance as well as delivering environmental goals.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) British car manufacturing declines -16.8% in September, with 127,051 units produced.Production for UK and overseas markets falls -19.0% and -16.2% as supply issues continue.Year-to-date output down -6.6% to 1,171,765 units, with eight in 10 destined for export. read more

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Rainbow Rare Earths ships first concentrate production

first_imgRainbow Rare Earths (RBW) has shipped its first load of high grade rare earth mineral concentrate (circa 62%), which is currently being transported by road to Mombasa in GPS tracked trucks. RBW has achieved production on time and on budget and is one of a handful of rare earth producers outside of China. It now has become the only African producer of this vital ingredient into permanent magnets, which is critical to the ‘Green Revolution’.Its Gakara permit in Burundi is one of the highest grade rare earth element (REE) projects globally with very low operational costs; with a forecasted operational margin of about 60%. The Gakara asset is preferentially enriched in Neodymium (Nd) and Praseodymium (Pr) in comparison with many other rare earth operations. This is reflected in Gakara’s revenue profile where some 80% of revenue comes from Nd and Pr.In a research report, Charles FitzRoy of Arden Partners notes “rare earth prices have risen considerably over the last 12 months, driven by momentum from electric vehicles (EVs) and the ‘Green Revolution’. REEs are used to construct the highest performing permanent magnets used in electric motors, which are critical for electric vehicles.“RBW has successfully delivered on its stated strategy of havingdeveloped the Gasagwe mine, constructed its processing plant to the point of final commissioning and now has exported its first shipment of mineral concentrate all within 11 months of IPO. RBW is targeting a run rate of 5,000 t/y (circa 4,200 t/y concentrate) by the end of 2018.“The processing plant at Kabezi is now fully constructed and precommissioning has been completed in the majority of areas. The plant is expected to be fully operational before the month end. Mining has continued to make solid progress at Gasagwe and has already delivered the targeted ROM ore stockpile for the commissioning period this month.”Martin Eales, CEO of Rainbow, commented: “Rainbow can now rightly claim to be the only producing rare earths mine in Africa, and the highest grade producer globally. We have successfully delivered on our stated strategy having developed the Gasagwe mine, constructed our processing plant to the point of final commissioning and now exported our first shipment of mineral concentrate all within 11 months of IPO. This is a proud moment for all involved in the company and we now look forward to growing our monthly production levels over the coming months targeting a 5,000 t/y run rate by the end of 2018.”last_img read more

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Everton bans The Sun from its stadium following controversial Kelvin MacKenzie column

first_img 💙 | 28 years ago, 96 football fans went to a game but didn’t come home. Today, as always, our thoughts are with their friends and families. pic.twitter.com/RFbQtrVk64— Everton (@Everton) April 15, 2017 The Sun was later forced to apologise for that edition, and admit that the accusations it had made were baseless.Read: Two men charged in connection with the death of Irishman Dylan CrawfordRead: ‘Walking out at the Maracana brought a tear to me eye. I never had those moments with GB’ http://jrnl.ie/3342101 67 Comments By Cianan Brennan Source: Everton/Twitter Whilst we will not dignify any journalist with a response to appalling and indefensible allegations, the newspaper has to know that an attack on this City, either against a much respected community or individual, is not acceptable.The Sun yesterday suspended MacKenzie, who is rumoured to earn £300,000 per year for his column, and apologised for offence caused and said it was “unaware of Ross Barkley’s heritage”. It also said the views expressed by the columnist about the people of Liverpool, were “wrong, unfunny and are not the view of the paper”.It said that MacKenzie is currently on holiday but that the matter would be fully investigated on his return. Kelvin MacKenzie Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesToday is the 28th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool supporters at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in Sheffield.MacKenzie, who was then editor of The Sun, drew intense criticism for publishing a front page in the paper, billed The Truth, which claimed that Liverpool fans had behaved in a dreadful manner during and in the aftermath of that tragedy. Everton bans The Sun from its stadium following controversial Kelvin MacKenzie column The column by MacKenzie discussing Everton player Ross Barkley in derogatory fashion has caused outrage. Share Tweet Email1 Club Statement: pic.twitter.com/xDkptbbamk— Everton (@Everton) April 15, 2017 Source: Everton/Twitter Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 12:52 PM Apr 15th 2017, 12:52 PM Goodison Park Source: Nick PottsEVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB has banned The Sun newspaper from its stadium, Goodison Park, on foot of a controversial article by columnist Kelvin MacKenzie regarding the club’s 23-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley.The Liverpool club has also banned the newspaper from its Finch Farm training complex and all other areas of its operation.The paper caused outrage yesterday after publishing a column by MacKenzie (himself a former editor of The Sun) in which Barkley, who was punched in a nightclub altercation last week, was described as “thick” and compared to a gorilla.Barkley is of Nigerian descent.“Yesterday Everton Football Club informed The Sun newspaper it was banned from Goodison Park, the USM Finch Farm training ground and all areas of the Club’s operation,” Everton said in a statement. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 28,321 Views Short URLlast_img read more

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Time is Running Out Early Registration for the 2016 ASA Soy Social

first_imgIndividual Dinner and Auction – $75Individual Auction Only – $45Couple Dinner and Auction – $140Couple Auction Only – $90 ASA would like to thank the following companies who have provided sponsorship support for this event: Premier Sponsors Syngenta and WinField, Champion Sponsor REG and Supporting Sponsors BNSF, LibertyLink, MacDon and Rabo AgriFinance.For more information on the Soy Social & Auction, click here. Registration Prices for Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 through Thursday, March 3, 2016: Early registration prices will only be available through midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, the week before Commodity Classic.Be a part of one of the most exciting and fun events at Commodity Classic–the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Soy Social and Auction. ASA plans to adhere to a popular French saying, “Laissez les bons temp rouler” or “Let the Good Times Roll,” in New Orleans on March 3, 2016.The Soy Social and Auction is an event to raise money for ASA’s SoyPAC (Political Action Committee), therefore, you must be a member or associate member of ASA to attend. To register for the dinner and auction, click here.Early registration prices will only be available through midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, the week before Classic: Individual Dinner and Auction – $85Individual Auction Only – $50Couple Dinner and Auction – $150Couple Auction Only – $100last_img read more

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New adoption law solving mysteries

first_imgMarie Bruin opened the envelope and there it was, eight lines down, in typed letters: Peggy Leona Wilson. For most of her adult life, 55-year-old Bruin searched for clues about her past. She spent years imagining what she would say to her family if she ever met them. A new state law that took effect this summer allowed thousands of adoptees to access their original birth certificate.For the first time, Bruin knew her biological mother’s name. But despite the new information, she planned to proceed cautiously. She knew she was born to a white mother and a black father at Vancouver Memorial Hospital. “The last thing I wanted, was to be that call that says, ‘Hey, your mom had another child and it’s me’ and change or modify that person’s opinion of that person for the rest of their life,” said Bruin, who lives in Tacoma. “I wanted to be very careful not to do that.” Instead, within minutes of receiving her birth certificate, more than five decades of mystery disappeared. “My daughter, in this day of social media, went online and found the whole family on Facebook in probably less than five minutes,” Bruin said. It turns out, Bruin wasn’t the only one searching. Her family had been looking for her, too. Her mother died, but Bruin met her brothers and extended family for the first time this summer.One of her brothers told her, “I don’t know what it was like where you grew up, but I want you to know if you had grown up with us, you would have had five brothers and you wouldn’t have worried about anything,” Bruin said.Bruin, who described herself as a guarded person, said she was amazed at how quickly she felt at ease around her biological family. “The most profound thing was that everyone kept saying, ‘You look just like Peggy … You look just like your mom. You stand just like her,’” Bruin said. This Thanksgiving, one of Bruin’s biological brothers spent the holiday with her and she exchanged well wishes with her other newly discovered family members.last_img read more

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Soldotna Police Officer Recognized For Life Saving Efforts

first_imgClary went onto discover that it was a suicide note. Clary contacted dispatch to have medics sent and then made forced entry into the residence. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An officer with the Soldotna Police Department will be receiving special recognition, at the Soldotna City Council meeting, this Wednesday for his life saving efforts. Officer Clary will recognized at the Soldotna City Council meeting on Wednesday, May 23. According to a memo to the council from Soldotna Police Chief Peter Mlynarik, upon entry Clary contacted a male in the rear of the residence. The male informed Clary that he was depressed and had taken prescription medication. Chief Mlynarik: “Your astute observations and attentiveness led to your discovery of the suicide note that may have been missed by others not so observant. You did not hesitate to enter the trailer even with the uncertainty of what you might encounter with a suicidal person. Your actions most likely saved the life of this individual.” Chief Mlynarik: “Your service to the community in rendering aid to this person, without hesitation, is a credit to you as a police officer.” On May 1, the individual whose life was saved contacted the Police Department to make sure that Clary was recognized for saving his life thus giving him the opportunity to continue to be a father to his children. The medics transported the individual to the hospital where it was learned that he had taken moreprescription medication than originally reported. The male also reported that he was considering shooting himself with a gun that was later recovered by police at the residence. On April 26, SPD Officer Stephen Clary responded to a residence to follow up on a case he was working on. According to SPD, as Clary walked to the door he noticed a note stuck to an inner door.last_img read more

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Education Bill Steers Marijuana Tax Revenue Towards Schools

first_imgGovernor Walker: “Forward funding education instead of sending out pink slips this year was one of clearest signs that our goal to help Alaska turn a corner is succeeding.” One provision provides for 25 percent of Alaska’s tax revenue from marijuana to go toward drug education, prevention, and treatment programs. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker signed Senate Bill 104 into law yesterday, at the Anchorage School District’s 2018 Learning and Leadership Summit. SB 104 was sponsored by Senator Anna MacKinnon and establishes and funds a three-year pilot program to identify and test curriculum in four rural and urban school districts.center_img The new law included the marijuana tax measure, originally sponsored by Senator Cathy Giessel, which will be overseen by the state health department. SB 104 also establishes a “curriculum best practices fund,” with $19.5 million dollars, to be distributed to school districts all over Alaska.last_img read more

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Arizona senator on a pork hunt targets Kodiak

first_imgSen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on the U.S. Senate floor Tuesday. (Photo from the Office of Jeff Flake)Alaska’s congressional delegation cheered last year when the Missile Defense Agency awarded an $80 million contract for work at the Kodiak Island missile launch facility. But in the U.S. Senate this week, the contract was at the top of one Republican senator’s pork list.Listen nowSen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has taken the mantle as the Senate’s pork-buster-in-chief by publishing an annual “wastebook.” The last one had a “Star Wars” theme: “The Farce Awakens.” This time, Flake titled his book “Porkemon Go.”“But instead of Pikachu, we’re looking out for Pork-achu,” he explained.(The wastebook does not lack for puns.) Flake said his top entry this year, No. 1 of 50, is the Kodiak spaceport.“After sitting unused for several years, the Pentagon is now sinking another $80 million into the spaceport,” Flake said. “This is despite the fact that it’s not even equipped with the type of missiles that DOD plans to launch for the site.”Last summer, the Missile Defense Agency awarded a sole-source contract to the Alaska Aerospace Corp. for an indefinite number of launches and for range support services. It could pay as much as $80 million over six years. But MDA won’t use the existing launch facility and will instead bring its own launch equipment.Sen. Flake reviewed the history of the spaceport, which benefited from earmarks the late Sen. Ted Stevens was able to wring from Congress, over objections from some in the Pentagon. As Flake recounted, an Army employee who pushed for the project later admitted to receiving kickbacks from defense contractors.“A mid-level DOD employee who was sentenced to prison for masterminding the plot eventually confessed that building the launch facility — quote — ‘doesn’t make sense,’” Flake said.And then Flake moved on to slamming the National Comedy Center in New York, which received $1.7 million, in part to create holograms of dead comedians.Sen. Dan Sullivan, a member of the Armed Services Committee, didn’t think much of Flake’s critique.“That’s what happens when senators who don’t know anything about missile defense take to the floor,” said Sullivan, R-Alaska.Sullivan put a plug for the Kodiak facility in the Defense bill last year. He called Alaska “the cornerstone of missile defense,” because of its position on the globe and its many military assets.last_img read more

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