Looking to take your video production and filmmaking skills to the next level? These sites will help you step up your game in production, post production & color grading. We’ve rounded up some of the leading video production and filmmaking sites! Check out these terrific online resources to learn about the latest industry developments, get reviews on professional film/video equipment and improve your real-world production skills.Cinema 5DCinema 5D started out as a site focused on the Canon 5DM2, but now covers digital cinema cameras in general. They have camera reviews as well as a frequently updated news section. A good starting point for detailed analysis of cameras and workflow!Lights Film SchoolLight Film School offers an online film program, but they also blog about topics related to screenwriting, cinematography and directing. The blog has 4 sections: Daily Inspiration, Tutorials, Interviews and Product Reviews. They offer detailed articles here on process/technique and enlightening interviews with filmmakers. StillMotionStillmotion consists of a group of filmmakers that started doing weddings and now are doing high profile projects. They write about filmmaking and share their personal experiences. They have a 4 part video tutorial on process that should be required viewing on “how to tell stories”. They’ve also released an app, “SMAPP” (iOS), that has tools for creating shot lists, picking lenses and what gear to use.Fenchel & Janisch The focus here is on DSLR filmmaking, covering cameras, cinematography and post production workflows. They offer a combination of written posts and video tutorials, as well as free color grading presets for After Effects.Hurlbut VisualsShane Hurlbut is a well known cinematographer and recently filmed “Act of Valor”, the first big budget Hollywood feature filmed entirely on DSLR cameras. He writes about his experiences and shares tips to make you a better cinematographer/filmmaker.Ryan WaltersRyan is a skilled cinematographer who shares his knowledge of cameras and filmmaking/video production technique. His site is a great read for those wanting to stay current with cameras and cinematography gear.reTooledRetooled focuses on the post production side of things, with topics relating to Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and After Effects. Be sure to check out the detailed video tutorials for those looking to learn intermediate and advanced editing techniques.Aaron WilliamsAaron blogs about video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro and color grading with DaVinci Resolve. His site is a nice balance of tutorials and insights from his real-world experience editing and grading. The Post LabThe Post Lab covers post production with a focus on the independent filmmaker. It offers an insightful mix of news, interviews, and articles.Vashi VisualsVashi Nedomansky blogs about his experiences as a professional film editor. He has worked with well known filmmakers like the Bandito Brothers & Vincent Laforet. On his site, he shares his insights as well as a helpful template for Premiere Pro Editors. Bonus SitesHere are three popular filmmaking and video production sites you may already know and are certainly worth checking out:NoFilmSchool covers filmmaking for the indie/student filmmaker. Philip Bloom covers filmmaking from DSLR’s to high end digital cinema cameras. Philip often does in-depth cam and equipment reviews and shares his thoughts on the current state of cinematography and the video industry.Vincent LaForet also covers filmmaking from his personal perspective. He became known from the popular short film “Reverie” shot on the Canon 5DM2.
Save time and quickly locate clips using the ‘Match Frame’ shortcut in Premiere Pro.If you don’t have the luxury of having an assistant editor or struggle to keep your video editing projects organized, you may have some difficulty trying to keep track of all the footage in your project (especially in the case of long interviews).Adobe Premiere Pro offers a quick tool that can find the source clip of any footage that appears in your timeline: Match Frame. This is perfect if you are editing a documentary, reusing a clip multiple times or if you simply wanted to change the in-and-out points of your edit.Here’s a quick step-by-step for anyone looking to save time using the ‘Match Frame’ feature in Premiere Pro:1. Find the clip you want in your timelineMove your current time indicator to the clip or frame in the timeline that you are trying to recall.2. Click ‘Match Frame’Click the ‘Match Frame’ button by going to Sequence> Match Frame from the top menu bar or hit “F”, the Match Frame shortcut.3. Quickly locate clips = time savingsYour source clip will pop up in the preview panel making it easy to access.Want to learn more quick tips in Premiere Pro? Check out our previous posts on Switching to Premiere and 10 Time Saving Tips in Premiere Pro.Have any other quick tips for Premiere Pro? Share in the comments below.
HTC is planning to launch two new smartphones at an event on November 2. The HTC U11 Life and the U11 Plus are expected to be unveiled at the event as successors to the HTC U 11. Recently, the U11 Plus was spotted on a certification site that detailed some possible specifications. Now, a benchmark site has listed some details regarding the U11 Life.The HTC U11 Life is tipped to be an Android One edition of the HTC U11. As per the Geekbench listing, the smartphone will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, among other things. The listing also reveals that the handset will pack 3GB of RAM, which is in line with earlier reports.Recently, it was reported via an HTC tipster that the company will be rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to the HTC U11, HTC U Ultra and the HTC 10 in November. While the benchmark listing of the HTC U11 Life shows Android 7.1.1 Nougat, it is possible that the smartphone will also ship with Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. As an Android One smartphone, the U11 Life will offer a stock Android experience minus the company’s Sense UI.Also Read: HTC U11 may get Oreo update next month, U11 Life spotted on TENNA before Nov 2 launchAdditionally, the HTC U11 Life is expected to sport a 5.2-inch full-HD (10801920) display and feature a 16-megapixel sensor on the front and back. Based on a report by WinFuture, the smartphone will likely be powered by a Snapdragon 630 SoC and offer 32GB of internal storage that’s expandable via microSD, although one can expect higher storage variants as well. It is also tipped to pack a 2600mAh battery.advertisementMeanwhile, the HTC U11 Plus is expected to sport a near bezel-less display to compete against the likes of the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X. It is tipped to sport a 6-inch WQHD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, and will be powered by Snapdragon 835 processor. It is further expected to come in two storage variants, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and another with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The recent TENAA listing suggests the phone may sport a 12-megapixel rear camera along with f/1.7 aperture and dual-LED flash.
New Delhi, Jul 24 (PTI) India was among the most popular destinations for Australian students taking part in the Australian governments New Colombo Plan, with close to 1,300 students heading here next year to live, study and undertake internships, an official statement said.The New Colombo Plan was a signature initiative of the Australian government, which was designed to encourage more Australians to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region. Australias Acting High Commissioner to India Rod Hilton said, With India at the front rank of Australias international partnerships, I’m pleased that 1,261 students from 27 Australian universities will conduct internships, mentorships, practicals and research in India in 2019.As outlined in the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, the New Colombo Plan was a practical manifestation of the Australian governments commitment to learn from its neighbours in the Indo-Pacific.Students would also gain invaluable experience of Indian workplaces through internships with private sector organisations such as Indian Law Society and Centre for Sports Excellence a project run by Indias iconic sport stars Prakash Padukone and Rahul Dravid.The students will gain new insights, lifelong friendships and a strong understanding of India, essential as our two countries build closer economic ties, added Hilton.Next year, the New Colombo Plan would support 11,817 students from 40 universities across Australia to take part in 792 mobility projects in 36 Indo-Pacific host locations.The returning students from the 2019 mobility projects would increase the New Colombo Plan alumni to around 40,000 young Australians with experience of living, studying and undertaking work experience in the Indo-Pacific. PTI GJS AARAARadvertisement
Washington, Dec 20 (AFP) Former US president Barack Obama took on a new high-profile role as Father Christmas on Wednesday for a surprise visit to sick children in Washington.Sporting a festive Santa hat and armed with a sack of gifts, he delighted young patients at Children’s National hospital with gifts and hugs.”I just want to say thank you to all of you guys,” Obama told staff, who greeted him with rapturous cheers, in a video he shared on his Twitter account.”We’ve had the chance to talk to some of the wonderful kids and their families,” he added.”As the dad of two girls, I can only imagine in that situation to have nurses and staff and doctors and people who are caring for them, and looking after them… that’s the most important thing there is.”The 44th president of the United States still lives in Washington, where he last year dressed up as Santa to visit middle school students at a Boys & Girls Club in the capital. (AFP) CPS
Woodbury County has debuted a website to call attention to and help celebrate the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the County Courthouse.County Supervisor Matthew Ung has been working on the website features:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/WEB.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……invitations and materials. :14The one page website features a photo gallery, calendar of events and historical information about the courthouse.Ung says some of those elements will remain on the county website after the May centennial celebration concludes:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/WEB2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..on the homepage. :15The website is found at www.woodburycountyiowa.gov/100.
Real Madrid Defiant Zidane insists ‘it hasn’t all gone to s***’ at Real Madrid Joe Wright 02:31 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Getty Images Real Madrid Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid v Numancia Real Madrid v Villarreal Copa del Rey Primera División The Real Madrid boss was in defiant mood after training was delayed by a long talk between the coaching staff and players Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has hit back at critics “who say everything has gone to s***” at the club.The Spanish and European champions’ stuttering season saw them stumble again in La Liga’s title race on Sunday, when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Celta Vigo.With leaders Barcelona now 16 points ahead of Los Blancos in the table and a daunting Champions League last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain to come, pressure on Zidane’s position has been mounting despite his success during his two years in charge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The former France star was also late for a news conference on Tuesday after Madrid training was delayed due to lengthy talks between the coaching staff and players at Valdebebas.Zidane, however, insists his side will get back on track with collective hard work and is adamant there are reasons to be positive for the rest of the season.4 – Real Madrid have failed to win in their last four La Liga away games (D3 L1), their worst run in the competition since December 2008 (D1 L3). Fall. pic.twitter.com/kB6dpB5Ybj— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 7, 2018″I’m not going to tell you what we talked about. These are discussions that happen in a team,” he said.”You can analyse it as you like, that it’s a moment of crisis or not, but we’re here to find solutions.”I’m not going to go into the details. When there are things like we’re going through, where things aren’t going as we want, it’s about work. I always believe in that.”What you tell me is what a lot of people think: that there are people who are bad and I have to get them out of the team. It’s the opposite.”When a player is bad, I will help him. I’m more interested in unity. I’m not someone who, when things are going wrong, will throw one or two into the s***. We’re all in the same boat.”It’s everyone’s fault, mine first. We’ve had two spectacular years; thank you for saying so. It’s important people don’t forget that.”There are people who say everything has gone to s***. No. The day of the Celta game, I focused on the good things. “Are things more complicated with a draw? Yes. The second half was not good, but we’re not going to go crazy about it. We’re going to think that, with work, we will achieve good things.”-1 – Real Madrid have conceded more goals (10) than they’ve scored (9) in the second halves in La Liga this season. Relax pic.twitter.com/YbiYTBrMOO— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 8, 2018The Celta draw has led to further calls among supporters for Madrid to sign reinforcements in the transfer window, but Zidane remains insistent he does not want any new players this month.”I don’t need anyone. That’s it. So that I can be clear: I don’t want anyone. Period. We began with a squad and I believe in my players,” he said.”There are tough moments in a season. You want to transmit that it’s unlike it’s ever been before. That’s not what I think. What I think is that we have everything to move forward. Everything.”We’ll see what happens at the end of the season. That’s when things are analysed, and if you should make changes, you make changes.”Madrid face Numancia in the second leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Wednesday, having claimed a 3-0 win in the first meeting.
Tehran: Iran’s state TV says 18 people were killed and 14 injured in two separate road accidents in the country. The report says both accidents happened on Tuesday. The TV says 11 died after a minibus plunged into a ravine in a valley in the central province of Isfahan. It says eight were injured and were taken to hospital. They were reported to be in serious condition. The second accident, which killed seven, involved a crash between a bus and a car in the southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province. A huge fire engulfed the two vehicles after the collision. With about 17,000 dying every year in accidents, Iran has one of the world’s worst traffic safety records, blamed on disregard of traffic laws, unsafe vehicles and inadequate emergency services.
New Delhi: Coffee Day Enterprises on Wednesday named independent director S V Ranganath as the interim chairman of the company to replace its founder VG Siddhartha, who has been confirmed dead days after he went missing. The company board, wherein Siddhartha’s wife Malavika Hegde is also a director, met on Wednesday to put in place a working structure of the company. The board appointed “S V Ranganath as the interim chairman of the board” and “Nitin Bagmane as an interim chief operating officer (COO) of the company,” Coffee Day Enterprises, which runs India’s biggest coffee chain CCD, said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details It also constituted an executive committee comprising Ranganath, COO Nitin Bagmane and CFO R Ram Mohan “to exercise the powers previously vested with the Chief Executive Officer of the company and the Administrative Committee constituted by the Board in 2015,” it said. “The board will, in due course, prepare a detailed charter of authorities vested in the Executive Committee and approve the same,” the filing said. The Executive Committee will explore opportunities to deleverage the Coffee Day Group, it said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The body of Siddhartha, who had been missing since Monday evening, was found on Wednesday in the Netravati river in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka after 36 hours of intense search, officials said. Siddhartha purportedly wrote a letter indicating he was anxious about pressure from banks, investors and the tax authorities before he went missing. “The board took cognizance of statements in the purported letter from V G Siddhartha relating to financial transactions outside the knowledge of the senior management, auditors and the board. “While the authenticity of the letter is unverified and it is unclear whether these statements pertain to the company or the personal holdings of V G Siddhartha, the board took serious note of the same and resolved to thoroughly investigate this matter,” the filing said. The board expressed its condolences to Siddhartha’s family and resolved to lend its support and expressed full confidence in the company’s management team. “The board also took note of a message from Malavika Hegde expressing support and trust in the company’s professional team and the common effort to look after the interest of the employees and all other stakeholders,” it said. “The board remains deeply committed to safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders, including investors, lenders, employees and customers.” The company said the Audit Committee and Executive Committee will engage in discussions with the statutory auditors of the company and such other advisors as may be necessary with a view to recommend appropriate next steps to the board at its forthcoming meeting on August 8. The board has also appointed Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas as its legal counsel to advise on these matters.
Upcoming events to celebrate Literacy include;September 7th, 2019, Retro Run, For more information; CLICK HERESeptember 8th, 2019, Purple Light up of the Cultural Centre and LibrarySeptember 25th, 2019, Financial Literacy WorkshopSocial Media involvement with #PutYourPurpleOn #Literacy #LiteracyisLife #lLD2019The Fort St. John Literacy Society is dedicated to delivering diverse community programming that promotes literacy and provides learning opportunities in a supportive setting.The Literacy Society shares that literacy impacts every area of modern life such as health care, education, employment and the economy. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – September has been proclaimed as Literacy month in Fort St. John and there are many great reasons to celebrate and support literacy programming in the community.This September’s Province-wide initiative called Literacy is life is a way to raise awareness of the importance of literacy for British Columbians, raise awareness about community-based resources and raise funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives with all funding staying in Fort St. John.
15 May 2008Afghan police and military forces, Taliban insurgents and foreign troops must step up efforts to prevent more civilian casualties, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today, warning that Afghanistan still suffers from large numbers of avoidable killings. Speaking to the press in Kabul after wrapping up an official visit to Afghanistan, Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said that all too often, the perpetrators of such crimes go unpunished. “The fact that there is an armed conflict does not mean that large numbers of such killings can be tolerated,” he said. The Taliban and other anti-Government elements are responsible for the majority of the unlawful killings, he said, with their routine suicide attacks and targeted assassinations. “Real pressure must be put on the Taliban to cease these wanton and brutal killings of civilians. In addition to exposing and condemning these killings, this also means that those concerned with human rights should talk directly with the Taliban, and impress upon them the long-term consequences of committing human rights abuses.” Mr. Alston stressed that while some people believed that speaking with the Taliban would give the group more legitimacy, this was a mistake. “The Taliban exist, they are engaged in widespread killings; we have an obligation not to stand on formalities, but to seek to diminish civilian casualties and killings.”Mr. Alston – who visited Helmand, Kabul, Kandahar, Kunar, Nangarhar, Jowjzan and Parwan provinces on his trip – also said the clear message he received during his many meetings was that neither the Government nor the international community were fulfilling their responsibility to protect Afghans’ right to life. In particular, police members had carried out killings with impunity because the justice system did not hold them to account, with some observers suggesting that stability should take precedence over human rights. “The police are the face of the Government. If they serve and protect the people, the Government will have legitimacy. If they extort, intimidate and kill, the Government will have no legitimacy.” Although international military forces in Afghanistan have made real efforts to respect international human rights and humanitarian law, they had nevertheless reportedly killed as many as 200 civilians this year during joint operations with Afghan security forces. “For all their efforts to abide by international law, the international forces have so far not succeeded in establishing a system which is both transparent and accountable. The international forces need to rise above the maze of overlapping mandates and multiple national systems of military justice and focus on the larger picture.” He called for all the international forces in Afghanistan to make sure that ordinary people could go to military bases and get information on civilian casualties. “When ordinary people make huge efforts to find out who conducted the raid or air strike that killed their loved one, to discover whether an investigation ever took place, or to ascertain whether anyone was prosecuted, they often come away empty-handed, frustrated and bitter. This is counter-productive and must end.” Mr. Alston, who reports to the UN Human Rights Council, serves in an independent and unpaid capacity. During his visit to Afghanistan he spoke with senior Government officials, diplomats, international military commanders, community leaders, elders, victims, witnesses and members of civil society.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today’s appeal will complement national relief efforts and provide support for food, health, nutrition, agriculture and early recovery, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene projects for six months for some 680,000 people living in departments in the eastern section of the country, including the dry corridor – Jutiapa, Santa Rosa, Zacapa, Chiquimula, El Progreso and Baja Verapaz – and the neighbouring Izabal and Quiché.Global acute malnutrition among children under the age of five in the dry corridor and the two neighbouring provinces is at 11 per cent, and at 13 per cent among women of child-bearing age. Both figures are above the emergency threshold of 10 per cent. The dry corridor had faced annual food shortages before, but this year, the situation is exacerbated by a combination of bad weather and bad economics.El Niño-affected rainfall patterns in the country lead to high losses in hillside and subsistence agricultural production. Meanwhile, rising food prices brought on by the global economic crisis, a decrease in remittances, cost increases for agricultural inputs and a decrease in employment opportunities for unqualified labour has led poorer people suffering from decreased capacities to access food and basic services. The situation of Guatemala’s food shortages has received increased international attention. The World Food Programme (WFP) recently held a video competition about the 1 billion people hungry in the world and the two aspiring filmmakers who won the grand prize are heading to Guatemala to highlight the plight of the drought-ridden country’s people. 5 March 2010The United Nations, together with the Guatemalan Government and aid partners, today launched a $34 million appeal to counter food shortages affecting 2.7 million people living in the Central American country’s so-called ‘dry corridor,’ which even before last year’s drought had one of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition in the world.
Wickremesinghe said that 2017 was a crucial year for investments to come in and this would pave the way for Sri Lanka to strengthen itself in the Indian Ocean region.“We want to develop Sri Lanka, especially as an export oriented economy aiming at job creation and income increments,” Wickremesinghe said. The Prime Minister said many international investors were now looking at Sri Lanka as a ideal investment hub. He also said that the government will negotiate a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China and other countries. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that Sri Lanka will go ahead with the proposed Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India.The Prime Minister said that Sri Lanka will first finalise the GSP plus deal with the European Union and then the ETCA agreement with India. He further said that with the Indian Ocean region becoming the fastest growing region in the word, Sri Lanka had to use its strategic location to become a communication center for shipping, airlines. business and expand its markets through FTAs.The Prime Minister also denied reports of any political uncertainty in the country and remained firm that the present National Government would continue to implement all the development projects in order to make Sri Lanka an international hub. (Colombo Gazette)
The course, which will offer successful graduates an academic diploma from the UN – the first of its kind – comprises 10 subjects and 250 hours of instruction.The course has been developed by a group of water experts over three years, with financial support from the UN Development Account, as a method of marking the conclusion of 2003 as the International Year of Freshwater.UNU, which is based in Tokyo, said the curriculum has been designed as an undergraduate course for adult professionals. It is expected that engineers, district managers, government administrators and others responsible for water management will take the course.UNU Rector Prof. Hans van Ginkel said this kind of educational programming is unique.”I can think of no more international issue more fundamentally important than water management to serve as the subject for the first-ever UN University Diploma Program,” he said.Initially the course, which has drawn on materials from more than 60 international sources, will be offered through affiliated institutions in Africa, Asia and the South Pacific, with plans for a subsequent worldwide expansion.Students will access course material by CD-ROM, the Internet or mailed printouts, and will have to successfully complete independent work assignments and examinations. By the end of the course, the students should have completed their own integrated water resource management plan.
HIV/AIDS has already erupted in Papua, New Guinea, and the threat that it could expand in New Zealand and in neighbouring Pacific regions is bigger than ever before said the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) just days before the first international conference on the disease opens in New Zealand.”The global HIV epidemic has no boundaries,” UNAIDS Regional Director, Prasada Rao said. “Pacific Island countries face an urgent challenge to prevent new infections and reinforce HIV and AIDS education programmes” in the region, he added.In New Zealand, there are more people living with HIV than ever before, and if the trend continues it is estimated that 2005 could be a record year in infections, said the agency.More than 450 people are expected to attend the 25 to 28 October joint programme by UNAIDS and the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) being held in Auckland, where key themes will include challenging the silence around AIDS, finding ways to reduce homophobia, encouraging churches to take a leadership role, and working with the realities of the sexual practices in the society, the agency said.”This is the first time that an international HIV and AIDS conference has concentrated on the Pacific region,” NZAF Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier said. “It could not have come at a better time,” she added, and should be “a clarion call to political, community, traditional, and church leaders throughout the Pacific to unite in the fight against this most deadly epidemic.”The conference will feature a strong indigenous voice and will provide a safe forum for many Pacific people living with HIV/AIDS to speak about how the epidemic is affecting them, their families and their countries, UNAIDS said.
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 28, 2013 4:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stocks lose early momentum amid RIM profit-taking, positive Caterpillar earnings TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday, held back by a wave of profit-taking on Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) shares while mining and energy stocks failed to benefit from rising commodity prices.The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 0.71 of a point to 12,815.91, while the TSX Venture Exchange was off 9.36 points at 1,217.88.The Canadian dollar was unchanged at 99.35 cents US. It had earlier flirted with a six-month low around the 99-cent mark.Still, the dollar has tumbled 1.39 cents US since the Bank of Canada indicated last Wednesday that it will be slower to raise interest rates than had been expected because of economic weakness.The dollar has been supported in recent months partly on sentiment that the central bank might hike rates later this year. Data released Friday showing low inflation in Canada at the end of 2012 further suggested that investors will have to wait longer for the central bank to move. Higher rates tend to attract investors and push up the currency.U.S. indexes lost early momentum as a disappointing housing sector report competed with a well received earnings report from heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. and data showing higher than expected durable goods orders in December.The Dow Jones industrials gave back 14.05 point to 13,881.93 as the National Association of Realtors said its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales dropped 4.3 per cent to 101.7 in December. That’s still 6.9 per cent higher than it was a year ago. Sales were held back by a limited supply of available homes.The Nasdaq gained 4.59 points to 3,154.3 and the S&P 500 index was 2.78 points lower at 1,500.18.U.S. durable goods orders rose by a greater than expected 4.6 per cent in December. That was more than double the consensus forecast for a two per cent gain.Caterpillar’s fourth-quarter profit fell 55 per cent to US$697 million, or $1.04 a share. Revenue dropped seven per cent to US$16.08 billion but still beating estimates of $16 billion. Ex-items earnings were $1.91 per share versus expectations of $1.69, and its shares were up 1.96 per cent to US$97.45 in New York.The lacklustre performance on North American markets on Monday followed solid gains through most of January, pushed along by a stronger than expected string of U.S. fourth-quarter earnings reports. The TSX gained 0.7 per cent last week while the Dow industrials ran ahead 1.8 per cent.“The markets are probably a little ahead of themselves, capturing the relief that we didn’t have great protracted political battles in the U.S.,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates, referring to the so-called fiscal cliff and raising the U.S. debt ceiling.“All the while, we know that the U.S. economy is improving (and) China is turning around. And what is most encouraging, we’re seeing fund flows back into equities like we haven’t seen going back more than a decade.”The Canadian corporate earning season kicks into gear this week with some of Canada’s biggest companies reporting.Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) and grocer Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU.A) report earnings results on Tuesday while Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT) and Canadian Oil Sands (TSX:COS) hand in numbers on Thursday.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) unveils its new BlackBerry 10 product line in New York on Wednesday. Its stock has been on a tear lately amid optimism about the new lineup, rising 50 per cent in January and 12 per cent last week alone. However, its stock fell 7.61 per cent to $16.27 Monday on profit-taking.The financial sector was up 0.5 per cent even as Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the long-term senior debt ratings of six big Canadian financial institutions — Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS), CIBC (TSX:CM), TD Bank (TSX:TD), Caisse centrale Desjardins, and National Bank (TSX:NA)— by one notch.Moody’s says the downgrade reflects ongoing concerns about the banks’ exposure to the “increasingly indebted Canadian consumer,” while elevated housing prices have left the banks “more vulnerable to unpredictable downside risks facing the Canadian economy than in the past.”The telecom sector gained 0.82 per cent with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) ahead 76 cents to $47.02 while Telus Corp. (TSX:T) rose 66 cents to $65.69.The gold sector was down about one per cent as February bullion stepped back $3.70 to US$1, an ounce. Au Rico Gold Corp. (TSX:AUQ) shed 16 cents to C$6.96 while Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) faded 22 cents to $8.36.The mining sector also helped depress the TSX, down 0.58 per cent as March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose one cent to US$3.66 a pound. Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) dropped nine cents to C$4.10 and Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) declined 15 cents to $8.25.The energy sector was slightly lower even as oil prices advanced, with the March crude contract ahead 56 cents to US$96.44 a barrel. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) lost 17 cents to C$11.87 while EnCana Corp. (TSX:ECA) dropped 17 cents to $19.54.Economic news will also hopefully provide some direction for traders.In the U.S., the Federal Reserve wraps up its two-day meeting on interest rates Wednesday. No one expects the central bank to move on rates but traders will look for clues as to when the Fed might end its latest round of economic stimulus.The key piece of data for the week comes out Friday. Economists generally expect the U.S. non-farm payrolls report to show that the economy created 153,000 jobs in January, slightly below December’s 155,000 reading.Traders will also take in the latest readings on economic growth in Canada and the U.S. during the week.
FIANNA FÁIL IS to propose a minimum jail term of five years for anyone convicted of assaulting or threatening the life of an emergency worker on duty.The legislation – the Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill 2012 – will be tabled in the Dáil for debate this morning as the first Friday sitting of the new term gets under way.Friday sittings allow opposition parties and backbench TDs to table legislation for debate and today’s bill is being tabled by the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on enterprise Dara Calleary who held the justice portfolio until July.“I believe that anyone who threatens, assaults or causes harm to an on-duty garda, fireman, ambulance worker, nurse or prison officer should feel the full rigour of the law,” the Mayo TD said in a statement.Calleary pointed to figures from the Garda Representative Association which show that there are 800 assaults every year on members of the gardaí alone and he said that they were not the only ones at risk.He continued: “Nurses, members of the fire service and ambulance workers are also at high risk of attack.“We need tougher legislation to crack down on criminals who lash out at the very people who put their own personal safety on the line every day to serve others.”“This is a constructive piece of legislation with minimal cost, but will act as a deterrent against senseless attacks on our frontline emergency workers.”The debate gets under way in the Dáil at 10.30am and you can watch it live here.TGIF: How have the Dáil’s Friday sittings worked out?
Adding a sandbox to Adobe Reader was easily one of the best security moves the company ever made, but it wasn’t the silver bullet that ended all its woes. For example, just days after Adobe issued an out-of-band patch to address critical flaws a new exploit has been discovered — and it’s already being put to bad use by criminals in targeted phishing attacks. That free McAfee Security Scan download Adobe offered you probably isn’t going to offer any real protection here.Security researchers at FireEye spotted the new attack in the wild. After successfully exploiting a vulnerable version of Adobe Reader, the malicious PDF drops its payload: two DLLs that work in tandem. The first causes a bogus error message to be displayed and acts as a misdirect while the other embeds itself on the compromised system and begins phoning home to remote servers. FireEye swiftly reported the exploit to Adobe, which quickly updated its Security Incident Response blog with an acknowledgement.Adobe’s post says that the zero-day is being investigated and that the most recent version of Reader (11.0.1) is indeed vulnerable. The company is moving on to risk assessment and will update the public on its findings.It’s possible FireEye happened upon an isolated incident, but that’s not generally the case with Reader exploits. Once exploits like these prove successful, they tend to spread rapidly. PDF exploits can be particularly nasty since they’re typically linked to intricate social engineering schemes and spearphishing campaigns — like the one that saw RSA compromised last year. Typical these attacks are launched against people with sensitive information to protect, like defense contractors, government agencies, and activists.It’s always best to avoid opening unsolicited and sketchy-sounding PDF files (like waybills from UPS or invoices for things you don’t recall buying), but that’s especially true right now. Until Adobe has taken care of this latest flaw, it’s probably best to preview PDF files with Google’s web-based tool or a free app like Sumatra PDF that isn’t vulnerable.
Image: Shutterstock/RTimages Feb 23rd 2017, 12:07 PM Share167 Tweet Email3 By Gráinne Ní Aodha EATING TEN FRUIT or vegetables a day will give you the greatest chance of reducing your rate of getting a heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death.This is the finding of new research, led by scientists from Imperial College London, which analysed 95 studies on fruit and vegetable intake.The team found that although the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduced disease risk, the greatest benefit came from eating 800g a day (roughly equivalent to ten portions – one portion of fruit or vegetables if defined as 80g).The study, which was a meta-analysis of all available research in populations worldwide, included up to two million people, and assessed up to 43,000 cases of heart disease, 47,000 cases of stroke, 81,000 cases of cardiovascular disease, 112,000 cancer cases and 94,000 deaths.In the research, which is published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the team estimate approximately 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide could be potentially prevented every year if people ate 10 portions, or 800g, of fruit and vegetables a day.Read: The new food pyramid: More fruit and veg, fewer carbohydrates (and no white bread)Read: ‘It’s the future’: Restaurants and cafés are cracking down on smoking outside You need to eat 10 fruit and veg a day to avoid serious illnesses, study says The previous five-a-day still reduces risk, but the number to aim for is actually double that amount. 17,567 Views http://jrnl.ie/3254383 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/RTimages Short URL Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 12:07 PM 53 Comments
Following the senate resignations of Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, and the forced departure of cabinet minister Matt Canavan, it seems that the political careers of over 40 MPs could be affected, as could the government’s majority. While the dual citizenship saga widens, publications looking into the heritage of more than 20 members of the House of Representatives who have spoken of their migrant heritage are fuelling concerns.There are 23 other Australian MPs and senators who were born overseas, all of whom have stated to the press that they comply with the constitution’s citizenship requirements and nearly half of them went as far as to make public clarifications regarding having denounced their country of birth. These include Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Trade Minister Steven Ciobo, Liberal MP Julia Banks, deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek, Labor MP Steve Georganas, and most recently Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou. When asked by Neos Kosmos, the Labor Party MPs referred us to their party’s official response while Julia Banks declared that she is “a true blue Australian”.Canberra is now questioning even ethnic lineage and steps taken by MPs to renounce even countries of ancestral origin as in some cases, politicians state ignorance of their rights to second citizenship which could have been claimed by their parents. The government is currently directing responsibility to state divisions of both major parties, while also quietly encouraging its members to ensure their citizenship rights pertain exclusively to Australia.Labor had already issued reassurances saying it worked “closely with all our candidates to ensure that their nomination is sound and compliant with the constitution,” which clearly states that no person can be capable of election to parliament who is a foreign citizen “or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power,” according to acting national secretary, Paul Erickson. “This is a critical part of our nomination processes,” he said, adding: “We are confident that every member of the Labor caucus has been properly elected.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram