MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgA couple of days spent in Amman, Jordon at the Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security were intriguing, engaging and inspiring. Over five hundred youths expressed their commitments to live in a peaceful global society and endorsed a universal declaration known as the Amman Youth Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security.Across our world, we see insecurity, inequality and growing divides among nations, groups, societies, tribes and even families. Here in Liberia, the challenges are all too glaring; there is a rise in corruption, cronyism and the lack of equal opportunity for young people. While young people are not directly responsible for creating these problems, they are both directly and indirectly affected by the aftermath and consequences of these problems of poverty, inequality, unemployment and even poor quality of education.During our dialogue among peace messengers, we concluded that the biggest cost of corruption and cronyism by way of bribery, embezzlement, nepotism and favoritism is any government ‘s biggest loss because with it goes the loss of trust and confidence of the electorate; disenchantment of young people, potential investors and anger and frustration of the general populace.In addressing the issues of poverty, corruption and cronyism, governments should leave no one in doubt of its zero tolerance policy against corruption. We cannot afford to have double standards. The fight against elements of progress and national development will be won or lost based on how government handles its engagement with young people and their roles in a comprehensive master plan for peace and security.Young people have no stake in issues that tend to ignore them. Consequently, government must recognize the role of young people in peace and nation building initiatives. It is never enough to have young people as tokens of representation. The issue of corruption and corrupt practices need not be catastrophe. The question now, is how we, as young people, act. In our quest for results, we are reminded by the words of the UN Secretary General-Ban ki Moon, when he said “… let us stand with millions of people across the world who are suffering the devastating impact of violence and conflict. Let us share ideas and plans for helping and supporting them in their time of dire need.”The work of Messengers of Peace (MOP) – Liberia would not be possible without the active and meaningful involvement of young people and without an engaging partnership with peace loving individuals, groups and organizations. It is the coordinated network of people that helps to alleviate poverty, eradicate corruption and cronyism as well as reduce violence among young people.Next month 21 September 2015, the International Day of Peace (IPD) would be observed around the world and MOP- Liberia would use this platform to officially launch the Amman Youth Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security. The four cardinal points of the youth declaration focusing on youth participation and leadership in issues of peace and security, Youth preventing violence and building peace; Gender equality and young people’s socio-economic empowerment would be our priority in the months ahead.Until next week, when we come to you dialogues among peace messengers: “Partnership for Peace-Dignity for All-Part 1”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Oil discovery bringing back skilled workers – PS

first_imgInt’l Public Service DayWith the discovery of oil, production of which is set to being by 2020, skilled workers who would have left Guyana are returning to take up available jobs.This is according to Permanent Secretary Reginald Brotherson of the Department of Public Service; who said that over the years, skilled workers would have migrated, but since the discovery of oil here, many of those now resident overseas are “eyeing” the available opportunities to return home.Executive Director of the Public Service Staff College, retired Colonel Lawrence PaulPermanent Secretary in the Department of Public Service, Reginald Brotherson“The brain drain: they are coming back and they’re coming back to get jobs they expect would be available. So that is why we, as public servants, need to keep our jobs and strive for excellence,” he urged.Brotherson made the pronouncement at the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) International Public Service Day luncheon.The United Nations has designated June 23 of every year as International Public Service Day; and to commemorate this day, the Guyana Public Service Union hosted a luncheon to honour those in the public sector. Public Service Day is observed under the theme ‘The future is now; accelerating public service innovation for the agenda 2030.’“Public Service Day is dedicated to a number of things, one being to celebrate the value and virtues of public service to the community, highlight the contribution of public service in the development process, and recognize the work of public servants; and to encourage young people to pursue careers in the public service,” Brotherson said.Speaking at the event, Executive Director of the Public Service Staff College, retired Colonel Lawrence Paul, said there are still many issues within the public service, but he noted that the college is one way of addressing those.The college, which started under President David Granger, seeks to provide training for all persons entering the public service, to ensure effective functioning and smooth delivery of service.“We recognize that public service as the engine of the executive must be efficient…and the services provided by this arm of the state, which runs the state actually, must be accessible in all regions in a modern way, which includes technology and innovation,” Paul added.He also stressed that public servants, despite their political persuasions, must be loyal to the government of the day.Paul said that the mission of the college is to develop public servants with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to meet the everyday challenges, while performing their duties efficiently and effectively.He noted that this can only be achieved through providing and designing a wide range of quality training based on the needs of the public service, and to provide development opportunities to improve the capabilities of individuals within the sector.Over the years, the public sector has been criticized for its sloth in the delivery of services, which public servants always blamed on underpayment.last_img read more

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GAA: COLAISTE INIS EOGHAIN IN ULSTER COLLEGES ACTION

first_imgColaisti Inis Eoghain v Omagh CBSAt The Scarvey, Buncrana.Referee – Mr Shaun McLaughlinDonegal is still gripped in football fever as a result of Donegal’s All Ireland victory over two weeks ago, as Ulster Colleges Football makes a welcome return to The Scarvey in Buncrana on Tuesday afternoon when Colaisti Inis Eoghain entertain Tyrone side Omagh CBS in a crucial Group A game which will help to determine quarter final places in the Rannafast Cup. Inis Eoghain recorded a good victory over Our Lady’s Castleblaney in their opening game played in Omagh and followed up with a similar result last week when they travelled to Cookstown and defeated St Colman’s, from Newry, by seven points. Having already secured their place in the quarter finals, they now know a win will see them top the group which would see them paired against the runners up in Group C in two weeks time. They will however avoid St Eunans who have also qualified for the quarterfinals for the first time in twenty-six years, an indication of the standard of the competition. The Inishowen boys side have really gelled together and made good progress since they defeated St Pats Maghera in their very first game over two years ago in the Corn na nOg Cup and they also performed very well in last season’s Brock Cup, before losing out in the Shield quarter final.Already a number of players have featured on the Donegal U15 Development squad and several more were members of the successful Donegal U16 side, which captured the Buncrana Cup during the summer. Players such as Peter Doherty, Ultan Doherty, Darren Gallagher, Georgie Kelly, Tony McCleneghan, Sean McHugh, Caolan Mailey and John Campbell are all destined for a bright future as a result of their involvement with Colaisti Inis Eoghain under the supervision of Gary Duffy and his dedicated backroom team.Omagh however have a proud footballing tradition in colleges football and will be no pushover in this game, boasting a side which won the Corn na nOg two years ago but lost out in The Nannery and Dalton Cup finals last year before reaching the Brock Cup semi final which they lost to St Pats of Cavan. Player to keep an eye on, some of which are sure to figure in Tyrone teams in the future are, Rion McKenna, Aiden Fullerton, Shane McGuigan, Andrew McGrath, Gavin Slane, Aidan McSorley, Padraig McGirr and hotshot Patrick O’Neill who is capable of scoring points on either side of the park.The late afternoon throw in time of 4.00 pm should help to bring a few parents and supporters from the schools along to the game and witness for themselves the level of football these boys are now playing at and also see the progress made as a result of an initiative which began as far back as 2009. Colaisti Inis Eoghain: Jamie Barr, Tommy Byrne, Peter Doherty, Stephen O Donnell, Ultan Doherty, Darren Gallagher, Darragh Browne, Georgie Kelly, Tony McCleneghan, Mark Coyle, Sean McHugh, Christopher McLaughlin, Caolan Mailey, John Campbell, Joshua Lafferty, Christopher McCormick, Ronan Hartin, Ryan Doherty, Danny McCarron, John Collins, Jonathan McDaid, Ryan McLaughlin, Phil Brennan,Thursday 11th October 12.30 pmUlster Colleges – Danske BankCorn na nOg Cup – Group AColaisti Inis Eoghain v St Patrick’s CavanAt Killyclogher, Referee Stephen McNameeThis will be a journey into the unknown for another young Colaisti Inis Eoghain side as they make their debut in the Danske Bank, Corn na nOg Cup. Ryan Davenport from Carndonagh is the man in charge this year and Neil Toye, Martin Mailey and Damian McIntyre will assist him. Training has been going well since they came together at the end of August and the boys have recorded wins in two challenge games to date. Some the successful Naomh Padraig U12 and U13 side are likely to feature, but all seven clubs and four schools help to form a large panel for this competition.The boys will have been encouraged by the success of previous teams over the past two years and the buzz around Inishowen since Donegal’ All Ireland triumph will have done them no harm either. The management team have been impressed by the commitment shown by the players so fare, but it is all about development for the future and indications are that another group of Inishowen players are indeed on track.Colaisti Inis Eoghain: Matty Porter, Noel McLaughlin, Tiernan Devine, James Monagle, Nathan McLarkey, PJ Walker, Mathew McDermott, Chris O’Donnell, Padraig McCarron, Oisin McGonigle, Shane McColgan, Ruaidhri McCarron, Niall Kelly, Sean Winston, James Breslin, Dermot Doherty, Sean Murray, Fergal Gallagher, Michael Doherty (T), Conor Browne, Joe Doherty, Ciaran Bradley, Denver Kelly, Josh Ardbuckle, Aaron (G) Doherty, Callum (Bobby) Porter, Ethan O’Kane, Cathal McLaughlin, Christopher McKinley, Pauric Gillan, Christopher Doherty, Kyle Dougal, Declan Diver, Ciaran Bonner, Gareth Foynes, Conor Quigley, Ben Doherty.GAA: COLAISTE INIS EOGHAIN IN ULSTER COLLEGES ACTION was last modified: October 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: COLAISTE INIS EOGHAIN IN ULSTER COLLEGES ACTIONlast_img read more

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49ers’ Kendrick Bourne rises with ‘legendary’ push from Kwon Alexander

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Kendrick Bourne is the first 49ers teammate Kwon Alexander met when he arrived in March’s free agency. That first impression: Alexander knew he found a kindred spirit, and a star-in-the-making to mentor.“He has the same energy I have and we’ve been tight since then,” Alexander said. “He’s getting better and better, and I’m happy for him. He’s doing great. He’s doing legendary.”That word legendary is Alexander’s go-to in any interview, a personalized stamp that carried over to …last_img

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The Root Route

first_imgWhy don’t roots push a plant right out of the ground?  It’s a question only a scientist or an 8-year-old kid would ask.  The answer is more amazing than either would have realized.  Root hairs feel their way around obstacles and find the openings, in the dark, by means of a complex interplay of proteins and signaling molecules.  The story is told in Science Daily.    Production of a protein called RHD2 at the tips of root hairs is controlled by a self-reinforcing cycle.  Obstacles break the cycle and allow growth in another direction.  “This remarkable system gives plants the flexibility to explore a complex environment and to colonise even the most unpromising soils,” said Professor Liam Dolan at the John Innes Centre in Norwich.  “It also explains how seedlings are able to grow so quickly once they have established.”From the humblest weed to the most magnificent tree, plants are improbable wonders.  Their roots can conquer soils hard as rock and their stems can crack granite.  Roots pump nutrients and water from deep underground to the top needles of a redwood nearly 350 feet in the sky.  How can such things be?  We are only beginning to understand.    To view a plant at the macroscopic level is to miss most of its wondrous operations.  Adolescent students do science projects with bean seeds.  They watch the roots go down and the stems go up.  It seems perfectly natural.  Why should it look natural?  Rocks and pebbles and other lifeless things don’t typically push against gravity or grow downward through a junkyard of obstacles.  Life goes against the natural grain of the laws of physics (e.g., gravity) only by capturing energy and harnessing it with programmed controls that build and operate molecular machines and perfectly-adapted building materials.    Students observe root hairs through their cheap microscopes.  They seem like nothing particularly special or interesting.  Adding the temporal dimension with time-lapse cameras creates a little more interest.  But without modern biology’s improved techniques for observing things at the microscopic and nanoscopic levels, who would have imagined what really goes on in those tiny root hairs?  There is more designed complexity in the weed growing through a sidewalk crack than in the textbook that catalogs it.  Try not to feel guilty when pulling, poisoning or hacking the weeds in your garden today.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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2010 legacy for SA school kids

first_img1 March 2010For a thousand school children in the small town of Mogwase in South Africa’s North West province, excellence on the sportsfield and in the classroom has paid off handsomely.Lying in the valley just outside Rustenburg, the Holy Family Combined School became the first in the country to benefit from the 2010 Fifa World Cup legacy when 2010 Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan and Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke officiated at a sod-turning at the school.The event marked the first day of work on the first of 52 football turfs that will be built in each of South Africa’s nine provinces to ensure that the hosting of the World Cup will leave a lasting legacy of decent sporting infrastructure for South Africa’s youngsters.For 17-year-old student Lerato Seboka, the event was also about uplifting her community.Bringing people together“Not everyone has these opportunities,” Seboka said. “This will also bring the people from our different communities together. And it will give people the opportunity to express themselves as well as their potential and their talent.“Sixty percent of our community is made up of the youth, and if we can change the youth we can change our community,” she said.The project – an initiative of the Organising Committee’s legacy department – received a R170-million rand donation from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, which will cover the cost of building the first 27 sites. So far, one site has been identified in each of South Africa’s nine provinces.A hub for sport and community developmentEach site will get a clubhouse, ablution facilities, training lights and security fencing, with the aim being to turn each site into a hub for sport and community development.“After the last game has been played, we don’t want to say thank you South Africa, you have been a good host, goodbye,” Valcke told the children who gathered on the school field.“We want to make sure we can give to each African country an assurance that in the future there will be football leagues and football academies,” he said, before announcing that every child at the school would receive a ticket to watch a World Cup match at the nearby Royal Bafokeng stadium.Jordaan encouraged the community of Mogwase to take pride in the project and to look after football turf.‘Do it in the spirit of the World Cup’“When you play here, you must remember that there are other youngsters all over the world playing on similar pitches. And when you do anything, you must do it in the spirit of the World Cup. Whatever you are doing, always pursue it in the best way you can,” he said.Elana Msimang, 15, said she felt privileged that her school – which achieved a 100% pass rate last year – was chosen as the site for the first of many football pitches.“We now have a safe place to play soccer,” Msimang said. “We are the best performing school in our area, and that is why we get opportunities like this.”For Goitsemang Molotlegi, 16, the Fifa World Cup will provide the opportunity to see some of his favourite players.“I am a Portugual fan, but I have to support South Africa,” Molotlegi said. “I am behind South Africa all the way, they are our team. “I think South Africa have been given a chance to prove themselves.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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Listening In on Building Science Discussions in Maine

first_imgEach month in Portland, Maine, a group of building professionals gathers for an evening of serious Building Science banter. The topic is either focused on a specific aspect of building science or opens up a lively discussion of what a Pretty Good House (PGH) would do in our cold climate of Maine. (For more information on the Building Science Discussion Group in Maine, check out the links in the “Related Articles” box, below.)There is usually no consensus and definitely no set of metrics etched in stone. Everyone seems to learn something and make good networking connections. Often, people leave with more questions than they came with, and a beer or two in their belly.I’m Jason Peacock of Maine Green Building Supply, and I’ll try to recapture a recent evening as best I can. MacBeth (and building science) doth murder sleepDan Kolbert ended the evening by saying, “Building Science is a good excuse to never sleep again.”In summary, Wayne was very grateful for the time and advice shared by everyone. I think (maybe) that he left with some definitive answers to some of his questions. But I’ll also bet that he left with more questions than he arrived with – and therein lies the devil of building science.Till next month… High school students will be building a modular homeThe next discussion topic was the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology’s Vocational School Rotary House Project 2013. (Images #3, 4, and 5, below, show some details and plans.)Essentially, the school provides educational opportunities to high school students who build a house over a two-year period. They have two houses going at a time, with each house having two modules. The house is sold on the open market, so when they start building the house, they have no idea who the homeowner will be or where the home will end up.Wayne Hapgood is the teacher. Wayne initially talked about the inherent constraints which determine the design and process:A modular home, with each module 12 feet wideHeight must be less than 13’6”The house is built outdoors and must continuously stay weathertightBuilding envelope details needs to reflect current building “norms”Budget is a major factorThe house is built by teenagers.Wayne acknowledged that he was very brave to bring this project to the Building Science Discussion Group, knowing how knowledgeable and forward-thinking the group was regarding wall details and construction processes. He said that he was here with an open mind and was excited to learn.He also mentioned that over the last twenty years, the more he learned about building science, the less he felt he knew.He shared his current set of plans. He wanted advice on what to do better. He mentioned that working with 17-year-olds on a construction project is challenging, and that lessons needed to be hands-on and easy to understand. A majority of the students in his class have parents and family in the trades, so what they do in this class will definitely be discussed at the dinner table with dear old Dad.He mentioned that he’d like to know more about air sealing. Choosing rigid foamLiz Newman stressed that they should be using Advanced Framing techniques — an approach that allows builders to eliminate a portion of the wood normally used in framing. This saves money and allows for more insulation in the wall.Chris Briley of BriBurn Architecture (formerly Green Design Studio) discussed the differences between XPS (with its questionable fire retardant chemicals) and Thermax (a brand of polyiso). He suggested considering two layers of rigid foam with taped, staggered seams. Since rigid foam almost eliminates drying to the outside, it’s important to facilitate drying to the interior.Someone mentioned that recycled polyiso can be purchased from the Insulation Depot in Massachusetts. There was a brief discussion about dew-point calculations, and Wayne mentioned that he was concerned about condensation in the wall cavity. Someone mentioned a standard of 1:2 ratio of outside foam to inside cavity insulation, and then Chris Briley mentioned that the correct ratio was a 2:1 outside foam to inside cavity insulation. This would hint that more foam should be used on the outside to avoid having the possibility of condensation in the wall cavity. (For more information on this topic, see Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing.)Dan Kolbert recommended following the Airtight Drywall Approach. Wayne was very interested. I mentioned that it’s important to hang your drywall on the ceiling, mud, tape and paint, before you build your interior partitions.There was a discussion about trying to get more insulation in the ceiling by field constructing a proper vented channel in-between the rafters instead of having the foam on the face of the rafters. This would enable thicker amounts of insulation near the eves. Several people were concerned that during transport the foam to air seal the ceiling may crack. Siga tape may be a better option. Reports from the NESEA conferenceThe evening started with a round of introductions among the approximately 30 or 40 attendees. This was followed by a brief discussion regarding things seen at the Building Energy 13 conference in Boston the week prior. RELATED ARTICLES Steve’s GarageVisiting Energy-Smart Designers and Builders in MaineThe Pretty Good HouseThe Pretty Good House, Part 2The Pretty Good House: A Better Building Standard? Pros Benefit from Building Science Discussion Group How many blower door tests?Liz Newman said that she recommends doing five blower-door tests during the construction process and that it is such a good educational tool to embed air sealing into their way of thinking.There was a discussion about street orientation, and Wayne again mentioned that the design is not that fluid because they don’t know where the house is going when they start to build it.One builder mentioned that he’d recommend spray foaming near rafter tails after all the ProperVents were installed to make sure that it was airtight. He thought that the spray foam would help stiffen up the whole module for moving.Regarding the cavity insulation, the group was unanimous on getting the fiberglass batts out and using something else like blown-in cellulose. Charlie Huntington of I&S Insulation offered to lend the project his cellulose blower. Many people agreed that this would still be within the students’ abilities and that the house would perform a lot better.Wayne mentioned that he’d built his own house just five years ago and that he wishes he knew then what he knows now. Dan Kolbert similarly said that he can’t bear to go to any house he’d build over six months ago, because things are progressing so rapidly now in high-performance building.It was recommended that they still have Panasonic WhisperGreen fans in the bathrooms to help mitigate moisture in addition to the ERV or HRV. And with that it was a wrap. Envelope and ventilation detailsThe proposed wall construction will be a 2×6 wall with fiberglass batts and 1 1/2 inch of exterior Thermax foam (because it’s cheaper and has a better R-value that alternatives). The wall has no vapor barrier so that it can dry to the interior. The home will have an ERV (energy recovery ventilator).The ceiling has a 1/2-inch layer of rigid foam that is sealed at the perimeters with a small hand-held foam gun. The wall is R-31 and the ceiling R-51. (There will be 13 inches of cellulose above the 1/2 inch of foam).The roof is vented at the eaves and the ridge. One additional note: the students don’t assemble the two modules together, the buyer does. That means that the quality of the final air sealing job will be uncertain.Dan Kolbert mentioned that if the buyer is responsible for assembling the modules, then they should be presented with a checklist for air sealing properly.Tim Spang of Spang Builders in Kennebunkport agreed that air sealing was very critical. Tim, along with his son Clayton and project manager Norm, are all graduates of Biddeford’s vocational school. He said that over the years he’s hired 30 to 40 students from this program. He mentioned that they are currently in the process of building a net-zero house, with the aim of achieving a blower-door test result of 1.0 ach50 or lower. He said that they learned a lot on their most recent house, but hadn’t really been keenly focusing on air sealing in the past. He stressed how important it would be for him when hiring new staff to know that they were learning what is cutting-edge for our future, not just the norm.Diane Milliken of Horizon Maine brought up the fact that Keiser Homes, a modular builder in Maine, has done a really impressive job of air sealing their homes. She also mentioned that she’s worked with Westbrook Vocational School, and their double-stud wall project almost achieved the Passivhaus standard. She felt that the students were more interested because they felt they were on the cutting edge.Jim Godbout of Godbout Heating and Plumbing offered to donate his blower-door equipment to make sure the air sealing was done effectively. Dan Kolbert, a builder and our usual moderator, mentioned that he’d listened to presentations on research on a variety of heating strategies for small spaces, and whether or not leaving the bedroom doors open or closed made a big difference. The recommendations focused on simplifying overall heating systems and delivery.Liz Newman, an architect, mentioned that she’d been to a presentation about net zero buildings. The presentation focused on the big picture: “scaling up” for net zero cities, and how the Passivhaus standard will play a more prominent role in construction in the next ten years.Steve Konstantino, our host and the owner of Maine Green Building Supply, mentioned that this year’s expo had more of a spotlight on building envelope products and less on solar energy than in past years. There seemed to be an abundance of triple-pane windows and products, like Siga tapes, to assist in achieving Passivhaus and net-zero standards. HRVs versus ERVsI mentioned that if they were planning on drying to the inside, they’d be better off with an HRV instead of an ERV, and that an HRV would do better mitigating moisture from the house. Their plan was to not have bathroom fans and have the ERV pull stale humid air from the bathrooms.The next few minutes felt like a highly contested Senate debate with finger-pointing protests and spit-flying disagreements. You could say that not everyone agreed with me, and that for some reason there are still plenty of people, who will remain nameless, that still use ERVs in our cold climate.Dan Kolbert (at this point acting like the Speaker of the House) said, “If I hear ERV one more time, I’m ending the discussion group.” Maybe the ERV vs. HRV debate will be our next BSDG topic. Let the rotten tomatoes fly!last_img read more

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Quick Tip: Saving Lumetri Color Presets in Premiere Pro

first_imgStep 3: Save the Lumetri PresetOnce you’re happy with the way your color grade looks, it’s time to save the preset. Simply select the Lumitri Color effect in the effect panel, right click, and select Save Preset. In the popup window, name your new effect, select scale, and hit OK. When naming your presets, it’s best to use good adjectives so you can easily recall the preset in the future. Step 4: Access the New Effect in the Effects/Preset BrowserYour new effect can now be found in the Effects/Presets Browser under the Presets folder. You’ll notice that your new preset will also have a small colored thumbnail with a quick example of the preset in action.Have any tips for creating color presets in Premiere? Share in the comments below. Lumetri Color presets are a great way to save your favorite color grading looks for later. Learn more about the process with this Premiere Pro Quick Tip.The Lumetri Color panel and effects are one of the best things to happen to Premiere Pro and After Effects in a while. Using the interface, video editors and motion graphic designers can easily save and share color presets for later. In the following tutorial, we’ll take a look at how to save Lumetri Color presets in Premiere Pro. If you’re more of a reader, you can simply follow the step-by-step instructions below the video tutorial.Step 1: Apply the Lumetri EffectBefore you can save a Lumetri preset, you need to make sure your footage has the Lumetri Color effect already applied to it. The Lumetri Color effect can be found in the effects browser. Simply drag and drop it onto your footage.If you don’t see the Lumetri Color panel immediately, simply navigate to Window>Lumetri Color.center_img Step 2: Customize the EffectCustomize the Lumetri effect to your liking. The important thing to remember is that highly compressed footage will be much more difficult to color grade than less-compressed footage. Look out for noise… just because your clip looks fine on an individual frame doesn’t mean it will look great when you play it back.last_img read more

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Cinematography Techniques: A Complete Guide to Product Shots

first_imgFirst, no matter what kind of ad you’re creating, you need to consider the product. By that I mean consider every aspect of the product. Is it a liquid? A solid? What’s it made out of? How will light react to it? What sort of overall tone does it inspire?For the iced tea commercial, the key ingredient for a good-looking shot was the set. The background has to work with the product as part of the overall tone. So, in this example, Todd built his own tabletop, which is basically just a bunch of boards screwed together without legs. (Cover it with polyurethane so the surface provides some reflection and a bit of shine.)Another important detail: just because the object you’re shooting is translucent (like liquid or glass), simply pointing a light at it will do nothing for you. You have to light for the reflections. For the perfume bottle, you can see in the video that you can get good reflections with an acrylic sheet. This creates the appearance of a mirror-like surface that gives the whole a shoot a mysterious vibe, which, for perfume, is what we want. Play around with different color temperatures, depending on what colors you’re working with and what colors you want to bring out of the object.For objects that won’t yield a good reflection, it’s important to use a diffused top light so that you adequately cover the surface of the entire object. For the backlight, feel free to mix up the colors and pick whichever color looks best. In this case, the flashlight is on diamond plate that you can find at any hardware store.This fits the tone of the product. So, for your own work, create a scene appropriate to the brands and the products you’re shooting.For more cinematography tips and tricks, check out some of our past tutorials:How to Instantly Fog or Haze Your Next Outdoor ShotProduction Tips for Lighting Your Next Interview ShootCamera Lenses 101: When to Choose Wide or TelephotoHow To Properly Expose An Image: Understanding ISOBack To Basics: Capturing Crane Shots Using a Jib In our latest cinematography guide, we take a look at how to light, shoot, and design your next product photo or video shoot.Some of the most challenging-yet-lucrative work a videographer or filmmaker can get is shooting products. It involves taking pictures and capturing video of different products, usually for corporate clients or small businesses. These types of shoots are simple by nature, but in order to blow your clients away and give them professional-quality videos, you have to know what you’re doing. With a few lighting tricks, some compositional awareness, and careful background direction, your product videos will stand out from the rest — ensuring repeat gigs. Let’s take a look at how it’s done.last_img read more

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Goa priest gets bail

first_imgMangueshi temple priest Dhanajay Bhave, who was remanded in police custody for two days on Tuesday was on Thursday released on conditional bail. The priest has been accused of molesting two girls inside the Mangueshi temple in South Goa in two separate incidents in June this year. The IO of Ponda police station, Harish Madkaikar, told The Hindu on Thursday evening that the court had released Mr. Bhave on a bond of ₹30,000 and a personal surety.He has been given a conditional bail which include presenting himself for police investigation, reporting police station, not to leave the State without the knowledge of the court, etc.“ Our probe is on and once investigation is completed, we will file the charge sheet”, Police Inspector Madkaikar said.Mr. Bhave was absconding for over a month, ever since the first molestation case was filed on July 19 and even before his anticipatory bail plea could be heard. Additional Sessions and District Court in Ponda had rejected both of his anticipatory bail applications. The Bombay High Court at Goa too rejected his bail pleas on August 16, following which the police issued a lookout notice. He surrendered in the JMFC Court in Ponda on Tuesday and was remanded in police custody for two days.Mr. Bhave was booked in two separate cases under Section 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.The victims, a Goan-origin student studying medicine in the U.S. and a Mumbai-based Goan girl, had lodged separate police complaints accusing the priest of molesting them by hugging and kissing them near the sanctum sanctorum of the Mangueshi temple, while they were on a temple visit and while their parents were praying.Before approaching the police, the complainants had approached the Manguesh Devasthan Committee, which had said that it could not find any dependable evidence to establish a prima facie case against Bhave and had advised the victims and their parents to approach “appropriate authority” with their complaints.The priest stands suspended from temple’s services following FIRs registered against him by police.last_img read more

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