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How to Create a Harry Potter-Inspired Flashback in After Effects

first_imgHow It’s DoneMany of the scenes from the Harry Potter sequence are in slow-motion, and I find that using slow-motion footage will yield a better result.Step 1Import your footage into After Effects, create a new composition, and add the Transform effect from the Distort category in the effects library. You may be thinking “Lewis, why don’t we just open the transform options on the clip itself?” As you can see below, the skew is not among the basic transform options.Step 2Since we will be distorting the footage beyond its standard aspect ratio, we’re going to see beyond the contents of the video — meaning a black matte. Therefore, we’re going to have to increase the scale slightly. I’ve set mine to 115. Since we’re distorting the footage, you don’t have to worry too much about losing the clarity of your image. By default, the skew is vertical and not horizontal, so we also need to change the axis to 90°.Step 3Select the keyframe stopwatch, head to the timeline, and press U after selecting your clip. You should now see the keyframe timeline for that effect. How far you want to skew your footage and how fast you want the skew to switch position depends entirely on the effect you’re going for. In the Harry Potter footage, the effect is predominantly slow and minimal.Therefore, I’ve set my first keyframe at 15, which will skew the composition to the right, and then three seconds in, I’ve set another keyframe at minus 15, and this repeats for the shot. Finally, you want to change the keyframe to an Easy Ease keyframe, so the transition from left to right isn’t abrupt. PointersI found that if you skew the footage in the direction of the on-screen action, it offers a more pleasing result. For example, using my footage below, I skewed the footage to the right when the young girl threw the rock in that direction.Given the unique effect, achieving the look is surprisingly simple. If you refer to the Deathly Hallows sequence, you can see that the filmmakers increased the skew when the shot was a close-up and reduced the effect on wide shots. Secondly, they also didn’t repeat the skew using the same repetition throughout the entire sequence. In some shots, the footage skewed from left to right, then on the cut, the next shot skews from left to right again. But hey, that’s how the filmmakers behind Harry Potter did it — you can give it your own touch.For my sequence, I’ve added Trapcode’s Starglow to the highlights for a more otherworldly feel, but I’m happy with how trippy the skew makes the footage look. Need a flashback sequence for your next project? Take a page out of the Harry Potter playbook with this After Effects walk-through.Fantasy and sci-fi genre films are often at the forefront of new and exciting filmmaking techniques for portraying a different reality. While a lot of these techniques are unique to these genre films, sometimes we can take a new idea for something like a flashback sequence and give it our own spin.In Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, we were treated to this beautiful sequence:It’s the scene that — spoilers — proceeds Snape’s death, and Harry takes a vial of Snape’s tears to the Pensieve to review his former nemesis’s memories. One of the takeaway effects from this sequence is the ink drop transition, which became a hot effect to try and replicate.However, one of my favorite elements from the sequence is how they display the memories. A tried-and-true device for flashbacks is to use a bloom or glow to represent the past; however, in this sequence, due to how Harry is viewing the memories (in the Pensieve’s water), there is an organic movement to the footage that the filmmakers added in post-production.After some analysis, it looks similar to a moving-water effect. There are three methods (that I can think of) at work here: skewing, rotation, and digital zoom. (Although the last two are used sparingly, it’s primarily the skewing of the footage that gives the sequence its unique, watery feel.)Recently, after watching the sequence, I combed through my After Effects effect library searching for the distortion tool that would give me the same effect, as I assumed it surely wouldn’t be as easy as animating the skew, but, well, it is.Kind of. Let’s start with this image.center_img Cover image via Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros.).Looking for more After Effects tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Video Tutorial: Create a Callout Graphic in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Create Anime Speed Lines in After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Fine-Tune Keyframes in Adobe After EffectsHow to Make 3D Split-Depth Videos in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Morph Graphics Using Adobe After Effectslast_img read more

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Get your kid moving

first_imgRegular workouts not only keep those extra kilos off your kid, they also keep her sharp. Those with better fitness levels were found to have a bigger hippocampus-a brain structure associated with learning and memory.So, the higher the fitness level, the better the memory and therefore, academic performance too. The best way to make her move is to enroll her in some kind of organised sport like tennis, basketball, etc. Also, make sure she runs about at the playground instead of sitting and chatting.last_img

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London Olympics: Tyler Clary wins gold in 200m backstroke swimming

first_imgUSA’s Tyler Clary won gold in a new Olympic record in the men’s 200m backstroke at London Olympics on Thursday. Clary, the fastest qualifier for the final, clocked 1 minute, 53.41 seconds in a tight finish on Thursday.”I stuck to my guns and I was able to come by in those last few 15 metres and get my hand on the wall,” Clary said.”That was the perfect race I swam tonight, it couldn’t have gone any better.”Japanese champion Ryosuke Irie, who won gold in the 100m event, claimed the silver in 1:53.78, while Ryan Lochte of the US won bronze in 1:53.94.Lochte, the favourite for gold, had led for most of the race but got tired in the final straight.last_img

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Matthew Wright stays upbeat after Phoenix loss to Ginebra

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem But that, too, does not faze Wright.If anything, he feels this affords him the learnings his team sorely needs for the steeper trek ahead which is the playoff round.“You know, more than anything, I’m trying to find the silver lining, this really prepared us for the playoffs—what the playoff atmosphere is like with the crowd, with the intensity,” Wright said.“I’m proud of the guys that we fought. We were up almost the whole game but a couple of breakdowns—my part defensively—were very costly.Phoenix, a relatively young team in the PBA, absorbed only its second loss in the Philippine Cup. They now set their sights on their final assignment in the elimination round which is a date with defending champion San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix Fuel Masters. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix Pulse’s Matthew Wright squandered a chance to send the game against Ginebra into overtime, but the FuelMasters marksman said the missed shot—along with the lapses he made throughout Sunday’s 100-97 loss on Sunday night—aren’t going to weigh him down.For starters, it wasn’t that heartbreaking of a defeat.ADVERTISEMENT “We felt like we shot ourselves in the foot, There were a couple of calls that didn’t go our way that were unfortunate but it’s basketball,” Wright told reporters.“It wasn’t that tough of a loss. We’re not gonna let that emotionally affect us. They’re a good team and we have had a good season so far,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAfter a whirlwind of buckets and lead changes, Phoenix—the No. 1 team in the all-Filipino conference—suddenly saw themselves playing catchup late in the game.The FuelMasters’ inability to clamp down on Ginebra in the dying seconds cost them a chance at securing the first twice-to-beat privilege. “I feel like more important than our record right now is us getting better and becoming more cohesive as a team the next couple of weeks before playoffs,” Wright said.The FuelMasters tangle with the Beermen on Saturday at Panabo Multi-Purpose Tourism, Sports & Cultural Center in Davao del Norte.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief View commentscenter_img MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Isa Molde rues UP’s lack of mental toughness in loss to Ateneo PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Dhoni heartbroken after one-run defeat in 489-run thriller

first_imgSkipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday rued his dismissal in the final ball of the innings which gave the West Indies a one-run win over India in the first T20I match played at the Lauderhill stadium in Florida. (Match Scorecard)Batting first the T20 champions posted a mammoth 245/6 in their allotted 20 overs with opener Evin Lewis smashing his maiden century in the shortest format. In reply, India rode on KL Rahul’s joint second fastest T20I century to reach closer to their target of 246 but fell agonisingly short. The match produced a combined total of 489 runs which is the highest run-aggregate ever recorded in a T20I. (1st T20I: West Indies sneak past India by 1 run in last-ball thriller)”The last ball (by Bravo), the thinking was right but the execution was wrong. Everything is judged by execution,” a gutted Dhoni said after the match. (KL Rahul joins Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma in elite company)The skipper, who was playing his first international match since returning from India’s tour to Zimbabwe in June, was happy with the way his batsmen performed in the game, especially Rahul, who became the third Indian batsmen after Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma to score a century in all three formats of the game. (MS Dhoni surpasses Ricky Ponting’s captaincy record)”I felt Rahul was outstanding throughout the innings. The others too were superb because it’s not always easy to chase down 250.”Whenever there was a partnership, we kept the asking rate at just 12. That was the main thing, if you are too much behind, the run-rate starts going beyond 15. What really helps in that scenario is that as the lower order comes to bat, you are still in the chase.advertisement”It was an amazing game. We couldn’t have expected more from the batting unit. A win would have been perfect, but there were so many things we did right today,” Dhoni concluded.In the end it was the West Indies and Bravo in particular, who held his nerve and restricted Dhoni from scoring 2 runs off the final ball. Bravo’s slower delivery completely deceived Dhoni and he sliced it straight to Marlon Samuels at short third man. The whole West Indian team broke into the champion dance afterwards as they took an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match series.”With nine runs to go, I said we didn’t have anything to lose. I’d like to test my skills in these kinds of situations,” said a triumphant Bravo. “We know what MS (Dhoni) can do. He can finish off the game with one hit. I wanted to ensure the first ball didn’t go for a boundary.”I wanted to keep my composure and back my skills with the two balls – the slower one and the yorker. We wanted to keep midwicket in to prevent him from just hitting it towards that region. I was a touch apprehensive to bowl the slower delivery, but then I saw MS walking across and so bowled it and it worked out.”last_img read more

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Badminton World Junior Championships: Lakshya Sen loses to Kodai Naraoka, bows out in quarter-finals

first_imgJunior world No. 2 Lakshya Sen bowed out of the Junior World Championships losing to Japanese sixth seed Kodai Naraoka 21-14, 17-21, 14-21 in the men’s singles quarter-finals in badminton World Junior Championships in Indonesia on Friday.16-year-old Lakshya fought for an hour and 6 minutes but the Japanese triggered late in the match and trumped the Indian in rallies to march into the semi-finals of the tournament.??World Junior Championships:Lakshya Sen(JWR 2) lost to Kodai Naraoka(JWR 6, JPN).Score:21-14,17-21,14-21 pic.twitter.com/w38IkDWMjX- Olympic Press (@OlympicPressOrg) October 20, 2017Lakshya played a dominating first game where he scored five consecutive points compared to just two by Naraoka and won the game in just a single game point. From the second game onwards, Naraoka took control of the match and played better rallies.Even though Lakshya fought off one game point in the second game and three in the third game, it didn’t prove to be enough.Lakshya was the last Indian in the fray. 14-year-old Gayatri Gopichand Pullela, daughter of chief national coach Pullela Gopichand lost 7-21, 11-21 in the women’s singles pre-quarterfinals to sixth seed Chinese Cai Yanyan.13th seed Kartikey Gulshan Kumar also went down fighting 21-18, 15-21, 13-21 in the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals against eighth seed Nhat Nguyen.last_img read more

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West Bromwich hope one of their keepers will be fit for Southampton

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis is hopeful that one of his two senior goalkeepers will be fit for their Premier League trip to Southampton on Saturday.West Brom are facing a potential crisis after back-up Boaz Myhill injured his hamstring in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City. Ben Foster was ruled out of the game at the King Power Stadium after injuring his knee while playing with his son.The duo underwent scans and trained with the first team on Thursday but Pulis said he would wait a little longer to decide which of the two will be in goal against Southampton.”They will do a little bit more (training) today. We hope that one of them will be fit enough to stand but we don’t know which one,” Pulis told a news conference on Friday.”It is going to be a big 48 hours for us as a team and club in respect to the two goalkeepers,” added Pulis, whose only other option is 21-year-old Alex Palmer, who has not made an appearance for the club yet.Reuters Photo Striker Hal Robson-Kanu (muscle strain), winger Oliver Burke (hamstring) and midfielder James Morrison (calf strain) will miss the Southampton clash but are in line for a return when league leaders Manchester City visit West Brom next week.West Brom, 10th in the table with 10 points, have conceded nine goals this season – two more than they have scored – and Pulis said that the team had to be more sharp up front and tighter at the back as the season rolls on.advertisement”As a team we need to score more goals,” said Pulis. “We’ve looked back on the goals that we’ve conceded. It’s been more individual errors than anything else. That happens sometimes.”Southampton, who were held to a 2-2 home draw by Newcastle United in their last game, have a similar goal difference and are one spot below West Brom in the table with nine points from eight games.last_img read more

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Bullets: Tyreek Hill’s story is pretty awesome

first_imgHoopsOSU is in the final five of a big man from Wisconsin who looks like Zach Randolph. His name, I’m not kidding, is Diamond Stone. (PFB)By the way, the guy who wrote that post is named Kyle Boone (not a fake name!) and he’ll be contributing to our recruiting news this season. (PFB)Travis Ford got some good news earlier this week. Another shooter. (NewsOK)Other sportsThe OSU golf team is starting its season at Pebble Beach which is, you know, pretty amazing. (okstate)If 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! bullets-headerFootballMust, must, must read on Tyreek Hill. Where he came from, what he was like growing up, and what his limits are. Awesome. (O’Colly)We almost had a uni scandal in the Vandy game on Thursday night! (CBS Sports)None of the Big 12 coaches pay attention to advanced stats. Only a few of them even pay attention to stats at all. It seems like there’s some value to be gleaned in there somewhere. (Fox SW)I can’t stop watching this GIF of Finebaum breaking the SEC Network desk from Thursday night. (Yahoo)Here’s a preview of what OSU’s offensive line is going to look like this season. (PFB)Jimbo Fisher is 3-3 against the Big 12. Cool post here. (NewsOK)Has anyone in the country gone on record as picking OSU? I haven’t seen it if it’s happened. (ESPN)If we’re playing Texas A&M in a bowl game I’m going to be pretty stoked. (NewsOK)Your Week 1 watch guide. (PFB)Oh my — Tebow does an insane Steve Spurrier impression! (Yahoo)If Oklahoma State records an upset victory, Spencer in one night will have earned every cent of the $550,000 he’ll be paid this year. (Tulsa World)ESPN has OSU in the Cactus Bowl. Hey, it’s a January 2nd game! (ESPN)I went game by game and I have OSU finishing at 8-4. Maybe I’m crazy but it didn’t feel like a stretch to get there. Maybe I just think this team is going to be better than it actually is. (PFB) Remember, OSU’s over/under is 7.5 (PFB)Tremendous Q&A here between Tomahawk Nation and CRFF if you want a deep dive on what FSU fans are thinking going into this game. (CRFF)Down to the top three in the uni rankings. (PFB)Burt Reynolds and Lee Corso were FSU teammates and roommates in 1954. Who would ever guess than when Burt Reynolds was on the cover of Cosmopolitan and starring with Sally Field in “Smokey & the Bandit” in the 1970s that Corso would have more staying power in American pop culture? (NewsOK)Navy’s new unis are boss. Maybe the tightest thing Under Armour has ever done? (CBS Sports)OSU as a shameful powerhouse — up there with OU, Bama, and FSU. Nice. (Deadspin)Zac Veatch used to be a tight end. I didn’t realize that. (NewsOK)Thanks to gobs and gobs of starts lost to graduation and otherwise expired eligibility, it’s unfair to expect Oklahoma State to look like a complete team right away, however high our expectations for this program will be come November (and we do expect the Cowboys to contend with Oklahoma and Baylor for top conference honors). (Grantland)I did a Q&A with a Florida State blog on what to expect this weekend. Karlos Williams = big problem. (Chant Rant)F/+ has us covering this weekend. I do like that. (Football Study Hall)My wish list for the 2014 season. (PFB)One more time.last_img read more

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The adidas München Sneaker is Beer and Vomit-Repellent (Just in Time for Oktoberfest)

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. In honor of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, sneaker company adidas has released their newest adidas München model, a stellar pair of Bavarian-leather-pants-inspired sneakers that we just can’t get enough of and are pretty much required for your next beer festival. Seriously.Sporting a rich, chocolate and gold color way, speckled laces, and accented with “Prost” (German for “Cheers”) above the shoe’s signature three-stripes, these kicks match perfectly with the traditional garb of Germany’s Oktoberfest, the Dirndl and Lederhosen. To put it simply, these should be your go-to drinking cleats come beer thirty.And if you’re not already sold, the adidas München sneakers also boast a beer and puke repellant DPBR coating. This means you wont ever have to worry about leaving your good shoes at home in order to have a good time come October because these shoes will survive any beer spill, puddle, or purge and still look good while doing it. If you’re not heading to Oktoberfest, but you’re still a brew-head, these sneakers flash a robust appearance for anything from soccer to football games and, of course, can be worn every day with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt for that classic-American-but-with-a-Euro-twist look.The shoes are set for a September 2nd release through 43einhalb. As of this writing, you’ve got about four hours to prep yourself for purchase. So this only gives you about two weeks to get your fix for the Oktoberfest festivities once they come around on September 16th.Buy here: adidas München “Oktoberfest” $240 USDIf you want to attend Oktoberfest this year or in the future, check out the official website for more information on dates, travel, accommodations, and more. A Quick and Easy Guide to Popular German Wine Varietalslast_img read more

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Film Nova Scotia Supports Nova Scotians in Cannes Debuts

first_imgFilm Nova Scotia is proud to support local filmmaker Noah Pink and cinematographer Christopher Porter in their upcoming debut at the Cannes Film Festival. Mr. Pink’s 44-minute film ZedCrew has been selected to screen in the 42nd Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, a launching pad for many high profile directors. The Cannes International Film Festival, now in its 63rd year, is one of the most prestigious festivals in the world. Since its inception, the Directors’ Fortnight has screened the first films of several high-profile directors, including Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Frances Ford Coppola. Mr. Pink is the only Nova Scotian director to screen at the event in many years. “We are thrilled with the success ZedCrew is achieving,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “We strive to raise the awareness of our local talent on the international stage, and we couldn’t be more proud of the profile Noah will receive at the Cannes Film Festival.” Mr. Pink accessed Film Nova Scotia funding to help cover the costs associated with getting the film ready for the festival. Originally shot on digital camera, the film had to be transferred to a 35 mm format and have French subtitles added. He will be attending the festival with Mr. Porter, who worked with him throughout the film’s production. “I am extremely grateful for the support and funding that Film Nova Scotia provided,” said Mr. Pink. “Every filmmaker dreams of the opportunity to screen at a high-profile event like Cannes, and I look forward to the festival and future opportunities it will provide.” Another Nova Scotian will also be participating at the festival. Emerging filmmaker Daniel Boos won the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Youth Competition, earning an all-inclusive stay within the professional cinema milieu during the festival. Mr. Boos won the competition after impressing the jury members from the Consulate General of France in the Atlantic Provinces, the Atlantic Film Festival and the Alliance Francaise of Halifax with a demo reel of his work. He is an alumnus of the Film Nova Scotia-supported Centre for Art Tapes Scholarship Program, where he produced the short film So far Apart, which was a highlight on his demo reel. Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown agency reporting to the minister of Economic and Rural Development. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industry. The industry is the fourth largest in Canada, it employs 3,000 people and regularly exceeds $100 million in economic activity annually.last_img read more

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Too many grassroots left out of child welfare emergency meeting advocate

first_imgDennis Ward APTN NewsJocelyn Wabano-Iahtail was leery coming into the two-day conference on child welfare that wrapped up Friday in Ottawa.And she’s not heading home from the so-called emergency meeting feeling much better.“Because I know the Millennium Scoop is ongoing,” said Wabano-Iahtail.She feels the grassroots were left out of the meetings.“That’s quite a disappointment,” she said. “I am well aware of the fact that there were many who wanted to attend. This was very secret; is what it seemed to many of us.“They weren’t given ample opportunity to attend. As well, a lot of our youth were not permitted to attend.”One politician said work will get underway on community-based solutions.“The safety of those children is critical but children can be safe with their aunt, with their grandma, they can be safe in community, in a program of kinship care,” said Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services. “So let’s not use safety as an excuse to extract children from their culture.”dward@aptn.calast_img read more

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The Latest Disabled greeters accept new roles at Walmart

The Latest on Walmart’s handling of store greeters with disabilities (all times local):10:35 a.m.At least two Walmart store greeters with cerebral palsy have accepted new roles at the retailer after an outcry over how Walmart was handling the pending phase-out of the greeter job.Walmart says longtime greeters Adam Catlin in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, and Jay Melton in Marion, North Carolina, will work in self-checkout.Walmart informed greeters last week their jobs were going away, to be replaced by a more physically demanding “customer host” position. Greeters with physical disabilities worried they’d be out of work. Walmart has been dealing with a fierce bashlash.Catlin’s mother, Holly Catlin, helped call public attention to her son’s plight with an impassioned Facebook post and she has since advocated for greeters around the country.___7:50 a.m.After more than a week of backlash, Walmart is pledging to make “every effort” to find other roles for disabled workers who’d accused the retailer of targeting them as it phases out the “people greeter” job at 1,000 stores.Greg Foran, president and CEO of Walmart’s U.S. stores, said in a memo to store managers Thursday night that “we are taking some specific steps to support” greeters with disabilities. Walmart released the memo publicly.Walmart told greeters around the country last week that their positions were being eliminated in favour of an expanded “customer host” role. Greeters with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other physical disabilities feared they’d be out of work, sparking protests from customers and others.Walmart says it has already started making job offers to greeters with disabilities, with at least one accepting so far.The Associated Press read more

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Ban pledges 10 million for postquake assistance during Chile visit

5 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to release up to $10 million in United Nations funds to support relief and recovery efforts in Chile, as he began a two-day visit to see the earthquake damage and assess how the world body can help. “I am very moved to see such strong courage and resilience of the Chilean people,” Mr. Ban said upon his arrival in the capital, Santiago, where he was greeted by Foreign Minister Mariano Fernández and the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena. The 8.8-magnitude quake that struck the coast of Chile last Saturday killed several hundred people and affected around 2 million. “Chile has been extraordinarily generous in assisting Haiti in its time of need. Now is the moment for the United Nations and the international community to stand with Chile and its people,” stated Mr. Ban, who had offered immediate support and aid to country through the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the wake of the disaster. The Secretary-General met with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to discuss the country’s immediate and long-term needs, and they also held a joint meeting with government ministers and the heads of UN agencies in Santiago.“The UN Country Team represented at this meeting is working with the international community to provide the emergency relief goods indicated by the Government of Chile, including generators, satellite radios and mobile hospitals,” said Mr. Ban.“We are ready to help provide any assistance that the Chilean Government requests, immediate and long-term,” he added, while commending what he described as Ms. Bachelet’s “extraordinary leadership,” as well as her Government’s coordination with President-elect Sebastián Piñera.The President voiced her gratitude for the UN’s technical and financial support for the recovery efforts, as well as Mr. Ban’s visit to the area to personally see the damages caused by the quake.The Secretary-General also announced the creation of a joint working group between UN agencies and the Chilean Government to define the priority areas in which to allocate the funds that will be released from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), particularly in health, emergency shelters, education and water and sanitation. ECLAC and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), along with OCHA, will coordinate the working group with the Chilean authorities.In addition to meeting with top officials, Mr. Ban will later today visit “A Roof for Chile” Foundation for a ceremony with hundreds of young volunteers who will go to the damaged areas. The Catholic Church-based non-governmental organization builds temporary housing for slum dwellers and seeks to provide them with education, social services and micro-credit, as well as guide them in acquiring permanent housing. Tonight he will join Ms. Bachelet in the launching of a 24-hour telethon to be broadcast on national television to help raise $30 million for earthquake victims.On Saturday, the Secretary-General will travel to Concepción, the second largest city in Chile, over 300 miles south of Santiago, and the adjacent port of Talcahuano, two of the most devastated areas close to the epicentre of the quake. He will also meet with the heads of the 22 UN agencies operating in Chile.Meanwhile, Chilean officials have assured the public that drugs and medicines will be available free of charge. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Government has said there is no evidence of outbreaks of communicable diseases, although disease surveillance has been stepped up given unsanitary conditions in some areas which remain without safe drinking water and where garbage is accumulating. WHO is working with the Government to coordinate international health aid arriving from other countries, as well as to coordinate technical aspects related to mobile field hospitals and to support communication needs. read more

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UN announces second annual documentary film festival

Launched in 2005, the Festival was originally conceived as a showcase for films produced by United Nations offices and agencies around the world. However, so many non-United Nations filmmakers expressed interest in joining the competition that it was expanded in 2006 to include works from the general public.Opening up to public competition, the Festival more than doubled its previous entry record, receiving 180 films from 16 countries on five continents. Nations represented include Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Germany, India, Iran, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the United Kingdom and the United States.“Stories from the Field: The Second Annual United Nations Documentary Film Festival,” presented by the Media Communications Association-International, New York Chapter and the UN Department of Public Information, will take place on Saturday, 22 April, and Sunday, 23 April, at The New School in New York. It will feature film screenings, panel discussions with the filmmakers and award presentations.The Festival carries the same theme as last year, namely the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of time-bound antipoverty targets. To compete, films must reflect one or more of the eight goals: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development. read more

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UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples should not be scary Bennett

UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples ‘should not be scary’: Bennett Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett talks with reporters at a meeting of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat in Halifax on Wednesday, in an April 27, 2016, file photo. Bennett earned a standing ovation from a UN forum today in New York when she announced Canada will move forward with implementing the declaration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan OTTAWA – There’s nothing frightening about adopting and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said Tuesday at the UN.Bennett earned a standing ovation from a UN forum in New York by announcing that Canada is now a full supporter of the 2007 declaration, “without qualification.”But what that declaration signifies in the Canadian context depends on who you ask.In the words of one lawyer who represents indigenous resource interests: “Treaty making starts again today.”UNDRIP, the acronym by which the declaration is known, describes a global set of collective and human rights covering indigenous issues including language, identity, culture and traditions, health and education and free, prior, informed consent over resource extraction. The declaration is not considered legally binding.“What does this mean for Canada now?” Bennett told the UN’s permanent forum on indigenous issues.“It means nothing less than a full engagement on how to move forward with adoption and implementation, done in full partnership with First Nations, the Metis nation and Inuit peoples.”Canada is uniquely placed, she said, because it is one of the few states in the world that has already incorporated indigenous rights, in Section 35 of the 1982 Constitution Act.“By adopting and implementing the declaration, we are excited that we are breathing life into Section 35 and recognizing it now as a full box of rights for indigenous peoples in Canada,” said the Liberal minister.Canada was one of four countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States, that voted against the declaration when it was first passed in 2007 — even though Canadian diplomatic officials had helped draft the original declaration.The former Conservative government initially argued that the “free, prior and informed consent” provisions amounted to a de facto indigenous veto on major resource projects, and questioned how UNDRIP could be accommodated within existing Canadian constitutional protections.Bennett did not directly address those concerns Tuesday, but said the declaration fits within Canada’s long history of treaty and constitutional rights.“Let’s be honest: implementing UNDRIP should not be scary,” she said.“Recognition of elements of the declaration began 250 years ago with the Royal Proclamation, which was about sharing the land fairly. UNDRIP reflects the spirit and intent of our treaties.”The country’s two largest resource extraction industry associations welcomed the adoption of UNDRIP, with both the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Mining Association of Canada saying the declaration largely mirrors practices already adopted by resource companies over the past decade.“These are opportunities to recast relationships,” Brian McGuigan, CAPP’s manager of aboriginal policy, said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“A lot of our companies feel they already achieve a lot of what’s required by UNDRIP in a corporate context and in a resource development context.”Pierre Gratton, president and CEO of the mining association, presented the Liberal government’s position as correcting a historical anomaly.“We’ve been historically seen as a leader but then we had this funny situation at the UN where we were a dissenter on something that was so important to indigenous peoples worldwide,” Gratton said in an interview.“This move really puts us back where we properly belong and also where I think, in practice, we have largely been.”But Larry Innes, a lawyer with Toronto firm Olthuis, Kleer and Townsend who represents First Nations groups, said resource industries are “looking a bit in the rear-view mirror” in their assessments of UNDRIP.Consultation with indigenous communities on mitigation measures for major resource projects has become established practice, but free, prior and informed consent means much more than that, Innes argues.Comments this week from Bennett and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould suggest a new nation-to-nation relationship is indeed in the works.“It’s easy to be dismissive of this as a lot of fuzzy warmth,” said the lawyer, whose clients include the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in the heart of oilsands country.“But for those of us who have been in the trenches on this for a while, we’re hearing different things today than we have in the past.”Since the patriation of the Constitution in 1982, governments have taken the view that Section 35 is a mostly empty vessel until courts read rights into it through litigation, said Innes.Bennett on Tuesday acknowledged Section 35 entails a full suite of rights, with UNDRIP as the backdrop.Treating indigenous peoples as governments to be consulted rather than simply stakeholders is “a whole new ball game,” said Innes. “Treaty making starts again today.”— Follow @BCheadle on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had an incorrect first name for Brian McGuigan. by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted May 10, 2016 11:52 am MDT Last Updated May 12, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT read more

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Honouring victims of World War II Ban reaffirms UNs founding goals to

Seventy years ago, in 1945, from the ashes of one of humanity’s darkest moments, the United Nations was founded to lead the world “out of horror and into peace,” declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today at a tree planting and ceremony to remember the countless victims who lost their lives in the Second World War.“The soil at that time ran deep with blood – the blood of the brave soldiers of many nations who died fighting fascism, and of the millions of victims of the Holocaust,” the UN chief said. “Tens of millions of civilians died without knowing why they had to die,” Mr. Ban added.When the United Nations was established in 1945, it was born out of troubled ground and yet in its 70 year history, its guiding principles “took root and grew,” driven by human rights, the burden-sharing of collective security, and a common belief in human development.“There is much distance still to travel until the seeds sown seven decades ago blossom into lives of dignity and peace for all,” Mr. Ban said at the planting of the ‘Tree of Peace and Unity’ at UN Headquarters in New York. Joined by the President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, delegates and staff, the UN chief remembered all those who died and sacrificed in pursuing the mission set out in the UN Charter. There have been many setbacks along the path, Mr. Ban said, pointing out that today’s landscape is “scarred by conflict and turmoil” and calling on the global community to rededicate itself to the founding aims and ideals of the United Nations. Echoing that sentiment, Mr. Kutesa reiterated that the UN was founded to prevent catastrophes from happening ever again. “Seventy years after the conference was convened in San Francisco to draft the United Nations Charter to ‘save succeeding generations from the scourge of war’ – we gather here to reinforce the Organization’s commitment to noble objective and ideals,” he said. He said that the particular tree planted today, the weeping cherry, is a “symbol of mourning for the fallen.” It will remain a symbol of peace and unity at UN Headquarters to remind generations to come that as in the case of the tree, peace too requires careful and steadfast nourishment. Following that ceremony, delegates convened in the General Assembly hall for the special solemn ceremony to remember the millions who lost their lives. Once again, delivering remarks, Assembly President Kutesa urged that the international community “must never forget” its responsibility to stand up to tyrants, despots and all those that attempt to suppress the enduring nature of the human spirit. The Second World War with all its untold misery and suffering, was also a time when the world witnessed extraordinary bravery, the General Assembly President said, remembering the “collective, heroic” efforts of men and women. It was their courage that claimed victory over tyranny and evil. “Today, we stand in solidarity under the guiding principles upon which this Organization was founded; including non-aggression, the peaceful settlement of disputes, and the need to protect human rights,” Mr. Kutesa said. “Today, we remember and honour those who lost their lives in the brutal scourge of the Second World War and pay tribute to those whose memory we must never forget,” he said. read more

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FROM THE FIELD Rebuilding Yemens future from the ground up

Many children are not being educated in Yemen due to the ongoing civil war. (February 2019), by UNDP YemenThe UN Development Programme, UNDP, is supporting the people of Yemen, its communities and institutions, for when the fighting ends, by helping to rebuild dignity and prosperity through a series of interventions.Cash-for-work programmes are helping rehabilitate small-scale but vital infrastructure, such as wells and schools. Some small businesses have been restarted with grants from UNDP.Read more here about how the people of Yemen are rebuilding their future, one brick at a time.

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Gardaí clarify that taxi driver who sexually assaulted 3 women has had

first_img Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 8:04 PM 35,811 Views Share651 Tweet Email3 Updated Apr 11th 2019, 8:04 PM GARDAÍ HAVE CLARIFIED that a taxi driver who sexually assaulted three young women has had his licence revoked. Mansoor Uddin (41), a married father of three, sexually assaulted two of the women on the same night after demanding that one of them get out of his taxi when he saw her trying to get a photo of his identification.It was reported yesterday that as part of his bail conditions a female passenger is not permitted to be a front seat passenger in Uddin’s taxi.Gardaí today issued a clarifying statement, saying that after Uddin’s guilty plea in February his taxi licence was revoked. “In February of this year (2019) a male taxi driver pleaded guilty and was convicted in the Criminal Courts of Justice on three charges of sexual assaults. This case was remanded for sentencing on 9 April,” a garda spokesperson said. “Following the conviction, Garda Sergeant Aoife Cronin, National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) formally Blackrock Garda Station immediately referred the matter to the Garda Superintendent Carriage Office, Dublin Region. Image: Oireachtas TV No Comments Uddin, of Castleway, Adamstown, Lucan, Co Dublin, had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexual assault on 30 January 2016 and two sexual assaults on 16 February 2016. Earlier Earlier, after the initial reporting of Uddin’s bail conditions, Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said the fact that a taxi driver who sexually assaulted three young women was still allowed to drive a taxi and carry passengers is “outrageous”. Speaking under privilege in the Dáil, Ó Laoghaire noted the bail conditions set and said:“Incredibly, this man is still entitled to drive a taxi, and carry passengers, including women. This is outrageous. How can any women feel safe in a taxi, no matter where they are seated, that is being driven by a man who has pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault? What mother or father would not be worried that this man could collect their daughters tonight in a taxi?  “It is unsafe, it is absolutely wrong and our legislation should not allow it.”Ó Laoghaire asked Tánaiste Simon Coveney what the government is going to do to “ensure that people who are guilty of sexual offences and these specific types of offences are nowhere near taxis and in a position to collect people?”. Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl warned that the case was still before the courts and to “tread warily” with what was being said. Responding to Ó Laoghaire, Coveney said that the government is committed to preventing and addressing sexual abuse and gender-based violence. As a father of three daughters, I have to say that it is important that parents and young people can have faith that when they get into a taxi they are safe.Ó Laoghaire then pressed Coveney on whether he is confident that the Taxi Regulation Act 2013 ensures that people who are guilty of sexual offences are not entitled to drive taxis.Coveney responded by saying “we need to be careful what we say, regardless of what is written in newspapers or what has been in the media, whether it is social media or mainstream media”.“We have to stand over what we say in this House ourselves because we should set the standard on cases such as this,” he said.However, he went on to say:“The issue the Deputy is referring to is a serious issue and of course legislation should be tested and, if necessary, changed to ensure that people who are travelling in taxis are protected appropriately and that people who are given a licence to drive taxis are appropriately vetted to make sure that women or men who are travelling in taxis are given the appropriate legal protections that they deserve.”In court yesterday, Judge Sinéad Ní Chulacháin adjourned the case to 8 May, next, for sentence and remanded Uddin on continuing bail.With reporting by Sonya McLean and Cormac FitzgeraldComments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing  On the 28 February 2019 the Small Public Service Vehicle Licence was revoked with immediate effect for this male driver. Apr 11th 2019, 7:09 PM center_img Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire speaking in the Dáil today https://jrnl.ie/4588251 Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire speaking in the Dáil today Image: Oireachtas TV By Hayley Halpin Gardaí clarify that taxi driver who sexually assaulted 3 women has had licence revoked Mansoor Uddin yesterday pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexual assault on 30 January 2016. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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