Creating Timesaving Presets in Compressor

first_imgFinally jump over to the Geometry section of the Inspector and set the dimensions to: Custom 16:9 and type in 960 x 540. Or you could set it to 50% of source if you want a bit more flexibility on using it on files other than 1920 x 1080.  Last of all remember to press SAVE!Free Custom Presets For CompressorIn that example we looked at creating a nice preset for client approval videos, however the same technique can be used to create any Compressor preset.To save Compressor presets to a USB flash drive, Dropbox folder or email simply drag the preset from the settings pane into a finder window. I have created some Compressor presets of my own use that you can download from this link: Download Four Free Compressor PresetsInside the .zip file are 4 presets:1. Client Email Settings – 512 x 288 500kbps – designed to create small files that are easy to email.2. Client Viewing Settings – 960 x 540 2500kbps – Bigger and nicer to look at files that are useful for client viewings.3. Vimeo 720 HD – 720 x 1280 5000kbps – This is Vimeo’s recommended preset for 720p HD video and non pro/plus accounts.4. Vimeo 1080 HD – 1920 x 1080 10,000kbps – This is Vimeo’s recommended preset for 1080 HD video. You can crank it all the way up to 20,000 but its probably over kill.Click here to view Vimeo’s recommendations for compression settings for several different frame sizes etc.  One additional note, you may want to double check the frame rate settings for your country.  As I’m UK based I’m a PAL editor, so my frame rate is set to 25 fps.Which application do you prefer for video encoding?Share your thoughts/experiences in the comments below! Create timesaving presets in Compressor for common compression tasks – or just download these free presets to get you started!Creating presets in Compressor, Apple’s video encoding application, is an incredibly easy way to save time and effort when it comes to common compression tasks. In this post I’ll quickly show you how to create Compressor presets yourself, as well as provide a link to download some ones I made.  Save time and effort!Creating a Compressor PresetThe easiest way to create a Compressor preset is simply to duplicate an existing preset and then make some suitable adjustments. We’ll create my ‘Client Viewing’ settings in this example. To do this open Compressor and in the Settings tab open up Apple> Formats > Quicktime > Quicktime H.264.Next press the ‘Duplicate Selected Setting’ icon – third in from the left at the top of the settings tab. This will create a duplicate setting in your ‘Custom’ folder and it also means you’re not saving over Compressor’s default presets.In the Inspector pane name the setting something relevant based on the task you’ll use it for and fill in the description with some of the essential attributes it will have to remind yourself what it is supposed to do. Here I’ve called it ‘Client Viewing Preset’ and given it the description “H.264 940×560 2500kbps”. This is going to make a Quicktime file that’s great to send to clients for approval, as its decent quality without a huge file size.  Note, 960×540 is 50% of full HD 1920 x 1080.Now click on the Video Settings button in the middle of the inspector and check the ‘Restrict to’ button and type in “2500” in the box.  This will cap the data rate at 2500 kbits/second.  You can leave the other settings alone.  This way Compressor will read the native frame rate of the file you’re working with.  Next, click the Audio Settings button and drop the ‘target bit rate’ down to about 192.last_img read more

Sell Me This Pen – Season 2 Episode 7

first_imgI think the “sell me this pen” interview question came from the movie Wolf of Wall Street. But it isn’t about selling a pen. It’s about chops, confidence, and control. Here is how I would answer that prompt.last_img

SP patriarch shares dais with Shivpal

first_imgIn a boost for Shivpal Yadav, his elder brother Mulayam Singh — founder of the Samajwadi Party — shared the dais with him on Friday. This was the first time the two leaders were seen together on a public platform since Mr. Shivpal Yadav formed the Samajwadi Secular Morcha after bring sidelined by his nephew and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav. The event was organised by Mr. Shivpal Yadav at the Lohia Trust Office here to pay tributes to Socialist icon Ram Manohar Lohia on his death anniversary. After a long silence, Mr. Mulayam Singh indicated his support for his brother through a gesture of blessing — placing his hand on Mr. Shivpal Yadav’s head.Later, when Mr. Shivpal Yadav was asked if Mr. Mulayam Singh’s gesture indicated support, he said: “Netaji gave me his blessings. And he said that we must oppose injustice… giving the example of Lohiaji. We will also do the same and stand with justice.” The SP patriarch evoked the theme of fighting against “injustice”, in what can be interpreted as a positive signal to his brother’s supporters who feel their leader was disrespected by his nephew. Mr. Mulayam Singh urged the youth and those gathered to take lessons from Lohia and always oppose injustice. “Wherever there is injustice, even if a brother commits injustice against his younger brother, you must oppose it. Big or small, oppose injustice and stand with justice,” he said. While repeating the phrase “oppose injustice, stand with justice”, Mr. Mulayam Singh elaborated saying injustice must be opposed everywhere, even if it be within a family, village or a city.last_img read more

Motor Vehicles Act: U.P. may cut penalties for breaking traffic rules

first_imgThe U.P. government is considering a reduction in the new penalties for breaking traffic rules, joining a growing band of States that find the fines listed in the amended Motor Vehicles Act too high. “In the interest of the people of Uttar Pradesh, the government is reconsidering what and how it should be done,” Transport Minister Ashok Kataria said on Thursday. “We will soon come out with the new rates,” said an official. The move follows similar decisions by some State governments, reluctant to accept the high fines.The BJP governments in Gujarat and Uttarakhand had announced reductions.Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had on Wednesday defended the steep increase, saying the States were free to roll them back. “If they want to reduce the fines let them, but the lives of people should be saved and there should be fewer accidents. There has to be awareness over this.” In U.P., Opposition Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav had criticised the hike in penalties.Slamming the State government over the death of a techie in Noida allegedly after an altercation with traffic police, Mr. Yadav on Wednesday demanded an end to the “harassment” of people.“It is very saddening that due to traffic terrorism of the BJP government, the software engineer died in Noida due to a cardiac arrest during vehicle checking,” he tweeted.“The BJP-ruled Gujarat has rejected the repressive rules. The UP government should also do so.”Under the amended Act, violations such as drunken driving attract a fine of ₹10,000 and/or imprisonment of six months to two years.Penalty for driving without licence was increased from ₹500 to ₹5,000. Not wearing a helmet can now lead to a fine of ₹1,000 and suspension of the driving licence for the next three months.last_img read more

Petra Kvitova happy knife attack did not derail Wimbledon dream

first_imgPetra Kvitova is happy to achieve her dream of playing at Wimbledon next week after recovering from serious injuries to her playing hand sustained during a knife attack in her home last December.The two-times champion was expected to be sidelined for at least six months after the attack and the 27-year-old said she feared missing the grand slam event this year.Kvitova returned to action at the French Open, where she was knocked out in the second round, and won the Aegon Classic on Sunday on her favourite grass-court surface.”I said if I am not playing I will probably not come just to watch,” Kvitova was quoted as saying by the Times.”Now I am coming to play which is even better. I think it will be amazing. It doesn’t matter if I win, lose or whatever, but the dream which I set when it (the attack) happened, that I wanted to play Wimbledon this year, will come.”The victory at Birmingham marked Kvitova’s first title this year but she could not celebrate with her trademark clenched fist salute due to the lingering effects of the injury.”I still can’t do my fist bump when I am playing,” she added. “The doctor said it will never be the same because of the scars for sure, and then we don’t know how everything will work out.”But I am happy that I am playing tennis and not badminton because there is a small grip, so it would be more difficult for me to hold.”advertisementThe Czech Republic player is the 11th seed at Wimbledon which starts on Monday.last_img read more

Ashes 2017: Joe Root stands in the way of Australian victory at Sydney

first_imgAustralia closed in on an innings victory in the fifth Test as England totter on 93/4 at stumps on day four at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (Scorecard)England still need 210 runs to force their hosts to bat again and a 4-0 drubbing in the Ashes 2017-18 series, despite Alastair Cook becoming the sixth batsman to score 12,000 runs in Test cricket.ALSO WATCH: SPORTS TODAY Earlier in the day, brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh both scored centuries on a scorching morning at the Sydney Cricket Ground to put Australia in a position where they could declare on 649-7 in the second session.England, already 3-0 down in the series with the urn relinquished, had toiled in the field in temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius with little success and their luck did not change when they came out to bat.Openers Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman went cheaply inside the first six overs of their second innings with James Vince (18) and Dawid Malan (five) following in the final session.Wow, that is a stunning delivery by the �?�� Nathan Lyon! #Ashes (@CricketAus) January 7, 2018Skipper Joe Root, who made an unbeaten 42 despite playing with an injured finger, and Jonny Bairstow (17 not out) will take England’s fight to save the test into the final day.The Marsh brothers had earlier joined the Chappell siblings Ian and Greg (1972) and the Waugh twins Mark and Steve (2001) in scoring centuries in the same innings in an Ashes test.Shaun Marsh made 156 from 291 balls before being run out by a Stoneman direct hit just after lunch, with Mitchell having departed for 101 on the delivery after securing his second century when Tom Curran took out his off stump.advertisementThat was HUGE from Mitch Starc! #Ashes (@CricketAus) January 7, 2018The brothers both scored their second centuries of the series in a brilliant 169-run partnership that built on the mammoth 171 Usman Khawaja scored on Saturday.It would have been a particularly sweet partnership given Shaun was a controversial selection for the series, his eighth recall to the test line-up being met with disbelief in some quarters, and Mitchell brought in for the third test in Perth.Mitchell was the second to reach the milestone about an hour into the morning with two runs past point and Shaun was in such a hurry to congratulate his little brother that he almost ran him out.Shaun, 34, had started the day on 98 with Australia 479 for four and took just five balls to secure his sixth test century by crunching Moeen Ali through the covers for one of the 18 fours he scored in his 403-minute knock.Shaun and Mitchell Marsh While Australia flourished with the bat, England continued to struggle.Cook did become the sixth batsman to score 12,000 runs in tests but the ovation had barely been completed before Stoneman was dismissed for a duck by pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, the batsman reviewing the lbw decision to no avail.Former skipper Cook was dismissed for 10 rocking back in his crease to a superb delivery from spinner Nathan Lyon that removed the bail from his off stump.Vince enjoyed a rare England success with the DRS to reverse a caught behind verdict on 15 but he made just three more runs before offering up another poor shot to a Pat Cummins delivery which caught a nick which Steve Smith juggled to take at slip.Root needed lengthy treatment on his right index finger after taking a rap on the digit from a Starc delivery before Malan was trapped lbw on his back foot by Lyon for five, the review system again failing England.last_img read more

Digital Detox: Escape to the Best Off-grid Destinations in the United States

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Nevada’s Massacre Rim Named Latest International Dark Sky Sanctuary Glenfiddich Grand Cru Makes a French Connection with 23-Year-Old Scotch Nevada’s Train to Nowhere Promises Out-of-This-World Stargazing These days, it’s easy to forget just how vast (and mostly empty) the United States is.But, it is indeed the third largest country in the world. That means, though it may seem claustrophobic, like there’s nowhere left to escape off-grid, there are still plenty of destinations to do just that. Here are the best places in the country to un-tether — to detox — from the digital world.Ultima Thule Lodge (Alaska)Almost all of Alaska could be considered a ripe destination for a digital detox. It’s vast, rugged, remote, and little populated. But, if you’re looking to get away from the digital world without giving up the “luxury” trappings of home, Ultima Thule Alaska Lodge may be just the place. The nearest road is 100 miles away, and the property is only accessible by bush plane. But, each of the private cabins is well-appointed with leather chairs, cherry writing desks, and hunting-inspired accents. Guests are provided all the necessary kit for a week in the great outdoors — including hiking gear, fishing poles, and professional guides to ensure you don’t get too lost in the adjacent 13-million-acre Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.North Rim of the Grand Canyon (Arizona)Toroweap Point, Grand CanyonIf even the hunting lodge lifestyle is too First World for you, escape to the Grand Canyon. We’re not talking about the landmark’s South Rim that’s consistently overrun by families of road-tripping tourists jockeying for selfies. Escape instead to Tuweep Campground at the Canyon’s North Rim. The view from the adjacent Toroweap Overlook is among the best in any U.S. National Park: a steep, dramatic bluff perched 3,000 vertical feet above the Colorado River with nary a sign of civilization in sight. Best of all: there are never crowds, and during the off-season, you may have the view all to yourself. The experience doesn’t come easy, however. The NPS is quick to note that, out here, you’re on your own: “services are non-existent: there is no water, gas, food, lodging, or phone service.” If you’re looking for a real digital detox, that should be music to your ears.New Camaldoli Hermitage (California)New Camaldoli Hermitage Overlook, Big SurEven in a state as rich with stunning outdoor scenery as California, the Central Coast stands out. Sandwiched between the hustle of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the region remains one of the state’s most pristine outdoor destinations. In the heart of Big Sur lies New Camaldoli Hermitage — a working Benedictine monastery where 150,000 visitors have retreated over the last 50 years. If the idea of a retreat sounds too new age, just think of it as the ideal place to escape Facebook for a week or two. Rooms at the monastery are comfortable but spartan as the primary focus is to encourage guests to relax in the beautiful on-site gardens, meditate (literally or through simple housekeeping chores), and get lost in the gentle, ever-present lapping of the Pacific Ocean waves. last_img read more


first_imgI have just started dating a girl seriously. How do I ensure a good relationship?K. Saha, Kolkata To ensure a good relationship, follow these simple steps. Keep your promises: In most cases, we over commit. Do what you say you’ll do. Always respect her and her people. While dating, be on time. Keep the other informed about any changes. Do not take anyone for granted. Stop assuming: Establish good lines of communication. Talk and express as much as possible. Also Read – Feel what you fearListen to what she’s saying. Don’t pretend to listen – actually listen. Sometimes, the only thing we want is a good listener or a shoulder to lean on. Let her talk and be absorbed in what she’s saying. Be involved. Never lie: Being open and never lying establishes great verbal communication, which is at the heart of all great relationships. Minimise jealousy: You may get a little jealous from time-to-time, and that’s okay, as long as you try to not let it affect your relationship. Also Read – HomecomingBest wishes to you both. I love a girl, we study in the same college. I help her with studies and she needs my emotional support as well but she doesn’t care to love me. What should I do? Sahil Khan, New Delhi Relationships are stable when people are equally attracted to each other, hold similar feelings for each other and demonstrate equal amount of respect for each other. Relationships work best when they are based on equality. From your situation, it is clear that you have feelings for a girl and it is not reciprocated. Allowing yourself to continue expecting might hurt you further. Please restrict yourself and focus on spending time with people and activities that keep you happier. In a situation like this, any expectation might lead to more emotional instability in the long run. Let life be good for you and if she cares enough, she will be there. If not, just let it be. You deserve to be happy and always remember – happiness begins with you. Don’t give her so much of emotional space to feel hurt or broken. Good luck. I have recently discovered that my father who is an established businessman is associated with a lot of young models. They exchange very erotic pictures and messages. Should I tell my mother? What should I do? Name withheld You can always have a transparent communication with your father. Observe his reaction and hear his response. Telling your mother will hurt her and this is avoidable right now. Your father surely needs to know that you are aware of his ‘other’ side. Suggest you tell him that you have known from a few friends rather than disclosing the truth – as he might be alert and delete information from the phone forever. Don’t be hyper, handle it well and see the results. Good luck! When I was in Class 3, my mother died. Since then my father dates multiple women. I’m angry and feel helpless at home. I’m in my 1st year of college now. What can I do? Name withheld Your father has the right to lead his life according to his choice. You too have the right to feel disturbed in the situation. Considering you are mature enough to take a decision, I strongly recommend you to start living away from home. If your college does not have any hostel, start living as a PG or with someone you can. At the end of the day, you cannot change his way of life. Best is to focus on yours and make it better. Good luck. (Send your questions to read more

Supreme Court Google classaction case should be revisited

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is telling a lower court to take another look at a class-action settlement involving Google and privacy concerns.Google agreed to settle the class action for users of its search function between 2006 and 2014. Of the $8.5 million, $2.1 million went to lawyers, $1 million paid administrative costs and $5.3 million was set aside for six organizations that deal with internet privacy issues.The individuals who initially sued received $5,000 each, but the millions of Google users they represented received nothing.The high court says in an unsigned opinion that lower courts should address whether those who sued had the ability to do so. The justices say a federal trial court or the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals should resolve that issue.The Associated Press read more

Duminda cant remember

Parliamentarian Duminda Silva says he cannot remember the shooting incident in Mulleriyawa last October in which presidential advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed.The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) said it had recorded a statement from Silva who is receiving treatment at a hospital in Singapore. The CID informed court today on the statement it had recorded from the MP who is the main suspect in the shooting incident.Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed last October when his convoy came face to face with Duminda Silva and his bodyguards on the road in Mulleriyawa. read more

Fresh legislation sought to limit spending by candidates

“Such ceilings have been introduced in proportion to the number of voters living in the area concerned,” Rohana Hettiarachchi, the Executive Director of PAFFREL said. “We hope that you will act this proposal a reality by introducing fresh legislation to limit spending before the next local authority election,” he said.He said the proposal by the Prime Minister is especially important in the context that the next election will be conducted under a mixed system of ward and proportional representation system. Hettiarachchi says the absence of a ceiling on campaign financing is bound to have a direct impact in determining the public mandate at the election.He also said that if the campaign finance laws are not introduced, the purpose of introducing the new electoral system for local elections will not be served to the expectations of potential candidates whose services are needed by society and therefore not meet the expectations of society itself. (Colombo Gazette) Hettiarachchie appreciated the proposal by Wickremesinghe, as Prime Minister and leader of the United National Party, for imposing a ceiling on spending by candidates during elections. The Government has been urged introducing fresh legislation to limit spending by candidates before the next local election.The Peoples Action For Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) has written to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe saying legislation that imposes a ceiling on campaign financing has been implemented successfully in other countries in the region. read more

Vias case for major rail project better without MontrealQuebec leg internal doc

OTTAWA — Via Rail’s business case for a multibillion-dollar high-frequency-rail project between Toronto and Quebec City would receive a boost if it ditched the stretch from Montreal to Quebec City, internal federal documents say.The document, labelled “secret,” was obtained by The Canadian Press under access-to-information law.The memo’s release comes as Via looks for financial support to build dedicated rail lines that will increase the frequency of trips, cut travel times and ensure its trains will no longer have to work around freight schedules on borrowed tracks.An assessment conducted for Transport Canada warned the inclusion of the Montreal-Quebec City section of the proposed rail service would eat into the plan’s profitability, according to a briefing document prepared earlier this year for Canada’s deputy minister of finance, Paul Rochon.The study, delivered last fall by the firm EY, recommended the Quebec route undergo further review “given its high capital costs and poor performance on an operational basis,” the federal document said.A key to the project’s eventual realization is finding a way to make the plan attractive to private-sector investors, whose support would build on public dollars.The document explained how Via put forward an optimistic business argument for the high-frequency proposal.“Via predicts that the project will recover the capital costs and generate a net surplus along Via’s (Toronto-Quebec City) network due to a substantial increase in ridership and revenues,” said the January briefing note to Rochon.It estimated the capital costs of the project to total $4.4 billion, a tally that includes $1.14 billion for the leg between Montreal and Quebec City. Via might seek private investment to pull it off — and will need to show potential investors that they’ll make their money back and then some.Asked about the contents of the briefing note, a spokeswoman for Via said in an email that the studies cited in the memo seem to refer to the original high-frequency proposal that it submitted to the government in 2016.Marie-Anna Murat added that the research was not conducted on behalf of Via.Covering billions of dollars’ worth of construction costs and turning a profit besides would be a significant financial turnaround for Via, which is a Crown corporation.For example, Via’s 2018 annual report said its Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto service lost nearly $93 million after moving, on average, about 49,000 passengers a week.The Quebec City-Montreal-Ottawa service ran a deficit of nearly $24 million last year after an average of about 17,000 people rode its trains along that route each week.Extensive academic research has shown high-frequency and high-speed rail lines around the world rarely, if ever, recover their capital and operating costs, said Matti Siemiatycki, a transportation-policy expert at the University of Toronto.“If you look at the annual reports for Via, all of those lines are losing money and are heavily subsidized … These are huge numbers to make up,” Siemiatycki said in an interview.“In general, that is a highly optimistic business case.”He added that Via is in a “tough spot” and he credited the Crown corporation for trying to find a way to make the project work.Siemiatycki said there are likely good arguments to be made for the project on environmental or social-connectivity grounds, but framing it as a good revenue-generating opportunity is harder.“It will be interesting to see if they can find investors to come to the table who are really going to risk their own private capital on what seems like a fairly high-risk proposal,” he said. The federal briefing document also cited a separate, earlier analysis that found the high-frequency project could reduce Via’s dependency on government funding in the corridor, especially if only the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal portion were completed.In recent months, efforts have been made to make the high-frequency project more enticing for private investors.A few weeks ago, the government announced it would give Via $71 million in federal cash to help make a better business case for the proposal. Some of the funding will come from a financing agency known as the Canada Infrastructure Bank, which provides public money as a way to attract funding from private sources.The money from Ottawa will support planning work to ensure Via trains would be able to seamlessly move between any new dedicated tracks and local transit systems in Montreal and Toronto.At the time, Pierre Lavallee, chief executive of the infrastructure bank, insisted the project had attracted “strong interest” from private investors.Murat said the joint project between Via and the Canada Infrastructure Bank is being created “to further explore the possibility of high-frequency rail in the Quebec City-Toronto corridor.”Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press read more

UN trade chief urges actions to reap development gains from increased income

Marking the release of new trade surveys and the opening of an international trade conference, the new director of the United Nations trade agency has urged action in a range of areas to help developing countries make permanent gains from rising commodity prices and the increase of international commerce. “I would like to see more private-sector involvement in our projects on the ground,” Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), said in London at the weekend as he marked the release of UNCTAD´s Trade and Development Report 2005. “I can also envisage our advising countries on how to make the best use of income gains, how to enhance information-sharing and how to prevent a race to the bottom in the search for new investors,” he said.The report cautions against complacency in the light of windfall gains from rising commodity prices in some developing countries. Those profits should be used, the report says, to help diversify their economies. Foreign direct investment (FDI) will continue to grow over the short and medium term, according to the financial experts, transnational corporations (TNCs) and investment promotion agencies (IPAs) who contributed to UNCTAD´s Global Investment Prospects Assessment (GIPA), also released this week. “The findings suggest that countries need to seize the investment opportunities but also to pay attention to the quality of FDI, given the fierce competition for investment,” Dr. Panitchpakdi said. Following the release of those reports, Dr. Panitchpakdi, who took over the UNCTAD post on 1 September, travelled to Geneva to open a conference on non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to trade, which runs until 7 September. NTBs vary from country to country and are hard to classify and quantify, Dr. Panitchpakdi said, and are estimated to affect 40 per cent of the trade of least developed countries (LDCs). “[NTBs] are increasing becoming front-stage market-access concerns for the world’s poorest nations,” he said. He announced his intention to appoint an informal group of eminent persons to study the matter. UNCTAD has been the focal point within the UN for the integrated treatment of trade and development and related issues in the areas of investment, finance, technology, enterprise development and sustainable development. It carries out three key functions: as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, supported by discussions with experts and exchanges of experience, aimed at consensus building; in research, policy analysis and data collection for the debates of government representatives and experts; and in providing technical assistance tailored to the specific requirements of developing countries, with special attention to the needs of the least developed countries and economies in transition. read more

UN Sudan envoy will raise Darfur security problems at peace talks in

Jan Pronk will head to Nigeria on Friday, according to UNMIS. The move comes amid reports from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that almost 70,000 people were displaced by attacks on two towns in South Darfur last week, forcing already displaced persons to flee yet again.Mr. Pronk, who heads UNMIS, today returned to Khartoum after a two-day visit to Juba, southern Sudan’s capital, where he met several senior officials of the Government of South Sudan.They discussed progress on implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which ended 21 years of North-South civil war in Sudan. UNMIS said Mr. Pronk voiced dissatisfaction that many key bodies provided for in the Agreement have not been operating.The mission was deployed to support the Agreement signed between the Government of Sudan and the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in Nairobi, Kenya, a year ago. It also has a mandate from the UN Security Council to provide some support to the African Union’s peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as AMIS. Last week, responding to growing bloodshed in Darfur, Mr. Annan called on all parties to respect international humanitarian law and resolve their differences at the negotiating table in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. read more

Rising levels of violence in Syria resulting in growing humanitarian needs –

In February, the Council adopted resolution 2139, which sought to address issues related to access to people in need inside Syria, the obligations by the parties to adhere to international humanitarian law, and the demilitarization of schools and hospitals.“The resolution has not delivered what it intended,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos told a news conference at UN Headquarters.“Since the Secretary-General’s last report we have seen a marked increase in the indiscriminate use of barrel bombs by the Government, mortar attacks by opposition groups, poisonous gases allegedly used against civilians, and the collective punishment of civilians. “These are all violations of the most basic principles of international humanitarian and human rights law.”Amid the rising levels of violence in Syria, there are 6.5 million people displaced inside the country – approximately 20 per cent of the total number of people internally displaced by conflict across the world.In addition, 241,000 people remain under siege, and at least 2.5 million people in the city of Aleppo were deliberately deprived of water for over a week in May when armed opposition groups shut down the city’s main pumping station.At least 90,000 people in hard-to-reach areas were denied medical assistance as a result of removal of medicines and health supplies from inter-agency convoys, Ms. Amos added.“But with the lack of progress on the political front, the pressure and expectations placed on humanitarian actors has increased,” she noted. The UN and its partners are trying to find ways to scale up life-saving assistance throughout Syria in an “extremely complex environment,” with aid workers putting their lives on the line to assist those in need. “They are unarmed but undeterred,” she stated.Aid agencies were only able to reach around 7 per cent of the people living in besieged areas. “It’s a stark reminder of the reality on the ground: active conflict, bureaucratic hurdles, and conditions imposed by the parties on aid delivery, which have resulted in a decline in vital help for the most vulnerable people,” Ms. Amos stated. “Our challenge now is to keep pace and to scale up assistance to the level required.” read more

Brad Stevens Makes The Celtics Better Than They Have Any Right To

Spurs6123.516106.89+16.7 These Celtics produced a lot more value than expectedActual vs. projected wins added (based on Box Plus/Minus) on offense and defense, for members of the 2017-18 Boston Celtics in the regular season Abdel Nader24SF522+0.2-1.3+0.5+0.7 TeamRkPts/100 poss.RkPts/100 poss.RkPts/100 poss. Kings13109.3170.01+39.3 Jazz7123.3387.32+36.0 Rockets4132.41097.93+34.6 Data up-to-date through games played May 8.Source: Second Spectrum Jarell Eddie26SF6+0.0+0.0+0.0+0.0 OffenseDefenseNet Raptors5131.319111.58+19.7 Jaylen Brown21SG2152-0.2+1.6+1.5+2.9 Greg Monroe27C496+0.7+0.6+0.9+1.8 Pistons12110.5689.87+20.7 Terry Rozier23PG2068-0.3+3.3+2.3+3.6 Nuggets10117.0894.75+22.3 Guerschon Yabusele22PF235+0.1+0.1+0.2+0.3 +15.3+18.8+22.3+35.1 Kadeem Allen25PG107+0.0-0.3+0.1+0.1 Shane Larkin25PG775+0.5-0.2+0.5+1.0 Marcus Morris28PF1447+1.3+0.7+1.5+1.1 Semi Ojeleye23PF1150+0.4-1.2+1.1+1.4 Celtics8122.0588.64+33.4 PlayerAgePos.Min.Proj.ActualProj.Actual Xavier Silas30SG7+0.0+0.0+0.0+0.0 The best teams on out-of-bounds plays (at both ends)Net efficiency on sideline or baseline inbound plays, 2017-18 NBA season Suns16105.1284.26+20.9 Even with home-court advantage, there was little reason to think the Boston Celtics should be favored in their conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers. As Boston was struggling to grind out a seven-game first-round victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, Philly was resting up, having dispatched the Miami Heat with relative ease. And while the Celtics were down their best scorer (Kyrie Irving), the Sixers had center Joel Embiid back from injury to join all-around terror Ben Simmons as the series’ two headline players. On paper, the Celtics seemed to stand little chance — and the Las Vegas bookmakers agreed.In the end, though, Boston kept defying the odds like it’s done all season, closing out a surprising five-game series win over the 76ers Wednesday night. Al Horford outplayed Embiid, Terry Rozier continued his unheralded rise to playoff stardom and — perhaps most importantly — head coach Brad Stevens continued his yearlong project of spurring this team to play better than ever seemed possible. That’s been part of Stevens’s reputation since his days at Butler University, and the numbers bear it out, too: Stevens really does stand out in the ways we can measure coaching effectiveness.First, there are the X’s and O’s of Stevens’s playcalling, which got extra acclaim in the Philly series as the undermanned Celtics relied as much on tactics as talent to engineer the upset. Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer did a great job of detailing them here: How Stevens repositioned his bigs to reduce Embiid’s impact; how he deterred Simmons’s forays to the hoop in transition; how his inbounds plays changed the course of the series. That last skill is one Stevens has been making good use of all season, with Boston ranking fourth in the league in net efficiency on sideline and baseline out-of-bounds plays (according to Second Spectrum): Gordon Hayward27SF5+0.0+0.0+0.0+0.0 Daniel Theis25C936+0.3+0.6+0.9+3.0 Jayson Tatum19SF2438+0.8+2.0+2.3+4.9 Off. WinsDef. Wins Al Horford31C2277+3.2+4.1+5.3+6.5 Jabari Bird23SG115+0.0+0.0+0.1+0.1 That’s only the sixth time since the dawn of the 3-point era (1980) that a team won at least 55 games while carrying a projected record under .500.2The others were the 1998 San Antonio Spurs (in Tim Duncan’s rookie year), 1993 Houston Rockets, 1990 Spurs (David Robinson’s rookie year), 1989 Phoenix Suns and 1980 Boston Celtics (Larry Bird’s rookie year). Granted, much of it was due to the instant contributions of rookie Jayson Tatum, dramatic improvements from Rozier and NBA sophomore Jaylen Brown, and an MVP-type season by Irving — but that’s also the point. The best coaches, such as San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, have a repeatable tendency to put up more wins than statistical projections say their roster should. With an average of 4.9 extra wins per season over his first five years on an NBA sideline, Stevens appears to be one of those coaches. And while Stevens’s value was clear to even the most casual NBA observers when Boston kept winning despite the injuries to Gordon Hayward and then Irving, it wasn’t so clear to the other 29 coaches in the league: Stevens received zero Coach of the Year votes from his peers.He’s taking it up an extra notch this postseason. The Celtics had a schedule-adjusted efficiency differential of +3.4 points per 100 possessions during the regular season (5.7 points/100 better than projected), but they’re up to +4.9 in the playoffs (8.3 points/100 better than projected). Sometimes, teams who overachieve in the regular season struggle to keep beating expectations in the postseason, where raw skill rules and the margin for error is much smaller. But Stevens and the Celtics have only gotten better at overachieving as the playoffs have gone on.Now Boston will have to face its toughest test yet, in the form of the team that eliminated them from last year’s postseason — the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs did their own overachieving (maybe …) by unexpectedly sweeping the East’s No. 1 seed Toronto Raptors, but that was only after they lost more regular-season games than teams like the Celtics despite superior talent. A month into the playoffs, that talent is beginning to round into form next to LeBron James, who could be playing the best basketball of his entire career.If that sounds like a problem that even superior game-planning and locker-room management can’t solve, well, it may prove to be. But if anyone is up to the task, it’s probably Brad Stevens.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Total Beyond drawing on the whiteboard, Stevens seems to already be a master of the art of squeezing wins out of a roster via intangible factors such as fit, chemistry and player development. If we use each player’s projected Box Plus/Minus (Basketball-Reference’s estimate for points added per 100 possessions) as a guide,1Based on a variant of Basketball-Reference’s simple projection system, which regresses each player (particularly rookies and other low-minute players) toward a below-average, rather than average, mean on offense and defense. (This improves the predictive value of the projections.) and if we plug in how many minutes each player actually logged this season — a big consideration for a team riddled with injuries — we’d have expected Boston to only win about 38 games this season.The Celtics won 55. Aron Baynes31C1485-0.6-1.7+2.2+3.5 Jonathan Gibson30PG40+0.0+0.2+0.0-0.1 Kyrie Irving25PG1931+7.3+10.2+0.0+1.3 Bucks9121.615105.710+15.9 Projections use a weighted average of the previous three seasons, regressed to the mean and adjusted for aging patterns.Source: Marcus Smart23SG1614+1.7+0.2+2.9+2.9 read more

Ryanair compensation cheques bounce after passengers are sent them unsigned

The airline told the BBC: “Ryanair complies fully with EU261 legislation, under which no compensation is payable to customers when the (strike) delay/cancellation is beyond the airline’s control.”If these strikes, by a tiny minority of Ryanair pilots, were within Ryanair’s control, there would have been no strikes and no cancellations.”Another strike in August by pilots in five European countries saw hundreds of flights cancelled. @Ryanair I have been trying to get hold of someone urgently as my bank are concerned because a compensation cheque that I recieved has bounced, i think that this is outrageous, the bank said the bank details provided do not exist…how is this possible with a printed cheque….— Ben Lonsdale (@BenLonsdale6) August 14, 2018 😂😂 wow… That’s a really inadequate response after all this time… of course I have contacted your call centre numerous times and just get a generic email saying my case is being delayed because I am obviously not the only person waiting for over a month for compensation…— Alec Norton (@Alecjn) August 20, 2018 Ryanair has apologised after several passengers complained that cheques issued as compensation had bounced.The airline said “a very small number of cheques” processed in July had been issued without a signature due to an “administrative error”.Consumer complaints service Resolver said it was aware a number of Ryanair passengers had encountered problems with unsigned cheques issued when flights had been delayed or cancelled.It comes after the airline had to cancel flights due to striking Irish pilots in July. Ryanair said the cheques had been re-issued to customers with a letter of explanation on August 15.”We apologise again for any inconvenience caused to customers,” the airline told the BBC.A number of passengers complained they had been delayed in receiving compensation because their cheques had failed to clear.One, Ben Lonsdale, wrote on Twitter on August 14: “A compensation cheque that I received has bounced, I think that this is outrageous… how is this possible with a printed cheque…” Another passenger, Karen Joyce, wrote on Facebook on July 28: “Ryanair sent me a cheque for compensation then BOUNCED the cheque… ended up costing me 32 eu (£29) for the privilege. SHAME ON YOU RYANAIR.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. @Ryanair I would love to know why the cheque you sent me for compensation has bounced… Bank assure me this is your fault, wait 1 hour 20 on hold and your “customer services” cant help and there is no number to call to those who can? Please assure me of a call to fix this asap.— Alec Norton (@Alecjn) August 8, 2018 Another passenger, Alec Norton, tweeted on August 9 that his compensation cheque had also bounced. The passenger said they were still waiting for the money 11 days later, writing to the airline: A strike by Irish Ryanair pilots in July saw up to 30 flights cancelled, affecting some 5,000 passengers. read more

Bolivia sees tin mine production fall in 2016

first_imgOfficial statistics from the Bolivian Ministry of Minerals and Metals reveal that while drought and delayed investment have impacted mined tin output, which fell 13.3% year-on-year to 17,460 t in 2016, refined tin production rose 8.7% to 16,810 t over the same period as more material was processed in-country.The data reveals that tin mine output by state companies fell by 16.5% to 10,692 t and from co-operatives fell by 20.1% to 2,579 t in 2016, while production from private mines rose by 2.1% to 4,190 t. Officially reported refined tin production by the state-owned tin smelter, Vinto, rose 8.2% to 13,032 t in 2016, with the remainder produced by the private smelter, OMSA. Total exports were reported as 16,675 t of refined tin and 469 t of tin concentrate (gross weight). In 2016, the USA remained the top destination for Bolivian tin exports with shipments totalling 8,253 t, with China second at 4,255 t and the EU third at 2,872 t.ITRI View: “Falling co-operative production in the La Paz department and lower production by the state-owned Huanuni tin mine near Oruro are mostly responsible for the lower production total, with output affected by Bolivia’s worst drought in 25 years. The impact has been compounded at Huanuni by ongoing reliance and underinvestment in Huanuni’s ageing Santa Elena ore dressing plant. Production may well see a short-term recovery in 2017, but medium-term prospects for Bolivian tin production will largely depend on successful implementation of maintenance and expansion projects at Bolivia’s state-owned mine operations.”last_img read more