Improving fitness among key areas for “Green Machine”

first_imgGuyana’s national men’s rugby team, commonly called the “Green Machine”, produced a sterling performance on Saturday at the National Park Rugby Field to topple Barbados 48-17 in their first game of the Southern Zone of Rugby America’s North (RAN) 15s campaign, but the focus has shifted to improvement for the remaining matches ahead.Though the team seemed well-oiled on the day, coach Larry Adonis explained that improving the fitness level is vital for the team going forward.Larry Adonis“The fitness stood-up; I looked at the recovery rate and it was okay; it was about 85% and coming next month it has to be a full 100% firing and really ready to go,” he said.In the weeks leading up to match, many of the players found difficulty in attending training sessions due to work commitments and this could be a correlation to the fitness concern, but the coach is hopeful that the situation would change to allow the team to jell better.With respect to the performance against Barbados, Adonis highlighted that “it was a good game, Barbados put up a good fight at the start; we started to break them down and started to run up the score.”According to the coach, there are technical areas that need to improve to better the performance of the squad.“We still got some areas that we got to work on, especially in the line-outs and the malls, we [are] still a little weak there because they scored most of their tries in those areas, but otherwise the guys put up a good performance and we really pleased with this outcome,” the ruggers coach said.Their next opponent is Jamaica, who was easily defeated by Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday in the twin-island republic, but Adonis explained that the team needs to be cautious of the Jamaicans.“Watching at Barbados, they always come technically sound and we were able to do a lot of the stuff against them, the stuff that we practiced, but coming up against Jamaica it will be a different kettle of fish because it is years now we didn’t face Jamaica so that will be a different ball game, so we still got to prepare and try to get ourselves organised and ready for them,” Adonis explained.With quality players like Claudius Butts and Theodore Henry missing, the coach was asked if an inclusion of other players would be done for the upcoming matches.“Not much changes; people like Claudius Butts might be coming in, but we going mostly with the same squad; you don’t change your winning solution,” he posited.The national ruggers next encounters are against Jamaica on May 21, then Trinidad on June 19.last_img read more

Traore and Pino play in QPR Under-21 game

first_imgArmand Traore and Yelko Pino are playing for QPR’s development side in a match against Charlton this afternoon.Traore has not played a first-team match this season – and has made just one appearance for Rangers in more than a year.West London Sport recently revealed that Celta Vigo midfielder Pino, 19, was on trial with the R’s and would play in two Under-21 matches. He subsequently featured in a game against Millwall last week.Celta Vigo announced last month that the Spain Under-19 international had joined QPR on a six-month deal.The La Liga club previously announced he had moved to Swindon Town, where he also trained but did not sign.See also:Spanish midfielder training with QPR ahead of possible moveQPR’s second-half display angers HasselbainkYun praised by Charlton boss RigaRangers assess Hall foot injuryMK Dons v QPR player ratingsTraore and Pino play in QPR Under-21 gameFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

In Defense of Men and Women, Body and Soul

first_imgThe BBC News published a male-bashing article by Baroness Susan Greenfield, Director of The Royal Institution, on March 29.  It must have created a stir, because the next day, Prof. Steve Jones of University College, London, tried to restore the male ego.  This was apparently a two-part documentary exploring what would happen “If women ruled the world.”    Greenfield had alleged that women will outperform men in 20 years, no longer have need of male muscle power, and have lots of alternative methods for bearing and raising children.  Her dismissal of men was just slightly less than total: “More probably, it is not so much that men could be extinct, as opposed to our family lives changing dramatically,” she said.  They might be useful to keep around as historical curiosities.    Jones responded with an article illustrated with a superman cartoon.  The caption read, “Superhero or zero?  Professor Jones says men are indispensable.”  His point, however, reeks of Darwinian kryptonite and seems unlikely to make his buddies feel able to leap tall buildings in a single bound:   In fact the question of males raises not one, but many biological issues: the origin of sex, of distinct sexes, of why there are only two sexes rather than dozens.   And how is that pastime maintained, given that it is so expensive?  A woman, it seems, could much increase the rate at which she copies her own genes if she avoided having them diluted by those of a man.    Yes, men are a complicated lot, and there’s a lot we do not know.  As we look through the living world, one thing is clear: it is very hard to get rid of them.The best justification Jones seems to come up with for being male is that men enable the human race to shuffle the genetic cards.  Organisms without both sexes seem to come to an evolutionary dead end, he claims.  So since women can’t get rid of the louts, they might as well tolerate them.If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you …Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son.— Rudyard KiplingThese BBC articles would make Dr. Dobson hopping mad.  And they should make any red-blooded man or woman upset.  This is really ugly.  It illustrates the utter devastation Darwinian thinking has foisted on our culture.  Greenfield’s comments disparage the Royal Institution, which was brought to its pinnacle of prestige by an unselfish, honorable, God-fearing, hard-working man: Michael Faraday.    Male chauvinism is wrong, but so is female chauvinism – what’s bad for the gander is bad for the goose.  Neither of these articles has restored any dignity to men or women.  Darwinism has reduced males and females to gene-propagating commodities.  Carl Sagan expressed the Darwinian view of humanity in black ink:In a very real sense human beings are machines constructed by the nucleic acids to arrange for the efficient replication of more nucleic acids.  In a sense our strongest urges, noblest enterprises, most compelling necessities, and apparent free wills are all an expression of the information coded in the genetic material:  We are, in a way, temporary ambulatory repositories for our nucleic acids.  This does not deny our humanity.  It does not prevent us from pursuing the good, the true, and the beautiful.  But it would be a great mistake to ignore where we have come from in our attempt to determine where we are going.The Cosmic Connection (Dell 1960), p. 6.Talk about schizophrenia; he just denied our humanity and then said it does not deny our humanity.  He used his free will to deny that we have free will.  He left “the good, the true, and the beautiful” as undefined terms, and reduced our noblest enterprises to the action of selfish genes.  This is the legacy of Darwinism, of which Sagan was one of the staunchest evangelists.  It leaves humanity as nothing more than gene-replicating machines accidentally emerging from nothingness and headed nowhere.  How can machines “attempt to determine where we are going”?  Want to know where we are going if Darwinism is true?  To the grave, where consciousness and intelligence and noble enterprises are extinguished, returning to the nothingness from which they emerged.    Had enough?  Good.  Forget Sagan’s cynical and depressing view, because he contradicted himself.  The only way he could make his point was to cheat: he borrowed words from a Christian vocabulary (good, true, beautiful, noble, information, free will, etc.).  Thus, he shot his straw man in the foot.  If he really believed what he was saying, he would cry “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity” in despair.  He would realize that his own noble enterprises, whether writing books, exploring Mars or appearing on the Johnny Carson show, were all emptiness and striving after wind.  He would just have sex (to help out the selfish genes) and then die.  And forget the BBC’s rant against maleness, which would have even robbed him of the joy of sex.  Forget, too, Jones’ wimpy comeback.  All these ideas are worthless, built on a foundation of Darwinian shifting sand.  Darwinians cannot answer any of the questions they raised: the origin of sex, of distinct sexes, of why there are only two sexes rather than dozens, and why sex persists when it is so expensive (see 04/14/2003 headline, for example).  Sex and gender roles are incomprehensible to a Darwinian, because they have no solid foundation for ultimate meaning.    Here’s the first step for restoring your worth as a real man, or a real woman: keep your head, like Kipling warned.  Don’t fall for Darwinian propaganda.  It’s contradictory, unsupported by evidence, and leads to despair.  You have a soul, brother; you have a soul, sister; and being a man or woman is all about soul.  Souls did not evolve.    To the degree Darwinism degrades humanity, the Bible restores it, and then some!  God Himself took our physical bodies He had formed by His intelligent design, and breathed into them the breath of life, and we became living souls.  Human beings, both male and female, were inscribed with the image of God, unlike anything else He had made.  Your purpose is not just to pass on your genes and die.  You have worth as an individual.  You are responsible as an individual for what you do with your life.  You, as an individual, will face the judgment of your Maker.    Physically, God made men and women to need and desire one another.  All higher animals propagate by sexual reproduction, but with humankind, God instituted the family as a means of passing on His commandments to future generations, and gave sexual reproduction a spiritual and emotional meaning beyond mere procreation, as a picture of love – something animals, without God’s image, cannot experience.  He assigned roles to men and women appropriate to our natures.  But spiritually, He made us much more than mere sexual dimorphisms of an animal species.  Because of His image we bear, we have minds, and language, and the possibility of meaningful relationships.  We can think, reason, speak, write, communicate, and love.  His two great commandments are for men and women: to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.    As His creations made in His image, we are going to live forever.  Eternity will be either with or without our Creator, depending on our response to His call.  By default it will be without Him, because we have all sinned.  But because the Lord loved us, He offered His Son as a sacrifice to redeem us from our sins.  This is the good news of the Word of God to us:  He offers us reconciliation, without penalty, as a gift.  You can receive this gift by turning from your sin and placing your trust, your empty hands of faith, into his strong hand of salvation.  That can be the start of a new life, a new relationship with your Maker.    Just how great His love to us was only hinted at in the recent blockbuster movie The Passion of the Christ.  The movie quoted Jesus’ proverb and promise from John 15, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”  The remembrance of that passion of Christ, and the subsequent glorious resurrection, is approaching.  The contrast between the two world views – the dismal, meaningless, gene-propagating Darwinian world expressed by Sagan and the BBC articles, and the rich relationship between men, women and a heavenly Father taught in the Word of God – could hardly be more stark.  One leads to death, one to life.  So choose life: won’t you repent of your sin, and receive Him today?  Then you can find fulfillment and abundant life as a man or woman of God.Homework: Watch The Passion of the Christ, then come home and read how it was prophesied 700 years before it happened by Isaiah (read Isaiah 52-54, esp. ch. 53).  Then read Jesus’ explanation of why He came and the importance of being born again by believing (trusting) in Him, in John ch. 3.  To take your belief to the point of commitment, read the Apostle Paul’s instructions in Romans 10.  Then for a real encouragement, and in preparation for Easter, read what is in store for those who trust in Christ by reading I Corinthians 15, the great “resurrection” chapter of the Bible.  When you get to the last verse, you will see why pursuing the good, the true, and the beautiful, is indeed a noble enterprise for the redeemed: whether man or woman, boy or girl.If you have any questions understanding these things, write here.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Opening up SA’s heritage

first_imgThe eye-catching Open SA! logo. (Image: Open SA!) Documents such as this 1949 immigration form belonging to a Dutch immigrant, are an important part of South Africa’s history. (Image: Wikimedia)Janine ErasmusA new project titled Open SA! aims to make South African historical and cultural material widely accessible, by allowing ordinary people as well as professionals to share their heritage online and make it available for republishing and remixing, for the benefit of all.“We believe that getting ordinary people involved in sharing their history on the internet with artists, historians, students and researchers is a great way to keep local history alive and accessible,” said the Open SA! team in a statement.The Open SA! project is an initiative of popular positive-themed blog SA Rocks and the African Commons Project, a Johannesburg-based non-profit organisation that works to empower communities towards innovation, creativity and wisdom through the internet and other new technologies.African Commons is working closely with the Alexandria Archive Institute, which is building a collection of open access, internet-based resources for archaeology and world history.Using the principle of public domain – those works that the public may copy, adapt and share without limitation – Open SA! gathers, tags and manages relevant submissions from contributors from all facets of society, and makes them freely available online.The Open SA! team has another mission, and that is to reach out to young creative voices in South Africa, with a view to teaching them how to find open content that they may freely and legally adapt and share.Finally, for those whose material needs to be digitised first, Open SA! plans to arrange digitisation drives, with the help of volunteers, to transfer collections into the correct format.Shared heritageSouth Africa’s national Department of Arts and Culture, the custodian of the country’s rich and diverse heritage, has long held that shared heritage is an important tool in social cohesion and nation building.The Encyclopaedia of South African Arts and Culture, currently in beta testing, defines nation-building as the fostering of a sense of pride and knowledge in all aspects of South African culture, heritage and the arts.An additional aspect of nation building is the encouragement of mutual respect and tolerance and inter-cultural exchange between various cultures and art disciplines, which in turn facilitates the emergence of a shared cultural identity based on diversity.  Open SA! takes advantage of new developments and publishing platforms, such as blogging and citizen journalism, and online publishing of photographs, videos and music, which it views as vital components of a new form of democratic speech. This, it says, should be nurtured, and one of the best ways to do that is to provide easy access to quality resources and materials.Citing examples such as the speech former president Nelson Mandela delivered on his release from prison in 1990, or his successor Thabo Mbeki’s rousing “I am an African” speech, the Open SA! project says that these priceless resources should be available to more than just the professional journalists, filmmakers and researchers who were traditionally authorised to re-publish them.To this end, the public is encouraged to submit their material or material belonging to friends or family, provided that contributors either own the copyright to the materials or have written permission from the copyright holder.Leading the field One of the first contributors to Open SA! is new media specialist and photographer Gregor Rohrig, who has made available a classy selection of his photos taken around Johannesburg.All photos are licensed under the Creative Commons concept and may freely be shared and remixed, provided that proper attribution is given, images are used for non-commercial purposes, and any adaptation of the works is distributed under the same or a similar licence. These conditions may be waived with permission from Rohrig.Commenting on the wealth of historical and cultural material held by South Africans, Rohrig asked, “What good are these materials if they cannot be used and reused creatively?”The talented photographer expects the local creative industry to be even more inspired and encouraged with the unlocking of local resources that have previously been inaccessible.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@bigmedia.co.za.Useful linksOpen SA!Open SA! photo collection on FlickrDepartment of Arts and CultureEncyclopaedia of South African Arts and Culture (beta)SA RocksAfrican Commons ProjectGregor RohrigAlexandria Archive Institutelast_img read more

South Africa turns to cinema to build young entrepreneurs

first_imgIt seems impossible until it’s done – this was one of the key messages remembered by schoolchildren who were part of Step Up 2 a Start Up II event.The learners were given a toolkit and were encouraged to combine their theatre learning with their classroom learning. (Image: Primestars Marketing Facebook)Brand South Africa ReporterIt seems impossible until it’s done – this was one of the key messages remembered by schoolchildren who were part of Step Up 2 a Start Up II event, held countrywide on 12 September.Step Up 2 a Start Up II ran over five weeks on Saturdays, from 15 August to 12 September. About 300 learners gathered at specific cinemas each Saturday, where they learned how to start their own businesses. About 15 000 learners across the country were reached.All five sessions ran simultaneously in 15 Ster-Kinekor cinemas across the country, including The Boardwalk in Richards Bay, Gateway Commercial in Umhlanga, North Cape Mall in Kimberly, and Sandton City in Johannesburg. All of the events began at the same time, at 9am.Facilitated by PrimeStars Marketing and endorsed by Proudly South African, the initiative celebrates youth entrepreneurship on the big screen. Step Up 2 a Start Up II is mainly sponsored by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Absa, MTN, Sasol and Putco.Brand South Africa contributed as well under its Play Your Part initiative. Play Your Part is a national campaign that encourages all South Africans to contribute to positive change. Step Up 2 a Start Up II is a perfect example of that because it encourages young people to identify and solve problems in their communities through entrepreneurship.The learners were given a toolkit and were encouraged to combine their theatre learning with their classroom learning. Step Up 2 a Start Up II, said the organisers, also showcased role models and prepared learners for entry into the Maker-preneur of the Year Competition.InspiredSpeaking on Saturday, Contrak Molewa of Bokgoni Technical School in Atteridgeville, Tshwane said that before watching the movie his ideas to start a business were scattered. “I have so many ideas. And I now know which direction I want to go to.”The 17-year-old said the film taught him that it was okay to fail in order to succeed. “The film was inspiring. I found out that Steve Jobs also failed a few times. Another thing I learned was that networking was important.”Moses Mhlwana, a 16-year-old learned from Bokgoni Technical School, said he realised that entrepreneurs must have ideas that would help Africans. People must benefit from your idea. “As an entrepreneur you should think about how you can improve life [of those around you].”Vanessa Sibanda said she did not know that starting a business would be so easy. “I learned [from the film] that we can get ideas from adults around us,” said the 13-year-old, who attends Sunrise Secondary School in Diepsloot, Johannesburg.The competitionIn addition, the Maker-preneur of the Year Competition is open to learners in grades 9 to 12 who have participated in the Step Up 2 a Start Up II cinema programme. Schools attending were chosen by the Department of Basic Education. Other schools wanting to join the programme should contact the NYDA.In the competition, the students need to adhere to the credo: “Design it, make it, sell it.” Competition prizes include bursaries and electronic goods. The competition closes on 30 October. The finalists will be notified between 16 and 20 November.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

How to Migrate Timelines Between Video Editing Applications

first_imgIn Resolve go to Session and click Render.Under the Easy Setup tab select Avid AAF Round Trip (this will still work in Premiere).After selecting your desired export codec you can simply hit “Render”.Once completed you can jump into premiere and import the AAF file which will pop up as a single sequence.If you have multiple timelines you will need to export multiple AAF files. The clips should automatically pop up in Premiere. If a clip pops up the “media offline” error box you can relink the file by simply right clicking and selecting Relink. This technique also works with XML files out of Resolve as well.FCPX to PremiereTo export from FCPX to Premiere you have to use Resolve Lite.In Final Cut Pro X go to File > Export XML where you will be asked to name and save a new .fcpxml file format. The new .fcpxml file can be imported into Resolve.In Resolve click Load and select your FCPXML file.A dialogue box will pop up, click Ok. You will now be able to see your clips in the timeline.Inside of Resolve go to Session and Click Render.Under the Easy Setup tab select Avid AAF Round Trip (this works for Premiere, don’t worry).After selecting your desired export codec you can simply hit render. Your clips will now render.Once completed you can jump into Premiere and import the AAF file which will pop up as a single sequence.If you have multiple timelines you will need to export multiple AAF files. The clips should automatically pop up in Premiere.Migrating Timelines To FCPXPremiere to FCPXTo import Premiere Timelines into FCPX you must convert your Premiere project to a .fcpxml file format. The best way to use this is via DaVinci Resolve Lite which is free.In Premiere go to File>Export>AAF, choose a name, and click save.You can now import the .aaf file into Resolve Lite.Once inside Resolve go to Session>Export.In the dropdown menu Select Final Cut Pro XML Round Trip.Now select all the clips you want to send to Final Cut Pro and hit “start render”.Now jump back into FCPX and go to File>Import>XML.Avid to FCPX Move your video editing sequences from one application to another using these quick workflows.In an ideal world you would be able to open any video editing project file in any program, but it’s not that simple. Each video editing application has it’s own set of tools, workflow and effects, so the round tripping process is somewhat convoluted. This is where AAF and XML files come into play.AAF and XML files are designed to help migrate sequences between video editing apps. They make it possible to go from FCPX to Resolve to Avid to Premiere and anything in-between. However, there is a specific workflow that should be followed for each migration to ensure success. In the following post we will take a step-by-step look at the migration process between the big 4 editing softwares: Avid, Premiere, Resolve, and FCPX.For some of these workflows you will have to use DaVinci Resolve Lite as a bridge program. Thankfully Resolve Lite is free from BlackmagicDesign’s site.Migrating Timelines To PremiereAvid to PremiereImporting Avid sequences into Premiere is easy.In Avid, with your sequence or master clip selected in the bin, right click and hit “export.When the box pops up select “Untitled” from the dropdown menu and click the box that says “Options”.Under the “Export As” dropdown you can select AAF, click save.You will now be able to import the AAF file into Premiere. You can find out more information about this workflow by going to Avid’s site.Resolve to Premiere Migrating Timelines To ResolveFCPX to Resolve In Avid, with your sequence or master clip selected in the bin, right-click and hit “export.When the box pops up select “Untitled” from the dropdown menu and click the box that says options.Under the Export As dropdown you can select AAF and click save.You will now be able to import the AAF file into Resolve.In Resolve click the “Load” button.Select your AAF file and click Open.A dialogue box will pop up, click “Ok”. You should now see your Avid sequence in the timeline. Migrating Timelines To AvidResolve to Avid With your clips selected in Premiere go to File>Export>AAF.You will be asked to name the AAF file.You can now click import the file directly into Avid. Your sequence should auto populate the clips inside of Avid.FCPX to AvidTo export from FCPX to Avid you have to use Resolve Lite. Unfortunately this is the best workflow for going from FCPX to Avid.In Final Cut Pro X go to File > Export XML where you will be asked to name and save a new .fcpxml file format. The new .fcpxml file can be imported into Resolve.In Resolve click Load and select your FCPXML file.A dialogue box will pop up, click Ok.You will now be able to see your clips in the timeline.Inside of Resolve go to Session and Click Render.Under the Easy Setup tab select Avid AAF Round Trip.After selecting your desired export codec you can simply hit render. Your clips will now render.Once completed you can jump into Avid and import the AAF file which will pop up as a single sequence.If you have multiple timelines you will need to export multiple AAF files. The clips should automatically pop up in Avid. It’s a long process but it works.Have any other tips for migrating sequences between editing software? Share in the comments below.Resources:FCP X: Transfer Projects to Premiere Pro CC – Larry JordanExporting Projects for Other Applications – Adobe PremiereRound-Tripping with Avid Media Composer – Video 2 Brain In Final Cut Pro X go to File > Export XML where you will be asked to name and save a new .fcpxml file format.The new .fcpxml file can be imported into Resolve.In Resolve click Load and select your FCPXML file.A dialogue box will pop up, click “Ok”. You will now be able to see your clips in the timeline.Premiere to ResolveThe workflow from Premiere to Resolve is incredibly easy. Because Premiere has the ability to save AAF files or XML files you have options because Resolve accepts both AAF and XML files.In Premiere go to File>Export> AAF or XML.Save your file in the pop-up box.Jump to Resolve and click the Load button.You can now select either your AAF or XML file, select “Open”.A box will pop up, click Ok. You should now see your Premiere sequence in the timeline.Avid to Resolve Inside of Resolve go to Session and Click Render.Under the Easy Setup tab select Avid AAF Round Trip.After selecting your desired export codec you can simply hit render. Your clips will now render.Once completed you can jump into Avid and import the AAF file which will pop up as a single sequence.If you have multiple timelines you will need to export multiple AAF files. The clips should pop up in Avid.Premiere to Avid With your sequence or master clip selected in the bin right-click and hit “export”.When the box pops up select “Untitled” from the dropdown menu and click the box that says options.Under the ‘Export As’ dropdown you can select AAF and click save.FCPX can’t read AAF files so you will have to use DaVinci Resolve Lite, but don’t worry it’s free. You will now be able to import the AAF file into Resolve.In Resolve go to Session>Export.In the dropdown menu Select “Final Cut Pro XML Round Trip”.Now select all the clips you want to send to Final Cut Pro and hit “Start Render”. Your new .fcpxml file should be made.Now jump back into FCPX and go to File>Import>XML. You can now import the .fcpxml file in FCPX.Resolve to FCPXExporting to FCPX is easy in Resolve.Go to Session>Export.In the render settings dropdown menu labeled “Easy Setup” select “Final Cut Pro XML Round-Trip”.Now select all your clips in the timeline and hit “Start Render”.Resolve will create a .fcpxml file that you can now import into Final Cut Pro X.To do this in FCPX go to File>Import>XML and select your new .fcpxml file. You should now see your video clips in the timeline.last_img read more

Republicans boycott Twitter ad spending after McConnell campaign account locked

first_img Tags Comments 14 Trump criticizes ‘censorship’ on social media, SpaceX… Following similar tweets from the House and Senate GOP campaign organizations, the National Republican Campaign Committee joined the ad spending stand-off. “I have directed the @nrcc to immediately halt all spending with @Twitter until they correct their inexcusable targeting of @Team_Mitch. We will stand firmly with our friends against anti-conservative bias,” NRCC director Parker Hamilton Poling tweeted Thursday.Republican lawmakers have accused Silicon Valley giants of bias before. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump, without evidence, accused Google of anticonservative bias in a series of now-deleted tweets.Trump alleged that Google is trying to “illegally subvert” the next election. “All very illegal,” he tweeted. “We are watching Google very closely!”Originally published Aug. 8, 2:44 p.m. PT.Correction, 3:47 p.m.: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect Twitter account that was locked. It was McConnell’s official campaign account. Also, the story misstated the day the account was locked. It was Wednesday. Update, Aug. 9: Adds that Twitter will allow the video, with a sensitive media warning. The Twitter account of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign has since been restored, and the video has been removed.  Win McNamee/Getty Images After Twitter temporarily locked the campaign account of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a string of leading Republican campaign committees announced an ad spending boycott against the social media platform. McConnell’s official campaign account was locked Wednesday after his team posted a video of protesters outside his Louisville, Kentucky, home earlier this week.Twitter’s blanket policy bans videos that include violent threats, even from those who receive such threats. The video in question, which also aired on Fox News, featured protest chants calling McConnell “murder turtle,” and shouts from the crowd inciting violence against him. Twitter told CNET in a statement that McConnell’s campaign account was locked because the video “violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety.”McConnell’s campaign account has since been restored.On Friday, Twitter said it reviewed the case more closely after multiple appeals and will allow the video to be visible with a sensitive media warning.”Going forward, the video will be visible on the service with a sensitive media interstitial and only in cases where the Tweet content does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules,” the company’s communications team tweeted. Going forward, the video will be visible on the service with a sensitive media interstitial and only in cases where the Tweet content does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules. https://t.co/Cuvh305ERA— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 9, 2019center_img Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Tech Industry Mobile Apps Digital Media Politics Share your voice 1:23 Twitter Donald Trumplast_img read more

Tata after Brexit To leave or to stay in Britain

first_imgThe June 23 referendum that saw Britain leave the European Union (Brexit), has also left the Indian conglomerate Tatas with increased uncertainties, said the Nikkei Asian Review.With 19 companies in the UK and businesses ranging from tea, hotels, motels, motors, software, steel and others, the Tatas now seem to be in a fix from exiting any of it, said the review.In March, the Tatas had threatened to exit its ailing steel business in the UK if the government did not intervene to negotiate sale of business and help revive stressed plants. The much awaited last week of June, expected to crystalise talks with government, however was awash with Brexit referendum.As steel venture continues to clock losses amounting to $1.33 million a day, the Brexit verdict now stands to threaten Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Automobile a 1 billion pound loss a year. JLR, another money-spinning Tata concern, is expected to take a hit from its export to other European nations.Tatas bonhomie with the British government, which runs back to the colonial days, may stand to gain with Brexit.Despite this, Nikkei noted that, the exit from the steel business or scaling down any other may not come easily as both UK-based steel and JLR collectively contribute nearly 30 percent to the total sales of Tata Group.This apart, the review emphasized that Tatas bonhomie with the British government, which run back to the colonial days, may stand to gain with Brexit. Like the British helped bootstrap many Tata companies in their nascent days, it might as well help again, it added.As UK strengthens its bonds with the commonwealth and many erstwhile colonies, beyond the boundaries set by European Union, the Tatas might again benefit.last_img read more

Bengaluru airport to roll out facial recognition system to reduce congestion at

first_imgKempegowda International Airport BengaluruPixabayBengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will soon have biometric facial recognition technology at the boarding points. The technology is already available at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport under the Narendra Modi government’s Digit Yatra initiative.”As an outcome of trials conducted and proof of concept established over 24 months ago, BIAL is implementing a biometric-based passenger boarding process at the KIA. It will ensure quick, seamless boarding for passengers,” Bangalore International Airport Limited officials told The Times of India.At the moment, travellers are required to show their boarding pass at multiple checkpoints. However, with facial recognition, travellers will have to show their documents and have their faces scanned at one point.Reports state that the first phase will be rolled out by July-end and will be implemented at the domestic terminal. After the trial run and the technology flows smoothly, it will be implemented for international passengers after the go-ahead by the government as well as other approvals by regulatory authorities.KIA in Bengaluru has already a body scanner initiative trial in place at the security checkpoints. Those travellers who don’t want to go through the body scanner will be frisked. Before installing the body scanners, a trial run at KIA began on July 1 and is expected to go on for three to four weeks.The body scanners will be situated at airports deemed as ‘hypersensitive’. The other airports include Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Kolkata, and Hyderabad. Along with them, three airports in Jammu and Kashmir are also included in the list, reports Hindustan Times. This initiative was made mandatory by the Bureau for Civil Aviation Secretary (BCAS).One of the reasons to implement the new technology is to reduce the amount of time spent at the counter which leads to congestion and help make travel more efficient and hassle-free.last_img read more

PM orders police to settle cases fast

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses senior police officers on the occasion of the Police Week -2019 at the Prime Minister’s Office Tuesday morning. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday put emphasis on building a more ‘people-friendly’ police force instructing the authorities concerned to dispose of police cases properly and on time to ensure quick justice.“Being imbued with patriotism, you’ll have to work becoming more people- friendly policemen and creating confidence and trust among the people,” she said while addressing senior police officers at the Prime Minister’s Office Tuesday morning on the occasion of the Police Week -2019.The prime minister said it is fact that the police cases are not finished on time and there is lacking of those who conduct cases.“So you’ll have to play a special role in monitoring this properly and completing the cases speedily … you should also have a team to look into the fate of the cases,” she added.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, inspector general of police Mohammad Jabed Patwary, secretary of the public security division of home ministry Mostafa Kamal Uddin and additional IGP (admin) Mokhlesur Rahman addressed the function.Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, deputy inspector general (DIG-highway) Atikul Islam, additional police commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Monirul Islam, deputy police commissioner of Tejgaon Zone Biplab Kumar Sarkar and Rajbari superintendent of police Asma Siddika Mily also spoke.The prime minister said the police cases remain pending in the courts years after years which need engagement of government officials along with the lawyers.“So, I think there should have a separate arrangement to look into these issues,” she said.Terming terrorism and militancy as a worldwide problem, the prime minister said her government has been able to control the twin monsters.“But we will have to continue our drive against militancy and terrorism and we should have a strategy to thwart any possible militant attack promptly side by side increasing intelligence surveillance and training,” she said.While talking about the framing of the Digital Security Act, the prime minister said many people are speaking against the law. “But the reality is that the law has been enacted to ensure security of the innocent and common people and protect their human rights,” she said.“The law has been enacted to save the life and property of the people alongside protecting their rights,” she added.The prime minister said the law is helping the police in investigation and filing the cases as well as identifying and arresting the criminals involved in cyber crimes.She praised the role of the police force in rooting out terrorism, militancy and drugs and vowed to continue the government’s fight against corruption side by side combating terrorism and militancy“Graft impedes the economic development of the country while drugs destroy a society and country … from the abuse of drug, hijacking and theft take place and even the children kill parents for it,” she said.Sheikh Hasina also laid stress on increasing the members of the specialised police force to guard mega projects. “We’re implementing many mega projects like the Padma Bridge. So, we need more members of specialised police force to guard the schemes,” she said.The prime minister also laid importance on proper training of the police and said her government is setting up 100 special economic zones where specialised Industrial Police will be deployed.She stressed the need for imparting specialised training to other specialised police units like River Police, Airport Police and Tourism Police alongside Industrial Police.Sheikh Hasina said members of the police will have to move with immediate action taking into account the nature of the activities of the criminals. That specialised training must be imparted to make them capable of facing any situation fast, she added.In this context, she said necessary steps will be taken to establish a specialised training institute for the police to create facilities for their specialised training.The premier mentioned that the police are giving more labour to maintain a peaceful environment in the country for economic development.“We’ve been able to take the country forward economically as you have given that labour with efficiency and for it I would like to thank you,” she said.The prime minister called upon the police to work with dedication and utmost sincerity for turning Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country.“Our journey has not yet ended, we’ve to go a long way,” she said.About increasing manpower of the police, she said more manpower will be added to various units of the police so that the people can get their desired services.On various demands of the police, Sheikh Hasina directed the authorities concerned to look into the issue of giving posting of the police personnel in different embassies and missions of Bangladesh abroad.The prime minister expressed her determination to build a middle income country in the golden jubilee year of independence and a developed and prosperous one by the year 2041.last_img read more