Working with ARRIRAW – Creating Offline Proxies in DaVinci Resolve

first_imgHow do you turn your ARRI RAW files into ProRes proxies for your offline edit – for free?If you are working with 12-bit RAW files fresh from the Arri Alexa, you’ll  almost certainly want to transcode them into offline edit proxies to work with, and then online your finished project back to the full resolution RAW files for grading. DaVinci Resolve Lite is a great FREE program to use to perform this offline/online workflow with ease.You can use those ProRes proxy files in all of the major NLE. Of course you can transcode your proxies to MXF for Avid or create digital dailies in any other format you wish.Transcoding ARRIRAW to Pro Res with DaVinci ResolveBefore we begin, if you want to give this workflow a test for yourself you can download a 12-bit ARRIRaw .ari file from Convergent Design. This clip was recorded on one of their Gemini 4:4:4 units which is able to handle the massive data rates. To give you some idea of the file sizes, the 869mb download file unzips to 1.25 GB folder containing a 7 second video clip. The RAW file itself is an image sequence that looks like this.Step 1 – Fire up DaVinci Resolve Lite and bring you ARRIRAW media into the Media Pool. All you need to do is navigate to the ARRIRAW folder and drag and drop it into the Media Pool. In Resolve 10 an empty project will adapt itself to match your imported footage settings. In Resolve 9, you need to ensure your project settings are correct.Step 2 – Jump over to the Conform page and create a new timeline by clicking on the + plus button at the top left of the screen. The Master Timeline is a ‘stringout’ of all the media in the project.Step 3 – Jump over to the Color page. Here you can grade your footage to taste. One of the main benefits of shooting with RAW is that you can alter the camera’s metadata (such as Color Temperature and Exposure) from within your grading or dailies package. To do this inside Resolve, click on the Camera Raw tab in the Color page. Adjust this per clip for individual control or as a project wide setting to affect all your clips at once. Again in Resolve 10 there is a new sharpness debayer control along with Color Temp and Exposure.Step 4 –  As ARRIRAW is recorded as a Log-C image, your files will look grey and flat, which is what you want as it gives the colorist greater latitude to play with. You can add in contrast and saturation manually or you can simply add the 3D Rec 709 LUT that ships with Resolve, or create your own LUT from the ARRI LUT Generator site.Step 5 – Hop over to the Deliver page and set up your files for rendering out as proxy media. In this example set your Render To: Quicktime. Codec is: ProRes 422 (LT). Make sure Render Timeline As: Individual Clips is selected. Also make sure ‘use source filename’ is ticked too.Depending on the speed of your machine you will probably want to adjust the debayer settings to 1/2 for faster turn around of your offline proxies. In Resolve 10 you can find this in the Camera RAW tab under Decode Quality and Playback Quality. In the Render page you can select ‘Force debayer res to highest quality’ to get the best of both worlds – smoother playback but always best quality exports.Step 6 – Edit with your offline files in your NLE of choice and then export an XML file of your finished edit, ready to bring into Resolve.Step 7 -Create a new project and import that XML file into Resolve (Conform page > File > Import XML) and simply check the ‘Automatically Import Source Files’ box and point to your RAW files. You are now ready to grade your cut with your RAW files.Finding Out More About ARRIRAWYou can find out a lot more about working with both ARRIRAW and Pro Res 444 files shot on SXS cards on the official ARRI Alexa site, where you can download a raft of useful tools, simulators and look generators. There is even a free Arri pocket guide app for iPhones and iPads.You can also read up on how DaVinci Resolve handles RAW files on page 133 of the excellent free manual written by colorist Alexis Van Hurkman. I have also rounded up some great resources on understanding and working with all kinds of RAW files here.last_img read more

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Giani Zail Singh sworn in as seventh President of India

first_imgThe new President, Giani Zail Singh, reads out his address in the Durbar HallIf the weather was any indication, Giani Zail Singh’s five-year tenure as the seventh President of India promises to be a stormy one. The day of his swearing-in, Sunday, July 25, opened with a heavy downpour that,The new President, Giani Zail Singh, reads out his address in the Durbar HallIf the weather was any indication, Giani Zail Singh’s five-year tenure as the seventh President of India promises to be a stormy one. The day of his swearing-in, Sunday, July 25, opened with a heavy downpour that continued till just before the official ceremony.The normally-immaculate forecourt of the Durbar Hall in Rashtrapati Bhavan, where the swearing-in was to take place, was a sea of red slush churned up by tyre tracks and hoofprints. But for all that, the Presidential mansion looked suitably imposing with the President’s bodyguard in white uniforms with scarlet sashes, lined up in an arrowhead formation on the steps of the Durbar Hall.Inside was minor bedlam as MPs jostled each other for the best seats in the house while Zail Singh’s invitees, many obviously straight from the village, were hopping over the seats like it was a movie hall. Only 300 MPs could be accommodated in the comparatively cramped confines of the Durbar Hall and those present sported a privileged air. But even they were clearly outdone by Zail Singh’s invitees and family members basking in reflected glory and wearing an air of festive gaiety. In comparison, the elegant diplomats were a subdued lot.The setting for the ceremony was in keeping with the pomp and pageantry of the office – the huge central chandelier towering over the crowds and dominating the octagonal-shaped Durbar Hall. But the centrepiece of the solemn drama about to unfold were the two, gilt-edged red velvet chairs meant for the outgoing President, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, and his successor, Giani Zail Singh.advertisementNeelam Sanjiva Reddy congratulates Giani Zail SinghThe chairs were placed on a rostrum in front of a stone statue of the Buddha. Above the statue, a red velvet canopy stretched up to the vaulted ceiling. Behind the chairs, stood five Presidential aides in full ceremonial dress, while turbaned guards lined the walls on both sides. The solemnity was enhanced considerably by the forceful and outspoken speech that Reddy had delivered the day before in which he had spoken critically of the need to have a strong Opposition in the country, an obvious if oblique warning to the ruling party.Nervous Zail Singh: The ceremony itself was conducted with split-second timing. Exactly at 11.25 a.m., Mrs Gandhi bustled into the Hall accompanied by Rajiv Gandh and her ever-present aide, the safari-suited R.K. Dhawan, Rajiv, however, preferred to sit at the rear of the Hall with his fellow MPs. At 11.30, precisely, to a flourish of trumpets, Reddy and the President-elect arrived and were escorted up the redcarpeted centre aisle by two Presidential aides-decamp. The procession was led by Speaker Balram Jakhar and Vice-President Hidayatullah followed by Giani Zail Singh in a white achkan with the Nehru-like red rose in the buttonhole. Behind him trailed Reddy, looking for lorn in the final moments of his Presidency. In contrast to Giani’s spotless white, Reddy sported a muddy brown achkan.Giani Zail Singh inspects the guard of honour after his swearing-inWhether it was the occasion or the thought of what lay ahead, Zail Singh looked decidedly nervous. Once the strains of the national anthem had faded away, he sat ramrod-straight in his seat, his hands stiff in his lap while Reddy preferred his familiar pose, slouched down in the high-backed Presidential chair, his hands resting on the armrests.Zail Singh’s nervousness was, however, more evident in the oath-taking ceremony which he made in unaccustomed and Punjabi-flavoured English. He stumbled twice over the oath and on one occasion, Chief Justice Y.V. Chandrachud had to repeat himself before Zail moved hesitantly along. With the oath-taking over, Giani switched places with Reddy on the rostrum with an air of obvious relief, while outside, the traditional 21 guns boomed out a muffled salute.Colourless Speech: There was an air of hushed expectancy as the newly-appointed President stepped up to the rostrum to deliver his Presidential address. A lot of effort had evidently gone into its composing and it had been sent to the Cabinet for the requisite approval at 11 p.m. the previous night.Reddy and wife wave farewellEnclosed in a blue folder and written in Gurmukhi, the address was delivered in Hindi, a language Zail was far more comfortable with. Even so, it was hesitantly delivered. The speech struck a jarring note when he proclaimed that “the nation has gained momentum, particularly in the preceding two and a half years” – the period since Mrs Gandhi returned to power. It was a sentence that was clearly out of context and only served to reduce the solemnity of the last obligatory sentence, that he would discharge his duties without “fear or favour”.By midday, the ceremony was over and the invitees trooped outside to await Zail Singh’s ceremonial arrival in the forecourt in the first of his Presidential perks – the gleaming carriage drawn by six carefully-groomed and plumed horses.advertisementA smiling Mrs Gandhi was forced to hitch up her pink and white printed sari and step daintily through the slush to get to the saluting base where she and Hidayatullah would greet the new President. Looking tiny and bird-like compared to the towering figures of the Presidential aides, she awaited the carriage which drew up in a flurry of shouted commands.The President steps into his official Mercedes with his new residence in the backgroundThe new President, for the first time in his life, preceded Mrs Gandhi to the saluting base where he stood in solitary but uncomfortable splendour before marching off to inspect the guard of honour. A few limp salutes later, it was all over and Zail Singh climbed into the second of his Presidential perks – a gleaming, open-roofed Mercedes, to be driven to the study of Rashtrapati Bhavan, his new home for the next five years. But as he left, there was no mistaking the wistful look on his bearded face, not so much for what lay ahead, but what he was leaving behind.last_img read more

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PBA D-League: Cignal-Ateneo destroys McDavid by 75 points

first_imgMOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Maodo Malick Diouf bullied his way to 22 points, 10 coming in the final frame, and 19 rebounds.“We just got to be ready for every situation. Marinero was able to catch up and get the lead, but we’re able to regroup, kept our poise, and played defense. That’s what has been keeping us to where we are,” said CEU head coach Derrick Pumaren.The Scorpions held a one-point lead at the end of the third quarter before it broke the game wide open in the fourth period behind Diouf.Angelo Kouame and Thirdy Ravena each scored 16 points while Mike Nieto added 11 for Ateneo, which rolled to its sixth victory in seven stints.Marlon Monte had 11 points for McDavid (1-5), which trailed, 90-28, after three quarters.ADVERTISEMENT The Blue Eagles opened the game with a 31-5 lead and continued to pounce on their lowly foes up to the final buzzer.Ateneo’s 75-point rout fell just a point short from matching the D-League mark of the biggest winning margin set by Tanduay in a 141-65 thrashing of Zark’s Burger two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMcDavid, however, managed to break a league record for all the wrong reasons as the squad’s 31 points were the fewest points scored by a team in a single game.In the other game, Centro Escolar University got going late to turn back Marinerong Pilipino, 93-76, and stay undefeated at 6-0. Go for Gold riders brace for 2019 Asian Road Cycling Championships 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 View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img McDavid scored only three points in the fourth quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MANILA, Philippines—It took Cignal-Ateneo just one quarter to put McDavid away en route to a 106-31 dismantling that nearly set a PBA D-League record Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

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Ingrown toenail

first_imgDefinitionAn ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows down and into the skin of the toe.Alternative NamesOnychocryptosis; Unguis incarnatus; Nail avlusion; Matrix excisionCauses, incidence, and risk factorsAn ingrown toenail can result from a number of things. Poorly fitting shoes and toenails that are not properly trimmed are the most common causes. The skin along the edge of a toenail may become red and infected. The great toe is affected most often, but any toenail can become ingrown.Ingrown toenails may occur when extra pressure is placed on your toe. This pressure is caused by shoes that are too tight or too loose. If you walk often or participate in athletics, a shoe that is even a little tight can cause this problem. Deformities of the foot or toes can also place extra pressure on the toe.Nails that are not trimmed properly can also cause ingrown toenails.Toenails that are trimmed too short, or if the edges are rounded rather than cut straight across may causethe nail tocurl downward and grow into the skin.Poor eyesight, inability to reach the toes easily, or having thick nails can make it hard to properly trim nails.Picking or tearing at the corners of the nails can also cause an ingrown toenail.Some people are born with nails that are curved and grow downward. Others have toenails that are too large for their toes. Stubbing your toe or other injuries can also lead to an ingrown toenail.advertisementSymptoms There may be pain, redness and swelling around the nail.Signs and testsAn exam of the foot will show the following:Skin along the edge of the nail appears to be growing over the nail, or the nail seems to be growing underneath the skin.Skin is swollen, firm, red, or tender to touch. There may be a small amount of pus.Tests or x-rays are usually not needed.TreatmentIf you have diabetes, nerve damage in the leg or foot, poor blood circulation to your foot, or an infection around the nail, go to the doctor right away. Donot try to treatan ingrown nailat home.Otherwise, to treat an ingrown nail at home:Soak the foot in warm water 3 to 4 times a day if possible. After soaking, keep the toe dry.Gently massage over the inflamed skin.Place a small piece of cotton or dental floss under the nail. Wet the cotton with water or antiseptic.When trimming your toenails:Briefly soak your foot in warm water to soften the nail.Use a clean, sharp trimmer.Trim toenails straight across the top. Do not taper or round the corners or trim too short. Do not try to cut out the ingrown portion of the nail yourself. This will only make the problem worse.Consider wearing sandals until the problemgoes away. Over-the-counter medication that is applied to the ingrown toenail may help with the pain, but itdoes not treat the problem.If this does not work and the ingrown nail gets worse, see your family doctor, a foot specialist (podiatrist) or a skin specialist (dermatologist).If your ingrown nail does not heal or keeps coming back, your doctor may remove part of the nail:Numbing medicine is first injected into the toe.The doctor usesscissors to cut along the edge of the nail where the skin is growing over. This portion of the nail is removed. This procedure is called a partial nail avulsion.It takes 2 to 4 months for the nail to regrow.Sometimes your doctor will use a chemical, electrical current, or another small surgical cut to destroy or remove the area from which a new nail may grow.If the toe is infected, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.Expectations (prognosis)Treatmentusually controls the infection and relieves pain. The condition is likely to return ifyou do not practice good foot care.This condition may become serious in people with diabetes, poor circulation, and nerve problems (peripheral neuropathies).ComplicationsIn severe cases, the infectioncan spread through the toe and into the bone.Calling your health care providerCall your health care provider if you:Are unable to trim an ingrown toenailHave severe pain, redness, swelling, or feverIf you have diabetes, nerve damage in the leg or foot, poor blood circulation to your foot, or an infection around the nail, your risk for complications is higher. If you have diabetes, see your health care provider.PreventionWear shoes that fit properly. Shoes that you wear every day should have plenty of room around your toes. Shoes that you wear for walking briskly or for running should also have plenty of room, but not be too loose.advertisementWhen trimming your toenails:Briefly soak your foot in warm water to soften the nail.Use a clean, sharp nail trimmer.Trim toenails straight across the top. Do not taper or round the corners or trim too short.Do not pick or tear at the nails.Keepyour feet clean and dry. People with diabetes should have routine foot exams and nail care.ReferencesHeidelbaugh JJ, Lee H. Management of the ingrown toenail. Am Fam Physician. 2009;79(4):303-8.Ishikawa SN. Disorders of nails and skin. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Mosby; 2012:chap 87.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

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Thiago Silva: Monaco’s plight not Henry’s fault

first_imgParis Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva said Thierry Henry is “the least guilty” for Monaco’s desperate plight after the Ligue 1 champions inflicted a 4-0 defeat upon their beleaguered rivals.Edinson Cavani scored twice in the first half and completed his hat-trick after half-time before Neymar added a fourth from the penalty spot to maintain PSG’s 100 per cent league record this season.Monaco are without a win since the opening day and Henry has picked up just one point from his four Ligue 1 games in charge since replacing Leonardo Jardim in October. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Silva offered a sympathetic view of Henry’s predicament and backed the former France forward to turn the club’s season around, despite Monaco’s squad being ravaged by injuries.”Monaco’s situation is complicated,” Silva told reporters. “People talk a lot about the head coach. But I think the coach is the least guilty of all this.It’s all over at the Stade Louis II where PSG take the points.0-4 #ASMPSG pic.twitter.com/4XgVkfp2hD— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) November 11, 2018″For two years [since] they won the championship, players have left and they cannot easily replace them. This makes things harder, this replenishment.”Henry is going to have a lot of work to do to get the team back on the road to winning. If I’m not mistaken he has not won yet. But he has a history in football, a winning story.”I’m sure he’ll do good things for this group and get out of this situation. But it will not be an easy situation, if I am not mistaken there are 12 injuries or more. It is a very difficult situation.”Henry was critical of his side’s failure to take the chances that fell to them when the game was in the balance but pledged to continue working hard to reverse the club’s fortunes.Monaco face a trip to Caen in Ligue 1 on November 24 after the international break, before taking on Atletico Madrid away in the Champions League four days later as they seek a first win in over three months.”We knew it was going to be hard against Paris,” said the 41-year-old. “We’re not looking for excuses.”We played against a team of another level. When they have the ball it’s not easy.”We could have put them in trouble at the beginning of the game. We had a big chance to get back to 1-1 and we didn’t even shoot.”I will continue. It has not always been easy. We must stay positive. We play the game, we do not play anything else.”last_img read more

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Michigan Football Loses Major 2020 Recruit

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warmups before the college football game against the Florida Gators.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warmups before the college football game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Michigan’s football program had a great weekend, with the Wolverines blowing out Penn State in Ann Arbor, but Jim Harbaugh and Co. got some bad news today.Denver Warren, one of the top recruits in the country for 2020, has de-committed from the Michigan football program.The four-star recruit announced his decision on Twitter:De-Committed..✅ pic.twitter.com/wVxw2Jg9p6— Denver “Humble Beast” Warren (@drippy_D1) November 5, 2018Warren is ranked the No. 24 defensive tackle in the country by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s the No. 257 overall recruit in the 2020 class.The 6-foot-1, 318-pound prospect is an Illinois native.Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin, among other programs, are involved here.last_img read more

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Closing Bell Markets decline on esclating Ukraine tensions SP cuts Russian credit

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday as nervous investors backed off ahead of the weekend amid rising tensions in Ukraine.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 20.68 points to 14,533.57. The Canadian dollar was down 0.07 of a cent at 90.61 cents US.U.S. indexes also retreated as the Dow Jones industrials tumbled 140.19 points to 16,361.46, the Nasdaq dropped 72.78 points to 4,075.56, also pressured by a 9.8% drop in Amazon’s share price after the retailer warned of a likely operating loss in the second quarter. The S&P 500 index slid 15.21 points to 1,863.4.Russia’s foreign minister has accused the West of plotting to control Ukraine and also announced military exercises near Ukraine’s border. And late Friday afternoon, Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister said he feared an imminent Russian invasion.Danylo Lubkivskye spoke as an official in Ukraine confirmed that pro-Russian forces had detained a team of military observers with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.“We can’t dismiss what is going on there. It is a concern, it could escalate,” said Gareth Watson, vice-president investment management and research, Richardson GMP Ltd.At the same time, the economic cost to Russia for its stance toward Ukraine increased as Standard & Poor’s cut Russia’s credit rating from BBB to BBB-minus — one step above non-investment grade.S&P said it took the step because the tense situation “could see additional significant outflows of capital from the Russian economy.”The latest escalation in tensions came at the end of what had been a generally positive week on markets thanks to better than expected corporate earnings in Canada and the United States.“What’s more important is that we haven’t seen any massive downgrades to guidance,” Watson said. “There’s been a few tweaks to guidance going forward but not massive.”On Friday, automaker Ford said first-quarter net income fell 39% to US$989 million or 24 cents per share, seven cents below estimates. Revenue rose slightly to $35.9 billion, beating analysts’ expectations for $34.2 billion and its shares lost 3.3% to $15.78.In Canada, business software provider Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTC) posted quarterly net earnings of $45.8 million or 33 cents per share, up from $25.8 million or 22 cents in the comparable year-earlier period as revenue rose to $442.8 million from $337.7 million. The company also upped its quarterly dividend by 15% to 17.25 cents a share. Its shares climbed $3.30 or 6.49% to $54.11.In other corporate developments, Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. (TSX:COS) lowered its 2014 production guidance for the Syncrude Canada oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., to between 95 million and 105 million barrels, compared with an previous estimate of 95 million to 110 million barrels as a result of a breakdown at one of its cokers, which help convert heavy oilsands bitumen into a lighter type of crude. Its shares fell 88 cents or 3.65% to C$23.25.The energy sector dropped 0.54% as June crude in New York gave back $1.34 to US$100.60 a barrel.May copper was unchanged at US$3.12 a pound and the base metals group was up 0.4%.The gold sector was the leading advancer, up about 2.4% as geopolitical worries drove June bullion up $10.20 to US$1,300.80 an ounce.Indexes closed little changed this week with the TSX up 33 points and the Dow industrials down 47 points. read more

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West Lincoln man killed in headon crash

Photo courtesy Stefanos Karatopis A 40-year-old West Lincoln man is dead after his pick-up truck crossed the centre line and hit a transport truck head-on.It happened around 4:30 pm yesterday on Regional Road 20 south of Concession 4 in West Lincoln.  The driver of the pick-up was cut out of his vehicle by firefighters but died before he could be taken to hospital.The 52-year-old driver of the transport truck, who is from Port Colborne, was treated in hospital and released.Police haven’t released any names. read more

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Italy proposes moving UN food summit to another venue

In a letter from the Prime Minister’s office to the head of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Italian Government expressed its willingness to bear the additional cost of moving the “World Food Summit: five year later.”Italy’s proposal, which has been forwarded to the members of the FAO Governing Council for a decision early next week, also suggests that an agreement on the change should be signed with the UN agency. The World Food Summit, scheduled for 5 to 9 November, will review the progress made towards the eradication of hunger and to raise both the political will and the financial resources to accelerate the fight against hunger. At the 1996 World Food Summit, representatives of 185 nations and the European Community pledged to work towards eradicating hunger and set a target of halving by 2015 the number of hungry people – still more than 800 million. read more

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Hockey Refs Are Out To Get You If They Already Got The

Kerry Fraser, a former NHL official who worked more than 1,900 regular-season games and 13 Stanley Cup Finals from 1980 through 2010, remembers calling penalty after penalty on the Philadelphia Flyers early in his career. “They were a very aggressive team,” he said during a phone interview. “Especially in Philly, they played really tough,” with players like Paul Holmgren and Craig Berube intimidating the opposition with their physicality. They would take penalties because they could kill penalties, knowing they had a stout goalie in Ron Hextall minding the net.When Fraser reffed Flyers games at the Spectrum, he was on the lookout for penalties committed by the home team. But he was also hyper-aware of what the other team was doing because he didn’t want to miss an infraction.“That’s bad game management,” Fraser said. “My mindset was, ‘OK, I’m not going to look for one on the other team just because one team has taken four or five in a row, but I sure as heck can’t afford to miss one.’ Your radar goes up, especially when the other team is in a checking position, and as soon as one is there, you make sure you get it.”Fraser was conscious of any widening gap between the number of penalties called on each team, even if the calls infractions were warranted. The stats suggest that other referees are as well.This is pretty compelling evidence that referees’ past calls influence their next calls. The chart includes every NHL penalty call between the start of the 2005-06 season and the end of the 2014-15 regular season,1We used play-by-play data from the nhlscrapr package in R. To eliminate the possibility that our findings would be driven by coincidental penalties, which often don’t give either team a power play, we dropped all infractions that occurred simultaneously. The margin of error for each probability was less than 1 percent. and it looks at all infractions in a game and how the difference in penalties called on each team affects the next call.2University of Texas at Austin professor Jason Abrevaya gives the penalties for exact sequences of violations in a paper in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. As an example, if the home team has been called for three penalties and the away team five, the away team would be “owed” two calls. The tendency for prior violations to affect NHL penalties is enormous; when home teams are owed penalties, they are called for penalties at much lower rates, and the inverse holds for away teams.The effect is even more pronounced when a string of penalties against the same team starts a game. If a game starts with four straight penalties against the away team, for example, the home team is about three times as likely to be called for the next one.To Fraser, this isn’t about makeup calls. It’s a sign of good game management. “In the overall complexion of the game, it gives the team that has committed multiple infractions recognition that if they commit the crime, they’ll do the time,” he says. “On the other hand, they know the ref is fair because he called a penalty against the other team when he saw it. It doesn’t cause further frustration for the team that is taking more of the penalties.”When we called the NHL for comment, it declined to participate in this story. The league prohibits officials from talking to the media during the playoffs. Stephen Walkom, vice president and director of officiating, declined to speak through a PR rep, who wrote that Walkom “really doesn’t want to do anything to make the officiating the center of attention during the playoffs.”In playoff games, the referees’ balancing effect grows even stronger. Our hypothesis: referees are trying to even out playoff games, where the pressure is on for the officials to avoid becoming a storyline. When the home team is owed a penalty in the playoffs, the frequency of calls on the visiting team is significantly higher than it is during the regular season. (If the away team is owed a penalty or penalties, the effect is about the same as it is during the regular season.)Overtime produces the most dramatic results, with the second penalty call of the extra period about three times as likely to be whistled on the team that received the first power play.Take Game 1 of the first-round match between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators in Nashville, Tennessee, as an example. At the 12:42 mark of the first overtime period, Chicago’s Brad Richards earned a two-minute penalty for a high stick on the Predators’ Ryan Ellis. Minutes later, Chicago’s Duncan Keith hauled down Nashville’s Taylor Beck just as Beck skated past the blue line alone. It appeared to be a textbook holding call, if not a penalty shot.Your browser does not support iframes.However, neither referee Dan O’Halloran nor his partner, Brad Meier, sent Keith to the box. The Blackhawks avoided a second 5-on-4 situation and extended the game.It wasn’t hard to predict what was coming next: Less than three minutes after the teams returned to even strength, the Predators’ Seth Jones was sent to the box for tripping Bryan Bickell. It was a soft call, but it was one that went against the home team, evening up the number of penalties on each team in the overtime period.Your browser does not support iframes.Keith was again the focal point of the game in the second OT, when he scored the game-winner.Of course, there are other factors, such as style of play after spending time on special teams, or perhaps even a revenge factor, that could drive these results. But there’s more evening up of calls in the playoffs, where we’d expect players to have less incentive to retaliate given the higher stakes and closer games. Further, one factor that does not seem to account for the tendency of past calls to affect future ones is the game’s score: The shape of home-team penalty frequencies is the same as on the chart above, no matter the score.While referees attempt to even out penalty or foul calls in other sports like basketball,3See this research from Paul Gift, or this study from Cecilia Noecker. baseball4Check out Etan Green’s work. and soccer,5Find Babatunde Buraimo’s study here. the balancing effect may matter most in hockey, possibly affecting the outcome. Southern New Hampshire University’s Kevin Snyder and Mike Lopez (one of the authors you’re reading right now) found that for postseason games tied through the first period, the team that was owed a penalty was 20 percent more likely to come out on top. And, unlike in basketball, which penalizes players and teams for having too many fouls (through the free-throw bonus and the player cap at six fouls), hockey players and teams are free to rack up penalty after penalty, if they so choose.Call it a biased impartiality. Referees want to appear impartial, which drives them to make partial decisions. The result: New York Post headlines like “In Rangers-Penguins, blind-eye refs are ruining NHL playoffs.” Referees can’t win. But they can be disliked equally. “Fans from all 30 cities say, ‘Kerry, you were hardest on our team,’” Fraser says. “That’s how I know I did a good job.” read more

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Roger Federers family watches on in pride as he wins recordbreaking eighth

first_imgIt was an amazing journey on this year’s @Wimbledon! Congratulations to @rogerfederer and a HUGE #ThankYou to my #TeamCilic! #NeverGiveUp pic.twitter.com/eVhRf9OySm— Marin Cilic (@cilic_marin) July 16, 2017 Mirka Federer (R) with her children Myla, Charlene, Leo and Lenny attend day 13 of Wimbledon 2017  Federer post-victory For a man who, by his own admission, did not expect to be in the Wimbledon finals a year ago, it was a remarkable achievement.“I should take more time off,” he joked, moments after winning the title.”It’s magical, I can’t believe it yet. It’s disbelief that I can achieve such heights,” he told the BBC’s Sue Barker. His wife Mirka and children were courtside for his victory It was a record eighth Wimbledon trophy for Federer Federer also shed a tear as he saw his family celebrating in the players’ box. As he was presented with the trophy, his wife, Mirka, stood with their twin daughters, seven year olds Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, and three-year-old twin sons Leo and Lenny.The girls, who wore matching flower patterned dresses, have already seen their father win Wimbledon, but it was a new experience for the boys, who had dressed in pale blue blazers for the occasion. “I wasn’t sure if I would ever be back here in another final after last year but I always believed I could come back, and if you believe in your life you can go a long way. I kept on believing and dreaming and here I am today.”It was a dramatic, tear-filled match for both players, with Cilic weeping from the pain of a bad blister during the second set. But Federer has not given up of achieving further dizzying heights as he hopes to return to the All England Club next year.”Wimbledon was always my favourite tournament, it will always be my favourite tournament,” he said.”My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here. Because of them, I think I became a better player, too. To mark history here really means a lot to me.” In the end it took just an hour and 41 minutes for Roger Federer to make history, defeating Marin Cilic in straight sets to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon championships.The Swiss player beat Croatian Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to claim his 19th grand slam title, having glided through the tournament without dropping a single set.Less than a month away from his 36th birthday, Federer is the oldest man to have lifted the Wimbledon trophy, despite taking a six-month break from competing last year.center_img 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. Credit:Getty After the match, the 28-year-old said: “I had an amazing journey here and played the best tennis of my life. I gave it my best and that’s all I could do.” His wife Mirka and children were courtside for his victoryCredit: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Federer said: “They have no clue what’s going on, they think this is probably a nice view and a nice playground.”Hopefully one day they will understand.”Federer has also fulfilled a dream for the women’s champion, Garbine Muguruza, who revealed she was hoping to share the winners’ dance with the Swiss player at the Champions Ball. Asked what keeps him going, he said: “I love to play… My wife’s totally fine with me still playing. Because I’m playing a little less, I actually get more time in return. I feel like I’m working part-time these days almost, which is a great feeling. “The goal is definitely to be here again next year to try and defend.” It was a record eighth Wimbledon trophy for FedererCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Federer was emotional when he caught sight of his familyCredit:FACUNDO ARRIZABA/EPAlast_img read more

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Crèmes solaires Bio sontelles efficaces

first_imgCrèmes solaires “Bio” : sont-elles efficaces ?Bio ou Classiques ? Les crèmes solaires “biologiques” débarquent en force cette année aux abords des plages et dans les supermarchés. Elles sont censées protéger la peau du soleil aussi bien que les crèmes classiques tout en évitant de déverser en mer des produits chimiques toxiques. Qu’en est-il exactement ?Les crèmes solaires dites bio (contenant au minimum 10 % d’ingrédients issus de l’agriculture biologique) peuvent protéger à la fois la peau et les coraux. En effet, contrairement aux crèmes solaires classiques, les crèmes qui portent le label Ecocert ou Cosmebio peuvent protéger du soleil tout en évitant de déverser en mer des produits toxiques pour le corail. Le label certifie également que 95 % des ingrédients d’origine végétale sont biologiques et la quantité de conservateurs, colorants, parfums de synthèse et autres parabens est bien moindre. De plus, contrairement aux crèmes traditionnelles qui contiennent des filtres anti-UV de synthèse, les crèmes bios utilisent des filtres minéraux comme l’oxyde de titane ou de zinc.25% du produit éliminés en 20 minutes dans l’eau À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La qualité des ingrédients utilisés est suffisamment fiable pour qu’on puisse affirmer que les crèmes bios sont meilleures pour la santé que les crèmes habituelles. En effet, les filtres minéraux présentent moins de risques que ceux de synthèses, chimiques, et ils pénètrent moins dans la peau. Ils ont également l’avantage d’être biodégradables et de ne pas polluer la mer. Comme le souligne Fabienne Leymonerie, co-fondatrice de la marque H2O at Home, “en moyenne, 25 % de la substance de la crème est éliminée après 20 minutes passées en mer” et on estime à 4.000 tonnes le nombre de résidus se déposant chaque année sur des massifs coralliens, victimes de blanchissement. Le plancton serait aussi perturbé par les composés chimiques des crèmes solaires, rapporte 20minutes.fr.Une nocivité…Relative ? Ceci dit, à leurs débuts, les crèmes bios laissaient un film blanc sur la peau. Pour y remédier, les fabricants ont pensé à utiliser des nanoparticules. Problème, selon une étude de l’université de Lausanne, les nanoparticules de dioxyde de titane sont inflammatoires et ont un effet cancérogène potentiel. Néanmoins, cette donnée reste sujette à caution et ce qui est sûr, c’est que “les filtres de synthèse qui pénètrent la peau comme l’oxyde de benzène sont nocifs”, indique Mme Leymonerie, co-fondatrice de la marque H2O at Home. Selon elle, “les crèmes bio restent une meilleure alternative”, donc. Bien entendu, ce qui peut freiner le consommateur sera le prix plus élevé de ces crèmes biologiques.Pour ce qui est du degré de protection des crèmes bio, il est équivalent à celui des crèmes classiques puisque le cahier des charges est le même. Toutefois, pour les unes comme pour les autres, pour une protection optimale, il est nécessaire d’en remettre régulièrement.Le 1 juillet 2013 à 11:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Google Raspberry Pi AIY Project Not Google Home Replacement

first_img Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Raspberry Pi meets Google Voice in the latest DIY AIY project for tinkerers.A free hardware kit shipped with the latest issue of The MagPi allows subscribers to turn their Raspberry Pi into a voice-controlled virtual system.Inside the magazine, you’ll find a Google Voice Hardware Attached on Top (HAT) accessory board, stereo microphone PCB add-on board, speaker, large arcade button, a selection of wires, and the custom cardboard case used to house all the components.Makers are encouraged to build a cardboard device that uses the Google Assistant SDK to answer questions like “What is the weather in Bangor, Maine?” or “What is 827 divided by 19?”The experimental system—compatible with the Raspberry Pi 2, Pi 3, or Pi Zero—enables you to hook up the “little box that talks to you” to own personal projects. Folks can also create custom commands to summon various functions like turning on the lights or controlling the robot butler.Latest issue of The MagPi (via Raspberry Pi Foundation)Keep in mind, however, that it does require some software setup before use, and is “not a Google Home replacement,” The MagPi‘s Rob Zwetsloot reminded readers in the comment section of a recent blog announcement.Subscribers should have received issue 57 of the fanzine last week; everyone else can pick up the magazine at Barnes & Noble (US) or WHSmith, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Asda (UK).Those folks not blessed with the do-it-yourself gene who are simply interested in reading the latest Raspberry Pi News can snag a copy of the periodical online, via the official Android and iOS apps, or as a free PDF download.“The folks at Google, along with us at The MagPi, are really excited to see what projects you can create (or enhance) with this kit,” Zwetsloot said, “whether you’re creating a voice-controlled robot or a voice interface that answers all your questions.”Currently available only with a copy of the magazine, the AIY Project kit is not it remains unclear whether the AIY Project kit will be available for sale separately in the future. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Both Governments failed Jubilee Gardens

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 7, 2017 – Nassau – The failure of successive governments to address the problems of Jubilee Gardens and other areas affected by the city dump is cited as the reason so many have to be away from their homes for a week.On Sunday a raging inferno erupted in what was believed to have been a small brush fire, which was taken by the whipping winds and fanned until it grew… skipping across the road to the dump… which sent embers in those 35 mph winds to the roof tops and yards of homes in vulnerable Jubilee Gardens.Those houses which caught on fire, we are told, were quickly extinguished and no homes were completely destroyed in the fire which is contained but still being monitored for hot spots.  Complaints are widely published and talked about and penned since the fire and include claims of discomfort, health issues including respiratory illnesses and deep frustration.Some threaten politicians, saying they had better not show up this election season seeking support and others say it was a planning error from day one and the bottom line is the people of Jubilee need help and action.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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Emiliano Sala search team recover body

first_imgThe search team for striker Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson have recovered a body from the plane wreckage.The body was pulled out of the water in “as dignified a way as possible” by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) through the use of specialist contractors on Wednesday night.A remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) was used to help the search and to later recover the discovered body found in the wreckage.The Piper Malibu N264DB itself, which disappeared two weeks ago across the English Channel while flying from Nantes to Cardiff, had been found in Guernsey on February 3.This was thanks to the efforts of a privately funded search team with marine scientist and oceanographer David Mearns finding the plane in a matter of hours using sonar technology and remote-controlled submersibles.Now the Daily Mirror reports that the body found was taken to the Isle of Portland and would later be sent to the Dorset coroner with no further updates in regards to who it is being issued right now.The plane, on the hand, remains 67 metres underwater as the privately funded search team were unable to recover it due to the bad weather conditions.An AAIB spokesman said: “Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship.“The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage.“The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.”Meanwhile, it’s since emerged that Nantes are demanding the £15m fee that they had agreed on with Cardiff City for the sale of Sala last month.This comes despite the fact that the Argentine striker had never got the opportunity to even play for his new club.💛sala💚🙏🏻😢I pray for your souls. I will not forget you. It was a player loved by a lot of fans. It is truly sad.#sala pic.twitter.com/2dQb6yJYOU— 🦓ͲϴᎷϴ🦓 (@gkjuventus) February 5, 2019last_img read more

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Brownridge No More Dickering on Ad Rates

first_imgAs far as ideas, there’s nothing terribly novel about Brownridge’s approach—just a renewed focus on “mass-market” categories (“luxury items are not useful in this economy,” he said) and an increased volume of sales calls—15 face-to-face calls per OK!’s 12 salespersons per week.His comments, transcribed: “This is not some avant-garde idea,” Brownridge said. “This is power-selling.”“Our theory is not to spend a lot of time dickering on rates. We offer our best rate from the get-go, we put our best rate out there. None of this timidly put a rate out there, have them come back, then we say we’ll split the difference. Not this back and forth. It’s a rather annoying and irritating process.”Also, don’t expect any new product launches from OK! in 2009. Said Brownridge: “Anyone who is talking about Web launches has probably given up the ghost, and has a bit of a pipe dream to save their business.” For FOLIO:’s upcoming February issue, we’re talking with publishers about how they’re going to survive the U.S. economic crisis—call it Big Ideas for the Recession.I talked to Kent Brownridge, general manager of OK! magazine, who announced in September that he was stepping down as CEO of Alpha Media to spend more time with his family—two weeks before turning around and taking the job at OK!.Why Brownridge, a 68-year-old former Wenner Media executive would take a celebrity magazine job in the teeth of a recession after edging toward retirement was a bit puzzling. But he sees a big upside in OK!, which increased ad pages by 23 percent last year—one of a scant few magazines to show significant page growth in ’08.last_img read more

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One man dead in fatal Pilot Station shooting

first_imgA fatal shooting in Pilot Station was reported to State Troopers Thursday morning. 27-year-old Dennis Alick was killed and a suspect has been identified.Listen nowTrooper Information Officer Megan Peters said the shots were fired from a shotgun on the front steps of a private residence. A party had been occurring inside and other people were around at the time of the shooting. Peters reported that alcohol was involved and that Alick and the suspect knew each other.Troopers are in Pilot Station investigating the case. Alick’s body will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Anchorage for autopsy.last_img read more

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8 killed at Irmahit Florida nursing home

first_imgThe Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is seen in Hollywood, north of Miami, Florida, US. Photo: ReutersEight residents died at a Florida nursing home which has been without power since Hurricane Irma and the state governor vowed a full investigation Wednesday into what he called an “unfathomable” event.The nursing home deaths brought the total number of storm-related fatalities in Florida to 20 and illustrated the urgency of restoring electricity to millions of people across the southern state.Around 115 residents of the retirement home in Hollywood, north of Miami, were immediately evacuated after a nearby hospital began receiving patients suffering from heat-related problems.“It’s a sad event,” Hollywood police chief Tomas Sanchez told a news conference. “We believe at this time they (the deaths) may be related to the loss of power in the storm.”Governor Rick Scott said he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of the deaths of the elderly retirees.“I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place,” Scott said in a statement. “Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable.”The governor said he has ordered a probe by state authorities.“If they find that anyone wasn’t acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.Sanchez, the police chief, said a criminal investigation had been launched.The Sun-Sentinel newspaper, citing the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office, said the eight people who died were between the ages of 71 and 99 years old.Dr. Randy Katz, medical director of the emergency department at Memorial Regional Hospital, said the hospital began receiving patients early on Wednesday.“(We) quickly identified some issues inside the facility with fire rescue and immediately evacuated the building,” Katz said.He said most of the patients admitted to the hospital have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues.Florida officials have made restoring electricity to the millions who have lost power a priority and tens of thousands of utility company workers, many from out of state, are engaged in the huge effort.Heartbreak for some returneesFlorida residents who evacuated ahead of the storm were facing lengthy traffic jams, meanwhile, as they returned to check out their homes after days in shelters or with friends or family.Irma, which made landfall Sunday morning in the Florida Keys as a Category Four hurricane, had triggered orders for more than six million people to flee to safety, one of the biggest evacuations in US history.Some residents of the Keys were met with scenes of devastation on Tuesday after police lifted roadblocks and began allowing people to return to the string of islands off Florida’s southern coast.At least a quarter of the homes in the Keys were destroyed, according to federal emergency management officials, and 65 percent suffered some damage.The storm also cut off power, water and sewage to the islands, which are home to some 70,000 people.“Bad, it’s real bad,” Keys resident Bryan Holley told NBC News.“It’s gonna take months, maybe years to get this cleaned up,” said Holley, who ignored orders to evacuate and braved the storm on Cudjoe Key.President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, were to visit Florida to survey the damage on Thursday.Macron pledges relief fundFrench President Emmanuel Macron was visiting the Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy on Wednesday, a day after travelling to the French-Dutch island of Saint Martin.France, Britain and the Netherlands have come in for criticism for the pace of relief efforts for their overseas territories ravaged by the storm.Islanders have complained of a breakdown in law and order and widespread shortages of food, water and electricity.Touring Saint Martin, Macron was at times jeered by people waiting for aid supplies or hoping to catch flights for France in order to escape the devastation across the island.Macron pledged on Saint Barthelemy, population 9,000, that an emergency relief fund for victims would be operational by Monday.Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage in the French and Dutch overseas territories as well as the British and US Virgin Islands.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was visiting the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla on Wednesday and pledged “absolute commitment” to Britons there.His visit came as British Prime Minister Theresa May announced an extra £25 million ($33.2 million, 27.2 million euros) in aid for Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma.A day earlier Johnson visited Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, and met with some of the nearly 1,000 British military personnel sent to bolster relief efforts and security.King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has also toured Sint Maarten, the Dutch section of the island shared with France, meeting residents on Saba island, and was set to travel to Sint Eustatius, which suffered severe damage.last_img read more

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Black DC Republicans What About Trump

first_imgDonald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee for president. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Black District Republicans aren’t excited about their presumptive presidential nominee and don’t plan to push District statehood at their national convention next month.The Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland from July 18-21 at the Quicken Loans Arena but some District Republicans aren’t planning to attend and are uneasy about the likely nomination of billionaire Donald Trump to lead the party in the November general election.“I was not elected as a delegate in March so I won’t be going to Cleveland,” Ralph Chittams Sr., senior vice chairman of the District’s Republican Party, told the AFRO. He was referring to the party’s delegate selection process on March 12. “The [District’s] party insiders do not support Trump being the nominee. They don’t think he has the right temperament to be president and some even question whether he is a real Republican.”The District Republican caucus was won by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in March but he suspended his race for president on March 15. Rubio was followed closely by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and each has 10 and nine delegates at the convention, respectively. Trump won no delegates at the caucus.Bob Richards, a longtime GOP activist living in Ward 7, told the AFRO that party rules stipulate the delegates bound to a candidate stay with that person until after the first ballot or the candidate releases their delegates. “We are committed to Rubio or Kasich on the first ballot and what happens after that who knows,” Richards said.Richards said that Trump doesn’t have any significant support among District Republicans. “There are many D.C. Republicans who are in the ‘Never Trump’ category,” Richards said, “but he still has won the nomination fair and square and we should get behind him in the Fall.”Getting behind Trump for the general election isn’t an option for Ron Moten, a Republican and co-founder of the anti-gang violence organization, Peaceoholics. “As a Black man, I would find it hard to support Donald Trump for president,” Moten said.Moten, a 2012 candidate for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat, said that Trump’s presence in the presidential contest has been destructive. “Donald Trump has broken up the Republican Party,” he said. “While there are some things he says that I agree with, his delivery and temperament will divide the country. Plus, he gets away with saying nothing.“When you ask him about his agenda for Black people, he says ‘I will treat them better.’ What does that mean? I can tell Donald Trump has never played chess because he doesn’t think before he moves.”While Moten won’t embrace Trump, he is hostile toward Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. “At least with Trump, you know what you are getting but you don’t know what you are getting with Hillary Clinton,” he said.Trump does have supporters who are District residents. Crystal Wright, a Black female conservative blogger living in Ward 4, is receptive to a Trump candidacy. “As Hillary struggles to knock Sanders out of the race, Trump is uniting GOP support behind him,” Wright said in a May 20 post on her blog, Conservative Black Chick. “Even people within the GOP who expressed loathing for Trump are now supporting him because they want him to win in 2016 and end Democrats’ eight-year stranglehold on the White House.”Trump will have difficulty winning the District because it is a Democratic bastion with a 10-1 voter registration advantage over the Republicans. The District’s Electoral College jurisdiction has voted only for the Democratic presidential candidate since residents began voting in national elections in 1964.D.C. Republicans told the AFRO they won’t press their delegates to speak in favor of District statehood at the convention. D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) has tentatively pledged to carry the message and signatures of support for statehood to both the Democratic and Republican conventions, but Orange will get no assistance in Cleveland. “The D.C. GOP position is for the U.S. Congress to grant the District full representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and if not, exempt District residents from federal taxation,” Chittams said.Richards agree with Chittams. “Many Republicans favor voting rights but not D.C. statehood,” he said.last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, February 20. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 18:3712 motorists caught speeding on busy roadOne motorist was travelling at 44mph in the 30mph zone. More here.18:24Accident on the M6 clearedThe accident on the M6 has now cleared/18:21Lane shut due to accident on M6 SouthboundOne lane closed due to accident on M6 Southbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. 17:51Roads busy but moving in LongportBrownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 17:47One lane closed due to broken down vehicleOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. 16:41Heavy traffic on the A500Heavy traffic on A500 Queensway Northbound between A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout) and A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes. 16:28Lane reopens on M6The lane has reopened on the M6.16:07Lane shut due to stranded vehicle on M6A Highways England spokesman said:Lane 3 (of 3) is closed between Junction 15 Stoke-on-Trent to Junction 16 CreweNorthbound M6 due to a Stranded Vehicle. Traffic Officers and Free Recovery are en-route .”15:05Paramedics treat one person following chimney fireFirefighters were at the scene for almost two and a half hours. More here.Firefighters at the scene in Congleton yesterday (Image: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service)15:04’Cloaking device’ used during break-in at shopThe device set off artificial smoke during the attempted burglary. More here.Damage at the shop in Scholar Green (Image: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service )12:00 Slow traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). Travel time is four minutes. 11:37Delays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Crewe and Stafford due to track fault. 11:09Heavy traffic on A500 D Road at A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is five minutes. 11:09Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 11:09Accident on Church Street at Church Close. 09:42 Slow traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on A500 D Road Northbound near City Road.Police have advised vehicle has been removed however sensors show traffic is still affected. 08:42Reports of traffic problem and slow traffic on A50 at A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot). 08:07A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. 07:50Usual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). 07:50Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 07:50 Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is five minutes. 07:50One lane closed and queueing traffic due to broken down car on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) is closed. 07:37#M6 northbound J14 #Creswell to J15 #Hanchurch there is a car broken down blocking lane 1 (of 3)— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) February 20, 201907:23A500 D Road Southbound clear before M6 J15. 07:19Advance WarningReplacement bus service running on Northern between Wilmslow and Crewe due to engineering works.On February 23. 07:08Is it raining where you are this morning? The latest #radar shows there is #rain for some, but it’s #dry for others #WednesdayMotivation pic.twitter.com/ozluzqNC3C— Met Office (@metoffice) February 20, 201907:07Usual congestion on A53 Leek New Road at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane. 07:07Heavy traffic on A530 Middlewich Road in both directions at Wistaston Green Road. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 07:07Good morning!Welcome to our daily live blog!last_img read more

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