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WAV vs. MP3: Why You Need Hi-Res Audio for Your Video

first_imgCompressed LosslessThe name “compressed lossless” may sound like a contradiction. However, the compression isn’t occurring in a way that degrades the audio itself. I like to explain it more like “space-efficient lossless.” Think of it almost like zip-compressing a music file, then unzipping it during playback. This results in a smaller file size, but the audio quality is still lossless, enabling full frequency playback. Sounds like the best of both worlds, right?Compressed lossless audio files can be anywhere from 1/2 to 1/3 the size of uncompressed audio files — or even smaller.The drawbacks for compressed lossless files are that they are the least supported (compared to uncompressed and compressed lossy.) They also require a little more computing power to play back, because they need decoding.Pros: Smaller file size, lossless, full audio frequencyCons: Less playback support on devices or editors Compressed LossyCompressed lossy audio formats are likely the most common audio files you use when listening to music. (Examples include .MP3 and .AAC.) This is because compressed lossy audio files have the most support among portable devices, and they have the smallest file sizes (meaning you can store more songs in less space.)In some cases, compressed lossy audio files can take up 1/10 the space as the same file that is uncompressed. (.MP3 compared to .WAV for example.) Compressed lossy audio files are ideal for streaming online.However, all that compression comes at a cost. The drawback is that the audio has a limited frequency range and noticeable audio artifacts when compared to a lossless format. Another drawback is that you have less range in post when it comes to editing and audio manipulation. Plus, each time you edit a compressed lossless file and re-export it, you lose more and more quality. Compressed lossy audio files are also not ideal for music loops because the codec adds short blank spaces at the beginning and end of the file.Pros: Smallest files sizes, wide playback supportCons: compressed, lossy, not ideal for editing In which we go over the different audio file formats at your disposal — and which is best for video editing.When using various audio files in your video edits, such as music tracks and sound effects, does the audio file type really make a difference? (Spoiler: yes, it does.) But the real question is why are there so many different audio file formats? And what is the purpose for each one? So let’s break that down, and in so doing, determine the best audio file formats to use when editing videos.Audio File FormatsTo help us get a grasp on the different audio file formats, I have categorized them into three main groups. Each group has a list of audio file formats most commonly associated with it. The audio groups are as follows:Uncompressed file formats: .WAV, .AIFFCompressed Lossless file formats: .FLAC, .ALAC (Apple Lossless)Compressed Lossy file formats: .MP3, .AAC, .WMA, .OGGLet’s run through the details of each format, as well as their pros and cons.UncompressedYou can think of uncompressed audio formats like the equivalent of RAW video formats. Essentially, you’re getting the audio data with no compression. This allows for a wide range of audio bit depth and sample rates. This results in better audio quality and covers the full frequency that the human ear can hear. (The original audio recording bit depth and sample rate play a big part in this equation as well. Compressed audio files converted into uncompressed audio formats don’t magically regain any audio quality.)Uncompressed audio files are typically easier to work with in audio and video editors because they require less processing to play back. And since uncompressed files contain more data, you’ll get better results when you’re manipulating the audio in post with various effects.The most common drawback for uncompressed audio files is their size, which is usually between 25-40 MB for an average song. These sizes aren’t a major issue today with transfer services like Dropbox and Google Drive (compared to 10+ years ago). However, in most cases, the uncompressed audio files are still too large to easily send as an email attachment. Also, some portable music players or devices may not support uncompressed audio formats. (Generally, most modern ones do, though.)Pros: No compression, lossless, full audio frequency, easier to work with in postCons: Large file size, some portable devices may not support itcenter_img Best audio format for video editingWhen it comes to audio formats to use when editing, you have to use what you have available. In an ideal world, use uncompressed formats such as .WAV or .AIFF whenever possible. They’ll give you the most latitude in post, and they have the most support. Plus, the audio on your video is going to get compressed during the final video export. So it helps to start with the best possible audio.In some cases, .MP3s may be all you need, and they are easy to transfer quickly.Looking for more articles on working with audio? Check these out.Creative Ways to Use Music Loops in Your VideosAudio Tips: How to Remove Vocals in a Song Using StemsTutorial: Removing Audio Pops and Recording Audio DifferentlyChanging the Audio Editing Game with PremiumBeat’s Track StemsThe Audio Ramp-Up: The Best Transition You Should Be Usinglast_img read more

 

H1B Visas

first_imgSix months since applications for the 2010 H1B visas were opened, 6,500 visas remain unclaimed and immigration attorneys expect that for the first time since 2003, the quota may not be exhausted.Last year, the 65,000 H1B visas were snapped up in just one day.Days To Exhaust H1B Quota  2004 3232005 1842006 1322007  56 2008   2 2009   1  Related Itemslast_img

 

US crowns men’s, women’s 3-on-3 basketball champs in Vegas

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP) — Before 3-on-3 basketball debuts in the Olympics, USA Basketball took it to Las Vegas.The men’s and women’s national championships went full-blown show time in looking for the four best athletes who hope to represent the U.S. in the 2020 Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Ionescu scored 17 points to lead Oregon to its second straight 3×3 national championship. The win helped Ionescu, Lydia Giomi, Ruthy Hebard and Otiona Goldon take the sting out of losing to eventual national champion Baylor in the Final Four.“We got this far, we wanted to get that win,” said Ionescu, who was named MVP of the event for the second consecutive year. “We were a little bit down in that last game, but we battled and I’m super proud of us. Lydia’s first time doing this, so I’m just really happy.”On the women’s side, all eligible athletes are in consideration for the U.S. team that will play in the Pan American Games, which will be chosen by a selection committee and will be announced following the May 16-20 trials for the women’s 5-on-5 Pan Am Games squad. The Pan American Games 3×3 competition is being held July 27-29 in Lima, Peru.FIBA also anticipates launching a FIBA 3×3 world tour for women this year, and should that happen, athletes would also be in consideration for a berth into the women’s world tour.If the U.S. teams qualify, a selection committee will determine which four players will represent the team at the Olympics, based on national rankings. Two of the players on the team must be ranked in the top 10 in the country in points earned, with the other two ranked in the top 50 overall.The U.S. women currently have no one ranked in the top 250 overall. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Olympic boxing body mulls legal fight against IOC inquiry SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Other eligible athletes remain in consideration the 2019 USA Men’s 3×3 World Cup and 2019 USA Men’s 2019 U.S. Pan American Games 3×3 Basketball teams.The 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Cup for Men will feature 20 men’s teams and will take place June 18-23 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Joining Hummel were Damon Huffman (Brown), Kareem Maddox (Princeton) and Daniel Mavraides (Princeton).USA Basketball and Red Bull have scheduled more than 20 tournaments this summer to help the Americans qualify, beginning in Detroit on June 22.Qualifying as a country is based on a point system, which can be earned by playing in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments around the world. The top three point-earning countries by Nov. 1 will automatically qualify for Tokyo. The U.S. men are currently ranked eighth and the American women are 33rd. If the Americans aren’t in the top three by that date, there will be a last-chance tournament held next spring for the final few spots.Only seven teams per gender will join Japan in the Olympics.With the win, Slow & Steady qualified for a berth in the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters stop held July 20-21 in Saskatoon, Canada.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid More than 130 men’s and women’s players held court at Las Vegas’ outdoor Downtown Events Center, with a live DJ blaring hip hop and the glow from the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino shining down from high above.Ariel Slow & Steady defeated Ariel NYAC 21-12 to win the men’s title, while All-American Sabrina Ionescu led Oregon past Drive, 21-20 to win the women’s title Saturday night.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, logisticsThe event, formerly held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was the first step toward qualifying and selecting a team for Tokyo, where the newest basketball discipline will debut.“There’s a lot of unknowns because this is the first year it’s ever going to be an Olympic sport,” said former NBA player Robbie Hummel, who won the MVP award after scoring 16 points for Slow & Steady in the championship game. “We’re kind of going through a period where we’re feeling some things out. It’s been a lot of hard work, a lot of miles flown in some airplanes to some places you never thought you’d visit. But it’s a way to still play basketball, it’s a way to travel, it’s a pretty cool experience.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

 

Quit Uttar Pradesh if you can’t respect the law, warns CM Yogi Adityanath

first_imgStressing on improving the law and order situation in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today asked that those who do not respect the law should leave UP.”There has been a transformation in law and order situation in UP and this will continue in the future too…We had urged earlier too, people who do not respect the law can leave UP and who don’t will be dealt strictly with,” Adityanath was quoted as saying by ANI.Addressing party workers in Gorakhpur, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put a full stop to VIP culture in the country.Citizens of Delhi in the recent MCD polls have also proved that EVM stands for ‘Every Vote Modi’.”It’s been dream of Modi to develop Gorakhpur. PM had said that the government will work for development and for all sections. Development started when Modi became PM,” the BJP leader said.Also read:UP school wants students to sport Yogi-like haircut, say no to beards and shun ‘love jihad’ AAP follows Yogi Adityanath’s footsteps. Delhi to cancel holidays marking birth, death anniversaries Triple talaq row: Changing wives meant to satisfy lust, says UP minister Swami Prasad Mauryalast_img read more

 

Pep Guardiola urges strong Manchester City bench to make an impact

first_imgManchester City’s substitute players are crucial to the club’s Premier League success and can help them pick up victories during the end minutes, manager Pep Guardiola has said.City have signed seven new players so far with new recruits like Bernardo Silva and Olarenwaju Kayode joining an already strong attacking line-up that includes Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Leroy Sane.Reuters PhotoWith the competition for starting spots heating up, Guardiola said every player must fight for their place but also underlined the importance of the substitutes.”Hopefully they will understand that at the big clubs you cannot have 11 players, so they have to compete with each other,” Guardiola told British media.”In that kind of level in the Premier League, the people who are 12, 13, 14 and play in the game, they are so, so important.”When the game is in the last 15 or 20 minutes, the opponent is tired and we’ve moved them during the game, and we can put in dynamic players… It’s a point where we can win games in the last minutes.”City, who beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 in their league opener, host Everton at the Etihad stadium later on Monday.last_img read more

 

Nokia 4.2 India launch set for today: Specs, expected price in India

first_imgHMD Global will launch its first 2019 Nokia phone for the Indian market today. The Nokia 4.2 will be announced in just a short while as the company has teased its arrival on its social media pages for the past few days. The Nokia 4.2 was first unveiled at MWC 2019 in February alongside the Nokia 3.2, Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 1 Plus. The handset touts a LED notification power button, a dedicated Google Assistant button a waterdrop display and stock Android 9 Pie, among other things.The Nokia 4.2 has been available in a few markets already with a price tag of USD 169, which approximately comes to around Rs 11,700 in India. However, considering the phone slots below the Nokia 5.1 Plus, we expect the pricing in India to fall well below Rs 10,000 in order to make it more competitive for the Indian market. HMD will announce the India price and availability of the Nokia 4.2 in just a few hours.The Nokia 4.2 is one of the first devices from HMD Global to come with a notification light embedded in the power button. The LED light glows on receiving notifications like messages or missed calls. The Nokia 4.2 also gets a dedicated Google Assistant button to make it faster and convenient to access the AI on the go. For an affordable smartphone, the Nokia 4.2 touts a premium design with a 2.5D curved glass on the front and back. The handset gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and supports face unlock as well. The Nokia 4.2 sports a 5.7-inch HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone comes in Black and a new Pink Sand colour. Both options are expected to launch in India.advertisementThe Nokia 4.2 is powered by a 2.0Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 439 chipset paired with 2GB or 3GB of RAM and up to 32GB of internal storage. We will know in a short while whether the company plans to bring both RAM variants to the country.The Nokia smartphone also offers a 13MP + 2MP dual rear camera setup and an 8MP front-facing camera. It houses a 3,000mAh battery and runs stock Android Pie out-of-the-box as part of the Android One program.ALSO READ | Nokia 3.2 and 4.2 quick review: Affordable Nokia phones with trendy displays and buttonslast_img read more

 

Chelsea team news & likely line-up vs Watford

first_imgChelsea Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Watford Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 20:34 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) N'Golo Kante Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Watford Morata Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon Chelsea are seeing their title defence fade already after three defeats in their opening eight games and need to get back to winning ways against an in-form Watford side on Saturday. Crystal Palace beat Chelsea 2-1 last weekend despite having not scored a goal in seven games before the match. Watford are now sitting above Chelsea after they beat Arsenal at Vicarage Road, fighting back from being 1-0 down to win 2-1 thanks to a late winner from Tom Cleverley. Antonio Conte’s woes have deepened with a number of players out injured, but they can’t afford to drop any more points if they are to have any hope of catching league leaders Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player CHELSEA INJURIESAlvaro Morata returned from his hamstring injury to face Roma on Wednesday but N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater remain out. Kante is having another scan on his hamstring to assess his injury but he could be out until after the November international break. Victor Moses also has a hamstring problem after coming off in the first half against Crystal Palace. He could also be out for three more weeks yet with Davide Zappacosta likely to fill in his place. Danny Drinkwater has still yet to make his debut and is needing more time to get over his calf injury. Chelsea’s 3-3 draw against saw David Luiz withdraw in the second half due to a minor calf injury while Conte also said that Tiemoue Bakayoko has a groin complaint. Gary Cahill also got a minor head injury but he will be available for selection. Baba Rahman remains at Stamford Bridge but isn’t part of the club’s Premier League or European squad due to a knee injury. He is expected to return by late November. Conte address the situation around injuries at his press conference on Friday afternoon.”I have many doubts. I hope in the next 24 hours to try and recover some players,” Conte said. “That could be [the case that Fabregas is the only fit midfielder]. For sure, tomorrow the game will be very tough because Watford are a good team, in a good position in the table.”They have enthusiasm. But we play at home after two defeats in the league, and we want to come back to win.”Victor MosesCHELSEA SUSPENSIONS Chelsea have no suspensions for the match against Watford. David Luiz returned from a three-match ban against Crystal Palace after getting sent off against Arsenal a month ago. He also suffered a fractured wrist during that match against the Gunners but he is playing through the minor injury.POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Chelsea will need to assess the fitness of their players who are tiring during a busy run of fixtures. Conte has complained about the number of injuries he is getting and may have added a few more names after the draw with Roma.Conte has hinted at switching systems from his preferred 3-4-3 since his side’s embarrassing loss to Crystal Palace but 3-5-2 is the most likely long-term option after it was used in the Champions League against Roma. Chelsea may reintroduce some of their benched players against Watford with most of their players having played two games in a row. Willian, Pedro and Antonio Rudiger might be looked to with the view of freshening things up. Morata 11/4 to score 2+Chelsea Watford GFXWATFORD TEAM NEWS Nathaniel Chalobah had been playing well in Watford colours since his £6 million move from Chelsea in the summer but he has had to have an operation on a fractured kneecap and he faces a long spell on the sidelines.Sebastian Prodl and Younes Kaboul are big fitness doubts with the former having a hamstring injury, while the latter has a knee problem. Craig Cathcart is also out until 2018 with a knee injury.Nathaniel Chalobah WatfordBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Watford haven’t won a competitive game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since May 5th 1986. The Hornets enjoyed a 5-1 victory in their final top-flight game of the 1985-86 season, thanks to goals from David Bardsley (2), Brian Talbot (2) and Colin West. Chelsea beat Watford both home and away in the Premier League last season by a single goal margin and both matches saw them score the winning goal in the 87th minute or later. Chelsea have already lost three of their opening eight Premier League games to the 2017-18 season. The last time a team lost this many of their opening eight league games and still won the top-flight title were Manchester United in 1966-67. Antonio Conte has lost three of his first eight league games in a campaign for the first time since 2009-10 when taking over at Atalanta (in September 2009) in Serie A (also three losses). Marco Silva has won 10 points from a possible 12 away from home in the Premier League as a manager this season (W3 D1 L0). In 2016-17 while at Hull City, he saw his side pick up just two points from nine away games in the Premier League (W0 D2 L7). TV CHANNEL & KICK OFF TIME The match is being televised on Sky Sports at 12:30 BST on Saturday afternoon. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

 

Zidane: I’ll talk about Neymar after the CL final

first_imgTransfers Zidane: I’ll talk about Neymar-Real Madrid reports after the Champions League final Joe Wright 23:44 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Neymar-cropped Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Neymar Antoine Griezmann Zinédine Zidane Liverpool UEFA Champions League Primera División The Brazil star has been linked with a sensational return to Spain, but matches against Villarreal and Liverpool are Zidane’s only concerns right now Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he will gladly discuss rumours of a transfer bid for Neymar – but only after the Champions League final.The latest rumours in Spain this week have suggested the Brazil star has agreed personal terms with Madrid, who must now negotiate with Paris Saint-Germain.It is claimed Madrid president Florentino Perez is willing to pay any price for Neymar, who only left Barcelona to join PSG last August in a world-record €222million deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now With the speculation refusing to die down, Zidane wants to put all his focus on Madrid’s last La Liga game against Villarreal and their European date with Liverpool before talking about transfers.”I’m not going to talk more about a player who isn’t one of mine,” he told a news conference on Friday. “There are 10 days and two games left. After that, we’ll talk about what you want.”Zidane was also asked about the future of Antoine Griezmann, who has been tipped to join Barca from Atletico Madrid in a €100m deal.However, the 45-year-old insists the plans of his compatriot are not his business.”I don’t have any information,” he replied when asked about Griezmann. “We’ll see. I don’t think it’s either good or bad [for him to leave]. It’s not my problem.”With the meeting with Liverpool in Kiev just eight days away, there are suggestions Zidane will look to rest some of his key players for the trip to Villarreal, although he has already confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo will return from injury at Estadio de la Ceramica.Muito feliz pelo prêmio. Obrigado a todos os meus companheiros e o staff técnico sem vocês não seria possível  e que honra receber o prêmio das mãos do FENOMENO @Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/2I7sMFqi3T — Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) May 13, 2018 It could mean Borja Mayoral, Dani Ceballos and Marcos Llorente get the chance to impress, having only made 12 La Liga starts between them this season.Zidane, though, believes each player has had a positive year at the club despite their lack of playing time, and he expects all to be more involved in 2018-19.”One year here is like 10 elsewhere,” he added. “It’s not a lost year; quite the opposite. They’ve improved so much. They all hope to play more but it’s a very positive year. Next year, they have to play more.”last_img read more

 

Lets Defend Religious Freedom For All Says Mike Pompeo

first_imgNEW DELHI: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is on a two-day visit to Delhi, today said the US and India should “stand up for religious freedom”. The comment is likely to raise eyebrows, coming on the heels of a US State Department report on the matter that was critical of India on that score. In his India policy speech at the India International Centre, Mr Pompeo said: “India is the birthplace of four major world religions. Let’s stand up and defend religious freedom for all. Let’s speak up strongly together in favour of those rights. For whenever we do compromise those rights, the world is worse off.” Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France The “Report on International Religious Freedom 2018”, available on the website of the US State Department, alleged that the “authorities often failed to prosecute perpetrators of ‘cow vigilante’ attacks, which included killings, mob violence, and intimidation”, a charge that the government denied. Foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Sunday that India sees no credibility in a “foreign entity or government” pronouncing “on the state of our citizens’ constitutionally protected rights”. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize “India is proud of its secular credentials, its status as the largest democracy and a pluralistic society with a longstanding commitment to tolerance and inclusion,” Mr Kumar said. The Constitution, he added, “guarantees fundamental rights to all its citizens, including its minority communities”. The BJP has said the US report is “biased” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. “The basic presumption in this report that there is some grand design behind anti-minority violence is simply false,” BJP media cell chief and parliamentarian Anil Baluni said in a statement. India has deep-rooted democratic institutions, including fiercely independent and pro-active judiciary. “Unfortunately, this fact is completely ignored in this report,” he said.(With Inputs from NDTV.com)last_img read more

 

Andres Iniesta becomes La Liga Icon

first_imgTokyo: Andrés Iniesta has been named the latest ‘La Liga Icon, a La Liga initiative to continue growing worldwide driven by the popularity of players like the FC Barcelona legend. The 35-year-old currently playing his football in Japan becomes the newest star to be named a ‘La Liga Icon’ after his Spanish teammate Iker Casillas. “We are delighted to have Andrés Iniesta on board as a La Liga Icon” said La Liga President, Javier Tebas. “He is a player who inspires millions and is a fantastic representative for what La Liga stands for across the globe.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The La Liga Icons initiative aims to expand the La Liga brand through a strategy focused on digital dissemination, maximising La Liga content and taking advantage of synergies between social networks, allowing La Liga to connect with fans globally. Also in attendance at the presentation gala held in the Japanese capital Tokyo were Fernando Sanz, Director of Institutional Relations and La Liga Ambassadors programme and Samuel Eto’o, a former teammate of Iniesta at FC Barcelona and the current La Liga Ambassador.last_img read more

 

Voice recordings of former DIG Nalaka and Namal match

Details of the plot emerged from a telephone conversation between former DIG Nalaka de Silva and activist Namal Kumara. Nalaka de Silva was suspended from his post till the investigations are completed. (Colombo Gazette) Police are investigating a claim of a plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The voice recordings of former DIG Nalaka de Silva and activist Namal Kumara match, the Government analyst department informed court today.Court was told that 123 of 124 voice clips recorded off a conversation held between former DIG Nalaka de Silva and activist Namal Kumara had found to match their voices. read more

 

With UN help parliamentarians resource centre for women opens in Afghanistan

The parliamentarians’ resource centre, established by the Parliament and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), will give female leaders tools to influence the political agenda, said agency Director Meryem Aslan. “The centre will allow women to network amongst themselves and with members of provincial councils and civil society and debate the issues of the day in an environment focused on mutual support.” With a library, computer room with internet access, a media room, an area for members to exchange ideas over tea, and conference rooms for meetings with their constituents and key players from political and the wider civil society, the centre will serve Afghanistan’s more than 20 female Members of Parliament, UNIFEM said. read more

 

Flawed science lack of consultation cited as ruling ends fracking water licence

by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 8, 2015 7:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 8, 2015 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Flawed science, lack of consultation cited as ruling ends fracking water licence VICTORIA – A First Nation with a treaty in the heart of British Columbia’s oil and gas territory says the provincial government can’t allow energy companies to dry up streams and lakes to support fracking operations.Fort Nelson First Nation Chief Liz Logan said B.C.’s Environmental Appeal Board sided with her members and overturned a water licence granted to Nexen Inc.(TSX:NXY), no longer allowing the Calgary-based company to pump water from Tsea Lake.“We want sustainable, maintainable development that’s going to be there for a long time, and they have to do it right,” Logan said. “They’ve got to use good science. They’ve got to use good data. They’ve got to talk to us. They just can’t arbitrarily say, ‘I’m flashing this licence, I can do whatever I want.’”The First Nation appealed the decision almost two years ago after Nexen was permitted to use billions of litres of water for shale gas fracking in northeast B.C.The three-member board ruled the licence was based on “serious technical flaws,” and “serious flaws in the consultation process.”Nexen can use water it has stored in area pits, but can no longer take water from the lake.“The ministry appeared to take the view that further consultation with the First Nation would simply delay the inevitable issuance of the licence,” said the decision issued last week.The Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Ministry said it was reviewing the decision and considering a B.C. Supreme Court judicial review.“Government takes its duty to consult seriously and remains committed to working closely with local First Nations throughout the province on resource development,” it said in a statement.Nexen also said it is reviewing the decision to determine its next steps.“Responsible water management is a priority across all of our operations,” the company said in a statement. “Specifically, in northeast B.C., we’ve emphasized the development and implementation of new processes and technologies to reduce our water use and our impact, and protect water sources.”Nexen, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China’s CNOOC Ltd., was recently permitted to reopen some of its Alberta pipelines after a leak at its Long Lake operations of about five million litres of a mixture of bitumen, produced water and sand.Logan said the appeal board ruling reinforces aboriginal rights that governments and resource developers have a duty to consult with First Nations about projects that could impact their territory.The appeal report said there was evidence that water withdrawals in 2012 contributed to observed changes in shoreline vegetation and fish habitat.“Our people work in the oil patch, but they are our eyes out there,” Logan said.Northern B.C. First Nations leaders, including Logan, sent a letter to Premier Christy Clark on Tuesday saying the government has ignored significant legal victories and blocks them from managing their own territories.They cited decisions such as one granted to the Tsilhqot’in Nation in June 2014, when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled for the first time that First Nations have title to land they call their territory. read more

These Broncos Look Nothing Like The Broncos Of Two Years Ago

19Minnesota Vikings199838.353.3+14.975.0 TOTAL POINTS/GAME 5Buffalo Bills1975571.4752.9+181.460.7 21Carolina Panthers2013767.4618.1-149.456.3 2St. Louis Rams200041.463.2+21.843.8 25New York Jets197749.435.1-14.321.4 17Cleveland Browns200733.349.0+15.750.0 12Oakland Raiders2006693.1531.0-162.121.9 6St. Louis Rams200263.242.8-20.453.1 14Washington Redskins200151.334.9-16.356.3 20New England Patriots198247.933.3-14.559.0 22Washington Redskins2001729.4580.1-149.356.3 23Chicago Bears201343.457.7+14.350.0 24Kansas City Chiefs197530.244.5+14.346.4 20Atlanta Falcons1980530.8682.1+151.365.6 12Washington Redskins198554.638.1-16.575.0 3Buffalo Bills197755.433.8-21.639.3 18Washington Redskins197742.927.5-15.460.7 5Buffalo Bills197534.955.4+20.460.7 TOTAL YARDS/GAME 7Denver Broncos201343.762.8+19.165.6 9Chicago Bears199529.047.0+18.050.0 8San Diego Chargers198756.438.0-18.451.7 11San Diego Chargers1987800.0636.1-163.951.7 A Super Bowl statistics special from our sports podcast Hot Takedown. Listen above, or subscribe on iTunes. 16Atlanta Falcons197737.822.0-15.839.3 In an interesting bit of symmetry, the 2013 Broncos show up twice on the list: Not only do they form the first leg of the 2013-2015 Broncos row, but they form the back end of the Tebow Broncos, the 2011 Denver team that snuck into the playoffs despite a very inefficient offense. Most impressively, Denver ranks as the team with the largest swing in total scoring since the merger while being excellent both years, with an average winning percentage of 0.781. Teams like the 2000 Rams made the list courtesy of some terrible years in ’98 and ’02; Denver’s appearance wasn’t due to a massive dip in quality, but from a complete transformation of its identity.YardsIf we look at total yards per game, Denver once again stands out as the team that has suffered the biggest decline. However, the Broncos are no longer the most extreme team, as the ’82/’84 Dolphins had an even larger move, albeit in the direction of more yards. In 1982, there were 552.2 total yards of offense per game — combined among the two teams — in Miami games. Two years later, that number was a whopping 772.3, which represents an increase of 220 yards per game in just two seasons. There were 813.3 total yards of offense per game in Broncos games in 2013, but just 638.6 yards of offense in Denver games this year; that difference of 174.7 yards per game is the seventh-largest shift in a two-year period since 1970. And, given the general movement toward offensive efficiency, it also stands out as the largest decline in total yards per game during this period: 1Denver Broncos201562.840.7-22.178.1% 6San Diego Chargers1981627.4805.0+177.668.8 In the strike-shortened 1982 season, the Miami Dolphins made it to the Super Bowl on the strength of an incredible defense that allowed the NFL’s fewest yards, first downs, passing yards and net yards per pass attempt. The offense wasn’t very good, but the defense — known as the Killer Bees because the last names of six starters began with the letter B — guided the team to the Super Bowl, as Miami ranked second in points allowed and third in takeaways.Just two years later, the Dolphins were back in the Super Bowl, and once again, the team was one-dimensional. But, remarkably, it was the offense that was the dominant unit, as Miami led the NFL in points, yards, first downs and net yards per pass attempt, while a second-year quarterback named Dan Marino set single-season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns.It’s rare for a team to be incredibly dominant on one side of the ball, and then similarly dominant on the other side just two years later. By selecting Marino in the first round of the ’83 draft, Miami became one of those teams. The first overall pick in that draft, John Elway, is now the architect of another. The 2013 Broncos were a lot like the ’84 Dolphins: Peyton Manning, like Marino, set single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns, while Denver, like Miami, led the NFL in points, yards, first downs and net yards per attempt. This year’s Broncos led the NFL in yards allowed, while becoming just the fourth defense since 1970 to lead the league in both net yards per pass and yards per rush.That sort of transformation is remarkable. After losing to Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII, Denver added three Pro Bowl players in outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward the following offseason. Denver then added safety Darian Stewart in March, and it has turned nose tackle Sylvester Williams and linebacker Brandon Marshall — role players on the 2013 Broncos — into starters. As a result, the 2015 Broncos defense doesn’t look or feel all that similar to the 2013 one. Only Von Miller (who missed seven games because of injury or suspension in 2013), Chris Harris Jr., Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan and Derek Wolfe played at least 45 percent of the team’s snaps in both 2013 and 2015; of course, that’s a pretty excellent core to build around.1Miller, Harris and Wolfe missed Super Bowl XLVIII because of injury, leaving only Williams, Jackson and Trevathan as Denver defensive starters in both Super Bowl XLVIII and, presumably, Super Bowl 50. And the Broncos added defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, long respected as one of the game’s top defensive minds.On the offensive side, the turnover has been even more drastic. The team has turned over four of its five starting offensive linemen (only guard Louis Vasquez remains), while losing starting wide receivers Eric Decker and Wes Welker, tight end Julius Thomas and running back Knowshon Moreno. And offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who earned great praise for his coaching in 2013, has moved on. That means just three of the team’s offensive starters from Super Bowl XLVIII are still around, and all three — quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and Vasquez — were playing a lot better two years ago. The difference is most stark with Manning, of course, who has gone from having one of the best seasons ever by a Super Bowl quarterback to one of the worst.As a result, Denver has had a remarkable turnover from an unbalanced team with an offensive identity to a one-sided team with a defensive identity. This can be seen clearly even with basic stats such as points and yards.PointsBroncos games were extremely high-scoring in 2013, as Denver and its opponents combined to average 62.8 points per game (Denver averaged 37.9, while allowing 24.9). This year, only 40.7 points are being scored in the average Broncos game, courtesy of 22.2 points by Denver and 18.5 points by opponents. That’s a decrease of 22.1 points per game in Broncos games, the largest swing, positive or negative, in any two-year stretch following a given season since 1970. 15Detroit Lions199033.349.1+15.831.3 1Miami Dolphins1984552.2772.3+220.082.6% 4Atlanta Falcons197922.043.0+21.043.8 4San Francisco 49ers1979503.6685.4+181.724.1 19Green Bay Packers2011663.5816.7+153.281.3 7Denver Broncos2015813.3638.6-174.778.1 17Pittsburgh Steelers2014608.6764.4+155.959.4 25Philadelphia Eagles1991638.4490.7-147.765.6 TEAMENDING YEARSTARTINGENDINGDIFF.WIN % 8New Orleans Saints2012678.8851.0+172.356.3 3St. Louis Rams2000584.5785.6+201.143.8 11New Orleans Saints198248.632.1-16.525.3 13Green Bay Packers1983627.8785.9+158.250.0 10Kansas City Chiefs200657.440.4-17.050.0 14Baltimore Colts1971651.9494.5-157.466.1 24Pittsburgh Steelers1990688.1540.0-148.143.8 13Oakland Raiders200647.631.3-16.421.9 16Minnesota Vikings2006765.1609.1-155.943.8 Biggest two-year differences in total yards per game 18Cincinnati Bengals1995566.9721.3+154.431.3 10Kansas City Chiefs1975507.9674.5+166.646.4 TEAMENDING YEARSTARTINGENDINGDIFF.WIN% 21Minnesota Vikings199535.449.8+14.453.1 23Detroit Lions1995582.9732.0+149.162.5 2Atlanta Falcons1979463.4668.0+204.643.8 9Chicago Bears1995523.1694.7+171.650.0 15Atlanta Falcons1977619.5463.4-156.139.3 While yards and points are hardly perfect measures of performance, they do the job in this instance. Using Football Outsiders DVOA and Estimated DVOA, I measured similar swings in team imbalance — i.e., going from heavily slanted toward offense or defense in one season, and then the other way two years later — and the ’13/’15 Broncos also stood out as the most extreme team since 1970 by this measure. The ’82/’84 Dolphins had the fourth-largest swing using this methodology, behind the ’04/’06 Vikings and ’91/’93 Eagles.By any metric, Denver’s turn from an offensive powerhouse to a defensive colossus is among the most extreme makeovers since the merger. The only question left is whether the Broncos can avoid the fate suffered by those ’80s Dolphins teams: losing both Super Bowls, with the second game coming against a 17-1 team.Check out our live coverage of Super Bowl 50. 22Cincinnati Bengals198540.554.9+14.443.8 read more

 

Researchers name lonely bird after Marcel from Love Island

first_imgThe lonely bird “We had no idea that he had been on such an adventure until we downloaded the GPS tag data.” Dr Kathryn Arnold, a Senior ecology lecturer, who is tracking the breeding habits of the bird, told York Vision:  “Last month, we were shocked when the satellite tracking data came back from bird 16840 – or Marcel as we have nicknamed him, in honour of Love Island.“After four days of searching and not finding a mate, Marcel then did a tour of England. In less than a week he flew over 600 miles. Although Marcel in the hit reality television show Love Island managed to find love in the end, he spent the first part of the show living vicariously through the angst and romances of the other contestants.Researchers at the University of York evidently became as hooked on the show as much of the UK – naming one of their birds after the then-hapless lover.The Nightjar the scientists were studying left them gobsmacked when it turned out he flew 600 miles without finding a mate.He looked across the nation for a bird, and his tour for love included Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Milton Keynes, and Birmingham. But I found love???— Marcel Somerville (@marcel_rockyb) August 10, 2017 The lonely bird has now come home to roost in the Humberhead Peatlands but still hasn’t found a partner – and only has a few weeks left of mating season remaining. Marcel was the only bird being tracked in the expirement to travel more than several miles from home.He is still being tracked by the University of York researchers – who are still holding out hope he may find love.The reality television contestant, and the bird’s namesake was confused by the decision to name the desperate creature after him.He told York Vision: “But I found love???” The lonely bird 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.last_img read more

 

Captured jihadi Beatles should suffer long painful death says victims daughter

first_imgMiss Haines, from Scotland, said: “My personal opinion is that they die a long, slow, painful death and a lot of people will understand that they should not be allowed to live.“Realistically that is not going to happen and the best thing that could happen is they are locked up and they throw away the key.” Alexanda Kotey Mohammed Emwazi  El Shafee Elsheikh Three Americans were also murdered – journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid worker Peter Kassig – and two Japanese citizens Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto. Members of the Syrian armed forces were also executed.The beheadings of Western hostages shocked the world, the gruesome killings filmed and then broadcast online as propaganda for the so-called Islamic State. Alexanda Kotey Diane Foley, the mother of James Foley, said the men’s detention would “hopefully protect others from this kind of crime”.She added: “Their crimes are beyond imagination. They really have not done anything good in the world, so I think they need to spend the rest of their life being held.”center_img Nicolas Henin, a French journalist who was held hostage by Islamic State for 10 months, called for the men to be tried in Britain.Mr Henin told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I would like to see them brought back to Britain, just like I would like to see all other European jihadis brought back to their home countries, to be judged fairly in their home country.“Because the worst thing we can do with a terrorist is to deprive him from his right because then you make the terrorist a victim.” Mohammed Emwazi 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. The two captured members of the jihadist execution squad dubbed the Beatles should be subjected to “a long, slow, painful death”, according to the grieving daughter of one of their victims.But Bethany Haines, who was just 17 when her father David was murdered in September 2014, accepted it was unlikely the two men would be sentenced to death. Instead she pleaded for them never be freed from jail.The capture of Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh was welcomed by the families of their victims.The men were part of the so-called Beatles, who brutalised hostages and who were executed by Mohammed Emwazi, nicknamed ‘Jihadi John’.Emwazi was killed in a drone strike while the fourth member Aine Davis is languishing in a Turkish jail.It is reckoned the gang executed  about 25 people, including Mr Haines and Alan Henning, a Manchester taxi driver kidnapped on an aid convoy to Syria.  El Shafee Elsheikhlast_img read more

 

German MP facing child porn charges for alleged downloads to work computer

first_imgA GERMAN LAWMAKER who resigned earlier this year is now facing criminal charges for allegedly downloading child pornography onto his work computer, prosecutors said today.The prosecutor’s office in the northern city of Hanover said that it had charged Sebastian Edathy, a former high-flying member of parliament known for his fight against far-right extremists, on Tuesday.“The former deputy is accused of downloading videos featuring child pornography onto his Bundestag laptop from the Internet on six days between November 1 and 10, 2013,” it said in a statement.It added that he was suspected of being in possession of a photo book and a CD deemed by prosecutors to contain illicit material featuring minors.A court in nearby Verden must decide if the case against Edathy, a member of the Social Democrats, partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s left-right coalition government, will go to trial.Edathy, 44, resigned citing health reasons in February after the allegations against him surfaced, touching off a major political scandal at the start of Merkel’s third term.The case subsequently prompted a cabinet minister to resign under pressure over suspicions he leaked confidential information about the probe while he held the interior portfolio.Edathy, who has not been remanded in custody and is reportedly lying low somewhere in southern Europe, had gained prominence for heading a parliamentary panel into the shock 2011 discovery of a neo-Nazi killer cell.He has vehemently denied the child pornography charges, for which he could face two years in prison.- © AFP, 2014last_img read more

Brie Bella backs off retirement statements, says WrestleMania 32 was “just my last match…

first_img WWE.com is featuring a lengthy interview with former WWE Divas Champion Brie Bella where she addresses comments she made on social media regarding retirement and her appearance at WrestleMania 32 being her last match with the company. Brie was quick to state that she isn’t officially retired yet and is instead making plans to start a family with husband Daniel Bryan.“WrestleMania 32 was my last match. I wouldn’t say my last match forever, just my last match that you’ll see in a while. I am here at home because Daniel Bryan and I want to start a family soon. Or I shouldn’t say soon — we want to start it now! We’re going to start having babies, so I have to put my career on hold. The hardest part is that it takes a while to have a baby. So, I hate saying retirement because after I have kids, I would love to make a comeback into the ring. I feel like I could bring a whole army with me, like Trish Stratus, who’s a mother. Michelle McCool, who’s a mother. Beth Phoenix, who’s a mom. It’s a good bunch of us who could come back and have one hell of a career. I just don’t know the timing of it. I don’t know if it will be a year and a half, two years or three years. So, it feels like a retirement. At the same time, I’m just not going to close that door.”You can check out the full interview at the link below.WWE: Brie Bella on WrestleMania 32 and her future in WWE Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR April 8, 2016 at 3:41 am April 8, 2016 at 9:07 am April 8, 2016 at 2:51 am Cameron Huff Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Who knows? Maybe someday their kids might decide to give wrestling a shot… … …Might be a good idea not to let them watch WrestleMania XXVIII. XD Oh,great now she’s contradicting herself. dknight xs Jeffery Adam Phillips Kind of hard to make a comeback when the shelf life of a (female) wwe superstar is much smaller than that of their male counterparts age wise. WhatsApp Demond Theepitomeofsarcasm Jso April 7, 2016 at 9:44 pm April 7, 2016 at 11:26 pm April 7, 2016 at 10:08 pmcenter_img IF DB AND BB WILL HAVE BABY ??? IS DB HAVE A JOB NOW ???? SINCE DB ALREADY RETIRED AS ACTIVE WRESTLER WHAT DB DO NOW ???DON’T HAVE MONEY BUT HAVE A BABY WILL BE HARD YOU KNOW !!!! Google+ Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte JFJ Facebook April 8, 2016 at 9:43 am April 8, 2016 at 2:22 pm I wouldn’t mind her coming back not winning the Women’s title though her nor her twin I need a translater for this comment. Daniel Bryan has at least a million saved up. roaster? The King of Kings Comments are closed. 8 COMMENTS Vince Pinterest best of luck to her in starting a family with DBbut i doubt she or niki are worth being on the roaster now as the women from NXT who have been “demoted” (yeah NXT>RAW) to the main roaster are much much better performers than the bellas. Steven Herreralast_img read more

Charlotte Flair reflects on her WWE debut 3 years ago, Kurt Angle throws out…

first_img Pinterest Twitter Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Charlotte Flair noted on Twitter that she made her WWE main roster debut three years ago on Monday Night RAW, noting her many accomplishments ever since.#flashbackfriday 3 years ago today I debuted on #Raw. Since then main events, ladder matches, Hell In a Cell, Titles, Brand Splits, robes & co-workers that become family. Wrestling has changed my life 4 the better in so many ways & cant wait to see where it continues to go! pic.twitter.com/VglIjef5TQ— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) July 13, 2018Kurt Angle throws out first pitchRAW GM and Hall of Famer Kurt Angle threw out the first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates game on Saturday. Pittsburgh is the site of tonight’s Extreme Rules PPV. WhatsAppcenter_img Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Boil water notice issued in Hollywood after water main break

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Hollywood officials have issued a boil water notice, one day after a water main ruptured.7Skyforce hovered above the scene near Wilson Street and North 19th Avenue, where a large sinkhole opened up, Wednesday afternoon. According to Hollywood Police, the 12-inch pipe ruptured underground.Crews continue working on repairs. Area residents are being told to boil their water until further notice.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more