Real Madrid join Liverpool in the chase for Argentina ace

first_img1 Real Madrid are set to rival Liverpool for the signature of Javier Pastore this summer.The Argentina international has struggled to hold down a regular first-team spot at Paris Saint-Germain this season, with competition for places proving high.The Reds are closely monitoring the situation and have reportedly sent scouts to watch the 25-year-old in action this term.But, according to El Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are now considering a move for Pastore when the transfer window re-opens at the end of the season.The former Palermo man’s contract is set to expire in 2016 and PSG are concerned he may not agree to an extension.For that reason the French champions are considering offloading the Argentinean this summer and recouping some of the £32m they paid for him in 2011. Javier Pastore last_img read more

Critical meeting ahead for future of Bluestack Foundation

first_imgThe need for funding for the Bluestack Special Needs Foundation in Donegal Town will be highlighted tomorrow, as the centre can no longer depend solely on voluntary contributions.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher, Leas Cheann Comhairle, along with other Donegal Oireachtas members, are to raise the matter of the urgent need for mainstream funding for The Bluestack Foundation and iCARE in Buncrana with the Minister for Disabilities, Finian Mc Grath T.D. on Wednesday.Interim funding of €36,000 for the Bluestack Foundation in Donegal Town was approved in February 2019. This funding was to assist the running of the organisation on an interim basis only, until a permanent funding arrangement could be sanction by the Department.The Bluestack Foundation carries out trojan work in assisting young people with disabilities in the south and the west of Donegal.The organisation has been run totally on voluntary contributions from the general public, organised by a group of volunteers.Earlier this year, the Government failed to include any disability organisation in the Northwest of Ireland in this programme. Tomorrow’s meeting with the Minister for Disabilities, Finian Mc Grath, is a critical one for the Bluestack Foundation, as it attempts to secure funding for the running of its programmes and work schedule for all its service users.The Foundation urgently requires state support in order to run on a daily basis as so many users of their services depend on them on a weekly basis.The Bluestack Foundation, on its own, deserves to be in receipt of mainstream annual funding such as the funding that can be availed of through the Ability Programme.The Foundation has a long history of helping and assisting young people with disabilities.Last year, a delegation from the organisation met with the Disabilities Minister Finian Mc Grath along with officials from the Department. Donegal TDs were also present. Leas Cheann Comhairle, Pat the Cope Gallagher, said the foundation work with families and dependents with physical, sensory and intellectual and mental disabilities and no other state agency or service is available within Donegal.“The Bluestack Foundation provides an essential service which the state ought to provide, but fail to do so in Counties such as Donegal.“It is in that context that the Minister must provide the necessary funding to secure the long-term future of the Bluestack Foundation,” concluded Pat the Cope.Critical meeting ahead for future of Bluestack Foundation was last modified: December 17th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfundingPat The Cope GallagherThe Bluestack Foundationlast_img read more

Sunkissed and Sepia Looks in DaVinci Resolve

first_imgA golden, sunkissed look is something all colorists should have in their toolbox.Let’s break down what the ‘sunkissed’ look entails and pull it off in a few different ways in Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve. We’ll also talk about applying a sepia tone grade that’s similar but has its own specific look.Approaching the GradeA sunkissed look, as one would imagine, is going to be skewed to the warmer side. However, we don’t just want to swing the blacks, mids, and highlights warm and call it a day. Sure, this is one way to go, but subtlety and nuance can also be employed to great effect. Depending on the source footage, the image may be highlight-dominant if it’s directed toward the sky. Or, the shot may contain lifted blacks, cueing us toward a look that is more slight. It’s contingent on how extreme of a look you want to impose on the image.First, correct each shot in the timeline so that it looks balanced. This promotes consistency, giving you a more uniform place from which to start with each shot in the timeline. Once there you can exert a grade on every shot and make more minor adjustments to bring the shots to one level of uniformity. If you apply an extreme look right away, you may neglect small details of the shot that are getting lost due to an extreme grade. You might get lost in a sea of yellow.The original image, courtesy of Shutterstock:My initial correction. Note the blacks were lifted. I made them a more true black and brightened up the image slightly:After your initial balance, push some yellow, orange or even red into the highlights. Note how even as different colors are put into the highlights, the effect can be quite pleasing to the eye. There are often many correct answers (or no wrong answers). It often comes down to the aesthetic of the creatives involved. In my image, I’ve had to compensate for the highlights which begin to clip in the red channel as the green and blue highlights diminish.From the balanced image, just adding a bit of orange to the highlights:Adding yellow to the highlights. I like this better than the first:Magenta in the highlights suggests the sun going down. Not sure it works so well with this one but it’s certainly an option for a client who likes this tone in the skin:Pushing warmth into the highlights may be enough to deem this a sunny look, but let’s take it further. Slowly swing the mids in the same direction. Take heed of what’s happening to the highlights as you do this. Based on your level of severity you may want to back the highlights from where you had them, as you may find the image is becoming too monochromatic. Experiment with playing different colors against each other, for example yellow in the highlights and magenta in the mids.Playing some green mids against yellow highlights achieves this look:Moving the mids towards magenta made me want to swing the highlights toward a bit of green. Yet another way to go:While you’re doing this, watch how your moves are affecting the shadows. Another thing to try is to put always-popular blues in the blacks, or try adding some green for a less expected look. Though there will still be warmth in the mids and highs, adding blue as opposed to green may make your image look too clean when you’re looking to have the sun dominate the image a bit.Blues in the blacks against an image with a bit more orange in it is pleasing:A more yellow image might benefit from some green in the blacks:You may also want to go for a look that incorporates lifted and tinted blacks. Due to the sun’s brightness, it’s acceptable to not have defined blacks, particularly if the sun is in the shot and is creating a flare in the lens. Whatever tint you put in the blacks will become pronounced, so move in small steps until you go too far, then notch it back a bit.Lifted, tinted blacks create a more airy look:Utilizing Desaturation to Push Looks FurtherWe haven’t talked about saturation yet. When you’ve got the colors where you want for the moment, experiment with both saturating and desaturating and see what it does to the image. You may have pushed the warmth to the brink already, at which point saturating further may not be the way to go. Desaturation will allow you to push the warmth even more, allowing the grade to really dominate the image. The inherent colors of the image will have less of an impact. Adding saturation does the opposite. It may seem a little violent to impose your grade on the natural colors of an image, but certain projects call for radical, edgy grades. Just make sure your client is on board.A desaturated image allows the colorist to impose more of the colors on the grade. Much of the original colors have been drained out of this version. Just a tad bit of green exists in the car door:Color Grading: SepiaAn extreme saturation value of less than 15 in Resolve approaches a sepia look. A true sepia look is monochromatic, so desaturate completely if that’s the vintage look you’re going for, then add a new serial node and push warmth back into the image toward about 10 o’clock on your color wheels.Lastly, our sepia look:Now you’ve got a ton of sunny looks to share with your client. I hope you’ll see that with this wide variety of looks, there is a great amount of nuance in color grading, even if the client simply wants a warm image.Share your summer-tinged stills and videos with us in the comments!last_img read more

Brodosplit to Build Megaship Blocks for Fincantieri

first_imgBrodograđevna industrija Split (Brodosplit) and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri have signed two new contracts for the construction of fitted sections (grand blocks) for mega cruisers, which are being built in Italian shipyards.The first contract concerns the construction of sections over 1,200 tons of steel equipped with pipe fitting and locksmith components as well as electrical routing with delivery deadline in the first half of 2019. This includes front part of the hull which will be loaded on a barge and towed to the Italian shipyard where it will be mounted on the ship.With the second contract Brodosplit has been awarded a project for building the central section of the ship whose overall length is over 100 meters and weight over 3,000 tons, with delivery deadline in the second half of 2019. The construction will be watertight on both sides and self-towed to the Italian shipyard.Brodosplit informed that, based on these and other contracts which are in preparation, the company would see a monthly income of more than EUR 5 million, resulting in a profit of around EUR 67.6 million a year in the period from 2019 – 2025.The agreement on long-term business and technical cooperation until 2025 is the result of the cooperation between Brodosplit and the Fincantieri Group, which dates back to 2014, during which Brodosplit has built and delivered fitted sections for three mega cruisers which are being built in their shipyards.In accordance with the agreed plans, engagement of a certain part of the Brodosplit workers for temporary work in the shipyard owned by the Fincantieri group is under preparation, and it will include performing special finishing works for luxurious cruise ships.last_img read more

A list of Prince Philips visits to Canada over the years

first_imgThe Queen and Prince Philip have lavished much attention on Canada over their lives, each visiting the country more than 20 times over the years. The list below includes some notable visits by Philip, who is retiring from royal duties this fall.___1951: Princess Elizabeth and her new husband, Prince Philip, made a coast to coast tour of the country. It was Princess Elizabeth’s inaugural visit to Canada.___1954: Prince Philip made a solo, 20-day visit to various Canadian cities including Ottawa and Vancouver.___1957: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh made a four-day visit to Hull and Ottawa, where they officially opened that fall’s session of parliament. It was Her Majesty’s first visit as Queen___1959: The Queen, with Prince Philip, made a six-week tour of all provinces and territories. Highlights included being on hand for the opening of the St. Lawrence seaway.___1962: Over a span of 23 days, Prince Philip attended a Commonwealth Study Conference and visited five cities across Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.___1964: The Queen and Prince Philip visited Charlottetown, Quebec City and Ottawa to attend commemoration of confederation meetings that took place a century earlier.___1967: The Queen and Prince Philip spent six days in Ottawa and Montreal attending celebrations for Canada’s centennial and Expo67.___1967: Prince Philip travelled to Winnipeg to open the 1967 Pan American Games.___1969: Prince Philip visited six provinces in roughly two weeks to study operations of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.___1970: The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Anne and Prince Charles visited Manitoba to mark the 100th anniversary of the province’s entry into Confederation. They also toured the Northwest Territories to participate in its centennial.___1971: The Queen, Prince Philip and Princess Anne visited British Columbia to mark its centenary anniversary of joining Confederation.___1973: The Queen and Prince Philip visited Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Alberta. They marked the RCMP centennial, the centennial of P.E.I. joining Confederation and the tercentennial of Kingston, Ont.___1973: Less than a month after their previous visit,the Queen and Prince Philip returned to Canada to greet heads of government at Commonwealth meetings in Ottawa.___1976: The Queen and princes Philip, Charles, Andrew and Edward toured Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. They also took in the opening ceremonies for the Montreal Olympics and stayed to watch Princess Anne compete in equestrian events.___1977: The Queen and Prince Philip made a five-day visit to Ottawa to mark her Silver Jubilee.___1978: The Queen and princes Philip, Edward and Andrew visited Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and Alberta, where they attended the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.___1982: The Queen, accompanied by Prince Philip, visited Ottawa for four days in order to sign the proclamation of the Constitution Act.___1983: The Queen and Prince Philip toured various cities in British Columbia over a three-day visit.___1984: The Queen and Prince Philip visited New Brunswick and Ontario for both provinces’ bicentennials. The Queen then carried on alone to tour Manitoba.___1987: The Queen and Prince Philip visited British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Quebec over a 16-day long tour.___1989: Prince Philip made a four-day visit to attend various ceremonies in Montreal.___1993: Prince Philip travelled solo to Toronto and Montreal for various presentations and ceremonies.___1994: The Queen and Prince Philip toured Nova Scotia and British Columbia, where they attended the Commonwealth Games in Victoria. The Duke of Edinburgh also made stops in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.___1997: The Queen and Prince Philip travelled to Newfoundland in order to celebrate the 500th anniversary of John Cabot’s arrival. The Queen also visited several cities in Ontario, while Prince Philip surveyed flood damage in Manitoba.___2002: The Queen and Prince Philip made an 11-day visit to Canada on the last leg of their Commonwealth Golden Jubilee tour. Among other events, she dropped a ceremonial puck at a Vancouver Canucks game, visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, attended a lunch at Rideau Hall with 51 distinguished Canadians and presented the RCMP musical ride with an Irish mare.___2005: The Queen and Prince Philip made a nine-day tour of Saskatchewan and Alberta to celebrate both provinces’ centennials. The trip was characterized by torrents of rain at nearly every stop.___2010: Accompanied by Prince Philip, the Queen made a nine-day trip to Canada, starting with a stop in Halifax where she reviewed a flotilla for international warships. The Queen also visited Ottawa, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Waterloo, Ont.___2013: Prince Philip made a solo, two-day visit to Toronto where he was presented with the highest rank of the Order of Canada. He also awarded new regimental colours to the Third Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment.___last_img read more

Whistler BC happy to help Calgary host Olympics

first_imgThe Mayor of Whistler is on board with helping to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, if Calgary decides it wants to piggyback on the B.C. community’s facilities.Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden said lending its ski jumps and other winter sports facilities to Vancouver during the 2010 games increased Whistler’s profile internationally, and it continues to host World Cup events as a result.She said construction for the Olympics also left a legacy in the resort town, so there’s just one thing missing.“Our athletes’ village, several years ago, was converted over to resident restricted housing. That was always the intention. So, if there was going to be any issue it would be in respect to housing the athletes,” she said.Wilhelm-Morden said her staff has spoken with the City of Calgary, but she looks forward to meeting with Mayor Naheed Nenshi in council if Calgary decides to bid for the games.last_img read more

Tentative deal reached with unionized shipbuilders working on navy vessels

first_imgHALIFAX – The union at the Halifax shipyard building the next generation of Royal Canadian Navy vessels says it has a tentative agreement with Irving Shipbuilding.Both the union and the company said no details will be released until Halifax Shipyard employees have a chance to view it and vote on it.Unifor gave 48-hour strike notice last week, but talks resumed before a Saturday deadline for the walkout.Last week, the union said a strong majority of 850 members had rejected an earlier tentative contract.Unifor’s lead negotiator had said tensions were high, and the issues were not just about economics, but rather were tied to disagreements over the number of discipline cases at the shipyard and the use of foreign workers.The company confirmed a new tentative agreement has been reached, but declined further comment.The shipyard has said it is planning to build up to six Arctic and offshore patrol ships and 15 Canadian surface combatants over the next 25 years, referring to the projects as “the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy.”last_img read more

BMC makes sewer treatment mandatory for new complexes

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made construction of Sewer Treatment Plant (STP) mandatory in new housing complexes. No building plan without the provision for STP will be cleared. The decision was taken at a meeting held at BMC recently. BMC has taken up a major plan to install drainage system in vast areas surrounding Baguiati-Kestopur, spreading over wards 1-28. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 330 crore and a private consultancy firm has been engaged to prepare the scheme. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe open drains in the areas situated under wards 1 to 28 will be covered with concrete slabs, whereas the construction of the underground drainage system is likely to begin after monsoon. Vast areas surrounding Baguiati began to develop from the early 1990s, during the Left Front regime. Thousands of apartments subsequently came up in Baguiati, Teghoria and its neighbourhood. Rajarhat-Gopalpur Municipality, which was once a den of CPI(M), did not bother to stop illegal constructions. The water bodies between Ultadanga and Kolkata Airport, covering a distance of 7.5 km, were filled up to make room for apartments. The North 24-Parganas district administration had identified 123 illegal buildings but no action had been taken against them. The buildings came up without any underground drainage system. The Left Front did not take any steps in this regard and during monsoon the drains overflowed, causing great inconvenience to the residents.last_img read more