White Balance Footage in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgManual Color Balance in Final Cut Pro XTo manually white balance your clips in FCPX, you’ll need to use some simple editing techniques like cropping to pull of this trick. (I learned this from Mark Spencer’s Ripple Training tutorial. Check it out at the end of the post.)1. Find a small area that should be white. Use the Crop Tool to crop the image to that small area.2. Open up Waveforms (Command + 7), click on Settings, select RGB Parade.The RGB Parade will show you which colors have the strongest cast. In this particular clip, you’ll notice a lot of red peaking in the RGB parade and a good amount of green. Since the small area we have cropped is supposed to be white, we want all three of the peaks to align with each other. To do so, you’ll need to adjust the points on the Color Board.3. Open the Color Board (Command + 6) and select the Color tab. Adjust the pucks as necessary. (Start with Global.)Since there is too much red in this clip, we can either add more of red’s complementary color (cyan) or we can remove some red. For simplicity, let’s remove some red.Move the Global puck along the horizontal line towards red, and then pull the puck down to remove red. Now keep an eye on the RGB parade. Look for a point where all three colors have equal peaks.4. Remove the Crop. Adjust the Color and Exposure to fine tune the image.Once you remove the crop, you’ll be able to see the total effect of the white balance on your footage. You’ll now need to hop back into the color tab and fine tune the Highlights, Midtones, and Shadows.  Here is a look at the clips after a manual balance. I could still play with the blues and greens, but I don’t need the shot to be perfect. For projects like this, there will be a final color grade that will enhance the story. But, now that I have a white balanced shot — it’s going to be a lot easier to keep a consistent look throughout the film.To follow along in video format, check out Mark Spencer’s Ripple Training tutorial here.Got any tips for white balancing in FCPX? Share them in the comments below! For some reason you can’t just simply white balance footage in Final Cut Pro X with the push of a button. Here’s a workaround that doesn’t require any plugins.Top image via ShutterstockWithout using a plugin, the workaround for white balancing in Final Cut Pro X honestly requires far too many steps. That said, it can be done relatively easily. It just requires a few editing tricks to get you there. Here are two different ways to white balance in FCPX.Automatic Color Balance in Final Cut Pro XThe first option is to use the Automatic Color Balance tool. This can be done when importing footage or after clips have been placed in the timeline. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work. When it does, it’s the fastest way to white balance footage. If if doesn’t work, you will need to manually white balance.The Final Cut Pro X color balance feature samples the darkest and lightest areas of the luma channel, and then adjusts the shadows and highlights to neutralize color casts. The issue is the balanced footage isn’t necessarily white balanced, the clip merely adjusts to maximize contrast to have the widest luma range.When importing clips, just scroll through the Media Import popup and make sure Analyze for balance color is selected.Alternatively, you can select the clip on the timeline, go to the top menu and click on Modify, select Balance Color.Like I mentioned before, this doesn’t always work for white balancing. For this specific test clip, you’ll notice how the wedding dress certainly is not white after using Automatic White Balance, so I have to white balance manually.last_img read more

A Note to the Sales Manager: You Do Not Have Time Not to Coach

first_imgSales managers and leaders often cite a lack of time as the reason they don’t coach their salespeople. This is to misunderstand one of the primary benefits of coaching: an increase in available time.Where Does the Time GoIf you have to spend time working your sales team’s deals, you are doing two jobs at the same time. You are both a sales manager and a sales rep. It is sometimes necessary for you to work high value, high visibility deals, but that shouldn’t be your primary role (in many businesses, anyway). Closing deals for your salespeople takes time.If every problem and challenge requires your immediate attention, you are living in reactive mode. The big dream client one of your salespeople is pursuing hasn’t returned your contract yet because it’s still in legal. Another prospective client wants change to the solution your salesperson proposed, and they’re not sure what to do.All these things are important, and they all take time. In fact, the better your salespeople do creating opportunities, the busier you are helping them with their challenges.Internal meetings steal time, mostly without generating any real benefit. Email is also a massive time suck, especially the notes that you are copied on due to a lack of psychological safety inside the organization. The list of things that could dominate your time is interminable.How to Get Your Time BackCoaching doesn’t take time; it makes time.The better and more frequently you coach the individuals on your team, the more they grow and develop. At some point, they will tell you, “I don’t need you on this call. I’ve got this.” By closing deals for your salespeople, you are creating dependents. Because you believe you have to close their deals, they’re likely to believe it, too.When you coach people, they grow and develop. When they grow and develop, they become more and more independent. When they become independent, they don’t need nearly as much of your time.There aren’t more than a few choices of what to do when a contract is stuck in legal. A few questions about the context of the situation and you can easily make a decision as to what to try first and what might be a backup plan. Coaching this scenario prevents you from having to repeat this exercise over and over again. This principle applies to most of the challenges you solve on a day-to-day basis.Coaching requires that your salespeople exercise their resourcefulness and initiative to solve their own problems. The more they can work through their challenges on their own, the more time is returned to you.If You Don’t Have Time to CoachMany of the interactions you have with the people you lead is an opportunity to coach. The more you coach, the more time you will have.If you believe you don’t have time to coach, you don’t have time not to coach.last_img read more


first_imgRepublican U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota is the latest on Capitol Hill to urge passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.Thune says the Trump administration’s recent announcement that it will remove U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico eliminates a major roadblock to passage of the measure:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/THUNE5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….retaliatory tariffs. :15Senator Thune says the new trade agreement will provide a bib boost to the American economy:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/THUNE6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….this agreement. ;18Thune says that along with adopted labor reforms in Mexico were two of the Democrats’ main objections to moving forward with the process.He challenged Democrats to focus on that issue instead of how they lost the presidency in 2016:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/THUNE7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….American people. ;29Thune says the mainstream Democratic party is being swallowed up by proposals from the radical fringe left.last_img read more

Giveaway: Ice Balls and a Whiskey Wedge

first_img Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master Sometimes bigger really is better–especially when it comes to ice cubes for whiskey drinking.Many types of scotch, bourbon, and whiskey taste better with a little water added. If drinking neat, that means actually adding liquid water, but if you take your whiskey on the rocks, that means adding ice (obviously). Typical bars will throw in the standard ice-maker fare–ice chips, cubes, or chunks. This is, honestly, not the best method of adding water to your whiskey. In fact, it’s probably the worst method possible, since multiple ice chunks/chips means multiple surfaces melting all at once, which also means that too much water is melting into your whiskey–making it, well, watered-down. And watered-down whiskey tastes nothing like it was intended to. You definitely don’t want to pull this with a high-end whiskey–that’s just insulting to the hard-working distillers of the world.So, to prevent this problem and preserve the taste of your corn-based spirits, Corkcicle (a brand we support for its many innovative takes on cooling drinks) has engineered a couple of awesome drinking accessories that you’ll want in your own home. And today, you can enter to win them, free!Whiskey WedgeThe Whiskey Wedge is a cube-shaped glass that you fill with water, insert a silicon wedge mold, freeze for a few hours, and out pops a perfect wedge of ice attached firmly to the inside of your glass. Simply add whiskey and enjoy as the large chunk of ice quickly cools your drink while slowly adding water for superb sipping. We’ve tested this product ourselves and admire its simple design, ease of use, and the fact that it lives up to its promise to, “melt much slower than smaller traditional ice cubes…help[ing to] retain your drink’s full flavor.”The Invisiball follows the same principal as the Whiskey Wedge, but eschews straight-lined cubes in favor of sphericality, which offers a refined and near super-villain-like cool aesthetic. Make a few of these ahead of a friendly gathering or a date night at home and relish the compliments and questions you’ll receive while knocking back a perfectly chilled dram.InvisiballEntering to win these two awesome ice-makers is easy, just follow the rules below. One lucky winner will receive both a Whiskey Wedge and an Invisiball, along with the right to brag about having the best ice in the neighborhood. The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Editors’ Recommendations 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Are Whiskey Stones Better Than Ice? Breaking Down the Best Ways to Chill Whiskey last_img read more

Persons with a Second Language Earn More – Thwaites

first_imgMinister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, says that persons with a second language, such as Spanish, stand to earn 15 per cent more than those without such a skill. He was addressing a ‘Spanish Day’ event on Novmber 30 at Kingston Technical High School, where he encouraged students to learn a second language to enhance job prospects and earnings. “This is something that can give you an additional skill in your life, so that when you leave (school) you can earn more and you can help your family and your nation,” he stated. He cited the maritime and hotel industries as two areas where having an additional language skill is an advantage. “The tourists who are coming to Jamaica now, many of them are coming from Europe and they speak Spanish and they expect that you will understand them and be able to entertain them and to make them happy so that you can become prosperous,” he said. Minister Thwaites stressed that it was even more important for Jamaicans to learn Spanish, given the country’s proximity to the Latin American region, which is an important economic zone, and the fact that Spanish is becoming a vital language in the Americas. One of the two teachers of Spanish at the school, and Co-ordinator of the Spanish Day, Tandy Brown, told JIS News that the institution has been celebrating the day for the past three years, in an effort to engender a greater appreciation for the Spanish language among students. “We also recognise that because of our environment, many of them are not exposed to anything Hispanic. We have a lot of Spanish persons here in Jamaica but they don’t encounter them. So what we do is to try and invite as many persons from the Hispanic countries to come and share this day with us,” she said. The Argentine Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency, Ariel Fernández and Charge d’Affaires at the Panamanian Embassy,Lorenzo Chiari, participated in the day’s event. Students were exposed to various cultural tidbits from the several Spanish-speaking countries, including, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Panama, Spain, Dominican Republic and Columbia. The students participated in exciting activities such as a treasure hunt, sign language exercises, a karaoke session and a fashion show featuring the traditional dress of the Spanish-speaking countries. The event was sponsored by Digicel, Lime, GraceKennedy, Carlong Publishers and Burger King.last_img read more

Governor-General Lauds FosRich Company Limited

first_img Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has lauded FosRich Company Limited as a good example of corporate governance.In his keynote address at the company’s 25th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony on Sunday (May 19) at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston, the Governor-General commended the company’s directors and staff on the milestone achievement.“We are proud of you and all those who have stood with you on this exciting journey. We are here in the company of members of an enterprise which has set an excellent example of corporate responsibility, corporate sensitivity and profound appreciation of national need,” he said.The Governor-General argued that at 25 years, FosRich is well positioned to build on the success of the past. He encouraged the management and staff to build on the powerful foundation that is already established.“There is no stopping FosRich. They are on the go, looking ahead and going beyond. From a small beginning in a small apartment, the company has grown to become the island’s largest distributor of electrical products, energy and lighting solutions,” the Governor-General said.Expressing gratitude to his employees for their dedicated service, Managing Director, FosRich Company Limited, Cecil Foster, attributed the company’s success to identifying and supplying the needs of the local market through partnerships with reputable brands such as Phillips, Nexans and Siemens. This, he said, is complemented by exceptional service by the company’s employees.Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen (left), presents a plaque to FosRich Company Limited employee, André Thomas, for his 12 years of service to the company. Occasion was the company’s 25th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony, held on Sunday (May 19) at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. FosRich Company Limited is a major importer and distributor of electrical and lighting products. “We are proud of you and all those who have stood with you on this exciting journey. We are here in the company of members of an enterprise which has set an excellent example of corporate responsibility, corporate sensitivity and profound appreciation of national need,” he said. Story Highlights In his keynote address at the company’s 25th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony on Sunday (May 19) at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston, the Governor-General commended the company’s directors and staff on the milestone achievement.center_img Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has lauded FosRich Company Limited as a good example of corporate governance. “To our special customers and tremendous partners, we are committing every single day from now on to continue working with you and for you. We have achieved this milestone on the backs of some great individuals. We are going to achieve further success with your continued support,” he said.The company honoured 10 employees for serving between 10 and 19 years. Several employees also received the Chairman’s Award for exemplary performance. Customers were also recognised from the northern, southern, eastern and western regions.The company is also providing one scholarship each to the University of Technology (UTech) in Kingston and Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Manchester. Each is valued at $500,000.FosRich Company Limited was established in 1993 with three employees. It now boasts a staff complement of 126 across seven locations in Kingston, Mandeville and Montego Bay.The company is a major importer and distributor of electrical lighting, solar water heaters, solar photovoltaic systems, light-emitting diode (LED) and induction lighting, and hardware products.It carries a range of electrical products, including panels, breakers, copper wires, energy-saving bulbs, decorative lights and ceiling fans. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC conduits) and pipes are also being manufactured in Jamaica by FosRich Limited.In 2015, FosRich introduced its hardware division, ‘Better Homes Depot’, carrying ladders, tiles, doors, bathroom fixtures, vanities, lumber, among other things.The company was listed on the junior arm of the Jamaica Stock Exchange in December 2017.last_img read more


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Marrakech International Film Festival 2015 Wraps Up With ‘Special Jury Prize’

Rabat – The 15th Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM) has been full of many touching moments that have left a mark in the history of cinema.From actor Bill Murray’s opening speech to director Francis Ford Coppola’s teary-eyed defense of Islam, the 2015 FIFM captured the essence of the world’s current events and the sentiment of people’s cultural backgrounds.The FIFM 2015 screened 93 films from 33 different countries. None of which returned home empty handed; everybody won an award. As a symbolic gesture of appreciation to all films in the competition, the FIFM created the “Special Jury Prize”, for the first time in the history of the festival.The “Special Jury Prize” was awarded to every film with exception of the winner of the highly-acclaimed “L’Etoile d’Or”.The jury composed of nine members was chaired by American director Francis Ford Coppola who reportedly created the “Special Jury Prize” as a tribute to cinema.The 15th FIFM was held in Morocco’s ‘Red City’ on December 4-12. The annual festival stands out as a leading artistic and cultural event, regarded as unique in the African continent and the Arab World.Among this year’s winners were:– L’Etoile d’Or- Grand Prize: “Very big shot” Lebanese director, Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya (Lebanon and Qatar)– Best Director: Gabriel Mascaro for his film Neon Bull (Brazil, Uruguay, and Netherlands).– Best Actress: French actress Galatea Bellugi for her performance in Keeper (Belgium, France, and Switzerland) by Director Guillaume Senez.– Best Actor: Icelandic actor Gunnar Jonsson for his role in the Icelandic-Danish film Virgin Mountain, directed by Dagur Kari.– The Cinécoles Price (short film): The Girl who came from Nowhere, directed by Jai Reda (Studio M-Casablanca).– Special Jury Prize: All films in official competition, in homage to cinema.The Marrakech International Film Festival was created in 2001 by King Mohammed VI of Morocco. The event is organized by the Marrakesh Film Festival Foundation under the chairmanship of Morocco’s Prince Moulay Rachid. read more

Suspects in Scandinavian Tourists’ Murder Pledge Allegiance to ISIS in Video

Rabat – A new video is going viral allegedly showing the four suspects that have been arrested in the murder of two Scandinavian tourists near Mount Toubkal in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains. The video shows the suspects pledging allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Suspects involved in the murder of two Scandinavian tourists in Morocco’s Imlil.In the video posted on Twitter by an anonymous user, one of the men quotes part of a Qur’annic verse (9:29), “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger.”The suspect continued, saying al-Baghdadi has  “soldiers in Morocco” to support ISIS. “Answering the call of the emir of the faithful, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and in support of our brothers everywhere, especially those in Hajin, we tell our caliph, ‘You have ​soldiers ​in Morocco​ ​only God knows about​.’​”He added, “Our message to the supporters of the caliphate on the social media, may God bless them and acknowledge their endeavor; you have conveyed justice and truth to many of God’s people. May God bless you for that. However, this does not release you from the obligation of fighting [jihad] for God.”Read Also: Police in Marrakech Seize Weapons Used in Scandinavian Tourists’ MurderThe man addressed the audience, saying that the suspects have been “always supporting the fighters in the battlefields, yet we could not abstain [from jihad].Speaking on the behalf of the other suspects, he added “We could not live in a land where the law of God (sharia) is not observed. How could we enjoy living when we are the first ones who watch the trail of destruction left by the aircraft of the crusader coalition?”After authorities found the bodies of the victims on Monday, a video was widely shared on social media Wednesday evening, allegedly showing the murder of the two women tourists. In the video, one of the alleged murderers said, “This is a revenge for our brothers in Hajin.” The man was referring to a small town in eastern Syria that was ISIS’ last holdout.Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway had been camping 10 kilometers from Imlil, a scenic village in the Atlas Mountains. read more

Disneyland items including Tiki Room bird and Pirates skeleton auctioned for 17

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A Disneyland memorabilia collector has taken a cue from the movie “Frozen” and decided to “Let It Go.”Van Eaton Galleries says nearly 1,000 items — including a bird from the Enchanted Tiki Room and an original “Pirates of the Caribbean” skeleton — brought in $1.7 million during a weekend auction held online and in Sherman Oaks, California.Bids came from around the world.The top seller was a green 1970s-era animatronic Tiki Room bird, which fetched $153,400. The 1967 “Pirates” skeleton, which holds a cutlass and chugs from a bottle, went for $129,800.Other items offered by the anonymous collector were the original Frontierland cigar store Indian, a 1960s Mark Twain Riverboat life preserver, a doll from “It’s a Small World” and poster artwork for “Captain EO.”Prices included a buyer’s premium, which is an additional charge on the winning bid. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2015 7:58 pm MDT In this undated photo provided by Van Eaton Galleries, shows an original “Pirates of the Caribbean” skeleton, part of a Disneyland vintage memorabilia auction which brought in $1.7 million during a weekend sale held online and in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Other items offered by the anonymous collector were the original Frontierland cigar store Indian, a 1960s Mark Twain Riverboat life preserver, a doll from “It’s a Small World” and poster artwork for “Captain EO.” Prices included a buyer’s premium. (AP Photo/Van Eaton Galleries) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Disneyland items, including Tiki Room bird and ‘Pirates’ skeleton, auctioned for $1.7 million read more

Drug dealer slashes wrist and threatens to kill detective after razor smuggled

first_imgThe incident happened at Brighton Crown CourtCredit:Alamy DS Deans, of Sussex Police, said: “Threats are, unfortunately, part of a police officer’s job and we are regularly abused by a very small element of our society. These are taken seriously and they will be investigated as such.”However, it will not deter me or any other officer from continuing to try to stem the flow of drugs into Sussex.”Tuesday’s incident is the second surrounding GeoAmey’s staffing at Sussex courts in as many months.Two dock officers were sacked for falling asleep during the trial of Daryll Rowe, who was found guilty of deliberately trying to infect 10 men with HIV.The pair were removed from court proceedings after being reported for snoring in October. Brighton Court Court “We closely monitor GeoAmey’s performance to ensure their services remain of the highest standard.”Makai, 46, of Portslade, was convicted at a re-trial after undercover officers discovered his role in a chain which fed heroin from Liverpool to the streets of Brighton, Hove and Eastbourne in 2015.Five other key players were jailed in May for a combined total of 67 years. We closely monitor GeoAmey’s performance to ensure their services remain of the highest standardMinistry of Justice spokeswomancenter_img He added: “An investigation is under way into the circumstances surrounding this incident.”The prisoner was produced from HMP Lewes, so there was no obligation on escort officers to search him. Nevertheless, GEOAmey searched the prisoner. However, the article was undetected by our officers”.A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “We are aware of an incident at Brighton Crown Court on December 19 and are urgently investigating. A drug dealer pulled out a razor blade in the dock and threatened to kill a police officer in a courtroom security breach being “urgently” investigated by government officials.Louis Makai slashed his wrist at Brighton Crown Court on Tuesday as he was handed an 18-year jail sentence for his part in a £12.5 million drug dealing conspiracy, officials said.Witnesses told how he pointed the blade at Detective Sergeant Julian Deans, the investigating officer who helped to catch him, and said: “When I get out, I’ll kill you.”Both the Ministry of Justice and court security firm GeoAmey, which employs custody officers, are trying to find out how the weapon got into the court room undetected.Makai was treated in court by paramedics but was not taken to hospital, a GEOAmey spokesman said. 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

Play Tetris in your living room with Tetris Link board game

first_imgIf you look at the earliest computer games, you’ll notice a lot of them were an attempt by programmers to turn an existing card, board or table game into a bunch of ones and zeroes. Pong, for example, is a simplified digital version of Ping Pong: the earliest Unix games were simple text based versions of Chess, Checkers and Go Fish, while even the earliest adventure games like Rogue and Nethack were attempts to recreate pen-and-paper Dungeon and Dragons.Of course, somewhere along the line, game developers realized they had far more options to exercise their imaginations making games on computers, and now you’d be hard pressed to translate any computer game to a form you could play on a table. That’s why I’m fascinated to see this board game version of Tetris called Tetris Link creep out of the latest world Toy Fair. Basically, it takes the Tetronimo concept and applies it to a Connect 4 style gameplay mechanic, in which players must use their tetronimos to link three or more pieces together, while other players try to block them any way they can.Sure, it’s not really Tetris without being able to wipe out four rows at once by dropping in an I piece, but even so, heck, I’d play this. If only he set played a chiptune rendition of “Korobieniki” as you dropped your pieces.Read more at Pocket Lintlast_img read more

Xenophon demands spooks inquiry

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While the two major parties continue to oppose an inquiry into data surveillance, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and Greens upper house member Scott Ludlam are pushing for a full senate examination into the level of spying taking place on Australian citizens. Mr Xenophon has asked the government to disclose the extent of surveillance of phone and internet records by Australian security agencies working with the US National Security Agency. According to the latest revelations – coming from secret files obtained by former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden – information gleaned from internet and mobile phone accounts of Australian citizens was offered to Australia’s global spying partners. This week British newspaper The Guardian reported that Australia’s surveillance agency – the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) – indicated it was happy to share ‘bulk’ data with its ‘5-eyes’ partners – an intelligence-sharing network comprising the US, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. The new revelations are based on a secret 2008 document revealing notes of what was discussed at a ‘5-eyes’ conference hosted in the UK. According to the report, Australia’s intelligence agency told its global intelligence partners it could share “bulk, unselected, unminimised metadata as long as there is no intent to target an Australian national”. The Australian government continues to deny accusations of a lack of transparency over covert surveillance operations – and to what extent data is shared with other countries. Senator Scott Ludlam – the Greens communications spokesperson – said that the DSD (now known as the Australian Signals Directorate) could be in breach of Australian law for sharing such information. “The publication of documents in which Australian spy agency DSD quite casually proposes to share ‘unminimised’ metadata obtained without a warrant with affiliated agencies overseas, implies that the agency may have been breaching Australian law for five years,” said Mr Ludlam. Mr Ludlam added that the DSD had an obligation to destroy data ‘unintentionally’ obtained on Australians – “instead, these discussions show the DSD contemplating sharing with overseas agencies and non-intelligence agencies”. “These documents are five years old: there is an urgent need to establish what practices, if any, govern this indiscriminate data collection on law-abiding Australians. “The government can no longer avoid the issues and hide behind platitudes that everything is done in accordance with the law. It is the job of this parliament to conduct a full inquiry, as is happening in many other countries around the world.” According to The Guardian’s report, the documents suggest that Canada imposed more rigorous privacy restrictions than Australia. Canada agreed to share information only on the basis that data concerning its citizens first had to be redacted. Prime Minister Tony Abbott defended the Australian intelligence agency’s actions, saying they had acted in accordance with the law, and that adequate safeguards were in place. “If there’s any evidence that we have acted inappropriately, that we have done something illegally, produce the evidence and the matter will be dealt with,” the prime minister told reporters on Monday. However, the PM’s description of metadata as ‘essentially the billing data’ drew an immediate response. In senate question time Senator Ludlam asked the Attorney General George Brandis to assist the prime minister’s understanding of the term ‘metadata’. “The prime minister displayed his misunderstanding of the term metadata by describing it as simply billing data. “In fact, metadata can include mobile and landline phone records, a person’s location, their entire social network, the source and destination of electronic mail and a person’s web history,” Senator Ludlam said.last_img read more

Vancouver man gets 9 months in jail for assault burglary

first_imgA Vancouver man who barged into a home along the Columbia River and locked himself inside, claiming it was his, was sentenced Monday to nine months in jail.Irving Diaz-Rodriguez, 20, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to a charge of third-degree assault, amended from first-degree burglary. He pleaded guilty in another case to second-degree burglary.On Feb. 3, 2016, Diaz-Rodriguez knocked on the door of a house in the 10600 block of Southeast Burlington Drive. When one of the residents, David Weisen, answered, Diaz-Rodriguez told him it was his residence and he wanted inside, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Weisen, who is in his early 70s, tried to push Diaz-Rodriguez out of the doorway. But Diaz-Rodriguez punched him in the throat, the affidavit said.A struggle ensued, and Diaz-Rodriguez rushed inside the home and locked Weisen outside, court records state.Weisen’s wife and granddaughter, who were inside the home, hid in a locked bedroom until police arrived. Officers broke through the house’s front door and arrested Diaz-Rodriguez.last_img read more

Income Tax Returns Filing 2015 Last Date Extended to September 7 Points

first_imgThe Ministry of Finance on Wednesday extended the deadline to file income tax returns to September 7. “Due date for filing Income Tax return extended till 7th Sep, 2015,” a tweet from the ministry said.This is the second time the ministry has extended the last date to file tax returns. Earlier, it extended the due date to 31 August from 31 July, which was the usual deadline.Here is a brief checklist for those who haven’t filed returns yet.Identify All Taxable ItemsA common mistake while filing returns is ignoring to declare a few income sources or assets, thinking they do not fall under the tax net. Failing to declare those items may invite trouble in future. One such source of incomes is interest earned on recurring deposits opened in the name of minor children. The interest accrued in such deposits is treated as the income of the parent.Income Earned on Savings Account and Capital GainsInterest earned on cash holding in the savings bank account is also taxable, which one should not forget to declare. Gains made through mutual fund investments should be declared if they are offloaded after one year from the date of purchase. Capital gains made while switching from one scheme to another should be declared, as they may be treated as default in future. Any gift above the value of Rs 50,000 received from persons other than relatives should also be declared.Don’t Worry About Mistakes in Filing ReturnsAny mistake committed while filing returns can be rectified any number of times under the tax laws. Failing to declare certain income, discrepancies in postal address and bank details, or filling a wrong Income Tax Return (ITR) are some of the mistakes, which can be corrected later. The time allowed to correct such errors is 24 months from the last date of the financial year. For the financial year ending 31, March, 2015, tax payers can make corrections unlimited times before 31, March, 2017.Delay in Filing Returns Those who miss the August deadline can do it by March next year. Delayed returns can be filed within 24 months from the end of the particular financial year. For example, if an individual delays returns for income earned during the financial year 2013-14 or assessment year 2014-15, he or she can do it on or before March 31, 2016. However, missing this deadline will invite a penalty of Rs 5,000. Filing Returns in Case of Below Taxable IncomeFiling returns for income falling below the taxable limit of Rs 2.5 lakh will be helpful in future if an individual applies for home loan, vehicle loan, etc. It will also be beneficial while applying for visa.last_img read more

WATCH JJ Watt got into a snowball fight with some neighborhood kids

first_imgJ.J. Watt catches tons of heat for being inauthentic and cheesy, but every time you see him with young fans, he seems like a nice enough guy.Watt recently posted a video to Snapchat of him and his brother being fan friendly during a snowball fight against some kids from his neighborhood. The video is 8 minutes long and has a Blair Witch Project feel to it, but the good news for Texans fans is that Watt’s back seems to be rounding into shape.People that love Watt will love the video, people that don’t will hate it. That pretty much sums up J.J. Watt.last_img

The best posts of people in Denmark gearing up for Copenhagen Pride

first_imgPM @larsloekke hosts Run With Pride ahead of @CopenhagenPride, says: Everyone deserves respect, we should promote #LGBT rights. @GayTimesMag pic.twitter.com/WXdvuPjxtI— Copenhagen2021 (@Cph2021) August 11, 2017 2008’s Copenhagen Pride festival eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Denmark LGBTI groups to boycott US ambassador’s reception for Copenhagen Pride10 tweets that sum up just how incredible Summer In The City wasJamaica celebrates its third annual Pride weekRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/best-posts-people-denmark-gearing-copenhagen-pride/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… #IsraelinDenmark is ready for the CPH Pride Week #copenhagenpride Don’t miss Shelly&Rotem on the main stage, Thursday at 8pm. #shabatshalom pic.twitter.com/ixs4EN7941— Israel in Denmark (@IsraelinDenmark) August 11, 2017 As the city gears up for its Pride festivities, here are some of the best social media posts showing just how excited citizens of Denmark are for their annual celebration.Bus 6A is more beautiful than usual, and you can ride along as of today and throughout Copenhagen Pride Week next week <3 #cphpride pic.twitter.com/CeQPEzFP6o— Copenhagen Pride (@CopenhagenPride) August 10, 2017 GAYSTARNEWS- Copenhagen Pride is taking place between 15-20 August, with the parade scheduled for the 19th. Preparing # 4 #Europehouse #copenhagenpride next week. ‘Cause #TeamJuncker knows #loveislove pic.twitter.com/OgbafwDFWY— StinaSoewarta (@stina_soewarta) August 12, 2017 Take Our PollGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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