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South Africa sends condolences to Philippines

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first_img11 November 2013 South African President Jacob Zuma has expressed his condolences to President Benigno Aquino, the government and the people of the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon struck the Philippines on Friday, killing at least 10 000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands displaced. “During this time of pain and suffering, particularly in the case of those who have lost loved ones, please be assured that the government and people of South Africa share in your sorrow,” Zuma said in a statement on Sunday. “We trust that the resilience of the people of the Philippines, that has seen them through very difficult times in the past, will help them overcome this great loss and devastation.” According to reports, Typhoon Haiyan is one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall and is now bearing down on Vietnam, where tens of thousands of people are currently being evacuated. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation said on the weekend that its consular services were keeping in contact with South Africa’s embassy in the Philippines for regular updates. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Taxes on farmland dropping steadily

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Taxes, on average, are going down for owners of farmland across Ohio and are expected to decline at an even faster rate beginning in 2020, a study by researchers with The Ohio State University shows.The average value of agricultural land across the state has dropped by a third since a recent change in how the state calculates taxes for farmland owners, according to a study by Robert Dinterman and Ani Katchova, two agricultural economists with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).Starting in 2020, farmland values in the state likely will drop by another one-third, said Dinterman, a postdoctoral researcher with CFAES. With values going down, owners of agricultural land in the state should see similar declines in their taxes.“Farmers, I would think, would be pretty pleased to see their taxes going down,” Dinterman said.2017 was the first year some owners of agricultural land in Ohio saw a break in taxes. Taxes on agricultural land are based on the state’s assessment of the value of the land, which is done every three years at different times across the state. Ohio farmland is valued not based on what it would sell for on the open market, but on the income it is expected to generate from growing crops on that land.The Ohio legislature in 2017 approved changing the law on how agricultural land would be valued for tax purposes.In 2016, before the change was in place, the average value of agricultural land in the state was $1,310 per acre, according to the results of the study by Dinterman and Katchova. This year, the value decreased to $875 per acre.Agricultural land values and the corresponding taxes paid on that land will continue to decline at an even faster rate, Dinterman said. Steeper decreases in taxes will be seen, on average, because the changes to the way the farmland is assessed have been phased in between 2017 and 2019. Small changes were made each year to avoid a sudden and dramatic drop in tax revenue, Dinterman said.But in 2020, the phase-in will end. That’s why during that year, Ohio farmland owners should see another one-third drop in the assessed value of their land, compared to the previous year, and similar declines in their taxes, Dinterman said.The average tax paid across the state was about $36 per acre of farmland in 2016. That dropped to around $31 in 2017, Dinterman said. By 2020, the average likely will be around $25 per acre, which would match the rate paid in 2011, he said.The decrease in revenues funneling into the state from agricultural land could mean an increase in taxes on homes and farm buildings in some counties, particularly rural counties, Dinterman said.“Counties with a lot of farmland may have to make adjustments in their tax rates to make up the difference,” he said.The value of farmland in Ohio is determined based on a number of factors including the yields and crop income that land generates. The declines are due in part to drops in the price of corn and soybeans, the two major crops grown in Ohio.“I think farmers would almost certainly trade having a higher tax bill for higher revenues right now,” said Katchova, associate professor and chair of the farm income enhancement program in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics in CFAES.When taxes go up on farmland, owners of that land pass on part of that burden by raising the rent for tenants using that farmland, Katchova said. For every dollar of property taxes a landowner pays, 30 to 40 cents of that are passed to the tenant in the form of higher rent, she said, citing the results of a different recent study that she and Dinterman did.Even though taxes on agricultural land are going down, that likely won’t trigger a decline in rates on renting that land, Katchova said.“Rent doesn’t usually go down nearly as much as it goes up,” she said.last_img read more

Why You Should Be Using Film Grain on Digital Video + 5 Free Film Grain Overlays

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first_imgSo What’s the Big Deal with Film Grain?If you aren’t familiar with using film grain overlays on digital footage, you may be wondering, “What’s the point?” Well, I think of it like music — how some people prefer listening to music on a vinyl record player. The hums, hisses, and pops of a vinyl record fill in the empty space and create a full sound that feels . . . warm. Digital silence is much different than analog silence — in digital silence, there’s no information being processed, so there is no sound output. With an analog source like a record player, the needle will continue to play the information that it finds in the grooves of the record. It’s comforting in an odd way. Film grain works the same way — it cuts the “silence” of digital video with a bit of motion and grit that brings warmth to an image.Now whenever I first posted this video to YouTube, the first comments were all pretty much the same — “Why not just shoot on film?” Yeah, okay, that is definitely the preferred way to get film grain. But, the thing is, it isn’t practical. Most people do not have access to a cinematic film camera, let alone can they afford rolls and rolls of 16 or 35mm film, which is very expensive. I remember an episode of Project Greenlight wherein the director wanted to use real film cameras for his feature, but he wasn’t able to since it was going to increase their expenses by about 40 percent. For the average filmmaker who doesn’t have the clout to demand film cameras on set, it just isn’t feasible to shoot with them on a basic budget.So, your second best option is using film grain overlays.Using Small Amounts of Film Grain in Your ProjectIf you want to avoid obvious film grain, whether for aesthetic or practical reasons, you can blend it lightly into your project with the opacity settings. Overlay it with the blend modes in the opacity tab, and then bring down the opacity to 15 or 20 percent. This will just lay a thin veil of grain onto your project, and it might be the slight touch you need to get the look you want. (There is also a very fine 35mm film grain in Shutterstock’s download package that you can use — it has very tiny grains that still act as a cohesive element, but without being as obvious as a  coarse grain.)Film Grain and Motion GraphicsFilm grain also adds a cinematic feel to motion graphics. Most motion graphics come out looking very sharp, which could stick out when being integrated into a stylized project. When you overlay film grain onto a motion graphic, it acts like a cohesive agent and “glues” all of the layers together so they don’t look so separate from each other. It also smoothes out the harsh edges of digital shapes, and it even reduces banding on gradient backgrounds. Give it a shot — throw a fine grain overlay onto your next motion graphic and blend it into your layers. You’ll be surprised how much difference it makes.Looking for more post-production tips and tricks? Check these out.Quick Tips: Improving Your Product Shots and Commercials3 Easy Stereo Recording Techniques For Your Next ProjectAre Bedsheets a Viable Option for Low-Budget Light Diffusion?Quick Tip: Fixing Rolling Shutter Flash with Opacity BlendsVideo Essay: The Significance of the Shot-React-Shot Sequence4K Film Grain Overlays Dirtying up a clean digital image with a film grain overlay is relatively simple, and it’s a perfect way to add a touch of nostalgia your project.When working with digital images and videos, you may come across a relatively new problem in the filmmaking world. Your video is too clear and too sharp. I know that sounds ridiculous — “My footage is too perfect!” — but really, sometimes you look back at your footage after shooting, and it just seems a little off. Certainly, there are times to use film grain, and there are times when you shouldn’t (we’ll just leave the whole can of worms about using it in the first place for you to fight about on the internet). But film grain has plenty of other uses than recreating an old film look.Recently, Shutterstock Tutorials gave away 5 free film grains recorded using actual film cameras, and here, I’ll show you why you should be using them — and some unconventional uses for your next project.last_img read more

Dalit commits suicide in Gujarat panchayat office

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first_imgA 35-year-old Dalit, Mukesh Parghi, committed suicide in a village panchayat office reportedly after he failed to get proof of income certificate in a village in Rajkot.According to sources, Mr. Mukesh had sought the income certificate from the panchayat office a fortnight ago but his request was repeatedly ignored by the authorities.Subsequently, he had an altercation with sarpanch Amit Bhandaria, who refused to give him the income proof and certificate. “He filed a complaint in the local police station against the sarpanch, who not only refused to issue the certificate but also hurled caste abuse,” a family member of the deceased said.“When the local police did not take the complaint, he got angry and consumed pesticide inside the panchayat office,” the relative added.A police official from Rajkot said the issue was being probed.last_img read more

Oladipo’s 19 leads Pacers, snapping Spurs’ home streak

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first_imgIndiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) drives to the basket past San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) during the first half. APSAN ANTONIO — Indiana made itself at home at an arena that’s rarely hospitable to visiting teams.Victor Oladipo scored 19 points and the Pacers defeated San Antonio 94-86 on Sunday (Monday Manila time), snapping the Spurs’ 14-game home winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Asked if Dejounte Murray would continue to start at point guard, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, “We’ll see.”Murray had eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and four turnovers in 28 minutes.“A little different, so I guess we’re figuring where we need certain things (with Parker) coming off the bench to start the game,” Spurs guard Danny Green said. “Trying to get a happy medium of getting some fast pace, slower pace, getting it inside, working outside, but turn the ball over a little less, move it a little bit better.”Parker responded with 12 points, five assists and one turnover, but LaMarcus Aldridge struggled without the veteran point guard.The Pacers stymied Aldridge offensively even without the injured Myles Turner, limiting the Spurs forward to a season-low 10 points. Aldridge finished 5 for 14 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Dinwiddie basket in last second, Nets beat Pistons Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting San Antonio lost at home for the third time this season and the first since Nov. 10 against Milwaukee.“It’s just a great win for this young team to come into San Antonio, where they only lost two games,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “This has always been a tough place to play and to end the road trip when you’re a little fatigued and a little tired. The challenge was mentally give yourself a chance by giving the effort, staying connected, playing together, and they did.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Pacers became the first Eastern Conference team in three years to sweep a season series from the Spurs.With Manu Ginobili, Rudy Gay and Kawhi Leonard out with injuries, San Antonio made a last-minute lineup change, bringing Tony Parker off the bench for the 14th time in 1,165 career games. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The difficulty of winning in San Antonio was not lost on veterans Collinson and Jefferson.“It’s big time,” Collison said. “Al and I were just talking about all that it takes to get a victory here. It’s a good win all around. If we can continue to keep this up, the way we’ve been playing, beating teams like this, we’re going to have a very good time.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES “Thaddeus (Young) did a really nice job of making LaMarcus work,” McMillan said. “You don’t stop those guys, but he was physical and made it tough for him to score. The rest of our guys did a good job defending and just keeping them in front.”Indiana, which led by as many as 17 points, had 15 steals while forcing 20 turnovers.“We did a great job just getting stops and moving the ball,” Oladipo said. “They’re a tough team to play against. Well-coached team, great players over there, it was a tough-fought team win. We’ve just got to build on it.”Darren Collison added 15 points for Indiana, which snapped a three-game losing streak in San Antonio.The Spurs pulled within 83-76 with 5:03 remaining on Davis Bertans’ 3-pointer, but San Antonio committed two turnovers on the next two possessions.“It happens a little too much with our team,” said Pau Gasol, who had 14 points. “We get a little bit out of whack. We don’t execute, we’re a little sloppy at times and we pay the price. We can’t afford mistakes like that.”TIP-INSPacers: Turner missed his seventh straight game with an injured right elbow. He high-stepped halfway down the baseline in celebration after Al Jefferson dunked on Gasol early in the fourth quarter. … The Pacers concluded their longest trip of the season, going 3-2. … Indiana came in averaging 106.5 points per game, which was 10th in the league.Spurs: Ginobili was a late scratch after being listed as questionable with bruised right thigh. … Popovich said he is still not sure when Leonard will return as he continues to rehabilitate right quadriceps tendinopathy. … Spurs players have missed 123 games collectively because of injuries and sat out 10 games for rest. … Aldridge’s previous low was 11 points against at Boston on Oct. 30.BIG WINlast_img read more

IOA sacks Suresh Kalmadi, V K Malhotra to replace him

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first_imgSuresh Kalmadi was on Tuesday removed as the president of the Indian Olympic Association in the wake of his arrest in the Commonwealth Games scam case.The decision to remove him was taken at a meeting of the IOA members where a no-confidence motion was moved, which saw vice-president Vijay Kumar Malhotra being elected as the interim president.After his arrest on Monday, the former Organising Committee chief was immediately suspended from the Congress.  Minister of State of Sports Ajay Maken on Monday had indicated that Suresh Kalmadi’s days as Indian Olympic Association head may soon be over in the wake of his arrest in the Commonwealth Games scam case.  “While we have asked the IOA to take action against Kalmadi, we are also seeking legal opinions and the views of Attorney General G.E. Vahanwati. So, even if the IOA doesn’t taken action, we will remove Kalmadi if the AG gives the go-ahead,” Maken had told Headlines Today. On being asked if he believes that a tainted person should not head the IOA, Maken said, “I entirely agree. A tainted person should not represent India at the international fora. However, since IOA is an autonomous body, we need to be careful about the IOC guidelines.” Slipper thrown at Kalmadi On Tuesday, when Kalmadi was being taken to court by the CBI, a man flung a slipper at him. Although Kalmadi was not hurt in the incident, the alleged attacker was immediately taken into custody. He was identified as Manoj Sharma and was being questioned by the police.advertisementManoj is a Gwalior-based lawyer, whose license was revoked earlier for rowdy behaviour inside court. He reportedly came to Delhi two days ago, with an affidavit demanding Kalmadi’s arrest. He has reportedly told the police that he is a warrior against corruption.last_img read more

Benchmark indices trade lower fall led by IT banking stocks

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first_imgThe Sensex was trading at 26,081 points, 0.34% down while the Nifty was down 34 points at 7,920 post noon, the fall being led by banking and IT stocks.Trading had begun on a positive note on Wednesday, with the Sensex gaining 26 points and the Nifty up 10 points, with metal and pharma stocks leading the modest rally.The buoyant November car and two-wheeler sales registered by auto companies did not trigger a spurt in these stocks.Maruti Suzuki was marginally up by 0.88%  but the rest of the auto stocks were witnessing lacklustre trading on the bourses.SBI, Infosys and ICIC Bank were trading lower, while Axis Bank and Wipro were slightly in the green.last_img read more

PM Hasina flies to London

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first_imgMinisters, advisers to the prime minister, cabinet secretary, chiefs of the three services, the dean of the diplomatic corps and high civil and military officials sees off prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka. BSS File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday left Dhaka for London on an official visit to the United Kingdom, reports UNB.A Biman Bangladesh Airlines VVIP flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here for London at 9:35 am.Liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, PM’s advisr HT Imam, Jatiya Sangsad chief whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury Liton, state minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali and state minister for religion Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah were present at the airport to see her off.Besides, the cabinet secretary, the chiefs of Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Navy, the acting chief of the Bangladesh Air Force, the dean of the diplomatic corps, the British high commissioner to Bangladesh and high civil and military officials were present.The flight is scheduled to reach Heathrow International Airport in London at 3:55 pm (local time) today.Bangladesh high commissioner in London Saida Muna Tasnim will receive the prime minister at the airport.”During the visit, the prime minister will attend a conference of Bangladesh envoys (in Europe) in London tomorrow,” PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said.At the advice of Bangladeshi doctors, the prime minister will also receive eye treatment in London, he said.The prime minister is expected to return home on 5 August.last_img read more

Grand finale

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first_imgThe fifth edition of the Delhi Classical Music Festival came to an end today with a performance by the iconic Pandit Jasraj and a soulful rendition of the traditional Sarod baaj by Pt. Narender Nath Dhar.The performances by Padma Vibhushan Pt Jasraj, and by Pt. Narender Nath Dhar of the Etawah Gharana brought down curtains over the event after five mesmerizing days of classical music display.Showcasing the best of India’s music traditions, the five-day festival of classical music saw several leading names in the field come together with some promising young exponent of classical music. From eminent Dhrupad singers Gundecha brothers; to the doyen of music Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, to Sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez, the festival witnessed some memorable performances. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Presented by the Department of Art, Culture & Languages, and organized by the Punjabi Academy, the Delhi Classical Music Festival offered an enriching experience to the connoisseurs of art in Delhi in furtherance of the efforts of the Government of Delhi to present and nurture our rich cultural heritage by presenting the finest and best that India has to offer to Delhi’s national and international audience.’We are very happy by the response the people have showed to the festival. At a time, when some people are concerned about modern pop culture overshadowing the Indian classical, we have numerous examples of young Indians who have taken to different genres of Indian classical music and enriched it with their contributions. It is important for us to celebrate India’s classical musical forms and take them to the younger generations. This will not only keep our art forms alive but also encourage the younger generation to absorb and adopt these traditions, said SS Yadav, Secretary, Department of Art, Culture & Languages, Delhi Government.Over five days other vocalists and instrumentalists who performed at Kamani auditorium include Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar; Pt. Ajay Pohankar; Ustad Rashid Khan; Shri Bhuvanesh Komkali; Annupriya Deotale on the Violin; and Prem Kumar and P Vetri Boopathy on the Mridangam.last_img read more

No electronics Jordanian airline suggests analyzing the meaning of life

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first_imgNo electronics? Jordanian airline suggests analyzing the meaning of life Tags: LOL, social media Posted by Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img AMMAN — Royal Jordanian Airlines is using the electronics ban brought in earlier this week from the United States and United Kingdom to get some LOLs on Facebook.Just a few days after the ban the airline posted ’12 things to do on a 12-hour flight with no laptop or tablet’, a tongue-in-cheek list with suggestions like ‘analyze the meaning of life’ .They also suggested starring at each other.They also broke out some poetry. Friday, March 24, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more