Porn a ‘fact of life’ for Kiwi children with ready access to sexual content, study finds

first_imgStuff 5 December 2018Family First Comment: No surprises. Time for action and protection of families.A quarter of all children under the age of 12 living in New Zealand have seen pornography, which these days is “as close as the nearest phone”, a report has revealed.The Chief Censor’s NZ Youth and Porn study, released on Wednesday, said two-thirds of those aged between 14 and 17 had been exposed to pornography, and almost half of regular viewers could not stop watching despite wanting to.Regular viewers, young people who viewed porn either monthly, weekly or daily, made up 15 per cent of which 21 were boys and 9 per cent girls.Of those youths 73 per cent used porn as a “learning tool”, which they said had both a positive and negative impacts on them.“On a positive note, porn exposes you to different genres of sex and diversity within roles, but a negative is that people can get exposed to a unrealistic standard of sex,” a 17-year-old girl said in the report.The report found, children were exposed to “violent, aggressive, misogynistic and coercive behaviour” and the majority wanted restrictions placed on the online content.READ MORE: read more

North Korean athletes arrive in South Korea for Olympics

first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea >> Ten North Korean skaters and skiers arrived in rival South Korea on Thursday to participate in this month’s Winter Olympics, which has brought a temporary lull in tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons program.The North Koreans are the second and final batch of 22 athletes from their country who have won special entries from the International Olympic Committee for the Feb. 9-25 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. A dozen North Korean female hockey players came last …last_img read more

Production of Chiefs’ Mahomes no surprise to Raiders’ running back

first_imgALAMEDA — The last time the Kansas City Chiefs took the field, a nation was transfixed at an offensive display against the Los Angeles Rams that included several eye-opening plays by quarterback Pat Mahomes.DeAndre Washington had seen it all before.“Looked familiar,” the Raiders running back said Wednesday. “He’s been doing that for a long time, man. When the lights come on, that’s when he plays the best.” The Chiefs, 9-2, lost 54-51 to the Rams on Nov. 19. Mahomes completed 33 …last_img read more

Color Grading Tutorial: LUTs in DaVinci Resolve

first_imgDiscover how you can quickly modify the colors and intensity values in your video footage using LUTs in DaVinci Resolve.Over the last few years, with the explosion of more affordable color grading applications and video shooters capturing more RAW (flat) images, the term “LUT” is being used quite often.  But what exactly is a LUT and how/why would you want to use it in your color grading projects?LUT stands for “Look Up Table“.  Simply put, it’s a formula of numbers that can mathematically translate set values in your image into another set of values. A recent NoFilmSchool post defines it nicely:LUTs are not used to creatively grade a final result, they’re used to make up a difference between a source and a result. In practical application… the LUT will let you view your footage during editing more naturally than the flat, desaturated image originally recorded.Some LUTs are used for on-set viewing, while others are designed for post production and color grading. Many video pros will use a LUT to determine how their video footage will look when printed to film, while it’s still a digital file in their color grading app.There’s now a ton of third party LUTs you can purchase/download and apply to your projects and custom generators for creating your own LUTs (like this free generator from Arri).The following video tutorial by Andrew McKee of PixelWizard Post (below) demonstrates how to use a LUT in DaVinci Resolve. The LUTs for this particular exercise are taken from Juan Melara, a successful colorist we’ve featured previously on the Premiumbeat blog. Download the free LUT files HERE and preview them in action:Andrew’s LUT tutorial is essential viewing for anyone using DaVinci Resolve or interested in high-end color grading. You’ll walk away with a good understanding of “What is a LUT?” as well as how to successfully use them in DaVinci Resolve:last_img read more

Asiad: Indian boxers may not participate under national flag

first_imgWhile pugilists gave their blood and sweat to qualify for the Asian Games, there is a possibility that India may not be able to field a boxing team at next month’s mega event.As per the directive from the international boxing federation (AIBA), the elections for a new body in India are to be held on or before September 11. If India fails to conduct the election for a new boxing body by the scheduled date, the pugilist may miss out once again. Since AIBA revoked India’s membership in December 2012, the boxers in the country have suffered immensely.A Sports Authority of India (SAI) official said the boxers’ training has already been hampered because of the administrative mess.SAI director general Jiji Thomson said if the deadlock persists, they may be left with no choice but to withdraw the boxing team for which the selection trials concluded in Patiala on Wednesday.”Yes, there is every chance of that (AIBA not allowing Indian boxers to participate at the Asiad),” Thomson said.Sudhir Setia, a SAI executive director, elaborated further. “If the boxing body fails to conduct the election within the timeframe (Sept 11) given by AIBA, there is a possibility that we may not be able to field our boxers at the Asian Games because AIBA may not allow us any more time.”SAI has failed to convince any country to invite Indian boxers for training camps. “No country is willing to accept our boxers for training because of AIBA’s decision to revoke our membership.advertisementAll this has affected our medal tally at the CWGand may do so again at the Incheon Asiad,” Setia added. The government is expecting 72-100 medals at the Asian Games and will not field teams in baseball, bowling, fencing, karate, modern pentathlon, rugby, softball, soft tennis and triathlon.Although table tennis is also on the radar as SAI doesn’t expect them to win medals in a discipline which is dominated by Asian countries. There is still suspense over football. “As of now, we have a 912-member contingent and it will be trimmed after we get approval from the sports minister.Our football teams don’t figure in top-8 in Asia which is the benchmark for selection in team sport,” said Thomson.last_img read more

Celebrate Solutions: The Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project, India

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 16, 2010June 20, 2017By: Mariko Rasmussen, Program Assistant, Women DeliverClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post was originally published on Women Deliver’s blog. Reposted with permission.Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula. The state faces major challenges in improving and increasing access to health care services, but they are making significant strides. The Government of Tamil Nadu developed a Health Policy in 2003 with a focus on the health of low-income communities and families. The Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project supports this strategy through several interventions, especially those aimed at reducing infant and maternal mortality. The World Bank recently provided more funds, in addition to the original financing in 2004, to further improve health services quality and access while supporting state-wide management systems implementation.The Project has utilized several innovative and effective measures (PDF). To increase access to necessary maternal and neonatal health services, 80 comprehensive emergency obstetrics and neonatal centers have been established and strengthened, leading to improved quality of care for women and infants. This care includes health education, nutritional support, and HIV/AIDS testing and counseling. In addition, 385 ambulances have been provided under the project, managed under a public private partnership, increasing emergency transport services in rural areas. These public private partnerships have also provided mobile out-reach health services as well as other services.The Project also launched a pilot program that includes ensuring women’s reproductive health through cervical cancer screenings. The pilot program has had great success with 84% of women in the target age group of 30 – 60 years being screened in the Theni and Thanjavur districts and the scheme could be extended to the whole of Tamil Nadu.To ensure that women’s and infants’ health visits are recorded, an electronic health management system was established and is now operational in 38 secondary level hospitals, with plans to extend to all 270, and to 18 medical colleges. These electronic records prove invaluable in maintaining and monitoring a woman’s and her infants’ health throughout the continuum of care.From these interventions and more, Tamil Nadu has seen improvements in both maternal and infant health. Infant mortality has decreased by 35%. The state’s maternal mortality ratio has decreased 50% from 167 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1999 to 111 in 2006, while India’s MMR in 2008 was 230. While this is exciting progress, it is still 25 times higher than in developed countries. But with further improvements to quality of care and strengthened comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care, Tamil Nadu is on the right track.Share this:last_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe not interested in Tottenham or Man Utd

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe not interested in Tottenham or Man Utdby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe says he has no interest in reports linking him with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. The Bournemouth manager is well regarded due to his work with the south coast club.He has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, should their current manager Mauricio Pochettino join Manchester United at the end of the season.”It’s not for me to comment on speculation,” he said when asked if Pochettino was a good fit for United.”I’ve got no interest. My focus is on Brighton.”Asked if he saw himself staying at Bournemouth in the long term, Howe replied: “Hopefully. I’m as committed as I’ve always been to the job, trying to make the team better, trying to make the club grow.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Port of Marseille Fos to Receive EU Funding

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Port of Marseille Fos The French port of Marseille Fos is to receive an EUR 50 million (USD 58.4 million) support under a funding agreement with European Union institution the European Investment Bank (EIB).The deal would support five key development projects, which require a total investment of EUR 136 million.These projects include connecting the two existing Fos 2XL deepsea container terminals via a mid-section to provide a continuous quay length of 2.6km. Due to start this summer, the extension will increase capacity by 15-20% and improve berthing for ultra-large boxships, according to the port.Two other projects in the Fos western harbour area are also covered under the agreement – further development of the Feuillane logistics park and renovation of two ship refuelling stations. Meanwhile, in the Marseille eastern harbour, the funding will go towards reorganisation of the Corsica and North Africa ferry passenger terminals and enlargement of the Passe Nord access for mega-cruise ships.The agreement was signed on May 28 by Marseille Fos CEO Christine Cabau Woehrel and EIB vice-president Ambroise Fayolle, who later visited the site of the container terminal project. Mme. Cabau Woehrel commented:“Ten years after having helped Marseille Fos to create Fos 2XL, we are honoured that the EIB is renewing its confidence in our projects to such a level. We now have the investment capacity to continue developing our infrastructure and to reinforce our international scope,” Marseille Fos CEO, Christine Cabau Woehrel, said.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2018 — Toronto Premium Outlets announced an extraordinary line-up of luxury brands for its 140,000 square-foot expansion opening today. The joint venture between Simon and SmartCentres boasts over 500,000 square feet of retail space with more than 130 designer outlets. Shoppers can now enjoy enhanced amenities, elevated food offerings and exciting new brands all in one convenient space. Advertisement Advertisement Gucci, Montblanc, Prada and Zadig et Voltaire join renowned brands such as Burberry, Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman, and Ted Baker. Along with the extensive line-up of world-class, luxury brands, notable Canadian retailer, Aritzia, launched its first outlet in North America as part of the expansion. In addition, existing favourites like Under Armour, Rudsak and Jimmy Choo have renovated and/or expanded. The expansion will add over 40 new stores, with the majority opening today for the official launch and more coming before the end of 2018.The Centre’s food mix is also enhanced with the introduction of Toronto Premium Outlets’ first full-service restaurant, Madisons Restaurant and Bar, on the northwest side of the property across from Starbucks.  There will also be new fast casual and grab-and-go offerings including Cultures, Cacao 70, A&W, Real Fruit Bubble Tea and DAVIDsTEA.“We’re thrilled to offer our customers even more amazing retail options with this new expansion,” says Helena Moniz, General Manager, Toronto Premium Outlets.For added convenience, the center’s five-storey parking garage features heated ramps and an innovative system displaying the number and location of available spaces on each level.“We’re always looking to elevate the luxury shopping experience we provide,” Moniz continued, “and with the addition of many new modern amenities that are designed to help make the shopping experience easy, we believe Toronto Premium Outlets delivers the total package.”Toronto Premium Outlets attracts millions of shoppers each year and seven new touch-screen directories have been installed throughout the center to help customers find their favourite stores. Other enhancements include mobile phone charging stations, a second Guest Services Centre, an additional children’s play area and a refreshed food pavilion.About Toronto Premium OutletsToronto Premium Outlets, a joint venture between Simon Property Group and SmartCentres, is one of two Simon Premium Outlets Centres in Canada and a value retail destination in Halton Hills, Ontario. The exceptional brands offering savings up to 65% include: Saks OFF 5th, Burberry, Ted Baker, AllSaints, Rudsak, Michael Kors, kate spade new york, and Under Armour. The Centre is located at Highway 401 and Trafalgar Rd, in Halton Hills, Ontario.About Simon Premium Outlets®The global Simon Premium Outlets portfolio offers exceptional brands at extraordinary savings through a diverse mix of luxury, designer and homeware retailers. Our Simon Premium Outlets in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and South Korea are some of the most iconic and productive shopping destinations for residents and travelers including Woodbury Common (New York City), Orlando Premium Outlets, Desert Hills (Palm Springs), Las Vegas Premium Outlets and Wrentham Village Premium Outlets (Boston). For more information visit or follow Premium Outlets on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.About SimonSimon is a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations and an S&P 100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE: SPG). Our properties across North America, Europe and Asia provide community gathering places for millions of people every day and generate billions in annual sales. For more information, visit About SmartCentresSmartCentres is one of Canada’s largest real estate investment trusts with total assets of approximately $9.5 billion. It owns and manages 34 million square feet of retail space in value-oriented, principally Walmart-anchored retail centres, having the strongest national and regional retailers as well as strong neighbourhood merchants. The retail centres continue to experience industry-leading occupancy levels of 98%. In addition, SmartCentres is a joint venture partner in the Premium Outlets locations in Toronto and Montreal with Simon Property Group.SmartCentres is expanding the breadth of its portfolio to include residential (single-family, condominium and rental), retirement homes, office, and self storage, either on its large urban properties such as the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre or as an adjunct to its well-located existing shopping centres. For more information on SmartCentres, visit LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more