QPR ‘determined to ship Barton out one way or another’

first_imgQPR wanted to fine Joey Barton three months’ rather than six weeks’ wages for his violent outburst against Manchester City, the Daily Mirror say.The PFA are said to have stepped in to stop him being fined close to £1m by the club.Rangers are determined to ship Barton out of Loftus Road one way or another, the Daily Mail report, and manager Mark Hughes is likely to make him train with the reserves until the player leaves.Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles is an £8m target for Napoli, according to the Mirror.It is claimed that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has made enquiries to Meireles’ agents and is keen to try and make the move happen.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Joe Pavelski’s injury raises concerns for Sharks as playoffs loom

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Enter Evander Kane. Exit Joe Pavelski.After making due without Kane and Erik Karlsson for seven games, the Sharks will now need to figure out a way to make ends meet without a two-time Norris Trophy winner and their captain. Joe Pavelski missed just his second game in eight years on Monday, sitting out the Sharks game against the Vegas Golden Knights at SAP Center with a lower-body injury.Pavelski appeared …last_img read more

Using Speedgrade Look Files in Autodesk Smoke

first_imgDownload 75 FREE .look files for Adobe Speedgrade. They can also be used for creative grading in Autodesk Smoke!Autodesk Smoke uses the Autodesk Color Management which allows for consistent processing, interpretation, and communication of colors throughout a mixed pipeline. It is the same Color Management System found in Autodesk Flame and Lustre, the Autodesk dedicated color grading software. Autodesk Color Management is designed to support a variety of color management workflows, including ACES, ICC, OpenColorIO, and ASC CDL.With Smoke you can easily mix footage from digital cinema cameras, film scans, and video using different color spaces that use ACES, the Academy Color Encoding System.  ACES is a 16-bit file format for digital motion picture production, mastering, and archiving. Smoke uses the Academy/ASC color transform format and provides the color transforms needed to convert between the ACES reference color space and a wide variety of input and output devices. This enables better creative control by providing an accurate and consistent representation of floating-point linear color spaces across editing, 3D VFX, and grading.Now, I am not a colorist, I am an editor.  But I still have to color correct footage and work with color spaces… mainly Log footage.  Thus, I have to work with Luts from time to time. But ACES gives you proper conversion between color spaces and keeps you colors accurate through the pipeline…even a ConnectFX pipeline, if you are mixing Log and regular REC701. Smoke has proper Log to Lin converters, as well as ACES to sRBG, and popular camera LUTs for when you shoot in Log or Slog2 withSony F65 and F35, Alexa, and even “flat profiles” like the Canon Technicolor Cinestyle conversion.But none of these are creative look generating tools.You have the Color Correct and the Color Warper Nodes to allow you to creatively stylize you clips, but sometimes, you just need a quick color look applied.  It would be nice to simply load up a color look and apply it to a clip or as a CFX adjustment layer.  Well, luckily the Autodesk Color Management System can help you with that.  See how I brought this full circle?The Autodesk Color Management System handles it’s own .ctf files found in the Lut Editor Imports. But it also handles industry standards.I highlighted one format above.  It’s the Iridas .look file.  Adobe purchased Iridas and it’s product SpeedGrade, and made it a part of Adobe CC. With it, they continue to use the .look files which contain the setups used in the Lumetri color engine.  These .look files are how creative color grading setups convert from SpeedGrade to Premiere. And since the Autodesk Color Management also imports this industry format… you can use Premiere and SpeedGrade .look files in Autodesk Smoke.Now that we have the technical explanation out of the way, lets get to the fun stuff… being creative with color.Download Creative LUTsPremuimbeat’s Aaron Williams wrote a great blog on creating the classic Blue/Teal blockbuster movie look in SpeedGrade. He also provided a download link to his setups.  Inside the .zip file you will see many compatible .luts for Smoke, including the .look file.Also, Oliver Peter’s on his “digitalfilms” blog created 75 different creative color grading looks for your video using SpeedGrade. Download them and thank Oliver for creating them!How to use SpeedGrade Looks in SmokeOnce you have the .look files downloaded, simply place them in a folder somewhere where you can access them.  There are 2 ways to use these Luts on your clips in the Smoke timeline.One is directly on a clip via the Format Options or the Pre-Processing Settings.These sections affect the clip before any other Timeline Effects are applied. Simply enter the editor of the settings by double-clicking the button in the toolbar or by selecting the button pressing the “Editor” button. Once there the process is the same.1. Select the RGB LUT button and then change the Import selection menu to Color Transform. 2. Press Import and you will see the standard Smoke file browser were you can navigate to your folder with the saved .look files.3. Select the name of the Look you would like and it will immediately load and return you to the previous menu.4. If you don’t see the Look applied, make sure you have the ACTIVE button enabled to see the effect. If you want this effect copied to other clips, you can easily do that by copying the Format Options or Pre-Processing effects from the toolbar to any other clips or clips like you do any other timeline effect. You cannot modify this LUT effect at all in this menu,  the LUT is either on or off. Any further adjustments will have to be done on top of this effect with a Color Correct or Color Warper node added to the clip in the timeline.  Because of this you may want to add these .look files to the clip via ConnectFX which will give you more flexibility with color adjustments prior to the LUT. This is the second method:1.  Add a ConnectFX to the clip and enter the editor.2. Add a LUT Editor node after your clip.3. The process is the same as above, select Color Transform and press Import4. Select the Look you want and the grade will be applied.If the color isn’t right with your footage,  you can add a Color Correct or Color Warper Node before the Lut Node and make adjustments.  Set your Lut Node as a context point so you can see the result with the Look applied as you work in one of the other color nodes.By working in CFX this way you can also combine these Looks by using more than one Lut Node with additional Color Corrections as needed.However, if you need to do other CFX effects on your clips then working this way might be awkward since you may need to perform some green screen keying or other effects prior to the LUT.  If this is the case, then you can simply add the CFX as an adjustment layer on a new track above your clip with it’s additional CFX applied.Of course you can also double-click the clip in CFX and access the Pre-processing menus here as well and add your LUT. This would be just as if you added it on the timeline.The Oliver Peter’s Look files were designed with Log footage. So if you are using standard video or Rec 709 clips, the CFX workflow will be your best bet, as you can “flatten” the existing color of your clip to simulate the Log look before the LUT is applied.  In doing this you might be able to simply use the Pre-Processing settings on the clip in the Basic menu, and adding a Lin-to-Log adjustment to create a flattened look and a psudo-log clip.The most important thing is that the Autodesk Color Management in Smoke is really quite powerful.  Not only is it extremely capable at proper color conversions and workflows, but since it can import many other formats, you can use some of these great free tools available on the internet which makes Smoke even more user friendly.Feel free to post a comment or a question below, and stay tuned for more tips and tricks for Autodesk Smoke.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

9 months agoReal Madrid captain Ramos: Isco and Solari? It’s complicated

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid captain Ramos: Isco and Solari? It’s complicatedby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos admits the relationship between Isco and coach Santiago Solari is “complicated”.Isco invited more controversy when ‘liking’ a social media post disparaging of Solari after their Copa del Rey victory over Leganes.Asked about the pair, Ramos said: “Reverse the situation between Solari and Isco? It is complicated. In Madrid, everyone wants to play and this decision making is complicated for the coach. “But it’s Madrid and the questions are always who plays or does not play, if he misses an attacker, who is the keeper…? “We must feed the press.” last_img read more

Just for Laughs to be sold after reaching deal with investors group

first_imgMONTREAL – The embattled Just for Laughs group says it has found a buyer.The Montreal-based company says it has reached an agreement in principle with an unnamed group of investors.The company says the deal puts the ball in the court of media giant Quebecor, which can exercise its right to first refusal and equal the group’s offer in the next 12 days.Just for Laughs was rocked after several women came forward last fall with allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment against its founder and majority stakeholder, Gilbert Rozon.Rozon said he would sell his majority shares in the Just for Laughs company he founded in response to the allegations, which he has denied and which have not been proven in court.Companies in this story: Quebecor (TSX;QBR.B)last_img read more

58% ads eye women only, 35% target both genders

first_imgMumbai: Marketers in India are missing potential opportunities to reach out to men in the categories where both genders are equal decision makers, according to a Kantar report. It revealed the disconnect between consumer and business opinions of gender portrayals in advertising. The AdReaction report noted that 58 percent ads on air target women exclusively, and only 35 percent are targeted towards both genders. While the clear majority of marketers globally (more than 75 percent) think they are avoiding gender stereotypes, 76 percent of female consumers and 71 percent of male consumers believe that the way they’re portrayed in advertising is completely out of touch, it said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt noted that globally, gender-balanced brands drive greater brand value while brands that skew towards men tend to underperform and are valued on average $9 billion less, while only one in three brands achieve this balance in India. In the wake of the ‘MeToo’ movement, the industry globally claims they are actively designing for both genders and representing them in a progressive context. But less female marketers are convinced with the way theyre portraying men in the advertisements, it said. It observed that getting the gender placement right is important, especially from a digital and static perspective because it can be used as a targeting and optimisation variable in these channels. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt also noted that new information has the highest receptivity in India, more than 50 percent men and women become more positive towards the ads that have new information. This is closely followed by humour which has a critical role to play in improving the ad receptivity with both genders. “The report highlights that the bulk of ads in India are targeted at women; but marketers appear to be targeting them led more by stereotypes. Gender targeting should not be an either or decision and we need to challenge these outdated assumptions. From a portrayals perspective, more emphases need to be made towards aspirational and authoritative roles. The industry as a whole needs to be more aware than ever that things need to change, said Vishikh Talwar-managing director- Kantar Millward Brown, South Asia.last_img read more

‘Modi ‘promoted’ firms of ‘capitalist friends’ at expense of BSNL, MTNL’

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘promoted’ firms of his ‘capitalist friends’ at the expense of state-owned BSNL and MTNL. Attacking government over a media report that claimed that in order to better the financial condition of BSNL and get it back on track, its board has approved several proposals, including voluntary retirement for 54,000 employees, Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Whose telecom companies are BSNL and MTNL– of the country’s 130 crore people. Government-owned BSNL and MTNL have been destroyed. Both companies are in debt.” “Modi ji has promoted the firms of his capitalist friends. BSNL and MTNL are now on the verge of closure,” the Congress leader said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Blaming Modi government for the downfall of state-own telecom service providers, Surjewala said, “Why Modi ji is not supporting the public sector companies when he has given bailout packages to private companies worth thousands and lakhs of crores.” Surjewala was reacting to a report that stated that BSNL’s board has reportedly approved the proposal to lay off over 54,000 employees. It was also reported that the BSNL board has approved suggestions to reduce retirement age from the existing 60 years to 58 years, voluntary retirement scheme and fast-tracking allocation of 4G spectrums to BSNL. Meanwhile, the BSNL has denied any such development. In an official release, the public telecom service provider said the so-called proposals pertaining to reduction in the retirement age of BSNL employees and retrenchment of a large number of employees are not true.last_img read more

Shah holds massive road show in Tumkur on last day of campaining

first_imgBengaluru: BJP President Amit Shah Tuesday held a massive road show in Tumkur, where his party nominee is pitted against JDS supremo and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, as the town was swathed in Saffron. Ahead of the road show, Shah visited Siddaganga mutt, a prominent Lingayat seminary in Karnataka, and paid respects at the “Gadduge” (the final resting place) of its highly revered seer Shivakumara Swami, who passed away at the age of 111-year, in January this year. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Thousands of enthusiastic BJP workers cheered Shah chanting “Modi, Modi” as his “Rath”, a modified campaign vehicle, traversed through the streets of Tumkur in the around 40-minute road show. Shah canvassed votes for BJP candidate G S Basavaraj on the last day of the electioneering in the constituency, which is going for polls on Thursday along with 13 other seats in the first of the two-phase elections in the state. The remaining 14 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka will have polling on April 23. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday A large number of people gathered all along the route and showered flower petals on Shah as the “rath” wound its way in a delirious atmosphere. Ahead of the “rath”, BJP supporters sporting saffron caps and holding cutouts, placards and party flags danced to drum beats, as slogans of ‘Modi Modi’ rent the air. Accompanying Shah among others were senior leader and MLA V Sonamma, BJP national general secretary and Karnataka in charge P Muralidhar Rao. Deve Gowda is the joint candidate of ruling Congress-JDS coalition in the constituency. He has chosen to contest from Tumkur at the last minute, after vacating Hassan, his home tuft, to grandson Prajwal Revanna. Congress had ceded Tumkur seat to JD(S) as per the seat sharing arrangement, denying ticket to sitting MP Muddahanumegowda, causing resentment within. The fight in Tumkur is also seen as battle between Lingayats and Vokkaligas – the two dominant communities in Karnataka — to which both Basavaraj and Gowda belong to respectively. Basavaraj had represented Tumkur in Lok Sabha in the past- thrice as a Congress nominee and once from BJP. He was defeated by Congress Muddahanumegowda in 2014 polls. For Deve Gowda it is his first electoral battle from Tumkur, which has eight assembly segments. Four of them are held by BJP, three by JD(S) and one by Congress. A total of 15 candidates are in the fray in the seat.last_img read more