How to Properly Export Video for Vimeo

first_imgIncrease your workflow knowledge (and build your audience) with this guide on how to properly export video for Vimeo.Vimeo is no longer that small community catered toward indie filmmakers. As of 2015, Vimeo has 25 million users with a viewership that extends to 170 million people world wide. With so many users, you need to make sure your work stands out, and the following guidelines will help guarantee that your next exported video is the best quality it can be.Vimeo GuidelinesWhile Vimeo accepts most major video codecs, they recommend using H.264 for best results. Another suggestion is to choose the High Profile H.264 setting instead of the standard setting when uploading HD video. At present, Vimeo does not accept G2M2, G2M3, and Canopus HQ codecs.In addition to the codec setting, Vimeo recommends keeping your frame rate between 24 and 30 FPS. Also be sure, if applicable, to set your bitrate to at least:SD: 2,000 – 5,000 kbit/s720p: 5,000 – 10,000 kbit/s1080p: 10,000 – 20,000 kbit/sBe sure to follow Vimeo’s guideline for resolution, which covers SD and HD video. Standard Definition (4:3 aspect ratio) 640 x 480 px Standard Definition (16:9 aspect ratio) 640 x 360 px 720p HD Video (16:9 aspect ratio) 1280 x 720 px 1080p HD Video (16:9 aspect ratio) 1920 x 1080 pxNext, let’s look at what the process of exporting looks like through Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer, and Final Cut Pro X. Lastly, ensure that your audio is exporting using the ACC-LC codec at a data rate of 320 kbs and a sample rate of 48 kHz.Adobe Premiere Pro CCVimeo user Gabriel Mays put together a great video that goes through the process of exporting your video when using Adobe Premiere Pro. While he is using Premiere Pro CS6, these same settings are valid for Premiere Pro CC. The number of presets in CC has been expanded, but you always want to use that as a starting point and then customize from there.Final Cut Pro XFor Final Cut Pro X, Vimeo user Aderyn Productions put together a nice tutorial on exporting your video for Vimeo. Aderyn co-founder Garrett Gibbons notes that, while this video was produced 3 years ago, the process is still the same with some additional notes that weren’t covered in the video. These notes include changing your bit rate to 20,000 kbs instead of 5,000. Also, when Garrett originally put this video together, Vimeo requested that the audio be set to 44.1 kHz, but now the recommended audio setting is 48 kHz.Avid Media ComposerVimeo user Josh Lee created the definitive tutorial on how to export video for Vimeo with Avid Media Composer. In fact, the Vimeo staff was so impressed with this video that they have embedded it within their tutorial page.For additional information on Vimeo, check out these articles from PremiumBeat.5 Tips for Increasing Your Chances of Getting ‘Staff Picked’Getting Flagged on YouTube or Vimeo? Here’s Why10 Demo Reel Inspiration Channels on VimeoDo these tutorials help with your workflow? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!last_img read more


Where ‘tribes’ of an ailing tea industry hold the key

first_imgDev Kanta Barooah, the Congress president during the Emergency, had no qualms about saying that the party depended on Ali-Coolie-Bangali for votes.Ali stood for migrant Muslims, Coolie – a British pejorative – for tea plantation workers and Bangali for migrant Bengali Hindus. Together, they are more than 60% of Assam’s 21,760,604 voters.The Congress received its first jolt in 1985 when the Asom Gana Parishad, riding on sentiments generated by the Assam agitation, secured votes of the indigenous communities, while the migrant Hindus and Muslims chose the now-defunct United Minorities Front.Plantation workers, casually referred to as “tea tribes”, brought from central India’s Chhotanagpur Plateau remained loyal to the Congress until most of them shifted allegiance to the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2014. That year, the BJP bagged four of the five Lok Sabha seats – Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Tezpur and Kaliabor – where the votes of the tea plantation workers matter.Tea plantation workers constitute 35-45% of the voters in these five seats where elections would be held in the first phase on April 11.A majority of the 800 tea estates and 65,000 small tea gardens are in the districts covered by the Dibrugarh and Jorhat parliamentary seats.“The liquor tragedy a month ago, the failure of the BJP government in granting Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to plantation workers, and non-revision of wages of tea workers will bring them back to the Congress,” Rupesh Gowala, general secretary of the Congress-affiliated Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha, said.Illegal brewersBrothers Avinash, 10, Mahesh, 8, and Mangal Pujor, 5, lost their parents to toxic sulai (country spirit) that eventually claimed 159 lives at Halmira and Borhola tea estates in Golaghat and Jorhat districts on February 21. Currently lodged at a children’s home in Bokakhat near Kaziranga National Park, they want to go back home to the labour lines of Halmira.“Their orphanhood would not have been noticed had this tragedy not been on a large scale. Otherwise, liquor and various diseases have been killing labourers for ages,” said Bablu Bhumij, head of the labour section where 47 people died that day.“The Congress had tried to control drinking among tea workers but the pro-industrialists BJP relaxed norms for running liquor shops and became lenient toward illegal brewers. We intend to make Assam’s tea belts dry areas,” Pawan Singh Ghatowar, five-time MP from Dibrugarh, seeking to regain the seat from BJP’s Rameswar Teli, said.“The government was quick in taking action against illegal brewers. The Congress is making this an issue because they have nothing else to tell the people in the tea gardens since the people are happy with beneficiary schemes and cash incentives,” Mr. Teli, the BJP candidate, said.Both Mr. Ghatowar and Mr. Teli belong to the tea community.The top contenders for the Jorhat seat are State Minister Topon Kumar Gogoi of the BJP and Sushanta Borgohain of the Congress. The latter hopes to cash in on the perceived resentment among tea workers against the BJP for replacing incumbent Kamakhya Prasad Tassa, a tea community leader, with Mr Gogoi.Seeking ST statusOne of six communities seeking ST status, the “tea tribes” constitute about 20% of Assam’s 3.3 crore population. According to the Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association, the community comprises 112 ethnic groups.But the Assam government submitted ethnographic reports of only 36 groups to the Union Tribal Ministry for granting ST status. “Leaving out the 76 groups will be an injustice,” a spokesperson of the association said.But the All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam has justified the government’s move. “The others cannot be included in the ST list as they enjoy the Scheduled Castes and OBC status. But yes, the government has to fast-track the case of the 36 groups,” its leader Stephen Lakra said. “The BJP government has advanced the process of granting ST status that the Congress sat upon for years. We will definitely take it to a logical conclusion if voted to power again,” Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the BJP’s campaign strategist, said.Low wagesThe Congress and other opposition parties feel that incentives in cash and kind provided by the Sarbananda Sonowal government might impact the tea workers.“We are happy with the Rs 5,000 put in our bank accounts some time ago, but we would be happier with a higher daily wage,” Rabul Turi, a labour leader across a chain of estates in Golaghat district said.The current daily wage of a plantation worker in Assam is Rs 167. The minimum daily wage for tea workers in Rs 310 in Kerala, Rs 263 in Karnataka, and Rs 241 in Tamil Nadu, labour union leaders said.The newly-floated Adivasi National Party Assam, supporting independent candidates in Dibrugarh and Jorhat constituencies, has demanded payment of Rs 350 as proposed by the State advisory board for tea workers.Planters, though, say wages are already on the higher side. “Cheaper teas produced by Sri Lanka and Kenya have eaten into our markets. We cannot sell below a certain price as we have to factor in high wages, which comes to more than Rs 350 if free or subsidised rations, firewood allowance, housing, medical, free electricity and other benefits are taken into account,” a planter, declining to be quoted, said.last_img read more


India vs West Indies: Jason Holder expects improved bowling performance in 2nd ODI

first_imgWest Indies skipper Jason Holder wants his side’s bowling unit to pull up their socks in the remaining matches of the one day international series in India.India, who gunned down the 323-run target with ease in the first ODI in Guwahati, lock horns with the Windies in the second game of the series in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.After setting a mammoth target, West Indies bowlers provided an early breakthrough but a strokeful 246-run partnership between skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma fired India to an 8-wicket victory with 47 balls to spare.Holder Tuesday demanded discipline from his bowlers and said picking up wickets upfront would be crucial.”In limited-overs cricket, in these conditions you need to utilise the new ball. This is an area every team targets. We want to take few more wickets with the new ball,” Holder said at the pre-match press conference.Also read – Feels good to know that legends like Viv Richards, Brian Lara back me: Shimron Hetmyer”We got one wicket in the last game and if we can get two or three wickets upfront, it will help us put pressure on their (India’s) middle order.”Holder felt the 320-odd runs his team scored at the Barsapara Stadium was below par, and given the way Kohli and Sharma made mince meat of the bowlers on a featherbed, he is not way off the mark.”Getting 320 is positive for us and we can build on that. We have all seen how the conditions can be in India. Here the par score can be anything from 320, 340 to 350 and you need to bowl ridiculously well to defend it,” he said.advertisement”Hopefully, we will be able to repeat it (batting effort).”Also read – India name unchanged 12-man squad for 2nd ODI against West IndiesSkipper Jason Holder is heartened by the batting performance from 1st ODI but challenges the batsmen to surpass that in the 2nd ODI vs India on Wednesday.Start time 1:30pm local time, 4:00am Eastern Caribbean time, 3:00am Jamaica time.#WIvIND #WindiesCricket #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/hLbpQJdNGjWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) October 23, 2018Shimron Hetmyer produced a sensational century and Kieran Powell a brisk fifty, but Holder, citing the Kohli-Sharma 246-run partnership, said his team’s batting has to be clinical.”I felt 320 was a little below par. Then again if we had taken a few more wickets, had broken that Virat-Rohit partnership it could have been different. It was a tough game,” he said.”When you put runs and are never too sure if it is enough or not… Obviously our bowlers dictated and struggled against Kohli and Rohit.”We need to be more disciplined in bowling and a bit more clinical with the batting. Like how Rohit and Virat went the distance after India lost an early wicket,” Holder added.With less than a year to go for the World Cup, the visiting team’s skipper said the aim is to give everyone opportunity to prove their mettle, helping the team settle into a cohesive unit.”For this tour we just want to give everyone an opportunity which can help them grow. World Cup is next year. We have got a young group. It’s about giving them the opportunity to know what it takes to perform at this level,” Holder said.Motivation could be a problem when a team keeps losing, but Holder said the youngsters’ eagerness to prove that they belong to this level, is good enough reason to stay motivated. West Indies batted beautifully in the first ODI but failed to back it up with the ball (AP Photo)”It’s not too hard. It is matter for us to be motivated. It’s not hard as it’s a young group who are eager to prove themselves when given an opportunity, showcase what they can do. Motivation is easy, it’s about coming together more as a team,” he said.Asked for his take on the long tour, he said, “You got to manage the players in the best way possible. There are pretty closely scheduled games. It is a matter for us to manage our players in the best way possible, keep them fresh.”When asked about the pitch for tomorrow’s game, the West Indies skipper said, “I had a look at the wicket and there is no grass. Spinners do pretty well here. Our spinners did not do that well in the last game but credit must also go to the Indian players.”I felt (Devendra) Bishoo came good in the second spell and looked a lot better, was able to get the wicket of Kohli, which will be crucial for him.”advertisementAs far as absence of big names such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and the Bravo brothers — Darren and Dwayne — was concerned, Holder said, “Gayle is not here and what happens after this series is too far beyond.”We have youngsters like Chanderpaul Hemraj in the top order. We want to give them as much exposure as possible.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more


Maserati’s Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Edition is a luxury car lover’s dream

first_imgLast year, the Italian car company Maserati treated luxury car enthusiasts to the grand daddy of automotive exclusives with its Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition. As the name suggests, Maserati collaborated with the uber-high class fashion designer Ermenegildo Zegna to create an extremely extravagant, ultra-limited customization of the company’s popular Quattroporte. The exclusive run — Maserati manufactured only 100 of them — proved a wild success for both the auto company and fashion designer, allowing the pair to push the envelope even further.In what Maserati and Zegna call a “natural evolution of their partnership,” the duo decided to put their uniquely exquisite touch and stylings on a Maserati Ghibli S Q4. The resulting vehicle, naturally dubbed the Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Edition, boasts much of what made the Quattroporte so striking while featuring a few special enhancements of its own. The Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna’s one-of-a-kind Azzurro Astro exterior color uses technology based on a triple layer of aluminum pigments geared towards enhancing the car’s muscular profile. The finish itself emanates a stunning amount of depth and shine, arguably highlighted by the Azzuro Astro’s beautiful blue to ash gray iridescence. Maserati also outfitted this gem with 20″ Urano wheels surfaced with yet another exclusive color, Liquid Metal.Despite the exclusives present on the vehicle’s exterior, the Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna’s interior truly exemplifies the sartorial elegance of Maserati’s partnership with Zegna. With a perfect combination of natural color leather, and Zegna’s pure silk fabric, the vehicle’s seats shine with beauty. Areas of the interior like the seat backs, sunshades, and door panels all boast unique hand-stitched designs and the partnership’s limited “Ermenegildo Zegna Exclusively for Maserati” brand labels. Maserati also outfitted the Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna with a carbon fiber center console, as well as carbon fiber door panels, which enhance the vehicle’s already stunning quality.It’s easy to drool over the Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna’s interior and exterior highlights, but what it packs under the hood is equally as impressive. Sporting a high-performance 410 horsepower V6 Twin-Turbo engine, the car has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km in just 4.8 seconds and boasts a top speed of 284 km/h. For non-metric fans this means the Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna’s top speed reaches 176 mph; in even clearer terms, it’s damn fast. The car also touts Maserati’s innovative Q4 four-wheel drive technology, which instantly transfers drive force to the front wheels if any rear wheel begins losing grip on slick roads.Maserati’s latest collaboration with Ermenegildo Zegna is a gorgeous set of wheels, which will no doubt satisfy any luxury car enthusiast’s taste for extravagance. Zegna’s signature Italian style and flair beautifully upgrade the already impressive Ghibli, while Maserati’s state-of-the-art engine technology pushes the car to drive like a bat out of hell. The Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Edition’s mastery proves that even after 100 years as an automaker, Maserati still stands at the top of its class and isn’t going away any time soon. Editors’ Recommendations Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Falllast_img read more


Service to be held Nov 19 for Abbotsford BC officer killed while

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A public service will be held on Nov. 19 for an Abbotsford, B.C., police officer who was killed while on duty.The celebration of life ceremony for Const. John Davidson will begin with a procession of law enforcement officers at noon leading to the Abbotsford Centre, where the event will be held at 1 p.m.The Abbotsford Police Department says in a statement that overflow seating will be available at the University of the Fraser Valley Envision Athletic Centre.Fifty-three-year-old Davidson was fatally shot Monday when he responded to a suspected stolen vehicle call.A 65-year-old man from Alberta has been charged with first-degree murder.Davidson is survived by his wife and three adult children and a release from the department says those wanting to share their condolences with the family can send emails to apdhero386(at)gmail.com.BC Ferries announced Friday that it is offering free vehicle and passenger travel for all emergency first responders attending the ceremony.“We want to show our support and appreciation for all officers and first responders in B.C. who work incredibly hard to keep our communities safe,” said Corrine Storey, BC Ferries’ vice-president and CEO.“This is a small gesture to show we are thankful for their service.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version reported officer was shot on Wednesday.last_img read more


East Timor Gusmão invites Indonesian leaders to independence celebrations

The Indonesian President thanked Mr. Gusmão for the invitation but has yet to formally announce whether she will attend the 19-20 May handover ceremony that will mark East Timor’s independence. The territory has been under UN administration since October 1999.After arriving in Jakarta this morning, Mr. Gusmão also met and delivered invitations to Foreign Minister Nur Hassan Wirajuda, Co-ordinating Minister for Politics and Security Bambang Yudhoyono, and former Foreign Minister, Ali Alatas, among others, according to UNTAET.Mr. Gusmão, who was elected East Timor’s president on 14 April, is scheduled to leave Jakarta tomorrow morning for South Sulawesi, where he will join the head of the UN High Commissioner’s (UNHCR) East Timor office to discuss the repatriation of some 1,000 East Timorese refugees living on the island. These discussions will include the Governor of South Sulawesi, refugees and their leaders.Meanwhile, East Timorese and Indonesian representatives on Thursday completed a Joint Reconnaissance Survey (JRS) aimed at demarcating the common land borders between the two countries.The joint survey team – which included surveyors, geographic engineers and geologists from Indonesia and East Timor – visited seven locations along the common border as they attempted to locate old border markers and study geological features and technical issues.The team also discussed the location of the treaty border with communities from East Timor and West Timor, Indonesia, the leaders of which accompanied the team throughout the 10-day survey.The findings of the survey will be reported to the Technical Subcommittee on Border Demarcation and Regulation, which is part of a bilateral committee between East Timor and Indonesia.The launch of the border demarcation process before the end of the transition period has been a major goal of UNTAET. read more


Security Council decries deadly terrorist attack in Yemeni capital

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the family of the one person killed in today’s attack – a French citizen – and extended their sympathies to those injured, as well as to the Governments of Yemen and France.In today’s statement, the body’s 15 members reaffirmed that terrorism “is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed”, and “should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group”.Reiterating their determination to combat all forms of terror, in accordance with the responsibilities listed under the UN Charter, Council members further “urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Yemeni authorities” so that perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism can be brought to justice.In March, the Council condemned an attack in Hadramawt, Yemen, in which 20 soldiers were killed. Yemen has been undergoing a democratic transition, with a Government of National Unity, which came to power in an election in February 2012 following the resignation of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.Security Council members have voiced strong support for the political process in Yemen. In February of this year, they set up a sanctions regime that includes an asset freeze and travel ban against potential ‘spoilers’ who would obstruct or undermine the successful completion of the political transition. read more


Diverse range of speakers in car sales debate reflect on the changing

Presentations from a broad range of speakers debated the changing face of car retailing in the UK, ending with a lively Q&A session at the SMMT International Automotive Summit this afternoon.First on stage were Neel Desor, Commercial Planning Director at Haymarket Motoring and Rob Ellis, Founding Director of COG Research. Desor and Ellis presented new research into buying behaviour conducted between the two companies, which specifically challenged the traditional funnel model, instead stressing to manufacturers and dealers that they’re never really off the shortlist.David Vernon, European Practice Manager at Urban Science, was next at the podium. His presentation focused on the changing attitudes to online automotive retail in the UK, comparing marketing spend and lead generation efforts in this country against the situation in the United States. Vernon’s key points related to the methods that dealers are currently using to prioritise leads from both independent and OEM sites, and how he anticipated this changing over the next few years.The third speaker from the panel was Neil Packham, Sales Director at Manheim Retail Services, who discussed varying approaches to lead management in retailing, analysing in particular the performance of dealers against established benchmarks. One of Packham’s most surprising findings was that some 40% of dealers that they monitored were either using a paper-based system or no system at all when it came to managing and actioning their sales leads.Antony Sheriff, Managing Director of McLaren Automotive, brought the vehicle manufacturer perspective to the panel debate. Whilst McLaren’s franchised dealer approach has been referred to as traditional, Sheriff’s key point was that this model was by no means incompatible with high value sales. Indeed, his own view was that a good franchised network can tick all the boxes in a way that neither company-owned network, nor an automotive agents’ model can.Click through for more information, news and photos from the 2011 International Automotive Summit.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Widow to marry homeless man who used to rummage through bins outside

first_imgMs Neininger, who went on to become a mental health campaigner, said: “People with schizophrenia are imprisoned by the voices.”Ken believed everything these voices were telling him, so it was very difficult to have a relationship. I did not know anything about it, but I soon learned.”Because of Mr Selway’s illness, the couple’s relationship has always been celibate, but Ms Neininger believes this has made them even closer.And this meant that for several decades Mr Selway and the Neiningers all lived happily together.Ms Neininger added: “I married at 16 and Norman was a wonderful man and a lovely husband and father. Because there was no sexual jealousy it was fine and Ken and Norman were like brothers. It was like a little paradise, just Ken, Norman and me.”After Mr Neininger died of a heart attack, Mr Selway developed health problems that meant he eventually had to move into a residential home, where he was later joined by Joan. Joan Neininger and Ken Selway at a wedding in GloucestershireCredit:SWNS For a long time, Mr Selway refused all offers of help and money, but he eventually opened up about his own life. He revealed that he had been born in London and had been evacuated to Wales.When the Welsh man he regarded as a father died, he returned home, but his mother could not cope with his mental health problems.After being made homeless, Mr Selway slept in railway stations and shop doorways until he went to Gloucester looking for relatives of his evacuee father and stumbled across a derelict house to sleep in at night.His only belongings at the time were a set of clean clothes, a radio, a fossil he once mined and a few personal pieces that he hid behind a wall.He frequently considered suicide, but Ms Neininger said she spotted an “innate dignity and a measured way of speaking” that made her realise he was from an educated family.Over the next few years, Mr Selway came in and out of the family’s life, but caring for him took a toll on Ms Neininger’s 30-year marriage.At one point, Mr Neininger issued an ultimatum and she moved out into a caravan which Mr Selway would come and stay at.At first they were happy, but Mr Selway’s mental health problems made him unpredictable and he could “fly off the handle”. Mr Selway had become friendly with Ms Neininger and her then husband, but following Mr Neininger’s death, the pair started a romance.Ms Neininger, a great-grandmother with three children, lives with her husband-to-be at a residential home in Gloucester.She said: “When I saw him ferreting through the bins outside a fish and chip shop near my bookshop, I never thought for a minute it would end like this.”But although he was living on the streets, I knew straight away that Ken was a lovely man with a beautiful soul.”Ms Neininger said that from their first meeting, she always felt Mr Selway was different. She spent years battling with Mr Selway’s schizophrenia before proposing last year.They will now become husband and wife on Ms Neininger’s birthday, four days after Valentine’s Day, at Cinderford registry office.She said that when she first saw Mr Selway he was smartly dressed and drank only milk so she presumed he was staying in a B&B and just had nowhere to go during the day.But she said that after reading Down and Out in Britain by Jeremy Sandford, she realised that he could be one of the many people slipping through the welfare state safety net.Ms Neininger added: “The first time I saw him searching for food in a rubbish bin, I silently broke my heart.”She began leaving sandwiches in the bin for him because he would not take any money and eventually, with the blessing of her then-husband Norman, she invited Mr Selway in for a meal. The first time I saw him searching for food in a rubbish bin, I silently broke my heartJoan Neininger Joan Neininger with her first husband, Norman (left), and Ken Selway at a pub in Gloucestercenter_img 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. Joan Neininger and Ken Selway at a wedding in Gloucestershire Joan Neininger with her first husband, Norman (left), and Ken Selway at a pub in GloucesterCredit:SWNS A woman is set to marry a former homeless man she fell in love with after striking up a friendship when she found him rifling through a bin.Joan Neininger, 88, took pity on 89-year-old Ken Selway when she saw him looking for food outside her bookshop while he lived on the streets.She started to make him sandwiches and, over the the years, the couple grew close as she helped him overcome his many demons.The couple’s love story, which began in spring 1975, will now have a happy ending when they tie the knot at a registry office next month.last_img read more


Column We walked for the living the dead and everyone who suffers

first_imgDarkness into Light is an annual fundraiser for Pieta House which aims to raise awareness about self harm and suicide. Tens of thousands of people took part in this year’s event, across 20 different venues in Ireland. Here, writer Adrian Millar recalls his experience. IT’S 2.15AM and it’s time to get up and get on my bicycle and cycle into Naas from Prosperous for the Darkness into Light walk, and I’m thinking, am I mad? Could I not just roll over in bed and say I forgot?But I haven’t forgotten, and now I’m dressed and on my bicycle, following the route into Naas along the canal. To my relief, the faint moonlight illuminates the rain-filled potholes, for I don’t have a light on my bicycle. Besides, I’m on red alert for ghosts, though there’s no sign of anything right now, just the sound of water and the wind in my ear – eerie enough. But I talk to the dead, anyhow: Frédérique in France, Tokunaga in Japan, Emile in Belgium, Kelley in the USA, and a few friends of mine from Clane and Prosperous, all of whom have lost their lives through suicide. “I’m doing this for you,” I tell them, but there is no answer, thankfully. Instead, a woodpigeon takes flight from among the bushes, frightening the life out of me.Soon, to my relief, I am leaving the darkness behind me and entering Sallins. I cycle like the clappers up Monread Road. I’m ten minutes late. I reach the gates of Naas Racecourse. I spot a few cars in the car-park. At least, I’m not the only fool up at 4am, I think to myself. And then I see them: dozens of cars, and then hundreds. I’m flabbergasted.I park my bicycle and fall in behind the tail-end of a small group of walkers – a few women with dogs in the yellow Darkness into Light T-shirts. “Which way has everyone gone?” I ask them. They direct me towards the Blessington Road.People young and old took to the streetsI pass a few walkers – mothers with children dragging their feet. My heart swells with admiration for them. A car comes up behind us. The driver winds down the window. “It’s well for some travelling by car,” one of the walkers shouts out to the driver. “Have you lost the power of your legs?” We chuckle. The driver is one of the organisers of the walk and is protecting walkers from traffic from behind.I catch up with a group of walkers – men and women. “It was worth getting up at 3am this morning …” I overhear a woman say to her husband as I pass them by, “… because seeing you at that time of the morning was like an apparition.” Their friends burst out laughing. I chuckle to myself. “It’s incredible how something like this can catch the public imagination,” a man says to his mates, and he’s right.Just then a sea of yellow comes into view – young people, old people, grannies with toddlers in prams. Thousands of people are here. People with their friends. Couples holding hands. Elderly people with walking-sticks. People walking alone. An early cock crows from a housing-estate. I check my watch: 4.20am and the streets of Naas are thronged as far as the eye can see.I pass Naas Hospital. The crowd winds it way up the street towards Naas Main Street like a festive yellow Chinese dragon. An ambulance exits the hospital and puts on its siren. The crowds silently step aside to make way for it.“Talk about the parting of the Red Sea!” a man says beside me, and there is more laughter.We reach the Main Street.A mother pulls her son towards her and places her arm around him. “You’ll soon be the same size as me,” she says. “Next year you’ll be up to here.” She points at her neck, and I’m warmed by her dream for her child.Blackbirds sing.Life’s little intamaciesWe pass the courthouse and make our way up the street past the town hall. I can see people all the way up to Marks and Spencer now, and beyond. I pass out two women. “My wedding ring and engagement ring don’t fit me anymore,” one of them says to the other. “I’m after starting to carry them around in my bag.”I take note.Life’s little intimacies at 4.30 in Naas.We reach the Blessington Road. A community on the move. A group of teenage girls cut in through the garage on the corner. “You’ll have to do the whole walk all over again,” the mother of one of them calls out to them as they rejoin the main group, and we all laugh some more.We reach the finishing line.“Well done! Well done!” a volunteer calls out to us as we pour into the pavilion at the racecourse. “Be sure to bring along all your friends next year and make it even bigger and better!”I promise myself to return with friends next year.I mill among the hundreds of people queuing up for sandwiches and refreshments, then take my leave.I cycle home. Hares bolt at the sight of me. A fox greets me in a nearby field. A fisherman takes his seat along the canal at 5.30am. Life is returning to the world. The darkness is receding. Rain comes on.Walking for everyone suffering from depressionAnd then it hits me: I’m not doing this trip for the dead. I’m doing this for the living. I’m doing this for all those who suffer from depression. I’m doing this for all those who have ever felt like ending it all, like I once did myself 20 years ago when I left the Jesuits and felt that my world was falling apart and I went down to the water’s edge in Dun Laoghaire.And I want them to be here next year with me. I want them to walk the streets of Naas.We all do.We want them to laugh.And they will.I did.Lots.Adrian Millar is a stay-at-home father of three daughters, with two PhDs and a passion for the beauty of everyday life. People follow his various shenanigans on Facebook, on Twitter, in his Dad’s World column in the Feelgood section of Friday’s Irish Examiner, and on Linkedin. Feel free to join them. You can also keep up to date with happenings at adrianmillar.ie. His novels have received praise from Marian Keyes, Patricia Scanlan and Cathy Kelly – and you can buy The Quiet Life, a family drama, much loved by Marian Keyes, on Amazon Kindle or in print at Lulu.com. It can also be downloaded to your iPad at Smashwords.com. TomaYto, TomaHto, his forthcoming novel, will be published in June 2013.last_img read more


Three children 24 adults killed in Baghdad café bombing

first_imgA LATE-NIGHT bombing at a café in west Baghdad killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 50 others, security and medical officials said tonight.The blast struck at 10pm (local time) at a small shopping mall in Amriyah.Three children were among those killed, the officials told AFP.The Dubai cafe, where the bomb went off, lies on the 2nd floor of a small shopping mall in the predominantly-Sunni neighbourhood, and is frequented by young men playing billiards and video games.The mall, however, is often filled with families as it also contains restaurants and clothes shops.Read: 10 years ago today: Saddam’s statue topples in Baghdadlast_img read more


Man slashed across the face in Dublin assault

first_imgA MAN IN his 30s received facial injuries in an assault that took place in Dublin in the early hours of this morning.A garda spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that the assault took place at 2am at Kearn’s Place in Kilmainham. The man, who is in his early 30s, was with another male friend when they were approached by, and became involved in an altercation with, two other males.During the incident, the man was slashed across the face with a knife, from his forehead to just above his eye. He was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken by ambulance to St James’ Hospital.Gardaí in Kilmainham are now investigating the incident and can be contacted on 01 6669482 with any information about it.Read: Man sustains serious head injuries in Galway assault>last_img read more


The closer you live to Denmark the happier you are Its science

first_imgA car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York The Pixel watch that never was: An inside look at how Google’s smartwatch efforts beat Apple to the punch, but then broke down and never recovered (GOOG, GOOGL) SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act ONE SECRET TO happiness may lie in genes, a new study suggests.Denmark and other Scandinavian countries regularly top world happiness rankings, and while many factors influence happiness, genetics may play a larger role than previously thought, according to the study authors.The new research examined the average genetic makeup of people in more than 100 countries, and compared how similar their genes were to people living in Denmark — a measurement called genetic distance. They found that the greater a nation’s genetic distance from Denmark, the lower the reported well-being of that nation.The findings held even after the researchers took into account other factors that could affect happiness, such as GDP level and cultural differences, said Eugenio Proto, a professor of economics at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and one of the researchers on the study.Proto and his colleague, Andrew Oswald, compared the genes of people in 131 countries, and used data on happiness from the Gallup World Poll, World Value Survey and European Quality of Life Surveys.Countries near Denmark, like the Netherlands and Sweden, ranked among the happiest. Given their close proximity, these countries are some of the most genetically similar to Denmark. Countries that ranked particularly low on the happiness scale, like Ghana and Madagascar, have the least genetic similarity to Denmark.The researchers also looked at the relationship between people’s well-being and the mutation of a gene that governs serotonin, a chemical linked to feelings of happiness. The research is controversial, but some studies have found that individuals with a mutated, shorter copy of this gene report lower happiness levels. Read: Is a Terminator-style robot apocalypse a possibility? Source: AP/Press Association Images Lars Ulrich of Metallica… A Dane, and therefore naturally happy – apparently.For this part of the study, the researchers looked at people in 30 countries and compared how many people had the mutation in each country. They found that Denmark and the Netherlands have the lowest percentage of people with the mutated shorter copy of the gene, and also ranked the happiest. Italy had the highest percentage of people with the mutation, and ranked the least happy of the 30 countries.Finally, the researchers looked to see if the link between genetics and happiness was passed down from generation to generation. They examined well-being surveys from a group of Americans, and then traced the origin of their ancestors. They found that the happiest Americans descended from immigrants from the happiest countries.David Meyers, a professor of psychology at Hope College in Michigan, who was not involved in the research, said there are many other factors that influence happiness, like sleep, exercise and the quality of relationships in a person’s life. Still, genes likely play a role, too, he said.“There’s ample evidence from twin studies of a genetic influence on happiness,” Meyers told Live Science in an email.Genes matter, much like the influence of genes on cholesterol levels.  And just as cholesterol levels are also influenced by diet and exercise, so happiness is also influenced by behaviors under our control.Proto said more research is needed to explore the possible link between genetics and happiness.- Kelly Dickerson Read Terrifying swarm of flies in US so massive it shows up on radarlast_img read more


Gracia is impressed by Watfords crazy match

first_imgHis club and Bournemouth scored six goals in 27 minutes, or four goals in just a six-minute spell in yesterday’s English Premier League gameWith a 2-0 lead, Watford though it could get the victory against Bournemouth yesterday.But the local team never gave up and the game ended up in a 3-3 draw after four goals were scored in a six-minute lapse.And Watford boss Javi Gracia is impressed at how crazy the game went.“We conceded in the moment two goals from two free-kicks,” said Gracia to the club’s official website.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“We had to defend better. I knew we needed to defend well because I was sure Bournemouth would create chances because they always do it.”“We conceded two goals from two free-kicks and it was difficult to accept,” he added.“After that, we competed well and we were looking for victory until the end.”“Maybe if it could have worked differently but we kept working. It was different moments in the game,” he added.“We started well and after they scored two goals as well it was a moment without control but we controlled it better in the second half and were more organized to contain them.”last_img read more


Gas leak outside Kaiser facility prompts shelter in place order in Midway

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A natural gas leak Friday prompted a shelter-in-place order for around an hour at a Kaiser Permanente facility in the Midway area, officials said.The gas leak was reported shortly after 7:05 a.m. when a contractor doing excavation work ruptured a 1 1/4-inch gas line outside a Kaiser building at 3250 Fordham St., San Diego Gas & Electric spokeswoman Allison Torres said.No one was evacuated, but authorities told people in the Kaiser Permanente Point Loma Medical Offices to shelter in place, San Diego Fire- Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.No injuries were reported.Utility crews arrived on scene around 7:25 a.m. and shut off the gas around 8:05 a.m., Torres said.To prevent such mishaps, SDG&E officials urge anyone planning excavation work in the county to first notify the utility company, which sends personnel to mark the location of underground gas lines, Torres noted. Those wishing to take advantage of the free service are asked to call 811. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Gas leak outside Kaiser facility prompts shelter in place order in Midway area September 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more


Six Months since Chinas First Retaliatory Trade Tariff Imposed on US Soybeans

first_imgIt has been a full six months since China retaliated against President Trump’s 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. That tariff, which took effect July 6, 2018, has rocked the foundation of a decades-old trade relationship U.S. soybean farmers built with China, the largest market for American beans. And, it has resulted in halted sales, plummeting crop prices, and a lack of security for farmers seeking funding for the 2019 season.Davie Stephens, a soybean grower from Clinton, Ky., and American Soybean Association (ASA) president stated, “We are anxious to see real progress to end this trade war quickly. With Ambassador Gregg Doud of the Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Under Secretary Ted McKinney of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) among the delegation in China to discuss trade today, we are hopeful that real progress is forthcoming.” Stephens continued, “This has been a long and costly half year for farmers, and we need stability returned to this market. We cannot withstand another six months.”The value of U.S. soybean exports to China has grown 26-fold in 10 years, from $414 million in 1996 to $14 billion in 2017. China imported 31 percent of U.S. production in 2017, equal to 60 percent of total U.S exports and nearly one in every three rows of harvested beans. Over the next 10 years, Chinese demand for soybeans is expected to account for most of the growth in global soybean trade, making it a prime market for the U.S. and other countries.U.S. soybean growers have realized a nearly 20 percent drop in soy prices since the threat of tariffs began last summer, and the future of soy growers’ relationship with China continues to be in jeopardy. China has pursued new means to procure soybeans and other protein crops, including maximizing soybean imports from other exporting countries, particularly Brazil.Growers have taken to Twitter and other social platforms today with the hashtag #185DaysStillNeedTrade, along with the popular #RescindtheTariffs hashtag to continue demanding that the Administration bring an end to its lingering trade war with China and help restore certainty and stability to the soy industry.last_img read more


PeaceHealth mulls Ridgefield sites potential

first_imgThere’s yet another large piece of the local economy that PeaceHealth, in becoming the corporate parent of Southwest Washington Medical Center, has assumed control of: 75 acres of land just off Interstate 5 in Ridgefield that figures prominently in plans for growth in North Clark County.One development you can scratch off the list of possible uses for the land is Bellevue-based PeaceHealth’s planned headquarters. That site will harbor the nonprofit’s relocated corporate offices and some back-office employees from its other locations, eventually bringing 340 new jobs to the Vancouver area.Peter Adler, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for PeaceHealth, said the 75-acre parcel is not in the running.Nevertheless, Adler said, the Ridgefield site does have potential. It could become home to new clinical services, for example. A retail development to go along with some type of medical complex on the site is a possibility, too, Adler said. “It’s very strategically located,” he said.Southwest, which purchased the 75 acres from the Port of Ridgefield in 2007, has planned for the parcel to be developed into a medical campus. That’s not changing with PeaceHealth’s new role as the parent of Southwest, Adler said.If anything, the merger broadens what could be done with the land, said Ken Cole, spokesman for Southwest. That’s because the Ridgefield parcel is situated between two PeaceHealth hospitals — Vancouver’s Southwest and Longview’s St. John Medical Center.last_img read more


Amazon Restaurants fooddelivery service on the chopping block

first_img Mobile Share your voice 0 Post a comment Just some of the food available on the Amazon Restaurants website — for now. Screenshot by CNET via Amazon Restaurants Amazon’s food delivery service is up for the chopping block.Following its shuttering in London, Amazon Restaurants is also slated to close up shop in the US later this month, according to GeekWire.The service is four years into its run, after beginning life in Seattle in 2015 and then branching out to 20 more cities in the US as well as London. For Amazon Prime members, it provides the same services as other food-delivery apps like Uber Eats and Deliveroo, seeing meals delivered to their houses through Prime Now or the Amazon Restaurants website.The service packed up its bags in London in November, and Amazon confirmed to GeekWire it would end on June 24 in the US.”As of June 24th, we will discontinue the Amazon Restaurants business in the US,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement shared with GeekWire.”Many of the small number of employees affected by this decision have already found new roles at Amazon, and others will be provided personalized support to find a new role within, or outside of, the company.”Heard of Daily Dish? The Amazon-owned food delivery service focused on bringing lunch to the workplace will also close up shop on June 14.Despite these shutterings, Amazon hasn’t entirely left the food-delivery game. Not only will its groceries delivery service continue from Whole Foods via Prime Now, it’s poured funding into UK-based food delivery company Deliveroo, keeping its competition with Uber Eats and Grubhub on the heat. Tags Amazonlast_img read more


Heres why NIA court sentenced fake Jet hijacker Birju Salla to life

first_imgSalla had done all this in the name of love and over affection. A married Salla allegedly had an affair with a woman working with Jet Airways and had married her three months before he planted the threat letter. He wanted her to stay with him and take care of his ailing father which made him take this extreme step. He reportedly planted the letter since he wanted the woman to quit her job with the airline.It is reported that the threat letter was filed from Salla’s office in Mumbai. He typed the letter and translated it into Urdu with the help of Google to make it seem like a potential terror threat. He planted it in the tissue holder inside the lavatory of the aircraft’s business class section, which was later found by a crew member.”Flight No. 9W339 is covered by hijackers and aircraft should not be land and flown straight to POK. 12 people on board. If you put landing gear you will hear the noise of people dying. Don’t’ take it as a joke. Cargo area contains explosives land Delhi. Allah is great,” read the threat letter made by Salla.A B.Com graduate from Mumbai’s Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics in Churchgate, Salla had ventured into several businesses including gold and construction after separating from his father’s business in 2006.Salla was arrested by Ahmedabad’s Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) and the case was transferred to the NIA. Birju Kishor SallatwitterA 38-year-old Mumbai-based businessman has become the first person in India to be convicted under the Anti-Hijacking Act, 2016. Birju Kishor Salla has been sentenced to life in prison and fined Rs 5 crore by a special court of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).Salla was found guilty of placing a hijacking note in the washroom of a Mumbai-New Delhi Jet Airways flight in October 2017.The money from the fine will be distributed among the pilots, crew and passengers of the flight. The pilots will get Rs 1 lakh each, the cabin crew members will be given Rs 50,000 and each of the passengers will be given Rs 25,000.Punishment under Anti-Hijacking Act, 2016:(a) with death where such offence results in the death of a hostage or of a security personnel or of any person not involved in the offence, as a direct consequence of the office of hijacking; or (b) with imprisonment for life which shall mean imprisonment for the remainder of that person’s natural life and with fine, and the movable and immovable property of such person shall also be liable to be confiscated.The rules are in line with the Hague Convention of 1971 and the Beijing Protocol of 2010 of the UN body International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The incident took place on October 30, 2017, when captain Jay Jariwala and co-pilot Ashutosh Newase were informed about the threat letter on board Jet Airways flight 9W-339. They had to make an emergency landing at Ahmedabad without informing the passengers. The threat later turned out to be a hoax.The NIA had filed the chargesheet under sections 3(1), 3(2)(a) and 4(b) of Anti-Hijacking Act, 2016, which stated that Salla had intentionally planted the threat letter to disrupt the airline operations. Planting of the threat note amounted to credible threat to commit the offence of hijacking.”There are only two kinds of punishment under the new anti-hijacking law — life imprisonment until death, or a death sentence. If a hostage is killed, the punishment is death. In lesser circumstances the sentence is life. So the judge had only these two options,” Salla’s lawyer Rohit Verma told The Times of India.last_img read more


Lee Daniels Entertainment Announces Diverse Creative Workshop

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Represent is a free online network backed by Original Media Ventures that gathers storytellers with the mission of encouraging new and diverse voices in the entertainment industry.Lee Daniels Entertainment produces “Empire,” “Star” and the upcoming “Ms. Pat.”Daniels is currently in post-production with the television film “Good People,” which he wrote and directed. He has long planned to direct a remake starring Oprah Winfrey of the 1983 “Terms of Endearment,” adapted from the the Larry McMurtry novel of the same name. Popular on Variety center_img Lee Daniels Entertainment and the online entertainment network Represent by OMV have launched a diversity-focused creative workshop to promote a diverse group of new writers.The workshop will be held from Sept. 25-28 in Los Angeles, with travel provided by American Airlines. Industry professionals will mentor aspiring creatives from underrepresented communities with workshops, meetings with LDE and Represent executives and studio visits.“It has been my goal to create opportunities for diverse creatives and to tell inclusive stories. I have always been about giving all creatives a chance and the LDE Creative Workshop  is another step in driving diversity and inclusion in Hollywood,” said Daniels.Aspiring writers looking to participate in the workshop must follow the submission guidelines, including following Lee Daniels Entertainment and Represent on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Applicants should also submit a 15 seconds Instagram or Facebook story video describing why LDE and Represent by OMV should select the applicant for the program and tag LDE and Represent by OMW official accounts. Deadline is Aug. 31.last_img read more