Premiere Pro Shortcut: Switching Between Panels in the Editing Interface

first_img SHIFT and 3 = Timeline SHIFT and 4 = Program Monitor  SHIFT and 5 = Effects Controls SHIFT and 6 = Audio Mixer  SHIFT and 7 = Effects SHIFT and 8 = Media Browser Activate Premiere Pro panels in rotation to the right:Hold down CTRL and SHIFT and tap the period key.Activate Premiere Pro panels in rotation to the left:Hold down CTRL and SHIFT and tap the comma key.A gold line appears around a panel when it’s selected:Interested in learning more Adobe Premiere Pro shortcuts?Check out our previous post showing you how to customize your own.center_img Save time in post by quickly navigating the Premiere Pro interface with a set of keyboard shortcuts.If you’re already a Premiere Pro shortcut user, you can give your edits an additional speed boost by learning the shortcuts for switching between the panels.  Sure, you can use your mouse and click the panels to select them, but reaching for your mouse will slow you down.Either use one of the following shortcuts to select an exact panel or cycle through the each of the panels in the Premiere Pro user interface.   Shortcuts increase your editing efficiency – use them!  SHIFT and 1 = Project Panel SHIFT and 2 = Source Monitorlast_img read more

Interview: The First Filmmakers to Shoot with the Canon C200

first_imgGet insights from the director and DP behind Canon’s From Dock to Dish.Images via Canon Pro.When the Canon C200 was first announced, the camera manufacturer released the short documentary, From Dock to Dish. We had the chance to interview Director Andrew Fried and Director of Photography Bryant Fisher to discuss their experience shooting and working with the Canon C200. Here’s what we learned.PB: Andrew Fried, From Dock to Dish is a beautiful film. Why did you gravitate toward this concept to highlight the new features of the Canon C200?Andrew: Over the last few years, I have had the distinct privilege to spend time filming in some of the best restaurants in the world. I’ve been consumed lately with the idea that so many people come to these restaurants, enjoy such a special experience and loft such high praise about the food that they’ve eaten, but rarely look past their plate to truly consider all of the people that have played a role in bringing this food to their table. That was the seed of the idea here: to see the entire process and everyone who is truly involved from start to finish.PB: Bryant Fisher, the concept behind “From Dock to Dish” features a lot of different lighting scenarios. What was it like to know you’d be testing and challenging this new camera in a variety of scenarios?Bryant: This was an exciting challenge to me. I’ve used Canon cameras in the past and know they hold up in well in all kinds of scenarios. I wanted to see what Canon packed into this new camera to handle those kinds of scenarios even better. The C200 gave us a very rich image with hardly any help in front of the lens. It felt very consistent and natural with its color and exposure handling.PB: The Cinema RAW Light is an exciting new feature. Why was this a valuable tool for you and for other filmmakers?Bryant: The Cinema RAW Light format is a big step forward for Canon. I think it speaks largely to where they are putting their focus. I hope they implement this format in all of their cinema cameras down the line. You are getting a 12bit 4K image at around 1gbps data rate. Thats an enormous amount of information to capture, but they’ve managed to get it to 1/3-1/5 the size of typical RAW. This is exciting and empowering to filmmakers because for the first time, you have this format as a real option at a relatively low price point. For us, it only strengthened our film to help illustrate the colorful journey of our fish.PB: How was working with the Canon ecosystem of products from the camera to the lenses and monitors?Andrew: As a filmmaker, we each have our own set of gear that we like to bring out with us in the field. Generally, it’s pieced together from things made by different manufacturers, and often it can be a challenge for the camera team to “make it all work together.” Going out with only Canon gear actually made it a whole lot easier in the field. As much as we all hold on to the tools that we have always worked with, the Canon lenses actually do complement the Canon camera nicely, and having the Canon monitor with us out in the field was really beneficial. The pieces all do actually want to work together, which at the very least, makes the AC’s day a whole lot more efficient.Bryant: It is exactly that. An ecosystem. Canon seems to be focusing on capturing quality in the image and its evident through the whole pipeline. The lenses work well and interact with their cameras. The images display very well on their monitors. We sent an ungraded LOG 3 image to their 2420 Reference Display, and it debayered that signal to show us a rec2020 image. It was seamless integration.PB: 4K at 60fps is refreshing to see on this camera. How useful was this for the film and how did it perform?Andrew: We were really happy with how the 60-frame footage looked in post. I think it held up really nicely and being able to shoot high speed at 4K is a huge benefit at this point.Bryant: This was a very useful feature. We could easily switch right into 59.94 and then slow it down later in post. The image looks graceful and showed no signs of blocking or pattern issues. It performed quite well for us.PB: What types of projects do you see the Canon C200 excelling at?Bryant: The gear is only getting better. I see the C200 excelling in many different situations. You can use it on virtually anything as long as you can handle the data. They’ve kept the form factor small enough that you could throw a nice prime or even L series zoom on it and go rogue or you can build it out for a studio type configuration. The possibilities are almost endless. You can see in our BTS we had it in a few different configurations to achieve different shots, and that’s because of its small size.Andrew: The C200 offers a really high end look and color spectrum, while maintaining a relatively small footprint.  I can see using this on a variety of projects, especially those that want to balance the flexibility of a verité approach with more high-end, commercial cinematography.PB: Bryant, how did the C200 perform with skin tones and overall image quality?Bryant: Canon is known for their color science. They’ve certainly kept true to that with the C200. And that is only enhanced further with the RAW Light format. Having a 12bit image to push around later gives tremendous flexibility to achieve any kind of look you may want. We were going for something very natural and clean. We got that and some with this camera.PB: Bryant, I noticed you had a lot of gimbal shots in the film. How was the process of setting up the camera with the gimbal?Bryant: It was like setting up any other camera. The exciting thing about the C200 was its size and weight. It didn’t take very long to balance because it’s all conveniently packed into a small body. The gimbals we used had no trouble with it.PB: What surprised you the most about working with the Canon C200?Andrew: Honestly, my only pleasant surprise was that everything worked so well on the prototype camera.  I was so worried that we would get this un-tested camera out in the field and it just wouldn’t work.  Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about.  It all worked perfectly.Bryant: The most surprising thing to me was the level of detail the camera captures especially with the RAW Light format. When you see the image for yourself on a proper display, it’s really stunning. It’s refreshing to see the level of color and soft sharpness (if that makes sense) this camera delivers.How do you feel about the new C200? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Odisha to celebrate Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary for 2 years

first_imgThe Odisha government on Tuesday decided to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi for two years from October 2 this year. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Secretariat here. He said people belonging to all sections of society will be involved in the anniversary celebrations in the State.Observing that Mahatma Gandhi wanted to develop society on the principles of truth and non-violence, Mr. Patnaik said that he had proposed to include ‘Ahimsa’ in the preamble of the Constitution.Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Narasingha Mishra, former Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang, Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Gandhian leader Bhabani Charan Patnaik and several MPs and legislators also attended the meeting.Mr. Panda informed that five sub-committees have been constituted for the celebration of the anniversary in a grand manner. Padayatras and memorial meetings will be held across the State during the two-year period, he added.The Minister said that Gandhiji’s birth anniversary would be celebrated in schools, colleges, urban local bodies, blocks and gram panchayats. A new website will be opened to propagate the messages of Gandhiji.In order to commemorating Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Cuttack, a function will be organised in the city on March 23 next year, Mr. Panda said.Statues of Mahatma Gandhi will be erected at all district headquarters and one major road at the places Gandhiji visited will also be named after him. Gandhiji had visited Odisha eight times and toured different parts of the State.The Odisha government is also considering convening a special session of the Assembly in 2019.last_img read more

Indian boxer beats Chinese rival but doesn’t want his belt

first_imgLATEST STORIES Indian boxing and WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh, left, fights with WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion of China Zulpikar Maimaitiali, right, during their fight for the double title in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)NEW DELHI — Indian boxer Vijender Singh won his fight on Saturday and then offered to give his Chinese opponent’s belt back in a gesture of peace between the two rival nations.The fight against China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali went all 10 rounds with Singh the winner in a unanimous verdict — 96-93, 95-94, 95-94.ADVERTISEMENT Singh successfully defended his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title and also took his opponent’s WBO Oriental super middleweight belt.Singh hugged top Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and other celebrities among fans at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai, the country’s financial and entertainment capital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSingh then came back into the ring, took the microphone and said: “I don’t want this title. I will give it back to Zulpikar.”He added: “I don’t want tension on the border. It’s a message of peace. That’s important.” Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The countries have been involved in a lingering dispute over a contested region high in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Told to quit, Benedicto finishes race despite adversitieslast_img read more

Tyson to visit India, will promote mixed martial arts event

first_imgMumbai, Aug 13 (PTI) Former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson will be visiting India to promote an international mixed martial arts league. The controversial American boxer will be in Mumbai on September 29 to promote Kumite 1 League, the first global team mixed martial arts league. The league is supported by the All India Mixed Martial Arts Federation. This marks the first time an MMA competition will be contested by teams representing their countries, with India going against UAE in the first 1 bout. In another first in combat sports, the league will have live scoring. Kumite 1 League founder Mohamedali Budhwani said, “I am thrilled to host world boxing legend, Mike Tyson in India for Kumite 1 League. For the first time in the history of MMA, we are launching a combat sports league in a team format. “We believe there is a lot of potential for mixed martial arts to flourish as a mainstream sport in India. With the support from MMA federations across the globe, we will be going to the grassroots and scout for the best talent.” Tyson said, “This is my first visit to India and I am happy to be associated with Kumite 1 League. When Mohammedali reached out to me for the first time and discussed his vision for the league, I was convinced that this is something that has great potential. “I will be in India for the launch event and very excited to meet my fans in India.” PTI AH AHlast_img read more

Oklahoma Is Celebrating Today’s Early Game With This “Good Morning” Hype Video

first_imgOklahoma players raise their helmets in the air.Twitter/@OU_AthleticsCollege football week five features a very deep slate of games from noon through past midnight. For Oklahoma fans, things are kicking off at 11 am central time, with a huge game against an impressive West Virginia team. To celebrate the morning Big 12 battle, OU put out a unique hype video, featuring the song “Good Morning,” made famous by the 1952 film Singin’ in the Rain. Fry up some eggs, pour yourself a glass of orange juice, or maybe a screwdriver if you’re so inclined, and get ready for some early Sooners football.No matter the time, it’s always a great day for Sooner football! Get ready for tomorrow with a little twist! https://t.co/lOz473epYX— Oklahoma Sooners (@OU_Athletics) October 2, 2015last_img read more

Milind Soman all set to feature in a fitness show

first_imgAlso read | Mandira Bedi attempts head stand and aces it like a boss; see picAlso see | Hina Khan flaunts her chiseled midriff and toned legs in latest picsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byshweta keshri Tags :Follow Milind SomanFollow Hotstar Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiApril 23, 2019UPDATED: April 23, 2019 18:59 IST Milind Soman will soon be seen on Hotstar’s Maximize Your Day.Model-actor-fitness enthusiast Milind Soman is coming up with a fitness-based web series.The seven-episode series titled Maximize Your Day will highlight Milind’s fitness regime in which he will be seen emphasising on the need for holistic health and wellness and how important it is to maintain proper physical as well as oral hygiene.”Many of us want to live a healthier lifestyle, but we think it is just about physical fitness or following a particular way of eating. Besides all this, there are parts of daily routine that we don’t pay enough attention to – like the hygiene of our mouth,” Milind said in a statement.”Our mouth is the gateway to our body and is actually the first step to being healthy. That’s why I am very particular about my daily oral hygiene routine and strongly recommend that everyone make that extra effort.”Maximize Your Day will stream on Hotstar from Wednesday. Milind Soman all set to feature in a fitness showHottie Milind Soman will be seen on Hotstar’s Maximize Your Day. Read on to know the details.advertisementcenter_img Nextlast_img read more

Now Is The Time For NSBIs Next FiveYear Plan

first_imgThe province’s business development agency has released its vision for the next five years. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) unveiled its next five-year plan at an event in Dartmouth today, Sept. 11. This roll-out will continue at events throughout the province over the next three days. The plan is designed to build on NSBI’s accomplishments since its inception in 2001, and to provide direction for continued business growth through 2012. “The future prosperity of our province is being shaped by the decisions we make today, and putting measures in place to ensure we have a sustainable economy is the foundation,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “NSBI’s five-year plan reflects an aggressive, innovative, business-savvy approach that will help us transform our economy for the next decade, and help us get to a new Nova Scotia.” In the five-year period that ended in March, 18,600 direct and spinoff jobs were created as a result of the activities of NSBI and its clients. This surpasses NSBI’s first five-year target — helping its clients create and retain 18,000 jobs in Nova Scotia. By 2012, 27,400 jobs are projected to be in place as a direct result of NSBI initiatives in the first five years. “We know that Nova Scotia is competing and winning both at home and abroad,” said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. “I look forward to the continued success of NSBI as we embark on this new journey.” NSBI undertook a comprehensive consultation process with stakeholders provincewide to understand how the organization can best support and promote business growth over the next five years. The plan is reflective of the opportunities and issues identified by these stakeholders throughout the province. “NSBI’s five-year plan reflects on the issues and opportunities identified by businesses in communities throughout Nova Scotia,” said Doug Hall, chair of NSBI’s board of directors. “The five key areas of this strategy make up the right plan of action for business growth in Nova Scotia.” The new vision is slightly different than NSBI’s first five-year plan. The plan shifts from focusing on job creation to focusing on total client payroll. NSBI’s new five-year target is to create and retain $800 million in total client payroll by 2012. This fits in with NSBI’s goal of its clients creating and retaining $1 billion in total payroll by 2013. To support its overall goal of delivering results for the province, NSBI will focus on five key areas: regional growth, competitiveness, talent, leadership and collaboration. “We know our model is working; our results speak for themselves,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “We’ve set some big goals for business growth in Nova Scotia, and I’m confident in our team’s ability to achieve them.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, export development, financing and venture capital.last_img read more

Amrapali failed to deliver flat to buyer EOW registers another case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has booked Amrapali builders after investigating a cheating case in which complainant alleged that he was duped by the real estate company on the pretext of providing flat.Police have named four persons including managing director and other directors as suspects in the case. The complainant told police that Amrapali had launched a project in the year 2010. The company officials through various brochures, advertisements and communication misrepresented the public including the complainant. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The date of completion of the project as represented by the company was three years from the date of its launch,” police said. Quoting complainant’s statement, the investigating agency further said that company and it’s officials represented MS Dhoni, the then Indian Cricket team captain as their brand ambassador of the project. The complainant further said that the company officials, at the time of launch of the project, misrepresented him (complainant) that they have all rights, title and authority from regulatory authorities to take bookings of flats. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The company through its authorised signatory executed an allotment cum flat buyer agreement on October 2010 with the complainant,” police said. Complainant further alleged that under the agreement the company had misrepresented that they will develop the project in accordance with the sanctioned building plans and necessary permissions from the concerned government authorities. “The construction of the flat was to be completed by the end of 2013 (including grace period of six months). However, it has been almost 100 months from the date of signing of agreement but till date company failed to complete the project,” police said. The complainant have purchased the apartment and had regularly paid all the installments on or before due dates as per payment plan of the agreement. Recently EOW has arrested two prominent senior level staff of Amrapali Builders in case of cheating. In press statement Delhi Police said, “The accused were nabbed for being instrumental in creating large number of bogus companies for the purpose of diversion of funds of home buyers.”last_img read more

Khan who quit Rajiv govt BJP leaders Koshyari Tamilisai appointed Governors

first_imgNew Delhi: Prominent Muslim face Arif Mohammed Khan, who quit the Rajiv Gandhi government in protest against the enactment of a law to nullify the Supreme Court verdict in the Shah Bano case, was on Sunday appointed as Governor, along with three BJP leaders.BJP leader and former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari, 77, has been appointed the Governor of Maharashtra, while BJP’s Tamil Nadu chief Tamilisai Soundararajan, 58, moves to the Raj Bhavan in Telangana, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsFormer Union minister Kalraj Mishra, who was recently appointed the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, has been shifted to Rajasthan.Seventy-eight-year-old Mishra will succeed former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, who completed his five-year tenure as the Governor of Rajasthan.Former Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatraya, 72, has been appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, replacing Mishra.Koshyari replaces Vidya Sagar Rao as the Maharashtra Governor, while Soundararajan will succeed ESL Narasimhan as the Telangana Governor. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdaySixty-eight-year-old Khan, who replaces former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam in Kerala Raj Bhavan, has been a vocal critic of the practice of instant triple talaq and calling for reforms in the Muslim personal laws for long.Khan’s speech in Parliament in 1985 in the wake of the Shah Bano judgement extending the Rajiv Gandhi government’s initial support to it was much acclaimed.However, when the Rajiv Gandhi government did a U-turn under alleged pressure from Muslim clerics and brought a bill to nullify the Supreme Court order, he resigned from the ministry. The Uttar Pradesh politician later joined the BJP but remained inactive since 2007.Recently, when the Modi government brought a bill to criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq, Khan supported it.In the Shah Bano case, the Supreme Court had delivered a judgment favouring maintenance given to an aggrieved divorced Muslim woman.”The above appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said.last_img read more

Child in stolen SUV found safe and unharmed vehicle recovered police

first_imgFORT MACLEOD, Alta. – Police in Alberta say a six-year-old boy who had been inside an SUV when it was stolen has been found “safe and unharmed,” and the vehicle has also been recovered.RCMP say a 2009 grey Chevrolet Tahoe was stolen late Monday from a residential area of Fort Macleod, a town of about 3,000 in the southwest corner of the province.The child and the vehicle were both found within a few hours. No suspect information has been released, and police say the investigation continues.The incident came just over 24 hours after an Amber Alert was issued when a Mercedes SUV was stolen in North Battleford, Sask., with a six-year-old girl in the backseat.Emma O’Keeffe was found safe almost 14 hours later still inside that vehicle, which had been left about two kilometres from where it had been taken.A police spokesman said the Alberta case did not meet the strict criteria needed to issue an Amber Alert.last_img read more

WHATS SHOOTING IN BC – AS OF JUL072017 – LINKS BY UBCPACTRA

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement CREATIVE BC – CLICK HERE.LOOKING FOR A JOB?  CHECK OUT OUR CASTING, JOB & CREW NOTICESCASTING NOTICES: CLICK HERECREW & JOB NOTICES: CLICK HERE.ARE YOU CREW?ARE YOU A PRODUCTION COMPANY?DO YOU PROVIDE A SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRY?Register & List your company in the FREE eBOSS PRODUCTION DIRECTORYCLICK HERE————FOLLOW eBOSS CANADA  The Entertainment Business One-Stop ShopFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/eboss.canada/Twitter: https://twitter.com/eBOSSCanadaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/eBOSSCanada/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM1DvYkRJ2YXSrJXJ7-3f0A Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Film & TV Productions currently filming in BCUBCP/ACTRA – FILM/TV PRODUCTION LIST – CLICK HERE – 5-PAGE PDFUBCP/ACTRA – ULTRA LOW BUDGET PRODUCTION LIST – CLICK HERElast_img read more

Citizens return to Fort McMurray and Fort McMurray First Nation

first_imgChris Stewart APTN National News The city of Fort McMurray is one step closer to being back to normal. Residents are starting to return home this week.The blaze that destroyed 1,500 homes and made 500 home unlivable continues to grow. The fire is nearly 600,000 hectares in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, but is not near any settlements.Now, after a month of living in campers, community centers and hotels, the residents of Fort McMurray First Nation are coming home.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

Vietnamese schoolgirl pens letter on AIDS prevention to capture UN prize

15 September 2010A Vietnamese schoolgirl’s heartfelt letter on AIDS prevention to a well-known Chinese film director has been awarded first prize in the annual letter-writing competition for young people sponsored by the United Nations postal union. Writing to renowned director Zhang Yimou, 11-year-old Ho Thi Hieu Hien expressed her intention to make films of the quality of his award-winning Raise the Red Lantern and Red Sorghum – to counter widespread misunderstanding and explain why protection against HIV infection is so important.“In my films I shall convey love and pain, ingratitude and ignorance, while imparting knowledge about AIDS prevention in a gentle yet forceful way, in order to awaken the human conscience,” she writes.Nearly 2 million children from some 60 countries, including some 1.3 million from Viet Nam alone, took part in the 2010 competition, the 39th annual edition of the event run by the Universal Postal Union (UPU). This is the fifth time that Viet Nam has finished in the top three, but the first time it has won the gold medal.Second prize went to 13-year-old Svetlana Zinevitch, from Belarus, for “a very personal and moving letter written by an unborn child to his mother who suffers from AIDS.”The third-prize winner, 15-year-old Crystal Hippolyte from Barbados, wrote a “clear and concise letter” in which “the author confronts the issues head on in terms of how young people must come to grips with AIDS as they reach sexual maturity,” according to the jury. Special commendations were given to Francisca Amoussa of Benin, Irene Petral of Zambia, Patricia Sousa Florindo of Portugal, Sebastián Solis of Ecuador, and Irina Bidniak of Ukraine.Congratulating the winners, UPU Director General Edouard Dayan noted that “even though personal correspondence now accounts for a tiny fraction of worldwide mail volumes, it is as important as ever to draw young people’s attention to the skills of letter writing. We would like them to acquire a taste for writing and communicating in general.” Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive Director Michel Sidibé said his agency “is delighted that this letter-writing competition has given millions of children around the world a chance to find out about HIV and voice their opinions. It is our duty to listen to these hard-hitting and meaningful messages and act.”The theme was: “Write a letter to someone to explain why it is important to talk about AIDS and to protect oneself against it.” It was chosen to tie in with an AIDS prevention campaign launched in 2009 by the UPU, UNAIDS, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and trade unions.The theme for the competition in 2011, which has been proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as the International Year of Forests, is: “Write a letter to someone to explain why it is important to protect forests.” read more

Darfur UNbacked conference on water resource management opens

A United Nations-sponsored conference on the management of water resources in Sudan’s troubled and arid region of Darfur opened today with delegates expected to tackle the problem of water shortages in relation to conflicts exacerbated by competition over natural resources.The International Conference on Water for Sustainable Peace in Darfur, sponsored by the UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Sudan’s irrigation and water resources ministry and the UN Country Team (UNCT), brings together more than 300 participants and experts on water use and distribution.A $1 billion appeal for 65 community water projects in Darfur was launched at the start of the two-day conference, which is taking place in Khartoum.“The impact of water scarcity… also will imperil our common efforts to achieve peace and stability in Darfur,” said Ibrahim Gambari, the Joint Special Representative and head of UNAMID. The urgency of the water crisis has convinced international and national experts and leaders that development of the water sector cannot wait for a risk-free security situation or a comprehensive peace agreement.“Let there be no more talk about waiting until some far off conditions or benchmarks are met,” said Mr. Gambari. “The people of Darfur cannot afford to wait any longer.”According to Emmanuel Mollel, the head of UNAMID’s water and engineering section, the mission has been incorporating its own resources with those of troop-contributing countries and outsourced drilling capabilities in order to develop a planned 192 water sources. Earlier this year, UNAMID distributed more than 3,000 rolling water carriers to villages across Darfur where internally displaced persons (IDPs) were returning as part of efforts to promote early recovery and development in the region.The water carriers reduce the burden on women who must otherwise carry water containers on their heads for long distances to and from water sources.To conserve water, UNAMID has also been recycling waste water and has procured more than 150 treatment plants. The mission’s 43 wells throughout Darfur supply water to its personnel and local communities around its bases.Competition over access to land and water between nomadic and settled communities, as well as stress on the land as a result of the concentration of large numbers of IDPs in particular areas, are thought to be some of the underlying cases of conflict in Darfur. Urban populations have also risen as the water table underneath the largely arid region has fallen drastically. 27 June 2011A United Nations-sponsored conference on the management of water resources in Sudan’s troubled and arid region of Darfur opened today with delegates expected to tackle the problem of water shortages in relation to conflicts exacerbated by competition over natural resources. read more

TSX Wall Street advance as traders look to Federal Reserve for guidance

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market advanced as investors continue to buy up stocks that suffered during the worst of a market downturn earlier in the month. They are also looking ahead to tomorrow’s interest rate announcement from the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 40.01 points to 14,509.01. The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.28 of a cent to 89.26 cents US.U.S. indexes were also positive with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 72.21 points to 16,890.15, the Nasdaq gained 22.2 points to 4,508.13 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 7.73 points to 1,969.36.This week’s Fed meeting comes as the central bank’s key stimulus program — its massive bond purchases designed to keep long-term rates low — is set to wind up at the end of this month. Traders will also look for reassurance that the Fed is in no hurry to raise rates from near zero.Meanwhile, Twitter said that adjusted earnings in the latest quarter were one cent a share, matching expectations. But investors concerned about user growth and holiday-quarter revenue sent the stock tumbling 14%. read more

Merger of North and East will not take place

On the proposed donor conference for the North and the East, the Minister said Japanese had come forward to take part in the event, which, he said, could take place by June or July next year. (Colombo Gazette) Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has rejected the idea of merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces for economic reasons.To a question why the merger should not be allowed to achieve cost reduction — considering the fact that the Northern Province accounted for four per cent of the Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product (GDP) and the East — six per cent, Karunanayake told The Hindu that “at this moment, we are trying to embrace all races, all religions together. I do not think we should segregate it geographically.” read more

Three civilians two cops rewarded for giving vital info

According to the Police media unit, two policemen were also given Rs. 500,000 each as a reward for helping to crackdown on the terror group. Three civilians have been rewarded for giving vital information to the security forces with regards to the suspects linked to the Easter Sunday bombers.The Police said that the civilians, said to be Muslims in the East, were given Rs. 1 million as a reward.

Warring parties in Yemen must fully respect Hudaydah ceasefire – UN Security

That ground-breaking agreement, following the first talks between the warring parties in more than two years, includes a ceasefire in and around the vital port city of Hudaydah – the conduit for nearly 80 per cent of Yemen’s life-saving food, medical aid and fuel. The truce entered into force on 18 December.Unanimously adopting resolution 2451 (2018), the Council “insisted” that all parties fully respect the ceasefire agreed for Hudaydah governorate as well as the commitment to redeploy their forces away from Hudaydah city and the port areas, to agreed locations outside, “within 21 days of the ceasefire coming into force.”The draft, penned by the United Kingdom, also urged the parties to continue to “engage constructively, in good faith and without preconditions” with Martin Griffiths, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, including by working to stabilize the war-battered economy and reopening Sana’a airport, as well as committing to another round of peace talks, in January 2019.Further in the resolution, the 15-member Council authorized the Secretary-General to establish and deploy, “for an initial period of 30 days”, an advance monitoring team on the ground, to support and facilitate the immediate implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.‘Deep regret’ at loss of livesThe Security Council also expressed “deep regret” at the loss of life and injuries in the conflict, the use of children on the battlefield, and stressed that all those fighting need to ensure that civilians are protected and allowed safe passage.It also called on all warring parties to comply with applicable international law, including humanitarian law to respect and protect medical facilities and personnel allowing them safe transit; protect civilian infrastructure including schools; reliable food distribution networks; processing and storage, and to withdraw any military personnel from civilian buildings and areas.The Council also underlined the need to allow and facilitate safe, rapid and unhindered access for humanitarian and medical personnel to all those in need, and reiterated that “aid should be disbursed on the basis of need and be gender and age sensitive.”The adoption of the resolution, originally scheduled for the morning, was delayed until early afternoon, allowing time for consultation among the Council members.According to reports, a second draft resolution, penned by the United States, concerning Yemen, was not tabled at the Council and instead, some of its elements were included in the UK draft. read more