Two days after the submission of the 2014/2015 National Budget to the Legislature by the Ministry of Finance & Development Planning, the Liberia Football Association has expressed concern about its recommended allotment of US$500K to promote and develop football in the country including the erection of stadiums and sponsoring of grassroots programs.The acting president of LFA, Musa Shannon said the football house will need US$5m to be able to provide long-term value participation for young people and build sports stadiums.Shannon said the sports stadiums would not only have the potential to increase participation but also reduce anti-social behavior.He made the remarks in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday in Monrovia.He further stated that the allotment of US$5m would also be able to develop grassroots football across the country.Shannon urged the Legislature to substantially boost football allotment if the Ministry of Youth and Sports through the Executive Branch forgot to consider LFA’s recommendation.“It will be a positive move if the Ministry of Youth and Sports give us what we proposed, but if for any reason the Ministry fails, we want to urge the Legislature to invest in Liberian football for the sake of the youthful population,” Shannon said.He added: “For Liberia to be on par with other countries in football we must support football like those countries are doing.”It may be recalled that on April 14 2014, the LFA submitted a football program to the Liberian government in the amount of US$5m.Bility said the program highlighted the erection of sports infrastructure and youthful football programs amongst others.A month later, in a press conference, Bility reiterated the need for the allocation of US$5m in the 2014/2015 national budget, arguing that the LFA needs a fair share of the country’s resources to develop the game in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Shooting video on a blue or green screen can be tricky. We’ve rounded up some tips to help you successfully pull the cleanest key possible.When done right, a green screen can be an excellent way to add unique effects to your video projects. When done incorrectly, it will be the very bane of your existence (especially if you’re the editor!).Image via gnepphoto.For starters, let’s shed some light on this debate: Should I use a green screen or blue screen for my chroma keying?Today, green is the most common color for chroma keying. Video camera sensors are most sensitive to green, so green will most often yield the cleanest key. This is because “the green channel has the highest luminance of all three (red, green and blue) digital channels, and thus the sensors deliver the least noise in that channel” (AWN.com). It’s also worth noting that “green is the color that is furthest away from human flesh tones” (Lightcraft).Beyond those factors, camera sensors also record double the green color data of blue or red — check out this article for more info.There are some instances however, when a blue screen may be more appropriate. If you’re shooting someone with blonde hair, it’s often easier to pull a key with a blue screen (green can spill into light-colored hair). Of course, if you have any green elements in your shot, such as foliage, it may also be best to use blue to avoid keying issues.In the majority of cases, chroma keying with green will be your best bet.Image via gnepphoto.For a more technical look at the green screen vs. blue screen debate, see these informative posts over at Animation World Network and Lightcraft Technology.From lighting and shot setup to keying in post, we’ve rounded up some of the best tips for shooting green or blue screen video below . . .Tips for Better Green ScreenWhether it’s adding movement to a scene, adding fake wind, or adding some lightwrap in post, the tips in this video are all great for pulling off convincing special effects.Motion blur is crucial. The motion blur in a shot will be more difficult to key, as the blurred areas might not key quite properly, and the name of the game is sharp edges. So, you might want to raise your shutter speed to eliminate motion blur, and then add some motion blur back in post using Reelsmart Motion Blur — or the stock CC Force Motion Blur in After Effects.One of the more important tips from this video is that the lighting on your character in front of the green screen needs to match the lighting in the scene where you’re going to place them. If the character is meant to be standing in a dark room with toplight, you need to make sure you light them that way in front of the green screen.How to Light A Green ScreenLighting a green screen isn’t as difficult as you might think. First, you need to light your subject. Many people try to light both the green screen and the talent at the same time; this is usually not a great way to get professional results. As I mentioned, you want to light your actor to match the scene into which you’re going to composite them. Then, once you have that set up, it’s really not that hard to place a light or two to get a nice even light on the green screen.The softer and more spread out the light on your green screen, the better. You also want to look out for green light spilling off of the green screen and onto the talent. This will create more work in post. It’s best to keep the talent as far away from the screen as possible.This image from Aputure demonstrates how false color can help green screen lighting.You want uniform brightness from edge to edge on the green screen itself. If you have a monitor with false color viewing capability, you can use it to check the uniformity.Green Screening or Chroma Keying in All Major NLEsAll major nonlinear editing applications (NLEs) can chroma key (some better than others). Here’s a video for each program, so you can learn to do it yourself.How to Chroma Key in DaVinci ResolveHow to Chroma Key in Final Cut Pro XHow to Chroma Key in Adobe Premiere ProHow to Chroma Key in Adobe After Effects Cover image via Rosty McFly.Looking for more film and video production tips? Check these out.Building The Ultimate, High-Versatility Cinema Camera PackageHow to Create a Mid-’90s DV Camcorder Look in After EffectsQuick Tips: Improving Your Product Shots and CommercialsIntroducing the Yeti Nano from Blue MicrophonesThe Whys and Hows of Tracking: Handheld vs. Stabilized
Trucks from Bhutan carrying boulders and stone chips to Bangladesh have driven into the new traffic rules and hefty fines implemented belatedly in Assam via a notification on September 23.Exporters from Bhutan said about 40 trucks were seized for overloading in western Assam’s Bongaigaon district on Thursday last. SAARC agreementThis, they pointed out, was done despite an agreement among the SAARC countries on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) allowing a third country to be used as a transit between two member countries without hindrance.SAARC expands to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Its members are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Ugyen Raften, the former president of the Indo-Bhutan Friendship Association, said Bhutanese traders have been transporting stone chips and other materials to Bangladesh for years without facing any problems. He admitted that some trucks carry more load than the standard 18 tonnes but SAFTA rules prohibit a transit country (India) from stopping consignments from an exporting country (Bhutan) to an importing country (Bangladesh).“Trucks from Gelephu in Bhutan regularly carry stone chips to Bangladesh via Dalu (Meghalaya-Bangladesh border). The goods and documents are sealed before the trucks enter Assam and, as per SAFTA rules, are to be opened at the destination after covering a distance of 321 km through Assam and Meghalaya. But the seizure and fines in Assam have put us in a spot,” he said.Mr. Raften said that scores of trucks had been stranded at Rakhaldubi in Assam for a week because of a damaged bridge at Tikrikilla in Meghalaya. The trucks were allowed to travel on Thursday night via a bypass but the last 40-odd trucks in the convoy ran into the police and motor vehicle inspectors.Subodh K. Sonowal, Bongaigaon district’s Superintendent of Police, said the police too had found the trucks overloaded. The new rules prescribe a fine of ₹20,000 for overloading and an additional ₹2,000 per extra tonne, as against ₹2,000 and ₹1,000 earlier. “The police did not confiscate the trucks. But the district transport office had some issues with them,” he said.
The Mean Girls star Lindsay Lohan shared her nude photograph with her 7.1 million followers on Instagram, but got slammed by some of them.In the photograph, Lohan ditches her clothes to pose on a sofa in a crawling position. Wearing nothing but high heels, the 32-year-old sports a platinum blonde wig as she looked down seductively, reports dailystar.co.uk.Lohan, who has been exploring the Muslim faith since 2016, was criticised by followers for disrespecting religion.She was photographed last year walking around New York holding a Quran and attended London Fashion Week wearing a hijab, but has never confirmed that she has converted to Islam. Lindsay Lohan wearing hijab in a fashion weekThe star, who has Salam Aleikum written in her Instagram bio, which means Peace be unto you, an Arabic greeting deployed whenever Muslims gather, often shares Islamic phrases online.One follower commented, “If you are Muslim you can’t post naked pics.”Another wrote, “You have read Quran… Quran doesn’t teach this.”A third said, “Sorry I can’t look at that as I respect you Lindsay Lohan, but this post is really unacceptable, for a while I thought you would change because you respect Islam.”Other fans rushed to the star’s defence, with one hitting back, “How the f*** is this s****y? Others do it and it’s fine, yet when Lindsay does it it’s disrespectful?”advertisementAnother wrote, “I’m here for the Lohan comeback.”On the work front, she is due to make a comeback on her own show Lohan Beach Club soon.ALSO SEE: When Lindsay Lohan ran naked in a storeALSO WATCH | Lindsay Lohan arrested for violating probation
Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitter In February of this year, a novel from 1985, by a Canadian author now 77, shot right to the top of the bestsellers lists. Though popular for decades, The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s chilling vision of a near-future dystopia in what was once New England—where a toxic environment, a cruel theocracy, and a plague of infertility have turned a sector of women into enslaved concubines—suddenly seemed all too timely. It was then that a trailer for the book’s upcoming TV adaptation aired during the Super Bowl, just a couple of weeks after Donald Trump was inaugurated and a nationwide spread of marches for women’s rights turned into the largest protest in American history.Atwood did not seem upset by the sudden renewal of interest in the single most enduring work of her back catalogue, despite the fact that she’s still churning out book after book today. “How could I be?” she said on a recent morning in Washington, D.C., in the historic Hay-Adams hotel not even a block away from the White House. “But on the other hand, the circumstances that have given rise to it having this sudden uptick are quite frightening. If I had a choice of two things—book not popular, circumstances not arise, or book popular, due to certain circumstances—I would of course pick the first one. But those were not my choices.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We are excited to bring this incredible lineup together for an unforgettable night of music,” said Rob Farina of iHeartRadio Canada, in a statement.“At iHeartRadio we’re committed to connecting fans with the music they love, and we can’t wait to celebrate CMW with them at iHeartRadio FanFest.”Tickets for the May 11 show, priced at just $25, are available online starting March 23 at 10 am.The news of the festival comes days after iHeartMedia announced its bankruptcy.iHeartRadio FanFest 2018 lineupFrench MontanaShawn HookRia MaeMarianas TrenchBellyiHeartRadio FanFest 2018Where: Rebel, 11 Polson StreetWhen: May 11 at 7 pmTickets: Available online at $25 starting March 23 at 10 am. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement There’s nothing like an affordable music festival to ring in the sounds of spring. The 2018 iHeartRadio FanFest has been announced, and it’s hitting Rebel on May 11.This year’s iHeart headliners include French Montana, DVBBS, Shawn Hook, Ria Mae and Marianas Trench.Taking place during Canadian Music Week (CMW), the one-day music event will also include Allie X, Belly, Tyler Shaw, and Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine. Twitter Facebook
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits he doesn’t know when they can challenge for the title again and may rely on their rivals getting hit by FFP rules.Despite spending £360m since becoming Manchester United manager in 2016, Mourinho still believes his team is far from winning the Premier League trophy.Current Premier League champions Manchester City are now under investigation after leaked documents last month showed that the club had circumvented the Financial Fair Play rules by inflating their sponsorship income.“I don’t know,” Mourinho told Sky Sports after he asked when United will challenge for the title again.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“It depends also the way of our evolution but also the evolution of others, the ones that are above us.“If they keep going in the same direction and if their ambition, investment, everything, continues that’s one thing.“Another thing is if they stop or if Financial Fair Play makes them stop. Then we can close the gap a little bit better.”
Share The HISD Board of Education is postponing a vote tied to layoffs. It’s one of several developments that came out of Thursday night’s meeting. The district’s facing a significant budget shortfall, and layoffs have been expected to help address it.Shelby Webb from the Houston Chronicle joins Houston Matters to explain why the board postponed the vote and to detail what parents and staff have been saying about the challenges the district faces.
The stage was set, instruments tuned and the mike set at the right frequency. A while later in comes the Indian rockstar, Rabbi Shergill. As he crooned in his mesmerising voice, the crowd went berserk and was left craving for more.Shergill performed at Blue Frog in the capital after more than a year and cast his magic over a jam packed audience of more than 700 Rabbi- lovers.He dedicated the show to his homeland Delhi and like a true music lover emphasised on the message of bringing back peace and humanity through music, brotherhood and love. His brilliant renditions of popular numbers like Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dilli, Ganga, Tere Bin and the all time hit Bulla struck the right chords and enthralled evryone present there.Rabbi was supported by a collection of other talented musicians who created a symphony in sync with the ambience and the evening blended in beautifully with some great music and food. Names like Andrew Ferrao on keyboard, Steve Valte on drums, Mahesh Subramoni on bass guitar and Amit, the Percussionist formed the best ever band who entertained successfully.