New questions in Russia probe

first_imgPresident Trump’s repeated insistence that no one in his campaign was aware of or involved in Russian interference in the 2016 election is now in doubt after the president’s eldest son published emails that not only confirmed a June 2016 meeting between top campaign officials and Kremlin-connected Russians, but also hinted at an offer of access to information potentially harmful to Hillary Clinton. Though the president and his son have characterized the meeting as a polite sit-down to chat about opposition research, many intelligence, Russia, and legal analysts say the gathering appears to have been designed to gauge the willingness of the campaign to accept covert help. Such an approach is typical of Russian intelligence operations, experts say. Three senior campaign advisers present at the meeting — Donald Trump Jr., then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and now a White House aide — are scheduled to testify next week before Congress.Rolf Mowatt-Larssen is the director of the Belfer Center’s Intelligence and Defense Project at Harvard Kennedy School. Before coming to Harvard, he served as director of intelligence and counterintelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy and was a distinguished intelligence officer in the CIA for two decades. In an interview, Mowatt-Larssen discussed the Trump Tower meeting against the backdrop of the ongoing probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. GAZETTE: In a recent piece in The Washington Post, you said the Trump Tower meeting had all the hallmarks of a carefully orchestrated Russian intelligence operation. From your vantage point as a former intelligence officer, when you consider what is currently known about Russian meddling in the election, what do you see?MOWATT-LARSSEN: It has become clear that the Russian intention was to attempt to enter into a collaborative or cooperative relationship with the Trump campaign in order to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s campaign to their mutual benefit. To that end, the Russian government employed hacking activity to collect information and then embarked on an ambitious intelligence operation to leak that information to Trump’s advantage and to Clinton’s detriment. The question that remains, and is most important to answer, is did the Trump campaign willfully accept this assistance from the Russian government and enter into a conspiracy to benefit the campaign?The Mueller investigation should be examining the three key questions, among others, that could get at the Trump campaign’s intentions. First, why was the meeting not reported? Second, what happened to the documents that the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, reportedly left behind concerning Hillary Clinton’s alleged illegal donors? Third, can anyone at the meeting confirm who in the Russian government tasked and backstopped the Russian emissary’s approach to the Trump campaign in June [2016]?GAZETTE: From the Russian side, what would be the intelligence strategy behind setting up such a meeting?MOWATT-LARSSEN: When you make a recruitment approach, as it looks like the Russians attempted to do through this June 9 [overture] to the Trump campaign, there are three things that can happen and two of them are bad. The good outcome is the person you’re approaching says yes, I want to work with you; the second outcome is they say no, and they’re outraged with this inappropriate approach; and the third outcome is not only do they say no and it’s inappropriate, but they report it to the authorities immediately, to the FBI in this case. That would have two negative impacts on the broader meddling campaign. No. 1, it would compromise what they were trying to do to the investigators who were trying at that time to determine what was going on. And No. 2, it would make the effectiveness of their overall campaign much less direct because it would mean that they were working with an unwilling conspirator as opposed to someone who was either tacitly or explicitly joined in on the effort.GAZETTE: How does the Russian 2016 election interference compare to past intelligence operations against the U.S. in terms of its success?MOWATT-LARSSEN: I would say it’s the most consequential Russian intelligence operation in my lifetime in terms of the attempted scope of their intention to penetrate our domestic politics and influence an American election. I can’t recall a precedent where they were that ambitious and that aggressive in pursuing that kind of goal. It’s hard to imagine that they would have done so with a completely unwilling partner.GAZETTE: If some in Trump’s inner circle were compromised, how much damage to U.S. intelligence is this having, and in what ways?MOWATT-LARSSEN: Unfortunately, just the mere suspicion that there might have been willful cooperation between Trump associates and the Russians creates concerns in the intelligence community that they can’t trust the president. That has deep implications on the necessary support that intelligence needs to provide to the president.GAZETTE: If they don’t feel confident in the president, what effect does that have?MOWATT-LARSSEN: The key question buried in that question is that they have to trust the president and they have to support the president. The intelligence community cannot make its own decisions to provide or not provide the president the support they are duty-bound to provide. Therefore, it’s absolutely necessary to resolve this investigation one way or another. I have not said the president and his associates are guilty because I don’t know that to be a fact. But I do think this needs to be resolved; there can’t be suspicions.GAZETTE: Why hasn’t the U.S. been able to squelch the effectiveness of tried-and-true espionage techniques from the KGB playbook like kompromat, dezinformatsiya, provokatsiya?MOWATT-LARSSEN: The Russians have, perhaps, placed a greater emphasis on the aggressive use of the hybrid means or the asymmetric means that are emerging in the intelligence world, most notably cyber tools, and integrated those tools effectively into their classical espionage human means. Their motivations, frankly, are greater than U.S. motivations to incorporate these things in countering their adversaries, in part because the Russians are weaker than the United States. Second, the U.S. has more legal barriers to conducting some of the same activities and responding to the Russians in kind.Typically, we don’t necessarily respond in a tit-for-tat manner. In classical espionage, that tends to be the case, [but] in the cyber world, I don’t think we see established rules of the game in how we respond to attacks on one another. It’s important to bear in mind that the Russians are attacking us in certain areas, and certainly they regard the U.S. as having attacked them in other areas. It’s not a case of the Russians utilizing cyber means and the U.S. is standing by doing nothing.GAZETTE: So how do you expect the U.S. intelligence will respond to Russia?MOWATT-LARSSEN: If I were advising the U.S. government, my first piece of advice would be not to start with the question of how do we retaliate but how do we get to a position [where] there’s less destructive behavior being conducted by both sides against one another’s interest. It’s not a popular idea right now to suggest that the U.S. and Russia, despite everything that’s happened, need to sit down and talk this out. We do need rules of the game. We need to end embarking on a course that leads to cyber mutually assured destruction. We need to lower the level of confrontation and we do need to open up lines of dialogue.Interview has been edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

Five rectors to leave at end of school year

first_imgAlthough Linda Cirillo, rector of Lewis Hall, attended the University of Southern Califorinia, previously worked at Georgetown University and will now be living near Ohio State University, she said she will always be a Domer at heart.“If I had a choice today on which university I would I have gone to, Notre Dame would be the one,” Cirillo said. “Do not worry that I will start cheering for the Buckeyes. I really feel that I am a Domer.”Cirillo and several other rectors will leave their positions at the end of the academic year. Other rectors who will be leaving include Sr. Janet Stankowski of Walsh Hall, Fr. Jim King of Sorin College, Sophie Henrichs of Pasquerilla West Hall and Amy de la Torre of Cavanaugh Hall.Henrichs, who will leave the position of rector to get married, said she tried to keep a balance between allowing fun to occur and following University policies.“I think [being a rector] maybe has actually caused me to step up and really be a lot more responsible because any decision I make just isn’t going to affect me,” she said.At the same time, Henrichs said it was a privilege to experience “the randomness, the joy and the laughter” with her residents.“Just letting the silliness happen. The kind of conversations or bits of conversations I overhear from my door, just the normal everyday life of a student with relationships, friendships, giggles, quarter dogs,” she said, listing the things she enjoyed about being a rector.Cirillo, who is moving to Ohio to be a hospital chaplain, also said she will have fond memories of her students.“I think the most important thing or the most enjoyable thing for me is to see my freshmen when I came in as a freshmen rector, now they’re graduating as seniors and also I’m graduating,” she said. “That has been a lot of joy — to see them blossom and see them grow into young beautiful women that are mature and ready to go out into the world.”Both Cirillo and Henrichs said they will remember their participation in dorm events after leaving the University.“It was my second year here and I allowed them to paint me up just like them and it was really fun,” Cirillo said. “[It was] the Lewis pep rally for the football game. I allowed my chicks to paint my face, and I was part of the cheering group.”Henrichs also showed dorm pride when Pasquerilla West Hall was in the interhall football championship game and she dressed up as the dorm’s mascot.“I wore a weasel costume out onto the field,” she said. “I don’t think anybody else can actually say they’ve worn a weasel costume down Library Quad and right into the tunnel of Notre Dame Stadium. A rector in a weasel suit.”King, who was the rector of Sorin College for seven years, said dorm life is integral to the Notre Dame experience. “I believe that Holy Cross’ model of residence hall ministry is the heart and soul of Notre Dame and the single most important explanation of why alumni feel as strongly about the University as they do,” King said.King will serve as Religious Superior for Holy Cross priests and will move to Corby Hall to take over his new position.Cirillo said her experience at Notre Dame will help her as a hospital chaplain, where she will specialize in end-of-life care.“Of course I’m very much drawn to Our Lady. I know she brought me here and I know she’s sending me forth,” Cirillo said.“I feel comfortable in saying that Notre Dame gives you the whole education. The mind, the body, the spirit, what it means to be alive and to be there for one another,” she said. “As I move into this next phase of my life, which is being present with people that are dying, I know that the dying phase of their life is part of living,” she said.“I will take all this love that I was given in the last four years and I’ll use that in my new position.”last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Jeff Olson – Stay relevant (#57)

first_img 76SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Welcome to episode 57 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at CO-OP Financial Services. CO-OP is your trusted payments processing partner whose mission is to drive the credit union movement forward.In today’s episode, I’m speaking with Jeff Olson. Jeff is the President and CEO of The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Jeff over the past couple years and was excited to get him on the show. We talk about the Credit Union Social Good platform, how it got started, and how it has evolved. He gives us his insight on how credit unions can stay relevant today, his path to CUAD, and how the inspiration has changed with time on the job.Jeff says that his leadership style is a combination of inspiration and results, he likens the style to that of a coach. He speaks about what he’s learned when it comes to board relations and what he likes to tell new leaders. His goal of paying it forward and mentoring others was from the type of mentors he had as he was growing up, and a piece of advice from his father that has followed him wherever he goes.Listen in to this episode with a leader in our movement as he shares the lessons he’s learned along the way. You never know where you’ll find that nugget of knowledge that will be that catalyst to propel you forward. Enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book ListHow to find Jeff:Jeff Olson, President and CEO of the Credit Union Association of the [email protected] | Twitter Show notes from this episode:Shout-out: to our friends at CO-OP Financial Services, our first sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Check out all the work Jeff and his team are doing in the Dakotas here.I’ve been a long time fan of the CU Social Good platform. You’ve got to check this out and submit the great things your credit union does everyday.Also give CU Social Good a follow on Facebook and Twitter.Shout-out: Jill NowackiShout-out: Robbie ThompsonShout-out: Credit Unions for KidsShout-out: AACUL and CUNAShout-out: Jim Nussle (our first guest on the podcast)Shout-out: David MillerBook mentioned: Start With Why by Simon SinekShout-out: Marvel EbenhahnShout-out: Governor George A. SinnerShout-out: Greg MichligShout-out: Bo McDonaldApp mentioned: BizXpenseTrackerAlbum mentioned: Darkside of the Moon by Pink FloydBook mentioned: Any books by Vince Flynn, Brad Thor or Dan BrownShout-out: Dick Ensweiler, Dan EganPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18 & 37) and Jim NussleYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode[01:54] – Welcome to the show, Jeff![02:43] – Jeff speaks about the CU Social Good Campaign and how it got started.[06:54] – What challenges do you see credit unions face as you travel around? What is egg lending?[10:05] – Jeff talks about how Credit Unions can stay relevant in today’s market.[11:58] – In a year from now, what will you be the proudest of that you have accomplished in the Dakotas?[13:13] – He tells us why he took the position with The Union Association of the Dakotas.[15:02] – How has the inspiration changed with time on the job?[16:01] – Jeff says that his leadership style is a combination of inspirational with results style. He feels like he is more of a coach.[16:52] – He explains the inspirational quotes he tells his team all of the time.[18:22] – How have you cultivated the ability to make tough decisions?[19:08] – Jeff discusses the leadership myth’s he wants to debunk.[20:10] – He talks about some hacks when dealing with boards that he likes to tell new leaders.[21:31] – What mistakes do you see young leaders making today? What mistakes did you make when you started out?[22:30] – “Hey, knucklehead, if you are going to do something, do it right.” Is the advice that was instilled in him from his father.[24:17] – Jeff tells us about some mentors he had growing up and how he pays it forward today by mentoring.[25:58] – What do you do to recharge? What hobbies do you have?[27:44] – Jeff speaks about his high school years and what he did to get involved.[28:16] – What did you want to be when you grew up?[29:38] – Coffee and exercise are things that are part of his daily routine.[30:15] – Biz expense tracker and outlook are the apps he uses the most.[30:52] – What is your favorite album of all time?[31:29] – Is there a book that you have gifted a lot?[32:20] – Being more patient and listening better has become more important.[33:12] – When he hears the word success, he thinks of Dick Ensweiler.[34:13] – His final advice is to shut up more, be patient, be kinder, and look for opportunities to serve others.last_img read more

Bjorn blazes to Wentworth lead

first_img At 10 under par, Bjorn held a two-shot lead over Ireland’s Shane Lowry, with Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello on seven under and the likes of Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy all four under. Stenson could need as little as a top-30 finish this week to replace Adam Scott as world number one, the Australian beginning the Crowne Plaza Invitational with a one-over-par 71. Bjorn missed the cut in last week’s Spanish Open and feared the worst in a tournament where he has produced just one top-10 finish – in 1998 – in 16 previous appearances. “You shoot great rounds in your career but to shoot 62 on this course, you can’t ask for more,” said Bjorn, who went on to win the European Masters in 2011 the last time he shot 62 on the European Tour. “I don’t really know where to start. Last week was awful and I was starting to feel a little frustrated with things. Practice this week I was not good either. “To step out on this course of all courses and play like I did today was surprising. Although I lived here for nine years it’s not a place where I think it’s going to be a great week, but I have to stick my head down now and focus on the rest of the week.” Bjorn, who looks set to qualify for his first Ryder Cup appearance since 2002, birdied the second, fourth and seventh to reach the turn in 32 before a superb scoring burst on the back nine. The 43-year-old birdied the 10th and 11th and holed from just six feet for an eagle on the par-five 12th, before picking up further birdies on the 14th, 16th and 18th. Bjorn hailed the best round of his entire career after carding a brilliant 62, a round completed just moments before the first of two suspensions of play due to the threat of lightning which left 33 players unable to complete their rounds. “I was signing my scorecard when the siren went and Stephen Gallacher looked at me and says, ‘You’re not having a very bad day, are you?'” Bjorn said. “We could kind of feel there was something going on in the weather, so it was nice to get in.” Asked to explain his renaissance after falling out of love with the game five or six years ago, Bjorn added: “Hard work. Determination to not let a golf career fade away. I’ve just been determined to get myself to where I can play with the best in the world and I’ll keep continuing to do that as long as my body allows me to. “I enjoy being out here, which I probably didn’t do for a couple of years. It’s very easy when you get past 40 to stop enjoying this after a long career. I have travelled with my golf clubs since I was 14 years old and sometimes you forget why you love the game and it becomes hard work.” Bjorn is currently third in the Ryder Cup qualifying race but added: “I still think I need to do a lot more. There’s a lot of guys playing great golf at the moment and over the last few weeks a few names are all starting to come back into the frame. “I’ve watched a lot from the sidelines (he has been vice-captain three times) and that can hurt a little bit, but I wanted to play in another Ryder Cup and I’ve got to stay focused and determined to keep playing good golf to get there.” Lowry’s round was twice disrupted by the bad weather, but the 27-year-old – who won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009 – was not about to say a bad word about the tournament. “I love it around here,” said Lowry, who was fourth in 2011 and 12th last year. “It’s a great event. It’s a great golf course. “I’ve been struggling and my best finish this season was last week, tied 15th in the Spanish Open. I’ve missed a few cuts and haven’t really been putting that well but I managed to find something at home a couple of weeks ago and hopefully can keep it going. “I went back to an old putter that I used years ago and it brought back good memories maybe.” A knee injury forced Sergio Garcia to retire from the tournament after an opening round of 73, while defending champion Matteo Manassero slumped to an eight-over-par 80 which included two double bogeys and a nine on the 17th. Local knowledge and a fierce determination not to drift into obscurity paid massive dividends for former Wentworth resident Thomas Bjorn on a weather-affected opening day of the BMW PGA Championship. Press Associationlast_img read more

Porn company offers Jacksonville Jaguars QB $1M to lead fitness class naked

first_imgThe letter says he would be part of a new fitness program that live streams classes taught by adult entertainment stars.We’ll have to see whether Minshew, who has not commented on the matter at this time will accept the $1 million deal. Adult website CamSoda is offering one million dollars for Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew to lead a fitness class naked or wearing just a jockstrap.The QB took over for Nick Foles after he was injured in the first game this season.Minshew is known for exercising with bands in the locker room wearing just a jockstrap, or sometimes nothing at all.CamSoda made the offer in a letter later posted on Twitter.We have officially reached peak Gardner Minshew: He’s being offered an endorsement deal with an adult website to teach fitness classes online. Apparently, they heard about the fact that he likes to stretch in his jock strap during pregame #Jaguars pic.twitter.com/tYhpq7S9H0— John Breech (@johnbreech) September 18, 2019last_img read more

Football House Worried over Allotment in Nat’l Budget

first_imgTwo 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)last_img read more

Neitsi ® 14″ Straight Clip in Hair Synthetic Hair Extensions -3 Piece/set- Clip-on Hair Weft : I really love it, will definitely order more for extra thick

first_imgI can’t believe the price of these. They r so thick and blend in really well with my dark brown/black hair, recommend to all first time buyers. I really love it, will definitely order more for extra thick hair. Neitsi® 14″ Straight Clip in Hair Synthetic Hair Extensions -3 Piece/set- Clip-on Hair Weft (#N-Blonde(#530))High Quality Synthetic Clip in Hair, Low Price, Best ServiceLength of 14inch, Condition: Brand new, Total Weight: ±73g, Color: 8 Colors AvailablePacking including: 2clips (width: 4.72inch) *1piece, 3clips (Width: 8.27inch, 8.66inch) *2pcsHarmless To Hair, Soft Touching, Tangel Free, Trendy Design, SpecialtySet Contents: 1×4.72″ Wide With 2 Clips Attached; 2×8.27″ Wide With 3 Clips Attached. These are great specially for the price. Look very natural and they are very thick witch i love as great for blending with short hair you can not. Apply heat to these though as i did and one it melted lol. Or frazzled so it’s better to curl your own hair then put them as they are quiet wavey anyway so blends colour match was perfect for my hair had them in last few days and everyone though my hair just grew so very natural looking :). Not to thin, and the colour was accurate to the picture. Excellent hair quality, black was a little bit too dark for me but it was good enough i love it :). Neitsi® 14″ Straight Clip in Hair Synthetic Hair Extensions -3 Piece/set- Clip-on Hair Weft (#N-Blonde(#530)) : Excellent product, and great value for money, really pleased with purchase. Lovely and soft, can’t tell they are fake hair. Darker and ashier than it appears in the picture. I cannot believe how real it looks for the price and it is an absolutely perfect colour match to my hair . Given the price, and the fact that they are synthetic, i’m very impressed with these. I use them to add volume, not length, and they are perfect for this. They blend well with my dark brown hair and, although they are quite shiny, they look natural once blended in properly. Would not recommend for adding length. The clips are secured well and stay in place. A good technique i have found is to gather a little bit of hair underneath where you intend to place the clip, twist it, apply hair spray, then secured the clip in the twist. This really helps them stay in place. Arrived quickly and no problems with seller. Very good, colour match was great. Good for boosting volume after hair loss. Beautiful day or the price, i bought two packs of light blonde and it looked lovely. Made my granddaughter very happy thanks. Arrived today, really pleased beautifully natural all in all great hair peice,. Brilliant product considering how cheap they are, very very happy. Utterly stunning, really natural, incredible value, delivery and packaging outstanding. You won’t be disappointed please buy without fail. Thick, sleek and a great colour. Easy to put in and look the biz. Lovely quality hair extensions. X i ordered med brown and the colour is what i expected. I have fine/thin hair so will prob need to back comb a little first but im pleased. Arrived quickly and well packaged. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-04-23 02:03:29Reviewed Item Neitsi® 14″ Straight Clip in Hair Synthetic Hair Extensions -3 Piece/set- Clip-on Hair Weft (#N-Blonde(#530))Rating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  27  reviews Posted on April 23, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair ExtensionsTags Neitsilast_img read more

How to Shoot a Green Screen for Perfect Chroma Keying

first_imgShooting 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. Stabilizedlast_img read more

Bhutan trucks drive into new traffic rules in Assam

first_imgTrucks 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.last_img read more

Lindsay Lohan ditches clothes for her Instagram photo, gets criticised by followers. See pic

first_imgThe 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 probationlast_img read more