How to Clean Up Your Image Background in Photoshop

first_imgShooting on a white seamless? This handy Photoshop tutorial will show you how to quickly clean up solid backgrounds to make your images clean and polished!Solid backgrounds are never actually solid, are they? If it’s a cloth background you’ll get wrinkles. With paper backgrounds, you’ll pick up dirt and creases. And no matter how much time you spend on lighting, it’s nearly impossible to get an evenly lit background without creating shadows and lighter/darker spots.Luckily, it’s super-easy to clean up solid color backgrounds in your images using Photoshop. Although there are several ways to do this, Aaron Nace from Phlearn.com demonstrates one of the most effective in the video tutorial below. Here are some of the video’s highlights:Using Photoshop curves and threshold adjustment layers with the histogram to see trouble areas in an image.Make a selection of everything that should be a solid color and make it a layer mask.Refine the mask for clean edges (feather and contrast).Create gradients to give the image definition.Phlearn’s a great resource for any photographer or Photoshop user. Check out their quality FREE tutorials, and jump to 2:00 in the video below to dig into the Photoshop image background tutorial.Be sure to check out PremiumBeat’s blog for more Photoshop tips, tricks, and techniques — for photographers and video editors alike!Got any post-production tips for fixing background issues? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more



Pumaren: Ahanmisi ‘too nice’ and ‘needs to be selfish like Ritualo’

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Barkley, Griffin shone but Brown didn’t at NFL combine But it’s not just in this game against the Titans that Ahanmisi has been able to show his mettle. He has been a consistent force for Akari-Adamson, netting 16.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.0 steal for the conference.Ahanmisi, the younger brother of Rain or Shine guard Maverick in the PBA, knows that the spotlight will be a little brighter in this buildup as he will be counted on to carry the mantle for the Falcons, whether he’s ready or not.“I just got to adjust to it. Rob (Manalang) is gone but I’ll try to lead the team to the right direction and help the young guys adjust to coach Franz’ system,” he said. “Our team is young. We got some new guys coming in, but we got some vets also. We just got to mold and learn from each other. And personally, whatever coach Franz needs me to do, I’ll do it as best as I can.” Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus center_img MOST READ “He needs to be selfish like Renren,” he said, referring to former La Salle star and now Adamson assistant coach Renren Ritualo. “He needs to watch videos of how selfish Renren was.”Though Pumaren’s comments could be seen as a little comical, Ahanmisi heard his coach’s message loud and clear as he slowly accepts the responsibilities of being Akari-Adamson’s undisputed leader.“I just got to embrace it,” he said. “I just got to listen to what he says. Coach knows what’s better for me and I just got to take what he says and do it on and off the court.”Ahanmisi channeled his inner Ritualo and gave Pumaren a glimpse of what he can do as the first option.He caught fire from downtown, hitting 7-of-8 from three to finish with 26 points on top of four assists, and three rebounds in the Falcons’ 100-89 victory over AMA Online Education in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Akari-Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, a little more selfishness from Jerrick Ahanmisi won’t hurt, especially that the Fil-Nigerian guard will now be given the keys to lead the Falcons from this point on.“That’s what I’m trying to say to him, that he needs to be more assertive. He’s too nice,” the veteran bench tactician said.ADVERTISEMENT Pumaren believes Ahanmisi could be something more and not just be limited to being knock-down shooter, the moment he assumes the role of being the team’s go-to guy.Ahanmisi has the numbers to back him up, averaging 12.7 points on a 35 percent shooting from three, to go with 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists, emerging as one of the Falcons’ top guys this past UAAP Season 80.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Pumaren wants more.“He needs to be aggressive. He needs to be a little more selfish. He can drive to the basket and ask for ball, but he’s too nice that he wants to share the ball to his teammates,” said Pumaren, going to as far as giving Ahanmisi someone to emulate. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding After the Typhoon Part 2 PLAY LIST 05:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City View commentslast_img read more


Watch: Top Plays from Oklahoma State’s Conference Opener Against Baylor

first_imgThe conference slate didn’t open as OSU probably would have liked, but overall the Pokes came out looking sharp and dominated both lines of scrimmage for the majority of the game. Which is promising, especially reflecting back on last season’s matchup with the Bears where OSU was rolled at home.Even with the loss, it’s still fun to re-watch some of the biggest plays from the game on Saturday (even if the highlights end at the beginning of the fourth – for obvious reasons!). Check ’em out: If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more


PHOTOS: Nine Night for Former Prime Minister the Most Hon. Edward Seaga

first_imgScenes from the traditional ‘Nine-Night’, held in memory of former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, in Tivoli Gardens Square, Western Kingston, on Wednesday (June 5). Mr. Seaga, who passed away on May 28 at age 89, was Western Kingston’s Member of Parliament for 43 years, from 1962 to 2005. Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, addresses the hundreds of persons attending the traditional ‘Nine-Night’, held in memory of former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, in Tivoli Gardens Square, Western Kingston, on Wednesday (June 5). Mr. Seaga, who passed away on May 28 at age 89, was Western Kingston’s Member of Parliament for 43 years, from 1962 to 2005. Mr. McKenzie, who served as a Councillor for Tivoli Gardens during Mr. Seaga’s tenure, is the current Member of Parliament. Labour and Social Security Minister, Senator he Hon. Shahine Robinson (left), and Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, were among the hundreds of persons attending the traditional ‘Nine-Night’ event, held in memory of former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, in Tivoli Gardens Square, Western Kingston, on Wednesday (June 5). Mr. Seaga, who passed away on May 28 at age 89, was Western Kingston’s Member of Parliament for 43 years, from 1962 to 2005. Mr. McKenzie, who served as a Councillor for Tivoli Gardens during Mr. Seaga’s tenure, is the current Member of Parliament.last_img read more


NAT Disposes of Three More Suezmax Oldies

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Bermuda-incorporated shipping company Nordic American Tankers (NAT) revealed plans to sell three older Suezmax tankers. Less than two weeks ago, NAT completed the sale of two vessels for a price of about USD 9.5 million each.Under the terms of the new agreement, the company is to dispose of the vessels “at the same price level as the first two ones”.The company said that ships are also 20 years or more.As informed, all terms have been agreed and the signature on the documents is expected to take place soon.The total cash to NAT from the sales of the five vessels is close to USD 50 million, according to the tanker owner.last_img read more


Oldest meteorite collection on Earth discovered in Chile

first_imgLondon: Scientists say they have uncovered the oldest meteorite collection on Earth’s surface in Chile’s Atacama Desert, allowing them to reconstruct the rate of falling meteorites over the past two million years. Earth is bombarded every year by rocky debris, but the rate of incoming meteorites can change over time. “Our purpose in this work was to see how the meteorite flux to Earth changed over large timescales — millions of years, consistent with astronomical phenomena,” said Alexis Drouard, from Aix-Marseille University in France. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’To recover a meteorite record for millions of years, the researchers headed to the Atacama Desert. “While Antarctica and hot deserts both host a large percentage of meteorites on Earth (about 64 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively),” said Drouard, lead author of the research published in the journal Geology. “Meteorites found in hot deserts or Antarctica are rarely older than half a million years,” he said. Drouard said that meteorites naturally disappear because of weathering processes like erosion by wind, but because these locations themselves are young, the meteorites found on the surface are also young. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”The Atacama Desert in Chile is very old (over 10 million years). It also hosts the densest collection of meteorites in the world,” said Drouard. The team collected 388 meteorites and focused on 54 stony samples from the El Medano area in the Atacama Desert. Using cosmogenic age dating, they found that the mean age was 710,000 years old. In addition, 30 per cent of the samples were older than one million years, and two samples were older than two million. All 54 meteorites were ordinary chondrites, or stony meteorites that contain grainy minerals, but spanned three different types. The researchers note that this is the oldest meteorite collection on Earth’s surface. Drouard said this terrestrial crop of meteorites in the Atacama can foster more research on studying meteorite fluxes over large time scales. “We found that the meteorite flux seems to have remained constant over this (two-million-year) period in numbers (222 meteorites larger than 10 grammes per square kilometre per million year), but not in composition,” he said. Drouard said the team plans to expand their work, measuring more samples and narrowing in on how much time the meteorites spent in space. “This will tell us about the journey of these meteorites from their parent body to Earth’s surface,” he said.last_img read more


This man picks bike locks but only during a ride

first_imgNew Delhi: Beware! if you are keeping any valuable items in the storage box of motorcycles, then you might be in trouble as criminals are now able to steal these from running bikes. The motorcycle rider will only notice the missing items after reaching his destination. Police have now arrested one person, specialising in such daredevil crimes, from Bara Hindu Rao locality in North Delhi.DCP (North) Monika Bharadwaj confirmed the incident and said that, while the probe is on, they have been able to identify the accused as Chintu, a native of Bihar. His modus operandi was unique as he, with the help of small precision tools, broke open the locks of storage boxes of running motorcycles. “After taking out the valuables from the box Chintu hands over the stolen items to his associates and flees the spot,” said an officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe team formed under SHO (Bara Hindu Rao) Sanjay Kumar arrested the accused after he was found to be loitering suspiciously in the area. Police claimed that Chintu, during interrogation, confessed that he learnt the trade from the elders in his village. He had purportedly committed more than a dozen such thefts. Revealing details about Chintu’s modus operandi, the police said that before coming to the city, he would prepare a fake identity card from a different state. With the help of this forged identity card, he would then purchase a second-hand bike to start his crime spree. “He had planned that if police caught him during checking he would show the vehicle documents and the fake ID card,” one officer said. The accused later took rooms in hotels close to industrial areas or markets. He would conduct detailed reccee during the day and then Chintu and his associates would steal after having zeroed-in on their target. “The accused parked his vehicles in parking areas and fled the city. The gang , in some incidents, also punctures the tyres before committing the crime,” added an investigator.last_img read more


Thousands face empty homes tax in Vancouver as declaration deadline passes

VANCOUVER — Nearly 8,500 homes have been declared vacant or underused in Vancouver after the submission deadline passed for the city’s new empty homes tax.The figure not only includes properties that were deemed unoccupied for six months or more, but also those that claimed one of the various exemptions to the levy. It also includes about 2,100 homes that will be hit with the tax because no declaration was submitted by Monday’s deadline.The tax is the first of its kind in Canada and is set at a rate of one per cent of a home’s assessed value. It’s aimed at freeing up more units for the city’s tight rental market.“Vancouver housing needs to be for homes first, not just treated as a commodity,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson in a news release.“We brought in an empty homes tax because Vancouver has a near-zero vacancy rate and many people are struggling to find a place to rent.”About 184,000 homeowners — 98 per cent — submitted their declarations on time.Sixty per cent of the empty or underused units are condominiums, 34 per cent are single-family houses and six per cent are multi-family and other types of homes, the city said.Downtown Vancouver is home to 2,250 unoccupied or underutilized homes, by far the largest number. But the West End and Shaughnessy have the highest percentage of vacant units relative to the total number of residential properties in the neighbourhoods, at eight per cent each.Declared vacant and undeclared properties will be issued a vacancy tax bill in mid-March with payment due by April 16, the city said.But the city did not say how many of the 8,481 unoccupied or underutilized homes were granted an exemption. So it’s unclear how many homes will receive a tax bill, apart from the 2,132 undeclared units.There are a wide range of exemptions for homes that are left empty for more than six months a year, including if it’s a primary residence, if it’s undergoing renovations or the owner is in hospital or long-term care.City spokesman Jag Sandhu said specific numbers of exempt or vacant declarations will not be confirmed until audits have been conducted and owners have submitted appeals. The numbers will be released, along with the revenue raised by the tax, in an annual report to council this fall, he said.The provincial government signalled in its budget last month that it intended to introduce a tax on homeowners who do not pay income taxes in B.C. and leave their units vacant. The plan means that some owners of empty Vancouver homes could end up paying both a city and a provincial tax.A 2016 city-commissioned report analyzed electricity use and found about 10,800 Vancouver homes were left vacant for more than a year, most of them condominiums. read more


Air Canada signs deal to buy Aeroplan program for 450 million

MONTREAL — Air Canada has signed a definitive agreement to buy the Aeroplan loyalty program from Aimia Inc. for $450 million in cash.Under the deal, Air Canada will also assume $1.9 billion of Aeroplan miles liability. The definitive agreement follows an announcement in August of a tentative sale.Air Canada says it has also signed agreements with TD Bank, CIBC and Visa that will see them continue to be part of the Aeroplan loyalty program.Under its deal, TD will pay Air Canada $622 million plus an additional $308 million that will be applied to future purchases of loyalty points.CIBC will pay $200 million to Air Canada, plus an additional $92 million that will be applied to future monthly payments for Aeroplan miles. Visa will also be making a payment to Air Canada.The airline says it is still in talks with American Express, which also issues Aeroplan co-branded cards, to secure its continued participation. read more


UK automotive industry of critical national importance

Responding to a parliamentary question, Pearson said: ‘I have already written to supply chain companies, through the manufacturers, outlining the package of measures that are already available from government. However, we need to see whether we can do anything further because we recognise as a government that the UK automotive industry is of critical national importance’. Speaking on the wider impact on manufacturing, Pearson said: ‘We need to ensure that we are up to the mark and taking action to support our companies through these difficult times, and that is exactly what we are going to do’. He went on to say: ‘We need to see whether there is more that we can do to help some of the companies that are viable but are facing unprecedented shocks to their businesses as a result of the problems that we are seeing internationally’ The automotive industry’s call for government support received a positive boost today (11 December 2008) amid a House of Commons debate. Ian Pearson MP, economic and business secretary for BERR re-confirmed government’s commitment to working with the industry to support it through the current economic crisis. On behalf of the industry, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is calling for a package of measures to support the UK automotive sector from dealers to vehicle manufacturers, through to the supply chain. The package includes allowing manufacturers’ finance companies access to the Bank of England’s special liquidity arrangements, loan facilities, a review of motoring taxation and support for training, research and development. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Poll Are you going to partake in Arthurs Day this year

first_img Poll Results: I’m not sure (2799) THE ROYAL COLLEGE of Physicians has criticised Arthur’s Day, an event organised by drinks manufacturer Diageo that will take place this Thursday, saying it promotes heavy drinking and is irresponsible.They are holding a public meeting to discuss the issue today.Other critics of the day include Irish musician Christy Moore who last week announced the release of his anti-Arthur’s Day song which states that it is just a marketing ploy.Today’s topic therefore is: Are you going to partake in Arthur’s Day this year? YesNoI’m not sureVotecenter_img Yes (898) No (4613)last_img read more


How has Alan Shatter gone from Department of Justice to High Court

first_imgAnalysis: In the end Alan Shatter realised what many already had: He’d become a distractionWhat Guerin saidThe Guerin Report was not published until 9 May and Shatter had only read three chapters of it before deciding it was time to resign. The three chapters – 1,19 and 20 – made clear why Shatter felt at the time he had no choice.In his report, Guerin explained that the Minister had a statutory responsibility to act once Maurice McCabe had brought his complaints about garda malpractice to the Confidential Recipient, but he never did.Guerin also said that in the absence of any documentary evidence, it appeared that Shatter did what he did on foot of advice from then-Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, without the advice being questioned or analysed.Read: So what’s in the chapters of the Guerin Report that led to Alan Shatter resigning?Amid the significant fallout from the Guerin report, Shatter maintained his silence except for the controversy over whether or not he would accept his ministerial severance payment.In the end Shatter courted much media publicity over the matter before deciding to take the money but give it to the Jack and Jill Foundation in what seen as a dig at the government that had been much criticised for cuts to disability services. Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeDáil speechThen on 19 June, Shatter spoke in the Dáil, supposedly to give his reaction to a report into allegations that the Garda Ombudsman had been bugged – a report which largely vindicated him.But he instead launched a blistering attack on the Guerin report.In the Dáil chamber, the former minister expressed concern that the barrister did not interview him during the course of his investigation, saying he could have pointed out the inaccuracies in the final report had he done so.He accused Guerin of having ”ignored the latitude given to him” and said that the senior counsel “rushed to judgment”. He also said that the report was “hastily and prematurely completed” and “a fundamentally flawed and unprecedented rush to judgement”.In a 22-minute Dáil speech, the Fine Gael TD claimed he was “secretly put on trial” by the inquiry, and slammed Guerin for overseeing what he likened to a “kangaroo court.” Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeSpecifically, Shatter accused Guerin of misreading a letter attached to three booklets of allegations made by McCabe that had been submitted to the Department of Justice.The report says that the letter advised that the booklets be forwarded to Shatter straight away, but that he had failed to act.“Mr Guerin has misquoted the letter which actually advised that the two files concerned be furnished by Justice officials to the Garda Commissioner and that no copies of the documents be retained in the Department of Justice,” he said. “It makes no reference whatsoever to them being furnished to me.” Before Guerin: These three men have all vacated their posts this year – Martin Callinan, former Garda Commissioner; Brian Purcell, former Secretary General of Department of Justice; Alan Shatter, former Justice Minister. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandFORMER JUSTICE MINISTER Alan Shatter today filed proceedings in the High Court aimed at quashing the findings of a report which led to his resignation as justice minister in May.The court action comes as no surprise given Shatter’s blistering denunciation in two separate Dáil contributions of the Guerin Report in the past few weeks.According to Mary Carolan, writing in the Irish Times, Shatter alleges objective bias, absence of fair procedures and “indecent haste” on the part of senior counsel Seán Guerin in how he compiled his report into the handling of allegations by the garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.It is only three months since Alan Shatter held one of the most powerful positions in Cabinet – how has it come to this?For whom the whistle blowsAlan Shatter resigned as Minister for Justice and Equality and Minister for Defence on 7 May this year after months of controversy over various matters connected to An Garda Siochana.Among the issues of note were the way in which allegations by garda whistleblowers were handled by him and his department. These were subject of a review carried out by the barrister Seán Guerin following a government decision earlier in the year.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that Shatter had taken the decision on foot of the the Guerin Report which had made his Fine Gael colleague feel that it was “his duty” to resign his Cabinet portfolio. In his resignation letter Shatter said he was “anxious” that the Guerin Report did not “distract from the important work” of the coalition or create any difficulties for the elections on 23 May.“It is my judgement that the only way in which such controversy can be avoided is by offering my resignation from Cabinet,” Shatter wrote. Shatter said he was “very puzzled as to why Sean Guerin did not take the additional time necessary to properly complete his work and why he rushed to judgement”.In full: Shatter’s slams the barrister whose report led to his resignation as justice ministerSecond Dáil speechThen on 11 July, Shatter made another Dáil speech on the matter. While the political world was convulsed by the Garth Brooks saga and the Cabinet reshuffle, Shatter launched another blistering attack on the Guerin report.Using his Dáil privilege while speaking on the Legal Services Regualtion Bill, Shatter said it was “extraordinary” that Guerin could “make a pronouncement” on a Minister who was overseeing legislative change that affected him.He then called on the Human Rights and Equality Commission to examine how the report was compiled.“In a speech I made in this House some weeks ago that both government and opposition have chosen to ignore, I raised the failure to comply with basic fair procedures, constitutional justice and natural justice in the manner in which Mr Sean Guerin, did his work in the Guerin Report.”Today, Shatter has instigated legal proceedings aimed at remedying his grievances in the courts.Justice Marie Baker has granted Shatter leave to bring judicial review proceedings against Guerin for orders quashing various findings in the report.Read more on Alan Shatter >Read more on the Guerin report >last_img read more


Delays expected on M1 after crash at Port Tunnel

first_imgDelays expected on M1 after crash at Port Tunnel Officers are currently at the scene and there are no reports of any serious injures. M1:Expect delays due to a collision on M1 inbound after port tunnel entrance.— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) January 17, 2017 Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 9:26 AM Share2 Tweet Email Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter 12 Comments Jan 17th 2017, 9:26 AM 12,389 Views center_img http://jrnl.ie/3190462 Meanwhile, the N2 road near Ardee, Co Louth, remains closed this morning after two women, both aged in their 60s, were struck and killed as they exited a bus yesterday evening.Read: “It’s just total devastation” – Louth community reels from tragic road deaths of two women> By Cliodhna Russell THERE WAS A two-car crash after the entrance of the Port Tunnel at around 7.30 this morning.Gardaí are warning drivers to expect delays following the incident on the M1.Officers are currently at the scene and there are no reports of any serious injures. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Arctic leaders outline local priorities in letter to President Obama

first_imgArctic waters seen from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy. Photo: NASA Goddard Center.A celebration took place in Kotzebue as final preparations are made for President Obama’s visit today. And with the spotlight on the Northwest Arctic hub — for the first visit by an American president above the Arctic Circle — local leaders have drafted a letter outlining their vision for the Arctic’s future.Putting to rest clean-up efforts and last-minute preparations, Kotzebue residents gathered at the community school for a potluck Tuesday night — sharing food, song, and culture with the dozens of visitors from the president’s advance team and relatives who came to see the historic visit firsthand.A round of Native Youth Olympics games and music from the Midnight Sun Drummers and Dancers were the backdrop as locals gathered to talk about what they hope the president takes away from his trip. For elder Enoch “Attamuk” Shiedt, it’s changes in the land he’s seen first hand.Shiedt has worked for years as a subsistence coordinator. He recalls his grandpa telling him when he was just nine years old that the warming trend will eventually hurt his people.“And now it’s here,” Shiedt said. “It’s not only global warming — it’s the erosion that’s the worst thing up this way. We’re losing some of our villages.”Linda Hadley — originally from Deering but now teaching kindergarten in Kotzebue — sees it more as a historical moment.“I believe it’s a momentous occasion,” she said. “It allows the president to see what a community the size of ours in the Arctic is about.” She said that having someone of his caliber come and visit “provides our community a voice in the national conversation.”But outside the school halls and across town, the region’s part of that conversation was taking shape in the form of a letter to the president, outlining local priorities from climate change to energy.Northwest Arctic Borough Mayor Reggie Joule was the first signature on the letter that includes tribes, Alaska Native corporations, local governments, health care providers, and more. On climate change, the letter points squarely to Kivalina — the community of about 400 on a barrier island along the Chukchi Sea coast.“There are immediate needs for sure,” said Joule about the situation in Kivalina. “The community does need to get to safety. But more than that, the community needs to relocate.” Joule says this is not a time to be shy. “It’s a time for education — for Alaskans and for the people of the United States.”Bearing the brunt of a changing climate, the shorefast ice that once protected the community from turbulent weather now forms later and later — bringing storms, flooding, and erosion. In just ten years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the village will be uninhabitable.While details are still few, the White House has announced a plan to put the Denali Commission — an independent federal agency working in Alaska since 1998 — in charge of a new mitigation and relocation effort for communities across Alaska. It’s a partnership Tim Schuerch with Manilaq said is a good fit.Schuerch said the Denali Commission has been a great partner in developing most of the village clinics in the region.“We do have a lot of confidence in the efficiency and effectiveness what it comes to the Denali Commission, in terms of assisting us with our infrastructure needs, including those that are needed to respond to climate change,” he said.The letter covers a lot of ground — outlining the need to develop a deep-draft port above the Arctic Circle and advocating sharing federal revenue from offshore oil drilling with local residents. In many ways it’s an academic breakdown of what northwest Alaska leaders say they’ll need for the future.But Wayne Westlake, the president and CEO of NANA Regional Corporation, said it’ll take more than just a letter for Kotzebue’s voice to be heard. Westlake said he hopes the president gets the “feeling” of the region.“There’s something here that is important not only to our country, but to the health of the people of the region,” he said. “And that’s what I’m hoping for — that he’ll get that feel that you can’t describe. He’ll tell his grandkids about it.”President Obama begins his last day in Alaska with a morning in Dillingham. He’ll land in Kotzebue around 5 o’clock this evening, and should be flying back to Anchorage — and eventually Washington, D.C. — by 9 o’clock tonight.last_img read more


Chemicals fall from vehicle pollute air

first_imgPatancheru: Atmosphere in the Gaddapocharam industrial area of Jinnaram mandal in Sangareddy district on Tuesday got polluted after chemicals and raw material being transported without due care in a lorry fell from bags on a road. Eyewitnesses told The Hans India that a strong pungent smell was experienced by the residents of nearby villages and vehicle-users after poisonous gas emanated in the area consequent to the incident. The residents appealed to the district administration to take steps to prevent such mishaps in future.last_img read more


JNTUH to take legal action against private universities

first_imgHyderabad: Senior officials at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTU-H) are shocked over some private universities in the State recruiting candidates who were earlier blacklisted by them on account of possessing fraudulent doctorate degrees. According to sources, earlier the JNTU-H had blacklisted eight candidates working as faculty members in the private engineering colleges affiliated to it. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us However, out of the three candidates working as faculty members teaching Computer Sciences Engineering (CSE) were recruited by a private university. Speaking to The Hans India, a senior JNTU-H official said that the faculty members in question were blacklisted under section 12.9 of the affiliation regulations of the university on account of possessing fraudulent doctorate degrees. Further, the university had also decided to take legal action against them. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us But, to the shock of the JNTU-H authorities not only the university in question had recruited them but they are also acting as supervisors guiding students admitted in the doctoral programmes. What shocked more, the official said, “According to the University Grants Commission (UGC) norms, there is a limit of the number of research scholars (both regular and part-time) a faculty member can guide at any given point of time. Advertise With Us However, the private university in question reportedly admitted 100 research scholars and all of them are pursuing their doctorate degrees in part-time mode,” he said. That apart, it was also brought to the university’s notice that at least one or two faculty members blacklisted by it are working in more than one private university. On the top of it, one faculty member pursuing as a regular doctoral programme in a central university is also found working as a regular employee of the private university. When contacted officials in the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) they said, ” Private universities recruiting faculty members blacklisted by the State universities shows the kind of irregularities taking place in them.” However, if credible information is provided to the council, it can write to the UGC and All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to take appropriate action, they said. Besides, students or any other person can also lodge a complaint on the UGC grievance portal said sources in the UGC, South Eastern Regional Office, Hyderabad.last_img read more


Hold your breath Researcher predicts megaquake as several tremors rattle various nooks

first_imgReutersSeismologists believe that predicting an earthquake with precision is practically impossible using current technologies. However, Frank Hoogerbeets, a self-proclaimed Dutch earthquake researcher claims that it is possible to predict earthquakes, and he believes that his system named SSGI (Solar System Geometry Index) is capable of predicting tremors with precision.A few days back, Hoogerbeets predicted that seismic activities will rise dramatically from June 16 to 21. The researcher also revealed that this rise in earthquakes is due to a critical planetary alignment. As per Hoogerbeets, the earthquakes in this given time period may measure even above 7 in the Richter scale which indicates extreme catastrophe in the affected area.Interestingly, four major earthquakes jolted the planet within the timeframe predicted by the Dutch researcher. On June 17, an earthquake measuring more than 6 in the Richter scale hit outside the city of Yubin, southwest China. The earthquake was so powerful that it resulted in the death of 12 people. Xinhua, the Chinese news agency reported that the earthquake had also resulted in considerable infrastructure damage.The next quake happened in the Hunchun city in North Korea. Even though the quake was very minor, many people believed that North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un has once again conducted a nuclear test.On June 18, another earthquake measuring 4.9 in the Richter scale hit the Andaman islands, India, and now, on June 20, a tremor measuring 4.8 M has jolted the Satara district in Maharashtra. Even though no casualties or infrastructure damage has been reported so far in Satara, local residents in the area are in a state of panic, as they are afraid of a possible aftershock which may happen in the coming hours or days.As Frank Hoogerbeets has predicted the earthquake timeline from June 16 to 21, many people believe that a megaquake will jolt the planet tomorrow. However, Hoogerbeets has not revealed the exact place where the earthquake will hit.Hoogerbeets, on his website Ditrianum, reveals that certain planetary alignments are capable of destabilizing the tectonic plates on the earth, and it is causing a rise in seismic activities.last_img read more


Antigua Barbuda launches romance channel on Facebook

first_img Share Antigua & Barbuda launches romance channel on Facebook Thursday, February 23, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img ANTIGUA — Valentine’s Day may be over but the islands of Antigua and Barbuda are keeping the sparks alive with its new social media channel dedicated entirely to romance.Launched earlier this week on Facebook, the ‘Antigua Barbuda Romance’ channel is a new interactive platform that provides visitors with the tools to plan their ideal romantic getaway. This is the first interactive digital platform dedicated to romance by a destination.Antigua and Barbuda currently holds the record for most weddings per capita, a distinction that has solidified its position as one of the world’s most romantic destinations.“Introducing a groundbreaking new platform dedicated to romance is just another example of why Antigua and Barbuda is awarded time and again for being the most romantic Caribbean islands,” said Asot A. Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy. “This new initiative cements our position as the leading Caribbean weddings and honeymoon destination, and I applaud all of our industry partners for helping us to attain this distinction and recognition in such an integral market. Ultimately, love improves lives and we look forward to helping couples do just that with the new platform.”More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThe channel includes logistics on how to plan the perfect destination wedding, honeymoon tips, and information on favourite activities, top restaurants and popular beaches. Other features include listings for local romance vendors like wedding planners, photographers and island guides.“This interactive new platform allows us to gain valuable customer insights while increasing our brand awareness and customer loyalty. Our goal is to provide exceptional experiences for all visitors each and every time, and we believe that this tool is another way to provide a richer customer and visitor experience,” said Colin C. James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.As part of the official launch, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is running a global month-long sweepstakes for one lucky couple to win a romantic three-night, all-inclusive getaway to Antigua.For more details go to facebook.com/AntiguaBarbudaRomance. Tags: Antigua & Barbuda, Romance & Weddings << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


Aimia reaches settlement agreement in Aeroplan expiry class action case

first_img Friday, August 31, 2018 Tags: Aeroplan, Aimia, Lawsuit MONTREAL — Aimia says it has signed a deal to settle a class action case related to changes to its Aeroplan mileage expiry and accumulation rules.Under the proposed terms of the agreement, Aimia will deposit a set amount of Aeroplan Miles into the accounts of eligible members.The suit was filed after the loyalty rewards program announced changes to its mileage expiry rules in October 2006.Aimia says the agreement is a positive resolution for members and stakeholders.The settlement is subject to approval by Quebec Superior Court.Aimia signed a tentative deal last week to sell the Aeroplan loyalty program to an Air Canada-led group, which includes TD Bank, CIBC and Visa Canada Corp. By: The Canadian Press Aimia reaches settlement agreement in Aeroplan expiry class action case Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more