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Lighting for Video: Mastering Hot Lights Part 2

first_imgWe’re digging deep into incandescent lighting in this video production tutorial.In our last Lighting for Video tutorial we started our discussion of incandescent lighting (also called “hot lights”). You can check out that video here.In the following video tutorial we’ll delve a little further into this lighting subject, exploring….Using a softbox like Lowell’s Rifa EX 88On set demo of Softbox lighting (lighting setup and in-camera look)Ellipsoidal lighting (demo of Source Four)Using Gobos with a ellipsoidal light for unique effects Incandescent lights are a good choice for beginners because of the color, quality of the light and availability of affordable lighting instruments. Stay tuned for more in our series on Lighting for Video! Check out the previous videos in the series here.Got lighting tips to share? We want to hear them!Share your thoughts and lighting experiences in the comments below.last_img read more

Ignorant Hockey India decides to skip junior Asia Cup

first_imgWhile the ageing stars of Indian hockey are finding it difficult to match the skills of their international counterparts, Hockey India seems to be neglecting the next line as well.The delay on the part of the federation in selecting the under-18 team has robbed India of a chance to participate in the third junior men’s Asia Cup, a tournament which India won in its inaugural edition.The event is scheduled to be held in Singapore from June 17 and all the other Asian powerhouses – including Pakistan, South Korea and Malaysia – will be in action in the city-state.The tournament is approved by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) but Hockey India is not aware of this development.While the governing body of hockey in the country is busy dealing with the politics in the administration of the sport, little thought has been given to the plight of the budding stars left in the lurch.”Hockey India is not sending a team for the junior men’s Asia Cup because we haven’t selected a team and our Nationals will be held in July,” Hockey India executive director Anupam Gulati told Mail Today. He was also not aware of the fact that the tournament is recognised by the FIH. “The tournament is not even recognised by the FIH and its scheduling is also very strange because it started way back in 2001 and then it took eight years to stage its second edition,” he added.Ironically, Gulati said that Hockey India has decided to send its under-18 women’s team for the junior Asia Cup, which is to be held in Bangkok next month.advertisementEver since Hockey India came into existence, it has not conducted junior nationals and some of the former coaches too are worried about the future of Indian hockey.”We have very limited resources as far as the senior team is concerned, and because Hockey India is not grooming juniors, it is likely to have an adverse effect on the future of the senior team,” said a former coach.Even the development committee, set by the Hockey India, is not aware as there was no proposal put forward to the panel.”No proposal came to us from Hockey India to select the team for the junior men’s Asia Cup, so we had hardly anything to do,” said Pargat Singh, who is the chairman of the development committee.Hockey India has been too busy fighting for its status as the sole governing body of the sport in country and in doing so, it has overlooked the training and exposure tours for the juniors.Since the 2009 World Cup, jointly held by Malaysia and Singapore, the juniors have had hardly any work of substance in terms of camps, training and competition.The present state of affairs is all the more damning as India will host the next editions of both the men’s and women’s junior World Cups.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup: Get ready to splurge $682 a day in Brazil!

first_imgHotel rates in many of the World Cup host cities more than doubled ahead of the tournamentWorld Cup visitors, welcome to Brazil, land of soccer, sun and sky-high prices. Unlike nearby Latin American nations where a tourist’s US dollar or euro seemingly stretches forever, Brazil is astoundingly expensive.If one’s budget isn’t immediately busted by the flight or the hotel, it will soon be done in by the $10 caipirinha cocktail, the $17 cheeseburger or the $35 pepperoni pizza. And those are the prices city-dwelling Brazilians saw even before the World Cup set off.The dizzying prices are referred to here as the “Custo Brasil”, or “Brazil Cost” – the mixture of high taxes and steep import tariffs, combined with bad infrastructure, a dose of inefficiency and a thick shot of bureaucracy. Demand leading up to a big event like the World Cup naturally raises prices. But, since costs already were high to begin with, tourists should prepare to dig deep into their wallets and not be too miffed to receive goods or services of inferior quality, said Rafael Alcadipani, a business administration professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil’s top think tank.  “Anything you buy in Brazil will be more expensive than in the United States or Europe, but the quality is going to be worse,” Alcadipani said.Hotel rates in many of the World Cup host cities more than doubled ahead of the tournament, with hotel rates averaging $445 per night. Add in food and other expenses, and Rio travelers should prepare to spend $682 each day.advertisementNext costliest are Fortaleza and Manaus, where average daily expenses are estimated at $602 and $554, respectively. Even the more affordable host cities will set travelers back a good amount: $457 per day in Cuiaba and $477 in Sao Paulo.”The Cup prices are ridiculous. Everything shot up. The only thing you can buy in Brazil is a bikini, a cachaca (Brazilian sugar cane liquor) and a pair of Havaianas (sandals),” said Gillian Santos, a Brazilian who now lives in Belgium and was back in Rio on a recent visit. “How do people afford things around here? I think it’s outrageous.”Experts say prices are kept high because supply can’t keep up with demand. About 40 million Brazilians – a fifth of the population – joined the middle class in the past decade, on the back of strong economic growth and increased government social programs. Between 2009 and 2012, average annual income rose by more than 40 percent, from $8,140 to $11,630. For many, the new affluence sparked a spending spree.Brazil tries to protect its local industries by charging high tariffs on virtually all imported goods. For travelers who lose or forget an item, they might decide to do without rather than pay local prices. Take iPhones: The 5s that costs $199 in the US has a starting price of $1,250 on Apple’s Brazilian website. Need a pair of running shoes? A pair of the popular Nike Flyknit Lunar 2 runs about $313 at a Rio shopping mall – nearly triple the U.S. price. The examples go on. Levi 501 jeans start at $80.The $6.28 Big Mac is among the most expensive in the world.”Everything is expensive,” said Nadir Fraguas, a retired bank employee who was at a Rio mall pondering whether to spend the equivalent of more than $100 on a Brazil national team jersey for her grandson. “Here, you pay a lot and you get very little.”last_img read more

Improved Arsenal can mount title challenge, says Petr Cech

first_imgPetr Cech believes Arsenal can compete for the Premier League title but said they will need to pick up points on a consistent basis, especially away from home.Alexis Sanchez’s late penalty gave Arsenal a 1-0 win at Burnley on Sunday that lifted them into fourth place on 25 points, one ahead of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.They trail leaders Manchester City by 12 points but Cech said it was too early to rule them out of the title race as they prepare to host promoted Huddersfield Town on Wednesday.”We need to play game by game and not think too much about what’s going on around us because the only way is if you win your game you give yourself a chance,” the 35-year-old goalkeeper told the British media.”The teams at this moment who are above us, if they keep going and keep winning, then you can’t catch them, but you need to make sure that you win your game first and then let’s see what will happen.”It’s only 13 games in, that’s the most important thing and there’s so many points to be won. You need to carry on for 38 games and show consistency.”Arsenal have enjoyed a perfect record in six home league games this season but have struggled to build momentum having lost four of their seven matches on the road.”Apart from the Everton win away, a good result at Chelsea (draw), we haven’t been getting results away from home.”Hopefully we’ve turned the corner in terms of the away games and we need to carry on with our home form. If we can get as many away points as well then we will climb up the table.”advertisementlast_img read more

Discovery Channel to Premiere ‘Moonbound: India’s Race to the Moon’, a Real Story of a Privately Funded Indian Start-up that Aimed for the Moon

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with NewsVoir. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)Story extraordinaire of Teamindus battling for the Google Lunar XPRIZEMumbai, Maharashtra, India (NewsVoir)Discovery, the leading infotainment channel, will premiere a one-hour special show titled Moonbound: Indias Race to the Moon based on the exciting journey of TeamIndus on 30th October at 9 PM. The show captures the best of this eventful and enlightening seven-year journey of a team which germinated with a group of friends coming together and went on to become TeamIndus.It started in 2007 when The Google Lunar XPRIZE was announced-the largest incentivized space exploration challenge in human history. A small group of friends came together and coughed up personal resources to register last minute as the only Indian team in the global contest. This young enthusiast team, with no aerospace background, had the grit, the tenacity to take on the best in the world in their endeavor to win the $30 million, Google Lunar XPRIZE.Moonbound: Indias Race To The Moon has garnered huge traction from marquee advertisers. The on-air broadcast of the show is Co-Presented by Amazon Echo and Co-Powered by Levi Strauss and PUBG, Nokia as the Mobile Partner. Sony Bravia, ForeverMark, Idea 4G, Honda Motorcycles and Phillips Trimmer have come on board as Associate sponsors.Conceived in a server room in Noida, near Indias capital, Rahul Narayan helmed the whole challenge and took the first step of deciding to participate in this global lunar race. He started looking out for people who would join him out of sheer passion unaware about the challenges the team would face as the race would progress. An inhouse robotic rover named Ek Choti si Asha was designed with the Ackerman steering concept and a deployable masthead.advertisementWhat happened next? Dont miss to watch Moonbound: Indias Race to the Moon that brings to you a spectacular journey of an aerospace startup that came together, to reach for the moon! Can they possibly meet the harsh technical demands of a lunar mission? And even so, from where will they raise the enormous amount needed to get to the moon! Pitted against several resourceful teams from across the globe, does TeamIndus stand a chance to win this race for space?Watch one-hour special series Moonbound: Indias Race To The Moon on 30th October at 9 PM only on Discovery Channel.About Discovery Communications IndiaDiscovery Communications India, the countrys leading infotainment player, is dedicated to satisfying curiosity, engaging and entertaining viewers with high-quality content through its portfolio of 12 channels including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery HD World, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Kids, Discovery JEET, Animal Planet HD World, TLC HD World, Discovery Tamil and a premium sports channel DSPORT. From survival to natural history, wonders of science to extreme jobs, motoring to travel and lifestyle, and the latest engineering marvels to original content productions to live sporting events, each channel offers distinct must-watch programming to engage viewers across the country.Discovery Communications India is a division of Discovery Networks Asia Pacific (DNAP).For more information, please visit Moonbound: Indias Race to the MoonPWRPWRlast_img read more

What Records Could Fall for Oklahoma State in 2015?

first_imgSingle seasonPasses broken up by team (83): Last year with an immature defense, OSU put up 61 passes defended. Does anyone think this number isn’t going up in 2015?Best turnover margin by team (+21): With how badly this went last season, the pendulum could swing violently in the other direction. Especially with a QB who might not totally have access to the entire playbook yet.Touchdowns scored by individual (44): LOL, just kidding.Tackles for loss by individual (21.5): Emmanuel Ogbah had 17 last season. He’ll likely be double-teamed too often to take this one, but it’s at least feasible.Tackles for loss by team (112): OSU had 97 last season and it wasn’t even that good.CareerCompletion percentage (69.5): Obviously Mason Rudolph has a lot of football left, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he jumped onto this list this season. The top 10 spans from 69.5 percent to 53.3 percent with a minimum of 200 attempts. Rudolph averaged 57 percent on 86 attempts last year. That would be the sixth-best mark ever.There’s really not much OSU players have a chance of breaking when it comes to career records. Ogbah would need a 20-sack season (LOL) to touch the sacks record, though he should end up in the top 10 all-time (No. 10 has 16 and Ogbah has 14).This is a team without a ton of seniors which means unless David Glidden has a 200-reception season, most of OSU’s records will stay intact in 2015. It’s not going to be 2011 all over again, but that doesn’t mean OSU won’t set any new records this season. Here’s a look at some of the single game, single season and career marks that could be taken down in 2015.Single gameKickoff return yards by team (228): This one has been set twice in the last seven years. OSU had 228 yards exactly against OU in both 2008 and 2010. That doesn’t feel like that high of a number.Rushing yards by individual (332): I’m surprised this isn’t higher. When you have Central Arkansas on the schedule and a new monster running back who needs reps, anything is in play.Most tackles for loss by individual (5.5): Emmanuel Ogbah set this mark last season. Could he (or Jimmy Bean) break it this time around?I say yes.Ogbah fulfills prophecy by playing #okstate football. #Stillwater— O’Colly (@OColly) August 28, 2015 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

Novak Djokovic edges past Lucas Pouille to reach Japan Open semifinals

first_img Associated Press TokyoOctober 4, 2019UPDATED: October 4, 2019 12:57 IST Japan Open: Novak Djokovic reacts after winning against Lucas Pouille (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic got off to a strong start, winning the first game with a powerful aceDjokovic needed just 50 minutes at Ariake Colosseum to dispatch the fifth-seeded Pouille 6-1, 6-2The second set was more of the same with Djokovic breaking Pouille in the first game and taking a 4-1 leadShowing no lingering effects of a shoulder injury, Novak Djokovic coasted into the semifinals of the Japan Open on Friday with a straight-sets win over Lucas Pouille.Top-ranked Djokovic, who is attempting to win a title on his tournament debut for the 10th time, needed just 50 minutes at Ariake Colosseum to dispatch the fifth-seeded Pouille 6-1, 6-2 and set up a semifinal with either Hyeon Chung or David Goffin, who won here in 2017.Djokovic got off to a strong start, winning the first game with a powerful ace, one of five in the first set.Back to his brutal, brilliant best. @DjokerNole defeats Pouille 6-1, 6-2 in 50 minutes to make the @rakutenopen semis Tour (@atptour) October 4, 2019He broke Pouille in the next game to take a 2-0 lead and went up 5-1 after another break before serving to win the first set in just 20 minutes.The second set was more of the same with Djokovic breaking Pouille in the first game and taking a 4-1 lead before Pouille won his first game of the set.Pouille showed a brief sign of life by breaking Djokovic to make it 4-2 but that was as close as he would get. Djokovic broke in the next game and then served out to win with a powerful forehand to the corner.Djokovic retired with a left-shoulder injury during his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka at the U.S. Open.In his first competitive match since facing Wawrinka, Djokovic was knocked out of the doubles with Filip Krajinovic on Monday but beat Alexei Popyrin in the first round and Japanese wild card entry Go Soeda in the second round.advertisementIn other matches, Reilly Opelka beat Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-3 and will face John Millman in the semifinals. Millman overpowered Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-0.Also Read | Rafael Nadal pulls out of Shanghai Masters 2019 with wrist injuryAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Novak DjokovicFollow Japan Open Novak Djokovic edges past Lucas Pouille to reach Japan Open semifinalsWorld no. 1 Novak Djokovic continued his winning streak after sprinting into the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Lucas Pouille on Friday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Lesbian love story Below Her Mouth meant to empower not exploit filmmakers

first_img“Within our framework and our lens, it’s not exploitation, it’s so different,” Fabrizi says of the resulting film, which does not shy away from depicting several lusty encounters.“It’s not to get a rise out of you, it’s to break through and to empower and I think to give the female orgasm a voice.”The Toronto-shot “Below Her Mouth” is among the Canadian titles heading to the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – In tackling a lesbian love story with plenty of steamy sex and full frontal nudity, striking the right tone was key for the filmmakers behind “Below Her Mouth.”First-time screenwriter Stephanie Fabrizi says she was keen to keep things realistic, bold and “poetic.” Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Perhaps we should consider it a Canada 150 gift that Canadian author Margaret Atwood declared this week in the Boston Review that she would like to cast Canadian rapper Drake in the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, the recent Hulu series adapted from her 1985 award-winning novel.The disclosure came when interviewer Junot Díaz asked Atwood if she’s ever met Drake, opening with: “It seems like currently Toronto — and we could say by extension Canada — has two global superstars: Margaret Atwood and Drake.”Atwood responded, “I haven’t met Drake, but I have of course met people who have met Drake. But you have to realize how o-l-d I am. I’m not likely to go to the same parties. Or many parties at all, to be frank.” Advertisement READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

A Winter Games sister act

first_imgAPTN National NewsTwo athletes from the Yukon are at the Canada Winter Games.And for the sisters, it’s more than a competition, it’s a family affair.APTN National News reporter Lindsey Willie explains.last_img

Woman files complaint saying she was assaulted by police

The complaint was filed at the Fort police station in the presence of a lawyer.A tense situation arose near the FCID when Weerawansa was arrested and taken to court. A woman has filed a complaint saying she was assaulted by the police outside the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) when former Minister Wimal Weerawansa was arrested today.The woman said that she was pushed by the police and then assaulted while she was holding her uncles arm near the FCID office. Weerawansa’s supporters attempted to prevent the police from taking him away to court. (Colombo Gazette) read more

New campaign launched to contain spread of dengue

A new campaign was launched by the Government to contain the spread of dengue, the Ministry of Health said today.The national campaign will see the Police, military and public health officials inspecting all areas to identify dengue mosquito breeding grounds. He said the government will also implement proposals by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the fight against dengue. (Colombo Gazette) The number of people affected by dengue has risen to 90,000, the Health Ministry said.Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the government alone cannot fight the spread of dengue and public assistance was required. read more

Business report with Mike Eppel

by News Staff Posted Sep 23, 2013 8:31 am MDT BlackBerry shares continue to fall, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Business report with Mike Eppel blackberry|business report|mike eppel

Our cause is just says tribal leader in pipeline protest

In this Aug. 26, 2016, photo, Monte Lovejoy, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, left, takes a photo with Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II at Cannon Ball, N.D. About 30 people, including Archambault himself, have been arrested in recent weeks for interfering with construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. (AP Photo/James MacPherson) by James MacPherson, The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2016 11:03 am MDT Last Updated Sep 3, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Our cause is just,’ says tribal leader in pipeline protest STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. – High on a hill overlooking the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers, Dave Archambault II knelt and touched a stone that bears a handprint worn into it by thousands of his ancestors who have done the same for centuries.There, the leader of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said a prayer for peace.Below, Archambault can see Native Americans from across North America gathered at an encampment a half-mile away, joining his tribe’s growing protest against a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline that will cross the Missouri River nearby. It’s a project they fear will disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for thousands of tribal members on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and millions further downstream.“Our cause is just,” the laconic, soft-spoken 45-year-old said. “What we do today will make a difference for future generations.”His contemporaries say he’s the right person at the right time to lead the fight, which has led to the arrests of about 30 people, Archambault included, for interfering with construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.Since becoming the leader of about 9,000 people in 2013, Archambault has sought to improve housing, health care, employment, education and other grim realities that his 2.3 million-acre reservation that straddles the North and South Dakota border and reservations nationwide face.Now, he’s dealing with added pressure of the pipeline, which he has called yet another “historic wrong” involving tribal sovereignty and land rights.The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued federal regulators for approving the pipeline, challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits. The company has temporarily halted construction, and a federal judge will rule before Sept. 9 on whether that break will last.Archambault and others also have been sued by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners for interfering with the pipeline, which will pass through Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota.Former North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon, who is representing Archambault and other tribal leaders in that suit, told The Associated Press that it’s nothing more than an attempt to silence the tribal leader.“I think they think he is a voice for the people that no one can control,” Purdon said. “From the first day I met him, I could tell he is a very serious person who really has the best interests of his people — and the people of North Dakota — at heart. What I see now is the same thing: He is focused on what he believes is best.”Archambault has for years spoke of concerns among the leaders of North Dakota’s five American Indian reservations about “the increasing number of environmental incidents” in western North Dakota’s oil patch — far from his own territory. He appealed to lawmakers to do more to protect public safety and the environment.That was before his tribe was aware of the Dakota Access pipeline, for which developers have promised safeguards, noting that workers monitoring the pipeline remotely in Texas could stop any leak within three minutes.It’s not enough for Archambault, who worries a breach would destroy sacred sites and ancestral burial grounds well beyond the reservation’s boundaries.“Anything that is man-made is going to come apart,” he said, pointing to a 2013 spill in northwestern North Dakota that was among the largest inland spills in North America. It was discovered only after a farmer got his tractor stuck in the muck while harvesting wheat; it’s only half cleaned up, despite crews working around the clock since it happened, state health officials say.Archambault has the full backing of the leader of North Dakota’s oil-rich Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.“Standing Rock is standing for something and we’re there standing with them,” Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox said. His reservation produces about 20 per cent of the state’s daily oil output.“We want oil production but we want it done responsibly and respectfully,” Fox said. “Our basic position … is to figure another way around the river and the reservation. There are other ways.”Fox called Archambault a lifelong friend who he says has become “weary but remains strong” and is “under a heavy burden.”Still, Archambault is clearly buoyed by the scores of protesters who have come to help his tribe’s fight. On a recent afternoon, Monte Lovejoy, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, embraced Archambault and thanked him.“I really couldn’t afford to come up here,” he told Archambault, whom he’d never met before. “But I really couldn’t afford not to, for my kids and for my people.” read more

Tom Clonan Ireland never rewards whistleblowers like Maurice McCabe and me it

first_img Feb 11th 2017, 6:00 AM By Tom Clonan Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 6:00 AM Security specialist and columnist, Short URL Tom Clonan: Ireland never rewards whistleblowers like Maurice McCabe and me – it punishes us Ireland treats whistleblowers differently to most other countries – as I found out, writes Dr Tom Clontan. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS HAVE over the past day revealed details of false allegations of child sexual abuse leveled at garda whistleblower, Sergeant Maurice McCabe. After initially being reported by Mick Clifford in the Irish Examiner, Thursday’s Prime Time report by Katie Hannon gave the Irish public a shocking and deeply disturbing insight into the torment and vilification endured by Irish whistleblowers.It is impossible to imagine what Maurice McCabe and his family have suffered since he made the simple – but momentous – decision to blow the whistle on garda wrongdoing.Maurice McCabe’s motivations, actions and findings have been comprehensively vindicated by a series of official enquiries and reports. There is no doubt as to Maurice McCabe’s probity and integrity. However, as is the case for anyone who speaks truth to power in Ireland, Sergeant McCabe has not been rewarded. Instead, he has been punished.He has endured prolonged hostile scrutiny from sections within the political establishment, senior gardai and – I’m ashamed to say it – some journalists. While it may be impossible to fully comprehend the level of suffering endured by this man and his wife and children, it is all too easy to identify the toxic dynamic of whistleblower reprisal that operates in Ireland.In other democracies, the social value of whistleblowing is widely recognised and rewarded. For example, in the United States, whistleblowers are often awarded financial incentives – sometimes multi-million dollar rewards – for calling a halt to unethical, illegal or dangerous practices in the workplace. Maurice McCabe Source: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ieIreland, however, is different. In almost every case – whether the whistleblower is in An Garda Siochana, the Army, the HSE or the banking and financial services sector – the outcome of whistleblowing is inevitably whistleblower reprisal of the most appalling nature.What happened to meI have personal experience of whistleblower reprisal. As a young army officer and captain, between 1996 and 2000 I conducted a PhD study into the experiences of female soldiers, sailors and aircrew in the Irish Defence Forces. I was given formal written permission by the military authorities to conduct this research. Furthermore, I was instructed in writing by the general staff to comply with the regulations of the university and lodge the thesis to the library of Dublin City University, where it remains as a published document in the academic repository.Unfortunately, like Sergeant Maurice McCabe in An Garda Síochána, I found evidence of widespread wrong-doing within our Defence Forces. I found evidence of explicitly discriminatory and illegal policies and practices within the Defence Forces as they applied to women. Some of these sexist policies and practices were in breach of international law, including the Geneva Conventions, EU law and Irish equality legislation. Indeed, some of the policies were in contravention of some of our Irish constitutional guarantees around equality. The senior officers who promulgated and implemented such policies were in breach of their solemn oath of allegiance to Bunreacht na hEireann.My research also found evidence of shockingly high levels of bullying and harassment of female personnel within the Irish Defence Forces. There were extreme levels of sexual violence against women with female soldiers reporting experiences of sexual harassment, sexual assault and allegations of rape.Like Sergeant Maurice McCabe – an idealistic and committed garda – as a young officer, I was completely devoted to the Irish Defence Forces. The day I was commissioned as an officer was the proudest day of my young life.Targeted character assassinationWhen I uncovered the systematic and systemic regime of misogyny and violence towards women within the Defence Forces, in my naivety I fully expected my superiors to act upon my findings and bring an end to this toxic and dysfunctional culture. However, this was not the case. Instead, I was promptly sent to Coventry by the majority of my former colleagues and friends.I was immediately isolated and my findings completely ignored. I retired from the Defence Forces in December 2000 to pursue an academic career. In the summer of 2001, when my research findings were reported in the national newspapers, I was fully introduced to whistleblower reprisal – Irish style.Like Maurice McCabe, I was targeted in a sustained campaign of character assassination. Amongst other things, I was physically assaulted by a former colleague – in front of my infant children – in the city centre. I was subjected to months of constant abusive texts, phone calls and silent calls by former colleagues. I was threatened by staff officers at Defence Forces Headquarters with a campaign of ‘dirty tricks’. I was told that my research findings constituted a ‘threat to the reputation’ of the organisation. One senior officer – to whom I turned for advice and support – informed me that ‘when the reputation of the organisation is at stake, character assassination is a legitimate tactic’. He further warned me that when the organisation can’t go for the ball, they’ll go for the man.Eventually however, at my behest, the then-Fianna Fail Minister for Defence, Michael Smith, launched an independent government enquiry into my research, called the Study Review Group. It reported in 2003 and fully vindicated my research findings, conclusions and recommendations. Thankfully, the Defence Forces are now a better place to work for both men and women and considered to be an example of best practice for equality, diversity and dignity by the international military.The effects of a whispering campaignOver the years, I still encounter the negative consequences of reprisal for being a whistleblower. For example, in 2008, I had to enlist the support of the NUJ when I was informed by officers at DFHQ that they ‘could not guarantee my physical safety’ if I attended a press conference in McKee Barracks. Over the years, I’ve had time to reflect on the ruptured friendships and the loss of my relationship with the organisation – an extension of my family. It is a traumatic, upsetting and bewildering experience. To this day, I still get phone calls from duty editors and producers who have received negative briefings about me. The whispering campaign endured by Maurice McCabe is all too familiar to me.However, my experience pales into insignificance compared to that of Sergeant McCabe – and other brave Irish whistleblowers who have tried to the right thing in our dysfunctional and toxic polity. I often wonder how Ireland would have fared if there had been enough brave whistleblowers in our banking and financial services sector during the so-called Celtic Tiger. If they had been listened to, perhaps our children and grandchildren would not have been burdened with €85 billion in debt.I would appeal to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Frances Fitzgerald to follow the example of a previous Minister for Defence in dealing with the concerns raised by Maurice McCabe’s case. A root and branch reform of An Garda Siochana is required – with at a minimum, the levels of oversight and governance that we expect of the PSNI. And I would appeal to all right-thinking Irish citizens: please cherish our whistleblowers. They embody the change that is required in order for Ireland to survive as a political, economic and social entity.Read more from Tom:‘In all our years attending Temple Street, I have never before seen so many sick children and parents’ > All signs suggest 2017 will bring more of these lone wolf terror attacks >  Share1562 Tweet Email5 49 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 1,331 Views Tom Clonan last_img read more

David Drumm begins his six year jail term in Mountjoy Prison

first_img David Drumm Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 29,985 Views Short URL Share28 Tweet Email David Drumm begins his six year jail term in Mountjoy Prison Drumm was yesterday sentenced for his part in a multi-billion euro bank fraud scheme. By Paul Hosford center_img 50 Comments Jun 21st 2018, 12:06 AM Image: Leah Farrell/ David Drumm Image: Leah Farrell/ CONVICTED FRAUDSTER DAVID Drumm is beginning his six year jail term in Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison.The former Anglo chief was yesterday sentenced for his part in a multi-billion euro bank fraud scheme in 2008.Earlier this month, a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court returned unanimous verdicts of guilty on one charge of conspiracy to defraud and one of false accounting, after just over ten and a half hours of deliberations.After his sentencing in Dublin yesterday, Drumm would have been taken to the committal area of Mountjoy Prison to be admitted to the Irish prison system. His photograph and fingerprints would have been taken and his previous medical history recorded.It’s standard protocol for a prisoner to then undergo medical tests before being advised of his rights by prison staff.A member of prison staff would then have told Drumm, who has already spent five and a half months in a US prison while awaiting extradition, what to expect from life in prison.Sources said that unless there was knowledge of any threats against the former Anglo Irish Bank executive, he would have been put into the prison’s general population, likely taking up a bed on one of the landings with the least violent prisoners.He will also likely have been advised to stay away from the prison’s gym, which is frequented by some of the more notorious figures in the prison. Because it is his first time in an Irish prison, Drumm will be subject to monitoring.Drumm was kept under observation in Mountjoy on Wednesday night. He is expected to be transferred to Wheatfield Prison in west Dublin today.While unable to comment on a specific case, the Irish Prison Service says this is how prisoners can expect to spend their days:“In general, prison cells are unlocked at approximately 8.15am each morning for breakfast. Prisoners collect breakfast and return to cells, which are then locked from 8.45am to 9.15am. Cells are again unlocked for prisoners to attend work, school, visits and exercise.“Prisoners return for lunch at 12pm and cells are locked at 12.30pm. Afternoon unlock commences at 2.15pm, prisoners return to structured activities in schools, workshops and visits. Evening tea is served from 4pm and cells are locked from 4.30pm to 5.20pm when evening recreation commences until all cells are locked at 7.30pm. This allows for total out of cell time of up to 8 hours.”Mountjoy is no stranger to convicted bankers – former Anglo Irish Bank executives John Bowe and Willie McAteer and the former chief executive of Irish Life and Permanent, Denis Casey all served part of their sentences there.With reporting by Garreth MacNamee Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 12:05 AMlast_img read more

End of the line for Nicholas Building gatekeepers

first_imgThe beloved gatekeepers to one of Melbourne’s iconic art hubs, Swanston Street’s Nicholas Building, will soon lose their jobs as the building’s property management company, Gross Waddell, moves to convert the antique elevators to automatic. Dimitri Bradas and Joan McQueen are the jovial lift attendants who accompany visitors and the building’s tenants as they go up and down the ten-storey buildings. Their equally cheerful lifts are famous for the colourful decorations which includes photos donated by the tenants, fake plants and the not-so-conventional elevator music coming from a CD player hooked up in one corner of the lift. Mr Bradas is an artist who has worked on lift No.3 for six years and who used to have his own studio in the building. Meanwhile, Ms Mcqueen has worked there since 1977 and is very much a stalwart of the charming building. Both are dearly loved by visitors and tenants alike, which includes 100 artists, small galleries and quirky small businesses. Both attendants have come to terms with the removal of the rickety yet charming lifts, although they have declined to comment. In fact, the removal of the antique lifts has resulted in a petition called Keep the Lift Attendants in the Nicholas Building. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Debt settlement Closer than ever says Tsipras

first_imgPrime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday declared that Greece was “closer than ever” to a settlement to its debt problem while underlining that a rift between the European Union and the International Monetary Fund on that issue was damaging for the country.Addressing a media conference in Thessaloniki, the day after his speech to entrepreneurs at the city’s annual international fair, Tsipras said the disagreement between the IMF and the EU over Greece’s debt “is creating delays in regaining the trust of markets.” The dispute was also preventing Greece’s participation in the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing program, he said.Despite the obstacles, Kathimerini reports, the Prime Minister said that Greece would approach “critical negotiations on the debt with a plan and a goal.” “We believe we have allies in Europe,” Tsipras said, apparently referring to the leaders of southern European countries who met in Athens on Friday for talks on shifting away from austerity policies and promoting a more comprehensive European approach to tackling the refugee crisis.On the refugee issue, Tsipras called on the EU to speed up a dragging relocation program and said Greece’s aim is to “stop illegal flows and create legal flows.”The Greek premier insisted that Greece’s economy would “rebound” and described the country as “an oasis of stability in an unstable region.” He also doused speculation about snap polls, noting that Greece “needs stability, not elections” and ruled out cooperating with conservative New Democracy or political forces that support it. He repeated Greece’s commitment to extracting war reparations from Germany.In a tense exchange with journalists of television channels that failed to secure one of four licenses in a recent auction, Tsipras underlined the government’s commitment to fighting corruption and vested interests in the media sector, and remarked that staff at private channels had not protested when the previous government shut down the state broadcaster ERT, leading to job losses there. To a journalist at Alpha channel who said she held him responsible for her losing her job, Tsipras said “there are no more free lunches.”The night before, in a speech before Greece’s political and business elite, Tsipras said that 246 million euros, the proceeds of the TV license auction, would go toward the “needs of the welfare state.” He promised 10,000 new jobs at state hospitals, thousands more free meals at schools, more kindergarten places and a program aimed at bringing back young Greeks who left the country due to the crisis. “Every last euro of the 246 million euros will go the people,” he said.He also announced a five-year action plan – “a realistic road map for the recovery of the economy and reduction of burdens” – that would bring about a “new Greece” by 2021, and promised to freeze the social security contributions of self-employed Greeks as well as reducing taxes in two years time.Heralding positive growth in the second half of the year, Tsipras appealed to foreign and local entrepreneurs to invest “without hesitation” in the Greek economy. “It will be mutually beneficial for you and the economy,” he said, noting that authorities were offering a stable tax environment for 12 years to companies investing more than 20 million euros. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Balotelli blames his skins colour for his problems

first_imgMario Balotelli has had a lot of problems during his career in numerous clubs – and he believes that would have had much fewer problems if he had been white and blames this fact for most of his struggles.The former Italy international insisted that a lot of his problems were caused by the fact that some people are not willing to accept today’s diversity and it made the situation more difficult for him.The Nice striker spoke about his career as he said, according to Football Italia:Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…In some stadiums, people chanted ‘There are no black Italians’ at me, yet I am the proof that there are.”“Even if I am Italian, born and raised in Italy, the law states I only became Italian once I reached the age of 18. The law is wrong and that is perhaps why to this day some people see black as the colour of diversity, of inferiority of an error in the middle of a team photograph.”“I think that if I had been white, I’d have had fewer problems. Perhaps I did cause some of my own problems and had the wrong attitude at times, but would I have been forgiven quicker? Absolutely yes.”last_img read more

Coast Guard approves CRC bridge permit

first_imgThe U.S. Coast Guard on Friday granted a crucial permit allowing the Columbia River Crossing to build a new Interstate 5 bridge between Vancouver and Portland.The agency’s blessing had been one of the major hurdles still standing in front of the project, declared dead three months ago. Instead, the $2.7 billion effort appears to be gaining momentum with Oregon now in the lead. Washington largely pulled out of the CRC financially earlier this year after lawmakers in Olympia adjourned without authorizing any money for the project.The Coast Guard’s blessing clears the way for a new Columbia River span with 116 feet of clearance over low water. CRC planners scrambled to reach that number last year after initially designing a fixed span at just 95 feet high — a level dismissed as too low for the economic and navigational needs of the river. The existing I-5 Bridge offers up to 178 feet of head room when lifted.The revised height of 116 feet still isn’t high enough to accommodate all existing traffic on the river. Earlier this year, the CRC reached mitigation deals with three upriver manufacturers whose largest products wouldn’t fit under the proposed bridge. The agreements would pay the companies a combined $86.4 million.Vancouver-based Thompson Metal Fab would receive the largest share of that, at almost $50 million. But the manufacturer has supported the CRC, and Thompson President John Rudi said Friday he welcomed the news of an approved bridge permit.last_img read more