Final Cut Pro X Tutorial: Applying LUTs to Log Footage

first_imgLearn how to make Log footage pop using built-in LUTs with this Final Cut Pro X tutorial.If you work with Log footage often, you probably know that it’s not advisable to edit without a Lookup Table (or LUT). By itself, Log footage is incredibly desaturated and lacking in visual appeal. This is because Log footage holds much more color information than your average image. However, when it comes to editing, you don’t want to work with muddy footage. This is where a LUT comes into play.If you’re aren’t already familiar, a LUT is an algorithm that tells your computer, monitor, or editing software to process pixel information in a certain way. By using a LUT, you can accurately convert the color of your image to reflect what the filmmaker intended. LUTs aren’t just limited to color corrections, they can also be used to stylize footage.Up until recently, FCPX didn’t have the tools necessary to natively convert Log footage from Log to R 709 (broadcast standard colors). That was , until a recent update that allowed users to convert Log footage using built-in LUTs for most popular camera brands.In the following Final Cut Pro X tutorial, we’ll take a look at how this process is performed in FCPX, using a variety of different videos from multiple cameras to show you how FCPX converts each Log clip differently.Want to learn more about LUTs in FCPX? Check out a few of the following resources:LUTs and FCPX – DigitalFilmsLUTs in Final Cut Pro X – Too Much ImaginationBlockbuster LUTs for Video Editors and Colorists – PremiumBeatAnd, just for kicks, here’s a video that explains LUTS using cats.Want to see more tutorials from me? Check out my author page here on the PremiumBeat blog.Have any tips for applying LUTs or working with Log footage in FCPX? Please share in the comments below.last_img read more

How Prospecting Sets Your Tempo

first_imgThis past Friday I had the opportunity to share the stage with Jeb Blunt, Miles Austin, Mark Hunter, Mike Weinberg, and John Spence. These five gentlemen are part of a mastermind group that came together a little over a year ago.When I mentioned to this group that I owned (2016 virtual sales kickoff coming soon) they agreed that we should do a virtual event for salespeople who may not have ever attended a sales kickoff meeting. That event went so well we decided to do a live event. So last Thursday we arrived in Washington DC, and Friday we presented to a couple hundred people in a small, intimate venue.We called this the Customer Acquisition Symposium. We each started with a Ted style, 25-minute talk. And then we each did a 1 hour and 15 minute workshop. All of the speeches and workshops were designed to help the symposium attendees acquire new customers faster.Speed KillsI learned something from every speaker. But the one big take away from me was the importance of tempo when it comes to leading sales and growing your business.Tempo is a big deal. It indicates the speed of a rhythm. A faster tempo is a faster rhythm, and a slower tempo is a slower rhythm. Because it was so much talk about creating opportunities with prospective clients and inside existing clients, I recognized that the tempo of your business and your growth is determined by your prospecting.If your prospecting work is done infrequently and sporadically, then that is your tempo. It might even be hard to find a rhythm because so little prospecting is actually being done. Infrequent and sporadic prospecting can only lead to infrequent and sporadic opportunity creation and equally infrequent and sporadic opportunity acquisition. You’ve determined that by setting the tempo.If your prospecting work is done with a faster tempo, frequently and consistently, then you can expect that the creation of opportunities will also match the frequency and the consistency in which you do that work. Again, you determine the tempo.Most sales organizations have sales leaders and sales managers who are focused on late stage deals. They want deals that they can forecast now, and they coach deals in the later stages. But that means that they are coaching the tempo being set by the sales force and not setting the tempo themselves.A salesperson or an entrepreneur determines their tempo by the frequency and the consistency of their prospecting.What is the tempo of your business now?Does the frequency and the consistency with which you prospect create enough opportunities?What do you need to do to increase the tempo? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Sonia Gandhi and the Hypocrisy of the Saffron NRIs

first_imgIt is a disgrace on the BJP that its leaders revile the Constitution openly and use every racist and cruelly cultural nationalist argument against Sonia Gandhi.I must admit I have never had anything but contempt for the post-1967 Congress Party. It had begun to betray the Freedom Movement before then. But in the 1970s, the Congress had jettisoned all the values of the anti-colonial struggle and become the party of the establishment.All the “Garibi Hataos” (Remove Poverty) slogans could not conceal the fact that Indira Gandhi’s party had become enveloped in corruption and nepotism. It shifted polices only for power and profit, rather than the public interest. When Mrs. Gandhi was killed in 1984, I did not feel any happiness. Such assassinations do not solve the broader social problems within the institutions of India and within the Congress Party. Indeed, the Congress then unleashed its cadre to kill three thousand Sikhs in the matter of three days.The 20th anniversary of this carnage is this November.Two of the leaders who have been publicly accused of having a hand in this pogrom are back as members of the Lok Sabha. The son of another thug is also going to take a seat on the treasury benches. It is fitting that we shall have a Sikh Prime Minister; India remembers the Sikhs killed by his own party two decades ago.I heard the news of the Tamil Tigers’ assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in Chicago bookstore. The news made me ill, and it was hard to explain to my friends why I had to rush home and call friends in India.They knew that I had nothing but contempt for Rajiv. He had been a disaster for India, heading the words of his advisors Buta Singh and Arun Nehru to reopen the wounds of Ayodhya, and bankrupting the exchequer with his Bofors adventure and his infatuation with NRI Sam Pitroda. Rajiv Gandhi’s legacy to India was the rise of the BJP (who had hijacked his Ayodhya antics, and almost took away Buta Singh and Arun Nehru from him as well), and the entry of the Indian government into a relationship with the IMF.Remember that in July 1991,the Indian government had to air-lift 47 tons of gold to the Bank of London as security against a short-term hard currency loan of $400 million. Manmohan Singh then said, “Negotiations with the IMF were difficult because the world has changed. India is not immune. India has to survive and flourish in a world we cannot change in our own image. Economic relations are power relations. We are not living in a morality play.” Actually, all this was nonsense, because India had to survive not a changed world, but it had to survive the hefty import bill left behind after Rajiv Gandhi had left us for his next life.Yet, there was sorrow at the death of a man who had, whatever his own motives, given himself to a profession that he detested. He had seen the turmoil of office with his grandfather, mother and brother, and he quite openly spoke out against his own involvement. Circumstances and a false sense of family destiny, as well as the Congress’ pathological inability to cultivate national leaders contributed to his entry. He should have been voted out of office and he should have moved to a quiet place to raise his family. The suicide bomber did not let this happen. She took him with her.Rajiv and Sonia’s daughter Priyanka Vadra is the smartest of the lot. She has young children and has an intimate knowledge of what “leadership” means to family life. She campaigned for the party and will advise it, but she will not, in the present, be an active parliamentarian or anything further. Her brother, Rahul, is a novice, perhaps more so than Rajiv who had begun to assist his mother and work for the Congress long before he entered parliament to claim what has become the birthright of the Gandhi family.Sonia Gandhi’s own hrefusal to become the PM has to be seen in this lineage. Why would she want to put herself in the line of fire when the opposition to the Congress seems prone to want to kill its leaders rather than tackle the party at the hustings?It is a disgrace on the BJP that its leaders revile the Constitution openly and use every racist and cruelly cultural nationalist argument against Sonia Gandhi’s right as an Indian citizen, member of parliament and leader of the Congress Parliamentary Committee to hold the highest elected office in the land.Having lost the election fair and square, Sushma Swaraj threatened to shave her hair and Narendra Modi once again began his nonsense about “Italy ki beti.” The Constitution says that anyone who is a citizen can be prime minister, and it makes no distinction in the manner of the US government between a naturalized citizen and a citizen by birth. There is no such distinction in India, where there is only one kind of citizen.Meanwhile, in the land of Indian America, the response from the supporters of the BJP has been as atrocious, but more hypocritical. Here we champion pluralism and demand the rights of Hindus to worship as they must and fight to get Indian (sorry, Hindu) Americans elected to political office. We want our rights here as human beings, and indeed are incensed when we are discriminated against. All this is as it should be. Why should we not demand pluralism, tolerance, rationality and dialogue?But these same people look back to India with a perverted kind of nostalgia, tempered by guilt for having left in the first place, and want to see Bharatmata given over only to Hindus and to have only Hindus in power.Govindacharaya is their hero because he went to see the president and demanded that a woman born in Italy not be allowed (he is charitable, for he says that for now he will not raise the issue about the foreignness of the children).These same Yankee Hindutvawadis want to see India as a theocracy and a racially defined state, one that says Hindus first, Hindus second, Hindus forever. Others are not welcome, or if they are, they must live under the sufferance of the Hindus.When Sonia Gandhi almost became prime minister, the web bristled with the vitriol of our Yankee Hindutva writers, many of whom piled on abuses that are not fit to be printed in this magazine.They wrote malevolently and violently with no sense of the Hindu tolerance that they often mouth. The anti-Christian tendency was so strong that I was reminded of the anger at Bobby Jindal’s conversion to Christianity. Actually, by the logic of these Yankee Hindutva writers, Bobby did the right thing: when in America, become Christian, because why should Hindus be allowed to attain office here when they can do so in Mother India?The Congress is in power. The saffron NRIs cannot bear it. Their emergence in the US had coincided with the rise of the BJP in India. They got B.K. Agnihotri as ambassador at large, they got the relationship between India and Israel going, to open doors for their relationship with the Israeli lobby in Washington, D.C., they got some India newspapers to open their columns to their intellectuals.Suddenly Hindutva had become the in-thing, whose fashion might fade with the election results. The anger on the Internet, and elsewhere, against Sonia Gandhi is as much a result of their frustration at being turned away by the people. They had no economic agenda to deal with IMFundamentalism, and nothing to offer the unemployed and hungry. All they wanted to feed the people for votes is the gloss of “India Shining” and the sheen of Hindutva. The Indian electorate spurned them.Good for them. Good for Sonia Gandhi for listening to her “inner voice.” Some of these fascists are crazy and one of them might well have assassinated her. That was a provocation of little worth. Her family has shed enough blood for its own dynastic delusions. We don’t need more Gandhian martyrs.In the darkest of nights, the stars are seen clearest. The rule of Hindutva was a dark night, and the struggles of India’s people had the luster of stars. Let us hope that these stars will rule their leaders, egg them to justice and hrefuse to entertain intolerance and cruelty again. Related Itemslast_img read more

Already good for silver, Delarmino shoots for Muay Thai gold

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Already assured of the silver medal, Delarmino will engage in the most lucrative fight of his career yet in the men’s -57kg finals against Chotichanin Kokkrachai of Thailand, the country where the full-contact sport originated.“I will stick to our strategy of staying aggressive throughout,” said the 26-year-old Delarmino, whose claim to fame were a pair of silver finishes in the 2014 Asian Beach Games and 2013 Burma Southeast Asian Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He (Kokkrachai) is more of a technical fighter but we will not fight on his terms. We would rather be assertive and throw everything we have,” said muay coach Billy Alumno.More than the P2-million cash incentive that Delarmino can receive from the Philippine Sports Commission, beating Kokkrachai for the gold medal will jack up the Philippine medal tally of two gold, five silver and six bronze medals. To beat the highly favored Thai, Delarmino will need the same combative approach that propelled him to take all three rounds against Bayramdurdyyew, 30-27, Wednesday evening.On attack mode right from the start, Delarmino tagged his rival with a jarring right to the chin that floored the Turkmen 20 seconds into the first round.Taekwondo jin Francis Agojo, wrestler Jefferson Manatad and kurash grappler Al Rolan Llamas settled for bronze medals after bowing to their respective opponents in the semifinals.Agojo fell to 17-year-old Jang Jun of South Korea, 12-37, in the men’s -58kg finale while jins Christian Al Dela Cruz (men’s -80kg) and Rheza Aragon (women’s -49kg) were eliminated prior to the medal rounds.Following his stunning victory over Muhammetmyrat Gurbanow of Turkmenistan in the quarterfinals, Manatad saw his win streak end after a 5-0 defeat against Aidos Kulmanbetov of Kazakhstan in the men’s belt wrestling classic style -80kg category.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans MOST READcenter_img Cielo seals golden treble; Adeline still unbeatable ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Philippine bet Phillip Delarmino throws the jarring right that floored Bayramdurdyyew in the first round. —JUNE NAVARROASHGABAT—Phillip Delarmino knows that an aggressive mind-set could change the complexion of the fight regardless of the odds.Using his tested ploy, the muay fighter from Iloilo City hurdled Rusdem Bayramdurdyyew of host Turkmenistan in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games here and silenced his foe’s sea of frenetic supporters to progress to the gold-medal match.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

1, not done: Naomi Osaka avoids French Open upset; Halep wins, too

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war This is what Osaka said was running through her mind: “Can I sleep at night, knowing that I maybe could have done something more?”Schmiedlova couldn’t close it out. Osaka wouldn’t let her.“You could see,” Schmiedlova said, “that she’s No. 1, there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Definitely sarcastic. I was kind of thinking: ‘Do you guys see this amazing tennis I’m playing right here? Thumbs-up.’ I don’t even know what I wanted them to do. I felt kind of bad after I did it. It was more like I had to put my emotions somewhere,” Osaka said. “It’s one of those matches where you’re not playing well, but you have to find a way to win. For me, I’ve just begun learning how to do that.”Five times just two points from defeat in a swirling wind, Osaka held it together enough to overcome all of those miscues and stretch her winning streak at majors to 15 matches by eventually beating 90th-ranked Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia 0-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAs she got going, Osaka delivered a pinpoint cross-court forehand that was too hard to handle, then looked at her box again, this time with a pumping clenched left fist. Afterward, she acknowledged having jitters as she pursues a third consecutive major title while topping the seedings.“I feel like I’m thinking too much about the number next to my name right now, instead of feeling free and having fun like I normally do in Grand Slams,” Osaka said. “The reason that I wasn’t moving my feet is because I was super nervous, super stressed.” Japan’s Naomi Osaka serves against Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )PARIS— Naomi Osaka’s body language made her plight plain. For all she’s already accomplished, the internal pressure stemming from aiming to do even more was ruining her debut as the No. 1 seed at a Grand Slam tournament.Fed up with her poor play in a first-round match at the French Open — errors off Osaka’s racket gave her opponent her first 30 points Tuesday — she missed yet another shot. She was within a game of losing. Osaka wheeled around to look at her box and display what seemed to be a sarcastic thumbs-up.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ LATEST STORIES Yet after having a career record of 9-11 on clay entering this season, she is 8-1 on the slow stuff in 2019. She talked about feeling more and more comfortable on the surface and assured everyone that the abdominal and thumb injuries she’d dealt with in recent weeks were no longer any issue.But nothing seemed right at the outset against Schmiedlova, who has never been past the third round at a major and is 6-15 in openers.Schmiedlova’s first 30 points came via 18 unforced errors and 12 forced errors by Osaka — and zero winners of her own.By the end, Osaka won despite 38 unforced errors, 24 more than her foe.She’ll probably want to play better in her next match, against two-time Australian Open champion and former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.“It’s going to be exciting for me,” said Azarenka, who eliminated 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 7-6 (4). “I love to challenge myself against the best players.”Osaka appeared to be finding her groove ahead 3-0 in the second set.That’s when the day’s off-and-on rain returned briefly in the form of sprinkles. Spectators popped open umbrellas and the players covered themselves with orange tournament towels while waiting on their sideline seats, before heading off court for about five minutes.In all, the delay was less than 10 minutes — play continued elsewhere — so there was no warmup when they returned. The respite served Schmiedlova well: She suddenly produced her very first winner with a 96 mph (155 kph) serve to get within 3-1, then made it 3-all.Schmiedlova served for the match twice. At 6-5, 30-15, and again later, she was two points from pulling off what would have been only the second first-round upset of the women’s No. 1 seed in French Open history. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Defending champion Simona Halep could relate.Starting her first defense of a Slam title, she also turned in an uneven performance and needed three sets to get by, topping 47th-ranked Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.“I need to be calm. Just focused on my game. Not thinking about my opponents and not thinking about the result,” said Halep, who was a runner-up twice in Paris before earning the trophy in 2018.Clay has never been Osaka’s best surface; her power-based style is more suited to hard courts, such as those at the U.S. Open, which she won last September, or the Australian Open, which she won in January to become the first tennis player from Japan to be ranked No. 1.Her only first-round exit in 13 appearances at majors came at the French Open two years ago. The only 6-0 Grand Slam set she has lost came Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SOLD: ‘Sports Illustrated’ getting faceliftlast_img read more

Nawazuddin, Athiya’s next film a ‘gift for children, family’

first_imgMumbai, Oct 25 (IANS) Acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s next film will be titled “Motichoor Chaknachoor” and he says it is a “special gift” for children and family.Nawazuddin on Thursday shared a sneak peak from the film’s set, where he is seen sporting a sherwani and captioned it: “We are bringing a special gift for all the lovable kids and their family. ‘Motichoor Chaknachoor’, a romantic wedding comedy.”The film also stars Athiya Shetty. This will be the first time Athiya and Nawazuddin will be seen sharing screen space together. In an earlier interview to IANS, Athiya had said that she will be shooting for the film in Bhopal.–IANSdc/rb/sedlast_img

Lukaku shines in dramatic Manchester United win, Manchester City beat Bournemouth 1-0

first_imgManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku continued his rich vein of form by scoring two goals, including a late winner, to give his side a comeback 3-2 home win over Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.It took the Belgian’s tally to four goals in two games after he netted a brace in Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Crystal Palace, with playmaker Andreas Pereira grabbing the other for the hosts in a rip-roaring clash at Old Trafford.The result lifted United back into fourth place on 58 points from 29 games, one ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal who were held to a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur in the early kickoff.Sixth-placed Chelsea, who are on 53 points, have two games in hand and visit second bottom Fulham on Sunday.Lukaku, who has endured dips in form during what has been a turbulent season at Old Trafford with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taking over from Jose Mourinho as caretaker manager in December, was back to his lethal best.A well-deserved #MUFC Man of the Match award for @RomeluLukaku9! United (@ManUtd) March 2, 2019″I was focused on the win and help my team mates,” Lukaku told the BBC.”We knew we had to win the game today and did it. Not our best game but we have to be happy.”The manager gave me another chance today. We have to look one game at a time and are working hard on the training ground. We are ready for the challenge.”Late winners and great finishes – Ole knows all about those! #MUFC United (@ManUtd) March 2, 2019SPECTACULAR GOALHaving weathered an early storm in which United missed three gilt-edged chances, Southampton took the lead in the 26th minute when Yan Valery scored his first goal for the club in spectacular fashion.The 20-year old French wing-back, who joined Southampton from Ligue 1 side Rennes during the close season, unleashed a thunderbolt from 25 metres which beat United’s stunned keeper David De Gea at the near post.The home side equalised in the 53rd minute as the lively Pereira teed himself up for a long-range shot and curled it brilliantly past Saints keeper Angus Gunn.Six minutes later, Pereira released Lukaku with fine footwork and the striker side-stepped a defender before he drilled a low shot with his weaker right foot into the bottom corner of the net.James Ward-Prowse appeared to have snatched a point for the Saints with a stunning free kick from 25 metres before a frantic finish as Lukaku sent the home crowd into raptures.Take a bow, @yan_valery! #saintsfc FC (@SouthamptonFC) March 2, 2019A slick move ended with Lukaku turning his marker on the edge of the penalty area and drilling in another right-foot shot into the bottom corner in the 88th minute.Gunn saved a poor stoppage-time penalty by Paul Pogba but the Frenchman’s blunder did not dampen the mood at Old Trafford after Solskjaer stretched his impressive league start to 10 wins and two draws.”It was one of those games, it had everything,” said Solskjaer.”My team did fantastic and the boys did great in the second half. The belief is there, they have gone so long without losing games (domestically) and are raring to go.”They want to get on the ball and the confidence is high. They were class finishes from Romelu Lukaku and I am so pleased for Andreas Pereira.”MAHREZ STRIKES AS MAN CITY BEAT BOURNEMOUTH TO GO TOPSubstitute Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal as Manchester City beat Bournemouth 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday to return to the top of the Premier League.Massive win today important in so many ways always a tough game there !! Come on @mancity Mahrez (@Mahrez22) March 2, 2019The home side showed champions City plenty of respect in the opening 45 minutes, defending deep and forcing their opponents to probe patiently for openings, and they conceded little in the way of goalscoring chances.City manager Pep Guardiola was forced to replace the injured Kevin De Bruyne with Mahrez at halftime, and he was quickly followed by defender John Stones, who was substituted early in the second half with a thigh problem.The visitors continued to probe and their patience finally paid off when David Silva teed up Mahrez, who lashed home a shot with his right foot to break the deadlock 10 minutes into the second half.Bournemouth were unable to raise their game and goalkeeper Artur Boruc pulled of a number of fine saves.advertisementHe was quick off his line to thwart a breakaway attempt by Raheem Sterling and Aguero clipped the underside of the crossbar before Boruc beat away a close-range header from Mahrez.”We made one of the best performances we have played. They were very organised, but they didn’t have one shot. We created a few chances. People should understand how difficult it is to attack 11 (defending) players,” Guardiola said.Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was disappointed to see his side’s defensive efforts undone by what he termed an “ugly” goal.”You want to be competitive and that was the way for us to make the game tight, show toughness and mentally hang in. The only frustration is their goal was ugly, which is very unlike them,” he said.The win put City top on 71 points, two ahead of Liverpool who face Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday. Bournemouth, who have lost four of their last five, remained 12th on 34 points.Also Read | Lloris saves penalty while Kane nets one as Tottenham draw with ArsenalAlso Read | Everyone knows I’d like to stay: Solskjaer hopes to remain Manchester United managerlast_img read more

Paul Finebaum Reacts To What He Saw At The Urban Meyer Rally

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)A group of Ohio State fans held an Urban Meyer rally outside Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Monday night. It was not a great look.There was some chanting and some offensive signs. Roughly 200 people showed up, according to reports.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum reacted to what he saw at the Urban Meyer rally during an appearance on Outside The Lines today.From Saturday Down South:“The people that show up to events like this don’t care about what the best look is,” the SEC Network host said. “They have blind loyalty… but that’s what we saw last night. We saw fans and parents of former players who don’t care about the facts, they don’t care about anything other than preserving the football program.”“We’ve sat here many times talking about these issues but they continue to repeat themselves and that is one of the underlining stories of all this and Ohio State you would have expected more from them, you would have expected them to at least attempt to do the right thing and I’ve yet to see that.”The father of former Ohio State star running back Ezekiel Elliott was one of the people who showed up to the rally.Ezekiel Elliott’s dad, Stacy, talks to the media outside the rally to support Urban Meyer. More to come.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 6, 2018Urban Meyer remains under paid administrative leave. Ohio State has said that the investigation is expected to take two weeks.last_img read more

Awareness campaign to stop road accidents

first_imgKolkata: Shuttl, a technology-enabled, seat-based, demand-adaptive bus mobility solution on Tuesday announced the implementation ‘Safe Drive, Save Life’, a road safety awareness programme in Hooghly and Kolkata in association with Uttarpara Kotrung Municipal Corporation.’Safe Drive, Save Life’, campaign a brain child of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was started by the state government to reduce the road accidents in the state. Prabir Ghosal, Member Legislative Assembly from Konnagar launched the campaign by flagging off Shuttl’s three new buses at Uttarpara. These buses will ply in the Uttarpara Kotrung Municipality region. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSince its launch in 2015, Shuttl has made people reduce their dependence on cars and use bus-based shared mobility instead. In 2017, it launched the SAFE (Safe Anxiety Free Experience) project which provides multiple safety checks to every commuter through various embedded technology features. The company has seen rapid adoption as 57% of its commuters earlier used car for their daily commute switched over to bus. Shuttl has come up to directly address the dual challenge of congestion and pollution. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe company was founded by two IITians- Amit Singh, Co-founder and CEO and Deepanshu Malviyia, Cofounder. With an aim to spread awareness about the increasing road accidents, Shuttl will extend this campaign to other regions and will organize the event in Hooghly on 26th August 2019 and in Kolkata on 27th August 2019. Shuttl has also tied up with various civic authorities and traffic police in Kolkata for this program to educate citizens and drivers on road safety, traffic rules, and driver-pedestrian best practices over the period. Speaking on the occasion, Dilip Yadav, Chairman, Uttarpara Kotrung Municipal Corporation said: “The rising number of road accidents is an issue which municipal corporation takes very seriously. By raising awareness amongst the users of roads, we aim to ensure that the roads of our city are safe and comfortable for every citizen. We are happy to partner with Shuttl in helping us spread the message of safe driving.”last_img read more

In the news today May 29

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, May 29———O’REGAN TO VISIT MERCURY-DAMAGED GRASSY NARROWSIndigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan is being urged to ensure a long-awaited visit to an Ontario First Nation is substantive and not a pre-election photo opportunity. O’Regan is set to visit Grassy Narrows First Nation today — a community poisoned by mercury after industrial waste was dumped in the English-Wabigoon river system, causing symptoms in residents including impaired peripheral vision, hearing, speech and thinking. Help for the community seemed to be on the way when the federal government promised a specialized treatment facility on the reserve in November 2017 and a feasibility study was produced last fall outlining costs and design ideas. But Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle has said there has been little action on the project since then.———CENTRAL BANK TO MAKE INTEREST-RATE DECISIONBank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz is widely expected to leave his trend-setting interest rate unchanged today — and he appears in no hurry to move the rate any time soon. The policy announcement will come at a time when the economy is starting to show signs of picking up its pace after a winter deceleration that was largely caused by a drop in oil prices. Last month, Poloz held the rate at 1.75 per cent for a fourth-straight policy decision and set aside talk of hikes — at least until the economy rises from what he’s described as a temporary slowdown. The sudden down shift has also forced the central bank to cut its 2019 growth forecast — a reduction that comes after the economy ran at close to full tilt for most of 2017 and 2018.———HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE LAUNCHES IN CANADAA national hotline to help victims and survivors of human trafficking is now taking calls, with the organization behind the service saying it hoped the new resource would also fill crucial gaps in public knowledge about the issue. The multilingual, accessible hotline, an initiative of the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking, which will be launched at 7 a.m. ET today. The centre’s chief executive officer said the line is meant to serve as a one-stop shop for everyone from victims seeking help, to tipsters wanting to flag a potential case, to members of the public wanting to learn more about the subject.———B.C. MAN SAYS EVEREST CLIMB NOT FOR EVERYONEA Victoria man who was part of a group caught at the top of Mount Everest says there were too many inexperienced climbers trying to scale the mountain, endangering lives. Chris Dare has climbed mountains on seven continents, but last week he feared he wouldn’t have mad it down the peak without his sherpa. Dare, who’s 35 and an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, says he stood at the peak for just a few minutes last Thursday before realizing the weather had changed. The final leg up and down the peak should have taken him 12 hours, but he says it took 17. Another man on his team struggled with the climb and Dare says he was found dead in his tent the next day.———$100M FUND ENDOWMENT CREATED FOR HAMILTON INSTITUTIONSA Hamilton philanthropist couple plans to create a $100-million endowment fund to support health research at two hospitals and a university in the city. Charles and Margaret Juravinski say their gift, in the form of an investment, will mean McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton collectively receive up to $5 million per year in perpetuity after their deaths. The institutions say the money will create the Juravinski Research Centre to further examine cancer, mental health, lung and respiratory care, and diseases of aging.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Quebec judge will determine today if the criminal case against SNC-Lavalin proceeds.— The International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy hears from, Microsoft Canada, Mozilla Foundation and Apple.— A court appearance is scheduled today for the lawyers of Maxim, Alexander and Oxana Berent, who are accused of staging an anti-Semitic attack in their Winnipeg cafe.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Former Presidents To Urge Americans To Recommit To Kids

first_imgAmerica’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, will commemorate its 20th Anniversary with Recommit to Kids | The Summit for America’s Future, a daylong event to refocus the nation on issues concerning children and youth.Former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter have signed on as honorary co-hosts of the Summit, along with America’s Promise Alliance’s Founding Chair Gen. Colin Powell and Chair Mrs. Alma Powell, urging every American to recommit to kids. The Summit will be held at New York City’s Marriott Marquis on April 18 and will feature prominent leaders from the business, philanthropic, nonprofit, government, education and faith communities.“In a nation built on the promise of equal opportunity, not all children have an equal chance to succeed,” said Gen. and Mrs. Powell in a joint statement. “We have more work to do. This Summit is a chance to once again rally the nation by engaging in serious and necessary conversations around the issues young people face, re-energizing people who work with and advocate for kids every day and attracting new supporters to our cause. We call on every adult to recommit their time, energy and skills so every child is prepared to pursue their American dream.”Confirmed Summit attendees to-date include: Alma Powell,chair, America’s Promise Alliance Anna Deavere Smith, American actress, playwright and professor Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of EducationClotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president/CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Darren Walker, president, Ford FoundationElaine Wynn, co-founder, Wynn Resorts; board chair, Communities In SchoolsGen. Colin L. Powell (Ret.), founding chair, America’s Promise AllianceGeorge Weiss, founder and chairman, Say Yes to Education Fr. Greg Boyle, founder and executive director, Homeboy IndustriesHenry Cisneros, former secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Jose Antonio Vargas, founder and CEO, DefineAmericanMichael Sorrell, president, Paul Quinn College Nadine Burke Harris, founder and CEO, Center for Youth WellnessSoledad O’Brien, Host of “Matter of Fact” TV show; co-founder of PowHERful Foundation; CEO, Starfish MediaSuzanne McKechnie Klahr, founder and CEO, BUILDTiffany Yu, founder, DiversabilityThe Summit will be followed by the third annual Promise Night. The gala will include the presentation of the Promise of America awards, the organization’s highest honor, recognizing exemplary individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitments to children and youth.More names are being confirmed every week. Updates to speakers and awardees are available on the website.America’s Promise was born out of the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future, which was held in Philadelphia in April 1997. The original Summit was attended by all living U.S. presidents and thousands of other dignitaries, including 26 governors, 92 mayors and delegations from 145 communities who set differences aside to put America’s children first – setting a unique precedent for the country. Since then, America’s Promise has continued to advocate on behalf of the nation’s young people, working to increase high school graduation rates, releasing groundbreaking research, and bringing people together across hundreds of communities to help every child thrive, especially those being left behind.To learn more about the 20th Anniversary events, please visit read more

Viral video shows youth stabbed on Holi

first_imgNEW DELHI: On the day of Holi, a 19-year-old boy was stabbed multiple times in his abdomen by a minor boy and another boy named Ajay with whom the injured was in the rivalry for two years. The incident happened in Tigri in South Delhi. After the incident, the bystanders made a 1 minute video on the mobile which shows the injured boy in a pool of blood lying on the road. It was then some men are seen helping him out.Soon, the police were informed and the injured was rushed to the hospital. He is undergoing treatment at AIIMS where his condition is said to be critical. “The incident took place at around 12 pm on March 21. He has been stabbed over the upper abdomen, over chest, over left side of neck and incised wound over the right side of the face. We have registered a case of attempt to murder,” said DCP South, Vijay Kumar. Police believe it’s a revenge attack as the injured boy Gaurav had earlier attacked the accused Ajay 2 years back in Tigri area along with his friends. At that time too, a case of attempt to murder was registered against Golu. “We have apprehended one minor in the present case and search for other accused Ajay is still going on. We have formed several teams to arrest the accused. The victim is unfit for the statement,” said the officer.last_img read more

UN agency lauds Italian navy for sea rescue of refugees from Libya

11 November 2011The United Nations refugee agency today thanked the Italian navy for rescuing a boat that had been in distress in the Mediterranean Sea for two days, the first vessel originating from Libya that has arrived in Europe since mid-August. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the boat was carrying 44 people, mostly sub-Saharans. Relatives of some of the passengers onboard sent out distress calls from a satellite phone in the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday evening. A full 48 hours later, the boat was rescued by an Italian military vessel last night. “UNHCR is grateful that the Italian navy took this initiative despite the fact that the boat was in Maltese search and rescue waters,” spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. He said the delay in rescuing the boat led to huge risks to the lives of the people onboard, including drowning, dehydration and exposure. A woman with a small baby was evacuated by helicopter to Sicily from the Italian island of Lampedusa, Mr. Edwards added. UNHCR had estimated that, as of mid-August, some 52,000 people had arrived in Italy since the unrest in North Africa began earlier this year – 27,000 of them departed from Libya and the rest from Tunisia. Hundreds of people have also lost their lives attempting to reach Italy’s shores. At the start of June at least 150 people who fled Libya drowned in one of the year’s deadliest boat incidents in the Mediterranean. read more

Afghanistan has long way to go in protecting women from violence –

The 2009 Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law criminalises child marriage, forced marriage, selling and buying women for the purpose or under the pretext of marriage, baad (giving away a woman or girl to settle a dispute), forced self-immolation and 17 other acts of violence against women, including rape and beating. It also specifies punishment for perpetrators. “Judges, prosecutors and police in many parts of Afghanistan have begun to use the new law, which is a positive development, but unfortunately only in a small percentage of violence against women cases,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “Although the law’s implementation is clearly growing, there is a very long way to go before Afghan women are fully protected from violence and their equality is properly upheld through this important law,” she added. The report released by the UN human rights office (OHCHR) and the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA), entitled A Long Way to Go: Implementation of the Elimination of Violence against Women law in Afghanistan, found both progress and gaps in the implementation of the law from March 2010 to September this year. Comprehensive official statistics on the number of cases of violence against women in Afghanistan are not available and most incidents are unreported, according to the report, which was released ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is observed annually on 25 November. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission registered 2,299 incidents of violence against women that could be defined as crimes under the EVAW law between March 2010 and March this year. UN human rights officials found that prosecutors in 28 provinces opened cases in 26 per cent of the 2,299 incidents, or 594 cases. They filed indictments in seven per cent, or 155 cases, and primary courts relied on the EVAW law as the basis of their judgments in only four per cent of total incidents, or 101 cases. “The justice sector in some provinces has applied the EVAW law which is encouraging. But the low number of cases prosecuted and tried shows that a much more active collective effort by justice system actors, Government decision-makers and others is needed to urge judicial and local authorities to apply the law to all cases of violence against women,” said Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMA. He added that progress on the status of Afghan women over the last 10 years is undermined by uneven implementation of the EVAW law. The report determined that many cases of violence against Afghan women were withdrawn or mediated, including serious crimes that would require prosecution. Some murder cases and other serious crimes criminalised under the EVAW law were instead prosecuted under the Penal Code or Sharia law. This sometimes resulted in acquittal of perpetrators, reduction of charges to less serious crimes, convictions with lighter sentences and women victims themselves being accused of “moral crimes.” “As long as women and girls are subject to violence with impunity that violates their human rights, little meaningful and sustainable progress for women’s rights can be achieved in Afghanistan,” said Georgette Gagnon, Director of Human Rights for UNAMA. “Ensuring rights for Afghan women – such as their participation in public life, including in the peace and reconciliation process and equal opportunities in education and employment – requires not only legal safeguards on paper, but speedy and full enforcement of the EVAW law,” she stated. To improve implementation of the EVAW law, the report makes 32 recommendations to the Government and its international partners, including raising greater awareness of the law among Afghan women and men and within all levels of the Government, and having the Supreme Court, Ministry of Interior and Attorney General’s Office instruct all officials to apply the law consistently, rapidly and efficiently. 23 November 2011There is a long way to go before the rights of Afghan women are fully protected, says a United Nations report released today, noting that the Government has not yet succeeded in applying a two-year-old landmark law to the vast majority of cases of violence against women. read more

Cabinet approves Right To Information bill

Cabinet has approved the Right To Information (RIT) bill, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today.He said that the cabinet had approved the bill when it met last evening. The Prime Minister said that the draft RIT bill will now be discussed at provincial level and then be presented to Parliament to be approved and made law. (Colombo Gazette)

July new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for July pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in July 2012 that were defined as pre-registrations.Click here to download the latest release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Red Mountain doubles drill pace on key Manila gold target

first_imgPerth-based Red Mountain Mining added a second drill rig from this week to increase the work pace on the epithermal-based Lobo prospect on the western side of its wholly owned Batangas gold project, 50 km south of the Philippines capital, Manila. The decision to increase the drilling rate at Lobo follows yet further confirmation of its gold potential, the latest being assay results from new diamond hole drilling beneath the historic Lobo copper open pit – last worked in the late 1960s. The new results, Red Mountain’s Executive Chairman, Neil Warburton says, also reinforce the company’s belief that Lobo’s mineralisation is comparable in style to similar “gold footprints” in Southeast Asia but particularly the Cracow and Pajingo gold mines in northern Queensland.A second diamond drillhole at Lobo – part of a current 10-hole program – has intersected 4.6 m at 5.83 g/t Au from 152.8 m depth downhole (estimated true width 2.8 m) including 2.0 m at 8.89 g/t Au downhole at Lobo’s West Drift structure.The new intersection is from Hole LB67 and is part of an initial drilling program by Red Mountain at West Drift to target high grade gold mineralization below the old Lobo copper mine and potentially convert the gold mineralisation to resource inventory.Warburton said the accelerated drilling program meant work had already commenced on the planned third and fourth holes (LB68-LB69) at West Drift targeting the down plunge extent of the system. The first hole, LB66, returned 8.6 m @ 2.53 g/t Au from 136.6 m depth downhole including 1.0 m @ 4.62 g/t Au.“The first two holes drilled in this West Drift program confirm the interpretation of increasing gold grade with depth. With the addition of the second drill rig and deeper drilling planned below 100 vertical metres from surface, further gold intercepts are anticipated,” Warburton said.Recent surface trenching at South West Breccia, a parallel structure immediately to the southeast of West Drift,   yielded high gold grades including 1 m @ 30.70 g/t Au.The latest Lobo results add to Red Mountain’s success to date from drilling further to the east on its Batangas Project with high grade intersects of 2.2 m @ 36.53 g/t gold at the Archangel prospect. This intersection included 1.2 m @ 62.09 g/t Au.Warburton said Red Mountain remained focused on delivering a significant resource upgrade for Batangas by the third quarter of this calendar year, and commencing in that period, a feasibility study for the project’s maiden commercial production.The Batangas project covers 270 km² and already contains an Indicated Resource of 10.1 Mt @ 1.2g/t Au for 393,000 oz of gold and 1,427,800 oz of silver, and an Inferred Resource of 3.8 Mt @ 0.88g/t Au for 108,000 oz of gold and 210,000 oz of silver.Warburton said internal studies on delivering higher grade and less tonnes through a standard CIL treatment facility could deliver a far higher commercial outcome for the company.All 10 holes to date from the latest Archangel drilling have intersected gold mineralisation.last_img read more

Oceanhorn Isnt Zelda But It Might As Well Be

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.We call this column Nintendo Switch Game’s That Aren’t Zelda, but Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas really stretches that definition to the breaking point. This epic yet approachable action-adventure should satisfy fans of Nintendo’s beloved franchise, but that’s because it takes most of its ideas from Link and company. Still, there are worse things to imitate, and Oceanhorn is a pretty good cover.Set in a fantasy archipelago in a world beset by sea monsters, players control a nameless, voiceless boy who has lost both parents to the dangers of the ocean. Now that you’re old enough, it’s time to leave your old hermit caretaker behind and sail off for righteous adventure while listening to tracks by Nobuo Uematsu, composer of other long-running Japanese adventure epic Final Fantasy. But first, you’ll need your shield and sword, which can of course do a spin attack if you hold down the button.The nautical island theme is very reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, specifically. Although you don’t control the wind, you do sail across an ocean overworld, shooting at monsters along the way, to get to your next island destination on the map. Some of the islands aren’t even needed to finish the quest. You just read about them in a bottle and stumble across their treasure.However, the bulk of the gameplay is closer to a chibi, top-down, 2D Zelda like Link’s Awakening, also set on an island. Each island is its own little overworld to explore. There are folks to talk to, heart pieces to find, and quests to take on from various human, fish, and bird people tribes.Descend into the caves of each island, and you’ll get the action and puzzle-solving dungeon gameplay Zelda is known for. These are fine facsimiles. There are few too many switch- and block-pushing puzzles, and the visual styles of early dungeons tend to blend. But later challenges make use of elemental spells in some clever ways, and I really dug the ancient robot aesthetics of the final few areas. Meanwhile, classic Zelda items like the bow and arrow, bombs, and jumpy not-Pegasus Boots prove themselves to be quite useful in the handful of solid boss fights.Overall dungeon design, and the progression in general, is pretty linear. In the best, most complex Zelda games, you usually have to do more thinking than just moving forward and solving the obvious puzzle in front of you. But nine times out of ten that strategy worked for me in Oceanhorn. However, I think that helps the game, especially as a portable experience. You can treat it as a series of digestible chunks. It’s easy to stop and later return without feeling overwhelmed. Plus, the $15 price point and 10-hour length should clue you in that this is a simpler, smaller scale experience.Oceanhorn isn’t a complete Zelda clone, though. It has more explicit RPG elements. As you vanquish monsters, you earn cash as well as experience to level up. The game has voice acting, something Zelda lacked until Breath of the Wild. And while the game world is essentially a 2D grid, there is also a lot of difference in elevation with peaks and valleys complicating the player’s path. This adds an interesting element of 3D navigation 2D Zeldas never really attempted.So how did Oceanhorn get away with being such an obvious “homage” to one of the biggest franchises in gaming? Simple. It first launched in 2013 on mobile devices, a platform where Zelda-style epics are much rarer. In an ecosystem where most games are free-to-play scams, a game with Oceanhorn’s scope, depth, visuals, and production value stands out. While the game looks and plays better on Switch, it’s not as special on a dedicated high-end gaming device.Still, even though it’s a Switch Game That Is(n’t) Zelda, Oceanhorn is a quick and fun little way to get a Zelda fix. I just hopes its ambitious-looking sequel arrives on Switch at some point as well.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch AccessoriesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Sail across Oceanhorn’s nautical island worlds.2. Explore caves and dungeons for treasure.3. Use the right item to take down bosses.4. Navigate the peaks and valleys of the overworld.5. Visit friendly characters for quests and advice.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The World Probably Wont End on April 23 or June 24

first_img American Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and WarlocksAmerican Horror Story Brings Back Another Murder House Resident Stay on target Friday the 13th is a walk in the park compared to April 23rd—the day the world ends.You’ve got 10 days to finish off your bucket list and say your final goodbyes; don’t bother booking a summer vacation this year.The Rapture is scheduled for Monday, April 23, based on a blend of old numerology, biblical re-readings, and conspiracy theories about the rogue “Planet X.”According to codes in the Bible (Book of Revelation 12:1-2), the end is nigh: “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of 12 stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.”The Revelation 12 sign prophecy was originally proposed by David Meade for Sept. 23, 2017, when a literal fulfillment (or celestial coincidence) occurred over Jerusalem—an astronomical alignment of the constellations Virgo and Leo, the sun, moon, and planets Mercury, Mars, Venus, and Jupiter.The same positioning is expected later this month, though experts have dismissed the claim, saying that this particular sequencing happens every 12 years. Party poopers.But Meade won’t back down; the self-described “Christian numerologist” predicts a mythological planetary system, known as Planet X or Nibiru, will appear in the sky on April 23.“By early April of 2018, the disappearance of the Church (all true Christians worldwide also known as the Rapture) will occur,” he said, as reported by LADbible. “This will be followed quickly by the rise of the Antichrist, the appearance of Planet X, and World War III.“Seven years of tribulation will ensure,” he continued. “This is beyond any shadow of a doubt.”Trusted aeronautics and aerospace agency NASA has repeatedly debunked these predictions, saying that the so-called Nibiru planet “doesn’t exist.”“The story of Nibiru has been around for years and is periodically recycled into new apocalyptic fables,” the firm said in September 2017.There is, however, a case to be made for Planet X—a hypothetical Neptune-sized planet orbiting our sun far beyond Pluto. Nicknamed “Planet Nine,” the celestial body could have a mass about 10 times that of Earth. But it’s probably not going to trigger the end of the world.Don’t get too comfy, though: Another conspiracy theorist declared June 24 the actual apocalypse.Mathieu Jean-Marc Joseph Rodrigue has somehow interpreted another Book of Revelation passage—”He was given authority to act for 42 months”—as a doomsday indicator.According to the Daily Star, he added the devilish figure 666 and 42 months from the bible to “earlier calculations,” and came up with June 24, 2018.So much for all my anxiety over wedding planning…last_img read more