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  • Need to Blur a Face in Premiere Pro? Here’s How You Do It

    first_imgIn this video tutorial, learn how you can obscure your subject’s identity in Adobe Premiere Pro by using the mosaic effect.Cover image via Shutterstock.If you’ve worked in television or documentaries long enough, you’ve probably had to blur out a face once or twice. Maybe you don’t have a release form, or you want to protect someone’s identity from being exposed. Whatever the case may be, adding a mosaic to a person’s face in Premiere Pro is quick and easy. Premiere’s mosaic effect comes with user-friendly tools that will allow you to easily apply a mosaic to a moving face in just a few minutes. Let’s take a look at how we can do this. Step 1 — Add the Mosaic EffectFirst I need to apply the mosaic effect to my clip. This effect allows me to add horizontal and vertical blocks to my image. I can add keyframes to both of these attributes, and there’s an option to sharpen the colors of my mosaic. Also, as with most effects in Premiere Pro, there is a mask tool inside the mosaic effect. Now that I have applied the effect, it’s time to add a mask to our subject.Step 2 — Create a MaskThere are several different ways to add a mask with the mosaic effect. I can quickly create an ellipse or 4-point polygon mask, or I can use the pen tool to create a custom path. Since I’m masking a face, the ellipse tool will work just fine. Once I click the ellipse mask tool, I’ll position the mask over my subject’s face. Next, I need to track the mask to my subject’s face as she walks through the scene.Step 3 — Track Mask PathWhen tracking a mask path, there are three tracking methods from which to choose:PositionPosition and RotationPosition, Rotation, and ScaleSince my subject is moving toward the camera, I’ll leave the tracking method on the default Position, Rotation, and Scale method. I can track the mask forward or backward, frame by frame or with standard playback. It’s best to start the track when your subject is closer to the camera. Once the track is complete, I should be able to see keyframes on my mask path attribute.Step 4 — Fine-TuneAs long as my track was successful, I should now have a mosaic applied to the subject’s face. For the final step, I can fine-tune the effect. There’s a variety of different things I can do to fine-tune the effect, including adjusting the mask expansion, the mask feather, and the number of horizontal and vertical blocks. Again, since my subject is moving toward the camera, I can add keyframes to any of these attributes to have them change as the subject approaches.And there you have it. In just a few minutes, I’ve created a mosaic that follows my subject as she moves through the scene.Looking for more Premiere Pro tips? Check out these articles:How to Read Lumetri Scopes in Adobe Premiere ProShutterstock’s Free Plugin Brings 8 Million+ Clips to Premiere Pro15 FREE Camera Shake Presets for After Effects and Premiere ProImprove Your Edits with Better Audio in Premiere ProColor Grading: How to Change the Seasons in Premiere Prolast_img read more

  • Mannan Wani’s conduct not objectionable: AMU

    first_imgThe internal probe constituted by the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) into the conduct of Mannan Bashir Wani has found “nothing objectionable” against him in his stay and conduct as a student of the University. Mr. Wani was suspended by the AMU on January 8, 2018, immediately after a picture of him with an AK-47 surfaced on social media. The 109-page report by the University, however, describes him as a “brilliant student” and certifies his “good conduct”. Mr. Wani, 25, was studying as a Ph.D scholar in Applied Geology after completing his Masters and M.Phil. in geology from AMU. Immediately after suspending Mr. Wani, the AMU had constituted a two-member probe committee to submit a report on his activities at the University. The committee declared in its report that it found “nothing suspicious or objectionable against Wani as far as his stay in the university as a student was concerned”.The report has been submitted to the Aligarh Police, which is probing Mr. Wani’s disappearance. The AMU had filed a report with the police saying that Mr. Wani had gone missing since January 2. The University authorities had declared in the missing person complaint that if Mr. Wani was caught for his involvement in illegal activities, the AMU would not be held responsible for it. Aligarh Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rajesh Pandey confirmed receiving the committee’s report and said that the police will send it to the U.P. Anti-Terrorism Squad for a detailed examination. The report was prepared after talking to a more than 100 people who had met Mr. Wani, including his teachers, supervisor, classmates and hostel-mates. Meanwhile, the AMU Students Union (AMUSU) has decided to launch a nationwide campaign demanding the government “declare concrete evidence that Wani had joined a terror group”. AMUSU president Mashqoor Ahmad Usmani told media, “It is indeed sad and unfortunate that merely on the basis of social media reports, the Government of India concluded that Wani has joined a terror group. Even the investigative agencies do not have any proof or evidence to substantiate the allegation.”last_img read more

  • Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola set for first face-off in Beijing

    first_imgJose Mourinho, officially confirmed as Manchester United boss onFriday, and old adversary Pep Guardiola, who is replacing Manuel Pellegrini at ManchesterCity, will renew hostilities in the pre-season International Champions Cup tobe held in Beijing on July 25.There was little love lost between the pair when Mourinho was incharge at Real Madrid and Guardiola led Barcelona.The rivalry is likely to be just as fierce when United attemptto make up ground on their neighbours, who have finished above them in thePremier League for the past three seasons.This term City were only ahead on goal difference but pippingUnited to fourth position meant they took the final Champions League qualifyingplace.United won the FA Cup last weekend but the final proved to bemanager Louis van Gaal’s swansong, his dismissal coming two days later.PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE The first game of their pre-season tour to China is againstBorussia Dortmund in Shanghai on July 22.United, as FA Cup holders, take on Premier League championsLeicester City in the annual Community Shield game at Wembley on August 7.Before that Mourinho will have an early date in the Old Trafforddugout when he takes charge of an England XI in a charity game for Soccer Aidagainst a Rest of the World XI on June 5.Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri will be in opposition that dayas manager of the World XI that is due to include former Brazilian greatsRonaldinho and Cafu.Next season’s Premier League fixtures are being announced onJune 15.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Tottenham Hotspur’s New Year derby vs West Ham United postponed due to safety concerns

    first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s New Year’s Eve fixture against London rivals West Ham United has been moved to January 4 due to safety concerns, the Premier League said on Monday.The league made the decision after the Safety Advisory Group at Wembley Stadium could only recommend a maximum crowd of 43,000 for the initial date, which was less than half the capacity.”The League selected this match for 31 December with the expectation that a regular crowd capacity would be able to attend,” the Premier League said in a statement.”However, despite significant work by all parties to achieve this, ultimately the Safety Advisory Group at Wembley Stadium would only recommend a maximum crowd of 43,000.”The main reason for the decision was transport issues, mainly at local tube stations.The match will kick off at 2000 GMT, two days after Spurs visit Swansea City.last_img read more

  • In The Spotlight – Daniel Rushworth

    first_imgIn the seventh edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Daniel Rushworth, speaks about what it means to be playing in the 2011 World Cup, and about his knowledge of Scotland. Name: Daniel RushworthNickname: RushyAge: 31Affiliate: Western SuburbsOccupation: Sport Manager – NSW Touch FootballPosition: LinkDebut for Australia: 1998 M18 (Youth Trans Tasman)/ 2005 Mixed Open All Nations NZCareer highlights so far: 2007 World Cup Men’s Open win over NZ.How you got involved in Touch Football: Through my school teacher Sue Dorrington, who was a former Australian Women’s Open player when I was in High School.Favourite player: Michael Jacono: small, agile, no nonsense kind of player, ready to always roll the sleeves up and dig in and do the hard yards. What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It means a great deal to me, it is always an honour to play in the green and gold and something I take great pride in and with the tight knit group we have the excitement is already running high. It also offers an opportunity to take care of some unfinished business, the last time I was a part of this team we had a golden opportunity to knock the Kiwis over in New Zealand at the All Nations in 2005 only for it to slip away in the final, so there is definitely some motivation there.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Tony Trad club coach at Western Suburbs and my Father.Favourite sporting moment: Steve Waugh’s last ball hundred at the SCG, a real career defining moment under extreme pressure.What do you know about Scotland: That the weather changes in minutes after being there last year around the same time the World Cup is this year, the people are extremely hospitable and are really interested to learn as much about our sport as possible. I think many of my teammates will be really surprised on what it has to offer.Any superstitions: None.Funniest Australian teammate: Benny Robinson never misses an opportunity.Favourite quote: “It’s science” Anchorman Ron Burgundy.Any travel plans for after World Cup: Heading to the Greek Islands followed by tour around the UK.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With only 47 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

  • Day To Honour Human Rights

    first_imgRice. It is not the food most Nova Scotians would name if theywere asked about a bountiful meal. But rice is a staple in thediets of more than half the world’s population. The availability and distribution of this critical food will beone of the focuses on Dec. 10 as Nova Scotians celebrateInternational Human Rights Day. This year marks the 56th International Human Rights Day, theanniversary of the day that the United Nations adopted andproclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “It is appropriate that this year we are marking InternationalHuman Rights Day by acknowledging that 2004 is also the UnitedNations’ International Year of Rice,” said Mayann Francis, CEO ofthe Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “We must never forget that the Universal Declaration of HumanRights clearly challenges us to concentrate on promoting a numberof rights and freedoms, including the right to a standard ofliving that allows adequate food, housing, clothing and health-care.” As part of this year’s Human Rights Day celebrations, a UnitedNations’ flag will be flying at Province House. Regional officesof the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission have also arranged forthe flag to be raised at town halls in Sydney, New Glasgow andDigby. To further encourage debate, schools in parts of the provincehave been provided with information on both the Declaration ofHuman Rights and on the United Nations’ International Year ofRice. And, in Halifax, a Human Rights Day forum will be hosted by theNova Scotia Human Rights Commission and by Partners AgainstRacism — a coalition of concerned individuals and organizationsdedicated to promoting and protecting human rights. To be held atthe St. Antonio Olympic Community Centre — at the corner ofCunard and Hunter streets — the forum is being called MakingRoom at the Table. It will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a”sustainable” breakfast and continue until noon with panels anddiscussions on issues regarding the availability, distribution,security and sustainability of food. Remarks will also be givenby Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister responsible for the Status ofWomen; Lance Hale, vice-chair of the commission; Ms. Francis; andCherise Adjodha, executive director of the Nova Scotia PublicInterest Research Group. For more information on Universal Declaration of Human Rights seethe website at www.ohchr.org . For more information on the International Year of Rice see thewebsite at www.fao.org/rice2004/ .last_img read more

  • ITS AN INTERNATIONAL AUTUMN FOR CANADIAN FILM

    first_imgAdvertisement Autumn in Canada means watching the leaves change, eating crispy apples, and let’s face it, getting ready for winter. But although temperatures at home are getting cooler, our Canadian talent is heating the international film festivals this season!Already this October, Canadian cinema was especially well-represented at the Busan International Film Festival, where Canada had six feature films selected at the festival, including three genre films. Canada also made a splash at the BFI London Film Festival, where it presented seven short films and three feature-length coproductions. Canada’s also representing at the Tokyo International Film Festival (October 25 to November 3, 2018), where in addition to a large selection of Canadian features, Maxime Giroux’s La Grande Noirceur (The Great Darkened Days) in the festival’s main competition, a first for Canada in a decade! Also participating are Ron Mann’s Carmine Street Guitars (Venice Film Festival 2018), Sophie Lorain’s Charlotte a du fun (Slut in a Good Way, Tribeca Film Festival 2018), and Sébastien Pilote’s La Disparition des Lucioles (The Fireflies Are Gone, Karlovy Vary 2018).And next month, from November 15 to 25, our filmmakers are sure to wow everyone at Germany’s 67th Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, where five Canadian features will be competing. In the official competition are: Katherine Jerkovic’s Roads in February (which was awarded Best Canadian First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival); Paul Barbeau’s À nous l’éternité (We Have Forever); and Sébastien Pilote’s La Disparition des Lucioles (The Fireflies Are Gone), hot off being named Best Canadian Feature at TIFF. And in the International Discoveries section, competing for the Audience Award, are Warren Sulatycky’s April in Autumn and Jean-François Asselin’s Nous sommes les autres (We Are The Others). Canadian cinema thriving and traveling across the worldFor a first-hand perspective on some positive effects of screening at an international film festival, Trench 11 producer Tyler Levine was interviewed by Randall King of the Winnipeg Free Press:“Because it’s a World War One film, we thought (Europe) would be the place where there would be the largest appetite for it,” Levine says in a phone interview from Toronto.“But the place where it seems to be landing the most right now is here at home and in Asia,” he says, crediting Telefilm with expanding the film’s reach. Telefilm was very helpful to help bring the film to Busan in South Korea, and it was likely those efforts which helped the Asian buyers see the film in a very advantageous light,” he says. “This film has sold to every country in Asia and throughout Europe, and in Canada and the U.S.”Trench 11 was presented during Telefilm’s Perspective Canada market screenings at Busan 2017.For more: https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/movies/horror-upon-horror-491984881.html Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

  • Moroccan Hamza Ouarch Worlds Best Reciter of the Quran

    Marrakech- Moroccan Hamza Ouarach won first prize in the Bahrain International Competition for the Recitation of the Holy Quran online (Universal Reader), organized on Tuesday in Manama, Bahrain’s capital.The Moroccan Quran reader was the best of 5000 participants.This year’s Universal Reader competition, which selects the best voices reciting the Holy Quran from various countries of the world, was considered the most successful ever, and is unprecedented all over the world. The contest aims at encouraging young Muslims to memorize and give importance to the Holy Quran.Hamza Ouarch, 18, follows in the footsteps of many young Moroccans who have previously won a number of awards in Quran recitation.Last July, Mouad Daouik won the “Most Beautiful Recitation” contest in the 18th session of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA). read more

  • Lonely Planet Moroccos Meknes Among Top 10 Cities to Visit in

    Rabat – The famous travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has chosen Meknes among the top 10 cities to visit worldwide in 2019.Meknes came in 10th place after Copenhagen, Denmark (1st); Shenzhen, China (2nd); Novi Sad, Serbia (3rd); Miami, the US (4th); and Kathmandu, Nepal (5th).Lonely Planet also listed Mexico City; Dakar, Senegal; Seattle, the US; and Zadar, Croatia as cities to visit in 2019. Meknes is located about 60 kilometers west of Fez and 155 kilometers east of Rabat.“The notorious war-mongering sultan who moved Morocco’s capital to Meknès in 1672 would be turning in his grave if he knew how few visitors the city receives today compared with Fez and Marrakesh,” wrote Lonely Planet.The number of tourists visiting Meknes has increased since last year. Overnight stays rose from 12,871 in January 2017 to 16,172 in January 2018, up by 26 percent.However, Meknes has far fewer visitors compared to other tourist cities in Morocco.Fez recorded 69,357 overnight stays in January 2018 compared to 51,341 in January 2017, up by 35 percent. Marrakech, the leading Moroccan tourist city, received 542,514 overnight stays in January 2018 compared to 422,850 in the same period last year.Lonely Planet recalled the imperial history of Meknes when “Moulay Ismail plundered Marrakeshi palaces and Roman ruins at nearby Volubilis for stone and marble to build thick-set fortifications that still encase the city.”The travel guide publisher also mentioned the city’s “giant subterranean food stores” and its remnant gate, Bab Mansour, which “outshines even the Blue Gate [Bab Boujloud] in Fez.”Meknes is also famous for the mausoleum of Sultan Moulay Ismail and its old medina.“At the heart of the city, Ismail’s elaborate mausoleum is a national treasure and it’s scheduled to emerge soon from a two-year, top-to-toe restoration, giving travellers more reason than ever to visit this under-appreciated imperial city,” wrote Lonely Planet. read more

  • Ohio State mens lacrosse suffers first loss of season 169 at Massachusetts

    OSU then-junior attacker Carter Brown (14) during the Buckeyes’ 15-12 win against Johns Hopkins on March 5 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team early-season winning run came to an end on Saturday.The Buckeyes lost to the University of Massachusetts Minutemen by a score of 16-9 for their first loss and the Minutemen’s first win of the season.In similar fashion to their first two games, the Buckeyes fell into an early deficit. UMass won the opening faceoff, and junior attacker Gianni Bianchin scored his first of three goals in the half to give the Minutemen an early 1-0 lead.The Scarlet and Gray rebounded, however, and went on a 4-1 run to end the first quarter. Junior midfielder John Kelly scored two of his four goals in the quarter, and senior attacker Carter Brown threw a strike into the upper corner of the net for his third goal of the season to give OSU a 4-2 lead heading into the second quarter.However, on a mission to defend its home field, UMass came out of the gate strong in the second quarter.Bianchin scored two early goals to tie the game at four, and sophomore midfielder Buddy Carr scored his first of four goals with 8:23 left to cap a 4-0 Minutemen run and give the home team a 6-4 lead.OSU was unable to get any offensive momentum in the second quarter until Kelly scored with 4:47 remaining. An additional goal for each team to end the half gave UMass a 7-6 lead heading into the break.The Minutemen outshot the Buckeyes 20-13 in the first half, while OSU had a 7-5 advantage in faceoffs, leading to a relatively even first half between the two teams.Such was not the case in the second half.UMass blitzed the Buckeye defense in the second half, outscoring OSU 9-3 en route to a 16-9 finish. The Minutemen held a significant advantage in time of possession, leading to a 17-11 advantage in goal attempts.One reason for the disparity in goals scored in the second half was how UMass was able to capitalize on its opportunities. The Minutemen were able to score off OSU turnovers and empty-netters late in the game.On the other hand, the Buckeyes were unable to capitalize on extra-man opportunities following UMass penalties the entire game, including a small stretch when the OSU had a two-man advantage.One bright spot for the Buckeyes was the play of junior midfield specialist Jake Withers. Although he was unable to gain an extreme advantage in faceoffs like the previous two games, he did win the overall faceoff battle 13-12, extending his streak of positive differentials to three games.The Scarlet and Gray will try to rebound from the loss when they are set to go up against University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Friday at Ohio Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. read more

  • Football JT Barretts improving accuracy tight end most improved position and more

    Nine spring practices have come and gone for the Ohio State football team and the depth chart appears more definite just a week-and-a-half before the spring game.Coach Urban Meyer discussed the ongoing position battles and some standout performers in spring practice, while also revealing that sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison has undergone shoulder surgery and will miss the remainder of the spring. Meyer added that Harrison has been “having a tremendous spring” and “will compete for a starting spot” once he is healthy again.Here are five takeaways from Meyer’s Tuesday’s press conference.Barrett improving accuracyComing off a season where redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett completed his lowest percentage of passes in his career, Barrett has been working with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day on improving his accuracy and trying to rediscover the success he found in his redshirt freshman season.Last season, Barrett completed just 61.8 percent of passes, 1.5 percent worse than his 2015 season and 2.8 percent less than his redshirt freshman season.“I thought his freshman year, he was a very accurate player and the last two years weren’t quite as accurate,” Meyer said. “Our deep ball percentage was the best that it’s been since we’ve been here last week. We were charting everything and JT and the boys did a really good job. We didn’t catch all of them, but as far as accuracy, it was almost something like 90 percent and that’s what we’re looking for.”Burrow leading the race for backup quarterbackThere was never really a competition for the starting quarterback job with Barrett’s return, but Meyer offered insight on the battle for the No. 2 at the position.Redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow currently stands out among the quarterbacks to serve as Barrett’s backup in the upcoming season, but freshman quarterback Tate Martell is still taking plenty of reps, Meyer said.“I’d say Joe is ahead of them, but they’re both getting reps,” he said. “Tate had his best day, too, the other day in the scrimmage, so it’s good competition there and that brings out the best in people. We all know what happened a couple years ago where all of a sudden someone taps you on the shoulder and says, ‘You’re the starter. Go beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game.’ And they did it. So that position is a key guy.”Offensive-line recruiting has ‘missed’ in the pastPart of the reason the offense struggled to produce at its same level in 2016 was because of an offensive line that did not provide the same level of pass protection that it had in years past.Meyer said that two of his offensive-line classes “didn’t turn out” the way he had hoped, but that he has a trio of offensive lineman who are really coming along in practice and should be able to help improve the play of the line in 2017 .“Yes we have (missed a few). More than a few. You can’t do that. That’s what happens is you have a year like we did last year where guys — you know, true freshmen should have not played then,” Meyer said. “Demetrius Knox is running with the ones and Malcolm Pridgeon is still learning the offense, but Matt Burrell is probably one of the most improved offensive lineman at this point and the other guys are much improved as well. Very pleased with where we are at on the offensive line.”Tight end is most improved position in spring practicesThere has been improvement in the offensive line and the quarterbacks so far, but the position that has stepped up its game in spring the most has been the tight ends, Meyer said.Even with senior tight end Marcus Baugh missing spring practice so far with offseason shoulder surgery, the tight end position has looked promising thus far and has been “the most improved position on the team.”“A.J. Alexander is really coming on and Luke Farrell is a little bit ahead of Jake Hausmann, but they’re both very comparable,” Meyer said.Defensive line will be backbone of the teamThe defensive line will be returning a lot of stars from last season, including all defensive ends and the team will count on them to once again be the backbone of the defense in the upcoming season.With a returning group of defensive ends that include Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Tyquan Lewis, redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, sophomore Nick Bosa and senior Jalyn Holmes, the defensive line will be “as good as anybody in America,” Meyer said. “I think as of right now, it’s the strength of our team on defense,” Meyer said. “Dre’Mont Jones is really turning into a fine player here for us. On the other side, we’re really hoping Tracy Sprinkle can give us some depth and be the guy that we thought he was going to be before he got hurt.”Meyer added that Hubbard, who finished third on the team in sacks and second in quarterback hits, is “the definition of elite” and works as hard as anybody to perfect his craft.“We call it 10-80-10 around here and it’s elite self discipline, self respect and incredible work ethic, that’s how you identify the characteristics of an elite player and he’s as elite as I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said. Other notes:A battle for the position of kicker will continue on over the remainder of the spring and the summer between junior kicker Sean Nuernberger and recruit Blake Haubeil, Meyer said, with Nuernberger in “much better shape than he’s ever been,” though he will still have to win over the spot.Sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor has “a bit of a sore shoulder,” Meyer said, but he’s making progress and has the talent to do “anything he wants.”Meyer said that senior safety Damon Webb is “a much improved player than he was in the spring” and credited Webb’s success to recent weight loss read more

  • Female bankers are the least likely to conceive through IVF

    first_imgTeachers, with thier long summer holidays and ability to control their diaries more, have greater IVF success Credit:Dave Thompson /PA What’s ironic is that investment banks have the most generous fertility perks, but that the culture very much works against all of thatJake Anderson-Bialis, FertilityIQ Women working in investment banks have among the worst chances of success from IVF treatment, but teachers are the most likely to conceive, new data has revealed.Despite enjoying lavish health benefits that often include access to reproductive therapy, city high-flyers are so stressed and at the whim of volatile markets they tend to miss appointments and vital windows to self-administer medicine.Research presented today at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual congress shows that female investment bankers are 60 per cent less likely to conceive from IVF than women working in other jobs with a similar salary. Teacher Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The findings, he said, reflect research into assisted fertility rates at large technology companies such as Apple and Google, where success rates are low despite generous employee health benefits.The new 2015 survey of 1,123 IVF patients in the US also found that women who worked in sales, marketing and public relations jobs were twice as likely to benefit from treatment as those in different roles with the same salary.The chances of patients working as doctors, lawyers and nurses, however, were found to be roughly similar to women in the same pay bracket.Overall, women who reported earning a combined household income of more than £81,200 had an 80 per cent higher likelihood of success than patients below that threshold, even though they only recorded having 21 per cent more treatment cycles. IVF Teachers, however, were found to be six times more likely to conceive than peers of a comparable age, geography and take-home pay.Researchers believe that long summer holidays, which allow teachers to exercise rigorous control over their diaries, as well as a more supportive female-friendly work environment, contribute to the profession’s high rates of assisted reproductive success.Jake Anderson-Bialis, the founder of FertilityIQ which conducted the research, said: “IVF is a corridor that’s incredibly fragile, where timing is down to the minute and patients are responsible for an enormous amount of their own care.“If you are hours too early or too late, you can lose your cycle. What’s ironic is that investment banks have the most generous fertility perks, but that the culture very much works against all of that.” Female investment bankers may find it harder to conceive through IVFCredit:SEBASTIAN KAULITZKI /Getty  Pregnancy test The Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who began research in the field after he and his wife embarked on IVF, also said the findings reflect already published research showing that stress levels can harm chances of assisted reproduction.The study coincides with an announcement from the University of Nottingham that they have developed a new hair test that can measure levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which an negatively affect IVF by up to 30 per cent.Published the in the journal Psychoneuoendocrinology, the study says the test will help boost success rates by allowing doctors to ensure women’s hormonal conditions are favourable before beginning treatment. Stress levels can harm chances of assisted reproductionCredit:Peter Cade Mr Anderson-Bialis said the comparative figures on investment bankers and teachers showed that IVF success can be as much down to the patient’s environment than having access to multiple rounds of treatment.“What these [investment banker] women typically tell us is they’re leading a double life,” he said.“They feel they have to sneak out of the office for treatment. The demands of the job are insane.“If the market is crashing that day or you have to go and visit a client, you’re going to have to cancel an appointment. That’s bad – you cannot have that happen.”last_img read more

  • Avoiding undue taxes

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In an attempt to finalise the electronic property tax database (‘periousiologio’), the Greek Ministry of Economics is giving to the tax payers a second chance to amend the property tax statements they have filed for the fiscal years 2011 to 2013, through the submission of amending E-9 tax forms, without the imposition of fines and penalties. May we remind that the property tax database will be used for the imposition of the upcoming unified property tax. So, the correct and true information must be confirmed. As of October 16, 2013, the electronic property tax database for individuals has re-opened (for entities and other non-individuals the database will be accessible from October 21), allowing those who have declared properties for fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013 to amend the declarations made therein. Such amendment includes the declaration of additional properties, the correction of information (i.e. size, location, age, etc.), regarding properties already declared or even the deletion of properties that were initially declared. How is the amendment effected? Pursuant to Ruling 1234/ October 15, 2013, the amendment of the property tax profile is effected only electronically. The tax payer must enter in their tax profile at the tax authority web page (www.gsis.gr) and view their property tax profile. In the case that there are mistakes to the declarations made therein, or in the case that the electronic tax profile does not depict all properties, or in the case that there are additional properties which did not belong to them at the respective fiscal tax year, they can submit electronically an amending E-9 tax form and change their property status. They will also have to include to the respective field (notes), the reason for the amendment. The only exemption for actual submission of E-9 tax documents before the Tax Authority (and not through the web tax system) applies in cases of submission of E-9 tax statements for deceased persons, or in any case that there is no electronic property tax profile and a new property right has been acquired within the respective tax year (e.g. inheritance, gift, purchase etc). At this point, the tax payers do not have to provide the tax authority with documents (deeds, drawing, etc.) to prove the reason for the submission of the amending E-9 tax statements, except for those whose filings that will be audited by the Tax Authority. To sum up, all tax payers with property rights in Greece must enter their web tax profile and review their property status, as the Tax Authority has depicted it and maybe proceed with the relevant amendments, in case of erroneous entries. The deadline for such amendments, without the imposition of penalties is 4 months since the issuance of the Notice of Tax Assessment. Lack of amending the tax payer’s property tax profile may, result to the imposition of undue taxes. John Tripidakis is a Greek lawyer.last_img read more

  • La Nasa livre ses plus belles images de la Terre prises depuis

    first_imgLa Nasa livre ses plus belles images de la Terre prises depuis l’espaceA l’occasion de la journée de la Terre qui a lieu depuis 40 ans tous les 22 avril, la Nasa livre un diaporama des plus belles photos de la planète bleue prises depuis l’espace.Alors qu’elle vient de nous faire part de photos exceptionnelles du Soleil (voir article), la Nasa publie les plus belles photos de notre planète prises depuis 1968. À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?L’agence spatiale américaine, créée le 29 juillet 1958, est à l’origine de nombreux projets spatiaux, notamment le programme Apollo et la mission Mercury-Atlas 6 qui a envoyé le premier astronaute américain sur la Lune en 1962. La Nasa a également mis en orbite l’ISS (Station spatiale internationale), le télescope spatial Hubble, les sondes Viking 1 et 2 pour l’observation de la planète Mars, les sondes Pioneer pour l’observation de Jupiter et Saturne, etc.Parmi les images livrées par la Nasa, on peut citer une étonnante carte du monde nocturne réalisée à partir de 400 photos, un cliché de l’ouragan Ike pris lorsqu’il recouvrait la moitié de l’île de Cuba, une vue du volcan Llullaillaco ou un lever de Terre photographié lors de la mission Apollo 8 le 24 décembre 1968.Pour voir ces images et bien d’autres : https://www.maxisciences.com/nasa/les-plus-beaux-cliches-de-la-terre-vue-de-l-039-espace_art7048.htmlLe 26 avril 2010 à 12:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • LAgence spatiale russe trop orientée vers les vols habités

    first_imgL’Agence spatiale russe trop orientée vers les vols habités ?Le nouveau patron de Roskosmos, Vladimir Popovkine, a estimé jeudi que l’Agence spatiale russe devrait donner la priorité a des opérations davantage rentables, plutôt que de mettre l’accent sur les vols habités. Il a notamment évoqué des projets de systèmes de communication. Les vols habités ne seront bientôt plus la priorité de Roskosmos. C’est ce qu’a indiqué jeudi, le nouveau patron de l’Agence spatiale russe, Vladimir Popovkine, qui a déploré l’accent mis sur ce genre de projets ces dernières années. “A Roskosmos, malheureusement, à un certain moment, il y a eu un virage vers les vols habités. Le budget des vols habités représente presque la moitié de la totalité du budget de l’Agence” a t-il confié au quotidien russe Kommersant avant de poursuivre : “si les vols habités donnent des résultats tangibles, dans ce cas ils sont utiles. Mais si un homme veut simplement aller en orbite, je pense que ce n’est pas une activité bénéfique. Il faut des rendements”. À lire aussiAmazonie, Russie et imprimante 3D, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 23 aoûtSelon Vladimir Popovkine, la conquête spatiale n’échappe donc pas au besoin de rentabilité. Pourtant, la Russie est actuellement le seul pays à pouvoir encore envoyer des hommes sur la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Un privilège qui lui permet tout de même de demander des prix exorbitants (51 millions de dollars le siège) à la NASA pour que les astronautes prennent place dans un des vaisseaux Soyouz.  Néanmoins, le patron de Roskosmos nommé fin avril, est bien décidé à revoir les priorités de l’agence et a ainsi expliqué : “Bien sûr, la Russie a des obligations envers l’ISS qui doivent être remplies, mais Roskosmos a l’intention d’augmenter le montant des financements pour des projets visant à créer des systèmes de communications, de navigation, de sonde à distance de la Terre, d’appareils météorologiques”. Des projets jugés bien plus rentables par Vladimir Popovkine Le 12 août 2011 à 12:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • MIT IBM Train AI to Create and Edit Fake Images

    first_imgStay on target Researchers from MIT and IBM trained artificial intelligence to generate realistic photographic images, then edit objects inside them.Dubbed GANpaint Studio, the system would be an ideal assistant to artists and designers looking to make quick adjustments to visuals.But it also offers insight into how neural networks learn context, and could help computer scientists identify fake or altered content.Take GANpaint Studio for a test drive with the interactive demo.Simply upload an image and choose which aspects to modify: transform a wall into a window, a dome into a spire, a green spring tree into orange autumnal foliage.Spearheaded by MIT professor Antonio Torralba, as part of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab he directs, the project could be used to improve or debug other GANs (generative adversarial networks) under development.“Right now, machine learning systems are these black boxes that we don’t always know how to improve, kind of like those old TV sets that you have to fix by hitting them on the side,” according to David Bau, a PhD student at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL).“This research suggests that, while it might be scary to open up the TV and take a look at all the wires, there’s going to be a lot of meaningful information in there,” lead study author Bau said in a statement.One unexpected discovery was that the system has learned simple rules about the relationships between objects. It knows not to put something where it doesn’t belong—like a window in the sky—or to insert different doors on two different buildings.“All drawing apps will follow user instructions, but ours might decide not to draw anything if the user commands to put an object in an impossible location,” Torralba said.The team’s goal is to give people more control over GANs, and ultimately better tools to stamp out forgeries.“You need to know your opponent before you can defend against it,” co-author Jun-Yan Zhu, a postdoc at CSAIL, said. “This understanding may potentially help us detect fake images more easily.”Adobe recently trained a convolutional neural network (CNN) to identify altered images of faces. The tool also pinpointed specific areas and methods of facial warping, and was able to revert images to what it estimated was their original state.The results, according to Adobe, impressed “even the researchers.”More on Geek.com:MIT Robot Learns to ID Objects by Sight, TouchNew AI Tool Can Help Doctors Detect Brain AneurysmsMIT Robot Helps Lit Objects by Looking at Your Biceps McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

  • Apple will sunset Texture app in the wake of Apple News Plus

    first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Comment How to get started with Apple News Plus Mobile Digital Media 2:00 Apple 1 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img Apple News Plus was announced Monday.  Mike Sorrentino/CNET If you visit the website for Apple’s digital magazine app, Texture, on Friday, you’ll see a goodbye message. The tech giant is retiring Texture on May 28 and advertising its newest service, Apple News Plus. Apple announced News Plus during the Apple Event on Monday, along with other news.  “Texture is ending. Continue reading your favorite magazines, and so much more, with Apple News Plus,” the Texture site reads. Apple is offering Texture subscribers a free month of Apple News Plus. A subscription usually costs $10 per month. However, since Apple News Plus is offered only on iOS devices, Android and Kindle Texture subscribers are out of luck. The Texture app launched in 2012 and gave users access to hundreds of digital magazines from their phone. Apple wasn’t immediately available for comment.  • reading • Apple will sunset Texture app in the wake of Apple News Plus Share your voice Apple Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Tagslast_img read more

  • Rep Young votes for health care bill says he won pledges for

    first_imgProtestors at the U.S. Capitol before a vote on the health care bill. Photo by Liz Ruskin.A Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act squeaked through the U.S. House today, with help from Congressman Don Young.Listen nowProtestors on the Capitol grounds chanted “Shame! Shame!” as lawmakers left the building.Young said the vote was just one step toward the Republican goal of repealing the Obama health care law.“The bill we passed today will not become law. It’ll be changed as time goes by,” he said. “But unless we move it, or move a vehicle, nothing’s going to happen, and that’s not good.”Under the bill, Alaskans would lose the generous subsidies available now to help them buy plans on the individual market. Instead they’d get tax credits that don’t vary by location. That was also in a prior version the bill, in March, and Young said then it would be bad for Alaska.Now, Young said there are more funds in the bill for high-cost states. And he said House Speaker Paul Ryan and others promised him Alaska will get more help.“I know we have the money, about $19 billion, that can be disbursed,” Young said. “I’ve talked to the (Health and Human Services) secretary, Dr. Price, and he ensures me we will be made whole, if it becomes law.”Also, Young told reporters his vote for the Speaker’s priority bill makes him more effective on other matters.“You have to have the assurance and the backing of the leadership or your bills don’t move. And Alaska has a lot of things on the plate, and I think we’re in a better position to get legislation done for Alaska after the vote today than I was before,” Young said. “And if you can’t figure that out, shame on you.”The bill goes next to the Senate.While Young said it includes protection for people with pre-existing conditions, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Wednesday the House is undermining the Affordable Care Act on that, the law’s most popular feature. To overcome objections, Murkowski said, the House seems to be creating more pots of money.“What I have seen, that causes me a little worry is the reports that (say) ‘Well, OK, We put this fund over here and it was a $15 billion fund. And now we’re going to put this fund over here, and it’s going to be an $8 billion fund,’” Murkowski said. “Are we building the right policy? Or are we just putting enough funds out there to give people comfort that, ‘OK maybe my state can tap into it.’”Governor Bill Walker issued a statement after the House vote saying Alaska would be the state most harmed if the bill is signed into law.last_img read more

  • K13 movie review and ratings by audience Live updates

    first_imgArulnithi’s K13.PR HandoutArulnithi has teamed up with Shraddha Srinath of Vikram Vedha fame in his latest movie K13, which has hit the screens on Friday, 3 May. Barath Neelakantan has directed the film apart from writing dialogues and screenplay for the film produced by ST Shankar and Santha Priya.The movie also has Gayathrie and director Adhik Ravichandran playing pivotal roles. Yogi Babu, Madhumitha, Rishikanth and others are part of the supporting cast. K13 has Sam CS’s music, GK Vishnu’s cinematography and Ruben’s editing.Story: K13 is a psychological drama that revolves around an assistant director (Arulnithi) and an author (Shraddha Srinath). It has non-linear screenplay with lots of twists and turns. How the duo land into trouble due to a twisted tale forms the crux of the story.Madhiazhagan spends a night with a mysterious woman Malarvizhi (Shraddha Srinath) after getting drunk. But to his horror the next morning, he finds her dead body and he is tied to a chair. Once untying himself, he searches her room to know her past. Soon he realises the need for erasing all the proofs which might put him in trouble. What follows next should be seen on-screen.Audience Response: K10 is a decent thriller with lots of interesting twists in the story. Despite the lags and slow-pace narration, it turns out to be an enjoyable flick. The smart writing and detailing for the characters are the highlights of the Tamil film, which has solid performance from the lead actors. Check out what the audience say about the film:Haricharan Pudipeddi: #K13 is a smart, extremely well executed meta thriller that takes time to warm up but the pay-off is worth sitting through. An assured debut by @dir_barath who knows how to pull a few surprises. @arulnithitamil and @ShraddhaSrinath play their respective parts fittingly.Sathish Kumar M: #K13 @arulnithitamil & @ShraddhaSrinath impresses with their acting skills in this mystery thriller with good prd-interval scenes and quite engaging second half with unexpected twist in the climax. @dir_barathSimon d Souza: Admiring, Simple & Sensible Actress. Impressive filmography Experimental genre films. The name @ShraddhaSrinath Wishes for all Big Endeavours❤ #Uturn #VV #JERSEY #K13 #NerKondaPaarvai #RustumS Abishek: Very few films will have something to offer till the last frame. #k13 comes in that category. Beyond entertainment value, this film will be an inspiration for mystery thriller aficionados Clean performances from @arulnithitamil and @ShraddhaSrinath Half way into #k13 – what’s with the story is still a challenge to crack. The director packages the first half with very little scope for us to guess anything about the climax. @arulnithitamil looks comfortable with the role @SamCSmusic does the trick.Richard Mahesh R: #K13 first half (55mins) From the word GO, it keeps us engaged. Less dialogues and more thrill created through actions. @sankarsp007 @arulnithitamil performance and @SamCSmusic BGM stands out @ShraddhaSrinath @dir_barath @kisham77 @narentnb @AntonyLRuben @AravinndSinghReview Ram: #K13 (Tamil) – Interval – Becomes interesting close to the break-point. No big progress after the plot is established in the first scene. The flashbacks are weak and boring. BGM is unimpressive. For the 100 mins runtime, the engagement is very low till now. ‘Sumaar’ so far. A watchable thriller with good thinking. Thumbs-up for the idea and premise, but the execution fails to pack a punch. Could have been better and there are a lot of silly fillers in the first hour.simon d souza: Admiring, Simple & Sensible Actress. Impressive filmography Experimental genre films. The name @ShraddhaSrinath Wishes for all Big Endeavours❤ #Uturn #VV #JERSEY #K13 #NerKondaPaarvai #Rustum#K13 Film Review (7.9/10)Link – https://t.co/dFXAuH00BI @dir_barath a Superb Action Mystery thriller Film@arulnithitamil Good acting by Him@ShraddhaSrinath Show that she is a Versatile actress by her Act@SamCSmusic BGM is the pillar of the FilmWatch the Film in Theatre pic.twitter.com/d5nshtVOq9— Arthif’s – UTUBE (@ArthifUtube) May 3, 2019last_img read more