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  • Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air

    first_img Receive email alerts to go further February 10, 2021 Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air Klubrádió studio (photo: Attila Kisbenedek / AFP) News May 4, 2021 Find out more A court has approved the Hungarian Media Council’s decision not to renew the broadcasting licence of Klubrádió, the country’s leading independent radio station. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns this major blow to media pluralism and urges the European Commission to stop delaying its investigation into the Media Council’s independence and state aid for pro-government media. Organisation News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU As a result of the 9 February ruling by the Metropolitan Court in Budapest rejecting Klubrádió’s appeal against the Media Council’s decision, this Budapest-based radio station will disappear from the air waves in a few days’ time, when its licence expires on the evening of 14 February.The Media Council, which is heavily influenced by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government, gave a trivial reason for its decision last September not to renew Klubrádió’s licence – the radio station’s failure to keep the Council informed about its adherence to airtime quotas for Hungarian and international music.Known for its outspoken and humorous criticism of the government, Klubrádió had previously been ordered to restrict the area covered by its broadcasts to the capital. From now on it will be limited to broadcasting on the Internet.“With the Hungarian judicial system’s support, the Media Council has used an administrative pretext to deal a major blow to media pluralism,” said Pavol Szalai, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. “The European Commission must delay no more in investigating the Council’s independence under the revised European directive on broadcast media, and in investigating the other curbs on press freedom, such as state aid to pro-government media.”Klubrádió plans to take its appeal against the Media Council’s decision to Hungary’s supreme court. But its broadcast frequency is still put out to bid and its disappearance from the airwaves will have irreversible consequences, including the loss of listeners and advertisers.The radio station thus joins the long list of victims of the censorship policies pursued by the government, which used political and economic pressure to dismantle the biggest independent news website, Index, last July.Hungary is ranked 89th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on Hungarycenter_img HungaryEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment News HungaryEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News RSF_en RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Pasadena City College Foundation Announces New Board Members

    first_img Top of the News Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Education Pasadena City College Foundation Announces New Board Members STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 4:35 pm Make a comment From Top clockwise: Hoyt Hilsman, Justin H. Tsui, Gilda Pettit, Gloria de Olarte, Craig Washington, Robert Floe, Cynthia KurtzThe Pasadena City College Foundation has announced seven new members to its Board of Directors. The new members join other Pasadena area leaders to support PCC students and the College by working to fulfill the mission of the Foundation.The Foundation has elected Hoyt Hilsman, Cynthia Kurtz, Gloria de Olarte, Gilda Pettit, Justin H. Tsui, Robert Floe and Craig L. Washington. These new members come in under the presidency of Gloria Pitzer and they bring their invaluable expertise to the board.Continuing to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors include: Geoffrey Baum, Scott Bell, Glenn Bowie, Sheldon Bull, Vivian Chan, Dana Dattola, Charmayne Mills Ealy, Erika Endrijonas, Ralph Frammolino, Carmella Grahn, Mark Harmsen, Bill Hawkins, William Krantz, Nancy Lan, Robert Miller, Michael Mitchell, Ryan Newman, Clara Potes-Fellow, Gloria Pitzer, Jim Sarni, R. C. Schrader, Don Schweitzer, Jack Scott, Chuck Stanislawski, Gregory Sun, Wade Winter.Hoyt Hilsman is an award-winning author, journalist, and former PCC Trustee and former candidate for Congress in California. He has written screenplays for film, television, and the major studios and networks in Hollywood, including Sony, Disney, New Line Cinema, ABC, and CBS.Cynthia Kurtz has more than 30 years’ experience planning and managing complex projects and programs in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she was city manager for the City of Pasadena. She also served as interim city manager for the cities of Covina and Santa Ana, chief operating officer for River LA, and president of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.Gloria de Olarte is a certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She has chaired the Plastic Surgery Department at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Arcadia Methodist Hospital, San Gabriel Hospital, and St. Luke Medical Center. Additionally, she has served as voluntary staff of the Plastic Surgery Department at the University of Southern California and is a volunteer on the medical staff at Home Boy Industries.Gilda Pettit, a highly skilled Asset Based Lender with over 35 years’ experience in Commercial Lending, is a Vice President and Team Lead at City National Bank. She has spent 10 years at Wells Fargo Bank as a Relationship Manager, and from 2012 – 2013 she was a member of the Wells Fargo Capital Finance Diversity Council. Most recently, she has served as the treasurer of the National Latina Business Women’s Association-Los Angeles.Justin H. Tsui has extensive experience in providing strategic vision and leadership for IT solution architecture and implementation, Cloud and Mobile strategy evaluation and implementation, cyber security and compliance management, and operational and financial management. As President and CEO of TeamLogic IT of Pasadena, he oversees supply chain development and implementation.Robert Floe is the president and founder of Floe Financial Partners, a Pasadena investment advisory firm that has been helping individuals, charities, and corporations for 33 years. Floe has served as the chairman of the board of Union Station Homeless Services and has been on the boards of Five Acres, Heifer International Foundation, and Pando Populus.Craig L. Washington is the Vice President of the Tournament of Roses and has been a volunteer member since 2000. He will serve as the Association’s President in 2028. Professionally, Washington is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and California Real Estate Broker. He currently serves as a Regional Contract Manager for Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.“I am excited to welcome our new members to our Board of Directors,” said Bobbi Abram, Executive Director of the PCC Foundation. “Each of them brings great knowledge and passion for the PCC community. We look forward to their contributions to the Foundation.”The Pasadena City College Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable, public-benefit corporation that develops funding and community support for the enhancement of teaching and learning at Pasadena City College. 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  • John Downey refused bail in Belfast court

    first_img Pinterest Facebook Previous articleSpecial day for Naomh Muire – Roisin Rodgers & Erika HannaNext articleBurnfoot Wildlife Sanctuary opening to the public on Friday News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Homepage BannerNews Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img A 67-year-old Donegal man who was extradited to the North earlier this month has been refused bail due to flight risk.The BBC is reporting that John Downey has been charged with the murders of UDR soldiers Alfred Johnston, a 32-year-old father of four, and James Eames, who was 33 and a father of three.Both were killed in an IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen in 1972.Mr Downey appeared via video link at a court hearing in Belfast, with the court told a timetable for his trial would be set at a further hearing on Friday. John Downey refused bail in Belfast court By News Highland – October 22, 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Google+last_img read more

  • It’s raining, it’s pouring

    first_imgIt’s raining in Georgia, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to stop. Instead of the drought levels and watering restrictions of years past, Georgians are now dealing with a yard-flooding abundance of rainfall.That standing water can be a good thing, as long as it’s not pooling against a home’s foundation or causing mosquito problems, said University of Georgia water expert Frank Henning.“When water pools, it’s soaking into the ground; and sediment and other pollutants that are carried in runoff are filtered by the soil,” he said. “It’s doing a lot of environmental services, like cleaning, storing and cooling water that would otherwise discharge directly into streams.”And Georgia’s got a lot of water that runs directly into streams. Concrete, rooftops, asphalt and scalped land all contribute to water problems, even just a seemingly surface issue like erosion.“One of the most expensive things [for municipalities] to get out of drinking water is sediment,” said UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator Steven Patrick.And a lot of sediment is soil that washes away from lawns, gardens, fields and stream banks when it rains.Good-bye, dirtHabersham County, where Patrick works, has seen a spurt of development in the past few years. With people moving up from Atlanta and Florida, builders have met their housing needs by scraping land and building homes.“Basically, our homeowners get left with bare clay and a new house,” he said.Regulations that require Atlanta-area developers to plant grass and shrubs don’t apply as stringently in the north Georgia mountains. New homeowners often find themselves with a new house, annual rye, no woody cover and the challenge of growing a landscape from scratch.Patrick teaches his county’s residents how to reestablish their yards with plants and grasses that will survive in that part of the state. But he sees a lot of water rush straight into streams before those lawns are established.“If people took care of their own yards individually, you wouldn’t have the big storm water surges on creeks and rivers,” he said.Water managementHenning, who is an EPA Region IV Liaison for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said the best way to deal with waterlogged lawns and gardens is to plan for that water.One suggestion involves something called a vegetated swale. It’s like a ditch, only wider, shallower and greener. Swales infiltrate the water from small rain events so there isn’t any runoff. They also slow, filter and divert runoff from larger events without causing erosion.Another option is to install a rain garden. A depressed area in the landscape, a rain garden is designed to collect, store and infiltrate water without providing habitat for mosquito breeding. Rain gardens follow many of the same concepts as swales. However, they may include an overflow outlet that allows water to exit the garden if the level gets too high and an underground drain that reduces the amount of time that water ponds.Mulch and ponds also help harvest rainwater and prevent downstream flooding. Mulch allows water to filter into the soil and helps prevent evaporation in times of drought. Ponds provide places for wildlife to gather and vegetation to grow.Landscaping for low areas is another creative solution, Henning said. With the proper combination of plants, a boggy area or wetland can be an attractive landscape feature.“Embrace those areas, and celebrate the diversity in your landscape,” Henning said. “You’ll have less mowing and something different in your yard.”Whatever the conditions, Henning said to remember the neighbors, even the ones with fins and gills: “Capture and infiltrate rainwater instead of quickly delivering it downstream in a pipe.”For more information on rain gardens, visit http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/EB-101/EB-101.html.last_img read more

  • Men’s hockey: Badgers upset Minnesota in weekend Border Battle

    first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team earned an impressive four points against No. 7 University of Minnesota with an overtime loss Friday and a comeback, 5-3 win Saturday. The win kept the Badgers in the top half of the Big Ten standings at No. 3, behind the Gophers and the red-hot University of Penn State.The Gophers jumped on the home team early Friday, shutting the Badgers out 2-0 in the first period and putting up a whopping 18 shots on goal to Wisconsin’s six.“That’s a heck of a team and they didn’t let us get to our game, they kept us on our heels and kind of off balance all period and that’s why they’re ranked fifth or sixth in the country,” head coach Tony Granato said.Ben Pierce/The Badger HeraldMen’s hockey: Badgers host No. 7 Minnesota as border rival returns to MadisonThe University of Wisconsin looks to add a rivalry win over the No. 7 Gophers and their high-powered offense to Read…The early goings of the game spelled blowout for the young Badgers, who the high-flying Gopher offense seemingly overmatched. Wisconsin needed some momentum if they were to hang with a top-10 team like Minnesota. That momentum came when sophomore captain Luke Kunin found the back of the net less than a minute into the second period.Kunin’s score got the ball rolling for the Badgers and when the referee called Minnesota for tripping just moments later, the Kohl Center knew they had a game on their hands. The border rivals went penalty-for-penalty and shot-for-shot as the second period ensued, each team scoring once more to end the period with a 3-2 Gopher lead.Emotions and tempers flared as the game went into its final frame, each team battling its heart out both in between and outside the whistles. The Gophers outshot the Badgers 29-18 up until that point, but the young Jack Berry was not fazed in front of his own net. The freshman had stopped 26 of those onslaughts and would finish the game with an impressive 36 saves.“I thought Berry was real big for us early in the game. It could’ve been a little bit bigger lead for them so I think that was important,” Granato said.Ben Pierce/The Badger HeraldMen’s hockey: Luke Kunin notches second Big Ten Star of the Week awardThe former recruiting classes of former Wisconsin men’s hockey coach, Mike Eaves, are finally starting to make headlines on the Read…If the first two periods weren’t exciting enough, the third would turn out to be a thrilling finish to this rivalry game. The Badgers took the offensive, sending shot after shot at Minnesota’s Eric Schierhorn until finally, midway through the final period, freshman phenome Trent Frederic found the back of the net to tie the game.The Kohl Center absolutely erupted as Frederic caught his teammates in celebration, but the job was far from finished. Just more than 10 minutes remained in the game as each team poured their hearts onto the ice in attempt to seal the victory. With just 30 seconds left the Badgers released a flurry of shots in front of the Gopher goaltender, sending the Badger crowd into a frenzy as each attempt was deflected before the clock hit zero.It seemed as though the Badgers were right where they wanted to be, taking the No. 7-ranked team into overtime, coming off an incredible offensive sequence.But, like every elite team, Minnesota would bend but not break. The Gophers rallied in overtime and closed out the game when senior captain Justin Kloos snuck by the Wisconsin defense to give Minnesota the win.“They’ve got so much speed that fall asleep for one second or you give them one opportunity on a rush they can beat you and that’s what happened in overtime,” Granato said postgame.Ben Pierce/The Badger HeraldThe play for Wisconsin would only get better on Saturday. The win came down to surprising plays from some relatively unknown players for the Badgers as Will Johnson, Cameron Hughes, Tim Davison and Frederic all tallied goals in less than a period.Johnson got the puck sliding early with a goal late in the first period to open the scoring in the Kohl Center. Minnesota would rally with two quick goals to take an end-of-first-period lead, but were unable to hold onto the momentum in the second period.After a goal from Hughes about midway through the game, Davison slipped a shot by Schierhorn to give the Badgers a 3-2 lead and notch his first goal in well more than a year. The next few minutes were an attacking onslaught for Wisconsin, scoring at the end of the second and just 57 seconds into the third.The 5-2 lead was too much for the Gophers to overcome and, despite their third goal of the game with about 10 minutes to go, their seven-game win streak would end in Madison. Even with the first-place spot in the Big Ten, Minnesota suffered their first loss to Wisconsin since 2013 and ended their weekend on a low note.Ben Pierce/The Badger HeraldAs for the Badgers, their dominant victory makes one of the biggest statements of the year in college hockey: Wisconsin is back. After sitting right on the cusp of being ranked a week ago, UW will undoubtedly move into the top 25 for the first time in years.The Badgers now move on to Columbus, Ohio for a two-game series with Ohio State University and another big opportunity to move up in the conference rankings. While the first game will be played at Ohio State, the two teams then travel to New York for a primetime matchup on BTN.The puck drops on Thursday in Columbus at 6 p.m. CDT and on Saturday in New York at 6 p.m.last_img read more

  • 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

  • Now or never

    first_imgAir Force earns draw; 2 clubs not joining PPL MOST READ “Good thing, there’s still a Game 7,” he added.And Magnolia hopes to finish what it failed to do when it clashes anew with Rain or Shine on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.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, logisticsGame time is 6:30 p.m.The Hotshots squandered an opportunity to bundle out the Elasto Painters and missed a chance at affording themselves ample preparation time for another trip to the conference finals where a familiar foe awaits them. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess But Garcia hopes to use the same ploy he did in Game 6.“During practice, we did not even do viewing. I just told the players to enjoy the game and to keep it simple. And it worked,” he said.“So coming into Game 7, I think we just have to do the same thing,” Garcia added. “I told them that we just have to trust each other and just see what happens.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krausscenter_img LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Victolero and the Hotshot also absorbed their first loss that night at Ynares Center—the very arena where they have been undefeated in nearly two years, and the place where they were crowned Governor’s Cup champions last season.But Magnolia has no time to wade through trivia and back stories. The prize for Saturday night’s winner is a shot a dethroning reigning four-time all-Filipino champions San Miguel Beer.“There will be little adjustments for the two teams come game time. It will just boil down [to] who wants it more,” Victolero said.Desire, yes. But Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said Magnolia will come in with a little edge.“Perhaps the difference now is Magnolia, in this situation, probably has the upper hand in experience,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESThere was no shortage of answers from head coach Chito Victolero when asked how Magnolia let a golden opportunity slip out of its hands.“They (Rain or Shine) outworked us. They were more aggressive than us. They wanted [the win] more than us,” the Hotshots mentor told reporters on his way out of a 91-81 loss to the Elasto Painters in Game 6 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal clash at Ynares Center in Antipolo City late Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • 10 months agoNewcastle, Burnley move for Marseille forward Clinton N’Jie

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle, Burnley move for Marseille forward Clinton N’Jieby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarseille forward Clinton N’Jie is being linked with a return to the Premier League.The Daily Mail says Newcastle United have asked about N’Jie. The former Tottenham forward is available on loan with view to a permanent deal but also has interest from Burnley, Cardiff and Crystal Palace. The 25-year-old was set to join Sporting CP on loan last summer but the move collapsed after the clubs failed to agree terms. The Cameroon international forward enjoyed two productive seasons after joining from Spurs but he has started only four games this season. last_img read more

  • 18 days ago​Lampard delighted with Hudson-Odoi against Southampton

    first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Lampard delighted with Hudson-Odoi against Southamptonby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard was quick to praise young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi after his side’s convincing win over Southampton.Despite an even contest in the first half, it was Chelsea who took the lead and eventually ran away with the game.While Hudson-Odoi did not get a goal, Lampard was delighted with his overall impact in the 4-1 away Premier League success.Speaking about Hudson-Odoi, Lampard said to BBC Sport: “I liked a lot of the stuff he did, there’s competition in those wide areas now. I thought it was a really good performance, really bright stuff, I’m disappointed he didn’t get his goal.” last_img read more