352 Free Letterbox Templates for Video Editing (8K, 4K, HD & More)

first_imgThe templates (seen above) can be used to convert footage into the following aspect ratios:1:1 Square4:3 Silent Film/NTSC1.37:1 Academy Ratio1.43:1 IMAX3:2 Classic 35mm7:4 Metroscope1.85:1 Vistavision2:1 Panascope & RED2.2:1 Todd AI2.35:1 Cinemascope2.39:1 Theatrical & Blu-ray2.55:1 Vintage Cinemascope2.75:1 Ultra Panavision2.76:1 MGM Camera 653:1 Extreme Scope4:1 PolyVisionAll of the templates are available in both black and white letterbox formats.Using the Free Letterbox TemplatesThese free letterbox templates are incredibly easy to use and manipulate. All of the files are PNG images with alpha channels. To use the templates, simply drag and drop the appropriate resolution letterbox above your sequence in your video editing application of choice.DOWNLOAD FREE LETTERBOX TEMPLATES Easily give your videos the cinematic cropping they deserve with these free high-res letterbox templates for video editing.Despite having the ability to export footage in virtually any resolution, filmmakers and video producers are still limited to showing their work on screens with a very specific aspect ratios. Because of this, you need to export your footage with letterboxes if you want to view your footage in an aspect ratio that’s different than 16:9.What Are Letterbox Templates?Simply put, letterboxes are small bars that can be applied to your footage to give them an irregular aspect ratio while still retaining their 16:9 size. Letterboxes can be used to crop footage shot in 16:9 to a more cinematic 2.35:1. They can also be a great tool for pre-visualizing how your video will be cropped on an irregularly sized screen.In the past if you wanted to drop letterboxes into your project, you had to either download a limited free template or create your own. These options aren’t ideal — so we created a future-proof pack full of letterbox templates for virtually every format in the world.What’s in the Free Letterbox Template Pack?Our free pack of 352 letterbox templates includes templates for every popular video resolution in the world, including:HD 720HD 10802K2.5K3K3K HD4K4K UHD5K6K8Klast_img read more

How to Create Unique Effects by Editing Your Videos in Photoshop

first_imgYes, you can edit video in Photoshop, but should you? Here are a few tricks you can pull off to quickly and easily add a little life to your projects.Why would anyone want to do edit video in Photoshop when there are non-linear editing programs designed specifically for the task? Until a couple of months ago, I didn’t even know it was possible. However, editing video in Photoshop can be a creative way to add visual effects to your projects that your viewers have never seen.In this article, we’ll break down how to edit video in Photoshop, and then we’ll dive into some techniques you can use for your own special effects.Getting StartedIf you’re familiar with Adobe products, then learning to edit video in Photoshop shouldn’t be too difficult. Once you open PS, you need to switch your layout to “motion,” which you’ll find in the top-right corner of your screen. Once you’ve made this selection, a timeline should appear; click Create new sequence. I recommend doing most of your basic editing in Premiere f— or whichever editing program you use — before dropping your video into Photoshop. This way, you can focus on adding effects rather than worrying about timeline work.Once you’ve exported your sequence from your NLE of choice, import your video into the Photoshop timeline by clicking Add media next to Layer 1. Delete the default blank layer, and move your clip to the beginning of the sequence. Depending on the length and other specifics of your clip, you can set the two markers at the top as in and out points to focus on a specific section. This is particularly useful if you’re making small adjustments and want to analyze specific frames.For example, if you’re editing a photo, I recommend creating a new layer if you want to manipulate certain shapes or aspects of your image without changing the whole thing.What You Can Do in Photoshop1. Add Color and TextureA couple of months ago, I saw Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The animation style and the visual effects left me so inspired that I decided to try to make my own 30-second homage to the film. To recreate some of the comic book-like effects, I exported each clip into PS and used different brushes to create shading and highlights. By creating individual layers for each aspect of the image and then setting in and out keyframes, I was able to track the different layers to the moving image. The result was a short sequence inspired by the film with my own unique twist. (I made a full video about this process if you want to check it out.)2. Create Interesting Titles or Text OverlaysIn Photoshop, the possibilities are endless, whether it’s creating unique shapes or adding textures to text or backgrounds. Using these tools to add your own personal details makes your work unique.3. Use Animations to Add Emphasis and InterestThese images show two consecutive frames of a woman walking across the shot holding a baby. In order to make this more visually intriguing, I added a couple of different designs to emphasize her movement and create a more stylized look. First, I added a geometric outline to the woman that shifts with every frame. The three dots remain fixed in place and disappear as the subject overlaps with them. Inspired by a more illustrative, animated style, the half-moon shapes emphasize the subject’s movement and her swinging bag, creating more visual movement.Cover image via Sony Pictures.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check these out.How to Create a Mid-’90s DV Camcorder Look in After EffectsWhy You Should Be Using Film Grain on Digital Video + 5 Free Film Grain OverlaysQuick Tips: Improving Your Product Shots and Commercials3 Easy Stereo Recording Techniques For Your Next ProjectThe Whys and Hows of Tracking: Handheld vs. Stabilizedlast_img read more

New Washington player joins push for NIH funding

first_imgScores of patient groups, scientific societies, and university coalitions devote much of their time to lobbying the U.S. Congress for more funding for biomedical research and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This week another group, ACT for NIH: Advancing Cures Today, joined their ranks.The organization stands out for a few reasons: It was launched with largesse from a new face, New York City and Houston, Texas, real estate investor Jed Manocherian, whose time on the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston stoked his concern about NIH’s past decade of flat funding. Its all-star advisory board includes Nobel Prize winner David Baltimore and MD Anderson President Ronald DePinho. And it is headed by biomedical science lobbying veteran Patrick White, who has spent more than 2 decades working on Capitol Hill, in government, and for various research interest groups. Until 3 months ago, White was the top legislative aide to NIH Director Francis Collins.White discussed his organization’s plans with ScienceInsider. 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NIH has lost 25% of its purchasing power since 2003 due to flat budgets and cuts. We are losing a generation of young scientists. People are shutting down their labs. They’re laying people off and delaying equipment purchases. This is hurting our economy and job creation and growth. And we are doing this to ourselves at a time when other countries are making serious efforts in terms of upping their investments in biomedical research.Q: Lots of other groups make those same arguments. Why not just throw in with them? A: A lot of other groups do very good work but they also have a broader agenda. We are trying to bring a laserlike focus to the issue of NIH funding. What we aim to do is work directly with key lawmakers [in Congress] who are interested in trying to address this challenge. And what we’re doing is complementary to what the rest of the community is doing.I haven’t talked to a single member of Congress who is opposed to more biomedical research funding. There’s been a shift in the tone in the last 2 years where more and more members of Congress are willing to have an open discussion about our disinvestment in NIH.And so in what is overall a quite bleak picture, I think some members now are realizing we need to do something. That’s the opportunity that I’m trying to seize.Q: Talk a little bit about tactics. A: The idea is to identify and work with members on both sides of the aisle who over the last 3 to 5 years have either done or said important things about the state of NIH funding and essentially to open a dialogue with them and see if there isn’t some sort of possibility of a consensus to try and address the funding crisis.Do we have a plan? Do we have a legislative proposal for how we’re going to fix this? We do not. But there have been amazing conversations in NIH’s appropriations hearings over the last couple of years, where members have started talking about other sources of revenue. There’s even been discussion of perhaps some kind of mandatory funding. We’re not endorsing or pushing anything. We just want to see something good and something significant happen to turn this around.Q: Does your group have a planned lifespan? A: We actually don’t intend to be in business for a long time. We’re sort of looking at this as an 18-month to maybe 2-year process. My charge is to succeed or fail, and do so quickly.last_img read more

I am not married to filmmaker Aditya Chopra, says Rani Mukerji

first_imgBollywood actor Rani Mukerji, who has rubbished rumours that she is married to filmmaker Aditya Chopra, says she has left her marriage destiny to god. “My name has been linked with several people, but upar waala (god) will decide who will become my life partner,” Rani said in reply to queries in Rajat Sharma’s show Aap Ki Adalat, aired on India TV.Mukerji, whose latest film Aiyyaa released Friday, reacted strongly to media reports about her secret marriage to Aditya, elder son of acclaimed filmmaker Yash Chopra.”The media can’t even decide which year the wedding took place. Was it 2007, or 2009, or 2012? Let them (media) make up their mind first.””I am fortunate that the people of this country consider me as their daughter and they are worried about my marriage. But birth, death and marriage are in the hands of ‘upar waala’ and what is ordained, shall happen,” said the actress, who sported a rudraksha string on her left wrist.”As far as my marriage with Aditya is concerned, I can only say, Main toh abhi kunwaari hoon (I am still unmarried),” she added.last_img read more

ISL team Mumbai City FC launches grassroots initiative

first_imgMumbai, Sep 22 (PTI) Mumbai City FC has teamed up with Navi Mumbai Area Schools Association (NMASA) to launch the first-ever grassroot football league, commencing today. The tournament would see over 150 teams from schools associated with the NMASA compete in the U-8, U-10, U-12 and U-14 age categories at the Fr Agnel Sports Complex, Vashi, said a media release here today. The league will feature matches that make the children play in age specific formats, i.e. 5v5 for the U-8 age group, 7v7 for U-10 and so on, giving them a chance to play more and more matches. In the league phase, each team is to play a minimum of seven matches, with the top teams from each group going on to play in the knockout stage. Over 700 matches will be played in total across all age categories and these are in accordance with the guidelines set by FIFA, the release said. “We firmly believe this high level of competition is a stepping stone to bring the best out of the citys youngsters. With an eye on the future, as we build the franchise at one level, we need to ensure that there is a strong feeder pipeline in place to take the legacy of Mumbai City FC forward,” said Indranil Das Blah, CEO of Mumbai City FC. PTI SSR ARS CMlast_img read more

Premier League: Raheem Sterling Shines as Manchester City Stroll Past Aston Villa

first_imgManchester: Pep Guardiola was relieved Manchester City found their rhythm in time to close the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to three points as Raheem Sterling inspired a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.Guardiola’s side survived a tame opening period as second half goals from Sterling, David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan put Villa to the sword. City’s second successive league victory lifted them above Leicester into second place and put pressure on Liverpool to beat Tottenham in Sunday’s clash at Anfield.Fernandinho was dismissed after earning a second booking when the City star tugged at Keinan Davis in the 87th minute.Guardiola conceded the champions had been below their best at the start, but he was delighted with the way they took control after the interval.”Aston Villa played very well in the first half and we played not so good. They are newly-promoted and played with real spirit, attacking the channels well,” Guardiola said.”But the second half, I don’t know if we played good because we scored early or it was because we played differently, but we won. It was a special second half, we were another level.”PEP 💬 We played good for 45 minutes, but not the other one. Respect and credit to Aston Villa.We have to be aggressive with the ball. The only person in the first half who was aggressive was @sterling7. In the second half it happened.🔵 #MCIAVL #ManCity pic.twitter.com/AFLKS0GxJp— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 26, 2019 City were upset by Wolves in their last league fixture at the Etihad Stadium, but Guardiola had never lost back-to-back home league games as a manager and Sterling was key to ensuring that impressive record wasn’t ruined.Sterling’s latest virtuoso display came just days after his second hat-trick of the campaign in City’s Champions League demolition of Atalanta.The England winger has made a convincing case to be regarded as genuine superstar over the last 18 months and Villa had no answer to his intelligent movement, sublime skills and predatory finishing.City have scored 32 league goals this season, 11 more than Liverpool, and their firepower was clear to see as they saw off Villa with their record scorer Sergio Aguero on the bench.Gabriel Jesus made consecutive Premier League starts for the first time since December, but he squandered a chance to put City ahead when he dragged his close-range shot wide from Sterling’s pass.No fewer than 11 City stars have suffered injuries this season, with Oleksandr Zinchenko and Rodri the latest to be sidelined for several weeks.ROUTE ONE CITYGuardiola admitted he was “a little bit concerned” about how City would cope, yet with Sterling in his side, anything is possible.Sterling appealed for a penalty when his shot cannoned off Bjorn Engels’ arm, then glanced a header just wide.John Stones gifted possession to Villa and Douglas Luiz almost took advantage when he tangled with City keeper Ederson, who narrowly avoided conceding a penalty in the melee.Despite their lack of rhythm in the first half, City should have been ahead at the break when Sterling teed up Silva, only for the Spanish midfielder to shoot inches wide of the far post.Usually firmly dedicated to Guardiola’s passing principles, City finally broke Villa’s stubborn resistence with a goal straight from the route one handbook.A huge punt forward by Ederson was flicked on by Jesus into the path of the unmarked Sterling, who took one touch before shooting under Tom Heaton for his 13th goal in 14 appearances in all competitions this term.City should have doubled their lead when Engels gave the ball away to Sterling and he picked out Jesus, but the Brazilian’s shot was brilliantly cleared off the line by Tyrone Mings.It made no difference as Guardiola’s side were in the groove and they killed off Villa with two goals in five minutes.In the 65th minute, Kevin De Bruyne swung in a cross that Silva flicked into the net despite a long VAR review followed to check for offside against Sterling.Gundogan put the result beyond doubt in the 70th minute with a clinical finish after Villa failed to clear. Aston Villafootballmanchester cityPep Guardiola First Published: October 26, 2019, 10:12 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Aston Villa remove Kevin MacDonald from coaching after new bullying claims

first_imgFarrelly, who won six caps for the Republic of Ireland, said he can be considered a player who came through at Villa, but he rejects any presumption that it was because of MacDonald’s coaching. Looking back, he believes he did not fulfil the potential he had at 17, with many talented players in the same age groups as him at the club never making it as professionals.“You have the period that I was there, in the mid-1990s, which was a bullying culture for the young players, then 20-25 years later, that has continued and this person is still there,” he said. “And then there is a finding of bullying but they left him in place – I struggle to process that.”The Guardian contacted Villa to ask for its response to Farrelly’s recollections. In a statement the club said: “The club referred these allegations immediately to its local authority and the football authorities, and with their agreement has commissioned an independent investigation into the former player’s complaints. That investigation will commence immediately and as a neutral act Kevin has been temporarily reassigned to non-player-facing duties pending completion of the investigation.”The club said MacDonald had been instructed not to comment on the allegations of bullying, pending the outcome of the investigation.In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org. Bullying Read more Share on Messenger Topics Twitter Pinterest Share on Twitter After receiving questions from the Guardian and notification of Farrelly’s recollections this week, the club informed the local authority designated officer, the Football Association and EFL, and started an independent investigation, led by a barrister, into the bullying allegations.Farrelly, who moved from his home in Dublin aged 17 to sign a professional contract with the Midlands club in 1992 and played in midfield in the Premier League for Villa, Everton and Bolton Wanderers, said MacDonald belittled him and scoffed at his achievements, undermining his confidence and giving negative reports of his performances to the then Villa manager, Brian Little.Now working as a solicitor having qualified this year, Farrelly remembers his time as a young player at Villa as a constant battle to deal with bullying. The effort to fight back and achieve his ambitions made him mentally and physically exhausted, he said in an interview with the Guardian, and left him in “extremely dark places”, feeling depressed and with suicidal thoughts.He believes of MacDonald: “I say, and I maintain this position, that his regime destroyed far more kids than he ever developed … If people had been treated better, fairly, you can’t say they would definitely have made it but they would have had an opportunity to develop and kick on more.”He was prompted to tell his story publicly after reading that only last year, around 20 years later, a Premier League investigation found MacDonald guilty of bullying a young Villa player in 2015 and 2016, yet MacDonald was allowed to continue at the club in a new role as the Under-23 coach. The player’s father had complained repeatedly to Villa that his son was beginning to show signs of depression because of bullying and emotional abuse by MacDonald.“I could not believe the role he still occupies,” Farrelly said of discovering the findings of the Premier League investigation last year, which found the club did not carry out an adequate inquiry into the complaints. The league insisted on changes to practices at the Villa academy but MacDonald was left in place and moved to coach a higher age group. Villa were accused by the young player’s father and others of having a toxic culture in their academy but the club rejected that view and said MacDonald had a strong record of bringing players through to the first team. Aston Villa Share on Pinterest news Share on LinkedIn Gareth Farrelly: ‘It was a toxic, bullying culture for young players at Aston Villa’ Gareth Farrelly in action for Aston Villa. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Empics Sport Reuse this content Share via Email Aston Villa have suspended their long-serving youth coach Kevin MacDonald from working with players, after a former graduate of the club, Gareth Farrelly, came forward to tell the Guardian about his claims of relentless bullying from MacDonald in the mid-1990s.Farrelly accused the coach of “incredibly aggressive, constant verbal and physical bullying” and said it “took me to a place at 20 that nobody should have to go to. And I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.” Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebooklast_img read more

The Colorado WR’s Quote About Nebraska That’s Circulating Is Fake

first_imglaviska shenault college footballBOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 06: Laviska Shenault, Jr #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes carries the ball in the second quarter against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Folsom Field on October 6, 2018 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Don’t believe everything you see on social media. Just ask star Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr.Over the weekend, a quote reportedly from Shenault was circulating on Twitter. In it, the potential first-round draft pick took a shot at the Cornhusker defense.“The most fun I’ve had in a game was at Nebraska, their defense was a joke and it was fun seeing all the fans go home angry,” the alleged quote read. “Looking forward to having my way with that secondary again this year.”There is only one problem with these statements. Shenault never made them. The quote was fabricated. The All-Pac 12 wideout set the record straight on Twitter yesterday.This is fake https://t.co/TxAtCKLpVz— H U N C H O🤷🏾‍♂️ (@Viska2live) June 16, 2019Shenault did catch 10 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown while adding a rushing touchdown in a win over the Huskers last September. He pretty much had his way with Nebraska that afternoon, though he never spoke tauntingly about it.Colorado beat the Huskers last season. Nebraska will get another chance against Shenault and the Buffaloes on September 7 in Boulder.last_img read more

Glenfiddich Introduces 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve

first_img Glenfiddich Grand Cru Makes a French Connection with 23-Year-Old Scotch 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? Glenfiddich has some great news for all you whiskey lovers out there. The world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whiskey has launched and added a new spirit to its permanent portfolio, exclusive to the United States. Introducing Glenfiddich 14 Year Old, a bourbon barrel reserve that pays tribute to the shared history of American and Scotch whiskies.Matured for 14 years in ex-bourbon American Oak casks, Glenfiddich 14 year Old hits your tastebuds like a smooth bourbon and finishes similar to a bold single malt. After it spends more than a decade in ex-bourbon barrels, Malt Master Brian Kinsman finishes the spirit in deep charred new American Oak barrels from The Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, KY. The result is a beautiful, complex flavor that includes woody spices and ripe summer fruit for a rich, sweet, vibrant single malt.“American Oak casks have had a significant influence on single malt Scotch whisky maturation and the flavor profiles we find today,” Kinsman said. “By maturing this expression in bourbon casks, we’ve created a beautifully intense flavor, reflective of the relentless passion we have for producing incredible single malts. With notes of fresh oak and velvety caramel, our 14 Year Old remains true to Glenfiddich’s heritage of producing fruity and deeply flavored whiskies and is the perfect marriage of bourbon sweetness and Scotch complexity.”Related: Two Limited Edition Scotches from Compass Box WhiskeyPresented in a deep navy blue casing, inspired by the Kentucky state flag, Glenfiddich 14 Year Old is certified Kosher and will be available nationally this fall at luxury whiskey retailers and premium bars and hotels. We were lucky enough to taste it alongside Brian Kinsman and Paul Kelvin of Kelvin Cooperage at Hometown Bar-B-Que in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood a couple weeks ago, and it’s everything we hoped it would be and more. It’s smooth, rich and sweet with layers of toffee, woody spices and candied orange peel. Not only is it great in cocktails, it’s easy to enjoy neat also.For more information on Glenfiddich 14 Year Old, visit glenfiddich.com. The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection last_img read more

Wärtsilä Presents New FPP Opti Design

first_imgJune 4, 2014 zoom The FPP Opti Design, a new state-of-the-art fixed pitch propeller (FPP) design concept, has been introduced by Wärtsilä.The new design offers fuel savings of up to 4 per cent and highly reliable full scale performance predictions. The concept has been developed utilising the latest computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology.The Wärtsilä FPP Opti Design has been developed at the company’s Technology and Service Centre in the Netherlands, and is the result of highly experienced design engineers having access to the very latest and most sophisticated software and analysis tools.CFD calculations analyse not only the propeller performance but most importantly also, the interaction between the propeller and hull. This provides extremely accurate information to achieve design and parametric optimisation.“Wärtsilä has more than 100 years of experience in developing high quality propeller solutions. To this huge knowledge resource we have now been able to add a highly sophisticated state-of-the-art design approach that is unmatched in the industry. The hull and the propeller, and the interaction between the two, can both now be taken into account during the design process. The result is a higher level of efficiency and lower operating costs,” says Arto Lehtinen, Vice President, Propulsion, Wärtsilä Ship Power.Energy saving solutionsWärtsilä continues to develop solutions that save energy and improve the efficiency of ship propellers. These include the Tip Rake Concept featuring an extended tip, smoothly curved to the pressure side of the blade with optimised geometrical parameters developed to achieve efficiency improvements, lower pressure pulse levels, and a quieter propeller.The Wärtsilä EnergoProFin is an innovative propeller cap with fins that rotates together with any make of propeller. By weakening the hub vortex, resistance is decreased and propulsion thrust is increased, resulting in fuel savings of up to 5%.Energopac is Wärtsilä’s optimised propulsion and manoeuvring solution that reduces fuel consumption by integrating the propeller and rudder designs.It is fully optimised for energy efficiency without compromising either manoeuvrability or comfort levels.last_img read more

Video: Maiden LNG Cargo Leaves Gladstone

first_imgzoom The first cargo of liquefied natural gas from the AUD 18.5 billion GLNG project on Curtis Island, Australia, was loaded from the Santos GLNG facility onto the Malaysian-owned LNG ship Seri Bakti, and is on its way to South Korea, according to Santos, the operator of the Santos GLNG.Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer David Knox said that the first shipment was the culmination of a historic journey for Santos.“Successfully delivering our first operated LNG project is a testament to our dedicated employees and contractors, the support we have received from governments, local communities, our customers and shareholders, as well as the strong relationships we enjoy with our joint venture partners,” Knox said. “The first cargo from GLNG strengthens our position as a major and competitive LNG supplier to Asia. GLNG is a robust project and will generate strong cash flows for the business for decades to come.”GLNG produces natural gas from Queensland’s coal seams and converts it into LNG. It involves gas field development in the Surat and Bowen Basins, a 420-kilometre gas transmission pipeline and a two-train LNG plant on Curtis Island, near Gladstone which will have the capacity to produce 7.8 million tonnes of LNG per year when fully operational.Santos is the operator and has a 30% interest in the project. Other co-venturers include Petronas of Malaysia (27.5%), Total of France (27.5%) and Kogas of South Korea (15%).The Santos GLNG facility is one of three LNG plants being built on Curtis Island, Australia, alongside Queensland Curtis LNG (BG Group) and Australia Pacific LNG (ConocoPhillips).Once complete, the three LNG facilities comprising of six Trains will have a combined capacity to produce about 25 million tonnes of LNG per annum.last_img read more

Where is the body of John Franklin Inuit historian thinks he knows

first_imgGJOA HAVEN, Nunavut – The man who guided searchers to the wreck of John Franklin’s flagship may have one more surprise left up his parka sleeve.“I believe that Franklin is in a vault on King William Island,” says Louie Kamookak, an Inuit historian who has spent 30 years correlating stories collected from elders with European logbooks and journals.The mystery that surrounds the Franklin Expedition is one of the great legends of Arctic exploration. The ships Erebus and Terror set out from England in 1845 with 129 men to search for the Northwest Passage, but they never returned.Little by little, the Franklin story is coming together.Artifacts and graves found throughout the 19th and 20th centuries were joined by several more bodies discovered in the 1980s. The ships were found in 2014 and 2016.But where is the grave of John Franklin?Kamookak relates two stories passed down through generations that may offer tantalizing clues.“One group of Inuit said they saw a burial of a great chief under the ground, under stone.”This was remarkable for the hunters, as Inuit traditionally buried their dead on the surface, wrapped in caribou skins and under a cairn. They investigated the site, expecting to find something similar. All they found was a flat stone.“They said he was a great shaman who turned to stone,” says Kamookak.In another account, a group of travelling Inuit came across a large wooden structure.“They managed to get a cross piece they took for a sled. The man who was telling the story said there was a flat stone and he could tell the stone was hollow.”Given that other expedition graves have been found on land, Kamookak believes Franklin’s is there too.“I don’t think they would have an ocean burial for him.”If he’s right, Franklin is probably still lying beneath the tundra on King William Island’s rocky and windswept northeast coast.If he’s wrong, chalk up one more mystery in a tale that’s been generating questions for 170 years.last_img read more

Nightmare in Nigeria for family fighting to retrieve mothers body

first_imgBy Delaney WindigoAPTN National NewsSASKATOON–What began as a journey to Nigeria for love has ended in a nightmare.A Saskatchewan family is struggling to bring back the body of a woman who died in Nigeria after marrying a local man she met online.Debra Pine left Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation in February to marry a man known as “Martin.”A month after the marriage, Pine died from septicaemia, a serious bacterial infection, and her body lies in a morgue, thousands of kilometres away from her family.Now Pine’s family claims the body is being held hostage by Martin, who has a final say over what happens as the legal next of kin under Nigerian law.The family said they believe the man wants to use the death as a means to come to Canada.“I know he said he loves her, but I think his intentions were just to get to Canada,” said family friend Pamela Baldhead.The family said they have the money in place to bring Pine home and only the widower stands in their way.“At first, I was pretty confident that he would (let the body go), but now it’s like to me he is playing some kind of mind game with us,” said daughter Sheryl Horse. “Everything is already arranged, it’s just that he has to sign the release, to release her body.”Pine’s death has left her nine children grieving.“She was everything to everybody and we miss her,” said Baldhead. “We just want her home, we need her home.”Nigeria is also currently in the midst of an election and the family is having a difficult time making contact with any government officials.dwindigo@aptn.calast_img read more

Police continue to keep an eye on Winnipegs Idle No More rallies

first_imgAPTN National NewsMultiple rallies took place Friday in Winnipeg in support of the Idle No More movement.Once again police kept a close eye on demonstrations.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot was there.last_img

Prosecutors Backpagecom made millions in prostitution ads

first_imgPHOENIX – The classified advertising site Backpage.com ignored warnings to stop running advertisements promoting prostitution, sometimes involving children, because the lucrative enterprise brought in half a billion dollars, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.The charges against Backpage.com founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin, along with five others, accused them of publishing some ads that depicted children who authorities said were sex trafficking victims.The indictment said the site contended it tried to prevent prostitution ads, but investigators determined that was not the case and that owners declined to take steps to confront the problem.Backpage.com employees sought to help customers edit their ads to stay within legal limits while still encouraging commercial sex, prosecutors said. Photos and words that were indicative of prostitution were removed before such ads were run, according to the indictment.“Nevertheless, the Backpage defendants made a financial decision to continue displaying those ads,” the indictment said, noting the site has brought $500 million in prostitution-related revenues since its inception in 2004.Lacey, Larkin and five others who work for the site were indicted on federal charges in what authorities said was a scheme to knowingly facilitate prostitution by running ads for sexual services and using foreign banks to hide revenues.Last week, federal authorities seized Backpage.com and its affiliated websites.The indictment said it was implausible for Backpage.com to contend such ads were offering lawful escort services. “I am the type of girl who absolutely adores a man who understands the many desires of a young beautiful woman and how to accommodate a variety of fantasies,” one ad read.The indictment alleges Backpage.com started to launder money a few years ago after banks raised concerns. The indictment alleged the site routed proceeds through unrelated entities, wire money into foreign banks and convert money into cryptocurrency.Lacey and Larkin are charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering. Larry Kazan, an attorney representing Lacey, and Cristina Arguedas, a lawyer for Larkin, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.Executive vice-president Scott Spear was charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering, while chief financial officer John Brunst was charged with money laundering. Sales and marketing director Dan Hyer, operations manager Andrew Padilla and assistant operations manager Joye Vaught also were charged with facilitating prostitution.The indictment alleged that Padilla threatened to fire any employee who acknowledged in writing that the escorts depicted in ads were actually prostitutes.Attorney Michael Piccarreta, who represents Padilla, said the case will be important in deciding whether a web host can be held responsible for a third party’s behaviour. “It’s a very important precedent if a media company can be held responsible for what individuals post on their platform,” Piccarreta said.Michael Kimerer, a lawyer for Brunst, and Stephen Weiss, an attorney for Vaught, didn’t return a call for comment. There were no lawyers listed in court records for Hyer.Last year, the website’s chief executive Carl Ferrer, along with Lacey and Larkin, pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges in California, where state prosecutors said the website operators had illegally funneled money through multiple companies and created various websites to get around banks that refused to process transactions.Meanwhile, a California judge dismissed pimping conspiracy and other charges against the Backpage.com operators, saying federal law protecting free speech grants immunity to websites that post content created by others.In the past, the site’s operators challenged the California charges on First Amendment grounds.Officials have struggled with how to deal with the website without violating free speech protections.Backpage.com is a Dutch-owned limited liability corporation incorporated in Delaware, but its principal place of business is in Dallas. Federal officials say Backpage.com keeps its bank accounts and servers in Arizona.Lacey and Larkin are former owners of the Village Voice and the Phoenix New Times. The indictment says Lacey and Larkin purportedly sold their interest in Backpage.com in 2015, though they have retained control over the site.Lacey and Larkin were arrested in Arizona by then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office in 2007 for publishing information about a secret grand jury subpoena demanding information on its stories and online readers.They won a $3.75 million settlement from county government as a result of their now-discredited arrests.___Mary Hudetz in Albuquerque and Don Thompson in Sacramento contributed to this report.___Follow Jacques Billeaud at twitter.com/jacquesbilleaud. His work can be found at https://bit.ly/2GGWEPO.last_img read more

Darfur peace process has reached critical juncture Ban says

The Joint African Union-United Nations Mediator Djibril Bassolé has been working with Qatar to drum up momentum by giving civil society a voice at the peace talks, Mr. Ban told the Security Council.The efforts by the UN and AU – which together manage UNAMID, the peacekeeping force in Darfur – to resolve the long-running conflict in the region between the Sudanese Government and the region’s armed movements have been led by Mr. Bassolé and his team and sponsored by the Government of Qatar.Fighting has raged across the western Sudanese region since 2003, pitting the rebel movements against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. All sides stand accused of human rights abuses and an estimated 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur over the past six years and another 2.7 million people forced to leave their homes.Civil society and armed movements have agreed to re-start consultations in Doha on 18 January, to be followed by direct talks between the Government and movements on 24 January in Qatar’s capital.“Efforts must continue to encourage the Government, and more especially the rebel movements, to make concessions, and embrace the consensus which Mr. Bassolé is building,” the Secretary-General underscored.The AU High-Level Implementation Panel – comprising former South African president Thabo Mbeki, former Burundian leader Pierre Buyoya and former Nigerian president Abdulsalami Abubakar – and the international community have a key role to play, he added.The 15-member Council today was briefed by both Mr. Mbeki and AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping on the Panel’s new report, which provides a “frank assessment and insightful analysis” of what is happening in Sudan and offers recommendations on the way forward, according to Mr. Ban.“Perhaps above all, the panel members have insisted on seeing Sudan in its totality,” he said. “They have clearly articulated the links between the crisis in Darfur and broader efforts to implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement [CPA],” the 2005 pact that ended the more than two decades of north-south strife.In the coming months and years, Sudan will experience elections and two referenda, “which will determine the future shape of Sudan,” the Secretary-General told the Council, and their outcome will require “genuine cooperation” between the two parties to the CPA, the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).He also underlined the need to continue compliance with the Council resolution referring the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which issued an arrest warrant for President Omar Al-Bashir in March for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the region.Following today’s meeting, the Council issued a press statement read out by Ambassador Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso, which holds the body’s rotating monthly presidency, in which they welcomed the Panel’s report, noting that they “looked forward to the implementation of a holistic approach to the problems facing Sudan.”Council members said they agreed with the new report that the causes and consequences of the Darfur conflict have yet to be addressed, repeating their call on all parties that have yet to take part in the peace talks to join the dialogue. 21 December 2009The peace process in the war-wracked Darfur region of Sudan has reached a “critical point,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on both the Government and rebel groups to accelerate efforts to reach a compromise. read more

Honda scores as Melbourne Victory beat Sydney in ALeague

SYDNEY, Australia — Japan star Keisuke Honda scored from the penalty spot Sunday to give the Melbourne Victory a 2-1 win over Sydney FC in a meeting of the glamor clubs in Australian football’s A-League.Jop Van Der Linden brought down Honda in the 71st minute and the former AC Milan star converted the resulting penalty for his third goal in five A-League matches this season.Earlier, a contentious penalty to Englishman Adam Le Fondre for Sydney cancelled out Sweden striker Ova Toivonen’s maiden A-League goal for Melbourne.Honda’s winning goal denied Sydney revenge for last year’s semifinal loss to Melbourne and lifted the defending champions into second place on the ladder.Melbourne coach Kevin Muscat praised his players’ composure as they overcame the blow of Le Fondre’s goal. Terry Antonis was ruled to have fouled Sydney winger Paul Retre from behind, though the contact appeared to be minimal and Le Fondre’s spot kick was initially saved by Lawrence Thomas before he drove home the rebound.“A similar thing happened 4-5 weeks ago in Melbourne, where an incorrect decision went against us and we fell away in that game,” Muscat said. “So I was really pleased with the attitude.“In a moment where something didn’t go our way, I thought we were outstanding, the way we accepted it and moved on.”Perth stayed atop the table with a thrilling 3-2 win over Central Coast as Christopher Ikonomidis scored the winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time.Ikonomidis opened the scoring in the 12th minute but Central Coast equalized through Tomislav Mrcela. Shane Lowry put Perth ahead again in the 61st minute and the Mariners struck back almost immediately with a goal to Aiden O’Neill. Ikonomidis’ goal gave Perth its fourth win in five games.The Associated Press read more

Dak Prescott Should Start Ignoring Dez Bryant

Most damningly, Prescott’s passer rating collapses when he targets Bryant — the opposite of what is supposed to happen with a No. 1 wide receiver. When throwing to Bryant, Prescott is 53-for-103 for 578 yards, with four TDs and three picks. That’s a 69.2 rating, which would rank 35th in the NFL, between C.J. Beathard and Tom Savage.In Elliott’s absence, things have gotten even worse. Prescott has a 54.4 rating when throwing to Bryant, and Dallas has scored just 22 combined points in three straight losses — the first team to score fewer than 10 points in each of three straight games since the 2009 Browns.Bryant, an elite deep-ball weapon in his prime, is now completely useless downfield, with just one reception on a pass thrown over 20 yards from scrimmage all year. Between 2012 and 2014, he averaged nearly 10 such grabs per season (29 total). It’s not like he’s wide open on short passes either. That was never more apparent than it was on Thanksgiving, when Bryant’s 0.8 yards of separation on targets was lowest among all wideouts who got at least five targets, according to the NFL’s Next Gen Stats.While Bryant just turned 29 in November, he has not only endured injury but also taken constant punishment as one of the game’s most physical receivers. He has been one of the league’s most vocal receivers about getting his share of volume, so if Prescott does start looking to his other targets more frequently, there’s no doubt that he will hear about. But it may be worth it: On all non-Bryant passes, Prescott’s rating of 95.3 is well above the NFL average. When Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott was finally forced to serve his six-game suspension for domestic violence, the logical assumption was that quarterback Dak Prescott would lean more heavily on the third member of the Dallas troika, star receiver Dez Bryant. But the Cowboys offense has floundered in the ensuing three weeks, and one of the reasons is becoming obvious: Bryant has fallen into an abyss so deep that he’s not merely no longer great, he has actually become one of the least efficient wide receivers in football.The most disconcerting thing about Bryant’s precipitous drop in production is that it’s not because he’s not getting opportunities. The Cowboys and NFL sophomore Prescott are throwing Bryant the ball — peppering him with 103 targets, the sixth-highest number in the league according to ESPN TruMedia.This high volume of looks would make good sense if Bryant were the offensive force we last saw for extended stretches way back in 2014, when Tony Romo was his quarterback. But the former All-Pro wide receiver has not been the same since he broke his foot in 2015. His horrible inefficiency that year was attributed to his coming back too soon and then playing without Romo, who was injured, and instead getting targets from one of the most inept casts of backup quarterbacks ever assembled. His 2016 season was supposed to be an awakening. But even with hyper-efficient Prescott at the controls, Bryant was nowhere near peak form. He hauled in 52.1 percent of his targets compared with 62.6 percent through 2014. And he converted just 57 percent of all the air yards on passes thrown to him into actual receiving yards, versus 74.6 percent prior to his injury.Still, Bryant flashed enough brilliance late in the year and in the postseason to lead Cowboys fans to think they were heading into this season with a legitimate weapon. Instead, Bryant is among the lowest-rated receivers in key efficiency metrics like catch rate (73rd out of 78 qualifying wide receivers with at least two catches per team game), receiving yards per target (75th), and receiving yards as a percentage of air yards (72nd).1According to data from ESPN TruMedia. Here’s every wide receiver with 22 or more receptions this season, broken up by targets and receiving yards. read more

Kirstie Allsopp smashed her childrens iPads after they broke screen time rules

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. Asked to show how she did it, she replied: “It was remarkably easy. I didn’t intend to speak about it but it’s come up now.”Presenter Storm Huntley, who appears on the show alongside Vine, praised Allsopp, saying: “I like that, that is my kind of parenting.” In the end I said ‘Right that is it, I have to physically (break them)Kirstie Allsopp Ms Allsopp added: “There is a game called Fortnite and another PUBG and I decided… we had made all sorts of rules and all sorts of times when we said you can’t play them and all those rules got broken and in the end I said ‘Right that is it, I have to physically (break them).” Speaking in June, Ms Allsopp said that upgrading her children’s plane seats would be an “absurd waste of money” and that sitting in Club level should be something that people work for.Ms Allsopp explained: “Obviously this wasn’t the case when they were little, but now they are big enough to sit separately, they do.“Club Class should be a huge treat you’ve worked hard for. If kids get used to it, what do they have to work towards? It seems like an absurd waste of money and very spoiling. I suspect Gordon Ramsay and I can’t be the only ones to think this.”She and her husband occasionally upgrade to more expensive seats, she said, while her children Bay, 12, and Oscar, 10, sit in economy. Kirstie Allsopp has revealed she smashed her children’s iPads after they broke her rules about screen time.The TV star, who is mother to sons Oscar Hercules and Bay Atlas with husband Ben Andersen, said she went to extreme lengths when they were playing games outside their permitted time.She disclosed her hardline approach to technology with her family three months after she defended her decision to sit her children in economy class while she and her husband flew in more expensive seats.After a wave of criticism, she said at the time she thinks letting children on social media is more dangerous than leaving them alone in economy on a plane.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”This is the first time I’ve said this publicly,” she told Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine on Monday.”In June I smashed my kids’ iPads, not in a violent way. I actually banged them on the table leg.” read more