Using the Sound Remover Effect in Adobe Audition

first_imgPick up unwanted sounds in the background of your audio? Learn how to remove them in this Adobe Audition video tutorial.In a perfect world we can all shoot films on sound stages with perfect acoustics and high-end audio gear, but more often than not, we aren’t afforded this luxury. Street noise, airplanes, cellphones, and (worst of all) chatter, plague indie-film audio. As we’ve discussed in the past, a film is 50% video and 50% audio, but all-to-often indie-filmmakers focus on the visuals while making audio an afterthought.As we’ve already discussed in our “Removing Background Noise in Audition” Adobe Audition has a lot of tools for removing general unwanted noise, but what if you want to remove a very specific sound? The answer is simple, Audition’s Sound Remover tool.This Adobe Audition video tutorial covers:The Learn Sound Model ButtonAdjusting Sound Remover SettingsWorking with Presets This tutorial was first shared by Infinite Skills on their YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing guys.The best way to get good audio is to record it right the first time! Pick up some tips for on-set audio recording in our ‘Fundamentals of the Boom Operator and Location Mic Techniques‘ post.Have Adobe Audition tips to share? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

‘Struggle brought best out of me: Karmakar

first_imgFor Commonwealth Games (CWG) and Asian Games medallist Prasanta Karmakar, even living the life of a normal person was nothing short of a struggle.But then, he has never been one to complain.”I think in life it is important to struggle, for that brings the best out of oneself,” the 29-year-old para-swimmer said at a felicitation ceremony in the Capital on Thursday.Ashish Kumar and Deepika Kumari were the other athletes who were honoured by Aspire, an education-related enterprise.Karmakar felt that for a para athlete to gain recognition was a tough task. “I had started winning medals at the World Silent Games nearly five years back. And I have been continuously winning medals at these Games for the last five years. But even then, hardly anyone knew me. I was a bit upset,” he said.All that changed at the CWG in Delhi where Karmakar scripted history in becoming the only Indian swimmer to win a bronze medal.And frankly, he was not prepared for the adulation he got. “That bronze at CWG changed my life to a certain extent. I was more noticed and got a lot of phone calls from a lot of people I did not even know,” he said.But Karmakar still feels that the government still has a lot more to do to improve the condition of the para athletes.”The government does not have even one per cent quota for para athletes. In this context, I would like to mention Haryana as the state which encourages and treats its sportspersons the best. I cannot quite express my gratitude to this state for what it has done for sportspersons,” he said.advertisementOn his part, Ashish, who became the first Indian gymnast to win a medal at the Asian Games, said the toughest part of his early days was getting up and going to train early in the morning.”I had to go for training at 4am six days a week. The training centre was quite a distance from my residence and I had no other alternative,” he said.Ashish also expressed disappointment with the fact that he was not able to train with modern equipment, which is lying with Sports Authority of India (SAI) after the conclusion of the CWG. “I did very well at the Asian Games but it’s difficult to repeat the same success at the Olympics as I need better facilities at the Allahabad academy. During CWG, we were provided with latest equipment, which resulted in our good show.But once the Games were over, the equipment went back to the SAI. They are wasting this costly equipment. Allow me and other gymnasts to practice on them so that we can bring more glory to the nation at the Olympics,” Ashish pleaded.last_img read more

Liverpool, Barcelona dig out wins in Champions League

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Mohamed Salah latched onto Roberto Firmino’s flick and cushioned a shot into the net in the 69th minute to earn titleholder Liverpool a 4-3 win over Salzburg.Luis Suarez was Barcelona’s savior against Inter Milan, equalizing with a brilliant volley in the 58th after pulling away from his markers to the edge of the area and then collecting a pass from Lionel Messi before stroking home a cool finish in the 84th to seal a 2-1 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40It was a first win for both teams in group play, the victory being especially important for Liverpool after starting the defense of its title with a 2-0 loss at Napoli two weeks ago. Napoli could only draw 0-0 at Genk in their second match in Group E.Barcelona had opened with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in what could prove to be a tight Group F containing three top teams. Dortmund leads on goal difference after winning 2-0 at Slavia Prague. MOST READ Salzburg pulled a goal back through Hwang Hee-chan in the 39th, the South Korea forward beating Virgil van Dijk _ no mean feat _ by turning inside the defender and shooting into the corner, and Liverpool’s defense started to open up.Takumi Minamino’s 56th-minute volley made it 3-2 and the Japanese forward set up the equalizer for Erling Braut Haaland with a low cross into the area that the substitute couldn’t miss. It was Haaland’s fourth goal of the competition, after the Norway striker’s hat trick against Genk in a 6-2 win.“We were incredible in the first 30 minutes,” Klopp said. “Then we misunderstood the situation.”Salah rescued Liverpool with his second goal, and Liverpool’s fourth, of a wild match that felt like the old days under Klopp.“They never give up,” Mane said of his old club, “and they caused us problems.”SUAREZ DOUBLEMessi is without a goal in a combined eight games for club and country, the Argentina forward’s longest streak without scoring since 2008.Suarez showed he hasn’t lost his scoring instincts, however, with his superbly taken goals against Inter, which was defending a second-minute lead earned by Lautaro Martínez.Suarez drifted to the edge of the area and met a lofted pass from Arturo Vidal with a first-time volley that he guided into the far corner to make it 1-1.The winner came after Messi dribbled past two defenders down the right flank and found Suarez with an inside pass. The Uruguay striker’s first touch took the ball past Diego Godín and he slotted home a left-footed finish. There were also wins for Ajax, Chelsea, Lyon and Zenit St. Petersburg on Wednesday.WILD SHOOTOUTThere was a scoreboard malfunction inside Anfield, with the screens flashing up “LIVERPOOL 3, SALZBURG 3” after the visitors from Austria scored their first goal _ one many would presumably have thought was simply a face-saving consolation in the 39th minute.Before long, that was actually the score.Liverpool was breathtaking in the early stages, breezing into a 3-0 lead by the 36th minute thanks to goals by Sadio Mane _ a former Salzburg player _ Andrew Robertson and Salah.ADVERTISEMENT Track reduces use of new ‘crotch cameras’ after backlash Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments Becoming his own man Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, second left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League group E soccer match between Liverpool and Red Bull Salzburg at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)With Liverpool throwing away a three-goal lead at Anfield and Barcelona trailing at the Nou Camp, two of the favorites for the Champions League title were in a spot of bother in their iconic stadiums on Wednesday.Then their biggest stars came through.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “Halftime exists so you can correct your mistakes,” Suarez said. “The team found its patience.”Defender Achraf Hakimi, who is on loan from Real Madrid, scored Dortmund’s goals in the win against Slavia Prague in the 35th and 89th minutes.ANOTHER AJAX WINAjax, a semifinalist last season, leads Group H after collecting a second straight 3-0 win, this time at Valencia.Hakim Ziyech and Quincy Promes scored in the first half, and Donny van de Beek added another goal for the Dutch team, who beat Lille in their opening group game.Chelsea opened with a home loss to Valencia but joined the Spanish team on three points by beating Lille 2-1, with Brazil winger Willian volleying in the clinching goal in the 78th minute. Tammy Abraham had put Chelsea ahead on his 22nd birthday.In Group G, Lyon and Zenit St. Petersburg both have four points after wins against Leipzig (2-0) and Benfica (3-1), respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

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Mike Gundy Thrives In Close Games, Has One Loss In Last Three Years

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! As the clock unwound in Manhattan and the reality that Oklahoma State’s Big 12 title dreams were in fact still alive, a pleased Mike Gundy spoke to reporters.“These games are nerve-wracking for all of us,” Gundy told Go Pokes. “Really for me, I enjoy watching it and seeing them rally. When we talk about no fear, no fatigue, no frustration in our program, they never showed any frustration, they just kept playing.“Obviously, fatigue wasn’t an issue because they played better in the fourth quarter then they did in the third. So, their attitude, their body language, the character of who they are, the substance of this team, I can’t say anything but A-plus.”I love that. OSU really does have a knack for winning tight games in the Gundy era. A stunning Mike Gundy stat emerged in the Manhattan aftermath. In his last 11 games decided by fewer than 10 points, Gundy and Co. are 10-1. The only loss? CMU************************Let’s take a look at all 11 games.at Kansas (2014) — 27-20And we’re off to a roaring start.at OU (2014) — 38-35This is the crown jewel of this list.Washington (2015) — 30-22Another gem that looks better with age especially with the way UDub is playing this season.at Texas (2015) — 30-27This was one of the more hideous good wins of the Gundy era.Kansas State (2015) — 36-34I would imagine KSU is on this list for a lot of teams.at West Virginia (2015) 33-26One of the sneaky great wins of the Gundy era.at Iowa State (2015) — 35-31This, too, probably should have been a loss. It is probably not good that you have two Iowa State games on here in which OSU failed to cover the spread.Central Micigan (2016) — 30-27The only loss!Pittsburgh (2016) — 45-38OSU was a narrow favorite here and with the way Penn State (which Pitt beat) is playing the second half of the year, this win keeps getting more impressive.Iowa State (2016) — 38-31It’s sort of embarrassing that this game is on the list, but then again Iowa State might be the best 1-8 team of all time.at Kansas State (2016) — 43-37Saturday’s game. OSU could have (and probably should have) lost. But it didn’t, and the dream of a Big 12 crown was prolonged a week deeper into November.There are a couple of ways to look at this list. The first is that OSU “just wins, baby.” The other is “why are you having super close games against Kansas and Iowa State?” Gundy insists there is parity in the Big 12 which I can get on board with, but nobody thinks Kansas and ISU are good enough to hang with these OSU teams.The flip side of that is that when OSU loses, it gets houuuuuused. Look at the end of last year. Ten straight wins before getting beat by a combined 73 points by Baylor, OU and Ole Miss. It’s different if you’re winning all your games (including the sub-10-point ones).But OSU has also won a ton of games under Gundy — even those we don’t think should be as close as they have been. In the last three years it is 18-1 as the favored team in Vegas. Eighteen and one! Only Clemson has a better record (min. 10 games).screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-1-17-04-pmSo yes it has a penchant for winning tight games, but it takes care of business as the favorite. Even if it’s not in the manner in which we would prefer.“No one starts yelling, no one loses composure,” James Washington told the Tulsa World. “I feel like I actually calm down when things like that happen.”I’m glad somebody is.last_img read more

Alexis misses deadline for debut vs Burnley

first_imgManchester United Alexis Sanchez won’t make Man Utd debut at Burnley as registration deadline missed Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal Getty Manchester United Premier League A. Sánchez Burnley v Manchester United Arsenal v Crystal Palace Burnley Arsenal Crystal Palace Transfers The Chilean forward’s £35 million move from Arsenal has not been completed in time for Sanchez to make his United bow at Turf Moor on Saturday Alexis Sanchez will not make his Manchester United debut at Burnley on Saturday after the club failed to register him with the Premier League before the 12pm deadline on Friday.The Chilean attacker is due to leave Arsenal for the 20-time English champions in a £35 million deal which will see him earn up to £350,000 a week, but he will not be able to play for United this weekend when they head to Turf Moor.Under Premier League rules, teams must register a transfer and all supporting documentation with league representatives before midday on Friday in order for a player to be eligible to play in that weekend’s fixture. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Sanchez’s switch has been held up due to the delay in the completion of talks regarding Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s part-exchange move to Arsenal, and both players were subsequently seen training with their existing clubs on Thursday as they awaited a final agreement.While Mkhitaryan was photographed with his United team-mates at the club’s Carrington training ground, Sanchez was left going through the motions with Arsenal’s development side as manager Arsene Wenger attempted to focus his squad’s efforts on Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace.  Sanchez’s imminent arrival comes after a dramatic couple of weeks, with the 29-year-old having originally seemed destined to sign for Manchester City. But the Blues, who had agreed a £60m deal with Arsenal for Sanchez last summer, were outbid by United and eventually withdrew their interest in the attacker .And, despite some talk of late interest from Chelsea, United have moved quickly to wrap up a deal with Sanchez but have been denied the chance to give him a first appearance this weekend. Instead, he will not be able to make his United debut before next Friday’s FA Cup fourth-round trip to Yeovil Town.He will, though, be eligible for the cup match at Huish Park thanks to his absence from Arsenal’s 4-2 third-round defeat to Nottingham Forest, while he can also be registered to play in United’s Champions League campaign thanks to UEFA rules which allow clubs to nominate one player who has played in the Europa League for inclusion in their squad during the knockout stages.Arsenal are set to add a second new name to their squad after finalising their purchase of Mkhitaryan, with Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having also agreed personal terms with the Gunners this week. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Lincoln Riley Called Out For What He Told 5-Star QB Recruit

first_imgoklahoma head coach lincoln riley at the orange bowlMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley is getting called out for what he reportedly told a five-star quarterback recruit about transfer QBs.Riley allegedly told Oklahoma five-star quarterback recruit Spencer Rattler that he wasn’t going to be taking any major QB recruits back in December.“Coach Riley told me he’s not taking a transfer quarterback anytime soon,” five-star quarterback Spencer Rattler reportedly said.#Oklahoma QB signee Spencer Rattler says “Coach Riley told me he’s not taking a transfer quarterback anytime soon.” https://t.co/eylJSWTuUS @BrandonDrumm247— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) December 31, 2018Fast forward a couple of weeks and Riley has in fact taken a major quarterback recruit.Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has committed to Oklahoma.Dec. 31: Five-star Oklahoma QB signee Spencer Rattler: “Coach Riley told me he’s not taking a transfer quarterback anytime soon,” per @SWiltfong247Jan. 16: Jalen Hurts announces transfer to Oklahoma pic.twitter.com/LeC38IcVBx— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) January 16, 2019Rattler, though, doesn’t seem to be bothered by this. He’ll be a true freshman in 2019 and Hurts has just one season of eligibility remaining.The five-star quarterback isn’t backing down from a quarterback competition, either.“I love it. Jalen is a great player and I’m excited to get to play with him. It’ll be great competition for sure.””I love it. Jalen is a great player and I’m excited to get to play with him. It’ll be great competition for sure.” – @SpencerRattler is all aboard #Sooners landing @JalenHurts.— Josh McCuistion (@JLMcCuistion) January 16, 2019It would be pretty stunning if Hurts doesn’t start at Oklahoma in 2019, but Rattler could be the guy moving forward in 2020.Oklahoma is expected to contend for another Big 12 championship and College Football Playoff spot next season.last_img read more

Bairstow and Warner show demolish RCB by 118 runs

first_imgHyderabad: Jonny Bairstow and David Warner smashed sensational centuries to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to a comprehensive 118-run win over struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League match here Sunday. Englishman Bairstow struck 114 from just 56 balls while Warner carried his bat for a 55-ball 100 in a record 185-run first-wicket partnership to post a mammoth 231 for two after being put into bat. Bairstow punished RCB with 12 fours and seven sixes while Warner hit five fours and as many sixes in his 55-ball knock. With a gigantic target to eclipse, RCB needed a rollicking start but the visitors’ chase never got going as they kept on losing wickets to be bundled out for 113 in 19.5 overs. It was RCB’s third consecutive loss in the tournament, while Sunrisers registered their second win out of three games this season. Playing his first IPL match this season, Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi did the early damage as he picked up three quick wickets — two in his second over — as RCB’s slumped to 22 for three by the end of the fourth over. Nabi first accounted for Parthiv Patel and then came back to remove Shimron Hetmyer and dangerous A B de Villiers in the fourth over. To make matters worse for RCB, Sandeep Sharma then dismissed skipper Virat Kohli in the first delivery of the seventh over. As if that was not enough, Shivam Dubey was run out in the very next ball as RCB’ chase fell by the wayside. At that stage the visitors slumped to 35 for six in 7.3 overs. From there on, it was almost an impossible task for RCB to get back into the game and Colin de Grandhomme (37) and 16-year-old Prayas Ray Barman (19), the youngest player to make his IPL debut, just did their bit to delay the inevitable. Nabi starred with the ball for Sunrisers with figures of four for 11, while Sandeep (3/19) too was not far behind, scalping three wickets. Earlier, RCB captain Kohli’s decision to put Sunrisers in backfired as all his bowlers were taken to cleaners by Bairstow and Warner who became the first pair in IPL history to post three consecutive hundred-run stands. Bairstow and Warner bludgeoned the bowlers, bettering the earlier highest of 184 between KKR’s Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn in the 2017 edition against Gujarat Lions. Sunday’s innings was also only the second time in IPL history in which two batsmen scored a hundred each. Bairstow was finally out in the 17th over off Yuzvendra Chahal as he went for yet another big shot but only got the leading edge for Umesh Yadav to take a running catch. He reached to his hundred in 52 balls.last_img read more

Tyson Foods enters definitive agreement to buy Hillshire 2 days after Pinnacle

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Tyson Foods Inc. has signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. for $7.75 billion, two days after the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs was let out of its agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods.Chicago-based Hillshire agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods Inc. for $4.23 billion in May. But then Tyson and Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. got into a bidding war for Hillshire, with Hillshire accepting Tyson’s $63 per share offer last month. The deal with Tyson — which is valued by the companies at about $8.55 billion, including debt — was contingent on Hillshire walking away from its deal with Pinnacle.On Monday, Parsippany, New Jersey- based Pinnacle terminated its sale to Hillshire. Pinnacle makes products such as Birds Eye frozen vegetables, Duncan Hines cake mixes and Hungry-Man frozen dinners.Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson said Wednesday that it will pay the $163 million termination fee to Pinnacle on behalf of Hillshire.Tyson’s acquisition of Hillshire is expected to close by Sept. 27, the last day of Tyson’s fiscal year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2014 6:43 am MDT Tyson Foods enters definitive agreement to buy Hillshire, 2 days after Pinnacle deal nixed read more

Heterosexual couple lose Court of Appeal battle for right to enter civil

first_imgIn November, they challenged High Court judge Mrs Justice Andrews’s decision to dismiss their judicial review action.But on Tuesday, the Court of Appeal dismissed their challenge.Karon Monaghan QC told Lady Justice Arden, Lord Justice Beatson and Lord Justice Briggs that the issue was whether the bar on opposite-sex couples entering into civil partnerships was incompatible with Article 14 of the European Convention, which relates to discrimination, taken with Article 8, which refers to respect for private and family life.She said: “They wish very much – and it is of very considerable importance to them – to enter into a legally regulated relationship which does not carry with it patriarchal baggage, which many consider comes with the institution of marriage.” The academics, who live in Hammersmith, west London, and have a 20-month-old daughter, say that the Government’s position is “incompatible with equality law” . Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan with campaigners outside the Court of Appeal on TuesdayCredit:STEFAN WERMUTH/Reuters Dan Squires QC for the Secretary of State for Education, who has responsibility for equalities within Government, said that a decision was taken, after two public consultations and debate in Parliament, not at this stage to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples, abolish them or phase them out.It was decided to see how extending marriage to same-sex couples impacted on civil partnerships before making a final decision which – if reversed in a few years’ time – would be disruptive, unnecessary and extremely expensive.He described the judge’s decision as “unimpeachable”.The judges agreed the couple had established a potential violation of Article 14 of the Convention, taken with Article 8 but Lady Justice Arden dissented on the question of whether the policy of “wait and evaluate” was justified at present. A heterosexual couple who object to the “patriarchal baggage” of marriage have lost their latest battle for the right to enter into a civil partnership.Rebecca Steinfeld, 35, and Charles Keidan, 40, want to secure legal recognition of their seven-year relationship through that route – but are prevented because the Civil Partnership Act 2004 says that only same-sex couples are eligible. It is of very considerable importance to them – to enter into a legally regulated relationship which does not carry with it patriarchal baggageKaron Monaghan QC Academics Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan wanted to secure legal recognition of their six-year relationship without marryingCredit:STEFAN WERMUTH Ms Steinfeld said: “We are pleased that today’s ruling has shown that the Government must act very soon to end this unfair situation.”All three judges agreed that we’re being treated differently because of our sexual orientation, and that this impacts our private and family life.”All three rejected the argument that we could ‘just get married’. All three emphasised that the Government cannot maintain the status quo for much longer – they are on borrowed time.”Ms Steinfeld said Lady Justice Arden accepted their case on almost every point.”We lost on a technicality, that the Government should be allowed a little more time to make a decision. So there’s everything to fight for, and much in the ruling that gives us reason to be positive and keep going.”Mr Keidan said: “The Court of Appeal has made it clear the status quo cannot continue. The Government should now recognise the benefits of opening civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples.”The measure is fair, popular, good for families and children, and long overdue. They have everything to gain.” Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan with campaigners outside the Court of Appeal on Tuesday Academics Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan wanted to secure legal recognition of their six-year relationship 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.last_img read more

Teachers working hours have not changed for 25 years major new study

Teachers’ working hours have not changed for 25 years, a major new study has found.It is a “myth” that teachers are now working longer hours than they did in the past, according to one of the lead researchers on a new academic paper published today.Academics at University College London (UCL) analysed data from the Office for National Statistics’ Labour Force Survey from 1992 to 2017, and found that teachers’ working hours have remained “relatively stable” at 46 to 48 hours a week.The data also revealed that the proportion of teachers who report that they “usually” work evenings and weekends has also been broadly stable since 2005. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––The report, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, said that “contrary to current narratives” there is “no evidence” that working hours have increased over time. “Indeed, we find no notable change in total hours worked over the last twenty years, no notable change in the incidence of work during evenings and weekends over a fifteen year period and no notable change in time spent on specific tasks over the last five years,” the UCL report said.Prof John Jerrim, one of the report’s authors from UCL’s Institute of Education, said: “In some respects it’s a bit of a myth that teachers now work longer hours than they used to.” He explained that surveys commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) on workload tend to be answered by only a small sample of teachers, and as such can paint a misleading picture.  Teaching unions have blamed an excessive workload for low morale among teachers, leading to issues in recruitment and retention.Chris McGovern, chair of the Campaign for Real Education and a former Government advisor, said that the focus on workload has become a “distraction”.He added: “Teachers end up being used as pawns in a political war, they are being encouraged to think they are over worked.“They are being weaponised to fight a campaign against the Government, and encouraged to have a sense of grievance.The report found that teachers in England do work eight longer hours per week longer than their counterparts in other developed countries.While the average full-time secondary teacher in England worked 49 hours per week last year, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) average was 41 hours. The equivalent figure for teachers in Finland was just 34 hours. Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: “Government must face the fact that it is the culture of excessive accountability, brought on by the Department for Education and Ofsted, which acts as the main driver of workload.   “Nor is it fair on children that teachers are so exhausted outside of contact-time with paperwork that so rarely benefits pupils.  “For so long as these skewed priorities continue, schools will be in the grip of a culture of fear, over-regulation, and a lack of trust. “  A DfE spokesperson said: “We have been making concerted efforts to reduce workload driven by unnecessary tasks.“And we will continue our work with the sector to drive down on these burdensome tasks outside the classroom so that teachers are free to do what they do best – teach.” 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. read more

Rewatching Samurai Jack Episode 6 Jack and the Warrior Woman

first_imgAfter 12 years away, one of the best, most critically acclaimed cartoon series of all time, Samurai Jack, returns to television later this year with original series creator Genndy Tartakovsky at the helm. To help you get ready, Geek.com’s Aubrey Sitterson is rewatching the entire series in order.In the previous episode of Samurai Jack, “Jack in Space,” we watched as our eponymous hero had a very real possibility of triumph dangling in front of him. With the help of some enterprising astronauts (and some fuzzy science), Jack expected to be able to travel back into time, where he would confront his nemesis and, as they say in the show’s intro, “Undo the future that is Aku!” But, due to Jack’s overriding sense of honor, chivalry, and the value he places on defending the defenseless, he ultimately missed out on achieving his goal. In episode 6, “Jack and the Warrior Woman,” the titular samurai once again has victory snatched from his grasp, but in a way that is far, far more crushing.Set in a version of the Middle East that manages to be both romantic and futuristic, “Jack and the Warrior Woman” catches up with Jack as he attempts to locate a powerful artifact, a gem capable of, you guessed it, transporting him back in time. But when a group of robotic assassins burst in, it is only through the aide of a mysterious green-skinned woman that Jack is able to escape from town and continue his search for the gem… with a new ally by his side.The appearance of the warrior woman, named Ikra, is important, as even beyond her green skin, she appears and feels, for lack of a better term… evil. Cloaked in a spiky black dress, wielding a pure black sword, and with a sardonic grin constantly plastered upon her face, by looks alone, you might understandably assume that her purpose was a nefarious one. This, combined with comments from a soothsayer that Jack was visiting, as well as a few other subtle hints throughout the episode all contribute to the impression of Ikra as villain.But despite all that, Jack – who has already been proven to be an excellent, fair judge of character – seems to not only trust Ikra, but identify with her, especially after he hears that she too watched her father imprisoned and abused by the demonic Aku. As the two travel across the desert in search of this powerful gem, one capable of defeating their nemesis, they both willingly and eagerly come to one another’s aide, and for the first time in the series, Jack seems to have found an equal. Instead of seeing her as a rival, however, Jack looks warmly upon Ikra, going so far as to share what, for the stoic samurai, likely constitutes an intimate moment.This is all just a cruel set-up, however, as upon obtaining the gem, Ikra smashes it, revealing herself to be none other than the shapeshifting Aku. This is a massive, crushing blow to Jack for a few reasons, including, most obviously, the loss of yet another way to travel back in time and accomplish his goal. But the development is made more damaging because not only was Jack robbed of his triumph, but he was also robbed of something else, something that for six episodes we have yet to see him possess: A friend.That would all be bad enough, but “Jack and the Warrior Woman” twists the knife even more, proving itself to be the most depressing episode of the show yet. What makes this loss so much more upsetting and catastrophic than that seen in “Jack in Space” is that the entire thing… was Jack’s own fault. It was Jack that trusted Ikra, that traveled with her, that saved her from trouble, that allowed her to place her traitorous hands upon the object of his quest. In the past we’ve seen Jack take damage and get beaten up, we’ve even seen him catapulted into the future by Aku, but this is the first time that we’ve seen him thoroughly, decisively outclassed and defeated. For a character whose sole traits are his nobility and competence, this is a profoundly upsetting development.Even outside of the sympathetic distress that all good stories elicit from their audience, however, “Jack and the Warrior Woman” is an effectively nasty dig at the morale of the viewer. Though we, watching at home, saw repeated clues indicating that Ikra was not who she claimed, we also saw Jack, who has already been established as wise and fair, welcome her as a trusted companion. Thus, viewers pushed down their gut instincts in favor of trusting in their hero, a trust that is later revealed to be ill-placed.Good storytelling is all about setting up expectations so that they might be denied, subverted, and/or delivered upon. “Jack and the Warrior Woman,” while definitely not as fun or funny as previous episodes, is the best example of this storytelling theory to be found in Samurai Jack thus far. Audiences expect to see Jack get the gem and his triumph over Aku, but that expectation is denied. They expect to see him work together with Ikra, but the expectation is subverted with the revelation of her true identity. And finally, most impressively, they initially expect Ikra to be revealed as evil, an expectation that is denied, re-setup, and denied again before being eventually delivered upon in the episode’s final moments.All of this works together to produce an episode of Samurai Jack that manages to deny audiences everything that they want, even when giving them exactly what they expected to happen. It’s a stunning bit of storytelling sleight of hand, and an impressive departure from the show’s constantly fluctuating formula.Join us next time as we discuss episode seven of Samurai Jack’s first season, “Jack and the Three Blind Archers.”Aubrey Sitterson is a Los Angeles-based writer whose most recent work is the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe comic series from IDW, available at your local comic shop or digitally on Comixology. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information.last_img read more

Believe in Yourselfie With Wade Wilson and Marvels Immersive Popup

first_img James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News The immersive pop-up experience is all the rage across the country, and NYC has been blessed with some of the most exclusive ones. This week Marvel brings that magic to the big apple with everyone’s favorite fourth wall breaking misfit.To celebrate the release of Deadpool 2 (the Super Duper Cut if you want to get technical) Wade Wilson and pals have invaded the West Village. At Industria Studio 10 (356 W 12th St) today, tomorrow, and Saturday you too can party like an anti-hero.Thursday the 9th: 12PM – 8PMFriday/Saturday the 10th & 11th: 12PM – 9PMThere are eight unique rooms to bring you into the world of Deadpool and his team. The rooms are Baby Legs Couch, Teddy Bear Summers, Rainbow Room, Unicorn Dreams, Domino’s Dominos, Wade & Vanessa Love Room, Colossus’ Deep Dive Disco, and X-Force Heave. I was lucky enough to get a preview, so I brought PCMag’s Victoria Song as my ding dong Avenger. Each of the sections is brilliantly designed, so it isn’t hard to get lost in the fun. You are encouraged to do as Deadpool and ‘Believe in Yourselfie.’  Take as many silly pictures as you want.Here are a few of our favorite pictures. Stay on target Rainbow Room Colossus’ Deep Dive Disco Unicorn Daydreams Domino’s Dominos Wade & Vanessa Love Room X-Force Heaven Teddy Bear Summers Deadpool 2 is out now digitally and will be available on Blu-Ray August 21st.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Debris booms in place at Swift Reservoir

first_imgPacifiCorp has installed two floating booms on Swift Reservoir to keep debris out of its $60 million fish collector.Boaters at Swift now have to go through the narrow boom passage near Swift Forest Camp to access most of the 4,500-acre reservoir.The other boom is on the bay where Swift Creek flows into the reservoir north of Devil’s Backbone.PacifiCorp began operation of the fish collector this winter. It is attached to Swift Dam. It has a flow to attract downstream-migrating salmon and steelhead produced in the upper watershed of the North Fork of the Lewis River.Solar lights are on the booms. PacifiCorp says maximum depth clearance is 10 feet.A deepwater net is in front of the fish collector and is visible as a floating orange line on the water’s surface. The net guides young fish to the collector. Boaters are urged to stay 200 feet away from the orange line.last_img read more

IBM Is Experimenting With a Cryptocurrency Which It Says Is More Stable

first_img Cryptocurrencies fluctuate wildly in value. If you’ve been following bitcoin since last fall, you’ve seen the value of one unit of bitcoin surge from less than $5,000 in early October 2017, peak at more than $19,000 in December and gradually make its way back down to the $6,000 range today, according to CoinDesk.For transactions that do involve money, companies are seeking more stable cryptocurrencies, with all of the blockchain tracking benefits of crypto, minus the volatility and lost value and time in the conversion process. IBM is one company working to prove out what’s called a “stablecoin” solution, which means its value is based on the value of the U.S. dollar at any given time.The 107-year-old legacy tech corporation has embraced blockchain, which underlies cryptocurrencies, in recent years — using it for applications including a cross-border payments network, tracking luxury goods such as diamonds and more.Related: 15 Crazy and Surprising Ways People Are Using BlockchainFor crypto exchanges up to this point, IBM has relied on a currency called Stellar Lumens. But this week, the company announced it will begin testing Stronghold USD “to experiment with ways for financial institutions and other organizations to achieve faster, safer and more efficient transaction processing and money transfer throughout the world’s economy,” according to a press release.For now, Stronghold USD is only available as a business-to-business cryptocurrency. Consumers can’t buy anything with it. But IBM’s adoption speaks to the trend and promise of cryptocurrencies with values based on and equal to the dollar.Tether is one stablecoin that’s been widely adopted, though its true value is a matter of controversy. It’s “often the second most traded crypto asset after bitcoin,” according to Bitcoin.com. “Traders routinely trade in and out of it as they attempt to outmaneuver bitcoin’s price swings.”Entrepreneur contributor Han-Gwon Lung wrote about the potential for stablecoins — and one in particular, Basis — in late May: “Figuring out how to create the world’s first true stablecoin (as did the guys at Basis, who raised $133 million from VCs like Andreessen Horowitz) would revolutionize finance as we know it.”One small company that is dabbling in stablecoin is The White Company, a fine art and luxury goods dealer that allows purchases via cryptocurrency, from Super Bowl suite tickets to Lamborghinis. CEO Elizabeth White launched the White Standard, a stablecoin, in early June, so clients could convert their money to and from cryptocurrency more directly. 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now July 17, 2018center_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Minister MacCharles slated to attend TICO AGM June 20

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Minister MacCharles slated to attend TICO AGM June 20 Posted by Sharecenter_img Tuesday, June 13, 2017 TORONTO — Ontario’s Minister of Government and Consumer Services Tracy MacCharles will be on hand to address stakeholders at TICO’s Annual General Meeting on June 20.The AGM starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre at 4141 Living Arts Drive.“With the Ontario Government’s comprehensive review of the Travel Industry Act and Regulation underway, these are both exciting and challenging times for the travel industry and TICO,” said TICO CEO and Registrar, Richard Smart.“We are very honored to welcome Minister MacCharles to TICO’s AGM and look forward to her providing her remarks on Ontario’s consumer protection initiatives and future government priorities.”Smart said he encourages Ontario travel industry stakeholders including travel agents and tour operators “to mark their calendars” and attend TICO’s AGM.A long-awaited review of the Ontario’s Travel Industry Act was finally given the green light by the provincial government in 2016. The goal is to update and modernize the consumer protection legislation, strengthen consumer protection and reduce burden on business. “[The] industry has been asking for a review for some time and TICO is looking forward to working with the Ministry and engaging stakeholders in ensuring a strong consumer protection framework for the future,” said TICO at last year’s AGM. Tags: TICOlast_img read more

Housing Starts are Exceeding Expectations

first_img August 16, 2016 648 Views Housing Starts are Exceeding Expectations Housing Completions Housing Permits Housing Starts 2016-08-16 Seth Welborn Housing starts gained in July, even as permits stayed flat and completions dropped, according to the July 2016 residential construction report by the U.S. Census Bureau and HUD.Privately-owned housing starts in July were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1,211,000. This is 2.1 percent above June’s estimated 1,186,000 and 5.6 percent last July’s rate of 1,147,000. Single-family housing starts in July came in at a rate of 770,000, or 0.5 percent above June’s 766,000. The July rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 433,000.Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in July, however, were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.152 million, just short of June’s 1,153 million. While flat month-to-month, the number is almost a full percent higher than a year ago. Meanwhile, however, single-family authorizations in July were at a rate of 711,000, which is 3.7 percent below June’s 738,000.“Analysts had only been expecting a 1 percent decline in starts, but they were up 2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the revised rate in June,” realtor.com chief economist Jonathan Smoke said. “Like permits, the seasonally adjusted rate was the best since February, and the non-adjusted actual estimate for the month was the highest since October 2007.”Completions also suffered in July. Privately-owned housing completions in July were 1,026,000, which is 8.3 percent below June’s 1.12 million. It is, however, 3.2 percent above last July’s rate of 994,000. There were 743,000 single-family housing completions just short of the June rate of 746,000. The July rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 275,000.“July represents the fourth straight month where the 12-month rolling total was flat or less than the previous month,” said Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia. “Still, the total was the most starts in a 12-month period since May 2008.”McLaughlin also said that the new starts should be welcome news to buyers in tight markets.“Single-family starts are still growing at double-digit rates. Supply-constrained homebuyers should rest assured that relief is on the way,” he said.Tian Liu, chief economist at Genworth Mortgage Insurance in Raleigh, echoed that upbeat perspective.“This is a strong report, and we are particularly pleased with the single-family segment,” Liu said. “We believe that growth in housing starts will be led by single-family homes. Single-family homes have experienced a slower recovery in the past few years, and remain under-supplied today. We expect supply of single-family homes to catch up over the next few years.”However, McLaughlin said, the number of construction jobs per housing starts hit a 10-year low in July, likely due to persistent labor shortages.“The wave of single-family starts this year still isn’t showing signs of rising the tide for construction jobs,” he said.“New construction is failing to keep up with household formation, meaning that the low vacancies in rentals and the tight supply of homes for sale will continue to be a key theme for housing in the months ahead,” Smoke said. “Single-family is continuing to show gains, but the gains in permits are weaker than the gains in starts. Builders are starting what they already permitted earlier this year but are not bullish about demand this fall and winter.”Smoke continued, “The seasonally adjusted rate of permitting was not statistically significant, essentially unchanged from last month at the highest level of permitting since February. On a year-to-date basis, permits in multi-family have declined 16 percent, while single-family permits are up 7 percent. On a year-to-date basis, permits are up in every region but the Northeast where a massive 61 percent decline in multi-family is the cause of that region’s year-to-date declines.”Click here to view the entire report.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more