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Belgium wakes up in 2nd half, rolls past Panama 3-0

first_imgPortugal can eliminate Morocco from World Cup Even if it wasn’t pretty for a half, Belgium did what it was supposed to do in Group G. The victory keeps the team on track for its final group match against England, which is likely to determine the top spot.Panama needs a result against England if it wants any opportunity of the final group game against Tunisia to have meaning.KEY TO SUCCESSBelgium was finally able to finish its chances after seeing several attempts in the first half end up in the side netting or punched away by Penedo.Panama’s defense was stingy but also disorganized at times and became even more susceptible after Mertens’ goal forced Panama to push forward looking for an equalizer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Belgium is now unbeaten in its last six World Cup openers, dating back to 1986.Panama was unable to duplicate what Senegal accomplished in 2002 as the last team to win in its World Cup debut. The Central Americans played their style — physical, aggressive, sometimes looking more like wrestling than soccer — and managed to hang with the Red Devils for more than an hour. But they never created threatening scoring chances — Panama scored only nine goals in 10 World Cup qualifying matches — and eventually Belgium finished its opportunities.The emotion was heavy for the Panamanians who flocked to the Black Sea resort town to see the country play its first World Cup match. Fans cried at hearing their national anthem and the players on the field fought their own emotions while singing. Their voices rose with every Panama attack and the singing and dancing almost never stopped. Panama’s players stayed on the field to salute the fans several minutes after the match ended.Luminaries like Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez and baseball star Mariano Rivera were in attendance. They would have just preferred something a little less challenging than one of the pre-tournament favorites.GROUP DYNAMICSADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, left, fails to score past Panama’s Roman Torres and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, right, during the group G match between Belgium and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)SOCHI, Russia — Dries Mertens’ perfectly struck volley finally opened up Panama and allowed Romelu Lukaku to take full advantage.Lukaku scored two goals in a six-minute span in the second half as Belgium earned a 3-0 victory over Panama in its World Cup opener on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Saddled with massive expectations and a lineup of talent the envy of other teams in the tournament, Belgium finally showed flashes of being the dominant team worthy of title consideration.The two goals from Lukaku came shortly after Mertens scored from about 18 yards in the opening moments of the second half, finally relieving some pressure after Belgium was unable to break down Panama for the first 45 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLukaku’s first goal came 20 minutes later, but the pass from Kevin De Bruyne made it possible. Rather than shooting through a crowd of Panama defenders, De Bruyne cut a pass with the outside of his right foot onto Lukaku’s head and into the net.Lukaku added a second on a breakaway minutes later, chipping Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo as he left his net. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View commentslast_img read more

War Crimes Court Liberia Campaign Intensifies at US Congress

first_imgRep. Daniel Donovan (left) has presented to the United States Congress a resolution that calls for the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendations, including the establishment of an extraordinary criminal tribunal for Liberia, an issue that Liberia’s President George Manneh Weah (right) has tried his best to avoid. -US Congressman over major Liberian constituency joins campaignCalls for the establishment of a war and economic crimes court in Liberia may not be getting the needed reception at home from those in authority, but the calls seem to be resonating abroad, with strategic and deliberate efforts being made to ensure that Liberians get justice.The global effort is now rendering the process seemingly inevitable—a call to which, according to many, President George Weah must adhere to ensure sustainable peace and reconciliation.The latest effort comes from a man that represents the 6,000 strong direct immigrant Liberian community on Staten Island, New York. The man is Representative Daniel Donovan, Jr., who represents Staten Island and parts of South Brooklyn in the 11th Congressional District of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected on May 5, 2015, during a special election, and sworn in on May 12, 2015.With his constituency being home to one of the largest concentrations of Liberians in the United States, Donovan may be well aware of the atrocities that were perpetrated in Liberia’s 14 years of civil unrest—and is endeavoring to seek justice for many of his constituents, who still carry the scars of one of Africa’s most brutal civil wars.He has presented to the United States Congress a resolution that calls for the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendations, including the establishment of an extraordinary criminal tribunal for Liberia. His resolution also seeks to affirm America’s strong ties with Liberia.The resolution, submitted by Donovan, was a simple decision and, according to reports, is meant to express the collective opinion of a chamber of Congress on public policy issues.Donovan is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as well as part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Republican Party. He has already received the endorsement of the President’s 2018 re-election campaign. With this, he will be able to influence the U.S. President to support the resolution to establish a war crimes court in Liberia.With this latest move, the Weah Administration has again been put on official notice by the world’s most powerful nation. This is not the first of such high profile moves, as a top official of the United Nations recently told President Weah, regarding the full implementation of recommendations of the TRC.At a National Peace Conference in Monrovia on March 22, 2018, Deputy UN Secretary-General Madame Amina Mohammed said: “It is also critical to implement the recommendations of the TRC, and for the legislature to pass key bills that would support local inclusion and reconciliation. These would be timely measures that would assure Liberians that there is strong resolve to see a conclusion to the process”Madam Mohammed, who was visiting as representative of the UN to participate in the official end of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), told the news conference that, “To ensure reconciliation and a peaceful and prosperous future, it will be crucial to deepen efforts to address the underlying causes of conflict in Liberia.” She also said that prevention is critical in averting a relapse into violence.There has been a barrage of calls of late for the court to be established. Some groups that have been leading the campaign recently, want the establishment of a special court to try war and economic criminals. They include the Global Justice and Research Project, Coalition for Justice, National Student Movement, Flomo Theatre, Fubbi Foundation for Development and Sustainability, Citizens Action, Liberia Trust Communications and the International Justice Group.A staunch war crimes court advocate in the last regime, Maryland County Representative Bhofal Chambers, who is the current Speaker, has now reversed his earlier position and has been calling for restorative justice. According to him, restorative justice, which focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and communities, would offer genuine peace and stability in the country.Liberia was plunged into a brutal armed conflict beginning December 1989, following a rebel invasion that was led by now convicted former President Charles Taylor.An estimated 250,000 people died and another 1.5 million others were internally and externally displaced. Neighboring countries, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Guinea, also saw a spill-over of the war. Thousands more were maimed, raped and mutilated by bands of militias from warring factions that included ULIMO (United Liberation Movement for Democray), LPC (Liberia Peace Council), LDF (Lofa Defense Force), LURD (Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy), NPFL (National Patriotic Front of Liberia), etc.But Cllr. Jerome Verdier, TRC former head, and Executive Director of the International Justice Group said recently: “We are glad that the international arrests, detentions, deportations and travel ban of these war and economic crimes’ perpetrators will continue until they are eventually prosecuted for their heinous and egregious crimes against human kind. There will be no hiding place. Not anymore.”The TRC, created as part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, in 2009, released its final report after hearing the testimonies of victims and perpetrators of atrocities committed during the civil war.The commission made over 200 recommendations, including prosecution of individuals  found responsible for various kinds of gross human rights violation and war crimes.Among several recommendations advanced in the 370-page report, several Liberians associated with former leaders of warring faction, political decision makers, financiers, organizers, commanders and foot soldiers, were recommended for public sanctions (lustrations- to purify by means of religious rituals or ceremonies).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Celebrating 30 days to World Cup

first_imgMEDIA CONTACTSMargaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsBrand South Africa+27 11 483 0122The Bree Street Taxi Rank, Noord Street Taxi Rank, Gandhi Square, Jabulani Mall and Maponya Mall in Johannesburg are the places to be on 11 May to join Brand South Africa’s celebrations of 30 days to kickoff of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Download the press releaseA day-long procession through the city will be led by the People’s Bus and will include a Joburg Tourism rig, Harley Davidson bikers and the Metro Police. Starting at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, the procession will make its way to Maponya Mall in Soweto, joined by South African celebrities Arthur, Chomee, Slikour and Sugarmaxx.The people of Johannesburg will be able to join the procession along the way, with prizes to be won.“We encourage South Africans to be great hosts,” says Brand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola. “Let’s show the world our warmth, friendliness and love of the game. We should all fly the flag, sing the national anthem with pride, learn the Diski Dance and celebrate Football Fridays.“Bring along your Diski Dance moves, as well as your knowledge about all things football. Most of all though, bring all your uniquely South African passion and energy.”The People’s Bus will provide an interactive 10-minute tour including Fifa World Cup team facts and trivia, foosball table fun and a mini cinema showing unforgettable moments from previous tournaments. On exiting the bus, good luck messages that will be posted on the Brand South Africa and Bafana Bafana websites can be added to the bus message board.Catch the procession at the following times and places:08h30-09h00: Bree Street Taxi Rank, Newtown09h30-10h00: Noord Street Taxi Rank, Newtown11h00-12h00: Gandhi Square, Newtown13h00-14h00: Community drive through Zola and Jabulani Mall surrounding areas in Soweto14h30-15h30: Jabulani Mall, Soweto17h00-18h00: Maponya Mall, SowetoAbout the International Marketing Council of South Africa (Brand South Africa)The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. These did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective. This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign. There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.last_img read more

Amazon Payments May Integrate NFC (Report)

first_imgAmazon may integrate the emerging technology known as NFC (near field communication) into its mobile applications, allowing customers to pay for items at point-of-sale using only their mobile phone. The technology is currently being explored by the company’s Amazon Payments unit, BusinessWeek recently reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the project.NFC is a wireless communication technology that allows for data exchanges between short distances and is the backbone of many upcoming mobile wallet initiatives. There are three ways NFC can be implemented on phones: either fully integrated into the handset, such as is the case with new phones like Google’s flagship device, the Nexus S; it can also exist on the SIM card or on a microSD card inserted into a card slot.Note: You can learn more about NFC on ReadWriteMobile, where we’re running a series of articles exploring the technology and its uses. The first of those articles is here. Amazon Thinking About NFCIf the BusinessWeek report is accurate, this news means Amazon is throwing its hat into the ring as yet another company moving into the NFC space. Last week, we reported how Google was ditching barcodes for NFC in its business listings service Places. The company is also reportedly working on its own mobile wallet service in conjunction with Citigroup and MasterCard.Apple, RIM and Isis, a coalition of U.S. operators, are also working on mobile wallet programs, the former two only reportedly, but the latter very publicly via www.paywithisis.com.The benefit of a mobile wallet service, such as the one Amazon may be building, is that it not only replaces plastic credit cards with a mobile phone, but it also allows retailers to immediately transfer rewards in the form of coupons, discounts, loyalty points and more to the handset used during the payment transaction.Using NFC for Price ComparisonsAmazon’s program, the report says, may also introduce a price-comparison feature which allows consumers to tap their phone on an item’s NFC-enabled retail tag in the store in order to locate the item on Amazon.com. This is essentially how Amazon’s mobile application works today, except that it allows users to snap photos and scan barcodes, not use NFC.More news about the project, which is being researched by the Amazon Payments unit, will be revealed in the next three to five months. Tags:#Amazon#mobile#news#NYT#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perezlast_img read more

How to Set Audio Levels for Video

first_imgBad sound can easily ruin good footage. Use these tips when it comes time to set audio levels for video and film projects.As a filmmaker and videographer you probably spend a lot of time trying to get the most beautiful shot possible on set. Then when you sit down to edit the video, more time is spent color correcting and grading. Then it’s time to move on to exporting, where you pick the perfect codec that will output good colors while minimizing compression.However, when it comes to audio there’s usually not much more effort put into it than simply, “sounds good”.Audio is probably the most overlooked and under-appreciated aspect of the filmmaking process. Audiences can forgive subpar cinematography, but subpar audio will make even the most loyal audiences disengaged. There seems to be a lot of misinformation out there about the correct way to level audio in videos, so let’s take a look at how to correctly set audio levels for video in the modern industry.Correct Audio LevelsThere’s a lot of debate online about the right way to level audio, but there’s one thing that everyone can agree on: you should never go above 0db. Even though your NLE may allow you to raise your audio levels all the way up to 6db, it’s advised by virtually everyone that you should keep your audio below 0db. This is because your audio will begin to clip after 0db, resulting in horrible distortion.Think about it as a ceiling. As soon as your audio peaks and hits the ceiling, it will begin to get distorted. This is why explosions in hollywood movies sound awesome and explosions in bad YouTube videos sound like muffled junk. Most major NLEs and audio editing software will have red indicators pop up anytime your audio goes above 0. If you’re getting this warning, then your audio is too loud. For safety, no peaks should be above -6db.Most video editors agree that the overall audio level of your audio mix (all of your audio combined) should normalized between -10db to -20db. I personally level my videos around -12db with occasional peaks to -8db. The trick here is to stay away from 0db as best you can. Experts differ on the exact numbers — because there are no exact numbers. Editing audio is a lot like editing video. At the end of the day, your ears should be your guides if you’ve adhered to the technical rules.Some people say that if you are creating a video for the web, then you should get closer to 0db… but it all depends on the video you are producing. If you’re creating a film, you might want to have more range between your average mix level and your peaks. If you’re doing a simple web commercial, it might make more sense to have less range and a higher overall average level. You’ll figure out what works for you over time.Recommended LevelsHere’s a few of my recommended level suggestions.Overall Mix Level: -10db to -14dbDialogue: -12db to -15dbMusic: -18db to -22dbSound Effects: -10db to -20db with occasional spikes up to -8db.These recommendations are a little on the quiet side when compared to some industry experts, but I find it much better for an audience to turn up the volume than run the risk of peaking or distortion.Before you finalize your film or video, take off your fancy studio headphones and go play your video on the platform in which your audience will be watching it. For example, if you’re working on a TV commercial, try watching your video on a TV to see how it sounds . It’s not uncommon for music producers to listen to their tracks in a car before they sign off on distribution. The same should be true for you. Whether it’s on a laptop, iPhone, or TV, listen to your video on the medium in which your audience will be watching and you’ll quickly find audio quirks.It should also be noted that film distributors and TV broadcasters often have their own standards for audio levels, so you should absolutely consult with them before setting your audio levels. In NTSC countries, for example, peak audio levels must not exceed -10db with occasional -8db spikes, whereas PAL countries must not exceed -9db.Do I Need to Use Bars and Tone?You’ve probably seen color bars on a local TV station or at the beginning of an old tape recording. Bars and tone are used to calibrate a system to optimally playback your video or film. Bars are for color, so we’ll cover those in another article. Tone, however, exclusively deals with audio and it’s really simple to understand. Tone is just a reference engineers use to correctly output your video at the appropriate level. And it sounds like one long beep.Some people say that tone should be set to the average loudness of your video, but this is only an opinion. In fact, there is no set-in-stone standard for the loudness at which tone should be set it all depends on the broadcasters preferences. For example FCPX’s tone default is -12db and Premiere Pro’s is -20db. The trick is to simply keep your tone decibels between -6db and -24db. Truthfully, in most circumstances, you probably won’t even need to put bars and tone at the start of your video.Good Audio is More Than LevelsWhile levels do play a big part when it comes to creating professional audio, there’s a lot more that needs to be considered and adjusted to get the best audio possible. Effects like compressors, limiters, noise reducers, and (most importantly) EQ will all help contribute to a well balanced and professional sounding video. Have any leveling advice for video editors? Share in the comments below.last_img read more