Chris Gayle was wrong, but …

first_imgYES! Chris Gayle was wrong to proposition Australian journalist Mel McLaughlin during the live-television interview.After all, the big Jamaican paid his US$7,000 fine and he apologised to Ms McIntosh, who duly accepted his apology, but somehow this issue just won’t go away.Some of us dare to opine that this issue has been massively blown out of proportion and that the “sin” of pursuing a woman, even though executed inappropriately and unprofessionally, in no way merits the level of vitriolic and fervent attacks and criticisms that have come the way of the swashbuckling left-handed batsman.That position is in some quarters being misconstrued to mean unequivocal support for Gayle.There appears to be an intolerant unwillingness to entertain any semblance of independence of thought on this issue, which has now ballooned beyond the point of the denouncement and condemnation of Gayle’s actions.There now appears to be much more than meets the eye swirling around Gayle’s awkward, almost embarrassing attempt at flirting with the Aussie journalist, with the introduction of agenda-laced terms such as sexual harassment, sexism, and misogyny, which forces one to wonder if the legitimate cries against Gayle’s actions have not now totally lost credibility.DOUBLE STANDARDThere is the glaring double standard and hypocrisy as it relates to tennis superstar Maria Sharapova’s equally unprofessional and inappropriate flirtation with a male journalist in the very same country, Australia. The disparity in how those moments were treated compared to how Gayle’s indiscretions have been treated locally and internationally stinks to the high heavens.Again, some of us dare to ask the question, why?When one prominent Australian commentator, Ian Chappell, the man who, incidentally, committed the far worse offence of dropping his pants in the middle of a domestic game in Australia while he was Australia’s captain, when such a compromised character comes out and advocates a worldwide ban for Chris Gayle, where else can the rational mind go but to a place that says a black man from the Caribbean is prohibited from setting his personal sights on such a symbol of white Australian beauty.Another instructive dynamic is the level of condemnation coming the way of Gayle from his fellow Jamaicans.While understanding the emotional rebuff to a prominent and successful Jamaican man choosing to pursue a foreign white woman, substantively ignoring his black Jamaican girls, outside of the understandable emotional backlash from that dynamic, there seems to be a wider, and more strident, conviction to get Chris Gayle from his very own people.Another stark reminder of our propensity as a people to tear down our own, I think Jamaicans are more expert at doing that than any other nationality in the world. We really do epitomise the ‘crab in barrell’ syndrome. If Chris Gayle was of any other nationality, he would absolutely get more support from his own people.As was the case when he strolled into the middle in the very next Big Bash game after the controversy erupted – where he was welcomed to rapturous applause by the Australian crowd – he was even hugged by an Australian woman. But with all of that healing and reconciliation taking place Down Under, here in Jamaica, the desperate hunt is on for even more of Chris Gayle’s blood. Gofigure!last_img read more

Richard Sherman: 49ers courtship of Earl Thomas depends on money

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Only two weeks to go for the 49ers’ possible introduction of safety Earl Thomas as their marquee addition of free agency.Cornerback Richard Sherman is all for reuniting with his former Seattle Seahawks teammate.But Sherman knows it’s not what he says that will win over Thomas. Money talks in free agency, after all. And so might the Dallas Cowboys’ appeal to Thomas’ Texas roots.“There’s serious interest. There’s obviously a clear and easy fit,” Sherman said Wednesday at the NFL …last_img

Sharks lose to Golden Knights, remain winless in preseason

first_imgSAN JOSE — Forward Antti Suomela scored in the second period and goalie Martin Jones stopped 26 of 29 shots in the Sharks’ 3-1 preseason loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday at SAP Center.Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped the first 17 shots he faced before Suomela redirected a shot from Marc-Edouard Vlasic into the upper left corner of the Vegas net at the 14:55 mark of the second period.Fleury finished with 28 saves as Vegas improved to 4-0 in the preseason and the …last_img

Power Tip: Watermark Your Video Editing Work

first_imgProtect your work!  Watermarking your video projects can prevent them being shared before final delivery and payment.  In this post we show you how to create a quick watermark in Premiere Pro.Watermarking your video editing projects can save you headaches and complication!  Whenever someone takes your work and releases it before it’s ready it can cost you money and your reputation.  You can also avoid clients dragging out payment.  Using a watermark is standard protocol for still photographers but can also be very useful to video pros.  Let’s learn why and how to create video watermarks in Adobe Premiere Pro.Why You Should Watermark Your VideoThere are several bad scenarios that can be avoided by applying a simple watermark to your video during the approval process.Scenario one, theft.  Let’s say you have a client that has hired you to edit or produce and edit a video.  The process starts with agreed milestones and reviews and stage payments.  You work through the post-production process and provide a video for review that is a few steps away from the final version.  It’s possible that the client can review this rough cut video and decide this is all they need done.  However, you intended to do more because it doesn’t come up to your standards and you wouldn’t be happy to release it in its present state.Example of video watermarkThe customer doesn’t have the same standards as you and they can see this as a way to avoid paying or delaying payment because they have all they need for now.  Suddenly, paying you has fallen to the bottom of a very big pile of other things to do.The end result? A second rate production is released with your name attached to it and payment because a really stressful and painful process.However, if you had watermarked your production so they wouldn’t be able to release it, then you could make sure they pay the final payment before you release the final version without watermark.Watermarking is also one way to quickly determine approvals vs final versions when reviewing versions of past video editing projects.Watermarking in Premiere ProWhat you actually put on in your video watermark is completely up to you and may be more based on your client or the complexity of the project than anything else. The key is just making sure you have sufficient watermaking to ensure that the client can’t use it until you have removed it!So how do you create a watermark in Premiere Pro? It’s as simple as creating a title!Go to Title > New Title > Default Still or use the shortcut  CNTL + T (PC) or CMD + T (Mac).  You can also select it from the list that comes up when you click on the ‘New Items’ icon at the bottom of the project panel.Name it ‘Watermark Version …’ and then create a title that says what you need it to say!Next, add that title to a new video layer at the top of your layers. If there isn’t a track free, simply drag the title to the dark grey area at the top and let go and Premiere Pro will create a new layer for you.Creating a New Video TrackNext, trim it out to fit the whole length of your timeline.Trimming the Title Out to the Length of your TimelineLastly, if you chose to create your title with white text, select the title, go to the ‘Effects Controls’ panel, un-twirl ‘Opacity’ and from the ‘Blend Mode’ drop down select a blend mode like ‘Soft Light’. If the effect is still too strong, just turn the opacity value down until it is visible but not too much of a distraction.Blend ModesRender out your sample, rough cut, or preview version and keep the watermark layer in the Premiere Pro project timeline until the client has paid!One last thought: You may want to create a watermark as a small bug on the corner of the frame or along one edge of the video.  This is ok for a more subtle effect (and is less distracting), but do realize that it can easily be cut away if the client has any kind of tech know-how!Your work is your livelihood.  Ensure that clients pay and protect your reputation by insuring that only a final version of any project can be posted and shared!last_img read more

We don’t support Gorkhaland: BJP

first_imgArmy denies link with ‘soldiers’ in video over Gorkhaland  Brewing discontent“The GTA was set up to protect the culture of the gorkhas. But the State government neither gave administrative nor financial powers to the GTA, resulting in severe discontent among the gorkhas. Hence, they started the agitation,” said Mr. Vijayvargiya. His comments came at a time when the ruling Trinamool Congress leadership has accused the BJP of tacitly backing the movement.TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee had earlier accused BJP MP from Darjeeling S.S. Ahluwalia of making remarks which incited unrest in the hills. Earlier this week, BJP State president Dilip Ghosh said his party “does not support such demands based on language or community”. For the first time since violence erupted in Darjeeling hills over the Gorkhaland issue, the BJP has made it clear that it does not support the demand for the State of Gorkhaland.Speaking to journalists on Sunday, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said “we are not supporters of Gorkhaland.” He also alleged that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was responsible for the unrest in Darjeeling as the West Bengal government had not abided by the stipulations under which the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) was set up.Also Readlast_img read more

Only one person can ensure country’s security: Amit Shah

first_img“I am fortunate that BJP has made me the candidate from Gandhinagar seat that was represented by Lal Krishna Advani, Atalji and Purushottam Ganesh Mavalankar,” said Mr. Shah. “It is this region from where I was elected MLA for five times and I began my electoral journey,” he added.Mr. Shah made clear that the parliamentary elections would be fought on the issue of national security and the fight against terrorism.“This election will be fought on only one issue, and that is, who will lead this country,” Mr. Shah asserted. “When I ask who will lead the country, from Himachal to Kanyakumari and from Kamrup to Gandhinagar, only one word is heard, that is: Modi, Modi, Modi,” he said, addressing party workers in Naranpura, his erstwhile Assembly constituency.He stressed that only Mr. Modi, the BJP and the NDA government could secure the country’s interests.“The question before the country is who can assure security to the country? Only one person, only one party can assure this. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP and NDA government can assure security to the country,” he contended.Mr. Thackeray said that “both BJP and Shiv Sena were guided by the common ideology of Hindutva.” BJP President Amit Shah speaking to people during a road show in Ahmedabad on Saturday, March 30, 2019.  | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji Flanked by senior party colleagues and NDA allies, BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday filed his nomination for the Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar, replacing the party’s veteran parliamentarian L.K. Advani.Before filing the papers at the Gandhinagar Collector’s office, Mr. Shah along with the Shiromani Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray, LJP’s Ram Vilas Paswan and top BJP leaders Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari addressed a rally and held a massive roadshow in a show of strength in Ahmedabad.The Union Home Minister termed Mr. Shah the “successor of L.K. Advani, who represented Gandhinagar” for two decades.The presence of the allies and top union ministers at the rally is seen as public acknowledgment that Mr. Shah is the most powerful leader after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, not only in the BJP but also in the NDA.last_img read more