first_imgPrint Linkedin Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook THE grim and tragic outcome to another case of teenage bullying – in this case, cyberbullying underlines the need for a new review of the precautions and effective steps that have been taken by the relevant authorities to curtail this revolting cruelty. Bullying in any form is repellent but the very nature of cyberbullying, which is pervasive and penetrates the privacy of its victim with relentless cruelty, is mind-blowing in the scale of its relentless attack on its victim.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up NewsLocal NewsEditorial – Bullying by any other nameBy admin – October 31, 2012 538 None of us are impregnable, no matter how confident or sure-footed we can appear at times.Being undermined even in an everyday work atmosphere, can be devastating to the recipient, on a particula`r day. Whether it is cyberbullying or the sly, out of sight domineering put-downs of someone who needs to feed their own ego, at the expense of someone else, deliberately taunting, humiliating or ridiculing a person just for the perverse pleasure it gives them, is one of the cruellest inflictions of mental torture there is.We know that basically bullies are cowards at heart. They take an insidious pleasure in inflicting mental and emotional pain and humiliation on someone, for no other reason than to feed their sadistic nature.Bullies must be stood up to – if the victims are so understandably but tragically undermined that they cannot mount their own defence, then they must be able to obtain, without any hindrance, the support and strength they need to expose the culprits. The more exposures there are the greater will be people’s intolerance and repugnance of this destructive activity which can and has had such tragic results. Twitter Email Previous articleGovernment advisor faces brothel chargesNext articleGrant delays leave students in limbo adminlast_img

first_imgThe San Diego County Police department is currently considering pressing charges against a man who went to a grocery shopping while wearing a white hood similar to that worn by the Ku Klux Klan. The incident occurred Saturday at a store in the town of Santee.approached the man and told him to either remove the hood or leave the store. The man removed his hood, paid for his groceries, and then left the store.Authorities were not called to the scene, however, they are now investigating whether or not the incident constitutes as a hate crime, and whether or not charges will be brought.“The Sheriff’s Department does not condone hate or any acts of intolerance in our communities,” the department said in a news release.last_img read more

first_imgBy John Burton FAIR HAVEN – Kevin Ryan sees his work as a struggle between the light and the dark, between despair and hope.He believes that, though it doesn’t always seem that way, the light eventually wins out.Fair Haven resident Kevin Ryan, president of Covenant House International, with some of the youths of the organization.“For kids who are despairing, who feel alone in the world, this light, it’s more than encouragement – it’s oxygen. It keeps them breathing,” he said. “And to see that every day and to be part of that is one of the greatest privileges of my life.”Ryan, who is president of Covenant House Inter­na­tional, which helps homeless youths, is also the co-author of a recently published book detailing some of that organization’s work.“For kids who are despairing, who feel alone in the world, this light, it’s more than encouragement – it’s oxygen. It keeps them breathing,” he said. “And to see that every day and to be part of that is one of the greatest privileges of my life.”Ryan, who lives in Fair Haven with his wife and their six children, has been working with Covenant House for much of the last 20 years. He has been serving as the organization’s president for the past four years, overseeing the organization’s work in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Guate­mala and Nicaragua, helping approximately 57,000 youths a year.The organization has helped more than 1.2 million kids during its 40-year history.The work, the 45-year-old Ryan said, involves helping young people, usually between the ages of 15 and 20, who are on the streets “for whatever reasons.”Those assisted by Covenant House may have been discarded by families or have families that have imploded because of drugs. “It could be that the kids were abused or exploited so they leave home,” and find themselves out on their own where they face further exploitation and dangers, he said.With his work with Covenant House, Ryan has seen these young people as they face that darkness in their daily lives and it leaves Ryan wondering, “How do you go from crushing marginalization to hope?”That question is answered through the stories of many who come to Covenant House and is explored in his book.Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, co-written by former New York Times journalist Tina Kelley, tells six stories of kids who came through the door of the various Covenant House sites in the U.S. and Canada, and those who helped them move on to better lives.Since its publication in August the book has been listed on the bestseller lists of the Washington Post, Newsday and Publisher’s Weekly.Ryan noted recently that Almost Home was named to J.P. Morgan Holiday Reading List, which offers works with inspiring stories.One of the stories in the book tells of a teenage girl trying to make her way through Katrina-ravaged New Orleans and a woman, a cook for the local Covenant House operation, “who helps this teenager cross the bridge from poverty to opportunity,” Ryan said.“We wanted for people to read these stories and say, ‘I really want to do something about this,’ ” to coach, to mentor, to volunteer, to contribute, he said.The book offers recommendations on how readers can get involved.Through the work of his friends and acquaintances in the Two River area, and the efforts of students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, Covenant House has been able to open its most recent facility in Asbury Park. The organization, which operates mostly on private donations, opened its door there in a converted storefront on Dewitt Avenue about a year ago.The darkness Ryan sees can be pervasive. He has seen almost all who come seeking help share a common trait of blaming themselves for their situation.“They thought they had done something wrong and they wanted everything to be all right,” he said.There was a time some years ago when he felt he wasn’t making enough of a difference through his work, he conceded. Then one day, he entered a restaurant and ran into a young woman, Vinnie, who he helped years ago escape from a terrible situation. Her aunt had sold her into indentured servitude after Vinnie was orphaned at a young age. Vinnie faced repeated sexual abuse and wound up living in the Port Authority bus station in Manhattan where police discovered her and stepped in.When Ryan met up with her again, she was working as a waitress and attending school in the evenings studying to be a nurse. She was in a healthy, loving relationship with a man and was planning to marry.That encounter sparked in him a realization. “I thought, how in the world does a kid go from having their childhood taken away from them and repeatedly victimized and broken down, how do you go from there to the light?”The answer became clear.“It is the light that shines on the darkness every time one of these kids walks in the front door for the first time because there are these people all across Covenant House who are the light for these kids,” he said.Ryan has also worked for the United Nations and was first commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families.He and Kelley will be collaborating on another book that will document the trafficking of children in Latin America.last_img read more

first_imgCOPYRIGHT covers literary work such as (Novels, poems and plays) films, music, artistic, (e.g. Drawings, paintings, photograph, sculpture and architecture design). Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonographs in their recordings and broadcaster in their radio and television programs. Copyright also covers folklore, which is traditional cultural expression, songs, poems etc. and finally copyright covers traditional knowledge.What are Intellectual Property Rights?Intellectual Property rights are like any other property rights. They allow creators or owners of patents, trademarks or copyrighted works to benefit from their own work or investment in a creation. These rights are outlined in Article 27 of the universal declaration of Human Rights, which provides for the right to benefit from the protection of moral and material interest resulting from authorship of scientific, literary or artistic productions.Why promote and protect Intellectual Property?There are several compelling reasons. First, the progress and wellbeing of humanity rest on its capacity to create and invent new works in the areas of technology and culture. Second, the legal protection of new creation encourages the commitment of additional resources for further innovations. Third, the promotion of Intellectual Property Spurs economic growth, create new jobs and industries and enhance the quality and enjoyment of life.What is a Patent?A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, a product or process that provides a new way of doing something or that offers new technical solutions to a problem.A patent provides patent owners with the protection of their new inventions. Protection is granted for a limited period, generally 20 years.Who grants Patent?Patent is granted by the National Patent Office called the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO) upon filing of a patent application that includes but not limited to title of invention, indication of its technical field, the background and description of the invention; such descriptions are usually accompanied by visual materials such as drawings, plans or diagrams that describe the invention in greater details. Claims are also included to help determine the scope of the patent protection.What is Utility Model?An exclusive right granted for an invention, which allows the right holder to prevent others from commercially using the protected invention without his authorization for a limited period of time. It is sometimes referred to as petit patent, small patent incremental patent, etc.What is a trademark?A trademark is a distinctive sign that identifies certain goods or service produced or provided by an individual or company. Trademark has three (3) characteristic and they are original, distinctive, and non-descriptive.Kinds of trademarkA trademark may be one or a combination of words, letters, and numerals. They may consist of drawings, symbols or three dimension signs such as the shape and packaging of goods.How long is trademark protection?Trademark protection is done for a period of ten (10) years in accordance with Sub-Part B, section 10.9 of the 2016 Intellectual Property Act. Subsequent renewal of additional ten (10) years can be done after the expiration of the first ten (10) years through application for renewal and payment of the prescribed fees.What is a mark?Mark means any visible sign capable of distinguishing the goods (trademark) or services (service mark) from one enterprise to that of another enterprise.What is Collective Mark?Collective Mark means any visible sign designated as such in the application for registration and capable of distinguishing the owner, which are associations whose members use them to be identified. Example: Accounting Associations engineer or architects Associations. What is a trade Name?Trade Name means the name of designation identifying and distinguishing one enterprise to that of the other.To be continued in next edition on Thursday, May 3, 2018.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) (Image courtesy: famt.ac.in)Intellectual property protection is critical in fostering innovation. Without protection of ideas, businesses and individuals would not reap the full benefits of their inventions and would focus less on research and development. Similarly, artists would not be fully compensated for their creations and cultural vitality would suffer as a result.And so to help artists, inventors and players in the industry in Liberia to understand some basic terms of IP, we are launching this series.Who grants protection?Intellectual Protection is granted by virtue of registration by the Government of Liberia through the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO), with the issuance of a certificate of registration of creations or corporation works, after completing all the steps and procedure and payment of prescribed fees required for registration.What is Intellectual Property?Intellectual Property very broadly means the legal rights which result from intellectual activity in industrial, scientific, literary and artistic fields. (WIPO, 2008)  Intellectual Property is divided into two categories:INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY includes patent for inventions, trademark, industrial designs and geographical indications (GI).last_img read more

first_imgThe experienced colorist is able to pull fast keys to ensure the session progresses at a quick pace. Here are a couple of actionable DaVinci Resolve tips to make sure your keys are effective.All images from ShutterstockDigital colorists pull keys on any and every object in the frame throughout their careers. Clients always ask to tweak skin tones, but elements such as clothing, hair, teeth, lips, scenery, product packaging, or practical lights are all fair game.Here’s the first image we’ll be working with. We should be able to get a nice clean key of the girl’s skin as it is naturally separated from the background.Hue Width, Saturation Low and Luminance LowCreate an initial qualification by selecting the eyedropper tool and clicking and dragging across the part of the image you want. You’ll often find that your initial selection won’t include all the values you want, and choosing the Add Color Range tool can be slower than knowing what to adjust next.Using the eyedropper tool, this is our initial key. Not bad, but we can do better. Read on…Activate the highlight mode and increase the Hue Width. This will fatten out the qualification, often to include the tones you need. I don’t find myself adjusting Hue Center, Soft or Symmetry as often as Hue Width. If you’ve performed a good initial selection with the eyedropper, you’ve already got a good center hue, and you’ll be wanting to select an area that is defined enough to process, so it won’t be too softened out. Symmetry adjusts the highs and lows of the hue qualification, something I haven’t found crucial for most keys.Adjusting the Hue Width may be all you need to move on. If not, try adjusting both Saturation Low and Luminance Low to include or exclude as needed. Many times I won’t need to touch the Highs of both controls.Increasing the Hue Width gets us a key that includes more of what we want.When you’ve pulled a good key, don’t forget to blur it by increasing your Blur Radius, an important step for executing seamless corrections.I adjusted both the Luminance Low and Saturation Low to get a bit more of her hair. There’s a tradeoff because I’m also now getting some values in her jacket that are the same tone as her hair and skin. It’s up to you to determine whether you’re okay with affecting this part of the image in service of improving the hair. You can also choose to exclude the jacket using power windows. If so, read on. Don’t forget to blur your key.The qualification tab has many parameters for precisely dialing in the part of the image you want to key. Knowing how all of these affect keys is essential, but several have more of an immediate impact that you’ll find yourself adjusting more than the others. Identifying and understanding which qualifier parameters get you better keys will keep you from guessing what to change and will save time in session.Use Power Windows to Choke KeysSometimes, the subject’s skin will have the same red-yellow values as something else in the frame. You’ll have to decide if your skin correction is worth affecting this other element in the interest of making the talent look their best.This is a harder image to work with since the model’s skin is a similar tone to the background, but we’re up for the challenge.Sure enough, when we pull our key we’re getting the background, as expected.You may opt to create power windows to restrict the limits of your key, especially if your correction is a large move.Here’s our skin tone correction. I thought she was a bit too saturated and yellow.The added benefit to using power windows is that you can create an Outside Node to affect what’s outside your correction.Add Outside Node lets us process everything that’s not in the skin tone key we pulled earlier, allowing us other creative possibilities.Our resulting grade. I cooled it off quite a bit for a look favoring a bit more color contrast.Don’t Go Nuts on Exposure. Use Power Windows InsteadWhen performing the correction on the keyed image, you can make large moves on the color information, adjusting saturation, hue, and tint in substantial degrees. This isn’t the case for luminance values. Large exposure adjustments will cause your footage to break down fairly quickly, depending on which camera you’re shooting with. Artifacts are the last thing you want on a shot with tons of nodes.The experienced colorist uses discretion with keys, and knows when not to use one. When lightening or darkening in large amounts, it’s better to use a power window without a qualification.Track When NecessaryIf you’re improving skin tones on a relatively stationary subject, it may not be necessary to track. Many times the qualification will suffice. Resolve’s tracker, while fast, is not always perfect, and in a high-speed client session you want to execute fast changes in the allotted time, and the tracker may actually slow you down.Brush Up on KeyingCreating clean keys is one of the most important skills to possess for the colorist executing professional work. Understanding the qualification tools, as well as knowing when to not use them, are just as important.Check out some of our other color grading articles below.Color Grading: Bleach Bypass Looks in DaVinci ResolveThe Isolated Color Look in DaVinci ResolvePopular Fashion Looks in ResolveWere these DaVinci Resolve tips helpful? Got any secrets to pulling better keys? 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first_imgLATEST STORIES Brownlee orchestrated Ginebra’s late first quarter pullaway, turning a close 18-16 affair with 4:16 remaining to a commanding 29-18 advantage with a killer 11-2 tear to end the opening period.That scintillating offensive display, coupled with Meralco’s offensive struggles, propelled the Gin Kings as they enjoyed a 17-point lead, 40-23 midway in the second quarter after another Brownlee layup.Cone didn’t put too much praise on the way Ginebra defended in the game, saying the result was also decided with Meralco’s paltry shooting from rainbow country.“We hit our shots and they were 2-of-17 from the three-point line in the first half. They’re the number one three-point shooting team and it was an unusual night for them. Let’s give credit to our defense, but they really missed a lot of three-pointers. They’re unfamiliar with the court and the rings and whatever plays into that, but on the other end, we did hit our shots,” he said.The Bolts, though, eventually found their rhythm in the third quarter, unfurling 38 points in the frame to cut the deficit to its lowest at four, 75-71, on a Mike Tolomia four-point play with 4.9 seconds left in the period.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Frustrated Knights focused on own bid amid 3-way tie for no. 4 Read Next But Ginebra was quick to recover as Slaughter squeaked in another dunk late in the period to swing the momentum back in Ginebra’s favor as the crowd favorites rekindled their shooting to established a 21-point lead, 96-75, on a booming Brownlee three with 5:05 left to play.Allen Durham struggled for Meralco as he went 10-of-22 from the field to wound up with 27 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals, while Baser Amer got 14 markers and five boards in the loss.The Scores:GINEBRA 102 – Brownlee 32, Aguilar 15, Slaughter 14, Ferrer 11, Tenorio 10, Devance 9, Mercado 7, Caguioa 2, Thompson 2, Helterbrand 0, Taha 0.MERALCO 87 – Durham 27, Amer 14, Tolomia 10, De Ocampo 8, Hodge 8, Dillinger 6, Lanete 6, Newsome 6, Hugnatan 0, Caram 0.Quarters: 29-18, 49-35, 77-71, 102-87. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Game 2 of the best-of-7 championship duel is on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Brownlee was all over the floor for Ginebra, going for 32 points on an ultra-efficient 13-of-20 sniping from the field, to go with his 19 rebounds and six assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAguilar added 15 markers, four boards, and three blocks, while Greg Slaughter came off the bench and was once again a huge boost for the Gin Kings, scattering 14 points, eight rebounds, and two rejections.“We played really well tonight. I thought we controlled the game from pretty much start to finish but you take everything after Game 1 with a real grain of salt. This is not representative of anything as the series goes along,” said coach Tim Cone. “Last time we played Meralco last year, they won Game 1. That’s a cautionary tale for us. We just want to make sure not to make too big of a deal of Game 1 and move forward to Game 2.” View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESLUCENA — Clicking on both ends of the floor, Ginebra gained a head start in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals with a 102-87 beatdown of Meralco on Friday to take Game 1 at Quezon Convention Center here.The Gin Kings exploited their advantage in the frontcourt and pounded the ball in the paint as Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar had their way to help the defending champions establish an early lead they will never surrender.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

first_imgBeing a referee in any sport often presents many challenges, especially if you are a female referee officiating men in sport.  For referees Louise Frost and Annabelle Connolly however, the challenge isn’t a problem. “From a players perspective sometimes I think they think they have it over you,” Frost said. “But if you show you’re confident then its fine. I’ve had no problems at tournament level, it’s more at park level that you sometimes have problems.”Connolly agrees that at the Opens tournament level, things run fairly smoothly. “When I was 16-17 and refereeing the Mens 30s and older guys sometimes it was a problem,” Connolly said. “But now things are pretty good.”Both Frost and Connolly among eight of the female referees here at the NTL Opens/20s.Connolly, a level six, recently represented Australia at the World Cup, and experience which she describes as “brilliant”.“I didn’t find out I was going until September – which was a fairly late call up,” Connolly said.“It was my first time overseas and it was brilliant. If you got the Australia or New Zealand games it was really high standard. Some of the other games were big score-lines like 20-nil, which is a lot different to what you get here at the NTL.”The 27-year old from WA has been officiating Touch for the past 11 years, and hopes to again represent at the international level.“My goal is to be part of the Youth World Cup, and then the next World Cup in 2011,” she said.“I had a fantastic time and made so many friends overseas, that was the best part, and it was completely different to what I expected.”Frost, 24, refereed at her first major tournament in 2004. Like Connolly, her goal is also to referee at the international level, and currently a level four she is hoping to upgrade to level five at the NTL. “Obviously the ultimate goal is to get my level 6 and to Referee at the World Cup in Scotland in four years time.”The schedule to referee three-to-four games a day at the Opens NTL will be a test for Frost, who is still recovering from damaged knee cartilage, which will be operated on following the tournament.“I’m having the op in a couple of weeks on my knee, and then I will be off for six months,” Frost said. “After that I will be trying to get fit again, and hopefully the knee will be fixed and won’t cause any more problems.”Sharing a room at the NTL, they say the female referees often “stick together”.“The girls do tend to stick together, you definitely do get the feeling of being in the minority, but you tough it out,” Connolly said.“We like to give it to the boys, but you always get it back!”last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth management scoffs at moaning Pellegriniby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth management were left “bemused” by West Ham’s meltdown at the end of yesterday’s 2-2 draw.It’s emerged Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini claimed assistant boss Jason Tindall was influencing referee Stuart Attwell. An animated Pellegrini was involved in an altercation with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe. Tindall appeared to act as peacemaker, ushering the sexagenarian Chilean away from 41-year-old Howe near the dugouts of the Vitality Stadium. Howe later denied that the exchange was heated: “No, not heated, we were just discussing a few VAR calls. Everyone’s got their own different opinions to decisions, so there was no problem.”Moments later Pellegrini, whose side are now third in the Premier League, offered his side in an uncharacteristic outburst. “No, I never talked about the VAR decision,” he said. “I talk about the assistant coach of him, the complete game with the referee trying to pressurise in every decision. That’s all what I complain, not about the VAR. “Its his assistant. I think they don’t need it because they are a good team that play offensive football. I think Eddie has done very good work here – his assistant doesn’t need to do those kind of things because I don’t think it’s fair for the referee.”A source close to Bournemouth’s management told the Daily Mail: “Eddie and Jason are bemused as to why the West Ham management were getting their knickers in a twist and not happy about it. “They seemed to have a problem with Jason being on the touchline but everyone knows Eddie and Jason come as a team. They are always on the touchline together and did nothing different than in any other game. “But they felt hard done by on VAR and weren’t afraid to make that known. For some reason Pellegrini had an issue with it. Why? Probably because, deep down, he knows they were right and West Ham were lucky to come away with a draw.” last_img read more

first_imgSEC Divisions team logos.If the SEC decides to realign its divisions for football, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn would be fine with the Tigers moving to the SEC East. The 50-year-old coach told ESPN’s Chris Low, “I think there will be discussion on that.”The SEC is currently split into two seven-team divisions, with Auburn being in the SEC West, along with in-state rival Alabama. If the SEC shuffles things, @CoachGusMalzahn wouldn’t be opposed to Auburn moving to the East. “I think there will be discussion on that.”— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) April 13, 2016The SEC has already set its conference games through 2025, so realignment before then seems fairly unlikely. A move to the other side of the conference would certainly not end the Alabama-Auburn yearly Iron Bowl game, but it probably would end the yearly Alabama-Tennessee game. Unless the SEC changes its rules with a realignment, there would be only one set cross-divisional opponent for each team. And the Tigers’ opponent would surely be the Crimson Tide. Which team from the SEC East should move to the SEC West if the Tigers do, in fact, switch sides?last_img read more