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Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Charged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested Friday night and is suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon. (Photo: FBI)Federal authorities have charged the Boston Marathon bombing suspect with using a weapon of mass destruction, which is punishable by death, but didn’t deem him an enemy combatant as some had urged.Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to be arraigned Monday in his room at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where authorities have said he is listed in serious condition.“Today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston and for our country,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “We’ve once again shown that those who target innocent Americans and attempt to terrorize our cities will not escape from justice.”The 19-year-old Cambridge man was captured Friday night following a five-day manhunt that ended when the teen was found hiding in a boat in Watertown, Mass.His 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with police after the duo allegedly gunned down an MIT police officer and carjacked a driver Thursday night.The bombings last Monday at the Boylston Street finish line left three dead and more than 200 wounded. Investigators have said the suspects made the bombs out of pressure cookers filled with nails, ball bearings and other projectiles.Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) joined fellow Republicans in calling on President Barack Obama to have the surviving Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant, meaning he would be tried in military tribunal instead of civilian court.“The accused perpetrators of these acts were not common criminals attempting to profit from a criminal enterprise, but terrorists trying to injure, maim, and kill innocent Americans,” King said in a joint statement. “The suspect, based upon his actions, clearly is a good candidate for enemy combatant status.”Tsarnaev, a native of the Chechnya region in southern Russia, was granted U.S. citizenship in September. Massachusetts has outlawed the death penalty, but it is still allowed under federal law. He could also be sentenced to life in prison without parole.Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said she could not disclose what the teen may have said to investigators except to say that they always “seek to elicit all the actionable intelligence and information we can from terrorist suspects.”Rich Sturges, a 41-year-old Boston school teacher originally from Malverne, was about five blocks from the scene during his second running of the nation’s oldest marathon when the bombs went off second apart.“It was very stunning,” he told the Press. “It’s not going to be back to normal for a while.”last_img read more

Innovation Loads First Hornsea One Monopiles

first_imgImage source: DEME GroupGeoSea’s jack-up Innovation has loaded the first set of monopile foundations in Vlissingen (Flushing), the Netherlands, and is now en route to install them on Ørsted’s 1.2GW Hornsea Project One wind farm off the UK, DEME said.In total, the Innovation will install 174 monopile foundations, produced by EEW SPC, at the site located some 120 kilometres off the coast of Yorkshire, according to DEME.EEW OSB will manufacture 86, Bladt Industries 68, and Steelwind Nordenham with the Teesside-based Wilton Engineering 20 transition pieces for the project.The Hornsea Project One wind farm will comprise 174 Siemens 7MW wind turbines, three offshore substations and a reactive compensation substation (RCS). Once fully operational in 2020, it will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world.Ørsted is the sole owner of Hornsea One. The company also has the project rights to the Hornsea Project Two and Three, which have the potential of further 3GW offshore wind power capacity in total.last_img read more

Bristow set to emerge from Chapter 11

first_imgOffshore helicopter operator Bristow Group expects to emerge from Chapter 11 by the end of the month following a confirmation of its reorganization plan by a U.S. court.A Bristow helicopter; Author: Ronnie Robertson – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseBristow voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas in May 2019.On October 4, 2019, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas confirmed Bristow’s amended plan of reorganization and indicated that it will enter a written order to this effect.According to the company’s statement on Monday, it expects to consummate its financial restructuring process and successfully emerge from Chapter 11 by October 31, 2019.Upon emergence as a privately held company, Bristow’s largest owners are expected to be affiliates of Solus Alternative Asset Management LP, South Dakota Investment Council, Empyrean Capital Partners, LP, Bain Capital Credit and Oak Hill Advisors, who are expected to own in excess of 50% of Bristow’s equity collectively, with the remaining equity held by other secured creditors and unsecured noteholders.Under the terms of the approved plan, at emergence the company will receive $535 million of new capital from a majority of Bristow’s secured and unsecured noteholders: $385 million through an equity rights offering, and Bristow’s $150 million debtor-in-possession loan, which was funded in August 2019 and will convert into new equity of the reorganized company at emergence.L. Don Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bristow, said, “Achieving plan confirmation is an important milestone that comes less than five months after we initially filed Chapter 11. As a reorganized company, we will emerge a stronger, well capitalized global organization with an industry-leading balance sheet and strong liquidity.”The consummation of the plan will be subject to the satisfaction or waiver of several conditions, including completion of the equity rights offering.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

2014 World Cup play-offs: An open letter to Egypt

first_imgAhead of their crunch double header against Egypt in the Brazil 2014 qualifying play-offs, ‘Ghana’ sends a word of caution to the PharaohsDear brother Egypt,I write you this letter with mixed feelings and I believe you are quite conscious of what has prompted it.You do know how much I loathe to have to contest anything with you due to the mutual affection and respect we share, but it seems on this rare occasion we have been forced into each other’s path to Brazil 2014. We have always been intimate, of course, ever since the day my founding father Kwame Nkrumah married the beautiful Fathia on the recommendation of then Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser and begot three beautiful offspring, two of whom are active players in modern-day Ghanaian politics.That said, we have had our occasional grudges in the past. You rubbished the ‘host and win’ mantra I adopted during CAN 2008 by winning the title on my territory, only for me to exact cold revenge the very next year at the Fifa Under-20 World Cup you hosted, by becoming the first African side to claim the ultimate prize at that level. Your own team didn’t reach too far on that occasion as I rightly recall.Level peggings, then, eh? Well, not exactly.The fact that you beat me in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations finale to secure your seventh and most recent continental title means we still have one more score to settle, and that I intend to do in some style on October 13 and on the weekend of November 15-19. Forget the 3-0 thumping I dished out to you last January ahead of the 2013 Afcon; that was just a warning of what I am capable of.Besides, let’s face it: you currently aren’t the force you have always been, having missed successive Afcons. What you once were, I now am, and I’d prove that when we meet. Don’t think I would be intimidated by whatever atmosphere you’d have to offer when I visit, for my own Baba Yara Stadium itself is a veritable fortress.And, to think of it…You taught my people the worth of having a local coach on the evidence of what magic Hassan Shehata worked while in charge of your national side and, just when we took a leaf from your workbook by appointing locale Kwasi Appiah as coach, you switched to our old ways by hiring an expatriate, American Bob Bradley – the very man whose USA team fell flat before our Black Stars at the last World Cup – and so maybe you could take some tutoring from us in that regard as we prepare to show you just how much we’ve learnt. There isn’t much else I can say for now. I would do the remainder of the talking on the pitch when the fixtures are due. All that remains is to count the days left till the first leg, and then the contents of this letter would seem ever so real to you.Until then, read this thrice a day, pray your hearts out, and ponder on the words of Exodus 14:13.We’re coming for you.Sporting regards,Kofi Ghana.last_img read more

International field targets the McGregor Trophy

first_img8 Jul 2015 International field targets the McGregor Trophy Players from as far afield as China and Argentina will help to make up a thoroughly international entry for next week’s McGregor Trophy at Wallasey, Cheshire.Eighteen countries will be represented in the English U16 boys’ open stroke play which is one of the key dates in the U16 calendar. The event was heavily over-subscribed, with 226 players applying for places in the field of 144 and the handicap cut-off was 2.5.Play will be of the highest quality – last year’s winner, John Axelsen of Denmark, was six-under par for the 72 hole event.There will be a strong English challenge for the trophy by competitors including Harry Bigham (Redbourn) who won last year’s Reid Trophy, the national championship for U14 boys. (Image © Leaderboard Photography)He has gone on to represent England at U16 level, alongside such players as Jake Benson (Beeston Fields), Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Harvey Byers (Walton Heath), Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire), Ben Jones (Brampton Heath) Thomas Plumb (Sherborne) Taylor Stote (Burnham & Berrow) and Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor).There will be three local competitors from Cheshire clubs: Joshua Curtis (Ringway), William Dodds (Styal) and Tom Duncalf (Sandiway).All competitors will play 18 holes on each of the first two days of the championships. The field will then be cut to the leading 40 players and ties who play 36 holes on the final day, Thursday, July 16.last_img read more

Popular Fashion Looks in Resolve

first_imgThe tweaked skin tones and the key I pulled on the skin to separate it from the rest of the image. Sure enough, I increased the hue, skewing the skin toward magenta by a hair. Lifted skin is a common technique in fashion, but don’t go too far or the effect will break down, particularly in DSLR footage.The control panels I use on gigs have been tweaked for sensitivity in Resolve’s preferences. I know how much a rotation of a ring will adjust my key if I give it a big swing. If I’m working with material that was shot on a high-quality medium like the Alexa, I know that I can actually lift the skintones in the mids or highlights without introducing digital artifacting that looks like ants are crawling over the image. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, try pulling a key on something and pushing the mids or highs more than a stop or two, or do so with an imperfect key. You’ll witness the unpleasant effect very quickly.These artifacts are a product of the resolutions we’re dealing with today. This’ll get better in time, and it’ll be really interesting to see how far we can push footage in five years.Approaching the LooksWhile fashion editorials employ a wide variety of looks, it is prudent to note that most of the distinctive look is done before post, in the actual mise-en-scène of the shot. As colorists we’re working with a preexisting canvas that ideally has already gotten us much of the way there.I believe that to execute looks that appeal to fashion sensibilities, we have to think a bit like photographers and their tool of choice, Photoshop. To colorize an image in Photoshop, many photographers use a Curves adjustment layer. We’ve got this tool in Resolve too.The first step here is disable Gang Custom Curves in the drop-down menu of our Curves tab. This will enable us to affect each curve separately, and to play each channel against each other for some interesting looks.Adjusting the luminance curve will add or subtract contrast. Try adding two points to the curve, one 20% or so from the absolute shadows and one 20% from the highest region of the curve. Now stretch the points so the curve looks like an S.Inverting the S-curve decreases contrast, so play around with what suits your image the best.The same concept applies to each of the three color channels. Adding and raising a point near the bottom of the red graph, for example, will increase red in the shadows of the image.One last note: while of course there are no set rules toward creating specific fashion looks, many times you will find yourself staying away from the green channel entirely, due to the fact that working with it doesn’t tend to yield great-looking skin tones. If you’re trying to create a less traditional look though, by all means, go nuts on the green channel.Two Specific LooksNow for some specific looks. Many of the stock fashion looks are derived from simple manipulations of the red and blue curves. The first involves pumping the red shadows and lessening the red highlights, while doing the reverse in blue: diminishing the blue shadows and increasing the blue highlights. In fashion photography there is a great amount of finesse and layering that goes into producing the striking images that grace high-end fashion publications, but these looks will get you going toward them for sure. As an experiment, visit the site of your favorite fashion publication and see how many looks you can replicate by swinging the curves around.Again, it’s important to reiterate that much of what makes a photograph categorized as fashion is largely based on its mise-en-scène. It’s all about the model and her pose, the clothing, scenery, makeup, as well as an extremely high acuity to perfecting very small details. An odd fabric crease or skin blemish betrays the perfection that fashion imagery strives for. Color correction is only one component of this scrutiny, and no amount of blues in the shadows will solve an image that doesn’t have this level of consideration at the time of image capture. We can also invert those curves for our second look. Decrease red shadows, increase red highlights, increase blue shadows, lessen blue highlights.center_img In this tutorial we take cues from fashion and glamor print and apply them to video in DaVinci Resolve.As a colorist specializing in fashion and beauty work, I’m constantly cross-referencing still images from fashion magazine editorials to inform the polished look that has become synonymous with glamour. When asked to think beyond a generic look of healthy contrast and color saturation, I employ a few techniques that have been ported from Photoshop and brought into the moving image realm.Skin tones, skin tones, skin tonesThe majority of my job involves addressing client concerns as quickly as they are mentioned, maintaining consistency across scenes, and retaining healthy skin tones. I regularly get to the suite early to begin on an overall grade before the client comes in, but if I have a few minutes more and the spot centers around predominantly female talent, I pull skin tone keys for each shot beforehand as well.To illustrate some concepts, I’ll be working off the following image from Shutterstock.In the original, note that there are quite a lot of blues in the shadows. I’ve corrected for that in the second image to give us a neutral starting point. If this isn’t something you noticed, toggling between the two images will certainly make this more apparent.Here are the Resolve dials for my balanced image. When I corrected for the blacks and whites, the image looked a little yellow so I’ve swung the gamma accordingly::Adjusting skin tones while in session is similar to being at the optometrist’s office: she’ll ask if you like option A or B better, with only a hair of difference between them. In a color session it’s par for the course to adjust skin by minute amounts and then toggle between them for the client to choose. Often the adjustment I make is to swing the hue of the keyed skin toward magenta. The slight adjustment is often enough to please the client, who may be thinking the skin feels too green or yellow. You could also adjust the shadows in the keyed skin in a similar way, skewing them towards a more magenta tone or lifting them just slightly.last_img read more

Dilshan to lead Sri Lanka during England tour

first_imgTillakaratne Dilshan was on Monday appointed as Sri Lanka’s captain for all three formats for next month’s tour of England, following Kumar Sangakkara’s resignation after the World Cup.T Dilshan has been appointed Sri Lanka captain for next month’s England tour. AP”Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is proud to announce the appointment of of TM Dilshan as the national captain in all three formats of the game for Sri Lanka’s tour of England in May 2011,” a Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) statement said.The selectors, however, have not named a vice-captain for the tour because “the prospective candidates are nursing injuries, and their availability for the forthcoming tour is still in question.”Sangakkara had resigned from the post of Sri Lanka captain a few days after his team’s loss to India in the final of the World Cup, their second successive loss in the title clash of the quadrennial extravaganza.A day later, vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene and all the national selectors also resigned from their respective posts.The 34-year-old Dilshan, currently playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Royal Challengers Bangalore, had previously led Sri Lanka in two Twenty2O internationals in 2008 and 2009, and also during a five-match ODI series in Zimbabwe in 2010.The big-hitting opener’s appointment to the top post ended the speculation over whether he, or the 23-year-old all-rounder Angelo Mathews, would be named as Sangakkara’s immediate successor.With exactly 500 runs under his belt, Dilshan was also the highest run-scorer in the 2011 World Cup, surpassing the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, player-of-the-tournament Yuvraj Singh and Sangakkara.advertisementDilshan has till date represented Sri Lanka in 66 Tests and scored 3990 runs at an average of 42.44 with 11 centuries and 16 half fifties to his credit.In 203 ODIs, Dilshan has accumulated 5456 runs at an average of 36.61 with 160 being his highest score. He has also played 32 Twenty20 Internationals for Sri Lanka.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Rony Lopes believes Portugal is confident

first_imgThe Portuguese forward thinks his team is ready to get a win against Italy in the 2018-2019 UEFA Nations League seasonThe Portugal national team is set to debut in the 2018-2019 UEFA Nations League season, but they will have a difficult opponent in front: Italy.The Azzurri already debuted on the competition and salvage a 1-1 draw against Poland in Bologna.And now they will play against the Portuguese in Lisbon.For forward Rony Lopes, Italy is good, but Portugal is better.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We are confident,” the 22-year-old striker told the media as reported by Football Italia.“The fact Italy drew with Poland gives us even more belief and motivation to top the group. Italy is a good team with good players, but Portugal is ready to win.”“This team has a bright future ahead of it, as there’s a lot of quality and young players happy to learn from the experience of the elders,” he continued.“Cristiano [Ronaldo] is the best player in the world and it’d be a privilege for me to play by his side. It’s not happened yet, but I hope it will do soon,” he said.last_img read more

Bahamiam veteran journalist and photographer presents a copy of his book to

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 1, 2017 – Nassau – Veteran Journalist and Photographer Eric Rose presented a copy of his book, Poetry of A Life Renewed, to Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, during a courtesy call at Government House, Tuesday, October 31, 2017.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Related Items:last_img