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‘How Can Unarmed Forest Staff Enforce Law Against Armed Poachers?’ Supreme Court Expresses Concern At Lack Of Protection For Forest Rangers

first_imgTop Stories’How Can Unarmed Forest Staff Enforce Law Against Armed Poachers?’ Supreme Court Expresses Concern At Lack Of Protection For Forest Rangers LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 Jan 2021 12:45 AMShare This – xUnlike a policeman in a city, a forest ranger is in a situation where he cannot call for help. No one to help him in a forest – CJIThe Supreme Court on Friday expressed serious concerns over the lack of protection for forest officials.”It is difficult to imagine how any law can be enforced by the forest staff who are unarmed against poachers who are likely to be heavily armed”, a bench headed by CJI SA Bobde observed in an order passed in application filed in the ‘TN Godavarman Thirumalpad case’. While…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday expressed serious concerns over the lack of protection for forest officials.”It is difficult to imagine how any law can be enforced by the forest staff who are unarmed against poachers who are likely to be heavily armed”, a bench headed by CJI SA Bobde observed in an order passed in application filed in the ‘TN Godavarman Thirumalpad case’. While expressing concern at the lack of protection for forest rangers,  the Court asked the Central and State authorities to come up with a policy to give arms licenses to forest staff. Delete “It is difficult to imagine how any law can be enforced by the forest staff who are unarmed against poachers who are likely to be heavily armed”, the CJI led bench notes in the order.Solicitor General and amicus curiae ADN Rao agrees to make a joint statement for resolution.— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) January 8, 2021 The Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde, observed that the policy is necessary inasmuch as forest rangers often deal with armed poachers, unlike a policeman in a city, a forest ranger is in a situation where he cannot call for help.The order passed by the bench, also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramnian, observed :”We are of the view that we find it difficult to comprehend how forest officials will be in a position to protect the forests which are normally vast tracts of uninhabited land and of which poachers undue advantage for carrying out their nefarious activities. It is difficult to imagine how any law can be enforced by the forest staff who are unarmed against poachers who are likely to be heavily armed. We must take note of the fact that there are states, notably state of Assam, and according to Rahul Chitnis, the State of Maharashtra, which have armed some forest officers above a certain rank. We do not know what steps are being taken by other states, where poaching is rampant, for protection of the life of the forest guards.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta,  ADN Rao amicus curiae,  Senior Advocate Shyam Divan and other counsel state they will make a joint submission about the measures which can be adopted for the protection of the life of the forest staff. We accordingly adjourn the matter for a period of 4 weeks for the purpose”.The bench was hearing an interlocutory application which challenged the prosecution launched against few forest officers in Rajasthan. Senior Advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for the applicants, submitted that the FIRs against the forest officials were a ‘counter-blast’ for their action taken against poachers. Divan added that forest officials during their duty have no protection at all. India accounts for 31% of world wide attacks against forest rangers according to some statistics, Divan added.”Our forest bureaucracy needs to be protected; This is an all India problem”, Divan added.At this juncture,the CJI asked, “Why is that in Assam forest rangers are armed with fire arms but in other states they have only lathis?”. Advocate ADN Rao, who is appointed as the amicus curiae in the Godavarman Thirumalpad case, submitted that the problem arises due to lack of utilization of funds by states.In response, the CJI replied :”What we are tentatively thinking of doing…we will see that this money is utilized for bullet proof vests and then for arms for self-protection for officers above a certain rank and helmets in addition to the regular thing like lathis. In some states, officers are moving in chappals and lathis and are being slapped around and beaten by poachers. But in Assam they are armed and nobody comes near them .A forest ranger is in a situation where he cannot call for help unlike a policeman in a city. No one to help him in a forest”.ADN Rao replied that he will consult the Solicitor General for a uniform policy by the Ministry of Environment and Forests regarding this.During the hearing, the CJI also suggested the Solicitor General it was necessary to create a wild life division for the Enforcement Directorate as millions of dollars are the illegal proceeds of wildlife poaching done by international rackets. At this juncture, the Solicitor General and amicus curiae ADN Rao agreed to make a joint statement for resolution of a proper policy in the matter.The bench also granted ad-interim relief in the matter of Shyam Divan by staying the criminal proceedings against the officials. Named after crusader of forest conservation in India, late Mr. TN Godavarman Thirumulpad, the case pertains to implementation of Forest Conservation Act in India. Mr. TN Godavarman Thirumulpad had moved the Apex Court in 1995, seeking to prevent illegal felling of trees in Nilgiri Hills. Taking cognizance of the matter, the Court had then ordered that all non-forest activities, like sawmills and mining to be suspended in forest areas and further retrained felling of such trees from those areas. The case, which was a measure to prevent the illegal felling of timber, later evolved to be the criteria for determination of Indian Forest Policy. The apex court gave the nomenclature of TN Godavarman case and continues employing the writ of mandamus, in matters pertaining to implementation of Forest Conservation Act.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Jose unhappy with West Ham’s tactics

first_img “He was laughing,” Mourinho added. “His objective was won: come here and take a point. It was not to come here and play good football or to try to win or to feel part of the quality of the Premier League. “He takes the point. After that he’s a happy man and I’m a sad guy.” Despite injuries to Joey O’Brien (dislocated shoulder) and Mohamed Diame (knee), Allardyce was in jovial mood afterwards. Allardyce said: “He can’t take it, can he? He can’t take it because we’ve outwitted him. He just can’t cope. “He can tell me all he wants, I don’t give a s****. “I love to see Chelsea players moaning at the referee, trying to intimidate him, Jose jumping up and down saying we play crap football. “It’s brilliant when you get a result against him. Hard luck, Jose.” Allardyce lauded his players for implementing his tactics in a result he believes was on a par with the 3-0 win at Tottenham earlier in the season. The Hammers boss added: “This one probably equals (Tottenham) because of the position we’re in and the problems we’ve had recently. “It was all about frustrating a team that’s got world-class players and not to come here and lie down. “Tactically we got it right in two areas particularly: one was in stopping (Eden) Hazard, Oscar and Willian and (Samuel) Eto’o scoring goals; and the other one was stopping them scoring from set plays. We did a fantastic job.” Mourinho hopes West Ham avoid relegation. He added: “With this two points that they took from us I hope the point they got means something for them.” Mourinho refused to criticise his players, who could have done with someone of the guile of Juan Mata, now at Manchester United. “With my players, I’m happy,” Mourinho said. “My team tried everything. Their goalkeeper saved a lot, but they also had other players without gloves who saved a lot. “They played with five defenders; they looked more goalkeepers than defenders.” Mourinho resisted the urge to criticise the officials, who ruled out a stoppage-time Eto’o strike, having already blown for a foul amid a confusing conclusion which also saw Adrian save from Frank Lampard. O’Brien might also have been sent off for an earlier tackle on Willian. Mourinho, who questioned why only four minutes were added on, said: “I don’t want the people at home to feel that, because we didn’t win, I want to speak about the referee’s mistake.” Chelsea next play a City side who beat Tottenham to go top of the Premier League. “For me it’s not a surprise,” Mourinho added. “We go there next Monday and the result at this moment is 0-0. Are they favourites? Yes. Are they even favourites to score again four, five, six goals? Yes. “But the result is 0-0 and we go there to compete and to play.” The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ said: “It’s very difficult to play a football match where only one team wants to play. It’s very difficult. “A football match is about two teams playing and this match was only one team playing and another team not playing. “I told Big Sam and I repeat my words: they need points and, because they need points, to come here and play the way they did, is it acceptable? Maybe, yes. “I cannot be too critical, because if I was in his position I don’t know if I would do the same. Maybe. “At the same time I told also this is not Premier League, this is not the best league in the world, this is football from the 19th century.” Chelsea tried everything to unlock the Hammers defence and when they did they found goalkeeper Adrian in supreme form. Mourinho added: “The only (other) thing I could bring was a Black and Decker (tool) to destroy the wall.” Mourinho pointed to time-wasting and aimless long balls to illustrate his point, which he had made to Hammers boss Allardyce after the game. The Blues fell three points behind new Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City, who beat West Ham 9-0 in the two-legged Capital One Cup semi-final, after a resolute display from Sam Allardyce’s men. Mourinho outlined his unhappiness with the Hammers’ tactics afterwards. Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho accused West Ham of playing “football from the 19th century” after being left frustrated by a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Woman Banned from Cruise Ship After Taking Balcony Railing Selfie

first_imgA woman was removed from a cruise ship last week and banned for life by the cruise company, after she was seen climbing onto her room’s balcony railing to pose for a photo over the ocean.The incident occurred aboard the Royal Caribbean ship Allure of the Seas, as it was approaching the port at Labadee, Haiti.The unnamed woman was spotted by another passenger, Peter Blosic, who alerted the crew.He says, “While on my balcony, I saw the woman climb on her railing. It happened so quickly. Not knowing what her intentions were, I alerted the crew. If I said nothing, and she was going to jump, that would be horrible.”Blosic posted a picture of the woman wearing a blue bathing suit with her hands over her head on social media. The ship’s crew tracked down the woman and removed her when the ship docked in Falmouth, Jamaica, according to Blosic.A Royal Caribbean spokesperson released a statement which reads:“Earlier this week on the Allure of the Seas a guest was observed recklessly and dangerously posing for a photo by standing on her stateroom balcony railing with the help of her companion. Security was notified and the guests were later debarked in Falmouth, Jamaica as a result of their actions and are now banned for life from sailing with Royal Caribbean.”On its website, the cruise line explains that “sitting, standing, laying or climbing on, over or across any exterior or interior railings or other protective barriers” is not allowed, for guests’ own safety.last_img read more

House approves rules for Trump impeachment inquiry

first_imgThe possible impeachment of President Trump is gaining momentum in the US House.On Thursday, the House passed a Democratic resolution, which moves the impeachment process into a new phase, one that includes public hearings.The investigation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been conducted behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, where multiple government officials and witnesses have been called to testify.But the hearings will now be brought into the public eye after the result of Thursday’s House vote.The measure drafted by House Democrats lays out the ground rules for public hearings, provides procedures for the president and his counsel to respond to evidence, and sets out the process for considering articles of impeachment in the Judiciary Committee and the full House.Democrats launched the impeachment inquiry last month after news broke of a whistleblower complaint regarding a phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president.The complaint alleges that Trump abused his official powers “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 election, and the White House took steps to cover it up.President Trump confirmed the phone call but has adamantly denied any wrongdoing in the matter, slamming Democrats for creating another “Witch Hunt.”Shortly after the scandal went viral, the Trump administration released the unredacted, declassified transcript of the controversial conversation in which the Department of Justice concluded that he did not break the law.But US officials opted to move forward with the impeachment inquiry as it moves into a new phase as of Thursday.last_img read more

Driver in fatal Broward County forklift crash did not have license, in country illegally

first_imgThe forklift driver involved in a deadly crash in Broward County should not have been behind the wheel or even in the country.Ulises Mondragon of West Palm Beach was driving a forklift over the weekend when he collided with a Mercedes-Benz near Fort Lauderdale Beach, killing the driver.Police say the 30-year-old admitted he did not have a driver’s license and was not authorized to drive a forklift.They also said Mondragon is in the country illegally from El Salvador, and ICE has been notified.Mondragon is jailed on multiple charges, including leaving the scene of a fatal crash.last_img read more

NASA Researchers, Doctors Treat First Known Blood Clot in Space

first_imgWhen astronauts suddenly experience a medical situation on the International Space Station 250 miles above Earth, the terms “emergency room” or “urgent care” take on a unique meaning.Late last year, NASA researchers suspected that one of their astronauts was suffering from a blood clot during a long duration stay on the space station.The clot was detected during a vascular study of 11 astronauts that was intended to assess the effect of space on the internal jugular vein. In zero gravity, astronauts’ blood and tissue fluid shifts toward the head.The study involved nine men and two women who were an average age of 46. Their identities were not included in the study.A new assessment of the blood clot was published last Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.Six of the participating astronauts experienced stagnant or reverse blood flow, another one had a blood clot, and yet another was considered to have a potential partial blood clot.Scientists weighed the risk of the blood clot, as well as its potential to block a vessel in the absence of gravity.Dr. Stephen Moll, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, was the only non-NASA physician who was consulted to help the affected astronaut.He says, “My first reaction when NASA reached out to me was to ask if I could visit the International Space Station to examine the patient myself. NASA told me they couldn’t get me up to space quickly enough, so I proceeded with the evaluation and treatment process from here in Chapel Hill.”Moll is a member of UNC’s Blood Research Center and is a blood clot expert.“Normally the protocol for treating a patient with deep vein thrombosis would be to start them on blood thinners for at least three months to prevent the clot from getting bigger and to lessen the harm it could cause if it moved to a different part of the body such as the lungs,” Moll adds. “There is some risk when taking blood thinners that if an injury occurs, it could cause internal bleeding that is difficult to stop. In either case, emergency medical attention could be needed. Knowing there are no emergency rooms in space, we had to weigh our options very carefully.”He spoke with the astronaut during a “phone call from space,” consulting with them as if the person were one of his other patients.The pharmacy aboard the space station contained 20 vials with 300 milligrams each of an injectable blood thinner. Moll directed the astronaut to use them on a daily basis until an anticoagulant drug could be sent to the station during a resupply mission.The astronaut took a higher dose of the injectable, called enoxaparin, for 33 days in order to control the risk of the blood clot. The dose was lowered after that time, as the astronaut awaited the arrival of the drug apixaban.The researchers watched the clot shrink over time. Blood flow was then induced after 47 days through the vein, although spontaneous blood flow was not achieved, even after undergoing treatment for 90 days.The blood clot disappeared 24 hours after landing. Six months later, the astronaut was still free of symptoms.According to Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor, study author, NASA astronaut and clinical associate professor of medicine at Louisiana State University’s Health New Orleans School of Medicine, “We still haven’t learned everything about Aerospace Medicine or Space Physiology.”She adds, “The biggest question that remains is how would we deal with this on an exploration class mission to Mars? How would we prepare ourselves medically? More research must be performed to further elucidate clot formation in this environment and possible countermeasures.”last_img read more

Former Florida AG Bondi to Serve on Trump’s Impeachment Defense Team

first_imgFormer Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has been part of President Trump’s impeachment communications team since November, will also serve on the defense team for his Senate trial, according to several Washington, D.C.-based news outlets.Bondi, a former assistant state attorney from Hillsborough County, spent eight years as the state’s top elected legal official.Trump’s legal team for the Senate trial also includes former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr, who led the 1994 Whitewater investigation that played a role in President Bill Clinton’s impeachment by the House four years later.White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow, who has also served as a personal attorney for Trump, are expected to lead the team, according to the news reports.Former Florida AG Bondi to CBS: Trump Wants to Testify Before Congresslast_img read more

Martin County authorities investigating suspicious death

first_imgAuthorities are currently investigating the death of a man in his late 20’s who was found on the bank of a lake Saturday.The victim was found sometime in the afternoon on the bank of the Okeechobee waterway in Port Mayaca by a group of people who were visiting the lake.Officials say that though the victim was discovered on Saturday, medical examiners believe the victim may have actually died on Monday.Not much is known about the incident at this time but authorities did report that they find the circumstances surrounding the death suspicious.This is a developing story and will be updated once more information becomes available.last_img read more

Parents charged with child neglect after leaving 4-month-old alone

first_imgOfficials in Fort Meyers have charged a couple who reportedly left their 4-month-old child in a parked car while they shopped.The incident occurred at the Sam’s Club Plaza at 5100 South Cleveland Avenue Thursday morning.Authorities say they received a call from a concerned citizen about an infant who had been left alone in a vehicle while her parents shopped in the Dollar Store.Officials were able to free the child from the car and have since turned her over to the Department of Children and Families.The infants parents, however, have been charged with child neglect.last_img read more

Local Man Calls Police After Stabbing, Robbing Victim

first_imgBoynton Beach police say a man called them after he allegedly stabbed the person he attempted to rob.Police received a phone call from West Palm Beach resident Victor Morel on Saturday night, claiming that he had been shot at two times around the area of SE 23rd Avenue and South Seacrest Boulevard. Morel also told them that he had stabbed a person at 2039 South Seacrest Boulevard, and refused to meet with law enforcement.Officers responding to 2039 South Seacrest Boulevard found two spent shell casings in the parking lot. They also discovered an empty holster, loose amphetamine pills and a blood trail close to the front door of an apartment at that address.The victim was taken to Bethesda Memorial Hospital with a stab wound to his upper back and an abrasion to the right side of his head. He was later transported to the Delray Medical Trauma Center for a collapsed lung.When Morel eventually agreed to meet with police, he told them that he met the victim on a social media app called “Grindr.”He added that he had heard the victim was a drug dealer, and his intentions when meeting the victim were to “make some money off of him.”Morel also admitted that they met at the victim’s argument and got into an argument there.According to police, Morel admitted striking the victim in the head with a closed fist, causing the victim to fall to the ground.The arrest report adds that Morel then grabbed a briefcase filled with methamphetamine and struck the victim again before running out the front door.Morel stabbed the victim, who had managed to get a hold of a firearm.The other man fired two shots as Morel drove away, hitting the front windshield and driver’s side window.Police contacted the victim at the hospital, who told them that Morel had attempted to rob him of his wallet, but he put up a fight.The victim added that Morel stabbed him in the back, forcing him to pull out his firearm and shoot.Morel is charged with Robbery and Aggravated Battery.He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail, and there is no word on any charges against the victim.last_img read more

WIN THE FREE WEDDING RECEPTION OF YOUR DREAMS WITH MULROY WOODS HOTEL!

first_imgCOMPETITION: Management at the newly re-named Mulroy Woods Hotel formerly The Milford Inn are giving away an amazing FREE wedding package!Following on from their recent official launch of the Hotel we are really excited about launching our new all-inclusive Wedding Packages. With our fabulous tranquil setting, luxury Banqueting Suites, delicious food and great value offerings  we have the perfect setting to host your very special day.Catering for small and intimate to larger Wedding Receptions it will be your wedding, your way.The Glashagh Suite caters for up to 400 guests and the Mulroy Suite for up to 250 guests.To celebrate the launch of our new Wedding Packages we are giving away a Wedding Reception to one lucky couple! The free giveaway incorporates an all-inclusive Wedding Package including Champagne Reception on arrival for Bridal Party, overnight stay in Honeymoon Suite, Wedding Banquet with Wine, Evening Buffet, an invitation to return for your First Anniversary Dinner and much more!In addition to our free giveaway some of Donegal’s Top Wedding Suppliers have teamed up with us to give you even more!*Wedding video by Arthur Lynch Wedding Videos, Rathmullan *Elegant Suits from Evolve Menswear, Letterkenny *Bridal Car from Mc Laughlin Wedding Car Hire, Rathmullan *€500 Wedding Dress Voucher from Elite Brides, Letterkenny *Elegant Room Décor by Eventful, Ramelton *Bridal Bouquet from Ballyofey FloristOur Wedding Fayre takes place on Sunday November 01st in association with Donegal Event Management and the Winning Couple of this amazing prize will be announced on the Day!The couple who win on the day must be present in person to claim the prize so once you enter the competition put the Wedding Fayre date in your Diary!Email your entry to [email protected] com stating name’s of couple, address, mobile contact number and state the reason why you would like WIN A FREE WEDDING at the Mulroy Woods Hotel!!! We look forward to receiving all your entries over the coming weeks, the closing date for receipt of entry is Friday October 30th at 5.00pm.For further information on our Wedding Giveaway or to arrange an appointment to come and view our facilities and meet the team, contact Siobhán on 074 9153313 or by email to [email protected] comIt will be our pleasure to welcome you, come visit soon.WIN THE FREE WEDDING RECEPTION OF YOUR DREAMS WITH MULROY WOODS HOTEL! was last modified: October 1st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesMulroy Woods Hotelnewslast_img read more

House firing up Swazi art scene

first_imgFrom left, artists Noah Mdluli, Phuzu Mtshali, Shadruck Masuku and Jiggs Thorne in a screen grab from the House on Fire website. House on Fire was carved out of local materials in all kinds of shapes, figures and towers. It is a castle where colourful mosaics line the walls, impressive sculptures hang from the ceiling and sprout from the ground, and detail is infused in every inch. (Images: House on Fire) MEDIA CONTACTS • House on Fire +268 528 2110 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Showy and subversive: Holy Afro! • SA’s ‘zef’ trio thrash music scene • South African art • SA art snapped up at UK auction • Mines, headgear and the mindFour men are changing the global image of Swaziland one artwork at a time, as the group running the whimsical art-filled castle that is House on Fire work to turn their country, one of the smallest in Africa, into the most happening place on the continent.House on Fire is the brainchild of Jiggs Thorne, a formally trained Swazi artist. Where others saw tourist craft markets Thorne saw undiscovered artists, untapped potential, and partners – in the form of Noah Mdluli, Phuzu Mtshali, and Shadruck Masuku – for his new venture. Concerned about how many talented young people in his country struggled to make a living and had no vehicle to display their work, Thorne took action.“I started to work with road-side carvers that had a lot of humour and it played to my senses,” he said. “At some point I realised that we needed to come together under the same roof. We needed to build a platform to inspire the arts in Swaziland and that was really the inspiration for designing the space.“Our history is really from roadside to gallery.”The gallery in which the group work and collaborate is an art-filled castle of impressive proportions, what resident artists call their “fantasy-scape” and one that has steadily become a national point of reference.The space was carved out of local materials in all kinds of shapes, figures and towers. It is a castle where colourful mosaics line the walls, impressive sculptures hang from the ceiling and sprout from the ground, and detail is infused in every inch. It is a magical marriage between Gaudi’s architecture, Picasso’s distorted shapes, and Southern African carving; surreal and comfortable, it also includes a stage and garden.A far cry from traditional development projects, House on Fire is a local artist’s alliance.“We are a collaborative team in a real relationship because we need each other to succeed,” Thorne said. “We absolutely could not make it without each other.” He said art buyers were sometimes confused by their inability to attribute a single author to their pieces. “But we cannot, because we work in synergy.”The group’s work expands beyond running their fantasy gallery. Aside from creating sculpture, carving, and installation art, they promote events and music performances, and are involved in community action. House on Fire is open day and night to both locals and visitors.“A really exiting part of this is the idea of a cultural meeting point,” said Thorne. “We call that the ‘juncture of hum’.”Part of what the space does, by virtue of its location in rural Swaziland, is challenge stereotypes. “You can be an artist in Swaziland, and artists can share their stories and create a new language that has relevance,” Thorne said.The Swazi landscape is dominated by sugarcane plantations, plain fields, natural reserves, and small towns. Driving past the capital, Mbabane, it is hard to imagine that a gallery and cultural space of spectacular proportions hides at the next roadside exit.The national economy is supported by tourism and agriculture, but poverty remains calamitous. Swaziland is one of the poorest countries in the world and faces increased challenges due to the HIV/Aids pandemic. The country has the highest HIV prevalence rate worldwide and the United Nations estimates life expectancy to be 32.5 years of age, the lowest on the planet.Not discouraged by the statistics and challenges, House on Fire and its artists became involved in artfully fighting poverty. “We already had House on Fire and the idea was to let that fire spread though the walls and into a wider space. We set our sites high,” said Thorne.“Our work is about accepting that you have a story to tell and a mandate to carry on your own message. House on Fire is a conscious platform; we recognise the need to develop the local arts, but we also act on the concerns that affect us all as Swazis.”With this in mind, House on Fire created Bushfire, a music festival that brings musicians from all over Africa to Swaziland and raises funds to fight local poverty. The 2010 edition of the Bushfire Festival had more than 19 000 visitors over three days of concerts.Profits benefit Young Heroes of Swaziland, an independent organisation that supports local Aids orphans. The issue is pressing in a country of 1.5-million, where an estimated 80 000 children have been left parentless due to the pandemic.For critics who have difficulty imagining art as important in developing Swaziland, Thorne said: “The idea of creation for creation’s sake is not very well understood here. But we have made this conscious decision to start specialising and cultivating a special language and sense of identity through our work.”The numbers back up Thorne and the House on Fire group. The conservative estimate is that this year’s Bushfire Festival injected R6-million (US$830 000) into Swaziland’s economy.The next Bushfire Festival is planned for 27 to 29 May 2011. In the meantime, the House on Fire foursome have an upcoming art project: carving whimsical armours and dressing their bodies as a league of Swazi Knights. Nothing could seem more appropriate.Source: MediaGloballast_img read more

How to conquer your creative blocks

first_img3. Fear of failure  We all know the feeling. You’re staring at the Geocaching map, viewing the perfect spot to place a geocache, and waiting for that light bulb moment of cache creativity…but it just doesn’t seem to come. You’ve hit a creative block.  Try anyway because nothing is a failure if you’ve learned from it. To not ever try means never learning or improving, which can end up damaging your creative juices. Even if your first idea (or tenth) doesn’t work, you’ll know more than you did when you started and you can create something new (and even better) with that gained knowledge. In the end, these lessons will only make your geocache hide better, stronger, and ready for those Favorite points! It’s a common scenario, and not exclusive to the geocaching world—but you don’t need to be defeated by it. In fact, you can use these barriers to inspiration as a tool to think outside the box (ammo can?) and create something new! Here are three common causes of creative blocks and how to overcome them. Have you experienced a creative block when trying to think of a new hide? Share how you overcame this barrier to create an awesome cache!Share with your Friends:More 2. Doubting yourselfcenter_img 1. Routine on repeat  Doing the same things day in, day out often means you end up thinking the same thoughts. So mix things up! Try finding cache types you don’t normally gravitate towards, try caching in a new area, or attend an Event to meet other geocache hiders and finders. You might just find inspiration for your geocache around the next smiley!  The best way to silence self-doubt is to overcome it with action. Go ahead and try your ideas out! It’s always a good idea to make sure your geocache is weather-proof and working properly and there’s no better way to find out how it performs than building it and testing it out. The more challenges you face, the more you’ll have to employ creative thinking to work your way around them, and the more creative you’ll be!  SharePrint RelatedGeocache Icon Run: find the most cache types in one dayApril 19, 2018In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”A geocacher’s secrets to making New Year’s resolutions stickDecember 22, 2016In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

Video Color Correction: Fixing Bad White Balance Using Offset Controls

first_imgUse different tools based on offsets in conjunction with the RGB Parade to quickly identify color casts and fix bad white balance!Offsets are a great way to fix a bad white balance or color cast, but not every software implements offsets in the same way, and there are several different types of controls that all use RGB offsets to perform corrections. They all function in pretty much the same way, but some applications have only one of these controls and some have them all. Knowing what they are called and how the controls work will let you quickly find the ones your chosen software has, and enable you to do quick, on-they-fly white balance corrections when used with the RGB parade.Using the RGB Parade to Identify Bad White BalanceOne of the best tools in a colorist’s arsenal on the first “correction” pass is the RGB Parade. You can find a more in-depth discussion of it in this article, but here’s a quick run-down: The RGB parade works very similar to the waveform monitor, but instead of showing total combined luminance for the image, it splits the luminance into the separate RGB channels that make up the image.You can use this to your advantage in finding color casts. There are exceptions for when the production design or content of a scene is primarily one color (a close up on a red hat, a shot of the sky, or a room that is vividly yellow with orange furniture, etc.) but in general, most shots will have a fairly even balance between the three channels overall, with small variations in one tonal range or another.If you look at a shot’s RGB Parade and see one color obviously out of line with the other two and it isn’t motivated by production design, you probably have bad white balance or a color cast on the shot that you’ll want to remove during the correction pass.Here’s a shot where the camera was accidentally set on tungsten white balance while outside in sunlight. You can see both in the parade and the image that there’s way too much blue. Using Printer Points to Fix White BalancePrinter points come from the early days of film color correction, where they would shine color filtered (RGB) lights with varying intensities through a negative print onto a positive print to make a color corrected version of the film. They aren’t the primary way that colorists in the DI age adjust color, but some color grading software includes these controls, and they can be a powerful way to remove color casts and fix bad white balance.Printer points affect the image as a whole instead of specific tonal ranges, so you can shift entire RGB channels on the RGB Parade. Printer points generally cover a 50 point range per channel, with the starting/neutral state at 25 points. Since Printer points affect the same channels you see in the Parade, just adjust the controls to add or remove each color and get the channels roughly lined up.Using the Channel/RGB Mixer to Fix White BalanceAnother control that works very similar to printer points is the Channel or RGB mixer. In most software, the RGB mixer lets you adjust the amount of red, green, and blue in each channel (yes, RGB control for R, G, and B channels!) It’s a little crazy – and you should definitely play around and experiment with it’s other uses – but if you only adjust the Red in the R channel, the Blue in the B channel, etc., then it works just like printer points. Use it in conjunction with the parade, get the channels close together, and remove that color cast.Using the Offset Controls to Fix White BalanceThe other main control that can help you quickly fix white balance is the offset control. It usually takes two forms: sliders and a hue/color wheel. The sliders function almost exactly like the printer points or the RGB mixer; bring the amount of R, G, or B up or down depending on what you do with the sliders. The hue offset wheel is a little different than the rest of the controls covered above. You’ve probably seen it before, called a “color corrector” (FCP), a “fast color corrector” (Premiere Pro) or just an “offset” wheel (Resolve). The concept is the same for all of these. Push the hue like with a traditional three-way color corrector, but shift the entire image to that hue instead of just specific tonal ranges.There are advantages and disadvantages to using this control with the RGB parade. If you can pick out what color cast your shot has, just push the wheel in the opposite direction, so it’s very intuitive. The problem comes when you can’t exactly put your finger on what color needs to be removed, and you start relying on the parade to make the adjustment. Because you don’t have separate RGB controls, the direction you push the wheel affects all three channels in different amount, so you may have to play with it to get the right combination of RGB on the parade.As you can see, all of these controls function in pretty much the same way, but knowing what variations there are on these controls will let you know what options your chosen NLE or color grading software has for you to work with. After removing the cast from the shot, you can see that the RGB channels roughly line up on the parade.last_img read more

Boyle’s magic and Mr Bean’s antics steal the show in a dazzling opening ceremony for the London Olympics

first_imgDanny Boyle’s totally British Olympics opening ceremony wowed the world as London welcomed its guests to the fortnight long sporting extravaganza.Each edition of the Olympics sees a more costly opening ceremony being put on show. For London, it was all about showcasing its rich history, though there were several surprise elements which one had not expected.The first item which one saw was a countryside scene where 70 sheep, 12 horses, ten chicken, ten ducks, nine geese, three cows, three sheepdogs and two goats as part of it.Then, a cricket match was played at a gentle pace, and it was refreshing to see all the competitors in white flannels and not the ugly pyjamas which one gets to see now in ODIs and the IPL.What followed after that was one superb piece after another, though the Queen’s dramatic entry was mind boggling. In the name of tradition and respect for Royalty, few dare to innovate with the Queen.However, Danny Boyle had managed to shoot a scene where the 86-year-old Queen made a spectacular appearance into the stadium in a simulated helicopter arrival with James Bond star Daniel Craig.Immediately after that, inside the stadium, the lights fell on the Queen seated inside the stadium and the applause was thunderous.Unlike Beijing, where they used Phao drums to churn the audience and burst the eardrums, to be followed by dazzling laser shows, London’s show was milder.For those used to seeing Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean on television shows, his presence in the British Orchestra’s rendition of the theme Chariots of Fire was hilarious. The faces he made and kept striking the piano with one finger had the audience glued! At one point of time, Mr Bean went to pick up a tissue to clean his nose, so he used an umbrella to keep striking the chord.A section then told the story of a young couple meeting for the first time and enjoying a night out. It was entitled Frankie And June Say Thanks Tim.With passage of time, their relationship developed and culminated in the use of social media and a party at her parents’ home. Waiting indoors for them was world wide web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee.Before this, as promised, David Beckham made a dramatic appearance as he carried the Olympic torch down the Thames in a speed boat. Fireworks exploded over Tower Bridge as his boat cut through the water.Once he reached near the stadium, the torch was handed over to seven-time Olympic gold medalist Steve Redgrave. Redgrave ran a full lap and then it was time for Olympians from the past – long jumper Lynn Davies, swimmer Duncan Goodhew, middle distance runner Kelly Holmes, pentathlete Dame Mary Peters, sailor Shirley Robertson and decathlete Daley Thompson to join.These athletes then passed on the torch to seven young British hopes for the future Games. They lit fires in tiny copper petals left on the ground by each competing country, triggering the illumination of almost 204 petals and sending the fire into one “flame of unity.”In previous editions of the Olympics, the Games flame would be lit by just one athlete. In terms of Olympic innovation, what London has done is unique where they have not displeased any of their former champion and also involved each participating nation. As the three hour and forty five minute show was enacted, flash bulbs kept popping and the songs belted out took you down memory lane.From Bee Gees to Beatles and more old groups, each number had the audience in raptures. Finally, when Sir Paul McCartney sang ‘Hey Jude’ to bring the show to a close, it left people with moist eyes.As Jacques Rogge, president, International Olympic committee, and Lord Seb Coe, chairman, London organising committee (LOCOG)  had said, it was unique that the same city was hosting the Olympics for a third time.Later, the riot of colours and fireworks which lit up the sky was breathtaking. For those not so familiar with British tradition and the importance of the Royalty, this was a night to sample it all.advertisementlast_img read more