By Barbara O’NeillCan a service member in his 30s use funds in a traditional IRA to pay for college?Like all IRA owners, service members who withdraw funds from a traditional IRA before age 59 ½ are subject to the 10% early withdrawal penalty with a few exceptions. One of these exceptions is to pay for qualified higher education expenses. Funds withdrawn will be subject to the early withdrawal penalty, however, if they are in excess of the actual amount of expenses.When determining the amount of money needed to withdraw, service members should take into account any distributions from 529 plans, scholarships, grants, and other tax-free payments, such as gifts or inheritances they have received during the year. Qualified higher education expenses for the IRA exemption include tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for enrollment as well as room and board as long as the student is attending school at least half-time.Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars answered by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on May 27, 2013.
Mastering color correction means understanding the color channels that make a good image. Here’s how to isolate the chroma and luma channels in Premiere.I’ve covered noise reduction somewhat extensively over the past few months. In my article on manual noise reduction in Resolve, we took a look at the powerful results you can get from isolating the chroma and luma channels to apply noise reduction to each.Today, we’re going to learn how to isolate and work with image channels in Premiere — or any other similarly functional NLE. As with Resolve, there isn’t a plugin or button to quickly split your channels for you, so we’re going to do it manually.Before we start, what is the point of splitting the component channels?Each video clip is actually a blend of three distinct image channels. To put it simply, these component channels contain Luminance (or brightness and contrast) information, red color information, and blue color information. Baking these three channels into a single video stream enables much faster playback and simplicity of use.It is always good to know how to break down anything into its component parts, so without further ado, it’s time to split . . .Splitting Image ChannelsUnderexposed Donuts! The first step after you load your clip into a timeline is to duplicate the clip. In Premiere, the default quick keys for duplicating clips are alt+left click for windows and option+left click on mac.Separating LuminanceTo pull the chroma information out of our luma channel, all we need to do is navigate to the Basic Correction tab in the Lumetri color panel and slide the saturation to 0%.Separating Chroma ChannelsSeparating the chroma channels involves a few more steps. To start, duplicate your original (full-color) clip and place it above your luminance clip on the timeline. From here, navigate to the Curves tab in Lumetri and drag the top right point on all the curves (except for red) all the way to the bottom. Essentially, we’re cutting everything except for the red color in the shot.Duplicate the original clip once more, and place it on top of your red and luma clips. Now repeat the curves adjustments, but this time, isolate the blue channel.Now repeat the whole process once more for the green channel, placing it on top of everything.Technically, there isn’t a green color channel in the original clip, but I usually find the best results by including it. Test using or excluding it for your own clips.Now, go through each color layer and set its Opacity Blend mode to Lighten, but leave the opacity at 100%. (There are multiple blend modes and methods that will yield similar results, so experiment.)Your footage channels are now separated out by luminance and color, and you should finally have a normal-looking image again.Working with Split ChannelsNow, let’s look at a couple of things we can do to improve our donuts a little more.First, I’ll clean the timeline up a bit by nesting the three color channels. This is entirely optional, but I prefer previewing as few video layers as possible.One of the most useful reasons to separate luma from chroma is for sharpening your clip. Because the luma channel determines how we perceive sharpness, we can sharpen it individually from the color info, resulting in a clearer image without a lot of the nastiness that comes from sharpening footage in the color channels.But be careful not to go overboard — I’ve sharpened this clip by less than 20%.Cleaning up BlockinessOn the window to the left of the donut, we can see some severe artifacting caused by bringing the levels up on this shot. Let’s fix that.Select the chroma layer, and then head to the HSL/Secondary tab in Lumetri. Enable grey selection preview, and then find where the problematic blocking is by qualifying each channel.I’m fairly happy with my selection, so I’m just doing some basic tweaks to reduce its visibility.While we haven’t eliminated the blockiness entirely, we’ve pretty effectively covered it up. So let’s pull it out just a touch more.Chroma Channel Noise ReductionNow, we’ll apply Neat Video to the chroma layer and launch the plugin. I’ll do my best here to select this specific region of noise, despite Neat Video’s attempts to tell me that the region is too small. I usually shoot for 60% or greater selection quality, but here I was only able to get to about 45%, which should still work.Now move into the Noise Filter Settings to preview and tweak the results. With a bit of (uncharacteristic) luck, I think I’m good with the default filter settings. So, I’ll commit the changes and return to Premiere to ensure everything looks good there.I’ve tweaked the color on the results just a hair, and I think we’re looking great!Before.After.And that’s it! We have successfully split out our original footage into its component channels and brought the exposure to a much more appealing level while making the clip look even better than before.So try this method out if you’re having trouble salvaging your underexposed clips. There is so much more that you can do with your image channels separated — load up some clips, and see for yourself.Cover image via Simon Mayer.Looking for more articles on post-production? Check these out.Post-Production Tip: Quick and Dirty Noise Reduction Without a PluginHow to Get Better Color Grades Using Opacity Blend ModesImprove Your Masks with Hue, Saturation, and Luminance QualifiersPost-Production Tips: How to Save Corrupted FootageUnderstanding the Opacity Blend Modes in Adobe Premiere Pro
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has registered 104 cases in the past two-and-a-half months of “discrimination and victimisation of minorities and Scheduled Castes,” the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. At least 52 cases of atrocities against the SCs were filed in Uttar Pradesh alone.In 2018-19, 672 cases of atrocities against the SCs and 79 against the minorities were filed. MoS Home G Kishan Redddy said in a written response that “data regarding crimes against specific communities is not centrally maintained”. He said the State police must take action in the cases registered by the NHRC.
Akshay Kumar has stepped into the shoes of Arshad Warsi for the sequel for the 2013 hit film Jolly LLB. The Airlift actor, who has experimented with roles and looks on screen this year, will be again seen in a new avatar in Jolly LLB 2.ALSO READ: Akshay Kumar to romance Huma Qureshi in Jolly LLB 2 The 48-year-old actor, who has begun shooting for the film, took to Twitter to share his first look from the film.New day with a new look for a new film, let the mayhem begin! #JollyLLB2 it is! Judgement day 10th February, 2017! pic.twitter.com/QgfuXkrxFh Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 18, 2016Akshay is seen wearing a lawyer’s outfit, and is sporting a moustache with a red vermilion (tika) on his forehead.The sequel will reportedly be shot in Lucknow and Varanasi.While the 2013 film film was inspired by the Sanjeev Nanda hit-and-run case of 1999, the story behind the sequel is still kept under the wraps.Directed by Subhash Kapoor, the film also stars Anu Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla. It is said to hit th screens some time next year.
Chandigarh, Aug 11 (PTI) Senior Haryana minister Anil Vij said today that there was no reason for opposition parties to demand the resignation of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, whose son is an accused in the Chandigarh woman stalking case.”Why should Subhash Barala resign, what wrong has he committed? A case has been registered under the sections just as the victim wanted. Subhash Baralas son and another person have been arrested. The victim says they have full faith in the police investigation,” the outspoken health and sports minister said.He said the womans father had said that there was no pressure on the family.”Then for what reason is the opposition seeking Subhash Baralas resignation? What wrong has he done?,” Vij asked while speaking to reporters here.He said when the police had summoned Vikas Barala, the accused in the case, his father Subhash Barala himself asked his son to visit the police station at Sector 26 here and cooperate with the police investigations.”Subhash Barala is a law abiding, he respects law. He even said that the victim is like her daughter…opposition is doing cheap politics over this issue, they have no other issue. They are just fighting for their existence,” Vij said.Subhash Baralas son Vikas and another accused were re-arrested in the stalking case involving the 29-year-old daughter of a IAS officer, here on Wednesday after they were charged with the non-bailable offence of attempted abduction under section 365 of the IPC and section 511, which relates to an attempt to commit an offence punishable with life or other imprisonment. PTI SUN ADSadvertisement
YouTube/TMZSportsOn Monday, Michael Irvin Jr., a three star wide receiver/tight end, followed in his famous father’s footsteps and committed to Miami. Irvin Sr. starred at The U in the mid-late 1980s before a long, Hall of Fame NFL career for the Dallas Cowboys. Irvin spoke with TMZ Sports about his son’s decision, and the conversation turned to the incident involving Sean “Diddy” Combs at UCLA a few weeks ago. During the interview, Irvin shared an anecdote about being thrown out of one of his son’s games. Luckily, Irvin said no kettlebells were involved. We assume he’ll keep his cool when his son enrolls at The U next year.[TMZ]
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 03: Head coach Mike Riley of the Nebraska Cornhuskers walks onto the field before the game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Fresno State 43-10. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Former Nebraska football coach Mike Riley was fired by the Huskers at the end of the 2017 season. It didn’t take very long for Riley to land a new gig. He was hired back by his former school, Oregon State.Riley, a former NFL coach, is reportedly heading back to the professional side of the game. He’s expected to take over an Alliance of American Football franchise.A SiriusXM radio host is reporting that Riley will be hired as the San Antonio franchise’s head coach for the league that is set to begin in spring 2019.A former Dallas Cowboys star is expected to be named the general manager of the team.“Multiple sources have told me to expect Daryl Johnston to get named GM of the new Alliance of American Football franchise coming to San Antonio. Mike Riley is expected to get named head coach,” he reports.Multiple sources have told me to expect @DarylJohnston to get named GM of the new Alliance of American Football franchise coming to San Antonio. Mike Riley is expected to get named head coach.— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) June 20, 2018Riley, 64, has been a coach in San Antonio before. He led the San Antonio Riders from 1991-92.The former Nebraska coach hasn’t coached a professional team since 2002 when he was an assistant for the New Orleans Saints. He was the Huskers’ head coach from 2015-17.Riley is a California native. He played collegiately at Alabama.
New Delhi: A Supreme Court-appointed one-man panel, holding inquiry into allegations of “larger conspiracy” to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, has completed its task and is likely to submit the report by mid September.Sources said Tuesday that Justice A K Patnaik, a retired Supreme Court judge who was appointed by the apex court, examined advocate Utsav Singh Bains. Bains had made several allegations including fixing of benches in the Supreme Court. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The affidavit filed by Bains and other documents were examined by the panel. Now, the panel will complete the report and submit it to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover by second week of September,” said a source. Justice Patnaik examined the lawyer from 11 am to 1 pm and his statement was recorded. “The lawyer (Bains) was examined Tuesday by the panel for roughly two hours. He had come to the office of Justice Patnaik,” the sources said. The top court had on April 25 constituted the panel to hold inquiry into the allegations of Bains and had asked the Directors of CBI and Intelligence Bureau (IB) as also the Delhi Police Commissioner to cooperate with Justice Patnaik as and when required by him. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra had said that on the completion of inquiry, Justice Patnaik will file a report in a sealed cover before the court after which the matter will be heard again. It, however, had said the inquiry will not deal with the allegations of sexual harassment against the CJI, levelled by an ex-employee of the top court. On May 6, Gogoi had got the clean chit from the Supreme Court’s In-House Inquiry Committee which “found no substance” in the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him. The In-House Inquiry Committee was headed by Justice S A Bobde and comprised of two woman judges of the apex court — Justices Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee. The top court had earlier expressed anguish over the “systematic attack” on the judiciary and said time has come to tell the rich and powerful of this country that they are “playing with fire”. The court had observed this while hearing claims made by Bains that there was a “larger conspiracy” to frame the CJI.
Kolkata: On the eve of the Bengali New Year, Trinamool Congress candidates across the state got themselves engaged in exchanging greetings with the voters and organised intense campaigns to renew contacts with the people.Sudip Bandyopadhyay, who is contesting from the North Kolkata seat, campaigned at ward 52 in Janbazar area of Central Kolkata. “BJP will not get a single seat in Bengal as they have no organisation in the state. The first phase of elections in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar has already been held. Our internal party inputs have indicated that we are winning these two seats,” Bandyopadhyay said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe said that he is contesting in the elections for the 9th time and has won eight times. “I have been campaigning regularly and the support that I am getting from people is overwhelming. I am confident of winning this time too,” he added. Bandyopadhyay was accompanied by Swarnakamal Saha, who is an MLA from Entally and Nayna Bandyopadhyay, MLA of Chowringhee. TMC candidate from the Kolkata South seat Mala Roy campaigned at areas like Manoharpukur Road, Sarat Bose Road and Deshapriya Park. She was accompanied by MMiC Debasish Kumar. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayTMC candidate from Purulia Mriganko Mahato gave the slogan of Mamata Di Arekbar (Mamata Banerjee again) as a counter to BJP’s slogan ‘Ei Trinamool Ar Na’ (Trinamool not again). Mahato, who is a doctor by profession, started his campaign from Indkuri Junction at Manbazar and after travelling through various areas, reached Manbazar bus stand. The TMC supporters chanted poems that they have come up with, highlighting the various people-friendly schemes of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, like Sabuj Sathi, Khadya Sathi, Rupashree etc. Local MLA Sandhya Rani Tudu and senior leaders of the district accompanied them. Meanwhile, state Cooperation minister and MLA from Central Howrah Arup Roy took out a rally on the occasion of Ram Navami. The rally also campaigned for Trinamool Congress candidate Prasun Banerjee, who has been fielded from the Howrah seat. Roy hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and claimed that this Lok Sabha election will witness the ouster of BJP from the Centre. Slogans like ‘Gali Gali Me Shor Hain, Chowkidar Chor Hai’ were raised against the Prime Minister at the rally. It started from Agra Sen Street in Belur and traversed several areas under the Shibpur police station. Roy walked and exchanged pleasantries with the voters. Hitting out at BJP’s Ram Navami processions with arms that were taken out in various parts of the state, he said: “Ram is an embodiment of sacrifice. He has never said that children would take up arms for his worship. BJP will not get a single seat in Bengal.” TMC candidate from Basirhat Nusrat Jahan also campaigned and interacted with the people of the constituency. “Voting for me means voting for Mamata Banerjee. You should vote for her for a good future. Don’t waste your vote,” she asserted.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. says it has signed agreements worth $5.8 billion with Italy’s Eni and Austria’s OMV for a share in the firm’s refining unit and for the creation of a new trading venture.Eni was awarded a 20 per cent share and OMV a 15 per cent share in the new trading venture and in ADNOC Refining, with ADNOC owning the remaining 65 per cent. ADNOC Refining has a refining capacity of 922,000 barrels per day and is valued at $19.3 billion.OMV and Eni have previously signed deals with ADNOC for stakes in Abu Dhabi’s oil fields.Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Italy’s prime minister and Austria’s finance minister witnessed the signing of the new agreements in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.The Associated Press
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced plans to provide emergency relief for more than 42,000 people displaced from their homes on the troubled island of Jolo in the southern Philippines, where there have been deadly clashes over the past week between Government forces and the Moro National Liberation Front.In cooperation with the Philippine Government, WFP will distribute 85 metric tons of rice to the displaced on Jolo following a request from the Governor of Sulu province, where the island is located.WFP Country Director Valerie Guarnieri described the province – where at least 12 people were killed in this week’s clashes – as one of the most conflict-affected areas of the south.“We hope this support for hungry families will help stabilize the situation in Sulu,” Ms. Guarnieri said.Last month the agency provided 25 tons of rice to 6,000 people in Sulu displaced by earlier unrest, but those people have since returned to their homes. Although the Government signed a peace accord with the Moro National Liberation Front in 1996, fighting between the two sides has erupted periodically since then.WFP’s activities in the southern Philippines include not only the direct distribution of free food to needy families, but the use of food to encourage better school attendance, provide nutritional support for mothers and to repair damaged infrastructure. 19 April 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced plans to provide emergency relief for more than 42,000 people displaced from their homes on the troubled island of Jolo in the southern Philippines, where there have been deadly clashes over the past week between Government forces and the Moro National Liberation Front.
Join the Brock Team to train for the Grapes of Wrath cancer fundraiser happening on June 25.Grapes of Wrath isn’t your average charity run. This 5K obstacle and mud run demands endurance to trek through hills and valleys, splash through winding streams, courage to overcome more than 20 uncompromising obstacles, and a complete lack of shame to sludge through dirt and mud all in the name of a good cause. The event is a rollercoaster ride of fun, excitement, camaraderie and physical and mental toughness that is anything but ordinary. But don’t let that scare you, with proper training anyone can join this fun team event. The event supports the Canadian Cancer Society’s local Wheels of Hope transportation program that helps cancer patients get to their cancer treatment appointments. Niagara’s volunteer drivers logged over on million kilometres last year, helping more than 900 local cancer patients.Starting the week of May 2 and running for the following eight weeks, training will be offered on Tuesdays at noon, Thursdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. The group will meet at the lower level of Walker Complex by the “L” shaped wooden bench. Drop in and see what it is all about, there is no obligation and you do not have to attend all training sessions to participate on the event date. Bring along a friend, partner, spouse, etc. Contact Curtis Gadula at firstname.lastname@example.org or Eric Walter at email@example.com if you have questions.
ABB has won an order worth $38 million to design, engineer and supply an integrated automation and electrification system for Anglo American’s new Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland. Grosvenor is expected to produce 5 Mt/y of metallurgical coal for export markets over its projected life of 26 years. The new mine will feature a standard longwall design and will target the same coal seam as Anglo American’s existing Moranbah North mine. The new mine is expected to start production in 2013 with commissioning of the longwall in 2016.“Our presence in the Australian market is growing as customers continue to embrace ABB’s integrated automation and power solutions to improve the efficiency and productivity of their operations,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, Head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Our industry expertise and innovative technology offering ensures an optimised solution to support Anglo American’s future mine.” ABB’s solution for the project will help the new mine operate at peak energy and production efficiency, while providing a reliable electrical supply with less space required for the main substation.ABB’s delivery includes ABB’s Unigear ZS1 switchgear and space saving water-cooled multi-drive equipment for a smaller substation footprint that will result in a lower capital cost for the project. The customised solution will also use ABB’s System 800xA automation system to integrate and control all processes and power systems to enhance productivity. ABB states that System 800xA is well-suited for composite mining projects that realise engineering and operational cost savings with the integration of plant-wide process control and electrical power systems.ABB’s scope of supply also includes a 66 kV substation, power and distribution transformers, 15 modular pre-fabricated switchrooms equipped with medium-voltage switchgear along with intelligent low-voltage motor control centers, power quality systems and multi-drive variable speed drives. ABB will provide design, engineering, testing and project commissioning as well as other site services. Equipment delivery is scheduled to commence in mid-2013.
YouTube has announced that it now supports HDR videos. HDR (or High Dynamic Range) has been getting a lot of attention lately since both the Xbox One S and the upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro support it. Now that YouTube videos support HDR content, it means that those with HDR-capable consoles will be able to show the world what these new systems are capable of.YouTube details the benefits of HDR and how to upload HDR enabled videos in a blog post. The process for uploading HDR videos isn’t different from that of uploading standard videos. The only difference is that one must make sure that the video has HDR metadata in the codec or container. According to Google support, “the most reliable way to properly record the metadata is to export from a supported application, such as BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5.2.”Anyone can play videos uploaded in HDR, but they’ll need to watch them on a device that allows HDR playback (like an HDR TV equipped with Chromecast Ultra) to actually see the expanded color range. There’s an HDR playlist available so that folks can see what HDR is all about. The videos themselves aren’t anything special, but over time there will no doubt be more compelling HDR content — especially when gamers start uploading videos they recorded from their new consoles.Though the Xbox One S does have a handful of games that support HDR, it is Sony’s PS4 Pro that is taking the big plunge into HDR gaming. By the end of the year, there will be nearly fifty games capable of enabling HDR. Even the standard PlayStation 4 can display certain games in HDR thanks to a recent firmware update. However, it should be noted that HDR is only for 4K televisions. Anyone with a 1080p TV will not be able to see images in High Dynamic Range. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on target
Athletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann feels they should have defeated Valencia but didn’t execute the perfect game plan.Angel Correa showed brilliant composure inside the box to fire into the bottom right corner in the 26th minute after he was put through by Griezmann.But on the 56th minute, Rodrigo with a great touch controlled a beautiful cross inside the box and thundered the ball into the roof of the net.Valencia came close to claiming all 3 points on the 67th minute when Gabriel rose high and headed past the goalkeeper only for the ball to hit the right post. The game ended 1-1.Sports 360 reports that Griezmann, however, believes they should have gone home victorious.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Speaking after the game, Griezmann said: “It was a match that we should have won, but we didn’t do things perfectly. We played a good first half, we were fine in the first 20 minutes in the second half but then we lost a bit of order.“We had a chance, we didn’t do well enough and they levelled the match, we have to watch the match and improve.”“We want to improve on last year, we’ll see how far we can go,” he said.“We want to win all of our matches.“At the end of the season, we’ll see where we are.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #murderinboatswainhill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 30, 2017 – Nassau – Police are searching for a white Honda vehicle last seen leaving the scene of a shooting incident that has claimed the life of a man on Sunday.According to report, shortly after 12:00noon, Police received a call that a man was shot at Boatswain Hill off Carmichael Road West. Responding officers on arrival at the scene met the lifeless body of a male who had been shot. The man was pronounced dead on the scene.#magneticmedianews#murderinboatswainhill
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida children’s hospital is celebrating its anniversary by inviting the community into its new Fitness Zone.Memorial Healthcare System celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital by turning an area of Vista View Park in Davie into an exercise extravaganza.Participants can hang on the monkey bars, sweat it out with some kickboxing and get their midsection toned on an ab machine.“We have always wanted to be a part of the community. That’s been one of the biggest goals of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, that we are in the fabric of this community, and so we want to promote health and healthy living,” said Memorial Healthcare Senior Vice President Nina Beauchesne.The free Fitness Zone is a collaboration with Broward County Parks and Recreation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The closure of these areas will remain in effect until August 29, unless otherwise rescinded or extended for a cause. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has reopened a number of trails that were closed due to the fire danger risk from the Swan Lake Fire. Hikers are advised that those trails they’ve grown so familiar with could look a little different. Leah Eskelin Park Ranger with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: “The Skyline and Fuller Lake trails were just reopened. Those two trails were prepared in the event that firefighters would need to use them as contingency lines. So, you will see some changes to those two trails as you go up.” Crews have completed the majority of suppression repair work on these trails including chipping brush piles and repairing containment lines built by dozers and crews. The fire remains at 102,229 acres, a warming and drying trend is predicted for the Kenai Peninsula into the beginning of August, but no increase in fire activity is expected for the Swan Lake Fire. Recreational visitors are encouraged to use caution when accessing Skyline and Fuller Lakes Trails especially in upper elevations where Swan Lake Fire remains active. Of primary note: Watson, Peterson, and Kelly campgrounds and Kelly Lake public use cabin all remain closed. Eskelin: “Recreational users need to be aware that they’re are heat pockets in some areas, and there are potential hazards on the trails that may not yell out ‘watch out for me’.”
Rajamahendravaram: Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Council deputy chairman Reddy Subramanyam has said that Gowthu Lachhanna is great leader and strived for the development of downtrodden until his last breath. Paying tributes Lachhanna at his statue at Y Junction in connection with his 110th jayanti here on Friday, he said he is an inspiration to the political leaders. He functioned as leader with ethics and values. His services cannot be forgotten by the people. He is a role model in politics and underlined the need to follow his footprints and advised the people to know about the great visionary. MLAs Adireddy Bhavani, Gorantla Buchaiah Choudary, Reddy Maneswara Rao, YSRCP leader Margani Nageswara Rao and many others were present.
Treaty of Versailles. Photo: CollectedAt 3:50 pm on 28 June 1919 crowds erupted in joy and salvos of celebratory gunfire rang out: the Treaty of Versailles had just been signed. World War I was finally over.Signed at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, the text set out 440 punishing articles that crippled Germany economically and morally.Although the treaty was intended to leave the war’s aggressor too weak to pose a new threat, its harsh terms eventually led the world into another global conflict just 20 years later.Victors cheeredThe fountains at France’s former royal residence were in operation for the signing ceremony for the first time since war broke out in 1914.The crowd of soldiers and civilians gathered outside the vast palace cheered the leaders of the victor nations as they arrived: France’s Georges Clemenceau, Britain’s David Lloyd George and America’s Thomas Woodrow Wilson.The Big Three had dominated the peace talks that opened in Paris in January, two months after Germany capitulated and signed an armistice in November 1918.The negotiations had been difficult, with Clemenceau less open than his US and British allies to compromise and insisting, “Germany will pay.”Berlin was not invited, informed only in May of the harsh terms of a settlement that blamed Germany for a conflict that had bled Europe dry.On June 17 the Allies gave Germany five days to agree or face renewed fighting. Chancellor Philipp Scheidemann resigned in protest but the new government had to accept.’Business-like’The signing ceremony was in the palace’s Hall of Mirrors, where the German Empire was proclaimed in 1871, on the defeat of France.It was programmed for the exact same day five years previously that Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated — the event that sparked World War I.On entering the crowded room, Clemenceau went up to a group of French soldiers whose faces had been badly mutilated in the conflict.”You have suffered a lot, but here is your reward,” he reportedly said, gesturing towards the table in the centre of the room where the documents were waiting to be signed.The event was “business-like” and over in 37 minutes, The New York Times reported.After being opened, “there was merely a succession of delegates advancing to the table on which the conventions had been laid and signing their names.”There were 27 delegations representing 32 powers.First to step forward to sign were the two German representatives, led by Foreign Minister Hermann Mueller.”Mueller’s face and neck were flushed crimson, and it was evident that both Germans felt keenly the position in which they were placed,” the New York Times said.The Allies followed, starting with Wilson.”Hardly was the ink on the final signature dry when the old palace of Versailles … shook from the concussion of the guns in the park outside that announced in salvos that the Germans had capitulated,” the newspaper said.Punishing termsThe terms were crippling for Germany, which had to accept a “war guilt” clause that made it responsible for paying out war damages.The treaty redrew the map of Europe, Germany losing around 15 percent of its territory and 10 percent of its population along with all its colonies.The country was split by the Danzig corridor, which fell under Polish rule, and the regions of Alsace and Lorraine were returned to France.Its coal-rich Saarland, bordering France, was placed under an international mandate for 15 years. The adjoining Rhineland was demilitarised.Military service was abolished and German ground troops were limited to 100,000 men, its navy also restricted and an air force forbidden.The treaty also created the League of Nations — the precursor to the United Nations — although Germany was initially excluded.Humiliation, angerGermany was humiliated, the harshness of the treaty causing shock and anger among its people.The reparations demanded by the Allies set in 1921, were around 132 billion German gold marks (more than $30 billion at the time), although this was later reduced.But Germany struggled to pay and descended into economic chaos and hyperinflation.The resentment fuelled nationalism and provided a breeding ground for the rising Nazis, whose leader Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933 refusing to continue paying the reparations.Europe would soon be at war again.