Passed! Minimum Wage Set at US$6/day

first_imgAt long last, the House of Representatives finally concurred with the Liberian Senate Tuesday in setting a “minimum wage” for Liberian workers.The House agreed to set the minimum wage for skilled workers at US$6.00 per day, while unskilled and domestic workers are subject to US$4.00 per day.Said legislation covers all sectors of the economy, including government and concessionaires.The latest decision is based on recommendations from the Joint Committees on Labour, Ways, Means and Finance and Judiciary which reported to plenary after working on the proposed legislation.Both houses last summer passed the bill with conflicting versions, forcing both chambers to constitute a Conference Committee to further discuss and agree on a single position.According to the Constitution, both houses must agree under the same accord before sending said legislation to the President for signature.In Representative Acarous M. Gray’s motion, plenary concurred with the Senate while taking into consideration the protection of employers and employees under this proposed legislation.However, Gray’s fellow Montserrado County representative, Edwin Snowe, filed a motion for reconsideration and expected to reopen the debate soon.In the midst of Snowe’s motion, plenary agreed that a Minimum Wage Board is constituted after two years in order to study the economic variables of the nation and make increments in wages when necessary.The bill is now on its way to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for signature and onward submission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be printed into handbills.Passage of the bill by the Legislature comes as a relief to many industrial workers and organizations, including the Liberia Labor Congress, a body of labor advocates.The group has over the years, advocate for said legislation, staging several protests on the grounds of the Capitol Building and prevailing upon their lawmakers to act in their best interest.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Violence Must Be Punished

first_imgThe recent violence by Nimba County youth against Arcelor Mittal was a reprehensible act that deserves the condemnation of not the President and the Nimba Legislative Caucus, but all  Liberians.The whole matter should be thoroughly investigated, and the perpetrators brought to justice.  The government has to set an example this time and make it unmistakably clear that violence in the settlement of disagreements will not be tolerated and will be punished.Surely, not only Nimba youth, but all Nimbaians and most  Liberians, are not happy with  Arcelor Mittal’s handling of its  concession agreement.The company has been accused of not faithfully executing the full agreement.  Several months ago when Nimba youth occupied the railway in Nimba, preventing the shipment of ore, this newspaper, the Daily Observer, called the attention of the nation to what aroused the youth’s anger.  We mentioned the accusation that not much is happening at the center of Arcelor’s operations, Yekepa, where there is hardly any evidence of development taking place there, but only the rush to get the iron ore out.  Even the first-class   hospital which LAMCO operated is still in disrepair, several years after Arcelor took over the operations.  There were also complaints of joblessness, even though we acknowledge that many of the youth lack the technical skills the company requires. There is also the issue of the Ganta-Yekepa road that the company agreed to pave.  But several Dry Seasons have passed and we see no action there.So there is a lot to complain about against Arcelor Mittal.   In our editorial, we warned the company, as we have done with most concessionaires, including China Union in Bong Mines and Golden Veroleum in Sinoe County, that it is one thing to sign a concession agreement with government,  and another to WORK WITH THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND.  These LOCAL PEOPLE, not the bureaucrats in Monrovia who signed the agreement, are the first to feel the impact of the agreement.  The company must, therefore, work with the local people for the sake of peace and progress.  One concessionaire which has finally learned this critical lesson is Golden Veroleum.  In the beginning and for some time, there were constant and intense quarrels between the company and the Sinoe people.  But the company finally came to realize that in any work environment,  peaceful coexistence is crucial, otherwise the work will be impeded.  Today Golden Veroleum and Sinonians people are working harmoniously together and things are smoothly progressing on the oil palm plantation.China Union, too, seems to have learned this lesson.  They have considerably eased the tension between themselves and the local people in the Fauma Chiefdom by making serious progress on the Kakata-Bong Mine-Haindii highway, and despite other remaining issues, the people are reasonably pleased.  We cannot, unfortunately, say the same thing about Arcelor Mittal.  Is it Indian stubbornness, mean-spiritedness, or what?  Why is this company so impervious to people’s legitimate complaints?  Why can‘t this multibillion-dollar enterprise take care of the minimal concerns of the people whose resources they have come here to exploit.  Did this company really do no research to find the truth of what happened in Yekepa in the 1960s through the 1980s—how the Nimba and the Liberian people got very little out of LAMCO, which  departed with billions of dollars from our iron ore,  leaving Nimbaians— Liberians—impoverished?Surely, the public saw Arcelor  Mittal’s impressive and colorful  spread in yesterday’s   newspaper; but nothing of the Ganta-Yekepa road, nor did the photo of the hospital repair tell much.Yet the Liberian government is especially good and kind to Arcelor Mittal.  Recently the government, in return for US$75 millilon, gave it mining  rights also to Mount Tokadi in Nimba.Arcelor Mittal must, therefore,   understand that the Liberian   government is serious about  doing business with her.  By the same token, the company must realize that it HAS TO WORK WITH THE LOCAL   PEOPLE, and engender peaceful coexistence in their   area of operations—and with all Liberians.Let us be unmistakably clear, however, that as much as we criticize the Indians in Yekepa,   we also unreservedly and emphatically condemn the violence perpetrated by the Nimba youth and urge the Liberian government to set an example this time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cabinet overturns subcommittee decision on new Board

first_img…Clive Thomas still ChairmanContrary to paid full page advertisements that were carried in the daily newspapers and a Cabinet subcommittee’s decision, there is no new Board for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and consequently, no new Chairman.This was related by Finance Minister Winston Jordan during a press conference on Friday. Asked by members of the media whether Special Purpose Unit head Colvin Heath-London was Chairman of GuySuCo, Jordan replied in the negative.“He is not the Chairman of GuySuCo. The Chairman of GuySuCo is still Dr (Clive) Thomas. The Board of GuySuCo ends this month, in keeping with hisSPU headColvin Heath-Londonresponsibilities, Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder has to bring to the Cabinet a new Board to be in place when this old one is finished.”He added that there was a subcommittee that met and discussed the issue of GuySuCo and its Board.“That subcommittee was chaired by Vice President (Carl) Greenidge and it included me, Ministers Harmon and Holder,” he further clarified. “That committee decided, unanimously the life of the GuySuCo Board comes to an end and a new Board will be put in place headed by [Heath-]London.”OverturnedStill GuySuCo Chairman, Clive ThomasJordan denied there was a political split between the Alliance For Change (AFC) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) on the issue. He acknowledged, however, that the subcommittee’s decision died a swift death when the full Cabinet overturned the proposed appointments.Stressing that this was within the Cabinet’s right, Jordan related that the full Cabinet deferred the decision until it could get more information on the nominees and thus rendered the appointments null and void.“… all subcommittee decisions have to be carried to the full Cabinet. It is when it went to the full Cabinet that the full Cabinet said no, we need to look at this more closely. They want to be sure where GuySuCo is going and who are these people.”Asked whether Holder, an AFC member, was part of the dissenting voices, Jordan said even if he knew, he would not say. He noted that there have been several instances where the subcommittee’s decisions are vetoed.AdvertisementAccording to the advertisement, which was published on March 14, 2018, the new Board was approved by Cabinet on February 26, 2018, and the appointments were supposed to take effect on March 1. There had long been rumours of a split at the executive level over the decision, however.The old Board of Directors had comprised Economist, Dr Clive Thomas as the Chairman and Frederick Singh as the Secretary. The Directors were Louise Bouyea, Fritz McLean, John Browman, Nigel Cumberbatch, Sharon Roopchand-Edwards, Nazim Ali and George Jervis.A list of the newly proposed Board was circulated in sections of the media. On that list were Komal Singh, Verna Adrian, Fritz Mc Lean, Rosh Khan (Jr), George Jervis, Arianne McLean, Vishnu Panday, Annette Arjoon-Martins and two GuySuCo executives.One of the main stakeholders had called for more industry insiders to sit on the decision-making body. A senior Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) official related that the Board should have included multiple persons with actual first-hand knowledge in the sugar industry.“We would like to see more people who understand sugar agriculture to be placed on the Board. Even from the last Board, it wasn’t so and from what it appears from this Board, it might not have enough people with that understanding but of course, Panday is very knowledgeable but he is just one person,” the GAWU official had told this publication. (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more

Salah’s belief can spur Liverpool on to greater things: Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Mohammed Salah signs a new contract with Liverpool in a major boost for the club says manager Jurgen Klopp © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Jul 2 – Egyptian international Mohamed Salah’s signing of a new long-term contract is a major boost for Liverpool’s ambitions of delivering trophies, said manager Jurgen Klopp on Monday.Klopp added the fact the 26-year-old striker — who scored 44 goals in just 52 appearances last season — had signed such a deal reflected his belief the club were on course for a successful era. Liverpool have been praised for their freeflowing style of football under Klopp, but the fact remains the charismatic German has taken them to three finals in his tenure and fallen short on each occasion.Salah’s goals, after joining last year from Italian outfit AS Roma for an initial £37 million ($48.7 million), played a large part in Liverpool reaching the Champions League final against Real Madrid.However, that proved a rare sour note for the player as Salah was slammed to the turf by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, causing a painful separation of his left shoulder.Salah returned to action for the first time in three weeks against Russia at the World Cup in their group match last month but was a shadow of the player that had dazzled for Liverpool despite scoring against both the Russians and then the Saudi Arabians.“(The new contract) demonstrates two things very clearly — his belief in Liverpool and our belief in him,” Klopp told the Liverpool website.“I think this news can be seen for what it is; rewarding a person who performed and contributed greatly for the team and the club last season,” said Klopp.“We want world-class talent to see they have a home at Anfield where they can fulfil all their professional dreams and ambitions – we are working hard together to achieve this.“When someone like Mo Salah commits and says this place is my home now, it speaks very loudly I think.“Equally, our commitment to him says we see his value and want him to grow even more and get even better within our environment.”– “We’re never gonna stop” –Salah’s exploits both for Liverpool and Egypt — in inspiring them to their first World Cup finals since 1990 — brought him several awards including African player of the year.However, Klopp said the refreshing thing about Salah is that he is a team man through and through which will make progressing and winning trophies easier. Klopp thrilled Salah has prolonged his stay at Liverpool © AFP / Paul ELLIS“The key thing to remember is the best thing about Mo is that he never sees himself as being more important than the team or anyone else within it,” said Klopp.“He recognises his teammates and this club helped him achieve individual success last season. He sees the individual awards come because he is part of something bigger that is special.”Klopp — who is taking charge of his first day’s pre-season training including Guinean arrival Naby Keita signed last year but under the agreement remained with his German club RB Leipzig — said the club needed to answer their fans demands for continual progress. “Mo reflects where we are as a team, I think,” said Klopp.“Last season was special with many special moments — but we want more.“We want to be more successful and achieve more together – as the supporters sang so loudly, ‘we’re never gonna stop’.“This has to be the attitude individually and collectively.”Salah registered the second-highest total of goals in a season in Liverpool’s history, just three behind Ian Rush’s record of 47 and surpassing Roger Hunt’s haul of 42.Thirty-two of those came in the Premier League, setting a new record in a 38-game season and earning him the Golden Boot.Salah was named as both the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year for his efforts in 2017-18.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man United 1-1 Leicester: Martial goal keeps champagne on ice for 10-man Foxes

first_img1 Leicester City missed the chance to claim the Premier League crown as Manchester United earned a draw to delay their coronation.Anthony Martial looked like he was going to spoil the party when he scored early on but captain Wes Morgan equalised for the visitors.Danny Drinkwater saw red with only minutes remaining for a second booking but despite late pressure, they held on for the draw.The result means if Leicester are to win the title on this bank holiday weekend, they must rely on Chelsea to do them a favour and beat Tottenham and Stamford Bridge on Monday night.United dominated the opening exchanges and Leicester looked ragged in defence as the occasion seemed to induce some nerves in the Foxes.The hosts had had 80 per cent of possession when they took the lead in the eighth minute as Antonio Valencia beat Christian Fuchs too easily before standing the ball up for Martial to slam passed Kasper Schmeichel at the back post.And it was nearly 2-0 after 14 minutes when Jesse Lingard fired a low shot into the bottom corner but Schmeichel came up with a stunning save.The save proved crucial as Leicester were level three minutes later when Morgan got the better of Marcos Rojo from Danny Drinkwater’s free-kick and nodded the ball into the net from four yards out.Marouane Fellaini could be facing a retrospective three-game ban for his first-half shenanigans after television cameras caught the Belgian elbowing Robert Huth in the chin after the German appeared to pull his hair.Shinji Okazaki and Leandro Ulloa both had decent chances to give the Foxes the lead after half time as Leicester dominated the start of the second half.The Argentine had another great opportunity with only 25 minutes to go but he got too much on his flicked header and it sailed over the crossbar.With three minutes remaining Drinkwater was shown his second yellow card for tugging down Memphis Depay on the edge of the area, but the ten-man Foxes held on for the draw.The game ended with the points shared and while Leicester fans must remain patient, United’s followers will be beginning to lose patience as they sit four points off fourth with three games remaining. Anthony Martial scored after only eight minutes last_img read more

Roma fan jailed over violence before Champions League clash against Liverpool

first_img MONEY smart causal 2 Mr Sutton said Mr Cox was out of a coma, but his condition remained “very dire”.The court heard Sciusco was close by when Mr Cox was injured, but was not directly responsible for the assault.Judge Brown said: “There were a lot of people around when the violence started, you and others in the Ultra group were armed with weapons such as belts and chains and you were threatening and were being abusive towards the Liverpool fans. Inevitably that was provocative.”He added: “The police were faced with an extremely difficult situation. The police intervened and eventually the shocking and ugly events came to an end.”The court heard Sciusco was recognised by spotters from the Italian police and was arrested as he left the stadium – by which time he had changed his jacket and was wearing a baseball cap. Filippo Lombardi, 21, denies violent disorder and causing grievous bodily harm to Sean Cox, and will face trial in October— Radio City News (@RadioCityNews) August 24, 2018Nigel Power, defending, said Sciusco’s parents and sister, who were in court, had been to visit him in prison once a fortnight since his arrest.He said Sciusco worked at a large pharmaceutical practice and volunteered teaching pupils in schools and colleges to use defibrillators.Mr Power said the defendant, of previous good character, had not drunk any alcohol before the game.“Although the incident that we have seen on the CCTV was an ugly one, it wasn’t one that this defendant, at least, set out in anticipation of,” he said.:: Filippo Lombardi, 21, denies violent disorder and wounding/inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox and is due to stand trial later this year. highlights England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Th trouble started outside The Albert Pub in Anfield just before kick-off ALTERED Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more An Roma fan has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after an outbreak of violence ahead of the Champions League semi-final at Anfield which left a Liverpool fan seriously injured.Daniele Sciusco, 29, from Rome, admitted violent disorder ahead of the Liverpool v Roma match on April 24. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener The Liverpool team paid a touching tribute to Mr Cox after the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico On Friday, Preston Crown Court heard Irish Liverpool fan Sean Cox, 53, was still in a serious condition after suffering a head injury in the violence – although Sciusco was not directly involved in causing his injuries.Sentencing, Recorder of Preston Judge Mark Brown said: “The Champions League semi-final was a major international football event that was being televised across Europe, and your actions and the actions of the Italian group tarnished significantly what was intended to be a sporting and enjoyable occasion.“It’s important to stress you are not being sentenced for the dreadful attack on Mr Cox, but it did occur during violent disorder of which you were a part, and the impact on him has been catastrophic.”The court was told Sciusco was part of a group of Roma “ultras” who had flown from Italy for the match.Video footage showed the group of about 25 fans, all dressed in dark clothing, going on to Walton Breck Road, outside the stadium just before kick-off.center_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade silverware impact Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Latest Football News Keith Sutton, prosecuting, said Sciusco had a belt in his hand as the group confronted Liverpool fans.Mr Cox, from Dunboyne, Co Meath, was seen lying in the road after being attacked, as fighting continued around him.Mr Sutton told the court Mr Cox’s brother Martin had described hearing shouting and chanting outside the stadium.He said: “He turned to his brother to discover he was already on the floor, he hadn’t seen what happened to him.”As Martin Cox tried to assist his brother, he was kicked and fell onto the floor next to him. gameday How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack possible standings Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2last_img read more


first_imgTHE soccer stars of Mulroy College are celebrating today after winning the FAI UMBRO FAI Schools Senior B Girls All Ireland Cup.The Milford college travelled to MacSharry Park in Sligo to take on Our Lady’s Secondary School in Belmullet – and won 2-1!Goals from Shannon Sweeney and Michelle Doherty ensured the Cup was brought back to Milford last night. Great coaching from teachers Aisling McAteer and Paul McGovern.Maith sibh!Mulroy College: Orla McGonigle, Shauna McDevitt, Tamara McGovern, Natasha McElwaine, Eimear Gibbons, Aoife McDevitt, Tanata Dorrian, Roisin McElwaine, Roisin Boyce, Shannen Sweeney, Michelle Doherty.Subs: Lucy Maria O’Flynn (for Dorrian 35 mins) Michelle Sweeney (for Boyce 38 mins); Mariosa Friel (for Sweeney 73 mins). Teachers: Aisling McAteer & Paul McGovernHERE COME THE GIRLS! MULROY COLLEGE SOCCER STARS WIN ALL-IRELAND was last modified: February 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:HERE COME THE GIRLS! MULROY COLLEGE SOCCER STARS WIN ALL-IRELANDMilfordlast_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal patient has spoken for the first time about how the GP Exercise Referral Programme, which is a physical activity initiative to help adults get active, helped her become healthy.Hilary Gilligan was referred by her GP to her local co-ordinator, Aisling Harris, who is based in Bundoran Seaweed Baths and Wellness Centre, Co. Donegal.They are both pictured here out for a good old dander. And Hilary had a very positive experience of the programme.She told “I thought that ‘enjoy’ is not a word that I usually associate with exercise. At the beginning of the 12 weeks I would have said that I was lazy and the thought of getting up off the couch and going out for a walk was not enjoyable to me.“But now, at the end of the programme, I find myself saying that walking is my favourite form of exercise. I still have to organise and encourage myself to do it but the enjoyment of it is so much more visible, tangible experience in my mind.“My GP exercise coordinator and I made a “Plan B” for the days when I feel really lazy and low, so that I can reward myself for small steps, and this works really well for me. “It also helps boost my self esteem and protects me from feeling guilty for not committing to the original plan. Keeping an exercise diary also works well for me. I note the days that I don’t do any exercise and I sit with my coordinator who encourages and finds a solution to the reason I didn’t on that particular day, and then we come up with alternative activities for future days of the same kind.“She has been very supportive and understanding on all levels.  I have learned to be more aware of the amount of exercise I take, learning to make time for it and prioritise it in my weekly routine.”GPs in the area have been recruited by the HSE’s Health Promotion Service, and patients are now being directly referred from their GPs to the local leisure facilities as part of the Exercise Referral Programme.Liz Martin, Health Promotion Officer, HSE West, and one of the organisers of the programme in the North West, says; “Each patient is referred to a qualified Local Coordinator who guides them through a 12-week physical activity programme.  The Local Coordinator offers behaviour change intervention, specialist advice about physical activity and disease as well as motivational support.Each patient is provided with an activity programme individually tailored for them that can be home, community or leisure facility-based or a combination of all three. The patient does not have to attend the leisure facility for activity sessions if they do not want to. Patients referred by their GPs pay for three assessments over the 12 week programme (€10-15 per assessment). If they choose a programme based in a leisure facility, then they will receive a 12 week membership at a discounted rate or a pay-as-you-go rate. By the end of the 12 weeks, the patient has developed the skills to independently maintain a physically active lifestyle.To ensure patient safety and the effectiveness of the programme, Leisure Professionals are required to obtain the ‘Local Coordinator Certificate’ awarded through successful completion of the GP Exercise Referral National Training Course.  This course is the only qualification recognised by the HSE, Irish College of General Practitioners and ILAM and is compulsory for anyone wishing to deliver the programme.Liz Martin, Health Promotion Officer said: “Up to 41% of Irish people are sedentary and this programme specifically targets these people.  The Health Promotion Team is responsible for GP recruitment, ongoing support to the local GPs and co-ordinators, as well as the provision of promotional packs and GP referral resources.”Being physically active is one of the most important steps people of all ages can take to improve their health. If you are currently inactive and would like support in becoming more active, then ask your GP to refer you to one of the local GP exercise referral coordinators. Bundoran Seaweed Baths & Wellness Centre; Aisling Harris (087) 6824044.REVEALED: ‘HOW GP SENT ME TO DO EXERCISE – AND IT WORKED!’ was last modified: May 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:REVEALED: ‘HOW GP SENT ME TO DO EXERCISE – AND IT WORKED!’last_img read more


first_imgFormer Donegal player Adrian Hanlon has agreed to sign for Finn Harps.The 2012 All-Ireland winner has agreed to sign with the Finn Harps Reserves side who play in the USL for the remainder of the season.Hanlon has been in brilliant form for Dungloe this season, and his form has propelled them to the top of Division Two. His form prompted a recall to the Donegal set-up but Hanlon declined the offer.Hanlon is a talented soccer player and has played for Keadue Rovers for the past number of seasons.Finn Harps Reserves manager John Francis Doogan has also secured the services of another Keadue Rovers player in the form of Corey Gallagher, as he bids to strengthen his side for the remainder of the USL season.There has been surprise expressed following the departure of Johnny Bonner from Finn Park. It’s believed Bonner became frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities afforded to him and decided to leave.Bonner has opted to sign for Letterkenny Rovers, while former right-back James Doherty has joined Swilly Rovers. DONEGAL ALL IRELAND WINNER SIGNS FOR FINN HARPS was last modified: July 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Adrian HanlonAll-Ireland winnerdonegalfinn harpsnewsSportlast_img read more

Improve Your Masks with Hue, Saturation, and Luminance Qualifiers

first_imgHSL Qualifying and KeyingOne of the most common ways to select specific regions of a frame in a video is by using the hue, saturation, and luminance qualifiers. Different programs lay these tools out differently, but the functionality is mostly the same across the platforms. You simply specify in and out ranges for the hue, saturation, and luminance values of the parts of the footage you want to adjust.The best way I’ve found to approach a shot is to determine if the area I want to select stands out due to color, intensity, or brightness. Once I’ve made this determination, I apply similar logic to each of the three sliders in order:What color/color range is the area I want to select?How intense are those colors?How bright or dark is the region?Or you could just use the eyedropper . . . but you learn more doing it manually!Using HSL Qualifiers to Make Better MasksWe’re going to look at example scenarios from four movies. In each, I’ll take you through some methods for changing selected parts of the frame.Image via Ant-Man (Disney).Let’s pretend that after the completion of principal photography for Ant-Man, Baskin Robbins undergoes an extensive rebrand, shifting its brand color from purple to bright red — and they want the movie to reflect this update.Rather than relying on expensive reshoots, our imaginary post-production team must make the change. Luckily, it should be a pretty quick and easy one.AnalysisUsing only the HSL qualifiers, adjusting the purple to another color should be no problem at all.ProcessTo change all of the shot’s purple to red, we’re navigating back to the Lumetri Color panel and into the HSL/Secondary tab. Rather than manual selection, this time we’re using the eyedropper tool to select an area that looks the most representative of the color we want to change in the shot.After a few tweaks to the HSL values, we’ve got a good selection on the purple in the shot.Now we simply push the purple to red. To enhance my results, I am using the three-way color wheels to adjust shadows, mid-tones, and highlights.And just like that, I think we’re done.Let’s take a look at using HSL qualifiers in conjunction with masks.HSL + MaskImage via Buried (Lionsgate).Our next still is from the 2010 film, Buried. I am going to illustrate the process of removing the phone and (hopefully) any trace that it was there in the first place.AnalysisBeyond the phone itself, we are going to have to deal with the strong blue light from the illuminated screen. This could prove a bit tricky since the light from the phone is the key light for this shot.ProcessWhen removing an object from a shot, the first step is usually duplicating the clip you’re working on. This offers you a fair degree of flexibility and saves time when masking objects using only your editing software.After we’ve duplicated this shot, we will create a rectangle mask under the opacity controls and then adjust and rotate it to roughly fit the outline of the phone. We will create four new points between each of the existing ones, and then we’ll adjust the bezier to match the curvature of the phone.Now that our mask is set, we will select the bottom clip and reposition and resize an area of the sand that can replace the hole left by the phone.All that’s left before dealing with the light cast by the phone is to adjust the feather and mask expansion sliders to hide the parts of the sand illuminated by the phone.Inside of the HSL/Secondary tab, I will use the qualifiers to select blue highlights.When we’ve got a good selection, we’re just making some small tweaks to the color balance to find a tone that closely matches the rest of the character’s skin tones.I increased the sharpness on the character’s face to draw the eye away from the patched-out phone.A keen eye can spot the work, but for the average viewer, this should be more than adequate.Qualifying with a Single ChannelImage via Casino Royale (Sony).Let’s take a cinematic hop into the world of James Bond, where we’ve got another product sponsorship!Let’s pretend Sony wanted to distance itself from the Vaio line and wants the logo removed from this shot.AnalysisThe logo is in the middle of a laptop hood that is entirely black — or, at least, would be acceptable visually as entirely black if we needed to make it that way. Thanks to this detail, removing the logo is going to be a breeze.ProcessFirst, we’re duplicating the video before enabling a rectangle mask in the opacity section of the second video’s effect controls. After we’ve aligned the points with the corners of the laptop, we’re headed back to the HSL panel in Lumetri.We’re selecting for the white because it has a more consistent luminance than the black of the laptop lid. For this reason, we are going to disable the hue and saturation qualifiers and select with the luminance qualifier only. After selecting, I am adjusting levels to further crush the shadows and pull the highlights down as low as possible.Once we have a good selection, we simply align the cropped lid with the one bearing the logo. From here, we drop all of the levels, de-saturate, and de-sharpen the selected Vaio logo until it blends with the black lid indistinguishably.To blend the mask into this shot a little more, I’m shrinking the mask expansion and raising the mask feather by the same amount.That’ll do!Masking with HSL and Color MattesImage via The Place Beyond the Pines (Focus Features).Let’s say that the bank in this still from The Place Beyond the Pines refused to sign a location release, so the post team needs to swap the logo out for something cleared for release.AnalysisThis shot is really moody, with strong contrast between the illuminated sign and its surroundings. This separation should help to isolate the sign, but it could present problems as we work to blend the replacement with the rest of the image.ProcessAs usual, we’ve duplicated our video and masked out the sign. I scaled our isolated sign up a bit to help separate it a little more.I’m going to need to create a new sign to replace the one in the shot, so I zoomed the viewer in to 400 percent and measured the sign at 3×2 centimeters. 3×2 aspect ratio — easy!From here, we just create a new color matte, setting its dimensions at 300×200 and giving it a light teal hue before scaling and positioning over the sign.We’ve got a logo that is cleared for use in the film, so we bring the .png into the shot and adjust its position and perspective to match the original sign’s. Once we’re happy with the results, nest the color matte and replacement logo to make final tweaks to blend the new sign into the original shot.For this shot, I changed the opacity blend mode to “Screen” and lowered the opacity to 55 percent.While this is probably passable in its current form, it’s lacking a bit of the authenticity of the original. I think that adding the dark regions from the dead florescent bulbs in the original sign (as well as tweaking the glow of the sign) will really help sell the change.For the fluorescent bulbs, I brought the original cropped sign in for reference before adding two layers of a color matte that I thought matched the sign most closely. After that, I just applied opacity masks to both and arranged them in roughly the same position as the original frame, adjusting the feathering to sell the look.For the glow, I duplicated the same color matte, size, and position before adjusting the feathering until I felt like our fake sign was interacting with the original shot a little bit more.I could probably get this a little closer with a bit more tweaking, but I can safely report back to the post team that this method is going to work.Next time you’ve got a big change to make to your footage in post-production, don’t fear! Combining masks with HSL selections cleverly can save you hours over many of the less efficient alternatives at your disposal.Looking for more post-production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Quick Tip: How To Create Stills and Pauses In Resolve 15Saving Noisy Footage: The Easy Way and the Hard WayVideo Tutorial: Introducing Premiere’s New Lumetri Curves191 Free Motion Graphics, Sound Effects, Action Elements, and MoreEverything You Need to Know About the Blackmagic RAW Codec In this article, we take a look at the basics of HSL qualifying and keying — and how to incorporate it into your next masking job.Masking is one of the fundamentals of video editing, but masks used in isolation have a lot of drawbacks and limitations. The most efficient way to improve the quality of any mask is by using hue, saturation, and luminance qualifiers.In this article, we’ll cover the basics of HSL qualifying and keying, and we’ll take a look at how to incorporate it into your next masking job.last_img read more