Premiere Pro CS Next – Changes to the Timeline Panel

first_imgPremiere Pro is getting updated!  In this post we’re look at some of the improvements to the Timeline Panel in Premiere Pro CS Next, so you can get a running start when the updates roll out!Every new version of Premiere Pro includes cool new tools and can often encourage us to try new ways of working. Among the updates to the next version of Premiere (dubbed “CS Next”) is an updated Timeline Panel. Here’s what you need to know about it!Updated Timeline PanelPerhaps the first thing you notice is that the track headers are different to previous versions of Premiere Pro. They have been simplified and are now editable! If you right-click on a video track header you get the normal options from previous versions to add and delete tracks, but you also get a new ‘customize’ option at the bottom. If you click on that option you get the new Button Editor:New Customize Video Track Header ‘Button Editor’To remove a button from the track header, simply drag it out to the ‘Button Editor’ box.  Similarly, to add a button back in drag it from the ‘Button Editor’ to the track header. You can even rearrange the order of the buttons while in this mode!  Any changes you make to one header will affect all the headers of the same (video or audio) type.For example, here are the video track headers with ‘Sync Lock’ removed.Sync Lock Removed From Track HeaderAudio Track Header Button Editor with Audio Meter Being AddedAudio Track Header After Audio Meter AddedAnother really nice feature about the track header is that they can be expanded or closed by holding your mouse over the header you want to expand/close and scrolling your mouse wheel.Scrolling Track HeadersHowever, some people don’t like using the mouse for this kind of thing and so a great new series of keyboard short-cuts have been added to open and close tracks.Note: When I type ‘=’ and ‘–‘ these are to the right of the 0 key on the main keyboard and are sometimes called the plus and minus keys.Open all tracks:Shift and = (opens all tracks)Close all tracks:Shift and – (closes all tracks)Expand all VIDEO tracks as you push and hold the = key:CNTRL (PC) or CMD (Mac) and = Close all VIDEO tracks as you push and hold the – key:CNTRL (PC) or CMD (Mac) and – Expand all AUDIO tracks as you push and hold the = key:ALT and = Close all AUDIO tracks as you push and hold the – key:ALT and – Other changes have been made to the Panel Menu for the timeline panel.Panel Menu for the Timeline PanelNotice that there is now something called ‘Rectified Audio Waveform’. This is another way of viewing the audio waveform.  It is like cutting the waveform in half along its length and only looking at the top part. However, you can get back to the older view by turning this option off in the PANEL MENU if you want. Having worked with this view for a while now I actually find it easier to work with – but it does take a little getting use to.Rectified Audio Waveform – Now DefaultStandard Audio Waveform by Turning this Option OffNotice also that the THUMBNAIL views for a track have been moved from the track header to the Panel Menu.Other functions removed from the header are now found under a new ‘Spanner’ icon in the timeline which also gives us some other valuable new functions (you may notice the options that says ‘Show Duplicate Frame Markers’ and ‘Show Through Edits’).Spanner Icon MenuIn addition to this, you can also change the START TIME for a sequence from the Panel Menu. By choosing this option you can, for example, choose for the timing of your sequence to start at 10 seconds rather than the default 0 seconds.  This can be very useful for organizing your work-flow.Another big change for those who are used to working with the Work Area Bar is that it is now OFF by default – although can be turned on again from the Panel Menu.Work Area Bar OFF by DefaultWork Area Bar Turned On AgainThe idea of turning the work area bar off by default is to encourage us to use In points and Out points in the Premiere Pro timeline as a quicker workflow for selecting items.In and Out Points in the TimelineIn and out points are created with the ‘I’ and ‘O’ keys with the timeline panel selected and are valuable for working with the lift and extract functions. These have options and are cleared with a right click option in the ruler area at the top of the panel.The other new button to point out in the Timeline is the insert and overwrite sequences as nest:Insert and Overwrite Sequences as Nest or Individual ClipsBasically, this button enables us to insert clips from nested sequences as the original clips ‘unnested’ – which is a feature a lot of people have been asking for for a long time!Well, that should whet your appetite a little more for the next version of Première Pro and get you started extra fast when it arrives!last_img read more

Helicopter crash-lands in Kedarnath, nobody hurt

first_imgSix pilgrims on board a private helicopter had a narrow escape on Monday when it crash-landed at a helipad close to the Himalayan shrine soon after takeoff. The light helicopter had taken off for Fata from Kedarnath when it developed a technical snag, an official said. The pilot then decided to land on the same helipad.“While making an emergency landing, the helicopter landed rather heavily with one of its tail rotor blades digging into the helipad,” Rudraprayag District Disaster Management Officer Harish Chandra Sharma said. All seven people on board – the six pilgrims and the pilot – escaped unhurt, he said. They have been examined by doctors. Monday’s crash-landing comes a month after a fatal helicopter crash and another emergency landing in Uttarkashi district. A helicopter engaged in relief and rescue operations in the rain-ravaged Uttarkashi district crashed on August 21, killing two crew members and a local resident. Two days later, the two-member crew of another helicopter had a close call in the same district. It made an emergency landing on the banks of a Nagawada river near Tikochi when it was on the way to Chiwa to distribute relief material. The helicopter, run by Aryan Aviation, was damaged and the pilot and the co-pilot suffered minor injuries.last_img read more

Lukewarm response to second India vs New Zealand Test at Eden Gardens

first_imgNotwithstanding the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB)’s efforts to bring in spectators for India’s second Test against New Zealand beginning at the Eden Gardens there on Friday, ticket sales have been lacklustre. (Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble India’s most successful Test stars at home)CAB WORKING OVERNIGHT From fan zones in the K and L blocks at the Eden to organising a photo exhibition commemorating India’s 500 Tests, CAB is leaving no stone unturned to bring people to the ground.Players of both teams as well as former Bengal captains will be given specially-minted silver coins as India will play their 250th five-day match on home soil. (Indian team management asks Eden officials to prune grass off the pitch)But all such efforts have so far failed to attract spectators, with the ticket counters wearing a desolate look.TICKET SALES A WORRY “Ticket sales haven’t been great,” a source in the know said. (India’s 250th Test at home: Changing trends in domestic season)CAB President Sourav Ganguly has recently expressed concern over the general apathy towards watching Tests and hoped their endeavours would see positive results.”We are trying our best. I can only hope there will be a crowd during the five days,” the former India captain had said.FESTIVITIES FACTOR The fact that the second Test is getting underway on the day of Mahalaya, a precursor to Durga Puja – the biggest festival in this part of the world – is also a contributing factor to the general disinterest among the locals.advertisementA motley group of autograph seekers were seen quizzing the security personnel on Wednesday morning about the photo exhibition slated to take place on the first day of the five-day affair.Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar and head coach Anil Kumble are expected to hold a talk show during lunch inside a canopy filled with select pictures of India’s fabled journey in the longest format of the game.This is the first time a Test match is being played at the Eden Gardens in the month of September.The India Meteorological Department has forecast thundershowers and thunderstorms on the first four days of the match.last_img read more

Anurag Thakur rules out 15-day window between IPL and domestic calendar

first_imgThe Indian cricket board stands to lose crores of rupees if the retired Justice RM Lodha panel’s recommendation to keep a 15-day gap between the Indian Premier League and the domestic calendar was implemented, board president Anurag Thakur said here on Sunday. (India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 4: Saha fifty helps India set NZ a target of 376 runs)Addressing the launch of the book “India 500 Tests” by the magazine Sportstar, Thakur said IPL could not be held in such a scenario. (SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES)”If you look at the overall IPL calendar then IPL would not be possible that way. Are you going to lose 100s of crores of Rupees?,” he said during an interaction with assembled guests. (Watch: Kohli, Thakur set an example for Swachh BHarat Abhiyan)Averring that a part of the money earned by the board is paid to past cricketers, he said a purse of over Rs 110 crore has been distributed among cricketers of the past. (Mini IPL plans in USA put on hold by BCCI)”India cricket will stand to lose if you wind up the IPL because of the International calendars. A 15-day window is not possible as of today if you have both IPL and the Test calendar to go on.”He regretted that Board of Control for Cricket in India could not start its domestic season from the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi because of the Lodha panel’s recommendation about the 15-day window.Thakur said the BCCI would consider holding of day/night Tests and hosting Tests in small centres after the 13-Test home calendar.advertisementlast_img read more

Bosox Slow Yanks Push, 5-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — John Ryan Murphy hustled into second base, took off his shin guard, then turned to the umpire and asked for time.“You’re out,” Ryan said Tim Welke told him.That’s about as good as it got for the Yankees’ offense against Eduardo Rodriguez.Rodriguez became the first Red Sox rookie left-hander to win 10 games in 43 years, receiving help from two leaping catches by Jackie Bradley Jr., and Boston slowed New York’s march toward a postseason berth with a 5-1 victory the night of Sept. 28.The Yankees had a chance to clinch their first playoff appearance since 2012 with a win — what would’ve been their 10,000th franchise victory — and losses by Minnesota, Texas and the Angels.But scoreboard watching was rendered unnecessary when Travis Shaw and Bradley each hit two-run homers off Ivan Nova (6-10). New York managed little offense after Alex Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly in the first ended Boston pitchers’ 29-inning scoreless stretch. New York dropped five games behind Toronto in the AL East with six to play.New York has scored more than three runs just once in the first five games of this homestand.“You’re going to have hot streaks and cold streaks. Right now we feel like we are battling. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to put good innings together,” Carlos Beltran said. “Today was a day where we faced a guy who was pitching well.”The Yankees’ fourth loss in 10 games came in front of 39,476 fans, the smallest crowd for a match-up in the Bronx between these rivals since May 27, 1999, according to STATS.Rodriguez (10-6) gave up seven hits, six singles, in supplanting John Curtis, who went 11-8 in 1972, as the most recent Boston rookie lefty to reach 10 wins.Rodriguez walked one and struck out five in six innings of what interim manager Torey Lovullo said would be the 22-year-old’s final start of the season. Lovullo said Rodriguez “deserves a lot of consideration to be one of our mainstays next year.”New York loaded the bases in the second on a single, walk and second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s fielding error, then Alex Rodriguez fell to one knee as he swung under a high fastball for strike three to end the threat.“My best pitch,” E-Rod said. “I tried to throw what I want and get a strikeout.”Nova looked sharp early in his second start for Masahiro Tanaka, who is out with a right hamstring injury, allowing three hits while taking a 1-0 lead into the sixth.He faltered after Xander Bogaerts doubled under the glove of diving third baseman Chase Headley with two outs in the sixth. Shaw, who had three hits, then lined the first pitch into the short porch in right field for a 2-1 Boston lead.Bradley connected with two outs in the seventh and Blake Swihart aboard.In left field, Bradley robbed Headley in the third, running back toward the wall and leaping on the warning track for a catch. Three innings later, he raced toward the line before jumping for an over-the-shoulder catch that denied Murphy extra bases.“It was pretty amazing to see the footwork and see the reaction and see the route to the ball,” Lovullo said. “I know on one of them, Murphy thought he had a double. Jackie’s amazing.”Nova yielded seven hits and four runs in what most likely is the final start of his first year back from Tommy John surgery.“I feel really good. I feel strong,” Nova said.Tanaka passed his final hurdle, acing his fielding drills Monday afternoon. The Japanese hurler will start Sept. 30 in preparation for a possible wild-card game in one week.Deven Marrero hit his first career homer, off Caleb Cotham in the eighth, to make it 5-1.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

Don’t care about the world, my coach is important for me: Krishna Poonia

first_imgDiscus champion Krishna Poonia revealed her success story at the India Today Woman Summit 2018 on WednesdayKrishna opened up on the hardships she faced during her career before attaining success in world tournaments like the Commonwealth Games.The 2010 CWG in New Delhi saw Poonia clinch the gold medal with a throw of 61.51 metres. It was the first time a female athlete won a track and field gold in the history of the Games.While the whole country celebrated her success, Poonia rued the fact that an athlete comes into notice only after he/she wins a medal.The adversities that athletes face before gaining success doesn’t come into notice and that is where India is lagging behind.WATCH FULL INTERVIEW”In our country, only when an athlete wins it matters. People don’t see the results otherwise. We cannot climb the first step and jump on the final step from there. My coach instilled a lot of confidence in me.”Whenever I couldn’t perform well he used to tell me it doesn’t matter if I have an off tournament once in a while as long as I’m giving it everything in training,” Poonia said at the India Today Woman Summit.Poonia also gave the examples of Asian Games stars Hima Das and Swapna Barman, who clinched medals for the country in Jakarta last month.”Till the time you don’t get a medal in the Olympics you won’t get the proper facilities. Unfortunately that is the truth in our country. You see Hima Das, where she was raised and how she trained despite adversities.advertisement”When she proved herself on the big stage everybody got to know about her but before that she was unknown. Did we find that talent or contribute in her rise?. Just like Hima there was Swapna Barman. I don’t know why the system is like this but till the time you don’t get a medal you won’t matter. Except for shooting if you look at the other sports like athletics, hockey etc, all those athletes come from rural areas,” Poonia said.The 36-year-old Poonia, who hails from Agroha, also revealed how she had to struggle even buy throwing shoes which her coach and guru Virender Singh Poonia got for her from abroad.”When my son was born at that time my husband Virender went for World Railway and brought throw shoes for me. Those shoes were not available in our country at that time. Those shoes used to tear up from the bottom.”Everytime I had to get it repaired from the cobbler using rubber tyres. We had to face problems even before buying these kind of shoes which costed around Rs 7000-8000 which we didn’t even earn while working. But when the medals started coming we got everything,” Poonia said.India has a long way to go before the country can expect more medals at the Olympics.Poonia gave her point of view on what all needs to be done to improve the system in our country so that athletes who come from humble backgrounds don’t have to struggle like the way she did in her career.”We need to have games like the CWG in our country. There are some Games which picked up post that. I credit the Central and Haryana Govt because they supported us by providing us with jobs thereafter as well. When their support became public knowledge, people started believing that yes, sports is a good career choice. But we need facilities and coaches.”I didn’t have any doctors or therapists from 2006-2017. I have no idea which food supplements to take. There was no one to guide me. So, how can you say why we win such less medals. Abroad, seven people tend to one athlete, and here we have one coach for an athlete if we’re lucky.”We don’t need a programme like beti padhao betoi bachao programme, we need to speak up against the small little things that happen in everyday life. I am woman and I’m proud of it,” Poonia said.Poonia also narrated an incident back in 2010 when she beat up a couple of eve teasers who were harassing girls at a railways crossing in in Rajasthan’s Churu district.”In 2010, I was walking by and there were two girls in class 9-10 being eve-teased by some boys on a bike, who were drunk. I ran out of my car and I slapped the boy. There was a bus stop there, an ambulance and other people there as well, But no one stepped up.advertisement”When I asked the girls to file an FIR, they refused because they said their parents will stop them from leaving the house. So, I spoke to their parents and asked them not to curb their daughters’ freedom when it wasn’t their daughters’ fault,” Poonia narrated.last_img read more

Betting should be legalised as it may curb corruption, feels Preity G Zinta

first_imgPreity G Zinta was suggestive that it will be good if government legalises betting as she felt that will might control some of the corruption that is associated to betting in sports.The Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scam broke out in 2013, which brought immense bad repute to the T20 tournament and even led to the ouster of Lalit Modi, who conceived the concept of the tournament, and ban of many owners and cricketers, including S Sreesanth.At the India Today Conclave East 2018, Zinta expressed her view on the matter, saying that there’s only so much you can do to police people and suggested that it will be better if there are rules in place to curb the problems.Zinta was asked about the wild IPL parties that press wrote about and how she dealt with the indiscipline of the cricketers, if any, and she said sometimes it was ugly but that was just the beginning stages of the league and things are far more serious now.”I hated it [parties]. I was not the boss of a team, I was an actress out of a set. People used to attack me at those parties. When people have a lot of alcohol, there’s very little you can say to them. So, they don’t go the cricketers but be like ‘hello ji’ and you know Punjab is like, it’s quite wild. I never really attended too many of these parties but yes, they were part of this whole buzz creating thing.advertisementWATCH FULL SESSION VIDEO”But eventually everything settled down. Media wrote a lot of things, of course people will write because it’s a big tournament, but sometimes it was good, sometimes it was bad, sometimes it was ugly. Those were teething stages and now, it has come very very serious,” Preity G Zinta said.”I did sit down with some cricketers [discipline issues] but my thing was, when I was acting and someone would come and tell me ‘sleep and be fine’, I would retort with ‘is there a problem with my performance, am I looking bad. No right, so please mind your own business’. I had the same attitude with the players. My only thing was there should be no corruption issues.”I even suggested that there should be a lie detector time to time like they have drug tests because the tournament had become so big that one little thing could damage it but nobody was willing to go with my suggestion and players needed to take it seriously. But today they take it very seriously. The earning opportunity is so high that you would be stupid to let go,” Zinta further added.When asked if there was any approach made towards her or if she knew of the corruption issues building around the league, Zinta said had she been approached by someone, the person would have been taken to the cops.”You think somebody can make an offer to me and still be alive, I would probably take him to the cops. Please understand I had just got out of movies. For 10 years I was living in a studio with cameras and characters that didn’t exist, so I was living in a La La Land. Suddenly I stepped out into a cricket stadium. Everybody was alien to me and to be honest, I didn’t know what was happening.”But over the years, I think it would be important if the government legalises betting because it will be a good source of revenue and stuff and secondly, we can stop all this crap because how many people can you control. So, that’s why I said let’s do a random lie detector test, BCCI should just make it part of the policy, it will be amazing. Because the fear of knowing that I can get caught, that’s what you need. You can’t police people that much.”‘LALIT MODI WAS A GAME CHANGER, HE RAN THE IPL SINGLE-HANDEDLY’Preity G Zinta credited Lalit Modi for the creating a brand like the IPL and felt whatever people might think of him today, he handled everything extremely well and would always solve any issues that cropped up.”I met Lalit Modi at the Bravery Awards. I was the brand ambassador and his family was involved with that. We sat down for coffee later, and I told him that I want to have a sports school. I am going to do that because I have been sporty all my life, I have played all sports and it was mine and my dad’s dream for India to win more Olympic medals and to have more facilities. I didn’t realise that you need to have Rs 1000 crore to have a sports school!advertisement”When the IPL was being bid for, he called me and asked, ‘Why don’t you do this?’ Everyone told me don’t do this, it’s crazy, this will never happen but somehow he convinced me. I am a visual person and for me, I just looked forward and thought, ‘Can I see this happen? Yes, I can.'”I also believed that it would be my first step in sports and I could do what I wanted to do. So that’s how.”Lalit in that way was a game changer. He ran the IPL single-handedly. I would call him at 3 in the night saying ‘this is not happening’ and at five past 3, he will make it happen. So he was that one person who made everything happen and whatever people might say about him today, I really appreciate him and thank him for creating the IPL and being so spot on. The growth in the IPL with his vision was so great then, it was huge,” Zinta said.HOW SHAH RUKH KHAN, PREITY AND LALIT PLANNED TO MARKET IPL”When I came to know Shah Rukh was involved. Shahrukh, Lalit and I sat on the marketing of the IPL and we had three points and each of us had the responsibility of that.”Once we got involved, Shah Rukh told me ‘remember we are the only idiots who have given our money and working for free but we are building this brand. Because nobody knew anybody else and there were only business families in the IPL. So I couldn’t say it was only my team that I had to promote. We had to promote the league.”So, we had three points. Lalit’s point was he wants to have an atmosphere where the remote control stays in the middle of the table and nobody in the family can touch it. So the father cannot say that I want to watch the news, the son cannot say that I want to watch cricket and such. So for that three hours, the remote should say on the table and that wholeness we want in the tournament.”Shah Rukh’s thing was because it’s a three-hour window, it should take away the business from cinema. When the movies released, summer used to be the best time to release movies because all the holidays were there and stuff. IPL was coming in the summer because that was the only window. So 8pm show and 3pm show, that was our competition.”The point given to me was that women should come and see sports because there was zero involvement of women. And today, 11 years later it’s all there. So we sat for 20 nights and we marketed it as we would market a movie. Nobody else had that experience. It was also about how we played it in the media, there was so much media that we did at that time and we bartered deals for cricket. It was all left to me or Shah Rukh. So, I think we did for all the owners because it was launching a league, not launching a team. But that was the best part for me of the IPL because I love working with Shah Rukh, he’s a great team person and Lalit was quick to react if there were any issues. And all three of us are owls so about 20 nights, we used to sit from 8-9pm to 6 in the morning.”advertisement(Written by Abreshmina S Quadri)last_img read more

More Inclusive Education Supports for Students

first_imgStudents across the province will have access to 173 more inclusive education specialists, teachers and non-teaching staff this September. “This is another expansion of supports for students as part of our new model of inclusive education in Nova Scotia,” said Zach Churchill, Minister, Education and Early Childhood Development. “We are changing our entire approach to inclusive education. And, it’s not just about more funding and more people – we’re changing how we work, so all regional and school staff share best practices and problem solve together to support the achievement and well-being of all students.” Some of the additional student supports coming to the system this year include: For a full list of the positions go to . “I am excited to see the infusion of additional resources to support inclusive education in Nova Scotia’” said Sarah Shea, former chair, Commission on Inclusive Education and co-author of the Students First report. “The focus on increasing direct services to students and on building skills and capacity in the education system workforce fits with the vision laid out by the commission. “Major changes such as those being undertaken take time. It will be important to evaluate the impact of changes as they take place and to build on successes.” This year’s $15 million in inclusive education funding includes more than $3 million for training and development. Government is also partnering with Autism Nova Scotia on a pilot program to train education assistants on working with students who have autism. “We are very encouraged to see the diversity of positions and training partnerships in this announcement,” said Cynthia Carroll, executive director of Autism Nova Scotia. “Building diverse and multi-disciplinary teams that work in collaboration with classroom teachers, along with enhanced training opportunities will benefit all students.” This will be year two of a five-year rollout of changes for inclusive education. In 2018-19, 191 positions were added to schools. The new supports bring the total to 364 new, inclusive education positions added to the education system. “We are very grateful and pleased with the additional supports that our son Nicholas received through this year’s funding for inclusive education,” said Trevor and Roxanne Hume, parents of Nicholas, a Grade 8 student in the South Shore Regional Centre for Education. “This year has been game changing for Nic. “He is in a completely different place than he was last year. We have gone from not knowing how he was going to successfully receive his education to him looking forward to going to school.” 18 guidance counsellors 11 autism teacher specialists 11 resource teachers 30 education assistants 32 child and youth care practitioners 13 African Nova Scotia and Mi’kmaw student support workers 11 pre-primary inclusion coaches 8 schools plus facilitators 8 school psychologists and speech language pathologists 3 student health nurses 4 transition supports for youth in carelast_img read more

Mentallyill man reunites with family after 11 years

first_imgKolkata: A 47-year-old mentally-retarded man, who was estranged from his family for more than 11 years, will unite with his mother after ham radio operators successfully managed to trace his family members in Tamil Nadu.”We have managed to trace the residence of Janaki Raman after a frantic search through our counterpart based in Tamil Nadu. We showed his picture to his mother Vijaymmal and brother Vadivelu and learnt that he was missing from home for more than 11 years. Janaki’s brother is coming to Kolkata on Sunday night to receive him,” Ambarish Nag Biswas, custodian and secretary of West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC), an organisation of ham radio enthusiasts in the state said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was a year back Janaki Raman was found eating food from the garbage on the streets near Bongaon. He was behaving unusually and some passersby started were found teasing him. However, some benevolent locals admitted him to the Bongaon government hospital for treatment. The doctors were in a dilemma as they were unable to understand his language. It was only an aged nurse who used to communicate and coordinate with him through facial expression. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”After the person became fit after prolonged treatment, the hospital authorities sought help from WBRC to bridge the language barrier. We recorded Janaki’s speech with the nurse and shared it with other known ham radio operators across the country. Manjunath R, a member of Indian Institute of Hams recognized his language as Tamil,” Biswas added. Manjunath asked Janaki his address and came to know that his mother and elder brother stayed in Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu. Janaki’s mother and brother recognised him at once after seeing his picture. Janaki was a labourer. He got married but at present his wife not living with her in- laws. “Our next challenge is to find out where Janaki’s wife is staying. We want to unite the couple. We are the thankful to the police administration for their co-operation,” said Biswas. WBRC, an organisation of Ham radio enthusiasts in the state, use a variety of voice, text, image and data communication modes to communicate.last_img read more

Inuk youth in Ottawa learning art of Inuit carving

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group of Inuk youth in Ottawa are learning the fine art of Inuit carving.It’s part of their heritage that many city youth don’t often experience.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.last_img

Causeway roadkill a concern once more

Wildlife mortality on the Long Point Causeway is a concern once more thanks to record-high water levels in Lake Erie.High water coupled with lake surges into the Big Creek Marsh have damaged barrier fencing installed along the causeway several years ago.As a result, wildlife that was prevented from climbing onto the 3.2-kilometre stretch of road is back on the pavement and getting hit by vehicles travelling between Port Rowan and Long Point.The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation spent $2.5 million in recent years installing barrier fencing and 12 eco-passages under the causeway. The goal was to give wildlife migrating between the Big Creek Marsh and Long Point Bay alternative pathways away from traffic.In a news release, Rick Levick, president of the biosphere foundation, said the days ahead will be crucial as snakes and turtles stir from hibernation and seek nesting sites in the Long Point area.Levick asks motorists to slow down and proceed with caution. Motorists are also asked to help slow-moving animals such as turtles get off the road where it is safe to do so. A sturdy shovel, he said, is ideal for this purpose.“The cool spring weather has somewhat delayed wildlife movement, including female turtles searching for nesting sites,” Levick said.“But as the weather warms, animals will start moving en masse to their preferred summer locations.”Levick noted that wildlife between Port Rowan and Long Point has been acting strangely in response to the high water.Motorists have seen dozens of muskrats loafing on the shoulders of the causeway due to the flooding of their habitat. Several have been struck and killed in recent weeks.“We’ve struggled to keep the fencing in good repair since the last two culverts were installed in 2017 but there’s a limit to what a volunteer organization can manage and afford,” Levick said.“That’s why we are pleased that Norfolk County has committed to maintaining the culverts and fencing after the causeway reconstruction is completed in 2020-21.”In a separate but related development, the bridge on the causeway at George Lane has been a headache for Norfolk County since it began to fall apart last spring.A temporary rig-mat repair re-opened the bridge to two-way traffic last year but the bridge recently reverted to a single lane controlled by a traffic light.This will slow traffic, which will help now that increasing numbers of animals are again crossing over top.Jason Godby, Norfolk’s director of public works administration, said last week the bridge situation is due to recent work undertaken as “a preventive maintenance activity.”“Some of the existing wood on the rig-mat is being replaced in an effort to ensure this temporary structure remains in a safe condition until such time that a new bridge is constructed,” Godby said.Conservationists are especially concerned about wildlife mortality on the Long Point Causeway because the numbers have traditionally been high and involve a number of species-at-risk. Especially concerning is road mortality involving turtles.Female turtles take many years to reach reproductive maturity. The death of even one female turtle represents the potential loss of hundreds of turtles in the future. These deaths are also a blow to the genetic diversity of rare read more

Hudsons Bay lowers 2016 outlook after Q3 sales fall below expectations

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 11, 2016 6:51 am MDT Last Updated Nov 11, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hudson’s Bay lowers 2016 outlook after Q3 sales fall below expectations TORONTO – The company that owns the Bay, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue says sales across most of its retail business have fallen below expectations and it’s revising estimates for the 2016 financial year.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) says sales at stores that have been open for at least a year in its third quarter fell by 3.6 per cent, after adjusting for currency fluctuation, and by four per cent when including the impact of foreign exchange.The retail chain says its previous outlook assumed an improvement on comparable sales during the second half of its 2016 financial year but, given that hasn’t happened, HBC is lowering its key financial estimates.HBC trimmed its estimate for 2016 annual sales to between $14.5 billion and $14.9 billion from its previous outlook issued in September of $14.9 billion to $15.9 billion.CEO Jerry Storch says the company will continue to invest in its operations, such as its recent $60 million in upgrades at its Toronto distribution centre to speed up delivery of products.Its full third-quarter report will be released Dec. 5. read more

UN expert calls on Colombia to further dialogue with indigenous people in

“I encourage all parties to boost their efforts so they can achieve progress in this dialogue process,” said the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, James Anaya. “The process must advance in a spirit of good faith and looking for solutions that comply with human right laws.” The dialogue process started after leaders of the Nasa tribe, in the northern part of Cauca, started measures to expel Government military forces as well as members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which were occupying their territory. According to reports, the military and FARC forces had clashed in the area over previous days, destroying indigenous property and injuring several people. Mr. Anaya cited the right of indigenous peoples to have autonomy over their land and the need to consult with their authorities before establishing any military presence there, in line with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Adopted by the General Assembly in 2007, the Declaration recognizes indigenous people’s right to self-determination and their right to freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development, and develop past, present and future manifestations of their culture in various forms. The Special Rapporteur called on the Government and Nasa authorities to act swiftly to ensure the safety of the indigenous people in the area, while respecting their rights to freedom of expression and association. “It is essential to take all the necessary measures to avert the patterns of violence that affect indigenous people and ensure that the presence of the military does not contribute to generate situations which might put them in danger,” he said. Mr. Anaya also acknowledged the complexity of the situation, particularly taking into account the Government’s responsibility to maintain public order while complying with the demands of indigenous people requesting safety and respect for their institutions and authority. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

On International Day UN highlights rural womens participation in sustainable climateresilient agricultural

Women and girls are central to the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing, but their role and significance is often overlooked, the head of the United Nations entity for women’s empowerment today said.In her statement for International Day of Rural Women – marked annually on 15 October – Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka noted that women farmers are “just as productive and enterprising” as male counterparts, but often lack equal access to land, credit, agricultural inputs, markets and high-value agrifood chains.“Rural women are highly capable and knowledgeable custodians of their land, and can move further ahead to more fully and effectively participate in green value chains, including by profitably and sustainably linking rural and urban markets,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in her statement for the Day.Globally, women comprise 43 per cent of the agricultural workforce, according to UN figures, with smallholder agriculture farmers producing nearly 80 per cent of food in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and support the livelihoods of some 2.5 billion people.According to some estimates, closing the gender gap in access to land and other productive assets could increase agricultural outputs by up to 20 per cent in Africa.Noting this year’s theme for the Day, which focuses on opportunities and challenges in climate-resistant agriculture, the head of UN Women called for more training and skills development for rural women and girls so that they can play a greater role in the development of green food and agricultural value chains.In addition, she highlighted the role that women farmers can play in protecting biodiversity through the use of indigenous crops and agro-ecological farming methods that are environmentally friendly and free of toxic chemicals. All this relies on the Governments, however, “providing the social and physical infrastructure that enables rural women’s participation in sustainable, climate-resilient agricultural production, processing, transport and marketing.” But she stressed that life in a rural setting should not automatically lead to agriculture.“Rural girls have an equal right to their urban peers to a good education, careers in STEM and a thriving role in the digital revolution,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said referring to the acronym for vocations related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She added that girls should also not automatically end up in unpaid positions caring for family members. “Only once these inequalities are purposefully levelled, will both women and girls, whether rural or urban, be able to take their place at the heart of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the growth of a better future for us all,” the senior UN official said.International Day of Rural Women is marked one day before World Food Day, which will focus this year on investing in food security and rural development in the context of migration, and on 17 October, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. read more

Students celebrate renovated success centre at grand opening

On the day of its grand opening, the newly renovated Student Success Centre (SSC) received rave reviews from its primary clientele: students.In addition to the dozens of faculty and staff on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 5, students also crowded in to catch a glimpse of the new furniture, technology and bright colours in the space, and to grab a piece of celebratory cake.Paniz Rahnama’s first science drop-in session coincided with the grand opening of the Student Success Centre.The updated SSC space, near the Market Hall stairs, hosts A-Z Learning Services’ drop-in sessions, writing workshops and one-on-one tutoring, as well as Academic Advising, while Aboriginal Student Services, which is also part of the SSC family, has its offices beside Guernsey Market.“It’s incredible,” fourth-year Physical Education student Tamara Tait said as she described the success centre’s transformation.Tait has been using the space since the beginning of her studies and says the leg-up its services provided has allowed her to stay on top of her course work.“When I was in high school, my teachers always said I couldn’t go to university because of my English marks,” she said. “But having tutoring and transfer success groups in the SSC helped me stay ahead of that.”However, the space previously available for the services Tait used did not feel like enough.“Whenever we did the weekly transfer connect meetings, we were in a much smaller room,” she said. “It’s nice to have a bigger and more inclusive space now.”After attending science drop-in help sessions during his first year, and then using that experience to work for the SSC, fourth-year Neuroscience student and peer facilitator Alex Van De Kleut is also thankful for the new resources in the renovated space.Alex Van De Kleut has participated in programming at the Student Success Centre as a student and an instructor.“I love it,” he said. “The big open space, lots of seating and the new TVs all really enhance the way we are able to help people.”Van De Kleut also praised the easy public access the renovations have provided.“We now have an approachable and accessible entrance that faces Market Hall,” he said. “That will make it easier to get people the help they need in a fast and efficient way.”The inviting atmosphere was effective for 19-year-old Biotechnology student Paniz Rahnama, who arrived Tuesday for her first science drop-in session.“The sign is really big and colourful and makes the space easy to find,” she said. “The new furniture also makes it really welcoming and helps me to feel calm before exams.”As the centre ramps up its existing program-specific offerings in more open spaces and with new appointment tracking software, Rahnama said she is thankful for Brock’s continued commitment to student success.“It gives us assistance and helps guide our path,” she said. “It’s great to see the University investing in a place that helps students in this way.”For more about the learning resources available to students and the community, visit the Student Success Centre website.Tamara Tait has used the Student Success Centre’s services throughout her four years at Brock. read more

Unconditional offers undermine credibility of higher education universities minister warns

But the move has led to accusations that they now act like businesses, seeking to maximise their revenue by recruiting as many students as possible.A fresh analysis by Ucas found that five years ago, 2,570 applicants received at least one unconditional offer (1.1. per cent of all 18-year-olds).In 2018, the number increased to 58,385, meaning more than a fifth (22.9 per cent) of school leavers received at least one unconditional offer.“Unconditional offers have always been a feature of university and college admissions, and used in a variety of circumstances,” the Ucas report noted.“For example to admit mature students who have already achieved sufficient qualifications to meet entry criteria [or] to make offers to applicants following interviews, auditions, or portfolio reviews.” Sam Gyimah, the universities minister, accused universities of acting in a “completely irresponsible” manner by handing out so many unconditional offers, as he urged to cut down on the practise.“Places at universities should only be offered to those who will benefit from them, and giving out unconditional offers just to put ‘bums on seats’ undermines the credibility of the university system,” he said.“Along with the Office for Students, I am closely monitoring the number being issued and fully expect the regulator to take appropriate action.“Unconditional offers risk distracting students from the final year of their schooling, and swaying their decisions does them a disservice – universities must act in the interest of students, not in filling spaces.” However, the report’s authors explained that more recently, unconditional offers have been used as way to “attract and retain interest from applicants in an increasingly competitive marketplace”.Lecturers and academics have criticsed the rise in unconditional offers, saying they “have made a mockery of exams” and encouraged talented students to “take their foot off the gas, instead of striving for excellence”.Sally Hunt, general secretary of University and College Union (UCU), said: “The proliferation of unconditional offers is detrimental to the interests of students and it is time the UK joined the rest of the world in basing university offers on actual achievements instead on guesswork.” Lecturers and academics have criticsed the rise in unconditional offers The lifting of student number controls in England in 2015 gave universities free rein to recruit as many undergraduates as they see fit. Lecturers and academics have criticsed the rise in unconditional offers An earlier report by Ucas, warned that unconditional offers were partly to blame for a fall in the number of the brightest students achieving their predicted grades at A-levels between 2010 and 2015.“Applicants holding unconditional firm choices were more likely to miss their predicted attainment by two or more grades, compared to applicants holding conditional firm choices,” the report said.Alistair Jarvis, chief executive of Universities UK acknowledged that there has been a rise in the number of unconditional offers in recent year, but said that they still account for just 7.1 per cent of offers.  He said that unconditional offers are made in “a number of circumstances”, adding: “When used appropriately, [they] can help students and ensure that universities are able to respond flexibly to the range of applicants seeking places.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Places at universities should only be offered to those who will benefit from them, and giving out unconditional offers just to put ‘bums on seats’ undermines the credibility of the university systemSam Gyimah, the universities minister Universities which hand out soaring numbers of unconditional offers are “undermining the credibility of higher education”, the universities minister has warned.Fierce competition between universities to attract students has seen sixth form pupils increasingly offered places regardless of their exam results.Since 2013, the number of unconditional places handed out to school leavers has surged from 2,985 to 67,915, up by more than 2,100 per cent.In the past year alone, there has been a 32 per cent rise, according to new figures released by Ucas, the university admissions service.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– read more

Wife and son of 94yearold arrested on suspicion of assisting his suicide

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He also revealed that he “bought him some chocolate cake and whisky to have with the tablets as a bit of a treat” during his final moments.A doctor sent to their house after Richard dialled 111 to report the death called the police so officers could “ask them some questions”.Mrs Snell and Richard were then arrested by Hampshire Police on suspicion of intentionally doing an act capable of encouraging or assisting the suicide of another. The 89-year-old wife and son of a frail 94-year-old were arrested on suspicion of assisting his suicide because they watched him deliberately overdose on prescription medicine, an inquest heard.Ralph Snell was driven to take his own life on January 28 due to osteoporosis which had left him with crippling back pain and insomnia for two years.After being prescribed medication by his GP, Mr Snell told his son Richard, 68, and wife Molly that he wanted to kill himself at home in in Lymington, New Forest, Hants.The pair “morally supported him” and watched as a “determined” Mr Snell took fatal doses of the drugs in his armchair, Winchester Coroners’ Court heard.Giving evidence yesterday, Richard said he had to open a bottle of medicine as his father “was not strong enough”. Both were later released and no further action was taken. DC Kayleigh Rush told the inquest: “Both Richard and Molly Snell were arrested on suspicion of assisting the suicide of Ralph Saxon Snell. I interviewed Molly. “No further action was taken against either of them as it wasn’t in the public interest to prosecute Richard and there was no realistic prospect of convicting Molly Snell.”Giving the cause of Mr Snell’s death as mixed drug intoxication, coroner Grahame Short described it as a “deliberate and planned overdose”. “I am confident he planned to take his own life,” he added. “It is not for me to make any judgment. I do understand your wish to support him.”The coroner concluded that Mr Snell’s death was suicide. read more

BP Oil Spill May Be Killing Coral Reefs

first_imgIt’ll likely be quite some time before we see the full ramifications of the BP oil spill, but it looks like we can add coral to the long list of those affected. Scientists have discovered a large number of dead or dying coral, which has likely been caused by the oil spill.“The coral were either dead or dying, and in some cases they were simply exposed skeletons,” researcher Timothy Shank told National Geographic. “I’ve never seen that before. And when we tried to take samples of the coral, this black–I don’t know how to describe it–black, fluffylike substance fell off of them.”Around 40 different groups of coral were looked at, and 90 percent of them were either dead or dying. Because so many have been affected at the same time, this is unlikely to be a natural occurrence. The coral was also very close to where the spill originated.“The proximity of the site to the disaster, the depth of the site, the clear evidence of recent impact, and the uniqueness of the observations all suggest that the impact we have found is linked to the exposure of this community to either oil, dispersant, extremely depleted oxygen, or some combination of these or other water-borne effects resulting from the spill,” lead scientist Charles Fisher said.last_img read more

Man gets 18 years for sexual exploitation of children

first_imgSEATTLE — Officials say a Washington man has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for felonies involving sexual exploitation of children.The U.S. Justice Department says 38-year-old Steven Rigtrup of Federal Way also was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to lifetime supervised release.The Justice Department says Rigtrup was arrested in April 2017 and pleaded guilty in November to enticement of a minor, two counts of distribution of child pornography and possession and production of child pornography.Court records say Rigtrup came to the attention of law enforcement on a tip after he had already done prison time for soliciting sex via the internet with someone he thought was a teen.Records say Rigtrup had uploaded images of child sexual abuse and a search of his residence turned up more than 588 images.last_img read more

Rummenigge Bayern Munich can cover Lewandowski

first_imgCEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is adamant that Bayern Munich won’t be short of options should something happen to Robert Lewandowski.The Poland international is Bayern’s sole remaining out-and-out forward following Sandro Wagner’s departure to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda on Wednesday.The 31-year-old struggled to break into the Bayern team this season with manager Niko Kovac often choosing to start Lewandowski up front by himself.Due to this Wagner had been restricted to just a single start this term, while Lewandowski has started 18 of Bayern’s 19 Bundesliga games.Now that Wagner’s left, however, it leaves Bayern even more dependent on Lewandowski to both produce the goods in front of goal and remain fit in the process.The Bavarians’ decision to not sign a replacement for Wagner has raised some eyebrows as they are currently trailing Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund by six points in the title battle and are still going strong in both the DFB-Pokal and Champions League.But, for Rummenigge, this is of no concern given the options at their disposal should something happen to Lewandowski.The German made reference to Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry as suitable options to cover for Lewandowski.“Sandro asked [to leave] because he had an offer from China with an incredibly high salary,” said Rummenigge, according to Goal.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We discussed that with the coach and Niko Kovac thought that with Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry, in case of doubt, we have alternatives.“But Robert Lewandowski has never been injured at Bayern Munich since 2014.”Now Rummenigge main concern though lies with the title battle with Dortmund in the Bundesliga, who he is well aware won’t be easy to beat this season.“Borussia Dortmund are playing a very good and very stable season,” he added.“Catching them up there again will be very difficult, but we will work to keep the tension at the top alive.”Bayern will make a trip to the BayArena to take on Bayer Leverkusen in a Bundesliga match on Saturday.#Bundesliga is BACK⚽💪 @FCBayern— Robert Lewandowski (@lewy_official) January 18, 2019last_img read more