RAND Corporation Webinar: Hidden Heroes – America’s Military Caregivers

first_imgRajeev Ramchand, Ph.D., Senior Behavioral Scientist and Terri Tanielian, MA, Senior Social Research Analyst from RAND will present findings from the study and highlight:The size and makeup of the military caregiver populationDifferences between caregivers who support pre-9/11 and post-9/11 service membersThe burdens experienced as a result of performing caregiving dutiesGaps in services and supportsRecommendations for providing better support for military and veteran caregivers now and in the future. Continuing Education Credit1.00 Continuing Education credit hour will be available through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) to credentialed participants. Note: The following states do not accept national CE approval programs and require individual program/provider application processes: California, Michigan, North Carolina, and West Virginia. For more information on how to receive credit go to the event page. Join us this month as we host our FREE military caregiving professional development webinar, featuring presenters from the RAND Corporation. *No registration is required. Webinar BackgroundMilitary caregivers play an essential role in caring for injured or wounded service members and veterans. Yet playing this role can impose a substantial physical, emotional, and financial toll on caregivers. This presentation will provide an overview of RAND’s recent study that examined the magnitude of military caregiving in the United States and assessed the array of policies, programs and services available to support the men and women who render this care. Date: June 19, 2014Time: 11:00 am EasternLocation: Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregiverslast_img read more

The Pros and Cons of a Shallow Depth of Field

first_imgThe overuse of shallow depth of field has been an issue since the DSLR revolution hit, and it can look especially bad on daytime exteriors.There’s certainly a place for shallow depth of field, and, as a filmmaker, much of my work involves shooting wide open. That said, like any other cinematography technique, it does have its limitations and it will work best only in certain types of shooting situations.Many independent filmmakers rush to shoot with their lenses wide open because they feel it’ll make their films look more ‘Hollywood,’ but in reality they aren’t taking into account many other factors. For example, just because many blockbuster films use selective focus, doesn’t mean that those filmmakers are shooting wide open. Larger scale films typically have larger sets, studios, and big environments to work in, which means their actors are often further away from the background. This gives them the luxury of shooting stopped down a bit (so their actors are still in perfect focus), and still blurring out the background. For instance:While you may not be shooting your next short or feature on a soundstage in Burbank, chances are you’re shooting at least some of your film outside – which effectively gives you a lot of choice when it comes to how your scenes are shot. I’ve seen far too many indie films that were shot wide open in broad daylight in a huge exterior space, effectively diminishing the quality of the final product. These are the three main reasons you don’t want to go down that path:Your lenses perform better stopped down.Unless you are shooting on the highest end cinema lenses available, chances are that your lens isn’t going perform optimally when it’s opened up all the way. Most lenses are softest wide open, and don’t typically hit their sweet spot until at least F2.8 or F4. It’s quite common for filmmakers to assume they will get great results when shooting at a very fast aperture (such as F1.4) but then look at their footage later only to be disappointed with the results. There is no reason why you can’t achieve beautiful shallow DOF shots outside even at F5.6 under the right conditions, so always take that into account before setting your exposure.Your actors have more leeway if they don’t land on a mark.When you’re shooting wide open at F1.4 or even F2 on a Super 35mm or full frame camera, your actors have very little wiggle room to work with. If they miss their mark by a couple of inches they may be out of focus, and that can lead to unnecessary re-takes and frustration for the crew. Not to mention, your talent will likely benefit from the freedom of having more room to improvise physically on set when they aren’t limited to an ultra-narrow DOF that they need to work within. Stop down a touch on your lenses and your actors and crew will thank you.Your focus puller will actually have a shot at nailing the take.We’ve already gone over why it’s important for your actors to have a reasonable amount of leeway with regards to DOF, but the same logic applies to your focus puller. If you’re shooting a scene with any time of focus pull (whether it’s on sticks, handheld, or otherwise), your 1st AC is going to have a much harder time maintaining focus if your lens is opened up too much. No matter how accurate their focus marks may be, there will always be some inconsistencies with the actor’s movements, camera placement and other variables that make it very difficult for your 1st AC to do their job effectively.The fact of the matter is that 90% of the time, if you’re shooting in a wide open space in broad daylight, you’ll be best served by stopping your lenses down. Not only will this vastly improve your image quality, but your actors and 1st AC will have a much easier time doing their jobs.If you do end up going for the shallow depth of field look, here are a few tips on how to achieve the technique from Fenchel & Janisch:Here’s one more from lynda.com:What are your thoughts on the shallow depth of field trend? Overused? Underappreciated? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Enjoy your honeymoon in Mauritius

first_imgA view of the Pereybere beach, the smallest and one of the best in the islandRediscovered in the 16th century (though Arab and Malay sailors are known to have visited the island as early as the 10th century) by the Portuguese, Mauritius was uninhabited until 1598 when first the Dutch,,A view of the Pereybere beach, the smallest and one of the best in the islandRediscovered in the 16th century (though Arab and Malay sailors are known to have visited the island as early as the 10th century) by the Portuguese, Mauritius was uninhabited until 1598 when first the Dutch, then French and finally the British colonised the tiny island before it became independent in 1968.Even though the British rule lasted a relatively longer period, the French roots are more evident in the Mauritian lifestyle and people still prefer to speak Creole and French over the official English language.Right from the time when you set foot at the SSR International Airport at Plaisance, chances are that if you say you are from India, the locals, who proudly refer to the island as ‘Little India’-a moniker attributed to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, will give you a warmer welcome. Not surprising since over 68 per cent of Mauritians are of Indian origin whose forefathers migrated to Mauritius as indentured labourers during the British rule.Though India is seventh among top 10 nations in the Mauritius tourism pie, it contributes only a fraction to the market dominated by Europe till now. However, the Mauritian Tourism minister Nando Bodha plans to change that. He recently announced plans to attract over 100,000 Indian tourists within the next five years, more than doubling the number from the existing 49,779 (as per February 25, 2011 data). Says the minister, “Being initially frequented by honeymooners only, today we have different segment of travellers from India visiting the island.””Both Mauritius and India have a long standing historical and cultural connect. It offers the Indian travellers a perfect feel of home away from home while taking an international vacation with family, friends or spouse,” adds Bodha.Deputy director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) Vijaye Haulder agrees. “We speak Hindi, our culture and food habits are similar, what’s not to like,” he says.Mauritian Sega dancers on the beachThis ‘rainbow’ nation offers a blend of cultures, Indian, African, Chinese, French and British. And there’s plenty to do, from various sporting activities to visiting leisure parks, undersea walks, submarine rides to watching hundreds of dolphins accompanying your catamaran, lazing on beaches or long drives on the ‘tea route’ lined by tea estates are just a few of the excellent options. For a sublime experience visit the Belle Mare beach before the first light to view the perfect sunrise and head to Flic en Flac at dusk for the most surreal sunset you are likely to see, ever. At Vieux Grand Port, the oldest settlement in southeast Mauritius, you can see the ruins of the first Dutch fortifications. Or visit a former sugar factory at Beau Plan’s Aventure du Sucre. The museum here tells the story of sugar, the original economy booster once upon a time, and along the way covers the history of Mauritius.Have you heard of the Talipot Palm which flowers once in 60 years and withers thereafter? If you are lucky you might just see one in full bloom at the SSR Botanical Garden in Pamplemousses which also houses 500 different species of plants. With rising spending power, the Indian tourist, who tends to spend over Rs 16,000 per person per day, is increasingly being wooed by the island which relies on tourism as one of its prime sources of income. “Mauritius is an extremely popular mid-haul destination especially among the honeymoon travellers,” agrees Amal Rakeshi, Thomas Cook’s associate vice president Leisure Travel Outbound.”In the past few years it has caught up with families also. Honeymooners and families looking for a relaxing holiday with a focus on water sports look at Mauritius as an ideal destination,” adds Rakeshi. Arrivals from India, the nation’s top source for Asian tourists, went up by 26.8 per cent in 2010 to 49,779 (39,252 in 2009).In response, the authorities in the island nation are looking at new ways to woo the Indian tourist too. “We organise international golf tournaments and aim to introduce polo to attract the top segment of travellers,” says MTPA’s Haulder.Exploring the undersea world is a popular choice among touristsBodha’s ministry is also promoting the island as a wedding destination for Indians on the lookout for innovative options for this most memorable day. In the last six months MTPA has helped in organising over five big Indian weddings. “You have to give us at least a three month prior notice, we’ll take care of the rest for you,” says Haulder adding that they had to turn down half a dozen requests due to lack of time recently. The MTPA has instituted a special committee to push the wedding tourism strategy.Travelling to the island can be comparatively expensive though. It has four direct entry points from India-Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore, though only the Mauritian national carrier flies on this route.Rakeshi attributes the sustained interest to special deals at popular resorts which more than make up for the airfare. “Direct flights, no crime and discrimination, people of Indian origin works with travellers. It’s a mix of activities and sightseeing to families who are looking for more than relaxation. It’s the safe, easy to get around, more exotic than the Far East destination image that sells,” he says.”Good resorts with private access to nice pristine beaches, lack of Thailand-like nightlife makes it more exotic than the other beach destinations closer home,” adds Rakeshi.Whether you are the gung-ho activity seeker or looking for a romantic interlude, Mauritius offers more than you can expect to pack in on your average three- to seven-day trip. So pack your swimsuits and head for this exotic island just about seven hours by flight from India. The writer is a journalist based in Mauritius.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Asian Games: India men make it to hockey finals after 12 years

first_imgIndia’s Gurbaj Singh (right) battles for the ball with South Korea’s Lee Nam-yong during the semifinal match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Photo: APThe Indian men’s hockey team has made it to the finals of the Asian Games after 12 years by defeating South Korea at Incheon on Tuesday.The sole deciding goal of the match came from Akashdeep Singh in the third quarter, which will now see India fighting it out for the gold medal game at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium.South Korea tried its best for the equalising goal but the solid Indian defense led by Ramandeep Singh didn’t allow any plausible chances.Akashdeep’s goal, which gave India the slim margin of 1-0, came in the dying minutes of the 3rd quarter.The road to the semi-final, however, hasn’t been too easy for the Indian men. The Sardar Singh-led side came back well after losing a tense third Pool B game against Pakistan 1-2 to put it across China 2-0 in their fourth and last league match to qualify for the last-four at the Seonhak hockey stadium.India, who last won a gold in the 1998 Bangkok edition under Dhanraj Pillay’s captaincy, are once again looking for a top finish and gain a direct entry into the 2016 Rio Olympics.last_img read more

GALLERY: 2019 SEA Games Torch Run Cebu leg

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue CEBU CITY, Philippines–Cebuanos showed up to show their support for the Filipino athletes in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Torch Run on Saturday, barely two weeks ahead of the biennial meet.SEA Games athletes and sports officials led the lighting of the flame at the SM Seaside Cebu and the symbolic five-kilometer run at South Coastal Road.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Priority legislation in the 18th Congress MOST READ Overseas Vietnamese swimmer going for gold at SEA Games LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The next stop of the Torch Run is in Manila, one of the major hubs where the games that will run from November 30 to December 11 will be held.Presidential Assistant Michael Dino and Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella light the torch for the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the SM Seaside Cebu. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoPresidential Assistant Michael Dino and Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella light the torch for the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the SM Seaside Cebu. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoSports officials during the Cebu leg of the 2019 SEA Games Torch Run. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoThe Cebu leg of the 2019 SEA Games Torch Run. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoRunners perform a dance number for their warmup before the 2019 SEA Games Torch Run. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoRunners perform a dance number for their warmup before the 2019 SEA Games Torch Run. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoRunners perform a dance number for their warmup before the 2019 SEA Games Torch Run. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoRunners start the run at the Cebu South Coastal Road, lead by Presidential Assistant Michael Dino and Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoRunners start the run at the Cebu South Coastal Road, lead by Presidential Assistant Michael Dino and Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoRunners start the run at the Cebu South Coastal Road, lead by Presidential Assistant Michael Dino and Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoRunners at the 2019 SEA Games Torch Run in Cebu. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoRunners at the 2019 SEA Games Torch Run in Cebu. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoRunners at the 2019 SEA Games Torch Run in Cebu. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoRunners at the 2019 SEA Games Torch Run in Cebu. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoRunners at the 2019 SEA Games Torch Run in Cebu. CDN PHOTO/Gerard Vincent FranciscoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Rice industry paralysis View commentslast_img read more

King’s Cup: Ousmane Dembele returns to Barcelona squad for tie against Celta Vigo

first_imgBarcelona’s record signing and the second-most expensive player in the world Ousmane Dembele has been named in the squad for Thursday’s King’s Cup last-16 first-leg game at Celta Vigo.Dembele was out for over three months with a hamstring injury after the French forward ruptured his hamstring 29 minutes into his first Liga start for Barca against Getafe in September.He moved to Catalonia for a club record 105 million euro ($126 million) signing from Borussia Dortmund.Dembele, 20, underwent surgery in Finland and was given the all-clear by Barca’s doctors on Tuesday, although Barca coach Ernesto Valverde plans to introduce the player back into action slowly.WATCH”Recovering Ousmane is very positive for us, he got injured just as he was adapting to the team,” Valverde said. “We will give him minutes little by little but he also has to earn his playing time.”�???@Dembouz returns to the matchday squad!�???#DembeleIsBack pic.twitter.com/JqBZh2w25j- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 3, 2018Spanish and English media reported that Barca, the La Liga leaders, are close to smashing the record amount they paid for Dembele by signing Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for 150 million euros.”He plays for another team, he’s a good player and we don’t know what will happen in the future but I’m happy with the players I have right now,” Valverde said.(With inputs from Reuetrs)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Trump hangs painting of self at bar with Republican presidents

first_imgWashington, Oct 16 (AFP) It could be any Republican president’s fantasy: hanging out at a bar with fellow conservative American leaders of years, decades, and even centuries past.For President Donald Trump, that fictional “happy hour” exists, in the form of a painting hanging at the White House that caused a huge uproar on social media when it was revealed over the weekend.The president’s critics say the scene is as real as some of the claims Trump made during his interview on “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday where a glimpse of the painting could be seen in the background.Trump’s likeness has been ruthlessly disfigured by “high” and “low” artists alike, who have made no secret of their dislike of the Republican president.But in “The Republican Club,” a painting by Andy Thomas, an uncharacteristically brawny Trump sports an affable, if slightly pinched smile as he is joined by the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt and George W Bush.The whole group is chatting around a table and seems to be having a jolly good time while sharing drinks, apart perhaps for Calvin Coolidge, who hovers in the background a short distance away.Trump, who does not drink alcohol, appears to be having a soda.Instead of sitting, Roosevelt has a foot propped up on a chair as he leans in intently, hand on one knee. Gerald Ford is leaning against a pillar. Reagan and Nixon are trading glances, and George H.W. Bush looks on. Eisenhower leans in next to Trump.advertisementThe fantasy creation was mercilessly mocked on social media.One Twitter user wrote: “Neither Lincoln nor Teddy would be caught dead at this table.” “Like, you could borrow stuff from the Smithsonian or the National Gallery of Art but, nope, you’re gonna decorate the White House with crap from the Things Remembered kiosk at the mall,” wrote journalist Benjamin Freed in another comment. Indeed, the Trump White House has a strained relationship with the art world. It has no curator — William Allman, who long held the post, retired last year and has yet to be replaced.And when the Trumps asked the Guggenheim Museum to borrow a Vincent van Gogh painting, they were instead offered a solid gold toilet by Maurizio Cattelan, a satirical, if fully functioning sculpture called “America.”Thomas, who specializes in figurative paintings of cowboys, also made a Democratic presidents’ version of the image.In both the Republican and Democratic versions, there’s a vague rendering of a woman in the background, a nod to a potential first female American president.”Even in Trump’s thrift store trash painting, a woman is coming to end the bullshit when they aren’t paying any attention,” read a comment by Twitter user Emily Colucci.Others digitally altered images of other protagonists like North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump supporter and rapper Kanye West or Russian President Vladimir Putin onto some of the other presidents’ heads.Thomas said Trump gave him some positive feedback about the painting.”He basically said, ‘Most portraits of me I really don’t like,'” Thomas told Time magazine.”And he’s right. He’s hard to paint. There’s some bad ones out there.” (AFP) PMSPMSlast_img read more

A timeline of key events in the case of alleged serial killer

first_imgA timeline of key events in the case of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur based on information released by Toronto police:___September 2010 — Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, disappears from Toronto’s gay village.Dec. 29, 2010 — Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, is reported missing to Peel Regional Police, west of Toronto. Police have said he was last seen in Toronto’s gay village.October 2012 — Majeed Kayhan, 58, of Toronto, is reported missing.November 2012 — Police launch Project Houston to investigate the disappearances of Faizi, Navaratnam and Kayhan.April 2014 — Police close Project Houston, saying none of their findings would classify anyone as a suspect of a criminal offence.August 2015 — Soroush Mahmudi, 50, of Toronto, is reported missing.May 2016 – July 2017 — Police believe Dean Lisowick, 43 or 44, of no fixed address, was killed by McArthur during this time span.April 14, 2017 — Selim Esen, 44, is reported missing from the area of Toronto’s Yonge and Bloor streets.June 26, 2017 — Andrew Kinsman, 49, is reported missing from the area of Parliament and Winchester streets.August 2017 — Police launch Project Prism to investigate the disappearances of Esen and Kinsman.September 2017 — Project Prism officers identify Bruce McArthur “as someone to be included or excluded as being involved in the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman.”Dec. 8, 2017 — Police Chief Mark Saunders says the force will review its practices in missing persons investigations. He denies that there is evidence suggesting a serial killer is walking the streets of Toronto.Jan. 17, 2018 — Police uncover evidence suggesting McArthur was responsible for both Kinsman and Esen’s deaths, along with the deaths of other unidentified people.Jan. 18, 2018 — McArthur is arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Esen and Kinsman. Police say McArthur is believed to be responsible for other deaths.Jan. 19, 2018 — McArthur has his first court appearance.Jan. 29, 2018 — McArthur is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Mahmudi, Kayhan and Lisowick. Police call McArthur an alleged serial killer and say more victims may be identified.Feb. 8, 2018 — Police say they’ve recovered the remains of six people from planters at a house where McArthur worked as a landscaper, and say they expect to lay more charges.Feb. 13, 2018 — Police say excavation at the home’s backyard turned up no human remains, but suggest they may “revisit the scene” when the weather warms up.Feb. 23, 2018 — Police lay a sixth charge of first-degree murder against McArthur, identify Navaratnam as one of the alleged victims whose remains were found in the planters.March 5, 2018 — Police say they’ve recovered the remains of a seventh person linked to McArthur. They also release the photograph of a dead man believed to be a victim of McArthur in the hopes the public will help identify him.April 11, 2018 — Police lay a seventh murder charge against McArthur in Faizi’s death.last_img read more

Local author hosting launch of new book in Fort St John

first_imgBook signing flyer. Photo by Jenna Morland. “This is where I live, this is where my husband works and it just seems right I guess you could say,” said Morland. “This community, when it comes to supporting the arts, has always been good at that kind of thing. There is a lot of talented people in this town.”Local Author Jenna Morland with her book Empress Unveiled. Photo by Jenna Morland.Morland added that her book was published after she entered a Twitter pitch party. A pitch party is when authors pitch their book to publishers in 150 characters or less, if the publishers like the book, they will pick it up.“The publisher I have now liked the tweet, I sent them all the stuff and then three months later there was an offer for a publishing deal.”The book launch will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on September 8th, all residents are welcome to come. Eric Clark will be a special guest performing live music while Morland will be on hand to do a reading. Residents who buy books or t-shirts will be entered into a prize draw for a 30-minute, four-person Highland Helicopters ride.Residents who would like to learn more about “Empress Unveiled” can do so by visiting Morland’s Instagram, Twitter and website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John author Jenna Morland is set to launch her new book next weekend at Brown’s Socialhouse.The book is titled “Empress Unveiled” and is a young adult fantasy. The story is a fantasy romance that follows an ill teenager, her very human best friend and a fae sentenced to death. The main character must battle love, broken hearts, death and the crown.  Morland explained that launching her book in Fort St. John just felt right.last_img read more

Dubai set to welcome 2014 with record fireworks show

first_imgDubai is set to dazzle the world on New Year’s Eve with what it pledged to be a record-breaking fireworks show, featuring the explosion of more than 400,000 fireworks, considered to be the largest in the world.The UAE city is challenging Sydney’s claim to the best fireworks show on earth.Tonight, Dubai hopes to break the Guinness World Record for the largest firework display which will spread over the Gulf emirate’s man-made islands and the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Neighboring Kuwait currently holds the mark, set in 2011 with an epic hour-long show of 77,282 fireworks.Dubai’s fireworks are designed by U.S.-based Fireworks by Grucci, the same firm which designed the fireworks that celebrated Dubai winning the right to host Expo 2020 on Nov. 27.Multiple celebrationsThousands began arriving on Tuesday to several locations around the city to watch the fireworks.At Dubai’s The World islands, the show will begin with the “Flying Falcon,” which includes an image of the UAE flag adorning Dubai’s sky.The UAE flag will span 29, 250 square meters, in what will also be considered the largest pyrotechnic flag ever displayed.An additional firework display for 15 minutes will cover the city’s Jumeirah beach, with the Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel as the backdrop.Fireworks and a synchronized light and water show are also taking place at Dubai Festival City.The spectacle is largely seen as a compliment to Dubai’s recent World Expo 2020 win and another opportunity to showcase the young and growing city on the international stage as an attractive place to live and visit.“The celebrations will mark the end of a momentous year for Dubai — a year which we will reflect on with pride and has laid the groundwork for a prosperous future,” said Helal Saeed Al Merri, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, told Emirates 24/7.Source: Al Arabiyalast_img read more

TNA wants displaced Muslims resettled in the North

He said that Tamils and Tamil speaking people want the Muslims displaced from the North to be resettled on the land they own in the North. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today called on the Government to resettle displaced Muslims in the North.TNA and opposition leader R. Sampanthan told Parliament that there is a feeling among Muslims that Tamils do not want Muslims in the North. Sampanthan also said that the TNA is prepared to work with the Government to address the issues faced by the Tamils and Tamil speaking people. “We hope this country will have a new Constitution which has been a dire need,” he said.He said the new Constitution must be acceptable to all people and ensure a solution within a united Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

IUSF convener Lahiru Weerasekara arrested over protest

Weerasekara was arrested over a protest staged by the IUSF in Colombo on Wednesday during which Health Ministry property had been damaged.Lahiru Weerasekara was produced before a Magistrate and remanded till July 5. (Colombo Gazette) Convener of the Inter-University Student’s Federation (IUSF), Lahiru Weerasekara was arrested by the Police today.He was arrested after coming out from a press conference hosted by the IUSF in Colombo.

Goodman School of Business reaching grads all over the world

The Goodman School of Business held its official launch on Feb. 6 and they have been celebrating and meeting grads and new students all over the world ever since.On Feb. 28, over 130 graduates attended the RBC Main Lounge in Toronto to hear Dean Don Cyr talk about the exciting times ahead for the Goodman School of Business.In March, 2013, Dean Cyr travelled to Beijing and Shanghai where he and members of the Goodman School met with grads in both cities and celebrated the naming of the Goodman School of Business.The  photo to the left was taken with graduates in Shanghai in March, 2013.Members of the Goodman School of Business will continue traveling and promoting their acclaimed faculty in  Edmonton and Calgary in mid-May to host celebration events in those cities. Watch your inbox for more information on dates and times. Put a ring on it! Brock students worked with Jostens to create Goodman School of Business rings. These fine rings are available to alumni by contacting Wally Barrow from Jostens 905-262-0569, 1-800-539-9778 or wallybarrow@jostens.com. read more

Ohio State mens hockey falls twice to topranked Minnesota

Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig (4) attempts to regain his balance during a game against Michigan State Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternRegardless of venue, the outcome was the same for the Ohio State men’s hockey team against top-ranked Minnesota: cold.The Buckeyes (11-8-1, 1-4-1-0) dropped back-to-back contests against the Golden Gophers (17-2-3, 7-0-1-0) over the weekend in Minneapolis.Saturday evening’s game began with a two-goal Buckeye advantage. Junior forward Nick Oddo scored his sixth goal of the season 10:35 into the first period before freshman defenseman Drew Brevig doubled his team’s lead less than four minutes later.Minnesota’s junior forward Sam Warning answered just 24 seconds after Brevig’s tally to cut OSU’s lead to one. Warning then scored two more times in the second period to complete his hat trick and the turnaround for the Gophers. The hosts added another goal in the final period to complete a 4-2 victory.Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said he thought his team “played a pretty good hockey game” but ultimately “came up a little short,” according to a press release.Buckeye freshman goalie Christian Frey – making his third career start – stopped 28 shots in his first-ever defeat.On Friday night the two teams met in the 2014 Hockey City Classic. The game was played outside at Minnesota’s football venue, TCF Bank Stadium, and the difficult conditions slowed down two of the nations top three offenses, producing a 1-0 win for the Gophers.“The little things you can do on the normal ice were harder for me so I just tried to keep it simple,” senior defenseman Curtis Gedig said in a press release. “I think the 1-0 score reflected how tough it was.”First period shots were 8-7 in favor of the Gophers, though the Buckeyes had the clearest opportunity through a Ryan Dzingel breakaway that was saved by Adam Wilcox in the Minnesota net.“I tried to go upstairs with it and just didn’t get a hold of it as much as I would like,” Dzingel said in a press release. “He obviously made a great save.”The visitors regretted that miss 4:20 into the second when a Taylor Cammarata shot squeezed through the body of OSU freshman goalie Matt Tomkins to give Minnesota the lead.After that goal the Buckeyes did all they could to draw level in the remaining period and a half but the couldn’t beat the impressive Wilcox, who became the first net minder to hold OSU scoreless all season.The Buckeyes are back on the road this upcoming weekend with two games against the Wisconsin Badgers. Friday’s game is set to begin at 9 p.m. and Saturday’s is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

An NFL Team Will Probably Win 14 Games We Just Dont Know

As my colleague Neil Paine explained earlier this week, the Cincinnati Bengals now project to finish with the best record in the NFL — at least according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings. The Bengals probably are not the best team in the league; Seattle ranks ahead of them in the Elo ratings, as do Denver and New England. But Cincinnati is 3-0 so far, and those other teams are 2-1. That extra win coupled with a relatively favorable schedule puts the Bengals slightly ahead of the others in projected wins.And yet, the Elo simulations have the Bengals finishing with an average record of 11-5 (11.2 wins and 4.8 losses if you want more precision). Doesn’t the best team in the NFL usually do better than that?It usually does — in fact, it always does. The NFL has completed 34 16-game seasons since it expanded its schedule in 1978 (excluding the 1982 and 1987 seasons, which were shortened by labor disputes). All of those seasons featured at least one team that won at least 12 games. And about 60 percent had at least one team that won 14 or more games.But here’s the thing: the Elo simulations do expect there to be at least one 14-2 team this year. We’re just not sure which team.The chart below depicts the distribution of possible win totals, after thousands of simulations, for the Bengals along with the five other teams with the highest projected win totals. (Those are the Seahawks, Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos). As the chart should make clear, the Bengals’ 11.2-win projection is just an average outcome. Usually, they came pretty close to that average; they won between nine and 13 games in about 70 percent of simulations. But they also won 14 or more games 16 percent of the time. In about 6 percent of simulations, meanwhile, the Bengals wound up with a losing record.And the Bengals are not alone in having a chance to win 14 games. The Seahawks have a 10 percent chance. The Patriots have an 8 percent chance. The Cardinals, Chargers and Broncos are somewhere in the same ballpark, as are other teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers.Overall, at least one team won 14 or more games in 62 percent of our simulations, which is right in line with the historical average.Is this just a matter of one team getting hot? That’s a big part of it — it’s not so hard for a team to get lucky over a 16-game schedule. But it’s not the whole story. It’s early in the season, and it could also be that we’re underestimating how strong some of the teams are. Our simulations account for this possibility.Take the Detroit Lions, for example. They’re certainly not among the more likely teams to win 14 games; they rate as almost exactly league average, according to Elo, and already have one loss. They’d need to win at least 12 of their remaining 13 games.If you assume the Lions have a 50 percent chance of winning each remaining game, they’d need to do the equivalent of coming up with heads 12 or 13 times in 13 coin tosses. The probability of that is only 0.17 percent, or about one chance in 600, according to a binomial distribution.But that isn’t the right assumption. It assumes that our projection of how the Lions will perform in one game should be independent from how they perform in the next. But this isn’t the case. Let’s put it this way: If the Lions are 7-1 by the time they reach their bye week in Week 9, would you still give them just a 50 percent chance of winning their remaining games? You wouldn’t — and neither does our Elo simulator.Instead, the simulations are dynamic. We play out the rest of the season one week at a time, and a team’s Elo rating is affected by how it did in the previous week. If the Lions happen to win their game Sunday against the New York Jets in one simulation, for example, it will boost their Elo rating when the simulation gets to Week 5, making them more likely to win that game as well. And if they win that game too, they’ll be still more likely to win their Week 6 game.This might seem like a trivial detail, but it isn’t. It reflects the fact that there’s considerable uncertainty about how strong each team is. And it has a meaningful effect on the odds. Because they’re dynamic, our simulations give the Lions about 1-in-75 chance of winning at least 14 games. Those are still very long odds, but you’d make a huge amount of money over the long run if you got paid out 600 times your wager on bets that actually had a 1-in-75 chance of coming through.Accounting for this properly helps our simulations closely match the historical distribution of NFL win totals. In the chart below, I’ve compared how many teams won a given number of games in an average Elo simulation against the historical figures for 16-game NFL seasons. (The historical average in the chart is adjusted for the fact that there were formerly fewer than 32 NFL teams.) For instance, an average of 1.3 teams per season finished with 13 wins in our simulations, which almost perfectly matches the historical figure.If we didn’t account for this properly, there would be too many teams bunched in the middle with records like 10-6 and 7-9 and too few with records like 14-2 and 1-15. That still doesn’t mean you should bet on any particular team to go 14-2. But the odds are that at least one of them will get there. read more

Womens EHF CL Gyori the first favorite for trophy

Handball-Planet.com visitors opinion is that Hungarian Gyori has the biggest chances to win the Women’s EHF Champions League this season. Over 69% percent of handball fans think that “dream team” from the Western Hungary has the best squad for most important part of the season. Their rival at semi-final, Romanian Oltchim is the second favorite to write a history with 16% of all votes.It seems that second semi-final clash between Larvik HK and Krim Mercator will be the “match of final loser”. Less than 10% of all voters think that Norwegian top team is capable to win the EHF CL, while Krim Mercator is some kind of outsider with 6%…Who will win the Women’s EHF CL 2012/2013 Gyori (69%, 185 Votes)Oltchim (16%, 42 Votes)Larvik HK (9%, 25 Votes)Krim Mercator (6%, 17 Votes)Total Voters: 269WOMEN’S EHF CL SEMI-FINAL:LARVIK HK – KRIM MERCATOR 15.15OLTCHIM R. VALCEA – GYORI 18.30 GyorihandballKrim MercatorLarvik HKOltchim Valceawomen’s EHF CL ← Previous Story EHF Euro 2016 quals: Ireland and Great Britain soundly defeated Next Story → Women’s EHF CL: Krim and Gyori close to the FINAL – “22:24 Saturday”! read more

Apple to launch nocontract iPhone 3GS iPhone 4S iPhone 5 at end

first_imgIf you felt like your weekend was missing a little iPhone rumor action, we’re here on this Monday to fill that void.  Apparently Apple’s line of phones could expand to the to the low-, mid-, and high-end price ranges. Yes, there may be three differently priced iPhones available by the end of the summer.BGR’s “incredibly solid source” said that Apple will be launching a prepaid, lower-cost iPhone this year. We’ve heard various rumors of a low-cost iPhone before–reports of an iPhone 4S being launched at a lower price than the iPhone 5 have been floating around for a while now. The iPhone 5 is rumored to sell for $599 whereas the iPhone 4S at $349.We’ve also heard that Apple will offer the remaining stocks of the 3GS for free to carriers. However, neither seem to be the case as the latest word is that the $349 low-cost iPhone will indeed not be the iPhone 4S but the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS will be available with an unsubsidized price of $350 and will be free on contract.The next iPhone has been rumored to have a drastically different design. However, playing devil’s advocate, we could ask why we haven’t seen any third-party case leaks showing the new, revolutionary design–these seem to happen prior to every launch. This gives us cause to believe that the new iPhone being launched will in fact not be the iPhone 5 with a new chassis, but instead, the iPhone 4S, which will have the same body as the iPhone 4, but with some upgrades.So if the rumors are legit, Apple will, for the first time, feature a prepaid, no-contract iPhone (3GS), a mid-range iPhone (4), and a high-end iPhone (4S) all at the same time. This is said to be announced by the end of summer, or late August. We can then expect to see an iPhone 5 sometime in mid-2012.Still, these are all rumors, so we’ll have to wait and see how things pan out.via BGRlast_img read more

Huge weekend of Greek events in Sydney

first_imgWith spring in full swing in the harbour city, a number of major Greek styled events cashed in on the good weather. After starting his Australian Tour in Adelaide on Friday, Konstantinos Koufos moved on to Sydney and Melbourne, playing all his recent hits including Η Πιο Ωραία Στην Ελλάδα which has been viewed on YouTube almost 40 million times – a record for a current Greece-based artist. The concert, featuring Konstantinos Miliotakis, was hosted by DJ Krazy Kon who is on the verge of releasing his next instalment in the acclaimed Greece music series.Konstantinos Koufos performing for his fans in Sydney.On the other side of Sydney in the Macarthur region, the local Greek community came together to promote all that is Greek. The Gala Dinner event held at Camden Town Hall commenced with photo exhibition ‘Life on Lemnos 1915’ and the photo display of the Battle of Crete 1941. Later dancers from the Hellenic Institute of Dance, Greek Folk Dancers of NSW, Pontoxeniteas and Sydney Sizmos took to the stage in traditional costumes to perform for guests. Added to the mix was an audio visual journey to Greece, cultural exhibitions and of course food, with the packed auditorium transformed into a little Greece. The event was the biggest yet to be organised by the Association. President John Tsekas told Neos Kosmos, “This is not your stock standard big Greek event. This is where the Macarthur comes alive to the sounds and sights of Greek dance and music, great food, an awesome visual journey into Greece and more.”The Life on Lemnos 1915 exhibition.Taking us back to the Greek heartland of Sydney on Sunday at Belmore Sports Ground, Sydney Olympic defeated the NSL All Stars in front of 3,500 fans with a score of 6 – 4. Some of the big names to dust off their boots included Marshall Soper, Mark Kousas, Peter Katholos, Danny Moulis, Jim Ziras, Terry Patalis, Abbas Saad, Robert Hooker, David Barett, Ztlako Nastevski, Jim Patikas, Pablo Cardozo, Scott Baillie, Angelo Petratos, Steve Chilas, Vince Savoca, Peter Tsekenis and Eric Hristodolou.Over in nearby Canterbury, the Mytilenian Brotherhood of NSW hosted its annual Sardelles Festival. For those unfamiliar with the island, this is their most important produce after ouzo and olive oil. With the drop in tourism to the island this year due to false and misleading news stories about migrant presence, the Brotherhood was determined to showcase how exactly the island can survive economically. Everything from sardines to ouzo were imported from Lesvos specifically for the festival. “Yet again, a wonderful sold out event which featured music, ouzo and of course the best sardines in the world!” said president John Spanellis, who also revealed that the sardelles are found in the Gulf of Kalloni, which is said to produce the best tasting sardines in the world. If every weekend were like this in Sydney, Greek travel agents would likely go out of business with locals able to enjoy their own little Greek haven right at home.* Billy Cotsis is the director of ‘Lesvos: Fall in Love’ which is playing at the Greek Film Festival. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

USAID Donates to NEMA

first_imgPress Release: BISPhoto Caption:  Hurricane Irma Relief Supplies arrived at Jet Aviation in Nassau, September 14, 2017 from the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA).  Pictured watching the supplies being offloaded are Deputy Permanent Secretary of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Chrystal Glinton (left) and US Embassy Charge d’Affaires, Lisa Johnson (right).(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 15, 2017 – Nassau – The United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) made a donation to NEMA today, September 14, 2017, of $166,000 in Hurricane Irma Relief Supplies that included 300 plastic sheeting rolls, 1,000 hygiene kits, 2,400 water containers, 1,020 kitchen sets and 1,500 blankets.Representatives of USAID/OFDA along with the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were at Jet Aviation in New Providence for the presentation around mid-day.Chrystal Glinton & Lisa JohnsonUS Embassy Charge d’Affaires, Lisa Johnson stated that a Boeing 767 full of supplies would arrive into New Providence from the Miami warehouse with provisions that would be sent to the Northern and Southern Bahamas.NEMA’s Deputy Permanent Secretary, Chrystal Glinton accepted the donation on behalf of NEMA and highlighted that the US Government has not only assisted after hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew and Irma, but also assists with ongoing local training programs to better prepare for disasters.last_img read more