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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm 7 Things All Video Professionals Should Share with Clients

first_img3. Consolidate RevisionsImage via debasige.However, reviewing in real time doesn’t completely streamlines the process. Unless your videographer or editor is on a retainer, running with revision requests off the top of your head can really hold up a project. Instead, many video professionals will push for a consolidated list of revisions to knock out in one batch edit. This is especially true when working with a middle man or agency. To save the most time (and the most unnecessary rendering time), the onus falls to the client to make sure all stakeholders have had a chance to view a draft before sending over consolidated revisions.4. Download Final Videos (and Assets)Image via GaudiLab.Another concern that may seem obvious to video professionals is transferring videos and assets. While working with cloud services and video-hosting platforms may seem simple on the upload, for those unfamiliar with these services, knowing to download all the assets, view them properly, and then store them isn’t a given. For many in the profession, sites like Vimeo are standard for sharing videos (clients can download directly from the site), while sites like DropBox make sharing project folders with RAW files and assets easier (read about it here). It’s also worth noting that professional services like these are often monthly or annual expenses that video professionals have to cover just to ensure they can work with clients when projects arise.5. Upload to Their SitesImage via Leif Eliasson.Similarly, when clients do successfully download their final video, it’s not always immediately clear what they should do with it. Ideally, the video’s purpose and distribution is something videographers and clients will discuss early on, so the crew can keep these things in mind during production. A video for a television broadcast requires a much different shoot than one intended for Facebook and Twitter. When a project is complete and delivered, the client might still need some hand-holding during the uploads to platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram.Here are some resources for uploading best practices.Everything You Need to Know About Putting Your Videos OnlineHow to Properly Export Video for VimeoEverything You Need to Know Before Posting Your Videos on Reddit 6. The Cost of ArchivingImage via AH Images.Once final videos are delivered, many clients assume that the videographer saves all RAW video files and assets forever. It’s not uncommon to get an email a year later from a client asking for the files for some other video project — or for an updated version. However, archiving footage and assets is no small task. When done correctly, archiving is an involved process that takes up both time and hard drive (or cloud) space. Discuss archiving with the client during the initial conversation about the scope of work, and then account for a few hours (or even a few days) to archive, back up, and store the project properly.Here are some tips and tricks to refine the archiving process.Archive Your Project With the Premiere Pro Project ManagerThe Best External Hard Drives for Video EditorsPremiumBeat Backup Archives Before you start your next corporate or commercial project, share these points (or this article) with your favorite clients.Cover image via Monkey Business Images.There are many things you might take for granted in the film and video industry. This might include things like filmmaking terms and lingo, intrinsic costs and values — even just a basic understanding of how long it takes to plan, shoot, and edit a video from start to finish.However, for those outside the field (i.e. your video production clients), all the aspects and moving parts of video production can be confusing.To streamline the relationships and expectations between both parties, here are seven helpful things video professionals can share with their favorite clients before jumping into a project.1. The Importance of ContractsImage via Gajus.For clients unaccustomed to working with video professionals (or any creative services, really), the importance of contracts or “statements of work” can seem a little unnecessary. I mean, if you agree to a project, shouldn’t it be easy to see it through then simply invoice for it later?Well, for film and video folks, it’s really not that simple. Often, there are expenses we have to pay upfront to even get started on a project. Whether that’s renting cameras or gear, modifying or performing upkeep to existing gear, hiring other shooters or crew members — it can add up quickly.Film and video projects can also often be difficult to define in terms of scope of work. If your upfront agreement doesn’t take changes, delays, or setbacks into account, then you can end up with disparities between an agreed-upon price and the final amount of work.Sitting down together and building out a solid contract for a project, which defines everything start to finish, benefits both parties. It eliminates unnecessary back-and-forth on revisions, and it provides stability for video professionals so they can make the necessary arrangements to dive right into the work.2. Access to Drafts and Review ProcessImage via GaudiLab.Technology has truly revolutionized what used to be perhaps the most arduous part of any film or video project. Sharing drafts and revisions between clients and video professionals has never been easier — and it’s still just as important as ever.Some clients like to keep tabs on projects throughout the entire process. This gets tricky, especially during editing. But if you use one of the collaborative sharing services below, clients can review drafts in real time.Screenlight.tvWipsterFrame.ioVimeo Reviewcenter_img 7. Maximizing Their InvestmentImage via DisobeyArt.Finally, once everything is said and done, clients need to feel confident that they’re doing everything they can to maximize their investment. It’s just as frustrating for video professionals to send something off and see it misused or underutilized as it is for clients to fail to see the return on the investment they’d hoped for. Social videos, for example, need optimization for the best return. If you discuss the nature of the project early (one-off or campaign?), you can deliver evergreen content rather than something that will really only perform well once. There’s a lot to read up on, but here are some good resources to keep in mind.Facebook Hack: How to Optimize Your Video PostsGetting Flagged on YouTube or Vimeo? Here’s Why5 Quick Tips to Boost Your Video’s YouTube Rank3 Things You can Learn about Video Marketing from Wipster’s CEOMust-Know Filmmaking and Music Trends for 2018last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm From Gujarat, a voice for Rajasthan’s tribal population

first_imgThe tribal population in southern Rajasthan has found its voice reflected in Gujarat-based Bharatiya Tribal Party, which has made an impressive entry into the State’s politics by winning two seats in the 2018 Assembly election. After the attempts to forge an alliance with the Congress failed, the BTP has announced its candidates from Banswara and Jodhpur Lok Sabha seats.Tribal resentmentThe tribal-dominated Udaipur, Banswara and Dungarpur districts — bordering Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh — have witnessed resentment against both the Congress and the BJP during the last few years. The tribal population has felt that the major political parties have not taken adequate measures for administration and control of Scheduled Areas, as mandated by the Constitution.The BTP was established in 2017 ahead of the Gujarat Assembly election by former Janata Dal (United) MLA Chhotubhai Vasava. After winning two seats in an alliance with Congress in Gujarat, the party fought the Rajasthan Assembly polls and won Dungarpur district’s Chorasi and Sagwara seats. Tribal students’ groups, such as Bhil Vidhyarthi Morcha, have also extended support to the BTP.The party, which earlier explored the scope for an alliance with Congress, intends to contest from five Lok Sabha seats in the State and has fielded Kantilal Rot from Banswara and Amar Singh Kalunda from Jodhpur. BTP State president Velaram Ghogra said earlier this week that the candidates for Udaipur, Rajsamand and Jalore seats would be announced shortly.Separate State demandThe BTP has rapidly made inroads into the State’s tribal belt, where the Congress and BJP took a long time to establish themselves, riding mainly on the planks of land and forest rights, local resources and livelihood for the tribal population. It has accused both the major parties of suppressing the tribals and taking their land by force.“No party is interested in an honest implementation of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution to protect Scheduled Areas and Scheduled Tribes. From the status of being the custodians of the land, the tribals have been reduced to penury and forced to seek livelihood [for themselves],” Mr. Ghogra said. The people of the region were forced to migrate to other States because the local resources were being destroyed, he added.The BTP, which made a mark for itself by defeating BJP’s Sushil Katara who was a Minister in the previous Vasundhara Raje government, in the Chorasi Assembly constituency, secured 0.7% votes in the tribal region and cut into the vote share of both the Congress and the BJP.Ahead of the Lok Sabha election, the party has raised the demand for statehood for the tribal population with the formation of “Bhil Pradesh” by carving out tribal-dominated areas of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. A conclave held on the issue in Banswara recently saw the presence of over 5,000 tribals who took a pledge to support the demand.last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm This Indian man broke the world record for the longest wheelie stunt on an auto rickshaw

first_imgBy day Jagathish Mani might seem like a regular auto rickshaw wallah who safely gets people to their destinations on time, but what sets him apart is his unique side-wheel driving on his rickety auto rickshaw. In fact, this amazing skill fetched him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The 31-year-old from Chennai stuns onlookers with his jaw-dropping tricks including side wheelies which is performed on just two-wheels. His father taught him to drive the three-wheeler at a ripe age of 13 and he has been performing extreme stunts for over a decade now. Jagathish was forced to drop out of middle school after his father fell ill and take up driving the auto rickshaw as a full time profession to support his family. But he still kept his passion for stunt driving alive.He says, “I love the thrill when I race the auto on two-wheels. I enjoy doing that, nothing else excites me more than the stunts I do with my auto. It startles everyone. Onlookers stop and see me in awe as I drive the auto on two wheels. I have not learned the tricks from anyone. It if the result of my efforts and passion. I always loved driving at very high speed. I would dream of performing the stunts on bikes but since it was out of my reach, I thought to why not try stunts with the rickshaw.”Jagathis admits that it took a lot of practice and hard work to get where he is, “I knew the risk involved in the stunts and how perilous it could have been if gone wrong. But I was determined to excel in it. And despite sustaining minor injuries and even a broken arm after the auto toppled, I did not lose hope and continued practising.”advertisementHis skill has brought him accolades and he also performed for local TV shows which helped him earn some extra bucks by the side. His popularity drew attention of Guinness World Record officials after which he was called for the show “Guinness World Records – Ab India Todega” in Mumbai during which he set the record for the Furthest distance side-wheel driving on a motor tricycle at the Juhu Aerodrome.To achieve this daring feat, Jagathish had to remain on just two wheels for the entire attempt and travel a minimum of 1 km, but he doubled the requirement by driving a remarkable 2.2 km.Elated with his achievement Jagathis says, “It was one of the happiest days of my life. I got the chance to show the world what an auto-driver can do. I wanted to show everyone that wheelie even though dangerous is not deadly and should be looked as a sport. I am glad my talent has been recognised,”The talented side-wheel auto rickshaw stunt man is fully aware that he might not have sponsors but is positive that one day he will perform on international competitions and shows.last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm ‘Brave’ Moyes can be a great manager for West Ham

first_imgWest Ham United ‘Brave’ Moyes can be a great manager for West Ham – Lomas Goal Last updated 2 years ago 06:32 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Moyes Sunderland Premier League Richard Heathcote West Ham United Premier League The former Everton boss has been backed to return to his managerial best after a run of underwhelming performances Former West Ham midfielder Steve Lomas has tipped David Moyes for a successful spell as Hammers boss. Moyes was named Slaven Bilic’s successor on Tuesday, after the Croatian was let go with West Ham sitting 18th in the Premier League tableIrons 12/5 to draw with Watford Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lomas, who played for West Ham between 1997 and 2005, thinks the Scot is well positioned to succeed with the club. “David is a vastly experienced manager,” Lomas told Sky Sports. “He’s a brave manager, he took the hardest job in football in following Sir Alex Ferguson [at Manchester United].”He knows the league and if he can doing close to the job he did at Everton, it’ll be a great signing.”There is a better squad to work with [compared to Sunderland]. Ultimately it’s about getting those players gelled, motivated.Moyes had big success at Everton before struggling at his subsequent jobs with Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland, who he left at the end of last season following the club’s relegation from the Premier League. David Moyes West HamTo replicate his Everton success in London, former Southampton striker Matt Le Tissier thinks there is one player in particular Moyes must get back to his best“I think for me the main problem at the moment at West Ham is they spent a lot of money for a marquee signing in the summer, in Marko Arnautovic. He’s not turned up,” Le Tissier said on Sky Sports.Arnautovic was signed in the off-season for a club-record £20 million fee, but has yet to open his West Ham account.“If you get Marko Arnautovic’s head right and get him playing consistently, he can be a big difference in that football team to the amount of points West Ham can accumulate this season,” Le Tissier said.  Moyes will make his debut with the Hammers against Watford on November 19. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm 10 months agoBrighton defender Dunk: Hughton up with the best

first_imgBrighton defender Dunk: Hughton up with the bestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton defender Lewis Dunk says manager Chris Hughton is among the best in the country.Dunk praised Hughton’s management style and explained the ways in which he has helped him to improve since arriving on the south coast in 2014.He said, “I’ve had a few managers at this club, and he’s definitely up there with the best I’ve had in my career.“It’s massive to have him at the club. He’s been massive for my development, I think I’ve come on leaps and bounds since he’s been in charge. I’ve become more and more consistent and he’s calmed me down as a player.“A few years ago I was getting a lot of bookings and I’ve calmed down recently. That’s probably down to talking to and learning off him, because he was a defender too.“He’s taken this club to the next level after it had had been trying to reach the Premier League for a long time. For him to actually do it is a great achievement for the club and the whole city. It’s a massive credit to him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm PM Says Country Well Positioned to Capitalise on Health and Wellness Tourism

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says health and wellness tourism is a growing market on which Jamaica is uniquely poised to capitalise. The Prime Minister said the UNWTO conference will offer the forum where Jamaica will be able to highlight how far it has come in the area of health and wellness and its ability to now use it as a strategic marketing tool. The Prime Minister also noted that Jamaica has a competitive edge as it relates to medical tourism, pointing to “the availability of quality professionals, the island’s strategic location, increasing diagnostic facilities, and, importantly, Government’s support to facilitate growth in this market”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says health and wellness tourism is a growing market on which Jamaica is uniquely poised to capitalise.Addressing the official opening of the GWest Medical Centre in Fairview, Montego Bay, on November 2, Mr. Holness said the upcoming United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference in Montego Bay from November 27 to 29 offers the perfect opportunity for the country to showcase the world-class medical facilities and services it now has at its disposal.“The global growth in the flow of patients, health professionals and medical technology across national borders has made medical tourism a thriving sector,” Mr. Holness pointed out.“Jamaica is ideally poised for this growing market, which was valued at approximately US$20 billion in 2016. It is now estimated that it will reach approximately US$47 billion by 2021,” he added.The Prime Minister said the UNWTO conference will offer the forum where Jamaica will be able to highlight how far it has come in the area of health and wellness and its ability to now use it as a strategic marketing tool.“The conference will focus on a larger scale what GWest is in fact showcasing. It will be bringing ideas and capital together to create a valuable offering which will stimulate economic growth, job creation and profitability,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister also noted that Jamaica has a competitive edge as it relates to medical tourism, pointing to “the availability of quality professionals, the island’s strategic location, increasing diagnostic facilities, and, importantly, Government’s support to facilitate growth in this market”.“Jamaica must continue to diversify and expand our tourism product in order to meet emerging market demands. Travellers today are more discerning. In some cases, due to ageing and complex health conditions, the availability of world-class health facilities is considered when making decisions to travel for vacation, business or to return home,” he pointed out.The Prime Minister, however, said that even with the best of intentions and all the best-laid plans in the world, unless the crime situation is brought under control, everything, going forward, will continue to be a challenge.“The business community here in Montego Bay is especially sensitive to this reality. I want to say to the business people that we hear your concerns, and we are doing all that we can and more to ensure that we bring the situation under control very quickly,” he added.The Prime Minister noted that with the help of the business community and other stakeholders in Montego Bay, “we are serious about effecting sustainable, positive transformation”.“Earlier this week, with unwavering support in Parliament, we were able to secure the extension of the Mount Salem Zone of Special Operations for a further 60 days,” Mr. Holness said.“This will give more space to our law-enforcement teams to continue their security work and for the Social Intervention Committee to actually start the social-intervention projects that will see to a long-lasting sustained peace in those areas where the zones are implemented,” he added.The GWest Centre was established by a group of Jamaican medical and business professionals. It is housed in a modern multipurpose commercial complex and provides a wide range of high-quality medical services in the same location.last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm Jurong Port, Oiltanking Team Up on New Liquid Bulk Terminal

first_imgzoom Singapore’s Jurong Port Pte Ltd and liquid bulk handling and storage specialist Oiltanking Singapore Limited have signed a joint venture agreement to develop, own and operate a new liquid bulk terminal that will be located on 16 hectares of existing land in Jurong Port, opposite Jurong Island, Singapore.Under the deal, Jurong Port will hold 60 percent of the shares in the joint venture and Oiltanking Singapore 40 percent.Designed to store and handle both clean petroleum products and chemicals, the new liquid bulk terminal will have an initial capacity of 200,000 cbm, with the potential to add another 230,000 cbm, for a total capacity of 430,000 cbm. It will be supported by jetties with a draft of 16 meters, capable of berthing vessels up to 120,000 DWT.The new liquid bulk terminal will support the increasing demand of storage needs in Singapore with its integration to Jurong Island, Asia’s petrochemical industry hub. This facility will allow also for the establishment of physical connectivity via pipelines.Jurong Port said that it views the partnership with Oiltanking as “an opportunity to enable greater development of its multi-purpose port operating expertise and optimization of its asset utilization while simultaneously ensuring enhanced productivity and capacity in the handling of its other dry bulk and break-bulk cargo.”In 2014, Jurong Port handled close to 32 million tons of general and bulk cargo, and 600,000 TEUs of container cargo at its local and overseas facilities.last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm DNV GL, Tsakos Join Forces on Cybersecurity Management System

first_imgzoom Classification society DNV GL is to assist in preparing a cybersecurity management system for Tsakos Group of Companies’ fleet and onshore facilities by implementing a system of safeguards and procedures to protect Tsakos’ assets from cyber risks.“Managing risks related to cyber safety and security requires a systemic integrated approach that understands and covers all layers of asset management and their interconnections, from infrastructure technology and software, to human-system interaction, data management and company-wise policy and preparedness,” Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime explained.Recently published guidelines on marine cybersecurity by the Round Table of international shipping associations had called upon shipping companies to further enhance the security of their IT systems. One of their key recommendations was for shipping companies to develop a cybersecurity management system to ensure that they not only have a broad overview of the cyber and information security risks which may occur during their assets’ lifecycles but also maintain sustainable and resilient procedures to protect vessels and their systems against cyber threats.The duo has been working together to create an information security management system that would provide a framework for assessing cyber vulnerabilities and implementing the necessary measures for mitigating risks and responding to potential system breaches.Moreover, Nikolaos Kakalis, Manager of DNV GL Maritime R&D and Advisory in Greece said that the DNV GL Group company Marine Cybernetics is to test the resilience of the resulting procedures and management system.On board vessels, the navigational equipment and systems like the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), control and automation systems, as well as communication networks are considered of high vulnerability to potential cyber threats, making them, along with the user awareness, key focus areas in the development of cybersecurity management systems, according to DNV GL.Separately, DNV GL announced today at the Posidonia trade fair being held in Athens, Greece from June 6 to 10, that it had recently completed the first production surveys using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone.The survey took place on the MV Apollo, a chemical tanker owned by Carl Büttner Shipmanagement in Bremenhaven, Germany.Two DNV GL surveyors used the drone to inspect 14 tanks over a period of two and a half days.In addition, the classification society said it has now carried out several tests using drones for the inspection of cargo tanks or holds in a large oil tanker, a chemical tanker and a bulk carrier, both in Europe and in China.Image Courtesy: DNV GLlast_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm Update: No Pollution Detected Near Grounded Rig off Scotland

first_imgzoom Following reports that the recently grounded oil rig Transocean Winner was leaking oil, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency said that there is no pollution detected in the area of the rig, adding that it continues to monitor the site.Furthermore, the agency’s counter pollution surveillance aircraft yesterday flew over the grounding site on the west side of the Isle of Lewis near Carloway and surrounding area to make careful observations for pollution around the rig and the nearby coast and sea and “no sheen or sign of pollution has been found.”Initial damage assessment inspections earlier revealed that two of the four diesel fuel tanks on the rig appear to have been breached.It is estimated that the maximum amount of diesel which could have been lost from those tanks is 53 tonnes.A damage assessment team from Smit Salvage and the owner of the rig Transocean will continue inspections on board the rig as it remains in the original position.The rig was reported to be carrying 280 metric tonnes of diesel oil on board in total, split between a number of separate tanks.Additional salvors and technical experts from Transocean and also equipment continues to arrive to the incident area to support the operation.A temporary exclusion zone of 300 metres to keep boats away remains in force, the agency added.The 1983-built Transocean Winner ran into trouble on Sunday night, which was being towed by tug Alp Forward, when it encountered severe weather west of the Isle of Lewis, Scotland.At the time of the incident there were no personnel on board the rig.last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm Measles warning issued for Vancouver music festival restaurant other locations

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver Coastal Health is warning anyone who went to the Skookum Festival, visited Noodlebox Mount Pleasant or the Outdoor Community Block Party or used public transit in Vancouver at specific times that they may have been exposed to measles.An individual who attended those locations has been confirmed to have the highly-contagious disease that is spread through the air.A list of the specific locations and times, which range between Saturday and Tuesday, is available on the health authority’s website.Anyone who attended those locations at the specified times and who has not been fully immunized with two doses of the measles vaccine, nor had the disease in the past, should see a doctor immediately.The health authority says if you think you have been exposed and are not immune to measles, you should get immunized within six days of exposure to protect yourself.Anyone who caught the disease at one of those events would begin developing symptoms between Sept. 15 and Sept. 29 and should see a doctor but phone the doctor’s office first to avoid exposing others.“The active measles virus can remain in a room or on a surface for two hours after the person has left. So if someone was on a bus, it could remain on that bus for two hours after that person left the bus,” Vancouver Coastal Health communications lead Tiffany Akins said.“That’s why it’s so important to just be vaccinated because it spreads through the air.”Most people are immune to measles because they’ve had two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella vaccines or had the illness in the past. However, the health authority is warning that individuals born between 1970 and 1994 or who grew up outside of British Columbia may have received only one dose and would require a second.Measles symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed a few days later by a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the chest.The locations and times of concern are:— Saturday, Sept. 8 – Skookum Festival, Stanley Park, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.— Saturday, Sept. 8 – Aquabus from Olympic Village to Hornby Street, approximate trip start was 3 p.m.— Saturday, Sept. 8 – Canada Line SkyTrain from Vancouver City Centre to Broadway-City Hall Station, 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.— Sunday, Sept. 9 – Outdoor Community Block Party at 1188 Quebec Street, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.— Sunday, Sept. 9 – Main Street bus from Terminal Station to Broadway, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.— Tuesday, Sept. 11 – Noodlebox Mount Pleasant (2511 Main Street) – Noon – 6 p.m.last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm Elton John To Receive Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative Leadership

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is pleased to announce that Founder Sir Elton John will receive the Harvard AIDS Initiative Leadership Award at the Foundation’s annual An Enduring Vision benefit on October 15, 2013.This award is presented to individuals who have displayed outstanding vision, leadership, and courage in the worldwide struggle against AIDS. Previous recipients have included Diana, Princess of Wales, tennis legend Arthur Ashe, AIDS activists Elizabeth Glaser, Mary Fisher, and Richard Gere, AIDS Memorial Quilt Founder Cleve Jones, philanthropists Bill Blass, Judith Peabody, Marguerite Littman, Maurice Templesman, and Deeda Blair, former United Nations Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, President Festus Mogae of Botswana, and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria.“When I think of the extraordinary people who have received this honor before me, including my dear, dear friend Princess Diana, I admit to being quite humbled at the thought of being numbered among such august company,” said Sir Elton John. “But I am also tremendously inspired by their courage, vision, generosity, dedication, and grace under fire. And I pledge to continue my work for as long as it takes to achieve an AIDS-free generation and ultimately a world without AIDS.”last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm CAE Inc reports thirdquarter profit and revenue down from year ago

Companies in this story: (TSX:CAE)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — CAE Inc. says its third-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago as revenue also edged lower.The flight simulator manufacturer and training company says it earned a profit of $77.6 million attributable to shareholders or 29 cents per share for the quarter.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 32 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The result was down from $143.8 million attributable to shareholders or 53 cents per share a year earlier when the company benefited from US tax reform and a gain on the valuation of its investment in the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence.Excluding the impact of the U.S. tax reform and the valuation gain, CAE would have earned $102.7 million or 38 cents per share a year ago.Revenue totalled $816.3 million, down from $828.2 million. read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm Something for the Sweet Tooth Moroccan Meskouta

By Layla DahamouRabat – Internationally, Moroccan cuisine is known for tagines and couscous, as well as a variety of other savory treats, however, Moroccans have a notoriously sweet tooth. To accompany our delicious, refreshing mint tea we prepare a variety of sweet snacks, including Meskouta, or yogurt cake.While we do prepare elaborate and elegant cakes and desserts for special events, Meskouta is a staple in the Moroccan home. Every family prepares it in a slightly different way – some preferring to replace the yogurt with milk or even orange juice – today, I’ll let you into my family secret.  It’s a simple recipe, and all you’ll need for measurements is a cup of yogurt. My personal favorite, this is an easy cake to make and once you know the basics you can start adding your own touches. Let’s start with the ingredients: 4 eggs.1 cup of yogurt, vanilla, or banana flavor. (110 grams).1 ½ cup of sugar1 cup of oil3 cups flour16 grams baking powder (2 packets) 8 grams vanilla sugar (1 packet) or half teaspoon vanilla extractNow you’ve got all of your ingredients ready:Preheat the oven, grease, and flour a tube pan or a round cake tin.In a large bowl beat the eggs with an electric mixer, add sugar, oil, vanilla, and yogurt and beat well until thick.Add flour and baking powder and beat with hand beater until the batter is smooth and thick. (you may add more flour).Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake the cake on very medium heat for 45 minutes or less. (don’t open the oven before half an hour).When the cake is ready, let it cool before removing it to a plate. You can put some jam on the surface of the cake and sprinkle almond flakes or, as my family does, some ground coconut as a garnish.When the cake is cool, make a pot of thirst-quenching tea, sit back, and enjoy. read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm Blue helmets should be deployed in Somalia General Assembly told

Addressing the high-level segment of the General Assembly, Ali Ahmad Jama Jengeli said the deployment of a force of UN blue helmets would also help “create a secure environment for institution-building and socio-economic development.”The UN-backed African Union Mission to Somalia, known as AMISOM, is currently trying to stabilize Somalia, which has been wracked by protracted war and humanitarian suffering since its last functioning national government was toppled in 1991.But a peace accord between the TFG and the rebel Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS), signed last month in neighbouring Djibouti, calls on the UN to replace AMISOM with its own peacekeeping force, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has begun contingency planning for such an operation.“We are now in the process of implementation [of the Djibouti Agreement] – hopefully without undue delays,” Mr. Jengeli told the Assembly. “But we are also mindful, after 18 years of conflict, that delays occur… [because] of the tactics of those who have developed vested interests in anarchy and chaos.“It is also important that the leadership, both on the Government side and on the opposition, show resolve and leadership in order for this process to succeed, and succeed it must.”He also called on the international community to take “resolute action” against piracy in the waters off Somalia, which has become a massive problem in recent years. Many ships trying to deliver humanitarian relief supplies have been hijacked or robbed before they can reach their destinations.“These criminal acts of piracy are unacceptable and should be put to an end,” he said, adding that the French Government deserves credit for its support of Somalia on this issue.Mr. Jengeli’s address to the General Debate took place amid mounting concern from UN aid agencies after at least 15,000 residents of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, fled their homes this week because of deadly fighting in the city between the rebels, Government forces and the allied Ethiopian military force. 26 September 2008Somalia urgently needs a fully-fledged United Nations peacekeeping force to restore peace and stability in the war-torn country, the Foreign Minister of its Transitional Federal Government (TFG) told the General Assembly tonight. read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm More passenger flights diverted to MRIA

More flights have been diverted to the Mattala Airport owing to adverse weather around the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).A SriLankan Airlines flight heading to the BIA from Malaysia was diverted to Mattala this evening. Earlier this week four passenger flights heading to the BIA were diverted to Mattala. (Colombo Gazette)

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm UN Population Fund helping Afghanistan design firstever national census

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is helping the Government of Afghanistan to organize the country’s first-ever national census, a UN spokesman announced today in Kabul.The effort, slated for completion by mid-2005, will require over 20,000 staff. As part of the initial phase, computer equipment has already been deployed to Afghanistan’s Central Statistic’s Office, while extensive staff training programmes have been launched in areas ranging from information technology to field cartography. Afghanistan has never had a census of its population. The last attempt to conduct one was in 1979 and had to be abandoned due to the country’s deteriorating security situation.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, today participated in a conference on conflict prevention in Sweden, where he also had meetings scheduled with the country’s Foreign Minister, Anna Lindh.Mr. Brahimi, who met on Wednesday with senior Danish Foreign Ministry officials in Copenhagen, is scheduled to travel to Norway tomorrow for high-level meetings in Oslo. read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm Former Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas looking to fulfill NBA dreams

Lantern file photoFormer Ohio State basketball player Deshaun Thomas is looking to make his NBA dreams a reality Thursday night at the 2013 NBA Draft.Thomas announced he was going to forgo his senior season on April 5 and enter the draft after helping guide OSU to an NCAA Tournament run, which ended abruptly in the Elite Eight to Wichita State on March 30 in Los Angeles.Upon declaring for the NBA Draft, Thomas was projected a late first round to early second round pick, only to see his stock fall this summer.The 6-foot-7 forward is projected by NBADraft.net to be taken by Memphis with the 41st overall pick, which would make him the 11th selection in the second round.DraftExpress.com has the Los Angeles Lakers taking Thomas with the 48th pick.Thomas, a forward from Fort Wayne, Ind., posted 773 points last season, which landed him at No. 3 on the Buckeyes all-time scoring list. He averaged a Big Ten-best of 19.8 points per game and collected 5.8 rebounds per contest.A proven scorer, the former Buckeye’s critics are skeptical after his performance at the pre-draft combine. His results were less than impressive, as he recorded the sixth-most body fat among participants at 9.1 percent as well as a 12.94 lane-agility test time that was the slowest among 51 players.Thomas hopes to be the fifth Buckeye in as many years selected in the draft, and the ninth under coach Thad Matta.The 2013 NBA Draft is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on June 27 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Cleveland Cavaliers hold the first pick in the draft after winning the lottery on May 21. read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm How Clemson And Washington Can Still Make The College Football Playoff

Each week in this space, we examine all the things a certain contending team needs to have happen in order for it to make the College Football Playoff. This week’s edition is a double feature starring the Clemson Tigers and Washington Huskies, each of which fell out of the AP Top 5 after suffering upset losses last week.Current situations: After Clemson and Washington lost to Syracuse and Arizona State, respectively, the two teams’ College Football Playoff odds were dented pretty badly. According to FiveThirtyEight’s prediction model, the Tigers now have just a 29 percent chance of making the playoff (down from 55 percent going into the weekend), and the Huskies are at 24 percent (down from 43 percent). Six teams are currently ahead of the Tigers and Huskies in our CFP probabilities, and Clemson isn’t even the favorite to win its conference anymore. (Miami has slightly higher odds of winning the ACC.) The relatively straightforward paths for both teams to return to the CFP have now run into major complications.What the Tigers and Huskies can do: As always, winning out is paramount to getting into the playoff. If Clemson runs the table — which our model gives a 20 percent chance of happening — it will have a 97 percent probability of making the CFP, a near-lock. The Tigers’ trip to NC State on Nov. 4 is easily their biggest obstacle to that; they win that game in 95 percent of our simulations that have them going to the playoff, while they only win it 49 percent of the time in sims where they don’t make the CFP. (That 46 percentage point difference makes it the highest-leverage game left in Clemson’s season.) It should also be noted that these numbers assume that Clemson’s star QB Kelly Bryant is healthy; he was knocked out of the Syracuse loss but seems to be progressing quickly in his recovery.For Washington, the odds of winning all its remaining games are a bit higher (21 percent), although the Huskies also have a less guaranteed playoff path — only 87 percent CFP odds — even if they do win out. Washington’s most important game comes at Stanford on Nov. 10, a matchup the Huskies win 96 percent of the time in their playoff-bound simulations but only 40 percent of the time in universes where they don’t make the playoff. WKOPPONENTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. 10Washington St. def. Stanford40.537.8+2.7 9UCLA95.282.0+13.2 10Virginia Tech def. Miami36.832.5+4.3 WKRESULTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. 11Auburn def. Georgia47.844.4+3.5 Clemson gamesCLEMSON WIN % BY OUTCOME Washington gamesWASHINGTON WIN % BY OUTCOME 13Georgia Tech def. Georgia30.227.2+3.0 WKOPPONENTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. 9Georgia Tech93.675.0+18.6 WKRESULTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. 13Washington State98.073.4+24.7 11Stanford95.6%39.5%+56.1 10Oregon94.578.4+16.0 13South Carolina def. Clemson28.225.5+2.8 Which of Clemson and Washington’s remaining games hold the most weight?Remaining 2017 matchups, ranked by the amount of leverage on each team’s playoff chances. Based on two sets of simulations: one where the team makes the playoff and one where it doesn’t. Which other games need to go right for Clemson and Washington?The non-Tigers, non-Huskies matchups that have the most leverage on each team’s playoff chances 11Boston College def. N.C. State26.622.3+4.3 12Michigan def. Wisconsin28.325.7+2.6 Washington:PROBABILITY BY WASHINGTON OUTCOME 10North Carolina State94.6%48.5%+46.2 Clemson:PROBABILITY BY CLEMSON OUTCOME 12Citadel100.099.9+0.1 11Notre Dame def. Miami49.546.5+3.0 12California def. Stanford17.9%14.3%+3.6 12Virginia def. Miami17.214.4+2.8 Where they need help: As mentioned above, Clemson doesn’t need much in the way of outside help — as long as the Tigers win, they’re still almost guaranteed to make the playoff. They could benefit slightly from anything that boosts their odds of winning the ACC, however, including losses by NC State and Miami. And any wins by Auburn will automatically help Clemson because of its head-to-head victory against those other Tigers in September.Washington, on the other hand, could use more of an assist from afar. There are two categories for these kinds of games: Some — like Stanford losing to Cal in Week 12 — tend to be entangled with implications about the strength of a team’s own opponents.1For instance, consider a situation in which Team A and Team B are conference rivals. Team B might be less likely to win an unrelated game in a simulation where Team A makes the playoff, because Team B is also likely to be weaker in a universe where Team A beats them head-to-head. (Arizona State beating USC also fits this category, because it makes Washington’s loss to the Sun Devils look less bad.) But the more interesting ones come where the connection isn’t obvious: Georgia Tech beating Georgia, for instance, helps Washington because it hurts an undefeated Bulldogs team that currently sits ahead of the Huskies in our playoff odds. 11Florida State93.562.3+31.2 13South Carolina90.167.3+22.8 12Utah96.782.0+14.7 12Wake Forest def. N.C. State44.6%38.2%+6.4 Differences may not add up exactly because of rounding. 9Arizona State def. USC34.531.7+2.9 8Notre Dame def. USC66.563.9+2.6 13North Carolina def. N.C. State18.114.5+3.6 13Notre Dame def. Stanford48.946.2+2.7 Differences may not add up exactly because of rounding. 10Arizona def. USC28.225.6+2.6 One good piece of news for both Clemson and Washington is that, of the six teams ahead of them in the CFP probabilities, all but likely Big 12 winner TCU hail from just two conferences: the Big Ten and SEC. Since the playoff selection committee puts an emphasis on conference championships, some of those teams will by definition see their odds plummet before the Final Four is chosen — we just don’t know which ones yet. So there aren’t many universes where both, say, Alabama and Georgia make the playoff, or both Ohio State and Penn State (to say nothing of Wisconsin).But Washington and Clemson may also find themselves as enemies down the season’s final stretch; with one loss apiece, they could very likely be competing for the same CFP slot. Indeed, Clemson only makes the playoff in 23 percent of the simulations where Washington is in, versus 31 percent of the sims where Washington misses out. (That same split is 18 percent versus 25 percent from Washington’s perspective.) With only four teams standing at the end of the season, every loss counts — a lesson the Tigers and Huskies might have learned the hard way last weekend.Check out our latest college football predictions. read more

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