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5 Filmmaking Projects That Can Improve Your Own Work

first_imgOne of the best ways to get some new filmmaking perspective is to study what others are doing. Here are five examples to get you started.Industry interviews can be useful for keeping up with production trends and forthcoming projects, but they’re also treasure troves of useful advice that can improve your workflow. We curated five of our favorite interviews to package some filmmaking advice you can use to change you how you see your own projects. From filmmakers shooting new types of horror movies to documentary DPs who capture real life in powerful moving images, here’s what they had to say about their craft.Daniel Levin, DP of Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin StoryWhen you’re trying to document an incredibly important story in recent American history, it takes a keen eye to make sure all of the details are in order. Daniel Levin and his team tirelessly worked to bring this story to the screen in a honest way:I have been fortunate enough to work with the directors, Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, previously, and we had a strong working relationship going into this project. For this series, we wanted to portray the textures and feeling of the real environments that this tragedy and subsequent story took place in. We wanted to feel the atmosphere and nuances of Florida, the Retreat, where the shooting happened, Sanford, Goldsboro, Miami Gardens, America . . . they all had unique aspects, which we wanted to capture for the audience.We also wanted to present the parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy and Sybrina, in a light that not only showed their strength and courage, but that also reflected the media pressure they have lived with since this tragic event took place — this was part of the reason we captured them on a sound stage, with the footprint of production visible.Trying to convey a message to the viewer was also one of Levin’s goals; he personally wanted the audience to connect with the film the way he did:To work on such a socially impactful story was extremely gratifying as well as emotionally intense. To dive deep into the Trayvon Martin story was to not only look into America’s racist past and present, but it also further informed me on the current climate we live in today — something I hope viewers will take away from this series, as well. To me, the beauty of the documentary experience is that as filmmakers and as the audience, we gain a new insight and understanding of stories that can hopefully create a dialogue and an opportunity for change.You can find the full interview here.HutcH and the challenges of shooting on film stockIn the current digital age, it seems like a step back for some cinematographers to choose film over digital. For many of those projects that stick with film stock, as the DP for Yen Tan’s 1985 did for HutcH, film lends a certain quality that digital can’t offer:When we were first starting out on this project, Yen Tan (the director) and I sat down and looked at a lot of different format options. We chose to shoot on Kodak Double X negative film, which is the oldest film stock still made to give our film a timeless aspect. The story and the characters are the most important part, not just the era, so we wanted to put all the focus on that aspect so the audience wouldn’t be distracted by the era.Why shoot on the oldest film stock available? Because of that warm, fuzzy grain:We specifically chose the grainiest film stock that we could find. We knew there would be quite a bit of static camera work in the film, which can be difficult for modern audiences to embrace. Having a heavily textured image can subconsciously add motion through the dancing film grain that creeps into even the most static of shots to give viewers something to latch onto.One giant problem with shooting on film is accessibility — with digital, you can monitor settings and previews through the camera. With film, there are some major challenges to work through:Most digital cameras today have 14 or more stops of dynamic range. Our film stock, however, had 3 stops — which is similar to an old VHS camcorder from the ’80s. This is what gives the film its stark appearance.We didn’t really have dailies per se; instead, our scanning process involved sending in our reels to a cinelab in Boston, who used a 4K HDR scanner before sending us back footage in batches for us to review and edit. We’d get footage back about once a week, so instead of having dailies, we had weeklies.You can find out more about HutcH‘s analog workflow here.Creating retro ’80s action with filmmaker Benjamin CombesWhy try to create a realistic action movie when an ’80s-styled one just looks like so much more fun? That was Benjamin Combes‘s thought when he decided to create the sythwave-styled Commando Ninja.To start this project, I went back and re-watched every ’80s action movie I could remember. What stood out was that the action was always very clear and you could always understand what was happening on-screen. Stunt work and choreography was key as the camera was almost always stable on a tripod with minimal dolly movements.’80s action movies were violent, sexy, and (most of all) fun! Commando, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, and RoboCop were all ’80s blockbusters that embraced a sense of humor. It’s a great way to defuse all the violence you sometimes witness with funny punchlines and tongue-in-cheek dialogue to help detach and enjoy all the blood and gore.When recreating ’80s action flicks, the best way to get the look is in production itself. That includes lighting setups, SFX, and shooting styles.If you want to look like an ’80s movie, the film look is maybe the most important thing. We shot digital on a Panasonic GH4, so we tried to set everything we could to match film quality. Of course that means thinking about lighting, depth of field, focal length, focus, and shooting at 24fps [with] shutter speed [at] 1/48 to get the right motion blur.When you think of the ’80s, you think of neons and pastel colors like pink. Action movies from the ’80s were no different, and we worked hard to bring retro lighting setups to life. Of course, we didn’t want to abuse it, but we tried to bring back some nostalgia with colored gels for dark and night scenes and bright neons when we could.For me, real squibs is a huge detail that always stood out to me from the classic ’80s movies. We were able to hire some professional stuntmen who could handle things like squibs, grenade explosions, and swordfights. We also made an effort to use awful-looking dummies and fake body parts as they would in the ’80s for any stunts where people are exploded or thrown from balconies. Likewise, real locations [and] practical SFX were also the best part of the shooting days, and actors loved that. I remember actor Philippe Allier was particularly excited to be chased by a full-scale velociraptor.To find out more about Combes’s workflow for creating retro action, read the full interview here.Shooting in remote locations with The Ritual DP Andrew ShulkindHow do you get a full crew and a giant load of gear deep into the woods? Lots and lots of planning, including the use of Google maps, according to the DP of Netflix’s The Ritual, Andrew Shulkind:First of all, it was a UK production, and so there was a different kind of health and safety department that is committed to this kind of production. We are on steep mountainsides. The grips rigged a pulley system with a motor and a wench that was taking gear up the steep hill.Another thing was, of course, as you are scouting, you’re preparing people for the level of challenge they are going to have to endure. For example, This is going to be an insane cable run, or How can we land the generator easier? We are looking at Google maps to find other roads that might be nearby. We relied heavily on balloons. We also built some custom LEDs that we can use with battery power and not have to run some insane cables to get some good depth in the background.Image via Netflix.A DP’s camera choice can often define a movie’s feel. Here’s why Shulkind went with the Canon C-series C300 and C700:So, the C700 wasn’t available when we first started. We then had a pre-production model, a kind of prototype model that had a bunch of these Japanese characters on the outside. Even if I had access to that camera from the beginning, I wouldn’t have used it for everything we did because we were running around — we did a bunch of Steadicam and other lightweight gimbal work. That was where the C300 really killed it. I had done a movie with that camera prior, and the C200 too, and just knew what we could get out of it. I knew what was possible in terms of low light. The Alexa was something that we used all the time.Image via Netflix.Based on his experience in the industry, this is his advice to new filmmakers:  I think our business is growing in a different direction. There is a big opportunity for up-and-comers like there may never have been before. Now we are kind of entering a new space which includes interactivity, and it includes mobile-first activity. The fact is that movies are not the gold standard that everyone thought they were 65-70 years ago. So, I think in terms of getting out there, getting your work seen, you have to be able to really hone your craft.You can check out the rest of his interview here.Making a documentary cinematic with The Trade cinematographer Matt PorwolImage via Our Time Projects/Showtime.Episodic documentaries have become a staple of streaming platforms such as Netflix and HBO. On Showtime, viewers are exploring the opioid epidemic through the The Trade, with cinematographer Matt Porwoll shooting some of its pivotal moments. When shooting documentaries, reducing the crew’s footprint is an important part of the process for Matt:One thing that we very purposefully did on this film was we tried to limit our footprint as much as possible. It made everybody a lot more comfortable because we only had two people in the field per team. I had a producer, and it was just the two of us for the entire time. So through that consistency, where we weren’t changing out crew members every trip, we weren’t adding people, removing people. And so, I think through that there was a level of just comfort that we established pretty early on. Much of being a documentarian doesn’t really have a lot to do with the camera — it just has to do with how you present yourself and how you explain why you’re there and how you approach these difficult and delicate situations in a respectful way. We are people behind the camera, and we care for you, and we understand everything that you’re going through, and we just want to understand it more and share that with the audience. I think that motivated a lot of people. Especially with the families that we filmed.Image via Our Time Projects/Showtime.Shooting documentary-style also means that you’ve got to be prepared for any type of lighting conditions — and be ready to go at a moment’s notice for shooting:One thing that we really wanted to do was, again, in minimizing the footprint, to come up with style guides for the show. We focused on almost building a set of limitations to work within. Instead of bringing a bunch of gear and having every focal length and the perfect camera, we kind of focused on reining it all in and saying we’re only going to really have with us what we can carry without having to go back to the car. On all these storylines, you have to be flexible — you have to be ready to go. And so, we shot on the Canon C300 Mark II, which I’ve been working with since the day it came out. It’s really solidified itself as the perfect documentary camera: it’s small, it’s lightweight, it has incredible image quality, and it’s just flexible and ergonomic for documentary use. It doesn’t ever fight you — the last thing you want in a camera is having to spend time thinking about where a button is, how to access something, or having complicated menus.You can find out more about shooting episodic documentaries here.Cover image via Daniel Levin.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Interview: Outspoken Comedian Tess Rafferty on Getting PoliticalInterview: Composer Federico Jusid Makes Some Noise in HollywoodInterview: Tips for Crowdfunding Over $100,000 for Your Documentary ProjectsInterview: Tracy Andreen on the Romance of Writing for HallmarkScreenwriter James V. Hart on Career, Coppola, and Creating a Methodlast_img read more

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Country Wide Basketball League promotes regional basketball

first_imgView comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CWBL is an “alternative league” that gives team owners and sponsors of teams an opportunity to obtain effective manner marketing and promotional benefits from exposure for games being played at various locations and viewed by fans anywhere. It provides reasonable terms for participation in two regular conferences every season. The top four teams after the two conferences – conference champions and teams with best cumulative win-loss records – advance to the Grand Finals at no additional participation fees to compete for the title of Overall Champion for the Season.Players and coachesThe Country Wide Basketball League can offer graduating collegiate players and aspiring coaches, who are products of basketball programs, opportunities for competitive development and playing/coaching career progression. Very few are chosen in the professional league, leaving several players and coaches with skills behind.CWBL with the support of participating teams has the potential to be the League where skills continue to develop and where playing/coaching career goals are achievable. ADVTADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next The Country Wide Basketball League (CWBL) is a commercial league that aims to promote basketball at regional levels with nationwide exposure thru television and the use of live streaming thru CWBL web site and other digital platforms via internet.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gamescenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program CWBL will develop a broad fan base nationwide by conducting actual games at various locations in cities and towns where participating teams are located. These games are then made available for viewing by fans anywhere thru television and live streaming thru CWBL web site and other social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, etc.The league also aims to develop local players thru competitive games and provide them with much-needed exposure to assist their career progression. Only Filipinos and duly-recognized players holding valid Philippine Passport issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs or with complete certification(s) issued by Bureau of Immigration and Deportation are allowed to play in the League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: 16 Malaysian athletes hit by food poisoning Team owners/sponsors Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:15DOH wants a drug rehab center in every region02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Under Armour sends two UC players to Stephen Curry Asia Tour

first_imgCuyos and Orquez also showed they have what it takes to be among the best players in the country as the UC squad overcame tough odds against teams from various parts of the Philippines to capture the two titles that will not be possible without the support of coach Joever Samonte and Atty. Estenso. Under Armour also treated the media with a unique basketball experience as they played 3×3 basketball, competed in a three-point shootout, and taught new drills to improve on their basketball skills and physical condition.Get a chance to win an authographed gear from the Steph Curry by checking out IG underarmouph page. advt.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Cuyos and Orquez gained a chance to see 2x MVP, Under Armour ambassador in person after winning Under Armour 3×3 Under-18 Philippines title recently. The two were members of the victorious UC squad that captured the Under Armour 3×3 Southeast Asia Cebu crown and the Under Armour 3×3 Southeast Asia Philippines title in Manila.The two ballers from Cebu traveled on Wednesday to see Curry in the flesh at the event held at the Jungchang Gymnasium in Seoul Korea. They got a chance to interact with the NBA champion and learned new drills and tricks from the Golden State Warriors star during the all-expense paid trip by Under Armour Southeast Asia. They also received limited edition gears from Under Armour.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Cuyos, 17, holds an impressive resume that includes being a two-time Cesafi All-Star, a two-time Cesafi runner-up, and a two-time runner-up in the Cebu City Olympics. He is also a Mandaue City Olympics Cebu Inter-High School, Cordua 1st Mayors’ Cup, and WJC 1st Cup champion.Orquez, 18, was a former member of the Holy Trinity High School in Alberta, Canada where he was an Edmonton Journal All-Star. In the Philippines, he helped UC win the Mandaue City Olympics Cebu Inter-High School champion.UC defeated University of Visayas, 15-14, in the thrilling final in the Cebu tournament before flying in to Manila to also make a big impression as the Webmasters beat Bounty A also in pulsating fashion, 21-20, in the championship match.Curry’s visit in Asia came following the launch of Curry3ZERO, the latest Under Armour shoeline for the NBA superstar. The Curry3ZERO made its formal launch in the Philippines a few weeks ago with Alaska Aces point guard Chris Banchero, Barangay Ginebra foward Jervy Cruz, San Beda standout Robert Bolick, actor JC De Verea, Letran star Rey Nambatac, Ms. Earth 2015 Angelica Gabrena Ong, coach Christian Luanzon, and UA’s newest ambassador Kali Huff attending the ceremony at The City Club Alphaland Makati Place.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gallinari out of EuroBasket after breaking bone in hand With its mission to empower athletes and making athletes better, Under Armour gave two lucky ballers a chance of a lifetime when University of Cebu’s John Bryl Cuyos and Virlou Orquez traveled to Seoul to witness Stephen Curry in his Asia Tour.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Dortmund’s youth coaches train India’s next generation

first_imgIndia has been stepping up efforts to unlock its potential as a soccer power with the hosting of the under-17 World Cup on the horizon, the latest a venture looking to tap into the know-how of former European champions Borussia Dortmund.Once famously described as a “sleeping giant” of world football by former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, India last year launched the “Mission 11 Million” programme aimed at engaging that number of children in the game.While the All India Football Federation has also launched a global scouting programme to identify talent in the Indian diaspora, there is widespread recognition that any long-term improvement must be built on grassroots development.Now, one of India’s most prominent business conglomerates has joined forces with Dortmund to expose talented teens, mostly from the country’s northeastern soccer hotbed, to top-class European coaching.Under a technical tie-up between the Tata Trust’s U Dream Football project and the Bundesliga club, 48 players from India are training in Bitburg, Germany under Dortmund’s youth coaches.The 12 to 14-year-olds will receive football training, and, just as importantly, German schooling for 10 months a year for six years.”The depth of training in Germany is second to none,” said Ronnie Screwvala, the founder of U Sports, which linked up with the Tata Trusts last year.”The biggest challenge for us was to convince parents that their children can have an alternative career in sports.”During their six-year training stint, the players will also play competitive matches against Dortmund’s youth teams.The project ultimately aims to give them a chance to play professional football by placing them in clubs across Europe, North America and Asia, or at least providing them with opportunities for trials with leading clubs.advertisement”It’s a first step in a long process and we hope it is a stepping stone to putting India on the world football map,” added Screwvala.R Venkatramanan, the managing trustee of Tata Trusts, said the project was still in its infancy.”We have started with the North East but we have a presence in about 17 states in India and we would soon be working closely with various state associations to expand the programme,” he told Reuters.Over the last few years, a number of European clubs have come to India, where cricket is far and away the most popular sport, to set up academies on a franchise basis and try to claim a foothold in a potentially huge market.UNDER-ACHIEVEMENTChristian Diercks, who leads a youth programme at Dortmund which has produced World Cup-winning midfielder Mario Goetze among others, said the new programme was not similarly “superficial”.”We are one of few clubs that do not use the franchise system with regards to development,” he told Reuters.”Everything we do, we do with BVB coaches. We never pretend that it’s just BVB on the shirt.”With Indian football, from what I have heard, the development has changed a bit and football is getting more and more popular. The young kids do not only play cricket but also play football on the streets.”India is the world’s second-most populous nation but it is a major under-achiever as far as soccer is concerned and is yet to make a single appearance at the World Cup finals.Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia feels that access to better coaching is one of the key elements to ending that drought and hopes the hosting of the FIFA under-17 World Cup in October proves a watershed.”The future of football lies with the grassroots. For us, the under-17 World Cup is the start,” the former striker said.”Because the under-17 World Cup is happening in India, a lot has been going on.”When I was 16, I had only four matches to play for India throughout the year. And three matches in one national level school tournament. So six to seven matches in a year.”We need people with passion to work for football at the grassroots level. We need to train our coaches for them to go and teach the younger generation.”last_img read more

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Joshna, Dipika can break into worlds top 5: Indias coach

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Greater Noida, Aug 25 (PTI) Leading womens squash players, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal, are very much capable of breaking into the top five of the world rankings, believes Indias Egyptian coach Achraf El Karagui. Both Chinappa and Pallikal have broken the top-10 barrier in the past (they remain the only two Indians to do so) but have been unable to cement their place in the elite club. They are currently ranked 14th and 22nd respectively. “They definitely have it in them to be in the top five. Joshna is playing better than ever, she is supremely fit. Dipika too is supremely talented and has been working hard of late to improve her fitness,” Karagui told PTI on the sidelines of the Senior Nationals here today. “I see both of them playing for the next five, six years. Dipika mind you is only 25 despite being on the pro tour for a long time. Joshna is 30 and in squash you tend to peak when you are in your 30s. She has been playing brilliant in the last 12 months or so,” said the foreign coach, who has been in India for over an year now. Results have too come too since Karagui took charge of the senior and junior teams in July last year. Most notable performances came from Chinappa, who made the top 10 for the first time before winning the prestigious Asian Championships earlier this year, and Velavan Senthilkumar, who won the coveted British Junior Open beating compatriot Abhay Singh inthe U-19 final. According to world number 27 and countrys number one male player, Saurav Ghosal, Indian squash is in the middle of a golden generation. However, Karagui feels a lot more needs to be done and achieved. “All the leading Indians including Saurav can be world beaters but they must know how to win close matches against the top players. And thats what I have been focusing on in the last 12 months. “They have all the strokes in the book but they need to get better at the tactical side of the game. Modern squash is fiercely competitive and you should be able to play in different ways depending on what the situation demands. Like when to attack and when to slow things down,” said Karagui, who is also a chemical engineer. Karagui, whose contract is extended till 2019, is primarily targeting a pool of 6-7 world class players. And he wants Indians to be worlds best and not just be satisfied with medals at Asian and Commonwealth Games. “When I came here, I could sense there was a lot of focus on doing well in Asian and Commonwealth Games. But with that approach, you cannot be world beaters. You have to aim to be the best. And that is where I want India to be,” said Karagui. The Alexandria-based coach cited the example of his own country Egypt in that respect. “1996 was the time when we changed the structure of squash back home. Our president Hosni Mubarak also played a big role in developing the sport which is now number two after football. “What changed in 96 was that we created a league structure which covered age groups from 11 to 23. So in every age group, we started grooming players. Initially it was tough but once cycle started running smooth, we began churning out players in a phased way,” he said. “I am in talks with the federation of creating a similar structure in India. But since it is a huge country, the task will be anything but easy,” Karagui added. PTI BS SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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David Villa rules out a return to Europe

first_imgTransfers Former Barcelona striker Villa rules out end to MLS adventure and a return to Europe Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:16 11/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Villa New York City FC USA Today Sports Transfers New York City Barcelona MLS Primera División The World Cup winner has been in America since 2014 and insists that he has no intention of leaving New York City any time soon David Villa has moved to rubbish any suggestion that he could be tempted to leave New York City and return to Europe.The World Cup-winning forward has been in America since 2014 and enjoyed a prolific stint in Major League Soccer.Barcelona 6/4 to beat Juventus 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 Snapped up by NYCFC as the first player added to their ranks, the former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid frontman has netted 65 times in 101 appearances for the club.Those efforts have earned him a recall to the Spain national team at the age of 35, while also sparking talk of interest from afar.Villa, though, is happy where he is, telling Marca of the latest transfer talk: “I’m very happy to know that people remember me but at the moment I’m very happy here and I’m not considering a return to Europe.”He remains convinced that he made the right decision in heading for the States, with any suggestion that MLS represented a step down for him quickly refuted.Villa added: “I think that anyone who has actually watched an MLS game can say that it’s a very competitive, physical and attractive league.“It was more than three years ago when I made the decision to come here and every day I am more convinced that it was the right decision.”Villa, who helped Spain to European Championship glory in 2008 and a World Cup triumph in 2010, also claims to have had a number of former team-mates approach him regarding a possible switch to MLS.”Really, quite a few,” he said on the mounting interest.“The MLS is growing a lot and is having more and more global impact. Many have called me and are interested in what’s going on here.”last_img read more

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Real Madrid stunned by late Levante equalizer

first_imgLevante 2 Real Madrid 2: Pazzini strikes late to pile misery on Zidane Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:40 2/4/18 Karim Benzema Getty Images Real Madrid were denied a third straight league win thanks to a late goal from Levante debutant Giampaolo Pazzini. Giampaolo Pazzini came off the bench to score a dramatic late equaliser on his debut, earning Levante a shock 2-2 draw at home to LaLiga champions Real Madrid.Fellow substitute Isco thought his own late goal would prove decisive for Madrid but Pazzini struck in the 89th minute to earn the relegation-threatened hosts a crucial point against the LaLiga champions.The visitors headed to Ciutat de Valencia with back-to-back league victories under their belt, prompting hopes Zinedine Zidane’s men were turning the corner despite the shock Copa del Rey quarter-final loss to Leganes. 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 But although the Frenchman was able to name what many consider his strongest starting line-up for the first time this season, his side were twice pegged back by Levante and denied the chance to move above Valencia into third position.Sergio Ramos headed in an early opener from Toni Kroos’ corner, setting a new record as the Spain international became the first defender to score in 14 successive LaLiga seasons.But Levante levelled before the break as a simple ball down the middle sent Jose Luis Morales racing away from Ramos and, although Keylor Navas made the save, Emmanuel Boateng was in the right place to tuck in the rebound.Isco’s goal from Karim Benzema’s pass with nine minutes left appeared to have rescued Madrid, but Zidane’s men fatally switched off at the back, Pazzini beating Navas with an effort that was too powerful for the goalkeeper to keep out..@LevanteUD hold Real Madrid to a draw for the second time this season!#LevanteRealMadrid 2-2 pic.twitter.com/8QdjgZQid2— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) February 3, 2018Marcelo wasted two early sights of goal for the visitors, who had recorded big victories over Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia in their last two league matches, but the opener came in the 11th minute as Ramos reached 50 LaLiga goals for Madrid.Kroos hung up a right-wing corner and Ramos – back from a calf injury – beat Oier Olazabal with a header, the goalkeeper perhaps distracted by Benzema’s attempt to deflect the ball in and claim the goal for himself.Oier recovered to block Cristiano Ronaldo’s effort after badly spilling Kroos’ 25-yard curler, Ivi then clearing the crossbar with a hopeful strike at the other end.Levante had struggled to create any clear openings of their own but the hosts equalised out of nowhere three minutes before the break.Morales burst away from Ramos but could only toe his effort straight at Navas, Boateng mopping up the loose ball to slot into the unguarded net.The goalscorers. #LevanteRealMadrid pic.twitter.com/nD1M38BDNy— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) February 3, 2018Ronaldo had scored on his last four visits to Levante but Cheick Doukoure made a terrific block to deny the Portugal international, Jefferson Lerma then forcing a good save from Navas as Levante broke at pace.Luka Modric fed Ronaldo after 63 minutes but his 20-yard shot was easy for Oier after it lost pace following a deflection, prompting Zidane to turn to Isco as a replacement for the ineffective Gareth Bale.Oier made a brilliant one-handed save down to his left to deny Ramos, but just as a 1-1 draw looked likely, Isco came up with what seemed destined to be the winning goal.Benzema’s persistence created the chance and, when the striker worked the ball to Isco, he slammed home via a deflection off Coke.Madrid should have shut the game down but a lack of concentration was costly as Levante scored their second equaliser with only a minute remaining.Pazzini had only been on the pitch for 12 minutes but he got away from a poor offside trap to mark his debut in style, beating Navas from close range to earn Levante their second draw of the season against Madrid following a 1-1 at Santiago Bernabeu earlier in the campaign. FP: @LevanteUD 2-2 #RealMadrid (Boateng 42′, Pazzini 89′; @SergioRamos 11′, @isco_alarcon 81′).#RMLiga | #Emirates pic.twitter.com/n3huDSX60C— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) February 3, 2018 read morelast_img read more

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Two dead as storm triggers landslides hits south China coast

first_imgTaipei: A powerful tropical storm swept across southern Taiwan, triggering landslides and flooding and leaving at least one dead before it hit southern China on Sunday morning, officials said. A 17-year-old died and two children were injured in another landslide in the northern Philippines on Saturday, authorities reported. In Taiwan, an 18-year-old motorcycle rider died shortly before midnight in Tainan city after hitting a fallen tree, a disaster response official said. The number of injured across Taiwan has reached nine. Tropical Storm Bailu brought heavy rain and winds up to 118 kilometres per hour as it crossed the southern half of the island. Fourteen tourists were among those trapped after the landslide in Hualien county. About 450 people were evacuated around the island and 12,000 households were without power late Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

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Syrian refugees struggle against cold

first_imgSULAYMANIYAH – Syrian refugees struggle to survive the cold weather and bleak camp conditions at Arbat refugee camp in the Sulaymaniyah province in the Kurdish regional administration in the north of Iraq.Refugees reportedly face extreme need for doctors and medical supplies.The Arbat camp hosts around 2,000 Syrian refugees and most of their basic needs, such as food and clothes, are met by the Iraqi Kurdish people. Refugees, who are able to find job and cheap shelter, migrate to cities, while the number of refugees working and living in Sulaymaniyah exceeds 20,000. Those without employment and shelter in city centers struggle against winter conditions in camps.Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Muhammed Yusuf, a Syrian refugee, said they are in need of gynecologists and medical materials, stressing that it would benefit the women in the camp if the administration permits Syrian doctors to work there.Muhammed Ahmed, another refugee, said the camp’s tents were not suitable for winter conditions and occasionally caught fire, against which camp residents stood guard.Refugees at Arbat camp also ask the administration’s officials to transfer them to the Behirke camp near Irbil.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI in Al Hoceima ahead of Significant Throne Day…

Rabat- As Morocco’s Throne Day approaches on July 30, Moroccan media have reported that King Mohammed VI has been in the troubled northern city of Al Hoceima since Monday, July 23.Security services have moved into cities in the north, especially to Al Hoceima, where King Mohammed VI has arrived with senior officials, Al Massae newspaper reported Friday.The King was seen in his car on an Al Hoceima street with his advisor, Fouad Ali El Himma. Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita also arrived in the northern city along with the minister of the interior, who oversees the security arrangements in the city. For the 19th anniversary of Throne Day, the King will give a speech addressed to the Moroccan nation, expected to be broadcast from a northern city.  The Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol, and Chancellory announced that the King’s speech will be broadcast on radio and television Sunday, July 29, at 9:30 p.m.According to public expectations, the King will most likely speak from Al Hoceima or Tetouan. In the last two years, the King has given Throne Day speeches from Tetouan.According to Al Massae, Morocco’s King is staying near the Bouskour beach, located in Imzouren, near Al Hoceima.Al Hoceima province Governor Farid Chourak is responsible for maintaining security in the many neighborhoods and streets in Al Hoceima, according to the same outlet.Al Hoceima has been on full alert on all main streets, neighborhoods, and squares in order to secure the royal visit, especially since the King is used to roaming streets without official protocols, Al Massae noted. According to the newspaper, Mohammed VI will stay for more than two weeks in the north. Ministers and officials will reportedly travel to the region over the weekend to prepare for the Throne Day celebrations.King expected to deliver a significant speechSunday’s speech is expected to be one of the King’s most important since 2018 has witnessed many significant events in Morocco. The most striking occurrence has been the boycott of three prominent companies in Morocco since April 20 and controversially “harsh” sentences given to Hirak Rif activists on June 26 for their participation in 2016-2017 Al Hoceima protests. Many Moroccans are waiting for the King to announce important policy changes on Throne Day. Others are expecting that King Mohammed VI will probably grant amnesty to the 54 convicted Hirak Rif activists, who were sentenced to 1 to 20 years in prison.Up to now, the monarch has not spoken directly on the Hirak movement, except when he decided to sack many ministers and senior officials in October 2017, after they mishandled the Al Hoceima development projects “Manarat Al-Mutawassit.” The King said he was “disappointed in their performance at their respective ministries and he would never again entrust them with any public missions.”King seen aboard a yacht off Al Hoceima coastA video has been recently circulating social media, claiming to show King Mohammed VI sailing the coast of Al Hoceima on what was identified as a yacht belonging to the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.The Qatari yacht, known as “Lusail,” was carrying many people and surrounded by security boats that prevented the public from approaching it.According to the poster of the 35-second video, King Mohammed VI was seen aboard Lusail yacht while Moroccan citizens chanted “Long live the king” on the other side. The security boats prevented the public from taking photos.Social media pages also featured pictures believed to be of the King in his car accompanied by his adviser Fouad Ali El Himma. read more

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Germany UN hears pledge for more trade to help democratizing Arab States

26 September 2011Germany told the United Nations today that it will enhance investment and trade and offer education opportunities for youth in countries in North Africa and the Middle East that are emerging from authoritarian rule, noting that only economic success can ensure that the political reforms will be sustained. “We want to foster the changes through more trade,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told the annual general debate of the General Assembly in New York. “We are offering investment, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises, which form the backbone of an open and successful society.“Most important of all, however, will be to offer young people education and training so that they can make the most of their opportunities.”Mr. Westerwelle pledged that Germany will also continue to press for a Security Council resolution against authorities in Syria, which he said had responded to the people’s legitimate demands for political change with brutal force.European Union sanctions against Syria will also be tightened if the crackdown continues. “That is not only about showing solidarity with the Syrian people. It is also about the international community’s credibility.”Noting also that the fight against climate change is an integral element of preventive diplomacy, Mr. Westerwelle said that Germany will continue to be in the vanguard of combating climate change.On Saturday, Mr. Westerwelle met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the margins of the Assembly’s general debate and discussed recent developments in the Middle East peace process, as well as the situation in Libya and Afghanistan.Iceland also underlined the importance of addressing climate change, calling in its address to the General Assembly’s general debate for a “green revolution” and a “seismic shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy.”“In Iceland we have breaking-edge technology that we want to share – on geothermal,” said Össur Skarphéðinsson, Iceland’s Foreign Minister. “That splendid form of renewable energy is the most undervalued and overlooked source of cheap power in the world.“Geothermal is certainly not a silver bullet. But is needs to be part of the portfolio we have to develop to solve the emission problem,” said Mr. Skarphéðinsson, telling the Assembly that his country had the know-how to make regions with geothermal energy potential, such as Central and South America, East Africa and South-East Asia, self-sufficient in green energy.Austria, meanwhile, expressed its support for the Secretary-General’s campaign to achieve universal access to clean and renewable energy.“Austria provides substantial support to the energy and environment efforts undertaken by UNIDO [UN Industrial Development Organization],” said Michael Spindelegger, Austria’s Vice-Chancellor and Minister for European and International Affairs.However, he voiced caution on the use of nuclear energy, saying the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant earlier this year could become a turning point in the global approach to nuclear safety.“We owe it to future generations that safety concerns come first when using nuclear power. Austria decided in 1978 to forego the use of nuclear energy. Some countries have recently adopted a similar course, which we welcome,” said Mr. Spindelegger.He and Mr. Ban exchanged views on Saturday on recent developments in the Middle East peace process, as well as the economic situation in the Eurozone group of countries. read more

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Stocks end 2012 higher on hopes for fiscal cliff deal

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended 2012 trading with a solid gain as U.S. President Barack Obama offered fresh hope that some kind of a deal was in the works to blunt the worst of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1.However, congressional leaders said after makets closed that a vote would be pushed off until Tuesday at the earliest.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 117.41 points to 12,433.53 as the TSX also found support from the resource sector in the wake of Chinese data that showed manufacturing growth in December at its strongest in 18 months.The TSX Venture Exchange was ahead 19.46 points to 1,221.3.The Canadian dollar closed up 0.16 of a cent at 100.51 cents US.Economists fear the double-barreled hit of tax hikes and spending cuts — or going over the fiscal cliff as it has been dubbed — could push the U.S. back into recession if they are allowed to stand. U.S. indexes charged ahead after Obama told a news conference that an emerging deal would extend tax credits for families with children and for clean energy companies while also extending unemployment insurance to two million Americans.He said he would have preferred “a more comprehensive deal that solved our budget problems in a balanced and a responsible way….but that is a bit too much to hope for now.”And, while he cautioned that Democrats and Republicans negotiators were close to a deal, “they’re not there yet.”That was confirmed later Monday when House leaders said they would miss the midnight Monday night deadline to vote on measures to avoid the fiscal cliff. It also remained unclear whether the Senate would vote.However, Congress could pass later legislation retroactively blocking the tax hikes and spending cuts.The Dow Jones industrials surged 166.03 points to 13,104.14 amid the earlier optimism. The Nasdaq rose 59.2 points to 3,019.51 and the S&P 500 index gained 23.76 points to 1,426.19.Markets got an extra lift about an hour after Obama spoke when Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said it was time to decouple the major issues of tax hikes and spending cuts.The emerging deal would raise tax rates on family income over US$450,000 and individual income over $400,000 a year and increase the estate tax rate.Stock indexes had held up well throughout December, with traders inclined to think that Republicans and Democrats would arrive at a compromise, likely at the last minute. As a result, they have thought that the potential damage from higher taxes and the spending cuts would be limited.Still, the resource-heavy TSX ended the year with a gain of only four per cent, reflecting a slowing Chinese economy during much of the year and worries about how much of a hit the U.S. economy would take from steps to cut the huge American deficit.“The highlight really was that you had the commodity sectors underperforming,” said Norman Raschkowan, North American strategist at Mackenzie Financial Corp.“The energy sector and the materials sector really didn’t give anything to the market. And without them, it’s hard for the Canadian market to really post any sort of impressive result.”Losses on the Toronto market were highlighted by a slide of almost nine per cent slide in the base metals sector, primarily because of a sharp drop in commodity demand from China as the government put the brakes on the economy in order to bring inflation down from unacceptably high levels. And the energy sector sustained a drop of about eight per cent as slowing economic conditions left the world awash in crude oil.Gold stocks were also a significant drag as miners contended with higher costs for extracting the precious metal. The TSX’s global gold index fell about 18%.But Raschkowan noted that production costs were only one reason for the slide in the gold sector. “The other factor is that people were anticipating that with gold bullion, as high as it was this year (holding steady around US$1,600 an ounce), that gold companies would be significantly increasing the return of cash to shareholders,” he said.“And the companies that did have bigger dividend increases held up better.”However, the other major pillar of the TSX, the financial sector, ended 2012 with a jump of around 12%.“Part of that was obviously the insurance companies, which got so beaten up in 2011 and came back because people came to appreciate just how much progress they had made in addressing the fundamental problems that they had in their balance sheets,” said Raschkowan.For example, Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) came back from a 52-week low of $10.18 to close the year at $13.51.“The other highlight was clearly how the banks did in a relatively challenging environment, (which) reflected I think more the broad Canadian economy” as the banks had to deal with a lot of negative sentiment towards housing, he said.The big six banks posted record profits — roughly $30-billion for 2012 on about $107-billion in revenue compared to $25-billion on $98-billion in revenue in 2011.The TSX has also been under pressure from the ongoing government debt crisis in Europe, which has sent much of the 17-country eurozone into recession.U.S. markets have fared better with the Dow industrials up about seven per cent. The tech-heavy Nasdaq is ahead 15.9%, but off the highs of the year amid a drop of more than 20% in Apple Inc. shares in the last quarter.The base metals sector led TSX advancers Friday, up 2.4% while copper prices rose as the HSBC China manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to a final reading of 51.5, the best reading for the data since May 2011. That was an upward revision from the preliminary 50.9 result and an improvement from November’s PMI of 50.5.The March copper contract was up six cents to US$3.65 a pound. China is the world’s biggest consumer of copper, which is viewed as an economic barometer as it is used in so many applications. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) rose $1.08 to $36.15 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) advanced 71 cents to $21.91.Gold stocks also headed higher as bullion prices also improved with the March contract ahead $19.90 to US$1,675.80 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) climbed $1.12 to $36.57 while Iamgold (TSX:IMG) was ahead 41 cents to $11.39.The energy sector was ahead 1.09% as oil prices shook off early losses and the February contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.02 to US$91.82 a barrel. Suncor Energy was up 49 cents to $32.71.Telecoms were the leading decliner, with Telus Corp. (TSX:T) down 34 cents to $65.10. read more

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Avaya Expands Its AIConnect Ecosystem

Look for Avaya at Enterprise Connect 2019, taking place March 18 to 21 in Orlando, Fla., at booth 1935. Register by Friday, Jan. 18, to receive the Advance Rate — and as a No Jitter reader you can use the code NJPOSTS to save an extra $200.Tags:News & ViewsAvayaA.I.ConnectAI & AutomationAPIs & Embedded CommunicationsCCaaSContact Center & Customer ExperiencePartner EcosystemUCaaS Articles You Might Like The two new partners, Knowmail and over.ai, bring a variety of capabilities to Avaya. AI will undoubtedly determine the long-term winners in UC and the contact center, and that requires two things — differentiated features and data for AI use. This is where Avaya’s massive customer base stands out; Avaya arguably has more data available to it than any other vendor. A.I.Connect gives it access to a large ecosystem of potential partners that can bring it practical solutions it can sell today, allowing it to get a jump on the competition. What’s RPA, Why Should I Care? Diane Halliwell August 07, 2019 While robotic process automation is in its infancy, contact centers are finding its promise for streamlining workflows and reducing costs. Knowmail uses AI to personalize and prioritize email, determining what is and what isn’t important to a worker based on usage. An obvious question is what the heck does email have to do with Avaya? After Knowmail does its AI magic, it can push urgent emails, meetings, and tasks to a desktop phone, computer, or messaging app. This is an ideal use case for Avaya’s Vantage phone, letting users triage their incoming mail and meeting schedules without having to ever go into their Inboxes. Alternatively, Knowmail can read the urgent emails to the user via a digital assistant, such as Avaya’s Ava.over.ai is an AI-enabled voice solution aimed at enabling businesses to get more value from their customer interactions. The product suite includes a personal digital assistant that can attend calls and then be initiated to take action with a keyword if needed, an AI voice response system that uses advanced natural language processing to allow the seamless transfer of customer interactions from human to machine, and a voice agent for conference calls. Avaya will use over.ai to streamline communications tasks on its platforms through listening, understanding, and learning from its own environment. Voice Communications in Business: Now and into the Future Sergey Poroshin June 18, 2019 In the future, bots will be mainstream and it will be considered a luxury to be able to speak with a human operator. How to Create a Positive Chatbot Experience Blair Pleasant June 18, 2019 Chatbots can lead to some awful interactions, but proper planning can fix that. In 2018 Avaya seemed to have regained its mojo as one of the major communication providers, and with this news it appears the momentum is continuing in 2019. A.I.Connect is run by Eric Rossman, who built out the DevConnect program. I’ve long felt that DevConnect provided significant differentiation for Avaya but was under-marketed. With Avaya’s brand relaunch in November 2018, the DevConnect and A.I.Connect have a prominent place on Avaya’s website and in its strategy. Given the role AI will play in the future of communications, it’s good to see the company being aggressive with A.I.Connect. The key is to find the right partners from a sea of thousands of possibilities and this is where Rossman’s experience with DevConnect will be critical. Tracking the Evolution of Genesys’ Kate Sheila McGee-Smith June 17, 2019 From concept to platform to generally available intelligent virtual assistant Following on a strong 2018 that saw Avaya rejoin the ranks of publicly traded companies, launch new cloud services and a marketplace, and hire some big-name people, Avaya today announced two new partners to its A.I.Connect program, bringing the total to 10 and reinforcing its messaging about the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) for unified communications and in the contact center. Looking ahead, Avaya said it will focus on AI partners that can enable the following:Effortless Prioritization — allowing workers to deal with massive amounts of content such as email, IM, messages, and calls by intelligently prioritizing and responding to the most pressing items firstSmart Communications — leveraging presence to prioritize choices and optimize channels for communicating with peers and among workgroupsStreamlined Interactions — offering timely suggestions and voice activation of communication services, significantly simplifying workflows compared to the manual or point-and-click interfaces required by various communications channel choices todayOptimized decision making — providing personalized visibility to complete, relevant datasets that are all too often lost from view or difficult to findIn other A.I.Connect news, Avaya has expanded the resale agreement with Verint, an existing A.I.Connect partner, to bolster its AI and cloud positioning in the contact center. Through the partnership, customers can procure AI-enabled solutions directly through Avaya or its authorized channel partners. Capabilities include finding actionable insights across text and speech channels as well as in online communities. Verint makes for an excellent partner as it is one of the pioneers in using AI to improve customer engagement and has more than 10,000 customers across the globe, including 80 of the Fortune 100. Zeus_AI.jpg 7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Virtual Agent Abed Farhan June 19, 2019 With the right solution, issues such as password resets can be resolved without involving human agents. See All in AI & Automation » Log in or register to post comments read more

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UN continues delivery of humanitarian aid in Iraq

Despite limitations imposed by the security situation in Iraq, the United Nations is still carrying out a wide range of assistance to the country’s people through its national staff and Iraqi contractors, who are supported by several hundred international staff in the region, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told representatives of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and the Iraqi Governing Council today. The Secretary-General’s comments on the UN’s active and ongoing engagement in humanitarian and rehabilitation activities in the country came during three-way talks in New York on the world body’s future role in Iraq. Through its several regional offices, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), under the direction of acting Special Representative Ross Mountain, is coordinating the cross-border deliveries, rehabilitation projects and capacity building activities being undertaken by the various agencies. UN agencies are also bringing in potable water, delivering medical supplies, providing fertilizer and seeds, dredging ports and helping to rehabilitate health centres, water treatment plants, pumping stations and power supply systems. The UN is also engaged in capacity building, training and other forms of support to Iraqi authorities, ranging from training in procurement and logistics to Ministry of Trade staff to providing a start-up package to the new Ministry of Displacement and Migration. In addition, the UN is give emergency health kits and public health data to the Health Ministry while providing financial assistance to Iraqi authorities to carry out life-saving activities for children. The UN will continue to support the ration system, which remains an essential lifeline for a majority of the Iraqi population, with about 2.3 million tons of food to be delivered by mid-2004. UN agencies are also providing nutritional support – including high-energy biscuits – for primary schools, kindergartens and social centres. On refugee returns, the UN has also been assisting voluntary repatriation from Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well as providing protection and assistance to refugees inside Iraq. It is also developing ways to facilitate the return and reintegration of IDPs in non-contentious areas in the north. The UN is prepared to expand these activities when security conditions permit and has drawn up plans for further humanitarian and reconstruction activities for 2004 and beyond in areas such as education, health, food security, governance, poverty reduction, housing and infrastructure. read more

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Tim Hortons in Thistle Complex west to reopen Monday

Starting Monday, May 15 the Tim Hortons near the Parking Services office on the west side of Thistle complex will be open during the week.The Tim Hortons outlet will be open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the same hours as the location on the east side of Thistle Complex near the entrance to the Mackenzie Chown building.The decision to re-open the west Tim Hortons was made because of the construction that will shut down the Schmon Tower lobby, and because of the increased demand for the food service outlet because of conferences being held on campus. read more

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Mike Fitzpatrick appointed interim head of Limerick City of Culture

first_imgMIKE FITZPATRICK, HEAD of the Limerick School of Art and Design has been appointed as interim head of the City of Culture.Former CEO Patricia Ryan resigned on Sunday after scrutiny over her appointment when it emerged it had not been advertised. In a statement at the time of her resignation, she said this had undermined her authority.Today, the board of Limerick City of Culture said Fitzpatrick will take over the position until the appointment of appropriate full-time staff.In a statement, the board said the departing CEO will facilitate “a smooth handover” and Fitzpatrick will take up a non-executive role on the board of Limerick National City of Culture 2014 when he resumes his pose as head of the art and design school.It was also announced that Minister Jimmy Deenihan signed the Heads of Agreement yesterday which is a key step for accessing funding.Speaking today, Chairman Pat Cox said he wished to express his “profound gratitude” to Fitzpatrick for “stepping up to the mark”.“The fact that Limerick has within its ranks someone of Mike Fitzpatrick’s calibre and quality, leading one of the Top 50 fashion schools in the world, illustrates the depth and strength of arts and culture in Limerick,” he said.“The Board wishes to thank Patricia Ryan for her selfless dedication to this project, further demonstrated by the dignified way in which she has agreed, despite the difficult personal circumstances, to assist with a smooth transition,” he added.Further appointmentsToday the board also said it wished to its decision to “broaden its membership” to include the nomination of three directors representing the arts and culture community of Limerick.“One of these will be nominated from the chairpersons of the Pillar Groups of Limerick City of Culture established in February 2013,” it said in a statement.  ”A second director will be appointed on the advice of the Pillar Groups.   The third and final appointment is reserved for MikeFitzpatrick on completion of his role as Interim Head of City of Culture.“In addition, following meetings with the elected representatives of Limerick City and County Council, it has been agreed as an immediate step to appoint the Mayor and Cathaoirleach, or their representatives, of the respective authorities to the board.”The board also announced it has appointed one of its members and outgoing Chairman of the Advisory Board of The Gathering, Tim O’Connor, to the new position of Vice Chairman.Related: Limerick City of Culture CEO resigns>More: Pat Cox: ‘I never asked for Patricia Ryan to be appointed’>last_img read more

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Pictures The Air Corps flew in formation across Dublin this morning

first_img Share434 Tweet Email10 Graber-Kitarovic will be here for three days. She was greeted this morning with military honours at Áras an Uachtaráin, and will be treated to a State Dinner by President Michael D Higgins at the Áras this evening.Read: NBRU gets legal letter from CIÉ group over wildcat actionRead: Gardaí looking for help in locating missing Waterford 16-year-old Pictures: The Air Corps flew in formation across Dublin this morning The brief display of formation flying at speed was in honour of the State visit of Croatia’s president to these shores. Short URL 34,317 Views Source: Irish Air Corps/Twitter Source: Irish Air Corps/TwitterFancy flying, and fancy photography to boot – which the Corps graciously chose to share on Twitter. Monday 3 Apr 2017, 12:57 PM Apr 3rd 2017, 12:57 PM We’re all strapped in and ready to take to the #skies over #Dublin to welcome the #PresidentofCroatia pic.twitter.com/8MORpcG78h— Irish Air Corps (@IrishAirCorps) April 3, 2017 Source: Irish Air Corps/TwitterIF YOU CAST an eye to the skies in Dublin this morning you might have noticed three planes streaking about the place.And quite spectacular they looked too. #alwaysinshape #alwaysontime pic.twitter.com/gJvT1M0tyA— Irish Air Corps (@IrishAirCorps) April 3, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cianan Brennan It wasn’t a training exercise, but rather the Air Corps strutting their stuff in recognition of the state visit of the President of Croatia Kolinda Graber-Kitarovic.“Three Pilatus PC9s, flown by instructors of the Air Corps’ Flying Training School performed a flypast this morning as part of the State ceremony to welcome the President of Croatia,” a spokesperson for the Defence Forces said in a statement. Source: President of Ireland/Twitter The aircraft held over Grand Canal Dock waiting for the signal to commence their run-in. The aircraft arrived over the ceremony as the last notes of the National Anthem Amhrán na bhFiann were being played. Thug Uachtarán na Cróite, an tUasal Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Cuairt Stáit ar Éirinn. https://t.co/NsGdOrN2AL pic.twitter.com/VrUnWbDCKL— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) April 3, 2017 Source: Irish Air Corps/Twitter Source: Irish Air Corps/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3321472 163 Comments last_img read more

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TMobile streaming service to feature MTV Comedy Central Nickelodeon

first_img Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $155 at Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview Tags Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) T-Mobile,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The Cheapskate Comments See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read the Rylo camera preview The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See at Turo Tags Comment Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read Google Home Hub review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $520 at HP Chris Monroe/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See Itcenter_img Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Angela Lang/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Rylo $210 at Best Buy $299 at Amazon Apple iPhone XS 1 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sarah Tew/CNET Mobile Digital Media $6 at Tidal Best Buy Read the AirPods review $999 7 Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Sprint Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Amazon Boost Mobile Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $60 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Getty Images Viacom video from networks like Comedy Central, BET, MTV and Nickelodeon will be coming to T-Mobile’s forthcoming streaming TV service. “We are thrilled to join forces with T-Mobile on a new entertainment service that represents an important evolution in how audiences consume our content,” Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said in a release Wednesday. The deal will include both live and on-demand video.T-Mobile’s service was supposed to launch in 2018 but was delayed. The release Wednesday said Viacom channels would play a “key role” in T-Mobile’s service coming to consumers “later this year.” $999 $59 at eBay See it Amazonlast_img read more

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Interim govt shouldnt have BNP representation Ershad

first_imgHM ErshadRuling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) ally Jatiya Party on Monday proposed formation of an interim government proportionally with representatives from all the parties that have currently representation in parliament after the announcement of schedule for the 11th national election, reports UNB.A 25-member Jatiya Party delegation, led by its chairman and prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s special envoy HM Ershad, joined the election commission’s dialogue at Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital.The party placed an eight-point proposal at the meeting held with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair.The party proposed that the interim government will be formed dissolving parliament and the members of interim cabinet will have to be appointed on the recommendations of political parties’ chiefs, suggesting that none from the ruling alliance will get berth in the poll-time government.Jatiya Party also proposed deployment of armed forces throughout the country during the election.After the meeting, Ershad told reporters that they placed the proposal for formation of an interim government in line with the constitution, and BNP should not be there in the interim government as the party has no representation in parliament now.Expressing his hope that the next election will be fair and neutral acceptable, he said the EC’s promises made at the meeting are trustworthy.”Their (EC’s) words seemed to be believable to us. They [EC] are determined to make this election acceptable to all,” Ershad said.Replying to a question if the Jatiya Party proposed formation of an interim government without representation from a major party BNP, he said, “The interim government shall be formed with the parties that have representation in Parliament. It’s unfortunate, but the reality is that BNP cannot be in the interim government as the party is not there [in Parliament].”He, however, said the formation of interim government is beyond their jurisdiction. “The government shall form the interim government. The government did last time. We hope they’ll do this time as well.”Replying to a question if he thinks BNP will join the next election or whether the polls will be the participatory one, Ershad said, he hopes that BNP will join it.About army deployment, the former army chief said, “We’ve told them that public perception is that the election would be fair if the army are deployed.”Ershad added that the EC assured them of taking tough action against any official if the EC deems that s/he works against election and in favour of any party.Responding to another question, he said there is no need for the EC to arrange anymore dialogue with the political parties over arrangement of a fair election. “I think this is enough. We all are happy with their promises. They’re determined to conduct a fair election. I think they [CEC and election commissioners] have good will and want to write their names in the history.”Answering to another question over Rohingyas, Ershad said it will be a tough job to solve Rohingya crisis. “We didn’t get support of China, Russia and even our friendly country India.”He, however, said Bangladesh will be able to rehabilitate the Rohingyas.Jatiya Party’s other proposals are to ensure non-interference from the interim government in EC activities, keep controversial government officials away from election duty, reduce ceiling of election expenditure at maximum Tk 20 lakh from Tk 25 lakh, bring local government, public administration and home ministries under the authority of the EC during election through bringing necessary amendment to the Constitution and introduce proportional representation election system and distribute total constituencies among the parties proportionately based on their votes.Its delegation members also include its co-chairman GM Quader, secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader MP, presidium members Kazi Firoz Rashid, MP, Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu, MP, state minister Moshiur Rahman Ranga, MP, Syed Abu Hossain Babla, MP and Fakhrul Imam, MP.The EC’s talk with BNP is on 15 October and that with ruling AL is on 18 October.The commission started dialogues with 40 registered political parties on 24 August last to seek their opinions over the EC’s preparation for the next general election likely to be held in December 2018.last_img read more

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Morgan State University Honors Calvin and Tina Tyler with New Student Services

first_imgOn Feb. 10, 2016 Morgan alumnus Calvin E. Tyler Jr. and his wife Tina, both well known philanthropists, announced a $5 million dollar gift to Morgan State University (MSU) for an endowed scholarship established in their name at the University. On Mar. 8, MSU President David Wilson announced the dedication of the University’s future student services building to the Tylers, which is set to open in 2020.Rendering of the new Morgan State University Student Services Building, Calvin and Tina Tyler Hall. (Courtesy photo)Calvin E. Tyler Jr., the first person in his family to attend college when he entered MSU in 1961, was forced to interrupt his education in 1963 due to financial struggles. Tyler said having his surname on the student support building at Morgan has a deep meaning for him.“Tina and I are extremely honored by this news,” Tyler said in a statement. “We both feel strongly about education, and we are very happy that we are able to provide an opportunity for young people in Baltimore to get a good education, especially since we were born and raised in Baltimore. At this point in our lives, we are just pleased that we were able to give back to the town we grew up in.”Construction of the $81-million, state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to begin later this year, and its opening is slated for 2020. The 139,000-square-foot Calvin and Tina Tyler Hall will house nearly 20 student support departments and will include numerous special features, including a green roof on the third level, a state-of-the-art recruitment room and “generalist desks” to limit students’ time spent in different departments, according to a statement released by the University.The scholarships will provide full tuition for select Morgan students who reside in Baltimore City, the Tyler’s hometown. “There are two major things I want to achieve (with the endowed scholarship fund),” Tyler said in 2016. “No. 1, to see as many of our young people graduate with a degree as possible…. The second thing that my wife and I are concerned about, and that’s why we’re providing 10 full-tuition scholarships each year, is that we want more students to get a college degree and graduate debt-free.” It will fund 10 full-time scholarships per year initially, but Wilson said they hoped the endowment would grow to fund more students in the future.“The Morgan family is grateful beyond measure for the generosity of Calvin and Tina Tyler,” said David Wilson, Morgan’s president, in a statement. “The resources they have provided are furthering the vital work of Morgan by expanding opportunities for quality higher education for students of all backgrounds. This building dedication, during our sesquicentennial year, is a small token of our gratitude and will serve as a permanent reminder to all who pass through Morgan Commons of the commitment of this exemplary couple to Morgan’s long-term vitality.”last_img read more

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