The Caregiver in the Room – Upcoming Webinar!

first_img This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 14, 2017. Please join us Wednesday April 26 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, for our free webinar entitled ‘The Caregiver in the Room: Considerations for Providers Working with Families.’In this training session, we will examine interpersonal communication skills and strategies for providers collaborating with family caregivers. Additionally, we will examine the core challenge of how to respect the autonomy of the client while also communicating with his or her family caregiver. Specific topics that will be addressed include protecting face, offering support, and providing comfort.Our presenter for this training is Dr. Leanne Knobloch, Professor and Director of Graduate Study in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois.Continuing Education Credit Available!The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration has applied for 1.0 continuing education credit from The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work for credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on “The Caregiver in the Room: Considerations for Providers Working with Families.” The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices.last_img read more

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10 More Time Saving Tips in After Effects

first_img6. After Effects Work AreaThe Work Area is the part of the Composition that is previewed when you do a Ram Preview (shortcut is zero on the number pad).Move your playhead where you want your work area to start. Press BMove your playhead where you want your work area to end. Press N.To trim your Comp to the length of your Work Area, right-click on it and select “Trim Comp to Work Area” Looking to optimize your After Effects skills?  Here are 10 more After Effects tips that will save you time and let you work more efficiently!Our previous post on 10 Time Saving Tips in After Effects was quite popular, so I’ve rounded up 10 more tips for editors learning After Effects.1. Bringing Video Editing Projects into AEIf you’re using an Adobe based post production workflow, Premiere Pro & After Effects connect easily via Dynamic Link and Import (links to previous blog posts on this feature). Now, let’s take a look how to get your projects from other video editing apps into After Effects:Media Composer to After Effects: Export Sequence as AAF, then import in AE using Pro Import Pro (previously Automatic Duck). Kevin P. McAuliffe has a video tutorial on the process here.Final Cut Pro 7 to After Effects: Export as XML and import via Pro Import in After Effects.Final Cut Pro X to After Effects: There are 2 choices (free and paid). Clip Exporter is a free app you can get hereXto7 for Final Cut Prois $49.99 and developed by Assisted Editing, which make a variety of editing helper apps.2. Get Organized for Free – Post HastePost Haste is a free app that that allows you to setup file and folder templates for your projects. It offers a variety of templates (motion graphics, video editing, visual effects) that you can customize. Let the computer do the tedious work like organization, so you can spend your time making cool stuff.3. Sync Your Settings (for After Effects CC)The new Adobe After Effects CC has a feature that allows you to sync your preferences, shortcuts and more across multiple computers.  You simply ‘login’ to your account through AE and your preferences will populate. This is huge for freelancers and those who often work in different edit suites at large companies.See the Adobe AE Blog for the complete list and what doesn’t sync (feature that are machine-specific).4. Automate to SequenceThis is a quick trick to put clips in order and add a dissolve between each one (also works in Premiere Pro). Ideal for quickly creating a highlights reel or photo slideshow. You can apply ‘Automate to Sequence‘ to clips in the project or those already in a composition.From the Project: Select the clips you want, then File > New Comp from Selection ( or right click and select “New Comp from Selection”). Click “Single Composition”, “Sequence Layers” and “Overlap” if you want a dissolve.From a Composition: With the layers stacked on top of each layer, select all, right click and choose “Keyframe Assistant > Sequence Layers”.5. Move Your Anchor Point Without Moving the LayerAn anchor point determines where a layer scales and rotates from. If you change anchor point under Transform you will move the layer. To change the anchor point without moving the layer, use the Pan Behind tool (shortcut is Y). Click on the anchor point and move it to the desired location, then press V to switch back to the Selection tool.To make life easier, move you anchor point with the pan behind tool before you animate. Got an After Effects quick tip to share?Let us know in the comments below!center_img 7. Working with Audio in After EffectsPressing the spacebar in After Effects won’t preview audio like it will in a video editing app. Here’s a few After Effects shortcuts for working with audio.To preview audio in After Effects:  Press . on the Number Pad to just preview audio. Press zero on Number Pad to preview both video and audio.Scrub Audio: Hold Command (on Mac) or Control (on PC) to move the playhead in a comp while scrubbing the audio.See Audio Waveforms in Compostion: Shortcut is LL8. U key toggles keyframes/expressions, UU toggles modified propertiesThis is a quick way to view or hide keyframes for a layer or multiple layers. As an example, say I keyframe an opacity change and set the scale to 31%. If I press U, I see the opacity keyframes. If I press UU, I see the opacity keyframes and the scale change.OriginalPressing UPressing UU9. Collect FilesCollect Files is equivalent to Media/Project Management in Premiere Pro or FCP. You may use this feature when you want to move your After Effects project and corresponding media to another hard drive.With a project selected, choose File > Dependencies > Select Files.If you want to just collect files for a particular composition, select a comp first.A dialog box will appear. Click “Collect” to set a destination, then name your project that will be moved with the media and click Save.Example of ‘Collect Files’10. Add to Media Encoder Que (for After Effects CC)The advantage of creating video files in Adobe Media Encoder is that it has a wide range of presets to choose from (Vimeo, Youtube, Phones/Tablets).With After Effects CC, you can now add a Composition to Media Encoder from File > Export > Adobe Media Encoder Que, or Composition > Add to Adobe Media Encoder Que. This will launch Media Encoder and create a folder in the location of your project.last_img read more

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Haryana violence death toll goes up to 36 with two more casualties in Sirsa

first_img Centre takes note of Haryana promise to maintain law and orderA Union Home Ministry release at 3.30 p.m. said the situation in Haryana was assessed at a review meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and was found to be under control at present, though it was being carefully monitored. The Minister took note of the promise of the DGP of Haryana that the law and order situation would be kept in control, the release added.Army in talks with Dera followers to evacuate themThe Army has no plans to enter the Dera as of now, our correspondent Ashok Kumar quotes Hisar Range GoC Rajpal Punia as saying at a press briefing at 2.30 p.m. “They’ve come here to take stock of the situation. Very satisfied with the co-ordination between administration, paramilitary and the Army. Joint operation room has been set up for coordination, satisfied with the way the things have gone so far,” he said.The city is still shut down and the Army is in talks with people inside the Dera headquarters for their peaceful evacuation.  Dera centres to be searchedThe Haryana government has ordered a search of all “congregation centres” of the Dera Sacha Sauda, according to State Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas.”We have ordered a search of all ‘naam charcha ghars’ (congregation centres) of the Dera Sacha Sauda wherever they are located in Haryana,” Mr. Niwas told PTI at 1.30 pm“We have asked security personnel to conduct searches at all Dera centres thoroughly and seize any weapons found,” he added.The Haryana Chief Secretary said Ram Rahim Singh’s ‘Z plus’ security was withdrawn after his conviction.High Court raps State and Central governmentsA special bench of the Haryana and Punjab High Court comes down sharply on the State and Central governments for the violence, reports our correspondent Vikas Vasudeva from Panchkula at 12.30 pm. The court calls their response to the situation a “political surrender” and asks how the governments had not taken notice of the buildup of Dera supporters. Situation tense but under controlThe situation in most parts of Haryana is tense but under control as of 6 am on Saturday, a statement from K. S. Dhatwalia, Director General of the Press Information Bureau, said.“As per Panchkula Control Room, Haryana, the situation in most of the part of Haryana is tensed (sic) but under control. Situation in Panchkula and Sirsa is very tense but under control. There are reports of approx. 31 Nos (29 deaths in Panchkula and 2 deaths in Sirsa) casualities and many injured as of now,” the statement read.No reports of violenceThere have been no reports of violence since Friday night in Sirsa, police told PTI, asserting that the situation was under control in the district.“The law and order situation is under control as there has been no report of violence since last night,” said a senior police officer.Close watch in Delhi | Photo Credit: PTI According to the Army, 24 columns of around 80 soldiers each have been deployed in Haryana. While 12 columns were deployed in Panchkula, eight have been sent to Sirsa. Two columns each have been sent to Mansa and Mankot.Centre says situation under controlThe Central government refuses to blame the Haryana government. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi says it is an ongoing situation. “DGP Haryana has assured that the situation is under control,”said Mr. Mehrishi as he emerged from a meeting at Mr. Rajnath Singh’s residence. The Chaupta area of Sirsa is deserted on August 26, 2017, a day after the violence that claimed at least 30 lives.  | Photo Credit: Sushil kumar Verma Flag marchThe Army carried out a flag march in the area on Friday night to maintain law and order. Life has come to a standstill due to curfew-like restrictions imposed by the authorities to prevent any untoward incident.Two companies of the Army and 10 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed. Police personnel asked the locals to stay indoors.In Panchkula on Friday, CBI judge Jagdeep Singh held Ram Rahim, the 50-year-old flamboyant chief of the Dera, guilty of rape in a case that was registered on the basis of an anonymous written complaint in 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers.On the basis of the report, a case was registered against him in December 2002 by the CBI on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.The quantum of sentence against Ram Rahim will be pronounced on August 28.(With inputs from PTI, Vijaita Singh, Vikas Vasudeva and Ashok Kumar) Residents gather in front of a government building vandalised by Dera Sacha Sauda followers a day before, in Panchkula on August 26, 2017.  Rajnath reviews security situationUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviews the security situation in north India, particularly Haryana, at noon. Top officials, including Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Jain, gave detailed presentations about the situation in Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and chiefs of paramilitary personnel were also present at the meeting.While Panchkula and Sirsa were “very tense”, the situation in the rest of Haryana was “tense but under control”, the Minister is believed to have been told.Sirsa completely shut downLife in Sirsa has come to a standstill as curfew-like restrictions were imposed. Milk supply has been affected in several areas as the agitated followers set a milk plant on fire, located near the sect headquarters. Hotels too are facing the brunt as they are running out of supply of essential items, reports PTI.Schools, colleges, cinema halls, petrol pumps have been shut as a precautionary measure, while people have been asked to stay indoors.Bid to evacuate supportersAt 11.30 am, the Army is near the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, reports our correspondent Ashok Kumar. It is trying to establish contact with the people inside in a bid to evacuate them. The Army has clarified that they have not entered the premises.Followers of the Dera chief have stayed put on the Dera headquarters despite appeals by the Army and the authorities to vacate the premises, reports PTI.The Army, which along with police had put up barricades at entry points of the premises following the Friday violence, is mulling its options, said a senior official, who did not wish to be named.The sprawling Dera campus, which is spread over nearly 1,000 acres, is a township on its own, with schools, sports village, hospital and cinema hall.The Deputy Commissioner of Police in Panchkula, Ashok Kumar, has been suspended.Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has been summoned to Delhi. Locals welcome judgmentWhile hoping for the situation to turn better, the locals welcomed the judgement and blamed the State government for going soft on the Dera followers and not making adequate security arrangements.Read more Sirsa/Panchkula – In the mayhem that followed the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief  Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for rape by a CBI special court on August 25, 36 people were killed and over 250 injured in Panchkula and Sirsa, even as violence rocked other parts of Haryana as the sect supporters went on the rampage. Twenty-eight people were killed in Panchkula, the epicentre of the violence, and four in Sirsa.Court seeks list of Dera Sacha Sauda’s assetsThe Punjab and Haryana High Court, directed the deputy commissioners in Haryana and Punjab to identify the assets and properties of Dera Sacha Sauda and submit a list before it, as an interim measure. The list should include assets, incomes, bank accounts, and properties.However, till then no properties of Dera Sacha Sauda shall be sold, transferred, alienated or encumbered in any manner, the court ordered.Haryana government report on violenceBaldev Raj Mahajan, Haryana’s Advocate General, made the following submission before the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the post-verdict violence.32 casualties in Haryana, out of which 28 in Panchkula. Out of 28 dead, only one person identified so far.524 arrests have been made; 24 vehicles seized; five pistols with 79 rounds, two rifles with 52 rounds have been recovered.Iron rods, dandas (sticks), hockey sticks and 10 petrol bombs also recoveredEight FIRs registered in Panchkuala alone.The High Court has asked the State government to submit “reports of interception of the messages given by the Dera Sacha Sauda inciting violence.”Judge to be flown to jailThe CBI judge will be be flown to jail in Rohtak, where Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is lodged, to pronounce quantum of sentence in rape case against the Dera chief.The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Saturday ordered the Haryana administration to make arrangements to take CBI judge Jagdeep Singh and two of his staff members to the district jail by air. The sentencing will be pronounced on August 28.Read more Army personnel conduct a flag march after their deployment near Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa on August 25, 2017, a day after violence triggered by the conviction of sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case. | Photo Credit: AP Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, a file photo  Meanwhile, Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed in 11 of the 13 police districts in Delhi barring north and central Delhi, said Delhi Police spokesperson Madhur Verma.The Delhi Police on Friday night said that they had no plans to seal the city borders, but they are keeping a close watch on the area in the outskirts following sporadic violence in different parts of the Capital after the verdict.“We have no plans to restrict passenger movement, but extra deployments have been made at the border areaa and we will keep an eye on those entering the city to see if they are planning to organise and assemble, which won’t be allowed because of prohibitory orders in place,” said Mr. Verma.Read more | Photo Credit: Akhilesh Kumar last_img read more

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India waives biometric capture for arriving cruise tourists

first_imgIn an attempt to speed up immigration clearance for cruise passengers, the government of India has waived the requirement of capturing biometrics for visiting cruise tourists arriving on an e-visa.The e-visa facility is available for passengers arriving by cruise ship at Mumbia, Cochin, Mormugao, Chennai and New Mangalore. Until now, biometrics were a requirement at the first port of arrival.At the request of the Ministry of Shipping (MoS), the Ministry of Home Affairs issued the waiver notice which will run for three years until end December 2020.‘This will be immensely helpful to cruising in India,’ Gautam Dey, senior deputy traffic manager at Mumbai Port Trust, told Seatrade Cruise News.Read it at Seatrade Cruise Related Itemslast_img

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Our pick of the month

first_imgRun Patiala Run- July 27MGO Runners, a runners’ group that boasts of members from across India, is organising a marathon. The group shares a common passion for running, whether it is for fitness or training. Apart from the thrill, participants can be assured of sports drinks, water, primary health care,Run Patiala Run- July 27MGO Runners, a runners’ group that boasts of members from across India, is organising a marathon. The group shares a common passion for running, whether it is for fitness or training. Apart from the thrill, participants can be assured of sports drinks, water, primary health care and enthusiastic volunteer support.A medal and a certificate of timing for each participant who completes the half and full marathon are other attractions. Now, what’s stopping you from putting on your running shoes? At Hotel Ajuba Residency, Patiala Tel 8295971163, 9467977863, 9728949438 Timings 05.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.last_img read more

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Ashish Nehra, the last of India’s 1990s cricket generation, prepares for swansong

first_imgAshish Nehra had first played for India in a Test against Sri Lanka back in 1999. A little over 18 years later, the left-arm pacer is set to call time on his career and will bow out.Ironically, Nehra will make his final appearance in a T20 International. The format had not even taken shape at the competitive level when he started playing for India. The first ever T20 International match was played in February 2005, a full six years after his Test debut.It was not before 2009 that Nehra was actually introduced to the shortest format for India. But he delivered like always and he now happens to be India’s third highest wicket-taker in T20Is behind R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah with 34 wickets from 26 matches. (ALSO READ: No.1 T20I batsman and bowler up against No. 1 T20I team)VIDEO: #ThankYouAshishNehra.Teammates pay their tribute to the fast bowler and relive their fond memories of him.. https://t.co/HWxJJipJRd pic.twitter.com/y7ykeA3pf3- BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017He was successful in one-day cricket too with a tally of 157 wickets in 120 matches. Nehra’s most iconic moment on the field for India came during the 2003 World Cup against England when his 6/23 helped India to a comprehensive win.Nehra played a stellar role for India eight years later in the 2011 World Cup semi-final, picking up 2/33 against Pakistan. Incidentally, that happens to be his final one-day international.He was brought back into the team during India’s T20 leg on their tour of Australia and the Delhi pace ace made an immediate impact. However, after years of toil, Nehraji, as his teammates fondly call him, will hang up his boots.advertisementNehra will make his final appearance as a professional cricketer in front of his home crowd at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the first of three T20 matches against top-ranked team New Zealand.India have never won against New Zealand in the shortest format and Nehra would be keen to change that before he bows out.Ashish Nehra will bid farewell to international cricket today – before the 1st #INDvNZ T20I, relive his famous 6/23 v England in 2003! pic.twitter.com/0MSFJfcj8R- ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2017last_img read more

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World’s most expensive car Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta sold at a whopping 121 crore

first_imgThe founder of Italian sports car company Pagani Automobili, Horacio Pagani, recently debuted the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England.The Goodwood Festival is an annual hill climbing event featuring historic motor racing vehicles which usually happens in late June or early July.”We were really delighted to be involved with the Goodwood Festival of Speed once again in such a high-profile way last weekend, and to be one of the many amazing attractions at this world-leading, must-attend event,” Christine Clarkin, Pagani UK’s Dealer Principal said to the website, Moneycontrol News. The most expensive car of the year sold at Rs 121 crore!”The many excited and positive comments about our Pagani models was very gratifying to hear, and the having Horacio Pagani on hand to sign autographs and meet his many admirers was the icing on the cake of the truly excellent weekend,” she added.Pagani Automobili is an Italian company founded by Horacio Pagani in 1992. The company has manufactured some of the most exotic and sought-after cars in the last 26 years.The boutique Italian hyper-car manufacturer, however, keeps its production numbers relatively low when compared to the likes of Lamborghini and Ferrari.In the present case, only three Zonda HP Barchetta models will be manufactured; one to be retained by Horacio himself.Read: Bike lover? This weekend, drool over these 5 most expensive bikes one can buy in IndiaInteresting facts about the car:According to the report by the website of Moneycontrol News,advertisementThe Zonda HP Barchetta is the costliest car of recent times which is of the worth of approximately Rs 122 croreThe hypercar is powered by a 7.3-litre naturally aspirated engine, coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox.It flaunts a wishbone suspension, upper rocker arm with coil springs, adjustable Ohlins shocks, and an anti-roll barIt has beefy 380mm brakes with ventilated discs all around, six-piston callipers up front, and four-piston callipers on the back. It boasts 789bhp of power and weighs in at just 1250 kgCheck the list of the five most expensive cars in the world!Sweptail by Rolls Royce – $13 millionKoenigsegg CCXR Trevita – $4.8 millionLamborghini Veneno Roadster – $4.5 millionMcLaren P1 LM – $3.6 millionLykan Hypersport – $3.4 millionRead: Ranchi’s Rohit Prasad, the father of Amazon AlexaInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Mary Kom recuses herself from sports awards meeting to avoid conflict

first_imgMary Kom recuses herself from sports awards meeting to avoid conflictMary Kom is in the selection panel that will recommend names for the Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dhyanchand and Dronacharya awards to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiAugust 17, 2019UPDATED: August 17, 2019 16:35 IST Mary Kom decided to stay away when her coach’s name came up for discussion. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThere was widespread criticism that Mary Kom is a part of the 12-member committee which is nominating names for national awardsMary Kom’s personal coach Chhote Lal Yadav’s name was discussed for the Dronacharya awardThe Boxing Federation of India had nominated Yadav on the basis of Mary’s recommendationBoxer M.C. Mary Kom on Saturday recused herself from the meeting wherein her personal coach Chhote Lal Yadav’s name was discussed for the Dronacharya award. There was widespread criticism that she is a part of the 12-member committee which is nominating names for national awards for excellence in sports and her own coach is in the list of candidates proposed. But the boxer decided to stay away from when her coach’s name came up for discussion.IANS has reliably learned that she decided to not be a part of the final meeting on Saturday due to the presence of Yadav’s name among the nominees. According to sources, Mary had in fact wanted to resign from the committee when media reports appeared pointing at a case of conflict of interest against her.The Boxing Federation of India had nominated Yadav on the basis of Mary’s recommendation.Mary is among the athletes who are in the selection panel — which includes former footballer Baichung Bhutia, former long-jumper Anju Bobby George, former women’s cricket team captain Anjum Chopra and table tennis coach Kamlesh Mehta – that will recommend names for the Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dhyanchand and Dronacharya awards to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. The other prominent names are Supreme Court judge Justice (Retd) Mukundakam Sharma, Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Jhulaniya, Sports Authority of India Director General Sandeep Pradhan and Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan.The BFI has nominated world championships bronze-medallist Gaurav Bidhuri and Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal for the Arjuna Award while Sandhya Gurung and Shiv Singh are the other coaches they have nominated for the Dronacharya.advertisementAlso Read | Dutee Chand laments lack of competition as Indian GP fails to provide tough test to athletesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Mary KomFollow Baichung Bhutia Nextlast_img read more

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Dr. Chang Welcomes Additional Immigration Kiosks at Sangster Airport

first_imgMinister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has welcomed the installation of 20 additional automated border crossing kiosks at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, which are expected to further reduce the processing time for airline passengers.The new additions have increased the processing points at the facility to 66, inclusive of 30 automated border crossing kiosks and 36 regular immigration officers.Dr. Chang, in a message delivered by Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Rohan Richards, at a graduation ceremony for 20 immigration officers at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on December 6, said the kiosks will further reduce wait times in the immigration hall.“The figures show that wait time within the immigration hall has dropped from a three- to four-hour (timeline) to under 80 minutes during peak times…I am equally pleased to know that the introduction of these additional 20 kiosks will result in a 15 to 20 per cent reduction in wait times in immigration hall time during peak hours,” he said.During peak time, the immigration officers process between 1,800 and 2,500 passengers per hour.Chief Executive Officer, Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Andrew Wynter, said additional supporting technology will be implemented to assist border security personnel to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.A release from PICA said that the machines will ensure speedier and efficient processing of passengers through immigration, with traveller interaction with the system to average approximately 60 seconds.“This represents a significant reduction in the average processing time of two minutes when passengers interact directly with an immigration officer,” the release said.It said the kiosks will automate the processing of incoming passengers at the Montego Bay airport where an average of two million arrivals occur on an annual basis.The provision of kiosks at the airport form part of PICA’s overall strategic objective of satisfying cross-border travellers, through enhanced travel facilitation.The Sangster International Airport is operated by MBJ Airports Limited.last_img read more

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Ship Finance International Buys Four 14000 TEU Boxships

first_imgzoom Ship Finance International Limited has inked a deal to acquire four 14,000 TEU containerships in combination with long-term time-charters to an unrevealed container line.The eco-design boxships are set for delivery in the near term, the company said, adding that the purchase price remains confidential.The time-charters to an Asia-based container line run until 2024, with options to extend the charters by 18 additional months.“Our fixed-rate charter backlog will increase by nearly USD 450 million and the EBITDA contribution from these new vessels is estimated to approximately USD 60 million per year,” SFL said.The consideration to the sellers will be cash plus approximately 4 million newly issued shares in Ship Finance. The company said that it would finance the cash portion of the transaction with cash on the balance sheet and a USD 320 million unsecured loan facility provided by an affiliate of Hemen Holding Ltd., the company’s largest shareholder.SFL added that it was exploring long-term financing alternatives for these vessels in the Asian capital market. “This acquisition highlights Ship Finance’s strength and ability to achieve sustained growth and continued diversification. We are deploying a part of the recently raised capital, but still have capacity for new accretive opportunities. Over the last two months we have added nearly USD 600 million to our charter backlog and expect to continue increasing our fleet of vessels and charter backlog in 2018,” Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of Ship Finance Management AS, said.last_img read more

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Bridgewater Gets Investment for Sport Recreation Facilities

first_imgPeople on the South Shore will soon have access to a new sport and recreation facility thanks to a $830,000 investment by the province. Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, announced today, April 24, that the money will be used to build a $2.5-million multi-sport fieldhouse and outdoor track in Bridgewater. The investment was the first in a series of announcements planned across the province over the next two weeks as part of a $50-million, 10-year infrastructure investment plan. “As we continue to promote the benefits of being physically active, we have a responsibility to help support communities to construct new facilities across the province that are safe and accessible to everyone,” said Mr. Barnet. “I am most proud of the overwhelming dedication this community has shown to develop and build this facility in Bridgewater. We are proud to support their hard work and invest in such a worthwhile project.” The fieldhouse will accommodate a number of activities such as soccer, track and field, baseball, cheerleading, lacrosse, golf, archery and gymnastics. The planning and development of the fieldhouse has been the primary project of the South Shore Fieldhouse Society. They will also be responsible for running the facility. “It’s a wonderful day for our region,” said Doug Quinn, president of the fieldhouse society. “We are thrilled with Minister Barnet’s announcement. We are now a giant step closer to having a top-notch, year-round facility for our community to play and train in. “It is our goal to maximize the facility and make sure everyone has a chance to participate in sport and recreation.” The province’s $50-million, 10-year sport and recreation infrastructure investment plan is in addition to the $3 million invested annually in recreation facility development grants.last_img read more

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Odisha ready to host Lord Jagannaths Rath Yatra

first_imgJyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Odisha Minister of Tourism and Odia Language, Literature and Culture, recently said that the state is ready to host one of India’s biggest festivals, Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra, despite Cyclone Fani ravaging the state recently.Speaking at the inaugural function of the two-day 5th Tourism Investors Meet 2019, organised by FICCI, Panigrahi said that the state government led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has set an example for the world by evacuating more than a million people to safety with zero casualty. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”In about a month’s time, the Odisha government helped bring back things to normal and we are back in business. On July 4, we would be holding Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra and we extend our invitation to all tourists to discover the state which is the best kept secret of Incredible India,” he said. Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India said that the demand for Incredible India has been soaring with increasing number of tourists, both international as well as domestic, and the government along with private players need to work on expanding the infrastructure to cater it. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”There is a high level of taxation for hotels which have a tariff of Rs 7,500 and above and we are very hopeful that that will get sorted out in the next GST Council meeting. Hopefully that will drop down to 18 per cent,” Billa said, adding that the tax has not been yielding any money and was only creating bad optics. Billa further added the tourism ministry is working to bring back the hospitality sector into the harmonised list of infrastructure because there is no other sector which can create as many jobs as the hospitality sector, he said. “We are continuously pushing this with the RBI and the Department of Economic Affairs. It will lead to nearly doubling of loan tenure and the prime lending rate will go down by 200 basis points,” he added. Dr Jyotsna Suri, FICCI Past President, FICCI Tourism Committee Chairperson and CMD, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group said that the two-day event with private players in the tourism industry would come up with recommendations for necessary infrastructure to fully exploit India’s potential in tourism. FICCI Knowledge Paper – “Indian Tourism Infrastructure: Investment Opportunities & Challenges” was also released at the event. The Knowledge Paper contains recommendations for the government to boost the tourism sector.last_img read more

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Funeral held in hometown of youngest Humboldt Broncos crash victim

first_imgMONTMARTRE, Sask. – Hockey jerseys were draped over the coffin of the youngest victim of last week’s Humboldt Broncos bus crash.Some youths at the funeral mass for Adam Herold wore jerseys with his name and team number 10 on the back.Adam would have turned 17 on Thursday.Hockey gloves, a snowmobiling helmet, a hunting cap and a toy tractor were among the items placed by the altar at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in his hometown of Montmartre, Sask.Darren McKechnie, who coached Adam with the Regina Pat Canadians Midget AAA team, says he was the obvious choice for captain even though there were boys older than him on the team.McKechnie says Adam — who he nicknamed “Harry” and teammates called “Rold” — was the type of boy you would want your son to be like and your daughter to bring home.last_img read more

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America Ferrera And Alexis Bledel Help Launch ONEs Women And Girls Initiative

first_imgONE, the global anti-poverty group cofounded by Bono, is launching an initiative to drive awareness and action in support of programs that are helping women and girls lift themselves and their families out of extreme poverty.Video: ONE Women and Girls in HondurasActress and activist America Ferrera, actress Alexis Bledel and Claire Diaz-Ortiz, head of social innovation at Twitter, Inc., spoke yesterday on a panel at the 2012 Mashable Social Good Conference to discuss their recent trip to Honduras and why they are supporting ONE’s effort to ensure that women and girls are at the center of development policy.Alexis Bledel in Honduras with ONECredit/Copyright: Randi Peck RP ConsultingLast month, Ferrera, Bledel and Diaz-Ortiz travelled with ONE to Honduras to see first-hand how women in one of the world’s poorest countries are working to lift their families out of extreme poverty and what role US development programs have to play. ONE has released a short film from the trip by Emmy-award winning director Jesse Dylan and his company Wondros, which can be viewed at www.one.org/womenandgirls.Alexis Bledel and America Ferrera in Honduras with ONECredit/Copyright: Randi Peck RP Consulting“Wherever I have travelled all over the world … whether to Mali, India, Honduras, or even at home in America, women are at the center of the fight against poverty,” said Ferrera. “The women we met in Honduras are true heroes, doing back-breaking work harvesting fields and bringing their crops to market. They aren’t looking for charity — just opportunity and the tools to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Innovative programs like Feed the Future are providing those tools, and for a tiny fraction of the US budget.”Alexis Bledel and America Ferrera Read To Kids in Honduras with ONECredit/Copyright: Randi Peck RP Consulting“Women and girls are the best investment the world can make in the fight against extreme poverty because, when you invest in a girl or a woman, that investment helps not only the individual, but it benefits her family and community as well. I wish everyone could see what we saw and the difference these women are making in their communities,” said Bledel.Diaz-Ortiz, who wrote the book, Twitter for Good, calls social media “an innovative and important tool for advocating on behalf of the world’s poorest people.” She says, “It provides a platform for women and girls around the globe to come together in the fight against extreme poverty and under-nutrition and make our voices heard.”ONE’s Women and Girls initiative will include a social media and communications campaign, the grassroots mobilization of ONE’s more than 3 million members, and a series of activities to press government leaders to support development policies and programs that provide critical support to women and girls. The initiative builds on the successful 2010 launch of ONE Moms — a global movement of mothers using their extraordinary power and voices to spread awareness of the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease. Working together with the ONE Moms, the Women and Girls Initiative will make a big impact and drive real action.last_img read more

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The origins of ISIS and Al Qaeda

Marrakech- To Western observers, ISIS seemed to emerge almost out of nowhere. All Arab states united to denounce Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi when he proclaimed himself caliph of the Islamic State.Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have all participated with the US in its air attacks on ISIS bases in Syria. In fact, the emergence of ISIS has united the Arab Sunni leaders.ISIS clearly bases its claim to establish a caliphate on Wahhabism, the 18th century teachings of the scholar Muhammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab. However, al-Baghdadi’s attempt create a new caliphate based on principles developed hundreds of years ago does not take into account the development of modern Islamic states and institutions and the true, peaceful nature of the Muslim faith. Just because a group claims to be reformist does not give it the right to commit barbaric acts and murder on a large scale. By trying to turn the clock back to when states were being created, ISIS is actually making war against Islam itself, using religion as a means of creating a caliphate based on the past.. Their firm stance against ISIS confirms that modern Islamic states have developed their own societies based on peace and an ordered structure.Unfortunately, ISIS has accumulated vast wealth through illicit sources, and experts are saying that it could take years to eliminate an organization that relies on foreign fighters. Those who will survive the US-led coalition against ISIS may try to return to their country of origin to commit further acts of violence and destabilization.This approach forms the basis of Al Qaeda’s philosophy. They use targeted violence to kill unbelievers and seek to overthrow and “redeem” Muslim states, which they believe have lost their true Islamic faith.Al Qaeda grew out of a radical tradition that believed Muslim states and societies have fallen into sinful unbelief, and embraced violence as a tool to redeem them. “Violence is part of their [ISIS’s] ideology,” says Bernard Haykel, a scholar at Princeton University in the US. He adds, “For Al Qaeda, violence is a means to an end; for ISIS, it is an end in itself.”ISIS believes that members of Al Qaeda are not true Muslims because they will not adhere to their proclaimed caliphate.In his latest New York Times column, Thomas L. Friedman says that the Islamic world has to rethink the current status quo, which has led to ISIS and Al Qaeda, and find a solution that will restore order and peace to the Islamic world, hopefully ending the long-running Sunni Shia confrontation. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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Annan condemns bomb attack in Israel urges parties to stay course towards

In a statement released by his spokesman, the Secretary-General, who is travelling in Moscow, said he was “appalled” by the incident, noting that it came amid a concerted international effort to convene a peace conference on the Middle East. “Brutal and wilful killing of innocent civilians can never be justified, no matter what the political objective,” the statement said. “Every effort must be made to bring to justice those responsible for this cruel act.”The Secretary-General urged those committed to finding a political solution in the Middle East to stay the course. “The enemies of peace should not be allowed to derail this process,” the statement stressed.Mr. Annan also extended his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Israel. read more

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UNIraq talks open in Vienna on practical arrangements for return of inspectors

Senior representatives of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) opened talks today in Vienna with Iraqi officials on practical arrangements for the return of UN weapons inspectors to the country following a nearly four-year absence. Topics under discussion were to include entry into Iraq and the accommodation of inspectors; the UN’s headquarters in Baghdad and movement inside the country; the security of inspectors; and the taking of samples as well as their transport out of Iraq, UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix told reporters as he entered the Vienna International Centre, where the meeting is being held.At the conclusion of today’s session, Mr. Blix told the press that participants had covered a first reading of all the issues on the agenda. “We will revert to continue tomorrow – many issues have been clarified – and we will continue” before wrapping up tomorrow afternoon, he added.Asked about the mood of the discussions, he said it was a “very businesslike atmosphere, knowledgeable; everyone there in the room knows something about this subject.”When he entered the meeting, the Executive Chairman said “the purpose of the talks is that we’d like to ensure that if and when inspections come about we will not have clashes inside.” He added that it was better to work out the issues “outside in advance.””We even said we would not deploy inspectors to Iraq until we have had talks about these things,” Mr. Blix stressed.Asked whether there would be any limits on the sites UN inspectors could access, he replied, “No, I am not aware of any such places.”The Executive Chairman, who is scheduled to report to the Security Council in New York on Thursday, told the press that “it is the Security Council that wants to have the first news and therefore I am a little restrained in what I will say here.” read more

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New Ohio State pistol coach Emil Milev shoots for the next level

Emil Meliv, now Ohio State’s pistol coach, takes aim at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup at Fort Benning in Georgia on March 28, 2014. Credit: Courtesy of USA ShootingAfter competing in six Olympic games, Emil Milev has a new challenge ahead of him: being head coach of the Ohio State pistol team as it prepares for another triumphant season.The pistol team won last year’s women’s aggregate national championships and the open team intercollegiate championship for the third season in a row. Milev said he is looking forward to building on the success of an already highly decorated program and “taking it to the next level.”“The name is what led me here — it’s the best in the country,” Milev said. “I think the team and I can work together, and this collaboration can be beneficial to the program. I want to give them a lot of opportunities in the sport and in life.” The Bulgarian-born Milev competed for his home country in four Olympic games between 1992 and 2004 and earned the silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta games, before moving to the U.S. in 2004 and becoming a U.S. citizen in 2009. He competed for the U.S. in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio games. Milev also is a six-time World Championship competitor, earning the silver medal in 1994. Milev began the sport of pistol as a hobby, going with friends to the shooting range. He began intercollegiate competition, eventually working toward qualifying for the World Championship and Olympics.“I felt hungry for the competitiveness, and started practicing harder, reading books and learning more about the sport,” Milev said. “Never in high school did I think I would be at six Olympic games and even receiving a medal. I just love it so much. I never dreamed it would be my life, but it slowly turned out to be that way. It’s very rewarding.”A main goal of Milev’s is to have the program focus more to the Olympic-styled events he knows best.“The [National Rifle Association] is making a few changes in their competitive events, but right now only three collegiate events pistol shooters participate in are Olympic,” Milev said. “I would like to see the program go in this direction, and eventually see athletes coming here to contribute to our team along with our athletes competing and winning in international matches in the years to come.”Pistol has multiple events in the men’s and women’s divisions, depending on the size of the gun used and the distance from the target. The type of competitions also vary in how fast the shooter must get the shots off. Most of the sport, as described by Milev, is a balance between controlling the fine-tuned machine to work with the shooter and the mental focus needed to be successful.“To truly appreciate pistol, you have to try it,” Milev said. “Even just learning more about it, asking our athletes about what they do and how they must train, people will understand this is truly a sport.”Sophomore Anthony McCollum, who earned the silver medal in last year’s national open-air competition, said Milev has already made an impact on the Buckeyes, though he was hired less than three weeks ago. The team competes on October 27-28 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where it will face Army, Coast Guard, North Dakota State and Utah to begin the season. “We ask for the Ohio State community to celebrate with us, there’s a lot of talent on this team and you can expect lots of wins this year,” Milev said. read more

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