first_imgLooking for more on web-based filmmaking? Check out these articles.Why You Shouldn’t Use Letterbox PNG Overlays For YouTube UploadsEngage Your Audience with YouTube’s New Community TabHow Heavy Grain Overlays Are Affecting Your YouTube UploadExport Youtube-Ready Subtitles From Premiere ProA Cheat Sheet for Social Media Video Aspect Ratios AnimationThe show uses animation to fill most of its visual gaps. More often than not, this is when Smith refers to past events that lack B-roll or archive material. Although this animation is a fairly simple visual style, it’s always spot-on in terms of the emotion or comedic timing — with a little help from some cartoonish sound effects.The episode “How I Became The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air | Storytime” is entirely illustrated with animation and an interesting reenactment  of a conversation between a young Will Smith and a (now ex-) girlfriend.Something as simple as dubbing a girlfriend’s voice over a shot of Will (an internet meme) is another creative technique to keep the energy up and make some content stand out from the rest of the episode.There’s a very simple, flat visual style to the animation, with relatively little movement (which no doubt saves time in post-production), but it is still strong storytelling. This story about Will not having any money for gas sounds like it’s from a chat-show segment since it has a laugh track.Although animation can be time-consuming, it’s really helps make the show more engaging and entertaining. It’s a good way to add some texture and pacing to your storytelling.Sound Effects, Music, and the MixWhen you focus only on the sound design, music edit, and mix, there’s actually a lot of subtle things going on.If you listen to this section of Smith telling the story of how he auditioned at Quincy Jones’s house, you’ll hear simple sound effects for the animation; music breaks at key moments in the story (3.09) and (3.34); and a change in volume and pace between the first, second, and third tracks.If you listen carefully at 3.34, you’ll hear that even though the music breaks, the editor loops the final sustained note so that it’s never actually fully gone, and then uses a reversed whoosh to ramp up into the third track. This helps to maintain momentum and energy across a pause.It’s quite a different effect from the complete music break at 4.15, which is one of the few moments of silence in the whole show.There are also subtle sound effects over some of Will’s actions, such as when he says “We took a picture, signed the contract,” which, again, helps to blend the animation with the footage.Editor Dallas-Feeney also uses sound effects and visual punch-ins to accentuate certain moments and make them seem much more important than they might otherwise be. For example, listen to the bass-drop when the question at the heart of “The Truth About Being Famous“ is posed.The MontageA successfully created montage can be a powerful editorial tool for cramming a lot of information into a short sequence.In the opening montage (0.23 – 0.43) from “The Truth About Being Famous,” you get an idea of the size of the adoring crowds that follow someone like Will Smith around. It’s an artful composite of mixing the beat of the music, the sound design of the crowds, specific foley (car tires screeching, punches landing, etc.), Will’s voice-over, and videos and stills.There are a few glitch effects thrown in for good measure, and clips from Smith’s own films highlight certain key words (fought, struggled) and I particularly like how the tire screech carries over into Smith’s own cheer-and-swinging camera move.It’s really well-crafted editing and sound design.There’s also a really interesting “hyper-montage” at 6.59 in the episode below, after the word “but . . .” It serves as a visual reminder of the stakes and what Will has done to conquer them, and it concludes the piece in the span of only a few seconds.The same episode also features frequent text pops to highlight the word “Fear” — with some glitch effects to bring them to life. It’s a simple addition, but it helps focus the audience’s attention on the central theme of the video.To see all of these ideas in action, check out “The Jump,” and try your hand at a few of these techniques in your own videos. Will Smith is a natural storyteller and world-famous movie star, and now he has a successful YouTube channel. So what can we learn from his team?Will Smith’s YouTube channel launched in December 2017 and, in just under one year, has amassed nearly 4.2 million subscribers and 150,623,004 views. In this post, I’ll take a look at some of the creative techniques in action on Will’s YouTube channel — and some takeaways for crafting your own successful YouTube series.There’s a lot of creativity on display in these videos, including strong storytelling, which no doubt comes from the breadth of experience of the creative professionals involved. Since Smith’s channel is a “YouTube originals” show, there is a full suite of professionals behind the scenes.For example, here are the credits for “How I Became The Fresh Prince of Bel Air | Storytime“:Executive Producers: Will Smith, Miguel MelendezProducers: Aaron Ferguson, Lukas Kaiser, Mike Nussbaum, Sadao TurnerCo-Directors: Jeff Blank, Luke Kelly-ClyneEditor: Chris Dallas-FeeneyAnimation: Chris Dallas-FeeneyVoice-over (Will’s Girlfriend): Brianna BakerCreative Consultants: Turner Barrowman, Lionel Boyce, Clayton English, JF Harris, Will Miles1st AC: Brandon EppersonLocation Sound Mixer: Michael SujekBut even with an impressive crew like this, everything still comes down to just one editor doing the cut and animation — and presumably the mix and grade too. In this case it’s editor Chris Dallas-Feeney, who works for Westbrook Entertainment (a Smith family company) and who previously worked at VICE media.So let’s take a look at what, exactly, makes this channel so successful.StructureAfter watching a few episodes, you begin to notice that there’s an elliptical structure to the show: a premise, exploration, and back to the premise — with a new understanding.In the episode above, the premise is “I love being famous,” but by the end it is “I love being me.”  In the episode “Why I’m jumping into the Grand Canyon | Storytime,” the show starts by introducing fear as the theme — and how it has affected Smith’s life negatively. By the end of the episode, we learn that facing fear is a driving force in his life.You also notice that the show is trying not to appear like a show, per se; rather it presents the idea that you’re going behind the scenes with the real Will Smith. So there are often little preambles that set up the situation and make it look deliberately unpolished.In this screengrab from the opening few seconds of “The Truth About Being Famous,” you can see how they’ve created a picture-in-picture effect with some VHS-style noise for an unpolished, unrehearsed aesthetic — Smith even asks the crew if they’re rolling.From a cinematographer’s standpoint, each show is usually a combination of a properly filmed, sit-down interview (usually on a static high-end camera) and off-the-cuff reality filming — from Smith or someone else in a handheld style. This is often intercut based on the dialogue, and these interviews are often shot with multiple cameras. In “How I Became The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air | Storytime,” the crew might even be using three cameras.As with many YouTube shows, the main goal is to hold the viewer’s attention by maintaining the energy throughout with fairly lean storytelling and a brief overall duration. These are some great creative constraints — instead of forcing a standard episode duration, each is only as long as it needs to be.But I think it’s worth noting, as an editor, that storytelling with a clear beginning, middle, and end is key to making the content engaging and meaningful, and that’s never going to change, no matter what you’re cutting. Structure brings clarity.last_img read more

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now What is the one thing that you need to do to move your most important project forward? Unless there is some emergency that demands your attention, you should be doing that thing now. The only real secret to productivity is to do what is most important, and to do what is most important NOW.What is the one thing you should have done a long time ago, and because you haven’t done it, you are now too embarrassed to do it at all? Problems don’t age well, and what is left undone may be your undoing. Whatever it is, it isn’t going to get any easier, so do it now.What is the biggest, nastiest, foulest thing you need to do right now? Maybe it’s something you dread because it is going to be more than unpleasant. Or maybe it’s a conversation you need to have that is going to be difficult, and potentially emotionally charged. Steel yourself, and do it now. Don’t wait.What are the disciplines that you haven’t kept that you need to keep? What are the two or three things that you promise yourself you’ll start to do tomorrow, but never get started? Today is that tomorrow. Every day that goes by puts your further behind when it comes to reaching your potential. Today is day one. Do it now.What are your shoulds that are really musts? What are the things that you know you “should” be doing but aren’t? Most of the things that you avoid doing because they are difficult or unpleasant are really “musts.” You may fear the wrong danger. You don’t want to do something because you aren’t sure of the outcome, but the greater risk is in not doing it, and you are left with consequences that are guaranteed to be worse than your fears. If it’s a “should,” make it a “must,” and do it now.last_img read more

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first_imgSHARE (from left) India Under 19 cricket captain Prithvi Shaw and coach Rahul Dravid The BCCI on Saturday announced a cash reward of ₹ 50 lakh for the U-19 chief coach Rahul Dravid while the victorious squad members will receive ₹30 lakh each. The other members of the support staff including fielding coach Abhya Sharma and bowling coach Paras Mhambrey will be richer by ₹20 lakh. In a marked departure from the usual norm where the players, who have done it on the field get greater share of the prize money, the COA-led BCCI has decided that the chief coach should get the biggest share.“India is known for its guru shishya parampara and the Guru always gets more. Obviously, the stature of the coach matters a lot,” a senior office-bearer, who was a part of the policy decision told PTI today. However, it must be noted that neither Dav Whatmore (2008 India coach) nor Bharath Arun (2012 coach) got more than the Virat Kohli or Unmukt Chand-led team. Congratulating the team for beating Australia in the final BCCI Committee of Administrators (COA) Chief Vinod Rai said: “I congratulate the U19 team who have made the country proud. Head Coach Rahul Dravid played his cricket with sincerity and it was pleasing to see the boys uphold the value.” BCCI acting president CK Khanna said: “The boys have shown tremendous maturity in the manner they dominated the proceedings from the first match. They always looked like champions. My heartiest congratulations to the boys and Rahul, who has been like a pillar for this team.” Khanna said he will recommend that the U-19 selection committee chaired by Venkatesh Prasad also gets financial reward just like the senior men’s and women’s panel that went home richer despite their respective teams losing World Cup finals. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on February 03, 2018center_img COMMENT (from left) India Under 19 cricket captain Prithvi Shaw and coach Rahul Dravid × COMMENTSlast_img read more

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first_imgSaturday, NFL rosters must be finalized and each team has to whittle their squad down to 53. Several former Cowboys were drafted or signed as undrafted free agents. Here’s a look at who stuck and who was let go.Brandon WeedenWeeden, who will turn 34 next month, is out at Houston. Probably not a huge surprise given that the Texans took Clemson’s Deshaun Watson with the 12th-overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.With two QBs they believe in, the #Texans have released QB Brandon Weeden, source said. They’ll keep just two.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 2, 2017Chris CarsonChris Carson was a surprise star for the Seattle Seahawks who already had four running backs on the roster. But Carson’s highlight-worthy plays and praise from new head coach Pete Carroll earned him a place on the 53-man roster. Fellow running backs Alex Collins and Mike Davis were cut to make room for the former Poke.Vincent TaylorThe Miami Dolphins took Taylor in the sixth round of this year’s Draft and he’s apparently done nothing but impress. As was expected, he was not cut and will make Miami’s roster.Ashton LampkinAshton Lampkin impressed during the preseason in his role in the Kansas City’s secondary, and the Chiefs liked Lampkin enough that even after he suffered a season-ending knee injury, they’ve decided to do him around on IR.Jordan SternsKansas City waived Jordan Sterns earlier in camp after the former Cowboy safety missed several practices due to illness.Lenzy PipkinsAccording to reports, Pipkins didn’t hear from the team before the cut deadline — so the assumption is that he made the team.Pipkins impressed in the preseason, being named to the Week 1 preseason team of the week by Pro Football Focus. Chris CarsonSeattle Seahawks? Blake JarwinDallas Cowboys✂ Vincent TaylorMiami Dolphins ? Cornerback: Lenzy Pipkins, Green Bay Packers, 86.6 overall gradePipkins was on the field for 32 snaps in coverage, and allowed two receptions for just four yards. He had three tackles including a stop and zero missed tackles, while adding a pass breakup and a quarterback hit. PFFBlake JarwinJarwin was waived by the Dallas Cowboys. He made some preseason plays but could not quite get ahead of James Hanna, Geoff Swaim and former All-Big 12 power forward Rico Gathers for the No. 2 spot behind Jason Whitten.Full list of Cowboys cuts pic.twitter.com/vX7YMn8jLD— SportsDay Cowboys (@dmn_cowboys) September 2, 2017Jhajuan SealesFormer Cowboy wide receiver Jhajuan Seales was waived in August after sustaining an injury.Buccaneers Waive/Injured WR Jhajuan Seales, Sign WR Shaq Hill https://t.co/CQ6ksDZL0m pic.twitter.com/pjCDCpVaAL— NFLTradeRumors.co (@nfltrade_rumors) August 2, 2017Victor SalakoLeft tackle Victor Salako did not make the Philadelphia Eagles’ final roster. The transfer from UAB earned all-conference second-team honors his senior season at OSU.#Eagles cuts: T Victor Salako, LB Christian Tago, DT Gabe Wright, TE Adam Zaruba LB Don ?, DT Winston Craig— Ryan Neal (@Rwilliamneal) September 1, 2017 Lenzy PipkinsGreen Bay Packers? ? Jordan SternsKansas City Chiefs✂center_img PlayerTeamCutStuckIR Jhajuan SealesTampa Bay Buccaneers✂ Victor SalakoPhiladelphia Eagles✂ Michael HunterFormer cornerback Michael Hunter also indicated that he will remain in New York with the Football Giants this season.Kevin PetersonSecond-year cover man Kevin Peterson earned a roster spot for the Los Angeles Rams.Trumaine Johnson and Kayvon Webster are the starting CBs. Backups: Nickell Robey-Coleman, Kevin Peterson, Dominique Hatfield.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) September 2, 2017Jimmy BeanLast week, former Oklahoma State defensive end Jimmy Bean was waived by the Oakland Raiders after getting dinged up in practice. He was claimed by the Denver Broncos days later. Unfortunately he did not pass the team’s physical exam.Tyler PatmonFormer Cowboy Tyler Patmon also made the cut with the Jacksonville Jaguars.Keelan Cole, Tyler Patmon and Jalen Myrick are all on 53-man roster.— John Reid (@JohnReid64) September 2, 2017Shamiel GaryFormer Cowboy safety Shamiel Gary did not make the cut for Buffalo.#Bills S Shamiel Gary, B.T. Sanders & Joe Powell have been cut, likely indicating Trae Elston made team & BUF will add S cut by another club— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) September 2, 2017Seven former Cowboys tried to make NFL rosters as Here’s a look at the 2017 rookies and how each fared this fall.Potential 2017 Rookies from OSU Ashton LampkinKansas City Chiefs If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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first_imgThe 2007 National Touch League is Australia’s most prestigious touch football tournament. Throughout the tournement Touch Football Australia will be profiling some of the biggest names in the game who are in action at the showcase event.Todays spotlight is on Australian Open Mens Captian, and Rustlers representative Gavin Shuker.To read Shukers profile click here.last_img

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini delighted with Nasri debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was delighted with Samir Nasri’s debut for their FA Cup win over Birmingham City.Nasri impressed during an hour-long debut.“I’m happy because we won the game and secondly because we won through to the fourth round of the FA Cup, we scored two goals, we kept a clean sheet, we gave minutes to Samir Nasri after so long, we played with two young players in Grady Diangana and Xande Silva and Andy Carroll scored, so it was all good news,” Pellegrini confirmed.“Nasri was another positive thing. He is a player whose performances will improve with every minute he plays because he is a top player.” last_img read more

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first_img For the financial year 2018/2019, the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will continue its programme of community intervention, supported by overseas loans and grant funding.Making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 27, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, said that, currently, the organisation has an active portfolio of approximately US$94 million.“Its portfolios target some 10 areas of development, covering the construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure as well as the building of human capacity to solidify Jamaica’s development objectives,” he pointed out.The JSIF’s scheduled programme of activities, for which dedicated funding has been identified, correspond with four of the five strategic areas that have been identified by the Government of Jamaica as medium-term themes.These are Rule of Law and Timely Justice Outcomes, Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth and Job Creation, Human Capital Development, and Social Protection.The JSIF is an agency of Government that was designed to address some of the most pressing socio-economic needs of the country’s most underserved communities.By way of that mandate, as at the end of March 2018, the JSIF has invested approximately $22.65 billion on projects across all 14 parishes. For the financial year 2018/2019, the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will continue its programme of community intervention, supported by overseas loans and grant funding. “Its portfolios target some 10 areas of development, covering the construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure as well as the building of human capacity to solidify Jamaica’s development objectives,” he pointed out. Story Highlights Making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 27, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, said that, currently, the organisation has an active portfolio of approximately US$94 million.last_img read more

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first_imgInNOVAcorp’s board of directors announced today, May 24, the appointment of Dan MacDonald as the corporation’s new president and chief executive officer. Mr. MacDonald brings to the role more than 19 years of high tech business building experience, including global marketing and product commercialization. “After an extensive executive search process, we are confident we have found the ideal person to lead InNOVAcorp,” said Colin Latham, chair of InNOVAcorp’s board of directors. “Mr. MacDonald’s years of private sector experience in the high technology industry, including five years in the heart of Silicon Valley, makes him well qualified for this position.” Mr. MacDonald and his family recently moved back to the Halifax area from Northern California, where he was vice-president of global marketing for Nokia Enterprise Solutions. Prior to joining Nokia, he worked for many years at Mitel Corporation, a leading global provider of communications solutions and services. Over the years, Mr. MacDonald has held senior positions in a variety of business areas, including product management and marketing, engineering, international technical support, strategic planning, and program development. “I am pleased that the board has chosen a new CEO of Mr. MacDonald’s calibre to lead InNOVAcorp,” said Economic Development minister Ernest Fage. “His broad experience in innovation and technology will enhance the already attractive business climate here in Nova Scotia.” “I am very excited about building upon InNOVAcorp’s impressive track record,” said Mr. MacDonald. “As president and chief executive officer, I will fully apply my high energy and business experience to drive Nova Scotia’s innovation leadership.” Playing a key role in Nova Scotia’s economic growth strategy, InNOVAcorp enables the province’s early stage companies to commercialize their technologies through its High Performance Incubation (HPi) model. The model augments traditional business incubation facilities and services by offering an additional layer of venture guidance and investment. Mr. Latham extended the board’s appreciation to Ben Forcier, InNOVAcorp’s vice-president of investment, who has served as acting CEO for the past eight months. Mr. Forcier will return to his focus on managing and growing the corporation’s venture investment activity.last_img read more

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first_img Keshen Goodman Public Library, Halifax Regional Municipality, July 8 Truro Fire Hall, July 14 Digby Fire Station, July 19 Nova Scotia women will be asked about their involvement in municipal government decision-making during focus group sessions taking place until July 19. Researchers for the Women in Local Government project will meet with elected women, women who work for municipalities and female community leaders across Nova Scotia to ask why they got involved in municipal government or what keeps them from participating. The project is a partnership of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM) and the YWCA of Halifax, with support from Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “When governments reflect the communities they serve, they are more responsive and more relevant,” said Anna Allen, chair of the Women in Local Government steering committee. “Governments need more involvement by women and women need more of a voice in decision-making. This research will show us what changes will move Nova Scotia municipalities to where we all want to be.” Nova Scotia is lagging behind other provinces and the world in efforts to encourage women’s participation in municipal decision-making. The research on the nature and extent of women’s involvement in municipal government will contribute to a report and recommendations to the UNSM in October. Six focus group sessions will be held throughout the province. The researchers are working to locate women who can provide diverse perspectives, particularly women who are active in their communities but who do not take part in politics or municipal consultations. The following sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon: The following sessions begin at 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.: Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, June 23 Liverpool Trinity Anglican Church Parish Hall, July 6 Dartmouth North Community Centre, Halifax Regional Municipality, July 7 For more information or to participate in a focus group, contact Kristel vom Scheidt at least three days before the session at 902-490-4174 or by e-mail to vomschk@halifax.ca .last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsA senior Chief in BC is warning of civil disobedience if the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline is approved.The proposed pipeline would cross Northern BC bringing bitumen from Alberta’s tar sands to ships on the west coast.But as APTN’s Rob Smith tells us, some First Nations leaders are warning the project could spark the kind of opposition seen at Oka and Ipperwash.last_img

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By Natalie YazharyWashington, D.C – The Council of Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (CARLAC), in collaboration with the OCP Policy Center, the Getulio Vargas Foundation and the University of Maryland, has organized an event regarding “Low Carbon Renewable Energy: Lessons from MENA (north Africa and Middle-East countries) and Latin America Regions.”This event will take place during the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco from November 7 to 18. The session will unite all levels of deployment experts, and non-governmental organization partners, and government officials, including high level government representatives of the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean, according to CEO of CARLAC Ambassador Hasan Abdelraham.CARLAC is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization created to strengthen relations between the Arab World and Latin America and the Caribbean. Their mission is to develop communication on a range of topics, including trade, commerce, investment, social involvement, education and cultural exchange.Officials and non-governmental organization partners alike will convene to discuss renewable energy options in pursuit of the Paris Agreement, potential developmental pathways between countries in Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa regions, international collaboration for sustainable support, and more.Expected speakers at the event include Director at the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland Dr. Nathan Hultman, Managing Director of the OCP Policy Center Dr. Karim El Aynaoui, Morocco’s Minister of Environment Dr. Hakia el Haite, Qatar’s Minister of Municipality and Environment, Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Metab Al-Rumaihi, Representative of Fundacion Getulio Vargas in Brazil Eduardo Braga, Minister of Environment & Sustainable Development of Columbia Luz Helena Sarmiento Villamizar, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at Ministry of Energy in Mexico Erika Streu, and Executive Secretary of REN21 Christine Lin. read more

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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are formidable and ambitious but still achievable, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he urged the world’s leaders to direct their countries’ resources to the areas where they are needed most in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease.In a call to action a week before nearly 140 heads of State and government are expected to gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York for a summit measuring progress on the MDGs, Mr. Ban told journalists that it is clear that the targets can be achieved by their 2015 deadline with the right amount of will and effort.“The MDGs are difficult and ambitious, but doable,” he said. “Many poor countries have made enormous progress. The world as a whole is on track to reduce poverty by half by 2015 – a tremendous achievement.”But Mr. Ban acknowledged that many countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, are falling short of the targets.“Inequities are growing within and among countries. Too often, global economic management neglects the poor and vulnerable. And the money we need – even though it is modest – is not yet there, a problem compounded by the economic crisis. Our challenge is to put our resources where they will have the greatest impact: education, jobs, health, smallholder agriculture, infrastructure and green energy.”The three-day summit on the MDGs, convened by the General Assembly, kicks off in New York next Monday and is expected to attract not only heads of State and governments but dozens of representatives from civil society groups, foundations and the private sector.Mr. Ban said today that he would use the summit to launch a global strategy for women’s and children’s health, one of the target areas in the MDGs.“No area has more potential to set off a ripple effect – a virtuous cycle – across the Goals than women’s health and empowerment. All the key players have lined up behind this effort.”The Secretary-General said he had been “very encouraged by the strong support” shown by UN Member States for the summit.“Next week’s summit is meant to propel us forward for the next five years… Time and again, whatever the issue, we have seen the difference that high-level political engagement can make. I look forward to what world leaders will do here next week. In this race against time, we all have promises to keep.”The MDGs were formed in 2000 at the Millennium Summit in New York, with world leaders pledging to do their utmost to try to attain the goals by 2015. The targets include slashing poverty, fighting disease, halting environmental degradation and boosting health. 13 September 2010The Millennium Development Goals are formidable and ambitious but still achievable, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he urged the world’s leaders to direct their countries’ resources to the areas where they are needed most in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease. read more

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WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Friday:Canola: July ’17 unchanged $554.20; Nov. ’17 $5.70 higher $508.20; Jan. ’18 $6.00 higher $512.40; March ’18 $5.90 higher $515.90; May ’18 $5.20 higher $515.00; July ’18 $6.40 higher $516.60; Nov. ’18 unchanged $471.40; Jan. ’19 unchanged $472.20; March ’19 unchanged $472.20; May ’19 unchanged $472.20; July ’19 unchanged $472.20.Barley (Western): July ’17 unchanged $138.00; Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00. read more

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The amendments to the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the 1979 International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR), coming into force tomorrow, oblige states to let those rescued disembark, thus relieving ships of the responsibility of caring for them and ensuring that those in peril are not therefore ignored. “Vessels fulfilling their humanitarian duty have encountered problems as states have occasionally refused to let some migrants and refugees rescued at sea disembark, especially when they lacked proper documentation,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.“This state of affairs put shipowners and companies in a very difficult situation, even threatening the integrity of the time-honoured humanitarian tradition to assist those in peril at sea,” he said.UNHCR and the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) will soon issue an information leaflet to provide guidance on relevant legal provisions and procedures to help shipmasters, shipowners, government authorities, insurance companies, and other interested parties involved in rescues at sea. The amendments aim to ensure that the obligation of the shipmaster to render assistance is complemented by a corresponding obligation of states to co-operate in rescue situations, relieving the master of the responsibility to care for survivors, and allowing individuals who are rescued at sea to be delivered promptly to a place of safety.In short, they require signatory states and other parties to co-ordinate and co-operate to ensure that ships rescuing persons in distress face minimum disruption in their schedules by arranging disembarkation as soon as reasonably practicable. Shipmasters who have picked up persons in distress are obliged to treat them humanely.UNHCR has a direct interest in the fate of those taking to sea since, even if the majority may be migrants without international protection needs, a certain proportion turn out to be refugees.Every year, an unknown number of people drown in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Caribbean and other waterways around the world, as their vessels capsize. A few lucky ones are rescued by passing ships – for the most part merchant vessels – that heed the moral and legal imperative to assist persons in distress at sea. read more

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MORAGA, Calif. — Sabrina Ionescu scored a season-high 27 points, and No. 3 Oregon beat Saint Mary’s 79-55 on Saturday in the Saint Mary’s Thanksgiving Classic.Ionescu, a returning All-American point guard who went to high school in nearby Orinda, enjoyed a terrific homecoming weekend. The Ducks (6-0) routed UC Riverside on Friday and before cruising by the host Gaels (3-2).Oregon began the day ranked third in the country in scoring at 95 points per game, and Saint Mary’s at least managed to hold the Ducks below their average.But the Gaels had no answer for Ionescu, who went 11 for 20 from the floor and had six rebounds and six assists. Satou Sabally added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Ducks, who led 55-42 at the end of three quarters and pulled away in the final period.Megan McKay led Saint Mary’s with 12 points and Sydney Raggio added 11 points. They each had a team-high 10 rebounds.Ionescu scored 17 to help the Ducks to a 36-26 lead at the break. Oregon held Saint Mary’s to 31 per cent shooting (11 for 35) over the first two quarters.BIG PICTUREOregon: The Ducks showed they can dominate a game even when their high-octane offence isn’t clicking on all cylinders.Saint Mary’s: The Gaels showed they can play respectably against a national power, but they simply weren’t hitting enough shots from the perimeter to put pressure on Oregon.UP NEXTOregon is off until a Dec. 2 home game against Long Beach State.Saint Mary’s plays on the road Thursday at UC Santa Barbara.—More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Joe Stiglich, The Associated Press read more

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OSU field hockey players gather in a huddle during a game against Iowa on Oct. 19, 2014 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 4-2.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State field hockey team walked away from the weekend with its third and fourth consecutive wins after topping Michigan State and Ohio.Sophomore back Caroline Rath scored the game-winning goal near the end of the first period against the Spartans (3-5, 0-1) in the Big Ten field hockey opener, which ended with a final score of 2-1.The Buckeyes started strong when sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey scored less than four minutes into the game by converting off a penalty corner with an assist from senior back Emma Royce. Just nine minutes later, the score was tied up 1-1 after Michigan State senior forward Mallory Tyler scored off a short pass in front of the cage with the help of teammate Heather Howie.The offensive action continued throughout the first half when Rath bobbled off a penalty corner and hit a hard shot to the cage past Spartans goalie Sierra Patton with an another assist from Royce 32 minutes in.OSU used its strong defense to its advantage as the team held the lead through the second half. Sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro had three saves in the half, two of which occurred with less than 15 minutes left to give her a game-ending total of four saves.Despite being outshot 13-7, OSU had five shots on goal, while less than half of Michigan State’s were on target.The women of the field hockey team returned to the home turf Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field against Ohio University (3-4), pulling ahead in the second half after a slow start for their fourth win in a row.Senior forward Peanut Johnson, last week’s Big Ten Player of the Week, brought her offensive A-game by taking part in all three of the Buckeyes’ goals with two scores and an assist. The final goal was scored after she dribbled the ball into the circle and converted from five yards out. Ohio started strong, scoring the first goal seven minutes into the first half thanks to a shot off a penalty corner by Clarissa Leikly with assists from Kristen Buchanan and Adele Sammons. The Bobcats held the lead until Johnson dashed past her opponents 23 minutes in for a backhanded shot past Ohio goalie Lina Trucco.As the opening weekend for Big Ten play, Johnson said both her focus and determination were at an all-time high — specifically after the slow first half.“Big Ten games are just extra competitive, especially because we all have the championship in the back of our minds,” Johnson said. “(Going into the second half) our whole attitude changed — we looked at it as a new game and said losing can’t be an option.”The Bobcats took the lead again rounding off the first half with a goal from Maria Russel, but the Buckeyes gained momentum during period two. Nearly 40 minutes in, Royce tied up the score at 2-2 off a penalty corner with an assist from Johnson. OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said the team came back with much-needed aggression and a winning outlook during the second half.“The focus was we need to fight for every ball, and not sit back and give Ohio any opportunities. To me, we were not competing in the first half,” Wilkinson said. “When things started to go our way in the second half, we started to get our rhythm; we stepped up, gave a lot more effort and generated more chances.”Royce said her drive to make the most of her senior season gave her even more determination to fight for the win.“We, especially the seniors, put a little extra pressure on ourselves to just go out and execute when we had opportunities, and luckily we ended up doing that,” Royce said.With the game tied up at 2-2, Johnson’s swift control of the ball gave the Buckeyes the winning goal with only 10 minutes remaining and gave her the team lead of 15 points on six goals and three assists.Looking forward to the rest of the season, Wilkinson said she hopes more than anything the team brings its drive to the field every time.. “I like our fight. If they can go out there and play tough, the results will come,” Wilkinson said. “If they don’t, at least they know they fought hard … I prefer that over anything else.”The Buckeyes are next set to head to Oxford, Ohio, on Wednesday at 5 p.m. to face off against another in-state competitor, Miami University. read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCARICOM leaders to meet with UN Secretary General on VenezuelaJanuary 28, 2019In “Regional”CARICOM countries urged to treat fleeing Venezuelan nationals with compassionAugust 23, 2017In “latest news”CARICOM agrees to Venezuela missionJuly 7, 2017In “latest news” (CMC) Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders on Tuesday held “varied and robust views” on the on-going political situation in Venezuela during a three-hour meeting.No official statement has been issued by the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat or from the office of the Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, who is the CARICOM chairman and who is reported to have convened the special emergency meeting by videoconference.Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith MitchellHowever, the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a brief statement Wednesday said that the leaders who had participated in the videoconference call had engaged in “varied and robust views” and that the meeting “centred on promoting dialogue among stakeholders within Venezuela geared towards resolution of the political and social challenges in that country”.CARICOM leaders at their last summit held in Grenada last month issued a statement reaffirming their guiding principles of adherence to the rule of law, respect for human rights and democracy, as well as for the fundamental principles of non-intervention and non-interference in the internal affairs of states.But they noted that they were concerned about the “difficult political, economic and social situation in Venezuela, in particular the increase in violence and polarization between the Government and the Opposition, and its effect on the people of Venezuela”.As a result, the regional leaders “called for all parties to commit to engage in renewed dialogue and negotiation leading to a comprehensive political agreement with established time tables, concrete actions and guarantees to ensure its implementation for the well-being of the nation”.“In this regard, CARICOM Heads of Government offered their good offices to facilitate this dialogue,” the communique said, noting that they had also mandated Mitchell “to communicate with the parties concerned in Venezuela about this offer”.While there has been no public acceptance of the CARICOM offer from the opposition, President Nicholas Maduro in a July 7 letter to Mitchell said “he wholeheartedly welcomes the valuable proposal contained in that communique offering the good offices of CARICOM to reactivate an agenda of constructive dialogue among the political parties of (our) country”.Opposition forces in Venezuela have been staging street demonstrations in a bid to force the Maduro government out of office and in his letter, the embattled Venezuelan leader had proposed a ‘working meeting” in Venezuela on either July 11 or 12 to discuss the situation.But Mitchell received Maduro’s communication on July 12.On July 30, Venezuela staged an election to choose a 545-member constituent assembly with the power to rewrite the constitution and dissolve state institutions.The polls were boycotted by the opposition and criticised by many western countries, but Maduro said the assembly would help bring peace to the country where more than 100 people have been killed and more than 2,000 wounded since the street protest began in April. read more

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first_imgA 32-YEAR-OLD cyclist was killed last night after he was struck by a car.The man was involved in a collision with the vehicle in Waterford just after 7pm last night.Gardaí say that the incident happened at Ballyvoile, near Stradbally.They say that nobody else was injured and the road was closed subject to a forensic analysis.The cyclist was taken to University Hospital Waterford, where he was pronounced dead.Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact Kilmacthomas Garda Station on 051- 295630 the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.last_img read more

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first_imgA LEADING ECONOMIC think-thank has urged the government to cut less than half of the planned €2 billion from the 2014 Budget.The Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) says that a cut of €800 million would be sufficient this year to allow the government hit the debt-to-GDP ratio target of 3%.NERI says that the current government tax income, coupled with the public fatigue with austerity means that the €2 billion figure is unnecessary.NERI also argues for a stimulus package and no further public sector cuts.Dr Tom McDonnell of NERI told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that investment is needed.“We’re now bottom of the table for capital spending in Europe. We want to bring this back to the European average.”McDonnell said that NERI was advocating a three-pronged strategy.This would include increases in spending on social housing and mental health services, an increase in capital spending and a return of money allocated abroad to be used on infrastructural deficits.NERI says that doing nothing is not an option.Read: A senator wants to stop the pre-budget ‘kite flying’. Here’s how…last_img read more

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first_imgAthens is the 38th most expensive city in the world, just below Hong Kong and above Lisbon, according to a triennial report published by UBS Wealth Management Research. The study shows the effects of currency moves and compares prices and earnings in 73 cities for 122 goods and services worldwide. Oslo, Zurich and Geneva were the three most expensive cities. In terms of wage levels, residents of Athens come 33rd on the UBS list, below Lisbon, earning just under half of the average New York salary. According to the study of Prices and Earnings goods and services were particularly low in Mumbai, Manila and Delhi. The American cities surveyed show lower price levels than in previous years. UBS economists attribute this in great part to the depreciation of the US dollar against many of the world’s other currencies. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s capital Caracas suffers from high inflation; this, together with its pegged currency, resulted in higher prices, lifting its position in the price rankings. Should Venezuela devalue its currency again, it would result in a downward shift. Finally, surveyed emerging markets hover around a similar level with Caracas, Doha and Shanghai and exhibit high gross domestic product growth and, as a consequence, were able to increase their positions in the rankings. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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