3 Low-light Cameras For Every Budget Range

first_imgHigh Budget: Canon ME20F-SHVery recently, Canon announced a brand new full-frame camera that’s capable of shooting up to 4 million ISO. This option will certainly blow any other low-light camera out of the water, but it comes at a price – $30,000. At the top end of the pricing structure, this camera will likely find its home in rental houses, as its modular design and lack of internal recording makes it less than ideal for every day shooting.Canon’s New 4 Million+ ISO Camera Is Amazingly Impractical – PremiumBeatNew Canon Full-Frame 35mm Camera Sees in the Dark with 4 Million Max ISO – No Film SchoolCanon ME20F-SH Press Release – Canon Got any hot opinions on any of the low-light cameras discussed above? Share them in the comments below! Mid Budget: Canon C300 Mark IIWhile Canon may be falling behind certain trends as a camera manufacturer, their cinema cameras are undeniably great in low light. If you’re in need of a camera that not only delivers amazing low-light performance but also offers more traditional ergonomics, the C300 Mark II (or other C-series cameras) are a great option and hard to beat.Get to Know Canon’s New 4K Powerhouse, the C300 Mark II – No Film SchoolInitial Thoughts/Hands on With the Canon C300 Mark 2 – Philip BloomCanon C300 Mark II: 15 Stops of Dynamic Range and More – PremiumBeatHere’s a review of the camera from Camera and Lens Review. High-sensitivity cameras that can shoot in ultra low light are more popular than ever. These three low-light cameras will have you covered, regardless of the size of your budget.Generally, I’m not a fan of shooting without lighting and bumping your ISO up like crazy (no matter how clean your camera may be). That said, there are definitely scenarios where you need to push things further than usual. Thankfully, technology has progressed over the last few years, and several cameras have emerged that allow you to capture fantastic images without traditional lighting setups.Low Budget: Sony a7SThe Sony a7S isn’t the cheapest camera around, though it’s relatively affordable coming in at around $2500. If you’re aiming to shoot in the dark, but still require the practicality and affordability of a DSLR style camera, the a7S is the way to go. That said, if you’re in the market for the a7S, you may want to consider holding off until the a7S Mark II is released, which will likely allow you to record 4K internally. Here are a few PremiumBeat articles about the a7S if you’d like to know more about the camera.Lens Options For the Sony a7Sa7S vs. GH4: Which is Better for Filmmaking?3 Reasons Why the Sony a7S Isn’t the Perfect Camera for FilmmakersHere’s a clip from the good folks at Film Riot that covers some of the great low-light capabilities of the Sony a7S.last_img read more

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Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija seeks details on detention of minors

first_imgFormer Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija has written to the Centre and Jammu & Kashmir government on behalf of her detained mother and sought information on the number of detentions and arrests made in J&K since it was stripped of its special status in August.Ms. Iltija has specifically asked for information on the number of minors (under 18), children in the 12-15 age group and those under 12 years, who have been detained, arrested or placed under house arrest. She has also sought data on the detenus and undertrials moved to jails and detention centres in other States.Earlier, Ms. Iltija reactivated Ms. Mufti’s Twitter handle which had fallen silent after August 5. “Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister of J&K, to whom this twitter handle belongs, has been detained since 5th August 2019 without access to the account. This handle is now operated by myself, Iltija, daughter of Ms. Mufti, with due authorization,” she tweeted.last_img read more

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Shiva Thapa geared up for Olympics after tough journey

first_imgShiva Thapa, who is the only Indian boxer to have so far qualified for this year’s Olympic Games, on Monday said his journey to Rio has been tough and challenging.The 22-year-old Assam boy, who last year became only the third Indian boxer to clinch a World Championship bronze, won a silver medal and more importantly an Olympic quota berth at the recently-concluded Asia/Oceania Zone Qualifiers in Qian’an, China.Thapa, who is the world No.6 in bantamweight category, is set for his second successive appearance at the Olympics after making his debut back in 2012 as an 18-year-old. At that time, he became the youngest Indian boxer ever to have qualified for the quadrennial extravaganza, winning a sensational gold medal in the qualifiers.”This time, it’s been mentally more challenging and certainly the toughest of my career. I had a point to prove, deep inside perhaps I was very angry and wanted to show what I could do,” Thapa told PTI in an interview.”That’s why when I won the semifinal bout, which assured me of an Olympic spot, I let out a huge scream in the ring. It was a lot of pent up emotions which came out. I don’t need to say how tough it has been for us in India because of all that has happened in the last few years and it was such a relief to qualify and beat the circumstances,” he said.The sport of boxing in India has been without a national federation for almost a year now after Boxing India was terminated following a rebellion by state units. That termination was just a tip of the turmoil that engulfed the sport in 2012 when the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation was dissolved owing to manipulation in elections.advertisementAs a result, the Indian boxers are competing under the International Boxing Association (AIBA) flag and could even be barred by the world body from Olympics if a national federation does not take shape by May 14.Asked if this AIBA threat plays on his mind, the former Asian champion said: “I don’t think about it and I am being honest here. That’s the best possible way to deal with it, I just shut my mind to all this. Everybody knows we boxers have gone through a lot and still managed to perform. So, it’s best not to think about it too much,” he said.With the ticket to Rio in his pocket, Thapa said he would work out his training plans after taking a break for the next few days.”I need to switch off for some time now. It’s very important and after that I would decide the next course of action. I would definitely be travelling abroad for training but it isn’t decided where it would be as of now. The one thing that I would be working on probably is my aggression,” he said.”I am a much more aggressive boxer now but I have to ensure that I never go overboard. Because if you lose control over aggression, you will end up looking absolutely silly inside the ring,” he explained.The last time he qualified for the Olympics, Thapa was part of a seven-strong group spearheaded by the much celebrated Vijender Singh, who is now plying his trade with success in the professional circuit.From a greenhorn to a potential spearhead this time, Thapa said he is ready for the new responsibilities.”I am aware that there would be pressure this time and I am ready for it. I am much more comfortable with the spotlight and the big stage doesn’t unnerve me anymore. I have fought against a variety of opponents whether it was the World Championships or the Asian Qualifiers and that has helped my confidence and growth,” he said.The Indian boxers’ next and final shot at the Olympics qualification will come in June during an AIBA event, which would also be thrown open to pro-boxers.last_img read more

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Escape to these 3 stunning, remote U.S. campgrounds this summer

first_img Nevada’s Massacre Rim Named Latest International Dark Sky Sanctuary Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Many Americans don’t realize how easy it is to truly get away here at home. We live in a big country and it’s not difficult to find remote outposts to overnight outdoors in almost every state (even Rhode Island). You just need to know where to look. Here’s a brief list of three of the best US campgrounds to get you started:Dry Tortugas National Park (Garden Key, The Florida Keys)To the untrained eye, the Florida Keys appear to be little more than an archipelago of Jimmy Buffet-inspired tiki bars. But there are still plenty of places to escape the nightlife hustle. Seventy miles west of Key West, Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the country’s most remote national parks. The 100-square-mile park consists of seven tiny islands. However, the main draw is Garden Key’s Fort Jefferson — a stunning, unfinished stone fort that once housed Civil War prisoners. A select group of visitors can overnight on the island in typical primitive fashion — there is no water, electricity, or services of any kind. Days are spent snorkeling Florida’s famous coral reefs amid some of the clearest, warmest waters in the Keys. Good to know: the island is obviously only accessible by boat or seaplane, so reserve your transportation in advance.Related: 15 Best Outdoor Hiking and Camping AppsTuweep (North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona)Most travelers associate Grand Canyon National Park with mobs of drive-in tourists seeking a quick, awe-inspiring view without having to actually work for it. While that’s mostly true along the South Rim, the North Rim offers a very different experience. Adventurous campers looking to really getaway should head to Tuweep campground — a remote outpost that requires an almost 300-mile drive from the South Rim visitor center. The access roads require a high clearance vehicle and can become treacherous during heavy rain. Once at the campground, the views are stunning, however, and you’re likely to have them all to yourself. The park service is crystal clear that there are no services (including cell coverage) of any kind — you are almost literally on your own. Good to know: There are only nine permitted campsites available and reservations should be requested several months in advance.Wonder Lake (Denali National Park, Alaska)If there’s a U.S. national park with a better mountain view than Wonder Lake, we haven’t found it. Nestled deep in Alaska’s Denali National Park, the campground is the closest to North America’s tallest peak. The views are accordingly spectacular and, with a strict, tents-only policy, you’ll hear nothing but the sounds of bird calls from the surrounding wetlands. The Wonder Lake trail leaves directly from the campground and Wonder Lake itself is a great place to fish for trout and grayling.Good to know: Alaska’s mosquitos (locally referred to as “the state bird”) are relentless, so pack proper netting and repellent. The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play Applast_img read more

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Chairman Behrendt: Hapag-Lloyd Falls Short of …

first_imgzoom Despite persistently tough competition, Hapag-Lloyd improved its result and transport volume in the previous financial year.EBITDA increased year-on-year by EUR 54.6 million to EUR 389.1 million. The operating result also saw a significant improvement, climbing by EUR 41.0 million to EUR 67.2 million, meaning that Hapag-Lloyd performed well in comparison to its competitors. Transport volume rose by a total of 4.6% to approx. 5.5 million TEU across all trades in 2013.However, the average freight rate continued to disappoint, remaining USD 99 per TEU below the previous year’s level at USD 1,482 per TEU. Revenue declined to EUR 6.57 billion (previous year: EUR 6.84 billion), which was, however, due largely to a weaker US dollar, the main currency in the shipping sector. The group posted a net result of EUR -97.4 million after EUR -128.3 million in the previous year.“Although Hapag-Lloyd continued to perform well compared to other industry players thanks to the positive operating result, this result nevertheless falls well short of our expectations for 2013 and is ultimately disappointing,” states Michael Behrendt, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hapag-Lloyd. “However, as one of many market players, we are unable to avoid the general trend in rates, which was again characterized by irrationality in the previous year.”The earnings situation was positively influenced by additional cost-cutting measures, which Hapag-Lloyd introduced as a direct response to the development of freight rates in 2013, as well as a slightly lower bunker consumption price of USD 613/tonne on average for the year.Overall, transport expenses were cut by EUR 409 million compared with the previous year by means of savings and energy price effects. With a price level of around USD 600/tonne, bunker still costs around three times as much as at the beginning of 2009.Weaker-than-expected economic growth, particularly in the key BRIC states, had a negative impact on global transport volumes in the past year and thus on the course of business. Both the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank had to revise their growth forecasts downwards in the course of the year.Furthermore, the protracted dispute surrounding the US government budget made the markets uneasy in the previous year. According to the IMF, the pace of economic growth is expected to pick up noticeably in many key markets during this year and next year compared with 2013.In particular, the USA, the world’s largest economy, is expected to return to its former strength with growth rates of 2.8% and 3.0% in 2014 and 2015. Following two years of recession, the euro zone is forecast to grow by 1.0% and 1.4%.Overall, the IMF expects global economic growth to accelerate to 3.7% in 2014 and 3.9% in 2015 after the 3.0% seen in the past year. The IMF anticipates global trade to expand by 4.5% and 5.2% in 2014 and 2015, with similar growth rates for global container traffic which is expected to grow by 4.4% in the current year and 5.2% in the following year according to forecasts by IHS Global Insight.“The outlook is much better for the liner shipping sector, especially as the addition of new shipping capacities will decline and an increasing number of older ships will disappear from the market and be scrapped,” explains Michael Behrendt.Hapag-Lloyd still has two newbuildings in its order book, each with a capacity of 13,200 TEU. Both will enter service in April this year and be used in the Far East trade within the G6 Alliance. “These modern and highly efficient ships are important for the competitiveness of Hapag-Lloyd.”As a result of the financing measures carried out in 2013, Hapag-Lloyd is financially well positioned, making it possible to invest EUR 743 million in the company last year (previous year: EUR 791 million), notably in ships and containers to boost maritime assets. Among other things, Hapag-Lloyd successfully placed a corporate bond in the capital market with a total volume of EUR 400 million in September and October 2013. The bond was oversubscribed, which underscores the confidence of the capital market in Hapag-Lloyd. The company has a sound balance sheet with an equity ratio of 41.9%. With liquidity reserves of approx. EUR 534 million (including unused credit lines as at 31 December), the company is securely financed for the future.As part of the negotiations for Hapag-Lloyd to take over the container activities of CSAV, due diligence is currently being performed and other necessary talks are being held with various stakeholders to prepare for a possible transaction. A non-binding memorandum of understanding was signed by the two shipping lines on 22 January. hapag-lloyd, March 26, 2014last_img read more

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Mercuria’s Bunkering Arm Looking to Boost Ranks

first_imgzoom Swiss energy and commodity group Mercuria is looking at expansion opportunities for the group’s maritime fuel business, Minerva.The group wants to boost its bunkering staff ranks by bringing fresh talent across its branches in Asia, Europe and the United States.Substantial resources are being invested into the group’s bunkering business, head of the Mercuria’s global trading Magid Shenouda said in a statement.“We are building upon Mercuria’s skill sets and balance sheet to expand relationships in the physical fuel oil business. As a result, we are seeking the very best marine fuel talent to join our vigorous trading environment and provide expertise to those that rely on knowledge of the energy space. We look forward to filling these positions in Asia, Europe and the United States,” said Shenouda.“We believe we are forging a strong new model in the maritime fuel business. This is a transparent and reliable model that puts the client first to ensure the quality and delivery of their energy needs to their marine vessels,” he added.Mercuria hired more than 40 marine fuel specialists from Denmark-based OW Bunker that went bankrupt last year.To house the additional specialists, Mercuria said it would open new offices in Korea, Greece, and Japan and add staff to growing offices in Houston and Geneva.However, more than half of a South Korea-based marine fuel trading team taken on following the collapse of OW Bunker has left after just over three months, Reuters cited trading sources as saying.As reported, the traders who have left are now in talks to join World Fuel Services, the largest marine fuel trader in South Korea.last_img read more

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ATT suit may herald a new antitrust era – or Trumpian pique

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The Trump administration’s decision to oppose the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger may be clouded by suspicions of political influence. But considered on its merits, it could mark a significant departure in antitrust policy, one that might block or modify a broader set of mergers found to harm consumers.The move disconcerted both Wall Street and the telecom and media industries, none of which expected it. Consumer groups are applauding, saying it’s a good step by the Justice Department to protect people from higher cable bills and ensure that web-based alternatives to TV aren’t stifled. (Many of the same groups, however, are also protesting the government’s plan, announced Tuesday, to roll back “net neutrality” rules intended to equalize access to the internet.)Matters, of course, are complicated by President Donald Trump’s long-running feud with CNN, a Time Warner company, which Trump regularly denigrates as “fake news” and “failing.” On Tuesday, Trump called the deal “not good for the country” and said he thought it would cause prices to go up. A White House spokeswoman said Monday she wasn’t aware of any efforts to influence the case.The Justice Department has suggested that AT&T could resolve the case by selling off DirecTV or a Time Warner business that includes CNN, according to a person familiar with the situation who couldn’t go on the record. AT&T has rejected any option that would cause it to lose control of CNN.LEGACY OF THE PASTIn 2011, Obama-era antitrust regulators waved through Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal — a deal that, like the current one, brought together a major provider of television and internet service and an entertainment conglomerate. (AT&T offers wireless, home internet and TV services; Time Warner owns the Warner Bros. studio and networks including HBO, CNN and TBS.)To prevent Comcast from abusing its greater leverage, regulators imposed a host of conditions on the company. For example, Comcast had to offer its TV and movies to online video competitors at the same rates as it did to cable and satellite rivals. But this approach isn’t universally acclaimed.For one thing, conditions are typically temporary; the ones for Comcast expire next year. They also don’t fundamentally change behavioural incentives for the company, and they require ongoing enforcement. Complaints in the past have dragged on for years. Among critics of such “behavioural commitments” is Makan Delrahim, now the Justice Department’s new antitrust chief.“The DOJ in this instance is learning from those past mistakes,” said Lina Khan, the legal policy director at the Open Markets Institute, a think-tank that opposes excessive corporate power.Delrahim has argued for requiring merged companies to divest certain businesses instead of imposing post-merger requirements on them. AT&T, however, doesn’t want to do that. Its plan is to marry popular Time Warner networks with its nationwide wireless and television services in order to build a data-driven ad business on top of it all.NEW THEORY OF COMPETITIONAT&T says TV bills won’t go up and consumers will benefit from innovations in packaging video. The Justice Department and some experts argue the opposite.For instance, MoffettNathanson analysts said in a note Tuesday that it was “in fact, very easy to imagine” how a company that both makes and distributes “must-have” news, sports and entertainment programming could use its power to thwart competitors by withholding it from rivals.The government argues that AT&T could, for example, charge upstart streaming services prohibitively expensive fees for the rights to HBO or other channels, or even withhold them, making it harder to compete with AT&T’s services. AT&T has said it intends to broaden, not limit, distribution of Time Warner.“The DOJ’s argument is simple: AT&T cannot lawfully be given this market power, because the incentives for them to abuse it are self-evident,” the analysts wrote. “It is simply not the case that this is a ‘novel’ legal theory.”Antitrust enforcement used to be more aggressive. But starting in the 1980s, it became more focused on promoting consumer welfare than on ensuring competitive markets, Khan said. That made “vertical mergers,” where the companies in question weren’t direct competitors, more attractive, since regulators believed they created efficiencies without harming consumers.For regulators to reject a vertical merger “represents a stark departure from the U.S. enforcement practice of the recent decades,” Columbia law professor Anu Bradford said in an email. The last time the U.S. government won a court victory in a vertical merger antitrust case was in 1972, when the Supreme Court said Ford’s takeover of a spark-plug business violated antitrust law.The suit against AT&T could be the start of a new, more aggressive tack in antitrust by the Justice Department. But that depends on whether other considerations played a role.“If it’s politically motivated because the president doesn’t like CNN, then it’s just a wild card,” said NYU law professor Eleanor Fox. “If this represents a change of heart, to be much more aggressive against mergers, it would be a game changer.”last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,376.77, down 57.24 points)Dalradian Resources Inc. (TSX:DNA). Miner. Down a penny, or 0.69 per cent, to $1.44 on 14.92 million shares.Enercare Inc. (TSX:ECI). Utility. Up $9.99, or 52.83 per cent, to $28.90 on 11.36 million shares. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners made a friendly $4.3-billion takeover offer for the utility worth the equivalent of $29 per share in cash with an option to receive some of the price in equity. The offer was 53 per cent above Enercare’s closing price at $18.91 on Tuesday, prior to the announcement.The Hydropothecary Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Healthcare. Up 48 cents, or 11.03 per cent, to $4.83 on 10.93 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 18 cents, or 2.56 per cent, to $6.84 on 8.54 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down 15 cents, or 3.06 per cent, to $4.75 on 7.93 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 25 cents, or 1.39 per cent, to $18.20 on 6.47 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Molson Coors Canada. (TSX:TPX.B). Up $4.50, or 4.92 per cent, to $96.01 on 7,240 shares. The brewer has entered into a joint venture with The Hydropothecary Corp. to develop non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages, making it the latest big alcohol company to turn its eye to the budding marijuana market. The new venture will be a standalone start-up with its own board and management team that will be 57.5 per cent owned by Molson.last_img read more

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Top ports record marginal upswing in FY19 cargo handling at 699 mt

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s 12 major ports recorded 2.90 per cent growth in cargo handling at 699.04 million tonnes (MT) in the just concluded fiscal, as per ports body IPA. The growth at these ports, that had handled 679.37 MT cargo in 2017-18, was driven mainly by higher handling of coal, fertilisers and containers. These ports, under the command of the Centre, had recorded 4.77 per cent growth in 2017-18 over the previous fiscal. The 12 major ports — Deendayal (erstwhile Kandla), Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (earlier Ennore), V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia) — handled 699.04 MT of cargo during 2018-19, as per latest data by the Indian Ports Association (IPA). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIncreased demand from various sectors including coal, containers, fertilisers and POL (petroleum, oil and lubricant) was the main reason behind the growth in traffic, IPA said. Coking coal volumes handled by the 12 ports surged by 14.25 per cent to 57.50 MT during the last fiscal, while thermal coal volumes rose 9 per cent. Finished fertiliser volumes saw a growth of 9.69 per cent during the fiscal. Containers recorded a growth of 8.84 per cent in terms of tonnage. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs per the figures, Kandla port handled the highest traffic volume at 115.40 MT during 2018-19, followed by Paradip (109.27 MT), JNPT (70.70 MT), Visakhapatnam (65.30 MT), Kolkata with Haldia (63.71 MT) and Mumbai (60.58 MT). Chennai port handled 53.01 MT of cargo while New Mangalore handled 42.50 MT. Volume of seaborne cargo is essentially in the nature of derived demand and is mainly shaped by the levels and changes in both global and domestic activity. The major ports handle about 60 per cent of the country’s total cargo traffic. Traffic handled by about 200 minor ports, either in the control of the state governments or private players, has been on the decline since 2014-15. “The share of major ports in traffic handled, which declined continuously up to 2014-15, is increasing since then. The share of major ports in traffic handled was 55 per cent in 2014-15 and increased to 58 per cent in 2017-18,” as per a report of the Ministry of Shipping.last_img read more

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Fire at Marrakech University Dorm Kills Student, Injures Policeman

Rabat– University housing in Daoudiate neighborhood in Marrakech has caught fire, killing one student and severely injuring a policeman.Late on Tuesday night, a massive fire burned in the university housing after a gas explosion, suffocating an 18-year-old student. One policeman received a severe head injury while trying to save students, reported Alyaoum24.The man is currently hospitalized at Hassan II Hospital in Marrakech. According to the news outlet, firefighters worked all night to both put out the fire and evacuate the area.Read Also: Moroccan Navy Shoots Another Migrant, 16, in AtlanticThe General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) police commissioner in the Marrakech-Safi region, Said El Aloua, was present at the scene.Photo credits: Alyaoum24 read more

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UNtrained monitors to document sexual violence during Liberian civil war

Over three months, 22 monitors will interview a random sample of 4,000 Liberians and give the results from those interviews to the country’s soon-to-be established Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the agency announced on Tuesday.Some 40 per cent of the 600 people interviewed so far said they suffered some form of sexual abuse during the war that ended in August last year, according to UNDP.The atrocities included rape, gang rape, the rape of children, the insertion of foreign objects into genital areas and being stripped and put on public display.Victims are being referred to trauma counsellors, psychologists and health workers after their interviews.UNDP Human Rights Officer Awa Dabo said the goal of the project – which is being implemented by the National Human Rights Centre of Liberia – is to advocate for the country’s many victims of sexual violence.”We have young girls who have been infected with AIDS,” Ms. Dabo said. “We have women who became pregnant and have been ostracized by their families and their communities. We are finding that men were also victims of sexual violence.”The project is being financed by the UNDP and World Vision, a non-governmental organization (NGO). The monitors have been trained by the UNDP. read more

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Czech agent claims 15 Labour MPs met spies as Ken Livingstone and

first_imgSpeaking to The Telegraph, Mr Sarkocy claimed that: The new claims come after he said on Friday that the Labour leader had shared information with the Communist Czechoslovak regime. Jan Sarkocy, a former Czechoslovak spy, described the MPs as “great sources” to himself or his colleagues in the KGB. Ken Livingstone, John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn were part of a group of at least 15 senior Labour figures who shared information with Eastern bloc agents, it is claimed. Mr Livingstone also discussed information with the Czechoslovak regime; The future London mayor made frequent visits to the Czechoslovak embassy, where he drank whisky; Mr McDonnell met a KGB agent on several occasions; Between…last_img read more

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Sex and the Citys Mr Big presents best comedy award to Mrs

first_imgJUST WHEN YOU thought you’d never see Brendan O’Carroll and Mr Big from Sex and the City shaking hands, it happened.Chris Noth, who also stars in The Good Wife, presented the award for Best Comedy to O’Carroll and his team at the National Television Awards in London this evening.The awards are voted on by the telly watching public and Mrs Brown’s Boys beat off competition from Miranda, Rickey Gervais’ Derek and The Big Bang Theory.In his acceptance speech O’Carroll thanked the 15 million people who tuned in to watch the Christmas special of the show.He also thank RTÉ and the people of Dublin, where the Mrs Brown movie was filmed. Brendan O’Carroll and Jennifer Gibney with the award for Best Comedy at the National Television Awards in London. Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesNoth wasn’t the only touch of Hollywood glamour to show up at the National Television Awards.Kiefer Sutherland presented the award for Best TV Detective to Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch, who accepted via live link from Los Angeles wearing a tuxedo top and a pair of shorts.Julie Hesmondalgh accepted the award for Best Serial Drama Performance for her role as Hayley in Coronation Street, while the soap also won Best Serial Drama.Ant and Dec, This Morning and Dr Who were also among the winners.Mrs Brown’s Boys the most watched programme in the UK on Christmas Day> 31 emotions we know you all felt watching the Sherlock finale>Benedict Cumberbatch accepts award wearing shorts at the NTAs>last_img read more

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Opinion Ireland needs to capitalise on the sharing economy

first_imgI AM NOW well prepared and more than ready to share than ever before.You see, I have reviewed all of the evidence presented to me about sharing and am confident it’s 100% the correct decision.I’m just back from the OuiShare Festival in Paris – a three-day conference exploring the growth of the sharing economy – where people from around the world gathered to talk about how the tech industry helps people share, rent or sell their resources.As a former ‘Celtic Tiger’ 20-something-year-old disillusioned with our post-boom dysphoric society, I’ve turned 180 degrees: now, I’m a member of Irish neighbourhood-sharing website Streetbank, where I exchange and receive goods and services for free. I use Airbnb – the website that allows people to rent out their homes – and stay in strangers apartments. I co-share an office in Dublin city.Share rather than buyAn unforeseen benefit of the internet is that people are starting to share rather than buy. According to Forbes, the sector exceeded €2.5 billion in 2013. It makes sense: why pay through the nose for something when you can rent it more cheaply from a stranger online? Why not share things with your neighbours?It’s not all hippy-dippy… At the OuiShare Festival, experts such as Douglas Atkin of Airbnb, entrepreneurLisa Gansky, and Vincente Guallart, chief architect of the City of Barcelona, all agreed sharing can answer many of the problems we face.Outside Ireland, shareable cities are growing fast: in the UK, JustPark has reinvented city parking: more than 18,000 families, school and churches make a second income by renting their vacant spaces. In Europe, car-sharing company BlaBlaCar has had a 135% growth since it started in 2009 with over 1 million users. In Berlin, borrowing shops are springing up in the city where locals donate and borrow things, instead of buying them.Efficiency and social trustThis shift holds the power to change our lives, for the best. First of all, it helps the economy be more efficient. By bringing people together, by sharing our resources more effectively, we have a better economy – we’re able to live better. Secondly, it helps create stronger, healthier and more connected communities – it builds social trust.It’s also handy extra income for owners for use renting marketplaces like Airbnb, and can be less costly and more convenient for borrowers who use neighbourhood-sharing sites. And lastly, there’s environmental benefits, by 2050 there will be 9.1 billion people on planet earth, where are we going to put all our waste?Airbnb’s Brian Chesky summed it up when he asked: “There are 80 million power drills in America that are used an average of 13 minutes. Does everyone really need their own drill?” Quite frankly, no. We don’t. Despite economy screaming to us to shop, shop, shop, an economy of high GDP doesn’t mean happy and healthy lives. Using this as a measurement of Ireland’s standard of living is outdated and needs to be changed.A country only judged by its GDP is one where the rich get richer, and poor get poorer.Clever thinkingLuckily, clever thinking and action is happening. We’ve got office-sharing at The Fumbally; skill-sharing at Exchange Dublin; all kinds of sharing at Mabos in Dublin’s Docklands; car-sharing with GoCar; bartering at Trade School Dublin; and bike-sharing with dublinbikes. Currently, there’s battles to be made where authorities seek to hinder community-driven initiatives, but if Ireland wants to flourish and retain its young – it needs to facilitate, not threaten.In the next five years, we are going to see a boom of new sharing initiatives, and city councils and businesses (who will have to make big changes, like BMW did recently with its new car-sharing service) will have to open-minded and take risks if they want to create smart cities like Barcelona, Copenhagen and Berlin. We can’t allow Ireland to be left behind.While experts and politicians discuss how to solve Ireland’s broken economy, this may be a part of the solution. We’re already seeing it take shape around us, and Ireland has huge potential, and need, for a shared future. To create an economy that’s open to everyone isn’t a Utopian dream, it’s been showcased in other countries. It’s easily attainable.I welcome it, will you?Katie Roche is a journalist and media lecturer, with a passion for community.last_img read more

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Pourquoi les femelles moas étaientelles beaucoup plus grosses que les mâles

first_imgPourquoi les femelles moas étaient-elles beaucoup plus grosses que les mâles ?Publiant leur étude le 10 avril dans Proceedings of the Royal Society B, des chercheurs britannique ont montré que chez les moas, ces gigantesques ‘autruches’ néo-zélandaises aujourd’hui éteintes, l’évolution avait poussé à l’extrême la différence de taille entre les femelles, énormes, et les mâles, bien plus petits.Des scientifiques de la Société zoologique de Londres (ZSL) se sont penchés sur le dimorphisme sexuel, autrement dit la différence d’aspect entre mâles et femelles, des moas. Ces énormes oiseaux du genre Dinornis qui pesaient jusqu’à 200 kg et étaient incapables de voler, hantaient la Nouvelle-Zélande il y a 700 ans encore, avant que toutes les espèces n’en soient anéanties par les chasseurs humains colonisant ces terres.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Contrairement à ce qu’on observe chez nombre d’espèces d’oiseaux, chez lesquelles le mâle est plus gros que la femelle, chez les ratites – un groupe d’oiseau coureurs, comme les actuels casoars et émeus -, c’est souvent Madame la plus costaude : chez les moas, elle pouvait atteindre une taille presque deux fois plus grande que son galant. Or, ceci résulterait d’après les chercheurs, tout simplement de l’intensification des petites différences de taille observées chez leurs ancêtres plus modestes.”Nous avons comparé les modèles de masse corporelle dans un cadre évolutif pour des ratites éteints aussi bien que vivants. Le fait que les femelles deviennent beaucoup plus grandes est un étrange effet secondaire de l’augmentation de la taille globale des moas. L’absence de gros mammifères (…) a permis au moa de devenir vraiment énorme, et cela a accentué les différences de taille existantes entre sexes, au fur et à mesure que l’espèce grossissait au fil du temps”, conclut le Dr Samuel Turvey, auteur principal de l’étude.Le 14 avril 2013 à 18:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Local students job shadowed top hospitality tourism industry leaders

first_img KUSI Newsroom Local students job shadowed top hospitality, tourism industry leaders February 13, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 13, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Leaders in San Diego’s hospitality and tourism industry opened their doors to local high school students.More than 500 students participated in this years Hospitality Conference and Career Fair.Students job shadowed top industry professionals, learned about various career paths, and filled out job applications to secure summer job opportunities. last_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Fanikos Marcoccio Make Deans List During Each Semester At

first_imgMILTON, MA — Curry College is proud to announce that 83 members of the Class of 2018 have been named to the Dean’s List every year during their enrollment at the College.Wilmington’s Molly Fanikos and Chiara Marcoccio were among those recognized for their exceptional academic achievement.To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.30 GPA, have no incompletes, and have no grade lower than a “C” for the semester.About Curry CollegeFounded in 1879, Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution located on 131 acres in Milton, Mass. Curry extends its educational programs to a continuing education branch campus in Plymouth, Mass. Curry offers 27 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate degrees in business, education, criminal justice, and nursing, with a combined enrollment of over 3,700 students. The student body consists of approximately 2,000 traditional undergraduate students, 1,400 continuing education students, and 300 graduate students. Approximately 1,575 of its students reside on the Curry campus. The largest majors are business management, communication, nursing, criminal justice, and education. The College offers a wide array of extra-curricular activities ranging from 14 NCAA Division III athletic teams to an outstanding theatre program. Visit us on the web at www.curry.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Curry College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Curry CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Campbell, Fanikos, Johansson & Marcoccio Named To Dean’s List At Curry CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Curry CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

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Flipkart Snapdeal May Step Back on Discount Offers

first_imgDomestic online retailers such as Flipkart and Snapdeal may soon be opting to cut discounts on their offerings as the companies come under increasing pressure to turn into profitability.Meteoric growth seen in India’s e-commerce sector in the last five years was largely led by huge discounts offered by the companies to attract customers to online shopping, NDTV Profit said citing a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).The online shopping market has grown at a CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) of around 56% during 2009-2014, with a market size of $6 billion, the firm said.On the flip side, the total losses incurred by the companies as a result of discounts currently stand at almost ₹1,000 crore, PwC says.”You can’t run a business unprofitably for long. You have to earn to profit to be sustainable,” said Pinaki Ranjan Mishra, national leader retail practice at Ernst & Young (EY).With valuations of e-commerce companies reaching astronomical levels, there is a tremendous pressure from the stakeholders to cut down discounts and focus on earning profits.Backed by big investors, Flipkart saw its valuations skyrocketing to $15 billion from $1.5 billion valuation in October 2013. In 2014 alone, the company raised capital of around $2 billion.But Flipkart never booked profits since its beginning in 2007, despite its gross merchandise volume (GMV) growing to $4 billion recently. It plans to double the GMV of products it sells to $8 billion this year. The company aims to turn profitable in the next two years.Further, online retailing firms are under pressure from the state tax departments to pay value added tax, which is expected to put extra burden on their finances.Also, the companies selling their products through e-tailers are concerned about brands being hurt by this discounting model.”It may not always be viable for a brand to participate in a sale. Apart from taking a hit on their margins, premium brands with a presence in online retail are concerned about the deep discounts hurting their brand value as well,” PwC adds.By following a discounting strategy, the players in the online market have witnessed a manifold increase in their customer base. Flipkart, the largest company in the Indian e-commerce space, claims to have nearly 26 million registered users with over eight million daily visits. Snapdeal claims to have over 20 million registered users.According to a report by Morgan Stanley, Flipkart accounted for 44% of India’s e-commerce market share, followed by Delhi-based rival Snapdeal at 32%. Amazon, launched in India in 2013, ranked third with just 15% market share, the Business Standard reported.last_img read more

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Arts School Talks Educational Justice for LGBTQ Students

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFROIn the spirit of Bullying Prevention Month and LGBTQ History month students, educators and advocates sat down and engaged on the fight for justice for LGBTQ youth of color in America. This interactive panel on Educational Justice for LGBTQ students of color took place at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts on October 30.The conversation was moderated by David Johns who serves as the executive director for the National Black Justice Coalition. Taking an unconventional but necessary approach to this interactive panel, students were centered as leaders in the conversation and given the room to offer their unique solutions to issues effecting Black LGBTQ youth.David Johns, executive director for the National Black Justice Coaltion, moderated a panel on Educational Justice for LGBTQ students of color as part of Bullying Prevention Month and LGBTQ History month at Duke Ellington School of the Arts.Students suggested unlearning ignorance and centering love and empathy at the center of human interactions as a way forward.The Education Trust, the National Black Justice Coalition and GLSEN joined forces to offer recommendations on how schools can offer more inclusive learning environments for LGBTQ students of color. Their solutions are, “1.Develop and teach curricula that is all-encompassing and responsive 2.Provide and ensure LGBTQ students of color have access to appropriate mental and social supports. 3. Affirm the place of organizationns that serve LGBTQ people of color as partners in the fight toward justice for students.”A major emphasis was put on the need to protect, support, uplift and include LGBTQ students of color in conversations centered around their future.The panel was comprised of president/CEO of the Education Trust, John B. King Jr., executive director for GLSEN Eliza Byard, activist Johnetta Elzie, deputy director at Education Leaders of Color, Sharhonda Bossier, Howard University student, Justin Calhoun and Duke Ellington student Chloe Griffin.Over the span of an hour and a half, an extremely dynamic engagement took place where students and panelists spoke about everything from policy recommendations, creating safe spaces, being a better ally, to mental health struggles that LGBTQ youth experience as a result of stigmatizations and overt violence and ignorance towards the LGBTQ community.When speaking on the violence that LGBTQ students of color experience on a regular basis, executive director for GLSEN, Eliza Byard asked, “What would it feel like if you went to school everyday expecting to experience violence? Expecting to experience the kind of stigmatization that students face?” She continued on to share that 81% of students are regularly harassed further emphasizing the urgency to vote, so that the future of LGBTQ Black youth are not put in any further danger byway of discriminatory policies.During the course of the panel, John B. King of the Education Trust highlighted, “If we won’t defend the humanity of others, then we are sacrificing our own.”To find out more information about GLSEN visit www.glsen.org; the National Black Justice Coalition, visit www.nbjc.org; or the Education trust, visit www.edtrust.org.last_img read more

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VIDEO Trevor Bauer tells Avisail Garcia to have a seat after the

first_imgDuring an at bat in yesterday’s Indians/White Sox game, Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer and Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia talked more trash to each other than you might see during a pick up game at Rucker Park.Garcia wasn’t happy with the pitches Bauer was throwing him, which has to be a first, and let Bauer know it. Bauer was annoyed with the complaining, and after When Garcia stepped out of the box after fouling of another pitch, Bauer motioned for him to get back in and take his medicine.Bauer ended up finishing off Garcia with a strikeout, and after the K, motioned to the dugout for him to have a seat. This at bat breaks every unwritten rule in baseball, and it’s awesome.Full video of Bauer/Garcia. You can see Garcia chirp immediately. Jose Ramirez and Michael Clevinger know what he’s in for. ? pic.twitter.com/Ce52eKIgTX— Kyle Boddy (@drivelinebases) September 4, 2017 Avisail Garcia didn’t like the pitches @BauerOutage was throwing him & let Trevor know.Bauer reminds Garcia the rules of the game ? pic.twitter.com/5LYuXgS04L— SportsTime Ohio (@SportsTimeOhio) September 4, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

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