3 Easy Stereo Recording Techniques for Your Next Project

first_imgWant the versatility of stereo recording in your video without breaking the bank or too much setup? Then try out these 3 techniques.Stereo recording is an incredible way to increase the immersion of your project. Humans hear in stereo, with both a left “channel” and a right “channel” (your ears). Therefore, using stereo sound design draws a viewer in — even more than well-shot footage.With the affordability of decent sound recording equipment, you can capture stereo sound affordably. Our friends over at Deity Microphones recently made a video showcasing three techniques to recording quality stereo, using only two shotgun mics or two lavaliers.Let’s take a look. XY Stereo RecordingWith the XY setup, you will have two shotgun cardioid or supercardioid directional mics set up in an “X” pattern on top of each other. Make sure that the capsules on each mic are laying directly in line. To find the capsule on your microphone, hold it up to a light. There will be a black dot about a centimeter away from the end of the interference tube. You’ll want to cross them at a 90- to 130-degree angle to capture the full range.This setup is great for foley or indoor recording, since it doesn’t leave any holes or gaps in your recording area, and you can mix it to pan across the stereo track.ORTF Stereo RecordingORTF is basically the opposite of XY stereo recording. You want your capsules to be 17 cm apart, at a 110-degree angle. The stereo image on this style of recording is going to be much wider, which is great for what you will most likely be recording with this setup — the outdoors.Since it captures such a wide array of sounds, at a high bank angle, it’s the style that most pros use for room tone or outdoor soundscapes. When showing a clip of a park, where the left side of the image is a kid with his family playing, and the right side is a dog playing fetch, the wide sound footprint will translate supremely well to a stereo sound system, encapsulating the viewer in your location.Binaural Stereo RecordingBinaural recording is one of the more unconventional styles of recording, since you will actually be placing mics in your own ear, and using the acoustics of your eardrums to record sound. If that sounds literally insane to you, check out The Verge‘s explanation:To record in binaural style, take two lavaliers and moleskin them inside your eardrums, then hook them up to a stereo recording system. This bio-engineering hack will deliver 360-degree sound, which you can translate into a full stereo image in post-sound design. It will emulate what a human would hear in the actual location. With our surprising talent for locating sounds’ points of origin, it’s an incredibly fun technique to experiment with.(All images via Deity.)Cover image via guruXOX.Looking for more on filmmaking and video production? Check out these articles.7 Tips for Shooting Event Video and Photography at the Same TimeAre Bedsheets a Viable Option for Low-Budget Light Diffusion?The Whys and Hows of Tracking: Handheld vs. StabilizedDIY Filmmaking Tips: Building a Heavily Diffused $50 LightIndustry Spotlight: Working as a Production Assistant on Setlast_img read more

Illegally Coerced Surrender

first_imgThe Indian government introduced new rules on May 7 requiring Indians who acquire the citizenship of another country to surrender their Indian passport and secure a surrender certificate at a cost of $175.The abruptness with which the rules were implemented without any advance warning, the heavy application costs and the even steeper penalties, have prompted widespread outrage among overseas Indians. An online petition protesting that the new rules impose an “undue and unnecessary burden” had garnered 21,387 signatures by May 28. Irate overseas Indians have even demonstrated outside the Indian consulate in New York.The rules impose stiff financial penalties for failure to secure a surrender certificate within three months of acquiring foreign citizenship: $250 for retaining a passport beyond three years; $625 for retaining it beyond five years; $175 for a lost or damaged passport; $1,250 for using the Indian passport for travel after acquiring foreign citizenship, etc. Even more significantly, counselor services will be denied to those failing to comply.Perhaps the most outrageous aspect of the new rules is their ex post facto application to millions of overseas Indians who acquired foreign citizenship over the past several decades, years before the changes were introduced. In many instances, they have long lost, misplaced or otherwise disposed of their Indian passports. Many will likely not even become aware of these new rules until they contact an Indian consulate for a visa or some other consular service. Absurdly, even those who, of their own volition, went through the trouble of having their Indian passports canceled at an Indian mission in the past are required to secure a surrender certificate and pay a $20 fee. The new rules are presumably motivated by security concerns. But there can be no justification for the onerous fees, nor for the retroactive application of the rules. Section 9 of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1955 automatically terminates Indian citizenship upon the acquisition of foreign citizenship: “Any citizen of India who by naturalization, registration or otherwise voluntarily acquires … the citizenship of another country shall, upon such acquisition or, as the case may be, such commencement, cease to be a citizen of India.”The Indian government, including the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, which is tasked with advocating the interests of overseas Indians, has been conspicuously silent in the face of widespread public protests. Off-the-record, Indian consulates have contended that the rules only represent a more “vigorous enforcement” of existing law. The argument is disingenuous. Section 8 of the Citizenship Act, provides for the voluntary renunciation of citizenship: “If any citizen of India of full age and capacity, who is also a citizen or national of another country, makes in the prescribed manner a declaration renouncing his Indian citizenship, the declaration shall be registered by the prescribed authority; and, upon such registration, that person shall cease to be a citizen of India….”The new rules, in effect, are making a hitherto voluntary act compulsory through executive fiat, in violation of the Indian Citizenship Act — and using the threat of stiff fines and denial of consular services to compel compliance. Related Itemslast_img read more

Surprising start to season: Madrid struggles, Barcelona thrives

first_imgIt was supposed to be the other way around considering how both teams entered the season: Barcelona was in turmoil, Madrid was thriving.Madrid, the defending European and Spanish champion, was considered the early favorite after keeping its top players from a season ago and routing Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup. It had also defeated Manchester United 2-1 in the European Super Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBarcelona was reeling after the surprise departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and the failure to sign many top players during the offseason. It also had to deal with the absence of Luis Suarez because of an injury.It all pointed to early success for Madrid and disappointment for Barcelona. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight But three games into the season, Barcelona has a perfect record and Madrid has only one victory.The Catalan club is the league leader with nine points from three victories, along with Real Sociedad, while Madrid is in seventh place with five points from a win and two consecutive draws, both at home.“It’s early in the season and the difference in points is not significant, but it’s better to be in front than to be behind,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the team’s 5-0 rout of Espanyol at Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday. “You never know what may happen later on. It doesn’t mean much now, but it’s good to be ahead. We will keep focused on winning and adding points.”Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid could not manage more than a 1-1 draw against minnow Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday.“I’m not worried, games like this one are normal in a season,” Zidane said. “There will be ups and downs, but the good thing is that we have plenty of time to fix things.”ADVERTISEMENT FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — No one saw this one coming.Real Madrid is the team struggling early in the Spanish league. Barcelona is just cruising along in the lead.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next Madrid had opened with a convincing 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna but then was held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia at the Bernabeu. Next weekend it will face a difficult test when it travels to play co-leader Real Sociedad at Anoeta Stadium. Before that, it makes its Champions League debut against Apoel.Barcelona, which opened with 2-0 victories against Real Betis and at Alaves, hosts Juventus in the Champions League before playing at Getafe in the league on Saturday. Getafe has four points and is yet to win at home.To make things worse for Madrid, it will have to face Real Sociedad without Karim Benzema because of a muscle injury sustained against Levante, and without veteran left back Marcelo because of red card picked up late in the game.Cristiano Ronaldo, still suspended after pushing a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final, also won’t play on Sunday.Barcelona is back at full strength after Saturday’s return of Suarez, who missed the first two league games with an injury.Lionel Messi thrived as the team’s lone star, scoring five goals in the first three league matches, including a hat trick in the Catalan derby against Espanyol.Barcelona’s good start has put fans back at ease after the team started the season in bit of a crisis following the Spanish Super Cup loss to Madrid and the transfer-window debacle in which it failed to sign any top players other than Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.“The most important thing is that the team has been playing well and the players are committed,” Valverde said. “We are being able to play well and please the fans who have been coming to watch us.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Timberland Heights to host first Spartan Sprint Philippines LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Lara, Mahesh have starry sangeet in Goa

first_imgTennis Player Mahesh Bhupathi and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta going for the Sangeet ceremony ahead of their wedding in Panaji on Friday night.Bollywood actor Lara Dutta and tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati had a gala sangeet ceremony at Candolim Beach Club in Goa on Friday evening. It was a white themed sangeet, with the venue decorated with white roses and jasmine. Mahesh charmed Lara in complete filmi style. While the tennis star danced to the tune of Chalo Ishq Ladaye with Raveena Tandon and several other Bollywood numbers, the actor, attired in a Manav Gangwani outfit, flaunted her Bollywood latkas and jhatkas on such item numbers as Kajrare, Sheila and Munni. The sangeet was attended by family, close friends and film and sports personalities.last_img read more

Despite CBI, ED raids and corruption taint, Nitish Kumar unlikely to break ties with Lalu Prasad Yadav

first_imgSince Narendra Modi led the BJP to an emphatic victory in the Lok Sabha polls in 2014, only two leaders have managed to put brakes on the winning chariot of the saffron brigade. JD-U president Nitish Kumar engineered a defeat of the BJP in Bihar and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal did the same in Delhi.Arvind Kejriwal, somehow, could not become an integral part of the mainstream Opposition. Whenever there was talk of a united Opposition, Nitish Kumar emerged as the symbol of that ever elusive political bloc.The presidential election made it clear that Nitish Kumar, too, may not be the pivotal force for Opposition unity. Soon, Lalu Prasad Yadav was seen propping up the idea of a united Opposition comprising the BSP and the SP but the RJD chief did not name JD-U or Nitish Kumar in his new formula.Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav are said to be having uncomfortable relationship for over a year now. Nitish was seen drifting towards his old ally the BJP on several occasions. He seems to have buried ‘ideological’ differences with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Raids by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) against Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members including Bihar deputy chief minister Tejasvi Yadav have given Nitish Kumar an opportunity to put an end to the uncomfortable relation with his senior partner in the grand alliance. But, Nitish is unlikely to part ways with Lalu Prasad Yadav.ARITHMETIC OF BIHAR ASSEMBLYIn 2015, JD-U, RJD and Congress formed what was called the Mahagathbandhan or the grand alliance. The performance of the grand alliance – essentially meaning coming together of two biggest adversarial forces of Bihar politics – led by Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav stunned the BJP’s alliance.advertisementThe RJD emerged as the single largest party with 80 seats followed by 71 of JD-U. The BJP could win only one-third of the total seats contested. It won 53 of 157 seats it contested. The BJP-led NDA won 58 of 224 Assembly constituencies. On the other hand, the Mahagathbandhan won 178 of the seats.The BJP, powered by a hurricane campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was routed in Bihar much against the anticipation of many poll pundits.Nitish Kumar once again became the Chief Minister of Bihar despite being the junior partner in alliance. The last time, it was the BJP which propelled Nitish Kumar to the chair in 2005.While, Nitish is said to have enjoyed a free hand during his alliance with the BJP, the equation is different with RJD boss Lalu Prasad Yadav, who seems to be taking more interest in governance and political affairs of Bihar.Many observers feel that to keep Lalu Prasad Yadav in check Nitish Kumar has drifted towards the BJP.WHEN NITISH DRIFTED TOWARDS BJPSurgical strike after the Uri terror attack was the first occasion when Nitish Kumar came out in open support of the Narendra Modi government. When the Congress and AAP indirectly demanded proof of the Indian forces crossing the Line of Control to destroy terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Nitish Kumar backed the Modi government’s decision to cross the LoC.After demonetisation was announced, Nitish broke ranks with the Opposition parties to praise Narendra Modi for taking concrete step against corruption and black money. Nitish attracted ire of the Opposition parties for siding with Modi government. Only much later, Nitish would question implementation of note ban still maintaining that demonetisation was a good move.Nitish Kumar shared dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Patna during the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. The two leaders were seen sporting saffron turban and sharing a few laughs on the stage. Both exchanged lavish praise for each other in public.Just recently, Nitish Kumar ‘deserted’ the Opposition camp to announce support to BJP’s pick for presidential election. Nitish Kumar announced his party’s support to Ram Nath Kovind saying he is the right choice for the post. He was again at the receiving end from the Opposition camp.RJD leaders including Lalu Prasad Yadav and Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad criticised Nitish Kumar for supporting Kovind. Nitish, in turn, blamed Congress for breaking Opposition unity while justifying his decision to support the BJP candidate in the presidential election.Nitish Kumar, however, has made it clear that his party may vote for a common Opposition candidate in the vice-presidential election. This policy of shifting goalposts seems to be a calculated political game plan of Nitish Kumar.The key to understand Nitish Kumar’s stand perhaps lies in the voters’ profile in Bihar.advertisementELECTION PROFILE IN BIHARThere goes a saying in Bihar that people don’t cast their vote, they vote their caste. Both Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar have worked hard to create their own political constituencies. Lalu Prasad formed successive governments in Bihar banking on his MY – Muslim Yadav formula.Nitish Kumar carved out a distinct constituency of women voters in Bihar. Nitish has been more popular among women voters in Bihar than men. His prohibition order in the state has to do a lot with his promise to women voters in the 2015 Assembly election.Nitish ensured more representation of women at panchayat levels. He has reserved 50 per cent seats in judicial services for women and 35 per cent quota in PDS shop allocation and all non-gazetted jobs in the state.The results are also showing up. The gap between voting by men and women in 2000 Assembly election was 16.3 per cent. But, by the time Nitish went to seek his first re-election in 2010, women’s turnout surpassed men’s. The trend continued in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and 2015 Bihar Assembly poll. In 2015, 60 per cent women voters cast their votes against only 56 per cent by men.MUSLIM AND YADAV VOTERSMuslims constitute about 16.8 per cent of Bihar. They are believed to have voted en bloc for the grand alliance in 2015. Nitish would not risk antagonizing Muslim voters by deserting RJD-Congress by switching sides to NDA led by the BJP.This shift would also mean loss of support of Yadav voters, who are 14 per cent in Bihar. The RJD’s improved performance in the 2015 Assembly polls despite Lalu Prasad Yadav being convicted in corruption cases was interpreted as his hold over Yadav votes.Nitish knows he would put the support base of about 31 per cent of voters by walking out of the grand alliance in Bihar and joins hands with the BJP. Though, mathematically, Nitish Kumar can continue to be the Bihar Chief Minister with BJP’s support like old days but this will make him ‘political subsidiary’ of PM Narendra Modi. Nitish Kumar would rather keep playing the waiting game and be his own man in Indian politics.ALSO READ |After CBI raids on Lalu Prasad Yadav, ED searches farms of Misa Bharti, husband Shailesh in DelhiLalu Yadav on CBI raids: Hang me but will crush Narendra Modi, Amit Shah’s ego ALSO WATCH |Mass murderer became PM: Congress leader defends Lalu Yadav by making scathing remarks on BJPlast_img read more

Deadline for XAT 2018 extended: Apply now at xatonline.in

first_imgThe online registration process for the Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018 has been extended till December 15.Interested candidates can apply for the same on the official website, the link for which is xatonline.in Earlier, the last date to apply for the same was November 30, 2017.The exam is scheduled to be conducted by Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) on January 7, 2018 from 10 am to 1:35 pm.How to apply for XAT 2018:1. Go to the official website, xatonline.in2. Click on the tab to “register online”3. Fill in your details in the space provided4. Upload the required photograph and signature5. Click to submitNote: All the candidates are advised to take print out of the same for future use.”If you do not receive the registration confirmation mail, with your XAT ID and Password, within 24 hours of signing up, please check your spam/junk folder just in case the confirmation email got delivered there instead of your inbox. If you are unable to locate the email, please write to admissions@xatonline.in citing your primary email id,” official statement read.Educational qualification:The candidates should have acquired a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised university or institute. Those in the final year of graduation are also eligible to apply.Interested NRI and foreign candidates may apply through GMAT score (except Dubai and Kathmandu wherein candidates also have an option of appearing for XAT 2018).Application fee:The cost of the form is Rs 1,650 and Rs 300 per XLRI course. Those who submit forms, late fees charges will be levied on them which is Rs 2,000 cost of the form and Rs 500 per XLRI course.advertisementFor the very first time, XAT 2018 will be conducted online.There will be two parts:Part I: A total of 72 questions will be asked in the three sections — A, B and C with 24, 21 and 27 questions respectively. The first three sections should be ideally completed in 170 minutes.Part II: About 25 questions on General Knowledge will be asked along with an essay.About the exam:XLRI conducts XAT on behalf of the XAMI. For more than 60 years, XLRI is conducting XAT at an all India level to select the most appropriate students for management education. The XAT score is being used by more than 100 institutes for the admission process.For any query, all the candidates need to check the official website of XAT 2018.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

The Top 15 PFB Posts of 2015

first_img1. The Stillwater trip — Uh … don’t keep doing this, guys. [whispers with eyes closed, “please keep doing this it’s so good for business”]2. Sun Sets on Stillwater — Not a post I wish we had to write.3. Players react to Bedlam loss on social media — Boone introduced me to how well social media posts play on blogs. Hashtag blessed.4. Kaid Brock pins OU national champ — Look at wrestling out here just doing work on football and hoops.5. Baylor hype video — Good hype videos are just the best.6. Gundy has become the most invaluable coach in OSU history — A post I’m glad we got to write.7. Texas beats Baylor — Haha, thanks, Texas! What you see going on here (and with the Brock post) is a much larger Facebook following than earlier in the year so stuff goes viral really quickly.8. TCU hype video — More. Hype. Videos.9. Bill Self ad — Twitter, a freshman wrestler, Texas-Baylor and Bill Self have taken over our top 10. Amazing.10. Bedlam hype video — No surprise.11. Mike Gundy fixes the CFB Playoffs — Gundy for NCAA Prez.12. Students sing amazing grace on campus — This was pretty spectacular.13. Trevone Boykin is straight class — TCU was a fun weekend for a number of reasons. TCU-Oregon should be awesome.14. Oklahoma A&M throwbacks — These were great, but so were all the uniforms Chris Knox put together.15. Baylor, OU to impress CFP Committee with field goals — Probably the smartest/funniest thing on the site all year.Thanks to everyone for visiting and sharing. Boone and I (and the other contributors) are looking forward to an even bigger and better 2016.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! Before the Sugar Bowl madness begins, I wanted to post a recap of 2015.This year was pretty easily the best PFB has ever had. A lot of that was due to Kyle Boone coming on board and doing such a terrific job. I can’t thank him (and the other contributors) enough.PFB got over 7 million pageviews from over 800,000 unique visitors in 182 countries (I see you, Tonga).[1. This doesn’t necessarily mean 800,000 different humans. It means 800,000 different devices — I know many access with iPhone, iPad, desktop etc.]Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 9.22.24 AMThe biggest day of the year was (unsurprisingly) the Sunday after Bedlam when we had 160K pageviews.That’s pretty startling. And really cool. Something I’m proud of. Anyway, we published 2,025 blog posts in 2015. Here are the 15 most viewed.last_img read more

Steel Cutting for Bollard Pull Pusher Tug Started at …

first_img My location zoom A steel-cutting ceremony of a 12- ton Bollard Pull Pusher Tug, being built for the Pakistani Navy, was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) on 20th Jan. 2014.Vice Admiral Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain HI(M), Commander of Karachi (COMKAR) was chief guest at the occasion. The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials / dignitaries from the Pakistani Navy, government authorities and the shipyard.The tug has 16.89 meter overall length with a gross tonnage of 63 tons. It is fitted with a robust fendering arrangement for all round tugging operations for submarines, ships and craft.Admiral Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain said that securing the contract for building the 3rd such tug in a span of 2 years, reflects full confidence of the Pakistani Navy in the capability of Karachi Shipyard to indigenously build a quality tug, meeting stringent requirements of the customer as well as the classification society. He commended the fact that after successful delivery of the 4th F 22P Frigate PNS ASLAT, KS&EW has recently commenced another maga construction project of 17000 tons Fleet Tanker.KS&EW is undertaking construction of 5 shipbuilding projects, which include 17000 Tons Fleet Tanker, two Fast Attack Missile Craft, one 32 tons bollard pull Tug (which is ready for delivery) and twenty two (22) bridge erection boats. Karachi Shipyard, January 24, 2014 Print Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

Elton John Raises 6 Million For Charity At Oscar Viewing Party

first_imgThe 21st annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised $6 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS.Sir Elton John speaks onstage during Chopard at 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing PartyCredit/Copyright: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ChopardThe gala, which took place on Sunday, February 24, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, was co-sponsored by Chopard, Neuro Drinks, and Wells Fargo; American Airlines serves as the Foundation’s official sponsoring airline.Bono, actress Eve Hewson, Chairman and Founder of Neuro Diana Jenkins and singers Chris Brown and Asher Monroe attend Neuro at 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing PartyCredit/Copyright: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for NeuroAttendees included Sir Elton John & David Furnish, Agnes Bruckner, Aisha Tyler, Andrew Rannells, Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer, Ashley Fink, Benji Madden, Bernie Taupin, Billie Jean King, Bono, Britney Spears, Bryan Singer, Carmen Electra, Chace Crawford, Chad Michael Murray, Chelsea Handler, Chris Brown, Chris Colfer, Chris Cornell, Christa B. Allen, Colton Haynes, Dave Grohl, Dustin Lance Black, Emma Roberts, Emmy Rossum, Eric & Janet McCormack, Finola Hughes, George Takei, Heidi Klum, Ian Somerhalder, Jaime King, Jane Lynch, Jane Seymour, Jared Harris, JC Chasez, Academy Award winner Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jenna Elfman, Jennifer Coolidge, Jessica Lowndes, Jim Carrey, Joel Madden, John Ratzenberger, John Waters, Judy Greer, Karina Smirnoff, Katerina Graham, Kelly Osbourne, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kyle Maclachlan, Lucy Lawless, Lydia Hearst, Matthew Morrison, Mehcad Brooks, Melanie Brown, Mena Suvari, Michael Buble, Miley Cyrus, Molly Sims, Naomi Campbell, Natalie Imbruglia, Nia Vardalos, Nicki Minaj, Nicole Richie, Nina Dobrev, Nina Garcia, Paul Wesley, Paz Vega, Peter Facinelli, Petra Nemcova, Quincy Jones, Rachel Griffiths, Randy Jackson, Rose McGowan, Russell Simmons, Ryan Kwanten, Sandra Lee, Sharon Stone, Skylar Grey, Steven Tyler, Terry Crews, Tim Allen, Topher Grace, Wilmer Valderrama, among others.David Furnish and Sir Elton John attend Chopard at 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing PartyCredit/Copyright: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ChopardGuests arrived at the Academy Awards Viewing Party for cocktails followed by a gala dinner and viewing of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. This year, Chef Gordon Ramsay, British celebrity chef, television personality, restaurateur, and holder of 14 Michelin stars, prepared an exquisite 5-course meal for guests that included chilled dungeness crab, braised beef short rib and sticky toffee pudding.The dinner was followed by a lively auction. Auction items included an iconic photograph of Faye Dunaway the morning after she won her Best Actress Oscar for “Network” by famed photographer Terry O’Neill that sold for $120,000; two sets of tickets to join Sir Elton John and David Furnish at the legendary Vanity Fair party that sold for $150,000 each; five days at Steven Tyler’s Hawaiian retreat that sold for $250,000. Sir Elton John also auctioned off four private performances by himself that went for $250,000 each, totaling $1 million. Following the auction, soulful Scottish songstress Emeli Sandé took the stage to perform several songs including hit song “Next to Me,” much to the crowd’s delight.In his remarks for the evening, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John celebrated the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague, praising the extraordinary work of the early AIDS activists portrayed in the film and calling for a renewed emphasis on AIDS advocacy.“How to Survive a Plague tells the story of AIDS activism in the earliest and most terrifying years of the AIDS epidemic. But you know what? Today, that activism is needed now more than ever if we are to achieve the promise of an AIDS-free generation,” said Sir Elton. “Our Foundation is clear on what is needed, we’re vocal in standing for what we believe, and we invest in the work that needs to be done. And I promise you that we’ll keep on fighting until the politics and bureaucracies yield to reason and justice. I don’t care how long it takes, we’re going to fight, and we’re going to win.”last_img read more

Former CAP employee wants Federal Court to hear sexual harassment complaint against

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–A former female employee of an Aboriginal organization is asking the Federal Court to overturn a Human Rights Commission decision to dismiss a sexual harassment complaint against Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau, according to a court document.Brazeau was the head of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) before he was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.CAP deals primarily with non-status, off reserve First Nations and Metis issues.The former employee, Alisa Lombard, filed the application on Friday, the last day before a 30 day window to contest the commission’s ruling expired.According to the application, Lombard alleges she was sexually harassed by Brazeau in December 2007 and January 2008.Brazeau responded to the Federal Court filing on Twitter.“I certainly hope you get all the facts on this story, including how often the complainant has introduced complaints and lost,” tweeted Brazeau, who goes by the handle TheBrazman.Lombard is representing herself in the case. She has completed law school and expects to be called to the bar on June 21, National Aboriginal Day.The Federal Court application for a judicial review seeks to overturn the commission’s ruling dismissing the complaint without a hearing because it fell outside of its jurisdiction. Lombard argues that the commission erred in law when it made the decision.The commission handed down the ruling on March 30, and delivered the decision to Lombard on April 3.“The commission incorrectly, unfairly and unreasonably dismissed the complaint on the basis that the complaint was beyond its jurisdiction,” said the document. “The commission based its decision on an incorrect and unreasonable analysis of CAP’s nature and normal and habitual activities.”The commission originally agreed to deal with the complaint on Nov. 3, 2010, after a year-long submission process, the document said.Lombard originally filed her complaint against Brazeau and CAP with the commission in October 2009, after the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal dismissed it on jurisdictional grounds, “favouring federal jurisdiction,” the document said.Lombard turned to the human rights bodies following an internal CAP investigation of the complaint by a firm hired by the organization.The investigation concluded that no sexual harassment occurred, but did find “inappropriate behaviour by (Brazeau), including a clearly unwanted and rebuffed ‘inappropriate and stupid’ physical advance, the document stated.Lombard, who participated in the investigation, said she felt it “inadequately addressed her complaint.”David Langtry, chief commissioner with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, dismissed the complaint arguing that labour law fell under provincial jurisdiction.He also found that because CAP’s primary role involved lobbying and “political activities,” it was not “integrally tied to the Indian Act, status, Aboriginal rights” and therefore not a federal issue.Lombard argues in the document that the commission failed to “recognize the unique constitutional position of Aboriginal peoples in Canada” and “ongoing litigation respecting jurisdiction over Metis and non-status Indians.”The commission also erred by “refusing to hear a complaint where it was not ‘plain and obvious’ that there is not a prima facie case of discrimination, thereby precluding the complainant from any adjudication of the complaint on the merits, creating an egregious miscarriage of justice.”Lombard and CAP reached a settlement on the matter in March of this year, the document states.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

UN Indigenous rights declaration feted in Kanesatake

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples turned five on Thursday.The document was written to affirm that Indigenous rights should be protected.Canada didn’t endorse it until years later and when it did, it did so emphasizing it is merely an aspirational declaration.Despite this response, the Mohawk community of Kanesatake held a celebration.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

Foster homes investigated 7 times within a year but Ontario didnt close

first_imgKenneth JacksonNation to NationThere were at least seven investigations that verified child protection concerns into a company operating three foster homes in Thunder Bay before the Ontario government shut them down in the weeks following the death of Tammy Keeash in May 2017, Nation to Nation has uncovered.The 17-year-old’s body was found in a Thunder Bay waterway two months after she was placed in one of the three homes owned at the time by Johnson Children’s Services.When Keeash first arrived at the home there was an active investigation after an Indigenous boy complained about being “required” to sleep on his bedroom floor using his jacket as a blanket when a bed bug infestation broke out in the home during the winter.Each of the investigations were undertaken by Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, an Indigenous child welfare agency operating in the city.Dilico confirmed multiple complaints, in the seven investigations, of inadequate supervision as several children were drinking alcohol, one to the point of hospitalization, and another ended up in Winnipeg unbeknownst to staff at one of the homes.Daily logs weren’t being kept that assist police if a child went missing and in several cases staff were found to lack training, according to notes of Dilico’s investigations.Dilco first warned the Ontario government of its “serious concerns” July 5, 2016, after pulling six of their children from Johnson’s homes, according to minutes of a conference call between Dilico and the province.It also expressed concerns during that telephone call about Tikinagan Child and Family Services, another Indigenous child welfare agency.Dilico said Tikinagan wasn’t respecting Dilico’s jurisdiction of the Thunder Bay area by placing children in foster homes without allowing Dilico to supervise them while in the city, which it felt was putting them at risk.Shortly after that call, Dilico filed for an emergency injunction against Tikinagan and the province asking the courts to stop Tikinagan from ignoring Dilico’s jurisdiction.The matter was adjourned to allow time to test evidence.While this was unfolding, Dilico recommended Tikinagan remove their kids from Johnson’s homes in October 2016.But Tikinagan kept their children in the homes and continued placing new kids, including Keeash.A cross still remains in last spot Tammy Keeash was seen alive.When Keeash died, Dilico filed a second emergency injunction.The dispute was in mediation by then, with Sen. Murray Sinclair presiding over it.“Dilico has investigated and verified instances of actual, demonstrable harm to Indigenous children in the care of Tikinagan in the City and District of Thunder Bay since the dates of my prior affidavits (in July 2016),” wrote Carmela Hardy, Dilico’s director of child welfare on May 19, 2017.“My department at Dilico, Child Welfare, provides all services to Indigenous children and families related to protection, and which are authorized by the Robinson Superior Treaty First Nations under the terms of the Kitchi-Gaa-Ming Anishinabek Ogemagg and by Ontario pursuant to the provisions of Ontario’s Child and Family Services Act.”Tikinagan successfully sought to again have the matter adjourned.It still remains unresolved in mediation but documents filed in the case, while heavily redacted and among large volumes of filings, offer a glimpse into the of care provided to Keeash at the time of her death, as well as several other children, that normally never make it to the public realm and is part of special look into the child welfare crisis on Thursday’s Nation to Nation.The documents name five other children, that Dilico alleges were put in harms way, but the information was redacted at the request of Tikinagan.“There is no immediate urgency to proceeding with Dilico’s motion,” said Judy Angeconeb, Tikinagan’s assistant director of services in a May 26, 2017 affidavit.“The status quo has existed for years.”Turns out both agencies had been arguing for years over who has jurisdiction of children in care while in the Thunder Bay area.Tikinagan maintains if the child comes from one of the reserves it provides child welfare services to, then no matter where they end up they are still under the care of Tikinagan, not another agency like Dilico in Thunder Bay.But any investigations or apprehensions in Thunder Bay are still done by Dilico in Thunder Bay, Tikinagan confirmed in court records.That includes at least one of the seven investigations done by Dilico, as one of the complaints was filed by a Tikinagan worker.As for keeping kids in Johnson’s homes after Dilico verified complaints, Angeconeb offered several reasons.“Dilico was making recommendations only, and Tikinagan was not obliged to follow them,” she said.Johnson’s continued to be licensed by the Ontario government to be a foster home provider, she said.“The children in the (Johnson homes) were generally doing well, they were happy, and there were no serious occurrences reported,” she said. “There were a very limited number of placements available for these older, hard to serve youth, especially in Northern Ontario.”Angeconeb also said Johnson’s had “undertaken improvements to address these concerns” that were found in Dilico’s seven investigations.Dilico would launch an eighth investigation into Johnson’s homes when Keeash died.Keeash was moved to Thunder Bay in March 2017 after she tried to hang herself in her grandmother’s home.She also battling several mental illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as conduct, borderline personality, major depressive disorders.Keeash didn’t go to school while living at Johnson’s home and spent most of her days playing video games at the home according to the coroner’s report into her death.“It was from this location that Tammy left the night she passed away,” wrote Dr. Dirk Huyer, chief coroner of Ontario, in his report.She was driven by a staff member to meet family who were in town, however, according to further documents, Keeash was supposed to be under 24-hour supervision based on her mental state and previous suicide attempt, but that wasn’t happening.Keeash and two cousins, along with a male friend, went and drank in Chapples Park near Ford Street in Thunder Bay. It was a secluded area and Keeash would never leave alive.Huyer said her death was ultimately ruled an accidental drowning after two police investigations. Her two cousins and the friend left her passed out in the park and it’s believed she somehow found her way into the waterway and drowned.When she didn’t make it back to the foster home that night by her 11 p.m. curfew staff there didn’t report her missing but called police to say she was breaching her probation conditions from a previous conviction.(Ontario chief coroner Dr. Dirk Huyer)It wasn’t until the next day that she was reported missing around 1 p.m.Her body was found later that night in the Neebing-McIntyre floodway by a church youth group playing in the park.Dilico said it has a protocal with Thunder Bay police and believes it could have assisted in Keeash’s case.“Had Tikinagan entered into an Interagency Service Agreement with Dilico, the investigation into (Keeash’s) disappearance could have been more timely and comprehensive, conducted in accordance with the established protocol with the Thunder Bay police,” wrote Hardy in the May 19, 2017 affidavit.Court documents detail how the homes were shutdown by the province after Keeash’s death and the closures were first reported by the Toronto Star newspaper in June 2017.Nation to Nation reached out to Johnson Children’s Services two week ago detailing in an email the court case and documents found within it but never got a response.On its website it says the company is based out of Vaughan, Ont., in the Toronto area.“Johnson Children’s Services is a treatment foster care agency located in East-Central Region of Ontario, providing individualized services to foster children with special needs,” it says on their website.Nation to Nation reached out to Tikinagan’s lawyer but never received a response. The Ontario government said it couldn’t comment.“The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services continues to focus on creating better outcomes for children and youth receiving services under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017. The ministry is unable to comment further on matters that are, or may be before the court,” said ministry spokesperson Genevieve Oger.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

IMPROVING OVER TIME

first_imgMy son is in Class IX and suffers from mathematics phobia. Please suggest.Mrs. T. Sinha, Kolkata The problem your son is suffering from is very common among students. In our traditional mathematics classrooms, the subject poses a nightmare for those who have a slower grasping capacity. But mathematics can get really interesting with proper tutoring. What is fun is easy to learn. Online mathematics games, mental maths puzzles and introducing your son to the examples of day-to-day use of mathematics in the practical world can create a whole new excitement about the subject. Encourage him to spend more time with the subject and do not criticise wrong answers. Rather, emphasise on the process of solving the math problems. Changing his mindset towards mathematics no longer being a subject to be scared of and reassuring him that he too can be ‘good in maths’ can actually do wonders that might even surprise you. Good Luck! Also Read – Feel what you fearMy son is 19 years old and 5.2″ feet tall. He suffers from severe inferiority complex. What can we do? S. Pathak, New Delhi Napoleon complex or the short man syndrome hits the hardest at the age that your son is in. One way to deal with the complex is to break it down. Please help him understand that everyone on Earth is inferior to someone in some way and superior to someone in some other way. Moreover, he will be really surprised to know that the health benefits of being shorter weigh far more than its disadvantages. And as far as looks are concerned, there is much more to a man’s attributes of being tall, that can actually make him look charming and coveted in today’s world. Moreover, your son is only 19, so it can be possible to increase height up to the age of 21 years through healthy diet, regular exercise and swimming. All the very best. Also Read – Homecoming I am newly married. My husband is always travelling. I feel very depressed and lonely. M. Kanak, Noida I can understand how hard it can be for a newly married couple to stay away from each other. But in today’s economy, sometimes travelling becomes a necessity to keep a job. So, in order to cope with the ‘being away from each other’ syndrome make it a point to stay connected on calls and internet. Reinforce your commitment and trustworthiness towards each other by staying connected. Distance makes the heart grow fonder. When he is not around, you can focus on doing something that you enjoy doing. May be learn something new. Feel lucky that he is not stationed away from you or working for the military. Have some ‘me-time’ and spend your time finishing all the boring work and save your best moments to enjoy when he returns. Best wishes for the love birds. I love my husband and we dated for four years before marriage. Off late he is becoming very unromantic. What can I do? Name withheld During the courtship period, lovers put their best foot forward. But post a few years of marriage, partners usually start taking things for granted. That is where the problem creeps in. If you find your husband being unromantic, try finding ways to seduce him. Go for candlelit dinners, movies or even indulge in a long vacation together to a romantic place where there is no external interference. Try to figure out what he expects from you. Sometimes if a woman is very bossy in a marriage, the husband shuns from being himself. I would suggest you communicate with him clearly about your wants and walk towards an amicable solution. All the best! (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more

Saskatchewan drinking water measures could be in place for months due to

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Communities affected by an oil spill in the North Saskatchewan River can expect precautionary drinking water measures to be in place for weeks or even months, says a Saskatchewan government official.“It’s not going to be a short-term event,” Sam Ferris with Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency said Monday. “It could go on for some time.”Two cities downstream from the Husky Energy pipeline leak near Maidstone, Sask., have stopped drawing water from the river.North Battleford shut down its intake on Friday and is relying on a limited supply from wells.Officials say the oily plume reached Prince Albert, a city of 35,000 people, on Monday.Second Saskatchewan city shuts down water intake after Husky Energy oil spillSaskatchewan city shuts down water plant after Husky pipeline spills thousands of litres of oil into river upstreamHusky Energy crews work to contain oil spill, spoiling earnings callResidents in the area are being urged to conserve water and not use that part of the river for recreation. Hospitals are looking at alternative water supplies.Ferris estimates the water supplies of close to 70,000 people have been affected so far and that the slick has travelled about 370 kilometres.About 200,000 to 250,000 litres are estimated to have spilled — the equivalent of two rail tank cars.Lo Cheng with the federal department Environment and Climate Change Canada, said it’s investigating whether Husky broke any laws. She also confirmed that some oil sunk below the surface of the river, complicating the cleanup job.About 70,000 litres of an oil-soil mixture have been cleaned up around the source of the leak and another 118,000 litres of oily water has been skimmed from the river, but officials don’t know how much oil has been recovered.Five booms have been placed on the river with “varied levels of success,” said Wes Kotyk with Saskatchewan’s Environment Ministry. He added that four birds, one frog and one fish have died as a result of the spill so far.Calgary-based Husky, which is controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing, has apologized.“We realize this has been a very challenging time for everybody, with the spill impacting people, the environment and local businesses,” said Al Pate, the company vice-president overseeing the response. “We’re deeply sorry this has happened. We accept full responsibility for the event and for the cleanup and we will make things right.”Pate said the breached pipeline was built in 1997 and was subject to a “rigorous” corrosion monitoring program.The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is demanding representation at the command centre handling the spill. Chief Bobby Cameron said the Sweetgrass First Nation, Battleford Tribal Council and the Prince Albert Grand Council were preparing for the oil slick as it approached their communities.The pipeline that leaked last Thursday runs from Husky’s heavy oil operations to its facilities in Lloydminster and carries oil mixed with a lighter hydrocarbon, called a diluent, that’s added to ease the flow.Prince Albert’s city manager Jim Toye said its reservoirs had a two-day supply of water and the city could get permission from the province to tap its storm retention pond for treatment and distribution to add another four to five days’ worth of water.Work was already underway to build a temporary pipeline stretching 30 kilometres to draw water from the South Saskatchewan River, should the water emergency continue for a longer period.Prince Albert city council held a special meeting Monday and declared a local state of emergency, meaning city officials can issue $1,400 fines to businesses and residents using potable water unnecessarily.The city also ordered there to be no outdoor irrigation, except if using reclaimed water; no washing of sidewalks, driveways, tennis courts, patios or other paved areas; and restaurants have been told to serve water only if customers request it.“We need a deterrent,” he said. “We don’t want anyone thinking this doesn’t apply to them.”— with files from MBC, CJWW read more

Government insists development not suspended

Karunanayake said that corruption was rampant due to nepotism and cronyism in all sectors of the economy and it was a common occurrence in the past to import ethanol into the country in large quantity in an illegal manner depriving the country of its tax revenue. Since the new government has completely blocked the illegal import of ethanol, the tax revenue siphoned off by the cronies of the past rulers is now added to the state coffers.“As a result the excise revenue alone has increased by Rs 6000 million per month”, the Minister Ravi Karunanayake said in a statement. The Government today insisted that development work has not been suspended and that the treasury had already released Rs 11900 million rupees to continue the ongoing projects at district level of which Rs 9000 million was paid for the projects that were completed.The Finance Ministry said that in pursuance of the good governance concept introduced by the new government by alleviating the corruption and fraud that prevailed during the last ten years of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, the total government revenue during the first quarter of the year 2015 has increased by 16.4 percent to Rs 285.6 billion. This he says is a reflection of increase in both tax revenue by Rs 30 billion and non tax revenue by Rs 10.5 billion, largely due to action taken to arrest tax evading and the importation of goods illegally by influential person with the patronage of politicians during the past regime. Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake elaborating on the economic performances of the new government said in a statement that the reforms and good management practices brought in to the public sector the government revenue has increased to Rs 285.6 billion in the first quarter of 2015 from 245.2 billion recorded during the corresponding period in 2014. The Mahinda Rajapaksa government boasted with much fun fan of increasing the agricultural economy. Though Sri Lanka has opportunities for the direct use of the natural resources to stimulate the agro-economy the past records show the agro sector had the diminishing return to the economy. The contribution of the agriculture sector to the GDP has gradually diminished during the last ten years. According to central bank report the total national paddy production has decreased by 26.8 percent in 2014 to 3.38 million metric tons. Similarly the total revenue of the government which was at 20 percent in the year 2005, has gradually come down up to 12.2 percent last year. Even the contribution by the agricultural sector to the GDP has come down considerably during the last ten years making both the agricultural and the manufacturing economy to a status of no returns.Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayke said that the wrong economic policies by the previous government embedded with corruption and frauds resulted in the continuous deterioration of the government revenue and the agro based economy as well. Therefore the minister concluded that the people who rejected the Mahinda Rajapaksa government for its wrong doings and corrupt practices in the January 08 election will reject them once again on August 17. (Colombo Gazette) The former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his buddies ruined the economy of the country by letting their henchmen to plunder the public wealth. Since they have now become politically bankrupt, in this period of elections they are issuing malicious statements to deceive the masses saying that development is at standstill, but the minister emphatically said that the people who rejected the corrupt rule of Mahinda Rajapaksa in January 08, Presidential election will not be deceived once again on August 17.Karunanayake emphasized that the new government under the UPFA leader Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has neither halted nor terminated any development projects in the country. The treasury has already released Rs 11900 million rupees to continue the ongoing projects at district level. Of which Rs 9000 million was paid for the projects that were completed.The previous government’s excessive public expenditure and the expansion of infrastructure facilities with foreign loans under higher interest rates shot up the growth rate but there was no economic development to pay any dividend to the masses. Therefore, the new government in order to liberate the people inclusive of the public servants from this misconception of the quantitative growth brought qualitative change in their life style by increasing the public sector salary by Rs 10,000 and bringing down the prices of essential goods including fuel and gas. These concessions given by the new government within its first 100 days has provided an ordinary family a monthly saving of Rs twenty thousand. read more

US home construction falls 16 per cent in November as singlefamily construction

US home construction falls 1.6 per cent in November as single-family construction declines WASHINGTON – Construction of new homes fell slightly in November, reflecting weakness in construction of single-family homes.Builders started construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.03 million homes and apartments last month, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That was a decline of 1.6 per cent from October when construction activity had posted a 1.7 per cent gain.The weakness last month came from a 5.4 per cent fall in construction of single-family homes, which offset a 6.7 per cent rise in the more volatile apartment sector.Applications for building permits were also down in November, falling 5.2 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.04 million. Analysts are still looking for housing to regain momentum in 2015, believing that strong increases in employment will help boost home sales.Economists called the November decline in construction disappointing but said part of the drop was probably caused by cold and snowy weather in many parts of the country. It was the coldest November in 14 years.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, noted that October construction activity was revised up by 3.6 per cent and that September, October and November all showed construction above the 1-million mark.She said going forward strong job growth, low mortgage rates and easier lending standards should provide continued support for the housing market.All regions of the country showed gains in November except the South, which accounts for almost half of all new home activity. That region saw a 19.5 per cent drop in construction. Construction showed the biggest jump in the West, an increase of 28.1 per cent, followed by gains of 14.4 per cent in the Midwest and 8.7 per cent in the NortheastAnalysts believe the strong gains in employment this year will give consumers the confidence to buy homes and translate into moderate housing gains in 2015. While still a long way from the boom years of the previous decade, housing has been posting a moderate recovery over the past two years.The National Associated of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index took a slipped slightly in December but remains in positive territory. The index reading in December was 57, down one point from a reading of 58 in November.Any reading above 50 indicates that home builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor.New home sales reached an annual rate of 458,000 in October, the highest point since May. Home prices continued to climb, increasing to a median price of $305,000 in October, up 16.5 per cent from a year ago.The gains in home prices have held back some activity, particularly among first-time home buyers. Many lack the savings and strong credit history needed to afford a home. Tighter credit standards for potential home buyers and flat wage gains have also acted to dampen home sales.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenues, according to NAHB data. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 16, 2014 6:35 am MDT FILE – In this July 9, 2014 file photo, construction continues on a 72-unit complex, Ashley Park Apartments, being built in New Bern, N.C. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in November on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/The Sun Journal, Chuck Beckley, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Alberta government says theres an economic need for Trans Mountain pipeline

Alberta government says there’s an economic need for Trans Mountain pipeline AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Justin Slimm Posted Jan 12, 2016 12:56 pm MDT The Trans Mountain Pipeline (Courtesy: transmountain.com) The Alberta Government has submitted its response to the National Energy Board for the Trans Mountain pipeline, telling regulators there is an economic need for the project.According to the six page document, the benefits are estimated to increase western Canadian crude oil revenue by more than $73 billion in its first 20 years of operation.It also cited a Conference Board of Canada report which said that it would be a big benefit to the country, provinces, indigenous peoples and local communities along the route.The government is urging the board to place substantial weight on all of Kinder Morgan’s filed economic evidence in considering whether to recommend approval to the federal cabinet.Read the full report, here. read more

Afghanistan preparations for elections creating a more positive environment says UN official

The most senior United Nations official in Afghanistan said today the quality of preparations for next year’s elections is leading to a more positive environment about the country’s prospects after the 2014 transition. Speaking to journalists for the first time in Kabul since briefing the Security Council in New York last month, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ján Kubiš, said, “The quality of the preparations, conduct and the acceptance of the results of the elections is … already creating a more positive environment for Afghanistan and is adding arguments for those that are committed to providing long-term support to Afghanistan after 2014.”The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which Mr. Kubiš heads, is charged with providing support for presidential and provincial council elections, slated for 5 April 2014. The presidential election will mark a transfer of power from one elected Government to another for the first time in Afghanistan’s history. Current President Hamid Karzai will not be seeking re-election due to term limits.“It is so important to make sure that the elections will be inclusive, with good participation throughout the country and that people will have choices,” Mr. Kubiš said, adding that registration for the election runs through Sunday.“Then, it will be the start of real thinking here in Afghanistan,” he added.Turning to the wider topic of elections, Mr. Kubiš urged candidates to present themselves not just as individuals, but to try to “win the confidence and support of voters through their programmes and through their clear commitments and pledges” in regard to economic and social development, justice, the fight against corruption, the promotion of human rights and women’s rights. “I hope to see discussions more around substantive issues determining the future of the country rather than just individuals,” the UN official added.UNAMA, at the request of the Afghan authorities, is mandated to support the organization of the elections, as well as to strengthen, in support of the Government’s own efforts, the sustainability, integrity and inclusiveness of the electoral process and provide capacity building and technical assistance to the Afghan institutions involved in this process.In addition, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has been providing long-term assistance to the Independent Election Commission in Afghanistan, and serves as the conduit for the international community through its so-called UNDP ELECT II [Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow II] project. read more

Lack of dental care sees nursing home patients needing up to 20

first_img File photo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 9:30 AM Image: Shutterstock/Nikodash Lack of dental care sees nursing home patients needing up to 20 teeth extracted at once One of country’s senior dentists reveals some nursing homes neglecting duty of care to elderly. File photo Image: Shutterstock/Nikodash Feb 12th 2017, 9:30 AM 11,793 Views center_img 15 Comments By Sean Murray ONE OF THE country’s most senior dentists has warned that the lack of appropriate dental care for the elderly is causing “untold damage” to the oral health of thousands of nursing home patients.A diet high in sugar and the lack of a suitable oral health programme is exacerbating the situation, according to Irish Dental Association vice president Dr Anne Twomey.“Patients who’ve kept their own teeth into old age can lose them in as little as three months,” Twomey said. “Very often the situation has reached crisis proportions by the time I’m called in and I have to take out 15 to 20 teeth over a short period of time.”She accused the HSE of “reneging on its duty of care to some 27,000 nursing home patients” by failing to meet their dental needs, and said that both the HSE and HIQA needed to step up to its obligations for older people.Twomey cited the case of Frank – not his real name – a 71-year-old who had spent four months in hospital following a stroke. When he was admitted to a nursing home, he was visited by Twomey and told her that he had noticed his teeth turning black.Many of these began to break off, and the dentist diagnosed rampant tooth decay. He wasn’t able to brush his teeth, due to his stroke, and was also being fed sugary food and drinks to build back up his weight.The majority of his teeth needed to be taken out, and Twomey said this case was typical of stroke patients.She also cited the case of Bridget – also not her real name – who was a very frail 75-year-old who had Parkinson’s disease and mild dementia.She refused to let anyone near her mouth, until Twomey diagnosed overwhelming halitosis.Nursing staff revealed the lady’s mouth was cleaned twice daily with a sponge but nothing in the way of effective tooth brushing had been carried out in the two years since her admission to the nursing home. Sadly her grandchildren were refusing to visit her or hug her because of the infection.Phased extractions of most of her teeth was the only option, but Bridget now has an electric toothbrush that her care assistants have been shown to use to take care of her teeth properly.She also cited cases where some patients needed 20 teeth out at once.Twomey said: “As the case studies highlight, this situation cannot be allowed to continue. Training programmes for healthcare assistants in oral care should be mandatory and meaningful.“A written oral care plan should be created with these patients where family and carers are involved.Dentists need to be involved when doctors prescribe a high-sugar food supplements or when a chronic debilitating condition is first diagnosed or when a patient is at high risk of inhalation pneumonia.In response, HIQA said in a statement: “HIQA agrees that a greater emphasis should be placed on good oral hygiene and the provision of dental care in nursing homes.“The team responsible for inspecting designated centres for older people are aware of the issues identified by the IDA.It is the providers responsibility to ensure that resident’s health care needs are assessed and met (including dental and oral care).“Inspectors continue to review the health and social care provided to residents under the Heath Act 2007.”Read: More people are being hospitalised because of problems with their teethRead: Scared of the dentist? It’s in your genes Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3227538 Share66 Tweet Email11 last_img read more

Mikakos condemns budget cuts to Vic youth employment

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Napthine government’s budget cuts to employment services for young Victorians have been condemned at a rally held on the steps of Parliament on Wednesday, Shadow Minister for Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said. Ms Mikakos attended the rally together with Shadow Employment Minister Tim Pallas, and representatives from St Kilda Youth Service (SKYS) and Whitelion, including young people involved in these programs. “SKYS and Whitelion provide assistance to young people, particularly vulnerable young job seekers, to help them find a job,” Ms Mikakos said. “But these groups learnt after the budget was released that their state funding was being cut. What this shows is that this government doesn’t understand the difficulties faced by young people looking for work. These youth employment programs not only employ young people, but they provide them with the skills to get a job and keep it,” she said. According to Ms Mikakos, four valuable programs groups are set to lose between $150,000-$250,000 each year, forcing these groups to either cancel or downscale their programs for next year. Groups that have had their funding cut by the Napthine Government include SKYS, that has lost $220,000 from its hospitality program; Whitelion, losing $150,000 to support at-risk young people; Youth Connect losing $250,000 in funding; and YMCA Bridge Project – $150,000. These groups have been at the forefront of connecting young people back into the community and employment. Without government support, it is expected the group will have to drastically reduce the number of young people they support. Shadow Employment Minister Tim Pallas referred to budget cuts as the “cruellest cuts” the government could make, with Victoria already having the highest youth unemployment rate in the country.last_img read more