GIVEAWAY! Stylish Lens Distortions for Video Editors

first_imgLensDistortions.com offers two similar products, one in 2K and the other in 4K. Although you may not yet be working in 4K, the added pixels allow you to zoom in and pan/scan the effect on top of 2K and lesser resolution without any distortion. Each pack includes 30 After Effects templates (compatible with CS3-CS6).Not working in After Effects? You can simply utilize the ProRes footage that comes with each pack for a effect in any non-linear video editing system (FCPX, Premiere Pro, Avid).Product available as an instant download:Purchase the 2K Collection for $49 or the high resolution 4K Collection for $79This is a super clean product that can really give your project a pop of organic distress. Many thanks to LensDistortions.com for the awesome giveaway! A newcomer to the video effects market is making a splash with quality Lens Distortion effects packs. Win your own copy of this stylish effects collection!Made by shooting through shards of glass and crystal, these classy effects from LensDistortions.com will give any video project a super stylized look. Win 1 of 2 copies of the 4K Lens Distortion Collection – a $79 value!UPDATE: THE CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED. Thanks to all who entered.Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for info on future giveaways! See the Lens Distortion effects in action in this demo video:last_img read more

American triumph and disappointment in Olympic ice dance

first_imgMadison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States stumble and fall perform during the ice dance, free dance figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Ecstasy, heartbreak and a crash.Kind of sums up the American ice dance experience at the Winter Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “It’s great for us and it’s great for Team USA,” Maia Shibutani said after they moved up from fourth place and held off a Russian couple to give the United States a podium spot for the fourth straight games: a gold, two silvers and a bronze.“It feels like gold,” Alex Shibutani added. “It’s unbelievable.“It’s such an honor to represent your country in the Olympics, and our sport is such a strong event, as you saw from the marks,” he said, noting that the top two duos — gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, silver winners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France — set world records Tuesday. “It’s amazing to have that Olympic moment we dreamed of.”The Shibutanis also believe their performance could lead to more siblings and more Asian-Americans in ice dance. Alex noted how rare each combination is.“We had no path to follow,” he said. “There was no blueprint for us. (Coach) Marina Zueva had no experience with siblings or Asian-American ice dancers and we had to discover by ourselves our own path.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Cavs, Warriors ready to chase in NBA’s sprint to the finish The Shib Sibs — Maia and older brother Alex Shibutani — added a bronze medal in the event to their team bronze early in the Pyeongchang Games.U.S. champions Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue made two key errors in their free dance and slid from third to fifth place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMadison Chock and Evan Bates had an even bigger slip-up: the rare ice dance fall.Still, a third, fifth and 12th with a major mistake should not be underplayed. MOST READcenter_img Chock and Bates didn’t want to look beyond Tuesday. They were the only ice dancers to have a fall in the entire competition, and it came as they were preparing to do a combination spin. Their blades clicked just as he was bending down and she was beginning to spin.Crash!“It’s impossible to do the spin with our feet attached,” Bates said.“We were too close together,” Chock explained.“It’s a moment we wish we could have back,” Bates added. “It’s a mistake that has never happened in training before, ever. There’s no explanation.”Chock and Bates also didn’t want the fall to take away from the message they were trying to convey while skating to John Lennon’s “Imagine.”“We hope we got the message of peace across,” Chock said as she wiped her eyes. “We think the audience understood.” Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers That path led them from ninth place at the Sochi Games to two U.S. championships. They also have three world championships medals. And now, an Olympic jewel.“It’s really been a leap of faith we had to take,” Maia Shibutani said. “We really have discovered we need to be ourselves.”Added Alex: “We found we needed to not play characters but to be Maia and Alex.”He is 26, she is 23, and they didn’t want to look ahead to another Olympic go-round. But Hubbell and Donohue made it clear they aren’t through; he is 27 and she soon will be.Hubbell’s eyes were wet when she spoke about the rough go in the free dance. They had been perennial third-place finishers in America before making a huge leap this season, winning their first national title. They believed the Pyeongchang Games would be their special moment.Then they made two errors in the free dance, one early and then a late stumble by Donohue.“At this moment, we are disappointed and frustrated,” Hubbell said, “because this was not close to our best. At this level, you cannot afford to make mistakes against this type of competition.“But we will build off this and not allow this to be our legacy.”Donohue admitted he wasn’t as mentally sharp as he needed to be in such a pressure-cooker atmosphere. He looked back at last year’s worlds, when they hoped to compete for a medal and wound up ninth.“Every experience brings a piece of information we didn’t have before,” he said, noting the couple would pay extra attention to their mental approach as they prepare for next month’s world championships in Milan. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Suresh Raina credits MS Dhoni for his success as captain in IPL 2016

first_imgIndian batsman Suresh Raina who for the first time is leading a side – Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League (IPL) – says he has learnt the tricks of the trade from the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Stephen Fleming who have been successful skippers for their countries.Lions are at present second on the points table with eight points from five games, with Raina earning a lot of plaudits for the show so far.Raina played eight IPL editions for now-suspended Chennai Super Kings where Dhoni and Fleming played big roles since the inception of the southern outfit in 2008. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )”I have played alongside many players in the IPL who have captained their countries. I have learnt a lot from the likes of Baz (Brendon McCullum), (Dwayne) Bravo, (Stephen) Fleming and MS Dhoni,” Raina was quoted as saying by the iplt20 website on Monday.Elaborating on his relationship with Dhoni, the present Rising Pune Supergiants skipper, Raina said: “I have spent a lot of time with MS over the last 10-15 years and I have seen how he goes about his job as a captain before and during a game.””I keep talking to him and asking him questions in the field, standing at slip or point as to what he is thinking and why he made a particular move. He is so calm under pressure and he is one of the most dangerous batsmen in the world,” the left-hander added.”At a very young age, I played with Rahul (Dravid) bhai and Mohammad Kaif (his captain in the Uttar Pradesh team) and I gathered a lot from these men.”advertisement”Now that I have this opportunity to lead my own team, I am just trying to put together all that I learned from my various captains and do a good job of being one myself.”The 29-year-old said the franchise had prepared well before the auctions and got the players they wanted.”We prepared really well before the auction. We picked well at the auction and got a bunch of players we wanted.””We have won four of our five matches so far and for that the credit goes to the coaching staff of Hodgy (Brad Hodge), Heath Streak, Sitanshu Kotak and all the members of the support staff,” he said.last_img read more

Ex-Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon, Star Athlete and Comedian, is Mourned

first_imgMeadowlark Lemon, the “clown prince” of basketball’s barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters, whose blend of hook shots and humor brought joy to millions of fans around the world, has died. He was 83.Lemon’s wife and daughter confirmed to the team that he died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona, Globetrotters spokesman Brett Meister said Monday. Meister did not know the cause of death.Though skilled enough to play professionally, Lemon instead wanted to entertain, his dream of playing for the Globetrotters hatched after watching a newsreel of the all-black team at a cinema house when he was 11.Lemon ended up becoming arguably the team’s most popular player, a showman known as much for his confetti-in-the-water-bucket routine and slapstick comedy as his half-court hook shots and no-look, behind-the-back passes.A sign of his crossover appeal, Lemon was inducted into both the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the International Clown Hall of Fame.“My destiny was to make people happy,” Lemon said as he was inducted into the basketball hall as a contributor to the game in 2003.Lemon played for the Globetrotters during the team’s heyday from the mid-1950s to the late-1970s, delighting fans with his skills with a ball and a joke. Traveling by car, bus, train or plane nearly every night, Lemon covered nearly 4 million miles to play in over 100 countries and in front of popes and presidents, kings and queens. Known as the “Clown Prince of Basketball,” he averaged 325 games per year during his prime, that luminous smile never dimming.“Meadowlark was the most sensational, awesome, incredible basketball player I’ve ever seen,” NBA great and former Globetrotter Wilt Chamberlain said shortly before his death in 1999. “People would say it would be Dr. J or even (Michael) Jordan. For me it would be Meadowlark Lemon.”Lemon spent 24 years with the Globetrotters, doing tours through the racially torn South in the 1950s until he left in 1979 to start his own team.He was one of the most popular athletes in the world during the prime of his career, thanks to a unique blend of athleticism and showmanship.Playing against the team’s nightly foil, the Washington Generals, Lemon left fans in awe with an array of hook shots, no-look passes and the nifty moves he put on display during the Globetrotters’ famous circle while “Sweet Georgia Brown” played over the loudspeaker.He also had a knack for sending the fans home with a smile every night, whether it was with his running commentary, putting confetti in a water bucket or pulling down the pants of an “unsuspecting” referee.“We played serious games too, against the Olympic teams and the College All-Stars,” Lemon said. “But that didn’t stop us from putting the comedy in there.”Lemon became an icon in the 1970s, appearing in movies, including “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh,” numerous talk shows and even a stint in the cartoon “Scooby Doo,” with Scatman Crothers doing his voice.After leaving the Globetrotters, Lemon started his own team, The Bucketeers, and played on a variety of teams before rejoining the Globetrotters for a short tour in 1994.Lemon spent the last years of his life trying to spread a message of faith through basketball. He became an ordained minister in 1986 and was a motivational speaker, touring the country to meet with children at basketball camps and youth prisons with his Scottsdale-based Meadowlark Lemon Ministries.“I feel if I can touch a kid in youth prison, he won’t go to the adult prison,” Lemon said in 2003.He never lost touch with his beloved sport. Lemon said he rose every day at 4 a.m. and, after prayers, headed for the gym to run sprints and practice shooting.“I have to keep that hook shot working,” he said.Born in 1932, Meadow George Lemon III — he lengthened his name after joining the Globetrotters — didn’t have money for a basketball when he was young, so he rigged up a makeshift hoop in his backyard in Wilmington, North Carolina. Using a coat hanger and onion sack for the basket, he made his first shot with an empty milk can.Lemon first contacted the Globetrotters before his high school graduation and joined the team in 1954. He missed a game in 1955 because of a bad bowl of goulash in Germany, but that was the last one. What followed was a run, by his calculations, of more than 16,000 straight games that took him to places he never could have imagined.“I was one of the most fortunate athletes that ever lived,” he said. “I was able to watch history.”JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mane admits shock at red for Ederson challenge

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool star Mane reveals shock at red card for Ederson collision 18:35 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sadio Mane Ederson Manchester City Liverpool Getty Liverpool Sadio Mané Manchester City Premier League The Senegal international admits that he only expected to see yellow after colliding with the Manchester City keeper in a Premier League encounter Sadio Mane admits he was surprised to be shown a red card for catching Ederson in the face during Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester City.With the Reds already trailing at the Etihad Stadium, Mane collided with the Brazilian goalkeeper as he chased down a looping ball down field.As Ederson ducked to nod clear from outside of his area, the Liverpool man raised his boot and caught his opponent on the side, leading to him being stretchered off and to a nearby medical facility for treatment. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The 24-year-old City custodian avoided any serious injury in what was an unfortunate incident, and Mane believes the decision to send him off was harsh.He said: “Honestly, I was focusing more on the goalkeeper than the card and when I saw the red card I was surprised because I was expecting a yellow card.”It’s not easy for me because I love to play football and I enjoy helping my team to win games.“But I’ll accept it and try to forget it. I was going for the ball and I didn’t have the intention to hurt him because I’m not that kind of player. I wish him a quick recovery.”Mane was handed a three-game ban on the back of his dismissal, with Liverpool seeing their appeal rejected by the Football Association.He will now sit out a Premier League meeting with Burnley and a league and EFL Cup double-header against Leicester.Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that his absence does not cost the Reds as dearly as it did against City – with his side capitulating at the Etihad Stadium once reduced to 10 men as they suffered a humbling 5-0 defeat. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Video: Here’s Who Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith Are Picking To Win The NCAA Tournament

first_imgSkip Bayless and Steven A. Smith discuss who will win the NCAA tournament.bayless smith ncaa tournament picksSkip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith may be 1-seeds in our 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media bracket, but it’s also true that they have a very highly-rated morning show on ESPN. Earlier this week, the duo made their NCAA Tournament picks – and neither picked a 1-seed to cut down the nets.That being said, they did pick big programs. Bayless took a shot on 4-seed Kentucky relying on talent to make its way through the tournament. Bayless cited Tom Izzo’s experience, taking Michigan State. You can view the segment below.Do you agree with either? Or will another team be winning it all in early April?last_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – Scott Milden

first_img A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Editors’ Recommendations Today we speak to the man who relaunched the Original Chippewa heritage collection, Scott Milden. Here is a how he started in his own words as well as a bit about his personal style:What started my career was the day I received my first skateboard around the age of 11. My first “real”skateboard was a metallic silver Powell Perelta, Mike McGill with Independent trucks, with I think black Rat Bones wheels and Swiss bearing (But the wheels could have been later), not to mention the rails, nose guard, lapper and skid plate (All Powell). What I mean by a “real”skateboard is that it was the first board that I was able to pick each of the parts separately. This is important because it is my first memory of having the opportunity to be an individual and express my personality and creativity through my choice of products, and discovering my love for authenticity, design, and product creation.By the early 90s I was starting my career in Orange County, California as a freelance graphic designer. I was pumping out logos and T-shirts for little start-up brands at the time like Volcom, Mantra Optics, Special Blend, Joyride Snowboards, and Bear Surf wear.In 1993, I took the remaining funds my folks set aside for college and founded theMovement Snowboards. The brand was noted as one of the first independent and art-oriented snowboard brands. It was a team focused, with its catalogs featuring art and photography of the world than information pertaining to snowboarding or the company’s products. A very expensive art project…but a great education!By 1997 the writing was on the wall and theMovement was coming to its’ artful end. I had befriended Eric Meyer, the founder of Simple Shoes. Eric invited me to join him at Simple (Deckers Outdoor Corp.) and I worked my way up from the marketing department to the Design Manager working on all the brands, including Simple, Teva and UGG. UGG was only $10M in sales at that time. I always say that Deckers gave me my Masters Degree in Footwear. I did everything there from going on product development trips to China to being part of product presentations to Nordstrom. But most importantly, I met my beautiful wife, the shoe designer Angela Scott. http://www.theofficeofangelascott.comEric and I would sit on his front patio overlooking the Santa Barbara coastline discussing a new concept, a modernist brand that would pull its influences from creativity itself. We were aware of this new developing consumer, the Cultural Creative. At the time this unidentified developing market was made up of people who were influenced by and interested in design, architecture, technology, and creativity in general. By 2002 all of our ideas and market influences came together to create this new idea…MEDIUM Footwear. At MEDIUM we created shoes for the Creative Class as the target audience. We collaborated with some of the best creative brands to create some unique products, including Adobe Systems, House Industries, and Dwell Magazine. By the end of 2006, MEDIUM was purchased by Pentland Brands Plc., a UK based global brand Management Company involved in the sports, outdoor, and fashion markets. Their portfolio of brands includes Speedo, Boxfresh, Berhaus, Hunter Boots, & Ted Baker. Soon after, the new owners chose to shelve the MEDIUM brand…C’est la Vie.After that I relocated to Dallas, Texas to be a Senior Creative Director at FOSSIL, launching Fossil Footwear. While I was at FOSSIL, we collaborated with Justin Boots on a FOSSIL Cowboy Boot. While visiting the boot company, I discovered Justin Brands also owned this little diamond in the rough…Chippewa Boot Co., selling rugged outdoor shoes and some vintage models in Japan. I begged them to hire me to launch the Chippewa heritage collection worldwide. After about a year of talking, in April of 2012, I joined Justin Brands as Vice President of International Operation, overseeing all the international brand sales and the launch of the ORIGINAL CHIPPEWA heritage collection. ORIGINAL CHIPPEWA is a blend of modern durability found in contemporary outdoor products combined with the heritage and authenticity of American craftsmanship and work ethic. The initial collection launch was Fall 2013 with a handful of premium retailers around the world. For 2014 we will be delivering the Archive collection. The ORIGINAL CHIPPEWA Archive Collection is a selection of re-issued historical boots and shoes that have defined the Chippewa brand. Each boot in the collection is selected and named for it’s unique place in Chippewa history. Archive Boots are reproduced using traditional materials like Horween leather and vintage Vibram® outsoles. The boots are manufactured in limited production using traditional techniques and are all hand crafted in the U.S.A.As for my personal style, I appreciate authentic things… German cars, American Jeans and Chinese running shoes (I’m a Nike guy). I like a mix of outdoor/athletic-tech with authentic silhouettes for a modern American style.Jeans: Jean Shop–Slim Fit Indigo (I am very loyal) I think the Jean shop is the most authentic contemporary denim brand. One shop, not chasing trends, just doing what they do. Shirts: Thom Browne–are the best-fit oxfords. My new favorite work shirts are Civilianaire. They’re U.S. made, simple, authentic, great quality and from California.Pants: Not usually.Suits: Some from a local custom tailor, mostly sport coats with jeans, my favorite is Thom Browne coat in a battle ship grey color. Shoes: ORIGINAL CHIPPEWA, of course. My everyday is boot is the 4353TAN – 1939 6-Service Boot in British Tan. I also am recently wearing Tony Lama Ropers…I highly recommend the Roper.Accessories: 40MM Panerai Lumior Marina with original metal bracelet. My wedding ring is Chrome Hearts and Il Bisonte leather goods.Outerwear: I live in Patagonia Puffers in all shapes, full zip, pullover, hooded…I’m a bit of a junkie. Also love my 1970s Levis pile lined sherpa denim trucker jacket. I like that itsays “made in San Francisco” on the tag.Your favorite App: CNBC, SeekingAlpha, InstagramFavorite piece of technology: I love the Nest for the home, just installed one a couple of months ago. Get one!Next tech purchase: I need a new iPhone. 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Flight MH370 Search Continues with New Data

first_imgWMN Staff, March 20, 2014 zoom The search for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, that went missing 13 days ago, continues and has now taken a new turn with the latest satellite imagery showing possible debris of the flight MH370.The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre Australia has received satellite imagery of objects that could be related to the search for the missing aircraft, flight MH370.The satellite imagery, analyzed by experts from the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation, revealed details of possible plane debris south of the search area that has been the focus of the search operation. The imagery is in the vicinity of the search area defined and searched in the past two days.According to AMSA’s emergency response general manager, Mr. John Young, the largest object spotted is around 24 metres long, with the second one being smaller. “This is a lead. It is probably the best lead we have right now. But we need to get there, find them, see them, assess them to know whether it’s really meaningful or not,” he said, warning that the objects could be a false lead.Four aircraft have been reoriented to the area 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth as a result of this information. Also, a RAAF C-130 Hercules aircraft has been tasked by RCC Australia to drop datum marker buoys that will be used to provide information about water movement and to assist in drift modelling. The buoys should give an ongoing reference point if the task of relocating the objects becomes protracted.The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is coordinating the search in the Southern Indian Ocean for the missing aircraft, with assistance from the Australian Defence Force, the New Zealand Air Force and the United States Navy.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgThe Canadian Press Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down six cents, or 3.11 per cent to $1.87 on 22.5 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up $1.06, or 2.56 per cent, to $42.44 on 19.7 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up 17 cents, or 8.5 per cent, to $2.17 on 11 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 30 cents, or 4.03 per cent, to $7.14 on 9.1 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Gold. Down 28 cents, or 6.76 per cent, to $3.86 on 8.1 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up one cent, or 0.05 per cent, to $19.52 on 7.8 million shares. Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,264.06, down 152.83 points).center_img Companies reporting major news:Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Down $2.48 or 15 per cent to $14. Home Capital Group says Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is reducing its stake in the mortgage lender to less than 10 per cent. Buffett’s investment firm helped restore confidence in the lender following accusations that it misled investors by acquiring a nearly 20-per-cent stake in Home Capital in 2017. Buffett says with the full repayment of the $2 billion credit line, Berkshire’s investment in Home Capital is now not of a size to justify the firm’s ongoing involvement.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Down $1.12 or 1.2 per cent to $92.68. Royal Bank is denying a report that it was able to read, write and delete users’ messages on the social networking website Facebook. The New York Times has published a story claiming Facebook gave RBC, along with Spotify and Netflix, the ability to see private messages between its users. RBC says it was given permission to send messages to Facebook users from 2013 to 2015 when it offered a mobile app service that enabled customers to send money to their friends through the social network. It says it did not have the ability to see users’ messages.last_img read more

Adelaide court hears case on Lankan

“He claimed that the deceased was in fact his friend,” Mr Norman said. “[He] deliberately stabbed the deceased, into and in fact through, the deceased’s stomach,” Mr Norman said.“The force used by the accused was such that the blade damaged the deceased’s spine. “Part of the deceased’s intestine appeared through the wound in his stomach.”The prosecutor said Suppiah then repeatedly tried to blame another man for the death.He told police he only had the knife to cut apples and another man grabbed his hand and forced the knife into the victim’s stomach. A Sri Lankan refugee accused of murder allegedly stabbed another refugee through the stomach with such force the blade damaged the victim’s spine, an Adelaide court has heard, according to abc.net.au.A Supreme Court jury heard Ketheshwaran Sivaperuman, 35, bled to death at his Elizabeth South home in January last year. The man accused of his murder, 31-year-old Satheeswaran Suppiah, lived in a property on the other side of Griffiths Street and had been drinking vodka on the day of Sivaperuman’s death. Prosecutor Mark Norman said Suppiah hid a large kitchen knife in his shorts, got into an argument with the victim and stabbed him. Both men came to Australia as refugees from Sri Lanka. Suppiah has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder.The trial is before Justice David Lovell. “He claimed [the other man] … deliberately used the accused’s hand to stab the deceased.“That account is nonsense and it is clear from witnesses who say [the other man] wasn’t even near the deceased.”The court heard both men had previously lived together, but the victim moved into a house across the road after the pair had a falling out. read more

Viva Voce Choral Series returns with Brock University Choirs

The Brock University Choirs is set to present its first concert of the 2017-18 season.The Viva Voce! Choral Series kicks off with Wintersong, featuring works for voices, percussion and violin and conducted by Rachel Rensink-Hoff. The concert takes place Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cairns Recital Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.Winterson features an eclectic range of choral music from Handel’s well-known anthem, The King Shall Rejoice, Mendelssohn’s Laudate Pueri Dominum and The Vagabond by Vaughan Williams. The concert also features contemporary compositions by Sarah Quartel, Matthew Emery and Eric Barnum and new arrangements by Clifton Noble, Brian Holmes and Harris Loewen.Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 through the eyeGo program. Tickets will be sold through the FirstOntario PAC Box Office by phone at 905-688-0722 or online. read more

Brock French Studies and Visual Arts combine for art exhibit at Rodman

Two departments at Brock are working as one in the art exhibit “Chaussettes vertes et bonne nuit, les étoiles /GreenSocks and Good Night Stars.The exhibit runs from February 10-28 at Rodman Hall in St. Catharines.Students currently enrolled in “Children’s Literature in French” offered by French Studies, along with students in “Intermediate Painting” from the Visual Arts department are collaborating on the project which is the result of a long interdisciplinary cooperation.Rodman Hall is also generously contributing with their expertise and resources.Over reading week (Feb. 16-20) Brock has invited schools across Niagara (both francophone and immersion) to bring classes to Rodman for the exhibit. Children will participate in art activities in French and will produce story booklets for their schools.“It is always a pleasure and an amazing learning experience to work with colleagues in Visual Arts and at Rodman Hall,” said Catherine Parayre, Director of French Studies at Brock University.“Our students in French Studies have been working hard to produce children’s stories and have become more familiar with creative expression, written and visual. Our show is also an opportunity for us to welcome francophones and francophiles at Rodman and at Brock.The French-speaking population of Niagara is large and very diverse. Francophone schools are particularly strong in the region. It is of course essential for us at the University to maintain the contact and work with and for them.”The 18-day exhibit includes a closing reception on Friday Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. at Rodman Hall.“I enjoyed working with Catherine on this project,” Shawn Serfas, Assistant Professor in Visual Arts, said. “She is generous with her time and has great collaborative ideas.“My intermediate painting class was buzzing with energy when her 40-plus students visited my class. The two groups worked well together in the studio. The work generated between the courses borders descriptive and abstract visual narratives”. read more

Womens EH CL 20182019 ZRK Vardar in history 14 teams directly and

The European Handball Federation decided about the teams who will compete at Women’s EHF Champions League 2018/2019. Exactly 14 teams will go directly in the Preliminary Round, while the two last will be known after two qualifying tournaments.Women’s EHF Champions League 2018/19:Teams seeded for the group matches (14):Györi Audi ETO KC (HUN)CSM Bucuresti (ROU)Buducnost (MNE)Rostov-Don (RUS)Metz Handball (FRA)Kobenhavn Handball (DEN)Vipers Kristiansand (NOR)Thüringer HC (GER)RK Krim Mercator (SLO)IK Sävehof (SWE)FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria (HUN)Odense HC (DEN)Brest Bretagne Handball (FRA)Larvik HK (NOR)Qualifier 1Qualifier 2Teams in qualification (8):MKS Perla Lublin (POL)HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO)Jomi Salerno (ITA)Muratpasa BSK (TUR)Super Amara Bera Bera (ESP)ZORK Jagodina (SRB)SCM Craiova (ROU)SG BBM Bietigheim (GER)Two draw datesThe seeding list and the draw procedure of the first draw event of the season will be published at the later this week.The draw for the qualification tournaments in the Women’s EHF Champions League will take place on Wednesday 27 June at 11:00 hrs at the EHF Office in Vienna and it will be streamed live on EHF Champions League Facebook page and ehfTV YouTube channel.The group matches draw will be hosted on Friday 29 June at 12:30 hrs at the Erste Campus in Vienna and will be streamed live on ehfTV.com, ehfTV YouTube channel and on the competition’s Facebook page. ← Previous Story VELUX EHF CL 2018/2019: Three French teams, stop for Fuchse Berlin, RK Gorenje, SKA Minsk… Next Story → EHF Congress: EHF EURO 2024 to Germany, EURO 2022 in Hungary/Slovakia and Balkans read more

Sheds engulfed by flames in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two small sheds caught fire in Northwest Miami-Dade, Sunday morning.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded around 6:15 a.m. to the scene near North River Drive and Northwest 27th Avenue.The two sheds were found engulfed by flames at the back of the property.Crews were able to quickly extinguish the flames and prevented nearby homes from being affected.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The football girls of Palichora

first_imgFootball girls from Palichora busy in practice. A recent photo by Mainul IslamThe hurdles were many — poverty, hostility of the community elders and even stalkers. Despite that, they they did not give up and continued to practice.Nothing could stop them on the playground. They are now the national champions. They will remind you of the indomitable girls of Kalsindur, Mymensingh. These are the football girls of Palichora, Rangpur.These girls became champions in the recently held JFA U-14 National Women’s Football Championship.Palichora is a village in Rangpur. There are 27 woman footballers in the village. Palichora Government Primary School became the runners-up in Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Primary School Gold Cup Football Tournament in 2011. This drew the girls of the village towards football.The girls would sneak into the playground as the seniors and moulvis of the area would say, “Why should girls play like boys wearing shorts?” The guardians were not very enthusiastic either.Among the 11 girls from Palichora, one is on the national. This is Sirat Jahan. Sirat’s mother, Lipy Begum, said, “I wanted to get my daughter married as she insisted on playing football. At that time, Harun Bhai (coach Harun Ar Rashid) said he would take her responsibility. I couldn’t say no. Now my daughter is playing on the national team.”Another mother, Rozifa Begum, did not want her daughter Ishrat Jahan to play. “My daughter played football with the boys. I admonished her and shifted her to another school, but Milan Bhai and Harun Bhai brought her back.”The Palichora village is about 15 km from Rangpur. There are two schools side by side at one corner of the village–Palichora Government Primary School, Palichora MN High School. As school bell rang, girls in jerseys started to emerge. Shameema Akhter, Jharna Khatun among others sat under the goal post with their footballs and school bags. They put on their boots and braided their hair before starting practice.Coach Milan Khan made prepartions in the meantime. The girls started practice as soon as the coach was ready. As the coach blew the whistle they started to play. The Palichara girls celebrated their championship in the JFA U-14 Women’s Football in Dhaka on 19 July. Rangpur beat Mymensingh that day. Though it was Rangpur, each of the footballers came from Palichora village of Soddyopushkorini union of Sadar upazila. Shamima Akhter was the latest to be invited to the national team. Palichora is now a village of woman footballers.Palichora Government Girls Primary School team with guests at Rangpur stadium after becoming champions in the Bangamata Begum Faziluttennesa Mujib Gold Cup. The File photo: Prothom AloThe Palichora girl achieved a lot over the last eight years. They became the Bangamata School Football champions in 2012 and 2014. In 2015, they won the BRAC Kishori Football Tournament and in the preceding year they won 47th national school-madrasa tournament.In 2015, they reached the KFC National Women’s Championship final and won the fair play trophy.Ishrat Jahan, who was once frowned upon by her mother for playing football, now is an asset to her family. Her mother Rozifa Begum was at a loss when her husband died of cancer last year leaving four daughters. That was the year when Bangladesh became champion of the SAFF U-18 women’s football. Ishrat, along with her teammates, were awarded Tk one million by prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Ishrat spent Tk 300,000 on her mother’s treatment and kept the rest in the bank. Ishrat’s sister Nusrat Jahan too now plays on the national team.Rozifa is proud of her daughters, “I feel so happy when they come home and help me with their own earnings! I have no son, but I have no regrets now. My daughters are my sons too.”A group of footballers in the national team are from Kalsindur Primary School, Mymensingh. Former teacher of the school, Mofiz Uddin, contributed to that achievement. Coach Milan Khan, 26, too has been coaching them for free. He is a ‘B’ licensed coach of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Earlier, Harun Ar Rashid coached them.Milan Khan struggles to buy footballs, jerseys, shin guards, shoes, and other equipment for the girls. Sometimes he even sends the girls to play in different matches to earn money. The money is used on their practice. He regrets that the Rangpur district football association does not support them financially. The players were not even accorded any reception after winning the JFA Cup, he said.The coach wants to set up an organisation by the name ‘Soddyopushkorini Unnayan Sangstha’ for the socio-economic development of women footballers. The gurdians of the footabllers would be members of the organisation. He wants to bear the financial cost of the girls’s sports through this organisation in future.“These girls have great potential. Many girls of the village have the capability to play on the national team. I dream that the 11 girls the of Palichora team will play in Bangladesh’s jersey someday.”Perhaps the Palichora girls, too, have the same dream.(Barishal staff correspondent Ariful Haque helped in writing this report.)*This piece has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

Stay Organized with Pagico 7 OS X and Windows Planner – 70

first_imgNo matter what you are working on, get organized instantly with Pagico’s magic! The helpful app is now available with a 70% discount, only for $15! Go to Wccftech Deals and transform your life by introducing this productivity booster magic app.Compatibility:Mac OS X 10.7 or laterWindows Vista or laterUbuntu (64-bit) 14.04 or later Easily browse all your data & archive old info to reduce clutterInstantly turn lists into flowchartsVisualize your workloadEasily track your task deadlines & progressFind & group your data automatically based on tags & keywordsAccess your essential data anywhere Share Tweet Submitcenter_img Too much data to manage? Endless number of rows are freaking you out? How about a helpful assistant that intelligently transforms data into human friendly flow charts? Everything suddenly starts making sense when converted into charts. Get Pagico 7 and let it assist you by turning all your tasks, notes and projects into beautiful and interactive flowcharts. Easily see the trends and information from your work projected into helpful and easy-on-the-eyes graphs.Magic assistant, Pagico 7 now available only for $15:In today’s digital world, there’s simply too much out there trying to distract you from what’s important—until now. Pagico is a one-stop app that helps turn all of your tasks, notes, and projects into beautiful interactive flowcharts. They’ll keep you in check so you can get things done in a much more effective manner. Plan better, organize smarter, and watch your productivity level reach new heights like never before.last_img read more

Seafood mavens at Product C poised for expansion

first_imgAt the end of a long day, Norman de Pass and Sergio Jiménez leave their law office, stroll down the main street of Avenida Escazú and arrive at Product C. They order fresh seafood, sip craft beer and sit anywhere they like. If they seem to be acting like they own the place, it’s becausethey do, along with Canadian chef Demian Geneau.“Demian had this idea about sustainable fish,” said De Pass. And after work, de Pass and Jiménez always found themselves with a craving for fresh seafood, and oysters in particular. So they created Product C, essentially, to meet their own demand.The restaurant is now a fixture at Avenida Escazú, as is its satellite location in Malpaís, on the Nicoya Peninsula. The trio is now cultivating a third restaurant in Santa Ana, along with even bigger plans: They want to open Product C restaurants across Costa Rica and turn the restaurant into an international franchise. From left, Norman de Pass and Sergio Jiménez take a table on their restaurant’s patio. Robert Isenberg/The Tico TimesDe Pass and Jiménez are attorneys, and they specialize in real estate and copyright law. (On its logo, the “C” in Product C is styled as a copyright symbol). They have known each other since they were teenagers, and they have worked as law partners for the past 18 years. Although they had little experience in the food industry, they were eager to learn about sustainable fishing practices. When they heard about Geneau and his small eatery in Malpaís in 2009, they introduced themselves and asked about a partnership.“We settled it with a handshake,” De Pass said.“After a bottle of whiskey,” Jiménez added, chuckling.Product C has taken some unexpected turns these past few years. The original idea was to become a wholesaler, and Product C continues to function as a seafood distributor for area restaurants. But when they opened a small kiosk in their wholesale fish market in Santa Ana, customers waited in long lines for ceviche and other prepared lunches. The demand for a sit-down seafood place was clear, so they opened the restaurant in Avenida Escazú, which has thrived for four years.Another surprise was craft beer: Neither De Pass nor Jiménez knew much about cerveza artesenal, but when microbreweries started popping up across Costa Rica, they decided to embrace it. Product C co-sponsored a Craft Beer Festival outside its restaurant, and the event was so successful (1,200 attendants) that they have helped organize two more annual festivals, each larger than the last. Their taps already showcase nine artisanal brews, and they plan to add three more by the end of the month.One of the triumphs of Product C is its reliance on responsible anglers. Trawling, illegal fishing, and dolphin deaths have become hot-button issues in Costa Rica and around the world, and the Product C owners are so proud of their policy that the Escazú restaurant has an enormous diagram painted on their front wall, illustrating how their platters reach the table. Product C partners only with Costa Rican fishermen, their fish are always fresh (never frozen), and they communicate regularly with Fundación MarViva, which promotes marine conservation in Costa Rica and Panama. Their relationship with MarViva is so strong that they have cohosted seminars on eco-friendly fishing practices. Oysters fresh from the saltwater tank go especially well with limes and horseradish sauce. Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times“It’s a little more expensive than what you usually find at the market,” concedes De Pass. “But since day one, we’ve always been very conscious about [the environment.]”The new restaurant, located in the Lindora district of Santa Ana, southwest of San José, has become a labor of love: The restaurant is encased in a slick glass cube, but the interior is largely composed of recycled wood; there is a pleasing aesthetic contrast between the steel-and-plate-glass frame and the unfinished lumber that makes up the interior. The three-quarter patio around the restaurant is spacious and open, and on temperate evenings guests dine beneath the branches of a Guanacaste tree.While the restaurant has set menus, guests at the Santa Ana location are encouraged to be creative. They can select filets from the display case and request a specific preparation, from Cajun spices to an Italian cream sauce. They can choose live oysters and lobster from a tank. They can rest assured that everything but the salmon (which is not native to Costa Rica) was caught locally.“We don’t do sushi, because everybody does that,” said De Pass. “But we do sashimi, because our product is perfect for it.”De Pass and Jiménez said they have a good relationship with similar restaurants around the Central Valley, and they hope that the Tico palate will continue to evolve. “People here aren’t yet taking Costa Rican cuisine to the next level,” De Pass said. “The scene is moving, but not necessarily with our roots.” Product C’s decor incorporates repurposed wood, adding an earthy aesthetic to the modernist design. Robert Isenberg/The Tico TimesAlthough it’s too soon to predict Product C’s future, De Pass and Jiménez have ideas. “We hope to open five more,” Jiménez said, “and then franchise it.” They would continue to own and operate the eight potential locations in Costa Rica, so franchises would be reserved for overseas management. De Pass was born in the United States and Jiménez has Canadian family, and they travel frequently to North America. The idea of a Product C on the streets of Los Angeles or Toronto is easy for them to imagine.Recently, a restaurateur from Panama visited to see what Product C was all about.“He was impressed,” Jiménez said. “He said, ‘In Panama, there is nothing like this.’” Facebook Comments Related posts:Corcovado Foundation opens budget hostel in Osa Peninsula Road to Monteverde closed starting next week Envision Festival is officially sold out 7,000 travelers stranded by Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría Airport closurelast_img read more

Expedia India launches loyalty programme with additional benefits for members

first_imgExpedia India has launched its loyalty programme, Expedia+, where members of Expedia+ can join the programme for free and will earn points on all of their hotel or holiday activities bookings. The loyalty programme provides additional benefits such as exclusive member-only deals and bonus offers. Expedia+ has three tiers: +blue, +silver and +gold.Manmeet Ahluwalia, Marketing Head, Expedia India said, “With the growing acceptance of e-commerce and evolution of the Indian travellers, the consumer has now started looking for value based programmes that not only offer them great rewards but also exclusive benefits. Our survey on loyalty programme discovered that 47% Indians are a part of 2-3 travel loyalty programs while 38% participate in at least one programme. This clearly reflects that there is an appetite for loyalty programmes as the Indian consumer is growing smarter and wants to accumulate and avail benefits on every purchase. The Expedia+ programme offers exclusive deals for its consumers not only in India, but across the globe.”Expedia+ focuses on the needs of the Indian consumer when considering a travel loyalty programme. Members will be able to redeem their points whenever they want, with no blackout dates for high season holidays and space capacity. Free membership automatically gives the consumers a +blue status, followed by +silver status after staying seven qualifying hotel room nights and +gold status after staying 15 qualifying hotel room nights. The +gold and +silver members enjoy additional benefits such as extra bonus points on every booking, plus free amenities or room upgrades if they book one of Expedia’s 1,800 VIP hotels in over 200 destinations globally. Travellers also get triple the amount of points for booking via Expedia‘s mobile application.last_img read more