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Shooting attack on website owner’s home could be linked to colleague’s murder

first_imgNews April 15, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts BrazilAmericas News Follow the news on Brazil April 27, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img Reports RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Organisation December 3, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Shooting attack on website owner’s home could be linked to colleague’s murder Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Reporters Without Borders calls for urgent protection for Antônio Fabiano Portilho Coene, the owner of the Portal i9 news website, whose home in Campo Grande, the capital of the southwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul, was attacked on the night of 29 November.Unidentified gunmen fired shots at the building and threw a Molotov cocktail into the courtyard, fortunately causing no injuries. A hammer was left outside with the words “Fabiano Carvalhinho beaten to death.”The message may have been an allusion to the murder of fellow Campo Grande-based journalist, Eduardo Carvalho, the owner and editor of the Ultima Hora News (UHNews) website, who was gunned down on 21 November.Portilho suspects that the attack on his home could be a reprisal for Portal i9’s publication of the same influence-trafficking allegations that Carvalho had published in UHNews on the eve of his murder.Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to carry out a full investigation into the attack on Portilho’s home, and points out the that investigations into the Carvalho murder and into Paulo Rocaro’s murder on 12 February in this same high-risk region have yet to yield results.A total of 11 journalists have been murdered in Brazil since the start of 2012. The murder motive has been clearly linked to the victim’s work in five of these cases.———————23.11.12 – Website publisher gunned down after repeated death threatsReporters Without Borders is saddened to learn that Eduardo Carvalho, the owner and editor of the Ultima Hora News website, was gunned down in Campo Grande, the capital of the southwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul, on 21 November.Carvalho had been getting threats since last year in connection with reports he posted on the site criticizing Mato Grosso do Sul politicians and police officers.“We offer our condolences to Carvalho’s family and friends,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Those responsible for this murder must not go unpunished. It brings the number of journalists killed this year in Brazil to 11. In three of these cases, a link has been established with the victim’s work while further investigation is needed in four other cases.“On International Day to End Impunity, we urge the authorities to investigate Carvalho’s murder as thoroughly and quickly as possible, especially as there are indications that it was linked to his journalistic work.”A retired military police officer, Carvalho, 52, was fatally shot by two men armed with pistols who were waiting for him when he arrived at his Campo Grande home with his wife. After shooting him three times, the gunmen left on a motorcycle.Carvalho, who had escaped a previous shooting attack while driving with his daughter, had often reported receiving death threats and said he feared for his life. As a result, he had a permit to carry a gun and a permit to use an armed forces bullet-proof vest but was not wearing it at the time of the attack on 21 November.On the day of his murder, he had published a story accusing a military police captain of abuse of authority. In a comment posted on Facebook the day before, he said that, despite the constant threats and harassment, he had “a safe full of new stories, each one more scandalous than the other.”Despite all the threats and the long list of people criticized on the website, the police officers in charge of the investigation say they have not yet identified any suspects or motives. But they have acknowledged that the murder has all the hallmarks of a contract killing. BrazilAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Risks for Homeowners Outside FEMA Flood Zones

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News FEMA flood zones natural disaster 2020-07-07 Mike Albanese It seems Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maps have sprung more than a few leaks, much to the chagrin of homeowners like Michael Wilson.A couple of years back, the 43-year-old purchased a brick bungalow on Chicago’s South Side. He did his homework, reviewing the home’s flood risk with a fine-tooth comb, and the home’s unfinished basement bore no obvious signs of water damage, according to a report from ProPublica, which appeared in Big Easy magazine.Additionally, the real estate agent had been unaware of a flood history while the home was on the market, and Wilson had hired a waterproofing specialist to inspect the property for indications of previous flooding or structural damage. Yet, only two months after he purchased the home, zap; it flooded.Turns out the home is outside a FEMA special flood hazard area, stated the report. Meaning Wilson wasn’t required to have flood insurance. Yes, there was some coverage for sewer backups in his home insurance policy. The catch was, it didn’t begin to cover the damage to his home.While it’s up to FEMA to flag to high-risk zones where homeowners with federally backed mortgages are required to buy flood insurance, its maps are famously known for their incompleteness. Yes, they pick up on some flooding from rivers and other coastlines, when it comes to heavy rainfall, they score a near 10 for missing the boat. Not good, since urban development and climate change have further exacerbated the problem.The report said homeowners beyond FEMA’s high-risk zones have a false sense of security.Homeowners outside of FEMA’s high-risk zones often believe they’re safe, underestimating their vulnerability. Then, once a flood hits, they must pay out-of-pocket for water damage, since they weren’t made to buy flood insurance.Flood damage hits taxpayers in the pocketbook as well. In the aftermath of major disasters, the underinsured receive limited government assistance. Agencies such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development provide long-term recovery funds.A total of 8,7 million properties are situated in areas prone to a “hundred-year flood,” according to FEMA. A “hundred-year flood’s” a flooding event with a 1% chance of occurring each year. There are 14.6 million properties at risk, the new data states.A comprehensive new assessment of flood risk, released this week by the nonprofit First Street Foundation, exposes blind spots in FEMA’s maps to show just how vulnerable the nation’s properties are. Built by researchers from private companies and universities, the model calculates the cumulative risk for every property in the contiguous United States from rainfall, storm surge, tidal, and river flooding. The new data says there are 14.6 million properties at risk.In an April report from FEMA and the Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate, the agency detailed its planning to cut back the complexity of the National Flood Insurance Program, according to DSNews,.“FEMA’s strategic goals established in 2018 remain in place to build a culture of preparedness, ready the nation for a catastrophic disaster, and reduce the complexity of FEMA programs, particularly the NFIP,” said David Stearrett, FEMA Flood Insurance Advocate. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Emergency Notarization Order Crafted Next: Foreclosures From Reverse Mortgages Surging in Puerto Rico Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Risks for Homeowners Outside FEMA Flood Zones Risks for Homeowners Outside FEMA Flood Zonescenter_img July 7, 2020 1,296 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Chuck Green Chuck Green has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune and others covering various industries, including real estate, business and banking, technology, and sports. Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: FEMA flood zones natural disaster Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

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Donegal TDs in the Dail attack government cuts to SNA hours

first_imgNews Google+ Facebook Pinterest Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – June 20, 2013 WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleDonegal weather predicting postman says summer isn’t over!Next articleHSE management in Donegal says community hospitals need to make better use of resources News Highland center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Tánaiste’s claiming the government’s commitment to special needs students cannot be doubted. The National Council for Special Education has announced a 10 per cent cut in teaching hours for children with special needs from September because of an increase in demand.It means students with special needs will have 15 minutes less teaching time.Speaking in the Dail, Eamon Gilmore said there are no cuts, but changing how the resource is best used for those who most need it, is sensible:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/gilm1pmSNAS.mp3[/podcast]But speaking in the Dail this morning, two Donegal Deputies slammed the Tanaiste’ claims’s.Fianna Fail TD Charlie McConalogue said they Tanaiste could not deny that the Government were bringing in anything but a cut.While Sinn Fein Deputy Padraig MacLochlain said Eamon Gilmore was trying to defend the indefensible:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/charpad.mp3[/podcast] Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Donegal TDs in the Dail attack government cuts to SNA hours WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitterlast_img read more

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Prospective jurors to be questioned ahead of newspaper shooting trial

first_imgcsreed/iStock(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — Hundreds of prospective jurors are headed to a Maryland courthouse Friday as jury selection begins in the trial of the suspected Capital Gazette newspaper gunman. On June 28, 2018, four journalists — Wendi Winters, Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman and John McNamara — and a sales assistant — Rebecca Smith — were gunned down at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis in what became the largest killing of journalists in U.S. history.The suspected gunman, Jarrod Ramos, allegedly had a long grudge against the newspaper. Ramos, 39, facing charges including five counts of murder, has pleaded not criminally responsible — Maryland’s version of the insanity defense, reported The Capital Gazette.Three hundred potential jurors will begin the selection process Friday, filling out questionnaires, according to the Capital Gazette.Three days of jury selection is expected to start on Oct. 30.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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15 killed in Sri Lanka police raid at suspected terrorist home

first_imgFifteen people including six children are dead following a confrontation with Sri Lanka security forces in which three-cornered suicide bombers detonated their explosives and exchanged gunfire with police.Police and soldiers fought exchanged fire with occupants for more than an hour Friday evening,  during a raid on their home.Shortly after, the suicide bombers detonated their explosives.Police say a search operation on Saturday morning uncovered the bodies of three men, three women and six children inside the home.“Three other men, also believed to be suicide bombers, were found dead outside the house,” police said, adding that they had been shot.The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka said authorities are in the process of rounding up supporters and sympathizers of the terrorist cell that carried out the string of bombings last Sunday which killed at least 253 people and injured hundreds more.About 70 were estimated to be at large, “some capable of exploding themselves,” according to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.There were no casualties among the security forces, police confirmed.Related content:Family of American 5th grader killed in Sri Lanka Bombings speaks outlast_img read more

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Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll dead at 82

first_imgIn this Jan. 6, 1980, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll glances toward the scoreboard clock during the closing seconds of AFC championship game against the Houston Oilers in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Friday night at his home. He was 82.The Allegheny County Medical Examiner said Noll died of natural causes.Noll transformed the Steelers from a long-standing joke into one of the NFL’s pre-eminent powers, becoming the only coach to win four Super Bowls. He was a demanding figure who did not make close friends with his players, yet was a successful and motivating leader.The Steelers won the four Super Bowls over six seasons (1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979), an unprecedented run that made Pittsburgh one of the NFL’s marquee franchises, one that breathed life into a struggling, blue-collar city.“He was one of the great coaches of the game,” Steelers owner Dan Rooney once said. “He ranks up there with (George) Halas, (Tom) Landry and (Curly) Lambeau.”Noll’s 16-8 record in postseason play remains one of the best in league history. He retired in 1991 with a 209-156-1 record in 23 seasons, after inheriting a team that had never won a postseason game. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.Noll worked so well with Steelers President Rooney that the team never felt the need to have a general manager. When he retired, and was replaced by Bill Cowher, only four other coaches or managers in modern U.S. pro sports history had run their teams longer than Noll had.“Chuck Noll is the best thing that happened to the Rooneys since they got on the boat (to America) in Ireland,” Art Rooney II, the former Steelers personnel chief and the son of the team founder, once said.A former messenger guard for his hometown Cleveland Browns who earned the nicknamed Knute Knowledge — as in Knute Rockne — Noll was an assistant with the San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Colts for nine seasons. Then he accepted what seemed a dead-end job in January 1969 as coach of the NFL’s least-successful organization.Art Rooney Sr. often hired friends and cronies as coaches, and only two of the Steelers’ first 13 coaches had winning records. At the time Noll took over, the franchise was 105 games below .500 in its history.Noll, hired only after Penn State’s Joe Paterno turned down a $350,000, five-year offer, was different from any Steelers coach before him. He immediately brought intelligence, toughness, stability, confidence, character and a can-do mindset to a franchise accustomed to constant upheaval and ever-changing personnel.Asked at his first news conference if his goal was to make the Steelers respectable, Noll said, “Respectability? Who wants to be respectable? That’s spoken like a true loser.”Perhaps not the most colorful coach behind the microphone, Noll could often be counted on for memorable, motivational one-liners that became rallying cries. Phrases like “A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning,” and “Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it,” and “The thrill isn’t in the winning, it’s in the doing,” spoke volumes about what Noll was trying to accomplish. They went over well in a football-crazed region of Pennsylvania.The day after Noll was hired, the Steelers drafted defensive lineman Joe Greene. He was the first of the nine Hall of Famers selected during the Noll era. Four of the others were drafted within Noll’s first four seasons: Terry Bradshaw, Mel Blount, Jack Ham and Franco Harris.Four more arrived in the first five rounds of the 1974 draft: Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster. And the 1971 draft, though it produced only one Hall of Famer (Ham), generated seven starters.While the Steelers surprisingly won their opener under Noll in 1969, beating Detroit, they lost their final 13 games that season, and their first three in 1970. By then, some were questioning Noll’s hiring.The Steelers’ turnaround began in earnest in 1970, the year they moved into the AFC after the NFL and AFL merged. They drafted Bradshaw with the No. 1 pick, moved into Three Rivers Stadium after years of being a secondhand tenant of Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field. They won five of eight during one stretch.By 1972, the year Harris arrived to give them the ground game Noll sought, they were championship contenders with an 11-3 record and a we’ve-turned-the-corner attitude. Noll had long since run off underachievers and pushed the Rooneys to bring in the players he wanted.“He’ll argue a point with you and keep yelling, ‘No, this is right, you’re wrong,’” Dan Rooney said. “Sometimes you have to say, ‘This is the way we’re going to do it.’”In this Jan. 13, 1975, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll holds Super Bowl trophy aloft before fans who greeted the team at the airport in Pittsburgh on the team’s return from New Olreans. The Steelers won the first NFL football title in their 42 year history by defeating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. (AP Photo, File)The first traditional playoff game in Steelers history on Dec. 23, 1972, also signaled what was to come. The Steelers were in control of the John Madden-coached Raiders most of the game, until quarterback Ken Stabler scored in the final two minutes to put Oakland up 7-6.With the Steelers down to fourth-and-10 on their side of the field, Bradshaw lofted a pass downfield intended for Frenchy Fuqua. As Fuqua and safety Jack Tatum converged on the ball, it bounded high in the air for what looked to be a certain incompletion. Instead, Harris, trailing on the play, caught the ball nearly at his shoe tops and raced into the end zone for an improbable touchdown.The play would quickly become known as the “Immaculate Reception.”Noll’s Steelers did not win the Super Bowl that season — they lost to unbeaten Miami on a fake punt in the AFC title game.But, with their roster completed by their remarkable 1974 draft, they finally became NFL champions and did it three more times by January 1980.Still, Noll’s best team might have been in 1976, when the Steelers rebounded from a 1-4 start to go 10-4 — even with Bradshaw injured and out most of the season — by playing the greatest stretch of defense in NFL history.The Steel Curtain shut out five of their final nine opponents while yielding only 28 points. At one point, they didn’t allow a touchdown for 22 quarters.However, Harris and Rocky Bleier, 1,000-yard rushers that season, were injured in a playoff game against Baltimore. Without a running game, they lost the AFC title to Oakland.A year later, Noll wound up in a federal court trial. He accused Raiders defensive back George Atkinson, who had leveled Swann with a brutal hit the season before, of being part of the NFL’s “criminal element.”Noll prevailed, but there were hard feelings when, under oath, he included Blount as also being part of that criminal element. The Steelers went 9-5 that season, but rebounded to win the championship in the 1978 and 1979 seasons.When all the talent began to retire, the championships ended. Great drafts gave way to poor ones. The Steelers won only two playoff games and no conference championships in Noll’s final 12 seasons, missing the postseason eight times.Noll never was much of a yeller or screamer, though he had his moments. He confronted Oilers coach Jerry Glanville at midfield and warned him about the team’s borderline-legal blocking techniques.“He didn’t feel like it was his job to motivate,” Bleier said. “It was his job to take motivated people and give them a direction and get the job done.”When he retired, Noll always said he would never coach another team and he didn’t.In 2007, the football field at St. Vincent College, the Steelers’ longtime training camp home in Latrobe, was named for Noll, even though he played at and graduated from Dayton.Born in Cleveland, Noll attended Benedictine High School, where he played running back and tackle, winning All-State honors, before gaining a scholarship to play for the Flyers. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh’s biggest, most traditional rival, in 1953.At 27, he retired as a player from the Browns in 1959.Funeral arrangements have been set for former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll.A public viewing is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at John A. Freyvogel Sons in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.The funeral home’s website says visitation is also being held Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.Noll died of natural causes Friday at his home near Pittsburgh. He was 82. The Hall of Fame coach won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Steelers.A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland.last_img read more

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Big bout League confuses as Nikhat Zareen was traded between teams without informing her

first_imgAdvertisement s5nNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2phwedWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Evx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) sm91Would you ever consider trying this?😱axvpCan your students do this? 🌚7293gfuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Nikhat Zareen has again come in the headlines. However, this time it is not because of her bout against Mary Kom. Big Bout League which is officially authorised by Boxing Federation of India has become confusing as Nikhat Zareen has been traded between two teams without even informing her.Advertisement Earlier at the time of the players’ draft, Nikhat was supposed to play for Odisha franchise. On the other hand, Mary Kom was going to represent Punjab side. Suddenly things changed in the gap of few days. Nikhat Zareen was drafted to the North East franchise. It was a deal between two franchises without taking the consent of the player.Advertisement Nikhat reached Delhi to play for Odisha side. However, she was informed that she would have to play for the North East side in this season. As a result of it, Nikhat became completely stunned and surprised with the decision. Nikhat Zareen also informed that her bout against Mary Kom would take place on 17th December this year.Big Bout League is organized with the help of Boxing Federation of India. Some sources are saying that there might be an indirect pressure from the Boxing Federation of India behind this decision.Advertisement Sports Authority of India yet to clear Indian gymnasts for World Cups Advertisementlast_img read more

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AH Reorganization Brings Major Surprise

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno swore in Councilmen Jack Archibald and Peter Doyle to three-year terms on the governing body, but left the meeting immediately following the swearing in to participate in a second reorganization in Shrewsbury. Before apologizing for her hasty retreat from the session, the lieutenant governor spoke briefly on elected officials’ obligation to “do what the people want, not what we as public officials want.”However, the exit of both the lieutenant governor and Freeholder Director Lillian Burry, who also attended the borough’s reorganization meeting, came minutes before Councilman Lou Fligor moved that Councilman Roy Dellosso be named council president. In the absence of higher officials, Mayor Fred Rast swore Dellosso into the position, over the negative votes of both Doyle and Archibald.The move was unusual for both Rast and Fligor, since Dellosso is a Democrat, one of two, with Bob Sutton, on the GOP-controlled governing body. Traditionally and politically, a governing body selects one from its own party to serve in the absence of the mayor. Republicans Jake Hoffman and Fligor voted with Democrats Dellosso and Bob Sutton to move Dellosso into the top seat on council.Fligor declined any comment on his vote for a Democrat for the council president position, but Rast told The Two River Times after the meeting that he endorsed the governing body’s majority vote for the Democrat because “he’s a good man, he’s been on the council the entire time I’ve been mayor, and I think he deserves it.”Peter Doyle is sworn in by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.–Courtesy Joseph BarbieriDellosso said he was not surprised by the council or mayor’s actions, because “the mayor’s always been about bi-partisanship, and he knows I’ll do my best.” The councilman added that he feels he will be excellent in the position, since he is actively involved in the community and enjoys helping borough residents.More uncertainty about Rast’s dedication to the Republican party that first help elect him to office seven years ago came during the mayor’s annual address to the public at the end of the meeting. He indicated he will not seek another term when his expires this year, but has a candidate in mind. Council makeup this year is no different from every other year since Rast became mayor, with the same elected officials that first served with him in 2008 still on the governing body. Doyle gained his fourth term this year, Archibald his seventh.That a split in the Republican party in this close-knit community is developing was further evidenced when Rast failed to reappoint Archibald to the Harbor Commission, replacing him with Fligor, who will continue in that position with Hoffmann, who was renamed. When asked about that change, Rast indicated he has not been pleased with some of the activities at the harbor and feels Fligor will be able to resolve some issues, but he did not elaborate on what concerns he has.In responding to questions about how he feels in not being reappointed to a third year on commission, Archibald said he’s very disappointed in not being able to continue. “I’ve enjoyed all of my time there, and I believe I have made contributions to the commission that have been beneficial both to the harbor operations and to the taxpayers and businesses of our community.” He added that he is further disappointed that he was not consulted about a replacement for himself, nor asked about any ongoing programs or activities on which the new commission member will need to be brought up to speed.There were few changes in the other mayoral or council appointments, with Bernard Reilly continuing as borough attorney, Christine Hanlon as chief municipal prosecutor, Hank Wolfe as public defender, and Richard Rast as code enforcement officer.  Andrew J. Sabine of the Fallon and Larsen firm will continue as municipal auditor.Rene Frotton, who has served in both Marlboro and Loch Arbor was named tax assessor as Eldo Magnani retired from the position Dec. 31.    The Two River Times was continued as an official newspaper.In his annual address, Rast quoted from the address he gave at his first reorganization in 2008, and noted that many of the same national problems that existed then continue to exist today. “The radicals of the ‘60s have now grown and are elected officials today,” he said, but added that in Atlantic Highlands, “we have remained unchanged by radical 1960s…we respect each together, we work together, we raise our families together…the intermarriages strengthen our community…the police and fireman is role models and we all work together.”Rast added that proof of how the community works well together is the number of accomplishments that have been achieved, in spite of earthquakes, Super Storm Sandy, hurricanes, floods, landslides, and unusual snowfalls which have impacted the borough and the county over the past seven years.last_img read more

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Matt Williams leaving A’s for managerial position in Korea

first_imgMatt Williams is headed to Korea.The A’s third base coach and go-to mentor for the A’s elite infield is reported to have agreed to a three-year deal to manage the Kia Tigers in the KBO League, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.Williams served as the A’s third base coach for two years. He managed the Washington Nationals for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, winning NL Manager of the Year in 2014.Eyes from MLB teams looking to fill positions are zeroed in on other members of the A’s coaching staff. …last_img read more

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Building sector ‘could be in recovery’

first_img1 December 2011The FNB Building Confidence Index (BCI) increased to its best level this year, from 23 to 29 out of a maximum 100, mainly due to people doing overdue home maintenance, FNB said on Wednesday.Confidence among residential contractors surveyed in the fourth quarter of the year rose from 20 to 22, but among non-residential contractors it declined from 21 to 14.The results could indicate that South Africa’s building sector is slowly starting to recover, the financial services group said in a statement, while cautioning that the recovery was not a uniform showing but “short-lived flare-ups in activity”.And, on average, seven out of 10 respondents in different sectors of the building industry continued to rate prevailing business conditions as unsatisfactory.Conditions in six sectorsThe Building Confidence Index varies between zero points for no confidence at all, and the maximum confidence level of 100 points.It reflects the percentage of respondents satisfied with conditions in six sectors: architects, quantity surveyors, main contractors, sub-contractors (plumbers, electricians, carpenters and shop fitters), manufacturers of building materials (cement, bricks and glass) and retailers of building material and hardware.It covers the whole building pipeline, from planning (represented by the architects and quantity surveyors), renovation, additions, the informal sector (represented by building material merchants) and production (manufacturers of building materials) to construction of buildings by main and sub-contractors.The 2011 fourth quarter results increased due to a 32 index point jump (from 17 in the third quarter of 2011 to 49 in the fourth quarter) in the confidence of building material merchants, and an increase of eight index points (from four to 12) in the confidence of building material manufacturers.The confidence of architects, main contractors and sub-contractors barely moved, whilst quantity surveyors registered the only decline.The 49 point confidence of building material merchants was still below the 53 they registered a year ago.“The higher sales can be attributed to the need to do maintenance and renovations of existing buildings after a long delay,” Cees Bruggemans, chief economist of FNB said in a statement.Retailers also benefitedRetailers also benefited from the fact that some of their competitors went out of business over the last year or so. Building material manufacturers experienced the highest rate of increase in the volume of sales since the recession in 2008.Their ability to raise selling prices to make up for higher cost outlays remained limited, so profit growth and confidence remained low. The profitability of residential contractors improved, but that of non-residential contractors came under renewed pressure.The fortunes of sub-contractors are closely tied to that of main contractors, so the confidence of residential sub-contractors increased from 35 to 39, while that of non-residential sub-contractors edged lower from 33 to 32.The confidence of architects remained unchanged at 21, and that of quantity surveyors declined seven index points to 36.Sapalast_img read more

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Master the Secrets of Time Lapse Video

first_imgAdding a time lapse video can add drama and nuance to your project. Learn a few helpful tips on capturing a time lapse in this video tutorial.Cover image courtesy of the author.Shooting time-lapse videos is fun, informative, and easy to learn. The trick is to be in a place where nature is on full display. It might take a few tries to capture exactly what you have envisioned, but the effort will be worth it if that elusive blast of light and color occurs during your shot. Like many photographic and filmmaking pursuits, the results can be hit or miss, so it’s important to set up your shoot to improve your chances.Check out the video, and think of creative ways to capture time lapse action that can advance your story visually and dramatically.Tips and Tricks for Shooting Time Lapse VideosThis video tutorial reveals some of the basic steps I use to get time lapse shots. Filmmakers have been manipulating screen time since the earliest days — mostly by slowing down events. This video features a few examples: “bullet time” and 720fps to contrast with the ultra slow exposure times of time lapses. We have lots of tools at our disposal, and speeding things up can be as dramatic as slowing things down. Think of the amazing knowledge scientists have have gained through time lapse photography.It’s a universal tool and technique that I think every videographer should have some experience with.Interestingly, in my entire career I have only photographed one time lapse shot for a montage in The Ring II, and it didn’t make the cut. It was a cool shot, but you won’t see too many of these shots in feature films because they are not the norm. They’re somewhat abstract, and they’re difficult to blend in with the visual style or “look” of a film. That is unless it’s a device that advances the story through each act of the film. Honestly, I can’t think of one mainstream narrative film that relied on the technique to that extent.1. Set Your Camera Settings in Time Lapse Mode, or Connect an IntervalometerWhen it comes to shooting time lapses videos, there are a few things you want to take into account. First and foremost, you will need to set your camera to time lapse or animation mode, or you will need to purchase an intervalometer for your specific camera body.Intervalometers are often third-party accessories that allow you to program a shutter release, set the time interval, and adjust select camera settings. You can read more about intervalometers here.Your camera settings should take into the account the time of day or night your are shooting. Will there be plenty of light overhead, are you shooting throughout the night — or perhaps and night-to-day transition? Be sure to calculate the changing exposure throughout the day.2. Prevent Camera Movement by Securing Your TripodAny unintentional movement, down to the slightest camera shake, can ruin a time lapse. It’s imperative that you not only lock your tripod down but also add some additional weight to prevent any movement from wind or weather. I attach a sandbag to the tripod with a carabiner. For harsher weather, you can even stake your tripod to the ground with some rope.3. Use Polarizing ND FiltersIf you are planning to shoot a time lapse during the day, don’t forget to add a polarizer to your lens. You’ll also want to plan for exposure when the sun is at it’s strongest, so don’t be afraid to underexpose footage you shoot earlier in the day.4. Flag You CameraUsing a c-stand or light stand, clamp a flag above your camera.A camera flag will not only prevent any unwanted lens flares, it can also keep your camera cool in the shade.5. Watch Out for Foreign Object on the LensDuring the shoot, keep an eye on the lens for any debris or foreign objects. If you must remove the debris, do your best not to remove the filter or adjust the camera. In times like this that it’s helpful to have a camera duster or can or compressed air.7. Relax and WaitShooting a time lapse can take quite some time, so be prepared to keep yourself occupied. Or you can just sit back and relax until you’ve captured your sequence.Want more on shooting and editing time lapse videos? Check out our series of interviews and features with other time-lapse filmmakers and photographers.Time lapse Tips, Tricks, and ToolsPremiere Pro Tutorial: Compositing Live-Action and Time lapse FootageGet Immersed with Epic Music for Time lapse VideosThe Mind-Bending Time lapse Videos of Keith LoutitThis 16-Year-Old Makes Stunning Time lapse VideosTime lapse Photographers Share Their Work and Talk GearShooting Stunning Time lapse With Industry Pro Martin HeckTurn Your Time lapse Videos into Moving PaintingsDo you need time lapse footage for a project? If you don’t have time to shoot your own time lapse, you can license stunning time lapse footage from Shutterstock.Have you shot time lapse videos? Share your own tips and tricks in the comments.last_img read more

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PVL goes to Tuguegarao, Bacolod, Iloilo

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Malaysia bans travel to North Korea, football match postponed Read Next View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES “We just want to go straight to our fans in the provinces and show our appreciation to them for supporting the PVL through the years,” said Sports Vision president Ricky Palou.The PVL will also make stops in Bacolod City and Iloilo on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, respectively. No schedule of games for that leg has been released. 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 shutoutBatangas is also being eyed as a venue for future matches. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The Premier Volleyball League is scheduled to play exhibition games in three cities outside of the capital in October in an attempt to grow the brand outside of Metro Manila.Tuguegarao will be the first out-of-town host on Oct. 7 when San Sebastian takes on BanKo-Perlas at People’s Gym at 3:30 pm with the game between three-time champion Pocari Sweat and Creamline happening at 5:30 pm.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

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12 days agoIlkay Gundogan happy with new Man City contract

first_imgIlkay Gundogan happy with new Man City contractby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIlkay Gundogan is happy with his new contract at Manchester City.In August, the Germany midfielder signed new terms to 2023.Gundogan has stated he held talks with Bayern Munich over the summer before agreeing to stay with City.He told BILD: “I am totally comfortable here. “The competitive appeal is extremely high. The Premier League is a huge challenge and in the Champions League we have a lot hopes with City.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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TSX caps good week by closing higher as investors respond to pipeline

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index capped a good week with the energy sector closing higher Friday as investors responded positively to federal action to kick-start construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Ottawa ordered the National Energy Board to redo its environmental review of the controversial project, this time taking into account the impact of additional oil tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia.The move came less than a month after The Federal Court of Appeal quashed the approval the NEB and the cabinet gave the project in 2016, citing improper consultation with Indigenous communities and a lack of review of the marine shipping issue.“Any sort of movement on pipelines is viewed to be somewhat positive so we’re seeing a little boost on that side,” said Jamie Robertson, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.The November crude contract was up 46 cents US to US$70.78 per barrel on the day. It gained 2.6 per cent for the week and closed at a 10-week high.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 9.38 points to close at 16,224.13, after reaching a high of 16,267.69 on 463.6 million shares traded.The TSX was up 1.3 per cent on the week while the loonie improved. On Friday, the Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.42 cents US compared with an average of 77.48 cents US on Thursday.“It just feels like some of the tension around trade and tariffs has quieted down a little bit so the market is cheering that a little bit,” Robertson said in an interviewAltaGas Ltd. was the day’s biggest gainer, rising 5.87 per cent, while Prometic Life Sciences Inc. led on the downside, falling 7.41 per cent.Overall, base metals led, rising 1.36 per cent, while the health-care sector dropped 2.31 per cent led by Prometic and cannabis companies. Canopy Rivers Inc., the venture capital arm of the marijuana company Canopy Growth, closed down 11.4 per cent to $7.75, after gaining 150 per cent Thursday on its first day of trading on the TSX Venture exchange.Tilray Inc. closed down 30.25 per cent to US$123 on the Nasdaq, two days after it went on a wild ride by surging more than 90 per cent, dropping into negative territory and rebounding after the licensed producer said it got approval to export medical cannabis from Canada to the U.S. for a clinical trial.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average hit a new high, gaining 86.52 points to 26,743.50. The S&P 500 index lost 1.08 points to 2,929.67, while the Nasdaq composite was down 41.28 points to 7,986.95.The economic data is supportive of strong earnings in the U.S. and Federal Reserve policy clearly indicates that rates will continue to rise, Robertson added.“The overall sentiment remains to be very constructive.”The November natural gas contract was up one cent at US$2.97 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$10 at US$1,201.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 11.75 cents at US$2.86 a pound.last_img read more

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Hafiz Saeed barred from leading prayers in Lahore

first_imgLahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leader Hafiz Saeed has been barred from leading prayers at Lahore’s Jamia Masjid Qadsia as part of the Pakistan government’s crackdown on terror groups, the media reported on Friday. The development on Thursday night comes as Pakistani law enforcement agencies took 121 people into preventive detention and seized 182 madrasas earlier in the day. Police contingents were dispatched to the Jamia Qadsia Masjid to help the administration take control, Dawn news reported citing an informed source as saying. The police also locked the JuD’s and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation’s (FIF) Chauburji headquarters late Thursday night. The FIF is a charity wing of the JuD. The official said that security had been tightened at the outfit’s Muridke Markaz office where the government has appointed six administrators. The crackdown was launched on Tuesday amid tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad after the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 CRPF troopers. On Tuesday, the brother and son of JeM leader Masood Azhar along with 42 others affiliated with the banned outfit were arrested. The next day, at least two seminaries and assets belonging to the JuD and FIF were taken over by the authorities.last_img read more

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Consortium threatens to stop Panama Canal expansion

first_imgA Spanish-led consortium threatened Thursday to halt a massive, $5.3 billion (3.9-billion-euro) expansion of the Panama Canal, which handles five percent of world maritime trade, because of a row over cost overruns.Spanish builder Sacyr, leader of the Grupo Unidos por el Canal consortium, said work will stop unless the canal pays $1.6 billion in cost overruns for work on the 80-kilometre (50-mile) waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.“GUPC has formally informed the Panama Canal Authority that it will suspend work if the failures to comply are not put right within the advised period,” Sacyr said in a statement to Spanish market regulators. The consortium said it had set the canal authorities a 21-day deadline before suspending the project to install a third set of canal locks.The news sent Sacyr shares plunging by more than 18 percent as trade opened on the Madrid stock exchange. By late morning they were down 8.95 percent at 3.43 euros.On Wednesday, Panama canal administrator Jorge Quijano warned that the canal authority would use contractual mechanisms to ensure the completion of the canal expansion.“No matter what kind of pressure is exercised against the ACP (Panama Canal Authority), we maintain our demand that Grupo Unidos por el Canal respect the contract that they agreed to and signed,” he said in a statement quoted by Panama media.A year ago, GUPC demanded an extra payment of $1.6 billion from the ACP due to construction delays.Led by Spain’s Sacyr, the consortium also includes Impregilo of Italy, Belgian firm Jan De Nul and Panama’s Constructora Urbana.It began work on a third set of locks for the canal in 2009 and expects to complete construction in June 2015, already a nine-month delay over the date set in the contract.The new locks will accommodate larger ships with a capacity of 12,000 containers — instead of those with 5,000 containers that are now able to navigate the canal.Some 13,000 to 14,000 ships navigate the canal each year.According to the canal authority, there was a delay of four months shortly after the project began because GUPC had planned to use lower-quality cement that would have prevented the construction from lasting more than 100 years.But Sacyr said the GUPC consortium had submitted justified claims for $1.625 billion in cost overruns due to “unforeseeable” circumstances to the relevant authorities, including the International Court of Arbitration.“GUPC is maintaining communication with the Panama Canal Authority to reach a satisfactory agreement to put an end to the contractual imbalance,” it added.The canal uses a system of locks to raise ships from sea level and enable them to sail through the continental divide.last_img read more

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