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Adobe After Effects Tutorial: Using the New Keying Effects

first_imgLearn how to use the new Key Cleaner and Advanced Spill Suppressor features in After Effects.If you haven’t already heard, last week Adobe updated every program in the Creative Cloud. Notable features like Live Text Templates and 6K native playback in Adobe Premiere look very promising, but one of the less talked about updates comes in the form of a few keying effects added into After Effects.The effects, Key Cleaner and Advanced Spill Suppressor, are designed to help VFX artists get a better key than what can be achieved in Keylight alone. In the following tutorial created by Adobe we will learn how to use the Key Cleaner and Advanced Spill Suppressor in After Effects. The video covers:The Key Cleaner and Advanced Spill Suppressor PresetsSelecting a green backgroundToggling each effectIf you do a lot of green screen work we highly recommend checking out our Essential Tips for Green Screen post. It’s far better to shoot green screen footage correctly during production than to be forced to fix it in post.These latest effects are just a couple of the many new features in the Creative Cloud. For a full list of updates check out our “biggest update in years” post. This video was first shared on Adobe’s website, where you can also download a trial of the Creative Cloud for free. Thanks for sharing guys!Have any tips for using these new effects?Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Army rescue 350 stranded tourists, locals at Zojila Pass on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh highway

first_imgAbout 350 tourists and locals, stranded at the Zojila pass due to heavy snowfall, have been rescued by army personnel, officials said on Friday. Visitors to the area got stuck as regions around the pass such as Sonamarg, Baltal and Nilgrar received heavy snowfall since Thursday which also led to traffic jams at many places, they said. “About 300-350 people, including women and children, were stranded at heights above 11,000 feet where temperature hovers around minus 7 degrees. A number of trucks and other vehicles got stuck in traffic.” “In coordination with the civil administration, army rescue columns moved in vehicles promptly to rescue the stranded civilians from the Zojila Pass,” a senior army official said. The army personnel also provided medical assistance, hot food and blankets to the affected people. The police and GREF (general reserve engineer force) took up the task of clearing the traffic and snow respectively, they said. Zojila pass is situated at an altitude of 11,578 feet on the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway.last_img read more

Gonzaga leads HD Spikers’ sweep of group A

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Orcollo, Biado banner star-studded PH billiards team Cignal after winning crucial set. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOJovelyn Gonzaga uncorked 18 points to lead Cignal to a 27-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-19 victory over F2 Logistics and sweep Pool A Tuesday in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The lefty opposite hitter, one of the top bets for a slot in the national team, made 17 attack points for the HD Spikers, who won all three preliminary matches.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Rachel Anne Daquis and Honey Royse Tubino, who joined the franchise along with Gonzaga in the off-season, added 16 and 15 points, respectively, for Cignal.“It’s good that we can now see the chemistry among our players,” said Cignal coach George Pascua. “Our team building [in Japan] is paying off.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAll told, the HD Spikers tried to mow down the Cargo Movers through a relentless assault that yielded 59 attack points as against 42 by F2 Logistics.In the second game, Petron posted its second win in three starts after a 25-18, 25-16, 25-20 victory over Sta. Lucia. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View commentslast_img read more

Claw foot

first_imgDefinitionClaw foot is a deformity of the foot. The toejoint nearest the ankle is bent upward and the other toe joints are bent downward. The toe looks like a claw.Alternative NamesClaw toesConsiderationsClaw toes present at birth (congenital). Thecondition can also can develop later in life because of other disorders (acquired). Claw toes may be caused by a nerve problem in the legs ora spinal cord problem. The cause is unknown in many cases.Claw toes are not usually harmful in themselves.They may be the first sign of a more serious disease of the nervous system.Claw toes may cause pain and lead tocalluseson the top of the toe over the first joint, but may also be painless. The condition may createproblems wearing shoes.Common CausesAnkle fractures or surgeryCerebral palsyCharcot-Marie-Tooth diseaseOther brain and nervous system disordersRheumatoid arthritisCall your health care provider ifCall yourhealth care provider if you think you may be getting claw toes.What to expect at your health care providers officeThe health care provider will do an exam tocheck for muscle, nerve, and spine problems. The physical examination will probably include extra attention to the feet and hands.You will be asked questions about your condition such as:When did you first notice this?Is it getting worse?Does it affect both feet?Do you have other symptoms at the same time?Do you have any abnormal feelingsin your feet?Do any other family members have the same condition?The abnormal shape of the toe can increase pressure and cause calluses or ulcers on your toes. You may need to wear special shoes to ease pressure. Claw toes can also be treated surgically.advertisementReferencesWang D. Claw toe. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2008:chap 78.Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wanglast_img read more

IAAF Placing Athletes in Jeopardy at World Championships, Claims Decathlon Star Kevin Mayer

first_imgDoha: Decathlon star Kevin Mayer slammed the decision to stage the World Athletics Championships in Doha on Saturday, accusing organisers of putting athletes “in jeopardy.”The 27-year-old — Olympic silver medalist in 2016 — said staging the championships in the heat and humidity was a “catastrophe”. Mayer was speaking after 28 of the 68 runners in the women’s marathon failed to finish after wilting in weather conditions of 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) and humidity of over 70%.His stinging comments follow those of 50 kilometres walk defending champion Yohann Diniz, who accused the IAAF of treating athletes as ‘idiots’ for making them compete in such conditions.Diniz — who added the walkers were being used as “guinea pigs” — defends his title later on Saturday, both the men and women’s races get underway (2030GMT).”Clearly by organising the championship here, they didn’t put the athletes first, they’ve mostly put them in jeopardy,” said Mayer at a press conference on Saturday.”Now, it’s up to us to not act like princesses and to get on with it anyway but for sure, we’re not at all in the right conditions to perform.”Mayer, whose own defence of the title he won in London gets started on Wednesday, made no bones about what he thought about the championships.He accused the organisers of not adapting the heat inside the Khalifa Stadium, although it has been through state-of-the-art cooling system.”Even if people aren’t saying it out loud, it’s obvious it’s a catastrophe,” he said.”There is no one in the stadium, the heat is not at all adapted, yesterday we saw about 30 people drop out of the marathon, it’s sad.”Afterwards, I think at times like this you have to replace reason and focus on passion, otherwise I would have boycotted this championship.”But clearly I am here and I’m only focused on the decathlon and not everything else.” DohaKevin MayerWorld Athletics Championships First Published: September 28, 2019, 10:33 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Hope to perform well in West Indies, says Rishabh Pant on India call-up

first_imgIndian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant , who has been called up in the ODI as well as T20 squad for the upcoming West Indies tour, on Thursday revealed that he was not at all demoralised when he was put in standby for the ongoing Champions Trophy, rather he was quite confident of getting a chance to represent his country anytime soon.Pant, along with Dinesh Karthik and Kuldeep Yadav, has been picked in the 15-man Indian squad for the five ODIs and a T20 international against West Indies, beginning June 23 at the Queen’s Park Oval.Pant and Yadav were already on the radar after being named among five players kept on standby for the 50-over marquee tournament.Ecstatic to be named in the squad, Pant said that he is looking forward to learn from his seniors and perform to the best of his abilities.”I am very happy that I am selected for West Indies tour. My target is to perform well nothing else . When I was in standby list for Champions Trophy I was not demoralised at all. Because I knew I will get a chance to play for India,” the 19-year-old said in an exclusive conversation to ANI.”I will learn from my seniors and will focus on my game. Right now I am practising hard and giving my hundred percent to my game. Hope I will perform well in the tour,” added Pant, who has played just one T20 international for India.Pant seemed to have been rewarded for his excellent showing on the domestic circuit, including impressive displays in the India n Premier League (IPL) tournament.advertisementThe wicketkeeper-batsman amassed 366 runs at a strike-rate of 166, including half-centuries for Delhi Daredevils. He also notched up 326-ball 308 in the domestic Ranji Trophy last season.last_img read more

No Bradley or Altidore for USMNT friendly

first_imgUnited States No Bradley or Altidore for USMNT friendly against Portugal Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 07:25 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jozy Altidore Michael Bradley Toronto FC Dan Hamilton/USA Today United States Portugal v United States Toronto v New York RB Portugal New York RB Toronto Friendlies MLS The veterans will not head to Europe to face Portugal, Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney confirmed The U.S. national team’s roster for its Nov. 14 friendly against Portugal is still unknown, but two big names will definitely not be on it.Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley will not be on the roster for the match in Europe, Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney confirmed to reporters after the MLS side advanced to the Eastern Conference final Sunday.Vanney said Altidore and Bradley will not be called up to #USMNT— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) November 5, 2017The international friendly will take place in Faro, Portugal, with the first leg of the Eastern Conference final set for Nov. 21. It was not expected that players from teams still alive in the MLS playoffs would be selected for the roster. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There may have been a little more doubt surrounding Altidore, who was sent off at halftime in the TFC 1-0 loss to the Red Bulls in the second leg — though TFC did advance on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw.The red card means Altidore will miss at least the first leg of the conference final anyway, but there are still no plans for him to join the U.S. squad.last_img read more

Shearer v Schama: ex-England striker refuses football lesson from historian

first_imgWorld Cup Tunisia and England flags before the match in Volgograd displaying the Islamic crescent and the Christian cross. Photograph: Dave Shopland/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Alan Shearer World Cup 2018 Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)Get in you fucking beauty. Harry the great.June 18, 2018 Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Simon Schama (@simon_schama)blimey – prob not intended as such but vast cross vs crescent on Volgograd stadium pitch a bit um medievalJune 18, 2018 Alan Shearer (@alanshearer)You do know that I have played in these games right? 18, 2018 Topics In a clash nobody expected the World Cup to throw up, Alan Shearer locked horns on social media with historian Simon Schama on Monday night over England’s performance against Tunisia.“You do know that I have played in these games right?” was Shearer’s ultimate put-down after Schama had started explaining to him about England’s need for patience. Share on WhatsApp Simon Schama After the exchange between the striker and the historian, plenty of fans were asking Alan Shearer to air his views on topics such as the French Revolution, and one wit asked Schama if he had been nervous before his own international England debut.Shearer wasn’t the only member of the BBC’s presentation team for England’s game to get into a social media spat. Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan have been involved in a continuation of their regular feud, after Morgan’s judgment on the team’s performance.Responding to people who had been critical of England Lineker had tweeted: “Never ceases to amaze me how easy some folk think World Cup football is. Have you watched all the so called big teams? It ain’t that easy, especially against tough defensive opposition. I suppose those that are so critical haven’t been there, though.”Taking issue with Lineker’s description of the performance as “excellent”, Morgan offered his own: “I prefer a more honest critique: good first half, poor second half, lucky win. And may I remind you that we’ve both won the same number of international football tournaments.”Lineker, who referred to Morgan as “tubs” during the exchange, pointed to the fact he had won the most World Cup Golden Boots out of the pair. Morgan continued to tweet at Lineker while presenting Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, also posting a video addressed to Lineker of Morgan chatting to Geoff Hurst, who the former newspaper editor described as “a proper striker”.Lineker’s exuberance for the England performance was summed up perfectly in the tweet he sent when Kane netted the 90th-minute winner. Twitter “Everyone going on about how England should just enjoy the football and play loose massively underestimates the inevitable stomach-knotting teeth-gritting nervy wrench of the first game,” Schama had messaged Shearer, after the historian appeared to get frustrated with the way that BBC pundits were criticising England’s performance.Shearer scored 30 goals in 63 caps for England, and captained the team 34 times. He captained England at the 1998 World Cup, netting twice in England’s four matches.Schama was probably on safer ground when he observed that the pre-match flag display was rather more reminiscent of the era of the crusades than perhaps the organisers had intended. Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Facebook last_img read more

MS Dhoni has to evaluate where he stands: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgMS Dhoni has to evaluate where he stands: Sourav Ganguly to India TodayFormer captain Sourav Ganguly wants MS Dhoni to ask himself if he can continue to be the match winner that was in his prime for Team India.advertisement Next Rasesh Mandani MumbaiAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 17:25 IST MS Dhoni was slammed by critics for his performances in the recent Cricket World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly firmly believes that MS Dhoni must decide himself on when he wants to retireDhoni is currently on a two-month break from cricketLt. Col Dhoni recently completed a 15-day stint serving for the Territorial Indian ArmySourav Ganguly was MS Dhoni’s first captain when he made his debut for India in 2004. Four years later when Ganguly was playing his last Test match in 2008, Dhoni was in charge and allowed his captain to lead India to victory in the closing moments of the Test match against Australia in Nagpur.But in between those moments of romanticism, a pragmatic Dhoni had led the charge in easing out Ganguly from limited-overs cricket to build a young side.Now with the 38-year-old MS Dhoni’s future uncertain, there is little room for sentiment left on the discussion table.Ganguly too takes the businesslike approach of talking about the famed ex-captain’s future.”Every big player has to hang up his shoes. That’s sport. Look at football, Maradona had to quit. There hasn’t been a bigger player than him. Tendulkar, Lara, Bradman.. everyone had to quit. This is the way system has been and will be. So this scenario will come for MS as well,” Ganguly told India Today.The selectors and the team management were unequivocally behind Dhoni’s utility for India’s World Cup campaign in England. Things did not finish as per plan for India or Dhoni. It was expected that Dhoni would call it quits with the next 50 over World Cup in 2023 and Rishabh Pant well placed to replace Dhoni in the T20 format.But word from the Dhoni camp is that he isn’t going away just yet which prompted chief selector MSK Prasad to say, “Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like Dhoni knows when to retire. But what is the future course of action, what is the road map is in the hands of the selection committee.”advertisementOn more than one occasion, the ultimate finisher failed to close out games and up the ante in closing stages while setting up targets in the World Cup.Ganguly wants the great man to ask himself if he can continue to be the match winner that was in his prime.”He is at that stage of his career where he has to evaluate where he stands. He has to decide if he can win matches for India. If he can continue to contribute like MS Dhoni, not someone else.”Because with players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, until they play, there will be expectations that they will play like in this way and win matches in this fashion. I think Dhoni has to make this decision. Only a player knows how much fuel is left in the tank and how much of his match-winning ability is intact,” he says.But with Rishabh Pant learning the tricks of the trade in shorter formats and Dhoni not getting any younger, Ganguly says Indian cricket should get accustomed to life minus the legendary cricketer from Ranchi.”Indian cricket will have to get used to the fact that MS Dhoni won’t be playing forever and he won’t be around for too long. But I believe this decision has to be taken by Dhoni himself,” Ganguly concluded.Also Read | Virat Kohli joins MS Dhoni as India’s most successful Test captainAlso Read | Captaincy just a responsibility I am fulfilling: Virat Kohli on equalling MS Dhoni’s record in Antigua TestAlso Read | Watch: MS Dhoni spotted at Jaipur Airport in a brand new lookAlso Read | MS Dhoni-Stephen Fleming best captain-coach combo in the world: Shane WatsonFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow MS DhoniFollow Indian cricket teamlast_img read more

Investigation Begins into Annapolis Royal Police Pursuit

first_imgThe province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) is investigating a police pursuit involving the Annapolis Royal Police Department on Sunday, Dec. 23. At about 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, the RCMP requested help from Annapolis Royal Police to search for a suspected impaired driver. An Annapolis Royal Police officer began to follow a vehicle travelling west on Highway 1 through Annapolis Royal. The officer turned on his emergency lights and siren and followed the vehicle a short distance after it went through an intersection. Just outside of town limits, the vehicle left the highway. The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries, which required hospitalization, and a pregnant 16-year-old passenger was later taken to hospital, where her unborn child was found to have died. In accordance with the Police Act, early on Dec. 24, the Annapolis Royal Police referred the incident to SIRT, which assumed responsibility for the investigation into the pursuit. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call 902-424-2010. SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald. SIRT can independently launch an investigation or begin one after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia, or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. The director must file a public report of the investigation within three months after it is finished.last_img read more

Face of a killer Police release new images in coldcase murders of

first_imgEVERETT, Wash. – Police in Washington state have released images of a man created through groundbreaking DNA technology that they say could help solve the murders of a young British Columbia couple more than 30 years ago.The composite images released by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office show a Caucasian man with fair hair and green or hazel eyes, traits that investigators said are connected to the DNA of the person they think killed Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, and Jay Cook, 20.“We believe that someone knows who our person of interest is,” investigations Capt. Jim Miller said at a news conference on Wednesday. “Maybe you were too afraid to come forward at the time or you thought someone else already had. Now is the time to share what you may have seen or heard and bring closure to this crime.”The high school sweethearts from Saanich, B.C., were on their way to Seattle to pick up furnace parts for Cook’s father when they disappeared in November 1987.Their bodies were found in separate locations outside the city days later. Van Cuylenborg had been restrained with zip ties, sexually assaulted and shot in the back of the head. Cook had been strangled and zip ties were found near his body.Forensic evidence found at the crime scenes has been tested against databases in both the United States and Canada over the years, but investigators have never found a match.Recently, they sent a sample to a lab in Virginia for DNA phenotyping, a process that looks at specific codes to predict a person’s appearance, including eye, skin and hair colour, facial features and ancestry.The technology cannot indicate traits like age or body weight, but Parabon NanoLabs, the company that did the analysis, predicts the suspect is a man of northern European ancestry, with very fair skin and possible freckles, with light brown hair and could be balding.The sheriff’s office released three images showing what the suspect may have looked like at 25, 45 and 65 years old.Miller noted there may be differences between the real-life killer and the images, but said the technology has been used to help solve other cases.“It’s not 100 per cent guaranteed. It’s not a photograph. It’s a composite,” he said.Investigators have never given up on solving the case and the new images renew their optimism, said Det. Jim Scharf.“Hopefully someone out there knows an individual that looks similar to this that was in the area at the time and capable of committing this crime. All we need to do is get a sample of his DNA to match and identify him,” he said.“The smallest detail could end up being the lead that we need to solving this case.”Cook’s sister, Laura Baanstra, still hadn’t looked at the images when police unveiled them Wednesday.“That could be the likeness of the person that killed my brother. That’s tough,” she said.Baanstra said the last time she saw her brother was as he was getting ready to leave for Seattle. He hadn’t had anything to eat and asked for a bite of her sandwich. Reluctantly, she gave him half before standing in the window and waving goodbye, she said with a small smile.“When your brother or sister, daughter or loved one, walks out the door, you have no way to know that you will never see them again.”Baanstra pleaded for anyone with information about her brother’s murder to call police, even if they only have “an inkling of an idea.”“If these new pictures that this amazing new technology created triggers a memory you had, perhaps of someone who said something odd that lived in or near the Snohomish area or even Vancouver in late 1987, please, for the sake of my brother, Jay, Tanya and all of our families, call it in,” she said.A C$50,000 reward for information leading to a DNA match has been offered through the end of December.— By Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouverlast_img read more

NBs stealth issue The language politics of Canadas only bilingual province

first_imgNew Brunswick is Canada’s only officially bilingual province, with the closest balance in the nation of residents who speak our two official languages.Politically, though, language has long been a ticking time bomb.“I don’t think New Brunswick has ever resolved its cultural and linguistic divide,” says Herb Emery, a professor at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.“Instead, it’s had premiers who have been very good at keeping a lid on it and keeping the peace.”Polls suggest the next premier of New Brunswick after the Sept. 24 provincial election will be one of two very different men.There’s Brian Gallant, the bilingual Liberal incumbent who has been reticent to wade into the province’s thorny language politics.Then there’s Blaine Higgs, the anglophone Tory leader who was briefly involved with an anti-bilingualism party three decades ago but has since changed his opinions and is taking weekly French classes.Despite their differences, neither leader is likely eager to make bilingualism an issue in the campaign.“When you play the language card … it’s a hot topic,” says Christian Michaud, a bilingual Moncton-based lawyer who has worked on language rights cases and constitutional challenges as far as the Supreme Court.“If you don’t do it properly you could face different levels of attack. It could backfire.”There was one language flare-up last week: A French-language leaders debate was scrapped by Canada’s public broadcaster after Higgs said he couldn’t debate in French and Gallant refused to take on a candidate that wasn’t the leader.“It made political sense for the Liberals to refuse to participate in that debate, because they don’t even have to debate any issue and they already appear to be the francophone-friendly party,” says Mathieu Wade, a researcher with the Institute for Acadian Studies at the Universite de Moncton.The language rights act of 1969 is credited with ushering in major social reform and safeguarding the French language in New Brunswick, where in 2016 roughly 32 per cent of people said French was their mother tongue, compared to about 65 per cent English, according to census data.But the incident offered a glimpse into the language debate that still simmers. Official bilingualism has sparked heated arguments in both English and French over its benefits and costs.In recent years, separate school bus regimes for francophone and anglophone students, bilingual staffing for paramedics, language obligations for municipalities, and even a complaint — from the official languages commissioner — about a unilingual commissionaire in a government building have all made headlines in New Brunswick.On one side of the debate, some equate so-called duality — two institutions that each serve one linguistic community — with duplication. They see the costs of providing English and French services across New Brunswick as untenable in the cash-strapped province.Critics say the division of New Brunswickers among linguistic lines — such as separate health care or school bus systems — amounts to segregation, and that bilingualism requirements in the public sector unfairly disadvantage anglophones.It’s a position that has been carefully sidestepped by the Progressive Conservative party, historically seen as the party of choice among the province’s anglophones.The tension had been exploited in the past by the Confederation of Regions Party, which won eight seats in 1991 on a promise to strike the Official Languages Act from the province’s books, and more recently by the People’s Alliance party.People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin, who lost his bid for a seat by fewer than 30 votes during the last election and is running again, promises a populist agenda — including ending duality by combining English and French public services.“Bilingualism is a wedge issue in New Brunswick and the People’s Alliance is prying it open,” Emery says.“There are some New Brunswickers that have never really gone along with official bilingualism and they feel there is favouritism, and the party is taking advantage of that.”On the other side of the debate are those who say their language rights can’t be reduced to dollars and cents arguments about economic efficiency.New Brunswickers have a constitutional right to be served by the government in English or French, and proponents of official bilingualism say the duality of services helps prevent the assimilation of the minority francophone population.“Language can be taught, learned and forgotten,” Wade says. “It’s a very porous identity.”“You need to create some boundaries for it to be preserved.”Yet even among defenders of official bilingualism, some moderation of language laws is increasingly considered acceptable.With school buses, for example, Michaud says anglophone and francophone students should be allowed on the same bus under certain circumstances.“I would argue that on a school bus there is very little risk of assimilation,” he says.The school bus issue arose three years ago when the provincial government discovered that students from French and English schools were travelling on the same buses in a rural area of southeastern New Brunswick. The school districts were ordered to stop the practice and added extra buses to comply.The Charter guarantees separate educational institutions for French and English, resulting in two distinct school boards.But Michaud says he doesn’t see a school bus as an extension of the school. And even if bilingual school buses are a breach of the charter — which he doubts — he says it would be a “very limited breach” that would likely be considered reasonable.“That’s the thing with language rights,” Michaud says. “Some people use language rights to the extreme where it’s about purity and that becomes dangerous.”He adds: “Language rights are there to allow for francophones to ensure they protect their language and culture, but it should not be a trump card for everything.”Meanwhile, Emery says the idea that duality creates a duplication in the system is often false.“As long as the scale economies are being achieved because you have a large enough clientele, duality is not more expensive,” he says, adding that issues arise when there are smaller populations without the economies of scale to run two systems.Still, the economics professor says much of the bilingualism debate is a distraction from the real issue New Brunswickers should be focused on during this election campaign: The economy.“If our ability to pay for things falls, there are going to be things people value and care about on the chopping block.”last_img read more

Sarah Ferguson And Princess Eugenie Open Teenage Cancer Trust Unit

first_imgEast Anglia’s only specialist Teenage Cancer Trust unit for young patients which offers world-class treatment, was officially opened last month by the charity’s patron Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie of York and charity ambassador, Harry Judd, from pop band McFly.The state-of-the-art Teenage Cancer Trust unit on ward C9 of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, one of the UK’s leading centres for cancer treatment, supports 14-to-24-year-old cancer patients from Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.The home-from-home unit provides a relaxed environment designed specifically for and by young people and has a social zone, parents’ room, chill-out room and learning centre. Staff are specially trained in cancers of this age group and have chosen to work with this age group.Since the first patient was admitted at the end of February 2012, staff have treated over 60 patients on the 11-bed unit which cost £3.6 million to build, most of which was provided by fundraising within East Anglia.Every day in the UK, six young people are told they have cancer and approximately 200 patients are diagnosed in East Anglia each year. Usually placed on a children’s ward or on an adult ward alongside elderly patients, young people can often feel extremely isolated when facing a cancer diagnosis. Teenage Cancer Trust units are designed to be as close as possible to a young person’s normal life outside hospital.Simon Davies, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust comments: “Today is a momentous day for the charity. Not only is this our 25th Teenage Cancer Trust unit but it is also the first in East Anglia and we are thrilled to have worked with Addenbrooke’s whose staff provide specialist care. We rely solely on public donations and this unit wouldn’t have been built if it hadn’t been for incredible, tireless support from local communities, businesses, patients and their families and friends over the past few years, helping us raise £2.9million.”Teenage Cancer Trust patron, Sarah, Duchess of York said: “I have been a patron of Teenage Cancer Trust for over twenty years and I’m always so excited to visit a new unit as every one is special and unique. This impressive unit showcases Teenage Cancer Trust’s design expertise at its absolute best and will give young cancer patients from across East Anglia a real fighting chance thanks to specialist cancer care at Addenbrooke’s.”Dr Helen Hatcher, consultant oncologist at Cambridge University Hospitals, said: “We are very happy to be celebrating the opening of the Teenage Cancer Trust unit today. It has been fantastic to see the benefits the new ward brings to young people and their families across the region. Having somewhere where young people can feel more relaxed in their environment when going through stressful and debilitating treatment has made an enormous difference to them and their families. One of our patients has had to spend several months on C9 said she would not have coped if she had not had been on this unit.”In addition to CUH staff providing clinical care on the unit, Teenage Cancer Trust also fund the youth support coordinator role which provides individually tailored support, making a young person’s time in hospital more tolerable by supervising and coordinating activities on and off the ward and encouraging patients to socialise and remain active and connected with other young people.Developing the unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital is the first step in Teenage Cancer Trust’s commitment to helping young people with cancer across East Anglia. On-going support and donations are now needed to maintain the unit, fund specialist staff and support the work of the charity’s free cancer awareness sessions in schools, colleges and universities across the region.The new unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital now brings the number of Teenage Cancer Trust units across the UK to 25. This new unit also complements the existing drop-in centre Teenage Cancer Trust opened at Abington House at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in 2009. The Oasis offers support and advice to young patients and their families, as well as social and recreational facilities.Source:Teenage Cancer Trustlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement The Canada Border Services Agency is looking for a handful of stunt actors to be thrown down, handcuffed, searched and beaten to help train new recruits. – JONATHAN HAYWARD , THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo The Canada Border Services Agency is looking for a handful of stunt actors to be thrown down, handcuffed, searched and beaten to help train new recruits.The agency has posted bid documents online looking for a company to supply actors for the training centre in Rigaud, Que., between Ottawa and Montreal.The documents outline how the stunt actors will act out up to 15 situations a day, such as trying to smuggle drugs across the border in a car, to help the agency assess the skills of new border guards.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The people hired can expect to be handcuffed, thrown, held down using “pain compliance techniques,” and hit by trainees’ fists, feet or batons.They also must avoid any personal relationships with the recruits or CBSA staff “in order to keep it at a professional level only.”Bidding for the one-year contract closes in early September, but the documents don’t list an expected price.The CBSA has yet to respond to questions posed to the agency this morning.It’s the second time this year that the agency has gone out looking for a company to supply it with actors, and it appears that some of the feedback from that earlier work has been incorporated into the new contract offer.For instance, the bidding company has to have at least 12 months experience over 10 years finding professional stunt actors, instead of the 36 months over five years after the CBSA was told the latter target would be difficult to hit.The government’s procurement website doesn’t list a contract awarded for the last offer, which closed in early April.JOB NOTICE LINKBY THE CANADIAN PRESS Twitterlast_img read more

Vancouver holds vigil for Fentanyl victims

first_imgLaurie Hamelin APTN National NewsVancouver has been the hardest Canadian city to be hit by the Fentanyl crisis.Hundreds of people have died from the lethal drug leaving hundreds more—family, friends and first responders—reeling in the aftermath.The community came together for a special vigil.lhamelin@aptn.calast_img

Make sure you do something youth who presented final MMIWG report to Amber BernardAPTN NewsWhen an Anishinabe woman was on a stage with the prime minister Monday she gave Justin Trudeau some advice.“I said, ‘This is your baby now, this was our baby. Take care of her’,” Shailla Manitowabie-Cooke recalled Tuesday“Make sure you do something.”Manitowabie-Cooke, of the Wikwemikong First Nation in northern Ontario, was part of the closing ceremony of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.She and a young man accepted the report – bundled in a special Indigenous bag and blessed with traditional medicines – from its four commissioners and handed it to Canada via the prime minister.Among the 231 findings in its 1,200 pages is that genocide in the form of continuing colonialism is to blame for the disappearances and deaths of thousands of Indigenous women and girls.(Shailla Manitowabie-Cooke wants the prime minister “do something” about violence against Indigenous women and girls. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)Among its recommendations the final report also calls on Canadians to do something.It says they should “confront and speak out against racism, sexism, ignorance, homophobia, and transphobia, and teach or encourage others to do the same, wherever it occurs: in your home, in your workplace, or in social settings.”Manitowabie-Cooke agrees.“If you see it, and you see a woman getting abused, definitely speak up,” she said, “because a lot of the time nobody does anything.“This has to change, it has to stop.”The prime minister pledged to implement a national action plan to address violence against Indigenous women and girls.But Manitowabie-Cooke, who described the commissioners as “her heroes”, hopes he does more before the election campaign in the fall.“We don’t have a lot of hope with the Conservatives, so I’m hoping the Liberals will do something,” she said.“I know we have three more months before the election. I’m hoping he’s able to make some change during that time.”When asked if the prime minister agreed to do something, Manitowabie-Cooke said he replied:  ‘We will, together,’” she told APTN News.last_img read more

Lasting Mideast peace hinges on resolving ArabIsraeli conflict – Ban Kimoon

Mr. Ban added that the Peace Initiative put forward by the League of Arab States “remains a key element in our efforts to achieve peace,” in a message delivered by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe to the group’s summit, held in Damascus over the weekend. “Your engagement is particularly crucial for the fragile political process currently underway between President [Mahmoud] Abbas and Prime Minister [Ehud] Olmert,” Mr. Ban emphasized, adding that while the two leaders have expressed their desire to reach an agreement by the end of this year, “the path to peace remains littered with daunting challenges.” The Secretary-General called for a more positive strategy for Gaza and encouraged all Arab countries to act responsibly and exercise whatever influence they have to support a cessation of violence in and around Gaza.Turning to the political crisis in Lebanon, where the Presidency has been vacant for more than four months, Mr. Ban said that this situation is no longer sustainable. “All Lebanese leaders should put the interests of their country and people first and bring the country away from the brink,” he stressed, calling on everyone to rally behind and work for the implementation of the Arab League initiative on the issue. The Secretary-General also cited “significant progress” in the establishment of the Special Tribunal to try those responsible for the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri in February 2005, noting that the court’s work will be an important step toward ending impunity and contribute to a just and lasting peace in the country.“The challenges ahead are substantial, but they are not insurmountable,” Mr. Ban stated, as he called for building a strong and strategic partnership between the UN and the Arab League, “one that delivers on the security, development and human rights aspirations of the Arab people.” 31 March 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that peace and progress in the Middle East “hinges on a just and lasting solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict,” pledging the support of the United Nations to help achieve this goal. read more

World must enhance understanding of Afghanistan says outgoing UN envoy

4 March 2010Success in Afghanistan hinges on a better understanding of Afghan society by the world and the assumption of greater responsibility by its authorities, the outgoing United Nations envoy there said today. Success in Afghanistan hinges on a better understanding of Afghan society by the world and the assumption of greater responsibility by its authorities, the outgoing United Nations envoy there said today. The international community’s tendency to make decisions with inadequate Afghan involvement has been considered “disrespectful and sometimes humiliating,” Kai Eide told reporters in the capital, Kabul, in his last press conference as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative.“Afghanistan is sometimes seen as and treated as a ‘no-man’s land’ and not as a sovereign State and that has to come to an end because it has fuelled suspicion of unacceptable foreign interference, a sense of humiliation and a feeling that Afghans do not have any control of their future,” he said.As a result, Mr. Eide pointed out, a successful transition strategy depends on the international community’s ability to pay greater attention to Afghanistan’s needs. “We need to understand the pulse of Afghan society better than we do today.”For their part, Afghan authorities must step up their determination to assume responsibility, he stressed. “There is today still a tendency to push responsibility for difficult decisions on the international community and to avoid the main political challenges that face this society,” he underscored. “Afghan authorities have to fully assume responsibility for cleaning up their own house and for shaping their own future.”The world must temper their expectations with the reality on the ground, said Mr. Eide, who will be succeeded by Staffan de Mistura.“The clocks in foreign countries tick faster than real change in Afghanistan can perhaps cope with.”Although achieving success in the next year or two in a country mired in conflict is impossible, it is vital that the Afghan people and the international community both understand that a durable solution is within striking distance, the official said.2010 is a critical year for Afghanistan, the most challenging since the fall of the Taliban, he said, with many key events set to take place this year, including peace talks and a major international gathering in Kabul.September will witness parliamentary elections, and Mr. Eide today voiced hope that the ground will be laid so that they will be seen as better than last year’s presidential polls, which were marred by accusations of fraud.The Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said that he has shared his concerns – particularly over the Independent Election Commission, the composition of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) and the vetting process – with President Hamid Karzai in recent weeks.“We are not yet where I believe we need to be, and we have to reach an agreement on all these elements before we can say we have reached an agreement,” he underlined.Last week, the UN said it was reviewing a legislative decree that would give Mr. Karzai the power to appoint all five members of the ECC, which is supposed to be an independent body. According to Afghanistan’s Electoral Law, three of the five members of the Commission – mandated to investigate fraud, as well as provide guidance, technical assistance and support – are internationals appointed by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. The remaining two members are nationals, one appointed by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the other by the Supreme Court. In his most recent report on Afghanistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote that there is “an emerging consensus among both local and international experts on the need for reform of the electoral system before the 2010 elections (parliamentary, district and mayoral) and future electoral processes in Afghanistan.” For the 18 September polls to be successful, “Afghanistanization” of the electoral process is essential, Mr. Eide said today.On the military campaign under way in the country, he highlighted that it must not impede the political process.Looking back on the two years he has served as Special Representative, the envoy said that he has seen stepped-up political unity within the international community, with the consolidation of the UN’s role as the main interlocutor with the Afghan Government.The world body has also helped to address the issue of civilian casualties and “this has had a radical impact in the international military and led to tactical directives and operational modalities today that are very different from what we saw a year and a half ago,” he noted.In spite of this and other successes, “I think we all have to admit that we should have and could have achieved more: that goes for the Afghan Government; it goes for the international community, including the UN; and the international military forces,” Mr. Eide said, voicing hope that this year will be a turning point for the South Asian nation. read more

Meeting goals of Water for Life Decade requires sustained commitment – Annan

“Achieving the goals of the ‘Water for Life’ Decade will require sustained commitment, cooperation and investment on the part of all stakeholders, from 2005 to 2015 and beyond,” Mr. Annan says in a new report on actions taken in organizing activities of the International Decade for Action, “Water for Life.” This is the second such water-related decade organized by the UN, succeeding the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade, 1981-1990. The report notes that UN-Water, the system-wide mechanism for coordinating the relevant activities of the world body’s agencies and programmes had defined a number of thematic priorities for its work over the Decade, which include coping with water scarcity and pollution; sanitation, safe drinking water and health; transboundary water issues; and disaster risk reduction. Africa was selected as a geographical focus due of its exceptional water and sanitation needs. Mr Annan says that awareness of the importance of the use and fresh management of water resources for achieving sustainable development has increased in recent years, and he urges all interested stakeholders, such as international and regional organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others, to link their water-related activities to the Decade, or consider newer and broader partnerships. Member States might also wish to consider setting up national committees of designating focal points in their respective countries to facilitate and promote activities related to the Decade, Mr. Annan adds. read more

Italys premier says Lebanon experience shows potential of UN when States lend

The recent decision to strengthen the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in response to the conflict there demonstrated how the world body can respond to crises when it has the full support of all concerned, the Prime Minister of Italy told the General Assembly today.The expansion of UNIFL demonstrates “that if the stakeholders are willing to confer upon the UN a strong, central role, the Organization is well able to fulfil it,” Romano Prodi told the annual general debate.While cautioning that the international response to the recent war in Lebanon has just begun, he was upbeat in his assessment of its significance. “We must be pleased with how the United Nations, its member States, and – allow me to add – the European Union have addressed a situation that only two months ago risked getting out of hand and that today presents a series of opportunities for the Middle East as a whole.”He said the new mission represents the entire international community, calling it “a tangible expression of the very global partnership that we are discussing today.” With Europe providing the backbone of UNIFIL, “it cannot carry out its mission effectively without the contributions of China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Turkey, and the many other non-European countries participating,” he added.For the UN to continue its work in Lebanon and, more broadly, to fulfil the goals set out in its Charter, he said it would be necessary to quickly complete the reform of the Organization. And, he added, the UN must have “the strong and unconditional support of its members.”Karel De Gucht, Belgium’s Foreign Minister, said that during the recent crisis in Lebanon, his country and its European partners “have clearly demonstrated their willingness to act.” Belgium was providing financial support for the Lebanese Government’s reconstruction projects and was participating in the strengthened UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).“The implementation of resolution 1701 shows that the European Union is becoming more actively involved in the quest for a lasting peace in the Middle East,” he said. Asserting that “this lasting peace will be predicated on a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he called for measures to open the way for a resumption of dialogue, an end to hostilities, security guarantees for both parties, the liberation of the abducted Israeli soldier, the release of the political leaders arrested during the crisis, humanitarian access and the re-establishment of basic services. read more