Unique Showreel: Juan Salvo’s Inspiring Color Reel

first_imgThis impressive showreel by colorist Juan Salvo combines his professional work with a creative personal touch.We see a lot of demos and showreels – a lot – and every once in a while one sticks out from the crowd through an impressive body or work or uncommon presentation.The following reel by professional colorist Juan Salvo uses a unique approach for reels by employing his narration to connect with the viewer, a style more familiar to advertising than demo reels. The result works. We not only see Salvo’s body of professional work, but we also see him at work – sitting at the boards, drafting out his color plan and building color grades in post. It has a humanizing effect, showing the person behind the color grading work.It’s an interesting approach to creating a demo or showreel, and one that could potentially be used for all types of production and post production positions. Something to think about. Inspiring work, Juan!last_img read more

How to Be Passionate About Your Work

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now If you want to do good work, it helps to be passionate about your work. There are a few ways to make it easier to be passionate about your work, even if they’re very basic ideas. First, get a good night’s sleep. Second, hydrate by drinking a big glass of water the minute you get up. Third, get a little exercise before you start working. Fourth, don’t let your Inner Critic complain about your work and recognize that billions of people would trade places with you in a heartbeat (this is gratitude, and it’s very helpful to maintaining a positive attitude).All of the things in the paragraph above will help you be more passionate about your work, but none of them are as important as this one: Make your work better.The reason you are not passionate about your work is because you are not passionate about your work. If you do anything believing it is a chore, that it is boring, and that you’d rather be doing something else, your work will reflect your beliefs, your attitude, and your state. When you don’t appreciate your work, you will not do it with passion or enthusiasm.This single question can change how you feel about your work: How do you make it better?How do you improve the outcome you are responsible for producing? If you were to change what you are doing or how you are doing it to produce a radically better result, what would you have to change?If you were to do something new, something that was going to delight your clients, your customers, or your peers, what would you need to differently? What could you do that would provide a surprise, a smile, a sense of joy? What might cause people to talk about your work?If you were to do work that was show-stopping and exceptional, how could it be boring? If you were to do more than check a box and bring your passionate engagement to your work, how different would your work feel?There are certain rewards for doing your work. There are different rewards for doing your work well. And then there are the rewards that accrue only to those who bring their best selves to their work, making it something exceptional by doing it with passion.You can be passionate about your work when you decide to make it better.last_img read more

Clip of bull mowed down with earthmover sparks outrage

first_imgA gruesome video of a bull being slaughtered by an earthmover in Pune’s Indapur tehsil has sparked outrage among animal activists and political leaders.The Indapur police on Tuesday booked two people in connection with the October 27 incident. While villagers have claimed the bull was rabid, activists and political leaders have condemned the manner in which the animal was killed.An FIR under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the accused, Rohit Atole and Bhausaheb Anna Khartode, said police inspector Riyaz Shaikh of the Bhigwan police station.He said the accused were absconding and would be arrested soon.The video clip, which surfaced recently, shows Mr. Atole at the wheel of the earthmover, trying to corner and mow down the animal. The bull, with its feet tied, is desperately attempting to escape the dragnet while the driver is seen landing lethal blows on it with the shovel of the machine. After bellowing in pain, the bull succumbs to the fatal blows on its back and head. While Mr. Atole was driving, Mr. Khartode filmed the incident, authorities said.Pune-based animal rights activist Manoj Oswal said, “I am shocked by this gory incident. We got this video three days ago. Some villagers are claiming that the bull was aggressive and had to be killed as he could do harm. There is no evidence of this in the clip. The poor animal could not even understand until the last moment that it was being slaughtered.”Mr. Oswal said they are exploring the possibility of whether the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act can be added to the FIR.Farmers’ leader and Swabhimani Paksha chief Raju Shetti said even if the animal was showing signs of aggression as the villagers claimed, the creature ought to have been sedated using humane methods. “If the bull was indeed sick as alleged, an authority from the health department ought to have been called in. Mowing the animal down with an earthmover and then recording a video of it reeks of insensitivity to animals,” Mr. Shetti said.Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik termed the incident disturbing and reprehensible and urged that the accused be apprehended as soon as possible.Sambhaji Brigade leader Santosh Shinde said, the incident spoke volumes of basic insensitivity towards animals. “First murdering the hapless animal and then recording the gruesome crime indicates that the perpetrators wanted to pull off a stunt on social media,” Mr. Shinde said, demanding a thorough investigation into the matter.last_img read more

Can these be the reason(s) why Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus ?

first_imgAdvertisementCristiano Ronaldo’s transfer away from Madrid this summer was imminent yet it took the world by shock. Being brought by Juventus for a big money move, Ronaldo seems to have settled in well at Turin. However, other professionals and fans still seem to be perplexed about his decision to leave the Spanish Capital.Can these be the reason(s) why Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus?After nine years in the Spanish capital, Ronaldo finished with 450 goals from 438 games, winning two La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues. But, Spanish media outlet El Mundo has come up with three plausible reasons for this iconic transfer.The first reason is associated with his fiscal problems. Ronaldo was charged in 2017 with tax evasion of almost €15m from 2011 to 2014. It appears that the issue arose due to the discrepancies between Ronaldo’s lawyers and the entities which pay his taxes – the sponsors. Before the World Cup this year, Ronaldo was given a two-year suspended jail sentence and fined €18.8m after striking a deal with the Spanish authorities.Consequently, the second reason gets more clarity. According to the man himself, Real Madrid did not stand by him during the phase of this off-the-pitch financial fiasco’s. Ronaldo believes when a similar issue took place with his Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi, the Blaugrana side supported Messi in every possible way including a new deal for the Argentinian legend to help him deal with the Spanish treasury. In Ronaldo’s case, no such aid came forth and thus gave CR7 reasons to seek fresh pastures.“It is a lack of respect that I, the Ballon d’Or winner, earn less than Messi and Neymar. It’s status, respect,” Ronaldo is reported to have explained. This lack of respect was shed light on yet again when Ronaldo was not given a special send-off despite being arguably one of the greatest players of all time.Finally, it was the smell of a new challenge that lured Ronaldo to the Old Lady. Real’s unwillingness to declare him as the best ever was his final motivation. “They always put me behind Di Stéfano,” said a vexed Ronaldo. “I do not know what else I have to do.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Ronaldo: CL is Real Madrid’s competition

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo: Champions League is Real Madrid’s competition Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 07:50 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) CristianoRonaldo-cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Real Madrid v APOEL APOEL UEFA Champions League The Portuguese is targeting a hat-trick of titles for the men from the Bernabeu after a positive start to the new campaign Cristiano Ronaldo said the “Champions League is Real Madrid’s competition” after the holders made a winning start to their title defence.Reigning Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo scored twice as two-time defending champions Madrid eased past Cypriot visitors APOEL 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.Real Madrid 4/11 group winner Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Still serving a five-match domestic ban for pushing a referee in the Supercopa de Espana, Ronaldo returned to the fold with a trademark brace as he took his record Champions League tally to 107 goals.Ronaldo and Madrid have their sights firmly set on a third successive European crown.”There’s still a long way to go; let’s go game by game. First we have the group stage then we can see,” Ronaldo said via UEFA.com.”We, of course, want to win this tournament. The Champions League is Real Madrid’s competition and we want to win it.” FT: #RealMadrid 3-0 @apoelfcofficial (@Cristiano 12′, 51 (p), @SergioRamos 61′).#RMUCL #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/oO4XR1ZIva— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 13, 2017Ronaldo’s return was welcomed after back-to-back draws against Valencia and Levante in LaLiga.The 32-year-old put Madrid ahead in the 12th minute before doubling his tally with a penalty six minutes into the second half.Madrid captain Sergio Ramos completed the scoring when he converted an exquisite bicycle kick just past the hour-mark in the Spanish capital.”I’m delighted to be back playing,” Ronaldo said. “This is a special competition and to start playing again and scoring goals is very important for me. I helped the side and feel good about that.”It was a game we needed to win; we played at home and wanted to start the Champions League well. I think the side were good; we know we were taking on a defensive outfit. We could’ve scored more but, in the end, it was a good result and we’ve started off well and we’re happy with that.”last_img read more

1 NFL Team Appears To Be All-In On QB Tua Tagovailoa

first_imgTua Tagovailoa points directions to a teammate.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On Sunday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal. Fitzpatrick spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons as a backup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and now gets the opportunity for a starting role once again.Earlier this week, the Dolphins traded former starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans for a fourth and sixth-round pick. Tannehill’s exit opened the door for Fitzpatrick to take over as the starter.After signing Fitzpatrick the Dolphins reportedly have their eyes on next year’s draft. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team looks to be all-in on Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.“And so the Dolphins add former Buccaneers’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for 2019, with eyes on Alabama QB Tua Tagovaiola for 2020,” Schefter said.And so the Dolphins add former Buccaneers’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for 2019, with eyes on Alabama QB Tua Tagovaiola for 2020.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2019While the Dolphins might be looking ahead to next year’s draft, signing Fitzpatrick might not be the best thing to ensure a high draft pick.The former Harvard star isn’t the best quarterback in the NFL, but he’s good for a few wins a season. Miami doesn’t want to play itself out of a top pick in the 2020 draft, but Fitzpatrick might have something to say about that.Miami won’t be the only team tanking for Tua in 2019.last_img read more

Import Cargo Volumes at US Ports Not Subsiding

first_imgzoom Import cargo volume at the United States’ major retail container ports is expected to rise 16.9 percent this month over the same time last year as West Coast ports begin to dig out from a backlog of cargo that built up during contract negotiations with dockworkers, shows Global Port Tracker report released on Monday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.“The contract talks are over, but the tentative agreement still has to be ratified and it’s going to take months to get back to normal on the West Coast,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said.“Retailers’ immediate priority is to make sure spring merchandise reaches store shelves in time. Going forward, we want labor, management and Washington to work together to see that we never again have a situation like what we went through these past several months.”Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.24 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in January, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was down 13.4 percent from December following the end of the holiday season and down 9.5 percent from January 2014.February was estimated at 1.27 million TEU, up 2.3 percent from 2014. March is forecast at 1.52 million TEU as spring merchandise arrives, up 16.9 percent from last year. The March number is high both because of the backlog of ships at anchor waiting to be unloaded and because the annual Lunar New Year shutdown of Chinese factories was later this year, delaying some February cargo into March. April is forecast at 1.51 million TEU, up 5.2 percent; May at 1.57 million TEU, up 6.1 percent; June also at 1.57 million TEU, up 6 percent, and July at 1.6 million TEU, up 6.7 percent.The first half of 2015 is forecast at 8.7 million TEU, an increase of 4.5 percent over the same period last year.Congestion at West Coast ports has prompted many importers to shift their cargo elsewhere, prompting speculation on how long the shift might last. West Coast ports handled 55 percent of cargo this January, down from 64 percent during the same month in 2014, while East Coast ports handled 45 percent, up from 36 percent.“Importers and exporters are reviewing their supply chain plans for the future, and not necessarily in favor of the West Coast,” Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said. “Looking on the practical side, a number of factors favor a return to the West Coast.”Hackett said sending ships from Asia to the East Coast is more expensive than the West Coast, takes longer, and results in higher expenses to move the cargo to Midwest distribution centers by rail. In addition, importers have significant investments in West Coast distribution centers that would not easily be abandoned.last_img read more

Roland Garros washout keeps Djokovic and Halep waiting

first_imgParis: Torrential rain caused a complete washout of quarter-final action at Roland Garros on Wednesday with Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep amongst the biggest victims.It is the second time since 2016 that all French Open play was cancelled and third since 2000.The decision left world number one Djokovic and defending women’s championHalep facing having to play their quarter-finals on Thursday and semi-finals on Friday if they get through. With the women’s final setfor Saturday, third seed Halep could end up playing three days in a row. Djokovic had been due to face German fifth seed Alexander Zverev on Court Philippe Chatrier on Wednesday as was Halep who was up against American teenager Amanda Anisimova. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunOn Court Suzanne Lenglen, America’s Madison Keys was due to face Australia’s Ashleigh Barty before 2018 runner-up Dominic Thiem clashed with Russia’s Karen Khachanov. The first quarter-finals had been completed on Tuesday with 11-time champion Rafael Nadal setting up a Friday semi-final against old rival Roger Federer. Johanna Konta and Marketa Vondrousova also won Tuesday with their semi-final, originally set for Thursday, to be played on Friday. Agencieslast_img read more

Navy detains six Indians including two children on a trawler

The Sri Lanka Navy says it detained six Indians, including two children who were on a trawler which entered Sri Lankan waters illegally.The Navy detained the Indians when they entered Sri Lankan waters yesterday (May 30). The Indians were detained by the North Central Naval Command in the seas off Urumalai in Thalaimannar. The Indians consisted of three men, a woman and two children. The Navy said that the Indians were given medical treatment after they were brought ashore.They were later handed over to the Thalaimannar Police for further investigations. (Colombo Gazette)

Thesis defences — Feb 23

PhD in Psychology – William TaysWilliam Tays, PhD student in Psychology, will present his thesis defence on Thursday, March 3 at 2 pm in Plaza 600F. The title of his thesis is “Electrocortical Indices of Cognitive Control in Working Memory: Exploring the Effects of Proactive Interference, Cognitive Load, and Aging.” Examining committee members are: Bareket Falk, chair; Robert West, Iowa State University, external examiner; Jane Dywan, supervisor; Allan Adkin, internal examiner; Karen Arnell and Sid Segalowitz, committee members. All are welcome to attend.Glynnis Fleming — Master of EducationGlynnis Fleming will present her thesis defence on Monday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. in WH 147. The title of the thesis is “Teachers’ Development and Negotiation of Meaning About Mathematics-for-Teaching Through the Use of Ontario Bansho Within Communities of Practice.” External examiner: Marian Small, professor emerita, University of New Brunswick; supervisor: Coral Mitchell; committee members: Renee Kuchapski and Ralph Connelly; chair of the examining committee: Susan Drake. All are welcome to attend but seating is limited.Master of Science — Briar KomendaBriar Komenda (MSc Kinesiology) will defend her thesis on Friday, March 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. in WC204B. Thesis title: The Effect of a Stickhandling and Puck Control (SPC) Training Intervention on SPC Skills and Wrist Shot Performance Variables in Female College. Supervisor: Kelly Lockwood; committee members: Diane Mack and Jae Patterson; external examiner: James Lyons, McMaster University; chair: Gail Frost.Master of Arts — Jarold ChinnickJarold Chinnick (MA Leisure Studies) will defend his thesis on Wednesday, March 9 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in WH147. Title: A Case Study of the Implementation of Experiential Education in Yukon Schools. Supervisor: Mary Breunig; committee members: Erin Sharpe and Bob Jickling; external examiner: Bob Henderson, McMaster University; chair: Tim O’Connell. read more

Injuries reported by Texas roller coaster riders in years before fatal fall

DALLAS – Nearly a dozen people reported being injured in the last five years while riding the Texas roller coaster from which a woman fell to her death last week, though the most serious injuries appear to be a concussion and muscles strains due to jostling, state records show.Six Flags Over Texas reported 14 injuries involving the Texas Giant roller coaster between April 2008 and April 2013, according to Texas Department of Insurance records. Three of those injuries happened either before or after the ride, such as tripping on the steps leading to the roller coaster.It wasn’t immediately clear how many of those injuries prompted the ride to be shut down, department spokesman Jerry Hagins said. If an injury requires medical attention and involved the actual ride, the ride must be closed until it gets a new safety inspection, he said.“Our role is to make sure that happens,” Hagins said, adding that the Texas Giant was currently closed and wouldn’t reopen until the department sees a new safety inspection report.Amusement park safety analyst Ken Martin noted that such injuries are self-reported, so it’s hard to gauge their accuracy. He also said such numbers don’t include “near-misses.”“The numbers that we hear about are typically the tip of the iceberg,” he said.Walter Reiss, an amusement park ride safety inspector, added that fatal accidents on roller coasters “are very unusual and infrequent.”“Most times that you have death accidents, it was something either ignorant or human error,” he said.The investigation is ongoing into how Rosa Ayala-Goana fell while riding the roller coaster Friday evening at the Six Flags amusement park in Arlington, a western suburb of Dallas. A witness told local media that Ayala-Goana expressed concern moments before the 14-story ride began that the safety bar had not completely engaged.The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office confirmed Monday that the 52-year-old Dallas resident was the victim in the accident, and that she suffered “multiple traumatic injuries” during the fall.A man who identified himself as Ayala-Goana’s son declined comment Monday when approached at her home.Six Flags Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Jim Reid-Anderson said Monday that company was using “both internal and external experts” to investigate the accident, but he offered no details during a conference call to discuss the company’s earnings.In an email to The Associated Press later Monday, Six Flags spokeswoman Sharon Parker said the company “will not release any details pertaining to the investigation until it is complete.”Meanwhile, Six Flags has temporarily closed the Iron Rattler roller coaster at its Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. The decision came late Friday after officials heard about the accident in Arlington, Fiesta Texas spokeswoman Sydne Purvis said Monday.Purvis said it’s a precautionary move until the Texas Giant investigation is completed. Both roller coasters are wooden structures with steel rails.The Texas Giant first opened in 1990 as an all-wooden coaster but underwent a $10 million renovation in 2010 to install steel-hybrid rails before reopening in 2011. The coaster, which can carry as many as 24 riders, has a drop of 79 degrees and a bank of 95 degrees.Reiss, the amusement park expert, speculated that either Ayala-Goana managed to slip out from behind a locked mechanism or that the harness mechanism failed and it opened.“Right now, I would say investigators are probably tearing apart every inch of that train and every harness mechanism, and inspecting and testing every millimeter of those harness mechanisms to find out whether the potential even exists for her harness to have failed or for any other harness to have failed,” Reiss said.“At the end of the day, it comes down to whether or not the person fits,” he added. “If the harness locks normally, without forcing it, it’s OK. And the final say is up to the ride operator to tell you, ‘I’m sorry, you can’t ride.’”The roller coaster was issued its most recent safety permit in February and was in compliance with state regulations that require an annual inspection by a qualified engineer, according to state records. Proof of those inspections also must be submitted to the Texas Department of Insurance.Hagins noted that Texas has an insurance-based regulatory system for amusement park rides and that the ride also was in compliance with rules that require $1 million liability insurance.The Dallas Morning News has reported that officials with the roller coaster’s car manufacturer, Gerstlauer Amusement Rides in Germany, were set to come to Texas to inspect the ride. The company could not be reached late Monday by phone and an email was not immediately returned.Don Hankins, of Lakeland, Fla.-based PLH & Associates, Inc., who inspected the roller coaster in February, did not return a call to The Associated Press on Monday.___Associated Press reporters Betsy Blaney in Lubbock, Uriel J. Garcia and Nomaan Merchant in Dallas and David R. Martin in New York contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Injuries reported by Texas roller coaster riders in years before fatal fall; shutdowns unclear by Jamie Stengle, The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2013 12:31 pm MDT read more

Ken doll gets cornrows beefy bod and new skin tones

Ken doll gets cornrows, beefy bod and new skin tones NEW YORK, N.Y. – He’s been overshadowed by Barbie for decades, but now Ken is finally getting some attention.Mattel is introducing 15 new looks for the male doll, including different skin tones, body shapes and hair styles. Barbie had a similar makeover more than a year ago, both part of the toy company’s plan to make its dolls more diverse and appealing to today’s kids.Ken hadn’t changed much since he was introduced 56 years ago as Barbie’s blue-eyed, chiseled boyfriend. Now he’ll be sold in three body shapes: “slim,” ”broad” and “original.”He’ll have modern hairdos, such as cornrows and man buns, and come in seven skin tones. And he’ll also be sporting new fashions: think skinny ties, plaid shirts and graphic tees.“We are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation,” said Mattel’s Lisa McKnight, who oversees the Barbie line.Mattel is trying to fight falling sales of its iconic doll line at a time when many kids would rather play with an iPad. Barbie sales were down 13 per cent in the first three months of the year compared with the same period a year ago. A live-action Barbie movie is in the works for next year, with hopes that the big-screen flick will spur doll sales as well.Ken was in need of a makeover, said Jim Silver, the editor-in-chief of toy review website TTPM. Kids playing with the revamped Barbie dolls don’t want an outdated Ken, said Silver.“He’s part of the storyline and he has to fit in with the picture,” he said, “or you would lose sales.”Some of the new $10 Ken dolls were being rolled out to shops and online stores Tuesday, Mattel Inc. said, and all of them will be on store shelves by the holidays.The El Segundo, California-based company also announced new Barbie looks Tuesday, including one with a nearly shaved head and another with an Afro. Mattel has been tinkering with other lines to be more inclusive, such as adding its first boy doll for the American Girl brand._____Contact Joseph Pisani at http://twitter.com/josephpisani by Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2017 2:20 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This photo provided by Mattel shows 1961 Ken and Barbie dolls. Mattel announced Tuesday, June 20, 2017, that the company is introducing 15 new looks for the male doll, giving him new skin tones, body shapes and hair styles. The makeover is part of the toy company’s plan to make its dolls more diverse and try to appeal to today’s kids, many of whom would rather pick up an iPad than a doll. Barbie received a similar overhaul more than a year earlier. (Courtesy of Mattel via AP) read more

Winning Distinguished Teaching award all about support Martini

When Department of Psychology professor Tanya Martini was called onto the stage at Fall Convocation earlier this month, it was confirmation to her that she’s surrounded by good people: Good students, good admin staff, and good senior administrators.“It’s nice to be recognized by your peers, but the reality is, I get a lot of support and I get it from a lot of quarters,” said Martini, who won the Distinguished Teaching Award earlier this month. “Good things happen in the classroom because I have great support from people you wouldn’t even think of.”Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning, Brock University said Martini demonstrates excellence in teaching and educational leadership, the two criteria for the Distinguished Teaching award.“I’m absolutely delighted she’s the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching award,” said Lathrop. “She’s incredibly engaging and exceptionally student-centered. She’s very interested in student retention and success and that translates into the work she does for the students and around the campus.”Originally from Toronto, Martini taught at the University of Windsor before coming to Brock in 2003. Her work incorporates outstanding evidence of teaching excellence that is not only indicative of stellar classroom performance but also reflected educational leadership, both within the department and throughout the institution.In large undergraduate classes and in courses known to have challenging content, Martini consistently receives high course evaluations. Her contributions to curriculum and program development show the impact of her teaching and learning beyond the classroom. Her ongoing commitment in the areas of learning outcomes, e-portfolio development, and a newly-proposed course for student transferrable skill development are significant contributions to student learning. Martini, who has also been involved in researching the long-term positive impact of Brock’s Experience BU campus-wide co-curriculum, is an outstanding educator and pedagogical leader.Martini said people like Lathrop have allowed her and others involved in Brock’s Centre for Pedagogical Innovation to introduce new teaching initiatives.Martini also credited her students for making the teaching environment a dynamic one.“Good things don’t happen in the classroom unless the students get invested. It’s nice to be recognized, but at the same time, I sit back and think, I’m only part of this equation that’s making the learning possible. Anybody who teaches a good course probably has enough humility know they don’t do it by themselves,” Martini said.Martini will give a public address on teaching at the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation’s annual Tribute to Teaching event, Dec. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Alphie’s Trough. Members of the Brock community interested in attending should email cpi@brocku.ca. read more

Alcohol abuse among over 50s has increased since the financial crisis

first_imgUpdated 11.22pmTHE LEVEL OF ‘problematic drinking’ among older people has risen since 2010, a major new study has revealed.The number of over 70s with medical cards fell according to the survey — but increased for those over 50.Published this morning, the second phase of Trinity College Dublin’s Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) shows a high levels of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and obesity.The information, collected between April 2012 and January 2013, was compared to the previous survey conducted between 2009 and 2010.High quality of lifeHowever, a high quality of life is still reported in the findings. Income has remained stable, but overall wealth has fallen, largely due to a reduction in the value of property assets’.It has also revealed that reaching retirement age was often met with a fall in alcohol consumption and smoking, and was likely to prompt the over 65s to purchase private health insurance.16.5 per cent of those surveyed smoke, a fall of 2 per cent from the previous survey.The level of problematic drinking, classified according to a CAGE survey, rose 5 per cent to 22 in men, and 3 per cent to 11 in women.Reacting to the findings, Health Minister James Reilly said it was “a cause for concern” that 44 per cent of the 8,000 surveyed were overweight, with one third classed as obese.Interventions“These findings therefore, remind us that obesity is a lifelong issue and one that will require sustained and targeted interventions across all age groups and into the years ahead.”The Minister added that TILDA, which is funded by the government, will ‘reatly enhance the quantity and quality of data available about our older population’.With one fifth of the Irish population expected to be over 65 by 2060, Principal Investigator Professor Rose Anne Kenny said the studies will prove vital for effective government planning.“TILDA will greatly assist new policy initiatives to address health behaviours and disease prevention so that our later life years can be healthy and independent,” she said.Read the full survey here.- First published 10.24amRead: Cases of obesity in developing countries ‘more than triples’ over 28 years >Poll: Do we need a crackdown on cheap drinks promotions? >Column: PE should be an exam subject in schools. >last_img read more

Rebekah Brooks says she has been vindicated

first_imgFORMER RUPERT MURDOCH protege Rebekah Brooks said she feels vindicated after she was cleared in Britain’s News of the World phone-hacking trial.In her first comments since Tuesday’s verdict, the one-time head of Murdoch’s British newspaper arm said her thoughts were with colleagues still facing legal action.But the brief statement she delivered with husband Charlie outside their rented London house made no mention of her ex-colleague and lover Andy Coulson, who was found guilty.“I am innocent of the crimes that I was charged with and I feel vindicated by the unanimous verdict,” Brooks told reporters in a wavering voice.“The last few years have been tough for us and for those closest to us,” the 46-year-old mother-of-one said.“But more importantly they’ve been tough for everybody on all sides that have been affected by the issues highlighted by this case.”She refused to reply directly when asked if she had a message for Coulson, her successor as News of the World editor who faces jail after being found guilty of phone hacking at the same eight-month trial.“All I can say to you all is that today my thoughts are with my former colleagues and their families who face future trials,” she said.I am going to do everything I can to support them because I know how anxious the times ahead are. UnprecedentedHer husband, a racehorse trainer, who was found not guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice during the trial at the Old Bailey in London, said the couple had been through an “unprecedented investigation of an incredibly forensic and personal nature”.News Corporation boss Murdoch flew in to the country earlier in the day to visit the headquarters of his British operation, but he has not yet commented on the trial.Murdoch strongly supported Brooks following her arrest in 2011, which came shortly after he shut down the News of the World following revelations that the paper had hacked into the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.Brooks, 46, rose from relatively humble beginnings to become editor of the News of the World and The Sun, which is read by millions.She had close links to politicians including Prime Minister David Cameron and his predecessor Gordon Brown.Cameron has apologised for hiring Coulson as his media chief after Coulson quit the News of the World.Coulson finds out on Monday if he will face a retrial on charges of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying police, and he is due be sentenced for hacking on 4 July.- © AFP 2014Read: Phone hacking jury dismissed after failing to reach a verdict on extra chargeslast_img read more

DICE interview reveals 12hour Battlefield 3 campaign

first_imgThe buzz surrounding Battlefield 3 is slowly starting to grow, fuelled mainly by EA and developer DICE drip-feeding us gameplay trailers and bits of information regarding the game. So far the game looks fantastic, and has already had a stunning two-minute trailer and rooftop sniper scene released. Now we know another vital bit of information about the game: how long the single-player campaign lasts.An interview with DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson during GDC this year has appeared on YouTube from website Games.on.net. During the 6 minute chat we get it confirmed that the single-player campaign is 12 hours long.AdChoices广告Troedsson explains that while Battlefield games are mutliplayer first and foremost, including the single-player aspect allows more new gamers to pick up the game without being thrust into multiplayer from the start. That way the mechanics and a general feel for the game can be experienced in the relative comfort of offline play.The lengthy campaign should come as welcome relief for anyone picking the game up off the back of Homefront which was criticized for only managing a 5-hour campaign.Read more at Games.on.net, via Eurogamer.netMatthew’s OpinionI have to admit that I prefer my FPS games to have a solid and long single-player game, and I only venture online occasionally. But then I don’t know anyone who plays mainly online not appreciating the single-player campaign. It adds value to the game, acts as a testing ground, and at the very least functions as a backup if your Internet connection goes down and you want/need to keep playing.Some may think that removing single-player would see the game launch qucker as less time is required for creation. While it may take slightly less development time without such a campaign, the majority of the work has to be done anyway as pretty much all the game assets are shared between multi- and single-player. The extra time comes from designing the scnarios and scripting the events, but again, a lot can be shared and environments used cleverly to ensure they can be used in multiplayer too. Overall, the single-player campaign adds far more value than the additional time it takes to implement.last_img read more

Tax assessment appeals due Aug 7

first_imgTaxpayers who want the county to rethink the taxable assessed value of their property have until 5 p.m. Aug. 7 to appeal to the Board of Equalization.A Notice of Value was mailed to each Clark County property owner in June, according to a county news release. Under state law, property owners are entitled to appeal, without charge, the county’s valuation.Details on the appeal process can be found at www.clark.wa.gov/general-services/board-of-equalization. Property owners wanting to file an appeal can obtain forms by calling the board’s office at 360-397-2337 or emailing BOE@clark.wa.gov.The appeal form and supporting documentation can be submitted at the Board of Equalization office, 1300 Franklin St., Suite 650, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The documents also can be mailed to Board of Equalization, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666. To be accepted, they must be postmarked no later than Aug. 7. They also can be faxed to 360-397-6162.The board is comprised of three residents who provide an impartial and independent forum for property owners. Hearings are held on an individual basis.last_img read more

Yacolt dairy recalls raw milk for possible E coli

first_imgSpanish Sonrise Dairy is recalling whole raw milk because it may be contaminated with E. coli.The Yacolt dairy announced the recall on Tuesday, after routine sampling by the state Department of Agriculture found E. coli in the raw cream processed from whole raw milk, according to a news release issued by Spanish Sonrise Dairy.The recall affects raw milk with a “best by” date of Aug. 23. The milk, which was bottled in half-gallon glass containers, was sold directly to private customers and at one retail store, Camas Produce.Anyone with the recalled milk is urged to return the milk for a full refund. Those with questions can contact the company at 360-931-7283.E. coli infections may cause severe diarrhea, stomach cramps and bloody stool. Symptoms generally appear three to four days after exposure but can take as long as nine days to appear, according to the news release.This isn’t the first recall for the Yacolt dairy. Spanish Sonrise issued a recall of raw milk and cream products in April 2015 after routine testing revealed listeria monocytogenes contamination. At the time of the first recall, the owners said they planned to close the dairy.last_img read more

Ridgefield kicks off new year with lazy day of jammies and movies

first_imgYou just spent a month, maybe six weeks, eating and drinking and partying your head off. How’s that head feeling now? Relax. Breathe. It’s time to get lazy. Celebrate the new year in style — by resting and regrouping. That’s the official policy in Ridgefield, where a year of monthly First Saturday festivities launches in recovery mode. Ridgefield has dubbed Saturday’s mellow celebration “Lazy Dayz.” We’re not sure how that final, erroneous Z got attached to a single-day event, but in keeping with the sluggish spirit of this occasion, who cares? “We just thought we’d do something low-key,” said Ridgefield city spokeswoman Jessica Kipp. “We rented a bunch of oversize beanbag chairs and we’re going to have a cocoa bar and munchies and just have a family movie marathon.” That’s at the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave. Everyone is encouraged to show up in pajamas and slippers with blankets and pillows, and transform the place into a communal living room for the day. There’ll even be a kids pajama contest, Kipp said. Your own lunches, and munchies, are welcome, too. The movie schedule is:last_img read more

UN for holding fair elections in Bangladesh

first_imgUN resident coordinator Robert D Watkins with DCAB president Rezaul Karim Lotus and general secretary Pantho Rahman on Thursday. Photo: Prothom AloUN resident coordinator Robert D Watkins says mere participation in the next general elections will not be enough.He insists on making the electoral process “fair and transparent”, given the indications that all parties would take part in the parliamentary polls.”The elections need to be fair and transparent and all concerned institutions need to be neutral,” the UN official said addressing a ‘DCAB talk’ in the city on Thursday.The UN is working to help strengthen responsible institutions, especially the election commission, to ensure a free, fair and participatory election in Bangladesh, he mentioned.The then United Nations secretary general had sent his emissary Oscar Fernandez-Taranco before the 2014 general elections held under the Awami League amd eventually boycotted by the main opposition parties including the BNP.As the next parliamentary polls are expected to be held in about a year or so, Watkins emphasised the need for keeping optimism about elections.”The signals were that all parties would participate,” he added.Watkins, also the UNDP resident repreentative, touched the issue of election and democracy alongside the Rohingya crisis and extremism, at the talk organised by Diplomatic Correspondents Association of Bangladesh (DCAB).Dwelling on the Rohingya crisis, he expressed his views that the problem will not be solved in Bangladesh but the solution is across the border.”The Myanmar government has said it will adopt the Kofi Annan commission recommendations, but the deep-rooted animosity against the Rohingyas in the Northern Rakhine state has to be addressed,” he said.He mentioned that the UN had pulled out all stops to support the government of Bangladesh in the crisis, particularly in the form of humanitarian assistance.On the UN Security Council’s failure to resolve the Rohingya crisis, the UN official said the council had met thrice to discuss the issue and this was a progress because this was not even on the agenda in the past.He pointed out that other than the Security Council, the UN worked through many other channels, including the UN mission in Myanmar.Concerning the Bangladesh government’s refusal to term the displaced Rohingyas as ‘refugees’, Watkins said that Dhaka was not a signatory to the UN convention on refugees so it might have opted not to use the term.But, he explained, the UN certainly referred to these displaced Rohingyas as refugees as they met all criteria of refugees.The UN official also lauded Bangladesh for recognising the problem of extremism and had begun responding to the threat.”The Holey Artisan Bakery attack has changed the previous tendency of denial and the government, the public, and the civil society, were all contributing in their respective ways to fight against extremism,” he said.The event was also addressed by DCAB president Rezaul Karim Lotus and general secretary Pantho Rahman.last_img read more