How to Support Parents and Professionals in Early Intervention: Principles of Adult LearningDate: March 17, 2016Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EasternLocation: How to Support Parents and Professionals in Early Intervention: Principles of Adult LearningFlickr [A Day at Normandy Park with Jaece by Easy Stand, December 10, 2009, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]Carol M. Trivette, PhD will set the framework for how adults learn and how they can learn to implement new practices and modify current ones to have the greatest impact on young children. Dr. Trivette will discuss specific topics including: (1) A systematic way to develop and present new information to effect change in practice, whether in “coaching” sessions with families or professional development sessions with colleagues (2) How to implement new practices or modify current practices to meet the needs of military families facing unique circumstances such as deployment, relocations, and post-combat challenges and (3) Adult learning tools and resources, which participants can apply to their work with families and colleagues.This MFLN FD Early Intervention webinar offers CE Credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois. The EI team is actively pursuing more CE opportunities in states other than Illinois. Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, & Virginia participants can obtain a certificate of completion to submit to their credentialing agencies for review for CE credits. Please check back frequently to the webinar Learn Event web page to receive updates on our progress. Access to the webinar Learn Event page can be found here.For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.
Ready to maximize the reach of your video content? Here are the ideal video lengths, specs, voice, and style for Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo.As Facebook and Google slowly take over the world, those of us in the business of creating video content have no choice but to upload our work on the most popular platforms. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.Google, YouTube and Facebook are the most successful for a reason — they provide the best service, support, and functionality out there. Vimeo joins the video ranks for the same reasons, but not quite at the same click.Which is all to say, if you plan to share your personal or professional videos with audiences online, your best bet is through one (or all) of the following. Here are the ideal lengths, specs and voices for each of these top online platforms.1. FacebookAt the beginning of 2016, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed that Facebook users watched “100 million hours of video a day” and “500 million people watch Facebook videos every day.” While these claims are hard to substantiate, they aren’t unreasonable at all when you consider Facebook averages over one billion active users a day. So to reach the millions and billions of users with your content, here’s everything you need to know.Upload SpecsFormat: H.264 with ACC audio in MOV or MP4 formatAspect Ratio: No larger than 1280px wide and divisible by 16pxFrame Rate: At or below 30fpsAudio: 44,100hzMax Length: 120 minutesMax Size: 4 GBVia Facebook Help CenterIdeal Length: 30-60 SecondsThe good people at NewsWhip recently did an external audit on some of the most popular Facebook news channels (including BuzzFeed, NowThis, AJ+, BBC News, Daily Mail and The Guardian) on their average video lengths.In general, the advice available online regarding video length on Facebook tends to be summed up by “the shorter the better.” There are plenty of anecdotes about poor view counts being remedied by cutting videos down to their absolute essentials and being displayed in more Facebook-friendly styles.Furthermore, according to research done by Tubular Insights, while most Facebook videos average around 90 seconds, their engagement rates optimize between 30 and 60 seconds.Voice and StyleIn 2013, Facebook made the (arguably dubious) decision to have their videos auto-play when you scroll past them on your newsfeed. They were kind enough to grant users the favor of having their videos auto-mute as well. This courtesy has gone on to change the voice (or lacktherof) and style of Facebook videos for the next several years to the present.Since they will always begin silent, Facebook videos make a heavier use of text than YouTube or Vimeo. They are also fighting against a scroll away, so they must grab interest in the first few seconds to earn a viewer’s attention. For these reasons, Facebook videos need to be click-baity and flashy at the get-go and establish their content’s catch very fast. They need to present information on screen through titles and text (not audio) and be clear early on to their viewer about what the video is and what they want to convey.Examples of Facebook Videos While there’s no reason to not utilize all the video platforms available online, it is helpful to understand each one to help you with your planning, exporting and marketing.If you’d like to explore less-mainstream platforms, here a few to check out.DailyMotionBrightcove23 VideoOoyalaWistiaYou can also read more about creating and uploading 360-videos on Facebook and Youtube on RocketStock.What’s your online video platform of choice? Let us know in the comments. 2. YouTubeGoogle bought YouTube in 2006, a year after it was founded during a Silicon Valley dinner party. Its user numbers are on par with Facebook, with almost a third of all Internet users using YouTube. For content creators, it stands out for its ad revenue sharing model which allows users to monetize their content natively within the website. MDG, an advertising agency, did a study a few years ago that estimated that the top 1,000 channels earn an average of $23,000 a month.Image via TubeFilterThe potential for monetization, combined with top brand authority, makes using YouTube for your content an absolute must. Here are their recommended specs for your videos.Upload SpecsFormat: H.264 with ACC-LC audio in MP4 formatAspect Ratio: 16:9 (non-16:9 will be processed and displayed with pillar boxes)Frame Rate: 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60fpsAudio: 96khz or 48khzMax Length: 15 mins (unverified), 11 hours (verified)Max Size: 128 GBBitrate Recommendations:Via YouTube Stats PageIdeal Length: Around 3 MinutesAccording to a study done by ComScore, the average YouTube video length is 4.4 minutes long. This is consistent with an in-depth study done by Wistia (another video hosting site) that has more control on its numbers. The Wistia report goes on to detail the engagement percentages and its steady drop off as videos get longer and longer.Both studies by Stark Insider TV and AdWeek came up with similar 3.5 and 3 minute numbers for their recommendations as well. Overall, YouTube has communities that can thrive at much longer lengths (especially compared to Facebook), but overall follow the same rules of engagement fall off and distraction-prone audiences that push the needle to keep videos as short as their content allows them to be.Voice and StyleIt’s difficult to sum up YouTube as having any uniform voice or style. That being said, YouTube is very much a community-based platform that offers many different communities and familiar styles within. YouTube videos are often clicked through on the side bar which auto-plays after completion of a video — hence a heavy emphasis on video names and cover images. Unlike Facebook (while similar to Vimeo), videos load with sound on, but often include short ads which either have to be watched through or waited on until a “skip” button is counted down.Examples of YouTube Videos 3. VimeoVimeo, while not totaling nearly one tenth of the audience as Facebook or YouTube, has still built a very strong and reputable audience that caters more directly to the indie film community and those looking for a higher quality brand in terms of content and style. Vimeo is often the preferred choice of video professionals looking to share their videos (publicly or privately) at the highest quality possible.Upload SpecsFormat: H.264Aspect Ratio: 16:9 most common, but accepts all ratiosFrame Rate: 60fps and lowerAudio: AAC-LC, 320 kbit/s, 48khzMax Length: No limit, data basedMax Size: 500MB a week (non-Plus account), 5GB a week (Plus account)Bitrate Recommendations:Ideal Length: 3 to 5 Minutes+Ideal Vimeo video length is a little tricker to quantify than YouTube or Facebook. In contrast to YouTube and Facebook, Vimeo doesn’t really operate in a click-baity way at all. It is fully community based where you can expect to watch videos from people you know, or to share professional reels or videos with specific audiences. Video lengths vary project to project and are usually viewed by parties with vested interests.However, the common sense rules still apply. Videos that go 15 minutes or longer are not going to be watchable for many people on busy schedules. A quick look through the last few pages of Vimeo Staff Picks reveal that most of the videos sit between 3-5 minutes, with a few outliners being 10 or 15 minutes or longer.Voice and StyleVimeo’s voice is very much in line with that of its audience. The filmmakers on Vimeo tend to reward storytelling, cinematography, and creativity. Animation and motion design are also very highlighted with reels and narrative shorts. In contrast to YouTube and Facebook, Vimeo gives videos a chance to breath with simple layouts that focus on the video. They also don’t force you to watch advertisements.MavSocial put together a nice infographic for those who are looking to decide between Vimeo and YouTube, which you can view here.Examples of Vimeo Videos
Narain Karthikeyan may have to look beyond Formula One in the 2013 season, and one option could well be the IndyCar Series in the United States.As the Indian speed king finished 21st in the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit on Sunday, there were mixed reactions.A problem with the brakes meant he had to be careful with his car in the closing stages. But given the dynamics of Formula One in the next season, sources indicated that Narain could well look at Indy racing as a second option.While Narain has categorically stated that he is happy with the Hispania Racing Team (HRT) after having spent two seasons there, the value of racing for a back-of-the-grid team will be evaluated by his sponsors.Another factor which comes into play is the sponsorship money which drivers have to fork out for lower-budgeted teams in Formula One.Insiders say that for the 2012 season, Narain did not pay money to HRT. However, given the current economic situation around the globe, HRT may well look at a driver bringing in a good sponsorship package. As of now, it is more or less confirmed that Pedro de la Rosa will be the main driver and the seasoned pro doesn’t need to bring in any sponsorship.So it means the second HRT driver will need to back himself with sponsorship as these days even in middle-segment Formula One teams, seats are paid for. There is no doubting in terms of star value, what Formula One means to Indian fans is huge and Indy racing doesn’t have a similar following.Then again, even in Indy racing, though drivers have to bring in a sponsorship package, the amounts are not as high as Formula One.Speaking to Mail Today , Narain said: “Formula One remains top priority and my sponsors Tata have been backing me all along. “He refused to comment on the Indy racing possibility.At 35, though Narain still has the pace and is physically fit, finding a seat with a team better than HRT is impossible. However, for any racing driver, it’s very important to be competing, whatever be the championship. And that’s why Indy racing seems a possibility.advertisement
Becky LynchBrock LesnarCharlotte FlairKevin Owens First Published: November 19, 2019, 11:44 AM IST With barely six days left for WWE Survivor Series 2019, Monday night’s go-home edition of Raw saw some important storyline developments. The evening also saw WWE NXT continue with their invasion on the other brands. The evening saw some amazing in-ring action from Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, while Seth Rollins too had an interesting match against Andrade. Kevin Owens was issued an invitation by Triple H to join WWE NXT, while the match for the WWE Championship between Brock Lesnar and Rey Mysterio got all the more interesting, thanks to a new stipulation.Becky Lynch started off the evening with an in-ring promo, where she said she did not care about brand supremacy and that of someone wanted a fight, there was no need to wait till Survivor Series. Her promo was interrupted by the IIconics who were upset at being left off from the Survivor Series team for Raw. Charlotte Flair soon entered the picture, revealing she was the captain of the match at the pay-per-view. A tag team match between the four saw Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch defeat The IIconics via submission when Flair made Billie Kay tap to the Figure Eight. Following the match, Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke hit the ring and attacked The IIconics. As Lynch and Flair ran in for the save, they escaped. Flair and Lynch tried to follow them, but were stopped by the security, one of whom received a punch from Lynch.👊 #TheMan PACKS A PUNCH. 👊#RAW @BeckyLynchWWE pic.twitter.com/7hTNrwHU6X— WWE (@WWE) November 19, 2019 The evening also saw Seth Rollins defeat Andrade via disqualification when Lucha House Party invaded on SmackDown’s behalf and attacked Rollins on the outside. They turned their attention to Andrade next, but Rollins and the former were able to fight them off.The evening also saw Triple H try to recruit his former NXT champion back to the brand, which led to an all-out brawl when a group of stars led by Cedric Alexander and Ricochet emerged to fight the NXT stars surrounding Owens.Here’s what else happened on Monday Night Raw:- Humberto Carrillo defeated Karl Anderson via pinfall.- Bobby Lashley defeated No Way Jose.- Buddy Murphy defeated Akira Tozawa via pinfall.- Erick Rowan defeated Alex Malcolm.- Asuka defeated Natalya via pinfall.The evening also saw The Viking Raiders versus Randy Orton and Ricochet for the Raw Tag team Championship end in no contest when a slew of SmackDown stars rushed the ring and attacked all four competitors. They were soon followed by NXT stars. Raw stars, led by Rollins joined the brawl too, but NXT eventually won with their numbers. Triple H issued a statement from the ring, saying they will prove NXT to be the superior brand on Survivor Series as well as saying that the doors to NXT will be open for Raw and SmackDown stars and they are welcome to bring everything they have on Wednesday.In a separate segment, Paul Heyman appeared on screen and proposed the WWE title match on Sunday will now be no holds barred and no disqualification, which Mysterio accepted. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com 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.
Barcelona and coach Luis Enrique have agreed to put off talks on a contract extension until early next year, club President Josep Maria Bartomeu said. (Ivan Rakitic header earns Barcelona victory in Bilbao)Luis Enrique is in his third season in charge of Barca and recently said he would only consider his future at the end of the campaign when his current deal runs out. (Barcelona capture Portugal’s Andre Gomes from Valencia)BARCA WANT ENRIQUE TO STAYBarca are determined to keep the 46-year-old, who has won eight trophies out of a possible 10 in his two years as coach, beyond next year.”We will not discuss Luis Enrique’s renewal now or at Christmas,” Bartomeu told local radio station Catalunya radio.”The right time will be in February or March as he said that he didn’t want to talk about it until the end of the season. (Neymar signs five-year contract extension with Barcelona)”Now we are thinking about the domestic league and the Champions League.”Luis Enrique, a former Barca player, won the treble in his first season at the Nou Camp and in his second they successfully defended the La Liga title and retained the King’s Cup.NEW DEALS FOR MESSI, SUAREZBarca are also planning to offer new deals to forwards Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, and midfielder Ivan Rakitic before the end of the year.Croatian Rakitic is under contract until June 2019, just like Uruguayan Suarez, who scored 40 goals in La Liga last season to win golden boot as Europe’s leading scorer for the second time in his career.advertisementMessi is Barca’s all-time top scorer and his deal expires in June 2018.”We will speak to Messi just as we will talk to Suarez and Rakitic,” Bartomeu said. “We will do so in the next few months because we want them to renew their contracts.”No player is more precious for Barca than the 29-year-old Messi, who is under contract until June 2018.”Leo is the world number one,” Bartomeu said. “Leo is very strong, he is a winner and he has come back better than ever.”He is looking forward to making the fans happy.”
Premier League Guardian Sport Network Twitter Reuse this content Solly March in action for Brighton against Liverpool at Anfield. Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images Players need character to step down the pyramid and they often have to adapt to a new style. “Category 1 Under-23 football is technically geared towards Premier League football, not necessarily League One or Two,” says Rusk, who spent much of his playing career in non-League. “I understand why a League Two manager would show up to watch a centre-half and leave saying: ‘I know this kid can play out from the back but I don’t know if he can head it.’ But how much heading does a Premier League centre-half have to do?” Share on Messenger Pinterest Having spent a couple of decades playing and coaching, Rusk knows talent is not always enough for players to break through. “I don’t expect every Under-23s player to have a career in the game,” he says. “You could be in the game at 22 and find yourself out of it at 24 if you’re not careful. You have to deal with pressure and public criticism. The public only see the highs. Everyone has periods of dealing with adversity. The difference in professional sport is a lot of other people have an opinion on you. That starts at 23s level: games are on TV and club websites, fans talk about these players and it goes from internal opinions to external ones. It’s just another step of the filter system. How many people have an opinion on the performance of Joe Bloggs working in a bank? The spotlight is not for everyone. Football is not for everyone. It’s tough.”Next man upThe England Under-20s squad who are now in France for the Toulon Tournament will be more familiar to Championship and Under-23 watchers than Premier League fans. While Arsenal’s Joe Willock goes from a Europa League final cameo in Baku to the south of France, none of England’s three Chelsea players featured for the Blues this season. Among the eight players from Championship clubs are QPR playmaker Ebere Eze (who was released by Fulham at 16 and Millwall at 18) and teenage Brentford keeper Ellery Balcombe. David Hirst’s son George – currently at Belgian club Leuven after coming through at Sheffield Wednesday – also features, along with Burnley starlet Dwight McNeil.Rewind to … 1977The Football League season went on unusually late in 1977. My Dad was a regular linesman in the Mid-Week Football League, a long-lost reserves competition for clubs in London and Home Counties, and has stories to tell from near-empty night games at Griffin Park, The Den, Brisbane Road and so on. In May 1977 at Vicarage Road, he had the unenviable task of keeping up with future England international Luther Blissett, aged 19, on Watford reserves’ left wing against Cambridge. A year after being the Hornets’ Player of the Year, talismanic centre-forward Ross Jenkins was only on the bench. The following season, under their new manager Graham Taylor, Watford won the Fourth Division with Jenkins and Blissett beginning their prolific strike partnership.Fantasy footballBayern Munich and Dinamo Zagreb ultras had a night out at The Den last month, making a right racket in the upper tier of the main stand at the otherwise deserted ground. They descended on Bermondsey as Millwall was the neutral host venue for the Premier League’s International Cup Final, which made more sense when Reading and Southampton were in the semi-finals. Bayern’s Under-23s won a scrappy game 2-0 in front of drummers, serial flag-wavers and a few dozen bemused scouts searching for a European bargain import.Remember me?This year’s reserve team honours board may hint at which familiar past players are potential managerial stars of the future. England one-cap wonder David Unsworth won the Premier League 2 First Division and Cup double with Everton Under-23s, and former Wales defender Rob Edwards is showing promise having coached Wolves to the PL2 second division title.Wigan’s development squad won the Central League North under former Plymouth forward Nick Chadwick; Bournemouth Under-21s, under ex-Cherries defender Shaun Cooper, lifted the Central League Cup; Marcelo Bielsia’s assistant, Carlos Corberán, coached Leeds Under-23s to the PDL championship as they beat Birmingham on penalties in front of a passionate 7,818 at Elland Road; and fellow Spaniard Edu Rubio led MK Dons reserves to the Central League South title.Follow Gavin Willacy and Playing in the Shadows on Twitter Topics The Swedish fourth-tier club packed full of young English footballers Share on WhatsApp Watford Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Having promoted young players in his previous roles at Östersund and Swansea City, new Brighton manager Graham Potter may look to the club’s talented academy players to bring new life to a squad that struggled to stay in the Premier League. However, Brighton under-23s boss Simon Rusk, recognises that most of the young players at the club will never grace the Premier League. His job is about far more than producing top-flight footballers.“My ultimate role,” says Rusk, “is fine-tuning someone to be available for the first-team manager to select. My next role is for players who are just falling short of that: can I help that process for the club to sell someone? And if not, can they have a football career somewhere? And finally, can they walk out the door having still learned some life skills? We want them to look back and say it was still beneficial.”Rusk oversaw the late blossoming of Solly March from sixth-form pupil to Premier League starter in less than two years, but Hughton was reluctant to promote too many youngsters. “I can’t blame him for not giving younger players an opportunity,” says Rusk. “To play a young player you’ve got to put three, four or five noses out of joint in the dressing room. So, unless it’s an absolute screaming talent, it’s a hard thing to do. You need to keep all your squad happy as you are going to war once or twice a week. It’s incredibly tough in the Premier League as there’s millions of pounds resting on every finishing position.”March was given his chance when Brighton were in the Championship. Would he have been picked during a Premier League relegation battle? “Who knows? Maybe he would because he’s good enough, but it’s certainly a harder gap to bridge.”Brighton’s Under-23s finished third in the Premier League 2 this season, but the young Seagulls won’t assume anything. “For some of our players, the perceived gap between 23s and getting in the first team has got a lot bigger and, with that, there is a naturally enhanced level of disillusion in one or two of them,” says Rusk.“We don’t hold the motivating carrot of first-team football here. Our players realise that, so you’ve got to find the right level of honesty so people realise what their next step is and keep motivated, but at the same time not cutting off the dream. It might mean going out on loan, but you have to be mature enough as a player and be ready as a character to accept the reality of the situation.” Read more Football Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest features Brighton & Hove Albion Share via Email
Napoli striker Llorente fancies Spurs revenge on Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFernando Llorente is up for Napoli’s Champions League opener against Liverpool.The former Tottenham striker says he’ll be ready should he be called upon.He said, “My second match with Napoli and immediately I find the Champions League finalist who beat us in the final. I can’t wait to play and help the team, if I have the opportunity. “We have the dream of giving 100%, Liverpool started the championship in incredible form, the most important thing when we meet teams like this is that we don’t make mistakes, Liverpool have players with so much quality, it’s very strong on the break, they don’t make mistakes. We have to be very careful and play a great game, giving the maximum, each one of us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)The NCAA Tournament Round of 32 is poised to have a substantial Big Ten flavor to it. Seven of the eight teams that secured bids to the tournament have made it to the second round, but that’s not the only achievement the conference has pulled off this year.Per Minnesota assistant athletic director Paul Rovnak, several of the Big Ten teams that are moving onto the next round had equally strong seasons in college football. In fact, three of the seven Big Ten teams playing this weekend also won a college football bowl game.Minnesota won the opening NCAA Tournament game with an upset of No. 7 Louisville. That win followed a victory over another ACC team, Georgia Tech, in the Quick Lane Bowl back in December. The Golden Gophers football team finished the year at 7-6.Big Ten schools to win a bowl game and an NCAA tournament game.Minnesota IowaOhio State— Paul Rovnak (@paulrovnak) March 23, 2019Iowa beat No. 7 Cincinnati in a 79-72 upset on Friday. The Iowa football team similarly got their bowl win in a 27-22 upset over No. 18 Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.And, of course, there’s no way we can forget to mention Ohio State, who upset No. 6 Iowa State in the First Round. In Urban Meyer’s final year at the helm for the Buckeyes football team, they went 13-1, capped off by huge wins over Michigan, Northwestern, and Washington to win the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl.The other four Big Ten teams entering the Second Round either lost their bowl game (Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue), or failed to make it there (Maryland).Wisconsin was the only Big Ten team that failed to win a game in the First Round.Even so, to have three teams that are able to dominate on the football field as well as the basketball court is a pretty remarkable accomplishment.The Big Ten Conference has a lot to be proud of, and we aren’t even mid-way through the NCAA Tournament yet.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A detail view of a Notre Dame Fighting Irish players helmet showing the CFP logo during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the Clemson Tigers at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are coming off an undefeated regular season in 2018. A blowout loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff ended their season, though.The Fighting Irish are hoping to get back to the CFP this year. To begin that quest, they’ll have to take care of Louisville on Monday night. The game will cap what has been a great opening weekend of college football.Ahead of the match-up, Notre Dame’s social media team has released an epic hype video for their season opener. Whether you’re a fan of the team or not, it’s bound to give you goose-bumps.The video is narrated by Notre Dame team captain and safety Jalen Elliot. The start of the video highlights many of the critics who have doubted the Fighting Irish. But Elliot acknowledges the team’s effort to fight back.“We climbed the mountain, then we fell,” Elliott says in the video, referring to Notre Dame’s playoff loss to Clemson in 2018. “And when you fall, you don’t stay down, you get right back up.”https://twitter.com/NDFootball/status/1168271129611358208The video is unique in the sense it doesn’t just show the good, but also highlights the bad.“Put the past, and I mean all the past — good, bad, great, ugly — put it to rest,” Elliot says. “Focus on right now. We’ve got the players and you know we’ve got the coach … There’s only one thing to do. Win it all.”Notre Dame and Louisville kick off inside Cardinal Stadium at 8 PM ET. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Following the three-day intense consultations last week on the country’s performance over the past year, Cabinet this morning (January 21) began specific deliberations on the upcoming budget.The Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, will meet for the next two days on the matter.During last week’s sessions, Cabinet Ministers engaged in discussions concerning numerous issues of national interest.Presentations were made by key agencies such as the National Water Commission, the National Works Agency and HOPE.Ministers also made presentations on the operation of their Ministries and matters that require immediate action from the Government.Additionally, reports were given on the direction of the various ministries. Cabinet members also identified areas that require greater collaboration to maximize performance and service delivery.The consultations are being held as the Parliamentary year comes to a close.On Tuesday and Wednesday, Cabinet will continue to review the country’s economic performance over the past year and will look to finalise the economic priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.
Joyce Barkhouse, Bridgewater, Lunenburg Co. Peter Clarke, Woodville, Kings Co. Thomas De Vany Forrestall, Dartmouth, Halifax Regional Municipality Flora MacDonald, North Sydney, Cape Breton Regional Municipalty,(Ottawa) William Stanish, Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality Nova Scotians interested in viewing the 2007 Order of Nova Scotia investiture ceremony will be able to watch it live on television and the Internet. Legislative Television will broadcast the ceremony on EastLink channel 10 and EastLink Digital Cable channel 95 beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. This year’s Order of Nova Scotia recipients are: The ceremony will also be available live on the provincial government website at www.gov.ns.ca . More information about the recipients can be found on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/prot/2007recipients.htm .
Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsAn Ojibway teen is sleeping in the stairwell of the Rideau Centre parking garage in downtown Ottawa after aging out of his group home.It’s better than the shelters says the 18-year-old.He was dropped off at the Ottawa Mission shelter a few weeks after he turned 18 on March 1 by staff of the Ottawa group home he was living in operated by Mary Homes.The teen said he didn’t stay at the Mission long before finding a little nook on the top floor of the Rideau Centre’s parking garage.“Ever since then I have been coming here to sleep,” said the young man, who APTN National News can’t identify because he is on extended care with his child welfare agency. For this story APTN is calling him Jason.When it gets too cold at night Jason might go to the Salvation Army shelter a few blocks away but prefers his perch in the stairwell that overlooks Nicholas Street.“It’s a nice spot, overall,” he said.During the day he hangs out in the Rideau Centre using the mall’s free WiFi to stay connected with friends as APTN learned the mall is a popular spot for kids living in group homes in Ottawa.He knows them and they know him – not just because he was once one of them but because a couple months ago he saved the life of a 13-year-old girl who ran away from her group home.That girl was Amy Owen who has been in the news recently for being one of three First Nations girls to die Ontario group homes in the last six months.Amy Owen, 13, is suspected of dying from suicide at an Ottawa group home on April 17.Owen was living in Mary Homes group home when she died in the east end of Ottawa.It’s also the same home where a 16-year-old Ojibway girl had been living at when APTN spoke to her at Rideau Centre on Thurday.“Amy and I were really close. We were like sisters,” said the girl who APTN can’t identify as she is ward of the state.Owen’s room was right above hers.Each morning she would knock on the ceiling and Owen would knock back to let her know she was awake. They’d come out of their rooms and meet at the stairs and hug.The day after Owen is suspected of dying by suicide in the home the 16-year-old knocked on the ceiling like she always had.She had forgotten Owen had died.“I burst into tears,” she said, adding she ran away shortly after that.This is the 16-year-old girl who says she ran away from the group home after Amy Owen is believed to have died by suicide.APTN confirmed with Ottawa police a missing person’s report was filed in her name but she was located a day later.She said she talked to her social worker and told her she is staying with a friend until they find a new group home.She remembers when Jason saved Owen’s life.Owen had ran away and Jason tracked her down on Montreal Road near St. Laurent Blvd. where she was running into traffic trying to commit suicide.“It is true. He found her and took good care of her,” said the 16-year-old.“I stopped her from jumping in front of a car,” said Jason. “I told her if she killed herself she would be hurting people around her rather than just herself.”He said he saw Owen a couple weeks later and she thanked him for saving her.It was the last time he saw her. She died April 17.Owen, Jason and the 16-year-old are all from the Kenora area, near the Ontario/Manitoba border. Each were placed in Ottawa group homes by Indigenous child service agencies that operate under the Ontario government.APTN spoke to Jason’s former child worker with the Weechi-it-te-win Family Services in the Kenora area.Andrew Letander said he traveled to Ottawa about a month ago to see if Jason would return back to Kenora but he refused.“I did go there and he did not want to go back with me,” he said. “He said he had it all planned out.”Letander said he is aware that Mary Homes dropped Jason off at the Mission.Letander said it was explained to Jason that the group home needed his bed for other children, as most kids in the home were much younger than Jason.Letander said Jason is on what’s called “extended care maintenance,” which he will be on until he’s 21 unless he decides he doesn’t want to be, which he’d then need to follow steps to do.Jason up on his perch in the Rideau Centre parking lot stairwell.When he turned 18 he got a new worker that specializes in youth transitioning out of group homes but that worker has been on sick leave for a month said Letander.“I gave him a heads up about what was going to be happening when he turned 18 and Mary Homes gave him a heads up on that, (too),” he said.Letander said Jason is supposed to receive food assistance funding every month but they don’t have an address to send the cheques.Jason has no parents to go home to. Both his parents died when he was a young child – his mom from suicide and his dad from cancer.“He’s been bounced around from group home to group home all his life,” said Letander. “I am worried about him.”As for Jason he said he’d like to finish school, as he only has his Grade 9, and go to college.But that seems like a million miles away from his perch in the Rideau Centre mall.He went to go get a Social Insurance Number Friday so he could at least get a job but was told he needed his birth certificate.Service Canada wouldn’t accept only his status card.He’d also like to do something else.“I’d like to shut group homes down,” he said.Mary Homes didn’t respond to questions by the time this story was firstname.lastname@example.org
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Six suspects have been arrested over the attack on the Fashion Bug warehouse at Pepiliyana, the government information department said today quoting the police.Well over 500 people were involved in the attack, initially on a car sales center and then on the Fashion Bug warehouse next door at Pepiliyana, on Thursday night. The Bodu Bala Sena has denied responsibility over the attack on Fashion Bug. Addressing the media yesterday the monks said that they condemn the incident and want the police to arrest those responsible. (Colombo Gazette) The government had yesterday warned of attempts to create instability in Sri Lanka by stirring religious hatred among communities. Army, police Special Task Force members and riot police were deployed to the area to bring the situation under control. A statement by the government information department urged the public to exercise caution and avoid falling prey to rumors. The statement also said that both local and foreign elements were attempting to disturb the peace in Sri Lanka.The government said attempts are also being made to harm Sri Lanka’s good image overseas. The statement was made in light of the attack on the ‘Fashion Bug’ warehouse at Pepiliyana.
Careless disposal of smoking material is to blame for a fire in the Hamilton’s east end on July 21st.Emergency crews were called to a two and a half story home on Gage Avenue South just before 4:30 in the morning.Police placed tape marks in the area where the fire started on the upper level back deck. Broken windows and charred fencing show the damage.Hamilton Fire says the bulk of the blaze was contained to the deck. All residents were outside when crews arrived.There were no injuries reported and damage is estimated at $50,000.
VANCOUVER – Lululemon Athletica Inc. says its third quarter net income fell by 12 per cent to US$53.2 million and the clothing retailer has lowered its revenue and profit expectations for its current financial year.The Vancouver-based company, which reports its results in U.S. currency, says overhead expenses and the cost of goods sold rose faster than revenue, which was up 14.4 per cent to US$479.7 million from $419.4 million last year.Lululemon’s cost of goods rose 22.4 per cent compared with last year’s third quarter to $254.9 million while selling, general and administration expenses rose 20.5 per cent to $156.6 million.Its profit for the quarter ended Nov. 1 amounted to 38 cents per share, down from 42 cents per share a year earlier. Excluding favourable tax-related items, Lululemon’s proft would have been 35 cents per share.The company say its full-year revenue estimate has been lowered to between $2.025 billion and $2.040 billion, which reduced the top end of the range by $15 million.Lululemon is also lowering its full-year earnings estimate to between $1.81 and $1.84 per share, including the favourble tax items, compared with the previous estimate of between $1.87 and $1.92 per share. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 9, 2015 5:20 am MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2015 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lululemon third-quarter profit shrinks 12%, full-year estimates revised lower
With just under 30 seconds to go, Ohio State sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop hit a corner 3-pointer to cut 10th-ranked Virginia’s lead to just three points, 61-58. But after not being able to steal the ensuing inbounds pass, the Buckeyes were forced to foul, sending the Cavaliers to the free-throw line. Virginia cashed in on a pair, eventually dodging the upset bid from OSU to win 64-58. The loss drops OSU to 2-4 on the season, while also giving the Buckeyes just their fourth four-game losing streak since the turn of the century. Virginia moves to 6-1 after the victory.OSU had three players in double-figures, highlighted by forward Marc Loving’s 19 points on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting, including netting three of his six 3-point tries. The junior forward also chipped in five rebounds. Joining Loving in double figures was Bates-Diop, with 15 points, powered by him shooting 3-of-6 from deep, and sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate with a dozen. Tate added eight rebounds, five of which came in the second half. Although they might have picked up the loss, the Buckeyes churned in, arguably, their best performance of the season.“I definitely think we’ve gotten better,” Tate said. “It just seems like all our games come down to the wire. We just have to figure out a way to bring it home. We’re so close.”One of the main reasons why the Buckeyes could not bring it home was the performance of Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon. The redshirt senior guard led the way for his team, scoring 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including six 3-pointers. It seemed that as soon as OSU would close the gap, Brogdon would be there to hit a big shot to swing momentum back toward the Cavaliers. “That kid is one of the best players, honestly, I’ve seen,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “He’s so patient, he’s so smooth, he’s so efficient when he plays … when he made his first couple shots, I was so like, ‘Oh boy, here we go.’” As Matta mentioned, Brogdon got out to a hot start, scoring nine of Virginia’s first 13 points. But after being down 13-6, the Buckeyes climbed back into with an 8-2 run to make it a one-point game. The Cavaliers seized momentum back from the Scarlet and Gray from there to go up 26-17 with 2:39 left in the first half. The nine-point advantage was the game’s largest by either team, but instead of rolling over, the Buckeyes fought back to behind a personal five-point run from redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson. A key to the Buckeyes entering the locker room trailing by just two was their defense. OSU held Virginia to just 26 first-half points, a season-low, on 37 percent shooting. Freshman center Daniel Giddens was instrumental in the strong defensive showing, as any time a Cavalier player got into the paint, he was there to alter their shot. In the first half alone, he had three blocks. Because of his presence, Virginia often was passive, settling for jump shots. But for the Buckeyes, it turned out to be a double-edged sword, as the Cavaliers shot an efficient 4-of-9 from deep.“We haven’t gone against a team that is able to block shots like that yet,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said, adding, “When we’d try to go to the lane, they’d just block it.” In every one of OSU’s four losses, the game has been very close at halftime. In fact, it even led in two of the three prior to Tuesday’s matchup. However, the problem for the Buckeyes had been less-than-stellar second halves. Against Virginia, the opposite happened. Bates-Diop and Loving hit early 3-pointers to grab OSU its first lead since five minutes into the game. The cliché about basketball being a “game of runs” was definitely true in the second half, as the team’s traded runs for much of the final 20 minutes. “I just think that we were hungry for a win — everybody, coaching staff, teammates,” Tate said about finally having a strong second half. “I feel like that was the key. Everybody was locked in.” OSU’s final lead came with 13:20 left in the game, but it had multiple trips to the offensive end where it could’ve taken the lead or tied the contest. Loving hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to cut Virginia’s lead to just one point with just over eight minutes left to play. The Buckeyes forced a missed shot by the Cavaliers on the ensuing possession, give them a chance to grab the lead. Instead, freshman guard JaQuan Lyle kept up with what has been plaguing OSU all season long: turning the ball over after dribbling into traffic. In those critical moments, the young Buckeyes just continued to come up short. As for why, Matta said he was clueless. “I don’t know,” the coach said, chuckling. “That one I don’t know the answer to. You look at this team and just how few a plays away we are from turning the corner.” And against the Cavaliers, it was certainly just a few plays here and there that, had they gone the other way, perhaps OSU would be celebrating its upset. Because of just how close it was, Loving said the loss leaves him with mixed emotions. “It’s bittersweet,” he said. “It’s bitter because we lost but it feels good to know that we’re getting better each and every game to the point where we’re able to compete with top-10 teams. “We’re just taking each day in practice to get better and prepare for our next opponent.”That next opponent is a team from the same commonwealth as the Cavaliers, in the Virginia Military Institute. The Buckeyes and the Keydets are scheduled to be in action at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday inside the Schottenstein Center. OSU freshman guard Austin Grandstaff (3) dribbles around Virginia’s Malcom Brogdon during a game on Dec. 1 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 58-64. Credit: Bree Williams | Lantern Photographer
Since the beginning of collegiate athletics and the birth of the NCAA, a war has been waging.Should student athletes be paid?These players, particularly in football and basketball, help bring in potentially millions of dollars at major universities, but because of NCAA restrictions, they are unable to profit from this themselves.But if they want to make money, and have the talents to do so, why can’t they just skip a level and head straight to the professional ranks? Nothing is making these student athletes attend college, right?Again the NCAA rears its ugly head.Although certain sports like baseball and soccer currently have no restrictions on when an athlete can start making money in their given field, basketball players have the option to be “one-and-done” and head to the NBA after their freshman year, and football players can leave campus after three years.ESPN reported that Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Wednesday that the idea of forcing athletes to attend a university before they go into the field is ludicrous.“Maybe in football and basketball, it would work better if more kids had a chance to go directly into the professional ranks. If they’re not comfortable and want to monetize, let the minor leagues flourish,” Delany said.These years spent in college are often for the protection of the players, and it would be incredibly difficult for a player to make the jump directly from high school to the NFL due to the change in speed. I tend to agree with Delany.Before the NCAA and NBA implemented the rules in basketball that forced a player to wait at least a year before joining the league in 2005, there were numerous athletes who made the jump and succeeded. Players like Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in 1996, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard in 2004 and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett in 1995 have all been perennial All-Stars since joining the league. Not to mention the fact that Miami Heat forward Lebron James in 2003 will go down as one of the greatest players in the history of the game without ever playing a minute of college basketball.Sure for every Lebron there is a Kwame Brown, center for the Philadelphia 76ers, that cannot cope with the speed and physicality, but they should be allowed to take that risk themselves.If a player judges they are capable of holding their own in the league, that should be their choice and theirs alone, not one of a larger governing body.In most other fields, this sort of thing would come off as utterly ludicrous. Imagine if Michael J. Fox or Justin Timberlake were forced to postpone their careers in entertainment for a couple of years because a group decided they needed the experience college could grant them.Even if a player does have that extra experience, there is no guarantee they will become a star. Former Ohio State center Greg Oden is considered one of the NBA’s biggest busts because of suffering through a multitude of knee injuries. Oden even spent his required year in college instead of just jumping straight from high school.While the discussion continues about whether or not players should be paid. it is time for a change in the NCAA rulebook.The removal of a player’s requirement to attend college will slow, at least partially, the number of scandals involving student athletes being compensated that have surfaced in recent years.Overall, a rule change would be beneficial to all parties involved, so it would only make sense if such a rule change were to be implemented.Delany said it best.“Why is it our job to be minor leagues for professional sports?”
Read more at PowerTrekk The PowerTrekk is a different type of portable charger. Developed by myFC, a fuel cell company based in Stockholm, the portable fuel cell charger can provide instant power to any mobile device from any location. It’s driven by fuel cell technology that converts hydrogen into electricity.The PowerTrekk is a 2-in-1 solution that offers both a portable battery pack and fuel cell. The battery pack on its own will provide an instant source of power to any mobile device or act as a storage buffer for the fuel cell.The fuel cell can also provide a charge from a depleted battery state without having to be plugged into the mains socket. All you need to do is insert a fuel pack and just add water! Devices can then be charged via a USB lead.Unlike solar power or rechargeable batteries the PowerTrekk seems to offer a better alternative as the fuel packs do not deplete as batteries do. Plus the process to convert the fuel cell into electricity is safe and eco-friendly, and the only bi-product is water vapor.Its light weight and waterproof casing also makes it ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. No price details as of yet but we will aim to update this post as soon as we get more info.Tech SpecsRated output: 5V, 1000 mA Rated input: 5V, 500 mA Internal buffer: Li-ion, 1600 mAh Fuel cell: PEM 4 cell unit 1000 mAh Charging input port: Micro USB Charging output port: USB-A
How to Stay Cybersecure for the HolidaysYou Know Your Smartphone is Spying on You, But It’s Worse Than You Think Quick, someone call G.O.B! Hackers might be able to remotely hijack his Segway if he doesn’t apply the latest security update.That’s assuming he upgraded from the older model he’d been riding on Arrested Development to the slick Segway MiniPro. See, a security researcher discovered some serious flaws in the scooter’s firmware. Thomas Killbride is an embedded device security consultant with IOActive. He’s also a fan (and owner) of the two-wheeled people mover.As soon as he got his hands on it, Killbride did what any security pro would. He started probing the Segway and its companion mobile app for vulnerabilities. The connected scooter’s companion app already allowed owners to drive them around like an RC car. That got Killbride’s wheels turning.Shortcomings in the Bluetooth implementation granted Killbride the elevated access he needed. Since the MiniPro didn’t verify the authenticity of firmware uploads, he was able to inject modified firmware and remotely mess with a MiniPro. Killbride learned he could remotely hack into anyone’s MiniPro and take over the controls.It’s definitely fun to watch it happen in IOActive’s demo video. Out on the streets, however, a hacker who wanted to could cause an unsuspecting rider to swerve into traffic or throw on the breaks and send him or her flying face-first into the pavement.The good news here is that IOActive informed Ninebot, the Chinese company that now owns Segway, and they’ve released updated firmware that tightens up the MiniPro’s security. Among the changes: it actually verifies that firmware updates come from Ninebot now (and not just whoever figured out how to upload one to the scooter). It also killed a potentially very creepy social location sharing feature.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target