Going Tiny: Living Simpler and the Benefits for Military Families

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionPixabay[Tiny House on Wheels, by Viscious-Speed, June 1, 2019, CC0]When searching for our first home, my wife and I made a list of “must haves” and established a budget. It was important for us to have a house that fit our short term needs, while honoring our long term goals. Having always viewed our parents’ homes as our “home base,” we considered what it would look like to go “tiny.”So what makes a house considered “tiny”? A tiny home can be described as any home smaller than 500 square feet. This trend has been going on for several years now and has been a great alternative for those who want both personal and financial freedom.Families across the globe are going tiny and it may benefit some military families to get in on the action! Imagine for a moment, your family just received orders to PCS. Your next adventure is about to begin, in a new city a couple hundred miles away. In true seasoned home-makers fashion, your family prepares for the big transition. Indulge me in imagining a “move” where you can take your house with you.Tiny living is not avant-garde for military families. This blog, from military spouse Lauren Lomsdale, describes the adventure of trading in 4,500 square feet for a micro home and embracing military-family-friendly-tiny living. Lauren shares, “Although I loved our beautiful 4,500-square-foot home nestled in the backwoods of Virginia, I can say for certain now that I wouldn’t go back. Bigger doesn’t always mean better, and in military life I feel like having less stuff is the way to go. After all, that means you just have less boxes to unpack at your next duty station.”Decreasing your unpacking time isn’t the only advantage to going tiny. Going “tiny” could help military families:Save moneyCultivate togethernessHave more time for all the little thingsThe tiny house movement has not only caught on for active duty military families, but also for veteran communities looking for stable housing.One tiny house nation that has caught the attention of many, is the community built by the Veterans Community Project, offering stability for more than fifty unhoused veterans in Kansas City, MO.While my wife and I found a home that is not technically considered “tiny,” we are still pursuing an intentionally simpler life.  Tiny living may not be feasible for everyone – but the essence of tiny living can bring families closer together no matter where you live or how much square footage you have. The “tiny” movement has gained quite a bit of traction in the United States, particularly for individuals and families, looking to downsize. Many tiny homes pack a punch and include all the modern conveniences and even the aesthetic of a regular home. The possibilities are endless for military families looking to go tiny.For more info on life events, such as home-buying and relocation, tune into our archived webinar,  “Financial Planning for Life Events.” This webinar is part our MFLN Family Finances Series in which CEU opportunities are still available.Also, you can watch the recording for “Home Is Where Your Heart Is“, another MFLN webinar related to relocation transitions for military families with kids. This webinar is part of our larger Kids Serve Too Series, in collaboration with Sesame Street for Military Families. CEUs are available for this programming as well.ReferencesLomsdale, L. (2017). I Moved Into a Tiny House and I Love It. Military Spouse. Retrieved from: https://www.militaryspouse.com/spouse-101/at-home/i-moved-into-a-tiny-house-and-i-love-it/Veterans Community Project. (2019). Retrieved from: https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org/?utm_medium=googleThis post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Learn more about us at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/family-development, and connect with us on Facebook, and on Twitter.  Subscribe to our Anchored. podcast series on iTunes and via our podcast page. Moving Truck and Tiny House Trailer By: Jason M. Jowers, M.S. MFTlast_img read more

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After Effects Fundamentals Lesson 1: Welcome to AE

first_imgLearn the basics of After Effects in Lesson 1 of our 10 part After Effects Fundamentals course.For the new user, Adobe After Effects can seem like the most fun, mind-blowing, and complicated program ever created. AE gives users the ability to blend motion graphics with VFX and everything in-between. It has been used to create VFX on the biggest Hollywood films including Avatar and the Avengers, and it’s the go-to industry standard for motion graphic design. But for new users After Effects can be incredibly daunting. If you’re not familiar with terms like masks, keyframes, alpha-channels and rendering, navigating After Effects may seem impossible.Well lucky for you, we’re offering a free video tutorial series on After Effects Fundamentals. The 10 part course will be presented over the course of 10 weeks, with a new lesson posted every Monday until we are finished with the series. By the end of the series you should be ready to create amazing animations and VFX in After Effects. If you have any questions along the way I’ll be happy to answer them. Simply ask in the comments below.In this first lesson we will introduce you to the After Effects workflow and go over a few key concepts including:The After Effects interfaceEffectsSolids and layersAnimationRenderingWith a little determination you’ll be creating amazing animations in no time.Best viewed full screen:We will post new lessons every Monday for the next 10 weeks. Check the Premiumbeat blog for future lessons. And while you’re there you can watch more After Effects tutorials, read the latest filmmaking news and pick up some post-production tricks.What did you think of the first lesson? Have any questions? Ask in the comments below.last_img read more

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SAD names Jagir Kaur from Khadoor Sahib

first_imgThe Shiromani Akali Dal on Tuesday announced that Bibi Jagir Kaur, former president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, would be its candidate from the Khadoor Sahib parliamentary constituency.Jagir Kaur was a Cabinet Minister in the Akali Dal-led government in the State. She was acquitted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court last December in a case of forcible abortion and abduction of her daughter Harpreet Kaur, who had died under mysterious circumstances in April 2000. She had to resign as a Minister from the Akali-BJP government in 2012 after a CBI court sentenced her and three others to five years’ imprisonment.Addressing a rally in Tarn Taran, SAD president Sukhbir Badal said Bibi Jagir Kaur would be the voice of the people as well as the Sikh Panth in Parliament.Failed promises Mr. Badal accused the Congress government led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of failing to keep its promises made during the 2017 Assembly polls. “Never before had any political leader sworn on ‘Gutka Sahib’ at a public rally and then gone back on his words as Capt. Amarinder had on the issue of complete farm loan waiver as well as employment,” he alleged.“The Congress government has closed down all social welfare schemes,” Mr. Badal said, adding that the government had not paid ₹100 crore to brides from underprivileged sections of society. He said the government had also not paid old age pension to the tune of ₹1,140 crore.last_img read more

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Kids of high-skilled expats at risk of deportation from US

first_imgAt a time when the US Congress is debating the fate of hundreds of DREAMers, who had landed in America illegally with their parents, another section of young Indian immigrants find themselves is a similar quandary. However, this section belongs to a much privileged class as it includes the children of highly-skilled Indian parents who were warmly welcomed by the American employers. Their parents, who had migrated to the US legally, brought those skill-sets to America that could not be matched by American workers.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more

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SPORT-RESULT 7

first_img7th race: Malenahalli Plate (Div-I) 1200M: Regency7th race: Malenahalli Plate (Div-I) 1200M: Regency Girl (Vikram Singh) 57.5 Suraj 1, Love For Life 56.5 Nikhil Naidu 2, Rocket Punch 57.5 Ashad Asbar 3, A Crown 57 John 4. Not Run: Brunesco. 3 l, 1l, l. T: 1:15.98. Tote: Rs 27 (W). 14, 60, 19 (P). Fc: Rs 471. Q: Rs 427. Shp: Rs 218. Trinalla: Rs 1,373 & 456. Exacta: Rs 7,720 & 2,291. Fav: Regency Girl (Neil Darashah)(MORE)PTI COR RBSlast_img

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LG announces G7 One, G7 Fit smartphones with 6.1-inch QHD display and Quick Charge 3.0

first_imgOne of the biggest consumer electronics fests of the year– IFA 2018– is right around the corner and ahead of the mega event, tech companies have started introducing their latest innovations to the world. One company that has decided to cut the queue ahead of the tech convention is LG. Days before the event, the Korean electronics giant has announced the launch of two new variants of its premium flagship device- G7 One and G7 Fit.The two new phones are a tailored version of the company’s G7 ThinQ smartphone which was launched earlier this year. While most details remain the same, the key difference lies in the chipset, the camera setup and the storage space.Just like their parent flagship device, the two newly launched smartphones– G7 One and G7 Fit– sport a 6.1-inch quad HD Full Vision display with a resolution of 3120×1440 pixels. They are protected by IP68 dust and water resistant technology and come with military grade MIL-STD-810G certification.Another point of similarity is the battery. Both the variants feature a 3,000mAh non-removable Li-ion battery with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology.As far as the differences are concerned, while G7 One is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, G7 Fit comes with the chipset maker’s two year old SoC Snapdragon 821. In terms of the memory, both the smartphones sport 4GB RAM like their parent device. However, while G7 One is available with 32GB memory, G7 Fit is available in two memory variants– 32GB and 64GB.advertisementThe camera is another point of difference form the parent device. Unlike G7 ThinQ, which sports a dual rear camera setup, the two smartphones come with a single camera at the back. Both the smartphones sport a 16MP camera at the back and an 8MP camera in the front.While G7 One, which runs on Google’s Android One operating system, features a button dedicated for Google Assistant on the left side of the device below the volume control keys, G7 Fit lacks this functionality.Besides this, the two phones sport WiFi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and USB-C for connectivity and feature support for Hi-Fi Quad DAC and DTS:X audio technologies-all of which is similar to G7 ThinQ.last_img read more

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9 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp urged to forget about new centre-half signing

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp urged to forget about new centre-half signingby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp doesn’t need to buy a new centre-half this month.Klopp’s Liverpool team recorded an impressive win against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table. Injuries to Joel Matip and Joe Gomez left Liverpool short on central defensive options and forced Klopp to drop midfielder Fabinho back into defence. “Jurgen Klopp deserves a lot of credit for playing Fabinho at centre-back against Brighton & Hove Albion,” Cascarino wrote in his Times column. “I don’t understand why more teams don’t do something similar.“Yes he’s a defensive midfielder but they can do a job at the back. Most teams don’t play two strikers anyway these days and the likes of Fabinho, Nemanja Matic and Fernandinho could all do it. Liverpool don’t need to waste any money on a centre back this month. And, let’s face it, I could probably play alongside Virgil van Dijk.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer handed maiden call-up, Ben Stokes back as England vice-captain

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 16:08 IST Jofra Archer shone for England in their victorious World Cup 2019 campaign (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJofra Archer has been named in the squad for the 1st Ashes TestEngland have a problem of plenty when it comes to pace-bowling optionsEngland take on Australia in the 1st Ashes Test from August 1 in BirminghamEngland announced their 14-man squad for the 1st of the 5-match Ashes Test series against Australia on Saturday. Joe Root will be leading the hosts at Edgbaston in Birmingham from August 1.Fast bowler Jofra Archer, who shone with 20 wickets in England’s victorious World Cup campaign, has been handed a maiden Test call-up. Ben Stokes, who was stripped off vice-captaincy after Bristol street brawl in 2018, has been reappointed as the deputy to Joe Root.Pacer James Anderson, who missed the only Test against Ireland at Lord’s earlier this week with an injury, has been named in the squad.The fast bowler didn’t feature in England’s record win over Ireland earlier this week due to a left side strain but showed signs of form by taking 2 wickets for Sussex on Friday in the Vitality Blast. This means he will be in a contest for a spot in the playing XI with senior-pro James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who picked up 9 wickets at Lord’s against Ireland.Jack Leash, who won the Man of the Match award for his 92 as night-watchman against Ireland, misses out.England national selector Ed Smith explained that multiple injuries to bowlers were the reason England have opted for a 14-man squad.”Though it is unusual to select a squad of 14 for a home Test, there are compelling reasons to do so here,” said national selector Ed Smith.”Several bowlers are recovering from injuries or niggles. In addition, some bowlers who played in the World Cup are being closely monitored to assess their preparation for Test match cricket. The wider circumstances – a successful home World Cup campaign followed so quickly by a home Ashes series – are unprecedented.advertisement”It feels sensible to select an expanded squad and leave a number of bowling options open.”England 14-man squad for 1st Ashes Test: Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes (vice-captain), Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Joe Denly, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali, Olly Stone, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sam CurranAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Ashes 2019Follow Jofra ArcherFollow James AndersonFollow Ben StokesFollow England cricket team Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer handed maiden call-up, Ben Stokes back as England vice-captainAshes 2019: Jofra Archer has been handed his maiden Test call-up as England announced a 14-man squad for the 1st Test against Australia on Saturday. Fit-again pacer James Anderson returns to the side.advertisementlast_img read more

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BMW Debuts its Quickest Production Car Ever, the M4 GTS

first_img A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing BMW has unleashed its hardcore M4 GTS on the Japanese public at the Tokyo Motor Show. Designed as a successor to the 2010 M3 GTS, the M4 version lets you know it’s unique with bright orange accents and some aerodynamic flair.The M4 GTS has been engineered as a track-honed weapon without the comforts of rear seats (which have been replaced with a roll-cage) and with helpings of added downforce in the form of a front splitter and big rear spoiler. BMW also included an Alcantara wrapped steering wheel, carbon fiber sport seats, light alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, three-point seat belts, a lightweight center console, and pull loops that replace the door handles.This corner carver has the goods. In addition to its handling improvements, the M4 GTS uses a water injection system (the first ever on a production car) for the M4’s standard 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged straight-six cylinder engine. This results in a lower final compression temperature leading to higher boost pressure and therefore improved performance.How much improved performance? The M4 GTS makes an extra 60 horsepower and 50 newton meters of boost over the regular M4, meaning a total of 493 horses and 442 pound-feet of torque.Though enthusiasts might shed a tear, BMW will only offer the M4 GTS with a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Though it won’t be as much of a workout to hustle the super coupe around a circuit, you’ll be rewarded with a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph.BMW has declared the M4 GTS is the quickest production car it’s ever made, with a jaunt around the famed Nurburgring in just 7 minutes and 28 seconds, almost half a minute quicker than the normal M4. Thankfully, us Americans may have a chance (though not a favorable one) to see the M4 GTS on the streets as BMW will allocate some of its 700 planned production units for U.S. sales. The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Editors’ Recommendations Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66last_img read more

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Havyard Receives Funds for HydrogenPowered Project

first_imgzoomIllustration of the new Havila Kystruten ships; Image Courtesy: Havyard The Havyard project with Havila Kystruten on hydrogen-powered coastal route operations is to receive NOK 104.3 million (USD 12 million) in funding from Pilot-E.The company said that the initiative could result in vessels with up to five times longer zero-emission voyages than other existing or planned vessels.Pilot-E has stated that, with this, Havyard ASA is managing a project with ambitions to achieve zero-emission operations in the World Heritage Fjords and along parts of the new coastal route’s ordinary route, by combining batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.For several years, Havyard Group has been engaged in systematic development work and digitalisation to create greener vessels with ever decreasing energy consumption and environmentally harmful emissions.Now they have taken this work a big step further through the project FreeCO2ast. Kristian Steinsvik, head of Havyard’s R&D work, said that the project aims to develop a high-capacity hydrogen energy system and to start using it on board one of Havila Kystruten’s coastal route vessels.“This way, we can create the most environmentally friendly vessel on the Norwegian coast, and the project may also result in a technology shift in sea transport. Never before have had so many big vessels crossed such long distances with zero emissions as projected in our current plans.”The system will be installed on board and be in operation by the end of 2022.last_img read more

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Maritime Museum Launches Christmas at Sea and Holiday Donation Campaigns

first_img Theodore Tugboat and friends display in a wintery Halifax Harbour Merlin the rainbow macaw, always in colourful, festive fashion Teddy Bears Ahoy! our special holiday exhibit, from Dec. 12, 2015 to Feb. 14, 2016 LEGO: City by the Sea display and LEGO Model Competition for youth age 7 to 18 Maritime Museum of the Atlantic launches its annual Christmas at Sea program today, Nov. 18, with previews of holiday exhibits and charitable donation campaigns. “Individuals and families have made it a tradition to visit us over the holidays to see our special seasonal exhibits and support our charity drives,” said Kim Reinhardt, museum manager. “We’re excited to have our Teddy Bears Ahoy! exhibit with hundreds of bears loaned and donated from the public, something we haven’t done since 2002. This display will complement our annual LEGO display for quality family time during the holiday season.” The museum encourages families to bring a donation for its Mission to Seafarers shoebox program, or a toy for those less fortunate for the Boatload of Toys drive. The Boatload of Toys campaign will support Bryony House and Boys and Girls Clubs of Dartmouth and Halifax. The museum also partners with Mission to Seafarers for the annual Christmas shoebox program, which collects items into gift-wrapped shoeboxes for crews of visiting ships. “The warm generosity of the public in supporting our shoebox program helps Mission to Seafarers and the international crew members who work and transport our goods over the holidays,” said Matthew Hughson, visitor services staff member at the Maritime Museum. “We hope these donated items provide them with some comfort as a gesture of our appreciation.” The museum hopes to generate 100 shoeboxes of items to welcome them during their Maritime stay. With donations to either of the campaigns, the museum offers free family admission to explore the holiday sights and sounds, including: For more information about activities, go to http://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca . Like the Mission to Seafarers shoebox campaign at: https://www.facebook.com/maritimemuseum/videos/vb.60704669084/10152108668389085/?type=2&theater .last_img read more

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Recipients of spousal and child support in Nova Scotia owed 60 millionreport

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s enforcement program has failed to collect $60 million in court-ordered spousal and child support payments over its lifetime, a problem that was hindered by an office amalgamation in 2013, says the province’s auditor general.In a report released Tuesday, Michael Pickup said there was a $10 million spike in monies owed after the former NDP government moved the maintenance enforcement program’s administration from five regional offices to New Waterford.Pickup said the program lost many employees as a result of the move, which also compounded the weak enforcement problem.He said it all affected families who rely on the payments.“As the outstanding payments increase on any file, that runs the risk of people waiting longer to get their payments, or not getting them at all,” he told a news conference.The report says there are 15,065 cases in the program involving 13,824 children. It says in fiscal 2017-18, $54.7 million in payments was sent to recipients.However, over the life of the program, which began in 1996, $63.4 million in outstanding payments has accumulated. Of that total, $15.3 million is associated with inactive accounts that currently aren’t being enforced because of the payors’ situations, such as being on social assistance or incarceration.There was no comprehensive assessment of the risks associated with the relocation for a program, which was announced in 2012 and completed by June 2013.The report says the program had to hire 24 new staff, while most of the approximately 35 supervisors and staff either retired or left for other jobs.“Management told us the high turnover resulted in a major loss of knowledge and experience amongst enforcement staff,” the report states.The report says management has indicated the program continues to face significant staff turnover and absenteeism, which has affected its collection of payments.Caseloads are also high and range between 330 and 450 cases per enforcement staff — high numbers that are also affected by another problem, Pickup said.“In the last three years the number of contacts and communications from recipients or payors to the workers have doubled … these folks are now dealing with up 48,000 client contacts,” said Pickup.Pickup said his office reviewed 25 cases where enforcement action was needed to collect outstanding payments and found that in 21 cases appropriate action wasn’t taken, or was taken later than it should have been.In one example, actions weren’t taken for 20 months on a case with an outstanding balance of $19,500, while in another a default letter was sent to someone owing $48,000, although no additional enforcement actions were taken until the recipient called five months later indicating payments still hadn’t been received.The report says the program also lacked standard orientation for new staff and no training plan to guide them in their duties.In its response, the Justice Department said it is working to improve the deficiencies highlighted in the report and has a current collection success rate of 87 per cent.Justice Minister Mark Furey said arrears on active cases have been declining and are now at their lowest level in four years at around $49 million. The department said it had registered a 19 per cent increase in enforcement activities since March of last year at around 23,000.“I’m confident the changes we’ve made will be seen to actually support families and ensure that we are actually making progress,” said Furey.Meanwhile, Pickup’s report also pointed to “shocking” weaknesses in the Justice Department’s management of its four correctional facilities.It says some staff were hired without criminal record checks and required training for response to mental illness and other issues wasn’t always taken by staff.“Newly hired correctional officers did not receive the required training,” the report says.“Only four of the 20 records we selected for correctional officers hired between 2013 and 2017 showed the officers had completed all required training.”Over the 22-month period of the audit, the report says there were more than 600 assaults at provincial jails with 75 involving assaults on staff.Pickup notes there is no comprehensive risk assessment for the jail system.“Without a comprehensive risk assessment framework, it is harder for management to ensure all risks, including new and changing risks such as new methods of smuggling in drugs, have been identified and adequately managed.”He said risks included violence against offenders and staff, drugs coming into the facilities, and mistaken releases.Furey said work is underway to address all of the deficiencies found by the auditor general.Pickup’s report also examined $45 million in grants administered by three provincial departments, and concludes while controls operated “reasonably well,” the departments aren’t following up to see what results have been achieved.last_img read more

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Disappearance of Canadian in Africa highlights risk of ignoring travel warnings

first_imgGiuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Tarek Loubani says he knew it was risky providing medical care to protesters at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel in May 2018. He travelled to the territory anyway, and he was shot by an Israeli sniper through both legs.Five years earlier, he and fellow Canadian John Greyson spent seven weeks in an Egyptian prison after being arrested and arbitrarily detained while trying to enter Gaza.Loubani, a London, Ont. physician, said this week that Canadians who want to do humanitarian work first need to ask whether the help they can offer is worth the risk of travelling to zones designated as dangerous by the federal government.That question is being raised in the case of Canadian Edith Blais and her Italian friend Luca Tacchetto, who have not been heard from since Dec. 15, when they arrived in Burkina Faso following a road trip that began in Italy. Blais’ sister, Melanie Bergeron Blais, said Wednesday she has not received any news about her sister’s whereabouts and added that the family is no longer giving interviews.Blais and Tacchetto set off in his car on Nov. 20 from the northern Italian town of Vigonza, outside Padua. They made their way to France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania and Mali before arriving in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso’s southwest. They were en route to neighbouring Togo to volunteer with an organization working to reforest and help build a village.Tacchetto’s father, Nunzio Tacchetto, the former mayor of Vigonza, told The Canadian Press that his son, a trained architect, wanted to use his skills to help people in Togo.“It was his first trip to Africa,” Tacchetto said from Italy. “He wanted to collaborate on the construction of the village.”Tacchetto said his son, who had just turned 30 before his departure, had a love of people. “His idea was that everyone around the world was interesting, that every culture was interesting. And he wanted to be close to people, to see them in their own surroundings.”The Canadian government had issued serious warnings about Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso. The Global Affairs Canada website says travellers should “avoid all travel” — the most severe warning — to Mali and “avoid all non-essential travel” to Burkina Faso and Mauritania, mostly due to terrorism and banditry concerns. For Togo, considered a safer African country, Canada says visitors should “exercise a high degree of caution” — the same warning it gives for France and the United Kingdom.Loubani said in an interview he doesn’t know either of the missing people. “But I would be very surprised if (Blais) told her mom: ‘Hey, I’m going to Togo, and I haven’t looked it up, and I don’t know anything about it.’ She probably thought about it and calculated the risks.”Young people from prosperous western countries should consider humanitarian work around the world, Loubani said, as long as they understand the risks. “I think my advice to young people who are thinking of working in dangerous places is: The world needs you. Only you will change the situation that exists in other parts of the world — in collaboration with locals and supporting local struggles.”Chris Mathers, a former RCMP officer whose company provides training to federal government agencies on analyzing security risks while abroad, said Ottawa issues travel warnings for a reason. Travellers to countries under serious warnings need to be constantly vigilant about whether they are being watched by corrupt police and military or by kidnappers looking for ransom.If Blais and Tacchetto wanted to travel to Togo — a relatively safe place on the continent — they should have flown into the country and made prior contact with people they trusted to take care of them. A road trip through Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso was not smart, he said in an interview.“When I say they are foolish, I am being polite,” Mathers said. “I’ve been to Mali. There is no rule of law — nothing. If I don’t like you, I shoot you. These places are lawless.”Loubani said he understands there are “adrenaline junkies out there,” but very few people travel to dangerous places just for the thrill. Almost everyone, he said, “whether it’s misguided or earnest, has some greater purpose that they are going there for.”Despite getting shot in both legs, Loubani doesn’t regret his work in Gaza — and he is currently considering another trip to do similar work in an even more dangerous global hot spot that he prefers not to identify.To live is to take risks, Loubani said, adding that just walking out the door of your home carries its share of danger.“It’s the same thing for humanitarian work,” he said. “You are always incurring a risk, and you have to convince yourself that your risk is worthwhile to accomplish something for other people, so that they can have the life you want to have.”last_img read more

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Nelvana Gets Ranger Ready for a Second Season of its Hit Original

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter “Ranger Rob ignites a sense of adventure and discovery in kids, and we have been overwhelmed with how kids and families have embraced the series and joined in on the fun with us,” said Pam Westman, Head, Nelvana Enterprises. “The journey has only just begun and fans should get “Ranger Ready” for lots of new and exciting outdoor adventures to come in season two.”In Spring 2018, fans will be able to bring home their very own Ranger Rob as Master Toy Licensee, Imports Dragon, launches a line of toys based on the animated series. The Ranger Rob toys are being developed for a core preschool target age (2-5) and the line is reflective of the adventure and outdoor action from the show. Key items include vehicles, and plush and small figures. Initial launch will roll out in Canada and key European territories in Spring 2018, followed by a broader launch in Fall 2018.Meet the team and learn more about Nelvana at Licensing Expo May 23-25, booth H214.*Source: Numeris PPM Data. FL16 (Aug 29/16-Jan 1/17) – confirmed data. Total Canada, AMA(000). Mon-Su 2a-2a. Based on 3+ airings.About NelvanaNelvana is Canada’s premier animation company and a world-leading producer and distributor of children’s content. Nelvana has delighted audiences around the globe for more than 40 years with a vast library of more than 4,000 episodes from original, award-winning series like Babar and Franklin. Nelvana’s content is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide and broadcast across Corus Entertainment’s suite of leading kids networks. Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana, manages the organization’s portfolio of in-house and third party brands with offices in Toronto and Paris. Nelvana Studio, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, employs more than 300 Canadian artists working with local and international producers to create premium children’s content for a global stage.  For more information, visit www.nelvana.com. Advertisement Toronto, Canada – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana is thrilled to announce that after a successful first season, original animated series Ranger Rob has been green-lit for a second season (14 episodes).During the Fall 2016 season, the series has ranked #1 on Corus’ Treehouse network in Canada for boys 2-11, and has earned top ranks in additional territories such as TF1 in France, Super RTL in Germany, Disney Channel in Australia, Nickelodeon Italy, Canal Panda Portugal, YLE/TV2 Finland, and HOP Israel.Ranger Rob follows 10-year-old ranger-in-training Rob around the Big Sky Park, the coolest natural adventure park imaginable, as he ziplines, swings, and snowboards discovering and exploring all that the park has to offer. Big Sky Park is a one-of-a kind place with every kind of outdoor environment within its borders and each episode of the series takes viewers on a new adventure, cultivating the spirit of exploration and curiosity, and inspiring kids to get outside to play and discover. Advertisementlast_img read more

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The Mohawk resistance of 1990 a look back at the beginning of

first_imgAPTN National News25 years ago, the Mohawk uprising of 1990 was nearing its end.Despite the reopening of the Mercier bridge, Kahnawake was still living under military occupation.Army checkpoints and police raids were part of everyday life.That is until Sept. 18, when the army flew helicopters onto Tewkawitha Island.That’s when the community of Kahnawake stood up and forced the army to leave.Here is the story, in the words of the people who were there.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

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Detention of foreigners SC directs Assam chief secy to appear before it

first_imgNew Delhi: Expressing unhappiness over inaction in the case relating to detention of foreigners in Assam, the Supreme Court Monday directed the state’s Chief Secretary to appear before it on April 8. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi termed the affidavit filed by the Assam government as “exercise in futility” and sought to know as to how many persons declared foreigners by the tribunal have amalgamated with the local population. “What is the number of declared foreigners who have amalgamated with the local population. This is why we wanted your Chief Secretary to remain present,” the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said while expressing displeasure over the absence of officials. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The apex court then directed the Chief Secretary to appear before it and posted the PIL filed by activist Harsh Mander on the issue for next Monday. The bench was hearing a plea on the condition of detention centres in Assam and the prolonged detention of foreigners there. The court has expressed concern earlier as well over thousands of illegal migrants being kept in detention centres for years in Assam without being repatriated or deported to their countries of origin. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday It had raised several issues connected with the such centres and said the detainees could not be held for an indefinite period. On January 28, the apex court had asked the Centre and the state to provide details of the functional centres in Assam and foreigners detained in them during the last 10 years. On March 13, it had asked the state government to file a detailed affidavit in the matter. It pulled up the Centre and the Assam government over the functioning of foreigners tribunals and the problem of “external aggression” faced by the state due to influx of illegal migrants. “It has become a joke now. The situation has gone too far,” the top court had observed and told the Assam government that it was not been able to deport the illegal migrants to the country of their origin. “You have not done anything. The foreigners tribunals have identified 56,697 persons as foreigners and yet only around 900 persons are in detention centres,” the bench had said. Not satisfied with the replies of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Assam government, the bench had said it would summon the chief secretary and the home secretary of the state to explain the situation. “We are not even told who are the foreigners or who were detected or suspected to be foreigners. Who are the presiding officers in the foreigners tribunals and how many foreigners tribunals are functioning properly in the state,” the bench had asked. Mehta had said that 150 people who have come to India on valid documents need to be deported while 823 people who are mostly illegal immigrants are detained in six detention centres of the state.last_img read more

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FEATURE Dancers story highlights importance of right to free expression

Unable to perform publicly as a dancer in his native country and concerned about the potential repercussions of his political allegiances, Mr. Ghaffarian sought asylum in France in 2009, and there began the process of his remarkable story now travelling to movie screens around the world. The screening, which was organized by Event4Good and Sunshine Sachs PR, the production company’s publicists, included a question and answer session after the closing credits rolled, and Leonardo Castilho, a UN Human Rights Officer specializing in economic, social and cultural rights, participated alongside director, Richard Raymond, and the film’s two stars, Reece Ritchie and Freida Pinto. “We normally say there are political, economic and social rights – we’re talking about the right to education. We’re talking about the right to participate in cultural life,” said Mr. Castilho during the discussion. “The movie and arts and culture in general – make a very important contribution through storytelling – through raising awareness.” He stressed the importance of such productions, as outlets for creativity and for free speech. “At the UN, we write a lot of reports, we have a lot of that kind of work, but some of these movies have so big an impact in the public in general in changing mindsets – and that’s a very big challenge that we still have ahead of us,” Mr. Casthillo said. Richard Raymond directs Relativity Media’s ‘Desert Dancer’ – (Copyright Desert Dancer Productions Ltd. 2014) Raymond is keenly aware that his film deals with a human rights issue in one particular country, Iran, but he is very keen that his contribution to the debate on free expression in the country not be viewed as a political attack. “The Iranian people have seen too many films attacking their country,” he says. “We were all so adamant throughout the script-writing, the filmmaking, and finally, through the edit, to make sure the focus of the film was a positive portrayal about the people of Iran and not to make it political film in any way.” Far more important than the political angle to the film – for Mr. Raymond and for the film’s two stars – were the personal stories and the dance element. Afshin’s is a story of an artist’s fight to express himself. His barrier is a Government law but Mr. Ritchie, Mr. Raymond and Ms. Pinto agree that all artists face constraints, some self-imposed, and a fight to fulfill their desires and potential as artists. “If I had had to fight as hard as he did, I’d probably be shouting it from the rooftops and making myself out to be some kind of hero but he just saw it as a necessity. I really admired that,” says Mr. Ritchie, backed up by Ms. Pinto, who describes her family life growing up where she says she could “dream whatever dream I wanted to dream” and follow whatever path she wished to follow. “Elaheh’s oppression of expression is a lot more personal as well,” she says. “It comes from a very damaged mother-daughter relationship, so she’s also in her own mental trap… her only escape – what she thinks is her only escape – is a drug.” Despite her weakness, Ms. Pinto feels Elaheh is a strong person, something she says is of major importance to her when selecting the roles she wants to play. “For me it’s just about strong women characters. And strong women characters are usually inevitably taking on somebody who’s really big…or taking on someone who’s very powerful and it happens to be what I love doing.” While she says she doesn’t plan deliberately to pick such seemingly socially conscious roles, she acknowledges that many of her past roles, as well as this most recent one, include strong social conscience. “I just realize that that is something that has been happening without me putting any extra effort into it,” she says. “So I guess somewhere, deep down, that’s what I gravitate towards.” Ms. Pinto’s social conscience and the draw she feels towards compelling female characters has also led to previous work with the UN, issuing a call to action alongside the Secretary-General and the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim related to the ‘Girl Rising’ project, as well as providing a voice and working as a producer for a Hindi language version of the project’s documentary about the powerfully positive effects of educating girls. She stresses the importance of films like Desert Dancer and says she hopes it performs well enough to convince producers and independent studio heads that they should be backing and producing such films. “We need to invest more in film projects like this,” she says, with Mr. Ritchie also chiming with his own hopes, which are that the film might coax viewers into thinking about their own talents. “I hope it provokes people to question what their passions are,” he says. “And also what they’re willing to do to pursue them.” Frieda Pinto,Tom Cullen and Reece Ritchie star in Relativity Media’s ‘Desert Dancer’ – (Copyright Desert Dancer Productions Ltd. 2014) Desert Dancer is the story of an artist struggling to express himself creatively but, rather than writers’ block holding him back, he lives in an environment that is hostile to his passion. The film, which is set in Iran, describes how Afshin, a self-taught dancer, finds himself compelled into rebellion against Government’s laws, and inspiring a group of friends to risk imprisonment by attending a secret dance group where they learn, rehearse and prepare for an eventual performance, taking some extreme risks to fulfill their desire to pursue activities taken for granted elsewhere. It also describes the toll that the denial of artistic freedom takes on the individuals involved and their friendships and even family ties, and it explores some of the knock-on effects in society as a whole. At the screening, the UN News Centre sat down with the cast to get their views on the film and the issues it deals with. “This guy risked his life to be a dancer,” said Reece Ritchie, the actor who portrays Afshin. “I’m playing a guy who grew up in a country where he couldn’t just go and get dance lessons. You know, he learned from books and YouTube.” Reece Ritchie stars in Relativity Media’s ‘Desert Dancer’ – (Copyright Desert Dancer Productions Ltd. 2014) Mr. Ritchie says Afshin’s passion and commitment to his craft, despite the constraints and many risks, are what inspired him to devote to the role. “He needed to move. It was almost innate in him actually,” he says referring to several hours of interviews with Afshin that he and director Richard Raymond conducted in Afshin’s adopted home in Paris. “As a kid he would stand in line at morning prayers, and he told me he would just move his foot in the sand and he didn’t know why he was doing it but he just had this innate urge to move. And he was doing turns and twists and he didn’t realize what that was – this voice starting to build inside him that was actually pushing back against having to stand in a line.” Mr. Ritchie was also struck by Afshin’s personality, displaying traits typically associated with artists in freer societies. Preparing to take his group and an audience on a high-risk trip to the desert, Afshin said that despite extensive, secretive, careful planning, on the day of the performance, one vital ingredient was missing. There was no one to drive the bus into the desert. “I said, ‘Well, who drove the bus?’ and Afshin said ‘Ah, just some guy,’” Mr. Ritchie recalls. “He’s an artist. He’s prepared up until a point. He’s got his little bit of chaos which I found really interesting.” It is also through a mistake that Afshin and the group meet Elaheh, a talented dancer and tortured soul, who joins when she follows the group to their private rehearsal space after overhearing them talking in a café. Freida Pinto stars in Relativity Media’s ‘Desert Dancer’ – (Copyright Desert Dancer Productions Ltd. 2014) Elaheh is played by Freida Pinto, famous for roles in Slumdog Millionaire, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Miral, among others, and she says she found her character to be a compelling and dynamic one. “It’s been three years and I still think about her every day,” she says. “As you start prepping and playing a character, a part of them becomes you. You wake up thinking you’re Elaheh. You go home thinking you’re Elaheh. You brush your teeth how you think Elaheh brushes her teeth.” Elaheh has immense dancing talent and ability, fostered by intensive training from her mother, who had been a dancer with the Iranian National Ballet until her life was turned upside down when the Ballet was disbanded. To fill the void, she trained Elaheh, her daughter, and turned to heroin. Elaheh, who is tortured by her mother’s death, is compelled to dance with the same passion shown by Afshin and her arrival in the group builds the impetus needed for the group to move forward with their training. Underneath, however, Elaheh tries to hide a secret. She has followed her mother’s footsteps into drug addiction. “At almost every big moment,” says Ms. Pinto, “The moment where Naser is stabbed – she can’t deal with it so she turns away. The ‘hand dance’ – she turns away. Just before the desert dance – she turns away.” At each of these significant moments, Ms. Pinto’s character turns to heroin, the last and most significant of these moments coming after Afshin has invested time and huge energy in helping her quit cold turkey. Just before their desert dance, Afshin finds Elaheh hiding, taking the drug again. “That happened,” says director, Richard Raymond about the film’s depiction of Afshin discovering Elaheh getting high. “Moment for moment. Second for second. Beat for beat. Exactly like that. Just before the desert dance, Afshin found her taking heroin and they danced with him feeling so upset and betrayed.” read more

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Opinion The top Pryority making the case for Browns probowl choice

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor catches a pass under pressure from Baltimore Ravens Lardarius Webb in the fourth quarter on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Credit: Courtesy TNSComing off of a monster game against Miami, the Cleveland Browns are looking for ways to utilize their newest emerging weapon: Terrelle Pryor. Last week he recorded 144 yards receiving along with 21 yards rushing, a touchdown and 35 yards passing. Sort of a jack-of-all trades, Pryor found ways to move the ball any way he could. Pryor, a former Ohio State quarterback, has experience throwing the ball in his college days as well as in the NFL. As of late, he has made the transition into the athlete role whether it be as a running back, quarterback or receiver. Originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders, he played quarterback for them in 2011-2013. The Raiders parted ways with Pryor, mainly because of his inconsistent play at the quarterback position. He has struggled mightily as a passer over the past couple of years, but due to depth chart issues he was pushed into the quarterback role once again.It’s clear that the Cleveland Browns are having a rough start to the season. With the injuries to Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown and Corey Coleman, the Browns are scraping anything they can together to win even one ball game this season. Pryor has taken a step forward and shown he is one of the best athletes on the Browns’ roster. Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he is looking forward to using Pryor in various ways the next couple of weeks. Needless to say, Pryor is a shining light in a very, very dark room. Pryor has had flashes of brilliance in the past, but has fallen short many times. His time in Oakland was very inconsistent. He once broke the NFL record for the longest rushing touchdown by a quarterback in NFL history, however he also threw nearly twice as many interceptions as he did touchdowns in 2013. Browns fans have reason to be excited about Pryor’s talent, but the consistency is still very much in question. In the pre-season, Pryor and Griffin III seemed to have a very good connection. Pryor had multiple receptions over 40 yards including one on opening week against Philadelphia. Pryor’s hands are strong, but questionable as he’s dropped a multitude of passes during the preseason. The return of Josh Gordon to the field was thought to be a good opportunity for Pryor. However, Gordon has delayed his return by entering a rehab center, so defenses will be paying the most attention to Pro Bowl tight end Gary Barnidge. Pryor will have more chances to make plays given that he will no longer be the center of attention. If rookie quarterback Cody Kessler can step up, Pryor has a legitimate shot at reaching the Pro Bowl. The Browns have some deadly weapons in their arsenal going forward, with Pryor being one of the more promising ones. read more

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