What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

first_imgQuality relationships protect our bodies and our brains: This study found that individuals who were in a securely attached relationship in their 80s maintained sharper memories longer than those who were not in a relationship. Our relationships, protect our brain and maintain our brain’s cognitive functioning. Social connections are really good for us: The more social connections one has, the happier, healthier, and longer that individual will live. These connections can be with family, friends, or community. If you would like to know how to apply these lessons to your life, regardless of age, check out this TedTalk, or you can even read about the study here. Robert Waldinger is now the director of this study, which is in its second generation.ReferencesWaldinger, R. (2015, November). Robert Waldinger: What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_waldinger_what_makes_a_good_life_lessons_from_the_longest_study_on_happinessThis post was written by  Caitlyn Brown of the  MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. The quality of relationships is greater than the quantity: The number of social connections matters much less than the quality of those connections. Having poor or conflict-ridden relationships significantly impacts physical health and mental well-being. By: Caitlyn Brownpixabay[smile by bosco_lee1310, November 17, 2016. CCO]As human beings, we are often striving to reach our potential and the best version of ourselves. This can be reflected in a variety of settings: career, family, relationships, hobbies, sports, positions etc. Unfortunately, it is all too easy and common to slack in other areas of our lives as we pursue the next big thing in our lives or focus on our future only to realize, often too late, that our experiences throughout life may not have quite added up to our idea of a good life. What kind of wisdom will we pass on to our children about what it means to live a good life?This TedTalk by Robert Waldinger describes a study that began in 1938 and followed the lives of 724 men from their adolescence to their death. The Harvard Study of Adult Development is one of the longest studies of adult life which follows two groups of men: men who attended Harvard and boys in the lower socioeconomic group/disadvantaged families in Boston. Each participant was medically examined, interviewed in their homes and had their families also interviewed. Every two years, the participants would answer another set of questions about their lives, complete a face-to-face interview, and a multitude of other data submissions. The main conclusion of this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.This study found that the impact of relationships on our happiness and health is broken down into three main lessons:last_img read more

Lift & Extract in Premiere Pro: Moving Clips

first_imgThe useful thing about this is the exact portion you wanted from the original ‘camera sequence’ is now on your clipboard and ready for you to paste it into your main sequence.At this point you may get a little worried that while it will paste in, it will overwrite whatever is present in your master sequence.  You may feel the need to do an INSERT edit rather than an OVERWRITE edit.Instead of just doing the normal shortcut for paste (on a Mac it’s Command and V, on a PC it’s Control and V), simply add a SHIFT to the combination and you will end up with an insert edit of the clips you lifted or extracted from your camera sequence.  This will push the existing footage down the timeline to make room for the copied clips.SHIFT + CNT/CMD + V = Insert Edit of All Clips From the ClipboardUse Lift & Extract in Premiere Pro to move portions of the clips you want into a new timeline with ease. Getting the right portions of selected clips from one sequence to another is simple in Premiere Pro using the ‘Lift’ & ‘Extract’ options.  Here’s how to use this timesaving tool.Sometimes it’s useful to seperate cameras into sequences of their own to simply the editing process.  You may want to put all the media clips from one camera end-to-end in a single sequence and call it “Camera 1”.  Of course, this may result in multiple sequences each representing different cameras.The question then is how to grab footage from each of these sequences and bring them into a master sequence for the main edit.  You could select clips and cut/paste them into the master sequence, but more often than not you don’t want whole clips.  Instead, what you need is select portions of clips.You could nest each of these sequences into the main sequence, but this is a very difficult way of working and not recommended.This is where the “Lift and Extract” option comes into play in Premiere Pro.  In this post, we’ll take a look at how to use Lift and Extract, a quick way of moving portions of clips around from one sequence to another.  Before we start, it’s worth noting that some people don’t like to have a work area bar and a time ruler in the sequence/timeline window and just like to work with IN and OUT points. Did you know you can turn both of them off in Premiere Pro CS6? Just go to the panel menu and un-check these options.Options to Un-Check to De-Clutter TimelineThe end result is that your timeline looks like this (you don’t have to do it, but it certainly leads to a cleaner looking timeline):After Un-Checking OptionsNow, it’s just a case of going through your footage with the sequence selected and choosing IN (shortcut is i) and OUT (shortcut is o) points in the TIMELINE of the ‘camera’ sequences.  This can include as much or as little of the clips as you’d like, and doesn’t have to be complete clips.IN and OUT Point Selected In The TimelineIn Premiere Pro, the ‘Lift’ & ‘Extract’ buttons are found here in the Program Monitor:LIFT & EXTRACT Buttons in the Program MonitorLIFT (keyboard shortcut is ; ) will copy the clip to your clipboard and remove the selected portion from the timeline, leaving a hole in the timeline shown below:LIFTWhereas EXTRACT (keyboard shortcut is #) will copy the clip to your clipboard, remove the selected portion from the timeline AND close up the resulting hole as shown below:EXTRACT (with gap closed)last_img read more

Jhajuan Seales Signs With Priority Sports

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Wide receiver Jhajuan Seales has signed with sports management firm Sports Priority as he looks forward to his opportunities at the next level.Seales is coming off the best season of his career, amassing 615 yards and four touchdowns, but has been a contributor since his freshman year where he grabbed 39 catches for 571 yards and three scores.With 1,785 yards, Seales knocked Josh Cooper of out the top 10 of all-time OSU leading receivers. James Washington is still working on his career list but Seales can hang in the top 10 of departed Cowboys until after next season.Seales has the skill set to play at the next level. The immense pool of receiver talent OSU has been blessed with is partly to blame for Seales not putting up even bigger numbers. I’ve always thought he could be the number one or two option for a lot of other teams.We would like to welcome @Jseales_OSU81 (Jhajuan Seales, WR Oklahoma State University) to the Priority Sports family! pic.twitter.com/yrETTgTFAD— Priority Sports (@PrioritySports) January 9, 2017Priority Sports’ client list includes NFL stars of the likes of Mike Evans and Kirk Cousins, as well as NBA players like Bradley Beal, Gordon Hayward and Taj Gibson.The same agency is also representing current prospects Josh Dobbs from Tennessee and Sefo Liufau from Colorado, who Seales played against in the Alamo Bowl.last_img read more

The Reload: Junior Day Offers and Notable Visitors

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Junior Day OffersAmong the many sporting events taking place in Stillwater on Saturday was an important recruiting event that takes place under Mike Gundy’s watch. Generally close to 100 recruits make their way from all over the state and surrounding area to visit the facility, meet with coaches, and of course go to the basketball game. It’s an official visit of sorts, minus the fact that OSU pays for it.Coaches generally take this time to hand out scholarship offers to some of their targets on the board, and Saturday was no exception. Here’s who Oklahoma State offered, along with a list of visiting prospects.Jordan Kelley — Nose TackleYou’ll never believe it, but Union produced another Division I talent in Kelley. Shocker, right? The offer to the junior defensive tackle/defensive end is his second. Tulsa offered earlier in 2016. Now Oklahoma State.Listed at 6-foot-3 240, Kelley is one of the most disruptive defensive lineman I’ve seen in person. He’s a bully in the middle and with his combination of size and agility, he reminds me a little of Vincent Taylor. Just an athletic freak for a player of his size.Julon Williams — AthleteMike Gundy loves him some dual-threat quarterbacks who have versatility to play other positions. That’s Williams’ profile in a nutshell. With his experience playing at the quarterback position as a supreme runner and passer, he’s a playmaker that can be slotted at any position. So he’s an athlete Oklahoma State is willing to take a chance on, extending an offer during his visit.Rated as a three-star recruit at 5-foot-10 188 pounds, I’d like to think this offer may be as a defensive back/athlete. But the reality is that he could play on both sides of the ball with his versatility.Byron Hobbs — Outside linebackerOffer No. 1 is in for Fort Worth (Texas) Eastern Hills outside linebacker Byron Hobbs, and OSU is first in line.6-foot-4, 205 pounds? From Fort Worth? And still hasn’t garnered interest elsewhere? I’m betting that changes. So I like this offer.Trey Stratford — Offensive Lineman6-foot-4 three-star offensive lineman Trey Stratford, a prospect from Allen, Texas, was offered yesterday.Being from Allen — one of the most dominant high school football programs in Texas — he’s not been a well-kept secret. Baylor, Mississippi State and TCU have all joined the list since the year began, and Texas, Ole Miss and Houston also have standing offers to the offensive tackle.Blake Barron — Inside LinebackerAnother first offer out the door on Saturday. This one to unranked inside linebacker prospect Blake Barron of Rockwall, Texas.Oklahoma State is now pursuing both inside linebackers from Rockwall. The OSU staff offered 2018 linebacker Alston Orji, a four-star recruit, earlier in 2016. Barron is an underrated backer, though, and at 6-foot-1 218 pounds I think he has good size at the inside backer position.Nic McTear — Tight endNic McTear picked up his first Division I offer with OSU’s on Saturday. From Frisco, Texas, McTear will likely be a steal as an unranked recruit right now. He has good size for a tight end, he has very good leaping ability, and he’s a solid blocker — and important characteristic OSU needs for its cowboy back position.Rafiti Ghirmai — Offensive LinemanAnother Frisco native with an offer on junior day: rising offensive lineman Rafiti Ghirmai. A three-star offensive tackle, Ghirmai already has 12 Division I offers and counting — 9 since Jan. 1.As everyone knows, offensive tackle is a position of high importance for OSU. And even if it gets solidified this season, it’s always smart to look to the future. Ghirmai would be a nice one to pick up down the road and can take care of QB Spencer Sanders blindside.Byron Hanspard — Wide ReceiverFor yet another cycle, Oklahoma State is seeking the commitment of a DeSoto wide receiver. Three-star Byron Hanspard is the latest:Also on his offer list: Northwestern, Houston, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Colorado and Texas Tech.Gemon Green — Defensive backAnother DeSoto product, Gemon Green has been offered by Oklahoma State as a defensive back. The latest defensive back from DeSoto to pick OSU was A.J. Green in 2016.With 8 offers already, OSU is getting in on the ground floor. Green has legit size for a defensive back — a trait OSU loves. And he’s a lanky athlete that can evolve into a lockdown defender.German Green — Defensive backALERT. We have another brother target. German, the brother of Gemon, happens to be twins with him. German is an inch taller than Gemon.OTHER VISITORSTaye Barber – QB/ATHWayne Jones – SafetyTommy Bush – WRTre Adams -WRParker Cupp – OLRylan Mcquarters – ATHAdrian Wilson – WR/ATHSean Shaw, Jr. – WRlast_img read more

All-Sports Roundup: Tennis Rolls, Cowgirl Basketball Rocks Senior Night

first_imgThanks again for all the fun this weekend @NutterClassic we enjoyed our time in California! #okstate pic.twitter.com/Nz2tvAUQc3— Cowgirl Softball (@CowgirlSB) February 26, 2017Next up, the Cowgirls head back to the friendly confines for their home opener against Arkansas on March 1st. Welcome back to this week’s all-sports roundup featuring the non-revenue sports like tennis, women’s hoops, and softball. Thanks for reading.Cowboy TennisDebuting in the top-10 for the first time this season, the No. 8 Cowboys headed north to take on a pair of Big Ten teams. The Cowboys began the weekend series defeating No. 25 Minnesota 5-2 in an extremely tight matchup in which 3 out of the 6 singles matches went a full 3 sets. Strong comeback performances by No. 18 Julian Cash and Tristan Meraut lifted OSU past the Gophers who had just made their top-25 debut.#okstate knocked off No. 13 Northwestern for the second time in nine days to improve to 10-3 on Sunday.READ: https://t.co/lGLfcXiu5W pic.twitter.com/xbZwAVQQZu— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) February 26, 2017To finish off the weekend, the Cowboys continued their Big Ten carnage by defeating No. 13 Northwestern 4-1. Strangely, this was their second time facing the Wildcats as they had already met in the 1st round of the ITA Indoor Championships where they bested the Cats 4-2.The Pokes narrowly won the doubles point and rode the momentum into singles play where they dominated. The Cowboys (10-3) have now won five top-25 matches in the young season and currently are undefeated on the road.Up next for the Pokes is a top-10 heavyweight battle against another Big Ten foe, this time No. 9 Michigan next weekend.Cowgirl BasketballThe Cowgirl hoopsters continued a terrific OSU sports weekend with a close 67-63 senior night win against the Lady Mountaineers in Gallagher Iba. Terrific performances from the underclassmen propelled the ladies to their 3rd win in four games and gave the seniors one last winning moment in Stillwater.Postgame autographs are much sweeter following victories! #okstate pic.twitter.com/nR85SfOu3f— Cowgirl Basketball (@OSUWBB) February 26, 2017The Cowgirls lost in Ames on Monday night but will start Big 12 Tournament play this weekend in OKC. Thank you Cowgirl Seniors!It’s official. March 3, #okstate will be the No. 7 seed and take on No. 10 Kansas at 8:30 p.m. in OKC.— Cowgirl Basketball (@OSUWBB) February 28, 2017 Cowgirl SoftballThe Cowgirl softball team ventured out west participate in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Spring, California. The ladies played five games scoring wins over Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, and New Mexico State, and falling to No. 21 California and San Diego State.All-around, it was a pretty solid weekend for the Cowgirls which included a timely 7th inning rally to down New Mexico State on Saturday.Also if you haven’t noticed this yet, the OSU softball team has some sweet threads.Watch out California, there’s a ❄️❄️❄️ coming through! We’re busting out our #Ice uniforms for Sunday! pic.twitter.com/o0WADFn380— Cowgirl Softball (@CowgirlSB) February 25, 2017center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

OSU Has Nation’s Best “Offensive Trifecta” for 2017

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It’s no secret that Oklahoma State boasts a powerful offense and figures to be one of the most dynamic teams in college football in 2017. The Cowboys are the only team to return a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher this fall.247Sports recently made a list of the top 10 offensive trifectas in the country and OSU’s trio topped it, beating out star-studded threesomes from the likes of USC, Alabama and Washington.Two thirds of Oklahoma State’s trifecta are possible first-round draft picks in next spring’s NFL Draft. Rudolph threw for more than 4,000 yards as a junior and has all his weapons back. Those weapons include Washington, a 1,300-yard receiver from the fall who’s one of the game’s most explosive big-play threats. Justice Hill rounds out the group after leading all freshman running backs nationally last fall with 1,142 rushing yards. [247Sports]Rudolph captains the ship and leads all returning Power-5 QBs in passing yards, yards per game and TD-to-interception ratio. He’s 22-6 as a starter and looks poised to rewrite all the Oklahoma State record books as a senior.Rudolph followed up maybe his worst games in college with one of his best with an efficient thumping of Pac-12 darling Colorado and hopes that fun send-off will carry over into 2017.He said as much after the Alamo Bowl.“I think this is definitely going to help propel us into the off-season,” said Rudolph “keep us high, encourage us to have a great off-season mentally and physically, really get after it.”James Washington may — somehow — be the most underrated player in America. He’s in the top three in receiving yards among receivers returning in 2017 and averaged a ridiculous 19.44 yards per catch and hauled in 10 scores last season.Amidst a crowded receiving corps, Washington is the star. Make no mistake. But with the other playmakers around him, expect Washington see even more single coverage, a la the Alamo Bowl. Watch out, every team on the schedule.Justice Hill breathed new life into a ground game that, frankly, had become almost anemic over the previous couple of seasons. As a true freshman, it only took the Booker T. Washington product four games to fully take the reins and he never looked back. With a full year as the No. 1 in front of him and more questions than answers behind him, we could be looking at an even more impressive output from Hill in 2017.It should be fun year.last_img read more

VAR set to ruin World Cup after Australian fail

first_imgWorld Cup VAR set to ruin World Cup after Australian experiment fail Kieran Francis @kieran_francis Last updated 1 year ago 21:04 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) VAR fail World Cup GFX Getty/Goal composite World Cup A-League Opinion The Video Assistant Referee will feature at the World Cup but it will be a complete disaster if its trial in Australia is anything to go by Dear The World,Trust us – the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is going to ruin the World Cup in Russia.Love, Australia. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The A-League wouldn’t mean much to the regular football fan worldwide. Some may know it as where Alessandro Del Piero landed after Juventus, or the league where Dwight Yorke and Robbie Fowler migrated to in their late 30s.But the Australian domestic league was the first professional competition to use the VAR in a competitive match in April 2017, with a trial of the technology being adopted for the A-League since it’s introduction.After announcing that VAR is set to be part of the World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said the technology is ‘almost perfect’.”I would say to the fans, players and coaches that it will have an impact, a positive impact. That is what the results of the study show,” Infantino said.”From almost 1,000 live matches that were part of the experiment, the level of the accuracy increased from 93% to 99%. It’s almost perfect.”Clearly the Swiss-Italian administrator didn’t take much notice of the reaction to the VAR trial Down Under in Australia.In fact, you will struggle to find a positive word about the trial from any fan, player, coach or journalist involved in Australian football.Yes, some incorrect decisions have been overturned. But the issue is with the process – firstly with the length of time it takes when the VAR is used.Regularly a VAR intervention has caused a break in play for minutes, causing fans to become frustrated and restless, but also meaning a team can lose pressure and momentum it had been building against its opposition.Just on the weekend we saw Argentine star Ezequiel Lavezzi miss a penalty for Chinese side Hebei China Fortune after a three minute, 45 second break caused by the VAR.In addition to time issues, the VAR is also causing angst with the type of decisions it is making.Obviously clear-cut offsides and fouls are easy for the VAR to adjudicate on, but what about decisions that require interpretation? Isn’t the game just being re-refereed in this case?Central Coast Mariners coach Paul Okon made his feelings clear on the system after two of his players were sent off by it during a match in December.”If you came to this game tonight and you left here no longer in love with football, who could blame you?” Okon said post-match.”I think it’s probably what everyone is talking about and that’s not the reason why people are turning up watching – it’s not why we turn up to play and coach.”The sentiment was echoed, with a little less emotion, by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino at the start of this month.After there were three VAR interventions in the first half of Spurs FA Cup victory over Rochdale, Pochettino warned the VAR in its current form will not help football and that the fans are not happy about it.Video Assistant Referee“The first half was embarrassing for everyone. I am not sure that the system [VAR] is going to help,” the Argentine said in his post-match press conference.”We love the game that we know. Football is about emotion, we want to keep the emotion. The fans are not so happy about what they have seen today.”But if my opinion is important, there is a lot of work to do [with the VAR]. We need to talk, to explain. Because today every one of us was confused.”This will not help the football. If we use this system we need to be sure.”Unfortunately for the football world, Infantino and other football administrators seem to be so sure, while the majority of other stakeholders are wary.Imagine if Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off in a World Cup semi-final for a borderline challenge deemed by the officiating referee to be a yellow card, but a red card by the VAR?Imagine a World Cup final blighted by four or five lengthy, confusing VAR stoppages?From the wave of critics in Australia to esteemed personalities such as Pochettino to countless examples of fan frustration to headline-grabbing issues – all the evidence points to a VAR system that is not even close to perfect.So why is it going to be used at football’s showpiece event?last_img read more

Kick Time, Television Information for TCU Game in Week 10 Announced

first_imgOklahoma State might as well plan to play its games in the afternoon until further notice. The Big 12 announced Monday morning that the Cowboys’ Week 10 kick against TCU is a 2:30 kick, the third consecutive afternoon slot and the fifth this season.It’s unclear which major network will carry the game, but it’s guaranteed to be on network television. ESPN has the rights to carry it on its main network or to option it to ABC.⏰s and 📺 details for Week 10. #Big12FB(As selected by the Conference television partners) pic.twitter.com/Y3mrwCfMMM— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 21, 2019Afternoon kick times for OSU have been average so far this season. OSU is 1-1 when playing at either 2:30 or 3:00 p.m. this season, with a loss to Baylor and a win over Tulsa. OSU plays Iowa State this upcoming Saturday in Ames at 2:30 p.m. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Inner-City Youth Take Part in Leadership Training Programme

first_img The aim is to improve the relationship between citizens and police. The training course is an initiative of the JCC’s Civic Affairs and Inner-city Development Committees. Programme participants were trained in the areas of conflict management. Story Highlights The relationship between the police and residents of several inner-city communities should see marked improvement following their participation in the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) Youth Leadership Training Programme.Held in collaboration with the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), the training course is an initiative of the JCC’s Civic Affairs and Inner-city Development Committees.The aim is to improve the relationship between citizens and police, in order to reduce crime and to provide residents with the skills to contribute to the development of their communities.Members of the 57th cohort of the programme were presented with certificates during a graduation ceremony, held at the JCC’s offices in Kingston, on October 3. The group successfully completing the course comprised 38 youth, as well as five members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and two from the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF).Programme participants were trained in the areas of conflict management, interpersonal skills, human relations, employability skills, community leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing, and family life, over a six-week period.First Vice President of the JCC, Warren McDonald, said the relationship between the citizens and the police has the potential to be productive or problematic.“At the level of the society, we need that relationship to be a productive and mutually respectful one that will contribute to facilitating the environment for economic and social development,” he said.Chairman of the Civic Affairs/Inner-city Development Committees, Sameer Younis, said he was happy that the programme brings the police and the youth together, “so they now understand each other and can bring about some peace.”He told the participants that they have received an opportunity to empower themselves, and urged them to become economically independent and to focus on personal development, particularly proper family life and family values.last_img read more

Vivian Krause to speak at FSJ for LNG rally in April

first_imgIn addition to Krause, Yu said that Peace River North MLA Dan Davies has confirmed his participation in this year’s rally, while other MLA’s both from the BC Liberal Party and the NDP have also been invited, though no other names have yet confirmed. Yu explained that his organization’s official stance is that it will work with the governing New Democrats to get an LNG export industry developed in the province. He added that that he hopes Premier John Horgan will accept an invitation to the rally after his predecessor spoke in Centennial Park two years ago.According to Yu, the venue for next month’s LNG rally is not yet known, but that he hopes to find a suitable venue and sponsors over the next few days. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After a pair of rallies in Fort St. John in the Spring of 2016, including one attended by then-Premier Christy Clark, local non-profit organization FSJ for LNG will once again be holding a rally in Fort St. John this Spring.FSJ for LNG founder Alan Yu said that after members of his organization were among several hundred supporters of Canada’s petroleum industry to rally in downtown Vancouver last weekend, he decided that his organization should once again hold a rally in support of B.C. developing a liquified natural gas industry. Yu said that though 2017 featured some disheartening news for LNG, including Petronas cancelling its proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project, 2018 is shaping up to be much more optimistic as a global supply glut of LNG is forecast to turn into a shortage in just a few years.Yu said that this year, FSJ for LNG has confirmed that Vivian Krause is set to deliver a keynote address at this year’s rally, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st. Krause is a controversial Vancouver-based blogger and researcher who has received both praise and condemnation for her research into environmental charities in Canada, particularly their source of funding. In addition to hosting her Fair Questions blog, Krause also writes for The Financial Post.last_img read more

UN agency marks 35 years since key accord on wildlife trade regulation

1 July 2010Proper regulation of wildlife trade is needed to ensure the continued survival of animals and plants in the wild, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) urged today as it marked the 35th anniversary of a key international agreement. Proper regulation of wildlife trade is needed to ensure the continued survival of animals and plants in the wild, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) urged today as it marked the 35th anniversary of a key international agreement.The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) aims to ensure that the international trade in products made from wild animals and plants – in fields such as medicine and fashion – does not threaten their survival.“While not a single one of some 34,000 CITES-listed species has become extinct as a result of international trade until now, growing pressures on biological resources make regulating global wildlife trade even more relevant today,” said CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon.The CITES-list includes diverse species ranging from orchids, to the great white shark and mahogany timber.On the occasion of today’s anniversary, the CITES Secretariat launched web-based Trade Data Dashboards, to make available trade data from annual reports of the countries that are party to the agreement.Users can search for the trade of a certain species group or general trade per country, as well as special categories, such as “top 10 trading partners” and “trade volume over time.”The CITES Secretariat is administered by UNEP, which is also marking this year as the International Year of Biodiversity.The UN agency released a report last month showing that the preservation of biodiversity through the restoration of ecosystems can generate wealth, create jobs and become a vital means of alleviating poverty. Calling CITES part of a “transition to a resource efficient 21st century green economy,” UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner, described the treaty as visionary.“It was able to put practical trade rules in place for the use of terrestrial and marine species, before the global boom created by the liberalization of trade and the acceleration of transactions via [the] Internet,” he said. read more

Wigneswaran seeks role in reconciliation process

“Reconciliation demands the participation of those affected freely and dignifiedly. Our participation does not mean our officials. They are beholder to the Centre. The political representatives of our people should be made to participate right from the beginning. Merely to look into the physical needs of our people is inadequate. Their feelings need to be assuaged,” he said. Wigneswaran said the people in the North are critical about the preparation of the Peace Building Priority Plan Framework in that many matters that need to have been given adequate attention and importance have not been included therein. Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran today called for his inclusion or that of a member of the Northern Provincial Council in the reconciliation process.Speaking at an event attended by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga in Tellipalai, Wigneswaran said that the Tamils in the North have been agitating for their participation in the processes adopted for reconciliation. “Our requests to bring us into the process fell on deaf ears. Even now it is not too late to include us. How would you implement the framework when the key stakeholder is not a part to it?                The framework has no reference to War Crimes’ accountability; there has been no reference to the inclusion of War Crimes jurisdiction into our Law, demilitarisation, high security zones, security sector reforms should have been included into the framework, the need to withdraw Prevention of Terrorism Act should have been reiterated and helped to be withdrawn,” he said.Wigneswaran says the hardship of the Tamil people and their aspirations have not been adequately understood and there is a feeling of “serves them right” pervading the psyche of the powers that be. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN Child Rights Committee to review Sri Lanka on sale of children

The above are among the States parties to the Child Rights Convention and its Optional Protocols, and so are required to undergo regular reviews on how they are implementing the Committee’s previous recommendations and the Convention or its Optional Protocols. The public sessions will take place in the ground floor conference room of Palais Wilson in Geneva. The UN Child Rights Committee will meet in Geneva from 13 to 31 May to review Botswana, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Malta, Singapore, and Tonga.The Committee will also review Sri Lanka under the Optional Protocol on sale of children. The Committee is scheduled to publish its findings on the respective States on 6 June 2019, and to hold a press conference on the same day. read more

Middle East UN envoy holds talks in Cairo as part of regional

Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, met today with senior Egyptian officials, including Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher and Presidential Advisor Osama el-Baz.The envoy then headed to Damascus, Syria, where he will continue to review the current situation in the Middle East before proceeding to Lebanon for more talks on the matter.

Ending marginalization of persons with disabilities a matter of justice UNbacked summit

Ahead of the Summit, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed cited the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a universally-adopted UN Convention as well-established commitments for advancing the rights of persons with disabilities.“But too often,” she said, “this political commitment has not translated into significant improvements in the lives of the 1.5 billion persons with disabilities across the world.”Moreover, women and girls with disabilities suffer the “double discrimination” of sex and disability, she noted.Ms. Mohammed noted that later this year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres would issue a first-ever report on Disability and Development, to serve as a baseline for information about persons with disabilities in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“While Governments must lead, transformation requires the efforts of all of society,” she said, adding that young people, persons with disabilities, civil society and the private sector were among others working towards change.“This Global Disability Summit is a timely opportunity to identify exactly how to change this situation as we implement the 2030 Agenda and to create value through inclusion and diversity as a human capital and cultural resource,” emphasized the deputy UN chief, as she urged “meaningful participation and results-based collaboration” and on “stepping up disability inclusion in SDG implementation.” UNICEF/Rebecca VassieMembers of the disabled community play a game of football in Kayunga District, Uganda. Acknowledging that there is more to do to make the world “a more equal and just place,” Achim Steiner, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), told the participants at the Summit how the UN is looking to better address disabilities in all settings, “to ensure that persons with disabilities are given equal access and voice in society, so that they can realize their fullest possible potential.”He linked the path to realizing the SDGs to a world free from marginalizing persons with disabilities.“To realize the promise of the 2030 Agenda – and its core pledge to leave no one behind – it is essential that all peoples, particularly those facing discrimination and exclusion, have access and voice and can participate equally in every aspect of life,” Mr. Steiner stressed.  “This is a matter of justice, and equal opportunity, as well as economic growth. The costs of exclusion are simply too high.”“‘Nothing about us without us’ is the mantra of the disability movement,” he stated, adding: “The UN system – stand behind this, and with all of you, as we move this important agenda forward together.” UNICEF/Khudr Al-IssaAn eight-year-old girl, who was paralysed by an exploding bomb and lost the use of her legs, sits in a wheelchair next to her 5 year old sister, near their home in east Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic. 11 December 2017.Children in the forePainting a grim picture of the challenging situation for children with disabilities, Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said prejudice, stigma, or inaccessible learning preventing half of all those children from attending school, while the half that do, lack a quality education.This, she said, is “a tragic waste of potential – for these children and for their societies and economies.”“As a global community, we will not achieve SDG 4 – education for all – if we continue failing these children. Not just getting them into school, but improving the quality of their education,” Ms. Fore stated.  To help offset some of these challenges, the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology provides life-changing support – including wheelchairs, prosthetics and hearing aids – to 500 million people globally by 2030, she explained. “For children with disabilities, these technologies help them see themselves, from an early age, as able – able to do the things they want to do. Move. Play. See. Hear. Interact. Learn. Communicate,” she elaborated.Children with disabilities living through conflict or disaster face a double disadvantage. Sharing the same dangers of violence, hunger and safety threats, they also face unique challenges, including “lack of mobility because of shattered infrastructure, difficulty fleeing harm and the prejudices that keep them from accessing the urgent assistance they need,” flagged Ms. Fore.      “This Summit is an opportunity to translate our commitment to children with disabilities into a reality around the world, no matter where they live,” concluded the UNICEF chief.For his part, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told the gathering that worldwide, at least 15 per cent of the more than 130 million people who need humanitarian aid have disabilities.“There is no silver bullet,” he said, “but the central, fundamental requirement is to include disabled people and their organizations in planning for and implementing responses to humanitarian crises,” which will “make for a better, more effective and humane response.”The Summit is co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and the United Kingdom, and the International Disability Alliance. read more

Colston Hall row Campaigners want Bristols famous concert venue named after slave

first_imgThin Lizzy Bob Dylan and Ron Wood Filming 'Hearts of Fire' at Colston Hall, Bristol, Britain - Sep 1986 Campaigners have been further angered by the fact that Colston Hall had indicated as long ago as September 2014 that it might change its name, but had done nothing about the issue.The hall said in a statement at the time: “We can confirm that we are looking at naming rights. We do need to make the point that Colston Hall was not built by Edward Colston or with his money. We have listened to local peoples’ concerns surrounding the negative associations of Edward Colston’s name and his role as a slave trader.”Bristol Music Trust, which runs the Colston Hall, said: “We are developing plans that will transform the Colston Hall into a venue fit for the 21st century and to serve Bristol for the next 150 years. Discussions over a new name will be part of that process.”“We want the hall to be a place open to all, that’s why we’re working so hard to champion accessibility for performers, audiences and for music education.”We are inviting the people of Bristol to be part of our plans and shape the way the venue will be redeveloped, so we would urge people to have their say on the redevelopment before the public consultation closes on February 24th.” Bob Dylan and Ron Wood Filming ‘Hearts of Fire’ at Colston Hall in 1986Credit:REX/Shutterstock An image of Edward Colston in 1722 The Rolling Stones playing at Bristol’s Colston HallCredit:David Redfern/Redferns Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Rolling Stones playing at Bristol's Colston Hall Art Deco interior of the Colston Hall Bristol UK from the performers’ stage viewCredit:Steve Taylor/Alamy Art Deco interior of the Colston Hall Bristol UK from the performers' stage view Colston Hallcenter_img An image of Edward Colston in 1722 Colston Hall, which has hosted The Beatles, David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Bob Dylan, among others, is currently consulting the public over £45m plans to remodel part of the hall and restore original features as part of its anniversary celebrations, but the consultation documents make no mention of the venue’s name, or Edward Colston’s history.Katie Finnegan-Clarke, of Countering Colston, which is campaigning for a new name, said: “Edward Colston’s crimes are well known, and many people believe that it is wrong that he should be honoured by having a prestigious cultural venue named after him.”The campaign, which is also calling for the city’s Colston’s Girls’ School to change its name, has accused the trust which runs the venue of ignoring the views of many in the city’s longstanding black community. There is also a statue of Colston in the city, whose plaque fails to mention his prominent part in the slave trade. First they targeted the statue of a 19th century colonialist, now anti-racism campaigners have their eyes set on the name of one of Britain’s oldest performance venues.Campaigners in Bristol are demanding that the city’s Colston concert hall be renamed to remove its association with one of Britain’s most notorious slave traders.The campaign has led to a bitter row which is threatening to split musicians and audiences alike.Colston Hall is named after Edward Colston, deputy governor of the Royal African Company which between 1672 and 1698 transported around 100,000 enslaved Africans to plantations in the West Indies and America. However the campaign is bitterly opposed by others in Bristol and the surrounding area.Samuel Waite, a Conservative councillor on Keynsham Town Council, in Somerset, said: “Let’s hope the powers that be don’t bow to political correctness and the Colston Hall retains its current name.”Marcus Keppel-Palmer, a law lecturer at the University of the West of England, in Bristol, wrote on Twitter: “Not disputing his [Colston’s] qualities. But keep Colston Hall as Colston Hall.” Ms Finnegan-Clarke, who describes herself as a trainer and campaign mentor, added: “We are proud of our city – Bristol is a modern, inclusive, multicultural place. We want to be proud of our main music venue.”Protests have been held outside the hall to highlight Colston’s part in the slave trade and petitions calling for a change in the name have been organised. Banners held by activists outside the venue read: “All he gave to Bristol he took from slaves” and “Colston was a murderer, enslaver, kidnapper; change the name”.Ivan Jackson, a presenter on Bristol’s Bristol Community FM, said: “We need to ask ourselves why do we name venues after people in the first place? Surely it’s about honouring the person concerned and memorialising them in a good way? Do we really want to honour Edward Colston now in 2017?“By changing a building’s name, we are not changing history. The history will still be there; it’s well documented. Colston will never be forgotten. There’s too much of him ingrained throughout Bristol.” The row has echoes of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign, in which students in Oxford demanded the removal of a statue to the British colonialist Cecil Rhodes erected at Oriel College.Following angry protests students at the Oxford Union voted 245 to 212 in favour of taking down the statue, but it was announced in January last year that the statue would remain, after donors threatened to withdraw gifts and bequests worth more than £100 million if it was removed.Campaigners in Bristol have seized on the 150th anniversary of Colston Hall to renew their demands for a change to the venue’s name, with some calling for it to be renamed Freedom Hall.They point out that Colston’s cargo included women and children as young as six – with each one branded with the company’s initials on their chest- and that more than 20,000 slaves died during the crossings. Colston Hall Thin Lizzy One of Bristol’s most famous pop acts, the trip-hop band Massive Attack, are boycotting the venue in support of the campaign and it is feared more musicians will follow suit.In an apparent concession to campaigners the hall’s management trust last night said “discussions over a new name” will form part of its plans to celebrate the 2,071-seater venue’s 150th anniversary this year.But opponents of any name change say it would deny the Bristol’s history and ignore the wealth brought by Colston to the city.Part of Colston’s huge fortune was used for a number of philanthropic projects, including the building of schools, almshouses and churches.last_img read more

29yearold Jamaican pastor killed in church

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaretaker in custody over brutal murder of Jamaican pastor inside churchOctober 8, 2018In “latest news”Jamaican pastor arrested on sex charges involving minorAugust 16, 2017In “Crime”Jamaican pastor pleads guilty to sex crimesNovember 30, 2017In “latest news” James JohnsonPolice investigators in Jamaica are seeking to establish the motive behind the killing of a 29-year-old pastor, James Johnson, the Jamaica Gleaner has reported.According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Johnson was killed around 5 o’clock at the Church of God of Prophecy on Old Harbour Road in the St Catherine North police division where a state of emergency is in force.The police say he arrived at the church, parked his car and entered the building and shortly after a gunman entered and opened fire hitting Johnson multiple times.It is reported that all the shots were to his back.The gunman later escaped.Johnson was pronounced dead at the Spanish Town hospital.Police investigators reportedly recovered seven spent shells from the scene.A past student of the Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon, Johnson was born in the community of Red Hills in the parish.He was the public relations officer of the Church of God of Prophecy, and a political enthusiast and also did stints in media at Nationwide News Network, the Jamaica Gleaner reported. read more

Young Serbian handball player in Libya If you lose we are going

Nikola Mitrović (21), handball player from Leskovac (Serbia), after playing in Al Naser from Bengazy for seven months has barely escaped and save his life, writes Serbian media.Right after he got to Libya his passport was taken from him, and the coach explained that defeat means death. He also didn’t get paid for all those months he player there.„Right after I got there I was told by my American coach that we cannot afford to lose, because they are capable of killing for defeat. Then I saw so called supporters armed with AK-47s.“The coach has managed to escape along with one more player, one month earlier before Mitrović did. During that time one American player got killed for team losing a game. Mitrović got his passport back from the coach, and that enabled him to go back to Serbia.Mitrović continues his confession, „I most certainly would have died if there wasn’t for my Syrian’s neighbours. They own a grocery store in the neighbourhood, and were giving me food. They have eventually helped me escape“MAID BEGIĆ handballlibya ← Previous Story DANISH FEMALE BEST 7: Mette Gravholt the No.1 Next Story → Golden League in April: Denmark VS France two months later… read more