Understanding FMLA for Military Families & Caregivers

first_imgWhen working with our Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Military Program at various installations across the state, it became apparent that many of our employees were unaware of the types of leave that are available. Approximately half of our Extension Military Program personnel consist of families of active duty service members, the other half are families of veterans. When we employ these types of individuals it is important that not only our Agency understand the types of leave available to the employee, but that our employees are also aware. If you are a military family member or a military caregiver currently employed, there is new legislation regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that could be beneficial to your family.In 2010 FMLA was amended by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to expand leave rights to employees with family members in the military depending on the individual’s circumstances. Under the new legislation by NDAA, FMLA includes two new benefit entitlements for military families: (1) Qualifying Exigency Leave and (2) Military Caregiver Leave.Let’s take a closer look at which type of leave would best fit you and your service member’s situation.Qualifying Exigency LeaveEligible employees who fall under the Qualifying Exigency Leave can take up to 12 weeks of FMLA leave yearly for reasons related to the call to active duty of covered service member’s spouses, children, or parents. Qualifications for Exigency Leave include:Service member has received a week or less for orders of deploymentService member is involved in military events and/or related activitiesUrgent child care or school activities is warrantedFinancial and legal tasks related to family member’s active dutyCounseling for the employee or child who isn’t already covered by FMLATime spent with service member on rest and recuperation (R&R) breaks during deploymentPost-deployment activitiesProviding care to parent of the service member when the parent is incapable of self-care and the service member necessitates a change in the existing care arrangement for the parentCertificationIf you qualify for Exigency Leave you must give reasonable notice to your employers upon seeking leave. Employers may require certification for Qualifying Exigency Leave, in which you will need to provide a copy of your service member’s active duty orders.For more information on Qualifying Exigency Leave go to the Department of Labor’s, Qualifying Exigency Leave under FMLA fact sheet.Military Caregiver LeaveIf you are caring for an active duty service member or veteran that has been wounded, Military Caregiver Leave is available. Military Caregiver Leave allows employees up to 26 weeks of leave in a single 12-month period to care for seriously injured or ill “covered” service members. However, eligible employees may take an additional 26 weeks of leave in a different 12-month period to care for the service member in the event another injury is sustained. Employees may also take Military Caregiver Leave to care for families members who sustained a qualifying injury for up to five years after they have been discharged from service. Eligible employees include the spouse, son, daughter, parent, or “next of kin” of the covered service member.Service members who are undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy for a serious injury or illness may be covered under the following qualifications:Member of the Armed ForcesDischarged or released under conditions other than dishonorableDischarged within the five-year period before the eligible employee first takes FMLA military caregiver leave to care for the service memberCertificationIf you qualify for Military Caregiver leave you may be required to provide certification by an authorized health care provider for employers to allow for leave to care for your service member. Health care providers can be from the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, TRICARE, or non-military affiliated providers. In addition to authorization from your healthcare provider, you may be required to submit documentation of family relationship in order to complete the certification process.To see if you qualify for FMLA leave for your current service member or veteran check out the following fact sheets provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.Military Caregiver Leave for Current Service Members under FMLAMilitary Caregiver Leave for Veteran under FMLABy knowing the types of leave available to you, it will not only help alleviate the many emotions that come with being part of the military community, but it will help you to know your options as an employee in the event your service member is deployed or wounded.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on May 22, 2015.last_img read more

Everything You Need to Know to Shoot Professional Interviews

first_imgIt’s easy to learn but extremely difficult to master. The interview setup is the bread and butter of any cinematographer’s repertoire.Interviews are an interesting conundrum in the cinematography world. They aren’t necessarily that difficult, yet they always seem to cause issues and create confusion. There are a million variables, and you can scrutinize every little thing. The audience is staring at an image of someone talking, and there is nothing else to distract them from how you shot and lit the interview.As such, it can be one of the most frustrating things to shoot when you’re starting out. Interviews are all about very subtle details and, first and foremost, making the subject look as good as possible. When an interview subject sits down to be in a video, their entire appearance (and in many ways the credibility of what they’re saying) is in your hands. You need to treat that with respect.So, how do you shoot an interview? How do you light it? Where should the subject look? What gear do you need?Getting StartedAs someone who has shot quite a bit of documentary-style interviews, my video above is meant to be a little info dump of things that I’d suggest or recommend — and some basics of interview lighting: the gear I use, the way I like to light, etc.If you take one thing from the lighting portion of that video, take this: three-point lighting (as it’s classically described) is just a suggestion. There are no rules in filmmaking. Except “feed everyone” — you need to do that. As it relates to interview lighting specifically, feel free to play around with the classic approach to three-point lighting.For instance, instead of setting up your lighting like this . . .. . . perhaps try it like this:Of course, the only real difference here is the placement of the fill light. You can fill from the key side or from the opposite side. Both work, but both also create different looks — and different perceived meanings from a storytelling perspective.Interviews can be more subjective than nearly anything else in the filmmaking world. Nobody can really quantify what will make a good one or a bad one, but if nothing else, it’s important to consider every interview setup with just as much intention and creativity as that long gimbal shot with the birds flying through the foreground and the lens flares in slo-mo. Your interview will likely get much more screen-time than that will.The details count — more than in most other types of shots. Get creative with it, and understand the motivation behind your decisions. Think about subject matter, and light and shoot accordingly.The Tools You’ll NeedIn my experience, the most critical thing to consider with your interview lighting is diffusion. Other than the placement of the lights, this is going to be what will determine whether or not the light on your subject is flattering.Time and time again, I’ve learned that really understanding diffusion and how it affects the look of my lighting is what separates professional-looking work from beginner material. You can use the best piece of lighting gear on the market, but if it’s not diffused properly, it’s going to look amateurish. There are no two ways about it.You don’t need a giant, expensive 10x ultrabounce to get the best light — in fact, you can get away with an $8 shower curtain and a C-stand. Just make sure that your diffusion is as big as possible, and as close to your subject as you can get it.The specific interview-lighting instruments that you use are way less important than you may think. Time and time again, Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter has shown us fantastic and affordable LED fixtures on many different budgets. All you really need is something bright, which can help you compete with bright windows and the like in your locations. In my experience, I usually end up needing daylight-balanced fixtures more often than tungsten (it’s much less often that I’m lighting in tungsten environments). In the video above, you’ll find multiple extremely bright and affordable LEDs (not to mention the stands you’ll need).You’re going to need a good shotgun mic. You’ll usually get the best interview audio by placing your shotgun mic over your subject’s head.The video above is a comparison of the RØDE NTG2 microphone to the beloved industry-standard Sennheiser MKH 416. Why did I share this video? Well, this video is the one I watched a while ago before I went ahead and purchased theRØDE NTG2 shotgun mic for my interview work. To me, it sounds fantastic for the price (about $250 or so now) compared to anything else in that range. RØDE has since released a few other more updated versions in the NTG line, but I still prefer the sound of the 2 (call me old-fashioned), and it’s cheaper.You might not be able to get your shotgun mic into a position that will get you the best sound, or the quality of the sound in the environment you’re in will need some backup. In these cases, you’re going to want use a wireless lavelier mic setup.The all-time, industry-standard, entry-level wireless lav setup is the G-series by Sennheiser. I’ve used a G3 pack for about as long as I’ve been in the industry. It’s always nice to have them as a backup in case your shotgun audio isn’t turning out great, or to have the option to use a mixture of the two to add a bit more body to the interview sound in post-production.Capturing Good SoundOn the subject of lavelier microphones: hide them well. Nothing is more distracting in an interview setup than when the shooter leaves the lav mic visible on the subject’s collar. This does generally provide the best sound, but in my opinion, it’s generally unprofessional and distracting.Watch the video above for some tips on hiding your lavelier microphones.While this video is directed more at narrative-style film audio, the same rules apply for interview audio.Make sure that you’re always riding the knobs and checking the levels as you shoot. Each interview subject is going to have a different timbre to their voice, so leaving the levels at the same settings as your last project will not always yield the greatest signal-to-noise ratio.How To Line It All UpWhen thinking about the best ways to shoot interviews and choosing the right lens, one source of info we can always look to is the one and only Roger Deakins (Papa Deaks as we call him around the office). In this video, he mentions his affinity for the more personal feel of the 32mm lens for an interview — getting much closer and more intimate with your subject, rather than shooting from much further away on an 85mm.Another important thing to be fully on top of creatively is the eye line. There are quite a few different styles of eye line, but the main distinction is whether or not your subject is looking directly into the lens or off to the side at the interviewer. If your subject is looking into the lens, it will read as if they are addressing the viewer. Some famous documentary filmmakers such as Errol Morris use this eye line. More often, however, you see the subject looking to the side at the interviewer. The benefit of this approach is that the interview feels a bit more conversational.So, experiment and decide which methods you like to use when planning your lighting, placement, and eye lines. Just make sure that your decisions support the overall goal — telling the story.Looking for more film and video tips and tricks? Check out these articles:Roundup: 5 Cutting-Edge Apps for the Modern FilmmakerRemove Unwanted Shot Features With Resolve 15’s Patch ReplacerPost-Production Tip: Four Highly Useful After Effects ScriptsFilmmaking Tips: The Basics of Shooting A Dialogue Scene5 Quick Tips: Mixing Audio for Film and Video Projectslast_img read more

Mahesh is smitten & it shows!

first_imgMahesh is smitten and it shows! It’s ‘love all’ for Mahesh Bhupathi and Lara Dutta.Tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi has his eyes on fiance Lara Dutta at a felicitation for Leander Paes in Chennai on Sept 18, 2008.After months of speculation – and their denying it – the tennis star has finally confessed to his match being ‘fixed’ with the Bollywood beauty.On Sunday, Bhupathi announced his engagement with Dutta on the social networking site Twitter. “So, Lara Dutta and me ( sic) got engaged in NY ( New York) last week. It’s official now,” the tennis star, who is in Chennai for a Davis Cup playoff tie against Brazil, wrote on his page.Dutta and Bhupathi had reportedly gone to the US last month. While he was there for the US Open and Davis Cup matches, she had gone for a photo- shoot.Bhupathi had walked out of his six- year marriage to model Shweta Jaishankar in July this year. The two had been having “irreconcilable differences” for some time.They had even said they were separated for more than two years. But in an interview to Savvy magazine in June this year, Shweta had blamed Bhupathi for making his relationship with Dutta public even before their divorce had come through.Though rumours of an affair between the actress and Bhupathi had been on, they had stuck to the clichd “We- are-just- good- friends” line for a long time.But in February this year, they attended the 55th Filmfare Awards together, making it obvious that they were indeed a couple.advertisementBoth Bhupathi and Dutta have had their string of failed relationships in the past.While Bhupathi had a long affair with model Anupama Varma before marrying Shweta, Dutta was into a serious relationship with model Kelly Dorjee.Later, she left Dorjee for his best friend, actor and model Dino Morea. But that relationship also fizzled out soon enough.It was only after splitting with Morea that Dutta started going around with Bhupathi.last_img read more

Shiva Thapa, Manoj Kumar strike gold at Czech boxing tourney

first_imgIndian boxers packed quite a heavy punch at the 48th Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem, clinching five gold, two silver and one bronze medal at the event in the Czech Republic.World Championships bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa (60kg), former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (69kg), Amit Phangal (52kg), Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) claimed gold medals after winning their respective summit clashes last night.Kavinder Bisht (52kg) and Manish Panwar (81kg), on the other hand, settled for silver medals. Earlier, Sumit Sangwan (91kg) had claimed a bronze after going down in the semifinals.Amit and Kavinder opened the proceedings for the country in an all-Indian final. Of the two, Amit is a light flyweight (49kg) boxer but competed in the flyweight division in this event. He defeated Kavinder 3-2 to claim the top position.Next up was Gaurav against Poland’s Iwanow Jaroslaw and the Indian had no trouble notching up a 5-0 win.Shiva, who recently won a silver medal at the Asian Championships, also clinched a dominant 5-0 victory over Slovakia’s Filip Meszaros to record another morale-boosting triumph ahead of next month’s World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.Another Hamburg-bound boxer, Manoj, too claimed a 5-0 verdict against local favourite David Kotrc. However, Satish Kumar had to stave off a stiff challenge from German Max Keller for his gold.Manish, on the other hand, lost to Germany’s Ibragim Bazuev to settle for a silver medal.The tournament marked the end of a fortnight-long training-cum-competition trip for the Indian boxers ahead of the world showpiece scheduled from August 25 to September 2.advertisementOf the boxers competing in this tournament, Amit, Kavinder, Gaurav, Shiva, Manoj, Sumit and Satish will be competing in the World Championships.The eighth Indian boxer in the fray at Hamburg will be Vikas Krishan (75kg) but he did not accompany the team on this trip, preferring to train in Pune.last_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: Rohit Sharma’s India ‘looking forward to Pakistan clash’

first_imgAs the six nations gear up for Asia Cup 2018, the spotlight returns on the legendary battle between India and Pakistan.India will play against Pakistan for the first time since the ICC Champions Trophy final in 2017 when the two teams meet at the Asia Cup on September 19.It will be the first match played between the two arch-rivals since the ICC Champions Trophy final in 2017 which Pakistan won by a comfortable margin to lift the title in England.MS Dhoni-Shoaib Malik exchange pleasantries during practice session in DubaiIndia, who had beaten Pakistan earlier in the tournament, were completely outplayed in the final thanks to brilliant bowling performances from Mohammed Amir, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan after Fakhar Zaman’s debut hundred at The Oval in the first innings which helped Pakistan post a mammoth 338/4 after being put into bat.Asia Cup 2018: Can Rohit Sharma shine as a captain once again?The two teams will get another chance at the Asia Cup to entertain the fans, who have been deprived of bilateral series between India and Pakistan since 2008.The boys are back in action. Time for the #AsiaCup to get underway here in Dubai. Snapshots from #TeamIndia’s practice session on Day 1 pic.twitter.com/alrBbzdaAbBCCI (@BCCI) September 14, 2018Overall, the two nations have played 129 ODIs with Pakistan holding a 73-52 advantage over India.Asia Cup 2018: Will Virat Kohli’s absence hurt India’s chances?But India, under the leadership of stand-in captain Rohit Sharma, will be the favourites heading into this match. The two traditional rivals have been grouped together in Group A.advertisementMS Dhoni’s chance to answer critics after average England seriesSpeaking during the captains’ press meet, Sharma said, “It is always exciting to play Pakistan. They are a great nation. They have been playing good cricket, off late. We are looking forward to that clash but again there are other teams here as well who are eying for the title.”Laxman names Shoaib Malik as real threat for India vs Pakistan”The games played here will be quite competitive. The focus should be on the whole tournament as everyone is here for the title,” he added.#WATCH: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Hong Kong& Afghanistan captains address media in Dubai ahead of Asi https://t.co/j3na7P7T5pANI (@ANI) September 14, 2018Reflecting on the climate conditions in the United Arab Emirates, where the Asia Cup will be held, the right-hand batsman said that it is not at all pleasant.”Climate is not so pleasant for sure. Exactly the reason we wanted to come a little earlier and get accustomed to the conditions.” he said.Rohit was also asked if the Asia Cup will be a build up to next year’s World Cup in England, to which he said: “In a way, you can say that. Every team wants to go to the World Cup in a good frame of mind. But we shouldn’t be looking too far ahead. Obviously the Asia Cup gives every team an opportunity to get the combination right before the World Cup.”The Mumbai batsman went on to add that while the World Cup will be at the back of his mind, it is better to take one game at a time.”I won’t understand how Angie (Angelo Mathews), Sarfraz (Ahmed) or Mashrafe (Mortaza) are looking at it and what their strengths and weaknesses are. But as the tournament progresses, we will understand what teams are doing.”The World Cup is too far ahead. We will play a lot of games before that. A lot of players will get an opportunity to stake claim for a berth in that World Cup squad. It’s a great opportunity to try for that perfect combination,” said Rohit.I am sure everyone is looking forward to it, but we will just focus on the match at hand. It is always exciting to play Pakistan, they have been great lately and have played very good cricket: Indian Captain Rohit Sharma on India-Pak match on September 19 #AsiaCup2018 #Dubai pic.twitter.com/41aCQ45kNsANI (@ANI) September 14, 2018India begin their Asia Cup campaign against Hong Kong on September 18 before taking on arch-rivals Pakistan the next day.Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, on the other hand, termed the Asia Cup as a big opportunity for all the participating teams.Speaking on their own game plan ahead of the tournament, Ahmed said that they would be taking one game at a time.Pakistan, meanwhile, have won the tournament twice. The first time in 2000, when they beat Sri Lanka in the final, and then in 2012.advertisementlast_img read more

Mary Kom extends contract with IOS

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 27 (PTI) Six-time world champion boxer M C Mary Kom Tuesday extended her commercial partnership with sports management firm IOS by signing a 10-year deal with the company. IOS has been managing Mary Kom since 2009. Mary Kom recently scripted history by winning her sixth world title, making her the most successful boxer in the tournament’s history. “In the last 10 years I have only focussed on my game and entire commercial work was perfectly managed by my team IOS. Looking at smooth working with them, I have decided to extend this relationship with them,” Mary Kom was quoted as saying in a press release. “I would like to continue working hard on my game and want IOS to manage commercial aspect exclusively,” he added. Welcoming the extension of relationship with Mary Kom, IOS MD and CEO Neerav Tomar said, “I would like to congratulate Mary on winning her sixth historic World title. We look forward to this extended relationship and hope to establish a stronger brand Mary in the days to come.” IOS also represents other top Indian athletes such as Vijender Singh, Hima Das, Manika Batra, Mirabai Chanu, Manpreet Singh, and Jinson Johnson among others. PTI PM PMlast_img read more

a month agoEx-Newcastle U23 coach Beardsley responds to his football ban

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Newcastle U23 coach Beardsley responds to his football banby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Newcastle United U23 coach Peter Beardsley has responded to his football ban.The 58-year-old has been suspended from all football-related activity after being found guilty of making racist comments by an independent regulatory commission.Beardsley left his role as Newcastle United Under-23 coach earlier this year following an internal investigation. He has now been banned by the FA until April 29 next year.In a statement released on behalf of Beardsley by the player’s representatives, Farleys Solicitors LLP, the ex-England man said: “Peter Beardsley is very surprised and disappointed by the decision of the Regulatory Commission.”It was almost impossible for Peter to clear his name because of the serious flaws and contamination of evidence that occurred in the Disciplinary process before Newcastle United and by the unusual fact that The FA Rules put the burden of proof on him to prove his innocence in the proceedings.”After a long process which has been unnecessarily protracted, Peter feels vindicated that the Commission has expressly found that he is not a racist.”Peter and his legal advisers have been inundated with support from all over the Country, both from fellow professionals of the highest repute including John Barnes, Kevin Keegan, Les Ferdinand and Andrew Cole, as well as other football professionals including managers, coaches, players, and football fans, all of which provided unchallenged evidence to the Commission as to Peter’s good character, the fact that he is not a racist and whatever was said, there was no intent to cause offence.”Peter has had many great years at Newcastle United and despite the circumstances of his dismissal he will always have the Club close to his heart and wishes the fans the success they deserve in the future. Surprisingly, Newcastle United did not provide the relevant training and education for Peter. Peter has always been willing and eager to attend all and any training organised by the Club. “Peter fully appreciates all the support over what has been a difficult period for him and his family, particularly that of previous manager and colleague Arthur Cox.”Peter has categorically denied the allegations throughout whilst continuing to honour the contractual obligations of confidentiality to Newcastle United and maintaining his silence which in itself has been very difficult.”With no avenue left open to him to clear his name Peter has no choice but to acknowledge the decision and now looks forward to moving on with his life and resuming his career.”He shall respect the sanction imposed and looks forward to returning to work in football, which has been his life, at the end of his suspension.” last_img read more

Reus at the same level as Hazard & De Bruyne – Witsel

first_imgBorussia Dortmund playmaker Marco Reus is as good a player as Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, according to his team-mate Alex Witsel.Reus, who recently turned 30, scored 24 goals for Dortmund last season – 21 of them in the Bundesliga – as they eventually finished agonising runners-up to rivals Bayern Munich.This summer has seen Hazard make a €100 million (£88.5m/$111m) move from Chelsea to Real Madrid, the joint-eighth most expensive transfer of all time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? De Bruyne, meanwhile, lit up the Premier League two seasons ago and despite an injury-disrupted 2018-19 campaign, remains one of the most potent attacking threats in the English domestic league.Witsel, though, believes that Reus deserves to be talked about on the same level as his Belgian compatriots.“Yes, he (Reus) is qualitatively on the same level. For me, he is a top player,” the midfielder said.German international Reus was voted the Bundesliga player of the season last year, the third time he has been awarded the individual trophy. He also featured in the league’s team of the season for a sixth time. Witsel continued: “Of course he deserves it. He’s a fantastic player, his shooting technique is crazy.“He’s a very important player for us, the club, the fans.”Witsel himself didn’t have a bad season for BVB, scoring six goals from midfield in 43 games following his return to Europe from Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjian.Dortmund will mount another effort to topple the domestic dominance of Munich this season, with the first game of the new season at home to Augsburg on August 17.Munich, who have won the league seven seasons in a row, will come head-to-head with Dortmund in the DFL Supercup on August 3.BVB, managed by Lucien Favre, have been bolstered by a number of eye-catching recruits this summer, including the return of defender Mats Hummels from Bayern for a fee in excess of £30m ($36m).Left wingers Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard – brother of Eden – have arrived from Bayern Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach, respectively, while they have also completed the permanent signing of loan sensation Paco Alcacer from Barcelona. Bayern have also spent big, acquiring defenders Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid, and Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart.last_img read more

Education Transformation Programme Receives $881 Million

first_imgImplementation of the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP) will continue this fiscal year, with an $881.21 million boost.The money has been set aside in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The programme seeks to provide support to the Ministry of Education’s policy to expand compulsory education from age 16 to 18 by providing approximately 2,100 additional secondary school spaces.It also aims to operationalise the new agencies that are key to improving capacity for delivering high quality education; set up mechanisms to mobilise additional resources for the education sector; and garner stakeholder support for the ESTP.Up to February, 2013, physical achievements of the programme include: 526 school inspections and training workshops for inspectors conducted; 243 School Inspectors trained; awareness training workshop with stakeholders in the 10 pilot schools conducted, with approximately 40 participants attending; the continuation of the Teacher Registration process with 23,400 entries currently online; and the development of a Code of Conduct for Teachers.Also, a Master Training Plan and Teaching Standards have been developed. The Jamaica Teaching Council discussion Bill has been finalised, and the revised draft is with Chief Parliamentary Counsel; the National Council for Educational Leadership (NCEL) was established; and the Teacher Management Information System 75 per cent complete.In addition, the trial of concept for new Department of Schools Services (DSS) commenced in Regions 1, 2 and 3; a Ministerial approval has been received to establish the DSS which will manage the regionaloperations; the National Education Trust (NET) has been incorporated and is operational; construction of Cedar Grove High School has commenced; and Cabinet approval has been received for the establishment of the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC) and a Commissioner/Executive Director has been employed.For the 2013/14 period, it is anticipated that the National Education Inspectorate will conduct at least 150 school inspections; the activities for accreditation of Inspector Training by the University Council of Jamaica will be finalised; and activities for implementing an electronic system to support inspections will commence.It is also expected that for this fiscal year, the construction of Cedar Grove High will be completed; the extension of three existing schools will be completed; J-TEC will be launched; activities for the revision and piloting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) will continue; support material for the National Comprehensive Numeracy Programme (NCNP) will be printed and distributed; and services for other activities, including Special Education and Curriculum Assessment, will be procured.Further, the pilot of DSS activities is to continue and activities finalised for its establishment; Cabinet approval is to be obtained for the establishment of the DSS; and software is to be procured for the Education Management Information system (EMIS).The programme, which began in March, 2010 is scheduled to end in March, 2014. It is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Industry Majors Busy with Securing Financing

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Shipping heavyweights have proven yet another time their fierceness in the fight to preserve liquidity with several major deals being announced today totaling in over USD 1.4 billion.Owner and operator of LNG carriers Dynagas LNG Partners said that it has sealed a syndicated USD 675 million senior secured term loan. The facility will be secured by first priority mortgages on the six LNG carriers in the partnership’s fleet.The loan will be utilized to repay the company’s existing indebtedness, consisting of outstanding USD 470 million Senior Secured Term Loan B and the USD 250 million aggregate principal amount under the Partnership’s 6.25% senior unsecured notes upon its maturity date of 30th of October 2019.The facility is repayable over five years in 20 consecutive quarterly payments and Dynagas LNG Partners expects the financing to close before the end of September.Tony Lauritzen, CEO of Dynagas LNG Partners, said that the credit facility provides the partnership with reduced cost of debt relative to the existing one and a simplified debt structure “with a clear and viable path towards deleveraging through a significant increase in debt amortization.”“As a result of this global refinancing and broader strategic realignment, the partnership is better positioned for future growth initiatives as global LNG markets continue their robust development,” Lauritzen added.The announcement comes as Global Ship Lease reveals a new syndicated USD 268 million senior secured credit facility with major commercial lenders including Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, ABN AMRO Bank N.V, CIT Bank NA, Hellenic Bank Public Company Limited and Siemens Financial Services Inc.GSL expects to draw down the first tranche of the loan, in full, of USD 230 million shortly and will use the proceeds to refinance five existing senior credit facilities with maturities in December 2020 and April 2021, thereby reducing its cost of debt, extending maturities, and simplifying its debt structure. As a result, three 2000-built 6,000 TEU ships will become unencumbered.The second tranche of up to USD 38 million, is available until May 2020 to facilitate further refinancing. The final maturity date of the new loan is expected to be September 2024, five years after drawdown.GSL said that it has refinanced all of the existing indebtedness under its junior facility in the amount of USD 38.5 million, with the only change being to extend its maturity from September 2023 to September 2024, consistent with the maturity date of the new loan.George Youroukos, Chairman of Global Ship Lease, believes this to be a significant improvement to the company’s capital structure.“With charter rates improving across the vessel classes represented by our fleet, we have successfully extended and expanded our charter backlog and, as previously announced, have agreed to purchase three vessels, two of which have now been delivered, with the third scheduled to deliver at the end of the month, in a highly attractive, opportunistic acquisition,” he added.“By successfully executing this refinancing, we are delivering upon our stated goals of reducing our cost of debt, significantly extending maturities of most of our 2020 debt until September 2024, and enhancing our financial flexibility by releasing collateral. While an important step in its own right, this refinancing also provides us with long-term certainty for further enhancements to our capital structure,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.Finally, as World Maritime News reported earlier today, boxship operator Seaspan sealed today a USD 500 million financing deal, bringing its financing program to USD 1.5 billion.The company plans to use the net proceeds to repay five secured credit facilities, as well as for future vessel acquisitions.last_img read more

Reduced Store Hours

first_imgDue to unfavorable weather conditions, select Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) retail stores will be delayed in opening, or have reduced store hours, today, Feb. 9. Most stores in Halifax and Dartmouth will be open regular hours. For more information on specific store hours, please contact that location by phone. Visit myNSLC.com for contact information. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, the largest single banner retail business in Nova Scotia, generates more than half a billion dollars of revenue a year, returning more than $200 million profit annually to the province. It employs more than 1,500 Nova Scotians, offering over 7,000 products from around the globe through 159 retail outlets, and 2,100 licensees. -30-last_img

Corner Gas star Brent Butt to perform in Sudbury

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In months he was headlining top clubs in the city, and within a couple years he was touring internationally and appearing at major festivals. His television specials quickly secured his reputation as one of the funniest people in the country, but he was also busy creating Corner Gas.It became an instant hit with unprecedented ratings and numerous accolades including an International Emmy Award nomination, and was named “Funniest Show on TV” by TV Guide readers.In 2013, Butt was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to community and country. That same year Butt’s first feature film entitled No Clue and directed by Carl Bessai was released. Butt wrote, starred in and produced the film under his Sparrow Media banner.Recently the highly anticipated feature film return to Dog River with Corner Gas: The Movie saw the entire beloved cast reunited to the delight of rabid fans and new fans alike.The movie received a special Golden Screen Award at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards recognizing the projects stellar ratings and “most watched” status.With Butt performing, writing, executive producing, and even directing, there is little doubt the future holds many untold achievements for one of Canada’s brightest stars.The Sudbury show takes place at The Grand Theatre at 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets cost either $35 or $40, depending on seating. Visit LOL Sudbury’s website for tickets and more information. https://www.ebosscanada.com/event/brent-butt-live/Brent Butt Live! LOL Comedy Festival is running its first ever Northern Ontario Tour with CTV’s Corner Gas star, Brent Butt.Brent Butt will be performing his successful stand-up comedy show in Timmins Dec. 8 and Parry Sound Dec. 9, ending his three-show tour in Sudbury Dec. 10.Born in Tisdale, Sask., Butt discovered early that being funny was a good way to get attention. Butt honed his comedy in school and at the age of 20 moved to Toronto to pursue a career in standup. Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Marlboro maker leaps into the cannabis trade with 24B

first_imgNEW YORK — One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $2.4 billion investment in Cronos Group, a Canadian medical and recreational marijuana company.Altria, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, is taking a 45 per cent stake in the Toronto company.Cronos said Friday that the Richmond, Virginia, tobacco company will pay another $1.4 billion for warrants that if exercised, would give the Altria a 55 per cent majority ownership stake.Cronos first announced that it was in talks with Altria this week.The Associated Presslast_img

UNbacked prize to reward research into Latin American economic development

26 March 2010The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is jointly launching a new prize for academics, intellectuals and professionals who conduct research into economic development. The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is jointly launching a new prize for academics, intellectuals and professionals who conduct research into economic development.The International Award for Research on Economic Development Juan F. Noyola, named after a renowned Mexican economist, will be awarded every two years, ECLAC announced yesterday in a press release issued from Mexico City.Contestants for the prize are required to submit an original unpublished Spanish- or Portuguese-language monograph on Latin American economic development issues that could contribute to policy-making and analysis. Winners will receive a monetary prize and their research will be published.ECLAC has launched the award in cooperation with the Institute of Economic Studies of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, known as UNAM.Alicia Bárcena, the Executive Secretary of ECLAC, said Mr. Noyola’s research and thinking of economic issues, particularly inflation, remain relevant today.“After the disappointing results of the market reforms implemented in the 1990s and in light of the recent impact of the global financial crisis, our region urgently needs to find answers to the same questions Noyola posed decades ago: how can we detonate and sustain high economic expansion aimed at greater equality without falling into an inflationary spiral or in a balance of payments or fiscal crisis?” Ms. Bárcena said. read more

Automotive Academy unveils newlook website

http://www.automotiveacademy.co.uk has a refreshed new look and feel, providing more information to employers, employees and training organisations, as well as the world’s media. The Automotive Academy has unveiled its new website, the internet home of training for the motor manufacturing industry. The Automotive Academy is a unique partnership between the automotive industry and government, making globally competitive training materials available to everyone in the industry; from shop floor to boardroom and from the largest vehicle manufacturer to the smallest SME. Academy chief executive, Dr Alan Begg, said, ‘Our web site is fast becoming the best single source of up-to-date material on training in the motor industry. The new easy-to-use site provides access to all the Academy course brochures, contact details for the key people in all our regional spokes, as well as the latest Academy news. Its new look makes it much easier for people to find exactly what they’re looking for, making more time for our globally competitive training. ‘ More from: http://www.automotiveacademy.co.uk/Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Suit seeks benefits for clients of disgraced Kentucky lawyer

Conn has been imprisoned for his role in the largest Social Security fraud in history, affecting hundreds of disability recipients.A federal appeals court decision earlier this year restored benefits for about 300 of Conn’s former clients.Prestonsburg attorney Ned Pillersdorf says the new suit is aimed at people who gave up on their appeals but are truly disabled and deserve to have benefits restored Eric Conn (Photo Courtesy: Pike Co. Detention Center LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a group of people who lost federal disability benefits after their lawyer was arrested for fraud.The suit filed Friday in eastern Kentucky aims to revive the cases of about 500 people who most likely gave up the legal fight after the government began revoking benefits for lawyer Eric Conn’s former clients four years ago.- Advertisement – read more

Franco Harris ExPenn State Players Against Freeh Report

In a scathing e-mail sent to Penn State alumni, Franco Harris and two other former Penn State football players say the report about Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal “is highly flawed, and factually insufficient.”Harris, Rudy Glocker and Christian Marrone sent the e-mail criticizing the Freeh report that they plan publish in The Wall Street Journal and other large publications.The email and letter were obtained by The Associated Press on Friday.The players claim there was a rush to judgment by the media, the board of trustees, university officials and the NCAA after the blistering report was released two weeks ago.The report compiled by a team led by former FBI director Louis Freeh accuses school officials, including late coach Joe Paterno, of covering up the abuse to avoid bad publicity.“A grave injustice has occurred over these past two weeks that began with the issuance of the Freeh report,” the email states. “After much review, it’s clear the report is highly flawed, and factually insufficient. Yet, the media, the Board of Trustees, University officials and the NCAA, seem to have read only the conclusions and not the content of the report and have failed to question the report’s evidentiary basis or lack thereof — they have rushed to judgment. As a result, OUR program has been brutally harmed and our Coach has been completely tarnished.”The email asks those who support its claims to sign the letter and return it by Saturday.Harris is one of Penn State’s greatest players. He played fullback for Paterno in the early 1970s and went on to a Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.Glocker graduated from Penn State in 1992. Marrone graduated in 1997.The letter, dated July 27, and titled “Rush to Judgment,” claims the “snap judgments reached by the Freeh report about what Coach Joe Paterno knew and what he did deserve further analysis. In short, we believe this report has irresponsibly impugned Paterno’s reputation without sufficient evidence.”The players criticize the thoroughness of the Freeh report because the investigators did not interview many of the central people in the case, including Paterno, who died in January, Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz — who are both awaiting trial on charges of perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse — and former assistant coach Mike McQueary, who was a key witness in the case against Sandusky.The players say Freeh made what he deemed “reasonable conclusions” about Paterno’s alleged “cover-up” based on three emails. But the emails, two from 1998 and one from 2001, do not support that conclusion, the players say. read more

Wanbao mine in Myanmar puts FAM leach pad system into operation

first_imgFAM recently successfully installed and put into operation the first line of a leach pad system in Wanbao opencast copper mine in Myanmar under a contract with Wanbao Mining Co Ltd, China. The machines are designed to convey and spread copper ore at a capacity of 6,500 t/h. Operation of the first line is already running in full compliance with contractually agreed technical parameters.Both identical conveyor lines of the system consist of one shiftable feeding belt conveyor, one tripper car, and one conveyor bridge on crawlers. The crushed copper ore is spread on a vast stockpile by using a belt conveyor and infused with acid over a pipe system. The acid leaches the copper from the ore, then it is collected by a drainage system and fed into an electrolysis plant for copper production. The Wanbao project serves as a significant extension of the global network of FAM leach-pad systems.last_img read more

Clearpath survey robots receive value added LiDAR capability

first_imgVelodyne Lidar says the combination of its LiDAR sensor expertise with Clearpath Robotics’ mobile robots for survey and inspection will offer customers a “value-added” service, allowing them to get maximum value from the high-resolution, 3D data these machines capture.Clearpath’s robotic solutions now use Velodyne’s state-of-the-art LiDAR technology, which, Velodyne said, boasts industry-leading resolution, range, and field of view. “Velodyne sensors create a 360° real-time map of the environment, allowing the robot to detect and avoid obstacles for safe autonomous navigation,” the company said.Julian Ware, General Manager of Clearpath Robotics, said: “We have been recommending and integrating Velodyne products on our robotic platforms for almost a decade. Velodyne sensors have proven to handle challenging automation tasks and flawlessly function in unfamiliar and unpredictable settings.”Velodyne’s LiDAR sensors are designed for seamless integration with robotic platforms by being easy to mount, having low-power consumption, and including a web configuration tool, the company said. “They are meticulously designed to perform in high-stress environmental conditions like inclement weather, which is essential for outdoor deployments.“Clearpath provides value-added services for Velodyne with wide-ranging expertise integrating its sensors in customised robotics systems. The company has extensive experience supporting Robot Operating System (ROS)-ready mobile robotics platforms by developing and maintaining ROS drivers, and providing step-by-step ROS tutorials.”Mike Jellen, President and CCO, Velodyne Lidar, said: “Clearpath brings the skill set and experience necessary to help customers derive maximum value from high-resolution, 3D data provided by Velodyne Lidar to create innovative ground-based mobile robot solutions.”Clearpath Robotics provides hardware, software, and services to enable self-driving vehicle development, deployment, and operation, serving markets that span industrial materials handling, mining, military, agriculture, aerospace, and academia.last_img read more