Video Tutorial: Setting Up a DSLR Camera to Record Video

first_imgKnow the fundamentals of shooting video with your DSLR. In this tutorial you’ll get a run-down of the proper settings and shooting options.Want to get a better handle on the video capabilities of your DSLR camera?Many video concepts translate across different camera brands, so once you know how to properly set up one camera you can easily figure out how to set up others. In the following video by video guru Richard Harrington, you’ll learn how to set up video recording across Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic devices.This DSLR video tutorial covers:Setting your camera in manual modeAuto-focus with videoFrame rate optionsGrid displaysSound recordingFormatting cardsNTSC vs PALThis is a must-watch for any still photographers looking to transition into video. This video was first featured on PhotoFocus. Thanks for sharing Richard!Have any tips for setting up your DSLR camera? Prefer one camera’s navigation above another? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Sharad Yadav, Babulal Marandi meet Lalu in Ranchi jail

first_imgRebel Janata Dal (United) leader and former party president Sharad Yadav met Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in Ranchi jail on Monday morning.The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) leaders Babulal Marandi and Pradeep Yadav too met Mr. Prasad in Birsa Munda Central jail in Ranchi.Mr. Prasad is currently lodged in jail in connection with two fodder scam cases.Later, appearing in special CBI court, Mr. Prasad told local media persons that they “ discussed about country’s politics…enquired about each others well-being”.Ever since Mr. Prasad was jailed, several leaders from the Opposition parties have met him.According to sources, Mr. Sharad Yadav and others are making an “effort to come at a common platform to oppose the BJP-led NDA government in upcoming 2019 general elections.”last_img read more

Saina, Kashyap secure wins for Awadhe Warriors in PBL

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 30 (PTI) Saina Nehwal scripted a sensational comeback win over Canadas Michelle Li to guide Awadhe Warriors to an unassailable 4-0 lead over newcomers North Eastern Warriors in the third Premier Badminton League (PBL) here today.The Lucknow-based team, who had opened their campaign with a 4-3 win over defending champion Chennai Smashers in the PBL opener at Guwahati, continued their rampaging run, winning the first three matches — including their Trump match — to beat the North Easterns here.World No 10 Saina, who clinched her 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medal at the same venue, continued her love affair at the Siri Fort Sports Complex with a 6-15 15-13 15-13 triumph over world No 21 Li, who is interestingly the reigning Commonwealth Games champion.Earlier, Hong Kongs Tang Chun Man and Denmarks Christinna Pedersen clinched Awadhes Trump match against North Easterns Kim Gi Jung and Prajakta Sawant 15-14 15-13 after a hard-fought battle to put their team 2-0 ahead.In the mens singles, Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap then came out strongly against Ajay Jayaram, notching up a 15-9 15-12 win to give a 3-0 lead to Awadhe Warriors.Saina then sealed the issue in favour of Awadhe after surviving a mighty scare against Li, who dished out a spirited game before going down narrowly.”I couldnt play the last three weeks due to an ankle injury. I didnt have much match practice but I am happy to win. She played well. I couldnt react as I am still sluggish. I need time to get full fitness,” Saina said after the match.advertisement”I was moving well in second and third. I was not playing too well but I didnt want to give up.”Saina failed to negotiate a series of drop shots from Li early on as the Canadian simply walked away with the opening game without much ado.The Indian, however, got her bearing right in the second and the duo were tied 4-4 at one stage. The Indian earned a slender 8-7 lead at the break after Li sent one to the nets.Li showed great defence but a gritty Saina displayed her mettle as she roared back into the contest when her rival went wide after an exciting rally.In the decider, Saina rushed to a 7-1 lead but Li made it 8-9 at one stage before drawing parity at 11-11 with a powerful cross court smash.Saina left one at forecourt and hit long to hand over the lead to Li. A body smash saw Saina make it 13-13.Another engrossing rally and Lis drop shot hit the net to give Saina the match point.A fantastic rally ended with Lis shot going wide again as Saina exploded in celebration.Earlier, Kashyap zoomed to 5-1 lead early on before grabbing a 8-3 advantage at the first interval. He continued to stay in the drivers seat even as Jayaram struggled to find his rhythm in the first game.Kashyap, who reached the finals at US Open Grand Prix Gold this season, moved to 12-7 after the breather before earning the bragging rights.In the second game, Kashyap headed into the break with a four-point lead against Jayaram, who narrowed the margin to 10-12 at the closing moments. Kashyap, however, eventually closed out the match comfortably. PTI ATK KHS KHSlast_img read more

Think Inc

first_imgI did my economics honours from Delhi’s St Stephen’s College between 1973 and 1976. I was clear that I would sit for the civil services exam. But those days it was very tough to score well in civil services with economics as the main subject. Students who did well in,I did my economics honours from Delhi’s St Stephen’s College between 1973 and 1976. I was clear that I would sit for the civil services exam. But those days it was very tough to score well in civil services with economics as the main subject. Students who did well in economics from the Delhi School of Economics did very poorly in the civil services examination. Therefore, I decided that I would switch over to international relations. I applied to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and got admission in the School of International Relations (SIR); I spent two years there.Those two years were a very unique period of my life. It was a great learning experience and actually in those two years I learnt more about the world and evolved more as a person than I did during the three years in St Stephen’s College. It was a fascinating experience at JNU. It was the post-Emergency period. There was a lot of vibrant politics on the campus. Many students from JNU had gone to jail. There was a lively energetic atmosphere on the campus. There were students following Left, Extreme Left and Extreme Extreme Left ideology. There used to be heady debates and discussions in the hostels, which used to start after dinner and continue till dawn. There were different shades of Marxism all over JNU. I recall attending several of those debates and greatly benefitting from them. The university used to host a number of great speakers from divergent schools of thought.There were also several active groups of free thinkers who were fully aware but not politically committed to the Left ideology. I was one among the free thinkers. The SFI was very well entrenched in the campus. I recall how Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechuri and Jairus Banaji brought in a high level of intellectual discourse during the electioneering process. Issues of ideology, global and national politics dominated these debates. That’s why the learning experience at JNU was vast and varied. The reception area of the main JNU buildingWithin the university, the academic circle was quite vibrant. There were some phenomenal teachers. One of the iconic teachers in the School of International Studies was Professor Ashok Guha who taught me economics. There were other doyens such as Professor Anand who taught international law, Professor S.D. Muni and Dr Pushpesh Pant. There was a whole set of outstanding teachers who helped students to learn and evolve. The quality of teaching was very high.JNU was in the old campus then. After classes, we would go to the library. Next to the library, there was a dhaba where we used to spend time debating and discussing. I used to stay in the Periyar hostel; it had an intellectually stimulating atmosphere. My sensibilities in arts, culture, dance and music evolved in JNU. Inside the JNU libraryJNU, in many ways, was a microcosm of India. There were students from all parts of India. The campus was very compact then. Various departments and schools were not as spread out as they are now. The students from one school used to interact with others. The meeting point was either the dhaba or the library. This is something I don’t see happening now, as the different centres are located far from each other. There is very little interaction between students of different schools. As soon as I finished my masters, I sat for the civil services and I was selected. So I left JNU after two years. If I have to summarise the JNU of my time, a few things stood out — it had outstanding faculty, the students enjoyed a lot of freedom and it had a lively and intellectually vibrant atmosphere. JNU was a great leveller, as it attracted students from a diverse milieu. The kurta-jeans culture, which students wore all the time, brought everyone down to a common denominator, making each appreciative of the others social and economic background. In fact, I made friends from varied backgrounds who have remained my friends till date. That was also a period when a lot of JNU students opted for government services with the commitment of transforming the country and doing something for the downtrodden. In fact, JNU helped students to clear the civil services because of its multidisciplinary approach. That’s where JNU has an edge over others. From the same floor in my hostel one friend, Asif Ibrahim, became the director of Intelligence Bureau (IB), another, Alok Joshi, became chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), yet another friend, S. Jaishankar, became the foreign secretary. Several of my classmates made it to the IAS and IFS and have contributed significantly to India’s growth and development. India’s defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is also a distinguished alumnus of the university.In my time, the vice chancellor, the faculty and students in JNU used to work in cohesion. Quite often, we could see the faculty and students protesting together on some national or international issue. The students used to get arrested regularly. Many of them used to be regularly taken to the Tughlaq Road police station. But the university administration and teachers always supported the students. There was no political vendetta. The VC and the faculty ran the university. It was an epitome of autonomy. I find that the cohesion of my time is missing now. Often, students are on one side, the management on another while the teachers take a different position altogether. The three components must work in close coordination. They must have a common vision on where they want to take JNU in the future.The system of selection of students in JNU has to be improved. The selection system has become very lax over a period of time. The selection must be merit-based. JNU should also start its courses only from the post-graduate level. Only in the School of Languages should they allow undergraduate courses. But the selection process needs a complete overhaul.Whatever be the situation, the university must produce the best students. They have to be best products of the Indian education system. So its very important that the quality of intake is very high and that can happen with a stringent selection process. JNU students must excel in every walk of life. JNU was designed to be a centre of great excellence.To make that happen, the focus must be on high quality research as well. There is a need for focused research and more publications from JNU. There is very little research work being done at present. The number of published research papers is very low.We must ensure that the best teachers from across the world come to JNU. It cannot remain an isolated institution living with its own ideology in its own world. The administration must ensure that students following different ideologies coexist in the university and flourish. JNU must be exposed to the worlds best universities. We must see collaborations with top universities such as Stanford, Harvard and MIT and Oxford.There was a time when BHU was perhaps the best university in India. A Tamilian, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, was appointed the VC of the university only on merit. He went on to become the President of India. Another such university was the Allahabad University, which had several outstanding teachers from South India. This meant that meritorious teachers from across the country were brought into the centres of academic excellence. The selection of teachers was purely on merit. From the mid-seventies, caste, religion and region replaced merit in the selection process. Political intervention started increasing. That resulted in many of these universities losing their old glory and legacy.The rule of merit must be brought back. If JNU has to maintain its legacy, it must improve the quality of its teachers and students. Teachers leave a huge imprint on students. We can build a secure and better future for India by selecting the right kind of teachers.Finally, JNU must work on its strength — a multidisciplinary approach. It cannot be only about politics. We need arts, culture, music and sports to flourish too on the campus. Its many schools must emerge as the finest institutions of higher learning in the world.The writer is an alumnus of JNU and currently CEO of NITI Aayog.last_img read more

Playing Big In the Mid-Segment

first_imgThe global smartphone maker OPPO has been always known for its innovative technology, design and for bringing in phones with power-packed features. Giving the consumers a top priority OPPO has yet again brought in a device with is full of high-end features keeping the price in mind. The all-new OPPO A9 has the potential to redefine what we expect from a phone with a price of just Rs 15490.The first thing that will strike you about the phone is the size of the display screen. At 6.53 inches, the A9 features one of the largest displays. And it cuts no corners in the process. It comes with a full HD+ waterdrop screen and a screen ratio of 90.7 per cent, the sort you expect at much higher price points. The front camera is placed in a tiny drop display ensuring that you get an uncluttered viewing experience. It is a resilient display too, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.And this magnificent display is matched by an equally well crafted back. The back of the A9 follows OPPO’s new design concept called the beauty of Young Zen, making the phone appear like something from a jewellery showcase. The back comes infused with the rich color and brilliant sheen of a polished gem, with subtle curves that ensure that the phone nestles comfortably in the palm of your hand. The phone comes in two colour variants – Marble Green and Fluorite Purple – and both are a treat for the eye, with their subtle, polished sheen, a pleasing contrast from the predictable shiny glass backs of the competition. At 8.3 mm, it is also very slim and will slip into your pockets. Although you would not feel like keeping it there, given how beautiful it is.advertisement Within that elegant exterior is some very powerful hardware. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Helio P70 processor and comes with 4 GB RAM and a massive 128 GB of storage, ensuring that whatever the A9 runs out, it will not be processing muscle or memory gigabytes. Be it gaming or running multiple apps, the A9 is designed to sail through them without even breaking into a sweat – yes, even if you push it into the zone of PUBG and Asphalt. And of course, this being an OPPO device, there are some seriously good cameras on board as well. The A9 sports dual cameras on the back, with the main sensor being a 16 megapixel one with a large f/1.8 sensor, backed by a 2 megapixel depth sensor. Combined with some software magic, particular in the Ultra Night Mode 2.0 and the Dazzle Colour Mode, these cameras are capable of delivering some stunning photography. The 16-megapixel camera lodged above the display is designed for stunning selfies and can recognise 130 forehead points. There is also plenty of AI at play in the camera department with scene recognition ensuring that camera settings are optimised for every photograph you take.Running the show is Android 9, the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system, topped up with OPPO’s famous Color OS 6, which adds a variety of features and functions to the normal Android interface, enabling users to do much more with their device. To ensure that the A9 keeps running for a while is the responsibility of a massive 4020 mAh battery – enough to keep it going well beyond a day. Round that off with every connectivity option that you would expect in a modern-day flagship device – 4G, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi and yes, even a 3.5 mm audios jack – and it becomes clear that at Rs.15,490, the OPPO A9 has what it takes to change user expectations of this price segment smartphones. It has got it all. And it has got lots of it!Be it the display, the design, storage, processor, price or the massive battery, OPPO A9 has it all packed in one device. The OPPO A9 is out in the market and available across all offline stores. Go grab one for yourself now!last_img read more

Arsenal star Mkhitaryan launches bizarre toy

first_imgHenrikh Mkhitaryan Arsenal star Mkhitaryan launches bizarre ‘Mickitoy’ Chris Burton 17:25 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Arsenal Getty Arsenal Premier League WTF The Armenian playmaker is offering his fans the chance to purchase their own version of him, with an interactive doll set to hit the shelves Arsenal playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has expanded his portfolio away from the football field by launching his own toy.An iconic figure in his native Armenia, the 29-year-old is giving a loyal fan base the opportunity to buy into his world.A large number of sportsmen and women have chosen to head down a fashion path when branching out from their chosen profession. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Clothing lines and fragrances have proved popular, while the likes of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo have even moved into films and cartoons.Mkhitaryan has opted to head in a slightly different direction with his latest venture.The Gunners star is releasing the ‘Mickitoy’ into the marketplace, with an interactive doll supposedly modelled on his image.He has chosen June 1 to launch the product as that is International Children’s Day in many countries.Mkhitaryan is clearly proud of his effort, even if his promotional video is a little cringe-worthy.NOW in Mankan shops ARM. Online orders coming soon #mickitoy On the Int Children’s Day, I wish every kid to be blessed with a bright future. pic.twitter.com/zq8z9GhJBd— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) June 1, 2018The product is likely to prove popular in Mkhitaryan’s native Armenia, where he is a national hero, while sales may also spike in north London.Arsenal supporters will be hoping that their classy midfielder is back to his best in 2018-19, with an untimely injury having stunted his progress at Emirates Stadium following a January move from Manchester United.He will have a new manager to impress when he returns for pre-season training, with Unai Emery having been handed the baton following Arsene Wenger’s departure after 22 years at the helm.last_img read more

Brett McMurphy On What He’d Be “Surprised” By For Urban Meyer, Ohio State

first_imgBrett McMurphy speaking back when he worked at ESPN.Ohio State will be wrapping up its investigation into how Urban Meyer handled allegations of domestic violence against his former wide receivers coach Zach Smith from back in 2015 this week. Friday, the man who broke the original story two weeks ago, Brett McMurphy, said he expects Meyer to at a minimum be suspended.McMurphy, just over two weeks ago, dropped a bombshell report on Facebook that suggested Meyer lied during Big Ten Media Days when he said he didn’t know about the 2015 allegations against Smith. Meyer, two days later, issued a statement on Facebook, admitting that he did know about the allegations. He also said he followed proper “protocol” in reporting them to his superiors.McMurphy joined Open Mike with Mike Bianchi down in Orlando on 96.9 and gave somewhat of an updated prediction on what he thinks will happen to Meyer.McMurphy isn’t sure whether Meyer will be fired or suspended – but he said it would “surprise” him if Ohio State didn’t issue any kind of punishment on the head coach.“Everything that I have reported about this throughout the past couple weeks, Ohio State has known about it. They just decided to fire Zach Smith because it went public. So does that mean that they’re embarrassed by this information getting out? Is Urban Meyer ultimately punished for that? My gut – honestly, I have no idea.I wouldn’t be surprised – the only decision that Ohio State ultimately makes that I would be surprised by is if there was no punishment. I would be surprised by that.If he’s suspended for a number of games or if he’s fired I wouldn’t be surprised. If they simply said “we’ve looked at everything, and he’s our coach. There’s no penalty” That would be the only result that would surprise me.”McMurphy was also asked about Jeff Snook’s reporting. You can listen to the entire interview here.Ohio State’s original timeline – two weeks – runs up this Sunday. That said, it’s very possible that we don’t learn Meyer’s fate until next week.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Warner, Smith ready for hostile crowds in England, says Langer

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Warner, Smith ready for hostile crowds in England, says LangerDavid Warner and Steve Smith will be returning to international cricket for the first time after the expiry of their ball-tampering bans at the World Cup.advertisement Reuters LondonMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 17:19 IST David Warner has been in fine form in the lead up to World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia coach Langer says Smith and Warner could face crowd hostility in EnglandThe duo was banned for a year for involvement in ball-tamperingAustralia will begin their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1Australia’s returning duo of Steve Smith and David Warner could face hostility from English crowds during the World Cup but can rely on their teammates to cope, coach Justin Langer has said.The pair have returned from year-long bans following a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa and are expected to play vital roles in Australia’s title defence although they will not be in leadership positions.Langer is aware the crowd in England could target Smith and Warner in the May 30-July 14 tournament in England and Wales but said public anger will not be as intense as it was.”We can’t control the crowd. What I do know is… it might heat up but I can guarantee it won’t be any hotter than it was 12 months ago. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Langer told reporters in London.”The boys are well prepared. They’ve paid a heavy price and we’re expecting always to come here and to face the fire and we’re ready for that.”They’re human beings as well and… there’s not too many I’ve met who like being booed or heckled or disliked. We’re going to have to care for them, we’re going to have to put an arm around them and make sure they’re going okay.”Langer was happy with what he saw of the duo in three unofficial World Cup warm-up matches at home to a New Zealand XI this month, where Smith had unbeaten knocks of 89 and 91 while Warner managed a top score of 39.”I watched Steve batting… in those three practice games, he’s literally a master of the game, so it’s nice to have him back,” Langer added.advertisement”Dave’s got that look on his eye, he’s really hungry, he’s a great player… he’s so dynamic, he brings so much energy, and that’s what we ask from our players.”Australia’s World Cup opener is against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.Also Read | Yuvraj Singh considering retirement, may seek BCCI permission to play private T20 leaguesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in EnglandAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow David WarnerFollow Steve SmithFollow World Cup 2019Follow Justin LangerFollow Australia national cricket teamlast_img read more

Amawaterways Shares ‘Seven Dimensions of Wellness’ In Honor of Global Wellness Day

first_imgCALABASAS, CA – (June 7, 2019) – As a pioneer in active river cruising, AmaWaterways is proud to celebrate Global Wellness Day on Saturday, June 8th, releasing an inside look at the company’s approach to wellness with tips from Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Kristin Karst (pictured left) and Corporate Wellness Host, Selina Wank, who together are responsible for leading the fleetwide Wellness Program, which rolled out onboard 16 European ships this year. “At AmaWaterways, we are passionate advocates of living a healthy lifestyle, both on vacation and at home, and we are always looking for new ways to enhance our wellness offerings that  guests can enjoy while discovering the scenic landscapes and picturesque towns along Europe’s most iconic rivers,” said Karst. “Since introducing complimentary bicycles onboard in 2006, we have been leading the way in active river cruising. Over the past three years, I have had the pleasure of personally working with our talented Wellness Hosts to create an even more immersive wellness experience onboard and on shore.” In the most recent issue of AmaWaterways’ quarterly guest magazine, Beyond the River Banks, Karst shared the “Seven Dimensions of Wellness,” which has guided the development of the company’s innovative new offerings related to overall wellness. Besides physical exercise, she highlights central themes like the importance of being in the moment for emotional wellness, and how spending time with loved ones can rejuvenate the soul. These full seven wellness principles can be found in the online edition of the magazine. In addition to Karst’s article, the magazine also highlights fitness and diet tips from Selina Wank (pictured right), Corporate Wellness Host for AmaWaterways. Selina is a native of Germany but spent much of her life traveling as a professional equestrian endurance racer before earning her degree in Sports Science and joining AmaWaterways to work with Karst in developing the first Wellness Host program on the AmaLyra. She now manages the wellness activities and team of 16 Hosts across the entire AmaWaterways fleet. From core strengthening, resistance band workouts and sunrise stretching classes to guided biking and hiking tours, guests onboard AmaWaterways’ luxury river cruises can enjoy a variety of wellness activities each day.  AmaWaterways ships in Europe offer the guidance of a professionally trained and passionate Wellness Host to help guests achieve their wellness goals during their journey – and beyond. In addition to group fitness classes, travelers are invited to join their Wellness Host for active excursions and informative lectures on how to incorporate wellness into everyday life. ” src=”blob:https://www.travelprofessionalnews.com/d63e38d9-6d1c-4a78-8c13-69d5180d4933″ alt=”image008.jpg” width=”214″ align=”left” hspace=”12″ v:shapes=”Picture_x0020_1″ class=”Apple-web-attachment Singleton” style=”opacity: 1;”>Guests onboard the revolutionary AmaMagna, the newest edition to the fleet, can enjoy a Zen Wellness Studio. Along with a spacious, well-equipped gym and juice bar, AmaMagna provides the first-ever opportunity for “Spinning with a View.” AmaMagna is twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, yet welcomes only 20 percent more guests, allowing generous personal space – with more than half of the 98 staterooms designated as suites measuring between 355 and 710 sq. ft. and four separate restaurants. AmaWaterways’ Wellness Program includes a fleet of complimentary bicycles onboard, fitness centers, sun-deck swimming pools or whirlpools, and walking tracks. When it comes to dining,AmaWaterways has paved the way in incorporating healthy food options into all their menus – including accommodating specialty diets such as gluten-free, low-sodium and vegetarian. There are also selections like vitamin shots and freshly baked whole grain breads at breakfast, and hydration stations with infused citrus and gemstone water. Supported by an operations, sales and marketing staff of over 200 people with its headquarters in Calabasas, CA, AmaWaterways takes great pride in also offering wellness benefits to its employees. Additionally, the company partners with local organizations with wellness in mind such as the recent creation of a new AmaWaterways’ sponsored lounge area at the Yarrow Family YMCA in Westlake Village, providing a perfect place for family members to meet after participating in various fitness activities or classes. More information about AmaWaterways wellness offerings can be found atAmaWaterways.com/Explore/Wellness. For full details, or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise, contact your preferred Travel Advisor, call 1.888.626.0994 or visit AmaWaterways.com. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook atFacebook.com/AmaWaterways, Instagram @AmaWaterways and Twitter @AmaWaterways.  About AmaWaterways  A family-owned company celebrating 17 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 23 ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River.  Led by experienced river cruise co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, the company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its wellness activities including a wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation highlighted with the launch of AmaMagna – at twice the width of traditional river ships, this revolutionary ship offers a new dimension in luxury river cruising. The company also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, with sailings geared towards active travelers and families as well as group and charter options. With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Cruise Critic’s Editor’s Pick Award for “Best for Active Cruisers” and 2018 AFAR Reader’s Choice Award for “Best River Cruise Line.”last_img read more

KSAC to Bring Order to Handcart Industry

first_imgThe Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) is to regularise the activities of handcart operators in the market district of the Corporate Area.This move follows several meetings of the KSAC, the police and handcart owners and operators.Making the disclosure during a KSAC Council meeting at its Church Street chambers in downtown Kingston, on Tuesday, May 14, Deputy Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Andrew Swaby,said the Markets Department “is putting plans in place to register handcart operators who will be required to observe agreed rules and guidelines.”Councillor Swaby informed that the process will comprise the development of rules and guidelines governing the operations of handcarts, both in the markets and on the streets; public sensitisation of the benefits of this process to public order; and periodic workshops for operators to reduce risk and negative impact.“This will allow the police to enforce existing laws within the agreed established guidelines,” he said.Mr. Swaby pointed out that the market district is challenged by the rapid growth of the hundreds of handcarts operating in the area and negatively impacting pedestrian and vehicular traffic, often without regard for the safety of pedestrians, and against many traffic regulations.He emphasized that the KSAC is determined to address all those areas that provide a challenge for security in the municipality.“Accordingly, the activities of the handcart industry can no longer be allowed to go unregulated,” he said.Mr. Swaby noted that while the KSCAC recognises that the growth of the handcart industry has a role to play in the operations of the market district, “this administration remains committed to orderly operations with a regulatory framework.”“We believe that it is important to provide the legal framework for handcart owners and operators as they transport goods within the market district. Of special concern are handcarts selling goods, otherwise known as ‘market on wheels’,” he said.The Deputy Mayor said that under no circumstances should this move to regularise the industry be viewed as a method of earning additional income, noting that “the goal is to bring order to the market district and to regulate a critical operational input, which is an integral part of the business district.”Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

Victorians Want Best Value for Money from …

first_imgzoom Port of MelbourneThe Victorian Coalition Government has today announced the appointment of financial and legal advisers to oversee the market process for a medium term lease of Australia’s largest container port, the Port of Melbourne. “The financial and legal advisers will be involved project management, structuring for the transaction, due diligence, valuation and asset preparation”The Coalition Government has appointed joint financial advisers Morgan Stanley and Flagstaff Partners to manage the transaction. Minter Ellison has been appointed as legal adviser for the transaction.“Today’s announcement is an important step in securing the best value for Victorians through a medium-term lease of the Port of Melbourne,” Mr O’Brien said.“It is absolutely critical that we receive the best quality commercial advice when considering a lease of this size and scale.”“The proceeds from the lease of the Port of Melbourne will support the delivery of the Coalition Government’s record $27 billion infrastructure program that will create tens of thousands of jobs right across Victoria,” Mr O’Brien said.Minister for Ports David Hodgett said that a medium term lease of the Port of Melbourne supports the Coalition Government’s integrated ports strategy, which will meet the State’s long term container needs.“It is vital that as part of leasing the Port of Melbourne the Coalition Government is able to continue developing the Port of Hastings to cater for Victoria’s long term freight needs,” Mr Hodgett said.“The Coalition Government will continue to develop both the Port of Melbourne and Port of Hastings together, strategically, to ensure Victoria remains the freight and logistics capital of Australia,” Mr O’Brien said.Press Release, August 13, 2014; Image: Port of Melbourne Corporationlast_img read more

Life is lived off Instagram

first_imgIn the era of social media, one needs to be photo-ready all the time, and Swara Bhaskar feels that this constant pressure of pleasing others in our social circle is making us more conscious than ever.”We have made a parallel word for ourselves on social media on which we are in this relentless pressure of looking perfect, posting good pictures and seeking others’ approval.” “This dependancy on virtual friends has in turn led to the lack of confidence in us. A situation has arised where seeking approval from them matters more than our own opinion,” she adds. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAlso, the actor who makes public appearances every now and then in her most glam looks, shares that if she has learned anything in her career, it is that life is lived off Instagram. “Wearing an attire and posing for camera is a part of my job, but actually wearing it and carrying it in real life is totally different,” says Swara. Like most of her opinions, Swara’s take on body shaming also holds great substance. The actor notes that the issue is not new, we have been known to it, and dealing with it since long. “The issues of getting accepted in the social circle is nothing new to women. It has been there since time immemorial, but I feel, with our dependence on social media, a new problem of accepting their own bodies has also come into existence,” she adds. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAccording to the Veere Di Wedding actor, internet also promotes a sense of self consciousness, with which no matter how we look, we are always unsure about ourselves. However, she is glad that the issue of body shaming is being given due importance nowadays. “I feel really happy that brands like Clovia are trying to cater to different body types – which is extending a sense of acceptance and confidence in women of all body types,” says Swara, who was recently seen in the brand’s store of Kalkaji, Delhi, for their one-year celebration. Swara’s tips for women who are the victim of body shaming? Don’t listen to negative remarks that people make, it is simply the reflection of their own insecurity, not yours. To fight back such people, you need to first remind yourself and accept that you are beautiful and you should love yourself – your body is a part of who you are. Fitness is important, being fit and strong has nothing to do with being thin. If you are healthy, it is good – you should be healthy. It is a myth that people with plus size body type cannot look good, it is all about carrying yourself. Just find right clothes that accentuate the advantages of your body, your curves. Last but not the least, it is a secret which all grandmothers tell, Sarees make everyone good look. When in doubt, wear a saree. Swara has always been an inspiration for many. “There are fans who want to look like celebrities, and crazily follow the way they dress up. Having said that, there is also a group of people who get into the inferiority complex and feel disappointed about the way they look.” “It is okay if people want to look good and wear make up to work or gatherings, but I feel it is very important to live a life without that cover of perfection too,” quotes Swara. “We are real people, we were born without make up, if you go on the internet, you will find 100 pictures of me without make up, or wearing a night suit,” she states. Giving examples of celebrities who came off the curtains in their most natural look only to spread out the message that it is okay to look average, Swara says, “I accept the natural tendency of women to be attracted towards glamour, make up and all, but I also believe that women should be comfortable with their skin. They should not be conscious about hideing their scars, pimples, or correcting their skins, there is much more to do,” she concludes.last_img read more

Tensions rising over Prosperity gold mine

first_imgBy Rob SmithAPTN National NewsInflammatory remarks from a respected Williams Lake, B.C.,businessman highlight the growing tension between the town’s people and the Tsilhqot’in nation which opposes a gold and copper mine that would drain sacred Fish Lake.Walter Cobb, president of the Williams Lake Chamber of Commerce, accused the Tsilhqot’in of standing in the way of progress.“They don’t want to work…Some of those leaders seem to not want their people to work or prosper on the reserve,” said Cobb. “I don’t have any idea what the rational is.”Cobb warns there will be a backlash if Taseko Mines Ltd.’s Prosperity gold and copper project is stopped.The federal cabinet will ultimately decide the project’s fate and a decision is expected at any time.last_img read more

India Pakistan trade heavy fire across LoC

first_imgJammu: The Indian and Pakistani armies traded heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, the Defence Ministry said. “At about 8.30 a.m., Pakistan initiated unprovoked shelling using mortars and firing small arms along the LoC in Sawjian sector,” Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said. The Indian Army retaliated “befittingly”, he added. Intermittent firing exchanges were still going on.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Takes in Charge the Hospitalization of Moroccan Comedian

Rabat – King Mohammed VI will take in charge the hospitalization fees of the actor and comedian Abderrahim Tounsi, known simply as Abderraouf, transferring him to Rabat Military Hospital to be treated for severe breathing problems.The artist was hospitalized Monday in a clinic in Casablanca, where he was admitted to intensive care unit. His condition is considered “serious,” according to his son.“At around 3am on Monday, my father’s condition worsened suddenly. We were forced to take him to a private clinic. Even today, his condition remains unstable,” Tounsi eldest son told le360. “As soon as he was aware of the deterioration of Abderraouf’s state of health, King Mohammed VI decided to pay for my father’s hospitalization expenses,” he added. This morning, Abderraouf will be transferred to the military hospital of Rabat. read more

Gender issues in UN peacekeeping focus of New York gathering

Addressing participants yesterday, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno noted the progress made in integrating gender issues more systematically in peacekeeping.Advances have been made in increasing the numbers of women elected to office; supporting the adoption of gender-sensitive laws on rape, domestic violence and inheritance rights; and supporting national police in recruiting more women to security services.There has also been modest progress in appointing women to senior roles in peacekeeping, as well as increased deployment of women by troop and police contributing countries, he noted. Nevertheless, challenges remain in translating the growing body of policies and guidelines into practice, as well as in confronting passive resistance to gender issues among peacekeeping personnel.Topics being discussed at the annual training and strategic planning workshop include best practices, gender mainstreaming, and other global priorities.The sharing of best practices and lessons learned in UN operations is also the subject of a new report by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in which he emphasizes the importance of having a comprehensive body of accessible and updated guidance for the Organization’s peacekeeping activities. “It is essential that we build upon the experiences arising from the scale of current deployments and ensure that today’s peacekeepers receive the best possible support from their colleagues around the globe,” Mr. Ban writes.He states that in modern peacekeeping, support is no longer measured only in terms of the timely provision of personnel, funds and materiel. “Today, it also includes the capacity to apply institutional knowledge to help solve new challenges and avoid any recurrence of problems of the past.”The Secretary-General notes that more than 100,000 young men and women will rotate through UN peacekeeping operations this year as soldiers, police and civilians, many of whom have never served in the world body’s missions.“They come from diverse backgrounds with legitimate expectations that the institution that has deployed them into difficult post-conflict environments will furnish them with access to the knowledge and guidance they need to do their work,” Mr. Ban points out.He also evaluates the methodology and tools used to manage best practices in peacekeeping operations since the introduction in 2005 of a new system for these activities. 16 January 2008Gender advisers and focal points from all United Nations peacekeeping missions are meeting at the world body’s Headquarters in New York on issues related to the specific needs of men and women in post-conflict situations. read more

Leading underworld gang member arrested by STF

A leading underworld gang member has been arrested by the Police Special Task Force (STF).The Police said that 24-year-old underworld gang member Prabhath Madusanka alias “Barrel Sanka” was arrested by the STF in Peliyagoda. The underworld gang member was arrested with heroin in his possession. (Colombo Gazette)

Physics grad student wins Vanier Scholarship

Michelle Przedborski hass been awarded the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for 2013.Graduate student Michelle Przedborski is fascinated by superconductors.They can be materials ranging from elements, such as aluminum and mercury to metallic alloys, to compounds, such as the high-temperature copper oxides, which show unusual electrical and magnetic properties below certain temperatures.“If superconductors were implemented into the world’s electrical power grid, energy losses could be minimized,” Przedborski says. “This could help to sustain the world’s increasing power needs.”The PhD physics student is examining theoretical aspects of superconductivity. For that work, she has been awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for 2013.The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Each of the recipients receives $50,000 a year for three years, to help them as they pursue and complete their doctoral studies.“Receiving the Vanier scholarship shows aspiring researchers that someone out there believes in them,” Przedborski says. “This reinforces confidence in the abilities of these researchers who are just starting out, which gives them the motivation to continue down the path to success.“In a sense, these awards are like self-fulfilling prophecies,” she says.The award will fund Przedborski’s research, “Static and Dynamical Properties of Domain Walls in Unconventional Superconductors.”Unconventional superconductors include materials, such as copper oxides and iron pnictides, whose physical properties cannot be fully explained by established theories.“While we have a clear picture of the mechanisms behind superconductivity in the conventional materials, we do not have a full theoretical understanding of the origin or nature of the superconductivity in these newer unconventional materials,” Przedborski says.During her time as a graduate student, Przedborski has published many papers and presented her research at international conferences, winning the respect of her peers and supervisors.“Michelle has consistently been the best student in my classes,” says Kirill Samokhin, physics professor and MSc thesis supervisor. “She stood out as a hard-working and inquisitively-minded student, with mathematical skills of a high caliber.During her studies, Przedborski won numerous awards for her outstanding academic achievements.She has also played key roles in various initiatives offered by Academic-Zone Learning Services at the Student Development Centre, including as a project leader and panelist in Scientifically Yours, a program that aims to generate interest in math and science careers among young women.She has also served as a workshop leader in the Bridging Our Worlds Through Science Aboriginal Science camp, which encourages First Nations youth to explore career paths in the field of science while maintaining and honouring their cultural traditions and teachings.“What is most impressive, beyond Michelle’s research and academic achievement, is her ability to inspire and motivate others to reach their potential,” says Jill Brindle, manager of the Academic-Zone Learning Services and Aboriginal Student Services at the Student Development Centre.“Michelle leads by example and is generous with her time and energy to help others.”Listen to an interview with Przedborski on CFBU read more

Crescent Point Energy eyes asset sales after laying off 230 staff in

CALGARY — The new management team at Crescent Point Energy Corp. is focused on identifying assets for sale and boosting operating efficiency after laying off about 230 employees and full-time contractors last month.CEO Craig Bryksa, who replaced long-time CEO Scott Saxberg on an interim basis in May, said Thursday the company acted quickly after announcing its plan to cut staff by 17 per cent in early September.“Although we are in the very early stages of implementing our plan, we have completed the reorganizational restructuring we announced last month,” Bryksa said on a conference call.“We expect the reorganization to result in approximately $50 million of annual cost savings starting in the fourth quarter of 2018.”Crescent Point Energy cuts 17% of workforce, plans to reduce debt by $1 billionCrescent Point investors seek signs of new direction after CEO shakeupCrescent Point’s CEO Scott Saxberg leaves company as oil producer looks to turn business aroundAbout 1,200 staff remain after the cuts, said company spokeswoman Andree Morier, adding Crescent Point isn’t expecting any further reductions.It reported $5.7 million in severance payouts in the third quarter.Price discounts for Canadian oil linked to export pipeline constraints will strip about 15 per cent from the company’s average realized price in the current quarter versus what it received in the three months ended Sept. 30, said Bryksa on the call.Those discounts are lower than most peers, he said, because most of Crescent Point’s production comes from Saskatchewan and the United States, downstream from Alberta pipeline pinch points.The company said federal carbon taxes to be imposed in Saskatchewan starting next April are expected to reduce annual cash flow from operations by a minimal amount, likely less than one per cent.Crescent Point posted a profit of $30.5 million in the quarter, compared with a loss of $270 million a year ago.The profit amounted to six cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a loss of 50 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Production averaged 174,275 barrels of oil equivalent per day compared with 176,069 boe/d in the third quarter last year, with about 90 per cent in the form of oil and natural gas liquids.The company’s average selling price was $67.15 per barrel of oil equivalent, up from $47.35 a year ago. read more

Working with Iraqi people top priority for UN mission Annan and envoy

Mr. Annan said Mr. Vieira de Mello, who will be taking a four-month leave of absence from his current post as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to serve in Iraq, was ideally suited to carry out the functions ascribed to the Special Representative by the Security Council resolution on the UN’s role in the country’s reconstruction adopted last week.”The Council has called on the United Nations to assist the Iraqi people, in coordination with the Authority, in a wide range of areas, including humanitarian relief, reconstruction, infrastructure rehabilitation, legal and judicial reforms, human rights and return of refugees, and also to assist with civilian police,” Mr. Annan told a news conference at which he introduced Mr. Vieira de Mello as his envoy.Mr. Annan said it had been difficult for him to take Mr. Vieira de Mello away from his human rights job, even on a temporary basis, “particularly as human rights has been on top of my own agenda and it is absolutely important to this organization.”It was not an easy decision but it also reflects the important challenge that we need to take on,” he added.In his own comments to the press, Mr. Vieira de Mello also stressed human rights and Iraqi sovereignty. “The people of Iraq, as we know only too well, have suffered and have suffered enough. It is time that we all – the Iraqis first, the coalition authority and the United Nations – come together to ensure that this suffering comes to an end and that the Iraqi people take their destiny into their own hands as the Security Council resolution calls for as quickly as possible,” he said.”I consider the development of a culture of human rights in Iraq as fundamental to stability and to peace in that country,” he added. Respect for human rights “is the only solid foundation for durable peace and for development,” he said, and he especially stressed women’s rights and “their full participation in the consultative processes, not least the political one, that lie ahead.”Mr. Vieira de Mello, a 55-year-old Brazilian who has spent 30 years at the UN working in some of the most sensitive post-conflict spots like Kosovo, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and East Timor, “has an exceptional and unique experience in running these operations and is also known as a good team builder and a consensus-builder,” the Secretary-General said.”I think he is someone who will hit the ground running,” he added.Replying to questions, Mr. Vieira de Mello said he planned to arrive in Baghdad by next Monday and his first priority would be to make contact with Iraqi society, representatives of the media, of civil society. “There are many Iraqi societies which in their richness have been suppressed brutally for the last 24 years. But they are there, they are there or are returning as we speak and they are my priority,” he added.He said his second priority would be to establish good working relations with the United States-run provisional governing Authority there. His third would be to visit all the provinces “because Iraq is not limited to Baghdad and I think it is important that I pay attention to what Iraqis in all regions and provinces actually feel and aspire in terms of their future,” he said.Video of press conference read more