BC Civil Liberties Association to hold workshop on protester’s rights at Northern Lights College

first_imgThe BC Civil Liberties Association is heading north to host a workshop aimed at teaching protesters their rights.BCCLA’s Laura Track is leading the workshop, and says it is to insure that people know how to keep themselves safe when they’re participating in a protest, and so that they know their legal rights.“99% of the time, protests go really well,” Track said. “Everything is just fine, everything is safe, the police are there keeping people safe. But everyone once in a while, things go sideways, and the contact protesters have with police can turn negative.”- Advertisement -Track says the Peace Valley Landowners Association invited the BCCLA up to Fort St. John, having done the workshop in various communities across BC before.One thing that protesters should be wary of is legal boundaries. Criminal contempt of court for disobeying a court order is one, as seen on Burnaby Mountain last fall. Protesters can also be charged with obstructing a police officer if they don’t stand back, she says.But protesting is also a protected right in Canada, and it is lawful to take photos, and video of the protest and police officers.Advertisement Track says that the BCCLA has a neutral position on the issues that protesters are vocal about, and wishes to team them their rights so they can stay safe during a protest.The workshop will be held in Room 202 at Northern Lights College (9820 120 Avenue, Fort St. John) on September 16th, from 7-9 PM.last_img read more


Done deal? Euro 2016 star wants Liverpool move: ‘Type of player we need’

first_img Piotr Zielinski could soon be under the spotlight at Anfield Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reportedly made his move for Piotr Zielinski… and the Poland star wants to move to Anfield.According to the Guardian, Klopp called the 22-year-old Udinese midfielder while he was preparing for Poland’s first game of Euro 2016.And it looks like Klopp will get his man, despite Napoli’s interest, with the Serie A club’s president Aurelio de Laurentiis saying: “Liverpool have made a bid for Zielinski and he wants to join them.”Here is a selection of reaction from Liverpool fans on social media, and it’s fair to say the Zielinski reports have been met with mixed views… 1last_img read more


Mailbag: will the Sharks reunite Vlasic and Karlsson when they get healthy?

first_imgSUNRISE, Fla. — With two games remaining before All Star Weekend, the Sharks are starting to face some adversity as the injury bug continues to sweep through the blue line.Justin Braun and Radim Simek are back, but Erik Karlsson missed Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lighting with a lower-body injury that nagged him throughout the week. As a result, the Sharks placed Marc-Edouard Vlasic on injured reserve Sunday to recall Jacob Middleton from the AHL Barracuda, giving the squad a seventh …last_img read more


Budget big on education, jobs

first_imgThe South African government will giveincentives to companies that hire youngpeople. (Image: image library) South Africa’s minister of finance PravinGordhan delivered an applaudable budgetspeech. (Image: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS• Thoraya PandyCommunication UnitNational Treasury+27 (12) 315 5944 or +27 82 416 [email protected] NkosiMinister of Finance Pravin Gordhan announced a new, energised commitment to South Africa’s young people in his maiden budget speech, with education and job-creation programmes for graduates and school-leavers high on his list of priorities.Addressing Parliament on 17 February, Gordhan said the biggest slice of the national budget for 2010/11, R165-billion, would be ploughed into the country’s 27 000 schools, 23 universities and various colleges.“Education remains our largest item of spending, giving meaning to our commitment that it is our number-one priority,” he said.Some R12-billion from the allocation will go towards the country’s Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, and a further R1.3-billion will be used to improve the salaries of educators at these institutions.Government is working hard to position FET colleges as viable alternatives to universities to absorb as many matriculants as possible into tertiary education.The aims is to equip students, many of whom are there on bursaries, with practical skills to make them more employable.“Expanding and improving capacity at our FET colleges is a vital part of our growth strategy,” Gordhan said. “We have set ourselves ambitious targets to expand the number of young people studying vocational subjects.”Gordhan’s announcement was welcomed by several political parties. “The injection of more resources into the further education and training will assist in the skills development of our people and prepare them for future absorption into the job market post the current recession period,” said the ruling African National Congress (ANC).Treasury has also put aside a further R2.7-billion for the Department of Basic Education to provide school literacy and numeracy workbooks in all 11 official languages.Incentivising job creationAs President Jacob Zuma announced in his State of the Nation address on 11 February, government is committed to building strategies to encourage the private sector to hire inexperienced young South Africans, who currently make up the largest portion of unemployed citizens.Government is planning to subsidise companies that hire young people, making it more of an attractive option for employers.Gordhan said labour market data indicates that “employers are reluctant to hire inexperienced work-seekers”, and this denies youngsters the opportunity to garner “basic workplace competencies”.The Department of Labour will launch a campaign to inform young people about job opportunities and training, with the goal to get this up and running by early 2011.“The aim is to raise employment of young school-leavers by a further 500 000 by 2013,” Gordhan said.“Many South Africans, speaking from their own experiences on the streets of our cities, at factory gates and in rural communities, have urged us to take steps to make it easier for young people to find work.”The country’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), saw Gordhan’s youth job-creation plan as the “main thrust” of the budget speech, “particularly the detailing of a wage subsidy that will open up job opportunities for South African school-leavers”.“We believe wage subsidies can create real, permanent employment for thousands of young people in South Africa,” the DA said.Public worksSouth Africa is also planning to boost employment through the Expanded Public Works Programme, which has already provided jobs for thousands of people, albeit on a temporary basis.The aim of the programme is to create 4.5-million short-term jobs between 2009 and 2014. Gordhan allocated R52-billion over the next three years to strengthen this programme.“An additional R2.5-billion will go towards supporting labour-intensive projects in the social, non-state and environmental sectors, largely targeted at rural areas,” the minister added.Growth expectationsTurning to the recession, which led to 900 000 local workers being retrenched in 2009, Gordhan said: “Our people want action on jobs, growth and poverty. We must build a new common purpose so that we can use all of our talents, skills and resources to tackle our economic and social challenges.”The economy shrank by an estimated 1.8% in 2009, after five years of strong growth.However, for this financial year Gordhan said “things are looking slightly better” – he expects the economy to grow by 2.3% in 2010, rising to 3.6% in 2012.“Household consumption expenditure will improve during the course of this year as confidence improves and household debt levels abate,” he added.Consumer price inflation declined over the course of 2009 and is expected to remain at around 6% over the period ahead. “These are significant improvements in the economic outlook,” the minister announced.Talking tax, Gordhan said that as a result of the deterioration in the South African economy, “we now expect to raise R69-billion less in tax this year than we budgeted”.To boost revenue, government will introduce a 12-month amnesty period for non-compliant taxpayers. The Voluntary Disclosure Programme, to start in November, will enable tax evaders to “disclose and pay undeclared tax liabilities at a reduced interest charge and without penalties”.Health, welfareOther significant announcements in the budget address included a R105-billion allocation for health over the next year, and a further R3-billion to broaden access to antiretroviral treatment – especially for HIV-positive woman and children co-infected with TB who have CD4 counts of less than 350.“Presently, about 920 000 people are on antiretroviral treatment. The budget provides for the number to rise to 2.1-million in 2012/13,” Gordhan said.Government will spend R89-billion on social welfare in 2010/11, with the state old age pension and disability grant rising by R70 to R1 080 a month from 1 March.The child support grant, which has been extended to 18-year-olds, will increase to R250 a month. “The inclusion of about two million children … through the extension of grants up to 18 years … will radically push back the frontiers of poverty and improve the quality of life of millions,” the ANC said.last_img read more


Helping manufacturers raise their game

first_img23 November 2012 The Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) will be a major boon for South Africa’s manufacturing sector, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said in Pretoria on Wednesday. “One hundred and eighty-seven projects with grant requests of R2.3-billion have been received, and 60 have been approved, with commitments of over R300-million since the launch of the MCEP in May,” Davies said. The programme is a package of incentives designed for established manufacturers, with the aim of promoting competitiveness and ensuring job retention as the country’s manufacturing sector remains fragile. The incentives have been designed to improve the general ability of the South African manufacturing industry to compete against imports and to compete globally in other export markets. “We’re taking a leaf out of the books of the fast-growing emerging economies of Asia, where countries have relied on the manufacturing sector to drive economic growth and introduced strategies to raise competitiveness in their manufacturing sectors,” Davies said.Improving competitiveness The programme is being positioned towards upgrading the competitiveness of relatively labour-intensive and value-adding manufacturing sectors affected by the rand exchange rate, the global economic crisis and electricity cost escalations. “We believe that now is the time for manufacturers to invest in order to emerge much more competitively out of the current period of significant economic uncertainty,” Davies said. MCEP cash grants and concessionary industrial financing facilities, managed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), are available to companies operating in certain key manufacturing industries. The DTI administers five types of production incentive grants: capital investment, green technology and resource efficiency improvement, enterprise-level competitiveness improvement, feasibility studies, and cluster competitiveness improvement. Industrial financing loan facilities, administered by the IDC, offer working capital facilities at a preferential fixed interest rate of 6%. In addition, niche projects identified by the DTI and the IDC that focus on new areas with the potential for job creation, diversification of manufacturing output – which would otherwise not be candidates for commercial or IDC funding – may be eligible for MCEP grants. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more


Apple Is Starting To Look A Little Nervous About Samsung

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Today is the big launch of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone — and Apple has clearly taken notice. Earlier this week, Apple released two new iPhone commercials, which were well-crafted if boring. It is unlikely the timing of these new ads was coincidental.Yesterday, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller gave a rare interview to the Wall Street Journal. Schiller was clearly on the attack.Schiller insisted that surveys reveal that iPhone users are more “satisfied” with their device than Android users. Schiller mentioned that Android is plagued by fragmentation and that Android users are often running outdated versions of the operating system. Schiller wasn’t finished: Android is often given as a free replacement for a feature phone and the experience isn’t as good as an iPhone.While Apple’s advertising focuses almost exclusively on its own product, Schiller spent much of his time with the Wall Street Journal knocking Android.When you take an Android device out of the box, you have to sign up to nine accounts with different vendors to get the experience iOS comes with. They don’t work seamlessly together.While Schiller mostly talked Android, Samsung was clearly on his mind. For example, he took a swipe at Samsung and its larger-sized Galaxy displays, suggesting that the bigger screen is necessary to mask a larger battery with which to compete with the iPhone 5’s battery life.Schiller even disputed the recent smartphone market share numbers, touted the claim that Android users are more likely to switch to iPhone, and stated:I’m not sure that the estimates and the modeling accurately gives an accurate picture of it all.There is good reason for Schiller to be concerned, at least with Samsung, if not Android. According to the most recent comScore figures, Apple has a 38% share of the US smartphone market. Samsung is second, with 21%. But according to mobile analyst, Tomi Ahonen, Samsung is the clear global smartphone winner — having sold 215 million devices in 2012, compared to Apple’s 136 million.The disparity could grow throughout the year. Samsung has recently stated that its flagship Galaxy line has sold over 100 million units since its May 2010 launch and that it expects to sell over 300 million smartphones in 2013.Another point of concern for Apple: Samsung has been outspending Apple on advertising. Samsung spent $401 million just in the U.S. last year to promote its smartphones. Apple spent $333 million. Just as important, Samsung’s advertising has been more impactful. As ReadWrite noted this week, Samsung’s commercials “are the kinds of ads that strike a chord.” Apple remains the leader, however, where it may matter most: profits. As we noted last week, “Samsung is winning every way but one” against Apple. That one way, of course, is profits. Nonetheless, Apple clearly is watching Samsung carefully — and isn’t above having the likes of Schiller toss a brushback pitch from time to time. Tags:#Apple#iOS#iPhone#Samsung#Samsung Galaxy What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement brian s halllast_img read more


CTRL+Console Video Editing Controller Released for iPad

first_imgIf you’re looking to speed up your video editing work check out the Kickstarter funded CTRL+Console control surface – now available on iPad.Earlier this year we first reported on CTRL+Console in a roundup of video editing controllers.  At the time the application was still in development, after having raised a whopping $40,000 on Kickstarter in the fall of 2012.  Fast forward, and CTRL+Console is now available for public release!Created on the premise that keyboards were made for typing not video editing, CTRL+Console aims to be a more intuitive controller for video editing. The app is gesture based, which lets you keep your eyes on the video footage instead of down on your iPad.Released as a FREE download through the iTunes store, the free version of CTRL+Console is a basic Quicktime video controller.  To bump up the app for video editing functionality you’ll need to upgrade via an in-app purchase of $29.99.  The editing controller works with Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro (version 5 through CC).  If you’ve never used a video editing editing controller before you can give it a shot without a major financial commitment – unlike many physical controllers are prohibitively expensive (like the Lightworks controller at $2,000+).  The controller works with video editing apps running on both Mac and Windows based machines.To download the in-app purchase of just the Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro controller (basic playback functionality) you’ll only part with $4.99.   You really can’t go wrong with that price…even if only to impress your client with your snazzy new gadget.Get more info on the CTRL+Console site.last_img read more


Why a Script Supervisor is Essential to Your Film’s Success

first_imgEver spent countless hours filming only to discover crucial continuity mistakes, rendering your film a mess? Preserving your film’s continuity is key to maintaining the script’s credibility.You’re on set. The entire crew is hard at work on the last scene before you wrap. The lighting is perfect, your camera operator has an amazing shot, excellent audio, and the actors are all delivering. You complete the scene in a timely fashion thanks to your crew’s excellence. After wrapping your film, post-production immediately begins. In editing, you discover that your film cannot be cut.Despite your crew’s professionalism and excellence, your film lacks consistency: there are tons of continuity errors. Who was maintaining this continuity (or lack of it)? The script supervisor (called the continuity supervisor in the UK) has the extremely important task of maintaining your film’s continuity from shot to shot. They are essentially the editor’s representatives on set.When every shot, action, and motion is consistent in your film, then you have achieved good continuity. The shooting schedule for a film may continue over a period of a few days, months, or even years. This places an even greater emphasis on maintaining proper consistency between shots.Responsibilities of a Script SupervisorIt is the job of the Script Supervisor to make a log of every action that is shot:What was the camera shot (close up, medium, wide, etc)?Were there any technical problems with lighting, camera or audio equipment?Is the take a Print (P), No Good (NG) or BUST?Did your director want you to notate any particular take as the one to stand out?Were there any complaints or special notes from either your DoP (Director of Photography) or director?The majority of feature and short films are shot with only one camera. Of course, the director or DoP may prefer more coverage for a scene. This would entail moving the same camera to various angles and changing focal points and camera lenses for the same scene. Obviously, this can take some time. Maintaining continuity despite this movement can become extremely difficult, but is aided by the help of the script supervisor’s notes. Always plan the extra time to shoot additional takes.If the continuity was broken in any way, enough time should be allotted to correct this. It is the script supervisor’s responsibility to ensure that the film will cut.The Continuity ReportThe script supervisor’s notes are outlined in a continuity report that is created throughout the shooting process. This report should contain the following information:Daily log of the shootParticular action that is occurring in the shotCamera configurationsAudio and picture qualityCrew listTo further avoid continuity errors, an assistant to the script supervisor is usually a necessity. Two sets of eyes are definitely better than one when it comes to catching subtle errors on set. To maximize the impact of the assistant, it is important that they have a different vantage point than the script supervisor.Some mistakes can easily be fixed on set, however if overlooked an expensive reshoot may be your only option. To help avoid that, the assistant can take pictures of each actor’s exact movements, wardrobe, makeup, hair and props. This will help immensely if you’re forced to split a scene up by a few hours, days, or even months.Example of a continuity sheet/ logging form from HabitualFilms:Let’s WrapYou owe it to yourself, the crew and the actors to be on top of your film’s continuity. Hiring a trusted script supervisor will ensure that your film will be cut without having to compromise your edit. Don’t overlook this seldom-discussed, but entirely necessary, on set position!Need a script supervisor for your film? Check out the freelancer profiles over at ProductionHub.last_img read more


Victoria Azarenka to miss US Open over child custody battle

first_imgTwo-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the US Open as she is not allowed to take her baby son out of California amid a custody battle with her former partner.The 28-year-old Belarusian returned to action in June, after the birth of her son Leo last December, and had been hopeful that legal arrangements could be worked out to allow her to compete in the August 28-September 10 Grand Slam in New York.”I am sadly unable to compete in this year’s US Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through,” former world number one Azarenka, a finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2012 and 2013, said in a statement.”While I will dearly miss being in New York and playing in one of my favourite tournaments where I have enjoyed some of the best moments in my career, I am already looking forward to being back next year.”Due to the custody battle, Azarenka is unwilling to leave her son behind in California, where she has a home and where her child was born.In an open letter posted on social media last week, Azarenka said no one should ever have to decide between a child and their career. She also said the only way she could play in the US Open is if she left her child behind in California, which she was not willing to do.Since returning to action, Azarenka has reached the last 16 at the Mallorca Open in June and Wimbledon.Azarenka’s withdrawal has opened up a place for Japan’s Misa Eguchi in the main draw at the year’s final Grand Slam.advertisementlast_img read more