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first_imgNAB is probably the biggest event of the film, TV and video industry when it comes to new tools, equipment and software. This roundup of roundups will fill you in on the latest products and developments.Whether you made it to NAB 2014 to see the sights for yourself or not, there were plenty of interesting announcements, product updates, new cameras and other new technology to keep up to date with. As an editor the most interesting developments were around all the major NLE’s, DaVinci Resolve 11 and more and more Thunderbolt peripherals. But that’s just a tiny slice of all that happens each year at the epic National Association of Broadcasters. So let’s dive in…NAB 2014 in ReviewOne of the simplest ways to get a quick overview of the most important take-aways from NAB 2014, is to digest a few of the many summary blog posts from some of the industries top pundits. To kick us off, Studio Daily has an excellent post summarizing the Top 10 Big Ideas In Production and Post, highlighting some of the best hardware, software, price drops and innovative new technologies coming out this year.Most Innovative Idea for Production: Andra Motion FocusCameras were big at NAB, but the closest thing to a game-changer in the trenches of production was the Andra follow-focus system. It uses a magnetic field and sensors to track motion of a subject, controlling a motor that keeps it in focus, or that rack-focuses quickly and precisely to a pre-determined point.If you want more info on the magical Andra magnetic follow focus system News Shooter has a great post here.One of the industries most reliable and readable bloggers is Oliver Peters, and in this summary post he covers everything from 4K, the death of I/O cards, developments for film and why nearly two hours of non-stop funk/dance/disco helped make NAB 2014 a hit for him.Mac Pro. The new Mac Pro was all over the show in numerous booths. Various companies showed housings and add-ons to mount the Mac Pro for various applications. Lots of Thunderbolt products on display to address expandability for this unit, as well as Apple laptops and eventually PCs that will use Thunderbolt technology. The folks at FCPworks showed a nice DIT table/cart designed to hold a Mac Pro, keyboard, monitoring and other on-set essentials.Below The Line News has a detailed write up of the show, headlining with something that seems to be making the most noise in the industry is Avid’s new moves with the launch of the Avid Customer Associate, Connect and Avid Everywhere.Launch members of the association include the usual suspects – news and current affairs producers, big broadcasters, and so on – indicating a healthy level of support for the new organization. That said, while the company was eager to discuss the greater integration of its products under the Avid Everywhere banner, one might have formed the cautious impression that Avid is, like its competitors, struggling to excite people with new edit features in such a mature field of software design.Author and trainer Larry Jordan, shared his thoughts on NAB 2014, rounding up many of the announcements and press-releases that spill out before the NAB show officially launches. He makes an interesting point at the bottom of his post about the state of Thunderbolt 2.I also gained some behind-the-scenes insight on why Thunderbolt devices are talking so long to come to market. While no one will say so directly, I suspect this the result of two principle factors: 1. A lack of Thunderbolt 2 chipsets which manufacturers can integrate into their products. 2. Issues with the certification process requiring more than the usual number of hoops for manufacturers to jump through. I’m continuing to follow this and will write more about it as I learn more.For hours and hours of interviews from the NAB show floor you should also check out The Digital Production Buzz’s coverage of NAB, which Larry co-presents. Another industry pundit weighing in on NAB 2014 is Bob Zelin from Creative Cow. His round up has a strong hardware focus – his favorite product of the show was the new Sonnect xMacPro rack mount –  peppered with plenty of advice on the changing nature of the industry.My favorite booth, and my favorite product was Sonnet Technologies, that showed their newxMac Pro. It takes the silly round new Mac Pro, and puts it into a standard 4 rack unit rack mount case. Inside this case is a 3 slot PCIe expansion chassis, which connects to your new Mac Pro with a Thunderbolt 2 cable. This allows you to continue using your AJA/Blackmagic/Matrox/Sonnet/ATTO cards that you already own, and add USB3 cards, and anything else that you can think of, without having to buy special new Thunderbolt 2 versions of the same products.Lastly the three Coloristos (colorists Juan Salvo, Josh Petok and Jason Myres) share their thoughts on the industries movements in this insightful conversation – live from the NAB show floor. Although they’re talking as colorists, there’s plenty of great insight for any one working in the film and television industry, with all sides of production and post covered in detail. Also for even more colorist related NAB links and resources, colorist and trainer Patrick Inhofer’s Tao of Color post-NAB newsletter is stocked full of them. NAB 2014 Videos & InterviewsThanks largely to @doubleprecision I’ve gathered together a whole host of video collections from many of the major blogs and industry sites covering the event. If you click on the links below you’ll be able to jump to each other their entire collections, where I’ve just pulled a taster video out. There are many hours of interviews to digest if you have the time!Post Perspective NAB Videos  – View the entire collection.Pro Video Coalition NAB Videos – Jump to PVC’s Vimeo ChannelCinema 5D NAB Videos – Visit Cinema 5D Vimeo ChannelNext Wave DV NAB Videos – View the entire YouTube ChannelKeycode Media NAB Videos  – Hit the KeyCode Media YouTube ChannelNo Film School NAB Videos – Jump to the No Film School channelHD Video Pro  – Check out the entire Vimeo ChannelLens Pro To Go NAB Videos – Hit the entire LPTG Vimeo Channel B&H Video & Audio NAB Videos – Check out the B&H Youtube ChannelNews Shooter NAB Videos – Check out News Shooter on Youtubelast_img read more


first_imgStudents of Visva Bharati University in West Bengal’s Birbhum district on Wednesday continued their sit-in protest against hike in the fee structure.A meeting was held on Tuesday to discuss the matter, but as the authorities failed to find a solution, around 80 students held a sit-in protest.last_img


first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Lou Williams had a season-high 36 points and the Clippers scored 22 consecutive points during the second half of a 118-107 victory over the depleted Lakers on Friday night.Danilo Gallinari added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who held the Lakers without a field goal for more than six minutes while matching the longest unanswered scoring run by any team in the NBA this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“We were just a little sluggish,” Williams said. “We were just a step slow. We knew they were on a back-to-back, but for whatever reason, we just weren’t playing our best until we put a good stretch together in the third and then busted the game wide open in the fourth.”Although both LA franchises are still building chemistry after major roster changes in 2018, the Clippers found a groove to get it done in front of the Lakers’ jeering home fans. LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Domantas Sabonis, Darren Collison lead Indiana past Detroit Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and guard Lou Williams, from left, stand on the court during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Even while playing without LeBron James on the tail end of a back-to-back set, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to carve out a double-digit lead in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers.That’s when the Clippers’ four toughest defenders clamped down and Sweet Lou went wild to win this basketball-loving city’s first rivalry game of the season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ They showed some style, too: After Williams punctuated a decisive 3-pointer by mimicking Lakers guard Lance Stephenson’s air guitar celebration of big shots, Montrezl Harrell grinningly waved on the boos in the final minute.The Clippers turned a seven-point deficit into a 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter of their fourth win in five games. Williams torched his former team yet again, scoring 23 points in the second half, yet the game turned with the suffocating defense played by Patrick Beverley, Harrell, Avery Bradley and Sindarius Thornwell during that 22-0 run.“We put the bulldogs on the floor, and the fight was amazing,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.Williams hit three 3-pointers, including a decisive shot with 2:23 to play, and the skinny 6-foot-1 guard even grabbed seven rebounds while making all 11 of his free throws.“Lou has seen pretty much every defense you can throw at him,” Rivers said. “He’s a professional scorer.”ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points and Lonzo Ball had 19 for the Lakers, who played without James, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee. The remaining Lakers lost for the fifth time in seven games, following up their surprising win at Golden State on Christmas Day with just their third back-to-back defeats since October.James watched from the bench in street clothes after causing a pregame stir on social media when he entered the Lakers’ locker room holding a glass of wine. The noted oenophile and four-time NBA MVP is day-to-day with his strained groin, but James isn’t expected to miss as much time as Rondo, who is out for at least a month after surgery on his right index finger.“I know we can get through it,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “I know it’s not going to be easy, but I believe in the guys that we have. We’ve just got to do a couple of things a little bit better.”One night after losing at Sacramento on a buzzer-beating 3, the Lakers again couldn’t win without three veteran regulars.Ingram and Ball both picked up four fouls during the third quarter, but neither team made a big move until the Clippers scored the final nine points of the quarter and continued their one-sided run well into the fourth.“A lot of us ran out of gas right there,” Kuzma said. “When we’re tired physically, our mental aspect has to be better.”TIP-INSClippers: Williams hit a 3-pointer from just past halfcourt at the halftime buzzer. … They have won four straight “road” games against the Lakers, but lost their last “home” game in the series.Lakers: They showed why they’re the NBA’s worst team at the line by missing more free throws in the first quarter (7) than the Pistons, Pacers, Bulls, Wizards, Raptors, Magic, Hornets, Nets, Heat, Cavaliers and Pelicans missed in their entire games Friday. … Michael Beasley is still away from the team after his mother’s death.A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The Clippers have won 22 of their last 25 meetings with the Lakers, yet still trail the 16-time NBA champions 146-70 in the overall series. This is still an exciting time for hoops in LA: The Lakers (20-16) have been revitalized around James, while the Clippers (21-14) have formed a surprisingly strong core after shedding longtime mainstays Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul over the previous year.T’D UPJosh Hart scored 12 points for the Lakers before getting ejected with 4:41 left after he was infuriated that Tobias Harris wasn’t called for pushing off. Walton also got a technical foul in the exchange.UP NEXTClippers: Host San Antonio on Saturday.Lakers: Host Sacramento on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View commentslast_img read more


first_imgIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan is excited about the planned day-night Test against New Zealand later this year. India will host New Zealand for a three-match Test series in October-November. (Full IPL Coverage)”We are excited for sure. I always believe change is always good. If things go well, it’s a new thing for batsmen, for the bowlers also. It’s going to be good to try our hands on the coming thing,” Dhawan said.India have a hectic Test schedule, featuring 18 home and away matches till March next year.’T20 makes bowlers smarter’Dhawan’s Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, said T20 has brought in major changes in cricket as the players are expected to be more quick and agile in the shortest format.”It’s always a challenge. Test cricket is also a challenge. Every format has its own challenges. In Test cricket, you have to bowl. In T20, you have to mix things. But T20 makes bowlers smarter. They know how to change the things very quickly and how to change according to the batsman,” Kumar said.”If you look at the first year of IPL, there were only limited things, bouncers, yorkers, slower. But now, in the last couple of years, if you see, many kind of slower balls, slower bouncers, these things make boys smart,” he said.Dhawan chipped in saying that the shots, played in T20, are now making their way into Test cricket as well.”Even for batsmen, because of T20, we are bringing the (IPL) shots into Test cricket. So, the revolution that has come in cricket, it has come after T20. Basically, we had to apply our minds,” he said.advertisementBhuvneshwar on T20 bowlingReplying to a query, Bhuvneshwar Kumar said he has different approaches for his first spell (in T20 matches) and death bowling.”Different way to approach first spell and death: There is a different way. I always try to swing the ball in the first six,” Kumar said.Replying to a query, Dhawan said he was not interested in acting and that he would like Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar to play the role of Shikhar Dhawan if a biopic is made on his life.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more


first_imgGENEVA (AP) — It was Manchester’s night in the Champions League as United stunned Juventus with late goals and City routed Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliant goal — a volley from a long pass that dropped into his path over his right shoulder — was set to give Juventus victory against his former club with minutes to play in Turin.Man United hit back through Juan Mata’s free kick and a scrambled own-goal from a cross that bounced into the net off two defenders on the line for a 2-1 win. United boss Jose Mourinho, a former Inter Milan coach, taunted home fans after the final whistle by cupping his right hand to his ear, and was confronted by some Juve players.Man City’s 6-0 win over visiting Shakhtar will be remembered most for a comical penalty kick awarded for Raheem Sterling’s fall when kicking the turf in a failed attempt to shoot.Their wins nicely set up a Manchester derby game in the Premier League on Sunday.Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Roma also won yet no team joined Barcelona which advanced to the knockout stage on Tuesday after four rounds of group games.Three-time defending champion Madrid scored four times in the first half at Viktoria Plzen before ending a 5-0 winner for interim coach Santiago Solari.Robert Lewandowski scored both Bayern’s goals in a routine 2-0 win over AEK Athens which has lost four straight.Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski scores his side’s second goal during the Champions League group E soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and AEK Athen in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Here’s a look at Wednesday’s action:PERFECTION ENDEDThe grace and power of Ronaldo’s 65th-minute finish, connecting with a floated pass from Leonardo Bonucci, would have been a worthy way for Juventus to extend the last remaining 100 percent record.The Italian champion struck the woodwork twice and missed chances to seal the game before United again found a resilient response that seemed to elude Mourinho’s team until recent weeks.Mata curled his shot over the Juve wall in the 86th, and a 90th-minute free kick from the left flank sneaked in off Bonucci and then Alex Sandro.Juve still leads Group H by two points from Man United, and it is two more points back to Valencia which beat visiting Young Boys 3-1. United can advance by beating Young Boys at home on Nov. 27.CAREFREE CITYMan City’s rough week off the field is not affecting smooth progress on it.The club has been severely criticized in the “Football Leaks” reports by Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine. City has been portrayed in internal club documents and emails as ruthlessly run and allegedly prepared to deceive UEFA to avoid a possible Champions League ban for overspending.City’s clinical six-goal beating of Shakhtar means club officials can expect to return to UEFA headquarters in Switzerland on Dec. 17 for the Round of 16 draw.After David Silva’s opening goal, City’s second was a gift from the UEFA-appointed referee. Raheem Sterling earned a penalty after he stubbed his left foot, untouched by a defender.“I just kicked the floor by accident,” Sterling said. “I didn’t mean to fall over, it was an absolute shambles from my behalf.”Gabriel Jesus scored from the spot then, and again in the second half, then sealed his hat trick in stoppage time.City moved three points ahead of Lyon in Group F after the French team wasted a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw against Hoffenheim. The Germans were down to 10 men when Pavel Kaderabek levelled in stoppage time.MADRID MOVES ONReal Madrid and Roma both won in eastern Europe to remain level on points atop Group G.Madrid survived an early scare when Czech champion Viktoria Plzen hit the bar, but then scored four goals in a 20-minute span. Karim Benzema scored twice, and Casemiro and Gareth Bale also got goals. Toni Kroos scored in the second half for Madrid.It’s now three straight wins in all competitions for Madrid since coach Julen Lopetegui was fired and Solari took over.In an early kickoff, Roma won 2-1 at CSKA Moscow to move five points clear of the Russian side.Lorenzo Pellegrini scored the winning goal in the 59th, soon after CSKA had Iceland defender Hordur Magnusson sent off.CLASSIC GROUPThe Group E table has a 1970s feel with Bayern Munich and Ajax looking good to advance. The teams each won a hat trick of European Cup titles from 1971 to ’76.Bayern has a two-point lead over Ajax, which drew 1-1 at Benfica, and both could advance before they meet in Amsterdam on Dec. 12.Ajax next travels to Athens to play AEK, which is one of only two teams with zero points along with Group D’s Lokomotiv Moscow.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgShare on LinkedIn Europa League Read more Partizan Belgrade head coach Savo Milosevic is confident there will be no racist chanting from fans when his team face Manchester United after the hosts completed a two-match stadium sanction for racist behaviour.The Serbian club has already served a ban following August’s Europa League qualifying match against Turkey’s Yeni Malatyaspor. Uefa allowed Partizan to invite schoolchildren to watch the second of those games, a crowd of 22,00 attending September’s 2-2 Group L draw with AZ Alkmaar. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Reuse this content Manchester United Share on Twitter Partizan Belgrade news Bayern consider Ralf Rangnick with Manchester United also monitoring Share on Messenger Topics Share via Email Share on Pinterest Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League Group L match at Partizan’s home, Milosevic said: “I expect everything to be fair and in the spirit of the sport. We know of our supporters, we are aware of the importance of the game and we are also aware of the problems we have had in the past. But tomorrow [Thursday] will once again be a celebration of football, so I don’t expect any problems in that regard. We all know how important the support from the home fans can be.”Milosevic’s club has additionally issued a warning on the club’s website to supporters. “Cheerfully and sportily [support the side] without discriminatory, chauvinistic, fascist or other outbursts,” the statement said. “Do not chant [at] opponents on a national basis [their nationality]. Do not express outbursts of hatred. Any such situation, call or chanting can lead to serious consequences and sanctions by the Uefa disciplinary board.”Thursday’s match follows Uefa hitting the Football Association of Serbia with a two-match ban on spectators, the second of which is suspended for a 12-month probationary period, for racism in September’s 4-2 defeat by Portugal in Belgrade. On Tuesday, United issued an indefinite ban to a fan for the alleged racist abuse of Trent Alexander-Arnold during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford. Earlier this month, England’s 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifier win over Bulgaria was twice halted due to racist abuse of Tyrone Mings and other teammates. United’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is expected to address the issue during his press conference on Wednesday evening. Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgMumbai: Abhay Deol, who is venturing into streaming space with the Netflix release of his film “Chopsticks”, says the new technology is disruptive and will bring fundamental changes to viewing experience. The actor, known for his critically-acclaimed performances in films such as “Dev D”, “Manorama Six Feet Under” and “Shanghai”, says he has been following the evolution of streaming for a while now. “Chopsticks”, also starring Mithila Palkar, releases on Netflix on May 31. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ “Ever since Netflix hit the scene, I was like when will they come here? Clearly, we need them for our evolution. And having seen what Netflix has done abroad and knowing where technology is going, I knew it is bound to be destructive. Disruption can be very good for change,” Deol told PTI in an interview. Digital boom, according to him, does not automatically mean that big screens are going to go away. “Something that is action-oriented and large on production value, definitely you will like to see it on the big screen because it is a large scale movie. As a creative person, there is always a certain romanticism in watching your film release on the big screen. I don’t think it will ever go away,” he said. Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’ “In the West, all the good drama moved to TV and only superhero films are released (in theatres) because theatres have become about spectacles and extravagant locales. “Something like ‘Chopsticks’ feels fine on the big TV. It is bittersweet thing, there are some things that you get here (on streaming platforms) and something that you don’t get. The biggest plus point (about digital release) is that the content is pure and it is told from the perspective of the filmmaker rather than from the perspective of the studio,” he added. Deol said he was one of the firsts to realise the potential of multiplexes as that is where his middle-of-the-road films were working while single screens catered to commercial entertainers. “I experienced a new platform and its impact when I was making my films back in my early years of my career. When the multiplex was coming up, how do you think ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’ or ‘Manorama Six Feet Under’ or ‘Ek Chaalis Ki Last Local’ or ‘Dev D’ released. (They released) because of the multiplex coming up. Before that, single screens were there and they would not have released (those films).” The bone of contention in some quarters is the lack of censorship in digital space and there are talks to regulate the space but Deol believes censoring isn’t a solution. The actor said the audience should be the one to judge what they want to watch or not. “You want to protect people from sex and violence but they are going to get that anyway from the Internet. So might as well allow artistes and OTT platforms to work on controversial and provocative subjects. They should be able to have a nuanced dialogue through their writing and filming. Let the public be the deciding factor.” In “Chopsticks”, Deol plays the role of a conman named Artist. Earlier, the actor played a conman in “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!”. Drawing differences between the two characters, he said, “If Lucky was a lower class boy from Delhi, then Artist is a middle class urban guy from Mumbai. “He is educated while Lucky wasn’t. Lucky is ambitious and there is a certain bitterness in him that he wasn’t given the same amount of opportunities in life while Artist creates his own opportunities and for him stealing is an art and everything he does is out of passion or creativity.” The film, directed by Sachin Yardi, also stars Vijay Raaz.last_img read more


first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. — The Cape Breton call centre that abruptly laid off hundreds of workers just weeks before Christmas will officially reopen this Wednesday — offering bolstered pay and benefits.Iowa businessman Anthony Marlowe purchased the former ServiCom call centre in an auction that was part of ServiCom’s bankruptcy proceedings in the United States.In a news release Monday, Marlowe Companies Inc. said more than 450 people have already applied for positions at the Sydney Call Centre Inc., and “substantially all applicants” will receive an offer letter starting Jan. 1.If hired over the next month, workers with call centre experience from the last 90 days will receive a $300 starting bonus, the base pay and vacation levels from their previous employers honoured, and immediate access to benefits.The starting wage for newly hired workers will increase to $12 per hour from $11 per hour.All work programs will restart by Jan. 14 and the company is still accepting applications.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN first told you the story of Evan Maud in December 2010.At the time Maud alleged the Winnipeg police took him on what is known as a “starlight tour” where police pick someone up and drop them off outside of city limits forcing them to walk back.An investigation determined the complaint was untrue and Maud was charged with mischief.Thursday, he made a public apology to police.last_img


first_imgNew Delhi: Afghanistan chief selector Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai Tuesday justified the unexpected sacking of ODI skipper Asghar Afghan ahead of the World Cup, saying the decision was taken looking at the long-term future of the team. The three-member selection panel led by Ahmadzai announced three captains for three formats last month, in a move that led to unrest in the team with star players Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi openly voicing their concerns over the timing of the decision. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”We realised that we can’t win the World Cup at this moment under Asghar’s captaincy or anyone else who would have been in charge. We made the decision not just thinking about this World Cup, we are thinking about the 2023 edition. “We will be getting 10 matches with full members and we feel it will provide perfect training for the new captain (Gulbadin Naib),” said Ahmadzai, who is a former Afghanistan fast bowler, in response to a PTI query. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersAsked about the need for announcing split captaincy less than two months from the World Cup, the chief selector said: “Like you are expressing your concern to me, there were concerns expressed by the players (Rashid and Nabi) and the entire issue was handled professionally. “They felt it was not the right time to change captaincy but later understood that it was in the best interest of the team.” Asghar was the captain in all formats but now Naib will lead the team in the 50-over World Cup, Rashid in T20s and Rahmat Shah in Tests. Ahmadzai insisted Naib is the right choice to captain Afghanistan in ODIs. “The team members, including Rashid and Nabi, are now happy for Gulbadin. He is not a new man. He has been playing for 17 years and has captaincy experience at the first-class and U-19 level. “Asghar himself has said that Gulbadin is like his younger brother who believes that Asghar’s experience will come in handy in the World Cup. They are a united front now. Changes happen. Sri Lanka also changed their captain,” said Ahmadzai referring to Naib, who has played 52 ODIs and 38 T20 Internationals. On a lighter note, Afghanistan CEO Asadullah Khan, who was sitting alongside the chief selector, said: “M S Dhoni also plays under Virat Kohli.” Leggie Rashid is Afghanistan’s biggest star at the moment, having tasted success in leagues all around the world including the IPL. Asked why he was not chosen to lead the team in the World Cup beginning May 30 in the UK, Ahmadzai said: “Rashid is not ready for all formats but he is ready for T20. He is too busy playing (all around the world).” The team, which made its World Cup debut in 2015, is currently preparing in South Africa. The chief selector said the aim is to make the last-four of the mega event and surprise a few teams.last_img read more


30 April 2008Marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) as a United Nations agency, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the important role of postal services, especially at a time when hundreds of millions of people have relocated from their country of origin and are anxious to share news and resources with their relatives. Marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) as a United Nations agency, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the important role of postal services, especially at a time when hundreds of millions of people have relocated from their country of origin and are anxious to share news and resources with their relatives. “You may be one of the smallest specialized agencies, but the work you are doing is key to the broader mission of our Organization,” Mr. Ban said on Monday while at the UPU’s headquarters in Bern, Switzerland. The Secretary-General said that the postal sector makes a well-known contribution to development, and pointed out that the UPU helps developing countries develop trade-related infrastructure and supply capacity, especially in Africa. “The capacity of postal services to provide information, goods and fund transfers can lend valuable support to the growth of small businesses in developing countries and help them to access markets in industrialized States,” he stated. The UPU is the primary forum for cooperation between national postal services. It establishes the rules for international mail exchange among its 191 members and makes recommendations on increasing the volume of mail, and on improving the quality of services. Each year, 5 million postal workers deliver over 433 billion letters domestically, and 5.5 billion internationally, as well as over 6 billion parcels. read more


TORONTO — Canada Pension Plan Investment Board announced a deal Friday to buy a Houston-based real estate investment trust for US$1.2 billion.Under the agreement, shareholders of Parkway Inc. will receive a total of US$23.05 per share, including a $4 special dividend to be paid before the deal closes.Parkway owns a portfolio of 19 office buildings in Houston.CPPIB says Parkway fits well with its long-term real estate strategy and gives it additional scale in the Texas city.The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter, subject to approval from Parkway’s shareholders.Private equity firm TPG Capital and its affiliates, which own 9.8 per cent of Parkway’s common stock, have agreed to support the deal.


first_imgDozens of fake degree certificate websites have been shut down as part of a major crackdown on fraudulent university awards.It comes as the head of an investigatory body warns of the danger of “degree selfies”.Higher Education Degree Datacheck (Hedd) has identified 220 bogus higher education institutions universities which sell fake degree certificates and non-existent courses.Jayne Rowley, deputy chief executive of Prospects, said they are particularly concerned by what she termed the “Twitter selfie problem”. Graduates at Birmingham University line up for their group photograph to be takenCredit:Andrew Fox Student receives degree at Newcastle UniversityCredit:Newcastle University Any potentially illegal activity is referred on to Trading Standards or the police, if it is based in the UK. For overseas outfits, Hedd alerts the relevant authority in that particular country.Ms Rowley said: “Some are copycat websites, where they have a similar name to an existing universities, like Cambridgeshire University or Manchester Open University.“Some advertise ‘distance learning’ courses and send fake coursework assignments by email. People are being conned out of thousands, thinking they are actually studying.”While fake university sites in the UK tend to be individuals running them out of their homes, there are far more sophisticated operations overseas and in some cases are multi-million pound businesses.Last year a company based in Pakistan was shut down after allegedly making millions of pounds from selling fake university degrees. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Student receives degree at Newcastle University “This plays into the hands of fraudsters,” Ms Rowley told The Telegraph. “If someone wants to copy the certificate, they will be able to tell what colour the certificate is, what it looks like, the Vice Chancellor’s signature and so on.”“In the summer we spent a lot of time contacting universities to tell students not to pose with their certificates and then put the pictures of social media.”Hedd, which was has received funding from the Department for Education since June 2015 to monitor and investigate potentially fraudulent operations, has so far been responsible for 40 bogus websites being shut down. Graduates at Birmingham University line up for their group photograph to be takenlast_img read more


first_imgAs part of the 25th edition of the Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) study, SNL profiles each company budgeting at least $50 million for exploration. In 2014, these 39 larger players had budgeted a total of $4.33 billion and accounted for 40% of the $10.74 billion worldwide exploration total. Geographically, the larger players have allocated their budgets somewhat differently than the overall group of 1,961 companies. The top ten target countries for the larger players are the same as for the overall group. However, for the larger players Chile replaces Canada as the primary exploration destination, as their Chilean budgets account for a much larger share (12%) than the entire industry’s share (7%), reflecting the significant presence of major copper miners in the relatively secure Latin American country.This latest detailed report profiles 35 major mining companies, along with more concise profiles of four additional companies, one each from the other four categories — junior (Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.), intermediate (Philex Mining Corp.), government (China National Gold Group Corp.) and other (Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd.). These 39 larger players budgeted a total of US$4.33 billion and accounted for 40% of the US$10.74 billion worldwide exploration total.The top 10 explorers in 2014 include one copper producer (Antofagasta Plc), three diversified majors (Vale SA, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton Ltd.), five major precious metal producers (Barrick Gold Corp., AngloGold Ashanti Ltd., Goldcorp Inc., Newmont Mining Corp. and Fresnillo Plc) and one diamond miner (OJSC ALROSA).Chile-based copper producer Antofagasta has the world’s largest nonferrous exploration budget in 2014 at US$249 million. Its allocation is 36% less than the US$390 million budgeted by BHP Billiton Ltd., the top explorer in 2013. On par with US$250 million spent in 2013, Antofagasta’s 2014 program is growth-oriented, with late-stage and feasibility work featured at 45% of the budget. A strong grassroots effort, budgeted at US$75 million, includes programs in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australia.In second place, Vale is the largest explorer among the diversified majors; allocations of US$227 million are focused largely on Latin America and Brazil in particular, with an emphasis on late-stage work. Vale continues to challenge OJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel for the title of world’s top nickel producer; its output of 260,200 tonnes in 2013 was just 25,000 tonnes short of the 285,000 tonnes produced by the Russian miner. Vale also considers copper one of its core commodities, although production growth has been more gradual. Significant exploration expenditures are also directed to fertilizers in Brazil and Peru.Mexico’s silver-gold producer Fresnillo is third with US$225 million, comprising US$157 million for gold and US$68 million for silver. Formed through a spinoff of Industrias Peñoles SAB de CV’s precious metals assets, Fresnillo is the world’s largest primary silver producer and one of Mexico’s largest gold producers. Directed almost entirely to Mexico, Fresnillo’s budget is spread fairly evenly between all stages of exploration, with a slight emphasis on advancing several pipeline projects.Toronto-based Barrick Gold is in fourth place with allocations of US$220 million. Although the world’s largest gold miner has unsparingly trimmed its portfolio of mines and development projects, its 2014 budget is down 29% from last year’s allocation (only slightly more than the 26% global decrease), but is an increase from US$201 million actually spent in 2013. Barrick is directing about 50% of its exploration effort to North America, mainly toward its Goldrush discovery in Nevada, and 25% to South America, with a focus on Argentina and Chile.Rounding out the world’s top five explorers is Russian diamond producer ALROSA, with US$215 million for all stages of exploration, almost entirely in Russia. One of the world’s two largest diamond miners, ALROSA produces about 28% of the world’s rough diamonds by value, and holds about a third of the world’s total diamond reserves.In sixth place, London-based Rio Tinto’s 2014 exploration program emphasizes grassroots work, with this accounting for 64% of the total (minesite exploration is accounted for by individual operating units). Although its 2014 exploration budget is down about 20% year over year, the US$211 million allocation is up 15% from the US$183 million actually spent in 2013. Rio Tinto takes a long view regarding exploration, with horizons spanning 20 years or more. Its program is designed to identify low-cost, large-scale new operations, known as Tier 1 discoveries, embracing a broad range of commodities. The exploration group aims to recoup 100% of its greenfields expenditure through the sale of smaller, Tier 2 deposits.BHP Billiton dropped from first to seventh place as it reduced its exploration budget 47% to US$205 million. The company cut minesite expenditures by just 16%, while slashing late-stage work by 73% and grassroots programs by 59%. By maintaining strict financial discipline and increasing internal competition for capital, BHP Billiton intends to create a more capital-efficient organization. As it becomes more focused on its major basins, fewer projects will pass through its investment tollgates, and prospective returns for its favored projects will increase.The three remaining top 10 explorers are major gold miners, but the focus of each exploration program differs significantly. AngloGold Ashanti’s US$195 million budget favors late-stage development, while Goldcorp’s US$190 million allocation is focused on replacing ounces at producing mines. Newmont Mining’s US$186 million budget emphasizes brownfields work, although it has this year’s largest grassroots gold allocation at US$67 million. Nine of the top 10 explorers from 2013 remain on the list in 2014, although the rankings have shifted considerably. Joining the top 10 this year is Vancouver, Canada-based Goldcorp, its US$190 million budget down just 4% year on year. With three significant development projects coming online, Goldcorp’s production is expected to increase by as much as 50% over the next two years. It remains focused on exploration at and around its existing mines, with minesite work garnering 80% of the 2014 budget. Goldcorp performs only minimal early stage exploration — budgeted at US$18 million in 2014 — preferring to let juniors or joint-venture partners identify and advance grassroots discoveries through the pre-feasibility stage.Dropping from 10th to 13th place was Freeport-McMoRan Inc., with a 50% decrease in its 2014 exploration budget. Although it continues to favor near-mine exploration in the large mineral districts where it currently operates, its US$52.9 million grassroots budget emphasizes exploration in Europe, the Americas, Pacific/Southeast Asia and Africa.The largest percentage drop in allocations within the larger players came from Johannesburg-based Gold Fields Ltd. The company’s US$85 million budget, weighted heavily toward brownfields work almost entirely in Australia, was down by more than 53% year on year, lowering its ranking from 12th to 19th place. Gold Fields shuttered its Growth and International Projects division in November 2013, and announced a drastic cutback of its greenfields exploration portfolio. A highly focused prioritization process now ranks growth projects located at or near its existing producing assets.Newcrest Mining Ltd.’s US$78 million budget was down 51%, dropping it to 23rd place from 14th. Allocations were cut across the board, with the breakdowns by target and stage left largely unchanged. After the company booked an A$2.2 billion loss in fiscal 2014, Newcrest CEO Sandeep Biswas outlined three areas of focus going forward: operating discipline, free cash flow and profitable growth. According to Biswas, “Cash is king, and time is money, and these are the things that are being pushed throughout the organization.”Four companies with sharply higher budgets entered the “larger players” group in 2014 — Philex Mining (up 100%), Southern Copper Corp. (up 66%), Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (up 57%) and Oz Minerals Ltd. (up 25%). Lima, Peru-based Compañía de Minas Buenaventura SAA’s allocation increased by 66%, raising it to 14th place from 32nd.Other companies with increased budgets include French uranium giant AREVA SA (up 36%) and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (up 13%). Several companies dropped from the list due to dramatic cutbacks in their budgets, including Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (down 85%), Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (down 70%), Votorantim Industrial SA (down 64%), Cameco Corp. (down 53%) and Hochschild Mining Plc (down 46%). Together, the larger players contributed 40% of the worldwide exploration total in 2014, with gold representing 41%, copper 32% (41% base metals) and 7% each for diamonds and other targets, including silver, potash, phosphates and manganese. Two of the larger players, ALROSA and De Beers SA, accounted for 69% of worldwide diamond exploration. The 25 larger players with gold exploration budgets were responsible for 39% of worldwide gold allocations. In the middle, the group’s copper explorers accounted for just over half of the total copper budget.Conventional wisdom holds that the major companies leave grassroots exploration to the juniors. It may therefore be surprising that the larger players contributed 40% of all greenfields allocations in 2014. A persistent financing drought has squeezed juniors’ budgeting to the point that the majors have become the biggest drivers of early stage exploration. Similarly, the larger players traditionally dominate minesite spending; in 2014, however, they account for only 51% of the near-mine work as their investors demand improved returns over growth. It is also interesting to note that the major players are responsible for just 32% of late-stage exploration and feasibility work.Geographically, the larger players allocated their budgets somewhat differently than the overall group of 1,961 companies. The top 10 target countries for the larger players were the same as for the overall group; however, for the larger players Chile replaced Canada as the primary exploration destination, as their Chilean budgets accounted for a much larger share (12%) than the entire industry’s share (6.6%), reflecting the significant presence of major copper miners in the relatively secure Latin American country.Two mature jurisdictions, Canada and Australia, garnered much smaller percentages (10% and 7.5% respectively) of the larger players’ budgets than the shares allocated by the entire industry (14% and 12% respectively), as junior and intermediate companies contributed a considerable portion of the exploration dollars spent in these countries. The United States also dropped in the rankings, although budgets by the larger players accounted for a greater share (8.4%) of the total than the share allocated by the group of 1,961 companies (7.1%). Russia moved up in the rankings, from eighth to fourth place, with 79% of its total allocations coming from larger major players. Conversely, China, where 56 companies with allocations of less than US$20 million contributed 53% of the total, dropped from sixth to 10th place.last_img read more


first_imgThe winners are Newmont Global and Improvements and Electric Pulse Breakage Technology as CEEC announces 2017 dual CEEC Medal winners. This year CEEC celebrates two outstanding publications, acknowledging exceptional research advances and outstanding leadership in operational improvement.In 2017, the winner of the CEEC Medal in the Technical Research category is Fengnian (Frank) Shi, Weiran Zuo and Emmy Manlapig for their paper titled Pre-concentration of copper ores by high voltage pulses. Part 2: Opportunities and challenges”, published by Minerals Engineering in 2015.In 2017, the winner of the CEEC Medal in the Operations category is Grinding Circuit Practices at Newmont by Aidan Giblett and Steven Hart, presented at the AusIMM’s Mill Operators Conference in 2016.The CEEC Medal is a prestigious annual award for the most outstanding published papers, articles or case studies profiling beneficial strategies for eco-efficient comminution and mineral processing.In 2017, nominations for the 2017 CEEC medal were submitted from a wide number of conferences and technical publications from around the globe. Nominations were impressive not only in terms of the record number of papers nominated but also in the quality of the papers. The CEEC Medal Evaluation Committee reviewed nominated papers assessing aspects such as applicability, supporting research and documentation, prospective impact, potential energy savings, and presentation style.This year the competition was extraordinarily high and the assessments very close, with nine of the 18 papers within close ranking to be potential winners. Although all papers ranked highly, Frank Shi and his team’s winning paper in the Technical Research category outlined an approach to preconcentrating copper ores by high voltage pulses which is a potential game-changer technology, with potential to transform the energy efficiency and productivity of mining and mineral processing operations. SMI-JKMRC are initiating a collaboratively sponsored research program with the objective of realising this potential.Equally, Giblett and Hart’s winning paper in the Operational category shared Newmont’s challenges and approach to improvement in grinding practices across 12 operations worldwide. This was an exceptional contribution to the global mining industry by sharing learnings, practical solutions applied to different situations and clear guidance on how to reduce risks and improve performance. This provides important insights for the global mining sector on effective operations, optimisation approaches and design and test work improvement that may significantly improve productivity and energy efficiency at other operations worldwide.CEEC also acknowledged the following exceptional shortlisted nominations. High Commendations were conferred to the authors of the following exceptional publication demonstrating excellence in the Technical Research category:C G Kelsey and J R Kelly for their paper titled Super-fine crushing – Pivotal comminution technology from IMP Technologies Pty Ltd, presented and published at International Mineral Processing Congress 2016 in Quebec City, Canada.High Commendations were conferred to the authors of the following exceptional publications demonstrating excellence in the Operations category:G R Ballantyne, N Clarke, P Elms, A Anyimadu and M S Powell for their paper Application of Research Principles to Identify Process Improvement at Sunrise Dam Gold Mine, presented and published at MetPlant 2015 in Perth, AustraliaA Giblett and M Daniel for their paper titled Global Mining Standards and Guidelines for Determining Comminution Circuit Efficiency, presented and published at The AusIMM’s 2016 Mill Operators Conference in Perth, AustraliaC Carrasco, L Keeney, T J Napier-Munn and P Bode for their paper titled Unlocking additional value by optimising comminution strategies to process Grade Engineering® streams”, published in Minerals Engineering journal 103-104 (2017), 2-10J –F Dupont, J McMullen and D Rose for their paper titled The Effect of Choke Feeding a Gyratory Crusher on Throughput and Product Size, presented and published at the 49th Annual Canadian Mineral Processors Operators Conference in Ottawa 2017.The for the 2018 CEEC Medal will open on October 15. Details on the process and requirements can now be found on CEEC’s web site.CEEC Director and Medal Evaluation Committee Chair, Dr Zeljka Pokrajcic stated: “Giblett and Hart’s paper is an outstanding example of approaches to successfully improve grinding performance in different mines, plants and locations, for a range of ore characteristics and circuit configurations. It serves as an inspiration to operators tackling operational challenges, and wanting to improve productivity and performance.“Shi et al’s work is a genuinely disruptive development that attacks many fronts: sizing, liberation, reduction, and downstream energy and productivity. It has potential to significantly change the way mining companies liberate valuable minerals. It has the potential to disrupt and significantly advance processing approaches and energy consumption.”“CEEC sincerely thanks all who nominated for the 2017 CEEC Medal. This year saw a record number of submissions with exceptional quality. We strongly encourage continued excellence demonstrated by all authors and groups working in the pivotal area of comminution and mineral processing. Finding and sharing solutions may transform future productivity and offer transformational energy efficient and sustainable minerals production for the world.”CEEC’s CEO Alison Keogh: “Although SelFrag and Shi’s team’s high voltage pulse particle breakage technology approach is early-stage, the impact if successful could be broad and far-reaching. Shi, Zuo and Manlapig’s outstanding publication outlines an exciting, potential industry-changing advance in energy-efficient comminution and mining.”“By supporting Giblett and Hart to share their learnings, Newmont is demonstrating leadership to the global mining industry, and a commitment to improvement, innovation and collaboration. Newmont via Giblett and Hart passes on experiences learnt by Newmont over the past 15 years, fostering collaboration and information sharing. Newmont’s willingness to share this information and collaborate deserves strong recognition and special mention.”“CEEC congratulates the medal winners and highly commended shortlisted nominees for publishing outstanding contributions to the industry. CEEC is proud to share leading advances and successful operational approaches to help global mining companies find the best solutions for their operations. Smart crushing, grinding and complementary technologies can improve costs, reduce footprint, reduce energy intensity and enhance productivity.”CEEC, a global not-for-profit company, is funded wholly by valued sponsorship from the mineral industry – Anglo American, Antofagasta Minerals, Ausenco, Barrick Gold, Bechtel, CITIC-HIC, CRC Ore, Donhad, FL Smidth, Freeport McMoran, Gekko Systems, Glencore Technology, Goldcorp, Hatch, Metso, New Gold Inc, Orica, Oz Minerals, PETRA Data Science, Sandvik, Steinert, TOMS Institute and Weir Minerals.last_img read more


first_imgPORTLAND — A tornado struck an Oregon beach town Friday, sending debris flying and toppling power lines and trees as strong winds and heavy rain walloped the Pacific Northwest.Thousands of people were without power as utility crews in the region prepared for what’s expected to be an even rougher storm on Saturday.In Seattle, a 4-year-old boy and his father were injured by a falling tree branch. The Seattle Fire Department said the child suffered serious injuries and the father minor injuries. The Coast Guard and other agency officials near Port Angeles had made the first of several trips to rescue 40 teenagers and six adults who became stranded at an outdoor recreation camp after they lost power and downed trees blocked their way out.The tornado was reported on the northern Oregon coast. Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long said it touched down in the city of Manzanita about 8:20 a.m. There were no reports of injuries.last_img read more


first_imgNews Behind The Board: Colombia’s Natalia Ramirez behind-board-natalia-ramirez-talks-opportunity-vision-and-mentorship Facebook The audio engineer and vocal tuning specialist discusses her path to the studio, working with GRAMMY-winning producer Julio Reyes Copello and moreJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 12, 2019 – 5:24 pm Natalia Ramirez has worked on records by some of the biggest names in Latin music including Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz and more, but, as someone who began as an engineering student and was eventually taken under the wing of GRAMMY-winning producer Julio Reyes Copello, she’s never lost sight of how fortunate she’s been to have the chance to work with artists at that level. Behind The Board: Natalia Ramirez Talks Opportunity, Vision And Mentorship NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 12, 2019 – 5:20 pm Behind The Board: Natalia Ramirez Email Twitter “When I was a student I never thought I would end up here in Miami in this recording studio with such a mentor, working with these artists,” Ramirez says in the latest installment of the Recording Academy’s Behind The Board. “Sometimes I think that it is super important to never take for granted all of those things and never lose sight of the big picture.”The Colombian native, who has also worked with Natasha Bedingfield, grew up around music. The daughter of a musician and younger sister to an audio engineer, she says she can’t think of herself without thinking of music and knew she wanted to do audio engineering after working on an intensive project with GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Kany Garcia as a student. As a vocal tuning specialist, she uses her musicianship and engineering skills to keep the vocal tracks she works with feeling organic.”The challenge is always like what can I touch that is not gonna make it sound artificial or that is not gonna make it go away from the genre because you always want to respect what that particular [genre] is,” she says.To learn more about Ramirez’s career and techniques, watch the video above.Amanda Davis Is Getting More Women Of Color Behind The Mixing Boardlast_img read more


first_imgHundreds of people gathered on Anchorage’s Park Strip for the 2018 Women’s March. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)From Anchorage to Unalaska, Kodiak to Cordova, Alaskans took to the streets over the weekend for the second-annual Women’s March. The march came on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.Listen nowMarchers said they came out to protest the president’s agenda – even in a state that gave Trump 51% of the vote in 2016.On a clear, cold day in downtown Anchorage, civil rights activist Shirley Mae Springer-Staten belted into the microphone in front of her.At first, the crowd of hundreds was hesitant to sing along.“So your part is simply, ‘Turn me ’round.’ Can you say that back to me?” Sprinter-Staten asked?The crowd obliged.“That was a good start,” Springer-Staten said encouragingly.Events like this were held across the state. In Nome, people in fur-lined parkas marched down Front Street.In Nome, a group of 40 people marched down Front Street. (Photo: Gabe Colombo, KNOM)“I think it’s been a hard year for a lot of folks,” Nome resident Nikki Braem said. “Some of the events have been dismaying, but there’s hope,” Braem said.That idea of hope and positivity was echoed by Nome’s Marty Ruud.“My philosophy is that there’s more good people than bad people,” Ruud said at the march. “So people need to examine their conscience and vote their heart, and let’s turn this around.”Snow fell on the 140 people who chanted, “We’re here, we’re strong, we vote,” through the streets of Kodiak.Robin Corcoran carried the same sign she brought to last year’s march. It read: “Make America Kind Again.”“I think a lot of people who maybe thought that Donald Trump meant a change are seeing that it was a change for the worse,” Corcoran said. “So if we vote we can hopefully make a change.”Marchers in Unalaska went a step beyond that, with volunteers like Tammy Pound helping people register to vote.“I’m hoping that a lot more women run for office,” Pound said. “That’s how we’re going to get things done.”Marchers said they came out to protest the president’s agenda – even in a state that gave Trump 51% of the vote in 2016. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media).Before the 2016 election 1,000 people had contacted Emily’s List about running for office. The political action committee aims to get more pro-choice Democratic women elected. Since the election, that number has grown to 26,000 women.Rachel Lord was one of those women inspired by the 2016 election.“Last summer I decided to run for Homer City Council,” Lord told the crowd in Homer. “I realized that if I wasn’t willing to sit at the table others would be, and I believe in local government. I believe in the process. I believe in our democracy.”The biggest crowd to march in Alaska was in Juneau, where close to a thousand people gathered outside the state’s capital.“I think we had more people than we thought might show up with such little advance notice, and so many young people,” the march’s emcee Sara Hannan explained. “To women of the retirement age, it is good to see the baton being passed and the willingness to take up the fight.”The Women’s March in Sitka drew about 300 people. (Emily Kwong/KCAW)There was a similar shout out at the Women’s March in Sitka, which drew about 300 people to the streets.Organizer Kathy Ingallinera thanked everyone for coming out.“Especially the youth, the teenagers– it’s really important for you guys to get involved,” Ingallinera said.Back in Anchorage, the chorus of voices kicking off the march grew louder. There was a buzz in the air, like the women in the audience knew their voices were finally being heard.This story had reporting help from KNOM’s Gabe Colombo in Nome, KMXT’s Mitch Borden in Kodiak, KUCB’s Zoe Sobel in Unalaska, KBBI’s Renee Gross in Homer, KTOO’s Adelyn Baxter in Juneau and KCAW’s Emily Kwong in Sitka.last_img read more


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first_imgSHUTTERSTOCKDoctors reviewed records of 1,100 patients diagnosed at Parkland and UTSW for the study.A new study seeking detailed information about the ongoing increase in liver cancer in the U.S. found racial and ethnic differences in the outcomes.Studies had already shown the rates of liver cancer among Blacks and Hispanics are nearly double that of Caucasians, and their mortality rates are also higher.However, Dr. Amit Singal of UT Southwestern Medical Center wanted to know more.“But those studies actually don’t have granular data on several factors that you would think would be important,” he said, “like liver function, tumor stage, and access to care.”Singal and other researchers studied records of 1,100 patients diagnosed at Parkland and UT Southwestern Medical Center (mostly male, about a third each white, black and Hispanic). They found racial and ethnic differences in outcomes: Blacks and Hispanics less likely than whites to get early diagnosis and curative treatment, and blacks less likely to survive.Singal says much of this stems from lack of access to screening for the disease. INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTSLack of access to screening: We’re (doctors) trying to do more and more in a shrinking amount of time when we see patients, and sometimes when you take a look at the priority items that you have to take care of during that short visit, this falls off that list as you take care of other things.The other things is, particularly in patients with liver disease, these patients can be sick at times, and so as you take care of those more acute issues, you forget to do the screenings.The Hispanic Paradox: This is the first time this has been shown in liver cancer.  When you take a look at the survival initially, it looks as if Hispanic patients have similar survival to Whites. However, when you account for several other factors, Hispanics actually had significantly better survival.We don’t know exactly why the Hispanic Paradox exists. There are several different theories. Some people think this could be related to different social factors like differences in eating habits, differences because of social support. Others believe this could differences in biological behavior between the race ethnicities. Diagnosis in later stages: Liver cancer is really driven by two different factors: The cancer and then there’s the sick liver in which it occurs. When you look at these different race and ethnicities, it seems like the prognosis is really being driven different factors. In Hispanics, it’s being driven by the liver disease, more so than by the cancer at times. Whereas in Blacks because the liver is healthier, it’s really driven by the cancer burden.Treatment in later stages: It’s important to consider and treat both of those factors. For example, the most common form of liver disease in blacks is underlying hepatitis C. We now have very effective therapies for hepatitis C, and so it’s very important that we are very aggressive in treating that underlying liver disease. For Hispanics, the underlying liver disease is more commonly related to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. There are currently no effective therapies. Many companies are doing research to find effective therapies. If we can find something, this may be something that will improve prognosis in the future.Another reason for lack of care for Blacks and Hispanics: I think a lot of this relates to the overlap between race ethnicity and socio-economic status. Racial ethnic minorities tend to have lower socio-economic status which may limit their access to care.What Blacks and Hispanics can do to lower risk of liver cancer:Baby boomers born between 1945 and 1965, or those at risk for the disease, should get screened for hepatitis COtherwise, lead a healthy lifestyle: Eat a healthy diet and exercise to prevent fatty liver disease and liver cancer Sharelast_img read more