…of all deaths every year are caused by poor diet, amounting to 69,400, according to a report commissioned by Gordon Brown from the Strategy Unit
…of all deaths every year are caused by poor diet, amounting to 69,400, according to a report commissioned by Gordon Brown from the Strategy Unit
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Filene’s Chief Impact Officer Tansley Stearns joins us to discuss the “Filene Method of Innovation for Credit Unions,” upcoming studies and reports, and a lot more. continue reading »
Being in the payment industry for well over two decades, now, more than ever, we are seeing consumer experience and the demand for self-service solutions causing significant growth in online and mobile payments. Particularly, in the last year, we’ve seen self-service channels are growing at about three times the rate of “agent-led” calls. There are a few contributing factors that are driving financial institutions to invest more in their self-serve payment offerings:Demand: Consumers expect this degree of self-service capabilities and they’re more vocal about their frustrations when an institution doesn’t make self-service payments available.Technology: Advances in self-service channels are making it easier to meet the operational and risk requirements of financial institutions. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
New website of the Šibenik Tourist Board WHO SAYS SIBENIK DOES NOT HAVE ITS OWN AIRPORT? THERE ARE EVEN TWO The Tourist Board of the City of Šibenik has created a new web application, ie a virtual walk with 360 panoramas. The Šibenik Tourist Board points out that this is only the first phase of filming, which included six locations: Šibenik-Dolac, Šibenik-Fortress, Šibenik-Mandalina, Šibenik-Kanal Sv. Ante, Sibenik – Amadria Park, Sibenik – Sv. Nikola, within which the 6 most important points of interest are marked, and which will be supplemented in the surrounding area. “The intention is to cover other tourist places from our area, and there is a possibility of marking specialized routes, cycling, walking…, etc. ” stand out from the Šibenik Tourist Board. The virtual walk can be watched on all types of devices from PC, smartphone or tablet with the additional possibility of viewing through virtual glasses. Also, the Tourist Board of Šibenik has published a new modern website with rich content, information and multimedia materials. A website that Šibenik as a TOP destination certainly deserves. RELATED NEWS: Web VR application Šibenik 360 presents a modern, innovative and interactive visual display of cities and surroundings from the air using the latest web VR technologies. In this way, visitors are offered a new and different experience of seeing the offer of the city of Šibenik, and presenting its attractions with the possibility of orientation through natural, historical, cultural and gastronomic sights. You can see a virtual walk through Šibenik at the link /// ŠIBENIK VR360 , while you can see the new website and tourist offer of Šibenik HERE
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President Trump defended his administration’s reallocation of funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to address the ‘immigration crisis’ at the southern border.’He faced backlash as Hurricane Dorian approached the U.S. mainland.The president said the shifted funds wouldn’t be an issue in responding to Dorian, citing the storm’s change in path farther east.“Originally this was going to be a direct hit into Miami,” Trump told reporters during an Oval Office briefing on the hurricane. “We need help at the border,” he added.Last week, the Trump administration announced it would shift $271 million from within the Department of Homeland Security, including emergency relief funds, to pay for more immigration detention beds at the southern border.Democrats have slammed the decision warning it would hinter relief efforts in the U.S.The president fired back, adding, that the government would be prepared to assist Georgia, South Carolina, and other states.He also noted that Florida appeared to avoid the worst of Dorian after the storm’s path tracked away from the mainland.“We can predict the path, but so far the predicting has been really tough with this particular hurricane,” Trump said.Hurricane Dorian was downgraded to a Category 2 storm on Tuesday and moved towards the Florida coast after coming to a standstill over the Bahamas.The Bahamas seemingly sustained the worst of the storm so far with at least five people dead.“The U.S. sent a disaster response team to the Bahamas after the hurricane hit the islands, reportedly resulting in the deaths of at least five people,” the U.S. Agency for International Development said Tuesday.
Authorities of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) have expressed gratitude to their counterparts at Lisie Hospital in Karela, India for helping to save the lives of three Liberian children with congenital heart disease.Dr. Sia W. Camanor, Head of the JFK Pediatric Ward under whose auspices the children were flown to India for surgeries, said more children and adults have gone to India to seek medical attention and that most of the medical care was provided free of charge but that the parents of these children, along with the hospital authorities wanted to express thanks to the administrators, including nurses, of Lisie Hospital for the services and care they provided to the Liberian children.“The three parents have come back to say thanks and to express how grateful they are to JFK and Lisie hospitals,” Dr. Camanor added. She thanked Mr. Samuel Mitchell, owner of a nearby upscale Liberian restaurant, for providing refreshments for the program.Also expressing how thankful he is to the Indians, 9-year-old Pewee Roberts stated that before his surgery, he was unable to play football with his peers, but can now run and play football without breathing complications. Young Roberts drew laughter when he said he did not like the pain aspect of the recovery process. On behalf of the mothers, Mrs. Alice K. Ballah, spoke positively of how they and their sick children were catered to by caregivers while at the hospital in India.Mrs. Ballah, who is a herself a nurse, could not hold back her ‘tears of joy’ as she expressed how grateful she and her friends are to JFK, Lisie and everyone who helped in making it possible for them and their children to fly to India to undergo the surgeries, and for their children to have “a second chance to life. We remember waiting outside the operating theatre for our children. It is not a very good place to be. But thank God and every step of the way Lisie Hospital’s caregivers were very hospitable to us.”She expressed the hope that the gesture that was accorded their children will not be the last, adding, “There are other children out there, who need a second chance to live.” Dr. Endale Tafera, a Pediatric Cardiologist at JFK, who was instrumental in establishing the contacts with Lisie, for the sick children and their parents, also thanked the Indian-based hospital and JFK for working together to ensure that the young patients received good medical care. He assured the Liberian government that his initiation will not be the last, and that he will do many more for any child diagnosed of heart condition.On behalf of JFK, the Administrator, Mrs. Mary Howard-Nyaquie, said the senior management was glad to see that the lives of Liberian children could be saved. “These three lives that were saved are of great impact to the country,” she added while thanking everyone who played a part in helping the children and their parents to leave Liberia for the surgeries.Dr. Francis Kateh, Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Minister for Health Services at the Ministry of Health, said he was filled with joy that three lives have been saved through foreign intervention.He stated that what the Indian help to the three children has shown to health stakeholders is that when the “right people and the opportunity avails itself, definitely so much can be done and achieved.”“There is an opportunity; we can begin to look at what we have and how we can bring in other pieces of equipment that we don’t have to add to the ones we have in order to do similar surgery in the country,” he said.“Instead of sending the three persons away for surgeries,” Dr. Kateh said, the parents would have asked the experts to come and by that, many more lives can be saved.It can be recalled that three Liberian children received the best Christmas gift ever on December 12, 2016 when an opportunity for a new lease on life through the collaboration of Dr. Tefera (Pediatric Cardiologist, Liberian College of Physician and Surgeon – LCPS) and Dr. Edwin Francis (Pediatric Cardiologist of the Lisie Hospital located in Cochin, India), were happy for the children to receive free corrective surgeries for their conditions.Dr. Camanor, a pediatric consultant at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, had earlier diagnosed the children with heart conditions for which she sought the assistance of the Lisie Hospital. The children, she observed, were suffering from a congenital heart disease commonly known as a “hole in the heart,” a condition that can cause a child to experience a variety of symptoms including weakness, poor growth and shortness of breath. Congenital heart disease leads to a reduced quality of life and often a shorter life span if lifesaving surgery is not done.“Bradley, Samuel and Pewee faced many challenges and would have succumbed to this illness had this opportunity not come,” Dr. Camanor told the Daily Observer at the JFK hospital prior to the departure of the children to India last year.In Liberia, she said, ‘a hole in the heart’ is often a difficult diagnosis to treat due to the lack of facilities and specialists to perform open heart surgery. “We, Dr. Sia Wata Camanor, Dr. Udhayashankar Kanagasabai, the Liberian Pediatric Cardiac patients and their families with grateful hearts would like to appreciate the individuals and organizations that worked tirelessly as a team and contributed financially to ensure that these three children received the heart surgeries they most needed in a foreign land. They are Lisie Hospital, Cochin, India, John F. Kennedy Medical Center Pediatric Department and Administration, the Ministry of Health of Liberia, Upjit Singh Sachdeva and the Indian High Commission to Liberia, the Royal Air Maroc, Sahara Travel, APSEN Medical, Mrs. Anandani of Raj Enterprises, Kelvin Sambola of Lord Kelvin Forex Bureau, Sam Mitchell, Corinal Hotel and the Daily Observer newspaper.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will offer a daylong webinar Dec. 19 on the special issues with farm tax returns for farmers, farm representatives and rural landowners.The webinar, which will focus on issues specific to farm tax returns related to agriculture and natural resources, will offer insight into topics such as Conservation Reserve Program payments, said Barry Ward, production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension.The six-hour program, which will be presented in a live webinar format, is open to tax preparers as well as individuals who file their own farm taxes, Ward said.The program is an intermediate-level course, he said.“The target audiences for the webinar are tax preparers whose clients include farmers and rural landowners,” Ward said. “Farmers who prepare and file their own taxes will also benefit from the webinar.”Other topics to be discussed during the webinar include:Hoop Buildings and DepreciationConservation Reserve Program PaymentsNew Legislation4-H Club and FFA ProjectsMultiple EntitiesCommodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Loan with Commodity Sale Reported on Form 1099-PATRThe cost for the one-day school is $130, and organizers have applied for continuing education credits for the course, Ward said.Those credits include:Accountancy Board of Ohio, CPAs (6 hours)Office of Professional Responsibility, IRS (6 hours)Supreme Court of Ohio, Attorneys (5 hours)Registration includes the Agricultural Tax Issues book. The deadline to register is Dec. 6 to make sure participants will receive the workbook in the mail before the workshop. The live webinar, which will also feature a real-time Q-and-A, can be viewed at several host locations statewide and will include lunch. Participants also have the option to view the webinar from home if unable to attend a host location, Ward said.For those who choose not to attend at a host location, a web address for the webinar will be sent if registered a week in advance of the Dec. 19 presentation. However, all participants must be registered by Dec. 6 if they want to be sure they receive the workbook before the webinar, he said.Check the local Extension office for host locations.More information on the workshop, including how to register, can be found at go.osu.edu/AgIssuesReg. Participants may contact Ward at 614-688-3959 or [email protected] for more information.
Consider the following advice for recording video and taking photos (at the same time) before shooting your next live event.On paper, it makes perfect sense. You have a nice, multipurpose, digital camera with great video recording and photography capabilities. On top, there is a simple button to quickly switch between the two. You’ve probably already attended an event and shot either video or photos, which seems pretty straightforward. So, how hard could it be to just shoot both?I mean, it’s double the paycheck, right?Having made the mistake (several times, sadly) covering events with both photo and video options, I can tell you it’s no walk in the park. It can be a terribly complicated and crazy adventure.However, don’t let me dissuade you. Before you dive in, follow these tips to keep your sanity (and deliver quality results).Image via Surachet Jo.The Right Camera and GearFirst off, you’ll need a good multi-purpose camera that can easily switch between photography and video modes. And given the situation, it should be a good camera for both. Personal preference is important here. It doesn’t really matter if you prefer DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, the key is to find the right camera for your needs.Consider things like low-light capabilities for photography and rolling shutter for videography — depending on the event and the type of coverage you’ll need. Also, look into flash options for photos and a good tripod, monopod, or shoulder mount.Here’s a great list of multipurpose cameras to consider.Know Your Strengths and WeaknessesPersonally, I feel like I’ve always been an unusual photographer/videographer because I feel stronger shooting video than photos. Often, photographers are looking to add video to their coverage. In which case, this is a great resource.However, regardless of your first vocation, it’s important to understand which elements are your strengths and which are your weaknesses. If photography is your weaker skill set, as it was for me, I would focus on getting good photos first by giving myself ample time, knowing I could use the tighter windows to shoot video later.Video Loves MotionImage via Standret.Also, when deciding when to shoot video over photography, a general rule is to decide what looks good in motion versus static. Video loves motion. Yes, it may be a little harder to set the focus and adjust on the fly. However, consider the situation. If there is something interesting going on that is in motion, say a first dance or a popping champagne bottle, always go for video.Photography Appreciates StaticMeanwhile, for photography, I’d look for more static situations. Obviously, shooting event photography requires singling out groups of people and getting them to turn, smile, and pause — photography is simple and elegant. There’s no need to record people awkwardly waiting for a flash.But don’t let this bog you down. There are plenty of opportunities to shoot fantastic photos when things are in motion. The trick is to ask yourself what would look more appealing then adapt to the situation to create a combination of both.Lighting and SoundNow for the nitty-gritty. If you’re not familiar with shooting video over photography, sound is a huge concern. Whether that means adding a boom mic to your camera, snapping wireless lapels onto your event key subjects, or plugging an audio recorder directly into a soundboard (or, preferably, all of the above), getting quality audio should be a very high priority when planning your videography.Lighting, on the other hand, is a constant concern for both photo and video. At many events, unless they’re outdoors (typically), lighting is a constant challenge. Dark dance floors and poorly lit conference halls mean you have to get inventive with your camera angles, push your ISOs, and even experiment with lighting sources of your own.Communicate and Be VocalImage via Song_about_summer.When taking on the challenge of shooting both video and photos, communication is key. If you have a team with you, dividing and conquering is a great approach. However, the key is communication and planning.If you’re running solo, your voice is your best friend, and you’ll need it to constantly let your subjects know what you’re doing and what you expect of them. If you’re shooting photos, you’ll need them to smile and wait for a flash. If you’re shooting video, you’ll want them to ignore you and act naturally.Be direct, confident, and loud.Edit Photos First, Video SecondOnce the event has concluded, it’s best to dive into the photos first — sometimes immediately after the event. Editing photos, to most, will be the quicker of the two edits, and it will help you get the ball rolling on your deliverables.It also helps you put together a timeline of the event’s best moments from start to finish. You can start working with colors and finding the best angles, moments, and subjects. You can also deliver the photos before diving into your video edit, which can take anywhere from several days to several weeks, depending on the scope and your promised delivery dates.Cover image by Alexei Zatevakhin.For more event videography advice, check out some of these articles.Video Tutorial: Determining The Best Lens for Your ProjectQuick Tip: Fixing Rolling Shutter Flash with Opacity BlendsThe Whys and Hows of Tracking: Handheld vs. StabilizedThe Best Quotes from Directors, Editors, and Everything in BetweenThe Ultimate Guide to Producing Wedding Video
A court on Friday sent CPI(M) veteran and former Minister Badal Choudhury to judicial remand till November 11 in a case relating to an alleged ₹640 crore PWD scam. The leader was taken to the court of west Tripura district and sessions judge after his discharge from a government hospital, where he was admitted for the past 10 days.The court reserved order on the Investigation Officer’s plea for custodial remand of the accused, who was minister of PWD when the alleged scam took place in 2008. The judge could take a decision on police remand after the expiry of Mr. Choudhury’s jail remand, one of the counsels present during the hearing told reporters.Mr. Choudhury, former Member of Parliament, CPI(M) central committee member and incumbent Deputy Leader in the State assembly, was admitted to the government GBP Hospital after he fell sick in custody of west Agartala police within 30 minutes of his transit from a private hospital. Mr. Choudhury alleged that he was manhandled by the police at the private hospital after discharge and at the police station.His spouse and daughter filed a complaint with the Police Accountability Commission and a case in the court, based on the allegations. The commission reportedly served show cause notice on three police officers.Mr. Choudhury’s bail application was earlier rejected in the district court and the High Court. He was made prime accused in the case originally investigated by the Vigilance Department and later handed over to the Crime Branch.Another important accused in the alleged scam, former PWD Chief Engineer Sunil Bhowmik was arrested and is in jail custody. Chief Secretary Y.P. Singh, who was the Principal Secretary in-charge of PWD in 2008, is also wanted in the same case and remainds elusive despite police searches in Delhi and Gurgaon.