5 Ways An Overfocus on Frugality Can Cost Families Money

first_imgBy Carol ChurchFrugality can be a really, really good thing, as most of us know! Learning how to spend less money and save more can benefit families in the short and long term, allowing them to build an emergency fund, save for retirement, put away money for their children’s education, improve their homes, and much more. Plus, having the power to bring down spending can feel very powerful, giving families more freedom and “breathing room” and creating peace of mind. These issues may feel especially intense to military families.But have you ever known someone who got so focused on saving money that he or she made choices that were actually not so smart? It’s something to be wary of, especially in families where budgets have become unexpectedly tight, anxieties are high, or there might be a feeling of compulsion or control around money. Following are some examples of times when an overfocus on “frugality” or “bargains” can end up being financially foolish (or unwise in some other way). All of us who are interested in this topic need to keep an eye out for these tendencies.Skipping needed maintenance of home, car, or health. It’s not always cheap taking the car into get needed work done. It can be tempting just to ignore that strange spot on the ceiling. And nobody loves to go to the dentist! But when we put off routine maintenance, like annual physicals or checking the oil, or avoid calling a professional to handle a developing problem, we take a very real risk that a small cost will balloon into a huge and potentially catastrophic one. Ouch!Not valuing your own time. If you really want to save money, research is your friend, and so is comparison shopping. Deals are out there waiting to be had, whether we’re talking about groceries or a new TV. However, unless you truly and genuinely enjoy spending hours cutting out coupons, driving all over town (don’t forget about gas!), or searching the Internet for a price that is just slightly lower than the first one you found, it pays to remember that “time is money.” In fact, you might be able to spend that time doing something else that actually saves you or earns you more.Underinsuring…or not insuring at all. Figuring out the right deductible for your car insurance, home insurance, and health insurance (if you have the ability to choose) can be complicated and is worthy of its own post. But keep in mind that you definitely should to be able to pay whatever your deductible is out of pocket, without having to borrow– or you are “borrowing” trouble. Also, in the case of health insurance, remember that most of us will probably need to use that insurance—and shouldn’t spend a lot of energy trying not to. Also, don’t make the mistake of not purchasing renter’s insurance or life insurance.Cheaping out where you shouldn’t. If the cheap but important item you buy is going to break or wear out quickly such that you need to replace it, it wasn’t a bargain after all. Of course, some things can be bought inexpensively (especially when purchasing used) with no concern, but items that receive heavy or repeated use deserve careful consideration. In my personal experience, cheap shoes, particleboard furniture, and cheap appliances have all been a poor bet in the long run. Photospin/ Stuart MilesOver-couponing, over-saling, and over-Grouponing. Ever been unable to resist a Groupon or other special offer, then completely forgotten to use it? I have. Although you can actually get back the amount you paid in most cases, you may forget, and the “bargain” aspect is certainly gone. Other people who get so starry-eyed over coupons that they buy a product they don’t even like, or purchase an expensive item they would not have spent on “because it was such a good deal.” This is not a great idea, as most of us probably know in our hearts. If you find you have a tendency to get overexcited by deals in the heat of the moment, consider implementing a “cooling off period” where you wait at least a few hours, and preferably a day, to make that tempting “bargain” purchase.There’s no doubt that making careful choices and looking for good deals is often the right choice to help families save money and build savings. However, families may sometimes need to take a step back and consider the long-term wisdom of their decisions, especially when emotions or anxieties are running high. Good luck to you and the families you work with in making sound budgeting and spending choices.last_img read more

3 Simple Tips for Stabilizing Smartphone Videography

first_imgLet’s take a look at some practical cinematography and editing tips that can help you create smooth, stable, and beautiful smartphone videos.No one in the film and video industry wants to hear this, but there’ll come a day when we shoot everything on smartphones. Or, at least, some version of smartphones, which could very well end up being as powerful as any of their big cinema camera counterparts, perhaps in only a few years.Until then, shooting videos, short films, documentaries, and even features on smartphones can be a good solution for web or social-based projects, or at least a fun gimmick for anything bigger. Yet, these are the early days of the future, so any skills that you can learn and develop will end up helping you in the long run.One of the biggest issues with smartphone videos (as with any other type of videography) is stabilization. Smartphone filmmakers often find themselves shooting handheld, which compounds the problem.In this write-up, we’ll take a look at how to make sure your smartphone videos look both stable and cinematic.DIY StabilizationImage by Dean Drobot.It’s amazing what the latest generations of smartphones can do with digital in-camera effects and stabilization. If you look at, say, an iPhone 8 or XS, you’ll find some very impressive automated functions that you can quickly adjust for all types of color temperature, lighting settings, and even stabilization.Your first step is to simply know what your phone can do and work with it when recording smartphone videos. Your smartphone should adjust for natural handheld movements as long as you follow these rules:Move the camera slowly.Give it time to adjust to new lighting.Keep two hands on your smartphone at all times.But don’t confuse smartphone 4K with the same quality as 4K from your DSLR, mirrorless, or cinema cameras — there’s a huge difference. However, in-camera, your smartphone is highly capable of working with handheld, shaky mount settings — probably much better than most cameras you’ll find on the market.Smartphone Stabilizer RigsImage by Rawpixel.com.Smartphone mount and rig options offer even more stabilization. Here are some solid options to consider. (Generally, the more expensive, the more stabilization.)RetiCAM — $20ZTYLUS Pistol Grip — $30iOgrapher Multi Case — $70DJI Osmo Mobile 2 — $140BeastGrip Pro — $140It’s worth noting, though, that even the most basic “selfie sticks” or smartphone holders can create at least a little more stability than going straight handheld. Experiment to find what works for you and your smartphone video needs.Stabilizing in Premiere ProUnless you’re editing in-smartphone with apps like Adobe Premiere Rush or iMovie, to get the best results with your smartphone footage, you should treat it as you would footage from any other shoot. That means bringing it into Adobe Premiere Pro — or your video editing platform of choice.As you can see in the simple tutorial above, Warp Stabilizer can be a very powerful-yet-easy-to-use tool for fixing shaky footage. Your smartphone videos might be a little trickier to work with than any higher-quality footage You’re used to, but you’d be amazed what Adobe’s technology can do these days.If you’re looking for more insights, here’s some more on Premiere Pro’s Warp Stabilizer:Video Tutorial: A Brief Guide to the Warp StabilizerFix Shaky Footage with Warp Stabilizer in Premiere ProVideo Editing 101: How to Stabilize Footage in Premiere Pro Cover image by Piotr Piatrouski.For more smartphone videography and editing tips, check out some of these articles:Smartphone Filmmaking: Saving Battery Life and Storage SpaceShooting a Feature with an iPhone the Soderbergh WaySmartphone Filmmaking: Pro iPhone Videographer EquipmentWorking With Vertical Phone Footage in Post-ProductionShould You Make a Feature Film on a Phone?last_img read more

Cavaliers sign Turkish talent Osman

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Los Angeles, United States — The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed Turkish forward Cedi Osman, the team confirmed on Tuesday.Terms of the deal were not released but local media reports said the 22-year-old shooting guard had inked a three-year contract worth $8.3 million.ADVERTISEMENT View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Cavaliers have also agreed to pay $700,000 to Turkish club Anadolu Efes to help meet his $1 million buyout clause.Osman heads to Cleveland after spending the last five seasons with Anadolu in the Turkish Basketball League first division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 6ft 8in forward averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 35 games last season.Osman represented his country at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, FIBA EuroBasket 2015 and the 2016 Manila FIBA World Olympic qualifying tournament. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Gilas enters killer stretch Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Rangers Ready For Canadiens

first_imgThe Montreal Canadiens can rest easy. They won’t be disrespected by their next playoff opponent,If anything, the New York Rangers are giving them too much respect heading into the May 17 opener of the Eastern Conference finals.The Canadiens come in following a bitter matchup with the Boston Bruins that concluded with harsh words in the series-ending handshake line. Bruins forward Milan Lucic reportedly threatened defenseman Alexei Emelin and forward Dale Weise.Weise never revealed exactly what was said, but Lucic called him a “baby” when told that Weise brought it up. Whatever it was, it won’t be repeated by the Rangers, who are already playing the underdog card as they enter the series.“I know they went into the Boston series saying that they felt Boston didn’t respect them. We respect Montreal quite a bit,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said after practice before traveling north.“They’re not only a very strong team, but they’re a team that has beaten the No. 1 team in the NHL right now, a team that went to the Stanley Cup finals last year, a team that beat the New York Rangers in five games last year. We know that we’ve got our hands full.“They’re the favorites. Against Tampa Bay and against Boston, they were the underdogs, they didn’t have home ice. Now, they’re going into this series very likely expected to win. Pressure does funny things to different people. I’m anxious to see how we’re going to react. I’m sure they’re anxious to see how they’re going to act.”There is no question Vigneault believes it, but this could also have a tinge of gamesmanship tied into it. Since the Canadiens eliminated the Bruins on May 14 with a road victory in Game 7, there has been talk that the Rangers caught a break by avoiding Boston — which had the NHL’s best record in the regular season and knocked them out in five games in the second round last year.Montreal coach Michel Therrien, who replaced Vigneault as Canadiens coach during his first stint with the team back in 2000, knows his counterpart quite well. He didn’t engage in a debate over which team is the favorite.A trip to the Stanley Cup finals is at stake for each club.“The favorite? That’s a media game,” Therrien said. “You go in the New York paper, and they’re the favorite. You go in the Montreal paper, we’re the favorite. I’m not paying too much attention to those things. My only focus is to make sure today that we met with our players, and it’s about tomorrow.“This is our philosophy. This is not going to change. We understand that we need a really, really good hockey team. There’s a four-point difference between us and them, so they’re a good hockey team.”New York also is coming in off a road win in Game 7, finishing off the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 13 night to cap a comeback from 3-1 down in the series.That upset victory has already caused shock waves as the Penguins fired General Manager Ray Shero following the team’s fifth straight early exit since winning the Cup in 2009.Home ice didn’t matter in the first round when the Canadiens swept the Tampa Bay Lightning, or much in the second when they won the series opener and the clincher in Boston.Weise and rugged forward Brandon Prust are both familiar with the Rangers, having played with them briefly.Prust became a fan favorite during parts of three seasons with the Rangers, beginning with the 2009-10 campaign. Weise was drafted by New York in 2008, and played 10 career games with the Rangers.Prust left for Montreal as a free agent in 2012.“The rivalry against the Bruins definitely brought out emotion,” Prust told canadiens.com. “It just gets more and more emotional as you get closer to the Stanley Cup. It goes to a whole new level from here on out.“We’ll need to take the same approach, play with the same speed, be aggressive on the forecheck and make their defensemen work. The same goes for our ability to go the net, get rebounds, and most importantly play a physical brand of hockey.”While there will be hitting and tight defense, neither the Rangers nor the Canadiens feature the big bruising bodies the Bruins employ. These clubs rely on the fine goaltending they get from Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price, respectively.Lundqvist was the difference in New York’s final three wins over Pittsburgh, outshining Penguins counterpart Marc-Andre Fleury and frustrating offensive stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin while stopping 102 of the final 105 shots he faced.However, he has struggled in Montreal and didn’t play there this season. He is 4-5-2 with a 3.87 goals-against average and .876 save percentage at the Bell Centre. His last appearance in Montreal was Jan. 15, 2012, when he was pulled after allowing four goals.Price had a 1.50 GAA, .950 save percentage and one shutout in the final four games against Boston. In two games this season versus the Rangers, Price stopped 74 of 75 shots.He also got the best of Lundqvist in the gold medal game at the Sochi Olympics when he lifted Canada to a 3-0 win over Sweden.“You go against a guy like that … you know you’re going to have to match his play or try to be better,” Lundqvist said of Price. “It’s going to be a challenge, but I look forward to that. I always like a challenge.”(IRA PODELL, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Spieth Takes Master’s Big Choke

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. — Jordan Spieth couldn’t bear to watch, turning his head before another shot splashed into Rae’s Creek. Moments later, Danny Willett looked up at the large leader board at the 15th green and couldn’t believe what he saw.This Masters turned into a shocker April 10, right down to the green jacket ceremony.Spieth was in Butler Cabin, just like everyone expected when he took a five-shot lead to the back nine at Augusta National. Only he was there to present it to Willett, who seized on Spieth’s collapse with a magnificent round that made him a Masters champion.“You dream about these kind of days and things like that, but for them to happen … it’s still mind-boggling,” Willett said.It was a nightmare for Spieth, especially the par-3 12th hole. Clinging to a one-shot lead, he put two shots into the water and made a quadruple-bogey 7, falling three shots behind and never catching up. Instead of making history with another wire-to-wire victory, he joined a sad list of players who threw the Masters away.“Big picture? This one will hurt,” Spieth said. It was a comeback that ranks among the most unlikely in the 80 years of the Masters on so many levels.Willett wasn’t even sure he would play this year because his wife was due — on April 10, no less — with their first child. She gave birth to Zachariah James on March 30, sending him on his amazing journey to his first major.“We talk about fate, talk about everything else that goes with it,” Willett said. “It’s just a crazy, crazy week.”He became the first player from England in a green jacket since Nick Faldo in 1996, and the parallels are bizarre. Faldo shot a 5-under 67 and overcame a six-shot deficit when Greg Norman collapsed around Amen Corner. Willett also closed with a 67, with no bogeys on his card, to match the best score of the weekend.The most compelling images came from the guy who suffered.Coming off two straight bogeys to start the back nine, Spieth still had the lead when he went at the flag with a 9-iron on the par-3 12th and saw it bounce off the slope into the water.From the drop zone, he hit a wedge so fat that he turned his head and removed his cap, not wanting to look. He got up-and-down from the back bunker, and suddenly faced a three-shot deficit.“I actually heard everyone grunting and moaning or whatever they do to the scoreboard when the scores go up,” Willett said.“He obviously had a terrible run, which basically put it right back in anyone’s hands. And fortunately enough, I was able to seize the opportunities.”He finished at 5-under 283 for a three-shot victory over Spieth and Lee Westwood (69).Spieth was trying to become only the fourth back-to-back winner of the Masters, and the first player in 156 years of championship golf to go wire-to-wire in successive years in a major. And it looked inevitable when he ran off four straight birdies to end the front nine and build a five-shot lead.This didn’t look like one of those Masters that would start on the back nine. But it did — quickly.Spieth made bogey from the bunker on No. 10. A tee shot into the trees on the 11th, missing an 8-foot par putt. He still had a two-shot lead and only needed to get past the dangerous par-3 12th to settle himself, especially with two par 5s in front of him. But he couldn’t. Not even close.“It was a lack of discipline to hit it over the bunker coming off two bogeys, instead of recognizing I was still leading the Masters,” Spieth said.The turnaround left him dazed. Spieth was five shots ahead on the 10th tee and three shots behind when he walked to the 13th tee.“It was a really tough 30 minutes for me that hopefully I never experience again,” Spieth said.Willett poured it on with a shot into the 14th to about 4 feet, and a tee shot on the par-3 16th to 7 feet for a birdie that stretched his lead.Spieth still had a chance when he birdied both par 5s to get within two shots, and then hit his tee shot to 8 feet behind the hole on the 16th. But he missed the birdie putt, and when he hit into a bunker and failed to save par on the 17th, it was over.Spieth had led after seven straight rounds at the Masters, a streak that ended in a most cruel fashion. He shot 41 on the back nine for a 73, and was runner-up for the second time in three years.Westwood, playing with Willett, made eagle on the 15th hole to get within one shot of the lead, and then three-putted the 16th hole to fall away.Dustin Johnson also had an outside chance, even after four putts for a double bogey on the fifth hole. He missed eagle putts from 15 feet and 20 feet on the par 5s on the back nine, and then took double bogey on the 17th. Johnson closed with a 71 and tied for fourth with Paul Casey (67) and J.B. Holmes (68).Smylie Kaufman, one shot out of the lead in his Masters debut, closed with an 81.Willett moves to No. 9 in the world. He returns home to England with a gift like no other for his infant son.“People were saying, ‘Try to bring the jacket home for little man.’ I think it’s a little bit big,” Willett said. “But I’m sure in a few years’ time he’ll grow into it.”(DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Lundqvist, Couturier Injuries Hugely Affect NHL Playoff Series Early

first_imgSTEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer___AP Sports Writers Will Graves in Pittsburgh and Stephen Hawkins in Dallas contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shares WASHINGTON — The Philadelphia Flyers will have to try to mount a comeback against the Washington Capitals without one of their best players. The New York Rangers are optimistic they will have their franchise player back for a rally against the Pittsburgh Penguins.The Flyers announced Friday that center Sean Couturier will miss the rest of the first round because of an upper-body injury. And Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said he hopes to be back on the ice for Game 2 on Saturday (3 p.m. EDT, NBC) after taking a teammate’s stick to the eye Wednesday but avoiding what could have been a catastrophic injury.“Happy it’s nothing serious,” Lundqvist said. “Probably 20-30 seconds there I had some really bad thoughts going through my head. Very scary, actually. Everything happened so fast.”Rangers coach Alain Vigneault will wait until Saturday to decide whether Lundqvist will make his franchise-record 112th consecutive playoff start or go with backup Antti Raanta. Lundqvist looked sharp during an hour-long practice session Friday, saying there are no apparent issues with his eyesight despite continued swelling.Injuries have already had a major impact on the two Metropolitan Division series. The Penguins were without their top goaltenders, Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray, for Game 1. Fleury, who has been out with a concussion, said he didn’t expect to return Saturday, which would mean another start for No. 3 goalie Jeff Zatkoff, who made 35 saves in his playoff debut.New York will be without defenseman Dan Girardi because of an undisclosed injury, while Pittsburgh appears closer to getting center Evgeni Malkin back. Malkin practiced Friday, and his presence would be a major boost for the Penguins.“Anybody who’s injured and starting to practice with the team, it’s encouraging,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “He looks really strong. It’s only a matter of time here.”The Flyers said Couturier is expected to be out for two weeks and they will miss his penalty-killing, faceoff abilities and overall defensive prowess against skill-heavy Washington.“It’s huge,” Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. “Coots is our defensive anchor out there. He’s such a good defensive forward. We’re going to miss him, but it’s the next guy in line sort of mentality.”Brayden Schenn will likely slide into the second-line center spot and 21-year-old Scott Laughton who will get into the lineup after being a healthy scratch for nine of the past 11 games. Neither player brings the same all-around game of Couturier, whose departure from Game 1 coincided with the Capitals taking over.“It probably didn’t hurt because I know Sean is a quality hockey player and relied on by the Flyers to be sort of their stopper guy,” Washington coach Barry Trotz said. “Couturier’s an important part of what they do.”Effort isn’t a question and neither is intensity, especially after a physical start to the series that included a big hit by the Capitals’ Tom Wilson on Andrew MacDonald and an ensuing fight with Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds. The big question is how Simmonds might respond in Game 2 on Saturday night (7:30 p.m. EDT, CNBC).“He’s the X-factor for them,” Wilson said. “I hope I didn’t wake him up there. He’s obviously going to be coming out in Game 2 flying like the rest of their team. They’re going to be champing at the bit to get another crack at us.”Other things to watch for on Day 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday:___Wild at Stars, Dallas leads 1-0, 8 p.m. EDT, NBCSNAfter going with the hot hand and playing Kari Lehtonen in Game 1 of the playoffs, Stars coach Lindy Ruff wasn’t saying Friday whether he’d go back to him or start Antti Niemi in Game 2. It sure seems like he has a fairly easy decision after Lehtonen stopped 22 shots against Minnesota for his second career playoff shutout.“He didn’t make any mistakes,” Ruff said after the 4-0 win for the top-seeded Stars. “He played a real great game for us.”Stars center Tyler Seguin appears to be on pace to return from an Achilles injury that has sidelined him since mid-March. Ruff said there was “no comparison” between how Seguin looked Friday from where he was earlier in the week, a great sign for Dallas.___Sharks at Kings, San Jose leads 1-0, 10:30 p.m. EDT, NBCSNThe Sharks could face a depleted Kings blue line in Game 2 after Alec Martinez played just under 12 minutes Thursday. Los Angeles recalled defenseman Kevin Gravel from the minors, and Martinez did not skate with the team Friday.It could be Jamie McBain’s opportunity to step in to make his postseason debut. Either way, the Sharks know better than to feel confident about leading the Kings after blowing a 3-0 series lead to them in 2014, when Los Angeles went on to winlast_img read more

When people question your honor, it hurts: Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgWhen people question your honor, it hurts: Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo said he was not “comfortable speaking” about the case, “but when people attack your honor, it is difficult.”advertisement Associated Press LisbonAugust 21, 2019UPDATED: August 21, 2019 21:05 IST File photo of Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo (AP Photo)Cristiano Ronaldo says the rape allegation against him was an attack on his honor and led to one of the worst years of his life.Ronaldo was accused or raping a woman in Las Vegas more than 10 years ago but won’t face criminal charges after it was determined the investigation failed to show the claim could be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.Ronaldo has told Portuguese television TVI that “2018 was probably my worst year ever, personally speaking.”He said that “when people question your honor, it hurts, it hurts a lot.”The Juventus player did not directly talk about the 2009 accusation brought on by Kathryn Mayorga, an American who in a separate lawsuit says she was pressured to sign an agreement to keep quiet in exchange for $375,000.The 34-year-old Ronaldo said he was not “comfortable speaking” about the case, “but when people attack your honor, it is difficult.”He said he was thankful and proud that “once again” his innocence was proven.Also Read | Maybe I can finish my career next year: Cristiano RonaldoAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Cristiano RonaldoFollow Rape allegationsFollow JuventusFollow Kathryn Mayorga Nextlast_img read more

IOM Hails Moroccos Humanitarian Treatment of Immigration Issue

Rabat – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday hailed Morocco’s the humanitarian treatment of the issue of immigration.During his meeting with Government Chief Abdelilah Benkirane, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing hailed the initiatives taken by Morocco, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, in the humanitarian treatment of the issue of immigration through the regularization of hundreds of immigrants and the wise policy pursued by Morocco in this field, based on openness and human values, according to a statement of the Government Chief’s department.William Lacy Swing also expressed IOM readiness to grant all forms of support to Morocco in the field of migration, particularly at the technical level, IOM boasting 65 years of experience and mobilizing more 500 points worldwide.For his part, Benkirane highlighted Morocco’s commitment to the human values of tolerance and assistance, recalling the considerable efforts made by the Kingdom, alongside its partners, to support and accompany development efforts on the African continent and meet the economic and social conditions for stability in the source countries of migrants. read more

Tunisia kicks off presidential campaign amid tensions

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s 26 presidential candidates have launched their campaigns in a political climate marked by uncertainty, money laundering allegations and worries about violent extremism.There is no clear front-runner as campaigning began Monday for the Sept. 15 first-round vote to replace Tunisia’s first democratically elected president, who died in office in July.Candidates held rallies Monday in Tunis and in poorer provinces to present their platforms.One prominent candidate is in jail facing accusations of money laundering and tax evasion.Tunisia’s provisional leader after its 2011 Arab Spring uprising, former activist Moncef Marzouki, is also running. He lamented to The Associated Press that candidates are “fighting each other with methods unworthy of democracy.”The campaign kickoff came the same day that four people were killed in clashes near the Algerian border.The Associated Press read more

UN peacekeepers set up buffer zone in DR Congo to facilitate relief

The UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) is establishing the temporary buffer zone in the area of Kanyabayonga, in North Kivu. Tens of thousands of civilians fled fighting there before tensions reportedly eased earlier this week.The clashes between government troops and mutinous elements of the DRC Army’s 8th Military Region forced the evacuation of entire villages near Kanyabayonga.The 10-kilometre buffer area aims to keep regular soldiers separated from the breakaway unit, facilitating an end to fighting and allowing aid to reach displaced civilians. MONUC says any attempt at crossing the buffer zone will be repulsed immediately.

Church of England launches Instagram guide for parishes as they try to

Figures released last October showed that the Church of England reached more people on social media than in traditional services. Around 1.1m attend services at least once a month, while the church estimates 1.2m people are “reached” every month via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Responding to the figures, Sam Donoghue, head of children and youth ministry support in the Diocese of London, said the diocese had invested £3m in trying to attract young people to church, and some churches had started Instagram accounts to this end.  The digital advisers said churches who were doing Instagram right include St Benet Fink church in Tottenham, which has posted photographs of sun streaming through the windows as mass is celebrated, as well as its post-service canapes. St Mary’s Walthamstow, which posts a mixture of aesthetically pleasing images of the church and inspirational quotes from biblical and religious leaders, was also lauded.  The church has offered up tips including avoiding blurred or pixelated photos, including questions in captions “to encourage conversation” and adding location tags to make photos easier to find. Insta-churches are encouraged to use 11 hashtags on their posts, apparently the ideal number for engagement.  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. Instagram is best known for playing host to Love Island contestants, polished young “influencers” and healthy eating bloggers. But the social network could soon be flooded with arty pictures of pews and altars as the Church of England encourages its parishes to sign up in order to woo younger worshippers. It has launched an “introduction to Instagram” aimed at helping confused clergy who are finding it “hard to keep up with the latest digital trends and the platforms being used by young people”. The Church’s digital team has spent a year training churches in how to use social media “strategically” for “evangelism and discipleship”, and says it will have trained 1,000 parishes by Christmas. Its advice is that “every church needs a Facebook page” but that the choice between Instagram and Twitter “depends on your audience, and where they are more likely to be.”In particular Instagram is “a great place to show the personality of your church, who attends and what kind of events and services you offer.”  read more

US Border Patrol agent arrested in 4 deaths described as serial

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related3 kids survive slaying of 8 family members in OhioApril 23, 2016In “Crime”Two male sex workers robbed by 4 armed bandits – PoliceDecember 13, 2017In “Crime”Guyanese among three facing illegal entry charges in USSeptember 5, 2013In “Crime” (CNN) – A supervisory US Border Patrol agent who authorities are calling a serial killer was arrested Saturday in the deaths of four people after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer.Juan David Ortiz, 35, confessed to killing four people between September 3 and September 15, according to a criminal complaint filed in Webb County, Texas. Ortiz was charged with four murder charges and one unlawful restraint with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Webb County District Attorney Isidro R. “Chilo” Alaniz.The bodies of four victims were found over the past two weeks, sheriff’s spokesman Eduardo Chapa told CNN. Chapa said investigators are not ruling out the possibility of more victims. An affidavit originally described the victims as three women and one man but the sheriff’s office later said that the victim identified as male was a transgender woman.The victims were shot in the head, according to the affidavit. All of the victims worked as prostitutes, authorities told CNN.“He was profiling certain kinds of victims,” Alaniz said, adding “the suspect was hunting for his victims.” The prosecutor says he feels comfortable describing Ortiz as a serial killer.It was not immediately known whether Ortiz has an attorney.Andrew Meehan, a US Customs and Border Protection spokesperson, said in a statement to CNN that the agency is fully cooperating with investigators.“While it is CBP policy to not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, criminal action by our employees is not, and will not be tolerated,” his statement read. “Out of respect for the victims’ family and friends, we ask that deference and due process be given to the investigation so that all the facts are brought to light and they can receive the closure they deserve.”Woman able to escape, call policeThe case broke Friday after a woman narrowly escaped Ortiz’s grasp, the criminal affidavit shows.The woman was in a truck with a man named “David” and the two started talking about one of the prostitutes who had gone missing a week earlier. The man then pulled out a pistol and pointed it at her, and when she tried to flee, he grabbed her shirt to prevent her from leaving the vehicle, the affidavit states.She pulled off her shirt and ran to a nearby gas station, where she found a state trooper. The victim was able to provide a detailed description of Ortiz, including his tattoos, Alaniz said.Authorities found Ortiz at a gas station in Laredo, about 160 miles southwest of San Antonio. He fled the scene on foot and ran to a Ramada Inn, where he was found hiding in the bed of a pickup truck, Alaniz said.Ortiz was read his Miranda Rights and then verbally confessed to killing four people over the last two weeks, the affidavit states. Two of the four killings took place in the hours after the woman was able to escape but before police tracked him down, according to the affidavit.“We have very strong evidence that he is the person who has been killing,” Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said at a news conference posted on CNN affiliate KGNS’s Facebook page.Ortiz, Cuellar said, spent 10 years as an agent with the US Border Patrol. He also is a US Navy veteran, Alaniz said.Cuellar passed his condolences to the families of the four victims. He said his department, along with other state and federal agencies, had been “working diligently on this case.” read more

Good trials for biomethane heavy goods vehicle

first_imgCeram, the international materials technology company, was chosen by Cenex to analyse the fuel integrity of Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) biomethane vehicle trial. Driven by a desire to produce a step change reduction in fleet carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, CCE contracted Cenex to evaluate and compare the emissions, fuel consumption, economics, reliability and operability of a 26 t Iveco Stralis gas vehicle with that of a diesel Stralis vehicle. The trial vehicles – one operating solely on biomethane gas, and one diesel powered – were highly comparable. Both were new registrations at trial commencement and met Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle emission standards.The vehicles’ performance was evaluated through a collaborative assessment project, which included Cenex, the UK’s centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies, Iveco, the truck manufacturer and Gasrec, the fuel supplier.Ceram has extensive experience in evaluating biogas for use as biomethane, and was therefore chosen to analyse the quality of the fuel and integrity of the gas supply chain. The analysis confirmed a high methane content and low levels of contamination throughout the fuel supply chain; the fuel exceeded the quality levels required by the vehicle manufacturer. Stuart Watson, Ceram’s Organic Chemistry Delivery Supervisor, commented: “CCE are re-using waste and reducing their carbon footprint. Through anaerobic digestion, waste products have been transformed into biomethane which is used as a fuel for their vehicles. By taking an innovative approach, CCE have demonstrated the potential of biomethane as a vehicle fuel for other industries. We are pleased our analysis has helped them to do this.”Ceram is an independent, international materials technology company that focuses on innovation, sustainability and quality assurance of materials. Headquartered in Staffordshire, UK, and with approved laboratories around the world, Ceram solves product and process challenges across a range of materials to help clients improve performance, comply with regulations and develop their sustainability performance in order to gain a competitive advantage and increase profitability.last_img read more

Tacoma student files claim after alleged threat from teacher

first_imgTACOMA — A 17-year-old student who allegedly was threatened by a Washington teacher has filed a $500,000 claim for damages against the school district in connection with the confrontation that was captured on video.The News Tribune reports the cellphone footage appears to show Mount Tahoma High School history teacher Mike Andersen at one point telling the student: “You’re lucky that I got a job because I will put you down right there, six feet under.”The student’s claim against the Tacoma School District alleges the teacher had been reprimanded before for threatening students.Tacoma School District spokesman Dan Voelpel says Andersen is on unpaid leave, pending the conclusion of the district’s investigation of the incident. Voelpel says the district will wait until the end of the investigation to comment further.last_img read more

Lovren expects a perfect Liverpool season

first_imgThe Reds footballer believes his team can have a perfect English Premier League season and lift the trophy in the summerLiverpool is currently sitting in the top of the English Premier League table with 54 points.The team has won 17 matches, drawing three times and has yet to lose a single game.They are the only EPL club which has remained undefeated.And for Reds footballer Dejan Lovren, his team can do what it takes to have a perfect season.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s not only December, I would say, it’s all the period we have played well,” he told the club’s official website.“Even sometimes when we didn’t play well, [like] against Everton, we had the luck, we had the belief and it came back to us again.”“The key, like I have said many times, is the defensive moments when we don’t have the ball and everyone is working so hard, up front especially,” he explained.“They are the first defenders and we are the last defenders. That’s the key for us.”last_img read more

MythBusters The Explosive Exhibition open at the Fleet Science Center

first_imgMythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition open at the Fleet Science Center 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDoes toast always land butter-side down? Can you really pull a tablecloth off of a fully set table without disturbing a dish?In MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, visitors learn about myths, the MythBusters themselves and what experimenting is all about by participating in a series of fun, hands-on experiences and live demonstrations.Experiments cover topics such as flight, friction, gravity, speed and combustion. MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition opens February 24 through September 3, 2018. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 25, 2018 Dave Scott, February 25, 2018 Dave Scott last_img read more

Dave Scotts weather forecast live from the Oscars at the Ranch

first_img Dave Scott Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitter Dave Scott, March 4, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Dave Scott was live at the “Oscars at the Ranch” Academy Awards viewing party to benefit the San Diego Film Festival.Patrons enjoyed signature dishes from San Diego’s premier chefs as they sipped crafted cocktails and cast their votes for the Oscar winners.The San Diego Film Festival’s mission is to use film to explore issues of global impact, to create dialog, to encourage self-reflection, and ultimately to develop empathy and understanding in an increasingly diverse and complex world. center_img Dave Scott’s weather forecast live from the Oscars at the Ranch Posted: March 4, 2018 Updated: 9:32 PMlast_img read more

Police Portland man chokes girlfriend with dreadlocks

first_imgA Portland man was arrested Monday after police say he choked his girlfriend with his dreadlock hair. Caleb Grotberg, 32, was arrested on five domestic violence felony charges after police responded to his residence in the 3200 block of Southeast 22nd Avenue in Portland about 2:30 a.m. Monday. Portland officers spoke with an adult female who said that Grotberg had choked her with his hair before leaving the house. The woman was transported to the hospital for treatment of numerous non-life-threatening injuries, police said.Grotberg was found in the neighborhood and taken into custody on charges of second-degree kidnapping, attempted second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, menacing and strangulation.last_img

Senators Seek to Eliminate Policy Language Limiting Housing Allowance

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Language in the Senate version of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would reduce service members’ basic allowance for housing (BAH) payments in many cases, including for dual-service military families and single members living together, should not be included in the compromise version of the legislation, according to a bipartisan group of 18 senators.The Senate language would limit BAH payments to actual expenses for rent and utilities, preventing personnel from pocketing extra payments if they find less expensive housing. The existing system offers military members a flat payment based on their rank and location.But the Senate proposal also would cut the BAH for dual-military couples in half, to prevent each service member from receiving extra housing compensation. And personnel who choose to share housing would see their individual stipends adjusted to cover only their actual costs, reported Military Times.“The changes outlined in S. 2943 would cause significant financial hardship to many military families and unfairly penalize dual-service military couples as well as single-service members who cohabitate in order to make financial ends meet,” Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and 15 colleagues wrote the leaders of both chambers’ Armed Services committees last week.The Senate provision also would bring about costly, new administrative burdens and unintended consequences to the military services, according to the senators.“Adequate research, planning and understanding is required before such sweeping changes can be responsibly advanced,” they wrote.Senate Armed Services Committee staff say the overhaul would save tens of millions of dollars without sacrificing service members’ housing benefits. DOD officials oppose the plan, describing the BAH as part of members’ larger compensation package.The changes are not part of the bill passed by the House. Last week, House and Senate conferees began reconciling the two versions of the annual policy bill.last_img read more