How To Fix Out-of-Sync Audio on a Video Game Screen Capture

first_imgDo you run into audio-syncing problems when editing your gaming videos? Here’s the reason why — and how to fix the problem.Cover image via Shutterstock.Over the last several years, video game walkthroughs and online multiplayer matches have taken YouTube and Twitch by storm. SuperData estimates that 2017 saw 666 million individual viewers of online gaming video content — and that viewers of GVC surpass the viewers of Netflix, HBO, and Hulu combined.Image via SuperData.While many of the elements of filmmaking and videography are missing in this form of video content, creative editing is something they have in common. As someone who has over a million views in editing tutorials, after I hear “How do I get this software for free?” I most commonly get “What is the best software for editing games?” I would also argue that many of the most creative film and video transitions of the last few years have come from video game montages.For those looking to venture into this new and reward-rich world, the very first tool you need is screen capture (also called screencast) software. We’ve already covered several versions of screen capture software that we think are the best contenders on the market. They, however, do carry price tags. Not to worry, though: there are also plenty of free alternatives.The Windows 10 Xbox DVR app comes installed on all new Microsoft machines, and you can use Nvidia’s GeForce Experience with Nvidia’s graphics cards to record and stream your gameplay.However, when you’re using this software, you may encounter a problem with variable frame rates.Variable Frame RatesVideo games, unlike films, can play at a variety of different frame rates during a single sequence. The number of frames in the playback are the result of various components of your computer. Since we’re not a computer hardware blog, I won’t go into detail, but this write-up does a wonderful job of explaining the technical wizardry. In brief, if you have a low-performing computer, and there’s a GPU-intensive sequence, it’s likely that the game will drop in frames per second (fps), so you can progress through the game without crashing the computer.Therefore, even though you may be recording at 60fps, there could be moments when the video drops down to 52fps. If we look at some of the metadata for these clips, even though the recording setting is at 60fps, we see an assortment of different frame rates.When you play the recording, say on Windows Media player, you won’t see any sync issues. However, if you bring it into a 60fps timeline in Premiere, you’ll notice that the audio drops out of sync as the clip progresses. It doesn’t matter what fps setting you chose; the sound will always fall out of sync.The FixTo fix this, we need to convert the source file from a variable frame rate to a constant frame rate. This does involve downloading (free) software, and I know downloading something to correct an issue is never the greatest solution. It would be great if we could tick a button in Premiere and fix everything. But, no.First, you need to download HandBrake. HandBrake is a multi-platform, open-source video transcoder, and as I mentioned, it’s entirely free.After installation, open the application, and then import your video clip by clicking the Open a single video file. You can, if you need to, batch import a number of clips from one folder.With the file imported, you’ll land on the Picture settings tab. To fix the fps, we need to jump across two tabs to the Video tab.Directly underneath the video tab are the frame rate settings. By default, the fps will be set at the fps of the preset that the software initially loads. It’s crucial to change this setting to the fps of the recording. In my video, I was recording at 60fps. Therefore I would change the fps to 60.  Then, most importantly, you need to switch the settings underneath from Peak Framerate to Constant Framerate.You can then set the resolution, destination folder, and audio settings however you want, but ideally, you want the new file to resemble the same data as the original. If you place the RF coding at 0, the file will render with lossless output.When you bring the file back into Premiere, it will be at a constant frame rate, and there will no longer be any sync issues.I have found that this isn’t necessarily an issue with all screencast software, presumably because some programs allow you to record at a constant frame rate. However, if you do take advantage of free software and run into this problem, you now have a fix.Looking for more info on screen capture? Check out these articles.How To Record Tutorials with QuickTime PlayerThe Best Screen Capture Software for Different BudgetsAnd if you need backgrounds, transitions, or any other effects for your videos, go see our friends at RocketStock for all your video editing needs.last_img read more

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Dave Brock on Sales Manager Success and His new Book, “The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide” – Episode #59

first_imgTweets you can use to share this episodeWhy Sales Managers should “do nothing” for the first 90 days ~ Dave BrockClick To TweetIf you’ve chosen to be a Sales Manager, you’ve got to suck it up and use your time wisely ~ Dave BrockClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 53:29 — 49.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWhen Anthony hits a snag in how he feels he should approach a managerial or administrative issue within his business or with one of his clients, he turns to Dave Brock, his guest on today’s episode. Dave is one of those guys that Anthony and many others felt should write a book, but the guy is simply so busy he’s never had time. But now, suddenly, he’s cranked out his first book and says that he’s got a series of books in the works based on this first one. The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide is the book Anthony has been looking for – over 400 pages and worth every second it takes you to read. You can get some insights into Dave’s brilliant sales mind and why you should grab a copy of this book, on this episode.Sales Managers focus on what they do 4 the team, but the business expects something differentClick To TweetRecognizing what you know that you don’t know you know.Dave Brock has known for many years that he’s a sales leader. He’s been in many companies and positions that indicate it to be so. But when he sat down to do some updates on an older ebook, things simply came flowing out of him, sales concepts and strategies, managerial insights and lessons learned, and much more. Over the course of a few months, his 400+ page book, “The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide” was birthed. As Anthony and Dave chat today you’re going to hear many examples of the kind of insight and wisdom Dave has poured into his book, so be sure you grab a pen and paper to take some great notes.Why sales managers need to “do nothing” for the first 90 days.Dave Brock believes that one of the toughest roles is that of sales manager and one of the toughest transitions to make is from salesperson to sales manager. When asked what a brand new sales manager should do in his first 30 to 90 days, Dave said, “Nothing.” He goes on to explain that he’s not talking about being lazy or simply sticking with the status quo. What he means is that the sales manager needs to spend a good deal of time coming to understand the lay of the land, the people, the systems, the frameworks that are in place already. When he/she takes the time to think through his environment.The dangers new Sales Managers face in their first 30 to 90 days, and how to address themClick To TweetDo you know the difference between management and coaching?Sales managers have to assess their team’s numbers, contacts, and CRM systems. It’s part of the job, and an aspect that the powers that be in the company care a great deal about. But those are not the most productive parts of what the manager does. The most important and critical thing for the sake of his/her own productivity and the team’s overall success is the time he spends coaching his team. On this episode Dave Brock goes deeply into how sales managers can do a better job at coaching, why they MUST do so, and what they can do to up their game in that area.“This book is the very best in its class.”That’s what Anthony says about Dave’s book, “The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide” – and he knows, he’s read everything in the field. The book is not only a practical how-to for new sales managers, it’s also a “reset” for the experienced sales manager who has perhaps gotten off course, become distracted, or lost his way in the morass of company politics. Dave’s book is a must read for every sales manager, no matter how long he/she has been in the game. It’s one of the most actionable, helpful books you’ll ever read, so be sure you listen to Dave’s chat with Anthony on this episode and grab a copy of the book as soon as possible.We Sales Managers do a lot of managing but we don’t do much leading ~ Dave BrockClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Dave Brock and his new book, “The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide.” How Dave wrote his book – finally. Recognizing what you know that you don’t know you know. Why sales management is such a unique and difficult role. The challenges new sales managers face in their first 30 to 90 days. The things that will trip up new sales managers. How sales managers need to manage their time. Applying business strategy to the sales department. Why explaining strategy in sales is a leadership issue. The difference between management and coaching. How Dave likes to merge management and coaching in every conversation. Why forecasting is so difficult and how sales managers can do it better. Why Anthony believes Dave’s book is the best book in its class. What Dave is reading right now. The most important book Dave has ever read. The biggest influences on Dave’s thinking. The most important lesson Dave has learned in life so far: Don’t take “no” for an answer.. What Dave would do if he weren’t writing and consulting. What Dave hopes to be remembered for. Dave’s relationship with www.CharityWater.org.Our Sponsors:Jeffrey Gitomer Sales Seminars – use the code “Anthony” to receive your discount.Sales Gravy University – tell Jeb that Anthony sent you.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.PartnersInExcellenceBlog.com – Dave’s blog.www.TheSalesManagersSurvivalGuide.comwww.CharityWater.org – The non profit Dave works alongside.0997560207 0345472322The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinolast_img read more

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Nitish govt. finds itself in a spot

first_imgIn the face-off between the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government and the Opposition RJD, the ruling alliance has had to face a few embarrassing moments in the recent past, giving a political edge to the RJD ahead of the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. CCTV episodeIn the ongoing war of attrition, the Nitish Kumar government had to face its first major embarrassment recently when it had to remove a high resolution CCTV camera installed on the boundary wall of the Chief Minister’s residence at 1, Anne Marg, after fierce protest from RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav whose official bungalow 5, Deshratna Marg is located next to the CM’s bungalow. Tejaswi Yadav, who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, had alleged that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had installed the camera to “snoop” on activities at his residence. Initially, the ruling JD(U) leaders countered Tejaswi Yadav asking him why he has become “afraid” of the camera. However, a few days later the CCTV camera was quietly removed from its place. Kishor’s visitThe second embarrassment for the JD(U) came when the newly appointed party vice-president and poll strategist Prashant Kishor “directly interfered” in the students’ union election of Patna University. The JD(U) leadership seemingly were at a loss for words when hours before the PUSU poll, Mr. Kishor visited the Vice- Chancellor’s residence and confabulated with other university officials as well for over four hours till late at night. Car stonedThe ABVP activists got wind of Mr. Kishor’s visit and when he came out they allegedly pelted stones at his car. Some young BJP MLAs from Patna district protested Mr. Kishor’s “direct interference” in the PUSU polls and demanded his arrest for violating the code of conduct but, most of the BJP leaders kept mum. “It’s been hugely embarrassing for us to comment”, quipped a senior State BJP leader.The ruling party JD(U) and the Nitish government had to face humiliation again when Patna district authorities had to retreat quietly from the official bungalow of Tejaswi Yadav where they had gone to get it vacated. Following a Patna High Court’s order the State Building Construction Department had asked the district authorities to get Tejaswi Yadav’s bungalow vacated as it was designated for the Deputy Chief Minister. As soon as the authorities reached the bungalow, RJD leaders and legislators too trooped in there and sat on a protest at the gate, daring officials to enter the bungalow. Later, the advocate of Tejaswi Yadav appraised district officials of an LPA (Letter Patents Appeal) filed in a division Bench of the court on the issue and they quietly returned from the spot. ‘Boost to rivals’“Yes, the government has to face major embarrassments on all these three occasions recently…it was like self-goals in politics and ahead of crucial poll…it gives much-needed boost to rival team members,” conceded a State BJP leader.last_img read more

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Clubfoot repair

first_imgDefinitionClubfoot repair is surgery to correct a birth defect of the foot and ankle.Alternative NamesRepair of clubfoot; Posteromedial release; Achilles tendon release; Clubfoot release; Talipes equinovarus – repair; Tibialis anterior tendon transferDescriptionThe type of surgery that is done depends on:How serious the clubfoot isYour childs ageWhat other treatments your child has hadYour child will have general anesthesia (asleep and pain-free) during the surgery.Ligaments are tissues that help hold the bones together in the body. Tendons are tissues that help attach muscles to bones. A clubfoot occurs when tight tendons and ligaments prevent the foot from stretching into the right position.To repair a clubfoot, one or two cuts are made in the skin, most often on the back of the foot and around the inside part of the foot.Your childs surgeon may make the tendon around the foot longer or shorter. The Achilles tendon at the back of the foot is almost always cut.Older children or more severe cases may need some bone cut. Sometimes, pins are placed in the foot.A cast is placed on the foot after surgery to keep it in position while it heals. Sometimes a splint is put on first, and the cast is placed a few days later.Older children who still have a foot deformity after surgery may need more surgery. Also, children who have not had surgery yet may need surgery as they grow. Types of surgery they may need include:Osteotomy: Removing part of the boneFusion or arthrodesis: Two or more bones are fused together. The surgeon uses bone from somewhere else in the body.Metal pins or plates may be used to hold the bones together for a while.Why the Procedure Is PerformedadvertisementA baby who is born with a clubfoot is first treated with a cast to stretch the foot into a more normal position.A new cast will be placed every week so the foot can be stretched into position.Cast changes continue for about 2 months. After casting, the child wears a brace for several years.Clubfoot repair surgery may be needed if:The cast or other treatments do not fully correct the problemThe problem comes backOlder children or adults may need surgery if:A clubfoot was never treatedThey still have foot problems after treatmentRisksRisks from any anesthesia are:Breathing problemsReactions to medicinesRisks from any surgery are:BleedingInfectionPossible problems from clubfoot surgery are:Damage to nerves in the footFoot swellingProblems with blood flow to the footWound healing problemsBefore the ProcedureYour childs doctor may:Take a medical history of your childDo a complete physical examination of your childDo x-rays of the clubfootTest your childs blood (do a complete blood count and check electrolytes or clotting factors)Always tell your childs doctor or nurse:What drugs your child is takingInclude drugs, herbs, and vitamins you bought without a prescriptionDuring the days before the surgery:About 10 days before the surgery, you may be asked to stop giving your child aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or any other drugs that make it hard for your childs blood to clot.Ask your childs doctor which drugs your child should still take on the day of the surgery.On the day of the surgery:Usually, your child will not be able to drink or eat anything for 4 – 6 hours before the surgery.Only give your child a small sip of water with any medicine your doctor told you to give your child.Your childs doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive for the surgery.After the ProcedureDepending on the surgery that is done, your child may go home on the same day or stay in the hospital for 1 to 3 days right after the surgery. The hospital stay may be longer if surgery was also done on the bones.The childs foot should be kept in a raised position. Medicines may help control the pain.The skin around your childs cast will be checked often to make sure it stays pink and healthy. Your childs toes also will be checked to make sure they are pink and your child can move and feel them. These are signs of proper blood flow.Your child will have a cast on for 6 – 12 weeks. It may be changed several times. Before your child leaves the hospital, you will be taught how to take care of the cast.When the last cast is taken off, your childs doctor will probably prescribe a brace, and may refer your child for physical therapy. The therapist will teach you exercises to do with your child to strengthen the foot and make sure it stays flexible.advertisementOutlook (Prognosis)After recovering from surgery, your childs foot will be in a much better position. Your child should be able to have a normal, active life, including playing sports. But the foot may be stiffer than a foot that has not been treated with surgery.In most cases of clubfoot, if only one side is affected, the childs foot and calf will be smaller than normal for the rest of the childs life.Children who have had clubfoot surgery may need another surgery later in life.ReferencesKelly DM. Congenital Anomalies of the Lower Extremity. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 29.Review Date:2/21/2013Reviewed By:Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

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Not Scared to Fight Nikhat Zareen in Trials: Mary Kom Feels It Will Be a Formality

first_img 2020 Olympics2020 tokyo olympicsbfiBoxing Federation of India First Published: October 19, 2019, 3:28 PM IST New Delhi: “I am not scared to face Nikhat Zareen,” avowed celebrated boxer MC Mary Kom, saying it would just be a “formality” to beat her in the trials for the Olympic qualifiers.Mary Kom (51kg) found herself embroiled in a controversy with Zareen demanding a trial bout against her before the Indian squad for next year’s Olympic qualifiers is decided. This was after the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) stated that it intends to pick six-time world champion Mary Kom (51kg) for the event in China on the back of her recent bronze medal-winning performance at the World Championships in Russia.”The decision has been taken by BFI. I can’t change the rule. I can just perform. Whatever they decide, I will go with that. I’m not scared to face her, I am fine with the trials,” said Mary Kom on the sidelines of a felicitation program here.”I have defeated her many times since SAF Games but she keeps challenging me. I mean, what is the point? It is just a formality. BFI also knows who can win a medal at Olympics.”Mary Kom said “people are jealous of me”.”It has happened with me in the past also. Perform on the ring, that is the real thing. BFI sends us for exposure trips so comeback with a gold, prove yourself,” she said.”I am not against her. She might be good in future, let her have the experience and focus on preparation for the highest level. I have been fighting for last 20 years. To challenge is easy but to perform is difficult.”For selection of men’s team, BFI had decided that the medallists of the World Championships will be sent directly to the first Olympic qualifiers to be held in China.In women’s competition, BFI had said in August that only the gold and silver winners at the World Championships in Russia would be selected directly for the Olympic qualifiers in February.However, BFI now has decided to call a selection committee meeting next week to discuss Zareen’s plea.Mary Kom said there should be gender quality in the selection criteria.”I don’t care about all this. Let BFI take the decision. There should be gender equality, can’t have separate rules for men and women. Related StoriesAbhinav Bindra Backs Nikhat Zareen’s Appeal of ‘Fair’ Trial Against Mary KomKiren Rijiju Responds to Nikhat Zareen’s SOS Tweet on Mary Kom Selection Controversy Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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US heptathlete gay shoe pride flaps in Qatar

first_imgErica Bougard, of the United States, clears the bar during the high jump in the women’s heptathlon at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)DOHA, Qatar — American heptathlete Erica Bougard says she wasn’t trying to make an international political statement against Qatar’s anti-LGBTQ policies. She was just wearing her favorite high jump shoes.She has worn the shoes, with a rainbow flap across one foot to symbolize gay pride, all season. She didn’t consider how that would be taken in Qatar, a conservative Muslim nation, where homosexual acts are illegal.ADVERTISEMENT If anything does happen, “I’ll be on the first flight out.”British race walker Tom Bosworth, who came out publicly in 2015 and proposed to his boyfriend at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, has been critical of the anti-LGBTQ laws in Qatar. He put out a statement last week saying he would respect the laws of the host country and make no political statements while he was there to compete. He races Friday.Bougard started dating her girlfriend about a year ago and wants to be an advocate for people struggling with sexual identity.“I feel like we have a voice, us as athletes, because more people look at us to perform,” said the 26-year-old who competed at Mississippi State. “It’s important because I feel like people hate people for loving who they love. Some people don’t believe in it, which is totally fine. I wanted to show my side and put the symbol on my shoe.”Bougard wasn’t concerned about any sort of fallout after completing the first four of seven heptathlon events in a competition spread out over two days. In fourth place going into Day 2 on Thursday, she’s in striking distance of a medal as she trails teammate Kendell Williams by two points. The long jump, javelin and 800-meter run remain.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img By slipping on the high-jump shoes Wednesday night, she stepped into a touchy subject that organizers for the track world championships and the 2022 World Cup here have tried to avoid.IAAF president Sebastian Coe ducked the issue when asked about anti-LGBTQ laws on the eve of the championships. Dahlan Al Hammad, the head of the local organizing committee, said Qatar would comply with international laws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Bougard said she didn’t know all the background.“But I’m not afraid of the consequences,” Bougard said. “I feel like I’m well protected.” MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “Hopefully I do get a lot of praise (on social media),” Bougard said. “I hope I don’t get bashed a lot.”She’s glad people took notice.“I honestly didn’t think about it because it was already on my shoe,” she said. “I put the flag on my shoe and people noticed it, I guess.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Liverpool, Barcelona dig out wins in Champions League Car show raises almost P1M in scholarships for 20 students PLAY LIST 02:10Car show raises almost P1M in scholarships for 20 students04:18LGBT rights supporters rally at SC amid same-sex marriage debate02:31INQUIRER Sports Top 7 stories of 201802:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Salma Hayek, husband bonded over science and sports

first_imgLondon, Jun 5 (PTI) Actress Salma Hayek and her husband Francois-Henri Pinault fell in love with each other because of their shared passion for sports and science.The 50-year-old actress met Pinault 11 years ago and she was blown away by their exchange, which she said was not a “typical conversation” to spark romance, reported Hello magazine.”It was so silly. We started talking about football – were crazy about soccer – then science because we love space and physics.”He was so smart, charming and funny. At first I stereotyped him as not my kind of guy at all, and then I realised he was my perfect match,” Hayek said. PTI SHD SSNlast_img

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Ajax to Play PAOK of Greece in Champions League Qualifying

first_imgNYON, Switzerland (AP) — Ajax will start its Champions League campaign against unbeaten Greek league winner PAOK Thessaloniki in the third qualifying round drawn Monday.Last season, four-time European champion Ajax reached the semifinals in May having entered the competition in the second preliminary round in July.As the Dutch league winner, Ajax now starts one qualifying round later — on Aug. 6 or 7, with the first leg in Greece — needing to beat two opponents instead of three to join the elite group stage.Porto was paired with Krasnodar in a separate qualifying path for teams that placed second or third in higher-ranked leagues.Also, Dynamo Kiev will face Club Brugge, and LASK will take on either PSV Eindhoven, the 1988 European champion, or Basel.First-leg games are played Aug. 6-7, and return games on Aug. 13.The second qualifying round is played through July 31.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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ESPN Releases 2nd Half Prediction For The Nebraska-Colorado Game

first_imgHerbie Husker celebrates a touchdown.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Herbie Husker celebrates a Nebraska Cornhuskers touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska is two quarters into its Scott Frost debut. The Huskers had a somewhat rocky start, but they’re starting to get things going heading into halftime.Nebraska is leading Colorado, 21-17, heading into the second half. The Huskers had a couple of turnovers to start the contest, but things turned around quickly from there.Adrian Martinez, Nebraska’s true freshman quarterback, has looked spectacular. He’s thrown for more than 80 yards and rushed for more than 80 yards.The Huskers’ defense has started to get some stops, too.ESPN is confident in Nebraska’s ability to hold on for the win, too. The Worldwide Leader has released its second half prediction.Nebraska is currently listed as 75.2 percent likely to win this game, per ESPN’s Football Power Index.nebraska and colorado's second half prediction from espnColorado will get the ball to start the second half. Nebraska won the opening toss and elected to receive. The Huskers looked good on their opening drive, but it ended with a fumble.Nebraska and Colorado are playing on ABC. The second half will begin momentarily.last_img read more

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HomeGrown Company Builds on 40Year History in Nova Scotia

first_imgA Nova Scotia company with a 40-year history in the province is expanding its contact centre operations with a new location opening in Windsor. IMP Customer Care, a division of IMP Group International Inc., plans to create up to 100 jobs over the next six years. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., is supporting the growth with a six-year payroll rebate up to a maximum of $708,400. “We are delighted to support IMP in the expansion of its customer care division,” said Minister of Economic and Rural Development Percy Paris. “This home-grown company is not only well-known around the world, it’s also a major employer in Nova Scotia through its various divisions.” IMP Group International employs 3,500 worldwide, with more than 2,000 employees in Nova Scotia. Since 2000, the customer care division has been providing bilingual customer contact services to consumers and businesses in the travel, financial, and information technology sectors. “We are pleased to continue building on our presence here by setting up operations in Windsor through our customer care division,” said Darrell Taylor, senior vice-president and chief information officer of IMP Group International. “Our confidence in Nova Scotia is rooted in a 40-year history of successful business growth, and despite economic challenges, we are committed to this province and the highly skilled people we employ here.” “This expansion reinforces our competitive strengths as a province,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “IMP is confidently growing and expanding its contact centre operations by growing existing contracts and accommodating new lines of business.” “This is a good news story for Hants County,” said Ryan MacNeil, former executive director of the Hants County Regional Development Authority. “In partnership with NSBI, we are pleased to welcome IMP to the community and to see new job opportunities created for our skilled workers.” IMP Group International Inc. is focused on global, sustainable growth, with 3,500 experienced people delivering service, quality and value to customers across diverse sectors such as aerospace, aviation, airline, healthcare, industrial marine, information technology, hospitality and property development. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. Go to www.novascotiabusiness.com for more details.last_img read more

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Cease Trade Order Issued Against AD Equity Inc

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission has found that AD Equity Inc. violated Nova Scotia securities laws. AD Equity, a Nova Scotia community economic-development corporation, has not filed continuous disclosure documents such as interim financial statements, annual financial statements or material change reports since 2004. The commission ordered AD Equity to comply with Nova Scotia securities laws and ordered all people and companies to permanently cease trading in securities of AD Equity. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/compliancenforce/enforproceedings.asp .last_img

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New Program Helps Communities Save Money Reduce Emissions

first_imgNova Scotia communities will be able to save money on their energy bills and reduce emissions with support from a new government program. Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette launched the Low Carbon Communities Program today, Sept. 10, which will help local groups create new ideas for clean energy. “Supporting innovative projects that give people the ability to choose where their energy comes from is another way everyone can benefit from Nova Scotia’s cleaner energy future,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “By working together, we can turn ideas into actions that build on Nova Scotia’s position as a leader in the fight against climate change.” The program is open to municipalities, Mi’kmaw communities and not-for-profit organizations. Eligible projects include community solar, district energy, public building efficiency, active transportation, electric vehicles and other ideas that have the potential to lower emissions and create local economic benefits. Funding can be used for community planning, feasibility studies, public engagement sessions, program promotion and demonstration projects. Government will invest up to $300,000 in three or four projects across the province. Successful applicants will receive up to $75,000 to a maximum of 75 per cent of project costs. Provincial money can be used to leverage additional funding. Applications will be accepted until October 12. For more information contact lowcarboncommunities@novascotia.ca .last_img read more

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Tippi Hedren Introduces Big Cats And Safety Protection Act

first_imgGolden Globe winning actress/activist, Tippi Hedren, and Congressman McKeon have introduced a Bipartisan Bill entitled the “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act.”“The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act would prohibit private possession of big cats except at highly-qualified facilities, like accredited zoos, where they can be properly cared for and restrained,” remarked Congresswoman Sanchez, adding “The bill would require any persons who currently possess big cats to register those animals with USDA in order to keep the cats they currently own.”Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, the bill would also outlaw the breeding of any big cat except at accredited zoos or educational institutions. Violators of the law will have their animals confiscated along with any vehicles or equipment used to aid in their illegal activity, and could face stiff penalties including fines as much as $20,000, and up to five years in jail.“An alarming number of exotic felines have been bred and sold as domestic pets in the U.S. This trend threatens public safety and often results in the mistreatment of these animals,” says Congressman McKeon.Just recently, the tragic events in Zanesville, Ohio, where 49 wild animals were killed after they were let loose on an unlicensed wild animal preserve, showcases the dangerous implications of this trend. Currently, only nine states have laws enforcing “no wild animals permitted,” and the remaining states have either very weak or no laws in existence at all. This bi-partisan Bill will ensure that lions, tigers and other dangerous big cats, do not threaten public safety, diminish global big cat conservation efforts, or end up living in horrible conditions where they can be subject to mistreatment and cruelty.“These are apex predators,” remarked Tippi Hedren. “They are dangerous by nature and never make good pets. In the wild, they exist to take out the weak and the old. This basic instinct does not change in captivity.”Hedren offered just a few examples, beyond that of the now famous Ohio state massacre: “In Texas, a 4 1/2 year old boy had his arm ripped off. Through miracles of modern medicine it was re attached but is non functioning. In Kansas, a high school group went to have a unique photo for their yearbook with a photographer who had a tiger. Each one stepped forward… photo taken… as one girl stepped forward… the tiger stepped on her foot…. she screamed… the tiger jumped her… bit her in the neck, killing her instantly. In Minnesota, a ten year old boy and his father visited a friend who had a collection of lions and tigers. He opened the gate for the boy to be photographed with one of the tigers. The tiger burst through the gate to get to the young boy followed by a lion, both attacking the boy leaving him a lifetime quadriplegic. Another Texas example, an 11 year old girl went into the tigers cage with her step father to groom the tiger. The tiger jumped the little girl and bit her in the neck killing her instantly. Her birth father later appeared on TV with tears rolling down his face and cried ‘Why aren’t there laws?’”When Hedren had finished offering these few examples, she added “None of these should ever have happened! By supporting the Bill, you can be a part of stopping this insanity!”“No matter how many times people try to do it, wild cats such as lions, tigers, panthers and cheetahs are impossible to domesticate for personal possession and require much higher living standards compared to a domestic house cat,” said Congressman McKeon. “When accidents happen and these wild cats are released into our neighborhoods, it causes panic, puts a strain on our local public safety responders and is extremely dangerous. This Bill is a step forward in protecting the public and ensuring that wildcats reside in proper living conditions.”“The events in Ohio last year showed the tragedy that can occur when exotic animals are privately owned by individuals, with little to no oversight,” said Congresswoman Sanchez. “Wild animals are dangerous and we clearly need better laws limiting their ownership. Exotic species should be regulated to high quality facilities with the ability to properly care for them.”“Sanctuaries across the country are full to capacity now. And even after the Bill passes, we will have at least 20 years (the average lifetime of an exotic feline) of cleaning up the mess created by breeders,” commented Tippi Hedren.Shambala’s Executive Director, Chris Gallucci, adds “The passing of the ‘Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act’ would be a step in the direction of saving lives and alleviate the over-crowding of sanctuaries such as Shambala. In fact, we would like nothing more than to put out of business, because the need has been eradicated.”This legislation is supported by the International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW), Born Free USA, Humane Society of United States, Big Cat Rescue and The ROAR Foundation/Shambala Preserve – which hosted the press conference.The Roar Foundation, was founded in 1983 by Tippi Hedren, to support the abandoned exotic felines at Shambala Preserve. Their mission is to educate the public about the dangers of private ownership of exotic animals. Huge numbers of dangerous animals are bred and sold in the United States for illegal purposes. Shambala is home to over 50 big cats: lions, tigers, cougars, black and spotted leopards, servals, bobcats, Asian leopard cats, and a jungle cat, who live out their lives at Shambala. All have come to the Preserve after confiscation by authorities such as California Fish and Game, the United States Department of Agriculture, the ASCPA, and various Humane Societies. They are from roadside zoos and private citizens who realize that they have purchased an animal that they can no longer handle. The exotic cat trade is a huge business, just under illegal drugs, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Once an animal is brought to Shambala, it remains here for the rest of its life. As a true sanctuary, they do not buy, breed, sell, trade, or subject their animals to commercial use. Their only purpose is to allow these magnificent animals to live out their lives with love and dignity. Each “Wild One” has the best human, nutritional, medical, emotional, and mental care possible.last_img read more

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Sea Shepherd Taino Warriors And Michelle Rodriguez Team To Provide Sustainable Tools

first_imgSea Shepherd Conservation Society has partnered with Taino Warriors and actor/activist Michelle Rodriguez on a campaign to help the hurricane ravaged and economically impacted island of Puerto Rico rebuild in a sustainable manner.Video: Taino Spirit Promise Campaign VideoThe campaign, titled Operation Taino Spirit Promise, comes 75 days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, forcing a complete rebuild of its already weakened infrastructure.In the spirit of Puerto Rico’s indigenous Taino people, Operation Taino Spirit Promise, will deliver supplies to local Puerto Rican NGOs committed to rebuilding Puerto Rico sustainably focusing on the areas of environment, eco-agriculture and children’s mental health and education.The vessel will also retrieve plastics and raw materials off the island, alleviating the pressure from Puerto Rico’s over-flowing landfills. The campaign is set to launch mid-December and continue into 2018.“Taino Spirit Promise will identify disrupters & change makers in Puerto Rico to empower them by bringing long term aid & assistance,” said Michelle Rodriguez , whose father is Puerto Rican and who spent many summers during her formative years on the island.“In this era of climate change Sea Shepherd stands ready to assist the good and resilient people of Puerto Rico in their recovery from these destructive events,” said Sea Shepherd founder, President and C.E.O. Captain Paul Watson.Taino Warriors (TainoWarriors.org) is a Hollywood-based non-profit led by industry leaders whose mission is to support Puerto Ricans who are empowering underserved communities in the areas of environment, eco-agriculture and children’s education and mental health, with innovative and sustainable tools and solutions.“The indelible Taino spirit that lives in every Puerto Rican on the island and in the diaspora commands us to come together to help rebuild Puerto Rico” said Puerto Rican-born Ivette Rodriguez, who founded Taino Warriors. “We want to empower the younger generations and remind them of the greatness of their origins. We are thrilled that Michelle Rodriguez (no relation) and Captain Paul Watson are joining us on this mission.”Operation Taino Warrior Promise follows Sea Shepherd’s recent Hurricane Irma and Maria relief campaign, Operation Good Pirates of the Caribbean, which involved the islands of Curacao, Martinique, Dominica, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Saint Maarten, the British Virgin Islands, St. Barts and St. Croix.Rodriguez – best known for her role as Letty Ortiz in the blockbuster franchise The Fast and the Furious – is a long-time Sea Shepherd supporter. In March of this year, she took part in Operation Ice Watch, a female survey team who documented the effects of climate change and the disappearing ice floes in Canada, leading to the extinction of Canadian seals.last_img read more

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Jif Peanut Butter Teams Up With Hilary Duff For The Imagine If

first_imgKids’ imaginations are endless ­­- full of optimism and ideas that can help make the world a better place. Jif knows great things happen when you nourish kids’ potential and fuel their imaginations.That’s why Jif, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and mom and actress Hilary Duff, is excited to announce the return of the ‘Imagine If, With Jif’ contest in 2018. The contest is dedicated to supporting kids’ entrepreneurial and creative ideas by providing grants to families and chapters for the opportunity to spread more love into the world.“As a soon-to-be mom of two, I know how important it is to nourish and celebrate the potential of children,” said Hilary Duff. “It’s truly amazing what kids’ imaginations can uncover when we give them the confidence and resources they need to pursue their dreams, both big and small. I am so lucky to be a part of this contest because I’m truly amazed by what this program accomplished in its first year, and can’t wait to see the bright ideas from children across the country again this year.”Starting today through October 1, 2018, families will be able to submit their entrepreneurial ideas to help make the world a better place on jif.com/imagine-if. The finalist ideas will be selected in October based on creativity, originality, project feasibility, and alignment with the Jif brand’s mission to empower parents and kids to make the world a better place and nourish the potential that lives within us all (see Official Rules for complete details). The public can vote on their favorite ideas from October 16 – 29 before a grand prize winner will be announced in November to receive $15,000 from Jif to help turn their idea into reality.“Boys & Girls Clubs offer a place for young people to become who they were meant to be, with opportunities and experiences that can shape a lifetime of success,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “The ‘Imagine If, With Jif’ contest aligns perfectly with our mission, by encouraging children to be creative and impactful. We are excited to continue fueling the potential of the next generation by giving them the opportunity to make their dreams reality.”In its first year, the ‘Imagine If, With Jif’ contest named eight-year-old Charlotte Gould as the grand prize winner. Charlotte’s nonprofit, “Stitches by Charlotte” creates personalized dolls for children undergoing medical procedures, and proves that great things happen when we support kids’ creative ideas. This young entrepreneur continues to pursue her dreams of making the world a better place, as she recently announced a brand-new line of surgery companion dolls.last_img read more

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UN human rights chief hails new pact to protect Africas displaced

23 October 2009Human RightsThe United Nations human rights chief today welcomed a new treaty to protect and assist those uprooted from their homes due to conflict and natural disasters in Africa, which accounts for nearly half of the world’s 26 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). “The endorsement of the Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa marks a significant step forward in filling the unfortunate vacuum that has traditionally been the lot of internally displaced people,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.The new treaty was endorsed today at the special summit of heads of State of the African Union (AU), held in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. “It is very good to see Africa taking a leadership role in creating the first legally-binding instrument to protect and assist internally displaced persons across the continent,” Ms. Pillay said. Millions of Africans – in countries such as Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Somalia and Sudan – are displaced due to conflict and natural disasters. Ms. Pillay noted that people who flee persecution or conflict and cross into another country are categorized as refugees and, as such, benefit from a long-standing international legal protection system, including the 1951 Refugee Convention.“But, until now, internally displaced people have been more or less excluded from the system of international legal protection, even though they are often displaced in exactly the same way, and for exactly the same reasons, as refugees.“At least in Africa, that should no longer be the case,” she stated, adding that she hoped the other regions will be inspired to take similar action. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Convention is ground-breaking in that it is the first, legally binding instrument to define – on a continental scale – the responsibilities that States and even armed groups have to protect and assist their own uprooted citizens. “Beyond armed conflict, the Convention covers major causes of displacement, including obligations that governments have toward their citizens fleeing natural and man-made disasters and people removed from their land when development projects take over,” said UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic.“People forced to flee will find in the Convention the full range of rights they should be entitled to – before, during and after displacement.”At least 15 AU member States will have to ratify the Convention before it can enter into force. read more

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Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 83.81 points to 15,180.83.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 66.60 points to 21,545.18.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 4.98 points to 2,468.47.The Nasdaq composite index was down 12.44 points to 6,377.56.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.62 cents US, down from Thursday’s average price of 79.46 cents US.

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Government says it achieved victory in Geneva

However he said, on the contrary, the report has proposed a hybrid court court which is yet to be properly defined. The Prime Minister said the international community is behind the proposal by the new Government to establish a credible domestic process to investigate the allegations on the war and so the Government will go ahead with that process.President Maithripala Sirisena, who was also at the briefing, said the international community would have insisted on hard strictures and conditions on Sri Lanka in the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, if not for the change of government in Presidential Election of January 8 this year. The Government says it achieved victory in Geneva as the report released by the UN on incidents related to the war was not a threat to the country.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking to media heads today, said that the Government is committed to go ahead with a domestic process to address the concerns in the report. “The international community is satisfied with the actions taken by the government towards restoration of rights, media freedom, good governance and other positive steps of the new government and it has positively reflected in the UNHRC report, he said.President Sirisena said if there was no change of government, the report would have posed severe difficulties to the country. Fortunately for the country and the people, the international community came to our support, taking into consideration the positive directions taken by the new government and adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution to take country back to the democratic path. (Colombo Gazette) He said that earlier there were concerns the report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will propose Sri Lanka to be taken before the International Criminal Court. read more

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Wynne picking a fight with civil servants on retirement benefits union

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 19, 2014 9:27 am MDT Wynne picking a fight with civil servants on retirement benefits: union TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne blindsided tens of thousands of civil servants by suddenly announcing major changes to their retirement benefits without consulting their union first, a public-sector union leader said Wednesday.The cash-strapped Liberal government announced late Tuesday that civil servants would have to work longer to qualify for retirement benefits, as well as pay more for those benefits.Warren “Smokey” Thomas, head of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, said they would have been more than willing to negotiate with the government as they have done in the past over pensions.Now the OPSEU, which represents about 35,000 members, is seeking legal advice on whether the government can make these new changes unilaterally.“If they would have just picked up the phone and called and said, can we strike a table, we want to sit down and talk about some of these things we see as problems, we could have went to that table,” Thomas said.“But now all they’ve done is picked a fight. And they’ve made it adversarial when it didn’t have to be adversarial.”Government Services Minister John Milloy acknowledged that the union was only informed of the changes on Tuesday before they were announced in a news release.But he insisted the government has a right to make the changes and has to provide the union with three years’ notice.“We sit down with unions and negotiate certain aspects of their contract,” he said. “Other aspects are in the purview of government. This is one that’s in the purview of government.”Civil servants retiring in 2017 and later will have to pay half of their premiums for life, health, dental and vision coverage, which is currently covered by the province.The eligibility period for retiree benefits would rise from 10 to 20 years for workers who are hired from Jan. 1, 2017 onward or who have less than a decade of pension credit by that time.He said the changes will save the government an estimated $1.2 billion over five years.They won’t apply to current retirees, but Thomas said they would punish workers retiring in the future.He said Wynne should rescind the changes, accusing her of attacking middle-class workers.OPSEU represents about 25,813 pensioners in the Ontario Public Service, Thomas said. The average retiree receives a pension of about $20,000 a year.“Whenever they get into a jam, they come to us. But this time they didn’t even come to us,” he said.“So my gut feeling is this is pure politics on their part. They want to be seen as tough on public sector workers just like (Progressive Conservative Leader) Tim Hudak is.”Wynne came into the top job a year ago with a mission to smooth things over with public school teachers after the Liberals forced new contracts on them and limited their ability to strike.Thomas said when he met Wynne after she became premier, she told him the government — which is facing a deficit of almost $12 billion — had no money.Yet the Liberals had no problem cancelling two unpopular gas plants ahead of the 2011 election, he said, which the auditor general says could cost taxpayers up to $1.1 billion.“I said, ‘I’ve got two words for you sister: every time you say we’ve got no money, I’m going to say ‘power plants’,” he said.“My point in this is that they have the money for the things they want.”But in the legislature, the Liberals were accused of siding with unions at taxpayers’ expense.The Tories introduced a private member’s bill Wednesday that would force the province’s public sector unions to compete for government services contracts as a way of saving taxpayers money.Unions should bid against private companies to provide various services, with a government watchdog determining which areas should be open to competition, said Hudak.“(The bill) would basically compel the new Financial Accountability Officer to look at areas of managed competition to ensure that we contract out where possible, where it makes sense for taxpayers’ services, so that we get the best quality at the best price to the taxpayer,” he said.In the legislature, Wynne mocked Hudak’s proposal while also taking a shot at another vague PC bill to create one million jobs over eight years.“Like the million-jobs plan that the leader talked about, it is magical thinking.said Wynne. “We don’t engage in magical thinking.”Hudak responded by saying the Liberals “are on the side of the special interests who are getting rich off these fat contracts.”The Conservatives would not contract out police, health or teaching services, but said they would look at competitive bids for things such as email hosting, transportation, food and laundry services in jails and even employment training.— with files from Keith Leslie read more

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