Watch Governor Wolf’s Budget Update (VIDEO)

first_imgWatch Governor Wolf’s Budget Update (VIDEO) Budget News,  The Blog,  Videos Watch Governor Wolf’s ‪budget‬ update and find out how the governor is continuing to work with the legislature to achieve his three budget priorities: funding our schools, fighting the opioid crisis, and balancing the budget. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook:   SHARE  TWEET July 07, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolflast_img read more

Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe retires from First Class cricket

first_imgSydney: Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe has retired from First Class cricket after being denied a new contract for his domestic side New South Wales.“I was disappointed when I was told that I wasn’t getting a contract but I respect and accept the decision, so I have decided to retire from first-class cricket,” O’Keefe is quoted as saying by ESPNCrinfo.“I will forever be grateful to Lee [Germon, the Cricket NSW chief executive] and all the staff, from the front office to the warehouse to the development officers in regional areas, who have all shared the same passion for the game.“They’ve played a huge role in making the last 15 years so memorable. And, of course, I am indebted to the fans, who supported my left-arm inswingers against their better judgement. On a personal level, I want to thank my family, as well as my manager and friend, Andrew Fraser. They’ve been by my side through everything and I couldn’t have done this without them.”O’Keefe famously took 12 wickets in the Pune Test against India in 2017, recording figures of 6/35 in both the Indian innings. Australia won the match by a whopping 333 runs but is figures dried up as India fought back in the rest of the series and won it. In a first class career that has spanned 15 years, O’Keefe has played a total of 88 matches and taken 301 wickets at an average of 24.66.Also read: Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greatest to have played cricket: Brian LaraAlso watch: Coronavirus Preventive Measures: Dr. Navanil Barua in exclusive interview with The Sentinel Digitallast_img read more

Bayern look to Lewandowski in bid to catch title challengers

first_imgRobert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick against Schalke last weekend to give Bayern Munich their first win of the seasonBerlin, Germany | AFP | Polish striker Robert Lewandowski will once again take centre-stage as Bayern Munich look to catch up with their Bundesliga title challengers with a home win over strugglers Mainz on Saturday.Two days after signing a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2023, the 31-year-old will be eager to add to the six goals he has also scored this season, even as champions Bayern dropped early points in the title race.His hat-trick against Schalke last week fired Bayern to their first league win of the season, keeping Niko Kovac’s side within two points of rivals Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen.Lewandowski’s decision to extend his contract is a massive boost to Bayern as they look to retain the Bundesliga title and reimpose themselves as a major European power.“He has a lot of responsibility here at Bayern, and he lives up to that,” said coach Kovac on Thursday before the announcement of the new contract was made public.“(The contract extension) is also a sign of how important the club is to him.”Lewandowski has more than proved his worth in recent weeks, and more goals are expected on Saturday afternoon.The Polish star has a sparkling record of 14 goals in 17 appearances against Mainz, who have lost their opening two games.– Hazard out for Dortmund –With Lewandowski’s contract negotiations and uncertainty over the future of club president Uli Hoeness  off-field matters have somewhat overshadowed Bayern’s preparations this week.Yet Kovac’s side, who sit in a lowly sixth thanks to their opening day draw with Hertha Berlin, cannot afford any on-field slips on Saturday.Dortmund, Leipzig and Leverkusen finished in the top four behind Bayern last season, and all have picked up maximum points from their opening two games.Kovac admitted on Thursday that Bayern may face more competitors for the title than they have in previous years.“I think the same teams will be at the top again. The gap between those at the top and mid-table will get bigger,” he said.Leipzig travel to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday evening, while Leverkusen host Hoffenheim on Saturday.Table-toppers Dortmund face a reunion with former player Neven Subotic on their visit to promoted side Union Berlin on Saturday evening. Subotic, who alongside Lewandowski won back-to-back Bundesliga titles for Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp in 2011 and 2012, said this week that he was still close to his former team-mates.“What we experienced together back then, it was bit like going to the moon. You try to explain to other people what it was like, but words aren’t enough,” he told broadcaster RTL.Yet Subotic, who moved to Union before the beginning of the season, said that even at Dortmund, he had never experienced support quite like that at the East Berlin club.“I have experienced a lot, but the way the Union fans celebrated us after we lost 4-0 to RB Leipzig, I have never experienced anything like that,” he said.Union, still searching for their first ever Bundesliga win, face a formidable Dortmund side who have scored eight goals in their first two games.Dortmund coach Lucien Favre will have to do without Belgian winger Thorgan Hazard, who has been ruled out for several weeks after picking up a rib injury against Cologne last weekend.Hazard’s fellow new arrival Julian Brandt is therefore expected to make his first start for Dortmund.Bundesliga fixtures (kick-off times 1330 GMT unless stated):FridayBorussia Moenchengladbach v RB Leipzig (1830)SaturdayBayern Munich v Mainz, Bayer Leverkusen v Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg v Paderborn, Freiburg v Cologne, Schalke v Hertha Berlin, Union Berlin v Borussia Dortmund (1630)SundayWerder Bremen v Augsburg, Eintracht Frankfurt v Fortuna Duesseldorf (1600)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgA delighted Jason last night after his latest win.Jason Quigley is making a habit out of getting the business done early!The Ballybofey man was in action again last night in California and stopped his latest opponent in just the second round with another TKO.That’s five wins on the trot for Jason with none of his fights going the distance. Last night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, the middleweight stopped opponent Tolutomi Agunbiade after a minute and forty one seconds into just the second round.The 35 year old Texan had a pro record of four fights which included two defeats.Quigley didn’t knock down the Texan but a serious of crunching body shots from the Donegal man left the referee no option but to jump in and stop the bout.Quigley is building up great experience – his latest fight taking place just two weeks after his fourth pro victory.    JASON PROVES HE’S A KNOCKOUT – AGAIN! was last modified: March 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boxingCaliforniaJason Quigleylast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Wind keeping salmon anglers at bay

first_imgNorth winds — typical for June — are flexing their muscles all along the North Coast. Since Saturday, the high pressure offshore combined with a thermal trough inland has generated some strong northerly winds and hazardous seas. And it looks like those conditions will stick around through at least Sunday. There’s been very little offshore activity, though a few boats sneaked out last Saturday in tough conditions and found a pretty good salmon bite slightly north of Eureka. The salmon are …last_img read more

South African film lauded at Canadian Oscars

first_imgRay Maota The cast of The Bang Bang Club: fromright to left, Ryan Philippe, playing GregMarinovich; Taylor Kitsch, playingKevin Carter; Neels Van Jaarsveld,playing João Silva; and, Frank Rautenbach,playing Ken Oosterbroek .(Image: The Bang Bang Club) Carter’s photo of a malnourishedSudanese child being stalked by avulture won him the Pulitzer Prizefor Feature Photography in 1994. Silva undergoing therapy after bothhis legs were amputated because ofa land mine incident in Afghanistan.(Images: The New York Times)MEDIA CONTACTS• Indigenous Film Distribution+27 11 719 4080RELATED ARTICLES• Bang Bang club lives on in film• Show your support for João Silva• Nikon to nurture young photographers• Bieber wins top press photo award The Bang Bang Club, a film about four brave photojournalists in pre-democratic South Africa, has received seven nominations at the 32nd Annual Genie Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Oscars.The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto on 8 March 2012.The film is based on real-life events that took place in townships across South Africa during the transition period between 1990 and 1994 after the abolition of apartheid and before the arrival of democracy.This was when the four photojournalists – the late Ken Oosterbroek, the late Kevin Carter, João Silva and Greg Marinovich – risked life and limb to capture the violence that erupted in the townships at the time.The film is nominated in the following categories: Best Art Direction/Production Design for Emelia Weavind; Best Cinematography for Miroslaw Baszak; Best Direction for Steven Silver; Best Music and Original Score for Philip Miller; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Taylor Kitsch; Best Overall Sound for Lou Solakofski, Stephan Carrier and Kirk Lynds; and Best Adapted Screenplay for Steven Silver.“Bang Bang Club has been a hit with audiences and critics alike,” said producer Lance Samuels, head of production company Out of Africa Entertainment.“It’s a great honour for a South African co-production, which tells the story of a tumultuous and significant time in the country’s history, to receive this level of recognition from such an esteemed industry body,”Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, the local distributor, said that the film combines action with some drama.“What’s really noteworthy about the Genie nominations is that it places the film right up there with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Café de Flore, which received 13 nominations and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, which received 11 nominations. It’s a great achievement for a great South African film,” said Kuun.The film is also based on the 2000 book, The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War, by Marinovich and Silva.Tension before democracyIn 1991 Nobel Peace laureate FW De Klerk, South Africa’s last apartheid president, engineered the end of South Africa’s much-despised racial segregation policy.Now that freedom fighting organisations like the African National Congress (ANC), Inkatha Freedom Party and the Azanian Peoples Party were unbanned, and with high hopes of an election soon, party supporters in South African townships wasted no time in stamping their party’s authority in their regions, eventually resorting to fighting for their territory.The four journalists were there to document the violence through their cameras. They were known amongst their international peers as the Bang Bang Club, because they were unafraid to go where others wouldn’t.What happened to the club?On 18 April 1994, during a gunfight between the National Peacekeeping Force and ANC supporters in Tokoza, south of Johannesburg, Oosterbroek was killed while Marinovich was seriously injured.Deeply disturbed by the horrors he encountered during his career and troubled by other personal issues, Carter committed suicide in July 1994.His death came just 14 months after winning the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, for his now-iconic 1993 photo of a malnourished Sudanese youngster and a vulture lurking nearby.Marinovich and Silva are still alive.Marinovich also received a Pulitzer Prize – for Spot News Photography in 1991 – for his image of pre-1994 South Africa which showed a man attacked with a machete and then burned.Silva stepped on a landmine on 23 October 2010 while on patrol with US soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was on assignment for The New York Times. Both his legs were amputated below the knee.Hardly nine months passed and Silva was back on assignment with new prosthetic limbs, although he wasn’t fully recovered.He told The New York Times at the time: “It was a matter of making the best of what I had. There will come a time when I can run, but for now I can walk.”last_img read more

Children’s rights portal launched

first_img4 September 2012A new policy-orientated web portal on children’s rights, called Policy Action Network, or PAN: Children, was announced during a panel discussion on children in Cape Town on Monday.The portal – – is a partnership between the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC).According to the HSRC, PAN: Children will provide high-quality, timely information which can be used to inform decision-making and policy.“It will strengthen the dialogue between the producers and the users of child-related research evidence to build networks between researchers and policy makers,” the HSRC said in a statement. “The aim is also to generate debates on key policy issues affecting children in South Africa.”The web portal is primarily targeted at South African policy makers and government officials involved in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes relating to children, as well as academics and other research institutions working on issues related to child rights and their well-being.The knowledge-hub “will also be of value to civil society organisations, private sector and development sector professionals involved in the advancement of child rights,” the HSRC said. “Lastly, the hub will allow other countries with an interest in South African policy to easily access relevant information.”PAN: Children also aims to establish and maintain an up-to-date digital repository of the most credible publications available on child rights in South Africa.The information and resources available include advocacy initiatives and networks, case studies, case law, country studies, government policy and legislation, and other useful information.In addition, the portal will produce regular opinion pieces written by acknowledged research experts in the child rights arena, commenting on current debates and providing insight on policy development and practice.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

No “bill of rights” vote for Lake Erie

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow and Sr. Research Associate, The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental SciencesThe group Toledoans for Safe Water sought to put a “Lake Erie Bill of Rights” on the ballot this November as an amendment to the Toledo City Charter.  The amendment would have stated that Lake Erie and its watershed “possess the right to exist, flourish, and naturally evolve,” and that the citizens of Toledo have a right to a clean and healthy environment.Enforcement would have been through a mix of revoking corporate licenses and privileges or criminal penalties if violated. Despite having enough signatures, the Lucas County Board of Elections refused to place the issue on the ballot, saying that the amendment contained provisions beyond the City of Toledo’s authority. The dispute made it up to the Ohio Supreme Court, which on Friday, Sept. 21, decided that Toledoans for Safe Water failed to prove that the Lucas County Board of Elections improperly denied their petition to place the issue on the ballot.  The court’s decision is here.last_img read more

Roundup: 5 Awesome Editing Effects in Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgIn this video tutorial, check out five practical effects in Premiere Pro every video editor should have in their tool-kit.Video editing is just like any other art form. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned veteran, you always need tricks of the trade. Some of these tricks might be simple time-savers, while others may give a creative boost to a dull project.Whatever the case, the real trick is to always be learning. In this great video breakdown from SonduckFilm, we get some helpful insights into editing with Adobe Premiere Pro.So take a look at filmmaker and video editor Joshua Noel’s five favorite effects in Premiere Pro to see if there are any you can add to your creative tool belt.1. Warp StabilizerFor the run-and-gun filmmaker (or the editor who has to deal with rough-and-tumble footage), shaky footage can be a huge problem in any edit. Not just shaky handheld footage either — even stabilized gimbal footage and tripod shots can have shake and inconsistencies.Noel takes us through how to add Warp Stabilizer to your shaky footage clips — and how to customize the effect to maximize the amount of stabilization you can get.2. CropIf you’ve ever worked with any other basic photo or image editing software — like, say, Adobe Photoshop (or even MS Paint) — you may be familiar with this effect. However, as Noel lays out in his tutorial on reframing compositions and adding new elements like split screen effects, sometimes the simplest tools can be the most powerful.3. Camera Blur and MaskWant to add cinematic depth to your compositions and shots? Noel takes us through how you can use the Camera Blur effect with Mask to add new dynamics and depth to your shots. While this is a pretty simple trick, it does require some keyframing. However, once you get the hang of it, it can be a great creative trick to use in a pinch.4. Lumetri ColorIf you’re old enough to remember the days before the Lumetri Color tab, you know how great the updated effect is in Premiere Pro CC. Digital color editing has always been a developing science, and the Lumetri Color tab is about as powerful a tool as they come.Noel offers some great insights into basic color correcting and grading techniques. From there, you can start learning and developing on your own.5. NoiseFor his final favorite, Noel talks about how to use the Noise effect (a highly controversial decision for some but a powerful effect nonetheless). Noise comes in handy most often when working with graphics and motion. Noel uses the example of working with an After Effects clip and using Noise to add a “video” element — which can give your footage a more authentic or real aesthetic.So take a look, and try out something new.Cover image by FrameStockFootages.If you’re looking for more video editing tips and tricks, check out some of these resources below!Professional Video Editing Tips and Techniques5 Ways to Sharpen Your Film and Video Editing PerspectiveFilm Theory: Why Don’t We Notice All Those Editing Cuts?Learning How to Edit While You ShootVideo Editing 101: Prepping for a Quick (and Successful) Editlast_img read more

SiriusXM giving 2 week free preview of its world of content starting

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement This is the first time Howard Stern’s two fulltime audio channels, which include his Howard Stern Show, are streamed free to anyone, with no subscription or login required.Users of the app will also get access to more than 5,000 hours of live music performances and curated playlists, On Demand shows, comic routines, audio documentaries, exclusive interviews, and expertly curated content from an ever-expanding On Demand library.The two-week free listening period coincides with the launch of SiriusXM’s all-new and totally re-designed app for iOS and Android devices. During the free tune-in period listeners can also sample SiriusXM by using the re-designed streaming web player at, or by turning on any previously inactive satellite radio in their car.Go to to start listening nowFeatures of the new SiriusXM app include:A Totally New LookThe SiriusXM app features a brand-new look and capabilities that help users find more of what they like across SiriusXM’s 200+ channels. By making it easier to navigate through categories, find shows, and access On Demand programming, users will discover programming that they previously may not have known SiriusXM offered.“ForYou” RecommendationsWe have made it easier to learn about all of the amazing programs and channels available. Using personalized preferences and listening history, “ForYou” recommendations pull from SiriusXM’s huge catalogue of live and On Demand programming to make the next great piece of music, talk, news, entertainment or sports programming easier to learn about and access.More On Demand ContentSiriusXM’s library of recorded On Demand content features more than 5,000 hours of programming, which grows every day. The new SiriusXM app makes it much easier to access shows, interviews, specials, and performances whenever it is most convenient for you.SiriusXM VideoSiriusXM Video will be available on the new SiriusXM app with a “sneak peek” of video from Howard Stern, arranged and presented in an easy to view way, with more video coming soon.SiriusXM offers the most extensive bundle of music, entertainment and sports programming available in the world of audio and streaming entertainment. To learn more about what SiriusXM offers, download the app now or go to for more details.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies nine years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member. Advertisement “ForYou” recommendations pull from SiriusXM’s huge catalogue of live and On Demand programming to make the next great piece of music, talk, news, entertainment or sports programming easier to learn about and access. (Tablet view) (CNW Group/Sirius XM Canada Inc.) Advertisementlast_img read more