How to Write If/Else Expressions in After Effects

first_img  ==  Equals To   >=  Greater Than or Equal To   ) operator.Note: There are also more complex operators called “logical operators”. Due to their complexity we will cover those in a later post. However, if you want to learn more check out the If/Else Conditional post at Define Your Conditional ValueThe conditional value can be any number you want. In our example the conditional value was 50.5. Close the ParenthesisWrite: )6. Add the “true” valueType in the value you want your expression to output if your conditional statement is true. Look at the example again…if the value of the square was in fact more than 50 (true) than our output value would be 100.7. Define the ‘Else’ StatementAn else statement will define a value if the “if” statement is false. Write: Else8. Add the False valueThe false value pertains to the value that will be output if the “if” statement isn’t true. In our example, if the opacity value of the shape was not greater than 50 (false) than the opacity of the text would be 50.9. Close the ExpressionWrite: ;How Can I Use If/Else Expressions in After Effects?There are a number of different reasons why a motion graphic designer might want to use If/Else statements in After Effects. Here are just a few.Value Based ConditionalsOne of the most useful applications of an If/Else statement in After Effects is to have an object’s opacity directly linked to another type of value. For example, the blinking box below has an if statement that says if it’s rotation is greater than 180 than the value should be 0. If the value is less than 180 the value should be 100.If/Else Conditionals on CheckboxesCheckboxes are typically used when creating templates for others to use in After Effects. Typically checkboxes control opacity, but they can be used to manipulate other things like color or scale. Checkboxes work with If/Else statements by declaring two values: one if the box is selected (1) and one if the box is not selected (0) using an else statement.To dive deeper check out our ‘After Effects Quick Tip: Linking Layers to Checkboxes‘ post.Position Based If/Else StatementsOne of the uses best uses that I’ve found for If statements in After Effects is linking layer opacity to an object’s position using an If/Else statement. In short, using this method you can tell certain layers to turn ‘off’ and ‘on’ depending on where an object is currently positioned.Resources:If you want to learn more about If/Else statements or expressions in After Effects check out a few of the following resources:If/Else Conditional Code – MotionScriptTop 5 After Effects Expressions for Better Designs – PremiumBeatAfter Effects Fundamentals Lesson 8: Expressions & Presets – PremiumBeatHow do you use If/Else statements in After Effects? Share in the comments below. 1. Declare the ‘If’ StatementWrite: if(2. Define Your Input ValueUsing the pickwhip tool select the value you want to input into your If/Else statement. For the example above, the input value came from the opacity of the white shape. So in that example we would pickwhip to the opacity of the white shape.3. Set Your Equality OperatorAn equality operator is essentially a small formula designed to tell your expression what to do. The following chart explains what equality operators you can use in After Effects.center_img If/Else expressions are incredibly useful in After Effects…if you know how to use them.You don’t have to be a computer programmer to get a handle on expressions in After Effects. Let’s dig into the powerful If/Else expression in After Effects.What is an If/Else Expression in After Effects?An If/Else expression in After Effects is a line of code that will change it’s output value based on the input value. If this sounds confusing, don’t worry! It’s simplier than you might think. Let’s take a look at a really basic model:In this example, the code states that if the white shape’s opacity is more than 50% than the text opacity will be 100%. If the white squares opacity is less than 50% the text opacity will be 50%.Here’s what our After Effects timeline looks like for this example:How to Write an If/Else Conditional ExpressionWriting an If/Else statement is fairly straight forward. Simply open up your expression editor by holding down Option and clicking on the stopwatch next to the parameter you want the If/Else statement to effect. The expression used in the example above is:if(thisComp.layer(“WhiteShape”).transform.opacity>50) 100 else 50What do each of the parameters in this expression mean? Let’s  break them down step by step:     Greater Thanlast_img read more

Army chief calls for united efforts to tackle stone-pelting problem

first_imgArmy chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday called for coordinated efforts by security forces to effectively deal with the problem of stone pelting by civilians during counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir.The army chief discussed the issue with local army officers during security review meetings at headquarters of counterinsurgency units — Kilo Force and Victor Force here, an army official said.“Reinforcing the need to maintain high vigil, the army chief discussed the issue of stone pelting during operations and impressed upon all to synergise efforts with the other security agencies in dealing with such situations effectively,” the official said.Gen. Rawat, who arrived here yesterday, was briefed on the prevailing security situation and recent operations conducted by the security forces.He also reviewed the collaborative measures of security forces towards ensuring peace and calm in the region.The army chief interacted with local commanders and troops urging them to continue discharging their duty with utmost professionalism.Gen. Rawat was accompanied by Northern Command Chief Lt. General D. Anbu and Chinar Corps Commander Lt. Gen. J.S. Sandhu, paid tributes to the three soldiers killed in a militant attack in Shopian district of Kashmir yesterday.He laid floral wreaths on the coffins carrying the mortal remains of the three soldiers, one of whom hailed from Marhama area of Anantnag district.“As the entire nation salutes the martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in yesterday’s terrorist attack in Shopian, the army gave a befitting farewell to its brave hearts today in a solemn ceremony here,” the official said.Gen. Rawat expressed grief and condolences to the families of Lance Naik Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din, Sepoy Vikas Singh Gurjar and Sapper Sreejith M J.“He also conveyed his anguish at the unfortunate death of an elderly lady, Taja Begum, in this terrorist attack,” the official added.Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti by Minister of Rural development and Panchayati Raj Abdul Haq Khan, Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Lone and other officials from civil administration and security agencies.The army chief had yesterday met the other injured soldiers at the Army Base Hospital and wished them speedy recovery.The General also appreciated the various humanitarian initiatives undertaken by the troops to bring succor to common people and exhorted them to sustain this positive engagement with the local populace.last_img read more

Fatal Incompetence

first_imgFor several years we have argued in these columns that the Bush administration hyped the so-called war on terror for political ends. Not that terrorists don’t pose a real threat.  Even now, instead of focusing on disaster recovery, Bush’s spin masters are busy scurrying around for photo-ops, posing Bush in shirt-sleeves, lighting up St Louis Cathedral while the rest of New Orleans reeled in darkness for his TV address, or steering him away from Austin, because the sun was too brightHowever, Pres. George W. Bush’s political handlers saw in 9/11 an opportunity to redeem his fledgling presidency, which started out without broad legitimacy as a result of the disputed 2000 elections. The country required strategically calculated responses to the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Instead the Bush administration whipped up mass hysteria, xenophobia and scare tactics to leverage the tragedy for partisan political advantage.It worked. Bush’s popularity sky-rocketed thanks to the phony persona fabricated by Bush’s public relations machine of a war-time president leading a round-the-clock charge against an ubiquitous, lethal and shadowy enemy.Bush’s shameful political shenanigans exploiting a genuine American tragedy have cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars in wasteful expenditures and even more in lost productivity. His reckless and unjustified war in Iraq has cost tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi lives as well as those of almost 2,000 American soldiers – and still counting.Hurricane Katrina has ripped the lid off the underground sewer down which the country’s precious resources have been poured these past four years. The fatal failures of the federal government’s response and the utter callousness of Pres. Bush and members of his administrations to the wrenching tragedy are now too well known for us to belabor.For years, the American public has been deluded into thinking that the Bush team was aggressively at work, supposedly in secret, because the nature of the terrorist threat, we were constantly told, required covert planning. Now we know that they have simply been partying in the dark with the money bilked from the public trough. Billions and billions of dollars have been squandered in wasteful expenditures. Billions more have been awarded in sweetheart, no bid contracts to politically connected businesses, such as Vice President Dick Cheney’s old firm Halliburton, a pattern that is tragically reappearing in contracts for Katrina relief.Katrina has also unveiled the utter incompetence of the Bush administration. It is appalling, even incomprehensible, that the richest and the most powerful country in the world was helpless for almost a week to rescue tens of thousands of people stranded in New Orleans. Four years after 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) clearly have no plans to respond to real disaster.Although the country is understandably focused on the response to Hurricane Katrina, the federal government’s failures were equally stark three weeks later in Hurricane Rita. The country fortuitously dodged a bullet only because Rita weakened before landfall. But chaotic images of 2.5 million Texans stranded in choked highways, dehydrated and out of fuel, after following the government’s wrong-headed advice to evacuate is testimony to the abysmal state of emergency preparedness in the country.The ineptitude of this administration knows no bounds. It lurches scared and panic-stricken from crisis to crisis and has exacerbated the problem by political cronyism that has elevated unqualified and incompetent political hucksters to critical positions, including the disastrous FEMA director, whose chief qualification for the job was his stint as head of the International Arabian Horse Association. Even now, instead of focusing on disaster recovery, Bush’s spin masters are busy scurrying around for photo-ops, posing Bush in shirt-sleeves, lighting up St Louis Cathedral while the rest of New Orleans reeled in darkness for his TV address, or steering him away from Austin, because the sun was too bright.Real Americans are paying with their lives, and all of us are paying from our wallets, while Pres. Bush and his production team are busy tinkering with the lights for his next disaster scene photo shoots. Just how much more wretched and pathetic can it get? Related Itemslast_img read more

Anil Khanna withdraws from Indian Olympic Association chief race

first_imgAnil Khanna has withdrawn his nomination for the post of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), paving the way for FIH president Narendra Batra to be elected IOA chief unopposed.Batra will be the IOA chief, while Rajeev Mehta will be re-elected as secretary general IOA.Khanna sent out a mail saying to the IOA members, saying he didn’t want to put the voters in a spot while casting their votes as they would have had to choose one among the two “friends”.Khanna, now one of the three life presidents of the All India Tennis Association (AITA), had seconded Batra’s nomination for the post of IOA president.In a letter dated December 7, 2017, Khanna said, “In the last 4 years, although sometimes we have faced internal challenging moments, overall the IOA has achieved many milestones under the Presidentship of Shri N Ramachandran and our Secretary General Shri Rajeev Mehta.IOA has been one family so far, and the election this year is creating division. I have had an opportunity of discussing with many of you over the last 8 days and also with some of our more experienced members who have led the IOA so far. Many do not want a division as they enjoy a warm relationship with both sides and find themselves in a difficult situation to finally decide as to whom to vote for.In order to keep the IOA family united and to ensure that common friends are not put in a difficult situation while deciding who to vote for, I have decided to withdraw my candidature as President of IOA from the current election in favour of Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra.advertisementI will, however, continue to serve the IOA in whatever capacity the IOA family finally decides.”last_img read more

NLU Delhi to double number of seats in MA Law course

first_imgThe National Law University-Delhi (NLU-D) has drawn ire by its decision to double the seats for its Master of Laws (LLM) course, after the entrance exam was conducted and results were only days away from being announced, raising suspicions of an attempt to bring in students by the back door.Trick to benefit a few students: Lawyer Mohit GuptaLawyer Mohit Gupta, who has filed an RTI query asking for the minutes of the meetings that led to the decision to hike the number of seats, felt this may have been done to benefit only a few students.”What will be its (university’s) course of action if it is approached by a large number of students in the next academic year demanding an increase,” he asked.Number of seats been raised to 80The NLU-D had originally announced 40 seats (including five for foreign students) for the 2018 course, but after more than a month of the entrance exam, notified that the number of seats had been raised to 80.The entrance exam was held on May 6 while the notification announcing the increase in seats was issued on June 27 — six days before the declaration of results on July 2.Seats to be filled strictly on merit of AILET programme”It is notified that the University has decided to increase the number of seats for admission to LL.M. programme for the academic session 2018-19… The seats will be filled strictly on the merit of AILET-2018 in the sport counselling scheduled to be held on July 13, 2018. The seats under Foreign National category will be filled up on the academic merit of qualifying examination,” the notification issued by the University read.advertisementThis seemingly benign move, however, has drawn the ire and suspicion of a section of students which sees this after-the-fact decision as detrimental to many potential applicants who could have gone for entrance exam but were deterred by the high entrance fees and the narrow chance of making it to the top 40.”I didn’t apply for the entrance exam thinking it would be tough to crack into the top 40. Had they announced the increase in seats, I would have applied, since NLU was anyway my first choice. The other two contenders — IP University and Jindal School of Law — are very expensive,” a student, who graduated from Delhi University’s Faculty of Law told IANS on condition of anonymity.Read: More than 1,50,000 students to participate in Asian School Indoor Rowing Championship in KolkataThe students’ contention of getting deterred by the low number of seats advertised does not seem frivolous when one considers the fact that one has to shell out Rs. 3,050 to qualify to sit for the entrance exam.The reason behind the late moveWhen IANS contacted the University to discern the reason behind the late move, the answer was this was done to give a “wider reach of legal education to society” and that the decision was in “conformity with the Admission Announcement” where it was said that the “number of seats may vary”.A decision to encourage the study of law”It may be noted that the increase in seats is not at all unfair on the part of the University. Rather it is a step to encourage the study of law so that more teachers and researchers are available in this field,” NLU-D Registrar GS Bajpai said.”Moreover, the action taken by the University to increase the number of seats was also approved by the Academic Council and Executive Council,” he added.However, he failed to provide any answer to the question as to why the NLU-D had admitted a lesser number of students than seats available in the last two years, as was revealed in reply to an RTI query.The reply said NLU-D had admitted 40 students in 2016 against 50 seats advertised, while in 2017, it could fill only 23 of the 40 seats advertised.Read: UPSSSC cancels recruitment examination for tubewell operators due to question paper leaklast_img read more

Conflict of Interest allegation against Sachin Tendulkar infructuous: BCCI ethics officer

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ethics Officer Justice DK Jain on Monday dismissed the ‘conflict of interest’ allegations against Sachin Tendulkar after the cricket icon refused to be part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) unless he is provided with agreeable ‘terms of reference’.Jain in a two-page verdict described the allegations as “infructuous” (pointless), ruling that the matter had to be disposed of after Tendulkar made his position clear that he will not “act as such” a member of the CAC.”Once the BCCI furnished the terms of reference and tenure, he will decide on the course of his participation in the same. Mr Tendulkar doesn’t consider himself to be part of any Cricket Advisory Committee and will not act as such. In consequence, the present complaint doesn’t survive for adjudication.””….resultantly, the present complaint is rendered infructuous and is disposed of, as such,” Jain wrote in his verdict.Jain, who is also BCCI Ombudsman, said Tendulkar, through his legal Counsel Amit Sibal had issued a statement, which was enough to dismiss the case.Tendulkar’s legal counsel’s statement read: “Without prejudice to his rights and contentions in the present proceeding, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar wishes to reiterate that he has been requesting BCCI since the inception of the CAC that terms of reference and his tenure is furnished to him.”He has requested this repeatedly and several times over the years including as recently as on 7.12.2018. He is now left with no other choice but communicate to BCCI that until and unless the BCCI furnishes the terms of reference and tenure of his appointment in the CAC, he has decided not be part of any committee of the BCCI including the CAC.”advertisementIt effectively means that Tendulkar won’t be a part of the new coach selection process after the World Cup unless CoA gives proper terms of reference.It was Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta, who had alleged that both Tendulkar and VVS Laxman are conflicted for performing dual roles as CAC member as well as mentor/icon with their franchises Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.However, Tendulkar in his affidavit had categorically denied that he has any financial agreement in both his roles and hence doesn’t come under tractable ‘conflict of interest’.It has been learnt that CoA is ready with terms of reference and will be handed over to him now that the case is over.Also Read | Virat Kohli captain on paper but MS Dhoni on ground: Suresh RainaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Waqar Younis feels Pakistan capable of reproducing 1992 magicAlso See:last_img read more

Grand AC Launches Functional Line for Your Next Gym Trip

first_img How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel Gym clothes always get a bad rap.Typically, we pull old cotton shirts out of the closet with last year’s shorts and head off to work out. Nothing fits right and you sure can’t head off to brunch or a meeting afterwards looking like that.Subscription service Five Four Club is looking to solve that problem with the launch of their standalone activewear line, Grand AC.The LA-based company is producing a full range of versatile activewear meant to be functional at the gym and functional for whatever comes next.“There’s nothing out there that works,” says brand director Terry O’Neal. “So why not combine those aspects of fitness and fashion?”With everything from shirts to joggers to jackets, Grand AC has a fit and style for every need. They’ve taken familiar fabrics like poly and cotton and added new finishes. For example, the windbreaker has an all-mesh back creating superior breathability.“It’s mesh with substance,” O’Neal says.Additionally, there are zippers, pulls and other “nuances” (some seen and unseen) to set the entire line apart. Grand AC’s vendors and design team added diagonal color blocks and high-grade sewing and stitching to create a new level of quality in the vertical.The line’s style definitely takes inspiration from the Los Angeles ethos of health, fitness and wellness. While the cuts are noticeably athletic, the colorways are not bright, but subdued and clean with a couple of patterns for variety.“Not everyone has time to go home and change. This is the embodiment of going from the gym to wherever you need to go next,” O’Neal says.It’s also an affordable entry into the market. Nothing in the range is over $75 and Five Four Club subscribers get an additional 25% off as part of their membership.It’s certainly going to make you think twice about grabbing last year’s 5k fun run shirt from the closet.Grand AC launches today here. Tasc Performance Crafts Sustainable Fabrics Without Sacrificing Style Editors’ Recommendations How to Buy a Suit: 6 Simple Tips to Keep in Mind last_img read more

China slams US Xinjiang remarks as lies

first_imgBeijing: China lashed out at the United States on Monday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Beijing’s treatment of the country’s ethnic Uighur minority among “the worst stains on the world”. Speaking at Kansas State University last week, Pompeo said Washington would use this month’s UN General Assembly to rally support for the Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority that has seen mass incarceration under the Chinese government. “The lies of American politicians can’t trick people around the world and will only further expose the purpose of their hidden political motives,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We express our strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to these US officials who disregard the facts… and seriously interfere in China’s internal affairs,” she told reporters at a press briefing in Beijing. China has come under international scrutiny over its policies in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, where as many as one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are being held in re-education camps, according to the 2018 findings of an independent UN panel. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAfter initially denying their existence, Beijing now defends the camps, which it calls “vocational education centres”, as a necessary measure to counter religious extremism and terrorism. But former inmates and rights groups say individuals are subjected to political indoctrination and abuse. A Kazakh businessman, who spent nearly two months in a camp, told AFP that people held there were forced to sing patriotic songs every morning and eat pork, a violation of Islam’s religious restrictions. In July, Chinese officials announced that “most” individuals have left the camps, without sharing figures — drawing scepticism and anger from the Uighur diaspora, many of whom remain out of contact with relatives and friends in Xinjiang. “This may end up being one of the worst stains on the world of this century. It’s of that magnitude,” Pompeo said Friday. “This is fundamentally not about national security for them, this isn’t about Islamic extremism in western China,” he said.last_img read more

Save the bees Policy brief examines ways to help Niagaras bee population

In the world of bee conservation, messy is beautiful. A slightly overgrown lawn, a garden with flowers native to the area, patches of soil, and scatterings of twigs and leaves are pure paradise for these tiny creatures.“The recipe for bees is surprisingly straightforward — provide flowers and nesting habitat, avoid pesticide use and like magic, bees appear and thrive,” Brock University Professor of Biology Miriam Richards says in her policy brief “Promoting Pollinators: Niagara Bees and How to Help Them.”The brief is the latest to come out of Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO), and was presented in front of a packed house at the University on Tuesday, May 7.Bee populations have been declining in Niagara, mainly because the places where they lived have been paved over or built upon.“Every field that is converted to a new housing development results in the death of thousands of bees and myriad other small creatures,” Richards says in the brief.The good news is that even small-scale efforts to create habitats and food sources for bees helps.Richards recommends a number of measures people can take at the household and societal level, including:Grow vegetables such as squash and pumpkin that produce flowersPlan gardens so there’s always some flowers in bloomLeave patches of open soil, twigs and leaves in the garden so bees can nest and survive through the winterIntegrate some low-growing flowers, such as clover, into lawnsPlant gardens around government buildings with flowers and plants that attract beesEnable local governments to limit the size of mall and business parking lots to provide more ground for beesHealthy, wild bee populations are crucial for the ecosystem. Bees are known as pollinators, which are animals that move from blossom to blossom collecting pollen and redistributing it.That pollen, in turn, fertilizes an ovum in the blossom, enabling the plant to produce seeds and fruits.Richards makes an important distinction between wild bees and honey bees, which were brought to North America during the time of colonialism to make honey for the colonists.“Honey bees are a non-native species that competes with wild bees for access to pollen and nectar resources,” says Richards. “In fact, honey bees are implicated in declines of wild bees, because they compete with wild bees for pollen and nectar resources and may also spread diseases to which wild bees are susceptible.”There are 800 species of bees in Canada and some 20,000 globally. Niagara has 150 species.The largest bee population in Niagara is sweat bees, known for licking human perspiration. Other major species in Niagara include bumble bees, carpenter bees, mining bees and masked or yellow-faced bees.Wild bee populations have been declining worldwide. In addition to habitat loss, the other major cause is poisoning from insecticides.Richards’ Brock Bee Lab has been monitoring bee populations at the Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site in St. Catharines since 2003 to record the impact of such conservation efforts on bee populations. She and her team have produced a number of studies on the subject.In a recent video, Richards addresses the question: Why do bees live in groups? read more

Mens Basketball No 16 Ohio State battles Syracuse in ACCBig Ten Challenge

Ohio State senior guard C.J. Jackson drives to the basket against Cleveland State in St. John Arena on Nov. 23. Ohio State won 89-62. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State head coach Chris Holtmann knows it can be a painful experience attempting to game plan and execute against Syracuse’s stifling 2-3 zone defense. “It’s like going to the dentist. And not just for cleaning,” Holtmann said. In today’s ever-changing and increasingly unpredictable world, college basketball fans can take solace in one constant: Whether you love it or you detest it, head coach Jim Boeheim and his Syracuse men’s basketball team (3-2) will trot out onto the court in its patented 2-3 zone defense. The main challenge for Holtmann this week: Find areas of vulnerability and put together a game plan that best allows his undefeated (6-0) and No. 16th-ranked Buckeyes to penetrate a suffocating style of play.Projected StartersNo. 16 Ohio State (6-0) G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 12.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 9.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.2 apgF — Kyle Young — Sophomore, 6.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.8 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 7.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 14.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 apgSyracuse (2-3) G — Tyus Battle – Junior, 17.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apgF — Oshae Brissett – Sophomore, 14.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.8 apgG — Jalen Carey – Freshman, 9.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 apgC — Paschal Chukwu – Senior, 5.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.0 apgF — Elijah Hughes – Junior, 14.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 apgOne option to beat the zone is to shoot over the top of it, requiring Ohio State’s main offensive contributors, such as redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods to be sharp in their perimeter shooting on Wednesday night. “As guards and shooters on the wings we have to be ready to shoot no matter what game it is, but especially this game though because there’s going to be a lot of opportunities to make 3s,” Woods said.Woods has plenty of experience playing against Syracuse back in his days in the ACC at Wake Forest, where he went up against the Orange on a number of occasions.He made it clear that this is the game where he wants to finally beat Syracuse. “I mean I’m a competitor and I don’t like losing, and I’ve lost to them three times now and only beat them once, and the game we did beat them I got hurt, so in my eyes, I didn’t beat them,” Woods said. “So that’s why I really want this game.”Option two is to pass the ball into the vacated middle of the zone which generally lies between the foul line and the top of the key. Opposing teams have done well in the past to use this area as their base of operations, forcing Syracuse’s center to make a decision: staying where he is positioned around the basket and allowing the offensive player to get a clean shot off, or stepping out to contest the potential shooter and opening up passing lanes and access to the basket behind him. The offensive player in the middle of the zone can also look to make a pass back out to the perimeter if a teammate finds his way open. “It’s really important, as long as we can get the ball in the middle we will be fine,” Woods said. “If we get it in the middle, we’ll break down the zone because that’s when they really get spread out, and if we move and attack gaps, we’ll have the upper hand.”Offensively, Syracuse boasts three scorers who average double figures per contest.Junior guard Tyus Battle leads the way at 17.6 points per game and is the main offensive weapon for the Orange after deciding last spring to forego entry into the NBA Draft and return to the team for another season. “He’s versatile and very aggressive on offense,” Woods said. “He’s going to get his at the end of the day and he can score at all three levels and we know from the scouting report and I know from playing against him in the ACC that he’s their go to guy, and he’s going to try to get his as much as possible, and we’ve got to maintain him.”Battle is backed up by junior forward Elijah Hughes and sophomore forward Oshae Brissett who both average 14.8 points per game. One area of concern that Holtmann stressed was rebounding. He noted his team’s struggles in that department and how that will be a key component of Wednesday night’s matchup. Brissett and Hughes lead the way for the Orange on the boards, with senior center Paschal Chukwu also being a force around the basket at 7 feet 2 inches tall.Chukwu injured his groin in last week’s game against Colgate and his status for Wednesday night’s matchup is up in the air. If Chukwu can’t go, the Buckeyes will likely get a healthy dose a pair of sophomore forwards in Bourama Sidibe and Marek Dolezaj. Sidibe averages five points and five rebounds per game while Dolezaj averages more than three points a game to go with just over two rebounds per game. Ohio State takes on Syracuse at home at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday. read more

Sharing stories of migration from one generation to the next

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It’s been on our radar for some time now that the first generation of Greek migrants to Australia is dwindling. But with the gradual dissipation of a generation also comes the loss of information, knowledge, and stories of hardship, great contribution, and hope.Having recognised this, the clubs behind Hellenism Victoria launched the Spirit of Hellenism Award competition in 2017, and after a positive response have run it for a second year.Open to youth aged 15 to 25, the competition has been designed to encourage a younger generation of Greek Australians, whether born Down Under or newly arrived from abroad, to research, record and present stories of migration by engaging with the people behind the narratives and finding out about their contribution to Australian society, all the while preserving them, and building a bridge from one generation to the next.While participants were given parameters to adhere to, creativity was encouraged, with the option to present their entries in a variety of forms, and entrants embraced the challenge says Olympian Society representative John Vithoulkas.“It’s obviously difficult to tell stories, so to do an investigation and turn it into something creative, which hasn’t been done before can be even harder. Format shouldn’t get in the way of telling a good story, and that’s one thing we’re trying to encourage,” Mr Vithoulkas said.“Entrants went onto all sorts of tangents, which is what we want; we had poetry, stories, biographies, even a little movie,” and added that it was encouraging to see young people’s eagerness to go above and beyond, to do the extra work.Entries were short-listed with the winning entries selected by the sponsors of each award, which Mr Vithoulkas said was a good way of connecting clubs and boards with the younger generation.Senior entrant Alex Vounisios was named winner of the Delphi Bank Spirit of Hellenism award, set to be presented in a branch of the institution, for the interview he conducted with a volunteer at Fronditha Care.The first round of presentations took place at Oakleigh Grammar on Wednesday, with Kyri Derzotis named the Fronditha Spirit of Hellenism winner for his poem on the experiences of a Fronditha volunteer; Evan Koukounaras was awarded the Pammessinian Brotherhood Spirit of Hellenism for his video production on the life of his grandparents; and Angeliki Stamatopoulou was the Olympian Society Spirit of Hellenism winner with a short story of her grandmother’s life.Meanwhile, South Oakleigh College’s Efthymia Delichristou won the Pancretan Association Spirit of Hellenism award for her short story on the life of a Greek migrant, set to be presented at an upcoming school assembly.Each winning entry was awarded $250, donated by the sponsor of each award.With the majority of entries focusing on individual stories of migration, and many involving participants own grandparents, Mr Vithoulkas said it was clear the Spirit of Hellenism is far more than merely a competition for the participants, whose eyes were opened to a different reality, and one very close to home.“I think the kids don’t realise how much the first migrants faced leaving their country; loneliness, fear of the unknown, all those sorts of things that older people probably don’t communicate to their grandkids, and that came through in quite a few; a sense of appreciation for what they went through and that intergenerational connection,” he said.“Everything that gets made is valid and we appreciate being able to read the work of students, but we also hope such a competition can be an example to clubs of new ways of engaging with the Greek community.”To see the entries and find out more about the work and mission of Hellenism Victoria, visit the web page.last_img read more

Cuba une campagne déradication du moustique de la dengue

first_imgCuba : une campagne d’éradication du moustique de la dengueAujourd’hui, Cuba a annoncé avoir lancé une grande campagne de fumigation destinée à éradiquer le moustique Aedes, vecteur de la dengue. Le ministère de la Santé espère ainsi éviter une épidémie alors que la présence de la maladie a été rapportée dans plusieurs villes de l’île.Cuba lance aujourd’hui une “campagne intensive” de fumigation afin d’éradiquer le moustique Aedes, vecteur de la dengue. En effet, l’insecte a été repéré dans plusieurs villes parmi lesquelles La Havane, capitale de l’île. Cette campagne, annoncée par les responsables du ministère de la Santé, consiste en des fumigations consécutives pendant un mois complet des “zones présentant les plus gros indices de présence” du moustique.  À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les quinze districts de La Havane sont concernés, a expliqué le vice-ministre de l’Hygiène, Luis Estruch, dans les colonnes du quotidien officiel Granma. La campagne de fumigation concernera également les villes de Pinar del Rio (ouest), Santa Clara (centre), Camagüey, Santiago de Cuba, Bayamo et Guantanamo (sud), ainsi que le port de Mariel, à 45 kilomètres à l’ouest de La Havane. Selon le vice-ministre, il s’agit-là des zones “les plus vulnérables”.Une situation épidémiologique “stable” Le gouvernement appelle également la population à chercher par tous les moyens à éviter la présence de conditions favorables au moustique et en particulier les eaux stagnantes. Selon, la responsable de l’Institut de Médecine tropicale de La Havane, Maria Guadalupe Guzman, la situation épidémiologique de la capitale était “stable” ces deux derniers mois. C’est même “la meilleure depuis cinq ans”, souligne-t-elle alors qu’entre 2001 et 2002, 14.524 cas de dengue avaient été recensés dans l’île, rappelle TV5monde.Pourtant, “l’île n’est pas exempte de risque épidémique”, prévient-elle. En raison des chaleurs estivales et des fortes pluies qui les accompagnent, toutes les conditions sont réunies pour favoriser la reproduction du moustique. Cuba fait partie, avec le Chili et l’Uruguay, des seuls pays d’Amérique latine où la dengue n’est pas endémique. Le 16 août 2011 à 11:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Android Apple assure être à lorigine de lOS de Google

first_imgAndroid : Apple assure être à l’origine de l’OS de GoogleEn pleine guerre des brevets contre HTC, Apple affirme être à l’origine d’Android, le système d’exploitation (OS) mobile de Google. La firme à la pomme assure que le créateur d’Android, l’un de ses anciens employés, s’est très largement inspiré de son travail chez Apple pour développer une technologie fondamentale.La bataille judiciaire engagée entre Apple et HTC semble loin d’être terminée. En effet, Apple revendique la paternité d’une technologie primordiale de l’OS mobile du géant de Mountain View développée par l’un de ses anciens employés, Andy Rubin. Ce dernier est le co-fondateur de l’OS Android et le vice-président du département des produits mobiles chez Google. À lire aussiA 17 ans, il tente de hacker Apple pour décrocher un emploiSur son site FOSS Patents, le blogueur Florian Mueller cite la déposition de la firme de Cupertino auprès de l’ITC, l’autorité de régulation du commerce américaine, dans le cadre de sa plainte déposée contre HTC. “Apple affirme – dans une plainte à l’ITC, ce qui signifie qu’Apple a une obligation légale de faire une représentation véridique des faits – que les supérieurs de Rubin (sic) chez Apple étaient les inventeurs du brevet de l’API temps réel et il a travaillé pour eux au même moment où il réalisait cette invention”, explique le blogueur spécialiste des questions de propriété intellectuelle. Cette interface de programmation permet de traiter en temps réel des données transmises en séries. Une technologie dont la firme à la pomme détient le brevet jusqu’en janvier 2019.Si cet argument convainc l’ITC et les juges auxquels reviendra la décision finale, Apple pourrait obtenir l’interdiction d’Android mais aussi d’importants dommages et intérêts. Si une violation délibérée d’un brevet d’Apple devait être caractérisée, la firme à la pomme pourrait récupérer le triple des dommages engendrés par Android. N’ayant jamais travaillé pour HTC, Andy Rubin n’est pas concerné par la bataille judiciaire qu’Apple livre à la firme. Toutefois, cet argument pourrait constituer les bases d’un nouveau procès, contre Google cette fois.Le 5 septembre 2011 à 19:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jordan Peele Teases New Us Trailer Ahead of Super Bowl

first_imgStay on target Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Becomes Universal Halloween Horror Maze’The Twilight Zone’ Finale Trailer Introduces Creepy ‘Blurryman’ Jordan Peele just teased the ultimate Super Bowl reveal: A new trailer for his upcoming horror flick Us.On Sunday, Peele posted the trailer on r/MonkeypawProductions, the new subreddit for his company Monkeypaw Productions. Us, which stars Lupita Nyong’o, Anna Diop, and Elisabeth Moss, will premiere in theatres on March 22, 2019.In December, Peele unveiled the first trailer for Us, which gave us a glimpse of the movie’s main plot about how a family’s beach house vacation turns nightmarish when unexpected visitors arrive. However, the second trailer expands on this eerie storyline: The sinister guests are actually versions of themselves. (Gasp).Will they escape the “dark cloud” that haunts their home and lives? You’ll have to watch Us to find out.More on Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ a Secret Disney RemakeJordan Peele’s Sci-Fi Series ‘Weird City’ Is Coming to YouTubeJordan Peele Warns “Effed-Up Dystopia” Using AI to Make Fake Obama Videolast_img read more

Guardiola insists he wants to coach a National Team

first_imgCatalan manager Pep Guardiola is still thinking that he wants to take on a National Team from any country sometime during his career.Even if we believe that Pep Guardiola cannot feel more fulfilled by his professional career, the Catalan manager is still very keen on someday managing a National Team before he decides to retire from football altogether.The Manchester City boss has repeatedly stated that he has all the intention of someday coaching a national team, but his political stance on the relationship between Spain and Catalonia might be an important obstacle if his intention is to coach the Spanish football team.The manager recently spoke to students at a conference in the University of Liverpool, where he touched on the subject again in front of an audience.This is what Pep Guardiola said about international football: “I would like to be an international manager in a national team. I would like that, yes,” said Pep via Four Four Two.“It will happen because every three days I would like to be involved but a little bit more calm, play more golf, now I don’t have time to play.”“Sooner or later it is going to happen, if I have a chance with an international team, if they come knocking at my door.”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…“You travel. At the ending stages of my football career and after like a manager. It’s incredible. I lived for six months in Mexico and in Qatar as well, an Arabic country.”“As a manager I’ve lived in Germany and nowhere. I learned German when before it was impossible to understand. My family didn’t speak a word of English and now they speak perfectly.”“It’s incredible to travel. I encourage people to do it. You have to move. I encourage my players to do the same.”“Be curious to do something. The football career is too short not to. You will wake up one morning and say ‘wow, it’s over’. Time moves quickly,” he concluded.Guardiola said at the conference at the University of Liverpool on his future: “I would like to be an international manager in a national team. I would like that, yes”— Centurions Fan (@KDBthroughball) November 21, 2018last_img read more

Clark College fundraising goal smashed

first_imgFive years ago in the thick of the Great Recession, Clark College launched its first major private fundraising campaign as higher education dollars continued to wither away across the state. Now, the campaign — titled Ensuring a Bright Future: Campaign for Clark College — has come to an end. And Lisa Gibert, the president and CEO of the Clark College Foundation, announced Tuesday afternoon that the fundraiser far surpassed everyone’s expectations. “Despite a campaign that ran right down the middle of the Great Recession, I’m proud to inform you that not only did we meet our $20 million goal but we smashed it,” she told a crowd that gathered at the Andersen Fountain on Clark’s campus. “Raising this level of funding at Clark is unprecedented.”In all, the campaign raised $26,593,789, money that will be broken up among a number of key teaching areas and scholarships for years to come. The mark represents the largest sum of private dollars the college has raised in its 81-year history, said Chato Hazelbaker, a spokesman for Clark College. A happy bunch of teachers, staff, students, politicians and donors gathered Tuesday afternoon in the heart of the college’s main campus to hear the news and celebrate the end of the campaign in a small festival-like atmosphere.last_img read more

Source Memo Virtually No Advertisers Will Commit to LongTerm Ad Programs

first_imgAs first reported by FOLIO: this week, financial publisher Source Media is reorganizing its more than 60 magazines into four business groups—banking, capital markets, technology and professional services—and is recasting editorial staffs for each of its individual brands and rolling editors into combined units for each of the four new groups, “pooling” editorial by market. In an 1,830-word memo announcing the reorganization to staffers, CEO Jim Malkin provided a detailed account of the hurdles plaguing the financial services and information publishing industries, and the debt market: I’d like to take some of your time to fill you in on the state of our business. In reading our publications, watching or reading the news or following the political debate, we are seeing a downward business cycle and economic fall off of significant proportions. It is my belief that the earliest this cycle will turn will be by the end of 2009. I am certain that you are all familiar with the current state of the financial services industry, the conditions of the evolving information publishing industry and the state of the debt market. I want to explore in this letter how these national, regional and industry trends impact our company and what we intend to do so that we emerge healthy and robust when this cycle turns.Financial Services Industry Our clients in the financial services industry are getting clobbered. Wall Street lost a record $11.7 billion in 2007 and another $22.4 billion in the first quarter of 2008. Wall Street is expected to cut 25,000 jobs from its September 2007 peak of 188,000 jobs – a 13.4% decline. It is estimated that 74,000 financial services jobs have been cut over the past 12 months.Our clients who advertise to our readers don’t know what they can successfully sell to firms that are unsure of their future. There are fewer industry participants to subscribe to our services and virtually no advertisers who will commit to long-term advertising programs. Information Publishing IndustryWe have talked about the change in readers’ habits in the electronic age. We have talked about the change from print to on-line advertising. Although our on-line advertising has been increasing at a healthy rate and in line with industry averages, print remains the bread and butter of our revenues. It should come as no surprise to you that our print advertising revenues are experiencing a significant fall off this year. Other media and newspaper companies are reporting print advertising to be off by 5% to 25%. SM’s print advertising is off of last year’s levels by 17% or $6.8m. Print based revenue still comprises almost 57% of our total revenue.Debt Market Our debt, which we have been paying down since our acquisition in November 2004, stands at $172m. Despite our healthy “performing loan” status and our low leverage ratio of about 4.5X, our interest costs have increased by 30%, which translates into an additional $4.3m of cash interest payments that we have to pay each year to our lenders.What does this mean to you? It means that the entire enterprise, SM and Accuity, has to be positioned to:A: Establish a structure that can operate more effectively in this environment – more effectively in terms of content creation, product development and sales/marketing execution. B: Take advantage of the cycle when it eventually turns upward (and remember that the entire economy relies on the financial services sector to kick-start the rest of the economy).C: Generate sufficient cash to cover expenses, which now include the additional $4.3m in interest and, crucially, to generate the monies needed to provide funding for growth initiatives. This is the third major down cycle I have managed through. Although it is the most severe, I am confident that the steps we take will see us through this and that we will emerge a stronger and better business. We will be better positioned to support our clients and to serve their needs with integrated solutions that provide value.After extensive discussions with people within our organization and with outside consultants, our Board of Directors has approved our new operating structure and has reaffirmed its desire to grow SourceMedia and Accuity into the future under Investcorp’s ownership. The SM publishing business will be divided into four communities:Banking Banking will now comprise the following groups: American Banker, Banking magazines, the Mortgage Group, the Payments Group and Credit Union Journal. Jeff Scott, as President and Managing Director of Banking, will report to me. Tim Murphy, John DelMauro and Frank Diekmann will report to Jeff within this community. Capital MarketsCapital Markets will comprise the Bond Buyer, FCC and the majority of the Capital Markets newsletters. Mike Stanton will head this Community as Executive VP and Managing Director of Capital Markets.All existing sales positions including Naz Bayazit, Lou Fugazy, Bill Baneky and Tara Gonzales will report to Mike.Technology This group will comprise DMR, BIR, HDM, INN, SIN and Traders. Rob Whitaker will head this Community as Executive VP and Managing Director of Technology. Reporting to Rob will be Ken Heath of Traders and Dan Rubinetti who will assume responsibility for sales management for the rest of the group.Professional Services This group will combine the Investment Advisor, Employee Benefits and Accounting Groups. Mike Dukmejian will be joining SourceMedia as Executive VP and Managing Director of Professional Services. Mike joins us from Time Inc where he was Group Publisher of The Fortune/Money Group and, Publisher of Mutual Funds Magazine, Director of Sales Development, Sports Illustrated and Corporate Marketing Director for Time Inc. Reporting to Mike will be Jim Callan, Dan Goldemen and Jack Lynch.New product development is an area in which SourceMedia needs to devote more effort and resource. Accordingly, we are establishing two new positions within the company to drive new growth initiatives.Adam Reinebach and Patrick Toner will each serve as VP of Business Development. Adam will work with the Professional and Technology Groups reporting to Mike and Rob, while Patrick will work with the Banking and Capital Markets Groups reporting to Jeff and Mike. Each of the community heads noted above will have responsibility for strategy, acquisitions, partnerships and the revenues for all of their brands’ activities in print, on-line, conferences and events.Therefore we will be disbanding the central conference group and re-aligning its resources to serve the needs of our communities. Sales and program development will report into the communities, marketing will report into central marketing and operations will report to our central operations group. As advertisers place high value on face to face interactions with clients, it is crucial that program development, editorial and marketing work closely and effectively together.One of the most commercially successful community-building brands that our company has established is the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking franchise. I believe the success of MPWIB should serve as a template for the development of niche communities for each of our brands. We have the reach and the distribution and now need to aggressively move forward in creating and maintaining similar franchises. This is perhaps our biggest new opportunity. Holly Sraeel will assume the newly created position of SVP Brand Management, reporting to me. She will develop professional networking communities for our brands following the WIB model and will assume the additional title of President, 25 MPWIB. The Editorial functions for all of our products will be combined into one group under David Longobardi as Executive VP, Chief Content Officer. This will permit us to more readily share content, to provide consistent quality to our readers, to facilitate our journalists’ career paths across the organization and to support our brands with editors who can draw from a large pool of talent and resources. I feel very strongly that we need to do more to support our efforts in content development and creation across our organization; despite the best efforts of an editorial council, we need to be more proactive still in seeking cross-brand opportunities and establishing best practices and common standards for our products. We will be working through this year to implement the workflows and processes, and establishing the relationships necessary to make Editorial function optimally for our communities. Further details will be issued under separate cover by David Longobardi later today.As a result of the changes in our communities, senior managers David Greenough, Greg Gillespie, Bill Dimodugno, Maria McDaniel, Bill Bell, Robert Mitchell and Tim Reifschneider will leave SM. We wish them the best in the next chapter of their careers. There are a number of other changes which will more effectively support the new organization described above, and they are:Andria Wirth has decided to devote the next chapter of her career to raising her new daughter and we trust that she will be as successful in that endeavour as she has been with SM. Rich Antoneck will be promoted to Sr. VP, Financial Operations and will be responsible for our Finance and the Accounting Groups. Reporting to Rich will be Rebecca Knoop who will be promoted to Executive Director, Finance.Further details will be issued under separate cover by Bill Johnston later today. Classified Advertising will be centralized under Steve Andreazza. This group will sell classified advertising across all our brands and will be lead by Joanne Kao, reporting to Steve.Marketing will be restructured to provide coverage of all marketing activities (advertising, audience development, delegate and exhibitor marketing) under a Group Marketing Director for each community. The Marketing Directors will report to Anne O’Brien with a strong dotted line to the community heads. Further details of this organization will be issued under separate cover by Anne O’Brien later today. As noted earlier, conference operations will become part of our central operations group under Celie Baussan. All hotel bookings, venue management and other operational activities for our conferences and events will be handled by that group.The NRS and Accuity businesses will be consolidated under the leadership of Hugh Jones, President of Accuity. There is a huge market opportunity for us in the compliance and regulatory space across our business units. John Gebauer has done a terrific job of building the NRS business to its current level and will continue to play a key role in the senior leadership of our company. I believe that the benefits of bringing the data and credibility of Accuity together with the expertise and talent of NRS will be significant.Further details will be distributed under separate cover by Hugh Jones later today. One additional note to this already lengthy and important communication: in January of this year, Jeff Scott, respected colleague and good friend, began speaking with me about wishing to make a career change. He and I agreed to spend the year working through a process that would best serve the needs of SM and the needs of Jeff who is looking for a more hands on role in a technology and data business. We will continue working through this process and I expect that within the next several months we will hire a new community head for Banking and Jeff will find a position outside of SM.Please think this through and join the smart people in this organization who will work through the complex details necessary to make this work for our business now and in the future. As noted, there will be further communications about each group. Should you have questions please address them to your manager or to me.Jim To All SourceMedia and Accuity people: last_img read more

House Leaders Building Support for Deal to Raise Spending Caps

first_imgThe House appears to have sufficient support from defense hawks, Democrats and mainstream Republicans to pass the two-year budget deal during a planned Wednesday vote.The primary opposition to the agreement — which would increase discretionary spending by $80 billion over fiscal 2016 and 2017 and extend the nation’s debt limit through March 2017 — is from conservatives who object to lifting the caps set four years ago by the Budget Control Act.“I think every Democrat will vote for it and there will be enough Republicans in the conference that ultimately the deal will be passed. That doesn’t mean I agree with it,” said Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), a veteran conservative.“It will be a big bipartisan vote,” Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told the Hill.Several snags Tuesday night, however, threatened to delay the House vote. Some Republicans criticized the bill after the Congressional Budget Office determined it only includes about $75.7 billion in spending cuts to offset $89.7 billion in spending increases.The other sticking point was a reduction in crop insurance payments added to the bill to offset higher spending. Farm state lawmakers objected to the cut, which would raise $3 billion over 10 years.Senate Republicans also appeared to favor the budget deal, reported the Washington Post. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) praised the agreement for adding money for defense without raising taxes.“I’m hopeful and optimistic that that bill will come over to the Senate, and when it does, we’ll take it up,” McConnell said. A Senate vote would follow one in the House, and may not take place until next week.The deal was negotiated largely in secret by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), along with White House officials.The $80 billion in spending increases would be offset through savings from changes to the Social Security Disability Insurance fund and Medicare payments to doctors and other health care providers. New revenue would be raised by auctioning off portions of the federal broadcast spectrum, selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and by efforts to increase tax compliance by large business partnerships, according to the Post. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Lioness dies at rescue centre

first_imgVadodara : A nine-year-old lioness died on Monday at a rescue centre located in Jamwala in Gir Somanth district of Gujarat, a senior forest officer said. The big cat was rescued from Zakhiya in the Babariya range of the Gir west division on Saturday, said D T Vasavada, chief conservator of forests (CCF), Junagadh Wildlife Circle. He said kidney failure is the cause of the death of the lioness. “The big cat was under treatment for weakness, dehydration and kidney-related ailments,” he added.last_img read more

Art in Praxis Creative Practices for Community

first_imgBeautification of the city through public art and creative place making has become the  backdrop for mixed-use developments. However, those who appreciate the cultural aspect of creativity push for substance.Jessica Solomon, executive director of Art in Praxis. (Photo by Les Talusan)“I want people to actually imagine what it would look like if D.C. was reflective of all the amazing art and culture that’s already happening in the city. And if that art and culture got funded in a real way, and was valued and appreciated beyond it being an economic driver –beyond it being something that would encourage people to come in and buy a condo,” Jessica Solomon told the AFRO, March 24.In 2012, Solomon founded Art in Praxis, a social enterprise that embeds creative practices into capacity building and growth for community organizations, groups and individuals.Growing up in West Baltimore, Solomon has always been inspired by the non-conventional. “I come from a community and a home where we were always being creative about stuff,” she says. “I come from a family of magicians, shape shifters, and cultural organizers, and that was something that I was always interested in – this idea of doing things creatively and collaboratively.”While she was a master’s in organizational development student at American University, Solomon founded a theater company to fill a void in what she did not see on stage. As an outlet for creative expression, she curated an experience that allowed her and others to become storytellers, performers, and artists who toured across the country.From conducting meetings to strategic planning, creativity was always at the forefront of her business management; and the practices she adopted running the theater company have informed the work she does today.Through Art in Praxis, Solomon works with clients who engage in community development, social justice, and activism. She acts as agent to spur large-scale change. She specializes in constructing tailored consulting projects, workshops, and trainings based on a collaborative, creative, and culturally relevant approach. “Lately, I’ve been hosting these experiential activities called the Brown Bag Lunch Lab where I’ll work with leadership who may have some question, theme, or topic area they want to cover with their staff. And together we’ll co-create a two-hour meeting where I’ll facilitate and they’ll walk away with skillsets for some new way or approach to dealing with that issue,” she says.She is also working to make sure that companies thrive even without the presence of an outside coordinator. “A well-facilitated meeting can make or break a project and I feel like that is one thing that I see time and time again with organizations – just having run of the mill, unproductive, uninspired meetings. And so I’m really interested in developing products that people can purchase to help them facilitate really impactful, creative meetings,” she says.As the newly announced resident collaborator at the Potter’s House, Art in Praxis is also working to bring programming and work from local artists into the Adam’s Morgan coffee shop and performance space.As the company grows, Solomon continues to use her personal and professional experiences to shift culture. “I’m really grateful for the opportunity. I’m really excited about emerging practitioners who are looking to me or wanting to know how I do what I do. I’m really grateful I get to make stuff up,” she says. “It’s always rooted in some kind of methodology, but it really comes from just imagining how can I support organizations and people in being better at what they do.”For more information, Jess can be reached at read more

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