first_imgDespite Wednesday’s expected high of 31 degrees, the Siegfried Hall Ramblers will be wearing only T-shirts, shorts and flip flops as part of their annual Day of Man. The event aims to promote solidarity with the homeless — many of whom do not have adequately warm clothing during winter months — and collect funds for the South Bend Center for the Homeless, junior Michael Hernick, Day of Man co-commissioner said.“Last year we raised $22,000, so I mean, our goal for this year is to beat that again,” junior Isaac Althoff, Day of Man co-commissioner, said. “That was $9,000 over our previous record, so [to] just keep pushing the record up there is always the goal.”Siegfried Hall president, sophomore Sam Bishop, participated in the Day of Man last year and said the event is “a lot of fun” despite the cold temperatures.“Probably my best memory is standing outside of South Dining Hall for an hour in the freezing cold, and I was dressed as a banana and we had some funny signs, and just having a lot of fun with the passersby and people laughing at us,” Bishop said. “It hurts because it’s very cold. Your fingers and toes start to hurt, but it’s worth it.” Hernick said when he participated in the Day of Man during his freshman year, the temperature was between 15 to 20 degrees, and it was “snowing sideways.”“I remember I was standing outside [LaFortune Student Center] with one of my friends, and then on the way back, it was really cold out, obviously,” Hernick said. “We decided to sprint back to Siegfried, and then he slipped and dropped his cup, so I had to stand there in the cold helping him pick up all his money. … I felt like my fingers were about to fall off, and I was really mad at the moment, but it’s a good laugh now.”The Day of Man gives Siegfried students the opportunity to bond, Althoff said.“It’s definitely an event that everyone looks forward to,” Althoff said. “People wake up in the morning and they cut their shirts and make them even more scanty. It’s just a big group thing.”Bishop said suffering in the cold helps the men of Siegfried empathize with the homeless and gives them a sense of perspective.“It definitely bonds us because one of the main points of Day of Man — maybe the most valuable thing in it — is an expression of solidarity with the poor, with those who are exposed,” Bishop said. “In expressing that solidarity with them, we are also expressing it with each other. So we suffer together, we stand outside together. We do all of it together for others.”According to Hernick, raising awareness of homelessness is necessary, and a group from Siegfried volunteers at the Center for the Homeless every Saturday.“The goal of the whole day is obviously to raise some money, but it’s also to raise awareness and to work really hard this one day so that people think about homelessness, and think about the problems it poses a little more the other 364 days of the year,” he said.Tags: Center for the Homeless, Day of Man, Siegfried Halllast_img read more

first_imgFalcon Funds, a Malta-based asset manager, is being investigated by the Swedish Economic Crime Authority (SECA) after allegations that it has defrauded 22,000 Swedish pension investors of hundreds of millions of Swedish krona. Falcon had been accused by the Swedish Pensions Authority (SPA) of “deceitful and fraudulent actions in relation to Swedish pension savers, carried out by insurance intermediaries or call centre companies”.The three sub-funds – cautious, balanced and aggressive – in the Falcon Funds SICAV had previously been registered as eligible UCITS funds in the Swedish Premium Pension System.Premium Pension savings made up virtually all of the sub-funds’ assets. The sub-funds were managed by Malta-based Temple Asset Management (TAM), although Falcon has not only rescinded the contract but is now suing TAM.The SPA launched its own probe into Falcon in late 2015 and subsequently de-registered the sub-funds, with most of the investors’ interests moved to AP7’s Såfa default option.The Swedish regulators also issued a redemption order in June 2016 for the return of investors’ capital from the company.So far, nearly SEK1.3bn (€136m) has been returned, out of the SEK2.4bn total value of the sub-funds at the time of the order. Mikael Westberg, chief legal counsel at SPA, said it was likely that investors would receive a significantly lower net asset value than that currently displayed in the accounts of the individual sub-funds.He said: “This is due to the fact Falcon Funds made harmful investments and exaggerated the value of the funds.”It was late last year when the SPA asked SECA to investigate Falcon, after it refused to return all the investors’ money.There were allegations that the company had unlawfully defrauded pension savers to put their savings into its funds, and that the investment policies of the funds were not sound.Falcon was also accused of conflicts of interest in investing savers’ money.A key player appears to be Emil Ingmanson, a Swedish businessman who acted as an introducer for Falcon Funds to the SPA, and who is also being sued by Falcon Funds. Ingmanson has been linked by the SPA with improper behaviour in relation to the sub-funds’ investments in exchange-traded instruments (ETIs).The SPA said: “The Agency strongly suspects that Falcon Funds has chosen to invest in the ETIs due to a business relationship with Mr. Ingmanson, which constitutes a serious conflict of interest.”It added: “The Agency concludes that the instruments’ design may be purposely non-transparent in order to veil any further analysis of the underlying assets and the risks connected to an investment in the ETIs.”Arne Fors, the SECA prosecutor leading the investigation team, told IPE: “We don’t know what some of the underlying assets are within the Falcon funds, so we have to look into that. There are also questions about the different companies involved, and we need to inspect their accounts to see where the money went.”Fors also said that three individuals so far had been identified as suspects, but declined to name them. No charges have yet been brought, against corporations or individuals.But depending on the outcome of the investigations, court action could follow.Fors said: “If a crime has been committed in Sweden, then legal action would be brought in Sweden. But if the crime was committed only in Malta, proceedings would only take place there.”Meanwhile, the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has appointed KPMG Malta to run Falcon Funds in place of the company’s own management.Last September, the MFSA had backed the SPA’s demand for the return of investors’ capital, ordering Falcon to comply with EU regulations.Westberg said: “We are still in a very serious situation, and it has been made worse due to the fact Falcon Funds has been left without management for several months. Therefore, we are pleased that Falcon Funds will now be subject to proper management and that we now finally can expect an orderly redemption of the remaining assets.”Westberg continued: “Up until now, Falcon Funds, under the supervision of the board of directors, has inflicted serious damage on both Swedish pension savers and the Swedish pension system.”And he concluded: “Our work on this matter will therefore continue with full force, with the objective to get as much money back as possible. We will also hold those responsible for this accountable and we will consider all available legal options.”last_img read more

first_imgWPTV Reports:With two presumptive cases of coronavirus in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis is addressing the health emergency on Monday during a pair of stops across the Sunshine State. Gov. DeSantis said that to date, 23 people have been tested for coronavirus in Florida, and 184 people are currently being monitored.If you recently traveled to countries with restricted travel from the CDC (China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, and Japan) and are experiencing symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, contact the Florida Department of Health right away.“Our goal is to contain this,” the governor said.Dr. Rivkees said coronavirus is transmitted like the flu through coughing and sneezing, and in 80 percent of cases, patients will have mild symptoms that can be treated at home.“In the elderly, and those individuals with underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure, heart problems, obesity, and diabetes may be more prone to developing serious complications should they contract COVID-19,” said Dr. Rivkees, who added there are currently no vaccines or medications to treat coronavirus.The governor released this statement on Sunday after the two cases were confirmed: “Northern Italy is the site of a large outbreak of COVID-19,” said Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees, who added the patient is currently in isolation at her home. The governor held a news conference with health officials in Tampa to discuss Florida’s response response to coronavirus, or COVID-19. A second news conference is planned for Monday afternoon in Miami.“Despite these cases, the overall immediate threat to the public remains low,” said Gov. DeSantis. “With that said, we do anticipate that more will test positive, and we have taken additional actions to help contain the viruses spread.”Gov. DeSantis declared a public health emergency over the weekend after two presumptive cases of the virus surfaced in Hillsborough and Manatee Counties in the Tampa Bay area.SPECIAL COVERAGE: CoronavirusHealth officials said Monday that one patient is a man in his 60s from Manatee County. He’s currently in the hospital and it’s unknown how he was exposed to the virus. He has no travel history to China or other countries identified for restricted travel by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The second patient is a woman in her 20s from Hillsborough County who recently returned from traveling to northern Italy.center_img “I have been working with federal partners and our Department of Health to ensure that communities are ready to handle the challenges presented by COVID-19. The dedicated professionals at our county health departments, as well as those working at local medical providers, are well equipped to address these and future cases. State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees has taken appropriate, decisive action to help affect the best possible outcomes, and I will continue directing our state agencies to do whatever is necessary to prioritize the health and well-being of Florida residents.” Gov. DeSantis said state labs in Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville can now test for coronavirus, and the results take 24 to 48 hours to come back, as opposed to five days from a CDC lab.The governor added Florida is following guidance from the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services with regard to prevention measures for coronavirus.Florida has a coronavirus Incident Management Team in place and is getting multiple daily updates from the CDC. In addition, the state has hundreds of Department of Health professionals ready to respond to potential patients.The Florida Department of Health has set up a special website with the latest information about coronavirus. CLICK HERE FOR THAT WEBSITE.For questions related to coronavirus in Florida, contact the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The call center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgLeroy Fer returns to the QPR starting line-up for the game against Liverpool at Anfield. Fer will support striker Charlie Austin in the absence of Bobby Zamora, who is not fit enough to start.Zamora is among the Rangers substitutes, as is young forward Reece Grego-Cox.Liverpool are without strikers Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli but Lucas is available again after injury and is on the bench. Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Johnson, Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana, Sterling, Coutinho, Lambert. Subs: Ward, Toure, Moreno, Lucas, Allen, Ibe, Markovic . QPR Green, Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Sandro, Henry, Fer, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Yun, Wright-Phillips, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Zamora, Grego-Cox. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgMany photographers have ventured into video production and cinematography since the DSLR video revolution. There’s a fairly steep learning curve, but it can be overcome.On the surface, photography and cinematography seem very similar. After all, in many cases you can shoot high resolution stills and video on the same camera, and many general principles (such as lighting) remain relatively consistent between the two formats. However, there are some notable differences between the two art forms that seem to challenge photographers who are breaking into cinematography.While there are endless tips, workarounds, and suggestions out there for photographers transitioning to video, I’m going to focus on just two issues that are fairly common: stabilization and lighting.1. Rethinking StabilizationFor photographers, stabilization devices (most commonly tripods) are used as a means to capture photos with slower shutter speeds (such as low-light shots) without generating any motion blur. Outside of these types of situations, many photographers prefer to shoot handheld whenever they can because it allows them to work quickly and organically.Once photographers start shooting video, most quickly realize they can’t shoot handheld nearly as much as they’re used to… or at least not in the same way. Micro-jitters and rolling shutter become problematic when shooting handheld (no matter how steady your hands) so consider investing in a shoulder rig, cage, glider, or any other type of stabilization device if you plan on shooting handheld with a camera that has a small form factor.Strobes vs. Continuous LightingMost photographers primarily use strobes (as opposed to continuous lights) and therefore need to understand some of the quirks of lighting with traditional film lights. There are many differences that you need to get used to, even though many of the same principals remain — lighting ratios, color temperatures, etc.One of the biggest issues to look out for is light flicker. With still photography, flickering lights are not an issue as a still frame obviously will never exemplify that problem. With video, however, it can be a real issue. For example, you may be shooting under a fluorescent light source and not realize until you’re in the editing room that your footage has a terrible flicker-effect on it. Always keep your eyes peeled for this potential issue, especially when dealing with fluorescent lights or LEDs, as they’re prone to flickering on camera.Another thing to be aware of is the amount of power needed to run continuous lights. Sometimes photographers are used to working with off-camera flashes, which are battery powered and can be taken just about anywhere. It can be frustrating when they realize lighting even the most simple scene on location can become that much more difficult when you’re dealing with lights that require a generator to run.There are countless little snags like this that you’ll experience when transitioning to video, but like anything — with experience it will all become second nature.Got any tips for folks jumping from photography to video production? Share your experiences in the comments below! If you need stock photos, check these beautiful royalty-free photo collections at Shutterstock.last_img read more