first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Two weeks into his first season with the Giants, Andrew McCutchen authored a signature moment that endeared him to the team’s fan base.Last April, McCutchen blasted a three-run walk-off home run to send the Giants to an emotional 14th-inning win over the Dodgers. McCutchen screamed as he left the batter’s box and stomped across home plate as he was greeted by a new set of teammates.“For the people that stayed around and watched that game, it was awesome,” McCutchen said that …last_img read more

first_imgThe International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions hosted its World Library and Information Conference in Cape Town in August. It enabled librarians from across the world to experience local hospitality, and allowed for energetic discussion on the role of a library in this modern era. The World Library and Information Congress took place in Cape Town. It included discussion about the importance of libraries in society and their contribution to democracy. (Image: World Library and Information Congress Facebook) • Mandela: a life in books • Jacana gives flight to new literary voices with BlackBird Books • Mandela’s presidential years to get book treatment • Lauren Beukes gets her own comic book series at DC’s Vertigo Comics • Bokoko literacy project brings books and libraries to Africa Priya PitamberDespite the rise in popularity of digital books and other online media, there is still an important space for libraries in this day and age.“By bridging the information gaps, libraries can contribute to building stronger communities and societies,” said Sinikka Sipilä, the president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) at the opening of the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC): the 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly, held from 15 to 21 August in Cape Town.“Amongst other objectives, the IFLA Conference will seek to promote high standards of provision and delivery of library and information services as well as to encourage widespread understanding of the value of efficient library and information services,” said the Department of Arts and Culture ahead of the conference.Strong ties to South AfricaIn her address, Sipilä recalled how she was the last librarian to work at the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College, the education institution set up by the African National Congress while in exile in Tanzania during apartheid. She said the library provided an opportunity for those in exile to educate themselves.“Finnish librarians worked there since 1985, I myself being the last one before the centre was closed in 1992,” she recounted. “We worked together with South Africans who ultimately received library and archive qualifications in Europe and Africa, and after repatriation also here at the University of the Western Cape.”The congress gave her a chance to meet her South African colleagues with whom she had worked more than 20 years ago. “That early experience of the library and information environment in Africa and later also elsewhere has had a huge influence on me, both professionally and personally.”It made her aware, she said, of the barriers that existed to access to information, more so in developing and transitioning countries. It also helped her to choose the presidential theme of Strong Libraries, Strong Societies.“I chose this theme as I firmly believe that libraries exert a crucial impact on societies by promoting equal opportunities and equitable access to lifelong learning and education, to research and innovation, to culture and recreation for all,” she said.IFLA WLIC 2015 Cape Town from IFLA on Vimeo.So much more than just a library“We believe that culture is a basic need with which communities thrive, and without it, communities die,” said IFLA secretary-general Jennifer Nicholson in her report during the IFLA’s general assembly.“If you cannot read or write, you cannot participate… and if you don’t understand what you are reading, then you cannot fully participate in a democracy,” she added.Sipilä noted that libraries could not only help to strengthen democracy on the African continent, but were also able to provide many more functions. “Libraries need to connect with civil society to demonstrate the value they add in eradicating poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and ignorance with special emphasis on early childhood development, youth services, women’s health and local economic development.”#wlic2015 Ifla highlights: “If you cannot understand what you read, you cannot exercise fully your democratic rights” — Nicolas Tocquer (@TocquerNicolas) August 18, 2015South Africa’s arts and culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa, echoed her sentiments at an address in the WLIC pre-conference on the role of libraries. He described libraries as agents of change and societal development because they provided access to information and knowledge.“We recognise the critical role of access to information and information technology in helping to eradicate poverty, promoting human rights, and enabling sustainable development by bridging the gap between national policies and implementation at local level,” the minister said.Sipilä said the overall theme of the conference – Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation – could assist with those goals.Libraries of South Africa and AfricaPointing out that libraries made a difference in people’s lives, Mthethwa said South Africa continued to transform its libraries and information services. “We need to tell our own stories,” he said. “We need to ensure that our voices, our narratives, our ideas have equal power, and assert ownership of this knowledge.”Libraries could be used as spaces where information was conveyed through new technologies, he said, and could help to revolutionise and transform people’s lives.There were already numerous gatherings to address the status of libraries and their role in providing access to information in Africa. These included the African Public Library summits of 2011 and 2013.Users drawn to overall experience; escape & productive space. Integrate print & digital.#wlic2015 — Mary Ellen Davis (@med744) August 16, 2015The FellowsTwo African librarians were among the five fellows announced during the WILC to participate in the IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Programme for 2016.The five are:• Idowu Adebgilero-Iwari from Elizade University in Nigeria • Penninah Musangi from Karatina University in Kenya • Željko Dimitrijevic from the National Library of Serbia • Rhea Jade Nabusan from Tarlac College of Agriculture in the Philippines • Shaharima Parvin from East West University in BangladeshThe fellowship programme is designed to support library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies and will take place at Online Computer Library Centre (OCLC) headquarters in Ohio, USA.The fellows will participate in discussions with library and information science leaders, visit various libraries and take part in professional development activities. “This is one of the best opportunities available for librarians in the world,” said Masimba Muziringa of University of Zimbabwe Libraries, a 2015 Fellow.“You get to understand best practices in librarianship. You also get to understand the trends. All of our visits gave us a broad spectrum of American lifestyle, cultural values, and best practices within our profession.”Librarians of the world, unite and have fun. #wlic2015 — Mr. Mohulo (@mohulo) August 18, 2015last_img read more

first_imgTo continue our exploration of how cooperative extension can support Total Force Fitness, in today’s Friday Field Notes, we will examine the resources cooperative extension provides for medical and dental fitness.What is Medical and Dental Fitness?Military medical fitness involves being free of contagious disease and free from medical conditions or physical defects that would require excessive lost duty time for treatments and/or would likely result in separation from service for medical unfitness. In order to maintain medical and dental fitness, it is key that service members and their families have access to appropriate care, including, health assessments, vision and hearing assessments, dental care, and behavioral health assessments.Cooperative Extension and Medical and Dental FitnessCooperative extension provides a variety of resources and programs with the goal of educating individuals and families on the importance of preventing diseases and understanding chronic illnesses. Contact your local county extension office to learn more about the programs in your area.Chronic Disease. Many cooperative extension programs provide education on chronic diseases. Virginia and Pennsylvania both provide a variety of educational programs on the prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses, including Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Check your state’s cooperative extension website to learn about their programming on chronic disease.Cold and Flu Prevention. During cold and flu season, cooperative extension provides programming and resources for the prevention of colds and the flu. The Avoid the Flu at School and Work post from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides great tips on staying healthy.A healthy diet and physical activity are also key to mainlining one’s physical health. Check out previous blog posts on physical and nutritional fitness to learn more about how Cooperative Extension can support these Total Force Fitness domains.last_img read more

first_imgAndy Mees, a video editor and post production tool maker, has just released three useful plugins for your favorite video editing application.There’s been a slew of new third party plugins and filters to hit the market since the launch of FCPX (due in part no doubt to the relative ease of building these in Apple Motion).  Although these effects are useful for adding style and pizazz to your video editing projects, it’s nice to see a unique set of new plugins that focus on editing utlity.  Andy Mees’ new plugins fit the bill.  Not only that, they’re free.Each of these FREE video editing plugins is now avaliable as a free download through FXFactory and can be used in Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.Andy is active on Twitter and blogs often about video editing related topics.  Follow him here.A bit about each of the free plugins…Andy’s Region ToolA simple masking tool that allows you to only effect a certain area in the video frame.  Useful for creating vignettes, spotlighting action or selectively sharpening.Andy’s Elastic AspectGot 4:3 footage (or another ‘odd’ aspect ratio) that you need to put in a 16:9 frame?  This plugin will do it without having to enlarge the entire clip to fit.  See it in action here:Andy’s Safe GuidesAn easy to use set of video editing safe guide overlays so you can see what part of your image will actually be seen when distributed.Thanks to, a great FCPX online resource, for the tip on these free and useful plugins!last_img read more

first_imgShort & Sweet Film FestivalImage via Short & Sweet Film Festival.If you’re on your way to Sundance, you may want to take a small detour the week before to Orem, Utah for the Short & Sweet Film Festival. While it’s not quite at the same feature film level, this smaller shorts-focused fest is a great launch pad for up-and-coming filmmakers, both in the narrative and documentary genres. This one is perfect for short documentary filmmakers looking to make some connections and catch some breaks before making it big at Sundance.Location: Orem, UtahShort Film Submission Fee: $10Short Length: Under 40 minutesSubmission Window: Ends November 30, 2018Official Website: Short & Sweet International Short Film FestivalImage via International Short Film Festival.Currently in its 34th year, the Hamburg International Short Film Festival is one of the most prestigious, and most unique, film festivals in the world. While not necessarily a documentary-focused festival, it is short film-centric and accepts submissions of any genre, including an international section, a “3 minute quickie” section, and a “deframed” (a.k.a. No-Budget) section.Location: Hamburg, GermanyShort Film Submission Fee: No Submission FeeShort Length: Under 60 minutesSubmission Window: Ends February 16, 2018Official Website: Hamburg Fest Check out these five great film festivals that are well worth the time for fans and filmmakers of short-form documentaries.Image via Shutterstock.For filmmakers and journalists alike, the documentary film has become one of the most important media for those looking to find and share the truth. While documentaries can be one of the last pure ways to investigate and report on events, people, and the world, they are also fundamentally a form of artistic expression. For documentary filmmakers, the sometimes-odd, sometimes-beautiful dichotomy of the two motivations makes documentary filmmaking a rare combination of labor and love.It also creates quite a need for documentary film festivals to find ways to reward those who excel at the craft — and to spotlight the unique, meaningful, and often-incendiary subjects they uncover. So, if you’re a documentary filmmaker looking to give your film a wider audience, here are some of the best documentary film festivals for short (and even micro) documentaries.Hot DocsImage via Hot Docs.If we’re talking short films, let’s talk about the biggest festival that showcases them. Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is the largest documentary film festival in North America. Started in 1993, the festival has screened 230 documentaries from over 50 countries — its most recent festival hosted over 215,000 people. For short documentary filmmakers, their shorts section (1-40 minutes) is one of the best in the world, and the festival is a great way to meet people and network.Location: Toronto, CanadaShort Film Submission Fee: $35Short Length: 1-40 minutesSubmission Window: November – JanuaryOfficial Website: Hot Docs True/False Film FestivalImage via True/False.Located in the journalistic hotbed of Columbia, Missouri, the True/False Film Festival is one of many documentary festivals that celebrates those filmmakers who bridge the gap between fiction and nonfiction. The festival has become a beacon of documentary filmmaking with short- and long-form projects that span the globe in terms of subjects and viewership.Location: Columbia, MissouriShort Film Submission Fee: $25Short Length: Under 40 minutesSubmission Window: September – NovemberOfficial Website: True/Falsecenter_img Atlanta ShortsfestImage via Atlanta Shorts Fest.In its 9th year in Atlanta, Georgia, the Atlanta Shortsfest is a great venue for filmmakers of all disciplines. Held at the Synchronicity Theatre, this up-and-coming festival aims at growing the short film community for filmmakers and fans alike. Documentaries, narratives, and animations are all welcome.Location: Atlanta, GeorgiaShort Film Submission Fee: $30Short Length: Under 45 minutesSubmission Window: Ends May 31, 2018Official Website: Atlanta Shortsfest For more film festival advice and info, check out some of these articles:The 10 Best Film Festivals For Up-And-Coming FilmmakersHow to Create a Dynamic Press KitAre Film Festivals Worth the Money?last_img read more

first_imgKamworor holds off fellow Kenyan Kipsang to win NYC Marathon CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Alyssa Valdez may be miles away from home in Taiwan, but that didn’t stop her fans from showing their appreciation for their sporting hero.The three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player got a much-needed lift as Filipino fans made their presence felt during one of her games over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Valdez took the time and posed for pictures with the fans who went out of their way to cheer for her, paying off the support she got as she shook everyone’s hands.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 24-year-old is currently seeing action in Taiwan, serving as an import for Attackline. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:57Taiwan bridge collapses, at least 14 injured; rescuers fear six trapped01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextlast_img read more

first_imgIndian boxer Sumit Sangwan knocked out of the London Olympics after he narrowly lost his 81 kg bout to Brazilian Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino by 15-14 in Men’s Light Heavy category.The 19-year-old lost the opening two rounds 4-5 but came back strongly to win the final round 6-5. He, however, finished 1 less than his rival.Sangwan’s loss, however, upset the Indian fans as well as Sports Minister Ajay Maken, who were appalled by the fact that he was declared the loser despite playing better and landing more punches on his opponent.Maken and several boxing experts challenged the referee’s decision. In fact, the minister confirmed that India has lodged a protest to the match result.”Sumit Sangwan Bout; Officially the protest is lodged. Let us hope for justice,” Maken posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.”Asking COM Brig Raja to lodge official protest against Sangwan decision. Sent an official with requisite $500 to formally lodge it,” he had posted earlier.The Indian chef-de-mission lodged an official protest, which as per rule, could be done within 30 minutes of the fight result. According to the minister, India was initially not protesting because the boxer did not have the requisite money, which was later provided by Maken.Sources said that in all likelihood the bout would be played again. Even the commentators were surprised at the result as they openly criticised the judgement.Earlier, Sangwan’s loss came as a disappointment after the highs of Vijender Singh and Jai Bhagwan.Reacting to Sangwan’s loss,  Maken had initially tweeted: “Young SUMIT fought well. Looses by a whisker to seeded Brazilian in 81kg Boxing!”advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp on Newcastle thrashing: We can perform betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his team can perform better after their 4-0 thumping of Newcastle United.The Reds led 1-0 at half-time on Boxing Day thanks to Dejan Lovren’s powerful early strike, and Mohamed Salah’s penalty doubled their advantage in the opening stages of the second half.Xherdan Shaqiri made it three by rounding off a slick team move with 11 minutes remaining, before substitute Fabinho completed the scoring with his first Liverpool goal.Klopp said afterwards, “It was difficult. It is always difficult. I liked the start offensively, but I didn’t like the start defensively – the protection was not as it should have been. We were not as compact as we should have been. They had the first corner, half-counters and stuff like that, so it looked like kind of an open game. When we had the ball, after the first 15 minutes, we were good – one-twos, good finishes. We lost the formation a little bit, we were too wide offensively. “If we could play the ball in behind it was good, but if they could clear it with a header then we were not there to win the ball back formation-wise. 1-0, a fantastic goal, quick in mind; again it was off a set-piece, which is brilliant. A fantastic cross and then a good reaction from pretty much everybody in the box, then a fantastic finish from Dejan. I was really happy about half-time [so that] we could adjust a few things and go back to the way we actually wanted to play. That made life easier, especially after we scored with the penalty in minute 47 – pretty early in the second half. Then we controlled the game, which was good. “We scored wonderful goals again, set-pieces fantastic. Even Ali could show – apart from all his football-play skills – what his actual job is and saves the clean sheet. A pretty perfect day for us; not a perfect performance, but a really good performance. Result-wise and a lot of parts of the performance, really good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more