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first_imgIf you’re in the world of video production, you’ll likely shoot a few product videos at some point. Here are a few DIY tips and tricks for getting them right.Top image via ShutterstockShooting a product demonstration video is a must for a company of any size. You can easily make a good-looking product demo — you just need to be aware of some of their pitfalls and keep a few DIY tools handy.1. CameraImage via BlackmagicAdmittedly, this first tip isn’t very DIY. But it’s important to find a camera that works well in most lighting and gives you flexibility over its settings (manual control over the shutter, aperture, etc.). HDMI out with live monitoring is a must if you’re working by yourself. Without it, you’re going to have a hard time judging exposure, focus, and framing while you or your hands are in the shot.Remember, HDMI out does not always mean live monitoring, so do your homework. Also, unless you want to take long breaks to recharge your battery, make sure the camera can record while charging. You might want multiple batteries ready to go as well.While the URSA Mini pictured above is a little more costly, here’s a great post from Caleb Ward featuring cameras under $1000 that offer flexibility on a budget. Okay, now onto the DIY stuff!2. TripodImage via ShutterstockHave you ever tried to do an overhead shot with a normal tripod? Overhead shots can be a complete nightmare without the proper equipment. If you don’t want to splurge on a tripod arm attachment, you can rig up a monopod on a boom stand with gaff tape. It helps if the monopod has a ball head to get the angle just right.Of course, this technique also depends on the weight of your camera. You can always get a few sandbags to stabilize the stand or find some other counter weight for the boom. This is a simple DIY solution, but there are some folks that have gone the extra mile, as demonstrated in this video from PetaPixel. 3. LightingImage via ShutterstockContinuous LED lighting that can change between tungsten and daylight AND has variable power is ideal, but can get expensive quickly. There are plenty of kits out there — but if you’re running low on funds, there is an easy DIY fix.Head over to your local hardware store and gather a variety of bulbs in different wattages and different color temperatures (incandescent to daylight) to make sure you have enough power and the right type of light for each shoot. You’ll also need to purchase at least two to four inexpensive clamp lights (size is up to you) and it never hurts to have extra clamps on hand. You can find a few more DIY lighting tips here.I also highly recommend using a soft box. Making your own is pretty simple and cheap, as seen below via Dustin McLeanJust make sure to test your lighting while you’re in the shot. There’s nothing worse than meticulously lighting your shot, then realizing you are casting a shadow.4. ReflectorsImage via ShutterstockReflectors are not that expensive, but if you need flexibility in size, there is an easy solution. White foam core reflects and diffuses well, can be cut to size, and can be clamped onto just about anything. Need silver or gold? I’ve seen some people use foil paper, but that gets wrinkled easily. Just buy up some plain silver and plain gold wrapping paper and tape it onto the cut-out foam board. Easy enough!5. Tabletops or DesktopsImage via Shutterstock It’s important to use a tabletop with a color that generally contrasts your product. Black on black is rough. We don’t all have the luxury of having different desktops or tabletops. In a pinch, you can buy an appropriate size poster board (black or white) that contrasts in color to your product (assuming you’re doing tight shots). You could also get a few pieces of plywood and stain them to get the look that you want.Every DIY solution will have some quirks. Once you figure them out, you can make great product videos on a budget easily!What are some quirks that you’ve had to work around during a shoot? Share your stories in the comments below.last_img read more


first_imgFrom podcaster to videomaker — how can you use video in podcasts, what are some different video styles, and how can you stay ahead of the growing trend?The world of podcasting is nothing new to most content creators and industry professionals. Yet, heading into 2020, the numbers continue to trend upwards in about every distinction. According to research, in 2019, nearly twenty-two percent of Americans admit to listening to podcasts weekly, a number up from seventeen percent just the year before. That’s almost sixty-two million people in the U.S. streaming every week!For those in the film and video profession, these are numbers we simply can’t ignore. Traditionally, podcasts don’t feature video. Instead, they’re usually thought of as something you listen to. However, it might surprise you to learn that forty-nine percent (so just about half) of all podcast-listening happens at home, compared to only twenty-two percent in the car.As more and more podcasts spring up and find success, more and more of these podcasters are looking to video as both a way to stand out and as a way to increase revenue and followers, and expand their digital brands.The Different Video Podcast StylesImage by Branislav Nenin.Let’s start by taking a look at the different approaches you can take for video podcasts. These’ll vary for every podcast based on your audience and how you’d like to present yourself and your information. The goal with video is to provide relevant, helpful video information that simple audio lacks.PowerPoint StyleThis is probably the best option for the most traditional podcasters. If you already have a production workflow (or a backlog of recorded material), adding a straightforward PowerPoint video element is about as simple an approach as you can take. And, it’s not difficult.Think of approaching it as if you were giving a PowerPoint or pitch deck presentation, and you needed slides to go along with your script or speech. Whether you’re using simple images or text on screen, creating a podcast with visual elements to help illustrate your talking points can actually be quite powerful. Especially if you use some basic editing tips and tricks to add some animation and simple motion graphics.Livestream StyleAnother style, which many podcasters are quick to adapt for adding video, is the straightforward livestream approach. It can be as simple as setting up an affordable action camera — like a GoPro — in your recording space and capturing the entire podcast as a livestream. And, of course, you can livestream it!From Facebook to Vimeo to Twitch, livestreaming can be a great way to connect with your fans. And, in many instances, it gives you that video element you can upload after the fact for people to watch and listen to later.YouTube Vlog StyleAnd, if you want to go on the higher-production quality end, making those YouTube and vlog-style videos might be your best bet. I only say YouTube because there are so many famous YouTubers who are often basically doing a podcast setup — but focused on the video elements and on-camera performance.This style employs much more production time and editing, since you’ll often be setting multiple shots and splicing things together more tightly. But, it can also be much more lucrative, and the true next step in the video podcast game.What You Need to Record Video PodcastsIf you’ve already been working with podcasting, you should know a bit about audio recording and what types of microphones you need. For video (depending on your style), you can get away with anything from recording directly to a smartphone, laptop, or action camera, upwards to shooting on any level of digital camera.For those not too familiar with video, though, lighting is a chief concern. It’s important also to recognize that podcasts are generally long-form, stretching anywhere from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours.As outlined in this article, recording for long periods can be tricky for some cameras and setups. So, do your research before investing in a good camera for recording your podcasts.Editing Video PodcastsImage by spaxiax.The same is true with editing. As I mentioned above, even when working with the simplest PowerPoint styles, you’re still often going to be creating long videos. Long videos mean long uploading, rendering, and exporting times — as well as large files.You’ll quickly learn that in the world of video production, the editing process can last upwards of ten times longer than the actual filming. I’d suggest you start with shorter video podcasts at first, with basic edits. You can make things more sophisticated as you go on, but be prepared for a lot of lost time while waiting for exports. (And here’s a good article on staying productive during downtime.)Cover image by Dean Drobot.For more tips and tricks on audio and video recording, check out these articles.9 Things You Should Check Before Recording AudioThe Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording AudioTutorial: Removing Audio Pops and Recording Audio DifferentlyGear Roundup: The Top Three Audio Recorders Under $300Recording Audio into Premiere Prolast_img read more


first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. chennaiyin fcfc pune cityFrancisco FernandesHyderabad FC First Published: August 31, 2019, 11:27 PM IST Chennai: Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC on Saturday confirmed the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper Vishal Kaith for a long-term permanent contract.Kaith joins the Chennaiyin FC from Hyderabad FC for an undisclosed fee, after spending the previous three seasons at FC Pune City. “A new chapter awaits in my career, with a champion club in Chennaiyin FC. Their rich history in the ISL made it a very easy decision for me to come here when the opportunity presented itself,” said Kaith, who is currently in Goa with the Indian senior team ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.”I am looking forward to helping the club win more trophies in the years to come. I believe in the coach’s (John Gregory’s) plans and I am certain Chennaiyin is the right destination for me to take my game and career to the next level.”Kaith, who hails from Rohru town in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, was initially spotted by the state-level football setup. He was then nurtured by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Elite Academy from 2011 to 2014.The 6’2 goalkeeper later joined I-League outfit Shillong Lajong and played there for three subsequent seasons, making a name for himself as a budding young custodian.During his Lajong tenure, he also had a loan spell at FC Pune City for the 2016 ISL campaign. Kaith subsequently made his move to Pune permanent and was instrumental in FCPC reaching the 2017-18 ISL semis, contributing with seven clean sheets in 17 appearances that season.”In Vishal (Kaith), we’re adding a top modern-day goalkeeper to our ranks. He possesses all the qualities and potential to excel at the highest level. With his natural ability and quick reflexes, I am certain Vishal (Kaith) will provide healthy competition in our goalkeeping department as we collectively work towards achieving success in the coming campaign,” said Head Coach John Gregory.Kaith has progressed through the youth ranks and represented India at the U-16, U-19 and U-23 levels, also recently receiving call-ups to the senior national team squad.At the 2018 SAFF Championships in which the India U-23s finished runners-up, he kept clean sheets against Sri Lanka and Maldives in the group games.CFC’s eighth summer signing will join the squad in Ahmedabad for pre-season following his duties with the Indian national team.KARANJIT SINGH TO DOUBLE UP AS GOALKEEPING COACHChennaiyin FC on Saturday announced that goalkeeper Karanjit Singh has signed a one-year contract extension with the ISL club. In addition to his goalkeeping duties, the 33-year-old will step into a new role as CFC goalkeeping coach for the upcoming season.The club is entrusting him with the additional responsibility while acknowledging his technical acumen as a custodian and the crucial role he has played in their achievements over the years.Having joined CFC in 2015, two-time ISL winner Karanjit will step into his fifth season with the club.”I am very happy to continue with the Chennaiyin family, which has been a home away from home for me over the years. I am glad the club has entrusted me with the added responsibility of goalkeeping coach along with my primary goalkeeping duties, and I look forward to delivering on both fronts. The supporters can be rest assured that we will give our everything to help CFC taste success again,” Karanjit said.With 61 appearances in all competitions so far for CFC, the former India goalkeeper stood out in CFC’s 2017-18 title winning campaign with seven clean sheets in 20 games, the highest that season.Towards the latter part of the previous campaign, Karanjit came into his own with great performances in the Super Cup and AFC Cup matches. Photo Credit: Chennaiyin FC TwitterCHENNAIYIN BID FAREWELL TO FRANCISCO FERNANDESChennaiyin FC on Saturday confirmed the departure of midfielder Francisco Fernandes from the club.The 33-year-old Goan bids adieu as an Indian Super League title winner, having lifted the trophy with CFC in the 2017-18 season.Francis made a total of 37 appearances in all competitions for CFC over the two years, and was a versatile presence across midfield given his ability to fit seamlessly into any role.The former India international brought bags of experience to the table, and was a worthy option for Head Coach John Gregory to have at his disposal.”Francis is a terrific professional and I have to admit that he’s always been one of my favourites. He was an absolute delight to work with over the two seasons he spent with us,” said the Chennaiyin gaffer in a heartfelt parting message to Francis.(With inputs from Agencies) last_img read more


first_imgAustralian controversial tennis star Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the ongoing Italian Open due to a hip injury .The tournament organizers confirmed the news shortly before the 22-year-old was due to face Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the opening round.Kyrgios will now be replaced by Ukrainian lucky loser Alexandr Dolgopolov, who suffered a defeat in the final round of qualifying,Sport24 reported.The 18th-ranked Australian also withdrew from the men’s doubles event of the tournament, where he was paired with Italy’s Fabio Fognini.The announcement of his withdrawal comes less than two weeks before the French Open, thus raising doubts about his participation at the Roland Garros.last_img


first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool’s players had their hands on their heads, seemingly unable to comprehend their achievement. One of them, James Milner, was in tears. When he wasn’t punching the air, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp stood in front of The Kop in full voice and just took it all in.Just when Liverpool fans thought they had seen it all — the so-called “Miracle of Istanbul” in particular, but also those storied comebacks at Anfield against Saint-Etienne, Olympiakos and Borussia Dortmund down the years — along came another European night that just might top them all.The Liverpool players faced a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona from the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. They faced the great Lionel Messi, perhaps in the best form of his life. They faced fatigue from a grueling Premier League title race with Manchester City and the absence of two of the team’s key forwards, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi leaves the playing field after losing the Champions League semifinal, second leg, soccer match against Liverpool at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)How to explain, then, a remarkable 4-0 win that sent Liverpool into a second straight Champions League final, 4-3 on aggregate?“We know this club is a mix of atmosphere, emotion, desire and footballing quality,” Klopp said. “For me, this club has a big heart and tonight the heart was pounding like crazy. You could feel it all over the world.”It took a goal of breathtaking quality — but also extraordinary cheek — to complete the greatest in a long line of famous comebacks by Liverpool, which is one win away from becoming European champion for a sixth time.Euphoria had already engulfed Anfield when Liverpool, leading 3-0 and smothering Barcelona with its intensity, was awarded a corner in the 79th minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold, a 20-year-old right back, put the ball down in the quadrant and then turned around as if he was about to leave the kick to a teammate.In an instant, he spun round again and whipped in a low cross that Barcelona’s players weren’t prepared for. Divock Origi was ready, though, and he swept home a finish from eight meters (yards) into the top corner for his second goal of the game.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, left, manager Jurgen Klopp, center, and Virgil van Dijk celebrate after the Champions League Semi Final, second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)Klopp was full of praise for the lucid thinking of Alexander-Arnold, the youngest player on the Liverpool team, and said he hadn’t even seen the corner being taken.“Incredibly smart,” Klopp said, shaking his head. “Genius.”It was only the third time in the history of the competition that a team rallied from three goals down after the first leg of a semifinal and progressed to the final, after Panathinaikos in 1970-71 and Barcelona in 1985-86. No team had done it in the Champions League era.“When you have a collapse of this nature,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said, “we will have a few horrible days ahead.”For Barcelona, it was the second straight year that the team let a three-goal lead slip, having beaten Roma 4-1 at home in the quarterfinals in 2018 before losing the return leg 3-0 to go out.As for Liverpool, given the opposition this display rivaled the comeback from three goals down against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.Liverpool’s Divock Origi, right, celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal of the game during the Champions League Semi Final, second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)There was also the 3-1 win over Saint-Etienne in the 1977 European Cup and the 4-3 win from 2-0 down against Borussia Dortmund in the 2016 Europa League quarterfinals. The last-gasp 3-1 win over Olympiakos, sealed by Steven Gerrard’s late long-range goal, in the 2004-05 group stage also lingers long in the memory.“The people from outside, they doubted us and thought we couldn’t do it,” said Georginio Wijnaldum, a halftime substitute who scored two of the goals. “But once again we showed that everything is possible.”Klopp had delivered a stirring speech on the eve of the game, telling his players to “fail in a beautiful way” if they were to get eliminated.They took that to heart.Salah, Liverpool’s top scorer who missed the game as he followed protocols after a concussion, entered the stadium before kickoff wearing a T-shirt bearing the message: “Never Give Up.”Then teammate Andrew Robertson set the tone on the field, pushing Messi’s head with two hands while the Barcelona forward was on the ground after an early challenge. Fabinho followed that up with a crunching tackle on Luis Suarez, who was jeered and goaded relentlessly by Liverpool fans at the ground he graced for 3½ years.A goal was needed to really give Barcathe jitters and it arrived after seven minutes, with Origi tapping into an empty net after goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen parried a shot by Jordan Henderson.Liverpool’s Fabinho, left, and Virgil van Dijk celebrate after the Champions League Semi Final, second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Liverpool won the match 4-0 to overturn a three-goal deficit to win 4-3 on aggregate. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)Barcelona already appeared rattled, with Suarez living up to his role as the player opposition fans love to hate. In one incident, the striker flicked his boot back into the right knee of Robertson as they ran along together. Robertson needed treatment and was substituted at halftime, with his injury later confirmed to be a calf muscle problem.Wijnaldum, who replaced Robertson, made an almost instant impact, making it 2-0 by sweeping home a low cross from Alexander-Arnold. Two minutes later, the Dutch midfielder made another run into the area and met a cross from Xherdan Shaqiri with a firm header into the corner past a flat-footed Ter Stegen.The goals came in the 54th and 56th minutes — the times of Liverpool’s first two goals in that 2005 final in Istanbul.Philippe Coutinho, another former Liverpool player, was substituted for Nelson Semedo after an ineffective display and Barca quickly improved, exerting more control. Liverpool’s players might also have wondered how to approach the game with the score tied on aggregate.Then came the coup de grace after the cheeky play by Alexander-Arnold at a corner. Barcelona had no answer, with Messi — the star of the first leg with two goals — largely snuffed out.Tottenham or Ajax await in the June 1 final in Madrid. Ajax leads 1-0 from the first leg.___By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports WriterMore AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgReal Madrid forward Marco Asensio has been ruled out of Saturday’s FIFA Club World Cup final against Al Ain after the European champions confirmed he had sustained a thigh injury. Real Madrid bid to win the title for the third year in a row.Spain international Marco Asensio, who has underperformed this season and has not scored in La Liga since September, picked up the injury in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Japan’s Kashima Antlers in the semi-finals. Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Kashima Antlers 3-1 to book a spot in the Club World Cup final.Marco Asensio came on as a substitute and then had to be replaced 14 minutes later. “After tests carried out on our player Marco Asensio by the medical staff, he has been diagnosed with a grade two injury in the quadriceps in his right leg,” said a medical report from Real on Friday.The report did not state for how long Asensio would be on the sidelines, although local media reported he would be out for around a month.Bale opened the scoring in the 44th minute with a left-foot strike into the bottom corner of the net after playing a one-two with Marcelo.Bale struck his second in the 53rd minute, taking advantage of a defensive mix-up that left the Kashima goal wide open, and the Wales forward made it 3-0 to the Spanish side two minutes later with a left-foot shot into the top corner.Bale has now scored six goals in the tournament, trailing only his former team mate Cristiano Ronaldo who has netted seven.advertisementBale was substituted in the 60th minute only for his replacement, Asensio to be forced off 14 minutes later due to injury.Asian champions Kashima grabbed a consolation goal in the 78th minute through Shoma Doi.Kashima, third in the J-League, will meet South American champions River Plate in the third-place playoff earlier on Saturday.last_img read more


first_imgMarcos Alonso has shut down speculation suggesting that he could leave Chelsea this summer, with the Spaniard “very happy” at Stamford Bridge.A return to his homeland has been mooted for the 28-year-old left-back.Barcelona have been long-standing suitors, and remain in the market for competition to Jordi Alba, while Atletico Madrid are looking for a successor to the departed Filipe Luis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Alonso could be a good fit for either of the Liga heavyweights, but he is committed to a long-term contract in west London that he signed in October 2018.He claims honouring those terms is his priority at present, telling reporters when asked if he expects to remain at Chelsea for the 2019-20 campaign: “Of course. I signed a new contract last year and I’m very happy here.”I don’t know if there’s been any contact, you will have to speak to Marina [Granovskaia] about that.”Alonso added: “I have four more years here and I’m very happy.”The last three years have been amazing and I want more of that. I want to keep playing and winning things.”Marcos Alonso Chelsea 2018-19Alonso found himself slipping down the pecking order at Chelsea towards the end of last season.Maurizio Sarri began to favour Emerson Palmieri at left-back, with the Italian coach opting to try something different amid questions of a usually reliable Spaniard’s form.Alonso was an unused substitute in a Europa League final win over Arsenal as a result, with his absence from the Blues side sparking further speculation regarding a switch elsewhere.Sarri has, however, been succeeded by Frank Lampard this summer and Alonso is looking forward to embracing a “fresh start” for all concerned.He added: “I think it’s a fresh start for everyone.”Last year is part of the past and now I just want to keep working, enjoy playing and to help the team win and get better.”Of course I would love to play every minute and to always be in there. Things happen like this and now it’s a new season.”I’m very happy, training very well and looking forward to the start of the season.”Alonso joined Chelsea from Fiorentina in the summer of 2016 and has taken in 120 appearances for the club, netting 18 goals along the way.last_img read more


first_imgWritten By: Shauna Lee, Chief Operations Office, Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour  The Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour finds its home in Ketchikan, Alaska, the first city along Alaska’s famed Inside Passage.  The tour takes place aboard the legendary boat, the “Aleutian Ballad”, made famous on season 2 of the Discovery Channel program, “The Deadliest Catch”.  The crew, some featured on the television program, are all seasoned crab fishermen and all have decades of experience hauling 1000 pound pots over the side of a boat as they are tossed and turned in 30 foot seas.  These are the men that stories are written about. The tour was the brainchild of Capt. David Lethin, a seasoned veteran of Bering Sea crabbing, the owner of the Aleutian Ballad and five other working fishing boats.  Capt. Lethin found himself on the pier in Ketchikan back in the late 80’s and watched as guests disembarked cruise ships by the thousands.  He saw a small charter boat standing by to receive guests and asked the captain, ‘what are you doing today?’  The charter boatman replied that he was taking guests out in the bay to show them the view of Ketchikan from the water.  David was shocked!  They’d just arrived by ship, they’d sailed along the waterfront of Ketchikan already and in his mind, they would be missing the best part of Alaska; the ocean life below them.  As a fisherman, David had a love for the ocean that went further than what he could pull up from its depths.  It did give him a livelihood but it also gave him a life!  The smell of the salty air, the amazing aquatic creatures that lived below the waves, and the sense of peace that can only be known floating atop a glassy calm ocean, miles from shore.  This is what people should be seeing, he thought. That day began a dream that would take decades to come to fruition.  He would tell his fellow fisherman that one day he’d like to turn a Bering Sea crab boat into a tour boat, show people what it’s really like to be an Alaskan fisherman and show them how all the different fisheries worked.  They told him he was crazy – but he never gave up.  His family told him he was crazy – but he never gave up. And by 2007, he was ready to make his dream a reality, ignoring all the naysayers, believing in his vision, and forging ahead like he had done so many times before.  He sketched out some plans, budgeted $800,000 and figured it would take about 4 months to bring his vision to life. 8 months and 2.8 million dollars later, the Aleutian Ballad was reborn as a world class tour boat.  While the coast guard never seemed to mind what condition the boat was in when it was headed to the fishing grounds, once they heard it would be taking guests aboard, their standards changed.  20 water tight compartments and more safety features than a modern day aircraft, the Aleutian Ballad got a complete overhaul and was launched into the 21st century.  All the character of the crab fishing vessel remained and was still functional but now, comfortable stadium seats with overhead heating, wheelchair accessibility, high end restrooms, a giant on-board aquarium and a shiny new galley store were also aboard. Some people wonder why the tour is called, “The Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour”, when it takes place in Ketchikan, Alaska, 1200 miles from the Bering Sea.  The reason is, the crew are all Bering Sea crab fishermen and this tour is more about them than you’d expect.  There’s nothing quite like a fisherman when it comes to storytelling and the crew aboard the Aleutian Ballad are masters of this craft.  Each has dozens of personal, poignant or humorous tales that they share with the guests.  Whether it’s about the time one was thrown from a boat, landing in the icy Bering Sea in 15 foot waves, or the time one captain almost sank his boat, threatening the lives of his entire crew – they share stories that move people, bringing some guests to tears.  This is the unexpected and intangible part of this tour that makes it different from any other in the world.  People become immersed in the lives of the fishermen in a way that touches hearts and creates bonds that are not only surprising for the guests, the fishermen are changed by it as well. One fisherman said, “the first time I told the story about having to abandon ship, floating in the ocean with just a buoy to keep me afloat in the 30 degree water, I cried.  I had told the story to other fisherman hundreds of times but on that day, looking into the eyes of the guests who were just astonished that I’d survived, I realized, it was astonishing! I am so lucky to just be alive and it really hadn’t hit be like that before.  I cried like a baby and they cried right along with me.” Moments like that happen every day aboard the Aleutian Ballad and it’s just a bonus to what the guests get to actually see while on board. Alaskan sea life is plentiful.  Crabs, ling cod, octopus, halibut, prawns, sea stars, rockfish and so much more, are pulled aboard and placed in a live tank on the deck of the boat.  Guests are able to see, up close and personal, the amazing life that lives below the waves of the Pacific Ocean.  The crew share their extensive knowledge of the different species and how they fit into the circle of ocean life.  Long line fishing, octopus barrel fishing, shrimp pots and several varieties of crab pots are all baited and demonstrated for guests.  The catch is examined and appreciated and then released back to the wild.  For some guests, the only seafood they’ve ever seen is on their dinner plate.  To see the methods used to bring that catch to the table is fascinating and enlightening for all.  And sometimes, if the whales are in a good mood, a few may put on a great show, breaching the water line, slapping their tales and giving guests a once in a lifetime moment. In addition to life below the waves, there is plenty of life above the waves in Alaska! Bears, minks and marten are often seen on the shoreline but one of the highlights with the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour is not crabs… it’s eagles.  The tour takes guests to a secluded inlet off Annette Island, a native reserve and home to hundreds, if not thousands, of American bald eagles.  This island, home to the Metlakatla Indian tribe, is lush green wilderness, transected by streams bursting with salmon in mid-summer and the feeding ground for these magnificent birds.  As the boat quietly floats near the shore, 50 to 75 eagles will swarm the shoreline, like mosquitoes on a hot summer day, the air is filled with them as they dive and swoop for fish.  Many guests will list this as their favorite part of the tour and it’s no surprise.  It is rare to see an American bald eagle from 100 yards away, but to see one within arm’s reach of you, wings spanning up to 8 feet across, talons at the ready to clutch a fish – it is, in a word, breathtaking. The tour takes just three hours from dock to dock, and it is among the highest rated tours, not just in Alaska, but in the world.  In addition to the obvious reason; sea life, eagles, fishermen’s stories and the incredible Alaskan scenery, one of the most mentioned features of the tour that guests comment on is the customer service.  The Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour is a family run business and you can bet that on any given day, at least a few of the crew will be related.  When guests are welcomed aboard they are considered family and are treated in kind.  While the salty crew are busy fishing and sharing stories, the “galley girls” are making sure that all the guests are comfortable and happy.  Insulated jackets are brought out on chilly days, warm cups of cocoa are poured in the galley, and assistance in taking family photos are just the norm aboard this vessel.  The boat is 100% wheelchair accessible and the “galley girls” give special care and attention to guests with special needs to ensure that they have the full fishing experience.  The crew always go above and beyond to please their guests just as they would welcome family into their homes.  It is no wonder that some guests return, year after year, and are always welcomed back with a warm hug and a smile. So much is packed into this three-hour tour! Sea life, stories, eagles, laughs and perhaps some tears, all culminate into a once in a lifetime experience.  Nowhere else on the planet can guests sail aboard a real Bering Sea crab boat alongside real Bering Sea fishermen and luckily, it happens in the calm and protected waters of Southeast, Alaska.  No fear of seasickness aboard the Aleutian Ballad!  It’s smooth sailing with a highly experienced crew. Since taking their first guests aboard in 2008, this tour has won, “Tour of the Year”, with Princess Cruises each year.  It is a signature tour aboard Disney Cruise Lines, and is a tour of distinction for Norwegian Cruises, Carnival Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises.  Trip Advisor rates it as the number one tour in Ketchikan based on user generated feedback and is considered one of the top ten tours in the world for Holland America Cruise Line.last_img read more


first_imgzoom Two fishermen lost their lives in a collision between the 37,700 dwt bulk carrier MV Inspiration Lake and a fishing boat in the early morning hours on January 10.One of the crew has been rescued while a search for the remaining four crew members of the fishing boat is currently ongoing, Regina Bulkship, the owner of the bulk carrier, said.Following the collision, which occurred near Port of Pohang, South Korea, the fishing boat capsized.The Korean Navy and Korean Coast Guard are currently on site to coordinate the rescue operation.The incident did not result in any oil leakage from the bulk carrier, which was en route to Nakhodka, Russia at the time.The company is currently investigating the cause of the collision and assessing the extent of the damage to the bulker MV Inspiration Lake.A full investigation will follow, Uni-Asia Holdings Limited informed.last_img read more


first_img The Utility and Review Board has been designated to determine the maximum interest and fees payday lenders can charge. Legislation introduced today, Nov. 7, will enable the province to enforce stricter guidelines and penalties on payday lenders and help protect their customers. “The Consumer Protection Act regulates the terms and conditions for issuing consumer loans,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “It is important that the act be amended so it can effectively deal with the companies that make small, short-term loans, and provide greater protection to those people who need to borrow from them.” This legislation follows changes that the federal government made to section 347 of the Criminal Code. It offers an exemption to payday lenders operating in provinces or territories that have legislation to regulate payday lenders. The changes allow provinces to become more active in regulating payday lenders. The changes were requested after an investigation of customer complaints revealed certain payday lenders were not complying with some provisions of the act. The amendments to the Consumer Protection Act involve specific provisions for payday lenders which will: provide the borrower with full disclosure of all fees, charges and interest rates associated with the loan and their right to cancel provide the borrower a “cooling off” period that allows cancelling the loan at no cost allow the borrower a free loan if the lender charges fees more than the amounts cited in the disclosure agreement require prominent display of loan costs at payday loan outlets prohibit “rollover” loans.last_img read more


first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The entire process had to be started over again, but there is hope in the oil and gas industry that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will go through. This as the consultation meetings between the National Energy Board (NEB) and indigenous groups continue in Calgary.The new consultations are needed after the Federal Court of Appeals stopped the project in August, citing a lack of consultation with indigenous communities and not enough of an environmental review when it comes to researching the effects of increased tanker traffic off of the BC coast.Nick Schultz is the VP of pipeline regulation with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).He believes there will be progress from these latest rounds of consultations.“That’s being undertaken in a very rigorous way in accordance with the direction of the court so we (CAPP) have great confidence that will be done appropriately,” he said. “Not to say that it is easy, or that there won’t be some controversy, or that there won’t be people who feel this is not quite enough for them, but this is all moving in the right direction.”He understands that not everyone will be on board with this project, no matter what is undertaken.“There is a whole bunch of folks who have adopted the ‘over my dead body approach’ to the project so whatever anybody does is not going to satisfy people of that mind.”He believes many of the indigenous groups will have their lingering questions answered at these new meetings.“There’s common ground there to build on for many if not all of the First Nations. There may be some that fall into the category of not wanting it under any circumstances, but one can only do so much.”He said while it has been frustrating, the fact that the industry had to go back and start new consultation processes is a sign of how stringent the process to get a pipeline built in Canada is.“Canada does this probably better than many other countries in the world. We have constitutionally protected rights that are taken very seriously.”last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO — The three surveillance cameras and the steady flow of people in and out of the small, nondescript grey building are the only hint of the brisk business this downtown Toronto cannabis dispensary does behind closed doors.Once inside, two men behind a white desk under a vintage chandelier ask patrons to provide government identification and fill out a membership form. Then, customers are allowed to enter another room through a steel door, where an array of pot products are on display in a glass case.When asked what has changed since Canada legalized on Oct. 17, one staffer said: “We’re just busier.”Among the many shoppers on Thursday, a fourth-year university student said he preferred to buy from this dispensary to avoid the delivery problems that bedevil the provincial cannabis store. Also, he didn’t want the transaction to appear in his banking records.“It’s just too much of a hassle… it’s all about convenience for me,” he said.It’s been nearly a month since recreational pot was legalized across Canada, and despite raids by local police departments and government warnings to illegal pot shop operators to shutter their doors or face consequences, the black market continues on.Product shortages, delivery delays and other problems plaguing the roll-out have not helped, said Martin Landry, an analyst with GMP Securities.“It hasn’t been perfect… And probably as a result the shift away from the black market has not happened as fast as most expected. But I think that’s short term.”Canada legalized cannabis for recreational use on Oct. 17 with the elimination of the black market as one of the Liberal government’s main goals.There was little expectation that it would disappear quickly, as the illicit market has survived in U.S. states like Colorado and Oregon years after legalizing recreational pot.Statistics Canada estimates that during the fourth-quarter of this year there will be 5.4 million people wanting to purchase legal cannabis and 1.7 million continuing to buy illicit pot across Canada. Spending on pot during that period may range from $816 million to $1.1 billion while purchases of illegal cannabis may range from $254 million to $317 million, the agency estimates.But getting users to switch from illegal sources hinges, in part, on whether the legal offering is a competitive one.Meanwhile, in addition to limited amounts of legal pot products, cannabis-infused edibles are prohibited from sale until 2019.In Ontario, where privately run brick-and-mortar cannabis stores won’t be ready until next April, and British Columbia, which has just one government-run pot store, illicit shops continue to draw in clientele.The Weeds Glass and Gifts stores in Vancouver are “hyper busy right now,” said its owner Don Briere.His chain of stores in Vancouver are benefiting from the closures of other illicit dispensaries but also because B.C.’s lone legal store is located more than 350 kilometres away in Kamloops, B.C.“How are you going to service five million people in British Columbia with one store that is nowhere near the population centre?” Briere said in an interview.Briere shut down nine of his shops across the country but is servicing clients online and keeping his four Vancouver shops open while awaiting the outcome of ongoing litigation. Other dispensaries have also decided to keep their doors open while waiting for their license applications to be processed.Still, the stiffer penalties under the Cannabis act As of Oct. 17, which include a first offence fine of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of as much as six months, coupled with the potential to be blacklisted from pursuing legal retail options have prompted several to shut down.For example, the Green Room Society Dispensary on Spadina Avenue in Toronto has white paper covering up the glass windows and door. In the window, written on the paper in black marker it says: “Come say high on April 1st.”The Ontario government warned in the days before legalization that black market operators must shut down or risk being barred from ever obtaining a legal retail license under the province’s private system.Landlords in Ontario also face hefty fines for allowing illicit dispensaries to operate on their properties, putting further pressure on owners to close up shop, said Matt Maurer, a partner at Torkin Manes and vice-chair of the firm’s cannabis law group.Others across the country have been forcibly compelled by law enforcement to shut their operations down.In Port Alberni, B.C., the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided two pot shops on legalization day for not having provincial licenses. A day later, police and inspectors from Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corp. raided a dispensary in St. John’s.There were 92 illegal cannabis storefronts in Toronto on Oct. 16, prior to legalization, according to Bruce Hawkins, a spokesman for the city’s municipal licensing and standards department. That number has been whittled down to 21, as of Nov. 6, due to shutdowns of their own accord or by the city and police, he added.Maurer has been approached in the year leading up to legalization and afterwards by dispensary owners seeking a license to operate a legitimate cannabis business, as the risk of being an illicit operator is heightened, he said.Post-legalization, the provincial and territorial governments have a vested interest in shutting illegal pot shops down, he said.“Every sale at an illegal dispensary is another dollar not going to the provincial government,” Maurer said. “So why would they tolerate that any further?”— With files from Liam CaseyArmina Ligaya, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Rabat- Moroccan tightrope walker, Mustafa Danguir, nicknamed “Danger,” has thrilled onlookers walking between two skyscrapers 75 meters above the ground in Chile.Walking  65 meters on a narrow wire with nothing to hold onto but a pole to help maintain his balance, “Danger” emerged victorious on Wednesday in Santiago, Chile, in front of the La Moneda presidential palace.Crowds of people surrounded the area to watch and cheer for “Danger.” Danguir, 41, is considered one of the most adventurous professional tightrope walkers in Chile.In a statement to Maghreb Arab Press, Danguir, who is from Tangier, said that his achievement allowed him to raise the Moroccan flag in Chile and honor his home country.Danguir’s two months of practice have paid off with the successful performance that both shocked and thrilled viewers from around the world.In 2010, Danguir broke a Guinness world record when he drove a motorcycle on a 130-meter-high steel cable in Benidorm, Spain.Danguir has performed in several countries, beginning his career with a Spanish circus, “Los Muchachos,” and Los Hermanos Ringling Circus. read more


20 December 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert has asked Canada to clarify what it is doing to address the “dire” socio-economic conditions of the Attawapiskat aboriginal community, noting that many of its members live in unheated shacks or trailers, with no running water. James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said in a news release that he has been in touch with the Canadian Government to voice his deep concern about the conditions of the Attawapiskat First Nation, which he said exemplifies the conditions of many aboriginal communities in the country.The Attawapiskat First Nation is a remote community in northern Ontario comprised of about 1,800 members. Mr. Anaya noted that the poor living conditions are particularly serious as winter approaches the area, which faces winter temperatures as low as minus 28 degrees Celsius.“The social and economic situation of the Attawapiskat seems to represent the condition of many First Nation communities living on reserves throughout Canada, which is allegedly akin to Third World conditions,” he stated.“Yet, this situation is not representative of non-aboriginal communities in Canada, a country with overall human rights indicators scoring among the top of all countries of the world.“Aboriginal communities face vastly higher poverty rights, and poorer health, education, employment rates as compared to non-aboriginal people,” said the expert.In a communication sent to Canadian authorities yesterday, Mr. Anaya asked the Government to provide details regarding official programmes in place to address the disparate social and economic conditions of First Nations communities, as well as the disparate social and economic conditions between and among First Nation communities.“I will be monitoring closely the situation of the Attawapiskat First Nation and other aboriginal communities in Canada, keeping an open dialogue with the Government and all stakeholders to promote good practices, including new laws, government programmes, and constructive agreements between indigenous peoples and states, and to implement international standards concerning the rights of indigenous peoples,” said the expert.Mr. Anaya has served as Special Rapporteur since March 2008. He reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in an independent and unpaid capacity. read more


The arrest in Saudi Arabia had reportedly been made following information provided by Indian intelligence agencies. Maulana Rila, brother-in-law of the Islamic State inspired Shangri-La hotel bomber Zahran Hashim, and a colleague of his, who just goes by the name Shahnawaj, have reportedly been arrested in Saudi Arabia, the Hindustan Times reported.Hashim was the leader of National Towheed Jama’at and chief radicaliser of the hardline salafi group responsible for the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. India is believed to have provided several warnings on the attacks, including time- and location-specific details, which were ignored by Sri Lanka. Officers in Indian security agencies say they are already in touch with their Saudi Arabian counterparts to find out on any links between the IS cadres responsible for the Sri Lanka attacks and Kasargode (Kerala)-Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) module in India, with Colombo on the verge of sending a team to Saudi Arabia.After the Easter Day bombing, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale is believed to have called up the top-brass of the Tata owned Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) to ask them to install security scanners and metal detectors at their three properties in Sri Lanka because all the suicide bombers are still not accounted for. The IHCL owned Taj Samudra had a lucky escape on April 21 as UK educated suicide bomber Abdul Latif Mohammed Jamil entered the hotel but could not trigger the device. He later died in a blast at the Tropical Inn in Dehiwala suburb with a couple also losing their lives in the blast. read more


by Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2017 11:07 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Monday April 3, 2017, photo, Mary Beth Nerone, a former middle-school teacher from Rochester, N.Y., shows materials from her online store, in New York. After losing her job as a language arts teacher to budget cuts three years ago, Nerone began stocking the store with writing, poetry and other curricula exercises she created for other teachers to purchase. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) Teachers cash in, big time, by putting lessons up for sale Miss Kindergarten is in the million-dollar club. So are Lovin Lit, the Moffatt Girls and about a dozen other teacher-entrepreneurs who are spinning reading, math, science and social studies into gold by selling their lesson plans online to fellow teachers around the world.Despite worries from some educators, such online marketplaces are booming, driven by rising standards and the willingness of teachers to pay out of their own pockets for classroom-tested materials.“I am so thankful and blessed that it came into my life and that my passion and career can kind of mesh into one,” says Miss Kindergarten, aka 32-year-old Hadar Hartstein, of Lake Forest, California, who says she has earned more than $1 million in sales over the past six years, enough to take this year and maybe the next few off from her teaching job to be with her newborn daughter.Her more than 300 offerings on the popular Teachers Pay Teachers site range from free alphabet flash cards and a $1.50 Popsicle party counting activity to a $120 full-year unit on math and literacy, all of them promoted on her blog and social media accounts.“You definitely have to look at it as another full-time job,” she says. “You have to put a lot of effort into it.”Teachers Pay Teachers contends that it hit a milestone last year, when its 80,000 contributors earned more than $100 million, and that at least a dozen have become millionaires since the site launched a decade ago. Other major sites including Teachwise and Teacher’s Notebook, and recently such corporate players as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Amazon, have launched sites of their own.But some educators worry the increasing monetizing of lessons will stifle the longstanding practice of teachers freely sharing their ideas. And legal experts question whether teachers actually have ownership of the lessons they are selling.For teachers buying the materials, however, it’s a major time saver, allowing them to reclaim the nights and weekends otherwise spent starting lessons from scratch, often for no more than the price of their morning coffee.Ann Arbor, Michigan, middle school teacher Samantha Cucu said that when she first started teaching three years ago, she created her own materials but was swayed by colleagues who made a compelling argument: “Why are you reinventing the wheel?”She has since bought about 120 resources and gotten 132 others from Teachers Pay Teachers’ free offerings.“Sometimes they’re super-easy small purchases, like $1.20 here, $2.50 there, and sometimes they’re larger. I try not to spend over $15,” says Cucu who estimated that her prep time for school plummets from 20 to 30 hours a week to two hours if she can find what she needs online.“It’s huge,” says Cucu, who has a year-old baby.At Teachers Pay Teachers, teachers set their own prices for 2.5 million resources and give a commission to the site. With a $59.95 premium membership, the commission is 15 per cent. With a free basic membership, it’s 40 per cent.“My first sale was 80 cents. It was the best 80 cents I’ve made in my entire life!” says Mary Beth Nerone, who has been stocking her online store, Brain Waves Instruction, on the site with writing, poetry and other exercises for three years after budget cuts eliminated her job as a middle-school language arts teacher near Rochester, New York.“Some people are psyched and say I get Starbucks money each week … some people get to a space where they can meet or surpass their teaching income,” Nerone says. “And some people get to a space beyond their wildest dreams of income.”Teachers trust and support other teachers, says Hanna Hudson, editorial director of the We Are Teachers online bulletin board, and accessing individual resources from the web is less expensive and easier than going to the district for new textbooks or resources.“Honestly, it’s going after the money that teachers are spending out of their own pockets on their classroom,” Hudson says.But Bob Farrace, spokesman for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, says taking “proprietary rights over ideas and lessons” could disrupt the traditional collaborative atmosphere of schools. “You want teachers to collaborate and share ideas freely.”In fact, some school districts have language in their teaching contracts that bar teachers from selling their lesson plans.Some legal experts argue that the resources teachers produce while working for a school district may actually be the property of the school district.Mark Bartholomew, who teaches copyright law at the University at Buffalo, says that without explicit contract language, the law looks at factors such as whether products were created within the scope of employment or on a person’s own time.A federal court in New York sided with the Cherry Valley-Springfield school district in 2004 after a suspended teacher tried to claim ownership of tests, quizzes and homework problems left behind in his classroom that he said were prepared outside normal hours. The U.S. Court of Appeals agreed the district owned the materials because the teacher made them for his job.“I never created anything that I was selling while in the classroom,” says “Miss Kindergarten” Hartstein. “As a kindergarten teacher, I rarely even had time to sit down and take a breath.”Hartstein says she never looked at selling lessons as a path to riches but as a way for others to learn and benefit from her experience.“If a teacher is already making a resource for her students and it’s super successful in her classroom, then why not post it for other students to use? And if you make something off of it, awesome.”___Thompson reported from Pittsford, New York. Associated Press video journalist Amanda Lee Myers in Los Angeles contributed. read more


Government’s decision to cut the Plug-in Car Grant will have far-reaching consequences for consumers, the environment and industry, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) warned today. Reducing the purchase incentives for zero emission cars by a third and completely removing the grant for plug-in hybrids is totally at odds with Government ambition to be the world leader in the take up of ultra low emission vehicles announced in its Road to Zero Strategy. It also sends yet more confusing signals to consumers and will make it virtually impossible for Government and industry to meet their CO2 reduction targets.Furthermore, giving manufacturers and consumers a maximum of one month’s notice with a cap on volumes will result in yet more distortion to a market already impacted by previous conflicting government policies and put even greater pressure on industry. Manufacturers have already invested billions to bring a full range of new technologies to market to give choice to consumers with different driving needs and budgets. Thanks to the plug-in car grant, zero emission-capable plug-in hybrids have become increasingly popular but, at less than 2.0%, uptake is still very small.To put this in further context, while the grant has helped incentivise 160,000 sales of plug-in hybrids over the past seven years, this represents less than half a percent of the 34.7 million cars currently on the road. To grow zero and ultra low emission vehicle uptake to the levels needed to make a meaningful impact on CO2 and air quality, consumers’ concerns over affordability and convenience must be addressed.As we’ve seen in other European markets, prematurely removing upfront purchase grants can have a devastating impact on demand. In Denmark, for example, sales of pure electric cars plummeted by nearly 73.0% in the year after that government announced its EV tax incentive would end – the market has still not recovered.There are also long-term implications for consumer choice. The grant has helped the UK become one of the EU’s biggest markets for electrified vehicles with manufacturers looking favourably at the UK when making difficult product allocation decisions for these new technologies which are often, at first, sold at a loss. Removing the incentives not only impacts demand, it can impact supply as companies reallocate products to more supportive markets, which could mean a reduction in model choice for UK consumers.Government and industry share the same ambition; to be one of the world’s leading markets for zero and low emission vehicles with a highly ambitious, competitive and successful industrial base. Delivering this goal requires clear and consistent policy, anchored in an Industrial Strategy that creates the conditions for growth; a position which is actively contradicted by this latest decision.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,We understand the pressure on the public purse but, given the importance of environmental goals, it’s astounding that just three months after publishing its ambitious vision for a zero emissions future, government has slashed the very incentive that offers our best chance of getting there.Industry is working hard to address the challenges of CO2 and air quality but, while it can produce the technology, it cannot determine the pace of uptake.We have consistently said that if the UK is to be fit for an electrified future, we need a world-class package of incentives and infrastructure. Government needs to rethink its policy, else its ambitions will never be realised.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Brock students have a new link to the fast-paced world of finance on Wall Street, the fulfilling work of not-for-profits in Chile and the cutting-edge robotics industry in Hong Kong.Students looking to add more work experience to their resumé now have access to opportunities in 12 of the world’s most populous cities thanks to a newly announced partnership with the Intern Group.The new agreement provides Brock students with access to thousands of internships in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America.Founded in 2011, the Intern Group helps students significantly improve their skills and employability through an international internship experience, with a goal of developing a new generation of innovative and culturally sensitive graduates ready to address the issues that affect the world today and tomorrow.“International work experience is becoming a highly regarded skill set in today’s global economy,” said Jesse Barraza, Manager, International Learning Programs. “Employers are looking for candidates familiar with a culturally diverse work environment.”Students interested in applying start by reviewing the various opportunities on the program website under more than 25 career fields listed. Program fees start at about $2,600 and vary based on the program destination, start date and duration, which ranges from six to 24 weeks.Program fees for all destinations include:Professional internship placement in the student’s primary or secondary career fieldAccommodation (private bedroom in a shared apartment or residence hall)Professional development workshop, training and toolsIndustry-leading workplace performance assessment (global HR firm DDI International)Cultural and social events specific to the destinationAirport pick-up and drop-offMost programs include unlimited public transportation for at least the first month or longer24-7 emergency assistance from local staffWelcome package including city maps and important program informationAn active international community of internsVisa assistance (where required)Brock students also have access to scholarship opportunities, with eligible OSAP students receiving about $667 (US$500) off any of the programs.To apply, students fill out Brock University’s online application where they are asked to provide two preferred destinations and career fields. Brock will then review and nominate successful applicants for the program.The Intern Group will then match students with host organizations based on their CV/resumé, academic background, skills and experience, and career goals. The placement process timeline is different for each intern, but typically takes four to 12 weeks.Students interested in learning more about the opportunity are encouraged to attend an information session being held Thursday, March 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the International Centre (GLB 207). Additional questions can be directed to Brock’s International Mobility Office by email at intlmobility@brocku.ca. read more


first_img Image: Shutterstock/TADDEUS Image: Shutterstock/TADDEUS Short URL No Comments Jun 12th 2018, 7:57 AM The 9 at 9: Tuesday Here’s everything you need to know as the day gets started. Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 7:57 AM http://jrnl.ie/4065941 7,021 Views By Cormac Fitzgerald EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. SUMMIT: US president Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un have met in a historic summit and signed a joint document which commits to the “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean Peninsula.2. #BREXIT: UK prime minister Theresa May will today face knife-edge votes in parliament on her centrepiece Brexit legislation, despite her last-minute warning that defeat risked undermining her negotiations with Brussels.3. #NTA: Details of 16 “core bus corridors” in Dublin that give buses greater priority and would have segregated cycle lanes are set to be revealed today.4. #SKERRIES: Residents of the seaside town have spoken to TheJournal.ie about how the water shortages are negatively impacting their lives.5. #CRASH: A woman has died after being hit by a car in Tipperary last night.6. #INVESTIGATION: A preliminary report into a plane crash in Offaly that claimed the lives of a seven-year-old and a 47-year-old pilot has found no evidence that the engine failed.7. #WEATHER: Apart from isolated showers, today should be a another mainly dry day. It will be mostly cloudy with some sunny spells. But later this week the weather is set to get “extremely windy”.8. #CABINET: Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney will update Cabinet this morning on the progress of Brexit negotiations, RTÉ reports.9. #ORLANDO: A hostage situation in Florida ended overnight with the deaths of four children at the hands of a gunman, who also took his own life, police said. Share1 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_img Ronaldo’s stunning free-kick grabbed a point for Portugal. By AFP Follow us: the42.ie Jun 15th 2018, 9:04 PM Share67 Tweet Email4 Ronaldo’s stunning free-kick grabbed a point for Portugal. Image: Getty Images Short URL Friday 15 Jun 2018, 9:04 PM Nacho gives Spain the lead with technically-esquisite rasper that finds its way past both postsArgentina boss denies underestimating Iceland despite naming XI a day earlycenter_img CRISTIANO RONALDO SCORED a stunning hat-trick as Portugal snatched a 3-3 draw with Spain in a World Cup classic in Sochi.Real Madrid star Ronaldo crashed in an 88th minute free-kick to snatch a point for Portugal after a second-half goal from Nacho put the Spaniards 3-2 ahead.Ronaldo’s late equaliser capped a storming encounter which came after a chaotic few days which saw Spain coach Julen Lopetegui sacked and Fernando Hierro appointed as his replacement.Earlier, Ronaldo had twice put the European champions in front only for Diego Costa to bring Spain level on each occasion on a steamy night on Russia’s Black Sea coast.But then Ronaldo stepped up to send his free-kick from 25 yards up over the wall and into the net, as the Iberian neighbours settled for a point apiece in this Group B encounter.It was a remarkable signal of intent from the current Ballon d’Or winner, who had never made a serious impact in any of his previous three World Cups, only managing to score one goal in each.In one night the Real Madrid superstar doubled his World Cup finals goal tally, and made history by scoring at an eighth consecutive major tournament going back to Euro 2004, when he was still a teenager.It was typical of the now 33-year-old to take the headlines after news from the Spain camp had dominated the build-up to this game.The evening had started in style for Ronaldo, as he scored a fourth-minute penalty after going down in the box under a foul from Nacho, playing at right-back with Dani Carvajal not fit. Costa scored twice to draw Spain level. Source: Dean MouhtaropoulosHierro, who cut an animated figure as he stood on the touchline with his sleeves rolled up, must have wondered at that point what he had let himself in for.Yet Spain responded well and had the better of the game, as they drew level for the first time in the 24th minute via a trademark piece of centre-forward play by Costa.He left Pepe on the floor as the pair challenged for a high ball, before breaking into the box and planting a low shot into the bottom corner.The Portugal players were furious that no foul was given as Costa led with his forearm into the challenge on Pepe, but the officials let the goal stand without feeling the need to call on the Video Assistant Referee.Spain then thought they had taken the lead as Isco smashed in a shot that bounced down onto the line off the underside of the bar, yet this time goal-line technology showed it was not in.With Andres Iniesta, Isco and David Silva pulling the strings, Spain were on top, but Portugal went back in front just as half-time approached.Goncalo Guedes teed up his captain Ronaldo, whose shot from 20 yards was straight at David De Gea, but the Manchester United goalkeeper could only help it on its way. Ronaldo’s moment of magic. Source: Getty ImagesIt looked like Ronaldo’s first-half efforts might be in vain, as Spain regrouped at the interval and drew level 10 minutes into the second half with a textbook set-piece counter.A free-kick floated into the area was headed back across the face of goal by Sergio Busquets and Costa was there to turn it in. Three minutes after that, Nacho’s glorious effort from 22 yards made it 3-2, his half-volley curling into the net off the left-hand post.That looked to be that, but Ronaldo had the last word, and Morocco — beaten 1-0 by Iran earlier on Friday — will not look forward to facing him in their next game.© – AFP 2018The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Ronaldo’s moment of magic earns Portugal a draw in World Cup thriller with Spain Football at its brilliant best. 75 Comments Image: Getty Images https://the42.ie/4074118 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 35,449 Views last_img read more