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first_imgIf you work in video production long enough, negative feedback from clients is inevitable. Here are a few ways to handle the situation.Top image via ShutterstockIt should go without saying, but sometimes a reminder is helpful: Clients are not bad people. They just don’t always know as much as you do about video production and editing. It can be exceptionally frustrating to get feedback that’s critical of your work for seemingly unfounded reasons. Before you get into a fight that could damage your relationship, try some of these tips to get through the pain.1) Don’t Respond Right AwayTake a deep breath. Walk away from your computer and take a moment to yourself. If you have enough time, do an activity to take your mind away from the project. Go for a run. Play a game. Talk to a friend. Find some perspective that will help you disconnect your feelings toward the criticism from the job you need to do.2) Consolidate and Clean Up the CriticismsBefore you begin to respond, consolidate and clean up the criticisms as best you can. Once you have everything listed out, you can evaluate each criticism point by point. You may find that many of the criticisms are connected or based on the same point. You can also clean up the language to be more constructive than critical. It will help you moving forward.3) Make a PlanDon’t respond defensively. Respond proactively and propose a plan to make any necessary changes towards finishing the project. Cleary go over the consolidated criticisms, point by point, and what you can do to alleviate their concerns. Try not to be combative in your responses, and keep your points concise. If you find that hard to do, try this next step.4) Write an Angry Email (and Delete It)This is a historically tried-and-true method for working through frustration. Open a blank Word doc and write out how you really feel. How did the criticism make you feel? What would you really like to say about it? Get it all out. Once you’re satiated; delete it.5) Kill Them With PositivityWhen you finally do respond, put your energy into positivity. It may feel insincere, but it’s better than the alternative. Don’t let even the slightest hint of negativity creep in unless you’re looking for an argument. It will also have an effect on you. At the end of the day, all you can do is put your best foot forward. If someone is unwilling to work with you professionally on a project, you may need to reconsider working with them again.Here’s a sample template to use: Hope the above advice helps! Every client and every project will be different — as will be your relationships with them. If it’s work you care about, critical feedback will always be difficult to hear. But at the end of the day, it’s just part of the process of making things better.Have any other advice or techniques for handling criticism? Let us know in the comments!last_img read more


first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Gorayeb said his team never showed the maturity required for them to compensate for their lack of players, or even a sense of responsibility to take care of things in their own capacity.“They did not play the way they were expected of them,” said Gorayeb at Filoil Flying V Centre after losing their final match against Arellano University 19-25, 36-34, 25-16, 25-21 on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told them that they had to unleash their potential, never mind that there are only eight of them,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “When Grethcel [Soltones] graduated that was the sign that they should step it up because there’s no one to rely on but themselves.”San Sebastian, for the past three years, have relied on the genius of Soltones, who won three straight MVPs, to get them to several trips to the Finals. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City D-League: Marinerong Pilipino averts meltdown, snaps 2-game skid LATEST STORIES San Sebastian head coach Roger Gorayeb. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRoger Gorayeb was in no mood to sugarcoat the way San Sebastian played the whole tournament in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Stags’ head coach was downtrodden when they finished the elimination round with a 5-4 record and with the bleakest of chances for a Final Four spot.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting And with Soltones gone, Gorayeb was disappointed with how his team ultimately failed to bring San Sebastian to at least the Final Four.“They never had that sense of urgency, that sense of responsibility that they have to do this,” said Gorayeb in Filipino.The games that Gorayeb lamented over the most were the five-set losses to University of Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal University.And as if fate were playing tricks on the Lady Stags, the Lady Altas and the Lady Bombers are now poised to take the last two spots in the semifinals with 5-2 and 5-3 records, respectively.“I know we’re on the disadvantage in terms of number of players, but skills-wise? We’re all good,” said Gorayeb. “When you lose games by committing the same mistakes over and over again, that’s just shows you’re scared of the situation.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK — American Pharoah’s sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes for horse racing’s first Triple Crown since 1978 was selected the sports story of the year in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.Eighty-two ballots were submitted from U.S. editors and news directors. Voters were asked to rank the top five sports stories of the year, with the first-place story receiving five points, the second-place story four points and so on.American Pharoah’s Triple Crown win received 317 points and 43 first-place votes.The No. 2 sports story, the Deflategate scandal that ensnared Super Bowl-winning Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, had 191 points and 13 first-place votes.Here are 2015’s top 10 stories:1. TRIPLE CROWN: In the 37 years since Affirmed became the 11th Triple Crown winner — the longest drought in the sport’s history — an unlucky 13 horses had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness only to fail to complete the sweep at the Belmont Stakes.But American Pharoah took the lead from the start of the grueling 1 1/2-mile race and kept extending it. The bay colt with the unusually short tail went on to win by 5 1/2 lengths for jockey Victor Espinoza, trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed Zayat.It was Baffert’s fourth Triple Crown try and Espinoza’s third, both records.American Pharoah went on to cap his spectacular year with a victory in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. He then retired at age 3 and will stand at stud for $200,000, one of the highest prices for a horse in his first year as a stallion.2. DEFLATEGATE: The New England Patriots routed the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in the AFC championship game Jan. 18 to return to the Super Bowl, but the on-field action was soon overshadowed by the scandal dubbed “Deflategate.”The NFL would go on to spend more than $3 million for the investigation by Ted Wells, whose 243-page report found it was “more probable than not” that two Patriots employees deliberately released air from Patriots game balls to below the league-mandated minimum at the game and Brady “was at least generally aware.”Brady, who had earned Super Bowl MVP honors when the Patriots won their fourth title, would be suspended four games. But a judge lifted the ban a week before the season, criticizing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for dispensing “his own brand of industrial justice.”3. FIFA CORRUPTION: In an early-morning raid of a Zurich luxury hotel May 27, the U.S. government started a chain reaction that would take down soccer leaders around the world.The 47-count indictment for racketeering and bribery was just the beginning. By year’s end, FIFA’s President, Sepp Blatter, and his one-time likely successor, UEFA President Michel Platini, had been suspended for eight years for unethical conduct by the sport’s governing body.4. WARRIORS WIN: Too small, not athletic enough. That was the knock both on the Golden State Warriors as a whole and on their star, Stephen Curry. Instead, the sweet-shooting Warriors won their first NBA title in four decades behind the league’s MVP, beating LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in six games.Turns out that Golden State can play even better. The Warriors opened the following season with a record 24-0 start.5. SPIETH CHASES GRAND SLAM: No one had gone wire to wire at the Masters in nearly four decades, but that victory was just the start of the year for 21-year-old Jordan Spieth. He won the first two legs of a Grand Slam, halfway to becoming the first modern player to complete the feat.The only other men since 1960 to get that far were Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods — and none of them came as close to the third leg as Spieth, who was tied for the British Open lead with two holes to play before finishing one shot out of a playoff. He was also in the final group of the PGA Championship, where he was runner-up by three shots to Jason Day.6. SERENA CHASES GRAND SLAM, TOO: In tennis, a player was even closer to completing a Grand Slam. Serena Williams was two victories from becoming the first since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open in the same year. But in one of the sport’s biggest upsets, unseeded Roberta Vinci stunned the 21-time major champion in the semifinals in New York.Getting that far hadn’t been easy, though. Eleven of Williams’ victories at the majors came in three sets, including eight when she rallied from a set down. Hobbled by injuries all season, she was so sick in the final days of the French Open she considered withdrawing — yet somehow pulled out three-set wins in the semis and final.7. WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Four years after a heartbreaking loss to Japan in the Women’s World Cup final, Carli Lloyd and her U.S. teammates made absolutely sure there would be no repeat in the rematch. Lloyd scored a hat trick in the first 16 minutes as the Americans won 5-2 in Canada for their first title since 1999.With record TV audiences back home watching the prime-time matches, the U.S. looked shaky early in the tournament before some timely lineup changes by coach Jill Ellis put Lloyd in position for a scoring spree. All-time goals leader Abby Wambach got to end her career with her first World Cup championship.8. ROYALS CROWNED: Kansas City was one win from a world championship in 2014, yet the small-ball Royals weren’t considered favorites in 2015. The players in the clubhouse knew better, and they came from behind yet again in Game 5 of the World Series to beat the New York Mets in 12 innings for their first title since 1985.9. MISSOURI FOOTBALL: Just two days after Missouri’s football players threatened to boycott a game, the president of the university system stepped down.Tensions about race and other student welfare issues had been simmering for weeks before the athletes joined the protest in support of a graduate student who was holding a hunger strike.As Tigers defensive end Charles Harris put it: “Let this be a testament to all of the athletes across the country that you do have power.”10. OHIO STATE TAKES FIRST CFP TITLE: The first College Football Playoff did exactly what it was supposed to, awarding a championship chance to a squad that seemed eliminated from title contention after an early-season loss and whose presence in the new four-team bracket was widely debated.Behind third-string quarterback Cardale Jones, Ohio State upset No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon to kick off a new era in the sport.(RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgAAEON releases the RICO-3399, a powerful PICO-ITX single-board computer that is built for AI applications and high-resolution displays. It features the Rockchip RK3399 ARM hexa-core processor, 4K Ultra HD video at 60 fps via HDMI 2.0, and a wide array of I/O features.The RICO-3399 features the Rockchip RK3399 ARM hexa-core processor. The Rockchip RK3399 combines the Rockchip Quad-Core Cortex-A53 and Dual-Core Cortex-A72 processors onto a single SoC. The RK3399 divides tasks depending on the performance needs. The Rockchip RK3399 features a built in Mali-T860MP4 GPU which is 50% faster than its previous generation, and provides the video decoding capabilities to deliver 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps via HDMI 2.0.The RICO-3399 utilizes the unique architecture of the Rockchip RK3399 to deliver power that is unparalleled in its size. With 16GB eMMC storage and 2GB LPDDR3 memory, the RICO-3399 is capable of handling AI applications without the need of additional AI modules, saving money and lowering power consumption. The RICO-3399 is compatible with TensorFlow and Caffe2 to bring AI based on Android NNAPI. The RICO-3399 has the power to handle applications such as smart surveillance and unmanned stores.Built on the PICO-ITX standard, the RICO-3399 brings all these features in a package designed to fit anywhere, and with 3G/4G capability, it can connect anywhere, too. The RICO-3399 offers Android 7.1 as standard, providing a flexible platform for APP development. With a wide array of I/O features, such as USB Type-C, USB 3.0, microSD and MIPI camera support, the RICO-3399 is perfect for usage in digital signage, interactive KIOSK, and smart office solutions. Additionally, AAEON’s manufacturer services can customize the RICO-3399 to meet the specific and unique requirements of your application.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Bulgin: programmable smart connector for harsh environmentsNext Renesas develops 28 nm MCU with virtualization-assisted functionslast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 20 (PTI) The Indian mens football teams participation in the Asian Games was today thrown into confusion after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), amid AIFFs optimism, said it will stick to its criteria for team events, which the sport does not meet at the moment.The All India Football Federation (AIFF), which is believed to have got positive fillers from the Sports Ministry, stated that it is very hopeful of being cleared for the multi-sport extravaganza. However, the IOAs contention is that it can only send the top eight sides in team events as per the norm. “I will not speak about individual sports but the criteria of top 8 in team events and top 6 in individual events stand. We will stick to that, IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta said. When contracted AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said: Our president Mr Praful Patel has spoken to Mr Narinder Batra (IOA president) and we are very hopeful of our team being sent to the Asian Games. And its not just about the mens team. Football has to be seen in a different light and it cant be compared to handball or any other sport. I have the highest regard for Mr Batra and Mr Rajeev Mehta. We are confident of going to the Asian Games, Das added. Indian mens team is currently ranked 97th in the world and 16th in Asia, but the football body wants the authorities to look beyond rankings under the present circumstances. India recently won the Intercontinental Cup after beating Kenya 2-0 in the final at Mumbai. India’s sizzling performance in the tournament gave credence to chief coach Stephen Constantines belief that the team should be the sent to the Games.advertisement Infact, prior to the Intercontinental Cup final in Mumbai, Constantine had appealed to the government to send a team for the mega sporting event. “We need more games and if the government is listening, send us to the Asian games. Its an U-23 event and we have 11 players in this squad who are below 23. The benefits the players will gain from the Asian Games will be huge, Constantine had said. PTI ATKATKlast_img read more


first_imgA fire late Friday afternoon on a rural Woodbury County Farm that burned 150 yards of a brome grass covered terrace is being blamed on fireworks.The land owner says he found the remnants of two 25 shot bottle rocket type launchers at the scene of the fire used by someone trespassing on the property.The fire was reported by a neighbor to the property owner’s nephew.Family members got the fire under control at the property located near the Ida County line by 6pm and dealt with flareups until about 7:30.No injuries were reported.last_img


first_imgThe Sioux City Community School District will host three meetings next week to highlight what roles District administrators have in a crisis and to help parents understand their role in response to a crisis.Parents, guardians and members of the community are invited to the discussions about school safety and the safety practices that are currently in place.The first meeting is set for Tuesday, April 10th at 6 pm in the North High Auditorium.The second meeting will be held on Thursday, April 12 at 4 pm in the West High Auditorium and the final meeting that evening at 7 pm in the East High Auditorium.last_img


first_imgAtlético Madrid Simeone shoulders full blame for Atletico’s cup exit Tom Webber 09:57 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid Sevilla Copa del Rey Aitor Alcalde Atlético Madrid Sevilla v Atlético Madrid Sevilla Copa del Rey Atleti were beaten by Sevilla in the quarter-finals on Tuesday and the club’s manager took full responsibility Diego Simeone shouldered the blame for Atletico Madrid’s Copa del Rey elimination at the hands of Sevilla in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.Atletico shipped two late goals to lose the first leg 2-1 and conceded within 24 seconds of the return before going down to a 3-1 defeat, with Simeone sent from the sidelines after Pablo Sarabia scored Sevilla’s third at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.Atleti slipped 11 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona following a 1-1 draw with Girona on Saturday and will not feature in the Champions League knockout stages having finished third in Group C behind Roma and Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, the Argentinian backed his team to continue fighting in La Liga and the Europa League having fallen out of two cup competitions already this season.”The responsibility for this elimination and the Champions League is all mine,” said Simeone.”There are still four months left in the season and between La Liga and the Europa League, we’ll keep competing like we always have.”Our opponent took advantage of their chances. Sevilla finished their chances both here and in the first leg. This made them more comfortable in the tie.”We were close to turning the match around in the first half and scoring the equaliser in the second, but [Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio] Rico played well.”Atleti’s Wanda Metropolitano home will host the Copa final and Koke was disappointed they will not be there to take part.7 – Sevilla have reached the Copa del Rey semi-finals on seven occasions since 2007; winning the trophy in both 2007 and 2010. Optimism. pic.twitter.com/slrDCEjGxq — OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 23, 2018 “We had dreams of playing the final in our stadium,” Koke told beIN SPORTS .”We’re going to pick ourselves up because this team has always done so. Now we need to think about La Liga.”I think Sevilla were better and when that’s the case, you have to congratulate them.”We need to study what we did wrong and improve from that. We have to fight to finish as high up in La Liga as possible and we also have the Europa League.”Atleti face Las Palmas in the league on Sunday.last_img read more


first_imgzoom Indonesia’s state-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I (Pelindo I) plans to spend Rb 18 trillion (USD 1.36 billion) to further develop the Belawan International Container Terminal (BICT), and to build container and bulk cargo terminals at the Port of Kuala Tanjung.Pelindo I signed a Rb 5.05 trillion (USD 382.5 million) loan agreement with three of Indonesia’s state banks to fund the development projects.Bank Mandiri, Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) have agreed to provide Pelindo I with Rb 1.7 trillion to widen and deepen the berths at BITC from the current 9.8 meters to 14 meters. The works are scheduled to start in August 2015. The expansion is expected to be completed by late 2017, and it will allow BICT to handle 2 million TEUs annually, compared to 1.3 million TEUs the terminal currently handles.Pelindo I plans to spend the remaining Rb 3.2 trillion of the loan to build a container terminal, a liquid bulk, and a dry bulk terminal at the Port of Kuala Tanjung.The Port of Kuala Tanjung project is divided in four phases, scheduled to be completed by 2019. The bank loan will be used for the first phase of the project, which includes the construction of a 400-meter-long pier, and installation of utilities, equipment, and information technology .Once completed, the Kuala Tanjung port will have a liquid bulk terminal with a capacity of 3.5 million tons per year, dry bulk terminal able to handle 1 million tons of cargo per year, and a container terminal with an annual capacity of 400,000 TEUs.The bank loan will cover 70% of the expenses for both the BITC and the Kuala Tanjung project, with Pelindo I and its partners providing the remaining 30%.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – Residents in some Toronto neighbourhoods will be allowed to keep chickens in their backyards under a pilot project approved Tuesday by city council.The pilot will run in four city wards over the next three years with an interim review in 18 months. Residents can keep up to four chickens — no roosters are permitted — and must register with the city.Coun. Justin Di Ciano, who brought the pilot to council, said the project will give city residents an alternative to store-bought eggs.“I look at the facts,” he said. “I’ve talked to many people in other jurisdictions … about all the negative aspects, the noise, the smell, the predators. None of it shows up in these other municipalities’ radar.”Chickens would not be allowed in apartment buildings, condominiums or properties without sufficient outdoor space. Under the system, chickens must remain within a resident’s yard and any eggs produced are for personal consumption and can’t be sold.Several municipalities in Ontario, including Kingston, Brampton, Niagara Falls and Caledon, all allow residents to keep chickens in backyard coops.Di Ciano said that in Niagara Falls, where backyard chickens have been permitted for 20 years, there were 10 complaints to the city about the animals in 2016. In that same time period, there were 500 noise complaints about dogs, he said.“There are hundreds and hundreds of residents with chickens already in the city of Toronto,” Di Ciano said. “We’re not getting a lot of complaints … I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of problems with this.”Opponents of the pilot have argued it will generate complaints and tie up the city’s bylaw enforcement officers. Coun. Anthony Perruzza predicted the pilot will drive up complaints to councillors.“They’re smelly,” he said. “One of the biggest bylaw issues we have, that drives people crazy, is things that attract rodents … these will.”Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti urged his colleagues to reject the pilot, saying suburban residents don’t support it.“Madam Speaker, what the flock is going on at City Hall?” he asked. “I for one, stand up and ask the question because I just cannot believe what I’m hearing and seeing … I cannot believe we’re not talking about more substantial issues.”last_img read more


first_imgHollywood filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan will speak about his off-screen campaign to close America’s education achievement gap at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon on June 11.The screenwriter, director and producer of 10 films, including the Oscar-nominated smash hit The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan has grossed over $2 billion around the world. A master of supernatural thrillers, he is currently at work on Wayward Pines, a star-studded mystery series that debuts on Fox this fall, and a feature film, Labor of Love, starring Bruce Willis.Born in India and raised in suburban Philadelphia – where most of his films have been filmed and set – Shyamalan recently published his first non-fiction book, I Got Schooled, about the foundation he co-founded with his wife, Bhavna, to help inner-city students succeed. The foundation supports remarkable leaders and their organizations that are working to remove the barriers created by poverty and inequality that prevent individuals and communities from unleashing their full potential. The foundation has begun to focus its domestic efforts on educational reform throughout the United States.The Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session, ending at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. The cost of luncheon admission is $22 for National Press Club members and $36 for the general public. Students with a valid ID may purchase tickets for $21. Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation.National Press Club Luncheons are webcast live on press.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NPCLunch, or on Facebook and Twitter. Or email a question in advance, type SHYAMALAN in the subject line and send to president@press.org before 10 a.m. on the day of event.The Press Club is on the 13th floor, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Credentialed press may cover this event.last_img read more


first_imgIt was April 2009 when Scott Thompson reached his breaking point. He’d spent his post–Kids in the Hall years living in Los Angeles, but times had gotten tough. Living near the intersection of Normandie and Adams, Thompson felt as removed from Hollywood as he felt from the career he wanted. He was bitter and furious that things had stalled.Then it happened. “I heard gunshots outside my house,” Thompson says over the phone from his North Hollywood home. “A gun battle outside the house was a low point. The next morning, I woke up with pain in my stomach and I thought it was rock bottom for me. It ended up being cancer and I knew I had to get outta here.”Thompson says that April 19, 2009, was the most consequential day of his life. Without health insurance, returning to his native Toronto wasn’t just necessary but life-saving. “I knew I was going to beat it,” he says. “But I think my emotional state contributed to my illness, too.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgMumbai: Actor Rajkummar Rao says people can change the shape of the future by choosing the right people by voting. “Voting gives us the power to choose who is going to run the country. There is no point complaining because it is us who have chosen them,” Rajkummar said in a video which he posted on Twitter. “Voting day is the only day when we are the most powerful. We can change the shape of our future by choosing the right people,” he added. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Asked for his reaction on people thinking ‘what difference does one vote make’, the “Newton” star said: “That’s a stupid thought. Every vote counts. If everybody starts thinking ‘if I wont vote it’s fine’, it is not going to work. “If you want to bring a change, if you want to make our country a better place, use that power. There’s no point sitting at home and playing video games. Go out and vote.” Rajkummar expressed his views as he featured in a video as part of the #PowerOf18 online video series, an initiative by Twitter India. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary As part of the #PowerOf18 initiative, Twitter collaborates with Indian personalities to encourage the youth of India to vote in the upcoming general elections. Past participants of the #PowerOf18 video series include singer Jassie Gill, boxer Nikhat Zareen and writer-poet Mahima Kukreja. The campaign is aimed at encouraging more youth in India to participate in civic engagement and understand the significance of their right to vote. What is Rajkummar’s message to today’s youth? “It is not only abut us. It is about our generations to come. So question, ask for your rights, if you see a horrible infrastructure around you take a picture and put it out, ask your politicians why? Only you have the power to bring in that change and that change will come through vote.”last_img read more


Rabat – Forcibly deported from the USA late last December, Moroccan activist Siham Byah has said that the circumstances of her “inhumane” deportation point towards “a possible collusion between US and Moroccan authorities.” Byah sees her deportation from America as a politically motivated vendetta, and an act of “political vengeance” aimed at “punishing” her for supporting social movements and human rights, both in Morocco and in the U.S.During a press conference yesterday in Rabat, the 40-year-old activist described her painful deportation memories, explaining that American authorities had first confiscated her residency permit in 2012, denied her basic rights on multiple occasions while still in the U.S., before finally deporting her, on December 28, “without due process and under direct instructions from Washington.” For Byah, her deportation from the U.S was a calculated move made possible through “coordination between US and Moroccan governments.” The whole story, she explained, is “politically motivated” and aims to “take revenge” on her for her support for the Rif movements, as well as her general “outspoken criticism and fearless activism,” adding that before being deported from the U.S, in July 2017, she had participated in two demonstrations in support of the Hirak Rif.Of her deportation, Byah said that she was lied to by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officials, denied family contact, and was made to board the plane handcuffed and with shackled wrists and ankles. Officials never told her why she’d been “chosen” for deportation, she said.Byah also seized the press conference opportunity to call upon U.S authorities to review the legality of her deportation, and to duly investigate the reasons for her mistreatments by American police. She urged American authorities to provide her eight-year-old Naseem –who has American nationality and is allegedly in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family–with necessary psychological assistance read more


2 June 2011The estimated 2.5 billion people across the world who do not have access to reliable electricity supplies can benefit from clean and renewable energy generated through partnerships between governments and the private sector, the United Nations said today. A report by UN-Energy, an umbrella body of UN agencies working on sustainable development and their business partners, in conjunction with leading electricity companies and other partners launched outlines the conditions necessary for successful public-private partnerships (PPP) on electricity.According to the report, choosing electricity-generating technology appropriate to local conditions is key to the success of such projects, as well as national energy-development goals and plans which have strong long-term policies enshrined in legislation, and assured cost recovery and profit potential for investors in low-carbon technologies.Sufficient funding for research, development and deployment of emerging clean-electricity technologies and measures to maximize benefits to communities from new and expanded electrification are the other measures outlines in the report.The report also stresses the importance of measures to enhance the private sector’s ability to provide capital through various financing alternatives for electricity projects and to design, construct, operate and maintain them. There has to be strong relationships between the public and private sectors and other stakeholders as well, according to the report.Power purchase agreements should also be in place to offer the private sector the greatest certainty for long-term investments, the report notes.The report was launched as the UN General Assembly convened a one-day thematic debate on the green economy“Where sustainable development is the destination, green economy offers a pathway,” said Joseph Deiss, the General Assembly President. “This debate aims to strengthen the understanding of green economy and of what the international community, each Member State and local communities can do to transition to green economy.”A “green economy” in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication is one of the central themes of next year’s Fourth UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, which will be held in the Brazilian city in June 2012.The report highlights electricity projects developed through PPP in Argentina which will provide power to small rural communities.An 86-kilowatt hydroelectric station in Argentina’s Patagonia region will provide power to the tiny rural community of Cochico, while a wind and diesel hybrid system of the same size will supply the isolated village of Chorriaca. Both communities currently make do with inadequate and polluting diesel generators that operate sporadically.The new electricity sources are the result of cooperative efforts between the communities, Patagonia’s provincial Government and members of the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, a non-profit organization created by several of the world’s largest utilities to promote sustainable energy development in developing and emerging nations.“Private and public sector collaboration can bring clean, reliable electricity to those without it,” said Michael Morris, the chief executive officer (CEO) of American Electric Power and this year’s chair of the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (formerly known as the e8).“By the end of 2011, we will have met with energy and finance ministers from more than 50 countries and worked on policy changes they want to make to become more attractive to investors in electricity projects.“Strong synergies can result when power technologies that emit few or zero greenhouse gases are coupled with enabling public policies and financing. In addition to improving the lives and environment of people by supplying them with non-polluting electricity, the projects will also stimulate the growth of jobs in manufacturing and services,” Mr. Morris added.Speaking at a news conference at UN Headquarters, Tariq Banuri, the Director of the Division of Sustainable Development in the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), said access to energy was not only at the heart of economic growth, but was key to human development.“If you do no have energy you can not get clean water to people. If you cannot get clean water you cannot save children and infants from dying. Infant mortality… is in part related to the lack of energy services,” said Mr. Banuri. “The world needs a global programme to address this issue,” he added.Mr. Morris stressed that the Partnership’s projects were “small in nature and huge in impact.” “They take a population which is absolutely either without energy or on very high pollution sources of energy,” he said.“The partnership with the UN and the UN-Energy group is important because it will give all of us a broader breadth of understanding of the challenges to bring electricity to those populations that are underserved. Our mission and our goal is to continue to find those places where we can take those steps and do that in a constructive way because of the impact that it has on the human good,” added Mr. Morris.According to Thierry Vandal, President and CEO of Hydro-Quebec, the Partnership focused on projects that made “economic sense” were “environmentally responsible” and met the immediate needs of the communities where they were situated.Juergen Grossman, the CEO of the energy firm RWE AG, stressed the link between electricity and education.“I don’t think that we can bring a level playing field to lots of developing nations without access to the Internet and that depends on electricity,” he told the new conference. Access to electricity could also be linked to prosperity, according to James Rogers, the chairman and chief executive office of Duke Energy. read more


He said the move is part of efforts to keep the city of Colombo and the Western Province clean and beautiful. The Government today said that legal action will be taken against cattle owners in the Western Province if the cattle are not taken off the streets by December 15.Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka said that cattle on the streets in the Western Province will be captured and transferred to a cattle orphanage in Embilipitiya.


Launched Wednesday in Buenos Aires, the first edition of FAO’s Panorama of Rural Poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean, presented during the Week of Agriculture and Food, warned of an historical reversal in the struggle to improve the region’s rural, which now totals 59 million people.The last regional setback of this magnitude was a result of 2008 international financial crisis.“We cannot tolerate that one of every two rural inhabitants is poor, and one-in-five, indigent,” said Julio Berdegué, FAO Regional Representative. “Worse still, we have suffered a historical reversal, a break in the trend that makes it clear that we are leaving our rural areas behind.”Rural areas decimated by poverty, climatic vulnerabilityAccording to the report, poverty, insecurity and environmental vulnerability have driven much involuntary migration from the region’s rural areas between 2014 and 2016.It indicates that most of the people who leave in Central America flee from rural municipalities, including small towns and cities with less than 100 000 inhabitants.“Irregular and insecure migration from the countryside is a social and politically priority,” Mr. Berdegué explained, saying the solution lies in “turning rural territories into prosperous and socially cohesive places.”According to FAO, eliminating rural poverty would help to tackle the illegal activities, including human and drug trafficking, that increase the region’s insecurity.,Even though only 18 per cent of the region’s population lives in rural areas, they account for 29 per cent of Latin America’s poor. Moreover, 27 million people, or 41 per cent of those who suffer extreme poverty in the region, live in rural areas.“The countryside and the rural areas are key for the economic growth of the countries, for the development of their exports and for the employment of millions,” Mr. Berdegué maintained.“It is there that we find the roots of agro-industry – which drives scientific and technological innovation in the region – as well as thousands of family farmers that produce the majority of food for local consumption,” he added.Rural development = Sustainable developmentA key target of the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) calls for reducing by at least half the proportion of people living in poverty by the year 2030. According to the report, this will be out of reach for several regional countries without major improvement.,The publication highlights key measures for rural populations to reduce poverty:Create efficient, inclusive and sustainable agricultural sectors by investing in public goods; increasing access to land, rural services and information; and better manage agricultural risks.Extend rural social protection programmes by promoting synergies with the productive and agricultural sectors.Sustainably manage natural resources; link poverty reduction policies with environmental sustainability; and promote resilience against environmental and economic shocks.Promote rural non-agricultural employment by fostering urban-rural linkages, private investment and basic infrastructure.Improve infrastructure by increasing and intensifying public investment in territorial assets and link infrastructure with associated public services.,“Without rural development there will be no sustainable development, since 132 of the 169 goals of the SDGs are intimately linked to rural development, and two-out-of-ten goals can only be achieved in these areas,” warned Mr. Berdegué. read more


Qatar’s contribution of $75 million, which will be stretched over a period of five years, includes support for strengthening the counter-terror office’s strategy, backing efforts to support victims of terrorism, and preventing violent extremism.The committment is one of a host of new agreements signed between Qatar and the UN on Sunday, Mr. Guterres shared during his briefing to journalists, and praised such strides as a  “quantum leap” in the Qatar-UN relationship.The funds for strengthening the UN’s counter-terrorism activities were part of a full pledge from Qatar that amounted to $500 million. There will also agreements to provide annual support to UN Developmental Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Funsd(UNICEF), the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.In his keynote address, Mr. Guterres said:  “Perhaps the most precious – and increasingly scarce – resource in our world today is dialogue,” he said, and added that more exchanges like those taking place at the Forum are needed, but dwindling trust is paralyzing the conversation. He said platforms like the Doha Forum, which nurse the exchange of ideas, are lacking in number, but vital.We face enormous challenges that can’t be solved by any country on its own – UN chief“As I said at the UN General Assembly, our world is suffering from a bad case of trust deficit disorder.”“The world is more connected, yet societies  are becoming more fragmented,” he decried. “Challenges are growing outward while many people are turning inward.”“This is the ultimate paradox in today’s world,” he said, calling it a chaotic “in-between” period for world order, and pointing to fear as the ultimate driver.“The best-selling brand in our world today is fear. It gets ratings. It wins votes. It generates clicks.”The UN’s duty in conflict is that of “an honest broker,” and “impartial element,” Mr. Guterres explained to students at Hamad Bin Kahlifa University as part of his visit to Doha. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets ambitious goals for its Member States to tackle the complex challenges of our time, which the UN chief nominated as “the blueprint” for the important role of fair globalization.Spotlighting climate change, Mr. Guterres said this challenge is a battle for our future, “and in this conflict, nature does not negotiate,” but to our advantage, emerging technologies can help us overcome this scourge, so long as such developments are monitored. Recapping his recent participations in the successful adoption of the Global Compact on Migration in Marrakech, an agreement on a ‘rulebook’ in Poland laying out the way forward for the 2015 Paris climate accord , and a breakthrough in Yemen peace talks in Sweden, Mr. Guterres said  “each of these… underline a core reality in today’s world.” “To put it simply: We face enormous challenges that can’t be solved by any country on its own,” he told attendees at the two-day meeting ‘s conclusion.From Saturday to Sunday, policy leaders at the Doha Forum discussed international alliance, and addressed topics of terrorism, cybertechnology, and the media, among others.On the Forum’s sidelines, heads of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the State of Qatar, along with Vladimir Vorokonkov and Major General Abdul Aziz Al Ansaari, respectively, jointly signed a Contribution Agreement whereby Qatar agreed to support UNOCT’s counter-terrorism strategy implementation. To ensure the “pace and promise” of technology is responsibly maximized, he urged for investment in education, a new generation of support for people struggling to adapt, and a need for collective mobilization, to ensure technology will be “a force for good.”Mr. Guterres highlighted that just as the tech sector is transforming, so are our livelihoods; which encompass the work-life balance which will be  “completely different in the future we are facing.”“We need an education, not to learn how to do things, but to learn how to learn because many of those that are today in schools and universities will have jobs that simply do not exist and are not even envisionable today.”He concluded his address on a hopeful note, applauding recent milestones by nations who have championed war and poverty through effective collaboration.“When we work together, we can achieve great things for the good of all people.”“International cooperation works. and that cooperation has never been more critical to repair broken trust and uphold dignity for one and all.” read more


Triggered by violent demonstrations and numerous allegations of government mismanagement of public funds, and “worrying episodes” of violence in some Port-au-Prince neighbourhoods, Special Representative Helen La Lime said that although progress has been slow, the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) has had a positive impact.Noting progress on “reinforcing rule of law institutions, increasing the capacity of the Haitian National Police, and promoting human rights”, she pointed out that the government now has a dedicated ministerial level focal point for human rights, which “indicates Haiti’s readiness to engage with international human rights bodies and to prepare a national action plan.”Ms. La Lime said it was encouraging that the national ombudsperson’s office is slowly increasing its influence outside of the capital, Port-au-Prince and that the space for human rights organizations is expanding in general.Through a constructive and peaceful dialogue, the democratically-elected Government of Haiti could…implement programmes that improve the lives of its citizens — Special Representative Helen La LimeShe pointed out that at the Prime Minister’s request, a joint commission had been established between MINUJUSTH, his advisers and other UN agencies, to remove bottlenecks in implementing the mission’s mandate and to provide a technical support forum.However, much remains to be done, such as replicating successful pilot projects throughout the country, including one that tackles pre-trial detention in the jurisdiction of Port-au-Prince; and addressing in a systemic manner gang violence which has become endemic to several Port-au-Prince neighborhoods.“It would behoove not only the government of Haiti, but also the international community to fulfill their commitment to fully fund the five-year HNP [Haitian National Police] Strategic Development Plan, so as to ensure the continued buildup of human, logistical and material capacity of the institution,” she continued, assuring the Council that “MINUJUSTH will focus on fulfilling these objectives.”She informed the chamber that following a request by the Haitian authorities, a needs assessment mission was recently deployed to Port-au-Prince to determine the UN’s level of technical assistance and logistical support to the country’s upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections.Transition from UN peacekeeping to support role continuesMs. La Lime asserted that while all MINUJUSTH benchmarks would not be achieved by 15 October 2019, with responsible planning, the reconfiguration of the UN presence in Haiti to a non-peacekeeping one is “still feasible,” reporting that “this month MINUJUSTH will be reducing the footprint of its Formed Police Units from seven to five.”Stressing that the mission’s success depends on the Government functioning properly, she noted that over the last weeks she has contacted the President, Prime Minister, political leaders and key private sector players to advocate for a de-escalation of current tensions and respect for constitutional order.Citing the Government’s efficient response to the 6 October earthquake as demonstrating the capacity of a united Haitian State, Ms. La Lime asserted that it was important to collectively assist the country in emerging from the current political impasse.“Through a constructive and peaceful dialogue, the democratically-elected Government of Haiti could set the stage for the next cycle of elections, and continue to implement programmes that improve the lives of its citizens,” she concluded. read more


first_imgBrésil : l’appel d’offres pour le barrage géant est suspenduBrésil – L’appel d’offres pour la construction du troisième plus grand barrage hydroélectrique du monde en Amazonie a été suspendu par une décision de la justice de l’État amazonien du Para, au nord du Brésil.  Contesté par les indigènes et les écologistes, la construction du gigantesque barrage hydroélectrique Belo Monte est à nouveau en suspens, malgré le feu vert pour le lancement de l’appel d’offres accordé vendredi par la justice fédérale brésilienne. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéPrévu mardi 20 avril à 15h00 GMT, le lancement de l’appel d’offres a finalement été une nouvelle fois suspendu par un arrêté de la justice de l’État du Para. Le ministère public de l’État estime que le projet de Belo Monte constitue un “affront aux lois de l’environnement”, de même qu’il suscite des doutes “quant à la biodiversité et à la survie des populations le long des 100 Km du Rio Xingu (…) où vivent 12.000 familles”, pour la plupart indigènes. Le Rio Xingu devra en effet être détourné pour alimenter un barrage gigantesque qui viendra inonder 500 km²de terres. Avec sa capacité de 11.000 MW, Belo Monte deviendra le deuxième plus grand barrage du Brésil, et le troisième du monde après celui des Trois-Gorges, en Chine. La construction de Belo Monte nécessitera un investissement de quelque 8,2 milliards d’euros, et le gouvernement brésilien, qui soutient ce projet, espère pouvoir profiter dès 2015 de l’énergie produite par le barrage.Le 22 avril 2010 à 14:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more