Planning for your Child’s Special Needs: Applying Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

first_img4.) Encouraging resilience: Teach children about emotions – have them point out how they feel perhaps by using a smiley face rating scale or flash cards.Supplement the pointing by verbal prompts such as: “When my face looks like this I am feeling…” or “Today I feel like…” Written by: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.Major General Paul D Eaton – retired of the United States army states that “the future of our kids will be greatly enriched and enhanced if we infuse their earliest years with sensitive and thoughtful skills that will help them develop into a healthy, connected, and constructive generation of adults.”.The sensitive and thoughtful skills Major Eaton is referring to constitute social-emotional learning.  Social-emotional learning (SEL), as defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”Children with disabilities often find themselves struggling emotionally. Specifically, they tend not to be accepted by their peers, and they display shortcomings in the way they interact with peers and adults. Further, they have difficulty reading nonverbal and other subtle social cues.Some children with more severe cognitive impairments may lack age-appropriate social understanding of complex interactions. Further, students whose language is impaired may have appropriate understanding of social situations but may have difficulty communicating effectively with others.It is important therefore to teach children with disabilities the skills to recognize emotions, experience empathy, pursue goals and effective navigate interpersonal relationships (CASEL, 2012).Parents/guardians can encourage social-emotional learning in their homes by:1.) Being deliberate: Use progressive supports –Help your child identify a sibling’s emotions or of someone they see on television. – “Julie seems sad.”Ask leading questions – “Why do you think she is sad?”; “how can we make her smile?”Suggest solutions – “Maybe you can ask to play with her.” 2.) Using Scaffolding: ReferencesSupporting the Emotional Needs of Kids with DisabilitiesRaising Caring, Confident, Capable Children Take the time to debrief and teach SEL. Demonstrate and describe:Sharing (cooking and sharing dinnertime with family members, passing on the tv remote for someone else’s favorite program etc.)Kindness (helping a family member find something, organize for school next day)Friendship (visiting with friends at home, having a game night with friends)Cooperation (willing to change schedule to accommodate a family member’s needs)Teamwork (sharing chores, cleaning up together etc.)Sharing your feelings (“I feel upset right now”, “this makes me so happy”) 3.) Modeling SEL at home: 5.) Reviewing the school day: What was one cool thing you learned today?What is one question you didn’t get to ask today that you would like answered?What was your most favorite activity today, why?What was one thing you did with someone else today that you really enjoyed?What was something you learned today that can help you at home?What do you think we will learn next? 6.) Validating expression of child’s emotions: When emotions are expressed, do ask questions (for e.g. “what’s wrong?”; “You seem so happy today, I like it, what’s up?”)When emotions are expressed, don’t:Invalidate – “stop crying”Minimize – make the child laugh for examplePunish – impose time-out etc. Reading stories that evoke emotions:“What do you think Johnny is feeling right now?“What can Johnny do to make himself feel better?”“What did you learn from the story about how Johnny felt during…” Building feelings of competency and mastery – “that is the best work, so well done!”; “Look how far you have come…”Encouraging optimism – “I know our amusement park trip got canceled because of rain but you know we have a lot fun indoors everyday and we will postpone the park to another day!”Teaching children to reframe – “I am sorry our picnic got canceled, how can we make a picnic indoors?”Disarming with charm – “You seem really upset, would you like to talk about it, get a glass of water, put your head down for a bit?”Modeling resiliency – “ I feel bad that I got sick and we couldn’t go on our vacation last week, but I am happy to be well again and we now have a whole new plan for next time.”last_img read more

Your Real Brand > Your Personal Brand

first_imgThis idea is not what you think it is. It’s different and in some ways, more important. It’s about your brand. Not the manufactured and manicured brand that social media allows you to present to the world. You know, the one you work hard to build.This is about your real brand. The brand that has nothing to do with social media. This brand is made up of how people feel about interacting with you personally, in real life. This brand isn’t the facade; this brand is the foundation and the structure. That experience is your real brand.What is the experience people have when they meet you?Do you give the person you are interacting with your full and undivided attention, making them feel that they are the most important person during the time you spend with them? Or was some distraction more important?How do you treat people who hold no position of power or influence and can do nothing for you? Do you acknowledge them, giving them the significance they may feel that they are lacking? Do you ignore them, recognizing they can do nothing for you?Is your behavior indicative of someone who does good work, who is conscientious, and who cares deeply? Is your brand that of excellence, of going the extra mile? Or is your brand “skating by,” doing only what is necessary and nothing more?This brand, your real brand, is more important than your brand on the internet and social media. It is your real character. It’s who you are when no one is looking and when you are not taking a selfie.Now, if your “personal brand” isn’t exactly your “real brand,” then your “personal brand” isn’t your brand. That incongruity means that what others see is not what they get. That your talk is not your walk. That it is, in fact, a facade and that the foundation and the structure are weak, not strong enough to support a better brand.You are better off improving your “real brand” than your “personal brand.” Who you are matters more than what you do. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Marathi cinema hogs the spotlight

first_imgPune: The psychologically probing and uniquely textured films of the directing duo of Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhtankar shone once more as their recent offering Kaasav (Turtle) won the ‘Golden Lotus’ award at the 64th National Film Awards announced in Delhi on Friday.Marathi cinema, in general, fared well with the cream of the industry’s offerings being noticed and acknowledged at the awards. Dashakriya won the Best Marathi film award, while Rajesh Mapuskar, who directed Ventilator, was adjudged Best Director. The announcement is particularly gratifying for Ms. Bhave and Mr. Sukhtankar as it comes on the occasion of World Health Day at a time when the World Health Organisation (WHO) has selected ‘depression’ as this year’s theme.The much-acclaimed Kaasav (which is yet to be released) stars Alok Rajawade as Manav, a disturbed, alienated and suicidal boy, who is sheltered by a woman Janaki (superbly played by Irawati Harshe) battling loneliness.The film sensitively and intellectually portrays how patience and understanding can bring relief to people battling depression. More importantly, the film brings the malady of depression — often a taboo — into sharp relief and compels discussion on it rather than leave it lurking in the shadows Ms. Bhave and Mr. Sukhtankar are known for their psychological studies delving into the troubled recesses of the human mind in films like Astu (2015), starring Dr. Mohan Agashe, which dealt with Alzheimer’s and Devrai (2004), starring Atul Kulkarni, which tackled schizophrenia.Dr. Agashe, who produced Kaasav, observes that the film is a metaphor of a mother turtle which hatches her eggs and leaves before the young ones are born.The emotional slice-of-life drama Ventilator, produced by Priyanka Chopra (who also has a cameo in the film) bagged a clutch of awards including ‘Best Editing and Best Video Recording’ and ‘Best Sound Mixing.’The film, which marks an acting comeback for director-actor Ashutosh Govarikar, is seasoned with satire and laced with heavy doses of black comedy in chronicling two days in the life of the extremely large Kamerkar family, and the shenanigans that ensue when one of the family elders is admitted to the hospital and put on a ventilator.Veteran actor Manoj Joshi won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Dashakriya, while the film also bagged the Best Screenplay award (adapted) for Sanjay Krushnaji Patil.The film, directed by newcomer Sandip Bhalachandra Patil, stars Dilip Prabhavalkar and is a searing indictment of the evils of the caste system which it powerfully portrays through the odyssey of a young boy, Bhanudas.While 2016 began with a bang for Marathi cinema, with the Nagraj Manjule-directed Sairat becoming a wild box-office smash and Natsamrat featuring some powerful, heavy-duty acting by Nana Patekar, the majority of the year has produced middling fare. far away from the hallowed standards which one has come to expect from Marathi cinema post the award-winning Shwaas (2004).The three films feted at the National Film Awards roster have reclaimed the spotlight for Marathi cinema.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger collects record 7th FA Cup as Arsenal F.C. beat Chelsea F.C. in final

first_imgRemoving the record seventh FA Cup winner’s medal from his pocket, Arsene Wenger was gratified and yet apprehensive.”For once I have kept my medal,” said the Arsenal manager, who usually gives them away to staff members. “So that means it’s a special night for me.”And maybe his last night managing an Arsenal team.Even after beating Chelsea 2-1 in the final on Saturday, Wenger indicated he has to stew until Tuesday’s board meeting before discovering whether his 21-year reign will be extended by the record 13-time FA Cup winners.Owner Stan Kroenke told The Associated Press earlier in the season he remained “very high on Arsene.” Unsurprisingly, Wenger is anxious about publicly discussing whether he expects the north London club to offer a new contract.”I don’t think I can answer that question,” Wenger said, “at the moment.”Aaron Ramsey, who scored the winning goal to deny English Premier League champion Chelsea a double, certainly hopes there isn’t change in the dugout.”I’m happy for the manager,” Ramsey said on the Wembley Stadium pitch. “Hopefully he will be here next season.”The fan base certainly seems more divided, with Wenger bemoaning the “very hostile environment” created by some fans demanding his removal.”It’s down to the board members if I am the right man to lead this club further,” the 67-year-old Frenchman said. “It’s not about popularity, it’s about competence.”Perhaps more competent leadership would have cleared up far sooner whether Wenger was staying. Delivering the FA Cup three times in four seasons has papered over some of the cracks as Arsenal have repeatedly come up short in the Premier League and Europe.advertisementThe Gunners were eliminated from the Champions League for the seventh consecutive season in the last 16. And they won’t even be back among Europe’s elite in September after finishing fifth in the Premier League; the lowest finish since Wenger took charge in 1996.”I am convinced we were hurt by the uncertainty about my future with the players,” Wenger said.AP PhotoAnd yet Arsenal still ended the campaign with a cup victory that Wenger puts on a par with his last Premier League success in the unbeaten 2003-04 season.Just as the season reached its climax, Arsenal turned in the type of tenacious display lacking so often, and against a side so commanding in the Premier League in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge.For once, this was a day when so much went right for Wenger, even with a patched-up injury-depleted defense featuring captain Per Mertesacker making his first start in more than a year.”We had outstanding performances,” Wenger said. “We know this team has suffered.”But the season has ended with a run of six victories in May after Wenger adopted the three-man defense that has served Conte so well, until now.”They showed strength and unity,” Wenger said, “and we played spectacular football again.”There was better luck, too.When Alexis Sanchez put the ball in the net after four minutes, it appeared to be initially disallowed because Ramsey was adjudged to be interfering with play while offside. But the decision by Anthony Taylor’s assistant was overturned by the referee.”Ramsey’s interfering,” Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said. “If he doesn’t run to the ball, I can go out and claim the ball but now because he runs I stop and then Sanchez takes advantage.”And scored his 30th goal of the season.Arsenal even had the luxury of a man advantage from the 68th when Victor Moses received a second yellow card for diving. Somehow, though, Diego Costa managed to equalize in the 76th, bringing down Willian’s lofted ball on his chest and striking past David Ospina.Rather than imploding, Arsenal were back in front within three minutes.On an afternoon when so much bucked the story of the season, double player of the year N’Golo Kante failed to track Ramsey, who was left unmarked to meet Olivier Giroud’s dinked pass back.”It’s been an up and down season,” Ramsey said, “but to finish it with an FA Cup has to be a successful season.”But it is the losers who still head in the offseason the most buoyant. Revitalized after the 10th-place league finish in 2016, Chelsea lifted the biggest prize in English football last week after winning 30 of the 38 games.”Maybe now we’re a bit sad, but we shouldn’t forget the amazing season we’ve had being (Premier League) champions,” Courtois said. “A lot of teams are waiting to be champions for very long, including Arsenal.”advertisementInstead, the FA Cup is the consolation prize again for Arsenal and Wenger.last_img read more

Kohli almost a legend: Dhoni after India skipper becomes No.1 Test batsman

first_imgIndia may have finished second best to England in the recently concluded Edgbaston Test but Virat Kohli’s form with the bat and the bowling unit’s performance have raised hopes that a cracking series could be upon us.Former captain MS Dhoni, in his own inimitable style, threw a hint why he thought India will compete in the five match Test series.”To win a Test match you need 20 wickets. And we did that. That’s all I will say. It doesn’t matter how well you bat and how well you are there for five days but if you take 20 wickets, you can win a Test match,” he said at an event in Mumbai.World cricket needs MS Dhoni as much as it needs Virat Kohli: David RichardsonSasoned seamer and now spearhead of India’s pace attack, Ishant Sharma and off spinner R Ashwin took 13 wickets between them at Edgbaston, exposing limitations of England’s batting.Virat Kohli finding a special place among Indian greats: Sanjay MajrekarAlthough India’s batsmen failing to provide support to Kohli’s remarkable run-scoring spree remains a worry, Dhoni was all praise for the Indian captain’s batting when asked about him climbing at the top of ICC’s individual ranking list.India vs England: Time for Virat Kohli the leader to stand up and deliver”Virat is the best. He has reached a status where he is close to legend status. I am very happy for him. The way he has batted everywhere and the last few years he has been brilliant taking the team forward. That’s what you want from a leader. All the best to him and very well done,” he said.advertisementVirat Kohli wants his batsmen to look in the mirror after Edgbaston defeatAfter his 149 and 51 in Edgbaston Test which India lost by 31 runs, Kohli has become the seventh Indian batsman and first since Sachin Tendulkar in 2011 to be ranked No.1 in ICC’s Test batting rankings.Virat Kohli can become the greatest Indian batsman of all time: SangakkaraDhoni meanwhile, was last seen in action during the three-match one-day series against England, which India lost 1-2.In the series, Dhoni became the fourth Indian and 12th batsmen overall to score 10,000 runs in ODIs.He also became the third Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to play 500 international matches when he walked on the field for India’s second T20I vs England. India had won the series 2-1.Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 and stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in 2017. His form with the bat has since taken a dip but he continues to be a cult figure in Indian cricket circles.last_img read more

2nd-placed India open up 2-point lead over England in ICC women’s ODI rankings

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiOctober 7, 2019UPDATED: October 7, 2019 17:01 IST (Courtesy by BCCI)India not only maintained their second position but also increased the lead over England in the latest ICC women’s ODI rankings on Monday.The Indian women’s team (125), led by Mithali Raj, has widened their gap over England (122) from one to three points.In the T20I ranking, India are placed at the fifth position.Australia’s consistent performances have ensured a tight grasp on the top spots of both women’s ODI and T20I rankings tables which was introduced in October last year.In ODI rankings, the West Indies have lost five points and are now just two points ahead of Pakistan in seventh place.Australia, who won the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies last year, have increased their lead over England from 10 to 14 points in the T20I Player rankings, a table that has increased from 46 to 55 teams over the past year.Among other teams, Thailand have moved to within four points of 10th placed Ireland after a remarkable run saw them win a world record 17 consecutive matches earlier this year, breaking the previous record of 16 successive wins by Australia.Thailand, who played the most T20Is in this period with 25 matches and winning 21 of them, have also qualified for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, the first time the country will figure in a global cricket event.Denmark (40th) and Mexico (41st) are the biggest gainers in the T20I rankings table with eight points each while Ireland and Singapore have lost seven points each.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India women’s cricket teamFollow ICC Women’s ODI rankingsFollow ICC women’s T20I rankings 2nd-placed India open up 2-point lead over England in ICC women’s ODI rankingsAustralia have retained their lead of 26 points over India in the ICC Women’s ODI rankings and done even better in the shorter format.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Ambassador Vasciannie to Address Jamaica 50 Ceremony in Atlanta

first_imgWASHINGTON – Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, is slated to deliver the keynote address at an awards ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 19 which will culminate a series of year-long series activities staged in that city to mark Jamaica’s 50th Independence Anniversary The function, which is scheduled for the Atlanta City Hall Atrium, will see a number of Jamaicans residing in that city, being honoured for outstanding contributions to that community.   Noted Jamaican singer, Karen Smith, and Atlanta-based artiste, Monty Montgomery, head the list of entertainers slated to perform at what is expected to be a grand affair. Several activities, showcasing Jamaica’s culture and heritage, were organized by the Jamaica 50 Atlanta Planning Committee, as Jamaicans and other nationals commemorated the country’s Independence Jubilee during 2012. The events included: an Ecumenical and Thanksgiving Service at St. Timothy’s Methodist Church; a Flag Raising Ceremony at Atlanta City Hall; and an Independence Ball hosted by the Atlanta/Jamaica Association. Other events staged, which were endorsed by the Planning Committee, included: a fashion cabaret; and the Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival. Patron of the activities, Jamaica’s Honourary Consul to Atlanta, Vin Martin, said the aim was to present an “entertaining and culturally-pleasing round of events that everyone (could) participate in and celebrate with us”, adding that “I know we succeeded in doing that”.   Planning Committee President, Heather Potter, described the activities as a “wonderful celebration for the Jamaican community here in Atlanta (which) has allowed all of the metro-Atlanta area to experience Jamaica at its best”.last_img read more

RADA Extension Officers to Attend Workshop to Tackle Beet Armyworm

first_imgSome 20 Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Extension Officers and Researchers at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries are to take part in a training workshop, geared at combating the Beet Armyworm.The workshop will be held from March 18 to 22, and March 25 to 26 at the Junction Guest House, in St. Elizabeth. The last outbreak of the Beet Armyworm in 2012 saw over 45 hectares of crops being severely damaged by the pest, including 10 hectares of onion and eight hectares of escallion, valued at $30.9 million. To tackle the pest, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries approached the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for assistance, and in October 2012, they signed a two-year project agreement titled: ‘Strengthening a National Beet Armyworm Programme’.The FAO committed US$213,000 (J$20.25 million) of its Technical Co-operation programme resources to address the issue. Through the project, the FAO will provide technical expertise and inputs to train extension officers and farmers using Farmer Field Schools and demonstration plots.In November 2012, technical staff of the Research and Development Division and RADA began implementation of the project.The FAO’s involvement is bolstered by a partnership with Agricultural Co-operative Development International/Volunteers in Overseas Co-operative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA), which is providing resources to support the project, beginning with $644, 000.00 for the training course, which targets Extension Officers. The workshop will be led by trainers from ACDI/VOCA, who will be using the Farmer Field School approach, designed specifically to address the beet armyworm problem, with the focus on farmers. Entomologist, Dr. Kathy Dalip, who is a Consultant with the FAO, will also be participating in the workshop.The Farmer Field School (FFS) is an approach used to get farmers together to solve common problems. They usually meet once a week in their community with trained FFS facilitators, where they carry out simple experiments and exercises, aimed at addressing problems being encountered in their fields, such as pests. By Judith A. Hunter, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Corus Studios Announces Start of Production on Fierce Fashion Competition Series STITCHED

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, March, 22, 2018 – Fast fashion and flying hemlines have a whole new meaning as Corus Studios, a division of Corus Entertainment, starts production and international sales on STITCHED (12×60), a fierce original fashion competition series that fuses jaw-dropping creations and big personalities from the world of North American fashion. Hosted by Canadian fashion model Kim Cloutier, the series boasts an esteemed panel of resident judges including style expert Joe Zee and ELLE Canada’s Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa Craft. Produced by FORTÉ Entertainment in association with Corus Studios for Slice™, STITCHED is shooting in Toronto, Ont. and slated to premiere in fall 2018.“From talented designers across North America and wicked critiques from our incomparable panel of judges to stunning high fashion creations, STITCHED is fashion-forward competition at its best,” said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President of Original Content, Corus Entertainment. “STITCHED marks an exciting new endeavor for Corus Studios as it continues to develop show-stopping original unscripted content for domestic audiences and international distribution.”Introducing a new wave of talented fashion designers, the series matches wits and stitches in an epic fashion throw-down in three rounds. In every high-style-meets-high-stakes episode, four competitors face off in dramatically themed challenges with one designer eliminated each round. Facing the oh-so-sharp resident judges and a new guest judge per episode, designers create ambitious outfits inspired by unique materials and concepts under tight timelines. In the end, the top designer from each episode rises to the top with a couture-level creation that earns them the $10,000 prize. “STITCHED marks a fabulous new chapter in the world of fashion reality competition and we know that this exciting, original format is going to make waves in Canada and beyond,” said Executive Producer Andrea Gabourie, FORTÉ Entertainment.  “We are delighted to partner with Corus on this great series and show that strong, successful domestic formats can stand equal to blockbusters from around the world.”Meet the endlessly chic host and panel of STITCHED:Kim Cloutier (Host): Montreal-born and internationally known fashion model Kim Cloutier takes the reigns as host.  Having worked on campaigns spanning from Victoria Secret to Redken, Kim brings her insider knowledge of the fashion industry to the STITCHED runway.Joe Zee (Resident Judge): World-renowned fashion power player with over two decades of experience, Joe has occupied top positions at several prestigious publications (Vanity Fair, Allure, Elle US), as well as conquering the worlds of broadcast, digital and publishing.  Formerly, Joe served as the executive creative director at Yahoo Style and is a frequent fashion and pop culture expert with regular appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s TODAY show, CNN, Extra! and Access Hollywood.Vanessa Craft (Resident Judge): ELLE Canada’s Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Craft rounds out the solid resident judging panel. A jet-setting authority on fashion who is a fixture at international runway shows, this style expert is eloquent and playful and always looking for the deeper story behind a designer’s vision.Additional details on STITCHED will be announced at later date. The series is available for international sales at MIPTV. Visit Rita Carbone Fleury, Corus Studios Worldwide Sales at Stand R7.N3 (Riviera 7).For Corus, Krista Look is the Director of Original Lifestyle Content and Andrea Griffith is Executive in Charge of Production. On behalf of FORTÉ Entertainment, Andrea Gabourie and Mitchell Gabourie serve as Executive Producers and Natalie Schenk is Series Producer.Corus Studios is a division of Corus Entertainment.About Corus StudiosEstablished in 2015, Corus Studios, a division of Corus Entertainment, is a premium content studio that develops, produces and distributes a wide array of original lifestyle, unscripted and factual content globally. Offering dynamic programming that entertains, informs and drives audiences across platforms, Corus Studios content is featured across Corus’ suite of channels, including HGTV Canada, HISTORY®, Food Network Canada, and SLICE™. To date, Corus Studios content has been sold in over 100 territories worldwide.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at FORTÉ EntertainmentFORTÉ Entertainment is a multi-disciplinary production company helmed by internationally award-winning creators and producers, Andrea and Mitchell Gabourie. FORTÉ creates and produces a wide range of high-quality, audience-winning content in the factual, lifestyle, scripted and kids’ spaces for clients and broadcasters worldwide.  FORTÉ’s recent credits include the award-winning Canadian production of the international smash hit format, Hello Goodbye (CBC), for which they also won the 2017 Lifestyle Rocky Award; the original, Emmy-nominated, multi-award winning kids’ reality program Snapshots (CBC Kids); original factual series Life Story Project (OWN); Let’s Get Hitched (CBC), the HGTV Canada digital series Great Canadian Homes, and the upcoming fashion competition series, STITCHED, for Slice.  Andrea and Mitchell are veterans of the television and film industry and have been the creative forces behind series such as Project Runway All-Star Challenge (Lifetime), Project Runway Canada (Global/Slice), Star Racer (Discovery), The Worst Thing I Ever Did (Discovery ID), The Buck Calder Experience (CHUM), Zoink’d (YTV) and Great Performances (PBS).  FORTÉ produces commercials and branded content through its commercial division, HEADTRIP FILMS.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Slice on Twitter @Slice_tv | Facebook ( #STITCHED Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Cast from left to right: Joe Zee, Kim Cloutier and Vanessa Craft. Photo courtesy of Corus Entertainment. (CNW Group/Corus Entertainment Inc.) Twitterlast_img read more

US MoroccoAlgeria Diplomatic Normalization Will Improve Security

Rabat – King Mohammed VI’s offer came on November 6 as he gave a commemorative speech on the 43rd anniversary of the Green March.The Moroccan monarch called for unity and brotherhood in the Maghreb region, saying that decades of cold diplomacy served no one’s interests in a region with a shared history that faces multiple common security and socio-political challenges.Reacting to King Mohammed VI’s message, the US State Department said that rapprochement between Algiers and Rabat could help de-escalate regional tensions between two important players. MAP, Morocco’s state news agency, quoted the State Department as saying that dialogue and improved diplomatic ties between the two neighbors would lead to significant gains for regional security.“The US Government has urged Algeria and Morocco to recognize that improved relations will help the two countries tackle common bilateral and regional issues such as terrorism, illegal immigration, drug trafficking and economic integration,” the Department of State told MAP.Algeria silent, inflexible despite warm international reactionsKing Mohammed VI’s “frank dialogue” and Maghrebi brotherhood message has garnered positive reactions in Africa and elsewhere.The US’s reading of the regional implications of the royal message echoed reactions by other governments and international bodies.Spain, France, the UAE, Jordan, the African Union and the United Nations Secretary-General were all quick to applaud King Mohammed VI’s move. They hailed the boldness of Mohammed VI’s proposal to set aside decades of hostility and give a chance for peace and diplomatic normalization.The international community’s response has supported the belief that frank dialogue between Algiers and Rabat would also help settle the Western Sahara question. Meanwhile, since the King’s speech, Algeria has shown no signs of readiness to allow the diplomatic overtures Morocco wishes.Earlier this week, Morocco’s ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (PJD), announced plans of a trip to Algiers to meet with Algerian political parties.PJD’s statement said that the party hoped to “seek solutions with a view to normalizing bilateral relations and overcoming all disputes that prevent the development of cooperation between the two countries.”But Algerian parties have turned down PJD’s proposal. They argued that necessary steps to facilitate normalization between the two countries should come from governments rather than political parties.“The parties do not have the capacity to make decisions binding on both countries,” said Mohamed Doubi, the secretary general of Algeria’s Ennahda party. read more

UN trains Congolese exfighters in policing

2 March 2010The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is training hundreds of police officers, including former members of armed groups, in human rights and public security in the country’s volatile far east. During the training programme in Munigi, near Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, 500 police personnel, with 50 women among them, will also undergo training in road traffic management and the maintenance and restoration of public order.The five-week scheme falls under the security component of the Government’s stabilization and recovery programme, known as STAREC, and seeks to restore State authority through police reform to consolidate peace and boost civilian protection.Hundreds of thousands of people in North Kivu have been uprooted from their homes by violence in recent years.“People continue to suffer from the insecurity they [experience] on a daily basis,” Aminata Mossi of the UN mission, known by its French acronym MONUC, said at the opening ceremony of the programme over the weekend.The project is the result of close collaboration among MONUC, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is funding the $1.8 million training programme, which intends to reach more than 4,000 police officers overall. read more

UN panel pays out nearly 1 billion for losses from Iraqi invasion

A Geneva-based United Nations panel today paid out nearly $1 billion in damages arising from Iraq’s 1990 invasion – and subsequent occupation – of Kuwait.The UN Compensation Commission, which draws its funds from a portion of Iraqi oil revenue, disbursed $995,381,059 to 1,750 successful claimants.The money was granted to 25 countries and two international organizations – the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Collectively, they are responsible for distributing payments within one year, or the money must be returned to the Commission. If a government or international organization fails to report back to the Commission or fails to return undistributed funds, further payments to that entity are suspended. read more

Scotland Yard poster girl who sued force for racial discrimination now launches

first_imgHowever, soon after winning her tribunal she was subject to a “witch-hunt” which claimed she had physically assaulted her ex-partner and was in possession of indecent child images.The first allegation to emerge dated from August 2013 when her ex-partner, Robert McCabe, told police she had physically attacked him 14 months prior. She says that he repeatedly tried to retract his claims but was ignored. A Scotland Yard poster girl who successfully sued the force for racial discrimination has launched similar action against her new employers.Former firearms police officer Carol Howard won a £37,000 payout after lodging a claim against the Met, but she is now suing the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after accusing them of being “institutionally racist and corrupt”.The 39 year-old told an employment tribunal that the watchdog frustrated inquiries in order to protect accused officers.Ms Howard, of Coulsdon, Surrey, is seeking a £144,000 payout for alleged racial discrimination and victimisation during her six-month stint at the IPCC.She told the tribunal: “The white managers I worked with are not independent and believe that their duty is not to investigate wrongdoing officers but to protect the reputation of the police force concerned and its senior officers in particular. They are corrupt.” She is claiming £144,000 in damagesCredit:Alex Lentati/Evening standard She labelled the IPCC as “institutionally racist and corrupt”Credit:Sean Dempsey/PA A former firearms officer who lifted the lid on bullying and victimisation at Scotland Yard is claiming £144,000 in damages  Ms Howard famously appeared as a Scotland Yard poster girl, complete with Heckler & Koch semi-automatic rifle, promoting efforts to protect London during the 2012 Olympics.The mother-of-one won her tribunal against the Met in July 2014 before leaving her job in 2015 after 14 years’ of service. She went on to join the IPCC as an investigator the following year. Police also discovered a picture on her phone of her younger daughter, then aged six, sleeping naked on her bed, before being accused of possessing an indecent image of a child.She told the Daily Mail it was “a blatant witch-hunt,” adding “I can only conclude it’s a punishment for my case against the Met.”Giving evidence against the IPCC, Ms Howard said that her first application for a job was rejected without interview, but she was successful in October 2016 after re-applying under her married name Carol McCabe.According to Ms Howard the IPCC was worried that hiring her “could be regarded by the Met as an act of ‘revenge’ against the police,” and that she was banned for any cases involving the Met. “Rather than believe in me, they believed in their own need to protect their reputation by not upsetting the Met.”In the tribunal she said that black and ethnic minority IPCC officers told her they were “treated differently” from their white colleagues and suffered from a “hostile working environment”.She added: “In my view, the IPCC is an institutionally racist employer. It is therefore unfit to investigate claims of race discrimination against the police.”It is corrupt and not fit for purpose. It is neither independent nor impartial. It protects senior white police officers.” Soon after winning her tribunal she was subject to a “witch-hunt” Show more She has launched a complaint against the IPCC She left the IPCC after it decided against renewing her six-month contract in March 2017.The IPCC was replaced in January by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.The IPCC strongly refutes all the allegations made and is vigorously contesting her tribunal claim.Her former tribunal against the Met in 2014 found Ms Howard had been bullied, harassed and victimised and the £37,000 awarded to her included aggravated damages over distress she suffered at the hands of one colleague, who had been “malicious, vindictive and spiteful”. “I believe that the IPCC moved to restrict me and hide me away. I was therefore undermined in my role even before I walked in through the front door on day one,” she said. Soon after winning her tribunal she was subject to a “witch-hunt”Credit:Guy Bell Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Mars Dust Storm Ideal For Scientific Study

first_img As Storm Hector’s 70 mph winds leave a trail of destruction across Scotland, NASA’s Opportunity rover was forced to suspend operations during “one of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars.”Unlike many Brits, though, agency engineers are rejoicing over the celestial squall.“This is the ideal storm for Mars science,” according to Jim Watzin, director of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program in Washington.The agency has three orbiters circling the globe, each equipped with special cameras and atmospheric instruments.“We have a historic number of spacecraft operating at the Red Planet,” Watzin said in a statement. “Each offers a unique look at how dust storms form and behave—knowledge that will be essential for future robotic and human missions.”This set of images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows a fierce, giant dust storm kicking up on Mars (via NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)Martian dust storms are commonplace. They can quickly balloon into regional storms, and sometimes expand to engulf the entire planet. These full-scale events are estimated to occur about once every three to four Mars years (six to eight Earth years), and can last up to weeks or even months. The most recently recorded storm was in 2007.The one currently swirling above Opportunity now blankets 14 million square miles of the Martian surface—about a quarter of the planet, as reported by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).Scary as that sounds, this is a perfect chance for scientists to study the physics of these storms, which is critical to understanding the planet’s ancient and modern climate“Each observation of these large storms brings us closer to being able to model these events—and maybe, someday, being able to forecast them,” Rich Zurek, chief scientist for the Mars Program Office at JPL in California, said. “That would be like forecasting El Niño events on Earth, or the severity of upcoming hurricane seasons.”Among NASA’s eyes in the sky is the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which acts as an early warning system for situations like this. It was the capsule’s wide-angle camera, called the Mars Color Imager, that provided the Opportunity team a heads up about the coming storm.The 2001 Mars Odyssey and MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) orbiters, meanwhile, provide additional-yet-unique views for the folks back home.Keep an eye on NASA’s Mars Exploration Program website for more updated about the Martian dust storm.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 last_img read more

SDCC Had an Iron Fist Panel and it was Actually Good

first_img The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix UniverseMarvel’s Axed Netflix Shows Could Be Revived by Disney Stay on target The first season of Iron Fist was almost universally panned, and for good reason. It was a slow-paced, rambling show where a white dude patronized an Asian woman about the proper way to run a dojo. It was a show about kung fu where the fight choreography lethargic, poorly lit, and so awkwardly cut the editing would make you dizzy if the shaky-cam hadn’t already. But because it was Marvel, and maybe required viewing ahead of The Defenders, we all watched it. That was enough to get it a second season no matter what us surly critics on the internet said.That’s why it’s such good news to hear all the positivity coming out of the show’s panel at San Diego Comic Con. It’s too early to say at this point as the show won’t be out for another month and a half, but attendees are reporting that season two looks to be a huge step up. It sounds like the new showrunner took the criticism of Season One to heart and the show could end up a lot better for it. (Remember the original showrunner, Scott Buck, left to go work on Inhumans. Yep.) Of the footage shown at the panel, only one small clip made it out into the wild. It doesn’t tell us much, but it does give us a release date.So it appears we won’t have long to wait to see if the rumors of Iron Fist being good now are actually true. More than that though, even this very brief look at the new season already looks better than the last. First of all, Danny is acting like a superhero. I don’t think that happened once in all of Season One. We had to wait for the end of Defenders to start seeing that. Also, the fight’s looking better. The camera, for one, isn’t being shaken like it owes the cameraman money. Second, though there are cuts, they’re clearly made for the trailer. And they come in between punches, not awkwardly placed in the middle of them. You can tell what’s going on, and what’s going is a decent fight in its own right.We should be able to expect much better fight choreography from this season overall. Clayton Barber joined the show as the new stunt coordinator. He previously worked on both Black Panther and Creed. Yeah, the guy knows his way around a fight scene. No wonder the action looks better, even in these short clips. Danny will also wear his iconic yellow mask a lot more, allowing the show to use stunt doubles for the harder stuff, Mashable reports. Though Jeph Loeb said during the panel that the actors were, in fact, doing most of their own stunts. Hey, with a stunt coordinator as good as Barber, those fight scenes should look great regardless.Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing. (Photo via Netflix)They’ve also seemed to take notice of how much everyone loved Colleen Wing. Danny Rand is still the main character, but per Mashable, the clips shown at Thursday night’s panel were very much Wing-focused. One featured her fighting alongside her boy Danny in a restaurant. She takes out multiple henchmen in the kitchen, while Danny clears out the dining room. The other two paired her up with Misty Knight. The first of those had Colleen and Misty fighting off three women in a warehouse. The other had them facing off against Alice Eve’s Typhoid Mary in Joy Meachum’s house. Their fight scene was an early highlight of Season Two of Luke Cage. I’m so happy Iron Fist is giving us more Colleen-Misty action. Is Iron Fist turning into a Daughters of the Dragon TV show? Because I’d have no complaints about that.Danny is reportedly a lot better too. In the clips shown during the panel, Finn Jones feels like a much more accomplished martial artist, like he should have been in Season One. He still doesn’t quite hold up to Jessica Henwick, but maybe it won’t sound quite so ridiculous when he tells people he’s “the Immortal Iron Fist.” Nah, that’s always going to sound silly.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Funeral scheduled for Vancouver Marine

first_imgA funeral has been scheduled for a Marine from Vancouver who died of combat injuries suffered in Afghanistan.A public Mass for 31-year-old Sgt. Jason D. Peto is set for 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Vancouver. A graveside service with military honors will follow on Dec. 23 in Riverside, Calif.The Defense Department said Peto died Tuesday at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland from wounds received Nov. 24 in Helmand province.Peto was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.Born in Montebello, Calif., he moved to Vancouver in 1990, graduated from Mountain View High School and attended Clark College. He joined the Marines in 2004.He married his high school sweetheart, Tiffany, in 2005.last_img read more

Why you should play Dead Space 2

first_imgJust so everyone knows where I’m coming from, let me start with this caveat: I didn’t like the original Dead Space very much. After hearing endless praise of the game I eventually got around to trying it and I wasn’t impressed. Maybe the bar had been set too high by that point, but I thought the controls were clunky, the alone-on-a-spaceship setting was trite, and the ammo limits created artificial tension. Most of all though I consider the pop-out scare–where something is frightening just because it jumps in your face when you don’t expect it–to the be the cheapest way to make something scary. As a tool, it’s not an effective way to maintain tension over an extended period of time.For these reasons I wasn’t super excited for Dead Space 2, despite the fact that I knew the game would be extremely well done. I knew to expect a triple-A effort with top-notch graphics and probably a number of improvements where shortcomings had been found in the past. But the original game was too successful to expect any drastic changes. As it turns out I’m glad that they didn’t make any because Dead Space 2 is quite good.Dead Space 2, to me, is survival horror done right. This has never been a genre that I’ve been particularly fond of, but this game brings it to its peak. Again, the story isn’t the finest, but this time there is more depth than before and I cared a lot more about Isaac Clarke’s survival. The story pulled me along but the polish was really why I kept with it–this game is well handled in almost all respects.The sound, lighting (especially), and graphics each grabbed me in their own way. The sound is hugely important as it creates anticipation and generally sets the mood, while the lighting is crucial to creating the right tone and, obviously, to keep things scary. The game does have a habit of letting things feel too foreboding and forecasting when something big is going to happen, but it has a very good sense of pace so these don’t seem to be a problem.This may seem like something strange to bring up when talking about reasons to play a video game, but I really enjoyed the user interface. From the real-time inventory system and the placement of Isaac’s health bar on his back, the game is just a pleasure to control, even as Isaac plods along. The game does a superb job of giving you the information and controls you need without bogging you down with too much or insulating your from Isaac’s fight for survival. Even the game’s loading felt seamless because it was done while I was in an elevator looking at my inventory, not by stopping the horror with a preloader.On the graphics front Dead Space 2 is excellent as well. It manages to be colorful and varied despite the fact that you spend a lot of time on the same ship. And let’s not forget the this is an area where the original game was lacking–it felt like corridor after brown corridor. And the setting is very detailed. Most rooms are destroyed with all sorts of smashed machines and flashing signs to keeps things visually appealing. The ships felt lived in, and as is something genuinely terrible had happened there. I’m not sure if this is blasphemous, but I’ll go ahead and say it: the game reminded me of BioShock at times.Not too keep gushing but I like the in-game store as well. Isaac’s weapons are all highly upgradeable, but to enhance them you have to spend power nodes, which are relatively uncommon. Nodes are also useful for opening storage closets though, so if you are in dire need of ammo or medical supplies you’ll have to consider spending one to get those supplies. And one of your main sources of credits is selling excess ammo which you can use for medicine and, of course, for power nodes. It all fits in quite well and the result can be some pretty effective upgrades for your weapons cache.Not everything is perfect with the game: the jumping out enemies can get annoying (or at least keep you on the edge of your seat), and when there is too much action things can feel overwhelming, basically hectic and out of control instead of scary. Also I didn’t think the boss fights were great (especially when I was repeatedly dying while looking for the yellow part of its body). What was great though is that all the important story elements were handled in-game, not with cinematics. Another nitpick I have is with the secondary uses for weapons. They felt extremely wasteful to me and I was rarely compelled to use them. Ammo is scarce enough that I didn’t experiment much with them either, so they never really had a chance to become something I was comfortable using and instead they were simply a last resort.Also, I’m not the biggest fan of horror gaming so this wasn’t a problem for me, but I think a case could be made for Dead Space 2 just not being that scary. Feel free to count that as a downside if you’d like but I think it is a result of the game trying to be well-rounded and the developer’s desire to make something bigger than just a survival horror game.So when you have a chance, put down your iPad version of Dead Space and give Dead Space 2 a chance, I think you’ll be happy you did.dead_space_2_04dead_space_2_04dead_space_2_03dead_space_2_02dead_space_2_01The article was writing using a retail copy of Dead Space 2 (Xbox 360), provided by EA.last_img read more

TV chat show in hot water just for talking about trans people

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) said it was going to sanction ‘Brownis Tonight’. The sanction was for content that ‘addresses the transgender issue’.Brownis Tonight got into trouble for addressing rumors that one of its guests, singer Lucita Lucinta, was not assigned female at birth. Lucinta presents as female and denied the rumors.That was apparently enough to get the show into trouble.In a statement the KPI said Brownis Tonight had violated ‘the provisions on respect for privacy rights, child protection, and protection to persons with a particular gender identity’.KPI central commissioner, Hardly Stefano, said it had received many complaints about the episode. He reminded broadcasters ‘to not give LGBT promotion space through any broadcast program’.‘The rules are clear, both about respect for moral values ​​and norms and decency, or on the protection of children and adolescents that prohibit the presence of content that encourages children and adolescents from learning about inappropriate behavior and/or justifying such behavior,’ he said. A TV chat show has received a sanction for talking about trans people in Indonesia. ‘Based on these violations, the Central KPI provides administrative sanctions in the form of a written warning.’The persecution is getting worseHomosexuality and transgenderism is not illegal in Indonesia, but an ongoing crackdown on LGBTI people has seen the community increasingly persecuted.The persecution has made LGBT subjects taboo and clearly any kind of LGBT content can get media into trouble.A draft bill is in the Indonesian Parliament which would ban any kind of ‘LGBT behavior’ on TV.In 2016, the KPI introduced an explicit ban on ‘effeminate men’ from appearing on TV.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Lucita Lucinta. | Photo: YouTube Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

They have had six weeks to do these roadworks why do them

first_imgParents have slammed the organisation behind the construction of the new Lidl in Longton. “They have had the whole six weeks of the summer holidays to do this and they have decided to do it now. It does not make any sense and has been poorly organised.” The school warned parents of a ‘high level of disruption’ in a text message and also shared details on social media. The statement read: “Please note there is no access from Trentham Road to or from Spring Garden Road as the junction is being widened to accommodate the new Lidl store and a diversion is in place. Read MoreMotorists warned of delays as work due to start resurfacing busy road “We expect this will cause a high level of disruption in the morning as vehicles coming down Spring Garden Road from Goms Mill will have to do a U-turn on the road.” The works began on August 20 and are set to run until September 24. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailParents have hit out at five weeks of road works causing the route outside their children’s school to shut – just as pupils return from the long summer break. Highways workers are currently on site at Spring Garden Road near Longton’s St Gregory’s Catholic Academy to widen the stretch ready for a new supemarket’s arrival. But families have hit out the timing of the improvements as children head back from the long holiday – and claim it will exacerbate existing parking and traffic problems in the area. Works are taking place in preparation for the new Lidl store set to be built on the former Somerfield site off Spring Garden Road. Road works outside a school which are set to last for six weeks started just in Spring Garden Road Roadworks as part of the build have completely closed Spring Garden Road, the same road where St Gregory’s Catholic Academy is. Bosses at the budget superstore are promising 1,424 square metres of retail space – which will include an in-store bakery, wider aisles and longer tills, customer toilets and more parking. However parents have bemoaned the road closure, which has seen traffic diverted towards Edensor Road. Tim Woodcock, aged 33, of Meir Hay, said: “They have just had six weeks to do this work and not cause this disruption. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. “My partner struggles to pick the children up on a normal day but this has been even worse over the last few days.” Roxanne Sutton, aged 27, of Longton, said: “I do find the timing strange because we have just had the six weeks holiday. “Parking has always been a problem at the school. It has been better since they have let people pay for permits to use the school car park but it is still a problem.” Read MoreHighways inspectors: ‘7 inch deep pothole is not a risk’ Paul Nicholls, aged 49, of Dresden, said: “The problem of parking at this school has been long-standing but this is causing havoc. “I think that it has been poorly organised – where are we supposed to park when we are picking up the children? last_img read more