The Art of Healing: The Bond Between Mothers and Children

first_imgBy Marie Boles and Jennifer YinglingFlickr [Art of Healing by Hartwig HKD, November 16, 2009, CC BY-ND 2.0]Violence is a scary word for children Violence is even more frightening when it is witnessed.  Both mothers and children engrossed in an environment polluted by domestic violence can lead to detrimental physical and emotional scars.  The Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (2013) has adopted a therapeutic method of responding to mothers and children who come from a home of domestic violence, whether it be a civilian or military family. This method is called, “Write It Out: Using Words and Art to Strengthen and Heal Family Bonds.”  The bond between mothers and children are strengthened through creating artistic masterpieces. They believe that writing and drawing can provide an outlet for families to explore their thoughts and feelings in relation to the trauma that each has experienced.   Verbalizing thoughts and emotions can be challenging for children and parents.  “Children may find expressive projects a safe time to explore feelings for their other parent or family members” [2].  Exposing mothers and children to this medium can create a safe space for both of them to collaborate together.  This collaboration may lead to opening up to one another in a comfortable environment where each mother and child can listen to the thoughts being expressed from each other.  This creative delivery can be valuable to service professionals as they work with mothers and children who were exposed to domestic violence.  Oftentimes, before children are comfortable opening up, getting their mind on another task can be a technique to lead them into the comforting stage of expression.  The questions that service professionals should consider while working with this demographic is, how can we make this family most comfortable?  After learning about the mother and child’s interest, which activity would be most beneficial to them?  When and if this creative expression brings out strong emotions among either/both mother and child, how can I successfully use this medium to respond to their narrative that they are essentially portraying through their art?Violence in the home often leads to a fractured relationship between a mother and her children. This occurs for a myriad of reasons, including fracturing from coping mechanisms as a means of survival opposed to a means of healing. The Joyful Heart Foundation identifies some these copings methods as “siding with the violent parent, spacing and numbing out of the moment, and creating rituals for safety” [1]. “Experts have concluded that the most important protective resource to enable a child to cope with exposure to violence is a strong relationship with a competent, caring, positive adult, most often a parent” [3]. The various art therapy activities provided by the Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (2013) is a resource that helps strengthen the relationship between mothers and her children. The service professionals bringing forth the activities help determine the type of art technique used based on the clients’ needs and what each client is comfortable with. Storytelling and creating a piece of art based on emotions brought out of the story may work for one child. Another child may benefit from writing out those emotions in a journal. The beneficial aspect of this type of therapy is how versatile the activities are. As service professionals and advocates for these mothers and her children, we must be flexible with the art activities and respect the needs and concerns of the families.   The outstanding question that remains is how do we use this therapy within our practice and struggling families? The first thing to consider is to understand the client’s unique circumstances to determine the best art technique to use. It is imperative to keep in mind that engaging in certain activities can elicit uncomfortable feelings and memories from the mothers and children. Always make the families aware of the fact that they may discontinue the art therapy at any time they wish [2].There are other programs within the United States, as well programs in other countries, which provide art therapy for mothers and children recovering from domestic violence. In Toronto, Canada a program geared towards parenting after abuse is titled YWCA Toronto. England offers the D.A.R.T. (Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together) programs for sessions of support for mothers and children. In Marietta, Georgia there is the Art it Out Therapy Center which provides services to individuals of any age. References[1] Effects of Domestic Violence on Mothers and Children. (2015). Retrieved from[2] Hart, S., Jones, A., Maynard, J., Scanlon, A., Torchia, A., Williams, S., & Wilson, P. (2013). Write it out: using words and art to strengthen and heal family bonds. Retrieved from[3] Groves, B.M., & Zuckerman, B. (1997). Interventions with parents and caregivers of children who are exposed to violence. In J. Osofsky (Eds.), Children in a violent society (pp. 183-201). New York: Guilford Press. This post was written by Marie Boles and Jennifer Yingling, guest bloggers for the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Marie and Jennifer are masters-level marriage and family therapist (MFT) in training enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at Valdosta State University. They also work as MFT interns at VSU’s FamilyWorks Clinic, a community-based family therapy clinic. You may find more about the authors, here. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD team on our website, on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Apps to Help You Find the Golden Hour

first_imgGolden hour is a short period of time each day when the natural light is perfect for filming. Here are some apps to help you find out exactly when it is.As any filmmaker will tell you, if you’re shooting outside and you want that perfect cinematic natural look, then you need to wait for golden hour. You have two opportunities each day to capture those golden hour moments (or as some people call them magic hour moments) and those times are in the morning just after the sun rises or late in the afternoon as the sun is beginning to set over the horizon.What makes these hours so special is the natural light that is being cast by the sun. It’s not a harsh direct light like you would see at midday, but rather it’s a softer indirect light that creates longer angular shadows as the color temperature turns into a soft reddish color. This light is great for filming because the natural light won’t overpower your subjects. Also, you can use the setting sun to your advantage in terms of capturing beautiful silhouette shots, which always look incredibly cinematic.You can see great use the of the golden hour in this video from Matt Triplow as he captures surfers riding waves as the sun sets in the horizon.How to Measure the Golden HourNow, the question becomes how do we know when golden hour will occur? You could wake up extremely early before the sun rises and capture what you need. Or you can wait around for dusk and watch as the sun retreats into the west. But you’re a busy filmmaker or videographer, and you can’t just sit around waiting for the sun to set. There are a thousand other things you need to be doing between sunrise and sunset.To help you there, we’ve found a few mobile apps that will alert you to when golden hour is happening in your area. These apps allow you to stay busy with the other tasks you need to complete, but also keep you in the loop as to when you need to head out to capture that golden/magic hour just like Alexander Meliss did in his ski video on Vimeo.Golden Hour CalculatorThis app is available only for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, but it does give users full comprehensive data on the placement of the sun on any given day. You can also access the full website which has more available options.Exsate Golden HourNot to be left out, Android users have a great app available with Exsate Golden Hour. This app is not only a golden hour calculator, but also a weather and astronomical calculator. The best part about this app is that it’s free and works without the need of ads.Magic Hour AppThe Magic Hour App for iOS devices is probably the longest running golden hour app out there. While it does have its share of bugs, the app works quite well. However, in order to add locations, you have to make an in app purchase of $0.99. But once you do this, you have free reign to add locations.Magic Hour for ArtistsMagic Hour for Artists is for those who want an app that’s more about artistry than golden hour calculation. This app takes the photos you capture on your iOS or Android device and gives you options to add golden hour filters.Have you had success filming around the golden hour? Did you use any of these golden hour apps? Tell us your experiences in the comments below.last_img read more

Taking Care

first_imgSahara Care House is a specialized service launched late last year in Singapore and the United Kingdom for NRIs with an eye on their ties to family and friends in India. It is a single window service platform offering more than 60 products and services, including healthcare, utilities, personal necessities and relationship building to its members at an annual cost of $1,000. It currently has 100 members and is now headed to the US. Little India sat down with CEO Romi Datta in New York to get his take on his company and its promises.Little India: How does Sahara Care work?RD: The reach is in 197 cities in the country. We have 249 offices and 3,500 service providers. Once you actually ask for a service there’s a warm body that actually goes and delivers the service. In the U.S. you’re very used to going to the grocery shop for yourself; in India we’ll go for you and deliver to your family.The people who have come here 5 to 7 years ago, what they fear about and what it is they miss is that their parents are back there. The biggest insecurity they have is what if something happens to them in the middle of the night, who’s going to be taking them to the hospital? They will have to depend on relatives, friends or neighbors. In India if something happens in the middle of the night there’s so much of a panic.Rather than running helter skelter, you could call one number and an ambulance could come and get the ride to a hospital, the life of a guy that’s here would be much easier by having that burden off your head – if I’m not there there’s somebody that I can reliably trust on doing something for us.Little India: Could you describe competitors and other players in the business? RD: The kind of services we’re offering and the kind of reach we’re offering in the country, there’s no one that offers that.Little India: How would you gauge customer satisfaction and have you had any feedback? RD: We have good checks in place, which monitor our 3,500 people’s performance. Performance can be measured in two ways: One is that when the service is executed, the person who gets the service calls back the person who provided them service so your feedback comes to us as an endorsement from your side. There are also checks designed where a manager would go one day to each house and ask if the customer is happy with us and if there’s anything more we can do.Little India: Final word on the business?RD: The thought is very noble, it’s a good business opportunity no doubt about it. I’m talking about giving you $1,000 that you’re taking as an advance for services which you’re going to be taking in the next few months. You’re actually making people happy, which actually gives you happiness. Be it telling somebody to go to the doctor or getting somebody flowers. And at what cost, under $3 a day? Even if you spend $1,000, whatever you spend it gives you happiness. At the end of the day emotionally connecting with families, even on a level like once a month, is good. Otherwise loneliness is what strikes everybody in life my friend.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Goa approves 14 new projects worth Rs 717 cr

first_imgPanaji, Jun 20 (PTI) Goa government today cleared 14 new projects worth Rs 717 crore, which will help generate employment to 2,600 persons.The Goa Investment Promotion Board (GIPB) meeting chaired by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar approved the project proposals.”Total proposals worth Rs 717 crore were cleared by the Board. In all, 14 projects were cleared and some were deferred. Once these projects attain completion, it will provide employment to 2,600 people,” Parsekar told reporters.A senior GIPB member said that the board deferred the decision on proposal of Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Private Limited to expand its existing plant at Verna.The proposal ofSpark Healthline Private Limited for grant of in-principle approval for construction of floating jetty for water sports activity and boat cruise in the Mandovi bay area at Reis Magos near here was also deferred, he said.Sources said GIPB approved proposal of Alkesh Mangesh Dessai for grant of in-principle approval for setting up of agro-eco-tourism project on 1,360 square meters land at Shristhal in south Goa.Other proposals which were cleared include the project for capacity expansion in existing facility of Andrew Telecommunication India Private Limitedin Verna Industrial Estate.It also gave a go-ahead for expansion in the manufacturing capacity of tablets and capsules from the existing capacity of 6,000 million numbers per annum to 8,000 millions numbers per annum at Watson Pharma Private Limited situated at the Verna Industrial Estate.Alcon Cement Company Private Limited has been allowed to expand its manufacturing facility by setting up a new cement plant costing Rs 53 crore on an area of 2,300 sq. mtrs within the existing premises at Surla.advertisementWith regard to the hospitality sector, the Board approved the proposal by Alagoa Resort for grant of in-principle approval for expansion of existing Amigueiro Eco Boutique Resort at Betalbhatim in South Goa with an investment of Rs 9.86 crore. PTI RPS NRB MRlast_img read more

New Zealand wary of Pakistan backlash in Hamilton

first_imgPakistan’s hopes of continuing their unbeaten run in seven consecutive Test series will come under pressure when they face a resurgent New Zealand in the second and final Test in Hamilton without inspirational skipper Misbah-ul-Haq.Vice-captain Azhar Ali will take the reins after Misbah returned home following the death of his father-in-law and was later banned from the game by the International Cricket Council as punishment for his side’s slow over rate in their eight-wicket loss in the Christchurch opener.Pakistan have rarely started tours well in the Antipodes where their batsmen have struggled on seam-friendly wickets.They will also face opponents enjoying renewed confidence at home after New Zealand’s horror tour of India.But the South Asian side have not lost a series in New Zealand for over 30 years and the hosts are bracing for a bowler-led backlash on a Seddon Park wicket that usually offers pace and bounce. (Misbah-ul-Haq suspended for slow over rate)”The nature of Hamilton is that you’re going to be faced with different challenges – especially with their strong seam attack,” New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls said.”Yasir (Shah) is also one of the best spinners in the world, so when you’re playing these top teams you’re always being challenged.”We’re expecting them to be at the top of their game. And it’ll be the same for us – we’ll be looking to improve on our performance from Hagley as well.”Pakistan took the field without fiery paceman Wahab Riaz at Hagley Oval, preferring another left-armer in Rahat Ali.advertisementAlthough Rahat took 4-62 in the first innings on the grassy wicket, the decision to omit Wahab raised eyebrows in Pakistan and he is in line for a recall for the match starting Friday.”If the ball’s going to reverse, and the wicket has pace and bounce, Wahab is our number one choice,” coach Mickey Arthur told Christchurch, Yasir went wicketless for the first time in his 20-Test career and may again struggle to extract much from another grassy wicket. But the spinner is rarely subdued for two matches in a row.Pakistan will need far more from their batsmen, however, after they were skittled for 133 and 171 at Hagley Oval.Either Mohammad Rizwan or fellow uncapped batsman Sharjeel Khan are set to replace Misbah.Rizwan, who toured with the squad in England, would slot into the middle order but Arthur said he could include opener Sharjeel even if it meant a major re-jig of the batting order.New Zealand will be bolstered by the return of spin-bowling allrounder Mitchell Santner, who has been recalled after his recovery from a fractured wrist and should replace legspinner Todd Astle.Ross Taylor, who did not bat in the second innings after a having an eye Test on the first day in Christchurch, has been cleared to play after seeing a specialist in Hamilton.last_img read more

Pune City FC rally to win 2-1 against Mumbai City FC

first_imgPune, Nov 29 (PTI) Uruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro struck twice, including one in the final minute of the game, as FC Pune City staged a remarkable fightback to beat Mumbai City FC 2-1 in the Indian Super league (ISL) here tomorrow.Balwant Singh struck for Mumbai City FC in the 15th minute.Mumbai City FC went into the break leading 1-0 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium.The visitors managed to maintain the lead till the 29- year-old Alfaro found the net in the 74th minute. Much to Mumbais disappointment, Alfaro struck again (90+3) to eke out a thrilling win and give his team three points.Jonatan Lucca played the pass of the match over the defense from the halfway line. Diego Carlos got on the end of it and was one-on-one with the keeper with a teammate for support. He did the smart thing by setting up Alfaro who slotted the ball into an empty net.The match was sealed in Punes favour in the dying moments.Earlier, the hosts restored parity when Alfaro converted a penalty from the spot after Raju Gaikwad brought Diego Carlos down in the box.The forward kept his calm and sent the keeper the wrong way to make it level, as the home crowd broke into wild celebrations.In the first half, FC Pune City seemed to have cracked under pressure, as Balwant went on a solo run from the left before unleashing a power-packed shot into the bottom corner of the net. He displayed superb technique as the veteran cut in from the left and found the angle for the shot. PTI AH CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

11 years on: Auctioneer recalls MS Dhoni’s sale to CSK before IPL 2008

first_imgThe only time MS Dhoni did not play in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) colours in the Indian Premier League (IPL) was the two years they were banned. While Dhoni helped in building one of the most consistent and successful T20 franchises in the world, he has admitted on numerous occasions that the move to Chennai was an important pit-stop in his career too.CSK are chasing a record fourth title and face Mumbai Indians (MI) in the final on Sunday.Hours before the big match, Richard Madley, who was the auctioneer for the first 10 IPL seasons, tweeted an image of the auction sheet for IPL 2008 when Dhoni was sold to CSK for $1.5 million.”Just found my one and only auction sheet for the historic first ever #VIVOIPL auction in 2008. @msdhoni sold to @ChennaiIPL. A rare piece of cricket memorabilia (sic.),” Madley wrote in his tweet.Just found my one and only auction sheet for the historic first ever #VIVOIPL auction in 2008.@msdhoni sold to @ChennaiIPL A rare piece of cricket memorabiliaWill be watching #CSKvMI on @hotstarUK #CricketMeriJaan #WhistlePodu #VIVOIPLFinal Madley (@iplauctioneer) May 12, 2019Also on the sheet were details of Adam Gilchrist’s sale to the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, Shoaib Akhtar to Kolkata Knight Riders, Mahela Jayawardene to Kings XI Punjab and Muttiah Muralitharan to CSK.He went on to say in the replies section that the first IPL auction was a groundbreaker and that selling Dhoni was a “career highlight.”The first IPL auction was a groundbreaker and selling MSD was a career highlightadvertisementRichard Madley (@iplauctioneer) May 12, 2019CSK are facing MI for the fourth time in the IPL final that will be played in Hyderabad. The latter have a better record in previous encounters between the two sides in a title clash with MI winning two of these contests.With three titles each, both sides are the most successful teams in the history of the tournament. MI are the only team CSK haven’t been able to beat this season.Also Read | IPL 2019 Final: Prize money on offer and everything you need to know todayAlso Read | IPL 2019 final MI vs CSK Preview: All the stats and numberslast_img read more

Dani Alves is the blushing bride

first_imgLigue 1 Dani Alves the blushing bride and Balotelli’s new boots – Ligue 1 Social Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Dani Alves Kylian Mbappe Strasbourg PSG Ligue 1 02122017 Gettyimages Ligue 1 PSG Lille v PSG Lille The PSG man returned to action alongside his ‘bad boy’ co-star Neymar while the Italian forward found a novel way to thank his nearest and dearest Dani Alves made his return to action with Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday against Lille after several weeks out due to suspension.The Brazilian veteran has had a good deal of time on his hands since he was sent off for dissent against Lyon, and it does not take too much for the right-back, whose catchphrase on social media has become ‘good crazy’, to do something mad on Instagram.This week’s antics, however, have been extreme even for the former Barcelona and Juventus star. 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 Playing the blushing bride, dressed all in white, he throws a bouquet of flowers over his head to his waiting friends. In the background, a song is playing, with the lyrics ‘Say your daughter can be mine’ prominent. It proved to be a successful return to action for Alves, who teamed up with Neymar to help PSG to a 3-0 away win at Lille.On his Instagram post celebrating the victory, he was in musical mood once again, with the lyrics to the popular comedy movie ‘Bad Boys’.“Bad boys, bad boys Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do When they come for you?” he posted. Given he was just coming back from a ban and Neymar had courted controversy over a fake handshake earlier in the week, it seemed very apt. Neymar, meanwhile, showed off his free-kick skills by scoring a fine set piece against Lille, firing a powerful, bending shot into the net from the edge of the area.But the superstar striker also showed he is an accomplished model, picking out a few of his favourite shots of the week on his Instagram feed.Kylian Mbappe, meanwhile, has been more focused on football. He welcomed new signing Lassana Diarra to the club with a post on his Instagram feed that included the former Real Madrid midfielder. Tagged simply “Hey”, the attacker was caught trotting out for training at PSG’s Camp des Loges with the midfielder.He clearly enjoyed himself at training this week, posting this video of a particularly successful exercise for the attacker.On the south coast, Mario Balotelli’s Nice side fell to a 1-0 defeat against Toulouse, though their talismanic striker was not available due to a ban.Nice have yet to win in the league this season when Balotelli has been absent, yet when he returns to the field he will have some special boots to wear.His supplier has given him a pair that have the names of all of those people special to him stitched into them in various locations, with the flags of Ghana and Italy present. The attacker will hope they bring him luck next week, when Nice tackle Dijon in the league. Meanwhile, PSG will go to Toulouse, while Sunday night’s big game sees Lyon host Rennes.last_img read more

10 days agoLe Tissier insists Southampton can win trophy this season

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Le Tissier insists Southampton can win trophy this seasonby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton legend Matt Le Tissier insists they can win a trophy this season. To progress in the Carabao Cup, they will have to overcome current holders Manchester City in the next round.But with the FA Cup also up for grabs Le Tissier believes Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side should be targeting a trophy, as well as improvement in the Premier League.“I think we’re realistic enough to know that we’re not going to win the Premier League,” he told the Daily Echo.“But we got to the final of the League Cup a couple of seasons ago and just lost out narrowly to Manchester United.“So there’s no reason why we can’t win a trophy this season.” last_img read more

Liverpool banish Real demons to seal Champions League trophy

first_imgMohamed Salah put last season’s final heartbreak behind him by setting up a 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid and a sixth Champions League triumph for Liverpool.Egypt star Salah was infamously injured in a challenge with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos before the Reds subsided to a 3-1 defeat in Kiev 12 months ago but grabbed the opener in a largely forgettable contest at the Wanda Metropolitano.The Premier League Golden Boot winner dispatched a second-minute penalty after Moussa Sissoko was penalised for handball. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Liverpool and their Premier League counterparts played in fits and starts thereafter, with Spurs enjoying their most consistent spell of pressure before substitute Divock Origi added to his semi-final brace against Barcelona by drilling clinically into the bottom-right corner three minutes from time.01:48 – Mohamed Salah’s opener for Liverpool is the second fastest goal in a Champions League final, only behind Paolo Maldni (00:50) for AC Milan versus Liverpool in 2005. Blocks. #UCLfinal— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 1, 2019After a moment’s appreciation was observed for the late Jose Antonio Reyes the game began in dramatic fashion.Sissoko errantly brought his arm away from his body and, under the current interpretations of the handball rule, was always likely to be punished once struck by Sadio Mane’s chipped cross.Salah emphatically drilled the spot kick past Hugo Lloris.Trent Alexander-Arnold sent a low drive whistling wide in the 18th minute and the Liverpool defender made a vital intervention as Son Heung-min threatened to go through on goal shortly afterwards.Lloris tipped over from the Reds’ other full-back, Andy Robertson, as a scrappy first-half yielded no further goals.Alexander-Arnold intervened to thwart Son once more after the break, with Klopp’s decision to send on Origi and James Milner suggesting a focus upon containment.But Milner almost gave the Reds breathing space when he drove narrowly wide from 18 yards in the 69th minute.Spurs’ semi-final hero Lucas Moura scuffed a shot too close to fellow Brazilian Alisson, who did well to repel Christian Eriksen’s rasping free-kick.It fell to Origi to make sure for Liverpool and he made no mistake with a sweetly struck left-footed effort after Tottenham failed to clear a corner and Joel Matip nudged the ball into his path. #SixTimes— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 1, 2019What does it mean? Liverpool cap historic season by ending Klopp’s final woesAfter six consecutive losses in major finals, Jurgen Klopp has his hands on silverware once more. Although this was not the contest to set pulses racing that many expected, few will begrudge the affable German and his fabulous team this success after a 97-point haul was not enough for Premier League glory.The scale of Mauricio Pochettino’s achievement in getting Tottenham to this showpiece should be similarly appreciated, although attention will now turn towards his future after some mixed messages from the Argentine in that regard.Record-breaking Alexander-Arnold displays poise of a veteranThe 20-year-old England right-back became the youngest player to start consecutive Champions League finals. Although there was nothing as eye-catching as the quick-thinking corner that helped to down Barcelona, Alexander-Arnold snuffed out two of Tottenham’s most dangerous moments with exemplary defending and was a persistent threat when he raided forward.Ailing Alli falls short as Spurs’ frontline fail to fireTottenham steadied themselves impressively after a nightmare start but their much-vaunted attacking quartet failed to build upon that foundation. Son’s touch was frequently loose and a lack of ammunition from Eriksen meant questions over Harry Kane’s match sharpness never received a clear answer either way. Dele Alli, so impressive in the quarter-final and semi-final triumphs was the worst of an underwhelming bunch – a tame 73rd-minute chip into Alisson’s palms and subsequently misjudged header from Kieran Trippier’s cross encapsulating his performance.Key Opta Facts:- Liverpool have won their sixth Champions League/European Cup trophy – twice as many as any other English team has won (Man Utd, three).- Jurgen Klopp is the fourth Liverpool manager to win the Champions League/European Cup, after Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Rafael Benitez.- Klopp is the fifth German boss to win the Champions League/European Cup, after Dettmar Cramer, Jupp Heynckes, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Udo Lattek but he is only the second German to win the trophy with a non-German side (also Heynckes, with Real Madrid).- Mauricio Pochettino has lost both of his major finals as Tottenham boss, also losing the EFL Cup final versus Chelsea in 2015. – Tottenham appeared in their first ever European Cup/Champions League final, becoming the eighth different English side to do so. Indeed, the last six first-time finalists have ended up on the losing side (Spurs 2019, Chelsea 2008, Arsenal 2006, Monaco 2004, Bayer Leverkusen 2002 and Valencia 2000).- Mohamed Salah’s opener for Liverpool was the second fastest goal in a Champions League final, only behind Paolo Maldini (00:50) for AC Milan versus Liverpool in 2005.What’s nextA well-earned rest will have to wait for the 10 Liverpool and Spurs players who have Nations League Finals commitments in Portugal next week. Jurgen Klopp’s men will contend the Community Shield against treble-winners Manchester City at Wembley in August. read morelast_img read more

Clipper Claims Norden Handysize Quartet Purchase

first_imgzoom Denmark’s Clipper Group has emerged as the buyer of  the four 32,000 dwt Handysize bulk carriers sold last week by its compatriot D/S Norden.The vessels include Nord Hong Kong, Nord Houston, Nord London and Nord Vancouver and they will be added to the company’s fleet during the next four months.The four bulkers were built in 2011 at Chinese Jiangmen Nanyang Shipyard (JNS).The Handysize bulk carriers feature logs and grabs fitted and will enter the Clipper Logger Pool, according to the company.“We are extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to add four modern handysize vessels to our fleet and into our Logger Pool,” Clipper’s Group CEO Peter Norborg said.Clipper said it will commercially as well as technically manage the vessels.The bulk carriers have been added to Clipper’s internal technical management division, Clipper Fleet Management.The company’s Logger Pool presently consists of 31 vessels, whereof eight are controlled by Clipper and 23 are third party’s vessels.last_img read more

NASSCO to Build Six Oilers for US Navy

first_imgzoom US shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO has received a contract for the detailed design and construction of six John Lewis-class (TAO-205) oilers for the US Navy.Designed to transfer fuel to the navy’s surface ships operating at sea, the oilers will have the capacity to carry 156,000 barrels of oil, including new bio fuels.The oilers will also have significant dry cargo capacity, aviation capability and will reach a speed of 20 knots.The first ship of the program was funded in the FY2016 budget, allowing engineering and design work to begin immediately.The US Navy’s FY2017 budget requests advance procurement for a second ship, with procurement expected to occur in FY2018.Currently, the San Diego-based shipbuilder is under contract to construct its fourth Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) for the US Navy, USNS Hershel Williams, and is under contract to procure long-lead time material and engineering support for a fifth ESB.last_img read more

Cessna plane crashes in northwestern BC condition of those aboard unknown

first_imgSMITHERS, B.C. — A small plane has crashed north of Smithers in northwestern British Columbia.Navy Lt. Tony Wright, with the joint rescue co-ordination centre, says the centre was notified Saturday morning by an emergency locator transmitter, giving them the location of an aircraft in distress.They were looking for a Cessna 182, capable of carrying four passengers.He says a helicopter and fixed-wing search-and-rescue aircraft were dispatched to the site about 100 kilometres northeast of Smithers and a technician was lowered by cable from the helicopter.Wright could not say how many people were aboard the plane and was unable to give their condition, only saying that the RCMP had now taken over the investigation.The RCMP wasn’t immediately available to comment about the crash.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Saskatchewan selects 51 pot retailers for when it becomes legal later this

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan has selected 51 retailers to sell recreational marijuana when it becomes legal later this year.There will be cannabis outlets in communities across the province from Assiniboia to Yorkton and as far north as La Loche.Companies include big operators such as Canopy Growth Corporation to individual entrepreneurs.The retailers include groups of federally licensed cannabis producers, numbered companies and at least one is a First Nations firm.Some of the companies are from Saskatchewan but many are from out of province.Gene Makowsky, minister of the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, says the new industry will bolster the economy.“There was a lot of interest in the public request for proposal process, resulting in many new businesses that will invest in our province,” he said Friday in a release.He said applicants were screened for financial and inventory tracking systems before they were selected in a lottery.The selected retailers must now undergo criminal record checks.As a condition of their permit, they must be ready to sell recreational marijuana within one year of its legalization.The federal government is expected to legalize recreational marijuana for use by adults as early as this August.Under Saskatchewan’s rules marijuana retail stores must be stand-alone operations, selling only cannabis and cannabis accessories.They can’t sell alcohol and are subject to local municipal zoning bylaws.(Companies in this story: TSX:WEED)last_img read more

Nigeria new bird flu strain detected says UN agriculture agency

11 August 2008A new strain of avian flu never before reported in Africa has been identified in Nigeria, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. Tests conducted by Nigeria and by the FAO show that the new virus strain – which is similar to strains identified last year in Italy, Afghanistan and Iran – is genetically distinct from other forms detected in Nigerian outbreaks in 2006 and 2007.“It seems unlikely that wild birds have carried the strain to Africa, since the last migration of wild birds from Europe and Central Asia to Africa occurred in September 2007 and this year’s southerly migration into Africa has not really started yet,” said Scott Newman, International Wildlife Coordinator of FAO’s Animal Health Service.He pointed to other avenues the virus could have taken to Nigeria, such as international trade or illegal and unreported movement of poultry. “This increases the risk of an avian influenza spread to other countries in Western Africa.”The FAO called for stepped up surveillance to monitor the virus and keep track of its spread.“Many countries have succeeded in getting the virus under control; but as long as avian influenza remains endemic in some countries, the international community needs to be on alert,” said Joseph Domenech, FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer.The avian flu, or H5N1, has impacted more than 60 countries since the epidemic began five years ago in Asia and most nations have eliminated it from poultry.In Nigeria, bird flu was contained after being found in 25 states. FAO has a team of animal health experts and veterinary epidemiologists working with the West African nation’s Government. read more

Abducted cops assaulted and freed

The four people including two policemen who were abducted by wildlife officers at the Udawalawa national park yesterday during a raid on ganja plantations, have been freed after being assaulted.According to the police media unit, the four people have been admitted to hospital for treatment and investigations are underway to identify the suspects. After locating one ganja plantation two policemen were stationed at that location with weapons while the others proceeded to another location in the park to look for more ganja plantations.The police media unit said that at this time a group of wildlife officers of the park had abducted the two policemen and two others who assisted in the raid. (Colombo Gazette) The police said that the policemen were part of a 22 member police team involved in the raid at the park. The police said yesterday that wildlife officers had abducted two policemen and two others who were involved in a raid on a ganja plantation in the Udawalawe national park. read more

Afghan judicial body joins forces with UN agency to promote legal reform

The Afghan Judicial Reform Commission and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday signed a two-year project on Rebuilding the Justice System of Afghanistan. According to a spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), this is the first major step towards judicial reform since the creation of the Commission.Spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said in Kabul that the first part of the project will be reconstructing and equipping the courthouses across the country; training judges and other law offices; increasing the capacity of the administration of justice system, and organizing seminars and training for the staff of the justice system. “Particular attention will be given to ensure gender equity and a firmer role for women through the judicial system,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva said.Strengthening the teaching and research capacity of Kabul University’s Faculty of Law and Sharia will also be part of the initial stage of judicial reform. A legal research institute will be established within the University and the library will be upgraded.The spokesman said that the Judicial Reform Commission would be directly responsible for the full implementation of all elements of the programme. Representatives of the Commission, UNAMA and UNDP, as well as the Italian Embassy – charged with guiding judicial reform efforts last year by the Afghan Administration – will make up the project’s steering committee, and have a primary role in raising and managing the funds for the reform. The announcement of the joint project follows the international conference on Reform of the Afghan Justice System held in Rome last December. Conference participants pledged some $30 million and declared their commitment to help the Afghan Administration and the Commission restore the country’s judicial system and the rule of law. read more

Incoming Tim Hortons CEO reviewing everything from coffee cups to doughnuts

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 17, 2013 2:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Incoming Tim Hortons CEO reviewing everything from coffee cups to doughnuts OAKVILLE, Ont. – Everything from coffee cup sizes to doughnut selection is under the microscope at Tim Hortons (TSX:THI) as the company’s new chief executive settles into his role and begins a widespread review of the chain’s operations.Marc Caira is looking for ways to boost the reputation of the already iconic company, and he wants to improve how customers feel about their experience at the counter, which he calls “the moment of truth” for any quick service restaurant.“If you make a mistake there, then you’re impacting the consumer, and today’s new reality is you can’t afford to do that,” he said in a recent interview at the company’s headquarters in Oakville, Ont.“You cannot give consumers permission to go somewhere else.”Before he joined Tim Hortons, Caira held various executive roles at Nestle’s global operations where he helped expand the company’s hot and cold beverage division. He says his experience with Nestle means he comes to Tim Hortons with an open mind and thinking like a customer.“The beauty of my role is that I can ask as many questions as I want,” he said.Hardly two and half months into his tenure at the Canadian chain, Caira is still learning how Tim Hortons operates. So far, he has travelled to more than 20 cities across the country to talk with franchisees, and he’s been catching up on how the 49-year-old company has evolved.His office smells of a fresh coat of paint and new leather chairs, and hints of his roots at Nestle are scattered around the room. A collection of KitKat chocolate bars behind his desk are branded with his image, a personalized option for the Japanese market.In his new role, that type of creative quirk could come in handy. Tim Hortons has faced an onslaught of competition from coffee chains like Starbucks and fast food restaurants like McDonalds, who have offered deep discounts to their customers along with loyalty programs.While Tim Hortons still dominates Canada’s coffee market, the company has weathered uneven same-store sales growth this year, and expects to fall short of its target ranges.Overall same-store sales, a retail industry barometer, have improved somewhat, rising 1.5 per cent in the second quarter. Yet the numbers suggest that fewer customers are coming through the doors and overall they’re spending less money. Tim Hortons does not provide specific traffic data.A study from the NPD research group found that Tim Hortons’ share of the $4.6-billion coffee chain market fell to about 76 per cent in May, a decline of about two per cent from 2009 before McDonalds launched its McCafes.At least part of the difficult market can be attributed to slower economic growth and reduced spending by many Canadians in a fickle market. Caira wants to ensure that customers don’t walk out of his stores baffled by a complicated menu or feel like they’ve waited in line too long.“Future battles are not going to be won, in my view, with who has the best strategy or who has the best innovation,” he said.“The companies that will win will be the companies that can execute flawlessly at the store level.”While nothing has been decided yet, changes will likely involve simplifying the company’s menu, which at this point includes a rotating selection of more than 60 types of doughnuts, and no less than five different coffee cup sizes.At a conference held by Scotiabank on Tuesday, the 59-year-old executive told analysts that Tim Hortons needs to ensure its menu defines the company, rather then reflects the same products offered by its competitors.“Everybody sells smoothies,” he said, singling out one of the more recent additions to the Tim Hortons menu.“You walk into a number of any restaurants you want, look at the menu, they look familiar.”Numerous other options are being considered as well, including an expansion of Tim Hortons products into vending machines and agreements with new partners to take its brand outside of the restaurant.Already the company is trying to speed up the process at its counters, including double-lane drive-thrus and beverage express counters that shuffle customers away from the cash register while they wait for their drink to be prepared.While Caira wants to be different, he knows that sometimes traditional mainstays are what work best. His favourite doughnut is the Boston Cream, which he enjoys with an iced cappuccino.“I like chocolate,” he said.Tim Hortons needs to consider launching innovative platforms it can build on, rather than just new products, he said. Hot lunches have been a popular focus for the company over the past year, and soon it could expand into more options angled at dinner-hour customers.“The panini started out as a platform for lunch, we can easily take it into breakfast,” he said.And while Caira hasn’t made any specific decisions for changes to the menu or the company’s operations as a whole, he plans to unveil a new strategic plan before the end of the year.Activist investors have been pushing for the company to make major changes to its U.S. expansion plans and boost its leverage to buy back more shares. Caira has already responded to some of the demands from Scout Capital Management LLC and Highfields Capital Management LP, though he says he won’t necessarily react to all of their suggestions.“We will listen and engage, but there are times where we will agree to disagree,” he said, pointing to suggestions that Tim Hortons should exit the supply chain as one area where he won’t budge.“I don’t agree with that at all,” he said. “That’s part of our business model, so we need to protect that.”Edward Jones analyst Bobby Hagedorn said he is confident that Tim Hortons has a strong enough reputation in Canada to overcome any short-term economic challenges or attempts by other companies to trample its market share.“Despite what we would consider a very tough operating environment, we do think these guys have the locations, customer loyalty and the brand that allows them to succeed in that environment,” he said in a phone interview from St. Louis.“People are going after their core breakfast segment, so we do think the company needs to get back on track. We do think they’re going to be able to do that.”Tim Hortons shares rose 19 cents to close at $59.27 Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Spotlighting sustainable development Global Goals campaign launched at UN

‹ ›Mr. Curtis, the filmmaker behind major international hits such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill,, and Mr. Bean, presented “Project Everyone,” the mission of which is to get a “short, dynamic and snappy” explanation of the Global Goals to all of the planet’s citizens.“I was looking forward to 2015 and thought I should do something in order to try and make these new goals much more famous and much more well-known than the Millennium Development Goals were,” Mr. Curtis explained. “And it came as no surprise to me that as I started to say these things, I found out that so many people that I’d worked with before, so many of the NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and campaigners also felt the same thing.”The British scriptwriter began working with the United Nations on a campaign that would be “fun, bright, entertaining, and interesting,” to attract attention, especially of young people. One outcome is the first ever global cinema ad, an animation produced by Aardman featuring world leaders depicted as animals. It is expected to appear in movie theatres in over 30 countries.Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, Amina Mohammed, noted that she has just returned from her home country Nigeria, where she travelled by road through Boko Haram-controlled territory.“It’s important that this set of Goals is known by everyone, in the hamlets and the villages of Nigeria,” Ms. Mohammed said. “This is coming to make a difference in their lives.”She also stopped in Austria where she spoke with young people faced by the challenge of migration. “This agenda […] is not about just stemming the tide of what is happening with forced migration,” she explained. “But it is about dealing with root causes so that people don’t have to flee their own countries, their own villages, their own homes because they can’t have a life of dignity there.”Finally, 22 year-old Shaila Huq, spokesperson for the action/2015 campaign, said the Global Goals campaign speaks to her entire generation, which could be the first one to live in a world without extreme poverty. Richard Curtis briefs journalists on the campaign. UN Photo/Mark Garten Richard Curtis, filmmaker and founder of Project Everyone, which aims to share the Sustainable Development Goals with 7 billion people within 7 days of their adoption by the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September, briefs journalists on the campaign. Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, is also pictured. UN Photo/Mark Garten A journalist takes notes during the press briefing on “The Global Goals Campaign” which aims to publicize the Sustainable Development Goals after their adoption by the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September. UN Photo/Mark Garten Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (centre right) meets with Richard Curtis (centre left). Also pictured are Cristina Gallach (left), Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information and Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas During a press conference at UN Headquarters today, the Global Goals campaign, founded by filmmaker Richard Curtis, was announced as aiming to make the 17 UN Goals famous and to push for their full implementation worldwide.Described as an “unprecedented effort,” the campaign is supported by a variety of other social movements including action/2015 – a coalition of over 2000 organizations – and Global Citizen, a community of ordinary people that help fight extreme poverty.The campaign has been launched in the wake of a momentous event earlier this week: the UN General Assembly approved a resolution sending the draft ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ to Member States for adoption at a Summit in New York later this month. The Agenda, its 17 proposed Goals and 169 targets aim to be a charter for people and the planet in the twenty-first century. They will stimulate action over the next 15 years in areas of critical importance towards building a more equitable and sustainable world for all.Speaking to journalists with only 22 days to go before the UN Sustainable Development Summit, the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach, said 2015 is a “unique year.” “Being famous is absolutely necessary to ensure that [the goals] are implemented,” Ms. Gallach said. “We couldn’t have a better partner for this process than Richard Curtis’s team. Everybody will be able to resort to his creative products that are going to serve as a major asset to ensure that the Goals are known.” UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson meets with Richard Curtis (left). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Head of the UN Department of Public Information, Cristina Gallach, briefs journalists on “The Global Goals Campaign”. UN Photo/Mark Garten read more

Thomas Was Alone creator Mike Bithell reveals his next game Volume

first_imgMike Bithell is a name most gamers will know because of his hit 2012 indie game Thomas Was Alone. Since then Bithell has gone full-time indie and has been working on that difficult second game for the past 7 months. Today he gave us a first look at his next title, which is called Volume.Volume can be summarized as “a stealth game about being heard,” and here’s the trailer that introduces it:The focus is on committing crimes, but without killing anyone. This is a pure stealth game that sees the player’s inventory of tools grow as notoriety is gained from carrying out previous crimes successfully. The look is minimalist, while the action is set to be fast paced, and even though Bithell is promising hundreds of challenges, there’s also a big focus on player creation. Not only can you play the game as is, you can change whatever you want, create new challenges, and share them with the world.For now, Bithell is keeping the rest of the game secret, including the launch platforms. Volume will be released at some point in 2014, but more details will be revealed at GameCity in October, and the game will be playable at Eurogamer Expo 2013 in late September.Below is the first in a series of videos Bithell intends to release called Raising Volume, which will show off different aspects of the game including just how open it is to player editing and user generated content. He is also planning to stream the game live tonight at 4pm EST, with details of that appearing via his Twitter account later today. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY VolumeVolumeVolumeVolumeVolumeVolumeVolumeVolumeVolumeVolume, by the creator of Thomas Was Alone.Volumelast_img read more