The 3 Best Low-Light Video Cameras Under $2,500

first_imgSometimes you don’t have access to a proper lighting setup. In these situations, it’s great to have a camera that handles low-light environments with ease. Here are the best low-light video camera options under $2500.Whether you’re a run-and-gun documentary filmmaker, or you just want a natural aesthetic during a certain scene, having a camera that can produce usable footage from low-light situations really comes in handy. Additionally, a more capable camera body can allow you to use slower lenses.Thankfully, over the past few years, low-light video cameras have become increasingly affordable — a blessing to budget filmmakers everywhere. In fact, there are now multiple reasonable options to choose from, many of which have recently seen significant price drops. Let’s take a look at the best the market has to offer for under $2500. To avoid giving a single brand too much attention, we decided to focus on the best of three different household names.Sony a7SPRICE: 2198.00 USDLet’s start with the mirrorless monster, formally known by many as the “Low-Light King.” This small, lightweight full-frame camera has been all the buzz of the past year, with a supported ISO of up to 409,600. While this high of an ISO isn’t necessarily practical, it’s certainly still impressive to produce a recognizable image in near-darkness.The selling point of the a7S is without a doubt its low-light capabilities, considering its current lack of internal 4K recording (soon to be alleviated with the release of the a7s II), limited lens selection, and rolling shutter issues. However, despite these flaws, the a7S far outshines its competitors in low light, and is arguably the best choice if low light is your absolute priority.Panasonic GH4PRICE: 1497.99 USDAnother very light, mirrorless camera, Panasonic’s GH4 excels in low-light video as well. While it isn’t often commended for its low-light capabilities (due to the constant comparisons of it to the a7S), the GH4 still produces some undeniably impressive images.Its internal 4K recording and Micro 4/3 lens mount give it the edge in other ways, allowing for a larger selection of lenses and the flexibility that 4K offers, with the added ability to crop down and stabilize footage in post. Also much cheaper than similar options, the GH4 is a versatile low-light camera with a lot to offer at a respectable price.Canon 5D MK IIIPRICE: 2499.00 USDThe Canon 5D has long been one of the most impressive DSLR cameras on the market, generally offering stellar specs and pushing the limits of the modern portable camera. In fact, the first generation 5D was the first full-frame DSLR camera with a standard body size and reasonable price tag. A few years have passed since its release, and Canon has since been cast away from the spotlight to make room for the newer generation of cameras with more compact, mirrorless sensors.Even so, the 5D MK III is still a great piece of equipment that holds up well despite its growing age. It might be rather large compared to other options on the market, but its gorgeous low-light video, wide lens selection, and ability to shoot brief video sequences in RAW (with the help of the popular custom firmware, Magic Lantern) make it a formidable veteran amongst newcomers.While there are now dozens of cameras on the market that produce impressive footage in low light, these are some of the most notable of the top names in video. These may not be the best options for you, but they are a good, wallet-friendly place to start when you realize that artificial lighting just isn’t cutting it.Do you have a favorite low-light video camera? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

You Won’t the Like the Next One Any Better

first_imgIf you don’t like the salesperson working for you now because they aren’t producing the results you expect or need from them, you won’t like the next salesperson any better. If you’re not willing to invest the time, energy, and money to improve the salesperson, you will get the same result from the next salesperson who also lacks this investment.If you don’t like a lead because they are not deep enough into their buying journey to make it easy for you to sell them, you are not going to like the next lead any better. The next lead will be wherever they are in the process, regardless of what might make it easier for you to make a sale. Even if you don’t like it.If you don’t like your manager because they’re continually asking you for greater activity, you are not going to like the next manager any better. If someone has to ask you about your activity because you weren’t already doing enough to produce the results you need, you will have the same experience in your next job. And the one after that, and the one after that.If you don’t like the company you work for because they have rules, policies, and procedures that you find constricting, you are not going to like the rules, policies, and restrictions at your next company either. Swapping one set of rules for another set of rules doesn’t change the fact that you don’t like to the rules.Some salespeople are better than others, producing greater results. Every company has a top 20 percent.Some leads are better than others. But generally, very few leads will come to you completely ready to buy.Some managers and leaders are way better than others. Some are so good they literally transform you into a better version of yourself through their investment of time and energy. But there aren’t many who are not going to ask you to give them your best performance, at least not any good ones.Some companies have a better work experience and employee value proposition than others. But if you chafe against rules, policies, and procedures, the experience may not be that different for you.It’s Pretty Much Like That HereThere’s an old story about a man who was walking into a new city for the first time. He was greeted by another person who meets him at the gate. The stranger asks the man who lives in the city what the people inside the city are like. Instead of answering, the city dweller says, “What were they like where you came from?” The visitor to the city says they “they were terrible. They were mean, selfish, and hurtful.” The city dweller responds, “They’re pretty much like that here, too.”Another visitor shows up at the gates and asks the person greeting him at the gate the same question, and the city dwellers offers the same reply, “Tell me what were the people like where you came from?” The visitor says, “they were great. They were caring, kind, smart, and helpful.” The person greeting him says, “Yeah, there pretty much like that here, too.”last_img read more

Outcry over lost E.U. science adviser post

first_imgBRUSSELS—Statements of dismay poured in today after Anne Glover, the first chief scientific adviser (CSA) to the European Commission, confirmed that her post had “ceased to exist” on 31 October, along with the previous administration’s mandate.The London-based Science Media Centre relayed a series of comments coming mostly from the United Kingdom—which, unlike most other European countries, has a long tradition of having science advisers in government. Researchers and science policy leaders called the decision to let Glover’s post expire “an enormous blow,” a “deep disappointment,” or a “backward step.” “Everyone—Europeans and the rest of the world alike—will rightly see this decision as the European Commission downgrading both the practical and the symbolic value of science in Europe,” said Imran Khan, chief executive of the British Science Association.Meanwhile, the commission is sticking to its message that President Jean-Claude Juncker, who took office on 1 November, values independent scientific advice for policymaking and has just not decided yet how that role will be filled in his administration.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The collective anger was apparently triggered by an e-mail Glover sent to colleagues yesterday. In it, she wrote:The European Commission confirmed to me yesterday that, all decisions on the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) [the commission’s service that housed the CSA office] were repealed and so the function of Chief Scientific Adviser has ceased to exist. The new European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) which “replaces” BEPA does not comprise a function “Chief Scientific Adviser”.It is not up to me to comment on this decision, but I would like to express that I am proud of what this office has achieved in less than 3 years with very few resources. This has only been possible thanks to your continued support throughout this time and the hard work of the fantastic members of my team who will now seek new opportunities.Today, Glover says she is still hopeful that Juncker will come around. “Where there’s life there’s hope!” she writes in an e-mail to ScienceInsider. “I hope that President Juncker will decide to have a well-supported CSA function in his Commission but that is up to him.”last_img read more

Former Olympic champion Kiprop gets 4-year doping ban

first_imgFILE – In this file photo dated Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop shows his gold medal after winning the men’s 1500m final at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Former Olympic and three-time world champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya was banned for four years Saturday for testing positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO after his claim that urine samples might have been tampered with by disreputable doping control officers was rejected. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, FILE)LONDON— Former Olympic and three-time world champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya was banned for four years Saturday for testing positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO after his claim that urine samples might have been tampered with by disreputable doping control officers was rejected.The 2008 Olympic 1500-meter champion failed an out-of-competition test in his home country in November 2017. His backup ‘B’ sample also tested positive for EPO.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The AIU said the advance notice of the test and the $30 Kiprop paid to one of the officers — apparently for miscellaneous expenses like refreshments and gas for his car — was clearly improper but couldn’t have affected the test findings.His case cast further doubt on the quality of the anti-doping efforts in Kenya, the distance-running powerhouse that has had its reputation badly eroded by dozens of cases in recent years.Kiprop was awarded the gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after race winner Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain failed a doping test and had his medal stripped.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte But his case was complicated when it was revealed he was given advance notice of the visit by Kenyan anti-doping officers — a clear breach of testing protocol. Kiprop also conceded he paid money to one of the officers following the test.The 29-year-old Kiprop, who won three straight world titles from 2011-2015, said his original and backup samples could have been tampered with when he left them unattended for a short time, while he got his cellphone to make a money transfer to one of them soon after the test was conducted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn a separate defense, he also said the elevated levels of EPO in his system might have been “natural EPO” caused by intense training at high altitude in Kenya. Another defense Kiprop used was that medication he took a week before the test might have caused the positive result.The Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles doping cases for the IAAF, rejected all of Kiprop’s explanations and banned him from competition until February 2022. His results from Nov. 27, 2017 to Feb. 3, 2018 were disqualified. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIEScenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH’s Merwin Tan captures gold in 2019 Asian Youth Bowling tilt Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Let The March Madness Begin

first_imgA topsy-turvy season in college basketball delivered a few more twists when the brackets came out Sunday.Exhibit A: Oregon and Virginia are No. 1 seeds, while Michigan State is not.Exhibit B: Monmouth and Valparaiso aren’t part of March Madness, but Michigan and Syracuse are.As usual, the NCAA selection committee released a 68-team bracket with its fair share of surprises. This year, the debate started right away, when the committee named Pac-12 champion Oregon a top seed in the West, ACC runner-up Virginia a top seed in the Midwest and made Tom Izzo’s Spartans, champs of the Big Ten, a “2.”They’ll decide it on the court. The tournament starts March 15 with a pair of opening-round games. The main draw begins March 17 at eight sites. The Final Four is April 2 and 4 in Houston.In a season in which six teams held the top spot in The Associated Press poll — one short of the record — there was no doubt there would be some debate about who belonged in the four top spots.That Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference champions Kansas and North Carolina earned two of the spots wasn’t that surprising. The rest of it raised eyebrows.The head of the selection committee, Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione, lauded Oregon’s third-rated strength of schedule (as of March 13) and No.2 ranking in the RPI, along with its regular-season and tournament titles in the Pac-12. He said Michigan State was the fifth overall seed.“Very close. It was a vigorous debate,” Castiglione said. “We know how good a team they are. … It was just a close call and the committee felt Michigan State was fifth.”But there were no easy choices for the committee this season, and the way the big slate of conference tournaments played out only emphasized the way this season has gone. Of the 31 postseason tournaments, top seeds only won 10.That gave automatic spots to bubble teams (or less) such as Fresno State, Gonzaga and Connecticut, while squeezing out a few spots bubble spots — even though there were two more available this season because Louisville (and Rick Pitino) and SMU (and Larry Brown) are both ineligible.Among those sitting out include Monmouth, which played a killer non-conference schedule but lost too many games to bad teams; St. Mary’s, which won the regular-season title in the West Coast Conference but didn’t play a tough enough schedule; and Valpo, which ranked 49 in the RPI but had only four wins against top 100 teams.Of the at-large teams, 25 came from the Power Five conferences, with 11 from the smaller leagues. Of the last eight teams to make it, the count was 4-4, with Michigan, Vanderbilt and Syracuse among the most hotly debated among the bigger schools.“In the past, the committee has taken teams with wins, especially road wins,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, whose team’s wins away from home against Duke, Texas A&M and UConn made up for the fact that the Orange (19-13) has lost five of its last six. “I’m not sure there’s anyone on the bubble who had as good of road wins as we did.”Boeheim missed the first nine games of the season, while serving a suspension for committing NCAA violations, but Castiglione said that didn’t much factor into bringing Syracuse in.Castiglione said the last bubble team to make it was Tulsa, which plays Michigan on Wednesday.Other notables from the bracket:KENTUCKY: Two things stood out about the Wildcats. First, their possible second-round match-up against border rival Indiana, a team they don’t schedule in the regular season. Second, their No. 4 seeding, one spot worse than Texas A&M, the team the Wildcats beat in the SEC tournament title game. Coach John Calipari was outspoken: “Did we not play a basketball game against them today?” Calipari said. “When you mis-seed a team, it’s not that team you hurt, it’s the teams they play that you hurt. But at the end of the day, they’re not stealing my joy.”KANSAS: If there’s a favorite in this year’s tournament, it’s the Jayhawks, who won both the regular-season and tournament titles in the nation’s toughest conference, and also come in on a 14-game winning streak. “You obviously have to be healthy, catch a few breaks and have your best players perform,” said Jayhawks coach Bill Self. “With most teams, it comes down to making shots. That’s as big a key with us as any.”FUTURE PROS: The mock drafts project Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown as potential top-10 picks later this year. Both play for Cal. So, did the fourth-seeded Bears underachieve by going 23-10 and finishing tied for third in the Pac-12? We’ll find out starting March 18 when they open against No. 13 Hawaii. Other tournament players who could soon be starring on an NBA team near you: Brandon Ingram (Duke), Kris Dunn (Providence) and shooting guard Buddy Hield (Oklahoma), the nation’s second-leading scorer at 25 points a game.UCONN, UCAN?: When UConn won the title two years ago, the Huskies were a bubble team that caught fire at the right time. Sound familiar? Courtesy of the 70-foot miracle shot by Jalen Adams that pushed the conference semifinal against Cincinnati into a fourth overtime, the Huskies didn’t have to sweat Selection Sunday. They’re champions of the American Athletic Conference, a No. 9 seed (they were a No. 7 in 2014) and will open against Colorado, with a possible meeting against Kansas up next.WELCOME BACK: Oregon State is back in the tournament for the first time since 1990. Last time the Beavers made it, Gary Payton was closing out a college career, about to be an NBA star. This time, it’s Payton’s son, Gary Payton II, leading the team into the spotlight. Payton II is averaging nearly 16 points a game for Oregon State, a No. 7 seed that faces No. 10 VCU on Friday.(EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

a month agoAC Milan coach Giampaolo positive after Torino defeat

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Giampaolo positive after Torino defeatby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo insists there’s positives from defeat to Torino.Giampaolo is already feeling the pressure after a 2-1 defeat to Torino on Thursday, their third loss in the opening five rounds.“The only thing we did wrong against Torino was not killing off the game when we had the chance, but the performance showed we are on the right track,” he said in his Press conference.“I enjoyed most of the game, as we played good football and the team felt confident. At times, we didn’t get some details right and failed to filter out the dangerous through balls.“My objective is always to play football, to control the game, the tempo and the ball with superior possession to the opponents. I saw that for most of the match at Torino and the attitude seemed to show belief too. Unfortunately, details make the difference.“Every game is tough and mentality is crucial, so we must respect each opponent and give it our all, not hold back or think we’ve done enough.” last_img read more

Nanotechnology team creates Oilers logo so small 900 million fit on top

first_imgEDMONTON – While many hockey fans go big with their pride come playoff time, researchers at the University of Alberta have gone small — really, really small.Nanotechnology experts at the school have created what they say is the smallest Edmonton Oilers logo in the world at 2.4 microns in diameter.That’s smaller than the width of a human hair and so teeny that 900 million of the logos can fit on the top of a puck.The logo was created as part of a test of a new nanomaterial, called hydrogen silsesquioxane, and a new algorithm that allows for the creation of denser patterns.“Rather than just doing some sort of random demo pattern of a bunch of lines and dots and squares and circles … we just decided, well, the Oilers are in the playoffs, it’s an interesting design because it’s got a lot of small features between the letters, it’s got curves. Why don’t we just use that?” Eric Flaim, a director of the university’s Nanofabrication and Characterization Facility, known as NanoFab, said Friday.The logo was created using a beam of electrons. The electrons create a chemical reaction that causes some of the nanomaterial to become unstable, allowing it to be removed with another chemical and leaving behind the pattern.“The electrons act like ink out of a pen,” Flaim said.Pictures of the logo were taken by the university’s $3-million helium ion microscope. There are only three in Canada and 50 in the world.The process, start to finish, took four to five hours, Flaim said.Researchers did the same thing when the NHL Oilers made a run to the Stanley Cup final in 2006, but this version is said to be 40 times smaller.It’s a good demonstration of how far nano-science has come in the last decade, said Flaim.“This is the slow march of progress.”The Oilers are playing the Anaheim Ducks in the semifinal of the Western Conference.last_img read more

Fashion designers are making manufacturing in Canada cool again

first_imgFactory head Gagin Singh, left, and director Marilyn McNeil-Morin inside the spacious George Brown Fashion Exchange factory in Regent Park. (NICK KOZAK / TORONTO STAR) | Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment You don’t use the words gorgeous and factory often in the same sentence, but the gleaming white, glassed-in cube of the George Brown Fashion Exchange, tucked into the lobby of a condo building in buzzy new Regent Park, is indeed slick.Now a year old, the enormous 5,600 sq.-ft. open space features artfully exposed ductwork, reconfigurable work stations and punchy yellow powerbars raised overhead, courtesy the George Brown school of design.The building is called the Fashion Exchange and has several purposes, which feed each other. First, it is the site of Industrial Power Sewing training programs, offered free to at-risk youth working towards a career in the garment industry; thus-far seven full classes of students have graduated to placement positions in the industry.center_img READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Major increase in Europes refugee and migrant death rate UNHCR

The “Desperate Journeys” report states that 40 per cent fewer of those on the move, entered Europe via the Mediterranean this year, compared with 2017. An overall increase in those arriving in Spain and Greece was more than offset by significantly lower arrivals in Italy.The drop in numbers successfully reaching Europe, has been attributed to increased support for the Libyan Coast Guard to prevent sea crossings, and further restrictions on NGOs involved in search and rescue missions.The three European entry countries for those crossing the Mediterranean were Spain, Italy and Greece and, by the end of July, Spain had become the primary entry point to the continent. The majority of refugees and migrants for each respective entry country came from Guinea, Tunisia and Syria (during the same period in 2017, the top three nationalities were Nigerians, Guineans and Ivoirians).This is no longer a test of whether Europe can manage the numbers, but whether Europe can muster the humanity to save lives – UNHCR Europe Chief, Pascale MoreauLibya, the principal country of departure, has received support in establishing its own search and rescue region, which has resulted in more people being intercepted or rescued at sea by the Libyan Coast Guard and returned to Libya.NGOs and others conducting rescues in the central Mediterranean Sea are facing increasing difficulties finding safe European ports for disembarkation: Italy has refused to allow the disembarkation of several NGO vessels carrying rescued refugees and migrants, since early June.These measures have been accompanied by a sharp rise in the rate of deaths. In the Central Mediterranean, one in 18 of those who crossed to Europe between January and July 2018 went missing. The rate last year was one in 42 of those attempting the crossing.This year has already seen ten incidents in which 50 or more people died, seven of which occurred since June. 300 people have died attempting to reach Spain from North Africa; a third more than 2017.On land, there have been more than 78 recorded deaths of refugees and migrants in Europe or at Europe’s borders, compared to 45 during the same period last year. Here, police and border authorities are alleged to have pushed back refugees and migrants to a neighbouring territory, using violence in some instances, often denying them access to asylum procedures.“This report once again confirms the Mediterranean as one of the world’s deadliest sea crossings,” said UNHCR’s Europe Chief, Pascale Moreau. “With the number of people arriving on European shores falling, this is no longer a test of whether Europe can manage the numbers, but whether Europe can muster the humanity to save lives.”UNHCR, together with the UN Migration Agency, IOM, is calling for a predictable, regional approach for the rescue and disembarkation of people in distress in the Mediterranean Sea. The Agency is urging European States to grant those seeking international protection readily-available access to asylum procedures and increase access to safe and legal pathways for refugees to enter the continent. It also appeals to States to do more to protect people with specific needs, in particular children travelling alone. read more

Human Rights Task Force to hold first meeting

Brock University’s new Human Rights Task Force has now been established, and the group will hold its inaugural meeting this Thursday, July 7 in Cairns 207 at 3 pm.  Members of the Brock community are welcome to attend.The Task Force, created by a directive last March from then-president Jack Lightstone, was established to improve and advance human rights at Brock. The Task Force will provide recommendations to the incoming President to improve Brock’s human rights policies, processes, services and supports.The membership of the Task Force was drawn from an open call for nominations from the Brock community. Members were appointed by Lightstone, in consultation with numerous campus stakeholders, including the University’s labour unions, the Graduate Student Association and the Brock University Student Union.The Task Force consists of:• Chair — Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning• Vice-Chair — to be selected by the Task Force• Students — Aniqah Zowmi (undergraduate), LeeAnn Cayer and Samantha MacAndrew (graduate students)• Faculty members — Margot Francis, Ingrid Makus, Dolana Mogadime• Staff members — Andrew Bassingthwaighte, Brad Clarke, Sandra Wong• Faculty Dean – Tom Dunk• External member – Julie Rorison, member, YWCA Niagara board of directorsThe group’s Terms of Reference can be found on a new web page that has been created to publicly report on the progress of the Task Force. The mandate includes making recommendations regarding:Renewal and harmonization of all policies and procedures that impact human rights at Brock;Building awareness of human rights obligations and culture at Brock;Enhancing diversity and inclusivity within the Brock community; andThe organization, staffing and resources of Brock’s human rights office.The first meeting will encompass the process and schedule to be followed by the Task Force and will include a broad discussion on human rights. read more

Former Ohio State football player Andrew Norwell working his way up the

Carolina Panthers guard Andrew Norwell (left) practices on Aug. 2 at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.Credit: Courtesy of TNSNew city, new team, new jersey, but some things never change for former Ohio State offensive lineman Andrew Norwell.“The flow’s still going,” Norwell said. “It’s been five years since I’ve had a full haircut.”Norwell wrapped up his career at OSU in 2013 before setting his sights on the next level. He is currently an offensive guard for the Carolina Panthers and played in 10 games with nine starts in the 2014 season.It was not an easy journey for Norwell, who wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and ultimately went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft before signing with the Panthers as a rookie free-agent.“Basically I worked my way up through the ladder to make the team,” Norwell said. “I just went out every day and I worked hard and coaches really liked my toughness and my physicality.”It helps that the big guy — he has a 6-foot-6, 310-pound frame — has a big support system behind him at home.His older brother, Chris Norwell, has had a big influence on him, he said, because he traveled a similar path. His brother played for the University of Illinois before signing with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2008.“I already went through the process of being an undrafted free agent in the NFL, so I kind of had some experience there,” Chris Norwell said.Andrew Norwell said that put less pressure on him going in undrafted.“I didn’t have to impress anybody … I just played football, what I’ve been doing all my life,” he said.The long-haired guard might not have felt pressure, but he knew he would need to work to make the final cut, something his brother reminded him of often.“He really had to prove himself to be worthy of a roster spot because in the NFL, that’s really hard,” Chris Norwell said.The former OSU lineman didn’t know exactly how to describe the feeling of making an NFL team.“They pulled me aside and they said I made it, I made the team,” he said. “It was just unbelievable. I’m on an NFL active roster. Words can’t explain that.”Andrew Norwell was inactive for the first six weeks of the season before making his NFL debut in Green Bay on Oct. 19, when Trai Turner was injured in the first quarter.“My O-line coach said, ‘All right, get in there.’ I ran on the field and basically took advantage of the opportunity … and I never got taken off the field since I was put in that day,” Andrew Norwell said.He said he knew whichever team he went to he would make a difference, and he did. In his first win as an NFL starter on Dec. 7 in New Orleans, he cleared the way for the Panthers’ offense to accumulate 497 total yards, including 271 rushing yards, the third-highest in team history.The lineman’s success was not surprising to his brother. “He didn’t feel bad for himself. He prepared well each week, getting himself ready for his opportunity,” Chris Norwell said.Chris Norwell said he was able to see his brother’s hard work pay off in person during the NFC Wild Card game on Jan. 3.“It was just a really cool experience to see your little brother playing at the biggest stage possible,” he said.Although that “little brother” is still adjusting to the NFL, there were many differences from college football he had to get used to, he said.“The speed is one thing but the guys in general are way better. Everybody’s an all-star,” Andrew Norwell said. “You got to prove every day … You got to be perfect every day.”Another big difference is what the guys are playing for, he added.“With me working for a spot, you’re trying to take somebody’s livelihood away and they take it really seriously,” he said.It’s a “high-pressure, high-performance job” and there are many changes to get used to, the Carolina Panther said, but he believes OSU prepared him well.“We had a coaching change here when I was in college, different play book and I think that helped me out a lot. (Coach Urban Meyer’s) program definitely prepared me for the next level,” he said.Meyer’s arrival before Andrew Norwell’s junior season wasn’t the only way the Buckeyes prepared him for the NFL; the fans helped, too, he said.“NFL fans are great. They really take pride in their team and want to see the guys be successful just like here at Ohio State,” Andrew Norwell said.With his first NFL season under his belt, Andrew Norwell isn’t taking a break, and said he’s looking forward to next season.“Last year around this time, I didn’t know where I was going,” he said. “This year I’m just training, working out, getting ready to go back down to Charlotte again.” read more

Strong crosswinds force plane to abort landing at Birmingham International Airport

first_imgA plane descending into Birmingham International Airport, England, got caught in the crosswind on Saturday, October 1, and was forced to miss its landing just moments before touch down.This footage shows the Airbus A321 about to make contact with the runway as it is swaying, forcing the pilot to climb into the air again and circle around for a second attempt. 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

Professor installed panic alarm in his office after woman stalked him for

Li booked a holiday to follow him to Lanzarote, the court heard Zhaoyan Li was convicted of stalking at City of London Magistrates Court Zhaoyan Li was convicted of stalking at City of London Magistrates Court Mr Edmans said he installed a panic alarm in his office after he was bombarded with visits and phone calls Mr Edmans said he installed a panic alarm in his office after he was bombarded with visits and phone calls “She said she wanted to become a partner at PwC, which was strange because she wasn’t even a trainee,” he explained.”She asked me if I was happy to have dinner with her because she had some questions about her career and I told her I had to go home. “I went to Marks & Spencer’s and when I left she was waiting for me outside and followed me on the westbound tube even though she lived in the opposite direction and sat next to me.”Li then joined a Surrey getaway hosted by Professor Edmans’ All Souls Church breakfast club.”Every mealtime she’d sit next to me and try to talk to me, even if I was talking to other people and this way annoying. She was trying to encroach on me and continually interrupting conversations I was having.”The professor admitted he eventually resorted to getting physical. “I squeezed the pressure points on her knee to cause a bit of pain.”However, Li claims she took this under-the-table knee squeeze as a “come on” of a sexual nature. A London Business School professor was forced to install a panic alarm in his office after being stalked for more than a year by a woman who saw him speak at a careers event, a court heard.Alex Edmans, 38, who has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos and in Parliament, said he became too distressed to answer his phone after he was followed by Zhaoyan Li.Li, 40,visited Mr Edmans at his church and also turned up at his gym after meeting him when he spoke at a careers seminar at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). She also booked a holiday to follow him to Lanzarote and bombarded him with texts, emails and calls.The 40-year-old, of Canary Wharf, east London, was convicted of stalking Professor Edmans between February 1, 2017 and September 13, this year at  City of London Magistrates Court. She will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on a future date.Professor Edmans told the court from behind a screen Li enjoyed taking photographs of him working out at a Hyde Park boot camp fitness club and groped his biceps after a class.She began stalking him after he spoke PwC’s ‘Finding Purpose In Your Career’ seminar early last year. Li booked a holiday to follow him to Lanzarote, the court heard Professor Edmans was bombarded with WhatsApp ad Facebook messages from Li, who suddenly appeared at his workout class when a picture needed to be taken. “Out from the shadows Ms Li jumped up and said: ‘I’ll take the group photo.’ She must have been on the sidelines watching.”She started touching my biceps, which was not solicited and then started coming to the boot camp, not to participate, but to take photos, presumably of me working out.”I blocked her on facebook, but and then she contacted me through other means, I blocked her on WhatsApp and saved her as ‘Dirty Pervert.'”She wanted to be in a relationship with me. It was as if she thought she had the right to have a relationship with me.”In one message Li wrote: “I want a Mr. Right who loves me and cares about my feelings.”Eventually All Souls Church banned her and Professor Edmans reported her to the police, who gave Li an official warning in January.”She then started coming to the London Business School campus and using the internal phone and called me on February 14 to say: ‘Happy Valentines Day.'”Normal things like checking emails filled me with horror and dread and each time I saw her number my heart sank because this ordeal was continuing.”Eventually a panic alarm was fitted at the professor’s office and he quit the boot camp and church breakfast club after Li booked herself on their Canary Islands vacation. “I thought: ‘There’s no getting away from her if she turns up in Lanzarote for the entire eight days.'”Li constantly tried to delay and adjourn the trial and told the magistrates: “If I get a criminal record I may commit suicide.” 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. read more

BLOG Huttenberg or Wisla The time is now…

← Previous Story Logo for Beach Handball IHF World Championship in Kazan 2018 – presented Next Story → Pan American national teams qualified for IHF Beach Handball World Championship 2018 Last week, once again, handball as a sport showed imperfection during facing  the problem which all serious global sports already overcome a long time ago – question of EHF Champions League schedule. Let’s remind you, the German champions Rhein Neckar Lowen decided to send their second team to EHF CL TOP 16 match in Kielce on March 24, while the TOP stars will be in Kiel at match of DKB Bundesliga on same day, just two hours later.The European Handball Federation tried to find solution by changing the host right of two matches. Kiel said YES, RNL declined. On the other side, EHF refused an option that Rhein Neckar Lowen played on Sunday (March 25) in Kielce, just 24 hours after clash in Kiel.  Match in Kiel would be broadcast by public TV ARD, which is basically only chance that people see handball match on TV, as only PAY-TV Sky has rights for DKB Bundesliga during season. That’s why March 24 is so important.Let’s imagine that something like this happens in modern football or basketball? That March 24 is some kind of paradigms of all problems which handball as a sport facing nowadays or simply trying to hide them.What is older – the chicken or the egg, is not the question in this case. The question is whether European Handball Federation has power and instruments to keep under control all their members, among them Germany? Whether rest of handball Europe has to be a hostage of German handball? It’s not and will never be. Whatever some national Championship is strong and as long as Germans put Huttenberg in front of Wisla Plock or Meshkov Brest, hierarchy must to exist and it has to be clearly emphasized. If whole Europe can adapt, they have too also.Responsibility of Germans is more than visible. Their reasons – also. They keep their own league, format with 18 teams among which 3-4 are only for a goal-difference and it looks that they don’t want compomise. DKB Bundesliga announced few months ago and sent message to EHF that they don’t want any match more in European schedule after preposition in Vienna that new EHF CL system (from 2020) with 12 teams means 26 matches in comparison with 20. How EHF responded to this? Germans will have two direct places in CL from the next season…“Situation making” for rich teams, for now, isn’t on a right path.EHF Champions League isn’t football or basketball product. Even in this model for “poor and modest”, EHF CL didn’t attract the whole continent. For Germans are non-attractive in terms of finance. They have problems to sold-out halls, while on the other side – EHF prize money for a placement is not enough and covering some certain costs. For Balkan countries, Serbs, Bosnians, Montenegrins, but also Greeks, Italians, Czechs, Austrians, Baltic people, it is only expensive adventure.Words of EHF president Michael Wiederer that EHF CL means “standards which teams and countries have to meet” are not enough. Question is why EHF didn’t find a way to make TOP product even more attractive for those – dozens of countries. Another side of a medal is that EHF CL match hasn’t been seen in Madrid, Moscow, Prague, Rome, Belgrade, Amsterdam, Kiev, Oslo, Athens, Vienna – never or for many years. How then you can expect “a lot of money” in handball?More money for teams, better setup, higher level of organization, that’s all we have to see since 2020 in League with 12 teams. We will lose because 70% of Europe won’t be directly included in that project. If that is a price for level up, then, Germans have to pay it also, not only rest of Europe. If they don’t want, EHF has to show who is the boss. Vienna has to show capability for that.Situation with Rhein Neckar Lowen, unfortunately, showing us that it will be a long time since we will have Coca-Cola and Mercedes Benz on “Gerflor” across Europe instead of windows and cheap jeans.However, at the moment when EHF narrows space for clubs, chances for national teams becoming much more visible and realistic. Regardless, EHF EURO events with 16 teams look perfect with great quality (almost perfect event) and big competition among a lot of nations, a decision to make in with 24 NT since 2020 is the right one in terms of wider representation on the continent. Chance has to get Romania, Turkey, Israel and all others, who invest in handball, but popularity is limited as long as kids have no chance to watch national teams on big events. Quality won’t fall rapidly, but handball will get on popularity because eight new countries will be directly involved.Parallel with changes in their system, I hope that someone from Vienna can make a call to Basel and say “Guys, we need to change some rules”. Moreover, I hope that some already did it since January.Day after an epic match at Zagreb Arena between Germany and Slovenia, 10 minutes of black hole and everything that happened after it, we thought in the same way, all of us. Michael Wiederer also pointed out in interview for EHF EURO 2018 website some important things. Also, Nikola Karabatic, as the iconic guy for our sport and the biggest handball brand nowadays stated for HP that “he wouldn’t like that his son wants to play handball – the sport which could become non-Olympic if we don’t get new rules”. Everything is clear – absolutely. If we are all on the same side – side of handball, those who think that referees are “executors of others’ ideas” and others who think that they are “victims of unclear rules”, then, let’s work on changes!?How comes that technology brought progress to all sports, to the whole humanity, and only brings confusion to handball?However, that kind of decisions is in hands of Bazel (IHF), not Vienna. The International Handball Federation is responsible for rules. IHF president Hassan Moustafa will tell you “What? We don’t want to copy basketball”. Basketball is light-year ahead of handball in terms of rules. Every kid in Sydney or Belgrade knows for “flopping”.  Awareness is necessary for changes. It is clear that Moustafa will lead world’s handball supported by votes of El Salvador and Brunei, but at least, you should battle for things to change.Until then, situation with Germans must be clear. We don’t want to wait spring 2020, to solve “eternal question” – Huttenberg or Wisla?Written by Zika Bogdanovic read more

Kinect 2 capable of reading lips gauging moods

first_imgThe Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360 has been a huge success for Microsoft, probably above and beyond what the company ever expected the peripheral to achieve in the short amount of time it has been available. Removing the need to hold a controller clearly does work for consumers and gamers alike.Even though we don’t know when Microsoft plans to replace the Xbox 360, there is one aspect of the new console we can be sure about: Kinect will feature and most likely come as standard, integrated into the machine.Eurogamer has been informed that not only is that the case, but Kinect 2 is far superior in terms of the accuracy it can achieve. The tracking it performs will be so accurate, that it will be able to read your facial expressions and even go so far as to lip read.It may sound like a giant leap forward with the technology, but the main difference looks like it could be the rate of data transfer the new console can handle from the controller. Kinect on the 360 is limited to just 16MB/s transferred across a USB connection. That in turn limited the device to 30fps and a resolution of 320 x 240.Switching over to a different, faster connection in the Xbox 720 means the frame rate can be bumped up to 60fps, and the resolution doubled or tripled. That allows for more accurate movement capture and more detail to be picked up such as the movement of a mouth. Add in facial expression tracking, and Kinect 2 will most likely be able to tell when you are angry, sad, scared,  or happy.We still have a while to wait before we get to see the next Xbox and Kinect 2. The latest predictions peg a launch as late 2012, or early 2013, with a console reveal during E3 next year.Read more at Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

Almost all women in Irish prisons are there for committing petty crime

first_img 16.02.18 ‘I’m the first face you see when you’re sent to Mountjoy. Prisoners can be scared and vulnerable’ By Gabija Gataveckaite, Rachel Halpin, Gillian Hogan, Carrie McMullan and Judy Williams 42,122 Views Apr 23rd 2019, 12:06 AM Tuesday 23 Apr 2019, 12:05 AM File photo of gardaí outside Mountjoy Prison, where the Dóchas Centre is located https://jrnl.ie/4596708 Chaotic livesAs well as the unconscious bias, women can also receive sentences for petty crime due to a breakdown in communication between the prison, judicial and probation systems.Meyler said that addressing housing issues, providing more detox beds and more access to treatment centres would help the situation for a lot of these women. “Prison should not be used to detox, but it is,” she said.She added that in some cases, women had resorted to committing crimes to get a custodial sentence so that they could access housing or get a break from their chaotic lives.Asked if there are other alternatives, Meyler said that community service was one option open to judges, but often the terms of the community service were not flexible enough to allow for the fact that some of the women had child caring responsibilities.“Some of these women might have been given chances with probation or alternatives to custody in the past, but don’t have the capacity to meet probation conditions or community service,” she said.Meyler also said that Ireland has been criticised for not having enough alternatives, including a lack of restorative justice practices, in comparison to countries such as Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands.“But then you go maybe even out to the general population, and they’re happy with it – lock them up and throw the key away…” said Clarke. “The government doesn’t have to worry about the people – the masses. The masses are happy with our justice system, so the government is happy,” she added.Dr Christina Quinlan, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice in De Montfort University in the UK, wrote in her 2011 book ‘Inside Ireland’s Women’s Prisons’ that a distinguishing feature of women’s imprisonments is and has been the “imprisonment of poor marginalised women for crimes related to poverty and addictions.”In her research, Dr Quinlan has referred to the need for reform and argued that imprisonment should only be in response to serious offences and that other methods could be devised to deal with smaller offences. A courtroom in the Criminal Courts of Justice Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesJoanna Joyce, a former barrister and the co-author of an IPRT report, said that further research is needed on why women may be treated differently at sentencing than men. She suggested that female offending may be viewed differently to male offending due to traditional perceptions.Women have been convicted for petty crimes for a long time. Over the last three decades, there has been a shift towards drug-related offences, which include the possession or supply of drugs.Clarke noted that shoplifting, handling stolen goods and storing drugs are some of the most common crimes she sees among women. Women are still the primary caregivers in Irish society, perhaps for older relatives as well as for children. Clarke feels they shoplift for survival rather than the thrill of stealing – to provide for their children or to feed a substance addiction.Devastating effect on familiesO’Connor explained some of the difficulties of going to prison for women include telling their family, leaving their children and the details being in the media.Clarke said many women would not want their children visiting them in prison – especially when they are in for such short sentences. The children could be told that their mother has gone abroad to work or for medical treatment. “It’s one thing a child visiting their father in prison but, even in today’s age, for a child to visit their mother in prison it’s different, society views it as different,” she said.“I think maybe there’s a general consensus of if it’s not broke don’t fix it… but people on the ground know it’s broke, we know it doesn’t work,” said Clarke.“We are just putting bandages on a gaping wound,” said Meyler. The services of CAP are varied and include helping people set goals to address factors such as drug use, or helping those that are dealing with the fallout from a prison sentence even if it was a long time ago.“We have had service users who haven’t been in prison for 20 years, but can’t get a mortgage,” she said. “The stigma can follow you.”Meyler said there had been communication difficulties between the different parts of the system, but that the Irish Prison Service and the Probation Service have been working together more closely and have joint strategies, so there have been big improvements.The Joint Irish Prison Service and Probation Service Strategic Plan, 2013-2015 presented a strategy for how the two services should work together, with other statutory, community and voluntary sector partners, in an effort to provide more tailored women-centric interventions. According to their strategic plan, this approach is aimed at reducing ‘offending among women, improving opportunities for reintegration and providing more positive outcomes’.Meyler added said that the Irish Prison Service is moving towards a more modern system and she feels that the judges need to follow suit.“As younger barristers come through the system, if they are exposed to different alternatives and different ideas, they will bring those with them,” she said.Costigan would like to see more alternatives to prison. “Giving them custodial sentences has such a wide impact for all the family members, not just the individual, but for so many people in their social network,” she said.Costigan added that there might also be a need for public education. She explained that if the justice system is really about reformation, the public needs to know what that entails, what is best practice and how to apply it for the benefit of these women and of society.“As a society, do we want to help change lives or just lock them up and ignore them?” ALMOST ALL WOMEN in Irish prisons are serving sentences for committing petty crimes, an analysis of statistics shows.Irish Prison Service data for 2017 shows that 95% of women who were incarcerated received sentences for crimes such as shoplifting or handling stolen goods.Substance abuse and homelessness were the main reasons behind the offences, according to experts.1,081 women and 6,403 men received prison sentences in Ireland, according to 2017 Irish Prison Service figures.79% of men received prison sentences for petty crimes, significantly less than the percentage of women as fewer men commit petty crime.In 2017, nearly all women served sentences less than a year long, with three-quarters of women imprisoned for less than three months.Mary O’Connor, governor of the Dóchas Centre, a medium security female prison in Dublin, said that the women serving sentences are some of the most vulnerable women in the country, and some of them have very complex needs.This was echoed by David Williamson, senior probation officer with the Irish Probation Service.“Needless to say people who come into the criminal justice system have higher than average issues of trauma, of addiction, of mental health issues,” he said.O’Connor said that the two biggest factors that lead women to commit petty crimes are substance abuse and homelessness.She added that homeless women are being released from prison without anywhere to go and that this issue is getting worse as homelessness increases.“Society seems to have just accepted that people will be homeless,” she said.Probation services, including addiction specialists and community-based organisations, work with former prisoners to help them reintegrate into society, but the homeless crisis has made this more difficult. Women leaving prison might be given emergency accommodation of one night in a hostel, and after that, they are fending for themselves.Cycle of crimeGovernor O’Connor explained that in a lot of cases, women came through the prison system several times.“Some people do 20 years – not because they have a life sentence, but because they can’t break the cycle of crime,” she said.She also referred to a lack of residential rehabilitation services. “Women have a unique problem; [there are] very few residential treatments for women and some of the women have children,” O’Connor said. A room in the Dóchas Centre Source: RollingNews.ieTeresa Clarke, regional manager of Mountjoy Prison visitors centre agrees. “95% of [women in prison] should be in addiction or mental health services… putting them into prison serves absolutely no purpose,” she said.The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) is a non-governmental organisation campaigning for the rights of everyone in prison and the progressive reform of Irish penal policy.The IPRT stated that ‘less serious’ crimes receive sentences of 12 months or less and that prison should only be used as a last resort.“Anything that’s attracting a sentence of 12 months or less is by definition less serious,” said Fíona Ní Chinnéide, Acting Executive Director of the IPRT.Petty crimes include shoplifting, a failure to pay fines and possession of drugs, according to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.The Fines (Payment and Recovery Act) 2014 which came into effect in January 2016 allows court-ordered fines to be paid in instalments. This significantly reduced the overall number of imprisonments for non-payment of fines. However, the percentage of women being committed for petty crimes remains higher than the percentage of men.“We can’t just put up a no vacancy sign”In Ireland, a community service order can be imposed by a judge for sentences that are less than 12 months long. This can only happen after the Probation Service has carried out a community service report, and these reports are at the request of the court. A community service report assesses if the convicted person understands the process, agrees to complete it, is suitable for it, and if there is community service work available.However, a lack of suitable community service in some cases, has led to more women being given prison sentences causing overcrowding at women’s prisons.“The only options available to judges are prison, maybe addiction treatment centres which are always full, maybe suspended sentences,” said Clarke.Ireland has ten men’s prisons and two women’s prisons – the women’s wing at Limerick Prison and the Dóchas Centre at Mountjoy Prison.The Dóchas Centre has a capacity of 105, yet in January, the prison had a population of 146 women.Some of the single rooms at the prison have had to double up with bunk beds as a way of dealing with overcrowding.“We can’t just put up a no vacancy sign,” said O’Connor. An empty corridor in the Dóchas Centre Source: RollingNews.ieNí Chinnéide explained that while 3.8% of people in prison on a given day are women, about 20% of yearly committals (admission to prison) are women. The percentage of women who are held in prison on remand (pre-trial) is much higher than the percentage of men.“That’s a big concern,” said Ní Chinnéide. Short URL Share Tweet Email3 “Why are women being held pre-trial in higher numbers? It’s not because they present a higher danger to society; it’s perhaps more often because they present a danger to themselves.”Research published by the IPRT in 2013 found that as well as substance dependency and accommodation problems, female offenders tend to come from a background of poverty and social disadvantage, and many suffer from mental health difficulties.These issues contribute to the difficulties for some of these women to adhere to bail conditions or to succeed with community service, and this has led to an overuse of remand for female offenders.Imprisonment also has negative implications for the children of these women and damages the employment prospects for the women in the future.Williamson explained that finding alternatives to custody to address these issues is ‘at the heart of probation’.“[People who come into the criminal justice system] are lower than average on educational and employment achievement and suffer greater levels of social disadvantage,” he said.“Working with women presents additional difficulties given inherent gender inequalities that can compound what are often complex situations,” he added.Lack of consistency in sentencing and unconscious bias of judgesAs well as relapsing drug addictions and an endless cycle of homelessness, experts who work with prisoners say that women are being put in prison for petty crime due to an unconscious bias of judges.“Judges need to work against the bias that they’re not aware of,” said Aisling Meyler, Community Support Scheme Manager at Care After Prison (CAP), a national criminal justice charity supporting people affected by imprisonment and their families.Unconscious bias, according to the Implicit Association Test conducted by the University of Washington and Yale, is a “tool that measures the unconscious roots of prejudice”.“The judiciary needs access to skills and training, although there are those who are proactive in educating themselves on alternatives to imprisonment,” said Grace Costigan, a Community Support Worker at CAP.Meyler explained that although their sentencing may be well-intentioned, unconscious ethnic and class biases can mean that a high proportion of women in poverty and women from the Traveller community are given prison sentences.“There doesn’t seem to be much consistency in sentencing,” added Meyler. The Courts of Criminal Justice in Dublin, where many such cases would be heard Source: PA Archive/PA Images“Every judge has their own way of sentencing,” said Gillian Hussey, a retired judge. She explained that there are “unwritten rules in the higher courts, but not the lower courts”, and that someone could get a different sentence from her than from another judge.“I have to say a lot of judges aren’t [streetwise], you don’t have to be,” Hussey added. But Meyler feels that better knowledge and understanding of the life circumstances of these women, along with regular skills updates, would be beneficial to the judicial system. Related Read File photo of gardaí outside Mountjoy Prison, where the Dóchas Centre is located Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie Almost all women in Irish prisons are there for committing petty crime 95% of women in jail are committed for crimes such as shoplifting, failure to pay fines or handling stolen goods. 43 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Variant Covers to Grab This Week 91218

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Stay on target They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and honestly that’s a really good policy usually. But when comics have gorgeous covers it’s hard not to imagine the wonderful story that lies within a colorful and well-executed front. Variant covers are a long-standing and killer tradition of the industry. It’s a great way to feature new artists and give collectors something to clamor about, and let’s be real, fork over the dough for.Here are some of Geek’s favorite variant covers coming out on 9/12/18Archie 1941 #1 (Cover C)Variant Artist: Francesco Francavilla –@f_francavillaPublisher: ArchieWriter/Artist: Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn/Peter Krause, Kelly FitzpatrickIceman #1 (Cover C)Variant Artist:  Skottie Young – @skottieyoungPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Sina Grace/Nathan StockmanVoltron Legendary Defender Vol 3 #3 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Koi Carreon – @lekoifishPublisher:  Lion ForgeWriter/Artist:  Mitch Iverson/Erwin PrasetyaRat Queens #11 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Matteo Scalera – @owen_gieniPublisher: ImageWriter/Artist: Kurtis Wiebe/Owen GieniWonder Woman #54 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Jenny Frison – @jennyfrisonartPublisher: DCWriter/Artist: Eric M. Esquivel/Ramon VillalobosNancy Drew #4 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Jen Bartel – @heyjenbartelPublisher: DynamiteWriter/Artist: Kelly Thompson/Jenn St. OngeSuperman #3 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Adam Hughes – @atomhuesPublisher: DCWriter/Artist: Brian Michael Bendis/Joe Pardo, Ivan ReisRed Hood and the Outlaws #26 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Yasmine Putri – @yaswhodrawsPublisher: DCWriter/Artist: Scott Lobdell/Pete WoodsLow Road West #1 (Cover B)Variant Artist: David Lafuente – @srdavidlafuentePublisher: Boom!Writer/Artist:  Philip Kennedy Johnson/FlavianoRunaways #13 (Cover A)Variant Artist: Kris Anka – @krisankaPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Rainbow Rowell/Kris AnkaLooking for our favorite books we read last week? Head over to the NCBD section and find out. But if you want to support indie creators too have a look at the 5 comic Kickstarters you should be backing this week. And as always stay up to date on all comic news right here. center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Real Good You Guys Miracle of Sound

first_imgVideo game music can be excellent. Just look at DropMix and Nier: Automata. Great video game music doesn’t always need to be in video games, though. It can be inspired by video games. That’s why today we’re talking about Gavin Dunne, or Miracle of Sound.That’s his stage name; I’m not saying he’s eligible for canonization purely due to his sonic abilities.If you’re a fan of Jim Sterling and listen to his podcast, The Podquisition, you’ve already heard the Miracle of Sound. His songs, “Hard Cash” and “Messing With the Best,” have served as the podcast’s theme music for years. He’s also the Irish bloke with the very soothing voice who Jim and Laura don’t let talk most of the time.You might have also heard his music in video games, as well, or at least in video game trailers. While he doesn’t compose full scores for games, Miracle of Sound has produced tracks for indie games like Wasteland 2, Keepers, and Seven: The Days Long Gone, and publishers like EA and Ubisoft has used his songs to promote major games like Mass Effect 3 and Watch_Dogs.Miracle of Sound has been making music all his life, but really caught fire seven years ago with his ode to Mass Effect, “Commander Shepard.” The YouTube video for the song got millions of views, and it was just one of the 33 tracks in his first major video game-inspired album, Level 1. That same album had songs about Skyrim (“Sovngarde Song”), Fallout: New Vegas (“Trip to Vegas”), Bioshock (“Little Sister”), and Portal 2 (“Wheatley’s Song”).Those are the games they’re about, but what kind of songs are they, you ask? They’re all kinds. Miracle of Sound isn’t a one-genre gent. He plays with different types of music depending on the subject. “Sovngarde Song” is an adventurous tavern ballad, while “Commander Shepard” is a synth-filled 80s-style dance track. He’s done rock, jazz, pop, metal, techno, you name it. One of his favorite genres personally is metal, and he released his own non-video-game-inspired metal album, Metal Up, in 2015. Also, one of his musical inspirations is Devin Townsend, so if you like Strapping Young Lad you’ll find Gav to be, well, a strapping young lad.So, Level 1 came out in 2011, Metal Up came out in 2015, and he’s written songs for some developers and publishers. What else has Miracle of Sound done? Let’s put it this way: He put out Level 8 last month, and Level 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are all their own albums. That’s over a hundred video game songs.Scattered through this article are some of my favorite songs from Miracle of Sound. “Lady of Worlds” and “Wake the White Wolf” are about The Witcher 3, “Calamity” is about Bastion, and “Shadow of the Ash” is about Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, though I totally thought it was about Dark Souls.As an independent musician, Miracle of Sound can be found through the usual ways. His Bandcamp page features his discography, and he has a Patreon that helps get his songs made.He’s real good, you guys. Cheers, Gav. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Jamaica on hurricane alert

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J This page will be updated as more news comes to hand. Travellers and locals have been advised that the hurricane warning issued by the Jamaican Government earlier this week remains in effect, as Tropical Storm Sandy moves closer towards the country’s southeast coast.According to a Jamaica Information Service update, the Category 1 hurricane is moving at 20 kilometres per hour and is expected to reach the southeast coast today, before making its way across the island from south to north.Travellers in the eastern parishes are warned to expect high-force winds later today as the centre of the hurricane moves over western St. Thomas and Portland. Meanwhile, locals in other regions are reportedly dealing with average winds of 64 knows or 118 kilometres per house and “dangerously” high water and “exceptionally high waves.“Residents should continue to expect extensive flooding and dangerous landslides, especially over central and eastern parishes,” the update read.last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, left, throws under pressure from Arizona Cardinals free safety D.J. Swearinger during the second of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Sports Illustrated recognized that the choice may seem odd at first.Hear me out, because this one might not be popular. Goff remains a Round 1 pick despite his disastrous debut because the curve was always going to be steep for a prospect with that much to learn and that little of a supporting cast behind him. Bruce Arians seems like the kind of coach who would say yes to Goff’s howitzer of an arm and figure out the details later, and with Carson Palmer returning for one more year, Arizona could limit the pressure to play Goff that constantly swirled in L.A.Goff, a 22-year-old out of Cal, certainly did not look like a first overall pick in his limited time as a rookie. In seven starts, Goff completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 1,089 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. He was sacked 22 times and fumbled five times, losing two.The argument from SI, however, does have some merit. Goff wasn’t ready for the spotlight with a limited Rams team, so perhaps a team like the Cardinals makes sense. They have an established veteran but know the clock is ticking. Coach Bruce Arians would like a quarterback like Goff, who is 6-foot-4 and has a strong throwing arm.On top of that, Nkemdiche didn’t wow Arizona in his rookie season either. He has dealt with ankle injuries during the early season and was ineffective when he finally took the field. In five games, he recorded only one tackle and one pass defensed. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires After evaluating their rookie seasons, Sports Illustrated re-drafted the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, with the Arizona Cardinals going in an interesting direction.The re-draft begins with the Los Angeles Rams, who do not select Jared Goff but instead bring Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott from 135 to first overall.Goff doesn’t leave the NFC West, though. The Cardinals draft him instead of defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche with the 29th pick. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more