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Light Int’l School Hosts Media to Build Peace, Friendship

first_imgThe principal of the Light Int’l School, Mr. Erkan, promises to provide quality education to Liberian students – Advertisement – The principal of the Light International School System, Alper Erkan, has said the institution is committed to providing quality education to Liberian students and the world at large, adding that education empowers individuals and builds society.The Ramadan dinner with media owners and editors held at the school’s campus in Monrovia was an expression of friendship as an instrument to build peace and harmony in the Liberian society, an official of the school said.“We are making serious progress on the level of attention given to our students , with a special focus on graduating seniors. Providing quality education for Liberian students remains a priority to authorities of the Light School,” he said.He said about 99 percent of the teaching staff have a minimum of a university degree and are also Liberians, adding that, “We want to also use this opportunity to appreciate these hardworking staff who continue to demonstrate or ensure that our students get a quality education.”Mr. Erkan said last year’s West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations administered in Liberia testified to the level of quality education being given to students of the Light International School, adding that “We had 100 percent passing grades again and hope to achieve such a success story in the upcoming exams administered this year.”According to him, due to the Ebola crisis in the country, some of their students who were from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Ghana, and other nations departed the country and are yet to return.Before the Ebola crisis, he said “We had over 500 students, but currently we have a little over 400. We are offering quality education in computers as well, which is also attracting students to Light International School. We also want to assure our students and parents of our commitment to empowering our students educationally.”The Light International School was established in 2006 and has graduated hundreds from the senior high level. The school has a well-functioning, air-conditioned computer lab that is also attracting students, among other facilities, he said.The publisher and managing editor of The Inquirer newspaper, Philip Wesseh, lauded the Light International School System for organizing the dinner with media heads. He called on the school’s authority to collaborate with other schools, especially in the sciences, to ensure that kids build an interest in the sciences, a subject many Liberian students tend to avoid.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Planning for an equipment purchase

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Operating lines of credit are an important part of a farm’s business plan, but credit lines are being misused.“Big-ticket purchases like machinery and equipment are tempting to finance when times are tough,” said Vince Bailey, Senior Vice President of Ag Underwriting with Farm Credit Mid- America. “While margins are tight, resist the urge to dip into your operating line of credit unless you absolutely have to.”Bailey says it is unwise to use operating credit for equipment purchases.“Interest rates and total costs are typically higher for operating lines of credit that are designed to be utilized on an annual basis,” Bailey said. “This is different than machinery financing, which is typically drawn up for a period of several years.”How does this affect producers in the long run? “Financing machinery with an operating line can lead to overspending because the debt associated with the asset being purchased isn’t clearly identified,” Bailey said. “This disrupts the structure of an operation’s balance sheet and makes it difficult to track the true costs and debt retirement of an investment.For more financial tips, insights and perspectives from Farm Credit Mid-America visit e-farmcredit.com/insights.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Farm Credit Mid-America’s Vince Bailey about planning for an equipment purchase.FCMA Vince Bailey 8.7.17last_img read more

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Tips for Android Developers to Succeed in Google Play Store

first_imgRoma Kapadiya Follow the Puck Tags:#Android developers#Google Play Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts Everybody in the market is looking for an app with desired success and avoid failure at any cost. Therefore, the web is full of advice and tips to achieve mobile app success, and Android app category is no exception at all.However, Google Play Store is officially releasing and updating various guidelines to achieve app success quickly and legitimately that runs for long. If Android developers follow those design and development guidelines during the development, deployment, and marketing phases of app lifecycle, it may ease the life and prove cost-effective.Therefore, I have discussed some useful outlines for app success in Google Play store in following ways.Best Practices to Develop Android AppsIt consists of some decent tips, such as:Focusing on UX for Different Form FactorsMaterial Design an Excellent ConceptDesign PrinciplesBest Practices for System UI ComponentsUI Elements and Patternscenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Roma Kapadia is an SEO & Research Analyst at SysBunny, an prominent mobile app development company based in the USA. She has a very detailed knowledge of the mobile app industry. Best Practices to Deploy Your Android App on Play StoreAfter development, you have to submit an app to Play Store and publish it once you get approval. For successful deployment, some good hints are available, such as:Distribution TipsTesting TipsTips to create a compelling listBest Practices to Bring Engagement in Your Android AppAfter public release, some app engagement tactics are essential to bring and keep users on your app. In due course, good tips are:Encourage Repeat Usage of AppIntegrate Features for More EngagementInteract with Targeted AudienceBring Engagement Across DevicesBest Practices to Grow Your Android App & Expand BusinessIf you want to grow further in the market and expand your reach, following tips are best ways:Bring more traffic to your listing in Play StoreUnderstand the needs of your targeted audienceRespond to user feedbacksBest Practices to Monetize Your Android AppFirst, create right monetization strategy by leveraging Play Billing, Android Pay, and AdMob ads. The second is increasing number of users who are paying.If you wish to know more details, I would like to refer my recent blog on the same “Tips for Android Developers to Secure App Success on Google Play” to get details and come in contact with Android app development team at SysBunny. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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7 Ways To Light A Face Using Quasar Science LEDs

first_imgLooking for more video production tips and tricks, check these out.Roundup: 5 Cutting-Edge Apps for the Modern FilmmakerEverything You Need to Know to Shoot Professional InterviewsPost-Production Tip: Four Highly Useful After Effects ScriptsUsing Canon 5D mk IV’s Auto-Focus While Shooting VideoStreamline Your Next Production with Live Rental Bids from ShareGrid PRO Quasar Science LEDs have been one of the main fixtures in the rise of LED lighting. Here are some effective ways to use them.All images via ShareGrid.Ever since Quasar Science LED tubes first appeared a few years ago, their popularity has been spreading like wildfire. They’re inexpensive, they offer excellent color accuracy, they fit inside the kino fixtures you already bought, and you can even set them up in standard fluorescent fixtures. They have literally everything that the film industry has been hoping for to replace the standard kino bulb.I know you don’t need me to tell you why Quasars are great. According to Brent Barbano over at ShareGrid, Quasar Science LED kits are renting 97% times more than the classic ARRI Light Kit (you know the one). These things are renting like hot cakes on the ShareGrid service.They function very similarly to your standard kino fixtures when used in place of kino bulbs, but the quasar bulbs themselves are extremely modular, and you can place them in any number of ways for ultimate creativity.In the following video, learn some ways to get varied looks — from dramatic cinematic light to flattering beauty light.Perhaps the most impressive aspects of the look of the Quasar bulbs is their outstanding color accuracy and the overall quality of the light. You can almost tell simply by looking if something was lit with Quasars. It just looks so smooth, the falloff is remarkable, and the skin tones and specular highlights are like nothing else.With the modularity and low power draw of the Quasar tubes, the options become pretty endless, so let’s break down some of the lighting setups covered in the video.1. Three-Point LightingThis is your standard interview lighting setup — good ol’ three point lighting.In this case, they were able to use a sort of 3, 2, 1 method with the bulbs. The keylight features three quasar bulbs (to allow the extra output some room for the diffusion), and then two bulbs on the opposite side for the fill. Then (perhaps my favorite way to use a Quasar) one single tube hung behind the talent for backlight.2. Glamour LightingOne of the more flattering ways to light someone, the single-source from up high creates some really pleasing shadows on the face. When you place the light correctly, you can minimize the shadows around the eye socket while also effortlessly lighting the main features of the face.Here, it appears that two bare Quasar bulbs are the keylight from up high, with a double net to bring down the exposure of her shirt. Then a little bit of Quasar light brings up the hair a bit — and adds some separation.3. High-Contrast LightingThe thing about Quasars is the fantastic wrap you get. This is true of all batten-style or tube-style lights, but the Quasars are just so soft. Here, two bulbs are pointed directly at the talent at a 90-degree angle with a little bit of negative fill on the other side.Even in this dramatic and contrasty setup, the quality of the light still looks quite nice — especially with that hint of edge light on the dark side of the talent’s face created by adding a tube for a background light.4. Underglow LightingWhile it may not be the most flattering way to light someone, lighting from below is something that comes up often enough (bar scenes, laptop scenes, etc.). Believe it or not, there are some aesthetically pleasing ways to do it.In this case, a two-foot Quasar tube was used in conjunction with a loosely wrapped diffusion to make the source bigger yet still retain enough direction to create defined shadows. Then, to fill in the top of the head, a bead-board bounce provides fill.5. Ring LightingIf you’ve seen a makeup commercial or any number of beauty product advertisements, chances are you’ve seen the pleasing effects of a ring-light setup. One thing that’s interesting to try with Quasars is a bit of a square ring-light configuration.You can easily rig them into a square shape and center the talent’s face in the middle. This will light them equally from all sides, creating a really even tone and some subtle shadows.However, one of the main effects of a ring-light is the stunning catchlight in the subject’s eyes. The Quasar setup creates a really intriguing eye-light that you can’t get anywhere else.6. Double Edge BacklightThere is really only one word for this type of lighting setup:“Cool.”As a big fan of interesting backlight, I really love seeing double backlight. It adds interest to both sides of the face, creates interesting shadows all around, and just has a really powerful and confident feel.In this case, double Quasar bulbs are just behind the subject on both sides, and a single tube and bounce board is just above the subject’s head. Notice the fantastic catch-light here as well.7. The Xerox/Dana Dolly Light RigWith the modularity and portability of the Quasar tubes, moving the light-source through the shot is becoming more feasible. This is a common technique in car commercials and product shots because you can add a lot of interesting movement to a scene not only through camera movement but also by moving your light source.In this case, a couple of Quasar bulbs are attached to a dana dolly and moved side-to-side just above the subject’s head, creating a really dreamy look.last_img read more

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ELITE TRAINING FOR NT FUTURE STARS

first_imgThe opportunity for elite training with National coaches and players is fairly common for those touch players living in New South Wales or Queensland. However, for the smaller and more isolated touch regions such as the Northern Territory, the opportunities are fewer. Held once every twelve months, the Northern Territory Elite training camp is one such opportunity. The training camp has been run for the past seven years and this year brought 26 athletes to Darwin for the camp, which was run from June 24-26. The athletes were between the ago of 13 and 18 years and traveled from Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine and Maningrida. Kerry Norman (current Australian Womens Open coach), Peter McNeven (past Australian Mens Open coach) and also Australian representatives Bo De la Cruz, Tony Eltakchi and Peter Stoddart, all made the trip to Darwin. Isobel Appo from Northern Territory Touch, says the idea behind the camp is to give the players three days of intense training and education in what is expected of an elite player. The camp included hydration and fluid lectures, fitness assessments, skill sessions and other activities. A little bit of fun was also scheduled in, with the players taken to the small town of Batchelor one morning to train, before heading to the beautiful Litchfield National Park for a swim. Local touch coaches were also invited to attend the camp, with the presence of Australian coaches a great opportunity to help develop their knowledge and skills. “All our athletes and coaches and our Association really appreciate the opportunity to have the Australian coaches and players give their valuable time and help which we see as an excellent tool in the development of touch at the elite level,” says Ms Appo. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

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AP Analysis NRA gave 73 million to hundreds of schools

first_imgThe National Rifle Association has given more than $7 million in grants to hundreds of U.S. schools in recent years, according to an Associated Press analysis, but few have shown any indication that they’ll follow the lead of businesses that are cutting ties with the group following last month’s massacre at a Florida high school.Florida’s Broward County school district is believed to be the first to stop accepting NRA money after a gunman killed 17 people at one of its schools Feb. 14. The teen charged in the shooting had been on a school rifle team that received NRA funding.Denver Public Schools followed Thursday, saying it will turn down several NRA grants that were to be awarded this year. But officials in many other districts say they have no plans to back away.The AP analysis of the NRA Foundation’s public tax records finds that about 500 schools received more than $7.3 million from 2010 through 2016, mostly through competitive grants meant to promote shooting sports. The grants have gone to a wide array of school programs, including the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, rifle teams, hunting safety courses and agriculture clubs.“Whatever I think of the NRA, they’re providing legitimate educational services,” said Billy Townsend, a school board member in Florida’s Polk County district, whose JROTC programs received $33,000, primarily to buy air rifles. “If the NRA wanted to provide air rifles for our ROTC folks in the future, I wouldn’t have a problem with that.”The grants awarded to schools are just a small share of the $61 million the NRA Foundation has given to a variety of local groups since 2010. But it has grown rapidly, increasing nearly fourfold from 2010 to 2014 in what some opponents say is a thinly veiled attempt to recruit the next generation of NRA members.The NRA Foundation did not return calls seeking comment.Broward announced Tuesday that it would no longer accept NRA grants, following more than a dozen major businesses that have split with the group in recent weeks. Companies including Delta Air Lines, MetLife insurance and the Hertz car agency have said they will no longer offer discounts to NRA members.Annual reports from the pro-gun group say its grant program was started in 1992 and raises money through local Friends of NRA chapters. It says half the proceeds from local fundraisers go to local grants and half goes to the national organization. Tax records show roughly $19 million in grants going to the group’s Virginia headquarters in 2015 and in 2016.Besides schools, other typical recipients include 4-H groups, which have received $12.2 million since 2010, Boy Scout troops and councils, which received $4 million, and private gun clubs. Overall, about half the grants go to programs directed at youth.Nearly half of the 773 grants awarded to schools have gone to JROTC programs, which put students through a basic military curriculum and offer an array of small competitive clubs, like the rifle team at Broward’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But JROTC leaders say few students ultimately enlist in the military, and the primary goal is to teach students skills like discipline and leadership.“The safety that we’re teaching, the good citizenship that we’re teaching here, those are the things you don’t hear about,” said Gunnery Sgt. Jim Flores, a JROTC instructor at Cibola High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “The majority of people walk out of here awesome young men and women, respectful of authority, things of that nature. Not so much little tin soldiers.”In some parts of the country, shooting clubs draw the same sort of following as any school sport. Bill Nolte, superintendent of the Haywood County district in North Carolina, says he still shows up at school sportsman’s club tourneys even though his son graduated. Starting in sixth grade, students can join the clubs to compete in shooting events, archery and orienteering. For many families, Nolte said, it’s just like any other weekend sports event.“You take your lawn chair and your coffee in a thermos, and do much like you would do if you were going to a youth soccer or travel basketball or baseball event,” Nolte said, adding that NRA grants have helped buy firearms and ammunition and cover other costs that otherwise would fall to the parents. “We are constantly seeking revenue for sportsman’s club just like we do for cheerleading and track.”Districts that tallied the largest sums of NRA money typically used it for JROTC programs, including $126,000 given to Albuquerque schools, $126,000 to Broward County and $125,000 to Anchorage, Alaska. The most awarded to a single district was $230,000, given to Roseville schools near Sacramento, California, which say much of the funding went toward ammunition and gear for trap-shooting teams.Grants are often provided as equipment rather than cash, with schools given rifles, ammunition, safety gear and updates to shooting ranges. Nationally, about $1.3 million was provided as cash, while $6 million was provided through equipment, training and other costs.Ron Severson, superintendent of the Roseville Joint Union High School District, says no parents have raised concerns over the funding, but administrators may reconsider it in the wake of the Florida shooting.“After we get through this spring, we will probably take some time to assess how to move forward,” he said.School board members in some districts said they didn’t know about the grants. Donna Corbett, a Democrat on the school board in southern Indiana’s New Albany-Floyd County School Corporation, said she never heard about $65,000 that went to a JROTC program at one of the high schools. Corbett said she plans to raise the issue with her board but feels conflicted about it.“I am not a big NRA fan, but I also realize that ROTC is a good program,” she said. “I’m not sure I would be willing to pull it to the detriment of the kids and their programs.”In some ways, the issue reflects the nation’s deep political divide over guns. Nearly three-quarters of the schools that received grants are in counties that voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, while a quarter are in counties that voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to the AP analysis. Most are in medium-sized counties or rural areas, with few near major cities.In Massachusetts, for example, known for its strict gun laws, no schools have received NRA grants since 2010, tax records show. Terry Ryan, a school board member in the Westford district northwest of Boston, says a local teacher considered applying for a grant in 2014, but the district ultimately didn’t pursue it.“We were not interested in any way, shape or form endorsing the NRA or its philosophy,” Ryan said in an interview.By contrast, parent Jana Cox in Louisiana’s Caddo Parish says few in the area would have a problem with the $24,000 in NRA grants that have gone to school JROTC programs.“Everybody here has guns,” Cox said. “This is north Louisiana. You’ve got a lot of hunters and you’ve got a lot of guns.”Without NRA grants, some programs would struggle to stay afloat, officials say. For JROTC groups, which receive most of their money from their respective military branches, the grants have become more important as federal budgets have been cut. Programs at some high schools in Virginia, Missouri and other states have folded in recent years amid the pinch.Lt. Colonel Ralph Ingles, head of the JROTC program at Albuquerque schools, says the Florida shooting has sparked a conversation about NRA grants, but he doesn’t anticipate cutting ties anytime soon.“I don’t see anybody really backing down,” he said. “I think it’s just ingrained that we’re going to continue to move forward in a positive direction.”___EDITOR’S NOTE — Collin Binkley has covered higher education since 2014. Meghan Hoyer has been a data editor since 2011.___Follow Binkley on Twitter at @cbinkley and Hoyer at @MeghanHoyerAn AP News Analysislast_img read more

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Canada gives border security extra powers to crack down on cheap steel

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government is taking extra steps to crack down on companies that try to ship cheap foreign steel and aluminum through the domestic market, while sending a signal to the U.S. administration that Canada is not the problem.“We have the laws on the books, but we’re going to make sure that these laws are fully enforced and that Canada is part of the solution,” International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Tuesday after Ottawa moved to strengthen the existing regime.The government has invested the Canada Border Services Agency with additional powers to identify businesses that try to dodge import duties, as well as more flexibility to determine whether prices in countries of origin are reliable or distorted.Next month, unions will also be allowed to take part in trade-remedy proceedings, including at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, into whether foreign exports hurt domestic producers.The regulatory changes come after a period of uncertainty earlier this month over whether the United States would include Canada and Mexico — already deep into negotiating the new North American Free Trade Agreement — in its list of countries that would have to pay steep new tariffs on shipments of steel and aluminum destined for below the border.That immediate threat, which prompted a lobbying effort by Canadian political, business and labour leaders, faded once Canada was granted an exemption. But the U.S. has suggested that its reprieve, which is currently set to expire May 1, could be dependent on successful NAFTA talks.The additional measures, which are designed to strengthen protection that is already there, could also play a role in that fight, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale insisted Tuesday.“We’re not going to give anyone any specious excuse for any kind of action against the Canadian steel or aluminum industry, because that action is totally, entirely and utterly unjustified,” he said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who raised the matter Monday in a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, suggested during question period that the decision to strengthen the existing regime was a recent one.“This past few days, we’ve looked at strengthening the measures we already have in place because it’s important that we not be taking in dumped steel from around the world,” he said. He delivered the same message when visiting steel and aluminum workers earlier this month, he added.“We’re going to continue to stand firm to protect our industry and the North American industry.”Champagne, meanwhile, refused to speculate on how the U.S. might react: “We’ll see the decision on the American side.”Joseph Galimberti, president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, said he welcomed the regulatory changes as a good start, but also called on Ottawa to boost resources for investigative capacities at the border agency and consider safeguard measures, such as temporarily restricting imports, when they suspect there is a problem.The European Union, for example, began an investigation into steel imports Monday as part of its response to the new U.S. tariffs, due to concerns it would increase diversion of cheap metals from other countries into its market.Galimberti suggested there is no room for complacency.“We are going to continue our dialogue with counterparts in the U.S. to address things like diversion and trans-shipment that have been identified as concerns,” he said, adding he expects the Liberal government to do the same.“If there are additional steps to be suggested as part of those discussions, we expect the government of Canada to take those steps.”Besides, the U.S. has suggested that an exemption will come with a cost.“By necessity, if you’re going to be defending your aluminum and steel industries, any country that winds up exempt from the tariffs will have to also have some kind of restriction — likely a quota — in order to defend our domestic industries,” White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told CNBC Monday.“I think we can come to some very nice accommodations with all of our partners where we’re friends and allies, but we want fair and reciprocal trade while we defend key industries like aluminum and steel,” he said.— With files from Geordon Omand in Ottawa and Alexander Panetta in Washington— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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13 bogies of ChapraSurat express derails in Bihar 4 injured

first_imgPatna: Four passengers were injured on Sunday after 13 coaches of Chapra-Surat Tapti Ganga Express derailed in Bihar’s Saran district. The accident took place near Gautam Asthan railway station in Varanasi division at 9.45 am, minutes after the Surat-bound train left Chapra Junction, the Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of North Eastern Railway (NER), Sanjay Yadav, said. No casualty has been reported so far, the CPRO told PTI over phone. The accident spot is 10 km away from Chapra town of the district, the CPRO said. The CPRO also said, “The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.” All the four injured have been admitted to a local hospital, he added.last_img read more

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