Occupations amp up Black Lives Matter struggle

first_imgActivists with Millions March NYC began an occupation of New York City Hall Park the morning of Aug. 1. The protesters have renamed it “Abolition Square” to emphasize their commitment to a world without the state terror of policing.Organizers want the racist institution of the New York Police Department abolished and replaced by community-based policing that residents can hold accountable.As a path to that goal, activists said they would occupy Abolition Square until Mayor Bill de Blasio met three key demands: fire Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and end “broken windows” policing; defund the New York Police Department and invest in Black, Brown and working-class communities; and provide reparations to victims’ families and survivors of police terrorism out of the NYPD budget.By the end of Aug. 2, the MMNYC activists had won their first demand. Despite corporate news articles saying it wouldn’t happen, Bratton announced his resignation.In a statement to WW, Monica Moorehead, Workers World Party presidential candidate, urged widespread support for Abolition Square. She said of her visit there: “It was so inspirational being in the midst of young activists — Black, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQ, those with disabilities — united around the issues of fighting for reparations for survivors of police brutality and family members who have lost loved ones to police violence, along with the demand to defund the NYPD, which has billions of dollars at its disposal to repress and oppress Black and Brown youth. This occupation, which many view as liberated space, deserves the solidarity of every progressive and revolutionary.”MMNYC is a “grassroots multiracial collective of organizers committed to building and strengthening the movement for Black lives,” according to the occupation’s press release. The activists represent communities at “the intersections of multiple social movements — Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA+, Indigenous people, prison abolition and others.” Groups participating include Equality for Flatbush, Peoples Power Assemblies NYC (PPA), NYC Labor for Black Lives, NYC Shut It Down, Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and more.Chicago’s Freedom Square, ‘Decolonize LA’The Abolition Square occupation reflects the intensification of the Black Lives Matter movement struggle, with similar ongoing occupations in Los Angeles and Chicago. On Aug. 7, the Let Us Breathe Collective and other groups entered the 17th day of occupying Freedom Square in Chicago. The encampment is on an abandoned lot across from the Homan Square warehouse building, the Chicago Police Department “black site” now infamous for illegal detention and torture of 7,000 people, a majority of them Black. (The Guardian, Oct. 19, 2015)The short-term goal of Freedom Square organizers is reversal of recent reactionary Chicago City Council “Blue Lives Matter” ordinances that cap the statute of limitations on CPD “police misconduct” at five years and extend city hate crime policies to “protect police officers.” Organizers’ long-term goal is abolition of the police. (DNAinfo.org)By Aug. 6, Black Lives Matter-LA was in the 25th day of occupation of Los Angeles City Hall under the banner “Decolonize LA City Hall.”  The 24-hour-a-day occupation demands the firing of the LA police chief.Melina Abdullah, chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles and a spokesperson for BLM-LA, described the LAPD as “the most murderous police department in the country,” most recently for killing Redel Jones, the 30-year-old mother of two. Police harassment of the occupation includes requiring the free-speech-protected encampment to pack up so cops can “clean” the area with power-hoses — for six hours at a time during the historic California drought. (risingupwithsonali.org)The connection between BLM issues and decolonization links the Los Angeles occupation and that of the Campamento Contra La Junta in San Juan, Puerto Rico. That months-long encampment, mostly by students, protests the U.S.-enacted PROMESA bill, which will impose a profit-driven, colonial-style control board, or junta, on the island nation of Puerto Rico. This neocolonization and economic takeover will hit unions especially hard, including teachers’ unions and the militant electrical workers’ union, UTIER. Solidarity messages have been sent to the Campamento from New York’s Abolition Square.BLM spreads internationallyThe BLM movement is expanding internationally in other countries. Demonstrations have been held in Britain, numbering dozens in Cardiff, Wales, to thousands in London. There, on Aug. 5 people in a BLM protest lay down on a road and blocked access to Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports.The actions marked the fifth anniversary of the killing of Mark Duggan, a Black man, by a police marksman, sparking uprisings across London. Other coordinated actions were held on Aug. 5 in Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham and elsewhere.Imani Robinson, a spokeswoman for Black Lives Matter U.K., said of the protests: “This is an intentional disruption because our lives, our ability to live free and dignified lives, is being disrupted every day.” (Washington Post, Aug. 5)The BLM movement has also spread to other countries, including Brazil, Canada and several European nations.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Harvard awards 10 honorary degrees

first_imgFacebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be the principal speaker at the Afternoon Program, sharing Harvard’s 366th Commencement Day spotlight with a host of honorees at the top of their fields.Mark Zuckerberg, Doctor of LawsMark Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in 2004, is the featured speaker at the Afternoon Program of Harvard’s 366th Commencement. Zuckerberg is Facebook’s chairman and CEO. In 2010, Time magazine named him Person of the Year and Vanity Fair magazine listed him among its “top 100 most influential people of the information age.” In 2016, Forbes magazine named him among its 10 “World’s Most Powerful People.”Zuckerberg has also emerged as a major philanthropist, having pledged to direct tens of billions of dollars to a range of causes. Over their lifetimes, he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician and 2007 Harvard College graduate, have pledged to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), which is committed to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity. Zuckerberg studied computer science at Harvard University before moving Facebook to Palo Alto, Calif.Norman R. Augustine, Doctor of LawsNorman Augustine is the former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp. and has held numerous positions in the aerospace industry and government, including assistant director of defense research and engineering in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and under secretary and acting secretary of the Army.He was chairman of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Red Cross, and the Aerospace Industries Association, and was a 16-year member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.Augustine has been presented with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by the president of the United States, received the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award, and five times received the Department of Defense’s highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal.Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe, Doctor of LawsHawa Abdi Dhiblawe is a Somali human rights activist and physician. As Somalia’s first female gynecologist, she opened a one-room clinic in 1983 to help meet the needs of pregnant women in the area. As the Somalia civil war began in 1991 and refugees flocked to her, her efforts expanded and she founded what is now the Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF). Today, the DHAF includes a hospital, school, and feeding center, and offers education, health care, shelter, and training to an estimated 90,000 displaced people, mostly women and children.Abdi has won numerous distinctions and awards, including the John Jay Justice Award, Vital Voices’ Woman of the Year Award, and a nomination for the Noble Peace Prize in 2012.Dame Judi Dench, Doctor of ArtsDame Judi Dench is a celebrated actress who has garnered wide popular and critical admiration for a career marked by outstanding performances in both classical and contemporary roles.Over her 60-year career, she has been revered for her work in television, film, and on stage. Dench gained international recognition for her legendary role as M in seven James Bond films.Dench has won numerous major awards, including an Academy Award, 10 BAFTA Awards, eight Laurence Olivier Awards, and a Tony Award for Best Actress. In recognition of her many achievements she received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1970, became a Dame of the British Empire in 1988, and in 2005 was awarded a Companion of Honour.Sandra M. Gilbert, Doctor of LawsSandra Gilbert is a distinguished professor emerita of English at the University of California, Davis. A leading feminist literary critic and author of eight collections of poetry, Gilbert is well known for her work with scholar Susan Gubar, with whom she co-authored several works.Gilbert has taught at Indiana University, Princeton University, and University of California, Davis, among others, and was the first M.H. Abrams Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cornell University. She has served as president of the Modern Language Association and is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, Gilbert was named a co-winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Lifetime Achievement.James Earl Jones, Doctor of ArtsJames Earl Jones is an acclaimed actor who has performed on stage, television, and in films. Most notably, Jones’ voice is known as Darth Vader in “Star Wars” and Mufasa in Disney’s “The Lion King.”Since his Broadway debut in 1957, Jones has won numerous and distinguished awards, including the National Medal of Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center Honors, and two Tony Awards. In 2011, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with an honorary Oscar. Jones also was awarded a Lifetime Achievement honor at the 2017 Tony Awards.In 2004, Jones was recognized with the Harvard Foundation Humanitarian Award. Earlier this year, Jones starred in the American Repertory Theater’s “Night of the Iguana” at Harvard.Walter E. Massey, Doctor of LawsWalter Massey is chancellor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), having previously served as its president.Prior to his roles at SAIC, Massey was president of Morehouse College for more than a decade. Morehouse College is also his alma mater. Massey has served at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Brown University, and in the University of California system. From 1991 to 1993, he was the director of the National Science Foundation under President George H.W. Bush.Throughout his career, Massey has served on the boards of the Mellon Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, Smithsonian Institution, and a number of other organizations committed to the advancement of science and technology, diversity in education, and the arts and culture.Massey holds honorary degrees from 39 universities, and is also a trustee emeritus of the University of Chicago and Brown University.Michael Rabin, Doctor of ScienceMichael Rabin is the Thomas J. Watson Sr. Research Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University and helped shape the field of theoretical computer science. Rabin actively contributes to major problems of encryption, privacy, and internet security.Prior to joining the Harvard University faculty in 1981, Rabin served as the H.B. Fine Instructor in Mathematics and member of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton before joining the mathematics department at Hebrew University.Rabin is member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the French Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society.Rabin’s prizes include the Turing Award in Computer Science, the Dan David Prize, the Israel Prize, the EMET Prize, and the Rothschild Prize. Huda Y. Zoghbi, Doctor of ScienceHuda Zoghbi is a professor in the departments of pediatrics, molecular and human genetics, neurology, and neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. She is also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the founding director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.Zoghbi’s discoveries have unraveled the genetic underpinnings of a number of neurological disorders. She has provided new ways of thinking about common neurological disorders, including autism and Parkinson’s disease, that could lead to better treatments.Among Zoghbi’s many recognitions are the 2017 Canada Gairdner International Award and 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Neurodegeneration. John Williams, Doctor of MusicJohn Williams is one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and the concert stage.His 40-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films, including all seven “Star Wars” films and the first three “Harry Potter” films.In addition to his work in film and television, Williams has composed numerous works for the concert stage and served as music director and laureate conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980-1993.As one of the nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices, Williams has received a variety of prestigious awards, including the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Olympic Order, and numerous Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Golden Globe Awards. In 2016, Williams received the 44th Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute — the first composer to receive this honor.last_img read more


Jonathan Christenson’s Nevermore Begins Previews Off-Broadway

first_img Nevermore blurs the line between fact and fiction, exploring the events that shaped Poe’s character and career. A literary rock star in his day, Poe struggled with tragedy and addiction, poverty and loss, yet produced some of the world’s most original and enduring literature before dying in mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. The cast includes Scott Shpeley, Gaelan Beatty, Shannon Blanchett, Beth Graham, Ryan Parker and Garett Ross. Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe The show originally played at Catalyst Theatre of Edmonton in Canada in 2009 before touring extensively, including an acclaimed run at London’s Barbican Centre. Nevermore was previously seen in New York at the Victory Theatre in 2010. The production has been expanded since then, with several new songs added and structural revisions made to the original script. Related Showscenter_img View Comments Nevermore—The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe returns to New York on January 14. The musical play, which is written, composed and directed by Jonathan Christenson, will run at New World Stages and officially open on January 25. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015last_img read more


Aeros rally for three third-period goals to edge B-Sens in Calder Cup opener Friday in Houston

first_imgIt took eight games but a team finally stopped the road warriors from Binghamton.Jed Ortmeyer scored twice as the Houston Aeros rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three third-period goals to edge the Binghamton Senators 3-1 in game one of the 2011 Calder Cup Finals Friday in the Lone Star State.The loss was the first for the Senators since game one of the division semi finals April 14 against Manchester Monarchs.The game was also the last time the B-Sens have been held to one goal.The teams played through a scoreless first period before Bobby Butler notched his 11th marker of the playoffs at 16:17 of the middle frame.Ortmeyer tied the contest early in the third before scoring the eventual game winner five minutes later.Warren Peters added an empty net goal to complete the scoring.Houston out shot the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate 41-24, including 14-7 in the third period.Game two of the best-of-seven AHL Final goes tonight in Houston before the series shifts for games three and four Wednesday and Friday in Binghamton.Matt Hackett turned aside 23 of 24 shots to edge out Robin Lehner in the Sens nets.Nelson Minor Hockey product Geoff Kinrade, one of the keys to the Binghamton defence, finished the game with a minus-1 rating and no points. [email protected]last_img read more



first_imgSONGBIRD BREEZES FOR EAST COAST CAMPAIGNNARDO MAKES HIS STAKES DEBUT IN THOR’S ECHOKNAPP HOPES TO CATCH SPEEDSTERS SLEEPINGFIRING LINE IN ‘PERFECT’ WORK TO MEET ‘CHROME’ TOC OFFERS FREE ‘BUYING A RACEHORSE’ SEMINARDel Mar Thoroughbred Club, Barretts Sales and Thoroughbred Ownersof California (TOC) will host a free “Buying a Racehorse” Seminar and Preview of the Paddock Sale for prospective owners at Del Mar on Saturday, July 23, starting at 9 a.m. in the Veranda Café and ending at approximately 11:30 a.m.Seminar panelists include bloodstock agent Rollin Baugh, trainer Ron Ellis, Jeff Lifson of West Point Thoroughbreds, and international auctioneer Ryan Mahan. They will discuss acquiring horses at auction and through private sales, claiming horses, and joining racehorse partnerships and syndicates.The seminar also will include a trip to the Barretts Sales barns, where attendees will get a close-up look at horses in training and a preview of the horses entered in that evening’s Paddock Sale. Any partnerships or syndicates interested in participating should call Mary Forney at (626) 574-6617. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling TOC at (626) 574-6620 or visiting online at www.toconline.com. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Philip D’Amato902317826%53%$1,496,858 Stewart Elliott898879%26%$365,875 Mike Smith40138133%55%$926,437 Fernando Perez891110812%33%$426,713 Kent Desormeaux5198318%39%$350,995 Joseph Talamo12724171819%46%$1,411,268 Santiago Gonzalez16219232712%43%$985,985 SONGBIRD WORKS ‘VERY EASILY’ AT SANTA ANITASuperstar filly Songbird, who always gives her all even though she has yet to be asked for it, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track in 1:01 early Saturday morning as she prepares for an East Coast sojourn.“The clockers gave her 1:01; I got her in a minute point 85, and she galloped out very nicely and very easily,” Jerry Hollendorfer said, emphasizing the word ‘very’ on both occasions.Regular rider Mike Smith was scheduled to work Songbird, but exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez deputized for the Hall of Fame jockey when he was involved in a minor mishap on another worker shortly after the main track opened before sunup, around 5:10 a.m.“Mike was going to work her, but he had a problem this morning,” Hollendorfer said. “I told him he shouldn’t work the horse if he wasn’t 100 percent, and he agreed.”Hollendorfer outlined the schedule for undefeated champion Songbird, winner of all eight of her races for Delaware-based owner Rick Porter, who campaigns as Fox Hill Farms.“We’re looking at the Delaware Handicap on the 16th (of July) and we’re looking at the Coaching Club American Oaks (at Saratoga on July 24), and we definitely want to run in the Alabama (at Saratoga on Aug. 20),” Hollendorfer said.“So what the first race is, we don’t know yet.”The $750,000 Delaware Handicap at a mile and a quarter is for fillies and mares, three and up; the $300,000 Oaks is at 1 1/8 miles; and the $600,000 Alabama will be decided at a mile and a quarter. Each is a Grade I race. Rafael Bejarano16240322925%62%$2,240,405 HARLINGTON’S ROSE CATCHES SPRING FEVERSteve Knapp is hoping pace will take its toll in Monday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap for fillies and mares, three and up at six furlongs, and Harlington’s Rose can benefit and spring an upset.“She had her comeback race and ran third,” the trainer said of five-year-old Harlington mare that finished a distant third in an overnight race May 19, her first start in five months.“It’s a tough race. This track has pretty much been favoring speed and I’ve got to come from behind so it’s going to be a difficult task, but she’s very sharp. She’s coming into the race really well. I hope Lost Bus and Sunday Rules hook up and go real fast to give us a shot.”The Spring Fever, one in the Golden State Series, goes as race three: Lost Bus, Fernando Perez; Sunday Rules, Edwin Maldonado; Sidepocket Run, Tiago Pereira; Harlington’s Rose, Joe Talamo; and Codacious, Kent Desormeaux. Peter Miller551013718%55%$475,660 Peter Eurton4185520%44%$480,375 (Current Through Friday, July 1) John Sadler60961215%45%$730,973 Doug O’Neill90820189%51%$648,906 Patrick Gallagher2872225%39%$261,390 Richard Baltas54991217%56%$401,190 Martin Garcia771261316%40%$646,734 Martin Pedroza751081213%40%$349,870 Tyler Baze17628362916%53%$1,434,802 Richard Mandella3695625%56%$720,852 Edwin Maldonado13925221518%45%$973,386 Jerry Hollendorfer721471419%49%$973,463 Bob Baffert48139627%58%$752,603 Mark Glatt6712151018%55%$454,266 FINISH LINES: Firing Line, preparing for the San Diego Handicap on July 23 and a possible meeting with 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, worked four furlongs Saturday in 48 seconds, breezing. “Perfect” is how trainer Simon Callaghan termed the move for the 2015 Kentucky Derby runner-up, who would be making his first start in the San Diego after an absence of more than 13 months. At his Los Alamitos headquarters Saturday, California Chrome worked seven furlongs for Art Sherman in 1:26.40 . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Tara’s Tango worked three furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer in 36.80, while Fair Grounds Oaks winner Land Over Sea went four furlongs for Doug O’Neill in 50 seconds flat. Melair winner Enola Gray worked five furlongs for leading trainer Phil D’Amato in 59.80 . . . The current Spring Meet will close out with a three-day week next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 10. Simulcast wagering will be offered on Thursday . . . Rito Almanza, a 23-year-old rider from Arequipa, Peru, the same hometown as Rafael Bejarano, makes his U.S. debut today in the second and ninth races. A multiple stakes-winning and leading apprentice in Peru, Almanza’s agent is Michael Burns. Mike Puype50105520%40%$325,450 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat13036201728%56%$1,755,452 Tiago Pereira98815158%39%$436,537 Chad Lindsay61971115%44%$204,510 NARDO MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN THOR’S ECHOStreaking Nardo guns for his third straight win when the four-year-old chestnut gelding makes his stakes debut in Monday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Handicap at six furlongs.“He’s a solid horse and tries hard every time,” said Mike Puype, who trains the son of Olmodavor for owners/breeders Anthony and Suzy Narducci.“He seems to be getting better and we’ll see if he’s up to this level. He’s done everything asked of him and this is the most logical place to run. The Narduccis have been long time clients, with me for many years. They’ll be here to root for the horse.”Nardo has finished out of the money only once in seven career starts, running fourth in a maiden allowance race last March 13.The Thor’s Echo, a part of the Golden State Series: Raised a Secret, Santiago Gonzalez; Love My Bud, Rafael Bejarano; Forest Chatter, Mike Smith; Nardo, Flavien Prat; Magic Mark, Drayden Van Dyke; and Mrazek, Mario Gutierrez. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS James Cassidy4374516%37%$415,500last_img read more



first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2016)–Favored Scuba, on or near the lead throughout the 1 ¾ mile trip, kicked clear from runner-up Hard Aces three eighths of a mile from home with Kendrick Carmouche and went on to a dominating 4 ¼ length win in Friday’s Grade II, $200,000 Marathon Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Brendan Walsh, the 5-year-old gelding registered his third consecutive win and got the distance in 2:58.20.Off at 2-1 in a field of nine 3-year-olds and up, he provided Carmouche with his first-ever win at Santa Anita and paid $6.00, $3.40 and $2.60.Hard Aces, a winner of last year’s Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita for trainer John Sadler, was forwardly place throughout under Santiago Gonzalez and proved second best, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Blue Tone, who likewise had been attentive to the pace.  Off as the 3-1 second choice, he paid $4.20 and $3.40.Blue Tone, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, was off at 6-1 and paid $5.40 to show .Fractions on the race 24.17, 49.05, 1:14.67, 1:40.62 and 2:30.42.last_img read more


Flood of aid pours in for Valencia fire victims

first_imgVALENCIA – David Ewart is living “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The musician whose violin knows no bounds – gracing the stages of the Hollywood Bowl and the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as Wiley Canyon Elementary School and the jungles of Peru – might not know right now how many lives have been changed by his goodness. But that goodness is being returned to him threefold after his own life changed dramatically Dec. 20. Early that morning, Ewart’s Valencia home burned to the ground, sparked by candles left burning after a Christmas party the night before. Ewart, his parents Esther, 77, and Hugh, 81, and his children Michael, 15, Jonathan, 13, and Heather, 11, escaped through a second-story window at the rear of the house. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since Dec. 21, a network of people estimated at 10,000 strong has emerged around the world, sending prayers, good wishes and donations of both goods and finances to help the family recover. Requests for clothing and gifts were fulfilled within 24 hours. Grocery gift cards arrived in the mail every day. A national home improvement show is considering replacing the gutted home. And musicians have filled violin cases with money to help with medical bills that could exceed $5 million. “It’s phenomenal the calls and letters that come in,” Block said. Collections have been taken up at exercise clubs, theaters, baseball fields and service club meetings. Students at Hart High School collected more than $8,400 in a one-day drive. The YMCA passed the hat to the tune of $1,500. A network of families willing to provide meals has been set up and one volunteer is in charge of coordinating visitors for the burn victims once they come home. A request for furniture to replace that lost by the family was filled within two days: Couches, beds, desks, tables and chairs were offered before there was a chance to find a space to put them. Ewart’s fellow musicians, the staff at Buena Vista Home Entertainment and the Environment of People Foundation – where he serves as a board member – have researched the hundreds of projects on which he worked, replacing music scores and replenishing his library. “The minute I heard what happened, I called in sick to work and raced to the hospital, but of course, I wasn’t able to see them,” Crawford said of the family. “Right away, we started collecting Christmas gifts and clothing for the family, giving people rides to the airport and feeding two households.” Michael suffered second- and third-degree burns on nearly half his body; David was burned severely over 31 percent of his body, including his back, chest and shoulders; Hugh, released from the hospital Dec. 31, was burned on his face. Those who know David were thrilled to learn that the magical hands that bring his violin to life are fine. He is almost well enough to transfer out of the intensive care unit and the family’s Web site – www.geocities.com/[email protected] – notes he’s already reminding visitors to make sure the kids’ school projects get finished. “People rallied around David because he was a driving force in the community,” said Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s Deputy Gerri McCorkle, who ran the local sheriff’s holiday toy drive and sent the resident Santa Claus to see the Ewarts’ kids on Christmas Eve. “He had parties for his neighborhood and was active in sports; he was a very public person,” McCorkle said. Block struck up a friendship with the Ewarts’ pastor from the Newhall Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Greg Garman visited the burn victims and provided information to keep loved ones across the community informed. As Block started her daily bulletins, her e-mail list grew from a few to a few hundred, then thousands when it was linked to musician unions, alumni organizations and church prayer chains. And the makeshift support group has thought of everything, including coordinating friends and strangers to replace the family’s photo collections. Scrapbook enthusiasts have come together to put together pages of the Ewarts’ past, asking neighbors and friends from the children’s soccer and baseball teams to comb their photo archives for pictures that might include the Ewarts. Those without pictures to contribute have created themed pages for holidays, sports and performing arts, as well as other family events. “I’ve been saving things I think David will need,” Crawford said. Her personal project is a “While You Were Sleeping” scrapbook to include things that happened in the community – from the groundswell of support to day-to-day activities – that Ewart missed while he was in the hospital. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Esther, Jonathan and Heather suffered minor injuries – but Hugh, Michael and David suffered severe burns. David, 48, remains hospitalized, but doctors say he’s making good progress. Michael was due to come home Saturday, riding in a limousine courtesy of an enormous network of strangers who have come forward to help this family that has given – and, now, lost – so much. “The morning of the fire, I walked over there and it struck me that here was a family who went to bed the night before like everybody else, but when the morning came, their lives were changed forever,” said Josy Block, whose home office has since become a clearinghouse for information, donations and items to help the Ewarts start over. David Ewart’s days were always filled with activities that centered around his family and friends, as well as his world-renowned music. His typical day might end with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl but would be preceded by a batting-cage session, a PTA function and a lunch date to help a friend. “We were always in awe of him. That’s why we feel compelled to help him now,” said Michele Crawford, a close friend of David. “He would have a thousand things to do, but he’d always make you feel like you were the most important.” last_img read more


Sanlam expands online trading facility

first_img“In view of the strong rand, it is prudent to invest between 20 and 30% of a portfolio in international markets. Investors need to hedge against those things they can’t foresee,” he said, adding that offering investors access to international companies, currencies and commodities allowed them to diversify their assets. Sanlam iTrade doesn’t charge clients for the offshore trading, although Saxo Bank does charge a fee, with costs varying depending on the trading instrument, stock exchange traded on, or live price feeds needed by the client. Bolus and Bolus Investments, the introducing broker to Saxo Bank, will offer clients the necessary trading help. Local financial services group Sanlam has launched iTrade, a new offering that gives South Africa’s online traders access to foreign listed instruments on 16 global stock exchanges, allowing investors to easily diversify their portfolios and giving them access to some of the most traded companies globally. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 30 July 2010 “Currently South Africans can invest up to R4-million offshore but there is very little stopping government from lifting these controls on individuals as very few people made use of this allocation,” he said. He believes the JSE’s recent launch of single stock futures on foreign equities is a precursor to lifting the controls. According to Gerhard Lampen, head of Sanlam’s online trading platform, Sanlam iTrade now offers one of the most advanced trading platforms available. Lampen says it is the right time to launch offshore trading to investors, and believes exchange controls on individuals will be abolished in the next 12 months. Free demonstration models Lampen said that Sanlam had chosen online Danish investment bank Saxo Bank’s platform and access to global markets, because it had highly advanced trading technology and an award-winning platform. “Bolus and Bolus provides assistance with opening an account, transferring funds to Saxo Bank, training on using the platform and trading the different instruments, as well as a fully staffed help desk,” he said. In order to trade offshore, clients open a trading account with Saxo Bank through Bolus and Bolus. They then transfer money into the Saxo account – and can start trading immediately. The minimum investment is US$10 000. Lampen says demonstration models are available free of charge on the Sanlam iTrade website. “The major aim with the new launch is to give our clients exposure to global markets – something most South African investors have not had before,” he added. “Clients will be able to trade shares, currencies, commodities and exchange-traded funds, among other instruments,” he said in a statement this week. “The New York Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange and Australian Stock Exchange are among the 16 exchanges now available to equity traders.” Advanced trading technology ‘Right time’ for offshore investmentlast_img read more


Pro Tip: Exporting a Finished Video from Premiere Pro

first_imgNow that your edit is complete and ready for delivery, there’s one step left. Exporting a finished video with Premiere Pro is a required skill in any edit. Getting StartedTo export a video in Premiere Pro, go to File>Export>Media. You could also press the shortcut key Ctrl + M on PC, or Cmd + M on Mac. Make sure the sequence you want to export is selected when you do this.This will bring up your Export Settings window. In this window, you’ll select your desired settings (or presets) for the video, before sending it to Media Encoder for exporting.Decide on a DestinationThe first thing to think about when exporting a video is where the video will be delivered and how it’ll be viewed. Are you going to upload to YouTube and Vimeo? Compressing down the video so you can send it easily to a client? Or are you exporting a hi-res master version for presentation? The delivery destination is very important on deciding what the settings need to be. There are loads of useful presets already installed with Premiere Pro and Media Encoder. You can use these presets to quickly choose settings for your exported file.If you want to bypass these custom settings and export with the EXACT settings of your sequence, you can select Match Sequence Settings at the top. That’ll change your export settings to exactly match your sequence settings. Although, I don’t recommend this because most delivery destinations require codecs other than your common editing or intermediate codec. 4. Save Your Favorite SettingsIf you find yourself using a custom setting frequently, you can save your export settings as a new preset. Click the Save Preset button next to the preset dropdown in the export window. You can then name the preset whatever you like. Now you can use that saved preset in the future.As you can see, exporting a finished video from Premiere Pro is super easy and very customizable. Want to streamline your exporting even more? You can also add additional output files from the same source sequence in Media Encoder — very useful for creating different file types and sizes of the same video.Want more tips for using Premiere Pro? Check these out.15 Premiere Pro Tutorials Every Video Editor Should WatchQuick and Easy Compositing Tips for Adobe Premiere Pro15 FREE Camera Shake Presets for After Effects and Premiere ProHow to Properly Pancake Timelines in Adobe Premiere ProThe 3 Easiest Ways to Cut Clips in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 1. Select a FormatThe best setting for web playback is the H.264 codec. So, we’ll select our format as H.264. That is also the most common codec for video exports through Premiere. For eighty to ninety percent of your exports, you’ll be using H.264.We’ll select a preset that matches our sequence and desired output. Our sequence is 1080p with a frame rate of 23.976 fps.2. Check Your SettingsClick the output name to specify an output name for the exported video file. To learn more about properly naming a file, check out this article. Make sure that Export Video and Export Audio are both checked so the file has both video and audio.If you feel comfortable with changing settings to make them more customizable, you can do so in this window. Here’s my recommended settings for most of my videos exported in Premiere:Click the Render at Maximum Depth box.Change the Bitrate Encoding Settings to VBR, 2 Pass, then drag your Target Bitrate to your selected file size. The size will be shown at the bottom of the window. Make your Maximum Bit Rate double the Target Bit Rate.3. Select from Export OptionsNow, you can select one of two Premiere Pro export options: Queue or Export.Selecting Queue will send you to Media Encoder, with the sequence added to a queue.Then, all you have to do is press the green play button at the top to start the export. This is good if you want to add multiple Premiere Pro sequences to export at the same time. This also allows you to continue working in Premiere Pro while Media Encoder exports in the background. This is the method of exporting I use most often.Selecting Export simply exports the sequence right from that window. You won’t be able to use Premiere Pro while it’s exporting this way.That’s it! You just exported your finished video. Exporting in Premiere ProFor this example, we’ll be exporting from Premiere Pro to upload to YouTube. Premiere Pro also has presets for both YouTube and Vimeo that’ll export your project in the best recommended settings for both. However, for this example, we’re going to be exporting with custom settings.last_img read more