Guard Card project to provide free phone cards to all deployed Vermont Guard soldiers

first_imgToday, Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz announced a new program the Guard Card Project to provide free Verizon telephone cards to all deployed Vermont National Guardsmen and women.  In partnership with the Vermont National Guard, the USO (United Service Organizations) and Verizon, the Office of the Secretary of State has created a program to engage students in service learning projects that will help guard families by putting a free, 100 minute calling card in the pocket of every soldier who is deployed as a result of the mobilization order announced by Adjutant General Michael Dubie last week.Secretary of State Deb Markowitz said, We are pleased to announce this new program to help our citizen soldiers keep in touch with their families while they are serving overseas. With over 1,500 Vermont National Guardsmen and women to be deployed to Afghanistan beginning next fall, every Vermont community will be impacted. When we learned how many Vermont families would be impacted by this historic deployment, we wanted to organize an effort that would bring our schools and communities together to help support our troops and their families.  Missy Shea, Secretary of State s Office Civic Education Coordinator said, Communities across the state will feel this deployment. In many schools students will be impacted when a parent, or another loved one, is deployed. We thought a great service learning project would be to link students with guard families to offer support.Markowitz said, We know through research that students who have had opportunities to practice the skills of civic engagement will be more likely to be active citizens in the future. Our Guard Card service initiative provides this kind of learning opportunity. It is our hope that teachers will use this project to help students learn the meaning and importance of service in our communities.Shea explained that the original concept of the project was for students to provide assistance to guard families either through direct service such as babysitting, stacking wood and mowing lawns, or by raising money to help buy long distance phone cards for each soldier who is being deployed to make it easier for them to keep in touch with their families.   Shea explained that when Verizon was approached with the phone card idea, they offered to provide the calling cards for free through a promotional program they had established with the USO. Shea says it was a pleasure working with Verizon. The company does a lot to support the troops. Their partnership with the USO is what s providing these cards. The fact that Vermont soldiers have a back-up way to stay in touch with their families during deployment is incredibly helpful. We very much appreciate the generosity of Verizon and the USO.Major Randall Gates, Director of the Vermont National Guard State Family Readiness Program, and himself a soldier who will be deployed, adds, “This calling card endeavor is a tremendous showing of community support for our soldiers. While some of our soldiers may use other communication technologies such as instant messaging or personal video, all of our soldiers will benefit greatly from these phone cards.  The soldiers will be able to use the cards during their out-of-state mobilization training or use them for a call from Afghanistan. We commend Verizon and the USO. Our airmen, soldiers and Family Readiness Program have benefited from the ideas generated by Secretary Deb Markowitz’s office, and we look forward to further collaboration.”Now that the cards have been donated, it opens even greater opportunity for schools to develop other service-learning projects in support of the soldiers and their families. According to Shea, some schools have already been inspired by the Guard Card project to raise money to help pay for the distribution of the cards. Benson Village School 3rd and 4th graders have designed phone card envelopes with special messages for the guardsmen and women. At Cavendish Elementary, students hosted an Ed-u-thon , playing learning games through the night to raise $1,400 they will donate. Beginning this fall, the Office of the Secretary of State will be rolling out the Service-for-Service program to link schools with guard family support efforts in their communities. For more information about the Guard Card or related school-based service learning projects, please contact Missy Shea, Civic Education Coordinator, Office of the Secretary of State.Source: Markowitz’s office. read more

Jazz, 108, Warriors, 103: Warriors offense disappears in loss to Utah

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – If only Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala or Alfonzo McKinnie made late-game 3-pointers. If only the ball did not go off of Curry’s hands on the Warriors’ final possession. If only officials did not incorrectly call a foul on Klay Thompson when Utah guard Donovan Mitchell fell to the floor on a missed 3-pointer.Not only would the Warriors likely have avoided a 108-103 loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. Perhaps the Warriors would not have a philosophical discussion …last_img read more

Infographic: South Africa’s world-first Giant Flag

first_imgIn a poverty-stricken region of the Karoo desert, a massive new project is set to create jobs, generate renewable solar energy and draw tourists to the area. So big it will be visible from space, there will be nothing quite like the 66-hectare Giant Flag anywhere else on earth.Read more: Giant Flag to bring tourists and jobs to the CamdebooClick graphic to enlarge.last_img

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, January 11, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Not much going on today, as we experience the “calm before the storm”. Clouds will be thickening as the day progresses, due to the approaching system that brings us action tomorrow. We expect no new precipitation today.Snow will move across the state tomorrow, but wont really get going until late morning to midday, moving in from the west and southwest. Snow continues Sunday, but will be tapering off. We are leaving our forecasted snow totals unchanged, expecting 1″-4″ over most of the state, with a few areas pushing closer to 5″. The heaviest snows can be in central to southern Ohio. We do have a renewed concern this morning about some rain mixing in in far southern Ohio, as temps climb tomorrow in to the upper 30s. Any rain would decrease the snow potential, of course, but we think that the rain threat is relatively small. On Sunday, we see light snow and flurries ending across the state through the day as the system exits to the east. The map at right shows updated snow potential through Sunday night.We will be dry for Monday through Thursday of next week. Clouds increase Friday, as we are pushing back our next system again by about 12 hours. We have a chance of snow developing in the north, and rain in the south, with a few hundredths to .4” of liquid equivalent precipitation over about 60% of the state. The heaviest action will be in the south, where rain is most likely. We turn dry again to finish next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, but we also turn much colder, looking for temps below normal.The cold theme remains for the 11-16 day extended period. We expect light snow and flurries off and on from the 21st through the 25th. These come like minor, clipper waves, bringing the potential for minor accumulations with each wave, but nothing earth-shattering.last_img read more

After Effects Video Tutorial: Karaoke Text

first_imgCreate a Karaoke text effect that highlights words in sync with your voice.In this Premiumbeat exclusive video tutorial you’ll learn how to produce a karaoke effect in After Effects. Whether you’re actually doing a karaoke video or are simply mocking one up as a parody, check out the AE tutorial to recreate the look of ‘traditional’ karaoke music displays.The overall technique is pretty straightforward but I’ll explain a few audio tips and tricks that aren’t easy to figure out on your own. The video covers:How audio interacts with video controlled by framesUnderstanding audio layersThe proper way to playback audioWhat fonts are easy to readMastering audio in After Effects is a key skill that motion graphic designers need to have, as sound can be a crucial element in enhancing your digital effects.Don’t want to watch the video? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view.  7Set keyframes, Animating a mask reveal from left to right. 3Create some new text to coincide with your first statement. 1Create a new composition and add in a bright blue background. 10Set a mask keyframe to wipe the text off. If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, or if you have any quick tips for using expressions in After Effects, please comment below! 8Duplicate the text layer, take out the strokes and add a yellow fill.center_img 5Stylize the text so that it is white with a black stroke. Set the parameter from metric to optical. 6Draw masks around each text line. 4Set a marker at the end of the first statement. 9 Adjust keyframes so white animates on first, followed by the yellow. 2Apply a ramp and blend with the original.last_img read more

India to take on Nepal in friendly, ahead of Kyrgyz Republic clash

first_imgComing on back of six consecutive wins including the unofficial match against Bhutan, the Indian national football team will take on Nepal in an international friendly here at the Andheri Sports Complex today.This match comes ahead of India’s crucial Asian Cup Qualifier against Kyrgyz Republic on June 13 in Bengaluru.Speaking at the official pre-match press conference, head coach Stephen Constantine did not beat around the bush. “I hope to get a win against Nepal and I hope to see players who vie for the starting XI put up a good show so I can assess them for the game against Kyrgyz Republic which is a very important match for us,” he stated.”The FIFA Rankings are just one aspect of the game. It is not as if we would now relax, we would not be pushing to break the 100 barrier. However our focus is completely now on Nepal and we will take one game at a time,” he added.Nepal have always reserved their best against India though the recent results against Nepal have been in India’s favour.The last time the two teams clashed 18-year old Lallianzuala Chhangte starred in a 4-1 win in the SAFF Suzuki Championship in Trivandrum, which India eventually won.However, Constantine believes that it will be a different setting altogether tomorrow. “Nepal is a very hard working team and we expect the usual from them – a tough fight till they cannot fight anymore. Initially we had Lebanon to play but we could not host them because of visa difficulties. I need to thank Nepal for coming to play us.”advertisement”There are no easy teams. Every teams has its own challenges and poses its own difficulties”Constantine’s men will also be looking to draw inspiration from their recent rise in the FIFA Rankings, which sees India ranked 100 – a historic moment for Indian Football only achieved thrice.”We have developed in the last two years and now is the time to show everyone that we deserve to be here and we have to strive to maintain this style of progress,” said Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who will lead the Indian side against Nepal on the morrow.”Being 100 does not mean we are favourites or that we have become a super team. Two years back we were 173 and I had then stated that the target it to get into the top 100. Everyone had laughed it off. Being at 100, the next logical target will be to get into the top 50,” h maintained.”We have come a long way and if we keep on working like this and if we focus on the AFC Asian Cup we can make it and go even higher in the FIFA ladder”, Gurpreet added.Meanwhile, Constantine informed Sunil Chhetri will not be against Nepal while CK Vineeth was released from the Camp on the day due to a sore ankle.”Sunil is a very good player and has been for a long time. I hope he has many more years to give for India. I would like Chhetri to be leading the team in the AFC Asian Cup in 2019, if we qualify. The day he hangs his boots, it will be huge loss for Indian Football.”last_img read more

First Nation students in Thunder Bay learn meaning of mino bimaadiziwin

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN National NewsMino bimaadiziwin is an Anishinabe phrase – it means to “live the good life.”More than 30 First Nation students living in Thunder Bay spent five nights learning just what that phrase means.last_img

UNHCR adopts resolution condemning human rights violation in Myanmar

first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees children queue for aid suplies at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar on Monday. Photo: AFPThe Human Rights Council, in a resolution, has condemned the alleged systematic and gross violations of human rights and abuses committed against persons belonging to the Rohingya Muslim community and other minorities in Myanmar, reports news agency UNB.The resolution on the human rights situation of the minority Rohingya Muslim community and other minorities in the Rakhine state of Myanmar was adopted in Geneva on Tuesday by a vote of 33 in favour, three against and nine abstentions.The Council strongly condemned the alleged systematic and gross violations of human rights and abuses committed in Myanmar, in particular in Rakhine state, notably against persons belonging to the Rohingya Muslim community and other minorities, including women and children.It condemned the attacks against Myanmar police and military posts carried out on 25 August 2017 and all acts of violence against the security forces, and stressed that the challenges facing Rakhine state and other areas in Myanmar could be resolved only through peaceful means.Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh took the floor to introduce the text of the resolution, according to UN office.After the adoption of the resolution, Bangladesh spoke on behalf of the Core Group of sponsors, and the United States, Egypt and Indonesia took the floor in an explanation of the vote after the vote.Shahriar Alam noted that the overwhelming support for the call to convene the special session demonstrated the international community’s grave concern about the human rights situation of the Rohingya Muslim population and of other minorities in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.Crimes committed against Rohingya included summary execution of adults and children, indiscriminate rape of women and girls, torture and detention, aerial firing on the fleeing population, and burning of houses and property.He said Bangladesh remained deeply concerned that Myanmar had not conducted any credible national investigation into alleged gross human rights violations.The State Minister said there was no or very limited access of the United Nations and humanitarian actors to northern Rakhine state.Bangladesh had tried to resolve the matter bilaterally for decades, without any reciprocity since 2005.He said the recent conclusion of a bilateral arrangement of return was but one component of a comprehensive long-term solution.Bangladesh bore the burden of nearly one million Myanmar nationals, out of which 626,000 had entered Bangladesh in the past three months.Only sustained international pressure on Myanmar could ensure the fulfillment of its various commitments, he said.The Council expressed grave concern at consistent allegations of widespread sexual violence, including rape and gang rape.It called for those allegations to be investigated for those found responsible to be held to account, and for access by victims of human rights violations, including victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence, killings and other attacks, to long-term health services and psychosocial support to be ensured.The Council requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to track progress concerning the human rights situation of Rohingya people, and to provide oral updates, followed by an interactive dialogue, at the thirty-eighth, forty-first and forty-fourth sessions of the Human Rights Council, with a view to reaching a comprehensive solution of the crisis within three years through the full implementation of the present resolution and Council resolution 34/22.The Council also requested the High Commissioner to prepare a comprehensive written report on the situation, including on the level of cooperation and access given to the Fact-Finding Mission and other United Nations human rights mechanisms, the implementation of the present resolution, the findings and recommendations of the United Nations system on the situation of human rights of Rohingya people in Rakhine state and recommendations on a future course of action, to present the report to the Human Rights Council at its fortieth session, and to submit the report to the General Assembly for its consideration.The opening meeting of the special session heard keynote statements by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Catalina Aguilar Devandas, Chairperson of the Coordinating Committee of the Special Procedures, who also spoke on behalf of Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar; Marzuki Darusman, Chair of the Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, in a video statement; and Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflict; as well as statements by Myanmar and Bangladesh as the concerned countries.Before the Council adopted the resolution, it continued its general debate, in which speakers stressed that peace, stability, harmony and reconciliation among all the communities in Rakhine state must be urgently achieved.They noted that there were no easy solutions for this difficult and complex situation with roots dating back more than half a century.Many stated their support for the agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar on the return of the Rohingya to their places of origin in Rakhine state.They stressed the duty of the Government of Myanmar to provide them with all necessary security guarantees, and its responsibility to ensure that all returns were voluntary, safe, sustainable and dignified.Others expressed concern about this agreement which sought to hasten the return of Rohingya to an unsafe environment in which the commission of further atrocities remained highly likely.Before any safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees could take place, all abuses against Rohingya must cease and all perpetrators of atrocities committed since October 2016 must be held accountable, they stressed.last_img

3 quota reformists remanded

first_imgQuota reform movement. Prothom Alo File PhotoA Dhaka court on Tuesday put three leaders and activists of quota reform movement to two-day remand each in two separate cases filed in connection with an attack on the residence of the Dhaka University (DU) vice chancellor (VC) on 9 April, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Abdullah Al Masud passed the order when DB inspector Bahauddin Faruqi and also the investigation officer of the cases produced them before the court with seven-day remand prayer for each.Those who remanded are Faruk Hassan, joint-convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council and two members of the council-Jashim Uddin and Mashiur Rahman.Lawyer Sarah Hossain and Lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua filed petition for their bail before the court.On 9 April last, when general students’ popular protest on quota reform was in its peak, some unknown masked attackers broke the main entrance of the VC’s residence and ransacked several rooms and furniture. They also set fire to two vehicles parked inside the VC residence.Two separate cases were filed with Shahbagh police station on the following day.Faruk Hassan, a joint convener of the quota reform movement was sent to jail by a Dhaka court on 3 July, in a police assault case, which was filed with Shahbagh police station on 9 April.Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrates Court Judge Subrata Bose Shuvo sent Faruk to jail after the investigation officer of the case Bahauddin Faruqi produced him before the court.Earlier on 2 July, around 150 BCL leaders and activists swooped on the quota reform activists when they were taking preparation to bring out a procession from the central Shaheed Minar in the morning.They beat up Faruk Hassan, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, a platform that leads the quota reform movement, and picked him up.Besides, a number of activists of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council were injured in separate attacks allegedly by some BCL activists and police when they were trying to stage their scheduled programme at different universities across the country that day.last_img read more