Uniondale Man Arrested for Crossing Guard Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Uniondale man has been arrested for allegedly hitting a female crossing guard who was helping schoolchildren cross a street in Hempstead and fleeing the scene last month, Nassau County police said.Kenechukwu Okoli was charged Tuesday with assault and leaving the scene of an accident.Police said the 59-year-old hit the Hempstead village police crossing guard in the leg while driving a Mercedes Benz northbound on Henry Street shortly before 8 a.m. Nov. 20.The victim, who was knocked to the ground, was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for contusions to her knee and hip.Okoli will be arraigned Jan. 78 at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

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UK set to confirm collective DC as future pension in DA debate

first_imgCollective defined contribution (CDC) schemes are set to be selected as a future pension scheme option in the UK, with legislation to be put forward in the next Parliament.Reports from national newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph, suggested the implementation of CDC will be laid out in Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech, which sets out the legislative agenda for the next Parliamentary session.In the launch of a government consultation on DA and greater risk-sharing in November 2013, the government name-checked CDC and the Danish ATP model as two potential outcomes.The response to the consultation has not yet been published, although it was expected earlier this year. Pensions minister, Steve Webb, has long been a supporter of CDC, and with the legislative introduction set to be announced, CDC could be left as the sole definition of DA.The newspaper suggested CDC legislation could be in place by 2016.However, its implementation could be complex as the first round of auto enrolment will almost be complete by then, and, uncertainty over how, and if, it complements recent changes to DC landscape announced by the Treasury.Aon Hewitt, the consultancy, and support of CDC in the UK, said its attraction outweighs that of other potential DA designs and defined benefit (DB), due to the lack of guarantees.On how CDC would fit into the post-2014 Budget DC environment, partner at Aon Hewitt, Matthew Arends, said individuals would still want to generate an income in retirement, such as that provided by CDC.“There will be a need for some form of income generating solution from at least part of members’ DC pots to replace income that previously would have been provided by an annuity.“We can expect a proliferation of market innovation to fill this need. However, many of these new options will expose members to increasingly complex decumulation decisions.“CDC plans have a big role to play because they are pooled vehicles and so avoid the need for members to take investment decisions,” he said.“We envisage that many employers will take the opportunity to use CDC as a core part of retirement savings to provide an income – in addition to fully flexible DC cash savings,” he added.The debate over CDC’s implementation has split the industry, with previous debates highlighting Aon Hewitt as strong supporters and Mercer suggesting the government should focus on reducing stringent DB requirements.Towers Watson said CDC would require a “radical” change to pensions legislation in the UK, and employers would refrain from taking on additional risk voluntarily.Colin Richardson, client director at independent trustee firm PTL, said CDC’s major benefit, even post-Budget, is still its longevity pooling.“There are other advantages to CDC of course in relation to potential greater predictability of future pensions and greater pension amounts,” he added.“However, great care is needed in comparing the potential pension amounts as most CDC scheme studies were performed before the March 2014 budget and are thus based on outdated comparisons with constrained DC schemes.”CDC was first touted as an option for UK employers in 2009.A study into its feasibility, by the then Labour Government, said the legislative changes required were too complex and there was a lack of interest from employers, resigning CDC to the legislative scrap heap.Current Labour MP Rachel Reeves, and shadow work and pensions secretary, said sharing risk and rewards across generations, such as in CDC, appeals to the principles of the country.“We need to be clear that such schemes do expose people to a different set of risks and this makes it all the more important that they are subject to robust governance mechanisms,” she said in a speech last week.“Opening the way to CDC schemes makes it all the more important the government takes up our call to impose a legal requirement on all pension scheme providers to prioritise the interests of savers above those of shareholders – policed, where possible, by independent trustees.”last_img read more

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Greener Wins Gold a Para Pan Ams

first_imgFacebook59Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Karen Urman for Gig Harbor Canoe Kayak Racing TeamDanzig “Ziggy” Norberg, 23, a junior at The Evergreen State College, won a gold medal in the VL2 men’s 200 meter final at the 2017 Para Pan American Sprint Championships in Ibarra, Ecuador on October 15. The Pan Am Championships drew over 200 athletes from 13 countries. Norberg, who trains with the Gig Harbor Canoe Kayak Racing Team, achieved a time of one minute and two seconds, beating out Brazilian paddler, Alex Pessoa, by one second. Canadian, Trinity Tratch, took third.Ziggy Norberg with his gold medal from the Para Pan Ams. Photo courtesy: Ziggy NorbergNorberg, who was born with Spina Bifida and uses a wheelchair, was one of only a few U.S. Canoe Sprint athletes, disabled or able-bodied, to reach the podium in international competition this year. “It is an honor to represent my country,” said Norberg, a four-time member of Team USA, after winning his first medal at an international race. “And I’m absolutely thrilled to bring home a gold!”Norberg placed seventh at the 2017 Paracanoe World Championships held in August in the Czech Republic. He has competed in the kayak but concentrates on the other style of boat used in Paracanoe, the va’a, a rudderless outrigger canoe. While Canoe Sprint has been an Olympic sport since 1936, Paracanoe has only recently been included in the Paralympics. The kayak debuted in Rio in 2016, and after the announcement in September that the va’a will be included in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, competition is heating up. Norberg’s goal is to represent the U.S. in 2020. “I’ve dedicated the last six years to this sport and to my dream of competing in the Paralympics,” Norberg said. “After countless hours on the water and in the gym, winning in Ecuador really affirms that I’m doing something right!”Norberg is studying pre-law with an emphasis on sports and disability. Although he looks forward to a long career as an elite athlete, he aspires to work with an international organization advocating for disabled athletes and inclusiveness. Norberg works at Evergreen in Access Services and in the Game Management Department at the CRC. To support Norberg and keep up with his progress, got to gofundme.com/ziggys-going-to-worlds.To read more about Ziggy, go here.last_img read more

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Promoting Love for the River By Inviting the Public to Set…

first_imgNMHA member Gayle Horvath, who is skipper of the Sea Scouts, a coed seafaring branch of the Boy Scouts of America, took on the task of checking people in and taking care of details with the help of her Scouts. Monmouth Boat Club, which began as a rowing club in 1879, provides sailing lessons, social events and other boating activities throughout the summer. The Clearwater group has offered weekly environmental sails to the public from the Oyster Point Marina for many years, said Michael Humphreys, secretary and trustee of NMHA. This year, the two organizations, which have several members in common, sought to make the Navesink more accessible and appeal to a wider audience by hosting three summer sails in Marine Park. NJFC and NMHA reached out to Charlie Hoffman, Red Bank Parks and Recreation director, a few months ago to propose sailing the garvey from Marine Park. Hoffman responded enthusiastically, noting that the borough has long been interested in finding ways for more residents to enjoy the river. Plans quickly fell into place and the borough graciously provided the needed slip for Pete’s Banjo to occupy in Marine Park. NMHA promotes knowledge and appreciation for maritime history on the Navesink and offers educational opportunities for children and adults who want to learn about, enjoy and protect the river. Despite all those efforts, however, Mother Nature had other plans and the sail set for Aug. 14 had to be canceled due to an iffy weather forecast. Sail organizers are hoping to bring more sailing opportunities to the public next year. “The question is, ‘Did lots of people sign up because it was a free ride, or is there a pent-up desire to get onto the water in boats?’ ” said Humphreys. NJFC is an environmental advocacy organization founded in Monmouth County by musician and environmentalist Bob Killian in 1974. It was inspired by the efforts of legendary folksinger Pete Seeger who launched an initiative to clean up the Hudson River in 1966 by building and sailing the replica Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to ports along the Hudson, inspiring environmental action. “It just kind of synced up,” Hoffman said. “We want to get more folks out on the river.” While some people are particularly interested in sailing on the garvey, others simply want to enjoy being out on the water, Hoffman said. “People who have done it have enjoyed it.” Members of the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association (NMHA), the New Jersey Friends of Clearwater (NJFC) and Monmouth Boat Club are joining together to present this Saturday sail from 10 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14. The sail will depart from the small marina at Marine Park in Red Bank. All three organizations have a long history of encouraging appreciation and concern for local waterways. NJFC took up that cause for local waters, holding an annual music and environmental festival and hosting sails on its own historic replica, the garvey Adam Hyler, for many years. Two River residents will soon have another chance to take a free ride on the Navesink aboard the wooden sailing garvey Pete’s Banjo. Fortunately, NJFC, NMHA and the Monmouth Boat Club will try again Sept. 14, and they hope to take as many people as possible out for a late summer ride on the river. The new vessel, Pete’s Banjo, set sail on the Navesink in 2015. The flagship vessel of NJFC’s environmental sailing program, the garvey can comfortably hold eight or nine people. By Eileen Moon But so many people signed up for the sails from Marine Park that Humphreys reached out to the commodore of the Monmouth Boat Club, Bob Markoff, to ask if they could help. “He was eager to join the party with their pontoon boat and several skippers/owners of sail boats,” Humphreys said. After the Hyler’s retirement to the Tuckerton Seaport Museum several years ago, members of NJFC and NMHA decided to contribute their boat-building skills to construct a new garvey. The 26-foot flat-bottomed boat is a replica of the Tuckerton Sailing garveys that once traveled the state’s rivers and bays, harvesting clams and oysters, carrying produce and other cargo when the river was the road that linked communities near and far. For information on the Sept. 14 sail, visit navesinkmaritime.org or contact Red Bank Parks and Recreation at redbanknj.org.last_img read more

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LEC Targets 45,000 New Customers From Paynesville to RIA

first_imgLEC Managing Director Buckley breaks ground for the construction of the LEC sub-station in Schefflin Town.At least 45,000 new customers are expected to be connected to the national power grid provided by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) along the Roberts International Airport (RIA) corridor in Margibi County.The project is funded by several financing instruments that include the African Development Bank (AFDB), the European Union and the Liberian government.At the groundbreaking ceremony, which was held in Schefflin Town, Margibi County on May 1, 2019, the project Coordinator, Henry Kimber, said the exercise is under the auspices of the Liberia Energy and Access Project (LEAP). According to Kimber, the project costs US$31.8 million to extend the national grid, which comes from the Paynesville sub-station, and extends as far as the RIA.Kimber said about 45,000 households are expected to be connected when the project is completed.He informed the residents that when the project was initiated in 2013, it was estimated that 14,000 households would have benefited but, based on the prevailing condition and its urgency, the plans changed to the minimum of 45,000 for the good of the residents.The project is a combination of loans and grants; as such, it is not free of charge as it has been perceived by the public.However Kimber recalled that, on many occasions, when donor-funded projects are implemented,  people think it is free, thought that is not the case.In order to distribute electricity to the various communities, Kimber said authorities of the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) provided a parcel of land to construct the sub-station in the area.He then challenged the LEC team to ensure that the project is delivered by 2020, the selected period.“At LEC, we are not political, so we don’t discriminate between the poor or the rich, everyone is entitled to electricity, which is security in itself for all, irrespective of societal statuses, because our mandate is to connect everyone legally. But must do so in the frame of the law,” Kimber said.Meanwhile, Paschal Buckley, LEC Chief Executive Officer, has said the construction of the sub-station in that part of Liberia is essential, because the RIA Highway is the first gateway to the nation’s capital.“When the project is completed, it will attract investors, because electricity brings growth and opportunities to improve livelihood leading to attaining quality education; it provides security and good health to all,” Mr. Buckley said.Buckley however frowned on those carrying out illegal connections, because it creates electricity hazard, burns transformers, produces high voltage for those who are legally connected, and poor quality of supplies, which puts a heavy burden on the corporation.The head of EU Delegation to Liberia, Theodorus Kasper, said that EU is making a tremendous contribution in Liberia’s electricity sector; “therefore it needs to be turned into success.”“We need to show ownership to all EU taxpayers’ money that it is worth well to keep on investing in Liberia,” Kasper said.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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Ruthless Toms retains title

first_imgNortholt’s Ryan Toms ruthlessly brushed aside Pat McAleese on Saturday night to retain his southern-area light-middleweight title.Toms, making his first defence, stopped McAleese in the fourth round of their bout on the undercard of the Tyson Fury-Dereck Chisora fight at Wembley Arena.The 29-year-old southpaw rocked McAleese in the third, before flooring him with a body shot early in the next round. He then followed up with a combination that forced the referee to call a halt.Toms, who was on QPR’s books as a teenager, is unbeaten in nine fights as a professional.last_img read more

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QPR v Bolton line-ups: Defensive reshuffle for Rangers

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp has paired Andy Johnson with Charlie Austin up front against Bolton and asked Benoit Assou-Ekotto to fill in at right-back as Danny Simpson and Nedum Onuoha are sidelined. Armand Traore starts at left-back.QPR: Green; Assou-Ekotto, Dunne, Hill, Traore, Kranjcar, Henry, Carroll, Phillips, Johnson, Austin.Subs: Murphy, Hoilett, Diakite, Zamora, Wright-Phillips, Ehmer, O’Neil.Bolton: Lonergan, Baptiste, Knight, Mills, Ream, Spearing, Medo, Danns, Pratley, M Davies, C Davies.Subs: Bogdan, White, Vela, Eagles, Lee, Moritz, Jutkiewicz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Premiere Pro CS Next: Lumetri Looks Applied as Presets

first_imgA new feature in the upcoming version of Premiere Pro will allow you to quickly add color grading to your video editing projects. There’s a new feature in the upcoming version of Premiere Pro (currently called Premiere Pro “CS Next”) that seems simple but may well lead to a whole range of new look presets being available to users in the near future! This feature is the ability to apply Lumetri Looks directly to your clips or to adjustment layers in Premiere Pro – a quicker way to color grade your footage in Premiere.On the face of it, this is a simple feature, in that all you need to do is find the Lumetri Looks preset folder in the Premiere Pro Effects Panel, browse the various looks inside the categories and apply the relevant look to either a clip or to an adjustment layer.But after further inspection, I think that this Premiere Pro color grading feature offers a lot of future potential for video editors and third party developers.  It  will allow us to create, share, buy and use a very wide range of looks created from color grading applications, such as SpeedGrade, very quickly! I suspect that already some people will be at work creating presets to sell as soon as the new version of Premiere Pro is released – and for good reason.  You will be able to get and try so many different looks quickly and easily…great for the creative profssional on a tight timeline!Lumetri Looks in the Effects PanelFirst, I should start by saying that this feature is not really for animated color grades but for applying a fixed grade to an asset. If you need animated grades you will probably want to do that in SpeedGrade or something similar. However, if you have an asset that only requires a fixed color grade in Premiere Pro then this is for you!Let’s run through the process. While in SpeedGrade, I found a clip that I wanted to apply a color grade to.  Then, in Premiere Pro CS Next I chose just a small fraction fo the total clip by using In and Out points in the timeline.Small Selection to be Exported to SpeedGradeThen with the timeline selected I went to the File menu and chose > Send to SpeedGrade.File – Send to SpeedGrade OptionIt took a very short time to export the short selection. I chose a short select because the clip doesn’t change much over its length so a grade on a short selection is just as good as a grade on the whole selection.Then I did a simple color grade in Adobe SpeedGrade.Clip Before Grade in SpeedGradeClip After Grade in SpeedGradeNext I moved to the ‘Look’ Tab in SpeedGrade and saved the ‘Look’ preset in a place I could easily find!Look Tab In SpeedGrade to Save the Look PresetThen I went back to Premiere Pro CS Next as I didn’t need to do any additional color grading in SpeedGrade.In Premiere Pro CS Next I found the clip on the timeline and applied ANY Lumetri Look to the clip and went to the ‘Effect Control’ panel.A Lumetri Look Applied to the Clip – Note the Set-up BoxThis set-up box is simply a link to your finder or file explorer and gives you the ability to navigate to any Look you have created in SpeedGrade and saved on your system.Navigate to Your LOOKSimply navigate to your color grading LOOK and it will be applied to that clip – it’s as simple as that! Currently, the Lumetri effect name in the Effect Controls panel won’t update (which is a real shame) but even so it will be your look that is applied, replacing the default look you dropped on the clip from the Effects panel.My Look in Premiere Pro CS_NextSo, I didn’t need to export my project from SpeedGrade but was able to apply my grade as a ‘Look’ file directly inside Premiere Pro.  For quick application of color grades in Premiere Pro this is a BIG feature. I look forward to seeing how this Premiere Pro feature gets used by you and all the excellent presets soon to flood the market!last_img read more

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The Shreditor’s Guide to Film and Video Pre-Production

first_imgOther ResourcesImage via Shutterstock.Although you may take care of all the producer responsibilities in the beginning of a project, be prepared to put back on your producer hat time from time throughout production. If anything goes wrong during the shoot and additional needs pop up, you will need to manage them as a client-friendly producer.You’ll also need to be the one to make sure you’re fully taken care of during production. If you need to bring on a PA or 2nd or 3rd shooter, it’s your job to figure things out — not to mention little things like providing craft services for yourself and clients, printing out scripts, keeping copies of receipts, and even managing clients on-set.Here are several more pre-production resources to have ready at your disposal.The 3 Most Important Tasks For A Director During Pre-ProductionWhat All Producers Need to Understand About Working With Directors5 Tips for Planning Your Audio in Pre-Production10 Free Apps for Filmmakers ScriptingImage via Shutterstock.As part of your role as producer, it’s up to you to outline a project and come up with a script. While you may associate scripts with narrative films, using a script for everything from corporate films to animations to even documentaries can be very helpful for your shooting and editing counterparts. Final Draft is perhaps the industry standard, but there are several free options that work just as well.Here are some resources for writing, refining, and accessing your scripts on the go.6 Free Scriptwriting Resources for Your Next ScreenplayHow to Break a Script Down Into a Shot ListNeed to Table Read a Script? There’s an App for That.Pro Insight: Highlighting Scripts Looking for more on production? Check out these articles.What Does a Film Producer Do?Small Budget? Producer Jason Blum’s 5 Rules for Lean FilmmakingThe Video Producer’s Secret Weapon: the Shot ListFinding a Producer: What You Need to Bring to the Table BudgetingImage via Shutterstock.One of the biggest headaches for most filmmakers is dealing with budgets and proposals. If you truly embrace the shreditor lifestyle, budgeting will unfortunately be one of your biggest concerns, as it drives your project. However, budgets don’t have to be scary. With the right resources, they can be organized, manageable, and beneficial for your production.Also, in your producer role, it’s helpful to set up a professional bank account, either under your name or an LLC. This will help you keep your personal finances separate from your work expenditures. Apps like Mint are also another great way to keep your budget tight and organized.Here are some additional resources to help with your budgeting.An Overview of the Film BudgetFilm Budget Planning: How to Effectively Budget a Script BreakdownHow to Build a Video BudgetThe How and Why of Video Production Budget & Templates StoryboardingImage via Shutterstock.Once you have your script, your inner director of photography should be gearing up to partner with your inner producer for a chance to storyboard your shoot. Storyboards can vary from quick sketches to in-depth diagrams that include everything from camera movements to lighting set-ups to focal lengths. As a producer, you can use some handy apps (like this one) to digitize your storyboard process.Here are some more storyboard resources,  including a free storyboard template!Free Storyboard Template for Film and Video ProjectsCreating a Storyboard Edit in Premiere Pro CC 2015Storyboarding Your Film: Tips for Your Next ProjectThe Unifying Power of Storyboardscenter_img Do you tackle your video production projects entirely on your own? Here’s everything you need to know about working as a “shreditor.”Cover image via Shutterstock.For those of you who are unsure what a “Shreditor” is (and if you might be one yourself), check the definition below (or read up on the term in this article). If you find the concept of producing, shooting, and editing to be your ideal workflow, this series is for you.Shreditor {sHred-uh-ter, -tawr} noun: a film and video professional who produces, shoots, and edits as a one-man script-to-screen filmmaker.As a shreditor, you obviously have many hats to wear. While each could easily be a full-time role, it’s important to understand how they operate singly as much as they do together. Let’s dive into the first role — producer — and what you need to succeed in your quest to become an ultimate video production Shreditor.Concept DesignImage via Shutterstock.From the very beginnings of a project, a good producer needs to be able to work with a client to find the crux of the project and how video can be most helpful. Very often, clients will have something in mind, but you should still be prepared to work with them to refine the concept and design the right approach. It’s helpful to have a strong understanding of the various types of film and video production products. Here’s a breakdown of the main types of projects you may need to produce.Narrative: shorts and features.Documentary: shorts (or micro) and features.Television: broadcast news, scripted program, talk shows, web-series.Corporate: Promos, recruiting, explainers, training.Event: weddings, parties, company events.Social: vlog, video essays, promos, live streams. SchedulingA good producer needs to be highly organized and reliable. One of the best ways to do this is by mastering the art of scheduling and keeping a solid calendar. Whether it’s Outlook or iCal, there are plenty of great resources available — as well as more production-specialized resources (like this and this) to consider.Check out these additional resources and tips for production scheduling.15 Pro Tips to Create a More Encouraging Production Schedule5 Scheduling Tips That’ll Help You Keep Momentum up During ProductionHow to Plan an Effective Shooting ScheduleScheduling and Budgeting Your Film Location ScoutingImage via Melty Cone Video.Before you begin your project, you’ll need to pick out your location(s). You may or may not have a studio available to you with a cyc wall, so it’s important to have resources at the ready should you need to rent a place. Things like background noise, lighting availability, and room for setups need consideration. Again, your producer self will appreciate keeping things like this organized with some handy apps and resources.5 Tips for Finding a Great Film LocationLocation Scouting Tips: The Whys and Hows of Where5 Tips For Getting Great Film/Video Locations For FreeFree Location Fact Sheet for Film and Video Productionslast_img read more

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