Former Argentine President Raul Alfonsin Dies

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2009 Raul Alfonsin, the Argentine president who guided his country’s return to democracy following a military dictatorship that left thousands missing, died on Tuesday. He was 82. Alfonsin’s personal doctor, Alberto Sadler, said he died of lung cancer. The government declared three days of mourning. The presidential inauguration of the burly, mustachioed leader on Dec. 10, 1983, ended more than seven years of a repressive military regime that left at least 13,000 disappeared. He won an open election that the military was forced to call, in disgrace, after the nation’s defeat in the 1982 war with Britain over the Falklands Islands. His presidency was marked by two milestones: his daring decision to bring to trial the leaders of the dictatorship for human rights violations, and an economic collapse that made him hand power to his successor six month early. Annual inflation had surpassed 3,000 percent. Few discussed his crucial role in the restoration of democracy at a time when military regimes ruled most of South America, but his presidency came to be seen as a milestone in the region. He was instrumental in getting several political groups to set aside differences and unite in a loose coalition that paved the way for the 1983 election. He garnered 51.7 percent of the vote, handing the powerful Peronist party its first election defeat ever. In office, he quickly ordered the trial of nine members of the former ruling military junta, on charges including kidnapping, torture and the forced disappearances of thousands. It was a bold step in a country where the military dominated for decades, having taken power in six coups in the 20th century. “I think that sometimes I take too many risks, because what we did no one had done before,” he said looking back. Alfonsin said the trials were needed to restore a strong judicial system and break the destructive cycle of political chaos and military coups. The trials, unprecedented in Latin America, ended in December 1985 with the conviction and imprisonment of five former military rulers, including two ex-presidents. Four others were acquitted. Alfonsin established a National Commission on the Disappearance of People which produced for the courts a lengthy report known as “Nunca Mas,” or “Never Again,” detailing the military’s ruthless campaign against dissident based on testimony by hundreds of victims and their relatives and witnesses. Official records now put the number of disappeared during Argentina’s 1976-83 dictatorship at 13,000, while human rights groups say the toll is closer to 30,000. Alfonsin was right about the risks involved in trying the military. He survived three military uprisings between 1987 and 1988, and as a result asked Congress to approve legislation ending the trials and exempting from guilt lower ranking officers. Only now are many of the dictatorship’s most notorious figures being prosecuted, after Argentina’s Supreme Court struck down in 2005 sweeping amnesties from the 1980s that shielded hundreds of former officers from prosecution. Alfonsin kept his aura as a key figure of democracy until the end. “You are a symbol of democracy,” Cristina Fernandez told him as she was sworn in as Argentina’s Peronist president in 2008. Alfonsin made clear, however, there was still work to be done. “Our democracy is limp and incomplete,” He said as the nation marked the 25th anniversary of civilian rule. He explained his strong rejection of authoritarian rule as inherited from his father, a fervent supporter of the Republican Forces crushed by Gen. Francisco Franco in the Spanish civil war. After elementary school, however, he attended a military academy for five years. “Those were five very good years, for they served to tire me of military officials,” he later observed. As a 23-year-old law graduate from the University of La Plata, Alfonsin married Maria L. Barrenechea, whom he knew since childhood and courted at neighborhood dances in Chascomus, outside Buenos Aires. Law practice was a base for launching his political career: city commissioner in 1955, a provincial legislator three years later and a member of the national House of Deputies in 1963. In 1976, the military toppled President Isabel Peron, who had succeeded her husband, Gen. Juan Domingo Peron at his death, and launched a harsh campaign to wipe out leftist subversion. In response, Alfonsin and several prominent citizens formed the Permanent Assembly on Human Rights, which denounced rights abuse, challenging the regime. Alfonsin was his party’s uncontested presidential candidate when the military permitted elections in 1983. He won on a platform of human rights and honesty in government. He is survived by his six children. A vigil will be held in his honor at midnight on Wednesday in Congress.last_img read more

Security After Emergency

first_img A Regional Challenge “There’s always been that concern by persons that say that the military should not be used in the streets,” said retired Defence Force Captain Gary Griffith, national security advisor to the prime minister. “I beg to differ.” Capt. Griffith, a 16-year veteran who spent six months with the United Nations peacekeeping efforts in Haiti, stressed the benefit of joint operations between the police and Armed Forces. “The military is there to act as that support element to ensure that democracy is maintained,” he said. A valuable peacetime role for the Armed Forces, Capt. Griffith said, is participating in joint operations, training together with other security professionals, and forming part of a new communications hub that would allow all units to work hand in hand with each other. As part of “21st century law enforcement,” the government is ramping up its use of empirical testing and data to study criminal patterns. It is also seeking the latest intelligence gathering technology and it is closing loopholes in the criminal justice system to provide security forces with more legal tools. Learning from missteps made during the SoE, the police are being trained on the intricacies of the new gang law. Gregory Aboud is president of the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association. His stores, filled with brightly colored textiles, Trinidad was in a state of emergency (SoE) when the shooting took place, but a curfew did not prevent this shooting in broad daylight on that October morning. The country was ravaged by an average of 45 murders a month in 2011. Even though violent crime had decreased from 2010, the high homicide rate was unsettling to citizens. A string of 11 murders in four days in August 2011 triggered the government to declare the SoE in the Caribbean nation of 1.3 million. This allowed the government to boost the police force by nearly 70 percent, from 6,146 to 10,316, by drawing on personnel from the Armed Forces. The Armed Forces were also allowed to conduct warrantless searches and arrests. The murder rate dropped from 46 cases during the prior month to an average of 18 during the four-month SoE, and serious crimes fell by 50 percent, according to police statistics. Arms and drug seizures also increased significantly. In the months since, the government used lessons learned during the SoE as part of a long-term strategy to prevent drugs and arms from entering the country and reduce related gang violence. However, when the SoE was lifted December 5, most of an estimated 450 detained gang members were released due to lack of evidence. In the first 23 days of 2012, there were 31 murders. For all of the successes of the SoE, the tool was not a panacea. Yet, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar highlighted a major feat of the SoE that laid the groundwork for changes to come: “Public confidence in the ability of our protective services is beginning to return.” By Dialogo April 01, 2012 The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative and other funding sources helped CARICOM IMPACS get 10,000 guns off Caribbean streets in the last five years. “It is our view that the same people who are trafficking drugs are the same people trafficking persons and trafficking guns and ammunition,” Forbes said, adding that his organization was also encouraging member states to rely more on forensic sciences to solve crimes. With regional security strategies still a work in progress, the task of fighting gang violence and keeping drugs off the streets of Trinidad still is the responsibility of local police. Catching the “Big Fish” The North Eastern Division of Trinidad’s police service is headquartered at the Morvant Police Station. Once a crime “hot spot,” Morvant has seen violent crime diminished drastically, and the police unit prides itself in having one of the highest conviction rates in the country. The North Eastern Division’s Task Force office at the Morvant Police Station consists of five desks crowded in a room packed with tall, overflowing filing cabinets. Cpl. Darryl La Pierre stressed strong leadership and ties to the community as the path to one of the most respected police forces on the island. As a recent night patrol demonstrated, challenges remain. During the patrol, two Nissan Navara SUV patrol cars roamed the streets, the officers keenly aware of their surroundings in the evening rush hour. As one car drove west along the Eastern Main Road in San Juan, Constable Jason Sandy, who was driving, spotted a suspicious transaction in the shadows just beyond the bright lights of the Mount Lambert gas station. By the time officers could spin the car around and pull into the station, the man making the purchase had fled, but the seller was walking along Maloney Street. Officers approached. After a search, officers found a large wad of cash and razor blades with a powdery residue. The seller denied he had been selling cocaine, but could not explain the razors or large sum of cash. The police did not have enough evidence to charge him with a crime, but they could develop a relationship. “He might tell us something or tell something in the future,” said Sergeant Cornelius Samuel. “Most informants are criminals themselves or members of the community who are fed up with criminals. It’s a long-term investment.” A few days earlier, in the Southern Division, similar intelligence from an informant led to a bust. Four arrests were made and more than 4 kilograms of marijuana were seized, along with firearms. Senior Superintendent Deodath Dulalchan said increased interactions with community members during the SoE not only helped citizens to increase their trust in the police, it helped police to understand what citizens expect of them. “They were able to see results,” said Superintendent Dulalchan of the community. “They themselves appreciated the fact that they need to work closer with the police.” Intelligence is the key ingredient to fighting crime, according to Trinidad and Tobago Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs. In his opinion, the SoE heightened intelligence gathering that has contributed to improved safety and security after the SoE was lifted. Still, citizens feel the “big fish” are getting away. Sgt. Samuel believes there are big fish in Trinidad bankrolling drug trafficking. He hopes new legislation will bolster financial crime investigations and that closing more cases will put pressure on traffickers. Until then, police in the North Eastern Division know their tools are sometimes limited but they believe in the work they do. “It really takes some effort, resources and courage,” said Sgt. Samuel. “Overall, we have some dedicated officers who are still fighting the good fight.”center_img Violent crime in Trinidad and Tobago led to the declaration of a state of emergency in August 2011. Drugs and arms trafficking needed to be halted, and the Government asked Soldiers to join with police in the effort. Post-emergency, the Caribbean nation is adopting best practices to strengthen citizen confidence and set in motion a new security plan. Father Reginald Hezekiah was sitting in his office behind the St. Charles Roman Catholic Church on Eastern Main Road when he heard gunshots ring out. “Pow! Pow!” he later recalled, his soft voice contrasting sharply with the deafening sound that had echoed in the garage behind him. He didn’t know what to do. Murders had been taking place all around Tunapuna, a relatively safe community on the outskirts of Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. Father Hezekiah scaled the steps to the second floor of his home where he could see beyond his peach-colored church to the street. Lying there alone was a construction worker, bleeding. Co-workers had fled, and neighbors had barricaded themselves in their homes. Father Hezekiah stepped outside. When he reached the man, he was unconscious. Father Hezekiah knelt, and placing his hand upon the man’s forehead, he began to pray. Blood spread over the man’s pants. More blood streamed onto the street until an ambulance arrived. The man would survive, Father Hezekiah learned later. draw visitors from Trinidad’s African and Indian immigrant populations. “The state of emergency is very disruptive to the country, very disruptive to the economy and very disruptive to the social well-being and social life of our citizens,” he said. Society cannot tolerate the use of the SoE as a long-term solution, Aboud said. He also related the problems of poverty and lawlessness that Trinidad and Tobago is facing to those in Jamaica, where the murder rate in 2011 was three times that of Trinidad and Tobago and a state of emergency was also declared in January 2011. Francis Forbes, former commissioner of police in Jamaica, is the interim executive director of the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), an organization that acts as a think tank and regional coordinating group. He agreed that the problems the nation is facing as a transshipment point for South American drugs are shared by other Caribbean nations where firearms are used to protect drug shipments, then are left behind for gangs to use in turf battles. “The proliferation of arms and ammunition is wreaking havoc currently in the region, and when it is combined with the trafficking of drugs, it is again a recipe for disaster that we are taking head-on now,” he said. last_img read more


first_img In praise of useless thoughts March 1, 2003 Regular News Dr. Bernard G. SuranDo you ever feel that your job might be causing mental stagnation? Complications do arise for people who think for a living — even more so if they’re good at it. It’s not the thinking that’s the problem: It’s what one is paid to think about. Usually, the better someone thinks about it, the more he or she is paid for it. This makes sense. The gifted thinker is worthy of the wage. What makes less sense is the effect of the process on fine minds.If we want to get paid more — and who among us doesn’t — we have to spend more and more time getting better and better at thinking about less and less — narrowing a nook of expertise, gaining a reputation, then reaping the benefits of seriously reimbursable cogitation.Start the clock, do the homework, kick the problem-solving machinery into gear — whiz, boom, bang. Where’s the check? Of course, if it doesn’t fold into a billable hour, don’t even bother thinking about it.Thinking is worth far more than its earning value. We all started out being somewhere between pretty smart and very smart. We had tools. We loved learning. Remember? Remember when we burned midnight oil because a book on something we knew nothing about was so engaging we couldn’t put it down? What happened? What happened to the ardor for the new idea or fresh perspective that was irrelevant to anything except greasing the wheels of thought? Chances are it’s been replaced by the prospect of the billable hour.When we recycle similar ideas about the same issues again and again, we stultify brain processes. Our thinking caps shrink like cheap blue jeans that have gone through too many wash cycles. A fine mind that struggles to fit into an overused mold is no different than a perfectly good rump shimmying itself into a no-longer-adequate container. Even well-paid thinkers can’t count on their work to keep themselves intellectually fit and creatively tuned.We’re not likely to maintain productive thinking if we don’t recharge our creative impetus and restock the storehouse of experience from which the creative process draws its inspiration. For that, we may have to step outside the box into the totally useless pastime of thinking for nothing — the kind of pointless, purposeless, unbillable thinking that has fast become a disappearing art in the legal profession.Funny thing about creativity: Nothing comes out if something hasn’t been put in. We tend to imagine creation as spontaneous illumination, brilliant insight or inspiration from the muses. Actually, it’s just working the bank. When we learn new stuff — about anything — we log it and set the stage for reorganizing the knowledge and information reserve.That’s how creativity works its magic: It makes connections that haven’t been made before and sees things from a fresh perspective.If we load the unconscious with different sources of information — especially, useless thoughts — creative possibility is greatly enhanced. If we let it.In this age of specialized focus, time management, and calculated billing, how often do we allocate space for sheer intellectual playfulness? Sure. We might slip a slim tome into the briefcase and gobble a chapter on the morning commute. We might pretend to keep ourselves intellectually alive by sneaking in a few passages during dead time. Or, have you figured out a method to do something billable during dead time? Sorry. Stupid question. SuggestionsMany lawyers may encounter difficulty getting into the swing of thinking mindless and doing useless, even if they recognize the necessity of an antidote. So, how do we do it? Diversity training and cross-fertilization.• We read — not only beyond our areas of specialization, but also beyond our comfort zones. Cross-reading, like physical cross-training, stimulates little-used areas of consciousness, linking and expanding knowledge bases as foundations for an occasional “Eureka” or at least an “Aha.”• We consciously allow ourselves to be influenced by other perspectives. For example, if we cultivate relationships with individuals from other walks of life, we may find ourselves less obsessed with thoughts of Versus v. Versus.• We complement the left-brain functions so vital to earning our keep. Analysis-prone, verbal wizards should uselessly indulge right-brain (artistic, spatial, synthetic) pursuits.For example, writing or reciting poetry paints pictures with words and finds rhythms and cadence in our thought patterns. Painting, music, photography, macrame, woodworking, etc. prevent lopsiding. Try rehabing an old piece of furniture and monitor the flow of totally useless exchanges floating between the hemispheres. Strangely enough, solutions to many mental problems occur while working on something totally unrelated.• We kill the guilts about spending time being curious about something not work-related. Servicing curiosity keys creativity.• We find something done the same way every day, and we do it differently — for the sake of unrutting the ruts.• We give ourselves permission to exercise intellectual freedom. Shouldn’t everybody with a still measurable IQ spend some significant part of the day and week thinking about and doing things that bear no relationship to the conduct of business? And, having no one to bill for it. What sort of a bill will we have to pay in our lives if we don’t do it?Of course, you run some risk with useless thinking. People might think you don’t know what you’re talking about. They might think you’re an intellectual. Dr. Bernard G. Suran, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and diplomat and fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and the American Board of Professional Psychology. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s website is at The Quality of Life and Career Committee, in cooperation with the Florida State University College of Law, also has an interactive listserv titled “The Healthy Lawyer.” Details and subscription information regarding the listserv can be accessed through the committee’s Web site or by going directly to Stresslineslast_img read more

Tokyo could lose Olympics if not held in 2020, minister says

first_img“Looking at the contract once again, it says in Article 66 that the IOC holds the right to cancel the Games by deactivating the contract if… the Games are not held in 2020,” Hashimoto said.”At this moment, the Tokyo 2020 committee, the IOC and Tokyo [city government] are doing their best to make sure the Games will be held from July 24,” she added.”The government will fully support that.”COVID-19 has been detected in 76 countries, killing 3,116 and causing chaos as governments clamp down on travel. A long list of sports events have been cancelled or postponed to avoid spreading the virus. Topics : Tokyo risks losing the Olympics if they’re postponed later than this year over the new coronavirus, a government minister said on Tuesday, adding that May looks like the deadline for the decision.The contract for the Games says the International Olympic Committee can withdraw hosting rights if they’re not held in 2020, Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto told parliament.Japan’s government, Tokyo organizers and the IOC have all pledged to hold the Games on schedule from July 24, but the fast-spreading virus continues to raise concerns.center_img Hashimoto added that May looked like an “important benchmark” for deciding whether the Games go ahead as scheduled.”An IOC member has said the end of May is the final deadline for making the decision,” she said, referring to remarks by senior IOC member Dick Pound.”So I think the end of May is an important benchmark,” Hashimoto said.”We’re making utmost efforts so that the IOC can be convinced that the Tokyo Games can be held safely.”Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stepped up national measures to contain the virus, urging schools nationwide to close for several weeks and calling on organizers of large events to consider cancelling or delaying them.Everything from football matches and music concerts have been affected, while sumo’s spring tournament will be held behind closed doors.Also on Tuesday, a wheelchair rugby test event for the Paralympics, which are scheduled to start on August 25, was cancelled over the virus.”Tokyo 2020 nevertheless will carry out the wheelchair rugby test event in some form in April, after ensuring a safe and secure environment,” an organizing committee statement said.last_img read more

Man of the match Wokorach leaves Simbas bedazzled

first_imgWhich one was more more mind stopping is a question of serious debate. The second one though was unbelievable. Cranes were trailing, legs were tired, fatigue had set in.He picked a ball, sidestepped once, dummied, then span – in full flight – to beat an army of Kenyan adversaries. He’s got height advantage, so he didn’t even get to the touchline; he simply stretched his arm as the last man managed to get his legs, and touched down! Incredible stuff!Against Namibia at home, he was a tale. Reports indicate they still talk about him. His first try: he kicked high up, chased and caught the ball, and sprinted to the touchline. Namibians were so awed they just looked on as he charged for a try.The second one he intercepted a pass, ‘danced’ around and bust for the touchline. It’s like Namibia had already given up on him.Wokos is a tag rugby graduate; he’s been to the UK for an invitational rugby development stint. He’s one of the most successful tag rugby trust graduates world over.His fetes are incredible; he’s already had two horrific injuries in his young career. His right femur snapped during a league game with then G4S Pirates. The second injury was in the UK during a rugby development stint with Esher Rugby Club. But not even those setbacks will stop him.Share on: WhatsApp Kenya Simbas and Rugby Cranes during a scrum Saturday evening at RFUEA grounds in Nairobi. Photo via @ntvugandaThat he was named man of the match on such a charged evening of rugby is no simple fete. In all honesty, Rugby Cranes fullback Phillip Wokorach left fans, Ugandans and Kenyans alike, bedazzled!These are things you see in NBA championships; but the lanky 24-year old displays in rugby. He is lithe, like a snake; he doesn’t just sidestep: he weaves, dances, and sprints. One of the commentators described him as “breaking tackles like knife through butter”.You wouldn’t even tell he’s broken a tackle, because it’s like he’s never challenged! It’s a wonder he’s debuted for the Cranes: he should have been here already, but for horrific injuries and long spells of recovery.Kenya beat uganda 45-24, but on the evening he made two tries; the first left the RFUEA fully packed stadium in awe, the second in disbelief!Kudos Uganda cranes for a good game. @WokorachPhillip‘s talent is undeniable. See you next time! #ElgonCup— Kenya Rugby 24/7 (@KenyaRugby247) July 30, 2016last_img read more

Palm Beach County Teacher Faces Firing for Changing 18,000 Grades

first_imgThe Palm Beach County School Board was planned to fire a Forest Hill High School teacher on Wednesday, after an investigation discovered that he had changed more than 18,000 grades in the district’s online learning programs over a two-year period.Forest Hills’ former principal, Mary Stratos, says she first alerted investigators and transferred the teacher, Randy Whidden, from supervising classes with access to the online programs, as soon as she found out about the situation in 2018.The 66-year-old Whidden, who has been with the district for seven years, continued to teach there during the investigation.“In his mind he’s helping kids,” Stratos said. Instead, she said, he was hurting them. “We shut it down,” Stratos says.The online course results that investigators say Whidden change are contained within a set of programs known as Edgenuity.Access to Edgenuity was abused in a similar fashion three years ago at Seminole Ridge High School.In that case, the district’s Inspector General’s office concluded that an assistant principal at the school changed grades on hundreds of assignments in the credit recovery class. At least 13 students went on to graduate from the high school with the altered grades. Assistant Principal Randy Burden told investigators that he did know how to change a grade, and suggested that students could have gone into the system when he stepped out of the room without logging off, according to the report.However, the investigators found that explanation “incredulous” and “not plausible.”Despite Burden’s claim that he did not know how to change a grade, experts found that he did it 256 times in two years. Only 11 of the instances had a reason or justification noted within the records. Scores increased from zero to 95 in four insurances.The district’s audit committee recently began looking into the grade-changing situation in Edgenuity.A report issued to the school board last month concluded that “access controls to Edgenuity system need improvement.”While reviewing access, the committee reported that it found 14 people who do not work for the district, as well as 144 former employees, had the online credentials needed to change student records in the system.In addition, around 25 people who changed jobs within the district still had access to student records granted to them in their last job.The investigators also found that 65 percent of Edgenuity grade changes were done without valid justification.last_img read more

Middletown Arts Celebrate Town and New Café

first_img“Without the unwavering support of the township, this arts center would not have been possible,” O’Brien said. “We’re so excited to reach this 10-year milestone. We’re look- ing forward to many more years of bringing the community and the arts together.”The next event at the Middletown Arts Center is Saturday, Sept. 16, when Legends Promotions presents A Night of Music & Comedy. Vito Picone & the Elegants will enter tain, along with Just Friends, singing classic hits of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Stand-up comedian Tommy Gooch will host the event.Tickets are $35 and $40 and are available by calling the box office at 732-706-4100. For more information, visit addition to events at the arts center, Middletown Day will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 23 at Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road in Leonardo.The event will include a business and community showcase, park exhibits, hayrides and fire department displays in a fire safety smoke house.Vendors will be on hand selling jewelry, clothing, kitchenware, candles, home décor, pet items and much more. Items at the food court will include fried chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and peppers, funnel cake, fried Oreos, mac and cheese balls, kale bowls, smoothies, ice cream and Italian ice. There will be a petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, bounce houses, arts and crafts and sports contests for the kids. Live entertainment will be provided on stage all day, with music by the Middletown VFW Jazz Band, Dee & the Swagmatics, Waiting on Mongo and the Moondance Big Band. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, visit and entertainment writer Mary Ann Bourbeau can be reached at [email protected] This article was first published in the Sept. 14-21, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By May Ann Bourbeau | MIDDLETOWN – Middletown is the place to be in the next few weeks, with several events taking place in the township.Café Capri is due to open this month in the Middletown Arts Center on Church Street. The café will serve coffee, tea, bagels, pastries, sandwiches and more. It will be open at 5:30 a.m. to serve the early morning train commuters, and will stay open until 6 p.m.“We’ve been talking about opening a café for a long time,” said Maggie O’Brien, director of the Middletown Arts Center. “We’re right next to the train station so it seemed like a natural fit.”Café Capri, which will be situated on the right side of the lobby, will also be open in the evenings in tandem with arts center events.“We have a lot of programs and events where parents drop off their children and wait in the lobby,” O’Brien said. “The New Jersey Youth Orchestra rehearses here on Thursday nights. We have about 100 kids that are driven here and a lot of the parents stay and wait. They can grab a cup of coffee, go on the Internet and listen to rehearsals.”The addition comes just as the arts center celebrates its 10th anniversary. A celebratory gala for that milestone is planned for Oct. 14 from 7 to 11 p.m. The $75 admission will include music, dinner and dancing. Local individuals and businesses will be honored, one of which will be the Seraph Players from Mater Dei Prep, who will provide entertainment at the gala. Other honorees include longtime supporters Joan and Bob Rechnitz and Rosemarie Peters, who spearheaded the campaign to convert the Banfield Moving and Storage Company into an arts center.“This was really her vision,” said O’Brien.The Township of Middletown will also be recognized at the gala.last_img read more

Storm, Nitros to play for KIJHL Championship

first_imgThe Kimberley Dynamiters and Kamloops Storm will play for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League after the two clubs won their respective Conference Final Series Tuesday.The Nitros ousted the defending KIJHL champs from Beaver Valley 5-1 in Fruitvale to claim the best-of-seven Kootenay title 4-1.In Osoyoos, the Bobby Kashuba scored twice as Kamloops shocked the Coyotes 2-1.After losing Sunday in Kimberley, the Nitros rode on the coattails of netminder Tyson Brouwer.The Kimberley goalie faced 40 shots through two periods, surrendering a single goal to Jacob Boyczuk in the second frame to cut the margin to 2-1 in favour of the road team. But that would be as close as the Nitehawks would get as Kimberley scored three times in the third to seal the victory and the series.Tyler Kinnon, Coy Prevost, Braden Saretsky, Keena Haase and Trevor Van Steinburg scored for Kimberley.Beaver Valley out shot Kimberley 47-28 in the game and 195-118 in the series.Brouwer has put together a remarkable playoff to date, winning 12 of 14 games including an 11 game winning streak as Kimberley eliminated Creston, Fernie and now Beaver Valley from post season.Kashuba scored both goals as the Storm eliminated the Coyotes and advance to the League Championship series against Kimberley.The Coyotes boasted the best regular season record in the entire KIJHL with a 42-7-2-0-1 record, 19 points ahead of Kamloops.The KIJHL Championship series opens Saturday in Kimberley. Game two is Sunday, also in the Bavarian City before the series shifts to Kamloops for Games three and four, Tuesday and Wednesday.The KIJHL winner represents the league at the Cyclone Taylor Cup, April 3-6 in Mission.The KIJHL is the defending league champs.last_img read more


first_imgSHEER FLATTERY ON COURSE FOR LEWIS STAKESJerry Hollendorfer takes what he hopes will be the first step on the Triple Crown trail with Sheer Flattery when the Kentucky-bred son of Flatter runs in next Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.The chestnut colt, owned in part by Hollendorfer, got up by a nose under Mike Smith to break his maiden going a mile and a sixteenth at Santa Anita last Dec. 31.Doug O’Neill, who won the Lewis in 2007 with Great Hunter, plans to enter two in the Lewis, Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art and the Into Mischief colt Dangerfield, named for the late, great “no respect” comedian Rodney Dangerfield.Dangerfield was a distant third behind Mastery and Irap last out in the Grade I Los Angeles Futurity on Dec. 10. Dangerfield worked six furlongs on the main track Saturday in a bullet 1:12.20, fastest of 24 drills at the distance.            The Lewis offers 17 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby, 10 to the winner, four for second, two for third and one for fourth. Peter Eurton2163029%43%$186,495 Richard Baltas4999618%49%$445,698 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.5574313%25%$338,085 FINISH LINES: Midnight Storm worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast maintrack Saturday morning in 1:01.40. The multiple graded stakes winner, seemingly at home on turf or dirt, is being considered for the Santa Anita Handicap on March 11. “Perfect” is how trainer Phil D’Amato termed the move. “I wanted one oh one and change and out in 14 or 15 (1:14 or 1:15 for six furlongs) and that’s what I got. The Handicap is on our radar but we’re keeping our options open.” There were 257 recorded works at Santa Anita Saturday, 28 on the training track . . . Santa Anita hosts the Dumpling and Wonton Festival next Saturday, Feb. 4. Patrons can snack on scrumptious Asian and Asian-inspired dumplings and wontons on Santa Anita’s trackside apron. Buy online and save at . . . On Sunday, Feb. 5, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch The Big Game at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time to view it. General admission to the track that day is only one dollar. Luis Contreras48681313%56%$286,564 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won John Sadler1955526%79%$260,234 HOPPERTUNITY SEEKS REPEAT WIN IN SAN ANTONIOHoppertunity, who won the San Antonio Stakes last year, is expected to defend his title next Saturday in the 80th edition of the Grade II San Antonio, a major steppingstone to the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter on March 11.A six-year-old full horse trained by Bob Baffert, Hoppertunity won the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park last October and was fourth in two subsequent Grade I races, the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Clark Handicap.Also expected for the 1 1/16-mile San Antonio are Accelerate, Dalmore, El Huerfano and Point Piper. Bob Baffert2653419%46%$398,246 Jerry Hollendorfer51981018%53%$754,109 SHEER FLATTERY SET FOR ROBERT B. LEWISHOPPERTUNITY EYES SAN ANTONIO REPEATSTORMY LIBERAL 9-5 IN CLOCKERS’ CORNER Brice Blanc1954226%58%$187,870 Drayden Van Dyke5159210%31%$319,786 Martin Pedroza4767813%45%$239,958 Kent Desormeaux51117622%47%$724,363 Tyler Baze791614820%48%$567,882center_img STORMY LIBERAL CHOICE IN SUNDAY’S CLOCKERS’ CORNERStormy Liberal, second in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on a “good” turf course last out on Dec. 26, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner, for four year olds and up on Santa Anita’s unique downhill course.A five-year-old gelded son of Stormy Atlantic trained by Peter Miller for Rockingham Ranch, Stormy Liberal has been second in two starts since being claimed by Miller for $40,000 last Oct. 16.The field for the Clockers’ Corner, the ninth of nine races: Horse Laugh, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Blameitonthelaw, Luis Contreras, 15-1; Snow Cloud, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; McHeat, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Cape Wolfe, Stewart Elliott,12-1; Forever Juanito, Agapito Delgadillo, 8-1; Moonlight Drive, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Stormy Liberal, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 9-5; Tribal Fighter, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Aotearoa, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1.Stylistics United and Indriya were scratched. Peter Miller34710421%62%$374,550 William Spawr1260250%67%$170,661 Mike Smith2061430%55%$605,940 Gary Sherlock1953126%47%$131,600 Santiago Gonzalez4367614%44%$248,636 J. Keith Desormeaux1762435%71%$368,675 Rafael Bejarano641191217%50%$616,778 Flavien Prat771791222%49%$930,343 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won (Current Through Friday, Jan. 27) Joseph Talamo51551110%41%$194,555 Stewart Elliott5576913%40%$249,025 Mark Glatt2855418%50%$190,925 Doug O’Neill586111010%47%$390,868 Philip D’Amato2874625%61%$467,640last_img read more

How to Create Hand-Drawn Lower Thirds

first_imgLearn how to add a hand-drawn lower-third effect to your next video in three easy steps.Top image via The Film Look.A fast and effective way to put a unique spin on lower thirds is to draw them yourself. Nothing screams originality like your own handwriting for a lower third animation. You can apply this effect to a number of styles and situations, including infographics, transitions, and titles. The Film Look gives us a fast-paced tutorial on how to achieve this look in Premiere while giving us some expert insight into lower thirds and transitions. Step 1. Light Your Canvas ProperlyFor this hand-drawn effect, you’ll need a large white marker board with a dark-colored marker of your choice. As you can see in the video, you can place the board under a well-lit window, or you can light the board yourself. Just make sure you light the area evenly with few to no shadows. The board needs to be white because you’ll need to invert the image in post production and isolate your drawing.Step 2. Invert the ImageTo achieve this effect, go to Video Effects > Channel > Invert. Once you’ve done this, change the blending mode to Lighten, Screen, or Color Dodge. This will allow you to choose the right blending mode for the look you’re going for.Step 3. TransitionsThis type of effect is a simple, quick, and cost effective way to spice up your next video. Don’t be afraid to get creative with this application either. You can apply the effect a number of different ways to bring life to your story.The Film Look is an invaluable resource for any low-budget or aspiring filmmaker. It offers series and one-off episodes covering audio, editing, and production tips. For lower thirds, templates, and overlays for your next edit, check out RocketStock’s extensive selection (including some freebies) covering all styles and motifs.Have you tried a similar effect? Share in the comments below.last_img read more