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Broward County Deputy dies after being diagnosed with coronavirus

first_imgThe Broward County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of 12-year veteran, Deputy Shannon Bennett, 39, who has passed away late Friday after being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 27.Early Saturday morning, the Broward Sheriff’s Department held a news conference. Sheriff Gregory Tony said Bennett had first reported he was sick on March 23.last_img

TWO-TIME ECLIPSE CHAMP BEHOLDER CRUISES TO 1 ¼ LENGTH WIN IN GRADE III, $100,000 ADORATION STAKES; STEVENS, MANDELLA TEAM TO GET 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:41.67

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 13, 2015)–In yet another display of sheer class, Spendthrift Farms’ Beholder sat second early, made the lead midway around the far turn and cruised to a 1 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes under Gary Stevens. A two-time Eclipse Champion trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder got 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.67 while keeping runner-up Warren’s Veneda at bay late.“It was a pretty easy race for her,” said Stevens, who has labeled Beholder the best filly or mare he has ever ridden and is now six for seven with her. “I rode her like she was the best mare out there and she was. She does things so natural. I respected Warren’s Veneda…I knew she was going to get some pace to run at today and Tyler (Baze) would have a bead on me, and he did. She (Warren’s Veneda) ran her race, she’s a Grade I winner and Craig (Lewis, trainer) has done his job with her, but Beholder is as good of a horse as I’ve ever sat on.”The overwhelming 1-5 favorite, Beholder, a 5-year-old mare by Henny Hughes, paid $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10. In getting her 10th win from 11 tries at Santa Anita, Beholder picked up her 12th overall victory from 17 career starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she improved her earnings to a staggering $3,476,600.“I’m relieved and delighted,” said Mandella, who will undoubtedly be joined by his stable superstar in racing’s Hall of Fame following her expected retirement at the end of the year. “Warren’s Veneda is a good filly and she ran at (Beholder) and made a contest of it…We’ll look at the Clement Hirsch at Del Mar (Grade I, $300,000 on Aug. 1) and the Zenyatta (Grade I, 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita in September or October) here, with the Breeders’ Cup (Grade I Distaff at Keeneland Oct. 30) as the ultimate goal.”For her part, Warren’s Veneda bounced back solidly off of her disappointing third place run in the Vanity, finishing second, a whopping 7 ¼ lengths clear of third place finisher My Monet. The second choice at 7-2, Warren’s Veneda paid $2.40 and $2.10.“She ran her heart out,” said Baze. “I thought there would be a little faster pace and there wasn’t. I was a little closer than I thought I was going to be. She really ran her race, she tried hard. It just makes me wonder if that three or four pounds made the difference. (Warren’s Veneda carried 124 to Beholder’s 121). They’ll get even weights the next time, so we will see what happens. Maybe we’ll turn the tables on her.”Ridden by Gonzalo Nicholas, My Monet, who showed the way for the first half mile, was off at 18-1 and paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.51, 47.04, 1:10.86 and 1:35.27.First post time at Santa Anita on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. HENNY HUGHES MARE GETS 10TH SANTA ANITA WIN, SIGHTS SET ON BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF AT KEENELAND –30–last_img read more

M&S HELP DONEGAL ALZHEIMER SOCIETY TO ‘BAG’ €2,199 DONATION

first_imgM&S in Letterkenny have presented €2,199 raised at bag packing over the year to help the work of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (Donegal Branch).The very welcome donation was handed over to the Alzheimer Society today.Pictured are Alastair McKinney {Chair, ASI Donegal] receiving the money from Kieran Kelly and Sabrina Spratt of M&S Letterkenny.   M&S HELP DONEGAL ALZHEIMER SOCIETY TO ‘BAG’ €2,199 DONATION was last modified: December 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Letterkenny Hospital Short Stay Ward to open this week

first_imgThe Short Stay Ward at Letterkenny University Hospital is to open this week with a capacity of ten beds.The long-awaiting opening of the ward will begin on Thursday 6th June, with a further 9 beds to be opened between October and December 2019, pending Saolta funding.Any increase in capacity is a step in the right direction for Letterkenny University Hospital, says Charlie McConalogue TD. The Fianna Fáil deputy obtained confirmation of the Short Stay Ward opening from the HSE through a Parliamentary Question.Deputy McConalogue commented, “This is good news for a hospital that has been dogged by patients waiting on trolleys in the emergency department. Any increase in capacity is a step in the right direction for our local hospital.“This has been a long time coming with LUH first requesting funding for the short stay ward almost two years ago. Despite rising trolley numbers and repeated commitments from Government, we are only now seeing the first 10 beds on the ward opening.”McConalogue TD said questions must be raised as to why only 10 beds are opening this week. He said: “Minister Joe McHugh stated prior to the budget that funding had been secured for the full commissioning of the 19 bed short stay ward but the latest reply from the HSE states that the opening of the further 9 beds is ‘pending Saolta funding’.“This raises serious concerns about the commitments and assurances that have been given regarding the opening of this ward. It is clear from the figures that are waiting on trolleys on a daily basis at LUH that the short stay ward must be operating at full capacity in order to relieve some of the pressure on our local hospital.“The opening of these beds is a welcome development however, we need to see the further 9 beds opened as soon as possible. I will continue my representations to the HSE & Minister for Health to ensure that this happens,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Letterkenny Hospital Short Stay Ward to open this week was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny University Hospitalshort stay wardlast_img read more

Emirates Business Class Food Review

first_imgDate: 22-05-2014Flight: EK421,  Perth-DubaiAircraft: Boeing 777-300ERCabin: Business ClassClass act. Business cabin steward Etienne handed me one of the finest mojitos I’ve sipped anywhere, in the air or on the ground. Classic: a perfect balance of sugar and alcohol; perky lime and vegetal mint leaves and a damn good muddling. It even looked nice. I had a second, not bad for a bloke who barely drinks when flying.Etienne was rightly very proud of his cocktail prowess. His family has owned a smart bar in Beirut for many years and his skills with a muddling stick or Boston shaker are something he loves to share with Emirates customers – especially an appreciative audience like the airlineratings.com resident foodie in 8F.It was a memorable beginning to the 10 hour trans-Indian Ocean flight, and especially welcome after the depressing, third world privations of Australia’s worst airport at Perth in Western Australia.When it comes to assessing the food and service on aircraft, one quickly gets a nose for genuineness. In fact genuineness is one of the best compliments this reviewer can bestow on an airline and its cabin crew. Most know how to deliver a professional smile and how to be attentive in a by-the-book kind of way, but it is the rare airline (with a rare culture) which allows – important word that – cabin crew to be relaxed enough to demonstrate a real affection for their job and their customers. It is one of the hardest things to achieve in the customer service business. Emirates cabin crews are perhaps the best in the world (and bear in mind, no one has paid for me to say these things and these reviews are independent and, hopefully, fearless when needs be). There’s none of the aloofness one tends to find on the large western legacy carriers; none of the “you’re lucky I’ve deigned to serve you today” haughtiness. Emirates crews don’t want to be your best friend, but they seem to have an innate capacity to interact with customers in a way which is just right for the individual customer. Casual formality? Perhaps that’s the best way to explain it.Business class dining is more telling for an airline than that of first or coach. It’s a given that they throw everything but the heirloom cutlery at first and at the back of the plane the expectations are not high – it’s price point driven. But business class dining is a hybrid of price point sensitivity and brand-defining cookery designed to wow and comfort in equal measure. The competition for the taste buds of the travelling wealthy and business customers is more focused in this cabin than anywhere else on the plane. It’s also where the cracks first appear in an airline’s food and service.Emirates is at the top of its game, so the expectations are high too.EK421 is a dinner and breakfast flight. Dinner service begins about midnight (local time) and kicks off with a serious collection of made-to-order cocktails, spirits and aperitifs.  It’s gratifying to see the world-wide trend for proper (no umbrella, no fruit, no cream, no frappe) cocktails built on good spirits and mixers, has made it on to the world’s first tier carriers. Having said that, Carrie Bradshaw’s libation of choice, the Cosmo, makes the list, and you’ve got to love the retro irony of a screwdriver, the vodka orange juice hi-ball from the Starsky and Hutch era.My mojito wasn’t even on the list. Three cheers Etienne.The menu covers most bases and does it well, even without the breadth of Emirates’ first class menu.  Two starters, a soup, a salad and three mains – chicken, cod, lamb – round out the card.A bresaola starter is simple. The menu doesn’t tell us where the air dried beef is from which is pretty much required information these days, especially among serious eaters – A/B demographic travellers – who increasingly care about provenance, animal husbandry, sustainability, organics and whether a salami is made artisanally or in an industrial factory in the backblocks of Guangzhou. It was a fine product though and nicely garnished a caprese salad made with cherry tomatoes, balsamic and virgin olive oil.Grilled lamb cutlets for main course were the hero dish. Meat cookery is about the hardest thing to do on a plane and yet the large frenched cutlets were well charred on the outside but as soft as a baby’s sigh on the inside. Perfect cooking. A potato dauphinoise was creamy and firm (there’s nothing worse than a sloppy dauphinoise) and the re-heated vegetables came, as advertised, with some caramelisation from the grill. Tidy dish.Pudding included a key lime tart, Opera cake and massive cheese board.Service in the business cabin is a little more frenetic than in first – which is to be expected – but the engaging staff keep it real with constant checks and offers of top-ups.The single greatest irritant when it comes to food on planes is how long the finished tray sits in front of you. On this flight, the crew were on the money, ready to take away the detritus the moment one had finished.The Emirates B777 cabin has one of the best business class cabins in the air: service, food and the drinks program are at the higher end of the scale. This is no mean achievement in a cabin where business travellers and well-heeled vacationers expect first class service in a mid-plane cabin.Emirates secret? Simple food, basic cookery, excellent produce, genuine service.last_img read more

Minister to boost technical colleges

first_imgSouth Africa has 50 TVET colleges, but according to Unesco, increasing the appeal of TVET has been noted as a significant policy challenge both nationally and globally. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica) The minister of higher education and training foresees progressive skills reforms with a new approach to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in South Africa.Minister Blade Nzimande was speaking at the TVET Conference, held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on 18 and 19 November. The theme of the conference was: “Together forging a vibrant Technical and Vocational Education and Training system in South Africa”.Education is a non-negotiable in South Africa. The Constitution states: “Everyone has a right to a basic education, including adult basic education, and to further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible.”South Africa has 50 TVET colleges, but according to Unesco, increasing the appeal of TVET has been noted as a significant policy challenge both nationally and globally. Internationally, there are policy documents suggesting that TVET continues to struggle for parity of esteem with other forms of education.“Aligning our colleges and their programmes to the world of work is no longer negotiable. This means colleges and employers must collaborate for the prospering of individual citizens as well as the economy,” Nzimande said.Technical and vocational education and training is concerned with the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the world of work. Historically, there have been a number of terms used to describe elements of the field that are now conceived as comprising TVET. These include: apprenticeship training, vocational education, technical education, technical-vocational education, and occupational education.Nzimande emphasised the importance of TVET in skills development for economic progress. “The new approach to colleges is much more than a name change for former FET (further education and training) colleges. It signals the beginning of a whole new era for colleges in the development of the country’s post‐school education and training system.“The name change aligns us well with international practice. It also signals the integrating of formal education with practical training and aligning these to the requirements of occupations.”BUILDING PARTNERSHIPSCollaboration between business and industry, as well as education and training sectors, was vital for the success of TVET, he said, calling on TVET colleges to build strong links with business and industry. “The critical change the Higher Education Ministry seeks is that link to business and industry. I want colleges to be viewed by employers as delivering quality programmes that meet their needs.”According to Unesco, qualified and motivated teachers and instructors are key for effective learning and are at the heart of TVET quality. Effective policies and frameworks aimed at professionalising TVET staff and improving their development, living and working conditions are considered essential measures.INCREASED FUNDINGIn South Africa, the Department of Higher Education and Training seeks to stabilise systems, move the sector from a provincial to a national competence, drive articulation, expand access and make provision for poor students the basis of the turnaround of this sector.The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has increased provision for the sector from R318-million in 2009 to R2-billion in 2014. Access has increased from 340 000 students in 2009 to over 800 000 students in 2014.Yet Unesco points out that South Africa faces a number of challenges in implementing an effective TVET system. These include the lack of quantity, diversity and quality of TVET colleges. The UN agency adds that the government has addressed the problem of quantity by establishing 12 new colleges in rural KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga with the first students enrolling this year.The diversification of colleges, however, is lagging because of capacity constraints and the lack of coherence and co-operation between educational institutions and the labour market, Unesco adds.Given this, the co-operation Nzimande is calling for is expected to tackle some challenges in the TVET sector.last_img read more

Pro Tip: Color Grading in Passes

first_imgColor grade in passes so when time runs out, you always have a piece that’s ‘client ready’!One thing that a lot of new colorists have trouble with is finishing a piece in a limited amount of time – like a scheduled session with a client. They’ll usually start out strong with a great looking first few scenes, but as time goes on they get more and more hurried, and the tail end of the piece suffers in quality. By color grading in passes you can manage your time more efficiently, and if your session time runs out before you get to the end, you can be sure that the entire piece has gotten the attention it needs.Here are the basic steps – in order – that a colorist goes through:Balancing and matching the shotCreating the look for the shotFixing and enhancing the shotMost new colorists tend to do the whole process shot-by-shot, or at the very least scene-by-scene. Some even get really excited and start with the look first. Color grading in passes means that you do each step for the entire piece before moving on to the next step.Balancing and MatchingGo through the piece one scene at a time, pick your “hero” shot that you’ll match all of the other shots in the scene to, and start balancing and matching. Use your scopes (you do know how to read them, right?), and make sure that the shots in the scene are color balanced, have correct white and black points, proper exposure etc., and are matched well to the hero shot for the scene.After you’ve done this for the whole scene, don’t move on to the next step and start creating the look. Repeat the process for the next scene, over and over until the whole piece is balanced and matched and you’re done with the first pass. If your time runs out right when you finish this step, at least you’ve done the most practially important job of a colorist and corrected the piece. It may not be emotionally engaging or look “cool,” but you have a technically sound piece that won’t jarr the viewer.Creating the LookHopefully you’re good enough as a colorist where the “correction” step doesn’t take up your whole allotted time. After you’re done with the first pass and the whole piece is matched and balanced, you can move on to the next pass: creating the look. Create the look and apply it for each scene. If you’ve balanced and matched the shots well, the look should be pretty uniform throughout each scene, requiring only minor adjustments on a shot-to-shot basis. Fix major issues (like badly needed face windows for example), but don’t worry about making the small detail-oriented adjustments that make a shot polished. Keep creating and applying the look for each scene until every scene has it’s look. If you ran out of time at the end of this step, you’ve got a technically sound piece that has mood an emotion and you can be happy with your delivery.Fixing and EnhancingThe last pass is what often separates a good, experienced colorist from the rest. Now that every scene is balanced, matched, and has a look, you start fixing distractions and enhancing the subject. Pull down that wall that’s too red, brighten up that face, add a vignette to draw attention to the key prop – you get the idea. Take the rest of the time you have left in your session and polish the shots. Hopefully you were making notes of shots that you would need to come back to for this step while you were matching and balancing. Hit those shots and make the piece shine.As you get more experience, you’ll learn to better pace yourself for each pass so you can leave enough time to do all three passes. The benefit of continuing to grade in passes – even when you’ve got a lot of experience – is that you never know when you might get a challenging shot or scene that require a lot of work to balance and match, or if your client ends up being really picky about the look for each scene. Grading in passes keeps you prepared to have a fantastic finished product, even if you run out of time.last_img read more

Mamata pegs loss due to cyclone ‘Bulbul’ at ₹50,000 crore

first_imgDeath toll due to Cyclone Bulbul rises West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, after conducting an aerial survey of cyclone ‘Bulbul’-hit areas in North 24 Parganas, said on Wednesday that the loss incurred by the state due to the natural calamity might go up to ₹50,000 crore.Ms. Banerjee handed over a cheque of ₹2.4 lakh each to the family members of five people from the district who lost their lives in the calamity. Taking note of the fact that at least 15 lakh hectares of agricultural land was damaged due to the storm, she said the affected farmers would get all help from her government.“Going by what I have seen, I think the cyclone has led to massive destruction. By massive, I mean really massive… People sitting in Kolkata and other parts of the state will be not able to realise the degree of devastation.“If I’m not wrong, I think there has been a loss of ₹50,000 crore,” the chief minister said at an administrative review meeting here following the reconnaissance. Those who have enrolled their names for the state government’s crop insurance scheme would get 100% coverage for their loss, she asserted.“A total of 15 lakh hectares of agricultural land has been damaged. The entire paddy cultivation has been ruined. I assure the farmers of all form of support from our government.The farmers under the state’s crop insurance policy will get 100% coverage,” Ms. Banerjee said. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo further said that the state government would soon announce a special package for the affected farmers. At least nine people have lost their lives in the calamity — five from North 24 Parganas, three from South 24 Parganas and one from Purba Midnapore — while seven fishermen were still missing, Ms. Banerjee said during the meeting.Also Read   According to the chief minister, six lakh people have been affected and over five lakh houses damaged due to the cyclone, which made landfall late on Saturday between Sagar Islands in West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh. The CM gave assurances to rebuild damaged houses under her government’s ‘Banglar Bari’ scheme.Also Read Cyclone Bulbul leaves a trail of destruction in Bangladesh   She also announced one hurricane lamp and five litres of kerosene for each affected family in the state.Ms. Banejee directed the education department to provide books to schoolchildren appearing for board examinations in the storm-hit areas. On Monday, the chief minister had surveyed the storm-affected areas of Kakdwip, Namkhana and Bakhkhali in South 24 Parganas. She had urged people to “stay positive” and stand beside those affected by the cyclone.last_img read more

End of the road for Ceres in AFC Cup

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  UAAP Wednesday games to push through BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img “Emotions are empty,” said midfielder Stephan Schrock. “We left it all there on the pitch. It was a good game from us with the 1-1 but we knew after the 4-0 in Dushanbe that it was going to be tough. We needed a miracle.”The Busmen set out with a more attack minded formation with coach Risto Vidakovic going with three at the back. The home side still enjoyed plenty of possession but hardly created a clear cut chance early on. Herrera found the breakthrough off a corner from Manny Ott, but Istiklol also looked threatening with Roland Muller needing to produce some fine saves to keep the Busmen in the tie. Barkov snuffed the life out of the comeback with an instinctive strike inside the box just before the halftime whistle. “I’m sad and disappointed,” said Schrock. “But we showed that we deserved to be in this competition.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Facing a deficit that even the strongest teams can’t overcome, the Busmen were knocked out of the competition after a 1-1 draw with Istiklol of Tajikistan in the second leg of the inter zone semifinals at Panaad Stadium here. A 0-4 loss away in Dushanbe three weeks ago meant the Busmen fell 1-5 on aggregate and sent Istiklol to the inter zone finals where it will face either Bengaluru of India or 4.25 of North Korea. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutReturning from suspension, Spanish defender Super Herrera gave Ceres a glimmer of hope with a header off a corner in the 34th minute. But Dimitri Barkov pulled a goal back for the visitors just before the break, leaving the Busmen with an even tougher climb.Still, it was an impressive run for the Busmen after they survived a tough group stage and ousted former champion Johor Darul Ta’zim in the Asean zonal semifinals. The Busmen became the ASEAN representatives in the inter zonal semifinals after stunning Home United of Singapore in the zonal finals. It also meant that the Busmen were one of the six teams remaining in the competition that initially started with 52 clubs from 29 countries. BACOLOD CITY – Ceres Negros’ historic AFC Cup run came to an end last Tuesday night at the hands of a big, strong and organized side from Central Asia. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more