From the islands to the bayous

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRuPbqnL4Hg” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/oRuPbqnL4Hg/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> It was 1997 in the Canary Islands and Thenesoya V. Martín De la Nuez, then 18, was struck by the voice of a Louisiana man singing a Creole version of a Spanish poem.“I was so moved, I cried. Here was an American, a U.S. citizen — and he was speaking like us, like Canary Islanders,” Martín says.Delacroix Highway, La.The emotional connection sent her on a mission to chronicle the fading culture of the descendants of Canary Islanders who settled in Spanish Louisiana in the 18th century.Her research gained urgency in 2005 when news reports of Canarians rocked by the destruction of Hurricane Katrina compelled her to reach out to members of the diaspora community and meet them face-to-face.Now a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and a teaching fellow in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Martín’s research has bloomed into a sprawling cultural documentary project, traveling photo exhibit, and book.Wimpy Serigne, St. Bernard Parish, La.The book will incorporate more than 100 interviews and 8,000 photographs collected during four years of fieldwork with her husband, photojournalist Aníbal Martel, which help make up the Cislanderus project. The name is a sort of acronym of Canary Islanders and U.S. that also intends “us” to emphasize the commonalities.Martín said the book “will be a story of cultural survival, investigating how the complex Canarian cultural legacy has survived or, in most cases, been reinvented in a complicated process of cultural nostalgia.”Top: Thenesoya Martin and Aníbal Martel exhibit their work at a Canary Islands museum. Above, clockwise from top left, Martin conducts fieldwork, reading family records with a Canary Islands descendant in San Antonio, Texas; interviewing Tini Perez of St. Bernard Parish, La., who retains a vestigial Spanish from the Islands; meeting with a Baton Rouge, La., Canarian; and researching 18th century church records in Louisiana.“I had been reading for years, but I was always missing something,” she said. “The faces of people. Where are they? Who are they? Do they seem like Canary Islanders right now?“I didn’t have any idea of how they looked, how they dressed, where they lived or what they did. I wanted to be there. I wanted to understand how their cultural legacy developed over three centuries. I wanted to understand how successive waves of immigration and migration from the Spanish peninsula and the Caribbean, as well as marriages into the Cajun community, shaped and affected that legacy.”Joseph and Selena Gonzalez, Yscloskey, St. Bernard Parish, La.The couple began their investigations in Delacroix Island, Shell Beach, and Reggio, unincorporated communities in St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans, then followed a complicated map of Canary Island descendants scattered throughout Louisiana, including around Baton Rouge and the lower Mississippi River. Today they have expanded their fieldwork to San Antonio, Texas.“We want to document the present,” Martín said. “It’s the book I looked for at the beginning, but it didn’t exist. So I am writing it.”Dot Benge, above, and Jerry Alfonso, top, of St. Bernard Parish, La.A Canarian from Baton Rouge, La.Sign documenting Canarian immigrants’ boats, St. Bernard, La.Barataria, one of the four Canarian settlements in Louisiana.Sunset in the bayous beyond the retaining wall, South New Orleans.Henry Jr. Rodriguez, St. Bernard Parish, La.In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a sunken boat in Dalacroix Island, South New Orleans, above, and an elevated home in Hopedale, La., below.Felice Lopez Melerine, St. Bernard, La.Thomas Gonzales, Delacroix Island, La.Canarian cemetery, St. Bernard, La.Bayou, Hopedale, La.Pier and pelicans, Hopedale, St. Bernard Parish, La.Florisant Highway, South New Orleans.Henry Martinez and his grandson Kim fish the bayous.Bayou, Shell Beach, La.Thenesoya Martin in San Antonio, Texas.Erwinville, La.last_img read more

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Comments requested on senior judges seeking service renewal

first_img April 1, 2005 Regular News The following senior judges’ current service will expire on September 30, and they are seeking service renewal.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon the fitness or qualifications of any of the senior judges on this list to continue service as a senior judge should send, on or before April 15, written comments to Thomas D. Hall, clerk, Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee 32399-1925, or by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone to the chair of the appropriate review board as noted. Florida Supreme Court Justices (Justice Harry L. Anstead, chair, (850) 488-2281): Ben F. Overton and Leander Shaw. Review Board One (Judge James Wolf, chair, (850) 922-6998, ext. 162): Erwin Fleet, James L. Harrison, George H. Pierce, John D. Southwood, Francis Edwin Steinmeyer III, and Joseph Q. Tarbuck. Review Board Two (Judge Chris Altenbernd, chair, (813) 272-3430): Horace A. Andrews, Robert E. Beach, Edward R. Bentley, Fred L. Bryson, Charles T. Carlton, Paul W. Danahy, Jr., Daniel E. Gallagher, Thomas M. Gallen, John M. Gilbert, Roland Gonzalez, Oliver L. Green, Jr., Helen S. Hansel, William Clayton Johnson, Elvin L. Martinez, Robert F. Michael, Jr., Gerard J. O’Brien, Jr., Jack R. Schoonover, Ralph Steinberg, Kirby Sullivan, and Edward F. Threadgill, Jr. Review Board Three (Judge Gerald Cope, Jr., chair (305) 229-3200): Jack Block, Eli Breger, Phillip Cook, Robert M. Deehl, John W. Dell, Richard Y. Feder, Seymour Gelber, William E. Gladstone, Rosemary Usher Jones, Robert P. Kaye, Edward S. Klein, Gerald J. Klein, Joseph Nesbitt, Melvin Orfinger, Leonard Rivkind, Michael H. Salmon, Alan R. Schwartz, W. Thomas Spencer, Raphael Steinhardt, Herbert Stettin, and Arthur H. Taylor. Review Board Four (Judge Gary Farmer, chair, (561) 242-2048): Richard B. Burk, James T. Carlisle, David C. Clark, Patricia W. Cocalis, Walter Colbath, Jr., Robert 0. Collins, Robert J. Fogan, William L. Hendry, Bernard R. Jaffe, Barbara S. Levenson, Hubert R. Lindsey, Gerald Mager, James A. McCauley, James W. Midelis, Robert H. Newman, William C. Owen, Jr., Jerry Pollock, Edward Rodgers, Charles E. Smith, C. Pfeiffer Trowbridge, John D. Wessel, and 0. Edgar Williams, Jr. Review Board Five (Judge Thomas Sawaya, chair, (386) 947-1555): John W. Booth, Stephen L. Boyles, Warren H. Cobb, S. Joseph Davis, Jr., Murray Goldman, J. Lewis Hall, Jr., Charles M. Harris, William C. Johnson, Jr., Robert E. Lee, Jr., Robert B. McGregor, C. Vernon Mize, Jr., Frederick T. Pfeiffer, Rom W. Powell, Charles N. Prather, Robert W. Rawlins, Jr., Harry Stein, Richard O. Watson, Richard G. Weinberg, and J. William Woodson. Comments requested on senior judges seeking service renewalcenter_img Comments requested on senior judges seeking service renewallast_img read more

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Video Tutorial: How to Make a News Ticker in After Effects

first_imgCreate a broadcast news style ticker in After Effects using shape layers and expressions!  This video tutorial will show you how.Great for a news or magazine style program (or a parody of these shows!), this tutorial will show you all you need to create a news ticker in After Effects.  This particular example is created with only shape layers and text, but you can expand on the principles of this technique by adding your own gradient and graphics for a custom look.Motion is added to the news ticker animation using After Effects expressions – so those not familar with using expressions in your AE projects may want to check out our previous post “How to Use Expressions in After Effects“.We’ll also cover exporting the file with an alpha channel, so you can easily layer the After Effects news ticker over footage in any video editing application.Give your project the official look you see on popular stations like BBC and CNN – check out this quick tutorial for making a custom news ticker in After Effects:Full Video Transcript:[color-box color=”gray”]This is Evan Abrams for Premiumbeat.com, and today we’re going to make this falling photo montage in After  Effects you can use to display vacation photos or really any kind of photos, like they’re falling Polaroids. So let’s open up After Effects and get into it.The first thing to do is make a new composition. You can it make whatever you’d like, but we’re going to go with the HGTV1080 preset, 1 minute in length. First we’re going to make the actual photo template that we’re going to use. That’s done by making a new shape layer.Then we add to that shape layer a rectangle, and we want it to be as accurate to the size of Polaroids as we can. We know that it’sapproximately 350 x 425. Make sure that it has a fill and set that fill to white. Okay, now we’re going to duplicate that to create a new rectangle, and this will serve as the alpha channel for the photo parts. I’m going to change its size down to be 300 x 312.5. Then we will change its color to be red and just adjust it up slightly to be in the correct spot. And then we will just rename these appropriate to what they stand for, so that we don’t get confused.Now we’ll create some text using the text tool to make some labels. We’ll just label this, “Vacation?” and then use a font that looks kind of like a marker. I believe I have a font that has marker in the title. So we’ll use that and set the color to be black, but not quite totally black. Just as a pro tip, you don’t want to be absolute in your color values all time.Then we’ll just position this right there, and we’ll use the rotation and scale to get it just to the right size and shape that we would like. Thatlooks good, and now we are ready to add a photo into this.So go ahead and import a photo. Any photo will do. We’re going to use some tropical beach stuff. Just drag that below the red rectangle, and then scale it down to fit appropriately around it. Toggle switches and modes, and then set it to alpha mat of that red rectangle. We’ll go to positioning and you have created your Polaroid.Now we’re going to set all the boxes to be 3D for these layers, and we’ll just edit the position of that photo layer to be slightly higher, which is important to prevent tearing that happens in the 3D rendering process.As well just to hit AA on the bottom layer, and set it to cast shadows, which will be also important later. Select all of those, and then pre-compose them, calling that new composition, “Photo 1”. Click the Collapse Transformation button, so that all of the attributes inside thatcomposition will function out in the main composition. Create a new solid that will serve as our background. Make it a light greycolor, just to differentiate it from the white of the photos, and then set it below that photo layer. Make both of the layers, three dimensional by clicking their 3D switch boxes.Create a new camera and set its blurriness to 200, and its aperture to 1.4. Make sure that its depth of field is on.As well, make a new light. Make it a point light. Make it at least 100% intensity, so that we have some light in our scene. Now open up theposition of the light in the camera, and copy the camera’s position onto the light, which will put the light at where the camera is.We’re going to just push the background back a little bit. Open up its position and move that Z position back just so we can see the shadow coming around the photos. We don’t want no shadows for all of our hard work. So set that to a positive one, some low number. Then you can see the shadows in there. Just make sure that maybe the shadow darkness is at about 50% perhaps. It doesn’t need to be that dark.Now we are ready to actually animate on the photo. So let’s begin.We’re going to open up its transform properties and go into the position. We’re going to separate its dimensions by going through the menus and separating them. What we’re going to do is we’re going to key frame the Z position, which is the depth position, so how close or far away it is, by setting a key frame at about 3 seconds and 5 frames in, and then going back to the start and putting it at -2700, which puts it behind where the camera is. So it will seem to fall past the camera.Then we will easy ease that first frame, go into it’s graph editor, zoom in, and then pull the handle forward. So it seems to slow and then speed up as it gets away, coming to an abrupt rest. That’s pretty much it for keyframes. Most of the motion is actually going to be governed by expressions, and to use that effectively we’re going to need to make a control layer.So go ahead and make a new adjustment layer and call this Control. We’re going to add to it a slider control, and just drag that out onto thecontrol layer. Then twirl open the properties Alt, click on the Z rotation, and then open up the effects slider control slider, and we are going towrite in some expressions so that one can influence the other.The expression we’re going to use is:seedRandom(thisComp.layer(“Control”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider),true); and then random();Make sure there’s a semicolon at the end of the top line as well, and that should do it.You can see it has offset the image, rotating it slightly. You’re probably going to want to multiply that result down there by some kind of higher value, perhaps 10 or something like that. That’s one way to influence the random number that it’s generating.You can see that by wiggling the slider around, it changes that, and if you go into the brackets of Random, and you say “-45, 45”, it’s going to generate a random number between there, and it will change what random number it is by changing the Random seed, which is the slider, and now we can reuse this on the other properties.Just go ahead and select that expression, copy it, and now we’re going to paste it onto other properties. So copy that. Hold and go to the P, hit Position, Alt click on the stopwatch, and paste it into the X position, and instead of using the random number, we’re going to use the wiggle. We’re going to say “wiggle(0,thisComp.width*.5)” to make half of the Comp width, so it will wiggle no times a second, up to a maximum units of half the width. Copy that, paste it onto the height position, and then we’re going to change it from saying width to height, so it’s doing basically the same thing, but up and down instead of left and right.Now we also want them to fall on top of each other, so Alt click on the Z position. Value-index , so you’re going to subtract the index value, in this case 4, from the value of the layers position. So it will always be 4 less, or when you duplicate it, will be 3 less or 5 less or whatever ,depending upon what the layer is, but this causes them all to stack on top of each other. Duplicate as many copies as you need, and that should be enough.Now you just need to offset their animation as they come on. So we’re going to trim all of the layers to be 30 frames long. So advance your play head 30 frames from the start, hit Alt and then close square bracket to trim them.Then select all of the layers and go Animation, Keyframe Assistant, Sequence, hit OK, and then set your play head at the end of thecomposition, and then hit Alt square bracket again to extend the layers.Now you can see they all animate on 30 frames apart, and they’re falling down quite nicely. If you’re ever unhappy with how they’re arranged, just change that slider value, and it will jumble them around into a new orientation.If you’re ever unhappy with where you’re looking at them, use the camera tool to reposition. Just remember your background is in fact 3D, so you’re going to have to go down to your background layer and just scale it slightly to make up the difference. In fact, you can scale it up as much as you’d like, because it’s a solid and you’ll never notice it.So you can reposition the camera, and everything looks totally fine. Just hit C to cycle through your camera tools.And it doesn’t do you any good to have a bunch of photos that are the same, so duplicate Photo 1, double click on Photo 2, and we’re going to go in here and we’re going to swap out this picture for a new one. Just import a new photo. This one of me hugging a bear is nice. Hold down Alt, and then drag it onto the selected layer. As you can see, it replaces it, and then just scale it up to fit, or scale it down to fit, or however you’ll need to scale it. Because when you replace something, it retains the replaced thing’s attributes, so scale position and all that stuff.Make sure you selected the thing you’re going to replace. Hold down Alt, drag on top of it, and then of course maybe change this to be a more appropriate title for the photo or not. It’s not really a question. It’s definitely me hugging a bear. But then go back to the first Comp, and then select the photo you wish to swap out, and do the same swapping maneuver where you selected. Hold down Alt, select Comp 2, and then drag it on top, and then it replaces it.Well, that should be enough to get it done for you, I’m Evan Abrams for PremiumBeat.com. Thank you so much for watching this tutorial. Check out our channels and stop by the blog at PremiumBeat.com for more great tips and tricks in not only After Effects, but a lot of other applications as well. So thanks a lot for watching, and we’ll see you around the Internet.[/color-box]last_img read more

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Ladon suffers stunning loss to Kazakh in world championship

first_imgFILE PHOTO – Rogen Ladon.Rogen Ladon bid in the 17th AIBA World Championship came to a sudden halt as he suffered a stunning split decision defeat to Zhomart Yerzhan of Kazakhstan at the Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany.Seeded fifth in the light flyweight tourney and already getting a bye in the round-of-16, Ladon had a tough time dispatching his Kazakh foe as he was matched with a feisty challenger from the start.ADVERTISEMENT The referee called Yerzhan’s attention numerous times in the match for clinching and using his arms to ward off the 2015 bronze medalist, but despite the warnings, the bout went on, with Yerzhan possibly earning points solely for his grit.Not helping Ladon’s case was him failing to land his power punches, which could have helped his case when the match went to the scorecards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWith Ladon bowing out early, the Philippines’ hopes are left on the shoulders of Dannel Maamo in the flyweight division.However, his path to the championship is expected to be a rocky one as he braces for top-seed Yosvany Veitia of Cuba. View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH fights for gold in men’s squash LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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10 months agoMolde insist Man Utd must re-negotiate if they want to keep Solskjaer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Molde insist Man Utd must re-negotiate if they want to keep Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMolde insist Manchester United would have to return to the negotiating table if they want manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Molde’s pre-season starts on Monday and they have already allowed Solskjaer to miss the opening months of the campaign. Molde managing director Oystein Neerland said: “The deal is until May 12. That is our Plan A and our Plan B. We have no Plan C.”United are interested in Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, but Solskjaer’s bright start has put him into the reckoning. Neerland said: “We have only spoken with United about this period January to May. Nothing else. I’m staying with this plan.’ Neerland then grinned: “I think Ole will be back in May. I think.” last_img read more

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2 days agoLiverpool veteran Milner: We’re all delighted about Oxlade-Chamberlain return

first_imgLiverpool veteran Milner: We’re all delighted about Oxlade-Chamberlain returnby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Milner says Liverpool are delighted about the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.The midfielder, who missed almost all of last season with injury, seems to be hitting his straps after a double in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Genk.Speaking after the victory, Milner told BT Sport:”Everyone’s delighted for him. It’s the things that people don’t see behind the scenes, the hard work around the training ground.”He’s got a great strike and he’s good in those pockets. It’s great to have him back and he’s another option in that midfield, where there’s already great competition for places.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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RCMP showed due diligence on rifles lawyer tells Moncton massacre trial

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – The RCMP took time arming officers with high-powered carbine rifles because it was doing “due diligence” on the deadly weapon, a lawyer told the Labour Code trial stemming from a 2014 shooting rampage in Moncton, N.B.“Arming general duty members with semi-automatic rifles can have negative repercussions, including increased tensions with the public, which in turn can lead to officer safety concerns,” defence lawyer Ian Carter told Moncton provincial court Friday.“Carbines are designed to kill. Given what is at stake, it was incumbent on the RCMP to analyze the issue thoroughly, not for the sake of appearances, but for the sake of public safety.”Carbine rifles were not available to general duty officers the night of June 4, 2014, when gunman Justin Bourque targeted RCMP officers. Crown witnesses have testified the weapons could have made a difference in the shootings that killed three Mounties and wounded two others.The RCMP is accused of allegedly failing to provide members and supervisors with the appropriate information, instruction, equipment and training in an active-shooter event.The force approved the C8 carbines in September 2011, and Carter said in his opening remarks the force was studying the issue carefully.He noted Crown witnesses have said carbines “could” have made a difference, not “would” have made a difference.“The real issue in this case is due diligence,” he told Judge Leslie Jackson.The force also had to follow a lengthy federal procurement process, he said.“It didn’t matter how quickly the RCMP wanted those carbines, they could not break the law to do it,” said Carter.He said evidence will show the force had high quality training in place at the time of the shooting.Carter also noted that the RCMP is not responsible for the deaths of constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Dave Ross and Doug Larche.“Justin Bourque caused their deaths,” he said, prompting Jackson to note that the Crown also acknowledged that fact in its opening statement.Later Friday, retired deputy commissioner Darrell Madill testified that an independent researcher was hired in 2009 to conduct a needs analysis of the patrol carbine.The 2010 independent report from Carleton University criminologist Darryl Davies recommended immediate phase-in of carbine rifles for all RCMP patrol officers and training for all members.Madill said the report didn’t tell the force anything it didn’t already know and lacked a proper needs analysis — the mandate of the research. He called it an “inventory list” of carbine programs at other forces in North America.“There were no risk assessments. There was no public policy considerations… He didn’t have the ‘why’,” Madill said, adding he didn’t feel he could take the report to his superiors as proof carbines were necessary for general duty members.Madill added the RCMP learned from the 2007 Tasering death of Robert Dziekanski that independent, fact-based research was necessary to support weaponry and bolster public confidence.Under cross-examination by Crown prosecutor Paul Adams, Madill conceded the RCMP was at the time more focused on Tasers and public fallout from the Dziekanski death than it was on moving the carbine program along.“You had the opportunity in your position to put that on the front burner, but you did not,” said Adams. “How many more officers would have to be killed before it would become a top priority?”But Madill cited the importance of studying the carbine issue thoroughly.“We had to have an unbiased, evidence-based review that no one could accuse us of using our beliefs to adopt the carbine,” said Madill, reiterating that the process of adopting a new weapon for the force is “complex” and “extraordinary.”The trial continues on Tuesday.Gevaudan, Ross and Larche were killed, while constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded when Bourque targeted police officers in hopes of sparking an anti-government rebellion.Bourque was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 75 years after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Stars Give Voice To Soft Toys In New Charity Campaign

first_imgIKEA has unveiled six animated videos of soft toys voiced by celebrities including Strictly host Claudia Winkleman, Dr Who actor Arthur Darvill, actress Nina Wadia, and TV and film stars Ashley Jensen, James Nesbitt and Stephen Graham.Video: IKEA Soft Toys for Education 2014 | James NesbittThe celebrity inspired furry friends tell the stories of children living in poverty in developing countries who have been supported by the €67 million raised by IKEA customers.The short films give listeners a fairy-tale style story read by some of the country’s best loved personalities. The films bring to life how the money raised by IKEA customers has helped children around the world gain a quality education and the hope of a brighter future.For every soft toy purchased as part of the Soft Toys for Education campaign between now and 27th December 2014, the IKEA Foundation will donate 1 euro to support educational projects run by Save the Children and UNICEF around the world. These projects are changing the lives of millions of children, such as those featured in the films. Since 2003 the campaign has reached more than 11 million children, but there are millions more children who still aren’t able to go to school and get the education they deserve.Video: IKEA Soft Toys for Education 2014 | Claudia WinklemanStrictly host Claudia Winkleman, who lends her voice to a panda soft toy, said: “It was an honour to be involved with the great work IKEA is doing with Save the Children and UNICEF. It is such an engaging way to bring the stories of these children to life and to raise awareness for this great cause.”Actress Ashley Jensen, who lends her voice to a fairy soft toy said: “I’m thrilled to support this campaign and would encourage everyone to buy an IKEA soft toy so that Save the Children and UNICEF can continue their vital work to ensure all children have access to quality education.”Film star James Nesbitt said: “Every child should be able to go to school and get an education, but millions across the world are in danger of missing out. That’s why it’s a real privilege to be involved in the campaign and help UNICEF and Save the Children in their amazing work so that every child has the chance of a brighter future.”Carol McSeveney Children’s IKEA sales leader said, “At IKEA, we see children as the most important people in the world. We believe every child has the right to a healthy, secure childhood and access to quality education, no matter where in the world they live. And because we value doing things together, we turn to our soft toys for help”.“We know from our research that 18% of the British public have imaginary friends, which take the form of a teddy or soft toy so we wanted to fire their imaginations this year by getting our teddies to do the talking.“We hope that the irresistible voices of some of our best loved TV and film stars, together with this year’s magical range of soft toys really helps to get our message out there. So pick up a soft toy from IKEA this year and give more children the opportunity to receive a quality education.”In addition to the UNICEF and Save the Children projects, local charitable causes will be supported as part of IKEA’s ‘Give Twice’ scheme. Customers can choose to buy an additional soft toy and then drop it into ‘Give Twice’ boxes at the exit of each store. Donated soft toys will then be given to local charities.This year the campaign aims to raise €700,000 in the UK & Ireland, to add to a global total of €67 million raised since it began in 2003, supporting more than 11 million children through 99 projects in 46 different countries.The 2015 soft toys range starts from just 80p for the GULLEPLUTT finger puppets.last_img read more

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Aside from football prestige what will Nebraska add to the Big Ten

When Big Ten presidents approved the addition of Nebraska on June 12, thoughts immediately turned to what it meant for Big Ten football. However, the Cornhuskers’ effect on the Big Ten extends beyond the gridiron. Besides football, Nebraska will join the Big Ten in 20 other sports when the move takes effect July 1. Women’s basketball is one sport that might benefit. Nebraska’s women’s team recorded a perfect regular season in the 2009-10 campaign before losing in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and finishing 32-2. Coach Connie Yori took home National Coach of the Year honors for her team’s success. “There has been a lot of balance from top to bottom” in the Big Ten, Yori said in a phone interview with The Lantern. “We hope that we can come into the league … (and) be competitive.” The coach said doing so will not be easy in one of the nation’s toughest conferences for women’s basketball. “There are so many good programs in the Big Ten,” Yori said. “Consistently, there are three to five teams ranked every year.” Ohio State (No. 6), Iowa (No. 18) and Michigan State (No. 25) are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. Nebraska is ranked No. 24. Though the Cornhuskers’ men’s basketball program has not made the NCAA Tournament this decade, another winter sport might also improve the Big Ten. “The Big Ten is a premier conference in the sport of wrestling in the country and has been for a long time, and to add Nebraska only makes the conference that much better,” OSU wrestling coach Tom Ryan said in a phone interview with The Lantern. Nebraska is No. 14 in wrestling in the Coaches’ Poll. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, OSU, Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue are the Big Ten schools in the Top 25. “You have to go through more teams to win a Big Ten conference,” Nebraska coach Mark Manning said in a phone interview with The Lantern. “It’s not getting easier, I’ll say that.” Adding the Cornhuskers will increase the number of competitive wrestling matchups in the conference, Ryan said. “It’s great competition. It’s great for the fans. It’s a well-known institution, so people come to the event. You can market the event,” he said. “On a number of different levels, having Nebraska is a positive.” Nearly 1,500 visitors attended the dual meet between OSU and Nebraska on Nov. 21 at St. John Arena, where the Buckeyes fell 24-11. Nebraska is also historically strong in baseball and by parting with the Big 12, leaves behind last season’s top RPI conference in the country. “Baseball is a big deal to Nebraska, and they will be a very strong addition to the Big Ten,” OSU baseball coach Greg Beals said. “The thing that I like is that it broadens and spreads our wings a little bit as a conference.” The Cornhuskers will be one of the most southern locations in the conference, and they’ll use that to their advantage, coach Mike Anderson said. The South is typically the strongest region for baseball because athletes can play outdoor year-round. “We bring an undying commitment to make (the Big Ten) a strong RPI” conference, Anderson said. “There won’t be a time when we don’t try to have the hardest schedule in the conference.” Regardless of what each program brings to the Big Ten, Yori thinks the move was the right decision for Nebraska. “I think it’s going to be a great move for the University of Nebraska, and frankly the entire state of Nebraska, to make the jump to the Big Ten,” she said. “I am very comfortable with the move and I think it was the right thing to do.” read more

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