And the Winner of the Global GIFF Audience Award Is….

first_imgWatch the film here Watch all the finalists here: GIFF 2014 Playlist SharePrint RelatedYou Decide Who Wins the Global GIFF Audience AwardFebruary 16, 2015In “Community”And the GIFF 2018 Award winners are…November 20, 2018In “Community”5 Film Genres GIFF Audiences LoveJune 5, 2018In “News” Our winner will receive a special badge for their profile page, a gift package from Geocaching HQ, and a huge high-five from the international geocaching community. Congratulations on creating something spectacular.Interested in being a part of GIFF 2015, whether it’s as a participant or a filmmaker? Find out when GIFF is, how to enter your film, and more info here.Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img Last week the 16 films that made it to the 2014 Geocaching International Film Festival in Seattle made their online debut.The stories and moments captured in these videos run the gamut of the geocaching experience. We saw First-to-Find races with unexpected victors, chance meetings that led to love and friendship, tributes paid to those loved and lost, and inside jokes that only you geocachers would understand.Although all 16 films are winners, one film was to be recognized as above the rest and would receive the Global GIFF Audience Award, a special honor presented to one lucky filmmaker or filmmaking team for the first time.You voted, we listened. And the winner of the Global GIFF Audience Award Is…Cacheheartby MudMen_Gerlast_img read more

Karnataka CM cracks the whip, finally

first_imgKarnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa (centre) watching Karnataka lone woman minister Shobha Karandlaje being sworn in on September 22 in Bangalore.When Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa stood alongside state governor H.R. Bhardwaj to usher in six new ministers to make up the 34-member ministry earlier Wednesday morning at the Raj Bhavan in Bangalore, it was a super confident mannina maga (son of the soil) that many saw.Last year around November the 67-year-old former rice mill clerk was at the verge of losing his seat of power thanks to rebellion within the party — largely led by the mining lords of Bellary (brothers Gali Reddy, two of whom are in the Cabinet) — and it cost him a few of his trusted lieutenants. Among them his most trusted aide Shobha Karandlaje, who handled rural development and panchayat raj portfolio with aplomb. That Shobha was just 43 and a first time MLA rankled other senior BJP lady legislators who have been hoping to make it into the Cabinet.So when Karandlaje was yanked out under pressure from the internal rebellion it was expected that Yeddyurappa will fill in a women’s quota from the available kitty. He waited almost a year to unleash his attack on his detractors. Not only did Yeddyurappa pull off a major global investors conference in June 2010 in Bangalore attracting big industry titans – ranging from steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal to Bhoruka Agarwals and the Birlas — he also ensured that top class bureacrats like chief secretary S.V. Ranganath and top industries secretary V.P. Baligar [Infosys founder and unique ID project chief Nandan Nilekani’s IIT Bombay classmate] were adequately empowered to translate projects into realities. Atleast seriously attempt to do so…advertisementWorld’s fifth richest man Mittal, who had flown in his private jet straight from London to the Karnataka capital, heaped words of praise for Yeddyurappa and co for fast-tracking his steel project in Karnataka — while Jharkhand and Orissa who had been approached earlier were dragging their feet.From western suits to Nehru type bandhgala, Yeddyurappa beamed with pride at the presence of top industrialists at the June 3-4 global investors meet — the first time in ten years in the state — to herald as he claimed “a new era of industrialisation in Karnataka…”A new era or not, steel projects worth Rs 2 lakh crore accounted for a little more than half of the Rs 4,69,664 crore worth MoUs signed at this meet. He had some of these top honchos to peddle the `good work’ done by him…And earlier this month, he happened to be India’s only state chief minister to go across the great wall of China for a prestigious global meet: Yeddyurappa spoke at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting of new champions in north China port town Tianjin. The Forum’s Sept 11-15 Summer Davos was inaugurated by Chinese premier Wen Jiaboa in the coastal city, at the northern end of the Grand Canal of China which connects with the Yellow and Yangtze rivers.Interspersing his talk with lines from Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi, he showcased his state Karnataka to a select gathering of business, global and intellecutal leaders. This meet is pegged as a key global business gathering in Asia attracting over 1,500 business, government and civil society leaders from 85 countries including a sizable delegation from India led by HRD minister Kapil Sibal and members like Infosys CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan and trade body CII president Hari Bhartia.The highly charged CM personally invited WEF founder Klaus Martin Schwab, the 71-year-old German economist who founded the Geneva-based forum of business, political and intellectual leaders in 1971, to plan a Davos-type meet in Bangalore while assuring him of Karnataka government’s support.Even as detractors grew within the party, Yeddyurappa’s stock grew outside it. And when time came to effect a surgery of the government — dropping a few and adding his supporters — he decided to take the bull by the horns. Fresh from the victory of the industrial road shows here and abroad, he decided that the 28-member ministry will require his close confidants to be by his side.And this was crucial especially after major embarassment to him and his government by a slew of ministers — ranging from food and civil supplies minister Hartal Halappa who was slapped with a rape charge by a friend’s wife to medical education minister Ramachandra Gowda who had to resign following a recruitment scam in state run medical colleges. More than half a dozen ministers, over the past two and half years south India’s first ever BJP government has been in power, had to be ejected out of the Cabinet lest they brought disgrace to the ruling party. Some of them he felt had betrayed his party during the assembly bypolls and had to be shown the door..advertisementWhile sports minister Goolihatti Shekhar allegedly threatened to kill himself if he was forced to resign, adult education minister Shivanagouda Nayak threw himself on the Reddy brothers seeking their help to keep his job and higher education minister Aravind Limbavalli also decided to unleash his supporters to put pressure on the CM to retain him in the Cabinet: his fans mobbed the CM at the latter’s Race Course Road and even blocked his car from going to Vidhana Soudha. When the CMO asked these three men to resign by the CMO and they did not oblige, Yeddyurappa was forced to request the Governor to suspend them to make way for the new ministers. The governor readily agreed. And Yeddyurappa won his first round Tuesday itself.Infact, this time he has decided to throw caution to the winds and act tough: giving Power portfolio to his muse Shobha, a Vokkaliga from Puttur in Mangalore district who made her assembly debut from Yeshwantapura in Bangalore in May 2008, was not only symbolic of `power’ being restored to her but it was also to demonstrate that his detractors did not have the powers now to stop the Yeddyurappa juggernaut from rolling across the state. The six ministers who were sworn in Sept 22 Wednesday morning represent the state’s largest caste bloc Lingayats, second largest Vokkaligas and also include a Brahmin and a Dalit.Shobha herself had told India Today that she was not hankering for power “but the only thing was that I wanted to know why I was asked to go the last time”. As Shobha told this writer: “I had at that time itself called on several senior leaders including Madam Sushma Swaraj [whom Bellary Reddy brothers call `amma’ or mother] and BJP party president Nitin Gadkari seeking some answers from them. They had ensured that justice will be done to me.” When Yeddyurappa ran the list with senior leaders like LK Advani and Gadkari, battle two was won. There was nothing that his political enemies could do to prevent his plans from unfolding…The biggest surprise for Yeddyurappa was seeing most of his detractors — some of whom who had skipped the Sept 21 Cabinet in protest –marking their presence at the swearing in ceremony which was also graced by central BJP leader Shantha Kumar. Tourism minister G. Janardhana Reddy had earlier noted that the CM plan of dropping Independents turned BJP ministers like Shekhar and Nayak would amount to breaking their promise at the time of enlisting their much needed support to prop up the first ever BJP government in May 2008. On Wednesday morning by being present at the Raj Bhavan he simply communicated that they were duty bound to abide by the party’s diktat.advertisementFlexing his muscle further, Yeddyurappa has announced that he will spruce up the Cabinet again after the Budget session: chopping a few and adding some fresh faces. He has realised the folly of empty threats from his own men: the man who threatened to commit suicide ended up eating his words. Another legislator who boomed that he and a dozen others will resign has vamoosed from the political scene. Another ministerial aspirant had his supporters vent their frustration stoning government buses. Another four-time MLA from Mysore who was hoping to be roped in this time hurled choice abuse when Yeddyurappa expressed his inability to make him a minister.But because he has come unscathed in his test of fire, agni pariksha, the state chief minister has emerged strong. Yeddyurappa had told India Today earlier: “Development of the state is key and I am not going to rest content unless that happens. Whatever the political upheavals I am going to face it head on.. I dont care even if it means losing my job. God has blessed me with renewed energy and I will do everything I can for the state.”With the presence of his very close supporters like Shobha and Somanna, a Lingayat leaders with close ties to the most powerful community pontiff in Tumkur, Yeddyurappa simply does not want to look back. Moments after the Raj Bhavan ceremony on Wednesday he was busy meeting all political and religious leaders from various communities to seek their help in maintaining law and order in the light of the Sept 24 high court verdict on the Ayodhya issue.With the Opposition Congress almost in a comatose with successive losses in the byelections — it lost both in Gulbarga south and Kadur last week — Yeddyurappa also enjoys the advantages of a TINA [there is no alternative] factor. JD-S which plucked the Gulbarga seat from the BJP continues to be only a marginal player. As ever, his biggest challenge to stay in power will come from his own rank and file.And that’s something he has no choice but to worry about. And as for his wounded detractors, well, they are just like the wounded tigers waiting for the right opportunity to mount an attack. Indeed, it is a political jungle out there.last_img

Talks with Pakistan won’t change stand on 26/11: Govt

first_imgTaj hotel after the 26/11 attack.The foreign ministry is hardpressed to explain that the Indian government is not putting the 26/11 issue behind it while reviving talks as well as sports ties with Pakistan.A day after foreign minister S.M. Krishna pointed to the infamous 2009 Sharm-el-Sheikh statement to stress that action against the 26/11 perpetrators and talks with Pakistan were different issues, the external affairs ministry on Thursday issued a statement saying India’s concerns on 26/11 would definitely figure in the talks with Pakistan.A government source said this implied that India now wanted a dialogue to deliver what dozen-odd dossiers to Pakistan on 26/11 have not been able to do in two years.Earlier this month, Home Minister P. Chidambaram clearly said Pakistan hadn’t delivered on our demands. On Thursday, the external affairs ministry’s statement said: “The government has embarked on a dialogue with Pakistan with the aim of normalising relations.This dialogue will naturally seek to address our terrorism-related concerns, particularly with respect to the Mumbai attack. This issue figured in the recent home secretary-level talks as also in interactions with the Pakistan government. Clearly, there is no dilution of our position in this regard.”The international community, particularly those countries whose nationals were killed in the attack, wanted the 26/11 perpetrators brought to justice expeditiously, the ministry said.Retired diplomats, such as the former high commissioner to Pakistan G. Parthasarathy, however, believe that although dialogue is understandable, India’s overtures to Pakistan undermine the point of terrorism which India made a cornerstone issue post-26/11.advertisement”We have allowed Pakistan to get away from its responsibility which involves seeking out, trying and punishing those responsible for 26/11,” Parthasarathy said.Former foreign secretary Lalit Mansingh also questioned the utility of the dialogue at the highest levels when Pakistan hadn’t delivered on India’s demands.”I agree with the PM’s (Manmohan Singh) strategic vision. His logic is impeccable – that we have to look at our growth prospects and for that, India needs to come to terms with Pakistan and normalise ties. But our primary concern is terrorism and 26/11. We have made demands on Pakistan and the answers have not been forthcoming. Time and again, we have said that continuation of dialogue depends on how well Pakistan delivers on our terror concerns. So if that has not happened, there is a question mark on the utility of these high-level meetings,” Mansingh said on Thursday.Some government sources said the dialogue process with Pakistan would not be rolled back unless there was another Pakistan-sponsored terror attack on India.They added that Krishna’s remark pointing to the Sharm-el-Sheikh statement was significant in this regard.Parthasarathy pointed out that PM Singh had to backtrack from the statement later in Parliament. The PM had said: “I wish to reiterate that the President and PM of Pakistan know, after our meetings, that we can have a meaningful dialogue only if they fulfil their commitment not to allow their territory to be used for terrorist activities against India.”last_img read more

Little practical progress has been made on the TRCs calls to action

first_imgAPTN NewsCanada has made little progress implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 10 calls to action related to the imprisonment of First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples in the country’s penitentiaries.That’s according to the latest report from the Office of the Correctional Investigator Ivan Zinger.Read the report here: Office of the Correctional Investigator Annual Report 2017-2018The calls to action include eliminating the over-representation of Indigenous peoples behind bars, providing money to communities for alternatives to imprisonment, and to address Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.“To honour the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s ‘calls to action,’ I recommend that CSC (Correctional Service of Canada) spending, budget and resource allocation should better reflect the proportion of Indigenous people serving a federal sentence,” wrote Zinger in the report.“Over the next decade, re-allocation of resources and delegation of control to Indigenous communities should be the stated goals of CSC’s contribution to reaching the TRC’s ‘calls to action.’”The picture for First Nation, Metis and Inuit people locked behind bars in Canada has not changed since the office started writing these reports – in some cases the situation is worse.(Canada’s Correctional Investigator Ivan Zinger at a news conference in Ottawa Tuesday. Photo: APTN)Indigenous offenders made up 30 per cent of all admissions to federal custody in 2017-18 compared to 22.5 per cent ten years earlier said the report.And Indigenous peoples are still over-represented in Canada’s prisons.According to the report between 2009 to 2018 the Indigenous population increased by 42.8 per cent. The total population now stands at 28 per cent of the prison population despite comprising just 4.3 per cent of the overall population.Zinger says for Indigenous women it’s worse where 270 First Nation, Metis or Inuit women are incarcerated making up 40 per cent of the prison population.“For federal corrections, the heavy lifting has hardly begun,” Zinger reports. “A bolder direction is clearly required. To address the enormity of the challenge of Indigenous over-incarceration, CSC and the Government of Canada must more fully devolve responsibility, but most of all resources and control, back to Indigenous people.“In practice, this could entail a reallocation of spending to match the proportion of Indigenous people with a federal sentence.”Watch APTN Investigates: Indigenous People in Canada behind bars More concerning are the changes that the CSC has undertaken that seem to be working for non-Indigenous inmates.According to Zinger, while use of segregation has declined overall, it has not for Indigenous peoples. Segregation used for non-Indigenous inmates dropped by 23 per cent compared to only 10.3 per cent for First Nations, Metis and Inuit.And 39 per cent of Indigenous offenders returned to federal custody on a revocation, compared to 31 per cent for the total population.Zinger also takes aim at the Pathways program.According to Correction Canada’s website, the program provides a healing program within the prison for prisoners who demonstrate a commitment to “follow traditional healing as a way of life 24-hours a day.” The Elder led program “reinforces a traditional Aboriginal way of life” with “Aboriginal traditional values and beliefs.”The Pathways program could lead to early release – but Zinger says non-Indigenous inmates are not asked to follow the same protocols.“CSC does not require a non-Indigenous person entering prison to follow their spirituality, healing or cultural traditions in order to engage in programming. To expect a person of Indigenous ancestry to follow an Aboriginal healing path or cultural traditions when imprisoned is one thing, but to make that a determinant for release is quite another. Indigenous people walk in the “two worlds” all their lives,” wrote Zinger.“The approach to Pathways and the AICs seems somewhat parochial, if not patronizing.”Zinger said there are some bright spots.More Indigenous inmates are being supervised in the community over the past ten years.Zinger is also making the yearly call for CSC to create the position of deputy Indigenous commissioner.That recommendation has been made on a number of occasions but has never been acted upon by government.“Loosening the levers and instruments of correctional (some might say) colonial control is consistent with the path toward reconciliation between Canada and its First Nations,” he said.“Of course, devolution of correctional power will only happen if there is courageous and visionary leadership at the top of the Correctional Service – a vision and commitment that must be duly supported and directed by the Government of Canada.”news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Inter brings food and football to Venezuela

first_imgThe Italian Lega Serie A club is teaching children to play the sport in the South American country while also feeding themThe current situation in Venezuela is critical.The country is suffering in all aspects of daily life, with people not having food to feed their families.But Italian Lega Serie A giants Internazionale Milan have done their part with their sport and education program Inter Campus.In a press release by the team, Inter has informed that they are helping many children.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Two football training sessions are held every week, with three instructors dedicating their afternoons to coaching the children in the heart of the Petare slum,” said the team on the official website.“Then add the magic of receiving the Nerazzurri shirt every year and feeling part of a group by putting it on – everything is now set for a year of sport and education with Inter Campus.”“Thanks to our local partners, we have been able to guarantee each child a warm meal at the end of every training session,” they added.“250 meals are being supplied every week, with the children having the opportunity to consume pasta, legumes and fruit and vegetables, things which are often missing from Venezuelans’ diets.”last_img read more

Matthaus Achraf Hakimi is the Bundesligas best leftback

first_imgGerman great Lothar Matthaus believes Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi has already become the Bundesliga’s best left-backThe 20-year-old arrived at Signal Iduna Park in the summer on a two-year loan from Real Madrid, where he spent the majority of his time playing back-up to Dani Carvajal and Nacho Fernandez.Hakimi has started 12 of Dortmund’s 17 league matches and even provided three assists on his Champions League debut for the club in their 4-0 win over Atletico Madrid in October.The Morocco international’s performances have been so impressive in Germany that Matthaus reckons the national team coach Joachim Low would love to have him.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Hakimi has played a crazy first half of the season,” Matthäus wrote on his Sky column.“For me, Hakimi is the best left-back in the league right now. It would make ‘Jogi’ Löw happy if he had someone with his dynamics, pace and technical ability.”Dortmund will return to action away to RB Leipzig on January 19 in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

Courtois Real Madrid lost control in Girona defeat

first_imgGoalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes Girona’s strong second-half display proved key to ending Real Madrid’s eight-match unbeaten run.Prior to today’s encounter, Real had secured five successive La Liga wins to put themselves within six points of leaders Barcelona and an unlikely title challenge looked set to go ahead after beating city rivals Atletico Madrid 3-1 last weekend.But Los Blancos were sent back crashing down to Earth this afternoon in front of their home supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu.Casemiro’s 25th-minute header from Toni Kroos’ cross down the right wing appeared to set a heavily changed Real side, who were missing a suspended Luka Modric with Gareth Bale benched, on course for a sixth consecutive league win.Things soon fell apart though in the second-half with Cristhian Stuani’s penalty putting Girona back on level terms before Portu headed in another for the visitors in the 75th-minute to seal a shock 2-1 win.Adding to Real’s misery came when Sergio Ramos was sent off in stoppage-time for an attempted overhead kick that instead caught Girona’s Pedro Alcala.“We played well in the first half, but the pace was not as high as in some of our recent games,” said Courtois on the club website.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“They had two chances which I was able to stop but in the second half they played much better and brought a real threat. Girona always make life difficult, it’s three points we really had to win today”.“The penalty is a shame. After that we struggled to control the game and that’s when they made it 1-2.“We didn’t react well and Girona took the win. Now we have to continue winning games and put in a good performance against Levante. We have to keep fighting, La Liga is a long-run thing”.Santiago Solari’s side are now third in La Liga and will next take a trip to Levante UD next Sunday.FP: @realmadrid 1-2 @GironaFC ⚽ @Casemiro 25′; Stuani 65′ (p), Portu 75’#RMLiga pic.twitter.com/pta596lvkJ— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) February 17, 2019last_img read more

Reminder Portion Of Sterling Highway Closed Starting Today

first_imgNorthbound and southbound traffic should be aware of the detour onto Kalifornsky Beach Road. DOT has begun the process of widening the shoulders of the Sterling Highway from MP 97 to 118. Crews will be working to widen the highway shoulders and install four large diameter culverts. Construction crews will be working between MP 105 and 107 to replace the Coal Creek Culvert. Shannon McCarthy with the Department of Transportation: “We are doing this to replace the culvert at Coal Creek, this does take both widths of the highway. This means people will have to detour down K-Beach Road.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Beginning at 8:00pm on Friday, April 5 through Friday, April 12, the Sterling Highway will be closed at MP 106, south of Soldotna.center_img This project is scheduled to be completed by October 2019. Construction work includes pavement removal, unclassified excavation, embankment, grading, paving, stream diversions, stream channel construction, stream bank construction, culvert installation, signing, and striping.last_img read more

Withings Move fitness watch adds fun customization options

first_img “When we announced Withings Move in January, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from consumers excited to have an activity tracker option that allows them to express themselves and showcase their personal style,” said Eric Carreel, Withings’ president, in a release. “We are thrilled to start shipping the watch that brings this combination of fashion and technology to a new level and soon offering even more design and customization options to our customers.”The watch is water-resistant to 50 meters, measures steps and sleep, and has a battery life of up to 18 months. The customization isn’t available for the $130 electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) version of the watch, since that isn’t out yet. It’s likely to launch in a range of colors, then add custom options later, the spokesperson said.Withings returned to the ownership of co-founder Carreel last May, following Nokia’s decision to sell off the company.First published April 2 at 5:48 a.m. PT.Updated April 3 at 5:25 a.m. PT: Adds details about US shipping. 1:10 Wearable Tech 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voicecenter_img Withings is letting Europeans customize their Move watches. Withings Withings has added a bunch of customization options for its Move fitness watch, but only on its European store for now.The watch, which the company revealed at CES in January, is available in five standard colors — black and yellow gold, white and coral, white and sea blue, black and mint, and white with black and mint — for $70 and started shipping in the US on Wednesday.European buyers can pay a little more to tweak the dial, case, strap and second hand color to their liking, and they can check out how it’ll look on the local versions of Withings’ site. In the UK, the price jumps from £60 ($78) to £70 ($91) for the custom style.The option will come to the US later this year, the French health technology company said in an emailed statement. Post a comment Tags Withings adds ECG to its newest watches and blood pressure…last_img read more

January 22 2004 ValKiri has been in charge of cer

first_imgJanuary 22, 2004ValKiri has been in charge of ceramic tiles production in the Arcosanti Ceramics Studio since 1999. One of her recent projects was to make tiles as signs for the public bathrooms in the East Crescent, Unit 8, and at the ceramics apse location.[Photo & Text: aa] The tiles are in place. Color behind the tile matches the color of the door to each bathroom.[Photo & Text: aa] The sign for the handicap accessible bathroom at the ceramics apse.[Photo & Text: aa]last_img