Drake, Gretzky and Monica among the stars at NBA Finals Game 5

first_imgSome of Canada’s biggest names were at NBA Finals Game 5. The country was on the verge of getting its first NBA championship.It all starts with Drake, who wore a more subdued and less trollish outfit. Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky was also on hand. Two female sports stars golfer Michelle Wie and tennis player Eugenie Bouchard sat courtside. One of the most famous Raptors players Vince Carter represented his old team.During the breaks in the contest, Torey Lanez and Baka Not Nice performed for …last_img

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Pensions won’t be nationalised: Manuel

first_img30 June 2008South Africa’s workforce need not cash in their provident fund savings out of fear that the government will nationalise the funds, says Finance Minister Trevor Manuel.Manuel’s statement comes after certain service providers warned their clients to cash in their savings, claiming that the government was threatening to seize them.“Since the announcement of the reform of retirement funds in the national budget in February, service providers have told people that government is going to nationalise pensions and is going to take away your savings, so you will only get the statutory state old age pension when you retire,” Manuel told reporters in Pretoria last week.“It would be reckless, impossible and unconstitutional that any one of us would agree with the confiscation of the savings of working people.”Manuel said he had heard that workers were withdrawing their savings, and that some were going so far as to resign from their jobs in order to cash in their pensions.He was accompanied by Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya and several trade union leaders.Savings levels ‘too low’Skweyiya said he was concerned that these withdrawals would impact on the workers themselves and their families as they approach retirement, and that it would impact on the country, as savings levels are already too low.“The government and trade unions share a commitment to improve the living standards of our people and we want to collaborate in working towards this objective,” he said.“Part of this commitment is to ensure that all workers are able to live a better life when they retire than live in dire poverty in old age.”Report ‘unscrupulous individuals’Skweyiya called on all shop stewards and trustees of pension and provident funds to report these “unscrupulous individuals and service providers” to trade union offices, government and regulatory agencies.He said that some government departments and the trade unions would embark on road shows to visit factory floors around the country, and ensure that shop stewards and workers were prevented by being misled.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Kids Deploy Too!

first_imgAs with other sites open to our children, safety is the number one priority for MKC. The webmasters have provided parental access to control and monitor your child’s activities on the site. Parents and caregivers can login and navigate the site prior to their child’s participation so that they are aware of the activities and content their child(ren) will see and use. In addition to this, top security measures are in place to prevent undesirable persons from interacting with the children on the MKC site.For more information on MilitaryKidsConnect .org see their About page. Kids Deploy Too!Deployed Military KidsWe have all participated in information sharing regarding military families and deployment. We discuss how to support the “solo parenting” partner left behind, how to help the deployed parent remain connected to his or her family, and how to support the co-parenting efforts of these families. However, one thing not readily discussed is programming designed to support our “deployed” military children.Our military children grow up through multiple deployments, often leaving them without one or both parents for extended periods of time. These separations take their toll and our military kids must do what they can to get through.The Department of Defense and the National Center for Telehealth & Technology recognized a need to support these military kids, and they are doing just that, with the development of a new website called MilitaryKidsConnect.org. The site was designed to do exactly what the name implies. Military Kids Connect strives to help prepare our military children for the challenges they face during the significant parental deployments and family transitions they experience every day.MilitaryKidsConnect, affectionately referred to as MKC, is an online community developed specifically for military children (ages 6-17 yr old). MKC provides military kids with a safe and secure environment where they can access age-appropriate resources designed to support children from pre-deployment, through a parent’s or caregiver’s return.MKC is packed full of fun designed just for kids! Once logged in your kids will have access to games, activities, helpful videos of other kids who have been through deployments, and user surveys all designed to reinforce resilience, understanding, and coping skills in your military children and their peers. In order to develop a sense of connectivity with other military children, there are also message boards (parental approval required), interactive maps, a personal scrapbooking application and more.MKC Logo According to the MKC website: “Through participation in MKC’s monitored online forums, children can share their own ideas, experiences, and suggestions with other military children, helping them to know they are not alone in dealing with the stresses of deployment.”last_img read more

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Add Drama to Your Lighting Setup with Negative Fill

first_imgEmbrace the darkness: Learn how a negative fill can quickly change the overall tone of your scene.In any basic lighting class, including those found here on the PremiumBeat blog, you’ll likely hear a lot of talk regarding 3 point lighting. In a 3 point lighting setup you have three basic lights: a key, a fill, and a back light.When lighting a scene, you’d be right to assume that you’ll likely be using some sort of variation of 3 point lighting. However, the following video tutorial shows the power of diverging from the norm through the use of a technique known as negative fill.As the name implies, a negative fill is the exact opposite of a fill light. Instead of filling in the shadows with light, a negative fill will accentuate the shadows by minimizing any additional light that may be trying to bounce onto your subject. The results can be extremely dramatic, making this concept great for narratives and emotional interviews.There are a number of ways to create negative fill, but the most basic is using a simple black sheet. You can get black sheets for as cheap as $3.99 on Amazon.The following video tutorial, created by the good folks at Indie Cinema Academy, shows us how to quickly and easily create a negative fill light.This video was first shared by Indie Cinema Academy. Thanks for sharing, guys!If you want to learn more about creating a negative fill, check out a few of the following resources:Use of Back Light and Negative Fill in Into the Blue – Shane HurlbutThe Importance of Negative Fill – DPMagNegative Fill: Controlling Contrast – Manfrotto School of ExcellenceHave any experience with working with negative fill? Please share in the comments below.last_img read more

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