South Africa’s CSIR celebrates 70 years of research

first_img13 October 2015The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is celebrating its 70th birthday this year, and at its annual two day conference, held on 8 and 9 October, the focus was on the impact and breakthroughs the organisation has had over the past seven decades.Besides hosting the conference, the CSIR is also educating the public on its work and achievements via radio, print and television broadcasts.The CSIR is one of the leading science and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a science council, the CSIR is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve national competitiveness in the global economy.Advertising campaignPhase two of its advertising campaign started on 12 October, according to Tendani Tsedu, the group’s spokesperson. “This is the first advertising campaign for the CSIR. We wanted to show the public how the work that is being done by the CSIR affects them on a daily basis,” he explained.It falls under the Ideas that Work initiative. In one of the videos, the narrator asks the question: “What if there were people who were quietly working to make your life better, without you even knowing?”Watch one of the advertisements being shown on South African television channels till 10 December:Tsedu said the aim of the advertising was to show the impact of the CSIR’s research on society, industry and other sectors. “Another factor (for the advertising) was to increase the visibility of the CSIR and also to attract young people towards science. We want them to know that science is fun and exciting.”In just one recent innovation, in 2013 CSIR researchers developed the world’s first digital laser. It was regarded as a milestone in laser technology and could spur future laser-related innovations.The team found that laser beams could be digitally controlled from within a laser device. Their findings were published in the prestigious Nature Communications journal, on 2 August 2013.Find out how to make the CSIR your career choice:The conferenceThe CSIR’s 5th conference was attended last week by 1 500 delegates, said Tsedu. Guests included Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, members of the science and technology portfolio committee, research partners such as Eskom, Transnet and the South African National Defence Force, and university students.Speaking on the first day, Ramaphosa said that continuous investment in research and development was critical for South Africa to achieve the goals of its National Development Plan (NDP).“The NDP says that science and technology must be used to address some of the problems in education, health and economic development, and it must facilitate access to information and knowledge,” said Ramaphosa.Watch the deputy president explain why the government will invest in solution- driven technology:Research out of the labAt the conference, CSIR scientists presented their work to the public. About 20 exhibitions covered energy, health, defence, built environment, ICT, natural environment and industry. Tendani Tsedu of CSIR said during their 5th Conference the scientists had an opportunity to present their work to the public. (Image: Supplied)“They had a chance to take the research out of the lab and discuss it in an open forum,” said Tsedu. “The robust debates and engagement with the industry, government departments, businesses and other science councils were inspiring and constructive.“Those who attended (the conference) now have a better idea of what is the CSIR and how can they use science to solve issues that they are facing,” he added.Another highlight was the launch of a commercial product with Nestle South Africa. The CSIR teamed up with the Agriculture Research Council, Nestle and University of Fort Hare to develop Maggi 2 Minute Noodles with morogo, or African spinach. This product, which is already available in supermarkets, is a good example of what can be achieved if private and public companies work together to address issues such as unemployment and poverty.Delegates tweeted about the sessions:@CSIR Dr Busisiwe Vilakazi is the last Health speaker of the #CSIRConference #CSIR70 All speakers have been excellent pic.twitter.com/RudpOUeHin— Lyndi Jonker (@lyndi_j) October 9, 2015#CSIRConference . Really enjoying hearing about the great research projects CSIR is doing. Makes me a proud South African— Barry Dwolatzky (@BarryDwolatzky) October 8, 2015@rulanho getting ready to demo some of the cool apps entrepreneurs & innovators have built @mlabsa #csirconference pic.twitter.com/pjbcDsKLiD— mLab Southern Africa (@mlabsa) October 8, 2015Interesting sessions“The focus was on the research that the CSIR is doing to find a cure for malaria,” Tsedu explained about the health session. The conference also looked at research on food to be used in school feeding schemes, e-health and “many other exciting work in this field”.Prof Lynn Morris, the head of the HIV virology laboratories in the Centre of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, was a speaker. She gave a keynote address titled “Towards an antibody- based HIV vaccine.”Source: South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Precision Planting launched three new products

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Precision Planting, LLC announced the launch of three new products.The new products launched include the 20|20 monitor, which provides an advanced agronomic picture, allowing farmers to optimize planting, harvest and application decisions with a smart, intuitive interface that visualizes performance and field conditions in real time. The 20|20 monitor powers the most agronomic-advanced systems on the market that control population, down force, liquid application, multi-hybrid planting and higher-speed planting, all while sensing the furrow. The 20|20 monitor also helps collect the most spatially accurate yield data available and provides information for setting the planter to maximize ear count. This allows farmers to not only have the accurate data to make those crucial decisions but also gives them the equipment and powerful automation to make decisions during each pass through the field.The new SeederForce is the first step toward bringing Precision Planting technology into the air-seeder market. Compatible with John Deere 60- and 90-Series Air Seeders, SeederForce is an automated downforce control system that initially measures the amount of weight present on the gauge wheels of the row unit and compares that to the target set by the farmer on the 20|20 display. SeederForce then automatically changes the hydraulic pressure present on the rockshaft cylinder to increase or decrease the row unit down force to maintain the target weight set by the operator, resulting in a more consistent seeding depth and more uniform emergence of the crop.For switching between hybrids when crossing into different zones, the new mSet allows for two hybrids to be planted in the field using a single meter with a dual compartment hopper and a seed selector. The seed selector fills the vSet meter with a small pool of the hybrid being planted, and when it’s time to plant the other hybrid, it fills the meter with the second hybrid from the other section of the hopper. Transitions happen quickly thanks to a seed pool level sensor that tells the seed selector when more seed is needed. mSet is compatible with both seed tubes as well as SpeedTube for maximizing acres per hour and gaining profitability from multi-hybrid planting.last_img read more

Wikipedia’s Inkblots: Normality in Tech and Medicine

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#crowdsourcing#health#web dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Wikipedia is aflutter with angry psychologists demanding that the community take down reproductions of 10 original Rorschach inkblot plates and their statistically common responses. The Rorschach tests have been used since the 1920’s to determine psychological disorders through the analysis of images. Twenty-five percent of all forensic cases utilize the Rorschach test in assessing defendant competency and criminal responsibility. According to the New York Times, Dr. James Heilman of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan originally uploaded the files and discussion has exploded ever since with doctors on both sides of the argument.Although Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach (the creator of the test died) in 1922, the inkblots are still widely used in personality and psychological assessment today. However, once an image’s copyright owner passes away, that image is automatically released into the public domain 70 years after his/her death unless an extension is filed. While many argue that Wikipedia’s release of the inkblots invalidates testing and causes potential harm to patients, others argue that the images are already widely accessible and too relevant to the article to omit. For now, the Wikipedia discussion page states,”Prior discussion has determined that Rorschach inkblots images shall be displayed in this article, and removal of pictures without consensus at Talk:Rorschach test/images [the discussion page] will be reverted.”Times reporter Noam Cohen writes about those against the posted images saying, “For them [the psychologists], the Wikipedia page is the equivalent of posting an answer sheet to next year’s SAT.”The fact that both of these tests are based on normative results adds another dimension to the Wikipedia debate – whether or not the inkblot test is a valid metric in the first place. In the late nineties, based on reviewing the demographics of students with the lowest averages in the country, critics called the SAT racist, urban-centric and classist. With the test determining college placement, scholarship eligibility and in some cases, job placement, it remains an important one. For this reason, it was redrafted in 2005 to be more tolerant of diversity and more reflective of classroom curriculum. With the Rorschach inkblots having been established since the 1920’s, what are the chances that each of us aren’t already showing signs of major psychosis? If there’s a doctor in the house, by all means, let us know if and how the psychological indicators of the test have changed over time. There’s no doubt that a number of those awaiting SATs and psychometric testing might choose to game the system. While higher SAT scores improve college eligibility, average Rorschach inkblot results might alleviate the fear of being estranged from friends and family. Unless the person being psychologically profiled wants to shirk criminal responsibility or can see themselves as a danger to themselves or others, it makes sense to want to establish “normality”. But why is Wikipedia more responsible to protect Rorschach testing than scientific journals or medical websites? Admittedly, I am not an expert in medicine, psychology or the forensic sciences and I have no idea how these Wikipedia images will affect the patient community. However, as a tech blogger, I understand this issue to be Wikipedia’s dedication to free and educational content – even when that education is widely debated. It will be interesting to see if those against the inkblot posting will be able to determine a consensus to have them removed. last_img read more

Create Animated Titles for Wedding Videos in After Effects

first_imgLearn how to design wedding titles for highlight reels in Adobe After Effects.Weddings are perhaps one of the most stressful projects to shoot. There are more than enough key moments a video producer must worry about when shooting: the ceremony, the toast, the first dance, the cake cutting, and so much more. With a few of these in mind, the last thing a wedding producer is thinking about is usually the titles for the highlight reel.However, you should take every aspect of your final project into account if you want to create a high-quality product. While, After Effects is typically not involved in wedding video production, there is still a great opportunity to create amazing wedding titles for your clients.Track: “Here With You,” by Elaphant Music.DOWNLOAD PROJECT FILEHow to Create Great Wedding TitlesThis After Effects tutorial will cover how to design and animate a wedding title with shape and text layers. The title will cover essential techniques and show you how to create a detailed design. However, animation and design is an art. That means there is more than one right approach for your final product. Sometimes going minimalistic with your title design will be the best approach. On other occasions, creating a dynamic floral design might make more sense. It all depends on the style of your video and the tastes of your clients. If you are unsure with what type of design to go with, a good rule of thumb is to create something that you would also enjoy.Here’s what you’ll take away from this exciting After Effects tutorial:Design and animate a wedding titleCreate floral graphics with shape layersQuickly apply text great transitionsGreat Wedding Title TemplatesPressed for time to create your own unique wedding titles? Here are a couple of great wedding title templates from RocketStock.com.UnityUnity is an amazing template title pack with twenty wedding themed titles.CeremonyCeremony is another outstanding template for full wedding graphics. The pack includes titles, lower thirds, slideshow graphics, transitions, and more!Be sure to check out this definitive guide to producing wedding videos, and download 26 free wedding assets. Do you have any tips for creating wedding titles? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Screenwriter Patricia Resnick on Altman, Mad Men, and Working 9 to 5

first_imgPatricia Resnick has worked on an impressive array of projects throughout her career. Here’s what she has to say about the craft and the industry.Patricia Resnick had more than a cup of ambition when she started writing films with Robert Altman, working with Dolly Parton on 9 to 5, and tackling the mad landscape of television.  We sat down with Resnick for a candid discussion about storytelling, her creative and personal journeys, and dancing with the First Lady. Yes, dancing with the First Lady.  We’ll get to that.Image courtesy of Patrica Resnick.PremiumBeat: You’ve had an amazing career so far, which is no small feat for a woman starting out in the late ’70s. You’ve worked with Robert Altman on three films: 3 Women, A Wedding, and Quintet. How did that relationship develop, and what was the creative process like for you?Patricia Resnick: Atman had a number of strong women around him. For example, Scott Bushnell (a woman). She was very important to him. Nashville had a female screenwriter — Joan Tewkesbury. I never saw him have an issue with gender.I met him when I was in college at USC as a cinema major, which meant I was in my car a lot. When I was driving through the streets whenever I saw something that was filming, I would stop and park and ask what it was. I was from Miami Beach, and we didn’t have productions there, so it was all so fascinating.One day, it was an Altman film, and I happened to be writing a paper on him for film class. So I waited for him to come out of his office and introduced myself and asked him if I could interview him. He said yes, and when I had finished my paper, I dropped it off. He read it, loved it, and wanted me to work for him.Image via Buffalo Bill and the Indians (United Artists).The problem was he didn’t have the money to pay me. I was able to get a 90-day grant to be the assistant to the publicist for Buffalo Bill and the Indians. I tried to make myself indispensable. I knew I had 90 days to make myself essential before the grant money was over. It worked. He kept me on, and I ended up writing a treatment for him for 3 Women.He didn’t see me as a writer at first. During the first two years I worked with him, I did other projects. I wrote a spec script and ended up writing two skits for Lily Tomlin’s Broadway show, Appearing Nitely. Altman came to see it and finally said, “The kid can write.” Then I wrote on A Wedding for him. I was 24.image via The Player (Warner Bros).PB:  You also played yourself in The Player. How did that happen?PR: That was way later, in 1992! He was doing the opening shot, and his idea was to make it all people who had worked with him. He put Buck Henry, Alan Rudolph, Joan Tewkebury, and me together and told Joan and me “I want you to do your own pitch.”  She didn’t want to do it, so I put together a silly version of something I had vaguely in my mind already. We shot it all in half a day.I had a bit of nostalgia recently with that scene. The studio where we are shooting the Netflix series Tales of the City is the same place where we shot The Player. I kept feeling something was familiar and then recently re-watched The Player with friends, and it all came back.Image via 9 to 5 (Twentieth Century Fox).PB: It’s so hard not to geek out getting into your next project after the Altman credits: 9 to 5. In 1980 when you wrote that screenplay, it was a pretty radical comedy. Did you have any notion that it would be such an important film for women and still be relevant enough today to be remade?PR: I knew opening day. Not at the premiere, but opening day in theaters. I remember seeing the line for it and then turning the corner and seeing that the line went all the way down the block. Then hearing the audience laughing and responding. It was thrilling.We are opening the stage play musical on the West End in London on January 28. When the play premiered on Broadway in 2009, we took a pretty hard hit from critics — mostly male critics. The feeling at the time was that the message of the play was dated because the male journalists were certain the sexism problem had been solved. Considering the current climate . . .PB: Yes. And of course you have your secret weapon again: Dolly Parton. I’m amazed that after all these years, she continues to give such love to 9 to 5! Any thoughts why?PR: It was her first movie role ever. It really put her on the map in terms of being an actress. I also think the three women did and do like each other, and it was a happy time. We all saw the film go from a comedy that did well in the theater to something more iconic.In terms of the musical stage version, I don’t know if writing a musical had been a dream of hers, but Dolly always loves new challenges, and she loves to create, and she loves to write songs.Whenever she is in town and doing a show, I try to go, and as soon as the first chords of 9 to 5 begin, the crowd goes nuts. It’s really amazing to witness.Image via Mad Men (Lionsgate Television).PB:  Recently, you’ve concentrated more on TV. You were a consulting producer on Mad Men and have written TV movies as well as episodes for other series. Why did you make the move? Are we doing the most interesting work on television these days?PR: Basically, yeah. In the mid-’90s, feature work was drying up for me. Because the kind of movies that I wrote weren’t really being made any more. Comic book movies were happening, and it’s not what I write.I had young kids, and I didn’t want to staff with TV because that would have been a lot of hours away from them, so I wrote TV movies and the animated show, Olivia. I worked on plays and pilots. When the kids were in high school and off at college, at that point, it was the second golden age of television. I thought I could go staff because eleventh graders don’t want to see you much anyway.I was such a huge fan of Mad Men, and it was so great to get my first staff job on that show. It was an incredible room of smart people dedicated to doing their best work.Image via Mad Men (Lionsgate Television).PB: First job in film with Robert Altman. First job on staff with Matt Weiner and Mad Men. Not too shabby. What’s the writer’s room like for a character-driven show like Mad Men?PR: It’s actually more plot-driven than you would think. I came in for the last season of Mad Men. When you are in the seventh season of anything, characters are set, and the main question becomes what experience do we want to leave everyone? Matt came in and talked to us about emotionally the feeling that he wanted and about a book he had read over the summer, Siddhartha (by Herman Hesse.) It doesn’t have any correlation to our plot, but the story deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery, which is very much Don’s path.Tales of the City set. (Image courtesy of Patricia Resnick.)PB: Do you have a consistent way of working when you start a screenplay or teleplay? Do you write a treatment or outline, do character bios before you write, or is it a more freeform process?PR: Ideas. As a general rule, something will pop into my head, but mostly I’m not that lucky. I will have to make time to think about what’s going on in the world or in my life and see if that is fertile ground to bring it to life. To have the germ of the idea for something that is pitchable is the hardest part. Developing it is the hardest part — and having to abandon some things.  Sometimes it’s a good idea, but I’m not the best writer for it. A spy thriller, for example, I might not pursue. I spend a lot of time in cars, so I ponder while driving.Every year what you need to sell something is more and more in depth. In the ’80s I once sold a very brief pitch. Gave him two lines and sold it on the phone. That doesn’t happen anymore. So now, they want things unbelievably worked out, and as far as TV, they really want all the characters, the first season, where you plan to end up. Visual aids. Look books — to people actually doing trailers for things that have not been shot. Big boards and Power Points — you really have to have things nailed down and worked out.I will get random ideas. Oh this is a good character or scene. I’ll just make notes on my phone (because I’m usually out when they come to me) and then when I feel ready, I sit down and put it together into something coherent.Once I have it, I’ll go to my agents and say “I’m kinda working on this idea,” and either they will respond or not. If it seems viable, then we start the process of trying to put the pieces together. First thing is to get a producer, and often you work with them on the pitch, and by the time you pitch to a studio and studio to network, it all evolves. It’s a very long process and often a lot of work for no money. Most don’t get sold and most don’t get made.PB: What’s the most thrilling part for you — writing, filming, or watching?PR: Writing remains a hard thing to do, and when you’re having a good day and you are really in the zone, that is a great feeling, and that is the only moment that is completely pure — no one’s touched it, changed it. It’s purely yours.In terms of watching it filmed, totally depends. In features, unless you are writer/director, most directors do not want you around. It’s weird — you are visitor, but it was yours.In TV, often the creator is the show runner. So even as a TV staff writer, you’re wanted on set. Some writers like being on set; some loathe it. As far as realized. Depends on how I feel about it. It often isn’t how you think it will be. I’ve had awful creative experiences that produced good results and [for] others loved the process and the film did not do well.Image courtesy Patricia Resnick.PB:  You’ve been very open in the past regarding your personal life. You are very out, you gave up drinking, raised two children on your own. How have the challenges in your personal life affected your art — for good or bad?PR: I think I was really lucky because I stopped drinking at 32. I didn’t have a really low bottom, and I could see what was coming, and I was ambitious. I could never write drunk. So I would write sober during the day and drink at night. It was getting in the way of life and happiness. And I didn’t really start drinking until my mid-twenties. So it was a short seven-year period. I am so grateful social media didn’t exist then. It would have absolutely ruined my career.My sexuality? I think my sexuality influenced my art as it gave me somewhat of an outsider perspective. A lot of wonderful artistic creations stem from a feeling like I don’t fit in.  Most people feel like they didn’t fit in for many reasons, and that informed my thought process and how I thought about the world and how I saw the world.In terms of being a female creative, I wasn’t raised to think any opportunity was beyond me, but knowing how incredibly sexist this business is, it probably kept things from me. But if you don’t get a job, you don’t know why. Is it because I am a woman or am I too old? You just don’t know.Raising kids affected my career because I was a single parent, and I didn’t want to take a job that was going to keep me gone. I wanted to direct, and it was hard with my lifestyle. I had the chance to direct and write a short for Showtime, and I just couldn’t leave my kids. I wanted to be able to take them to school and do all that stuff, and I for sure passed on some great opportunities in my peakish years. I made some decisions of what I would do based on them. I don’t regret but it, but sometimes I look at my bank account . . . but it was the right decision. It also gave me new material. Now that they are in their twenties, it keeps me in touch with youth in a way that my friends that don’t have kids are quite unaware of. I’ve been lucky that I’ve been staffing. The vast majority of the writers I work with are in their thirties, so I have a lot of close friends that are young, and I love learning new things and new worlds from them.PB:  Finally, I have to ask about Nancy Reagan. You asked her to dance at a wedding. She said yes. How did that happen? And please tell us there is a story in the works about your moxie!PR: I was at a big Hollywood wedding. It was July of 1986. After that happened, I thought I shouldn’t drink out of the house and then later, I got sober in April of ’86.  It was Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick’s wedding. They own a very successful production company: Red Wagon. Doug’s father worked for Reagan, so he invited Nancy.I was sitting at a table with Sue Mengers, (very significant talent agent), and Nancy Reagan was dancing with the groom. Sue said “I’ll pay five hundred dollars to anyone who cuts in on the First Lady,” and it sounded good to me. That was a lot of money.  So I just went in and cut in, and she said yes.Chances are, it won’t go into a script, but I am toying with the idea of some version of a memoir, and the dancing with Nancy story? That would be the crown jewel.Cover image via Mad Men.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Interview: Composer Federico Jusid Makes Some Noise in HollywoodInterview: Tips for Crowdfunding Over $100,000 for Your Documentary ProjectsAustin Film Festival Interview: Insights for Turning Your Script into a 90-Second Pitch5 Reasons Why You Should Shoot Your Own Digital Web SeriesInterview: Tracy Andreen on the Romance of Writing for Hallmarklast_img read more

‘We did our best’: Macaraya positive despite Stags’ failed NCAA Finals bid

first_imgKeys to Victory: Lyceum-San Beda Finals series Read Next Macaraya, though, is keeping his optimism going forward knowing that everyone from this core will return next year.“Hopefully, everybody is healthy next year. We will continue the hard work and standard that we all agreed on. I know that we will have a bright future next year,” he said.Aside from Calisaan and David, also back in the fold next season will be guards Ryan Costelo, RK Ilagan, and Renzo Navarro, as well as swingman Allyn Bulanadi.Macaraya also expressed his elation with the outpour of support for his team.“We’re very happy that the San Sebastian community again is united and very supportive. That’s one of our goals and visions: to bring back the glory days of Baste and we’re one step in achieving it,” he said. “Hopefully, next year we can do better.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Golden Stags made it to the Final Four for the first time since Season 89 in 2013, marking its return in the post-season after the “Pinatubo Trio” era.However, that run was cut short after San Sebastian lost to San Beda, 71-76, on Tuesday in the final level of the stepladder semis.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 shutoutBehind the heroics of Michael Calisaan and Jayson David, the Golden Stags did everything they could to extend their season.Unfortunately, the odds just caught on San Sebastian, with the Red Lions making a living from the charity stripe as they shot 25-of-36 to the Golden Stags’ 3-of-6. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. RK Ilagan weeps as San Sebastian bowed out of NCAA Season 93. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter San Sebastian bowed out of the Finals race, Stags coach Egay Macaraya is sticking to the positives in his team’s performance this past NCAA Season 93.“We have our heads up. We have nothing to be ashamed of because we did our best. It just so happened that we fell short,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

10 months agoLuiz insists Chelsea in the title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Luiz insists Chelsea in the title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz insists they’re in the title race.Chelsea are fourth in the table ahead of their match against Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and go into the festive period looking to make it three league wins in a row.”Everybody knows the Premier League is so difficult, we have to think step by step,” the Brazil international told Sky Sports News.”Of course the boss tries to give us the maths and to give us one direction to follow and we trying to get the points to be there and fighting for the title not just for the top four.”It’s not my first Premier League [season] so I know anything can happen.” last_img read more

a month agoLampard not afraid to play Chelsea youngsters against Valencia

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard not afraid to play Chelsea youngsters against Valenciaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard has no qualms about playing his Chelsea youngsters for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Valencia.Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham all started and scored in Saturday’s win over Wolves.And Lampard says he won’t change his selections for the club’s first Champions League clash of the season.”I won’t consider age,” Lampard said. “I don’t consider it because they’ve shown confidence, personality in the group. That’s easy. I just pick them on merit.”Confidence and momentum is great. It’s not quite momentum yet but it is a good feeling to see the team play how they did. We need more clean sheets and we continually need to work on that.”The Champions League is the top club competition in world football and I’m sure Mason, Tammy, Tomori are all excited for it. All the players should be. I’m looking forward to it, my debut as a manager.” last_img read more

LOréal Paris calls on public to nominate inspiring volunteers for 2018 Women

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement MONTREAL – L’Oréal Paris opened nominations today for its 2018 Women of Worth Awards honouring inspiring women who ignite change in their communities through exceptional volunteer work. The signature philanthropic program embodies the L’Oréal Paris belief that ‘Every Woman is Worth It’ by elevating and celebrating altruistic women who find beauty in giving back. The public is invited to nominate extraordinary Canadian women until October 15th at womenofworth.ca.“It was an absolute honour to be awarded as one of Canada’s first L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Honourees and the National Honouree for 2017,” said Eva von Jagow, founder of DueNORTH, a foundation to promote access to nutritional and affordable food to all children and youth in Canada’s North. “Women of Worth brought together such an inspiring group of Canadian women who are each making extraordinary, positive changes in their communities that I was truly humbled to be in their company. The opportunity to meet these women and hear their stories was as valuable as the infusion of the financial grant to my charity and the increased media awareness. Women of Worth was a life changing experience.”Call for nominations now open at womenofworth.ca Actress Blake Lively poses with 10 inspiring honourees and Canadian media personalities at the 2017 Inaugural Women of Worth Gala in Toronto. L’Oréal Paris’ Women of Worth philanthropic program, now moving into its second year, celebrates 10 extraordinary Canadian volunteers by awarding a total of $110,000 in financial grants to their organizations. (L’Oreal Paris) The ten selected 2018 Honourees, will become part of the Canadian Women of Worth community joining the ten inspiring women volunteers who were recognized as Canada’s inaugural 2017 Women of Worth Honourees earlier this year. Honourees are selected from hundreds of nominations and recognized for the significant impact on their community.  Women of Worth Honourees receive a total of $110,000 in financial grants from L’Oréal Paris for their non-profit organizations.“Our inaugural Canadian Women of Worth are incredible women championing a range of important causes from helping homeless women build sustainable careers, to providing free childcare to mothers with cancer, to helping refugees build their new lives in Canada to fighting against child exploitation,” said Milan Mladjenovic, General Manager, L’Oréal Paris in Canada. “It’s an honour to be able to publicly celebrate these awe-inspiring women by shining a spotlight on their causes and providing financial support to help them reach and benefit even more Canadians.”CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2018 WOMEN OF WORTHThe nomination period for the 2018 Canadian Women of Worth program is now open through October 15, 2017. Following a rigorous review, the pool of applicants will be narrowed down to ten Honourees who will each be awarded a $10,000 grant for her non-profit cause. One of these Honourees, chosen by an esteemed judging panel with input from online voting in February, will be selected as the National Honouree and awarded an additional $10,000 grant for a total of $20,000 to support her organization. All of the 2018 Honourees will receive a trip for two to Toronto on March 8, 2018 (International Women’s Day) where they will be recognized at a star-studded awards ceremony hosted by L’Oréal Paris.For more information about the Women of Worth program, to nominate a woman making a difference or to learn more about the 2017 Canadian Honourees, visit womenofworth.ca.ABOUT L’ORÉAL PARIS   The L’Oréal Paris division of L’Oréal Canada is a total beauty care brand dedicated to empowering women by offering the most luxurious and innovative products and services available in the mass market. The brand’s signature tagline, “Because I’m Worth It” celebrates the beauty and intrinsic self-worth of women. L’Oréal Paris provides women and men around the world with products in four major beauty categories: hair colour, haircare, skincare and cosmetics. For more information about L’Oréal Paris visit lorealparis.ca or follow on Twitter or Snap @LOrealParisCAN, Facebook @LOrealParisCanada or Instagram @LOrealMakeup #womenofworthCAN. Login/Register With:center_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Edmontons Aboriginal Womens Association brings in black belt to help make women

first_imgChris Stewart APTN National NewsAcross Canada, big cities can be unsafe for women.The Aboriginal Women’s Professional Association wants to change that.In Edmonton, women were invited to a self defence class to how to now make yourself a target.cstewart@aptn.calast_img