Area Policymakers Discuss Early Childhood Development Legislation

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Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img More Cool Stuff On Friday morning legislators, parents, advocates and educators gathered together for the 30th annual Policymakers Breakfast hosted by Options to hear from officials about the legislation affecting early childhood development programs.“Collectively, we are all policy makers gathered here today. All of us advocate by writing letters, making phone calls and getting our situation known, but today we are hearing from the people in appointed positions who make the policy,” master of ceremonies Dolores Meade said to start off the morning.Councilmember Victor Gordo, Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Assemblymember Ed Chau, and Assemblymember Chris Holden provided a picture of the state of affairs for Los Angeles County’s subsidized early learning and child development services for low-income families. In honor of each of them speaking about this important issue and inviting anyone to speak to them about ideas for new bills, a children’s book will be placed in the library by Options.“It doesn’t matter how many merits you receive or how much money you have in the bank account when you die, but if you help one child you’ll leave a legacy,” Supervisor Michael Antonovich said.Key Note Speaker Kim Patillo Brownson, Director of Educational Equity at the Advancement Project spoke about the “Save My Seat” Project, a project of the Los Angeles Children’s Data Network advocating on behalf of low income families in need of early learning subsidies and spaces.The crucial issue is that parents are losing services due to all the budget cuts and alternative priorities at the state level. Early childhood legislation has had successive cuts for four years resulting in a loss of 110,000 seats in preschools. The May revise of the state budget is coming up in two weeks and the Save My Seat website has predictions of what would happen if additional cuts were added to the budget. If ten percent of the funding is cut, an additional 58% of the seats would be lost because so many services would be pushed over the line of operation. Currently the city of Pasadena is facing a $8.5 million cut for education.“Recently school board and city council adopted a three-year work plan that attempts to align resources and programs to ensure that the gaps that exist within our community are best addressed especially in light of all the state and federal take-aways,” Mercy Santoro, Director for Human Services and Recreation for the City of Pasadena said.“What’s particularly important in Pasadena is a greater focus on early childhood and after school programs and making sure that there’s an emphasis in re-investing in our early childhood programs to really focus on narrowing the achievement gap. Many of our elementary schools in the northwest have test scores of children initially coming into kindergarten not ready,” Santoro continued.Christina Saucedo is a parent who this directly impacts and has been given her life back by the services Options offers for her children. She battled substance abuse addiction for 19 years and had to go through a behavior modification program when she was released from prison.“Upon graduating I realized that I had a purpose and that was to give back and work with other women just like me to become productive members of society. Options has my back through all this. I’m gonna make it. I’ve come this far and I could not have made it without Options. I want to thank all of you and tell you these services, they help a lot,” Christina said, who was the only speaker to receive a standing ovation.Options also recognized exceptional individuals contributing to early education and development. Former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino was awarded the Marge Wyatt Advocacy Award. Portantino received this prestigious award based on his high level of commitment to children and families and his support of high quality early learning and child development while he served in office.Woodworkers of Whittier, or W.O.W. as they refer to themselves, received the community award for the excellent work they do carving 4,000+ wooden toys to give away at Christmas every year. They have a team of about 40 woodworkers who gather donated or scrap material from constructions sites and use it to make a child’s Christmas extra special by donating the toys to disadvantaged kids through 30 different social work agencies.“What we give is joy and we work hard at it,” President of W.O.W. John Rodgers said when he accepted the artwork done in their honor.State Senator Carol Lui is currently working a bill that will re-label childcare services as early learning and educational support system.“It’s important whether it’s at the Sacramento policymaker level or the community level and even staff working in our programs that we label the program properly and keep people focused on why we are here. We are not here to babysit children we are here for their learning and their development for their optimization of where they’re going in the future,” Options Chief Executive Officer Cliff MarcussenEveryone in the room felt inspired to leave the meetings and take action. The simplest thing that parents can do is to write to their legislators or call to the local office in their communities and share that quality educational child development programs are critical for my family and our community and we want to make sure that you are supporting resources for those programs. Marcussen says that parents are often more effective than advocates or anyone else because the legislators want to hear from people directly affected.“Its not enough simply to support what is good you must also oppose that which is bad. I know you are champions for children. I know you will continue to fight for what’s good and what’s right for our children and families and communities,” Marcussen said.For more information, please see center column 2 Area Policymakers Discuss Early Childhood Development Legislation Article and Photography by RACHEL YOUNG Published on Monday, April 29, 2013 | 1:33 pm 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Dail resumes: McConalogue tipped for Agriculture post

first_imgWe could find out later who’ll be the new Agriculture Minister later, as the Dail resumes following the summer break.The Government’s expected to announce the new minister following the resignation of Dara Calleary over Golfgate.Fianna Fail Minister of State and Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue is the frontrunner to replace him.The Irish Farmers Association says the recent turnover of agriculture ministers, comes at a time when the sector’s grappling with the issues of Brexit, CAP and Covid-19.Former president of the association, Joe Healy, says whoever’s appointed must recognise the needs of farmers:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Dail resumes: McConalogue tipped for Agriculture post WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img By News Highland – September 2, 2020 Facebook Previous articleRoad closed following serious overnight crashNext articleInvestigation launched into aggravated burglary News Highland Twitter Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction last_img read more

Cattlewomen to host annual Christmas Bazaar Saturday

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Admission to the Pike County Cattlewomen’s Christmas Bazaar is five dollars.“The 2018 Pike County Christmas Bazaar will have something for all ages and every interest,” said Cattlewoman Tammy Powell. “There will be an impressive variety of crafts, knitted items, children’s clothes, wood items, stained glass, jewelry, items for the home and the office, Christmas decorations and some things you’ll just want for yourself.”Powell said stained glass artist Charles Adams will be at the bazaar for the first time. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Cattlewomen to host annual Christmas Bazaar Saturday Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration And, what’s a Christmas Bazaar without Santa Claus?Santa will listen to Christmas wishes between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.“The Cattlewomen will have a special Christmas backdrop available for photos,” Powell said. “This will be a really nice spot for taking photos for Christmas cards or mementos.”The Christmas Bazaar is a fundraising event for the Cattlewomen. The funds raised support the Cattlewomen’s annual scholarship program and assist them in assisting the Pike County Cattlemen with their projects and programs throughout the year.Powell said the Cattlewomen recently helped with kitchen and other improvements at Cattleman Park.“After 25 years, there were things in the building that needed to be done,” she said. “We are always looking for ways to help our community and keeping the building in top shape is one of those ways because it is an outstanding rental facility for county residents.”The Pike County Cattlewomen are 58 strong and new members are always welcome.“The annual fee is only $12 and you don’t have to own cattle to be a member of the Pike County Cattlewomen,” Powell said. “You just need to enjoy the fellowship of others while you are doing something good and worthwhile for your community.” Latest Stories “And many of our vendors will be ‘regulars’ including Wendy Ward from Needmore Heart, Tamara Jones from Creations from the Cave, Alice Kilgore from Bashful Bunny and Brushed by Bailey.”Vendors will offer a wide selection of homemade sweet treats – cakes, pies, cookies and candies — for now or to freeze for the holidays. Two food vendors/sponsors, Santa Fe and Preston’s, will have their menu favorites available for purchase. Other bazaar sponsors, Alabama Ag Credit, Lillian K. Wilson of Style Dots and Premier Design with Amanda Ford, will also be vendors.Entertainment throughout the day will add to the holiday spirit. The SheBANG! Cloggers and dancers will be “on stage” in the morning and Cathy Stockstill, vocalist and musician, will be the featured entertainment in the afternoon. Book Nook to reopencenter_img Skip CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN: Adams Glass to hold annual open house The “Countdown to Christmas” is already underway at Adams Glass Studio on Highway 231 south of Troy. Glass artist Charles… read more Print Article Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Published 3:00 am Friday, November 16, 2018 You Might Like The Pike County Cattlewomen’s Christmas Bazaar is like turning the clock back to the times when people shopped at home in locally owned stores while enjoying the fellowship of friends and neighbors.That will be the atmosphere on Saturday when the Pike County Cattlewomen host their fifth annual Christmas Bazaar at Cattleman Park on Highway 231 south of Troy.The doors will open at 9 a.m. and will feature 50 plus vendors with a variety of crafts, wares and foods. Email the authorlast_img read more

No Platform referendum stalls

first_imgOUSU’s referendum on its controversial ‘No Platform’ policy could be scrapped after Council postponed a vote on the issue last week.The debate surrounding OUSU’s No Platform stance – which actively opposes allowing fascist or racist speakers to air their views – came to head after the high-profile ‘Free Speech Forum’ at the Union last term, and has divided JCR opinion across the University.Some common rooms have already voted to back a new, amended version of the policy, while others have rejected it outright, demanding a University-wide referendum.Under the newly-drafted policy, only individuals who use OUSU platforms to actually advocate violence are prevented from using them, whereas the old policy barred anyone who had previously advocated violence against a minority group.In addition, the new draft specifies that OUSU mediums covered in “independent agreements” – including The Oxford Student and Oxide Radio – would be independent of the policy.The policy would no longer be called ‘No Platform’, in order to emphasise its distinction from the NUS No Platform policy. This would leave NUS delegates to OUSU Council free to vote as they choose for the Oxford policy without being restricted by their NUS position.“It is better to leave the new policy unnamed, because of the negative connotations associated with No Platform,” said OUSU President Martin McCluskey.McCluskey called the referendum at the end of last term in response to the demands of JCRs.The new version of the policy , which was adapted by James Lamming, VP for Access and Academic Affairs, has been drafted in order to avoid the cost of holding University-wide vote on the current policy. “This was going to dominate the entire term and cost a lot of money,” McCluskey said.It has also been suggested that the poll, which had been scheduled for fourth week, was postponed because most students did not know enough about the details of the policy to make a well-informed decision.OUSU Council will vote next Friday to decide whether to go ahead with the poll, or to adopt the altered policy.So far, Merton, Queen’s, St Peter’s and St Catherine’s have voted to accept the new draft, while Keble and Lincoln have voted in favour of a referendum. Other common rooms are due to vote on the issue this week.Keble JCR President John Maher said that while the new draft was better, it failed to resolve the fundamental problem. He said, “The compromise addresses specific issues in the old No Platform policy, but not the underlying issue of free speech. No Platform policies send out the message: ‘Free speech? No thanks.’ If people can’t speak freely at Oxford, then where can they?”Lamming disagreed with Maher’s comments. He said, “I completely agree with freedom of speech. But if we have a member who exploits our resources and breaks the law, we could be taken to the cleaners. It is difficult to believe there is anyone who would support the idea that OUSU should help people break the law.”Jonny Medland, JCR President at Queen’s, originally argued in favour of a referendum, but now supports the amended policy. He said, “We’ve been debating for over a year without understanding the issues. There is no longer any real interest in the debate: people just want the issue to go away.”St Peter’s JCR President, Joel Mullan, also expressed frustration with the process. He said, “I personally support the No Platform policy – I do not believe that our Student Union’s resources should be used to assist those who want to incite violence. However, OUSU has got to resolve this issue once and for all, so that it can stop wasting time debating No Platform and get on with the essential work it needs to be doing on things like rent, academic affairs, and welfare.”However, some believe that the newly drafted policy is too lenient. Dani Quinn, JCR President of Merton, said, “When freedom of speech is being exercised to the degree of inviting or promoting people who hold views that most Britons find abhorrent, I think that ignores other responsibilities and starts to inhibit other sorts of freedoms and hinders progress.”by Jack Farchylast_img read more

What did you say?

first_img“Getting your folks integrated with each other is a challenge for most leaders. However, it’s a vital skill that you can easily hone to create a more engaged community within your organization,” according to, in “Five Approaches to Connecting Your People.”Employee engagement and successful interactions occur when all teams and workers “create a synergy that perpetuates the organization’s culture and values.”The connected workforce will have ability to build relationships with consumers when this first occurs within the walls of the organization.To what extent does good communication create team-building? How can both managers and employees improve their interactions? continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Working out the price of a home

first_imgAndrew Winter shares his tips for buying a home when the price isn’t disclosed. Picture: Jerad WilliamsYou want to buy a home, and the price is … NOT disclosed.This is a popular sales tactic and rules and regulations on it vary from state to state. So how do you work out a price?• If you’re looking in areas you know, you should have a feel for typical values. Ensure your knowledge is up to date as values can change in just a few weeks. Major property websites will show you sold prices, and you can ask agents. • For unknown suburbs, be wary if you see a non-priced listing you like. Ideally, if you are serious, you could risk the few hundred dollars to pay a valuer for a really independent overview, but your lender/broker should be able to help too. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago• When searching, find listings similar — both for sale and sold — and try to discover sale prices or listing guides.• The process is mainly about comparisons as there are never two truly identical homes. Teach yourself to add for some features and take away value for less or poor condition. • Work out demand. More serious buyers mean competition, which may push the price higher than you think is fair. Is it worth that bit extra to you? • What is it worth to you? How much will you push your finances? If it is a compromise or investment home, is it worth the risk? • Selling motivation. Rarely noted, yet it determines every sale price. Forced sale situations can be great buying. This is a tricky game I feel only really favours sellers. As a buyer, be educated and well researched.last_img read more


first_imgDenis (front with arms folded) as Jimmy Rabbitte in The Commitments.A Donegal actor has landed the lead role in the West End adaptation of The Commitments.The lead role of Jimmy Rabbitte, the band’s manager, will be played by Stranorlar student Denis Grindel.Denis, 22 almost joined a law firm after studying for a law degree. But at the last moment he decided to audition for drama school.The actor beat off hundreds of hopefuls to land the role, which will see him make his West End debut.Denis is still working on his drama school dissertation in between the show’s hectic rehearsal schedule.The show will preview next month before beginning its full run in October.  DONEGAL MAN LANDS LEAD ROLE IN WEST END VERSION OF THE COMMITMENTS was last modified: August 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Denis GrindelStranorlarThe CommitmentsWest Endlast_img read more

Ethics Shmethics: Scientists Obsessed with Embryonic Stem Cells

first_imgWith non-controversial adult stem cell research zooming along, like finding ways to prevent adult stem cells (ASC) from aging (PhysOrg), providing hope for leukemia patients (Science Daily) and giving mastectomy patients a chance for beauty once again (Science Daily), why are so many scientists adamant about keeping embryonic stem cell research on the public dole?    The scientists who were in despair about Judge Lamberth’s ruling earlier this month against federal funding (see 09/03/2010) got their reprieve: an appeals court granted a temporary stay (PhysOrg).  But now, scientists are urging Congress to make a law protecting embryonic stem cell (ESC) research.  They have allies on Capitol Hill.  PhysOrg reported about Senators Arlen Specter and Tom Harkin urged their fellow Senators to get busy and fight for the right of scientists to bleed taxpayer dollars for their pet projects.  “We’ve come too far to give up now,” Harkin said, pointing to the more than $500 million already spent on ESC research.  One scientist defended it with worries about prestige, worried that courts are “disrupting our research, they are dissuading scientists from entering the field and they are threatening American preeminence in the research” which has yet to produce a cure.  “Embryonic stem cells have the potential to be turned into different kinds of tissue that could be used to regenerate and repair tissue and treat a host of diseases,” the article said.    The article then mentioned the dark side: “Opponents say the research is another form of abortion because human embryos must be destroyed to obtain the stem cells.”  Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss), co-author of the 1996 Dickey-Wicker amendment that prohibited federal funding for projects that result in the death of human embryos, argued for using adult stem cells to avoid the “ethical challenges” of ESC.  That law has hampered ESC-eager researchers, because they can only “work with stem cells after private money is used to cull them from embryos.”  Inconvenient as that may be, why should taxpayer dollars be spent on anything that is ethically controversial?  Is there some constitutional right to ESC?     A feel for the emotional state of some ESC researchers can be seen in the Sept 16 issue of Nature.  It prominently featured a study that suggested some adult stem cells may have “troublesome memories” of their non-embryonic origin, presumably making them less useful than true pluripotent stem cells like ELS.  Nature News described scientists in near frantic terms as they strive to get Congress to keep the taxpayer funds flowing, protected from judicial decisions which, presumably, would be based on ethical concerns.  The article said nothing about ethics, only mentioning once “the controversial human cells” at stake in the political battle.    Nature’s editors printed two letters in support of ESC funding and none opposed (see card stacking in the Baloney Detector).  Both letters could be described as “over the top” in their assertions that opposing ESC funding is an attack on science.  Jian Feng [State U of New York at Buffalo] called Lamberth’s decision “troublesome” and “akin to our earlier obsession with Earth’s central position in the Universe and its anthropocentric implications.”  Gordon Cash, apparently speaking as a private citizen, was even more adamant, essentially calling Judge Lamberth or anyone who agrees with him a religious nut.  He sarcastically said that the court’s decision was not a threat to the federal funding of science, then let loose with this: “No, allowing research agendas to be dictated by religious fundamentalists threatens the very enterprise of federally funded science itself.”  Similarly, New Scientist described scientists as “anxious” about the court action.  Jack Mosher at the University of Michigan harped on the opponents’ ideological beliefs, pretending to have none of his own: “It’s worrying that I could come into work one day and I might not be allowed to do my research because of someone’s ideological beliefs rather than the quality of the science.”  Would such reasoning have been influential at the Nuremberg trials?    Some cooler heads are trying to assess the situation more dispassionately.  PhysOrg reported on an international team of scientists who just published an “in-depth and balanced view of the rapidly evolving field of stem cell research” including both adult and embryonic stem cells.  The article noted that “apart from the scientific and technical challenges, there are serious ethical concerns, including issues of privacy, consent and withdrawal of consent for the use of unfertilized eggs and embryos.”  This statement omitted the largest ethical concern of all: whether it is ethical to destroy human embryos in the first place.    PhysOrg also reported about two stem cell researchers from the University of South Florida who would like to see created “an independent national ‘Stem Cell Research Ethics Consortium’ to provide better guidance on stem cell issues for regulatory agencies, law makers and policy makers.”  One of them, Dr. Paul Sanberg, confessed that “Two decades of cell-based research has been accompanied by poor management of public discussion regarding ethics.”  An ethics consortium, he thinks, would help “to sort out the ethical, legal and social issues” that might lead to better dialogue and public policy.  “Stem cell science has contributed to misperceptions within the public and the research communities, and those misperceptions have hindered the progress of scientific innovation,” he said.  “In some respects, the failure of the scientific community to effectively address controversy in stem cell research has helped create today’s heated, yet poorly informed, debate.”    Is a committee the answer?  Whether “Bringing together all stakeholders – including the legal, scientific, religious and the public sectors” would “allow a much more educated and logical approach in handling the public disbursement of funds for stem cell research,” or whether such a pipe dream will ever come true, is it realistic?  Is the question just about how to handle the public disbursement of funds, or whether to at all, if the ethical issues are deemed serious enough?  And even if a consortium were formed, would it have the political clout to stand up to a scientific consensus willing and able to shout down any opponent as an ideologically-motivated religious fundamentalist?    PhysOrg reported that the first human clinical trial of a spinal cord treatment with embryonic stem cells is open for enrollment.  The public will soon see if the hope of ES cures lives up to the hype.  But even if it succeeds, the controversy over the ethics of destroying human embryos will not go away.    Science magazine (09/17/2010, pp. 1450-1451) provided a timeline of US policy on human embryonic stem cell (hESC) funding from the Dickey-Wicker Amendment (28 Jan 1996) to the present, naming prominent politicians and scientists arguing for and against it.As participants with a conflict of interest, ESC researchers should recuse themselves from discussions about ethics and federal funding of embryo destruction.  This is a matter for philosophers and theologians.  Notice that everyone has a philosophy and a theology – even atheists.  But there are some specialists, notably ethicists, historians and theologians, who have the background and training to assess human nature and the ethics of scientific decisions.  Bioethics is a hugely important topic these days with many subcategories beyond just ESC research.    No amount of scientific research on embryos can address the ethics of doing what they can do.  The hubris and shameless emotional ranting of the scientific community (as legitimated by the journals) is all the more reason to discount their testimony.  Scientists can tell us they can build a bomb or cure a disease; they cannot tell us what we should do.  Curing a disease can be an ethical atrocity if done the wrong way (see parody in the 09/03/2010 commentary).    Even less should scientists order John Q. Public to reach into his pockets and give them what they want.  That’s why we have a representative government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  Scientists, you are citizens, too.  Act like you have one vote, not a privileged, exalted, oligarchical position over the rest of humanity (03/12/2004).  You can state the facts as you see them, and make your case in the marketplace of ideas, but lay off the tantrums and accusations that anyone who disagrees with you is somehow a “religious fundamentalist” out to attack science itself.  In short, grow up.(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA best for regulation of exchanges

first_imgFinancial Services Board The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2010-11 ranks South Africa 1st out of 139 countries for its regulation of securities exchanges. The country moved up from 2nd place last year, overtaking Sweden for the top position. “We are very pleased with this achievement, which acknowledges the JSE’s record in terms of regulation and surveillance,” said Russell Loubser, chief executive of the JSE, South Africa’s only securities exchange. “This ranking also sends a very good message about investing in South Africa. Released on 9 September, the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) competitiveness report ranks countries according to 12 “pillars” or sets of criteria. The study rates a country’s competitiveness according to quality of infrastructure and institutions, efficiency, market sophistication as well as capacity for innovation. Regulation of securities exchanges falls under the 8th pillar, financial market development. The JSE is accountable to the Financial Services Board for the regulation of its markets, market integrity and investor protection. The two organisations work closely together on matters that could undermine investor confidence in South Africa. Financial market development SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “A well-regulated securities exchange is especially important to international investors post the global financial crisis,” the JSE said. “In the midst of the crisis, unlike many exchanges, the JSE did not ban short selling nor introduce circuit breakers.” “It is a testament to the effective working relationship between the JSE and the Financial Services Board,” Loubser said in a statement this week. South Africa fares well in terms of financial market development criteria, with an overall 9th place ranking. Within this set of criteria, other rankings that demonstrate efficiency of local financial markets include: financing through the local equity market at 7th; availability of financial services at 7th; soundness of banks at 6th; and legal rights of investors at 6th. 14 September 2010last_img read more

DaVinci Resolve: Enhance Your Sky in Under Five Minutes

first_imgPlenty can go wrong when you’re trying to capture a perfectly exposed shot of the sky. Fortunately, DaVinci Resolve makes it easy to nail your desired look in post.Top image via ShutterstockBeautiful skies are an essential ingredient of landscape shots. However, depending on the density of clouds, sometimes getting the correct exposure can be tricky.If you expose for the clouds to retain all the white details, your foreground may fall too far into the shadows. Expose for the landscape, and your clouds instantly blow out. It’s also worth mentioning that keeping a certain blue hue in the sky can be compromised by adjusting for either of these.Grading and sky enhancements is something all editors and colorists have their own way of doing. This technique is simple enough for a novice user of DaVinci Resolve to pull off in five minutes. The Basics of ND FiltersImage via CBSThere are cinematography tools — like ND filters — to help you capture a bright sky and keep details exposed correctly. A graduated density filter and polarizer filters are popular options. We won’t be diving too far into filters, as we will be replicating the results digitally in DaVinci Resolve by enhancing the sky. That said, here are some basics worth knowing.A graduated natural density filter has a density coating on one half of the glass — which will blend smoothly toward the center, allowing a soft transition within the image. By placing the coated half on the top of the lens, it will drop the sky a stop or two less than the landscape.Sometimes this might leave a visible gradient in the composition, so it’s important to carefully compose your images. In the image above, you’ll see a graduated ND filter used on the television series CSI: Miami.Color Grading the Sky in DaVinci ResolveImage via Ugly McGregorFirst, let’s look at the color. Above is the original and color graded footage I am working with. The contrast and color looks great — however, the grade has applied too much of a teal tint to the sky. I want to get my fantastic Welsh blue sky back — as most days here have a rainy gray sky. I’m going to use the Hue vs. Hue curve to correct the color. This tool will allow you to select a very specific hue without altering any other color range within the image. (It’s much faster than using the HSL qualifier or any other tool that can pull a key.)I’m going to create three control points in the cyan to blue section, and the middle point will be where you make most of your adjustments. Hue vs. Hue graph. Use your mouse to hover over the sky in the preview window, and once your mouse cursor changes to an eyedropper icon, select the sky. Resolve will automatically create three points based on your selection. As you can see from my Vectorscope above, the sky is leaning more toward cyan and green rather than blue. To fix that, I’m simply going to increase the amount of blue in the sky. A small adjustment to the Hue vs. Hue curve is the easiest fix.Now, the result is a very blue sky. As it is too rich, I’m going to reduce the exposure of the sky — the same as a graduated ND filter would.Since we have a perfectly horizontal horizon without any trees or obstructions, this will be a pretty easy fix. First, add a gradient and position it along the horizon. Then lower the Gamma (not the Lift or Gain).We now have a better-looking blue sky at this point. If your footage has clouds like this one, you can enhance the clouds themselves by adding a new node. Open the luma curve control to add a luma curve effect. Then add two control points to the top part of the curve (as seen above).Slightly push the highlights up to create a more intense brightness from the cloud. Then slightly bring the center of the two points down a notch (as seen below).This whole fix takes just minutes to do when grading, and it can add a whole lot of blue back to your sky. The result is a nice vibrant view.Got any quick color grading tips you’d like to share? Do so in the comments below!last_img read more