Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHERRIMAN, Utah-The 10th-ranked Snow College women’s soccer team registered a 4-0 victory over Southern Nevada in the semi-final round of the Scenic West Athletic Conference women’s soccer tournament.Snow got off to a quick start when Chloe Martin found the back of the goal just over four minutes in to the game. Just over seven minutes later Sydney Bushman gave the Lady Badgers a 2-0 lead off a header from a corner kick from Kylie Stevens. Kim Martinez completed the first-half scoring with the team’s third goal of the half at the 28:43 mark. Kate Schemer put the exclamation point on the victory with a goal with 4:43 left in the game.The Lady Badgers will next take on No. 5 Salt Lake C.C. in the championship on Saturday, beginning at 1:30 p.m.Men’sSophomore Kade Jorgensen scored with just 8:30 remaining to give the Snow College men’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over Southern Nevada in the semi-final round of the 2019 Scenic West Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament. With the win, the Badgers will take on third-ranked Salt Lake C.C. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. for the championship. Written by November 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local Snow Women’s/Men’s Soccer, Each Advance to SWAC Championship Matches Saturday Tags: Snow soccer
By Dialogo September 06, 2012 The Ecuadorean Police seized about 437 kg of cocaine that were destined to be transported to a Belgium port, said Wladimir León, the head of Antinarcotics in the coastal province of Guayas (southwest), on September 4. The drugs were camouflaged in iron pipes whose interior had been placed with “in a very technical way,” pointed out the official, adding that the container with the cocaine did not appear to have forged or cloned security seals, to be detected at the port of Guayaquil (capital of Guayas). The operation produced the arrest of three Ecuadorean citizens, according to Police. Ecuador has seized 25 tons of drugs so far in 2012, including 8.4 tons of marijuana and cocaine base destined for the “local market”, through operations that caused some 2,000 arrests, according to police reports. The seizures of drugs in the country reached 26 tons in 2011, compared with 18 tons in 2010 and a record 68 tons in 2009.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Reporting on retail results for the opening weekend of the 2015 holiday shopping season took on a variety interpretations, ranging from “bleak” in the view of a Forbes.com columnist, to “record breaking” in terms of online purchasing, according to Adobe.com.For Cyber Monday (November 30), CO-OP Financial Services found activity to be somewhere in the middle. The company reported 9,421,258 transactions processed, including debit, credit, ATM and branch services, a figure slightly higher than in 2014.A few key moments:775,455 transactions were processed during the peak hour, 8 a.m. Eastern.14,918 transactions were processed during the peak minute, 10:27 a.m. Eastern.258 transactions were processed at 10:24:45 a.m. Eastern, the busiest second of the day.“This bodes well for December retail buying, since we had a record breaking year in 2014 with more than 3 billion transactions, a figure we expect to surpass in 2015,” says Stan Hollen, President/CEO of CO-OP. continue reading »
continue reading » 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Aaron Wadley-Child is a business loans operation specialist at Nusenda Credit Union($2.4B, Albuquerque, NM) whose career at the cooperative began with a high school class for college credit.Wadley-Child, in fact, is one of 23 interns who have become permanent employees after completing a free career exploration course the credit union offers for college credit at local secondary schools and a community college.The career exploration class is one prong of a two-pronged approach that New Mexico’s largest credit union (by members) takes toward financial education in a state where the need is keen. The other is a for-credit personal finance course for high schoolers.Wadley-Child came to Nusenda as an intern after taking the career exploration course at a local magnet school in Albuquerque. “I enrolled in Nusenda’s course at the end of my sophomore year, and discovered my affinity for the financial industry,” he says. Wadley-Child interned in the commercial lending area and “learned many important, valuable skills that will go with me as I continue the journey I’ve just begun through the working world.”
Andrew 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.
Plenty 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!
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “Timing has been problematic,” Lindsey said Wednesday. “It’s time for us to pivot. It’s time for us to move on. We like our young group and we think we’re going to keep the defensive integrity.“There’s not as many prospects left on the board because of the timing. So we’ll take a look at it, prospects at every level.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThings took a bizarre turn Tuesday as early reports had Hayward going to Boston, but his agent later put out a statement that the decision had not been made. Hours later, it was announced through a Hayward-written post on The Players’ Tribune .Lindsey declined to address the way it was handled or the way he was informed. “There’s probably a few adjectives there,” Lindsey said. “That may be a conversation for a later date.”The Jazz are losing 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game and their lone All-Star that helped return the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.“Certainly we will miss Gordon and his many contributions to our team, but I always tell our players that ‘adversity is opportunity in disguise,’” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said in a statement. “This is one of those moments and we need to live those words. We have a roster of young, talented and resilient players. I am confident that together we will accept this challenge while continuing to strive toward our goal of individual and collective improvement.“To further lament Gordon’s departure does not honor the commitment we have to our current players.”ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Heat, Waiters agree on new deal Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz watches on during their game against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPSALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey hasn’t spoken with Gordon Hayward since the All-Star announced he was heading to the Boston Celtics. The two have texted back and forth, however.Lindsey wouldn’t lament Hayward’s choice to take Boston’s $128 million offer, understanding that it’s a personal decision that was made. But the process has left the Jazz in a bit of a bind. There were contingency plans in place in case Hayward left, but most available marquee players had made their decisions before Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
(Screenshot from the now shuttered website for the Cayman Islands-based Turtle Island Funds. The website was shut down this week following queries from APTN.)–Editor’s note: This story was updated on Thursday to include information that Usand has now issued a notice under the Defamation Act against APTN and the company’s claim an internal document referred to in story was a draft and never seen by Sean McCoshen.Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe owner of a financial company currently under investigation by Indigenous Affairs was linked to a Cayman Islands-based firm which offered an investment fund that used “sovereign tax immunity” as a hook to entice dollars from Canadian First Nations into offshore accounts.Winnipeg-based Usand Group is currently being investigated by Indigenous Affairs for allegations it used kickbacks to secure financial deals with First Nation communities.Usand operates mainly as a broker between First Nations seeking funds and banks willing to lend. Usand has arranged several loans for First Nations through the Bank of Montreal.Read APTN’s original report on Usand and the kickback allegationsThe company is owned by Sean McCoshen, a Winnipeg investment banker who claims in Usand’s promotional material to have worked deals involving Bedouin clans in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The firm still features endorsements from former Peguis First Nation chief Glen Hudson and former Assembly of First Nations national chief Ovide Mercredi, who is currently the president of the Manitoba NDP.Until this past Monday, McCoshen was listed as one of the “team” members of a Cayman Islands mutual fund called Worldwin Funds SPC. McCoshen’s name was linked to a sub-fund called Turtle Island Funds which was geared to attract dollars from First Nations in Canada.According to its website, Worldwin is an “an open-ended mutual fund…created and organized as a segregated portfolio company.”Screeshot of Worldwin website showing Sean McCoshen was linked to the Turtle Island Funds. Worldwin scrubbed McCoshen from the website this week following queries from APTN.Windfield Sifton, one of Worldwin’s listed principals, said in an interview Monday that McCoshen was no longer part of the firm and the relationship ended about “six months ago.”Sifton said McCoshen’s name still appeared on the firm’s website as a result of an oversight.“We had a very brief discussion with going into business with Sean,” said Sifton, in a telephone interview from the Cayman Islands. “We had contemplated looking at a possible relationship, it has not generated or germinated at all… clearly the websites…and various different places need to be updated, need to be changed. I am not in charge of all of those processes.”McCoshen did not return a message left on his personal cell phone. He also did not respond to emails sent to his personal address. One of McCoshen’s assistants contacted APTN via email Tuesday asking all media queries be directed to her.As of this article’s posting neither McCoshen nor Usand responded to questions about McCoshen’s role with Worldwin or Turtle Island Funds.The company did post a statement on its Twitter account Wednesday saying it has done nothing wrong. The statement said Usand did hold a “few discussions” with Turtle Island.“The products and services offered by Turtle Island Fund were not a good match for our clients and we were unable to see a good fit between our mutual businesses,” said the statement.The statement also said Indigenous Affairs had not yet contacted Usand Group as part of any investigation.“Our work on behalf of bands is put under rigorous due diligence at the banks before any transaction occurs,” said the statement. “None of our financing activities have ever come by either the banks, accounting firms or by INAC.”Usand said its goal is to “bring modern financial solutions to Aboriginal communities in Canada. Thus far, we have been extremely successful and our clients have been very satisfied with our work.”The company has now issued a notice under the Defamation Act against APTN.Indigenous Affairs announced the investigation in January after APTN published a story citing an audio recording of a Usand official allegedly trying to bribe Barry Kennedy, the former chief of Carry the Kettle First Nation in Saskatchewan. APTN also obtained an internal Usand document that identified the use of “kickbacks” as a tactic in securing customers for the company. In a letter from its lawyer, Usand now claims the internal document was a draft and was never seen by McCoshen.Kennedy filed a complaint against Usand with the department and the RCMP in Regina. Indigenous Affairs has said evidence of illegality uncovered through its probe would also be turned over the Mounties.The RCMP has said it does not confirm or deny open investigations.No evidence of illegality was uncovered by APTN in the activities of Worldwin or any of its principals in the course of gathering information for this story.Worldwin follows all the laws and regulations of the Cayman Islands, said Sifton.“If you are writing a story about offshore, understand that the vast majority of offshore is not what you think it is,” said Sifton. “The Cayman Islands is the fifth largest financial centre in the world, the compliance…that you have to do on clients is extensive and if people tell you otherwise I will not do business with them.”Sifton denied Worldwin or Turtle Island Funds, the firm’s now-shuttered investment arm aimed at First Nations, handled any money from Usand’s clients.The Cayman Islands Gazette states the Turtle Island Commerce Fund was de-registered in July 2015. Sifton said the Gazette notice referred to Worldwin’s fund.Sifton initially said he couldn’t reveal why the fund was shut down. He then said it was due to a lack of interest. Sifton wouldn’t say whether Worldwin or Turtle Island handled any investments from First Nations in Canada.Bio of Larry Sault on Turtle Island Funds now defunct website.Sifton said he is still open to interest from First Nation investors.“I am an entrepreneur, I am a deal maker. I will always look at a deal when it comes across the table,” said Sifton, who is still involved with Worldwin. “An entrepreneur always looks for deal flow, so if the right deal was present…sure.”According to its now decommissioned website, Turtle Island Funds was also run by Sifton, Ron Whetung, a real estate agent from Curve Lake First Nation, and Larry Sault, the former chief of the Mississaugas of New Credit and owner of wealth management firm Sault Minds.LinkedIn profile of Ron Whetung. Sault could not be reached for comment. Whetung, who still lists himself as a vice president of Turtle Island Funds in a LinkedIn profile that also uses the funds’ defunct website imagery as a background, referred APTN to Sifton. Whetung is still involved with Worldwin.Turtle Island Funds appears to have first started in 2012 and, according to its initial website design, sought to cater to specific categories of potential First Nation investments including revenues from oil and gas, casinos, gold, pensions and resources.Screenshot of Turtle Island Funds website from 2012 shows the different categories for possible investment.Turtle Island Funds used a pitch that included the claim First Nations have an Aboriginal right—supported by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples—to avoid paying taxes on investments through offshore banking, according to a PowerPoint presentation from 2012 obtained by APTN.“Tax avoidance is the legal utilization of the tax regime to one’s own advantage to reduce the amount of tax that is payable by means that are within the law,” according to a slide from the PowerPoint presentation. “First Nations inherent, treaty and Aboriginal right to sovereign tax immunity places our people under neither.”The PowerPoint touted the advantages of putting money into the Cayman Islands-based fund instead of Canadian banks.“No reporting, no tax regime, no government intervention…money available anytime, usually within 24 hours,” said the PowerPoint. “Turtle Island Fund was created by First Nation for First Nation. We have a vested interest…We guarantee asset protection. First Nation assets cannot be seized.”Turtle Island Funds PowerPoint slideAccording to Turtle Island Funds most recent website incarnation, which was taken down Tuesday, it operated as a “series of open-ended segregated portfolios organized for the First Nations of Turtle Island in the Cayman Islands.”Butterfield Bank’s Cayman Islands sector was identified as the funds’ banker.The often shadowy world of offshore banking was again in the spotlight this week after a network of over 100 media organizations around the globe, operating through the Washington D.C.-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a blockbuster series of stories called the Panama Papers.The stories were based on the largest leak of data to date, a total of about 11.5 million records from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca which operates as a lynchpin in the world of offshore banking. The massive data leak exposed the offshore holdings of 12 current and former political leaders.Neither Usand, Worldwin nor any of its principals have been named as part of the Panama [email protected]@JorgeBarrera