Spotlight: Virtual Learning EventsThe Military Families Learning Network provides virtual learning events (VLEs) for military family service providers and other interested professionals serving military families. Our VLEs consist of several sessions centered around a common theme, providing unique engagement and in-depth discussion opportunities. This year we are offering three VLEs hosted by the Personal Finance, Military Caregiving and Family Development concentration areas. For this edition of “Network News,” we are highlighting the Personal Finance VLE taking place June 14-16. Be sure to subscribe to the MFLN monthly email update to receive news on the other VLEs as well as our regularly scheduled programming. Personal Finance VLE: “Enhancing Financial Fitness”The Personal Finance VLE is a three-day web-based event aimed at connecting personal finance managers and educators working with military service members with research, resources, and each other. Taking place June 14-16, this event will focus on the research, traits, and behaviors that lead to financial success. Being “financially fit” means having financial understanding and the capability to make positive financial decisions. Visit the VLE homepage or check out the individual sessions below.Tuesday, June 14, 11 am-12:30 pm ET: What is Financial Fitness & How is it Measured?Wednesday, June 15, 11 am-12:30 pm ET: Positive Personality Traits of Financially Fit PeopleThursday, June 16, 11 am-12:30 pm ET: Wealth Building with Savings, Investing & WindfallsThursday, June 16, 1 pm-1:30 pm ET: VLE wrap-up sessionDid you miss last year’s virtual learning events? Not to worry! You can still view them in our archives to obtain continuing education credit.Personal Finance: Motivating Clients to Develop Positive Financial BehaviorsMilitary Caregiving: Reimagine Your Skills as a Helping Professional: Working with Military Family CaregiversFamily Development: Family Violence: Increasing Professional Knowledge, Prevention & IntegrationJune is chock full of professional development opportunities. We invite you to join us for any or all of them!
Let’s take a look at the amazing cinematic touch of back-to-back Oscar winner and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.Emmanuel Lubezki, or “Chivo” as he is sometimes called, is a brilliant cinematographer whose uncanny eye for framing and sense of movement is quite possibly unmatched. I’ve been aware of Lubezki for many years through his work on Sleepy Hollow and Meet Joe Black, but it wasn’t until The New World and Children of Men that I stopped to admire and love the way he uses the camera like a painter does a brush on a canvas.Here is a fantastic video that highlights the cinematic work of Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, presented by Borealisk.Trademarks of a Master CraftsmanLet’s take a look at the trademarks of Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki. These trademarks can be seen in just about every single film he participates in. We will hit specifically on Lubezki’s use of natural lighting, framing, long takes, motion, and film language.Taking Advantage of Natural LightingIn 2011, I was able to see a special screening of Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life. Lubezki’s ability to utilize and take advantage of natural light was astonishing. This is probably my favorite skill of Lubezki’s. I say this because I had to make due with natural lighting early in my career. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to, as I could not afford the lights.Lubezki waits for his shots. He utilizes the space around him and how it’s affected by the light. You can see this process clearly in The Tree of Life. In fact, when speaking with A.S.C. on the use of natural lighting during The Tree of Life, Lubezki had this to say:When you put someone in front of a window, you’re getting the reflection from the blue sky and the clouds and the sun bouncing on the grass and in the room. You’re getting all these colors and a different quality of light. It’s very hard to go back to artificial light in the same movie. It’s like you’re setting a tone, and artificial light feels weird and awkward [after that].Framing the MomentLubezki has always had a great feel for framing the characters of the film. Many times we see him employ a very documentary style approach when framing. This style is very evident in films like Children of Men, The New World, The Tree of Life, Gravity, and Birdman. This could be correlated to the idea of natural space and natural setting, which he uses quite often for lighting, as we touched on above. Could this stem from his time working with Terrence Malick? Possibly, as Malick is very keen on this style and approach. In an article for the A.S.C., Lubezki quotes Malick:…act like a documentary filmmaker and come onto the locations and capture these ideas we’ve been talking about.After a successful collaboration on Birdman, Lubezki has teamed up once more with Alejandro Iñárritu for the The Revenant. In this trailer for the film from 20th Century Fox, we can clearly see Lubezki’s use of documentary style framing.Here is another great example of Lubezki using that documentary style camera work, except this time it’s for use in an iPad commercial entitled Your Verse. This clip is from Labhouse and Park Pictures.Long, Smooth, and Fluid MotionLubezki is no stranger to long takes. Well before Birdman came along, he developed the long intro for the film The Birdcage, which clocks in at over 2 minutes before a real visible cut is seen. Of course, with Lubezki it’s not just about the long take… it’s about the motion during that take, whether it’s a long take or not.For instance here is the “Coffee” scene from Birdman, where Lubezki and Iñárritu use fluid camera motion to ensure the audience is focused on the character speaking or the other character’s reaction. This video is courtesy of Movieclips Coming Soon.Lubezki had this to say about Birdman’s long takes:We added a couple of cuts, but the movements help get the audience into the world of the characters so the movie feels immersive and immediate. Again, using fluid motion and the long take, Lubezki and director Alfonso Cuaron seamlessly change the audience’s perspective from moment to moment and character to character. This intense opening sequence from Gravity is courtesy of Alexander Pavlichuk.Film as an Art FormFilm is without question an art form. That’s a given. But very rarely can you find a director and cinematographer combination that can generate and craft a series of images that can stand alone without the aid of large sections of dialogue. Malick and Lubeski have this ability, and by the looks of The Revenant trailer, Iñárritu and Lubezki have developed a very similar rapport.Allowing the imagery to guide the audience rather than the narrative dialogue is no easy task, but when it’s done well, it can be extremely powerful. Images that flow together much like a string of notes in a musical composition can sometimes elicit an emotional response more powerful than a line of dialogue. This is something that Lubezki knows well.The language of film is further and further away from the language of theater and is closer to music. It’s abstract but still narrative. Everything feels less rehearsed. It’s more experimental than classical.What are your thoughts on Emmanuel Lubezki? Has his work inspired you? Are there things about his work that you dislike? Let us know in the comments below!
In a video that went viral on Monday, Nahid Hasan, SP MLA from Kairana, was heard making a communal appeal to Muslims to not buy goods from shopkeepers close to the BJP. “Buy your grocery from Jhijhana or Panipat [neighbouring towns]. If you take this pain for a month, these shopkeepers would understand your value. Their homes run because we buy goods from them. Still we have to suffer,” he was heard saying. He also described the administration as “BJP-minded.”Later, he clarified that he was speaking for the poor. “I was speaking for the vendors who were being forcibly removed from the market by the administration that is biased towards the BJP supporters,” he alleged. Panel set upThe Shamli police have taken cognisance of the video. Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar said he had constituted an inquiry committee under Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Srivastava that would check the veracity of the video and the context of the appeal made by the MLA and submit its report in a day. “Following the orders of the district magistrate, we are undertaking an anti-encroachment drive in the town. We are removing squatters from the government land. It is not against vendors of any one community,” Mr. Srivastava told The Hindu. He said the administration was not taking any chances during the festival season in the communally sensitive city.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Keane and Mourinho ‘shocked, saddened’ after Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United identities Roy Keane and Jose Mourinho slammed their old team after defeat at West Ham.Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell earned West Ham their second successive home win against Manchester United, who remain without a league win on their travels since February.Former United captain Keane said: “I don’t know where to start. I’ m shocked and saddened about how bad they were.”Everything about United, lacklustre, no quality, no desire, no characters. It’s a long way back for United. It’s scary how far they’ve fallen.”Ex-manager Mourinho also said: “We were bad last season and I don’t see any improvement. I like these three (signings) they bring good quality but the team as a team I don’t at all and I’m not surprised by the result and I don’t think Ole can take any positives from the game.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool aiming for Carabao Cup success insists Lijndersby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are hoping to win the Carabao Cup, even if they do make changes to their team for the early rounds.The Reds will take the approach of many top Premier League sides by involving young and fringe players into the starting lineups for the competition.But assistant boss Pepijn Lijnders insists they are serious about winning the games and progressing deep into the Carabao Cup.He told the club’s website about their ambitions: “We want to compete in each competition, we want to attack each competition. We worked so hard to be in this situation where we can compete in each one. “For me, cup competitions are the soul of football because it represents a chance for smaller clubs to play against Premier League clubs and can give historic games for fans. That’s what we’re up against tomorrow. “The cup competitions are something special; when two local teams play against each other, that environment you get with the cup competitions. “We want to attack this cup, we want to attack tomorrow’s game, we will put a team in place that, for me, is a Premier League team. The players feel this responsibility as well: a highly-motivated team plays against us and the players feel this responsibility, so they really look forward to it, I really look forward to it. “It’s another opportunity to put our identity in place and show our passion. “We prepare for the game in the same way we prepared for Chelsea, with the same access, probably even more detail, but with the same hunger to win it.”
Wisconsin Forward Vitto BrownWisconsin’s men’s basketball program and its fans likely won’t ever forget the Badgers’ victory against Kentucky in this past season’s Final Four. The same can probably be said about the Wildcats and their fan base about their devastating loss. A flight attendant/Kentucky fan hasn’t forgotten about it, anyway. Today, Wisconsin guard Vitto Brown wore a Badgers’ shirt while flying. A flight attendant on his plane couldn’t stand the sight of it. Walked on the plane with a Badgers shirt.. Flight attendant asked if I played. I said yes. She said she bleeds blue. I said keep bleeding.— Vitto Brown (@SenseiSwat33) June 28, 2015 Lol she was a Kentucky grad, I could see the salt visibly spewing from her face as I sat down with sly grin. She said she don’t like me..— Vitto Brown (@SenseiSwat33) June 28, 2015 Brown and his teammates will be able to brag about that victory for the rest of their lives.
Tamara Pimental APTN National NewsLacrosse fans in Saskatchewan have been waiting months for their new team – the Saskatchewan Rush – to play their first home opener in Saskatoon.And there are hopes for Friday’s game after the Rush won their season opener against Calgary.On the team is Jeremy Thompson from the small Onondaga Nation in New York, a place with a strong cultural connection to the game.It’s not just a game, it’s medicine says Thompson.
BEIJING, China – China have signed a series of multibillion-dollar business agreements during President Donald Trump’s visit in a tradition aimed at blunting criticism of Beijing’s trade policies.Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said agreements signed Thursday at a ceremony attended by Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, totalled $253.4 billion, though many were memoranda of understanding or other arrangements that were less than firm contracts. Commercial sales announced appeared to total about $65 billion, many involving goods Chinese companies routinely buy.Such contract signings are a fixture of visits to Beijing by foreign leaders and are meant to defuse foreign complaints about China’s trade surpluses and market barriers. They often represent purchases already made by Chinese mobile phone makers, airlines and other customers that are collected for the visit, which means they have little effect on the trade balance.The contracts give Trump the opportunity to claim a rare political win following a first year in office marked by little legislative progress on health care and taxes. Trump has made narrowing the U.S. trade deficit with China — $347 billion last year — a priority. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that was a “central focus” of his talks with Xi.The American Chamber of Commerce in China said ahead of Trump’s visit it welcomed such contracts but expressed concern his focus on trade in goods might mean the president paid pays less attention to equally important issues such as complaints about restrictions on access to finance, health care and other industries in China’s state-dominated economy.Following the signing ceremony, Xi promised a more open business environment for foreign companies after Trump vowed to change unfair trade relations.“China will not close its doors and will open even wider,” said Xi. He promised a “more open, more transparent and more orderly” market.Previous administrations have celebrated similar market-opening promises only to be left disappointed.Both governments appeared to be doing their best to report the biggest total for contract signings for political benefit.The biggest agreements Thursday included a deal to co-operate on a gas project in Alaska valued at $43 billion and a shale gas demonstration project in West Virginia valued at $83.7 billion. There was no indication of how much money, if any, would change hands.Firmer contracts signed Thursday included the Chinese purchase of 300 Boeing Co. jetliners for $37 billion mobile phone chipsets from Qualcomm for $12 billion, General Electric Co. jet engines for $2.5 billion and soybeans for $1.6 billion.Ford Motor Co. committed to have its China joint venture import vehicles and auto parts worth $9.5 billion over three years and General Motors Co. made a similar commitment valued at $2.2 billion.That was on top of agreements signed Wednesday totalling $9 billion. Those included a pledge by China’s biggest online retailer, JD.com, to buy American beef and pork worth $1.2 billion and a separate memorandum of understanding on possible soybean purchases worth up to $3.4 billion.The U.S. Commerce Department said the Alaska gas project would create 12,000 jobs during construction.Other agreements included memoranda of understanding, or a promise to discuss the possibility of firmer deals, on liquefied natural gas sales and industrial development co-operation.China’s trade surplus with the United States in October widened by 12.2 per cent from a year earlier to $26.6 billion. The total surplus with the United States for the first 10 months of the year rose to $223 billion.China is the No. 3 export market for the United States after Canada and Mexico. U.S. exports to China rose 77 per cent from 2007 to 2016 but Washington reported a $347 billion trade deficit with China last year.Trump’s administration also is investigating whether Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.Xi said China is willing to expand imports of LNG, crude oil and other U.S. energy products and would explore “the potential” of more imports of American beef, cotton and other agricultural products.It was also unclear if these pledges extend beyond a U.S.-China trade agreement announced in May that featured LNG and beef exports to China, which trade experts called a modest fulfilment of past assurances made by China.
TORONTO – It was another record close for Canada’s main stock index despite a sharp drop in the health-care sector, which includes some of the country’s biggest marijuana companies.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 41.39 points to 16,412.94, gaining ground throughout the day after flatlining earlier on Thursday amid a free fall in cannabis stocks.Pot stocks were pummelled after The Associated Press reported that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will rescind an Obama-era policy that generally barred federal law enforcement officials from interfering with marijuana sales in states where the drug is legal.“That’s added huge volatility today to the marijuana stocks. They all sold off huge in the morning, came back part way during the day and seemed to be cooling off again,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.“It just shows the unbelievable volatility of these groups because there aren’t really fundamentals in valuations behind it. These are emotionally driven stocks. It shows that even though the vast majority of these stocks have little to do with the United States, it doesn’t take much to set them off one way or another.”Shares of major licensed Canadian cannabis producers such as Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) and Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) were down 9.97 per cent and 13.79 per cent at the close of markets Thursday.South of the border, Wall Street indices also hit consecutive all-time highs as the Dow Jones industrial average breached the 25,000 mark for the first time, just five weeks since its first close above 24,000. It climbed 152.45 points to settle at 25,075.13.The S&P 500 index added 10.93 points to 2,723.99 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 12.38 points to 7,077.92.Strong global economic growth and good prospects for higher company earnings have analysts predicting more gains for the Dow, although the market may not stay as calm as it has been recently.The Dow has made a rapid trip from 24,000 points on November 30, partly on enthusiasm over passage of the Republican-backed tax package, which could boost company profits this year with across-the-board cuts to corporate taxes.“For a long while in 2017 I would say the biggest driver was excitement and anticipation over tax reform, but at a certain point I think there was a handover to global economic growth really helping to carry the stock market,” said Kristina Hooper, chief global markets strategist at Invesco.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 79.90 cents US, up 0.11 of a U.S. cent.On the commodities front, the February crude contract gained 38 cents to US$62.01 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down 13 cents to US$2.88 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$3.10 to US$1,321.60 an ounce and the March copper contract added one cent at US$3.26 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Mumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to make a special appearance in Akshay Kumar-starrer “Housefull 4”. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala has roped in the “Photograph” actor to play a pivotal role, which will make an interesting twist to the plot of the film, sources close to the development said. “We will be shooting a song with Nawaz along with all the six actors. The song will have a major gravity in the movie in which Nawaz will have a pivotal role to play. It will be a grand song with 500 dancers and Ganesh Master setting the choreography,” the sources said. “We have a 5 day schedule for the same. Director Farhad Samji along with the team was working on this development for over 2 weeks and finally we shall shoot in end of May for the same,” they added. The fourth instalment of the comedy franchise is set to release in Diwali this year. The film will also feature Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Kriti Kharbanda and Pooja Hegde along with Rana Daggubatti.