People Tournament of Roses Announces 2015 Float Judges Els Hazenberg, Steven Wood Schmader and Eddie Zaratsian to Select 126th Rose ParadeÂ® Float Award Recipients From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 | 11:47 am First Heatwave Expected Next Week L-R: Els Hazenberg, Steven Wood Schmader and Eddie ZaratsianThe Tournament of Roses has selected Els Hazenberg, Steven Wood Schmader and Eddie Zaratsian to be float judges for the 126th Rose Parade presented by Honda. The judges will grant awards in a variety of floral and design categories that emphasize fantastic floral presentations (especially in the use of roses), creativity, imagination, beauty, use of theme, humor, dramatic impact and entertainment value.Tournament of Roses President Rich Chinen will announce the winning floats the morning of January 1, 2015, at Tournament House. “The Rose Parade float judges bring diverse skills to the judging process that will greatly assist them in the difficult task of judging each of the incredible floral masterpieces that are designed, built and decorated by teams who put heart and soul into each presentation,” said Chinen.About the 2015 Rose Parade Float JudgesEls Hazenberg, internationally known Dutch freelance floral designer, instructor and judge, has travelled all over the world teaching the art of European floral design and promoting the use of flowers at seminars and floral events.Hazenberg has designed flowers for a number of events involving the Dutch Royal Family, including two weddings for the sons of Beatrix, and State dinners in the United Kingdom and Washington, DC. She was also a member of the team that decorated the church in Amsterdam where Queen Beatrix was inaugurated in 1980. Among many honors, Hazenberg received the Floral Nobel Prize at the 2002Â World Flower Council Summit in the Netherlands, recognizing her outstanding work in the international floral world. In 1996, Hazenberg was honored with the American Institute of Floral Designers â€œAward of Design Influenceâ€ for the positive impact herÂ creative work has made on American floral design.She now continues her lifelong interest in flowers by studying botanical drawing and painting with Dutch, US and English artists. Hazenberg is a member of the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists and American Society of Botanical Artists. Her artwork isÂ shown at galleries and art museums.For 30 years, Hazenberg and her late husband, George, decorated the official vehicles in the Rose Parade. This will be her third time serving as a float judge for the Tournament of Roses â€“ Hazenberg was a float judge in 1984 and 2005.Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE, is the President and CEO of the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA World), which celebrates 60 years supporting and enabling event professionals worldwide in 2015. He also serves as the publisher andÂ editor of â€œie: the business of international eventsâ€ magazine.Previously, Schmader served for 11 years as the President of the Boise (Idaho) River Festival, which he started in 1991 and grew to include the support of more than 750 sponsors and 4,000 volunteers. Simultaneously, he served as the founding President ofÂ the â€œHumanitarian Bowlâ€ (now the â€œFamous Idaho Potato Bowlâ€) and the Executive Producer of the Boise 2000 Millennium Celebration, recognized by the BBC as â€˜the top celebration by an American City.â€™ In 2000, The Idaho Statesman named him one of 10Â influential individuals leading Idaho into the new millennium.Early in his career, Schmader spent 12 years working for the international, educational and performing organization, Up with People, as their Director of Special Events.In 2002, Amusement Business Magazine recognized Schmader as an â€œIndustry Difference Makerâ€ and in 2004 was featured as a â€œProfile in Event Leadershipâ€ in Special Events: Event Leadership for a New World. Schmader serves as the Director of the Event Management School at Oglebay National Training Center in West Virginia and architect of the IFEA World Festival & Event City Award, recognizing and encouraging positive city-event partnerships worldwide.Eddie Zaratsian, the creative director for Tic-Tock Couture Florals and Eddie Zaratsian Custom Florals and Lifestyle, is one of the most sought after floral designers internationally. One of the youngest inductees into the American Institute of FloralÂ Designers, his consistently beautiful designs and undeniable talent continue to amaze hisÂ impressive list of clients and fans.Zaratsian is the go-to floral designer to some of Hollywoodâ€™s biggest names. For over two decades, he has been a preferred and celebrated artist in the recording, film, and television industries. Some of his noteworthy accomplishments include working with Oprah Winfrey on the launch of OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, and The Emmy Awards Governorâ€™s Ball. Zaratsianâ€™s work has also graced the pages of countless publications including Glamour, InStyle, Grace Ormondeâ€™s Wedding Style, Harperâ€™s Bazaar, Time, Ceremony Magazine and People. Fashion houses including Chanel, Christian Dior and Gucci have looked to Zaratsian for many industry events.The London Financial Times named Zaratsian as the top five leading floral designers in the world. A showcase of Zaratsianâ€™s talents can be seen in his book, Eddie Zaratsian: Custom Florals and Lifestyle.About the Pasadena Tournament of RosesÂ®The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts theÂ Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl GameÂ® and a variety of associated events. The Tournamentâ€™s 935 volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization within the community and serve on one of 31 committees that ensure the success of the parade and game. Collectively, they contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 126th Rose Parade presented by Honda and themed â€œInspiring Stories,â€ will take place Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, followed by the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com. 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When Moon Hooch‘s Wenzl McGowen, Mike Wilbur, and James Muschler decided to rent a house in the Mojave Desert to record new music, the natural symbiosis that was created from their days of hiking Joshua Tree National Park and the surrounding landscape translated into the creation of eight brand new tracks. The Joshua Tree EP is now available for free download here.The band had this to say with regards to their entire experience at Joshua Tree:“We rented a house in the Mojave desert just outside of Joshua Tree National Park. We set up a little studio and tried to record an album, but we couldn’t come up with anything. After struggling for several days we decided to try a new approach. We got together in the same room with our instruments and said, “Let’s just hit it.” We started playing whatever came to our minds and somehow this process created 8 songs. Don’t ask us where they came from, but we certainly enjoyed bringing them to this planet.Joshua Tree National Park was an incredibly inspiring atmosphere which helped to open up our minds and ears. Every day we would hike the dead sandstone mountains and take in the dry desert air, allowing for a new type of musical expression we’ve never experienced before. After a few days of struggling to compose things individually we decided to get together and create spontaneously. Images of desert animals and Joshua Trees flashed before our eyes while new sounds emerged from our instruments. We hope you enjoy what we’ve come up with!”Download the EP at the following link. Feel free to make donations as well! Listen to the album below:
Aspas snatches late VAR-assisted equaliser in thriller as they top Group B to set up last 16 clash with hosts RussiaKaliningrad, June 26: Morocco almost created the biggest upset of the 2018 FIFA World Cup before a late goal handed Spain a 2-2 draw in a Group B match here on Monday.Khalid Boutaib gifted Morocco a surprise lead in the 14th minute before Isco (19th) restored parity for Spain five minutes later.Youssef En-Nesyri gave Morocco the lead for the second time in the 81st minute.But Iago Aspas scored in second half injury time to avoid an embarrassing defeat for Spain.Spain thus finished the group stage with five points from three matches and are through to the second round.With Iran stunning heavyweights Portugal in the day’s other Group B game by holding the reigning European champions to a draw, Spain finished at the top of the group.Spain will meet hosts Russia in the next round. Russia had finished second in Group A.Needing a draw to avoid a first round exit, star-studded Spain struggled against the well organised Morocco defence throughout the game.The only aspect in which morocco were stronger than Spain were the arial balls, thanks to their height and physical strength.The North Africans used that advantage to full effect.While Spain kept the Morocco defence under tremendous pressure for the most part, most of the crosses and long balls were dealt with effectively by the Africans.At the other end of the pitch, Morocco repeatedly troubled the Spanish defence with long balls.Spain central defenders Pique and Sergio Ramos had to fight a tough, physical battle to keep the Morocco forwards at bay.Morocco created the whiff of a possible upset when a mix up between Iniesta and Sergio Ramos allowed Boutaib to snatch the ball and race clear on goal before beating David de Gea in the Spanish goal with a calm finish.Stunned by the goal, Spain went all out for the equaliser.They did not have to wait long as a superb build up saw Iniesta storm into the Morocco penalty box.Almost through on goal, the veteran midfielder caught his marker and Morocco goalkeeper Munir Mohamedi off guard with a feint and found Isco with a pull back.With Mohamedi caught off balance, the unmarked Isco had to problem in finding the net.Morocco were unlucky not to get a second goal in the 56th minute when Amrabat’s long range shot hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced out with De Gea well beaten.The match was set up for a dramatic last few minutes when Youssef rose above the Spain defence to nod in Faycal Fajr’s cross off a corner.That left Spain starting at the frightening prospect of an embarrassing defeat and a possible first round exit.But Aspas ensured a passage to the second round for the former World Cup champions when he met Isco’s cross with a beautiful finish.The goal was initially ruled offside, but VAR technology came to Spain’s rescue by overturning the referee’s decision.That prompted some heated exchanges on the sidelines and on the pitch as the entire Morocco squad and coaching staff exploded in protest. But it was all to no avail as Spain saw off the remaining couple of minutes of added time and saved themselves by the skin of their teeth. IANS
‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The Knights, who were determined to win in their home floor, held the Blazers scoreless in the 3:27 and strung a closing 7-0 run to pick up their third win against a loss.Letran continued to take advantage of their size with the frontcourt trio of Larry Muyang, Chris Fajarito, and Jeo Ambohot combining for 22 points and 22 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Bong Quinto, meanwhile, paced the Knights with 17 points.“We just like to take advantage of the strength that we obviously have and we did it again in this game,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Letran improved to solo third after outlasting St. Benilde, 64-60, in the NCAA Season 94 basketball tournament Tuesday at Letran Gym.ADVERTISEMENT Yankie Haruna finished with 13 points for St. Benilde, which dropped to 2-3, while Clement Leutcheu added 10 points, seven boards and five assists in the loss.The scores:Letran 64 – Quinto 17, Muyang 10, Fajarito 10, Batiller 8, Calvo 6, Yu 4, Balanza 2, Ambohot 2, Taladua 2, Mandreza 2, Celis 1, Balagasay 0, Agbong 0CSB 60 – Haruna 13, Leutcheu 10, Gutang 8, Dixon 8, Naboa 5, Velasco 5, Young 4, Domingo 3, Pasturan 2, Carlos 2Quarterscores: 13-17; 25-31; 43-44; 64-60ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Despite 2-1 lead, San Miguel wary of Ginebra comeback MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs
0Shares0000Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (left) with SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri (right) dNAIROBI, Kenya – Club patron and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will be the guest of honour during Kenyan Premier League Champions Gor Mahia’s coronation on Sunday at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.Gor will be presented with the trophy after their match against 2008 title winners Mathare United in an occasion that is expected to rock the foundation of the lakeside city the club identifies as its spiritual home. “Tomorrow (Sunday) is a big day and I’m asking you to be there because Gor will be in town. The match against Mathare is guard of honour, a formality. Raila will come to join us in celebrating our champions,” Deputy Governor, Kisumu County Matthews Owili announced on Saturday.Having missed last year’s trophy presentation at the same venue, the former premier’s presence will add the stardust to the expected rousing party in honour of the team that extended its all-time league winning record to 17.At the same time, Gor stars hailed the Kits for Africa (KFA) initiative after they were involved in distributing uniforms to 50 grassroots teams from Kisumu on Saturday.Captain Harun Shakava, midfielder Francis Kahata and defend Joash Onyango accompanied their head coach, Dylan Kerr and club legend, Peter Dawo to Central Square at the heart of Kisumu where the presentation took place.“This project is helping grassroots football to be felt. Our presence here has helped the teams feel they are recognized in Kenyan football,” the K’Ogalo said.He urged leading bookmakers, SportPesa, who are behind the KFA initiative, to facilitate a tournament in the region to strengthen its ties with the beneficiary teams, some who have never played in any sort of uniform.“If possible, we are ready to play a select side from this competition if it is organised. Personally, I can’t wait to be involved in this event in future,” the Kenya international defender emphasised.“I feel honoured because it’s the first time I’m doing a noble cause in Kisumu. I believe our presence inspired the teams to believe that they too can make it in life,” his teammate Kahata underscored.Onyango, who has enjoyed a breakthrough season at the club, playing a key role in their march to the title, insisted the KFA project could go a long way in fulfilling the dreams of many a local footballer.“Our presence here has motivated the players to work hard. If possible, SportPesa should help these players pursue education apart from playing football,” the defender added.KFA was launched two years ago where SportPesa partner clubs in Europe, Everton FC, Hull City FC, Arsenal FC, Torino FC and Southampton FC donate kit for the benefit of local teams in the continent.-By SportPesa News-0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)
16 January 2015Some 270 000 young people had landed jobs since the implementation of the Employment Tax Incentive Act, the National Treasury said on 15 January.National Treasury spokesperson Jabulani Sikhakhane said about 29 000 employers had made use of the incentive. It came into effect in 2014, after the law was passed in December 2013.“Information received from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) indicates that employers have claimed the incentive for at least 270 000 employees up until the end of December 2014,” he said.“National Treasury is working with SARS to use the data that is included in the bi- annual reporting requirements from employers to create a more detailed assessment of the impact of the Act on youth employment. This work is still progressing, but a report will be published when the analysis is complete.”The law was passed in December 2013 after consultations with labour unions and business at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).Sikhakhane said the National Treasury would continue to monitor the implementation of the incentive and may act to change it if there were unintended consequences that were not in line with the objective of creating more employment.“As the incentive progresses and more data becomes available it will be easier to investigate these specific questions and they will be covered in any report that is published on the incentive.” The initial take up of the incentive had been “higher than expected”, which could be seen as a positive start.“More time is required to adequately assess the overall success of the policy as it is dependent on the number of new jobs created and the future opportunities and progression of employees who were hired as a result of the incentive.“The incentive will then be up for review in 2016, where adjustments may be made to improve its impact and effectiveness,” Sikhakhane said.The current phase of the Employment Tax Incentive is aimed at helping young people between the ages of 18 and 29 to get work.“The other two categories of intended beneficiaries have no age restrictions and they are workers employed by companies operating in special economic zones designated by notice by the Minister of Finance in the [Government] Gazette; and workers employed by a business which is part of an industry which has been designated by the Minister of Finance, after consultation with the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Trade and Industry, by notice in the Gazette,” Sikhakhane said.The incentive was first announced by President Jacob Zuma in 2010 against the concerns of an increasing rate of unemployment among young people. Following this announcement, Pravin Gordhan, at the time minister of finance, introduced the incentive in his 2010 Budget.In February 2011, a discussion paper, “Confronting youth unemployment: policy options for South Africa” was published. It was referred to Nedlac for consultation, and the National Treasury said the comments made at Nedlac had been included in the newly approved draft Bill.Source: SANews
With trackFinger you can ‘easily’ track your finger movements and place them in After Effects.As first reported by ProVideoCoalition, the Italian company Exmachina recently unveiled the latest in mobile motion graphic technology: trackFinger.Instead of using motion sketch and a mouse or trackpad, why not use your iPad or iPhone to track your finger movements? With trackFinger users can record finger movements on their mobile iOS device (sorry Android users!) and upload that information into After Effects. TrackFinger records finger movements from your mobile device and emails the tracked information to be copied the clipboard so you can easily impress all your motion graphic friends.The app features:Multiple project handling and track listFinger tracking with variable tracks per second.Fully customizable user interface.Online tutorials and resources Unfortunately, trackFinger‘s free version will not drop until the middle of January but a paid version is available for 39.99 in the app store. Feel free to watch the video below for a more in-depth look at trackFinger’s user interface.What do you think of this app? Is it just a silly novelty or could you see yourself actually using it in your post production and motion graphics work? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham set to help Southampton offload Manolo Gabbiadiniby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham can help Southampton offload Manolo Gabbiadini.The Mirror says Sampdoria need to off-load a couple of players before they can afford to end Gabbiadini’s St Mary’s nightmare with a loan for the rest of the season.They will then have an obligation to buy the Italian International, 27, for £10 million in the summer but a deal would depend on Grégoire Defrel, on-loan from Roma, moving on.The Hammers are keen on the French hit man who has scored seven goals this season along with Fulham who are looking for goals to avoid the drop as well as Watford.But they may have to offload some fringe players themselves before being able to push through a deal for Defrel who is keen on a move to the Premier League.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd Treble winner Irwin: Could Fergie make it here?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Denis Irwin says Sir Alex Ferguson could handle today’s football.Irwin, a left-back under Ferguson for half of his reign, believes his old manager is still up to task.“You’ve got to be able to handle the pressure of playing for Manchester United as a player, and as a manager you’ve got to handle all these players differently,” Irwin told Sporting Life.“They’re almost like rock stars these days. But Sir Alex would be fine, he’d be brilliant.“People always ask me about all the old players and would they be able to play in this modern day, but all the great players could play in today’s era.“A lot of the guys I played with, but even before my time with the likes of George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton, they’d be brilliant in today’s football.”Sir Alex, although he was an old fashioned manager in some ways he was also a forward-thinking manager.“He brought all the sports science guys in and always surrounded himself with great coaches, so he was before his time and he’d be a fantastic manager now.”
The school was built at a cost of $111 million through partnership involving the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; Sandals Foundation; and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund. Story Highlights Ten months after its official opening, the West End Infant School in Westmoreland graduated its first batch of 27 students on Thursday (July 5).Addressing the ceremony, held on the grounds of the institution in West End Negril, Chairman of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Trisha Williams-Singh, hailed the school administration for the “tremendous work” done in upholding the standards of the ECC.She noted that West End Infant has the honour of being the first early-childhood institution in Westmoreland to be certified after being in operation for just one term.“You are a certified institution; that’s optimum quality for our children. You feel the difference in an institution like this one compared to others, because [you] have attained the 12 legal operating standards. This institution is among only 15 that are certified in the parish of Westmoreland,” she said.Mrs. Williams-Singh is encouraging the other institutions within the parish to take the necessary steps to becoming certified.Of the 163 early-childhood institutions operating in Westmoreland, 134 have applied for certification.For her part, Principal of the institution, Sherida Malcolm, expressed her gratitude to the parents, staff and funders for their continuous contribution towards the development of the school.West End Infant opened its doors on September 4, 2017 with 46 students, with the numbers growing throughout the year to reach 80.The school was built at a cost of $111 million through partnership involving the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; Sandals Foundation; and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.It can accommodate 160 students aged three to six years.CONTACT: Addressing the ceremony, held on the grounds of the institution in West End Negril, Chairman of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Trisha Williams-Singh, hailed the school administration for the “tremendous work” done in upholding the standards of the ECC. Of the 163 early-childhood institutions operating in Westmoreland, 134 have applied for certification.