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first_imgTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—One hundred years ago Thursday women marched through the halls of the Indiana Statehouse to music as lawmakers ratified the 19th amendment, giving them the right to vote after decades of struggle.On Thursday, dozens of women and men filled a wing of the Statehouse to celebrate and commemorate that milestone with music and speeches led by the Capital City Chorus, an all-women’s choir.  The chorus, singing “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” as well as other encouraging songs, got a standing ovation.“It’s so important to pause, and remember this important milestone in our state’s history,” Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch told the crowd. “To remember where we have been, and where we are going.”Crouch chairs the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, which has organized a year’s worth of events to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment.The House and the Senate both adopted resolutions that honored the passage of the 19thAmendment and the people who worked for it. The resolution passed in each chamber by unanimous votes.Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, acknowledged the work of minority women in the suffrage movement.“I am proud for all the work African American women did to work to get the right to vote,” she said.Anita Morgan, a senior lecturer in history at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, described some of the successes and setbacks women endured as they campaigned over 72 years for the right to vote.One of the first steps in that journey began in 1848 at the first U.S. women’s rights convention. She also described how in Indiana a bill granting women voting rights passed in 1881, but all information about it disappeared from official records.At the time, Morgan said one member of the General Assembly was asked about why he voted for women’s suffrage and he replied, “The women were persistent.”Anita Morgan of IUPUI discussed all of the steps Hoosier Women took to ratify women’s suffrage in Indiana. Photo by Joshua Hansel, TheStatehousefile.comIn 1917, lawmakers passed a bill that would allow women to start voting in some state and local elections. The Indiana Supreme Court, however, shut them down because they believed extra poll workers and separate ballot boxes to accommodate women workers would cost too much.Sherry Watkins, co-president of the Indianapolis chapter of the American Association of University Women, attended the event in a 1920s costume. She wore a large white hat that was covered with feathers and a long lace dress.At the height of the suffrage movement, women wore white to show they were feminine and as a defense against critics who said they were trying to be masculine by obtaining the same rights as men, according to the CR Fashion Book blog.More than a dozen women joined Watkins in wearing similar costumes standing with her for the same cause.“I had a mother who was not given the same kind of accommodation when she was working, and when she was working in World War II and when the men came home women lost their jobs,” Watkins said. “She really enjoyed being a homeworker, but she still had that sense that it wasn’t right.”Watkins said that the Statehouse will be seeing more of her, as she continues to advocate for women’s rights.Laura Tolbert, a resident of Indianapolis, attended the event with her seven children; four of which are girls. She said she wanted them to see the moment commemorating 100 years of women voting.Laura Tolbert of Indianapolis brought her seven children to the Statehouse for the women’s suffrage celebration event. Photo by LaMonte Richardson, TheStatehouseFile.com“Women have the same ability and interest in contributing to our political and governmental environment that men do,” she said.Even though women are slightly more than 50 percent of the state’s population, they hold 24% of the seats in the General Assembly. While Indiana has some women in leadership roles, especially in the courts where Loretta Rush serves as the first female Indiana Supreme Court chief justice and five other courts are led by women, the state has never elected a female governor and the top leaders in the House and Senate have always been malesCrouch, when asked when Indiana would see its first female governor, replied, “Hopefully in the near future.”The year-long celebrations will continue with events across the state, including free admissions to local museums, Crouch noted. More information can be found at indianasufferage100.org.She ended the program on an upbeat note: “You here today, and women all across our great state, know that when we come together, and we work together, we can accomplish great things and build a better tomorrow.”FOOTNOTE: Haley Pritchett is a reporter with TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. By Haley Pritchett FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgFor me, breaking down Halloween always comes back to the phases of childhood. Early on, you are all about the candy; maximize speed and efficiency to stockpile as much sugar as possible before mom comes to pick you up, traveling to the posh neighborhoods if necessary. Then, during the tween years, candy takes a back seat to, shall we say, more devious endeavors, whether they be of the TP and egg variety, or of the “take advantage of being alone in the dark on a school night awkward make out” variety. This is when trick or treating becomes less cool, but you still want free candy so you do it anyway. Then comes the lean years when you are too old to trick or treat, but still too young to go full rager without the risk of being grounded for the year. But it finally pays off when you get to the slutty, blowout, scare fest, extravaganza Halloween party phase. This one lasts a while, and it is good. The final phase is the bored parent phase, and it is also good, but for different reasons. This is the phase most of the people in the above video are in, and to which I am currently creeping toward.One of my favorite parts of getting scare pranks on video is that sometimes the person doing the scaring comes out the worse for wear, either by getting punched in the face or…well, usually getting punched in the face. What does this have to do with the outdoors? You have to be outside to get the candy, right? Or at least be outside long enough to half-french your girlfriend in the bushes.For a more traditional take on Trauma Tuesday, check out this compilation of urban rail riding bails from We Are 2012’s new movie “Capitals.”★CAPITALS / BAILS from WEARE2012 on Vimeo.last_img read more

first_imgDiscount rates in Switzerland for the purposes of international accounting standard IAS 19 were negative for the first time in the third quarter of this year, the consultancy said. Though they rose again slightly in September, the firm said discount rates are still negative for shorter durations and only slightly positive for longer durations.Adam Casey, head of corporate retirement consulting at Willis Towers Watson in Zurich, said: “It is impossible to foresee the development of discount rates in the fourth quarter. However, we are preparing companies for the unusual but real possibility of negative discount rates for the 2019 valuations under IAS 19.”Willis Towers Watson said it was now the right time to ensure assumptions used for accounting purposes corresponded to the current best estimate of the development of the pension plan.“Adjustments to certain assumptions that have not been reviewed in recent years could lead to a much-needed reduction in pension fund obligations,” it said.The consultancy also suggested companies might also set out to optimise their risks by reviewing the structure of their pension plans.The pension fund index is published quarterly by Willis Towers Watson and is based on International Accounting Standard 19 (IAS 19).At the beginning of September the consultancy warned long-term pension liabilities for company pension funds in Switzerland could rise 15% as a result of the county’s discount rate turning negative. Plummeting discount rates for liabilities caused the pension balance sheets of Swiss companies to weaken in the third quarter of this year to the point where the schemes were collectively in deficit, according to Willis Towers Watson’s latest pension index for the sector.Overall, the coverage ratio — the ratio of pension assets to liabilities — fell by around four percentage points between July and September, declining to 99.6% by the end of September from 103.5% at the close of June, the consultancy reported.Willis Towers Watson said this was the first time since the second quarter of 2017 that its pension index for Switzerland was in deficit.Swiss company pension funds achieved a return on capital in the third quarter which largely matched the previous quarter’s return, the firm said, adding that this could not offset the significant decline in discount rates.last_img read more

first_imgDukku Warriors edged Abubakar Malami FC in the championship match of the seventh edition of Dr. Mohammed Sanusi State Super League Finals staged at the Dukku Barracks football ground on Friday.Football stakeholders from far and near gathered in Birnin Kebbi for the finals of the annual competition which also guarantees the two finalists slots in the Division Three of the Nigerian Nationwide League One as representatives of Kebbi State.It was also an opportunity for leading political and business figures in Kebbi State, including Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, to congratulate seasoned administrator, Dr. Sanusi on his renewed mandate (fresh, five-year contract) as General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation. Also at the occasion were Chairman of the Kebbi State Football Association, Alhaji Abubakar Chika Ladan (a former Member of the NFF Executive Committee), Hon. Bello Yakubu Rilisco (Member of the House of Representatives), Dr. Haliru Bala Jikan Daudu (Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission), Alh. Usman Umar Ladan (Ag. Permanent Secretary, Kebbi State Ministry of Sports), as well as government officials from Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states.The Kebbi State Beach Soccer Association, led by its Chairman, Alh. Mahmud Hadejia presented jersey and gifts to Dr. Sanusi in recognition of his achievements as General Secretary of the NFF in the past five years.Speaking at the occasion, the NFF General Secretary expressed delight that the competition which began six years ago has continued to grow in essence and stature, and achieving one of its main objectives which is to keep the youth off the streets and away from all kinds of social vices.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgWherein we discuss everything filmmakers need to consider when comparing cheap microphones to expensive ones for video projects.Cover image via guruXOX.If it’s been said once, it’s been said a thousand times: for filmmakers and video professionals, your projects are only going to be as good as your audio. All the post-production tips and tricks in world will never truly redeem poor audio. That being said, there seem to be different schools of thought on the importance of the microphone’s quality. One says that the microphone is the single most important piece of audio equipment on a shoot, while the other argues that the difference between top-of-the-line and prosumer-level options matters very little compared to picking the right one for the job.Let’s take a measured approach and look at how some expensive microphones compare with their cheap counterparts in a controlled environment — as well as the nine major aspects to consider when choosing the microphone for your next video project.$22 Microphone vs. $3600 MicrophoneIn this video by professional vlogger and musician Andrew Huang, we get to see a controlled test between a $22 microphone and a $3,600 one (as well as a few others for some middle price points). While this video focuses on audio recording for music, you can see and hear the differences between expensive and cheap options in terms of tonality, crispness, and frequency responsiveness. However, this does not quite give us the whole picture for recording audio on a video production set — or out on location. Let’s look at the most important considerations.Polar PatternThe polar pattern of a microphone is the sensitivity to sound relative to the direction or angle from which the sound arrives, or easier worded how well the microphone “hears“ sound from different directions. The most common types of directionality are: Omnidirectional, Cardioid and Supercardioid. (Shure)Let’s begin with audio recording basics: every microphone has a polar pattern that defines its coverage. A cardioid, for example, is most sensitive in the front and has practically no pickup in the back. An omnidirectional microphone, on the other hand, is equally sensitive at all angles and picks up sound from every direction. For filmmakers, most shotgun microphones used to capture one source of audio are usually cardioid or super cardioid, while omnidirectional microphones are more useful for things like room tone.Dynamic RangeDynamic range measurements are used in audio equipment to indicate a component’s maximum output signal and to rate a system’s noise floor. As a reference point, the dynamic range of human hearing, the difference between the softest sound we can perceive and the loudest, is about 120 dB. (WhatIs)When looking at the differences between cheap and expensive microphones, one of the most notable aspects will be the microphone’s dynamic range. Specifically, how faithful a microphone can be when recording between its largest (max SPL) and smallest (noise floor) signals. As with dynamic range in video (and, say, the difference between footage shot on a cheap DSLR and a high-end cinema camera), with a greater range of capture, the less information you lose, so more will be available to work with in post.Frequency ResponseFrequency response is the measure of any system’s output to an input signal of varying frequency (but constant amplitude). Frequency response is typically characterized by the magnitude of the system’s response, measured in dB, and the phase, measured in radians, versus frequency. (FADGI).If you look at different microphones online, you’ll often see a range, like 20Hz to 20kHz. These numbers indicate the frequency response range. Usually, the better the microphone, the greater the range. However, for those considering cheaper audio options, it’s important to note that the human ear can only hear in the 20Hz to 20kHz range (although that doesn’t mean that capturing the higher and lower frequencies isn’t important). Here’s a great article on how to read frequency response charts to really understand what it means for your choices.Other FactorsImage via sefoma.Along with polar patterns, dynamic range, and frequency response, here are some good resources to read up on for other factors like sensitivity, impedance, maximum SPL, and S/N ratio. You may also want to take other issues into account, like weight and dimensions (can your microphone work with your audio recording set up?) and issues with power supplies.Finally, many microphones come with accessories to make them easier to use, so keep an eye on what you get for your money. If you’re starting from scratch, getting a full audio recording package can be a great way to get going, but if you’ve built out your gear a bit, choosing only a top-of-the-line microphone can be a great investment.For further reading on audio recording for film and video, check out some of these articles.The Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording AudioHow to Capture High Quality Audio for Low Budget FilmsImprove Voice Recordings in Premiere Prolast_img read more

first_imgMan sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago The undefeated former welterweight king, who is coming out of retirement to fight McGregor in Las Vegas, said he had spotted rabbit punches in footage of McGregor’s sparring session with Paulie Malignaggi.McGregor, who has never fought in a professional boxing contest, appears to floor Malignaggi in the footage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMayweather, 40, was unimpressed.“I had a chance to see it and my thought were, it was interesting,” Mayweather said of McGregor’s Malignaggi knockdown. “A lot of rabbit punching, a lot of illegal shots, behind the head,” he added.READ: McGregor vows fast finish against MayweatherMcGregor has hired veteran referee Joe Cortez during his training camp to help advise on boxing rules and ensure he fights clean.“He’s had Joe Cortez in his training camp and I’ve still seen him being extremely dirty,” Mayweather said.Veteran referee Robert Byrd will be responsible for managing the fight and Mayweather is confident he will maintain control of the contest. Byrd officiated in Mayweather’s 2013 win over Robert Guerrero in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Floyd Mayweather has accused Conor McGregor of “fighting dirty” in training but is confident of a clean battle when the two men meet in their August 26 superfight.Mayweather told reporters on a conference call on Thursday he believed mixed martial arts star McGregor had used illegal tactics in sparring sessions.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I truly believe the referee is going to do a great job,” Mayweather said.“The referee’s job is to keep the fight clean. He don’t have anything to worry about. I’m looking forward to following the Queensberry rules of boxing,” he added.Mayweather retired from boxing in 2015 with a perfect 49-0 record to emulate former heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano. A win against McGregor would see the welterweight become the only man to ever hold a perfect 50-0 record.Mayweather insisted however that moving clear of Marciano’s historic benchmark was not on his mind.“Even though this is my 50th fight, this is not my focus,” Mayweather said. “Rocky Marciano is a legend, he did it his way. I just like to do it the Mayweather way.”Win or lose, Mayweather is adamant that nothing will be able to tempt him back into the ring following his return against McGregor. He reiterated an earlier statement that this month’s fight will be his last.BACKSTORY: Mayweather ‘out of retirement for McGregor’“This is my last one. I gave my word to (adviser) Al Haymon, I gave my word to my children, I don’t want to break that,” Mayweather said.“I’m going to stick to my word — this is going to be my last fight.” Read Next Korea ousts Gilas Pilipinas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgNo one can argue that sport and business are two separate entities in today’s world, and in an effort to improve the way our sport is run, the Australian Touch Association has engaged a Strategic Sports Management Audit. The audit will involve workshops and focus groups for affiliates around Australia and is being headed by Professor David Shilbury and Dr Pamm Kellett. David Shilbury is head of the Bowater School of Management and Marketing and a professor of sports management at Deakin University, he is also an editor of Sport Management Review. Dr Pamm Kellet also lectures at the Bowater School of Management and Marketing, as well as having extensive International experience as a lecturer and consultant in the area of Sports Managment. The ATA is not attempting to predict results in any way, but instead wants to look at the management strategies currently in place by listening to member’s suggestions and the ideas the consultants may have about the management and administration of touch football. “At the end of the day, we anticipate that we will have a model in place that will require change and will deliver better service to our members,” says Peter Topp, National Technical Director With 330 association affiliates and almost 200,000 players Australia wide, it is becoming even more crucial to examine the management strategies of touch football. The audit will look at the delivery of touch, including player development, junior development, referees, coaching, participation and elite sport amongst others. It will consider the current methods of delivery, what is delivered at each level, who delivers the product and so forth. The consultants will also consider current good practice models in other sporting organizations and business, when developing their final recommendations. The audit has already started, with workshops being run in Townsville, Rockhampton and Brisbane as well as Sydney. Victoria and Tasmania are next state to undertake the audit, followed by the ACT, WA and SA. For all enquiries, please contact the ATA office on: (02) 62852703 Rachel Moylelast_img read more

first_imgEx-Leicester striker Tony Cottee: This club going placesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City striker Tony Cottee believes his old club is “going places”.Cottee is impressed by the changes the Foxes has made over the years.He said, “I think it’s certainly a club that’s going places. “I had the pleasure of going to the training ground recently and seeing how they’ve improved the training ground with a new training ground to come next year. There’s not been too many pennies held back with that, there’s a lot of money gone into the infrastructure of the Football Club and big plans for the stadium.“Looking at the pitch here, I’m a little bit jealous, I’ve got to be honest! I’d love to be at the Club now and playing in what are great times for the Club. I had the privilege of playing 20 years ago with a great squad of players.“You look at the squad that’s here now and how the Club is for the present. The past is all well and good, but you have to make sure the present and the future is in good hands and I think it is.“We all know what happened three years ago and the wonderful season that Leicester had. I’m looking to the present and the future and I think it’s a really, really good squad of players and an excellent manager who’s forward-thinking and wants to take the Club onto the next level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mohawks Fauxhawks And Macklemores The TopHeavy Hairdos of the World Cup

If there have been breakout stars at this year’s World Cup, they’re certainly the bold hairstyles sported on some of the world’s top teams. There are seemingly countless mohawks, faux-hawks and ‘dos that can really only be called a “Macklemore” on the pitch at the premier soccer tournament.Countless, that is, before today.We pored through each of the 56 World Cup games so far to inventory the haircuts of the starting lineups for each of the 32 teams in the tournament. We counted up every striking mohawk, all of the slightly less committed faux-hawks and, of course, the lamentable-in-retrospect Macklemores.All told, in the group stage we counted 24 honest-to-God Mohawks, 31 faux-hawks and a whopping 36 Mackelmores.Neymar of Brazil, of course, is in a league of his own.So is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ermin Bicakcic:At five apiece, the Ghanaian and Cameroonian contingents had more mohawks than any other squad. Together, those two teams composed more than 40 percent of all inventoried mohawks. The Nigerian team had the most faux-hawks, and the Chileans had the most Macklemores (five and four, respectively). Russia, Costa Rica, Honduras and Australia were the only nations with unexciting, uninspiring hair.Now we wouldn’t think hairstyle would have any effect on performance. And it doesn’t. We plotted the combined number of mo’s, faux’s and ‘mores against the number of points each team picked up in the group phase:That’s pretty hairy (forgive us). But when we break it down by style, something fantastic emerges. It appears that Macklemore-style haircuts are positively correlated with victory, and mohawks with defeat.And the trend has continued into the first knockout round. Of the eight games in the Round of 16, four matches had a team with a higher number of Macklmore-style haircuts than their competition. In those four contests, the team with more shaved sides and gross tops won 75 percent of the time.Is it a small sample size? Yes. Is it completely meaningless? Yes. Is there a shred of evidence that the hairstyles of a team member has any sort of impact on the athletic performance of a team? Absolutely not.But still. read more

OSU junior safety Vonn Bell (11) dives toward the end zone after interception in a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7. OSU won, 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe number of vacancies on the Ohio State depth chart keeps growing, as the count of starters not returning has climbed to 16 on Tuesday with Vonn Bell’s declaration for the NFL draft. “I have decided to make myself eligible and enter the 2016 NFL Draft,” the junior safety said in a press release through the university.  “It has been an honor and a privilege to play at the best university in the country, to play for the best coach in the country, and to help bring the 2014 national championship to The Ohio State University and the best fans in the country.”A two-year starter for the Scarlet and Gray, Bell finishes his career in Columbus with 176 total tackles, nine interceptions and two fumble recoveries. In the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame on New Year’s Day, the Rossville, Georgia, native recorded a pair of tackles. Bell found his way to the end zone twice in 2015, the first on a 14-yard fumble recovery against Hawaii and the second on a 15-yard interception return versus Minnesota. In what turned out to be his final collegiate season, the 5-foot-11 Bell received first-team All-American honors by the Associated Press. Bell’s announcement comes just hours after redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas announced his plans to turn pro, as well. The duo joins seven other OSU underclassmen who have declared for April’s draft. In addition to the nine underclassmen leaving Columbus, seven starters that were seniors will no longer be with the program in 2016. Bell’s declaration is likely to be the last one for coach Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes, as all the players rumored to be mulling to turn pro have done so thus far. Bell’s draft projection varies amongst analysts but many have him graded as a second- or third-round pick. “My time here has been very special to me and my family,” Bell said in the release. “And I thank all Buckeye fans for their love and support.” read more