The Red Giant Universe is Live

first_img31 free and 19 paid plug-ins help the Red Giant Universe make a splash in the post-production community.Red Giant Universe has officially been released to the public and if you are in the field of VFX, motion graphic design, or video editing, this is big news! The Red Giant Universe is Red Giant’s first shot at a subscription based plug-in service and we are extremely eager to see if it is well received. If consumers like the Universe than we will probably see many more subscription based effects in the future. But for now we have the Universe and with a version that’s completely free, it’s not a bad deal.What is Red Giant Universe?Members of the Red Giant Universe have access to dozens of plug-in’s for use in Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut X, and Apple Motion. The Universe was designed to be a community where users can not only download and use plug-in’s but also suggest new plug-in’s to be developed. Previous plug-in’s like Retrograde, Knoll Light Factory EZ and Toonit are available inside the Universe.Pricing and AvailabilityThere is a version of the Red Giant Universe which is completely free to those who sign up. Members with a free membership will have access to 31 free plug ins. However, Premium members will have access to 19 more exclusive plug-ins. Membership comes in 3 levels: Monthly at $10 a month, Yearly at $99 a year and a lifetime membership for $399.Even if you don’t want to be a paid member it is totally worth signing up to get access to the free plug-ins and effects. To download, go to the Universe’s website and begin using today!Now that the beta is complete, what do you think of the Red Giant Universe? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Sammy replaces Gayle as West Indies captain

first_imgChris Gayle was on Monday dumped from West Indies captaincy and replaced by all-rounder Darren Sammy in a shake-up aimed at rebuilding the side which has been on decline for some years.The West Indies Cricket Board announced the decision to sack Gayle, who has been skipper since 2007, while naming the squad for the three-match Test tour of Sri Lanka next month.Sammy, though, has not been a regular member of the Test side having played just eight matches after making his debut in June 2007.Gayle, who recently refused new central contracts with the WICB last month along with Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, is still in the squad as a batsman.Gayle, Bravo and Pollard had refused central contracts which stipulated that they must make themselves available for the West Indies team at all times.Bravo was also demoted from vice-captaincy with Brendan Nash taking over the job for the Test series in Sri Lanka, though he is still in the squad.The sacking of Gayle, who led West Indies to three wins in 20 Tests as captain, and naming of Sammy and Nash into positions of responsibility was apparently done as WICB wanted stability in leadership from players whose availability was not in question.WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire thanked Gayle for leading West Indies “during a challenging period” of the game in the country.”Chris Gayle, the former captain, led the West Indies during a challenging period and the board thanks him for stepping up then but it is now time to pass the mantle on as the West Indies rebuilds,” said Hilaire.advertisementWest Indies are seventh in the Test rankings and eighth in the world in the one-day format and the WICB is hoping 26-year-old Sammy can inspire an improvement.”We are at the dawn of a new era in West Indies cricket and the selection committee has entrusted the challenging job of captaincy to Darren Sammy because it is believed that he has demonstrated the attributes of a leader of this diverse group of men,” said selection committee chairman Clyde Butts.Sammy is excited at being handed the captaincy and said he was looking forward to the challenge despite several experienced men, including the now uncontracted Denesh Ramdin, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Jerome Taylor, are missing from Sri Lanka-bound Test squad. Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul though is in the squad.”Being appointed West Indies captain is an honour which I will treat with the highest regard and dignity. I believe my captaincy of the Windward Islands will stand me in good stead as West Indies captain as we work on building a team for the future,” Sammy said.”I have always given my all when I prepare and play for the West Indies and nothing will change now. I know this will be a difficult challenge and I will take the torch from Chris and hold it high as we forge ahead. I expect to have the full support of the squad.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews ruled out of final ODI, T20Is vs Australia

first_imgSri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was on Friday ruled out of the fifth and final One-Day International (ODIs) and the two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against Australia due to a calf injury. (Angelo Mathews accident revives memories of Phil Hughes tragedy)Mathews suffered the injury during the fourth match that took place on Wednesday. He had hobbled off the field during his innings and, though he returned to bat towards the end of the innings, had been substantially hampered by the injury.”Angelo’s MRI and clinical symptoms are both consistent with a medial calf muscle injury. He is not expected to be available for the remainder of the Australian series,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.”His rehabilitation programme will be aimed at having him ready for the start of Sri Lanka’s next series,” it added.The Islanders have already lost the five match ODI series 1-3 against Australia following their six-wicket defeat in the fourth match at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Wednesday.The final match is set to be played in Pallekele on Sunday.last_img read more

Michael Clarke calls on Australia’s young guns to keep making most of opportunity

first_imgWith Australia once again looking to regain its lost form, at least in the ODIs after clinching comprehensive wins in the first two games of the Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand, former skipper Michael Clarke has said while captain Steve Smith and deputy David Warner have led from the front, the new breed were now proving their worth.During the first two ODIs against the Black Caps, it was expected of Warner and Smith to fire. But what would have been more pleasing for the Australian management were the performances of Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh.Smith, who scored a record-breaking 164 in the series opener, made 72 while Warner, who has established himself as one of, if not the most devastating opening batsmen in world cricket, struck a blistering 119-run knock in the second ODI which the hosts won comfortably by 118 runs.On the other hand, Head, who smashed 52 in the first ODI at the SCG, scored his second consecutive fifty while under pressure Marsh smashed seven sixes on his way to an unbeaten 76 in the Canberra ODI.”Smith and Warner, they’ve showed their class over a long period of time. We know they can make runs and perform at the highest level, we just need these other players now to take their time and be given enough opportunity, to grab their opportunity like Head and Marsh have done,” Sport24 quoted Clarke as saying. “I think we should not get too carried away at this stage either way.””I said that when Australia lost the Test series to South Africa, not to get too carried away that Australian cricket was in such a bad place. I never thought it was in such a bad place, because I’ve always believed there is a lot of talent,” he added.advertisementThe former skipper asserted that the opportunities like the first two ODIs are what Head needs to prove his worth.”Opportunities like the first two ODIs for Head is exactly what he needs and he is scoring runs. Marsh just making runs there .. we’ve got to keep the faith with certain players and allow them time to spend in the middle,” the 35-year-old said.The two teams will next lock horns in the inconsequential third ODI on December 9 at the MCG.last_img read more

No Fans: Panathinaikos Beats PAOK, 4-3

first_imgATHENS — Marcus Berg scored a hat trick and had assist to help Panathinaikos beat PAOK 4-3 in the Greek league on March 8.The highly entertaining game took place in front of empty stands following violent incidents’ two weeks ago in Panathinaikos’ home game against archrival Olympiakos, which led to league games being suspended last weekend.About 1,000 Panathinaikos gathered outside the stadium before the game to protest the league docking Panathinaikos the three points from the 2-1 victory over Olympiakos and fining the team. The gathering took place without incident.The win over PAOK allowed Panathinaikos to move within three points of Olympiakos, as the latter’s March 7 game at Panthrakikos was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.Berg opened the scoring in the 27th with a header from Zeca’s cross and Klaus Athanassiadis equalized for PAOK in the 42nd with a shot inside the area from Yiannis Skondras’ cross.Skondras gave the visitors the lead in the 60th with a blistering shot from a tight angle outside the area, but Nikos Karelis equalized three minutes later from a pass by Berg that split two defenders. In the 70th,Gordon Schildenfeld stole a back pass from a PAOK midfielder and crossed to Karelis, who returned the favor to Berg who scored from point-blank range.The Swedish forward completed his hat trick in the 87th with a close-range shot. In the third minute of injury time, Christian Noboa made it 4-3 with a diving header.Also, Kalloni beat Panionios 1-0, Xanthi won 1-0 at OFI and Kerkyra beat host Panetolikos by the same score.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Maxim works with Qualcomm on infotainment applications for smart, connected cars

first_img Continue Reading Previous Red Pitaya: STEMlab at the heart of radar warning and information disaster management systemNext Sensirion: CO2 and RH/T sensor module now available globally Maxim Integrated Products announced that select products from its portfolio work with solutions by Qualcomm Technologies to help carmakers and tier-1 suppliers integrate Maxim’s Automotive Safety Integrity Level solutions using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Automotive Platform for infotainment applications. Maxim’s high-performance solutions are designed to provide the necessary building blocks for next-generation vehicles.Maxim’s advanced ASIL-rated power management, USB charging, next-generation gigabit multimedia serial link serializer and deserializer, remote tuner, and software-defined radio technologies are optimized to work with the Snapdragon 820 Automotive Platform. As a result, automakers can now achieve a scalable, comprehensive development platform while also addressing needs of high-performance automotive infotainment systems.The Snapdragon 820 Automotive Platform is an advanced automotive-grade solution that is custom-built with highly optimized cores designed for heterogeneous computing. It runs on Qualcomm Technologies’ custom-built 64-bit Qualcomm Kryo CPU, Qualcomm Adreno GPU, and Qualcomm Hexagon DSP. The Snapdragon 820 Automotive Platform is also designed to allow the infotainment system to receive software updates, allowing vehicles to be upgraded with the latest features and differentiation.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number Four

first_imgMem utility: Investigating the Use of Analysis Contracts to Support Fault Isolation in Object Oriented Code , L. Briand, Labiche, Y., Sun, H. In The Sign of Four we learn that Sherlock Holmes has a cocaine addiction. I have seen number 4 on my list of the top ten ways projects get into trouble so many times I’m tempted to self-medicate as well.4 – Writing optimistic codeA picture is worth a thousand words. I was buying parts for my sailboat and this popped up:$84 trillion for some paint and filters? Didn’t sound right to me.This is an example of optimistic programming. Assuming everything will go well, that there’s no chance for an error.When I learned to program in 1969 we were told to check our goesintas and goesoutas. This was in the era of expensive computer time, limited memory, and carefully-rationed CPU cycles. Yet, we wrote our FORTAN code with a plethora of tests for conditions that were impossible to occur; impossible, because in our teenaged hubris we knew we were such brilliant developers that our code was blessed by the angels.Alas, the built-in tests showed those were indeed fallen angels.Today the resources in a $0.50 MCU dwarf those of the $10m Univac of yore. OK – we don’t have a bank of spinning tape drives, but 10 ns cycle times are astonishing compared to a 60s-era mainframe’s 750 ns. We can afford to write code that pessimistically checks for impossible conditions.When it’s impossible for some condition to occur, it probably will.For instance, a switch statement without a default case is an example of overly-optimistic programming. Nothing can possibly go wrong – can it? With few exceptions all switch statements need a default case, which, if taken, either logs debugging data or handles the error.Exception handlers are exceptionally hard to get right. In fact, the reference (Simple Testing) at the end of this article shows that a large percentage of problems are in error handlers. It makes sense to carefully inspect these and include rock-solid code to handle the exception.Then there’s the assert macro. Use it. A lot. Seed asserts everywhere. Research (see resources) has shown that code with lots of asserts is less buggy and delivered faster than that without. Asserts check for things that might go wrong. Done right, the assertion will fire close to the source of the bug, making it easy to figure out the problemAdmittedly, assert does stupid things for an embedded system, but it’s trivial to rewrite it to be more sensible.Languages like Eiffel and Ada have super-asserts under the rubric of “Design by Contract” (DbC). In DbC it’s assumed that there is a contractually-mediated relationship between called and caller.  Language elements are provided to enforce those relationships and take appropriate action when one is violated.If there’s one thing I wish we could add to C, it’s DbC. It appears that C++20 will get them.Unfortunately, C is pretty much devoid of runtime error checking. Add some. Lots.Another example: I never see malloc()’s return value checked. If malloc() fails, it will let you know. Yet most of us practice a needless bravado, just mallocing that bad boy. Now, we really don’t know how to deal with a malloc() failure, but at the least you can add debugging bread crumbs. Sans those, these sorts of problems are almost impossible to find. Or, if you’re really a pessimist, add the mem utility (see resources). It’s a few hundred lines of code that will capture about a dozen bugs common when using dynamic memory allocation.Using arrays or pointers? Check indexes and validity. Way back in the 1950s even the earliest compiled languages checked every array reference to see if it was out of bounds. 60 years later, too often we don’t, and our favorite language provides no intrinsic mechanism to do so. (But there’s work being done to add pointer checks to C – see call seeding the code with these sorts of constructs proactive debugging. You know there will be bugs – there always are. Smart developers start debugging as they write the code, folding in snippets that will automatically find problems.The best engineers are utter pessimists. They always do worst-case design. Analyze the circuit assuming that 1K +/- 5% resistor is at each end of the tolerance band. And figure the code will fail in mysterious and bizarre ways.Resources: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods Simple Testing Can Prevent Most Critical Failures: An Analysis of Production Failures in Distributed Data-Intensive Systems , Ding Yuan, Yu Luo, Xin Zhuang, Guilherme Renna Rodrigues, Xu Zhao, Yongle Zhang, Pranay U. Jain, and Michael Stumm Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Designing security into the industrial IoTNext Mouser stocking Arduino MKR VIDOR 4000 development board Building bug-free O-O software: An introduction to Design by Contract, ( Jack Ganssle ( ) writes, lectures, and ruminates about embedded systems. His blog is here: last_img read more

Nokia 8 Sirocco now receiving stable Android Pie update

first_imgHMD Global has begun the new year with a slice of Pie for Nokia 8 Sirocco users. The company has officially started rolling out the stable Android Pie update to the Nokia 8 Sirocco. The company announced the rollout through a press note and mentioned that a total of eight Nokia phones are now on the latest Android Pie update. The Nokia 8 Sirocco gets the update just a few days after the company started pushing it out for the Nokia 5.1 Plus.The Android Pie rollout for the Nokia 8 Sirocco was actually promised for November, but it’s better late than never. The 2017 Nokia 8 flagship received the Pie update in December. Android Pie brings some new features such as App Actions, Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Battery, Digital Wellbeing and new gesture navigation, all of which will be available on the Nokia 8 Sirocco.The Nokia 8 Sirocco was launched in India in early 2018 as the company’s most premium smartphone to date with a price of Rs 49,999. The phone brought a stunning curved glass design on the front and back and a thin stainless steel frame. It sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD pOLED display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio. Much like every other Nokia smartphone last year, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is also an Android One phone and was shipped with Android Oreo out of the box.The Nokia 8 Sirocco, despite being one of the best Android phones of 2018, was never considered a true 2018 flagship phone as it is shipped with a 2017 Snapdragon 835 chipset under the hood. That being said, the phone not only looked stunning, but the Qualcomm chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM delivered a fine performance, consistently. Lastly, the Nokia 8 Sirocco also gets Zeiss optics with a 12MP + 13MP dual camera system on the back and a 5MP front-facing sensor.advertisementALSO READ | Android Q will be easier on your eyes: Thanks to dark modeALSO READ | OnePlus 6 latest update brings exciting new features along with December Security Patch ALSO READ | Nokia 5.1 Plus gets Android 9 Pie update with Pro mode and hide notch featurelast_img read more

Football League: Sheffield United crash at Swansea as Portsmouth lose again

first_imgTopics League One Read more Middlesbrough fans were peeling for the exit when their team were awarded a penalty in injury-time for a foul on Daniel Ayala. Millwall had been leading through a 22nd-minute Jed Wallace goal, but Jordan Hugill stepped up to convert from the spot.Goals from Jarrod Bowen and Evandro put Hull into a two-goal lead at Aston Villa before James Chester equalised just before half-time, and then Tammy Abraham’s 64th-minute goal made it 2-2 to end the Tigers’ seven-game winning streak.Ipswich manager Paul Lambert paid out of his own pocket for away fans to travel to Blackburn but his team did not offer him value for money as they lost 2-0 to goals from Danny Graham, from the spot, and Joe Nuttall.QPR are waiting for a league win in 2019 after losing 4-1 at home to Preston, for whom Jayden Stockley, Jordan Storey, Alan Browne and Brad Potts scored the goals to lift North End 10 points clear of the relegation zone. Matt Smith’s 84th-minute goal served as cold comfort for Rangers’ sixth successive defeat to their Lancastrian visitors.Rotherham and Brentford scored goals aplenty at the New York Stadium, with the visitors eventually holding on for a 4-2 win. Kamohelo Mokotjo converted twice as Brentford extended their unbeaten run to seven matches. Saïd Benrahma and Neal Maupay also scored for the Bees, twice pegged back before Mokotjo’s 75th-minute second was followed 10 minutes later by Maupay’s decisive strike.Steven Fletcher scored the only goal as Sheffield Wednesday beat Wigan 1-0, the Scottish veteran notching from outside the box. Aston Villa 2-2 HullBlackburn 2-0 IpswichDerby 2-1 ReadingMiddlesbrough 1-1 MillwallNottm Forest 0-1 Bristol CityQPR 1-4 Preston North EndRotherham 2-4 BrentfordSheff Wed 1-0 WiganStoke 2-1 LeedsSwansea L-L Sheff Utd League Two Show Show Hide Thank you for your feedback. Thank you for your feedback. Share on Facebook Josh Maja scored his 16th goal of the season as third-placed Sunderland drew 1-1 at Scunthorpe. The striker, still to sign a new contract, nodded in a Reece James cross from close range in the 59th minute but Adam Hammill’s curling 87th-minute strike from distance meant a second successive draw for Jack Ross’s team.Charlton climbed level on points with Sunderland, with a 1-0 defeat of Accrington only secured by a 93rd-minute penalty scored by Karlan Grant. Fleetwood had Lewie Coyle sent off to continue Joey Barton’s team’s poor disciplinary record. They were leading at Rochdale thanks to Paddy Madden’s early goal, only for Ian Henderson to equalise in the 75th minute.Bradford’s hopes of climbing out of the relegation positions were crushed by a 4-0 home loss to Southend. On his league debut, Tyler Smith scored two goals for Doncaster, but a 90th-minute equaliser from John Brayford, his second of the game, levelled it at 2-2. Blackpool 0-0 ShrewsburyBradford City 0-4 SouthendBristol Rovers 0-1 WycombeCharlton 1-0 AccringtonDoncaster 2-2 BurtonGillingham 0-3 WalsallLuton 4-0 PeterboroughOxford 2-1 PortsmouthPlymouth 2-1 CoventryRochdale 1-1 FleetwoodScunthorpe 1-1 SunderlandWimbledon 1-4 Barnsley Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share via Email Championship League OnePortsmouth suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at relegation contenders Oxford, the leaders’ second loss in succession. Cameron Brannagan’s 25-yard effort put Oxford ahead before James Henry scored a second just before half-time. Brett Pitman’s header was all Pompey could find.Luton cruised to within a point of Portsmouth with a thumping 4-0 defeat of Peterborough. James Collins scored a hat-trick and Luke Berry the fourth. Having Ryan Tafazolli red-carded in the 25th minute did not help Posh’s cause. Share on Twitter League TwoLeaders Lincoln kept clear at the top when winning their lunchtime derby with Grimsby 1-0. Harry Toffolo’s goal after 12 minutes was enough for victory as James McKeown was sent off late on for the visitors.Bury remain Lincoln’s closest chasers after a 2-1 comeback win at Forest Green, with Nicky Maynard scooping an improvised 83rd-minute winner.New Oldham signing Urko Vera, after joining the club on Friday, scored in the first minute of his debut when slotting in a penalty against Macclesfield, but ended up finishing on the losing side when Harry Smith and Scott Wilson scored for Sol Campbell’s team. Resurgent Macc remained in the bottom two as Yeovil continued their own revival with a 2-0 defeat of Notts County, now six points adrift at the bottom.center_img Was this helpful? Share on WhatsApp Quick guide League One results Leeds endure tough defeat at Stoke while 11 clubs complain over spying Quick guide League Two results ChampionshipSheffield United blew the chance to put pressure on the clubs in automatic promotion positions when crashing to a 1-0 defeat at Swansea. After second-placed Norwich beat Birmingham 3-1 on Friday and leaders Leeds suffered a shock 2-1 loss at Stoke, Blades were blunt and were carved open by the smooth move that set up Oli McBurnie’s 65th minute winner. Derby clung to their sixth-placed play-off position with a 2-1 defeat of strugglers Reading. Duane Holmes scored his first senior goal before Harry Wilson’s deflected effort went in on the stroke of half-time. Sone Aluko got one back but Derby, tired after their midweek FA Cup win over Southampton, saw out the win. Martin O’Neill’s Nottingham Forest return ruined by Bristol City’s Diédhiou Hide Lincoln 1-0 GrimsbyCambridge 3-2 NorthamptonCarlisle 2-0 CheltenhamColchester 2-3 MansfieldCrawley 0-1 Port ValeForest Green 1-2 BuryMK Dons 0-1 CreweMacclesfield 2-1 OldhamMorecambe 1-2 StevenageNewport 1-0 ExeterTranmere 1-2 SwindonYeovil 2-0 Notts County Read more Quick guide Championship results Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. 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a month agoSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn sets season target

first_imgSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn sets season targetby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn insists a top ten finish is within their grasp.The Saints have gone through major changes as Ralph Hasenhuttl took over as coach last season. Gunn told the Mirror: “We ­definitely want to aim for the top half of the Premier League.“Having a younger squad is ­something the ­club and the manager have progressively changed. We’re a fresh, athletic team and that’s the way the manager wants us to play – fast, pressing high and with energy. The manager is very enthusiastic.“It’s really good to see and I think it rubs off on the lads. It’s ­infectious.“It’s big for the fans as well, they want to see a team with ­enthusiasm, desire and he definitely forces that on us, makes us show it and provide it on the pitch for the fans.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Students Receive Assistance from International Proxy Parents

first_img Sixty-six students from 19 high schools are benefiting from scholarships donated by the International Proxy Parents (IPP), a charitable organisation whose members include representatives of the diplomatic corps.The organisation has also provided assistance to children in Places of Safety.Funds for the scholarships were raised at the IPP’s annual bazaar, held on Saturday (November 10) in the gardens of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.Patrons were able to purchase food, drink, clothes, art and craft, and experience the culture of six countries with embassies in Jamaica.There was also entertainment, provided by guest artiste, trombonist and vocalist, Everton Pesoa; Vocalists, Charmaine Lemonious, Joseph Roach and Kevin Lawrence; Desi’s Dance Group and Nishida Gymnastics.Public Relations Chairperson of the IPP, Joy McHugh, told JIS News that proceeds from the Bazaar, one of the main fundraisers of the IPP, will go towards supporting the children.“We take children from the second form, and we will work with those children right up to sixth form, but we do not do tertiary education at this time,” she said, adding that the students are selected by their guidance counsellors, who submit a report explaining why they should be chosen“Those children, we will pay for their tuition. We will pay for their books. We pay lunch money and sometimes transportation, depending on the situation each child is in and the letters that are sent to us from the guidance counsellors,” she said, adding that exam fees are also paid by the IPP.“It’s a very important organisation. We need funding. We need all of your donations, which are always well spent, and our finances are all upfront and above board,” Ms. McHugh said.She noted that the IPP’s next fundraising event is a wine and cheese party scheduled to take place in 2019.High Commissioner of Nigeria to Jamaica, Her Excellency Janet Omoleegho Olisa, told JIS News that the Nigerian Embassy was happy to participate in the activity, noting that proceeds from the sale of Nigerian foods, clothing and craft items will go to the children under the IPP.The High Commissioner said the embassy has been gradually stocking up on items over the past year.“It is very important to give back to the community, to give back to the children, because education for them is their future. I couldn’t have gotten to where I am without education,” she said.“So, education is very important and it is a project that I will always be a part of and proud to be,” she added.The IPP is a registered non-profit organisation founded in 1980. Patron of the organisation is Her Excellency the Most. Hon. Lady Allen. Funds for the scholarships were raised at the IPP’s annual bazaar, held on Saturday (November 10) in the gardens of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston. Sixty-six students from 19 high schools are benefiting from scholarships donated by the International Proxy Parents (IPP), a charitable organisation whose members include representatives of the diplomatic corps. Story Highlights The organisation has also provided assistance to children in Places of Safety.last_img read more

EgoTripping Dennis Rodman Thinks He Deserves Nobel Peace Prize

Dennis Rodman, the attention seeker and former NBA player, wants a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition for his recent peacemaking efforts.A few months ago “The Worm” traveled to North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters, where he met and conversed with the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un and pronounced him a “friend for life.”As a result of the meeting, Rodman feels he should get recognition by the Nobel Committee for trying to mend the relationship between the United States and North Korea.  He compared himself to peacemakers such as American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu.“My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries,” Rodman told Sports Illustrated in an interview for its annual “Where are they now?” issue.“Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [that would be President Obama] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.” read more

Backtoback OT losses for OSU mens soccer

Then-sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom (25) kicks the ball during a game against Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Credit: Lantern File PhotoOn Sunday night, the Ohio State men’s soccer team lost their second overtime game in a row, this time to UC Santa Barbara 1-0.The only score in the match was by Gaucho junior midfielder Kevin Feucht on a far cross from freshman forward Jonah Adomakoh. The goal came just three minutes into the first overtime period. “You can’t win when you don’t score,” Ohio State coach John Bluem said. “We probably, maybe deserved a draw in both games we played this weekend. To come up on the short side in both and in overtime is mentally tough on the team.” The game kicked off at 9:15 p.m. after a delay that lasted over two hours due to rain and lightning in the area. The Buckeyes spent much of the early goings with possession of the ball, playing solid defense and connecting on their passes. However, OSU was unable to find scoring opportunities, getting outshot by UC Santa Barbara 8-1 through the first 45 minutes. Opportunity presented itself for the Gauchos as a shot by sophomore striker Nick DePuy was saved by OSU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried. DePuy launched another shot a minute later, this time the ball ricocheting off the post and out.  Offside calls were an issue for the Buckeyes in the first period, registering three in the first 25 minutes of play. One such offside call resulted in a would-be goal getting taken away from OSU senior forward Danny Jensen. The teams went into the half tied at zero. In the 56th minute, OSU had a good scoring chance with a three-on-two man advantage in the Gauchos zone, but UC Santa Barbara freshman goalkeeper Titouan Le Roux made a diving save on a shot by Buckeye junior forward Marcus McCrary. OSU had opportunities to put one in the back of the net in the second period, including a stretch around the 71st minute that included four straight corner kicks, all of which were defended well by the Gauchos. In a match that got continuously more chippy as the night went on, UC Santa Barbara was called for 19 fouls, including two yellow cards, while OSU was called for six fouls. Siegfried had a big night in net for the Buckeyes. The redshirt freshman goalkeeper recorded six saves, including a huge save in the 83rd minute on a penalty kick by Feucht after an OSU handball in the box. Siegfried thwarted his goal attempt, guessing correctly and falling to block the right side of the net, stopping the ball in its tracks.Despite the impressive night in goal for Siegfried, the Buckeyes would eventually fall short. “Its tough taking two overtime losses like that, but the one thing we really do have is a lot of fight,” Siegfried said. “This team is really made of a lot, and these guys have a lot of heart.”Despite the two losses over the weekend, Bluem remains confident in his team’s abilities.“I am very pleased with our performance,” Bluem said. “I know we can get better. We just got to encourage the guys to stay with it and keep after it, because we are going to be a good team.”The Buckeyes next matchup is Friday, Sept. 2 at 10 p.m. at the University of Portland. read more

HANDBALL FUN FRIENDS – Granollers Cup 2015

← Previous Story TUS Lubbecke sign Slovenian goalie Matevž Skok Next Story → WCh 2013 TOP scorer Susann Muller to miss rest of EURO 2014 One of the fastest growing youth summer tournaments in Europe- Granollers Cup 2015 waiting for the teams all across the World in fantastic enviroment and in the cooliest atmosphere of one of the bastion of Spanish handball. City of the huge handball tradition 24 – 28 June, 2015. City – home of BM Granollers, one of the best Spanish handball team ever and certainly with one of the loudest and most emotional fans fans in ASOBAL, would like to host handball guests, teams, coaches and players and take them to another handball dimension.PROMOThe Balonmano Granollers handball Club, one of the most traditional clubs of this sport in Spain, will be organizing the 17th edition of this International handball Tournament for young handball players, the Granollers Cup. Our Club, with seventy years of history, has been participating always in the Spanish Highest Division, and three times champion in the European competition. A team full of players who grew within the teams of its own handball school.In 1992, the city of Granollers was chosen to be the official venue for the men and women Barcelona Olympic Games handball competition as a recognition of its handball tradition, promotion and hard work during so many years.Also in 2013 Granollers was one of the views of the World Championships Men’s that was played in Spain on January.Such important events represented a remarkable step in the history of the club and an extra motivation to keep up with the daily effort of promoting handball.The number of participants in the tournament increases every year getting up to 293 teams from 16 different countries and more than 3.833 players in the 2014 edition, 894 games was played with a total of 26.926 scored for all the participants.Teams from all the world have been playing in Granollers Cup, teams from Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Korea, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech, Denmark, Egypt, Faroe Islands, France, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Hungrier, Iceland, Italia Latonia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldavia, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Rumania, Scotland Serbia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Tunisia, Uruguay, Venezuela.Apply for Granollers Cup 2015 Granollers Cup 2015 read more

Review Roomba 770 vacuuming robot

first_imgThe Roomba 700 series (specifically the 760, 770, and 780) has been available for a few weeks now and in that time a Roomba 770 has been humming away, picking up all sorts of debris and detritus from my floors. I’ve put it through its paces in order to see how the new series stacks up against my expectations for new generations of robotic vacuums.For this article the Roomba 770 ($499) was tested. If you are looking for an explanation of the three different 700 series models you can read’s previous coverage and if you want more background on the popular Roomba 560 check out our review.The Roomba 770 retails for $500 so I had high hopes for it. Being a dedicated Roomba 560 user I also expected the problems with that robot to have been addressed (namely the problematic CHM and the furniture-unfriendly front bumper). More than those though, I was hoping that the next generation Roomba would be both smarter and better at cleaning.At first glance it’s clear that the 770 is the best looking Roomba ever. The robot looks futuristic and cool, not like a child’s toy. It has squared edges and a cleaner design, making for a more industrial looking product. The contrast of gloss and matte surfaces makes it visually interesting and more fitting for the living room of a modern home than the plastic-looking models that came before it.The interface has been cleaned up as well. The controls are nearly the same, but the lights on the top are now blue, and they shine more often. There are four buttons instead of five, and the whole thing is easier to control (for tasks like scheduling and setting the time). The Roomba 770 I’ve been using has actual buttons though, where the $600 Roomba 780 moves over to touch sensitive controls.Fundamentally the Roomba 770 is much like the older 500 series but it has HEPA filters, a new cleaning head module (basically the beaters and gearbox), a new dust bin, improved dust handling, and better dirt detection. iRobot didn’t say anything about improved iAdapt cleaning algorithms, but this thing has some new tricks up its sleeve as well–soon into my first run with it I noticed the bot clean an area, start to pull away, and then reverse back into it to clean again. The 560 (or Scooba 230 for that matter) isn’t that clever.When it comes to cleaning, the Roomba 770 is a slight improvement on the older models. It seems to have better coverage than the 500 series and has yet to get stuck where my 560 does. There seem to be a few trouble spots the 560 tends to miss where the 770 will pick up, but it’s easy enough to assume a new models just fixes everything when in fact there is some randomness to what areas the iAdapt cleaning algorithm hits. Along the same lines, it’s hard to compare actual debris pickup but I don’t see a major change in the areas where the bots have gone (again, the 770 seem better at finding dirty spots).Overall, it does a very good job and I’m quite happy with the performance on my hardwood floors. The 770 does seem to be a bit louder than the 560, but this could simply be that I’ve been used to hearing the older model’s buzzier tone.It’s worth noting that the gearbox design has been fixed and the 700 series should avoid the dreaded “Roomba clunk”. The internal design is more protected from hair and build-up then the 500 series’ original CHM was. Hair still collects around the side brush, and while less hairs seems to stick the bottom due to static, the glossy top always looks like it’s covered in dust and other floor junk. This means that an otherwise handsome device that is always out in the open tends to looks like it’s seen better days but with a quick wipe down everything will be fine.The front bumper was changed to be more accommodating to furniture but it can still hit objects hard, especially if you have any furniture that tapers as it goes up. This is the worst scenario as not only can the sensor not see it, but the extended lip at the bottom of the front bumper will miss it and the furniture will be hit full speed with hard plastic. I’ve found that, as with my 560, you can add a thin strip of adhesive-backed rubber (available at any hardware or home goods store) it will will prevent damage to your furniture without affecting the Roomba’s docking. Some extra padding seems like a must if you want to protect your furniture from repeated full-speed Roomba bashings.Maintenance is largely unchanged from the previous models, but some points have been improved. The most important new feature on this front is a dust bin fullness indicator so you simply look at the top to see if your Roomba needs to be emptied. The new dust bin design means all the debris falls out in one nice clump after a gentle shake and the beaters seem to collect less hair than previously. The side brush still gets wrapped with long hair and requires frequent cleaning, but the front wheel seems to be maintenance-free. The ends of the beaters require much less cleaning than before (a major problem with the 500 series), but it’s still good to clean them out every week or so. After a few weeks of use I still feel like I have a long time to go before I’ll need to flip over the Roomba and do a serious clean.After spending a few weeks with the Roomba 770 I’m rather impressed. The back-of-the-box features–like HEPA filters, a dust bin indicator, and improved battery lifespan–are great but the big changes won’t be as clear to non-geeks. The improved cleaning head module was a crucial change based on my experience with the 560 and the new dust bin design is a major improvement. There are also changes on the software side, like the addition of the Persistent Pass Cleaning Pattern, which makes the 700 series a bit smarter than older models when it comes picking up debris. When it finds the dirt the Roomba 770 should be 20% better at picking it up thanks to some of those changes, so at the end of the day it’s not just a smarter robot, it’s also a better vacuum.The Roomba 760 uses the old silver/black coloring and is missing some of the big changes found in the 770 and 780 (like Dirt Detect 2). This means that the changes from the Roomba 560 and 562 Pet come down to a new dust bin and HEPA filters, so it does not seem to be worth the extra $80-100 over the 500 series models. The 770, if you are prepared to pony up $500 for a robot vacuum, is the sweet spot at the top of the line-up–it has all the new features, uses the all-black design, and is only missing the top-of-the-line 780’s touch-sensitive buttons and two Virtual Wall Lighthouses.If you can justify the substantial price, this is the Roomba to get. The Roomba 770 looks like it’s from the future, cleans better than I do on my own, and is smarter then previous generation. iRobot didn’t reinvent the Roomba with the 700 series, but it’s a nice generational improvement on the best cleaning robot on the market.Screen shot 2011-05-12 at 9.11.14 AMScreen shot 2011-05-12 at 9.11.14 AMroomba_770_04roomba_770_03roomba_770_02roomba_770_01roomba700Our test unit was provided by iRobot.last_img read more

Novembre 2013 le plus chaud depuis 130 ans

first_imgNovembre 2013, le plus chaud depuis 130 ansCette année, la planète a vécu le mois de novembre le plus chaud depuis le début des relevés de températures en 1880. C’est ce que révèle un rapport de l’Agence américaine océanique et atmosphérique (NOAA).Les records de température ne cessent d’être battus. Alors que juillet 2013 s’est classé parmi les trois plus chauds depuis le début des relevés en 1880, c’est au tour du mois de novembre d’intégrer le classement. Selon un rapport publié par la National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), novembre 2013 serait en effet le plus chaud jamais enregistré depuis 130 ans. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le mois dernier, la température moyenne dans les terres et à la surface des océans a atteint 13,68°C. C’est 0,78°C au-dessus de la moyenne du siècle dernier qui a été de 12,9°C, indique la NOAA dans un communiqué. Par ailleurs, novembre 2013 constitue le 37e mois de novembre consécutif et le 345e mois d’affilée avec une température moyenne dans les terres et à la surface des océans supérieure à celle du 20e siècle. D’après l’agence, il faut remonter à novembre 1976 pour pouvoir observer un mois de novembre dont la température se situe au-dessous de la moyenne du XXème siècle. Les régions qui ont le plus pu ressentir une chaleur inhabituelle le mois dernier sont l’Eurasie, la plupart des régions du sud de la Russie, les côtes africaines, l’Amérique Centrale et du Sud, certaines zones de l’Atlantique Nord, le sud-est du Pacifique et l’océan Indien, indiquent les relevés. Cependant, certaines régions ont connu une tendance inverse. On a ainsi enregistré des températures plus froides que d’habitude dans le nord de l’Australie, certaines parties de l’Amérique du Nord, le sud-ouest du Groenland et dans des parties de l’océan, près de l’Amérique du Sud. Mais aucune région du globe n’a enregistré des records de froid durant ce même mois, précise la NOAA.Le 21 décembre 2013 à 09:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

MCU News Venom in the MCU Maybe Casting Hemsworth and McAvoy Shaves

first_img Spider-Man is in an increasingly weird position as far as cinematic universes are concerned. We start here with our MCU news. Though some legal acrobatics, he is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though Sony still owns his movie rights. Sony is using the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming to launch their own Spider-verse of movies that will include Venom and Black C:Lat and Silver Sable. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently stated that Venom would not be part of the MCU. Yes, it’s weird that that leaves Spider-Man straddling two universes, but that was it.Now Sony, showing all the confidence of a studio launching a new cinematic universe into a world that is growing tired of them, appears to be trying to attach their Spider-verse to Marvel’s MCU. In an interview with Filmstarts, former head of Sony Amy Pascal described the upcoming Spider-verse movies as “adjunct” to the MCU.“Well, those movies will all take place in the world that we’re now creating for Peter Parker,” she said. “They’ll be adjuncts to it, they may be different locations, but it will all be in the same world, and they’ll be connected to each other as well.” She also said that Tom Holland could make an appearance in the movies as Spider-Man.It’s obvious why Sony would want to approach their movies like this. Marvel has been the only company to make the cinematic universe idea work. Warner Bros. and DC, outside of a recent major triumph, has struggled. And Universal’s Dark Universe… well, it’s not off to a great start. If you’re trying to launch yet another cinematic universe in 2017, it makes sense to try and attach your wagon to the only successful one. Of course, there’s no official deal in place, so Venom will not truly be part of the MCU. They can say they’re set in the same world all they want, but they won’t be able to interact with, affect or be affected by the MCU like Marvel Studios’ own movies can. They can still be good movies, but they won’t be MCU. No matter how much Sony wants us to think they are.Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Marvel Studios)In other, less confusing news, Chris Hemsworth appeared at the Supernova Comic Con in Sydney, Australia, and had some very interesting things to say about what’s next in the MCU. The Infinity Stones have played major roles in the most recent MCU movies. Five of them so far have shown up, but fans have been wondering when we’d see the sixth. According to Reddit user lawrensaw, who was in the audience during the Q&A, we won’t have to wait too long. “Chris does know where the soul gem is and we’ll find out real soon,” they wrote.That probably means the stone will show up in Thor: Ragnarok, which comes out November 3, 2017. Since that movie features Hela, the goddess of death, it’s a logical place for the Soul Gem to make its first appearance before Avengers: Infinity War. Hemsworth also reportedly commented on the apparent difference in tone between the previous Thor movies and Ragnarok. Hemsworth said that during production, neither he nor director Taika Waititi liked where the character was going, and made some major changes for Ragnarok. So far, it seems to have worked. After that fun trailer, this is the most excited I’ve been for any Thor movie.Another curious comment Hemsworth made involved actors working in both Marvel and DC movies. According to Twitter user Tyler James, Hemsworth said it’s “illegal for actors to be in both universes. Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… It’s ‘illegal’ for Marvel actors to appear in DC films. #ChrisHemsworth #Supanova— Tyler James (@Tyler_Cull3n) June 18, 2017That appears to contradict what Kevin Feige told The Hollywood Reporter two months ago. After it was announced that Josh Brolin would play both Cable and Thanos (technically two different series/universes), Feige said there’s nothing in Marvel contracts preventing actors from taking any other role. That, plus all the recent talk about how there’s no rivalry between Marvel and DC makes Hemsworth’s reported comments odd. It’s possible he was just being hyperbolic. There may not be anything legally preventing an actor from working for both studios, but they may fell a strong sense of loyalty to Marvel. That would be especially understandable in Hemsworth’s case, considering Thor is what made him a household name. We may never know exactly what he meant, but we’ll be on the lookout for any clarification from Hemsworth or Marvel over the next few days.Finally, over in the X-Men series, James McAvoy announced his return to the role of Professor Charles Xavier on Instagram. McAvoy will appear in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will hopefully make us forget X-Men III: The Last Stand ever happened. McAvoy has been great as a younger Professor X, and his return is fantastic news. It’s not quite as fantastic though, as the way he announced it. Just watch. Stay on target That’s hilarious. If it’s any consolation, this may be the last X-Men movie of the current series, so McAvoy can probably give those clippers a rest after Dark Phoenix wraps. At least until that Split sequel happens.Let us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler qualify for the World Cup Six names

first_img Ali, Chad Gable advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Baron Corbin advances to the Finals of the King of the Ring tournament this Sunday Google+ Pinterest Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Elias, Chad Gable advance to the Semifinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Twitter Both Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins qualified on RAW for the WWE World Cup Tournament taking place at Crown Jewel on November 2.Seth Rollins defeated Drew McIntyre by count out to qualify for the tournament, while Dolph Ziggler defeated Dean Ambrose to qualify.Eight talents from RAW and Smackdown Live will be taking part in the tournament taking place on November 2 live on the WWE Network from Saudi Arabia.Six out of eight men have qualified so far:1) John Cena2) Kurt Angle3) Jeff Hardy4) Randy Orton5) Seth Rollins6) Dolph ZigglerThe other two spots will be determined during Smackdown 1000 on Tuesday night featuring the return of Rey Mysterio vs. United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and another qualifying match featuring The Miz vs. Rusev. Facebooklast_img read more