Rig Removal and Compositing Basics in After Effects

first_imgCheck out this video tutorial demonstrating how to levitate an object using After Effects wizardry.  In the process you’ll learn fundamental compositing techniques such as rig removal and keying.Interested in learning fundamental compositing techniques in After Effects?  This video tutorial by Zach King (of FinalCutKing.com) shows you how to ‘magically’ levitate objects in your videos using the tools in AE.  The techniques used in the video can be applied to any After Effects compositing project – really useful info to know.In the video Zach levitates a coffee cup using his hands (before the cup comes crashing to the ground).  For a short, simple clip there is actually quite a bit of compositing necessary to pull off this effect.To achieve a natural floating effect he first dangled the coffee cup from a string on a blue screen background.  After Effects rig removal techniques are used to remove the string from the final shot – first by tracking the motion and then keying out the blue screen background using AE’s built-in Keylight tool.Next you’ll see how to adjust the scale of the foreground image (cup) and keyframe natural looking motion for the levitation.  This is an easy to understand simple demonstration of After Effects techniques that can be applied to much more complicated compositing projects.  Thanks for sharing Zach! For more free tutorials and to download the project footage for this exercise check out FinalCutKing.com (FCP & Motion)last_img read more

Going ahead

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFacing a determined enemy in battle where where neither side is willing to budge an inch, San Miguel looks to swing the pendulum to its favor when the Beermen and the Magnolia Hotshots break their PBA Philippine Cup Finals series stalemate on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Coach Leo Austria made it clear on Wednesday that his squad wants to end the battle before Monday’s midterm elections, but the Beermen coach knows that won’t be easy.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Of course you can no longer tie it this time around,” he said in Filipino. “One team will take the lead. And it’s likely going to be us.”Santos added that there was tangible resolve in each of his teammates during the postgame huddle in dugout: “We’re all eager to get that lead. We’ve never done it this series, I hope we could in Game 5.”The race-to-four has been in a seesaw pace so far. San Miguel, the four-time champions, absorbed a 99-94 loss in the opener and then bounced back with a collective performance in the next meeting. Magnolia took Game by 3 playing their signature stingy defense before the Beermen clapped back with a dominating show by their cornerstone, June Mar Fajardo.The 6-foot-10 behemoth scored 31 points and pulled down 14 rebounds on a night that also served as his coronation as Best Player of the Conference.“We just did the best we could. Especially June Mar,” Santos said.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re hoping to finish [the series] if we’re fortunate,” he told reporters after scoring a dominant 114-98 win in Game 4 that tied the series at 2-2. “But you never what will happen in the next two games.”“We all know Magnolia is a tough team to beat and they won’t go down quietly because they know that there’s an opportunity out there for them,” he added. “This, after all, is the all-Filipino—the most prestigious conference of the season. We know they’ll work really, really hard.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s going to be exciting,” Austria said.San Miguel veteran Arwind Santos was a little bolder. MOST READ Fancied red lions shoot for second straight win Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

Martin Guptill plays starring role as New Zealand take 2-0 lead vs Pakistan in ODI series

first_imgMartin Guptill struck an unbeaten 86 to power New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory via Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method over Pakistan in the second one day international at Saxton Oval, Nelson on Tuesday.Chasing 247 for a win, New Zealand were rocked early when Colin Munro was dismissed without opening his account on the thid ball of their innings.Guptill and Kane Williamson the added 46 for the second wicket before the skipper was caught by Shadab Khan at the backward point off Faheem Ashraf.However, Guptill continued to play his attacking game and got good support from Ross Taylor, who struck 43-ball 45 not out in a match which was interrupted by rain.New Zealand were 64/2 in 14 overs when rain arrived. After a long delay, play was resumed with the home team getting a revised target of 151 in 25 overs.The duo continued to punish the the Pakistan bowlers with Guptill reaching his fifty with a six. The pair was also involved in an 104-run unbeaten stand for the third wicket as New Zealand reached the target with 7 balls remaining.Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez and tailenders Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan made half-centuries as Pakistan struggled to 246-9, batting first after winning the toss.In a repeat of the first international, which New Zealand won by 61 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system, Pakistan were always under pressure after losing early wickets and fell short of a par score at Saxton Oval where teams which bat first in ODIs average 260.Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed chose to bowl in the first match at the Basin Reserve and New Zealand went on to score 315-7 and to cruise to victory in a rain-affected match in which Pakistan lost two wickets in their first over.advertisementOn Tuesday Sarfraz took the opposite tack and chose to bat first but the result was the same. Pakistan lost openers Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq, playing in place of the injured Fakhar Zaman, with only 14 runs on the board, then slipped to 39-3.Hafeez tried to play a steadying role with his 33rd half-century in ODIs but Pakistan weren’t able to build partnerships at the top of the order. The best was his 45-run stand with Shoaib Malik (27) for the fourth wicket and when he was out for 60 Pakistan were in trouble at 127-6.Hasan Ali helped save Pakistan with his highest score in any form of cricket and his 70-run partnership with Shadab Khan for the eighth wicket revived a failing innings. Shadab went on to make 52, to match his highest score in ODIs and to drag Pakistan closer to a competitive total.Tim Southee (2-57) and Trent Boult (1-54) both claimed early wickets to give the bowling side the upper hand. Williamson introduced his spinners early and left-armer Mitchell Santner and leg-spinner Todd Astle prevented Pakistan from rebuilding through the middle of the innings.Santner took 1-34 from his 10 overs and Astle claimed the wickets of Malik and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (3) to finish with 2-50 from seven overs.Speedster Lockie Ferguson was also a major contributor with 3-39 from 10 overs.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

4 days agoEx-Man City boss Pearce: Liverpool will win title comfortably

first_imgEx-Man City boss Pearce: Liverpool will win title comfortablyby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStuart Pearce says Liverpool are a certainty to win this season’s Premier League title.The Reds’ lead at the top was reduced to six points after Sunday’s draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.But former Manchester City manager Pearce is adamant Liverpool will be crowned champions in May.”I think Liverpool will win the Premier League comfortably this year,” Pearce told talkSPORT.”I’m not sure they’ll go unbeaten, but I can’t see them losing more than two games. They’re still clear favourites.”Those could be against Manchester City, potentially, but if you go into the game against your nearest rivals with a six-point buffer, it will put real pressure on Man City to come out and play.”That might just suit Liverpool.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

How to Make Spiked Eggnog: 10 Deliciously Boozy Recipes

first_img Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather How to Cook Steak in the Oven 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Editors’ Recommendations Ah, the holidays. Good tidings, ugly sweaters, and eggnog. Boozy, boozy eggnog.GMVozd/Getty ImagesDespite the insanity that nobody really knows where eggnog originated  — Was it an Americanized invention of wine, spirits, eggs, and sugar? A thick ale-like beer brewed in Medieval England? — we crave the creamy holiday elixir all season long. If you don’t like eggnog (which, you’re wrong), maybe you just haven’t tried the right recipe.Below, you’ll find a wide variety of fun nog recipes to try out. Some use exotic ingredients, such as Miracle Bar’s Jungle Ball Nog, which contains Pandan paste, while others are simple and to the point ventures that take little more than some pre-made eggnog and a shot of liquor.Try one, try them all. Get nogged.How to Make EggnogWe’re starting off with the basic eggnog recipe. If you want to add booze, here is a list of the best alcohols to mix with eggnog.12 large eggs8 cups whole milk2 cups heavy whipping cream*1.5 cups white granulated sugar.5 tsp salt2.25 tbsp vanilla extract1 tsp nutmeg1 tsp ground cinnamonMethod: In a saucepan, whisk together eggs, sugar, and salt. Slowly add the first 4 cups of milk to cook. Stir over low heat for about 30 minutes (or until the temperature reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit). Do not let the mixture boil. Once the temperature has been reached, transfer to a bowl and stir in the vanilla, spices, and the rest of the milk. Place the bowl in an ice bath and stir until cool. Transfer to the refrigerator until chilled. When ready to serve, beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Whisk cream into the rest of the liquid. Garnish with additional nutmeg.Spiked Eggnog RecipesJungle Ball NogJingle Ball Nog/Miracle(Created by Miracle Bar)650 ml peanut butter cognac*750 ml Amontillado sherry1,600 g almond milk1,250 g cream400 g white sugar50 g pandan paste25 g grated nutmeg20 drops orange blossom water15 drops vanilla extract10 drops  almond extract20 eggsMethod: Using a hand blender, beat eggs on low until frothy. While blending, slowly add nutmeg and sugar until dissolved. Then add sherry, cognac, almond milk, all extracts, and cream; blend until well- incorporated. Refrigerate overnight and blend again before serving so it’s frothy. Grate fresh nutmeg over the mug before serving.*Peanut Butter Cognac750 ml cognac (check our guide to cognac for tips on picking the best one)60 g creamy peanut butterMethod: Mix 60 grams of creamy peanut butter per 750 milliliters of cognac. Stir well for a least 1 minute. Infuse the mixture for 5 hours at room temperature, then freeze overnight. Strain peanut butter and store at room temperature. The final product should look cloudy.(Almost) Guilt-Free Vegan “Egg-nog”Houston House Nashville(Created by  Addison Darrow, Holston House Nashville).5 cup Kentucky straight bourbon (recommended: Old Forester Signature).25 cup cinnamon flavored whiskey (learn to make your own here)1.75 cups unsweetened almond milk4.5 tbsp maple syrup4 tbsp coconut oil2 tsp pomegranate molasses2 tsp apple pectin (optional, for richness and texture)1 tsp vanilla extract12 dashes aromatic bitters (recommended: Fee Brothers Black Walnut)Grated or ground nutmeg (for garnish)Method: Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously until contents are mixed together and consistency is smooth. Remove from heat. Strain, if desired; serve hot or let cool and serve neat or over ice. Separation is natural, simply stir before serving. Yields 4 servings.  Uncle Dave’s NogAndrew Kist(Created by Pam Wiznitzer, Henry at the Life, New York City)1.5 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon.5 oz aged rum.25 oz walnut liqueur1.5 oz almond milk.75 oz maple syrup.25 oz pimento dram3 dashes Angostura bittersMethod: Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Pour into preferred glass, grate fresh cinnamon and nutmeg over the mixture and incorporate in. Garnish with a side of candied walnuts. Sip and snack.Vintage EggnogSandy Potere/EyeEm/Getty Images(Created by Tyson Buhler, Death & Co., New York City) 75 oz Old Grand Dad 114 Bourbon37.5 oz Smith and Cross Rum37.5 oz Blandy’s 5yr Malmsey Madiera37.5 oz Pierre Ferrand Ambre150 oz white sugar100 eggs300 oz whole milk200 oz heavy creamMethod: Working in batches, blend sugar and milk until dissolved. Working in batches, blend eggs and milk on very low speed until incorporated. Combine all ingredients in large cambros (3) and pass back and forth until completely incorporated and consistent. Place into new/clean quart containers or into glass bottles for long-term storage. Age anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 years. Makes 100 servings.Egan’s Holiday Eggnog(Created by Egan’s Irish Whiskey)1.5 oz Egan’s Vintage Grain2 oz heavy cream2 oz whole milk2 tbsp granulated sugar.25 tsp freshly grated nutmeg.25 tsp cinnamon1 large grade AA egg, separatedFreshly grated nutmeg for garnishMethod: Beat the egg white and sugar in a bowl on medium speed until the sugar completely dissolves and the mixture thickens. Reduce speed and add the egg yolk, then the cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the milk, cream, and whiskey.  Chill overnight or to serve immediately, shake over ice and strain into a punch cup or coupe glass. Top with freshly grated nutmeg to garnish.Mexican Eggnog(Created by Alex Valencia La Contenta, New York City). 1 oz Tres Agaves Reposado1 oz Coffee Liquor (such as Kahlua).5 oz Giffard Crème de Cacao.75 oz Heavy Cream1 Egg YolkMethod: Add all ingredients in a shaker and dry shake (without ice) thoroughly; then add ice and shake again. Strain into a mug, garnish with nutmeg.Seal of Approval Holiday EggnogLauriPatterson/Getty Images(Created by Goslings Rum)6 oz whiskey4 oz Goslings Black Seal Rum2 oz Amaretto1 pint of heavy cream1 pint of whole milk6 eggs separated.5 cup sugar.25 cup sugarfreshly ground nutmegMethod: Beat the yolks with 1/2 cup sugar until thickened. Beat the whites with 1/4 cup of sugar until standing in soft peaks. Beat the cream until thickened, but not whipped hard. Fold together the yolks and the whites, and then fold in the cream. Add the whiskey, Goslings Black Seal Rum, and Amaretto. Grate on lots of nutmeg. Chill thoroughly. Stir once before serving with more freshly grated nutmeg on top.Spiked Gingerbread Eggnog(Created by Thumbtack Chef Niko Paranomos).5 cup rum3 cups milk (or 2 cups milk, 1 cup heavy cream for a creamier eggnog).5 cup finely ground sugar1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg.5 tsp cinnamon.5 tsp ground ginger.25 tsp allspice.25 tsp ground cloves6 large egg yolks.5 fresh vanilla bean pod, scrapedPinch of saltMethod: Crack whole eggs into a bowl. Using your fingers, grab one egg yolk at a time and slowly pass it from hand to hand, until all of the white has separated. Place egg yolks in a separate bowl and whisk in sugar until the mixture is light yellow and looks creamy. Place the spices, salt & vanilla bean in a large saucepan with the milk and heat in until just simmering. Temper your egg yolks with the hot liquid, by carefully ladling a small amount of the milk into your eggs while whisking. Repeat until the two are combined. Place the mixture back in your large pan on the stove.  Bring the mixture to a simmer. Place a candy thermometer in the mixture and turn off the heat when it reaches 160 degrees. Let chill for at least four hours.  Mix in the rum when the mixture has chilled and top with cinnamon for. Serves 6.Nog!(Created by Tattersall Distilling)1.5 oz Tattersall Fernet8 oz. EggnogMethod: Combine both ingredients in a shaker. Shake or stir. Serve chilled over ice.Naughty Eggnog(Created by Stillhouse Whiskey)1 part Stillhouse Black Bourbon2 parts eggnogMethod: Serve in rocks glass over ice (stirred well), and garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon stick. Looking for some holiday music, but tired of the same old tunes? Check out our Christmas playlist below.Article originally published on December 10, 2012.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Cape Breton Regional Municipality

first_imgCape Breton Regional Municipality: Highway 125 Detour Beginning 10 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10, traffic on Highway 125 will be detoured at the Alexandra Street Bridge and will use the Alexandra Street ramps while the bridge is being removed. Work will continue 24 hours a day until 6 a.m., Monday, Aug. 13. Delays are expected. Drivers should use alternate routes and drive with caution in the construction area. -30-last_img

Moroccans Are Free to Convert to Another Religion Justice Minister

Rabat – Morocco’s Justice Minister, Mustapha Ramid, announced that citizens are free to choose their religion, saying that the law only punishes forced conversions.Moroccan citizens wishing to convert to another religion are allowed to choose another religion without having to fear going to jail, said Minister Mustapha Ramid during a conference, held on Monday in Rabat.“There is no article in the Moroccan criminal code that punishes converting to another religion,” Mustapha Ramid said. He went on to add that though the Moroccan constitution guarantees religious freedom, but any attempt to force someone to convert to another religion, or to shake the faith of Muslims is punished under Article 220 of the criminal code.“Under the article, a proselytizer may face six months to three years prison and a fine of 100 to 500 Dirhams for using the means of seduction in order to convert a Muslim to another religion, either by exploiting his/her weakness or his/her needs, or using for these purposes education, health, asylums and orphanage institutions,” Ramid explained.The Minister of Justice admitted that arrests of citizens for converting did happen across Morocco, but said that they were all released after police made sure they were not forced to change their faith.In January 2015, a man made the headlines in Morocco after he was arrested in Fez on grounds that he converted to Christianity.Mustapha Ramid confirmed during the conference that he intervened in this case and gave instructions to release him.He said that the man was released after being interrogated for eleven hours, mainly about his beliefs, his movements, and the organization that paid for his travel expenses.Edited by Timothy Filla  © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Heres why European companies may do much better than Canadian ones under

OTTAWA — European exporters will save about three times the amount of duty payments compared with their Canadian counterparts in a landmark free-trade agreement, The Canadian Press has learned.[np_storybar title=”Here’s who wins and loses in the Canada-EU free trade deal” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/10/18/canada-eu-trade-deal-winners-losers/”%5DEvery free trade deal has winners and losers, and the much-anticipated Canada-European Union is no exception. Lee Berthiaume takes a deeper look. [/np_storybar]Sources say European Union exporters will save more than $670 million annually in duty payments compared with about $225 million annually for Canada’s.That apparent win for European exporters is contained in an internal EU analysis of its sweeping agreement-in-principle with Canada, sources say.The figures emerged Tuesday as Prime Minister Stephen Harper rose in the House of Commons to table additional details of the Canada-EU trade pact.“The free-trade agreement between Canada and Europe is the most important signed by our country. It will lead to jobs and opportunities for families, workers, companies throughout the country,” the prime minister said.“It is a historic moment.”International Trade Minister Ed Fast called the 26-page document from Harper a “detailed summary” of the trade agreement with the EU.However, it did not contain the same detailed tariff prediction making the rounds internally in Europe.Fast rejected critics of the government who have called for the release of the full text so it can be properly judged.“Just one more example of the openness that has characterized this entire process, we’ll be tabling a very detailed summary of these outcomes in the House of Commons,” Fast said earlier Tuesday in a speech in Ottawa.In an interview, Fast said the benefits of the agreement “go far beyond tariff elimination.” Just as important, he added, is the elimination of non-tariff barriers that have bedevilled Canadian firms trying to do business in Europe.He also said the federal government will more than make up for the lost $670 million in tariff revenues.We expect that the gains on the economy will more than outstrip the tariff losses“We expect that the gains on the economy will more than outstrip the tariff losses. At the end of the day, this will be a net fiscal benefit to Canada,” he said.“Our exporters will benefit, our importers will benefit, our workers will benefit and of course our consumers will benefit. This is a win, win, win, win agreement for Canada.”Part of the reason for the gap on tariff elimination is that Europe currently exports more to Canada than the reverse, meaning EU exporters currently pay more duties. A Canadian official noted that the deal will also open up previously closed markets to Canadian exporters, particularly for beef and pork producers.Jayson Myers of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters industry group says another factor may be the mix of exports from Canada, but that his members, including smaller firms, are anxiously eyeing the large and lucrative European market. He says the deal will open up plenty of opportunity for exporters, but firms must be prepared to jump in.“We could have zero economic benefits if companies don’t take advantage of the openings. I think they will,” he said.Harper signed the agreement-in-principle in a splashy photo-op in Brussels earlier this month, saying it would create up to 80,000 jobs — although some economists, particularly those attached to labour groups, say the figure is not credible.The deal is touted as easing the flow of goods and services between Canada and the European Union, including labour, autos, beef and wine.It will take 18 to 24 months for the deal to be ratified by both sides.Fast said when the deal is concluded it will be tabled in the Commons and the government will issue implementation legislation, after which the deal will be debated.The text itself will have to “scrubbed” by lawyers, and both Canada and Europe will have to get approval of the deal from its respective constituencies, the Canadian provinces and territories and Europe’s 28 countries.The government document, “Technical Summary of Final Negotiated Outcomes,” contains bullet-point summaries of the seven major sections of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA.They include agricultural and non-agricultural goods, services and investment, government procurement, intellectual property and dispute settlement.We still have no text, so there is no way to trust the Harper government’s exaggerated claims about this dealSome of the details were previously released Oct. 18 in Brussels when Harper signed the agreement-in-principle with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.Stuart Trew, a trade specialist with the Council of Canadians, said Harper’s tabling of documents Tuesday was not worth the hype.“There is little new information in this CETA summary and we still have no text, so there is no way to trust the Harper government’s exaggerated claims about this deal,” said Trew.“For an agreement of this scope and permanence that was negotiated in secret, there should be a way to review, revise or reject any part of it before it becomes law.” read more

Apple exec Eddy Cue denies pricefixing allegations at NY ebooks trial

Apple exec Eddy Cue denies price-fixing allegations at NY e-books trial AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tom Hays, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2013 2:12 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – A top Apple Inc. executive described as Steve Jobs’ right-hand man took the witness stand at a Manhattan price-fixing trial and denied scheming with major book publishers to drive up the cost of electronic books.Eddy Cue was questioned about meetings he had in 2009 with chief executives of publishing houses about what they called their “Amazon problem” — the discounted $9.99 price that Amazon.com set for e-books.“They expressed to us that they wanted higher prices,” he said.Cue was the chief negotiator in deals with the publishers that allowed them to set prices as high as $14.99 for sales in Apple’s new iBookstore. But he denied that the deals were calculated to force Amazon into similar agreements that would raise its prices as well.Jobs closely monitored the negotiations but was “indifferent” about the outcome for Amazon, Cue testified. However, when asked if Jobs knew that there was a chance that once the iBookstore launched, publishers would withhold bestsellers and new releases from Amazon, he responded, “I believe so, sure. Smart guy.”Cue also claimed he had no knowledge that the publishers were colluding with each other as he negotiated with them, despite phone records showing their chief executives were in constant communication.“I don’t believe they were working together to do the deal I was working on,” Cue said.Cue, a senior vice-president of Internet and Software Services at Apple, oversees the iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore and iCloud services.He testified at a trial stemming from an antitrust lawsuit brought last year by the Justice Department accusing Apple and the publishers of harming consumers by devising a plan that allowed publishers to convert retailers into “agents” who were restricted from lowering the publisher-set retail price. The arrangement guaranteed Apple a 30 per cent commission on each e-book it sold.The five publishers settled with the government, but Apple took the case to trial, denying claims that its agreements required publishers to force Amazon to charge more for e-books.Lawyers for the Cupertino, Calif.-based company have accused the government of basing its case “on mere allegations, faulty assumptions and unfounded conclusions.”Evidence in the case includes emails written by Jobs before he died in 2011. During questioning of Cue on Wednesday, government lawyers cited an unsolicited email a college student sent to Jobs in 2010 complaining that the higher prices in the iBookstore were a burden.“You have so much,” he wrote. “Wouldn’t it be OK for us little guys to have something?”Jobs responded: “It’s the publisher who are raising prices, not Apple.”The settlements with the publishers named in the suit — Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Holtzbrinck Publishers, doing business as Macmillan, and The Penguin Publishing Co. Ltd., doing business as the Penguin Group — requires them to lift restrictions on discounting and other promotions they had imposed on e-book retailers. read more

Ban congratulates Malians and presidentelect Keita on successful polls

Earlier today, the Government announced the provisional outcome from the 11 August run-off, but the Constitutional Court still needs to confirm the results. Second-place candidate, Soumaïla Cissé, has already conceded the election. Pending the final decision, Mr. Ban today congratulated Mr. Keita on his election as president, according to a statement attributable to his spokesperson.He also acknowledged Mr. Cissé’s acceptance of the outcome and saluted “his commitment to democratic principles.”The elections are seen as an important step on the path to recovery for Mali. Since early 2012, the country has witnessed a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists. In the statement, Mr. Ban reiterated the UN’s commitment to accompany Mali in the next phase of its stabilisation and peace consolidation process, including by supporting inclusive dialogue and reconciliation and the conduct of the national legislative elections. “The United Nations also stands ready to support the re-establishment of State authority in the north of Mali, the protection of human rights and the implementation of key reforms that will lay the foundation for sustainable peace, stability and development to the benefit of all the Malian people,” it added.In addition to humanitarian agencies working in the country, the world body is also providing support through the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). In accordance with its mandate, the peacekeeping mission provided technical and logistical assistance for the run-off as well as for the first round of voting held on 28 July, in addition to support to the Malian security authorities.MINUSMA’s core task is to support the political process in Mali, in close coordination with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). read more

240M drainage pump station at Buxton a failure Engineer

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$360M drainage pump station commissioned at LusignanApril 23, 2018In “latest news”ECD drainage pumps to be completed for May/June rains – CEO NDIAJanuary 17, 2018In “latest news”Buxton to get three new pumps by end of 2017January 11, 2017In “Local News” Engineer, Charles Ceres, on Monday told a gathering, among other things, that the recently constructed $240 million pump station at Buxton on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) is an engineering failure since to much money was spent to build it.The new $240 million pump station at BuxtonEarlier this month, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder commissioned the drainage pump station aimed at alleviating flooding in Buxton and surrounding areas. The pump station is equipped with a 70.6 cu/sec pump, which has the capacity to discharge water at a rate of 31,700 gallons per minute.Ceres who is a Civil, Geotechnical and Groundwater Hydrology Engineer and founded Ground Structures Engineering Consultants Inc. made the statement when he addressed the opening of the University of Guyana’s School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation inaugural Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference at the Ramada Princess Hotel.Delivering an address on the absence of incorporating economic considerations into engineering projects in Guyana, Ceres said that engineering failure is the “failure to optimize the use of money, failure to recognize opportunities and failure to provide values to the end user.”To that end he explained that majority of the projects in Guyana are plagued by engineering failures that are both detrimental to the public and to the drive to ensure that, Guyanese people have a living wage.Turning his attention to the Buxton Pump Station, Ceres said the construction included the removal of soil to a depth of approximately 20 feet, followed by the construction of a hollowed concrete structure built on piled foundation.Engineer, Charles CeresHe continued “piles are used to transfer loads when the loads cannot be taken by the soil, the soil removed weighed more than the pump station. It begs the question, why were piles used? The answer is that Engineers at the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Drainage and Irrigation Board were unaware of this ever having been done before. These individuals were informed that several such structures were built by Booker Tate as part of GuySuCo’s infrastructure. Our Engineers at the Ministry and Agriculture and the National Drainage and Irrigation Board were more focused on precedent. Precedent is sometimes applicable in law, not engineering. The pump station construction is a failure, it did not optimize the benefits to the end user since too much money was spent to build it.”Following intense flooding, government secured a $1.4 billion line of credit from the World Bank for the construction of three pump stations located at Lusignan, Friendship/Vigilance and Enmore. read more

Raise Some Shell With This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Gift Guide

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been a cultural phenomenon spanning decades. Gen Xers and Millennials alike have a special place in their hearts for these four half-shell heroes named after famous painters. Whether you have gifts to give to a toddler or someone actually in their 30’s, you’ll wanna check out this gift guide!Go Ninja Go T-ShirtHave you ever seen a turtle get down? Tell your friends all about it while wearing this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret Of The Ooze shirt and honoring Vanilla Ice’s legacy in the TMNT franchise!Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1See how it all began with the original comics that launched TMNT into one of the most successful franchises spun out of a comic book! This massive volume contains over 300 pages and includes annotations from co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird!Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1Looking for something a comic that’s more contemporary? This crossover with Batman will do the trick! Writing by acclaimed Batman writer James Tynion IV with Robin artist Freddie Williams II, Batman/TMNT is the thrill ride you didn’t know you needed!Michelangelo ApronEnjoy some casual TMNT inspired cooking attire with this Michelangelo apron. You don’t have to be baking a pizza at home to be wearing this, but why wouldn’t you be?The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza CookbookSo you bought the apron as a gift, but think you need to get something else to go with it? Pair that apron up with the official pizza cookbook! It’s a great combo, but make sure they invite you over for a homemade pizza sometime! Toy Tuesday: The Coolest Car Toys‘Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Is Basically Injus… Stay on target TMNT Ice TrayAre you sick of having dull, ordinary, non-Ninja Turtles ice keeping your drinks cold? Look no further than this TMNT ice tray giving you all four turtles to help you chill out!TMNT Classic MugWe know the Ninja Turtles really didn’t drink coffee (they are just teenagers after all), but Splinter probably does! Or at least tea. Enjoy a hot beverage with some Turtle Power!TMNT Party Master FlaskAre you a big Ninja Turtles fan AND a drunk on the go? This is the perfect gift for you! You’ll be the Michelangelo of the party with this 6 oz. flask! Cowabunga!https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L9M7DTY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_Fx5BAb89HK24XTMNT Art PrintThis gorgeous art print by ZenioArt would make a classy edition to any den or common area. Any Ninja Turtles fan would be thrilled to have this colorful edition to their collection. And it’s very affordable!https://www.etsy.com/listing/217413847/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-poster?ref=pla_similar_listing_bot-8Ghostbuster Leonardo Action FigureAny action figure collector remembers the Ninja Turtles had tons of variations of them dressed up for different jobs. Football players, Firemen, you name it! Now two beloved franchises mash together to bring us Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters! They’ve defended New York together since the 80s, so I can’t think of a better mashup than this!Kickin’ It Old School Coloring BookWho wouldn’t want to kick it old school with our favorite reptiles? Plus you get to add all the pizazz of color however you like. There have been many shades of green these boys have been over the years so take your pick!last_img read more

Soy Growers Continue Urging President Obama to Make Chinas Pending Biotech Issues

first_imgSoy growers and other industry partners reiterated the importance of ensuring swift, positive action on pending biotechnology issues in China last week.As part of the ongoing effort by the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance (USBCA) to elevate the importance of market access in China, the groups sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for “practical, trade facilitating measures to ensure increased Chinese access” to U.S. products be a top priority for his upcoming meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Washington, D.C. later this month.“We ask that you raise the need for China to establish a transparent, predictable and practical approach to both biotechnology approvals and imports of grains and oilseeds that may contain crop biotechnology,” the letter states. “A second goal is to obtain a commitment from President Xi to advance the full queue of biotechnology products, including the seven currently awaiting final import approvals, and other products in or awaiting field trials.”China is a key export market for U.S. soybeans, but the trade is at risk due to China’s restrictive regulatory approval procedures for biotech products.“Finally, we urge you to reengage President Xi on the importance of elevating and intensifying the Strategic Agricultural Innovation Dialogue, so that we can tackle serious food, environmental, and economic challenges in the strongest possible manner over the long term,” the letter states.ASA and soybean state affiliates, along with numerous other ag groups sent another joint letter to President Obama last week, recommending positions and emphasizing the importance of these biotech issues and their ability to provide U.S. farmers with new and much needed tools to address environmental and agronomic stress and instill confidence that trade will not be disrupted.Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

Portland man in court on suspicion of attempted rape

first_imgA 40-year-old Portland man is being held on accusations he attempted to rape and strangled to unconsciousness a 31-year-old woman in northeast Hazel Dell after giving her a ride home Thursday evening.Joshua T. McKnight, 40, appeared today in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree robbery with sexual motive, first-degree attempted rape and second-degree assault.His arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 25.“This is a stranger assault,” Deputy Prosecutor Dan Gasperino told Judge John Nichols. “Allegedly, he strangled the victim to unconsciousness, enough that she urinated. Luckily, she was able to escape and pound on a neighbor’s door.”“I don’t know her; I just gave her a ride,” McKnight blurted out. Nichols advised him to be silent.The judge set bail at the prosecutor’s requested $200,000. Gasperino said McKnight has a violent criminal history, and the fact that the alleged attempted rape happened between strangers presents a community safety concern.This is what allegedly happened, according to court documents:McKnight gave the victim a ride home Thursday evening. As thanks, she offered to make him dinner inside her home.After about 45 minutes of conversation, he allegedly attempted to kiss her. She refused, but he allegedly persisted in his attempt to kiss her. After she repeatedly denied him, his behavior allegedly became more violent. He is accused of then trying strangle her. She lost consciousness and released her bladder. When she awoke, he allegedly was standing over her. He is accused of throwing her on the bed and trying to rape her. She kicked him in the face and head to defend herself. He then allegedly tried to strangle her again. Eventually, she was able to break free and knock on a neighbor’s door for help. She had scratches, abrasions and contusions on her face, neck, hands and knees and was only wearing a shirt when the neighbor opened the door.last_img read more

Reliance Defence inks pact to repair US Navys Seventh Fleet warships

first_imgAnil Ambani-led Reliance Defence and Engineering on Monday announced an agreement with the US Navy to repair and maintain the Seventh Fleet warships. It is estimated that the pact will result in high-potential business for Reliance Defence. SBI considering cyber liability insurance to protect customers from online fraudThe Seventh Fleet operates in the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean and there are roughly 50-70 ships and submarines, 140 aircraft and about 20,000 sailors under its command.The company, formerly known as Pipavav Defence, signed the Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) with US Navy months after India and US signed a key logistics pact. The company is the first private sector firm in India to obtain a licence and contract to build warships. In August last year, India and the US signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) to allow their armed forces to work closely and use each other’s bases for repair and replenishment of supplies. In a statement, the Ministry of Defence had said the “agreement does not create any obligation on either party to carry out any joint activity” and “does not provide for the establishment of any bases or basing arrangements.” In a regulatory filing with the BSE, Reliance Defence said its shipyard at Pipavav in Gujarat is the first shipyard in India to have received MSRA Certification to undertake servicing and repairing works for the vessels of Seventh Fleet. Currently, the vessels of Seventh Fleet chose Singapore or Japan for such works. In 2015, the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group had acquired a controlling stake in Pipavav Defence for Rs 2,082 crore. Meanwhile, Reliance Defence on Saturday said its standalone net loss narrowed to Rs 132.7 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, on account of higher revenue from operations. The company had posted a net loss of Rs 293.6 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous financial year. Total income from operations more than doubled to Rs 122.7 crore from Rs 51.4 crore in the year-ago quarter. On Monday, shares of Reliance Defence traded at Rs 59.85, up 1.85 percent from their previous close on the BSE.last_img read more

Walmarts new mobile payment platform doesnt play nice with others

first_imgThe dream of a ubiquitous contactless mobile payment standard is one step further away today. Walmart has followed through on its plans to release its own custom payment service, which it has chosen to creatively call Walmart Pay. The service just launched in more than 600 of the retailer’s stores across Texas and Arkansas.Walmart Pay will operate via the existing Walmart mobile app on Android and iOS devices. Customers will sign in with their information, and when the time comes to pay, they use the app to scan a QR code at the register. The app will display the receipt, and they’re out the door. It will work with any payment method that would normally be accepted including credit/debit cards and Walmart gift cards.This is, of course, a completely separate system from established mobile payment platforms like Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay. Are you noticing a theme in the names? Walmart Pay might have a similar name, but the way it works is completely different, and thus, not compatible with other systems. Samsung, Google, and Apple all use NFC technology to process payments at properly equipped terminals. If a store has NFC available, you should be able to use any of those. Samsung also has the ability to beam magstripe data to non-NFC card readers.Walmart is the largest retailer in the US, and its decision to go its own way essentially locks out competing mobile payment services. That means Walmart can own the entire purchase process. Walmart says this service is simply about making it easier to check out in its stores, but wouldn’t the easiest way be supporting the payment systems people are already using? The comments on the intro video above are almost exclusively people asking for Walmart to support Samsung, Apple, and Android Pay.The company plans to continue expanding Walmart Pay to additional markets over the coming months, no matter what you think.last_img read more

At MIT Machines Learn Language The Same Way Kids Do

first_imgStay on target Teaching language to an artificial intelligence system is child’s play, thanks to MIT.Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed a parser that imitates kids’ learning processes by observing the environment and making connections.The system studies captioned videos and learns to associate words with objects and actions.“We don’t give the system the meaning for the sentence. We say, ‘There’s a sentence and a video,” study co-author and CSAIL researcher Andrei Barbu said in a statement. “The sentence has to be true of the video. Figure out some intermediate representation that makes it true of the video.’”When given a new sentence, the parser can accurately predict its meaning—without visual clues.This “weakly supervised” approach, which requires limited training input, could expand the types of data and reduce the effort needed for training parsers.Annotations can certainly speed up the process, but they’re not needed to learn.“People talk to each other in partial sentences, run-on thoughts, and jumbled language,” Barbu, a researcher in MIT’s McGovern Institute’s Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines (CBMM), said.Ideally, an android equipped with MIT’s parser could constantly observe its environment, reinforcing its understanding of spoken commands—even when they aren’t fully grammatical or clear.“You want a robot in your home that will adapt to their particular way of speaking … and still figure out what they mean,” he added.The parser could also shed light on how young children learn language.“A child has access to redundant, complementary information from different modalities, including hearing parents and siblings talk about the world, as well as tactile information and visual information, [which help him or her] to understand the world,” according to co-author Boris Katz, a principal research scientist and head of the CSAIL InfoLab Group.“It’s an amazing puzzle, to process all this simultaneous sensory input,” he continued. “This work is part of [a] bigger piece to understand how this kind of learning happens in the world.”The parser is described in a paper presented at this week’s Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing conference.Moving forward, researchers are interested in modeling interactions, not just passive observations.More artificial intelligence coverage on Geek.com:Robots to Build Robots at Shanghai FactoryMove Over, Chanel No. 5: AI Is Creating Perfumes NowWould You Pay $10K For This AI-Generated Portrait? Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments last_img read more

FCC Updates SmallBusiness Tool for Fighting Cyber Threats

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. min read How Success Happens Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Related: How to Determine If Cyber Insurance Coverage Is Right for You”The tool is designed for businesses that lack the resources to hire dedicated staff to protect their business, information and customers from cyber threats,” the FCC wrote in a blog post.While some small businesses on bootstrapped budgets might think of cyber security as an unnecessary cost — that cyber criminals are more interested in bigger fish — the FCC says smaller companies are increasingly in criminals’ crosshairs. Like their offline counterparts, cyber criminals tend to target low-hanging fruit and, as larger companies take steps to secure their systems, less secure small businesses are easier targets for cyber criminals, according to the FCC website.In the first six months of 2012 more than 36 percent of all targeted attacks were aimed at companies with fewer than 500 employees, according to Mountain View, Calif.–based security firm Symantec’s June Intelligence report. That number is on the rise, up from 18 percent at the end of 2011.Related: 5 Smartphone Tips to Protect Against New Malware AttacksCyber criminals are shifting their attention to smaller businesses as the weakest point of entry into a larger supply chain. Symantec research suggests that while small businesses may not always be the primary target of an attack, cyber criminals increasingly use them as a stepping-stone for access to their customers, or to their larger business partners.As part of the update, the FCC also released an updated cyber security tip sheet, which includes advice for a mobile device action plan, and credit card security.What tools do you use to stave off cyber threats? Let us know in the comments below.center_img Listen Now October 19, 2012 October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the FCC has issued an update to its “Small Biz Cyber Planner.” The planner was created last year as a free online resource for small-business owners who want to beef up their security against cyber attacks.Using the tool, business owners can create and download cyber-security plans tailored to their company. They answer 12 simple questions, such as “Does your business use credit cards?” and “Does your business have a public website?”Then, based on the responses to those questions, the cyber planner generates a custom guide which now includes — among other things — best practices for avoiding spyware and immediate steps to take in case of infection. It also provides information about buying cyber insurance, which can help cover damages related to an attack.last_img read more

Cancun beaches sargasso free ready for summer

first_img“We live for the tourism that comes for the beautiful beaches that we have, for the most beautiful white sand in the world. We will take care of the sea, we will take care of our beaches so that more tourists continue to arrive,” said Mara Lezama, declaring the beaches of Cancun ready for the summer vacation period of 2019. The seven public Blue Flag certified beaches in Cancun are Del Niño, Las Perlas, Chac Mool, Ballenas, Marlín, Delfines and Coral. The three new Blue Flag hotel beaches are at Iberostar, Fiesta Americana Condesa and Live Aqua. “We are very happy because we will be the first, throughout the country, to hoist 10 flags with Blue Flag certification, which allows us to guarantee our visitors and residents that we have quality beaches,” she added. Most beach areas in the destinations of Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen remain free of sargasso. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Cancun mayor, Mara Lezama stressed that the majority of beaches in Cancun are without the presence of sargasso, and has invited everyone to go and enjoy the white sand and spectacular turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Cancun, Q.R. — Sargasso cleanups and a helpful north wind have seen nearly all beaches in Cancun free of the unwanted seaweed and the return of sparkling turquoise waters. Turquoise waters of Cancun July 2, 2019 She also explained that every day, staff of the Municipal Public Services attend to the cleaning of the beaches, to which the efforts of all the workers of City Council, the private sector and volunteers are added in the framework of the Todos Contra el Sargazo Program. On July 1, 10 Blue Flag beach certifications were hoisted around the city of Cancun, seven of which were on public beaches and three, in front of hotels. last_img read more

Pensioners plea to alter death trap road system

first_imgThe road is 21 metres when turning in, yet narrows to six meters on the corner. The speed limits have also come into question by John. He explained: “It is 20mph on the industrial estate, but 60 before our house. I think it should remain 20 until the main road as you’ve got to slow down for that anyway.” Read MoreFormer pop up store finds permanent home in Stafford As well as concerns about the new layout and speed, John believes the number of signs are ‘excessive’. He said: “There are so many Raleigh Hall Industrial Estate signs that you’d think it is Buckingham Palace, and if you don’t know which way the M6 is you shouldn’t be driving. This is the countryside, and these big signs should be removed.” Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA pensioner has raised concerns about a new road near Eccleshall which he has labelled a ‘death trap’. The new road gives access from Raleigh Hall Industrial Estate to the A519 Eccleshall Road and prevents vehicle access from nearby Ankerton Lane and Sturbridge Lane onto the A519. John Regan, who lives at nearby Sturbridge with his wife Carol Ann, was one of dozens of residents who fought against the road proposals, which were approved by Stafford Borough Council in September, 2015. The 81-year-old said: “We bought this house to live in the countryside, 30 years later it’s ruined. There are only a handful of houses here to complain so nothing will be done. “The road by the back of our property used to be straight, now a curve has been added and it’s a death trap. “The road is 21 metres when turning in yet narrows to six metres on the corner, which is a blind bend. “No one takes the road properly, they drive in the middle across both lanes and the hedge means you can’t see what’s coming. “It should go back to what it was – it’s an accident waiting to happen.” John Regan, 81, by the ‘blind bend.’ However Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council, stands by the changes made. She said: “Keeping our roads safe remains our top priority and our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the country. “The additional lane at the junction with Sturbridge Lane does not affect the curvature of this section of the A519 and it does not make the main road any tighter than it was before for through traffic. Read MorePolice in Stafford warn of spike in forged notes “We would not consider introducing a 20mph limit at the junction as it would drop from 60mph straight away. “Generally the speed of vehicles is governed by the alignments and nature of the various roads. The design of this junction has been through two safety audits and the speed limit has not been identified as an issue. “There is no evidence that traffic leaving the industrial estate is travelling at an excessive speed in any event but this could be measured and the effectiveness of the junction is being monitored. The new signs are also in accordance with the traffic regulations for this type of road.” Another issue that has arisen with the changes for John is access to his driveway. As there is no turning place, the postman has now said they will longer deliver mail to the front of the property because it is dangerous reversing out onto the road afterwards. They advised John to move the post box to the back of the house instead and so he made a new one for this purpose. A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “The safety of our postmen and women is paramount, and we have worked to ensure that we can continue to deliver safely to this address.”last_img read more