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Alien Invasion: After Effects Video Tutorial

first_imgLearn how to composite a realistic alien spaceship into your footage in this exciting After Effects video tutorial.In the second part of our Alien Invasion tutorials we will take a look at how to composite, track, and distort an alien spaceship onto a video plate. In our previous Alien Invasion tutorial we took a look at how to build a realistic spaceship using Cinema 4D and After Effects. We highly recommend checking out Part 1 before preceding with this tutorial!First, let’s check out what we’ll be creating:In this exciting tutorial we will take a look at how to blend our 3D elements into our 2D video plate and add a few distortion effects to sell the entire shot. The tutorial will cover:Shooting in high shutter speedsThe Rolling Shutter Repair effectMocha trackersCreating custom trackersViewing individual color channelsUsing effects to blend elementsCreating distortion using fractal noise Want to watch more After Effects video tutorials? Check out the After Effects section of the PremiumBeat blog. There you’ll find dozens of exclusive tutorials dedicated to making you a better motion designer or check out my site want to know what you think about this tutorial! Got questions? Drop a line in the comments below.last_img read more

NBA: Analyst Charles Barkley says it’s ‘stupid’ that Kyrie Irving wants to leave Cavs

first_imgKyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers  (Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP)NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is not one to hold his tongue regarding issues in today’s NBA and he recently chimed in on Kyrie Irving’s supposed request to be traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Teenager upsets Nadal at Montreal Masters Was LeBron James’ tweet a shot at teammate Kyrie Irving?Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers “When he was on a bad team and he was the man, I guarantee you that wasn’t a lot of fun for him,” he explained. “And now you want to leave the best player in the world. And listen, I hear all of this stuff about how LeBron casts a big shadow. He should cast a big shadow.”Barkley, meanwhile, certainly knows a thing or two about accepting a lesser role, as he joined fellow legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler at the twilight of his career in the 1996-1997 season.Although Barkley acknowledges that at 25 Irving is still in his prime with his best days ahead of him, he further explained why winning a championship remains the most important thing.“You wanna share the glory. You wanna win. Right now, there’s only two, three, maybe four legitimate teams in the NBA,” he concluded. “If you’re not on one of those four or five teams, you’re really just wasting your time for seven months. So I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to play with LeBron. Listen, I wanna play with LeBron now!”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The outspoken player-turned-analyst shared how baffled he was by the notion of Irving’s displeasure playing second fiddle to teammate LeBron James.“You want to be on a good team. You want to play with other great players. This notion where you want to be the man, I just think is so stupid,” he said during an interview on NBA TV, as relayed by Bleacher Report.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“If I got a chance to play with another great player, I want to do that. The objective is to win,” he said.The 1993 NBA MVP also recalled Irving’s early years with the Cavaliers while LeBron was still playing for the Miami Heat.center_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

INSAT: A damp squib

first_imgINSAT blasts off from Cape Canaveral: Hollow triumphFor all its pioneering role, INSAT-1A is a satellite that the Space Department may want to quickly forget. Almost the only thing that can be claimed on its behalf is that it is operational: certainly a triumph in itself, but one robbed of,INSAT blasts off from Cape Canaveral: Hollow triumphFor all its pioneering role, INSAT-1A is a satellite that the Space Department may want to quickly forget. Almost the only thing that can be claimed on its behalf is that it is operational: certainly a triumph in itself, but one robbed of much of its real value.The launch was late by 22 months. Despite that leeway, most of the related ground facilities to make use of the satellite are not in position. By the time they are, the satellite will probably have lived out its life, reduced from the planned seven years to perhaps just three because of the unanticipated burning up of vital hydrazine fuel.Even before the launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 10, some fuel had to be off-loaded from the satellite since its weight exceeded the stipulated 1,150 kg. The US National Agency for Space Administration (NASA), contracted to do the launching, had insisted that its Delta rocket would not otherwise be able to put the satellite into the required orbit.Hitches: Later, up in space, the dish-shaped C band antenna, the single most crucial part of the satellite, refused to open, blanking out the only means of communication with INSAT-1A. When all other manoeuvres failed, the scientists at ground control in Hassan, Karnataka, played their last card: firing the thrusters under the closed antenna in an effort to literally thrust the antenna open. Tests at the Palo Alto headquarters of Ford Aerospace and Communication Corporation, which built the satellite, had shown that firing the thrusters would not damage the carbon-fibre antenna.advertisementThe first firing failed, and it took a second burst, using up further precious fuel, to eventually work the trick. Meanwhile, the satellite had drifted eastward and been nudged gently back to its space home 36,000 km over the equator, at 74 degrees East. Each of these manoeuvres saw the fuel reserves drop further, and more than a fortnight after launch, problems still plagued the satellite.The solar sail, designed to counterbalance the array of solar panels on the opposite side of the satellite and give it stability, refused to open. Until it does, the thrusters will have to be fired periodically to keep the satellite in position. Space Department scientists refused to speculate on the full impact which the loss of fuel would have on the satellite’s life. But a Central minister responsible for the satellite confided that its life might not be more than three years instead of the planned seven.Even as the scientists at Hassan were struggling with the wayward satellite, moves were initiated in Delhi to inquire into the series of technical problems and the possibility of costly human error. But all this was well in the future on launch date. The blastoff had already been pushed back twice because of mechanical failures; and on April 10, there remained just two days before the booking of the space parking lot would expire. Storm clouds milled over the horizon.Uncertainties: Project Director Pramod Kale mulled over an astrologer’s prediction that the original schedule was not an auspicious ‘muhurat’ for the launch. Satish Dhawan, chairman of the INSAT coordination committee, sat quietly in front of flickering video screens monitoring activity on the launch pad. The delays and uncertainties had taken their toll, and the initial excitement had dissipated into nervous fatigue and latent tension.Back home in Delhi, officials of the ministries that would make use of the satellite fumed in frustration: none of them had been invited to witness the launching in Florida. And, days later, when the satellite began to look like a problem child, some of them would ask mockingly about the “deaf and dumb” satellite and call for accountability.”T minus 20 and counting,” intoned the commentator at the mission director’s centre (MDC) as scientists and technicians, both Indian and American, busied themselves with last minute duties. The heavens spent themselves in the nick of time, some rain clouds still skirting a near full moon in the newly washed sky. Criss-crossing searchlight beams bathed the 116-foot Delta rocket before an incredibly picturesque blast-off. A thanksgiving coconut, brought by one of the Indian scientists, was offered to the gods and, in a release of tension, the rain came down again.Disastrous Planning: In Nagpur, on the day of the launching, Mrs Gandhi was laying the foundation stone for a satellite-linked TV-radio complex that should have been ready before the launching of INSAT- 1A. Nothing drove home the disastrous planning of ground facilities as the bizarre timing of this ceremony. The final clearance for the INSAT project had been given in 1977, but the related clearances for the ground facilities came a full two years later. Charan Singh, finance minister in the Janata government, had steadfastly stonewalled the whole proposal as a waste of money. The delay he caused has virtually made it so.advertisementSome of the clearances came only in 1981. Going by the present schedule, some of the 15,000 villages in six states that are to get educational TV programmes via the satellite will be linked to the system only in 1987. INSAT-1A  may not be around by then, though the twin INSAT-1B will have been pressed into service. This second satellite was initially designed as a space stand-by. and scheduled to take over from INSAT-1A at the end of the latler’s seven-year life span. Now it seems that 1B will quickly become the primary satellite.Among all the ground facilities, only the telecommunications segment will be reasonably ready by the time the satellite is made available for operational use. But even here, only 1,400 of the 4,000 two-way telephone channels will be made use of initially. Full utilisation may have to wait till mid-1983.At the Meteorological Department headquarters in New Delhi, a week after the launch, floors were still being polished in the main satellite data utilisation centre. Computers were being tested and related equipment still being put into position.Officials in the department considered this state of readiness a minor miracle, given the inhuman schedule to which they had had to work. Construction of a six-storeyed building started only in 1979, with barely a year left for the initial launching date. For some of the equipment, indents were placed with the Directorate-General of Supplies and Disposals only in February 1981, and orders placed with suppliers in November with delivery dates six to eight months ahead.Of the 100 unmanned meteorological data collection platforms that are to transmit weather-related data to Delhi via the satellite, only eight will be in place by the end of 1982. The others will follow in batches of 24 at six-monthly intervals. Officials insist this is according to the schedule, and deny that there have been any delays. But the special receiver sets that are to be used by district officials for getting the department’s disaster warnings based on satellite data are still being developed. Fabrication of the sets will start next year. The disaster warning system may not be fully operational till 1984.Big Delay: The ministry that needed a disaster warning at least a couple of years ago was Information and Broadcasting. INSAT-1A can provide a nation-wide TV hook-up, but there is money now for only 340 special direct reception sets that will be deployed in the villages. Even these will start getting delivered only from December. In contrast, seven years ago, the Government had been able to provide-2,400 direct reception sets for the satellite instructional television experiment (SITE) programme. Manufacturers are only now being approached to produce more sets quickly.Even as the satellite hovered overhead, the ministry was looking into the feasibility of a more cost-effective way of sending TV programmes to the villages. Information and Broadcasting Minister Vasant Sathe was trying to push through a proposal to fit on to microwave towers with special antennae that would be able to receive and transmit TV signals which in turn could be picked up by ordinary TV sets in a five-kilometre radius.advertisementThis would obviate the need for the costly direct reception sets and make things move a little faster. But engineers were objecting that the microwave towers were not built to take the extra load of the special antennae. If their objections stand, the only way out will be to construct at least future towers with the strength to take the extra load.TV programme readiness is no better. The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been commissioned to do no more than 50 special school programmes of 20 minutes each: a stock of programmes that will last just 25 days at the planned rate of two programmes per day. For the rest, the ministry is falling back on existing Doordarshan programmes and dusting off cans containing old SITE programmes.Little Action: The poor programme readiness roused lively fears among scientists concerned about the uses to which INSAT would be put. Some at the Ahmedabad Space Applications Centre warned that since there was little action in hand to set up field programming centres, select the target villages, or train personnel for maintaining the community TV sets, the satellite would eventually be used for beaming feature films, a mish-mash of other entertainment programmes and sports events.The criticism implicit in that warning was lost in Delhi, where Rajiv Gandhi was said to be furious over the initial satellite failure because he would not be able to ensure nation-wide colour telecasting of the Asian Games. Space Department officials confessed that there had been pressure even earlier to allow the use of the existing experimental satellites for beaming Test cricket telecasts. They had refused on the ground that this was not the purpose of an experimental satellite; that argument will not be available in the case of INSAT.Serious use of INSAT’s television transponders would have meant beaming separate programmes for children, farmers and housewives for at least four hours a day, or about 1,500 hours a year. The programming capacity for this amount of work simply does not exist, calling as it does for probably a 50 per cent increase in total studio capacity. But, as a Doordarshan producer said, “Vasant Sathe is more concerned about making colour TV a national policy.”last_img read more

NCP chief mourns death of BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya

first_imgMumbai, Sep 30 (PTI) NCP chief Sharad Pawar tonight condoled the demise of BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, saying he will always be remembered as the first person from a third world country to hold the office of ICC. “I am deeply saddened to know about the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya. He will always be remembered as the first person from a third world country to hold the office of the International Cricket Council (ICC), which is the highest governing body of world cricket,” Pawar said. “He made BCCI a powerful and influential cricket body in the field of sports. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” the NCP chief said. PTI VT BA HU RDSlast_img



Nike Releases New Uniforms For Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, UConn And Baylor

first_imgAn overhead shot of Rupp Arena during a game.LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)We’re just one month away from March Madness, so naturally, the apparel manufacturers are starting to debut new uniforms for the top college basketball teams. Nike unveiled eight new uniforms Friday – six for men’s teams, two for women’s teams.The men’s squads for Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona and Oregon got new Nike Hyper Elite’s for the stretch run. UConn and Baylor’s women’s teams were were also part of the release. A number of teams, including the Blue Devils, will debut them this weekend. From Nike:Each school’s home uniform will feature a white base with school-specific color lettering and a 26-degree speed graphic of an iconic symbol of each school across the side of the game short. The 26-degree angle of each school’s graphic was inspired by the chevron on the classic Nike Windrunner track jacket that debuted in 1978. Each graphic represents a distinctive basketball point of view, based on the roughly 1,000 directional changes, or “cuts” that a player might make in the course of a game.Here are some shots of the new digs.New Nike uniforms for Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, UConn, & Baylor— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) February 20, 2015Road to March is paved with @nikebasketball Hyper Elite Unis for 8 teams. Debuting this wkd.— Brian Strong (@briangstrong) February 20, 2015The new Disruption uniform set from Nike! Will wear when Syracuse visits Cameron.— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) February 20, 2015Check out the brand new @Nike Hyper Elite uniforms we will wear vs. Virginia on Senior Day 3/2! #CuseMode— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) February 20, 2015College basketball fans – what do you think?last_img read more

No consensus in Security Council on Zimbabwe sanctions

Permanent members China and Russia vetoed the text, with South Africa, Libya and Viet Nam also voting against the resolution.The draft received 9 votes in favor – the necessary number for a majority – from the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, Italy and Panama, while Indonesia abstained.Before the vote, Ambassador Boniface Guwa Chidyausiku of Zimbabwe stressed that “political dialogue is ongoing between the contending parties” in the country, adding that in his inauguration statement, Mr. Mugabe “reached out to the opposition and said that it was now imperative for the nation to look forward to the future with a sense of unity.”But the United States, one of the resolution’s 9 co-sponsors, disagreed. “There are not serious, substantive negotiations underway between the Mugabe regime and the opposition,” Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad of the United States told the Council after the vote.Mr. Khalilzad said there is “no doubt” that the situation in Zimbabwe – where Mr. Mugabe was sole candidate in last month’s presidential run-off after violence and intimidation directed towards the opposition forces led to the withdrawal of opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) – impacts peace and security in the region.The United Kingdom, which also sponsored the draft, emphasized that the resolution was not “an attempt to undermine ongoing mediation efforts,” Ambassador John Sawers said. “Precisely the opposite.”He also said that today’s text was “not a foray into the internal affairs of an African country,” citing previous Council actions taken on countries such as Sierra Leone, Sudan and Somalia.Zimbabwe’s problems “cannot be resolved by artificially elevating them to the degree of a threat to international peace and security. The Council’s application here of enforcement measures under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter has no foundation and is excessive,” Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia said.Speaking to reporters following the open meeting, Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya said that adopting the resolution would have been “counterproductive to the initiatives and efforts now underway by the Africans to find a solution to the problem in Zimbabwe,” adding that negotiations are under way in South Africa.Echoing his comments, Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo of South Africa said that his delegation voted against the draft given his country’s membership in the African Union (AU) and the South African Development Community (SADC).He added that the AU Summit, which ended last week in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, rather than call for sanctions against Zimbabwe, instead encouraged Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai “to honour their commitments to initiate dialogue with a view to promoting peace, stability, democracy and reconciliation of the Zimbabwean people.”Further, the AU voiced its appreciation to SADC for its efforts to reconcile the parties, Mr. Kumalo said.Earlier this week, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told the Council that the crisis in Zimbabwe not only represents a “moment of truth” for democracy on the continent but also poses a “challenge to the world.”Briefing the body on the Sharm El-Sheikh summit, she said that “when an election is conducted in an atmosphere of fear and violence, its outcome cannot have a legitimacy that is built on the will of the people. Consequently, the principle of democracy is at stake.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also criticized the outcome of the run-off – which went ahead despite international appeals for a postponement given the violence and intimidation that preceded it – as illegitimate.“The outcome did not reflect the true and genuine will of the Zimbabwean people or produce a legitimate result,” his spokesperson said in a 30 June statement. “The Secretary-General has said repeatedly that conditions were not in place for a free and fair election and observers have confirmed this from the deeply flawed process.” 11 July 2008A draft resolution calling for sanctions on Zimbabwe, including a travel ban and assets freeze on President Robert Mugabe and 12 other individuals, was not adopted by the Security Council today. read more

RBC to hike mortgage rates on Tuesday

TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada is once again boosting some of its home mortgage rates effective Tuesday.The increases will range from one-tenth to three-tenths of a point, depending on the type of mortgage.Royal Bank says its special discounted four-, five-, seven-, and ten-year rates are going up to 3.39, 3.69, 3.99 and 4.29% respectively.Royal increased some of its mortgage rates earlier this month following a plunge in bond prices in May.Scotiabank and TD Bank have also recently increased their special discounted rates.The Canadian Press

US and Sri Lanka pledge to deepen engagement following TIFA talks

The Joint Action Plan aims at reaching its goals over a span of five years; its objectives include, among other measures: reforming Sri Lanka’s trade and investment regime to world class standards; improving the competitiveness of Sri Lanka’s current exports; developing new markets, especially those that take advantage of Sri Lanka’s status as a regional services hub; promoting greater interaction between the U.S. and Sri Lankan business communities; greater utilization of U.S. tariff preference arrangements; strengthening of worker rights and promotion of ethical and environmentally sustainable manufacturing practices, especially in Sri Lanka’s RMG sector; reforming the educational sector to make it more responsive to the needs of business; and increased mobilization of all sectors of society, especially women, in business and trade. The meeting was Co-chaired by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and Sri Lanka Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama. United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power participated as well, encouraging the Sri Lankan Government to continue its vital progress on democracy, accountability, and human rights. Ambassador Froman noted that the election outcome has ushered in a new era of U.S.-Sri Lanka economic cooperation. The United States and Sri Lanka have pledged to deepen engagement following the 12th U.S.-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework (TIFA) Council meeting held in Washington, D.C this week, the US Embassy in Colombo said today.A joint statement said that with a goal of significantly increasing two-way trade and investment between the United States and Sri Lanka, the two Governments adopted a US-Sri Lanka Joint Action Plan to Boost Trade and Investment. Both sides affirmed their belief that the bilateral trade and investment relationship has great potential that can be realized through adoption of enabling policies and joint measures incorporated in the Plan. During the meeting, the Sri Lanka delegation, building upon the Joint Statement of the recently concluded inaugural “Partnership Dialogue” between the two countries, presented several specific proposals for deeper cooperation to enhance bilateral trade and investment and improve the overall competitiveness of Sri Lanka’s economy.Both Governments pledged their commitment to deepening their engagement over the coming months in order to develop a detailed implementation plan for the Action Plan, with formal launch envisaged later this year. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Opinion Hits misses and sleepers of the 2015 NBA draft

Then-OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell dribbles the ball during a game against Maryland on Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 80-56.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThursday night in the 2015 NBA draft saw the two-round event start off with the Minnesota Timberwolves selecting Karl-Anthony Towns first overall and ended with the Philadelphia 76ers taking Luka Mitrovic with the 60th selection.As with every draft, whether it is basketball, football, baseball or hockey, fans of a certain team will have their fervent opinions about their new young player. I offer my opinion with first-round picks I loved, first-round picks where the teams could have done better, and second-round sleepers.First-round selections I loved:D’Angelo Russell (2nd overall), Los Angeles LakersPassing on Jahlil Okafor had to be a tough call for the Lakers, but D’Angelo Russell has the chance to be Kobe Bryant’s successor. Picking a guard over a big man at the top of the draft is not the norm, but Okafor does not give much on the defensive end with shot blocking and rebounding at the center position, which have turned into necessities in the current NBA. Russell is the best playmaker and passer in the draft, and can help take the Lakers to the playoffs next year, especially if they can add a big man in free agency such as Kevin Love or LaMarcus Aldridge to pair with Julius Randle.Mario Hezonja (5th overall), Orlando MagicMario Hezonja was my top international prospect in the draft, and he will give the Orlando Magic much-needed shooting help. Recently, the Magic have taken athletes in the draft who struggle from the perimeter in Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon. Hezonja is a top-three athlete in this draft class, as well as a top-three shooter loaded with confidence.Devin Booker (13th overall), Phoenix SunsThe Phoenix Suns needed a shooter and they got their guy in Devin Booker, who can also be a solid defensive player. The Suns have some guards hitting free agency this offseason and Booker gives them a guy who can contribute immediately in a more up-tempo offense with Eric Bledsoe leading the charge.Justin Anderson (21st overall), Dallas MavericksJustin Anderson is well built with speed, size and strength that really improved his jump shot this past college season. His offensive mindset displays a “no nonsense” style by catching the ball and attacking straight to the hoop immediately. He is a very good defender as well, though he was unable to display his versatility in full in Virginia’s pack-line defense.Jarell Martin (25th overall), Memphis GrizzliesJarell Martin is a stretch 4 without NBA three-point range. He will be able to play outside of the paint when he enters the game and will allow more space for either Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol, if he re-signs. Martin will be able to hit a midrange jumper or attack the basket from 20 feet away.R.J. Hunter (28th overall), Boston CelticsThe Boston Celtics picked up an elite three-point shooter late in the first round. He does not need the ball to be effective, and that will allow for more space from some of Boston’s attacking guards.First-round selections teams should have done differently:Kristaps Porzingis (4th overall), New York KnicksThe Knicks were in a tough situation where they probably did not get a great offer to move back in the draft. Porzingis will take a few years to possibly develop with an aging Carmelo Anthony, which suggests the Knicks are looking past the Carmelo Anthony era. Wing player Mario Hezonja, point guard Emmanuel Mudiay and even an elite defensive big in Willie Cauley-Stein would have made sense here, if they are still in the Carmelo era.Trey Lyles (12th overall), Utah JazzTrey Lyles is a skilled stretch 4 who cannot take a defender out to the three-point line yet. I thought the Jazz could use a pure shooter, such as Devin Booker, at this spot to pair with Gordon Hayward and two guards who can struggle from the outside in Dante Exum and Trey Burke.Kelly Oubre Jr. (15th overall), Washington WizardsI agree with the position of choice: small forward. The Wizards moved up four spots by trading two future second-round picks, but I thought there were two better fits at small forward, namely Sam Dekker and Justin Anderson, to pair with Otto Porter.Terry Rozier (16th overall), Boston CelticsThe Boston Celtics already have a couple of similar guards to Rozier, such as Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas. Rozier is a pesky defender, but again, I thought either Sam Dekker or Justin Anderson would have been great selections.Larry Nance Jr. (27th overall), Los Angeles LakersLarry Nance Jr. is an undersized power forward who will compete for a backup role. I thought R.J. Hunter would have been a good selection here to bring some shooting off the bench, or a different undersized power forward who can really bring energy off the bench in Montrezl Harrell.Trading their picks (15th and then 19th overall), Atlanta HawksThe Atlanta Hawks originally owned the 29th pick but had rights to swap it in a previous Joe Johnson trade, so they owned the 15th pick. The Hawks then traded back to 19 for two future second rounders, and then sent the 19th pick to the New York Knicks for Tim Hardaway Jr., who has been inconsistent from the three-point line and struggles defensively, with only two years left on his rookie contract.Second-round sleepers:Montrezl Harrell (32nd overall), Houston RocketsHarrell is a high-energy guy off the bench who can give the Rockets some insurance if they decide to trade Terrence Jones.Anthony Brown (34th overall), Los Angeles LakersBrown is a good shooter to bring off the bench and Brown can provide good on-ball defense for the Lakers. He could be a solid role player throughout his career.Guillermo Hernangomez (35th overall), New York KnicksHernangomez projects as an international big who played in one of the top professional leagues in the world but will probably not come to the NBA for a couple of seasons. The Knicks gave up two future second-round picks for Hernangomez, who has a knack for finishing down low.Rakeem Christmas (36th overall), Cleveland CavaliersThe Cavaliers made a great trade by dealing their 24th pick and getting out of a first-round contract. If Rakeem Christmas was a couple of years younger, he probably would have been a late lottery pick. He is an active post player who can also hit a mid-range jumper consistently.Josh Richardson (40th overall), Miami HeatJosh Richardson improved each year offensively while playing collegiately at Tennessee. If he can improve his spot-up jump shot, he is already a great on-ball defender with slashing potential on the offensive end.Marcus Thornton (45th overall), Boston CelticsI thought the Celtics could have done better at 16 with the Rozier selection; Marcus Thornton is a pretty similar player to what they already have. If Thornton finds a role with the Celtics or a different team, he could take advantage of the opportunity. He is a great athlete who really scored at the college level at William & Mary. Thornton is very agile and then accelerates on his jump shot, not allowing defenders to contest his jumper. read more

Brighton pensioner awarded Star of Italy for saving village from destruction by

She lied about the villagers having no knowledge of the ambush and was told that she would also be shot if the Germans discovered the men were not innocent.Luckily, the villagers had buried their partisan armbands and all the prisoners were released, with the German commander telling them they owed their lives to Gabriella.The next day the Germans fled the village, just hours before it was liberated by the Allies. After the war Gabriella met and married British army officer Captain Peter Ezra and moved to Britain with him.Her son Mark, 65, a film director, recently wrote a letter to the Italian embassy to tell his mother’s extraordinary tale.The ambassador subsequently presented her with the Star of Italy, awarded to British and Commonwealth forces who served in the Italian Campaign from 1943 to 1945.”If my mother had not intervened they would all have been killed,” Mark said. “She showed such remarkable courage.”I wrote to the embassy and my mother was invited to receive the Star of Italy. She was understandably delighted.”The whole family was at the ceremony and we had a fabulous time.”The local partisans had forewarned the people of Capella di Scorze about the attack on the Germans and advised them to close their shutters in case their windows shattered. Gabriella in her native Venice just after the war.Credit:BNPS The extraordinary story of a fearless teenage girl who saved an entire village from being executed by the Nazis has come to light after she received a gallantry award 74 years later.Gabriella Ezra, 91, who lives in Brighton, East Sussex, intervened to stop her father Luigi and 37 other inhabitants of a village in her native Italy from being massacred by a Nazi firing squad.She has now been awarded a prestigious Star of Italy medal after her son Mark wrote to the Italian embassy to make them aware of his mother’s heroic actions on the morning April 28, 1945.Gabriella, who was 17 at the time, chased after a German officer and pleaded with him to show mercy to the villagers of Capella di Scorze, near Venice, who had been rounded up and locked in a cowshed.The Germans were after retribution following an attack on their men by Italian partisans which had left several of them wounded.They had previously executed 31 men in a neighbouring town following partisan action, with these prisoners set to suffer the same fate.Gabriella, who spoke immaculate German as her family had lived in Austria, was taken by the officer to speak to his commander. Gabriella in her native Venice just after the war. Afterwards the Germans arrived and rounded up 38 men, prompting Gabriella’s brave intervention.The retired language school teacher remembered that after a partisan attack, the Germans took the men from the village, including her father, and locked them in a cowshed.”I told my mother I had to do something so I ran after the officer and pleaded with him that these men were just farmers who cared about their fields and cows,” she said.”He took me to the commandant and I begged him not to kill them, telling him again and again these men were innocent.”They took me outside and lined up the men with a firing squad and said ‘this woman tells me you are innocent. If she’s lying I’ll kill you all, her first’.The men were searched, but had hidden their partisan armbands in the cowshed. As they were led away Gabriella’s father passed her his watch and a note for her mother, thinking he was about to be killed.”But the commandant then ordered for them to be set free saying if there were any more attacks he would destroy the village.The next morning, British soldiers arrived to liberate the village.”When the British came we cried tears of joy and embraced them. It was such a relief.” Gabriella met Captain Peter Ezra, of the Middlesex Regiment, while working as a translator in the Mayor’s office in Mestre, outside Venice, in 1946. They married in Venice in 1949 and moved to Hove, where she worked as a language coach. Capt Ezra died in 2005.She was greeted as a hero when she first returned to the village 25 years ago, with a meal laid out on the square in her honour.She said: “I was showing my daughter around the village when a man spotted me and said ‘oh my goodness it’s Gabriella’.”They made a meal for me in the square. They said they were very pleased to see me because I had saved the village.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Spectro introduces TruVu 360™ Enterprise Fluid Intelligence Platform for oil analysis

first_imgSpectro Scientific, one of the world’s largest suppliers of oil, fuel, and processed-water analysis instrumentation and software, has introduced TruVu 360™ Enterprise Fluid Intelligence Platform, an all-encompassing web-based fluid analysis data management system. “The new platform simplifies and streamlines the fluid analysis process so high-quality information and actionable intelligence facilitate rapid decision-making. It closes the gap between maintenance recommendations on the oil analysis report and the impact on continuous process improvement. Visually and graphically, it provides a dashboard so management can see the effectiveness of the program across the enterprise in real time.” TruVu 360 integrates Spectro’s MiniLab on-site oil analysis hardware used in industrial applications in mining and other industries.Spectro Scientific President and CEO Brian Mitchell said, “TruVu 360 solutions represent a breakthrough in real-time fluid intelligence through its seamless, enterprise-wide integration of hardware, software, and services. The combination of immediate analysis data with information management and diagnostic interpretation input as well as performance measurement evaluations will boost users’ uptime and cost savings and thereby maximise their operational efficiency and overall profitability, preparing them for full participation in Industry 4.0.”“TruVu 360 addresses many of the current issues and frustrations with current fluid analysis methodologies. For example, it can be difficult to standardise workflows across an enterprise because of wide variations in process times, different levels of laboratory expertise, and without a tool to monitor and visualise the results globally. Perhaps most concerning, it is virtually impossible to leverage any of the improvements learned because of all the fragmented data gleaned from many sources. Now, with TruVu 360 Enterprise Fluid Intelligence, these challenges and more are solved with its standardised and adaptive “Rules Engine” diagnostic process, its Enterprise Cloud Software access and its “at a glance” device dashboard that reflects conditions and results in real time. In essence, TruVu 360 enables users to track fluid condition on an immediate basis to detect and ameliorate fluid contamination and machine wear as well as manage proactive maintenance and fluid replacement activities.”In operation, TruVu 360 is a web browser-based user interface that can be installed on a local PC, central server and hosted in a public cloud. There are three main user categories: The Enterprise user can access and manage multiple sites and the corporate dashboard console. The Site user has single site access and can be further restricted to certain areas of the site and can manage the oil analysis process. The Site Reader also has single site access and/or a read only access.With regard to analytical hardware, the new program has been initially introduced with its MiniLab on-site oil analysis lab for industrial applications in mining and other industries. “When performing measurements on-site, the MiniLab cuts the wait time for analysis results from days or weeks to minutes, compared to lab-based fluid analysis, and enables users to make immediate maintenance decisions that reduce unexpected downtime and costs and eliminate potential catastrophic machine failures. The data produced also facilitate efficient scheduling of proactive maintenance and fluid renewal actions, improving utilisation of resources and machine time. Over the next 12 months, Spectro’s entire suite of fluid analysis instruments will work in concert with its TruVu 360 Enterprise Fluid Intelligence Platform.”last_img read more

Hungary Pick Szeged with a step forward towards the final

← Previous Story Germany beat Slovenia twice! Next Story → Michael Biegler new DHfK Leipzig headcoach! CsurgokekezoviclasicamiklerPick SzegedskaliczkiSzegedtatai After a long break Pick Szeged yesterday played the first match of the semi final of Hungarian Leagueagainst Csurgó who finished third in the regular season. The home team were the odds-on favouritebut the guests who had 4 former Szeged players (Herbert, Katzirz, Simon, Oláh) and one of the pivotsof the Hungarian National Team (Szöllősi) on their side wanted to cause big surprise. Neither teamhad any injured players.The match itself didn’t really excite Szeged residents as the sports hall was only about half-full. Thematch started with vicious Szeged attacks, the guests were unable to show much resistance andSzeged quickly gained the lead (5th minute 3:0)The number of goals didn’t change in the next five minutes however. World-class goalkeeping byRoland Mikler greatly contributed to Szeged’s perfectly working defence but in the same timetheir attacks became ineffective. At around the 15th minute Csurgó’s coach substituted both ofhis shooters and the guests started to close in non Szeged (20th minute 8:6). Szeged could onlycrack Csurgó’s tight defence near the end of the first half mainly thanks to improved shootingperformance. The first half ended with Pick’s confident lead (13:8)Pick’s coach Skaliczki kept both of his left handed shooters on the bench at the start of the secondhalf as Buday played in the right-back position. Csurgó’s defence became tougher and tougher butthe referees didn’t really approve and the number of 2-minute suspensions began to increase. Pickcouldn’t always use these extramen situations to their advantage but the difference slowly began togrow mainly because of weak attacking by Csurgó. (40th minute 17:10). Skaliczki changed both hiswings for the final phase of the match. Kekezovic and Lasica scored several goals, Tatai continuedMikler’s great performance, his long passes were put to score by the wings. In the end the hometeam won the match confidently (29:18). The second match, surely to be more difficult for Szeged,will be played on Thursday in Csurgó. Two matches need to be won to advance to the final.Best scorers: Sulc, Lasica, Prodanovic, Larholm (4) / Oláh (4)In the other semi final: MKB Veszprém-Tatabánya 35:22Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter ButtyPhoto: read more

Mens U18 EHF EURO 2016 starts in Croatia

Men’s U18 EHF EURO 2016 The Men’s U18 EHF EURO 2016 starts in Croatia! Koprivnica and Zagreb will be the hosts of battle of generation 1998, who will begin their international adventure. The Final Day will be on Sunday, August 21.Here are the groups.Group A: Spain, France, Norway, SwitzerlandGroup B: Denmark, Slovenia, Russia, SlovakiaGroup C: Sweden, Croatia, Czech Republic, IcelandGroup D: Serbia, Portugal, Poland and Germany ← Previous Story +10: Routine Norwegian win over Angola Next Story → THRILLER: Dutch girls miss knock-out stage against Korea in last second!

Orange fixe au 23 mai le lancement de sa première chaîne 3D

first_imgOrange fixe au 23 mai le lancement de sa première chaîne 3D France – L’opérateur Orange s’apprête à lancer une chaîne 3D dans son bouquet ADSL. Destinée à la diffusion d’événements sportifs, mais aussi de concerts et de films, elle sera disponible gratuitement pour tous les abonnés au bouquet TV.Le 23 mai, à l’occasion de l’ouverture du tournoi de Roland Garros, Orange sera le premier opérateur français à lancer une chaîne entièrement en 3D. Accessible gratuitement sur le réseau ADSL et fibre optique du FAI, cette chaîne diffusera dans un premier temps des matchs de Roland Garros en 3D. Viendront ensuite progressivement “des concerts et des combats de boxe […]”. “Le contenu s’enrichira progressivement et on achètera aussi des films en 3D” aprécisé Hervé Payan, directeur des contenus d’Orange.À lire aussiArchéologie : le vrai visage de Cléopâtre reconstitué en 3DOutre un téléviseur compatible avec les programmes en trois dimensions et des lunettes dédiées, les abonnés au bouquet Orange devront disposer d’un débit Internet important, 20 Mbits/s environ, pour pouvoir accéder à cette nouvelle chaîne.Devancés par Orange, TF1 et Canal + devraient rapidement lancer à leur tour leur canal 3D. TF1 pourrait ainsi diffuser certains matchs de la Coupe du monde en relief.Le 17 mai 2010 à 15:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Doodle Google le bicentenaire du philosophe Søren Kierkegaard

first_imgDoodle Google : le bi-centenaire du philosophe Søren KierkegaardNé le 5 mai 1813, le philosophe danois Kierkegaard a aujourd’hui droit à son propre doodle. Il est considéré comme le père de l’existentialisme et continue toujours d’influencer de nombreux penseurs.Le plus célèbre philosophe danois fête ses 200 ans! Pour l’occasion Google dédie un doodle à Søren Kierkegaard, né le 5 mai 1813 à Copenhague et mort dans la même ville le 11 novembre 1855. Il est considéré comme le précurseur de l’existentialisme. À lire aussiGoogle : un Doodle pour inaugurer les Jeux Olympiques de LondresLa page d’accueil de google est décorée de six petits hommes habillés à la mode du XIXe siècle. Cinq d’entre eux tiennent une plume différente et écrivent le mot google avec, tandis que le sixième semble coordonner le tout. Une allusion aux multiples pseudonymes que Kierkegaard a employé au cours de sa courte carrière? Søren Kierkegaard, très emprunt de protestantisme, s’est particulièrement attelé à des thèmes comme l’angoisse, la foi et le désespoir. Parmi ses œuvres notables, on compte Ou bien… Ou bien (Enter – Eller), Crainte et tremblement (Frygt og Bæven) et Traité du Désespoir (Sygdommen til Døden).Le 5 mai 2013 à 17:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hometown Food Company recalls over 12000 cases of flour due to salmonella

first_imgHometown Food Company has announced a recall of over 12,000 cases of flour due to concerns of salmonella contamination.The Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour bags possibly affected have the lot codes of 8292 and 8293 with Best If Used By dates of April 19 and 20 of 2020.The flour cases were distributed in grocery stores including Publix and Winn-Dixie.The U.S. Department of Agriculture said there have been no reports of salmonella-related cases due to the flour so far.The recall comes less than two months after General Mills found salmonella in certain bags of their Gold Medal Unbleached Flour.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

New GOES satellite will aid weather forecasting in Alaska Western US

first_imgThe six sensors of GOES-R are labeled in this rendering. (Credit: NASA)A satellite scheduled for launch Thursday will aid weather forecasting in the Western U.S., including Alaska.Listen nowAccording to NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration GOES, or Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, is the second new unit to be deployed into orbit over the equator. The first of the new minivan size satellites, positioned to view the eastern North America, went up in 2016, replacing an older model. NASA says the satellites send images and other data to earth five times faster than predecessor versions.”It fires a picture every one minute, which is incredible to what we’ve seen before,” Fairbanks National Weather Service meteorologist Becca Mazur said.Mazur says the higher transmission speed helps forecasters do their job.”You can actually use the satellite imagery now,” Mazur said. “You can use it for forecast at the moment instead of having to wait 15-plus minutes for the picture to show up.”The new satellites also offer four times better image resolution, finer detail Mazur says is key to observation and forecasting.“It’s a significant improvement for observing clouds and other weather patterns,” Mazur said.Lisa Wirth is interim director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geographic Information Network of Alaska or “GINA”, which has NASA contracts to download and process data from similarly equipped polar orbiting satellites.Wirth points to the technology’s value in quickly tracking weather, as well as a range of other environmental conditions.“To discern between snow, ice and cloud cover,” Wirth listed. ”Sea ice, wildfire, volcanic emissions.”Near-real time tracking of conditions is important to public safety, capability Wirth credits to a general growth in space based earth observation.”The number of satellites that are flying in space are increasing, and so that’s just increasing our temporal coverage,” Wirth said. “Which means we can get data faster, more often over the same spot on the Earth and, of course, the technology is also increasing, so we’re getting better data in itself.”A rocket carrying the new GOES satellite is scheduled for liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:04 p.m. Alaska Time Thursday.last_img read more

NIA amendment bill gets passed in Lok Sabha after division

first_imgNew Delhi: The Lok Sabha, on Monday, passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill 2019 after a division as Home Minister Amit Shah sought a vote on the legislation. Speaker Om Birla said the bill had been passed with 278 members voting in its favour and six against it.Shah said there should be a division so that the people know the stance of all parties. He had earlier urged the members to pass the bill unanimously to send a strong message against terrorism.last_img

AIYF SFI lay siege to Medchal Collectorate

first_imgMedchal: Activists of AIYF and SFI of Medchal-Malkajgiri district committee laid siege to the Collectorate on Thursday after taking out a huge rally from the Office Kaman in which more than 700 students participated. They squatted on the premises protesting against poor students not getting the benefit of education in Telangana State.State SFI vice-president Thatikonda Ravi and Medchal district secretary Rathod Santosh, who submitted a representation to DRO Madhukar Reddy demanded taking steps to regulate fees in private/corporate educational institutions, creating basic facilities in government schools, filling up of the vacant posts of teachers/lecturers, constructing building to locate SW hostels, releasing of pending scholarships/fees reimbursement immediately, setting up of government junior/degree colleges in Mandals, takeover of the Ghatkesar Gurukul land for locating government educational institutions and the implementation of the Right to Education Act. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The two leaders wanted the government to release the pending bills of hostels immediately and drop the proposal to shut its educational institutions, to implement mid-day meal scheme in government junior colleges and to wind up unrecognized educational institutions. They warned that if the government failed to concede their demands, the agitation would be intensified. Among those who took part in the dharna were Medchal district unit president Sai Kiran, vice-president Padala Shankar, Srikanth Reddy, district leaders Chandrakanth, Sai and Himavardhan.last_img read more