Creating Artificial Lighting in Apple Motion

first_imgAdding a light to your footage in post production is easy with the tools within Motion, Apple’s video graphics and compositing application.Apple’s Motion is one app that doesn’t get enough love in the professional post production community.  It’s a really powerful toolset, but often times gets overlooked in favor of it’s biggest competitor, Adobe After Effects.  One thing that Motion offers is the ability to add artificial lighting to your video footage – giving the appearance that the scene was actually lit differently on-set.A recent tutorial by Ben Balser at MacProVideo.com demonstrates how to use the tools within Motion to create realistic in your video footage.  This is useful when you are shooting in adverse conditions, running a tight production schedule or don’t have the lighting equipment necessary on-set.  Ben demonstrates how lightingin motion can “cast shadows and can be keyframed.”  In the example Ben goes as far as to replicate the look of light coming through window blinds.Be sure to check out this informative lighting tutorial at MacProVideo.comIf you’re more inclined to learn by watching, you can see a lighting in Motion video tutorial in the YouTube video below.  This demonstration from GeniusDV.com shows how to add lights to your Motion projects in a simulated 3D space.  Skip to about half way through to learn about lighting in Motion:Are you using Motion for lighting and compositing work?Share your thoughts/experiences/tips in the comments below!last_img read more

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Naveen announces irrigation project ahead of bypoll

first_imgKeeping in mind the forthcoming Bijepur by-election, the Naveen Patnaik government on Monday announced State’s first underground irrigation project in Bijepur in Bargarh district at an estimated cost of ₹1,250 crore.The project would be called Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System. “We have decided to implement the system, the first of its kind with underground pipeline. The project will irrigate a command area of about 32,000 hectares, including 25,600 hectares in kharif and 7,000 ha in rabi season,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said here. “The project will pump water from Bargarh main canal through an 18-km-long main pipeline,” Mr. Patnaik said.The announcement about the mega irrigation project, however, failed to impress the Opposition parties — Congress and BJP. They termed the announcement as an election gimmick.“In 2006, Mr. Patnaik had announced 35% irrigation in all blocks, but the target has not been achieved. In 2008, he announced that wherever there is less than 35% irrigation, that village will be provided ₹5 lakh. Not a single village has received the fund,” alleged Leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra.“A year ago, the CM had inaugurated a mega lift irrigation project in Tel river. Farmers have not got a drop of water from the project. In 2009, he had announced free electricity to farmers. He never fulfilled the promise,” said Mr. Mishra.BJP State general secretary Pruthiraj Harichandan alleged it was an announcement meant for the Bijepur by-election. “The CM had announced a fund for victims of chit-fund scams just before the 2014 elections. But they are yet to get relief. In Bargarh, he had announced packages during the 2015 drought. Those funds were never spent.”last_img read more

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Stock-Pricing Theorists Reap Economics Nobel

first_imgPredicting how stock prices will rise or fall, everybody knows, is worth a fortune. Understanding the predictability of stock prices, too, can net you a pretty rich dividend, as Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen, and Robert Shiller can tell you this morning. The three have together won the 2013 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (informally, the Nobel Prize in economics) “for their empirical analysis of asset prices.” Fama and Hansen are professors at the University of Chicago; Shiller is a professor at Yale University.In the 1960s, Fama and his colleagues showed that it was impossible to predict stock prices in the short term because any new information that might influence a particular stock—such as new, tougher environmental regulations affecting the oil industry—was quickly incorporated into the stock price. Fama’s findings led to the emergence of index funds, enabling millions of households to invest in the stock market without spending the huge time and effort investors had been spending trying to determine how individuals stocks would fare over days and weeks.In the 1980s, Shiller showed that although Fama was right, there was more to the story. When Shiller studied stock prices relative to the dividends earned by the stocks over the years, he found a pattern. Although theoretically, stock prices should follow the trend of the dividend stream, year after year, Shiller found that when stocks were priced higher than their dividends proved to justify, they fell in price in the following years in a way that made stock prices predictable over a 3- to 7-year horizon.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In 1982, Hansen developed a statistical method for testing the theory of how the savings and investment decisions of individuals affect stock prices. His work showed, among other things, that it was flawed to view investors as rational actors. In bad times, investors are far less willing to take risk; in good times, they are far more willing. Their pessimism and optimism influences stock prices in ways that earlier models did not account for. Hansen’s work, along with the work of others, laid the foundations of behavioral finance.Shiller spoke to reporters briefly by phone at the Nobel Committee’s press conference announcing the prize. He expressed gratitude that the field of finance had been recognized. “I believe that finance is a theory that while it has many controversial elements also has a body of knowledge that is useful to society and will improve human welfare,” he said.last_img read more

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OILSEEDS-PRICES(BCM21)

first_imgMumbai, Sep 10 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs) Mumbai, Sep 10 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs) Groundnut Kernel 5500 Groundnut Bold 60/70 6800 Javas 60/70: 9650 Javas 70/80: 9450 Javas 80/90: 9150 Kardi 2875 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 7100 Sesame 95/5/1: 6900 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 6150 Sunflowerseed 3775 Nigerseed 9800 and Castorseed Bombay 4150. Oils & Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10kgs) Groundnutoil 1100 Kardi Expeller 875 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 660 Refied 710 Cottonseeds Refined 615 Palmolein Refined 436 Soybean Refined 568 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 890 Rapeseed Expeller 860 Copra White 1100 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 775 Castoroil Comm 860 FSG 870 Kandla 838 Mowra N/T Neem 850 Karanji 610. Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs.per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 27,600 Kardi Extraction 12,000 Sesame Extraction N.Q. Cottonseed Extraction N.Q. Undec Cottonseed Exp N.A. Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 20,000 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48% 30,990 and Castor Extraction n.a.. — Oilcakes:- Groundnut Expeller Oilcake Rd(per met. tonne)(50%): 32,000/- Kardi Expeller Oilcake Rd(per2 metric tonnes) : UNQTD. Groundnut Extraction (per metric tonne) : UNQTD. PTI JBH STS SDMlast_img read more

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Novak Djokovic suggests round-robin format for Olympics, Davis Cup

first_imgNovak Djokovic is a fan of the round-robin format in tennis, and he would even like to see it used at the Olympics and the Davis Cup. (Latest Tennis stories)Djokovic, who is chasing the year-end No. 1 ranking this week at the season-ending tournament, praised the system at the ATP finals, where players can lose a match in the first round and still advance to the semifinals.”I think this format is exciting,” Djokovic said Thursday after winning his third straight match at the ATP finals. “I mean, look, it’s the only tournament in the year that we have this kind of format. I like playing in the round-robin system.”Djokovic, who lost to eventual silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro in the first round at the Rio de Janeiro Games, then said he thinks the format could be used at the Olympics.”I guess you play more matches,” said Djokovic, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. “The people like to see the top players being at least for a couple matches, two, three matches, in the tournament. It gives more value to the event.”Djokovic also criticized the Davis Cup, a team tournament spread out through the year. He proposed condensing it to make it easier on the top players.”Once a year … two weeks, have a round-robin format,” Djokovic said. “Have teams play in different locations, then come together in one location and play a knock-out stage, quarterfinals, semifinals, final four, whatever.”It’s a no-brainer. I’m not the only one to have this kind of opinion about it. Many of the players have been talking about this format and the schedule, top players especially.”advertisementDjokovic also said the three-day, best-of-five set system could be cut to two days and best-of-three matches. But he said the International Tennis Federation hasn’t been receptive to change.”The only thing that they wanted to change is the neutral final, I think for next year or the year after that … nobody agrees with that,” Djokovic said. “Again, you’re taking away from the players the one thing that players love about Davis Cup, which is the home tie, the home crowd.”I don’t know how the future of Davis Cup will look like,” Djokovic added. “But there is definitely something radically that has to change.”last_img read more

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BCCIs creates anti-doping helpline for domestic cricketers

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar Mohali, Nov 25 (PTI) The doping menace in Indias Olympic sport has always left the establishment embarrassed and the BCCI in a marked departure has set up an ?Anti Doping? helpline so that its domestic cricketers (men and women) are aware about the medicines and supplements they are taking. BCCI perhaps is the only Indian sporting body that has created a helpline. It has been operational for some time now. The result is also for everyone to see. The BCCI conducted 176 tests in 2015 and all results were negative as per the latest Dope Control list published by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The other National Sports Federations under IOA banner only have a list of prohibited substances under WADA code and Athletics Federation of India (AFI) still doesnt have an updated list on their website. While doping has not exactly been a menace as far as cricket is concerned, BCCI has made efforts to educate players so that youngsters do not repeat the mistake committed by Pradeep Sangwan, who became the first ever Indian cricketer to be banned for taking prohibited substance. It has been learnt that BCCI is spending nearly Rs 1 crore annually for the anti-doping programme and having a helpline is a part of that structure. “A lot of people don?t know about it but all our registered cricketers from U-16 to first-class level have access to the ant-doping helpline. It is a part of the BCCI initiative to create more awareness at the domestic level,” a BCCI source in the know of things told PTI today. “The international cricketers have a fantastic support system and they are more aware about the Dos and Donts pertaining to usage of supplements as well as medicine when it comes to illness. The latest Dope Control list is a testimony to that,” the source added. Any cricketer can call up this 24×7 helpline. The cricketers can inform about the medicine they are having and there is a full set of experts, who are there to clear any doubts that they have. BCCI has its own internal doping programme in place with Dr Vece Paes heading the unit. Dr Paes however declined to comment on boards anti-doping programme as he has signed a confidentiality clause. It conducts in-competition tests during Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, Vijay Hazare (National One dayers), Syed Mushtaq Ali (Natl T20), IPL, CK Nayudu (u23) Trophy. In the list released by WADA, the ICC has conducted 408 tests followed by India with 176 to their credit and Australia are third at 109. Bangladesh are last in the list of Test playing nations having conducted only six such tests. PTI KHS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

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13 basketball players suspended after mass brawl on court

first_imgBasketball’s governing body FIBA on Thursday suspended thirteen basketball players and two coaches after a brawl during Philippines and Australia match, an Asian qualifier for the sport’s World Cup.Sanctions were also imposed on the national federations of the Philippines and Australia.Video of the brawl on July 2 was widely played around the world, with punches thrown, chairs tossed at players from the crowd, and security needed to restore order.Ten Philippines players were suspended: Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright (one game each); Terence Romeo, Jayson Castro William, Andray Blatche and Jeth Rosario (three games each); Roger Pogoy, Carl Cruz and Jio Jalalon (five games each); Calvin Abueva (six games, because of prior unsportsmanlike behavior in a FIBA competition).FIBA, the sport’s governing body, said Philippines assistant coach Joseph Uichico was suspended for three games for unsportsmanlike behavior. Head coach Vincent “Chot” Reyes was suspended for one game and fined for unsportsmanlike behavior, as was the national federation. Philippines federation president Al Panlilio said later Thursday in Manila that “it could have been worse.””FIBA was quite fair in the process,” he said, adding he wasn’t sure if the federation would appeal.Australian player Daniel Kickert was given a five-match ban for unsportsmanlike behavior. Basketball Australia said Milwaukee Bucks forward Thom Maker received a three-game ban and Chris Goulding a one-game suspension. Basketball Australia was also fined $110,000 for removing floor decals a day before the game.Kickert was seen elbowing a Philippines player in response to a foul on Goulding before the brawl erupted.advertisementBasketball Australia chief executive Anthony Moore said it was unlikely the organization would appeal the bans.”As we stated at the outset, Basketball Australia sincerely regrets the incident,” Moore said.”We acknowledge the sanctions handed down against Australian players and acknowledge the sanctions imposed against Philippines players and officials involved in the incident. We are seeking further clarification from FIBA about possible sanctions against other officials and fans involved in the incident.”(With AP inputs)last_img read more

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CARLIN BILL WOULD REQUIRE IOWA SCHOOLS TO HAVE “ACTIVE SHOOTER” RESPONSE…

first_imgState Senator James Carlin of Sioux City says he was surprised to learn that about 15 percent of Iowa school districts do not have plans for dealing with an “active shooter” situation.Carlin wants that to change that and sponsored a bill last year in the Iowa House, when he was a state representative, that would have required Iowa schools to establish security plans.It did not get a hearing.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/CARLIN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….for active shooters.” ;25Today (Thursday), the Senate Education Committee unanimously approved his proposal.Carlin says he saw all sorts of “red flags” as he read about Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida school that left 17 people dead:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/CARLIN2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………concrete way.” :09Some Iowa schools have installed systems so a building or even portions of a facility may be locked down in seconds.Carlin says not every school district has that kind of money.His bill calls for school officials to give some thought to how they could respond if shooting starts at their school.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/CARLIN3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….going to happen.” :18Carlin says the Iowa Department of Education already has materials that can help districts who lack a plan develop one.last_img read more

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Luka Modric penalty secures victory for uninspiring Croatia over Nigeria

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Pinterest Read more Share on Pinterest The fortunate goal seemed to breathe some life into Croatia, and a few minutes later Andrej Kramaric headed just over from Rakitic’s cross. Nigeria spent first-half injury time going forward but a speculative shot from Victor Moses that sailed over the bar after a spell of pressure summed up their half.The game meandered on after the interval, both sides looking reasonably competent but largely uninspiring, and Croatia always the more likely to produce a flash of skill or a dangerous attack. Rebic fired over from a brilliantly whipped-in cross by Perisic, though the linesman had his flag up – wrongly, it seemed – for offside against Perisic.With 20 minutes remaining Croatia won a penalty as Mandzukic was needlessly fouled by William Troost-Ekong, who was climbing all over him at a corner. It was the kind of penalty that is often not given but Nigeria could have few complaints that it had been. Modric dispatched the penalty coolly to make it 2-0, in what was Croatia’s first shot on target. Croatia’s players celebrate after Oghenekaro Etebo (second from left) puts them ahead with an own goal. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters Nigeria football team Topics “A win is a win,” Dalic said, brushing off complaints about the lack of clear chances for his side. “Corners and penalties are part of football. It doesn’t matter how you score – it matters that you score.”Modric, however, seemed to acknowledge that the might of Argentina and the sheer willpower of Iceland are likely to provide sterner tests than Nigeria. “I believe that on the wings of this win we will up our game and continue our journey in the way that we planned before coming here,” he said.Croatia have failed to get past the group stage since the stunning third-place finish in 1998 inspired by Davor Suker’s goals, and have been drawn in perhaps the closest approximation to a Group of Death that this tournament has. Croatia World Cup Twitter They were the firm favourites for this game, with one of the most impressive midfields in the tournament on paper, and many in the so-called “golden generation” likely to be playing at their last World Cup. Nigeria, by contrast, have the youngest squad at the World Cup, with the veteran midfielder Mikel John Obi guiding a youthful team epitomised by the 19-year-old goalkeeper Francis Uzoho.The first half an hour was rather insipid, with both sides comfortable on the ball but unable to find a way through a tough midfield, and repeated stoppages for petty fouls. Croatia looked more lame than dark horses at times but showed flashes of danger, with Ivan Perisic firing just over the bar and Mario Mandzukic just past the post from distance. Nigeria also looked dangerous going forward, surging towards the penalty area on a number of occasions without being able to find the final product.Just after the half-hour mark, Modric, who had previously put in two poor corners from the left, hit a delightful ball in from his third attempt, this time from the right. The outswinging ball was flicked on from the edge of the six-yard box by Ante Rebic towards Mandzukic, whose diving header was going wide but was helped into the net with a hefty deflection off the back of Etebo’s leg. Croatia 2-0 Nigeria: World Cup 2018 – as it happened Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on Messenger World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email World Cup 2018 Facebook In the end, it was a comfortable victory, with encouraging performances from Rebic and Kramaric in midfield and Modric providing the occasional searching ball. Croatia now control the group but the real test of their World Cup ambitions will come in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday, when they meet Argentina, who drew 1-1 with Iceland on Saturday.“It’s going to be tough, they will have to play for a win because of the scoreline of today’s game that they never expected, but this is an important game for us as well,” said Modric. Share via Email match reports Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp The Observer Croatia, considered tournament dark horses by some, cruised through their opening encounter with Nigeria thanks to an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric.The victory leaves Croatia top of Group D but after a largely forgettable game in which they did not manage a shot on target from open play until the 92nd minute Zlatko Dalic’s team will know they must improve if they are to make the kind of impression on the World Cup that their roster of talent suggests they are capable of.last_img read more

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a month agoINSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveZinedine Zidane remains safe at Real Madrid.Despite a poor start to the season, the coach’s position is not under threat.That’s according to French pundit Frederic Hermel, who was speaking on After Foot. Indeed, Hermel says the idea of parting with Zizou has not crossed the mind of Real president Florentino Perez.And rumours of Perez sounding out potential replacements are simply a “fabrication”. last_img read more

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Desgagnés Christens 1st LNG PolarClass Chemical Oil Tanker

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Desgagnés Canadian shipping company Desgagnés christened and launched on April 17 the M/T Mia Desgagnés, the world’s first polar-class dual-fuel oil/chemical tanker. “Desgagnés is very proud to have achieved another world first in only a few short months,” Louis-Marie Beaulieu, the company’s president and CEO, stated, recalling that last May, Desgagnés named the M/T Damia Desgagnés, the very first dual-fuel asphalt-bitumen-chemical tanker.The 135-meter-long Mia Desgagnés is the second in a series of four new product carriers ordered by the company at Besiktas shipyard in Turkey.As informed, the vessel represents an investment of over CAD 50 million, including nearly CAD 9 million for the addition of dual-fuel/LNG motorization.“This is a very significant investment in line with our commitment to reduce our environmental footprint,” Beaulieu added, thanking the Quebec government for its financial contribution of CAD 700,000 under its program to improve transportation efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (PETMAF).The Mia Desgagnés has several sustainable development certifications, including “CLEANSHIPSUPER” and “GREEN PASSPORT”. The tanker is able to run on three different types of fuel, including liquefied natural gas (LNG).With a deadweight capacity of nearly 15,000 tons and tanks with a capacity exceeding 17,000 cubic meters, the Mia Desgagnés will be transporting refined petroleum products or chemicals.The ship, with its double hull and Polar 7 certification, can navigate in ice-laden waters. It is equipped with a variable pitch propeller as well as bow and stern thrusters. Its generators’ power output of over 3 megawatts allows the vessel, through its generator/motor integrated in the propulsion shaft, to reach a cruising speed of up to 7 knots without using the main engine.last_img read more

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More Stars Announced To Honor Tony Bennett At Power Of Love Gala

first_imgKeep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love gala continues to grow as musical icons from all genres join the celebration of legendary performer and 18-time GRAMMY winner Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday on Saturday, May 21, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.In honor of Bennett’s milestone birthday celebration, musical stars from an eclectic mix of genres will take the stage to perform some of the timeless hits Bennett has recorded in his 70-year career. Joining the line up are: contemporary jazz trumpeter and GRAMMY winner Chris Botti; actor, writer, producer and host of THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS James Corden; American soul and R&B singer/songwriter and GRAMMY nominee Andra Day; 14-time GRAMMY winner and American musical icon Herbie Hancock; music legend and celebrated producer Quincy Jones; multi-platinum jazz star and 5-time GRAMMY winner Diana Krall; piano prodigy and budding pop sensation Dan Orlando; chart-topping country music artist Darius Rucker; and global superstar Steven Tyler.“I came from a musical family, I grew up on songs like ‘I left My Heart in San Francisco’ and ‘Shadow of your Smile.’ To now be singing for him on his 90th birthday is something that is truly an honor,” said Tyler. “Tony’s voice is timeless and one that I hold very near and dear to my heart.”“I feel honored and privileged every time I get to step out on stage and perform with Tony Bennett, whose voice is as iconic and timeless as ever,” Botti said.“Tony Bennett is an iconic jazz legend,” said Day. “It’s an honor to perform for him on such a special birthday.”“A timeless talent that is ever-young, vibrant and gracious. Tony’s life-force is strong and respectful of others. His actions musically and in his daily life are a testament to the value of inclusion. He’s a great encouragement to the younger generation and continually lifts everyones spirits,” said Hancock. “As a musician and a human being, Tony is a shining light. He’s the best of the best.”One of the most celebrated entertainers in the world, Bennett has thrilled sold-out audiences worldwide for decades, selling ten million records in the last ten years alone. Known for timeless hits including “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing,” the 20th annual Power of Love gala will bring together musical artists to pay tribute to his musical genius in a celebration of song and philanthropy.The Power of Love gala, began in 1996 as an evening dedicated to fighting the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease with the founding of Keep Memory Alive by Larry Ruvo in honor of his father, Lou. Since that night it’s blossomed into a celebration known for partnering with some of the most celebrated chefs and entertainers in the industry for an evening of philanthropy, while raising awareness and funds for Keep Memory Alive in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.Previous Power of Love galas have celebrated the 70th birthday of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in 2012 and the 80th birthday celebration for Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine in 2013. Last year’s gala hosted some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry including Celine Dion, Martina McBride, Robin Thicke and more as they honored Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and his wife Veronica. Generating the bulk of Keep Memory Alive’s revenue, the annual gala is imperative to the success of Keep Memory Alive and the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in the mission to enhance treatments and research of brain diseases.Tickets now on sale at keepmemoryalive.org/pol. For all other inquiries, please contact events@keepmemoryalive.org or call 702.263.9797.last_img read more

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Canadian banks raise fixed mortgage rates variable rates could soon follow

first_imgSeveral Canadian banks have increased their fixed-rate mortgage rates amid rising yields on the bond market and a strengthening economy, changes economists said could have repercussions for the housing market.As of Friday, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank and CIBC said they had raised rates between 10- and 15-basis-points. The banks tend to move in lockstep when it comes to raising rates.RBC’s posted five-year fixed mortgage rate moved to 5.14 per cent on Thursday, up from 4.99 per cent. The bank’s special offer rate for a five-year fixed mortgage with a 25-year amortization moved to 3.54 per cent from 3.39 per cent.RBC (TSX:RY) said the changes reflect the activity of competitors, costs for funds on the wholesale markets, as well as other costs and market considerations.TD (TSX:TD) raised its five-year fixed rate to 5.14 per cent, the first time it has been above five per cent since February 2014.CIBC raised fixed mortgage rates by between 10 and 15 basis points, effective Friday “in response to market conditions.” Its five-year fixed rate rose by 10 basis points to 4.99 per cent, while the one and two-year fixed rates moved 15 basis points to 3.29 per cent and 3.24 per cent, respectively.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) said it is reviewing its rates and will likely soon make changes. Bank of Montreal (TSX: BMO) did not immediately respond, while National Bank (TSX:NA) said it had not yet determined its plans.If enough banks raise their rates by the same amount it will raise the benchmark rate for stress tests, said Gregory Klump, chief economist of the Canadian Real Estate Association.“That would definitely have a marginal impact on how much mortgage people can qualify.”The changes appear to most immediately affect those whose mortgages are uninsured because they had a down payment of 20 per cent or higher.The stress test for homebuyers who don’t need mortgage insurance requires them to prove they can make payments at a qualifying rate of the greater of two percentage points higher than the contractual mortgage rate or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada.Those with insured mortgages must qualify at the Bank of Canada benchmark five-year mortgage rate, which was posted at 4.99 per cent and was last updated Wednesday.Klump said the test and higher mortgage rates would have a dampening effect on markets with more expensive homes.“The impact at margin would be greater in higher priced and active cities like Toronto and Vancouver than it would say in Moncton,” he said in an interview.Yields on the bond market, where the big banks raise money, have been on the rise since late last year as the economic outlook has improved.Many economists are predicting that the Bank of Canada may raise its key interest rate target next week to 1.25 per cent from one per cent, a move that would likely prompt the big banks to raise their prime rates.Increases in the prime rates push up the cost of variable-rate mortgages and other loans such as home equity lines of credit that are tied to the benchmark rate.TD economist Dina Ignjatovic said Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz’s statement that rate decisions will be based on data suggests higher interest rates are coming.“In addition to the stellar jobs report released last Friday, this week’s housing starts data showed that builders broke ground on a solid 217,000 new homes in December,” she wrote in a report, adding that business sentiment was positive in the fourth quarter.“Healthy hiring and investment intentions indicate underlying strength in the economy and less need for emergency level interest rates.”However, Ignjatovic said that additional rate increases won’t necessarily come quickly in 2018 because of high household debt levels, uncertainty over new mortgage measures and risks associated with NAFTA renegotiations.“We expect a gradual pace of tightening over the next two years, of about 25 bps every six months.”Avery Shenfeld of CIBC also expects a 25 basis-point increase on Wednesday despite the U.S. president’s threats of ending NAFTA.“It’s not going to be scared off yet by some Donald Trump bluster,” he wrote Friday.Still, Shenfeld said a breakdown in NAFTA negotiations could prompt Poloz to go slow on further rate increases.last_img read more

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World’s ‘Oldest’ Koran Uncovered in University of Birmingham Archives

Rabat – What may be the oldest fragments of the Koran have been found in the archives of University of Birmingham in England. According to researchers at University of Birmingham, the fragments are at least 1,370 years old, dating it back to between AD 568 and 645.“They could well take us back to within a few years of the actual founding of Islam,” University of Birmingham professor of Christianity and Islam David Thomas told the BBC. The fragments had been mixed in with a collection of other Middle Eastern books and documents for nearly 100 years, unrecognized by the university until now as being one of the earliest Korans that still exist today.The age of the texts was discovered when a PhD researcher, Alba Fedeli, decided to carry out radiocarbon dating tests after looking at the fragments more closely.The tests revealed the “startling” news that the fragments, written on either sheep skin or goat skin, could have been written “within a few years of the actual founding of Islam,” according to Professor David Thomas, University of Birmingham’s professor of Christianity and Islam.“The person who actually wrote it could well have known the Prophet Muhammad. He would have seen him probably, he would maybe have heard him preach. He may have known him personally – and that really is quite a thought to conjure with,” said David Thomas.The manuscript is written in “Hijazi script”, an early form of written Arabic. According to Dr. Waley, a curator at the British Library, the script, written in a “beautiful and surprisingly legible Hijazi hand,” dates the fragments back to a time around the first three caliphs.“These portions must have been in a form that is very close to the form of the Koran read today, supporting the view that the text has undergone little or no alteration and that it can be dated to a point very close to the time it was believed to be revealed,” said David Thomas.According to the university, the fragments will be put on display in the Barber Institute in Birmingham in October.“In any case, this – along with the sheer beauty of the content and the surprisingly clear Hijazi script – is news to rejoice Muslim hearts,” said Dr. Wales read more

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Robert Plant Why do I get winter fuel payment

first_imgA means test for the payments originally appeared on Theresa May’s 2017 General Election manifesto but it was removed after a backlash.  Pensioners who decide they do not need it can contact the office that processes the payment to decline it, but older stars including Alan Sugar have previously spoken out about being frustrated by the process. Businessman Lord Sugar, now 70, said in 2010 that he had tried to hand back his payment but gave up after spending “an hour on the phone to some civil servant in Newcastle”. Instead he gives the money to charity. Baroness Bakewell, 84, added that she had also tried to send the payment back when she first received it, but could not do so. “I, like many, give that heating allowance to charity but it could be means-tested if it was added to the income tax statement of our incomes,” she told peers.Figures released under Freedom of Information laws show that just 54 pensioners managed to turn down the payment in 2015/16. I, like many, give that heating allowance to charity but it could be means-tested if it was added to the income tax statement of our incomesBaroness Bakewell Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant has questioned the Government over his winter fuel payments. The singer, 69, accosted Labour peer Baroness Bakewell in the street to ask why he receives the annual allowance, which is meant to help poverty-stricken pensioners stay warm in winter. Plant, who has been the heavy rock band’s frontman since the late 1960s, and has since launched a successful solo career of his own, is a multimillionaire who told the peer that he was baffled after receiving the benefit, which can be worth as much as £300 for older pensioners. For someone of Plant’s age the payout is more likely to have been £200 – but Baroness Bakewell said any payout should only be given to those who need it. She told the House of Lords: “I was stopped in the street by Robert Plant, a multibillionaire rock star, of Led Zeppelin.”He said, ‘Joan, I’ve been sent £300 by the Government. Why?’.”Why indeed? The heating allowance for older people should be means tested. When I first received it, I tried to send it back but I was told it could not be accepted.” 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.last_img read more

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Much REE news while Rio Tinto and Ivanhoe Mines usher in a

first_imgIn this monster Christmas issue of International Mining Project News mining companies around the world have been preparing for post-festive activities. At the worldclass Oyu Tolgoi project, in Mongolia, Rio Tinto and Ivanhoe Mines have signed a new agreement to help secure development of the copper-gold project six months ahead of schedule. The companies have approved $2.3 billion for a peak year of construction activity in 2011, in order to reach production by 2012, with measures to improve production capacity by up to 60% from the initial 100,000 t/d. Elsewhere, Stans Energy is preparing a feasibility study on the only past-producing Heavy Rare Earth Elements mine in the world, outside of China, following the final results of its resampling program at its Kutessay II project in Kyrgystan.Another project in Pilbara could be due a revised mineral resource estimate as Venturex Resources’ Mons Cupri deposit has revealed the potential for significant additions to Venturex’s Pilbara VMS project’s 7.6 Mt resource inventory. RC drilling at the copper-zinc deposit, one of four that form Venturex’s wholly owned Pilbara project, has indicated a total strike length of up to 600 m with grades as high as 4.15% Cu. Yet again Northern Star has increased the known depth of its Voyager 1 lode, with drilling results grading as high as 98 g/t, to at least 600 m at the Paulsens gold mine. With resources also being discovered at the Voyager 2 lode the company appears to have found a bargain in the Australian project and has already begun Stage two developments to reach even greater profit margins.Peel Exploration has announced a maiden resource estimate for its Apollo Hill and Ra gold deposits in Western Australia. Combined the deposits have a resource estimate of over 340,000 oz Au but Peel believe that there is plenty more to discover and are planning an extensive exploration program, along with a preliminary scoping study and test work, in the hope that it can add more value to the project. Copper Development Corp has been admitted onto AIM following a $40 million fund raising aimed at developing its Hinoba’an copper project in the Philippines. The proposed open pit contains over 700,000 t Cu and will now be put through an accelerated development program.In Indonesia Kangaroo Resources has purchased the final 15% of the now wholly owned Mamahak coking coal project,  the company now has eight advanced coal projects in the East Kalimantan area, and plans to ramp up production capacity to 50,000 t/month into 2011. Central Asia Resources is looking to raise A$1.3 million through the placement of over 40 million shares. The company intends to use the funds for its Dalabai gold-silver project as well as for an independent review of the Bizhe licence area, only two out of six tenement areas that Central Asia holds in Kazakhstan.Sandfire Resources has received two early Christmas presents with the grant of a mining lease, at its DeGrussa copper-gold project, and the completion of the retail component of its $103 million equity raising. With about $135 million in the bank, and the green light from Australian officials, the company is ready to begin the new year with a DFS, underground mining and the construction of a 1.5 Mt/y processing facility. Sandfire are expecting to produce DSO from its open pit deposits before the end of 2011. Alcyone Resources has received firm commitments to raise roughly $11.2 million, through a share placement, that the company intends to use to drive its Twin Hills silver project forward. The company expect strong operating margins from the 1.5-2 Moz/y heap leach project and are currently hard at work finalising an updated resource estimate for both the Twin Hills and Mount Gunyan areas, both part of Alcyone’s wholly owned Texas silver and polymetallic project in Queensland.Brockman Resources has advanced negotiations with Fortescue Metals in an agreement for end to end rail haulage, port access and marketing services at its Marillana project in Western Australia. Although Brockman has been “highly encouraged” with the negotiations the key principles, for a binding Heads of Agreement, are still under discussion. If successfully concluded the agreement would help Brockman complete a BFS on the iron ore project and reach a final investment decision before the end of quarter 3 next year.Marengo Mining will be expecting a happy new year with the closure of a best efforts offering, bringing total proceeds of C$63.25 million, leaving the company fully funded to advance exploration, permitting and reconstruction at its Yandera project in Papua New Guinea. Armed with results from a three year long DFS, due before the start of 2011, the company hope to soon start developing a large-scale, long-life, operation at Yandera that will eventually reach a production rate of 50 Mt/y. Current plans will see Yandera concentrate hitting the market in 2013/14.In Canada Overland Resources has received final analytical results, from the last nine drill holes made at its Darcy zinc deposit and its Darin prospect, within Overland’s Yukon base metal project to cap a fruitful 2010 exploration and diamond drilling program. The results have confirmed potential for a larger, longer life, mining operation that would benefit from reduced operating costs. Caledon Resources has announced a 256% increase to its coal resource estimate at its Minyango project in the Bowen Basin while Puget Ventures has changed its name to Global Cobalt with the acquisition of several worldclass assets in Russia and Mongolia.All this and much, much more in International Mining’s Project News….To receive the full 30+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact emma@im-mining.com for a free trial copy.last_img read more

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Man 20s arrested after gardaí seize cocaine and cannabis in gangland crackdown

first_imgMan (20s) arrested after gardaí seize cocaine and cannabis in gangland crackdown The drugs are worth an estimated €80,000 street value. By Cormac Fitzgerald 18,962 Views http://jrnl.ie/3222707 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 21 Comments Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 1:06 PM Feb 4th 2017, 1:06 PM Short URL Share Tweet Email The seized drugs Source: GPOA MAN HAS been arrested after gardaí seized illegal drugs worth an estimated €80,000 from a house in Tallaght.Gardaí from the Divisional Organised Crime Bureau and the Special Crime Task Force carried out a search in the Drumcairn area of Tallaght last night.They seized cannabis resin and cocaine (pending analysis) worth an estimated €80,000.A man in his late-20s was arrested following the seizure.He is currently being held at Ballyfermot Garda Station under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act. Read: Elderly man dies after car collides with bin truck in Tullamorelast_img read more

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IMF calls for public sector layoffs

first_imgGreece needs to break the taboo of dismissing civil servants, the representative of the International Monetary Fund to Greece, Poul Thomsen, warned in Athens, adding that the budget deficit will likely come to 10 per cent while the economy will contract by at least 6 per cent this year. He said in clear terms that the government will now have to move forward more aggressively with the closure of public bodies and to “non-voluntary departures” of staff, while underscoring that the immediate implementation of reforms is absolutely vital from now on. Addressing an Economist conference, Thomsen stressed Greece had been warned that without reforms to the public sector its deficit could not be brought below 10 per cent of gross domestic product. The IMF official went on to admit that the creditors’ memorandum with the government has failed in many respects, but attributed this failure to the fact that Athens did not stick to the agreed reform timetable. “There is no more room for across-the-board expenditure cuts in wages and pensions. Greece needs to move more aggressively in closing down redundant state enterprises and may have to accept redundancies. I cannot see how Greece can tackle fiscal problems without addressing these taboos,” Thomsen stated. He also called for the promotion of more structural reforms and for greater flexibility in labor relations, highlighting the problem of the high salaries in infrastructure corporations that used to fully belong to the state, such as listed firms Public Power Corporation (PPC) and the Athens Water and Sewage Company (EYDAP), among others. Thomsen further blamed the lack of political will for adequate progress, owing to a number of interests. The head of the European Commission’s task Force to Greece, Horst Reichenbach, added on Wednesday that the unitary labor cost may have declined this year compared to last, but a greater reduction is needed for Greece to become more competitive – which means that private sector salaries are likely to suffer fresh cuts. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Geek Deals Nintendo Switch Online Starts Today 25 Percent off HPs Omen

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Nintendo’s for-pay online service for the Switch starts today, and you can pick up either a three-month pass or a whole-year subscription on Amazon.Keep on scrollin’, and you’ll also find discounts on HP gaming machines, older Apple Watches, Bluetooth bulbs, and even more courtesy of our partners at TechBargains…Featured DealsOnline Services Start Today: Nintendo Switch Online Service Pass (3 Months) for $7.99 (12 Months for $20) at Amazon.HP Omen 870 Intel Core i7-8700 6-Core Gaming Desktop with GTX 1070 4GB, 16GB RAM, Dual Storage for $1274.99 at HP (Coupon code: 25BMSM918 – List price: $1699.99).HP Envy 13t Intel Core i7-8550U Quad-Core 13.3-inch 1920×1080 Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop for $749.99 (4K Display for $840) at HP (Coupon code: 25BMSM918 – List price: $999.99).Apple MacBook Pro Intel Core i5 13.3-inch 2560×1600 Retina Display Touchbar Laptop (8GB/256GB SSD) and Bonus $150 PCMag Shop Digital Code for $1349.99 at PCMag Shop (List price: $1699.99).Pre-order Apple Watch Series 4 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Pochettino The time is right for Spurs to challenge for the

first_imgAfter finishing in the top three of the Premier League for the past three years, Mauricio Pochettino insists that Tottenham can no longer be satisfied with such an outcome and that the time to challenge for the title is nowSpurs finished fended off competition from the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea to secure Champions League football for the third season in succession with a respectable 77 points in the Premier League table.“Of course it is a massive success for the club to be in the Champions League for the third year in a row. But maybe that is not enough, maybe we need to change certain things. For me, it is not enough,” said Pochettino, according to RTE.This season will mark the first time that Spurs will play in their new £850m stadium after spending the last term at Wembley.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Although the lack of signings this summer has been a troubling sight for the North Londoners.“If some people believe the manager of Tottenham does not want trophies they are not right in their minds. I am here to win,” continued Pochettino.“Can we win something this season? In football, all can happen. It will be tough because our opponents are at a level where every year they improve … we are competing in the same race but with a different car.”Tottenham will begin their Premier League campaign this Saturday against Newcastle United.last_img read more

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