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first_imgHere are a few simple tutorials on building digital HUDs for your next science fiction epic. Plus 35+ FREE HUD elements and clips to use.Image via RocketStock.Whether you’re re-creating an infamous Marvel hero’s helmet interface, reaching across the galaxy with a hologram, or tackling your own science fiction masterpiece, adding HUDs to your project will yield engaging results. There are many different routes to take if you’re trying to nail a specific look, but luckily for all of us, there are FREE resources to move us in the right direction. Let’s take a look at a few things you can check out to create your own HUD.Spider-Man Mask VisionFresh off the release of Marvel’s latest foray into the world the friendliest neighborhood Spider-Man, RocketStock brings us their HUD vision effect. If you’ve seen Spider-Man: Homecoming, you’ve seen the latest re-imagining of Peter Parker’s sights as he fights crime on the streets of New York. Included with the tutorial are 12 FREE assets that are part of RocketStock’s greater 400+ INTERFACE HUD video pack.The tutorial covers everything from tracking the individual tips of the fingers, to improvising with limited elements, and creating a frame and grid forefront display. The tutorial dives into working with INTERFACE and demonstrates how you can apply different elements in different ways.DOWNLOAD 12 FREE INTERFACE HUD ASSETS AND FOOTAGESci-Fi InterfaceCinecom’s recent endeavor with this science fiction clip employs the motion tracker in After Effects to follow your subject with your effects. For this tutorial, Cinecom also uses RocketStock’s INTERFACE pack and includes the project files used in the clip.DOWNLOAD 23 FREE INTERFACE HUD ELEMENTS AND THE PROJECT FILEIron Man Helmet EffectFilm Riot enlisted the help of HitFilm for one of their best-looking tutorials yet. Re-creating the Tony Stark heads-up display effect is no easy task. First, they explain the necessity of using a longer lens to create a narrower head for the shot. (You also want to be able to fit a diffuser above and reflector below the actor’s face.)The real benefit of HitFilm‘s walkthrough is learning the setup for the shot. They demonstrate how to effectively light and stage your actor to simulate the in-helmet feeling we’ve come to love from the Iron Man movies. The HUD is already waiting for you to throw it in, but HitFilm offers up how to create your own here. They even teach you how to distort the effect to create the appearance of the inside of a helmet.Star Wars HologramWith Star Wars: The Last Jedi quickly approaching, creating a planetary or galaxy-wide map can effectively give you the holographic, lived-in vibe you’re going for. One of the most realistic aspects of the Star Wars universe is the effects that feel dated and old. In this tutorial, Caleb dives into blurring the effect so it appears more present as if its an in-camera effect.DOWNLOAD FREE STAR WARS PROJECT FILESDoctor Strange Shield in After EffectsYou can also check out PremiumBeat’s Doctor Strange shield HUD tutorial from last year. Again, there is a download with the FREE Project Files and Assets below.DOWNLOAD FREE DOCTOR STRANGE PROJECT FILESHave you created a HUD before? Tell us about your process in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgWhat to BuyFor this tutorial, we went with the most basic build we could to save as much money as possible. So, if you want a thicker PVC pipe, smoother wheels, or stronger brackets, you can spend a little more money. However, even with basic components, this build turned out solid.First, you need a 2′ x 2′ board — just big enough to support your tripod.For the wheels, you can use either rollerblade wheels or skateboard wheels. For this video, we just went to a department store and bought a pair of child-sized rollerblades. Wheels are wheels.Next, you’ll need 4 “L” brackets that have enough holes for you to screw through the bracket to attach it to the piece of wood. You might need to drill a hole in the “L” bracket toward the top of the corner if your bolt is too thick to fit through the holes.Finally, find the right size nuts and bolts for the wheels you bought. In our case, the right size bolt was 1/4″.Shopping List: 1/4 inch hex bolts (8)1/4 inch nuts (16)1/4 inch washers (8)2′ x 2′ plywood boardL brackets (4)Wheels (8)PVC Pipe (2) Building the DollyFirst things first: you want the brackets equal distance from their respective corners. I measured them to hit 2 inches by 1 inch away from the corner. Then you’ll want to drill a hole in the bracket about an inch away from the corner. Once you’ve done this, you can slide the bolt up through the hole then place the washer down onto the bracket. Then slide a nut down and tighten the bolt to the bracket. Now you’re ready to screw the bracket into the wood. Once you’ve got the bracket tight and secure, you can slide the wheel down the bolt, then tighten it up with another nut. (If that sounds complicated, refer back to the video. It’s not that difficult.)After you’ve done this, you’re pretty much on autopilot. Finish the other three brackets and you’re good to go. Throw the dolly on the tracks, place your tripod accordingly, and watch your production value climb.Fun fact: If the PVC pipe you bought isn’t long enough, you can buy a smaller PVC pipe, and connect the two bigger pipes with the smaller one to bridge the gap.Looking for more filmmaking tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: A Brief Guide to the Warp StabilizerVideo Tutorial: Better, Faster, Stronger Editing TipsVideo Tutorial: How to Loop an Animation in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: 5 Transitions You Should Start UsingVideo Tutorial: Start Shooting Better Slow Motion Footage In this step-by-step video tutorial, we show you how to to build a durable, customizable dolly for your next video project — for next to nothing.Whether you’re just starting out as a filmmaker or you’ve moved into the big leagues, you can never underestimate the value of a good dolly. The beauty of building a quality dolly yourself is that you don’t have waste your budget on rental fees — now, or on future projects. So, let’s take a look.last_img read more

MPCC, Shiv Sena oppose Indo-Pak cricket series

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first_imgThe opposition and the ruling parties in Maharashtra united to oppose India-Pakistan cricket series that might resume after a gap of nearly five years in December this year.The Maharashtra unit of Congress and its opposition party Shiv Sena took the lead in opposing the proposed bilateral series, which was suspended in the wake of 26/11 Mumbai carnage carried out by Pakistan-based terror organisations in 2008.Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Manikrao Thackeray said the thinking of the Board of Control for Cricket of India (BCCI) and that of the people of the country did not match. He said the BCCI should take peoples feelings into consideration while making such decisions involving Pakistan.Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam went a step ahead saying the party was firm on its old stand on playing with Pakistan.”We are against playing cricket with Pakistan till it continues to support terrorism. It is a sin to play cricket with Pakistan,” Kadam said.last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Intellectual Property protection for sensors in the IIoTNext Enabling future oriented functionalities for motor control solutions There is huge potential for touch control technology in the automotive sector but also major challenges to overcome. Before embarking on new designs, engineers need to take these into account. They need to specify semiconductor technology with the signal integrity to boost touch sensor performance and the configurability to optimize the system accordingly. Figure 1. Functional block diagram of the LC717A30UJ By Tetsuya Tokunaga, ON Semiconductor                             Download PDF version of this article Consumers have developed greater expectations with regard to the performance and intuitiveness of touch sensor interfaces. This is quite clearly a consequence of the experiences they have had with items of portable electronics such as smartphones and tablets. The vast majority of people will therefore not accept anything less effective when it comes to other application areas, as touch control starts to see more widespread proliferation in a wide and varied selection of end markets. They want to derive the same sort of seamless smooth, glitch-free operation that they are used to elsewhere. Here we will look at the implications this has now that touch technology is starting to become popular in automotive designs.The opportunities for touch-based control within the automotive sector are just starting to be appreciated by manufacturers and their tier one technology partners, providing them with a way to offer product differentiation in what has become an extremely competitive market. There are many places within modern vehicles that have been identified where this can be applied. Among the most prominent of these are HVAC controls, smart key entry systems (based on proximity sensing) and body electronics functions such as power window lifters. Of course, the decision-making process that relates to specifying touch sensing solutions for such functions is very different from what would be applicable for portable electronics, home entertainment systems, white goods and suchlike. There are, as we will see, a number of important and highly distinctive aspects that define automotive deployment, which simply do not appear in other markets. These need to be given adequate consideration, or the touch system will fail to meet the application performance, reliability and longevity requirements.The automotive environment is typically harsh and uncompromising. This is why electronic components that are used on vehicle systems need to have attributes that address this. When looking to utilize a touch sensor within such a setting, there are key criteria that need to be considered. Firstly, the touch sensor is going to be exposed to elevated levels of electromagnetic noise – with the various electric motors present in the vehicle, as well as the cable harnessing, the alternator coil and a multitude of other sources all contributing. If not properly addressed, this noise could impair the reliable performance of the touch system. Secondly, the nature of where these touch sensors are going to be situated means that they may have to contend with various physical stresses, such as mechanical shock, vibration, and elevated temperatures. Rugged construction thus becomes mandatory. Capacitive touch sensors are, for these reasons, deemed to be the most suitable.Next, as there can be significant variations in electrical system level parameters from one vehicle to another, there needs to be scope for fine tuning before the car comes off the production line. Finally, given that there is such a plethora of different applications within the cabin and on the car exterior which could benefit from touch functionality, the sensor should include various features to match specific application needs; the ability to support different design arrangements, while keeping the number of components involved as low as possible, is important. As an example, some designs may result in the presence of an air gap between the sensor/PCB and the protective cover. This will normally mean that a light guide has to be incorporated into the set up (with repercussions in terms of both the bill of materials cost and the associated engineering effort). Employing technology that can alleviate problems of this kind will prove beneficial.Figure 2. Use of mutual capacitance sensing in a smart key application Capacitive touch sensors can be based on either of two different sensing technologies – these are self-capacitance and mutual capacitance. With self-capacitance, an increase in capacitance level is detected when the finger of the user approaches the sensor electrode. Though widely used, self-capacitance touch sensors can be susceptible to parasitic capacitance effects. They also have recognized limitations in terms of the range they can achieve. This means that they are not suitable for application scenarios where an air gap will be present. In contrast, a mutual capacitance arrangement has two separate electrodes and detection is based on a decrease in electrode force lines between them as the user finger comes closer. This methodology, provided that it is accompanied by good signal conditioning, supports longer range operation and is not impacted by parasitic capacitance to the same extent as self-capacitance. As a result, it is better able to deal with air gaps and inherently noisy application environments.Using a mutual capacitance approach allows automotive engineers to deploy touch sensors that can serve a number of different purposes. The heightened sensitivity means that they can be utilized not just for touch but in proximity sensing, for instance. Figure 2 describes its use in a smart key vehicle entry application, where the driver is able to unlock the car door without having to come into contact with the door handle, through a change in capacitance being determined from some distance away. Figure 3 shows how this type of sensing system may also be applied equally well to a power window lifter control panel application. The nature of the cabin design means the protective cover that the vehicle occupant touches is not likely to be in direct contact with the PCB on which the sensor is mounted therefore leaving a sizeable air gap. Via a mutual capacitance sensor arrangement, the need to fill this gap with a light guide (along with complex and expensive to implement optical bonding) can be avoided. The result can be a more streamlined and cost-effective system solution.Figure 3. Mutual capacitance sensing applied to a power window lifter control where an air gap is present. Advanced capacitance-to-digital converter LSI technology with industry-leading dynamic range from companies like ON Semiconductor can support significant performance improvements in capacitive touch sensors and thereby enhance their operation in automotive applications. Designed for use with mutual capacitance touch sensors, ON Semiconductor LC717A30UJ sets new standards in relation to touch sensitivity thanks to its parasitic capacitance cancellation mechanism. It also has built-in noise rejection capabilities that help to mitigate the effects of electromagnetic interference often present in an automotive surrounding. This LSI can support the detection of capacitance changes down to femto-Farad (fF) levels, with a range of up to 150 mm being attained. As a result of this, it is not just equipped to deal with conventional touch functionality, but also proximity sensing and sophisticated gesture recognition. In addition, it means that this device is able to operate when there is an airgap between the sensor/PCB and the protective cover. The need for inclusion of a light guide in the user interface design is thereby eliminated, allowing marked reductions in the bill of materials costs to be realized.The LC717A30UJ has eight capacitance sensing input channels, making it highly suited to inclusion within systems that require an array of switches. Among its other features are an analog-to-digital converter for data translation, a dual-stage amplifier for determining capacitance changes on the analog outputs and an integrated multiplexer for input channel selection. I2 C and SPI serial interfaces can be selected from, depending on the specific application requirements of the system. Furthermore, this highly robust AEC-Q100 compliant IC has a built-in automatic calibration function. This optimizes and self-calibrates the touch sensor system with regard to the characteristics of the electrode, as well as line capacitance and the surrounding environment. It simplifies the installation process and maximizes the effectiveness of the user interface in-situ, presenting the industry with a single chip touch/proximity sensing solution that is both accurate and reliable.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

first_imgTexas athletic director Steve Patterson in the tunnel.It doesn’t look good for Rick Barnes. Texas fell to Butler in the NCAA Tournament’s Second Round Thursday afternoon, 56-48, capping a fairly disappointing year for the Longhorns, who were at one point this season ranked in the top 10. It’s the seventh straight year that Barnes’ team has failed to reach the Sweet 16. Following the game, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson was asked if Barnes will be back next season. His response seems to be a dooming one. When I asked #Texas AD Steve Patterson if Rick Barnes would be back next season, he said, “I’m not talking.”— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownHD) March 19, 2015That’s, obviously, not a good sign for Barnes’ job security. The Texas coach has been at the school since 1998, winning 402 games and making the NCAA Tournament 16 times.last_img read more

first_img Next Italian GP: Charles Leclerc puts Ferrari on pole at Monza amid last lap farceLewis Hamilton joined pole sitter Charles Leclerc on the front row for Mercedes, with Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas third and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel fourth.advertisement Reuters MonzaSeptember 8, 2019UPDATED: September 8, 2019 09:20 IST The pole was Charles Leclerc’s fourth of the season and second in a row (Reuters Photo)Charles Leclerc put Ferrari on pole position for their home Italian Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday in a qualifying session that ended in farce and with drivers under investigation.Five times world champion Lewis Hamilton joined the 21-year-old Monegasque on the front row for Mercedes, with Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas third and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel fourth.The last lap saw nine drivers cruising around, weaving and braking but with nobody willing to take the lead, and only McLaren’s Carlos Sainz making it to the line in time for a final fast lap.”That was worse than a junior formula,” a fuming Toto Wolff, team principal of world champions Mercedes, told Sky Sports television.”The problem was everyone wants a slipstream and nobody wants to go first…. and then everyone looks like idiots.”Stewards said in a note on the timing screens that the last lap was under investigation.Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, the other driver through to the final phase of qualifying and last year’s pole sitter for Ferrari, had earlier crashed at Parabolica – halting the session for 11 minutes.When the session re-started, with Leclerc on provisional pole after setting the pace before the red flag, there were minutes of inaction.That was followed by a sudden flurry, with cars streaming out of the pitlane and jostling for position in a closely-grouped pack.The irony of the slowest of qualifying laps at the fastest of tracks, a circuit where slipstreaming can be a huge benefit to lap time, was not lost on Hamilton who has taken more poles than any driver in history.advertisement”It’s interesting. Get pole position on the first run and then just time everyone out,” said Hamilton, seemingly pointing the finger of blame at Ferrari, whose army of fans were celebrating anyway.The pole was Leclerc’s fourth of the season and second in a row. The Monegasque will be chasing his second successive victory on Sunday after winning for the first time in Belgium last weekend.”I’m happy with pole but it’s a shame at the end it was a big mess and I hoped our last lap was enough,” said the youngster.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Charles LeclercFollow Italian GPFollow Lewis Hamiltonlast_img read more

New Affordable Rental Housing for Seniors

October 22, 2019 | tqhsdewk | No Comments

first_imgSeniors in Mahone Bay will soon have access to more affordable housing with the construction of a 26-unit rental housing development, including three units that will be barrier-free. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, on behalf of Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, and MP Bernadette Jordan, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, announced funding for the construction of the Brookside Apartments today, March 13. “We’re pleased to support the creation of new affordable homes for seniors in Mahone Bay,” said Ms. Lohnes-Croft. “This investment will make a real difference in the lives of seniors who want to stay here in this vibrant community. This project shows what can be achieved when business and government partner to help Nova Scotians.” “When people think about affordable housing, they sometimes think it is a problem unique to cities. Affordable housing is an issue I have heard about time and time again in conversations with constituents across our rural communities,” said Ms. Jordan. “Through investments in affordable housing our government is providing assistance to those who need it most here in Nova Scotia and in all corners of the country. These investments help create new jobs and stimulate the local economy, while providing access to safe, affordable homes for Canadian seniors.” The rental units will be built with a $1.3 million investment from the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement through the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia and will be constructed by private developer M.A.D.E. for Mahone Bay. The federal contribution is from a fund that is providing $8.6 million for the construction, repair and adaption of affordable housing for seniors during the next two years in Nova Scotia. The funding for this program is expected to create about 170 new units for seniors. The provincial and federal governments are also investing nearly $375,000 to provide 13 rent supplements at Brookside Apartments available to support older adults with lower incomes. “The demand for affordable housing in Mahone Bay and the surrounding area is high and we want to continue to do our part to help seniors who need it the most,” said Bob Youden, CEO, M.A.D.E. for Mahone Bay Ltd. “Our team is looking forward to starting construction on the Brookside Apartments project in the spring. I want to thank the Town of Mahone Bay, the Province of Nova Scotia and the federal government for their continued support for our community.” The Brookside Apartments are the first affordable housing development to benefit from an increase in capital contributions for new rental housing projects. Developers in Nova Scotia can now access up to $50,000 per affordable unit, which is double the level of the previous available funding.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

October 22, 2019 | tqhsdewk | No Comments

first_img John Arnold Avenue, from Harris Drive for about 300 metres to Owen Drive Harris Drive from John Arnold Avenue for 100 metres to Glendale Avenue Glendale Avenue (paved section only) for 600 metres. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. NEW WORK CONTINUING WORK QUEENS COUNTY: Danesville Danesville Loop, from the Queens-Lunenburg county line for 2.5 kilometres to Highway 103, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Bayard Bridge, Wilmot Bayard Bridge on Bayard Road, Wilmot, is closed for repairs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Friday, June 16. Drivers can detour on Route 201, Trunk 10 and Trunk 1. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from the south end of Acorn Drive, near Oakfield, to the Hants County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, near Whycocomagh, is reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. The lane reduction starts 3.7 kilometres west of Exit 4 and continues for 8.4 kilometres west. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traffic control personnel will be on site. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Lower Branch The following roads in Lower Branch have alternating lane closures until Monday, July 31, for repaving: LUNENBURG COUNTY: Conquerall Mills Birch Hill Drive, in Conquerall Mills near Bridgewater, has alternating lane closures for about half a kilometre for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Kingsburg Hirtle Beach Road to the end of the parking lot at Hirtle Beach, in Kingsburg has alternating lane closures for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Shore Road Shore Road, from Trunk 3 for about nine kilometres to Ford Point Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Spectacle Lake Bridge, Camperdown Spectacle Lake Bridge on Camperdown School Road, in Camperdown will be closed for repairs from Monday, June 12, until Friday June 16. Detour route on Crouse Settlement Road and Sarty Road. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104Highway 104, westbound near Exit 4, is down to one lane until Friday, June 16, to replace a damaged girder on the overpass. MacDonald Road, which runs over the highway, is closed until Friday, June 16. Traffic will be detoured between Trunk 2 and Route 204 onto Robert Angus Drive. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Upper Branch Road Upper Branch Road, in Upper Branch, north of Bridgewater, has alternating lane closures for 4.6 kilometres for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from the Town of Yarmouth for about 6.9 kilometres to Exit 34 at Hebron, is reduced to one lane for road work until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Signs and traffic control people are on site. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. INVERNESS COUNTY: Asylum Bridge Asylum Bridge on West Mabou Road, Mabou, is closed for repairs until Friday June 30. A detour is on Hunters Road.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — McGill University has confirmed it received a donation from the family that owns the company behind OxyContin but says it predates any legal action against the company over opioid-related deaths.An investigation by The Associated Press published Thursday reported that at least $60 million in donations from Sackler family foundations had been accepted by prominent universities around the world in the past five years — including Montreal’s McGill, which received more than $3 million.Some of the donations arrived before recent lawsuits blaming Purdue Pharma for its role in the opioid crisis. But at least nine schools accepted gifts in 2018 or later, when states and counties across the United States began efforts to hold members of the family accountable for Purdue’s actions.McGill said its last donation from the Sackler Foundation came in 2016. The university said the money supported research into epigenetics and psychobiology research. The research examined the effects of early environmental conditions on gene expression, brain development and behaviour.“It was in part established through a donation from the Sackler Foundation to support the training of McGill graduate and postgraduate students and does not now, nor has it ever, had any association with Purdue Pharma or any pharmaceutical product,” Cynthia Lee, a university spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement.“The endowment from the Sackler Foundation represents only a small fraction of various sources of funding for the research.” Lee said the last gift was received before the university “became aware of revelations that have since come to light.”She said donations to McGill are subject to the university’s gift acceptance policy and the institution may refuse donations from “individuals or organizations whose philosophy and values could be considered inconsistent with those of the university.”A University of Toronto spokesperson said the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation donated $750,000 to support studies of carcinoid tumour biology from 2007 to 2013 but the school has received no money from family foundations since. The university said there is no continuing recognition associated with any Sackler donations.The AP consulted financial records, tax and charity documentation that showed that millions were doled out and at least nine schools accepted donations in 2018 or later, when U.S. states and counties began to hold members of the family responsible for Purdue’s actions.In total, at least two dozen universities have received gifts from the family since 2013, ranging from $25,000 to more than $10 million, the records show.Some skeptics see the donations as an attempt to salvage the family’s reputation.“Money from the Sacklers should be understood as blood money,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, a leading critic of Purdue and the Sacklers who heads a program on opioid policy at Brandeis University, which was not among the schools identified in tax records as receiving donations from the Sacklers. “Universities shouldn’t take it, and universities that have taken it should give it back.”When evaluating the ethics of Sackler gifts, some experts argue, it’s important to consider what schools knew about the family and when they knew it.“We’re looking at this through the lens of what people know now,” said Ross Cheit, chairman of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission and a professor at Brown University, which has accepted donations from the Sacklers. “My sense is, during the time period we’re talking about, people’s views about that source of money changed — a lot.”Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy last month as part of an effort to settle some 2,600 lawsuits accusing it of fuelling the opioid crisis to drive profits.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 3, 2019.— With files from The Associated Press.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The agency cautioned that money only exists to provide food aid to some tens of thousands of families in Guatemala until the end of September, including the provision of a fortified food to 100,000 children under the age of three and 50,000 pregnant-lactating women.More than 90 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition were admitted to the national hospital of Jalapa in August – three times higher than the same month last year – and out of the 117 children rushed to the hospital between January and July, 17 have died, WFP noted in a situation report issued last week.In its immediate response to the food crisis in Guatemala’s so-called “dry corridor,” WFP has committed 20 tons of High Energy Biscuits (HEB) and 200 tons of other food supplies, including corn soy blended food, black beans and corn to complement Government rations assisting 75,000 families living in the most affected areas.WFP will also expand a food-for-work scheme to support another 93,000 families affected by damage to the upcoming harvest and who will need assistance for around six months. The Government has also made $7.5 million available to complete the first phase of its National Contingency Plan while calling on donors to make further donations in response to the crisis, according to WFP.However, food shortages are likely to worsen, with a 60 to 80 per cent loss of crops expected in the upcoming harvest in some of Guatemala’s provinces, which would put even more households at very high risk of becoming food insecure.WFP noted that the annual food shortages caused by droughts in the six provinces of the “dry corridor” – Jutiapa, Santa Rosa, Zacapa, Chiquimula, El Progreso and Baja Verapaz – has been intensified by previous crop losses, low food stocks, combined with declining remittances, exports, tourism and foreign investment and rising unemployment due to the global recession.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced today that the country team plans to issue a flash appeal in the coming days to respond to the current humanitarian crisis in the Central American country. 10 September 2009Urgent funding is needed to help combat an acute hunger crisis that is ravaging much of Guatemala, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned. read more

TORONTO — Lowe’s Canada said Friday it will spend $50 million to build two new stores in Ontario.In addition to a dozen former Target Canada stores it recently acquired, the home improvement retailer said it will grow to 54 stores in Canada.Lowe’s acquired 12 former Target locations as well as Target’s Milton, Ont., distribution centre for $147.75 million after the company decided to close its Canadian operations.Retail giants Walmart, Sears and Lowe’s are suffering in CanadaLowe’s still looking for Canadian acquisitions: president Sylvain Prud’hommeLowe’s had earlier agreed to buy 13 former Target Canada locations and the distribution centre for about $151 million, but a deal could not be reached on one of the locations.The 14 new stores will be located across the country including four new stores in British Columbia, two in Alberta, one in Saskatchewan and seven in Ontario. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The world’s five-largest automakers are on track to post the industry’s most profitable year on record — continuing an upward trend that is likely to continue for some time, according to a report from Scotiabank.Based on profits recorded over the first nine months of the year, Scotiabank estimates the global auto giants are headed for a combined US$61.4 billion in profit this year.That’s a huge rebound from the industry downturn sparked four years ago by a credit crisis in the U.S. banking sector. That crisis contributed to the reorganization of General Motors and Chrysler under bankruptcy protection, with bailout assistance from governments in the United States and Canada.“This represents the third consecutive annual earnings improvement, a trend likely to remain in place for several years as our leading indicators point to ongoing gains in global car sales amid, a slow, but enduring economic expansion,” Scotiabank economist Carlos Gomes writes.“Highlighting the industry’s dramatic turnaround, this year’s profit is approaching the massive cumulative loss of US$69 (billion) sustained during the tumultuous years between 2007 and 2009.”The report says North America is the leading region in profitability per vehicle, at more than US$2,000 — slightly above the profitability of Japanese vehicles sold domestically and well above the US$1,300 per vehicle in Asia outside Japan.By contrast, Scotiabank estimates the five largest automakers are losing nearly US$1,000 for each vehicle sold in Western Europe — a deterioration from last year when they lost US$600 per model.“The red ink is being exacerbated by the ongoing sovereign debt crisis which has slashed car sales in Western Europe to a two-decade low of 11.7 million units,” Gomes wrote.Scotiabank estimates Western Europe has capacity to make 18 million vehicles.“We estimate that the region has an excess capacity of roughly 3.6 million units — at least 12 assembly plants — and profitability is unlikely to be restored until a significant number of these plants are closed.”The report says investors and corporate officials are worried about the industry’s deteriorating prospects in Western Europe, but that’s offset by the growing importance of developing markets.“Car sales in Asia (excluding Japan) and Latin America are now more than double the sales pace in Western Europe — a sharp reversal from a decade ago when these emerging markets accounted for less than half of the volumes in Western Europe.” Top 5 automakers on track to bring in record profit this year: Scotiabank by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2012 2:54 pm MDT read more

Three senior UK automotive executives have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the industry. News of the awards follows a series of positive announcements about UK motor manufacturing, as well as the landmark visit of the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA) last week.Joe Greenwell, Chairman, Ford of Britain and SMMT Deputy President, becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).Joe Greenwell’s career in the motor industry spans almost 40 years. He began his career as a graduate trainee with Austin Morris and held a variety of senior roles in Jaguar, Ford of Europe and Ford North America before becoming Chairman and CEO of Jaguar Cars and subsequently Chairman of Ford of Britain.Stephen Odell, Chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe, said, “Joe Greenwell has been a highly-influential figure in the British auto industry for many years, working closely with the SMMT, the CBI, and the government on key issues relating to the future of automotive manufacturing in the UK, skills, research and development, and the low-carbon agenda.“Joe is a great ambassador for Ford, and for the motor industry as a whole. The award of a CBE is an appropriate recognition of his achievements.”Bill Parfitt, Chairman and Managing Director of GM UK, also becomes a CBE.Trained as a motor engineer in the family motor business in South Wales, Bill Parfitt then joined Goodyear as a graduate entrant. He has subsequently spent his working life in the motor industry, holding a number of directorships and senior executive roles in blue chip companies. He joined Vauxhall Motors in 1998 as Fleet Sales Director and quickly became responsible for all sales and marketing activities for GM’s UK operations.  He was appointed Managing Director of Vauxhall in 2005 and Chairman of GMUK in 2009.Working with the joint government/industry body, the Automotive Council, on a strategic plan to increase the supplier base in the UK, Bill Parfitt became the first chairman of the Council’s sub-committee, the Supply Chain Group.Mike Godfrey, Division Manager and Chief Engineer, Honda UK Manufacturing Limited, becomes an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).Mike Godfrey has been involved in the UK automotive industry for his entire career, and currently works at Honda’s facility in Swindon. He has held a variety of previous roles, currently taking responsibility for Safety and Environment co-ordination, not only for the Swindon site, but all of Honda’s other manufacturing operations in Europe. As part of his work Mike represents Honda on SMMT’s Environmental Policy Committee, the CBI’s Manufacturing Council, and is involved with national and local government issues affecting Honda, as well as local organisations in the Swindon area.Stephen Odell has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the 2011 SMMT International Automotive Summit. Mr Odell will address the automotive industry’s third annual Summit in Westminster, London, on 28 June 2011. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

OSU junior forward Nick Schilkey (7) during a game against Michigan on May. 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State senior forward hockey captain Nick Schilkey wishes he had a dollar for every time he has been asked why he came to OSU from his home state of Michigan. If so, he said he would be as rich as another Buckeye: L Brands owner Les Wexner. The constant questioning will be worth it, however, if Schilkey is successful in his pursuit of a Big Ten championship and the program’s first berth into the NCAA tournament since 2009.  A native of Marysville, Michigan, Schilkey grew up playing in the Detroit area primarily with the nationally recognized HoneyBaked AAA program. It was his parents, Glen and Michelle, along with his other family ties that instilled the love for the game of hockey in him.“My dad always joked that he put me in skates before I could walk.” Schilkey said.His speed and agility — which led him to score 87 goals and assist on 85 others between the ages of 13 and 16 against NHL players Alex Galchenyuk of the Montreal Canadiens and Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets — caught the attention of OSU.It was not until his final year with HoneyBaked in 2010-11 that he realized college hockey was a legitimate option.“I don’t think I could ever look back at one of those teams and thinking to myself as being one of the best guys because we were so good,” Schilkey said.OSU was the first school to approach Schilkey about furthering his career in hockey. The program’s commitment to Schilkey, facilities and campus life sold him immediately, he said.“I go to different schools around the country and play and nothing beats what we have here,” Schilkey said. “I came down here and the coaches really wanted me to be here and I wanted to be here. This was the spot for me.”Before he moved to Columbus, Schilkey played junior hockey for two years, a common prerequisite for hockey players before beginning their college endeavors.After two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in the U.S., Schilkey was ready to showcase his talents at OSU.The team he was recruited by, however, had changed by the time he arrived. In April 2013, OSU coach Mark Osiecki was fired and replaced by Steve Rohlik, who had been an Osiecki assistant.Schilkey was not deterred.“I was comfortable with the coaches because (Rohlik) was here,” Schilkey said. “For me, I didn’t think anything would change too much.”Rohlik recalled the recruitment of Schilkey, who stood out like maize and blue in a sea of scarlet and gray.“When you walked into the rink, you knew who Nick Schilkey was,” Rohlik said. “He’d get that puck and he’d be Mach 10 down the ice. He could score. One thing that always grabbed me is that he wanted it. He wanted the puck, he wanted to be involved, he wanted to be ‘the guy.’ There was no hesitation in his game.”Rohlik has continued to be impressed by Schilkey’s performances weekend after weekend.“You know what you’re getting when he touches the ice,” Rohlik said. “I know if I throw him out there, he’s going to give me everything that he’s got.”And it shows in his production, Rohlik said.In 108 career games, Schilkey has 43 goals and 48 assists. He has been voted team captain twice due to leadership that has rubbed off on his teammates.“Right away freshman year, I noticed that he never quits,” senior defenseman Josh Healey said. “He goes out there every shift and every time in the weight room and goes until he can’t go anymore. It really pushed me to be my best when I was around him … He’s a leader by example and guys follow that, it’s a credit to him.”So far this season, the team has followed him to an upset win over No. 3 Denver last Friday on its home ice, followed by a tie with Air Force the next night. As the Buckeyes head into the heart of the 2016-17 season, Rohlik said there is no one he would trust more to lead the team.“I think it’s in him right now that he wants to do something special before he leaves here,” Rohlik said. “He’s already had such a huge impact on this program, not only by being a great player, but by being a great person. I can’t say enough about him. He’s one of those guys, as a coach, you love having him in your program.” As for Schilkey, the legacy he wants to leave behind is a championship in his home state. The conference tournament will be hosted at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for the final time in March.“To get this team back there and obviously it’s going to take a lot of leaders in the room, it’s going to take the team to accomplish that goal,” Schilkey said. “I think we’re excited for it. I think we’re confident in that this is one of the best opportunities we’ve had in my four years here. To leave on top is something everybody wants to do.”Ranked No. 19 in the latest poll, Schilkey and the Buckeyes head to Oxford, Ohio, on Saturday to take on in-state rival Miami at Goggin Ice Center with the puck drop scheduled for 8:05 p.m. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRape suspect who escaped custody recaptured with face masksJanuary 24, 2018In “Crime”18-Y-0 charged with armed robberies, escaping from police custodyMarch 11, 2015In “Crime”Carpenter charged for escaping lawful custodyDecember 22, 2015In “Crime” Rape accused Devon Ally today appeared at the Wales Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Annette Singh and pleaded guilty to the offences of escaping from lawful custody and assault causing actual bodily harm.According to a statement from the police, he was fined $30,000 or 16 weeks imprisonment for the escape and $25,000 or 2 months for the assault on a female sibling.In respect of the rape charge, of a child under 16 years of age, of which he was not required to plead as the charge is indictable, he was granted his pre-trial liberty by being released on $200,000 bail and the case has been postponed to February 1, 2018, for a report.Ally, 21, who on January 2, 2018, escaped lawful custody at the La-Grange Police Station was recaptured after collaborative work between detectives of ‘C’ Division (East Coast Demerara) and ‘D’ Division (West Demerara/ East Bank Essequibo).He was arrested at a location at Beterverwagting East Coast Demerara and, according to the police, two plastic face masks were found in his possession. read more

first_imgEpiroc, a leading productivity partner for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries, has agreed to acquire Fordia Group Inc, the Canadian manufacturer of exploration drilling tools. Fordia Group is based in Montreal, Canada, and has sales in more than 70 countries.It provides exploration drilling tools such as diamond bits, down-the-hole tools, drill rods and drill casings, as well as water treatment systems and pumps, used by mining houses and drilling contractors. Its high-quality solutions are known in the industry to benefit customers by for example improving penetration rates and extending bit life. Fordia has about 250 employees and had revenues for the 12 months ending September 2018 of about C$85 million (SEK 580 million).“This acquisition is strategically important as we increase our focus on the exploration segment,” said Helena Hedblom, Epiroc’s Senior Executive Vice President Mining and Infrastructure. “The solid team at Fordia will play a key role as we continuously strengthen our value offering to customers.” The acquisition is expected to be completed in the first quarter 2019. The purchase price is not material relative to Epiroc’s market capitalisation and is not disclosed. The business will become part of Epiroc’s Rock Drilling Tools division, and will continue to be based in Montreal.last_img read more

Angry Birds iPhone Cases Make Perfect Gifts

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first_imgIf there’s someone on your holiday shopping list who simply can’t put down their mobile device because they’re too busy playing Angry Birds, they’ll be thrilled to unwrap an Angry Birds iPhone or iPod Touch case in their stocking this year. The cases are available now for $24.99 list price, and come in three designs: the Red Bird, the Yellow Bird, or the Pig King. The cases are only available for the iPhone 4 and the newest iPod Touch, and are protective covers for the back of the device, so don’t expect screen protectors or belt clips here. Still, if you want to announce to the world that you’re an Angry Birds fanatic, or you’re buying for someone who is and wouldn’t mind everyone on the subway knowing it, this is the perfect gift. [via TUAW]last_img

first_img 51 Comments Aug 28th 2019, 6:30 PM Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: By Murray Kinsella Short URL 31,522 Views ‘I think Jack Conan is the best eight in the country right now’ Former Ireland international Jamie Heaslip feels his ex-Leinster team-mate deserves his shot. On a more collective basis, Schmidt will be keen to see his Ireland team bounce back strongly from their heavy defeat to England last weekend with a convincing outing against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.Heaslip certainly isn’t panicking about Ireland’s World Cup prospects based on the hammering from England, with so many of Schmidt’s team having made their first appearances of the season at Twickenham. Heaslip is not writing Ireland off based on one game. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“The first game, no matter how much fitness you do, you’re blowing out your ass and you make mistakes you don’t normally make,” said Heaslip.“You’re reactive with things in most cases, rather than proactive. I always think it takes about two games to get match fit, so what you saw at the weekend was the majority of guys not being up to match speed.“Look, I’ll caveat that by saying there were a lot of errors that were not like a team that Joe Schmidt coaches, a lot of basic errors that he will be focusing on more so than lads being knackered. It just seemed like a lot of guys were standing around, not looking to do the job that needed to be done in front of them but sometimes waiting to do the nicer job.“But Ireland have beaten every ‘Tier 1′ nation since the last World Cup, they’ve won a Grand Slam and achieved things that most Irish players have not achieved. At club level, the players have been going well.“You don’t turn into a bad team overnight. I don’t think they’re on a downward trend, I think they’ll be good. You can read too much into the England game but, at the same time, these two Wales games are important in showing us what they’re about.”Land Rover is the official Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2019. With over 20 years of heritage supporting rugby at all levels, Land Rover is celebrating what makes rugby, rugby. #LandRoverRugby JAMIE HEASLIP DOESN’T have much doubt about who he would be starting at number eight if he was in charge of Ireland.But for injury ending his career early, the 35-year-old might still have been in the mix for Joe Schmidt’s side ahead of the upcoming World Cup but the debate at number eight is now focused on two names: CJ Stander and Jack Conan. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOStander is the incumbent, a first-choice starter essentially since Heaslip suffered a back injury in the warm-up before the England game in the 2017 Six Nations.Having started his Test career as Ireland’s blindside flanker, Stander shifted to his more natural position at the back of the scrum and has helped Schmidt’s side to some huge successes since. Stander has certainly earned Schmidt’s loyalty, while he is also part of Ireland’s leadership group.However, Conan’s form with Leinster over the past two seasons has made him hard to ignore and though Schmidt initially seemed to have reservations about the 27-year-old’s game, he has worked hard to make himself a more complete player.Having made three appearances during this year’s Six Nations, one of them a start against Scotland, Conan is firmly in Schmidt’s thoughts.Dropping Stander from his first-choice team would be a big move for Schmidt this close to the World Cup, but Conan is set to have the opportunity to press his case against Wales in Cardiff this weekend, when he is expected to start at number eight.For Heaslip, the issue is already beyond doubt.“I think Jack Conan is the best eight in the country right now,” said Heaslip yesterday at a Land Rover event.“I think he has a lot of variety to his game. Take his athletic ability – he’s a big boy, he’s lean, it’s not bad weight, he’s really strong and not just his upper body. We’ve all seen his fend and his upper-body strength but he’s powerful, he drives through contact.“But then also for a big man, he’s got great agility. His acceleration is really good and his ability to move with such grace and balance, and also keep the ball available and look for that offload is a real string to his bow. He has shown that over the last two years. Jamie Heaslip is a Land Rover ambassador. Source: Photocall Ireland“I actually saw his skills when I was playing and tried to learn a lot of his skills and vice versa, he pushed me and I pushed him. I was always really impressed with how he keeps that ball available all the time and is always looking to move it around.“Defensively, I think he’s an aggressive defender and he makes really good reads and commits to those reads. An aggressive system suits Jack because he’s decisive, he makes big hits and he’s got the speed to catch you on the ball.“Personally, that’s why I think he’s the best number eight in Ireland but I’m not the one picking the team and there are other factors that come into it. I’m not in camp, I don’t know how he’s training and that’s a big role.“You can’t just be the guy that turns it on for game day because if you’re not putting in the work – day in, day out – and training well, the coaches see all that. We don’t see all that and coaches want to know what they’re getting.“I’m not saying Jack’s a bad trainer or anything like that, but we’re not seeing the whole picture.”Indeed, no one has a more complete picture of all factors than Schmidt, who will examine Conan’s performance in the final World Cup warm-ups games with close interest. Twice in the Six Nations, Conan came off the bench at number eight, with Stander shifting to openside flanker, so they could even play together at the World Cup. Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 10:11 PM Share3 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Plus de dix millions dutilisateurs pour Dolphin

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first_imgPlus de dix millions d’utilisateurs pour DolphinLe navigateur Internet pour smartphones, Dolphin, a franchi le cap des 10 millions d’utilisateurs. L’éditeur MoboTap a indiqué que le navigateur Internet pour mobiles, Dolphin, avait franchi le cap des 10 millions d’utilisateurs. Pour rappel, ce navigateur Web est compatible avec Android et iOS.À lire aussiLe navigateur Opera mis à jour sur smartphoneAfin de se démarquer de la quantité d’applications disponibles sur smartphones, Dolphin a misé sur l’ergonomie et propose une navigation par onglets caractéristiques, vis à vis des navigateurs concurrents sur PC. Dolphin s’adresse cependant qu’aux utilisateurs d’écrans multitouch en associant des signes (enregistrables) effectués sur les écrans tactiles à des sites Internet. Le navigateur possèderait donc 10 millions d’utilisateurs alors que MoboTap ne compte pas s’arrêter en si bon chemin puisque des mises à jour sont prévues. Le navigateur va passer en version 2.0 pour iOS. Dans cette version, l’utilitaire Dolphin Connect permettra une synchronisation du navigateur avec différents terminaux. Cela est déjà possible sous Android.Dolphin a offert au dix millionième utilisateur de son navigateur un séjour de 5 jours au parc Disney World de Floride.Le 16 novembre 2011 à 14:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter John Soderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) —The 31st annual stand down event is a wrap, successfully helping over 800 homeless vets!Since 1987 the Veterans Village of San Diego has put on its Stand Down event, which over a three-day period allows homeless veterans a chance to get some rest, relaxation and guidance.They can access programs to get off the streets or get off drugs. They can also get clothes, new glasses, medication, hearing aids as well as a fresh haircut.This is all done in a military-style environment which brings back positive memories for these homeless vets.Perhaps more importantly, is the rest and relaxation these homeless vets can take advantage of…as in a three-day respite from the stresses of the streets. Over 800 homeless veterans helped at 31st annual Stand Down John Soderman center_img July 1, 2018 Posted: July 1, 2018 Updated: 8:52 PMlast_img read more