Mamata Banerjee holds talks with Gorkhaland agitators

first_imgAlmost 11 weeks into the Darjeeling shutdown, three major political parties in the hills held talks with the West Bengal government at the State Secretariat ‘Nabanna’ building here on Tuesday, reviving fresh hopes that the deadlock may be resolved.Representatives of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) and the Jan Andolan Party (JAP) held discussions with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, where all stakeholders underlined the need for peace and normality in the hills. Darjeeling and Kalimpong have been shut down since June 15 over the demand for a separate State for the Gorkhas. ‘Talks fruitful’“The discussions were fruitful, constructive and positive. Peace and normalcy should be restored. We requested them (the hill parties) for withdrawal of the bandh. Let us give them some time,” the Chief Minister said. Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Ms. Banerjee said: “They raised the issue of Gorkhaland. We did not agree to it. They are within their rights to raise it but the State government has certain constitutional limitations.” GJM assistant general Benoy Tamang who raised the issue of Gorkhaland at the meeting also underlined the need for peace. “Peace and normalcy are essential. We are going to Darjeeling, the epicentre of the bandh, where we will hold discussions within our party and Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee. A decision on the withdrawal of the strike will be taken,” Mr. Tamang said. The GJM submitted a memorandum which among others demanded compensation for those killed in the three-month bandh, a probe by the National Investigation Agency into the recent blast, withdrawal of cases against protesters and a guarantee against political victimisation of the hill leaders.Eight Gorkhaland supporters have been killed in the violence over the statehood stir in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts which started on June 15. Schools and other academic institutions are closed in the hills and normal life, including the region’s economy based on tea and tourism, has been severely affected due to the shutdown. JAP leader Harka Bahadur Chettri, who was present at the meeting, urged the need for tripartite talks involving the Centre. Further talks will be held on September 12 at Uttar Kanya in north Bengal.last_img read more

Monk held in Bodhgaya for ‘sexually abusing’ 15 students

first_imgAt a time when sexual exploitation of minor girls at shelter homes in Bihar has grabbed headlines, a Buddhist monk running a meditation centre at Bodhgaya was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing 15 child monks. The accused monk, Bhante Shanghpriya, was remanded in 14-day judicial custody on Thursday and the statement of the victims was recorded before a judicial magistrate. A Special Investigation Team headed by the Bodhgaya DSP has been formed to probe the case, said Gaya SP Rajeev Mishra. The International Buddhist Council (IBC) has strongly condemned the incident and demanded a probe into the matter. “We demand a thorough probe… the organisation running the monastery was not registered with the IBC,” said the council’s general secretary, Pragya Deep, after an emergency meeting at Bodhgaya. Unregistered centresSources told The Hindu that of the 160 monasteries running in Bodhgaya, only 55 are registered with the IBC. “The police are investigating details of the trust running the monastery and if any fraud is found, an FIR will be lodged against all members of the trust,” said Mr. Mishra. The school-cum-meditation centre is managed by Prajana Social Welfare Trust. On Wednesday, all 15 child monks, aged seven to 12, and their parents had complained to the Bodhgaya police about alleged sexual abuse by Sanghpriya. The police swung into action and arrested the accused monk. Later, an FIR was lodged with the Bodh Gaya police under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. “The child monks complained about their physical and sexual abuse by their head monk. They also informed us that they were thrashed, mistreated in the school. We are investigating the matter now,” DSP Rajkumar Shah said. A board of doctors has been set up to examine the victims.All the child monks are from Karbi Anglong district of Assam. The incident came to light when one child rang up a former teacher who was in Mumbai and narrated their ordeal. The teacher from Assam knew the parents of the victims and informed them about their trauma. The parents reached Bodhgaya and took them to the police station.last_img read more

MLB Plans European Games

first_imgBOCA RATON, Fla. — Major League Baseball hopes to play regular-season games in Europe within five years and return to Mexico for the first time since 1999.Rob Manfred, who took over as Commissioner from Bud Selig in January, has made expansion of international play a priority.“I think the view is that the more you play in these countries on a continual basis rather than going to a country one year and then waiting five years to return, the better, in terms of developing baseball,” Dan Halem, Major League Baseball’s Chief Legal Officer, said during a news conference Nov. 11 at the General Managers’ meetings.“Mexico is a priority of ours, in terms of further developing it as a baseball market. Europe, which we really haven’t done much in over the years, is also a priority, but nothing certainly has been planned yet. But I think it’s the Commissioner’s goal to be able to play regular-season games in both Mexico and in Europe, certainly over the next five years.”San Diego and the New York Mets played a three-game series at Monterrey, Mexico, in August 1999, and Colorado and the Padres opened the 1999 season with one game there. MLB also has played regular-season games in Tokyo and San Juan, Puerto Rico.In its election manifesto last spring before retaining control of Parliament, Britain’s Conservative Party said it “will support new sports in the U.K., in particular through greater links with the U.S. National Football League, the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball, with the ultimate ambition of new franchises being based here.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

They’re Back: Brady and Patriots win AFC, 36-17 vs Steelers

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Tom Brady redemption tour is headed to the Super Bowl.After beginning the 2016 season suspended for four games for his role in the “Deflategate” scandal, the New England quarterback relentlessly carried the Patriots to an unprecedented ninth appearance in the title game, and his seventh.Brady threw for a franchise playoff-best 384 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-17 rout of the helpless Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in New England’s sixth consecutive AFC championship game.The Patriots, who have won nine in a row, are early 3-point favorites heading to face Atlanta in two weeks in Houston, seeking their fifth NFL title with Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick as coach. Belichick’s seventh appearance in a Super Bowl will be a record for a head coach.Brady was banned by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell when New England (16-2) went 3-1 to open the schedule.Since his return in Week 5, the only defeat came at home to Seattle, and Brady, 39, had one of the best seasons of a Hall of Fame-caliber career.He punctuated that in dreary weather similar to the 2014 conference title game that precipitated the deflated footballs investigation by flattening Pittsburgh’s secondary.“This is my motivation right here, all these fellas in front of me, these guys,” Brady said, pointing to his teammates and ignoring mentions of “Deflategate.” ”The boys showed up to play today.”Brady’s main weapon was Chris Hogan. The previously unheralded receiver found open spaces everywhere on the field against a leaky secondary. Hogan caught nine balls for 180 yards and two scores.“It’s been a long journey, but I’ve worked really hard to get to this point,” said the product of Monmouth — yes, Monmouth. “I couldn’t be happier to get to be a part of this thing, this team — this whole thing.”Top wideout Julian Edelman added eight receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown as Brady tied Joe Montana’s playoff record with nine three-TD passing performances. Brady also had his 11th 300-yard postseason game, extending his NFL record, completing 32 of 42 throws.“We won a lot of different ways under a lot of different circumstances,” Brady said. “Mental toughness is what it is all about and this team has got it. We’ll see if we can write the perfect ending.”The ending for Pittsburgh (13-6) was anything but perfect. It lost star running back Le’Veon Bell late in the first quarter to a groin injury.That didn’t seem to matter much in a record 16th conference title match for the Steelers, who made mistakes in every facet of Sunday’s game. The 19-point loss ended their nine-game winning streakThe franchise that has won the most Super Bowls, six, and the most postseason games, 36, never seemed likely to challenge in the misty rain.“We’ve got to be capable of overcoming those things,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “Injuries and so forth are part of the game. The reality is we didn’t make enough plays in any of the three phases. The game kind of unfolded in the way they would like it to as opposed to the way we would like it to. Not only in score, but in style of play and so forth. We didn’t get a lot accomplished tonight.”Hogan’s second touchdown came on a flea-flicker and he easily beat safety Mike Mitchell to the corner of the end zone. At that point, Hogan had seven catches for 117 yards and the first multi-touchdown game of his four-year career.His first score made it 10-0 and came after Brady could have taken a nap before throwing, a common occurrence against a nonexistent pass rush. Hogan was all alone in the back of the end zone for the 16-yard score.Pittsburgh had drawn to 10-6 on DeAngelo Williams’ 5-yard run to cap an 84-yard drive. Veteran Williams is a nice security blanket in the backfield, though he’s no Bell these days.Still, he contributed on a 70-yard drive toward the end of the second quarter that appeared to be capped by Jesse James’ TD reception. But video review showed James down at the 1, and the Steelers couldn’t get into the end zone, Chris Boswell connecting for a 23-yard field goal.The Steelers never threatened to get back into it. LeGarrette Blount punctuated the romp with a bruising 18-yard run on which he carried nearly the entire Pittsburgh defense with him. He then scored from the 1.By the end, the crowd was chanting “Where is Roger?” and celebrating yet another Super Bowl trip for the Patriots.Soon after, tight end Martellus Bennett was boogeying with the cheerleaders, pompoms in hand , and owner Robert Kraft was accepting the Lamar Hunt Trophy.“For a number of reasons, all of you in this stadium understand how big this win was,” Kraft said. “And we have to go to Houston and win one more.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jo Fernandes: the Australian woman making World Cup history in Russia

first_imgfeatures World Cup 2018 Kaliningrad is not among the host cities to welcome the Socceroos and their fans during the group stage, and will host no knock-out matches. But Fernandes is only mildly disappointed to be missing her national team. “Fifa try to allocate us in such a way that people are not in charge of matches played by their own country,” she explains. “It is not a hard and fast rule – I was responsible at Australia’s heart-breaking loss to Brazil at 2016 Rio Olympics – but the preferred position is that we are assigned elsewhere.” Not, she says, that it would matter if she was in charge of Australian matches. “When I am in general coordinator mode I barely notice the colours of the shirts – I am focused on so much more than the match.”It would be wrong, though, to mistake Fernandes’ colour-blind perspective for disinterest in the action in front of her. She may have been involved in football tournaments across the globe for many years, but the Sydneysider retains an unquenchable love of the round ball game. “Once the Kaliningrad site closes, I am staying in Russia to be a fan,” she admits. After a month in charge of one of the 11 host cities at the biggest sporting event in the world, Fernandes will deserve the holiday. World Cup One is Australian Jo Fernandes, women and girls development manager at Football New South Wales. A charismatic 51-year-old, Fernandes was recently appointed general coordinator for Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave among the Baltics and the western-most of the host cities. The creatively-named Kaliningrad Stadium will play host to four matches during the World Cup, including visits from Spain, Croatia, England and Belgium.“I am very proud to have been selected,” says Fernandes. “It is not the first time a woman has had this role at a Fifa tournament – myself and another were general coordinators in India and South Korea last year for the Under-17 World Cup and Under-20 World Cup. But this year they have appointed women for the senior men’s World Cup for the first time. It is ongoing progress from Fifa.”The general coordinator role demands versatility, with responsibility for each venue resting on their shoulders. “Everything!” laughs Fernandes when asked to describe what the position entails. General coordinators are the highest ranking Fifa officials in each host city. They are paired with an equivalent from the local organising committee, and together manage a team of Fifa employees and local staff numbering into the hundreds to ensure the tournament is delivered smoothly.“We run the venue,” she says. “We look after training fields, transport, ensure the teams are getting in and out through the city smoothly, and then most importantly the stadium – making sure everything is ready for match day. Everything from spectator facilities, waste disposal to technical operations for broadcast. We are effectively the CEO of the venue.”Sign up to receive the latest Australian sports stories every day Rival teams ask Fifa to lift Paolo Guerrero ban for positive cocaine test Share on LinkedIn Read more Read more Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Twittercenter_img Share on Pinterest The World Cup in Russia will be a tournament of firsts. It will be the first held in eastern Europe and the Eurasian landmass. It will be the first for Panama and Iceland. It will be the first to feature video assistant referee technology. And, for the first time in the 88-year history of Fifa’s flagship event, two of the most senior officials – host city general coordinators – will be female. Australia sport Share on Messenger Share via Email Fifa Jamie Maclaren brought into Socceroos World Cup squad Share on Facebook While Fernandes expects her time at the World Cup to be demanding, she credits local organising committee colleagues for the bulk of the hard work. “We come in and assist at the pointy end of the operations,” she says. “We mostly fine tune during the delivery phase – making sure all Fifa operational requirements are met. But the local organisers – with Fifa guidance – have been working on the World Cup for years. They have done a massive job.”Fernandes leaves for Russia at the beginning of June, and will spend several weeks in Kaliningrad preparing before the first match which kicks off on 16 June. She was recently in Sochi for a technical briefing, and has been receiving daily updates from her local counterpart. “I am undergoing a crash course,” Fernandes jokes of her Russian language abilities. “It is not my first time in Russia – I was there with the Young Matildas in 2006 – but most of the words I learned are long gone.”Fernandes’ journey to the pinnacle of football administration was unintended. She studied sports science in Canberra with a view to specialising, but upon graduation accepted a job for the ACT’s female football federation (at the time state and territory federations were split by gender). Fernandes later moved to Football Federation Australia, where she was Matildas team manager for over a decade and headed the W-League for four years. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk put Wolves in their place

first_img 15 Sturridge Sign up for The Fiver, our daily football email. 5 Wijnaldum 9 Firmino 37 Traore Share on Facebook 2 Clyne 1 10 Share on Pinterest Read more 5 Bennett (s 87′) As much as Wolves were playing well, chasing a game against this Liverpool team is far from ideal and it was no real surprise when the visitors extended their lead midway through the second half. By that point Liverpool were looking more and more comfortable. Jordan Henderson, who was making his 300th Liverpool appearance, and Fabinho were dictating the game from their deep-lying midfield positions – this was the first time the two have started together – and Wolves’ attacking threat had diminished.Van Dijk had the measure of Traore – the Dutchman even managed to match the forward for pace in a fascinating duel close to the touchline just after the hour mark – and Nuno Espírito Santo, the Wolves manager, found himself in that difficult position whereby he needed to make changes to try to force an equaliser but knew that by doing so there was a danger Liverpool would add a second.That is exactly what happened. Adam Lallana, on for the injured Naby Keita, saw his close-range effort blocked after Salah and Mané combined, and Liverpool profited from the corner that followed. Saiss’s clearance dropped for Salah, who was loitering on the edge of the area, and his perfectly flighted cross picked out Van Dijk, who coolly volleyed home from just inside the six-yard box. Georginio Wijnaldum could and should have added a third in stoppage time after another Salah raid. 15 Boly Share on WhatsApp Share via Email 7 Milner LIV61WOL39% Liverpool 6 Wolves Off target 9 Liverpool 5 Wolves On target 6 Liverpool Facebook Lineups 61 39 Premier League Share on LinkedIn Wolves 32 Dendoncker Wolves 0-2 Liverpool: Premier League – as it happened 3 Fabinho 27 Origi 2 Doherty 8 Keita 8 Neves 10 Mane Twitter 10 Helder Costa 21 Ruddy From Wolves’ point of view it was a disappointing goal to concede. Up until that point they had soaked up plenty of Liverpool possession without being cut open.Ruben Neves, however, switched off and failed to track Fabinho on the edge of his own penalty area, enabling the midfielder to run in behind unopposed. Fabinho’s centre was perfect and what followed was a moment of class from Salah.The goal felt a little harsh on Wolves, who had carried the greater attacking threat in the early stages, even if Liverpool were seeing much more of the ball. Adama Traoré saw one shot saved and dragged another wide, and Alisson denied Romain Saiss following a lovely Wolves move that saw Conor Coady release Matt Doherty with a raking diagonal pass.Salah’s goal four minutes later could easily have discouraged Wolves but, to their credit, the home team continued to attack with conviction. Allison kept out Jonny Castro’s effort, following a neat exchange between Saiss and Traoré, and Doherty had claims for a penalty turned down when his sinuous run into the Liverpool area was brought to a halt by James Milner. Share on Messenger 27 Saiss 11 Rui Patricio 7 2 22 Mignoletcenter_img match reports 9 Jimenez (s 81′) 16 Coady 23 Shaqiri Match stats Share on Twitter 19 Jonny Liverpool have now recorded seven successive top-flight games, their unbeaten Premier League run stretches to 19 matches, and when Klopp spoke afterwards about possibly needing as many as 105 points to win the title, it did not seem outlandish to imagine his team finishing the season with that sort of haul.Mohamed Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer once again, after taking his tally for the season to 11 with an exquisite goal, and the Egyptian also set up Liverpool’s second. Virgil van Dijk, with his first goal for the club since he scored on his debut against Everton in the FA Cup, converted Salah’s cross and it was particularly impressive to see the way in which Liverpool closed the game down thereafter.Klopp used the word “mature” to describe Liverpool’s performance and that captured it perfectly. They had a slightly difficult period towards the end of the first half, when Wolves started to take control of the game for the first time, but otherwise this was a highly professional Liverpool display, with Van Dijk’s commanding presence at the heart of the defence every bit as impressive as Salah’s beautiful touches at the other end of the pitch.Wolves have proved to be awkward opponents this season, beating Chelsea and taking points off both Manchester clubs as well as Arsenal, yet their hopes of recording a first victory over Liverpool at Molineux since 1981, when Mark Lawrenson and Bruce Grobbelaar were making their debuts, looked slim from the moment that Salah opened the scoring.The goal was simple enough in its construction – Fabinho played a one-two with Sadio Mané on the right flank – but it was exquisitely finished by Salah. He was standing almost sideways on when he nonchalantly flicked Fabinho’s cross beyond Rui Patricio with the outside of his left boot from about eight yards. Pinterest 26 Robertson 14 Henderson Fouls Jürgen Klopp praises Liverpool’s maturity after victory at Wolves 28 Joao Moutinho 4 van Dijk Topics 20 Lallana Read more LIV WOL Substitutes 33 Leo Bonatini The presents have come early this year for Liverpool, who can look forward to spending Christmas Day enjoying the view from the top of the Premier League table. The good news is that the team in that position in eight of the previous nine seasons has gone on to win the league. The bad news is that Liverpool, back in 2013-14, were the one club to come up short.Not that this Liverpool team is likely to be burdened by the past. Jürgen Klopp has assembled a formidable side and victories such as this one will do nothing to dampen the belief that Liverpool are authentic title challengers and capable of stretching Manchester City in a way that would have been unthinkable for anyone last season. Virgil van Dijk scores Liverpool’s second goal. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Possession (s 63′) Goal attempts Wolverhampton Wanderers Corners 6 Lovren 29 Ruben Vinagre (s 63′) Liverpool 11 Salah 13 Alisson Substitutes (s 76′) 7 Ivan Cavaleiro (s 58′) 17 Gibbs-White Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Bulk Carrier Grounds Two Times in Columbia River

first_imgzoom The Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Rosco Palm was refloated on Saturday morning after it ran aground two times on Friday night in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington.The 2011-built vessel first grounded at 7:49 p.m. on Friday night, and was soon refloated and moved a few miles upstream to mitigate collision risk. The 82,200 dwt ship then grounded for the second time while at anchor on sand bottom while waiting for first light assessment, according to the United States Coast Guard.The authorities said that there was no indication of pollution being discharged, adding that the vessel, operated by Chinese Rewood Ocean Shipping, was transiting to an anchorage with pilot and tug assist.“We will continue to monitor the situation and respond as necessary with our partners from the Washington and Oregon along with local response teams,” Lt. Cmdr. Karen Denny, inspections division chief, Marine Safety Unit Portland, said.UCSG said that the cause of the grounding is currently unknown and would be investigated.last_img read more

Banyan Tree Choose Morocco For Their First Hotel in Mediterranean

London – Banyan Tree have chosen Tamouda Bay, an hour’s drive from Tangier, as the location for their first resort hotel in the Mediterranean and Africa, creating valuable jobs in the Moroccan tourism industry and attracting visitors to the region, thereby looking set to benefit the local economy.The resort, which is due to open September 1st, will comprise 92 luxury villas, some with direct access to the beach. Ranging in size from 200 to 423 square meters and each with their own secluded pool and garden, they will be the largest and possibly the most private villas in Morocco, according to the international operator which has a thirty year history of hospitality management.The property will include 8 spa treatment rooms, a hydro and vitality pool, hammam, yoga room, swimming pool and gym as well as a library, children’s club, ballroom and meeting facilities for up to 160 guests. Diners can eat in the privacy of their own villas, enjoying 24 hour service, or can choose from one of the resort’s four restaurants offering a range of Moroccan, Thai, Mediterranean and international cuisine.  Banyan Tree boasts a portfolio of more than 30 resorts and hotels, 70 spas, 90 retail galleries and 3 championship golf courses in 28 countries. read more

Londons Friendliest Bus Driver Ahmed Serhani Gets His Own Film

Rabat – Bus 214 through Camden town is known to Londoners as “the happy bus,” driven by Ahmed Serhani. Serhani, of Moroccan origin, is an inspiring person who brightens his passengers’ day with his ready smile and amiable attitude.Joe Bloom, a painter and filmmaker from London, encountered Serhani’s friendliness at work and started to film the way he exchanged greetings with passengers and easily interacted with them.Bloom, who knew Serhani since he was a young boy, decided to make a six-minute film of the bus driver. Bloom told British media: “I was studying at the Glasgow School of Art when I decided Ahmed would make a great subject for a film. I would get on the bus a lot and always chat with him.”“I’d known him since I was a boy, and when I left university I decided it was time to make him the subject of a film and celebrate the way he brings smiles to the faces of everyone he meets,” he stated.Read Also: Video of Bus Driver in Casablanca Holding Umbrella Goes ViralThe six-minute film is named “Ahmed Serhani, A portrait.” It will premier at the London Transport Museum in 2019.In the film, Serhani talks about how much he loves his job. Serhani has worked as a bus driver in London for twelve years. To him, the people who ride with him are not just “customers” or “passengers,” but are his friends and family because they are part of his everyday life.Life is not all “hunky-dory” for Serhani who, like everyone else, has problems to deal with. But Serhani says his philosophy of life starts with a “smile.” He said, “You have two options; smile and get on with your life, or cry. Whether you smile or cry, the problem is still there. So what option would I choose? Smile, of course.”Read Also: Scottish Woman Living in Imlil Delivers Touching Testimony about MoroccoWhen Bloom showed the film to Serhani’s family members who still live in Morocco, they were very proud of Ahmed.People who rode with Serhani posted comments on social media like: “He is the nicest person, every time I get on his bus, or see him in passing, I am greeted by his lovely smile; he really brings out the positive energy in everyone, so happy that Joe did this film.”Commenters also thanked Bloom for making the film: “Thank you so much for showing Ahmed the recognition he deserves. I’ve known him since I was little and our family has considered him a long time friend. He always made my day when I got on his bus.” read more

Former Navy spokesman arrested over missing youth

In 2015 the CID had questioned Dassanayake over allegations that some officers in the Navy were involved in the disappearance of several youth.Last year, former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda also appeared before the CID to make a statement over the disappearance of the youth. (Colombo Gazette) Former Navy spokesman DKP Dassanayake was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today over the disappearance of 11 youth.The youth had been reported missing between 2008 and 2009. read more

Second Coming Charlotte Hornets Return to NBA

The NBA Board of Governors granted changing the Charlotte Bobcats’ name back to the Hornets starting the 2014-15 season.The Hornets name became available after New Orleans changed their name to the Pelicans earlier this year. The Charlotte Hornets moved to New Orleans in 2002, and two years later the Bobcats joined the league as an expansion team.Commissioner David Stern mentioned that Michael Jordan, who is the owner of the Bobcat, has lobbying to get the Charlotte Hornets name back since he purchase the organization back in 2010.“We’re thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas,” Jordan said in a statement. “The passion and enthusiasm around this name change by fans in this market has been unmatched. They overwhelmingly told us what they wanted, we listened and we couldn’t be happier with the Board of Governors’ approval of the name change.“With the young team we are developing on the court, the direction of our business and the return of the Hornets name, we are extremely excited about our future. The buzz is back!” read more

Microsoft Research releases free Cliplets computer vision video editor

first_imgMicrosoft Research is a unique sect that focuses on looking into computing solutions. One of their latest projects called Cliplets, unveiled at Microsoft’s own TechFest 2012, is a free piece of software that video enthusiasts–consumer and professional–may enjoy. Cliplets is video manipulation software and explores the space between still and video media. The software allows the user to take a moment in time from a home video, and focus on looping the action of one object, while all other actions surrounding that object remain frozen in time. For instance, say you took a video of a waterfall, but the camera is shaking and some hikers walked into your shot toward the end. You can isolate the waterfall as one object and make it loop, allowing you to create a dynamic photo; the waterfall still falling, but everything else standing still. The actual demo (shown in the video above), makes the process seem quite simple: take a short video clip and use something akin to Photoshop’s lasso tool to select and isolate one object. The software does all the work from there by keeping the images aligned thanks to computer vision, which analyses images, digests them, and translates them from real world to numeric values. Microsoft has also made a number of video tutorials starting out with a simple how to make one repeating loop layer and ending with a more complex video that involves several layers. All the videos should help anyone get up to speed quickly with the software. There’s also a support forum that helps with more technical issues, like installation problems and bugs.The Cliplets application is available for download from the Micorsoft Research website for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7. via GeekWirelast_img read more

Project Eternity becomes mostfunded game in Kickstarter history

first_imgThere may come a point where geniuses with great ideas no longer need to get a loan from the bank. Just seven months ago, a group of developers creating a game called Double Fine Adventure claimed a record-breaking $3.33 million in funding through a Kickstarter campaign. That record was easily quashed by another RPG that brought the question of development cost directly to the people who want to play the game.Obsidian Entertainment posted its upcoming game Project Eternity on the social crowdfunding site, and by the time it closed it raised nearly $4 million from individual users who just wanted to be a part of it and score an early copy of the game. Oh, and some vain users may have just appreciated that their pledge ensured them a spot in the game’s credits.The game claims to “pay homage” to the previous games that have used BioWare’s very famous Infinity Engine. According to the Kickstarter description, it contains the epic exploration of Baldur’s Gate, the intense dungeon crawling of Icewind Dale, and the imaginative writing of Planescape: Torment. The founders of Obsidian worked on games like the above before branching off to create their own company.The new company was born in 2003, with the founders saying that PC role-playing games is their passion. They understand the genre and they know that it has a very passionate and loyal following — hence why the allure of a brand new epic RPG was able to draw in so much money so quickly.Incredibly, the company was only looking for $1.1 million when the Kickstarter campaign first went live. It achieved that in one day. In the end, it raised $3,986,929, garnering a total of 73,986 financial backers.via Kickstarterlast_img read more

What happened to Anna

first_imgForty years after she went missing, police are again appealing for information regarding the disappearance of Annastaes (Anna) Banitskas. Anna Banitskas was 15-years-old the last time her family saw her in 1974. “It’s the not knowing that’s the worst,” Anna’s sister Loretta Pantou said. “There are so many options for what could have happened. Did she meet with foul play? Did she choose to leave? Questions like that keep you up at night. Our family has no closure.”At around 7.00 am on Tuesday 27 August 1974, Anna left her home to catch a bus from nearby Kingsway Drive, Lalor, to work. She never arrived. “We know it’s been a long time, but we still believe there is someone out there with information relating to Anna’s case,” Detective Senior Constable Craig Hall said. “Any piece of information, big or small, could help us bring closure to Anna’s family. “We encourage anyone who may have something to say to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. “Hopefully with the help of the public, we’ll be able to give some long overdue peace of mind to the Banitskas family.”Anna was last seen wearing grey pants, a white jumper and brown shoes on the day of her disappearance. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

118 WWE Smackdown Live Preview Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss for the

first_img Videos Articles Becky Lynch Google+ WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight in Glasgow, Scotland. The only thing advertised for the show tonight is Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss for the Smackdown Women’s Title. will have coverage of Smackdown Live beginning tonight at 8PM ET. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Charlotte Flair Facebook Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Ric Flair threatens WWE with legal action over Becky Lynch’s “The Man” gimmick center_img Videos Articles How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WhatsApp WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomenlast_img

Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 will bring a new level of power to

first_img Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, space gray, 2017) $1,184 See It Razer makes its Blade Pro gaming laptop future-ready • Computex 2019 Share your voice 0 The best new gaming laptops, ranked May 30 • Computex 2019: Every announcement you need to know See it $1,399 Seventeen manufacturers are debuting with RTX Studio laptops, including Acer, Asus, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, MSI and Razer.  Nvidia’s launched other members of the updated mobile Quadro line as well. There are also new Quadro analogs for the GeForce GTX 16- series, in that the Quadro T2000 and T1000 use the new Turing architecture but lack the RT and Tensor cores. However, moving to Turing still delivers better parallel processing, adaptive shaders and a unified memory architecture, which should add up to a modest performance boost. And for the budget-minded, the Pascal P600 and P500 get a bit of a speed bump for the P620 and P520, gaining more CUDA cores and slightly higher memory bandwidth. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Acer Adobe Asus Dell HP Intel Nvidia Razercenter_img Computex 2019 41 Photos Laptops May 30 • Alienware redesigns its thin gaming laptops and offers OLED Mobile workstations with the top-end Quadro chips have traditionally been big and heavy, and frequently 17-inch models, because of the power requirements: The RTX 5000 draws between 80 and 100 watts (Nvidia’s Optimus technology dynamically adjusts), which makes it easier to adapt existing laptop designs for them. The older P5200 requires 150w.   The new Quadros are also the first generation of the company’s mobile GPUs to incorporate the ray-tracing and Tensor (for AI acceleration) cores that differentiate them from their Pascal predecessors, the Quadro P5200, P4200 and P3200. Those are becoming increasingly important as more professional software boosts capabilities via AI algorithms like Adobe’s Sensei and makes working in 3D with reasonable real-time rendering quality less painful. Like their predecessors, they’re also the only VR-ready Quadro chips in the new lineup and the only ones that can use GDDR6 memory; that bump seems to deliver a lot higher memory bandwidth, at least based on Nvidia’s specs. While I define a mobile workstation as any mobile device with a CPU or GPU that gets certified by professional software applications, Nvidia defines it by size, weight and manufacturer. That way the company and its partners can refer to these as “studio laptops” rather than using the marketing-kiss-of-death “mobile workstation” to distinguish the them from high-powered GeForce-based systems.  Nvidia’s RTX Studio badges for its high-end mobile graphics processors. Nvidia Remember the “Creator Ready” driver track Nvidia launched in March? Now that driver-release cycle has been redubbed as Nvidia Studio Drivers, though it still works with the same set of not-necessarily-Studio GPUs: Turing- and Pascal-based GeForce cards and as far back as the Volta-based Titan V. May 29 • The outrageous computer cases of Computex 2019 See All Post a comment May 29 • The laptops of tomorrow will make us even more productive — and it’s terrifying Now playing: Watch this: Preview • Apple takes light-touch approach to 13-inch MacBook Pro update The next time — or the first time — you go shopping for a laptop with at least an Intel Core i7 H-class processor, 16GB or more RAM, 512GB or larger SSD and an Nvidia RTX GPU, it may bear an “RTX Studio” sticker as part of a new program Nvidia announced at Computex 2019. But that high-powered laptop, such as the Razer Blade Advanced or Asus ROG Zephyrus GX701, doesn’t have the work behind it that the RTX Studio laptops have, which includes specific programming interfaces for pro graphics software companies to add more GPU acceleration to their applications or the workflow testing of the drivers with the hardware and software.And the Quadro RTX Studio models promise breakthrough power for video, 3D, AI-assisted features in creative applications and coding with AI. They incorporate the new Quadro RTX 5000, 4000 and 3000, the first Quadros that can be used in systems the size of Max-Q gaming laptops. And the RTX 5000 is first 16GB mobile GPU Nvidia’s been able to adapt to systems already designed around the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. They’re essentially workstation-class variants of the Max-Q versions of the gaming-focused GeForce RTX 2080, 2070 and 2060. That means no more needing to schlep a 10-pound Windows system or underpowered MacBook Pro for, say, onsite video editing. And photographers can finally get the 10-bit color support in Windows (i.e., Photoshop) that they need in a truly portable, though likely not inexpensive, machine.  reading • Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 will bring a new level of power to thin laptops Best Buy 1:34last_img read more

Logitechs Apple Pencil alternative is on sale for 50

first_img $69 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Logitech Crayon Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Logitech’s school-only iPad keyboard and Crayon stylus are here Best Buy Logitech Apple See It Apple The Cheapskate Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $76 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more.  Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! See it $49 Amazon Tablets Mobile Accessories Share your voice Logitech’s iPad school tools include a pretty nice Crayon See It $49 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Logitech Crayon Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All reading • Apple Pencil alternative: The Logitech Crayon is back on sale for $50 See It 3:23 News • Logitech Crayon now works with more iPads, thanks to iOS 12.2 Now playing: Watch this: Logitech’s Apple Pencil alternative, the Crayon, is on sale for $50. Sarah Tew/CNET The Apple Pencil is one of Apple’s best iPad innovations, a “smart” stylus that’s great for things like taking notes, sketching ideas and creating art.But $100? Come on. That’s kind of outrageous even by Apple standards. Thankfully, there’s an alternative: The Logitech Crayon, which was originally available only to the education market but went on sale to consumers last year.Price tag: $70. Still a little steep, if you ask me. However, for a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Logitech Crayon for $50 shipped. (Should you prefer, it’s also available from Best Buy for the same price.) Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it at AmazonThe Crayon works with all current-gen iPads that support the Apple Pencil, including the newest iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad Pro.Despite being priced less than the Pencil, the Crayon actually has some advantages over it, as Scott Stein detailed in his Logitech Crayon preview: “Its wider, flat design is easier for me to hold, and could be easier for young kids to hold, too. The stylus also pairs instantly without requiring entering Bluetooth settings. It’s fast and angle-sensitive, too.”It also charges via a standard Lightning cable and has bright orange tips, which hopefully make it less likely to go missing. Similarly, the cap stays tethered to the Crayon, so you can’t lose it as easily as the Pencil’s end-cap.There’s just one missing feature: pressure sensitivity. Although it can produce different line weights depending on how you angle the tip, it can’t make your strokes fatter or thinner depending on how hard you push.Assuming that’s not a deal breaker, this is a solid deal on an otherwise great Apple Pencil alternative.Note: This post was published previously and has since been updated regarding pricing and availability. • Preview • Logitech Crayon finally becomes available for any iPad owner to buy Tags 18 Photos Comments Apple Walmart 4last_img read more

The Runaway Species How Human Creativity Remakes The World

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Cows don’t write symphonies. Dogs don’t build rockets to go to the moon. But humans have. What’s makes us so capable of changing the world around us?That’s the subject of a new book by two men with Houston connections. It’s called The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes The World. And it’s written by men from two seemingly opposite ends of academia. One is Dr. David Eagleman, a neuroscientist and author formerly of Houston. Some people will remember his PBS series The Brain. The other is Dr. Anthony Brandt, a composer and music professor at Rice University. And they’ve teamed up to explore the process of human creativity.Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty sat down with Brandt and Eagleman to talk about the book.The authors will speak Thursday night (Nov. 16) at 7:30 at a Brazos Bookstore event at Christ Church Cathedral downtown. 00:00 /10:19last_img read more

Digital Art Sensation reaches Delhi

first_imgCelebrated works of 11 masters of the 19th and the 20th century, including Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and Henri Rousseau, splashed across larger than life HD screens, came alive at a first of its kind multimedia art exposition in the Capital with a promise to transport viewers into a whirlpool of colour, sound and emotions.The grand spectacle, titled ‘The Drifting Canvas’, was thrown open to art connoisseurs, enthusiasts and mainstream audiences by Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, who inaugurated the exposition at Delhi’s Select Citywalk Mall recently. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBeginning with the anteroom, the exposition provides an electrifying and immersive experience to visitors keen on knowing the life stories of the artists featured in the exhibition and historical context of ‘The Drifting Canvas’, a joint initiative of Bengaluru-based art platform Esperienza and Russian art cluster Art Play. “The world’s best art has been presented through multimedia at a highly-recognised venue and nearly 40,000 people are expected to visit it,” Mahesh Sharma said. The exposition has come to Delhi after travelling to more than 12 countries. In addition, the exhibition, which continues till June 15, allows audiences to experience 3D art wearing special glasses.last_img read more

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