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10 Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Resources for Editors

December 12, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgIn today’s world, video editors are often expected to have Motion Graphics/VFX Skills. The following resources are beneficial for extending your graphics skill set. Check out the useful VFX freebies as well!The days of ‘just being an editor’ are over. Most editors are now required to wear multiple hats and juggle various video editing, motion design, encoding and color grading applications on a daily basis. On most freelance jobs I am often using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects for graphics tasks, Maxon Cinema 4D for 3D work, along with Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer for video editing.With the recent free addition of Cinema 4D Lite into After Effects Creative Cloud, more video editors will now be integrating 3D into their work. In this post, we’ve rounded up 10 resources will help you strengthen your After Effects and Cinema 4D skills – free After Effects templates, motion graphics plugins and loads of free training and tutorials!If you’re new to working with motion graphics, start with my previous post on “10 Free After Effects Training Resources” and check out the After Effects section on the Premiumbeat blog. MographMograph is a collection of forums for working in motion graphics.The site covers the art and business of the industry along with forums on resources, jobs, and tutorials.  There’s also a reels and portfolio page where the best motion designers share their work – great for inspiration.  Mograph is a good place to network to and learn more about the industry.VfxerVfxer is a Cinema 4D & After Effects resource run by a husband and wife team (Simon & Claire). Besides useful AE and Cinema 4D tutorials, they have sections on visual effects news, inspiration and free stuff (weekly mailing list).Be sure to check out their collection of 10 free pre-fractured 3D models that can be used in Element 3D or Cinema 4D.Greyscale GorillaGreyscale Gorilla is the brainchild of VFX guru Nick Campbell.  Over the last few years Greyscale Gorilla has become a leading motion design and visual effects force online, with frequently updated tutorials, news and their own 3D and visual effects products.aescripts + aepluginsaescripts + aeplugins offers quality scripts and plugins for a variety of video editing and motion design applications (After Effects, Cinema 4D, NLEs). These are particularly helpful when you are looking to extend what you can do in an app.  For instance, need to animate characters mouths in After Effects without losing your sanity? No problem, there is Auto Lip-Sync ($39.99)The scripts are affordable, with some even being ‘name your own price’.ToolFarm/AE FreemartMotion Graphics artist Michele Yamazaki runs/writes for both of these sites. AE Freemart covers cool resources for After Effects, including free After Effects templates and plugins. Toolfarm sells plugins but has evolved into a resource for editors/artists. They cover the latest motion design and visual effects news, as well as having a blog and free After Effects tutorials.LesterbanksLester Banks round ups the best of After Effects & 3D tutorials from the web. Most of these are intermediate to advanced and are aimed at the working editor/artist.  This is a ‘must bookmark’ site for anyone that works in motion graphics and video editing on a daily basis.Imagineer Mocha TutorialsWhen tracking motion in your video footage, you can generally get better tracks quicker using Mocha AE (bundled with After Effects), rather than simply tracking inside of After Effects. It is a powerful app but can be a bit overwhelming at first for some editors. Check out these free tutorials for getting started with Mocha AE, as well as more advanced tutorials for their flagship app Mocha Pro (used for the face replacement in the popular TV show Grimm). School of MotionNew to Motion Graphics/VFX? Joey Korenman is a Creative Director who shares his knowledge of creating motion graphics on his website,  School of Motion.  The tutorials and articles cover most all the software tools of the trade (Photoshop, After Effects, Cinema 4D, & Nuke.)School of Motion is a good resource for those starting to learn After Effects & Cinema 4D.  See our earlier post sharing School of Motion’s tutorial on using expressions in After Effects.   Motion Graphics ExchangeMotion Graphics Exchange is a motion design resource with free After Effects templates, tips, presets, expressions, and scripts.You can search the site by category or topic – a helpful time saver.  Say your looking for a wiggle script. Simply type in ‘wiggle’ and you’ll get a list of wiggle expressions and tips.HelloluxxTim Clapman is an expert on Cinema 4D and teaches classes at FXPHD. He offers advanced tutorials on Cinema 4D for those taking their skills to the next level. His work is high end and really inventive, so a bit of C4D experience is probably suggested before jumping into these terrific tutorials!MotionworksMotionworks combines free After Effects and Cinema 4D tutorials, with industry news and showcase of great examples of motion design projects.  Aside from free training on the site, be sure to check out the in-depth paid training and tutorials for AE and C4D.Do you have a go-to Motion Graphics/VFX Resource?Be sure to add it in the comments below!last_img read more

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DaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — Working with Audio on The Edit Page

December 12, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgMute and DimThat’s pretty much all of the audio aspects that we’ve previously covered. Now, let’s take a look at what audio features we have here on the edit page. Underneath the video track area, is, of course, our audio timeline. If you right click on a track menu, you can change the audio track type from mono to stereo to 5.1 and so on. We can also mute and solo the track. I know this is a crash course covering just the basics, but I won’t tell you which buttons do what. I’ll leave that mystery up to you.However, if you ever want just to mute the entire timeline you can click the mute icon here. Likewise, you can simply lower the volume.The difference between muting or lowering the volume using this tool is that it only affects Resolve as a software operation. It’s a means of silencing the edit while you work or playback your material without having to mute Resolve from the OS volume bar. It doesn’t affect the audio levels on the timeline. So, if you render a video with the mute icon active, you still have audio on the given video.Next to the mute volume button, we have a dim button. This is useful when playing back your edit to someone. By hitting dim, the audio will slightly reduce in volume, allowing you to proceed with the edit at a more audible level. When clicked again, the audio will return to the normal levels. Again, this is non-destructive, and if you render your edit with this active, the audio will render at the levels set by the track mixer, not dimmed. In part 4 of our six-part video series The DaVinci Resolve 15 Crash Course, we take a look at what you can do with your audio on the edit page.Welcome to part four of the PremiumBeat Resolve Editing crash course. In this episode, we look at audio features on the edit page.Audio is often regarded as more important than visuals. An audio slip-up is easy to hear, whereas a visual slip-up can go unnoticed. After all, how often do we notice a crew member in the corner of the frame until someone points it out to us on YouTube.For a year or so, we’ve had the addition of the Fairlight audio page with a page dedicated to professional audio mixing. Not to be deceptive, but this isn’t going to be our primary focal point of the episode, and  the same goes for the fusion and color pages. We’ll touch upon some features in our final chapter. Audio Feature RecapSo, there are a few audio features on the edit page that we haven’t covered. We’ll look at those but first, in episodes 1-3, we touched upon a few audio-related elements. Let’s quickly recap:If you want the audio element from a video clip currently in the source viewer, you just hover over the lower third of the video. Then, click and drag the audio waveform icon onto an audio track.On the timeline clips themselves, you can create a fade-in or -out by dragging the white handles inward. Then you can increase or decrease the audio level by moving this bar up or down. Or, if you open the inspector, you can adjust the volume with more control.If you find that your audio clips aren’t showing audio waveforms, don’t worry. You may have turned off the waveform display. To turn that back on, you just hit the timeline view options and make sure the audio waveform icon is highlighted white.center_img Track MixerNow let’s have a look at how the track mixer functions on the edit page. As I mentioned in the initial tour of the edit page, you open the mixer by hitting the audio mixer button.If you initially only see a set of audio meters, click the ellipses and select mixer. If you’ve used an older version of Resolve, you may remember that we also used to have a clip mixer here. But, that feature has been removed.Here you’ll have an array of track mixers, and they’ll correspond to how many tracks you have on the timeline. However, there will be an extra mixer called main. You can use it to increase or decrease the levels of the overall mix.There’s no wizardry about using the levels. Merely push the fader knob up or down to increase or decrease them. On the Premiumbeat blog, we have a handy guide on what levels you should have your audio set to, so be sure to check that out if you get lost. Meanwhile, you’ll see that the audio levels are color coded to give you a visual indication of where your levels sit. Green is low, yellow is high, and red is very high, with probable clipping.Clipping is essentially when your audio is too loud to be properly audible. The audio waveform on the clips will give you a visual indication of when part of a clip is too high by changing the peaks to a lighter shade of the clip’s color.Pan MixerAbove the level mixer, we also have a basic pan mixer. Here you can pan the audio so it appears to be coming from a different direction.There are two ways you can use this tool. First, you click inside the box and then drag the blue square in the direction you want. So, if I want my audio to appear as if it were coming from the rear left, I drag the blue square to the bottom left of the square. Of course, to hear this exact pan, you need a monitor setup or headphones that can adequately hear the positioning of the audio. Otherwise, it sounds like it’s just coming from the left.If you double click the pan square, you are greeted with a pop-out pan display. This will offer further settings to fine-tune the effect. You can pan a specific clip by clicking on the audio clip, opening the inspector, activating the pan keyframe, and then animating as you see fit.EQ FunctionFinally, we have an EQ function on the mixer panel. However, this specific button was rendered useless in the latest update and to use it we need to head to the Fairlight audio page. But, we do have a basic EQ and pitch tools in the inspector.On the edit page, the effects and transitions for audio are on the effects panel. Now realistically, there are only a few ways to transition audio, such as a crossfade. To bring one onto the audio clip, drag and drop the transition onto an audio clip. As the name states, the only area you can position a transition is at the start or end of an audio clip. You can also press control T to have the default transition apply to the selected edit point. This shortcut works for the default video transition too. To make a transition the default, right-click and choose save as default.The audio effects work similarly. Find the needed effect in the effect’s library, then drag it onto the audio clip. You will be greeted with a pop-out user interface unique to the effect. For example, when we use reverb, we have a visualization of the reverbs effect on the frequencies of the audio signal.If you close the audio effects user interface but later want to adjust the parameters of the effect, you select the clip, open the inspector, and you’ll find the effects adjustable properties at the bottom. If you want to open the interface again, just hit this button.This pretty much covers the audio elements of the edit page. It’s pretty simple, right?Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Relaxing in Vermont” by Chill Study“Brooklyn Drive” by Chill StudyLooking for more on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these tutorials.How To Create A Sub Mix In DaVinci Resolve 14 – Video TutorialVideo Tutorial: How to Configure The ADR Panel In Resolve 15DaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Media PageDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit PageDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit Toolslast_img read more

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Updated: U.S. biosafety panel to come out of hibernation with new members

December 3, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgOn the heels of several mishaps involving deadly pathogens, U.S. officials are reconvening an expert advisory panel that hasn’t met in nearly 2 years. But the government has also dismissed 11 of the original members of the 23-person panel, called the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).“We had no inkling it was going to happen this way,” says Paul Keim, a pathogen genomics researcher at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff who formerly chaired NSABB and has been on the panel since it was formed in 2005. The 11 members learned they were being dismissed Sunday evening in an e-mail from the board’s executive director, Mary Groesch, who works at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), NSABB’s overseer. The e-mail prompted this tweet from NSABB member Michael Imperiale of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: “#NIH just gave remaining inaugural NSABB members pink sheets. Bizarre time to eliminate all institutional memory.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The e-mail, which ScienceInsider obtained, cheerily informs Imperiale, Keim, and the other original NSABB members that the board will be reconvening in the fall without them. “I wanted to tell you that a new slate of NSABB members has been approved as your replacements, and thus your service on the board is ending,” Groesch wrote. “Since you have all been so gracious as to extend your service for several years beyond your initial term, this may come as welcome news!”NSABB advises and guides the U.S. government about “dual use” research that involves biological agents that could be used as bioweapons. In 2011, it became embroiled in heated debates about “gain-of-function” experiments with the deadly avian influenza virus H5N1 that made it more transmissible in mammals. Last week, Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, held an unusual press conference to discuss three separate, recent mistakes involving lab safety with smallpox, influenza, and anthrax. He said such breaches “should never happen.”Original board member Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, said he had expected to serve until sometime in 2015. “I don’t know why they do or don’t do things at the NSABB,” Osterholm told ScienceInsider. “I gave up some time ago trying to predict that.” The board has 12 other members who apparently are continuing.An NIH representative said: “It is routine for federal advisory committees to rotate their membership over time so that fresh and diverse perspectives can be brought to bear on the committee’s deliberations. Typically, only a portion of the board is rotated off at a time, so that the NSABB has members with ‘institutional memory,’ as well as individuals with new perspectives.  Under special circumstances, membership terms can be extended, though they cannot be extended indefinitely. The terms of the individuals who received notification that their service on the NSABB had come to an end, had been renewed several times. The last time member terms were extended, those extensions were to last until replacement members could be found up until 2015, but not necessarily extending to that date, if less time was required for replacement members to be appointed. … The NSABB roster including new members will be publicly available prior to the next NSABB meeting.”NSABB last met in November 2012, and Osterholm said his last contact with NIH about the panel was in the spring of 2013. “We got one single e-mail saying NSABB had re-upped its charter,” Osterholm says. “That’s the only communication we had in 2 years at a time when the issues we’ve been confronting have been front and center. I don’t understand it.”Arturo Casadevall of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in The Bronx, New York, says he expected to be replaced, but not so abruptly. The real surprise, he says, “is that all the members who have been through the H5N1 debates have been replaced at the same time” and that the news came on a Sunday evening “right after a week of all these headlines.” He adds that some of the remaining members “are very experienced.”Keim says the newly reconstituted NSABB has its work cut out for it. “I hope that the U.S. government effectively uses the NSABB to address the shortcomings associated with the three incidents,” he says.With reporting by Jocelyn Kaiser.*Update, 15 July, 2:50 p.m.: This article has been updated to include a response from NIH.last_img read more

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Bookies will lose millions if McGregor knocks out Mayweather

November 28, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ McGregor fans have flooded sports books with $100 bills backing the mixed martial arts fighter, and even a late surge of money on Mayweather might not be enough to balance the books.“I’m OK now,” said William Hill oddsmaker Nick Bogdanovich. “But you might want to have a heart monitor on me when the bell rings and Conor starts throwing wild lefts.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBogdanovich said his chain of sports books will suffer multimillion dollar losses — their worst ever — should McGregor win the fight in any fashion. If he wins early as he has promised, the losses would be even worse.The big bettors are putting their money on Mayweather, who is 49-0 as a pro. But so many McGregor fans are betting small amounts that the betting slips at William Hill were 18-1 in the Irish fighter’s favor. “This isn’t professional money, just the regular Joe,” Bogdanovich said. “The butcher and the barber are putting their $100 on McGregor and it’s added up.”The action is reflected in the odds, which bookmakers adjust either way as money comes in on the two fighters. Bookmakers have been lowering the odds steadily since the fight was announced, but even that hasn’t stopped the deluge of McGregor bets.A fight that began with Mayweather an 11-1 favorite is now 5-1 or even less in some sports books. Even that hasn’t stopped McGregor supporters from lining up at the betting windows to hand over even more cash.They’re backing a longshot, hoping that the payoff will be huge.“There’s plenty of money on a guy who has never been in a boxing ring,” said Jimmy Vaccaro, oddsmaker at the South Point resort. “It’s uncharted waters and that’s what makes it so interesting.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ PH football teams finish fourth in SEA Games Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentscenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “We don’t mind a large decision on a big spectacle like this,” Bogdanovich said. “It gets people in our books.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vaccaro said his sports book stood to lose about $400,000 on a McGregor win, but that was balanced off a bit by a bettor who put $100,000 Wednesday night on Mayweather. His book also took an $880,000 bet on Mayweather earlier that would pay off just $160,000 if he wins.There have also been big Mayweather bets at the MGM Grand, including a $500,000 wager on Wednesday. MGM Resorts oddsmaker Jay Rood, though, said the sheer volume of McGregor bets is overwhelming the big Mayweather bet.Rood said his books have taken 6,700 bets on McGregor and only 300 on Mayweather. The average bet on McGregor is $125, while the average for Mayweather is $4,000.If McGregor wins, Rood said MGM will be a big loser and the state will suffer its biggest single event loss ever.“We’re all in the same boat,” Rood said. “Anything McGregor one to four rounds is pretty bad. Any McGregor knockout is not going to be good.”So far, the betting has been unusually active around town, bringing predictions that the volume could set records. Bookmakers say as the fight draws closer the heaviest influx of money will come, especially on Saturday.The news is not all bad for oddsmakers, who have struggled to make lines for a fight that has no precedent. Most believe Mayweather is an easy winner and should be favored by a much bigger margin, but have had to cut odds to try and balance their books.Though an overwhelming majority of the tickets are on McGregor, a lot of books have more money wagered on Mayweather. Since bookmakers will have to pay out a lot less to those betting Mayweather, they will likely score big if Mayweather wins as expected.“We’re just kind of going along balancing and are in great shape win on both sides, no matter who wins,” said Johnny Avello, oddsmaker at the Wynn resort. “A lot of guys are putting down $125,000 or so to win whatever on Mayweather so we’re high on him now.”Even if McGregor wins and the sports books lose big, all is not lost. Bettors like to be reminded they can win, and the extra betting on football generated by McGregor bettors at the books will help ease some of the pain. Floyd Mayweather Jr., izquierda, y Conor McGregor posan para fotógrafos durante una conferencia de prensa el miércoles, 23 de agosto del 2017, en Las Vegas. (AP Foto/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor is making a lot of wise guys nervous in this gambling city.Should he somehow manage to knock out Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the early rounds Saturday night, the city’s bookmakers would lose millions of dollars in the biggest single event loss in the history of sports betting.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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ICC World Twenty20: Virat Kohli ushers in a new era, move over Tendulkar, Lara

November 26, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgVirat Kohli was seven-years-old when Sachin Tendulkar took it upon himself to see India lift the World Cup at home in 1996. They were unstoppable with Tendulkar in Bradmanesuqe form but their campaign ended in disaster in the semi-finals at the Eden Gardens. (Also read: Virat Kohli better than Brian Lara, says Ian Chappell)Maybe Kohli was too young to realise the heartbreak and the disappointment that swept the entire country. Maybe Kohli has heard tales of how Sri Lanka celebrated when Tendulkar was dismissed on a raging turner. Maybe he would have seen YouTube videos of Vinod Kambli leaving the field in tears after crowd trouble forced the umpires to call the match off.  Tendulkar that night, fought a lone battle. India were chasing a massive target on a wicket that was turning square but the others imploded against Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumara Dharmasena and Sanath Jayasuriya. India’s World Cup campaign ended in disaster.India redeemed themselves 15 years later but that’s another story. (Kohli shames trolls on Twitter for targeting Anushka Sharma)Cut to 2016, 20 years after that painful night at the Eden. India, in another world event at home, started off with a shock loss to New Zealand. It was another raging turner, this time against New Zealand.Kohli, now the world’s premier batsman, met with a rare failure while chasing. The format of the tournament was such that India had to win all their following games to qualify for the semi-finals. (Also read: Virat Kohli best batsman in the world, says Sunil Gavaskar )advertisementKohli decided to lead India’s fightback, much like Tendulkar had done before him. The strapping 27-year-old smashed a classy, unbeaten 55 and helped India chase down another tricky score at the Eden Gardens. He was then again at his best against Australia, hammering an unbeaten 82 off 51 balls while the rest of his colleagues looked like they would much rather be somewhere else. (Kohli better chaser than Tendulkar: Ganguly )That knocked sparked off comparisons with Tendulkar and Brian Lara. Former India captain, Sourav Ganguly, said Kohli was a better chaser than Tendulkar while Ian Chappell, the hard-nosed former captain of Australia, reckoned Kohli’s ball placement was better than Lara, the great West Indian stylist.One knock and two of the most level-headed commentators of the game draw parallels with two of the greatest batsmen in the modern era.But this was a long time coming, really. Kohli now averages 122.88 in successful chases for India in T20Is. His 27 ODI hundreds have come in record chases and bowling attacks of varying strength.A photo of Kohli and Ashish Nehra that went viral a few months ago, speaks volumes of Kohli’s achievements.In the still, a young Kohli is seen receiving an award from Nehra, who was then at the peak of his abilities. The two are now teammates, Kohli the more prominent one. Tendulkar debuted when Kohli was barely a year old – today Sachin feels Kohli’s is the one who would go on to break his record of 100 international hundreds.Rohit Sharma debuted for India way before Kohli and Yuvraj Singh was an established star when Kohli walked into the dressing-room. Shikhar Dhawan was a superstar in Delhi as Kohli watched on with starry eyes. Suresh Raina was a limited-overs star before Kohli made a name for himself in the international arena.Kohli has surpassed all of them. None of these players ever drew comparisons with Tendulkar. Not many around the world did. For you to be spoken of in the same breath as Tendulkar and Lara, that is as big as it gets for any batsman.It’s scary to think of the damage Kohli would do to bowling attacks around the world in the years to come. He will score many many more runs in all formats of the game. That is a given.But for now, it is just a treat to watch him play with such total control and calm. Kohli is no more the dreamy-eyed kid with Nehra in that photo – he is the biggest batting superstar in the world.last_img read more

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Hyundai Venue base variant spotted, does not feature alloy wheels and projector headlamps

November 16, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgHyundai Venue is the hot topic in the Indian car market right now. The compact SUV from the Korean carmaker was unveiled in India on April 17, alongside its global showcase at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.While the new Hyundai Venue will be launched in India on May 21, there have been reports claiming that the bookings for the compact SUV will start on May 2, 2019.When Hyundai Venue was officially unveiled, we all saw a variant of it that was loaded with features. Now there is a new YouTube video showing a trim, which seems like the base variant of the upcoming compact SUV. You can check out the video showing the new Hyundai Venue variant on the YouTube channel titled BMC HD Videos. Hyundai Venue base variant loses out on many features. (Picture courtesy: BMC HD Videos)Hyundai Venue in the YouTube video does not get alloy wheels. There are steel wheels with covers. The projector headlamps and projector-type fog lamps are also missing. The outside door handles do not have chrome. The ORVM does not sport a turn indicator, which is on the fender in this variant. While this trim gets roof rails, it does not come with shark fin antenna.There was no view of the interiors of the Hyundai Venue in the video. However, it needs to be seen if all the variants of the compact SUV will feature the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.Hyundai Venue is expected to be priced between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom). It will rival compact SUV segment leader Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and other vehicles like Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and the recently launched Mahindra XUV300.advertisementSo far as safety features are concerned, expectations are that all the variants of Hyundai Venue will be available with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, speed sensing auto door lock, Isofix, co-driver seat belt reminder, reverse parking sensors and high speed alert system.With regard to the engine options, Hyundai Venue will have three of them. There will be a 1.0-litre Turbo-GDI petrol engine delivering 120 PS and 172 Nm of torque. This motor gets a 6-speed manual gearbox with an optional 7-speed double clutch transmission. The 1.2-litre MPI petrol will make 83 PS and 115 Nm of torque and will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Also, there will be a 1.4-litre diesel engine churning out 90 PS and 220 Nm of torque, with a 6-speed manual transmission.ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Ignis 1 lakh units sold since launch in January 2017ALSO READ | Hero XPulse 200, XPulse 200T: 5 important things you need to know about new Hero bikes before May 1 launchALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Ertiga with 1.5-litre DDiS 225 diesel engine launched, price starts at Rs 9.86 lakhlast_img read more

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Big Ten Superstar Announced Leave Of Absence From Team, Faces Unspecific Charges

October 26, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Big Ten Superstar Announced Leave Of Absence From Team, Faces Unspecific Charges | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgA view of Wisconsin's Camp Randall from midfield.MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Camp Randall Stadium as the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Oregon State Beavers at on September 10, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Oregon State 35-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Quintez Cephus, one of the top wide receivers in the Big Ten, announced a leave of absence from Wisconsin football.Cephus announced that he has been charged with an unspecified crime, after a three month investigation. The investigation stems from an alleged incident that occurred in April.Cephus did not go into much detail about what he is being accused of. He did say it stems from a “consensual relationship.”Here is the full statement released by Wisconsin football’s Quintez Cephus.He tweeted the statement moments ago.“Late yesterday afternoon, my lawyers informed me that the Dane County District Attorney’s office intends on issuing unspecified charges against me for an incident that occurred in April of this year. I have been wrongfully accused of unlawful and I am innocent of any allegations associated with this consensual relationship.Coincidentally as the football season approaches, the three plus month investigation is now leading to unwarranted charges. I am now forced to take a leave of absence from the team in order to focus all of my attention on clearing my name. My football family has been supportive to me and I have too much respect for Coach Chryst, his staff and my teammates to become a distraction in what I know will be an outstanding year for the Badgers.I realize that I don’t have the relationships and political pull that others may have here at the University or with the Dane County District Attorney’s office, but I am going to find to clear my name of these allegations. As an Academic All Big 10 selection and an Honorable Mention All Big 10 receiver, I look forward to resuming both my academic and athletic careers in the near future.I will not be defined by these allegations or this episode. I have great hope in my future and know that My Lord and Savior uses all situations for his good.”Cephus went for 501 yards and six touchdowns last season for the run-oriented Badgers.Wisconsin opens the season against Western Kentucky on Friday, Aug. 31.last_img read more

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Feel Good Friday: Fairphone

October 24, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Feel Good Friday: Fairphone | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_img Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree If you were to dissect your smartphone, pick it apart with tiny screwdrivers and pliers, and scrutinize its innards like a sophmore biology student scrutinizes the guts of a disemboweled bullfrog, you’d inevitably discover some unsettling facts about the device. Take for example the gold in the circuits, the tantalum in the phone’s capacitor, or the tin that solders everything together. More often than not, big electronics manufacturers pay little attention to where these metals come from, and sometimes use conflict minerals from places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, fueling ongoing human rights abuses in the region.And that’s only the beginning. Once the materials are mined by un(der)paid workers, they make their way into smelting plants and factories (often in Asian countries) that force employees to work long hours for low wages. Take the iPhone for example: the vast majority of Apple’s uber-popular iDevices are assembled at a factory in Taiwan called Foxconn. You may have heard about it before – the company makes the news periodically for its abysmal working conditions. About a year ago, the company made national news because it had to install anti-suicide nets on the sides of its buildings. Seriously, it was that bad – workers were taking their own lives just to escape. Kind of makes you want to toss your iPhone in a blender, doesn’t it?But that’s just the problem.  Short of going phoneless, there’s not much you can do as a consumer to combat these types of unjust business practices. If you buy a modern smartphone, chances are pretty good that, somewhere along the production process, workers weren’t treated fairly. But that’s all starting to change. A new startup called Fairphone is working to build a product befitting of such a name – one that puts human rights and ethical manufacturing ahead of profits.It starts all the way down at the bottom of the supply chain. Fairphone has spent years building relationships with mines, and has taken steps to ensure that the workers who mine the materials work reasonable hours, have access to proper safety equipment, and are paid a living wage. Same goes for the factory workers who fabricate the parts and assemble the devices – the company has gone out of it’s way to put social values first and profits second. And they’re not stopping there either. The team is also working to reduce Fairphone’s  impact on the environment. The first few generations of phones will be made with new parts, but over time they hope to produce a line of phones made entirely out of recycled material.Now, it’s easy to assume that a phone made like this would either cost a fortune or simply be inferior to current smartphones from Samsung or Apple, but that’s definitely not the case. Despite the fact that they’ve striven for fairness is every aspect of the phone, they didn’t skimp on specs. Under it’s ethical hood, Fairphone boasts a quad-core 1.2Ghz MTK6589 processor, 16GB storage capacity + 1GB of RAM, a 2000mAh rechargeable battery, 4.3 inch screen made from scratch resistant Dragontail Glass, and runs a fully rootable Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS. It’s also GSM and CDMA compatible, so it’ll work on any carrier you choose.The company has just started it’s first production run, so if you’re interested in supporting a socially-responsible business and sporting an ethically-manufactured phone, we highly recommend you check out Fairphone’s website to learn more. The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached Editors’ Recommendations Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable last_img read more

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New Ambulance Fleet Improves Care Safety Boosts Economy

October 22, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on New Ambulance Fleet Improves Care Safety Boosts Economy | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_img a redesigned patient care area with safer seating and will allow paramedics to provide better patient care better infection control with new, easier to maintain, seating and cabinet materials reflective graphics on backs and sides to make ambulances more visible to other drivers, especially when parked at a scene improved manufacturing that will make the ambulances lighter “As a former paramedic, I know that the patient care area in the ambulance is like the mission control centre, where all the activity between the scene of the incident and the hospital happens,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “I can assure you than any investment that enhances our ambulances, and improves safety is crucial.” “Nova Scotia has a world-class emergency-care system and we are proud to build and supply world-class ambulances for the people of Nova Scotia,” said Keith Condon, president of Tri-Star Industries. “We have worked with a representative group of paramedics, the ambulance system operator and the Department of Health and Wellness for many months to design this ambulance. This contract will allow expansion of our operations in Yarmouth to go ahead.” The eight-year contract is worth $31.4 million. The new ambulances are expected to be on the road this fall. “We formed an internal working group, including paramedics and fleet services representatives, to research and provide feedback on this project,” said Phil Stewart, EHS logistics manager, and paramedic. “We’re proud of the depth and quality of the research and recommendation they put forward. The result is a safer, better-designed patient care area of the ambulance that will enable us to enhance mobile clinical care as well as improve patient and paramedic safety.” Founded in Yarmouth, Tri-Star Industries is a custom vehicle manufacturer specializing in ambulances. The company has supplied its products to 45 countries since it began exporting in 1979. Last year, the province reduced ambulance fees for Nova Scotians living in licensed long-term care facilities or who have reduced mobility. Some low-income Nova Scotians are also able to have their ambulance fees waived under the new Ambulance Fee Assistance Program, which took effect September 2012. Nova Scotia’s new fleet of ambulances will improve safety for paramedics and patients, while creating good jobs at home. The province has signed an ambulance procurement contract with Tri-Star Industries of Yarmouth to lease 150 state-of-the-art ambulances. The contract also includes a refit after four years. “When Nova Scotians need an ambulance, they want to know it’s well-equipped and safe, both for the patients and the paramedics,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “We’ve consulted with paramedics, and we’ve worked with a Nova Scotia company to come up with a redesigned ambulance to provide better care and safety to patients and paramedics, and to support the provincial economy.” The ambulances will feature:last_img read more

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Apple may use Samsung displays in MacBooks iPads

October 20, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Apple may use Samsung displays in MacBooks iPads | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgSan Francisco: Apple is expected to launch its 16-inch MacBook Pro along with iPad Pro tablets with OLED screens from Samsung. Apple uses these high-end screens as a selling point for its iPhone XS and XS Max, but iPhone sales have been slowing and the company may need other places to put those screens, The Verge reported late on Friday. In an earlier report, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo talked about the launch of new Apple devices. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV appKuo stated that the company might launch a new iPad with 10 or 12-inch screen in late 2020 or early 2021 and a MacBook with 15 to 17-inch screen size in the first half of 2021 equipped with mini-LED panels. Kuo has also previously claimed that two new iPad Pro models will enter mass production between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020. According to media reports, the iPhone-maker may introduce OLED displays on the low-cost iPhone XR’s successor expected to launch in 2020.last_img read more

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Hervé Renard Breaks Silence About His Future with Atlas Lions

October 12, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Hervé Renard Breaks Silence About His Future with Atlas Lions | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

Rabat- Amidst speculations about his future with the Atlas Lions, coach Hervé Renard has finally broken his silence, saying that he would like to coach the Moroccan side for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN).Renard, who is known for his straight-talking, has been candid about things that need to be done to convince him to stay with the Atlas Lions, according to Al Ahdath Al Maghribia.The Frenchman has reportedly expressed gratitude for the renewed confidence of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), as well as the love and support of the Moroccan public. He also said he wanted to continue with the Moroccan squad for the upcoming African Cup of Nations, saying that he would not like to leave in the middle of the journey.But the Frenchman has allegedly made three requests of the FRMF that will play a major role in whether he chooses to keep his position.Renard’s first condition is that Nasser Larguet, the squad’s technical director, be allowed to stay at his post.Larguet’s contract ends today, June 30, and it is understood that the FRMF had a list of possible replacements. But Renard is believed to value Larguet’s role as an invaluable asset and a great part of the team’s recent performances.Renard is also pushing for more autonomy in decision-making. The Frenchman has asked the FRMF to allow him more room regarding the choice of players and staff members that he wants to works with.According to Al Ahdath Al Maghribia, Renard wants to get rid of assistant coach Moustapha Hadji, who is said to have issues with many of Renard’s key players. After the Portugal vs. Morocco match, for example, team captain Mehdi Benatia took aim at Moustapha Hadji. Benatia complained about Hadji’s attitude towards the squad after their defeat against Portugal. Prior to the 2018 World Cup, Renard had signed a contract extension until 2022. He has now asked FRMF to put the extension clauses on standby, suggesting that his decision may depend on how his men fare at the 2019 CAN in Cameron.Discussions between Renard and the FRMF are still ongoing, and the final decision is expected by early July. read more

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Security Council calls for funding for civilian protection in eastern Chad

October 11, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Security Council calls for funding for civilian protection in eastern Chad | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

20 December 2010The Security Council today called on Member States to ensure sufficient funding for the Chadian unit that will be responsible for protecting some 600,000 refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) when the United Nations mission there departs at the end of the year. The UN mission in Chad and Central African Republic (CAR), known as MINURCAT, set up by the Council in 2007 to help protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian aid to hundreds of thousands of people uprooted by insecurity in the two countries and neighbouring Sudan, is being terminated on 31 December at the request of the Chadian Government, which has pledged full responsibility for protecting civilians on its territory.In a presidential statement, the 15-member body welcomed Chad’s commitment to assure the future sustainability of its Détachement intégré de sécurité (DIS), which is to protect civilians in the eastern part of the country where 255,000 refugees from the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region, more than 137,500 IDPs, 43,000 returnees, and a host population of 150,000 depend on aid from 70 humanitarian organizations.The Council welcomed the funding Chad has pledged, the work of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with the relevant national Chadian authorities to establish a mechanism for the mobilization of donor support for the DIS, and the establishment of a new ‘basket fund’ – administered by UNDP – to support the DIS.“The Council urges the Government of Chad to assume full responsibility for the sustainment of the DIS as soon as possible,” the statement added.On CAR, the Council voiced serious concern over the security situation in general and at the challenges facing the security forces in the northern Birao region in particular, calling on bilateral partners to enhance the capacity of the armed forces in support of wider security sector reform.It condemned all attacks by local and foreign armed groups, including the rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), that threaten the population and peace and stability of the CAR and the sub-region. “The Security Council encourages further cooperation between the Governments of the Central African Republic, Chad and the Sudan in order to secure their common borders,” the statement said.In a report on MINURCAT to the Council earlier this month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the humanitarian challenges in Chad are immense.He stressed the unique nature of the mission, a multi-dimensional presence that had a maximum strength of 5,500 peacekeepers, in that it was devoted solely to helping protect civilians, without an explicit political mandate, and had tenuous host-Government consent since Chad repeatedly expressed a strong preference that any international presence be civilian in nature. read more

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President meets Indian HC after RAW controversy

October 8, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on President meets Indian HC after RAW controversy | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

“It is disappointing therefore that matters of this nature have become the subject of distorted and erroneous media reports taking the President’s remarks out of context, which has given rise to further media and social media speculation and the spread of unfounded fear among the public,” the Foreign Ministry said. The Foreign Ministry said that in continuation of the close and regular interaction between Sri Lanka and India at all levels including at the highest levels of Government, President Sirisena had discussions this morning as well at a meeting with the High Commissioner of India in Colombo. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena had talks with the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo Taranjit Singh Sandhu today after it was reported that the President had accused the Indian intelligence agency of plotting to assassinate him.The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that media reports of a plot by RAW to assassinate the President are baseless and false. The Ministry emphasized that relations between Sri Lanka and India including at the highest levels of Government are strong, encompassing multiple spheres including intelligence sharing. read more

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Sri Lankan in Australia sentenced to jail for child abuse

October 8, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Sri Lankan in Australia sentenced to jail for child abuse | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

A babysitter who sexually abused two seven-year-old boys in Perth, Australia has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison and is likely to be deported to Sri Lanka after serving his term, the Australian Associated Press reported.Dayanthan Stanley Mohanraj, 19, was convicted after a trial of four counts of sexually penetrating a child in 2016, when he was babysitting on a casual basis. Stanley Mohanraj showed one boy pornography and later sexually abused the child in a public toilet, then threatened to kill him if he told his parents what happened. Judge Vicki Stewart said Stanley Mohanraj lacked remorse and was unwilling to accept responsibility for his offending against two vulnerable children, which involved a serious breach of trust.‘You took advantage of these two young boys. This is abuse of the most serious kind,’ she said. He separately abused the same boy in a playroom and on another day attacked both children while they were playing, telling them to keep it a secret, the West Australian District Court heard on Tuesday. ‘You were in a position of authority. You were trusted to look after these children.You made comments to each boy to secure their silence.’Stanley Mohanraj came to Australia from Sri Lanka in 2012, but his family’s refugee status has been rejected and they are in the process of appealing in the Federal Court. He must serve at least three-and-a-half years behind bars before he can be eligible for parole and will then likely be deported. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Urgent action needed to save thousands of hungry children in Malawi –

October 6, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Urgent action needed to save thousands of hungry children in Malawi – | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

“The numbers of malnourished children are many times higher than the normal emergency threshold,” UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa Per Engebak said.He noted that more than 1,000 children with severe acute malnutrition were already receiving therapeutic feeding, with the number of monthly admissions expected to increase to 3,500 as many of the estimated 46,000 severely malnourished children seek treatment. A further 92,000 moderately malnourished children could become severely malnourished if they do not receive immediate assistance.”Immediate and urgent action is needed to save lives,” Mr. Engebak said. “At the moment, mothers in many areas are feeding their children only cassava, which is low in the nutrients children need.”These children are in a precarious situation. We will work with the (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) to substantially increase the number of children benefiting from supplementary feeding from the current 16,000 to an additional 60,000 children and pregnant and lactating mothers,” he added.By all accounts, this year’s food crisis may turn out to be worse than that of three years ago. Admissions of severely malnourished children to 48 Nutrition Rehabilitation Units run by the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and Action Against Hunger was one-quarter higher in August than during the humanitarian crisis of 2002.”We have revised our earlier appeal from $2.5 million to $13 million,” Mr. Engebak said. “Of this sum, we intend to use $9 million on nutritional activities, including expanding therapeutic centres, providing micronutrients to 500,000 pregnant and lactating women, and de-worming of children,” he said.The WFP is also rapidly expanding food assistance in seven southern districts and plans to reach up to 2 million people by early November with maize, pulses and oil. These measures, targeted at the poor and most vulnerable, will complement the efforts of government and other donors to ensure adequate supplies of humanitarian and commercial maize are available in country. read more

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Gauge of US economy dipped 01 per cent in April first setback

October 6, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Gauge of US economy dipped 01 per cent in April first setback | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

by News Staff Posted May 17, 2012 11:38 am MDT Gauge of US economy dipped 0.1 per cent in April, first setback since last September WASHINGTON – A measure of future U.S. economic activity fell in April after six months of increases. The drop reflected fewer requests for building permits and a temporary spike in applications for unemployment benefits.The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading economic indicators declined 0.1 per cent in April from March.The index now stands at 95.5. That’s down slightly from a March reading of 95.6, which had been the highest level since mid-2008. Before the recession began in December 2007, the index routinely topped 100.“The indicators reflect an economy that’s still struggling to gain momentum. Growth is slow, but choppy, consumers, executives and investors are looking for more progress,” said Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein.The weakness in April came mostly from a drop in applications for building permits for homes and an increase in the number of people applying for unemployment benefits. Other components of the leading index showed strength.Applications for benefits surged in April to a five-month high of 392,000. They have fallen back since then. Last week, unemployment aid applications stayed at a seasonally adjusted 370,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell from roughly 380,000 to 375,000.When applications drop below 375,000 a week, it generally suggests hiring is strong enough to lower the unemployment rate.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said that the small dip in the leading index was not a signal that the recovery was in danger.Builders requested fewer permits in April, the Commerce Department said earlier this week. But the drop was entirely because of a decline in permits for apartments, which shift sharply from month to month. Requests for permits to build single-family homes increased.Economists tend to pay more attention to single-family home construction because it makes up 70 per cent of the market and is less volatile than apartment construction. Single-family home construction is now 39 per cent higher than its recession low.The index, which tracks 10 components, is designed to anticipate economic conditions three to six months out. Most of the data have been previously released in separate reports.In addition to weakness from unemployment claims and building permits, the other components that acted as a drag on the index were stock prices and consumer expectations. The average workweek, the consumer goods orders and the new orders index were among the components showing strength. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Convening world conference on tax evasion should be priority for next SecretaryGeneral

October 2, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Convening world conference on tax evasion should be priority for next SecretaryGeneral | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

“The choice of Mr. Guterres as the next UN Secretary-General offers a unique opportunity to advance the fight against tax evasion and illicit financial flows, at a moment where the world is paying increasing attention to these crucial issues,” Alfred de Zayas, the UN’s Independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, said yesterday in a news release.The human rights expert said he sincerely hoped that the abolition of tax havens and the creation of a mandated UN tax authority to combat offshore tax avoidance and evasion, and to outlaw tax havens, will be among Mr. Guterres’ priorities.“Trillions of dollars necessary for combatting extreme poverty and addressing climate change are being kept offshore,” said Mr. de Zayas, stressing that “thus escaping just taxation and effectively stealing hundreds of billions of dollars each year from the public treasuries.” In his new report to the General Assembly, Mr. de Zayas noted that widespread tax avoidance, tax evasion, and tax havens are now routinely documented. However, their true human cost is only revealed progressively. As this also being a growing concern among other human rights experts, the special rapporteur underscored the need to put taxation on both General Assembly and Human Rights Council’s agenda, especially through the Universal Periodic Review and the 2016 Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law.“The United Nations must take concerted action […] In particular, I urge the UN General Assembly to draft a convention to outlaw tax-havens worldwide, declare so-called ‘sweetheart deals’ with transnational corporations such as Apple, Google and Starbucks to be contrary to international [public order],” said Mr. de Zayas.Meanwhile, the human rights expert drew attention to enacting legislation to protect whistle-blowers and witnesses from reprisals and to provide them with easy-to-access avenues to make disclosures.“Whistleblowing is one of the most effective methods of shining light on corruption […] But whistle-blowers, who should be considered as human rights defenders as they significantly contribute to a culture of transparency and accountability, often pay a heavy price,” said the expert.In order to counter tax evasion in concrete actions, Mr. de Zayas will convene an expert consultation in Geneva on 14 October, at which “strategies will be discussed, including the mainstreaming of human rights into the activities of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, which should henceforth refuse funding to any project or country that participates in or allows illicit financial flows into tax havens.” Independent Experts and Special Rapporteurs, are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Intel defines new Ultrabook category

September 21, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Intel defines new Ultrabook category | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgIntel has used Computex 2011 to launch a new category of computer called the Ultrabook that it hopes will dominate over the coming years.Much like it has rethought its Atom processor roadmap to embrace mobile computing as well as hitting a 14nm process by 2014, Intel is now realigning its Core processor chips to allow for a whole new class of laptops.AdChoices广告The Ultrabook is, in a nutshell, a secure, performance laptop that comes in a “thin, light and elegant design”. In other words, it’s the performance you’d expect in a laptop, but with the aesthetics, weight, and size that better aligns with tablets (and most likely better competes with Apple’s premium laptop range). The best example of this so far has got to be Asus’ UX21, which Intel is already classing as an Ultrabook.To be classed as an Ultrabook a machine will need to be running a Sandy Bridge Core processor, be no more than 20mm thick, and have a price point below $1,000. A number of these Ultrabook class computers are expected to land before the end of 2011 according to Intel. The good news is, Intel also plans to switch Ultrabooks over to the new Ivy Bridge processors early in 2012.While an Ultrabook such as the UX21 may be desirable this year, the move to Ivy Bridge warrants waiting to buy. It will be Intel’s first 22nm Core processor that uses the Tri-Gate 3D transistor. 2012 Ultrabooks will also be the first to embrace Thunderbolt as well as USB 3.0 which Intel said it would support from next year.So how confident is Intel that the Ultrabook platform will take off? During its announcement at Computex, Intel’s executive vice president Sean Maloney predicted that by the end of 2012 they would make up 40% of the consumer laptop market. If that’s the case, many of us will be carrying around some very light and powerful hardware next year.Read more at the Intel press releaselast_img read more

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BoG Economy may rebound sooner

September 21, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on BoG Economy may rebound sooner | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bank of Greece Governor Giorgos Provopoulos expressed reserved optimism regarding the course of the country’s economy during a presentation on Wednesday of the central bank’s report on monetary policy to a parliamentary committee. However, he did warn that if there are any delays in the implementation of the program agreed between Athens and its creditors, the consequences could be particularly negative for the economy and the country.“The loan agreement’s prior actions have been implemented, the procedures for the disbursement of the installment have started and the lightening of the country’s debt has been achieved. These developments are positive and are generating well-founded expectations that Greece’s economy could stage a rebound earlier than is currently foreseen,”Provopoulos told Parliament’s economic affairs committee. “Nevertheless, if there is any lag or delays in the implementation of the program this time, the rebound will move further away and the consequences will be much heavier,” the BoG head warned. Following a number of questions from deputies that focused on hopes of banks supplying the market with cash after their recapitalization with the money from the next bailout tranche, Provopoulos made an effort to contain expectations regarding liquidity: “Yes, there will be some assistance on the issue of cash flow,” he said, although he added that two more factors will combine to help in this direction: These “channels,” as he branded them, are deposits returning to banks and the banks returning to international markets that will capitalize on the general climate of confidence in the economy. Those factors, said Provopoulos, will secure banks the necessary liquidity, but this “will only happen gradually, little by little. You cannot go straight from black to white.” The BoG head insisted on the need for deposits to be returned to local lenders, saying that their “bleeding” before the back-to-back elections in May and June (which he said averaged at 4 to 5 billion euros per month) has stopped but has not been reversed. “From September 2009 to October 2012, banks lost 83 billion euros in deposits,” he told deputies.last_img read more

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Les 8 actus science que vous devez connaître ce 20 mars

September 20, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Les 8 actus science que vous devez connaître ce 20 mars | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgLes 8 actus science que vous devez connaître ce 20 marsLa tragique disparition d’un rhinocéros, l’origine d’un drôle d’astéroïde et un nouveau traitement contre la sclérose en plaques, voici votre concentré d’actualités scientifiques de ce 20 mars. – Envie de donner un coup de main à la NASA ? Alors empoignez votre smartphone et immortalisez les nuages. L’agence spatiale américaine a lancé une nouvelle application et demandé au grand public de l’utiliser pour photographier les nuages. L’objectif ? L’aider à valider les images capturées depuis l’espace par ses satellites.- Tragique nouvelle venue du Kenya. Sudan, le dernier mâle rhinocéros blanc du nord est mort. Âgé de 45 ans, l’animal était pensionnaire de la réserve Ol Pejeta qui s’inquiétait depuis plusieurs semaines de son état de santé. Il ne reste désormais plus que deux femelles de cette sous-espèce. L’espoir est désormais très mince de voir naitre un petit rhinocéros blanc du Nord. – Les hommes préhistoriques ont fabriqué des outils sophistiqués bien plus tôt qu’on ne pense. C’est du moins ce que suggère la découverte en Chine d’outils vieux de 115.000 ans. Les artéfacts sont fabriqués en os, suggérant que les hominidés de l’époque savaient déjà comment utiliser ce matériau pour concevoir différents types d’outils. – Les bébés commenceraient à mener des raisonnements logiques avant même de parler. En menant une étude sur 144 bébés, des chercheurs ont constaté qu’ils semblaient capables de raisonner dès l’âge de 12 mois. Ceci suggère que cette capacité apparaitrait très tôt pour se perfectionner ensuite tout au cours du développement.- En Namibie, les membres d’une expédition ont assisté à une scène violente : deux orques s’attaquant à un dauphin du Cap. Sur les images filmées au large des côtes de Walvis Bay, on peut voir les prédatrices attraper le dauphin avant de le projeter en l’air. Les restes partiellement dévorés de l’animal ont été découverts quelques jours plus tard.    À lire aussiCerveau, Alzheimer et nucléaire, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 26 août- L’astéroïde Ouamuamua révèle un nouveau de ses secrets. Selon une nouvelle étude, le corps spatial a probablement été éjecté du système d’une étoile binaire. De quel système ? On l’ignore mais les astronomes pensent que cette éjection aurait eu lieu durant la formation de planètes. Oumuamua, premier astéroïde interstellaire confirmé, n’a toutefois pas fini de dévoiler ses mystères.- Coup d’arrêt pour la voiture autonome aux Etats-Unis. Dimanche, l’un des véhicules expérimentaux de la société Uber a percuté une femme dans l’Arizona. La victime âgée de 49 ans n’a pas survécu à ses blessures. Uber a suspendu son programme durant l’enquête visant à déterminer ce qu’il s’est passé.- Des chercheurs ont testé un nouveau traitement chez des patients atteints de sclérose en plaques. La méthode a consisté à détruire le système immunitaire des malades puis à le reconstituer grâce à une transplantation de cellules souches. Testé sur une centaine de patients, le traitement a permis à certains de voir disparaitre leurs symptômes.  Le 20 mars 2018 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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