idustrial revolution’s popular Volumetrix light spill plugin updates to support presets in Final Cut Pro X.Volumetrix takes the hassle out of adding interesting light effects to your video and animation projects! Say goodbye to extensive keyframing – spicing up your text, images or video with impressive lighting is now as simple as adding a one-click preset. Volumetrix includes a ton of lighting options, including the ability to add glows, rays, glints and highlights.It’s simple to customize each lighting effect to make it your own, by adjusting the timing and display parameters included in each preset. Stack different lighting effects to create a one-of-a-kind look or transition. The newest version of Volumetrix offers up full support for Final Cut Pro X, but the plug-in can also be used in:Final Cut Pro 7Motion 4 & 5Final Cut Express 4Adobe After EffectsTo get Volumetrix running in your editing application, download FXFactory and find Volumetrix in the list of available plfug-ins (Volumetrix runs on the FXFactory plugin management system). For $49 you’ll get the full Volumetrix suite of light effects and the ability to run the plugin in any of the above applications.Get more info and download the Volumetrix light spill plugin.
5-axis stabilization is going to shake up the filmmaking world.Sony has announced their new A7II, a sibling to the popular A7S. The A7II has a powerful feature set and looks like a great multi-purpose photo/video camera for under $2k. In this post we’ll look at a few of the cam’s features – notably the impressive 5-axis stabilizer.5-Axis StabilizationThe A7II is the first-full frame camera to have 5 axis in-camera stabilization. This means that even if your lens doesn’t feature any stabilization you should be able to see a noticeably smoother image in both photographs and videos. Photographers will be able to shoot at a slower shutter speed and still minimize camera shake. In fact, Sony is claiming that by using the built-in 5 axis stabilization you will be able to get 5 extra stops of image stabilization! Filmmakers will love this feature because it means you can get stabilized footage just from holding the camera by hand.In the following video shot by Andrew Reid of EOSHD you can see just how good the A7II’s 5-axis stabilization is when shooting video:From the footage you may notice that when it comes to dynamic range the footage isn’t astounding, especially when you compare it to that of the A7S.24.3 MP ImagesAt 24.3 megapixels the A7II outputs raw 14-bit images that are even larger than the Canon 5D Mark iii, and at a fraction of the price. Photographers will also love the improved autofocus which is 30% faster than it’s predecessor.Tech Specs SensorCMOS, 35.8mm x 23.9mm LCD Screen3″ Tilting Touch Screen Audio CompressionAAC LC, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo) Resolution1920×1080, 1440×1080, 640×480 Subsampling 4:2:0 In-Camera, 4:2:2 Output Reference OutputHD via Mini HDMI Cable ISO100 – 25,600 Compatible CardsSD & Memory Stick Video CompressionAVCHD, MPEG-4, XAVC S, Uncompressed via Mini HDMI Frame Rate24, 30, 60 fps Other notable features include:5fps Burst Shooting Mode2.36M-Dot OLED ViewfinderWi-Fi ConnectivityIf you’re seriously considering the A7II as a potential camera purchase, I highly recommend watching the following video by photographer Tony Northrup. In the video Tony examines the A7II on a variety of criteria and compares the A7II to the A7S.Initial ThoughtsWill this camera make a splash in the filmmaking world? Possibly, but it’s got steep competition against the Lumix GH4 (similar price points). With certainly we’ll see more 5-axis stabilization introduced in future cam models, especially from Sony. As test footage is only now coming out, it will be interesting to see more test shots, especially in regards to the cam’s dynamic range capabilities.Pricing and AvailabilityThe A7II body is available for Pre-order for $1,698 and will be available December 9th (in time for Christmas!)Recommended Reading:A7II Tech Specs– B&HSony A7II Arrives in the U.S. – NoFilmSchoolSony Officially Announces A7II – PetaPixel
Days after National Conference (NC) president and former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah dared Right-wing parties to unfurl the Indian tricolour in Kashmir, a group of Shiv Sena members arrived in Srinagar on Wednesday and made a bid to unfurl the flag.Scores of Shiv Sena activists, who appeared at the city centre of Lal Chowk early in the morning, were detained by the police.“I want to advise to Dr. Abdullah not to indulge in anti-national activities and stop favouring the Hurriyat [All Parties Hurriyat Conference],” said Shiv Sanik leader Manish Sahni before being detained by the police.Mr. Sahni also warned Pakistan “to stop cross-border terrorism and violation of ceasefire”.The group claimed that the move to unfurl the national flag was initiated on the instructions of Shiv Sena’s national president Udhav Thackeray and Yuva Sena national president Aditya Thackeray.“Shiv Saniks accepted the challenge of Dr. Abdullah to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk. We did it,” said the spokesman.
The ruling alliance partners JD(U) and BJP in Bihar have come face to face over Patna University Students Union (PUSU) election with state BJP leaders obliquely targeting poll strategist and JD(U) national vice-President Prashant Kishor for “influencing the election.”Ever since Mr. Kishor joined the JD(U) he has been meeting with youths and students for several consecutive days to rope them in to the party. He, of late, had also met with party’s student wing leaders of Patna University in view of the upcoming election, scheduled to be held on December 5, and chalked out strategy to win the poll.Recently, while campaigning for the poll, students belonging to Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which is affiliated to the RSS had a clash with JD(U)’s student wing leaders.Later, the JD(U) student wing leaders lodged a complaint with the local police station against ABVP students. The police swung into action immediately and raided the local ABVP office to arrest those named in the case.The police raid at the ABVP office irked the State BJP leadership and they pressed four local party legislators to come out in support of the ABVP on the incident. The State BJP leaders, three of them local party MLAs and one MLC — Arun Sinha, Sanjiv Chaurasia, Nitin Navin and Sanjay Paswan — later condemned the police raid on ABVP office and issued a press release targeting Mr. Kishor, though obliquely.“Certain event management professionals are being used to influence the outcome of the student union elections of Patna University…the ABVP candidates and their supporters are being terrorised by the police and the administration,” said the press release issue by them. The BJP Youth Morcha too came out in support of the ABVP and protested against government at Income-Tax intersection on Sunday in Patna.Meanwhile, JD(U) leaders said the BJP leaders have “unnecessarily” reacted to a small clash between students of two different organisations.
Putian (China): Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar added two gold medals to India’s tally at the ongoing ISSF World Cup Finals after clinching the top honours in their respective 10m Air Rifle event on Thursday.Divyansh won gold in the men’s category after he shot a score of 250.1 in the final round. He was followed by Peni Istvan of Hungary who bagged the silver medal with a score of 250.0. The bronze medal went to Jany Patrik who scored 228.4. Divyansh, 17, has already bagged the Olympic quota after he won a silver medal in the 10m men’s air rifle at the World Cup in Beijing earlier this year. Earlier, 20-year-old Elavenil clinched the gold in the women’s category with a score of 250.8 in the final round. She was followed by Taiwan’s Lin Ying-Shin (250.7) and Coman Laura-Georgeta (229.0) of Romania. Mehuli Ghosh, the other Indian participating in the event, finished at the sixth spot with a score of 163.8.A total of four Indians were competing in the event but ace shooters Anjum Moudgil and Chandela were knocked out early after scores of 624.9 and 622.7 that saw them finish 13th and 15th position respectively.Valarivan and Ghosh progressed to the final round, with the former managing to clinch the coveted gold. She had earlier bagged gold in the Brazil World Cup too, and finished fourth in the Munich World Cup.India have managed to win four out of the five World Cup gold medals at the women’s 10m Air Rifle event this year.Earlier in the day, 17-year-old Manu Bhaker opened India’s tally at the ongoing tournament as she won the gold in 10m Air Pistol event. Manu fired her way to the gold medal with a junior world record as she shot 244.7 to claim the top prize in the prestigious season-ending tournament of International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).Her compatriot, Yashaswini Singh Deswal finished sixth in the final of the event. The silver medal went to Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic who shot 241.9, while Quian Wang of China bagged the bronze with 221.8.In the men’s 10m Air Pistol event, Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary had qualified for the final but missed out on podium places with a 5th and 6th place finish respectively. Divyansh Singh PanwarElavenil ValarivanISSF World Cup FinalsManu Bhaker First Published: November 21, 2019, 1:49 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
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DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The case revolves around a decision by Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, to quit Barcelona in 2017 and join PSG in a stunning coup for the French club.The move angered the Spanish giants who filed a complaint for breach of contract against the 27-year-old superstar.Neymar’s shock transfer to PSG for a world record 222 million euros ($250 million at the time) came less than a year after he signed a contract that would have kept him at the Spanish club until 2021.As well as filing a lawsuit, Barcelona refused to pay him the remainder of his contract renewal bonus, which he was to have received in installments.The young Brazilian quickly hit back with a lawsuit demanding payment of the bonus in full.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Brazilian forward Neymar’s lawyers Rodrigo Garcia Lucas (L) and German Martinez Ferrando from Laffer firm, arrive in the court of Ciutat de la Justicia on September 27, 2019, in Barcelona, for a hearing in a case against Neymar’s former club Barcelona FC. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP)Lawyers for Brazilian footballer Neymar and Spanish champions Barcelona went head-to-head in court on Friday after failing to avert a multi-million-dollar battle over a tangled contract dispute.The hearing opened in the early afternoon at a court in the Barcelona suburbs, but the star striker was not present.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Since transferring to PSG, things have not been any easier.In the last few months, the superstar who has a huge social media following, found himself facing a rape allegation, which was dropped in August, and an assault charge for hitting a fan after PSG’s shock defeat in April’s French Cup final.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano ‘The taxman watching’ Until now, the full value of the bonus has never been made public, but according to figures cited during the hearing, the gross sum was 64.4 million euros, of which Neymar received a first tranche of 20.75 million.After his transfer, Barcelona refused to pay him the remaining 43.65 million, which after tax amounted to a sum of 26 million euros.The Spanish club demanded he return the part of the bonus already received as well as 8.5 million euros plus interest in compensation for breach of contract.Neymar promptly countersued, demanding payment of the 26 million euros with interest.Addressing the court, Barca lawyer Carles McCragh said the money was “a loyalty bonus” linked to the length of the contract but the club had made an early payment at the request of Neymar’s family “who were having financial problems in Brazil”.Neymar’s legal team challenged that narrative, with German Martinez saying the initial payment was linked to “the signing of the contract” and completely unrelated to “remuneration for services rendered” on the pitch.According to El Mundo daily, the case is being closely watched by the Spanish authorities who are keen to know whether Neymar, who was a tax resident in 2017, paid his taxes on both the bonus and his transfer to PSG.The striker has been beset by legal problems since his arrival at Barcelona in 2013 from Brazil’s Santos.Barca valued the transfer at 57.1 million euros but Spanish prosecutors believe the amount paid was at least 83.3 million euros, trigging a string of legal cases in both countries, some of which remain unresolved. 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Seems like Meghan Markle has broken another Royal tradition and proved yet again that she will do what she thinks is best for her.Pregnant Meghan, who had joined the Royals at the Sandringham estate with her husband for Christmas service, did not attend the traditional Boxing Day shoot with the rest of the family.The Duchess of Sussex is a staunch believer in cruelty against animals, and therefore refused to attend the blood sport. She even urged husband, Prince Harry to not attend the long-standing tradition.The couple reportedly left for the Norfolk estate after spending some time with family. Kate Middleton during Boxing Day shoot in 2009Whereas, Kate Middleton took part in the sport with her husband William. In fact, she even shot a few birds with her personal 20-bore shotgun.According to a leading daily, “She [Kate] is very much into the hunting, shooting and fishing country lifestyle. The 20-gauge smooth bore gun is ideal for shooting game birds.”While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a day out with the family, Meghan and Harry’s absence at the shoot was notable.A source told Daily Mail that Meghan is trying to adjust with Royal traditions, but she has also realised that she cannot change the Royals.”She has accepted this but doesn’t like watching it. She enjoyed the lunch and got on well with Kate, but I’m not sure how she would feel about Kate taking part,” the source said.ALSO SEE | There is a photo of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Queen Elizabeth’s room. Seen it yet?advertisementALSO SEE | Meghan Markle revealed Royal baby’s due date and it was all caught in an adorable videoALSO WATCH | Royal baby alert: Meghan Markle-Prince Harry expecting their first child
India’s top-ranked woman archer Deepika Kumari Wednesday clinched a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games test event after going down to 18-year-old Korean An San in straight sets here.Ranked fourth in the qualification round, Deepika found the going tough against the second seed, who produced fine shooting including a flawless third set to clinch the match 6-0 in her favour.A double gold medallist at the recently-concluded fourth stage of the World Cup in Berlin, San took the first set narrowly when she pipped the Indian by one point.The Korean then won won the second set 29-25, before three perfect 10s won her the gold.”I was doing it perfectly but in the final I couldn’t really catch up with my shooting,” Deepika said after her loss in the final.”Recently, I changed my technique. I’m catching up. That’s why the different score,” the 25-year-old said.”I learnt a lot of things from here. I will improve. When I lose a match, I totally forget my shooting. I’ve to work on that.”The Indian women’s team are yet to qualify for the next year’s Olympics but Deepika said the exposure will help.”We saw the place. Hopefully we qualify for the Olympics if we perform the same,” the former world number one said about the event at the Yumenoshima Archery Field, which is hosting its first international competition ahead of Tokyo Olympics.This was Deepika’s first individual final in a world event since she won a gold at the third stage of the World Cup in Salt Lake City in June, 2018.advertisementThe silver medal for Deepika will definitely boost the sagging morale of Indian women’s archery contingent, who missed the Olympic quota places for Tokyo Games.”I’m improving myself. We don’t have any Olympic medal. We will try our best for next year and hopefully we win the medal. We have to qualify for next year. Our team is confident,” said Deepika, targetting Olympic qualifications through the Asian Championships in Bangkok from November 21-29.In the semifinal, she thrashed China’s eighth seed Zheng Yichai 6-0, but Deepika was at her best in the quarterfinal against Italy’s Tatiana Andreoli as she bounce back from a 0-4 deficit to win 6-5 in the tiebreker.Earlier, Deepika defeated Lee Shuk Kwan of Hong Kong (6-0) in the first round, before ousting Anastasia Pavlova (6-4) of Ukraine and Sonoda Waka of Japan (6-0).Deepika’s experienced teammate Laishram Bombayala Devi lost in the second round to Malayasia’s Nur Aliya Ghapar 5-6 in a thrilling tiebreaker that was decided on who shot nearest to the bull’s eye.The third Indian woman challenger Komalika Bari was thrashed by Inna Stepanova 4-6 in the first round.In the men’s category, India had a forgettable outing with country’s top-ranked Atanu Das making a second round exit, losing to Bae Jaehyeon of Korea 4-6.Army duo of Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav lost in their respective first round matches.
zoom Germany’s terminal operator Eurogate Group increased its container handling volumes Europe-wide in 2014 by 4.2 % to all time high 14.8 million TEUs, attributed to a rising number of mega container ships calling at the operator’s terminals.8.1 million TEUs were handled at the German terminal locations Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Wilhelmshaven, equivalent to a rise of 3.5 per cent overall.The trend among shipping lines to deploy ever larger vessels is continuing, says Eurogate. Only recently, the CSCL Globe (19,100 TEUs) called at Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg. The MSC Oscar (19,224 TEUs), currently the largest container ship in the world, is expected at Wilhelmshaven on March 6. Emanuel Schiffer, Chairman of the Eurogate Group Management Board, said: ”The forecasts have proved correct. Our customers are calling at our container ports with ever larger container vessels. In the meantime, orders to build container ships with transport capacities of 22,000 TEUs are on the point of being contracted out. We are expecting this trend to continue. It presents considerable challenges for the infrastructure of the seaports as well as the superstructure of the container terminal operators.”Operating activities at the international Eurogate locations developed positively overall. The Italian container terminals managed slight growth of 0.3 per cent. Eurogate Tanger, located directly on the Strait of Gibraltar, raised volumes by 33.2 per cent. The throughput at the Ust-Luga Container Terminal increased by 68.1 per cent to 103,521 TEUs despite the Russian crisis situation.
Government has selected a team to develop a strategy that will lead to better high-speed Internet service in more rural Nova Scotia communities. Brightstar Canada and its partners will map assets, identify gaps and engineer a plan to connect the province’s core Internet network to the community level. “We have to go beyond what we need today, and develop solutions that can handle how Nova Scotians will use the Internet in the future,” said Business Minister Mark Furey. “This team has the technical and project management experience we’ve been looking for and I know they are ready to address this challenge.” Brightstar was selected through a competitive request for proposals which closed last month. The team is expected to deliver a strategy by spring. While the strategy is being developed work continues to review 12 service-provider proposals that would provide more immediate improvements to Internet service. Those efforts will be coordinated and aligned with the strategy team’s work to deliver the maximum benefit for Nova Scotians.
Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer, presented by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and chaired by Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon, took place in Culver City, CA, on Wednesday.Camila and Matthew McConaugheyThe event was hosted by James Corden and featured a performance by John Legend and special guest Common.Among the stars who attended were Robert Downey Jr, Camila and Matthew McConaughey, Eva Mendes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale, Marg Helgenberger, Dan Bucatinsky, Katee Sackhoff, Karl Urban and Stacy Keibler.Between gifts from major donors and ticket sales, more than $16 million was pledged in connection with the 2015 event to fund Stand Up To Cancer’s innovative research including its support of The Jim Toth Sr. Breakthrough Lung Cancer Research Award established last year.Each year, Stand Up To Cancer recognizes one of its generous corporate donors for their support. This year, Co-Founder Katie Couric honored Visionary Donor, MasterCard, which has committed more than $25 million since the formation of SU2C and announced a new donation of $10 million to support SU2C’s innovative cancer research programs. Additionally, a $6 million grant from The Lustgarten Foundation will be combined with funding from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) for a new three-year, international pancreatic cancer dream team with SU2C.The event was produced by Yifat Oren & Associates and Don Mischer Productions in collaboration with the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
Patan: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he had warned Pakistan of consequences if it did not return Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.Addressing a poll rally at Patan in Gujarat, he asserted his government’s commitment towards national security and said whether the prime minister’s chair remains or not, he has decided that either he will be alive or the terrorists. He also took a jibe at NCP leader Sharad Pawar, saying if he is unaware of his next move, then how can Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gauge what he will do. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Modi urged the people of Gujarat to help the BJP win all 26 Lok Sabha seats in his home state, where polling will be held on Tuesday, and said if it does not happen, then there will be discussions on TV over it on the day of vote counting. Following the air strike at Balakot terror camp in Pakistan, there was a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani fighter planes on February 27 in which the IAF wing commander was captured by the neighbouring country and released on the night of March 1. He said after Abhinandan was caught, opposition started seeking a reply from him. “We held a press conference and warned Pakistan that if anything happened to our pilot, you will keep telling the world what Modi did to you.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”A senior American official said on the second day that Modi has kept 12 missiles ready and might attack and the situation will deteriorate. Pakistan announced return of the pilot, or else it was going to be a “qatal ki raat’,” he said. “This was said by America, I have nothing to say about this now, I will speak about it when the time will come,” he said. “The (PM’s) chair remains or goes, I have decided that either I be alive or terrorists will remain alive,” he said. He said the air strike at terror camps in Pakistan was something people expected from him. “When Pulwama happened, what did the country expect Modi to do? Would you, would the country have pardoned me had I done what the Manmohan Singh government did after 26/11,” he asked. The country wanted something to be done, he said, adding that he had announced giving a free hand to the military. “They (Pakistan) made tight arrangements, but being the disciple of Lord Hanuman, our people conducted air strike and their story was over,” he said. Hitting out at the opposition parties, he said the Balakot strike made them uncomfortable. “Pakistan was repeatedly saying India bombed us, but people here were questioning if this was India’s Balakot. They were proved false,” he said. Accusing the Congress of questioning the bravery of India’s military force and doubting its action, he said, “Does any Congress leader ask for air strike proof? They have got the message to stop asking because people are getting angry. After the first and second phases of polls, they have forgotten to ask.” He also took a swipe at Pawar, who on Saturday said he was “terribly afraid” as to what Modi, who once called the NCP chief his mentor in politics, would do next. “Sharad Pawar says I don’t know what will Modi do. If he is unaware of what Modi will do tomorrow, how will Imran Khan know?” he said. He also attacked the Congress for not providing new howitzers to the Army since 1985 and said his government has arranged for artillery manufacturing at three factories in the country.
Fez – Ayoub Fathi, a 21-year old Moroccan, has discovered a “dangerous” loophole in Facebook and was rewarded 7,500 US Dollars for it.The disciplined Moroccan hacker found a way to get a hold of hidden and deleted documents from Facebook accounts. He was also able to determine the time when the document’s were published and with whom the account owner had shared them.Facebook rushed to fix the loophole two hours after being notified, and Fathi was rewarded 7,500 US Dollars for his effort to cooperate with the giant social media network. “I feel very happy to get this reward as I will be classified among the first fifteen disciplined hackers in the honor list of Facebook,” Fathi told Morocco World News.Fathi’s, a Master’s student in computer science, says his purpose is not to gain money or fame. He describes himself as a “devoted researcher” in information technology.Fathi also found loopholes in other famous international sites such “Google,” “Oracle,” “Adobe,” “Apple,” “Microsoft,” and “BlackBerry.” His name was also included in the honor list of these internet giants.Fathi told MWN that the loophole he discovered in Facebook was categorized as dangerous.“I hope I will be to among the most well-known scientists and researchers who help strengthen the security of websites worldwide,” he concluded.
The Bank of Canada is holding its benchmark interest rate at 0.5 per cent even as it downgrades its growth outlook for an economy hit by falling commodity prices.The central bank made the scheduled announcement today as the country adjusts to a complex mix of sliding resource prices, a falling Canadian dollar and weaker business investment.There were some expectations that Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz would cut the rate given the poor economic forecasts.The bank says it maintained the already-low rate because the key indicator in its decision – inflation – has been unfolding as expected within its ideal target range.The Bank of Canada lowered its economic growth forecast – as measured by real gross domestic product – to 0.3 per cent for the final three months of 2015.That’s down from its October estimate of 0.7 per cent.It also downgraded its 2016 growth projection to 1.4 per cent from its fall forecast of two per cent.The bank expects the economy to eventually rebound and see growth of 2.4 per cent in 2017.The central bank says it anticipates economic benefits from the federal government’s promise to spend billions of dollars on infrastructure – but it won’t factor in the potential impact of the measures until the details have been announced. Bank of Canada maintains interest rate at 0.5% The Bank of Canada is shown in Ottawa on April 12, 2009. FLICKR/d.neuman by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 20, 2016 10:11 am MDT Last Updated Jan 20, 2016 at 9:16 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Fans cheer as players run onto the field at Ohio Stadium before a game. Credit: Lantern file photoSeven times each fall, more than 100,000 fans and students flock to Woody Hayes Drive to spend a few hours in Ohio Stadium for game day.Few realize just how much time, effort and planning goes into hosting games at the nation’s third largest college football stadium, or, more importantly, how the waste of more than 100,000 people gets cleaned up in time for the next game.Mike Smith is the coordinator of building services for Ohio Stadium and he’s helped keep the ‘Shoe running for more than 12 years. Part of his role includes managing the operations team, which is a small student-employee workforce that keeps the stadium clean and ready for each home game and event.Smith knows better than anyone how much behind-the-scenes work goes into preparing for an event with so many patrons.“What goes into it … having an event happen, I didn’t even realize it until I started working here,” Smith said.Smith’s game day begins about eight hours before each kickoff as he helps law enforcement officers conduct a security sweep of the stadium. This early-morning walkthrough lasts anywhere from three to four hours, and, after the ‘Shoe is deemed safe, the full stadium crew begins to arrive.“We have 28 to 30 students on staff, and that’s just operations,” he said.These student employees work throughout the week and help to keep Ohio Stadium clean and prepared for upcoming events. Working around the class schedules of 30 students throughout the week requires a lot of flexibility, but Saturdays and Sundays are mandatory for every staff member.In the hours before the game, Smith and his crew work to put the finishing touches on the stadium before the gates open. This includes setting up benches, fans, pylons and field goal nets on the field as well as barricades, trash cans and signs at each and every gate.The operations staff works throughout the week to make sure the stadium is ready ahead of time to minimize the work that needs to be done on Saturday morning.Once the game kicks off, most of the student crew can relax while Smith continues his management role. While the Buckeyes play, Smith has to be ready for any potential issue that might arise within the facility.“Any building issues, say an elevator stops or has an issue … or any lighting issues, we have personnel on standby,” he said.Smith and his team don’t stay long after games, usually just an hour after each game. Once the fans leave, they return bright and early on Sunday to begin the real work: cleanup.Weather permitting; the cleanup crew arrives around 6 a.m. Sunday mornings to begin the bulk of the cleanup joined by the members of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps.“ROTC, which is our main, bulk cleaning group, they bring over 100 to 120 people and, basically, they are our workforce,” Smith said.This work has been a mandatory part of the NROTC program for quite some time.“It’s been us for decades,” said Midshipman Craig Heim, a third-year in aerospace and astronautical engineering. “There’s been alumni, who are active-duty Navy now, who have come back and asked, ‘Do you guys still clean the stadium?’”This NROTC workforce allows the stands to be cleared of trash and debris in just five to six hours each Sunday morning.“They do a great job,” Smith said. “They hand pick (trash) because of our Zero Waste program … they’ll have a recycling bag and a compost bag.”During the 2010 season, Ohio Stadium diverted 46 percent of all the waste generated at home games from landfills. By the 2015 season, four years after the start of the Zero Waste program, more than 96 percent of all waste created in the ‘Shoe was diverted from landfills and diverted to nearby recycling and composting centers.This sustainability campaign was a massive undertaking and, at first, Smith admitted there was a learning curve to the new processes for his team. But now, it is second nature.“It doesn’t take too much longer,” Smith said. “It did initially, but you work through it to come up with new ideas and different tactics.”Even with more than 100 volunteers to help out, the cleanup work continues throughout the week. Smith and his crew work daily to make sure the stadium stays spotless and remains ready for the next game or event.Not only does Smith have to plan around the work availability of his student staff members, he also has to plan for other events that might be scheduled during the season.“Sometimes clean up on Sunday morning is actually scheduled for Saturday after the game so we’re ready for an event we might host on Sunday,” Smith said.Even back to back home weeks create additional challenges for Smith and his team.“Back to backs are a higher paced week,” Smith said. “It’s some longer hours during the week to try and catch up to get it the way it needs to be for the next game.”Last year, in a football season that included five home games in a six week stretch, Ohio Stadium hosted more than 750,000 guests — and that’s just for football games.When considering all the additional private gatherings, events and concerts that take place in the stadium throughout the year, more than one million visitors pass through the gates of the ‘Shoe each year.As Smith notes of the work he does with his staff, “We’re more of behind the scenes.”This might be true during the week leading up to home games, but on those fall Saturdays the ‘Shoe and all the crew’s hard work takes center stage, if only for a few hours.
BM GranollersJose Guilherme de Toledo (21)Nemanja ZelenovićOrlen Wisla PlockSC Magdeburg Brazilian right back Jose Guilherme de Toledo (21) signed two and a half-year contract with Polish vice-champions Orlen Wisla Plock. The member of Spanish BM Granollers took the new challenge with the team who playing at VELUX EHF Champions League. He will make stronger right back position where is Spanish giant Angel Montoro, and replace the 25-years old Serb Nemanja Zelenović, who will join German SC Magdeburg immediately!Zelenović signed contract with German team for the upcoming season, but SC Magdeburg decided to buy him out from the contract with “Oilers”. ← Previous Story NO KARABATIC, NO FRANCE: Denmark win Golden League 2015! Next Story → Spain beat Poland in Gdansk
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Stay on target What do you get when you feed a neural network the titles and plot summaries of more than 100,000 works of Harry Potter fan fiction?Hilarity.Research scientist and Internet goddess Janelle Shane trained her artificial intelligence platform on a handful of the “literally hundreds of thousands” of stories written by Potterheads.With a little help from her friends, Shane’s AI became all of us in the late ’90s and early 2000s: obsessed with Harry Potter.“In a way, everything a recurrent neural network writes is fan fiction,” Shane wrote in a blog post.A typical example of the system at work:“The Perfect Party by iamisaacDraco has been left alone, and Ginny confused must learn and who has his best friend. They were breathed by a love that didn’t become his grounds, and the flowers begin.”This type of romantic pairing (“ships,” in fanfic-speak) is pretty par for the course—as you can see below (original spelling, grammar intact).The neural network united “pretty much every combination of characters,” according to Shane, who tipped some “more unusual combinations”—the snow/Voldemort, the Ministry/Draco Malfoy, Voldemort/random Quidditch child. (Who knew the Dark Lord was such a player?)“The Garden by perverse_idyll for lexigiliteRon and Hermione move after a man party. What did her best things go and has to deal with people she loves? How many imperfect love really belonges them and needs to be a person? Or will they learn and more than the war?”“Mirror Thing by Queen_Elexhan‘Are you there for a relationship? I was a sad future for your love.’ Harry and Ginny find out the meaning is.”“Shatters by Kis [archived by TheHexFiles_archivist]Based on the Spot Are It Falls Into A Heir by NextrangeOnTheThreeDraco and Hermione share a whole indescribbening.”Three of the four authors—iamisaac, perverse_idyll, TheHexFiles_archivist—are real, fairly active writers, Shane revealed, giving a shout out to her AI’s muses.With a few tweaks to the network’s settings, the researcher was able to extract some incredible results, like these stories about Professor Snape “trying to do rather ordinary things”:“New Moon Boys by Dungoonke for Loki_KukakaSeverus Snape comes back to a night’s politics.”“In the Reason Is Blinders by LittleRomaSeverus has been through his lost remote.”“A Second Chance by DarkCorgiSnape had a second thing, and that is better than anything for for the rest of his life.”Read Shane’s full post for more wild and crazy stories (including some bilingual tales). And try not to confuse artificially generated adventures with the real thing.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys
Technology and financial companies helped pull U.S. stocks broadly lower Thursday, marking the fourth straight loss for the S&P 500. The benchmark index is now on track for its first weekly drop since January.Losses in health care stocks and big retailers also weighed on the market. Utilities eked out a gain as investors sought out safer holdings.With fourth-quarter earnings having wound down and lingering uncertainty over trade talks between the U.S. and China, traders have had little reason to extend the gains the market has made since early this year.The wave of selling on Wall Street followed a sell-off in European indexes after the European Central Bank delayed its next interest rate hike and announced a new round of cheap loans for banks. Traders saw the move as an acknowledgement of weaker economic growth by the central bank, stoking investors’ worries that the global economy is slowing.“The tone for the day was pretty much set by the ECB,” said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer at Wells Fargo Private Bank. “Normally the market would respond well to this very accommodative monetary policy, but the comments around it and concerns for the eurozone economy are probably what’s put the market back on its heels.”