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Artificial Intelligence and the World of Motion Design

first_imgLooking for more industry insights? Check these out.Exciting New Prospects for Lighting Your Future SetTop Alternatives to Premiere Pro in 2019 — Free and PaidDo Creative Agencies Need a Creative Director of Video?Key Concepts for Incorporating Game Theory into FilmmakingThe Video Camera Trends Currently Re-Shaping the Industry Motion design is already a tough industry to conquer, and now there’s a new threat on the horizon — artificial Intelligence.The motion graphics landscape is changing, whether it’s new trends, techniques, or fancy plugins. We can all agree that it’s tough to keep up with this shifting environment, and it cycles people out constantly. By this I mean that if you don’t learn new styles and keep up with the trends as a digital artist, you can potentially lose clients and fail to gain new ones.Artificial Intelligence has already replaced many jobs, and it feels like in this fast-paced world, there’s no way AI’s growth will slow down. Specifically looking into motion design, AI has been around for years and isn’t going anywhere. I don’t mean to discredit the amazing work AI has provided to the world of animation — or even society at large. I’m here to start a conversation about the future of VFX and motion design.Jiayi Chong is a significant person when you’re talking about AI and animation. He was a technical director/developer at Pixar for nine years, working on films such as Toy Story 3, Wall-E, and Up. Chong’s contribution to the world of 3D and 2D animation was a program he developed called Midas Creature. It’s can animate complex objects that otherwise would take hours — if not days — to do by hand. There are also programs that help run simulations for water, skin, clothing, and walk cycles. These innovations have saved hours of painstaking work for motion designers and VFX artists. They’ve probably minimized the number of mental breakdowns people have had while trying to get water to flow naturally.AI has made some remarkable achievements. For example, the Samsung AI Lab was able to animate faces using only one picture. When I first saw this, I freaked out because watching the Mona Lisa talk and move around is very strange. A second example is a video by YouTuber Ben Marriott, who animates a still photo with Ebsynth. It uses an input video and keyframe (still) to add movement to any picture, and the results are pretty impressive. A final example is the new Auto Reframe from Adobe. Re-editing a video from 16×9 to IGTV or Instagram Stories is no longer tedious, thanks to Auto Reframe.So, what does AI mean for the future of our industry? Well, we all expect it to become more integrated into our workflows. AI will continue taking tasks off our to-do list — a trend certain to continue. Because of the human aspect of design, AI won’t completely take over our craft. But, realistically, I do see AI taking over small short animations within the next five to ten years.We can all agree that, eventually, the development of AI will become so advanced, all we’ll have to do is type in what we want and, within seconds, get the result we want. For now, the creativity will be left to us. In our current state, AI is here to collaborate and help carry out our ideas. Until the distant future, we don’t have much to worry about, but it’s on its way.last_img read more

Chris Froome buried under Team Sky’s cumulative baggage of allegations

first_img The Froome affair proves it: Team Sky is champion of misunderstandings Since you’re here… Sportblog Read more Froome went on to explain that he took the inhaler “on the bike before a big effort” and drew this parallel: “I eat breakfast before a long race. Is that not doing something to boost my performance? If I don’t eat I won’t have any energy; if I don’t have my inhaler before a really big effort I’m probably not going to be able to breathe very well. I know I’m not going to be able to breathe very well.”Inhalers, the Tour winner insisted, are not performance enhancing: “Someone who does have asthma, the airways are going to close up and that inhaler just helps them to close less. It just helps me be more normal and I definitely don’t see that as an unfair advantage.”Froome had managed to keep the swirl of allegation and questioning around Team Sky at arm’s length, although he gave the embattled squad a significant endorsement by signing a new contract before the Tour de France. At the end of the Tour, I asked Froome if his fourth victory might be tarnished by the controversies. “No. They don’t concern me,” he said. “I’m not going to waste energy getting myself caught up in it when it doesn’t involve me.”Now, like it or not, guilty or innocent, he is entangled in that narrative. He will wish the salbutamol adverse analytical finding to be seen in isolation but it is bound to be viewed against the background of the past year.Salbutamol cases are hard to gauge. The Induráin episode ended with no action taken against the Spaniard and is now merely a footnote but it occurred in a very different context: whether or not Froome clears his name, the court of public opinion may be less charitable.There is something deeply depressing in this case and it is that Froome’s adverse analytical finding prompted little more than a shrug of the shoulders when I cast around for opinions. It comes at the end of 12 months when Team Sky’s credibility has descended from marginal to rock bottom. Whatever the outcome this is another nail in that particular coffin. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Cycling Marina Hyde Share via Email Topics The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Chris Froome Read more Share on Pinterest It is more than 23 years since the curious case of Miguel Induráin, the then four-time Tour winner who ended up being declared “positive in France” for elevated levels of the asthma cure salbutamol, which was banned at the time in that country. It will be no comfort to another four‑times Tour winner, Chris Froome, that the substance is nothing new in cycling.For almost three months, the Team Sky leader has been involved in a battle to retain his first Vuelta a España victory after an adverse analytical finding for that same asthma cure, which is “restricted” – permitted under a certain limit – exceeded in a urine sample taken after stage 18.That Froome suffers from asthma and its effects should surprise no one. Many full-time cyclists struggle with the condition, because – as experts have pointed out – they push their lungs to the limit in an environment of exhaust fumes and particles, dust, pollen and rapid temperature changes. His condition has been public since 2014, after the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche revealed he had had a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the corticosteroid prednisolone while winning that year’s Tour de Romandie.An insight into the Team Sky leader’s asthma treatments comes from a 2014 interview with the Irish journalist Paul Kimmage. “I take my inhaler every day,” said Froome, adding: “Ventolin only if I’ve got effort. Fluticasone is a daily one, more a preventative, so I take two sprays.” Ventolin is one of the names under which salbumatol is marketed. Team Ineos Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook blogposts Apply the Sliding Doors rule. Imagine if Froome’s adverse analytical finding had happened after eight years when Team Sky’s philosophy had not been to extend the search for marginal gains into completely legal but ethically questionable grey areas. Eight years when they had not won the Tour de France five times but instead had come close while battling valiantly à la Garmin-Cannondale or La Française des Jeux.Picture a parallel universe where Team Sky had not hired the now‑banned doctor Geert Leinders, where there had been no debate about Sir Bradley Wiggins’s TUEs, no pondering over‑zealous purchasing of triamcinolone and mistaken deliveries of testosterone patches. A world without Jiffy bags or lost computers, where questions were answered frankly, fully and without telling journalists where they could be put.Then ponder how Froome’s adverse analytical finding would have been received in that other world. People would have cared, massively, that a much-loved institution’s credibility was on the line. I cannot find any sign of that feeling out there. That train left the station a while back.None of what has gone before proves or disproves guilt in Froome’s case but this event is only partly about him and his eventual fate, important as the outcome undoubtedly is for him and for his sport’s major events. He may be cleared, because it may be ruled that the high reading was because of natural causes outside his control. The damage is not about this particular issue but rather its added weight within the cumulative baggage of what has happened at Team Sky in the past eight years.Since the Festina scandal of 1998, the biggest enemy professional cycling teams have faced is not scandal per se. It is not a matter of positive drugs tests, rather the erosion of their credibility to a point where followers of the sport feel that indifference is the only rational human response, because any emotional investment seems doomed to disappointment.There are teams run by survivors of cycling’s wild west era who became fully aware of that danger when the sport glimpsed the abyss in 1998 and have fought accordingly since then to retain the faith of the public. At Team Sky, they have never truly seemed to figure that out, to the great detriment of British cycling’s flagship and all who sail in her. Including Froome. Support The Guardianlast_img read more

Compulsory transition to Touch Football Online (TFO)

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) as part of our Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been reviewing requirements related to the registration of individual participants. TFA has a particular strategic objective to “Substantially increase participation to 500,000 verifiable and contactable members by 2015”, as first communicated in the TFA Membership Registration Procedure Memorandum, released May 2012. As the constituted national organisation for Touch Football, TFA has subsequent requirements for affiliated members as stipulated in the TFA Constitution. Clause 15 of the constitution outlines details about how an affiliate remains recognised by TFA and simple requirements to remain compliant. A copy of the full Constitution and Strategic Plan can be found on the TFA website www.touchfootball.com.au. Importantly, relevant to this communication affiliated associations are obligated to keep a registration of all participants within the area or under its representation. This information of participants must be provided to TFA in a recognised national format on a regular basis. This recognised format will only be accepted via Online Registration as of Season 1, 2015.The Constitution deems participants as a person who regularly participates, including but not limited to officials, coaches, players or referees in a Touch Football competition controlled, organised or sanctioned by the Association.In addition to constitutional requirements, TFA needs this information as part of covering affiliates and individuals with insurance through the National Insurance Scheme.As a result of new changes in technology and societal pressure, TFA is in the process of transitioning to a national online registration system.Through a strategic partnership with Fox Sports Pulse (formerly SportingPulse), TFA has developed and released the new Touch Football Online system (TFO) to be used by affiliates and the breadth of the Touch Football community. This is a major achievement and part of the continuous technological improvements and developments being developed for the current strategic cycle; designed to better engage with, track and manage our members and their information.The TFO program is available for all recognised affiliates to converge to. Importantly, TFA aims to have all affiliates transition from paper registration processes to the new online system (TFO), by no later than Season 1 2015 (1st January, 2015).For more information, please click on the attachment below. Related Filestfo_reminder_memo-pdfRelated LinksTouch Football Onlinelast_img read more

Cyber Security Awareness Day is October 25

first_img The public is invited to participate in Cyber Security Awareness activity day at the Police Officers’ Club on Hope Road in St. Andrew on October 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The day’s activities will get under way with an opening address by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, and will include demonstrations from representatives of technology companies, presentations and panel discussions. Story Highlights The public is invited to participate in Cyber Security Awareness activity day at the Police Officers’ Club on Hope Road in St. Andrew on October 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.The day’s activities will get under way with an opening address by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, and will include demonstrations from representatives of technology companies, presentations and panel discussions.Head of the Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT) in the Ministry, Dr. Moniphia Hewling, said that attendees will be able to view hacking simulations and receive information on how to protect themselves and secure their devices while using the Internet.She said the event is open to anyone “who uses the Internet, people who bank online, who use social media, who use their phones to access the Internet”.Among the participating entities are Microsoft, Fortinet and Carbon Black.The day is part of activities being undertaken by CIRT in observation of global Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. Head of the Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT) in the Ministry, Dr. Moniphia Hewling, said that attendees will be able to view hacking simulations and receive information on how to protect themselves and secure their devices while using the Internet.last_img read more

City streets wear deserted look amid fear of clashes

first_imgKolkata: Streets in the city emptied by early Thursday evening amid fear of clashes, as election trends poured in with the ruling Trinamool Congress and the surging BJP locked in a neck and neck battle for the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal. People reached the safety of their homes before the formal declaration of results, fearing violent fallout of the poll outcome amid a bitter election battle between the two parties, leaders of which were involved in a no-holds barred attack in a gruelling two-month long campaign. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga”In a state where political clashes are the norm during election season, we thought it is better to go back home early to avoid being caught up in some untoward incident,” said Moloy Banik, an employee of a private firm at Dalhousie in the heart of the city. His colleague Raju Basu nodded in agreement as they hurried towards a bus stop near their office. Small crowds gathered at tea shops and local clubs in various localities of the city, discussing the incoming trends and possible results in a hushed voice. “We are not venturing far from our homes after sundown so that we can get back fast in case of any incident,” said Manoj Roy, as he sipped tea with his friends at Lake Market area in the southern part of the city. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersStunned at the impending outcome of the elections, Trinamool Congress supporters were subdued in their celebrations though its candidates attained comfortable leads in the two Lok Sabha seats in the city – Kolkata South and Kolkata North. Party supremo Mamata Banerjee’s residence at Kalighat and the TMC headquarter at Eastern Metropolitan Bypass also wore deserted looks. In contrast, the BJP state headquarter in central Kolkata saw jubilant supporters distributing sweets and smearing each other with orange-coloured “gulal”. An official of Kolkata Police said there was no report of any incident or commotion with regard to the election results till evening. Additional forces have been deployed in many areas to prevent any incident, he said.last_img read more

Trudeau defends 600million price tag for G7 summit in La Malbaie Que

first_imgLA MALBAIE, Que. – The importance of next month’s G7 summit in Quebec can’t be underestimated, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday as he defended the event’s hefty price tag.The event can be the perfect forum for the global leadership that is required on issues such as the environment and healthy oceans and the improvement of economic opportunities for women internationally, he told reporters.“More than that, to have the opportunity for seven allies to gather in a less formal, more relaxed setting, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and a warm welcome, to talk about real issues — it’s extremely important,” Trudeau said at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu hotel, which will host the summit.Aside from Trudeau, the leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Italy will gather June 8-9 for the 44th annual conference in La Malbaie, about 140 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.Canada holds the G7 rotating presidency for 2018 and has budgeted $600 million to cover the costs of summit-related events that are taking place throughout the year.And as for why he chose Quebec’s Charlevoix region, Trudeau said he wanted to raise the profile of an area he remembers fondly from childhood and from visits with his wife and kids.“I’ve had the chance to go to G7s around the world and to see to what point the president, the host, wanted to share pride in their country, people, citizens, and share what’s best about where they came from,” he said.“It’s a chance to show something exceptional about their country … and my final decision was based on the welcome I knew we were going to have here.”Hundreds of locals gathered the night before to meet Trudeau, who spent about 45 minutes taking photos, holding babies and talking to people.“Having spent some time last night with a few hundred local citizens, their approach and expression of emotions around the G7 were almost entirely positive,” he said.“People understand there will be security measures in place, but there is also a real sense of pride here. That we are welcoming the world to come and see how extraordinary and beautiful this region of Charlevoix is.”Trudeau said he chose to highlight the theme of economic opportunity for women and girls during Canada’s G7 presidency.All the summit-related meetings that take place will be done through a lens of how the issues being discussed also affect women and girls around the world, he said.“It’s a profoundly economic argument, too,” Trudeau said. “To think about the direct impact our decisions and solutions have on women and girls … it’s a way just to create better solutions.”The G7 is also a chance to highlight the contributions of Canada’s First Nations communities, said Grand Chief Konrad Sioui of Wendake, near Quebec City.Sioui met Trudeau earlier on Thursday along with other Quebec leaders involved in the G7 summit.“We have lots to share from a cultural, tourism and economic development perspective,” Sioui said.The grand chief added he wants the summit to be an opportunity for the world to see a different side of Canada’s First Nations communities.“We do abide by the principles of the G7, like equality between the genders, making sure the environment is taken into consideration — but also not being seen as a bunch of victims who are always at the mercy of different governments,” he said.Sioui said the G7 should serve as a platform to build relationships for trade with other nations.“We want to take our rightful place,” he said.last_img read more

Ban urges Afghan presidential candidates to agree on unity government

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban urged Afghanistan’s two Presidential candidates to conclude an agreement on a government of national unity in accordance with the commitments they reached on 12 July.The UN chief noted that commitment, reached with the support of United States Secretary of State John Kerry, and their signed communique of 8 August, the two candidates agreed to accept the result of a comprehensive nationwide audit of the presidential election run-off results and form a government of national unity. “The Secretary-General emphasises that this is a pivotal moment for Afghanistan, and that genuine partnership will be required in tackling Afghanistan’s many challenges,” said the statement, adding that “given the scale of the challenges, this can only be done jointly.”With the main audit completed on 4 September and the announcement of updated results anticipated shortly, the statement stressed that the Secretary-General expects that the candidates will abide by their commitments to enable Afghanistan’s first ever peaceful transfer of power.The United Nations-supervised audit, run by the Independent Election Commission (IEC), is unprecedented in scale and scope with more than 22,000 ballot boxes being individually opened and examined by electoral authorities and representatives of the candidates.Along with UN advisors, 216 international observers are present from the European Union, the Asian Network for Free Elections, and organizations based in the United States, such as the National Democratic Institute, Democracy International, and Creative Associates.In addition, more than 100 personnel seconded from 17 diplomatic missions have also been engaged in the observation effort. There is also a sizeable number of experienced national observers from different respected Afghan organizations. read more

CO2 and climate change – the greatest challenge for sector say motor

These are some of the headlines from this year’s SMMT issues survey, which collates the opinions of more than 100 industry chiefs operating in car, commercial vehicle and component manufacturing, as well as in the automotive aftermarket. The report is published today and can be downloaded free of charge from the SMMT web site – www.smmt.co.uk Automotive Manufacturing – the Industry Perspective, SMMT’s fifth annual issues survey is published today.  Key findings reveal: * 74 per cent of companies acknowledge that carbon dioxide emissions and climate change are now the single most important issue for the sector.* Industry investment is leading consumers to greener motoring choices, so says 62 per cent of respondents.* More joined-up thinking needed on incentives, infrastructure and consumer advice to drive demand for cleaner vehicles.* Price, specification and running costs top priorities list for industry’s customers. Low emissions still far less important.* Business confidence is high. 80 per cent remain optimistic about medium-term growth. Productivity is improving, say 66 per cent. * China represents the greatest threat to UK-based manufacturers, followed by competitors operating in Western Europe. * The strongest opportunities still lie in Western Europe and Central European markets.* Recruiting level 3 (technician level) skilled people remains a key issue – particularly for companies operating in the components sector.* On national road pricing, 87 per cent say it will add costs to business; chiefs remain ambivalent about its role in cutting CO2. ‘The motor industry continues to demonstrate its commitment to sustainable products and manufacturing,’ commented SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Companies across the industry recognise the importance of combating climate change and are investing more in R&D to be part of the solution. Partnership with government and other stakeholders will ensure that these challenges are addressed effectively, and within the context of a bright future for our diverse and forward-looking industry.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

How Many Digits Of Pi You Have To Have Memorized To Be

3.1415926535 3.141526 If you can get to the first 3 after the decimal point, you’re in the top 5 percent of pi memorizers. I asked the people who got that far to keep going, and most tapped out shortly after.The biggest drop came after “3.14,” as respondents who got that far made it to “3.141” only about 52 percent of the time.And that’s fine!NASA employees can probably get away with knowing only the first six digits after the decimal point. Also, we have calculators for when we need a few more digits, TI-89s for when those calculators are insufficient and Wolfram Alpha for when we reduce those calculators to a smoking, melted mess.Maybe after the highly anticipated apocalypse, the guys at the Large Hadron Collider will be happy to have that dude who memorized tens of thousands of pi digits around, but for now, he’s just got a weird hobby. Knowing pi is strictly a performative act, like people who readily volunteer their SAT score or high school completion percentage.But, uh, happy holidays. Today is Pi Day — the day each year, March 14, that follows the first three digits of pi (3.14). And this year’s Pi Day is a special one: Since — in the U.S. — the date is represented as 3/14/15, we have the first five digits of pi on the calendar.That’s news for some people. When it comes to how many digits of pi people know by heart, the majority only know 3.14. Which is fine! Unless you’re building a bridge, that’s the most you will really need to know.I asked SurveyMonkey Audience to put out a poll to see how far people could get reciting the infinite digits of pi. Of 941 respondents, 836 attempted to name the digits after the decimal point. This is how far they got: 3.173 3.1415919 3.14133 3.141592610 3.141592657 3.14159212 LEVEL OF PRECISIONPERCENTAGE OF RESPONDENTS 3.1464 read more

Our 6 Takeaways From The Opening Weekend Of The NBA Playoffs

Check out our latest NBA predictions. The first weekend of the NBA playoffs had a bit of something for everyone. Yes, there was a snoozefest or two. But between eight basketball games, Tiger Woods winning the Masters and “Game of Thrones” coming back, maybe a nap was necessary anyway. (Even a couple of the blowouts featured some extracurriculars.) A few games came down to the final seconds, with three lower seeds stepping up and landing statement victories in their series openers. All in all, not a bad start.Let’s take a deeper look at the six playoff series that we expect to be the most interesting going forward. (Sorry to the Clippers-Warriors and Pistons-Bucks.)The young Nets looked sure of themselves. The Sixers looked confused.There were, and maybe are, fair questions to be raised about the Brooklyn Nets. They have very little depth on the inside, which could spell trouble against a dominant big like Joel Embiid. And their offense can be too heavily reliant on All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell.But at least Brooklyn knows what it is, which was more than you could say for the Sixers at times this weekend.For starters, Embiid’s status was known only minutes before the game began Saturday because of his bothersome knee — an availability question that would have required a number of changes to the game plan had he not been able to go. But beyond that, there’s also the issue of cohesion, which the Nets have and the Sixers simply do not.Before Saturday, Philly’s starting five — talented as it might be — had logged just 10 games together since acquiring Tobias Harris in a trade with the Clippers. And honestly, it looked that way for most of Game 1. Embiid, who missed five of the last seven regular-season games, started launching jumpers (which Brooklyn gladly gave him) after drawing a number of fouls on the Nets inside. Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick struggled badly on offense. Jimmy Butler opted to take matters into his own hands (Sixers coach Brett Brown called him “the adult in the room”) and scored a game-high 36 points. All this while Harris looked invisible and uninvolved, scoring just 4 points in 40 minutes of work.Meanwhile, the Nets’ guards had no such questions about their place in the pecking order. Russell struggled early but kept shooting and caught fire in the third period. Spencer Dinwiddie had a very quick first step and repeatedly found his way into the lane — again doing some of his best work this season against Philadelphia. And Caris LeVert continues to look more and more like his old self after returning from his injury in February. Both Dinwiddie and LeVert were integral to a franchise-record 59-point effort from the bench, which the Sixers had no answer for.Keep an eye on this series. The Sixers went all in with a pair of huge trades earlier this season. But that may be the reason that, as we’re midway through April, their opponent has a clearer sense of identity and the upper hand one game into their playoff matchup.Utah’s defense of Harden won’t work — at least not like thisIt was just one game, but very early on — before halftime, even — it seemed clear that Utah was going to have to rethink its defensive strategy for reigning MVP James Harden.The Jazz used a scheme that gave the left-handed Harden an open driving path on the right. The idea here: to take away the dominant hand of perhaps the NBA’s best offensive player, but also to take away his stepback 3-point jumper, maybe his greatest offensive weapon.They weren’t the first team to try this. The top-ranked Milwaukee Bucks’ defense found a ton of success with the idea late last month, by standing far to Harden’s left and slightly behind him.It was a different story for the second-ranked Utah defense, though, which Houston diced to pieces. Why did it work for the Bucks and not the Jazz? One reason was that Milwaukee’s rim protector, Brook Lopez, generally had the discipline to stay tethered to the baseline so that Clint Capela wouldn’t get an easy lob, like he often did on Sunday night, when Jazz center Rudy Gobert stepped up too far.But the other key to Milwaukee’s success was the athleticism and length of the Bucks’ primary and help defenders. Eric Bledsoe and Giannis Antetokounmpo are simply more imposing than Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell or Joe Ingles, giving Harden less confidence that he can either get back to his left hand at the rim or sneak a pass to a teammate standing in the corner.Frankly, Utah wasn’t taking anything away early. By leaving Harden far too much space to navigate, the Jazz had no way of positioning their help defenders in the right spots, allowing The Beard to carve them up by finding both Capela for dunks and P.J. Tucker in the corner. (Tucker shoots almost 40 percent from there.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Harden.mp400:0000:0001:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Rubio told reporters after the game that the Jazz are committed to playing Harden the same way throughout the series. But regardless of how much they improve on that front, they’ll need to be far better — and faster — on offense to have a chance in this series.Excluding a half-court attempt at the end of the third period, Utah scored on seven of its nine transition plays. Getting earlier looks would make life easier, especially for Mitchell, who shot 36 percent against Houston in last year’s series before shooting just 39 percent Sunday, with five turnovers and no assists. In Game 1, the Jazz logged a dismal 25 percent effective field-goal rate when they got inside the last 5 seconds of the clock.Can the poor-shooting Thunder find their range?The post-game excuse “We just missed shots” is usually annoying. It can be read as not giving credit to the opponent for earning a hard-fought victory, and it can also serve as a way to avoid addressing what adjustments might need to be made in the next contest.But in Oklahoma City’s case, there would have been some truth to that claim. The Thunder missed 10 of their 13 wide-open attempts from the arc during their Game 1 loss in Portland.Yet while a lot of teams could use a stat like that to express confidence in simply performing better the next time, it’s worth noting that Oklahoma City … isn’t exactly a team of marksmen. When the Thunder shoot poorly, it’s hard to know whether that’s a sign that things will get better for them or if it’s just Oklahoma City struggling with what it’s seemingly always struggled with.Making matters worse, Paul George — their best shooter and co-star alongside Russell Westbrook — is playing with a troublesome left shoulder, meaning his shot could be affected for the remainder of the playoffs.If there was a bright side offensively, it was that the Thunder eventually found daylight by attacking Portland’s Enes Kanter with a steady diet of pick and rolls — something they can likely go back to in Game 2. But OKC would also be wise to occasionally locate Kanter as he’s going for offensive boards. He killed his former team for 20 points and 18 rebounds, which more than made up for his defensive struggles in the narrow victory.Were the Nuggets simply nervous?Similar to Oklahoma City are the Denver Nuggets, who many — our FiveThirtyEight projection model included — remain skeptical of. A lot of that is rooted in Denver’s inexperience: This is the team’s first trip to the playoffs with this core, which is suddenly facing high expectations as the No. 2 seed in the West.Saturday’s loss, like OKC’s on Sunday, saw Denver miss several open looks when the Nuggets were in striking distance of the Spurs. The teams were neck-and-neck down the stretch, yet Denver somehow missed all eight of its attempts in the second half when taking a shot that would have either tied the game or given the Nuggets the lead. And Jamal Murray, the team’s 22-year-old starting point guard, had an incredibly rough final minute or so in the Game 1 loss.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Murray.mp400:0000:0000:49Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.All of that could have been mere coincidence or simply the result of missing shots the team normally makes. But because of noise about the team’s inexperience — especially as Denver is playing perennial playoff club San Antonio — it’s only natural that the questions about nerves will be there.Whatever the case may be, one thing clearly needs to change going forward: Denver star Nikola Jokic cannot finish playoff games with just nine shot attempts. Yes, he managed a triple-double anyway. But when the team’s jumpshots simply aren’t falling, he’s too efficient a scorer not to take matters into his own hands.The Pacers need offensive counters — but even that may not be enoughOutside of the Pistons and Clippers, I feel most pessimistic about the Pacers after Game 1 of their series with Boston. I went in thinking it would be really tough for them to find enough scoring to win a series, and Saturday’s 74-point showing gave me even more doubts.My real concern now, after watching leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic struggle against the Celtics again — when he did this all regular season, too — is the lack of counters the Pacers seem to have in their arsenal once Boston has snuffed out the initial action.Indiana got next to nothing out of its handoffs to Bogdanovic, which produced just 0.14 points per time they utilized the play, according to Second Spectrum. Jaylen Brown was generally quick enough to recover and get by the screener, and in the instances when he wasn’t, Al Horford was swarming Bogdanovic, often forcing him to give up the ball to a teammate who wasn’t necessarily in a great position to score, either.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Bojan.mp400:0000:0002:31Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Similarly, the team — which scored just 8 points in the third quarter — found itself at a disadvantage when it sought to make hay with Wes Matthews post-ups, something we knew would likely be a losing strategy from what we’d seen prior to Saturday (particularly if there’s no secondary action that comes of it). Statistically, Matthews has been one of the NBA’s five least efficient post-up options since he joined the team in February.1Among those with at least 30 regular-season post-ups since Feb. 11. Indiana averaged just 0.71 points per Matthews post-up, per Second Spectrum data.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Wes.mp400:0000:0000:44Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Celtics deserve credit for playing as well as they did at that end of the floor, particularly without defensive stud Marcus Smart. But if the Pacers can’t develop better second and third options on these plays when they try them, it could be an ugly series for Indiana, which has been putting too much pressure on its defense for a while now.Lowry struggled again, but Orlando’s win was anything but magicThe most surprising win of the weekend to many was the Magic’s road triumph over Toronto, which Orlando sealed with a game-winning triple from D.J. Augustin.In that sequence — before which coach Steve Clifford elected not to call timeout — Augustin called for a screen and roll, knowing he’d get Marc Gasol on a switch. Though Augustin had hit 3 of 4 from the arc for 22 points, Gasol didn’t come out far enough. The shot left the Toronto crowd stunned, which takes a lot at this point, given what they’ve been through for years now.Aside from nailing that play, the Magic did a ton of things right to put themselves in good position beforehand. They bottled up Pascal Siakam in the first half, and while Kawhi Leonard2Who played only 33 minutes. Expect that to change in Game 2. was efficient, Aaron Gordon played pretty solid defense on him, making him work for contested shots. Orlando was nearly perfect from the line and drilled almost half of its triples on the day. This was a young Magic club that had the same 15-8 second-half record that Toronto did, while ranking inside the Top 10 on both sides of the floor over that span of time. If you hadn’t watched Orlando play, you might not have seen this coming — but it wasn’t a fluke.And neither was Kyle Lowry’s scoreless, 0-for-7 showing. Aside from the fact that Lowry had several low-scoring games this season — including a four-game streak of single-digit performances — Lowry has also struggled in the first games of playoff series. He’s scored just 33 points combined in playoff-opening Game 1s the past five years.There’s not necessarily anything for the Raptors to panic about yet. They’ve seen this before, even if they had hoped they were past having to witness the early round struggles cropping up again. read more

Tantalum market undergoing period of uncertainty – The Economics of Tantalum examined

first_img“In late 2009, the global tantalum market bore little resemblance to that of a year earlier. In mid-2008, tantalum consumption was on a strong growth trend in its principal markets – electronics and aerospace superalloys – which make up around 75% of tantalum consumption. Adequate primary supply was in place to meet the industry’s needs, along with substantial quantities of scrap, which is mostly generated during capacitor manufacture. Things then changed rapidly. In the second half of 2009, the tantalum market faces a period of uncertainty that will, quite possibly, remain until 2012.” This is the view of metals and minerals markets advisory company, Roskill, in its The Economics of Tantalum (10th Edition, 2009) publication. The company said that the global economic downturn had a very marked effect on the tantalum supply/demand balance, with demand in 2009 probably proving to be 40% down on 2008, but it considers it will fully recover by 2012. However, Roskill says “Whether or not the supply will be in place to meet that demand is another issue entirely.”“Historically, the larger part of global primary tantalum supply has come from one producer in Australia, Talison, which sold to the major processors under long-term, fixed-price contracts. In late 2008, Talison attempted to renegotiate its contract prices and to increase them significantly, to a level at which it could produce economically. Its customers, faced with declining downstream demand, large inventories that had their origins nearly ten years earlier, and the ready availability of low-cost material from Central Africa, did not renew their contracts. Talison ceased mine production, taking about a third of primary supply out of the market, and was soon followed by other conventional producers.”Roskill says that a large part of the primary supply chain is not producing in 2009 and there are no clear indications as to when, or if, it will come back to the market. Roskill: “Inventories are running down, scrap is in shorter supply because of a fall in capacitor manufacture and it is quite possible that legislation under consideration in the USA could severely restrict or even halt the supply of tantalum from Central Africa.“Several projects are at various stages of development around the world and some could be in production by 2011 or 2012. Combined, their output would solve the tantalum supply question for the foreseeable future and obviate the need to source conflict minerals.“It is almost certain that a tantalum supply squeeze is approaching. If demand picks up faster than expected, a spike in spot prices seems inevitable. Stability will probably not return to the market until the new projects come on-stream, or consumers accept contract prices at a level sufficient for Talison to reopen.”The Economics of Tantalum publication is available from Roskill Information Services. www.roskill.com/reports/tantalumlast_img read more

Aker Solutions cultivates its core mining business

first_imgAker Solutions has decided to cultivate its core businesses by creating three separate companies. The new streamlined entities have a clear ambition to grow in their respective markets. Of the three companies, Process & Construction Internationalwill bethe global supplier of engineering and construction to mining and metals.“We have listened carefully to feedback from our customers and investors and analysed how we should position ourselves to meet their expectations,” says ØyvindEriksen, Executive Chairman of Aker Solutions.”Their feedback is consistent. Our company enjoys strong positions in several market segments. However, to further accelerate our growth, we should be more focused, more flexible in our approach to customer specific requirements, and much more transparent.”last_img read more

Chekhovskie Medvedi still unbeatable in Russia – Bears win Super Cup 2018

Chekhovskie Medvedi are still unbeatable in Russia despite threath which was born last year called Spartak Moscow. The most successful “eternal” champions of Russia from Chekhov led by legendary coach Vladimir Maksimov won the first trophy in the new season by beating rivals from the capital – 22:21 (13:9).Chekhovskie Medvedi — Spartak (Moscow) — 22:21 (13:9)Chekhovskie Medvedi : Pavlenko (13/34=38%), Gruško (n.v.); Santalov (3/13), Kornev (0/2), K.Kotov (4/6), Andreev (1/1), Kuretkov (2/5), A.Kotov (4/7), Ostaщenko (2/3), Karlov (1/1), Strušinskiй (1/1), Vasilьev (1/1), Furcev, Maslennikov (n.v.), Kamenev (n.v.), Kosorotov (3/5).Spartak (Moscow) : Sorokin (10/32=31%), Suraev (n.v.); Muratov (n.v.), Kovalev (2/5), Evdokimov (1/1), Černoivanov (0/1), Vinogradov (1/2), Derevenь (6/13), Юžbabenko (0/2), Skopincev (1/3), Trušin (n.v.), Aflitulin (3/5), Šelestюkov (3/5), Celiщev, Semenov (n.v.), Caharias (4/5).PHOTO: Chekhovskie Medvedi Chekhovskie MedvedihandballRussian handballSpartak Moscow handball ← Previous Story DKB BUNDESLIGA: THW Kiel win opener, SC Magdeburg celebrate in derby of East Next Story → RK Vojvodina sign Rajko Prodanovic read more

Vamvakinou challenged in ALP preselections

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Federal MP Maria Vamvakinou will be challenged in the upcoming preselections of the ALP as the deadline closed for nominations for state and federal seats in Victoria on Thursday. Ms Vamvakinou is the only Federal MP being challenged after the two factions of the ALP have come to a compromise. The challenger is Andrew Richards from the ultra left splinter group The Workers First from within the Metal Workers Union. The group unsuccessfully tried to claim six seats on a State and Federal level but was rebuffed by the mainstream left faction of the ALP of which Ms Vamvakinou comes from, and from the centre right factions. It is suggested that because of this fallout the group is trying to take revenge against the factions. John Pandazopoulos MP was renominated for the Labor safe seat of Dandenong and it is expected that Jenny Mikakos MP will also renominate without any challenges for the Northern Metropolitan Region. The nomination of Theo Theophanous MP remains in question but all nominations for the Senate will be decided on July 17. Liberal MP Nick Kotsiras was renominated for the seat of Bulleen and his bid for reelection is considered safe.last_img read more

NYCC Black Panther Miles Morales Authors On Truth in Comics

first_img These days it’s tough to get a read on what Marvel thinks about diversity in general and specifically characters like Black Panther. Obviously, they want to make the character, arguably their premier Black superhero, a big deal following his appearance in Captain America: Civil War and before his solo cinematic debut next year. He’s a new playable character in Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite. And his main book right now is still being written by public Black intellectual Ta-Nehisi Coates.However, the spin-off Wakanda books meant to capitalize on that buzz have since been canceled, and while two new spin-offs are on the way, we don’t know if they’ll keep up momentum after the movie has been released. Meanwhile, Marvel’s larger Legacy initiative seems to be about pivoting away from pushes for diversity and more toward a traditional status quo. After all, even though half-Black half-Puerto Rican Miles Morales has references in Spider-Man Homecoming, Spider-Man himself is still Peter Parker.At New York Comic Con, I attended a panel featuring a conversation between Coates and Jason Reynolds, author of a recent Miles Morales young adult novel. And it seems that while Marvel’s taste for provocative work may change with the season, these two are determined to get away with as much as they can.Coates said that although it may not seem obvious, he sees a clear throughline between his writing on race-related social issues in The Atlantic and his work writing comic books. He’s also been a comic fan since youth. “It’s where I got my literary sensibility.” But he had no desire to meet the creators. Your heroes always disappoint you.Reynolds meanwhile was more of a fan of comic book adjacent things like cartoons and toys. And it was only after being told the Spider-Man book Marvel wanted him to write was Miles, not Peter, did he consider joining the project. It was a character he felt he had something to say about.“There’s a hunger among Black comic book fans to see Black characters bust some ass,” said Coates. “It’s a power fantasy white folks get all the time.”But for Coates and Reynolds, working with Black Panther and Spider-Man, respectively, also presented political narrative potential that would be irresponsible to refuse.Reynolds compared his take on Morales to a young athlete from a tough neighborhood who suddenly becomes very wealthy. Kids like that who get power don’t immediately think about responsibility. However, as Reynolds recounts from his own life experience that he put in the book, people who get out of situations like that can also have a kind of survivor’s guilt that’s very much in line with Spider-Man stories. “Spidey Sense” in the hood is just how you keep on living.Coates is very much aware that his famous name is largely responsible for him getting the Black Panther gig. That’s why he’s working hard to make sure he’s more than just a name. It’s caused some challenges, like adapting his prose-heavy style for the more visually oriented comic book medium, but after I read his first major story arc I’d say he succeeded at his lofty goal of exploring the national psyche of a post-invasion Wakanda.Marvel and Disney, for the most part, have been good about letting these authors do what they want. And that trust is a two-way street. The writers respect the larger continuity, picking the pieces they want, and honor storytelling norms of comics, or in Reynolds’s case, honor those norms as much as possible in a non-graphic novel. Coates, in particular, loves how comics in the middle of a storyline don’t necessarily give background context for current events because that’s how life works. But when a hugely important character in the Marvel universe is named Captain America and wears a flag (before turning into a Nazi is a major crossover event) being apolitical is just impossible. Black. Panther.Reynolds recalled a meeting at Disney over champagne shortly after getting the Miles Morales gig where he improvised some early ideas for the story. He knew his history of writing about young boys of color made him a great fit for the character. But he also wanted to use the story to show mistreatment of minority youth in school and the school to prison pipeline. Fortunately, instead of telling him to downplay the charged contemporary themes like he feared, Disney encouraged him to push them further.But for all of their grappling with real-world issues, comic books ultimately aren’t the real world. They’re escapist. And as they get bigger, as evidenced by the gigantic crowds at events like Comic Con, Coates expressed concern that they may distract people from engaging with the real world and its real consequences. The Avengers movies keep earning more money while voter turnout is lower.That’s why political comic characters like Black Panther and Miles Morales, and political comic book writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jason Reynolds are so important. If the kids (and adults) are going to invest this much in something fake, we have to tell them some truth.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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FBI seeks information on serial killers first victim

first_imgIsrael Keyes, charged in the death of Alaska barista Samantha Koenig, has killed himself, and authorities say he was linked to at least seven other possible slayings in three other states. Keyes was found dead in his Anchorage jail cell Sunday. Officials say it was a suicide. FBI Agents in Oregon have received information from the FBI’s Anchorage Division that narrows the search for a woman who was allegedly raped by accused serial killer Israel Keyes. Keyes committed suicide while in jail this past weekend as he awaited trial for the murder of a barista, Samantha Koenig, last February in Anchorage.Keyes told the FBI Agents in Alaska that he raped – but did not kill – his first victim in Oregon sometime between 1996 and 1998. He said the girl was 14 – 18 years old. The sexual assault occurred on the Deschutes River near Maupin, Oregon. The victim was with friends and Keyes was able to discreetly separate her from the friends. To date, authorities have not been able to find any relevant police reports that would fit this scenario, and it is possible that the victim never reported it. If Keyes was being accurate about the time period and the girl’s age, she would now be in her late 20’s – early 30’s. She may have lived in the area or simply been visiting the area on vacation.Keyes told investigators that he oftentimes traveled great distances and liked to find his victims along hiking trails, at camp grounds and in other remote areas.Before his death, Israel reportedly told investigators that he murdered multiple people, including at least four in Washington State. He is also believed to have robbed banks as he traveled across the country, but the FBI has not yet identified any robberies in Oregon for which he may have been responsible.The FBI is working with local law enforcement agencies in Oregon and across the country in an attempt to identify other unsolved cases that involve missing people, murders, rapes and bank robberies.Anyone who has information about the rape case is asked to call the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181, in Bend at (541) 389-1202 or the national hotline at 1-800-CALL FBI.last_img read more

Sprint to show off 5G at Google IO

first_img See It $899 0 $899 News • Samsung Galaxy S10: The 7 best deals right now Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package See It Best Buy $899 Abt Electronics $899 See It Share your voicecenter_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Google LG Sprint Sprint 5G Sprint Google I/O 2019 starts Tuesday, and attendees of the event will get to try out 5G speeds thanks to Sprint.The mobile carrier said it’ll provide its Sprint 5G network at the conference, held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Sprint said it’ll use Ericsson 5G Massive MIMO radios to deliver both a 5G and LTE signal. Since it’s unlikely those attending will have a 5G phone on them, Sprint will have the LG V50 ThinQ 5G on-hand to demo the network’s speed. “The demos are going to be focused on the realm of the impossible,” said Ryan Sullivan, vice president of product engineering and development at Sprint. “An event like this is more important than events in the past. This is the first time we’re able to demonstrate 5G in an environment where we’re putting 5G in the hands of the people that will bring it to the consumers.”Attendees at the event will see how the carriers new network can handle 4K streaming via YouTube as well as augmented-reality and virtual-reality apps making use of Google Lens, the search engine’s image recognition technology.  Sprint announced in February that its 5G service would begin rolling out across four cities in May and then to another five cities by the end of the year. Sullivan said the company is looking to provide customers with a truly mobile 5G experience with three to five times speed improvement over the current average, topping up to 2GB. The first phone to run on the carrier’s new network will be the LG V50 ThinQ 5G with an expected release day on May 10, and later in the summer, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.Originally published May 7, 8:15 a.m. PT.Update, 10:30 a.m.: Adds Sullivan quote and more info on demos.  How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus See it Sprint Post a comment Mobile Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black)last_img read more

Ketchikan Welcomes A Canine to Search And Rescue Squad

first_imgKetchikan’s volunteer rescue service recently added a new four-legged team member. Pace has a great nose, tons of energy and the drive needed for what to her is a fun game. For the people she finds, though, it’s as serious as life or death.Download Audio:Pace is rewarded for a successful search with a game of fetch. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)Pace is always ready to play fetch. To her, that’s what a rescue is. Instead of tennis balls, she retrieves people.A volunteer hides among some shrubs on the other side of a large, soggy muskeg. Pace’s owner and trainer, Carol Towne, holds onto the trembling, whining Labrador retriever.Towne lets Pace go, the whining stops and the only sound is the tinkling of the bell attached to Pace’s collar.A four-legged black streak zips across the muskeg, leaving behind a pack of clumsy humans, trying hard but failing to keep up. Pace quickly finds the victims and rushes back to let Towne know.Pace leads us to the victim, and her reward is a rousing game of – what else? – fetch, this time with a favorite toy.Carol Towne gets Pace ready to search for a volunteer victim, hiding in a muskeg. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)Towne has been training Pace since she was an 8-week-old puppy. Just recently, Pace passed her last level of certification. She’s now officially the second certified search and rescue dog for the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, a process that took about two years.“Her first test was a trail test. She did that last February,” Towne says. “That’s a half-mile test at night. A victim is hid on one side of the trail or the other. She’s excellent at that. She loves trails. Then we do the obedience. That was the hard part, being named Pace, she can’t stay still.”Levi – a black Lab mix – had been the sole SAR dog. He’s about 9 years old, which is close to retirement age. Levi’s owner and trainer is Danelle Landis, the SAR dog team captain. She recently bought a young Belgian Malinois named Ripley, and started training her to take over when Levi can’t do the work anymore.“She’s just finishing learning the whole runaway/re-find piece, which is the very end of the search,” Landis explains. “So, we hold the dog, the person runs away with the toy, then we let the dog go, they get to the person. When they get to the person, they run back and tell us by using an alert signal, which for her is a bark, which took me more than a month to teach her to bark on command.”Barking isn’t the problem, of course. It’s barking for a specific purpose that can be challenging.Boomer is a young, happy pitbull mix, and is a little further along in the training process.Amanda Schuler is Boomer’s owner and trainer. She says she wasn’t sure what to do about her obsessive, overly energetic dog until she learned those traits are highly desirable in a search dog. They’ve been training about a year, and he’ll be ready for his first test this fall.“He probably has another year of training. For search and rescue dogs, the obedience portion is sometimes the most challenging because they have so much energy and are ready to go, and they have to learn to contain that energy,” she said. “He’s doing well with it, but he has a lot of work to go.”Schuler is confident that Boomer will do well, at least on the search tests.“He’s really sharp and he loves playing this game,” she says. “I’m not worried about his 160-acre test, either — his endurance. It’s the obedience stuff that I’m most worried about.“For the dogs, searching is just plain fun. And despite the serious need for this kind of work, fun is part of the incentive for their handlers, too.They get to work with their dogs, hang out with other dog lovers and after training is done for the day, they all have more fun with a group hike through the muskeg.last_img read more

OnePlus 7 Pros screen is as good as Samsung Galaxy S10 DisplayMate

first_img Close OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro monikers and the upcoming smartphones from OnePlus are already to making waves in the industry. Last week, the company tweeted a tease of the phone which glimpsed two of the main specifications of the upcoming phone – display and the camera. In the tease, it can be easily seen that the OnePlus 7 has the triple camera setup and also has a curved display.Apart from it, another update is coming from DisplayMate which world’s leading evaluator of displays and is well known for conducting an advanced series of comprehensive in-depth lab tests and measurements for smartphone displays. The display evaluator tweeted about the display of OnePlus 7 Pro and said that the phone earned Highest A+ Display Rating at its labs.After receiving top A+ display rating, OnePlus 7 Pro will join the ranks of phones like Samsung Galaxy S10, which has also earned an A+ rating from DisplayMate. OnePlus has only revealed that the phone offers better colour accuracy, brightness, contrast and pixel density. According to previous leaks, the smartphone will have a massive 6.7-inch Optic AMOLED display with a resolution 3120 x 1440 pixels and a refresh rate of 90Hz, which is a noteworthy upgrade from the standard displays with the 60Hz refresh rate. The company is touting OnePlus 7 with the tag line ‘Fast and Smooth’ and news inputs about the display are justifying it. OnePlus 7 Pro display gets highest ratingOnePlusIn addition, OnePlus 7 Pro is also certified by VDE Testing and Certification Institute for its ability to filter blue light. Its upgraded eye protection features allow for an adjustable temperature and brightness to enhance eye comfort. So, after prolonged hours of use, it will not be going to hurt your eyes.The company is also going to do the upgrade in terms of camera and it will the first smartphone form the company that has a triple camera setup. It will reportedly sport a combination of 48MP primary sensor paired with a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8MP telephoto sensor. OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition hidden secret inside box revealed OnePlus 7 Pro’s curved display teasedOnePlusOther specifications that might be part of OnePlus 7 include Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, 8GB/12GB RAM, 256GB storage, a 4,000mAh battery with 30W Warp Charge support, 5G support and more. The rumours have further suggested that OnePlus 7 Pro would be priced starting at EUR 749 (around Rs 58,500) and go as high as EUR 819 (approx. Rs 64,000).OnePlus has once again collaborated with Amazon India to sell the new OnePlus 7 series and the e-commerce website has opened ‘Notify Me’ page for prospective buyers of the new smartphone in India. Launch of the OnePlus 7 is going to be held in Bangalore on 14 May and if you want to watch its live stream, then you can tune in to the official YouTube channel of the company. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:59Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Church bombings kill at least 36 in Egypt

first_imgEgyptians look at victims after suicide bomber in front of a church in Alexandria, Egypt, April 9, 2017. Photo: ReutersBombings at two Egyptian churches killed more than 35 people as they gathered to mark Palm Sunday, officials said, in one of the deadliest recent attacks on the country’s Coptic Christians.The attacks on the Mar Girgis church in the city of Tanta north of Cairo and Saint Mark’s Church in the coastal city of Alexandria came just weeks ahead of a visit by Pope Francis to show support for Egypt’s large Christian minority.Egyptian officials denounced the attack as an attempt to sow divisions in the country, while Francis sent his “deep condolences” to Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks but Egyptian Christians have repeatedly been targeted by jihadists including the Islamic State group.The first blast killed at least 25 people and wounded more than 70 when it hit the church in Nile Delta City of Tanta, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Cairo, according to a health ministry toll.Images broadcast by private television stations showed bloodstains smearing the whitewashed walls of the church next to shredded wooden benches.”The explosion took place in the front rows, near the altar, during the mass,” General Tarek Atiya, the deputy to Egypt’s interior minister in charge of relations with the media, told AFP.The worshippers had been celebrating Palm Sunday, one of the holiest days of the Christian calendar, marking the triumphant entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem.Pope prays for victimsThe second blast killed at least 11 people and wounded 35 at the church in Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city, according to the health ministry.Tawadros had been attending a mass at the church but a Coptic Church official said he had left before the blast.Francis, who is due to visit Cairo on April 28-29, offered prayers for the victims.”Let us pray for the victims of the attack unfortunately carried out today,” he said in an Angelus prayer.”May the Lord convert the heart of those who sow terror, violence and death and also the heart of those who make weapons and trade in them.”Copts, who make up about one tenth of Egypt’s population of more than 92 million and who celebrate Easter next weekend, have been targeted by several attacks in recent months.Jihadists and Islamists accuse Copts of supporting the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, which ushered in a deadly crackdown on his supporters.In December, a suicide bombing claimed by IS killed 29 worshippers during Sunday mass in Cairo.The bombing of the church within a compound that also holds the seat of the Coptic papacy was the deadliest attack against the minority in recent memory.A spate of jihadist-linked attacks in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, including the murder of a Copt in the city of El Arish whose house was also burned, have led some Coptic families to flee their homes.About 250 Christians took refuge in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya after IS released a video in February calling for attacks on the religious minority.Reacting before the second bombing in Alexandria, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid called the attack in Tanta “a failed attempt against our unity”.”Terrorism hits Egypt again, this time on Palm Sunday,” he tweeted.String of attacksPrime Minister Sherif Ismail also condemned the attack, stressing Egypt’s determination to “eliminate terrorism”.The Cairo-based Al-Azhar, an influential Sunni Muslim authority, said it aimed to “destabilise security and… the unity of Egyptians”.Egypt’s Copts have endured successive attacks since Morsi’s ouster in July 2013.More than 40 churches were attacked nationwide in the two weeks after the deadly dispersal by security forces of two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo on August 14, 2013, Human Rights Watch said.Amnesty International later said more than 200 Christian-owned properties were attacked and 43 churches seriously damaged, adding that at least four people were killed.President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who as then army chief helped remove Morsi, has defended his security forces and accused jihadists of attacking Copts in order to divide the country.In October 2011, almost 30 people — mostly Coptic Christians — were killed after the army charged at a protest outside the state television building in Cairo to denounce the torching of a church in southern Egypt.In May that year, clashes between Muslims and Copts left 15 dead in the working-class Cairo neighbourhood of Imbaba where two churches were attacked.A few months earlier, the unclaimed bombing of a Coptic church killed more than 20 people in Egypt’s second city of Alexandria on New Year’s Day.last_img read more