Chelsea said to be leading Barkley race and Taarabt touted for Italy move

first_imgKia Joorabchian has suggested that QPR’s Adel Taarabt could yet move to Italy. Joorabchian, who has been involved in a number of Rangers’ transfer deals in recent years and acts as an adviser to Taarabt, negotiated a loan move to AC Milan for the Moroccan last season.He was subsequently unable to secure a permanent move to the San Siro for Taarabt during the summer and plans to try again when the transfer window reopens in January.“Taarabt in January can move, yes. Perhaps even in Italy, but it is too early to say,” Tuttomercatoweb quoted Joorabchian as saying.Meanwhile, Chelsea continue to be linked with Ross Barkley amid reports that Manchester City have backed off after being told Everton’s asking price is £50m.The Express claim Chelsea are now leading a race to sign the England international.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fortuna’s season ends in shocking shutout loss to Piedmont

first_imgFortuna >> The Piedmont Highlanders softball team entered Saturday’s North Coast Section Division IV quarterfinal match-up heavy underdogs to the top-ranked Fortuna Huskies. By game’s end, it was the Highlanders that were moving on to the semifinals.Riding the momentum of an early unearned run and a solid pitching performance from Kyra Gardner, No. 9 Piedmont upset No. 1 Fortuna 1-0 on Saturday at Fortuna High School.“We knew coming in that it was going to be tough and if we could get one run …last_img read more

Warriors explain how sweep vs. Portland could help their quest to win another NBA title

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. – The Warriors appear on the verge of becoming only the second team in NBA history to appear in five consecutive NBA Finals. Therefore, it seems downright impossible for the Warriors to become the only team in NBA history to squander a 3-0 playoff series lead.The Warriors measure their worth by NBA championships, though. So when the Warriors play the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday, that outcome could largely dictate how ready they …last_img read more

South African research team make a breakthrough in cardiology

first_imgA mutation in a gene has been identified by South African researchers as the cause of heart disease and cardiac arrest. It affects the young who are sporty and athletic. An all-female team of researchers, Maryam Fish‚ Gasnat Shaboodien and Sarah Kraus‚ from UCT, discovered the CDH2 gene, which can lead to early cardiac arrest. (Image: Michael Hammond, via UCT)Brand South Africa reporterAn all-female team of researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) have identified a gene that increases the risk of heart disease and cardiac arrest.Maryam Fish‚ Gasnat Shaboodien and Sarah Kraus discovered the CDH2 gene. It is found in everyone but if it mutates, it “causes a genetic disorder known as arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC )‚ which increases the risk of heart disease and cardiac arrest”, said the university.The young and the sporty and active are more at risk. The result is sudden death.It took time and a global effortThis study, an international collaboration, began 20 years ago. It was led by a South African team headed by Professor Bongani Mayosi, dean of UCT’s Faculty of Health Sciences, along with researchers from the Italian Auxologico Institute in Milan and the University of Pavia.“This is probably the biggest breakthrough in South African cardiology since Dr Chris Barnard’s first heart transplant,” said Prof Mayosi.“This discovery is a first in the world – on our soil – and will permit the diagnosis and possible targeted treatment of heart muscle disease in the future.”Researchers kept track of a South African family affected by ARVC and who had experienced cases of sudden death.Shaboodien says the whole exome sequencing, the technique the researchers used to find the gene, was not known seven to eight years ago.“In the old days it used to take two to three years to screen one gene … Suddenly with technology you are able to screen 19,000 genes within a matter of hours. We called it genetics on steroids.”Listen to the interview with Shaboodien on Talk Radio 702:PreventionThe discovery of the gene will make early detection possible. “We can implant devices inside your heart to shock you when you have abnormal heart rhythm and prevent you from dying,” Prof Mayosi told Eyewitness News.“We learnt that it’s important if someone has the disease, intensive sports [should] be avoided,” said Professor Peter Schwartz of the Auxologico Institute.“Athletes should be screened carefully. The disease can be treated, so that’s why it’s important to make the diagnosis early.”Source: UCTWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

NY Times Section, ‘A Sustainable Life,’ Leaves Out Buildings?!

first_imgThe first New York Times Week in Review section of 2011 was all about sustainability. There was an article on love, two on food, one about high-tech gadgets, and one about budgets. That’s all well and good, but what about those buildings where we spend about 90% of our time? Maybe green building has become so overexposed in the media that the editors decided to give it a break. Who knows, but I am disappointed that neither residential nor commercial building sustainability was addressed anywhere in the section.OK, I’m over it nowI’m done fussing, so I suppose it’s only appropriate to see what the Times has to say about sustainability. One major theme that runs through all the articles is something dear to my heart: changing behavior. The first article on food brings up the issue that Americans spend inordinate amounts of money and time on diet books and programs to take off weight gain from poor eating habits, when simply cooking real, fresh food would solve the problem faster and cheaper. The writer points out that on average, we watch 35 hours of TV a week (including many hours of cooking shows), but most of us don’t have enough time to cook regular meals. Instead we eat packaged, takeout, or restaurant meals, almost all of which are more costly and less healthy than home-cooked food. The article wraps up with some easy, inexpensive recipes that resemble much of my personal kitchen repertoire.Invasive species or delicacy?The other article on food discusses the idea of figuring out how to eat invasive fish and plant species as a method of controlling them. There have been rumblings about re-branding Asian carp as “Kentucky tuna” to make it sound more appealing to diners. The article goes on to discuss eating various garden weeds, deer, raccoons, rabbits, pigeons, and Canada geese as well. I once heard about someone from China who, after seeing the abundance of wild squirrels in the United States, commented that we must be a very well-fed population.On to the important stuffThe article about love and marriage reminded me of a comment Michael Braungart, co-author of “Cradle to Cradle,” made in a lecture several years ago. He was questioning the use of the word “sustainable” as being too passive. He asked the audience: “If someone asked you how your marriage was going, would you want to answer that it was ‘sustainable,’ or would you want to say something more positive about it?”The article on technology refers to the “two-year itch,” when cell phones are replaced with new, discounted models every time the contract renews—not to mention the millions of cameras, music players, and other small electronics upgraded each time a new model debuts. I am currently on my third GPS in less than five years, simply because if it were even practical to have a broken one repaired, a new one with better features would still cost less. The main point of this piece is the fact that recycling electronics is not simple, and manufacturers have neither incentives nor requirements to make their products more reusable or recyclable. Disposability is very profitable for manufacturers, so few of them are inclined to change the model.The concept of cheap and disposable also applied to new homes for many years, although it was rarely stated quite so bluntly. Builders were making money selling big, inefficient homes; owners were making money selling them in a few years; and everyone was happy in this game of musical chairs, until the music stopped and lots of people were left with a poorly performing house that they couldn’t get their money out of.What’s the solution to our disposable culture?I am reminded of some suggestions that Braungart and William McDonough posed in “Cradle to Cradle,” including moving to a rental versus ownership model for many consumer products. They suggested that products like cars and clothes washers could be leased, then returned to manufacturers who would deconstruct them, reusing the raw materials for new, improved models that they would lease to the same customers. The current financial model doesn’t make this practical, as manufacturers are not responsible for the waste their products create, often making raw materials less expensive than recycled ones. They can just make and sell more products.How about disposable homes?The current financial model for home ownership (manipulated by tax laws and subsidized mortgage interest) provides a significant financial advantage to those who have the ability to own a home, while offering nothing to renters nor providing incentives to build better homes. What if builders were responsible for the total lifetime impact of their projects, including raw material extraction, waste produced, and energy use for the life of the house? They would have a huge incentive to build more efficient, more durable homes. What about if we include the health care of the occupants in the mix? Then the indoor environmental quality would play a part as well. And why not change the financial incentives to balance out ownership and renting? Give developers incentives to build high-performance rental properties, and give renters tax deductions equivalent to homeowners.No, I am not a communistI know that last paragraph will drive some readers crazy, making them think I am some pinko-commie radical who wants to turn our well-established society on its head. Think what you want, gentle readers; I am a capitalist, if only a modest one. I just see some big defects in the ways we do things. I don’t hold out much hope that I will see any of these changes in my lifetime, but I can dream, can’t I?last_img read more

10 FREE Film Grains for Video Editors

first_imgKnow of any other great places to find film grain overlays? Share in the comments below. Give your videos an organic ‘film’ look with these free film grains.Adding grain to your digital video is a great way to give it an organic film look. It’s surprisingly hard to find free grain downloads, so we’ve scoured the net and created a collection of the best free grain we could find. If you know of any more free film grain resources please share in the comments below. According to their respective sites, all of the grains featured in this list are 100% clear for you own use in commercial or personal projects.1. FREE Film Grain OverlaysOur very own Shutterstock Tutorials has recently released 5 FREE film grain overlays for anybody wanting to add texture and warmth to their video. The best part about this pack being they were all captured with real film cameras using real film stock. The process of adding them to your footage is throwing them over the footage and changing the Blend Mode to overlay. Here’s a tutorial breaking down the simple process.2. Holy Grain Holy Grain has free film grain that you can use on any project without citation. Unfortunately the overlay is only about 5 seconds long. If you want to use the free Holy Grain for an extended amount of time you will need to loop it. You can also purchase 35mm film grain at 4K resolution from Holy Grain’s website.3. VegasaurLike Holy Grain, Vegasaur is a website that sells various plugins and products for filmmakers to use as assets in their productions. Thankfully for us, part of their strategy is giving away stuff for free. Download a free 35mm film grain overlay from their site.4.GrainzillaGrainzilla is a well designed filmmaking site that features a few variations of film grain outside of simply black and white. Here you can download a few tools including grain, vintage film looks, and 4K letter box frames – all free. Like the previous websites you can purchase more grain for an additional fee….are you seeing a trend here?5. 7DBlueNo tricks here, just a great 35mm film overlay for free courtesy of 7DBlue. From 7DBlue’s Vimeo video you can find links to download the grain. You can use these grains an any production for any reason commercial or personal. 7DBlue stated that they have found the best results when changing their transfer modes to soft light or overlay, but soft light usually does the best.6. VisionCOLOR Vision COLOR offers over 2GB of 35mm film grain overlays for free to anyone who wants it. The only stipulation is you have to like them on Facebook. The free pack comes with grain from both 35mm and 16mm film. The pack also includes some film burns and light leaks for your compositing pleasure.7. FilmLooksIf you are looking for cheap film grain than FilmLooks is the place to go. FilmLooks has a wide variety of plates to use, from scratched film to grunge. Instead of giving away 35mm film for free, FilmLooks is giving away 8mm film overlays instead. Pretty cool if you are wanting to get the old-timey vintage projector look. You can also find some other really cool freebies here as well.8. NatumsSurprisingly enough what looks like an ordinary Tumblr post is actually a mecca of links to some pretty awesome free resources. Natums has scanned free film grains, light leaks, digital effects, and VHS effects free to use in any project. In the post you will find direct links to Natum’s Dropbox where you can download the plates for free. While you’re there take a glance at the various filmmaking free download links as well.9. VFX FootageIn what can only be described as one of the best Vimeo channels of all time, VFX Footage is dedicated to giving away free downloads. Here you will find film grain, footage, abstract shapes, and reveals. All for this is 100% free to use, but of course donations are graciously welcomed.10. MTS Films MTS Films is the personal website of Matthew Scott. From his download page you can get free 4K 400ISO film grain. There is also a great collection of free RAW RED footage for your editing pleasure.11. After EffectsYou may or may not already know this but Adobe After Effects has a really great film grain effect called “Add Grain”. In the effect you will find presets that are designed to emulate popular film stocks. But be warned, the “Add Grain” effect in After Effects takes a toll on your computer so be prepared to wait for long rendering times if you use this effect. You can download a free trial of After Effects from Adobe’s website.All of these downloads, except for #10, are designed to be used with a blending mode in your favorite compositing software.Bonus: Authentic Film GrainIf you want to add real film grain to your project, check out Emulsion — a collection of 4K film overlays from RocketStock.last_img read more

WHS Football Team Is Looking For Corporate Sponsors

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a message from the Wilmington High School Touchdown Club:The Wilmington High School Boys Football Teams are currently looking for corporate sponsorships for their upcoming 2019 Football Season. We are hoping that you will support the team with a donation and/or sponsorship.Your support for the team will publicize your business while showing your commitment to the young athletes in our community. We will include your business on our Team t-shirts, your company name and logo will be featured on our website and Facebook page and a sponsorship banner will be displayed at every home Football game. The monies raised will help to support the boys’ high school Football team by paying for expenses not covered by the athletic budget and continue to provide scholarships to our deserving football players. This last graduating senior class recipients received $2000 in scholarships. The Touchdown club provides items throughout the season for the players, such as HUDL program for filming of games, hitting blocks, football camps, and head sets for the football coaches.We hope you will consider participating in our effort to raise funds for the Wilmington High School Football Team. Any level of donation or sponsorship would be gratefully appreciated. In order to get your business advertisement published for our upcoming season, we will need to receive your sponsorship by August 9, 2019. (The sponsorship form can be found HERE.) The football preseason begins on August 16th. If you have any questions or would like additional information feel free to call Nancy Roberts, WHS Touchdown Club President at 978-317-0909. Thank you in advance for your consideration.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”1st Annual Cornhole Battle Of The WHS Football Alumni Set For September 21In “Community”Wilmington Band Parents Soliciting Business & Family Donors For 2019-2020 BannerIn “Community”last_img read more

Khaleda Zia taken to court from BSMMU

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on way to a makeshift court at the abandoned central jail from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on Thursday. Photo: Sajid HossainBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was taken to a makeshift court at the abandoned central jail from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Thursday to be produced before it for hearing of Niko graft case.A black SUV carrying Khaleda reached the old central jail in the capital’s Nazimuddin Road around 11:40am, reports news agency UNB, quoting jail sources.Following the hearing, she will be taken back to the jail, they said.Several police vehicles escorted her to the abandoned central jail from the hospital in the morning.On Wednesday, the law ministry issued a gazette notification saying that the trial of Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia and others accused in the Niko corruption case will be held at a makeshift court in Old Dhaka central jail.The ministry issued the gazette notification transferring the court citing security reasons.According to the gazette, room no 7 of the old central jail’s administration building will be the venue for the makeshift court.Meanwhile, a huge number of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Detective Branch (DB) of police and Ansar members were deployed in and around Nazimuddin Road to maintain law and order as well as security.Khaleda Zia was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) after prison authorities shifted her there from jail on 6 October for better treatment in response to a court order.On 4 October, the High Court directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment.Khaleda Zia was in the abandoned Dhaka central jail at Nazimuddin Road since she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February this year.last_img read more

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Texas Campus Carry Law

first_img Share Shelby KnowlesUniversity of Texas at Austin faculty and students protest Texas’ recently passed campus carry law on Nov. 10, 2015.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld Texas’ campus carry law, delivering another clear victory to the state in a longshot, long-running lawsuit brought by University of Texas at Austin professors opposed to the law.In July 2016, three professors claimed that a 2015 state law that allows licensed gun-owners to carry concealed weapons into most public university buildings would have a “chilling effect” on free speech in their classrooms. But a federal district judge threw out their case in July 2017, saying the professors didn’t present any “concrete evidence to substantiate their fears.”Accepting that logic and advancing it yet further, a three-judge panel on the appeals court this week rebuffed the professors’ free speech claim as well as two other constitutional challenges they had made.Like the lower court, the 5th Circuit panel found that the professors lacked standing to challenge the law because they had not sufficiently shown how it might harm them.“[The professors] cannot manufacture standing by self-censoring her speech based on what she alleges to be a reasonable probability that concealed-carry license holders will intimidate professors and students in the classroom,” Judge Leslie Southwick wrote for the unanimous panel.Renea Hicks, the lawyer to professors Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter said late Thursday night it was too soon to comment on any potential plans for an appeal. But he said he does not expect to try to move the case forward at the 5th Circuit, historically a politically conservative appeals court.“I seriously doubt there’ll be a request for rehearing or rehearing en banc at the 5th Circuit level,” Hicks said. The plaintiffs have 90 days from the ruling to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a named defendant in the lawsuit, praised Thursday’s news.“The lawsuit was filed because the professors disagreed with the law, not because they had any legal substance to their claim,” Paxton said in a statement Thursday. “The right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed for all Americans, including college students, and the 5th Circuit’s decision prevents that right from being stripped away by three individuals who oppose the law enacted by the Legislature.”The clear, unanimous ruling overwhelmingly sided with Texas’ arguments.In addition to the free speech claim, the professors had also lobbed a Second Amendment complaint, that the campus carry law was unconstitutional because guns on campus were not “well regulated”; and a Fourteenth Amendment complaint, that the professors were denied equal protection under the laws because there was no “rational basis” for where guns were allowed — on public campuses but not most private schools, for example.The appeals court found both arguments unconvincing. Texas had good reasons — property rights and public safety among them — for allowing guns in some school buildings but not others, the court said. And the panel rejected the professors’ reading of the Second Amendment.Texas’ campus carry law, passed in 2015 and effective at four-year schools in 2016, drew immediate outcry from campuses like the UT-Austin. But since it went into effect, that outrage has largely quieted down, and it has been hard to identify much impact on campus life.Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.last_img read more

Microsoft Grounds Its AI Chat Bot After it Learns Sexism and Racism

first_img 2 min read March 24, 2016 This story originally appeared on Engadget Microsoft’s Tay AI is youthful beyond just its vaguely hip-sounding dialogue — it’s overly impressionable, too.The company has grounded its Twitter chat bot (that is, temporarily shutting it down) after people taught it to repeat conspiracy theories, racist views and sexist remarks. We won’t echo them here, but they involved 9/11, GamerGate, Hitler, Jews, Trump and less-than-respectful portrayals of President Obama. Yeah, it was that bad. The account is visible as we write this, but the offending tweets are gone; Tay has gone to “sleep” for now.”Tay” went from “humans are super cool” to full nazi in <24 hrs and I'm not at all concerned about the future of AI pic.twitter.com/xuGi1u9S1A— Gerry (@geraldmellor) March 24, 2016It's not certain how Microsoft will teach Tay better manners, although it seems like word filters would be a good start. The company tells Business Insider that it's making "adjustments" to curb the AI's "inappropriate" remarks, so it's clearly aware that something has to change in its machine learning algorithms. Frankly, though, this kind of incident isn't a shock -- if we've learned anything in recent years, it's that leaving something completely open to input from the internet is guaranteed to invite abuse. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more