Have you seen this?! Freeze video in 3D space with a camera array system. In this post we showcase a few of the better examples of this cool video production technique.A camera array is created when multiple cameras are lined up and are all rolling at the same time. The result, when actions takes place in the frame, is that the cameras can be cut together to create a super slick action sequence that gives the appearnce that the action is frozen in time…but in 3 dimensional space.The look is reminsecent of the trademark Matrix time freezing effect, except that its done entirely in-camera. In the past, some photographers have experimented with this technique using still cameras that fire sequential shots that are then assembled in a video editing application. Here’s one such example that was created using a ring of Nikon DSLRs:Now the GoPro video camera has spawned a new crop of creative pros looking to use the cam to create similar effects. GoPros are compact, provide decent video quality and are realtively inexpensive. They seem like a natural fit for making a video camera array.This surfing video was one of the first to utilize this production technique with the GoPro and made quite a splash when it was released in the fall of 2011. A camera array of 48 GoPros were used to create the look.This next video shows that it doesn’t take a lot of money (or a ton of GoPros) to pull of this look. With only 15 GoPros in this video camera array the team at Permagrin Films was able to create some Matrix style 360 freeze effects.Parkour to the extreme! Chilean video production company Aerolabs ran some tests on their GoPro array and came away with some pretty slick looking shots.Have you seen this camera array technique utilized in other videos?Share links and your thoughts in the comments below!
Tax officials have issued prosecution notices to directors of several multinationals, intensifying their pursuit of collections with a view to meeting steep revenue targets, said people with direct knowledge of the matter.Prosecution notices make such cases equivalent to criminal offences and give income tax officers additional powers, akin to those of the police, said experts, adding that taxpayers can only seek relief from a magistrate’s court in such instances. Read it at Economic Times Related Items
Virat Kohli struck another hundred on Monday and before people could see him celebrate his 23rd century in Test cricket, the camera panned to Anushka Sharma as she brimmed with pride in the stands of Trent Bridge.As Kohli soaked up the atmosphere and raised his bat after a nervous few moments at the crease. Anushka was seen applauding his husband for another Test match century and Kohli reciprocated by blowing kisses towards her.Incidentally, Anushka was also present at Edgbaston, when Kohli scored a fighting 149 to bring India back into the Test match in the first innings.However, just before the Lord’s Test, controversy broke out over Anushka being part of a team photo along with the Indian cricketers and support staff outside the Indian High Commission in London.Following the incident, Anushka clarified that everything was done within the guidelines and no protocols were broken. She soon left England for promotional works for her new film Sui Dhaaga, which is slated to release on September 28.Also read – Trent Bridge Test: Virat Kohli follows up first innings 97 with 23rd hundredShe was spotted again in the stands on Monday as Kohli played a seamless innings. He was seven short of his century before the teams walked off for tea. As they came back, Kohli looked a completely different batsman while facing the new ball to James Anderson.Also read – India in England: Virat Kohli joins Gavaskar, Tendulkar Dravid in elite listadvertisementThe Englishman drew an edge from him, which went straight through Keanton Jennings’s hands for a boundary, leaving Anderson in sheer agony. In the very next ball, Anderson drew another edge of Kohli’s bat but it landed short of Alastair Cook, who was waiting for the ball with eyes wide open.Kohli drew a single of the very next ball and in the next over, he finally got to his century with a boundary in an unconvincing manner. Woakes bowled a ball fuller outside off and Kohli went for the drive with gentle hands but he got an outside edge through short third man and into the fence.Also read – Virat Kohli misses hundred by 3 runs but sets another record in Test cricketKohli breathed a sigh of relief and spread his hands arms up in joy as the whole stadium including his wife applauded another heroic knock from the Indian captain.But his joy was short-lived as he fell for 103 in Woakes’s very next over.Woakes bowled an inswinger on off and it tailed back in late. Kohli tried to flick but missed to get hit on the pads as he was given out lbw.Also read – 10 years of Virat Kohli in international cricket: 17675 runs, 57 hundreds Virat Kohli received a standing ovation as he left the ground after his hundred (Reuters Photo)This was was Kohli’s second hundred in England in the ongoing series and the sixth in international cricket in 2018. He scored four centuries in South Africa (three in ODIs and one in Tests) and two in England so far this year. This century was his 58th overall.Kohli also joined Virender Sehwag and Steve Smith with 23 centuries in Test cricket. Kohli now has 440 runs from three matches in the series. England’s Jonny Bairstow is a distant second with 206 runs.
Dennis Daugaard is finishing his final days as the Governor of South Dakota.The two term Republican is retiring because of term limits, and says the strength of the people of South Dakota helped him deal with challenges he faced in office such as the Missouri River floods of 2011:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/SDGOV.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………stepped up. ;18In farewell comments he issued, Daugaard thanked his cabinet, staff and state employees for their efforts, and acknowledged his Lt. Governor, Matt Michels:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/SDGOV2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………serving us. :20Daugaard’s parents were both born deaf, and he says their hard work inspired him to succeed in life through hard work:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/SDGOV3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..all work has dignity. :24Daugaard says many South Dakotans carry those same values with them and set that same example every day.He says it has been his great honor to be governor and he knows the state’s best days are still yet to come.
Manchester City Aguero and Jesus partnership delights Guardiola Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 23:51 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk UEFA Champions League Sergio Agüero Guardiola The two strikers have been in fine scoring form this season, but it is their other work that most pleases the Citizens boss Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has moved to the next level this season and has been pleased with his link-up play with Gabriel Jesus.Aguero has scored seven goals in seven matches in all competitions this term, continuing his fine form to move within one of City’s all-time scoring record ahead of their Champions League meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.City -2 11/10 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But Guardiola feels Aguero is now about more than just the goals as he offers the team a different option in attack.”I think the qualities that [Aguero] had in the past are the same,” the City manager told a pre-match news conference. “Maybe now we play more with him, not just in the finishing department.”Before, Sergio just scored a goal. Now, when John [Stones], Nico [Otamendi], Fernandinho and Yaya [Toure] have the ball, we know he is there and that helps to be more involved.”Jesus has also hit the ground running this season with five goals of his own, but Guardiola has also been impressed with his selfless work for the team.”Now we have five strikers I trust,” he added. “There is no doubt about his ability, his impact since he arrived, on and off the pitch. I am delighted with him.PEP: On and off the pitch. I am delighted with @gabrieljesus33. He helps Sergio score, helps our pressing and dynamic. He’s so important.— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 25, 2017″He helps Sergio to score goals, in our pressing and dynamism and fighting, in a lot of things that maybe we didn’t have. With him, we have it. He is so important.”The most important thing is age. He is so young and a number nine striker from Brazil. He trains every day and fights every game and has the desire to become a really good player in world football.”Guardiola was also asked about the development of young players at the Etihad Stadium after Pablo Maffeo hit the headlines for his marking of Lionel Messi while on loan at Girona, with the City manager believing such moves prove beneficial.He said: “I’ve always said that Premier League second teams don’t compete very well. They [City’s young players] need this kind of competition.”If they can’t play in the first team they need to go in other leagues and play in those big games and face players like Messi. That’s the best way to improve.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Liverpool Derby draw deflating for Liverpool but Klopp was right to rotate Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 00:57 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Everton Liverpool v Everton Opinion The German’s selection was not to blame for the Reds matching their longest-ever unbeaten run against Everton with a draw rather than a victory With 76 minutes played as the snow cascaded down at Anfield, the post-match line was clear: No Philippe Coutinho or Roberto Firmino, no problem.Liverpool had dominated the Merseyside derby so thoroughly that the 1-0 scoreline – courtesy of another stunner in Mohamed Salah’s bulging collection – was incredibly kind to Everton at that point in a ridiculously one-sided encounter.Jurgen Klopp’s men had created more than enough to wreck the visitors’ festive period for a second year running, but as Dejan Lovren gave referee Craig Pawson a decision to make after putting his hands on Dominic Calvert-Lewin, it felt like Christmas had been cancelled for the Reds. 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It was his first goal in the rivalry and the only sniff Sam Allardyce’s charges had on Sunday afternoon.And so, when the clock struck 77 minutes and the scoreline was altered, so too did the narrative.Klopp’s rotation, which would have been marked as a sign of strength otherwise, was to blame for the dropped points – not a moment of cunning from Calvert-Lewin met with idiocy from Lovren, or the opportunities Liverpool spurned to further put their boot on the throat of their rivals.The German’s shuffling of his pack has allowed the Reds to have an important balance of rhythm and freshness through an exacting time. Having watched the injuries stack up during a packed schedule in the previous campaign, Klopp wanted a squad more equipped to handle a heavier workload and has put his roster to good use in recent weeks.Liverpool have not suffered defeat in the 10 matches since their 4-1 humiliation at Tottenham, scoring 33 times and conceding seven as the manager has switched both personnel and formation.The suggestion that Klopp’s selection is the reason for his side matching their longest-ever unbeaten run against Everton with a draw rather than victory is a result-based analysis rather than one taking into account the contrasting performances as a whole.The plan from the visitors in the opening half could be summarised by the phrases ‘get rid’ and ‘get back’. Liverpool were more troubled by slippery surface than their neighbours, who huffed and hoofed with zero threat.They had just a solitary shot in the first 45, with no corners or crosses from open play. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had more touches than any of his team-mates and Jordan Henderson had completed five more passes than Everton had collectively strung together.It would have been frustrating had Liverpool entered the interval on level terms, but on 42 minutes, the player of the match at that stage and the standout star of their season combined to break through.Joe Gomez, phenomenal on his debut in this fixture, fed Salah on the right. The Egyptian shrugged off Cuco Martina with ease before shimmying away from Idrissa Gueye, and as Ashley Williams approached, he curled a beauty into the top corner.It was the 25-year-old’s 13th league goal of the campaign – the same figure managed by Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho in the entirety of 2016-17.After the break, Liverpool’s control of the clash continued with Salah heading wide, Gomez nodding over and Everton engaged in more clearances than anything they managed to offer in the encounter.Mane was atypically guilty of poor decision-making, and as Klopp reflected afterwards: “Only one team tried for over 95 minutes to win it. The other team were not in our box and didn’t have a chance bar the penalty.”The 50-year-old was also accurate with his response when asked about rotation. “I thought before the game, yes. Still yes, even when the result doesn’t show it,” he said of his decision to hold Coutinho and Firmino in reserve.”We did it in the last six or seven weeks. We do it like this. I’ve said it here, I’ve said it to the boys already, we can change as much as we want when we win the games, but when we don’t win the games I take the blame. I have no problem with that. The boys who came in were fresh and did a brilliant job; they played, they worked hard. We worked hard, it was a derby, we accepted it, we took it as a derby, it’s a fight.”You need to be ready for each challenge – and we were ready for each challenge. We tried everything. We could have scored, we had clear chances, half-chances – we had everything you need but we didn’t use it, that’s how it is and we know that. It was always clear a day like this could happen – we wanted to win 1-0 and we didn’t. I was really happy with the performance of the team, that’s how it is. They played well.”Can they play better? Yes. But it’s an intense time. Ask everybody who played during the week, it’s intense what we’re doing, so that’s why we made changes. We thought we needed fresh legs – that’s what we had and we could have won it. We didn’t, so – as I said – blame me.”Allardyce, meanwhile, noted that it was encouraging to see both Coutinho and Firmino on the bench. However, that did not in any way alter his approach to the clash – Everton were devoid of ambition regardless and were rightly grateful to have received a point in a derby they were a distant second best in. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Eden Hazard was unable to assert himself against an excellent Manchester United midfield on Monday night. Photograph: Rob Newell – CameraSport/CameraSport via Getty Images Is defending making a comeback after the gung-ho attacking years? Facebook Maurizio Sarri has had no contact with the Chelsea hierarchy this week and has claimed the ferocious debate around his preferred tactical approach is “a false problem” as he desperately clings to his position at Stamford Bridge. Jonathan Wilson Sarri confirmed he had not spoken to the owner, Roman Abramovich, who has not attended a game this season, or the director Marina Granovskaia since the loss to United. He was reluctant to draw conclusions, either, from the chairman Bruce Buck’s ominously conspicuous presence in Sweden and at Stamford Bridge this week.Regardless, it seems doubtful the Italian will be able to rebuild bridges with a fanbase in open revolt this week. “It’s very easy: we need to win three or four matches in a row,” he said. “It’s the only solution. I can understand very well the frustration of our fans because they are used to winning and now we are in trouble. But there isn’t another way. We have only to have good performances and good results. And, in this moment, it’s very difficult to think that we are able to win three or four matches in a row.“But, in football, everything can change in one day. I think that we need, first of all, a good performance. A good result. Then, with more confidence we are able to do everything. I have to think that I will be the manager of Chelsea for a long time, otherwise I cannot work. I am not sure [it will work] but I have to think this. I have to work and I want to work with a long-term target.” Jonathan Wilson Pinterest Share via Email Chelsea fans don’t often have time to turn on a manager – this felt decisive news The Italian will lead his beleaguered side into the second leg of the Europa League last-32 tie against Malmö knowing defeat in any of the team’s next three matches – they play the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday and host Tottenham in the Premier League next week – would likely spell the end of his tenure at the club seven months into a three-year deal.Discontent among the fanbase spilled over this week with chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing” and, more pertinently, “fuck Sarri-ball” during the FA Cup fifth-round defeat by Manchester United, with supporters infuriated by the predictability and lack of flexibility to Sarri’s outlook. The depth of antipathy surprised the board and left them contemplating how best to proceed.Sarri has been without his assistant Gianfranco Zola, who is suffering from a gallstone problem, and could be without goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga at Wembley after he succumbed to a hamstring complaint. Yet, while he could rest Jorginho on Thursday, he suggested he would not change his formation against Malmö or consider restoring the World Cup and two-times Premier League winner N’Golo Kanté to a midfield anchor role.Instead, the head coach returned to the familiar theme of his players’ mental fragility. “The system is a false problem,” he said. “I know very well that, when we are losing, I have to put a striker on the pitch. When we are winning, I have to put a defender on the pitch. But I want to see the football in another way.“I have to think we are able to improve, and able to improve immediately. The result is not all in a match. In the last match [against United] we played better, better and better, especially in the first half. We have to solve a big problem because we stayed in the other half for 75 minutes out of 90 and were not able to score. They only played 15 or 16 balls into our box and scored two goals. So we have to solve this problem: a problem of aggression and determination in both boxes.” Share on Pinterest Chelsea The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Topics Read more Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Maurizio Sarri Share on Messenger Read more Antonio Rüdiger admitted the team had underperformed and pointed to a lack of confidence, suggesting Sunday’s meeting with City – 6-0 victors when the teams met this month – would “show the truth”. Yet the Germany defender fell short of rallying support behind Sarri and likened the head coach’s penchant for tactical meetings on match-day mornings to sitting in a classroom back at school. “There’s no fatigue [caused by training on the day of games], because it’s not like we are doing box-to-box runs,” he said. “It’s not physical. It’s just the tactical things he likes to do.“That’s his way. It’s new for the majority of the players but we have to adapt to it. It’s the same if you sit in the school the whole time listening to someone. Of course, sometimes, it gets [mentally tiring] but at the end of the day you have to do your job. The City game will show the truth. That will show our way this season.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Twitter Reuse this content
The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Dry cleaning can be a hassle. It’s expensive, it can take a long time, and it isn’t very good for the environment. Unfortunately there aren’t that many alternatives, but luckily the folks at Whirlpool and Tide have come up with a machine that solves all these problems.Named the Swash, the system helps save your dry cleaning problems in three ways: First of all it saves time by helping garments look their best under 10 minutes. Second of all, it cuts your dry cleaning costs down by about 50 percent. Third of all, it saves your clothes by preventing dyes from fading and fabrics from pilling. White, blue and orange lights count down cycle completions and also alert you in case anything goes wrong. In addition, it’s nice and compact, so for those of you who don’t live in compact apartments, there’s plenty of room to store Swash, which can fit right into your closet. And, you don’t need any complicated water pipes, just a standard outlet.In those 10 minutes, it removes wrinkles, neutralizes odors, and restores the fit of your clothes, returning them to the condition that you bought them in. How about that? You may never have to go to the dry cleaner again.Still not sure about it? Swash only costs $500, and if that investment is too high, they’re giving a 45-day risk-free trial.We have to say, with all the delicate clothes in our wardrobe and the nuisance of ironing and dry cleaning, Swash just might be a god send.For more information, visit swash.com. Editors’ Recommendations How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Complete Guide for Learning How to Mow a Lawn
OTTAWA — The union representing striking Canada Post workers says there are positives in the Crown corporation’s latest contract offers.But the head of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says the proposals issued yesterday don’t yet constitute finals offers that would put an end to rotating walkouts that are causing delivery delays across the country.Union national president Mike Palecek won’t say whether tentative deals can be reached before the Saturday deadline imposed by Canada Post.Palecek says the union needs concrete proposals for dealing with what he calls an “injury crisis” at Canada Post — and not just committees designed to punt worker health and safety concerns down the road.Rotating walkouts continued Thursday at processing plants in Montreal and Winnipeg, as well as at smaller locations in Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has warned his government will take unspecified action to end the rotating strikes if there is no significant progress in the negotiations.Canada Post said recent major shutdowns of parcel processing in Toronto and Vancouver have created a backlog of nearly 500 tractor-trailer loads of parcels and packages that need to be sorted. The backlog has caused substantial delivery delays.Online sales giant eBay has called on Trudeau to legislate an end to the labour dispute before the holiday shopping rush hits its first peak later this month with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events.The Canadian Press
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, have collaborated on a new public service announcement (PSA) featuring Academy Award-winning actor and SU2C Ambassador Morgan Freeman, who also is an executive producer of The C Word, a powerful new cancer documentary.Video: :60 TV PSA – SUC2-Be The Breakthrough – Morgan FreemanThe PSA is part of a collaboration between SU2C and Genentech called Be The Breakthrough, a multi-faceted effort that celebrates the people behind progress in cancer: the patients who participate in clinical trials, the scientists and doctors who make medical advances and improve care, and the people who provide support to those living with cancer.While we have made significant progress, there is much left to do to fight cancer. The disease still affects 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the U.S. in their lifetime. The Be The Breakthrough PSA is designed to increase awareness of and educate about the critical importance of individual contributions, such as getting screened regularly and participating in clinical trials, to continue advancing progress against cancer.“I am honored to join Stand Up To Cancer and Genentech in this extremely important PSA campaign,” said Academy Award-winning actor Freeman. “As the executive producer of The C Word documentary, it’s important to me to help raise awareness of this disease and the progress being made. I hope through this PSA and also through The C Word that I can help change the way people view cancer.”The PSA will begin airing December 2016 and encourages the public to visit SU2C.org/breakthrough. The website will provide resources and tools for people who want to learn about screening tests and clinical trials that may be right for them.Freeman adds: “Even the smallest steps against cancer are breakthroughs and can lead to something extraordinary. Getting screened, participating in a clinical trial, caring for patients, teaching prevention or pursuing an uncharted area of research — these are all breakthroughs. Defeating cancer takes breakthroughs, and together we can all be the breakthrough.”In the PSA, Freeman, standing on a dramatically lit stage alongside cancer survivor Tonya Peat, delivers an inspiring and poetic monologue about what it means to “be the breakthrough.” Tonya represents all the brave survivors who fight tirelessly.The PSA was developed by the Creative Direction team of Nate Naylor and Chris Maiorino, and produced by the teams at Blacklist and Tendril, and Executive Produced by Madeline Marotto.In addition to Be The Breakthrough, Genentech is also a collaborator in Catalyst, a program that will use funding and materials from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostic and medical devices industries to accelerate research on cancer prevention, detection and treatment.“We are grateful to Genentech for their continued dedication to Stand Up To Cancer’s research and their commitment to discovering science breakthroughs to help saves lives,” said Stand Up To Cancer Co-Founder Lisa Paulsen. “We are also grateful to Morgan Freeman for lending his voice to this campaign. His dedication to raising awareness for this disease through his participation in this PSA and through his documentary The C Word, makes him such a powerful ambassador.”“SU2C has made great progress against cancer by combining awareness, public education and cutting-edge research, which is why we’ve deepened our collaboration with them to include ‘Be The Breakthrough,’” said Troy Cox, Senior Vice President of BioOncology at Genentech. “We are excited to have Morgan Freeman bring his voice and advocacy to this public health initiative that empowers everyone to play a role in the fight against cancer.”
Advertisement Advertisement One of televisions most exciting talk-show hosts is coming to Vancouver for a Q&A session.Ellen DeGeneres, host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and voice of Finding Nemo‘s Dory, is bringing her smiling, dancing, pranking, and fun-loving personality to Rogers Arena for a one-night-only show, A Conversation With Ellen DeGeneres. Known for her quick wit and punchy sense of humour, Ellen has been winning over audiences ever since she first appeared on the sitcom Ellen back in 1994. She has been hosting her talk show since 2003, winning 10 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment – holding the record for the category. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Q&A at Rogers Arena will take place on Friday, October 19, and is being presented by TD Bank and hosted by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.Ellen’s visit to Vancouver will be only her second Canadian show, as she also stopped by Calgary this past April.Tickets go on sale to public starting Wednesday, August 15 at 10 am.Prices have not yet been posted for the Vancouver show, though a similar event in Calgary saw tickets going for $104 to $314.A Conversation With Ellen DeGeneres Vancouver show 2018When: Friday, October 19, 2018Time: 7 pmWhere: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, VancouverTickets: Available online starting Wednesday, August 15 at 10 am Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter
12 January 2010A massive influx of 125,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into neighbouring Republic of Congo (ROC) and Central African Republic (CAR) after deadly ethnic clashes is severely stretching the meagre resources of the impoverished region, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. “There is an acute need for formal refugee sites to be established in both CAR and ROC, as the majority of the DRC refugees occupy public buildings and spaces,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Andrej Mahecic told a news briefing in Geneva, warning that the influx could lead to tensions with the local community.“In Mougoumba in CAR (where 17,000 people have fled, 60 per cent of them children and many from orphanages) the refugees outnumber the locals by 200 to one, while the Likouala region of northern ROC has seen its population double with the arrival of 107,000 refugees.”The refugees fled Equateur province in north-west DRC after fighting erupted in late October when Enyele militiamen launched deadly assaults on ethnic Munzayas over fishing and farming rights in the Dongo area. Tensions have since expanded to most parts of Equateur and the DRC army has launched an offensive against the militia.Although land has been allocated to accommodate 4,000 refugees in ROC, more space needs to be designated for refugee sites and discussions are ongoing with both ROC and CAR governments, Mr. Mahecic said. Meanwhile, UNHCR has sent emergency staff to support the widely dispersed refugee communities in this region.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has already provided month-long rations of maize, beans, vegetable oil and salt for internally displaced persons (IDPs) within Equateur province, where peacekeepers from the UN mission in DRC (MONUC) have protected the food convoys. Refugees who fled across the Oubangui River into ROC started receiving WFP food aid at the end of November, but their numbers have now swelled.According to the DRC Government, 270 people were killed when the inter-ethnic clashes first erupted.
On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 37.25 points to 15,655.50.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 28.81 points to 22,352.39.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 0.71 points to 2,510.77.The Nasdaq composite index was up 13.02 points to 6,466.47.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.06 cents US, down from Thursday’s average price of 80.32 cents US.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX down, miners back off amid tepid Chinese data; N.Y. up on Bernanke comments TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday as mining stocks lost ground amid disappointing data from China.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 45.34 points to 13,548.85 as traders also looked ahead to the start of the U.S. fourth-quarter earnings season next week.The Canadian dollar rose 0.3 of a cent to 93.99 cents US.New York indexes were mixed amid bullish comments on the American economy from outgoing Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke.Bernanke says Americans’ finances have improved and the outlook for home sales is brighter. He also expects less drag from federal spending cuts and tax increases. Combined, those factors bode well for U.S. economic growth in coming quarters.The Dow Jones industrials rose 28.64 points to 16,469.99, the Nasdaq dipped 11.16 points to 4,131.91 while the S&P 500 index edged 0.61 of a point lower to 1,831.37.The coming week will see the first run of U.S. earnings reports trickle in from companies like resource heavyweight Alcoa Inc. on Thursday.Bloomberg News says that U.S. earnings are expected to rise just 3.7 per cent in the fourth quarter, excluding financial companies.Hopes are high that strong earnings can support the huge runup on U.S. markets last year, particularly after the Fed signalled last month that it is winding down a key area of stimulus.The U.S. Federal Reserve ended months of speculation last month and announced it would be cutting back on its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases. Those purchases are credited with supporting a strong rally on stock markets in 2013, including a 30 per cent surge in the S&P 500 to a record high.Meanwhile, base metal prices backed off as China’s official non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to a four-month low, coming in at 54.6 in December from 56 in November. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.China is the world’s second-biggest economy and its double digit growth of the past and huge appetite for commodities had been a huge plus for a resource-based market like the TSX.But traders have had to get used to a more modest growth rate of between seven and 7.5 per cent as the Chinese government keeps the lid on growth in order to keep inflation under control.“The days of 10 per cent growth are gone and they’re gone mainly because the government doesn’t want it anyways,” observed Andrew Pyle, investment adviser at ScotiaMcLeod in Peterborough, Ont.He added that there are concerns that growth could even go below seven per cent.“China GDP growth going down below seven per cent would have a dramatic impact on resources in general, so it wouldn’t be just be base metals, it would be crude and everything else.”North American markets got off to a lacklustre start to 2014 trading Thursday amid a slate of data showing manufacturing sectors in China, the U.S. and Canada still expanding but at a slower pace.The base metals sector was down 1.4 per cent as March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost three cents to US$3.35 a pound. Capstone Mining (TSX:CS) shed eight cents to C$2.92 while Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) lost 69 cents to $26.89.The gold sector gave up early gains to post a loss of about one per cent as February bullion gained $13.40 to US$1,238.60 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) faded 42 cents to C$23.71.Energy stocks also weighed on the TSX as crude fell six per cent this past week due to growing inventories in the U.S. and an expected recovery in Libyan production.The energy sector lost 0.6 per cent as February crude on the Nymex fell $1.48 to US$93.96 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) shed 32 cents to C$35.03.Tech stocks were mixed with Celestica (TSX:CLS) ahead 11 cents to $11.12.But BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares lost 12 cents to $8.09 as it said that it is suing Typo Products, a company co-founded by TV personality Ryan Seacrest, saying that its new iPhone case rips off the famous BlackBerry keyboard.Automakers also released December sales figures for the U.S.Chrysler said its U.S. sales rose six per cent in the final month of the year and posted a nine per cent rise for 2013.Ford’s sales for December in the U.S. rose 1.8 per cent, lower than the 5.9 per cent gain that was expected. Ford’s U.S. sales jumped 11 per cent in 2013 to nearly 2.5 million — a six-year high and its shares were seven cents higher to US$15.51.General Motors’ December U.S. sales fell more than six per cent, but the company still finished the year with a 7.3 per cent increase. GM shares fell 3.37 per cent to $39.57.North American markets closed little changed for the week with the TSX down 39 points while the Dow shed eight points.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly referred to certain U.S. companies as reporting financial results next week. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 3, 2014 6:17 am MDT The fading name on the building in Toronto that used to house the Toronto Stock Exchange is pictured on August 18 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Philippi-Hagenbuch’s Material Spreader body provides a safe and efficient solution for mine haul road maintenance. It improves the safety and traction of icy haul roads in winter by applying road grit. During spring thaw, the Material Spreader easily tackles deteriorating road areas by spreading repair material and building up areas.“We receive multiple requests every year for a sanding body that can apply grit to haul roads,” said Josh Swank, Philippi-Hagenbuch Vice President of Sales. “When we started designing the material spreading system, we wanted to ensure that it met the same criteria as all of our products. This spreader, like all PHIL products, is robustly built to withstand the harshest worksite conditions, simple to operate, and designed to maximize efficiency and achieve the truck’s true hauling capacity.”The heart of the system is a patented PHIL rear-eject body coupled with the new Material Spreader attachment. The Material Spreader easily spreads road grit, sand or other material ranging in size from very fine to more than 50mm (2 in). Operators can easily adjust the material spreading width from about 4.6 m (15 ft) to more than 18 m (60 ft). The haul truck operator controls the material spreading rate and width from the truck’s cab. An optional top-loading Grizzly Screen controls the maximum size of the material being spread. The ejector blade on the proven PHIL rear-eject body moves material to the rear of the body and into a cross auger channel. The auger gathers material to the centre of the spreader and then discharges it onto a set of material spinners for spreading.The PHIL Material Spreader body can provide companies with a fast return on investment since it eliminates the need to purchase a dedicated piece of sanding equipment. It adapts to year-round use as the spreader, adds traction to icy roads during the winter and builds up and maintains haul roads in the spring and fall. During summer, the rear-eject body hauls and spreads material. A crew can easily install or remove the Material Spreader attachment from that body within about two hours.PHIL builds the Material Spreader, like all its products, to be efficient, easy to operate and withstand the test of time. The system is made with Hardox 450 steel and designed for maximum productivity. “We are always looking for ways to make our customers’ lives and jobs safer, more productive and more efficient,” Swank said. “This is the first in a series of PHIL Ejector Body attachments that will help us expand the flexibility of our Rear-Eject Body technology while achieving our goal of making mines more productive, profitable and safe.”
THE OPERATOR OF Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant admitted today it had played down the risks to the facility of a tsunami for fear of the political, financial and cost to reputation.The admission is one of the starkest yet by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which has been criticised for trying to shirk responsibility for the worst nuclear disaster in a generation.The report says before the huge waves of March 2011 smashed into the plant the company was aware defences against natural disaster were insufficient, but did not act because of the possible consequences.Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said in a report:There was a latent fear that plant shutdown would be required until severe accident measures were put in place.The document, entitled “Fundamental Policy for the Reform of TEPCO Nuclear Power Organization” says insufficient planning was done to prepare for a natural disaster.It said “severe accident” measures were taken in 2002, but nothing since because of worries about how it would appear to people living nearby.There was concern that if new severe accident measures were implemented, it could spread concern in the siting community that there is a problem with the safety of current plants.It also said any action might “add momentum to anti-nuclear movements”.The company admitted it was frightened by the prospect of getting sued if it acknowledged the safety regime in place was not up to scratch.InvestigationsTEPCO, which has been lambasted as secretive, produced the report after convening a panel of outside experts to review its nuclear programmes.Its admission of failure is a sharp about-face from previous claims that the tsunami was beyond conventional scientific expectation and there was no way they could have reasonably prepared for it.However, two separate investigation panels, set up by the government and the legislature, both found TEPCO had been blinkered to the potential risks.Those risks became reality on March 11, 2011, when a towering tsunami triggered by a record offshore earthquake slammed into Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, knocking out cooling systems and sending reactors into meltdown.The crippled units spewed radioactive materials across a wide area, contaminating a swathe of farmland in one of land-strapped Japan’s key food-producing areas.They also forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, many of whom are still living in temporary accommodation. Some may never be allowed to return.The clean-up of the land and demolition of the reactors are expected to take decades, while many communities remain deserted.The giant utility, which has since been nationalised, faces colossal compensation claims in addition to the cost of dismantling the Fukushima plant.No one is officially recorded as having died as a direct result of the nuclear accident, although the natural disaster is believed to have killed almost 19,000 people.Read: Fukushima caused mutant butterflies: scientists>Read: Fukushima operators release first video of explosion aftermath>
HACCI’s major event of the year celebrating Hellenic achievement through its prestigious annual Excellence Awards in 5 categories – Lifetime Achievement, Business Excellence, Professional Excellence, Young Achievement and Community Service will take place tomorrow. The HACCI Excellence Awards Gala Ball will be held at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne and recognise Hellenic achievement in business. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target We here at Geek.com know about self-destruction. We also have a lot of USB devices. That’s why this USB hub is great. The ThinkGeek-exclusive Cube-Works Self-Destruct USB 3.0 Hub is a USB hub and a doomsday button all in one.Yes, it’s a novelty USB hub. But it’s a pretty nice one! It has a solid aluminum body, with a nice, thick cable permanently and securely attached to the back. And, of course, the blue tabs on the ports on the back mean it’s a USB 3.0 hub, so you’re going to get nice, fast transfer speeds. I like having the permanently attached cable, because then I don’t need to worry if whatever USB cable I grabbed to plug the hub into my computer is USB 3.0 or not.It looks like a weapon launch button, or at least what a nerd would think a weapon launch button looks like. Three-step command, with two toggle switches and a key switch, surrounding a big red button under a flip-up plastic lid. A big red light turns on when the switches are all flipped in the right order, and pressing the button makes a falling bomb noise.The noise is my only complaint. It sounds pretty flaccid, even for a small, USB-powered speaker. The satisfying clack of the toggle switches, and just being able to turn the key and flip the cover up and down, are much more satisfying than the sound effect. As fake explosions go, though, it sounds like a dud.This is a nice little desktop toy that gives you something to physically play with, and adds extra USB 3.0 ports to your computer. It’s a little pricey at $59.99, but for the money you get a USB hub that’s solid, eye-catching, and fun to use.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The median salary for graduate job roles has increased by 1.25% in the last year, rising from £27,654 to £28,000, according to research by Incomes Data Research (IDR).The Graduate and apprentice pay 2019 report, based on research conducted in spring 2019 using information from 56 UK-based organisations that employ a total of 550,000 staff, also found that the median annual pay for degree-level apprentices has improved, rising from £16,000 last year to £17,875 this month.The research further found that a first-year apprentice is likely to earn £6.65 per hour if working at an intermediate or advanced level; this is 71% higher than the statutory national minimum wage rate for apprentices of £3.90 an hour.Higher level apprentices or those at degree level can receive up to £8.44 an hour or £9.14 an hour, respectively.Zoe Woolacott, spokesperson at IDR, said: “The introduction of degree-level apprenticeships provides more choice for employers wishing to develop degree-qualified staff, with the benefit of a lower cost, at least initially.”
Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Highlighted by offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, four University of Louisville football standouts have been named preseason All-ACC by Phil Steele in his 2019 College Football Preview. Becton earned first-team honors, while wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, linebacker C.J. Avery and kick returner Hassan were named to the fourth team.A 6-foot-7,368-pounder, Becton started all 12 games for the Cardinals last season at left tackle, while starting 22 in his career. The native of Highland Springs,Va.,scored his first career touchdown when he plowed in from one yard in a win over Indiana State.Fitzpatrick was second on the tem with 31 receptions for 422 yards and three touchdowns, while averaging 13.6 yards per catch. The product of Farmington Hills, Mich., caught a season high five passes for 62 yards at Virginia and had three other contests when he caught four passes. In 25 career games, Fitzpatrick has caught 76 passes for 1.121 yards and 12 touchdowns.Moving to linebacker last season, Avery was second on the team with 56 tackles in nine games. The native of Grenada, Miss., led the team in interceptions with two — the first of his career. He posted a career high 15 tackles in a loss at Boston College and added seven stops versus Wake Forest and Kentucky.Hall, a true freshman last year, proved to be one of the top kick returners in the country. The Atlanta, Ga., product finished with 818 kick return yards, the sixth-most in school history. Hall averaged 24.1 yards a return, which ranked 35th nationally. The 6-foot-0 rising sophomore returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown versus Clemson.The Cardinals open 2019 preseason camp in August. The season opener is set for Monday, Sept. 2 when Notre Dame makes its first appearance at Cardinal Stadium.Print Friendly Version