first_imgYonge-Dundas Square The Second City will bring the Square to life with hot improv sets all summer long to warm up the audience before each screening! The cast includes Alan Shane Lewis, Natalie Metcalfe, Christian Smith, Matt Folliott, Clare McConnell, and Jillian Welsh.City CinemaWhen: Every Tuesday, June 25 to August 27, 2019Time: 8:30 pmWhere: Yonge-Dundas SquarePrice: Free.Here’s this summer’s movie lineup: See trailers belowTuesday, June 25: Ghostbusters (1984)Tuesday, July 2: Date Night (2010)Tuesday, July 9: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)Tuesday, July 16: A Mighty Wind (2003)Tuesday, July 23: UP (2009)Tuesday, July 30: Sisters (2015)Tuesday, August 6: Cool Runnings (1993)Tuesday, August 13: Mean Girls (2004)Tuesday, August 20: Austin PowersTuesday, August 27:  Best in Show (2000) Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This summer, you can enjoy free weekly movies in the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square.From June 25 to August 27, Yonge-Dundas Square will once again bring an outdoor film series, City Cinema, but this time, with a hilarious live twist.Every Tuesday this summer at 8 pm, City Cinema will host a live performance by The Second City before screening the funniest films featuring The Second City alumni John Candy, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers and more. June 25 – Movie: Ghostbusters (1984)July 2 – Date Night (2010)July 9 – Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)July 16 – A Mighty Wind (2003)July 23 – Up (2009)July 30 – Sisters (2015)August 6 – Cool Runnings (1993)August 13 – Mean Girls (2004)August 20 – Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)August 27 – Best in Show (2000)center_img Advertisement Facebook With files from The Daily Hive Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Second band election yields new results for Roseau River

first_imgMelissa Ridgen APTN InvestigatesA band council re-vote in Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba has a different outcome after an election held just days earlier was declared void by a federal court judge.A new electoral officer, brought in from Pegius First Nation, held the new election on Sunday under police escort. Two of the candidates, Ken Henry and Gary Roberts won in Thursday’s election but were turfed from council after being declared ineligible by the new electoral officer.Craig Alexander prevailed as as chief in both votes. Rachel Seenie, June Thomas and Keith Nelson won council seats along with incumbent councillor Zongiday Nelson.Two elections in three days was a result of a court-challenge by out-going chief Alfred Hayden, who didn’t seek re-election. He asked a judge to remove the electoral officer chosen by custom council, arguing she had violated or wasn’t upholding, some of the election rules.On March 7 a federal court judge granted the request and named a new electoral officer for the March 9 election. But Burke Ratte, an electoral-officer-for-hire from the Peguis First Nation, was turned away by members of the community and the election was held with the original electoral officer at the helm.Hayden was back in court Friday to have the judge toss the results and have a new election with Ratte escorted by police onto the First Nation, located 90 kilometres south of Winnipeg.Many council hopefuls ran on the promise to get Roseau out of a controversial gas bar deal that’s been ongoing for a decade on the community’s $2.1-million urban reserve just outside of Winnipeg.Businessman David Doer signed over ownership of the physical gas station building to Roseau after a land designation process failed, making the land unleasable. But as APTN Investigates reported he continues to profit from a lucrative management agreement the previous chief and council signed.The business was also part of an APTN hidden camera investigation that revealed the gas bar was surreptitiously using status card numbers of some customers to sell tax-exempt gas and cigarettes to other non-status customers.last_img read more

Volunteers needed to help Old Fort Residents

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Volunteers are needed to help residents of the Old Fort.On Sunday, the Peace River Regional District said they would let some residents temporarily enter their homes starting Monday.  Local volunteers Jeff Garrison and MP Bob Zimmer were also asked on Sunday to help organize volunteers that will help residents winterize their homes and help move any belongings using riverboats.In a video posted to Facebook late Sunday night, Garrison said “what we are looking for volunteers to provide riverboats, people to help move items.  There is nothing we can’t use you for.” If you would like to help, meet at Evangel Downtown Church on Monday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Garrison says volunteers will be needed starting on Tuesday.Last week Jeff Garrison and Bob Zimmer lead a group of volunteers to residents in the Old Fort, despite the evacuation order being in place.  Following that effort, the Peace River Regional District offered to work with the group once the area became safe to access.last_img read more

Scientists Urge Swift Action at UN Climate Summit

Rabat – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released an authoritative and actionable climate science report on September 22. A team of natural and social scientists prepared the report to inform policymakers at the UN Climate Action Summit, which opened Monday, September 23.United in Science examines gaps between climate science realities and current emissions trajectories. The report found that even though renewables have seen extraordinary growth, fossil fuel use and emissions increased in 2018 and peak emissions will not be reached by 2030, let alone by 2020.2015-2019 are on track to be the hottest five years in recorded history, according to the report. Natural and social scientist authors highlight how major heatwaves, record-breaking fires, floods, drought, and tropical cyclones have devastated socio-economic development during this period. Climate records have marked the five year period within the MENA region.In June 2018, Quriyat on coastal Oman recorded a 24-hour minimum temperature of 42.6°C, possibly the highest such temperature recorded on a thermometer. Ouargla in the Algerian Sahara reported a maximum temperature of 51.3°C in July 2018, the highest ever reliably recorded on the African continent.Morocco has witnessed droughts and shifting seasons since 2015. The 2016 drought was the most severe in three decades, according to the Moroccan government. Its impact on Morocco’s key agricultural sector prompted King Mohammed VI, who inaugurated the Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex, the world’s largest concentrated solar plant, to issue a decree calling on the faithful to pray for rain.Current policies fall short for Paris Agreement targetsClimate policies in place to achieve the Paris agreement’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will not achieve their goals. Current ambitions must be tripled to meet the 2°C limit and increased approximately fivefold to meet the 1.5°C limit, according to the WMO report.Failing to meet these limits will result in catastrophic global conditions, climate scientists continue to warn. According to the report, if current trends continue, the world will warm by 2.9°C to 3.4°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.Humanity possesses the technical capacity to meet the 1.5°C goal, but doing so will require rapid and unprecedented shifts in all forms of society, according to the IPCC 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.“Only immediate and all-inclusive action encompassing: Deep de-carbonization complemented by ambitious policy measures, protection and enhancement of carbon sinks and biodiversity, and efforts to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, will enable us to meet the Paris Agreement,” urged a WMO press release.Morocco is one of only two countries worldwide on track to meet the 1.5°C target, according to Climate Action Tracker.Hope persists for international policy negotiationsA global youth climate movement has spotlighted this week’s climate summit and inspired a concurrent Youth Climate Action Summit. The unprecedented call to action brings hope when many are discouraged by insufficient climate crisis legislation.An experienced international climate negotiator and former chair of the main committee of the UN Climate Convention told Morocco World News that science is taken seriously at negotiations: “The science on climate change has been getting firmer for years. And the observed reality on climate change is always toward the more dire projections.“Despite the posturing of some politicians, this science is not debated by the international negotiators seeking to find ways to mitigate humankind’s impact on the climate. This complex economic negotiation is producing results.”He added a call to action: “A great deal more, much more, needs to be done to minimize the worst impacts of climate change.”Princess Lalla Hasnaa, Chairwoman of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, addressed summit members on behalf of King Mohammed VI. Hasnaa delivered a royal speech emphasizing that effective global climate policy requires “effective international solidarity, sustainable financing and a qualitative transfer of technology and know-how” to support countries in the global south.This statement echoes previous speeches made by King Mohammed VI.Hasnaa also announced the foundation’s launch of the African Youth Climate Hub, which aims to “showcase leadership and innovation, and to underscore the positive role of African youth.” She explained that the concurrent Youth Climate Summit “provides reasons for optimism, requiring us to respond positively and lend our effective support.”Read also: King Mohammed VI Calls for Collective Action on Climate Change read more

Engagement and diplomacy before confrontation says Ban Kimoon of his style

“I believe in engagement, dialogue before confrontation,” Mr. Ban wrote in an opinion piece published in the international edition of Newsweek magazine. He added that efforts to establish rapport and an effective working relationship despite disagreements, however sharp, “will be the hallmark of my tenure as Secretary General.” Mr. Ban said he took on his current post “without illusions,” being well aware of how a previous Secretary-General commented that it is the most “impossible” job in the world – but has maintained his optimism.“With demands growing on every front, from peacekeeping to humanitarian assistance to health, the UN today is being called upon to do more than ever before, even as the resources to do these jobs grow proportionately more scarce,” he wrote.At the same time, he pointed out that the tide has shifted in the UN’s favour, with a surge in the public’s appreciation for multilateralism and diplomacy in handling crises. Issues for which the UN is typically identified as taking the lead, such as climate change, are increasingly becoming prominent on the global agenda.“Perhaps most encouraging, public support for the UN remains strikingly high,” he said, referring to a new poll which found almost three-quarters of respondents believing the Organization should play a stronger role on the global scene.Even in the United States, where there is perceived to be disenchantment with the UN, 75 per cent of Americans surveyed in a recent poll favour a robust United Nations, with almost as many expecting their country’s foreign policy to be conducted in partnership with the world body.“For the UN, all this, too, amounts to a climate change,” he observed.Mr. Ban underscored the human dimension to his work, which he believes is a unifying theme in his efforts as Secretary-General.For example, the key topic of climate change, he said, is inherently unequal, for as wealthier countries will be better equipped to adapt to global warming, poorer nations in places such as Africa, already impacted by desertification, will suffer disproportionately.“We may read, each morning, about human tragedies in our newspapers,” he said. “But how often do we truly hear such people’s voices, or try with full force and determination to help? This I pledge to do.” 29 May 2007Stressing that engagement and diplomacy were his preferred method of overcoming differences, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has argued that recent changes in the world have worked to the UN’s advantage as an effective mechanism for solving the world’s crises. read more

Disgraceful that man illegally in US killed athlete — Trump

(AP) President Donald Trump says it’s “so disgraceful” that Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was killed by a person who is in the US illegally.This photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows, Manuel Orrego-Savala, a citizen of Guatemala, who is be held in a suspected drunken driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson on Sunday.Trump is also prodding Democrats to work with him on illegal immigration and border security.Trump tweeted Tuesday: “So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson.This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST!”Trump added in a second tweet: “My prayers and best wishes are with the family of Edwin Jackson, a wonderful young man whose life was so senselessly taken. @Colts.”Authorities say the man suspected of the drunken-driving crash Sunday that killed Jackson has been twice deported from the US. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump says ‘millions’ of illegal immigrants to be removedJune 18, 2019In “latest news”Trump hints at Visa sanctions for countries that refuse deported ‘illegal’ immigrantsFebruary 26, 2017In “Regional”Daca Dreamers: Trump vents anger on immigrant programmeApril 2, 2018In “World” read more

Mehdiabad project – lodgement of claim with EFIC

first_imgUnion Resources is focused on exploration and development of the offshore Namibian Sandpiper-Meob phosphate project with joint venture partners Bonaparte Diamond Mines and Tungeni Investments; and resolution of the potential disputes and the potential development of the Mehdiabad base metal project in Central Iran. It has now lodged a claim with EFIC in respect of Mehdiabad.For sometime Union Resources has prepared for the possibility that it may not be able to progress with the Mehdiabad project and resolve the differences between the parties, and therefore acquired the Sandpiper project in Namibia and more recently entered into the Sandpiper-Meob Phosphate Joint Venture. Union has prioritised and will continue to prioritise development of the Sandpiper-Meob project over Mehdiabad.To further the development of the Sandpiper-Meob Phosphate Joint Venture Project, Union Resources yesterday announced a fully underwritten rights issue to raise A$3.93 million and is making a takeover bid for its joint venture partner Bonaparte Diamond Mines.The Mehdiabad project is carried on by Union Resources, Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) and the company Itok through an incorporated Iranian joint venture company, Mehdiabad Zinc Company (“MZC”). Union has to date invested in excess of US$15 million on exploration and feasibility activities relating to the project.IMIDRO purported to terminate several agreements governing the Mehdiabad project in December 2006. Union Resources stated then, and is still firmly of the opinion, that the agreements were invalidly terminated. Since that time Union Resources has been negotiating with various Iranian parties in an effort to resolve the impasse and progress the project. At the same time, Union Resources has been exploring the possibility of resolving the matter through arbitration and has made initial preparations for instituting arbitration proceedings should that become necessary.As previously advised, at the time of the purported termination by IMIDRO Union Resources held a political risk insurance policy in respect of its investment in the Mehdiabad project with the Export Finance and Insurance Corp (EFIC). The limit of liability under the Policy is $4.5 million.The Company’s ongoing efforts to have its Iranian counterparties to the Mehdiabad agreements observe the terms of those agreements have been unsuccessful to date. Due to this and the fact that time limits are imposed under the EFIC Policy for lodging a claim under the policy, the company has today lodged a claim with EFIC under the policy for compensation for expropriation of the company’s interest in MZC. The lodging of this claim does not affect Union Resources’ other rights.Union Resources will co-operate with EFIC and provide all necessary information to enable EFIC to assess its claim. At the same time, Union Resources will continue to maintain dialogue with its Iranian counterparties in the hope of resolving the disputes regarding the Mehdiabad project.last_img read more

Casio Digital Art Frame transformez vos photos en œuvres dart découvrez les

first_imgCasio Digital Art Frame : transformez vos photos en œuvres d’art, découvrez les imagesÉtats-Unis – Casio a profité du CES 2010 pour présenter son Digital Art Frame, un cadre photo qui vous permettra de métamorphoser vos clichés personnels en tableaux de maîtres.Vous souhaitez faire de la photo de votre grand-mère une œuvre d’art, ou passer pour Van Gogh grâce à vos photos de vacances ? C’est désormais possible avec le Digital Art Frame de Casio : ce cadre photo numérique utilise la même technologie que Photoshop en l’occurrence différents filtres conférant diverses textures aux photos. Mais ici, pas besoin de passer par un PC : les changements se font directement sur le cadre.Celui-ci est doté d’un écran LCD de 10,2 pouces, d’une mémoire interne de 2 Go, de deux slots SDHC, d’un port USB, d’un module Wi-Fi pour pouvoir envoyer les photos du PC au cadre sans passer par un câble, et surtout, de huit effets artistiques : Water Color Painting, Color Pencil Sketch, Pastel Painting, Pointillism, Air Brush, Oil Painting, Gothic Oil Painting et Fauvist Oil Painting. En plus de ces effets, le cadre bénéficiera d’un très pratique capteur de lumière ambiante afin d’ajuster la luminosité et d’une fonction plus amusante, la Dynamic Photo, qui permet de créer des animations photo.À lire aussiGoogle ne filtre plus en Chine mais les autorités veillentCe produit devrait être commercialisé durant l’été 2010. De quoi vous amuser avec vos photos de vacances, même si son prix n’a pas encore été communiqué.Voir les images :  https://www.maxisciences.com/digital-art-frame/digital-art-frame-un-cadre-numerique-pour-transformer-ses-photos-en-peintures_art5301.htmlLe 16 janvier 2010 à 12:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Judge Morty argues with defendant Rick in a NSFW Rick and Morty

first_imgLast month, a transcript from a Georgia court briefly took certain corners of the internet by storm. Uploaded to imgur, several pages of the hearing consist of the defendant and the judge yelling at each other. THIS IS THE BEST COURTROOM TRANSCRIPT OF ALL TIME. https://t.co/Vb4C3qXg2x pic.twitter.com/ZvII3Z6JUa— Keith Lee (@associatesmind) June 22, 2016Rick and Morty season three still hasn’t had an official premiere date announced, but Adult Swim wanted the show to have a presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.Warning – everything that follows is very NSFW.At the Rick and Morty Live panel at the Adult Swim on the Green Comic-Con venue, series co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon revealed a special Rick and Morty animatic based on that Georgia court transcript.Basically the only coherent part without a ton of curse words.If you’re unaware of the transcript, this may seem like a puzzling way to promote a cartoon show, but if you have read the transcript you’re aware of how vulgar and hilarious it is. The transcript excerpt begins with the defendant requesting a new attorney for his case under allegations that the public defender asked the defendant for oral sex.What followed was a profanity-laden rant about dicks, butts, and masturbating, culminating with the defendant bringing more charges down on his head by threatening to kill the judge’s whole family.Really, there couldn’t be a more Rick and Morty like escalation in such a short period of time. Someone on the Rick and Morty staff must have realized this, because they got Roiland (who does the voices for both Rick and Morty) to read the transcript with Morty as the judge and Rick as the defendant. They took that audio and had the Rick and Morty storyboard team animate it so they could present it at Comic-Con.It’s no Rick and Morty season three, but it’s the next best thing to any Rick and Morty fan.last_img read more

The Fantastic Cosplay of FlameCon 2018

first_imgStay on target FlameCon 2018 was last weekend, and like any good comic book convention there was plenty of cosplay to be seen. And, because it was FlameCon, a lot of it was distaff, rule 63, drag, and pride versions of classic characters. So here’s some of the best!Steven Universe was super-popular at FlameCon, of course; it’s a positive cartoon about genderfluid lesbian polyamorous space rocks, after all. And Lars’ pink hair is amazing. There were also plenty of canon, pseudo-canon, and coded pairings at the show, like Asami/Korra, Akira/Ryo, and Pearl/Rose Quartz (again, space rocks).Some of the best costumes were at the cosplay contest Saturday afternoon, but a crowded room means the pictures I took of the costumes there were less-than-great. Sorry about the fuzz! There were still plenty of adorable on-stage kisses, like Link and his Yiga Clan boyfriend from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.FlameCon, as always, was a really positive, friendly, and welcoming convention loaded with tons of creativity from skilled fans. Check it out below!View as: One Page Slides1. Sailor Galaxia, Storm, and Xena (Sailor Moon, X-Men, and Xena)2. Lumpy Space Princess (Adventure Time)3. Space Captain Lars (Steven Universe)4. Ryo and Akira (Devilman Crybaby)5. Hela on the Rainbow Bridge (Marvel)6. Autobots (I am a failure of a Transformers fan for not immediately identifying them)7. Chun-Li (Street Fighter)8. Asami and Sokka (Avatar: The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender)9. Squirrel Girl (Marvel)10. Wolverine (X-Men)11. Princess Robot (Saga) and a… Knight of LaCroix?12. Lunafreya Nox Fleuret (Final Fantasy XV)13. Princess Rosalina (Super Mario Galaxy)14. Link and a Yiga Clan assassin (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)15. Sterling Archer (Archer)16. Hercules and his boyfriend Aladdin17. Neil Gaiman’s Death18. Asami and Korra (Avatar: The Legend of Korra)19. Housewife Martian (Mars Attacks)20. Jedi (of course)21. Rose Quartz and her Pearl (Steven Universe)With Fan Expo Boston last week the second half of Con season has started strong. And the cosplay has been fantastic all year long. For our total round up of all shows and cosplay galleries head here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Things We’re Looking Forward to at PAX WestPhotos: Best Cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 last_img read more

Herrera confident De Gea will remain at United

first_imgManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is confident star goalkeeper and Real Madrid target David de Gea will remain with the Red Devils as a result of the love of the supporters of the club.There have been reports of a move for Spain international De Gea to European champions Madrid after a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu fell through in 2015.Man Utd team-mate Herrera thinks the loyalty of United’s fans will make De Gea remain at Old Trafford.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I remember that difficult summer when everyone was talking about Real Madrid and he played the first game at Old Trafford and everyone was singing his name and he told me ‘this is amazing, they are the best’,” said Herrera via FourFourTwo.“He can be very calm but he’s the best. He will show it again. He’s the best keeper I’ve ever seen in my life and he is with us so we have more chances to win titles.”last_img read more

Dumbo flies into Tim Burtons world thanks to these effects

first_img More visual effects To ensure the new version of Dumbo would inspire the same kind of emotional connection as the original character, it was essential to get the design right. “The original film was a really great point of reference,” Stammers says. “Even though Dumbo’s design doesn’t really match the original cartoon, the one thing we did look at is finding areas in the script similar to the cartoon, and finding those key poses.”The young elephant’s movements were also carefully considered, from the way he walked to the weight of his footsteps and the way he interacted with the environment. The effects team took trips to London Zoo to watch the real elephants, getting in close and photographing everything from their skin to the inside of their mouths. This verisimilitude was essential to help sell the more cartoonish elements of Dumbo’s design, like the adorable eyes. “Put him next to a real baby elephant, and they’re worlds apart,” Stammers says. “But he has so much detail and nuance in the skin, the wrinkles and the way that he moves with postures and poses that were very akin to real baby elephants that you bring back that realism.”The new Dumbo had to straddle the fantastic nature of his character and the live-action, photo-realistic world around him. Luckily, Burton’s aesthetic helped the two meet in the middle. Thanks to the “slightly expressionistic” look of the costumes, sets, skies and environments, Dumbo’s fantastical design fitted in seamlessly.Enlarge ImageAt the top, we see what the camera filmed: a real set, with bluescreen in the background and a stunt performer in green lycra acting out Dumbo’s movements. Below we see the finished frame: The expressionistic sky has been digitally added, as has the computer-generated elephant, and other details like the straw. MPC In order for the actors to interact with Dumbo on set, actor and creature performer Edd Osmond donned a green lycra suit — like a leotard made of the same color fabric as a green screen. Directed by Burton through an earpiece in the suit, he’d act out Dumbo’s movements so the actors were looking in the right place when the digital elephant was painted in afterward.To match Dumbo’s proportions, Osmond wore different versions of the suit depending on what the scene called for. In scenes where Dumbo was touched or stroked, Osmond wore a larger suit. The rest of the time he wore a skinny headpiece that earned the nickname “Antman.”dumbo-disney-mpc-bts-sidebysideEnlarge ImageAt the top we can see the green-suited physical version of Dumbo that the actors interacted with. Below is the finished image from the actual movie, where the digital Dumbo has been painted in. MPC One of the toughest sequences was the climactic scene where Dumbo flaps his ears to take to the sky, with Eva Green’s character on his back. That required precision planning to match the actor’s movements with the digital elements. Green was filmed riding on a motion base — a moving platform a bit like a rodeo bull, only more controlled — and the preplanned movements were matched to the camera’s movements as it flew around the motion base on wires. “That was very difficult and time-consuming to set up,” says Stammers, “and there was always that possibility that Tim may say, actually I want to do something different.”As they filmed the painstakingly preplanned sequence, the footage was handed to a compositor who mocked up a rough version of the sequence right there on the set. Fortunately, Burton liked what he saw. “That was certainly one of the most nerve-racking moments on the shoot,” recalls Stammers with a smile.dumbo-disney-mpc-bts-7-sidebysideEnlarge ImageAt the top, the digital version of Dumbo prepares to take a leap into the unknown. MPC Funnily enough, none of the real elephants MPC studied could fly, so their real-life research material ended the moment Dumbo left the ground. The team had to give Dumbo a weight that would sell the illusion. “There was galloping and effort with the legs while the head was moving up and down, the ears were flapping,” Stammers says, “so there was always that great sense of the effort that was going on to get him off the ground.”Cinema isn’t just a visual medium, and the filmmakers had other tricks up their sleeves to sell the illusion of a speeding elephant. “When you actually hear the final audio you get this big whoosh when Dumbo flies past,” Stammer says. “We look at it mute and it seems to jump quite quickly, but when you hear it with the sound it makes sense.”   Dumbo is in theaters in the US and UK now. 2019 movies to geek out over Game of Thrones dragonmaster reveals secrets of Daenerys’ babies Nick Park hid Wallace and Gromit in Early Man, his latest film How Andy Serkis captures the beast in Benedict Cumberbatch Visual effects company MPC reveals modern movie magic Share your voice 77 Photos TV and Movies 0 Post a comment Tags It’s one thing to draw a cute elephant. It’s another to create a cute elephant that looks as real as the actors around it.That was the challenge for the effects wizards behind the new version of Dumbo, which reimagines Disney’s classic 2D animated cartoon using the cutting-edge digital technology of 2019. I went to the London offices of effects company MPC to meet Richard Stammers, the movie’s visual effects supervisor, and find out how the team realized director Tim Burton’s vision of the live-action remake.Stammers worked on Dumbo, from start to finish, for two and a half years. “That’s longer than most other projects I’ve worked on,” he says. “It’s just the nature of what it is — there’s so much animation in the film.” The movie includes visual effects in almost every shot, whether it’s digitally adding sky in the background or making an elephant fly. There are 800 shots of computer-generated elephants alone.Tim Burton’s working style also influenced the speed of the production. “Tim works at a different pace to other directors,” Stammers says.MPC, which won an Oscar for its work on Disney’s earlier live-action reboot The Jungle Book, created the cute elephant Dumbo. It’s customary for big effects-driven blockbusters to spread the work across different vendors, so others included Framestore, which digitally extended physical sets; Rising Sun, which handled the reimagined pink elephant sequence; and Rodeo, which digitally removed Colin Farrell’s arm (he plays an amputee). This promotional featurette, in which the stars gush about making the film, shows the scale of the sets and the production. Disney Filmmakerslast_img read more

Pune Wipro techies rapecummurder convicts get 35 years in

first_imgMUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Monday commuted the death sentence to 35 years in jail of two convicted for the 2007 rape-cum-murder of a Pune BPO employee working for Wipro. The verdict by Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Swapna Joshi came after the President in 2017 rejected a mercy plea by the convicted duo – Purushottam Borate and Pradeep Kokade – for the rape-cum-murder of the 22-year-old victim nearly 12 years ago. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us The convicts had approached the Bombay High Court in April this year contending that there was an inordinate delay of 1,509 days, or more than 50 months, in the execution of their death sentence which was a violation of their fundamental rights, and seeking commutation of the death sentence. The convicts moved the high court through their lawyer Yug Choudhary, seeking to halt their execution after the Sessions Court issued a death warrant fixing June 24 as the scheduled date of their hanging. Also Read – Odisha’s Conjoined Twins To Return Home 2 Years After Separation Advertise With Us The convicts also said that they were illegally kept in solitary confinement in Yerawada Central Jail, Pune, for seven years after their conviction, violating the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Monday’s high court verdict comes after the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence, and the President rejected the clemency plea, but since the punishment was not executed, the death verdict was commuted to 35 years in prison. Advertise With Us The crime, which sent shock-waves in IT circles in Pune, took place on November 1, 2007, when the victim was proceeding to work in a cab driven by Borate, (then 26). Borate was expected to drop the victim to her workplace at Wipro, in Hinjewadi, and his friend, Kokade (then 20) was in the cab with him at that time. However, instead of dropping her to the destination, the duo took her to another spot in Hinjewadi, raped and murdered her, badly disfiguring her body and face beyond recognition. Later, they took her body in the cab to Gahunje village, around 15 km away, and dumped it in a secluded spot before returning to make a false entry that she had been dropped to her workplace. However, they were arrested a day later and tried in the Pune Sessions Court which sentenced them to death on March 20, 2012. The verdict was later upheld by the Bombay High Court and later the Supreme Court.last_img read more

Essar Steel Electrosteels Bhushan Steel face closure or sale

first_imgEmployees walk past an Essar Group logo outside their headquarters in Mumbai May 20, 2013.Reuters/VIVEK PRAKASH/FILESBanks took a significant step on Thursday in recovering money from chronic defaulters Essar Steel, Bhushan Steel and Electrosteel Steels when they decided to refer the three companies to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The three companies apparently owe around Rs 1 lakh crore (Essar Steel: ~Rs 37,284 crore, Bhushan Steel: ~Rs 44,478 crore and Electrosteel Steels: ~Rs 10,280 crore) to banks.The three companies are among the 12 defaulters identified by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for immediate steps to recover the loans from them.”Most likely, we will be filing the case at the NCLT soon. We know all the cases by now. The meetings are largely to finalise the application which banks will be filing to NCLT given that there is more legal backing,” Moneycontrol.com said, citing two bankers. Once referred to the NCLT, the case will have to be resolved within three months in terms of either a sell-off of assets or revival or closure. The combined production capacity of the three steel companies is about 18 million tonnes per annum, or MTPA (Essar Steel 10 MTPA; Bhushan Steel 5.6 MTPA and Electrosteel 2 MTPA).Bhushan Power, which owes about Rs 37,000 crore, will be under focus on Friday as the IDBI Bank is expected to take up the case for future course of action.At around 10.10 am on Friday morning, Bhushan Steel was up 2.75 percent at Rs 71 while Electrosteels Steel was down 6.56 percent to Rs 4.13; Essar Steel is no longer listed on the stock exchanges.The BSE Sensex was down 75 points to 31,215, dragged by Tata Steel, Hero Motocorp and ONGC.The combined production capacity of the three steel companies is about 18 million tonnes per annum.Essar Steel belongs to the Ruias who have interests in oil refinery, shipping and logistics, Bhushan Steel is headed by Brij Bhushan Singal and Neeraj Singal while Electrosteels Steel’s managing director is Umang Kejriwal. Electrosteel’s promoters hold 45 percent stake in the company and 79 percent of the shares have been pledged, according to shareholding pattern details as of March 31 2017.last_img read more

Physicists extend quantum machine learning to infinite dimensions

first_img How quantum effects could improve artificial intelligence Physicists have developed a quantum machine learning algorithm that can handle infinite dimensions—that is, it works with continuous variables (which have an infinite number of possible values on a closed interval) instead of the typically used discrete variables (which have only a finite number of values). More information: Hoi-Kwan Lau, Raphael Pooser, George Siopsis, and Christian Weedbrook. “Quantum Machine Learning over Infinite Dimensions.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.080501Also at arXiv:1603.06222 [quant-ph] The researchers, Hoi-Kwan Lau et al., have published a paper on generalizing quantum machine learning to infinite dimensions in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As the physicists explain, quantum machine learning is a new subfield within the field of quantum information that combines the speed of quantum computing with the ability to learn and adapt, as offered by machine learning. One of the biggest advantages of having a quantum machine learning algorithm for continuous variables is that it can theoretically operate much faster than classical algorithms. Since many science and engineering models involve continuous variables, applying quantum machine learning to these problems could potentially have far-reaching applications.”Our work demonstrates the ability to take advantage of photonics to perform machine learning tasks on a quantum computer that could far exceed the speed of any conventional computer,” coauthor George Siopsis at the University of Tennessee told Phys.org. “Quantum machine learning also offers potential advantages such as lower energy requirements owing to the ability to store more information per qubit, and a very low cost per qubit compared to other technologies.”Most quantum machine learning algorithms developed so far work only with problems involving discrete variables. Applying quantum machine learning to continuous-variable problems requires a very different approach.To do this, the physicists had to develop a new set of tools that work with continuous variables. This involves replacing the logic gates that are used for discrete-variable states with physical gates, which work for continuous-variable states. Building up from these basic building blocks of the algorithm, the scientists then developed new methods that power the quantum machine learning problems, called subroutines, which are represented by matrices and vectors.Although the results of the study are purely theoretical, the physicists expect that the new algorithm for continuous variables could be experimentally implemented using currently available technology. The implementation could be done in several ways, such as by using optical systems, spin systems, or trapped atoms. Regardless of the type of system, the implementation would be challenging. For example, an optical implementation that the scientists outlined here would require some of the latest technologies, such as “cat states” (a superposition of the “0” and “1” states) and high rates of squeezing (to reduce quantum noise). In the future, the scientists hope to further investigate how continuous-variable quantum machine learning can be extended to replicate some of the latest results involving discrete variables. Another interesting avenue to pursue is a hybrid approach, which would combine the methods of both discrete and continuous variables in a single algorithm. © 2017 Phys.org Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Physicists extend quantum machine learning to infinite dimensions (2017, March 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-physicists-quantum-machine-infinite-dimensions.html The proposed optical set-up that could be used to implement the new quantum machine learning algorithm over infinite dimensions. Credit: Lau et al. ©2017 American Physical Society Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Inattentive kids earn less as adults

first_imgChildren who are inattentive in kindergarten are more likely to report lower incomes than their peers at the age of 33 to 35 years of age, a study has found. On the other hand, the most “pro-social” boys – who help others, are considerate and willing to participate in educational projects – are overwhelmingly headed for careers that pay more than the average, according to researchers. “Over a 25-year career, the differences between the two groups can reach USD 77,000,” researchers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”And all this has nothing to do with intelligence or IQ because extreme cases have been excluded from the sampling.” “The differences are significant between the groups studied, but the precise reasons for these disparities are still difficult to identify,” the addd. Problems of inattention more often lead to kids dropping out of school or having trouble adjusting as they enter the labour market. On the other hand, the researchers found, “prosocial” children are on a trajectory that leads to better-paying jobs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis is the first time that “pro-sociality” has been studied in a survey of this kind — and its positive effect came as a surprise to the team. “We expected to find differences between boys and girls and we did find some important ones,” said Cote. “We expected hyperactivity to be the most important variable, but in fact it turned out to be less important than simple lack of attention,” she said. Differences were evident when data was crunched for in 2015, a year when the grow-ups were in the prime of their working lives and when the wage gaps between individuals were stark. The researchers said that childhood inattention is associated with a wide range of long-term adverse outcomes, including lower earnings over the course of a career. The researchers also found that women earn only 70 per cent of what men earn.last_img read more

Chrome 71 is now out

first_imgYesterday, Google announced the release of Chrome 71. This version comes with support for displaying relative time, specifying the underline location for vertical text, user activation for speech synthesis, and more. Some of the updates in Chrome 71 are described here: Intl.RelativeTimeFormat() support to display relative time Showing relative time in web apps has become a common practice and many date/time libraries come with localized functions to handle this for us. One of the examples of these libraries is Moment JS. Chrome 71 introduces Intl.RelativeTimeFormat(), a low-level API that allows libraries and frameworks to format relative time in a localized fashion. Specifying the underline location for vertical text Often, browsers are inconsistent with where to put the underline, when it comes to displaying Chinese or Japanese text. This is solved in Chrome 71, as the text-underline-position property now accepts left or right as part of the CSS3 text decoration spec. Speech synthesis requires user activation Sometimes it is quite odd when we open a site and it suddenly starts talking to us. Though autoplay policies prevent these sites from automatically playing audio, they have tried to get around this by using speech synthesis API. To avoid this, in Chrome 71, the speech synthesis API now requires user activation on the page before it will work. If the document has not received a user activation, the speechSynthesis.speak() function now throws an error. Customizable requestFullscreen API Developers can now customize the requestFullscreen API with FullscreenOptions on Android. They can choose between showing the navigation bar or a completely immersive mode where no user agent controls are shown until a gesture is performed. Default credentials mode defaults to same-origin For module script requests, the default credentials mode has been changed from “omit” to “same-origin”. This is done because the previous behavior was misaligned with other high-level features like the Fetch API. Defaulting to origin also caused a second server connection, which is undesirable for developers looking to reduce latency. Deprecations and removals in Chrome 71 WebKitAnimationEvent and WeKitTransitionEvent, the non-standard aliases for two widely supported standard interfaces are now fully replaced by AnimationEvent and TransitionEvent respectively. URL.createObjectURL() has been removed from the MediaStream interface. The document.origin property has been removed as it is now redundant with self.origin which can be used in both window and worker contexts and has wider support. Read more in detail about the Chrome 71 updates on Google Developers blog. Read Next Google bypassed its own security and privacy teams for Project Dragonfly reveals Intercept Google Chrome announces an update on its Autoplay policy and its existing YouTube video annotationsProject Fi is now Google Fi, will support multiple Android-based phones, offer beta service for iPhonelast_img read more

Successful wing test results could see Dreamliner fly before Christmas

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a383/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Speculation is rife that the long-delayed Boeing Dreamliner could fly before Christmas following the completion of a wing test which the jet had previously failed.The completion of the test was confirmed by Boeing in a statement, which said it would take 10 days to do a full analysis of the results.According to the Seattle Times, engineers found that the composite fibres in the wing did not delaminate when it was bent passed “limit load”, the same point as in the previous test.“Limit load” is also the maximum load the wing is expected to bear in service. The wings will be bent further next year, passing “ultimate load” in order to gain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly passengers.However, engineers still have not given the official okay, and the current target date for the first flight on December 22 hinges on the success of the wing test.But if all goes well and the Dreamliner wings are able to be filled with jet fuel for initial engine runs and system tests and proceed to taxi tests, it will be in the air by Christmas. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more

Hasikos urged to stop threatening tenants of Turkish Cypriot properties with eviction

first_imgMPs have called on the interior ministry to stop threatening Greek Cypriot users of more than 1,300 Turkish Cypriot properties with eviction and to submit a report explaining the criteria they used for rent increases imposed last year.According to Akel MP Skevi Koukouma, head of the House refugee committee that discussed the rent increase issue earlier in the week, the government’s decision was unilateral and there was no consultation with those affected.The rent increase on those properties, was introduced last year as part of a plan by the interior ministry – that acts as the guardian of Turkish Cypriot properties – aimed at amending outdated procedures and introduce a fairer distribution of Turkish Cypriot property to beneficiaries. The move was deemed necessary after it emerged that many who hold such properties – especially business establishments in places like Larnaca– sublet them, often at inflated rates.It also affects those renting houses in Turkish Cypriot villages which are often used as holiday homes. According to the new rates, those who used to pay €10 as monthly rent would now pay €25. Those paying between €11 and €20 will now pay €35. Property renting from between €21 and €30 will now be €45, while for those paying more than €31, the rent has increased to €50.This concerns 1,342 establishments used by 759 refugees and 583 non-refugees.The decision was met with discontent by many tenants who found the rent increase unfair because they had spent a lot of money over the years to fix the properties – many of which were dilapidated –  and had brought life back to deserted communities.But according to Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos, these expenses had been recouped over the years the property had been used at low rent. The minister said last month that the redistribution of Turkish Cypriot land was already under way and that procedures had been set in motion to take Turkish Cypriot property from those who refuse to pay the higher rental rates introduced last May.Koukouma said that the committee has asked the interior ministry to submit the study it carried on the management of Turkish Cypriot properties.“We believe it is very important to find out what’s in this study, how it has resulted in the rent increase, what parameters were taken into account, because surely these parameters cannot apply horizontally,” Koukouma said.Different amounts of money had been spent for the restoration of each house, she said, depending on their condition.“This ought to be taken into account as well as the fact that, in some cases, investments made on these properties were such, indicating that users were affluent,” Koukouma said.The committee, she said, would resume discussion on the issue after it studies the interior ministry report.She added that they would ask the ministry to stop “the blackmail and pressure put on the tenants until it is made clear that the guardian was based on rational criteria”.The committee appears to be divided over this issue however, as member Mariella Aristidou – a Disy deputy – said that the guardian’s actions were justified as they aim at rectifying “decades of distortions”.Some took advantage of this scheme, she said, and turned these properties into tourist establishments or were subletting them to profit.Earlier in the month, the Paphos district officer said that around 50 Turkish Cypriot properties had been recovered over the past nine to 10 months from users who were not paying rent or where irregularities were detected. The same policy, she said, has also been applied in the other districts.Following the 1974 Turkish invasion, vacant Turkish Cypriot properties were allocated to refugees under the provision that the rights of the rightful owners – the Turkish Cypriots – were not overlooked once there was a solution to the Cyprus problem.But many Turkish Cypriot properties, particularly those in isolated Paphos villages, remained empty and in deteriorating condition, so in the early 1990s the interior ministry introduced another policy, renting out properties at very low prices to both refugees and non-refugees, as long as the tenants assumed restoration costs. These properties, most of them now restored, are usually used as holiday homes.   You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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