This video was first shared by Karl Taylor on his YouTube Channel. Thanks for Sharing Karl! If you want to check out more of Karl’s photography or tutorials you can check out his work at KarlTaylorPhotography.com.Has the Inverse-Square Law helped you in any other ways? Share in the comments below. Learning the Inverse Square Law will help you understand lighting and how it is affected by distance.As a photographer or filmmaker one of the most important lighting terms for you to remember is the Inverse-Square Law, a law stating that the intensity of an effect such as illumination or gravitational force changes, in inverse proportion to the square of the distance from the source. You got that, right?Simply put, the inverse-square law states that there is an exponential relationship between the distance of your light and the amount of light hitting your subject. This means if you move a light from 1 meter away from your subject to 2 meters away, it will only have 25% of the light that was on your subject at 1 meter. If you move your light from 1 meter to 3 meters away it will only have 11% of the light that was on your subject at 1 meter. The same principle applies to any unit of distance. This phenomenon is represented by a surprisingly simple formula:Learning the formula isn’t as important as simply understanding the concept….In practical terms this means if you need more light, simply place your light closer to your subject and you will get exponentially more light. However, there is a trade-off that occurs when you move your light closer to your subject. When lights are far away they are more evenly distributed across multiple subjects or your background, but if you move the light towards your subject there will begin to be an uneven distribution in light. This works great if you are trying to isolate a single subject, but works terribly if you are wanting to shoot a group of people or light an entire scene.The following videos created by photographer Karl Taylor explains the inverse-square law and how understanding it can help you understand lighting more fully as a photographer or filmmaker. The video covers:Inverse-square lawLighting group shotsUnderstanding distance vs light intensityIsolating a subject from the backgroundIf you are still interested in learning more about lighting check out our Lighting for Video series.
Indian hospital group Fortis Healthcare, seeking a quick sale, decided Thursday to consider buyout offers from TPG-backed Manipal Group and a joint bid by Hero Enterprises and Dabur India, while leaving IHH Healthcare of Malaysia and China’s Fosun International out of the running.India’s second-largest hospital chain has become the focus of a takeover battle among Asian groups seeking to expand their health care businesses.Read it at Nikkei Related Items
The software has been hardened and field tested. We actually have everything that is there in PC on these glasses too. Value for money “It is all so confusing to me especially when there are just too many versions of the same thing. Even if their product descriptions may or may not differ that much, it could get tough trying to understand what every product truly does. Their functions are Software Continue Reading Previous Lauterbach: TRACE32 extends embOS awareness to RH850Next Socionext appoints Redtree Solutions as representative for Northern Europe and France So what do we have today that wasn’t there ten years back? Let’s take a look. RituGupta says: And there’s more: The apps! Today there is a community out there writing apps for the AR, VR, and MR world. July 23, 2018 at 8:15 am It’s been an interesting decade and I remember clearly that it was sometime in 2007 when we actually started working on head-mounted glasses project for one of our customers. The customer had an interesting idea of showing whatever you were watching on your laptop screen into the glasses and that was to be controlled and operated by voice commands. On your head, you had a hands-free computer that was controlled by your voice commands and your “hands were free” to do other tasks. If you look back nothing much has changed from that basic concept in 2007 but in reality , everything has changed.Today we are at an inflection point for the AR, VR, MR and whatever other ‘R’ you want to call it as. What exactly has changed in last 10 years? When we started working on the glasses in those good old days, the entire idea was to realize hardware that could fit on your head, function like a computer, operate by voice command, and have Windows on it. Yes, the very first glasses that we realized had Windows Embedded OS! Android was still not in the vogue. It was a great achievement for us to show something like this at the 2009 and 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) where it attracted huge crowds when it was shown for the first time. It was a standalone piece of hardware showing some basic stuff like photos, videos and such.One thing that definitely helped the world to take notice of this technology was Google Glass. Google Glass 1.0 may not have been a critical commercial success for Google but it definitely did a great service to the smart-glasses world by showcasing the technology to the common man in a way he could understand. That was one of the biggest contributions of the Google Glass.Coming back to today, what has changed? I think for any technology or product to succeed many things have to come together including: But that’s not it. We actually have the real-world use cases that can impact or make a difference to the lives of people.The advanced research in the areas of AI, machine learning and analytics has greatly contributed to the way these products are evolving; the seamless connectivity of these glasses to the cloud is making a huge difference in the way these devices and applications can be used in the real world to solve real problems.So what is the real-world problem that these glasses are going to solve? The possibilities are countless. I can keep listing things like factories, technical support, advanced engineering support, supply chain management, aviation, medical and even in solving a great issue like blindness by actually giving an eye to a visually challenged person. Imagine what a great improvement it would make to visually challenged people if they can start leading a normal life without any support from anybody. This is not a fantasy and we will be seeing large scale deployment of these glasses in eradicating blindness as we know today.So how is this really going to solve the day to day issues of the various things I have mentioned above? The scope is enormous but I want to look at couple of areas where it can make a real difference. A good hardware platform 1 thought on “Augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality… What is the reality?” And most important, real-world use cases: It should make a difference in users’ lives. It could be for business or in the day-to-day life of the common man, addressing some critical issues. At the end of the day for a product and service to succeed, it should make a significant difference in quality of life and the problem it is trying to solve. The hardware has matured. Various ARM™-based platforms are giving PC-grade performance In today’s age of e-commerce, the supply chain is probably one of the biggest challenges. For the first time, Internet shopping exceeded in-store shopping during this Thanksgiving season in the US. E-commerce in general and Amazon in particular have changed the way we shop. The inflection point has already occurred as far as online shopping is concerned. So what’s the next frontier to capture? Second-day delivery is passé. I want to touch and feel the product on the same day that I buy. Is same day delivery possible?Have you ever imagined the logistical nightmare that moving these huge inventories cause and the amount of manual labor that’s required to accomplish this? Giants like DHL and FedEx have already started pilot projects to assess the use of AR across the supply chain ranging from warehouse planning to transportation optimization and last-mile delivery.Imagine huge warehouses measuring hundreds of thousands of square feet and you can only guess at the time you can save if you can direct the worker to the package directly instead of looking around all over the place. It has been demonstrated that visual picking using smart glasses can improve efficiency by as much as 25 percent over regular hand picking. In regular hand picking, workers search and pick packages in the warehouse using a paper list and a handheld scanner. But in vision picking, they wear smart glasses that provide them with visual instructions via AR on what to pick and where to place the goods.Now look at the next stage, the RFID tag is prevalent and costs no more than a few cents. Having an RFID tag on each package accompanied by a RFID reader and combined with visual instruction on glasses provides a winning solution.Advanced remote technical support is another area that has immense potential with a return on investment that can be realized in matter of days and not months or years. Specialized industries such as oil and gas and aviation face an aging workforce. It is estimated that the aviation industry is going to lose a large number of its experts due to retirement. These experts cannot travel to remote locations to troubleshoot and fix problems. Here is where the glasses can come in handy. If there is a breakdown of equipment or a technical glitch, a specialist in a remote location can assess the situation via AR devices worn by workers present at the site and help them resolve the issue using AR features such as voice instructions and images. This equips regular employees in the field to undertake assembly and repair tasks that would otherwise require specific training effort and time.These are just a few examples. The possibilities offered by visual reality are countless and we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg!Srinivas Panapakam manages worldwide sales and business development operations for the Product Engineering Services (PES) vertical at Mistral. With over 20 years of experience in solution selling, software & product marketing, product engineering services consulting and business development operations, Srinivas plays a key role in customer acquisition, retention and customer relationship management. Having been with Mistral since its inception in 1997, Srini has greatly contributed to the growth of the company and has helped mold Mistral into a leading global technology company. His experience in technology sales and marketing has helped to significantly optimize Mistral’s technology expertise. 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VVS Laxman hit 17 hundreds and scored 8781 runs in 134 Tests – some of his innings remain masterclasses and young batsmen dream of playing with that wristy elegance and silken touch. Yet, when you think of VVS Laxman, you think of only one knock: the 281 at the Eden Gardens, which is now part of cricketing folklore.India had lost the first Test of a three-match series in 2001 in Mumbai to a record-breaking Australian team. In hot and humid Kolkata, the Aussies had scored 445 despite Harbhajan Singh’s seven-wicket haul. In response, India managed only 171. It was a matter of time before Australia stormed to another Test win – India were looking down and out for the count.CLICK HERE FOR FULL COVERAGE OF INDIA TODAY CONCLAVE SOUTHIn the second innings, India appeared to offer a semblance of a fight. SS Das, Sadagoppan Ramesh, Sachin Tendulkar, and Sourav Ganguly were dismissed by the time the hosts had reached 232. Australia were sensing victory at that stage but two men had other ideas.VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid battled cramps and the oppressive Kolkata heat to add a record 376-run stand for the fifth wicket. Back then, no Indian batsman had scored a triple hundred – Laxman had come close but his dismissal sent the Eden Gardens to shocking silence.Also Read: 2001 Kolkata Test vs Australia taught me several life lessons: VVS LaxmanIt would be another three years before Virender Sehwag became the first Indian triple centurion in Test cricket but the Test match most talked about, the Test win most revered and cherished by Indian fans happens to be that iconic triumph at the Eden Gardens.advertisementOut of all of Laxman’s hundreds, the one knock they keep reminding of his that 281. The man himself doesn’t mind.”I don’t mind that because everyone will remember that Test match. Whenever anyone talks about that 281, they will remember that Test match. And as I have said n number of times, I have learnt a lot of life lessons during that Test match and during that partnership with Rahul Dravid. The number one takeaway from that Test match was to never give up,” Laxman said at India Today Conclave South.”You know the situation we were in.. 274 runs behind, three days to go. To come back from that situation and go on to win the Test match and eventually the series was a great learning experience for all of us.”I am glad people remember that 281 but I always tell people that 281 is an unlucky number for me because I got out on 281 but I am happy people remember that knock and the Test match.”And it’s not only the Indian team, when you talk to the Australian team, they will tell you that it was probably the most competitive Test series they were part of in the last 20 or 30 years. It was a great opportunity for me and for the entire team to do something special for our country,” Laxman said.Also Read | I was taken aback with MS Dhoni’s struggles when I saw his movie: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Wanted Anil Kumble to continue as coach, his exit left a bitter taste: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Not Eden Gardens 281, VVS Laxman says 167 in Sydney changed his lifeAlso See:
You know it’s a remarkable day in North American club soccer when the New York Red Bulls earning a 5-1 aggregate victory over a Mexican club team in Concacaf Champions League knockout play, is not the best result by an MLS team.As the Red Bulls were still celebrating on the field on Tuesday night, Toronto FC were about to kick off the second leg of their series against Mexican champions Tigres, defending a 2-1 lead from the first leg in Toronto. And despite conceding a late penalty that saw them go down 3-2 on the night, the Reds duly advanced on away goals, for what’s certainly the most impressive result by an MLS side over a Mexican team in competition history. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content The fact that that benchmark exists at all says a lot about the structure and particular neuroses of North American soccer. MLS repeatedly states its ambition to be a top 10 league in the world, yet every time it has ventured beyond its own ecosystem into the Champions League, Liga MX teams have had a habit of dishing out some harsh lessons.A couple of good results, no matter how striking (Tigres are probably the best team in Mexico right now, and Tijuana had conceded only seven goals in their opening 10 Liga MX games) is too small a sample size to declare that a trend has been reversed, and by the following evening normal service had been resumed with Seattle’s capitulation against Chivas. In many ways, the more significant shift in the long-term trajectory of the North American club game that took place this week, may have come far from the field.On Tuesday morning, MLS commissioner Don Garber and his Liga MX counterpart Enrique Bonilla convened a small group of journalists at MLS HQ to announce a new partnership between the leagues, that will see new inter-league competitions and also sharing “best practices”.It’s inevitable that games are the initial hook of the partnership of course – the first edition of the announced Campeones Cup will see this year’s Liga MX champions playing their MLS counterparts in Toronto in September, while there are also plans afoot to arrange an MLS-Liga MX all-star game. Other competitions are being considered. But it’s the strategic thinking behind the partnership that stands out, particularly when it comes to the ongoing turf war for the lucrative US soccer market, and the battle for the hearts, minds and attention spans of millennials and Latinos.In perhaps the most telling quote of the event Garber opened up on just that fact: “The elephant in the room is the value of the US market … we’re the ones investing in it, as opposed to others who are coming in and taking more than they’re putting back.”The last remark in particular should raise eyebrows among anyone who has watched Major League Soccer’s sometimes sluggish attempts to build US TV figures, compared to the success the Premier League and the US national teams have found. In fact a cornerstone of the current anti-trust legal case being pursued against the league and US Soccer has been a TV deal bundling MLS rights with national team rights – detractors claim that that deal favored the league with lucrative income it would probably not command on its own.Yet there’s also truth to Garber’s comments about investment in infrastructure and development. Even as expansion fees have gone up there’s been appetite for owners to buy-in to a sport with huge potential in the US, along with some spectacular investment in stadiums, training facilities and academies by those new owners. Yet if those owners see potential, they’re not the only ones. Most self-respecting elite European clubs and leagues at the very least have a New York office exploring everything from TV rights to summer tours to academy franchising. City Football Group’s significant investment in NYC FC is the exception among those groups for not having the feel of speculative ventures meant to extract wealth for minimal investment.And yes, there have been border skirmishes with Mexico too. Attention is focused on dual nationals who choose Mexico over the US, but at club level teams like LA Galaxy, for example, have long understood that the recruitment restrictions they face under league rules, within southern California’s fertile breeding ground for players, put them at a disadvantage when facing Mexican competitors who face no such restrictions. Liga MX, for its part, has also made inroads into the US market with English and Spanish language TV coverage. In many ways, the current MLS reaction appears to be, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” But just like the joint World Cup bid between Mexico, the USA and Canada, it’s hard to parse exactly what concrete measures will be put in place.US soccer is in a difficult position in regard to that World Cup. The US Department of Justice won plaudits around the world for its pursuit and arrest of corrupt Fifa officials. But that enthusiasm is hardly mirrored among the Fifa delegates who will vote for the 2026 World Cup hosts this June. This partly informs the public emphasis on the joint bid with less problematic partners, Mexico and Canada – even if most of the games will be played in the US. And at club level, while Garber tried to steer clear of political controversy in his comments at the roundtable, there’s an undeniable symbolism in soccer, for decades the suspicious “sport of immigrants” in the US, being the driving force for a cross-border partnership with Mexico in Donald Trump’s America.What now for CCL?Yet there’s also a question of where this leaves the Concacaf Champions League itself. It’s a competition that has struggled with scheduling: the knockout stages of the CCL have traditionally pitted MLS teams in pre-season against Liga MX teams in mid-season. There are other wrinkles too – Mexican teams tend to value their participation in the Copa Libertadores over the CCL, so even their historical dominance over MLS sides has not always captured the imagination back home. And with teams from poorer federations and leagues padding out the group stages of the competition before a winter break, it’s been hard for the competition to gain traction. Garber and Bonilla believe that the new championship game between the Mexican and MLS champions will help boost awareness. At the very least they’ll get one annual showpiece game guaranteed.So whether it’s fortunate, or unfortunate timing for MLS to announce this partnership in the week it finally seemed to be shaking some of its inferiority complex against Mexican club teams in CCL competition, depends on your perspective. MLS teams have gone deep in this competition before – with Real Salt Lake and Montreal Impact reaching the final in 2011 and 2015, but even the best US or Canadian campaigns have always had a vertiginous quality to them. There’ve been memorable results against Mexican sides along the way, but more often they’ve been down to stubborn rear-guard performances rather than convincingly going toe-to-toe. And just as often, a decent first-leg result in the US or Canada has been followed by a comprehensive MLS unravelling in the away leg.But on Tuesday night it was Tijuana’s turn to unravel at Red Bull Arena, and for Toronto to wobble, but hold out, against Tigres.In both cases, the shifting complexion of the games was arguably less down to individual players and more down to a narrowing of aggregate talent between Mexican and MLS teams made possible by changes in MLS rules. To non-aficionados the MLS mechanisms of Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) or General Allocation Money (GAM) can seem impossible arcane, but in a strictly salary-capped league they have essentially allowed technical directors much more discretion in building the middle orders of their teams. If the early days of the Designated Player era made for lopsided teams whose flaws would become exposed by more uniformly balanced Mexican sides in regional competition, the current state-of-the-art MLS side, Toronto, is defined as much by its strength in depth as by its notional stars, Sebastion Giovinco, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.Asked about whether the new Campeones Cup will capture the imagination Bonilla suggested that “good football” would be what sells it, and that’s true as far as it goes. But first the conditions for good football have to exist. It’s why what happened off the field this week may be as significant for the trajectory of North American professional soccer as what happened on it. Share via Email Concacaf Champions League Does MLS really promote flashier clubs over less glamorous ones? US sports Share on Pinterest New York Red Bulls Share on Facebook MLS Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Messenger Topics
To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at www.nsbi.ca. -30- Quick facts: Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced four newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Aug 2. Curse of Oak Island Season 4, a television series produced by Tell Tale International Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $1,271,546 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $4,310,328. Halifax Comedy Festival 2017, a television series produced by ComedyTV 17 Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $142,978 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $519,921. Harry’s Island, a movie of the week produced by Vertical Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $645,352 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $2,304,829. Sea Change, a television two-hour series pilot produced by Seawalker Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $616,972 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $2,164,815. To read interviews about the Halifax Comedy Fest and Harry’s Island, go to www.nsbi.ca/articles. As funding commitments are approved details will be available on the NSBI website at www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding. the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia–based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI
LAS VEGAS — Officials in Las Vegas approved an ordinance change Wednesday to require homeowners to remain at their property whenever they choose to rent it out for brief periods, including through home-sharing platforms like Airbnb.The change to short-term rental properties only applies to residential homes, not to apartments in high-rise buildings. It is the latest effort from the Las Vegas City Council to crack down on an industry that has raised safety, noise and other concerns among residents and officials.The approval came after dozens of short-term rental operators, their supporters and critics spoke before council members. Those against the measure spoke about property rights and the economic benefits of the rental properties, while those in favour brought up their effect on affordable housing options and safety problems.The new requirement calls on the homeowner to be at the property throughout the rental period, except to go to work or run typical personal or household errands.Mayor Carolyn Goodman during the discussion pointed out that some of the troubled short-term rental properties are owned by people who do not live in the city or southern Nevada and neglect to monitor those who rent it.“This is a beginning, this is not a fight, but it is a protection of the rights of anybody who calls Las Vegas, the city of Las Vegas, home,” she said explaining her vote in favour of the measure.Short-term rental properties are already required to obtain a license, be 660 feet away from each other and not have more than three bedrooms. Properties already licensed won’t be affected by the change that will go into effect next week.Las Vegas drew 42.2 million visitors last year. Unincorporated Clark County, which includes properties near the Las Vegas Strip, does not allow short-term rentals in residential areas.Figures released by Airbnb in January show that 500,000 people stayed at properties in Las Vegas rented through the platform in 2017. The company reported Las Vegas hosts’ income at $63 million that ‘same year.“While cities around the world are embracing the economic benefits of short-term rentals, the City Council has doubled-down on onerous regulations, and added further restrictions,” the company said in a statement. “This vote is a disappointing blow to Las Vegas hosts who rely on short-term rentals to support their families and will hurt the local economy.”Regina Garcia Cano, The Associated Press
29 September 2010With a series of important political events having taken place this year, it is now time for Afghanistan and its partners to focus on the road ahead in ensuring peace and development for the country, a top United Nations official said today. Briefing the Security Council, Staffan de Mistura noted that it has been a crucial year for Afghanistan, with the holding of the London Conference in January, the consultative peace jirga in June, the Kabul Conference in July and the national legislative elections earlier this month.“Now that the legislative elections have taken place and once the final results are announced on 30 October, we hope and expect that all partners will revert their focus to the Kabul Process and in parallel refocus their attention to a political solution,” he stated.The Kabul Process, set out at the conference held in the Afghan capital in July, includes commitments for action aiming towards a transition to greater Afghan responsibility and ownership, in both security and civilian areas.Mr. de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), outlined some key conditions for ensuring progress in that transition.These include the need for all partners to engage politically behind the Kabul Process, and to avoid new agendas or competing initiatives and focus on priority issues. In addition, the international community should align resources behind the Government’s stated priorities, as well as strive to be more results-oriented.He noted that continued progress in these key areas will require reinforced efforts towards a consolidated peace and reintegration programme.“There is unanimous consensus by the international community that there is no military solution in Afghanistan; the solution can and should be only political, and an ‘Afghan solution’; a solution that can only be supplemented by a broader regional solution,” said the Special Representative.He added that the Government has already signalled initial steps towards a coordinated political strategy, of which the recent announcement of President Hamid Karzai’s appointments to the High Peace Council is only a beginning of a framework.UNAMA stands ready, said Mr. de Mistura, to support the Government’s efforts, both in facilitating discussions on an eventual political settlement and in supporting any regional initiatives.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his latest report on Afghanistan that was issued last week, warned that much of the progress achieved in recent months is fragile and continues to be overshadowed by the deterioration in the security situation. He added that, maintaining focus and momentum on the transition to Afghan leadership, amid rising security challenges and competing domestic, regional and international political pressures, will require sustained Government attention and the support of international partners.
The Committee recommended that Sri Lanka build on the national momentum and expedite its Constitutional reform process, including the adoption of a comprehensive Bill of Rights that fully incorporates economic, social and cultural rights, bearing in mind the indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights.The Committee recommended that the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka be established as an independent body by the new Constitution, and that its mandate is extended so that its investigate powers also cover economic, social and cultural rights. “As stipulated in article 29 of the Constitution, these Directive Principles do not confer or impose legal rights or obligations, and are not enforceable in any court or tribunal. The Committee notes that the Supreme Court through the constitutional equality principle has derived the right to education from the Directive Principles, but that jurisprudence has so far not led to the establishment of a comprehensive catalogue of judicially enforceable economic, social and cultural rights,” the Committee said. In a statement today the Committee said it is concerned that at present most economic and social matters relevant to the individualor groups are confined to the Directive Principles of State Policy Chapter of the Constitution. It also recommends that the State party take measures to ensure that the Commission has sufficient resources and that its recommendations are duly considered by the relevant State bodies. The Committee encourages the State party to ensure that the Commission seek re-accreditation by the Sub-Committee on Accreditation of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.The Committee encourages the State Party to take into account the recommendations of the 2017 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of judges and lawyers on her mission to Sri Lanka, in order to ensure that judiciary is fully independent and duly representative.The Committee also urged Sri Lanka to amend the Penal Code with a view to decriminalizing consensual same-sex conduct. It recommends that the State party take urgent steps to combat and prevent violence against LGBTI persons and ensure their equal enjoyment of all human rights, in particular their right to health, education, work and housing. It also recommends that the State party develop and implement training programs to educate and sensitize law enforcement, teachers, health care workers and public employees on LGBTI related issues. (Colombo Gazette) A UN Committee has urged Sri Lanka to adopt a comprehensive Bill of Rights that fully incorporates economic, social and cultural rights, bearing in mind the indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights.The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights considered the fifth periodic report of Sri Lanka on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The travel ban had been issued on the Directors by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court unil today.However when the case was heard today it was decided to extend the ban indefinitely. (Colombo Gazette) The travel ban issued on four Directors of Edirisinghe Trust Investment (ETI) over an ongoing investigation has been extended indefinitely.The Directors of ETI, Jeewaka Edirisinghe, Deepa Edirisinghe, Nalaka Edirisinghe and Asanka Edirisinghe had been prevented from travelling overseas.
Noting that the proposed 2004 budget increases military spending significantly while decreasing funds for public security and the rule of law, the UN mission also called for a significant increase in funding for the health ministry and for the agencies responsible for settling land disputes and defending the rights of indigenous women.The mission said the proposed budget also ran counter to commitments made with donors at the 2002 Consultative Group meeting.The UN Human Rights Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA) was created in 1994 and its mandate expanded in 1997 in order to continue to verify compliance with the peace agreements signed between the Government and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG).
SIPTU IS CALLING on the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) to enter into negotiations with possible buyers of Mount Carmel Hospital, saying it believes it could be a ‘going concern’.Tonight, the union said it is asking NAMA to begin negotiations immediately, and to take into account the cost to the State if the planned closure of the facility goes ahead.SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said they “believe that there is an opportunity to maintain this hospital as a going concern if agreement can be reached between NAMA and those who have expressed an interest in purchasing the facility”.He said that this could result in savings to the State in terms of redundancy payments.SIPTU Organiser, Kevin Figgis, said: “We believe that everything possible should be done to maintain the operation of the hospital and retain the jobs of workers employed at the facility. We are calling on the Government and NAMA to ensure that all avenues are fully explored in order to sell this landmark hospital as a going concern.”SIPTU representatives are due to meet with the hospital’s provisional liquidators tomorrow at 3pm.The provisional liquidators were appointed by the High Court last Friday.Read: NAMA to ensure Mount Carmel patients’ deposits will be returned>
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17 Photos Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it The second generation $230 Echo Show is much better than the first. It looks more polished, has two full web browsers built in, and makes better use of the screen with new touch controls for smart home devices and better help on recipes. Like the old Show, it has a 10-inch screen and a camera for video calls. Google I/O 2019 CNET Smart Home The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… See at Amazon Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Should you start your smart home with a Google Home Hub or a Google Home Mini? James Martin/CNET Should you buy an Amazon Echo smart speaker or an Amazon Echo Show smart display? Or if you prefer the Google Assistant, should you grab a Google Home Mini or a Google Home Hub? This question might become more complicated next week depending on what comes out of Google I/O, the search giant’s annual developer event, but for now, every device I’ve mentioned has its own merits. You might even find enough use for Alexa or Google Assistant to justify splurging on both a smart speaker and smart display. But if you only want one piece of dedicated voice assistant hardware, which one do you pick? Comparing smart speakers to smart displays categorically might seems like judging apples against oranges: both serve a lot of the same purposes. They both can play music, search the web, and help you organize your day, and they can also both act as a central control point for your smart home. The Amazon Echo helped popularize the concept of a voice-activated smart speaker. Smart displays like the Google Home Hub add a touchscreen to the formula. They still respond to the same voice commands, but they show extra info when you ask about the weather, search for a restaurant or check your calendar. You can also use the screen to watch videos, control your smart home and make video calls. In general, smart displays can do everything smart speakers can do and more, but smart speakers cost less and respond to all of the same voice commands. Picking the right one comes down to how much use you’ll get out of the screen. Read more: Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display coming in June for $90 Your options Your smart speaker options include the Amazon Echo Dot and the Amazon Echo Plus. Chris Monroe/CNET Smart speakers — Since the Amazon Echo exploded onto the scene in 2014, the smart speaker category has gained numerous options from a variety of companies. Here, I’ll focus on the ones made by Amazon — the company that popularized the category — and Google — Amazon’s main competitor in the space. Special mention goes to the Apple HomePod if you’re invested in Apple’s HomeKit smart home and the Sonos One as a smart speaker with particularly good sound quality. The Amazon Echo — The $100 smart speaker that started the trend is now on its second iteration. It still offers all of the same Alexa smarts and it balances size and sound quality well. See it at AmazonThe Google Home — Google’s $130 original smart speaker also strikes a solid balance of size and sound quality. You can swap out different bases for an extra splash of color. The Amazon Echo Dot — The Dot also helped to popularize the category as it offered all of the same Alexa capabilities in a small and affordable $50 package. The current third iteration features a softer, fabric exterior.The Google Home Mini — Google’s version of the Dot sells for the same $50 price and comes in a variety of colors. It’s compact but sounds surprisingly good for its size.The Amazon Echo Plus — The Echo Plus adds a Zigbee radio to the mix so you can use your smart speaker as a hub for a variety of smart home sensors. The current second gen Plus is a little pricey at $150, but has a soft fabric exterior and all of the same Alexa features as the rest in addition to the Zigbee radio. The Google Home Max — The most expensive first party smart speaker, the $400 Google Home Max offers premium, booming sound quality to go along with the normal tricks of Google Assistant.Smart displays — Amazon again gets credit for popularizing the category, this time with the Amazon Echo Show back in 2017. The first Echo Show wasn’t great — it looked like an old-fashioned TV and the touchscreen wasn’t that useful, but it paved the way for the great devices we have now. The second Amazon Echo Show made a lot of important improvements to the original. Tyler Lizenby/CNET 14 Photos 8 Amazon Facebook Google Lenovo LG Apple Reasons to pick a smart speaker Price. The $50 Amazon Echo Dot responds to the same voice commands as the $230 Amazon Echo Show. If you don’t know how much you’re going to use your new smart gadget, an affordable smart speaker is a better entry point. You don’t need another screen. You already have a phone and a TV. A smart speaker provides the unique angle of always-listening help. With smart displays, you’re paying more to see info you can easily see on other smarter devices. Likely a longer shelf life. A first generation Echo Dot still responds to all of the same voice commands as the latest model. Yes, the latest Echo Dot looks better, but when you’re talking about a small black hockey puck on the corner of your shelf, that matters less compared to a screen taking up prominent space on your kitchen counter. Smart displays as a whole have taken a strong stance on design, which might mean that same design becomes outdated more quickly, and the touchscreen could easily be left in the dust by future, more advanced models. Smart speakers keep it simple, so your investment is safer. No camera, no pictures. Other than the Google Home Hub, most smart displays have a camera. Every smart display can pull up a feed from a security camera and browse through personal photos. For those concerned about privacy, a smart speaker might be a better fit. Note that you can elect not to show personal photos on smart displays, and you can opt out of showing personal information on the screen at all, but if you’d rather not even bother, a smart speaker removes the option for you. reading • Google Home vs. Amazon Echo Show: Should you buy a smart speaker or a smart display? Share your voice Amazon Echo Show review Which one to pick? While I prefer smart displays, some of my coworkers would much rather have a smart speaker. I like having a visual reference for what I’m doing, and the smart home control panel makes a big difference if you have a lot of connected devices. If you’re just getting started, the smart speaker is a better choice, and it’s a better choice if the extra screen would be distracting to you or get in the way. You could also go with a smart speaker if you want to save money, but I’d call the usefulness of the screen well worth the premium. The growing crowd of smart speakers is ready for your command Reasons to pick a smart display Pictures and videos. While price is the most obvious advantage of smart speakers, using a screen to look at stuff is a pretty obvious win for smart displays. Both Amazon and Google can scroll through family photos. You can see pictures of restaurants when you’re searching for a place to eat. You can search YouTube videos by voice with Google’s displays or pull them up in a browser on the Echo Show. A smart display can’t replace your home’s main TV, but pulling up a quick video while you cook is a nice feature. Cooking help. Both Alexa and Google Assistant use their respective screens to great effect in the kitchen. Smart speakers can read out the steps of a recipe, but smart displays keep the list front and center after they read it out. The Echo Show lets you multitask and watch videos or play music, then hop back to where you left off. The Home Hub and others with Google Assistant do that too, plus they keep the ingredient list on the side for your reference. If you need help on a step, just ask, and the Home Hub will find relevant instructions or a YouTube video. Smart home touch controls. Smart speakers helped usher the smart home into the mainstream. You no longer had to manage multiple accounts on the smart phones of every family member just so your household could control the lights. You could simply say what you wanted to a central speaker. Smart displays are the next evolution of this centralization. Both Alexa and Google Assistant-powered smart displays can show you a list of devices, and Google even organizes them by room. You can control your devices with a touch and get a handy overview. Your significant other now doesn’t need to remember what you set up and what you named each device, they can just check the smart display. Google I/O 2019 Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know The Google Home Hub ($99 at Walmart) — Google’s answer to the Echo Show is much smaller with only a 7-inch screen and has a fabric back with multiple color options. The $150 Home Hub does away with the camera entirely and replaces it with an adaptive light sensor. Set family pics as your screensaver, and the Home Hub will adapt the brightness and warmth to match the room and make them look like physical photos in a frame. You can also watch YouTube videos, control your smart home devices with a touch and walk through recipes with step-by-step guides. Read Google Home Hub review.The Lenovo Smart Display — I’m including third party options in this list because there aren’t as many. Also, the Lenovo Smart Display is really good. Lenovo offers an option with a 10-inch screen for $250 or an 8-inch version for $200. Both have cameras and otherwise offer all of the same features as the Home Hub, and the 10-inch model has a particularly striking bamboo back.The JBL Link View — Another smart display with Google Assistant built in, the $250 JBL Link View has an 8-inch screen and the same mix of features as the other options with Google. It stands out with the best sound quality of the bunch.Other options include the $300 LG WK9, which also uses Google Assistant, but costs too much and doesn’t stand out from the crowd. Facebook also has the $200 Portal and the $350 Portal Plus. Both have some smarts thanks to Alexa, but are meant more as video chatting devices and the touchscreen isn’t as well rounded as those above. Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now • See All Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions 4:05 Comments Tags Now playing: Watch this: Smart Home Amazon Echo Show ($230)
BFUJ, DUJ reject NOAB statement over 9th wage board. Photo: UNBBangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) have rejected the statement of Newspapers Owners’ Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) over the 9th wage board, saying it has hurt the journalist community and made them concerned.In a statement on Saturday, BFJU president Molla Jalal and secretary general Shaban Mahmud, and DUJ president Abu Jafar Surjo and general secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury called the statement ‘unacceptable, unrealistic, devoid of morality and an evil attempt to conceal the fact,’ reports UNB.They said journalists, employees and workers of newspapers always work considering owners’ organisations like their own.The role of owners to make their earnings and dignity questionable at the final stage of the announcement of the wage board award will create a crisis for the newspaper industry, the journalist leaders said.
Share Ray Arredondo via APA man is arrested after a fatal stabbing attack on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas, Monday, May 1, 2017.The man suspected of stabbing four students at the University of Texas, one fatally, suffered from mental health troubles and had been involuntarily committed for treatment in another city, authorities said Tuesday.University Police Chief David Carter said Kendrex J. White was “obviously” suffering from some kind of mental difficulties, but he did not elaborate on the suspect’s condition or treatment.“This was not a conspiracy. This was not a person that had a vendetta against any particular group,” Carter said.White, 21, who was also enrolled at the Austin campus, was armed with a large hunting knife. He was described by former classmates as intelligent and easygoing and was active in a student group for black professionals.Two of the people wounded in Monday’s attack were treated and released from hospitals and a third remained hospitalized, university President Greg Fenves said.The student who was fatally stabbed was identified as freshman Harrison Brown. Fenves described him as a talented musician who had not yet decided on a major. The president met with Brown’s family Tuesday morning.“His family and our community will never be able to hear Harrison play and sing again,” Fenves said.Brown was the first person to be stabbed as White struck a path across a plaza in the heart of campus. The area is near a gym and recreation center and one of the school’s largest dorm and classroom complexes.Before the attacks, White was seen in the student activity center “appearing normal.” As he left there, he kicked a woman as if to get her out of his way, the police chief said.Wielding a large “Bowie-style” knife, White attacked Brown, then stabbed another man sitting at a picnic table in the back of the head. A third man was stabbed while waiting in line at a food truck before White assaulted a fourth victim, Carter said.White walked into a dormitory still holding the knife but did not attack anyone else before he was apprehended. Officers were on the scene about 90 seconds after the first call, a response that officials believe possibly saved others, Carter said. White was charged with murder, and more charges are expected, acting Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.The site of the attack was along a tree-covered avenue that is a major thoroughfare for students walking to and from class. It’s also short walk from the administration building and the landmark clock tower that was the scene of a mass shooting in 1966, and not far from where freshman Haruka Weiser was killed while walking home from class in April 2016.The plaza was re-opened to foot traffic by Tuesday morning. Senior Montana Moore brought flowers to place on the tables. Someone else left candles.“I don’t want people to walk by this today and be scared or feel a sense of horror,” Moore said. “Maybe when people walk by, maybe it will bring a little hope to them … There’s been a lot of tragedy on campus in my time here.”Sophomore Brooke Petersen sat alone at one of the tables. She said there was a general sense of unease among her friends. “I was even concerned to go to class today. That happened in broad daylight. You don’t expect that to happen,” Petersen said.Fenves said he understood the fears given the violence on campus over the last year.“We recognize there is tremendous pain among the student body,” Fenves said. “They are asking: How can this happen again and will it happen again? And I’m feeling the same way.”Some students complained that school officials were slow to use the school’s emergency alert system. Many of them first learned of the attacks through news reports and social media.The system’s first emergency texts were not sent until almost 30 minutes after the attack, and the campus sirens were not sounded.“If there is an ongoing threat, we would have a process where we put the campus on lockdown,” Carter said. “There was not an ongoing threat. It had been resolved.“We also recognize if there is a vacuum and police are not providing information, somebody is going to fill that, especially in the social media world. That’s a challenge for all police departments,” Carter said.White was an active member of the Black Health Professionals Organization student organization on campus. Group President Melody Adindu said White was passionate about his work and was “very interactive and easygoing.”Some of White’s former classmates at Killeen High School, near the gates of the Fort Hood Army post in central Texas, had similar recollections.“He was a really smart guy in high school. He was always nice, had plenty of friends and was in the international baccalaureate program. I’m definitely surprised he would do this,” Kay’Lynn Wilkerson told the Killeen Daily Herald.White had a recent arrest for driving while intoxicated and told officers he had been prescribed “happy pills,” which the arrest report noted as the antidepressant Zoloft, according to Austin television station KXAN.
Several artists last week touted the influence Howard University and their peers have had on shaping their long, storied careers. At the same time, some wondered why society doesn’t embrace them as just artists – as opposed to “Black artists.” Several Black artists talked about the influence of Howard University on their careers. (Courtesy Photo)The comments came on March 17 at a two-day symposium at the National Gallery of Art called, “The African American Art World in 20th Century Washington, D.C.” Eight artists with roots in the District served on a panel, reflecting on the people and institutions that impacted their careers. Howard University played a pivotal role in the career of artist David C. Driskell, 85. He arrived at the university in 1949 from North Carolina and said it was professor James A. Porter who encouraged him to change his major from history to art after looking at one of his paintings. James V. Herring, founder of the university’s department of art, helped Driskell understand that art is communal, spiritual and requires a lifetime commitment.Herring opened the Barnett-Aden Gallery in the District, one of the first Black art galleries in the U.S. It allowed Driskell to meet Langston Hughes, Romare Bearden and other Black luminaries. Lois Jones, another professor, took students to Paris to study art in the summer.“They had a sense of community which went beyond Washington and they tried to introduce you to that, not just in the classroom,” said Driskell, who opened a center of Black art in his name at the University of Maryland, College Park. “And Howard was really at the center of art production in those days. Everybody outside of the Washington community knew about art at Howard University.”The appreciation and knowledge of art was instilled in Howard students early on, said Sylvia Snowden, a painter who graduated from the university in 1965. Under the tutelage of Howard professors, including Porter, Driskell, famed photographer James Wells and others, Snowden learned art was something she should do seriously and that she should take pride in her work because making art isn’t a game. Driskell and artist Martin Puryear, 75, said they longed for the day they’ll be seen as just artists and not be categorized as African-American artists. Puryear took issue with the “African American Art World,” which was part of the symposium’s title. “In my conception of art, you want to be an artist in the world and not just in the African-American art world,” he said. Meanwhile, author and artist Lilian Thomas Burwell, 89, argued that the very nature of marginalization in the broader society has given Black artists the freedom to express themselves with abandon.Black artists in the District are the “visual manifestation of finding a way out of no way out way,” she said. “Because of the fact that doors were closed in other directions, the result was it brought us together even more closely.”
After announcing a major profit shortfall, a product rollback and layoffs of 40 percent of its workforce, Blackberry Ltd. now says it is going private.Blackberry says it is accepting a $9-a-share offer from Fairfax Financial Holdings, which will essentially value the deal at $4.7 billion. Fairfax already owns 10 percent of Blackberry’s shares.It is not technically a done deal. Fairfax made the offer as head of a consortium of investors, which still needs to formally get financing. Fairfax has six weeks to perform due diligence on the company, during which time Blackberry could seek another buyer. There have been reports that former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis had been trying to line up partners for an offer.It is the latest in a dramatic downfall for Blackberry. Formerly known as Research in Motion, the company once cornered the market on enterprise communications, with its devices so prominent in use as phones and email-communication tools they were dubbed “crackberries.”But the addiction wore off as users were wowed by the technological advances inherent in smartphones like Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy, which went from being consumer darlings to must-have’s in the workplace.It didn’t help that Blackberry announced a series of products that hit the market with a resounding thud. Last week, it reported an earnings outlook that fell well short of expectations and a restructuring that would scale back its product line and call for the shedding of 40 percent of its employees. 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now September 23, 2013 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more “Apollo has a strong reputation for delivering high-quality clinical multi-media workflow management solutions,” said Christian Bazinet, Chief Operating Officer, Intelerad. “By adding IntelePACS to their product portfolio, they will be able to provide customers with industry-leading solutions that drive both quality and productivity in medical imaging environments.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more With IntelePACS, Apollo will gain a highly-scalable medical imaging platform with a proven reputation in hospitals, imaging centers and teleradiology organizations. 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