Video Inspiration! An Incredible Visual Effects Breakdown

first_imgGo behind-the scenes to see how this high-tech, physically demanding television commercial was created.  Using professional visual effects tools like Maya, Houdini, V-Ray, Nuke, Flame, a virtual world was built in post.You may have seen the ads for 5 Gum – you know, a human entering a world where their senses are exploding from all that intense gum flavor.  Although the ads are always a visual delight, it would be past most viewers to consider the time and effort that it takes to pull them off.  The following video takes you behind the scenes of a full-tilt commercial shoot for one of the newest ads in this campaign.Directed by Hollywood legend Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Swingers!).  This spot has some incredible special effects…and the accompanying vfx breakdown video demonstrates the intense post-production work necessary to pull them off.  Let’s first take a look at the original commercial spot:Art Director Kevin Lau notes that the spot was created using the top post production visual effects applications including Maya, Houdini, V-Ray, Nuke and Flame.  One can only imagine the incredible keying and rotoscoping that must have been necessary to fabricate this seamless virtual world.  Now, see for yourself how the spot was created in this very cool visual effects breakdown video:last_img read more

‘Llullaillaco Maiden’ May Have Been Drugged Before Sacrificed

first_imgMore than 500 years ago, three children climbed Llullaillaco volcano in Argentina and never came down, the probable victims of human sacrifice. Since their well-preserved mummies were discovered in 1999, scientists have studied them in hopes of reconstructing the last months of their lives. New evidence shows that all three regularly ingested coca and alcohol and suggests that the drugs might have played a more-than-ceremonial role in their deaths.The children—a young boy and girl, and a female archaeologists call the Llullaillaco Maiden, whom new research estimates to have been 13 years old—were part of an Incan sacrificial ritual known as capacocha, in which children were killed or left to die from exposure at the peaks of high mountains. Found sitting within small shrines, the bodies were naturally mummified by the cold, dry climate of the nearly 7000-meter mountain.Most of what scientists know about the lives of the Llullaillaco mummies comes from their hair. The Maiden, in particular, has long, tightly braided locks that had been growing for at least 2 years before her death. In 2007, scientists analyzed the carbon and nitrogen isotopes found in her tresses and detected a marked change in her diet about 1 year before she died, when she went from eating mostly potatoes to consuming more animal protein and maize.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)This time, the team didn’t stop with food. “Anything that circulates in the blood will eventually end up in the hair”—including signs that an individual consumed drugs like alcohol and coca, the plant processed to make cocaine, explains Angelique Corthals, a forensic anthropologist at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York, who was not involved in the study. When scientists measured the levels of a few key metabolites along strands of the Maiden’s hair, they saw that her consumption of coca and alcohol began to increase around the same time that her diet changed, they report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her coca use peaked about 6 months before she died, while her alcohol consumption skyrocketed in her final weeks. The boy and the girl, both of whom were 4 to 5 years old and had shorter, less kempt hair, also ingested the two drugs but in much smaller amounts than the Maiden.By analyzing the Maiden’s hair, “we’re starting to see a picture … of an emerging sequence of events that culminated in her sacrifice,” says Andrew Wilson, an archaeologist at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom who led both studies. He suspects that her initial change in diet and drug consumption likely coincided with her selection as an aclla. In Incan culture, these “chosen women” were “selected to live apart from their families at around the age of puberty, probably under the guardianship of priestesses,” he explains. Significantly, acllas were trained to produce chicha, a fermented maize drink that was probably the Maiden’s principal source of alcohol. Meanwhile, coca was—and in some Andean cultures, remains—a “revered” ritual substance, Wilson explains. Indeed, radiological scans reveal coca leaves clenched in the teeth of the Maiden’s mummy, suggesting that she was chewing them when she died.The importance of coca and alcohol in capacocha rites “is something that we hypothesized for a long time, and it’s really, really nice to see it confirmed,” says Corthals, who has studied the mummies in the past. But the drugs’ role in the sacrifices may have gone beyond ritual.Capacohca rites were complicated religious and political ceremonies that may have been partially intended to instill fear in communities recently conquered by the Incan empire. Although historical sources report that being selected as a capacocha sacrifice was considered an honor, Wilson wonders if the alcohol may have been used to sedate the Maiden in the weeks leading up to her death. What’s more, alcohol impairs the shivering reflex, so if she was left to die of exposure drinking could have hastened her death. But the presence of coca complicates that picture somewhat, because it can slightly increase body temperature by causing the blood vessels to constrict.Although it’s still not clear how the combination of drugs may have affected the bodies and minds of the Llullaillaco Maiden and children on the mountaintop, Wilson suspects that the Maiden, at least, was likely heavily sedated and placed in the shrine and left to die of exposure. While other high-altitude Incan mummies show signs of head trauma, the Llullaillaco mummies appear to have died peacefully. There were “no outward signs of fear” such as vomiting or defecation in the Maiden’s shrine, Wilson says, and the fact that she was found sitting in a cross-legged position surrounded by intact offerings suggests that she didn’t struggle once inside. Still, it’s possible that her body was arranged in that position just after death, implying that a more deliberate act, like suffocation or poisoning, might have taken her life before the harsh environment of the mountain had a chance to do its work.last_img read more


first_imgWhile Ishant Sharma was not considered for limited overs While Ishant Sharma was not considered for limited overs format, Patil said that his name was indeed discussed. “Its not that we are considering Ishant for Tests alone. We have discussed about him for ODIs as well as T20s.” Asked if picking Axar Patel in the ODI squad over Harbhajan Singh was a way of looking towards future, Patil said, “We try and select the best possible side and we leave the final eleven on team management and captain. They would pick the final XI considering the conditions of the pitch. We discussed Bhajji for ODIs but unfortunately we can only pick 15. We have to keep in mind the pitch while picking a team in order to to get a right combination,” said Patil. Squads: T20Is: MS Dhoni (captain and wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Amit Mishra, S Aravind. 1st 3 ODIs: MS Dhoni (captain and wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav. PTI BDN KHS MRM FK KHSlast_img read more

Vietnam aims to shine at SEA Games basketball

first_imgWhat’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Young Malaysian long jumper takes a great leap forward to SEA Games Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Leading the male team is American coach Kevin Yurkus of Saigon Heat. He was head coach and general manager of Cantho Catfish in the VBA. Yurkus is a two-time Coach of the Year in the VBA.He led the Catfish to back-to-back finals appearances and a 2018 VBA championship before he was tapped by the Bangkok Storm to serve as their head coach and general manager.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAccording to Jurkus, because the host Philippines is very strong, Vietnam will fight for second or third place with Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.Jurkus said as many players in the Vietnam team played together in the VBA they have good chemistry already. In this Games in the Philippines, Vietnam will compete in four categories including men’s and women’s basketball team of 5×5 and 3×3.Basketball will be played in Manila from December 1-10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Some of the Việt Nam national male basketball team. Some of the Việt Nam national male basketball team. photo via Vietnam NewsHANOI– The Vietnam national male basketball team and its core of naturalized overseas Vietnamese players are expected to bring home a medal at the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.The naturalized players alongside eight native Vietnamese players are Đinh Thanh Tâm, Đinh Thành Sang, Trần Đăng Khoa, Justin Young and Chris Dierker. All of them showed their talent in the  Vietnam Basketball Association (VBA) League which concluded in September.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

China Open: Radwanska powers past Konta to win title

first_imgAgnieszka Radwanska collected her 20th career WTA title after a dominant 6-4 6-2 victory over Britain’s Johanna Konta in the China Open final on Sunday.Third seed Radwanska, the 2011 champion, did not drop a set on her run to the title and closed out her win over Konta in an hour an 36 minutes.Konta, who is guaranteed a top-10 spot when the new rankings are released and is the first British woman to rise so high since Jo Durie in 1984, committed 34 unforced errors against Radwanska and struggled on serve.The Pole finished with just eight unforced errors and wrapped up victory with an ace. (Radwanska beats Wozniacki to reach China Open quarters)”It’s a very special moment; third final and second title here. It was a really special week for me and it couldn’t be any better,” Radwanska told reporters.”Every title means a lot, but especially here when you play against the best players in the world, in one of the biggest tournaments. It’s top players from the first round and I’ve been playing my best tennis all week.”Konta, who was 146th in the world 17 months ago, has continued a remarkable rise up the rankings despite her defeat. (Caroline Wozniacki ends Agnieszka Radwanska reign to reach Tokyo final)On her main draw debut at this year’s Australian Open, Konta became the first British woman into the last four of a grand slam in more than 30 years.She also earned her first WTA title at the Stanford Classic in July. (Agnieszka Radwanska rolls into US Open fourth round, hungry for more)advertisement”I’m very pleased with my progress over the past few years and hopefully many more places to climb. I’m just working hard towards playing matches like these, against players like Agnieszka,” Konta said.Radwanska, who bowed out in the fourth round of the U.S. Open last month, also won the Connecticut Open and Shenzhen Open earlier this year and has qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore.last_img read more

Wasim Akram backs India, Sunil Gavaskar backs Pakistan in Asia Cup 2018

first_imgSunil Gavaskar and Wasim Akram have picked their favourites in India vs Pakistan clash at the Asia Cup 2018 in the United Arab Emirates.While former India captain Gavaskar tipped Pakistan to win, the ex-Pakistan skipper Akram backed India to come out on top.Akram said that the fact that Kohli will not be available for India, will mean that the Pakistan bowlers will be more confident and will be psychologically boosted. Drawing a comparison with his own is experience, Akram said that he would be more confident as a bowler when batsmen like Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar did not play for India.India vs Pakistan live streaming”Kohli has been rested and that is the right decision. When Gavaskar, Azhar and Tendulkar did not play, I was high on confidence. The Pakistan bowlers will be psychologically boosted with Kohli being rested,” Akram said at the first session, named ‘Diggajon Ki Nazar Se’ at the Salaam Cricket 2018 held at the Hotel Address Boulevard in Dubai on Monday.Read – Akram, Gavaskar discuss Virat Kohli’s absence from Asia CupBut when Akram was asked who were the favourites between India and Pakistan in their Asia Cup blockbuster clash, “India favourites on paper,” he said.But Gavaskar said it will be Pakistan who will go into the match as favourites, saying that they will have their morales high especially after their victory over their neighbours in the final of the Champions Trophy final in England last year.”The last defeat creates a touch of uncertainty in your mind,” Gavaskar said at Saalam Cricket 2018.advertisementAlso Read – Did you ask your mother before coming here? Akram once mocked a young TendulkarAkram and Gavaskar also talked about the importance of India and Pakistan clashes.Wasim Akram recalls playing Holi with Indian teamIndia and Pakistani cricketers are under constant pressure before and during cricket matches. However, the players share great camaraderie off the field, as Gavaskar and Akram said.”On the field we fought till the last ball. Off the field, we were fine. I remember having meals with Azhar (Mohammad Azharuddin). On the 1987 tour of India, Javed Miandad and Dilip Vengsarkar hated their guts on the field but they were so friendly off the field.”The idea was to compete hard on the field and be friendly off it after the day got over. I remember we even celebrated Holi and that was one of the highlights of my career,” Akram said.Read – India a better side even without Virat Kohli, says Sourav GangulyGavaskar, meanwhile, said he had once suggested to Imran Khan that Akram, who went on to become the Sultan of Swing, could bowl really fast.”You play hard when the ball is bowled. I wasn’t doing anything wrong to India by suggesting to Imran Khan that Akram can bowl fast.”last_img read more

Disha Patani flaunts toned figure in mini shorts and backless top while lifting 63 kgs in gym

first_imgDisha Patani caught the fitness bug a while back and since then, just like boyfriend, Tiger Shroff, the actress has been sweating it hard in the gym towards a healthy and toned body.Apart from exercising, the actress also makes healthy dietary choices. The 26-year-old recently shared a part of her another intense session at the gym. The gram is captioned, “140pounds (70 pounds each side)*4 reps. 110pounds (55 pounds each side)*10reps #deadlift Strength training, and as you can see dying too #strongereveryday.”The videos shows, Disha Patani picking up 63 kgs in weights during deadlift.For her gym session, the Bharat actress wore a pair of mini shorts flaunting her extremely toned legs. She accompanied her mini shorts with a purple sports bra and a white backless ganji.The actress wore black and white sneakers to complete her look and was seen with her hair tied in a tight sleek ponytail.On the work front, Disha is still flying high on the success of her latest film, Bharat in which she was seen sharing screen space with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. She will also be seen in the film, Malang along with Anil Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur.ALSO READ | Bharat box office collection Day 5: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif film refuses to slow downadvertisementALSO READ | Bharat: Salman Khan and Disha Patani’s Slow Motion sends fans into a frenzy. See pics and videoALSO WATCH | Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif open up on Bharat, their journey and trollslast_img read more



DP World Holds Appreciation Ceremony for Vendors, UAE

first_imgdpworld, April 14, 2014 zoom Underscoring its commitment to partnership in ensuring an efficient supply chain for shipping lines and traders at Jebel Ali port, DP World, UAE Region has honoured its top vendors in a special Vendor Appreciation ceremony.Jebel Ali PortDuring the event, 22 companies who work with DP World, UAE Region were cited for their efforts in developing and providing cutting-edge products and technologies, superior business practices and service support for the region’s leading marine terminal operator.Mohammed Ali Ahmed, Chief Operations Officer, DP World, UAE Region, and Esam Mohammed Khoori, Director of Procurement for the company, presented tokens of appreciation and certificates to representatives of the best performing vendors.Mohammed Ali Ahmed, Chief Operations Officer, DP World, UAE Region, said:“Vendors are valued partners of DP World and play a crucial role in the efficient running of our ports and marine terminals. In the 35 years since Jebel Ali Port was launched our partnership has moved from strength to strength, creating a symbiotic environment that benefits both sides. We thank them for their commitment.”Esam Mohammed Khoori, Director of Procurement, DP World, UAE Region, said:“Trust is the key to the sustainable relationship that binds DP World, UAE Region and the hundreds of vendor partners who help make Jebel Ali one of the finest ports in the world. Our Vendor Appreciation programme is a way of thanking them for the exemplary service and value that they bring to this great port.”DP World, UAE Region is the largest port operator in the Middle East, with its flagship Jebel Ali Port providing market access to over two billion people across the wider region.Its new container terminal due to open this year will take total capacity at the port to 19 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units).Container Terminal 3 (T3) is set to be the world’s largest semi-automated facility.last_img read more

Bridge connecting Chown and Cairns reopens

The pedestrian bridge connecting the Cairns and Mackenzie Chown complexes has been re-opened.The bridge, which links the third floors of both facilities, was closed in April to accommodate changes to the doors located at either end of the bridge, as well as rewiring and recertifying security systems.The changes enhance the access to and security of both buildings.

People on the Move 3614

first_imgNick Carbone is now news domain expert at Dataminr. Formerly, he was homepage and breaking news editor at TIME.Mashable has named Josh Dickey editor of its new entertainment vertical. Dickey left TheWrap, where he was managing editor.Saul Rosenberg is now chief content officer at Nielsen. He previously served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.Akiba Solomon is the new editorial director at Colorlines. She was the brand’s managing editor.HGTV Magazine has named Kate English as associate publisher, marketing. English was previously the magazine’s executive director of integrated marketing.Rick Hamann is the new senior vice president of Onion labs at Onion Inc. He was formerly senior vice president and group creative director at Energy BBDO.Scholastic named Heather McIntosh Cassano as its chief experience officer. Before joining the company she had the same role at Pearson. David Perel has joined Bauer Media as editorial director of In Touch and Life & Style. Perel was previously with AMI, where he served as executive vice president of digital content.M named Jim Windolf as its new editor-in-chief. He was previously serving as a senior consulting editor for the magazine. Peter Goodman left his role as executive business editor at The Huffington Post and joined the International Business Times as editor-in-chief.Guggenheim Media has named Mike Bruno vice president of He was previously assistant managing editor at Entertainment Weekly. Also, Will Lee joined the company as vice president of digital content for The Hollywood Reporter. Lee was at Penske Media, where he was vice president of strategy.last_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Learn About 360 Painting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting 360 Painting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img

This GoProalternative 4K sport camera can be yours for 39 Update Sold

first_img Tags Dbpower Your phone can probably shoot great video, but you wouldn’t use it while mountain biking. Or snorkeling. Or cliff jumping. That’s what sport cameras are for.Before you spend hundreds on a GoPro, however, consider one of the many affordable alternatives. Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, NY Direct US (via Amazon) has the DBPower EX7000 4K sport camera for $38.99 with promo code PFZJXPEZ. There are three different camera models available on this page; make sure the EX7000 is selected, otherwise the code won’t work.See it at AmazonThis camera ticks many of the important boxes: touchscreen, Wi-Fi, wrist remote, waterproof housing, companion app and so on. It can capture up to 4K resolution at 25 frames per second, but it also does lower resolutions at up to 60 fps.How does the image quality compare to that of a GoPro? I mean, let’s be honest, it’s not even close. But is it good enough, especially considering the price? I checked out a few EX7000 footage samples on YouTube, and while some looked quite good, others were pretty meh.If you decide to pull the trigger, you’ll need a Class 10 microSD card to store your video. Here’s a Kingston 64GB card for a mere $8.65.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! 9 Share your voice Commentscenter_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Cameras The Cheapskatelast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Aug 7 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowProposal would have either Walker or Begich drop out of raceAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau“I think there’s a lot of what I would call anxiety in the center and the left of the political spectrum in Alaska,” said Hollis French, who wants Walker and Begich to agree that someone drop out to eliminate political anxiety. Begich supports the idea, but Walker rejected it.Alaska House candidate Hart asks voters not to consider himAbbey Collins, KHNS – HainesA Haines candidate for Alaska House District 33 is asking the public not to vote for him.Legislative Council votes against adding Friday hours for legislative information officesAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe nonpartisan Legislative Affairs Agency made a two-part proposal: the first part would close the Unalaska legislative information office; and the second part would have used the savings to keep the 22 other LIOs open on Friday afternoons when the Legislature is out of session.Governor Walker signs bill increasing medical cost transparency, access to health servicesErin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA new Alaska law aims to increase transparency about medical costs and expand access to behavioral health services.Groups seek to influence Murkowski on Kavanaugh voteAssociated PressThe political arm of the National Rifle Association says it’s running a TV ad in Alaska urging Sen. Lisa Murkowski to confirm President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee.Comment period extended for draft Donlin reclamation planKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelA state agency is extending the deadline for the proposed Donlin mine’s draft reclamation plans. The project would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world.Y-K nonprofit looking at how rural Alaska handles alcoholKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelIn October, Bethel residents have a big decision to make: whether or not alcohol sales will remain legal. Now a non-profit wants to study how Bethel and the surrounding region have dealt with local option, both in the past and present.In Palmer, Surgeon General says preventing addiction requires looking at larger community problemsAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Surgeon General is traveling around Alaska talking about the opioid epidemic. Though he sees progress, he says the community needs to form new partnerships to address larger issues to get to the root of the problem.High level military to visit Anchorage this weekZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageOn Wednesday, Secretary of the Army, Doctor Mark Esper, is holding a short press conference at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The next day, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson will be at JBER.New business offers shuttle service between Whitehorse and HainesHenry Leasia, KHNS – HainesIf you don’t own a car, finding a way to get to Whitehorse from Haines can be challenging. For years, there hasn’t been any regular transportation service between the two cities. David Simmons is hoping to change that with his new business Hinterland Express.Togiak’s slow but steady salmon run cracks recordAustin Fast, KDLG – DillinghamTogiak has Bristol Bay’s smallest and latest salmon run, but it’s following the Nushagak’s lead and broke through 1980’s total run record of 1.2 million sockeye on Monday. Follow this set net crew out on the water in Togiak Bay.Sugpiaq artist shares work, culture with Kodiak residentsDaysha Eaton, KMXT – KodiakTraditional Sugpiaqa artist, Andrew Abyo visited Kodiak over the weekend as a guest of the Alutiiq Museum and Archeological Repository.last_img read more

Go the eLoc way find addresses digitally across the country

first_imgRepresentational image of digital mapping.PixabayMapmyIndia, a digital mapping firm, on Monday announced the launch of eLoc, a facility to locate addresses digitally. eLoc is a six-character, free-to-use tool that can be used by people and enterprises, especially those in logistics. Read: Moneyfront claims to have 1,100 MF investors using its robo advisory”eLoc of any place, be it a building/flat/office/business/city/village/locality/road and so on, is a short, 6 character code (for e.g. 8GDTYX, or MMI000), which is easy to remember, share, type and provide,” the Delhi-based mapping firm said in a statement.There are multiple benefits to users, according to the firm. “eLoc will help Indian travellers and commuters search, share and navigate to destinations’ exact doorstep far more easily and quickly. It will also reduce time, money, fuel wastage and expenses for businesses in the ecommerce, transportation, logistics and field operations domains,” MapmyIndia said.MapmyIndia currently has about 2 crore eLocs on its digital address database encompassing about 7,000 urban locations and more than six lakh village addresses. Users who are currently availing of eLoc include individuals, companies and government organisations.Flipkart, Qualcomm Ventures and Zenrin are investors in CE Info Systems Pvt. Ltd., the owner of MapmyIndia. The company was co-founded by Rakesh Verma and Rashmi Verma.The other tools of the company include SafeMate, a personal GPS safety device for women, children, and families, and DriveMate, a plug and play device that connects users to their cars.last_img read more

SC extends stay on Apan Jewellers owners bail order

first_imgApan JewellersThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday extended its earlier order until 8 January that stayed the High Court order granting bail to three owners of Apan Jewellers in three money laundering cases, reports UNB.The owners are Dildar Ahmed, Gulzar Ahmed and Azad Ahmed.A five-member bench, led by acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, passed the order after hearing petition filed by the state.On 21 December the Chamber Judge of the Supreme Court extended its earlier order until 2 January in the money laundering cases.Earlier on 18 December a special bench of the Chamber Judge stayed the bail order of the High Court until 21 December and set today (Thursday) for next hearing of the petitions in the scheduled vacation bench.On 14 December, the High Court granted the bail to the three owners of Apan Jewellers in three money laundering cases.On 22 November last, the HC issued five separate rules in five money laundering cases filed against them.last_img read more

Effort to Remove Obstacle for CrossBorder Pipelines Moves Forward

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:05 Listen Travis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaA construction site for a pipeline that recently began moving natural gas from West Texas to Mexico.A bill moving forward in Congress would remove one of the few barriers to cross-border pipelines.The measure, known as the “Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act”, would strip the executive branch of its decision-making power over these projects.Remember how President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline, and then President Trump approved it?They both had that power because of “presidential permits”, which the State Department approves or denies for various border projects.This bill would get rid of those permits for pipelines and leave the authority with federal agencies.“It takes politics out of the decision-making, and that is bad news for environmentalists,” says Jorge Piñon, head of the Latin American and Caribbean Energy Program at the University of Texas.If you’re an energy company, you don’t want your project subject to political whims, so this bill would be great. But since pipeline are driven by markets, political pressure is almost the only tool opponents have, particularly when it comes to pipelines headed south.“There has never been any opposition from the U.S. government to build natural gas pipelines to Mexico,” Piñon explains.Experts say while the bill would remove an obstacle to cross-border pipelines, it wouldn’t necessarily lead to more of them – the number of projects is driven by demand. The bill is backed by Houston Democratic Rep. Gene Green and Oklahoma Republican Markwayne Mullin. It recently passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Share Xlast_img read more

Santa Fe High School Had A Shooting Plan Armed Officers And Practice

first_img Share REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/Via Texas TribunePolice tape in front of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas on May 20, 2018.They, like so many others, thought they had taken the steps to avoid this.The school district had an active-shooter plan, and two armed police officers walked the halls of the high school. School district leaders had even agreed last fall to eventually arm teachers and staff under the state’s school marshal program, one of the country’s most aggressive and controversial policies intended to get more guns into classrooms.They thought they were a hardened target, part of what’s expected today of the American public high school in an age when school shootings occur with alarming frequency. And so a death toll of 10 was a tragic sign of failure and needing to do more, but also a sign, to some, that it could have been much worse.“My first indication is that our policies and procedures worked,” J.R. “Rusty” Norman, president of the school district’s board of trustees, said Saturday, standing exhausted at his front door. “Having said that, the way things are, if someone wants to get into a school to create havoc, they can do it.”The mass shooting — which killed 10 people and wounded 10 others in this rural community outside Houston — again highlighted the despairing challenge at the center of the ongoing debate over how to make the nation’s schools safer. It also hints at a growing feeling of inevitability, a normalization of what should be impossible tragedies.The gunman in Santa Fe used a pistol and a shotgun, firearms common to many South Texas homes, firearms he took from his father, police said. So there were no echoes of the calls to ban assault rifles or raise the minimum age for gun purchases that came after the shooting three months ago in Parkland, Fla.Most residents here didn’t blame any gun for the tragedy down the street. Many of them pointed to a lack of religion in schools.“It’s not the guns. It’s the people. It’s a heart problem,” said Sarah Tassin, 61. “We need to bring God back into the schools.” Texas politicians are pushing to focus on school security — the hardening of targets. Gov. Greg Abbott said he planned to hold roundtable discussions starting Tuesday on how to make schools even more secure. One idea he and other state officials mentioned was limiting the number of entrances to the facilities. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Friendswood, said Congress eventually would consider legislation focused on “hardening targets and adding more school metal detectors and school police officers.”But the horror in Santa Fe shows that there are limits there, too. Norman said he saw school security as a way to control, not prevent, school violence. And the school district had some practice. In February, two weeks after the Parkland shooting, Santa Fe High went into lockdown after a false alarm of an active-shooter situation, resulting in a huge emergency response. The school won a statewide award for its safety program.“We can never be over-prepared,” Norman said. “But we were prepared.”His school board approved a plan in November to allow some school staff members to carry guns, joining more than 170 school districts in Texas that have made similar plans. But Santa Fe was still working on it, Norman said. People needed to be trained. Details needed to be worked out, such as a requirement that school guns fire only frangible bullets, which break into small pieces and are unlikely to pass through victims, as a way to limit the danger to innocent students.All of these efforts, Norman said, are “only a way to mitigate what is happening.”The search for red flags about the alleged gunman’s intentions continued Saturday — another familiar hallmark of school shootings. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the 17-year-old student who police said confessed to the shooting, was being held without bond at a jail in Galveston. Wearing a trench coat, he allegedly opened fire in an art class, moving through the room shooting at teachers and students, and talking to himself. He approached a supply closet where students were barricaded inside, and he shot through the windows saying “surprise,” said Isabelle Laymance, 15.The gunman shot a school police officer who approached him, then talked with other officers, offering to surrender. The entire episode lasted a terrifying 30 minutes, according to witnesses and court records.The Pagourtzis family released a statement Saturday saying they are “shocked and confused” by what happened and that the incident “seems incompatible with the boy we love.” Nicholas Poehl, the Galveston attorney for Pagourtzis, said his client appeared “pretty dazed” when he met with him Saturday and that it would take time for him to learn what happened.The alleged gunman’s classmates and parents said they saw no signs of trouble before the shooting, though some said he had seemed somewhat depressed in recent months.Bertha Bland, whose grandson is good friends with Pagourtzis, said she knew the teenager well and described him as “an outstanding kid” and a good student. Scott Pearson, whose son played football with Pagourtzis, described him as a quiet, normal kid. He didn’t talk to him much when he took him home from football practices, but he never got the impression that he was dangerous. He noticed that Pagourtzis regularly wore a trench coat but didn’t think much of it.“Kids do weird stuff,” Pearson said. “I don’t understand when my son wears a hoodie out in 90-degree heat, either.” Pagourtzis improved as a football player between sophomore and junior years, moving from second to first string as a defensive tackle on the junior varsity squad, according to Rey Montemayor, an 18-year old senior quarterback. Pagourtzis spent a lot of time in the weight room. Eventually Pagourtzis, who wore number 69, was doing reps of 185 pounds on the bench press.  “He worked hard,” Montemayor said. “Even got stronger than me.”On the team, Pagourtzis was well liked and respected, even though he mostly kept to himself, ear buds in his ears in the hallways and in the locker room. He was “very normal, cool,” Montemayor said. “He would joke around but was also quiet — not an open book.”Local and federal officials revealed little new information about the shooting or the investigation on Saturday. So far, investigators have not found any link to terrorism or political extremism in the suspect’s background that would offer a motive for the attack, according to a person close to the investigation.The evidence recovered in the first day of the probe suggests that the suspect was a disturbed young man without any particular ideology, though it is still early in the investigation and new facts could emerge, the person said.Authorities here said police reacted as they should have to the shooting incident, praising the initial response, which included two school police officers trying to intervene, though they have not yet provided details of the interaction that led to the teen’s surrender. Galveston County Judge Mark Henry described the quick actions of the school police officers as “very critical.” Santa Fe Independent School District Police Chief Walter Braun said at a news conference that the police officer wounded in the shooting was in “critical but stable condition” at a hospital. He said his officers “did what they were trained for. They went in immediately.”Some students, escorted by police, were briefly allowed back on the school campus to retrieve backpacks and their vehicles. But the high school remained cordoned off as a crime scene.The town did not come to a standstill as it dealt with the aftermath of the shooting: People still ran errands and had yard sales and barbecues. The community library closed “out of respect for the victims,” but organizers of a library benefit sale decided to hold their event as planned in the lobby and parking lot. The Santa Fe High baseball team was still scheduled for a playoff game Saturday night after canceling one on the day of the shooting.The shooting didn’t seem to rattle beliefs or prompt the calls for change that followed the Parkland shooting. Norman Franzke, 69, whose granddaughter safely escaped Santa Fe High, noted that guns have been part of the culture here for generations. When he attended, students kept shotguns on racks in their pickups, ready for hunting after school.“I don’t think this will change the mentality of this community,” Franzke said. “There may be some changes in how kids enter and leave school. But even then, he was a student, so he would still have had access.”At Red Cap restaurant, a popular diner down the road from the high school, the sign outside no longer advertised fried green tomatoes and Boudin balls. It had been changed to read “Prayers for Santa Fe.”Inside, Tassin, who works at Red Cap, teared up as she thought about all the teens and their parents who stop in there. She considers them family. But she didn’t blame guns for Friday’s shooting. She didn’t blame mental health. She didn’t know where to lay blame. There had been so many school shootings. And now, at Santa Fe High. Something was going on, she said. But she didn’t know what.Devlin Barrett, Julie Tate, Alice Crites and Jennifer Jenkins in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more

US medical group takes stand against intersex surgery on children

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in the United States has taken a stance against performing unnecessary surgery on intersex children. Protesting intersex surgeries | Photo: Flickr/Stuart Crawford The organization, which was founded in 1947, issued the new guidelines earlier this year.Intersex people are those born with variations in their sex characteristics. This can include chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals.Most of the time, these variations are benign and non-threatening, meaning intersex surgery is largely cosmetic. Doctors regularly began performing surgery on intersex infants and children in the 1960s.Rationale for this action stemmed from surgery prior to adult memory would be less traumatic, as well as a single gender identity being preferable (especially with ‘clear’ genitalia). Parents also sometimes wanted to ‘fix’ their children.Vocal criticism gained steam in the 1990s, especially with the founding of the Intersex Society of North America in 1993.Some studies have found negative consequences of these invasive surgeries, including scarring, incontinence, sterilization, and psychological trauma.Unnecessary and harmful‘Many intersex children are subjected to genitalia-altering surgeries in infancy and early childhood without their consent or assent,’ the AAFP wrote in their statement.center_img GAYSTARNEWS- ‘The surgery can lead to decreased sexual function and increased substance use disorders and suicide. Scientific evidence does not support the notion that variant genitalia confer a greater risk of psychosocial problems.’Several other medical and non-medical organizations have also condemned the practice.They include the World Health Organization, three former US surgeons-general, Physicians for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, and more.Recently, California became the first state in the US to stand up for intersex rights.More from Gay Star NewsThis intersex man made a film inspired by his life – and it’s taking over the worldNot everyone benefits from WHO removing gender dysphoria as a mental disorderDon’t ride the LGBTI wave if you’re not going to include everyoneGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . California becomes the first state to stand behind intersex rightsFive alternative terms you can use instead of LGBTWorld Tourism with IGLTA2017 turns to a Rainbow in St. Petersburg, FloridaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Destination France event highlights countrys challenges – and beautiful inspirations

first_img Friday, March 1, 2019 Destination France event highlights country’s challenges – and beautiful inspirations Posted by MONTREAL — France continues to fascinate thanks to its exceptional history. This was the theme chosen by Atout France, France’s tourism development agency in Canada, for its seventh ‘Destination France’ travel industry roadshow.“The choice of the theme of our tour, France Stories, was for Atout France the opportunity to draw the attention of the press and professionals to the huge heritage offering in France and overseas regions,” Marie-Andrée Boucher, Atout France’s head of press relations, told Travelweek’s sister publication Profession Voyages at the Montreal show recently.Destination France 2019 brought together 27 French partners to present their tourist regions and products to Canadian professionals. The event, which began in Montreal, continued in Toronto before landing in Calgary and Vancouver.Agents turned out to the shows in droves looking for new products for their clients.Melanie Paul-Hus, Director, Atout France Canada“The aim of this tour is to show the novelties of France and connect tour operators and travel consultants with representatives of French destinations and their tourist products. We are happy to have such a beautiful delegation,” said Melanie Paul-Hus, Atout France’s Canada Director.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsFrance, however, faces significant hurdles, not least of which are the recent ‘Yellow Vest’ protest demonstrations and the widespread media coverage. “I think that the news brings challenges,” says Paul-Hus. “At present, we do not know if social movements have had an impact on the motivations of Canadian travellers, but we are confident. All cities are well organized to welcome tourists in the best conditions, despite the events.Paul-Hus says France is also working to promote ‘slow tourism’ in France, to help combat overtourism. “We know that travelers will stop in Paris, but it is not a final and unique destination. Many offers are located less than two hours from Paris. The Val de Loire region, in the spotlight this year, is a good example. It is rare that one visits a single city in France, the distances being so short. Although France is very popular in Quebec, we still have a lot of conquests to make about Ontario and other English-speaking provinces.”Marc Richet, director of the regional tourism committee of France’s Centre-Val de Loire regionCentre-Val de Loire echoes this desire to live and relive history, and this year the region is in the spotlight with ‘Viva Leonardo da Vinci! 2019 – 500 years of Renaissance in Center Val de Loire’.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong Kong“It’s going to be a permanent party all year long,” says Marc Richet, General Manager of the Regional Tourism Committee of Center-Val de Loire. “There will be many cultural events for all ages because the culture is not reserved for seniors. Our heritage is more dynamic than ever with the use of new technologies. If you have to go to the area, this year is a great opportunity.”“With France, you have to know how to reinvent yourself,” says Cristelle Cormier, deputy director of Tours Chanteclerc.The Destination France event was also an opportunity to reward Canadian tour operators who showcase France in their brochures. At the Toronto event, the winners including Kensington Tours (product of the year) and Connaissance Travel and Tours (partner of the year). << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Share Travelweek Group Tags: Atout France, Profession Voyageslast_img read more