The Focus of This TutorialIn this Adobe After Effects tutorial, we will focus on clean graphic design using titles and image layout. We will also cover unique animation styles for each layer. Moreover, you will learn how to replicate your own product promo and create unique compositions for multiple products.What you’ll take away from this tutorial:Building a great layout with a graphic design focus.Creating custom image shapes for your product images.How to use fonts to emphasize information.Using animation to carefully reveal each element in a thoughtful way.Make sure to keep your motion graphics consistent with the brand of the business. If the business is going for a fun theme, throw in some exciting elements that can represent that theme. If the business brand is more minimalistic, keep all design and motion elements clean. Remember, your primary goal is to showcase the client’s product and generate interest among potential customers.Need help with your product promos? Check out these templates from Rocketstock.com.VendorEdge Grow your brands and advertise your products by creating attention-grabbing product promos using Adobe After Effects.When you’re creating a product promo, it falls to you as a motion graphics artist to showcase the product and help boost sales. Animated product promos can make fantastic banner ads — or even video advertisements on social media. To create an effective product promo, you need to make sure the products are easy to see, and pleasing to look at. This means making sure your motion graphics do not overpower the product images themselves.
There has been a raging debate whether the next crop of Indian youngsters are passionate enough about playing Test cricket but Sachin Tendulkar reckons that players cannot be forced into liking the longer format.Sachin 100 tons in pictures”To make someone like Test cricket, it has to come from within. There is no set formula that you have to do certain things and then you start liking Test cricket. I grew up dreaming about playing for India – that was the biggest thing I wanted to achieve: to play Test cricket for India and to do well,” Tendulkar said.”Every practice session I went out, I was prepared to work as hard as any of my coaches wanted me to; the only thing I wanted was an India cap. Yes, maybe there are individuals around who feel, ‘If I don’t play Test cricket I don’t miss much.’ You need not force them into something they don’t want to be,” he told a TV channel.”If someone wants to be in Test cricket, then he will find his way, will be ready to push himself as hard as anyone to realise his dreams. I don’t like to push someone to like Test cricket and make him like Test cricket forcibly. I would just keep those two individuals separate,” Tendulkar, who has scored 15470 runs from 188 Test matches, said.Having played top flight cricket for 23 years now, Tendulkar has forged successful on-field partnerships with the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and now the next generation of players.advertisementAsked how he has managed to bond with the players, he replied, “It’s important to know each other’s nature, each other’s personality, how they react to various situations… I have played with the current lot for some time, and there was one stage, when I was already a part of the Indian team for six years when Rahul and Sourav joined me.”So in every generation this process has to take place. I can say that I have played with all of them, so that understanding is very much there,” he added.
New Manchester United signing Fred is starting to feel good about his adaptation at the club after a slow start.Fred is reported to have cost United £53 million (€59m/$69m) after impressing at Shakhtar Donetsk during a five-year spell in Ukraine.Although he showed flashes of class, Fred’s form in his first few matches was disappointing and he looked rusty on his Premier League debut against Leicester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ✍️BREAKING: Beram Kayal has signed a one-year contract extension, extending his time with the club until June 2020.#BHAFC 🔵⚪️Read ➡️ https://t.co/jU6rfFiTN9 pic.twitter.com/LUSWauRfbe— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) September 28, 2018 ” target=”_blank”>But the Brazil international is feeling better about his contributions after scoring his first goal for the club in the 1-1 draw with Wolves last Saturday.”I was really happy [to score],” Fred told MUTV.”I even had the chance to dedicate it to my son that will be born soon. This goal was really important to me and I hope it is the first of many.”I’m still adapting to many things and in the previous games I wasn’t playing as well as I was playing before I joined the club.”Now I feel much better and to be able to score my first goal was really amazing.”Fred’s pledge. #BemVindoFred #MUFC pic.twitter.com/oC8GkwavCI— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 21, 2018United travel to West Ham on Saturday and the match will see Fred come up against a familiar face in Felipe Anderson, who joined from Lazio in pre-season.”He is a guy that has been playing with me since 2009 in the Brazilian [set-up],” Fred said.”We played in the [Under-20] Copa America together, and the Olympic Games [warm-up matches]. He is a guy that I admire a lot, he is a dear friend of mine.”When he signed with West Ham and I signed with Man United, we spoke about playing against each other.”I wish all the best for him in this team, I hope he is also adapting really well, but in the game against us, the victory will be ours, not theirs.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz significantly increases functionality of R&S ELEKTRA EMC test softwareNext VadaTech: 3U VPX Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA board for health management Socionext will showcase their latest technologies at electronica with highlights including Domain Computing, Automotive Display Solutions, In-vehicle Graphics Computing, a Camera Reference Design Kit and Camera Image Processing, as well as the latest HMI Design & Embedded Design Software.Next Generation Automotive Architecture Domain computing introduces high performance controllers to orchestrate car applications more efficiently, leaving the complex and costly distributed architecture behind. High integrated devices such as Socionextʼs display controllers and graphics computing SoCs offer greater flexibility and efficiency in the development phase and in the field, at the same time reducing system cost.The next generation of display controllers for remote display applications in the car will be introduced. Three essential components have been integrated to produce a complete safety concept: high speed serial video links up to 12Gbps, window-based signature units and up to two timing controllers for panel connectivity. An intelligent interlocking and coordinated integration of all functions, the SC1701 family offers unparalleled flexibility and cost saving for any in-vehicle display application.Where there is a need to compute camera data and present it on a display in order to assist the driver, Socionext has a solution with its specialized SoC and software package. Surround view or rear view paired with demanding cluster applications can be realized with the SC1810 series, utilizing integrated vision and graphics processing units. OpenVX and OpenGL interfaces provide flexibility for custom applications.The ʻSC2000 Smart-Kitʼ is a new camera reference design-kit enabling rapid development of mobile cameras up to 4K@60fps. Powered by Milbeaut technology the reference kit includes recording and/or streaming through UVC and RTP and optimization for action, wearable, flying cameras, IoT and digital still cameras (DSCs). Included in the Kit is an SDK which enables easy code development together with reference camera hardware (4 stacked boards: a sensor board with IMX477, a processor board, IO and debug board) and all documentation, schematics and Gerber files.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Manchester United Lukaku’s joined Man Utd at the right moment – Mourinho Jon Fisher Last updated 2 years ago 22:24 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Manchester United v Everton Everton Premier League The former Everton man has been praised by his manager, with the Portuguese also expecting Old Trafford to give Wayne Rooney a warm welcome on Sunday Romelu Lukaku joined Manchester United at the “right moment”, according to Jose Mourinho.The Belgium international has made a flying start to his Old Trafford career, scoring six times in his first six appearances in all competitions, and, on Sunday, comes up against former club Everton following his £75million switch from Goodison Park in July.Rom 8/1 for a hat-trick Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Having emerged at Anderlecht before spells with Chelsea, West Brom and the Toffees, Mourinho now believes Lukaku is at the perfect club to further his career.He said: “Especially for a striker it’s important how many goals you score but I don’t put any pressure on a player over that. He is playing well, there is a good relationship between the way our striker and the way the team plays.”I think he comes [to United] in the right moment, [he is] a good age, a good number of years of experience in different clubs in the Premier League and clearly a player adapted to the Premier League with good friends already in this dressing room.”[He has made] an easy interaction into our group and the way the team tries to play has a good relationship with his qualities as a player, he came at the right moment in his career.”Jose on @RomeluLukaku9: “He is playing well, the team is playing well and there is a good understanding between them.” #MUFC pic.twitter.com/7XAY0qbgIH— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2017While Lukaku joined United from Everton in the close season, another player made the opposite journey with former England captain Wayne Rooney set to make his first appearance back at Old Trafford after rejoining his hometown club.Rooney claimed five Premier League titles and each of the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup once in a 13-year stint at United and Mourinho, who described the 31-year-old as a “real legend”, expects him to receive a warm welcome from the home crowd.He said: “I think he will get the welcome he deserves.”I think sometimes the word legend in this country comes too easy, that’s not the case with him, he’s a real legend – the number of goals, trophies, he’s clearly one of the most important players in Manchester United’s history and I think the stadium will show him the respect he deserves, I hope before the match and after the match, not during the match.”
Western Suburbs Touch Association hosted a gala dinner to launch their Vawdon Cup season and raise money for the Westmead Children’s hospital on Saturday 27 July 2007 at the Massey Park Golf Club, Concord.Respected sports author, Sydney premiership winning Rugby Coach, and Rugby’s ‘unofficial poet laureate’ Peter ‘Fab’ Fenton was the Master of Ceremonies and special guest speaker at the black tie event.Rugby League superstar and former Wests “old boy” Benji Marshall, and Wests Tigers Rugby League gun Bronson Harrison joined the Sydney TAB Swift’s triple Commonwealth Bank Trophy winning netball coach Julie Fitzgerald, and star players Jackie Murphy and Chelsea Pitman in attending the dinner that raised over $ 20,000 for the Westmead Children’s hospital.Guest speakers included the irrepressible Fenton, Lebanon World Cup Assistant Coach Paul Sfeir, Australian Men’s 30s Assistant Coach Emmanuel “Budgie” Bughiar, and the “blackest of the black cats,” Australian Mixed Open skipper Tony Eltakchi.A sports memorabilia auction was held with items such as signed Australian, NSW, and club Rugby League jerseys, signed cricket bats by Australian Cricket Captains and World cricketing legends, Sydney TAB Swifts items, and a plethora of memorabilia from across the sporting spectrum went under the hammer to raise funds for the most worthy of causes.The big hearted Magpies had resolved to do something special this Vawdon Cup season to honour the memory of 2006 Wests Clubman of the Year Matthew Essey, who sadly passed away in May 2007 after waging a brave three year fight against cancer.Matthew’s passion for his family, friends, Touch Football, and the Magpies was matched only by his generosity of spirit towards others.Despite the debilitating nature of Matthew’s illness, the popular Lebanon, Mets, and Wests Manager maintained his positive outlook and iron will commitment to making a difference.In failing health, Matthew organized a charity fundraiser for the Millennium Foundation that raises funds for Cancer research and the Westmead Hospital.Sadly, Matthew passed away before seeing his fund raising efforts bare fruit, but the evening was a spectacular success, a sell out in fact, with a huge amount of money being raised to ensure the good fight against the insidious condition would continue in the future.West’s stalwart Emmanuel “Budgie” Bughiar, who has been at the Magpies club since 1981 said that the Millennium Foundation Dinner which was attended by many of the Wests players was a motivating factor in deciding upon a direction for the Magpies 2007 Fundraising efforts.“We were all saddened by Matthew’s passing…there is no doubt it’s had a profound effect upon our club. The endless work he did to try to raise money to fight for other people to have a better life was inspiring and humbling to the rest of us. Matthew’s work needed to be continued. He gave so much to us and we really wanted to honour him and pay him the highest level of respect possible by going on with the job for him. We were stoked that the night went off so well, it was a very special evening and showed the spirit and strength of character of our club members. Everyone was there, and I reckon Matthew would have been so proud of it all,” Bughiar said. The fundraising dinner was also the launch for the Western Suburbs 2007 Vawdon Cup season with the announcement of the Premier League Teams in Men’s and Women’s divisions.The Wests Men’s Premier League Team’s 2007 jerseys proudly display on one sleeve a list of club champions, and on the other sleeve, a poignant reminder of their treasured mate Matthew.“Matthew Essey” is etched on the sleeve as a mark of respect and a source of constant inspiration for the Magpies, who have dedicated this season to Matt’s memory. New South Wales Touch Association President, Mr. John Howard and the entire Wests Magpies club community – players, officials, coaches, and supporters, showed their commitment and respect for the values that were at the core of Matt Essey’s existence by attending the event in droves. Inspired by Matthew’s endless acts of generosity and initiatives, Western Suburbs have instigated the Annual Fundraiser for the Westmead Children’s Hospital to coincide with their Vawdon Cup Launch.Each year, the club will select a high priority treatment item to raise funds for then donate to the hospital.In 2007 the club will purchase two Corometrics Monitors (approximately $9,000 each). These specialist monitors alert parents and carers when an infant stops breathing.The fetal monitor also records heart rate and oxygen levels that are vital in the early detection of distress in infants. The machines have the capability of transferring data to a specialist via the Internet, or a telephone line for real time care. Westmead Children’s Hospital had requested nine of these units at the beginning of the year, and until last week, had none. Thanks to the inspiring life example and lasting memory of a cherished friend, and the commitment of a close knit Touch Association, Westmead Children’s hospital now have two of the life saving devices on the way.9-0 is a daunting challenge in anyone’s language!That is, to anyone except the Wests Magpies club.You can just see “Sfeiry”, “Budgie”, “Stanto”, “Rushy”, and the boys doing the math… like in a tough game with their backs to the wall… two monitors down, seven to go, pegging back the deficit, play by play, until their heart, courage, refusal to go quietly, and passionate commitment to the cause wins out… conceding defeat is never an option.In the Magpies, Westmead Children’s Hospital couldn’t have a better group of people fighting the good fight on their behalf…Wests, the 2006 State Cup champions in the Men’s Open division, have begun the 2007 Vawdon Cup in fine style with two wins from two starts. Sure the guys can’t find their water bottles, the sub box is a mess, and Sfeiry is getting a little more agitated with the referees than he used to when he had Matt’s wise counsel on the sidelines, but the boys are sticking together, playing well, and with Matt’s name in clear view, they are digging deeper and literally wearing their hearts on their sleeves.There is little doubt that Matthew Essey, watching down from his vantage point in heaven would be well pleased with the start his beloved Magpies have made.What would make Matthew Essey even prouder though, is the fantastic spirit, selflessness, commitment, and generosity his club mates have shown in picking up the ball and going forward hard to continue the work that underpinned his life.If you would like to contribute to Wests 2007 Fundraising efforts for the Westmead Children’s Hospital, please contact Emmanuel Bughiar on 0418694318 for further details.
How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter Editors’ Recommendations Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process When the time comes to shop for something specific, usually it’s impossible to unearth. You set high hopes only to be disappointed by the retail selection at hand. The same was true when Scott Freeman set out to find a rain jacket that could both stand up to the weather and was USA-made. So when he couldn’t pinpoint exactly what he was looking for, instead of giving up, he decided to make it. And so with his wife, Brittany, Freeman Seattle was born. We caught up with them to talk about how they got started, what people are saying about the brand and where to go in Seattle the next time you visit. Check out the Q&A below.Freeman was built on the notion of creating pieces people are always looking for but can’t find. What were the types of pieces you wanted to buy but needed to design because they weren’t available?We launched Freeman Seattle in 2010 on a very simple idea at first: Scott wanted to buy a classic-looking rain jacket that was up to the task of keeping the elements at bay and, above all, really wanted to support a USA-made brand in the process. After searching Seattle and beyond, we quickly realized it didn’t exist. So we decided to make it, really only intending to produce a single jacket.The rain jacket was our first foray and is still the item most associated with our brand. Another piece very much motivated by the “hunt for the elusive” is our Commodore Vest. Again inspired by the desire to marry a commonly found style into a new unique form, we took cut and styling notes from a traditional down vest but wanted the slimmer look of wool without the v-neck design found in many “gentleman hunting” styles of wool vests. The result was something part 70s mountaineering, part 20s woodsman and very much Freeman Seattle. I think the Commodore really captures the aesthetic we strive for, which could be summed up as something that looks very familiar and classic while being totally new all at once.Scott, you started out as a carpenter. What types of skills and design details translate from that craft to clothing design?When we were first sewing made-to-order jackets, I had high hopes my experience with taking a raw material and forming it into a well-conceived finished product would translate from cabinetry to garment building. Naive is the word that best comes to mind. While I think the concepts driving these two trades is similar, and I am grateful my mind seems to be wired for both, I would pick the relatively stable form of wood any day over fabric. I have said it in the past, and knowing what I know now about sewing and garment construction, it bears repeating: the sewing craft requires equal if not higher levels of skill than cabinetry. I am always impressed working with our shop at the products they produce. They deserve a lot of praise!What seems to be the favorite piece of customers thus far?The Freeman Rain Jacket. It was our original and now most senior piece, so it has a head start over the others. But there are other things that make it stand out. I think it’s partly due to the fact American-made rain jackets are a pretty unique offering in the current landscape. I think the other component is the idea of a small, Seattle-based company spearheading the effort. I don’t know if you caught The Killing on AMC, but they paint a bleak and heavily saturated picture of the Seattle climate, so maybe people want to know the rain jacket they’re buying comes from those in the know? If I was going to buy swim trunks, I think a Hawaiian company would steer me in the right direction. Same idea I suppose.We want to visit Seattle but don’t know where to go. Any tips on how to navigate the city like a local?Well, you’re in luck – Seattle isn’t huge, so you can navigate it like a local and catch the tourist sites en route. I’d say in my experience traveling, a great way to get a good picture of a city is through its favorite bars. They’re a window to the soul of sorts. On this topic, I have a few recommendations, namely, our favorite site for Freeman meetings, Hatties Hat. This long-standing establishment finds itself in a great little borough of Seattle called Ballard. Catch the Locks and see the Deadliest Catch bar to fill-out your tourist to-do list, but make sure you see Hatties Hat for respite from weight of being a traveler in a foreign city. Another recommendation, which includes some fine bar and eating options is the Georgetown neighborhood in the industrial heart of Seattle. If food or beverage isn’t your thing, check out Discovery Park. It’s a vast, former military base since reclaimed by the city of Seattle and is now the largest park in the city ( I believe) with tons of trails and vistas, picturesque in all weather patterns. If you’re in the right season, catch a Mariners game too; while our team may be in a “building” phase, our ballpark is top notch.To learn more about Freeman Seattle and shop, visit freemanseattle.com.
OTTAWA – Canada’s foreign affairs minister says a meeting with Mexico’s president-elect has cleared the haze about diving back into free trade talks between Canada, the United States and Mexico.The meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and International Trade Minister Jim Carr with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador came one day before his representatives travel to the U.S. to talk to American trade negotiators and in the shadow of a simmering trade war with the Trump administration.Freeland spoke in broad, largely positive terms about the meeting with the 64-year-old political veteran, but wouldn’t detail what he told Canadian officials. Freeland said she was “hopeful” NAFTA talks could hit high gear now that she gauged the policy pulse of Canada’s new political neighbour in North America.“It was important to meet with the president-elect and with his team to understand their position so we really knew where Mexico was,” she said in a conference call from Mexico City.“We have a clear understanding now and we certainly are very committed to moving forward as quickly as we can.”Lopez Obrador and his top officials have said they back the North American Free Trade Agreement, emphasizing that talks about North American trade must involve all three countries — eschewing the idea of a one-on-one deal with the Americans.Lopez Obrador, who goes by the nickname AMLO, is “astute enough to recognize that Trump is playing a game and trying to divide and conquer his two NAFTA allies,” said Laura Macdonald, an expert on Mexican politics from Carleton University in Ottawa.But, she cautioned, “we never know.”Carlo Dade, an expert on Latin American politics from the Canada West Foundation, said the uncertainty around trade pacts in North America as well as with Pacific Rim countries means Canadian politicians need to build up a personal relationship with Lopez Obrador, something which can often get overlooked.“There’s an expression in Spanish: ‘hasta en la sopa’ — even in the soup. It’s when you keep running into someone every time you turn around and that, I think, could potentially be us and Mexico at the trade table.”NAFTA negotiations were paused in late spring because of the July 1 Mexican presidential election that Lopez Obrador won with a majority of the popular vote. He assumes office in December.Trump viewed Lopez Obrador’s victory at the national and state levels as a symbol of political strength, and that’s a significant factor in the relationship between the two men, said Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center.“Trump sees AMLO as a strong leader, as a legitimate leader, somebody to be taken seriously. He didn’t always see (outgoing Mexican President) Enrique Pena Nieto in that way,” Wood said.In a letter to Trump earlier this month, Lopez Obrador called for talks between all three countries to avoid prolonged trade uncertainty that could damage economies. Trump’s reply to Mexico said such a deal would help both countries, “but only if it can go quickly, because otherwise I must go a much different route.”A number of issues remain unresolved in the talks, including U.S. demands for changes to rules of origin for automobiles, a five-year sunset clause for a new pact and demands for Mexico to quickly hike wages.Macdonald said immediately raising auto worker wages in Mexico — Trump argues low labour costs siphon American jobs — would shutter plants. But Lopez Obrador’s vow to improve wages may help negotiators get past the thorny issue, Macdonald said.The five-year review is more problematic and Freeland said Canada’s opposition to it has stiffened throughout the talks.In the meantime, Trump is considering imposing a 25 per cent tariff on auto imports that Republican lawmakers, industry — although his own administration officials warn that such a step could kneecap the American economy.The World Trade Organization said in a report Wednesday that the proliferation of tariffs by the United States, Canada, Mexico and the European Union among others “could place economic recovery in jeopardy.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter.
“Wherever there are people in need, there are people who help them – men and women coming together to ease suffering and bring hope,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message on World Humanitarian Day, which coincides with the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack against the UN in Baghdad eight years ago.“From Japan to Sudan, from Pakistan to the Horn of Africa, aid workers help people who have lost their homes, loved ones and sources of income,” he added, citing four countries or regions that have suffered respectively from a recent tsunami and nuclear crisis, war and displacement, massive flooding, and severe drought and deadly famine.The General Assembly proclaimed 19 August as World Humanitarian Day three years ago to commemorate the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad, which claimed the lives of 22 UN staff members, including the world body’s top envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and wounded more than 150 people. Mr. Ban laid a wreath in remembrance of the fallen 22 at UN Headquarters in New York besides the tattered UN flag that flew over the UN premises in Baghdad. The event was organized by the UN Staff Union. Many others have died elsewhere around the world, including 102 UN personnel who were killed in last year’s earthquake in Haiti in one of the most devastating blows the Organization has suffered. At a ceremony, launching the Day in the General Assembly Hall, a music video entitled If I Could Change, a collaboration between various artists – including Ziggy Marley, Somali sister-duo Sweet Rush, and Salman Ahmad from the Pakistani band Junoon – was premiered in honour of humanitarian workers around the world. While the video takes a kaleidoscopic look, from children in refugee camps and patients in hospitals to youngsters in schools and the feeding of infants, from flooded fields to injured being extracted from ruined buildings, the singers belt out a lyrical plea for greater love among peoples in a world free from fear and pain, where children no longer die of thirst. “I hope that the song will inspire a new generation of humanitarian workers and indeed inspire people everywhere to get involved,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos told a later news conference. “It’s all about the fact that we can all change our world for the better.”The theme of this year’s celebration is “People Helping People,” a message highlighted by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affaires (OCHA).“Everyone can be a humanitarian,” OCHA said in a message. “People affected by disasters are the first to help their own communities following a disaster. Communities, local partner organizations, international organizations and the general public can build a chain of solidarity to support communities in responding to and recovering from disasters.” It was a theme that Mr. Ban stressed at the launch ceremony, calling the Day “a celebration of men and women around the world who have decided to dedicate their lives to helping others, people with drive and talent, who could have chosen any other path in life and succeeded, yet they chose to help.“Their decision shows us a glimpse of a better world – where people help people, no matter who they are, where they are from, or what they believe.” Ms. Amos noted that last year alone 242 aid workers were killed, injured or kidnapped. “They go on regardless because they know that the situation is so serious and we cannot afford not to help,” she said. “So we owe it to them and to aid workers everywhere to do far more to protect them from harm.”At the ceremony and later news conference both Ms. Amos and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake dwelt at length on the Horn of Africa, with more than 12 million people in urgent need of help in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and particularly Somalia, where drought, conflict and poverty have combined to produce the gravest food crisis in the world. Tens of thousands of people, many of them children, have already perished. Noting that help was still not reaching all those in need in the region, that the crisis had still not peaked and that the UN still needs more than $1 billion for its life-saving operations, Mr. Ban called on governments, civic groups and ordinary citizens to give, and give more. “Together, we can rescue a generation of people in the Horn of Africa and help secure their future,” he said.Mr. Lake noted that the Day commemorates not only international workers but “national staff, who work not only for the children in their own countries, but for the future of their nations. We owe them a special debt of gratitude,” he said. Special events marking the Day were held around the world, including panel discussions in places as diverse as Liberia and Australia, and Afghanistan and Geneva, Switzerland.As Mr. Ban told the launch ceremony in New York, “World Humanitarian Day is a true celebration of what ordinary people with extraordinary dreams can do.“Aid workers are, above all, people – dedicated, driven, full of life, but all the same, people. They are young, and they are old. They are women, and men. They come from all over the world. When crisis calls, humanitarians pack their bags and get to work.”Or, as the lyrics of If I Could Change put it: “If I could change the world today/I’d turn the sky to blue from grey/Take away the hurt I see/Make sure that we all live happy.” 19 August 2011The United Nations paid homage to humanitarian workers around the world today with ceremonies of remembrance for the fallen, and praise and songs of tribute for the hundreds of thousands of others who daily brave danger and hardship to bring aid to those less fortunate.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and brand new B.C. Premier John Horgan bent over backwards to appear congenial after their first meeting Tuesday, avoiding any mention of their differing positions on expanding Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline.The two leaders even showed up to their first face-to-face meeting in nearly identical blue suits, right down to their striped socks and matching shoes, prompting Trudeau to joke about their clear “compatibility.”“We’re both progressive politicians who got elected on mandates to grow the economy in ways that help the middle class, to protect the environment, to advance the cause of reconciliation with indigenous peoples, and we have an awful lot we agree on deeply,” Trudeau gushed.He then announced plans to travel to B.C. next week to assess the fire damage and meet with people displaced by the fires.For his part Horgan thanked Trudeau for being quick with a response to B.C.’s forest fire emergency and noted Trudeau’s “deep roots” in B.C. He called him an “ally” who will help the feeling of isolation on the “other side of the Rocky Mountains.”Their meeting came just a few hours before Pacific Northwest LNG announced it was scrapping its $36-billion liquefied natural gas pipeline project in B.C.The Trudeau government gave conditional approval for the project last fall.Horgan has come out against the project in the past but didn’t specifically campaign against it this spring. He said in late June if the project was adjusted to take into consideration concerns of local First Nations he might support it.It is another pipeline project however that could be the straw that breaks the back of their matchy camel-coloured Oxford shoes.Neither wanted to talk much about Kinder Morgan on Tuesday.Trudeau’s government last fall granted approval for the company to go ahead with the TransMountain pipeline expansion which will nearly triple the capacity to bring almost 900,000 barrels of oil a day from Edmonton, Alta. into a marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C. The oil will be shipped to Asia, quadrupling the number of oil tankers in the Burrard Inlet each year.Proving Canada can build additional pipelines to help grow the economy and still protect the environment is a key pledge of the Trudeau Liberals; but getting new pipelines built has proven to be a monumental task for both this and the previous Conservative government.Horgan campaigned hard on a pledge to block the TransMountain pipeline, a promise which many analysts say helped his party’s fortunes at the polls. In the May election, the B.C. Liberals won the most seats but only with a minority government. With a signed agreement with the B.C. Green Party, Horgan’s NDP and the Greens voted together to defeat the Liberals in late June resulting in Horgan being sworn in as premier last week.That written agreement includes a clause to do everything a government can to oppose and block the TransMountain expansion, including withholding construction permits and seeking injunctions in the courts.In a mandate letter issued to his new environment minister George Heyman on Monday, Horgan instructed him to “employ every tool available to defend B.C.’s interests in the face of the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and the threat of a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic on our coast.”Hours later while standing beside Trudeau, Horgan said he hadn’t yet been briefed on the options for blocking the pipeline, and would have more to say in the days ahead.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.
by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 15, 2014 1:49 pm MDT Vancouver-based startup Mojio aims to make every car a ‘smart-car’ TORONTO – Vancouver-based startup company Mojio thinks every car should be a smart-car.Not a pint-sized Daimler AG-made Smart car, but a vehicle that’s connected to the Internet and has functionality similar to a smartphone.Mojio co-founder and CEO Jay Giraud says the company’s new namesake product can upgrade almost any car made in the last two decades by plugging into the vehicle’s OBD-II diagnostics port, which was standardized in 1996.“It’s the same port a mechanic uses to read the engine codes to effectively diagnose the computer of your car. Thousands of codes and hundreds of sensors are prevalent throughout just about any car after 1995, and we are making that data available to the cloud, to the Internet,” Giraud says.The Mojio’s built-in SIM card allows it to link up with a smartphone, tablet or Internet-connected computer (at launch only Apple mobile devices will be supported). The Mojio app or website will tell you exactly why the engine light is glowing, if gas is running low, and if other fluids need topping up.The Mojio also has a GPS chip and saves a history of every time a connected vehicle hits the road, with data on trip distance and duration, as well as fuel consumption and efficiency. Business users can export the data to streamline the process of filing expense claims for road trips.The device also helps drivers keep tabs on their vehicle, whether it’s parked or in motion.Drivers facing a monstrous parking lot can use their smartphone to connect to the Mojio and pinpoint their car’s location in a sea of thousands.Mojio users can also share their location with friends or family, or load a map to see where and how fast their car is being driven.“You know where (your car) is at all times and your car can communicate with you. So if it’s being stolen or towed or bumped in a parking lot, if it’s being driven too fast or too far by your teenaged son or daughter,” says Giraud.The Mojio, which will become available sometime in November, will cost $169 with a year of free wireless service. After the first year, the Mojio requires a $6.99 monthly subscription.There are some similar products already available, but Giraud is convinced there’s a massive market for several companies to tap into.“Worldwide we’re talking about nearly 800 million cars that are not connected to the Internet that are going to be on the road for the next 10 to 20 years, and another 200 million that will be sold over the next five or six years that will be sold without any kind of Internet connection,” he says. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Warning that time is running out, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today called on the United Nations to end Israeli settlement building on Palestinian land and thus giving a last chance for renewed peace talks to resolve the Middle East conflict within the allotted nine-month timeframe. “The window of peace is narrowing and the opportunities are diminishing,” he told the General Assembly on the third day of its annual General Debate, addressing it for the first time as President of the State of Palestine following its acceptance last November as a non-member observer State to the UN.“The current round of negotiations appears to be a last chance to realize a just peace,” he said of the United States-sponsored talks that seek to resolve the 65-year conflict by establishing two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace within secure borders. “Merely thinking of the catastrophic and frightening consequences of failure must compel the international community to intensify efforts to seize upon this chance.”Mr. Abbas painted a bleak picture of the past 20 years during which the initial hopes of peace between Palestine and Israel raised by the so-called Oslo accords and their roadmap to a two-State solution have been shattered by the continuation of intense Israeli settlement construction which he said aims to change the facts on the ground in the occupied Palestinian territory,“The international community is asked to remain alert to condemn and stop any actions on the ground that would undermine negotiations – and I refer here, above all, to the continuation of settlement construction on our Palestinian land, particularly in Jerusalem,” he declared. “There is an international consensus – among the countries of the world, international and regional organizations and the International Court of Justice – on the illegality and illegitimacy of these settlements.”He reaffirmed, as he had last year, that he was not seeking to delegitimize an existing State – Israel – but to consecrate the legitimacy of a State that must exist, which is Palestine. “I assure you that we shall respect all of our commitments and foster the most conducive atmosphere for the continuation of these negotiations in a serious, intensive manner and provide the guarantees for its success, aimed at reaching a peace accord within nine months,” he said of the negotiations that began in August. The objective of the negotiations is to secure a lasting peace accord that leads immediately to the establishment of the independence of a fully sovereign State of Palestine and, among other aims, the resolution of the plight of Palestine refugees.“I am confident that the Israeli people want peace, and that its majority supports a two-State solution,” Mr. Abbas said, outlining a future in which “Israel will gain the recognition of 57 Arab and Moslem countries and where the states of Palestine and Israel will coexist in peace, in order to realize each people’s hopes for progress and prosperity.”Referring to the ongoing violence he noted that since the start of this year, 27 Palestinian citizens have been killed and 951 have been wounded by the bullets of the occupation, while 5,000 Palestinian “fighters for freedom and peace” are held captive in occupation prisons.
The following is an extract from Ford Group Vice President Stephen Odell’s keynote speech at the SMMT International Automotive Summit in London on 28 June 2011. Click through to download the full speech.“It’s the engine research and manufacturing that we have in Britain that has largely contributed to the significant reduction in CO2 emissions in recent years. Today, around 35 per cent of Ford’s total vehicle sales in Europe are for vehicles emitting less than 120 g/km of CO2, and there’s been a close to six-fold increase in sales of Ford vehicles emitting less than 110 g/km of CO2 compared to the start of 2010.“That is the genius of the automotive industry. That is what skilled manufacturing, innovative research and targeted investment can do.“Happily, British policy makers are once again also beginning to see it. I believe they increasingly understand the importance of a strong manufacturing base. I detect a renewed sense of urgency to re-establish a stronger manufacturing base in this country. Otherwise, the UK would be left behind by those nations around the world that have continued to value manufacturing as an important and essential part of economic well-being and growth.”Ford Group Vice President and Chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe, Stephen OdellClick through to download the full speech.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
TV de rattrapage : le trafic explose depuis l’arrêt de MegauploadLa fermeture de Megaupload atteindrait-elle son but ? Deux semaines après la cessation d’activité du service de téléchargement, M6 annonce un trafic très important sur son service M6 replay et TF1 chiffre même l’augmentation à 40% pour son service mytf1.fr.Le site Megaupload était devenu, après la loi Hadopi, une des principales sources de téléchargements de séries en France. Mais il semblerait que sa fermeture et l’arrestation le 20 janvier de ses 4 dirigeants ait mis fin à cette tendance. “Il semble que les utilisateurs de Megaupload sont venus voir les séries américaines sur nos offres gratuites et légales de TV replay. Depuis 15 jours, nous avons un trafic très important sur nos sites de TV replay”, a déclaré lundi Nicolas de Tavernost, président du directoire du groupe M6 (M6, W9). Comme il l’a indiqué, le trafic sur W9 Replay a par exemple été multiplié par quatre quand une hausse a également été remarquée sur M6Replay. Ces offres légales sont financées par un clip publicitaire placé avant ou pendant le programme. Elles diffèrent également des offres “classiques” de téléchargement en ceci qu’elles ne sont disponibles que pendant une semaine. Mais ces sites ne sont pas les seuls à connaitre une telle hausse. TF1 a également constaté une augmentation de 40% sur mytf1.fr, son site de rattrapage, mais aussi pour son offre payante de vidéo à la demande (mytf1vod.fr). “Concernant mytf1vod.fr, pendant les 15 jours suivant la fermeture de Megaupload (données Google Analytics), nous avons constaté une augmentation du trafic en nombre de visites, en visiteurs uniques et en pages vues qui a été multiplié par 2. Les actes d’achats ont également fortement progressé”, relève la direction de TF1 citée par l’AFP. En 2011, 14,5 millions de personnes ont utilisé la télévision de rattrapage, soit 3,4 millions de plus qu’en 2010, selon Médiamétrie. Le site tv-replay.fr, qui regroupe tous les programmes de rattrapage proposés en France, indique quant à lui une augmentation globale de 17%. Toutefois, son fondateur, Olivier Ruffin, a estimé : “La fermeture de Megaupload, c’est juste un frein temporaire au piratage. Il y a déjà des successeurs à Megaupload. Je suis assez sceptique”.Le 8 février 2012 à 11:35 • Maxime Lambert
The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the federal response to pollinator health issues on Wednesday. Many topics of interest to the American Soybean Association (ASA) were covered, including the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) rebuttal of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study that concluded that neonicotinoid seed treatment products show little benefit for soybean yields.EPA officials confirmed that the pollinator health task force report, ordered in a presidential executive order from June 2014, would be released “in the very near future.” Stakeholders have expected the report for several months. Another development for pollinator issues was the release this week of a new report from the Bee Informed Partnership, USDA and the Apiary Inspectors of America. The report for the first time shows that beekeepers are losing more hives in the summer than in the winter. While winter losses from 2014-15 were below the average, the summer loss numbers far exceeded the average rate. The bee survey can be found on here:
GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8CDMA: BC0 / BC1WCDMA: B1 / B2 / B4 / B5 / B8 / B9 / B19TD-SCDMA: B34 / B39FDD-LTE: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B12 / B13 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B20 / B26 / B28 / B29 / B32TDD-LTE: B34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B412G: GSM 1800MHz, GSM 1900MHz, GSM 850MHz, GSM 900MHz3G: WCDMA B1 2100MHz, WCDMA B19 850MHz, WCDMA B2 1900MHz, WCDMA B4 1700MHz, WCDMA B5 850MHz, WCDMA B8 900MHz, WCDMA B9Network type: CDMA,FDD-LTE,GSM,TD-SCDMA,TDD-LTE,WCDMAWIFI: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless internetWireless Connectivity: 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFiCDMA: CDMA BC0/BC1TD-SCDMA: TD-SCDMA B34/B394G LTE: FDD B1 2100MHz, FDD B12 700MHz, FDD B13, FDD B17 700MHz, FDD B18, FDD B19 800MHz, FDD B2 1900MHz, FDD B20 800MHz, FDD B26,FDD B28 700MHz, FDD B29,FDD B3 1800MHz, FDD B32 1500MHz, FDD B4 1700MHz, FDD B5 850MHz, FDD B7 2600MHz, FDD B8 900MHz, TDD B34 2100MHz, TDD B38 2600MHz, TDD B39 1900MHz, TDD B40 2300MHz, TDD B41 2500MHz Offers on the latest OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro keep coming. The current promotion is on the 8+256GB variant of the smartphone that brings the price down to $489.99 (originally $549). Add in free shipping for various regions, and this becomes a pretty sweet deal on one of the latest Android flagships.Rocking a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a dual camera setup, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, and a 3,700mAh Li-ion battery that supports the company’s proprietary 25W fast charging, OnePlus 7 continues the phone maker’s unwavering streak of delivering quality flagships at nearly half of the price of the usual Galaxys and iPhones. Considering the company is probably the only Android phone maker that religiously sends software and security updates on time to even the older OnePlus phones, and it’s no surprise why the Android world is always excited for a new OnePlus phone.Flash Sale: Get OP7 (8+256GB) for just $489.99You can now get the latest OnePlus 7 at discount, bringing the original price down to $489. The company itself sells the base model for $499, however, this sale is on the 256GB version that officially goes for $549. The sale also offers free shipping to several countries, including the US, UK, Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, and the UAE.OnePlus 7 specifications:6.41 inch AMOLED A2.5DSnapdragon 855 Octa Core 2.84GHz8GB RAM, 256GB ROMAdreno 64048.0MP + 5.0MP rear camera + 16MP front cameraAndroid 9.03700mAh BatterySIM Card: Nano SIM + Nano SIMNetworks: Phone is unlocked for international use, but ensure your local area network is compatible: Share Tweet Submit Package includes: Back Case, Cell Phone, Manual, Screen Protector, SIM Needle, Dash Quick Charger Adapter, Dash Type-C CableHead over to this link to get OP7 for just $489.99 or this link to get Zenfone 6 for $529.99.In for more treats: Get Xiaomi Mijia 4K projector for $2,049
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M Jetset Travelworld Network franchisees were strongly encouraged by General Manager, Retail, Julie Primmer to support the group’s sole GDS supplier, Sabre, in a bid to convert almost half of its members to the GDS when competing contracts expire.Increasing JTN market share to 44 per cent in 2011, Sabre CEO Gai Tyrrell said the GDS partnership with JTN members over two years has congregated to a rewarding move of market share in the congested GDS space where contracts run for many years.In a bid to incentivize agents, Sabre is offering an additional value proposition in the newly launched JTN eXcelerate loyalty programme.Ms Tyrrell said innovation within the Sabre Red platform enables consultants to complete bookings 20 per cent faster, using 30 per cent less keystrokes thereby increasing productivity by 20 per cent for experienced agents.Taking the opportunity to outshine Travelport’s slow introduction to its Universal desktop, Ms Tyrrell said the promise of the product will likely “if and when is delivered to be rolled out in their red and white stores before you even get the opportunity to beta test it,” referring to Galileo’s contract with Flight Centre.“With Sabre, isn’t it time to come on board?” Ms Tyrrell addressed agents.“Unlike our competitors saber as a local development team to customize with your branding.”
Interim Chancellor Barb Wilson and the university will be announcing my departure as the Director of Athletics this morning. Paul Kowalczyk has agreed to serve as the interim AD until the position is filled.Today, the campus will also be releasing the final Franczek Radelet P.C. reports into allegations related to sports medicine and scholarship management in our football program and women’s basketball programs. The reports indicate that I acted appropriately whenever I learned of any issues related to the safety and well-being of our students. But, I realize that my continued presence may create an ongoing distraction for our students, coaches and staff, and I accept the separation. I hope this allows everyone to turn the page and put the focus of this organization on the success and welfare of our student-athletes.I am honored to have served in this role for the past four years and I am proud of the accomplishments of our students during this time – on and off of the field. They have excelled in competition, the classroom and in the community, and they exemplify the humility, dedication and work ethic that are hallmarks of this university. Those opportunities did not come by accident – but were achieved through your collective efforts to give these young men and women every chance to succeed. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to work alongside all of you here at Illinois.Leaving is not easy. But my tenure has been guided by the simple idea that my job is to do whatever is best for Illinois. And that is what I am doing here today, one last time.It has been my privilege to be part of this storied program and this great university.Thank you,MikeIllinois investigation “found no misconduct by (Mike) Thomas and no violations of policies or standards.” But needed “change in leadership.”— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) November 9, 2015Here’s a look at what Illinois investigators found regarding Tim Beckman’s treatment of injuries/injured players: pic.twitter.com/0ugrRPJuzT — Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) November 9, 2015 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix And here’s a look at what Illinois investigators found regarding Tim Beckman’s treatment of scholarship renewals: pic.twitter.com/SaDEswZKj1— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) November 9, 2015 Illinois has fired athletics director Mike Thomas as a 1,267 page report detailing a months-long investigation into the culture and practices of the Illini football program under former head coach Tim Beckman is set to be released at noon ET Monday. Paul Kowalczyk will serve as interim athletics director until a full-time replacement is hired.Thomas sent the following email to university staff Monday morning:Dear Fighting Illini Family, Yikes pic.twitter.com/3DlG2Dqrxa— Brian Bennett (@BennettESPN) November 9, 2015Thomas fired Beckman on Aug. 28, saying at the time the preliminary results of the study were already enough to warrant a coaching change.Bill Cubit has led the program to a 5-4 mark (2-3 Big Ten) as interim head coach. As for his involvement in injury reporting fiasco? “There is no indication that Coach Cubit said anything else inappropriate to the reporting player or evidence that he ever made inappropriate comments or pressured other players about injury issues,” the report said. “The lack of concerns raised by other players lends further credence to Cubit’s account, which we find credible.”
Guests who join Aranui 5’s 14-day cruise departing Papeete on 17 December 2020, will receive a bonus day at no extra cost, with the cruise line throwing in a call to Makatea in the Tuamotu Atolls as a Christmas treat.In Aranui Cruises’ 2020 program a new destination is also being added, taking the cruise line’s total Tahiti line-up to 17 islands across all five French Polynesian archipelagos.Made famous by the ‘90s film ‘Six Days, Seven Nights’, starring Harrison Ford and Anne Heche, Makatea is an untouched atoll in the Tuamotus, located about 200 kilometres northeast of Tahiti.The post Aranui Cruises Christmas treat appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
Silversea Cruises has announced an expedition world cruise in 2021. Sailing from Ushuaia, Chile to Tromsø, Norway the 167-day Uncharted World Tour will call at 107 destinations, in 30 countries—including six new ports of call for Silversea (Naxos, Folegandros, Nafpaktos, Ksamil, Bejaïa, and Fort William).A private dinner on London Tower Bridge’s walkway and a Viking feast in Kjarnaskogur Forest in Iceland are two of a number of bespoke events included in the fully inclusive itinerary. Departing Ushuaia on 30 January 2021, Silver Cloud will journey between Antarctica’s highlight destinations, before sailing to Chile’s Valparaiso via the Chilean Fjords.From there she sales to Papeete, Tahiti, via Easter Island and Pitcairn Island, before heading to Lautoka, Fiji. Remote exploration stops in the Pacific include Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Then from Cairns, Silver Cloud will head to the Kimberley Coast. Stops in Indonesia, Singapore, Sumatra, Sri Lanka and Cochin, India precede Piraeus (Athens), Lisbon, and Reykjavik.Guests explore the highlights of Iceland, ahead of calls in the Svalbard Region and the voyage’s conclusion in Tromsø, Norway, on 16 July 16 2021.The Uncharted World Tour is already on pre-sale to worldcruising guests of 2019 and guests booked on the World Cruise 2020. Sales for the two World Cruises 2021 will open to the general public in March 2019.The post Uncharted World Tour announced appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog