This tutorial shows you how to speed through some After Effects fundamentals, including transparency information. Here’s what you need to know.If you’re new to Adobe After Effects, you may not know how to include transparency information in your exports. This is an important aspect of motion graphics because you’re going to want to render out graphic elements to use in video editing applications. With transparency, you can simply drag and drop your graphic files on top of your video tracks. Let’s take a look at how to make this happen in AE.In this video, I reference an Anime Speed Lines tutorial that I produced. You can find that tutorial here. The Alpha ChannelVideo files are made up of red, green, and blue channels (RGB). There’s actually a fourth Alpha channel, but only certain video codecs can include an alpha. If you add a sequence to the Render Queue in After Effects, by default it will not include an alpha channel. This means your graphics will lack any transparency information in the final file. So how do we properly handle this in AE?Transparency and Background ColorsFirst, let’s figure out how to view transparency information inside the program. As with the exported files, After Effects by default does not show transparency in the comp panel. Instead, you see the background color of the composition. To change this color, go to Composition > Composition Settings. To quickly view the transparency in AE, click on the Toggle Transparency button at the bottom of the Composition panel. If you want to view individual channels, you’ll also find a Show Channel button just to the left.Exporting with TransparencyWhen exporting a file from the Render Queue, After Effects will default to the composition’s background color, where any transparency exists. To export with the transparency (instead of the background color) follow these simple steps:Step 1 — Add to Render QueueFirst, you’ll want to add your sequence to the render queue. To do this, go to Composition > Add to Render Queue.Step 2 — Include the Alpha ChannelNext, click on “Lossless” to bring up the Output Module Settings. Just under “Video Output,” open the channel’s dropdown menu. Select “RGB + Alpha,” and then click OK. Specify where you want the file to output to, and then click “Render.”Step 3 — Drag and DropNow you have a file that includes the corresponding transparency information. Bring this file into any professional video editing application and simply drag and drop it over the desired footage.Voilà. Now that you know how to include alpha channels in your exports, it’s time to get back to creating in Adobe After Effects. Have fun!Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.How to Properly Pancake Timelines in Adobe Premiere ProVideo Tutorial: Determining The Best Lens for Your ProjectHow to Change the Color of Exterior Lights in After EffectsChanging the Audio Editing Game with PremiumBeat’s Track StemsHow to Create the VHS Look in Premiere Pro + Free VHS Effect Presets
The idea of providing the Indian cricket team a taste of ‘ghar ka khaana’ in West Indies has been dropped by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Although having a cook on tour as an additional member of the support staff would not have hurt the BCCI coffers much, easy availability of good Indian food in the West Indies now meant the idea was dropped. BCCI President Anurag Thakur on his first day in office had spoken of sending a ‘desi’ cook with the team but the board has since had a rethink. (Also read: Kumble’s photography skills in West Indies will bowl you over!)INDIAN FOOD IN WEST INDIES “We realized that a number of Indian food joints are now spread across most Caribbean islands. We have tied up with different joints at all the islands where the team would be playing,” a BCCI source said. (Also read: Final chance for India to iron out flaws ahead of West Indies Tests) Over the years Indian cricketers have struggled to come to terms with Caribbean cuisine in most islands other than Trinidad and Tobago which has always had a significant Indian Diaspora. (Humanly impossible to match up to Sachin Tendulkar: Kohli)DEALS WITH LOCAL FOOD JOINTS The problem with food for Indians in West Indies has got a lot to do with the making itself. Indian cricketers in the past have struggled to get cooked food with a variety of baked, steamed and grilled items available on the food menu. With the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin in the team being vegetarian, the BCCI’s general manager MV Sridhar deputed to finalize deals with local food joints there, also did the food sampling before the go ahead was given.advertisementHIGHEST HYGIENE STANDARDSKeeping with the list of instructions for team India’s food on overseas tours, the food joints tied up with, have been asked to maintain highest hygiene and sanitization standards. For now Virat Kohli and co. will get to enjoy Indian taste of curry and butter chicken but personalized and improvised food demands will have to wait for another time.
New Delhi, May 20 (PTI) Putting out its admission timeline today, the Delhi University announced that online registrations for its 60 undergraduate programmes in 62 colleges with around 54,000 seats will take place between May 22 and June 12.Applicants choosing the following courses having 1,600 seats should take up entrance test – Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), Bachelor of Business Administration (Financial Investment Analysis), BA (Hons) Business Economics, BA (Hons) Humanities and Social Sciences, Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.), Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Health Education & Sports: B.Sc. (P.E., H.E. & S.) B.A. (Hons.) Multimedia and Mass Communication , B.Tech. (Information Technology and Mathematical Innovations) B.A. (Hons.) Music.Whereas, applicants choosing other courses will be evaluated on cut-off marks based on Class XII Board results.Its first cut-off list will be announced on June 20. As of now, there are total six cut-off dates announced. However, further cut-off lists may be announced depending on vacant seats in colleges, a statement said.Some of the mandatory uploads that an applicant has to make during online registration include passport size photograph, scanned signature, class X board certificate, among others.All applicants have to make an online registration fee depending on the categories they belong.”The students can apply for multiple programmes without paying an extra fee,” said the release.A 10-day counselling session of the Delhi University will begin on May 22 wherein students seeking admission can get guidance.Besides, to attract more African students, the university has taken a slew of measures such as extension of online registration for foreign nationals till May 31 and answering their queries via email. PTI CPB IKAadvertisement
Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry of Alabama and finalists Deshaun Watson of Clemson and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford highlight The Associated Press All-America team.The team released Sunday features Henry and Leonard Fournette of LSU as first-team running backs. Watson is the quarterback on the first team. McCaffrey, who set an NCAA record for all-purpose yards this season, made the first team as an all-purpose player.No. 2 Alabama and No. 18 Baylor have the most players on the first team with three apiece. Joining Henry from Alabama are linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson. Baylor is represented by receiver Corey Coleman, offensive tackle Spencer Drango and defensive tackle Andrew Billings.Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield is the second team quarterback and Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds made third team.TweetPinShare0 Shares
PREVIEW: Selangor intent on upsetting JDT at Larkin Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 13:26 8/9/2017 Selangor FA Can Selangor make it three wins in a row this season against the mighty JDT, in their Group D Malaysia Cup match on Saturday? BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter The final matchday of the 2017 Malaysia Cup group stage is set to take place this Saturday, and one of the encounters set to garner fans’ attention is surely the one at the Larkin Stadium, between Group D leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) and Selangor.The two sides have already confirmed their places in the quarter-finals, but both are tied on 10 points and will be looking to finish the group stage as group winners, and grab the more advantageous qualifying slot.As the home side have the better goal difference, they need only a draw on Saturday, while the visitors need a win in order to snatch the top spot. 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 The Southern Tigers are undoubtedly the team to beat this season (as well as in the past few years), having confirmed their fourth consecutive Super League title with three rounds to spare, but this season only the Red Giants have proven capable of matching them.This season alone they have met three times, with Selangor having won twice and the remaining encounter having ended in a draw, an astonishing record for the 33-time Malaysia Cup champions considering that before 2017, the last time they were able to defeat JDT was back in 2013.JDT’s recent record is four wins and one defeat, with the defeat recorded just before the break in domestic competitions. Coincidentally, the 2-1 defeat came at the hands of Selangor in their August 5 league encounter, although it was not enough to stop them from confirming their 2017 league win.But when their recent records are separated by home and away results, it is apparent that Selangor have an uphill battle this Saturday. JDT have not lost at home in all competitions since November 2015, while Selangor’s past five away matches have ended in three wins, one draw and one defeat.But these records have not deterred Selangor head coach Maniam Pachaiappan. When met by Goal on Thursday after his team’s training, Maniam, a coach who usually prefers to let his work do the talking for him, remarked that he wants to make history this Saturday.By the word ‘history’ he could either mean defeating JDT for a third consecutive time, or handing them their first home defeat since 2015, but both outcomes require the visitors defeating the home side this Saturday.And in order to do that, he is prepared to ditch the pragmatic, defensive football his side have been known to resort to when playing away games to tough opponents, he added.This is because he will have almost all of his first team players on Saturday; including former JDT man Amri Yahyah and the previously injured Spanish forward Rufino Segovia (Rufino was absent both times Selangor beat JDT in July and August). Goalkeeper Khairul Azhan Khalid is down with fever, while Raimi Noor is out due to a knee injury. None of Maniam’s men is suspended for this match.Meanwhile, JDT boss Ulisses Morais will surely want to avoid having his team upset by the same side for the third time in a row, although that may be a little tougher this time around. Their two key centre backs; Fadhli Shas and Marcos Antonio are out injured, which means they are prone to attacks by Selangor forwards; who this season have put in their best performances when they play JDT.Although Saturday will offer a number of tantalising encounters to fans, the one at Larkin is expected to garner most of the attention. Although both sides have secured qualification to the quarter-finals, they will do battle for reasons beyond the final scoreline alone. For JDT it is to avoid being given a black eye by the same side for the third time in a row, while for Selangor it is to create their own history by defeating their undoubtedly formidable opponents at their fortress. read more
League One Jack Ross is set to become Sunderland’s manager, with confirmation of his move south from St Mirren expected by Thursday evening. Sunderland Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook St Mirren Share on WhatsApp Share via Email news Share on Messenger Read more Stewart Donald, who completed his takeover of the League One club on Monday, is confident of securing the highly rated 41-year-old as Chris Coleman’s replacement. Only a late hijack on the part of the Championship side Ipswich Town seems capable of derailing the deal.St Mirren announced on Wednesday they had received a formal approach from Sunderland for Ross’s services and had “reluctantly” granted permission for talks.Soon afterwards Donald tweeted: “We’ve agreed terms with our man and it’s with the legals now. By close of play tomorrow I would hope to make an announcement. All on course.”Confusion reigned earlier in the day when Gordon Scott, the chairman of the newly promoted Scottish Premiership side, voiced annoyance with Donald for allegedly breaching protocol by speaking to Ross behind his back.It was perhaps unwise of Sunderland’s new owner to tell a radio interviewer: “We’ve agreed terms – literally this morning, we’re just drawing up contracts – with the man we want. The man in question is absolutely thrilled.”Ross led St Mirren to promotion in his first full campaign in charge. The Scot’s work while winning the Championship north of the border has attracted admirers and last week he held “advanced talks” with Ipswich over their vacancy.Although St Mirren made him an improved offer, it is understood the remuneration package offered by the Wearside club relegated from the Premier League only 12 months ago, will at least quadruple his salary.A journeyman utility player turned highly innovative coach, Ross holds an MA in economics from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University.Previously in charge of Alloa Athletic, he helped St Mirren avoid relegation in 2016-17 before masterminding this season’s promotion, rejecting an approach from Barnsley along the way.“There’s been no contact from Sunderland so, unless there’s been some major skulduggery, then it’s nonsense,” said Scott on Tuesday morning before receiving the official approach. It is thought St Mirren will receive around £50,000 in compensation. Topics Share on Pinterest Sunderland sold by Ellis Short as Chris Coleman is sacked Share on Twitter Reuse this content
NEW ORLEANS – JANUARY 07: The Ohio State Buckeyes make their way out onto the field before the AllState BCS National Championship against the Louisiana State University Tigers on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Four-star wide receiver Marcus Washington was set to announce his college decision on August 7. The St. Louis native is considering Ohio State, so this week’s news involved Urban Meyer (and Zach Smith, who would have been his position coach before being fired) has thrown a major wrench in his recruitment.Smith is still listed as his lead recruiter at 247Sports. Obviously, that has not yet been updated.The Buckeyes are believed to be one of the major contenders to land the blue-chip receiver. Ohio State has 20-percent of the predictions over at 247Sports’ crystal ball.His home state Missouri Tigers are the favorite, per the crystal ball, with the other 80-percent. However, the Buckeyes are obviously the more prominent program between the two.In May, Washington’s top six also featured Florida State, Georgia, Oregon, and Texas. That was the last list he put out via Twitter. The tweet featuring the six schools in pinned to the top of his Twitter timeline.With the uncertainty at Ohio State, Marcus Washington has delayed his decision.He made the announcement earlier this evening via Twitter.Due to everything happening in college football right now my family & I have decided it’s best I delay my commitment date and reopen my recruitment fully….— Marcus Washington (@_MarcusW11) August 2, 2018Washington took a visit to Columbus back on June 22. It is unclear when his decision will now come, but he has until December for the early signing period and February for National Signing Day. Choosing against rushing to make a decision with Ohio State’s situation up in the air is the right choice.The four-star wide receiver is ranked No. 154 in the class of 2019, per 247Sports‘ composite rankings. He is the No. 26 wide receiver and No. 3 player in Missouri.The Buckeyes have one receiver already pledged to the class of 2019: five-star Garrett Wilson out of Texas. He is the No. 2 player at the position.On Wednesday, another blue-chip receiver appears to have reacted similarly to the Meyer news. Five-star 2020 recruit Julian Fleming, who is ranked No. 1 at the position in his class, tweeted that his recruitment is now “100-percent open.” Rivals analyst Adam Friedman tweeted that he believed it was a reaction to the Ohio State situation, though he has denied as much.
Next Cristiano Ronaldo 1000 percent certain to stay at JuventusCristiano Ronaldo clinched the Serie A title on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Fiorentina.advertisement Reuters TurinApril 21, 2019UPDATED: April 21, 2019 18:23 IST Juventus managed to bounce back from their shock Champions League quarter-final exit against Ajax on Tuesday (Reuters photo)HIGHLIGHTSCristiano Ronaldo said he is “1,000 percent” certain to remain at JuventusJuventus managed to bounce back from their shock Champions League quarter-final exit against Ajax on TuesdayCoach Allegri said injuries had prevented Juventus from producing better performancesCristiano Ronaldo is “1,000 percent” certain to remain at Juventus, he said after they clinched the Serie A title on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Fiorentina.Ronaldo, dismissing suggestions that he could cut short his three-year contract, said he was delighted to have won Serie A at the first attempt, adding to his three English Premier League titles with Manchester United and two La Liga crowns with Real Madrid.”I’m really happy to have won the Italian title in my first season here. It has been a great season for this Juventus, we also won the Italian Supercup,” said the Portuguese forward, who has scored 19 league goals.”We didn’t do so well in the Champions League but there is always next year,” he added. “I will stay, 1,000 percent.”Defender Leonardo Bonucci, meanwhile, explained how Juventus had managed to bounce back from their shock Champions League quarter-final exit against Ajax on Tuesday when they lost 2-1 at home and went out 3-2 on aggregate.”I’m sorry about the Champions but we transformed the disappointment into anger and energy. This scudetto, the eighth in a row, is something unique,” he said. “We really want to celebrate, this success makes the season’s sacrifice all worth it.Coach Massimiliano Allegri said winning with five games to spare was a “testimony to our great season”.”We put aside the elimination that brought us disappointment and bitterness. Fortunately, we had this match that allowed us to close the championship,” said the 51-year-old who has been in charge for the last five campaigns.advertisementAllegri said his team, who fell behind after six minutes, needed to deal better with setbacks.”We came from Tuesday’s disappointment, then entered the field and conceded a goal,” he said. “We have to work on dealing with the unexpected, on Tuesday we suffered four devastating counter-attacks, today we did the same after we conceded the goal.”He said injuries had prevented Juventus from producing better performances.”In general, during the season, we were unable to find continuity,” he said. “There were constant new injuries and recurring fitness problems, so at times I had only 14 players to train with. Despite it all, we won by a big advantage.”Also Read | Arsenal, Chelsea reach Europa League semi-finals after hard-fought winsAlso Read | My players are heroes: Pochettino after Tottenham stun Man City in Champions LeagueAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Cristiano RonaldoFollow FootballFollow Juventus
Editors’ Recommendations Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite 1. Design Inspiration Board 2. Design Inspiration Board 3. Spring 2014 Color Board 4. Southern Baja 5. Southern Baja 6. Southern Baja 7. Spring 2014 8. Spring 2014 9. Spring 2014 10. Spring 2014 11. Spring 2014 12. Spring 2014 13. Spring 2014 14. Spring 2014 15. Spring 2014 NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy It’s said that ‘March comes in like a lion, out like a lamb’, and no one understands that better than Patagonia. With 40 years under its belt, this company not only produces some of the most amazing clothing and accessories, but the employees live founder, Yvon Chouinard’s vision.The Manual talked with John Rapp, from the Men’s Lifestyle Design Team at Patagonia and asked him a few questions.What was the inspiration behind spring 2014?We traveled down to the southern Baja peninsula. With it’s desolate deserts and significant mountains, large sand dunes, and stunning coastlines, there was such amazing inspiration.What can you tell us about that trip?We spent half of our trip camping, very lo-fi. Traveling down there with 40 trunks of product to test. From our organic cottons and natural blends for comfort, to great synthetics for performance, everything sort of came together perfectly.How did that trip have an effect on this collection?This collection is a continuation of fall. Our team is always out and about, living an active life, from bike, to trail, to work, The color story this season began with a sun-faded palette of brights. Not weathered, or pre-warn, but a subtle natural point of view.How do the elements mold the collection?In general, the climate is dry with variable temps. Southern Baja is a very isolated slice of nature on a peninsula, and its proximity to the sea, maintains a certain degree of humidity, so the combination of fabrics, colors and textures, paired with being functional and pragmatic.Check out the spring collection here.
Vermilion Energy reports 3Q net earnings of $67.8 million, 67 cents a share by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2013 2:25 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Vermilion Energy Inc. (TSX:VET) is reporting second quarter net earnings of $67.8 million, or 67 cents per share.That’s more than double the $30.8 million, or 31 cents a share, in the year ago quarter.Vermilion also says it is increasing it’s monthly cash dividend to 21.5 cents per share from the current level of 20 cents.The Calgary-based oil and gas company says it continues to benefit from a diversified product mix and growing exposure to European gas markets.Year to date earnings are $226.1 million, compared with $133.7 million during the first three quarters of 2012.Vermilion says it expects to achieve average annual production volumes at the upper end of its guidance range of 40,500 to 41,000 barrels of oil equivalent.It’s original 2013 guidance of 39,000 to 40,500 was increased following both the first and second quarters due to better-than-expected results from the company’s capital program.Vermilion has interests in Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, France and Australia.
Thousands of migrant workers, mainly from Egypt and Tunisia, wait to cross into Tunisia from Libya. (file) UN Photo/UNHCR/A Duclos “If conflict gives oxygen to traffickers, human rights and stability suffocate them,” Mr. Ban told the Security Council today at its ministerial-level meeting on the theme trafficking in persons in conflict situations.It also featured briefings from Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), And Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. We need strategic leadership in ending war – and also in preventing conflicts and sustaining peaceSecretary-General Ban“We need strategic leadership in ending war – and also in preventing conflicts and sustaining peace,” added the Secretary-General, noting the UN’s commitment to supporting its Member States in early action and in preventive diplomacy.He further drew attention to the importance of implementing the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that the promise of “a life of dignity for all people” is delivered, and called on all countries to ratify all international human rights, refugee, labour rights and crime prevention conventions, and to put efforts into their effective implementation.Addressing the Security Council Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscores the need to adopt gender-sensitive and rights-based policies to curb the root cause of trafficking. Credit: UN News Centre“The majority of trafficking victims are women and girls. Our response must include special attention to their rights,” he noted.He also underlined the need to decrease funding for terrorists to make everyone, and in particular those who risk being trafficked, safer. A young girl stands outside a tent at the Vinojug reception centre for refugees and migrants in Gevgelija, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Photo: UNICEF/Ashley Gilbertson VII “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL/Da’esh], Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and others are using trafficking and sexual violence as a weapon of terror – and an important source of revenue,” he said.He further highlighted the need to respect and implement international law as well as strengthen national legal protections to ensure justice and accountability. He also stressed the importance of supressing trafficking syndicates by targeting money-laundering and criminal proceeds.“The problem of trafficking is international in nature – and only an international response can succeed,” said Mr. Ban, adding: “Let us work together to help today’s victims of trafficking while creating a more stable and just world for all.”Member States urged to take ‘decisive and immediate action’ on human traffickingExtremist groups restrict women’s rights, autonomy and freedoms, and use sexual violence as a tactic to strike fear into the hearts of civiliansSRSG BanguraAs an outcome of the meeting the Council adopted a consensus resolution, recognizing the various complexities and challenges of trafficking, in which it called on all UN Member States to take “decisive and immediate action” to prevent, criminalize, investigate, prosecute and ensure accountability of those who engage in trafficking in persons, including in the context of armed conflict.In his remarks, Mr. Fedotov, UNODC chief warned that the pervasive nature of human trafficking meant that “there is no single measure, no one step in any given part of the world that can address this problem alone.” Indeed, building effective action requires a strong framework of international cooperation and shared responsibility, starting with the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocol against Trafficking in Persons. He went on to note that tomorrow, UNODC will launch the 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, which provides a snapshot of the state of national responses to the challenges of human trafficking. Based on reliable data and information provided by Member States, it establishes that an increasing number of trafficking victims from conflict-affected countries such as Syria, Iraq and Somalia have been detected in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.Picking up that thread, Special Representative Bangura told the Council that a range of extremist groups are using sexual violence to advance their military, political, economic and ideological aims, pointing out that, of the 48 groups listed in her most recent report, 37 were non-State actors and seven are designated as terrorist groups. “They restrict women’s rights, autonomy and freedoms, and use sexual violence as a tactic to strike fear into the hearts of civilians,” she explained.UN envoy, Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura says that sexual violence – largely targeting women and children – represents the front line in the world’s fight against violent extremism and terrorism. Credit: UN News CentreAnd while this is not a new phenomenon and neither was the trafficking in and exploitation of women and girls, she said, the combination of those two evils today seems “unprecedented” in its scope and brazen brutality. Recognizing sexual violence as a tactic of terrorism calls for a rethinking of the response, she said, noting that the crime represented the very front line in the battle against violent extremism. “To disrupt human trafficking was to help disrupt the business of terrorism,” she said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said the supplies “will support treatment of patients with infectious diseases, chronic conditions, diarrheal diseases and trauma cases who have been deprived of medical care.”According to the press release, the supplies are a donation from the Government of Norway and include medicines, emergency health kits, surgical kits and an interagency diarrheal disease kits.They were delivered to newly retaken areas of Mosul, including 16 primary health centres, one hospital and the Directorate of Health (DOH) of Ninewa – the governorate which includes Mosul. WHO has appealed for $65 million to support health interventions in this part of Iraq through the end of the year. So far, $14 million has been received.
It’s an all too common occurrence: just as a video game is being manufactured ready for launch a version of the game leaks and appears for download in torrent form. And today it is being reported that has just happened to Gears of War: Judgement a month before it is set to officially launch.GoW:J is the fourth game in the Gears of War series and has been co-developed by People Can Fly and Epic Games. It’s another Xbox 360 exclusive, and a repeat of what happened a couple of months before the launch of Gears of War 3 back in 2011. In that case, the version of the game leaked was unfinished, but had all of the features in place. As this leak is much closer to the actual launch date, it’s probably a final or near-final version of the game.Microsoft is doing what it always does in these cases: attempting to track down where the leak originated from and all the people involved. Rest assured, if anyone is identified they will be facing criminal charges and probably a massive fine for their actions. If they happen to work at a disc production facility they can kiss their job goodbye.GOW:J is set before the previous three games, introduces new characters, and sees you attempting to save the city of Halco Bar on the planet Sera. There’s also a lot of Locust fighting and a new Smart Spawn System for single and multiplayer. Also, for the first time, there’s a new class-based objective-oriented multiplayer mode called OverRun that sees up to 5-players working together in a team.For anyone who’d rather wait and buy a legal copy of the game, Gears of War: Judgement will be available to purchase on March 19 in the US, and from March 22 across Europe. And remember, if you download the illegal version and attempt to connect to Xbox Live, don’t be surprised to see your account permanently banned.
No Comments Mar 14th 2019, 3:49 PM By Aodhan O Faolain BROADCASTER MIRIAM O’CALLAGHAN claims she has been defamed in a series of “false” and “malicious” adverts containing her image and name that have appeared on social media.The High Court heard that O’Callaghan intends to seek damages over the advertisements that first appeared on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram in May 2018.The adverts contain various misleading and defamatory headlines wrongly suggesting that O’Callaghan has left her job with RTE’s Prime Time.The court heard O’Callaghan has “nothing to do” with the adverts, which are linked to offers for skin care products.She is most distressed at being associated against her will with what has been described as “a scam product,” the court heard.She claims that persons, whose identities remain unknown to her, have placed these adverts in order to exploit the trust placed in her by the Irish public and have damaged her good name and reputation.‘Targeted ads’It is claimed that the paid for adverts, known as “targeted advertisements” appear on social media user’s newsfeeds, and are designed to encourage the user to click on the adverts.Those who click on the adverts are offered various skin care products, which are falsely stated to be owned or endorsed by O’Callaghan.The pages also wrongly state that she has left her position in RTE to focus on the promotion of the skincare range, it is alleged.It is also claimed that users who avail of an offer of free trials of the skin care products have reported that had money debited from their bank accounts which they did not authorise.It is claimed that individuals have contacted O’Callaghan complaining that they have been victims of this alleged false advertising, and have had to cancel bank cards after ordering the free trial.O’Callaghan wants a permanent injunction restraining the publication of the adverts, as well as damages for malicious falsehood, unlawful appropriation of personality, various breaches of her constitutional rights and defamation.The Court heard that she intends to bring proceedings against both Facebook, which owns Instagram, and those persons behind the adverts.O’Callaghan’s lawyers say that at present they do not know who is behind the adverts.As a result, O’Callaghan’s lawyers have brought a motion against Facebook Ireland seeking an order directing it to provide her with information that identifies or may assist in identifying those who have placed the ads on Facebook.At the High Court today the broadcaster secured permission from Justice Leonie Reynolds to serve short notice of its proceedings, seeking information about those who paid for the adverts, against Facebook Ireland Ltd.Permission was granted on an ex-parte basis.The Judge said she was satisfied to grant the order and said she accepted the urgency of the application.‘Immediately removed’Seeking the order Paul O’Higgins for O’Callaghan said his client was seeking an order known as a ‘Norwich Pharmacal’ order against Facebook aimed at obtaining information about those behind the adverts.Counsel said his client requires the names of those behind the adverts so she can bring a defamation action against them within the required 12 month period.Counsel said that last June his client’s solicitor Paul Tweed wrote to Facebook seeking to have the adverts immediately removed.Last August Facebook Ireland said in an email the material had been removed.Counsel said that did not happen and within weeks of receiving that assurance from Facebook, his side wrote back stating the adverts were still appearing, and that O’Callaghan’s complaints were not being appreciated nor appropriately addressed.The also sought information about those behind the adverts from FacebookCounsel also said the adverts appeared with increased frequency 18 December and 19 January.Counsel said that solicitors for Facebook informed O’Callaghan’s lawyers that it required a court order to assist with the request to identify and provide information about the advertisers.As a result, O’Callaghan seeks orders seeking information from Facebook about those behind what counsel said are defamatory of the broadcaster and misleading the public into buying the alleged scam product.The matter returns before the Court next week.Comments are closed for legal reasons. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4542230 Share3 Tweet Email1 Miriam O’Callaghan distressed over ‘scam product’ ads, court hears The fake ads wrongly state that O’Callaghan has left her position in RTÉ to focus on promoting the skincare range. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Short URL 20,076 Views Thursday 14 Mar 2019, 3:49 PM
After Real Madrid’s latest defeat against Real Sociedad this Sunday, the club decided to make Brahim Diaz’s transfer official to the public.We’ve been talking to all of you about Brahim Diaz’s imminent transfer from Manchester City to Real Madrid, the reports suggested that the player would be announced any time soon but recent events pushed the date a little bit.As we all know from earlier on Sunday, Los Blancos received another shocking defeat against Real Sociedad and effectively renounced to any chances they still had to keep fighting for La Liga this season.Naturally, the announcement of Brahim Diaz’s arrival was something that could help many of the wounded fans who are very upset with the latest result in the competition.As of right now, Los Blancos have already moved 10 clean points away from the very top after Barcelona defeated Getafe later during the day.Brahim’s arrival is meant to be one of the very few beacons of light that the club has to offer during these dark times, where Los Blancos haven’t been able to live up to the standards expected from them and they leave many doubts for the upcoming months in which they have to play three different competitions.👋 Welcome to @realmadrid, @Brahim Díaz!#WelcomeBrahim | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Eh2VLy6xYN— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) January 6, 2019After so much backlash from the fans and several headlines that did the club no favors, Real Madrid decided to finally make the announcement in order to try and cool down all the negative energy surrounding the current climate in the institution.It was a few hours after the Merengues lost their match against Real Sociedad, when they posted a tweet and also made the following announcement through their official website.“Both Real Madrid and Manchester City have agreed on the transfer of player Brahim Diaz, who is bound to the club for the rest of the current season and for the six upcoming years until June of the year 2025.”“After the medical tests that will take place tomorrow Monday, January 7, the player will be presented at 13:30 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium’s honor box.”“After this, Brahim will step on the Santiago Bernabeu’s pitch for the very first time whilst wearing the Real Madrid C.F. jersey and he will tend to all the members of the media at a press conference,” it concluded.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.📚📺 FACTFILE: Everything you need to know about our latest signing @Brahim Díaz! #WelcomeBrahimWATCH/READ 👇https://t.co/9Zv7NxTFsa— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) January 6, 2019Details of Brahim Diaz’s transferAs it was already disclosed from several media outlets, Brahim comes to Real Madrid for the next six seasons plus the rest of the remaining one.The Spanish player wasn’t able to get convinced by Pep Guardiola and Manchester City to remain at the club, mainly due to the fact that the Catalan manager has decided to give more opportunities to local players such as Phil Foden with the Citizens.Brahim’s agent and family didn’t consider that Manchester City valued the player highly enough, which is why they decided to accept a €15 million offer from Los Blancos plus €5 million in objectives that should be achieved in the following years.The young talent is expected to arrive in Madrid during the next few hours with all his family, he is scheduled to be presented on Monday as the announcement clearly read, and the fans have already been summoned for his presentation.This latest arrival to Los Blancos confirms that president Florentino Perez has remained true to his policy of signing promising talents instead of bonified stars, a tradition that broke the mold after Perez became notorious for signing the most expensive players in football history for many decades.Official Announcement: @Brahim Díaz.#WelcomeBrahim | #RealMadrid https://t.co/XFlOjtYsys— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) January 6, 2019What do you think Brahim Diaz can give to Real Madrid in the following years during his career? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Listen now:Alaska Communities To Be Compensated $28.5M for Tax-Exempt LandsLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced today the government is sending $28.5 million to local governments in Alaska to compensate them for the tax-exempt federal land within their boundaries.Obama to Expand Pacific Marine SanctuaryLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.President Obama announced he intends to vastly expand the Pacific Remote Islands marine sanctuary, putting a swath of the south-central Pacific off-limits to fishing and energy development. The announcement is part of a high-profile oceans conference taking place this week at the State Department.Kodiak Fishermen Find a Niche Consumer MarketSteve Heimel, APRN – AnchorageSmall boat fishermen out of Kodiak have found a premium market for their catch, based on the idea of buying local. The jig fishery uses gear as light as ten pounds, and is open to anyone who buys a permit. A number of restaurants are willing to pay more for fish caught that way.Steel Creek Fire Near Fairbanks Draws Air ResponseDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA new Fairbanks area wildfire drew a major response last night. A forestry official reports that ground and air resources were tapped to attack the Steel Creek Fire, near mile four of Chena Hot Springs Road.Ferry Workers Reach Tentative Labor AgreementCasey Kelly, KTOO – JuneauThe largest labor union representing Alaska Marine Highway System workers has a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract with the state. The Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific and the Alaska Department of Administration reached the agreement last week after more than six months at the bargaining table.GCI Doles Out Cheeseburgers To Celebrate Launch of 3G ServiceBen Matheson, KYUK –BethelGCI celebrated the launch of 3G data service in Bethel by flying in 6,000 McDonald’s cheeseburgers Friday. Residents in the community have been frustrated by slow connections speeds through GCI.Right-Wing Lt. Gov. Candidate Vies for Ballot SlotDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA Fairbanks woman is part of a team trying to get a new party on the Alaska ballot. Maria Rensel is running as an Alaska Constitution Party candidate for lieutenant governor.Plans for a Skatepark Get Rolling in KwethlukCharles Enoch, KYUK – BethelVillage youth in the Kuskokwim village of Kwethluk will soon have a chance to do something few of them have done before: skateboard. Construction of a new skatepark there will begin next month. The park is the first of it’s kind in the YK Delta.Loo Dedication Draws Small Crowd in KetchikanMaria Dudzak, KRBD – KetchikanA ribbon cutting ceremony for a new public facility was held last week in downtown Ketchikan. The christening of the Stedman-Thomas Neighborhood Loo attracted about 40 people on a sunny and windy morning.
The Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal last week to review the use of chemical dispersants in oil spill response. An environmental group based in Homer was part of the first push to change the existing dispersant rules.Download AudioIn some ways, this review began as a result of BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.“British Petroleum sprayed almost two million gallons of dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico and we recognize we really don’t understand the toxicity of this product; we don’t know what’s in it,” says Bob Shavelson, director of Cook Inletkeeper, a member organization of the Earthjustice coalition. “So, we got together with other groups across the nation and we petitioned EPA to finally release this rule.”Deepwater Horizon Spill – (Photo via nature.com)Mathy Stanislaus is the assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.“I am responsible for, among other things, overseeing the emergency planning and response program for EPA,” Stanislaus said.He says there is already a rule in place. But the BP spill caused a wave of community concern and feedback that EPA is now addressing. The proposed changes would take a more in-depth look at dispersants and their short and long-term impacts in different environments.“Looking at different kinds of conditions – How do these agents react to cold conditions versus warmer conditions? How should we look at different kinds of species? So, it’s a far broader set of considerations than are currently in the rule and what we incorporated during Deepwater Horizon,” says Stanislaus.The revisions would also take a more aggressive approach to monitoring dispersants. Stanislaus says there would be parameters in place to decide whether or not to use them. Then, he says the rule would push for minimizing use to decrease impacts to the shoreline and wildlife.“So we monitor those impacts and if it were to exceed the level that we have established, then we would stop using dispersants,” says Stanislaus. “So, we bring those kind of monitoring requirements as part of the basic structure of the rule.”The revisions include more research on the toxicity of dispersants and other chemical and biological agents. There would also be new criteria for listing products as appropriate for oil spill response based on effectiveness and toxicity. EPA states that dispersant manufactures will use a peer reviewed laboratory method for testing the products.“To make sure that it is a rigorous scientific analysis of the agents for EPA to be able to evaluate and list it, pursuant to this rule,” says Stanislaus.But the wildlife and environment aren’t the only concerns addressed in the proposal. There would be additional human health and safety information requirements, which Shavelson says, is very important.“There were an untold number of illnesses in the gulf from the BP oil spill and the use of dispersants and we don’t have a good handle on that,” says Shavelson. “So, we really want to understand what that means if we’re going to use dispersants in and around Alaskan communities.”He says he’d like to see some of the studies move outside the lab to get the most accurate and diverse set of data possible. Especially in extremely biodiverse cold water environments like Alaskan waters, he says it’s hard to be sure exactly what will happen.“I think we need to talk to our scientists and get a better understanding on where you could have a controlled experiment where you’re not going to have undue impacts but you’re going to understand how dispersants behave,” says Shavelson.EPA is accepting public comments on the proposal 90 days following publication in the federal register.
The authors looked at a set of what they call “18,520 ultrafast black swan events” that they uncovered in stock-price movements between 2006 and 2011. A case in point is what occurred on May 6, 2010, when it took just minutes for a spontaneous mix of interactions in cyberspace to generate the Flash Crash, first a plunge, in minutes, and soon after a recovery.The speed in which the rises and falls occur might last no longer than half a second, unapparent to any human who is tracking prices. Johnson says if you blink you miss it. Flash events may happen in milliseconds and have nothing to do with a company’s real value.To examine such incidences and their frequency the authors of the study waded through price logs from over 60 markets collected by Nanex, a Chicago company that sells streaming market data. The data revealed that the ultrafast fracture events were not infrequent but common, totaling 18,520 in the 2006 to 2010 time span. The authors looked for extreme changes in a stock price, which they defined as a change greater than 0.8 per cent, over timescales shorter than 1.5 seconds.The speed in which ultrafast events happen is of concern as human oversight becomes impossible if trades are taking place faster than humans can react. Machine trading today carries computerized trading algorithms that make automated trades in milliseconds and make some experts uncomfortable, in the fear that out-of-control algorithms can cause a crash. Following the May 2010 event, U.S. regulators, as a safety mechanism, upheld circuit breakers designed to stop trading if a stock price makes a sudden large move. Whether or not that is the best solution around, considering the speed in which today’s machine trading can occur, does not convince all market experts. At that level of resolution, one of the study authors said it was troublesome to even observe, leave alone regulate. The authors suggest an early warning system for when the markets are becoming unstable. According to a Wired report, the authors would like to see an approach that might help steer automated markets by introducing “rogue algorithms when herd behaviors appear imminent.”In a recent Q&A interview, Johnson said the “fracture” analogy to real materials is useful in assessing today’s financial markets. “Where we want to head to is the analogy of a trained aircraft engineer, who can pretty much look at the microscopic arrangement of small fractures in an aircraft and judge whether it is safe to continue flying that plane or not. To have this for markets would be an incredibly important step toward understanding, and managing, risk.” More information: Financial black swans driven by ultrafast machine ecology, by Neil Johnson, Guannan Zhao, Eric Hunsader, Jing Meng, Amith Ravindar, Spencer Carran, Brian Tivnan, arXiv:1202.1448v1 [physics.soc-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1202.1448AbstractSociety’s drive toward ever faster socio-technical systems, means that there is an urgent need to understand the threat from ‘black swan’ extreme events that might emerge. On 6 May 2010, it took just five minutes for a spontaneous mix of human and machine interactions in the global trading cyberspace to generate an unprecedented system-wide Flash Crash. However, little is known about what lies ahead in the crucial sub-second regime where humans become unable to respond or intervene sufficiently quickly. Here we analyze a set of 18,520 ultrafast black swan events that we have uncovered in stock-price movements between 2006 and 2011. We provide empirical evidence for, and an accompanying theory of, an abrupt system-wide transition from a mixed human-machine phase to a new all-machine phase characterized by frequent black swan events with ultrafast durations (<650ms for crashes, <950ms for spikes). Our theory quantifies the systemic fluctuations in these two distinct phases in terms of the diversity of the system's internal ecology and the amount of global information being processed. Our finding that the ten most susceptible entities are major international banks, hints at a hidden relationship between these ultrafast 'fractures' and the slow 'breaking' of the global financial system post-2006. More generally, our work provides tools to help predict and mitigate the systemic risk developing in any complex socio-technical system that attempts to operate at, or beyond, the limits of human response times. (PhysOrg.com) -- In the United States, ultrafast trading in financial markets between 2006 and 2011 was the underlying factor for over 18,000 extreme price changes, according to a new study. Neil Johnson, a professor in the physics department of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, one of the authors of the study, thinks that a buildup of such "fractures" can destabilize the market. This study, “Financial Black Swans Driven by Ultrafast Machine Ecology” was submitted to arXiv earlier this month, suggesting the link between extreme-change fractures and market crashes. Citation: Study links ultrafast machine trading with risk of crash (2012, February 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-links-ultrafast-machine.html US imposes new rules on high-speed traders Crash event. Stock symbol is ABK. Date is 11/04/2009. Number of sequential down ticks is 20. Price change is -0.22. Duration is 25ms (i.e. 0.025 seconds). Percentage price change downwards is 14% (i.e. crash magnitude is 14%). Image: arXiv:1202.1448v1 © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.