Affordable Color Grading Tools for Shooters and Video Editors

first_imgColor Grading SurfacesThere are plenty of reasons to get a control surface, but picking the right one for your needs is crucial. If you aren’t a professional colorist, it makes no sense to buy a console that costs as much as a car. Here are five color grading surfaces that range from free to just over $1000.1. Tangent Element-Vs App (Free or $100) For most videographers, there’s really no need to build out a full color grading suite. Use these color tools instead — and then put them away when you’re done!Top image via X-RiteCan’t dedicate your editing suite to massive color consoles? These color grading tools are handy when you need them — and can be set aside when you don’t.Color Check Cards and ChartsImage via X-RiteIf you are a shooter and editor, a color card is a great way to save time color correcting your footage. Shooting your subject with a color card in focus allows you to instantly match the true colors of the chart in post.Here are a few of the most popular color cards used by video producers.X-Rite ColorChecker Card — $55ColorChecker Passport Video — $120DataColor SpyderCheckr — $139DSC Labs Front Box One Shot — $300 Image via TangentIf you don’t want a color surface cluttering your desk (or simply don’t use one often enough to justify a purchase), Tangent has created a color surface app for iPads and Android tablets. The digital surface emulates Tangent’s Element line and connects via Wi-Fi, so the tablet and your editing computer must be on the same network for best performance. Another nice feature — you can use multiple tablets at once.The Element-Vs app’s free version will only allow you to use the app for an hour a day, but it’s a great way to test the product. The full version will only set you back $100, and it’s available in the App Store and Google Play Store. It works on every generation of iPad. Android devices must have a screen size of 7″ or more.2. Palette Gear ($199+)Image via Palette GearPalette Gear is a modular control panel (and it’s really awesome). It’s the most customizable tool you can get. The Palette’s functionality isn’t specific to color work — it works with Photoshop, After Effects, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, and Audition. The company is currently in beta for Premiere and FCPX.You connect the core to your computer and then attach modules in any array. You can attach buttons, dials, and sliders by magnetically connecting to the core. There are no specific setups, so you can arrange the tools to your own preference.The core supports up to eighteen modules. The starter kit is available for $199 and it includes the core, two buttons, a slider, and a dial. The $299 expert kit comes with three dials, two buttons, and two sliders — so it’s ideal for color grading, as you can set the dials to control highlights, midtones, and shadows.There is also a $499 professional kit, but since Palette Gear is modular, you can just purchase the individual tools to add on to the starter kit. Buttons cost $29 each, and sliders and dials cost $49.3. Tangent Ripple ($350)Image via TangentAt $350, the Tangent Ripple is a very affordable color grading surface. You aren’t going to find a cheaper, more reliable controller designed specifically for color work. If you ever decide to upgrade your color suite, the Ripple is compatible with the Tangent Element line. It can also be used with the Element-Vs tablet app for added control.The Ripple works with a wide variety of programs — Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, AutoDesk Flame, Color Finale Pro, FilmLight, REDCINE-X PRO, and more.4. Tangent Element Tk ($1135)Image via TangentThe Tangent Element consoles were designed to be modular systems. Just like the Tangent Element-Vs app, there are four different panels — Tk, Mf, Kb, and Bt.The Tk is the trackerball panel. It has three programmable trackerballs and three programmable rings above the balls. Each ball and ring has its own reset button. There are also two more buttons that function as Alt and Shift.Like the previously mentioned Tangent products, the Tk panel works with Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, AutoDesk Flame, Color Finale Pro, FilmLight, REDCINE-X PRO, and more.Image via TangentThe Tangent Element can also grow with your needs. You can add the Mf (multifuntion), Kb (knob), and Bt (button) panels to create a full color grading suite. If you’re interested in the entire Tangent Elements panel, you can find bundles starting at $3,320.5. Avid Artist Control ($1499)Image via AvidThe Avid Artist Color panel is optimized for Media Composer, but it’s compatible with other color grading programs like DaVinci Resolve, NewsCutter, Smoke, FilmLight, STORM, and RED REDCINE-X.One of the downsides is that the panel requires an Ethernet connection to function, unlike most of the previously listed tools that connect via USB. That said, the Artist Color does offer a lot for its price. There are three trackballs, three trackwheels, six rotary encoders, and nine programmable soft keys.Are you a shooter or video editor who works with color grading tools in your daily workflow? What are your go-to tools? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Neymar braced for PSG debut and French culture shock

first_imgNeymar #11 of Barcelona heads for the net in the first half against Juventus during the International Champions Cup 2017 on July 22, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPHe has dazzled Rio’s imposing Maracana and Barcelona’s storied Camp Nou, but it’s Guingamp’s humble 17,000-capacity Stade du Rouduorou, tucked away in sleepy Brittany, which on Sunday greets Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer.With the mundanity of transfer paperwork finally resolved, the 25-year-old Brazilian magician will line up for Paris Saint-Germain for the first time since his mind-boggling 222 million euro ($261 million) move from Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “Neymar — the football version,” ran their headline on Saturday in a light-hearted reference to how the most expensive transfer in football history has dominated news despite Neymar not yet having kicked a ball in anger.“A trio of Neymar, Pastore and Angel di Maria will support (striker) Ederson Cavani,” predicted L’Equipe.The match in Guingamp kicks-off at 1900GMT.An hour later, and around 1,200km further south, Barcelona will start their first competitive match without Neymar by facing bitter rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.Barca’s scattergun approach to finding a replacement for Neymar has so far been unsuccessful with bids for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund rebuffed.Gerard Deulofeu was handed Neymar’s role alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez up front in Monday’s 5-0 friendly win over Chapecoense on his return to the club after spells at Everton and AC Milan.And the Spanish international took his chance with a goal and two assists in just 45 minutes on the field.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of Cincinnati event Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “He’s physically ready to play the whole ninety minutes,” PSG coach Unai Emery told AFP.“He’s been working well and we looked hard at tactics and free-kicks. We all want him in the starting eleven, he’s a player we need in the group.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEven Guingamp coach Antoine Kombouaré, himself a former PSG boss, wants Neymar to play despite the potential for destruction at the feet of the Brazilian superstar.“I want the fans to come Sunday to see Guingamp win… preferably against a side with Neymar in it. “We could have filled a stadium of 40,000 seats with no problem at all,” said Guingamp president Bertrand Desplat whose club budget is an eighth of what PSG paid for Neymar.“Remember the star of the show is going to be Neymar and for us we want to welcome this very special player and his team in the best conditions possible.”Journalists from far and wide are expected for the game — the ground’s press tribune, built to hold 80 people, has been extended to cater for 350.A total of 145 stewards will be on duty at the ground — 30 more than usual.1,200km away, Barca start new eraMeanwhile, French media speculated over who in the expensively-assembled PSG team will make way for Neymar.Le Parisien suggested it will be Javier Pastore, the Argentine star who was the first major signing after PSG were bought by their ambitious Qatari owners.“After first giving up his No.10 shirt, will he (Pastore) now give him (Neymar) his place in the team?” Le Parisien asked of the player who took up the No.10 shirt after Zlatan Ibrahimovic left for Manchester United last season, only to hand it to the Brazilian this summer.“Neymar will start on the left at the cost of Pastore.”Sports daily L’Equipe saw things differently, though. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “But the people here are not talking about Neymar. The people here support their team.”It will be a major culture shock for Neymar in a town which has a population of just 7,000 and is best known for its annual Breton dance showcase, the Saint Loup Festival which draws visitors from around the world.However, that’s not to say that Guingamp do not have football pedigree.They were French Cup winners in 2009 and 2014 and last season beat PSG 2-1 in the corresponding league fixture, the capital city club’s second defeat in four visits to Guingamp since their hosts were promoted in 2013.Furthermore, former Chelsea and Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba spent a season at the club in 2002/2003.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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MS Dhoni’s World No. 1 vs Virat Kohli’s World No. 1: A comparison

first_imgSeven years after Mahendra Singh Dhoni led India to top of the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings, India are No. 1 again. This time, under a new captain and with a team vastly different from the one Dhoni led.India were number one in Tests twice before this year but this one is more significant. This has probably come to mean something. When Dhoni called time on his Test career mi-way during the tour of Australia, India were listless in the five-day format – they lost everywhere they travelled and even lost a home series two years back. (Virat Kohli presented with ICC Test Championship mace, calls it ‘special’)Then team director Ravi Shastri had promised a resurgence and said that the young team, handed over to Virat Kohli, would reclaim the top spot before long. Successive series victories against New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand, paved the way for Kohli’s men to climb back to the top of the ladder. India still have 10 home Tests to play this year and in all likelihood, they will continue their rein at the top for a while now. DHONI AND KOHLI CHARTED DIFFERENT PATHS Dhoni and Kohli have had very different experiences leading the country in Test cricket. The man from Ranchi took over as Test captain from the current coach Anil Kumble. His debut match as captain was against South Africa in 2007 08 when Kumble withdrew due to an injury. He led India to a eight wickets victory in the first match and a win by 320 runs, again in Kumble’s absence, in his next against Australia.advertisementThe 35 year-year old Dhoni officially took over in 2008 with a comprehensive 172-run win against Australia in Nagpur. It was an uphill for India’s  most successful captain in terms of wins since then, as he won series against England, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and West Indies from 2008 to 2013. He became the first Indian captain to take the country to the top position in ICC Test rankings in 2009 for the first time and he achieved that in just one year of taking over.Kohli on the other hand, took over in 2014 when he led his first Test match against Australia in MS Dhoni’s absence, scoring twin tons ( 115 and 141) as India nearly pulled off a sensational victory over the hosts at the Adelaide Oval. (Proud of my brothers, tweets Virat Kohli after India whitewash New Zealand)He was then named full-time Test captain after Dhoni’s unexpected retirement before the final match of the four-Test series against the Aussies. In just his 18th innings after taking charge, he reached 1000 runs as Test captain. (India’s future bright under Virat Kohli: Sourav Ganguly to India Today )He has led India to nine victories in 17 Tests as captain and has scored five hundreds, including his two double tons (against the West Indies). The only Indian Test captain to have scored two double tons, Kohli helped India return to the top of the ICC Test rankings from seventh in 2015. In little over a year under Kohli’s shrewd leadership, India have bounced back to the top of the world.DHONI HAD THE LEGENDS, KOHLI MAKING HIS OWNHowever, Dhoni did have the advantage of inheriting a team of high class players. From Sachin Tendulkar to VVS Laxman, it did make things easier for Dhoni to perform their best and reach the top. With Virendra Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir at the bowling front and Rahul Dravid attacking with the bat, Dhoni seemed to have it easy and took advantage of the team’s experience. (AP image)Meanwhile Kohli got an inexperienced yet young team to start with. Having already set high standards of cricket, it was a tough challenge for the then aggressive Kohli to attack with the class that Dhoni’s team could. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara are shining as Dhoni leads from the front. (Is Virat Kohli smarter, better captain than Mahendra Singh Dhoni?)Dhoni’s brigade: Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Aashish NehraKohli’s brigade: Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya RahaneIf the maturing Kohli, who lacks experience of Dhoni and has a long road ahead of him to prove his captaincy skills further, continues performing and breaking records while leading the country, he is soon going to take over as India’s best Test captain ever.Unlike Kapil Dev put it last year, ‘Baap baap hota hain aur beta beta hota hain,’ the same does not hold true now, considering Kohli has led the team to the top thrice since he took over.advertisementlast_img read more

It is time to build on Japan’s success and start the Seven Nations

first_img Read more Japan marks shining moment at Rugby World Cup in wake of Typhoon Hagibis It’s a country that is desperately passionate, it wants its nation to do well. It’s a very proud nation and happy to show it off. Next year Japan will become the first country in the world that has staged a rugby World Cup, the Olympics and the football World Cup this century. There is a reason why they have all descended on Japan. We’re talking about a nation of more than 126 million people who are growing to love our sport, so why wouldn’t we do everything to make it work?There is directive from World Rugby to get out into new territories. It is oscillating between expanding and growing fresh areas and then consolidating strongholds, which is what France 2023 is all about. Four years later there is talk of going to the US. It would be a challenge. And I’m sure World Rugby has a long-sighted vision for Japan but we are living and breathing it every single day at the moment. The supporters are loving it, the infrastructure is tailor-made for sport and that’s why all those big competitions have been hosted here.Is rugby so buoyant that we can’t look for new opportunities? Is rugby so stable that we’re so comfortable where we live in this holy huddle and don’t need anyone else? We have to be more ambitious and perhaps be more uncomfortable in seeking new markets and openings. That’s just where we’re at. There is a reason why we’ve had the Champions Cup final staged in Bilbao and Newcastle. There is a reason why the rugby World Cup has been taken to new territories – because we need to expand our game. It’s not often you get opportunities to grow like this and it’s important to seize them. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook comment Rugby World Cup: how the quarter-finalists shape up Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on LinkedIn Rugby World Cup Share via Email To be frank, after what Japan have done I would argue rugby’s superpowers need Japan more than Japan need them. There is no doubting Japan will be in demand to join a major yearly competition and from a selfish point of view, as someone who loves northern hemisphere rugby, I hope the Six Nations give it some consideration.To address some of the logistical issues, Japan is a long way from Europe but that said, it’s a long way from all of the nations in the Rugby Championship too. I do not want to dismiss the extra strain it could put on players and supporters but if the Six Nations needs a bit of restructuring to make it work, then so be it. In any given year, the three existing teams who play away in Japan could have a rest week immediately afterwards. Japan could then base themselves in Europe to play their away matches in a block.From a supporters’ point of view it would mean change but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I love the historic rivalries in the Six Nations, the tribalism it brings. I appreciate introducing Japan would come with an added expense and I do not wish to make light of that but I have met lots of supporters from the home nations since the World Cup started and if I were to ask each of them whether they would want to come back on a regular basis the overwhelming answer would be “absolutely, yes”.And that’s all before you consider the benefits that a team like Japan would bring, as well as the financial and commercial incentives. They have played some mesmerising stuff, they have broken through the glass ceiling and they have won the hearts and the minds of the nation. Now is the time to capitalise and make sure the legacy is not lost.Part of the advertising campaign over here has been that you do not need to learn all of the laws to fall in love with rugby and that’s absolutely been the case. A friend of mine was watching the Japan v Samoa game in a pub with some locals and they had no idea what was going on in the final minute with the scrum, but when the try was scored they were crying in celebration. That’s a perfect snapshot of where rugby is in Japan at the moment but let’s take the next step.Just under 30 million people in Japan watched that match against Samoa with an audience share of almost 50%, which is just remarkable. Compare that to England v Croatia in the football World Cup semi-final last year. That had a one-minute peak of 26.6 million. Yes, Japan has a much bigger population, so you would expect bigger numbers, but that’s a pool stage match compared to a semi-final in a football-mad country. It goes to show how much appetite there is for rugby in Japan. Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Topics Reuse this content Sportblog And imagine if we had regular rugby of this kind of quality in Japan. There’s already this excitement but how about these viewing figures every single year for a consistent period of time. Read more Share on Messenger Japan rugby union team Rugby union I had a conversation with some Japan supporters a few days before the Scotland match and they asked me if I thought their team might be able to cause any more upsets at the World Cup. I can safely say that is not a conversation I will be having any more because the tournament’s narrative has changed. Japan are no longer causing upsets but producing world‑class performances, and they are making a mockery of their tier-two label.I want to start a different conversation. How about Japan joining the Six Nations? I may be inviting ridicule and there are obvious logistical hurdles that would have to be overcome but can rugby union really say it is in rude enough health that it is not a question worth asking? Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Since you’re here…last_img read more

Amendments Introduced to Motor Vehicle Act

first_imgThe province is streamlining its notification process on demerit points. Drivers will no longer receive a warning letter when four demerit points are earned through amendments that will be introduced today, Nov. 22, to the Motor Vehicle Act. “We’re interested in safety, not red tape,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Ramona Jennex. “This change will save time and money, and still provides drivers with numerous options to access their information.” Drivers can check the drivers’ handbook to see how many points are assigned to an infraction. They can also contact Access Nova Scotia to obtain information on points accumulation. Fully licensed drivers who accumulate six demerit points will continue to receive a letter from the deputy registrar indicating that they will be required to undergo a re-examination with a Driver Enhancement Officer. The proposed legislation only applies to fully licensed drivers.last_img read more

Terrorist travellers can be rehabilitated leading expert insists

first_imgOTTAWA – A leading researcher on terrorist travellers says returnees to Canada can be rehabilitated, since those who come back to their home countries are often disillusioned or traumatized.Others feel they have done their duty to defend Muslim lands and want to lead a more normal life, says Lorne Dawson, a sociology professor at the University of Waterloo and project director for the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.As forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant scatter, the Liberal government is under pressure to explain what it’s doing to contain any threat from foreign fighters returning to Canada.The Conservatives have peppered the government with questions in the House of Commons about ensuring the safety of Canadians — accusing the Liberals of welcoming returnees with open arms.Dawson says simply locking up extremist travellers is not the answer.“No credible expert in the world thinks you arrest your way out of jihadist radicalization — it’s a social movement,” he said Sunday in an interview. “You can’t possibly arrest all the people who are engaged with this ideology.”The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has said it is aware of 180 individuals with a nexus to Canada who are suspected of terrorist activity abroad. This could involve front-line fighting, training, logistical support, fundraising or studying at extremist-influenced schools.Half of these individuals are believed to have travelled to Syria or Iraq.The intelligence service has also noted a further 60 extremist travellers who have returned to Canada.But there appears to be scant information about who they are — and what threat they might pose.Dawson says his researchers know of about a dozen jihadist returnees to Canada from the Syrian-Iraqi conflict.“If there’s 30, 40 more, we’d be really astounded that we haven’t heard something,” he said.“I think there’s some kind of confusion going on.”Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the shifting dynamic in Syria and Iraq has the government watching for more extremist-inspired activity on the internet as well as working with allies to track the movements of foreign fighters.“Where will they go? Will they migrate to Northern Africa? Will they try to get into Europe?” Goodale said during an interview with CTV Question Period broadcast on Sunday.Prosecuting battlefield returnees to Canada is difficult because there must be evidence that will stand up in court, Goodale said. “And this is an issue that is bedevilling countries around the world in terms of how you actually move from intelligence to evidence, and make a case stick.”He said the chances of turning around someone who has actively engaged in terrorist activities in a war zone were “pretty remote”.Dawson disagrees.“I think it is possible you could rehabilitate them,” he said. “But only with a very careful effort, which we’re not well-equipped for in Canada right now.”Dawson’s network receives money for research on foreign fighters through a fund administered by the federal Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence, established by the federal Liberals.But he believes Canada is playing catchup with other countries when it comes to counter-radicalization efforts.He points a finger at the previous Conservative government, saying its contribution was limited to providing “minimal funding” for the RCMP’s outreach program.“Everyone in Canada who’s informed on these issues, including inside the government, knew full well five years ago we had to be moving in this direction, but the Conservative government refused to do anything.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Opioid death rates higher in Thunder Bay than elsewhere in Ontario study

first_imgTORONTO – Powerful opioid drugs are killing people in the northern city of Thunder Bay at a higher rate than anywhere else in Ontario, a new report states.In addition, the report finds the rate of visits to district emergency departments or hospital admissions because of opioid overdoses are almost double the provincial average.Over the past 12 years, according to the study, 220 people in the Thunder Bay district died from overdoses. The worst year appears to have been 2014, which saw 17.4 deaths per 100,000 people, compared to the Ontario rate of 4.9 deaths per 100,000.The report by a task force comprising health-care providers, first responders and academics finds several factors play a role in the higher rates.“Poverty, unemployment, accessibility of services, and housing costs are barriers to achieving good health outcomes,” the report states. “Community partners who provide services to people who use drugs indicate that there is a lack of safe, affordable housing for their clients.”Opioids, such as codeine, morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone, and buprenorphine, are commonly prescribed for management of physical pain. Some people use or abuse them to get high or to cope with emotional or psychological trauma. While some are highly addictive, others can be used to treat addictions by easing withdrawal symptoms.The drugs should generally be used for no more than three days to treat acute pain, but the report says almost half of new prescriptions in Ontario in 2016 were for more than seven days — increasing the risk of withdrawal symptoms and potential addiction. Higher prescribing rates are also closely associated with higher opioid-related fatalities.According to the report, almost one in five residents in the Thunder Bay district were prescribed opioids in 2016. The vast majority of prescriptions were for treatment of pain, while a small number were for treating addictions.All opioid users risk potentially fatal poisoning — a particularly acute problem with the synthetic fentanyl, responsible for overdose deaths that have soared into the thousands a year in Canada and tens of thousands in the U.S.While most fatal overdoses in Ontario are attributable to fentanyl, the main killer in Thunder Bay is methadone, the report says. The reason is likely due to both appropriate and excessive prescription of methadone to treat addictions to other drugs, or due to inappropriate diversion of the drug to the streets.While men aged 25 to 44 make up the largest group heading to Ontario emergency departments for overdose treatment, it is women in that age group who make the most ER visits in Thunder Bay.Overall, the report says, the rate of emergency room visits in Thunder Bay for opioid overdoses has jumped dramatically from 32.9 per 100,000 people in 2005 to 53.4 per 100,000 people in 2016. Well over half of overdoses are accidental, but almost one quarter last year were intentional, the report says.“Social exclusion and traumatic events are strongly predictive of problematic drug use,” the report states. “Risk factors for overdose include poverty and lack of housing, depression, use of alcohol or benzodiazepines, administration of drugs by injection, previous overdose, contaminated drug supply — e.g., with fentanyl analogues — and periods of abstinence.”To try to deal with the problem, the community has increased distribution of naloxone, which can save lives by countering the lethal effects of opioid overdoses. The district is also setting up places where users can take drugs under supervision and addiction-medicine clinic that is quickly accessible.The Thunder Bay report concludes that solid information provided by opioid users themselves is still needed, as is more information from those around them.“The location of services and supports presents significant challenges to those who must travel great distances to access health-care, and mental-health and addictions services,” the report states.last_img read more

TIFFS WAVELENGTHS PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS POLITICAL AND FORMAL ACUMEN IN 2019 LINEUP

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival’s Wavelengths programme revealed today the lineup for its 19th edition, consisting of international shorts and features by established and emerging talents. With a total of 37 titles, this year’s selection is a testament to political fortitude and artistic experimentation, seen across a captivating mix of genres and perspectives.The selection comprises four programmes of experimental short films, two curated pairings, and 10 features, each contributing to a dynamic survey of some of today’s most exciting moving-image work. Wavelengths is curated and overseen by Andréa Picard, with contributions from members of TIFF’s international programming team — namely Brad Deane, Giovanna Fulvi, Dorota Lech, and Kiva Reardon — and programming associate Jesse Cumming.New profile and banner images courtesy Pedro Neves Marques’ THE BITE (A MORDIDA) and Mike Gibisser’s SLOW VOLUMES. pic.twitter.com/uX6PoC8WsP— WAVELENGTHS@TIFF (@WVLGTHS) August 13, 2019 Facebook Login/Register With: “As we approach the 20th anniversary of Wavelengths, one can discern an important shift in formal language and experimentation, and an even wider range of artistic expression, which reflects — in some cases seriously, and others surprisingly playfully — a refusal to be contained, confined, or even labelled,” said Picard. “As the world runs further amok, it is comforting and inspiring to see filmmakers and artists continue to make work that is personal, committed, generous, aesthetically alert, and rigorous. The films in this year’s programme perfectly exemplify the essential role art plays in resistance and resilience, but also in our capacity for imagination.”Wavelengths is pleased to host a number of alumni to present some of their most provocative and accomplished work to date, including Catalan artist-filmmaker Albert Serra with Liberté, his award-winning tale of 18th-century decadence and desire; Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa with Vitalina Varela, a continuation of his pathos-laden tales of life in Lisbon’s margins; Sergei Loznitsa with State Funeral, in which he repurposes footage shot in 1953, in the days following the death of Joseph Stalin, into a trenchant reflection on cults of personality; and Anocha Suwichakornpong and Ben Rivers, who return to TIFF with Krabi, 2562, a collaborative work on memory, landscape, and social awareness.Resistance and tenacity — both political and personal — are the theme of several Wavelengths selections, including two highlights from the burgeoning “Galician New Wave”: Oliver Laxe’s quietly monumental Fire Will Come, the follow-up to his Festival selection Mimosas (TIFF 2016), and Eloy Enciso’s Endless Night, set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, with its script drawn from letters and other texts of the era. A different strength is exhibited in Hassen Ferhani’s understated documentary 143 Sahara Street, which presents the world in a microcosm as seen through a portrait of octogenarian Malika, who lives and works alone in her roadside diner in the Sahara Desert.Wavelengths 2019 also welcomes many newcomers to the programme, with a number of works that reflect on the state of contemporary geopolitics through a mix of styles that range from non-fiction to the speculative. Highlights from contemporary Brazil include The Fever by director Maya Da-Rin, an Indigenous-led tale of a father who must navigate his daughter’s imminent departure for medical school; Affonso Uchôa’s forceful yet elegant documentary experiment Seven Years in May (which screens with Gabino Rodríguez and Nicolás Pereda’s previously announced My Skin, Luminous); and the short film The Biteby artist Pedro Neves Marques, a science fiction–tinged story about a queer love triangle struggling to survive an encroaching mosquito epidemic in the rainforest.This year’s shorts programmes feature formally impressive and surprising work by a number of leading international talents, including World Premieres by Zachary Epcar, Luke Fowler, Gastón Solnicki, Mike Gibisser, and Tomonari Nishikawa, as well as the North American Premieres of Turner Prize–winning artist Charlotte Prodger’s entry in this year’s Venice Biennale, SaF05, and Marwa Arsanios’s Who’s Afraid of Ideology? Part 2,which premiered at the Sharjah Biennial. As ever, the programme is rounded out by a number of restorations and rediscoveries, including Edward Owens’s Remembrance: A Portrait Study (1967), a touching and playful tribute to the artist’s mother, and 2minutes40seconds (1975), an experimental documentary by Korean filmmaker Han Ok-hee, founding member of the feminist film collective Kaidu Club.The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019.Wavelengths’ complete 2019 lineup is as follows:SHORT FILM PROGRAMMESWavelengths 1: WLS19Austrian Pavilion Philipp Fleischmann | Austria | World PremiereSaF05 Charlotte Prodger | United Kingdom | North American PremiereSlow Volumes Mike Gibisser | USA | World PremiereThe Bite (A Mordida) Pedro Neves Marques | Portugal/Brazil | World PremiereWavelengths 2: Sun Rave2008 Blake Williams | Canada | World PremiereAmusement Ride Tomonari Nishikawa | Japan | World PremiereBlack Sun (Sol Negro) Maureen Fazendeiro | Portugal/France | International PremiereA Topography of Memory Burak Çevik | Turkey/Canada | North American PremiereSun Rave (Lafhat Shams) Roy Samaha | Lebanon | North American Premiere(tourism studies) Joshua Gen Solondz | USA | Canadian PremiereWavelengths 3: Look Around2minutes40seconds Han Ok-hee | South Korea | International PremiereHrvoji, Look at You From the Tower Ryan Ferko | Canada/Serbia/Croatia/Slovenia | World PremiereCircumplector Gastón Solnicki | Argentina | World PremiereCézanne Luke Fowler | United Kingdom/France | World PremiereSecond Generation Miryam Charles | Canada | North American PremiereTranscript (Lín Mó) Erica Sheu | USA/Taiwan | Canadian PremiereWho’s Afraid of Ideology? Part 2 Marwa Arsanios | Lebanon/Kurdistan/Syria | North American PremiereWavelengths 4: Lives of PerformersBilly Zachary Epcar | USA | World PremiereRemembrance: A Portrait Study Edward Owens | USA | Festival PremiereVever (for Barbara) Deborah Stratman | Guatemala/USA | Canadian PremiereBook of Hours Annie MacDonell | Canada | World PremiereWe Still Have to Close Our Eyes John Torres | Philippines | North American PremiereThis Action Lies (Cest Action Gist) James N. Kienitz Wilkins | USA/Switzerland | North American PremierePAIRINGSThose That, at a Distance, Resemble Another Jessica Sarah Rinland | United Kingdom/Argentina/SpainNorth American Premierepreceded byHeavy Metal Detox Josef Dabernig | AustriaWorld PremiereSeven Years in May (Sete Anos em Maio) Affonso Uchôa | Brazil/ArgentinaNorth American PremiereandMy Skin, Luminous (Mi Piel, Luminosa) Gabino Rodríguez, Nicolás Pereda | Mexico/CanadaNorth American PremiereFEATURES143 Sahara Street (143 rue du désert) Hassen Ferhani | AlgeriaNorth American PremiereEndless Night (Longa noite) Eloy Enciso | SpainNorth American PremiereThe Fever (A Febre) Maya Da-Rin | Brazil/France/GermanyNorth American PremiereFire Will Come (O que arde) Oliver Laxe | Spain/France/LuxembourgNorth American PremiereHeimat is a Space in Time (Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit) Thomas Heise | Germany/AustriaNorth American PremiereKrabi, 2562 Anocha Suwichakornpong, Ben Rivers | Thailand/United KingdomNorth American PremiereLiberté Albert Serra | France/Spain/Portugal/GermanyNorth American PremiereState Funeral Sergei Loznitsa | Netherlands/LithuaniaNorth American PremiereUn Film Dramatique Éric Baudelaire | FranceNorth American PremiereVitalina Varela Pedro Costa | PortugalNorth American PremiereFor film synopses, cast lists, images, and more information, see tiff.net/wavelengthsFestival tickets go on sale September 2 at 10am (TIFF Member pre-sale August 31, 10am–4pm). Buy tickets online at tiff.net, by phone at 416.599.2033 or 1.888.258.8433, or in person at a box office. See box office locations and hours at tiff.net/tickets.TIFF prefers Visa.Social Media:@TIFF_NET#TIFF19Facebook.com/TIFFAbout TIFFTIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.The Toronto International Film Festival is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.last_img read more

Vancouver home sales sluggish in February as prices continue to fall

VANCOUVER — The local real estate board says the benchmark price of a detached home in Metro Vancouver fell nearly 10 per cent year over year as more sellers listed properties, but house hunters continued to take their time in February.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says nearly 28 per cent fewer detached properties sold last month compared with February 2018, and the benchmark price dropped 9.7 per cent to $1,443,100.Across all residential property types, sales dropped 32.8 per cent compared with a year ago and were 42.5 per cent below the 10-year February sales average.The benchmark price for all residential properties fell 6.1 per cent to $1,016,600 over the same time frame, with condominium prices down four per cent to $660,300 and townhomes down 3.3 per cent to $789,300.The board says sales for apartments fell nearly 36 per cent in February 2019 compared with the same month in 2018 and townhome sales declined nearly 31 per cent.There were just shy of 3,900 new residential property listings last month — down 7.8 per cent compared with the same month the previous year — and the sales-to-active listings ratio for the month was 12.8 per cent.The board says there is typically downward pressure on property prices when that ratio falls below 12 per cent “for a sustained period.”The Canadian Press read more

TSX moves off record high tumbles 194 points amid earnings disappointments

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2014 6:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – North American stock markets had their biggest one-day tumble since early February on Thursday but analysts were hard-pressed to identify a single reason for the drop.The S&P/TSX composite index in Toronto fell 194.08 points to 15,330.74, as a number of big Canadian corporations missed earnings forecasts, but the index remained up about 1,736 points since the beginning of the year.New York’s Dow Jones industrials plunged 317.06 points to 16,563.3, leaving the index below where it started the year by about a dozen points. The Nasdaq lost 93.13 points to 4,369.77 and the S&P 500 index declined 39.4 points to 1,930.67.The loonie closed down 0.02 of a cent to 91.71 cents US.The U.S. Federal Reserve indicated Wednesday that it will keep short-term interest rates low “for a considerable time” after it ends its bond purchases, likely in October. The Fed is expected to start hiking rates mid-2015, but stronger than expected economic growth in the second quarter has investors concerned that the Fed could raise rates sooner.Argentina moved into a debt default for the second time in 13 years after a deadline of midnight Wednesday night came and went without a deal with bondholders.And volume is less than usual with many market participants on holidays.But the stock market declines also come at a time when many investors have registered substantial gains.“You get thinner markets and it doesn‘t take much to move things around,” said Wes Mills, chief investment officer Scotia Private Client Group.“Clearly everyone has made good money and there is no evidence that people are taking money off the table yet. It‘s probably just an overdue correction in a thin summer market with a combination of factors.”Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., (TSX:VRX) which is making a hostile takeover bid for Botox maker Allergan, posted a quarterly net profit of $126 million or 37 cents a share. Adjusted income was $651 million, or $1.91 per share, missing estimates of $1.98 a share, and its shares fell $9.59 or seven per cent to $127.83.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) delivered a US$269-million quarterly net loss and $159-million of adjusted earnings in the second quarter, missing analyst estimates on both counts. The adjusted profit amounted to 14 cents US per share, two cents below estimates. Barrick shares dipped 44 cents to $19.70.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) posted net income of $211 million, or 14 cents per share, compared to $680 million, or 45 cents per share, a year earlier. Operating earnings, which strip out the effects of unusual items, came in at $1.14 billion or 77 cents a share, 20 cents below estimates and its shares were down $1.02 to $44.77.First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) fell 4.33 per cent to $25.86 as copper sales increased but earnings per share came in at 23 cents, three cents short of forecasts.Going against the grain was corporate software company Open Text (TSX:OTC), up 14.5 per cent to $60.64 as its quarterly profit doubled while revenue improved by more than 40 per cent.And Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) reported its adjusted earnings were US$192 million, or 10 cents — a cent ahead of estimates and its shares climbed six cents to $3.73.The TSX energy sector was down 1.75 per cent as September oil moved $2.10 lower to US$98.17 a barrel.The metals and mining sector fell 2.27 per cent per cent with September copper off a penny at US$3.23 a pound.The gold sector fell about 2.2 per cent while December gold faded $14.10 to US$1,282.80 an ounce. TSX moves off record high, tumbles 194 points amid earnings disappointments read more

Professors publish book

Sociology professors (from left) Mary Beth Raddon, Rebecca Raby and Margot Francis show off the newly published sociology textbook Power and Everyday Practices, during a recent book launch event.A group of Brock sociology professors wants students to think about the most basic aspects of their day in a whole new light.While drinking coffee, taking a vacation, or using a credit card seem to be basic, normal everyday practices, they all have deep political and sociological underpinnings not normally examined in the classroom.To encourage students to take on examination of those practices, several Brock professors have contributed chapters, and one is a co-editor on a new textbook, Power and Everyday Practices, designed for undergraduate and graduate sociology courses.Margot Francis, Mary Beth Raddon, Rebecca Raby and Dennis Soron all contributed chapters to the 381-page book, while Raby was also a co-editor with Deborah Brock and Mark P. Thomas, both of York University.“This is a forward-thinking book, one that answers the call for students who want to do sociology, not just be thinking sociologically,” noted Terry Fedorkiw, marketing manager from publisher Nelson Education Canada. Fedorkiw noted the textbook has already been picked up by a number of schools across the country.Various authors outline everyday objects and social practices, through the lenses of theorists Michel Foucault and Karl Marx, by examining how these practices have become normalized historically, socially or culturally.Brock contributions include: a chapter from Mary Beth Raddon on financial fitness, which seeks to show that financial responsibility should be placed with the financial industry, and not with ordinary people. Today’s campaigns aimed at financial literacy seek to empower us, but the neoliberal discourse ends up deepening social inequality and contributing to economic volatility, as is seen in world markets today a chapter from Margot Francis, on the way in which colonial concepts related to Aboriginal people of North America have become normalized to the degree of creating an “imaginary Indian,” a stereotypical myth that gets represented in such settings as children’s summer camps a chapter from Dennis Soron, on the practice of shopping and the resulting politics of everyday consumption. Soron questions the dominant assumptions about everyday consumer behaviour as apolitical and individual, pushing the reader to see the complex social, political, economic and political influences on shopping behaviour. a chapter from Rebecca Raby on aging, and the social implications and related relations of power imposed on the meaning of adulthood. Raby examines these relations of power in comparison to other life stages, including childhood, adolescence, youth, and old age.Besides contributing to the preface and introductory chapter, Raby also contributed to a chapter on tourism, and how this everyday practice is enabled because of the global inequalities of income, gender, race and labour.“Having this event is a wonderful way to celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues, and to let the world know what we are doing in the social sciences,” noted Thomas Dunk, dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, during a recent book launch event on campus.The textbook is currently being used at Brock in Ann Duffy’s second-year sociology course. read more

New Doosan portable power for mines with ECO Rental Range

first_imgMining customers working to supply and meet portable power needs on jobsites throughout the Oceania market have a new option in the launch of the Doosan Portable Power ECO Rental Range. The new generators “meet a multitude of jobsite needs with a durable design that enhances product lifespan for increased return on investment.”The new models include the G90WCU-1E, with a prime power rating of 90 kVA/72 kW; the G125WCU-1E, with a prime power rating of 125 kVA/100 kW;  the G200WCU-1E, with a prime power rating of 200 kVA/160 kW; and the G315WCU-1E, with a prime power rating of 315 kVA/252 kW.“We asked our customers in the Oceania region what portable power features they needed most, and were told they were looking for a simplified generator – one that would meet common requirements of the majority of jobsites, without added features that increase operational complexity and product price,” said Todd Howe, Manager, Global Generator Products, Doosan Portable Power. “We listened to their needs, and developed the ECO Rental Range with those points in mind, providing the right balance of features, durability and price point.” Simplifying machine use is a one-push, autostart control system that provides safe and easy operation of the machine, accompanied by a user-friendly control panel that includes analog gauges for at-a-glance monitoring of generator performance. Power connections are made simple via direct hard-wire links to the main circuit breaker.Multiple considerations were made in machine design to protect operators during use, including an emergency stop button; a safety switch that prevents users from accessing high voltage connections during operation; multiple grounding configurations; protection from high temperature components; and an optional residual current device. As with all Doosan Portable Power models, the ECO Rental Range line is built to withstand even the harshest of jobsite environments, constructed on heavy-duty skidbases for increased stability with heavy-gauge steel enclosures that protect the unit from rust and corrosion.All generators come standard with a 110 % environmental containment system which protects against fuel or oil spills. Helping maximise machine uptime are easy-to-access service points and extended runtimes. Battery, fuel and air filters, and oil and fuel fill are all located within easy reach, encouraging servicing and thereby extending machine lifespan. Uptime is maximised with an average 12-hour runtime at 100 % load.last_img read more

Explainer How the Internet works

first_imgYou probably spend your fair share of time using the Internet, like right now. But did you ever wonder how this page got to you? The World Science Festival 2012 wrapped up in New York recently, and one of the videos produced for it seeks to explain how web pages reach your screen.The process starts with a request packet that gets sent off in the direction of whichever server a particular website is hosted on. In the video, a user in the UK is loading the World Science Festival’s website, which is hosted on a server in LA. The packet flows down the copper wires locally, then rockets across the Atlantic on fiber optic cables.When the packet arrives in the US, it stops off at 60 Hudson Street in New York. This is one of the largest connection hubs in the world, and the largest on the US East Coast. 60 Hudson routes the request on to LA where the server can read the request and send the page.It’s not as easy as just shooting the page along in a single packet. The page comes across in many smaller packets that are routed in various ways. The goal is just to get all the pieces back across the ocean to the original requestor in the most efficient way possible. Most of the packets will again pass through 60 Hudson on their way back to the UK.A lot happens when you request a webpage, but it all goes down in about a second. That sort of puts things in perspective and makes it harder to get upset when your page is loading a little slow.via World Science Festivallast_img read more

Asuka vs Becky Lynch not official for Royal Rumble Brock Lesnar advertised

first_imgFacebook Ric Flair threatens WWE with legal action over Becky Lynch’s “The Man” gimmick WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Despite an episode of WWE Main Event advertising otherwise, Asuka vs. Becky Lynch for the Smackdown Women’s Championship is not taking place at the Royal Rumble.Former Smackdown Live General Manager Paige took to Twitter on Friday to explain why the match is now off and not taking place in a few weeks.Soooo I tried to make one last match before my time as #SDLive GM came to end…but unfortunately @BeckyLynchWWE vs. @WWEAsuka for the Smackdown Women’s Championship is NOT official for #RoyalRumble. #Oops— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) December 21, 2018Brock Lesnar advertised for RAWWWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar will be appearing at the RAW taping on January 21 in Oklahoma City, just a few days before the Royal Rumble PPV.OKC – we’re getting an early Christmas present! @BrockLesnar returns to Monday Night RAW in Oklahoma City on January 21! You can still get your tickets at https://t.co/wvCEF94e8w pic.twitter.com/dXIcR0AQIS— Chesapeake Arena (@ChesapeakeArena) December 21, 2018 WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ Pinterest Twitter WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomenlast_img read more

Luis Enrique Rodri can surpass Busquets

first_imgThe British publication, FourFourTwo, have broadcasted the words of Spain national team head coach Luis Enrique concerning Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.According to the former Barcelona manager, the 22-year-old hotshot has all characteristics to become a ‘new Sergio Busquets.’Although Rodri is yet to establish himself as a regular starter at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano following his summer’s arrival from Villarreal, Enrique seems to be a huge fan of the prosperous youngster.“I have already spoken about their similarities,” he told a news conference.“It’s not good to give too much praise and he is very young, but Rodri comes across as very professional and prepared mentally.“He can reach Busquets’ level and maybe surpass it. Who knows what limits he has?”Robert Moreno says he would step aside if Luis Enrique asks him Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Spanish national team manager, Robert Moreno, took the job after Luis Enrique stepped down because his nine-year-old daughter passed away after a bone tumor.Rodri will be better than Barcelona icon Busquets – Luis Enrique https://t.co/ohoDJdkoz2 pic.twitter.com/VRS5qnE5za— Goal Nigeria (@GoalcomNigeria) October 4, 2018Now it’s up to the Rodri to give his answer on the field, but a comparison with a figure such as Busquets can only be flattering.The highly-rated midfielder will in the Spain squad for the matches against Wales and England along with Busquets, as well as, his two Atletico companions, Saul Niguez and Koke.last_img read more

7 school kids injured in Shimla accident

first_imgShimla: At least seven school children were injured when an overcrowded private school bus rolled down a hill in the Himachal Pradesh capital on Monday, police said. The injured were admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital here. The students, belonging to Convent of Jesus and Mary Chelsea, were travelling in Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus. The accident occurred in Lower Khalini. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Witnesses told the police that lack of steel barrier and narrow road were mainly responsible for the accident. Local legislator and Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj who reached the accident spot, faced protest from locals, who were blaming the government’s callousness towards safety of the passengers. Less than a fortnight ago, 44 passengers lost their lives when a mechanically unfit mini overcrowded bus met with an accident in Kullu district. Thirty-five other passengers received grievous injuries.last_img read more

4th JS session to begin 8 Sept

first_imgParliament FILE PHOTOThe fourth session of the 11th parliament will begin on 8 September next after a 59-day recess in the proceedings of the Jatiya Sangsad, reports UNB. President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday summoned the fourth session of the 11th parliament, said a Parliament Secretariat media release. Before the House goes into the session at 5:00pm on 8 September, the business advisory committee of parliament is likely to sit at a meeting to fix the duration and businesses of the session. On 11 July last, the third session (budget session) of the 11th parliament was prorogued, which passed the national budget for 2019-20 fiscal year, supplementary budget for 2018-19 and 7 bills, including Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill, 2019, during its 21 working days.last_img read more

TexasBased Charter School Network Wins National Prize

first_img 00:00 /01:18 IDEA Public Schools’ Facebook PageFor three years in a row, IDEA Public Schools reached the final round in the competition. The third time was the charm.IDEA Public Schools won the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools Monday.It enrolls 24,000 students at campuses in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio and Austin. Almost 90 percent of its students are low-income and most are Hispanic.Tom Torkelson, founder and CEO of IDEA, accepted the prize at a charter school conference in Nashville. He took the moment to advocate for IDEA students.“We have tens of thousands of students at IDEA Public Schools who are undocumented. We have thousands of students who want nothing more than to be embraced by our leaders, our politicians and our policy makers,” he said. IDEA will receive $250,000 in prize money for scholarships, college visits and other efforts to prepare its students for higher education. Torkelson said that they will share that money with the other two finalists, including YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, to help more undocumented students. Since 2012, the award highlights nonprofit charter groups that are closing achievement gaps between low-income students of color and their high income peers.It’s funded by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Teachers Superintendents States Waivers for Harvey Dont Go Far Enough

first_img Listen 00:00 /07:12 Share Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneAfter losing 11 school days to Hurricane Harvey, Tiffany Robinson used data-driven methods to help students who needed more support as they prepared for the state standardized test.The Texas Education Agency has proposed giving some schools a break on meeting state standards — but not others — because of Hurricane Harvey.According to some teachers and superintendents, the proposed waivers don’t go far enough. Schools and districts would only get a pass on state grades if they meet certain criteria, for example if they were closed for 10 days during the storm or had a certain percent of students or teachers homeless.Alief Superintendent HD Chambers told News 88.7 that he’s concerned about drawing hard and fast lines and using metrics like that. “While I appreciate it, I’m not sure why there wasn’t a decision to waive them on the side of caution because everyone was impacted, students and staff,” Chambers said.LaTonya Goffney, the incoming superintendent for the Aldine Independent School District, said that it would be difficult to parse the impact on two districts, but the same community.“For example, Spring and Aldine, we’re right next to one another,” Goffney said. “And let’s say Spring receives a waiver and Aldine doesn’t. How do you explain to a community that was equally impacted how that decision was made?”Similarly, the Houston Federation of Teachers blasted the proposed waivers. The union’s president, Zeph Capo, said that communities like Sunnyside — where the struggling Worthing High School isn’t expected to receive one — weren’t as prepared for the storm. Capo said in a statement that the commissioner’s decision shows a lack of understanding.“Harvey did not skip across schools or neighborhoods when it flooded our streets in August, and neither should the TEA,” Capo said.On Wednesday Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner expressed his views on the wavier plan: click on the audio below to listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Boston Dynamics Atlas shows balance WildCat sprints untethered w Video

first_img © 2013 Phys.org DARPA’s ATLAS robot unveiled (w/ Video) The feat is a tribute to the company’s control system for the robot. The demo shows how Atlas can stay upright using kinematic and load data from its sensors. Commenting on his reaction to seeing Atlas stay balanced despite being hit by the ball, Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, told the BBC it was “an astonishing achievement” and “remarkable feat.” Next on the engineering agenda is to give Atlas an articulated head with stereo cameras and a laser range finder, along with sensate hands capable of using tools. More information: www.bostondynamics.com/index.html Legged Squad Support System (LS3) is a four-legged robot designed to travel 20 miles on rough terrain carrying 400 lbs of load. The video shows field testing at Twentynine Palms, CA. Testing includes rough-terrain mobility, endurance, visually guided following, GPS guided maneuver, and overall reliability. LS3 is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA and the US Marine Corps. The company’s history dates back to when it was a spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Marc Raibert and colleagues developed animal-inspired robots. They founded the company in 1992. 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. Explore further Atlas is part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Program. The robot is tethered, powered from an off-board, electric power supply. Atlas’ reason for being is to serve as a humanoid robot that will be capable enough to move in outdoor, rough terrain. The limbs need to perform well, to be able to lift, carry and manipulate in rough environments. Atlas was unveiled in July at the company, as a robot that can respond to dangerous emergencies.The video shows the Atlas robot now on rough terrain walking with bent knees and arms stretched, on rubble and rocks, maintaining its balance as it moves along. In another scene, a ball is trying to knock it over as Atlas stands on one foot, maintaining its balance even while standing on one leg and being hit by the ball from the side. WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat’s best performance so far. This month, Boston Dynamics also posted a video of its WildCat robot, funded by DARPA and developed for emergency response and aid scenarios, in a public outing beyond and free from indoor treadmills. The big news about WildCat is that, unlike its robotic cousin Cheetah, this quadruped is untethered. Cheetah drew attention for its speed; the robot could run at 28 miles per hour but that was on a treadmill indoors tethered to a power supply. WildCat can sprint and gallop unrestrained at 16 miles per hour outside of the lab. The video shows its capabilities. (Phys.org) —Boston Dynamics, the Waltham, Massachusetts robotics company that receives funds from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is making more video news. Whether the company turns out videos of intros and updates of robots such as BigDog, or Petman, or Cheetah, its animal- and human-inspired robots promptly make the rounds of dozens of news sites and blogs. The company has made these robots interesting works in progress, as we see them, from development phase to phase, advancing in balance, agility, speed and strength. This month’s video hits from Boston Dynamics show the company’s two tests, for its bipedal Atlas and its quadruped WildCat. Citation: Boston Dynamics: Atlas shows balance; WildCat sprints untethered (w/ Video) (2013, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-boston-dynamics-atlas-wildcat-sprints.htmllast_img read more