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Mac Pro Update: Product Details + Shipping Date

first_imgAt Apple’s fall media event more details emerge on the highly anticipated new Mac Pro computers.Creative pros are finally getting answers to their questions surrounding the new Mac Pro and it’s specifications. This is the first Mac Pro update since 2010, which lead many Apple users to wonder about the future of the powerhouse computer they rely on.As predicted Apple announced product details today at the fall media event. Here’s what we know now about the Mac Pro update:Intel Xeon E5 processor at 4, 6, 8 or 12 cores.Up to 64GB RAMPCI Express storage, up to 1TB internally.Dual AMD FirePro graphics chips4 USB 3.0 ports6 Thunderbolt ports1 HDMI 1.4portSimultaneously run 3 4K displaysPrice starts at $2,999*Available in DecemberAssembled in the USA*The $2,999 model is outfitted with a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon, 12GB DRAM, 2GB VRAM, and 256GB. The Verge reports, “…it has 7 teraflops of compute power and should be able to do things like “seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background.”The new Mac Pros consume 70% of the energy of older models and are also much quieter. Apple is reporting that the running sound output rivals that of a Mac Mini (good news for video editors and music producers that use the Mac Pro in their studios).FCPX UPDATE: New version of Final Cut Pro X also coming in December. From the Apple site:“The new version of Final Cut Pro X (coming in December) has been engineered to take advantage of the 4K capabilities of the Mac Pro. The dual workstation-class GPUs in Mac Pro accelerate effects, optical flow analysis, video export — and virtually everything else you do in Final Cut Pro. Ultrafast PCIe-based flash storage means fast project loading and multi-stream 4K playback. And Final Cut Pro X has been so perfectly tuned to take advantage of the new Mac Pro, you can work in 4K — in real time — without rendering. (Take a minute to let that slowly sink in.)”Thanks for the tip Braden Storrs!last_img read more

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Lens Options For the Sony A7S

first_img  Canon CN-E  30-105mm  T2.8  $19275.00 USD   Sony Sonnar  55mm  f/1.8  $998.00 USD   Canon EF Zoom  24-105mm  f/4.0  $999.00 USD Want more content on the Sony A7S? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.3 Reasons Why the Sony a7S Isn’t the Perfect Camera for FilmmakersThe Sony A7S vs RED Epic Dragon: Technically Not a Landslide VictoryThe Sony A7S Can Use Canon Batteries, Here’s HowDo you own a Sony A7S? What lenses are you using? Did this article help you get a better understanding of what the costs are for each group of lens options? Let us know in the comments below.   Rokinon  50mm  T1.5  $530.00 USD Since we couldn’t find any examples of anyone using the A7S with PL mount lenses, we decided to show you another EF mount short film. In this video, Carbon Studios used Zeiss Primes along with the A7S to capture a film called Moonlight, which is a low light project where the only source of illumination is the moon itself.   PL-MOUNT LENS OPTIONS  FOCAL LENGTH  APERTURE  PRICE EF Mount Lens OptionsRemember the question posed up top that asked if we can replace a Sony E-Mount with EF and PL lenses? Well if you can’t tell, you absolutely can use EF mount lenses. The Canon standard line of lenses are probably the most widely used by both prosumers and professionals alike.The only hitch with EF mounts is the fact that the Sony A7S doesn’t allow you to mount these natively to the camera. However, fret not… there are ways to get around this problem, most notably the use of lens adapters. Here’s another great article from Brian Smith that gives you all the info you need to know about using EF lens adapters for the A7S.Just be sure to budget around three thousand if you want to grab at least two lenses in EF mount form from the lenses listed.   E-MOUNT LENS OPTIONS  FOCAL LENGTH  APERTURE  PRICE   EF-MOUNT LENS OPTIONS  FOCAL LENGTH  APERTURE  PRICE   Rokinon  35mm  f/1.4  $479.00 USD  Canon  50mm  f/1.2  $1449.00 USD   Zeiss Compact Prime  50mm  T1.5  $4500.00 USD   Canon EF Zoom  17-40mm  f/4.0  $799.00 USD   Zeiss Compact Prime  50mm  f/1.5  $4500.00 USD Let’s check out some lens options for the popular Sony A7S, one of the hottest selling cameras on the market.Before you buy any camera, you want to get a lay of the land in terms of what glass (lenses) the camera can use. Luckily with today’s adaptable technology you can pretty much use whatever lenses you want. Since this is the case, we need to change the types of questions we ask ourselves before committing to a lens purchase.The main questions that come to mind are… what am I going to shoot with this camera? How much money do I have budgeted for lenses? Do I have to use the Sony E-Mount lenses, or can I use EF and PL lenses?We’ll break our lens options into sections and try to address the questions above in each breakdown.Out of the BoxLet’s get started with our options straight from the box. The Sony A7S comes with the standard E-Mount. You may be thinking that the E-Mount will severely limit you, but as Brian Smith pointed out in his ultimate guide to Sony E-Mount lenses — there’s no such limitation.What we do see in this first section on E-Mount-only lenses is that we need to budget for, at the very least, a couple thousand on lenses. And depending on what you’re shooting, you’ll want to get the lenses that work for you. For most of your shoots you’ll want a high-quality zoom lens and a solid prime. Let’s look at examples of both in E-Mount form.   Sony FE Zoom  70-200mm  f/4.0  $1498.00 USD   Zeiss Compact Zoom  70-200mm  T2.9  $19900.00 USD   Rokinon  24mm  f/1.4  $549.00 USD   Cooke Mini S4/i  50mm  T2.8  $7300.00 USD PL Mount Lens OptionsSo now that we know that we can adapt the Sony A7S to EF mount lenses, can we do the same with PL mounts? Well if this Wooden Camera Lens Adapter is any indication, the answer is yes. The larger question you should be asking at this point is why am I getting a PL mount lens for the A7S? And do I really need this lens?I will admit the 4K footage from the A7S will look amazing with any of these lenses, but I’m not going to lie to you… PL mount lenses are not the cheapest of the bunch. In fact, the PL mount is the standard ARRI mount, which is used throughout Hollywood. But if you have your heart set on using these lenses, then let’s see what your options are.Again, be sure to budget here, because you’ll need it. As I said, PL mount lenses will have you budgeting around 30 grand for two lenses. Unless you’re bank rolled by a major studio, I would suggest that you just rent these lenses if you have your heart set on using them. For an example of what one can do with an A7S, EF Lens Mount, and a Canon 24-105mm zoom lens, check out Gateway to the Ganges by Brandon Li. Here is an example of what can be shot using the Sony A7S and a Rokinon 35mm. This short reel was filmed by James John.   Zeiss Batis  85mm  f/1.8  $1199.00 USD   Schneider Xenon  50mm  T2.0  $7750.00 USDlast_img read more

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A Guide to Developing Questions During Documentary Interview Shoots

first_imgHere are a few helpful questions and tips for conducting interesting, orderly documentary interviews that develop naturally.There is an odd mix of both excitement and terror that comes with starting a documentary project. Whether it’s a short, one-day project or the beginning of a multi-year endeavor, documentaries (by nature) are unpredictable and often tricky. Shooting interviews, in particular, can be difficult.Ideally, a good documentary interview shoot should be a nice balance between pointed, on-topic discussions and open-ended prompts for exploring new themes and questions that pop up. This gets tricky for the shooter, director, or producer who’s asking the questions, as you need to be prepared to keep things on track but also be receptive to new information and directions.For those looking for advice for tackling documentary interviews, and for those who need a starting point for their interviews, we have some advice on finding the right balance for your documentary interview shoots.Basic Documentary Interview QuestionsImage by Haider Y. Abdulla.So, before we give you a list, we need to preface this article by saying that every documentary project is going to be different — sometimes vastly different. In my own experience, I’ve interviewed cowboys, CEOs, Elvis impersonators, and world-famous athletes. And, while there might be a few crossover examples, they’ve all ended up being completely different interviews.The best way to plan is to focus on those opening questions. You can write these out and even rehearse them. These simple, boilerplate questions will not only get you off on the right foot, but they can also help both you and your interviewee get comfortable and settled before you dive into more open-ended questions and conversations.Can you state your name and occupation for the camera?How do you spell your name (and occupation if it’s tricky)?Can you introduce yourself, as if we’ve never met before?Why are you here today?These are basically the first three or four questions I’ve asked at the beginning of every documentary shoot. The first ones are to make sure you have their information correct. You can always review this later to make sure you have all the correct spellings and their exact titles.Basic Information — Who/What/When/Where/WhyImage by Quality Stock Arts.I’ve also found it very helpful to have footage of interviewees introducing themselves to you — or directly to the camera. You can quickly learn about how they view themselves. The “Why are you here today?” question can be another great trick for getting them to talk about some themes they might be interested in exploring during your conversation.Overall, I’ve often tried to start off with a variation of this question (or questions) — “Who are you, what’s going on, and why does that matter?” — as a means to getting the who/what/when/where/why out of the way, early. The more basic information you can get from a documentary interviewee early on the better, as you’ll often need much of this background information when cutting your documentary together.Here are some additional guides for conducting documentary interviews:Interview Tips Every Documentary Filmmaker Should Know7 Reasons Why You Need a Producer for Your DocumentaryInterview: Tips for Blending Documentary and Narrative in “The Drug Runner” Discussion vs. QuestionsImage by Valmedia.Once you’ve gotten your basic information out of the way — and as much expository material as you can get — your real goal is to focus on discussion rather than just asking questions. Avoid “yes” or “no” questions at all costs! Instead, I’ve often found it best to view yourself more as a conversation moderator.In many ways, the idea of “scripting your documentary” becomes more important than the questions. Write out ideas, concepts, events, or themes that you’d like to have your documentary subject touch on, then lead them to those points.At the end of the day, conducting a good documentary interview comes down to just how prepared and knowledgeable you are — as well as how confident you are in the interview. Be an active listener, take good notes, and ask open questions that encourage active responses.Cover image by Valmedia.For more documentary filmmaking advice, as well as practical filmmaking tips and tricks, check out these articles:A Complete Guide to Documentary FilmmakingHow to Shoot Gorgeous Documentary InterviewsDocumentary Editing Tips for Working with Lots of FootageSundance 2019: Tips for Shooting Verité Documentary FootageThe 5 Tenets of Capturing Good B-Roll for Your Documentarylast_img read more

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What You Must Do Now to Reach Your Goals

first_imgGoal setting is easy. You decide what you want. You write it down and declare it your goal. It’s as easy as that; you now have a goal.You have a rather impotent goal, and you aren’t likely to reach it, but you do have a goal. There are three primary reasons you won’t reach that goal.Not a Big Enough Reason or Not Enough Of ThemIf you don’t have a burning reason “why,” you aren’t going to make your goal.If you don’t have a compelling, all-consuming desire to reach your goal, you aren’t going to sustain your motivation any longer than it took you to write down your goal.If the price of failure doesn’t make you want to throw up, then your goal isn’t a must. And if it isn’t a must, it isn’t compelling enough.Why is this your goal? What do you lose if you fail?You Don’t Have a PlanUnless you go through the exercise of figuring out exactly what you need to do to reach that goal, what resources you have available to help you, how to overcome the likely obstacles, and a commitment on your calendar to take the necessary actions, you don’t really have a goal. You have something less than a goal . . . you have a daydream.Without a plan to reach the goal, you aren’t going to make it.If writing a goal down gives it power, then writing down the action plan gives your goals fuel-injected, nitro-nuclear-booster rockets.You Aren’t Doing the WorkHave you ever known anyone who set a goal, had a plan, and didn’t reach their goal? Have you ever caught this person staring back at you from the other side of your mirror in the morning?If you failed to achieve a goal in the past–even after writing a plan–you failed because you didn’t do the work. Your intentions were good, but you didn’t follow those intentions with something more important: action.Stop right now and look at your goals. Write down every reason you must reach those goals, all of the things you need to do to reach them, and then enter an appointment on your calendar for the first action item under each goal. When you complete that first action, schedule an appointment with yourself for the next action. That’s how you reach your goals. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Why the Yocto Project for my IoT Project?

first_img Continue Reading Previous Could ransomware affect embedded systems?Next Want a robot to iron your shirts? Software developers in the embedded and Internet of Things (IoT) spaces face a dizzying array of options which it comes to choosing Operating Systems (OS) to support their designs. Decisions made regarding the hardware and tools will obviously have a major impact on the success of your project. Assuming you have the flexibility to choose the components that are best for your design, and that there are no limitations due to historical decisions or backward compatibility, then it pays to invest in upfront research to understand the options and make the best choice for your project and design team.When the focus of your system is primarily electro-mechanical with simple control logic, a Linux design may be overkill and using an RTOS or control loop may be more appropriate. When the focus of the system is more on data processing and networking, it may make sense to consider Linux for your design. If your system has elements of both, you can certainly implement the electro-mechanical aspects in Linux as the Linux kernel arguably has device support for a wider range of peripherals than most other systems. A more complex system may require a dual-OS setup using either asynchronous multiprocessing on a multi-core chipset or multiple chips. Pairing a small 8- or 16- bit microcontroller running an RTOS or custom-designed control loop software with a 32- or 64- bit microcontroller running Linux is a common design solution providing the best of both approaches.One compelling reason to use Linux in your design is its ubiquity. Books, videos, and other training materials are easily available, and finding a blog or a conference presentation that describes a use case similar to your design is just a web-search away. Resources such as stackoverflow.com and quora.com are full of interesting, timely information that can help during your education and design cycles. Additionally, online courses from vendors such as edx.org, coursera.org, and udacity.com are available (many for free) covering a wide variety of Linux-related topics.The amount of available software to run on Linux systems is staggering. For any portion of your design that relies on externally defined protocols, APIs, etc., you can likely find an implementation that runs on Linux. For many such software components, you will find a vibrant developer community providing bugfixes, support, and feature development. Integrating these bits into your Linux design is routinely straightforward, but will vary depending on your choice of distribution or build system. Fortunately, the common distribution and build systems also have active communities who can provide assistance with items that are not integrated by default.There is also no shortage of talented developers with Linux expertise. Due to the wide industry adoption of Linux-based designs, finding engineers with relevant experience is relatively painless. From the hiring team’s perspective, finding engineers who are already trained in the technologies you need is a distinct advantage. From the engineer’s perspective, working on technologies you find interesting and being able to apply your expertise to multiple potential employers is a great benefit. In short, matching hiring needs to talent is greatly simplified with Linux and related technologies.There are a wide variety of distribution and build systems you can use to develop your embedded Linux system. Many desktop distributions can be pared down for use in limited resource environment and systems such as Ubuntu have varieties specifically targeted at IoT devices. The Raspberry Pi platform uses a customized Debian image as its primary target OS image. Additionally, there are several options for cross-compiling a full Linux system; Yocto, OpenWRT, and Buildroot are the three most common. These systems are generally hosted on a standard desktop Linux distribution and will cross-build a Linux system for your chosen target device. Changes that are needed will first be built into a target image on the Linux desktop and deployed to the target installation media from there.In our discussions below, we will describe the Yocto Project in more detail and explain why we believe it is a good choice for embedded Linux designs intended for the IoT.Embedded Considerations Development for embedded Linux blurs the line between embedded and desktop development and can provide the best of both models. Many embedded Linux systems host functionality such as an SSH server, a GUI, and on-target tools, thereby allowing for a development workflow similar to traditional desktop development. Code written in scripting languages can be directly modified in the deployed system and changes tested without a costly build/deploy cycle. For compiled code, the compute capability of many such systems is limited and on-target builds can be painfully slow. Using a cross-compilation environment for such tasks is appreciably faster and feels more like traditional embedded development providing the developer with all the tools and functionality available on the development host OS. The utility of having a full-blown Linux system on the target, with all the ready-made software as well as the large number of software developers familiar with the platform, outweigh cost concerns that might otherwise force the selection of a lower-priced hardware platform.Setting up a cross-compilation environment is notoriously tricky. Getting the right combination of toolchain components and libraries can be an exercise in frustration. Matching the kernel headers with both your desktop distribution kernel and your embedded kernel can be a challenge. There are a variety of options for obtaining a pre-built cross-toolchain; if you are fortunate, there may be one available through the package manager on your desktop development system. If the packages from your distribution provider do not work for you, using a build system such as crosstool-NG may be necessary.Developer connectivity to embedded target boards is generally through serial ports and Ethernet. Fortunately, embedded Linux has broad support for these devices and generally poses no obstacles for your design team. Driver support in Windows and MacOS host systems can be problematic as these device drivers may not be included in the default OS and may require the installation of third-party drivers.JTAG support is somewhat scattered in embedded Linux and is mostly useful for low-level kernel debug. Additionally, it is highly dependent on vendor support from the semiconductor manufacturer as well as the JTAG equipment maker. Debugging application and user-space code is generally better accomplished with widely available and ported tools such as GDB.Projects in the embedded and IoT spaces use a wide variety of chip architectures and boards. The Linux kernel has been ported to the vast majority of commercially available parts and will, in all likelihood, already support your chosen chipset. Most of the semiconductor vendors develop kernel code and drivers directly for support of their products, making it easy to adopt Linux for your design. Not all vendor contributions are available in the stock kernels from kernel.org however, so you may need to do some research and integration work to gather all the software components necessary for your chosen platform.Yocto Project Description The Yocto Project defines itself as “an open source collaboration project that provides templates, tools, and methods to help you create custom Linux-based systems for embedded products regardless of the hardware architecture.” It’s roughly analogous to the concept of desktop Linux distributions; however, that is a bit of an over-simplification. Yocto is more properly referred to as a meta-distribution. It is a collection of recipes, configuration values, and dependencies that are used to create a custom Linux runtime image tailored to your specific needs.The Yocto Project focuses on mechanisms and leaves you, the developer, free to impose policy based on your design. Where desktop distributions will select options such as packaging format and init systems, Yocto provides configuration points to allow you to select these based on your needs. By default, users can select deb , rpm , ipk , or tar package formats; or easily add a new one by adding a custom bbclass file. Similarly, selecting either the sysvinit or system init systems is a simple configuration change in your local build files.A Yocto build starts by building many of the native utilities needed by the build system itself. This is performed to minimize the dependencies on the host OS and to ensure a known set of package versions. Most configurations then proceed to build a tested and known good cross-compilation environment before moving on to building the binaries for the target platform. Due to the large number of packages built for a Yocto configuration, this can consume significant resources and time on the host system.The package definitions include various phases (e.g., fetch, compile, install, package) and must specify any runtime or build-time dependencies. The build is controlled by an executive called bitbake , which is responsible for processing the dependencies and scheduling the tasks. The tasks are executed in parallel as much as will be allowed by the host system resources and the interdependencies between the tasks. Additionally, the intermediate outputs of each of the build stages are maintained using a shared state mechanism to allow for reuse across similar builds, and this can result in a significant speed improvement.Yocto advantages: Features Yocto’s focus on mechanism over policy allows wide latitude for system developers. This approach ensures that you are free to set the policy based on the needs of your design rather than having to adapt to decisions enforced by the system software provider. Yocto provides sensible defaults to allow developers to get started quickly but the mechanisms to change these policies are well documented and simple to adopt.The Yocto layer infrastructure is an integral part of the Yocto model. Layers group related functionality into separate bundles, which can be added to your build setup only as required. This greatly reduces the complexity of each individual layer and allows them to be developed at their own pace. Layers are included in your build with a priority ordering, allowing higher priority layers to override and modify settings from the base layers.Platform layers generally support adding boards to Yocto; they will generally contain custom kernel and bootloader components as well as any board-specific runtime packages and configurations. The following list shows platform layers provided by many of the semiconductor industry heavyweights. These layers provide support for a wide range of commercially available chips and boards and should be used as a starting point for any design containing any of these parts.https://layers.openembedded.org/layerindex/branch/master/layer/meta-qcom/https://layers.openembedded.org/layerindex/branch/master/layer/meta-ti/https://layers.openembedded.org/layerindex/branch/master/layer/meta-freescale/https://layers.openembedded.org/layerindex/branch/master/layer/meta-amd/Feature layers add functionality that is not generally valuable to all Yocto users, but that is deemed too complicated to include in the base layers. The following list shows some of the feature layers available today.https://layers.openembedded.org/layerindex/branch/master/layer/meta-mender-core/https://layers.openembedded.org/layerindex/branch/master/layer/meta-qt5/https://layers.openembedded.org/layerindex/branch/master/layer/meta-nodejs/https://layers.openembedded.org/layerindex/branch/master/layer/meta-snappy/In a traditional desktop Linux distribution model, you generally install from a CD or USB key and then perform additional package installations and configurations in the running target system. The Yocto workflow is different; it consists of running a full build on your development machine, the output of which is an image containing the entire target system. With a bit of care, you can eliminate most, if not all, of the configuration steps needed in the running target allowing for a more predictable software load and reducing the number of dimensions in your test matrix. Yocto can even configure your runtime software to use a read-only root filesystem, thereby resulting in systems that always start from a known-good state; of course, this requires efforts on your part to ensure that state is saved properly to a persistent data store.Additionally, the Yocto project follows a strict release schedule. This predictability is crucial for projects that are based on Yocto and allows the development teams to plan their activities. Developers can choose which Yocto branch on which to base their activities as a function of their needs. The development branch will ensure access to the latest features while the stable branches will reduce the pace of changes while still allowing for updates to address CVE (common vulnerabilities and exposures) issues and other potential security concerns.Yocto Advantages: Industry and community support The Yocto Project website has the following to say about the ecosystem surrounding Yocto:Nothing is as important to an open source project as the ecosystem of individuals and organizations around it.”This is easily one of the primary advantages of Yocto. The value of community cannot be stressed highly enough; support forums and expertise are readily available, as is an active development community pushing Yocto forward. As an open source project, you can modify it yourself to suit your needs or find someone to do it for you; and there is no concern of a software vendor changing strategies and leaving you to start over.Yocto is also widely adopted in the industry. In addition to semiconductor vendors, there are a number of vendors providing commercially supported Yocto software and services. The Yocto project participants page shows the variety of industry players that are using Yocto. Additionally, industry initiatives such as the GENIVI Alliance and Automotive Grade Linux help to push Yocto adoption into the automotive industry.Yocto Advantages: Tools and SDK As discussed above, getting a properly supported cross toolchain can require a large effort. The Yocto project includes recipes to build a fully functional toolchain as part of your project build. This toolchain, which has been tested by the Yocto community across a wide variety of architectures and platforms, will suffice — in most cases — to support your project. If needed, this toolchain can be easily customized using standard Yocto recipe mechanisms. Additionally, if your target chip supports features that are not enabled in the default toolchain (e.g., custom instructions or optimizations), specifying platform-specific tuning parameters is a simple addition in your platform layer. Finally, if you have the need to use a prebuilt toolchain provided by a third-party, there are mechanisms built-in to Yocto to allow this. Support for several providers of commercial toolchains is available in the default Yocto source code and can be extended to additional providers with relatively modest efforts.Yocto can also bundle the tools and libraries needed for your platform into an SDK that can be delivered to application developers. This is simpler than requiring such developers to run full Yocto system builds and allows for an optimized application development workflow while ensuring that these developers have the proper versions of all components needed for their work.Yocto Disadvantages There is a fairly steep learning curve with Yocto. The terminology alone can be daunting (e.g., what is the difference between Yocto, Poky, and OpenEmbedded?). The number of options for configuring your target can make it difficult to assess the best choices. Getting a basic system up and running can be achieved quickly by following any of the tutorials available with a simple web search. However, understanding what changes need to be made for your particular design may require a nontrivial amount of research and investigation. To be sure, there are valid reasons for the complexity and we feel that the advantages discussed above make it worth the effort. Once you have completed the initial ramp-up, further design efforts will proceed much more quickly.For developers who are used to traditional desktop and server software development, the Yocto workflow can be confusing. In a desktop development environment, the host OS provider generally provides a mechanism to install new packages. In Ubuntu for instance, new packages are easily installed using the apt-get command. The packages are available in pre-compiled binaries from servers accessible through an Internet connection. In Yocto, you will need to modify your configuration and rebuild to add additional packages; there are no Internet-hosted package libraries generally available to pull from.Working in a cross-build environment can feel unfamiliar and requires developers to understand both the host and target systems. Being able to develop code, compile (or simply run in a scripting environment), and quickly test in your target system can be faster than running a bitbake build and deploying a new image to your target. To be clear, Yocto does support development tools on the target to support this kind of workflow; however, once the required code has been developed and debugged, there is an additional step needed to integrate those changes back into the Yocto build environment. An intermediate approach is to make the changes in the Yocto environment, but to then deploy only the updated packages. The Yocto build system outputs packages in a standard format (rpm , deb , ipk , or tar ) that can be installed into a running system using utilities on the target such as rpm or ipk . These approaches work fine to optimize development cycle times early in the lifecycle; however, as you get closer to product release, you generally want to minimize or eliminate the differences between your test images and your production images — manually installing packages or modifying code on a running system effectively creates a custom image.Finally, the build times for a full Yocto build can be significant. This is, in general, unavoidable due to the large number of packages that need to be built for a fully functioning Linux system; however, this can be greatly mitigated by the Yocto shared state mechanism.IoT Specific Needs The Yocto Project is an excellent choice for IoT projects. All the advantages discussed above are valid for designs in the IoT space. Sean Hudson states:We recommend the Yocto Project, which is the basis for our own Mentor Embedded Linux (MEL), to customers because of its flexibility, wide industry support, large community, and support for long term maintenance. For the Internet of Things (IoT), the need to support diverse architectures, multiple device configurations, and target software combinations make it a great fit for creating a Linux basis for IoT devices.Sean HudsonMember of Technical Staff and Embedded Linux ArchitectMentor, A Siemens BusinessYocto Project Advisory Board Founding MemberCurrent OpenEmbedded Board MemberWikipedia defines the IoT as:The inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices”), buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data.There are, broadly speaking, two types of IoT devices: small systems hosting sensors or actuators, and large systems such as IoT gateways, Network Attached Storage (NAS) boxes, home automation routers, etc. Linux is likely overkill for the small systems as many of them run an 8- or 16- bit microcontrollers that cannot easily support Linux. For the larger devices, Linux in general, and Yocto in particular, is an excellent option. More and more, these types of devices are prototyped (and sometimes implemented) with easily available consumer hardware devices such as the Raspberry Pi or the BeagleBone. The Yocto Project has excellent support for these (and many other similar) boards, and is an excellent way to get started quickly on your IoT project.Many connected devices are deployed and managed as a large fleet of devices. In these cases, the predictability of software contents described above is a major advantage. Manually updating devices is resource-intensive and prone to error, and having a definitive list of devices and their software contents is a first step in being able to secure the fleet. If deployed devices can make significant modifications to their software, it can be difficult to know, with any certainty, which updates are required.IoT systems tend to use software, libraries, and protocols that are not necessarily in wide use in desktop Linux distributions. Many of the common packages such as MQTT and AMQP are readily added to your Yocto build using standard Yocto layers:MQTT: http://cgit.openembedded.org/meta-openembedded/tree/meta-python/recipes-devtools/python/python-paho-mqtt_1.2.bbAMQP: http://cgit.openembedded.org/meta-openembedded/tree/meta-oe/recipes-connectivity/rabbitmq-c/rabbitmq-c_0.7.0.bbAdditionally, industry initiatives such as IoTivity are directly supported by Yocto using a feature layer:https://layers.openembedded.org/layerindex/branch/master/layer/meta-oic/Conclusion Developers have a variety of good options for Linux distributions and build systems. The Yocto Project is a solid option for most embedded projects and serves as an excellent starting point. The benefits of the Yocto build system as outlined in this article are among the reasons it is so widely used in the embedded software industry. Product development in the IoT space is proceeding at a blistering pace and many of those devices have feature sets that benefit from a Linux implementation. Yocto’s wide variety of features, expandability and fine-grained control over the contents of the target image make it ideally suited for projects in these spaces and is certainly worth some investigation as you start your design.Drew Moseley is currently part of the Mender.io open source project to deploy OTA software updates to embedded Linux devices. He was raised in Tampa, Florida, and attended the University of Florida. Drew has spent his career in embedded software and developer tools with stints at Intel, Motorola, Red Hat, Monta Vista, Mentor Graphics, and — most recently — at Mender.io. He has spent the last 10 years working on embedded Linux, with the last 6 years focused on Yocto. Drew is a retired fencer, fencing coach, and referee. In his spare time, he enjoys working on electronics projects, minimizing his life, and spending time in the Florida sun. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA last_img read more

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Six-Shooter: Ever-Entertaining Ramon Richards Talks Thrills, Chills

first_imgWelcome to the Six-Shooter, a weekly segment with an Oklahoma State athlete where we ask six random, non-sports-related questions to get to know these athletes a bit better.We didn’t have a ton of time on Monday, but we did find senior safety Ramon Richards who is probably the biggest entertainer on the Oklahoma State football team. He was a great candidate to go through the Six-Shooter and gave us some great responses.Here is what he said.What was your first car?The Warrior. Ask anybody on the football team. It’s a Saturn, maroon, 2003. And it is The Warrior. That’s what it is.Biggest fear?Honestly, I don’t even know. Oh, drowning to death.Badge or brand?OSU. The brand.Who are some of your best friends on the team?Oooh. Malik Kearse, Bryce Brown, Landon Wolf. Those are my three right there. Those are my top three.What is the time you felt most alive?When I got my first interception at Texas Tech, my freshman year.Best thing that could possibly happen to you outside of football?Hit the lotto! Hit the lotto! Yes, sir!Previous Six-Shooters:Zach Crabtree If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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ORegan Qualtrough embrace tough new cabinet files procurement and veterans

first_imgOTTAWA – A pair of relative political rookies — Seamus O’Regan and Carla Qualtrough — have been tapped to guide two of the federal Liberal government’s most complex and politically sensitive portfolios: military procurement and veterans affairs.The appointments — Public Services and Procurement for Qualtrough, Veterans Affairs for O’Regan — are big jumps for the pair, who will be wrestling with some difficult challenges even before the ink on their swearing-in papers has dried.O’Regan’s appointment was the more high-profile move, given his background as a national TV host before being elected to federal office in 2015.The rookie backbencher from St. John’s takes over from Calgary MP Kent Hehr, who was demoted to minister for sport and persons with disabilities after a rough tenure in the veterans’ portfolio.The Liberals were elected two years ago on a promise to address many of the complaints veterans had raised about their treatment under the Harper Conservatives.Hehr fulfilled some of those commitments, including the re-opening of nine Veterans Affairs Canada offices closed by the Tories.But he stoked anger and frustration by repeatedly obfuscating on the Liberals’ biggest promise: bringing back lifelong disability pensions, which were replaced by lump-sum payments and a new system of benefits for injured ex-soldiers in 2006.Veterans reacted with mixed emotions to O’Regan’s appointment.Some hoped the former Canada AM host’s personal friendship with Trudeau would translate into real action for veterans, but others feared that the relationship was the main reason he got the job in the first place.During a news conference Monday, Trudeau defended his decision to promote O’Regan, who vacationed with the prime minister and his family on the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas this past Christmas.“He is a friend, that’s true,” Trudeau said in French.“But he’s also someone who has been there to deliver for Newfoundland and Labrador, who’s shown his skills and abilities. He’s certainly going to be an exceptional minister.”The prime minister also stood by O’Regan, whose brother is a senior naval officer, when asked about the new veterans affairs minister’s past struggles with alcohol and mental illness.O’Regan spent Christmas 2015 at a “wellness centre” where he received treatment for alcoholism, a subject he openly discussed Monday when he greeted reporters for the first time as the minister for veterans affairs.“In my case, anyway, there is nothing better than purposeful work,” he said. “This is sweet, and I feel great … the stresses and strains of purposeful work is something that I find completely invigorating, and it keeps me very healthy.”The big question for veterans is whether the Liberals will make good on the promise to bring back the lifelong disability.“It’s irrelevant who the minister is if they don’t have the pension,” said Aaron Bedard, one of six disabled Afghan veterans suing the government in B.C. Superior Court for a return to the pensions.The stakes are high for the government, as well, given the emotional nature of the veterans’ file, which many believe helped scuttle the Conservatives’ re-election efforts two years ago.Qualtrough’s task at Public Services and Procurement Canada isn’t any easier, despite her experience in cabinet as Canada’s most recent minister for sport and people with disabilities.The former Paralympian and ex-sports and disabilities minister takes over from Judy Foote, the longtime Liberal MP who resigned from cabinet last week for family health reasons, at a time when the department is facing big challenges.One is the ongoing effort to fix the federal government’s troubled Phoenix pay system, which has affected thousands of public servants and cost millions of dollars to fix — with no end in sight.Yet Qualtrough is also being thrown into the deep end when it comes to several multibillion-dollar military procurement projects, with decisions looming on naval warships and interim fighter jets.The fighter-jet file in particular is a potential landmine, as everyone waits to see whether the Liberals scrap their plans to buy 18 interim Super Hornets from U.S. aerospace giant Boeing.That decision is expected to come down to whether the U.S. Commerce Department decides this month to penalize Canadian firm Bombardier, which Boeing has accused of unfair trade practices.Qualtrough would not say Monday whether Canada still needs interim fighter jets to strengthen the air force’s aging CF-18 fleet until a full replacement can be purchased.“I can tell you that having been in this job for an hour that it would be premature to come out and answer that question directly,” she said.“But I can assure you as I get briefed up that the fighter jet file will be top on my plates and on my desk and I will be able to provide a more informed decision as soon as I’m briefed up.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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Global support for a Moroccan and 29 Greenpeace activists detained in…

first_imgBordeaux- Protestors from all over the world gathered in major cities to demand the release of the activists that were sent to prison two months ago in Russia, French daily Le Monde reported on Saturday. Among them is Faiza Oulahsen, a Dutch woman of Moroccan origins who has been charged with “piracy of an organized group” over protest on an Arctic oil rig owned by state-controlled firm Gazprom.In the UK, several dozens of protesters demonstrated in front of Shell gas stations, a company Greenpeace accuses of drillin in the Arctic in cooperation with Gazprom. “Many of today’s events will focus on the role played by energy giant Gazprom and its commercial partner in the Arctic, Shell. Gazprom has asked the Russian authorities to intervene in the action that led to the arrest of the 30 activists” said Greenpeace in a statement.In Argentina, several events were held in major cities including concerts and photo exhibitions. Activists have symbolically locked themselves in a cage in front of the India Gate in Delhi. The same operation was led on Friday in Paris with Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard as well as French political and cultural personalities. The same day, 200 people signed a petition in Geneva, Switzerland, which will be sent to the Russian ambassador. Earlier this week, superstars Madonna and Paul McCartney expressed their support to the activists.Thirty members of the Arctic Sunrise team were arrested on September 19th by the Russian authorities as they tried to climb an oil platform in the Barents Sea to denounce environmental risks. Among them is Faiza Oulahsen, a 26 year-old Dutch woman of Moroccan origins.All of them face charges of “piracy” and “hooliganism”, and could be sentenced to up to 15 years in jail.last_img read more

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France Urges Its Citizens Travelling To Morocco To Be Vigilant

By Yassine MakhouRabat –French demands for increased security become more serious now that Moroccan authorities have announced increased exposure to terrorist threats. Morocco is increasingly vulnerable seeing as the number of Moroccans fighting under the umbrella of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has swelled. In an official advising statement made by the Foreign Ministry, French authorities urged French nationals travelling to Morocco to be vigilant and wary of terrorist activity that may put their lives on line.The French authorities’ warning to its nationals primarily included directives such as, “staying away from gathering places, marches and rallies” as well as “informing local authorities of suspicious movements or behavior.”The French’s growing fears stem from Morocco’s  response to terrorist threats which has resulted in an upward shift in France’s state of alert.Edited by Sahar Kian read more

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Over $4 Billion Smuggled Out of Morocco Every Year: Report

Rabat – Morocco ranked 34th out of 149 countries in the global level in a list of countries with the largest average of illicit financial flows, according to the think tank Global Financial Integrity (GFI).Produced by the U.S.-based think tank, the report issued on Monday ranks Morocco in 34th place with a whopping $4.1 billion smuggled out of the country per year between 2004 and 2013.The report noted that at least $41 billion went out of Morocco during the decade-long period. The largest amount of money smuggled out of Morocco in a single year was in both 2005 and 2008, when $5.5 million left the country, according to the reportIn the MENA region, several countries are higher on the list than Morocco, including Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Qatar.Topping the list of countries with illicit flows from 2003 to 2014 is China, with an average of $139 billion smuggled annually in that period.It is followed by Russia ($104 billion per year) and Mexico ($52.8 billion per year).The report noted that illicit financial flows first surpassed $1 trillion in 2011 and grew to $1.1 trillion in 2013, marking a dramatic increase from 2004 ($465.3 billion).“This study clearly demonstrates that illicit financial flows are the most damaging economic problem faced by the world’s developing and emerging economies,” said GFI President Raymond Baker, a longtime authority on financial crime.Edited by Timothy Filla read more

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Welcoming Talibans collapse Security Council decides to adjust sanctions

Following a closed-door meeting on Afghanistan, the current Council President, Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius, said the members “welcomed the positive changes in Afghanistan as a result of the collapse of the Taliban regime.””They reiterated their support to the Interim Authority of Afghanistan in its efforts to return the country to peace, stability and normalcy and move forward the political process in accordance with the Bonn Agreement,” he said, referring to the accord reached among Afghan factions meeting last month in Germany.At the same time, the Council President said the members had reviewed a report of Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the humanitarian implications of the sanctions imposed against the Taliban by Security Council resolutions 1267, adopted in 1999, and 1333, passed the following year. They were also briefed by the Chairman of the committee monitoring those sanctions, Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia.Members noted that “in view of the latest political developments, some measures imposed by 1267 and 1333 appear to have lost focus and shall have to be adjusted to new realities,” said the President. He added that the members had agreed to exclude the Central Bank of Afghanistan from the list of entities subject to a freeze of all Taliban-controlled funds under resolution 1267.Council members also reaffirmed that the UN should continue to play a central role in supporting the Interim Authority of Afghanistan and the Afghan people in their efforts, and expressed in this regard full support for the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi. Expressing concern about the grave humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, Council members called on all donors to continue providing humanitarian help and to assist with the rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction of Afghanistan, and said they looked forward to the reconstruction conference in Tokyo later this month. In addition, the statement urged all Afghans “to support full and unimpeded access by humanitarian organizations to people in need and to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian workers.” Meanwhile in Kabul, Mr. Brahimi continued his contacts with various officials, including United States Senator Joseph Biden, with whom he discussed the presence of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, as well as the country’s foreign aid needs.”In this respect there was a reference to how quick nations were to pledge funds but how slow they were to deliver cash,” Mr. Brahimi’s spokesman, Ahmad Fawzi, told the press in Kabul. read more

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Opinion Draft Day doesnt portray passion misery of Cleveland Browns

Denis Leary (left), Frank Langella (center) and Kevin Costner (right) pose in front of the Cleveland Browns logo. The three actors star in ‘Draft Day,’ released April 11.Courtesy of MCTWalking into the movie theater, I had a very clear checklist outlining my hopes for “Draft Day.”“Accurately portray the passion and football misery of the city of Cleveland, make it as realistic as possible and give NFL fans an in-depth look as to what goes on behind closed doors in a real NFL front office,” I thought to myself. “If it does all those things well, this film should be a classic.”After nearly two hours in the theater, my checklist was of little to no use, my thoughts were jumbled and I couldn’t wrap my mind around my opinion of this film.Part of me thought it was horrible, part of me thought it was brilliant and part of me thought it was a muddled combination of both.I struggled with my thoughts for upwards of 12 hours — coincidentally, the period of time over which the movie takes place — before I was finally able to sit down and assemble some coherent thoughts.Let’s start from the vantage point of a Cleveland Browns fan.“Draft Day” is centered around the Browns organization and fictional General Manager, Sonny Weaver Jr., portrayed by Kevin Costner, and his attempt to revitalize the organization through the 2014 NFL Draft.Some Browns fans were expecting “Draft Day” to be a football version of the classic “Major League.”If that was the expectation, “Draft Day” failed, as the two films could not be any more different.“Major League” had a focus on the city of Cleveland, while all the while it was filmed in Milwaukee and had almost no resemblance to the actual happenings of the Indians organization. The storyline focuses on the team turning things in the right direction, but had plenty of others throughout.“Draft Day,” on the other hand, was focused on a singular event and just happened to be centered in the city of Cleveland. In other words, while the history of the Cleveland Browns was explained throughout the movie, “Draft Day” could have been set in essentially any other struggling NFL city and would have been fine.For Browns fans, the movie will certainly be remembered as a good one, but not a great one, because it wasn’t “Cleveland” enough to produce any sort of real pride from Browns fans.Sure, director Ivan Reitman took us behind the scenes into the Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. Yes, one of the main characters was a collegiate prospect from right here at Ohio State. Yes, there are shots of real live Browns fans celebrating before the 2013 NFL Draft. There just wasn’t enough to turn it into a Cleveland cult-classic.Yes, the film overall is realistic. The fact that real NFL facilities, players and analysts were used make it very easy to imagine the movie in a real world setting rather than a fictional football fantasy land. The contrived, aforementioned relationships and conversations, however, will turn off a true NFL fan for the most part.For the average viewer — one who doesn’t care all that much about the NFL or football in general — the movie is a pretty good one.There are fairly significant storylines outside of the NFL Draft that could appeal to all viewers, but don’t take away from the movie as a whole. A romantic element plays a small-yet-sweet part, there’s plenty of comic relief and there are a couple of emotional moments that will draw in just about every viewer.In an effort to reel in the non-NFL fans, Reitman takes the time to explain the history of the Cleveland Browns, the history of the NFL Draft and the ins-and-outs of an NFL front office and locker room, painting a great contextual picture for the uninformed viewer.Again, Reitman made it very clear in the film this was a movie for all audiences, but whether that will help the film or hurt it remains to be seen.Back to my checklist from the beginning.Did “Draft Day” accurately portray the passion and football misery of the city of Cleveland?This is where my confusion began.Yes, it accurately portrayed Cleveland, but I don’t think it went deep enough. Cleveland’s love for football was portrayed accurately, but not completely.Was “Draft Day” realistic enough and did it give NFL fans an in-depth look as to what goes on behind the scenes of an NFL front office?Yes and no. “Draft Day” was realistic in setting, but it wasn’t realistic in the conversations and situations that were being had. But was it unrealistic enough to keep NFL viewers from enjoying the film? I don’t think so.Finally, could “Draft Day” appeal to the average, non-NFL loving viewer?Yes. That’s where I believe its strength truly lies. There’s a lot of football, but all of that football is explained. Plus, there are enough storylines outside of the NFL Draft to make it compelling for any viewer.For Browns fans, “Draft Day” is enjoyable, but not legendary. It’s great to get an in-depth look into the facility, but it doesn’t go deep enough. Grade: B+ read more

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Womens Basketball Ohio State preparing to take on juggernaut Maryland in Big

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun attempts a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Minnesota in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament on March 3, 2018. Ohio State won 90-88 to advance to the championship. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State women’s basketball team claimed an outright Big Ten regular-season championship and now it has its sights on winning the conference tournament for the first time since 2011.In order to achieve that goal, the Buckeyes would have to knock off Maryland, which has won the past three Big Ten championship games by a combined margin of 29 points. The two teams met in the championship in 2015, and the Terrapins won 77-74.On Jan. 22 in College Park, Maryland, Ohio State fell 99-69 to Maryland in its largest loss of the season despite all five starters scoring in double-figures. The top-seeded Buckeyes will have their shot at revenge in the Big Ten championship when they take on the second-seeded Terrapins at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at 7 p.m. Sunday.Projected StartersOhio State:G — Kelsey Mitchell — Senior, 5-foot-8, 24.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apgG — Linnae Harper — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-8, 14.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.5 apgG — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt junior, 6-foot, 11.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Alexa Hart — Senior, 6-foot-3, 5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Stephanie Mavunga — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-3, 16.5 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 0.7 apgMaryland: G — Channise Lewis — Freshman, 5-foot-8, 5.4 ppg, 2 rpg, 4.8 apgG — Kristen Confroy — Senior, 5-foot-9, 9.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apgG/F — Eleanna Christinaki — Junior, 6-foot, 12.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apgG — Kaila Charles — Sophomore, 6-foot-1, 18.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.2 apgF — Stephanie Jones — Sophomore, 6-foot-2, 11.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.9 apgScouting MarylandIn the first meeting between Ohio State and Maryland this season, the Terrapins had their way. They shot 54.9 percent from the field and hit 11-of-18 3-pointers to bury the Buckeyes, who fell behind by double-digits less than five minutes into the game and never recovered.In that game, junior guard/forward Eleanna Christinaki and guard Kalia Charles powered the Terrapins just as they have in most games. Christinaki dropped 26 points, went 6-for-11 from deep and grabbed eight rebounds while Charles had a game-high 32 points, making 12-of-16 shots from the field and 7-of-8 free throws.The combination of defense, rebounding and a diverse scoring attack gave the Buckeyes major problems and figures to be a substantial challenge again.The Terrapins hold opponents to 38.8 percent shooting from the field and hit 39 percent of their 3-pointers. They start senior guard Kristen Confroy, who averages the fourth-most points of the projected starters, but shoots a Big-Ten best of 44.2 percent from beyond the arc.Though Maryland does not have any interior player as dominant as Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga — who picked up the first 20-point, 20-rebound game in Big Ten tournament history on Saturday — it maintains the second-best rebounding margin in the conference of plus-eight rebounds. The Terrapins showed that edge with a 47-32 rebounding advantage in the season’s first matchup against the Buckeyes.Maryland (plus-17.1) and Ohio State (plus-14.1)  have the top scoring margins in the Big Ten, having blown out many teams this season. But they ended the season with different trajectories.On Jan. 26, Maryland sat in first in the conference by two games after Ohio State lost three-straight games, including the 30-point defeat by the Terrapins. But the Buckeyes won eight of their final nine regular-season games and won the first two games of the conference tournament as well. Maryland, however, lost three of its final four regular-season games to Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan to slip into second place and give Ohio State an opportunity to pounce on the regular-season title. It lost the three games by a combined margin of 35 points.Regardless of how the Terrapins finished, they pose more challenges to the Buckeyes than any other team in the Big Ten. If Ohio State can control the pace, keep Maryland off the offensive glass and keep Charles and Christinaki from getting hot, it has a chance to claim the championship. But that is a tall task for a team sans a starter that fell to the Terrapins by 30 points less than two months ago.Still not tired?The day before the Buckeyes opened the Big Ten tournament with a win against Rutgers, senior guard Asia Doss learned she would not play due to a sprained right ankle suffered in the regular-season finale. The loss of her squeezed Ohio State’s already-lacking depth even more.In the quarterfinals, the Buckeyes took an early lead — and some key players got into foul trouble — which allowed them to give ample rest, playing seven core players between 18 and 33 minutes. But the next day against Minnesota, guards Kelsey Mitchell, Sierra Calhoun and Linnae Harper and forward Stephanie Mavunga played at least 34 minutes. Mitchell did not sit out a single minute.With less than 24 hours between the end of that contest and the tip-off of the Buckeyes’ game against Maryland, fatigue would seem to be a struggle. But Mitchell and Mavunga don’t see that as an option.“Well, if we want to win, and I think everybody wants to do that, we’re going to be okay,” Mitchell said. “We don’t have a choice.”Mavunga quickly chimed in: “Coach McGuff said we’ll rest on Monday.”Mitchell went so far as to say she enjoys the feeling of playing multiple games in subsequent days, which reminds her of AAU games with higher stakes.“It feels good, like it feels good to be able to play games back to back and you don’t know who is going to win,” she said. read more

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23 new Buckeyes sign on to 2011 football team

Cardale Jones, quarterback, Glenville High School (Cleveland) Coming from the storied Cleveland Glenville program that has produced former Ohio State stars such as Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr., Jones is a late addition to OSU’s future, not committing to the Buckeyes until Signing Day. Don’t look for Jones of the field next season though, as he will enroll in prep school before coming to Columbus next January, pushing his first year of eligibility back to the 2012 season. Bryce Haynes, long snapper, Pinecrest Academy (Cumming, Ga.) In past recruiting classes, coach Jim Tressel has traveled south to pick up skilled players such as receiver Santonio Holmes and defensive end Cameron Heyward. This year, he offered a scholarship to a player possessing a different type of skill. With the emphasis that Tressel often puts on special teams, perhaps its fitting that this year’s class possesses one of the most unheralded members of a special teams unit: the long snapper. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Haynes also received offers from Notre Dame, North Carolina, Utah State and Arkansas. Conner Crowell, linebacker, North Point High School (Waldorf, Md.) Crowell is the No. 24-ranked middle linebacker in the class of 2011, according to Scout.com. At 6-foot-1, 219 pounds, Crowell also received offers from Connecticut, Penn State, Maryland, West Virginia, Kansas State, Stanford and several other schools before choosing the Buckeyes. Ron Tanner, safety, Eastmoor Academy High School (Columbus) Scout.com’s No. 11 safety in the class of 2011 decided to stay close to home in Columbus, choosing the Buckeyes over schools such as Michigan and Stanford. Tanner is a hard-hitting safety that also played quarterback in high school at Eastmoor Academy. Heading into his senior year of high school, he maintained a 3.8 GPA. Nick Vannett, tight end, Westerville-Central High School (Westerville, Ohio) A 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight end, Vannett is ranked as the No. 14 tight end in his class, according to Scout.com. In 2010, Vannett was first team all-conference, as well as a first team all-district selection as a tight end at Westerville-Central in Westerville, Ohio. Devin Smith, wide receiver, Washington High School (Massillon, Ohio) The No. 29 ranked receiver in his class, Smith chose the Buckeyes over Big Ten schools Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin. At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Smith makes up for his lack of size with the elusive speed that makes him a dangerous downfield threat. Joel Hale, defensive tackle, Central Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) One of three defensive tackles in this year’s class for the Buckeyes, Hale chose OSU over Big Ten schools Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. In his senior season at Central Grove High School in Greenwood, Ind., Hale recorded 43 tackles, including 7.5 for a loss, two of which were sacks. He also forced nine fumbles and recorded an interception. Michael Bennett, defensive tackle, Centerville High School (Centerville, Ohio) A four-star recruit from the same high school that produced OSU stars A.J. Hawk and Mike Nugent, Bennett is the No. 8 defensive tackle in his class. A two-way lineman in high school, Bennett chose OSU over schools Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame and Stanford. Steve Miller, defensive end, McKinley Senior High School (Canton, Ohio) A five-star recruit according to Scout.com, Miller is the No. 9 overall player at his position in the class of 2011. Miller could see the field immediately for the Buckeyes, helping to fill the void left by the graduating Cameron Heyward and the suspended Solomon Thomas. Brian Bobek, center, William Fremd High School (Palatine, Ill.) The No. 1 center in the nation according to Scout.com, Bobek will look to follow LeCharles Bentley, Nick Mangold, and Michael Brewster as the next All-American center at OSU. A native of Palatine, Ill., Bobek chose the Buckeyes over Michigan State, Ball State and Purdue. Curtis Grant, linebacker, Hermitage High School (Richmond, Va.) Grant left the OSU coaches sweating, as he waited until Signing Day to announce his intentions of joining the Buckeyes, but the nation’s top-rated linebacker might prove to be well worth the wait. The leading tackler for the East in the U.S. Army All-American Game, Grant will look to be the next great linebacker at a school that has produced Chris Spielman, Hawk and James Laurinaitis. Ejuan Price, linebacker, Woodland Hills High School (Pittsburgh, Pa.) One of four linebackers in OSU’s class of 2011, Price joins the Buckeyes as the No. 14 middle linebacker prospect in his class. The hard-hitting linebacker from Pittsburgh chose the Buckeyes over Big Ten competitors Michigan State and Iowa, and also Big East schools Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia. Doran Grant, cornerback, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Akron, Ohio) Unlike LeBron James, who also attended St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio, Grant chose to stay in Ohio for the next step in his career, choosing the Buckeyes over offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Southern California. As the No. 5 ranked cornerback in his class, Grant makes up for his 5-foot-10, 177 pound frame with speed that allowed him to play defensive back, wide receiver and kick returner in high school. Ryan Shazier, linebacker, Plantation High School (Plantation, Fla.) Ranked as the No. 5 outside linebacker in his class, Shazier will attempt to make a transition to a new position in college, as he played defensive end for the majority of his high school career. Having chosen OSU over national powers Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma and Southern California, Shazier should fit in nicely with an OSU defense that uses versatile players to present multiple schemes. Evan Spencer, wide receiver, Vernon Hills High School (Vernon Hills, Ill.) With the loss of Dane Sanzenbacher to graduation, the Buckeyes will be looking to replace a player who made a knack for making tough catches across the middle of the field. Spencer might be that man. Spencer’s reputation of being a tough player who’s not afraid to take a hit — or make a hit blocking downfield — earned Spencer a four-star ranking from Scout.com as the No. 19 receiver in his class. Spencer is the son of former OSU running back and running backs coach Tim Spencer. Braxton Miller, quarterback, Wayne High School (Huber Heights, Ohio) The headliner of this year’s class, Miller made a reputation for himself as a dual-threat quarterback in high school, earning the No. 2 quarterback ranking by multiple recruiting services. With OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, Miller will compete this spring with Joe Bauserman, Ken Guiton and Taylor Graham to be the Buckeyes’ starter in Pryor’s absence. Jeff Heuerman, tight end, Barron Collier High School (Naples, Fla) A three-star recruit and the second tight end prospect in OSU’s class, Heuerman chose the Buckeyes over offers from a number of schools, including Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, Heuerman has made a name for himself as a blocking tight end who can also be used as a red zone target. Jeremy Cash, safety, Plantation High School (Plantation, Fla.) An early-enrollee at OSU, Cash is joining the Buckeyes following a senior season in which he missed five games with a knee injury. As a high school junior, Cash recorded 96tackles, 23 of which were for a loss, seven sacks and forced five fumbles. He also reported a high school GPA of 4.0. Tommy Brown, offensive tackle, Firestone High School (Akron, Ohio) An All-Ohio selection as a two-way lineman at Firestone High School, Brown plans to enroll during Spring Quarter at OSU as a three-star recruit. At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, Brown has been praised for his strength and run-blocking abilities. DerJuan Gambrell, cornerback, Rogers High School (Toledo, Ohio) A four-star recruit according to Scout.com, Gambrell chose the Buckeyes’ offer over his hometown Toledo Rockets. Gambrell missed four games of his senior season with an injury, but still managed to be named first-team all-city and all-district playing defensive back and wide receiver. Chase Farris, defensive end, Elyria High School (Elyria, Ohio) A four-star recruit, Farris joins OSU as the No. 10 ranked defensive tackle prospect in the nation. Farris earned all-Ohio honors on both sides of the ball as a senior, playing defensive and offensive line for Elyria High School. He was named the district’s defensive lineman of the year. Antonio Underwood, offensive guard, Shaker Heights High School (Shaker Heights, Ohio) Ranked as a three-star recruit, Underwood joins the Buckeyes as the No. 22-ranked offensive guard prospect in his class. Praised for his power and aggressiveness, Underwood was named the Lake Erie league conference’s offensive lineman of the year in 2010. Ken Hayes, defensive end, Whitmer High School (Toledo, Ohio) The No. 14-ranked defensive end prospect in his class, Whitmer earned a four-star rating from Scout.com, based on his combination of size and strength. Hayes was named his district’s defensive player of the year after posting 47 tackles, 11 of which were for a loss, and seven sacks, as he led his team to a 12-2 record. read more

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Lord Lucans widow I suffered years of beatings and mental abuse at

first_imgLucan Lucan Sandra Rivett, who was allegedly murdered by Lord LucanCredit: Tophams Lucan The wife of the late Lord Lucan has given her fullest account yet of the physical and psychological abuse she endured at his hands prior his disappearance.Veronica, the Dowager Countess of Lucan, said she was beaten and belittled for years before her husband attacked her in their former home, after he had already brutally murdered the family nanny, Sandra Rivett.She explained that to understand their relationship at the time of attack in Belgravia it was necessary to go back two years. The book also covers her failed attempts at a reconciliation with her increasingly dissolute husband, including one lunch during which he said sadly “I did love you once”. Lady LucanCredit:Georgie Gillard./ANL/REX/Shutterstock I replied: ‘If you loved me once, then you still do’ — but he said nothing. Lucan Lady Lucan, pictured ahead of the June 5th broadcast of an ITV documentary, Lord Lucan: My Husband. The Truth, about her gambler husbandCredit:Tony Ward/ITV “Turning to my husband to remark on this, I noticed he seemed to be grinning peculiarly. “At that moment, I thought: ‘Oh my God, he is mad’.It wasn’t the first time I’d had the feeling my husband wasn’t quite all there — but it was the first time I questioned his sanity.“Before I could ask him about the peculiar stick in my wardrobe, he said: ‘I’m going to beat those mad ideas out of your head.’“He then instructed me to take off my clothes and lean over the back of a chair, with my hands on the seat, while he gave me ten of the best.center_img Lord Lucan marriage to Veronica Duncan November 1963 at Holy Trinity BromptonCredit:Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy She recalled: “One day, shortly after my 34th birthday, I opened my wardrobe and found a stick there with its end wrapped in plaster tape. The 7th Earl of Lucan with his then-fiancee, Veronica Duncan, 1963Credit:Photoshot Lucan “Aghast, I had no choice but to comply. Fortunately, his blows were measured — I know he could have hit me harder.“Then he took me to bed and had intercourse with me. And when we’d finished, he examined the injuries he’d inflicted and kissed me very tenderly.“Why did I allow him to do all this? I can only say that I was very weak at the time. So weak, that over the following weeks, I ended up being beaten two more times. Writing in her memoir A Moment in Time, to be published later this year, Lady Lucan, 78, discusses in detail the events of the fateful night of 7 November 1974, and the circumstances of Lord Lucan’s vanishing, missing, presumed dead, in extracts appearing in The Daily Mail. In doing so she provides a chilling insight into their highly privileged yet disordered lives together, and the character of the man who has fascinated the public for more than three decades.At the time she was emerging from a period of depression which had included taking “super-strong” drugs for her illness, “many of which are now banned”.She told how her relationship with her husband had hit “a new low”, and that she feared “he was plotting to have me locked up in a loony bin”.And yet, she said, the couple continued to have a “normal” sex life – despite episodes of shocking violence, humiliation and control. “And after driving me home, he kissed me gently on the cheek for the last time.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Kinross funds SD post

first_imgKinross Gold has established the Kinross Professorship in Mining and Sustainability in partnership with the Department of Mining Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The proposed new program of teaching and research at Queen’s University will focus on two high-priority needs of the global mining industry.First, it will help to address a serious shortfall in graduate mining engineers caused by unprecedented activity in the global mining industry and demand for skilled people. Second, it will facilitate development of innovative approaches to mining that ensure competitive positioning while maintaining compatibility with the evolving values and expectations of society – particularly those related to the environment and sustainability.”The mining industry needs more engineering graduates with the skills to meet the challenge of responsible mining,” said Tye Burt, President and CEO of Kinross. “That includes the ability to understand the expectations and aspirations of communities where we work, and to find `win-win’ approaches that support business objectives while also making a positive net contribution to the long-term economic and social well-being of the community. We’re confident the teaching and research program of the Kinross Professorship in Mining and Sustainability will attract more top engineering students to the global opportunities of mining. We also believe it will help to build Canada’s position as a leader in mining sustainability.”Queen’s Principal, Dr. Karen Hitchcock, welcomed the contribution. “Our vision is one that emphasizes the need to strengthen our teaching and research capacity in ways that best contribute to society globally, particularly with respect to environmental, economic and social sustainability,” she said. “A partnership such as this one with Kinross is a tremendous help to us in ensuring our success at doing so.”Queen’s Dean of Applied Science, Dr. Kimberly Woodhouse further pointed out, “The evolution of the Canadian mining industry over the last several decades and the global context in which it operates is dramatic. Furthermore, the mining industry is facing a major shortage in skilled personnel. This contribution makes it possible for Queen’s to maintain and enhance its leadership position in responding to that change.”Kinross has committed C$500,000 over the next five years to establish the professorship, which will receive additional funding from the Faculty of Applied Science at Queen’s University. The Professorship is a key step in Queen’s Applied Science’s strategy for addressing the needs and issues of the minerals sector through holistic approaches to undergraduate teaching, graduate study, and research.Dr. R. Anthony Hodge has been appointed to the Kinross Professorship in Mining and Sustainability. He is one of Canada’s leading authorities on Sustainable Development in mining, and has accumulated an impressive list of credentials as a professional engineer and consultant to industry, an advisor to government, and an academic during the course of his distinguished career.Dr. Laeeque Daneshmend, Acting Head of the Queen’s Department of Mining Engineering spoke highly of Dr. Hodge. “He brings to us the unparalleled breadth and depth of experience at just the right time. In particular, he has a strong knowledge of the nature and needs of the mining industry while being sensitive to the values of broader society. We are very much looking forward to him joining our team.”last_img

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Venizelos lowers assetsales goal

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos scaled back a target for raising revenue to pay down debt from state-asset sales amid slumping stock values and delays in implementing the program. Greece will raise 1.4 billion euros ($1.9 billion) in September and meet a third-quarter target of 1.7 billion euros next month, Venizelos said in a speech in Washington last week after attending the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, according to a transcript of his comments. The state will have raised 4 billion euros by the end of the year, he said, less than a target of 5 billion euros. Greece has yet to secure a second international bailout amid questions about its ability to satisfy the terms for aid. Source: Bloomberglast_img read more

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Alexander Downer rumoured to be returning to politics

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram UN special envoy to Cyprus, Alexander Downer is rumoured to be seeking liberal leadership with a re-entry into politics early next year. Claims that South Australian Opposition Leader, Isobel Redmond, was in private talks with Mr Downer offering to walk away form her position to make way for Mr Downer has caused Party divisions. The former Howard Foreign Minister is finishing his role in Cyprus next year and will be returning to Australia, but has not mentioned what he will be doing on his return. When asked the question on ABC TV, Mr Downer said that he had no plans to re-enter politics. However, he did not deny that discussions with Ms Redmond had taken place. “Obviously I have often been in conversation about Liberal leaderships – in South Australia, federally and in other states as well,” he said. Mr Downer could parachute into State Parliament next year via a by-election in Schubert, where Liberal Ivan Venning is due to retire. The seat was previously held by Mr Downer’s grandfather. However, The Australian reports a federal MP close to Mr Downer dismissed the prospect of his return to politics, saying he was unlikely to step back into public life given the personal and financial cost involved. Ms Redmond said this week she would stay on as party leader. “I am the leader and I expect and intend to continue as leader,” she said. Ms Redmond’s position has been blurry ever since she told the party she was contemplating a move to the senate. A senior Liberal MP told the Australian that her movements are indicating Ms Redmond is reconsidering her role. “When she said she was thinking about going to the Senate she signalled to the party room she didn’t want the job. If she’s had discussions with [Downer] about parachuting in, it would suggest for the second time she didn’t want it. That’s the message it’s sending,” he said. Despite the warming sentiment to the return of Mr Downer to politics, there are more barriers to overcome. Mr Downer told The Advertiser this week that his wife Nicky was “100 per cent implacably opposed” to him returning to politics. His wife backed up the comments, saying “I think (100 per cent opposed) is a very accurate figure”.last_img read more

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American Red Cross blood drive at the Del Mar Races

American Red Cross blood drive at the Del Mar Races

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 19, 2019 American Red Cross blood drive at the Del Mar Races 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – Sunday, you and your family can enjoy a day at the races at the Del Mar racetrack, and save a life while you’re there.The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and the American Red Cross are teaming up to host a blood drive during Del Mar’s “Family Fun Day.”Ramon Coriano from the American Red Cross told us all about the event and if you register to donate, you get two FREE tickets to the track that day. July 19, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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