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The Hidden Stories Behind Weird Post-Production Terms

first_imgEver wonder where some of those strange post-production terms came from? Here are some origin stories you might not know.The industry is full of strange and confusing terms that make sense only to those who use them everyday. Have you ever wondered where all these strange terms came from? Let’s take a behind-the-scenes look at those weird post-production terms.KeyframesIn modern animation applications, a keyframe designates a value at a certain point in time. These modern day applications can interpret the data between keyframes so you don’t have to. This is called tweening, and it’s a recent advance in technology.Image from 3D MercuryIn the golden days of animation, every frame had to drawn by hand — but it wasn’t the job of lead animators to draw every frame. Instead, more experienced animators would draw only the ‘key’ frames in a scene and more inexperienced animators called Inbetweeners would create the drawings between the key frames. For more information regarding early animation techniques, I highly recommend checking out The Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.MasksIn post-production, masking is the process of designating a portion of the frame to not be affected by a given effect. In Photoshop you might use a mask to only blur out a background and not your subject. In After Effects, a mask can be used to help with compositing 3D elements. But the history of masks goes back much further than Photoshop. In fact, the term is derived from physical masks which literally block portions of your face.Masking has long been used in fine arts as a way to shield portions of a canvas from being affected. In fact, masking tape derived because it was used to mask out certain objects that weren’t meant to be painted. Today masking has evolved to become an essential part of a digital artists workflow and it all started with physical art.FeatheringIn modern software, feathering is essentially the smoothing out of edges. But why is it called feathering?It actually plays homage to a classic painting technique in which artists would use feathers to smooth out a transition between two colors. Feathering was also used by early photo editors as a way to smooth out ink. Even in modern home painting, some people use feather dusters as a way to smooth out paint color transitions. Feathering continues to be an essential process for editors and motion graphic designers alike.Matte/Matte PaintingIn film and photography, a matte is reference footage used to composite a foreground onto a background. While the history of mattes in film is quite dense, the term matte first originated from the early set extension process known as matte painting. These early matte paintings were scenes painted on glass using, you guessed it, matte paint.Over the years, mattes would evolve to become modern-day color keying, but digital matte painting continues to be a process used in contemporary films. For more info on the history of matte painting, check out this fantastic video created by John Hess of Filmmaker I.Q. RotoscopingThe original patent for a rotoscope, invented by Max FleischerRotoscoping is essentially cutting an object or subject out of a scene one frame at a time by hand. While the process is easier for modern filmmakers, it’s still very tedious.In the early days of film, an artist would use a rotoscope to project a frame onto glass. The artist would then go in and trace the subject by hand. While the process was traditionally used for cartoons, it has transitioned over time to be used mainly for VFX work.Know any other post-production origin stories? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Court cancels arrest warrant issued against Hardik Patel in vandalism case

first_imgThe Visnagar sessions court in Gujarat on Thursday cancelled the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel after he appeared before it and gave an assurance to it to remain present during hearings in the future. Each of them submitted surety bonds of ₹5,000. The next hearing will be on November 15.On Wednesday, Sessions judge V.P. Agarwal issued the arrest warrant against Mr. Hardik Patel, convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), and six others, including Sardar Patel Group (SPG) convener Lalji Patel, after they failed to to appear before it in a case of vandalism of Visnagar MLA Rishikesh Patel during a protest rally of the Patidar community in July 2015. Mr. Hardik Patel failed to appear before it for the second consecutive time, while Mr. Lalji Patel and others were absent for the first time.last_img read more

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Luis Suarez has Barcelona on course to win 2 titles in Spain

first_imgSerena Williams returns, Fed Cup ‘start of a long process’ That scoring run has played a key part in Barcelona establishing a commanding nine-point lead in the Spanish league, and making the final of the Copa del Rey. In those semifinals against Valencia, Suarez scored the sole goal in the opening leg, and gave two assists in the second leg this week in an aggregate 3-0 win.Suarez said an injury to his right knee in August kept him from playing his best as Barcelona was adjusting to new coach Ernesto Valverde, and to Neymar’s record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain which broke up the formidable attack trio with Suarez and Lionel Messi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was very worried, not so much for not scoring, because I have been through these dips before. (But) my knee felt bad and I was afraid it would affect me psychologically. My attitude and level of intensity weren’t the same,” Suarez told Barcelona’s La Vanguardia newspaper this week. “Then in November I felt great. I could rest, recover and change my outlook psychologically.”Asked by Valverde to help out more in constructing than finishing attacks, the Uruguayan striker saw his production suffer and managed only five goals in his first 14 matches. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez looks on during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Espanyol and FC Barcelona at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Luis Suarez hitting his stride is a big reason why Barcelona is on course for two titles in Spain this season.Suarez has shaken off his troubles scoring during the first three months of the season and netted 14 in his last 15 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Read Next But as Barcelona settled under Valverde and its players kept winning without Neymar, Suarez is once again flourishing as its No. 9.“Neymar’s exit was a blow to our morale,” Suarez said. “But we pulled through it because of the mentality and the confidence of our coaches, which has been fundamental, spectacular. . Tactically, we have also changed. Before, we had the problem that teams would hit us on counterattacks, but we solved that by strengthening our midfield and playing with our wing backs higher up the pitch.”Both of Suarez’s assists at Valencia came when he slid over to the left flank of the attack, a spot that once belonged to Neymar.He helped put Barcelona in charge shortly after halftime by passing for Philippe Coutinho to score his first goal for the side.Suarez used a sleek change of foot to breeze past Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay before he sliced a cross to the far post where his former Liverpool teammate hooked the ball back inside the other upright.ADVERTISEMENT Suarez next came close to also setting up Messi, only for goalkeeper Jaume Domenech to save his shot after Suarez found Messi near the penalty spot.Suarez did his part to make it 2-0 with eight minutes remaining when he pressured Valencia defender Gabriel Paulista and intercepted his pass. He then stayed upright when avoiding a tackle before he slid the ball over for Ivan Rakitic to fire home.Suarez said he has learned the value of being a team player, not just a scorer, while helping Barcelona win six major titles in the past three seasons.“When I arrived here I told myself that it would be difficult to adapt my way of playing,” Suarez said. “I needed more space, I was used to playing in the Premier League. But even though I have fewer spaces, I fulfill my role in the square meters that I do have. And I notice that when I pressure defenders to recover the ball it spreads to the whole team.”Second to Messi on the La Liga scoring list with 16 – plus three in the Copa del Rey – Suarez went scoreless through all six games of the Champions League group phase.Yet he has been on fire since Barcelona played its last European match on Dec. 5. Suarez found the net in 10 of his next 11 matches.After Spanish league matches against Getafe and Eibar, Suarez will get his chance to break his dry run in Europe on Feb. 20 when Barcelona starts its Champions League round-of-16 tie at Chelsea.Suarez’s career has been tarnished by his bad behavior, including three incidents of biting an opposing player. His last bite of an Italy defender in the 2014 World Cup spurred Liverpool to sell him to Barcelona.While maintaining his aggressive style, Suarez has avoided any serious outbursts or violent incidents in Spain.“You have to take advantage of every small detail,” Suarez said. “I can argue with a defender and I have more chances of getting him sent off. and the defender can do the same with me. There is a limit, of course, but squabbles form part of the essence of football.” MOST READcenter_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Suarez missed last year’s Copa del Rey final after being sent off in the semifinals, and he was at risk of missing another final if he picked up a yellow card on Thursday.His clean play means that, barring injury, Suarez will feature in Barcelona’s attack against Sevilla on April 21 when it will seek a fourth consecutive cup. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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NCAA Season 93 Preview: Stags hope to learn from last year’s woes

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Sebastian Stags2.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “With what I’m seeing, the character of the boys and the character of the team is already there. Their willingness to win is evident,” he said.The Golden Stags went 7-2 in the second round last year, but their ascent to the Final Four was hampered by their woeful 1-8 showing in the first round, including a nine-game losing streak.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 starsMacaraya wants nothing of that again, especially with San Sebastian serving as this season’s hosts.“I hope we avoid that because whatever we worked for in the past year will go to waste if we don’t learn from that experience and struggle in the first round,” he said. The soft-spoken mentor will be bringing in an almost intact roster this coming year, with Michael Calisaan, Ryan Costelo, and RK Ilagan leading the fort.And Macaraya is optimistic that the bitter memories of the past will be enough to propel the Golden Stags back into the Final Four.“I guess with what we’re showing, everyone is stepping up to win games. If that happens, we’ll have a good season,” he said.But for San Sebastian to do just that, Macaraya feels that the effort should be consistent as they try to fan their title hopes this coming NCAA season.“I hope we sustain whatever good things we’re doing,” he said. “We promise that every game of ours will be exciting. The boys will be aggressive and people will see how competitive we are no matter who our opponent is.”ADVERTISEMENT Red Cubs eye to regain NCAA crown Head coach: Egay MacarayaLast Season: 8-10 (7th)Holdovers: Michael Calisaan, Ryan Costelo, RK Ilagan, Jason DavidKey losses: Jerick FabianKey additions: Renzo NavarroNow on his second year at the helm for San Sebastian, coach Egay Macaraya is keeping the faith that last year’s lessons are already ingrained in his players’ minds.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Gogoi expresses grief over Dalmiyas death

first_imgGuwahati, Sep 21 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today expressed deep grief over the death of Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya. Gogoi in a statement here said the country has lost an able administrator and sports organiser. “His death is an immense loss to the nation,” he said and extended his condolences to the bereaved family. PTI DG KK CMlast_img

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Tennis Australia chief slams ‘disrespectful’ Bernard Tomic in Rio row

first_imgTennis Australia chief Steve Healy has labelled Bernard Tomic disrespectful and said Nick Kyrgios was picking unnecessary fights with Olympic officials as the debate over who should represent the country at the Rio Games continued on Wednesday.Kyrgios and Tomic are the country’s top ranked men’s players but were both warned last weekend by Australia’s chef de mission for the Games, Kitty Chiller, that they were among a group of athletes whose behaviour was being monitored.Tomic had been lambasted for holding his racket by the strings and not offering a shot when facing match point at last week’s Madrid Open, responding to criticism by saying: “Would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10 million?”‘Tomic disrespects the game’Chiller described the incident involving the world number 22 as “appalling” and TA President Healy said he was also concerned.”I think it’s a disrespect for the game and his opponent, and that’s the thing that I think troubles us,” he told The Age newspaper.”Bernard does some good things and then he disrespects the game. I think it’s a bit of an insult to the fans and to the opponent when you don’t try all the way through the match.”He’s making progress in terms of his ranking, his performances and so on, and then he just does something that basically unwinds all the good he does, and so you shake your head in disbelief.”Kyrgios’ response to Chiller’s warning came via a cheeky tweet and then at the Italian Open, where he said if Australia did not want their best players at the Rio Games “then so be it”.advertisementKyrgios in a war zoneHealy said the world number 20, who combines a rare tennis talent with a reputation for firing insults at fellow players, umpires and fans, had been “pretty good” this year but thought the 21-year-old should not have responded to Chiller.”It’s unnecessary,” he said. “I don’t know why he wouldn’t just let it go. I wish he wouldn’t do that. I think he creates a rod for his own back.”I just don’t think he needs to get into that sort of war. Why didn’t he just say ‘yeah, I acknowledge that’s part of the responsibility of representing Australia’? Or say nothing.”The deadline for nominations for the team, which then have to approved by the Australian Olympic Committee, is June 30 and Healy said they would be discussed by the TA board next week.last_img read more

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France Arrests Six for Suspected Attack on Macron

Rabat- Police carried out searches in Isere, southeast of Lyon; in Moselle, on the border with Germany and Luxembourg; and in Ille-et-Vilaine, near Rennes in northeast France.The French intelligence agency DGSI arrested the individuals, five men and a woman, who are reportedly linked to a far-right movement.DGSI has not yet issued details on the detainees except that they are being between the ages of 22 and 62. The suspects had reportedly been under DGSI surveillance.The arrests come two days after President Emmanuel Macron spoke in an interview with Le Courrier Picard on the escalating threat of the far-right movement. He said complacency in the early 1900s paved the way for Hitler’s rise in Germany and Mussolini’s in Italy. read more

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UN agency declares TB an emergency in Africa urges extraordinary action

“Despite commendable efforts by countries and partners to control tuberculosis, impact on incidence has not been significant and the epidemic has now reached unprecedented proportions,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Luis Gomes Sambo told a meeting of health ministers in Maputo, Mozambique.“Urgent and extraordinary actions must be taken, or else the situation will only get worse and the TB targets in the Abuja Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will not be achieved,” he added, referring to goals set by regional organizations and the MDG targets set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000.A resolution adopted at the end of the 55th session of WHO’s Regional Committee for Africa, comprising health ministers from 46 countries, urged Member States to commit more human and financial resources to strengthen DOTS programmes and scale up collaborative interventions to fight the co-epidemic of TB and HIV.DOTS, the internationally recommended strategy to control TB, combines five elements: political commitment, microscopy services, drug supplies, surveillance and monitoring systems, and the use of highly efficacious treatment regimes with direct observation of treatment.These and other measures recommended by the Committee encompass those laid out in a blueprint developed by the global Stop TB Partnership, which calls for $2.2 billion in new funding for TB control in Africa during 2006-2007. In the other four WHO regions of the world, TB trends are either stable or in decline, and are on track to reach the MDG targets of halving TB prevalence and deaths by 2015. Beyond more financial support, specific actions include: improving the quantity and quality of staff for TB control; rapidly enhancing detection and treatment with expanded DOTS coverage at national and district levels; managing of TB and HIV together with greater access to anti-retroviral therapy for patients co-infected with HIV; and expanded public-private and community participation.Globally, TB is second only to HIV/AIDS as a cause of illness and death of adults, accounting for nearly 9 million cases of active disease and 2 million deaths every year. Although it has only 11 per cent of the world’s population, Africa accounts for more than a quarter of this global burden with an estimated 2.4 million cases and 540,000 deaths annually. read more

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Tigers Advance To World Series By Sweeping Yankees

Tigers Advance To World Series By Sweeping Yankees

Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Perlata hit two-run homers in a four-run fourth inning against New York Yankees’ ace C.C. Sabathia to catapult the Detroit Tigers to an 8-1 victory Thursday night to sweep the Yankees out of the playoffs for the first time in 32 years.And so, the Tigers advance to the World Series to face the National League winner between St. Louis and San Francisco.“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Cabrera said. “Four more wins, guys. Four more wins.”Pitcher Max Scherzer took a no-hit bid into the sixth against a starting lineup that was again without benched Alex Rodriguez, who flied out with two on in the sixth as a pinch hitter.Austin Jackson added a solo shot in the seventh for Detroit, and Peralta hit another homer an inning later.The game ended with Fielder, Detroit’s $214 million acquisition, catching Jayson Nix’s popup. The Tigers spilled onto the field for a celebration that began near second base and eventually moved closer to the third-base line.General manager Dave Dombrowski hugged Jim Leyland — who is in the final year of his contract — while owner Mike Ilitch rubbed the 67-year-old manager’s right shoulder.“I’ve got a great bunch. We don’t have one hot dog in the bunch,” the pizza magnate said. “They’re all great guys. … The Tigers are something special.”… The Tigers are something special.”Detroit won its 11th American League pennant and first since 2006. The Tigers have five days off before the World Series starts Wednesday at defending champion St. Louis or 2010 winner San Francisco.After scoring in just three of 39 innings during the series, New York headed home to face unpleasant questions about its future after a postseason of awful hitting, benched stars and veterans showing the wear and tear of age. Rodriguez, the $275 million third baseman, was out of the starting lineup for the third time in the playoffs. Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera could only watch following season-ending injuries.The Yankees, with a big league-high $222 million payroll, hit .188 in the postseason — a record low for a team that played at least seven games — and .157 in the LCS. New York went quietly in the ninth inning, with the Comerica crowd chanting “Sweep!” while the last three batters were retired in order.Detroit outhit New York 16-2 in the finale and 46-22 in the series. The Tigers’ starters are 4-1 with a 1.02 ERA in this postseason.Without a World Series title since 1984, Detroit lost to Texas in last year’s ALCS, lost slugger Victor Martinez  to a season-ending knee injury in January and quickly replaced his offense by signing Fielder. The excitement of that bold acquisition subsided a bit when the Tigers struggled to a 26-32 start in the AL Central, but they overtook the Chicago White Sox in the final 10 days of the regular season and won the division with an 88-74 record, matching the Cardinals for the fewest wins among the 10 playoff teams.“I just reminded everybody when we took our punches all year, ‘You know what? Let’s just wait till the end, and then if we have underachieved, I will be the first one to admit it,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. “So hopefully we’ve quieted some doubters now. The guys just stepped it up when we had to. We caught a couple breaks when the White Sox couldn’t win a couple of games they needed to win.” read more

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OSU mens lacrosse makes up for 1st loss with tripleOT win against

After suffering its first loss of the season against Massachusetts on Feb. 26, the No. 16-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team bounced back in dramatic fashion, defeating Penn State, 6-5, in triple overtime on Saturday. The win, the Buckeyes’ first on the road, moves OSU to 4-1 on the season. OSU coach Nick Myers said there was no time to dwell on the first defeat of the season. “We looked at the way we played in our facets, and just felt like we fell short of playing 60 minutes of Buckeye lacrosse,” Myers said after practice Wednesday. “And that’s certainly our goal every week when we step out there and we’re going to try and do that against Penn State.” The Buckeyes did just that. Sophomore attackman Logan Schuss recorded two goals and two assists on the day for the Buckeyes, and they could not have come at better times. He sent the game into overtime, scoring the game-tying goal with 34 seconds left in regulation. Schuss also scored the game-winner against Penn State for the second consecutive year. He has scored at least one point in 19 consecutive games. Despite trailing, 4-2, at halftime and, 5-2, in the second half, OSU was able to battle back and did not allow a goal the rest of the match after the Nittany Lions scored at 5:49 in the third quarter. Freshman goalie Greg Dutton continued to play well for OSU, making nine saves. Also scoring goals for OSU were sophomore attackman Jeff Tundo, freshman attackman Tyler Frederick, junior defenseman Brock Sorensen and senior midfielder Zach Boyt. OSU could claim itself “unofficial Big Ten champions” with the win against Penn State. The two schools are the only ones in the Big Ten that have Division 1 lacrosse programs. The Buckeyes have turned their attention to the unranked Lehigh Mountain Hawks. The Buckeyes have been nationally ranked since Feb. 21, but Boyt said there is no added pressure to the team. “It’s always been about us,” he said. “We don’t really look at those rankings this early in the season.” Sorensen agreed and said the team just needs to focus on its next opponent. “Those rankings don’t mean anything at this point,” he said. “We’ve got a long season ahead of us, so we’ve just got to keep getting better each day.” The game against Lehigh will be the first home game for OSU since it defeated then-No. 3-ranked North Carolina on Feb. 19. The Buckeyes and Mountain Hawks are scheduled to face off at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Bye week a chance to develop young players take time off

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa celebrates during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorLife doesn’t stop for Ohio State football players when they get a week off, but it certainly slows down — especially for the upperclassmen.Coming off a 52-24 win against Maryland on Saturday, the Buckeyes have a week off before returning to the field at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 18. Coach Urban Meyer said he is taking the week to give some younger players heavier reps, while lightening the workload for experienced starters.“This (week) I am getting (freshman defensive lineman) Jalyn Holmes a million reps right now and some of the players have to get ready to go,” Meyer said Wednesday. “Some of them though — (senior defensive lineman Michael) Bennett, we have pulled off of him a little bit.”Along with Bennett, Meyer said sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa is getting fewer game-style reps in practice this week.Senior defensive lineman Steve Miller said the week off has been less intense than the Buckeyes’ first bye week of the season, and added it’s been a good chance to make sure some young players get the practice time they need.“It’s been more laid-back for this break,” Miller said Wednesday. “Just trying to get some of the young guys ready.”While the week off doesn’t mean the players can shut it down quite yet, the upcoming weekend without a game gives them a chance to get away. “We don’t practice on Sunday night because I want them to get out of here,” Meyer said. “(Freshman linebacker) Raekwon McMillan I know is going home to see his mom. He has earned that right to go do that.”McMillan played his high school football in Hinesville, Ga.But if players choose not to head home, Meyer said he wants them to keep football on their mind.“It is our second weekend (off). Some guys aren’t (going home) so maybe they will be over to coaches’ houses on Saturday and we are going to finalize plans,” he said. “I want them somewhere, if they are not going home, I want them around a coach.”Miller said he’ll likely be on the list of players who don’t have to spend their weekend with one of the OSU coaches.“I’m gonna probably go home, probably see my family and rest up,” Miller, a Canton, Ohio, native, said.Even though he gets a chance to spend some extra time with his family, Miller said the bye week doesn’t necessarily come at a good time for the Buckeyes.“It’s been strange, because it’s real early,” he said. “And we really aren’t that banged up yet, so it really (isn’t) that bad to be taking a break.”OSU’s first bye week came after a 66-0 win against Kent State in its third game of the season. That win shifted the team’s momentum after a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech the week before. Coming out of that week off, the Buckeyes’ offense posted 710 yards against Cincinnati before routing the Terrapins for a third consecutive win.Meyer said that first week off “came at the right time,” but added he doesn’t have the same feelings this time around.“You could see we played pretty well afterwards,” he said. “This one, I don’t know. All I know is it remains to be seen. It is uncomfortable to be honest with you.”Meyer said he has looked at past years, and there hasn’t been a time one of his teams has had two bye weeks so early in the season.While his coach isn’t quite excited to be taking a break, junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said it hasn’t been all negative. Boren said he and others on the team have been fighting through minor injuries, so a week off can help them get healthy.“I think it’s working right now, and we’ll see how everything else works out,” he said.After the week off, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium to cap off homecoming week. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

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Valve Index VR headset to start at 499 ship before July

first_imgValve’s VR headset launches this summer. Valve As if there weren’t enough virtual reality headsets already, game maker Valve is preparing to release its own take on the technology.It may see odd that Valve — whose Steam online game store and popular adventure titles like Half-Life and Portal have made it a household fixture among gamers — is choosing to release its first headset now. The device, called Valve Index, builds on technology the company developed with HTC for the Vive headset originally released in 2016.  It is available for preorder starting Wednesday and will ship by June 28, according to the company’s store.Valve said its headset, which brings two screens so close to your eyes that it tricks your brain into thinking you’re in a computer-generated world, has sharper visuals and has controllers designed to be easier to use and better for gameplay than those of its competitors.The new headset comes as Facebook’s Oculus VR division prepared to release two new headsets, the $399 Oculus Quest and $399 Oculus Rift S, in the coming weeks. The Quest is designed to offer higher quality game experiences without connecting to a computer, while the Rift S promises sharper visuals and better sensors to track your movements.Whether the new devices will draw users is anyone’s guess. A recent IDC survey sponsored by PlayStation VR headset maker Sony found that VR headset sales in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan rose 60% in 2018 to 3.9 million headsets, up from 2.4 million in 2017.Here’s everything to know about Valve’s Index so far.Valve’s Knuckles controllers may look a little weird, but promise easier gameplay in the VR world. Valve It uses Valve’s Knuckles controllersThere are already specialized controllers for Sony’s PlayStation VR, HTC’s Vive and Facebook’s Oculus. Now, Valve is jumping into the game with its Knuckles controller. This device wraps around your — you guessed it! — knuckles and has sensors that track your fingers. Valve says there are 87 sensors in each controller, including for motion, force and finger placement.The result is that you’ll be able to reach out and grip something in the real world, and you’ll see your hand grab something in the VR world. Index uses Valve’s new Base Station sensorsValve’s original “Lighthouse” sensors, announced in 2015, were a hit among developers for more precisely tracking a person’s movements as they walked around a room. The next generation of its sensors, called Base Station 2, can track you over a bigger area, Valve says.valve index headset-08Enlarge ImageValve’s Index has an unusual set of “off-ear” speakers that don’t actually touch your ears. Valve Valve will sell you just the headset, just the controllers or just the sensors, if you likeThe Valve Index headset alone will cost $499. A pair of the Knuckles controllers are $279. And a single Base Station 2 sensor costs $149.You can also mix and match. A headset and controllers, for example, will cost $749. And a package of all the new headwear (the Valve Index headset, two room sensors and two Knuckles controllers) will cost $999.The Valve Index has an unusual headphone setupMost headsets offer headphones attached to them, like the Oculus Rift, or for you to plug in headphones of your own, like with the HTC Vive. The Valve Index has an unusual earpiece that it calls “near-field off-ear” speakers. The company says this technique produces more natural audio sounds and none of the typical discomfort that comes with wearing headphones for extended periods.It’s not Valve’s first VR headsetWhile Valve may not have sold a VR headset before, it’s been developing the technology for years. For example, the Base Station technology that helps power the HTC Vive was developed in part by Valve.  Valve Virtual Reality Facebook HTC Sony Tags Mobile Gaming Digital Media Virtual Reality Apps 2 Share your voice Commentslast_img read more

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Houston Leads Nation In Dining Out

Houston Leads Nation In Dining Out

first_img Share Matthew PrendergastNinfa’s is a historic restaurant in not just the East Downtown area but all of Houston.It’s no secret that Houston is a “foodie-paradise.” A new survey from Zagat says Houstonians eat out more than in any other major city in America.According to their 2018 Dining Trends Survey, when you add breakfast, lunch and dinner, Americans typically dine out 5.9 times per week. If you eliminate breakfast the number drops to 4.9 dine out meals per week. But in Houston, respondents to the Zagat survey said they eat out seven times per week.People in Minneapolis, Minnesota dine out the least according to the survey, leaving the house for a meal just 4.7 times per week. The survey says the average meal costs $36.40 per person, and the average person tips 18.1%. The survey also concludes that 53% of people use social media to help choose where to eat, and that 75% of those social media users, pick their place to eat based on shared food photos.last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday August 10

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday August 10

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From 5-7 P.MA full report on the U.S. Department of Justice’s searing indictment of the Baltimore City Police Department, which the DOJ contends routinely violated the Constitutional and civil rights of mostly Black, mostly poor people in Baltimore. We’ll unpack different aspects of the DOJ report and the city’s response with Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes, Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, political strategist Catalina Byrd and The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network.
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Middlekauff goes indepth with Johnny Manziels agent Erik Burkhardt on all things

Middlekauff goes indepth with Johnny Manziels agent Erik Burkhardt on all things

first_imgMiddlekauff goes in depth in an extended interview with Johnny Manziel’s agent Erik Burkhardt. They discuss all things Comeback SZN, including Johnny’s decision to play in Canada; if the 2-year contract is as ironclad as it’s been made out to be; why he fired Johnny, and why he decided to take him on as a client again.Erik also tells his incredible backstory, his path to becoming an NFL Agent and the business side of representing and recruiting clients.John takes listener questions in Middlekauff’s Mailbag. Advertisement Follow John on Twitter at @JohnMiddlekauff and download and subscribe to the 3 and Out on Apple, iHeart or wherever you download your podcasts now! Rate 5 Stars and leave your questions in the iTunes comments and John will answer them every week.last_img read more

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One of worlds largest planes visits Costa Rica Photos

One of worlds largest planes visits Costa Rica Photos

first_imgAn Antonov An-124, among the world’s largest planes, landed at Juan Santamaría International Airport in Costa Rica on Friday night.The Ukrainian cargo jet delivered a 30-ton transformer that will be installed at APM Terminals Moín in Limón.The An-124, flying for Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Airlines, departed Saturday at 10:20 a.m. en route to Houston Bush International Airport.Our friends at AviacionCR.net shared the following photos of the aircraft’s visit to Costa Rica: Related posts:Antonov An-124 expected in Costa Rica on Friday afternoon [Updated] Air France to start direct flights between Paris and San José Construction to begin on new terminal at Limón Airport American Airlines expanding service to Costa Rica You can track the An-124’s journey to Houston here.For more about the Antonov An-124’s visit to Costa Rica, check out AviacionCR.net on Facebook or at their website.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Life exhibition moves to Nicosia

Life exhibition moves to Nicosia

first_imgA group art exhibition ‘Life’ in aid of charity Pasykaf will open in its final destination, Nicosia on Saturday and members of the public will be able to purchase ‘bargain’ art as prices are being reduced by half in order to raise as much money as possible, said the organiser.The month-long touring art show is the vision of Paphos resident Sarah Coyne, and features more than one hundred pieces of art by leading Cypriot and European artists. Thirty pieces have already been sold but will continue to be part of the exhibition which will be in Nicosia at the 10,10,4 gallery for the next ten days, said Coyne.The artworks have been donated for sale and all of all funds raised will be given to Pasykaf – The Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends, to be used for their ‘direct support services’. This includes the home-care nurses, similar to Macmillan nurses in the UK, a bus service to take patients to the Oncology Centre in Nicosia, social and psychological support, a day centre for physiotherapy and ongoing support for cancer patients and their families.“We need to sell all of the art by the end of the exhibition to make as much money as possible for Pasykaf, we have a responsibility to sell it and support the wonderful work of this charity,” she told the Cyprus Mail.Coyne said that along with reducing the price on the final evening of the exhibition, March 17, an auction will be held to sell anything that is left. There will be reserve prices set on the pieces though, in order to be ‘fair’ to the donating artists, she said.“There are so many stunning pieces and I really hope that the public will rally round and support us,” she said. Participating artists include: Andros Efstathiou, Andreas Makriou, Philippos Yiapanis, Kyriacos Lyras, Louis Stavrou Yiannapis, Artiste Andre, Penelope Constantinou, Michael Gorman, George Kotsonis, Katja Tonja, Julie Hart, Anna Privaloff, Mary Chojnowski, Anna Roman, Maria Ignatiou Shiakalli, Sharen Taylor, Despoina Christou, Alexander Marescu and Keith Walker.The Space Art for Charity is a non-profit initiative which got underway in 2015 and all those involved in the organisation and promotion of the event are volunteers. So far, it has raised more than €10,000 for local charities.The exhibition is proving a success so far, with both Paphos and Limassol events being well attended. Mayor of Paphos Phedonas Phedonos inaugurated the exhibition at the Almyra Hotel last month, which was also attended by the British High Commissioner to Cyprus, Matthew Kidd.Coyne, who is passionate about art and culture, noted that whilst in the capital, the exhibition is being held under the auspices of the ministry of education and culture.“It has been a challenging but worthwhile experience and there has been great support from all of the participating artists and businesses involved who have all given their services for free,” she said.Group exhibition ‘Life’ in support of Pasykaf. Open daily at 1010 Hall Nicosia March 10 – 17.  Tel: 99-254491You May LikeThrone: Free Online GamesIf You’re Over 40 And Own A Computer, This Game Is A Must!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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First Cyprus film summit to host 120 local and international participants

First Cyprus film summit to host 120 local and international participants

first_imgThe first Cyprus film summit bringing together film and audio-visual professionals from all over the world will be held in Nicosia from October 9 until 12.More than 120 local and international participants are expected, including production and director companies as well as executive producers from Europe, India, Russia and North America.The aim of the conference is to discuss the latest developments and gives Cyprus a chance to show what it has to offer.According to a press release, the summit constitutes an excellent initiative to promote Cyprus as a filming destination to industry professionals.The incentives and benefits package put forward by the government of Cyprus for local and international productions will be presented at the summit.The scheme provides Cypriot and foreign producers with incentives, cash rebates and/or tax credits of up to 35 per cent on qualifying production expenditures and includes tax allowances of 20 per cent for investment in infrastructure and equipment.The event is being organised by the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and the Press and Information Office.The ‘Cypriot Film Summit 2018’ will be held at the Filoxenia conference centre in Nicosia. For more information visit www.cyprusfilmsummit.comYou May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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UPDATED Bank union calls off planned strike business had deemed reckless

UPDATED Bank union calls off planned strike business had deemed reckless

first_imgBy Stefanos Evripidou Bank employees’ union ETYK announced on Thursday its decision to call off a planned two-hour strike for Friday.The union decided to recall its decision to hold a protest work stoppage from 12.30pm to 2.30pm following a compromise deal reached with the Bank of Cyprus management over the early retirement scheme being offered to employees.ETYK’s initial decision to call a strike sparked the fury of the employers and industrialists’ federation OEV which accused the union of being “reckless and self-destructive”.ETYK on Wednesday  called on its members to hold a two-hour work stoppage as part of its negotiating tactics with the Bank of Cyprus (BoC) leadership over the early retirement scheme, drawing the ire of business associations.In a written statement on ETYK’s website, the union demands an extension of the BoC’s voluntary retirement scheme so that when bank employees decide whether to participate or not, they are in a position to know what will happen to their pension/provident funds.ETYK also demands the troubled bank extends its health and life insurance cover by at least five years and that, when calculating salaries in determining retirement packages, number-crunchers use “pre-haircut” salaries.The union further demands the government unfreeze all provident funds (the portion not subject to a haircut), so that employees can have immediate access to the funds should they choose voluntary retirement.According to ETYK, the union wants the early retirement scheme to work which is why it has proposed a further 2.5 per cent increase in salary cuts, taking the total to 15 per cent and pledged to contribute €15m from its own resources to distribute among employees who choose the plan, should the BoC accept its terms.To highlight their demands and protest the Bank’s stance, the union has decided to call all its members to hold a two-hour work stoppage tomorrow from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.“If per chance, the bank or any other person involved ignores us then we will be forced to proceed with an escalation of measures,” said the announcement.The Employers and Industrialists’ Federation (OEV) yesterday condemned the “reckless and self-destructive” call for strike action.While the rest of the country and political leadership were undertaking “heroic efforts to restore the smooth functioning of the financial system, it is inconceivable that the bank employees union should take strike measures” and undermine efforts to normalise the economy after taking a heavy blow, said OEV.It added: “Tens of thousands have been made unemployed without any additional payouts from businesses collapsing as a result of recent events. Against this tragic backdrop, it is considered a grave provocation to carry out bank strikes to demand higher additional payouts from a business that is struggling for its survival.”OEV accused ETYK of undermining the voluntary retirement scheme through its actions to date, arguing that this in turn will eventually result in resorting to the painful option of forced redundancies.“The only hope for the country to survive is to restore immediately trust in the banking system. ETYK’s strikes have the exact opposite effect.”The employers and industrialists’ group demanded ETYK call off the strike threats, adding that the tolerance shown by businesses and society so far has finally reached breaking point. It also called on the state to intervene and reverse “ETYK’s destructive intentions”.Cyprus had to wind down one lender, Laiki Bank, and use, or bail-in, customer deposits exceeding €100,000 to prop up BoC, as part of the bailout agreement.Provident funds were also affected by the bail-in, which has not been completed yet, and the uncertainty is hindering the lender’s retirement scheme.An asset evaluation of the BoC, undertaken by KPMG London, is expected to be handed over today, while part of the asset evaluation of Laiki was delivered yesterday, and the remainder is due tomorrow, according to reports.Completion of the asset evaluation brings the resolution authority, the Central Bank of Cyprus, closer to calculating the final rate of the bail-in of bank deposits at the BoC.Reports suggest the final figure could be known within the next two weeks, if not earlier.So far, 37.5 per cent of uninsured deposits at BoC have been seized and an additional 22.5 per cent was blocked and could follow the same fate.From the remainder, depositors can only use 10 per cent.Unconfirmed speculation doing the press rounds last week suggested the final bail-in percentage will be around 50 per cent.Finance Minister Harris Georgiades has said he discussed getting an advance from international lenders to cover the provident funds of bank employees who chose to leave BoC under the retirement scheme.However, to be able to ask for the advance, the final rate of the bail-in must be finalised.Georgiades reiterated that the haircut on the provident funds of Laiki employees will be the same as that of their BoC colleagues.Provident funds are not covered by the deposit protection scheme, but the government has pledged to limit the losses of provident fund members to around 25 per cent of the amount they would have received before the EU decision to restructure the two Cypriot banks.If for instance the haircut at the BoC reaches 50 per cent, workers will immediately receive the rest. Employees will receive the additional 25 per cent when they reach retirement age.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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