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first_imgThese easy to follow timelapse tips will get you on your way to shooting breathtaking, eye-grabbing footage.With the explosion of DSLR cameras over the last few years, timelapse has seen a surge in popularity and accessibility. When executed with skill and a healthy dose of patience, timelapse video can be an incredible way to bring visual interest to your projects.How do I create a timelapse video?Practically speaking, there are two different ways to shoot timelapse – either with a DSLR camera or video camera. In this post, we’ll explore tips and techniques for shooting with both. First, let’s take a look at a great timelapse example from pro timelapser Randy Halverson:There are two basic approaches when shooting a timelapse. A ‘real’ timelapse would be shot with a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera taking hundreds (or thousands!) of images with longer exposure times. The second approach would be to use a video camera. However, as you can imagine, this technique can take up a lot of space on your memory card and computer in post.DSLR? Point-and-shoot? Video camera?When shooting a timelapse, you will have better luck with a DSLR camera than any other point-and-shoot camera. As far as video cameras are concerned, GoPros have become popular choices for their compact size. You can literally film a timelapse anywhere! The image image quality of a DSLR will be superior to that of a point-and-shoot camera. More importantly, you have more control over the quality of your image. Typically A JPEG file format is better to use than Camera RAW, as it will take up less room on your memory card.Filmmaker Rob Hawthorn put the GoPro HERO3 Black up against the Canon 60D to show the differences between the cameras in timelapse situations. Here’s what he found:What equipment will I need to bring?There are some obvious pieces of gear that you’ll need for timelapse projects.Tripod/stable mounting surfaceIntervalometers (DSLRs) or time controller device (remote control)Extra memory cardsExtra batteries (or A/C power)Preston Kanak, a well-known timelapse pro, says, “One of the biggest challenges when shooting a time-lapse is gear management.” Check out this video where he goes over his timelapse kit piece by piece, and then head over to Kanak’s website, where he goes even more in-depth on the subject.Timelapse Pro in ActionNow that we’ve covered some basic ins and out of timelapse, let’s watch Spanish cinematographer and Shutterstock contributor Enrique Pacheco put it all into action.Here’s a great video from Shutterstock that follows Pacheco behind-the-scenes during a shoot.Pacheco is full of good timelapse advice. Here are his ten tips for aspiring timelapse photographers and filmmakers.  Want to learn more about shooting timelapses? There’s a lot of information out there. Check out a few of the following resources:How to Create a Timelapse Dolly ZoomTimelapse Basics and Inspiration8 Jaw Dropping Night Sky Timelapse VideosHave any other timelapse tips for shooting great footage? Please share them in the the comments below.last_img read more


first_imgThe Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained closed for the third day on Saturday as heavy rains hampered the operation to clear the debris brought on the arterial road by a massive landslide in Ramban district, officials said. The closure of the highway left thousands of vehicles, including trucks carrying essential commodities to Kashmir, stranded, traffic department officials said. A massive landslide struck the highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, at Digdole around 9 p.m. on Thursday, forcing closure of the road. Road clearance operation was launched immediately but intermittent rains disrupted the work, especially since Friday night, the officials said, adding shooting of stones from the hillocks overlooking the highway were also reported from several places, including Maroog, this morning. The road is likely to be cleared of debris by this evening. Over 1,500 trucks and 600 light motor vehicles are stranded on both sides of the blocked road in Ramban belt, they said. The Mughal road, which connects the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with Shopian district in south Kashmir, continued to remain closed for the 11th consecutive day on Saturday. The road, which usually remains closed during the winter months, was closed on November 6 after high altitude areas including Pir Ki Gali experienced first major snowfall of the season. Pir Ki Gali and adjoining areas along the Mughal Road witnessed snowfall over the past couple of days, officials said, adding a decision to reopen the road will be taken once the weather improves. The local meteorological department has predicted dry weather in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir for the next two days.last_img read more


first_imgA charity football match between the film industry and Indian cricketers ended in a 2-2 draw, but actor Abhishek Bachchan said irrespective of the draw the noble cause for which the match was held emerged the winner.The match, entitled ‘Celebrity Classico 2016′, between cricketers’ team ‘All Hearts’ and the film stars’ team ‘All Stars’ took place at the Mumbai Football Arena in Andheri Sports Complex on Saturday.FUNDRAISERS FOR DROUGHT VICTIMSAbhishek’s charity Playing for Humanity and cricketer Virat Kohli’s charity The Virat Kohli Foundation were behind this initiative to raise funds for those affected by the severe drought in Maharashtra.MS Dhoni in action at the Mumbai Football Arena on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Yogen Shah)The All Stars was captained by Ranbir Kapoor and had Aditya Roy Kapur, Shoojit Sircar, Raj Kundra among others. All Heart was captained by Virat and had Mahendra Singh Dhoni, R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, among others.YUVRAJ SINGH SCORESIt was Sircar who scored the first goal for All Stars, while the second goal came from Ranbir’s trainer Antonio Pecora. For All Heart, it was Yuvraj Singh and KL Rahul who scored the goals.Yuvraj Singh scored a goal for All Hearts on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Yogen Shah)”Well it was a draw and we’re very happy because the last time we played we lost by one goal. I’m very proud of Ranbir and the entire team. They played with all their hearts. We are very proud and honoured that we got the opportunity to play against the Indian cricket team,” Abhishek said after the match.advertisement’WE DID THIS FOR A GREAT CAUSE'”A draw is as good as a win. At the end of the day, we did this for a great cause — to raise awareness and funds for drought victims. It doesn’t matter who wins or loses. The people we did it for won at the end of the day,” he added.The actor said that it was the idea of Aditya Thackeray, president of Shiv Sena’s youth wing Yuva Sena, to do the charity match for drought victims.”It’s been my favourite sport since childhood and we all took it seriously. We play every Sunday. We’re really happy that we can play for such a good cause,” Ranbir said.Ranbir and Abhishek are co-owners of football teams in the Indian Super League.last_img read more


first_img Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. elizabethsimon says: “If you’re thinking about an Arduino based board, what about the Digispark board http://digistump.com/products/1 they also have an LED breakout http://digistump.com/products/118. Package the two of them together and you have a nice compact module.. elizabethsimon says: February 7, 2017 at 8:16 pm Continue Reading Previous Meet the world’s oldest computer program that’s still in use todayNext The time has come for Ada A couple of years ago, I was pondering my 100th Birthday, which will fall — somewhat inconveniently — on a Tuesday in 2057 (see May 29, 2057 — Mark the Date!). As part of my ruminations and cogitations, I mentioned that, as we have three Embedded Systems Conferences (ESCs) a year, and as I typically present two or three papers at each ESC, this means I will have somewhere between 256 and 384 new sessions to prepare before my 100th Birthday arrives.Since I wrote those words, I have indeed presented two or three papers at each of the ESCs between then and now. In fact, I just realized that we now have only 12 weeks to prepare for this year’s ESC Boston, which will take place May 3-4, 2017. Give me strength. I’m too young for all this excitement.One of my presentations is going to be on the current state of play with regard to my Bodacious Brain . As you’ll see in this video, I’m still at the early stages of this project.The idea is that the Bodacious Brain will be presented in a domed glass cylinder. This will be mounted on a Steampunk-esque hand-carved wooden base that’s inlaid with brass and loaded with a battery of sensors that can detect sound, light, movement, and so forth.In the case of the sound sensors, I’m not interested in a simple audio trigger. Instead, I’m thinking of equipping the base with six microphones providing omnidirectional “hearing” so the brain can determine the directions from whence sounds originate and respond accordingly.Processed signals from all the sensors will be fed into the brain itself, which will be composed from hundreds of “neurons” arranged in a 3D matrix. I was originally considering a regular array, but I’m now tending toward a more higgledy-piggledy (random) arrangement.Each neuron will have some sort of processing element coupled with a tri-color LED to reflect its current state. The neurons will accept input signals from surrounding neurons (or from the external sensors), look at those signals and decide what to do with them, and then feed response signals back into the matrix.The processor for each neuron will be mounted on a little breakout board, but these will be the only boards in the system, because they and any other components will be “air-wired” to each other.I’m currently pondering what to use as the neural processing elements themselves. Originally, I’d been thinking about using the same 8-bit Atmel MCU that’s used to power the Arduino Nano. In addition to the fact that I’m familiar with the Arduino and its IDE, I also have about 25 of these little Nano-scamps here in my office that I could use to prototype with.Another alternative would be to use a PSoC (programmable System-on-Chip) from Cypress Semiconductor. In addition to an 8-bit or 16-bit MCU, these little rascals boast a block of programmable digital fabric and a block of programmable analog fabric. They also have an intuitive drag-and-drop GUI that allows you to configure the programmable fabric from a library of pre-built functions.In fact, my chum Sree Harsha Angara is an applications engineer (AE) at Cypress Semiconductor, and he threw the PSoC-based system shown below together one weekend as a proof-of-concept.(Source: Sree Harsha Angara) What Sree has done is to use a PSoC to monitor the outputs from six microphones. When you make a sound, like clicking your fingers, the PSoC works out which microphone heard that sound first and lights the corresponding segment of a 60-pixel tri-colored LED ring.A more recent contender is the teeny-tiny (2mm x 3mm) GreenPAK5 from Silego. In addition to things like analog comparators, digital function blocks (flip-flops, latches, look-up-tables, delays, and counters), and an 8-byte RAM, these also feature a small asynchronous state machine (ASM) that’s equivalent to having a simple MCU running approximately 100 lines of code.(Source: Silego) Silego also has an intuitive, easy-to-use graphical design environment called GreenPAK Designer that you can download for free. Furthermore, they offer GreenPAK5 20-pin DIP breakout boards for only $1.25 each. In the fullness of time, I would use my own (probably circular) breakout board, but the 0.1″ pitch pins on the Silego boards make them ideal for prototyping purposes.I tell you… there are so many fun things to do, and so little time to do them all in. But I fear we are in danger of wandering off into the weeds. The point of this column is to let you know that I’ll be talking about all these design decisions and discussing the latest state of play at my Bodacious Brain talk at ESC Boston.This talk will be in the ESC Engineering Theater, so it’s open to anyone, including those with a Free Expo Pass (Click Here to see “Passes and Pricing”), but you do need to register (Click Here to register).Everything is still up in the air regarding the final Bodacious Brain implementation, so if you have any thoughts or suggestions, please post them in the comments below.Hopefully I’ll be seeing you at ESC Boston. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. “If you’re thinking about an Arduino based board, what about the Digispark board http://digistump.com/products/1 they also have an LED breakout http://digistump.com/products/118. Package the two of them together and you have a nice compact module.. 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first_imgImagine the scene. A crisp winter evening. You have wrapped up your work for the day. You want to unwind. So, you take out your badminton racquet and hit the court.Well so does, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Banerjee proved once again that she is not only a powerhouse in the field of politics but also on the badminton court.The West Bengal CM, who was in Birbhum district for an administrative meeting, took out time from her busy schedule to play badminton. Banerjee posted the video of herself having a good time on social media, just like anyone else would. “We love sports. A token game in a village,” she wrote in the post.Below it is a video of the Trinamool Congress chief playing a game of badminton. She never misses a beat as she returns volley after volley.Watch the West Bengal CM show off her badminton skills.We love sports.A token game in a village… pic.twitter.com/rSb61JZN4d Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) January 4, 2019This is not the first time Banerjee has displayed her wide array of talents. A poem written by her is now going to be included in the school syllabus of West Bengal. A painting made by her hangs in the Rashtrapati Bhawan. She sold 300 of her paintings for Rs 9 crore!She has composed a puja album. The album titled ‘Roudrachaya’ (Light and Shade) consists of seven songs which are all composed and penned by her. She has composed the theme song for a popular Kolkata Durga puja function last year.advertisementA video of Mamata Banerjee playing the accordion in Frankfurt also went viral last year. She was playing the tune for the song “Hum honge kamyab” along with a man dressed as Mickey Mouse.#DidiAtGermany WB CM Mamata Banerjee is playing “We Shall Overcome”at Frankfurt , #Germani … #TMCS @MamataOfficial @abhishekaitc @ColDiptangshu @derekobrienmp @suparnomoitra @TMC_Supporters @AITCofficial @kakoligdastidar pic.twitter.com/5dAE6IbNV6 Somnath Dutta (@somnathduttakol) September 18, 2018An active proponent of sports, Banerjee also penned the promo song for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2017.This is not at all. She also turned sculptor when she conceptualised a sculpture for the U-17 World Cup.Designed by Mamata Banerjee. No seriously pic.twitter.com/nZRtQ41pFu Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) October 6, 2017A leader who truly proves the adage all work and no play makes one dull.READ | Mamata Banerjee’s poem to be part of school syllabus in BengalWATCH | Mamata Banerjee sketches an image of Goddess Durga in Kolkatalast_img read more


first_imgTransfers January transfer news & rumours: Newcastle join race for David Luiz Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:25 12/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) David Luiz Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Primera División Serie A Ligue 1 Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window NEWCASTLE JOIN LUIZ RACENewcastle United are the latest club to show an interest in signing Chelsea defender David Luiz, according to the  London Evening Standard .The Brazil international has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge this season and has been linked with Arsenal, Real Madrid and Juventus.And Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is hopeful he can persuade the centre-back to move to the north-east, though any move would have to be a loan deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player WOODBURN TO BE SENT OUT ON LOANBen WoodburnLiverpool have made teenage forward Ben Woodburn available for a loan move in January, according to the  Daily Mail .Woodburn – who became the Reds’s youngest ever goalscorer last season – has been linked with a host of Premier League and Championship clubs.And manager Jurgen Klopp is keen for the Wales international to play more first-team football in the second half of the campaign.REAL MADRID ADVANCE HAZARD NEGOTIATIONSEden Hazard ChelseaReal Madrid are making progress in their negotiations to sign Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard next summer, claims Diario Gol .Zinedine Zidane has instructed Madrid president Florentino Perez to pursue a deal for Hazard and the Belgium international could arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu after next year’s World Cup in Russia.If Hazard does move to Madrid, then Marco Asensio is likely to seek a transfer away, with Manchester City a potential destination.LUIZ TRIED FOR BARCELONA MOVEDavid Luiz ChelseaBarcelona have ruled out signing David Luiz after the Chelsea defender offered himself to the Camp Nou club, according to Catalunya Radio, via Sport .Luiz’s future at Chelsea appears uncertain and the Brazilian, who has also been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid, has recently travelled to Barcelona for treatment on an injury.During his trip, Luiz offered himself to Barcelona, who are looking to sign a new centre-back due to the expected departure of Javier Mascherano.However, due to Luiz being 30 and the financial implications of signing him, Barca are instead focusing on other defensive targets.MAN UTD OFFER MKHI FOR ALEX SANDROHenrikh Mkhitaryan Alex Sandro SplitManchester United are willing to offer Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Juventus as part of their bid to sign Alex Sandro, claims The Sun .Reports have suggested that United will offer £60 million for Alex Sandro in an attempt to beat Chelsea to the signing of the Brazilian left-back.However, the out-of-favour Mkhitaryan could also be used as a bargaining chip in a deal for Alex Sandro. Juventus, while interested in Mkhitaryan, would prefer to see reported Barcelona target Daley Blind included by United as part of any deal.MAN CITY JOIN RACE FOR £40M ZAHAWilfried Zaha Crystal PalaceManchester City have entered the race to sign £40 million-rated Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to the Daily Mirror .The former Manchester United man, who made just four appearances in all competitions during his time at Old Trafford, is apparently also attracting interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.Alexis Sanchez remains City’s no.1 transfer target although the runaway Premier League leaders see the Ivory Coast international as the ideal alternative should they fail to land the Arsenal forward.ARSENAL EYE SHOCK DAVID LUIZ BIDDavid Luiz ChelseaArsenal are lining up a shock £30 million bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz, according to a report from the Daily Express .Luiz has made just eight Premier League appearances for the Blues this season, after falling out of favour with manager Antonio Conte.It is understood that their relationship has not fully healed, and Arsene Wenger is now interested in securing the Brazilian’s signature.Luiz is also reportedly a target for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, as well as Juventus and Real Madrid.DE BRUYNE IN LINE FOR NEW MAN CITY DEAL Kevin De Bruyne Manchester CityKevin De Bruyne is closing in on a new long-term deal at Manchester City, according to the BBC .The 26-year-old has emerged as one of the best midfielders in world football as Pep Guardiola’s side have surged into an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League, and City are now keen to recognise his outstanding contribution.Fellow midfielder Fernandinho is also set to hold talks with the club over a new deal. His current contract expires at the end of the season.EX-LIVERPOOL TARGET TEIXEIRA PLACED ON TRANSFER LISTAlex Teixeira Jiangsu Suning Chinese Super League 05032016Former Liverpool target Alex Teixeira has been placed on the transfer list by Jiangsu Suning, according to Tuttosport .Liverpool reportedly made a £25 million bid for the attacking midfielder in 2016, but were unable to woo the now-27-year-old to Anfield.He instead joined Jiangsu for a £38.4m fee, though head coach Fabio Capello has deemed the expensive acquisition surplus to requirements.ARTETA LINED UP AS WENGER SUCCESSORMikel Arteta Arsenal FA Cup Trophy Parade 31052015Mikel Arteta could replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, according to the Daily Telegraph .The former Spain international is currently working at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, but is held in high regard by the Gunners.Wenger’s current contract expires in 2019, and Arsenal are working up a shortlist of replacements, with Arteta near the top of the list.DORTMUND WANT MKHITARYAN BACKHenrikh Mkhitaryan, Man UtdBorussia Dortmund are continuing to show an interest in bringing Manchester United attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan back to the club, reports The Independent .Mkhitaryan left Dortmund for Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, but the Armenia international has struggled to make a sustained impact under Jose Mourinho.The United boss has not ruled out selling players in January, amid reports he will let Mkhitaryan go, while any return to the Bundesliga could help Mourinho in his pursuit of Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl.ARSENAL WILLING TO PAY €48M FOR LOZANOHirving Lozano PSVArsenal are willing to pay €48 million for PSV star Hirving Lozano, Mexican publication AM report.Lozano, in his first season in the Eredivisie, has scored 10 goals and provided six assists in just 15 appearances this season, attracting interest from the Gunners and Everton.Both clubs are now reportedly willing to match PSV’s massive asking price, which would make Lozano the most expensive Mexican player in history.DORTMUND CLOSE IN ON ROMEROMaximiliano Romero Tigre Velez Superliga Fecha 1 25082017Borussia Dortmund are closing in on the signing of Maximiliano Romero from Velez Sarsfield, Bild report.The striker, 18, would cost around €12 million, and Dortmund see the teenager as a potential successor to current forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 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first_imgResultsMen’s Open – Australia 15 defeated England 1 Women’s Open – Australia 11 defeated South Africa 1 Men’s 30’s – Australia 18 defeated Germany 2Men’s 40’s – Australia 16 defeated Scotland 2 Senior Mixed – Australia 8 defeated by New Zealand 9 Men’s 35’s – Australia 8 defeated South Africa 7 Mixed Open – Australia 14 defeated England 1Men’s 40’s – Australia 20 defeated Niue 2Men’s Open – Australia 16 defeated Cook Islands 1Mixed Open – Australia 15 defeated South Africa 2Senior Mixed – Australia 13 defeated England 0 Women’s Open – Australia 21 defeated France 0Stay tuned to the website for more information.last_img


first_imgICC World Cup 2019 Indian Squad Announcement Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch team announcementCricket World Cup squad India: MSK Prasad-led selection committee will meet in Mumbai on Monday to announce the 15-member squad led by Virat Kohli. advertisement India Today Web Desk MumbaiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 12:39 IST India squad for 2019 World Cup: MSK Prasad-led selection committee will announce the 15-member squad on Monday (IANS Photo)While most of the players pick themselves, thanks to their consistent show in recent times, there are three main areas of concern that the selectors need to take a call on when they sit down to pick the 15-member squad.The much-debated number four slot, whether Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik go as the second wicket-keeper behind MS Dhoni and finally, if the team will pick a fourth pacer or an additional third spinner considering that the wickets will be on the slower side at this time of the year in England.Starting with the number four slot, while there have been talks ranging from Ambati Rayudu, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer, it could well be that the team management will continue with the recent experiment of playing Vijay Shankar at the number four slot with Rahul being drafted as the official back-up opener as well as the answer to all the other top-order batting slots if and when any of the other batsman in the top line-up is injured or out of form.The fact that Shankar has continued to bat at number three or four in this Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Sunrisers Hyderabad is another hint that the team management might have asked him to carry on batting at the top.What this also means is that the likes of Shreyas Iyer or Ajinkya Rahane will be out of the equation. While Iyer has been scoring heavily without the selectors acknowledging his efforts, Rahane has somehow failed to get the backing of the selectors even though he has proved himself whenever given an opportunity. In fact, he was a hit in the middle-order in the last ODI series that he played against South Africa.advertisementThe rest of the batsmen pick themselves with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma starting at the top, followed by Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav. Hardik Pandya fits in as the all-rounder who will also be looked at as a finisher.When is the India squad announcement for the 2019 World Cup?The press conference for the announcement of India’s 2019 World Cup squad will begin from 3:30 pm IST in Mumbai on April 15Where can I watch the press conference for India’s World Cup squad announcement live?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi will broadcast the team announcement for the 2019 World Cup. The live streaming will be available on Hotstar.Where can I check the online live updates of India’s World Cup squad announcement? All the live updates from India’s World Cup squad announcement will be available on www.indiatoday.in/sports.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World CupFollow 2019 World CupFollow Virat KohliFollow MS DhoniFollow India national cricket teamlast_img read more


first_imgTORONTO — The $9 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw will be shared by three winning ticket holders — two in the Prairies and one in Ontario.Each winning ticket is worth $3 million.The draw’s guaranteed $1 million prize went to a player in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Sept. 4 will be approximately $5 million.The Canadian Presslast_img


first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. employers posted the most jobs in two decades in August, and hiring also reached a record high, fresh evidence that companies are desperate to staff up amid solid economic growth.Job openings rose a slight 0.8 per cent to 7.14 million, the highest on records dating back to December 2000, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That is also far more than the 6.2 million of people who were unemployed that month.The number of available jobs has swamped the number of unemployed for five straight months. Hiring has been solid, which has pushed down the unemployment rate to a nearly five-decade low of 3.7 per cent. Strong demand for workers when so few are out of work may force more companies to raise pay in the coming months.President Donald Trump celebrated the report on Twitter, tweeting: “Incredible number just out… Astonishing! It’s all working!” Trump added that the stock market was “up big” and referenced “Strong Profits.”Yet so far, pay raises have been modest. Average hourly earnings rose 2.8 per cent in September compared with a year earlier. That’s much higher than several years ago, but below the roughly 4 per cent gain that is typical when unemployment is so low.It’s a sharp turnaround from the Great Recession and its aftermath. In 2009, there were as many as six unemployed workers for each available job. Now, that number has fallen below one.Employers hired roughly 5.8 million people in August, the report showed. That is also the most on record, but that increase partly reflects population growth. The percentage of the workforce that found jobs in August ticked up to 3.9 per cent from 3.8 per cent in July. That matched an 11-year high first reached in May.Job openings rose in August in professional and business services, which include mostly higher-paying positions in engineering, accounting and architecture, as well as temporary help. Postings in that category have jumped 27 per cent from a year ago.Construction firms are also desperate for workers, posting 298,000 open jobs. That’s nearly 39 per cent more than a year ago. Job openings also increased in finance and insurance and health care.Openings fell in August from the previous month in manufacturing, retail, and slipped slightly in hotels and restaurants.last_img read more


first_imgRabat – The political barometer TIZI/AVERTY issued its second opinion poll on Tuesday, which noted  a significant decrease of approval rating for Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane, Prime Minister of Morocco.The survey included 1,067 Moroccan participants questioned via internet, and it was distributed among 39 cities in Morocco. 35 percent of the respondents were from the Atlantic region (axis Casablanca-Rabat), 18% from the central region of the country, 25% from the North and 25% from the South.According to the Moroccan newspapers Akhbar Alyaoum, the approval rating of the head of the government decreased from 68% in June 2013 to 53% in January 2014, a drop of 15 points in  six months, especially in South of Morocco. More specifically,  the confidence in Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane has significantly decreased  from 63 percent to 11%,  and from 50% to 18% in the Atlantic axis (Casablanca-Rabat).This reduction has also been noticeable in the regions of Fes, Meknes and Tadla-Azilal from 48% support to 29% in the last six months.Edited by Zahra El Alami© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more


NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:Alphabet Inc., up $109.28 to $1,245.22.The parent company of Google bounced back from a rough first quarter and blew past analysts’ profit forecasts.Amazon.com Inc., down $30.77 to $1,943.05.The retail giant reported a rare miss in its latest quarter earnings as it ramped up spending on faster deliveries.Sprint Corp., up 55 cents to $7.99.The Justice Department approved Sprint’s merger with T-Mobile.Twitter Inc., up $3.40 to $41.52.The social media company reported surprisingly strong second-quarter user numbers and revenue.Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., down 79 cents to $14.16.The tire maker reported results that fell short of analysts’ forecasts.Starbucks Corp., up $8.13 to $99.11.The coffee store chain easily beat Wall Street’s earnings forecasts thanks to foamy new drinks and a growing rewards program.Merit Medical Systems Inc., down $13.84 to $41.The maker of disposable medical devices reported weak results in its latest quarter and cut its forecasts for the full year.Fiserv Inc., up $5.94 to $102.30.The financial services technology company’s latest quarterly earnings beat the forecasts published by Wall Street analysts.The Associated Press read more


first_imgNew Gold and Western Goldfields, two separate gold mining companies, have entered into a definitive agreement in which New Gold will acquire by way of a plan of arrangement all of the outstanding common shares of Western Goldfields in exchange for one New Gold common share and C$0.0001 in cash for each common share of Western Goldfields. Upon completion of the transaction, existing New Gold and Western Goldfields shareholders will own around 58% and 42% of the combined company, respectively.Highlights of the Transaction include:Diversified gold production base from three gold mines in established jurisdictions with forecasted gold production of about 335,000 oz in 2009, expected to grow to over 400,000 oz in 2012Strong cash flow to fully fund the development at the New Afton gold-copper project in British ColumbiaDelivers on industry consolidation in a rising gold price environmentCombines experienced management teams and boards of directorsEnhances market presenceIncreases mineable reserves totalling 7.6 Moz gold within a Measured and Indicated resource of 12.2 Moz gold.Upon completion of the transaction, the executive management will consist of Randall Oliphant, Executive Chairman; Robert Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer; Brian Penny, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and James Currie, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. The board of directors will be a combination of six current directors of New Gold and four current directors of Western Goldfields, the composition of which will be determined prior to the meetings of the shareholders of both companies to approve the transaction.Robert Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Gold said: “We are delighted with the announcement of the business combination with Western Goldfields. This is in line with our growth strategy and vision of becoming a Moz gold producer by 2012. This represents significant value for New Gold and Western Goldfields shareholders with greater leverage to gold in a larger intermediate gold mining company, diversified production in mining-friendly jurisdictions, and strengthened financial position.”Randall Oliphant, Chairman of Western Goldfields adds, “The combination of these two companies presents a great opportunity for both Western Goldfields and New Gold shareholders. It provides both groups with exposure to a very exciting development project in New Afton and cash flow sufficient to fund its development.”last_img read more


first_imgFor years archaeologists have linked a type of ancient vessels found in the eastern Mediterranean area with the use of opiates. In a recent study published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Analyst and funded by the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) this link is verified.Researchers at the University of York in collaboration with the British Museum have discovered traces of opiates preserved inside a vessel from -known as ‘base-ring juglet’. These vases,  when inverted resemble the seed head of the opium poppy.The vase dates back to the Late Bronze Age, circa 1650 – 1350BC and had since its discovery been housed in the British Museum.Using instruments in the University of York’s Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry at the researchers found that the juglet residue was mostly composed of a plant oil but hinted at the presence of opium alkaloids, a group of organic compounds derived from the opium poppy.The vase has been found and kept sealed, allowing the contents inside to be preserved; presenting a rare opportunity for scientists to conduct a conclusive analysis, Kathimerini reports.Meanwhile, Dr Rachel Smith developed a new analytical method as part of her PhD at the University’s Department of Chemistry.“The particular opiate alkaloids we detected are ones we have shown to be the most resistant to degradation, which makes them better targets in ancient residues than more well-known opiates such as morphine,” she said.“We found the alkaloids in degraded plant oil, so the question as to how opium would have been used in this juglet still remains. Could it have been one ingredient amongst others in an oil-based mixture, or could the juglet have been re-used for oil after the opium or something else entirely?”The university’s Chair of Analytical Science in the Department of Chemistry, Professor Jane Thomas-Oates believes that the juglet is significant in revealing important details about trade and the culture of the period.“We were able to establish a rigorous method for detecting opiates in this kind of residue, but the next analytical challenge is to see if we can succeed with less well-preserved residues,” she said “so it was important to us to try and progress the debate about what it might have been used for”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


first_img For the team at Snap Inc., Snapchat’s parent company, the future’s so bright they’ve gotta wear shades. It’s also so bright that their IPO is expected to value the company at somewhere between $20 and $25 billion.Earlier this year, Snapchat secured nearly $2 billion in additional funding. As of 11 months ago, they had roughly 110 million active daily users. By late spring, it’s believed Snapchat was barrelling down the track toward nearly 150 million.Most tech observers think that explosive growth has made Snapchat bigger than Twitter, at least regarding daily users… and that’s more important than the total size of the user base to investors. Even if they’re mostly sending nudie pics to each other.Snapchat has a massive deal in place with the NFL. NBC brought the Rio Olympics to Snapchat. Viacom got on board back in February with another content-sharing deal. Big media is clearly bullish on the Snapchat platform, and now, Snap has unleashed its first hardware product, the camera-equipped Spectacles, to very positive early reviews.It really shouldn’t surprise anyone that they’re expecting people to line up and throw bags of money at them once they start offering shares to the public.$25 billion sounds huge, and it is… It was back in 2013 when Twitter wound up in the same neighborhood, but that honeymoon ended rather abruptly. Snap will have to work to avoid meeting with the same fate.And while $25 billion is huge it’s not even in the same galaxy as the Alibaba IPO from 2014. The Chinese e-commerce titan racked up a $168 billion valuation when it went public. That’s supervillain-ransoming-the-moon money. Stay on target Snapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350Snapchat Launches New Original Programming, Multiplayer Games last_img read more


first_imgThere’s always something special about your first love.The relationship is new and exciting and when you really get rolling, well, there’s nothing quite like it.Oh, we’re talking about cars, right? Why, yes, we are.First, I should say I am not a car guy. I’ve been driving around the same beat-up ’86 Honda Prelude since ’86.And all I know is how to change the oil. Well, technically all I know is how to ask a guy to change the oil.Before that Prelude was my 1975 love, a Plymouth Duster. Got ‘er in ’75 when I landed my first reporting job.What a beaut. But when the floorboard finally rusted out in ’86 because of all of the salt in coastal Florida, I gave it to my sister for a few bucks.Miss that Duster.• • • I’ve already established I don’t know an axle shaft from a camshaft but that doesn’t mean I don’t like gawking.So I found myself out at the Beaches Summertime Cruisin’ car show Wednesday at Portland International Raceway.Every Wednesday during summer Mark Matthias, owner of Beaches restaurant in Vancouver, puts this thing on.I always keep my eye out for the two cars I’ve had.Preludes? I suspect it will be a long, long time before I see one of those. But Dusters, now come on man!Then this Wednesday, as I moseyed toward the back end of a long line of cars, it was there. A Duster. Not sure what year it was.I stood for a moment. Even touched its rear end. Those were the days.Have you run into your first love lately? You might just find it at the car show.No-showsSpeaking of shows, what about no-shows? As in politicians.It’s the political season. For most of us that means tuning in or tuning out the noise.For a few of us here at The Columbian it means setting up editorial board meetings with the candidates.Most politicians are good people and good sports. They understand the drill and know they often will get asked tough questions by the board.last_img read more


first_imgRAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — President Barack Obama will shorten his trip to India and divert to Saudi Arabia, paying respects after the death of King Abdullah and meeting with the oil-rich nation’s new monarch, the White House said Saturday.The scheduling shift, announced just before Obama left Washington, underscores the desert kingdom’s pivotal role in U.S. policy in the Middle East, including the military campaign against the Islamic State group.Saudi Arabia’s status as one of Washington’s most important Arab allies has at times appeared to trump U.S. concerns about the terrorist funding that flows from the kingdom and about human rights abuses.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama would meet on Tuesday with King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and other officials to “offer his condolences on behalf of the American people.”The president called Salman from Air Force One to express his sympathies on the passing of his older brother. The White House said the king welcomed the news that Obama would be traveling to Riyadh.last_img read more


first_imgAbdul Wahhab MiahSenior judge of the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division Abdul Wahhab Miah resigned on Friday, officials concerned confirmed.His resignation followed appointment on Friday of his junior Appellate Division judge Syed Mahmud Hossain as the country’s next chief justice.Justice Wahhab Miah sent his resignation letter to the president and the officials of the Bangabhaban, the president’s official residence, said they received the letter.The president on Friday afternoon appointed the second most senior SC judge Syed Mahmud Hossain as the 22nd chief justice (CJ) of Bangladesh. He will take oath as the 22nd chief justice of the country on Saturday.Wahhab Miah was discharging duties as acting chief justice after former chief justice SK Sinha resigned from the post in November.Wahhab Miah was due to retire on 10 November this year.last_img read more