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Lighting for Video: Color Temperature and Size

first_imgUnderstanding color temperature, light size and power draw is imperative for picking the right light for your video shoots!In the second part in our series on Lighting for Video we dig deeper into choosing the right light for your shoot. In this video tutorial we’ll discuss more lighting basics including color temperature, light size and power draw – essential knowledge for ensuring you’ve chosen the right light for your shot.The color temperature of lighting units is measured on the Kelvin scale. In this tutorial we’ll first cover the lighting temperature of different lighting units and where they fall on the Kelvin scale. By understanding this fundamental of lighting, you can achieve better results in mixed lighting environments and compensate for potential color casts. See the image below for a handy cheat sheet on color temperature from StreamingMediaProducer.Additionally, we’ll take a look at a few examples of how light size effects the look of a shot. The size of the light relative to the size of the subject dictates how hard or soft the shadows appear.Finally, we’ll make a few considerations for power usage when choosing lights for your shoot – which lights draw the most power and how to prevent circuit overload from these heavy hitters.Be sure to check out our previous video tutorial on light output for even more info on choosing the right light for your video shoot.Stay tuned, as we’ll be adding more videos in our Lighting for Video series!Image from Streaming Media Producerlast_img read more

BJP leader shot dead by three unidentified assailants in Hapur

first_imgA local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was shot dead in Dhaulana area of Hapur district in Uttar Pradesh by three unidentified assailants on Monday morning. Rakesh Sharma was a mandal general secretary in the Hapur BJP unit and was the in charge of 100 booths in his area.A peon in the government school in Chajjupur village, Mr. Sharma was going to his workplace on his motorcycle from his house in Karanpur Jatt village. According to police, he was stopped one km before Sapnavat police station along a deserted stretch and was shot from close range. He was taken to the government hospital in Hapur where he died during treatment.Local BJP workers blamed the poor law and order situation for the murder.“Preliminary investigation has revealed that Mr. Sharma was socially very active. He was fighting a couple of cases on behalf of the locals. It could have led to some acrimony. However, the family hasn’t named anybody in the FIR,” said Yesh Vir Singh, Superintendent of Police, Hapur. “We have received some leads and five teams are after the culprits. The role of local police is also being looked into,” he added.last_img read more

Nocturnal animal Mayweather visits strip club

first_imgUSA Today reported that Mayweather was out at the strip club he owns in Las Vegas — Girl Collection — at 3:30am local time early Thursday after arriving in a white Rolls Royce. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutQuoted by the newspaper, Mayweather insisted his nocturnal activities would not interfere with his preparations for Saturday’s fight against mixed martial star McGregor. The boxer, who retired from the sport in 2015 with a perfect 49-0 record, is the overwhelming favorite to defeat McGregor when the two men clash at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.  MOST READ “Nobody can beat me,” Mayweather told the paper. USA Today said Mayweather greeted patrons at the club before retiring to a VIP section with four dancers. He told the paper he had decided to open a strip club when he was serving a two-month prison sentence in 2012 following a conviction for domestic abuse. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Read Next Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. APLas Vegas, United States — Floyd Mayweather has been taking an unorthodox approach to his pre-fight preparations to face Conor McGregor — with a late-night visit to his strip club. “When I was locked up and doing time, I drew the club up,” Mayweather said. “Women never go out of style.”ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Manu Ginobili returning for 16th season with Spurs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Yu Yunicorn: Key specifications, top features, India price & everything you need to know

first_imgYu Televentures, a Micromax subsidiary, today launched its latest flagship Yunicorn in New Delhi. The company promises that the Yunicorn “redefines flagships”.The Yu Yunicorn focuses on design and an overall experience. We will have more to say about the phone but here is a quick takeaway if you are looking to get an idea of what the phone is and what it packs in. Take a look at the key specifications.Processor: The Yunicorn sports MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core processor with speed of 1.8GHz. This processor has two different bunch of cores. Four of these cores run at a speed of 1.8GHz while the other four run at 1.4GHz.RAM: The phone is backed with 4GB RAM. YU has said that this is low-power RAM and hence will help users save battery. It uses up to 30 per cent less power, says the company.Internal storage: The Yunicorn has 32GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card.Display: 5.5-inch display with FullHD (1080p) resolution. The display, according to YU, has a brightness of 450nits and the contrast ratio of 1000:1.Rear camera: The phone has a 13MP camera on the back.Front camera: The Yunicorn carries a 5MP front camera.Software: The phone runs Steroids OS, which is modified Android Lollipop. The company promises to update the OS regularly.Battery: The Yunicorn is powered by a 4000mAh battery.Price: Rs 12,999How to buy it: For now the phone is exclusively available at Flipkart. It will be sold through a flash sale.advertisementOffline sales: After around a month, the phone will be available in offline stores for Rs 13,499.Some other key bits– The home button houses fingerprint scanner in Yunicorn.– Quick Music toggle lets a user access music controls with a single swipe.– Yu Wallet offers recharge services for mobile, DTH, etc.– Monochrome mode to offer better reading experience.– The phone OS has integrated numerous services like cab booking, medical assistance, etc. The feature minimises the need of additional apps to be installed.– The key feature of the phone is its design. It has an aluminium body which is around 8mm thick. Although the bottom and top parts of the phone have plastic cover in faux metal finish. The phone also has a screen cover with curve of 2.5D, something that we usually see on more high-end phones.– The YU supports dual-SIM feature. However the slots that it uses is a hybrid slot. This means if you decide to use a microSD card, you will be able to use only one SIM card.last_img read more

SPORT-CYCLING 2 LAST

first_imgIn the Men Junior Sprint final, the bronze medal went to In the Men Junior Sprint final, the bronze medal went to Indias Sanuraj P, who clocked 12.203 and 12.322 in the first and second rounds, respectively. The Women Junior Sprint final saw India bagging the first two spots and adding another gold and silver to the medals tally. Nayana Rajesh got the gold after clocking 12.658 and 12.865 in the two rounds, while Anu Chutia grabbed the silver with a timing of 12.764 and 13.178. Hoi Wah of Hong Kong was third position a time of 13.644 and 13.300. However, in the Men Elite Sprint Final, India could not manage to finish on the podium. In the team Elite Womens team pursuit, Indian team comprising Raj Kumari Devi, Bidya Luxmi Tourangbam, Ratuja Satputhe and G Amritha Regunath earned the bronze medal. The main attraction of today was the point race of 30km, where 14 riders took part and had to complete 120 rounds of the track. Indian couldnt win a medal in this race as Krishna Nayakodi and Ramesh Nagarajan secured eighth place and 10th place, respectively. PTI CM CMlast_img read more

Mets’ deGrom Strains Groin

first_imgPORT ST. LUCIE— New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was held out of drills and a scheduled bullpen session Monday because of a sore left groin.“It’s just precautionary,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “The other day he was running, kind pushed off and the turf gave way. He felt a little twinge. I said, ‘Lets not get cute here.’ We’ll give him a couple days.”DeGrom said he started to feel sore Sunday but went through all the drills and felt fine. He thrww on flat ground Monday and said he felt fine.“I felt like I could have went today, but I think it was just being careful,” deGrom said. “I didn’t want to go out there and aggravate it more.”DeGrom was NL Rookie of the Year in 2014 and 14-8 with 2.54 ERA in last year.“His bullpen the other day was lights out — lights out — so, obviously, his arm is fine,” Collins said, “Let’s just take this slow.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Emotional Nicolas Mahut gets hug from son after losing in French Open. Twitter left teary-eyed

first_imgWith the French Open going on, fans of the game are glued to their screens to watch their favourite players in action. The French Open, in the history of sports, has given us some of the most iconic moments.A recent match between Nicolas Mahut and Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer during the French Open was one such match. Nicolas Mahut’s run came to an end in the French Open after he lost to his opponent.It was a crucial match in the life of Mahut as he would have faced Roger Federer in the next round if he would have won. As he lost the match, an emotional Mahut tried holding back his tears.A journalist and Twitter user, Tancredi Palmeri, shared the video on his official account and captioned it, “You maybe already saw this. Tennis player Mahut losing at Roland Garros in front of his family, breaks down in tears. His kid runs on court to hug him. His opponent Mayer getting emotional. Father and son walk away hand in hand. Losing, winning, living.”You maybe already saw this.Tennis player Mahut losing at Roland Garros in front of his family, breaks down in tears.His kid runs on court to hug him.His opponent Mayer getting emotional.Father and son walk away hand in hand.Losing, winning, living.pic.twitter.com/YOE3ohKVGJTancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) June 4, 2019In the video, Mahut’s son can be seen running towards his emotional dad and hugging him. Mayer also got teary-eyed looking at the scene. In the end, the father-son duo walked back holding hands as they received a standing ovation from everyone in the stadium.advertisementThis video hit twitterati hard in the feels, have a look at the comments on the thread.Mayer had a human reaction in front of that he did wellpaulo dias (@altominho68) June 4, 2019Beautiful. That embrace says he won at fatherhood.Arlinda Budo (@ArlindaBudo) June 4, 2019I was just fine until I read you comment, then the tears came…Bruno Felix (@bruno_felix) June 5, 2019So sweet and emotional to see a son having the opportunity of holding his dad’s hand in the dad’s time of need!islolly (@islolly) June 5, 2019Well said sir. Love sent to you from Alabama. Much respectJohnny Childress (@JohnnyChildres) June 6, 2019Great sportsmanship from Mayer.Lee Fisher (@Leefisher1971) June 4, 2019It’s more than sportsmanship, it’s humanity.Jadozaurus (@Jadozaurus) June 4, 2019That’s beautiful. I reckon my son would be coming on to tell me he would have taken him in straight sets…whilst dressed as cat boy.Jamie Ross (@Jamieross11jr) June 4, 2019Real men. Real class. Real heart.Lynn Rucker (@LynnRucker8) June 5, 2019#perspective I think I have some dust in my eyeSt Davids PE & Sport (@MrlycettPE) June 4, 2019Not me, I’m cryingEric (@trem2303) June 5, 2019Bigger than sport – that is life!Robbie Nock (@NockRobbie) June 4, 2019It took me so long to realise where the really important people in your life are. They are the ones in your . This is must watch stuff competitors & warriors on field of battle but real peopld under the surface is the most important thing of allDarren Berry (@ChuckBerry1969) June 5, 2019People BARELY remember who won what anymore…. NO ONE forgets moments like this #FamilyFirstMarvin M Williams (@TheSideNotes) June 5, 2019Beautiful. Therein lies the meaning of life. Love.Scott Rennie (@scottmrennie) June 4, 2019The video left Twitter teary-eyed as well.ALSO READ | Bengaluru priests sit in vessels filled with water while performing puja. Internet dies laughingALSO READ: Smriti Irani wishes Ekta Kapoor on birthday with adorable pic: You helped me through difficult timesALSO WATCH | Man forces himself on child at Riyadh malllast_img read more

Miami Women’s Basketball Coach Blasts Texas A&M

first_imgKatie Meier poses in front of a Miami basketball poster.Twitter/@CoachKatieMeierMiami women’s basketball coach Katie Meier was not happy with the sexist slides from the Texas A&M football women’s clinic, which have gotten the Aggies criticized nationally and led to the suspension of two staff members.Last night, Meier blasted A&M on Twitter for the slides. She also expressed disapproval for only punishing offensive line coach Jim Turner and special teams coordinator Jeff Banks with two-week suspensions.Miami women’s basketball coach Katie Meier fires back at the Aggies’ presentation.This cannot be REAL life in 2016 college athletics. We are EDUCATORS. We WORK in higher education. W set standards https://t.co/WMvuRgXn8e— Katie Meier (@CoachKatieMeier) July 30, 2016 The actual slides are degrading and offensive. I have seen them. 2 week suspension is a joke. Change the culture https://t.co/586e9HTevu— Katie Meier (@CoachKatieMeier) July 30, 2016Meier is a well-respected coach, having compiled a 283-188 record (.591 winning percentage) at Charlotte and Miami. She has taken the Hurricanes to five NCAA Tournaments in the last six years.One of the suspended A&M coaches, Jim Turner, has been in hot water before. Turner was the offensive line coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2012-13 and was a major figure in the team’s bullying scandal.A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin released a statement apologizing for the action’s of his staffers.“There is absolutely no place in our program or in our University community for inappropriate conduct or degrading comments towards women, or anyone, regardless of intent.[…]“On behalf of Aggie football, I want to apologize for the comments at Chalk Talk and also for my failure to review their individual presentations. I want to thank the almost 700 women who came out this week who not only participated in the program but who supported a worthy cause in the Twin City Mission.”For a coach rumored to be on the hot seat, this is probably the last thing Sumlin needed.last_img read more

I Didnt Choose to Be a Photographer Photography Chose Me Omar

Rabat – With almost a decade of experience, Omar Chennafi has become one of Morocco’s most well-known and loved professional photographers.Morocco World News sat down with Chennafi during the Fez Festival of Sacred Music to chat about the city of Fez, what photography means to him, and how he hopes to influence future generations with his mission and artistic work.As is the case with most artists, Chennafi attributes his talent to something beyond his control. “I didn’t choose to be a photographer, photography chose me. It’s like your name. You don’t choose your name, it just happens.” Chennafi fell in love with photography five years after being introduced to the art form, and has been actively photographing the world around him ever since. His photography has been featured in Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, and other publications worldwide. But for this young photographer, photography is about much more than making money or even taking pictures.Photo By Omar Chennafi“Photography is not about how to hold or use a camera. Knowing how to use it is a wonderful thing, and really helps me understand photography as a way of telling a story and sharing it with others. But photography is really all about observing,” says Chennafi about what it takes to be a photographer. “It’s not about how to watch but how to observe. We forget about observation, that’s the problem. We watch so many thousands of images a day, but do we really observe something?”When asked about photography in terms of art, Chennafi spoke of the complexities of photography. “Photography transmits a sensation,” Chennafi says. The key to creating an artistic photograph is to “photograph something real. Photograph a place, but capture its sound and action—this is art because we touch people’s emotions.”“You must use your sensitivity as a photographer to transmit that sensation— that place, to other people, like they are there with you. This is a very important part of photography as an art platform,” he adds.Photo By Omar ChennafiThere is an age-old discussion about how to define art and what exactly the criteria needed to label someone as an artist is. Chennafi falls into the category of  “artist” among the Moroccan public, especially in Fez. But he is a multi-faceted individual with multiple roles in the community, including that of a leader and an educator. For the past four years, Chennafi has served as the head of a photography club in Fez sponsored by the American Language Center, hosting 30 to 40 members, many of which have their own photography career now and are avid travelers and explorers, according to Chennafi. He works with these photographers to polish their skill, although his “teaching” policy differs slightly from the norm.“I always tell the members of the photography club that we are here not to teach you but to introduce you to photography. You can just watch YouTube videos and you can be a professional photographer. You can be more of a technical genius than I, but I can’t teach you how to observe,” Omar Said.Photo By Omar ChennafiIn addition to reminding his own students about the importance of observation, Chennafi has bigger goals in mind for the future. “The goal of my long term project is to create the House of Photography, where people can come talk about photography, maybe exhibit their work and have a workshop about photography with coffee, for people that are interested in photography. I also want to introduce Morocco as a whole to photography. Because as the saying goes, one photograph is worth one thousand words.”Chennafi’s “dream project” is to create something like the Museum of Photography that exists in Marrakech, but in his hometown of Fez.Although Fez is not as big of a tourism hub as Marrakech, it has a lot of potential, says Chennafi. Fez is the cultural capital of Morocco, and thus holds remnants of the kingdom’s rich history. “Fez has preserved the authentic time, the authentic sensation; it feels like a medieval city.”Photo By Omar ChennafiOmar Chennafi has made the city and its people the main subject of his photography for much of his career. “I exhibit my work in a couple of countries all around, it is such a wonderful honor because I’m doing this just to promote Fez. Fez is like my mother, I try to hold her hands and talk to her through photography. It sounds romantic but it’s just the way I see my work.”Chennafi is involved in multiple photography projects to promote Fez, such as the Fez Festival for World Sacred Music, in which he served as one of the official photographers this year. “We’re thinking about publishing a book about Fez and doing a photo festival about Fez called Fez the Sacred. It is going to happen!” says Chennafi.For Omar, Fez is a holy place, and it is sacred because of its rich history and culture. “For me, sacred is the universe sharing something, because the entire universe is sacred. Photography is a very universal language that everyone understands. Something sacred is created out of the harmony between two things: the people and the place.”Photo By Omar ChennafiPhoto By Omar Chennafi© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UN expert marks first anniversary of landmark declaration on indigenous peoples

Earlier this week, James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples, presented his first annual report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.In it, he details the different measures that countries, international organizations, indigenous peoples themselves and others can take to ensure that the Declaration and other human rights instruments are effectively implemented.Characterizing the Declaration as a “remedial instrument,” Mr. Anaya told the Council that it “takes basic human rights principles that are applicable to all and elaborates upon them in the specific historic, cultural, political and social context of indigenous peoples.”The document seeks to overcome the marginalization and discrimination that indigenous people have faced due to “historical processes of colonization, conquest and dispossession,” he noted.The expert also cautioned that such legacies persist, and urged States and the international community to take steps to ensure the 350 million indigenous peoples in more than 70 nations are guaranteed the rights enshrined in the Declaration and other pacts.In honour of the anniversary, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold its first-ever meeting of representatives of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and of the UN Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues from 15-17 September in Paris. 13 September 2008A United Nations independent expert today commemorated the first anniversary of the General Assembly’s adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, calling on States to renew their commitment to the historic document. read more

CB says IMF funds will boost reserves

The Executive Board of the IMF met in Washington on Monday and completed the seventh review of Sri Lanka’s economic performance under a program supported by a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). The completion of the review enables the immediate disbursement of about US$ 426.8 million, bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to an amount equivalent to about US$ 2.13 billion, the IMF said in a statement.The Central Bank said that its gross official reserves now stand at US dollars 6.1 billion, which is equivalent to 3.6 months of imports. However the Central Bank said in a statement early Tuesday that with the IMF approving the loan the disbursement as well as other inflows on account of workers’ remittances, inflows to the government to finance various infrastructure development projects and inflows to the private sector have helped raise the country’s foreign reserves to a comfortable level. The Sri Lankan Central Bank said that the announcement by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that it had approved a US dollar 427 million loan will help boost the country’s foreign reserves.Sri Lanka’s foreign reserves had in recent times seen a drastic drop resulting in the bank allowing the Sri Lankan Rupee to depreciate as against the U.S dollar to record low levels. With the receipt of the eighth tranche from the IMF, the total outstanding value will exceed 300% of Sri Lanka’s current quota, thus requiring the payment of an interest surcharge of 2.0% on top of the current interest rate for the portion exceeding the 300% of the quota.Despite the relatively higher interest rate, Sri Lanka considered opting for the IMF tranche favourably in view of the current uncertain global environment, the Central Bank said. read more

UN launches 103million relief appeal for Indonesian quake victims

“Local health facilities continue to be overwhelmed, especially as the population has no homes to which to return,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in announcing the Earthquake Response Plan (ERP).A dozen UN agencies responsible for areas ranging from health, food and children to development, labour and cultural affairs, are participating with non-government organization (NGO) partners in the relief effort. The Plan also recognizes the need for early recovery efforts beyond emergency relief.Measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale, the 27 May quake caused the heaviest damage in the Klaten and Bantul region of central Java, killing up to 6,200 fatalities people, according to Government sources. At least 200,000 people have been displaced and more than 50,000 patients have been treated in 31 local hospitals, field hospitals, health centres and mobile clinics.Nearly 140,000 homes, 269 schools, 302 Government buildings, 284 religious buildings and 50 kilometres of roads and bridges were destroyed or damaged. A large portion of the 6 million people living in the affected districts were directly affected by the quake, particularly in light of damage to infrastructure and services such as water treatment plants, sewage systems and medical facilities. The plan, which was jointly prepared by UN agencies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and NGOs, is based on preliminary assessments and is expected to be revised based on in-depth needs assessments, especially in the early recovery areas, in about three to six weeks. read more

Mali UN alarmed at release of human rights abusers warns de facto

Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said: “We understand that a number of those released on 16 July 2015 were implicated in such crimes and are concerned that further releases may be imminent.” Any measure that would, de facto, amount to amnesty would be contrary to international law, and in violation of the commitment by the parties to the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement.“We emphasize the critical importance of the fight against impunity and the need to investigate and prosecute all gross violations of human rights, to ensure accountability,” she underscored. Amnesties that prevent the prosecution of individuals who may be legally responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and gross violations of human rights are inconsistent with States’ obligations under various sources of international law. “We urge the Government to ensure that any releases made in the context of confidence-building measures are in full conformity with international law, and to take all measures to ensure the investigation and prosecution of all serious crimes under international law,” the spokesperson continued. “The judicial authorities in Mali should pursue the investigation and prosecution of all alleged perpetrators of war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity and other gross violations of human rights, and ensure that the rights of victims to an effective remedy are promoted and protected.”OHCHR also condemned the atrocious attacks on civilians in the Byblos hotel in Sevaré in Central Mali between Friday and Saturday last week. “Such attacks, which appear designed to provoke a state of terror and intimidate, are in violation of national and international law. We call on the international community and neighbouring states to give all possible assistance to Mali in its ongoing efforts to restore peace, security and the full respect for human rights,” Ms. Shamdasani concluded. read more

Valero Rivera Saric was a key for success

Qatari head-coach Valero Rivera was happy after the starting success over Brazil 28:23 at Qatar 2015:– The first match at a championship is always difficult. We won mainly due to our defence and to Danijel Saric in our goal. Furthermore, Eldar Memisevic was particularly important to us in the phase of the second half, when Brazil came close.”, said the world champion with Spain two years ago. ← Previous Story Qatar win opener at Lusail Next Story → QATAR 2015 (Day 2): Argentina upset Denmark read more

Greeces privatisation agency greenlights €100m investment in Corfu

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After four years of talks and negociations, Greece agreed to the lease of a coveted piece of land to international investment fund NCH Capital. The lease will bring 23 million euros ($33.m) to the debt-ridden country that is relying on foreign investments for its financial recovery. Based in New York, NCH Capital manages about $3 billion of funds and has extensive experience in international investments across Europe. It is planning to spend about 100 million euros (more than the initial estimate) to build a luxury seaside holiday resort in Kassiopi, a popular tourist destination, attracting many British, German and Russian visitors each year. Apart from the 23 million that, the Investors will also pay an additional 2.3 million, provided it will achieve certain targets. The group managed to seal the deal, promising to built a facility that will showcase the natural beauty of the coveted area, and that will use the principles of sustainability and eco-friendly growth. Moreover, the Investors are eager to work with Greek professionals to bring this project to life. Privatisations have been a key condition of Greece’s three international bailouts since 2010, but the scheme has so far failed to show any results, bringing in about 3.4 billion euros in revenue, far less than the estimated 50 billion euros that the privatisation plan was aiming for. The Kassiopi project is also set to create more employment opportunities in the region, resuscitating the local economy. last_img read more

This Portable Keyboard Crumples Into a PocketSized Ball

first_imgStay on target Geek Pick: Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB Is a Split Mechanical Gaming KeyboardIKEA’s New Gaming Gear Is Built For Your Body Life—and work—would be a lot easier if I could fold up my laptop, mouse, and keyboard to fit in my pocket.Alas, cramming all those electronics into female-sized jean compartments (why do men always have bigger pockets?) is just not feasible.At least, not entirely.Researchers in Korea developed an inexpensive keyboard so tough, so flexible, and so thin that it can be crumpled up and tucked into a pocket without damage.Of course, someone already thought to make a bendable, portable keyboard. But of the merchandise available today, most have limited elastibility and are still quite bulky, even once rolled up.A team of scientists, led by Kee-Sun Sohn, Ji Sik Kim, and Keemin Sohn, wanted to create something that can withstand the rigors of everyday life, and still let you email your boss and update social media with ease.As described by a paper published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, the group based their device on a sheet of soft Ecoflex silicone rubber, embedded with conductive carbon nanotubes.Those tubes respond to the push of a finger by changing electrical resistance, according to the American Chemical Society (ACS), which reported on the study.In an effort to avoid added volume, researchers drew squares representing letter and number keys directly onto the sheet’s surface. They then trained a neural network to identify the intended character based on location and pressure of the user’s touch.“They state that their simple keyboard worked perfectly and outperformed all existing portable keypads in terms of functionality, flexibility, disposability, and cost,” ACS said.Each keyboard would cost only $1—”cheap enough that it could be tossed out and replaced if it stopped working,” the organization said.Not exactly inspiring. But I suppose such a low price point would mean less anxiety over damage (which, as most of my electronic devices prove, is a very real hazard for me).Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The Cinematic Sex of Marvels Netflix Universe

first_imgStay on target Sex! Now that I have your attention, while the Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still technically a part of the same beloved continuity, it has a lot of differences. Instead of global Avengers like Iron Man and Captain America and Thor and Hulk, it has street level New York City heroes like Daredevil and Jessica Jones and Luke Cage and Iron Fist, who recently teamed up in The Defenders. And that seedy corner of the universe also features the latest incarnation of The Punisher, who’s about to get his own guntastic vigilante spin-off show.The Netflix shows also don’t have nearly as much money as their big-budget movie counterparts. That’s why they tend to focus on underlit hallway hand-to-hand fight scenes spread out over 13 streaming hours instead of a few glorious minutes of CGI spectacle in the theater. However, these smaller stakes allow the shows to take risks with edgier material. The episodes are full of gore Disney would never let these superheroes get away with on the big screen. Heads and limbs get cut off. Folks get shot to death. Rosario Dawson’s whole Night Nurse character basically exists to mop up all that blood left behind by gangsters and ninjas.But more importantly, the Netflix shows are full of characters, including and especially the superheroes, having lots and lots of sex! Sex! That thing many actual adult human beings with biological urges love to do! Not just flirting and kissing but explicit love-making. Unfortunately, that has now all come to an end with the recent third season of Jessica Jones, not only the final season of that show but the final season for all of the Disney Netflix shows. And while we would love to be proven wrong, we don’t think that the MCU shows on the upcoming Disney+ streaming TV service are going to be nearly as horny despite spicy pairings like Wanda & Vision or Falcon & Winter Soldier.So for the sake of pop culture history, here’s a handy guide to who’s doing who in the Marvel Netflix universe. Spoiler warning! Sex! Sex! Sex!View as: One Page Slides1/171. Punisher & Mrs. Punisher: Frank Castle’s entire murderous vigilante urban rampage is driven by the death of a woman he loved so much he made babies with her. The Punisher’s solo Netflix series should show us even more of their love.2. Daredevil & Elektra: The intense, dangerous, tragic, on-and-off-and-dead-and-not again relationship between guilty catholic boy Matt Murdock and murderous Greek temptress ninja Elektra Natchios passionately powers much of the drama in both the second half of Daredevil season two and basically all of The Defenders.3. Daredevil & Karen Page: The Matt and Karen relationship is the light, peaceful, healthy, but somewhat boring counterpart to the troubled and violent but fun Daredevil and Elektra fling, However, grappling with the tension of those two sides is appropriate for Daredevil as a character thematically. Plus Karen shot a guy to death so she can probably party.4. Luke Cage’s Dad and Diamondback’s Mom: Although on the surface they’re fighting about crime in Harlem or whatever, the real conflict between Luke Cage and Willis “Diamondback” Stryker comes from the drama caused by their shared dad, who had an affair with Stryker’s mother before fathering Luke with his wife. Here’s hoping ladies’ man Cage avoids this trap.5. Hellcat & Nuke: Trish Walker is a former child star, current radio host, and Jessica Jones’s best friend. Will Simpson is a cop, victim of The Purple Man, and weird pill-popping army experiment. They’re both fine characters on the show, as is the plot fallout that comes from them hooking up, but comics fans are just waiting for them to embrace their identities as Hellcat and Nuke.Season two sees Trish nearly engaged to war journalist Griffin Sinclair, but ends up sleeping with Jessica’s assistant Malcolm after becoming addicted to Nuke’s performance-enhancing drugs. In season three, Trish sleeps with her trainer while exploring the limits of her new Hellcat powers. Malcolm, meanwhile, sleeps with just about everyone despite his desire to be noble. 6. Jeri Hogarth & Pam: Jessica Jones (the show, not the character) broke barriers in the MCU by gender-flipping lawyer side character Jeryn Hogarth into Jeri Hogarth, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, and had her married to another woman. Unfortunately, like many powerful people, Hogarth believes she can cheat on her wife with hot young thing Pam and not pay the consequences. She does.In season two, newly single Jeri distracts herself from her disease and lawsuits with hookers and Inez Green, a former IGH nurse Jessica asks her to shelter. And Jeri’s whole plot line in season three revolves around her destroying the life of former flame Kith Lyonne because of how horny she is.7. Iron Fist & Colleen Wing: Danny Rand grew up a dedicated monk in K’un-Lun, so by the time he returned to New York as an adult with the fiery power of the Iron Fist, he had never had a chance to do it. That all changed once he met and fell in love with fellow martial artist Colleen Wing, although it did make Colleen’s secret Hand loyalty a little awkward.8. Alisa Jones and Karl Malus: The big new twist in Jessica Jones season two is that the superpowered killer connected to IGH, the shadowy group behind Jessica’s own powers, is none other than her own mother. While Jessica is shocked that her mom is alive, we were more shocked to see her mom get it on with Karl Malus, the scientist who revived her and a pretty cool hippy stepdad.9. Jessica Jones & Luke Cage: Luke Cage will get his due later on in this list but he first appears in the MCU as a sexual conquest of vulgar, hard-drinking, superhero investigator Jessica Jones. Not only is it good to see Jones begin to reclaim her power and agency after her trauma with The Purple Man, but seeing these two test their super strength against each other as foreplay is Hell’s Kitchen hot.In season two Jessica moves on and hooks up with her new super Oscar Arocho. We also learn about her previous tragic romance with barkeeper Stirling. Plus she bangs a stranger in a bathroom. In season three Oscar moves on to a more stable relationship, leaving Jessica room to hook up with Erik, a fellow superhero with the power to sense evil.10. Kingpin & Vanessa: The true star of Daredevil season one, Wilson Fisk is this incredible giant baby egg man of a character. But the perhaps the most endearing of his weird stunted tics is his bashful courtship of beautiful low-key sociopath art dealer Vanessa.11. Lei Kung: Just because Iron Fist wasn’t having any sex doesn’t mean his K’un-Lun master Lei Kung didn’t. Along with being Danny Rand’s father figure, he’s the actual father to Danny’s former best friend, rival, and fellow fantastic fighter Davos. 12. Luke Cage & Misty Knight: The moment Luke Cage moves to Harlem for his solo series it seems like the first thing he does is get down with Misty Knight, at this point just a random woman at a nightclub. But maybe it’s for the best that this tryst is conveniently forgotten once Luke and Misty’s statuses as vigilante and cop, respectively, are revealed.13. Luke Cage & Claire Temple: Like a true Blaxploitation hero: Luke Cage has so much sex he has his own euphemism for it, “Getting coffee.” Claire Temple may be a supporting character across the whole Netflix Marvel universe, stitching up bloody heroes after the fact, but these days she’s Luke Cage’s lover above all else.14. Foggy Nelson & Marci Stahl: Foggy Nelson may be Daredevil’s lame legal sidekick, but he still gets laid, and he is not afraid to tell you about it.15. Mariah Dillard & Shades: After the demise of Diamondback and her cousin Cottonmouth, Mariah Dillard is the de facto crime queen of Harlem. And as the last henchman standing, Shades is her number two. So it’s only natural they hook up.16. Comanche & Shades: Luke Cage season two adds a tragic new former relationship by revealing Luke’s prison inmate rivals and soldiers for gangster godmother Mariah Dillard used to be romantically involved. It’s like a little remake of Moonlight with more guns and superheroes.17. 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Highway money uncertain for CRC

first_imgAs Washington and Oregon search for money for the Columbia River Crossing, lawmakers in both states are working with a specific target in mind: $450 million.But a still-shaky component of the CRC’s $3.5 billion finance plan could leave the two states on the hook for more than that if federal money and toll revenues don’t pan out as planned. One big question mark is $400 million in “discretionary” highway money the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement is banking on from the feds.The CRC has identified a Projects of National and Regional Significance grant as a possible source for that money. But the program has only $500 million authorized for this year — for the entire country — and nothing firmly locked in beyond that, according to federal highway officials.Another option, the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant program, remains in limbo without solid funding from Congress even this year, a spokesman said. And past TIGER projects have snagged no more than $47 million in the last three years.The entire CRC finance plan goes like this: $400 million in federal highway money, $450 each from Washington and Oregon, up to $1.3 billion in tolls, and an $850 million federal grant for light rail. In addition to replacing the I-5 Bridge, the project would rebuild five miles of freeway and extend light rail into Vancouver.last_img read more

Pig Personalities All Come Down To Science

first_img Do you know anyone who always seems to see the glass half empty or half full? Then you know pessimists and optimists. It makes sense because you interact with humans. But did you know that pigs are capable of being either optimists or pessimists as well?A new study, with the results published in the journal Biology Letters, notes that humans definitely aren’t the only species to demonstrate these kinds of complex personality traits.“This finding demonstrates that humans are not unique in combining longer-term personality biases with shorter-term mood biases in judging stimuli,” says the study, explaining that pessimism and optimism stem from the way humans process information depending on their mood. For instance, if we’re feeling negative already, we’ll see situations in a much more negative manner than we would if we were in a good mood. The scientific term is “cognitive bias,” and it happens in animals a lot more often than we previously thought.AdChoices广告In the study, researchers probed 36 domestic pigs by studying how they behaved in an area with an unknown object. Tests were available to confirm how the pigs acted when it came to proactive and reactive behavior. In humans, proactivity is often linked to extraversion, whereas reactivity is linked to neuroticism. I can tell you a thing or two about neuroticism, for sure.The pigs’ cognitive bias was also tested, as the scientists tried to get them to recognize that one bowl in their pen had chocolates and the other coffee beans, both coated in sugar so the pigs couldn’t tell until reaching the bowls. The bowls’ locations were changed over and over to continue testing the animals. Before the tests, however, the pigs were divided into roomier and more comfortable areas and less comfortable areas to keep them in a more pliable mood to test the effects of pessimism and optimism.The pigs with proactive personalities often checked out the middle bowl even if they were in the “economy” lodging beforehand. The pigs with reactive personalities were optimistic about finding chocolate if they had been staying in the more comfortable area, thus putting them in a good mood, prior.“These results suggest that judgment in non-human animals is similar to humans, incorporating aspects of stable personality traits and more transient mood states,” the authors of the study wrote.It’s an interesting experiment, to say the least, and shines some light onto why animals may behave the way they do. One thing’s for sure: It seems we may have a lot more in common than we previously thought. Can You Shoot 30-50 Feral Hogs in This Browser Game?Kama3, Hawaii’s Famous Surfing Pig, Reportedly Killed By Hunters Stay on targetlast_img read more