Smoke ConnectFX Nodes: Edge Detect, Filter, Flip, and Field Merge

first_imgThe Edge Matte node can also be found in the Modular Keyer. It’s here where pulling edge mattes can aid in creating Light Wrap effects with your keys…or aid in making cleaner composites.[Click for larger image]Blurring your image a bit can also effect the edge detection as more blur will create fewer edges created. This will allow you to focus on the main edges in an image and not all of the details in the image that can get in the way of creating the edge you want.Smoke’s Field MergeThe Field Merge Node is very simple. When dealing with interlaced clips, you can blend the fields together, essentially creating a progressive clip. This differs from the Deinterlace Node in that it doesn’t split the fields or lengthen the clip. It can also reduce field flicker in an interlaced clip. You can set the value at 100% for complete blending or less if needed.Field merge will soften the image, as you are blending moving fields, so the adjustment will help give you the best result. I often use field blending to create a “film-look” effect as it helps to lessen the “video” look of an image.[Click for larger image]Smoke’s Flip NodeThe Flip Node performs a very simple Flip of your image along the Vertical or Horizontal, or Both Axis. When you flip a clip vertically, you may need to reverse the fields so that the clip plays back in the proper field order.There are many other ways to flip a clip in X or Y, so why would you use this node over 2D Transform or through Action? On my MacbookPro setup, I found no difference in rendering speed between the Flip Node, 2D Transform, Action, or Axis on the timeline. This is an older node, which is why it still exists in the bin. It is fast. When you just need to flip a shot that might be in the middle of a large CFX node schematic you can just pop the node into the flow.[Click for larger image]Smoke’s Filter NodeThe Filter Node uses old school mathematical matrices on a per pixel bases to perform image processing like Blurs, Edge Detection, and Emboss to a clip. Most of the effects that you can do with the Filter Node can be done better and with more flexibility in other nodes. There are many presets you load to see how the effects are applied. The basic understanding of how a Matrix operation works is that a grid is placed around each and every pixel. The grid can be as small as 3×3 or as large as 11×11. The operation replaces each pixel with the weighted average of the pixels around it, where the weights are given by the matrix.A Matrix that looks likes this produces no change in the image.To be honest, this type of image processing was great in the 1990’s, but it has long since been practical. Smoke’s other nodes like Blur, Glow, & Bump Displace are tools built in the modern era. I am sure some old school users relied heavily on this node in the past, but not anymore. It’s my guess that this is a node you won’t ever use. If you are mathematically inclined, you may find more creative uses as you can define your own pixel comparison matrices. If you look through the presets you can find a few of the settings that still produce a unique look. Check them out and see if you can find some use for them. When dealing with softer video shot with DSLR and compressed to H.264, I do find the Sharpen Filter does do a nice job of making the edges crisper.[Click for larger image] In this post we explore more nodes inside Autodesk Smoke ConnectFX. In this Smoke tutorial we’ll show you how to use Edge Detect, Filter, Flip, and Field Merge nodes in your editing projects.This week we blitz through some simple nodes inside Smoke’s node-based compositing environment – ConnectFX. Edge Detect and Filter are the more creative tools, whereas Flip and Field Merge are more utility operations. Some nodes you may only use once year. Other nodes you use every day. In our series on Smoke ConnectFX nodes we’re breaking down how each node works and what you can do with it. So, when you need to do that ‘one thing’ you’ll know what node to use!Smoke’s Edge DetectThe Edge Detect Node will define an edge and output a matte for that edge for use further down your ConnectFX schematic. The edges are based on colors and luminance between pixels. You can choose to define edges based on RGB, HLS, Chroma, or Mono.[Click for larger image]You can set the Result output as the composite of the input image with the matte generated by the edge detection. Or, select Edge Only to output only the result of the matte generated by the edge detection. You can also choose what to output from the nodes matte output. You can choose to simply pass the original input matte through or output the created Edge Matte effect. The Edge Detection settings area is where you define the edge based on the input image. You can adjust the weight of the individual Red, Green, Blue channels. Changing these values form 100% will increase or decrease how much of that channel is being used to define the edge. In RGB, HLS, and Chroma settings, it will adjust the color of the edges created. The Threshold setting can be set for the minimum and maximum values. Think of it like the min/max settings of the 2D Histogram. The Softness setting in this area is adjusting the width of the softness between edges in your image and the gain of that softness. It will blur the edge matte and increase the luminance of it.In the Edge Effects area you can create a Double Edge which will perform a second pass of the edge detection. There are more min/max settings and Softness settings affecting the Double Edge. You can skew the softness in a direction by activating the direction button and setting the angle. This can act like a change in lighting on the generated edge matte.You have Color controls inside this node. These controls color the edge matte even further, increasing or decreasing colors.With the Use Matte button enabled, you can choose common blend modes with transparancy, used with the color correct controls to create edge effects in your image.center_img Follow all of our coverage of the new Autodesk Smoke. Please let me know your Smoke questions/thoughts/experiences in the comments!last_img read more

Milk scheme a ‘new burden’

first_imgThe Rajasthan government’s new flagship Annapurna Milk Scheme for supplying milk thrice in a week to about 62 lakh children studying in the State-run schools is set to increase the burden on teachers, who are already performing a number of tasks in addition to their main work of imparting education.Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje launched the scheme at the Government Model Senior Secondary School at Dahmi Kalan, near here, on Monday, barely five months before the Assembly elections due later this year. The scheme is considered one of the biggest ones initiated by the BJP government. Ms. Raje affirmed at the launch ceremony that the Annapura Scheme would lay the foundation for the State’s happy and healthy future. “Every child in the government schools will get fresh, pure and nutritious warm milk three days a week. This will improve nutritional levels among children and help increase enrolments,” she said.Women’s cooperativesThe Chief Minister said the women’s milk producers’ cooperative societies would be entrusted with the task of supplying milk to schools. “This will ensure good quality of milk, as mothers do not compromise on the quality of their children’s milk,” Ms. Raje remarked.62 lakh studentsUnder the scheme to be implemented with a budget allocation of ₹218 crore, about 62 lakh students in 66,506 government schools will be provided warm milk as part of the mid-day meals. Students till Class V will get 150 ml of warm milk thrice a week, while those studying in Classes VI to VIII will get 200 ml.Teachers of government schools will be involved in the purchase of milk from the milk cooperative societies and distribution to the students. With crucial questions on the flagship scheme’s proper implementation coming up, the Rajasthan Shikshak Sangh (Shekhawat) said while the schools were understaffed, the teachers would be “overburdened” with new responsibilities.“The milk will be served without sugar because no extra budget has been allotted for it. The teachers will be burdened with the additional work of storing and boiling the milk. It will affect the standard of education and may lead to dropout of students,” Shikshak Sangh spokesperson Prakash Mishra said.Perishable itemSince milk is a perishable item and there is an inadequate infrastructure in the schools, the teachers will be unwilling to take on the extra responsibility. Mr. Mishra said the scheme would in fact encourage privatisation of education, as the Right to Education Act was being violated “with impunity” in the State.last_img read more

Bolden Talks Back to House Spending Panel

first_imgNASA Administrator Charles Bolden has been at the receiving end of tough questions from Congress numerous times over the past 5 years. But his pugnacious exchange with lawmakers at a hearing of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee today is likely to go down as one of his more memorable visits to Capitol Hill.Bolden was first grilled by Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), chair of the commerce, justice, and science appropriations subcommittee, over alleged lapses of security at NASA, which Wolf and many others believe has made the agency vulnerable to espionage by China. Bolden said NASA was improving its security.Then Wolf demanded to know why NASA had been slow to share information with the committee on the expected budget and schedule for programs and the road maps for achieving goals such as the development of a rocket that can take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). “As a result, we are often required to make decisions in an information vacuum,” Wolf said. 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He insisted that he had never misrepresented anything to the committee. “I am offended,” he said.Bolden was challenged by Wolf and other lawmakers on several elements of the administration’s 2015 budget proposal, including the decision to continue funding a controversial asteroid capture mission, and the decision to mothball the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) if NASA can’t find more partners to share the cost.“We are still looking for ways to save SOFIA,” Bolden said, while reiterating the administration’s view that SOFIA was a lower priority than other astrophysics missions in NASA’s portfolio.Representative John Culberson (R-TX) asked whether NASA had made any contingency plans for sending U.S. astronauts to the ISS in the event of a continuing diplomatic standoff with Russia. Bolden answered that if Congress were to grant the $858 million that NASA requested in the 2015 budget for the development of a commercial crew vehicle, the agency would expect to have access to the space station without reliance on the Russians by 2017.last_img read more

UAAP Starting 5: Week 8

first_imgThe king is back and he brought back the same form that made him the UAAP’s most formidable force.After a lackluster week prior to this one, Ben Mbala wreaked havoc like no one other than himself can.The reigning MVP put up 21 points and 12.5 rebounds to lead La Salle to two wins this week.Forward: Alvin Pasaol (University of the East Red Warriors)ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Although Alvin Pasaol was limited to a season-low eight points against Ateneo, Pasaol still averaged a respectable 15.5 points in the two games this week while averaging eight rebounds.Oh, and Pasaol’s struggles on the field against the Blue Eagles was the product of pure defense Ateneo employed on him.Plus, Pasaol’s 23 points against La Salle were scored with Mbala playing as his main defender.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)It’s a fact that Thirdy Ravena can straight up ball—and not just on the offense.Ravena was a major factor why Pasaol put up his worst offensive output this season, hounding UE’s star pretty much the whole way with Vince Tolentino helping in the flanks.And Ravena put up an efficient 17-point, eight-rebound, four-assist afternoon while shooting 67 percent from the field in 19 minutes of play.Guard: Jerrick Ahanmisi (Adamson University Falcons) Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Honorable mentionsRicci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers)As Ben Mbala returned to form, Ricci Rivero promptly took the backseat.Rivero, though, still produced more than respectable numbers of 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in La Salle’s two wins this week.Marvin Lee (University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers)Alright, forget wins for a second because Marvin Lee looked like the lone Growling Tiger from University of Santo Tomas who put up a fight.Lee was awfully quiet in UST’s 75-70 loss to Adamson as Growling Tigers head coach Boy Sablan preferred to have Oliver De Guzman as the main point guard.Against La Salle, however, Lee felt the pressure of an impending 0-14 season that he singlehandedly dogged a UST fight despite losing by 35, 94-59.Lee scored a game-high 25 points, on 10-of-20 shooting, while grabbing seven rebounds.Those numbers, though, doesn’t hold justice to Lee’s efforts since the UST captain visibly tried to hold his emotions when the final buzzer sounded. WATCH: Get to know Rey Nambatac in 7 questions LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next It’s the tail end of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and frankly that’s about it.ADVERTISEMENT View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa If there’s one thing that stands out in Jerrick Ahanmisi’s game, it’s putting the ball through the hoop.In Adamson’s calculated approach to the game where every single player has a role, Ahanmisi was blessed with the task to shoot.The lanky wingman averaged 18.5 points per game and that’s pretty much it as the other statistical categories belong to his teammates.Guard: Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines)Paul Desiderio does not give a (expletive) about field goal percentage, and in an all-important game against Far Eastern University the UP senior showed why.UP had to win their game against FEU on Saturday to barge into the fourth spot and Desiderio didn’t let his disastrous 5-of-22 clip deter him from taking the game-winning shot.With the scores tied at 56-56 and the ball in his hands with 6.2 seconds left, Desiderio looked down his good friend Ron Dennison in the eyes, dribbled to the left wing and shot the game-winning triple the basketball gods bestowed upon him.And as UP head coach Bo Perasol said, in this is better in Filipino, “may kakapalan talaga” and for all you English snobs out there it roughly translates to “the guy’s got balls.” The standings have remained pretty much the same the week prior with Ateneo and La Salle still at the top two spots and Adamson U sitting comfortably at third with its closest pursuers two games behind.The action is in the fourth place battle with University of the Philippines and Far Eastern U locked in heated race and National University relying on other teams to lose if it hopes to get to the semifinals.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 shutoutAnd with that said, here are the best players, by position, this week.Center: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers) QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Game 3: BaliPure battles Creamline; Pocari faces Power Smashers

first_imgLATEST STORIES Clearly, the foreign reinforcements have leveled the playing field.For the Cool Smashers, Kuttika Kaewpin and Laura Schaudt took charge, making 23 and 22 points, respectively, to take the cudgels for overworked superstar Alyssa Valdez who still managed to score 15.Jennifer Keddy is also holding court for BaliPure with a little help from heavy hitting local Gretchel Soltones. Keddy had 23 points, while Soltones had 16.Power Smashers coach Nes Pamilar said they now have a better mindset and the Game 2 win would improve their morale as well.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The chase for the two final places comes to a head Thursday as four clubs duke it out in two semifinal Game 3s of the Premier Volleyball League at Philsports Arena.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Juico: We did not cut Tabal, she quit BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Creamline and Power Smashers managed to stretch their respective best-of-three series after beating BaliPure and Pocari Sweat late Tuesday via five-set encounters.Thai reinforcement Kannika Tipachot headed Power Smashers’ come-from-behind 24-26, 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-13 triumph by making 28 points, including a put back that ended the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCreamline defeated BaliPure (24-26, 25-18, 18-25, 25-16, 16-14) for the first time this conference in a similar thriller.“The players really held on to the game. Fortunately the breaks went our way,” said Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses. 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 Gameslast_img read more

Platini quits as UEFA chief after ban appeal fails

first_imgVideo: Platini loses appeal over ethics ban, to quit UEFA FIFA bans Blatter, Platini for eight years Michel Platini today resigned as UEFA president after his appeal against a ban from football activities failed though it was cut to four years.The Frenchman said he was resigning to pursue the case over a suspect USD 2 million payment in Swiss courts in a bid to clear his name.He has been UEFA president since 2007 and the FIFA ban upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) effectively ended his career as one of the most powerful figures in sport.The CAS rejected the appeal saying it was not convinced about the “legitimacy” of the payment ordered by ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter.It did cut the ban from six years to four and reduced a fine from 80,000 Swiss francs (USD 80,000) to 60,000 Swiss francs.“I note today’s decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport but I consider it a profound injustice,” Platini said in a statement.“This decision inflicts a suspension for which the length stops me, de facto, and by luck, from being a candidate in the next FIFA presidential election,” he added.“As agreed with the national associations, I resign as president of UEFA to pursue my fight before the Swiss courts to prove my probity in this case.“Life has always kept beautiful surprises for me, now I am free to live them,” said the former French football star.The decision means that Platini will not be able to take any official role in the European Championship finals that start in France on June 10. He was a key organiser of the event until the FIFA payment scandal erupted. CAS rejects the appeal saying it was not convinced about the “legitimacy” of the payment ordered by ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter. football File Photo of Michel Platini. – Reuters May 09, 2016 × COMMENT FIFA panel tells Blatter, Platini why they were banned RELATED Published on File Photo of Michel Platini. – Reuters SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL null COMMENTSlast_img read more

Americans Abroad rewind: Gall bags double, Pulisic shines

first_imgRomain Gall went to Scandinavia two and a half years ago in search of a fresh start to his career, even if it meant going to the Swedish third division to do it. He has made the most of that career reboot, making the climb to Swedish champions Malmo.Gall is off to a strong start with his new club, and on Sunday he opened his scoring account with Malmo to headline the weekend’s top performances by Americans Abroad.Two former U.S. World Cup standouts saw their Bundesliga campaigns get off to promising starters after enduring injury-hit campaigns last season. Both Fabian Johnson and John Brooks began their new seasons by scoring goals in victories. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Much like Brooks, who both scored and had a hand in surrendering a goal, DeAndre Yedlin endured a roller-coaster day in Newcastle’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea, having a hand in ttwo goals, only the second one cost his team a late defeat.Matt Miazga made his second straight start for Ligue 1 side Nantes, and played well in a 1-1 draw with Caen. Miazga has settled in quickly with the French club after ending his two-year loan stint with Dutch side Vitesse.In Germany, Josh Sargent hasn’t broken through with the first team yet, but he is certainly doing his best to impress Bremen’s coaches. He scored another goal for Werder Bremen II, helping the German fourth division side to another victory.Here is a look at the top performances by Americans Abroad this past week:Romain GallRomain Gall Malmo 08262018Having shown a penchant for scoring goals in pairs during his time with Sundsvall, Gall opened his scoring account at Malmo with a two-goal performance in a 5-0 drubbing of Swedish side Sirius. The brace was Gall’s third in 15 league matches.Gall has found regular playing time since making his July move to Malmo, though consistent starts have been tougher to come by. His latest performance should boost his chances of staying in the lineup for a Malmo side currently sitting in fourth place in the Allsvenskan standings.He scored nine goals in seven matches for Sundsvall before switching to Malmo, and now with his latest standout performance, the former U.S. Under-20 national team standout could start drawing some interest from the senior side.Fabian JohnsonFabian Johnson Borussia Moenchengladbach 08252018The 2017/2018 season was a nightmare for Johnson, but he has started the new campaign in encouraging fashion, starting and scoring a goal in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 2-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.Johnson made his first Bundesliga start since November a memorable one, delivering a 58th-minute insurance goal to get Monchengladbach off to a winning start at home.The 30-year-old hasn’t formally announced his retirement from the USMNT, but he had alluded to that possibility a year ago. Given the current youth movement in the U.S. program, Johnson has likely played his final match for the United States, but he appears ready to get his Bundesliga career back on track.John BrooksJohn Brooks Wolfsburg 08252018Much like Johnson, Brooks endured an injury-plagued 2017/2018 season, but he too has enjoyed a good start to the new term. Brooks headed home a goal in his 100th Bundesliga appearance, helping Wolfsburg beat Schalke, 2-0, on Sunday.Brooks’ special day was nearly ruined when he was whistled for an 85th-minute penalty, which Nabil Bentaleb converted for Schalke, but teammate Daniel Ginczek spared Brooks by scoring the winner for Wolfsburg deep in second-half stoppage time.U.S. national team fans will recall Brooks’ last appearance for the United States came in last November’s friendly against Portugal, a match that saw him wear the captain’s armband. Now that he is back healthy, Brooks should return to the nationalt eam fold for the September friendlies against Brazil and Mexico.Christian PulisicChristian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund 08262018it was an active and encouraging opening day for Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund, who ran over RB Leipzig on the way to a 4-1 win in their Bundesliga opener. Pulisic had a hand in two of the Dortmund goals, drawing the free kick that eventually produced Dortmund’s opening goal, then delivering the corner kick that led to a 43rd minute finish from Axel Witsel to make the score was the kind of performance that should give new Dortmund boss Lucien Favre confidence in the American winger, who played 77 minutes before being replaced by Jadon Sancho.Pulisic should be back with the national team for the September friendlies, which will mark the first major national team matches for Pulisic since last October.DeAndre YedlinDeAndre Yedlin Eden Hazard 08262018Yedlin endured the full gamut of emotions in a short period of time during Newcastle’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Sunday. He went from being the hero after helping set up an 83rd-minute equalizer, to being the villain after inadvertantly turning a Chelsea shot into his own net in the 87th minute.As bittersweet as the day was for Yedlin, his late own goal shouldn’t take away from the fact he was able to return from what had originally been believed to be a serious knee injury. He injured his right leg in Newcastle’s season-opening loss to Totteham, reportedly leaving the stadium on crutches.He avoided any serious injury, and was able to return to the starting lineup on Sunday, showing off his trademark speed in a battle with Eden Hazard.Now back healthy, Yedlin should be one of the veteran options called in to help lead the USMNT in the September friendlies.last_img read more

a month agoSouthampton lose Moussa Djenepo for Bournemouth clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton lose Moussa Djenepo for Bournemouth clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton will be without live-wire Moussa Djenepo for their clash with rivals Bournemouth.The Mali international has scored two stunning goals for Saints this season following his switch from Standard Liege.”Nathan could train this week with the team. This is a good message how far he is and if he really can play tomorrow I haven’t decided so far but it’s good he’s back because Moussa is out. He cannot play,” said Hasenhuttl.”After a few sessions this week he felt a little bit more his muscles so we don’t want to take this risk so we leave him out tomorrow.”I don’t know if I can grab Nathan for the position. I haven’t decided so far.” last_img read more

Georgetown Basketball: Georgetown Reveals Winning Court Design Contest Submission

first_imgGeorgetown basketball Court Design.Twitter/@georgetownhoyasGeorgetown looked to the Hoya fan base for a new basketball court design, and 150 submissions later, they have chosen a winner. Submitted by former Georgetown swimming & diving team member Kevin Rieffel, here is the court that the Hoyas will be playing on at the Verizon Center this season.Here is the winner of the @GeorgetownHoops Court Design Contest! Design by @KRieffel! Release:— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015 The design isn’t overly adventurous, but most notably features a kente cloth pattern in the lanes, similar to the design used on Georgetown’s jerseys during the Allen Iverson era in the 1990s. Some of the runners-up were a bit more bold.Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most Washington DC Pride’ Winners: Trey Lord and Perry Cao. #HoyasCourt— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best Hand-Drawn’ Winner: Jake Foote #HoyasCourt— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best use of Georgetown’s Campus’ Winners: Erin Rudy, Norma Perez, Seth Berger #HoyaSaxa— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best Pop Culture Reference’ Winner: Scott Greenwood. #HoyasCourt— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most Likely to Scare Opposing Players’ Winner: Leo Ariemma #HoyasCourt— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best in Representing @GeorgetownHoops History’ Winners: Anthony Calabro & Leo Ariemma.— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most out-of-the-box design’ Winners: Jimmy Donofrio and Dan Kane. #HoyasCourt— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 201Hoyas Court Design Contest: Runner-Up Selections: Alexis Dever, Derek Howard, Brian McCrodden. #HoyasCourt— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015 What do you think of the new floor, Hoya fans?last_img read more

La loi sur la capacité et la prise de décisions des adultes

first_img La loi doit entrer en vigueur le 28 décembre 2017 comme l’a ordonné le tribunal. tous les adultes ont la capacité de prendre des décision, jusqu’à preuve du contraire; les décisions prises au nom de l’adulte reflèteront l’approche la moins intrusive et la moins restrictive; les représentants ont des fonctions clairement définies, y compris encourager l’adulte à prendre part aux décisions quand cela est raisonnable, et tenir compte, au moment de prendre une décision, des instructions, souhaits, valeurs et convictions déjà exprimés par l’adulte; les ordonnances de représentation seront examinées dans un délai fixé par les tribunaux; les tribunaux vont protéger l’autonomie de l’adulte en limitant l’autorité de prise de décisions du représentant aux questions où l’adulte n’a pas la capacité de prendre lui-même les décisions; les professionnels de la santé qui sont autorisés à effectuer des évaluations de la capacité sont les médecins, les psychologues, les infirmières, les physiothérapeutes et les travailleurs sociaux; un processus de plainte; des pénalités si le représentant agit de mauvaise foi et cause du tort. La Nouvelle-Écosse a déposé un projet de loi qui reconnaîtra l’autonomie et l’indépendance des adultes dont la capacité est diminuée tout en protégeant les personnes qui ne peuvent pas prendre elles-mêmes certaines décisions. Le projet de loi sur la capacité et la prise de décisions des adultes (Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act) déposé aujourd’hui 2 octobre remplace la loi sur les personnes inaptes (Incompetent Persons Act), loi jugée désuète. L’ancienne loi a été annulée par la Cour suprême de la Nouvelle-Écosse en juin 2016 en raison de son approche du « tout ou rien » en matière de capacité. Des parties de l’ancienne loi sur les personnes inaptes ont été jugées inconstitutionnelles puisqu’elles confiaient à un tuteur la pleine capacité concernant tous les aspects de la prise de décisions d’une personne, même si la personne avait la capacité de prendre elle-même certaines décisions. Le projet de loi sur la capacité et la prise de décisions des adultes tient compte du fait qu’une personne a le droit de vivre sa vie et de prendre ses propres décisions. Lorsque cela n’est pas possible en cas d’une déficience de capacité, la loi offre la possibilité de faire appel à quelqu’un pour représenter la personne et prendre les décisions nécessaires en son nom. « Nous tenons à respecter la décision du tribunal et nous profitons ainsi de l’occasion pour actualiser la loi, précise Mark Furey, procureur général et ministre de la Justice. La loi répond aux préoccupations soulevées par les tribunaux. Elle permettra de mieux servir les adultes accusant une déficience de capacité et leur famille quand vient le temps de prendre des décisions importantes. » Le projet de loi assure la protection du bien-être et des intérêts financiers de l’adulte. Il s’aligne également sur l’interprétation canadienne de la Convention des Nations Unies relative aux droits des personnes handicapées. Le projet de loi contient les dispositions clés suivantes :last_img read more

No Stone Unturned concert unites families of MMIWG

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN NewsAn annual Winnipeg concert to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls turned 10 years old this weekend.No Stone Unturned began as a way to raise money to help with the search for Claudette Osborne-Tyo who went missing in July 2008.As Brittany Hobson shows us, it has now turned into a way for families to support each other.bhobson@aptn.calast_img

Myanmar UN to resume delivering food in Mandalay District

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it has been assured by Myanmar that authorities will lift restrictions on the movement of the agency’s food aid.WFP Country Director and Representative Chris Kaye confirmed that the Mandalay Area Military Commander on Saturday issued the transport permit to allow for the delivery of nearly 200 metric tons of food to Lashio in northern Myanmar. WFP has therefore scheduled food deliveries to WFP operational areas to resume next week.Mandalay’s local authorities halted all movements of food supplies out of the Division earlier this week, obstructing WFP’s operations in northern Shan and the Central Dry Zone, both of which depend on food deliveries from Mandalay.Disturbances in the port town of Sittwe have also thwarted food movement to the agency’s operational areas in north Rakhine State.Civil protests led by Buddhist monks in the South-East Asian nation for 11 consecutive days were concentrated mostly in the main cities of Yangon and Mandalay, but the demonstrators’ stand-off with the Government and its response had consequences in other areas where WFP distributes food assistance.Operating in Myanmar in collaboration with 22 UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, WFP provides much-needed food for vulnerable persons in the country, including HIV/AIDS and TB patients under treatment, primary school children in marginalized areas of the country and communities in former poppy-farming areas. A programme supporting the nutrition status of mothers and children addresses acute malnutrition rates that prevail in several operational areas. 30 September 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it has been assured by Myanmar that authorities will lift restrictions on the movement of the agency’s food aid. read more

UN envoy to hold fresh round of talks with all parties in

Alvaro de Soto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Western Sahara, will hold consultations with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and senior Government officials during a two-day visit to Rabat starting on Monday.Mr. de Soto will then meet the leadership of the Frente POLISARIO (Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro) on 12 September.UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters today that Mr. de Soto is also in contact with the neighbouring countries of Algeria and Mauritania about when he can hold talks with their government officials.In June Mr. de Soto’s responsibilities grew after the resignation of James A. Baker III, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara.The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, known by its French acronym MINURSO, has been in place since April 1991, when it was installed after years of fighting between Morocco and Frente POLISARIO following Spain’s withdrawal from the territory in 1976.MINURSO’s mandate is due to expire at the end of October, and Secretary-General Kofi Annan is scheduled to report to the Security Council on the mission’s progress that month. read more

Bangedup Redskins cautiously get ready for Eagles matchup

ASHBURN, Va. — Trent Williams wasn’t worried as he climbed into an ambulance to be evaluated at a Dallas hospital.The Washington Redskins’ starting left tackle was hit in the chest and felt lightheaded, so the concern was a possible liver injury. Williams checked out just fine and was back at practice Monday.“It didn’t hurt that much,” Williams said. “They wanted to be safe than sorry.”That’s a prudent approach for a team that’s down to its backup quarterback, missing two starting offensive linemen and its top receiver for the rest of the season and could be without a handful of other key players for a big game next Monday night at the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Playing with a skeleton crew of starters has become the new normal for the Redskins.“I looked at the group that we had out there when everybody was healthy and I was just like, ‘Man, they won’t be able to stop this crew,’” third-down back Chris Thompson said. “There were a lot of plans that we had for this team going into the 16-game stretch, but we just had to make a few changes because injuries happen.”A lot of injuries have happened.Quarterback Alex Smith, receiver Paul Richardson and starting guards Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao are out for the season. Thompson hopes to play after missing so many games he can’t count with broken ribs — six, in total — and it would be a major boost if receiver Jamison Crowder can return after missing almost two months with an injured right ankle.The Redskins have lost three of four since starting 5-2 and yet are still tied with Dallas at 6-5 atop the NFC East. Beating Philadelphia on the road Monday night in Colt McCoy ‘s second start at quarterback would go a long way toward winning the mediocre division, especially if the Cowboys lose at New Orleans on Thursday.Thompson has felt noticeable improvement from a fractured rib on each side of his rib cage and is optimistic he’ll be strong enough to play within a week. The situation is a bit murkier for Crowder and cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who were among a host of players who didn’t take part in a bonus day of practice Monday that followed a long weekend off.Because of the extra time before facing the Eagles, coach Jay Gruden and his staff can take a cautious approach with “sore” tight end Jordan Reed; right tackle Morgan Moses, who’s dealing with ankle irritation; and defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis, who was held out with a calf injury.Like last season, when injuries derailed the Redskins’ playoff hopes long before the stretch run, it has been that kind of year with players going down left and right.“It’s always a change when you don’t have your starters,” Williams said. “Those are the guys that primarily you work with throughout the whole off-season and (organized team activities) to get on the same page. But that’s why you stress that every guy has to be ready.”Thompson is more than ready. The broken ribs have bothered Thompson when trying to sleep or when laughing or coughing, but the pain of watching his teammates lose without him has him eager to get back on the field.“I just want to be back out there and be able to help my guys out,” Thompson said. “I really believe that I can go in and make an impact.”___More AP NFL: and Whyno, The Associated Press read more

The 5 at 5 Tuesday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #CROKE PARK: The government is to contact unions in the coming days to see if a deal can be reached on the public sector pay bill after the failure of the Croke Park deal last week. The government said today it still plans to cut €300 million from public pay this year, and has asked the head of the Labour Relations Commission to see if unions are willing to negotiate.2. #SEX ABUSE: Gardaí are investigating allegations by two men who say that they were abused by a prominent Waterford sports coach when they were teenagers in the 1980s. The sports coach, now in his 60s, has had his home searched and some material has been seized by Gardaí.3. #CARD DETAILS: Shops in Dublin are being targeted by scammers trying to get credit and debit card pin numbers from customers. The scam is being run by the same group that ran a similar scam last June, according to the Irish Payment Services Organisation.4. #ASYLUM SEEKERS: Ireland’s system for dealing with asylum seekers needs to be radically overhauled – so say groups campaigning against the Direct Provision system, which has been criticised today for its ‘human, financial and social cost’.5. #CAR CHASE: Five people were arrested in the early hours of this morning following a high-speed car chase in west Dublin which involved the Garda helicopter. The car was eventually stopped using a stinger device to puncture the vehicle’s tyres. Three of the five people involved have been charged.last_img read more

Greek National Day 2015

first_imgThousands of students are expected to take part in a parade at the Shrine of Remembrance to commemorate Greek National Day on Sunday 29 March, 2015.Schools, parents and officials will gather in Melbourne to pay their respects to the heroes involved in the uprising against the Ottoman Empire on March 25 1821, marking the day that Greece was liberated from 400 years of Turkish occupation. The parade will officially commence at 1.00 pm, with participants required to assemble by noon. For all enquiries, contact general secretary Kon Kontis on 0412 312 412 or email Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Fonte des glaces un trimaran réalise un tour du pôle nord en

Fonte des glaces : un trimaran réalise un tour du pôle nord en un été, un recordA bord du trimaran Northern Passage, un équipage international a effectué en une seule saison le tour de l’océan Arctique. Un record malheureusement rendu possible par la fonte de la banquise, engendrée par le réchauffement climatique.Le Northern Passage a quitté le port de Bergen, en Norvège, à la fin du mois de juin dernier. Après avoir franchi le passage nord, au large de la Russie, puis le passage nord-ouest, au large du Canada, le trimaran a rallié le port de la côte ouest norvégienne le jeudi 14 octobre. Il y a encore quelques années, une telle boucle n’aurait pas été réalisable en si peu de temps, mais la performance est aujourd’hui possible en raison de la fonte des glaces.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Après le navire russe Peter firts qui a presque simultanément réalisé un parcours identique, le trimaran norvégien est le premier à franchir les deux passages en un été arctique seulement. “Il y a moins de 10 ans, le premier voilier avec une coque en acier est parvenu à naviguer à travers un seul de ces passages et, il y a 100 ans, une circumnavigation (autour du pôle Nord) aurait pris six ans”, souligne l’équipage du Northern Passage dans un communiqué. Et d’ajouter : “C’est le signe très clair que le changement climatique affecte l’Arctique”.Deux Norvégiens, l’explorateur Boerge Ousland et le navigateur Thorleif Thorleifsson sont restés à bord du trimaran en permanence, tandis que deux Français, Vincent Colliard et Eric Brossier, un Russe, un ressortissant de Dubaï et un autre Norvégien, ont navigué par rotation.Le 18 octobre 2010 à 08:58 • Emmanuel Perrin read more

FartTracking Capsule Sends RealTime Data to Your Smartphone

first_img NASA’s Curiosity Detects Highest-Ever Volume of Methane on MarsUniversity Library Evacuates After ‘Gas Leak’ Turns Out to Be Stinky Fruit Stay on target Scientists in Australia are breaking wind ground with an ingestible electronic capsule that monitors gas levels in the human gut.Developed by researchers at RMIT University, Monash University, and CSIRO Agriculture and Food, the pill measures hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen gases in real time—then sends the data to your smartphone.(Want to track your flatulence? There’s an app for that.)A combination of nerves, hormones, bacteria, blood, and organs work hard to digest foods and liquids you consume every day. But, like licking your elbow, it’s nearly impossible for a person to catch a glimpse of their own gastrointestinal tract.Enter swallowables: the edible version of your fitness tracker or VR headset.The unnamed device, which tracks rectal turbulence as it passes from the stomach to the colon, has helped to uncover a potentially new immune system, according to a press announcement.“We found that the stomach releases oxidizing chemicals to break down and beat foreign compounds that are staying in the stomach for longer than usual,” RMIT professor and capsule co-inventor Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh said in a statement.The future of routine healthcare visits, according to Benjamin Terry (via Nature Electronics)“This could represent a gastric protection system against foreign bodies,” he continued. “Such an immune mechanisms has never been reported before.”Additional observations suggest that an “extremely high-fiber diet” may lead to high concentrations of oxygen in the colon—contrary to popular belief.“This new information could help us better understand how debilitating diseases like colon cancer occur,” Kalantar-Zadeh said.Early trials provide hope for the one-in-five people globally who will suffer a gastrointestinal disorder, and could pave the way for fewer invasive procedures, like the dreaded colonoscopy.Analysts currently rely on fecal samples and surgery to evaluate the hidden gut germs. But, as study lead Kalantar-Zadeh pointed out, “this meant measuring them when they are not a true reflection of the gut microbiota at that time.”“Our capsule will offer a non-invasive method to measure microbiome activity,” he boasted.Following a successful pilot program, the team hopes to commercialize its technology; the newly established Atmo Biosciences firm will help bring the product to market.A study on the capsule and trials was published this week in the journal Nature Electronics, alongside commentary by University of Nebraska mechanical engineering professor Benjamin Terry.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Hodgson rules out new January signings

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says Sao Paulo goalkeeper Lucas Perri will be the club’s only signing in the January transfer window.Crystal Palace are closing in on the signing of Sao Paulo goalkeeper Lucas Perri on loan till the end of the season and will have an option to buy him for the price of around £3m, and Hodgson has ruled out any further additions to the squad beyond that.“We have two more weeks like everybody else; the work will continue if there are more possibilities that suit us, so nothing changes in that respect,” he told Sky Sports.“But to say I’m expecting it, I’d have to have a definite name in the frame who is on the verge of signing and that’s not the case.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“We’d like to add a midfielder and striker ideally… on loan deals only, not to buy.”Current Palace goalkeepers Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessy are currently injured and have been sidelined for four weeks each, and the signing of Perri will provide cover.last_img read more