Tutorial: Changing Eye Color in After Effects

first_imgIn this After Effects video tutorial you’ll discover how to swap the eye color of your on-screen talent! In this example I needed to match the eye color of two actors (each was playing the same character, one as an old version and the other as a younger version). Using a combination of relatively simple After Effects techniques you can give your talent a quick eye color change:Use ‘Track Motion’ to track the movements of the eyes in the shot. In this case, both the camera and subject’s head were moving, making it beneficial to use two trackers (one for each eye).Adjust the tracking range to best suit the motion in my footage. The bigger the trackers bounding boxes, the longer it takes to process the track. Pretty straightforward.Add a null object to each track.Use a shape layer and modify the color to match your desired color (apply a blend mode like Soft Light).Mask and feather this shape layer to mimic the shape of the eyeball.NOW, parent the color solid layer to the null layer.Add to your characters persona with an eye color tweak. Tint red to look frightening or evil or a blue/white tint can look martian or futuristic. Experiment with this visual effect in your AE projects to get your own unique looks.last_img read more

Glowing sharks sport unusual eyes

first_imgDeep in the twilight zone of the ocean, small, glowing sharks have evolved special eye features to maximize the amount of light they see, researchers report this week in PLOS ONE. The scientists mapped the eye shape, structure, and retina cells of five deep-sea bioluminescent sharks, predators that live 200 to 1000 meters deep in the ocean, where light hardly penetrates. The sharks have developed many coping strategies. Their eyes possess a higher density of light-sensing cells known as rods than those of nonbioluminescent sharks, which might enable them to see fast-changing light patterns. Such ability would be particularly useful when the animals emit light to communicate with one another. Some species also have a gap between the lens and the iris to allow extra light in the retina, a feature previously unknown in sharks. In the eyes of lanternsharks, pictured above, the scientists discovered a translucent area in the upper socket. The researchers suspect this feature might help the sharks adjust their glow to match the sunlight for camouflage.last_img read more

Foul Play over Lionel Messi’s Win at Best Player Awards? FIFA Deny Allegations

first_imgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi was named Best Men’s Player at the FIFA awards but a new controversy has raised concerns of the whole process of deciding the ‘best’. Following Messi’s win, Nicaragua captain Juan Barrera came out to allege that he did not vote for Messi, who beat Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award, that had votes cast by national team manager and captains as well as various media representatives.However, FIFA issued a statement where they said, “We have checked the voting documents submitted by the Nicaraguan FA and all documents are signed and confirmed with the official stamp of the Nicaraguan FA.” “Having compared with the vote sheets submitted by the federation and the ones we have published on FIFA.com, we confirm that we have the right votes signed by the player. We are asking the Nicaraguan Football Federations to inquire on this matter,” FIFA’s statement added.Barrera, who on record voted for Messi as his first choice, followed by Sadio Mane and Ronaldo in the two and three spots, said in a social media post he had not taken part, writing, “I did not vote in The Best 2019 awards,” adding, “Any information about me is false.” allegationsBest Player Awardscristiano ronaldoFIFA First Published: September 27, 2019, 10:36 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.center_img No Vote por los premios #TheBest2019 cualquier información sobre mi voto es falso , gracias.— Juan Barrera (@juanbarreranica) September 24, 2019In an interview with La Prensa, Varrera said he did not vote for Messi, adding that while last year he did vote, this year he did not.On its part, FIFA has said that two votes from Egypt for national star Mohamed Salah did not count in its Men’s Player of the Year ballot because they were in capital letters. last_img read more

Former pacer Aaqib Javed rejects Pakistan coach role

first_imgFormer pace bowler Aaqib Javed has denied running for the post of Pakistan’s head coach and said that the selection committee is biased, so won’t be submitting his application.Javed, who is currenty coach of the United Arab Emirates had expressed his willingness when PCB had approached him last week, but pulled out after the board’s inclination towards hiring a foreign coach.”I’m still the UAE head coach and am not going anywhere. I’m not leaving. I’m not even applying for the Pakistan job because the speculation is they are going for a foreign coach,” Javed told Sport360.Javed was also angered by the PCB’s decision to openly advertise for a successor to former coach Waqar Younis, despite his willingness to take up the role. An advert for the role has been posted under the title ‘career opportunity’ on the PCB’s official website.The former fast bowler accused the PCB of dishonouring the promise it had given him.”I got disappointed when people approach you and tell you this is the process. Due to pressure or whatever, it has changed. So I don’t want to give my expertise to people who don’t hold their promises,” Javed fumed.”All of a sudden they are going through a different process. Why didn’t they tell me this before?”Javed was a member of the star-studded Pakistan team that won the 1992 World Cup. He played 22 Tests and 163 One-Day Internationals (ODI) for Pakistan between 1988 and 1998. He had also served as assistant and bowling coach of the Pakistan team for three and a half years.advertisementHe has been head coach of the UAE since 2012.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

‘Martial may look for Man Utd exit’

first_imgTransfers Martial to move on? Man Utd outcast may look for summer switch, says Ginola Chris Burton 15:52 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Anthony Martial Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Anthony Martial Premier League The former France international has seen a fellow countryman slip out of favour at Old Trafford, leading to him missing out on a World Cup spot Antony Martial may “search for another club” this summer, says David Ginola, with a lack of game time at Manchester United stunting his progress.While considered to be an exciting talent and still held in the highest regard by clubs across Europe, the 22-year-old has slipped down the pecking order at OId Trafford.Jose Mourinho has taken to favouring other options, with Martial’s lack of game time leading to him missing out on a place in France’s squad for World Cup 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Former Les Bleus star Ginola feels the highly-rated forward is now approaching an important career crossroads, with it up to him to determine whether his development is best served at United or elsewhere.The ex-Tottenham winger said in the Daily Mirror after seeing Martial given 17 minutes off the bench in a 1-0 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea: “The main reason Anthony Martial is not in the squad is that you need to be a regular in your club before becoming a regular in your national team.”[Didier] Deschamps has so many options and choices – strikers like Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann who have been consistently good for France – that it’s not as if he has to be in there if he’s not playing.”Players like Martial need to play and score goals for the confidence, they need to be a regular.”If he is not a regular at Manchester United he will probably search for another club and find one if he wants to.”But I think Manchester United is a great club for him and it’s up to him to give more in training and in games.”If Jose Mourinho doesn’t play him more regularly he probably thinks it’s because he doesn’t give his best all the time.”I don’t see a manager like Mourinho not playing a player who can make him win games. It doesn’t work like that.”Amid the uncertainty surrounding his future, with Goal revealing that he has been opened up to offers, Martial has been heavily linked with teams across Europe.Chelsea and Arsenal are said to be keen on raiding a domestic rival for a powerful frontman, while Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are among those ready to offer an escape route from England.last_img read more

Damaged Scandlines Ferry to Be Repaired by End of June

first_imgzoom Following extensive clear-up and inspection, the Remontowa yard in Gdansk, Poland, together with Scandlines’ on-site team has started repairs of the Scandlines ferry M/V Prinsesse Benedikte, which was damaged while outdocking on Wednesday 11 March 2015, Scandlines said in a release.The ferry was concluding a planned three week yard stay, where among other things the ship had a new diesel engine, radar system, ventilation system, scrubber installed and underwater coating applied.During outdocking the floating dock keeled over and the ship slipped from the keel block.As a result the ship fell approx. two meters down and leaned against the wall of the dock with a 13 degree list. At the fall wholes were knocked in the side of the hull, and water penetrated the length of the ship.Scandlines expects the repairs of the extensive damage and the following test phase to last approx. three months. The ferry is expected back in service before the end of June 2015.M/V Prinsesse Benedikte is one of four passenger ferries operating the Puttgarden-Rødby route.last_img read more

Kathua case Court did not rely on prosecution eyewitnesses while acquitting Vishal

first_imgPathankot (Punjab): The only acquittal in the Kathua rape-and-murder case came as the trial court set aside the statement of three prosecution witnesses who had claimed that Vishal Jangotra, the son of main culprit Sanji Ram, was in the area at the time of the crime. District and sessions judge Tejwinder Singh relied on the statement of the landlady of Vishal that he was in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh where he was studying in a college. According to the 432-page judgement delivered on June 10, the prosecution counsel relied on the three eyewitnesses who had claimed to have seen Vishal in Kathua on January 13 and 14 last year and forensic experts’ opinion that writing samples of Vishal did not tally. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana “The prosecution claims that as per the said report (handwritting), the questioned signatures do not tally with the standard items in general writing habits such as movement, skill and speed. The differences observed in writing are fundamental in nature,” according to the verdict. Vishal had presented his signature in the attendance sheet of his college to show that he was in Meerut, and not in Jammu and Kashmir as claimed by the prosecution. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The prosecution also submitted evidence of mobile operators to prove the fact that Vishal was very much present in Kathua on days when the crime against the eight-year-old nomadic girl were committed in Kathua. While analysing the eyewitnesses of the prosecution, the court said it is of the opinion that these witnesses “are under some mistake relating to identity”. Commenting on an eyewitness, who had seen a TV report about absence of Vishal from Kathua and came running to crime branch officials where he claimed to have seen Vishal along with Parvesh, an accused sentenced to life. The eyewitness, who belongs to nomadic tribe, identified Vishal and Parvesh in the court but the judge did not rely on his statement saying that he “never moved any complaint before any authority against the news channel” or its staff. “…As such oral evidence of these witnesses cannot be given preference over the documentary evidence on record having been led by defence of Vishal Jangotra.” Vishal was the only one among the seven accused to be acquitted by the court. Three, including his father Sanji Ram who was the key conspirator, were given life sentences. Others were Parvesh Kumar and Deepak Khajuria. Three policemen have been sentenced to five years’ jail for destruction of evidence. Parvesh Kumar, who has been convicted, had said in his confessional statement that Vishal was present with him during the crime. The crime branch has been maintaining that Vishal had come to his village on January 13 and left again on January 14. The court took into account a statement from Suman Sharma, the landlady of Vishal, who had said that he was present all along in Meerut where he is studying and also testified that he had attended his granddaughter’s birthday celebration on January 16 last year. Pointing out some elementary mistakes in the investigation, the court observed that Sub-inspector Urfan Wani categorically deposed that before arresting Vishal from Uttar Pradesh’s Meeranpur, they had not enquired from his college or his examination centre whether he had regularly appeared for his examination that started from January 9, 2018. Wani in his deposition also stated that he had recorded the statement of Vishal’s landlady, Suman Sharma, in Urdu “… and he does not know whether Suman Sharma knew Urdu language or not,” it observed. In Jammu and Kashmir, Urdu is an official language used by the police to record statements of the accused as well as witnesses. The court also raised the issue of the prosecution failing to question Inspector Kewal Kishore who had done most of the investigation regarding Vishal’s alleged role in the crime. “This court is of the opinion that all this goes to show there is a big lacuna in the prosecution case against Vishal Jangotra in this regard as prosecution failed to verify genuinely the plea of alibi raised by accused Vishal Jangotra at the first instance during the investigation of the case,” it said in the detailed order. The special court said the prosecution has failed to discharge its burden of leading convincing evidence to the effect that the evidence led by Vishal on his ‘plea of alibi’ is wrong or forged and fabricated. A 15-page charge sheet filed in April last year said the eight-year-old girl was kidnapped on January 10 that year and was raped in captivity in a small village temple, exclusively manned by Ram, after keeping her sedated for four days. She was later bludgeoned to death, it said. The day-to-day trial commenced in the first week of June last year at the district and sessions court in Pathankot in the neighbouring state of Punjab, about 100 km from Jammu and 30 km from Kathua, after the Supreme Court ordered on May 7, 2018 that the case be shifted out of J and K. The apex court order came after lawyers in Kathua prevented Crime Branch officials from filing a charge sheet in the sensational case.last_img read more

Woman robbed in Laxmi Nagar cops register theft case

first_imgNew Delhi: A woman was robbed of her bag in Laxmi Nagar by two bike-borne men outside her house but the Delhi police filed a case of theft instead of snatching. The incident happened on July 2 at about 9.45 pm but the police filed a complaint under the wrong section of the Indian Police Code (IPC) in the case. A PCR call was made by the complainant Maya Yadav at 10.05 pm on the same day about the incident. It is alleged that the Investigation Officer (IO) initially recorded a statement but did not register an FIR. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsWhen the complainant called up the IO several times to get the copy of FIR, the IO lodged an e-FIR on July 4 terming the incident as a theft. The whole incident was captured in the CCTV camera installed in the area which showed two men on bike stopping behind the woman and snatching her bag. As the snatchers move on the bike, the woman falls down. Deputy Commissioner of Police, East Delhi, Jasmeet Singh, said: “We will add the section in the FIR. Action will also be taken against the beat staff, who filed the case under wrong sections of the IPC.last_img read more

Jake Gyllenhaal To Read Poetry For Veterans

first_imgThe Headstrong Project is proud to be hosting the first ever “Words of War” event on May 8th at IAC HQ in New York City.This cocktail fundraiser is designed to further support the mission of the Headstrong Project, to help veterans recover from the hidden wounds of war in order to lead full and meaningful lives. Specifically, “Words of War” will support comprehensive mental healthcare for military veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.The evening will include a war poetry reading by Jake Gyllenhaal. Additionally, Adam Driver (from HBO’s Girls and major motion picture Lincoln) and Joanne Tucker of “Theater of War” will perform a scene from Sophocles’ Ajax. This short presentation of wartime poetry, literature, theater and letters articulate the exuberance and ideals that drive men and women to war, the thrill and horror of combat, the difficulties of returning home, and the experience of family members worried about their loved one at war. Iconic wartime images, by photographers Ashley Gilbertson, Lucian Read and Jonathan Alpeyrie will be projected during the presentation.“Even for those who have fought and served in combat, PTSD can be a tough term to understand,” said Zach Iscol, Executive Director, Chairman of Headstrong Project. “It isn’t accessible and there is a stigma attached to it. This event will speak to how normal and timeless the reactions and emotions felt in and returning home from war can be. Of course you’re going to feel grief over losing a close friend. Of course you’re going to feel shame and guilt about life and death decisions made in the fog of war…any good person would.”The Headstrong Project began treating military veterans in August 2012, and will be using funds raised from this event to expand care to veterans and their families. In partnership with their media partners Google, Newsweek/Daily Beast, and Pixel Corps, Words of War will also benefit Team Rubicon, Team RWB, and Student Veterans of America. These organizations have been incredibly effective at building communities of veterans- a strong antidote to the effects of PTSD and moral injuries.Over 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans report symptoms of PTSD. The VA estimates we lose 22 veterans a day to suicide and the Department of Defense reports 30-50 active duty troops take their lives every month. Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are at particular risk. It has been estimated that for every troop we have lost in combat this year, 25-30 take their own lives. These numbers also do not reflect increases in dangerous and destructive behavior – such as astonishing increases in domestic abuse, substance abuse, and even motorcycle accidents.The evening will benefit the Headstrong Project, Team RWB, Team Rubicon and Student Veterans of America. For more information of the Headstrong Project or to purchase tickets to the “Words of War” please visit www.getheadstrong.org.last_img read more

Fifth Harmony Star Designs Tee For Save The Children

first_imgFifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello has teamed up with Save the Children to design a limited-edition T-shirt to shine a light on girls around the world.Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello has teamed up with Save the Children to design a limited-edition T-shirtThe special Love Only collaboration, which launches ahead of International Day of the Girl, is available starting today through Oct. 18, with 100 percent of the net proceeds going to Save the Children. The Love Only collaboration will be available at represent.com/camila.On Oct. 11, Save the Children will celebrate International Day of the Girl, a day dedicated to highlighting the barriers girls face globally and to empowering girls to reach their full potential. The Love Only tee will help support the charity’s efforts to raise awareness of these issues and to ensure a world where girls get equal access to education, health care and opportunities to succeed. The Love Only collaboration for Save the Children is Camila Cabello’s first-ever charity tee.“Love Only is an important concept to me – it’s all about uplifting ourselves and supporting others,” Camila Cabello, a Save the Children Celebrity Cabinet member, said. “I am so inspired by what Save the Children is doing to give girls around the world a brighter future. So I wanted to support this amazing cause by designing this special Love Only tee and hoodie.”The limited-edition T-shirt is selling for $24.99. A hoodie sweatshirt is also offered for $39.99. Both styles are available for purchase worldwide.Camila Cabello and Save the Children invite supporters and influencers to get involved, take a photo in the T-shirt and spread the campaign on social media using #LoveOnlyTee.last_img read more

HRW documents atrocities against CARs Muslims

first_imgBANGUI – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday accused Christian militias of perpetrating a number of recent “atrocities” against Muslim communities in the northern Central African Republic (CAR).“They began to cut my husband with their machetes on his side and his back,” one Muslim woman told HRW, describing a dawn attack by anti-balaka militants on their home. “Then they cut his throat.”“After they killed him, they set our house on fire,” she added. “They threw his body on the fire, together with that of my son.” “They ordered my 13-year-old son to come outside and lie down,” the Muslim woman recounted. “Then they cut him two times with a machete and killed him.”HRW’s 34-page report, based on weeks of field research in CAR’s northern Ouham province, cites a surge in violence since September by Christian anti-balaka militias.“The anti-balaka have killed several hundred Muslims, burned their homes and stolen their cattle,” concluded the report, entitled: “‘They Came To Kill’: Escalating Atrocities in the Central African Republic.”The rights watchdog reported that a Muslim cattle herder had been forced to watch as anti-balaka fighters cut the throats of her three-year-old son, two boys aged 10 and 14, and an adult relative.Another man told HRW how he had escaped from anti-balaka attackers only to watch in horror from a hiding place as they proceeded to cut the throats of his two wives, ten children and one grandchild.HRW accused the Christian militias of carrying out “coordinated attacks against Muslim communities” in Bossangoa, the capital of Ouham.It noted that on December 5 anti-balaka forces had “shot or slit the throats of at least 11 Muslim civilians” in Boro, a district of Bossangoa.In recent days, Anadolu Agency has published testimonies of several victims of attacks by anti-balaka militiamen.CAR, a landlocked, mineral-rich country, descended into anarchy in March, when Seleka rebels – said to be largely Muslims- ousted Christian president François Bozize, who had come to power in a 2003 coup.ReprisalHRW described the anti-balaka militias as “local vigilantes and soldiers loyal to the previous government.”It refuted claims that the militias were local “self-defense” forces, asserting that “their actions and rhetoric are often violently anti-Muslim.”According to HRW, attacks by Christian militias against Muslim communities “were largely in response to rampant abuses by Muslim armed groups.”After the anti-balaka attacks, the report noted, ex-Seleka forces had taken revenge on a number of Christian residents of Bossangoa, killing many and torching their homes.“The ex-Seleka revenge killings appear to have had the backing of senior commanders in Bossangoa,” HRW asserted.It accused Bossangoa deputy commander, Colonel Saleh Zabadi, of ordering the drowning of seven farmers on November 18 on suspicions that they belonged to an anti-balaka militia.“The farmers were bound and thrown into the Ouham River; just three survived,” said the report.The report went on to say that 40,000 Christians had been displaced in Bossangoa and were currently seeking refuge in Catholic churches, while 4,000 Muslims remained on the other side of the town.“The brutal killings in CAR are creating a cycle of murder and reprisal that threatens to spin out of control,” said Peter Bouckaert, HRW emergencies director and the report’s author.“The potential for further mass violence is shockingly high,” he warned.According to UN estimates, more than 400,000 people – nearly ten percent of the country’s 4.6 million-strong population – have abandoned their homes as a result of the violence.Bolster PeacekeepingCiting continued abuses in the north and in Bangui, the HRW called for additional African Union troops and stepped-up support for French peacekeeping efforts.“Urgent support for peacekeeping in CAR is crucial to bring stability to a tense situation, protect the population from abuses, and ensure that humanitarian aid reaches those at grave risk,” Bouckaert asserted.HRW has called on the UN Security Council to immediately authorize a peacekeeping mission to CAR under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.“The UN Security Council needs to act quickly to bring this evolving catastrophe to a halt,” said Bouckaert.France, under a UN mandate, currently has 1,600 troops deployed in its former colony.The African Union, meanwhile, has 2,500 troops stationed in the country.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Calls Palestinian President to Inquire About His Health

Rabat – King Mohammed VI  has called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to inquire about his health, a statement from the royal cabinet said on Tuesday.The statement said that the King called Abbas following the ear surgery he underwent last week. The King then reiterated his full commitment and support for the Palestinian cause, added the statement. Ahmad Tibi, an Arab member of the Knesset (Israeli legislature) wrote on his Twitter after visiting  Abbas that the Palestinian leader is suffering from “pneumonia and is treated with antibiotics.”I visited President Abbas in hospital tonight. He suffers from pneumonia and is treated with antibiotics. Markedly improved his condition,He will spend several more days in the hospital .we discussed several political issues. pic.twitter.com/d2yBcjfMzF— Ahmad Tibi (@Ahmad_tibi) May 21, 2018He said that the president’s health condition is improving. The Palestinian president was hospitalized Sunday for the third time in just six days.Abbas’s hospitalization followed a series of mass protests in Gaza, culminating on the day of the US embassy’s inauguration in Jerusalem May 14, when at least 58 people were killed by Israeli law enforcement.Last Monday, King Mohammed VI addressed a letter to Abbas, condemning the US decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem.Other Arab leaders and United Nations representatives condemned Israel’s violence against Palestinians and denounced the relocation of the US embassy. read more

Carly Simon writing memoir about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

NEW YORK — Carly Simon is writing an “intimate, vulnerable” memoir about a very famous friend, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.Farrar, Straus and Giroux announced Monday that Simon’s “Touched by the Sun” was scheduled for Oct. 22. According to the publisher, Simon and Onassis met at a summer party on Martha’s Vineyard and began an “improbable, but lasting friendship.” Simon, best known for such songs as “You’re So Vain” and “The Spy Who Loved Me,” said in a statement that Onassis became everything from a “protective mother figure” to a “mischievous pal.” Onassis died in 1994.Simon has written a previous memoir, “Boys In the Trees.”The Associated Press

Millions of childrens lives hang in the balance as South Sudan conflict

“I have just spent two days in South Sudan where I saw first-hand how four years of a man-made conflict have left children sick, hungry and on the brink of death,” Henrietta H. Fore, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said Thursday in the capital, Juba, as she wrapped up her visit.She said the impact of the relentless violence has been devastating. She recalled meeting a mother who had to walk for days to get treatment for her malnourished baby. Recounting another grim incident, Ms. Fore said she had spoken with a young boy who was forced to join an armed group at the age of 10.At the same time, she said, she saw “signs of hope” emanating from the families experiencing the horror. “UNICEF and other aid agencies are working on the ground in some of the most dangerous conditions to provide children and young people with their basic needs. This is no small feat,” she said, describing South Sudan “the most dangerous place in the world for humanitarians” as 28 aid workers were killed last year alone.VIDEO: During her visit to South Sudan, new Executive Director of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, urges end to conflict to bring back hope and safety for the young people of the strife-torn nation.Forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Rieck Machar, have been battling for the past five years, turning what began in 2013 as a political rivalry into all out conflict that, according to the UN relief wing, has left some seven million people in need of assistance and protection, and forced more than two million to flee to neighbouring countries.Ms. Fore noted that the fighting shows no sign of abating and the humanitarian needs are massive: 2.4 million children have been forced to flee their homes. More than a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished and at imminent risk of death. Over 19,000 children have been recruited into the conflict. At least one in three schools has been damaged, destroyed, occupied or closed. More than 1,200 cases of sexual violence against children have been documented. “The numbers go on and on. Together they equal an entire generation of young people denied the opportunities they so desperately need to contribute to building their society,” she said.As the dry season approaches, the needs – and threats – will only continue to grow. “Only an end to hostilities can bring back hope and safety to the children and young people of South Sudan. Until then, we need unconditional, sustainable access from parties to the conflict and more resources from donors,” she said. “Without these, the lives and futures of millions of children in South Sudan will continue to hang in the balance.” read more

APCOM 2019 to showcase minings digital transformation developments

first_imgThe preliminary technical programme for the APCOM 2019 conference in Wroclaw, Poland, (June 4-6) has gone live, showing off some of the highest quality peer-reviewed papers on ‘digital transformation’ in mining, from resource estimation to mine operation and safety.The conference topics include:Geostatistics and resource estimationAPCOM said: “An entire three-day conference stream provides more than 20 leading- edge and peer-reviewed papers by world-class practitioners from leading mining companies and by world-leading research institutes.”Papers on this topic include: Transforming Exploration Data Through Machine Learning from MICROMINE’s Mark Gabbitus, Rock mass characterisation using MWD data and photogrammetry from Luleå University of Technology’s Sohail Manzoor, and Rethinking Fleet & Personnel Management in the era of IoT, Big Data, Gamification, and low-cost Tablet Technology from MST Global’s Sean Dessureault.Mine planningThere will be about 15 papers on newest IT-supported techniques in mine planning, uncertainty reduction, geomechanics, modelling, simulation and the most recent software technology, according to APCOM.Papers on this topic include: A procedure to generate optimised ramp designs using mathematical programming from Delphos Mine Planning Lab, AMTC/DIMIN, Universidad de Chile’s Nelson Morales, Incorporation of geological risk into underground mine planning from NEXA Resources’ Rafael Rosado and a presentation from AngloGold Ashanti’s Andrade Barbosa titled, Economic Optimisation of Rib Pillars Placement in Underground Mines.Scheduling and dispatch“Around 15 papers address long- and short-term scheduling optimisation, the application of neural networks and genetic algorithms as well as risk mitigation and related software systems. A keynote talk covers the impact of Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and gamification on fleet scheduling topics,” APCOM said.The conference has attracted speakers on this subject from Clausthal University of Technology, AngloGold Ashanti, University of Alberta, AusGEMCO Pty Ltd, Newmont Mining Corp, Advanced Mining Technology Center and Maptek.Mine operation in digital transformationThere are more than 20 papers in this stream covering mining equipment related topics in the area of LHD transport, drilling and longwall operation, as well as underground communications and new digital technologies in mine safety, as well as product quality optimisation.Speakers from the Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Breakline and breakdown surfaces modelling in the design of large-scale blasts), Komatsu Mining (The Digital Mine eco-system), Tunnel Radio (Hybrid 5G Fibre Optic/Leaky Feeder Communication System) and Epiroc (Monitoring of a stoping operation, digital transformation in practice) are set to present papersEmerging technologies and robotics in miningUnder this topic, there are a number of sessions with almost 10 papers covering the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in mining, the benefits of upcoming technology in robotics, mechatronics and communications, as well as the changes in machine design through digital transformation, APCOM said. Also a completely new transport system is presented in this stream.Papers in this stream include: More Safety in Underground Mining with IoT and Autonomous Robots (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Institute of Mining and Special Civil Engineering), Application of UAV imaging and photogrammetry for high-resolution modelling of open pit geometry and slope stability monitoring (Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno) and The concept of walking robot for mining industry (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology).Synergies from other industriesA plenary speech from an active airline captain will lead this session, talking about the impact of human-machine interfaces on decision-making of automated equipment and in control centres, APCOM said. Other papers will be on the transferability of building information modelling from commercial construction to mining.A paper from MT-Silesia Sp zoo called: From machine construction to mechatronic system design: Digital Transformation is changing the way of thinking! is included. There are also talks from MobileTronics GmbH’s George Biro on, Rethinking mining transport: Trackless trains for mass transport in mining and KGHM Polska Miedeź’s Mariusz Sangórski presenting, Energy Management System Maturity Model – Systematic Approach to Gain Knowledge about Organization’s Real Engagement in Energy Efficiency Area.The conference takes place at the convention centre of the Wroclaw University of Technology and is accompanied by an exhibition, APCOM said. A social programme, conference dinner with entertainment and partner activities are available as well as field trips on June 7.“A post-conference hike in the Karkonosze Mountains is offered from June 8-10, with overnight stays in two microbreweries on the ridge, is a relaxing finish to the technical discussions of the week,” APCOM said.All presentations are to be held in English. Simultaneous translation to Polish is provided if requested by a sufficient number of participants.International Mining is a media partner for APCOM 2019.last_img read more

Polish National Team wins tournament in Brno

Today Michael Biegler’s players won 25:24 against hosts, but style of the game wasn’t really good. Czech played without their best players (like Filip Jicha, Petr Stochl, Karel Nocar) and actually they’ve played with their second squad. Polish team had really bad first half, they made a lot of mistakes and after 30 minutes they were losing 10:12. Finally they won by one goal, but their game was much better in second half. The best stickers of Poland were Bartłomiej Jaszka (with 5 goals), Adam Wiśniewski (4) and Michał Jurercki (4), but the best in whole match was Jiri Motl (9).Now Polish National Team is coming back home, where they have some trainings. On 9th January they go to Spain and first game on World Championships they play on 12th January with Belarus.Poland – Czech 25:24 (10:12) Czech: Mrkva, Petrzala – Beczvarz 1, Jurka 1, Vrany, Motl 9/3, Szulc 3, Czip, Pracharz 1, Kotrcz 1, Sklenak 1, Horak, Strżinek 1, Zdrahala 2, Buchta 2, Dostalik 2.Poland: Wichary, Szmal – Jaszka 5, Bielecki 1, Bartczak 2, Wiśniewski 4, B. Jurecki 2, M. Jurecki 4, Jurkiewicz 1, Syprzak 1, Krajewski, Kubisztal 1/1, Szpera 1, Orzechowski 3, Pilitowski.TEXT: Michalina Chabowska bieglerjureckimrkvaPolandsyprzakwicharywisniewski ← Previous Story Germans with victory and draw against Sweden in Hamburg Next Story → Friendlies: Croatia wins goal-crazy game against Norway, Egypt surprises Serbia read more

Harsh winter took heavy toll on wildlife

first_imgCHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wildlife suffered higher than normal losses this winter in severe weather across the western United States, where the toll included the deaths of all known fawns in one Wyoming deer herd and dozens of endangered bighorn sheep in California.Wildlife managers in Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington also reported higher losses of animals in the wake of one of the coldest and snowiest winters in decades. Parts of the Rockies saw snowfall as late as mid-June.“This year we kind of had all the factors that we don’t want — we had deep snow, we had periods of fairly cold weather, subzero, and then we also had some crusting on top of that snow,” said Roger Phillips, spokesman for the Idaho Fish and Game Department.Wildlife managers have been assessing the damage using radio collars and surveys of herds following a winter in which many parts of the West recorded record snowfall, including places where deer, pronghorn antelope and elk migrate each fall to escape the harsher mountain winters. Prolonged snow cover on winter grounds made it difficult for wildlife to find food, and spells of bitter cold made matters worse for the weakened animals by hardening the snow.Mule deer in several Rocky Mountain states and elk in Eastern Washington were hit hard. Wyoming was expecting above-normal losses among antelope as well, although it didn’t have an accurate accounting yet.last_img read more

Increased police presence at Point Loma charter school after threatening graffiti message

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, February 20, 2018 Increased police presence at Point Loma charter school after threatening graffiti message SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The discovery of a threatening graffiti scrawl at High Tech High Media Arts led Tuesday to a heightened police presence at the Point Loma charter school.The San Diego Police Department sent patrol personnel to the Farragut Road school this morning as a precautionary security measure, according to SDPD public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez.Hernandez said he was unaware of the nature of the threat, and the school did not immediately respond to a request for information.According to television news reports, the menacing massage was found in a girls’ restroom at the campus. The nature of the threat it contained was not made public. Posted: February 20, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Vancouver school found success in opportunity zone

first_imgwww.learningfirst.orgNational education advocates are taking notice of a successful program that helped raise the test scores of Vancouver’s poorest students.Vancouver Public Schools in 2010 established a so-called “opportunity zone” containing 14 schools with the highest percentages of children living in poverty in the district. Officials spent extra effort and money on those schools, both in the classroom and in parent outreach.The opportunity zone’s success this week grabbed the attention of a national group called Learning First Alliance. The initiative also will be discussed at a national conference for administrators of a federal anti-poverty program later this month.The opportunity zone in part sprang out of a failed attempt at getting federal money in exchange for reforms. In 2010, Discovery and Jason Lee middle schools landed in the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state, as measured by their students’ performance on math and reading tests averaged over three years. It wasn’t the first time the schools made that list, which earned them a “tier II” designation by the feds and the right to apply for school improvement grants. Schools have to lay out plans for drastic change to get the grants, and Vancouver school officials promised to reassign principals and hold teachers accountable for their students’ scores if they got the money. But they didn’t get the grant.That setback spurred administrators’ creativity.How it happenedThe schools in the opportunity zone received additional teacher training, computer technology for classrooms and tutoring sessions after school. But the district also addressed some of the root causes of the low-income students’ low performance. The two middle schools that were on the bottom of the performance list are among those with the highest percentages of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, a measure of poverty, said Associate Superintendent Christine Burgess.Officials set up nine family-community resource centers — or FCRCs. Paid staff and volunteers at those centers taught parenting classes, served as liaisons between parents and social service agencies, and even organized food banks. They also provided early-childhood schooling.last_img read more

Wilmingtons iPods For Wounded Veterans Travel To Arizona Partner With Teamsters To

first_imgTUCSON, AZ — A vacation to Arizona turned into an event honoring U.S. veterans at a facility in Tucson on Saturday where attendees received headphones and other gifts as a thank you for their service to this country.Paul Cardello, chairman and CEO for iPods for Wounded Veterans, was out in Arizona visiting family when he realized the Veterans Administration (VA) had a hospital nearby. Enlisting the help of Local 104 and the VA as well as assistance of sponsors Bose, Best Buy, Big Lots and Hudson RPM, he organized an event for upwards of 150 vets that featured speakers, giveaways, food, drink and music.A retired member of Local 170 in Worchester, Mass., Cardello and his organization have repeatedly joined with Teamsters on the local and national level in order to give back to this nation’s wounded heroes. Officials from the Teamsters Military Assistance Program were on hand to advise former military members about career opportunities with the union.“This was a massive event,” Cardello said. “Everyone was involved in it.”Vets received earbuds from Bose and magazines from Hudson. Best Buy and Big Lots provided iPods for Wounded Veterans with discounted merchandise that was raffled off at the event. The VA supplied refreshments and staffing support. Local 104 also provided volunteers for the event.The organization holds similar event around the country. The next one is scheduled for April 13 in Manchester, N.H., and Local 633 is assisting. More information about iPods for Wounded Veterans can be found HERE.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Teamsters.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTO OF THE DAY: Rep. Miceli & iPods for Wounded Vets Founder Meet At State HouseIn “Photo of the Day”PHOTO OF THE DAY: iPods for Wounded Veterans Named ‘Volunteer Service Organization of the Year’In “Photo of the Day”Benton Posthumously Honored For Making Local Letter Writing Campaign To Injured Soldiers Go NationalIn “Education”last_img read more