Video Tutorial: Rolling Over Text

first_img14Set the top layer to screen. 1Create a new composition and a new grey text layer. 6Create a new solid for the background. 15Duplicate and offset the time of the text. 13Add a fill to both of the duplicated layers and make them black. Add a fast blur to both and make both layers more opaque using opacity. 3Go into the graph editor and ease the text. 11Duplicate the pre-comp layer and set the x-rotation to 90. 2Turn on 3D and set keyframes for a full rotation over the X axis over the course of 2 seconds. 12Duplicate again and set the x-rotation to -90. 16Stylize using alpha bevel.center_img Create an awesome 3D rolling text effect in Adobe After Effects.In this Premiumbeat exclusive video tutorial you’ll learn how to create a 3D rolling text effect in After Effects – perfect for titles and project openers. The tutorial covers many upper level After Effects techniques including:Using conditional expressions to set brightness and rotational values.Stylizing comps using the Noise HLS effect.Simulating 3d using offset rotation layers.This tutorial requires using a few expressions that might be confusing if you are not used to them. But have no fear, in our previous tutorial we cover expressions and explain their importance.Prefer reading to watching? Check out the After Effects how-to below. 7Add a brightness and contrast to the text and set the parameters to 0. 10Precompose and turn on collapse transformations. 4Set an expression to the X rotation.r=(pick whip to X rotation value)if(r > 90)(0)else if (r < 90)(0)else(100) 5Create a new camera. 9Turn the motion blur on for the text and the comp. 8Set an expression for the brightness expression.r=(pick whip to the x rotation);if (r>=0)(y=-1;)else(y=1;)r*y*2 If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or if you have any quick tips for using expressions in After Effects please comment below!last_img read more

Daniel Kotchen: Man Behind Legal Threats To Indian IT Firewall

first_imgDaniel Kotchen would not be a name familiar to India’s $1.5-billion software services industry if not for half a dozen lawsuits bedeviling the sector, including two against the country’s largest software exporter Tata Consultancy Services. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Coalition govt stable, Cong-JDS to fight LS polls together: Siddaramaiah

first_imgBengaluru, Dec 27 (PTI) Rubbishing BJP’s claim that the coalition government in Karnataka would collapse due to internal rift, Congress leader Siddaramaiah Thursday said the Congress-JDS alliance was strong and they would contest the Lok Sabha polls together.The leader of the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition coordination committee also ruled out any differences between him and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara over portfolio allocation to newly inducted ministers. “They (BJP) don’t want to sit in the opposition and work. By using some wrong means, they want to form the government,” Siddaramaiah said. He was reacting to senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Umesh Katti’s claim that 15 disgruntled MLAs from the ruling coalition were in touch with him and that the saffron party would form the new government in Karnataka by next week. Speaking to reporters in Hubballi, Siddaramaiah said, “Nothing will happen, the government will not fall. Government will complete its term; there is no problem at all.” Reacting to the views of JDS leaders that the party should contest the Lok Sabha polls alone, the veteran Congress leader said both the parties had fought the by-elections together and the alliance will remain intact for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as well. “I don’t know what you are saying… (JDS wanting to go alone) is news for me,” the former Karnataka chief minister said, adding that the seat sharing formula was yet to be finalised. “About the number of seats, all those things we have not been discussed, it will be discussed when we will sit together, which has not yet happened,” he said.advertisement Unhappy with the Congress’ “big brother attitude” in the ruling coalition in Karnataka, JD(S) workers and local leaders have apparently asked the leadership to contest all 28 Lok Sabha seats in 2019 general elections alone.Congress and JD(S) had earlier announced that they would fight the polls together.Expressing confidence that former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, sulking over being dropped from the ministry, would not quit as party MLA, Siddaramaiah said, “He is basically a Congress man, he will stay with us.” “He may be upset that he was removed from the ministry, so he has gone incommunicado, I also tried, but could not speak to him… As I understand him, he will remain and work for the Congress,” he added. Jarkiholi has threatened to quit as Congress lawmaker and is likely to announce his decision soon amid reports that he might join the BJP. Siddaramaiah also said that portfolios to eight newly inducted ministers would be announced after approval from Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Terming reports about the rift with Parameshwara as “totally false”, he said, “We haven’t spoken at the meeting, as reported.” According to reports, the meeting between top party leaders on Wednesday to decide on portfolios was not cordial, as Parameshwara expressed displeasure after Siddaramiah asked him to give up some key portfolios. Parameshwara currently holds the departments of home, Bengaluru city related affairs, youth affairs and sports. Also, hitting out at media reports about a rift with Siddaramaiah, Parameshwara said, “It is all your creation, which is false. By giving false news… You will lose the credibility.” “There is no issue of giving up any ministry and it is applicable to every one… Everything will be decided by the high command,” he added. PTI KSU RA APR RHLlast_img read more

Kyle Edmund sweeps Jaume Munar aside to progress at Wimbledon

first_imgWimbledon Share on Facebook Wimbledon 2019 Zverev and Tsitsipas make shock exits on day one at Wimbledon Share on Twitter news Kyle Edmund needs no reminding about pressure. He is, nonetheless, asked to dwell on it almost daily as the British No 1 in the absence of Andy Murray, which is unfair on the 24-year-old who grew up in Yorkshire, perhaps, but part of the tennis business and, on day one of Wimbledon, he gave full expression to his frustrations with an excellent win on Centre Court over Jaume Munar.Edmund has had a difficult time of it lately, struggling with a nagging knee injury at the French Open and regrouping with a reasonable run at Eastbourne last week – so a convincing 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win in two and a quarter hours over Rafael Nadal’s talented 22-year-old Mallorcan student was just what he needed to start his Wimbledon campaign. He next plays the 35-year-old Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, whose left-handedness and experience – not to mention two victories over him – will present Edmund with altogether different challenges on Wednesday.“I think I played the big moments reasonably well,” Edmund said of his win over Munar, “apart from the end, when I gave him some hope. But I held and broke when I needed to. Overall it was pretty good. I need to improve some stuff. Too many mistakes. I can make it a lot easier for myself.”The win takes him through to the second round for the third year in a row, although his ambitions are bigger than that. Last year he extended the run to the third round, where he lost in a fine match against the world No 1 and eventual champion, Novak Djokovic.Some wondered if this match was worth its place on the game’s biggest stage but that is nit-picking. Edmund did what he had to and Munar provided some classy opposition, especially after going 0-4 and 1-5 down in the third set, where he then made the British player work hard all the way to the line.“It was a really nice surprise on day one to see my name on the schedule for Centre Court,” Edmund said. “Watching it is very cool but getting a chance to play on it is special.” Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIncenter_img Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Kyle Edmund As for Verdasco, who beat the Polish qualifier Kamil Majchrzak 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, Edmund said, “Both times against him have been three sets [the most recent at the Rome Masters this year]. I have to reflect and see what I can do better. Both [Munar and Verdasco] are completely different, righty, lefty. But both are very aggressive.”The conclusion to an otherwise flawless display by Edmund was a little messy. Munar, serving to stay in the championship from two sets and 1-5 down, saved match point with a smash from mid-court. He held serve and did well to stay calm while trying to rescue what was obvious to everyone but himself a lost cause.Edmund looked in control of his game and his emotions as he stepped up to serve out the match but Munar battled his way to break point. Edmund saved with a smash at the net that was a cross between a winning point and a statement of intent. The Spaniard got another look with an adventurous raid on the net – then broke back and held. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Wimbledon diary: Titles go missing and Canadians everywhere Share via Email Support The Guardian Read more Having surrendered a chunk of a lead that looked unassailable, Edmund had to regain his composure, trust in his game and finish the job. Just as the entranced gathering leaned forward for what they surely imagined would be the final act to the drama, Munar called for the trainer to inspect what looked like a paper cut on the middle finger of his right hand.Serving for a place in the second round, Edmund steeled himself to the task again, racing to two match points, untroubled behind some irresistible groundstrokes. An ace – his fourth of the match – did the job, and a clearly relieved Edmund raised his fist and smiled to the crowd.“It was good for him to show [his team] how much he does want it, if they didn’t know it already,” John McEnroe observed. “He’s one ofthose likeable guys, hard worker, disciplined and dealing with a knee problem. But of course the better you get, the more pressure you put on yourself.”The privilege of pressure, Djokovic called it. Everyone wants it. Not everyone handles it. Tennis Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Saracens face further fine for failing to show up for Champions Cup launch

first_imgSaracens face a £50,000 fine after failing to turn up for the launch of the European Champions Cup in Cardiff where, as holders, they would have had prime billing. The day after they were docked 35 points and fined £5m for breaching the Premiership’s salary-cap regulations, sympathy was in short supply, with the former England captain Chris Robshaw saying the club had stained the sport’s image. Saracens were due to send their captain, Brad Barritt, to the launch along with Mark McCall, the director of rugby, but they told the organisers the night before the event that they would not be turning up. They offered the pair for interview at the club’s training ground but felt their presence in Cardiff would turn the launch of European club rugby’s premier tournament into a sideshow. It is understood they will be deregistering players for Europe as they look to cut their squad to ensure they do not go over the cap this season.“I can understand why they did not pitch up,” said Simon Halliday, chairman of European Professional Club Rugby. “I know that the club care very deeply about Europe and the non‑attendance was based on a decision that had been made the day before that clearly had a big impact on them. The launch is important to us and we will have to consider whether to take their non-attendance further.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Saracens Facebook Support The Guardian Read more Share on Twitter Read more “Due processes were put in place and it is naive to think you can now get away with breaking the cap. If a player is presented with a watch at an end-of-season awards ceremony, it is included in it. If you commit a robbery in the UK, you maybe go to prison for six months. Do it again and a third time and a judge says you are an habitual offender who will keep doing it unless a stiff punishment is handed out.“It is not for me to say whether it is fair, but you have to stop them doing it. They have appealed, but if that goes against them they have to take the medicine and get on with it. They have done a lot of good things and flown the flag for English rugby, but for years I operated on half their budget and still got Sale into Europe regularly. The Premiership as a whole loses £40m a year which is why the cap is needed.”Saracens said they breached the cap in an attempt to keep players in a sport where a number retire early through injury and have nothing to fall back on. Their success in developing youngsters who went on to become key players for England, such as Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje, had an impact when their wages exploded. David Conn Read more Champions Cup Steve Diamond (centre) had some harsh words for Saracens, who he coached in the 2000s. Photograph: Bryan Keane/INPHO/Rex/Shutterstock Twitter Share via Email Six Premiership clubs were at the Principality Stadium and the prevalent feeling was that Saracens needed to be made an example of after being found to have broken the rules over a period of three years.“They have been the dominant side in Europe in that period and we now know why,” said Robshaw, who is leading Harlequins this season. “It is cheating. As a sport, we tend to think our grass is greener than football’s or athletics’, but now we are as muddy as the rest of them. Rugby union “It is a problem we could face in three years, but you have to stick to the rules,” said the Northampton director of rugby, Chris Boyd. “If you keep one player, you have to release another. An internal explosion of wages means you have to make a choice.“The biggest burden on a club is the wage bill and the cap is there to prevent an owner from going out and buying a team. There may be a better way of incentivising clubs to produce more England qualified players but each model is different and if you are in a catchment area that has a poor pool of kids, you have to be a recruitment club.”Exeter lost three Premiership finals against Saracens when they were breaching the rules. Their head coach, Rob Baxter, said that while he did not feel cheated he did feel the victories were tainted.There is no punishment for Saracens in Europe because the cap regulations do not apply in the tournament and the Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton, whose side were beaten in the final last season, said: “I do not think it tarnishes what they have achieved in the Champions Cup. We beat French clubs on bigger budgets than Saracens. For me they are European champions and deservedly so.” Premiershipcenter_img Read more Share on Messenger Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Saracens judgment is a spectacle of a sport robustly applying its rules news Pinterest Saracens docked 35 points and fined £5m for salary cap breach “We want a level playing field. It is hard to take when someone is successful through going beyond that. It is not the fault of the players but the people in charge of the club. It is really tough on the players and maybe the rules governing youngsters a club develops and helps turn into England internationals needs looking at, but the bottom line is that you cannot cheat and I do not see that as an excuse. Exeter have brought several players through, as have Harlequins and Leicester. You do it within the rules of the game.”The Sale director of rugby, Steve Diamond, who coached Saracens in the 2000s, said his former employers needed to redeem themselves in the eyes of the rest of the Premiership and suggested a start would be to take down the words integrity and honesty that adorn their Allianz Park ground. Saracens judgment is a spectacle of a sport robustly applying its rules David Conn Robert Kitson Share on Facebook Saracens salary-cap breach stamps an asterisk on a great club and the game Share on WhatsApp “I do not think they had to do it, such is the conveyor belt they have created. They could have operated under cap. I am upset and disappointed at their actions more than critical. There was an amnesty, allegedly, four years ago after clubs had been finding clever ways around the cap. They all agreed to stick to it, not least to arrest player wage inflation. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

EuroGate, DP World to Operate Limassol Port

first_imgzoom The two-year process of the Limassol port privatization has been wrapped up as the Cypriot Ministry of Transport announced the new operators of the port’s container terminal, marine services and multi-purpose terminal.According to the ministry, a consortium comprising EuroGate International GmbH, which has the majority holding, Interorient Navigation Company Ltd, and East Med Holdings S.A, will be in charge of the container terminal.The marine services at the port will be taken over by a consortium of companies comprising DP World Limited, the majority participant, P&O Maritime and G.A.P Vassilopoulos Public Ltd, while the multi-purpose terminal will be headed by a consortium of DP World Limited and G.A.P Vassilopoulos Public Ltd.“We are very satisfied by the process conducted and the end result,” the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Mr Marios Demetriades, said.He added that “through a transparent and demonstrably competitive procedure we have three operators with a detailed plan to develop the port operations for the development of the most commercial activities of the most important port in Cyprus. We will be in a position to elaborate further after the transaction is formally completed.”The government expects to finalize the concession agreements in the next six weeks.Cyprus’ Limassol port operators were selected out of the existing fourteen bidders. There were six submissions for the container terminal, three for the marine services and five for the multipurpose terminal submitted in accordance with the terms of the procurement process.The privatization of commercial operations at Limassol was agreed within a bailout plan between Cyprus and international creditors.last_img read more

FireStricken Car Carrier Gets Nod to Leave UK

first_imgARC Honor. Image Courtesy: Screenshot/YouTubeThe fire-stricken car carrier M/V Honor is scheduled to set sail on March 7 as it was given permission by relevant authorities to depart from the UK.The 19,844 dwt vessel received the approval following a fire inspection and inspection of cargo on all decks aboard the vessel, which was launched last week and finalized on March 4 at the Port of Southampton.According to the ship’s owner American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC), the US-flagged car carrier caught fire in the English Channel on February 24 and was berthed in Southampton later that day.At the time of the incident the 49,814 gross ton ship was en route from Southampton to Baltimore.ARC earlier informed that there were no reports of injuries to the crew, adding that the 1996-built vessel was operating under its own power.last_img read more

Interprofessional Cancer Education to Enhance Patient Care

first_imgImproved patient care is at the heart of a project designed to train cancer health professionals to provide cancer education to their peers. Funded by Health Canada, with Cancer Care Nova Scotia as the project lead, Partners for Interprofessional Cancer Education has trained 38 health professionals from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island as facilitators, including five from Capital Health and two from the IWK Health Centre. The training provides expertise in interprofessional learning — a greater appreciation of each others’ values, knowledge and abilities; collaborative, patient-centred care and cultural sensitivity; and safety for First Nations communities. Facilitators will educate more than 1,100 community-based health professionals over the next year. “Canada’s government commends Cancer Care Nova Scotia and itspartners for their leadership in this project. By April 2008, more than 1,000 Nova Scotian health professionals will be better trained to help cancer patients,” said Tony Clement, federal Minister of Health. “The introduction of interprofessional education across Nova Scotia will benefit not only the patients who will receive unprecedented treatment and support, but also the teams of professionals who work in cancer care.” “With the expertise and commitment of districts, and the strength of our other partners, we are extending the value and reach of Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s original interprofessional education program, the interprofessional core curriculum,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Through this project, we are enhancing it, extending the training of health professionals and providing the necessary supports for them to deliver the interprofessional core curriculum to others.” “Interprofessional education programs like PICE are critical to building a cancer workforce with the skills to work effectively in teams to ensure quality cancer care,” said Vickie Sullivan, director, Capital Health Cancer Care Program. “These innovations are key to addressing our health human resources challenge.” Health professionals with an expertise in cancer or palliative care were recruited to participate in the training. Medical and radiation oncologists, palliative care physicians and nurses, social workers, pharmacists, nursing students from St. Francis Xavier University and First Nations representatives working in health were among those trained. “PICE provides an invaluable link for cancer care providers, not only interprofessionally, but also between the pediatric and adult cancer care worlds,” said Mary Jean Howitt, registered nurse, IWK Health Centre, who was trained as a facilitator. “Survivors of childhood cancer grow up and PICE along with the ICC modules, have great potential to enhance safety, effectiveness and continuity of care.” The Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre, in collaboration with other partners, implemented the first phase of the project, the development of the facilitator training program. First Nations consultants worked with the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre to ensure cultural safety and sensitivity was woven throughout the training program. The centre also revised the case studies included in Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s interprofessional core curriculum, which facilitators will be delivering. “As an educator and a learner, I know that any new knowledge and/or skill is most valuable when you can practice and apply it to a real-life experience,” said Donna Denney, former director, Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre and co-chair of the Partners for Interprofessional Cancer Education steering committee. “In a learning environment, case studies provide this opportunity. They also serve to reinforce important themes. For this reason, it was important to revise existing case studies to strengthen the interprofessional focus and promote the value of collaborative, patient-centred practice.” Beginning in April, facilitators will deliver the core curriculum program to community-based health professionals in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. The curriculum has 10 modules including, pain and symptom management, treatment and side effects. By April 2008, 1,100 health professionals will have a better knowledge in these areas as well as an improved understanding and appreciation of the expertise of their team members and the community resources available to patients and families. The curriculum will also be included in the undergraduate nursing program at St. Francis Xavier University. “Interprofessional learning is about so much more than the content,” said Anne Murray, Cancer Care Nova Scotia provincial manager, education and patient navigation. “It’s about pulling all the pieces of the puzzle together, gaining knowledge in a specific area, getting to know fellow team members, learning from each other, understanding how people think and the expertise and value they add. Interprofessional learning builds stronger teams and stronger health teams mean improved patient care.” As part of the project, Cancer Care Nova Scotia will help facilitators develop a community of practice to build interprofessional knowledge and expertise through better interaction. An evaluation, led by Dalhousie Continuing Medical Education, for both facilitators and participants will cover both intended and self-reported changes in practice. Possible ways for evaluating the project from the patient perspective are also being discussed. In addition to Cancer Care Nova Scotia, Partners for Interprofessional Cancer Education includes: district health authorities, the IWK Health Centre, the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre, Dalhousie University Continuing Medical Education, Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy, Division of Continuing Pharmacy Education, the Union of Nova Scotia Indians, the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, St. Francis Xavier School of Nursing, Seniors’ Secretariat and Prince Edward Island Department of Health. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health, created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families, and the health-care system through prevention, screening, education and research.last_img read more

Resolve to Get Ready for Winter

first_imgWinter has arrived, and the Emergency Management Office and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal are reminding Nova Scotians that now is the time to prepare your family for winter storms and challenging driving conditions. “Severe winter weather can strike without notice. That is why it is critical that all Nova Scotians are ready,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Emergency Management. “As the new year approaches, I encourage all families to make a resolution to be better prepared to deal with the dangers that winter weather and other emergencies can bring.” Blizzards and winter storms can bring bitter cold, high winds, heavy snowfall, freezing rain, poor visibility and slippery roads. They may last for a few hours or several days. An emergency kit at home and in the car will help ensure that Nova Scotia families are ready for whatever winter has in store. Emergency kits should include items needed for people to be self-sufficient for up to 72-hours after a storm, including extra water and food, a radio and a flashlight powered by batteries or crank. Nova Scotians should ensure their civic address is easily visible to first responders, and stock up on supplies including road salt or sand, a snow shovel and other snow removal equipment, and enough clothing and blankets to keep everyone warm. When travelling, winter weather conditions can make driving difficult. Drivers should monitor local weather forecasts for road conditions, and exercise caution at all times. “If conditions are not good, the decision to stay home until they improve is the safest choice,” added Ms. Jennex. More information on preparing an emergency kit for homes or vehicles is available on the Emergency Management Office website at . More information and tips on winter driving are available at . Information on road conditions is available by dialing 511 for provincial highway conditions, or 1-888-432-3233 for local road information.last_img read more

The Latest Apple previews new space show for subscription

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Latest on Apple’s developers conference (all times local):10:25 a.m.Apple is opening its annual developers conference with another sneak peek at its upcoming Apple TV Plus video subscription.CEO Tim Cook showed a snippet from a new show from Ron Moore, the executive producer of “Battlestar Galactica.” The show, “For All Mankind,” appears to be an alternative take on the U.S.-Russia space race in which a Soviet Cosmonaut is the first person to set foot on the moon.Apple TV Plus was announced in March and is due out the fall. Pricing details haven’t been released. Oprah, Jason Momoa, Big Bird, Steven Spielberg and a host of other stars have also lent themselves to original Apple shows.Apple also announced Monday that its Apple TV streaming device will soon offer support multiple users, so that individual members in a household can have their custom list of shows and how far they have watched. In the past, all the preferences have been tied to whoever set the device up.Apple is also announcing updates for its iPhone, Mac and other software at its event in San Jose, California.___6:40 a.m.Apple will preview upcoming changes to its phone and computer software Monday as it undergoes a major transition intended to offset eroding sales of its bedrock iPhone.The company’s software showcase is an annual rite. But Apple is currently grappling with its biggest challenge since its visionary co-founder, Steve Jobs, died nearly eight years ago.Many of the software updates are expected to be tailored for the digital services that Apple is rolling out to lessen its iPhone dependence.Although still popular, the iPhone is no longer reliably driving Apple’s profits higher. Sales have Sales have fallen sharply for the past two quarters and there’s little reason to expect a quick turnaround.The Associated Press read more

Pressure mounts on RIM to shake up board

TORONTO — Research In Motion has taken many hits in recent months, but the composition of the BlackBerry maker’s board of directors is a growing concern for some shareholders who are pushing for major changes sooner rather than later.Vague assurances by chairwoman Barbara Stymiest of changes to come at the company’s annual meeting this week left some, including activist shareholder Vic Alboini of Jaguar Financial, unsatisfied and calling for a makeover of the board now.Alboini, who declared his hard stance at the shareholder gathering, showed no signs of letting up this week, saying chief executive Thorsten Heins was not suited for the job.“I think he should be gone from the company. He was there for the last five years and he was part of the problem,” Alboini said in an interview this week.Alboini has called for RIM to bring on more diverse board members, including one from Silicon Valley and two from New York, adding that the company could also benefit from additional non-Canadian members.[np-related]“You might also need somebody in Southeast Asia,” he said, of a market that RIM has proclaimed of particular interest as it looks to push sales of its older BlackBerry smartphones in the short term.“If there’s some person that has worked for Apple, or Samsung and has super marketing experience, why not bring them on the board?”Heins previously served as RIM’s chief operating officer and took the reins of the company in January from co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, and quickly assured investors that RIM would stay the course with no layoffs in sight.Now the company is in the midst of a massive layoff of about 5,000 employees in an effort to help save about $1-billion by the end of fiscal 2013.“I think there’s a real substantial loss of credibility between Heins and the shareholders,” Alboini said.“You’ve got to be genuine as a leader, you’ve got to be authentic. There’s nothing wrong with giving somebody a chance to fix (the company), but you’ve got to be honest about what happened in the past.”Technology analyst Carmi Levy agreed RIM’s board of directors needs to diversify.“What better way to accomplish that then by ensuring that the people you put in key positions — including the board — are in fact representative of those markets from a visual, cultural and language experience standpoint,” he said.“This is not a rubber stamp board, this needs to be an active, engaged board.”Massive changes have engulfed much of the operations at the struggling Waterloo, Ont.-based company in recent months as it has raced to bring its much-delayed BlackBerry 10 operating system and smartphones to market.BlackBerry 10 — which many see as a make-or-break innovation for the company — is expected to face fierce competition from Apple’s iPhone and smartphones using the Android operating system and possibly other rivals.On Wednesday, Ray Gillenwater the head of RIM’s Australian and New Zealand division exited the company “to pursue other opportunities” after stepping into the role earlier this year.“We appreciate his contributions to RIM through the various positions he held in North America and Asia over the past five years and we wish him well,” a statement from the company said.Gillenwater will be replaced by Matthew Ball, who joined RIM about a year ago as head of its local marketing operations.Earlier this year, RIM had to admit that it was behind an anti-Apple flashmob orchestrated by its Australian marketing department.Dozens of people in black clothing showed up in a coach bus and waved signs at shoppers inside a Sydney Apple store that told them to “Wake Up.”The campaign was widely panned, partly because of RIM’s own troubled launch of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and the delay of the new BlackBerry smartphones.The shuffle atop RIM’s Australia and New Zealand operations is the second in six months. In April, Gillenwater took the lead role from Adele Beachley who resigned earlier. read more

BlackBerry exec says the company is innovating faster than rivals Apple Google

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – BlackBerry is confident that it’s innovating faster than its rivals and will convince skeptical mobile customers to return to the once dominant brand, a company executive said in an interview Wednesday.It’s perhaps not surprising that Sebastien Marineau-Mes, BlackBerry’s senior vice president of software, would be feeling optimistic.Technology blogs and newspapers released the first wave of reviews for BlackBerry’s forthcoming keyboard-equipped Q10 smartphone late Tuesday night and most were positive. The phone, due out May 1 in Canada, likely won’t sway buyers who have no interest in a keyboard, but reviewers noted that the still-significant contingent of BlackBerry lovers will be very happy with the Q10.Meanwhile, newly released reviews for Samsung’s new flagship device, the Galaxy S4, were lukewarm. And on Tuesday, Apple hinted that it may not release a new version of its iPhone until the fall, opening a window of opportunity for BlackBerry to woo consumers with its Q10 and touchscreen Z10.Marineau-Mes said the new BlackBerry 10 operating system will feel unique and fresh to users who might be finding that the once break-neck pace of innovation in the mobile space seems to be slowing.“Apple’s iOS and Android have been in the market for a number of years and their velocity and the pace of their innovation is slowing down, whereas we get to come to market with a whole new operating system that reimagines the mobile experience, so it’s a great opportunity for us,” said Marineau-Mes.Despite the Q10’s mostly positive reviews, many harped on the meagre selection of apps available on the BlackBerry platform. Marineau-Mes insisted that problem would be temporary.“I think if you look at the app selection it’s been growing very rapidly. I think people forget that we’ve grown 30,000 or 40,000 apps since the launch of Z10 (earlier this year), we’re at well over 100,000 apps and it’s continuing to accelerate. So it’s just a matter of time before we get all of the apps people are looking for,” he said.Marineau-Mes notes that Skype is coming to the Q10 and other apps are coming in the next few weeks.He also hinted that BlackBerry will soon be pushing new ways to integrate its mobile operating system with other devices. BlackBerry 10 is based on software from the Ottawa-based company QNX, which BlackBerry owns. QNX has developed software for a wide range of technologies and industries — including operating systems for automobiles, nuclear power plants and HVAC systems — and BlackBerry is looking to exploit that expertise to further develop the concept of mobile connectivity.Marineau-Mes said BlackBerry 10 is going to power the devices but it has a broad future beyond just handsets.“It would be getting in your car and your calendar knows where you’re going and it can automatically program your car, your GPS system, get you to your destination, get traffic information. If you’re going to be late for a meeting you can automatically tell (your colleagues) as you’re on your way,” he said, adding that the company envisions the technology being non-proprietary, so it could tie in with devices made by other companies.Marineau-Mes said this vision of the future isn’t that far off. He points out that the technology is available now, and that it’s really a matter of integration and standardization across devices.“You’re going to see some things from us in the fall or early in 2014, and I think you’re going to see some actual real world examples of this in different markets that will be commercialized in the next six months to a year or two.” BlackBerry exec says the company is innovating faster than rivals Apple, Google by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 24, 2013 2:05 pm MDT read more

Kante shows his better side helps Chelsea beat Fulham 20

LONDON — N’Golo Kante showed off the better side of his game after midweek criticism by his coach to inspire Chelsea to a 2-0 win over west London neighbour Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.The France midfielder dispossessed Jean-Michel Seri inside Fulham’s half, drove forward and laid the ball off for Pedro Rodriguez to score a fourth-minute goal that put Chelsea ahead at Stamford Bridge.Ruben Loftus-Cheek added a second goal in the 82nd minute after impressive build-up play by Eden Hazard.Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri said during the week that Kante has yet to settle in his new, more attacking role this season and was critical of the midfielder’s display in last weekend’s sobering 3-1 loss at Tottenham, Chelsea’s only defeat in the league so far.Kante is widely regarded as the best holding midfielder in the world but is no longer playing there for Chelsea since the off-season arrival of deep-lying Italy playmaker Jorginho.His ability to press high up the field in his new position and spark counterattacks, which was the route to Chelsea’s opening goal, perhaps explains why Sarri is keen to play Kante there — and will continue to do so this season.Chelsea inflicted its former coach Claudio Ranieri’s first loss since he took charge of last-place Fulham last month. Ranieri had started his tenure with a home win over Southampton last weekend.There are signs that Ranieri, who led Leicester to an improbable Premier League title triumph in the 2015-16 season, is getting some shape back to Fulham’s team and the visitors had decent chances against Chelsea, with Calum Chambers twice testing goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga early in the second half.Chelsea moved back to within seven points of first-place Manchester City, with the teams meeting at Stamford Bridge next weekend.Pedro’s goal was Chelsea’s 1,000th in the Premier League, making it the third team to reach that landmark after Manchester United and Arsenal.___More AP English soccer: and Associated Press read more

Womens soccer defeats Pittsburgh 20

Shelby Lum / Photo editorSenior defender Megan Fuller controls the ball during a game against Pittsburgh on Aug. 28, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.The streak continues for No. 24 Ohio State women’s soccer team, after it defeated Pittsburgh 2-0 Wednesday night at the Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes set a school-record with 14 consecutive matches unbeaten, dating back to last September.“I think that just shows how hard we’ve all worked as a team and the coaching staff… and it paid off,” junior forward Kayla Varner said after the win.OSU controlled the game offensively for most of the first half and a 36th minute goal off a corner kick from senior defender Megan Fuller to freshman midfielder Alexis Degler opened the scoring for the Buckeyes.“Megan Fuller takes unbelievable corner kicks, and I knew my role on the back post is to just clean it up,” Degler said. “I just took my chance and got my head in front of it and made it.”The Buckeyes were able to keep possession for most of the first half, outshooting the Panthers 8-1 in the first half, and holding a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.“This week, we really focused and pinpointed the attack. I know we do a lot of functional training so we really just focused on the final third,” Degler said.In the 60th minute, junior forward and midfielder Kayla Varner extended OSU’s lead, making a long shot that beat redshirt-junior goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino. The ball found the back of the net, but Varner said she didn’t know how she did it.“Well, it was kind of an accident, but it worked in my favor. It was supposed to be a cross, but I’ll take it,” Varner said.Coach Lori Walker said she was pleased with her team’s effort and their ability to score against a solid defensive team like Pittsburgh.“Pittsburgh defended really hard, they were very organized behind the ball, as I figured they would be and I feel good that we found the back of the net,” Walker said.The Buckeyes are set to be back in action Sunday, hosting Arizona at 6 p.m. at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Walker says rest is the most important thing for her team right now.“First thing we have to do is recover, this is our third game in five days, we need to get a little bit of rest in us … and find some things out about Arizona,” Walker said. read more

Midlands show largest percentage drop in employment ratio since 2006

first_imgTHE MIDLANDS REGION has seen a 71 per cent decrease in the ratio of employed to unemployed people between 2006 and 2011 according to figures compiled by Teagasc.The number of unemployed people in the region, which includes Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath rose from 8,566 in 2006 to 27,476 in 2011.Nationally, there has been a 64 per cent decline in the ratio of employed to unemployed people with less than 5 people working for every person out of work compared to a figure of almost 13 in 2006.(If you have trouble viewing this image, click here.)Figures show a huge increase in unemployment in the border region with 49,849 people unemployed in 2011 compared with 18,614 in 2006. At regional level this region also has the lowest number of people in employment relative to the size of the unemployed population with just four people in employment for every one person unemployed.(If you have trouble viewing this image, click here.)At the other end of the spectrum, the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area of Dublin shows a high level of employment with almost nine people working for every unemployed person. However this is still a 57 per cent drop from 2006 when this figure was more than 20 – the highest in the country at the time.Limerick City has the lowest number ratio of employed to unemployed with less than three people in employment for every unemployed person.(If you have trouble viewing this image, click here.)In Galway, there was a 65 per cent decline in the employed to unemployed ratio at at less than five in 2001 compared to 14 in 2006. There are now more than 14,000 unemployed people in Galway, an increase of almost 10,000 in the five year period.(If you have trouble viewing this image, click here.)These figures, produced by Teagasc are part of a large scale evaluation of employment and unemployment trends in the country in the five year period 2006-2011. The most recent figures for 2012 show that the number of Irish people at work rose for the first time in three years, though the unemployment rate still stood at a high 14.2 per cent at the end of last year.last_img read more

Google Chromebooks now available in stores

first_imgIf you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a new Google Chromebook ever since they were unveiled at Google I/O, you’re in luck. You can now order the Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook or the Acer Cromia Chromebook in both 3G and Wi-Fi flavors at or Best Buy in the US, and exclusively online from Amazon and other online retailers in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands.Both Chromebook models feature Google’s Chrome OS built-in and ready to go. They’re designed to be portable, always-connected workstations, and if you don’t have a connection to the Internet, you’ll find some applications and features are unavailable. Chromebooks aren’t exactly powerhouse systems, which we saw when iFixit took apart a Samsung Series 5 earlier this month. They pack Intel Atom processor, a bit of RAM, and a few gigabytes of storage, sufficient display sizes and external ports to get the job done.AdChoices广告They don’t need a lot of horsepower under the hood because all of your data and applications live on the Web–your Chromebook is simply your gateway to that information. Google and their hardware partners promise all-day battery life, lightweight, and sleek portable notebooks, and an easy, simple computing experience.The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 3G will set you back $499.99. The Acer Cromia Chromebook retail for $449.99 and $379.99 for the 3G and Wi-Fi versions respectively.Anyone tempted?Read more at the Google Chrome Bloglast_img read more

Taoiseach says he doesnt want to be associated with actions of Conor

first_img TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said he would not “condone or like to be associated with the kind of actions” Conor McGregor has been involved in.This time last week, Varadkar was somewhat overshadowed at the Chicago St Patrick’s Day parade, when the MMA fighter appeared at the event unexpectedly. Government officials were left surprised when McGregor arrived to march in the parade, which he led alongside the city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel.However, officials were not informed that the MMA star – who was charged with “strong arm robbery and criminal mischief” in Florida last week – would be appearing, saying that the decision was made by Emanuel’s office.Conor McGregor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, avoiding jail time, for his role in the UFC 223 media day fracas at Barclays Center in Brooklyn last year.When asked about the parade by reporters today at the Fine Gael National Conference, Varadkar said he was “happy to walk in the parade… I wasn’t specifically walking with him”.He denied that he went to great lengths to avoid walking next to McGregor, adding that the fighter just happened to be at the same event, an event which he and McGregor were invited to by the organisers.“Obviously he has had some trouble with the law in recent months and I wouldn’t condone or like to be associated with the kind of actions he has been involved in which include a prosecution in New York and a possible prosecution in Miami.”The Taoiseach was asked last week if it was appropriate that someone like McGregor is representing Ireland, given that he has been convicted of a crime.“It’s up to the organisers of the parade to decide who they want to march in the parade. I don’t think he was representing the country, that’s kind of what I was doing and Minister Ring as well. That’s why we’re here,” said Varadkar. Conor McGregor marching in the Chicago parade last weekend. Taoiseach says he doesn’t want to be associated with actions of Conor McGregor This time last week, Varadkar was somewhat overshadowed at the Chicago St Patrick’s Day parade. Mar 23rd 2019, 12:49 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Christina Finn Share682 Tweet Email1 center_img Conor McGregor marching in the Chicago parade last weekend. Image: Brian Lawless Short URL Image: Brian Lawless 83,755 Views Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 12:49 PM 91 Comments last_img read more

Arsenal fight back to earn point in exhilarating North London derby

first_imgArsenal fight back to earn point in exhilarating North London derby Alexandre Lacazette scored just before half-time, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised in the second half. 17,208 Views By AFP Share2 Tweet Email1 Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, left, celebrates with Matteo Guendouzi. Image: Alastair Grant Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in seven successive @premierleague starts at the Emirates; only Thierry Henry in October 2000 went on a longer run at home for Arsenal in the competition (9 at Highbury). Potent.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 1, 2019 Lacazette had been sacrificed for Dani Ceballos to bolster the midfield and that allowed Aubameyang to move into his favoured role through the middle.Guendouzi was the creator as his cross was expertly turned home by Aubameyang for his third goal of the season.Arsenal did not settle for a point as Sokratis thought he had bundled home the winner from Kolasinac’s cross only for the latter to be ruled offside.However, it was Spurs who passed up a host of promising positions to snatch the winner in stoppage time with Kane seeing appeals for another penalty waived away.- © AFP 2019  The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Image: Alastair Grantcenter_img Follow us: Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, left, celebrates with Matteo Guendouzi. Updated at 18.42ARSENAL FOUGHT BACK from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw against Tottenham in a pulsating north London derby on Sunday which both sides will feel they should have won.Spurs preyed on the Gunners’ vacant midfield early on as Christian Eriksen tapped home at the end of a flowing counter-attack before Harry Kane’s penalty doubled the Champions League finalists’ lead.However, Arsenal were always a threat going forward and, after Alexandre Lacazette reduced the arrears in first-half stoppage time, were well worthy of a point after the break.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the equaliser 19 minutes from time and Arsenal even had the ball in the net again through Sokratis Papastathopoulos, only to see their celebrations cut short by the offside flag.A share of the spoils sees Arsenal maintain a two-point lead over their local rivals with seven points from the opening four games to Tottenham’s five.10 – No player has scored more goals in games between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions than Harry Kane (joint-most with Emmanuel Adebayor and Bobby Smith). Occasion.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 1, 2019 Tottenham’s long wait for an away win in the Premier League dating back to January also continues, but they did show some resolve after a desperately disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle last weekend with manager Mauricio Pochettino complaining afterwards of having an unsettled squad.The Argentine had sidelined Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen in the opening month of the season but both returned and the Danish midfielder had a huge impact an an open and frantic encounter.Arsenal boss Unai Emery named the front three of club record signing Nicolas Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette together in his starting line-up for the first time, but the Gunners lacked any balance to their attacking intent as Tottenham counter-attacked with ease early on.The visitors went in front with their first serious attack 10 minutes in as Son Heung-min latched onto Kane’s knockdown and freed Erik Lamela through on goal.Bernd Leno got a weak hand to Lamela’s effort and palmed the ball into the grateful path of the onrushing Eriksen to tap home.Leno redeemed himself with a stunning save to prevent Son making it 2-0 and also turned a dipping Eriksen free-kick to safety.However, Leno was helpless to stop Kane continuing his excellent record in the north London derby from the penalty spot after a ludicrous challenge by Granit Xhaka to clearly chop down Son inside the area.To their credit, Arsenal raised themselves off the canvas to reduce the deficit before the break.Hugo Lloris made a fine save low to his right to deny Pepe his first Arsenal goal, but moments later Lacazette burst through before blasting past his French international teammate from a narrow angle to give the Gunners hope.A wild second period raged from end-to-end as Son saw a shot deflected inches wide and Kane struck the inside of the post at one end, while Lloris made a brilliant save to deny Matteo Guendouzi and Sead Kolasinac somehow skewed wide from point-blank range at the other.Arsenal, though, were the side in the ascendancy and got their reward with an equaliser. 17 Comments Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 6:30 PM Short URL Sep 1st 2019, 6:30 PM last_img read more

Save Moras fundraiser

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek born Dimitris Mitch Moras is a 33 year old who arrived in Melbourne in March, to visit with family and friends; two weeks after his arrival Mitch felt unwell. He was diagnosed with high-risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Mitch’s treatment commenced at the Alfred Hospital one week after his initial diagnosis. He has completed his first cycle of chemotherapy and has a long and difficult road ahead with more chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant scheduled for the coming months. We are all travellers in this life, join us and help raise much needed funds to Save Moras. Tickets are $190 per person, beverages, finger food and entertainment included. Pre purchase is required.When: Friday 13 June, from 7.00 pm to midnight Where: Sketch – Atlantic Group, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands For more information and tickets, contact Angela Christophidis 0412 222 917 or via email; and Angela Alexopoulos, 0402 476 074, or via email aafrika74@hotmail.comlast_img read more

Government expected to double Greeces monthly cash withdrawal limit

first_imgIn a sign of a strengthening economy, Greece’s capital controls are set to ease even further with the government expected to increase the amount residents can withdraw from their bank accounts each month by double.The withdrawal limit currently stands at €2,300 per month, and could rise to anywhere between €4,000 and €5,000.The catch is that the cash will have to remain in Greece, with the aim to increase local spending.Whether the government goes ahead on the plan, and the precise figure, will all depend on the country gaining approval from creditors, which is expected next month.However if the increase goes ahead, not many locals are expected to take banks up on the offer.According to Kathimerini, with the average salary in Greece being €1,000 per month, those with over €2,000 in the bank are certainly not the majority. Data has revealed that the average working person in Greece withdraws below €1,000 per month, or closer to €800.Meanwhile when it comes to international travellers to Greece, the Ministry of Finance is considering raising the current set limit from €2,3000 to €3,000 per month. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more