NeedCreative Podcast: A Weekly Dose of Video Production Knowledge & Inspiration

first_imgIf you’re looking to stay on top of the video production industry, get your fix weekly with the NeedCreative Podcast.An audio podcast might seem like an odd choice to learn about a very visual medium like video or filmmaking, but the guys behind the NeedCreative Podcast have got it down! Each week hosts Paul Antico and Ben Consoli showcase the latest news in the industry and bring on guests that are leaders in the video production field.Past guests have included well known directors of photography and creative pros like Philip Bloom, Shane Hurbut, Nino Leitner, Joe Simon and Rodney Charters (DP for Fox’s “24”) .Started in June of 2012, the NeedCreative Podcast now boasts listenership in over 140 countries, and the show’s focus maintains this global focus.The hosts are both working professionals and skilled in all things related to production: cameras, lighting, video editing, etc., so their commentary and insight comes from a real-world perspective. And just in case you’re skeptical, this isn’t dry tech-only chit chat.  There’s a big entertainment factor here – the hosts (and guests) are extremely personable and funny.Check out the podcast 1 of 3 ways:Subscribe via iTunes and get new episodes deliveredSubscribe via Stitcher and access through the free Stitcher appVisit AnticipateMedia and stream episodes online.The video production industry changes rapidly. Stay up to date with the latest happenings AND get a healthy dose of creative inspiration – give the NeedCreative Podcast a spin.Premiumbeat is a big fan of the podcast & recently signed on as a sponsor.last_img read more

Top UK Retailers Withdraw Indian Granite Over Child Labour Concerns

first_imgTwo leading retail chains in the United Kingdom have withdrawn a range of granite worktops from their stores following reports that the rock is mined in India by child workers. The retail groups, John Lewis and Habitat, took the decision after investigations revealed that their Indian supply chains are riddled with issues such as  debt bondage, underage workers, and unsafe working conditions in quarries.The reportMany other firms dealing in granite products such as kitchen counters, tiles, fireplaces and tombstones may also look into their supply chains following a recent report on workers’ rights in quarries in three Indian states by the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN). The report revealed that over half of the labourers employed in the industry in these states work under dangerous conditions because they have to repay big loans, and get caught in a cycle of debt bondage.The ICN and Stop Child Labour investigated 22 quarries and six waste stone processing sites in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.The performance of the quarries was graded on six criteria: child labour, bonded labour, wages and social benefits, health, safety, and freedom of association. The 22 quarries supply products to more than 30 natural stone companies in the UK, EU, US, Australia and Canada, according to the report.The backgroundIndia is the world’s largest granite producer, accounting for 49 per cent of total raw stone exports. The high-end varieties, including the star galaxy granite pulled back by John Lewis and Habitat, are sold online for hundreds of pounds per square metre. The star galaxy granite is prized for its sheen and sells for as much as £300 a square metre. It is mined only from one area in the world — the Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh.Firms reactJohn Lewis said in a statement that it does not source granite directly, but works with one Britain-based importer. “As a socially responsible retailer, we require our suppliers not only to obey the law but also to respect the rights, interests and well being of their employees, their communities and the environment. We do not source granite directly. We work with one UK importer who has signed up to the John Lewis code of practice on responsible sourcing, which sets out in detail the standards that we expect our suppliers to meet on labour standards and the environment,” it added.Habitat kitchens, sold by the in-store concession Kütchenhaus, the UK subsidiary of German company Nobilia, has also stopped selling star galaxy granite. “All products that are sold in a store next to or in combination with Nobilia products (and could therefore be associated with Nobilia) should meet the same high welfare, environmental and quality standards as the products supplied by us and we do not hesitate to take appropriate action if any supplier is found to be in violation of these standards,” a statement by Nobilia said.Aidan McQuade, director of Anti-Slavery International, said the ICN report raised “profound questions” about the efforts India is making to curb slavery and child labour.“Indian quarrying has long been a byword for abuse and exploitation,” McQuade said, according to the Guardian. “Yet the companies that still source from India’s quarries are notably silent, including in their modern slavery statements, on how they are engaging with the Indian government to obtain the necessary fundamental reform of this sector to ensure that the enslavement of adults and children in quarrying is brought to an end.” Related ItemsHabitat India graniteICN granite quarriesIndia child labourIndia Committee of the Netherlands graniteIndia granite workersIndia slavery granite industryJohn Lewis India graniteLittle Indialast_img read more

Kohli, Mirabai recommended for Khel Ratna

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) India cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu were Monday jointly recommended for this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award — the country’s highest sporting honour. The 29-year-old Kohli became second-time lucky after failing to get the selection committee’s nod in 2016, a source in the awards selection committee told PTI. Kohli currently leads the ICC Test rankings for batsmen and has been in phenomenal form. If approved by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Kohli will become the third cricketer to get the Khel Ratna after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar (1997) and the double world cup-winning captain skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007). Chanu was recommended for the prestigious award following her gold medal in 48kg category at the World Championships last year. She also bagged the yellow metal in this year’s Commonwealth Games but didn’t compete at the Asian Games due to injury. A source in the committee told PTI that shuttler Kidambi Srikanth’s name was also been discussed. PTI SSC PM PMlast_img read more

‘Thugs of Hindostan’ a departure for me, says Katrina Kaif

first_imgMumbai, Sep 27 (PTI) Katrina Kaif Thursday said “Thugs of Hindostan” is a departure for her after featuring in action blockbuster “Tiger Zinda Hai”.In the trailer of “Thugs of Hindostan”, Katrina appears in a glamorous avatar alongside her co-stars Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Fatima Sana Shaikh.”What I am doing in ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ is completely different from ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, which was an action franchise. In this film, my role is less of an action and more of other elements that are required for a film like this.”In terms of training there wasn’t much required but there have been other things that we have put in for this film,” Katrina told reporters here at the film’s trailer launch.It is Katrina’s second film with director Vijay Krishna Acharya after “Dhoom 3” and she said she loved playing the role of Suraiyya.”Victor (Acharya) is a phenomenal director. I am blown away by his vision and the spectacle that he tries to create. To be part of this film is a huge honour for me. The kind of entertainment that Victor and the whole team wants to bring to the audience through this film is great. It will be a special film to remember always.”Fatima, who made her debut as lead with 2016’s sports drama “Dangal”, said doing the action sequences posed a major challenge.”I underwent lot of physical training. It was nice to do it as I have not done archery before, I got to learn a lot. It was difficult but I loved it,” she said.advertisementFatima said working alongside Bachchan and Katrina in her second film was a great learning experience for her.”Everyday on the sets was like going to school. I was learning so much. When I first saw Bachchan sir, I was just mum. I am a big fan…”They all work with same dedication and honesty, so I have to bring in so much. I am scared I might not be able to match up to any of them,” she added.The film is set to release on November 8. PTI KKP RB RDS RBRBlast_img read more

OSU Football Is Back, And This Video Should Jack You Up

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Back at it? Back at it!OSU had its first fall practice on Tuesday, and Mike Gundy said the team is ahead of pace. This video makes it look like they’re going to win the next three Big 12 titles. Rudolph looks great, Vincent Taylor looks like a tractor and Keondre Wudtee handing it off to Jeff Carr? I can get into that. Also, Jalen McCleskey switched to No. 1. This is not a drill! The last three No. 1s on offense: Dez Bryant, Joe Randle and Ra’Shaad Samples. A lot to live up to there. We’re back. #okstate #GoPokes— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 3, 2016last_img read more

‘Liverpool need four summer signings’

first_imgTransfers Four areas Liverpool need to invest Coutinho cash highlighted by McManaman Chris Burton 18:35 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp, Manchester City v Liverpool, Sept. 17 Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Premier League The former Reds star believes Jurgen Klopp needs to be busy in the next window bringing in a proven striker, a centre-half and two more wingers Jurgen Klopp may not be looking to reinvest funds from Philippe Coutinho’s sale during the January window, but Steve McManaman says Liverpool need four signings in the summer.The Reds boss remains adamant that he is not actively seeking a replacement for a playmaking talent offloaded to Barcelona for €160 million.For now, the German tactician would rather work with those already at his disposal and endeavour to maximise what they offer to the collective cause. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Klopp has, however, admitted to having targets “all over the world”, and McManaman feels at least four of those will need to be pursued as Liverpool strengthen at the back and in attack.The former Reds star told the Daily Star: “I am [pleased about Liverpool’s business]. Coutinho was always going to leave, I’d have preferred him to leave in the summer.”It would have been nice to see him carry on playing in the Champions League for Liverpool considering he’s cup tied for Barca. I don’t understand that.”Bringing [Virgil] van Dijk in was necessary, he needed a centre-half. He seems to be looking at other positions.”When you look at the squad there’s plenty of full, experienced, international players there, even on the bench.”But what can you do? You buy four or five full internationals for a lot of money and in the end somebody else pops up from the substitutes bench.”I think they’ve got a fine balance. They’re not as strong as Manchester City but nobody is at the moment.”It’s just about staying fit and playing well until the end of the season.”You always want a few more players, I’d love them to buy a 30-goal a season forward to complement the players we’ve got. I’d like them to buy another central defender and a couple of wingers but in football you can’t have every position filled by everybody that you want.”Liverpool are already well-stocked in the final third of the field, but replacing Coutinho is a must while Daniel Sturridge has been allowed to link up with West Brom on loan and his days at Anfield may be numbered.Further reinforcements at the back are also likely to be sought, with the Reds expected to be in the summer market for a new goalkeeper and additions to a porous defensive line. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Miami Created A Cool Map Showing The Locations Of All 29 Current ‘Cane Commits

first_imgmap showing location of their commits.Twitter/@CanesFootballTo say that Miami is off to a fast start in recruiting is a massive understatement. The U already has 20 commits for its 2016 class, six for the class of 2017, and three for 2018. Perhaps most impressively, all 29 players from from Florida, with most of them coming from the Miami area. Al Golden and his staff will apparently barnstorm the state over the next three weeks in recruiting, and put together a very impressive map of the 29 current commits.Tomorrow. Day 1 of 3 straight weeks in the F-L-A!!! #Swag16, #Squad17 & #Storm18, we are coming for !!!— Hurricanes Football (@CanesFootball) May 4, 2015Miami currently has the No. 2 ranked classes in each of the next three years. Al Golden is probably coaching for his job this fault, but coming out of the gates like this on the recruiting trail won’t hurt his status either.last_img read more

Delos Shipping Linked to Order of Up to 12 VLECs

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license US investment banking and principal investment firm Delos Shipping has been linked to an order of up to twelve very large ethane carriers (VLECs).According to data provided by Asiasis, the company ordered the units from two South Korean shipbuilding majors, Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries.Delos Shipping reportedly placed firm orders for three ships at each shipyard, along with three options attached to each contract.The units are scheduled to be handed over to their owner starting from the second half of 2020.Asiasis added that the units would feature 93,000 cbm. Although the price of the vessels was not unveiled, it is understood that the shipbuilding deals could be worth up to USD 1.5 billion.The shipbuilding order is reportedly the same one revealed earlier this week by Samsung Heavy. Namely, the shipbuilder said that it won a deal for the construction of three special-purpose ships with a value of KRW 415.7 billion (USD 371.5 million) from an undisclosed North American shipowner.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Budget Bulletin Tangible Capital Assets

first_imgThe province of Nova Scotia implemented an accounting policy fortangible capital assets in 1999-2000. The policy was reviewed andchanges to the amortization rates and thresholds were approved in2003-04. Amortization is the process of allocating the cost of atangible capital asset over its estimated useful life to matchcosts with the revenues or public services that it helps provide. In order to reflect more realistic useful lives of assets,amortization rates were revised as follows:(Asset class–original rate–revised rate)Computer hardware–30 per cent–50 per centFerries–20 per cent–15 per centVehicles–30 per cent–35 per centCustomized Software–50 per cent–25 per centAsphalt–20 per cent–15 per centRepaving–30 per cent–15 per cent The following are the revised thresholds:(Asset class–original thresholds–revised thresholds)Building and school betterments–$250,000–$150,000Complete bridge replacements–$500,000–$250,000 The threshold for each category represents the minimum cost anindividual asset must have before it is to be treated as atangible capital asset and added to the proper asset class. The 2003-04 TCA expense estimate of $129.2 million compares to aforecast of $103.4 million, a reduction of $25.8 millionprimarily due to the amortization rate and threshold changes. The largest financial impact of the above changes will be in theroads, bridges and highways asset class. -30-last_img read more

Border crossers shift from Manitoba to Quebec according to June stats

first_imgOTTAWA – There has been a “pronounced” shift in where the RCMP are arresting people crossing illegally into Canada, new figures released Friday indicate.The federal government data, including preliminary figures for June, show a drop in the number of people being apprehended in Manitoba, but a major increase in Quebec.Nationally, the RCMP intercepted 884 people who crossed into Canada between regular ports of entry in June, up from 742 the month before, says the report posted on a government website.Of that total, 781 were caught in Quebec, compared to 576 the previous month. In Manitoba on the other hand, 63 people were apprehended, down from 106 the month before.“While the total number of irregular border crossers in June is in line with recent months, there has been a pronounced shift in the entry location; the reductions seen in Manitoba have been accompanied by increases in Quebec,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office acknowledged in a statement.The report listed 39 interceptions in British Columbia in June, just one in Alberta and none in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Ontario.Many of those who cross illegally into Canada go on to file claims for refugee status. Indeed, asylum claims were up across the country last month.The number of illegal crossings began to spike after President Donald Trump enacted a short-lived ban on travel to the United States in January by people from seven countries. That travel ban was shot down by U.S. courts, but not before causing chaos at airports and fears that asylum claimants in the United States would face deportation.Advocates for refugee claimants have warned of a possible renewed increase in claims after the U.S. Supreme Court last month partially reinstated Trump’s revised ban on travellers from six mainly Muslim countries.So far this year, 18,305 asylum claims have been processed by Canadian officials, including those turned over by the Mounties. That’s in contrast with the 23,895 claims dealt with in all of 2016, government figures show.By comparison, historical data showed a peak of 25,315 claimants in 2011, with just 315 people apprehended by the RCMP after crossing into Canada away from regular border points that year. The overall number of asylum claims processed dropped to just 10,370 by 2013 before rising again in each subsequent year.The small towns forced to deal with the irregular border crossers are growing frustrated by the problem and the inactions of the federal government to deal with it, said New Democrat MP Jenny Kwan, who visited Emerson, Man., Friday.“It may not be in the headlines as much these days but border towns like Emerson are still receiving a wave of asylum seekers,” said Kwan.“People here feel ignored by the government in Ottawa and the Liberals are refusing to deal with the root cause.”A 57-year-old woman originally from Ghana was found dead near Emerson in late May. Officials said she died of hypothermia while crossing the border illegally in an attempt to visit her daughter in Toronto.last_img read more

With RGIIIs Benching Its Clear Black QBs Do Not

Robert Griffin III headed to Redskins’ bench.Black quarterbacks do not survive in Chocolate City.One by one, they fade away, like mist, and always under circumstances that make you go, “Hmmm.”Doug Williams led the Washington Redskins to the 1988 Super Bowl championship, the first Black quarterback to achieve the milestone. He also won the MVP, throwing four touchdown passes in the blow out over Denver.He was a hero, a champion and history-maker. And guess what: four games into the next season, he was benched in favor of Mark Rypien and never played in D.C. again.This is worth noting today because of the news that Robert Griffin III has been sidelined by Redskins coach Jay Gruden, who has yet to impress in any way.Williams works in the Redskins’ front office and would not touch the Griffin situation. But he did tell Atlanta Black Star that playing quarterback in the NFL in general and Washington, D.C. in particular is a far more daunting proposition than most can fathom.“Yeah, it’s tough to play quarterback here,” Williams told ABS. “The fans are demanding. Expectations are high. But quarterbacks are under great scrutiny everywhere you go. It’s the key position.“But people have no idea how difficult it is to play quarterback in the NFL. And it’s more difficult to play today. There are more specialized players. The athletes are better than when I played it. The schemes have changed dramatically.”And RGIII?“Sitting in my position, within the organization, it’s not my place to talk about Robert. I just can’t.”So, I will. Griffin has been far from the QB that showed remarkable poise and accuracy in his rookie year. He also was devastating running the ball. But injuries broke him down and a ridiculously sorry offensive line has doomed him.It has been too easy for critics to point to Griffin’s ills while ignoring that he man seldom has time to read coverages and check off to another option. And coaches seldom move to the pocket to give him run options, stem the rush and create passing lanes.Still, he is a flawed quarterback who needs to improve his footwork and other aspects, with immense talent. Should he be benched? Not for Colt McCoy, who was a first-round draft pick that no one realized was still in the league until Kirk Cousins—the other quarterback who was supposed to be better than Griffin—stunk up the joint a few weeks ago while Griffin recovered from an ankle injury.And herein lies the curiosity about Black quarterbacks’ lack of staying power in Washington.When Williams was benched, all of Black D.C. was incense and confused. Several months earlier he was on a float in a parade celebrating Super Bowl XXII’s title. And then he was unceremoniously gone. Poof. No loyalty to the QB that led the team to the summit.Years later, along came Jason Campbell in 2005. The Redskins selected him in the first round out of Auburn, the 25th pick. He was 6-foot-5 with all the tools that would make him a star.He had the longest stay with the Redskins. Campbell did not play as a rookie, but he started from 2006-2009.He was saddled with Jim Zorn as coach. Zorn went in to interview for the offensive coordinator position and came out as head coach. Seriously. He was miserable at the job. Despite Zorn, Campbell   threw for 6,863 yards with 33 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in his final two seasons—and then he was gone.Enter Donovan McNabb, the veteran who led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl and multiple NFC Championship games. Black fans, overall, were disappointed to see Campbell go, but it was cushioned by the arrival of McNabb in 2010.McNabb was ordinary in his one year in D.C., but he was insulted in a way few quarterbacks have been: He was benched at the end of a tight game in favor of Rex Grossman. Coach Mike Shanahan made it worse by offering that McNabb was not “in shape” to run the two-minute drill. It was pure baloney and everyone knew it.As fate would have it, Grossman was sacked and fumbled on his first play, and the Redskins lost. McNabb lasted one season.The one common in all this: owner Dan Snyder. He is a paradox. Snyder has been willing to acquire Black quarterbacks, but they do not get extended opportunities to flourish.Is that Snyder’s fault? Probably not. But for certain if he wanted Griffin to start this Sunday against Indianapolis Colts, if he wanted McNabb to stay for another season, if he wanted Campbell to fulfill his potential with the Redskins. . . it would have happened.Instead, the best quarterback on the team’s roster gets to hold a clipboard this weekend and watch an inferior player man his position. It will kill him inside.Chocolate City. . . the place where Black quarterbacks go to die. read more

British Army targets snowflakes binge gamers and me me me millennials in

The new ‘Kitchener style’ Army recruitment posters are targeting a new generation of soldiers “It shows that time spent in the Army equips people with skills for life and provides comradeship, adventure and opportunity like no other job does.”“Now all jobs in the Army are open to men and women.  The best just got better.”The campaign has kept the slogan ‘Be The Best’. There had been speculation early in 2018, when the last series of recruiting adverts were launched, that the line was to be removed from future army recruitment campaigns. Reportedly the Defence Secretary had stepped in to demand the slogan be retained.   How the new Army recruitmement posters may look In one of the posters a ‘class clown’ is praised for his spirit. Another highlights the compassion shown by so-called ‘snowflakes’. Gaming and selfie addicts are said to have admirable levels of drive and confidence and a woman described as a ‘me me me millennial’ is celebrated for her self-belief.According to new figures from The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), the video games sector now accounts for more than half of the entertainment market. The ERA said the gaming market’s value, at £3.864 billion, is more than double what it was worth in 2007. The Ministry of Defence says that 72 per cent of young people describe themselves as ambitious yet feel undervalued and want a job with real purpose.The campaign also features Kitchener-style illustrations of soldiers with stereotype labels which will be featured on billboards and outdoor advertising around the UK.  A new Army recruitment campaign seeks to target gamers and millennials stuck in ‘boring jobs’. In the new series of adverts the Army hopes to show how current 16 to 25-year-olds may already have many of the attributes needed in the modern military, but either dismiss them as irrelevant or see them as embarrassing.The new recruitment advertising campaign, titled ‘Your Army Needs You’, launches on January 3 with a series of adverts on TV and the internet as well as billboard posters.The three adverts tell the stories of individuals whose perceived weaknesses are seen as strengths by the Army.Potential recruits are shown at home or work, with others calling out their stereotypes, before the scene changes to depict them in the Army performing roles where their potential is recognised.The Army hopes to show it can see potential beyond the stereotypes of millennials and Generation Z – those born from the 1980s to the mid-2000s. In another, a supermarket trolley stacker is seen being ridiculed by her colleagues for being slow, before she is then shown in a combat situation where patience and attention to detail are critical.The Army is struggling to meet its manning requirement. According to the most recent government statistics the Army numbered 79,640 soldiers, out of a requirement for 83,500. Army strength had declined by 3.1 per cent in the year to October 1, 2018. There were 12,130 soldiers recruited in the same period, a decline of 130 from the previous year, and 14,760 people left the army. Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, said: “People are fundamental to the Army.  The ‘Your Army Needs You’ campaign is a powerful call to action that appeals to those seeking to make a difference as part of an innovative and inclusive team.   Artists impression of how the Kitchener-style posters will look in public spaces. The video game Fortnite is considered the most popular computer game ever made and is currently thought to have over 200 million users. The Army is hoping to tap into this market of gamers. Major General Paul Nanson, the head of Army Recruiting said: “The Army sees people differently and we are proud to look beyond the stereotypes and spot the potential in young people, from compassion to self-belief.“We understand the drive they have to succeed and recognise their need for a bigger sense of purpose in a job where they can do something meaningful.”In one advert a young person is seen avidly playing computer games, to the derision of his family, before his interest in technology is shown to be a skill sought after by the military. Artists impression of how the Kitchener-style posters will look in public spaces.Credit:KevinLakePhotography  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Michaella McCollum Connolly could plead guilty

first_imgMORE THAN £2,600 has been raised by a fund set up by Michaella McCollum Connolly’s sister.Stephanie Connolly is aiming to raise £10,000 via for her sister, who is in a Peruvian jail after being found with 11kg cocaine inside food packets in her luggage.Earlier this month the goal was to raise £20,000 and the effort had received just £700 in pledges.It was reported yesterday that Melissa Reid, McCollum Connolly’s co-accused, was to plead guilty in order to get a shorter sentence.The Belfast Telegraph says that if the women plead guilty, they could strike a deal that would see their sentence cut from 25 years to six years and eight months.The Irish Independent reports today that McCollum Connolly is considering following her lead and also pleading guilty.The young women will give a statement on September 24 and are said to be in a new prison.Read: Web effort to help Irish woman arrested in Peru raises just over £700>Read: Michaella co-accused to plead guilty – reports>last_img read more

This device reads out printed text to the blind in realtime

first_imgSCIENTISTS AT THE Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesised voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy Shilkrot, who is developing the device at the MIT Media Lab.For Jerry Berrier, 62, who was born blind, the promise of the FingerReader is its portability and offer of real-time functionality at school, a doctor’s office and restaurants.“When I go to the doctor’s office, there may be forms that I wanna read before I sign them,” Berrier said.He said there are other optical character recognition devices on the market for those with vision impairments, but none that he knows of that will read in real-time. Source: AP Photo/Stephan SavoiaBerrier manages training and evaluation for a federal program that distributes technology to low-income people in Massachusetts and Rhode Island who have lost their sight and hearing. He works from the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts.“Everywhere we go, for folks who are sighted, there are things that inform us about the products that we are about to interact with. I wanna be able to interact with those same products, regardless of how I have to do it,” Berrier said.Pattie Maes, an MIT professor who founded and leads the Fluid Interfaces research group developing the prototype, says the FingerReader is like “reading with the tip of your finger and it’s a lot more flexible, a lot more immediate than any solution that they have right now.”Developing the gizmo has taken three years of software coding, experimenting with various designs and working on feedback from a test group of visually impaired people. Much work remains before it is ready for the market, Shilkrot said, including making it work on cellphones.Shilkrot said developers believe they will be able to affordably market the FingerReader but he could not yet estimate a price. The potential market includes some of the 11.2 million people in the United States with vision impairment, according to US Census Bureau estimates.Current technology used in homes and offices offers cumbersome scanners that must process the desired script before it can be read aloud by character-recognition software installed on a computer or smartphone, Shilkrot said.The FingerReader would not replace Braille – the system of raised dots that form words, interpreted by touch. Instead, Shilkrot said, the new device would enable users to access a vast number of books and other materials that are not currently available in Braille.Developers had to overcome unusual challenges to help people with visual impairments move their reading fingers along a straight line of printed text that they could not see. Users also had to be alerted at the beginning and end of the reading material.Their solutions? Audio cues in the software that processes information from the FingerReader and vibration motors in the ring. Source: AP Photo/Stephan SavoiaThe FingerReader can read papers, books, magazines, newspapers, computer screens and other devices, but it has problems with text on a touch screen, said Shilkrot.That’s because touching the screen with the tip of the finger would move text around, producing unintended results. Disabling the touch-screen function eliminates the problem, he said.Berrier said affordable pricing could make the FingerReader a key tool to help people with vision impairment integrate into the modern information economy.“Any tool that we can get that gives us better access to printed material helps us to live fuller, richer, more productive lives, Berrier said.Read: NASA’s space robots are getting Google smartphones >Read: Weak smartphone demand haunts Samsung as profits continue to fall >last_img read more

Celtic Tigers Metro North likely to be fasttracked

first_img Plans for Metro North. Image: Gravidade Consulting Engineers Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 7:36 PM Short URL THE METRO RAIL link from Dublin Airport to the city centre has been on the long finger for years – but it could be here sooner than expected.Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe today announced the government is to review its capital spending programme – stating that it has €2.6 billion to play (€2.2 billion is being spent on Minister Simon Coveney’s housing action plan).One of the projects tipped to be top of the list is the Metro North – one of the most well-known projects from the Celtic Tiger era.It is envisaged the Metro line would carry 30 million passengers a year.Construction was due to start in 2021 and be finished by 2026, but this could now be brought forward. Source: Gravidade Consulting Engineers/YouTubeSpeaking at a press conference today, Donohoe said ministers and their departments will be making submissions to him about what projects they want to see progressed.While he said there is a lot of speculation about what projects might get the green light, the Metro project is a “leading example” of what the money could be spent on. Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter 104 Comments Jan 31st 2017, 7:36 PM Celtic Tiger’s Metro North likely to be fast-tracked Dublin Port and Dublin Airport are also tipped to benefit from increased capital expenditure. Plans for Metro North.center_img Share5 Tweet Email3 By Christina Finn Noonan expects to see investment in Dublin Port to allow for larger ships. Further investment in Dublin Airport too— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) January 31, 2017 35,457 Views The minister said one of the underlying themes of the capital spend programme to be considered is how Ireland will prepare for Brexit, while another is the needs of a growing population.He said a high-speed link to the city centre and the airport fits into that theme and would “deepen access” to Dublin Airport.Metro North aims to carry passengers from Dublin’s O’Connell Street to the airport in 19 minutes.He pointed out that Dublin Airport is sixth busiest airport in Europe, but it is also one of the few large airports in Europe that does not have a direct rail link to the city.“[Metro] is definitely the kind of project Minister [Shane] Ross will be making to me,” said Donohoe.The minister said the second parallel runway at the airport, which is currently going through the planning process, will be an “unbelievable” opportunity to this airport.But it’s not just the Metro and the airport that will benefit from the funds.Finance Minister Michael Noonan said capacity expansion of Ireland’s ports is needed. Donohoe said access to Dublin Port needs to be improved so as to ensure a “competitive advantage” in the light of Brexit.“Access is going to be crucial,” he said.Noonan agreed that Dublin Port needs to be expanded, stating that some of the “largest vessels in the world” must be able to dock there.Speaking about trade implications of Brexit, Noonan said he did not foresee ships being used more for trade purposes.He said trucks bringing goods from Europe to Ireland will still travel through the UK. The minister outlined that when trucks arrive at Dover or Calais ports they will simply have to use the special channel for Irish trucks.He said this issue does not appear to be an issue in the negotiations.“They’ll start in the EU and end in the EU,” he said.Read: Guinness-maker Diageo is building a Dublin distillery to create a “luxury whiskey”>Timeline: Angela Kerins, charity salaries, and the saga of the baying PAC> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Gravidade Consulting Engineers As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:last_img read more

Free GP care for under 12s as government agrees new contract with

first_img THE GOVERNMENT HAS said it has reached an agreement with the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) on a revised GP contract which will see – among other measures – free GP care for children aged 12 and under.Also included in the contract is a structured chronic disease management programme, ehealth measures, pharmacist-led medication reviews and reforms to maternity and paternity leave.In return for GPs’ cooperation with the reforms, the government will increase its investment in general practice by 40% – or €210 million – over the next four years.Health Minister Simon Harris said today the agreement is a “landmark for the health service”. Under the agreement, GPs will offer venesection for patients with haemochromatosis, meaning that 8,000 people will no longer have to attend hospitals for therapeutic phlebotomy.The provision of free GP care for under 12s will be phased in over the next few years, beginning from next year. Previously, children under the age of six could access free GP care.GPs will also formally cooperate with HSE multidisciplinary networks of health professionals delivering care in the community, with a special focus on those with complex needs.The chronic disease management programme will cover patients with conditions such as diabetes, asthma, COPD and cardiovascular disease, and try to address issues for patients at an early stage. There are currently 1.56 million people in the country with a medical card, and over 500.000 with a GP visit card, meaning 42% of the population has access to GP care currently, the government said.Total payments to GPs in 2017 under these schemes amounted to €525 million and this increased funding will help to implement reforms recommended in the landmark Sláintecare plan, according to Harris.The health minister said: “I appreciate that GPs have been under pressure in recent years to maintain services in the face of increasing demand and stretched resources. By Sean Murray Simon Harris welcomed the news 20,857 Views Image: Sam Boal/ Share667 Tweet Email Saturday 6 Apr 2019, 2:59 PM Simon Harris welcomed the news Image: Sam Boal/ 47 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 6th 2019, 2:59 PM The funding stream that will flow in return for the changes we are announcing today will put general practice on a much more sustainable footing and help to make it an attractive and exciting career choice for doctors. Free GP care for under 12s as government agrees new contract with doctors The government is increasing funding for GPs in exchange for reforms and changes to the services they provide.last_img read more

Hand in pocket sees Alphington Grammar 300000 richer

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Alphington Grammar, run by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne, Victoria (GOCMV), has received a gift of $300,000 from the Andrianakos Family for the construction of the school’s multi-purpose hall. Mr Andrianakos relayed his story to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE), “I met the President of the GOCMV, Bill Papastergiadis, a year ago when he had approached me and asked me for my help. I believe that this is a worthy cause and after all, we should all help to facilitate the preservation of the Greek language and culture.” Mr Andrianakos has been a considerable philanthropist in the community who has never sought publicity, but this time he hopes that others will also follow his lead. Mike Smith the principal of Alphington Grammar was keen to point out that Nick Andrianakos’ gift is “the largest individual donation that the school has received.” As he highlighted for NKEE, “It’s a marvellous vote of confidence in the school, especially as Nick has three of his grandchildren enrolled in the school.” “It will be immensely helpful to the school in funding its multi-purpose hall and ensuring that the hall meets all the school’s needs,” added Mr Smith. Mr Smith expresses his “deepest gratitude to the Andrianakos family” for the “magnificent contribution to the future of Alphington Grammar School.” Bill Papastergiadis, the President of the GOCMV, who acted as the go between for the gift said to NKEE, “I had lunch with Nick Andrianakos along with his two grandchildren last year in Greece, and I asked of the children which school they attended in Melbourne and they said Alphington Grammar and that they ‘love the school’ which reinforced the need for me to seek support for Alphington Grammar.” As a result of that discussion Mr Papastergiadis approached Mr Andrianakos and suggested that he consider becoming a major benefactor in the construction of the multipurpose hall. As Mr Papastergiadis underscores, “There is a long tradition in the Jewish Community of patrons assisting the construction of numerous major projects throughout Melbourne and the Greek community needs to follow similar approaches, we are generous and need to build that generosity.” “Hopefully, Mr Andrianakos’ gift will encourage other Greek organisations and business leaders contribute towards projects not just for the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria but other Greek artistic, cultural, educational and community projects” emphasised Mr Papastergiadis. Architects have been retained to redesign the multipurpose hall and to prepare the plans for a planning permit. This process is being managed by Jim Dolkas a well-qualified property professional assisting the Greek Community and Alphington Grammar free of charge.last_img read more

Bâtiments certifiés économes en énergie certains consommeraient plus que la moyenne

first_imgBâtiments certifiés économes en énergie : certains consommeraient plus que la moyenneFrance – D’après un article paru dans le quotidien Les Echos, certains logements et bureaux dits écologiques consommeraient plus que ce que prévoyaient les estimations, voire plus que les bâtiments non certifiés économes en énergie.Certifications “NF Ouvrages – Démarche HQE®” ou “Bâtiment de basse consommation” (BBC), labels Breeam ou Leed (Leadership in energy and environmental design)… Tout est mis en œuvre pour diminuer les dépenses énergétiques du bâtiment et ce, même si le coût de construction des bâtiments économes est 5 à 10% plus élevé que la moyenne.Les factures énergétiques diminuées par les installations non énergétivores compensent à long terme l’investissement fait lors de la construction du bâtiment. Enfin, normalement.  D’après une étude menée par le groupe immobilier Icade et le CSTB (Centre scientifique et technique du bâtiment), deux groupes de bâtiments d’Icade, situés à Aubervilliers en Seine-Saint-Denis, consomment bien plus que ce qui était prévu. Le “270” tout d’abord, dont la consommation est de 170 kWh/m², soit 50 kWh/m² de plus que ce qui était prévu, ainsi que “Le Millénaire” avec 247 kWh/m², soit 30 kWh/m² de plus que les prévisions.À lire aussiLa dionée attrape-mouche, une plante carnivore à découvrir en vidéoPour le 270, cette consommation excessive est due à une mauvaise conception : le bâtiment est fait pour fonctionner uniquement la journée, les économies d’énergie devant être faites en partie grâce à une mise en veille du chauffage et de la climatisation la nuit. Mais puisque les bureaux accueillent également du personnel la nuit, il en résulte une surconsommation d’énergie par la mise en marche automatique du chauffage ou de la climatisation, ainsi que de l’éclairage. En principe, les bâtiments économes en énergie consomment 18 à 39% de moins que les bâtiments non certifiés. Pourtant, à cause de ce type de mauvaise adaptation ou bien souvent, à cause de technologies installées à outrance (par exemple les nombreux capteurs disposés un peu partout dans les habitations), le chauffage, l’éclairage et la clim se mettent en route alors que ce n’est pas nécessaire, d’où des pertes d’énergie que l’occupant ne peut même pas éviter. Le 23 mars 2010 à 17:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more