• Tripod Tips & Tricks

    first_imgThese tripod tips and tricks will keep your equipment in tip top shape and help you to capture better shots.Whether you’re just getting started in photography/video production or are a seasoned veteran, you’ll likely benefit from these useful tripod tips…This recent post by video pro Rich Harrington gives 10 tips for tripod use. My personal favorite, “Check yourself consistently. If you use a tripod, get in the habit of tightening and checking all the tripod and head knobs in exactly the same order every time…” Check out all 10 tripod tips:The following 2:00 video by Matthew Pearce is more focused on tripod shooting tricks, like the dramatic tripod rock:Lastly, this Adorama tutorial goes in-depth about things you should consider before purchasing your own tripod. Tons of useful tips here!Got your own tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

  • Updated: U.S. Senate set to vote on whether climate change is a hoax

    first_imgThe U.S. Senate’s simmering debate over climate science has come to a full boil today, with lawmakers trading feisty remarks as they prepare to vote on at least two measures offered by Democrats that affirm that climate change is real—with one also noting that global warming is not “a hoax.” A Republican Senator, meanwhile, is offering another climate amendment that doesn’t address whether global warming is real, but encourages the development of clean energy.In an effort to highlight their differences with some Republicans on climate policy, several Democrats have filed largely symbolic amendments to a bill that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline. They are designed to put senators on the record on whether climate change is real and human-caused. The backers are now pushing for votes on those measures as soon as today.The Democratic amendments vary in detail and whether they call for specific actions on climate policy. But they share one thing in common: that lawmakers should at least accept climate science, regardless of party affiliation. “We may not agree on the solutions, on the paths forward, or even on some of the details, but I do believe it’s time for us to begin to agree on a basic set of facts,” said Senator Brian Schatz (D–HI), who is offering a climate amendment, on the Senate floor today.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Republicans immediately called the Democrats’ efforts a distraction. “If you’re using climate change as a reason not to build this pipeline, you’re kidding yourself or you’re misleading the public,” said Senator Lindsey Graham (R–SC) during the debate. “It has absolutely nothing to do with the issue in this regard.”The Senate is likely to take up at least two Democratic amendments. The first, Schatz’s amendment, cites scientific bodies like the National Research Council and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in asking whether it’s the “sense of Congress” that “climate change is real” and that “human activity significantly contributes to climate change.”The second amendment, from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D–RI), asks simply whether it is “the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.” It takes a veiled jab at Senator James Inhofe (R–OK), who has called climate change a hoax.It’s unclear whether any of the amendments can get even a simple majority in the GOP-controlled Senate. But, potentially throwing in a higher bar, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R–AK), chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, suggested that “non-germane” amendments would need 60 votes instead of 51 to win adoption.She didn’t explicitly say that the climate amendments are nongermane. But she strongly hinted that she saw the two climate amendments as a sideshow to the Keystone XL debate.“I do find it a little bit ironic … neither one of them actually quotes the parts of the State Department final [environmental assessment] that explains, I think in pretty fair detail, that this project will not significantly contribute to climate change,” Murkowski said on the Senate floor.Amy Harder of The Wall Street Journal reports that “Republicans are responding with an amendment from Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota” that quotes from a section of the State Department which states that “the proposed pipeline would produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than an alternative mode of transportation, such as rail. The Hoeven amendment says it’s the sense of Congress that it should reject any federal policies that increase the cost of energy and hurt jobs. It says Congress should put a priority on policies that enable innovation and that could lead to clean sources of energy, but it does not specify what policies those are and does not address whether climate change is real. Mr. Hoeven’s amendment is designed as an alternative for moderate Republicans who may be worried about going against a scientific consensus on climate change.”Senator Bernie Sanders (I–VT), a Democratic-aligned independent, has suggested that he would push for a vote on an another amendment of his own, but it wasn’t on the Senate’s agenda for the day. His amendment states not only that scientists agree that climate change is real and human-caused, but that society needs to shift from fossil fuels toward cleaner energy.*Update, 21 January, 3:26 p.m.: This item has been updated to include information on the Republican amendment.last_img read more


    first_img(Reopens SPB2) (Reopens SPB2) “I think I had the upper hand till the third game,” Sandhu said after his loss. “The first game is crucial. I was up 6-2 in the third, then I lost my consistency there. Mazen drew level and he got the confidence. He went for all the attacking shots and got everything,” he added. World no. 15 Saurav Ghosal of India expectedly won his first round encounter against countryman Kush Kumar in straight games, winning 11-2, 15-13, 11-4 in 39 minutes. Ghosal dominated at the start, closing out a quick first game from the middle, 11-2. But Kumar came back with a plan in the second, mixing up shots to send Ghosal scrambling. He settled into a better accuracy that forced several key errors from Ghosal, who otherwise played a tight game throughout. But the extra time spent chasing extra points in the second cost Kumar in the third. Kumar seemed to tire, and many of Ghosals shots came from his opponents unforced errors, sending the match his way. “Im happy to have won,” eight-time national champion Ghosal said. “I played Kush two months back in Nationals and it was a really hard 3-1 win. I think I played better today. Its good to start the tournament with a 3-0 win. The second game was tight. Full credit to Kush, he fought really well and had some good counterattacks. All in all a good days work,? he added. PTI SSR RSY BS AT BASlast_img read more

  • Waqar Younis slams senior Pakistan players for ‘lingering on in their careers’

    first_img Press Trust of India KarachiJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 17:33 IST Mohammad Hafeez was the oldest player in Pakistan team at the Cricket World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan had 7 players in their World Cup squad of 15 who were over 30Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik were the oldest in the team at 38 and 37 respectivelyShoaib Malik announced his retirement from ODIs after Pakistan’s exit from the World CupSenior Pakistan players are guilty of stretching their careers way after they are past their prime, said former captain Waqar Younis, urging the country’s Cricket Board to make no compromises on fitness and form to avoid debacles like the just-concluded World Cup.Pakistan were knocked out in the round-robin stage of the mega-event which ended with hosts England winning the title on Sunday.”Till the last moment, our World Cup squad was not final and clear. There is a big problem that senior players try to linger on in their careers and there is no one to tell them it is time for them to retire gracefully,” Waqar said without taking any specifying any names.”For the last so many years, we see the same thing. At the last moment, seniors are brought in as the authorities are scared to lose in a big tournament,” he added.Lashing out at those defending Pakistan’s performance in the World Cup on the basis of the fact that the team won its last four matches, Waqar made it clear the team should never have been in such a position.”The way we struggled to win against Afghanistan in the final over it should not be like that. Our biggest problem is we make compromises in selection on fitness issues, seniority, and other matters,” he said in an interview to the Daily Jang newspaper.Waqar, who was replaced as head coach of the national team in 2016 by Mickey Arthur after a nearly two-and-half-year stint, said it was clear in the World Cup that the fitness of Pakistani players was way below the other competing sides in the tournament.advertisement”After every World Cup, we see the same script in our cricket with only the characters changed. But this is not the way to move forward we need to assess where we are going wrong,” he said.”Every four years we do the same exercise change the captain, sack the coaches and shoot the chief selector and blame the domestic structure but this leads to nowhere and the same mistakes are repeated again,” he added.Waqar said five years back he had given a comprehensive plan to the Pakistan Cricket Board on how to take the game forward.”I told them no compromises on fitness, development of players who can play at the rate of 3 and a half and 4 runs per over and seniors being told to retire at the right time but nothing came off it,” he said.Waqar also insisted that he had no ambitions to become the team’s head coach again.”There is a new set-up in the PCB and they have new ideas which is good but it is not necessary I can do something good for Pakistan cricket only being the head coach. I can do that in any position. If the PCB offers me something I will definitely think over it,” he said.But Waqar also expressed concern over the sort of the abusive criticism that the team was subjected to following its World Cup ouster.”…I think criticism should be civilised and not personal and we shouldn’t fall below decency standards,” he said.Also Read | Inzamam-ul-Haq to step down as Pakistan chief selector after July 30Also Read | Pakistan teenage sensation Shaheen Afridi on his 6-wicket haul: It was incredibleFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Waqar YounisFollow Pakistan cricket teamFollow Cricket World Cup 2019 Next Waqar Younis slams senior Pakistan players for ‘lingering on in their careers’Lashing out at those defending Pakistan’s performance in the World Cup on the basis of the fact that the team won its last four matches, Waqar Younis made it clear the team should never have been in such a position.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Support is being provided for people with dementia and their caregivers by

    first_imgTo read more about First Link; CLICK HERETo read more about Alzheimer’s disease; CLICK HERE VANCOUVER, B.C. – The government is providing $2.7 in funding towards the First Link initiative for people living in British Columbia with dementia and their caregivers will; continue to receive help.“Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia can feel overwhelming and isolating for patients and families,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “This funding for the First Link program will help make sure people are supported to learn about the disease, how to cope with the changes and plan for the future.”First Link, administered by the Alzheimer Society of B.C., provides support to people with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia throughout the progression of the disease. There are more than 18,000 people connected to First Link. Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors, Dix and Anne Kang, made the announcement ahead of joining the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s in Vancouver, to show support for British Columbians facing dementia.“The support of a community can go a long way in helping people with dementia and their families,” Kang said. “First Link is an important resource for connecting them to support groups and fitness and social programs, and helping ensure that they are acknowledged, supported and included.”The Alzheimer Society of B.C. runs several programs to support and educate people living with dementia and their families. These include First Link and Minds in Motion, a fitness and social program open to people in the early stages of dementia and their care partners, where they can participate in light exercise, fun activities and social time.“The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is grateful for the B.C. Ministry of Health’s commitment to British Columbians living with dementia,” said Maria Howard, chief executive officer of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. “This funding for First Link dementia support is vital for ensuring that people affected by the disease have access to programs and services that will help them build the confidence and skills to live as well as possible.”According to the government. supporting First Link is part of the commitment to strengthen the supports and services available to seniors. Government is investing $1.048 billion by 2021 to improve care for seniors, including investments in primary care, home health, residential care and assisted living. This will include $75 million over the next three years to expand respite care adult day programs and $240 million by 2021 to increase direct care hours for seniors to an average of 3.36 hours per patient per day.The government shares, more educational spaces for health-care assistants are being created in 11 post-secondary institutions across B.C. Through the Health Sector Statutes Repeal Act, continuity of care for seniors will improve with improved job security and stability for health care staff.last_img read more

  • Stamps season ticket sales up despite oil slump

    by Kaitlin Lee Posted May 13, 2015 7:09 am MDT Thinkstock Stamps season ticket sales up, despite oil slump AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Calgary Stampeders are still riding high after the Grey Cup win last season, and it’s showing in the upcoming season’s ticket sales.Officials say rumours struggling oil companies have dropped their Stamps seats are simply not true.Stampeders President Gordon Norrie says they haven’t felt the economic slowdown one bit.“We’ve got 2110 absolute brand new season ticket holders, and we’re up at this point in time, about 3200 over last year,” he said.Norrie says they’ve had a significant number of group sales.“Oil companies are part of that fold and every year, you know, we lose some, and then we gain some, but we haven’t felt anything extraordinary associated with economic pullback,” he said.He says the boost can also be attributed to great leadership, player performance, and improvements to MacMahon Stadium.Something for fans to look forward to this year: the paving of the north end zone, where 250 spectators will be able to enjoy games from field level.Norrie adds there are still some great season tickets up for grabs. read more

  • Calgary Chamber talks royalty review structure

    by audreywhelan Posted Mar 8, 2016 6:52 am MDT Calgary Chamber Calgary Chamber talks royalty review structure AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The new royalty structure is the big topic Tuesday, as the Calgary Chamber hears from the Chair of the Alberta Royalty Review Panel.Dave Mowat, who is also President and CEO of ATB Financial, will talk about the review framework and how it will impact businesses and future investment in the oil and gas industry.He’ll outline how the structure will spur innovation, advance technology, and diversify the province’s economy.The event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at National on 8 Avenue S.W. read more

  • Draft Broadcast legislation Forcing Private broadcasters to air free 1 hour

    – Chairman says complaints can be lodged with GNBA to determine if its a Public Service Announcement (PSA) Local broadcasters – both private and public – will now be compelled to air, without charge, Government’s public service announcements (PSAs) during a certain time frame according to the draft Broadcast legislation.However, broadcast agencies which have issues with any PSA have recourse to the regulator, the Guyana National broadcasting Authority (GNBA).GNBA Chairman Leslie SobersGNBA Chairman Leslie Sobers has however dispelled any suggestion that, in arbitrating between private entities and the Government, the GNBA board may issue biased judgements. “I see no reason why it should be misconstrued that GNBA would be biased, because GNBA would not be.The people who would have a problem would be the particular ministry and agency that was requesting that the broadcasting house air a particular thing that they consider a Public Service Announcement,” he said.Sobers said that, for example, should the Ministry of Public Infrastructure present something to a radio station or a studio for airing, and the thing involves the public interest but as far as the broadcaster is concerned it does not sound like a Public Service Announcement nor does it look like a Public Service Announcement, that broadcaster can approach the GNBA with a complaint.Sobers said that in arbitrating in cases of this nature, the GNBA would adhere to a strict understanding of what constitutes a public service announcement (PSA).“We would now have to examine whether the content of the particular agency’s (broadcast request) really and truly falls under a public service announcement (PSA). And if it does not, we will advise (the Ministry or agency) that they have to pay (to have the announcement broadcasted). And if (the PSA is really a PSA), then we will advise the studio that this really is a public service announcement.”The GNBA is appointed by the President, but, by statute, one member of the board must be nominated by the political opposition.According to the Broadcasting Act of 2011 Section 18, 1 (f), the GNBA can “require licensees to carry information on any programmes issued by the Civil Defence Commission, the Guyana Police Force, Guyana Fire Service and/or health services, and certain other programmes as public information deemed appropriate and necessary in terms of national security, emergency, and disaster, as a public service at no cost.”The legislation also stipulates that the GNBA can “require licensees to carry a certain percentage of public service broadcast, or development support broadcast, as public information deemed appropriate as a public service at no cost.”According to Sobers, this regulation would apply to radio and television stations, as well as cable service providers. This, he said, would basically mean anyone with a broadcasting licence.According to reports in the state media, the new draft legislation being prepared would see broadcast agencies being mandated to broadcast public service programmes for a total of up to one hour daily. Broadcast agencies will be airing these public service programmes free of cost and as requested by the Government between the hours of 06:00am and 10:00pm (6:00hrs and 22:00hrs).It is also stated that the GNBA reserves the right to direct a broadcasting agency to broadcast emergency notices or disaster warnings for any length of time, and regularly during peak or prime advertising time periods, depending on the nature of the emergency and having regard to public safety.A broadcaster has the right to file a complaint with the GNBA within 24 hours of being asked to broadcast a programme free of cost if, in the agency’s judgment, it is not considered a public service broadcast programme.The GNBA, according to the draft provisos, “shall investigate and determine a complaint, and issue a ruling that the programme can be reasonably considered a public service broadcast programme, and direct the broadcasting agency to air the programme free of cost”.Further, the broadcaster can “be granted an interim order to broadcast the announcement as a public service broadcast programme; and where the programme is not so considered, as provided in Section 9 (a) above, the GNBA can order payment of regular programme cost for broadcasting the said programme.”But there is also a warning: Provision is made for sanctions to be levied on any broadcaster the GNBA finds to have “arbitrarily refused” to broadcast a public service broadcast programme without lodging a complaint. The GNBA can, after deliberation, deem that broadcaster to be in breach of his/her licence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBroadcast Bill: Govt not dealing with substantive issues facing broadcasters – NandlallAugust 16, 2017In “Business”GNBA Chairman hands over advice for broadcast legislation to PMApril 25, 2017In “latest news”Controversial Broadcast Bill: Govt rules out consultations with broadcastersAugust 19, 2017In “Business” read more

  • Aus Tin kicks off Granville East mining with highgrade block

    first_imgAus Tin Mining says tin mining has commenced at its Granville East mine in Tasmania, Australia.Run of mine material from the first mining block – estimated to total some 430 t – will be transported to the processing plant enabling plant feed to transition from low‐grade stockpiles to high‐grade mine material, Aus Tin said.The first mining block is located at the southern end of the open pit and was extracted from the hangingwall shale that overlies the cassiterite-magnetite skarn, Aus Tin said.Assay results from blasthole samples collected for grade control purposes have confirmed the high‐grade mineralisation at Granville East, Aus Tin said. These included intersections of 4 m at 6.56% Sn and 4 m at 4.34% Sn.Aus Tin CEO, Peter Williams, said: “We are delighted to have achieved this major milestone as we transition to Level 2 operations and will now move to processing this material. We are particularly delighted with the grade of the first block, which across eight holes averaged 2.1% Sn and is more typical of underground mines.”Aus Tin said it has been seeking to directly procure certain services contracted to its civil and mining contractor.“To minimise further delays to the operations, the company has now assumed additional components of the contract, including blasting services and fuel supply,” Aus Tin said. “Furthermore, the company has removed the crushing component of the contract and is currently in discussions with alternative parties as well as examining capacity for utilising surplus equipment at the processing plant.”Aus Tin shipped its first tin concentrate from Granville back in 2017, and has been working on developing a “Level 2” operation at East Granville at the same time.last_img read more

  • Great British Bake Off is back Heres why were all so mad

    first_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet And fans are also chomping at the bit ahead of tonight’s episode: Source: Trendsmap Dublin/Twitter #gbbo is now trending in #Dublin http://t.co/zjsRKf4VxQ— Trendsmap Dublin (@TrendsDublin) August 6, 2014 Source: Dave/Twitter Source: Samantha Alice/Twitter I ship Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, sorry not sorry OTP pic.twitter.com/mfgPXnBlrH— ✿Abbie✿ (@abbiehorncast1e) November 3, 2013 Unashamedly excited for the @BritishBakeOff tonight. @ChristianChess I hope you are too #GBBO #IDontThinkYoureReadyForMrsBerry— Sam Alice (@smnthalice) August 6, 2014 Pudding emergencyThere’s always the fear that slippery fingers might spell disaster. Source: The Great British Bake Off/YouTubeAnd of course, the squirrelIn series two in 2011, a squirrel which featured in the opening sequence of GBBO gained a huge following after he… er… put himself out there. Source: YouTubecenter_img Source: ✿Abbie✿/Twitter Tonight, BBC One, 8pm. Don’t miss it.17 jokes and references only West Wing fans will get> 7 delicious moments of food porn from the Great Irish Bake Off>36 ways to cheat your way through any TV conversation> It’s the Great British Bake Off tonight! Can’t wait and am not ashamed that my whole evening’s plans revolve around it #gbbo @BritishBakeOff— Sophie Knight (@SophieKnight01) August 6, 2014 Can’t wait for the new series of #BakeOff tonight! I love Mary Berry and her floral jacket! #GBBO #BakeOffIsBack pic.twitter.com/RvRTheFiIe— Dub Dave (@raifdub) August 6, 2014 (OTP= One True Pairing) InnuendoSoggy bottoms, stiff bakes, cream puffs, beautiful wobbles, lovely buns… Source: Tumblr Source: Facebook Source: TumblrWater cooler momentsDespite the fact that it’s a baking competition, GBBO is not without its drama. Here are some of the standout memories from recent years.#CustardgateIn last year’s series contestant Howard Middleton became the victim of an alleged custard theft.We’re still reeling. The show is so popular on social media that the BBC has taken measures to counteract some of the negative impact of that popularity.Contestants have been asked not to take part in “negative exchanges” online after several incidents last year, particularly involving finalist Ruby Tandoh who, according to The Independent, was accused of flirting to get further in the competition. She wrote an op-ed for The Guardian about the vitriol the show attracted.The BBC is also wary as a 17-year-old schoolgirl is among this year’s contestants.Paul Hollywood’s twinkly eyesOh he’s a rogue this one. Source: TumblrMary Berry and Paul Hollywood togetherPeople ship them. No, really.(‘Shipping’ refers to viewer’s hopes that two characters will fall in love) THE GREAT BRITISH Bake Off is back on our screens this evening.One hour of unashamed cake, bread, scone and tart worshipping, with a little bit of custard drama and meringue mayhem thrown in for good measure.With the show moving from BBC Two to BBC One this year the audience is expected to be bigger than ever. The contestants range in age from the oldest ever (69) to the youngest ever (17), and only one can be crowned champion of the tent.Here’s why the show has captured our imaginations and our hearts…Mary BerryBaking legend and GBBO judge Mary Berry is the royal icing that holds the show together.She’s the consummate professional, unflappable, never cruel, always fair and effortlessly stylish.At almost eighty years old she has published more than 70 cookery books and sold more than five million. Source: TumblrMel and SueThis pair have been a double act for more than 20 years and the Bake Off owes a lot to their hilarious and irreverent presenting skills. Source: Tumblr Source: TumblrThe second screen phenomenonGBBO has become a massive deal on social media, with many people essentially live-tweeting as they watch and the show trending in the UK and Ireland every week.The Twitter frenzy has already begun in fact, with BBC One and BBC Two engaging in an engaging and highly shareable exchange yesterday evening regarding the programme’s move from BBC Two to BBC One.The show has already been trending in Dublin today: Source: Sophie Douglas/Twitterlast_img read more

  • Let Dogs Be Dogs Ground Scratching Behavior Nothing to Worry About

    first_img If you own a dog—or have so much as walked through a public park—you’ve probably seen some odd behavior. Like pups’ penchant for pawing at the soil after they pee.But what can this “ground scratching” behavior (aptly named by veterinary experts) tell us about man’s best friend? A lot, according to Live Science, which reported on research about the canine quirk.Thinking about introducing a furry friend to the family? Don’t worry. Unlike going to heaven, not all dogs perform this messy ritual.“It appears to occur equally in males and females, but only around 10 percent of dogs do it,” Rosie Bescoby, a clinical animal behaviorist with the UK’s Association of Pet Behavior Counsellors, told Live Science.Those that do, however, are often triggered by specific situations—voiding their bladder, entering new areas with unfamiliar smells, detecting another hound’s poop.The unfortunate trait seems to run in the family: According to Live Science, wolves and coyotes, as well as other tail wagging mammals (including lions), have similar habits.Dogs’ canid cousins, wolves live in packs, “so it’s related to their social natures,” Carlo Siracusa, a veterinary behaviorist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, said.“The dominant animals in the pack tend to show this behavior to delimit their territory,” he continued, explaining previous studies. “So, what they’re presumably doing is trying to send messages to other wolves that, if they cross this line, they might be attacked.”The behavior is directed at strangers, not ride-or-die mates.“This is the theory behind it: Either you see me doing it, you see the dirt that has been moved, or you smell my scent,” Siracusa said in a statement to Live Science.Domestic pets do the same, assigning a visual (scratches) or scent (pee) mark on the ground. Though this may be more a show of “here I am!” than “stay away or else.”It remains unclear whether other dogs actually pick up on these cues—which Siracusa has (anecdotally) associated with anxious animals.No matter the logic, this is entirely natural behavior, Siracusa emphasized; owners should simply let their dog get on with it, and try not worry. Unless, of course, your pooch is (unintentionally!) digging up your neighbor’s garden.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Driver Finds Dog With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped in OhioWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike Stay on targetlast_img read more

  • Mesut Ozil delighted with Arsenal fans

    first_imgArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has revealed his delight with the club’s supporters for their support.The former Schalke trainee is pleased with the way the Gunners fans have taken him to their heart, and explained how much it means to him to hear the song the fans have dedicated to him.The World Cup winner joined the Gunners in the summer of 2013 and helped put an end to a barren spell of almost a decade without winning a major trophy, as he helped the club lift the English Football Association Cup (FA Cup) in 2014.“In the game you don’t really realise so much because you’re concentrating and want to give everything on the pitch,” Ozil said, according to the club’s official website. Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“But I had friends and some of the family sending me videos on the underground before the game against Stoke where they were singing this song.”“It was crazy to hear and I was really, really happy because it was the first time the fans had a song for me. Thank you for that and I really appreciate it.”“It’s crazy. I can just say: thank you guys and thank you for supporting. It’s been a lot for me, of course.”last_img read more

  • Christian Pulisic reveals why he joined Chelsea

    first_imgBorussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic insists the reason why he joined Chelsea is because of their style of play under Maurizio Sarri.The Blues completed the signing of Pulisic early last week for a fee in the region of £58million but the youngster will spend the remainder of the season with Dortmund.The United States international was one of the most sought-after youngsters in the game following his impressive string of performances since appearing in the first team of the Black & Yellow in 2016.The 20-year-old’s current contract at the Signal Iduna Park was due to run out at the end of the 2019-20 campaign, but after only starting 11 games this season, the club hierarchy decided to sell him.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Speaking about his reason for moving to Stamford Bridge, Pulisic said, according to talkSPORT: “I’ve seen their style of play.”“I’ve always appreciated how they’ve played football, and it’s really nice how they play now, with their new coach. It fits me very well.”last_img read more

  • Jammu Kashmir announces measures to help state employees

    first_imgSrinagar, Aug 11 (IANS) With the Centre having eased the security curbs in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) ahead of Bakr-Eid on Monday, the state administration has also announced measures to help state employees as well as the general public. A press release issued by the state administration said that Eid preparations in the state were as usual with all bakery/poultry/mutton shops open on Sunday and long queues being seen outside them. “Traffic is plying smoothly in Srinagar City,” it said. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us According to a press release, the measures announced by the state administration are: • Treasuries and banks are being made functional during this period even on holidays. ATMs are functioning smoothly, and it has been ensured that the cash is replenished on a regular basis and people are drawing cash as and when required. • Salaries of all employees and wages of DRWs/casual labourers etc. are being released. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us • G.P. Fund/pension/gratuity and other payments are being made. • Payments for developmental works are also being cleared on priority. • The delivery of vegetables/LPG/poultry/eggs has been ensured at door steps through mobile vans. Six mandies have been established in Srinagar City. Further, 2.5 lakh sheep on hooves are available for public for Eid-ul-Azha sacrifice. Elsewhere, the District Magistrates have made elaborate arrangements for Eid-ul-Azha. Advertise With Us • Ration ghats in every district have started functioning to supply ration to the general public. Out of 3,697 ration ghats in Kashmir Division, 3,557 have been made operational to provide ration to the public. • Special and elaborate arrangements have been made for the safe and hassle-free return of Hajis from Saudi Arabia, for which flights will commence on August 18. All Deputy Commissioners have nominated their Nodal Officers, who will be stationed at the airports from August 18 for the convenience of the Haji Sahiban. Special helpLine desks will be established at the airports and at Hajj House for the convenience of Hajis. • The government has made sufficient stocking of essential items. Wheat has been stocked to suffice for 65 days, rice for 55 days, mutton for 17 days, poultry for 1 month, kerosene oil for 35 days, LPG for 1 month, high-speed diesel (HSD) and motor spirit (MS) for 28 days. • All the health institutions at primary, secondary and tertiary level are functioning fully with doctors and para medical Staff. Identity cards of the medical staff are being treated as movement passes. The medicines are also available in sufficient quantity in all institutions. • Flights are operating as per schedule and air tickets are being treated as movement passes. • Magistrates have been deployed at every critical place to act as facilitators for the convenience of the general public. • 300 special telephone booths are being established to help public to communicate. • Adequate sanitation arrangements have also been made through Municipal Corporations and Municipalities. • To ensure 24×7 electric supply and immediate restoration of faults/breakdown, sufficient staff has been deployed and all receiving transmission/ distribution stations are fully functional. Adequate equipment (transmission cables and transformers) are also in stock. • To ensure water supply, staff has been deployed at pumping stations and filtration plants round the clock. • For Eid preparation, all provision/bakery/sweet/poultry/mutton shops will remain open and cater to people’s demands. • Laision Officers have been activated through Resident Commissioner, New Delhi in various places, including Aligarh and New Delhi, to facilitate students from J&K communicate with their families.last_img read more

  • Trump picks Canada envoy Kelly as UN ambassador

    first_imgIn this file photo taken on 19 July 2017, US ambassador to Canada nominee Kelly Craft on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump said Friday, 22 February 2019 he is nominating Kelly Knight Craft, his envoy to Canada, to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations and succeed Nikki Haley. Photo: AFPPresident Donald Trump said Friday he is nominating Kelly Craft, his envoy to Canada, to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations.”Kelly has done an outstanding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level,” Trump said in a pair of tweets announcing his pick.If confirmed by the US Senate, she would fill the post that has been vacant since Nikki Haley, a former South Carolina governor and rising star in the Republican Party who stepped down from the UN job late last year.Craft was nominated one week after Trump’s previous choice, former Fox News anchor and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew from consideration amid criticism that she lacked the experience for one of the top diplomatic posts.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered quick praise for the nominee.”Ambassador Craft has been an outstanding advocate for America’s national security and economic interests in Canada and she is extremely well-qualified to do the same at the United Nations,” he said in a statement.Craft was a major supporter of George W. Bush, who as president appointed her to serve as a US delegate to the United Nations, representing Washington at UN meetings.The businesswoman from Kentucky, believed to be 56-years-old, has been a major Republican donor.She raised eyebrows in 2017 as the new US ambassador in Ottawa — and the first woman in that post — when she said she believes “both sides” of climate science.”I think that both sides have their own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science,” Craft told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.She is married to Joe Craft, who is president of Alliance Resource Partners, which describes itself as the second largest coal producer in the eastern United States.Joe Craft was worth an estimated $1.4 billion in 2012, according to Forbes magazine.Open Secrets, a non-profit group that tracks money in politics, says Craft donated $1 million to Trump’s 2017 inauguration fund.He also donated $371,100 to candidates, all Republicans, during the 2018 election cycle, the organisation said.last_img read more

  • Moffat Theres Always a Chance for Rivers Return

    first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster ***Spoilers***Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat this week tipped the return of River Song—maybe.In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat answers a fan’s question, “Do you feel that River Song’s story is done?”, with classic Moffat misdirection.“Well, yes, that does seem like the end to me. Except, of course, it isn’t, and can’t be,” he said. “There’s always the chance that River will show up again, at some other point in her timeline, with a stolen camel, seven more husbands, and a nuclear submarine.”Just don’t expect the saucy archaeologist to ride in on two humps anytime soon.“For me, I think, I’m done,” Moffat admitted.Played to a T by Alex Kingston (ER), River first appears in the 2008 two-parter “Silence in the Library”/”Forest of the Dead,” which subsequently mark the Doctor’s first meeting with River and River’s last meeting with the Doctor.The actor’s last appearance, though—thanks to some wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff—is in the 2015 Christmas special, “The Husbands of River Song,” in which the Doctor takes River for one final date on Darillium and gives her the sonic screwdriver she uses in “Forest of the Dead.”“Back when I thought I might be leaving at the end of 2015, I specifically planned [that] scene as my goodbye—bringing everything full circle, to the moment (in “Forest of the Dead”) just before I took over,” Moffat said.A time traveler herself, River’s adventures with the Doctor and his companions occur out of sync—from her conception and birth to regenerations and graduation to the assassination of the Doctor. You’ll need to sneak a peek at her TARDIS-themed diary for all the juicy details.This isn’t the end of River Song, though. Whether or not she reappears in Moffat’s final season, the character features in some audio adventures from Big Finish (The Diary of River Song: Series 2 launched last month with Kingston and former Doctors Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy).And, there is also a chance showrunner-in-waiting Chris Chibnall will find new stories to tell about River starting in 2018.“Any reason to get Alex Kingston back in action is a good one,” Moffat said. Stay on targetlast_img read more

  • Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle Is Available To Wccftech Users At A

    first_imgRobotics is that branch of technology that is evolving more and more especially since AI is slowly becoming a part of our lives. There are many who study this field as a career and there are many who study it just for the sake of fun or as a hobby. Wccftech brings to you the Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle. This bundle is available at an amazing discount and you won’t want to miss it. It offers 3 courses that will help you get familiar with the World’s Top Robotics Platform, Arduino.Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle featuresThe courses have been designed so that you will be able to dig deep into the messy details of Robotics. The Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle will help you understand, design and construct a wheeled robot. The bundle is being offered at a 90% discount. Still don’t think it’s worth it? Let me give you highlights about what each course is offering you.Make an Arduino Robot Access 57 lectures and 8 hours of content 24/7Create an Arduino wheeled robot that can navigate towards a light source and avoid obstacles along the way Integrate simple mechanical parts with motors, batteries, sensors and other electronics Gain experience in analyzing problems and designing solutionsArduino Robotics with the mBot Access 39 lectures and 5 hours of content 24/7Assemble an mBot Program the mBot to follow an arbitrary black line on the floor Combine robot’s sensors and actuators efficientlyAdvanced Arduino Boards and Tools Access 72 lectures and 9.5 hours of content 24/7Learn about advanced debugging and editing tools, cloud-based automation and Arduino-PC collaboration Cover Arduino Mega 2560, Arduino Due, Arduino 101, Arduino Zero and Arduino Galileo Gen 2 Discuss Atmego Studio, Atmega Atmel-ICE, Temboo and ProcessingOriginal Price of Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle: $300 Wccftech Price of Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle: $29 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

  • What matters on an engineering resume Hacker Rank report says skills not

    first_imgPutting together an engineering resume can be a real headache. What should you include? How can you best communicate your experience and skills? Software engineers are constantly under pressure to deliver new projects and fix problems while learning new skills. Documenting the complexity of developer life in a straightforward and marketable manner is a challenge to say the least. Luckily, hiring managers and tech recruiters today recognize just how difficult communicating skill and competency in an engineering resume can be. A report by Hacker Rank revealed that the things that feature on a resume aren’t that highly valued by recruiters and hiring managers. However, skills does remain top of the agenda: the question, really, is about how we demonstrate and communicate those skills. The quality of your previous experience matters on an engineering resume Hacker Rank found that hiring managers and tech recruiters value previous experience over everything else. 77% of survey respondents said previous experience was one of the 3 most important qualifications before a formal interview. In second place was years of experience with 46%. The difference between the two is subtle but important; it’s offers a useful takeaway for engineers creating an engineering resume. Essentially, the quality of your experience is more important than the quantity of your experience. You need to make sure you communicate the details of your employment experiences. It sounds obvious but it’s worth stating: applying for an engineering job isn’t just a competition based on who has the most experience. You should explain the nature of the projects you are working on. The skills you used are essential, but being clear about how the project supported wider strategic or tactical goals is also important. This demonstrates not only your skills, but also your contextual awareness. It suggests to a hiring manager or recruiter you not only have the competence, but that you are also a team player with commercial awareness. Certifications aren’t that important on your resume One of the most interesting insights from the Hacker Rank report was that both hiring managers and recruiters don’t really care about certifications any more. Less than 16% listed it as one of the 3 most important things they look at during the recruitment process. Does this mean, then, that the certification is well and truly over? At this stage, it’s hard to tell. But it does point to a wider cultural change that probably has a lot to do with open source. Because change is built into the reality of open source software, certifications are never going to be able to keep up with what’s new and important. The things you learned to pass one year will likely be out of date the next. It probably also says something about the nature of technical roles today. Years ago, engineers would start a job knowing what they were going to be using. The toolchains and tech stacks would be relatively stable and consistent. In this context, certification was like a license, proving you understood the various components of a given tool or suite of tools. But today, it’s more important for engineers to prove that they are both adaptable and capable of solving a range of different problems. With that in mind, it’s essential to demonstrate your flexibility on your engineering resume. Make it clear that you’re able to learn new things quickly, and that you can adapt your skill set to the problems you need to solve. You don’t need to look good on paper to get the job… but it’s going to help Hacker Rank’s research also revealed that 75% of recruiters and hiring managers have hired people they initially thought didn’t look good on paper. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should stop working on your resume. If anything, what this shows is that if you get your resume right, you could really catch someone’s attention. You need to consider everything in your resume. Traditional resumes have a pretty clear structure, whatever job you’re applying for, but if Hacker Rank’s research tells us anything, it’s that a an engineering resume requires a slightly different approach. Personal projects are more important than your portfolio on an engineering resume A further insight from Hacker Rank’s report suggests one way you might adopt a different approach to your resume. Responding to the same question as the one we looked at above, 37% said personal projects were one of the 3 most important factors in determining whether to invite a candidate to interview. By contrast, only 22% said portfolio. This seems strange – surely a portfolio offers a deeper insight into someone’s professional experience. Personal projects are more like hobbies, right? Personal projects actually tell you so much more about a candidate than a portfolio. A portfolio is largely determined by the work you have been doing. What’s more, it’s not always that easy to communicate value in a portfolio. Equally, if you’ve been badly managed, or faced a lack of support, your portfolio might not actually be a good reflection of how good you really are. Personal projects give you an insight into how a person thinks. It shows recruiters what makes an engineer tick. In the workplace your scope for creativity and problem solving might well be limited. With personal projects you’re free to test out ideas try new tools. You’re able to experiment. So, when you’re putting together an engineering resume, make sure you dedicate some time outlining your personal projects. Consider these sorts of questions: Why did you start a project? What did you find interesting? What did you learn? Engineering skills still matter Just because the traditional resume appears to have fallen out of favor, it doesn’t mean your skills don’t matter. In fact, skill matters more than ever. For a third of hiring managers, skill assessments are the area they want to invest in. This would allow them to judge a candidate’s competencies and skills much more effectively than simply looking at a resume. As we’ve seen, things like personal projects are valuable because they demonstrate skills in a way that is often difficult. They not only prove you have the technical skills you say you have, they also provide a good indication of how you think and how you might approach solving problems. They can help illustrate how you deploy those skills. And when its so easy to learn how to write lines of code (no bad thing, true), showing how you think and apply your skills is a sure fire way to make sure you stand out from the crowd. Read next: How to assess your tech team’s skills Are technical skills overrated when hiring tech pros? ‘Soft’ Skills Every Data Pro Needslast_img read more

  • From Curri to China Irene Aguilar talks traveling and studying performing arts

    first_img Stairway to Heaven in China. Photo courtesy of Irene Aguilar Photo courtesy of Irene AguilarI even remember this one time, when I had just arrived in China. I was having too many problems with my passport and just settling in. I was feeling alone and got sick in a hotel. I had to make a big effort to take myself to the hospital because I was feeling awful. While I was there, I just started to cry. After that experience, for some reason, I felt capable of doing it on my own. It made me a lot stronger. That does not have anything to do with a particular place, but the whole experience of getting here is what I can call life-changing.What are the main differences between Ticos and Chinese?In Costa Rica, we are big-time procrastinators. In China, when you know that you have to get something done, you do it as soon and as efficiently as possible. That’s really the only way to keep up with how this country works.Also, feeling safe. In China, you could be a woman taking the subway at midnight. You could be walking down the street with any type of clothes, and no one would scream vulgar phrases about your body.What are some places in Asia that you’d recommend to every traveler?The Stairway to Heaven. I knew that place was going to be exceptional, but once I got there it exceeded all my expectations. Also, the temples. I have lost count of how many temples I have visited, but they still amaze me every time I visit them. The elephant’s sanctuaries in Thailand. Most of the elephants that live there have been rescued from circuses or places where people pay to ride them. In these sanctuaries, they roam free, with no chains and no violence. Facebook Comments Irene Aguilar, 29, has been living in China for the past five years and says she’s still not ready to come back to Costa Rica.Aguilar went to study art and stayed for the fast-paced rhythm, effective transportation, and safe streets. She says that as soon as she arrived in China, she noticed how efficient everything is there.“You can purchase things just using your cell phone without taking cards or cash with you. And the technological field keeps growing more each day,” Aguilar said. She also likes how well the economy is doing and how her salary easily matches most of her expenses.Aguilar grew up in Curridabat and practiced cello since she was 7 years old. Her parents always wanted Aguilar and her siblings to take classes and learn new skills. Aguilar then started taking acting lessons in ninth grade and quickly realized it was the best part of her week.After high school, she decided to pursue a career in the performing arts. Aguilar got her degree at the Universidad Nacional and took Chinese as an elective. She took her learning seriously and her teacher recommended some Mandarin scholarships.Aguilar then traveled to China for the first time on a nine-month scholarship. Aguilar enjoyed the culture shock and took a bus to Hunan’s capital, Changsha, and started asking about scholarships at local universities.Aguilar finally got a spot at Hunan Normal University’s art, film, and television master’s program. She says to get a scholarship like hers, all you have to do is follow the steps and go through a few interviews. Aguilar added that the information you need about available scholarships is on the Casa Amarilla website.Aguilar graduated from her master’s program this year and she’s full of hopes of future trips around Asia, as well as projects related to her career. Photo courtesy of Irene AguilarWhat did you enjoy most about your master’s program in China?There are a lot of things I enjoyed a lot. I even have a list. When it comes to my master’s, like going to classes and that type of stuff, it was a fact that at some point I was able to interact with my classmates and teachers fluently.But the beginning was hard. I had to take two semesters of Chinese, and it was still not enough. I had to record all my classes and go to my dorm to listen to them a couple of times. Once I was finally able to understand what was going on in classes and around me in general, everything changed. I was the only foreigner in the classroom, being able to exchange feelings and thought with my classmates was certainly interesting.The second part that I enjoyed the most, was just living in China. I know it sounds cliché but it is true. Just being able to call it your home and visit all these beautiful places is great. When you can take part in their culture, you feel different. Not only for their big events and celebrations but also daily life in China. Small things like being able to talk to someone while taking the subway or while buying something at the market.Before getting your scholarship to study abroad, did you ever have a clear goal when traveling?I always knew I wanted to travel. I did some traveling before this China experience, and it just made me want to keep doing it. Now that I have traveled to several places around Asia, I am absolutely sure that I want to keep traveling.With this master’s program, you are not allowed to work, so I had a lot of free time to visit places. What I would do was just save as much money as possible and then make long trips to other cities. I really hope I can continue traveling because I think this lifestyle is a like medicine. Traveling is one of those things that the more you do it, the more you like it. It opens your mind and changes you for the best.Was there a life-changing place that you visited in Asia?Well, the first place would have to be China. This is the place where I got to meet a lot of new people from different backgrounds and countries. You become more empathic and comprehensive.To be honest, I am so dramatic, and over the top with my emotions and feelings about this experience that I think every place I have visited in Asia has changed me in some way. In every place that you visit you can smell, see, hear, or touch something new. All of these small details are what make you change while traveling from one place to another. Related posts:How the Tamarindo Labyrinth was created The growth of the Tamarindo Diria Hotel Inside a Costa Rican microbrewery – at the beach A piece of paradiselast_img read more