Blackmagic Releases Eyeon Fusion 7 Free to VFX Artists

first_imgBlackmagic recently acquired professional VFX software Eyeon Fusion and is now giving it away for FREE.In  If you follow the VFX industry or industry related software than you are probably already familiar with the compositing/VFX/graphics program Eyeon Fusion. Eyeon Fusion is an incredibly powerful program with a ton of industry-standard effects and node based workflow. Eyeon Fusion was purchased by Blackmagic Design earlier in 2014. The acquisition came as a surprise to many in the VFX community. Consumers were left in the dark about the future of Eyeon Fusion…until now.Today Blackmagic announced that the latest version of Eyeon Fusion 7 is available for download on Blackmagic’s website for free. Yes you read that right. This announcement has huge implications for the VFX and motion graphics community, as previous versions of Fusion were $2,500 a license.The new version of Eyeon Fusion 7 will come in two varieties, Free and Studio ($995).  The difference between the versions is that Studio has been created and optimized for, you guessed it, studios by allowing such functionality as network rendering, project management tools, and third party OpenFX plugins.This is definitely an industry game-changer. The only downside to this announcement is that currently Fusion 7 is only available for Windows based machines, so if you use a Mac you are going to miss out on the fun (for now).Eyeon Fusion has been used on dozens of Hollywood features including Thor, Noah, Gravity, Edge of Tomorrow, and Avatar. It is a node based application, meaning unlike After Effects or Apple Motion, it doesn’t work by compiling layers on top of one another. Instead users link assets together using nodes (see picture). This way of working can be extremely beneficial if you work with 3D objects or work in the compositing world. If you want to learn more about how node workflows compare to layer based software check out our post on ‘Nuke vs. After Effects: A Realistic Comparison‘.Picture via Blackmagic DesignThere are also a lot of really good Eyeon Fusion tutorials and resources out there to help you get up-to-speed on how to integrate Eyeon Fusion into your current workflow. Including:Digital TutorsToolfarmVFXPedia via BlackmagicThis announcement also comes in the wake of Blackmagic releasing DaVinci Resolve Lite, a video editing and motion graphics application that’s also free to the public. We’ll be interested to see if this now ushers in a new wave of competition between software developers and hardware developers.If you know of any other awesome training resources for learning about Eyeon Fusion we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.Resources Eyeon Fusion via Blackmagic DesignBlackmagic releases free Fusion VFX software – Broadcast NowBlackmagic Design Releases Free Version of Fusion 7 – Studio Dailylast_img read more

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Nitish may expand Cabinet soon for ‘social balance’

first_imgWith the BJP announcing that it would be contesting as many seats in Bihar as its alliance partner JD(U) in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to expand his Cabinet soon to accommodate leaders coming from the Extremely Backward Classes (EBC) and Backward castes. Mr. Kumar also met State Governor Lalji Tandon on Tuesday in what is being described as a “courtesy call”.The buzz in political circles is that a Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leader too could be inducted into the Cabinet to smooth the ruffled feathers of party chief Upendra Kushwaha, who, after meeting the Bihar in-charge of BJP Bhupendra Yadav in Delhi on Tuesday, had said that as an NDA partner, he was ready to accept losses (in the number of LS seats contested) but wanted to know why his party was being denied the benefits of the formation of an NDA government in Bihar. A women legislator is also likely to get ministerial berth in the Nitish Cabinet.The Nitish Kumar Cabinet presently has 28 Ministers, including the Chief Minister, but it can have 36 members given the State Assembly’s strength of 243 members. In July 2017, when Mr. Kumar parted ways with the RJD-led Grand Alliance and joined hands with the BJP again, the other allies — the RLSP, the Lok Janshakti Party and the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) — were offered one ministerial berth each in the Cabinet. The LJP made State party chief Pashupati Kumar Paras as the Animal Husbandry Minister, but HAM (S) rejected the offer and later switched to the RJD-led Grand Alliance. RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha wanted loyalist party MLA Sudhanshu Kumar to be inducted into the Cabinet, but party sources told The Hindu that the Chief Minister was eager to accommodate another RLSP MLA Lallan Paswan, who has been critical of Mr. Kushwaha, in the Cabinet which was unacceptable to the latter. The long-time political bitterness between Mr. Kumar and Mr. Kushwaha has been an open secret in the State.“So now, in the changed political scenario, Nitish Kumar may include RLSP leader Sudhanshu Kumar in the Cabinet under pressure from the BJP top leadership to keep Upendra Kushwaha within the NDA fold with seats being offered to him for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” a senior State BJP leader told The Hindu. Strong contendersMr. Kumar also has an eye on the Extremely Backward Classes and women voters to maintain the “social balance” of the Cabinet. Following the resignation of Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, there is no woman Minister in Mr. Kumar’s Cabinet.Meanwhile, ruling party sources said both Ashok Choudhary, a former Congress party leader and Education Minister who had joined JD(U) after being removed from the post of State party president last year, and Shyam Rajak, another JD(U) leader, were strong contenders for ministerial berths. Mr. Choudhary and Mr. Rajak are from the EBC community. Mr. Kumar on Wednesday also participated in the party’s Dalit-Mahadalit workers’ meeting in Gaya. The name of Ranju Geeta, a JD(U) MLA from the Bajpatti constituency in Sitamarhi district, is also doing the rounds for a ministerial berth. The BJP too could push the name of a leader representing the upper castes, as the Swarn Sena (representing the upper castes), of late, had been protesting against the BJP leaders at several places across the State against the amendments to the SC/ST Act and demanding reservation for the poor among them.last_img read more

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WWE SmackDown Results: Brock Lesnar Quits Blue Brand, NXT Invades Show

first_imgWWE announced in a press release that a number of superstars were delayed in returning from Saudi Arabia following the Crown Jewel due to aircraft problems. While that may seem like a letdown for the Blue Brand on FOX, what followed in reality was a stellar performance-oriented evening with WWE NXT taking over in a lead-up to the Survivor Series pay per view, where all three brands are set to compete against each other.”More than 175 Superstars, production crew and employees boarded a 747 charter flight back to the United States on Thursday. After the door closed, due to several aircraft problems including mechanical issues, all passengers sat on the tarmac for more than six hours. With SmackDown set to emanate live from Buffalo, N.Y., several Superstars felt so strongly that they arranged for their own separate charter in order to make it back to the U.S. for the show. Due to unforeseen issues, that charter will not land until after the live broadcast on FOX,” WWE issued in a press statement. The evening saw, among other things, WWE Champion Brock Lesnar quit SmackDown in pursuit of Rey Mysterio on Raw. But above all, what made the show spectacular was NXT dominating the SmackDown roster from beginning to end.The WWE Champion kicked off the show following a win over Cain Velasquez at WWE Crown Jewel. Paul Heyman who entered the ring with the champion went on to say that they demanded Vince McMahon deliver Mysterio to Lesnar following his post-match beatdown on Lesnar. However, McMahon apparently denied citing contracts.Heyman went on to add that Lesnar has quit SmackDown and will be at Raw on Monday.The evening also saw NXT invade SmackDown taking down the main roster and culminating with a match between Daniel Bryan and Adam Cole for the NXT Championship.Here’s what happened on Friday Night SmackDown:WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley defeated Nikki Cross via pinfall after interference from Sasha Banks.Tommaso Ciampa defeated Miz via pinfall after hitting the Fairy Tale Ending.Rhea Ripley and Tegan Nox defeated Fire and Desire via submission when Mandy Rose tapped to Ripley’s modified cloverleaf.The evening also saw Daniel Bryan running into Triple H and Shawn Michaels backstage and challenging Triple H for a match. However, Triple H said NXT champion Adam Cole was looking for a bout, which led to the main event match between Cole and Bryan for the NXT Championship.Adam Cole defeated Daniel Bryan via pinfall following his trademark Last Shot to retain the NXT Championship, with Triple H and Michael at ringside.Following Cole’s win, the entire NXT roster re-entered the ring where Triple H went on to say that his brand had fired a shot in a war started when Raw and SmackDown picked a fight for Survivor Series. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Adam ColeBrock Lesnardaniel bryanRAW First Published: November 2, 2019, 3:18 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Proud parents: Rohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh blessed with a baby girl

first_imgRohit Sharma and his beautiful wife Ritika Sajdeh welcomed a new member in their family on Monday as Ritika gave birth to a baby girl.Ritika’s cousin sister Seema Khan, who is the wife of actor-producer Sohail Khan, confirmed the news on her Instagram account with the caption “Baby girl, masi’s again,” and tagged Ritika in the Insta story.Rohit and Ritika had managed to keep the news of the pregnancy hidden from the rest of the world for quite some time but the Indian cricketer recently revealed that he was going to be a father.Rohit opened up about his wife Ritika’s pregnancy in a chat with former Australia captain Michael Clarke in a promotional video for Hublot.”I cannot wait to be a father; it is going to be a game-changing moment in our lives. I am eagerly awaiting the moment of becoming a father. It will be a moment to change our life,” Rohit told Clarke. Actor Sohail Khan’s wife, Seema, confirmed the news on her Insta story (Seema Khan Instagram)The Indian limited-overs vice-captain even added that his teammates tease him about being a father due to his irresponsible mannerism and his tendency to forget things while travelling with the team.”When my teammates got to know that I am going to become a father, they were laughing at me. They were like you are going to be a father?”The reaction came in because of the mannerism and the things I have done in my previous years. They think I am irresponsible, obviously in a funny way. But I am going make sure that everything changes,” Rohit said.advertisementThe 31-year-old is currently in Australia with the Indian team where they just registered a historic win in the third Test on Sunday to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.Rohit scored a patient 63 not out in the first innings as India hammered Australia by 137 runs to win the Boxing Day Test in Australia for the first time in history.Rohit came back into the Test side after missing the second Test in Perth due to injury.The fourth and final Test between the two sides will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground from January 3.last_img read more

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Messi & Barcelona to star in eFootball PES 2020

first_imgBarcelona and Konami have renewed their global partnership agreement for the Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) franchise through 2023.The announcement of the extended agreement coincides with the unveiling of one of Konami’s biggest annual releases, rebranded as eFootball PES 2020Lionel Messi will adorn the front cover, following in the footsteps of team-mates Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho who appeared on the previous two editions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Furthermore, Konami will be releasing a special Barcelona edition of the game at the club’s shop at Camp Nou. Fans can also vote to decide on the cover.The renewed arrangement also sees Konami become the club’s official esports soccer video gaming partner, with collaborations planned at future events.In April, Barcelona ventured further into the esports market by signing a team to compete in the Rocket League. It already had a team in eFootball.Pro, a PES league developed by Konami and Gerard Pique.As well as teaming up for the release of eFootball PES 2020, Konami branding will appear on the inside and outside of Camp Nou, with the company having access to the Spanish league champions’ players for promotional purposes.Josep Pont, the commercial lead on the Barcelona board, said: “Our relationship began three years ago and this new agreement as global partners is testament to our shared journey, with clear commitment to the quest for excellence and to such common values as effort, teamwork and respect.”It also reinforces our commitment to connecting with fans all around through the esports universe.”Jonas Lygaard, senior director brand and business development of Konami, added: “FC Barcelona has been a loyal and a trusted partner for our company for the last three years and we are thrilled to have them by our side as we launch our most ambitious title yet in the PES series – eFootball PES 2020.”FC Barcelona shares our own ambition for eFootball and together, we shall take sport to new heights.”last_img read more

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Ashley Argota Adopt Your New Best Friend

first_imgAshley Argota has a special costar in her new campaign for peta2, PETA’s youth division: her beloved rescued dog, Annie, who appears with a beaming Ashley in a new poster above the words “Adopt Your New Best Friend.”Ashley Argota PETA PSAThe True Jackson, VP and Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures star’s ad goes on to stress the importance of always adopting dogs and cats from animal shelters and never buying them from pet stores or breeders.“Annie became a member of my family when I was 13. I really, really wanted a dog,” she says. “I told my mom — I was like, ‘I don’t want a party. I don’t need to hang out with my friends. I just really want to adopt a dog.’”Although every moment with Annie has been rewarding — as Ashley says, “No matter what, at the end of the day I know that I’m gonna go home and she’s just gonna show me so much love”—Ashley reminds her young fans that taking care of a dog is a big responsibility. “You have to take them to the vet. You have to get them groomed, feed them, give them water — it’s a lot of work. Just make sure that when you get a dog, that you’re ready for the responsibility.”Not all homeless animals are as lucky as Annie was: Every year in the U.S., 6 to 8 million lost, abandoned, or unwanted dogs and cats enter animal shelters, and more than half of them must be euthanized because there are not enough good homes for them. Every dog or cat purchased from a pet store or breeder takes away a home from an adoptable animal—meaning that one more animal in a shelter will die.Ashley joins a long list of celebrities — including Justin Bieber, Kellan Lutz, Sierra McCormick, Boo Boo Stewart, Daniella Monet, Ke$ha, Pink, and Cody Simpson — who have teamed up with peta2 to promote kindness to animals.Source:PETAlast_img read more

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Tamil businessman gave Tories more than £1m in donations

In March 2014, Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire expressed concerns at the arrests of two human rights activists in Sri Lanka, who had been trying to secure the release of a Tamil mother and daughter.Just 13 days later, the Tories registered donations of £105,000 from Lycamobile, followed by £15,000 three days after that.In the year before Mr Cameron announced the £6.6 million to Sri Lanka, the Conservatives reported donations of £967,000 from Lycamobile and a personal donation of £100,000 from Mr Allirajah.Less than two months before the 2015 general election, Mr Cameron met Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena, who promised to identify land to return to the Tamils. Six days later, the Tories registered donations of £370,000 from Lycamobile.In March 2015, Mr Allirajah attended the Tory ‘black and white’ ball in Mayfair, central London. He got the loudest cheer of the night after pledging £210,000 for a small bronze statue of Margaret Thatcher.When the Tories made the £6.6 million announcement last November, it said the money would be spent over the next three years on ‘reconciliation, military reform and to help people who were forced from their towns and villages during the civil war’. In the year before the announcement, the Tory Party registered donations of more than £1million from Tamil businessman Subaskaran Allirajah and his controversial telecoms firm Lycamobile. Mr Allirajah, 44, is the founder and chairman of Lycamobile, a firm that sells pre-paid phone cards. He grew up in Mullaitivu, a Tamil area in the north of Sri Lanka. He is now worth £160million and is reportedly the 640th wealthiest person in Britain.The revelations come after Mr Allirajah faced scrutiny over claims of tax fraud and money laundering at his firm. The Mail has for more than a month been asking the Foreign Office to disclose exactly how much of the money has been spent and where it has gone, but a spokesman refused.Lycamobile has donated a total of £2,209,712 to the Tory Party since 2011.Some £569,300 of this has come in 2016, even though the firm has during this time faced a police investigation after three of its workers were filmed dropping off rucksacks stuffed with cash at post offices in London.In June, 19 people connected to Lycamobile were arrested in a raid in France amid allegations of VAT fraud and money laundering of at least £13.4million.Lycamobile has previously denied financial malpractice. The firm and Mr Allirajah, who lives in a £3 million mansion with his wife in Chigwell, Essex, did not respond to requests for comment.A spokesman for the Tory Party said: ‘All donations to the Conservative Party are properly and transparently declared.’ (Colombo Gazette) There are now questions about what has happened to the money, with UK aid money since going to the area in northern Sri Lanka where Mr Allirajah grew up. In November 2013, then-prime minister Mr Cameron became the first foreign leader to visit the north of Sri Lanka since it became independent in 1948. He called on the non-Tamil president to set up an independent inquiry into alleged war crimes against Tamil people. And he pledged £2.1 million over two years for a de-mining programme in three districts, including Mullaitivu. In 2009, the UK ceased aid to Sri Lanka for all but humanitarian emergencies after the end of the civil war in the country.But after Lycamobile started donating to the Tory Party two years later, funds were allocated to the country from the conflict pool – a pot set aside for tackling instability overseas.In 2011, the Tories reported donations of £176,000 from Lycamobile. This rose to £250,000 in 2012. In that time, total UK aid to Sri Lanka jumped by more than two thirds to £5.5 million, with £1.3 million coming from the conflict pool. By 2013, total aid to Sri Lanka was £10.2 million, almost £3 million more than given to Iraq that year. Foreign aid to Sri Lanka was significantly increased after a businessman from the country oversaw donations of more than £1 million to the Conservative Party, the Daily Mail revealed today.David Cameron announced last November that £6.6 million was being set aside for Sri Lanka over three years, including help for Tamils forced from their homes during the civil war. read more

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Press sec denies Horwath resignation rumours

A tweet from a prominent journalist Tuesday afternoon lead to speculation that NDP leader Andrea Horwath was planning to announce her resignation Wedensday morning. Rumour had it she would make a run for the job of Hamilton mayor. Her press secretary says the story is baseless.It all began with one simple tweet, but it was a tweet from a well-known media personality who has more than 53,000 followers on Twitter. Steve Paikin, who is from Hamilton and the host of TVO’s current affairs show “The Agenda” tweeted out, “Rumours are rampant that Andrea Horwath is going to announce her resignation tomorrow. If she does, I bet she runs for mayor of Hamilton.”This tweet was then shared by 133 people to their own Twitter followers. Within hours, there were reports on numerous media outlets of this speculative tweet. Horwath’s press secretary Marion Nader reached out to CHCH to address it, saying the rumours are completely baseless.“Andrea is absolutely not resigning tomorrow. She’s looking forward to getting back to work at the legislature, doing the job of holding this government accountable. Making sure people’s voices are heard at queen’s park. Unfortunately this was just a tweet about a rumour. There is no truth to it whatsoever,” she said.Horwath will be speaking at a news conference tomorrow morning at Queen’s Park. NDP officials say it is to talk about how New Democrats are looking forward to getting back to work in the legislature. read more

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Indigo reports Q1 loss grows to 15 million as revenue down from

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Indigo reports Q1 loss grows to $15 million as revenue down from year ago by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 7, 2013 4:25 pm MDT TORONTO – Indigo Books and Music Inc. (TSX:IDG) said Wednesday it lost $15 million in its latest quarter as sales fell compared with a year ago when they were boosted by the success of the Fifty Shades of Grey and Hunger Games trilogies.The book retailer said the loss amounted to 59 cents per share in its latest quarter compared with a loss of $5.5 million or 22 cents per share a year ago.Revenue totalled $171.5 million, down from $186.6 million.“The decrease was primarily the result of the decline in hit-related book sales, higher inventory markdown as well as intentionally higher selling and administrative expenses compared to last year,” the company said in a statement.Excluding revenue from the two hit trilogies, Indigo said revenue was down 1.3 per cent compared with a year ago.On a same-store basis, Indigo and Chapters superstores sales were down 7.3 per cent, while Coles and IndigoSpirit small-format stores were down 13.1 per cent.Excluding the big trilogies, same-store sales were down 1.6 per cent at the superstores and increased 1.1 per cent at the small-format stores.Indigo operates under several banners including Indigo Books and Music, Chapters, the World’s Biggest Bookstore and Coles. read more

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Football Fourstar 2018 cornerback Sevyn Banks commits to Ohio State

BMMMMM!!!!! pic.twitter.com/1V2ZxzMKWB— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) April 27, 2017 Orlando, Florida, native Sevyn Banks has reportedly committed to Ohio State, adding to the team’s haul for the 2018 recruiting class. First reported by Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel, Banks is the first cornerback to commit to the Buckeyes from the 2018 class.Banks, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect, attended OSU’s annual spring game on April 15. He is currently ranked as the 22nd best cornerback in the class, even after a torn ACL kept him on the sideline for his entire junior season.OSU cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs was at Banks’ high school in Orlando on Wednesday.The decision by Banks comes just one day after Georgia native and four-star defensive end Brenton Cox committed to play football in Columbus.Banks is the ninth member to give a verbal commitment to OSU in the 2018 class.Sevyn Banks commits to #OhioState https://t.co/SLvjFhwywr #buckeyes @BanksNiko pic.twitter.com/zddsja7yxC— Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel (@OS_ChrisHays) April 26, 2017 A GREAT day planting flags in Orlando today! #homeofmickeymouseandfutureBuckeyes! Oh & by the way…BM!#lluvthesunshinestate— Kerry Coombs (@DB_CoachCoombs) April 27, 2017 read more

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Fears raised over transfer times for children needing transplants

first_img By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 5th 2017, 7:21 PM A TD HAS called on the HSE to immediately clarify what contingency measures are in place for transporting transplant patients.This is after a confidential report from the chief executive of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin to the board of directors said that current travel arrangements are “unsustainable”.The report – which was seen by Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly and RTÉ’s This Week programme – expresses serious concerns about the viability of travel arrangements for organ donor patients.According to RTÉ, the report points to staffing difficulties with pilots and air traffic controllers as a reason for delayed transport times for patients.It states that the HSE’s National Aeromedical Command Centre (NACC) (which is run by the National Ambulance Service) notified the hospital that staffing difficulties meant “transport of and transport timelines for Priority 1 children called for heart and liver transplants to the UK could not be guaranteed over the Christmas holiday period”.O’Reilly has now called on the HSE to outline what contingency measures are in place for children who are in high priority need for an organ transplant“This is very worrying and the HSE need to outline in detail what contingency arrangements are in place for children who are priority 1 on the transplant list,” she said.These desperately ill children and their families need clarity from the HSE about what arrangements are in place.In a statement to This Week, the HSE said it was “aware of pilot and air traffic personnel issues within the Irish Air Corps regarding the aeromedical services for paediatric organ transplant patients. Consequently, the availability of fixed wing aircraft for such transfers has recently been reduced”.It also said it has “engaged with the Irish Coast Guard and private air ambulance providers in an effort to ensure that contingency arrangements are in place. These services will be utilised when needed and as available”.Read: Citizens’ Assembly chair says balance ‘fundamental’ following criticism from anti-abortion groupsRead: Minister who got job after coin toss to swap role with close ally by August Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 7:21 PM Short URL Share4 Tweet Email Fears raised over transfer times for children needing transplants A confidential hospital report has said that current travel arrangements are “unsustainable”. 4 Comments Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland http://jrnl.ie/3224174 5,985 Views last_img read more

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Press council rules that controversial cartoon of Serena Williams was not racist

first_img Serena Williams reacts during after receiving a game penalty at the US Open Women’s Final last year Image: UPI/PA Images By Stephen McDermott 25 Comments Image: UPI/PA Images Monday 25 Feb 2019, 12:00 PM Press council rules that controversial cartoon of Serena Williams was ‘not racist’ and in public interest The cartoon was published following Williams’ behaviour at the US Open last year. Serena Williams reacts during after receiving a game penalty at the US Open Women’s Final last year Share151 Tweet Email center_img Feb 25th 2019, 12:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/4511704 35,137 Views THE AUSTRALIAN PRESS Council has ruled that a controversial cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams did not breach media press standards.The cartoon by illustrator Mark Knight, published by the Melbourne-based Herald Sun newspaper last September, showed Williams reacting angrily during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final of the US Open.Williams was depicted with her mouth open wide, wither her hands in fists, and jumping above a broken tennis racket and a baby’s soother.An umpire was also shown telling a blonde woman – meant to be Osaka -”Can you just let her win?”It followed Williams’ behaviour in the final, when she received a warning from the chair umpire for receiving coaching from the sidelines before emphatically defending herself and smashing her racket in frustration a short time later.After being docked a point, the 23-time major winner protested and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalised her a game point. Source: Twitter/@damonheraldsunHowever, critics claimed the cartoon showed a stereotype of black women, depicting Williams as an irate, big-mouthed black woman jumping up and down.The Australian Press Council also said it had received complaints from people who believed the cartoon was racist and sexist.In response, the Herald Sun claimed the cartoon used “satire, caricature, exaggeration, and humor” to depict an event of public interest.And in a ruling published today, the press council said it accepted the newspaper’s contention the cartoon was in response to Williams’ behaviour during the match.The council said that while it “acknowledged that some readers found the cartoon offensive”, there was sufficient public interest in commenting on the behaviour of an athlete with a global profile.“Concern was expressed that the cartoon depicted Ms Williams with large lips, a broad flat nose, a wild afro-styled ponytail hairstyle different to that worn by Ms Williams during the match and positioned in an ape-like pose,” the council said in a statement.“The council considered that the cartoon uses exaggeration and absurdity to make its point but accepts the publisher’s claim that it does not depict Ms Williams as an ape, rather showing her as ‘spitting the dummy’, a non-racist caricature familiar to most Australian readers.”It added that the Herald Sun argued that the cartoon was not intended to depict any race or gender negatively, and was drawn in a style that the cartoonist had used over several decades.Knight responded positively to the council’s findings, telling the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that he was “very happy” with the ruling.“I will not be changing the way I draw cartoons because I think I’m a very free and fair cartoonist and I accept issues on their merits and draw them as such,” he said. With reporting from Associated Press. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Jayne: Time to dispense with belief that tax cuts equal jobs

first_img Let’s get this out of the way: The best path for improving your lot in life and reducing your personal income inequality is to develop marketable skills for which somebody is willing to pay.Attaining an education, securing an apprenticeship to learn a trade, building a better mousetrap — any of these can help you get all boot-strappy to increase your income and improve your future.That, after all, is the American way — well, that or winning the lottery. Or so we like to think. But the reality is that the current system is not working for too many people, and in the process that system cannibalizes itself.A year ago, a Harvard University study surveyed millennials — young adults between 18 and 29 — and found that 42 percent of them support capitalism while 51 percent do not support our economic system. In additional to making Alexander Hamilton roll over in his grave, this does not bode well for the future of a system that has served us pretty darn well for about 245 years.But rather than decry this as the inevitable result of an everybody-gets-a-trophy, everybody-wants-something-for-free generation that has produced a collective group of special snowflakes, there is a more productive response. Greg Jayne, Opinion page editorlast_img read more

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Two killed one injured after boiler explodes in Srikakulam

first_imgSrikakulam: Two people were killed and a person was grievously injured after a boiler at Aurobindo Pharmaceuticals in Phydibhimavaram of Ranastalam mandal in Srikakulam exploded here on Sunday. The deceased are identified as Rahul Kumar and Raja Rao while the injured Sanyasi Rao has been shifted to a private hospital for treatment. The blast is learned to have occurred due to excess pressure in the boiler. Meanwhile, the activists of CITU demanded action against the management.last_img

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Despite It All Give Thanks

first_imgWith a little more than two weeks before the 45th President of the United States takes office, there continues to be much gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands here and around the globe.Perhaps for good reason; Donald Trump continues his seemingly naive (and some argue treasonous) infatuation with Russian President Vladimir Putin and recently Trump has begun taunting (via Twitter of course) the dangerously unstable Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un. Without delving into the much publicized details of each scenario, both Trump entanglements could have catastrophic consequences.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)In the words of the venerable Hip Hop trio De La Soul, “Stakes is high.”And the American people seem to have little confidence in the incoming president’s ability, well, to do much of anything competently.According to the results of a Gallup Poll published January 2, less than half of Americans believe Trump can handle several duties and his numbers lag woefully behind former recent incoming Presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.Only 44 percent of respondents believe Trump could prevent major scandals in his administration, compared to 74 percent for Obama and 77 percent for Bush as they entered the Oval Office. Only 46 percent believe in Trump’s capacity to handle an international crisis, compared to 73 percent for Obama, 71 percent for Bush and 70 percent for Clinton. And according to Gallup, only 47 percent of Americans believe Trump will use the military wisely, as opposed to 71 percent for Obama and 78 percent for Bush.Despite the signs, which foreshadow bedlam in the White House, in Baltimore we are forced to confront our own collective madness as we exit yet another murderous year of epic violence.2016 was the second most deadly year (318 homicides) on record, only behind 2015 (344 homicides). In comparison, New York City, with a population of 8,550,405 (more than 10 times the population of Baltimore’s 620,961) had 334 homicides.Further, the population of people experiencing homelessness is burgeoning, affordable housing seems more scarce and Baltimore City Public Schools is reeling under a massive fiscal deficit.Despite of our challenges, the last live broadcast of First Edition for 2016, focused on “gratitude,” and shed light on the vital community work of a group of dynamic leaders, including Ericka Bridgeford, director of training for Community Mediation Maryland.“I am most grateful for the ability to love who I am. You know, being a Black girl from inner city West Baltimore with one hand, I spent a lot of my life believing other people’s perceptions of me… I am grateful for learning what loving me looks like and feels like and I’m so appreciative of who I am in the world,” she added.All too often we fall prey to, `other people’s perceptions of us.’Despite of what much of the world, the national media and millions of non-Baltimoreans (with minds infused with “Wire” inspired fantasies), think about us, perhaps we should pray and meditate on the real strength of our city, its resilient people.There are literally thousands of brilliant, courageous and innovative people who plunge into the streets of our city everyday and do the thankless, hard work that sustains thousands of others operating on the fringes of our communities.The foundation of our neighborhoods are families of every configuration imaginable who hold it down for each other and others, day in and day out fueled by unconditional love.On Christmas Day, I sat down with one of my favorite families, the family of one of my dearest friends, Lisa Respers France. I met Lisa when she was a young reporter for the Sun back in the mid 1990’s (we’ve been friends ever since), now she’s a senior writer for CNN digital. Breaking bread with her family and savoring her mother, Patricia “Ms. Pat” Respers’ food (arguably the best in Northwest Baltimore) and sipping on brown liquor has been our Christmas tradition for a couple of decades. In Lisa’s words, “decades of love, yo.”What a wonderful way to wind down what for many was a disastrous 2016.Despite the good days, bad days and halfway days (to take a line from D’Angelo), we made it out of 2016. And, we have another year, another chance to make things better.So, give thanks.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO, and host and executive producer of, AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 pm.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.last_img
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Microsoft Net Framework 472 released

first_imgMicrosoft .Net Framework 4.7.2 released by Martin Brinkmann on May 01, 2018 in Windows – 5 commentsMicrosoft .Net Framework 4.7.2 is a new version of Microsoft’s .Net Framework. The new version is integrated in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update release; if you run older versions of Windows, you may download and install the new version to update the framework to the latest version.Microsoft released updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 as well as Windows 7 versions 1607, 1703 and 1709.Windows users and administrators may download a web installer or offline installer. The Web Installer is just a small-sized installer which downloads the .Net Framework 4.7.2 from Microsoft servers during installation; the offline installer is a bigger download but it does not require an Internet connection during installation.Download information for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2Note: the downloads are for all supported versions of Windows including Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 on the client-side, and Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 on the server-side.You don’t need to download and install the new version if you run Windows 10 version 1803 as it is included already.Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2 web installer for WindowsMicrosoft .NET Framework 4.7.2 offline installer for WindowsThe offline installer has a size of 68 Megabytes.Microsoft lists new features of the .NET Framework 4.7.2. on this Microsoft Docs page. Here are the highlights:The .NET Framework 4.7.2 features a large number of cryptographic enhancements, better decompression support for ZIP archives, and additional collection APIs.Support for ephemeral keys.ASP.NET Support for same-site cookies.ASP.NET Support for dependency injection in Web FormsSQLClient Support for Azure Active Directory Universal Authentication and Multi-Factor authenticationSQLClient Support for Always Encrypted version 2HDPI-aware applications for Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) can all be deployed by using ClickOnceWindows Presentation Foundation Support for Finding ResourceDictionaries by Source, Finding ResourceDictionary owners, and Finding ResourceDictionary owners.Closing WordsShould you update right away? In my opinion, it is probably better to wait and see if the new version causes any issues before you upgrade unless you need it for work or development right away.I suggest you use the offline installer to update as it is less error-prone and reduces the connections your device makes to Microsoft to install the new NET version.Now You: Which Microsoft .NET Framework version is installed on your device? (via Born)Related articlesBlocking .Net Framework 4.7 installationsMicrosoft releases .NET Framework 4.7Microsoft releases .NET Framework 4.7.1NET Framework verification and cleanup tools for Windows 10Run .Net Framework 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 on Windows 10SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft .Net Framework 4.7.2 releasedDescriptionMicrosoft .Net Framework 4.7.2 is a new version of Microsoft’s .Net Framework. The new version is integrated in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update release; if you run older versions of Windows, you may download and install the new version to update the framework to the latest version.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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HealthMyne Announces FDA Clearance of Imaging Analytics Package

first_imgTechnology | Analytics Software | April 22, 2016 HealthMyne Announces FDA Clearance of Imaging Analytics Package Analytics software package gets FDA clearance HealthMyne, an imaging informatics company, announced 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new analytics software package is designed to provide radiologists with significant workflow efficiencies related to oncology cases, as well as advanced decision support.New image characterization and tracking features are now provided in a comprehensive, quantitative imaging dashboard, which includes time-sequenced Epic EHR (Electronic Health Record) information. The analytics software also offers convenient tracking of a nodule or tumor over multiple, spatially registered imaging studies. This can reveal crucial information about whether the structure is growing, shrinking, or stable.Structure change can be particularly useful in monitoring and/or adjusting a patient’s treatment regime. Importantly, with cancer treatment options continuing to increase in both number and specificity, the HealthMyne software can provide valuable quantitative insight for improved clinical decision-making.Cancer screening programs can also benefit from nodule characterization. As an example, nodule growth is automatically identified by HealthMyne software for patients participating in lung cancer screening programs. This can be an indicator of potential nodule malignancy, and therefore, suggest extra scrutiny.“By automatically delineating the boundaries of a lung nodule (or tumor), our software can make other sophisticated measurements within those boundaries – such as quantitatively describing important properties like size, shape, and texture,” stated Roger Chylla, CTO for HealthMyne. “Physicians can examine these properties to make critical judgements about a patient’s prognosis, follow-up schedule, or how to best treat them.”For more information: www.healthymyne.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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Sir Richard Branson apologizes for Virgin Blues

first_imgSir Richard Branson has officially apologized for Virgin Blue’s recent technical troubles in an effort to appease customers who have been affected by delays. “It’s been a terrible 24 hours with the computer system going down,” he told Channel Seven in Jakarta yesterday. Virgin Blue staff nationwide were forced to process customers by hand following the collapse of the carrier’s computer check-in system on Sunday. This has led to a number of flight cancellations over the past two days and stranded passengers have been forced to put themselves up in hotels. Some Virgin Blue passengers were still unable to board flights last night, leading to a second night in alternative accommodation.Virgin Blue had no flights listed as cancelled on its website at 4:00am (AEST) today. Source = e-Travel Blackboard:C.Flast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Four Seasons Hotels and

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterFour Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Berjaya Okinawa Development Co. Ltd  have revealed plans for a new development on the island of Okinawa, Japan. The project will debut as part of the development’s masterplan as Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa.Comprising more than 40 hectares of beachfront land, the project site is located along the western coast of the island, approximately 50 kilometres northeast of Naha International Airport. The resort will comprise 12 hectares of the project development land area, with 120 hotel rooms, 120 residences and 40 villas. It is expected to take approximately four years to complete with a total development cost of US$400 million and estimated gross development value of US$1 billion.The masterplan for Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa, including planning and landscape architecture, is developed by internationally renowned landscape architecture and urban design firm EDSA Inc; Japanese architects Kengo Kuma and Kuniken will serve as joint architects of the project. Kengo Kuma’s work has been internationally acknowledged and he was recently chosen to design Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games.The vision is to create a destination that portrays the cultural heritage of Okinawa island along with its natural landscape and resources. The resort will be anchored by a resident beach club nestled on the east side, where guests – as well as homeowners – will be able to access the beach. Additionally, the low-density layout of the resort will allow guests and homeowners to access every amenity by foot, bicycles or golf carts. The resort facilities will include an all-day dining restaurant, specialty dining and lounge, retail shops and recreation facilities, as well as public grounds and gardens.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Cheap flights carrier Monarch has announced that i

first_imgCheap flights carrier Monarch has announced that it will be launching new services to Ibiza as part of its 2009 summer schedule.Tickets for the new routes, which operate from London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham, went on sale on Friday (December 5th), with prices starting at £47. The flights will commence on May 21st and operate until October 5th.Commenting on the new Ibiza services, Liz Savage, managing director of Monarch’s scheduled division, said: “The success of our flights to Ibiza over the past two years has been staggering and we are delighted to once again be operating flights to the White Isle for summer 2009.”Flights will depart from Gatwick and Manchester five times a week, while four weekly flights will operate from Birmingham.A recent poll conducted by the airline revealed that people in the UK were still willing to book flights to the Mediterranean despite the effects of the credit crunch.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMyAir adds Ibiza flightsMyAir adds Ibiza flightsMonarch to launch cheap flights to SantoriniMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. You can find more information and advice here.Monarch makes Manchester rock of Gibraltar servicesMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. You can find more information and advice here.last_img read more

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