Creative Inspiration: Best Demo Reels of 2016

first_imgIt’s that time of the year. Let’s look at some of the best and brightest demo reels from 2016, and get those creative juices warmed up for 2017.2016 has been a great year for those in film and video. Cameras are continuing to get better and better (while their old models get cheaper and cheaper). Digital video editing with Adobe’s Creative Cloud (Premiere Pro and After Effects) has made filmmaking more accessible and more powerful than ever. Online platforms and communities like Facebook and Twitter have made increasing video top priorities as the medium continues to grow.Overall, 2017 is shaping up to be even better. If you’re looking to make a professional jump in the next year, this roundup of some of the best demo reels of 2016 will give you the creative inspiration to up your game.Masses CollectiveLocation: Sydney, AustraliaFocus: Cinematography, concerts, fashionDennis MielkeLocation: Berlin, GermanyFocus: VFX, 3D motion design, Maya, Nuke, After EffectsOlha KorzhynskaLocation:Kiev, UkraineFocus: Digital Intermediate (DI) ColoristBewegtbildgrafikLocation: Germany, StuttgartFocus: Motion design, graphic design, animationNaoki Araiza TokumasuLocation: Lille, FranceFocus: 2D FX animation in Flash, After Effects compositingThomas BarryLocation: Swansea, EnglandFocus: Motion graphics, Cinema 4D, 3D generalistCarlos Rojas CuitiñoLocation: Santiago, ChileFocus: Art design, 3D modeling, illumination, compositingmushiLocation: Amsterdam, NetherlandsFocus: VFX, animation, projection mapping, live visualsGiorgos ElefLocation: Thessaloniki, GreeceFocus: Art direction, motion design, VFXScott J. HutchinsLocation: London, EnglandFocus:Filmmaker, director, cinematographer, editor, coloristSanteri PiilonenLocation: Kyoto, JapanFocus: Visual storytelling, motion design and animationIf you’re looking for further creative inspiration, you can always follow our curated channel “The Best Showreels and Demo Reels” over on Vimeo. Stay hungry and get started on those 2017 demo reels now!last_img read more

Nitish seeks suggestions from farmers

first_imgAt a time when farmers are protesting across the country, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday sat down for lunch with hundreds of farmers of the State at a ‘Kisan Samagam’ programme, and sought their suggestions for the upcoming third agricultural road map of the State for 2017-2022. Altogether 699 farmers took part in the programme. Three farmers from each district were invited to offer their suggestions to increase farm productivity. Some of them suggested steps to increase the minimum support price. Others pointed Mr. Kumar’s attention to the lackadaisical approach of the government towards the farmers’ “real problems”. “Why doesn’t a farmer’s son want to do farming? The government needs to think over it,” said a young farmer from Kaimur, Sunil Kumar.last_img read more

After Manipur, Arunachal wants to be unaffected by Naga peace deal

first_imgArunachal Pradesh has echoed Manipur in demanding to be kept out of any “territorial changes” that might be incorporated in the settlement of the Naga political problem.The Central government has been discussing with the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) as well as a rival conglomerate named Naga National Political Groups for a “final solution” by October 31, a deadline purportedly set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.“The proposed agreement between the Centre and the NSCN-IM should not affect Arunachal Pradesh and its people in any way. We strongly oppose any attempt to change the territorial jurisdiction of the State or any kind of administrative intervention in the State while reaching the final solution,” said Hawa Bagang, president of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU).The union has demanded that Pema Khandu’s BJP government should make its stand on the vexed issue clear. It also asked the three MPs from Arunachal Pradesh, all its 60 legislators and political parties to come together for protecting the territorial integrity of the State.The AAPSU’s message to Delhi is based on the NSCN-IM’s vision of Nagalim or Greater Nagaland that would entail redrawing of boundaries to bring all Naga-inhabited areas in the Northeast under one administrative umbrella.The NSCN-IM’s map of Nagalim spreads over 1,03,473 sq km beyond the 16,527 sq km area of Nagaland. It includes much of eastern Arunachal Pradesh. The outfit, as well as rival factions, claim that these areas, primarily Changlang, Longding and Tirap districts are dominated by Nagas.Army and police officials say members of the NSCN-IM, its rival Khaplang, Reformation and Unification factions, have been terrorising and extorting locals in these districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Naga extremists are believed to be involved in the killing of Tirong Aboh, two days before he was elected to the Khonsa West Assembly seat, and 10 others.Mr Aboh’s wife Chakat Aboh won the seat in the October 21 by-election as an independent supported by five parties, including the BJP and the Congress.last_img read more

Pollard scripts dramatic Mumbai win after Badree’s hat—trick,Pollard scripts dramatic Mumbai win after Badree’s hat—trick

first_imgbl14_IPL bl14_IPL Kieron Pollard scripted Mumbai Indian’s sensational four—wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore with a blistering 70—run knock which overshadowed Samuel Badree’s hat—trick in an IPL game here today.Chasing a 143—run target, Mumbai looked down and out with Badree’s hat—trick that reducing the visitors to seven for four in the third over. It was first hat—trick of IPL—10.It soon became 33 for five but the big—hitting West Indian and Krunal Pandya (37 not out) stitched a match—winning 93—run partnership to stage a dramatic turnaround.Mumbai went into the innings break having the upper hand after limiting RCB to 142 for five despite Virat Kohli striking a classy 62 off 47 balls in his first competitive outing in nearly a month.Mumbai, with the batting they possess, were expected to chase the 143—run target comfortably on a batting friendly pitch at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.However, Badree, playing his first match of the tournament, broke Mumbai’s back by removing Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan and Rohit Sharma in successive balls to have the visitors reeling at seven for four in the third over.It was a remarkable effort by the West Indian, considering he picked all those three wickets in the Powerplay. He dismissed Patel and Rohit with a googly, the left—hander handing a simple catch to Gayle at short extra cover while another went through Rohit’s defence, sending the packed crowd into a frenzy.The spinner had the luck on his side too as he dismissed McClenaghan off a low full—toss. He ended his spell with a wicket, sending back the in—form Nitish Rana to leave Mumbai at 33 for five in eight overs. Badreee returned incredible figures of 4—1—9—4.What followed was sensible batting from both Pollard and Krunal. They kept their team in the hunt with an odd boundary but did not take too many risks.The game tilted hugely in the favour of Mumbai in the 16th over when Pollard pummelled Pawan Negi for two huge sixes, reducing the target to 33 off 24 balls.Pollard departed after smashing four sixes and three fours in total, more importantly doing the job when his team needed it most.Hardik Pandya ended the game in emphatic fashion, a six off Tymal Mills over long on.Earlier, RCB failed to capitalise on the good work done by Kohli, managing just 31 runs off the last five overs and lost four wickets.Kohli, out of action for almost a month with a shoulder injury he suffered during the third Test against Australia, got into the groove in no time.After mistiming a short ball off Harbhajan Singh for a single in the second over of the innings, Kohli found his ominous touch.The next over bowled by pacer Tim Southee saw him hitting a straight six and a couple of fours, one was a crisp pull shot and another a whip over mid—on.All this while his opening partner Chris Gayle (22 off 27) was not unable to unleash the big hits he is known for.Though the West Indian did manage to hit a six off Harbhajan, he was far from his best.Kohli, who smashed five boundaries and two sixes, got to his half century by a dispatching a full toss off Jasprit Bumrah for a maximum.However, RCB lost their way after his dismissal in the 16th over, struggling to 127 for five from 110 for one in a space of 17 balls.The opening partnership of 63 runs between Kohli and Gayle turned out to the highest, followed by a 47—run stand between the captain and Ab de Villiers (19 off 21 balls).Barring Kohli, the star studded batting line—up flattered to deceive.The Mumbai bowlers who impressed were Mitchell McClenaghan, Hardika Pandya and Harbhajan, who opened the bowling for the second time this season. SHARE SHARE EMAIL cricket × IPL 2017center_img COMMENT April 14, 2017 Published on COMMENTS SHARElast_img read more

Apple iPhone SE vs Xiaomi Mi 5: Rapid fire comparison

first_imgApple’s iPhone SE and Xiaomi’s Mi 5 are easily among the latest and greatest phones in the market right now. Both the phones are making their respective platforms (iOS and Android) proud in every sense of the word. While rocking the latest and greatest hardware inside, both these phones are pinnacle of design prowess as well. They are small (4-inch and 5-inch) and easy to hold and operate.Here’s a thorough run-down of the Apple iPhone SE and Xiaomi Mi 5.Also read: Xiaomi Mi 5 quick review: This could be the phone of the year Design and build qualityThe iPhone SE looks exactly like the iPhone 5S. It has a similar all-metal build – with top and bottom ends being made of glass — with chamfered edges (and rounded corners), a rear camera module that sits flush inside the body and a front mounted Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The rounded volume buttons, power button on the top, headphone jack, speaker, and microphone on the bottom all stay put in the same position as in the iPhone 5S.Also read: iPhone SE: Everything we know so far There are subtle changes over the iPhone 5S though. The shiny silvery highlight along the edge has been replaced by a smoother matter finish that kind of blends into the whole thing. You also get a colour-matched stainless steel Apple logo this time round. All in all, the iPhone SE follows a dated design – or a recycled one, if you may – but still holds ground for being one of the best designed 4-inch phones ever.advertisementThe Xiaomi Mi 5 on the other hand takes major design cues from the company’s other flagship phone, the Mi Note. According to Xiaomi, the Mi 5 builds upon the original design scheme of the Mi Note. Those unfamiliar with the Mi Note will notice a stark resemblance to some of Samsung’s flagship phones, more precisely the Galaxy Note 5. But, the Mi5 is actually a Mi Note (which came before the Note 5) only done better (in most aspects), a gradual refinement if you may.The company is offering the Mi5 in two options with respect to build material: one with a 3D ceramic body while the other with a 3D glass surface. India gets just the 3D glass surface variant for now.Also read: iPhone SE Preview: Good buy but only for iPhone 5S users The Mi 5 has a body (made of Corning Gorilla Glass 4) that gradually curves on all sides and is joined together at the centre by a metal frame. The font — of the phone — is dominated by an ultra-thin borderless display and a physical home button that houses a fingerprint scanner. Overall, the Mi5 has an excellent screen-to-body ratio thanks to the almost bezel-less screen and a home button that is smaller (in dimension) in comparison to rival phones offered by Apple and Samsung.At 7.25mm the Mi 5 is thinner than the iPhone SE (7.6mm).DisplayThe iPhone SE comes with a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD (Retina) display with a 640 x 1136 pixels resolution. Apple’s latest iOS 9.3 update introduces a Night Shift mode to the phone that ‘automatically shifts the colours in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum’ post sunset.Also read: How the Apple iPhone SE compares with the iPhone 6 and 5S The Mi 5 phone comes with a 5.15-inch FullHD IPS display with a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and comes with key Xiaomi standouts like Sunlight Display which in tandem with the screen’s low reflectivity offers better screen clarity in harsh light situations.SoftwareWhile the iPhone SE runs Apple’s latest iOS 9.3 update out-of-the-box, the Mi 5 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 7.Hardware and connectivityThe iPhone SE is powered by the same processor as the iPhone 6S, which is a 64-bit A9 chip (with M9 motion co-processor for an always-on ‘Hey Siri’). It will be available in 16GB and 64GB memory variants. Expandable storage is not supported.The Mi 5 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is non-expandable.The iPhone SE is a singleSIM phone, while the Mi 5 supports dualSIM. Both the phones support 4G LTE connectivity option.CameraThe iPhone SE sports a 12-megapixel iSight camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture and dualLED (dual tone) flash similar to the one on the iPhone 6S. Live Photos and 4K video are supported. There’s also a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera on the front with f/2.4 aperture.The Mi 5 sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with 4-axis optical image stabilisation, phase detection autofocus and LED flash. It comes with DTI pixel-to-pixel isolation technology and can do 4K videos. There’s also a 4-megapixel (2 micron pixel) camera on the front with 36 smart beauty profiles.advertisementBatteryWhile the iPhone SE uses a non-removable 1,642 mAh battery, the Mi 5 is backed by a 3,000mAh battery (again non-removable).PriceThe iPhone SE has been priced at Rs 39,000 for the base 16GB memory variant while the Xiaomi Mi 5 will cost buyers Rs 24,999 for the 32GB memory/3GB RAM variant.last_img read more

Cwealth Secy Gen meets Sports Minister Rathore

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) The Commonwealth Secretary General, Rt Hon Patricia Janet Scotland today called on Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, here and discussed a wide range of issues.During the discussion, Rathore proposed the idea of a concurrent Commonwealth Youth Festival alongwith the Commonwealth Games.The proposed Youth Festival can be a platform for intermingling of youth of Commonwealth countries in an informal environment which often gets lost in the highly competitive environment of the Games.”Having a Commonwealth Youth Festival alongwith the Commonwealth Games will augment the sports capacity to carry positive messages,” Rathore said.The Youth Affairs and Sports Minister also explained the concept of the Khelo India scheme and upcoming Khelo India School Games to the Secretary General.He also explained to the Secretary General about the success of sports in weaning off youth from militancy in disturbed areas.He gave the example of popularity of football in the Kashmir valley.Both the leaders also agreed to develop the virtual communities of sportspersons and the youth of Commonwealth countries where free flow of ideas will strengthen the bond between sportspersons and future leaders.Responding to the idea of Commonwealth Community Cricket Games for Under-19 youth, the Sports Minister said similar results can also be obtained by having arrangements of training in each others countries.The weather appropriate training schedules in each other countries will lead to long lasting relationships among the young players and will also deepen the cooperation, he said.advertisementBoth the dignitaries emphasised that sports is a platform which brings people closer.The Secretary General also invitated Rathore for Commonwealth Sports Ministers Conference scheduled to be held on the sidelines of upcoming Commonwealth Games in April, 2018 and the Indian Sports Minister accepted the invitation. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more

Virat Kohli retains top spot in ICC rankings after 593 runs in England Tests

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli ended the England tour as the number-one ranked batsman in world despite failing in his last innings while just retired England opener Alastair Cook signed off from international cricket on a remarkable note, moving into the top-10 of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.Cook was adjudged Player of the Match in the final Test at The Oval.The left-hander’s scores of 71 and 147 made him only the fifth man in history to notch a century in his first and last Test matches, and also helped his side win by 118 runs to complete a 4-1 win in the five-match series.This memorable performance lifted the 33-year-old 11 positions to 10th in the latest ICC rankings released on Wednesday.Sunil Gavaskar lends support to Virat Kohli: Not right time to ask tough questionsCook had achieved a career-high ranking of second in September 2011 after he had scored a Test best 294 against India at Edgbaston. This was the same year when Cook won the prestigious ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award.Virat Kohli angry after journalist asks sharp questions at press conferenceThe former England captain has ended an impressive career with the third-best ranking for a retiring England batsman after Wally Hammond (fifth) and Geoff Boycott (eighth). However, he has finished in a higher position than any of the batsmen who scored more runs than him in the pinnacle format.A series of what could have been: Opinions float after India lose 4-1 to EnglandJacques Kallis hung his boots in 12th position, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid both ended their careers in 18th spot and Ricky Ponting finished in 26th place.advertisementVirat Kohli batted like a champion but captaincy raises questionsApart from winning the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award in 2011, Cook was named in the ICC Test Team of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 (as captain).He also made his way into the ICC ODI Team of the Year in 2012, the year in which he reached his career-best fifth position in ODIs during the month of June.Virat Kohli signs off 593-run Test series vs England with a golden duckKohli, meanwhile, had started the series 27 points behind Australia’s Steve Smith and finished one point ahead of his closest rival.Kohli had first reached the top of the world after the Edgbaston Test and then reclaimed the top spot after the Trent Bridge Test. He will now defend his number-one ranking in the two-Test home series against the West Indies, which starts on 4 October.In other movements amongst the batsmen, captain Joe Root has moved up one place to fourth position after a fine knock of 125 in the second innings while other England batsmen to gain in the rankings include Jos Buttler (up nine places to 23rd) and Moeen Ali (up five places to 43rd).India’s Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant have made big gains in the latest rankings update. Rahul has advanced 16 places to 19th position after his knock of 149 and Pant has moved up 63 places to 111th position after his 114 in only his third Test match.Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten 86 in the first innings has helped him gain 12 places to reach 58th among batsmen while he has also moved up one place in the all-rounder’s list to second position.In the rankings for Test bowlers, England fast bowler James Anderson started and finished the series in number-one ranking. After the Lord’s Test, Anderson reached a career-high 903 points. Anderson started the series with 892 points and finished just one point shy of the coveted 900-point mark.Other bowlers to make an upward movement after the Oval Test include Ben Stokes (up one place to 27th), Adil Rashid (up six places to 44th) and Sam Curran (up four places to 51st) all advancing after taking three wickets each.Meanwhile, England have advanced to fourth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings. They have gained eight points to move above New Zealand to 105 points and just one point behind South Africa and Australia, who are both on 106 points with the former marginally ahead on decimal points.India remain the top side in the format but the result has seen them lose 10 points and slip to 115 points.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

She wasnt born this way Toronto performer Athena Reich goes Gaga for

first_imgAdvertisement Though the two performers have never met, Reich has the megastar’s stamp of approval. Gaga herself has tweeted in support of the earlier iteration of #ARTBIRTH, which was inspired by Reich’s own struggle to conceive. That journey is also documented in a Netflix documentary called Vegas Baby, which shows Reich going through in vitro fertilization and eventually getting pregnant with the help of an egg donor. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Reich, 41, fell into the role of impersonator by accident while living in New York City after a YouTube video of her doing a cover of one of Gaga’s hits in 2009 got a lot of views. I’d been a Lady Gaga impersonator for years, and then I wanted to have a family and I found myself single at 36, and I said, “Well, I’m just going to do it on my own. I’m not going to wait for the perfect relationship.” I went to the doctor and found out I had all these infertility problems so I went on this long journey, and it was very difficult with medical procedures and IVF and miscarriages and everything. So it was a very dark time. So basically I just created the show as a way to distract myself … because it’s just this really outrageous, out-of-the-box funny show about bodies and women and fertility and birth. It’s just this perfect hilarious distraction if you’re going through something really dark. Below is an edited version of a conversation with Reich. What do you hope the audience takes away from the show? For Athena Reich, being herself is a part-time job. The rest of the time is spent wearing leotards, wigs and sunglasses while impersonating Lady Gaga. What’s it like being Lady Gaga? “I thought, ‘OK, this could be fun’ and then I just started studying her and learning her music and choreography, and playing at all these parties and events in New York and the U.S., and that’s how it started.” Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement I just want them to laugh and have an amazing good time. Some deeper take-aways are just a love of your body, a release of any shame about it, critique about celebrity culture and fame culture. Those are things it touches upon. It is kind of a feminist comedy because we’re celebrating — but also mocking — all things feminine. It exists in this very strange place of comedy and critiquing things, but also rejoicing in them and silliness. So I hope they just have a really good time and come away more comfortable with the female body and with a little more critique on fame culture. How was the show born? Athena Reich makes up to $6,000 for each appearance as a Lady Gaga impersonator. What’s your favourite part of the show? From birthdays to parties in the Hamptons to corporate events, Reich as Lady Gaga is available for hire with prices ranging from $600 to $6,000. Advertisement I’ve been working for years and years with my own original music and, when you perform original music, it’s new to people so they have to think about it and they have to work a little harder. This was such a counter to that to just go out and perform at an event and … do stuff that people already know and already love. It was a big high and really easy. Lady Gaga is always pushing boundaries so it’s so fun to be her as an actress, to take on her character because there’s no boundary you can’t push with her. Reich opens a new show, #ARTBIRTH, in which she portrays a pregnant Lady Gaga, at the Berkeley Street Downstairs Theatre in her native Toronto beginning Thursday. “People started contacting me and saying, ‘You really sound like her, you look like her. I’ll pay you a lot of money if you do my party,’” she recalled. #ARTBIRTH first ran in New York, but the Toronto version is completely different, says Reich. Unlike the old show, which was a cabaret, this is a full-blown musical with a longer run time and new content. I think my very favourite part is just if you have a good audience and they’re vocal. I’m really hoping that the audience will let loose a little and laugh really loud because my favourite part is having that connection with the audience, and just playing with them and even improvising off their laughter, because the more they give me the more crazy I get. My favourite is just whatever moment happens from the audience giving and being with me in that moment. Twitterlast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,384.59, down 9.36 points)Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down two cents, or 0.50 per cent, to $3.96 on 9.9 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 15 cents, or 1.39 per cent, to $10.63 on 6.3 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up 28 cents, or 1.92 per cent, to $14.88 on 5.8 million shares.Klondex Mines Ltd. (TSX:KDX). Miner. Up 17 cents, or 9.71 per cent, to $1.92 on 5.2 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Down 97 cents, or 3.24 per cent, to $28.99 on 5.1 million shares.Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE). Oil and gas. Up nine cents, or 0.53 per cent, to $17.03 on 4.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO). Bank. Up seven cents, or 0.07 per cent, to $96.51 on 1.1 million shares. The bank is taking over a four-storey space in the Toronto Eaton Centre in a bid to attract the high-tech talent it needs to bring ideas to the market quicker. BMO’s plans, unveiled on Thursday, include an “urban campus” that will take over a portion of Sears Canada’s former digs at the mall and house 3,500 employees when it opens in 2021.George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN). Grocer. Up 37 cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $104.12 on 97,878 shares. The grocery chain launched a multi-year transformation plan in its most recent quarter as its profits fell by two-thirds in a difficult year for the company. The plan, which began in November, includes restructuring the organization and simplifying operations, said Luc Mongeau, president of the Weston Foods division. The company’s fourth-quarter profit fell as a result of special items including the cost of a $25 Loblaw gift card program offered as a goodwill gesture to customers for the company’s involvement in an alleged industry-wide price-fixing scheme. Net income attributable to common shareholders dropped to $28 million (22 cents per share), down from $82 million (64 cents per share) a year ago.last_img read more

Mosquito breeding grounds found in Colombo schools

The Health Ministry said that mosquito breeding grounds have also been found in 48 state institutions and 53 premises under construction.The Ministry of Health has taken steps to issue a notice of warning to some property owners while legal action has been filed on 32 property owners for having mosquito breeding grounds. (Colombo Gazette) Dengue mosquito breeding grounds have been found in several schools in Colombo, the Ministry of Health said today.According to the Health Ministry, 48 schools in Colombo have been found to have dengue mosquito breeding grounds. read more

Greenhouse effect could melt nearly all worlds glaciers says UNbacked report

“The last five-year period of the 20th century has been characterized by an overall tendency of continuous if not accelerated glacier melting,” says the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) 1995-2000 edition of the Fluctuations of Glaciers report, complied with the support of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).”The two decades [from] 1980-2000 show a trend of increasingly negative balances with average annual ice thickness losses of a few decimetres,” it adds. “The observed trend of increasingly negative mass balances is consistent with accelerated global warming.”Analysis of repeated inventories shows that glaciers in the European Alps have lost more than 50 per cent of their volume since the middle of the 19th century, and that a further loss of roughly one fourth the remaining volume is estimated to have occurred since the 1970s, the report states.”With a realistic scenario of future atmospheric warming, almost complete deglaciation of many mountain ranges could occur within decades, leaving only some ice on the very highest peaks,” it says.Since the initiation in 1894 of a worldwide programme for collecting standardized information on glacier changes, various aspects involved have changed “in a most remarkable way,” the report notes.Concern increases that the ongoing trend of worldwide and fast if not accelerating glacier shrinkage at the century time scale is of non-cyclic nature, there is definitely no more question of the originally envisaged ‘variations périodiques des glaciers’ as a natural cyclical phenomenon, it states.”Due to the human impacts on the climate system (enhanced greenhouse effect), dramatic scenarios of future developments – including complete deglaciation of entire mountain ranges – must be taken into consideration,” it stresses.”Such scenarios may lead far beyond the range of historical/holocene variability and most likely introduce processes (extent and rate of glacier vanishing, distance to equilibrium conditions) without precedence in the history of the earth.” read more

Column Patriots not quite at Super Bowl level

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When Patriots players looked around the locker room Sunday, they saw a generally healthy squad. That’s scary for the rest of the NFL.Or maybe not.Unless New England makes some key improvements over the next month — and can anyone doubt the Patriots will, given their track record? — a third straight trip to the Super Bowl will be problematic.In their 27-13 victory over the game-but-outmanned Jets, the Patriots (8-3) pretty much were workmanlike. Given the competition this season from the likes of the Chiefs, Steelers, Chargers and Texans, that might not be enough.Sure, the running game was a major positive as New England rushed for 215 yards, led by rookie Sony Michel’s season-best 133 on 21 carries. And the defence was OK.But these were the Jets, who don’t measure up in any way to any AFC contenders. Things will get more difficult in December, though not terribly so. And in January, unless the Patriots grab home-field advantage in the AFC — they trail only Kansas City by one game and own the tiebreaker — their defence will need to be stout against some high-scoring, big-play offences.Considering the holes in that defence that the Jets were incapable of exploiting often enough, New England has some issues it hasn’t been plagued by during its remarkable Tom Brady-led run since the early 2000s.These Patriots don’t have the look of a team that can avoid shootouts, especially on the road. When you have Brady and Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski — and now Michel — on your side, you’ll score your share of points. They will need to do exactly that, probably throughout the playoffs, to get to the big game in Atlanta.“You’d love to be perfect out there,” Brady said. “The other teams are well-coached and they have a lot of good players, too. When you win, you feel really good. Obviously, a couple of weeks ago, we did everything the opposite of what we needed to do (at Tennessee). I think we’re doing a better job taking care of the ball; it gives us a much better chance to win games. Scoring more points, converting on third downs, scoring in the red area, all those things are really important that we talked about.“We made some plays, there are certainly ones we left out there, but we’ll take it and keep moving forward.”As they move forward, observers’ eyes will be on several areas:GRONK’S HEALTHGetting back Gronkowski is huge. He’s a difference maker even when he’s not targeted because of the attention defences must pay to the star tight end, and the lift he provides teammates. He’s also brittle, an effect of his playing such a rugged game and taking so many massive hits.Other than Edelman and the ultra-dangerous James White out of the backfield, Gronk’s support crew isn’t intimidating. Josh Gordon remains limited and Chris Hogan is solid, but not a No. 1 wideout. The rest of the cast is, well, the rest of the cast.More than perhaps ever in his nine pro seasons, Gronk’s availability is paramount.THE ROADNew England has played three stinkers away from Foxborough; it’s 5-0 at home. Two of those defeats were to now-mediocre-or-worse Detroit and Jacksonville in September. More worrisome are the sour notes the Patriots played in Music City in Week 10.Never before had former Bill Belichick assistant coaches outmastered the mentor. It happened with both the Lions and Titans this year, of course.The Patriots always struggle in Miami, where they’ve lost four of their last five. They also visit Pittsburgh, not quite a palace of horrors — New England has won three of the last four trips to Heinz Field — but by far their most difficult remaining opponent.Of the eight Super Bowls Brady has guided them to, the Patriots never have missed earning a first-round bye.THE DefenceHere’s the great mystery.Other than safety Devin McCourty, a long-time standout who rarely has gotten the credit he deserves, and linebacker Dont’a Hightower, New England appears to lack difference makers. This group is more a collection of parts fit into roles. They don’t get a lot of pressure on passers, aren’t particularly ball hawks, and, far too many times, New York’s so-so group of receivers was roaming free.Doing that against Antonio Brown, Tyreek Hill or DeAndre Hopkins in the post-season — not a good idea.Naturally, anyone who dismisses Brady and Co. has little sense of history. The Patriots of Thanksgiving weekend aren’t great. Check in around New Year’s Day to see where they stand.___More AP NFL: and Wilner, The Associated Press read more

US download speeds ranked at just 26th in the world infographic

first_imgIf you live in the US and think the internet speeds are as fast, you may be surprised to find out that the country is actually ranked 26th in a list of average global download speeds. In the eye-catching infographic below the US (outside of Google’s offices that is) looking like a digital laggard, but who could be sitting pretty at the top?Digital download delivery company Pando surveyed about 35 petabytes (a petabyte is 1000 terabytes) of data from 27 million downloads from 20 million computers in 224 countries, and found that South Korea has the world’s fastest internet service, in terms of download speed. The country averaged download speeds of 17.62 Mbps. Compared to the download speeds in the US, 4.93 Mbps, South Korea is lightning fast.As you can see in the map below, the majority of countries with the slowest speeds are in developing nations in Africa and Asia. This makes sense since broadband access is hard to come by in most African countries. It’s interesting to see that developed countries like the US, France, Canada, and the UK didn’t even make it into the Top 20.You’ll find the fastest internet in the US in Andover, MA, which has download speeds of 22.41 Mbps. However, the fastest city on Earth, Seocho, South Korea, boasts speeds of 33.5 Mbps. South Korea is truly fast. In fact, the only cities in the Top 10 that aren’t in South Korea are Andover, and Bucharest, Romania.Other countries with super fast speeds include Romania, which has the second fastest internet speed in the world at 15.27 Mbps. The other three countries in the Top five include Bulgaria, Lithuania, and Latvia. As China surpasses the US market in terms of PC sales, its Internet speeds are still behind that of the US at just 1.96 Mbps. However, 1.96 Mbps sounds good compared to the speeds you get in Congo, the country with the slowest internet speeds in the world that clock in at 13KBps.The study also looked at data by ISP. The fastest ISP in the US is Verizon internet service which, on average, is 153 Kilobytes per second faster than the runner-up, Comcast. For competing numbers, don’t miss PC Mag’s fastest ISP testing.Read more at Pando, via Mashablelast_img read more

President Trump Underscores USJamaica Relations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, April 10, 2017 – Washington, DC – United States President, Donald Trump, says he looks forward to working with the administration of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on bilateral and regional issues.  The President made the comment during a courtesy call paid on him by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, at the Oval Office in the White House.During their discourse, Mr Trump and Ambassador Marks underscored the strong longstanding bond of friendship between the people Jamaica and the United States of America, while noting the island’s contribution in many spheres of American life.Ms Marks said she looked forward to working with the President in the interest of both countries, and highlighted the synergies of the US-Caribbean nexus cementing the relationship between the nations.  The Ambassador, in noting the President’s agenda of providing more trading opportunities for US companies, called attention to the significant trade surplus the North American country enjoys in the Caribbean.She highlighted the fact that the region is the United States’ seventh largest trading partner, importing non-oil goods and services valued over US$50 billion.  This, she said, placed the region ahead of U.S. exports to comparatively larger economies such as Russia and India combined.Ms Marks further noted the mutual benefit and alignment of interest for the continued stability and economic growth of the Caribbean which she described as the United States’ ‘third border’.  The Jamaican envoy also took the opportunity to invite President Trump to visit Jamaica in his official capacity.#USJamaicaRelations Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#USJamaicaRelationslast_img read more

Weather Eye Soggy weather may dry out by the weekend

first_imgRain? Yes, it is in the forecast this week. Good news? Maybe Saturday will turn out dry. How’s that?The storm over the weekend was a doozy in Puget Sound, with high winds. Guess we live in the banana belt. It has been quite a while since we had a windstorm. No windstorms are heading our way, just more rain and showers.The Cascades picked up a good shot of snow, with Government Camp reporting nine inches on the ground early Monday. However, higher freezing levels had turned the snow into rain by Monday evening.Some rain was expected to fall higher up on the mountain at Timberline but change back to snow later on. At least we are getting an early start on the snow season this November. I still believe as the Thanksgiving holiday arrives, there will be lots of mountain snow and the ski season will be underway.Lots of very cold air from the north is expected to dump into the Gulf of Alaska next week at this time and will likely spawn some good storms, with windy and wet conditions and mountain snow. If the cold air were to flow further east, we would get quite chilly but dry. So our first battle of the air masses is arriving soon. Stay tuned to see how things go.I know we’re only a few days into November but rain-wise we are running close to normal as of 5 p.m. Monday. The average mean temperature is also about average at 49.5 degrees — nothing too exciting so far. But as I have indicated, I think the last half of the month will be worth writing home about.last_img read more

January Designated As Human Trafficking Awareness Month

first_imgIn a proclamation issued on December 29,  President Trump announced that it is time for the U.S. to “recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslavement.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-January-as-human-trafficking-month.mp3VmJennifer-on-January-as-human-trafficking-month.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享President Donald Trump designated January 2018 as  “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.” According to the proclamation, an estimated 25 million people are currently victims of human trafficking for both sex and labor. January 11 is the Blue Campaign’s “Wear Blue Day”, a day where you can all pledge solidarity with victims of human trafficking and raise awareness. The Blue Campaign is the unified partnership for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations. President Trump: “This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality.  We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.”last_img read more

Theres About To Be A New Kenai Joes In Town

first_imgAccording to Gilman after some minor renovations to the current building they plan to have Kenai Joe’s Taphouse open and operational within the next month. One thing that will remain the same, the name. In keeping with tradition the location will be named ‘Kenai Joe’s Taphouse’. Gilman “We really had to keep the Kenai Joe’s name when cool bar that’s been open for over 80 years, you really want to preserve that history, and we intend to do that.” Joe Gilman with Kenai River Brewing Company: “I’m not sure if we chose Joe’s or if Joe’s chose us. But, the opportunity came up to buy Joe’s and we love the location, the view, and the community. We want to bring what we’ve created in Soldotna into Kenai. Which is a laid back atmosphere with music, cocktails, and of course great food.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The oldest bar in Kenai has a new owner. Kenai River Brewing Company made the announcement that they have acquired the popular dive bar with some ambitious goals ahead of them for the historic location.center_img Kenai Joes, located in Old Town Kenai, overlooks the mouth of the famous Kenai River, and is well known for being the oldest bar in town. Established in 1935, the bar’s original layout has remained mostly unchanged, except for some minor maintenance over the decades. Gilman: “We will operate ‘as is’ while we complete construction of the kitchen, and hopefully in the fall open the kitchen up for full service. We will be expanding the menu from what we offer at the brewery, but at the same time keep it affordable and casual.”last_img read more

FEEDBACK WANTED Library Asks Residents To Take Short Survey

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — As part of its strategic planning process, the Wilmington Memorial Library is seeking community feedback regarding library services. Please take a few moments to complete this brief survey which should take only five minutes. The survey is live through March 17.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: How To Talk To The Other Side on Sept. 10; Classical Music Concert on Sept. 12In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: FREE Bach, Beethoven, & Brahams Concert On Sept. 12In “Community”Wilmington Memorial Library Receives $7,500 Federal Grant To Provide Programs On Healthy AgingIn “Community”last_img read more