Using the Channel Mixer for a Better Black-and-White

first_imgCranking the green and dropping the red and blue brings the background way up for a super bloomy look: Cranking up the red channel and dropping the other two brightens up the skintones, increases contrast, and even brings down the exposure on that sign in the background: Much moodier now that the mysterious man’s face is in shadow. If you raise the blue and drop the green, it does a great job of darkening the background between the two men and removing some of that distraction: One example where using the channel mixer in After Effects is particularly useful is with close-up shots of talent. Notice how with the default black-and-white the lips don’t really have tonal definition.By lowering the red and blue channels and raising the green, the contrast in the skintones is raised and you start to see good definition, especially with the lips:The channel mixer in After Effects is a great tool for better flexibility with your black-and-white looks. Get finer control over skintones through the red channel and the ability to re-light shots.center_img Use the channel mixer to create great monochromatic looks that are much more dynamic than a plain desaturation!When working on a black and white color grade in your video editing projects, typically the only tools people reach for are desaturation and contrast. However, there’s a better way to get your black and white look, and to have a lot more flexibility in the final outcome.In this post we’ll share how to use the monochrome channel mixer in Adobe After Effects to give your video a custom black and white treatment.The channel mixer is an effect that mixes the amount of red, green, and blue in each individual RGB channel. It can be a little hard to work with in color, but there’s a “monochrome” checkbox at the bottom, and the black and white controls are a lot easier to use. When you’re in monochrome mode, only the red channel controls work, but you can control the brightness of each channel. With this you can basically re-light the shot. It’s easier to see with an example, so we’ll work with this shot:Here’s the basic black and white look; not bad, but a little bland: Here’s a look at what we can do with a little channel tweaking. Since most of the color in our skin is in the red channel, look what happens when we lower that channel, then raise the others to compensate for exposure:last_img read more

Here is your horoscope for August 14, 2018

first_imgARIESYou are ambitious and creative while achieving goals today. Transactions can be conducted smoothly. You are charming in personal relationships to gain trust and support of your loved one. You may decide to redecorate office or home space to change energy. Lucky number 5. Colour green. TAURUSWith mastery in your craft you integrate resources and forces to achieve targets. You make a new deal or bag a contract. You are into sport, theater and travel today. Goodwill and friendship enhance your social standing. You give good counsel. Lucky number 14. Colour turquoise. GEMINIYou are able to complete projects and meet targets with resolve today. Financial settlements are made and agreements are signed. Learn from previous knowledge and experience to make correct conclusions about business trends. Avoid making rash decisions. Lucky number 4. Colour green. CANCERYou juggle with different situations simultaneously today! It’s a busy time for you as new opportunities develop and you express your creativity through them. You may travel and explore new business opportunities. Beware of interference in your relationship. Lucky number 3. Colour pink. LEOYou are focused in your approach towards growth and success! Stay firm with decisions rather than making unstable efforts to achieve goals. Thinking positively brings back your confidence. When head and heart pull you in opposite directions, listen to your heart. Lucky number 7. Colour blue. VIRGOTender, loving care in relationships brings back harmony and respect. You are skillful to achieve goals despite blocks and disruptions. You have the courage to move into new opportunities and encounter situations. Working with your hands is therapeutic. Lucky number 9. Colour red.advertisement LIBRAYou are presented with an empty canvas to paint your own picture and make a new beginning today! Life offers you an unexpected opportunity to fulfill your ambition or goal. You can decide to live the day according to your own wish. You find love and romance! Lucky number 4. Colour white. SCORPIOYou can be lazy or disinterested due to delay and disruption at work today. Avoid a shopping, drinking or eating spree! Success and gain are on the cards when you decide to rejuvenate partnerships. Relationships need to be enthused with tender care today. Lucky number 8. Colour blue. SAGITTARIUSNew ideas and attitudes are evolving to improve the quality of your life and relationships. Say good-bye to the past and get on with your life. You may be anxious for a short while due to disruption. Adopt new fitness programs and healthy diets. Lucky number 3. Colour blue. CAPRICORNYou are sensitive and creative today but easily thrown off balance by new developments. Your gift of communication endears you to loved ones and intellectual creativity attracts new opportunities. You are caring and concerned in sensitive relationships. Lucky number 8. Colour blue. AQUARIUSHarmonious changes in relationships and easy transactions are on the cards today! There is likely to be alternation of gain and loss in business, weakness and strength in energy, and elation and melancholy in moods. You surprise friends with visits. Lucky number 2. Colour blue. PISCESThings happen quickly and you need to make snap decisions or golden opportunities could be missed. Allow events to happen naturally and relationships to flower slowly today. You are released from restrictions that may have been binding for some time. Lucky number 8. Colour pastels.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Makes 2 Bold Claims About The College Football Playoff

first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum made two bold claims about the upcoming College Football Playoff today.The first one: A one-loss Michigan team will make the playoff over a one-loss Notre Dame team.“This college football committee consists of 13 people and they don’t just look at the first game — they look at the body of work,” Finebaum said this morning. “I can’t pretend to replicate them because I can’t stand to listen to them every Tuesday night either when they go on ad nauseam about stuff that I don’t understand, but the point is that you have to look at what’s happening now. You have to compute that. What happened on Sept. 1 , the first weekend, should not have that much gravity even thought they did play.”Notre Dame, of course, beat Michigan during the opening week of the season, so some would surely have an issue with this. However, it’s tough to argue too much with what Finebaum is saying.The second: Alabama can still lose and make it in – even if that loss is in the SEC Championship Game.“I was fascinated by LSU being at No. 7,” Finebaum added. “We all watched them lose 29-0 at home, they were ineffective across the board and they didn’t drop very far. And don’t forget — LSU also lost to Florida which lost to Missouri, a mediocre team. What does that tell us? This committee values Alabama supremely. In other words, Alabama has a mulligan.“If Alabama loses a game, this week vs. Mississippi State, in two weeks to Auburn or the SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia, I think they’re still getting in.”Will he end up being right? Stay tuned.last_img read more

Learning and Work Symposium for Disabled Persons

first_imgThe benefits of hiring disabled persons and some of the obstacles they face in finding work will be highlighted at the Third Annual Symposium on Inclusive Employment and Education. It is being held on Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 2 in Halifax. The theme is Transition through learning and work: A journey with purpose. The event is sponsored by the Disabled Persons Commission, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and the Collaborative Partnership Network. The symposium is held to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Dec. 3. and promotes a greater awareness and understanding of disability issues. About 10 per cent of the world’s population, or 650 million people, live with disabilities. In Nova Scotia one in every five people live with a disability. “Through jobsHere, the recently announced plan to grow our economy, we are committed to working with employers to create work environments where the talents and skill are recognized equally for disabled persons,” said Minister responsible for the Disabled Persons’s Commission Act Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “We will develop a plan to increase the number of disabled persons in the workforce through workplace training, Internet resources, and co-op placement opportunities.” “This is a great year for human rights for persons with disabilities because Canada ratified the United Nations convention on the rights of persons with disabilities,” said Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act, Ross Landry. “The convention represents a journey for the recognition and realizations of the human rights of all people. The symposium and the collaboration between the sponsors is also about that journey.” The two-day event focuses on the challenges of unemployed persons with disabilities to find jobs and features keynote speakers, panel discussions, a showcase for employers and educators, and workshops. There will also be examples of some of the most successful programs and ideas from around the province. During the symposium the Lieutenant Governor’s Employer Partnership Award for Persons with Disabilities will be presented to honour employers and persons with disabilities that have done outstanding work. “The award is our way of saluting the employers and employees who have gone that extra mile in ensuring that people with disabilities are given opportunities in the workplace,” said Janice Ainsworth, co-chair of the Collaborative Partnership Network. “People who demonstrate a commitment to hiring persons with disabilities are responsible for the change we are seeing in the workplace and a positive change in so many lives.” The symposium will be held at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, 1181 Hollis St. For ticket information, call 902-422-8900 or e-mail bmurphy@teamworkcooperative.org . More details are available at www.idpd.ca .last_img read more

CCD founder Siddharthas body found on river bank

first_imgMangaluru/Bengaluru: The body of Cafe Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha, who went missing two days ago, was found by local fishermen and patrolling policemen on the banks of the Nethravathi river near Mangaluru on Wednesday.A police official said “everything” points to suicide but nothing can be ruled out until the investigation is over. Siddhartha, whose chain of cafes helped make coffee a lifestyle beverage and brought in latte, cappuccino, Americano and espresso into the urban Indian lexicon, was 59. He is survived by his wife Malavika and two sons. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHis body was identified by his friends, said Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil. The body of Siddhartha, who purportedly wrote a farewell letter to the Board of Directors and employees of his company Coffee Day Enterprises and alleged harassment from lenders and tax authorities, was traced after nearly two days of an intensive search operation. The search involved multiple agencies which scoured the waters under a bridge across Nethravathi, where Siddhartha was reportedly last seen on Monday night, officials said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”We have found the body. They (Siddhartha’s family) are making arrangements for the funeral. I will also attend it. I have no words to comfort the family,” Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said in Bengaluru. After the post-mortem at Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru, the body was taken to his hometown of Chikmagalur, where the funeral took place. Thousands came to pay their last respects to the much-loved entrepreneur. A senior police official said, “Investigation is going on. Prima facie everything points out to that (suicide) only. But we still we can’t rule out anything. We will have to finish the investigation”. Senthil said the body was spotted by local fishermen and police, who had been patrolling on the banks of the river. Political leaders condoled the death of the coffee tycoon, who was also the son-in-law of former Karnataka chief minister and BJP leader S M Krishna. See insidelast_img read more

Canadian politicians welcome opportunity to host World Cup games

first_imgTORONTO – The chance to co-host the 2026 World Cup is an opportunity to put Canada on the world stage, politicians said Wednesday after soccer’s international governing body voted in favour of a joint North American bid for the event.Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are all candidates cities for games at the tournament that will be hosted by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.“It’s an opportunity to bring the world together and highlight how well things work between Canada, Mexico and the United States,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said of the bid approved by FIFA, which came amid complex trade negotiations between the countries.Toronto’s mayor noted that Canada had little chance of hosting the international soccer tournament on its own, but will now reap the benefits resulting from its participation in the joint bid.“It really is a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” John Tory said. “This is a good investment for tourism, a good investment for sports, a good investment to put Toronto on the map.”FIFA will select up to 16 host cities from the 23 candidates proposed in the North American bid. Canadian officials have said they will push to have games played in all three of their host cities.Tory said co-hosting would cost Toronto an estimated $30 million, which would be split between the three levels of government, but he did not provide an estimated dollar value for the expected return on investment.A spokesman for Ontario’s incoming premier said Doug Ford is looking forward to the prospect of hosting games in the province, but did not respond to questions about funding.Federal Minister of Sport Kirsty Duncan touted the benefits of hosting the games.“This opportunity will allow the government of Canada to continue playing a crucial role in the development and success of athletes at an international level,” she said in a statement.“Moreover, this event will potentially provide Canadian athletes the opportunity to play on home soil, allow Canada’s soccer communities to grow and inspire our next generation of athletes.”Duncan noted that the federal government has pledged up to $5 million to support planning around the event.Meanwhile, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said she is thrilled the joint bid was successful.“It’s excellent news,” she told the city’s executive committee on Wednesday. “I’m very enthusiastic and soccer fans, and sports fans in general and everyday citizens are very favourable to this announcement. They see great potential.”In Edmonton, Mayor Don Iveson’s excitement was tempered with realism. He noted more has to happen before the Alberta capital makes the cut of host cities by 2020.“Overall we scored solidly in the bid and we know we have the best stadium in the country to host soccer,” he said.Iveson said host cities need between about $30 to $50 million to cover transportation and security costs and other improvement, and that he is looking for provincial money to help support that bid.Canada failed in its lone previous World Cup bid — to host the 1986 tournament after Colombia pulled out as host. That remains the only World Cup the Canadian men have ever qualified for.Mexico has twice hosted the World Cup, in 1970 and 1986. The U.S. hosted in 1994.last_img read more

UN agencies team up with Israel Jordan Palestinian Authority to fight fruit

United Nations agencies are helping scientists, politicians and farmers from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority in their fight against the Mediterranean fruit fly, one of the world’s most destructive agricultural pests.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which works with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on this initiative, termed it a peaceful ‘no fly’ zone.Sterilized male flies are brought in through a military checkpoint between Israel and Jordan in the Arava Valley. The 7 million flies are then transported to the Dead Sea on “the only plane authorized to tick-tack between the two countries in this region where military ‘no-fly zones’ typically rule,” the IAEA noted in a news release.Twice a week, Steve Carrigan becomes the friendly “fly bomber,” releasing swarms of sterile male flies by air to overrun the Mediterranean Basin´s shared Valley. The “Medflies” are commercially bred for birth control; their mating yields no offspring. If left to multiply in the wild, Medflies would wreak havoc on citrus and other fruit, quickly turning crops into infested mush.“We´re using a pest to fight a pest,” said Jordan’s Minister of Agriculture, Mostafa Qrunfleh. “Together with partners, we’re winning,” he added of the project, which has received support from the IAEA and FAO since the mid-1990s.For the region’s agricultural leaders, the success of the Medfly project feeds hopes. “As much as this may sound remarkable, the Medfly acts as a bridge to peace,” Israel’s Minister of Agriculture, Shalom Simhon, said. “We’re working together to protect our shared region.”The IAEA and FAO first helped to set up pilot projects and supply sterile male Medflies to Israel and Jordan in 1998, four years after the two countries signed a peace treaty and related cooperation agreements. The Palestinian Authority joined the partnership one year later, and now has the capacity to adopt the technology. The IAEA funded the partnership for many years, as did the United States, including a four-year, $2.5 million grant. 6 April 2007United Nations agencies are helping scientists, politicians and farmers from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority in their fight against the Mediterranean fruit fly, one of the world’s most destructive agricultural pests. read more

Sri Lankan refugees demand disbursement of monthly assistance

Every month, the family head was given assistance of Indian Rs. 1,000, children above 12 years were given Indian Rs. 750 and children less than 12 years were given Indian Rs. 400. Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu are demanding that the monthly assistance given to each refugee family at a camp in Valayapatti in Paramathi be given to them.The refugees say the monthly assistance was not given for the past two months, The Hindu newspaper reported. Over 2,000 refugees living in the camp for many years staged a protest over their demand. But it was said that they were not given the assistance for the past two months.When the camp inspector visited the camp on Monday, members questioned him on the non-receipt of the assistance. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Wholesale sales up 14 per cent in October StatsCan

Wholesale sales up 1.4 per cent in October: StatsCan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2013 6:45 am MDT OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales rose 1.4 per cent to $50.5 billion in October following two months of weak growth.October’s growth was much stronger than expected, with analysts caliing for an increase of 0.3 per cent.StatsCan says higher sales were reported in five of seven subsectors, representing over 70 per cent of wholesale sales.It says the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector led the growth in October, rising 5.6 per cent to $11.2 billion.This was the largest monthly growth for the subsector since September 2003.Sales in the motor vehicle and parts subsector decreased 1.4 per cent in October after three consecutive monthly gains.Higher sales were recorded in eight provinces, with Alberta, Quebec and Ontario responsible for most of the gains. read more

MINI launches See Inside Manufacturing involvement by announcing Imperial College RD collaboration

MINI UK’s Oxford manufacturing facility recently welcomed Professor Lord Robert Winston and colleagues from Imperial College London as part of a developing relationship between the two organisations to find laboratory apprentices for the plant.Each year the applications for places in business, engineering and maintenance based apprenticeships at the MINI Plant are oversubscribed. However, the specific calibre of apprentice required in the laboratory has been difficult to find. Candidates will focus on chemistry process technology, which includes chemical analysis, paint, adhesives and corrosion as well as material science.Science and Society Professor, Lord Winston said, “The need for better connections between education and industry has never been more important. I am very excited that we are forging a collaboration between the MINI Plant and Imperial College, which will lead to more school children realising how they can contribute to the UK’s manufacturing base.”Speaking on behalf of the Lab, Oliver Wilmore commented, “We hope that Lord Winston and his team will provide the ‘missing link’ and help us to secure the right capability and mindset for future apprenticeships in the lab.”The visit by Lord Winston represents the start of the second year of See Inside Manufacturing involvement for MINI’s UK manufacturing sites. The government-industry initiative underlines the importance of the automotive sector to the UK economy and its attractiveness as a sector offering exciting career opportunities.To find out more about how UK automotive is participating in government’s See Inside Manufacturing initiative through June, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Football Tate Martell will not transfer views himself as Ohio States future

PASADENA, Calif. — Redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell remembers the quarterback room when offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day first arrived, the four quarterbacks Ohio State had on its roster to choose from: J.T. Barrett, Joe Burrow, Dwayne Haskins and himself. After Barrett left, Martell used both Haskins and Burrow as examples, saying the latter spent one summer with LSU and became its starting quarterback for the 2018 season after his development with the Buckeyes. “It just kind of shows what we had and still have in our quarterback room,” Martell said. Martell believes, like the other three quarterbacks in that particular room, no matter whether it was for Ohio State or not, it’s his turn to add to the legacy of that room after his two seasons of development. Martell said Sunday he will not transfer from Ohio State, even with rumors swirling around the Buckeyes obtaining former five-star quarterback Justin Fields, who announced he would transfer after his first season at Georgia. Day, the incoming Ohio State head coach, would not confirm the speculation, saying the interest level to play at Ohio State, with the help of the performances Haskins has had this season, is as high as he thinks it has ever been. But, to put it simply, Martell is not scared of losing the starting job to Fields. “Why would I leave for someone who hasn’t put in a single second into this program?” Martell said. “I put two years of literally working my ass off into something that I have been waiting for and dreaming of having my whole life. To just run away from somebody who hasn’t put a single second into workouts anything like that and doesn’t know what the program is all about, there’s not a chance.” Martell is not naive. If Haskins departs, there will be one spot in the Ohio State quarterback room for the taking, one alongside Martell, freshman Matthew Baldwin and junior Chris Chugunov. But Martell also knows what situation that particular quarterback, whether its Fields or now, is coming into. “Somebody has to come in and it’s going to take awhile for them to learn the offense. I’m just telling you, it’s not easy. It doesn’t matter where you came from or what you’ve done,” Martell said. “Coach Day brings an NFL-level playbook to our offense and it’s difficult. It’s not something that you can just walk in and three months in, you think that, ‘I’m rolling now.’ It’s not that easy, I promise you.” Many thought, with Martell’s resume coming into Ohio State, starting three seasons at quarterback for Bishop Gorman, going 15-0 as the Gatorade National Player of the Year as a senior, that it would be easy for him to leave, eager to get on the field at the collegiate level as quickly as possible. Martell is that competitor, saying that he wants to get on the field, to show what he can do with the Ohio State offense. However, he said his want and drive to play quarterback for Ohio State, to play for his teammates overpowered all of that. “There’s been times where I’ve had to look at it like how long am I actually going to sit here and wait around before I go and get my chance, but at the end of the day, I had to sit there and the reason why I have never left this school after everything I have done and all the work that I have put in is because I love my teammates,” Martell said. “My whole team knows that. That’s why I am still here at this point because there are probably a ton of other schools I could be staring for right now, just look like what Joe did.” Day understands what Martell has gone through this season, but that he has taken advantage of the opportunities he has been given. “I think he’s been very good. I think he understands the game plan like he always does.” Day said. “It’s hard when you’re not playing to constantly do a good job preparing. Even though you’re not getting on the field. It can be frustrating at times, but he’s done an excellent job this year.” While Day served as the interim head coach and head coach Urban Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season, Martell said that was when he began to rotate with the first-team offense, getting some time to mold into what he expects to be next season. And through this, a confidence and a relationship between a quarterback and his position coach continued to grow. “I don’t think there is any doubt that coach Day has a pretty good level of confidence in me,” Martell said. “Coach Day knows what I can do and has seen how far I have come. he has a lot of confidence in me and I have obviously a ton of trust in him. He’s a great coach.” Day’s philosophy as an offensive coordinator and as an incoming head coach has been to match the identity of the offense of the offense with the best qualities of the personnel of the players utilized. Expecting to be at the helm of this offense, Martell said he does not expect much to be changed, saying a lot of the aspects of the passing game and the zone read will remain like it was with Haskins. Martell was actually pleased with the run-pass option Ohio State ran with Haskins, something he said he had been able to grow from. “We are reading the linebackers this year which I was actually really happy about because that’s one thing I had to work on which I have gotten really good at now is the R.P.O. blocking up front, throwing off a backer, which I have gotten really good at just through this year because that’s what we have done with Dwayne,” Martell said. “Now I feel comfortable doing pretty much anything in our offense.” The zone-read offense and run-pass option is something Martell said he has been comfortable with, something that comes naturally: To use his athleticism to go and make plays, something he said will return to the Ohio State offense. Martell has shown that in some cases this season, playing in three of the first four games for Ohio State, completing all 10 of his pass attempts against Rutgers on Sept. 8 for 121 yards, adding 95 yards on the ground and scoring two touchdowns. But, even with glimpses of what Martell could do, he thinks opponents have not scratched the surface of what he has the potential to do. “Just going in there, running a couple plays and not really having the ability to show everything that I want, it’s difficult that I had to do that. But I told coach Day and coach Meyer that I would do anything for this team. I told them that in the middle of the year, I said, ‘Whatever this team needs, I’ll go do it,’” Martell said. “But now, at this point, when I go out there, I am going to go out there and put on a show.” Martell has viewed himself as an underdog his entire life, but he has significant goals for himself while at Ohio State. At this point, none of them are for individual stardom: it’s winning games, it’s a national championship. Those are the goals Ohio State has as well. For the team to get to that point, Martell feels like he should be behind center, not Fields. And if Haskins leaves, that’s what he thinks will happen. “I will,” Martell said when asked if he will be the starting quarterback next fall. “I am 100 percent sure on that.” read more

Gold Mine Cost Report – second quarter 2010 – shows stability

first_imgThe September 2010 issue of the Gold Mine Cost Report, published by ABN AMRO Bank and VM Group Haliburton Mineral Services, examines the changes in gold mine production cash costs in Q2 2010. This issue shows how growth in average gold mining cash costs slowed to 1.8%, to $558/oz, which was the smallest quarter-on-quarter increase since Q1 09. On a year-on-year basis, the average cash cost for gold mines escalated by 18.4%, from $471/oz in Q2 09, down from 21% in Q1 10 vs. Q1 09. This slowdown in cash costs marks a modest improvement in operating efficiencies in South Africa, Oceania and North America, which offset advances in Latin America and elsewhere. However, South African gold mine production remains much more expensive per ounce of gold than anywhere else, with upper 9th decile costs at $927/oz. This is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.The Gold Mine Cost Report is open-access and available directly from the VM Group at www.virtualmetals.co.uklast_img read more

New RFID transponder with large memory and a mobile handheld reader

first_imgSiemens is expanding its RFID product range, Simatic RF600, with new transponders that have considerably greater memory capacities and a compact mobile read/write device. With a capacity of 4 KB, the new UHF RFID data carriers, RF622T and RF622L, enable large volumes of data to be stored on tagged objects as well as facilitating rapid access to them. They are therefore ideally suited to use in distributed configurations for example in the fields of production control, asset management and intra-logistics. Siemens is also launching the new mobile handheld reader, Simatic RF650M. This enables reliable identification of a large number of transponders at a range of up to 3 m. The device is specially designed for logistics and service applications.The FRAM memory technology (ferroelectric random access memory) of the Simatic RF622T and RF622L transponders enables high-speed writing as well as an unlimited number of write cycles. Simatic RF622L is a cost-efficient smart label which is ideally suited to the permanent identification of products. It can be individually printed from a roll, for example with plain text or additional optical codes. In contrast, the robust and hardened RF622T transponder has been designed for fixing to pallets or containers. It can be attached to metal surfaces with the optional spacer. The dimensions of the RF622T transponder are 120 x 30 x 6.5 mm, and those of the RF622L smart label are 90 x 18 x 0.5 mm. With a range of up to 3 m, both offer long reading distances.The handheld reader, Simatic RF650M, features a colour touch display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, a rugged keypad and a large trigger button. These ensure reliable and user-friendly operation. To save space, users can fold down the RFID antenna. The device dimensions of only 147 x 60 x 39 mm mean it can easily be carried in a pocket and its low weight of only 235 g, including the rechargeable battery, allows fatigue-free use over long periods. The battery has a life of up to nine hours, ensuring that the device is supplied with power for at least the length of one shift. Users can also create their own applications for the device based on the Microsoft Windows Embedded operating system. For servicing work, the supplied RFID software can also be used for reading and writing from and to transponders. This means that transponders are easy to read or reprogram for test purposes, during maintenance work for example.The Simatic RF600 range is particularly suited to identification applications in production and logistics in which cost-effective data carriers with a long range are required. Siemens also presented a new reader generation as an expansion to the Simatic RF600 family in October 2014.last_img read more

Defendants How Much are Taxpayers Paying for Prosecutions Media Operation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jan 2016 – Daily press releases. A website where their accusations are posted on a daily basis. A global media relations campaign. These are things that generally cost tens of thousands of dollars a month. And, it’s exactly what the prosecution is doing in support of their case. To that end, the defendants in the high profile TCI probe and trial are publicly presenting a few questions to the mystery group running this public affairs campaign on behalf of the prosecution.“I’d like to know how much this is costing, which taxpayers are paying for it and who is running this operation to make unproven allegations against the defendants in the press?” asked Michael Misick.“If we’re committed to a free and fair process, why are both sides not given an equal number of resources in which to pursue public relations? This, along with the fact that the defendants are denied a basic right to trial by jury are two examples of how the state is stacking the deck against the defense,” concluded Misick.McAllister “Piper” Hanchell concurs, “I’d also like to know who is running this website and if the tax dollars of Turks & Caicos Islanders are being used to finance a media smear campaign against the defendants? We all want a fair trial, but, when we don’t have access to a jury and the state uses taxpayer money to fund a PR blitz against us, you wonder if justice will really be served?” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:McAllister “Piper” Hanchell, tax payerslast_img read more

Man in custody after stabbing in Costco parking lot

first_img March 23, 2018 CARLSBAD (KUSI) — A man was taken into police custody Friday after stabbing an acquaintance in a Costco parking lot.At approximately 2:47 p.m., officers from the Carlsbad Police Department responded to the parking lot of the Costco, located at 951 Palomar Airport Road regarding the report of a stabbing.Upon arrival, Officers found the victim in serious condition with multiple stab wounds.The suspect, identified as Charles Higgins, a 62-year-old male, fled the scene prior to police arrival. The Carlsbad Police Department located Higgins in Temecula where he was taken into custody, with the assistance of Murrieta PD, the Border Patrol and the Riverside Sheriff’s Department.The victim and suspect are known to each other and this is not a random act. There are no outstanding suspects.The Carlsbad Police Department Investigations Division responded and is continuing the investigation. Man in custody after stabbing in Costco parking lot KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

DJ Khaled Donates Clothing To Benefit Education

first_img Bid On DJ Khaled’s Clothing For Charity dj-khaled-donates-clothing-benefit-education Twitter Facebook News Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 17, 2016 – 1:41 pm DJ Khaled Shares Snapchat Tips With Tyler Oakley GRAMMY-nominated DJ/rapper puts up items from his personal wardrobe up for bid to benefit education initiativesRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 23, 2017 – 1:12 pm Channel your inner DJ Khaled — or baby Asahd — for a good cause. DJ Khaled Donates Clothing To Benefit Education GRAMMY-nominated DJ Khaled is selling more than 250 pieces from his personal wardrobe for charity, and you can pick up an item (or more) for your own closet through retail and resale app Poshmark.A portion of the proceeds raised from DJ Khaled’s clothing auction will benefit his Win More Music campaign with the nonprofit organization Get Schooled, which aims to increase high school graduation rates and promote college success. The initiative also provides students interested in careers in entertainment the opportunity to win music studios and production equipment for their schools.Items up for bid include everyday items such as sweatpants and sweat suits, cargo pants, leather bombers, jackets, and shirts. You can also fill up your closet with high-end one-of-a-kind pieces such as DJ Khaled’s pink sateen or light blue sateen suits designed by Terrell Jones and 5001 Flavors. And for your infant, don’t forget to take a look at the Gucci blue two-piece infant suit Asahd wore.So purchase your clothing items to dress for success, DJ Khaled-style, and help students in need do the same.Britney Spears Donates To Louisiana School Flood Relieflast_img read more

Lawsuit Student Told Her Skin was too Dark to Perform

first_imgBy The Associated PressOVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Black student has filed a lawsuit against a Kansas school district alleging she was prevented from performing with her high school’s dance team after being told her skin was “too dark” and would clash with the color of the team’s costumes.Camille Sturdivant also alleges she was subjected to racial discrimination and ostracized after she complained about how she was treated in the Blue Valley School District, The Kansas City Star reported.Sturdivant graduated in May 2018 from Blue Valley Northwest High School, where she was one of two Black students on the 14-member Dazzlers dance team. The lawsuit alleges the team’s choreographer made the comments about her dark skin in 2017, and that the team’s coach was fired because of racial comments she made about Sturdivant in text messages with the choreographer.The Blue Valley school district released a statement Wednesday confirming that Sturdivant showed the principal the text messages and that the coach’s employment ended the next day.The district didn’t specifically address other allegations in the lawsuit, but said: “The District expects staff to treat all students with respect at all times, and any report that this expectation has not been fulfilled is taken very seriously.”Sturdivant alleges she saw text messages between the two when she was given the coach’s phone to play music for the team. The texts discussed how Sturdivant had been named to the Golden Girls dance team at the University of Missouri for the next year, with the coach and choreographer expressing distaste for the decision. The coach also used an expletive when saying she believed Sturdivant was chosen because she was Black, according to the lawsuit.Sturdivant showed the texts to her parents, who showed them to the school’s principal, Amy Pressly. The coach was fired the next day. The lawsuit alleges the coach was also told she could not be on school property or have contact with Sturdivant or any other member of the dance team, but that she was seen at the school and with members of the dance team several times.Sturdivant alleges her family was told the team banquet paid for by parents was canceled, but that she later learned the fired coach and all the other dancers ate together on the County Club Plaza on the same date as the canceled banquet.All the members of the dance team except Sturdivant and the other Black member wore ribbons during their last performance with their former coach’s initials, CL. The two Black team members also were excluded from team photos taken after the event on school property, according to the lawsuit.Along with the school district, the lawsuit also names Pressly, the parent of another dancer on the team and a teacher.Sturdivant is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.___Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.comlast_img read more

Nintendo US server hacked over the weekend

first_imgSony’s online operations are currently on their knees in the face or repeated hacks. But it looks like hackers may be getting a little board with just targeting one gaming giant as Nintendo has now also been the victim of a server hack.The hack occurred over the weekend on one of Nintendo’s U.S. servers. The company confirmed the hack had occurred, but that no user information had been taken.The group that carried out the hack is LulzSec who also performed a serious breach of Sony Pictures’ server last week uncovering a million user accounts. However, LulzSec has insisted via Twitter that Nintendo is not a new target and they just got a config file.The hack came a day before Nintendo releases the first patch for the 3DS handheld which will introduce an eShop, web browser, and free Pokedex for life and free Excitebike downloadable game for a month.Read more at WSJMatthew’s OpinionAs soon as the PSN hack occurred, and the extent of the data theft was realized, both Microsoft and Nintendo should have been reviewing their online security. Did Nintendo do that, or has it just been left as is?The fact LulzSec only got a config file off the server suggests Nintendo is better setup than Sony ever was. However, LulzSec also stated they aren’t targeting Nintendo, so there could be holes there that haven’t been explored and taken advantage of yet.As a gamer I hope we don’t see another PSN-style hack on another console simply because I want to be able to use the online services on each of my machines. At the same time, I appreciate these attempts to hack the system as ultimately it just makes them more secure as fixes are forced to be implemented.last_img read more

Indemnity bonds for better road maintenance

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to ensure better maintenance of roads, agencies that will carry out work like laying of cables or pipelines will have to get engaged into an indemnity bond.An order has been passed for indemnity bond for use of the land of the PWD for laying of optical fibre cable and pipelines. It is learnt that the department has prepared standard format of indemnity bond for use of the land of PWD for carrying the same work.Sources said the agency that will undertake the work will have to “indemnify against all damages and claims, if any, due to digging of trenches for laying of cables or pipelines”. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that the issue related to roads getting damaged within a short period of time for carrying out work like laying of cables and pipelines had cropped in a recent administrative review meeting when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was heading different districts.She had directed to take necessary steps so that roads do not get damaged within a short period of time for such reasons.It may be mentioned that the state government invest a huge amount of money for strengthening and repairing roads. After the change of guard in the state in 2011, the Mamata Banerjee government has ensured smooth roads even in the remotest part of the state in the past six-and-a-half-year.Even 3,300 km roads under the jurisdiction of Zila Parishads have also been taken up by the state PWD for its strengthening and widening. Besides construction of the roads, the state government also needs to invest a large amount of money for maintenance of the same. So, in a bid to ensure better maintenance of the roads, the PWD has taken the step.last_img read more