CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – SEPTEMBER 25: The Virginia Cavaliers play host to the Syracuse Orangemen during NCAA football at Scott Stadium on September 25, 2004 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)A major college football program’s players are reportedly refusing to speak to the media this week.Virginia’s players have reportedly made a decision to not speak with reporters in anticipation of this weekend’s rivalry game.The Cavaliers’ reporters were reportedly informed of the decision today.“We’ve just been told that #UVA’s players won’t be available to the media this week. The players were given the choice and they opted to not do interviews. Not a great look from an ACC program during rivalry week,” a beat reporter tweeted.We’ve just been told that #UVA’s players won’t be available to the media this week. The players were given the choice and they opted to not do interviews. Not a great look from an ACC program during rivalry week.— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) November 19, 2018Virginia is set to play Virginia Tech on Friday.Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC.
Team India security upped in West Indies after hoax security threatBCCI had reportedly received a mail about potential security threat to the Indian team which is in West Indies on Sunday.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service AntiguaAugust 19, 2019UPDATED: August 19, 2019 10:17 IST India won the ODI and T20I series in West Indies (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSIt was a hoax and all things are in order: BCCI functionaryIndia are currently playing a 3-day practice match in AntiguaIndia begin World Test Championship campaign from ThursdayThe Indian team currently playing in the Caribbean Island has been given additional security after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) received a hoax message that cited Virat Kohli and boys were in danger and their movements were being monitored.Speaking to IANS, a senior board functionary said that while there was a hoax call on the lines, there is no truth to it. Despite that, the Indian team has been given additional security.”It was a hoax and all things are in order. The Indian team has been provided with an additional pilot vehicle and the Indian High Commission informed the Antigua government on the same just as a precautionary measure,” the functionary explained.India just finished playing the three-match ODI series in the West Indies after playing a T20I series against them where the first two games were played in Florida and the last game was in the West Indies.The players are currently playing a warm-up game as the Test series will start from Thursday and will also mark the start of India’s journey in the inaugural World Test Championship. Skipper Kohli is very excited about the WTC and feels that India have a good chance of winning the tournament two years down the line.”It (the WTC) is very exciting. I think it’s happening at the right time for Test cricket. Although you are going to play a bilateral series, the meaning and importance are way more. You have to plan for every series. I was excited about something of this sort and now it’s coming to life,” he said.advertisementAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India tour of West IndiesFollow BCCIFollow India national cricket team
Next I’ll get many more medals for this country: PV Sindhu returns home after historic triumphPV Sindhu returned back after becoming the first Indian to win a BWF World Championships gold medal when she made light work of a challenge from higher-ranked Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles final on Sunday.advertisement Asian News International New DelhiAugust 27, 2019UPDATED: August 27, 2019 12:28 IST PV Sindhu became the first Indian to win a World Championships gold medal. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren RijijuSindhu became the first Indian to win a World Championships gold medal by defeating Japan’s Nozomi OkuharaAfter her win, Sindhu arrived in India early Tuesday morning and was seen thanking fans for their supportAfter winning a gold medal at the BWF World Championships, shuttler PV Sindhu will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju today.After her win, Sindhu arrived in India early Tuesday morning and was seen thanking fans for their support and said that she wished to win “many more medals for the country.””I wish I’ll get many more medals for this country. I would like to thank all my fans. It is because of their blessings and love that I am here today,” she told ANI at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.”A great moment for me. I am really very proud to be an Indian,” she added.Sindhu became the first Indian to win a World Championships gold medal by defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in the finals of the tournament on Sunday.On Monday, she took to Twitter to express her emotions and feelings after achieving the feat and said that she failed to hold back her tears while witnessing the Indian flag go up on the venue amidst singing of the National anthem.”I could not hold back my tears when I saw the Indian flag and heard the National anthem playing. Words can’t express my feelings about yesterday’s win at the World Championship,” she tweeted.The 24-year-old further stated that she had been preparing for so long and thanked her parents, coaches, and trainer for the victory.Also Read | World Championships gold will give PV Sindhu confidence for Tokyo Olympics: Abhinav BindraAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Nozomi OkuharaFollow World Badminton Championships
The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America You Should Read Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life It’s getting to be nice and crispy outside around most of America, the perfect season for sweatshirts. As much as we love the raggedy one we have had since college, it’s good to invest in something new that your date won’t be embarrassed to be seen with you wearing. That is where the new company, Ace Rivington comes into play.We love that the company only makes sweatshirts (for now!) and has been working on the feel and fit for some time. In fact, they aren’t just sweatshirts but ‘Homespun French Terry Sweatshirts” thank you very much. Made in Los Angeles, they are constructed of super soft fabric with superior construction. As the founder Beau Lawrence told us, “This sweatshirt is sophisticated enough to fly around the world – and comfortable enough to make it worth the trip.”Launched on Kickstarter in January of 2014, Ace Rivington is a clothing company based on a character – Ace Rivington. He’s the embodiment of today’s American man, an independent blend of the vintage and modern that’s always in style. The grandson of a barnstormer, Ace learned to fly at age 12 by piloting a beat up sea plane around Alaska. Today, he flies all over the world as a private jet pilot. But the brand isn’t just about Ace’s style, it’s also about his adventures.Beau Lawrence, Founder and President of Ace Rivington, has over 17 years of experience working in design and development of men’s jeanswear. The former Director of Product Development at Guess and VP of Design and Merchandising at Neff Headwear, Lawrence ventured out on his own in November of 2013. I launched this brand based on a unique fabric, a dream and a pilot’s story. “When I came across it, all I could think was that I wanted to live in this fabric.” Within weeks of finding the fabric, he quit his job, incorporated the brand, made his first prototype and launched on Kickstarter. With overwhelming interest and support, Ace Rivington was successfully funded at over 200% of goal, raising over $60,000 in 34 days.Truly a brand with a story, each seasonal catalog will have a destination theme that will include a travel guide as well as timeless designs inspired by the location.As for the Feel Good Friday angle, social responsibility is very important for the brand and they wanted to partner with a non-profit that resonated with them and had to do with aviation. Mending Kids International was a perfect fit.The collection will be available both in the catalog online, and in select specialty, boutiques, starting with Fred Segal Man in Santa Monica where they launched in late August 2014. Editors’ Recommendations
zoom Mermaid Marine Australia Limited (MMA) has confirmed that it has now completed the acquisition of all the subsidiaries of Jaya Holdings Limited.The acquisition adds 27 modern offshore vessels to MMA’s fleet as well as two strategically located onshore facilities in Singapore and Batam, Indonesia.In line with MMA’s five year strategy, the acquisition expands the company’s geographic reach, provides the company with immediate scale into the South East Asian, African and Middle Eastern markets, increases MMA’s exposure to high specification vessel classes (including 6 high specification new builds currently under construction) and enhances MMA’s integrated business model.In close cooperation with Jaya’s management and staff, MMA has developed a detailed integration plan to swiftly and effectively integrate Jaya’s operations with its own.MMA Managing Director, Jeff Weber said: “The Jaya acquisition represents the realisation of a number of the strategic goals we set for ourselves as a company in 2011/2012. It is with great excitement and confidence that we start this new phase in MMA’s development as a major international offshore oil and gas service provider.” June 5, 2014
MSC Seaside is the first of the two cruise vessels ordered by Switzerland’s MSC Cruises from Fincantieri.With a gross tonnage of 154,000 tons, the ship is 323 meters long and 41 meters wide. It will be able to carry 5,179 passengers and 1,413 crewmembers. MSC Seaside is the largest ship so far built in Italy, according to Fincantieri.Its sister ship, MSC Seaview, is slated for delivery in June 2018, according to data provided by VesselsValue.With the addition of these new ships, the company’s already investment plan will now account for 12 new ships to be built by 2026, for an overall investment of EUR 10.5 billion.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: MSC Cruises, Fincantieri MSC Cruises has formalized the order this afternoon with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of two Seaside Evo Class ships, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, Pierfrancesco Vago, announced.As informed, the ships will be completed in 2021 and 2023, respectively. The said ships will entail a further investment of EUR 1.8 billion, taking the company’s investment at Fincantieri to EUR 3.5 billion, Vago said.“Fincantieri and MSC cruises have reached an understanding for the construction of two new cruise ships, evolutions of those of the Seaside class,” Fincantieri confirmed.Seaside EVO ships will have greater dimensions, more cabins, and will be hosting up to 5,646 passengers.The ships will be equipped with the latest advanced environmental technology, including a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, an advanced active emissions control technology system, exhaust gas cleaning (EGC) technology to meet the strictest exhaust regulations in port and in operating areas; state-of-the-art waste management and recycling systems; advanced water treatment systems and, an advanced energy and heat recovery system, Fincantieri said.The contract signing ceremony took place as part of the MSC Seaside’s delivery hosted by the shipyard today in Trieste.“MSC Seaside coming into service marks another key milestone in the history and future of our company, but she also embodies a pivotal moment for the industry. In fact, she is the first ship of the fifth new prototype that we bring into service and introduces a wholly-innovative product that sets a new standard for the industry to follow,” Vago said.“As we are nearing the end of 2017, we can look back on a year when we enjoyed unprecedented capacity growth. With two of the more innovative new ships in the industry having come into service in the past six months and now with the addition of two Seaside EVO ships to our investment plan, we are now even better positioned to further extend our global footprint. We are expecting the delivery of at least one new ship each year through 2026, with six to have come into service between 2017 and 2020. ”
Advertisement Facebook Two of four Canadians to win the 2016 Artist of Choice award from the Kevin Spacey Foundation are from Vancouver.The KSF Artist of Choice award offers a grant of $10,000, along with mentorship and professional guidance, for artists and companies working in theatre, dance, film, or musicals. Each year, 12 recipients are chosen, four each from the U.K., the U.S. , and Canada.Filmmaker Mary Galloway and her production company Bright Shadow Productions won the award for her forthcoming short film “Unintentional Mother”. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The film, set in the 1970s, explores the dilemma of a young aboriginal nanny forced to choose between running away from her abusive father or remaining as a loyal nanny.Galloway, who is from Qualicum Beach and is Coast Salish, previously wrote, produced, and starred in the 2016 short film “Ariel Unraveling”, which received BravoFACT and Creative BC awards. Twitter
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“In other words, our sentiment is: before it gets better it may get worse,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Staffan de Mistura told the Security Council, noting that the combined activity by the Afghan and international forces is intensifying and showing results.“At the same time, we are detecting from the anti-Government elements an attempt to show some spectacular attacks in order to diversify the feeling of a change of momentum. What does it mean? That we should be ready, I’m afraid, for the next few months for some tense security environment.”Mr. de Mistura was briefing the Council on Mr. Ban’s latest report, which noted that conditions for reconciliation in Afghanistan are becoming more favourable and that there may soon be a real opportunity for a political dialogue leading to a settlement. The Special Representative, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), gave his assessment of September’s parliamentary elections and the final certification of the results three weeks ago, which the Council welcomed.“The Security Council members reiterated that the elections which have been carried out under difficult security conditions under full Afghan ownership constitute an important milestone in the vital political process in Afghanistan,” it said in a press statement following the briefing.In his report Mr. Ban noted that the electoral process was far from flawless but he commended the Afghan electoral institutions their independence and integrity and for having accomplished the logistical feat of organizing such a complicated operation in a difficult political, security and geographic environment. 22 December 2010In the face of increased successes by international forces and the national army in Afghanistan, the Taliban may attempt spectacular attacks in the coming weeks, the top United Nations envoy in the country warned today.
After conducting an evaluation mission last month to assess the security situation in the Masisi territory in North Kivu province, located in the country’s east, the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) reported that there has been a significant increase in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the Kilimani, Kalinga, Lushebere and Bihito camps in Masisi.“Currently, 20,700 IDPs are living in the four camps, and 8,000 others have settled in an additional camp in central Masisi,” MONUSCO noted on its website. “In addition, a large number of other IDPs are living with host families and in other public sites. All have to deal with the hostility of the local communities who suspect them of having links with the armed groups.”“Violence and harsh living conditions are the daily lot of those IDPs,” the peacekeeping mission added. “At long last they were able to receive their first food assistance on 30 December when trucks finally arrived after two-week drive on very difficult roads.”MONUSCO pledged to step up its presence in Masisi with peacekeepers from its brigade in North Kivu. The peacekeeping operation has 6,700 and 4,000 troops in the provinces of North and South Kivu, respectively. North Kivu alone is four times the size of Belgium.Since September, central Masisi has witnessed a surge in the number of ethnic-related incidents. According to MONUSCO, at the heart of the conflict are two main groups: various armed groups allied with ethnic Hutus and other ethnic Hunde armed groups such as the Mai Mai Nyatura, the Alliance patriotique pour un Congo libre et souverain, the Forces Démocratiques Congolaise, the Maï Maï Kikokota and the Maï Maï Rahiya Mutomboki.The violence reached its peak between 3 and 29 November with attacks against the Shoa, Buabo, Banyungu, Biiri in central Masisi and Kihuma localities, leaving 40 dead. Minor incidents have since continued to be reported in the region. The problem of armed groups in the eastern DRC has been a long-running one for many years, most recently throughout 2012, when – in addition to the activities of other armed groups – fighters from the 23 March Movement (M23) occupied the Goma, the capital of North Kivu.The M23 – made up of former national army troops who mutinied in April and named after a 23 March 2009 peace agreement that they reportedly say has not been implemented – entered the city on 19 November, after an advance that included clashes with the DRC armed forces.Amidst widespread condemnation and calls for their withdrawal, they pulled out from the city of one million after 11 days in accordance with requirements laid out by a regional inter-governmental organization, and monitored by some of the 1,500 MONUSCO peacekeepers in the city.
Finally, after a seismic NBA free-agency stretch that was like nothing we’ve ever seen before, things have quieted down, and all the moving and shaking has just about ceased. This is the calm before the storm; one in which a wide array of teams may feel they have a shot at winning an NBA title.With all this in mind, we pieced together four questions that lie ahead for a handful of teams before the league goes into its late-summer slumber.Will the Warriors have enough defense?Losing Kevin Durant was an obvious blow for Golden State, but even if you set aside his departure, you could intelligently argue that the club lost its heart and soul this summer.This isn’t a reference to Andre Iguodala alone. (Though some would make the claim that he is — or at least was — that vital all by himself.) Instead, it’s more a nod to the smothering style of defense the Warriors figure to lose without him, Shaun Livingston and, to some extent, Durant.Simply put: It’s not clear if Golden State will be elite again on the defensive side of the ball without the versatility, speed, synchronization and smarts they once enjoyed. The Warriors will always be known for their incredible perimeter shooting. But what was often lost was their ability to repeatedly pull off ridiculous comebacks because of their defense, which exposed other teams’ inability to play small.There were signs that the “Death Lineup” was beginning to lose steam throughout this past season, something that became apparent as Iguodala (and even more so with Livingston) were growing older and slowing down. But there will be a steep learning curve this season with so many new faces on the team — especially without the rehabbing Klay Thompson in the lineup for months.Golden State, which ranked No. 1 in defensive efficiency in 2014-15 — the first season of their five consecutive trips to the NBA Finals — has since finished sixth in 2015-16, second in 2016-17, No. 11 in 2017-18 and No. 11 in 2018-19. And by plugging in D’Angelo Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein,1A player who was a beast defensively in college, but hasn’t come anywhere near that level on D at the pro level yet. it wouldn’t be all that surprising if the Warriors fall into the bottom third of the league defensively.There are some potential upsides to this, of course. Former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green could view this situation — critics counting the Warriors out now, the lack of standout defenders around him2With the exception of Thompson when healthy and center Kevon Looney, and his upcoming free agency3If he doesn’t sign an extension this summer — as a personal challenge. And if the Warriors do end up being lackluster on D, it could make for some fun shootouts.But on some level, it really does feel like the engine that once made this team unbeatable — their suffocating defense — has been replaced with one that simply doesn’t have the same gears.How will the Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon gamble play out?There will understandably be considerable attention surrounding Brooklyn and possibly Philadelphia out East heading into the regular season, but it will be intriguing to see how the Bucks fare following their 60-win season. Going into the summer, we knew that Milwaukee was going to be doing damage control in free agency, with Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, Brook Lopez and Nikola Mirotic all hitting the market.The club batted .500 in terms of retention, losing Brogdon4While getting a first-round pick protected in the top-14 from 2020 to 2025 and two future second-rounders from Indiana — an admittedly decent consolation, but not one that figures to move the needle considering this team needs to win now in hopes of convincing Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign a long-term extension. — a restricted free agent the Bucks could’ve kept had they been willing to go into the luxury tax — and Mirotic (to Europe) while maxing out Middleton and hanging onto Lopez.How successful this summer was for Milwaukee will ultimately come down to whether the Bucks can take the next step, and much of that is rooted in the team’s guard play. Brogdon was solid as could be, and now will hand the reins fully to inconsistent playoff performer Eric Bledsoe5Whose postseason true-shooting percentage numbers have now dropped from 62 percent and 55 percent in 2012 and 2013 to 51 percent and just 49 percent in 2018 and 2019, respectively. and 33-year-old George Hill, who was impressive in the postseason. Surrounding Giannis Antetokounmpo with catch-and-shoot threats like Kyle Korver and Wes Matthews6Milwaukee would be wise to tell Matthews that posting up isn’t allowed after how that went last season, when he shot 39 percent from 2-point range. could also help, as could Robin Lopez, Brook’s long-haired twin brother, who will make an impact defensively and on the glass.Of course, Giannis could render much of this moot if he makes another leap this season. (Shooting more consistently from three — which he showed glimpses of after New Year’s — would be one way of accomplishing this.) Still, Brogdon’s ability to handle, defend, shoot and create competently was really integral to this team. It remains to be seen whether the Bucks can replace enough of those things piecemeal with this new roster, but it certainly feels like a lot could be riding on the answer to that key factor.The Thunder are still kind of interesting. But are they a playoff team?There’s no question that this has been a tough offseason for Thunder fans to swallow, even if it was relatively clear that the Russell Westbrook-and-Paul George-led team wasn’t going anywhere.The franchise has cashed in its stagnant present for a future full of first-round picks, yet still has a lot of talent left on the roster, including a 34-year-old Chris Paul (with a contract that could age like a used diaper); Danilo Gallinari; Steven Adams; and talented guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.Understandably, most have written off Oklahoma City for this coming season now that the rebuild is just about in full-swing with George and Westbrook out the door. But people shouldn’t mistake that the team can’t compete on the court — at least not yet.Yes, the wheels may come all the way off health-wise if Paul and Gallinari log heavy minutes (it seems a safe bet that one or both won’t finish the season on the Thunder roster). But it’s also not inconceivable in the slightest that OKC’s new core could make an unlikely run at a playoff spot. The team, deficient in shooting for the longest time, now has some perimeter threats. Turnovers will decrease by swapping Westbrook for Paul. The club’s defense could also take a step forward with the new cast and by bringing back Andre Roberson, one of the league’s premier stoppers before getting injured and missing all of last year.This isn’t a suggestion that the Thunder will be better. They probably won’t be. But our current projections have them finishing 41-417Surprisingly better than both the Blazers and the Spurs, who made the playoffs last season. — a mark that would leave them just two games out of the projected No. 8 spot out West (while getting them into the East playoffs somewhat comfortably). So while few, if any, would give OKC a chance of reaching the playoffs in the crowded West, crazier things have happened. Until the club sells off more parts, there’s still enough talent.Will the Pistons’ smaller moves make up for the bigger one that didn’t happen?No, Detroit didn’t land Westbrook via trade. But even without the former MVP — who would’ve clogged their cap space even more, all without definitively making them even the third-best club in the East — it’s easy to see how the Pistons might have gotten at least slightly better for this coming season.Similar to the Thunder, Detroit had issues with outside shooting — even when opponents abandoned defending the perimeter altogether. As such, the Pistons made a draft-night deal with the salary-shedding Bucks to acquire Tony Snell — and the 30th pick in the draft, which Detroit opted to flip for multiple second-rounders — who’s knocked down triples at around a 40 percent clip each of the past three seasons in Milwaukee.Beyond that, you might remember how mightily the Pistons struggled last season when backup guard Ish Smith, of all people, was out of the lineup. (The team saw one of the biggest win-loss-percentage swings in the entire NBA depending on whether he played.) So the team sought to find a bigger, higher-scoring replica in Smith, and did so by signing Derrick Rose.The obvious question here is whether Rose, who for years was railroaded by his own injury problems, will be healthy enough to be a consistent enough upgrade at the position. But if he is and can score anywhere near as efficiently as he did last season, it would give Detroit another much-needed scoring threat, and another player, aside from Blake Griffin or Reggie Jackson, to set up players like Snell and sharpshooter Luke Kennard. And on some level, Rose, doing that would give the Pistons a poor man’s version of Westbrook — and a former MVP who doesn’t further cripple the team’s future cap scenario the way a Westbrook acquisition would have done.
6. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg6204161:167(-6)4 PSG Handball beat FC Barcelona Lassa 32:26 in derby match of the VELUX EHF Champions League Round 6. The French team led by surprisingly good this season, right back Nedim Remili (8 goals) was better rival during 60 minutes of fight in front of 4.200 domestic fans.32 – París Saint Germain: Omeyer (Skoff); Abaló (3), Remili (8), Luka Karabatic (5), Mollgaard (2), Nikola Karabatic (2), Gensheimer (3, 1p); Nielsen (2), Stepancic (2), Mikkel Hansen (5, 1p), Narcisse y Kounkoud.26 – Barcelona: Ristovski; Tomás (2), Lazarov (4, 1p), Andersson (2), Syprzak (3), N’ Guessan (3), Rivera (2); Noddesbo (1), Entrerríos (1), Ariño (3), Jallouz, Mem (5) y Saubich.Veszprem’s tight win over Bjerringbro SilkeborgSTANDINGS: 3. Telekom Veszprém6321158:154(4)8 2. FC Barcelona Lassa6501172:156(16)10 5. THW Kiel6303154:152(2)6 4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt6312149:144(5)7 FC Barcelona LassaPSG Handball PHOTO: Stephane Pillaud 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…6501191:161(30)10 7. Orlen Wisla Plock6114149:166(-17)3 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen6006157:191(-34)0 ← Previous Story Veszprem’s tight win over Bjerringbro Silkeborg Next Story → PICK Szeged – KINGS of the neighborhood!
Although Microsoft‘s Kinect platform for the Xbox 360 is selling like gangbusters, its software library leaves much to be desired for the hardcore gamer… but evidence appears to be mounting that Epic Games intends to remedy this by bringing a new Gears of War game to the Kinect system.What Gears of War for Kinect might look like now is unknown, but Kotaku has gotten its hands on a screenshot of an older build of the title, showing how the game would use the Kinect’s gesture-recognition technology to control the on-screen character… well, at least to answer a call on his headset.This screenshot apparently comes from an earlier build of the game that was supposed to debut during Spike TV’s last Video Game Awards show. However, at the last minute, the reveal of Gears of War Kinect was pulled from the line-up and promised for a reveal at a later date, indicating strongly that Epic and Microsoft didn’t feel they really had enough to show off to a positive effect.What is known is that this is an entirely new game in the Gears of War series, with Epic’s Cliff Bleszinski confirming that there would be “No Kinect in Gears of War 3.” Kotaku posits that the new game will be called Gears of War Exile and be an on-rail shooter with Kinect elements, which seems like a good match for the Gearsiverse: the series’ level design is already largely on-rails.Read more at Kotaku
HD video recording is now firmly entrenched in the consumer space with affordable digital cameras shooting 1080p video. Likewise, many households have solid motion capture hardware in the form of Microsoft’s Kinect Xbox peripheral. What happens when you combine the two? Magic, that’s what happens.RGBDToolkit is a system for taking the HD video that you record with a DSLR, and applying the Kinect’s depth mapping on top of it. The results are far from perfect, but it adds a new dimension to your video. Microsoft has traditionally been encouraging of Kinect hacks, and this is one of the best I’ve ever seen.The free software is available on Windows, Mac, and as source code on github. The software download also includes calibration images to make sure your rig is properly set up. Of course, that’s only half the battle. The DSLR and Kinect have to be mounted together in a very particular way. The folks behind RGBDToolkit have instructions online on how to build the mounting rig that will give you the necessary camera positioning. Some of the materials include a drill press, saw, thumbscrews, strips of aluminum, and sandpaper.You have to be a real “do it yourself” kind of geek to get this up and running, but the effect is very cool. The RGBDToolkit videos look like a virtual hologram that really shows you the depth of the scene. One day, cameras might have the option to incorporate depth data into the final product for a more immersive experience. For now, though, it’s just for fun.via PetaPixel
A total fire ban has been declared in Victoria due to extreme fire conditions caused by the heatwave this week.The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has said that conditions will become tinder dry due to the hot northerly winds. Extreme fire danger warnings have been issued for the southwestern Victoria whish will see temperatures hit 43 today, while the rest of the state has received severe fire warnings or high to very high. Dennis Ward, state duty officer for the Department for Sustainability and the Environment (DSE) has asked all Victorian’s travelling over the Christmas / New Year period to remain alert. “We are asking all Victorians to be aware of the safety issues and include any holidays or travel in their bushfire survival plans,” Mr Ward said. “This means planning ahead, checking on conditions, tuning in to the emergency broadcasters and seeking out information before visiting.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Thaïlande : des pesticides à l’origine de décès mystérieux ? Mardi, les autorités thaïlandaises ont indiqué que la mort de trois touristes étrangers et d’un guide début 2011 pourrait être due à un empoisonnement accidentel aux pesticides ou à des produits chimiques. La nature et la provenance des substances en question n’ont pas pu être identifiées.En janvier et février dernier, plusieurs décès suspects ont eu lieu dans la ville touristique de Chiang Mai au nord de la Chine. Originaires de Nouvelle-Zélande et des Etats-Unis, des touristes, tout comme un couple de personnes âgées, avaient été retrouvés morts à leur hôtel. Une affaire qui avait à l’époque créé une vague d’inquiétude, alors qu’un guide thaïlandais était également décédé et que trois autres individus avaient été gravement malades. À lire aussiLes bourdons pourraient développer une addiction aux pesticides néonicotinoïdesAujourd’hui, les autorités thaïlandaises ont indiqué que ces décès pourraient en fait avoir été causés par des pesticides ou des produits chimiques. Les touristes et le guide thaïlandais sont “vraisemblablement morts d’une exposition aux pesticides”, a annoncé le Département du contrôle des maladies dans un rapport, sans toutefois avoir de certitudes. En effet, les échantillons et les analyses effectués ont révélé la présence de substances chimiques que l’on peut trouver dans les pesticides, voire dans les produits de type mort-aux-rats. Mais la faible quantité des échantillons recueillis ont empêché un examen plus poussé des toxines en laboratoire.”Aussi difficile que ce soit à accepter, les causes précises de ces décès et des maladies ne peuvent pas être identifiées ou confirmées avec certitude”, précise le rapport, écrit au terme de cinq mois d’enquête menés par plusieurs ministères thaïlandais en coopération avec l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, explique l’AFP. Pour éviter de nouveaux drames, les autorités du pays ont néanmoins annoncé la mise en oeuvre de mesures destinées à empêcher l’exposition à des produits chimiques toxiques, dont l’usage sera strictement limité dans les hôtels et les marchés. Le 16 août 2011 à 14:06 • Maxime Lambert
Apple does not look kindly on any company attempting to copy their hardware, just look at how long Samsung has been in court facing off against Apple’s lawyers. But when a company decides to develop a laptop that runs OS X without first getting Apple’s approval, which we all know they’d never give… well, don’t expect that company to be around for very long.The creators of the HacBook Elite must know what’s going to happen, but they either know something we don’t or they simply don’t care. Whatever the case, you can now pre-order a HacBook Elite, which promises to run OS X out the box, and for as little as $329. That’s $570 cheaper than a MacBook Air, and nearly a $1,000 cheaper than the entry level MacBook or MacBook Pro.Each HacBook Elite is actually a like-new refurbished HP EliteBook that is guaranteed to run any Mac program. The people behind it have been building custom Hacintoshes (PCs that run OS X) for years and have decided to take their business commercial. In so doing, they’ll receive Apple’s full attention and likely face legal action before this week is over.Inside the HacBook you’ll find an Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage either in HDD or SSD form, and 802.11a/b/g/n wireless. The display is 14-inches with a resolution of 1600 x 900. It’s perfect for a range of Mac-specific uses including being used as a development laptop for compiling and shipping iOS and OS X applications.There’s no detail on how much upgrading the HacBook Elite costs beyond the base $329 spec. All you can do right now is submit your email address on the HacBook website and ordering details will be sent to your immediately along with the options you have for upgrading.It seems likely Apple will halt orders as quickly as it can, but if you get in early you may be lucky enough to have one shipped.
Report: Facebook Developing ‘Threads’ App For Close FriendsFall For the Viral Instagram Hoax? So Did Lots of Celebs Stay on target But, in the spirit of social network feuds, Jenner this week responded with a cheeky challenge: She cracked an egg onto the “really hot” pavement, leaving it to cook in the winter sun.“Take that little egg,” she wrote in an Instagram caption.The clip (originally shared on Snapchat) already has more than 17.45 million views.More on Geek.com:Post to Multiple Instagram Accounts SimultaneouslyInstagram Rolls Out Walkie-Talkie Voice MessagingInstagram Now Lets You Share Stories With ‘Close Friends’ “Let’s set a world record together and get the most-liked post on Instagram,” the appropriately named world_record_egg account wrote early this month. “We got this.”Alongside hashtags #LikeTheEgg, #EggSoldiers (a reference to the breakfast dish that sees sliced toast “soldiers” dipped into a boiled egg), and #EggGang, the mysterious user cleverly tagged a host of media sources, including BuzzFeed, which spoke with account holder “Henrietta”—a chicken from the British countryside.“Eugene is my egg,” she told BuzzFeed News, chalking the campaign’s popularity up to the fact that “the power of the egg is strong.”After she stopped drinking for Dry January, Henrietta was home one Friday night when she read an article about the top 20 Instagram posts—including Jenner’s.“I saw this as a challenge to beat it,” she said. “It was nothing personal.”Tell that to the trolls flooding the TV personality’s heartfelt photo with egg commentary. Never underestimate the power of social media.In less than 10 days, an image of a single egg broke the world record for the most-liked picture on Instagram.Round, speckled, and impressively lit, the seed surpassed Kylie Jenner’s unnervingly popular photo of newborn daughter Stormi Webster gripping Jenner’s thumb.The socialite’s snapshot, posted in February, currently has 18.3 million likes.The egg has 28.1 million—and counting.
Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Signatories to the JCM will include the Department of Justice, Bureau of Immigration, Department of Labor and Employment, Professional Regulation Commission, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, according to the state-owned Philippine News Agency.“Appropriate sanctions, including summary deportation, shall be imposed upon foreign workers who shall willfully violate the provisions of the JMC, including non-registration for tax purposes,” Guevarra said.“Foreign workers employed in POGOs, particularly Chinese nationals, will be covered by this JMC.”It is estimated that around 150,000 POGO workers are currently employed in the Philippines by around 50 companies.The recent crackdown on POGO workers comes after Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III stated in March that the Philippines was missing out on an estimated Php3 billion (US$57.5 million) in revenue per month due to a lack of appropriate taxation measures. 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Chinese workers employed by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) without proper work permits or who violate tax laws would face deportation under a new inter-agency agreement to be signed in the coming days.The Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) would apply to Chinese nationals across a broad range of businesses but is specifically targeting POGOs, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told local reporters this week. RelatedPosts China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet Load More
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Federal authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating the person responsible for an armed bank robbery in Fort Lauderdale, Friday afternoon.According to the FBI, the robber, captured on newly released surveillance photos, entered the AM Trust Bank branch at 9100 Oakland Park Blvd. at around 3 p.m., and demanded money from an employee. The subject then made off with an undisclosed amount of money.The FBI said investigators are looking into whether the “Filter Bandit” was involved in this robbery. The FBI attributes multiple armed bank robberies in South Florida to the robber, who wears a dust filter over his face, according to the FBI.Investigators said there were no injuries or shots fired.Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI at 754-703-2000 or call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous with Crime Stoppers, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.