Trent Tucker To Host Celebrity Bowling Tournament

first_imgSince posting the following item, LookToTheStars.org has been advised that the event has been postponed. We will update you with more info when available.On Saturday, November 1, 2014, NBA World Champion and former three-point threat Trent Tucker will host a celebrity bowling tournament to kick off National Diabetes Month benefiting JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) at Frames in New York City.Top sponsors will have the opportunity to bowl with Trent Tucker and other celebrities in attendance which include former NY Knicks teammates John Starks and Anthony Mason, NBA star Anthony Avent and NY Giants Super Bowl Champion Steve Weatherford, to name a few.The bowling tournament will include a VIP meet & greet lounge, a live and silent auction, great music, cocktails and a delicious array of food and sweet treats by Jala and Oscar William Gourmet Cotton Candy. All participants will have a chance to bowl and compete for the highest score to win prizes.“I’m looking forward to coming to NY and hosting my Celebrity Bowling Tournament which will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF),” said Trent Tucker. “With diabetes on the rise affecting both children and adults, more people inflicted with the disease are facing life threatening challenges. With the help of all the generous celebrities, supporters and participants, we are hoping to Strike Out Type One.”“JDRF is thrilled to be the beneficiary of the Trent Tucker Celebrity Bowling Tournament, “said chapter executive director, Kristin DiFoglio. “In the United States more than 3 million children and adults diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) struggle with this life threatening disease, and the numbers are growing. They face a lifetime of potentially fatal complications from this disease, a disease that never sleeps. Thanks to the generosity of people like Tucker and all those expected to participate in this event, JDRF leads the world in funding type 1 diabetes research. We are confident that together, we will reach our goal and ultimately Turn Type One into Type None.”JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $568 million in scientific research in 17 countries. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. In 2012, Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five All-Star charities, citing the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.WHEN:Saturday, November 1, 2014WHERE:Frames550 Ninth AvenueNew York, NY 10018Find out more here.last_img read more

UKs Sound Energy Finds Producible Gas at Tendrara TE10 Well in

Rabat – The British oil and gas company Sound Energy has identified gas bearing sands with its second TE-10 well, “within and below the currently mapped structural closure.”The company finished drilling the TE-10 well at a total measured depth of 2,218 meters, “with gas shows down” to a depth of 2,070 meters, the company said in a statement Monday.Sound Energy identified an “additional thin bedded net pay” after reaching the total depth. “Quantification of the overall net pay is underway and will require substantiation from side-wall core analysis and further wireline log evaluation,” Sound Energy wrote.A “pay” is a reservoir or portion of a reservoir that contains economically producible gas.At the end of last month, the British company announced encouraging initial results at the well in its Tendrara project in eastern Morocco.The results included a “potential TAGI gross reservoir sequence from” 1,899 meters to 2,009 meters of measured depth and “an initial net pay estimate of up to 10.5m, with an average porosity of 8%.”Sound Energy successfully recovered a gas sample from one of the pay intervals at a depth of approximately 1,937 meters.Read Also: UK’s Sound Energy Starts Drilling TE-10 Well in Eastern Morocco“The successful retrieval of this gas sample confirms the presence of moveable hydrocarbons in the reservoir, and importantly is the first successful gas test from the TAGI sandstone in the Tendrara licence,” the company said.Located 25 kilometers northeast of the anticipated production area in Tendrara, the TE-10 well, is the second of three planned exploration wells. TE-10 is planned to test the North East Lakbir prospect in the company’s Greater Tendrara permit.The upstream gas company is currently planning to conduct a well test over the reservoir interval in February 2019.The groundwork for drilling the third well in the exploration program, TE-11, is expected to kick off after testing the TE-10 well.Last month, Sound Energy plugged and abandoned the TE-9 well, which they drilled to a total depth of 2,925 meters, after the company failed to find producible gas at the well. read more

Ban to attend Arab League summit amid new concerns about the Middle

“I say again, here, what I have been repeatedly saying: that settlements are illegal under international law. This must stop,” the Secretary-General told journalists today in New York following an announcement that Israel planned to construct another 20 dwellings in East Jerusalem, in addition to the 1,600 new settlements announced last week. Earlier in the day, the Secretary-General briefed the Security Council on the meeting of the diplomatic Quartet – comprising of the UN, the European Union (EU), the US and Russia – he attended last Friday in Moscow, and his subsequent visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.Mr. Ban reiterated that there were no alternatives to a two-State solution, and that all final issues should be resolved within 24 months despite possible provocations from extremists.He also noted that “there have been too many negative facts on the ground” and called for more positive signs, such as the lifting of the blockade of the Gaza Strip and an end to rocket fire from militants based in Gaza.“Israelis and Palestinians should do much more to build trust and meet their obligations under international law and the Roadmap,” the Secretary-General told the Security Council. He said that while peace is primarily in the hands of the parties themselves, the international community will continue to play a crucial role. “At this important juncture, the Quartet is determined to push the parties and monitor the situation,” the Secretary-General said. “The parameters of a solution are well known. Our challenge is to get from here to there.” Turning to the weekend Arab League summit in Sirte, Libya, the Secretary-General said he planned to urge Arab support for indirect negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian counterparts, otherwise known as proximity talks. “It is crucial for Arab countries to help create a favourable atmosphere in which the talks can succeed,” Mr. Ban said.He also noted that during his visit, the Israeli Government had raised the Iranian nuclear issue.The Secretary-General told the Security Council that he emphasized the international consensus to address this question and the crucial diplomatic process under way. 24 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he will participate in the League of Arab States summit this weekend in Libya amid what he called a crisis of confidence surrounding Israel’s plans to build new settlements in East Jerusalem. read more

Modi Macron invite Sirisena to attend solar summit in New Delhi

Around 500 delegates from all over the world are expected to participate in the Conference including around 30 Heads of State/ Government. President Maithripala Sirisena attended the launch of ISA at the COP-21 in Paris on 30 November 2015. The ISA was launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the then President of France Francois Hollande.The ISA is conceived as a coalition of 121 solar resource rich countries (lying fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn) to address their energy needs, through a common platform for collaboration, for achieving speed, scale and skills for deploying available solar technologies; facilitating strategic and collaborative solar R&D; and lowering the cost of finance for solar projects and capacity building. The ISA aims to mobilize more than US $ 1 trillion of investments needed by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy. ISA is committed to contribute significantly towards the global efforts for achieving Sustainable Development Goals and objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.The ISA is headquartered in Gurugram, Haryana. ISA became a full fledged legal entity on 6 December 2017. Sri Lanka signed the Framework Agreement on ISA on 31 January 2018 in New Delhi. With the completion of the ratification process, Sri Lanka has now become a full-fledged member of ISA. As on date, 54 countries have signed / ratified ISA. The International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference and Solar Summit is scheduled to be held in New Delhi on 11 March 2018.An invitation to grace the Conference, jointly signed by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the President of France Emmanuel Macron, was handed over today to President Maithripala Sirisena jointly by High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Ambassador of France Jean-Marin Schuh. read more

UN Childrens Fund launches emergency appeal for Algerian quake victims

UNICEF already sent a first consignment of emergency supplies on Saturday. The 15-ton consignment, valued at $120,000, included four emergency health kits, five field hospital tents, obstetric kits, recreation kits and baby blankets, covering basic emergency medical needs for a population of 40,000 for three months.“This was only a first reaction. We do believe that the children of the area will require further support for weeks, maybe months,” said the UNICEF Representative in Algeria, Kiari Liman-Tinguiri.The flash appeal for $240,000 will fund the procurement of additional supplies to tackle existing needs, including family and infant hygiene kits, oral rehydration salts, first-aid kits, water purification units and chemicals, water storage equipment, additional recreation kits and sport items for children.“There is an overwhelming need for temporary shelter for families whose homes have been destroyed and for those unable to return to their homes,” Mr. Liman-Tinguiri said. “Lack of alternative accommodation or tents has forced most of the affected population to stay outside their homes in makeshift tents, while hundred of families simply sleep outside.”Health services have been severely affected as infrastructure and equipment was damaged or destroyed. In Thenia, the city hospital was hard hit by the quake – 80 per cent of the hospital wards have been destroyed or are unusable, including the emergency ward and other key wards such as the surgery block, the maternity and paediatric wards.Another serious problem is the damage to water and sanitation networks, as well as limited electricity provision. read more

Green economy key to advancing Barbadoss sustainable development agenda

A policy of sustainable development is a matter of survival for Barbados, its Minister today told the United Nations General Assembly, highlighting also debt sustainability and efforts to support the international financial service sector. In her statement, the Minster of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Maxine Pamela Ometa McClean, noted that Barbados has special needs as a small island developing State (SIDS), and that its development is inextricably linked to ocean resources. She quoted Prime Minister Freundel Stuart who had said that “the green economy debate recognizes our structural vulnerabilities, offers a model to assist us in further realising our sustainable development aspirations and creates the institutional platform that would enable us to participate in innovative partnerships in the fight to save our planet, against mounting unsustainable consumption and production patterns.”SIDS, as a group, has made less progress than many other groupings on the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Ms. McClean noted. Of particular concern, she said, was poverty reduction and debt sustainability which remains a “major constrains to SIDS achieving sustainable development.” She urged the international community to convene a special meeting for SIDS related to debt sustainability ahead of the Third International Conference to be held September 2014 in Samoa.Turning to financial services sector, Ms. McClean said the sustainability of the country’s development “is being stymied by efforts to undermine this very important sector.” She stressed that the sector is “well regulated” and has sought at all times to comply with international rules and best practice.“It is our intention to operate within the established international norms which have guided this sector to date,” Ms. McClean told world leaders gathered at the high-level debate which wraps up tomorrow.Nickolas Steele, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Business of Grenada. UN Photo/Amanda VoisardNickolas Steele, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Business of Grenada, another island nation, noted that the volatility and high-prices for fossil fuel important contribute to the indebtedness and fiscal instability of small island States.On average, SIDS pay 20 cents to 40 cents per kilo-watt hour of electricity and sometimes as much as $1, Mr. Steele said, compared with 5 cents to 15 cents in developed countries. One of Grenada’s key priorities is the dismantling of monopoly contributing to the high energy costs on the island and investing more in creating a green energy.The Government is seeking private partners to have a role in innovative and sustainable power-generation solutions, and pushing to harmonize local laws with international environmental agreements.“The causes of climate change and the impacts of climate change are negatively affecting Grenada’s ability to fulfil its social contacts with its people including its ability to fully deliver on the MDGs,” said Mr. Steele.In his statement, the Minister called for a post-2015 framework that goes “beyond GDP” and a “more holistic and comprehensive set of indicators for classifying States.” read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 7 June 2013

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Which NBA Team Is Wronged By The Refs The Most

3Dennis Smith Jr.Mavericks077– 7J.J. BareaMavericks145– 7Nikola JokicNuggets325– PlayerTeamBad CallsBad Non-CallsTotal 5Kristaps PorzingisKnicks066– 7Josh RichardsonHeat055– 7Dennis SchroderHawks145– Sources: NBA ‘Last Two Minute’ Reports, The Pudding 5DeMar DeRozanRaptors066– 3LeBron JamesCavaliers077– 1Spencer DinwiddieNets11011– 7Marcus SmartCeltics055– 2Will BartonNuggets178– 7Kemba WalkerHornets055– Through Wednesday, the Nets had been disadvantaged by an official’s incorrect call or incorrect non-call 28 times this season. In second place is Dallas, with 26.To get a sense of the sorts of plays that have hurt the Nets, watch the clips below, which highlight several sequences that the league later determined should have drawn whistles in Brooklyn’s favor. One involves Nets swingman Allen Crabbe, who managed to score a tough bucket despite being bumped by one defender and being fallen upon by another at the conclusion of the play. Two other examples show forward DeMarre Carroll being bumped or swiped across the arm while trying to get a shot off during the last 20 seconds of play. After many of the plays, you can see Brooklyn players turn to officials in disbelief over the fact that no foul was called.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/netsfouls.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There are a handful of interesting takeaways from this data. For starters, it seems to provide evidence to support comments made by Brooklyn guard Spencer Dinwiddie in January suggesting that this young Nets team gets less respect from officials than other clubs.“To see the same type of respect not reciprocated is very frustrating for us,” Dinwiddie said after the Nets fell 87-85 to the Boston Celtics. “The other thing that’s very frustrating as well: We have these meetings as teams, or with [the players’ association], about respect, so we want to treat everybody with respect, right? Because everybody’s doing their job, and they’re trying their best, including us, [even if] we turn the ball over or calls are missed or whatever it is. But when you approach somebody, and they shush you or they wave you off like you’re not a man, or something of that nature, that’s also very frustrating.”On an individual level, Dinwiddie’s frustration may be justified. The 11 blown calls that left him disadvantaged led the league as of Wednesday and is a very high number considering there’s still more than a month left in the campaign. In fact, that figure is already tied for the highest number of calls that left a player disadvantaged in a single year since the NBA first began publishing these reports during the 2014-15 season. (The National Basketball Referees Association, which has long pushed for an end to the public reports, recently called them “pointless.” The union argues that publishing the corrections, which ultimately have no impact on the standings, only creates more division, despite the transparency that the NBA is aiming for.) In the Jan. 23 Nets-Thunder game, according to the report, Dinwiddie was disadvantaged twice — smacked on offense (with no call) and then bulldozed on defense (also with no call) — within a two-second span during the final 10 seconds. By swallowing the whistle both times, the officials likely sealed a loss for the Nets — in particular, the second non-call would have triggered an offensive foul on George, which would have kept Russell Westbrook from making a game-winning basket seconds later. (Worth noting: Going back to the 2014-15 season, we found that incorrect non-calls occur about 8.4 times more frequently than incorrect calls, suggesting that referees would rather risk missing a call than calling a phantom foul that ends up deciding a game.)Said Dinwiddie of the play: “It’s like, that’s Russell Westbrook and Paul George … and I’m Spencer Dinwiddie.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/pgdinwiddie.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Whether it’s a respect issue or just a mere coincidence, five of the six NBA teams that have seen the most blown calls this season — Brooklyn, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta and Chicago — each lack a bona-fide, go-to star in the most traditional sense. None possesses a 20-point-per-game scorer, perhaps making it tougher for officials to anticipate who’d be most likely to draw a foul in a given situation.While Brooklyn has almost certainly dropped at least a game or two as a result of these missed calls — this ultimately benefits the Cavs, since the Nets don’t own their first-round pick anyway — some additional details around this subject are helpful in understanding the full picture here.First off: The Nets have played a relatively large number of games that went down to the wire, meaning that officials may have been forced to make more decisions — both correct and incorrect ones — in situations involving Brooklyn than with most other teams. The Nets have the fourth-highest of rate of incorrect calls against them this season, at 9.8 percent — meaning that nearly 10 percent of all possible calls in the Last Two Minute reports that could have gone against them did. That’s a high number, but not astronomically so compared with the leaguewide average of 6.8 percent this season.Another detail that suggests officiating equity: That a team as awful as Orlando — in contention for the top overall draft pick — has the second-lowest blown-call rate in the league (4.1 percent, ahead of only Detroit) is a relatively strong counterexample to the notion that a team needs a star to get late-game calls to go its way.Taking the opposite approach from Dinwiddie, Carroll said he wanted his teammates to stop focusing so much on how the games were being officiated.“Hollering at the refs, screaming at them — that isn’t going to do us justice,” said Carroll, who was grabbed on the wrist while going up for a shot in the closing seconds of an overtime loss to New Orleans but got no call. “They’re human just like we are, so at the end of the day, we’ve got to try something different, maybe. Hopefully it works.”CORRECTION (March 2, 7:05 p.m.): The analysis in this article originally miscounted “bad calls”/incorrect calls — in which refs made a call that shouldn’t have been made. Those calls were counted as disadvantaging the opponent of the team they were made against but should have been counted as hurting the team whistled for an infraction. The text and charts have been updated throughout. In correcting the analysis, the number of 2017-18 games that were included in the analysis was extended, from Feb. 15 to Feb. 28.Check out our latest NBA predictions. The relationship between NBA players and referees has arguably never been more strained than it is right now.In January, Golden State forward Draymond Green — who is never shy about complaining and already has a league-high 14 technical fouls — said that too many refs carry personal vendettas against players and that the NBA should consider replacing its entire crop of referees. Kevin Durant, who is Green’s teammate and started the season with one ejection in his entire 10-year career, leads the NBA this year, with four early exits. And this week, Paul George and LeBron James have both outlined what they perceive to be biases in how games are officiated.1The players and officials met during the All-Star break to talk about their differences, but it’s unclear how much that has helped, if at all. One report suggested that some officials were disappointed by the lack of star-player turnout at the meeting.When the NBA’s biggest names are complaining about something, it’s obviously going to get a lot of attention. But that doesn’t necessarily mean those voices have the biggest reason to complain. That honor belongs to the Brooklyn Nets. Through Wednesday, Brooklyn had seen more blown foul calls than any other club this season, according to our analysis of The Pudding’s compilation of the NBA’s “Last Two Minute” reports. In those, the league evaluates the accuracy of calls and non-calls made by officials at the end of close games.2Specifically, in the NBA’s words: “officiated events that occurred in the last two minutes of games that were within 3 points at any time in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or the last two minutes of any overtime period.” These players have the most legitimate complaintsThe NBA players who had the most blown calls against them (incorrect calls and incorrect non-calls) in the last two minutes of 2017-18 games when the score was within 3 points, through Feb. 28 read more

Chefs from Barca ready for Skopje

ASOBALFC Barcelonahandball FC Barcelona have fantastic season until now. Fantastic winning series in ASOBAL and EHF Champions League are mixed with other activies, which have to relax and make even better team-spirit among the stars of the Spanish champions. Xavi Pascual took his players to some restaurant, where they prepared some food and enjoy their time before the trip to Skopje on the last match of EHF CL Preliminary Round against Metalurg.Barca have lost only point in Skopje at the beginning of the Group competition, but against second Macedonian team, RK Vardar. What Pascual prepared for Lino Cervar?sourcE: http://lazarovkiril7.com/index.php/mk/ ← Previous Story SHOCKING NEWS: HC Dinamo Minsk on the edge of bankruptcy! Next Story → EHF CL: Momir Ilic defended the title of the Player of the Week read more

Can you identify these Irish literary quotations

first_imgA RECENT SURVEY revealed that almost a third of British schoolchildren under the age of 13 had never heard of William Shakespeare – and a further 12 per cent of British adults never had either.And, of those who did have an inkling about England’s most celebrated playwright, a worrying number believed his best known work was Cinderella.But before we get too smug, why not explore how deep Ireland’s literary appreciation goes?Try to identify the writer and work (novel, play or poem) below to find out…1. “The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul.” 2. “But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”3. “I gave her gifts of the mind I gave her the secret sign that’s known; To the artists who have known the true gods of sound and stone.”4. “Whispers informed strangers I was the eldest, away at school; As my mother held my hand in hers and coughed out angry tearless sighs.”5. “Stately, Plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.”6. “The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.”7. “Home is a place in the mind. When it is empty, it frets. It is fretful with memory, faces and places and times gone by.”8. “When the Count saw my face, his eyes blazed with a sort of demoniac fury, and he suddenly made a grab at my throat. I drew away, and his hand touched the string of beads which held the crucifix.”9. “Knowledge is power – and power of one sort or another is the secret lust of human souls”.10. “Drink a health to the wonders of the western world, the pirates, preachers, poteen-makers, with the jobbing jockies; parching peelers, and the juries fill their stomachs selling judgements of the English law.”Check here for the answers…Read: One third of British children have never heard of Shakespeare – survey>last_img read more

10 percent of primary ballots returned

first_imgAbout 10 percent of Clark County voters who received ballots for the Aug. 17 primary election have returned them to the county elections office, despite a misdated instruction sheet included with some ballots. The county mailed 218,166 ballots last week and had received 22,620 returns as of Aug. 5, the latest tally available. County auditor Greg Kimsey has predicted a ballot return of 38 percent to 40 percent. Ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 17 or delivered to the elections office or drop-off boxes by 8 p.m. on Election Day. The deadline for voter registration by mail has passed, but people can register in person at the elections department, 1408 Franklin St., through Monday.The primary election will winnow the candidate field to the top two vote-getters in races for U.S. Senate, the 3rd Congressional District, two open legislative seats and several local offices. The winners will face off in the November general election. In races with just two candidates, both will advance to the general election.Clark County voters will pick the top two candidates for county assessor, county prosecuting attorney, state Supreme Court justice, Clark Public Utilities commissioner, and Vancouver city council.Voters also will decide whether to renew emergency medical services tax levies in Fire District 6 and the city of Washougal and whether to allow the Fort Vancouver Regional Library to restore its regular property tax levy.last_img read more

Chrome has a new way to block malicious websites

first_img CNET Apps Today Post a comment 0 Share your voice Tagscenter_img Computers Security A Google Chrome sticker on a Google Pixel Chromebook Stephen Shankland/CNET Google added two new Chrome security features Tuesday: a warning about website addresses with suspiciously substituted characters and a tool that lets you report suspicious websites. The moves augment a feature called Google Safe Browsing built into Chrome, Android, Gmail and other services designed to keep you from opening malicious websites.The character substitution detector — a bigger problem nowadays with expanded character sets offering more ways to fool you — works by comparing the exact text in a website link you’re clicking with the text of similar websites you’ve visited in the past, Emily Schechter, a Chrome product manager, said in a blog post Tuesday. That feature will arrive with the newly released version 75 of Google’s browser.Google also released a Chrome extension called Suspicious Site Reporter that lets you report sites you think are dangerous to Google. You won’t see any immediate change, but as with reporting spam in Gmail, your actions can become part of useful crowdsourced data that helps Google and anyone using Safe Browsing.”You can install the extension to start seeing an icon when you’re on a potentially suspicious site, and more information about why the site might be suspicious,” Schechter said. “If the site is added to Safe Browsing’s lists, you’ll not only protect Chrome users, but users of other browsers and across the entire web.”The changes are modest enhancements. But given that Google Chrome is the dominant web browser, accounting for 63% of web usage today according to analytics firm StatCounter, even small changes can affect a lot of activity on the internet.Google’s Safe Browsing service, which compiles and updates a list of suspect sites, can be used by other organizations — and indeed some rival browsers do use it.Google said in 2007 that Safe Browsing protects 3 billion devices, but in 2019, the project’s website says that number has risen to 4 billion. Chrome Chrome OS Googlelast_img read more

Pawan Kalyans exwife Renu Desai eager to host Bigg Boss Telugu 3

first_imgRenu DesaiSnapshot of Renu Desai’s YouTube videoPawan Kalyan’s ex-wife Renu Desai has slammed the reports that she is entering the house of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 as a contestant but evinced her interest to host the hit reality TV show of Star Maa.Bigg Boss Telugu 3 is set to go on air from July 21. The makers of the show have already approached many celebs and finalized some of them. Of late, it was rumoured that Renu Desai was one of those celebs, who were approached by them. “I have been receiving messages from people asking about my participation, so I’d like to clarify that I’m not part of the show,” the actress told Deccan Chronicle.Meanwhile, the ex-wife of Pawan Kalyan said that she would be glad to be the presenter of Bigg Boss Telugu 3. “I’m currently working on the script for my next film and also on my acting comeback. I definitely don’t mind hosting the show, though. It’s a hit show and will be a lovely opportunity for me to push my skills as a presenter,” added Renu Desai.The makers of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 really had a tough time in finding a suitable after Junior NTR and Nani rejected their offer, quoting their prior commitments. They reportedly approached some leading celebs like Venkatesh, Chiranjeevi and Rana Daggubati, who also declined to come on board. Finally, they are said to be bringing Akkineni Nagarjuna on board. Renu Desai may hope for the next season of the show.Renu Desai has already made her debut on the small screen as a judge on the TV show Neethone Dance. What is more interesting about it is the show was telecast on Star Maa only. So there is a fair chance of the TV channel considering her name for the host of the next season of Bigg Boss Telugu if Nagarjuna declines to come back.If it happens, Renu Desai will create history. Bigg Boss has several editions like Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Malayalam and Telugu and all of them have had more than two seasons each. However, none of them was hosted by a female celeb except for director Farah Khan, who presented the spin-off of Bigg Boss 8: Halla Bol after Salman Khan bid adieu to the show to focus on filming of Bajrangi Bhaijaan.last_img read more

Software transforms digital photos into oldfashioned paintings

first_img Explore further Brooks is a computer scientist at Dalhousie University, and also has a background in traditional drawing. The method he recently developed can transform digital photos taken with an ordinary camera into mixed-media paintings and portraits, making him a pioneer in a subject area that is largely unexplored. While the system requires very little input from the user, the results can be tweaked if desired, and produce realistic compositions of “nonphotorealistic renderings” (NPR).“Mixed media compositions incorporate two or more traditional visual media such as oil, watercolor, tempera, ink, or pencil,” Brooks explained. “By mixing materials, the artist is able to explore new channels of artistic expression or rejuvenate existing ones.”As Brooks explains, mixed media is often used by artists when a single medium is insufficient to fully develop an artistic idea. From ancient Egyptians to Rembrandt and Picasso, and even contemporary cartoonists such as Dave McKean, mixed media has been used to give variety to work and emphasize certain details.To give the appearance of mixed media to photos, Brooks’ system analyzes the input image and computes a measure of detail at each pixel. The areas of the image with different levels of detail are separated into distinct regions, and then each region is processed independently with a different NPR filter chosen by the user. Examples of filters can be “paint daubs,” “soft glow,” “crystallize,” “ink outlines,” “cartoon,” etc. Choosing the filters is the only step that requires user input.Finally, the different areas of the image are smoothly fused. Here, the user has the option of determining the gradient level of blended areas, but Brooks notes that all the samples he presents in his research are created automatically by the system. The system performs the blending process in separate stages to allow the user to see the intermediate processing. Brooks explains that this step-by-step process resembles how an artist produces a mixed media work in stages.One of the most challenging types of images to transform is facial portraits, as people are highly sensitive to the treatment of faces. Using Brooks’ standard technique, the facial areas around the cheeks and forehead are perceived as low detail areas, while the eyes and mouth have more detail, which produces undesirable results. Brooks approached this special case by developing systems for skin filtering, face point detection, and face point clustering to create a more satisfactory mixed media portrait.“The most advanced component of my system is the module that handles portraits,” Brooks said. “Automatic face detection and processing is quite tricky if one wants to make the system robust. I use a combination of skin detection, cascaded weak detectors, and Gaussian mixture model clustering.”Brooks is currently exploring more advanced features and improvements, including integrating 2.5-dimensional physical materials such as felts and cardboards, as well as the possibility of adapting the technique to video. “We have recently begun collaborating with the film school at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design,” he said. “We are looking at developing a new kind of digital film production system which could involve extending mixed media processing to video. So, it may be released as part of a larger film processing package.”Citation: Brooks, Stephen. “Mixed-Media Painting and Portraiture.” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 13, no. 5, September/October 2007. While today’s most cutting-edge digital imaging technology strives for high-res and high focus, Stephen Brooks is interested in distorting photos and deliberately making them unfocused. His system can produce a unique piece of artwork that looks hand-made, whether by oil painting, watercolors, ink drawing, or a mixture of many media types. (1) (Left) Picture of lion. (Right) Mixed media rendering using a composite of paint daubs, watercolor, and colored pencil. (2) (Left) Picture of a face. (Right) Mixed media portrait. Credit: Stephen Brooks. Copyright 2007 IEEE. Small indoor greenhouses let apartment dwellers grow veggies Citation: Software transforms digital photos into old-fashioned paintings (2007, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-09-software-digital-photos-old-fashioned.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Material made from single molecule selfforms into a lattice that can selfheal

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 Phys.org The researchers note that most porous materials are made from linkers and connecting units—metal organic frameworks are one example. Such frameworks are often custom-developed to allow for storing other material, such as hydrogen, in the pores. The downside to such an approach is the multitude of options available, which requires researchers to spend time screening for the optimal structure. In this new effort, the researchers report on the development of a new porous material made from a single synthesized molecule. They claim it is possible to create a complex, useful type of material without a complex set of building blocks.The molecule the team made had a symmetrical outer shell, giving it a shape akin to a propeller. It consisted of three polar dipyridylphenyl parts hooked to a middle non-polar mesitylene. In the presence of isopropanol or acetonitrile, it assembled automatically into a network that was held together by hydrogen bonds (non-classical). The researchers note that the bonds were weaker than normal hydrogen bonds but were stable up to 202°C. They further note that other similar-purpose crystals begin to degrade at temperatures of 130°C. Above the stable point, the pores in the crystal started to collapse causing the material to become non-porous—suggesting a means for delivering a material that it has been holding. Interestingly, the researchers found that the pores could be regenerated by cooling the material and treating it with acetonitrile vapor—a form of self-healing.The researchers note that the oddly shaped molecule serves as a linker and connector allowing for the creation of a simple porous network in a material. They note also that the arms of the propeller serve different functions—from walls, to roof to floor—all around 6Å wide pores that offer a size capable of harboring nitrogen gas or solvents. Explore further Porous salts for fuel cells More information: Hiroshi Yamagishi et al. Self-assembly of lattices with high structural complexity from a geometrically simple molecule, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aat6394center_img Citation: Material made from single molecule self-forms into a lattice that can self-heal, store gases (2018, September 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-material-molecule-self-forms-lattice-self-heal.html Modes of C–H···N bonds in Pyopen⊃MeCN and crystal-packing diagrams of Pyopen⊃MeCN. (A) Drawings representing the modes of C–H···N bonds in Pyopen⊃MeCN. (B to E) CPK representations of the crystal-packing diagrams of Pyopen⊃MeCN. Orange outlines indicate the C–H···N-bonded roofs and floors in Pyopen⊃MeCN [(B) and (C)], and dashed purple outlines indicate the wall connected to the roof and floor [(B), (C), and (E)]. Credit: (c) Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aat6394 A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Japan has developed a material made from just a single molecule that self-forms into a lattice that can self-heal and store gases. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes synthesizing the aromatic molecule, which bears a symmetrical outer shell. Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more

Halls plexes must show at least one Bengali film WB govt

first_imgKolkata: Cinema halls and multiplexes in West Bengal will now have to mandatorily screen one Bengali film for a minimum of 120 days in a year, a state government notification said on Saturday. The notification, issued by order of Governor K N Tripathi, said, “In every cinema hall and in at least one screen of every multiplex situated in the state, 120 prime time show/screenings of Bengali films shall mandatorily be held throughout the year… with at least one show per day for minumum of 120 days in aggregate during the year.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “… The Governor is hereby pleased to issue the following directive to all licensees of the State, except the licensees of the GTA areas, with immediate effect…” the notification signed by Principal Secretary, Information and Cultural Affairs Department, said. Kumar told PTI the notification was issued on Friday and will be applicable on immediate basis and aimed at encouraging the Bengali film industry. He said prime-time shows are those held between 12 noon to 9 pm. Necessary amendments to the West Bengal Cinema (Regulation of Public Exhibitions) Rules, 1956 will be made in due course, Kumar said. Welcoming the decision, director Aniket Chattopadhyay wrote on Facebook, “It is big news. In every multiplex of West Bengal, a Bengali film has to be screened from 12 noon to 9 pm in minimum one screen… Thank you Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.”last_img read more

Nearly ThreeQuarters of Homeowners Thinking of Selling in 2014

first_img January 24, 2014 431 Views in Data Nearly Three-Quarters of Homeowners Thinking of Selling in 2014 Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Home Prices Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers LendingTree Service Providers 2014-01-24 Tory Barringer A recent survey of current and potential homeowners shows the majority have a bright outlook on the nation’s housing market and economy for 2014–which may translate to a more active market.[IMAGE]””LendingTree””:https://www.lendingtree.com/#_blank released recently the results of an online survey conducted near the end of the last year. The survey collected responses from 609 individuals who either currently own a home or are considering purchasing in the next year.According to the findings, more than two-thirds–69 percent–of respondents have a positive outlook on housing this year, and 63 percent hold a similar view for the economy at large.With hopes this high, 71 percent of respondents said they are considering selling their home in 2014.””As home values continue to improve across the country, sellers who have been sidelined due to low property values will start to take action in the market,”” said Doug Lebda, founder and CEO of LendingTree. “”Although it’s unlikely that 70 percent of current homeowners will sell this year, it’s a positive sign for the housing market that more homeowners are considering the possibility of moving.””According to the survey, 72 percent of respondents said home prices in their area increased throughout 2013, while 20 percent said values were down, and 8 percent said they were flat.In areas where home values were said to have increased, prices rose an average of 10.2 percent; among those areas where respondents said values fell, the average decrease was believed to be 9.2 percent.The most recent “”Case-Shiller””:https://www.spice-indices.com/idpfiles/spice-assets/resources/public/documents/71337_cshomeprice-release-1231.pdf?force_download=true home price data shows prices in the nation’s 20 biggest markets were up an average 13.6 percent year-over-year as of October.While those kinds of gains may discourage potential homebuyers as affordability slips, they’ll be necessary to draw sellers in: Of the 71 percent of homeowners who are thinking about selling this year, 47 percent said they plan to sell if they see an increase in their home value. Only 24 percent said they would sell regardless. Share Sharelast_img read more

Cyprus Bulgaria to further enhance cooperation Updated
first_imgThe presidents of Cyprus and Bulgaria on Monday discussed enhancing bilateral ties particularly in the fields of energy, maritime, trade, tourism, research and education.Bulgarian President Rumen Radev who is in Cyprus on a two-day official visit, held a tete-a-tete meeting in Nicosia with President Nicos Anastasiades, followed by consultations with the participation of their respective delegations and the signing of bilateral agreements.The two countries agreed to continue their regular political dialogue at a bilateral level but also to coordinate their actions both in international fora and within the EU. Bulgaria assumes the presidency of the EU Council on January 1.In statements after the meeting, Anastasiades said he briefed Radev on the Cyprus issue, and thanked Bulgaria for its principled stance on Cyprus.He repeated his readiness for talks with the Turkish sideRadev, speaking through an interpreter, expressed his country`s position on the issue and praised Cyprus’ initiatives for peace in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region through its cooperation with its neighbouring countries.He also said he and Anastasiades exchanged views on energy matters.“Bulgaria and Cyprus are working very actively regarding energy sources and this is a policy that I hope will soon lead to practical results,” he said.The two countries signed bilateral agreements concerning the cooperation program in science, education, culture, youth and sport for the period 2018-2021 and a memorandum of understanding and cooperation between maritime authorities.Anastasiades said the two countries agreed to continue their political dialogue and coordinate their actions in international fora and within the EU.  They also exchanged views on EU issues, ahead of Bulgaria’s first assumption of the EU Presidency. In addition, he said they exchanged views on the EU-Turkey relations.He also said Cyprus-Bulgaria trade relations were growing as was tourism between the two countries.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img
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