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9-man Chelsea loses 3-2 to Burnley to open EPL title defense

first_imgLONDON — Chelsea had two players sent off and lost to Burnley 3-2 in the first match of its English Premier League title defense on Saturday, intensifying the concerns surrounding the champions after their frustrating offseason in the transfer market.Captain Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card for a studs-first lunge in the 13th minute, then the champions conceded three goals in a 20-minute period before halftime.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate Jeremie Boga, a 20-year-old French forward, was even given a debut. It lasted only 18 minutes, when he was sacrificed as Conte reorganized following Cahill’s sending off.“It was a pity because our fight in the second half was very good,” Conte said. “But our first half, we kept losing our heads. After the red card we lost our heads, conceded two goals and then it’s very difficult to change the final result.”Chelsea, which won 17 of its 19 home games last season, became the second straight team to begin its league title defense with a loss, after Leicester last season.Fabregas and Cahill will be suspended for Chelsea’s tough second match of the season, away to Tottenham at Wembley Stadium next weekend.Conte is desperate for reinforcements in the final three weeks of the transfer window.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES “The club is trying to do the best,” Conte said. “I am not worried, I am ready to fight with these players. I repeat: It is important for us to concentrate on our work, to be focused every day in training, and to try to work in our best way. No excuses.”Burnley was expected to struggle this season after losing arguably its best two players in the offseason, defender Michael Keane and striker Andre Gray.“A lot was made of our away form last season,” Vokes said. “So that result is huge.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Neymar braced for PSG debut and French culture shock End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Striker Sam Vokes scored two of them by converting crosses, either side of a stunning volleyed goal by left back Stephen Ward.Chelsea improved after halftime. Alvaro Morata, on as a second-half substitute, reduced the deficit in his first league start since a club-record move from Real Madrid for 58 million pounds ($75 million).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Any hope of an unlikely comeback looked to have disappeared when midfielder Cesc Fabregas was red-carded in the 81st after receiving his second booking. However, David Luiz ensured a tense finish when he volleyed home in the 88th after being teed up by the influential Morata.The result will not improve the mood of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who hasn’t hidden his frustration at failing to significantly bolster his squad in the offseason. With Eden Hazard, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Pedro Rodriguez injured and Victor Moses suspended, Chelsea had a threadbare match-day 18. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

Stetsons and Peat Moss Face Masks propel Gaeltacht students to business competition finals

first_imgIt takes a unique idea to make a unique new business, and thinking outside the box has served two Donegal school companies well in a business competition. Start up companies established by students in Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Béal an Átha Móir were the joint winners of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí Donegal Regional Final.Gairmscoil Chú Uladh established Stetson agus Steps Ltd to produce a DVD that teaches people how to jive. The Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair ‘Boue’ company has came up with an innovative face mask made from peat moss. 5 schools and 15 companies took part in the Regional Final and the winning companies will represent County Donegal at the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí National Final on the 15 March 2018 in Galway.Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Béal an Átha Móir – ‘Stetson agus Steps Ltd.’Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair – ‘Boue’Clár na gComhlachtaí is a hands-on business learning experience developed and delivered in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) and is taught by business volunteers through the Irish language to students in Gaeltacht regions.Three of the participating schools were also presented with special awards at the regional final. Coláiste na Carraige, received the judges’ special recognition award, Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair triumphed in the ‘Innovation’ award category, while Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada won the ‘Sales and Marketing’ award.Over 180 students and 5 schools took part in the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí programme in County Donegal this year. The programme provided students with numerous opportunities for the development and reinforcement of important business, academic and leadership skills, which will be invaluable to them in the future. While the winning enterprises will progress to the National Final, the judges Aisling Ní Fhearraigh, Christopher MacSuibhne from Údarás na Gaeltachta and Ailís Bairéad from Donegal Airport were thoroughly impressed with the innovative products and services on display and the entrepreneurial skills which were evident in all the teams.Micheál Mac Giolla Easpaig, Regional Manager Údarás na Gaeltachta, commented: “The Clár na gComhlachtaí Programme has been in operation in the Donegal Gaeltacht for the past 6 or 7 years and has proven both popular and beneficial for students. We are very grateful to the teachers, principals and of course the students themselves who assist us in promoting the programme which is very important for Údarás na Gaeltachta in inspiring the future entrepreneurs and business leaders of the Gaeltacht areas.”On behalf of Junior Achievement Ireland, Patricia Friel commented: “The Údarás na Gaeltachta – Clár na gComhlachtaí encourages students to maximize their potential and provides them with both business skills and life skills for their future. Thank you to the participating students, their teachers and business mentors for their dedication in showcasing the students’ entrepreneurial talent and also to Údarás na Gaeltachta for ensuring these students had this exciting real-to-life opportunity to set up their own business.”Representatives from the Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Munster Gaeltacht areas will compete in the national finals which will be held in the Connemara Coast Hotel, Na Forbacha on the 15 March 2018.Stetsons and Peat Moss Face Masks propel Gaeltacht students to business competition finals was last modified: March 13th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Béal an Átha MóirGairmscoil Chú Uladhpobalscoil ghaoth dobhairÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

Polish OTT TV provider Ipla owned by Cyfrowy Pols

first_imgPolish OTT TV provider Ipla, owned by Cyfrowy Polsat, attracted a total audience of 2.75 million for the second season of homegrown drama Na Krawędzi (On the Edge 2), which it debuted online. Each episode in the series attracted an average audience of over 200,000, with most users viewing on the show on PCs.The first two episodes of Na Krawędzi 2 were made available free of charge with the remaining episodes available for a season pass, individually or through subscription to an Ipla film package. Cyfrowy Polsat customers received the whole series free of charge.The first series of the show was aired by commercial channel Polsat, but the company decided against commissioning a second run.Beata Białkowska, marketing director at Cyfrowy Polsat and Polkomtel, said that the company would definitely consider airing other series online first.last_img read more

Mosquitoes can hear over distances much greater than suspected before

first_img Source:http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/02/study-mosquitoes-can-hear-10-meters-away Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 11 2019Mosquitoes can hear over distances much greater than anyone suspected, according to researchers at Cornell and Binghamton University.Their findings were published in the journal Current Biology.Until now, scientists believed that organisms required eardrums for long-range hearing, and that the feathery antennae with fine hairs that mosquitoes and some insects use to hear only worked at close distances of several centimeters (a few inches).A series of experiments has now provided neurophysiological and behavioral evidence that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes – which transmit such diseases as yellow fever, Dengue, Zika, West Nile and Chikungunya viruses – can hear specific frequencies as far away as 10 meters (32 feet) or more.Related StoriesScientists find ragweed compounds as potential neuroprotective agentsNerve stimulation therapy could help patients with the most common type of strokeNeurons rely on their own electrical signals to keep track of normal functionsThese frequencies overlapped well with the frequencies of female mosquitoes in flight as well as human speech.”It’s been known for quite a long time that male mosquitoes are drawn to the sound of the female’s beating wings,” said Ron Hoy, professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell and the paper’s senior author. Gil Menda, a postdoctoral researcher in Hoy’s lab, is the paper’s first author.Hoy noted that since mosquitoes mate in mid-air, the sound of the female’s wings buzzing sets the males in motion. Menda fitted mosquitoes with an electrode in their brains and made neurophysiological recordings of the auditory nerve being stimulated by pure-tones emitted from a loudspeaker 10 meters away.”They’re hearing at distances that normally require ear drums, but these are hairs,” said Hoy. Ear drums work by picking up pressure from sound waves, while tiny hairs sense sound from air particles vibrating at certain frequencies.They then moved the nerve physiology equipment to a super-quiet anechoic room run by collaborator Ron Miles, professor of mechanical engineering at Binghamton University. “It’s the quietest room in the Northeast and possibly in the country,” Hoy said.”We found the sweet spot of frequency that the mosquitoes are sensitive to was between 150 to 500 hertz,” Menda said.The mosquitoes’ frequency range for hearing also overlapped with human speech. “The most energetic frequencies of an average human vowel are in the range of 150 to 900 hertz,” Hoy said, so “they should be able to hear” people speaking.While the study offers both neurophysiological and behavioral evidence that male mosquitoes hear sounds from far field, it offers no proof that they use it to home in on people. The insects are known to pick up sensory cues such as carbon dioxide, odors and warmth to locate people. But the results do show an intriguing correlation, Hoy said. Though the results do not offer viable new avenues for mosquito control, they open the door for developing highly sensitive directional microphones and hearing aids that use fine hairs that sense the speed of air particles as they are jostled by passing soundwaves.last_img read more

Jurassic park made a dinosaursized leap forward in computergenerated animation on screen

first_img Citation: ‘Jurassic park’ made a dinosaur-sized leap forward in computer-generated animation on screen, 25 years ago (2018, June 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-jurassic-dinosaur-sized-computer-generated-animation-screen.html Provided by The Conversation Yet Jurassic Park stands out historically because it was the first time computer-generated graphics, and even characters, shared the screen with human actors, drawing the audience into the illusion that the dinosaurs’ world was real. Even back then, upon seeing the initial digital test shots, George Lucas was stunned: He’s often quoted as saying “it was like one of those moments in history, like the invention of the light bulb or the first telephone call … A major gap had been crossed and things were never going to be the same.”Since then, computer graphics researchers have been working to constantly improve the realism of visual effects and have achieved great success, scholarly, commercial and artistic. Today, nearly every film contains computer-generated imagery: Explosions, tsunamis and even the wholesale destruction of cities are simulated, virtual characters replace human actors and detailed 3-D models and green-screen backgrounds have replaced traditional sets.Years of progressI have been researching computer animation for nearly two decades and witnessed the transition from practical to virtual effects; it didn’t happen overnight. In 1993, the film industry didn’t really trust computer graphics. For decades, filmmakers had relied on physical models, stop motion and practical special effects, many of them provided by ILM, which was founded to create the effects in the original Star Wars trilogy and, notably, provided effects for the “Indiana Jones” movie series. When he made Jurassic Park, therefore, director Steven Spielberg approached computer-generated sequences with caution. Explore further This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The 3-D animated movies that followed in the late 1990s – like Toy Story series and Antz – were stylized, cartoonish films limited even by the era’s best computing power, lighting models, and geometric modeling and animation packages.The bar for realism is much higher when computer-generated images are mixed with live-action footage: Audiences and critics complained that mapping an actor’s face onto a younger virtual body didn’t work well in 2010’s “Tron: Legacy.” (Even the director admitted the effect wasn’t perfect.) In fact, small infidelities can be especially jarring when they look quite close but just a little bit off.Early successes of computer special effects – such as Starship Troopers, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor – focused on adding events like explosions and other large-scale destruction. Those can be less true to real life because most of the audience hasn’t experienced similar events in person. Over the years, though, computer graphics researchers and practitioners tackled cloth, water, crowds, hair and faces. The Genesis demonstration from ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.’ By some counts, computer-generated dinosaurs were on screen for only six minutes of the two-hour movie. They were supplemented with physical models and animatronics. This juxtaposition of computer-generated and real-world imagery gave audiences the illusion of realism because the computer-generated images were on screen along with real footage. Computer-generated dinosaurs walk the Earth. Credit: Universal Pictures Studios Real or virtual: Scientists ask—can we tell the difference? Performance capture pioneer Andy Serkis explains how his work has transformed over the years. More recently, makeup and computer magic were combined to create a merman lead actor in much-lauded The Shape of Water. Looking toward the future, as synthetic images and video become ever more realistic and easy to produce, people will need to be on guard that those techniques can be used not just for entertainment but to mislead and misinform the public. With 25 years of hindsight, Jurassic Park marks a pivotal point in the history of visual effects in film. It came 11 years after 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan debuted computer-generated imagery for a visual effect with a particle system developed by George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic to animate a demonstration of a life-creating technology called Genesis. And Tron, also in 1982, included 15 minutes of fully computer-generated imagery, including the notable light cycle race sequence. Computers bring the extinct back to life. Learning to use the innovationsThere were important practical advances as well. Consider the evolution of performance capture for virtual characters. In the early days, live actors would have to imagine their interactions with computer-generated characters. The people playing the computer-generated characters would stand nearby, describing their actions out loud, as the human actors pretended to see it happening. Then the virtual-characters’ actors would record their performance in a motion capture lab, supplying data to 3-D animators, who would refine the performance and render it to be incorporated in the scene.The process was painstaking and especially difficult for the live-action actors, who couldn’t interact with the virtual characters during filming. Now, more advanced performance capture systems allow virtual characters to be interactive on the set, even on locations, and provide much richer data to the animators.With all this technological ability, directors have to make big choices. Michael Bay is famous – among fans and critics – for extensive use of computer-generated special effects. True masters remember Spielberg’s lesson and skillfully combine the virtual and real worlds. In the Lord of the Rings movies, for example, it would have been easy to use computer graphics techniques to make the hobbit characters seem smaller than their human counterparts. Instead director Peter Jackson used carefully chosen camera locations and staging to achieve this effect. Similarly, the barrel escape scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug combined footage from real river rapids with computer-generated liquids. 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

Parrikar had promised but he is not among us Goa BJP chief

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first_imgParrikar had promised but he is not among us: Goa BJP chief Vinay TendulkarGoa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar was responding to a claim by GFP chief Vijai Sardesai that his party supported the BJP after 2017 elections because Parrikar, who became chief minister, promised full five-year tenure to GFP ministers.advertisement Next Press Trust of India Panaji (Goa)July 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 23:45 IST After Parrikar, Pramod Sawant was made CM and he has taken the decision (to drop GFP ministers) as per the directions of the Central leadership, Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar said.Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar said Saturday that even if late Manohar Parrikar had promised a full tenure to ministers of the ally Goa Forward Party (GFP), he is no more.He was responding to a claim by GFP chief Vijai Sardesai that his party supported the BJP after 2017 elections because Parrikar, who became chief minister, promised full five-year tenure to GFP ministers.Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Friday dropped all three GFP ministers alongwith independent Rohan Khaunte from his cabinet after ten Congress MLAs joined the BJP.Asked about Sardesai’s claim, Tendulkar said, “Parrikar had promised, but unfortunately, he is not amongst us. After him, Pramod Sawant was made chief minister and he has taken the decision (to drop GFP ministers) as per the directions of the Central leadership.”Sardesai had also said that he supported Sawant government because Parrikar, before his death, had taken such an assurance from him.ALSO READ | Induction of Congress MLAs into BJP is death of Parrikar’s legacy: Vijai SardesaiALSO WATCH | JP Nadda welcomes 10 rebel Goa Congress MLAs into BJPFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup 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 bySnigdha Choudhurylast_img read more