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A Besieged Bastion

first_imgYeddyurappaHaradanahalli Devegowda Kumaraswamy, the state JD(S) boss and former Karnataka chief minister in a JD(S)-BJP coalition government, has for months planned the drama in the state which has left the 28-month-old B.S. Yeddyurappa-led BJP government in a crisis. The first signs of dissidence cropped up last week when Yeddyurappa brought in his,YeddyurappaHaradanahalli Devegowda Kumaraswamy, the state JD(S) boss and former Karnataka chief minister in a JD(S)-BJP coalition government, has for months planned the drama in the state which has left the 28-month-old B.S. Yeddyurappa-led BJP government in a crisis. The first signs of dissidence cropped up last week when Yeddyurappa brought in his lieutenants in a September 22 Cabinet reshuffle at the cost of some independent MLAs whose support helped prop up the first-ever BJP government south of the Vindhyas in May 2008. One of them, Sports Minister Goolihatti Shekhar, had even threatened to kill himself if he was removed. Bellary mining baron and Tourism Minister G. Janardhana Reddy, whose brother Revenue Minister G. Karunakara Reddy was instrumental in mobilising the independents to smell a new future in the saffron party, had also wanted Shekhar to stay. Yeddyurappa, claiming the party high command and the RSS leadership had given him a carte blanche, threw caution to the winds and decided for himself.Kumaraswamy has taken on Chief Minister Yeddyurappa.Shekhar, like many others who felt wronged by the chief minister, cried foul. He and 18 other slighted MLAs wrote to Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj, withdrawing their support to the Yeddyurappa government. The list comprised 14 BJP MLAs and five independents including seven ministers. Bhardwaj played by the book and asked Yeddyurappa to prove his majority on or before October 12 by 5 p.m. Kumaraswamy, meanwhile, had already built his bridges with the Congress high command, having met Sonia Gandhi some months ago. That he had been trooping in and out of the Raj Bhavan this week only added to his key role in the drama. With the state Congress in a comatose since 2006, the high command had no choice but to go with a Congress-JD(S) combo to take on the BJP. Sonia even roped in former JD(S) man and ex-deputy chief minister Siddaramaiah into the Congress in July 2006 and made him head of the Congress Legislature Party and Opposition leader in June 2009. Even as Yeddyurappa deputed Janardhana, who had nearly pulled down the government in October 2009, to placate more than a dozen rebel MLAs holed up in a Chennai hotel on October 6, Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy’s secret rendezvous threw enough hints of serious trouble for Yeddyurappa.The 224-member Assembly comprises 117 BJP MLAs, 73 and 28 from the Congress and the JD(S) respectively, and six independents. Yeddyurappa, hoping the Reddys will do the trick for him, desperately needs the rebels to “come back home” to clock the magic number of 113. The rebels have spurned his olive branch to have some senior colleagues resign to accommodate five or six of them now and six more in six months. The fact that Kumaraswamy’s key man Zameer Ahmed, a Bangalore JD(S) MLA who owns a fleet of buses, was liasioning with the rebel MLAs in Chennai is not good news for the BJP.advertisementDissident BJP MLAs address the media outside Raj Bhavan.The Reddys are under pressure from the BJP high command to bail out Yeddyurappa while the Congress-JD(S) alliance wants the government to fall on its own before exploiting it. Karunakara symbolically stood behind Yeddyurappa at the October 6 Cabinet meeting in the Vidhana Soudha while their close aide and Health Minister B. Sriramulu even offered to resign if it helped the beleagured Yeddyurappa. State Congress Working President D.K. Shivakumar, working closely with Siddaramaiah, says his party “will play its cards close to its chest”. JD(S) leader M.C. Nanaiah had also touched base with a key Congress leader in Bangalore. If the Congress-JD(S) combo manages to lure the rebels, Kumaraswamy will play kingmaker: Siddaramaiah can realise his dream of becoming chief minister and Kumaraswamy’s brother H.D. Revanna, his deputy. Time is running out and the heat is on Yeddyurappa to survive this ordeal. Or just get ready to hang up his boots in a few days.last_img read more


November 28, 2019 0

Phone-hacking scandal: Whistleblower journalist found dead

first_imgPolice said Sean Hoare, the whistleblower reporter who alleged widespread hacking at the News of the World, has been found dead.The phone-hacking controversy took a new turn on Monday with the death of a former News of the World journalist, Sean Hoare, who first alleged that illegal practices were being adopted at the tabloid under the editorship of Andy Coulson.Coulson, who was arrested two weeks ago, resigned as editor of the tabloid due to the phone-hacking allegations, but was later hired by David Cameron as his communications director as leader of the opposition and also later as Prime Minister.Hoare was found dead on Tuesday at his home in Watford, but his death was not being considered as suspicious.The issue continued to rock the corridors of power as two top police officers of the Scotland Yard – Sir Paul Stevenson and John Yats – resigned, even as anticipation built up about on Tuesday hearing before MPs of Rupert and James Murdoch, and Rebekah Brooks.The Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons is scheduled to examine the three leading lights of the controversy while Sir Paul Stevenson, former police commissioner, will appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee.The hearings will be telecast live, and are expected to register a wide audience due to the phone-hacking controversy that has hit Murdoch’s media empire in the UK hard.Hoare first levelled allegations about phone-hacking at the now defunct tabloid in a New York Times investigation into the phone-hacking issue.advertisementHe told the newspaper that not only did Coulson know of the phone hacking, but that he actively encouraged his staff to intercept the phone calls of celebrities in the pursuit of exclusives.In a subsequent interview with the BBC he alleged that he was personally asked by his then-editor, Coulson, to tap into phones.- With PTI inputslast_img read more


November 28, 2019 0

Ducati to unveil new SuperSport at Intermot 2016

first_imgOn the eve of Intermot 2016, to be held in Cologne (Germany) from October 5 to October 9, Ducati will be previewing some of the latest developments for 2017 and has confirmed that the eagerly awaited SuperSport will be on show.After giving all the Ducatisti and motorcycle enthusiasts at WDW2016 an exclusive look at the SuperSport, the new sport road bike from the Bologna-based bike manufacturer is now ready for a wider audience.ALSO READ:BMW Motorrad to unveil two new motorcycles at IntermotThe new SuperSport is a bike for those eager to ride sports-style on everyday roads. Fun, versatile and accessible, with true Ducati sports styling and zest, the SuperSport promises exciting, fun riding sensations while ensuring everyday comfort and easy handling whatever the roads are like. An innovative leap that, even before its debut, has won widespread support and aroused considerable interest; at Cologne, the SuperSport is set to steal the limelight to say the least.Ducati Multistrada 1200 SIntermot also provides a great opportunity to enjoy an international preview of other aspects of the Ducati 2017 range, such as the stylish “Volcano Grey” colour on the Multistrada 1200 S. More than just new colour schemes, there will be appealing, practical technical upgrades: for 2017 the Multistrada 1200 family features a new air box in the intake zone and new engine calibration; these changes give the twin-cylinder Testastretta DVT even fuller, more satisfying mid-range power delivery.At Intermot, Ducati will also be presenting the new EURO 4 engines for the Monster 821 and Diavel. The Monster 821 range, moreover, now features the appealing yet assertive “Dust Grey” colour, an opaque grey of outstanding freshness and flair that perfectly matches the red frame and wheels.advertisementDucati Panigale 1299 SALSO READ:Yamaha teases new bike; could be all new YZF-R6Major upgrades have also been made to the Ducati Superbike family, which, on the 1299 Panigale and 1299 Panigale S, sees the introduction of the latest EVO version of Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC). These systems, first seen on the exclusive 1299 Panigale S Anniversario, maximise the performance and active safety of this Ducati Superbike. The new DTC and DWC EVO feature a new algorithm that makes their intervention faster and more precise.last_img read more


November 21, 2019 0

Mike Gundy calls O’Colly writers ‘punk college kids’

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! “Young people that put out something like that, that is a big statement,” he said.“When you say something like that, you had better make sure that you can back that up and that your information is good because you are stepping out there…You should not be influenced by people (who) don’t put their name on it.”[1. The piece didn’t have a byline other than the name of the paper. A “staff piece” as it were.]Now I’m not sure how anyone from the O’Colly would “back that up” because it’s not like they’re in charge of the employment of anyone making decisions at OSU. They had an opinion and they gave it.Gundy saying that sort of seems like a “I beat OU I can say whatever the **** I want right now” statement.What’s wrong with the sports media worldHe continued.“They are trying to do something to make themself something and what they don’t understand…I’ll be real candid with you, it’s like right now that I’m not a real big fan of sports talk radio.”[1. He said this to Robert Allen, by the way.]“Let me tell you why, they get on, forget me, it’s we need to fire this guy, we need to fire this guy, no, we need to fire this guy. Well, what about firing you. You (radio hosts) say a lot of things that aren’t true and it’s been proven things you’ve been saying are way off.”I actually agree with this which is kind of funny because it’s sort of my job to highlight and exacerbate explosive sports content on the Internet. Still, I value quality things and not just throwing spaghetti against the wall to see if it’s done.“I didn’t read it and they (friends) told me the brunt of it and I really didn’t think anything about it and that’s just some punk college kid that doesn’t have a clue,” Gundy concluded. “I could really care less to be honest with you.”He actually meant “couldn’t care less” which is actually not true[1. That ain’t true!] because he just went on a multi-paragraph tirade about the whole thing.Hindsight is pretty easyI thought at the time it was a fairly reactionary for the O’Colly to print what it did though I will say it’s a LOT easier to sit here on January 15 and be-downgrade it for what it was than when it was written in December.The two main points in all of this are as follows:1. We are too in-the-moment reactionary to various events. God forbid we collect more than one game’s worth of data and evidence to draw a conclusion on something.Gundy is right about that. I call it the LeBron Possession Theory.[1. OK, I just made that up in the last 30 seconds.]For a few years it felt like every playoff possession from LeBron would make or break his career. It was infuriating. Let him finish the season! The series! The game! How about just the quarter?!That’s the nature of it, though.There’s more space to be filled in 2015 than ever and inevitably it’s going to be filled with nonsense at times (this blog isn’t immune to that) because to build something that’s nuanced takes a lot of time, a lot of effort and can’t be shipped daily or hourly.Your choices are either 1. listen to it and get super mad or happy or 2. don’t listen to it and don’t get super mad or happy.2. Gundy is letting the swagger hang, isn’t he? I mean he just went 7-6 and scraped his way into a bowl in which he used a defensive lineman to lead his team offensively and he’s letting it ride like he just picked up Urban Meyer to coach the offense.His “you came at the king and you missed” attitude is fine, I suppose, but the reality is that this season was really bad until the OU game and he was doing a terrible job handling the media and managing the perception of the program.We forget all that because Tyreek in Norman and the defense is so young and WE HAVE OUR DANGED QUARTERBACK IN PLACE NOW but all of that doesn’t erase an atrocious two months in the middle of the year.Gundy is back, though, so I’m not sure any of it — the losing streak, the QB whiffs or what was written in the paper — even matters anymore. In fact I’m pretty sure it doesn’t.Quotes via Tulsa World and Scout — go read those stories, they have a ton of great quotes from Gundy. Even more than I included here.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. Mike Gundy preparing for the Cactus Bowl. (USATSI)Mike Gundy preparing for the Cactus Bowl. (USATSI)Mike Gundy is back, you guys.I mean he is back.On Wednesday the ball coach held court for an hour with various members of the media[1. Actually four including a member of the cheer squad named Robert Allen.] and discussed his starting QB, the O’Colly, his running back problem and…spelling tests.We’ll get to the other stuff in a little bit but for now let’s look at the grenade Gundy launched in the direction of the Daily O’Collegian.The backstoryI wrote about the issue at hand in December after the O’Colly posted a headline entitled “Gundy Be Gone” and wrote “Gundy didn’t want to be (at the press conference on Monday). After this season, the O’Colly thinks maybe it’s best that he isn’t.”These are actual words I wrote as a follow up to that! (#NostraPistols)All of this goes away, too, if Gundy wins Bedlam and/or OSU starts out hot next season with Mason Rudolph at the helm.He’s once again lauded as the quirky, crazy brainchild of a wild midwestern offensive-minded football program who makes too much money to coach a bunch of 19-year-olds to within reach of a conference championship.That moment feels a long away from this one but I really don’t think it is.Gundy was given plenty of ammunition for a rebuttal to the O’Colly (after over a month, no less) from the fact that most of what I proposed actually, gasp, happened.On Wednesday he used it. Oh did he use it.Why Gundy is mad“The first thing that came to mind was that it was probably (written by) some college punks,” said Gundy. “You’ve got to realize who the source is.”last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

UK Chamber of Shipping’s Ratings Campaign Makes Progress

first_imgzoom This week saw the 6th Ministerial roundtable event between senior industry figures and Government Ministers, as part of the ‘strategic partnership’ programme.A Maritime UK delegation, including the UK Chamber of Shipping CEO, Head of MNTB and Head of Communications met with Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond, Business Minister Michael Fallon, head of the MCA Sir Alan Massey and others to discuss issues pertaining to skills and employment.Significant progress was made in a number of key areas, especially on the UK Chamber’s campaign to include ratings within the tonnage tax core training commitment. The Government will announce further details in due course.Maritime UK’s strategic partnership with Government is now in its second year, and has already produced a number of significant changes – including an increase in SMarT funding from £12m to £15m.UK Chamber of Shipping, April 3, 2014last_img read more


October 24, 2019 0

Polands archival posters to be displayed in Delhi

first_imgAn exhibition of archival posters from Poland’s Poster Museum is going on in the Capital. Organised by the Polish Institute, “Between Art Deco and Modernism” at the India International Centre (IIC) here will recount the popular art of Polish posters during 1918-1939. Since late 19th and early 20th century, poster design has been recognised in the Polish artistic tradition as a source of national pride. The evolution, however, has been gradual and visitors will be able to spot different stylistic approaches. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn its early stages, posters executed in Poland and in surrounding countries were very similar and comparable in form. Mariusz Knorowski, Chief Curator of the Poster Museum at Wilanow (Poland), says that during 1920s, when poster was getting defined as an independent art form, an interest in folk art patterns emerged, visible in figuration and vivid colouring. In 1930s, this use of native folklore as a source of innovation served to form a Polish national style – resulting in visibly differentiated posters. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe art of Polish posters that combined image and text was also influenced by the outbreak of World War II. “Post-war Poland exposed artists to increasing ideological pressure. Commercial advertising, once a mainstay for poster designers, was removed from all aspects of public life,” he said in a statement. In all, posters was considered a driving force of artistic progress as it brought together architecture, painting and sculpture with artistic design. Currently, the Poster Museum boasts of one of the largest poster collections in the world and is situated in the Wilanow Palace complex, the residence of King Jan III Sobieski. The exhibition concludes June 28.last_img read more


October 20, 2019 0

New home causing illness falling apart says Peguis First Nation family

first_imgAPTN National NewsA family from the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba says they’ve had to move out of their brand new modular home because it’s already falling apart and causing illness.The family has been displaced since massive flooding hit the province in 2011 and they now live in a camper.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has this story.last_img


October 14, 2019 0

Talk will explore ideology and water politics in Southern Alberta

Brock’s Sustainability Science and Society graduate program will present a talk next week by political science professor Tim Heinmiller, “Ideology and Water Politics in Southern Alberta.”The public talk takes place Thursday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. in Plaza 408. All are welcome.Heinmiller, who is also a member of the Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, is an expert in environmental politics and public policy and administration.


October 7, 2019 0

Mens Basketball Ohio State lands second commitment for 2020

first_imgOhio State head coach Chris Holtmann puts his hands out in the first half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Managing Editor for MultimediaOhio State received the second commitment of its 2020 recruiting class Sunday when Zed Key announced his intention to play for the Buckeyes on Twitter.The three-star prospect is rated the No. 5 player in his home state of New York, and the No. 158 overall recruit in his class, per 247Sports.Key, a 6-foot-7 power forward, joins four-star shooting guard Eugene Brown in Ohio State’s 2020 class. Brown committed to Ohio State on Monday.Outside of Ohio State, Key received offers from Buffalo, Cincinnati, Duquesne and Charlotte.The addition of Key lands Ohio State at the No. 24 recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports.The Ohio State University %100 Committed @MovingPictureny@OhioStateHoops @NYJayhawks @LuHiBasketball @KeyPlayerNation @Dloading @thekidet pic.twitter.com/Yaby5EjKrM— Zed Key (@ZedBasketball14) September 22, 2019last_img read more


September 28, 2019 0

Remains in Dublin Mountains are those of missing Elaine OHara

first_imgUpdated 11.45pmTHE REMAINS FOUND in the Dublin Mountains over the weekend are those of missing woman Elaine O’Hara.The body discovered by a walker on Saturday has been formally identified as the 36-year-old who was reported missing on 22 August 2012.Her family had last seen her in Dublin on that Wednesday evening. Her car was later found at Shanganagh Cemetery, where her mother is buried.The cause of death has not been revealed and investigations continue. Gardaí in Blackrock say they are investigating all the circumstances of the discovery and have renewed their appeal for anyone who may have seen Elaine between when she was last seen at Ballinclea Heights, Killiney and when her body was discovered on the 13 September 2013 at Kilakee Mountain, Rathfarnham to contact them.Initial speculation that the remains could belong to one of the women whose disappearances are being investigated by Operation Trace was ruled out by gardaí.First published at 4pmRead: Human remains found in Dublin MountainsMore: Renewed appeal for missing Elaine O’Haralast_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

ASA DuPont Young Leaders Complete Training

first_imgASA President Ray Gaesser poses (far right) with the 2014 Dupont Young Leaders, and Andre Trepanier (far left), DuPont Pioneer Sr. Manager Soybean Product Marketing & Intellectual Property in San Antonio, Texas.The 30th anniversary class of the ASA DuPont Young Leaders completed their training, Feb. 25 – 28, 2014. The training took place in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.“The DuPont Young Leader Program has helped ASA source and train upcoming leaders for 30 years,” said ASA President Ray Gaesser. “This year’s class of women and men is exceptional. We know agriculture is in good hands and are grateful for Pioneer DuPont for their commitment to the soybean industry.”While in San Antonio, Young Leaders participated in leadership and marketing training, issues updates and discussion and were recognized at ASA’s annual awards banquet.“We’re proud of the heritage of the ASA DuPont Young Leader Program,” said Randy Wanke, Sr. Manager Industry Relations at Pioneer. “The program has a profound impact on not only the soybean industry but all of agriculture. Former DuPont Young leaders are currently serving in leadership roles throughout the industry and we have no doubt that you’ll be seeing the members of this year’s class assuming leadership roles in the near future.”For more information about the ASA DuPont Young Leader Program click here. Applications for the class of 2015 will be available soon.last_img read more


September 16, 2019 0

Woodland City Council meeting canceled

first_imgThe City Council Meeting that was scheduled for tonight, October 3, 2011, has been cancelled due to the lack of a quorum. All regular business will be continued to October 17, 2011. There will be a special budget workshop on October 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm.Direct any questions to the Clerk-Treasurer’s office at (360)225-8281.last_img


September 16, 2019 0

Makeshift boats compete in Key West regatta

first_imgKEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – For some ingenious boaters in the Florida Keys, duct tape made the difference between victory and defeat.The annual Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta hit the waves in Key West, Sunday.Hundreds came out to watch participants as they attempted to navigate a course in makeshift boats — built with only a little wood and duct tape.The boaters competed for various awards, including “fastest ship” and “best paint job.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


September 15, 2019 0

Drivers in Canadian province will lose license pay 5000 fine for illegally

first_img(WSVN) – Drivers who illegally pass a school bus when its stop lights are flashing will lose their license for three months, according to a new law on the books in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island.CBC News reports the Prince Edward Island legislature passed the law in response to a number of incidents of children getting hit or nearly getting hit while getting on and off school buses.Failure to stop for a school bus now means the driver will get 12 points on their license, and have it suspended for three months. Offenders will also have to pay a $5,000 fine.In order to get their licenses reinstated, drivers must meet with highway safety officials, pay a $100 reinstatement fee, and take a defensive driving course within six months of getting their license back.If the driver gets any more points on their license within a year of the initial offense, their license will once again be suspended.The law goes into effect Saturday, December 8th. According to CBC News, the province’s increased fines are the highest in the country.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


September 15, 2019 0

HP Reverb gives Microsoft VR a highres boost

first_imgIan Sherr gives the HP Reverb a spin in San Francisco. James Martin/CNET Virtual reality headsets are going through a hardware evolution, slowly, with eye tracking, wireless connections, wider fields of view and higher resolutions.Companies are also catering their VR headsets to enterprise over consumer more now than they were a few years ago, when Oculus Rift and Vive were trying to win home crowds. The HP Reverb is a case in point: The first new Windows VR headset in years is going for professionals more than everyday consumers, with a $600 price tag and a focus on comfort and higher definition. An enterprise-targeted version of the HP Reverb will cost slightly more, at $649.The HP Reverb arrives in late April. I tried one on and experienced a series of demos to see how it compared to the extremely impressive (and expensive) Varjo VR-1, which I demoed earlier this year. But, keep in mind the Varjo VR-1 costs $6,000: the Reverb is one tenth the price.hp-reverb-vr-virtual-reality-headset-7972The HP Reverb’s size is Oculus Rift-like. James Martin/CNET How high-res is high-res?Compared to the current highest-res mainstream VR headsets (the HTC Vive Pro and Samsung Odyssey), the HP Reverb looks crisper. I tried one on right after wearing Samsung Odyssey, and it felt like an optician had adjusted my vision a notch better. That being said, I could still see pixels. Standing at a fixed point in a virtual room and trying to read text on a virtual Windows screen on the wall, it was a better experience with HP Reverb, but not as good as looking at a big, 4K monitor.The HP Reverb has 2,160×2,160 resolution per eye and a 114 degree field of view, both of which beat out other mainstream headsets (the Vive Pro is 1,440×1,600 per eye with a 110 degree field of view). HP’s headset uses 2.89-inch LCD displays over OLED to improve pixel density, and a new squircle-shaped field of view and asymmetrical Fresnel lenses to make the viewing area wider at the sides, and smaller between the eyes where viewing area overlaps.In terms of “pixels per degree,” or pixel density, the HP Reverb display is about 24 to 25 pixels per degree, versus 14 to 15 pixels per degree on the Vive Pro or Samsung Odyssey. In comparison, the Microsoft HoloLens 2 is 47 pixels per degree (with a considerably smaller field of view), and the Varjo VR-1 gets to over 60 pixels per degree at the center of its display.I tried several experiences: wandering around Microsoft’s virtual cliff house VR loft lobby, playing with SteamVR’s The Lab game and getting up close to virtual dragons and frogs, selecting surgical tools in a medical training program, and exploring a CAD design of a WeWork office, where I took a close peek at the texture of virtual pillows.It all looked pretty sharp, but it didn’t cross the “retina quality” threshold. I was more wowed by the Varjo VR-1, which had a pixel-free, perfect center resolution… but the Varjo headset also costs about $6,000. The HP Reverb does have other advantages, including a larger field of view, and the entire field is higher-res, while Varjo’s headset is lower res (about 15 pixels per degree) at the periphery. hp-reverb-vr-virtual-reality-headset-7885The HP Reverb uses Microsoft’s wireless VR controllers and similar self-contained in-headset tracking as previous hardware. James Martin/CNET One thing this headset lacks is eye tracking. The HP Reverb doesn’t have internal cameras to notice eye movement and gaze, something HTC is adding to the upcoming Vive Pro Eye, and which Varjo includes in its high-end headset. HP’s representatives had no comment on when an eye tracking version might appear.For now, HP is trying to get to the next VR stepping stone without driving up price too much on the Reverb… or its size. The headset feels more compact and a bit lighter than pro-targeted headsets I’ve worn (1.1 pounds, compared to the HTC Vive Pro’s 1.22 pounds), and about the same feel as the Oculus Rift headset (1.04 pounds). And it fit over my glasses fine.The Reverb is a Windows VR headset, and uses the same wireless controllers that existing Windows VR headsets use. Inside-out tracking contained in the headset doesn’t require room sensors, but it’s still tethered. The ability to link right into Windows 10 means it can also work with Steam-compatible VR games, too.The HP Reverb has its own built-in headphones, plus a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, and has Bluetooth in-headset to allow controllers to wirelessly pair with it instead of the PC. The consumer version comes with a machine-washable foam face piece, while the enterprise model has a faster-to-wipe-clean leather face piece. Game Developers Conference Game Developers Conference 0 Apr 30 • Facebook’s new Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest: Which VR headset is for you? Mar 21 • Intel intros 9th-gen Core H mobile CPUs, Graphics Command Center Post a comment Apr 30 • How to preorder Oculus Quest and Rift S right now Tagscenter_img See All Wearable Tech Mar 21 • Google Stadia puts Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gaming on notice Share your voice • reading • HP Reverb gives Microsoft VR a high-res boost Virtual Reality HP HTC Microsoft Samsung Windows 10last_img read more


September 10, 2019 0

Shaktoolik Erects Coastal Berm to Delay Relocation

first_imgFor years agency reports have listed Shaktoolik as eroding with immediate need for relocation. But without government funding, little action has been taken and erosion has progressed. Now the people of Shaktoolik are taking matters into their own hands and  building a coastal berm to protect their community.Listen now:The beginning of the Shaktoolik coastal berm. Photo: Anna Rose MacArthur.for years agency reports have listed Shaktoolik as eroding with immediate need for relocation. But without government funding, little action has been taken and erosion has progressed. Now the people of Shaktoolik are taking matters into their own hands and building a coastal berm to protect their community.A four-foot high pile of driftwood lines the coast of Shaktoolik. It stretches one mile from the first house to the dump. The barrier is the city’s first step in building a coastal berm, and it is the community’s first defense for fall storm surges.Harvey Sookikyak is one of the crew members constructing the berm. “If we try and wait for any kind of federal money, then it’s going to take more than a while to get this thing started,” he said, explaining the reason for the project. “So we decided it’s time for us to do something on our own.”Coordinating the project is Eugene Asicksik. He’s the Mayor of Shaktoolik and the Vice Chair of the Shaktoolik Native Corporation. “There has been a number of agencies that have come up with plans but there’s been no money to actually start,” Asickik said. Those plans include evacuation roads, evacuation centers, and even relocation.Over the years, Asicksik said a parade of government and private agencies have landed in the community to assess the erosion. He says they investigate, write a report, and leave.Two examples are in 2008 the state’s Immediate Action Workgroup released a report classifying Shaktoolik as one of eight communities in Alaska “in greatest peril due to climate change.” In 2009 the federal Government Accountability Office listed Shaktoolik as one of four Alaska communities “likely need[ing] to move all at once and as soon as possible” from continued flooding and erosion.“But again there is no money,” Asickik repeated. “That’s where we’ve taken initiative upon ourselves.”That initiative is building a coastal berm. Over the past two years the community has saved and raised money to build it: $120,000 from the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation in community development funds and $500,000 from NSEDC in an outside entity grant.Asicksik said they are going to work until the money runs out— about three months. The funds will pay for labor, equipment, and fuel. It will not pay for an engineer.Instead, Shaktoolik is basing the berm’s design off a blueprint from the Department of Transportation. The DOT had intended to construct a vegetated berm in Shaktoolik as an experiment for other eroding communities. Shaktoolik lifted that design, just without the vegetation.“The money doesn’t allow it,” Asicksik said.DOT coastal engineers Harvey Smith and Ruth Carter drafted the design and support the community’s efforts.“They’re kind of taking our idea and making it happen in a bigger way than what we could do with our little grant,” Ruth Carter said when asked about the community’s self-engineering.The berm will consist of a driftwood pile, embedded with gravel, backed by a gravel mound. The materials come from the Shaktoolik coast.Though the community is paying to construct the berm, if the barrier gets damaged, the state or FEMA—the Federal Emergency Management Agency—might be responsible for repairing it.Jeremy Zidek is the Public Information Officer for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and explained, “This berm, if it was owned by the city, it was properly engineered and maintained as a protective measure for the community, it can be eligible under public assistance program.”The berm’s construction is in its second week. To date, the workers have piled the driftwood and finished cutting a road to begin hauling the gravel.Gesturing to the berm’s beginning, Asicksik said, “Yes, we could just sit here and see what happens. But I can’t. I personally can’t. So in a way we are taking our own fate.”Asicksik said he does not know how long the berm will last. At best, he says the barrier will prevent a surge from cresting into the community. If anything, he said, it will buy the community time— time to remain in Shaktoolik or just time to escape the storm.last_img read more


September 9, 2019 0

Houston School Board Votes to Launch National Search for New Superintendent

first_img Listen “While I don’t agree with the search, it’s happening. And that is a reflection of some people’s communities wanting that to happen,” said Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones. “So we will go forward and do that with fidelity. But I also feel the people who feel she is doing a good job were not served well today.”Jones said that next the board has to hash out what the search will look like with the firm, including details on a timeline. When the consultants were used previously, they conducted community listening sessions and the search lasted about five months.At a special meeting Thursday night, several parents urged the board to be transparent.“A promise has been made to all the people in (the Houston Independent School District) that you will be searching and looking for a superintendent. That means there should be an active process in which we do that,” said Mindy Wilson.Trustee Wanda Adams unsuccessfully tried to award the interim superintendent, Grenita Lathan, a one year contract while the search is ongoing.Adams said it was needed given the upcoming Texas legislative session and the need for “stability” in the district. Since she was tapped as interim, Lathan has overseen a difficult budget season and the turnaround of several long struggling schools. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share center_img 00:00 /00:49 Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaAt a special meeting Thursday night, board members were mixed, but ultimately decided to conduct a national search for a new superintendent.It’s been six months since the last superintendent Richard Carranza left abruptly. Now the same firm that found him — Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates — will conduct a new national search. Because Carranza only lasted 18 months on the job before he left for New York City schools, there’ll be no search fee, just costs for incidentals like travel.Some trustees wanted to give the district’s interim superintendent, Grenita Lathan, a one-year contract until September 2019, while that search is ongoing. That measure was postponed indefinitely. Xlast_img read more


September 2, 2019 0

Comerford Wins Gold In Highlight of Day 3 Finals

first_imgAlina Kendzior won the B-final of the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.48. Elise Haan defended her gold from a year ago with the win, going 51.43. With 766 points, the Cardinals trail only NC State (886) and  Virginia 867. The rest of the field lines up with Notre Dame (624.5), Duke (570.5),  Florida State (490), UNC (487.5), Virginia Tech (333), Pitt (237), Georgia Tech (209), Miami 184.5 and Boston College 124. Mallory Comerford defended as 200 freestyle champion, winning gold in 1:41.60 and setting a meet record. She was the only swimmer to hit the wall in under 50 seconds at the halfway point, and left the field in her wake to win by more than three seconds. Also in that event for the Cardinals, Arina Openysheva was into the wall sixth in the 200 freestyle in the A final. Cardinal freshman Diana Dunn was eighth in the B-final with a time of 1:49.27. In the 100 breast, Louisville’s Kaylee Wheeler touched sixth in the 100 breaststroke A-final with a time of 59.88, which was an invited time from a year ago. Teammate Mariia Astashkina was into the wall 7th with a time of 1:00.12, for a B-cut. Morgan Friesen was eighth in the A-final, posting a 1:00.46.  Avery Braunecker finished fourth in the C-final with a time of 1:01.60, shaving a bit off her prelim time. NC State’s  Hansson got the win with a time of 57.74. In the A-Final of the 400 IM, Sophie Cattermole touched sixth with a time of 4:10.63. Maria Sumida got to the wall second in the B-final with a swim of 4:11.21.  In the C-final, Cardinal Carley Lowe boarded a 4:19.95 . NC State’s Kathleen Moore  touched first in 4:05.24 just ahead of Makayla Sargent (4:06.19), followed by freshman Emma Muzzy (4:06.89) to make it a Wolfpack sweep. “This is my favorite event and I wanted to get this for my team.  I love to race and compete with my team and keep pushing to get better and elevate my swims,” said Comerford. The University of Louisville made three podiums highlighted by Mallory Comerford’s gold medal performance in the 200 freestyle in Friday night’s finals at the 2019 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Story Links Grace Oglesby won silver in the 100 butterfly with a 51.02 for an NCAA A-cut.  In the B-final, Cardinal Alena Kraus went 53.57 in the 100 butterfly for sixth place just ahead of teammate Nastja Govejsek, who went 53.72 for seventh. Virginia’s Morgan Hill notched her second win second win of the meet, just touching out Oglesby by one one-hundredths of a second for the gold medal. In the final event of the evening, the Cardinals 400 medley relay, Alina Kendzior (52.55)   Kaylee Wheeler (59.29),  Grace Oglesby (50.70) and Mallory Comerford (46.53) joined forces to put up a 3:29.02.  NC State won the event in 3:27.81. Molly Fears finished eighth in the platform diving finals, posting a. score of 202.70. The event was won by NC States Madeline Kline’s 271.60 points.  2019 Women’s ACC Friday Finals Results The final day of racing on Saturday will feature the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breaststroke, 200 fly, 1M Diving, Men’s Platform diving, the 1650 freestyle.Standings:1. NC State 8862. Virginia 8673. Louisville 7664. Notre Dame 624.55. Duke 570.56. Florida State 4907. UNC 487.58. Virginia Tech 3339. Pitt 23710. Georgia Tech 20911. Miami 184.512. Boston College 124 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


September 1, 2019 0

Gladiator 2 Moving Forward with Director Ridley Scott

first_imgIn the 2000 film Gladiator, as he stood defiantly in the Coliseum of Rome, a general turned slave named Maximus, portrayed by Russell Crowe, declared, “I will have my vengeance in this life or the next.” At the end of the film, Maximus lay dead in the dirt, but nonetheless that doesn’t prevent a next life for Gladiator, with Deadline Hollywood reporting that director Ridley Scott is developing a sequel to the film. It seems fairly certain Maximus will not return, but with Hollywood one can never be sure.Russell Crowe facing off against tiger in a scene from the film Gladiator (2000). Photo by Universal/Getty ImagesAccording to Deadline, “While he has been eyeing other projects that include a coming of age Merlin movie at Disney, Ridley Scott has begun forward progress on a sequel to Gladiator, the 2000 film which garnered 11 Oscar nominations and five wins including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe.”The Hunger Games screenwriter Peter Craig will develop the script, reported several media outlets.The Emperor of Rome Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) questions the loyalty of his sister Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) in Dreamworks Pictures’ and Universal Pictures’ Epic Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott. Photo By Getty ImagesReportedly the sequel will follow the story of Lucius, who was a child in the original film, the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen), the sister of Emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) and lover of Maximus. Lucius idolized Maximus in the first film.Maximus is a fictional character, but Lucilla and Commodus are real people who lived in the 2nd century AD.She conspired against her despised brother, which was also a plot development in Gladiator, but in reality her coup attempt failed and she was executed. Lucius, her son, died young.Pollice Verso (Thumbs Down) by Jean-Léon Gérôme, the 19th century painting that inspired Ridley Scott to tackle the project.Developing a sequel to Gladiator has been discussed for years. The problem is, Russell Crowe was considered central to the original’s success.In an interview several years ago quoted in The Sun, Ridley Scott said of Maximus, “I know how to bring him back. I was having this talk with the studio — ‘but he’s dead.’ There is a way of bringing him back. Whether it will happen, I don’t know.”Russell Crowe (seen here in 2012) received critical praise for his performance in ‘Gladiator’ and won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Photo by Eva Rinaldi CC BY-SA 2.0Crowe, in a different interview, said, “On the set of Gladiator I built up a relationship with [Scott] that would last forever. Ridley did a job that was both epic and magical.”The actor has also said that Maximus was one of his favorite characters.Before Scott and Crowe worked together on Gladiator, the director was best known for Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma and Louise. He has said in interviews he wanted to make an epic that rose above the “Swords and Sandals” cliches.Ridley Scott on the set of Blade Runner. Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty ImagesThe part was offered to Mel Gibson, but he turned it down because he thought he was too old to do it justice.Crowe, born in New Zealand and later a resident of Australia, had already appeared in several successful films, but Gladiator was a high point to date, with his Oscar win.Afterward, he starred in A Beautiful Mind, The Insider, Master and Commander, Robin Hood, Noah, and Les Miserables.Despite all the praise Crowe has showered on Scott, reports agree that the two fought on the set of Gladiator, with Crowe repeatedly complaining about the dialogue and pressuring for changes.Russell Crowe on the set of movie Gladiator, being filmed at Bourne Wood. Photo by Ken Goff/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty ImagesIn a scene early in the film, when Maximus is asked about his home, he describes it movingly. That dialogue was written by Crowe.The acting of Joaquin Phoenix as the evil young Emperor Commodus also won praise, as did that of two veterans of film: Oliver Reed as Proximo and Richard Harris as Marcus Aurelius. Reed, an alcoholic, died before the film was finished and a body double and CGI were employed to complete his key part. Richard Harris died in 2002.Gladiator was a box office smash, earning $460 million. It also kicked off more interest in films and books on the ancient world. The films Troy, 300, and Alexander were believed to have gotten the green light because of “the Gladiator effect,” as did the TV series Spartacus.Read another story from us: Roman Gladiators – 6 Surprising Insights You May Not Have KnownAnother important factor in the success of Gladiator was the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. It is one of the best-selling scores of all time.last_img read more


August 30, 2019 0