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Tata Motors announces Harrier as official partner for IPL 2019

first_imgTata Motors has announced that its premium SUV Harrier will be the official partner for the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The sporting event begins on March 23. The announcement sees the auto major continuing its association that started last year with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).As the official partner, Tata Motors will showcase Harrier across all the stadiums throughout the IPL, with exciting on-ground engagement plans and merchandise. There will also be a Harrier Super Striker award wherein the best striker of the match will stand a chance to win a trophy along with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. Besides, the batsman with the highest strike-rate during the tournament will have a chance to drive home Tata Harrier. Additionally, there will be a Harrier Fan Catch award of Rs 1 lakh for anyone taking a catch single-handedly. Harrier will be a part of the IPL Trophy tour, which is being planned across major Indian cities.”After a successful association last year, it is only fitting for Tata Motors that our premium SUV Harrier should be the official partner of one of the biggest sporting events across the world. Born of legendary pedigree, Harrier has received a phenomenal response from customers across India. Much like the IPL, which is one of the most iconic global cricketing events and is widely celebrated as a platform for budding talent and international cricket legends, Harrier too is known for its exhilarating performance and exciting drive. We have elaborate plans to capture the audience’s attention in-stadia, on-air and across digital platforms and hope to drive tremendous value from this association yet again,” Tata Motors Passenger Vehicle Business Unit President Mayank Pareek said in a statement.advertisementBCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said: “We are excited to continue our partnership with TATA Motors and have their newly launched SUV Harrier as the official partner of the IPL 2019. Harrier’s exhilarating performance is very akin to the muscle that players put in to have the highest batting strike rate and win the Harrier Super Striker award every match and for the season. We look forward to delivering great exposure to both the Harrier brand as well as TATA Motors.”Tata Motors had launched Harrier on January 23 this year at a starting price of Rs 12.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Currently, the SUV is powered by a Kryotec 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine churning out 140 bhp at 3,750 rpm and 350 Nm torque at 1,750 rpm. It comes with an Advanced Electronically Controlled Variable Geometry Turbocharger (eVGT) for low-end torque and linear power delivery with low carbon footprint. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.Harrier features three drive modes – Eco, City and Sport – combined with similar number of ESP terrain response modes – Normal, Rough and Wet. It is available in five colours – Calisto Copper, Thermisto Gold, Ariel Silver, Telesto Grey and Orcus White.The SUV comes with a Floating Island 8.8 inch touchscreen infotainment system with high resolution display, supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also gets four speakers, four tweeters, one subwoofer with amplifier and guess what, all are provided by JBL.ALSO READ | Audi A6 Lifestyle Edition launched in India, price starts at Rs 49.99 lakhALSO READ | Pininfarina Battista makes world premier at Geneva Motor ShowALSO READ | 2019 Range Rover Sentinel revealed, gets more powerful 5.0-litre supercharged V8 enginelast_img read more

Breathless Nation | Books

first_img Bharati Chaturvedi January 4, 2019 ISSUE DATE: January 14, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 16:26 IST The Great Smog of India by Siddharth Singh Penguin Viking `499; 272 pagesIt’s a good time to read Siddharth Singh’s The Great Smog of India. As in previous years, large parts of the country are inhaling hazardous air. This will kill about 1.2 million Indians this year too.Fortunately, Singh’s book is not as gloomy as my opening lines-and that’s possibly because asIt’s a good time to read Siddharth Singh’s The Great Smog of India. As in previous years, large parts of the country are inhaling hazardous air. This will kill about 1.2 million Indians this year too.Fortunately, Singh’s book is not as gloomy as my opening lines-and that’s possibly because as a policy wonk working on energy and climate change, he seeks solutions. Such a dispassionate approach, seeking a silver lining amid the acrid smog, makes his book valuable.The Great Smog of India tells us a few home truths. First, that perfect data is not needed, so let’s not wait for it. We have enough information to act decisively. Second, other countries have managed to salvage an equally gloomy situation with firm but smart action. And third, that air pollution-and some of its individual solutions-exacerbate inequality. To simplify his nuanced case, using electric vehicles may clean up one city, but if it is coal that powers the electricity, pollution will be externalised.Singh goes to the root of each key challenge he identifies as contributing to muddying the air. He examines geography, mobility, energy, agriculture, governance, manufacturing and construction-almost all the factors that make the air toxic. Often, he brings in global histories to contextualise the challenge. I found the case of electric vehicles in the US fascinating. Did you know that in 1900, a third of all cars produced in that country were electric? That trend was crushed by the Ford Model T, the first mass-produced car with an internal combustion engine in an era when plenty of oil was available.advertisementThe story of Indian agriculture from the 1950s is instructive, too. Singh pulls in the interface between early agricultural policy to address hunger in a newly independent nation, ecological considerations about groundwater, and today’s stubble burning. These recent histories are important to build a public perspective. It is important that these be written about with authority, because otherwise they remain disaggregated oral history and fail to carry the credibility they ought to. As one who knows some (but not all) of these histories, I was delighted to find how well these were referenced. Building on this, Singh looks at national and local policy impacts and the lessons global solutions hold for India in 2018.Most thematic chapters compete with each other to inform. However, the chapter, ‘Made in India’, was disappointing-it didn’t carry the ‘big thinking’ of the rest. While Singh explores manufacturing and the success of the PAT (Perform, Achieve, Trade scheme of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency), the issue of the informal industries-significant in India-is absent. I’d also have liked to hear about current thoughts on clean production and the circular economy.I was struck by the book on a personal level too. I wheezed my way through the pollution of the late 1980s and 1990s. I could never run or play sports. I was rarely allowed ice-cream. My constant companion was a Ventolin inhaler. My childhood played out in an era before asthma became an epidemic, so it was hard even for my talkative self to share with anyone the isolating, scary space I inhabited several times a year. My otherwise rational parents were so fed up of my respiratory miseries that they dragged me at age 11 to pop in the famous fish of Hyderabad, believed to cure such ailments. Reading The Great Smog of India as an older person, who fights both air pollution and asthma, I caught myself tearing up a few times. Not for myself, but at the thought that all these years later, many, many more children live-and even die-in that isolated space where your mind watches your de-oxygenated body fight for another chance.That’s why I especially value that Singh uses his data with flair to exhort us to panic. To push the government to act, because only governments can move things at the scale we need today. He doesn’t say it, but he alludes to it-neglecting air pollution will put us on the path of becoming a failed state.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet 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 byManisha Pandey Tags :Follow Siddharth SinghFollow WriterFollow Author Breathless Nation | BooksSingh uses data with flair to exhort us to panic, to push the government to act against air pollution.advertisement Nextlast_img

DSA: Sulphur Directive Must Be Enforced Internationally

first_imgzoom The new directive requiring ships sailing in areas such as the North and Baltic Seas and the English Channel to reduce their sulphur emissions by 90 per cent needs significant international control and enforcement to ensure that ignoring the directive does not become an attractive option, according to the Danish Shipowners’ Association.The new directive has been in force since January 1, 2015, and not respecting the low-sulphur limits will be detrimental to both the climate, and to the competitiveness of Danish ships, the association says, adding that international enforcement of the directive is necessary to avoid the creation of economic incentives to cheat.”There is a lot of money to be made in circumventing the requirements of the Directive, and that makes effective international enforcement crucial. Without enforcement, we risk losing the environmental and health related improvements. Similarly, law-abiding shipping companies will suffer from unfair competitive disadvantages, and will lose out to those who cheat,” said Senior Adviser Jesper Stubkjaer, Danish Shipowners’ Association.“Ships can be subject to sulphur testing when calling a port in Europe (Port State Control), but when ships leave a port in the North or Baltic Sea bound for a port outside Europe, there is no risk of sulphur inspection. It is these vessels in particular that the Danish Shipowners’ Association fears will deliberately bypass the rules.”last_img read more

Minister Anxious to Learn More About Federal Infrastructure Programs

first_imgTransportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac told his federal counterpart, Transport Canada Minister Lawrence Cannon, this week that he is ready to talk about how the province can take advantage of the infrastructure-related funding programs announced in the recent federal budget. Nova Scotia’s entitlement under the programs is expected to total several hundred million dollars over the next seven years. The programs include the Building Canada Program, the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund, the Equal Per Jurisdiction Funding Program and the P3 Projects Fund. Canadian provinces and territories have lobbied the government of Canada for long-term, stable and predictable infrastructure funding for many years. “Up until the recent federal budget, these appeals had fallen on deaf ears,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “These new funding programs will go a long way toward enabling Nova Scotia to achieve its full potential as an international transportation gateway, and facilitating much needed improvements to the province’s highway infrastructure.” Mr. MacIsaac said, “The province is looking forward to learning more about program parameters and to being able to put in place the agreements and protocols necessary to allow cost-shared projects to proceed as quickly as possible.” Mr. MacIsaac thanked Mr. Cannon for intervening on behalf of provinces and territories in the course of the deliberations leading up to the federal budget.last_img read more

Arts education funding unequal across Ontarios schools report

first_imgTORONTO – Students across Ontario have unequal access to arts programing because of inconsistent funding that’s often dependent on parent efforts, a lack of space in schools, and fewer qualified arts teachers, a report from an education advocacy group said Tuesday.People for Education, an independent charitable organization, surveyed 1,200 public schools and crunched government data to arrive at its conclusions about arts program funding and availability across the province.Students in small and rural schools, schools with higher levels of poverty, and schools with lower levels of parental education, are less likely to have access to the arts in the classroom, the report said.“There’s definitely a very strong relationship between family income, parental education, fundraising and then what the arts budgets are in a school,” Annie Kidder, executive director of People for Education, said in an interview. “Those links are what’s worrying about what we found in this report.”School arts budgets in Ontario vary widely — ranging from $100,000 to $500 — and depend in part on the ability of parents to fundraise, contributing to the inequity, the report said.Students in schools with arts budgets of $5,000 or higher will have more opportunity to participate in choir or band, see live art performances or display their art, the report said. And elementary and secondary schools that fundraise are more likely to have arts budgets higher than $5,000, it added.Access to qualified arts teachers in Ontario is also a problem, the report said, noting only 46 per cent of elementary schools say they have a full or part-time music teacher, below the 58 per cent from 20 years ago.The report also said 43 per cent of elementary schools have no specialized rooms for arts programming.The Ministry of Education said the arts play “a significant role” in supporting student achievement and noted that the province recently announced $21 million over three years to support arts education.“This investment will strengthen opportunities to learn through the arts in dance, drama, music, and visual art inside and outside the classroom,” it said in a statement Tuesday.Kidder said additional regular provincial funding that bolsters the arts would help “equalize” programming for all students, no matter where they go to school.“There needs to be funding for the arts,” she said. “Even if there was some kind of funding at the provincial level so that school boards got a bit of extra funding … they could make choices about where that should be spent. How do we make sure that all kids, no matter the income of their parents, are able to play in a band or go to a performance?”The measures of success for students are consistently reading, writing and math scores, Kidder said, pointing out that arts education is sometimes looked at as a “nice-to-have.”She argued arts programming teaches important life skills like the ability collaborate, the value of hard work and builds the capacity in children to learn from their mistakes and take criticism.“We tend to, at a system level, pay less attention to things like arts education,” Kidder said. “Then the outcome of that is that you may at a board level or school level start spending less money on it or even have less time to fit in arts education.”last_img read more

HRC to hold inquiry on Kandy violence from 9 – 12 May

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka will hold an inquiry from 9 – 12 May, 2018 in Kandy on the violent incidents based on religious hatred that took place in Kandy District in March 2018.The Chairperson and Commissioners will conduct the inquiry. Prior to the said inquiry, the Commission called for written submissions and evidence from the public regarding the incidents. (Colombo Gazette)

Quebec finance minister to table 201516 budget March 26

Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao makes a financial declaration before question period Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the legislature in Quebec City. Leitao will table the provincial budget on March 26. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot Quebec finance minister to table 2015-16 budget March 26 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao will table the provincial budget on March 26.Leitao has said he will balance the books when he delivers the 2015-16 budget.He announced in an economic update in December that Quebec was imposing an additional $600 million in tax increases and other revenue-generating measures in its zero-deficit drive.He also warned the government had reached only 85 per cent of its cost-cutting goal and that he had to find another $1.1 billion in savings before the 2015-16 budget was tabled.Last spring, Philippe Couillard’s Liberals said that without a strict cost-cutting plan, Quebec’s deficit would have reached $7.3 billion by 2015-16.The government action has not gone down well with everyone, particularly unions and other groups feeling the brunt of the cuts.Quebec has been beset by street protests, with demonstrators demanding the government reverse its cost-cutting measures. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 11, 2015 9:45 am MDT read more

Time to prune the losers from your portfolio investment advisers suggest

Time to prune the losers from your portfolio, investment advisers suggest by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 2, 2015 12:20 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – With the Toronto stock market down about seven per cent this year and some sectors down even more, chances are you have a loser or two in your portfolio.Investment advisers say now is the time to consider selling them and taking your losses to offset any gains you might have in other stocks and reduce the taxes you owe.Portfolio manager Cynthia Caskey at TD Wealth Private Investment Advice says investors may be licking their wounds in many cases after the rough ride for stocks this year.“This is a way to have a silver lining to offset some taxes,” she said.Tax-loss selling means crystallizing a loss so that you can offset a capital gain and reduce the amount of tax owing. The loss then can be used against capital gains going back three years or carried forward for future use.If the investment is only down a little and you think it may come back, Caskey says this probably isn’t the strategy for you. But if your investment has taken a significant hit and is unlikely to bounce back, then selling for tax purposes is something you will want to consider.The strategy cannot be used for investments held within accounts like RRSPs or TFSAs, which do not face the same taxes as non-registered investments.To take advantage of a loss, the sale has to settle by the end of the year. That means this year, for Canadian stocks, you will need to sell your shares by Christmas Eve to have it completed by New Year’s Eve. For U.S stocks, the deadline is Dec. 28.You are also not allowed to repurchase the security you’re selling within 30 days. Otherwise it will be ruled a superficial loss and not permitted under the tax rules.However, you could look to buy shares in a similar company or an ETF to maintain exposure to the sector if you still believe in your original investment.For example, if you have an energy stock with a big loss, you could sell it and use the cash to buy an ETF with similar exposure to the price of oil if you think energy prices are going to bounce back.“It won’t mirror it exactly because it is a different security and has different fundamentals, but at least you’d be able to participate in any sort of movement,” Caskey said.For foreign stocks, it is important to remember that your loss is calculated in Canadian dollars.Jamie Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning at CIBC Wealth Advisory Services, cautioned that even if an investment in a U.S. stock may have fallen, the drop in the loonie will boost your bottom line.“If you purchased securities in a foreign currency, the gain or loss may be larger or smaller than you anticipated once you take the foreign exchange component into account,” he said.“The recent decline in the value of the Canadian dollar may increase capital gains or decrease capital losses, or, in some cases, turn what looks like a loss into a gain.”Caskey said whatever you do, it needs to be done within the context of your portfolio, and that the tax considerations shouldn’t be the only factor in your decision.Like a garden, she said it is important to recognize where things are working and where they aren’t and make adjustments.“Sometimes you have to weed your garden. Sometimes things get overgrown and need to be cut back, similarly unexpected combinations that aren’t working so will need to be rearranged,” she said. read more

Motor show news update – 29 May

Lotto winners spoilt for choice at Motor Show Live Families see show as a holiday highlight Bentley lays on VIP trips to show from Cheltenham, Leeds & Rochdale Lotto winners spoilt for choice at Motor Show Live If the car of their dreams is the first luxury purchase of many lottery winners, then the winner of tonight’s estimated £21.5 million triple roll-over jackpot would be spoilt for choice at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live.In fact, they would be able to buy all of the 400 cars on display and still have £6.5 million left in loose change!Taking the biggest dent out of the winner’s newly inflated bank balance would be the £313,465 Mercedes SLR McLaren, closely followed by the £300,000 Porsche Carrera GT and the £281,380 Maybach. Also likely to figure prominently in any list of dream cars are the £214,500 Rolls-Royce Phantom, the £177,500 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti and the £112,000 Aston Martin DB9 Volante. Families see show as a holiday highlight A whole new family audience is making a Bank Holiday B-line for The Sunday Times Motor Show Live, attracted by new interactive features that make the show a great day out.This year’s event is a radical departure from previous shows, with the emphasis as much on all-round family entertainment as the 400 new cars that are on display.Already proving a star attraction at the show is the BSM Driving School, at which children as young as 14 can actually drive a car for the first time. Younger family members will delight at the Lego-built Fomula 1 car and play area on the Fiat stand in Hall 5.The whole family, meanwhile, will enjoy the thrills and spills of the 4×4 Experience, a specially built off-road course, before getting a pure adrenalin fix at the Motropolis Live Action Arena, the MINI Open Air Theatre and Comma Caterham Experience.The show’s PR director, Andrew Andersz, says: ‘The show is no longer simply the preserve of car enthusiasts and petrolheads, it’s now an interactive experience that’s a must-visit event for the family over the Bank Holiday weekend and throughout the School holidays. Bentley lays on VIP trips to show from Cheltenham, Leeds & Rochdale Three competition winners and their partners are travelling to The Sunday Times Motor Show Live in the lap of luxury this weekend – chauffeur driven to and from the show in a Bentley Arnage.The winners are being given the VIP treatment after taking part in a poll of Auto Express readers, which revealed that Britain’s best loved car of the last 50 years is the Jaguar E-Type. The three winners are: Graham Owen from Cheltenham, Ben Fox from Leeds and Iain Brown from Rochdale.They all voted for the Jaguar E-type in the poll, paying homage to a model favoured by racing legends Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill. Visitors to Motor Show Live can catch a glimpse of the E-type, as it makes a cameo appearance in the Motropolis Live Action Arena.Graham Owen, who was accompanied by his wife Dawn on their visit to the show, said: ‘We’ve had a fantastic day. We really enjoyed seeing all the extra features including the Metropolis Live Action Arena and Thunderbirds. This was only bettered by being treated like royalty for the day thanks to Auto Express!’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Norway without Reinkind – Bergs boys to repeat fantastic January 2016 in

The biggest surprise of European handball in 2016 with winning fourth place at EHF EURO 2016 in Poland, Norway, will try to keep high level of performance at the start of the new Olympic cycle in France. The roster of Christian Berg, however, will be weaker for Harald Reinkind, one of the leader of Norwegian “new wawe”. The 24-years old right back of Rhein Neckar Lowen had abdominal injury and won’t be able to help his team-mates.Berg’s choice for France 2017:Goalkeeper: Torbjørn Bergerud, Ole Erevik, Espen ChristensenWings: Magnus Jøndal, Andre Lindboe, Kristian BjørnsenBack line: Espen Lie Hansen, Gøran Søgard Johannessen, Sander Sagosen, Christian O`Sullivan, Magnus Abelvik Rød, Kent Robin Tønnesen, Eivind Tangen,Line players: Joakim Hykkerud, Bjarte Hakon Myrhol, Petter Överby, Magnus GullerudNorway will try to find a way to 1/8 finals through Preliminary Round in Nantes where Scandinavians will meet France, Poland, Russia, Brazil and Japan. france 2017 handballNorway handball ← Previous Story France 2017 with €30.000.000 budget! Next Story → Syprzak and Wyszomirski to miss France 2017!

Simon Hick column The horizons have shifted after Leinsters Garden party

first_imgTHINGS DIDN’T LOOK too promising for Leinster at the start of this season.They’d come off their worst Heineken Cup display since the Gary Ella days, with signs they could be bullied by bigger sides. After the home loss to Clermont Joe Schmidt admitted there’s only so many times the small guys can outsmart the big bullies.They had lost their most influential player in Sexton, their most consistent player in Nacewa, and Schmidt departed, taking his ideas with him.Matt O’Connor was coming from very different cultures at The Brumbies, Japan and Leicester, with no proof he could make a backline sing.He was both a backs coach and a head coach for The Tigers but most of the big decisions were made by their director of rugby, Richard Cockerill. O’Connor had won back to back league titles in his time with the club, but winning the Premiership with Leicester is like winning the Ulster club championship with Crossmaglen — it seems to happen no matter who is involved.The Australian is approachable and friendly but says almost nothing in press gatherings, a big change from the previous head coaches, so the media have had to read more into what he has done on the field to gain any insight.INPHO/Andrew FoskerEven there though, before Saturday at least, there wasn’t a huge amount to report. Some slight tinkering with selection, no definitive change in gameplan, and solid if unspectacular displays.While results were good from the start, the fluidity in the backline wasn’t there.Ian Madigan’s non selection appeared significant too. A fan favourite and heir to the Felipe Contepomi ‘flawed genius’ role, Madigan had his momentum halted by O’Connor, which built on the idea that the team would be more risk averse from now on.The performance in Franklin’s Gardens, however, told us something new about this team, and about the head coach.Over the last three years the province was reliant on Schmidt and Sexton and Nacewa, but as often happens when leaders depart, others step up. Rob Kearney and Jamie Heaslip, two superstars of the 2009 Grand Slam Heineken Cup double season, have once again found the form of their lives. Luke Fitzgerald, the unluckiest of that generation, is clearly relaxed and enjoying himself again.The supremely talented Sean Cronin, in the past a frustrating player to watch, has added brilliant basics to the subtle skills he always possessed. Gordon D’arcy, meanwhile, has carried on from the New Zealand game, and even last year’s fringe players, Rhys Ruddock, Devin Toner and David Kearney, have become central figures this term.INPHO/Andrew FoskerIn spite of fears to the contrary, it’s clear the loss to New Zealand has energised the players, and the similarity in styles of play was striking. The rucking technique, and the ability for a whole range of lone ball carriers to break tackles is on a new level to what we’ve seen before.O’Connor, though, has to be given credit for not only the mental preparation and so many players being in form, but also the ambition and variety shown in attack. It was always likely he’d get the defence right, but the lines of running, composure in possession, option taking and offloading were as good as anything this province has delivered in the past.The coruscating style they adopted against Northampton, apart from helping to win the game, had a few fringe benefits. They killed it as a contest in the first 30 minutes, preserving nervous energy and drawing Northampton’s sting.They usually sought space as opposed to contact so the attrition rate was low, and when they did seek collisions, they had the inertia, inflicting rather than absorbing the contact.Northampton are deemed to have the most athletic pack in England, and can wear a team down over a two-legged affair, but that advantage was negated by Leinster’s style.Given the changes over the summer, solidity and consolidation would have been acceptable this year, but after last weekend, the horizons have shifted. He has now proven his team are capable of great things, so is expected to do it two weeks in a row.INPHO/Andrew FoskerNorthampton won’t play that badly again, are free of pressure, and Leinster are unlikely to be as accurate. History is against them too, teams rarely get hammered by the same opposition two weeks in a row, and Northampton themselves bounced back from a similar loss at home to Ulster last year.Players talk about fear being a great motivator, but embarrassment is probably an even greater motivational force.O’Connor and Leinster haven’t proven anything yet, but last Saturday was the first real window into his mind, and his playbook.They don’t need to set any benchmarks in the Aviva, just get a win, but more of the same would tell us the province have once again chosen the right man for the top job.Analysis: Leinster’s accuracy returns to blitz the Saintslast_img read more

See how lucky you are that Mario was in 2D

first_imgIn our constantly evolving world of advanced physics engines, retina displays, and that are graphics cards that are  pushing games over 100 frames per second, it’s hard to look at a game like the original Super Mario Bros. and imagine what it would be like if it was published today. As a 2D scroller, Mario was a fun but challenging even in the early levels. The creator of the original First Person Mario (Freddie Wong) has come back to show everyone how unbelievably impossible the ending of this game would have been in 3D.First Person Mario: Endgame is the sequel to the original demonstration of what Mario would look like if it were made using today’s FPS happy world. In the original, it was made pretty clear that the experience would be chaotic. It sounds almost as crazy as playing the 2D version with a 5-foot wide Lego controller, but that’s been done already.The first part of Mario, at least in 2D land, is pretty easy though. The obvious question is whether or not you could survive in that same experience later on in the game. A quick look at FPM: Endgame pretty clearly makes the answer a flat “no”. Even if you were able to survive jumping from tank to tank and taking out the baddies, there’s no way you could manage jumping on the sheer volume of cannonballs being shot at you. Even in a 3D space, being stuck on those tanks makes it impossible to strafe or dodge in any way. There’s only one thing to do: jump and pray.Once you get beyond the tanks, of course, you’ve got to take on the final boss. 3D Bowser is infinitely more menacing that his 2D self, and seeing his massive body flung towards you makes it hard to imagine you’re going to be able to run underneath of him in time. Of course, you know you you’re going to win, and you’ve got that HUD showing you life in 2D is so much simpler while you panic. The battle comes rapidly to a close and Bowser inevitably puts his massive body through the floor and plunges to his doom. Everything is as it should be, and Mario ends as the hero we all remember him.The most impressive part of this visual experience is that it comes at the hands of five talented individuals after four weeks of rendering and anmation. Brandon Laatsch lead the way to the sequel with a combination of 3dsMax, After Effects, Premier, Vray, and Krakatoa. Brandon comments that on a single computer this project would have taken 50 hours in just rendering, but through a networking his computers together the process took significantly less time overall. You can take a look at a behind the scenes for this impressive video on Brandon’s YouTube channel.last_img read more

Use an Arduino to send emails and write novels by rocking out

first_imgRemember when you first got Guitar Hero or Rock Band, and you realized that the plastic guitar is actually just a normal video game controller stretched out into the shape of a guitar, and the colored buttons are really just the same buttons as the regular controller’s buttons? Well, we know you plugged that plastic guitar into the console and loaded up a non-rhythm game to see what happened. Yeah, we found out that we’re terrible at playing non-rhythm games with the guitar controller too. Now, though, David Neveel, who works for the ad firm that created those funny Old Spice commercials, made a guitar that can coherently type out and send an email.By employing a combination of a special pickup that hooks up to a Roland synthesizer pedal, Neveel is able to output a MIDI signal to an opto-isolator circuit. The opto-isolator outputs to — what else — and Arduino, which Neveel programmed to translate the individual MIDI signals into letters. The Arduino is then plugged into the computer via USB, and the computer recognizes the rig as a regular keyboard. So, whenever someone plays that guitar, letters corresponding to the notes are entered into a word processor. Though one can use the rig on any word processor — perhaps writing the next great teen paranormal romance through the use of a guitar writing utensil — Neveel states that you can now practice your guitar shredding skills while replying to emails from your boss.This emailing guitar isn’t the only extremely useful rig Neveel has created, as he is the person responsible for that machine that removes the filling from an Oreo. One might say he’s doing God’s work.last_img read more

Atlantis la Nasa donne son feu vert pour un lancement le 14

first_imgAtlantis : la Nasa donne son feu vert pour un lancement le 14 maiÉtats-Unis- La Nasa a officiellement donné son feu vert pour un lancement de la navette Atlantis le 14 mai prochain. Elle décollera vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) pour une mission de douze jours, avec six astronautes à son bord.A l’issue d’une réunion au centre spatial Kennedy près de Cap Canaveral en Floride, les responsables de la mission ont décidé de donner leur feu vert pour un lancement de la navette le 14 mai.À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?Atlantis devrait être lancée du centre spatial Kennedy à 18H20 GMT (14H20 locales), avec six astronautes à son bord. Leur mission, censée durer douze jours, aura pour principal but de livrer sur l’ISS un petit module russe de recherche, mais aussi un système de livraison de fret baptisé “Integrated Cargo Carrier” et destiné aux chargements non pressurisés. Trois sorties orbitales de 6h30 chacune sont également prévues.Cette mission sur l’ISS, dont la construction est désormais presque achevée, sera la troisième de l’année. Il ne restera ensuite plus que deux vols programmés de navettes, le dernier étant prévu en novembre. Quant à Atlantis, il s’agira de son 32e et dernier vol avant qu’elle ne prenne sa retraite.Le 7 mai 2010 à 10:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Van Dijk admits he has a lot to learn

first_imgVirgil van Dijk believes he still has a lot to learn after winning the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for December: “There is still so much to get better at.”The Liverpool defender was in excellent form as 2018 drew to a close, featuring in every game as the Reds climbed to the top with seven consecutive league wins.Van Dijk helped secure four clean sheets and bagged his first Premier League goal in the 2-0 victory against Wolves.The Dutchman saw off strong competition to claim the individual honour for his performances and is the first defender to scoop the award for almost six years.“I didn’t know that but I’m very proud to win this,” he told LFC.TV upon receiving the trophy at Melwood on Friday.Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“All credit to everyone that helped me win it and the fans who have been supporting me. December was a great month and hopefully, we can keep going.“It was a fantastic month for all of us, there were some great games. I enjoyed every bit of it. The Arsenal game was a great game to play in – it was obviously a fantastic win.”“I’ve improved in every aspect of my game but there is still so much to learn and to get better at,” he said ahead of Saturday’s league meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion.“I’m working every day to get to where I want to be – I want to get the maximum out of myself. That’s [done] by working every day and making sure that you give everything for the team and for your club.”last_img read more

Synagogue shooting suspect had invalid license to buy gun

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter AP Synagogue shooting suspect had invalid license to buy gun AP, SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 19-year-old nursing student accused of opening fire at a California synagogue didn’t have a valid hunting license, which is the only way someone under 21 who isn’t in the military or law enforcement can legally buy a weapon under state law.The California Fish and Wildlife Department said Wednesday that John T. Earnest was issued a hunting license, but it had not gone into effect yet.It’s unclear how Earnest bought the gun. The hunting license was not set to go into effect until July 1, said California Fish and Wildlife Department spokesman Peter Tier.Authorities say Earnest opened fire on April 27 at the Chabad of Poway, killing a 60-year-old woman and injuring three others, including the rabbi and an 8-year-old girl. He picked up the weapon the day before from a San Diego store, according to court records.San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan said it is believed Earnest bought the weapon legally but has not provided details on how or when that occurred.Earnest picked up his AR-15 rifle from a San Diego gun store the day before the shooting, according to investigators. Earnest paid $963.41 to San Diego Guns for the rifle. The store has declined to comment when contacted by reporters.California bars anyone from buying a rifle under the age of 21 unless the person has a hunting license, is a member of the military or law enforcement. Former Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation in response to the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, where a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 people.California hunting licenses run on the state’s fiscal year and do not go into effect each year until July 1, Tier said, though they can be obtained ahead of time so hunters can enroll in competitions and prove they will be licensed in time for such events.The licenses have dates printed on them showing when they go into effect, he said. Earnest’s license would have stated it went into effect July 1 and was valid through June 30, 2020.Recently unsealed search warrants showed police found a hunting certificate at Earnest’s home proving he completed his coursework and had passed a test.Before a hunting license can be purchased, an applicant must receive a minimum of 10 hours of training from a state approved instructor. Six of those hours can be done online, Tier said. The certificates differ in look from licenses.State Sen. Anthony Portantino, who authored the state gun law that took effect this year, said in a statement that he is working to close the loophole.The Democrat said he wants the law amended to prohibit the sale of semi-automatic weapons to anyone under the age of 21.Earnest, who voiced anti-Semitic and white supremacy beliefs online, has been charged in state and federal courts in the synagogue shooting. He is eligible for the death penalty if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.He fired off 10 rounds before fumbling while trying to reload the weapon, according to investigators. An off-duty Border Patrol agent who is a member of the synagogue grabbed a fellow worshipper’s handgun and fired off four rounds, causing the shooter to flee. Earnest later called 911 and said he had just shot up a synagogue. Police arrested him without incident. Posted: August 15, 2019 August 15, 2019last_img read more

Vancouvers dry spell ends at 51 days

first_imgIt wasn’t much, but 0.04 inches of rain early Monday was enough to end Vancouver’s recent dry spell. Pearson Field went 51 consecutive days without measurable rain before the streak was broken Monday morning.Vancouver had last experienced measurable rain on July 20, according to the National Weather Service in Portland. The city saw traces of precipitation on July 27 and Aug. 18, but not enough to register 0.01 inches on the rain gauge.Long-term precipitation records aren’t available for Vancouver. But at the Portland International Airport, the same 51-day dry spell was the eighth-longest ever recorded there. The longest recorded run without measurable rain is 71 days, spanning June 23 to Sept. 1, 1967. Included in that streak were 41 days without a drop — not even a trace — of precipitation, according to the weather service.This week’s taste of rain will be short-lived, according to the weather service. Sunny skies are expected for the next several days, with temperatures in Vancouver climbing back into the 80s by midweek, forecasters said.last_img read more

Woman nearly drowns near Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A water rescue took place, Monday morning, along Miami Beach.Miami Beach Police responded to someone who nearly drowned off 26th Street and Collins Avenue. The woman reportedly tripped and fell in the water.Officers and fire rescue used a construction pipe to pull the woman to a nearby rowboat.She reportedly had minor injuries and was checked out by doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sandow Media Buys Eight Magazines from RBI

first_imgReed Business Information has sold off another big chunk of its once-giant trade magazine business. Worth magazine publisher Sandow Media is expected to announce today that it has acquired eight magazines from RBI. The deal includes Interior Design and the Furniture Today group, which is made up of Furniture Today, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Home Textiles Today, Casual Living, Home Accents Today, Kids Today and Playthings.Financial terms of the deal, which closed Wednesday night, were not immediately available.According to Sandow chairman and CEO Adam Sandow, this is “a rare opportunity for Sandow Media to acquire a group of industry-leading magazines and a very strong management team. These brands each have robust print, digital, event and research businesses and hold the category leader position in each of their respective markets.” As part of the deal, Sandow Media will take on more than 100 RBI staffers and will assume management of RBI’s Greensboro, North Carolina facility.RBI announced in July that it put the majority of its U.S.-based trade magazines back on the block. In December, it sold Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and This Week in Consumer Electronics (TWICE) to Wicks Group-owned NewBay Media. In January, it ceased publication of Video Business, Manufacturing Business Technology and Industrial Distribution, as well as their associated Web sites.Earlier this month, RBI sold sold Library Journal and School Library Journal to Plain City, Ohio-based Media Source Inc. Last month, it sold Electronic Design News, Design News, Test & Measurement World and Packaging Digest to Los Angeles-based Canon Communications.last_img read more