Brazilian legend Ronaldinho to come out of retirement at 39 to play for Colombian…

first_imgAdvertisement 57hbNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs85Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6mrne( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 71Would you ever consider trying this?😱9cnwwCan your students do this? 🌚oz5qRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sante Fe , one of the most successful Colombian clubs are bringing Ronaldinho back from retirement!Advertisement Yes , you read that right. On October 17 , Ronaldinho will play for Santa Fe in a celebration game. Whether the arrangement continues after that day is unknown. Tickets are priced at maximum 30 Euros and go as low as 7 Euros which will make it convenient for supporters to flock over to see one of the greats play.Advertisement However, Ronaldinho has his passport seized by Brazil Government over an environmental property dispute with the goverment.Ronaldinho , yet , was appointed the tourism ambassador for Brazil which is a symptom that the former Barcelona and Milan man will make the flight to Colombia.Advertisement He revealed: “Tourism is very important for generating jobs and regaining our image internationally.”A spokesperson for Brazil’s tourist industry claimed: “Ronaldinho has almost 100 million followers in his networks and voluntarily helps us at no cost for patriotism.“This attitude is invaluable.” Advertisementlast_img read more

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT SANTA ANITA PARK

first_imgSilks Lawn Chalet. New this year, the Silks Lawn Chalet offers spectacular finish line views of all Championship races from the infield at the rail.  Guests will enjoy open-air, covered dining with private lounge area to enjoy live racing. For more information on the new Silks Lawn Chalet click here. 2016 Ticketing Highlights: Breeders’ Cup and Santa Anita Park have once again enlisted QuintEvents as the Official provider of fan experience packages.  Official Breeders’ Cup Experiences ticket, travel and hospitality packages are customizable to include Friday & Saturday Championship tickets, private on-site hospitality lounges with celebrity jockey ‘meet and greet’ opportunities, gourmet food and premium open bar, private wagering facilities and other enhancement add-ons to include: parties, ground transportation and For more information on packages, click here or call 844-478-7609. ARCADIA, Calif. (June 6, 2016) – The Breeders’ Cup and Santa Anita Park today announced that tickets are now on sale to the general public for the 33rd running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5. This year marks a record ninth time that Santa Anita will host the Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, consisting of 13 races and purses totaling $26 million over two days at one of the world’s most scenic racing venues.Fans can purchase Breeders’ Cup tickets online at www.breederscup.com/tickets or by calling toll-free at 877-849-4287. There has been high demand for tickets to this year’s event, but excellent seats are still available in dining and reserved seating locations. 33rd running of the premier, international event to be held on November 4-5center_img Ticket prices for Championship Friday range from $25-$750 and from $50-$850 on Championship Saturday.General Admission prices are as low as $10 per pass on Friday and $25 per pass on Saturday when purchased in advance.  General admission passes will be available at the gate on event days for $15 per pass on Friday and $40 per pass on Saturday.   These passes do not include a reserved seat.Fans will enjoy competitive pricing in the Grandstand Reserved Seating sections, as well as single-day options in premium areas such as the Chandelier Room. Visit www.breederscup.com/tickets for more information or contact the Breeders’ Cup Box Office at 859-514-9428 or via e-mail at [email protected] The View. This area combines prime viewing with a VIP luxury experience. The View brings the same excitement of sitting on the 50-yard line or mid-court to the racetrack, coupled with the atmosphere of the most fashionable rooftop party in LA. This is the place to be seen on race days.  VIP access to The View is selling fast. Click here for more information on The View.All fans attending the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will receive free track programs on Friday and Saturday upon entering the racetrack.“Partnering with one of the world’s greatest racing venues in Santa Anita Park, we are pleased to provide our fans with an outstanding range of seating and dining options to enjoy two remarkable days of international racing at this year’s World Championships,” said Craig Fravel President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited.Contacts:         Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup,212-230-9512, [email protected] Willman, Santa Anita Park,626-574-6417, [email protected]last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — June 19, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Changes are coming to our forecast pattern starting today! We advertised these changes well yesterday and will start to see them develop through the day today. We have a soggy, active pattern on tap over Ohio for the remainder of the week, this coming weekend and early next week. We have no significant changes to our forecast thought process for today through the weekend.Rains expand today over Ohio, working from north to south. However, while we see this as mostly a northern feature off to the west over Indiana, here we are not putting any bias on any part of the state. We think by this afternoon and evening, we should see rain over a large part of the state. Rains continue tomorrow statewide and we can’t rule out thunderstorms. For Thursday, we are trending our forecast dry over the northern half to two thirds of the state, but we cous lee some significant action over the southern third of Ohio. Rain and thunderstorms will be very active in that area, and we have concern about a cluster or two of strong, slow-moving thunderstorms in SW Ohio, from Cincinnati southeast. Those rains and thunderstorms could have some epic rains, if they come together right.Scattered shower and thunderstorms are back statewide for Friday and Saturday. Finally, on Sunday we should be mostly dry. We say mostly, because we do not see a lot of moisture hanging around, but given the action of the preceding days, it would not take much to trigger a renegade shower or two, so we will keep close watch. Monday we can see scattered showers in the south near the river but should be partly to mostly sunny elsewhere.All told, from today through next Sunday at midnight, we are looking for 1 to 3 inches of rain over 95% of the state. We think that parts of Ohio, where those strong storms could develop Thursday, can see a few inches more…potentially up to 4 or 5 inches if things play out just right. That would lead to some flooding potential to pay attention to. See the map above.For Tuesday of next week, we are keeping our forecast dry, but for Wednesday we are inserting scattered showers and thunderstorms. Those likely linger into the first part of next Thursday too, and can add .25”-.75” over 75% of Ohio.The extended 11-16 day period may kick off with a few scattered showers over the state, but then we are dry for the 30th through the 3rd, as our next strong front starts to fall apart. Strong surface high pressure looks to build in over the eastern third of the country over the latter half of the extended period, and that will be tough for any front or moisture to overcome. That leads to a return of warm air for early in July.Speaking of temps, we stay above normal today into tomorrow, but then pull back to below to well below normal day time high temps for this time of year for Thursday through next Tuesday. Temps moderate to near normal and above normal for next Wednesday and Thursday, going into the turn of the month.last_img read more

Gartner: Touchscreen Mobile Device Sales will Grow 97% in 2010

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web frederic lardinois Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … According to Gartner, the worldwide market for mobile devices with touchscreens will grow over 97% this year. Last year, consumers bought 184 million devices with touchscreens. Gartner predicts that this market will surpass 362 million units this year. By 2013, Gartner predicts, touchscreen mobile devices will account for 80% of all sales in North America and Europe. Once the domain of high-end devices, touchscreen are now finding their ways into midrange phones and a growing number of consumers now expects all of their screens to be touch-enabled.As Gartner analyst CK Lu notes, a touchscreen alone won’t be enough to convince users to buy a specific phone, however. According to Lu, “Consumers won’t buy a mobile device purely for the touch UI, Touch technology is just an enabler, and ultimately, it is a compelling user experience — which includes good UI design, applications and services — that will make or break a product.” Indeed, Gartner advised manufacturers to double down on their efforts to create good touch-driven UIs. While Gartner doesn’t mention the iPhone explicitly, it is clear that Apple’s popular phone has set the standard for touch-driven UIs and most manufacturers are still struggling to catch up. Bonus: What Does the Mobile, Touch-Friendly Web Look Like Today? The mobile web, according to a new report from mobile search engine Taptu, is currently all about shopping and services. Taptu – which specializes in indexing mobile sites – surveyed about 326,000 sites that are optimized for mobile, finger-friendly browsing and found that the largest concentration of these sites falls into Taptu’s “shopping and services” category. In total, Taptu found 83,000 mobile-enabled commerce sites, ranging from mobile shopping assistants to banks and mobile real estate sites.According to Taptu, mobile shopping and services sites make up close to 25% of all mobile-friendly sites in the company’s index, followed by sites in the “photo and design” category (17.7%). Social sites rank third with 9.2%. Personal blogs only make up 1.5% of Taptu’s index, a number if is easily bested by adult sites, which account for 3% of all mobile-optimized sites. It’s worth noting that if we combine news and weather sites (3.3%) together with sites about world affairs (8.1%), this category would easily fall into Taptu’s top 3. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Video Editing 101: How to Export Your Project in After Effects

first_imgAdd Your Composition to the Render QueueFirst off, check to see if your composition is playing correctly. If everything looks right, go to the top menu and select Composition > Add to Render Queue. Think of the Render Queue as a line that your compositions wait in to get exported. In a program like After Effects, when you start working with multiple compositions at a time, a queue can make the exporting process much easier. But for this one, all you have to do is add your single composition.Adjusting Your SettingsOnce you’ve reached the render queue, you’re going to see your project lined up inside the window. This window will give you three options to choose from: Render Settings, Output Module, and Output To.The Render Settings is where you can change the quality settings of your video. If you need to change the frame rate of your project to fit the frame rate of a video in Premiere, you can change those settings here. If all of these options look like a foreign language to you, don’t worry — After Effects will automatically default to the best settings.The Output Module is where you will do most of the heavy lifting. This is where you will adjust your composition’s format, codec, and channels. For your composition’s format, I recommend keeping it in QuickTime. It’s the most accessible format for most projects, so unless you specifically need to export in a different one, stick with QuickTime.For your project’s codec, click the “Format Options” button, and a new window will pop up. Here, you will see a dropdown menu of all the codecs to choose from. The Animation codec is tried and true, but you can experiment with others such as Apple Pro Res if you want to get a higher-quality render.The channel where your project gets exported is one of the most important parts of this list, and it’s often a challenge for first-time After Effects users. If your composition is a full-fledged animation that you aren’t going to place over a video, then select the RGB option. This will export your composition with the background intact.However, if you’re exporting something that you are going to place over video, such as a lower third or a logo animation, then you need to select RGB + Alpha. This will make your background transparent, so that you can place the rendered product over a video.Finally, choose your file location in the “Output To” settings tab. Once you’ve done that, click the “Render” button on the right side of the screen, and boom! You’re finished! Not as hard as it seems, right?After Effects may be tricky at first, but once you get your bearings, you will be firing off animations like a Wild West gunslinger. Best of luck in your new frontier, cowboy.Looking for more on After Effects? Check out these articles.3 Typography Motion Graphics Tips | After Effects TutorialCreate An Animated Website Presentation Using After EffectsVideo Tutorial: Animate a 2D Mobile Device with After EffectsUnderstanding Keyframe Interpolation in Adobe After Effects5 Ways To Create A Background in After Effects When you’re just getting started in After Effects, the program can be daunting. Here’s a quick guide to exporting your project.Everyone who has used After Effects before knows the pain of trying to navigate the software for the first time. I know for me it took a few days and countless YouTube tutorials. Since the program is so entirely different than other creative programs, it can take some getting used to.Once you’ve finally finished your first project, getting the composition out of After Effects isn’t as easy as clicking File > Export. Luckily, our friends at Shutterstock have made an extremely easy-to-follow guide to finishing that first project. Let’s get started!last_img read more

Defence needs private players

first_imgManmohan Bahadur.The HJT-16 ‘Sitara’ Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) was to herald a truly Made in India aircraft in the IAF’s stable. It had been showcased in the Paris Airshow in 2005 and some analysts wrote in December 2013 it was ‘weeks away from certification.’Alas, this was too good to be true as the Defence Minister’s recent statement in Parliament confirmed, “Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, which has been developing the Intermediate Jet Trainer as a replacement for the Kiran aircraft, has not so far been able to resolve critical wing and airframe design and development issues…In order to meet the emergent situation? IAF has already initiated the process for extending the technical life of the Kiran aircraft?.(and) also initiated action to look for alternate options for the IJT.” This statement has virtually put a lid on the Rs 600 crore plus project paid out of the national budget.IndigenisationThis year’s Budget generated a flurry of articles about the miniscule 2 per cent increase in allocation towards defence. Added to this, the first meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council under the new Government, on July 19, was looked forward to with interest as analysts sought to find out “What new path would the decisions of the DAC point towards?” In the event, the clearing of proposals worth Rs 21,000 crore by the DAC was routine affair but what was of significance was the decision to permit the Avro replacement project to proceed as per a modified process that signifies a departure from steps laid down in the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). Why is this significant? What will be achieved by this decision, which some believe is necessary to get the private sector into the Indian defence market. There are those questioning the decision too, calling it a waste of money for an acquisition they feel the IAF does not need.advertisementBut first, let us remind ourselves about the shameful tag India sports of being the largest importer of arms in the world. Despite boasting of 52 Research and Development (R&D) labs, eight ordnance factories and nine Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU) we import 70 per cent of our armament needs. Men like Dr Kelkar, and Rama Rao have lent their names to committees tasked to suggest remedial measures to indigenise our defence requirements, but their reports are gathering dust in some cupboard in the Ministry of Defence.India currently imports 70 per cent of its armament needs. Indigenised aircraft is the need of the hour. QuagmireTo get out of the quagmire the IAF thought up a novel strategy to get modern aviation technology in to the country by getting out of the clutches of the DPSUs, in this case Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). As per the Request for Proposal (RFP) floated for the Avro replacement, the foreign manufacturer would be free to choose its partner from the Indian private industry to whom it would have to transfer specified technology.The RFP spelt out in detail the financial and engineering attributes required in the Indian partner to avoid fly by night operators stepping in. Dispensed with was the fail safe strategy of nominating HAL as the Indian Production Agency. This was the norm over decades, resulting in production backlogs, some reaching almost two decades. The aim of keeping out HAL was the belief Indian entrepreneurs, would rise to the occasion and ensure foreign vendors would transfer the promised technology.But why is this special dispensation for the Avro replacement when HAL is supposed to make a Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) along with the Russians by 2022? Well, the fact is for the next two decades or so there will be no big aircraft procurement by the Services. The IAF is acquiring more Su 30s and the Rafale, the C-17s and C-130 transport aircraft deals are on track and in the helicopter field the Mi 17 V5s have arrived and the Apache and Chinooks selected.SupportSo, there is no way that the private industry can enter into the defence aviation sector other than through the Avro replacement project. The Qualitative Requirements for the proposed project are simple as the capability requires calls for carriage of passengers and cargo, a rear ramp for bigger loads and vehicles and paradrop capability. Other than these, all QRs are run of the mill which all modern transport aircraft easily sport. The truth is no Indian private player has the capability to manufacture this transport aircraft and the only way out is to permit it to absorb technology from a foreign vendor and get a domestic industry, other than HAL, started.advertisementA question some ‘analysts’ are asking is why the Avro replacement aircraft when HAL and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research have embarked on a project to make the 70-90 seater Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA). Here, one needs to speak the blunt truth which is that many in the Indian aviation industry make tall claims and get projects sanctioned, sinking public money in the bargain, but nothing comes out from the stables.HAL, NAL and CSIR should first make a simple aircraft like their long delayed (started in 1991) 14-seater Light Transport Aircraft, Saras, operational and then aim for something big like the RTA otherwise it too will land up like other Government projects (including Saras) which gobble up monies without anyone held accountable. HAL’s Intermediate Jet Trainer is the latest example.It is in India’s interests the Avro replacement project succeeds. The private sector must now rise to the occasion. The Government too has its task cut out, as no foreign or domestic manufacturer will set up shop for just 40 aircraft to be made in the country. Sale of the aircraft in the civil sector and its export, without any strings attached, would have to be permitted and tax exemptions with incentives granted to make the project viable. This has to be taken up as a national endeavour with bipartisan support otherwise we will be condemned to do what we have been best at till now – import.The writer is a former Air Vice Marshal and a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies..last_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: India now a dangerous unit after blowing Pakistan away

first_imgOn the eve of India’s ICC World Twenty20 match against Pakistan, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had said that his team would be a dangerous unit if they overcame the Pakistan hurdle. (Virat Kohli played an awesome innings under pressure: Shahid Afridi)  On Saturday, in front of packed stands at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, India hammered Pakistan by six wickets to stay on course for a semifinal berth. The bowlers did splendidly again to restrict Pakistan to 118/5 off 18 overs on a raging turner. Still, that target threatened to pose serious problems for a batting line-up that hs at times appeared inept in spin-friendly conditions. (‘Hurt’ Virat Kohli wanted to keep calm and thrash Pakistan) India had capitulated in Nagpur on a square turner against New Zealand’s hitherto unknown spinners. They snared nine Indian wickets as the hosts were handed a shock 47-run defeat. That consequently affected their net run rate. Then there was threat of rain ruining this game at the Eden. But the gods smiled and play started without much damage to the overs – only two were reduced per side as India won the toss and asked Pakistan to bat. .(11 on 11: India beat Pakistan at Eden Gardens, 11 World Cup matches, 11 wins) Before the match, the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly and Steve Waugh had said India would be under more pressure than Pakistan. Waqar Younis had reckoned India would feel the heat against Pakistan for the first time in a World Cup match. There were several statistics to consider. India had never lost to Pakistan in six World Cup matches and four World T20 matches. They had a perfect 10. On the other hand, Pakistan had never lost a limited-overs game at the Eden Gardens. One of these records had to break in the City of Joy on a rainy Saturday. After India were reduced to 23/3, thanks to Mohammad Sami’s twin strikes in the fifth over, it looked like Pakistan would finally break their World Cup jinx against India. The horrific memories of the Nagpur collapse came flooding back. Enter Virat Kohli. The Delhi dasher had walked in at the fall of Rohit Sharma’s wicket. He saw Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina perish against Sami’s pace. He then greeted Yuvraj Singh into the middle and decided to execute their plans to perfection. The same pair had played a stellar role on a green pitch during India’s successful chase against Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20. Kohli and Yuvraj, weathered the storm and shared a 61-run partnership to take the game away from Pakistan in front of cheering home fans. There was no stopping Kohli, who scant respect to Shahid Afridi and Sami, who was bowling with serious pace. By the time Yuvraj fell to Mohammad Irfan, India were on the verge of another win. MS Dhoni walked out, smashed Irfan for a six and stole a single to seal the deal for India. 11 out of 11. India had bossed Pakistan in a World Cup game yet again. India next face Bangladesh in Bangalore on Wednesday and Australia in Mohali next Sunday. They are primed to win both. Bangalore, with its flat pitch and small boundaries, will suit India just fine. Mohali of course has happy memories for Dhoni’s men – that was where India had pounded Pakistan in the semifinal of the 2011 World Cup, that was where Kohli’s boys had humbled South Africa. The Aussies had better watch out. It would need a miracle for Bangladesh to stop the Indian juggernaut. And Australia have some obvious chinks in their armour, as New Zealand showed in Dharamsala on Friday. The Australians are still suspect against quality spin and India will dish out a lot of that. Once India reach the semifinals, they will be unstoppable. Yes, it is a sweeping statement but that’s how good they are in this format. Dhoni has worked out the T20 format to the last detail. He was successful with the now banned Chennai Super Kings and he is now repeating the same formula with the Indian team. The batsmen are firing, the bowlers are delivering and Kohli is scoring runs for fun. In Virender Sehwag’s words, only the weather can stop India from winning the World T20 for a record second time. Bring it on, MS!advertisementlast_img read more

Canadas archive buys 1944 book that hints at Nazi plans for North

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s national archive has acquired a rare book it says could have served as a blueprint for a Nazi purge of Jews in North America.Once part of Adolf Hitler’s personal library, the 1944 volume reports on the Jewish population of certain cities as well as key organizations and printing presses of Canadian and American Jewish communities.The 137-page German-language report, “Statistics, Media, and Organizations of Jewry in the United States and Canada,” was compiled by researcher Heinz Kloss, who did field work in the United States.Library and Archives Canada says the research was carried out for German authorities and hints at what might have happened in North America if the Allies had lost the Second World War.The bookplate features a stylized eagle, swastika and the words Ex Libris Adolf Hitler, indicating it came from Hitler’s collection.Library and Archives purchased the volume from a bookseller and says it was likely plucked from Hitler’s bookshelves by an Allied soldier.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Why Relief Pitchers Need A Better Stat Than The Save

FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (April 18, 2017), we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver for a discussion of why he thinks the save ruined relief pitching — and the new statistic he designed to improve it. Next, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon, lead science writer Christie Aschwanden drops by to talk about whether we’re getting closer to seeing a marathon finished in less than two hours. Plus, a significant digit on fouls in the NBA playoffs.Here are links to what we discussed:Check out Nate’s piece on the goose egg, the metric he developed to revolutionize relief pitching.MLB.com columnist Joe Posnanski looks at how saves evolved from stat to game-changer.Can science help runners break the marathon’s two-hour barrier? FiveThirtyEight chats with experts about the possibilities.Kathrine Switzer, 70, the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon, ran it again this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of her achievement.Significant Digit: 15, the number of free throws the Memphis Grizzlies shot in Monday night’s playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs, who shot 32. Although Grizzlies coach David Fizdale blamed the refs in a postgame press conference, FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner points out that his anger may not be entirely justified. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code read more