Fort St John Flyers fall to Grande Prairie in game three of playoffs

first_imgThen with 43 seconds left in the period, the Athletics would score another goal making it a 3-1 lead over the Flyers as they headed into the third.The third period would prove to be tough as both teams had a difficult time scoring a goal.The Athletics would score their fourth and final goal at 1:27 left in the game.With time running out, the Athletics would win this game 4-1 over the Flyers.Advertisement Currently, in the playoff standings, the Flyers have won only one game out of three.Up next, the Flyers are home on Tuesday, February 12, as they host the Athletics for game four of the playoff series. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Fort St. John Flyers were in Grande Prairie on Saturday night as they took on the Athletics for game three of the playoffs.This was not the game the Flyers were expecting to see.At 7:13 into the game, the Athletics would score a goal making the score 1-0 over the Flyers.- Advertisement -Then at 9:30 left in the period, Adam Horst would score a goal with assists by Ryan Carter and James Walsh making the score tied at one apiece.In the second period, both teams battled to score a goal throughout most of the frame.It wasn’t until 2:29 remaining when the Athletics would score a goal on the Flyers making the game 2-1.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mondelēz gets kids to eat healthy

first_imgHealth In Action encourages active play, educates children on nutrition and provides them and their families access to fresh food. (Image: Wikipedia)The Mondelēz International Foundation launched a R37-million well-being programme at a celebratory event at Pudumo Primary School in Orange Farm earlier in October.Called Health in Action, the programme looks to extend the school’s existing vegetable garden so as to increase produce which is used to prepare daily meals for the learners.The programme encourages active play, educates children on nutrition and provides them and their families access to fresh food.Health in Action will reach up to 75 000 children in six disadvantaged areas in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, benefitting communities where the company’s operations are located. This is a multi-dimensional approach to create school environments that encourage children and families to adopt lifelong healthy habits.Early childhood development can mean closing the gaps between different classes and working to fight inequality in the long run by levelling the playing field. It can ensure that no class has an advantage over the next as a result of their upbringing.This resonates with the South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) in terms of improvement of healthcare, community development and skills development.Early childhood development is part of the NDP’s Vision 2030, and it believes the private sector will be in the forefront of this development.PARTNERSHIPS FOR HEALTHY LIFESTYLESHealth in Action partners with communities to promote healthy lifestyles, address obesity and reduce hunger. The program supports Mondelēz International’s Call For Well-being , which is focused on four key areas where the company can make the greatest impact: mindful snacking, sustainability, community and safety.Daniel Lombard, managing director for Mondelēz South Africa, said: “Medical studies have shown that South Africa has the highest obesity rate in sub-Saharan Africa so we are proud to bring the Mondelēz International Foundation’s well-being program here to help educate younger children.“We believe that this program will assist us in using global insights for a local impact and encouraging a future generation to embrace lifelong healthy habits.”Key elements of Health in Action include:Training selected lead teachers as “multipliers,” who can train their colleagues in the background and implementation of the program.Establishing school, home and community gardens and fish farms so as to provide fresh produce and fish protein to supplement school meals. This will help in improving nutrition and reducing hunger.Increasing participation in physical activities, including jobs for local unemployed youth as “recess buddies” who guide safe activity play during school breaks.ADAPTING IT TO SOUTH AFRICAMondelēz South Africa is working with Inmed Partnerships for Children to adapt their award-winning program from Brazil for South Africa.Lombard said: “We shall reach thousands of children aged between six and 12 years old in at least 100 primary schools, over a four-year period, with this program of hands-on, skills-based fun activities.“When they are better nourished and healthier, they will have the vitality to work and study to make their dreams come true.”Lombard added that non-communicable diseases, or lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, high blood-pressure and cardiovascular problems, are increasing dramatically in South Africa.He said: “We see this program as offering a boost to the South African public health goals nationally as well as internationally. The program is aligned with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals of addressing malnutrition and promoting good health and well-being.“I am also delighted that this program will be rolled out in the communities close to our operations in South Africa. This will allow our employees to get involved in the program and provide support and expertise when needed.”Similar Inmed strategies in Brazil were considered successful after two-thirds of the children participating reduced their body mass index (BMI). About a third of these children achieved a normal BMI.Dr Linda Pfeiffer, Inmed President and CEO, said: “We’re proud to partner with the Mondelēz International Foundation and Mondelez South Africa to prioritise well-being in South African communities and schools.“We’re partnering with relevant local and provincial departments of education and look forward to working alongside them, as well as teachers, parents and communities, to establish nutrition basics, encourage active lifestyles and expand access to nutritious foods.”last_img read more

How Will Technology Disrupt the Enterprise in 2011?

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Analysis#enterprise klint finley Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img We just looked at some potentially disruptive technologies that fall outside the usual domain of the enterprise.In this post, we’ll look at some of the more near-term challenges facing the enterprise as seen by Constellation Research Group. In the first report from this newly formed consulting organization, co-founder R “Ray” Wang lists a set of five core disruptive technologies: social, mobile, cloud, analytics and unified communications. Together, these technologies could form a working definition of “enterprise 2.0.” I’d add next-generation network and storage technology to that list and perhaps swap analytics with “big data,” of which analytics is a subset, but these five serve as a good starting point.In Constellation’s Research Outlook For 2011, the consulting group’s analyst team identifies generating business value as the core issue for enterprises taking advantage of its five listed core enterprise 2.0 technologies. To this end, the report identifies three main challenges for decision makers.Assessing which disruptive technologies show promise for their organizations.Identifying how these technologies can be applied to generate business value.Finding ways to fund investments and cut the costs of legacy investments.Constellation’s analysts go on to make several predictions for 2011. We’ve broken most of them down by category.SocialSocial and collaborative technology will be noisy and confusing in 2011. Social technology will come from four camps: pure play enterprise social software vendors; ERP and CRM providers adding a social layer to existing products; networking and UC providers adding social networking to VOIP and online meeting offerings, and specialist HR and LMS vendors extending offerings to include collaboration.The social media landscape will undergo an interesting transformation as it ushers in a genre of information commerce and the 3 C’s of social content: creation, curation and consumption.Tools, networks and services that cater to the role of the curator will emerge. Examples in the consumer space include Storify, Curated.by, Pearltrees and Paper.li.Organizations will realize that for social media to feel sexy there is a lot of work that needs to happen behind the scenes.MobileIT will support at least two or three mobile devices per person: smart phones, laptops and maybe tablets or other use-specific devices.Organizations will get serious about mobilizing apps and embrace the platforms to support mobility.Android will become more enterprise friendly by fixing major manageability issues.Cloud2011 will be the year when SaaS providers find the issue of security turning from a perceived weakness of their offerings to a perceived strength.Despite this, private clouds will prevail in 2011.See also: 14 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2011 from Chirag Mehta and R “Ray” Wang.AnalyticsSocial analytics will evolve from ad hoc experiments into refined information services.Unified CommunicationsLarge enterprises will stall on adoption of cloud for voice communications.BudgetsCorporate IT spending will barely keep up with dollar inflation.Technology refresh cycles will accelerate through 2011.Organizations will cautiously recommit to BPO and the distinction between BPO and ITO will blur.Organizations that reevaluate their IT strategies and contracts hand in hand will save the most money.Organizations held hostage by high and useless software maintenance contracts will lead a massive backlash.We’ve seen a lot of predictions for 2011 by this point. What do you think of these? IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Amazon: Can It Stay King Of Cloud Computing Forever?

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#Amazon#AWS#Azure#cloud computing#Cloud Providers#Google#IBM#Microsoft#OpenStack#Red Hat Matt Asay Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts center_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting IBM’s decision to throw its considerable weight behind OpenStack has some folks declaring victory for the open source cloud consortium. The hitch? Amazon already claims a considerable lead, with more than 70% of the market, according to Forrester’s James Staten, and as one prominent Amazon backer declares, the lead grows daily.Can Amazon Withstand Sustained Cloud Computing Competition?The question is whether Amazon can withstand a sustained, concerted attack by nearly everyone else in the cloud computing industry.So far, according to Adrian Cockroft, director of architecture for Netflix, Amazon Web Services’ biggest customer, the answer is an emphatic “Yes.” In a Twitter exchange last week, Infoworld’s Eric Knorr asked “Is the choice really between OpenStack and AWS? What about other cloud solutions?” Cockroft’s response was clear:When asked which features, in particular, AWS had that OpenStack couldn’t match, Cockroft insisted that there is “too much to list,” but “Availability Zones and Autoscale Groups” are two features that stand out. Furthermore, Cockroft indicated that OpenStack’s six-month release cycle cripples its ability to catch up with Amazon, which rolls out new features (and price drops) on a continuous basis.In other words, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”Has Amazon Already Won? Yes and No.But has Amazon already won? If you look at the absolute number of jobs being created, relative to OpenStack or Cloudstack, the answer is yes. Ditto if you go off general interest, as measured by Web searches:But if you look at relative job growth, suddenly OpenStack has a fighting chance.Perhaps even more tellingly, a foray into the code contributions for OpenStack suggest a truly dynamic, growing entity, one that is no longer Rackspace’s pet project, but rather a true community effort. The most recent data I could find is a year old, but already shows growing influence by Red Hat and others.Does this matter? Absolutely.Big Players Will Make A Big DifferenceHowever, I suspect that OpenStack will gain prominence in tandem with a few of its primary supporters gaining outsized influence due to these code contributions. Linux took off as IBM invested $1 billion (and then much more) and Red Hat, in particular, invested armies of engineers to make it into an enterprise-grade operating system standard.The same will hold true of OpenStack. Right now it’s making waves by being the open, community standard. That’s nice, but insufficient and somewhat misleading, as Gartner’s Kyle Hilgendorf has established. Ultimately, enterprises don’t care about community and openness unless the product itself is rock solid.Which is one reason that Microsoft and Google also can’t be counted out. Microsoft holds sway with CIOs, and has been actively welcoming open-source technologies to its Azure cloud service. Google, for its part, was building clouds long before it was cool, and has so many hooks into developers with its various software and services, from Android to Maps to YouTube to Apps, that it cannot help but be a major player. Google Compute Engine’s performance compares well against Amazon, too, but it’s the ease developers will have tying into Google’s services that truly favor it.Has Amazon won Round 1 of the Public Cloud wars? No question. But some serious competitors are looming, each with attributes (Microsoft, enterprise fealty; OpenStack, community; Google, popular developer services) that give them a real chance to cut into Amazon’s significant lead.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

How to Replicate Cast Shadows In DaVinci Resolve

first_imgEven the most organized lighting setups can need tweaking in post. Find out how you can add (realistic) shadows to a composition using DaVinci Resolve.I know. We’re about to discuss creating something digitally that we should have just captured with the camera. But, we don’t live in a perfect world, and mistakes happen. So let’s take a look at creating a cast shadow inside of DaVinci Resolve.There’s a common misconception about recreating shadows, and it’s that you simply make the area darker. And while, to some extent, that is what we are going to do, it wouldn’t be correct to say that’s it. When we think about an area of the room that is darker, it’s because there’s less light, or no light, reaching that area. When we see a shadow spread across a wall, it’s because there is an object between it and a light source.In the example below, I had a 650w Fresnel diffused through a 3/4 stop diffusion sheet, which I then cut with a 10″x12″ scrim/flag to divide the light on the background — as if the half-open window shutters were obstructing the sunlight.Leaving the scene with no illumination at all was dull, and simply lighting the background with the 650w was too excessive — diffused or not. With the light divided by the flag, it gives the background contrast, which adds an exciting dynamic to the composition.This still below takes place in the same location but at a later time in the story.It was a creative choice not to replicate the exact lighting setup, but, for the sake of the tutorial, let’s say that the director now wants those window shutter shadows back in to add some interest to the background (not that it’s a stretch to consider such a request from a director).In Resolve, import your footage, and head to the color page. It would be best to implement the shadows before grading.First, create a new node, mask around your subject and hit the invert mask option. Here, you want to increase the midtones slightly. We’re going to lower the overall exposure later, so it doesn’t need to be too drastic — just a few increments. This will slightly increase the brightness of the background to make our shadows stand out a little more.Create a second node, and here you want to create another mask based on the shape you want your shadow to take.The only adjustment we are going to make is to lower the midtones very slightly. I’ve decreased the gamma -0.04. As I mentioned earlier, creating a shadow isn’t necessarily about creating a mask and lowering the shadow settings; in fact, that would look horrible. One of the key features is saturation. In low light, there’s less light to reflect, so objects get desaturated. Therefore, the key isn’t to lower the shadows/lift but to decrease the saturation. The exact setting will differ from shot to shot, but I’ve reduced mine -12.0.One thing to note about real shadows is that the strength or density of the shadow is more substantial if it’s closer or parallel to the obstruction. We can see this in the example still. Looking at the furnace pipe on the right-hand side of the composition, we can see the shadow is darker at the bottom, which is parallel to the 1k Fresnel outside — and as we travel up the pipe, away from the fallout area of the light, the shadow’s density weakens.Initially, I thought I might have to use a gradient to replicate the effect for the digital shadow. However, if you lower the opacity to 75, you’ll find that the mask naturally conforms to the luminance of that area. While shadows aren’t extremely feathered, at a distance, they are not sharp either. Therefore, I would suggest implementing a small feather — no more than 1.5, or it will look unnatural.In the completed (but ungraded) still above, I’ve moved my digital shadow across and also expanded the real shadow in the corner because the background looked uneven. The new digital shadow in the corner perfectly blends in with the actual shadow, which tells me the mask has worked. I’ve also angled the top of the mask to spill onto the roof, making the shadow look more natural. There are some discrepancies between digital and real, and I would, of course, prefer the real deal,  but to conclude, when recreating cast shadows, it’s not so much about darkening an area; rather, it’s about the saturation and intensity of a mask.Lewis McGregor is a certified BlackMagic Design DaVinci Resolve Trainer.Looking for more info on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles.Check Out the Latest Developments in Resolve 14.1 and 14.2How To Create A Sub Mix In DaVinci Resolve 14 – Video TutorialResolve 14’s Best Editing Features For The Online Content CreatorWhat You Need to Know About Resolve 14’s Latest Media PageHow to Create a Realistic Lens Flare in DaVinci Resolvelast_img read more

Former Ranji player commits suicide

first_imgFormer Ranji Trophy player Amol Jichkar allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday by hanging himself from a ceiling fan inside his house, according to the police. Amol, 38, was staying with his wife and son at Civil Lines, and was found hanging at 5 a.m., a police officer of Sitabuldi police station said.Prima facie, it appeared that he was facing a financial crisis, he said. No suicide note was found.Amol played Ranji Trophy for Vidarbha between 1998 and 2002, an office-bearer of Vidarbha Cricket Association said.He represented Vidarbha in six first-class games.last_img read more

Kushwaha injured in clash with police

first_imgFormer Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief Upendra Kushwaha and several other party workers suffered injuries on Saturday when they clashed with the police in Patna during a protest march.The RLSP had organised an ‘Aakrosh’ (anger) march to highlight the deterioration in the education system in the State. Mr. Kushwaha led the march with party workers shouting slogans demanding the resignation of CM Nitish Kumar. “Nitish Kumar has no moral right to be the Chief Minister of the State when teachers are not protected and paid salaries. The education system here has collapsed,” said an RLSP worker. When the march reached the city’s Dak Bungalow intersection, the police stopped them from moving onward. The protesters then clashed with policemen, following which the cops had to resort to water cannons first and finally a baton charge. Over half a dozen RLSP workers, along with their party leader, got injured in the scuffle. Mr. Kushwaha was taken to hospital from where he was discharged after being administered first aid. Party leader Anand Madhav claimed that Mr. Kushwaha was “targeted deliberately as the party had informed the administration about the march in advance”, and blamed the CM for the same.last_img read more