76ers escape Knicks

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Joel Embiid scored 26 points for the Sixers, who were coming off a 123-121 home loss against Atlanta on Friday night. JJ Redick added 22 points, and Jimmy Butler finished with 16.Simmons called his team “too soft” after the loss to the lowly Hawks. He answered his own challenge with a pair of big plays late in the fourth quarter against New York.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Knicks pulled within two on rookie Kevin Knox’s 3-pointer with 3:02 left, but Simmons pulled down an offensive rebound and fed Redick for a key jumper.A defensive rebound for Simmons set up Redick’s two foul shots with 20 seconds left, lifting Philadelphia to a 106-98 lead. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons reacts after dunking during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Ben Simmons backed up his tough talk with a big day.Simmons had 20 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the New York Knicks 108-105 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Knicks: G Tim Hardaway Jr. was sidelined by a left hamstring injury. He got hurt during Friday night’s 121-106 loss to Atlanta. … C Enes Kanter was held out due to what coach David Fizdale described as “flu-like symptoms.” … G Frank Ntilikina played 28 minutes after missing his last three games due to a sprained left ankle. He had eight points and six assists. … Mudiay scored 19 points in 28 minutes off the bench.UP NEXT76ers: Host the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.Knicks: Will play the NBA’s ninth regular-season game in London when they face the Washington Wizards on Thursday. “I thought especially the offensive rebound at the end of the game that led to JJ’s 3, I thought that was the game,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “They made it close at the end, but I thought his overall performance was dominant.”New York’s Emmanuel Mudiay missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.Knox had career-high 31 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight and 19 of 22. Luke Kornet had a career-best 23 points.At 19 years, 155 days, Knox became the sixth-youngest player in NBA history to score 30 points in a game, joining Kobe Bryant, Devin Booker, Jaren Jackson Jr., Kevin Durant and LeBron James.“Those are some legendary players,” Knox said. “There’s a lot of other players on that list, but it just shows the work (I’m) putting in is paying off. Those are some great guys (to share) company with.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments New York trailed by as many as 24 points in the second quarter, but closed to 83-82 on Kornet’s basket with 11 seconds left in the third.The 76ers responded in the fourth, beginning the quarter with an 11-0 run. Simmons capped the spurt by finding a driving Butler for a layup that made it 94-82 with 6:22 left.“We have to lock down on defense and offensively take care of the ball,” Simmons said. “I think that’s really it. Everybody needs to be locked in.”HOME SWEET HOME?New York has lost eight in a row at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks’ last home win was Dec. 1 over Milwaukee.COMING UPFive of the Sixers’ next six games are against teams competing for a playoff spot. They host Minnesota on Tuesday night, and then visit Indiana on Thursday. They play Oklahoma City, Houston and San Antonio during a three-game homestand beginning on Saturday against the Thunder.“I’m excited,” Embiid said. “We’re going to see how good we are and how good we can become or how bad we are. The next three weeks are going to shape our season.”TIP-INS76ers: Embiid also had eight rebounds and blocked six shots in his return to the lineup after missing the loss to Atlanta. Embiid was sidelined by left ankle soreness. … It was Philadelphia’s seventh straight win over the Knicks. Big Boi, Travis Scott to join Maroon 5 in Super Bowl show Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

PNC-led Coalition is in for another court battle for missing diamonds

first_imgThere is another matter headed for the courts; whether or not it would be another out-of-court settlement or court-ordered payout, in any event, millions of dollars are in the making for this miner, Khan, who is making it seem as though this PNC Government is never out of controversy and expensive payouts.Government seems to be embroiled in one scandal after another, with millions of taxpayers’ dollars being spent to bail it out of shame.The whereabouts of Mr Khan’s diamonds is another cold case that has been revived by the miner himself, after his diamonds were not returned to him.  The seized diamonds were in Police custody ever since they were recovered by the lawmen, after a purported robbery by thieves at Khan’s mining camp.The recovered items, according to a Police statement, were certified as authentic stones, and were left in the safe hands of the Force, or so it seemed. Now it is years later, and the rightful owner has not received his goods, worth approximately $53 million.Where are the diamonds? How did the diamonds slip out of the “safe hands” of the Police? These are searching questions for which this administration cannot provide answers. Mr Khan wants his property returned to him, or to be paid the cash value of the property.Now, rightfully, this matter started during the PPP/C’s time in office, which gave the administration a lead with which to go, so look at the way the Granger administration has responded. Government’s officials would have calculated that McDonald worked as Police Commissioner during that period, so he must be A PPP member, so let’s pin the blame on him.This commissioner, who is most hated by the PNC, then became the sole subject of Government’s investigation. Well, the maligned McDonald responded promptly and concisely, stating that he knows nothing of the gems; he had never seen, or had any dealings with, the diamonds.This stunner had the regime reeling, because they thought they had their man after all these years, but in reality they had run into a dead end. You see, theirs is the mistaken belief that Mr Floyd McDonald is a PPP/C member, therefore he is someone to “witch hunt” and to prosecute.This was just another PNC tactic used to turn people’s attention away from the truth, while shielding their criminal friends. Why didn’t they investigate their retired officer friends in the USA, who most likely are living the “good life” with the criminal proceeds of Khan’s diamonds?Those retired officers who were integral to the case, and provided so much details into the matter, why weren’t they brought back to face criminal charges? But like I said earlier, this is the way things are done in Guyana; The PNC would rather defend their thieves and con artists to the max, while the innocent taxpayer is funding that criminal enterprise.In a similar manner, they chose the Lindo Creek Massacre for investigation, hoping again to cover up another criminal act of one of their own, Rondell “Fineman” Rawlins.That special CoI was meant to uphold a rumour that the Joint Services, under orders from former President Jagdeo, deliberately killed the miners. This smoking gun of an inquiry turned out the total opposite to what they expected, because all evidence points to Fineman and his murderous gang conducting the assault.It is also public knowledge that Rondell “Fineman” Rawlins was a hired assassin with sly and slippery political giants as his mentors. The PNC are desperately trying to erase that image from people’s minds.To lay claim to my theory, who gave Fineman all pertinent information about the whereabouts of the Joint Services’ forces? Who provided him with camouflage military clothing, arms and ammunition? Who did?!  These are known facts that cannot be disputed, but instead of doing a thorough investigation into those areas, they are wracking their nerves seeking every secret cover-up they can find.The same could be said of the death of Courtney Crum-Ewing. Who are the persons responsible for that ghastly act? Could the PNC, who openly accused Mr Nandlall of plotting his demise, provide the evidence to support that claim?  Why can’t they furnish us with the information as to who did it? The majority of us know the answers to those questions, but we are waiting on those, the accusers, to come forward with their evidence.Finally, The PNC-led Coalition are desperately trying to create a clean, decent political party image to the public, one that people can trust and put their faith in. However, with these daily revelations of dark, ghoulish and horrific acts, that “good name” of the party is being called into question. Nothing pertaining to a good image is surfacing.Respectfully,Neil   Adamslast_img read more

GNNL Finance Controller fired, rehired same day

first_img…over leaked info on excessive spending of GM…GM unlawfully issues dismissal letterMere hours after she was abruptly sent a letter of dismissal, Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) Finance Controller Moshamie Maraj-Ramotar has been reinstated to her position following the intervention of her lawyer and the holding of an emergency meeting.Maraj-Ramotar’s lawyer, Sanjeev Datadin, told this publication on Monday that after Maraj-Ramotar had received her letter of dismissal, he took steps as per the Civil Procedures Rules to challenge her dismissal. One of those steps involved the lawyer sending a pre-action protocol letter to the newspaper.“A pre-action protocol letter was sent to them…before we introduce legal proceedings, under the new rules we have to send a letter saying what we intend to do. We sent one to say we feel the termination was unlawful, and if is not corrected, we will be entitled to damages… if they don’t, we’ll file legal proceedings,” Datadin explained.The dismissal letter sent to Maraj-Ramotar and signed by DuncanAnd indeed, GNNL subsequently backed down from the impending legal battle. According to a statement issued later on Monday, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo called an emergency meeting with General Manager Sherod Duncan, Editor-in-Chief Nigel Williams and Chairperson of the gazetted but yet to be sworn in board of Directors, Geeta Chandan-Edmonds.At the meeting, which discussed Maraj-Ramotar’s dismissal and the reports of excessive spending since Duncan took charge as General Manager, it was agreed that the dismissal letter would be rescinded. In addition, the release states, a full investigation was ordered into Duncan’s spending and the circumstances of Maraj-Ramotar’s dismissal. The finance official has been with the company for over twenty years.While the letter has been withdrawn, there has been a barrage of criticism against management of the newspaper for sending the dismissal letter in the first place, without an investigation to determine who actually leaked the information.The dismissal letter, which was seen by this publication, shows that it was signed by Duncan himself. One former board member has already taken to social media to recommend that the newly minted general manager be removed and the application process for the top spot reopened.Excessive spendingIt was reported over the weekend that Duncan, since taking up the role of general manager, had gone on a spending spree, purchasing in June a $190,000 laptop; and in July, an Apple IPad for $100,000. He also paid $159,000 to a consultant to work on the Guyana Chronicles Facebook page, while $191,000 was paid for work on the website and front pages.According to media reports, Duncan also paid $400,000 to an Information Communications Technology Company in August for more work on the company’s website and front pages. A drone was also purchased for the sum of $140,000 in July, while $93,000 was paid for two backdrops. A retractable banner was also purchased for $55,000. This was all done at the request of Duncan.According to local online news agency Demerara Waves, the spending continued into August, with $271,806 being paid for a truss and tablet floor stand; $259,000 for a computer for the Social Media coordinator. According to the report, the Coordinator was also the recipient of headphones, a hard drive and monitor at a cost of $65,000.When it comes to the newspaper’s social media page, some $74,000 and $140,000 were requested to live stream the National Grade Six Assessment and the World Cup respectively. The outlet also reported that in June, Duncan requested $586,000 for a trip to New York.This includes $104,000 for food. Tickets costing $149,000 were also purchased by the newspaper for Duncan. Interestingly enough, $20,000 was requested by Duncan for a prayer ceremony at the newspaper.Then there is $200,000 the GM requested for a trip to Lethem; close to $500,000 spent on servicing the vehicle assigned to Duncan in the month of June alone; another $275,000 on repairs to his vehicle the very next month, and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of furniture being purchased. The outlet reported that a freelance payment of $180,000 was also approved by Duncan.The former Deputy Mayor of Georgetown was appointed the GM of the Guyana Chronicle only in May of this year. Sources have indicated, however, that even before these facts were published, the spending had been a source of concern at the entity.The board is tasked with investigating the spending habits of Duncan, a member of the same political party as Nagamootoo.last_img read more

COMMUNITY NOTICE: ROSSES CDP LAUNCH BEFRIENDING SERVICE FOR ISOLATED OLDER PEOPLE

first_imgRosses CDP News:Information Evening with DLDC will be held in the Rosses CDP office on the Chapel Rd., Dungloe on Tuesday 26th. May at 8 p.m, to explain the new SICAP programme in relation to Community Development, Social Inclusion, and Lifelong Learning:Befriending Service: Rosses CDP are hoping to provide a visiting service for isolated older people we are looking forVolunteers.All volunteers will be Trained, Garda vetted and supported by staff.If you have an hour or two to spare in the week contact us on 074 95 61686 for more information. COMMUNITY NOTICE: ROSSES CDP LAUNCH BEFRIENDING SERVICE FOR ISOLATED OLDER PEOPLE was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeaturesNoticesRosses CDPlast_img read more

Raiders’ Antonio Brown still out with mystery ailment

first_imgNAPA — The Antonio Brown watch continues.For the second straight day, the Raiders wide receiver was nowhere to be seen Saturday during the seventh practice of training camp.The Raiders have not specified an injury, with a source indicating as camp opened Brown would be out “probably a week” after starting on the non-football injury list. Brown was removed from the NFI last Sunday. He participated in a walkthrough, and two days later, ran some pass routes against defenders in drills before …last_img

WOTUS Repeal Challenged

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — The agriculture industry celebrated the 2015 waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule repeal that EPA finalized in recent weeks. But an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation and an official with a major agriculture group said farmers and ranchers still face regulation under the Clean Water Act.On Oct. 22, 2019, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the repeal of the Obama-era rule that agriculture and other industry groups and states had fought in court for years.The repeal reverts regulations to the 1986 version of WOTUS while the EPA continues to rewrite the definition. The 2015 rule was opposed by critics as an example of gross federal overreach, yet the 1986 rule also had its share of concerns.“The 1986 regulations re-imposed by EPA this month are broader than the 2015 regulations the agency just repealed,” said Tony Francois, senior attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation.Francois is the lead attorney in a lawsuit filed by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association on Oct. 22, 2019. The lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico attempts to protect ranchers from what Francois said is a broader WOTUS definition under the 1986 rule.“The 1986 version asserts control over all non-navigable tributaries and all ‘neighboring’ non-navigable wetlands,” he said. “The 2015 version merely asserts control over most of these features.”Don Parrish, senior director of regulatory relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation, said the next year will be important for agriculture when it comes to supporting EPA’s current efforts to rewrite the rule.“The pre-2015 regs are problematic,” he said. “They are expansive and lack the clarity we are hopeful the new regs will provide. We have two major goals — killing the 2015 rules so they will never come back and a new rule that provides significantly more clarity than the ’86 regs. To ensure we achieve both goals, we understand that we will have to go back to something before EPA finishes the new regs. If the process goes as we expect and hope, both the 2015 and the ’86 regs and guidance will be history soon.”Parrish said the main concern is, if the EPA’s repeal rule doesn’t hold up in court, it has the potential to bring the 2015 rule back from the dead.THE LATEST LAWSUITSA number of environmental and conservation groups filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina on Oct. 23, 2019. That lawsuit is led by the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation and others.What is most problematic for agriculture with this lawsuit, Parrish said, is, if the court rules the agency should have promulgated the 1986 rule again instead of just reverting back to it, the 2015 rule could go back into effect until EPA completes the rewrite of the new rule.The lawsuit claims the federal agencies violated the Administrative Procedure Act in promulgating the repeal rule and merely reverting back to the 1986 rule instead of re-introducing it for public comment.The groups argue the 2015 WOTUS rule fixed a number of issues with the 1986 rule. That includes protecting waters that are not navigable in fact through the so-called “significant nexus” test put forward by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. That suggested the Clean Water Act protects smaller tributaries if they have some connection to larger navigable waters.“The manner in which the repeal has been carried out — in essence, by executive fiat — betrays an extraordinary disregard for federal rulemaking requirements and the views of the American public,” the groups argue.“The final repeal rule also reinstates an illegal regime — the regulations that pre-dated the Clean Water Rule as limited by guidance that runs contrary to Supreme Court precedent, unlawfully leaving certain waters of the United States unprotected due to the guidance’s unduly narrow interpretation of Justice Kennedy’s significant-nexus test.”The New Mexico Cattle Growers Association’s lawsuit seeks protection from the 1986 rule.Francois argues farmers and ranchers in New Mexico are likely to see an expansion in the number of federal permits required while federal agencies conduct the current WOTUS rewrite.“This will require them to seek federal permit approval at significant cost to use their property for its intended purpose,” the lawsuit said. “Or it will require (the) plaintiff’s members to seek a determination from the Army or a private party expert whether the 1986 regulations and related guidance apply to them.“Because of the 1986 regulations’ overbroad and illegal definition of the ‘navigable waters’ under the Clean Water Act, (the) plaintiff’s members will now be required to obtain federal approval of new and ongoing land-use projects at a cost of tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars and months, if not years, of delay.”The lawsuit raises a number of jurisdictional concerns about the scope of the 1986 rule. The cattle group said the rule categorically regulates “all tributaries,” broadly includes all wetlands defined to be adjacent to any tributary and regulates all interstate waters “regardless of navigability or connection to navigable-in-fact waters.”The lawsuit said such waters include isolated waters or waters that the “Supreme Court determined would have no connection or effect on navigable-in-fact waters.”The New Mexico Cattle Growers Association argued in lawsuit that the 1986 rule is arbitrary and capricious and “undermines state power” to regulate waters.CONTINUED BATTLESThe Pacific Legal Foundation has represented several landowners in court who have fought the federal government’s implementation of the Clean Water Act.Francois said all of those cases have challenged the implementation of the 1986 rules.“Meanwhile, our clients are exposed to expanded Clean Water Act control under the 1986 regulations, which can be enforced through citizen suits and government enforcement suits years later, even after the regulations change,” he said.“Our clients cannot simply stand by while exposed to this kind of liability, as though they owe some sort of courtesy to the government in the ongoing political debate about the scope of the Clean Water Act.”Francois said the new definition currently being drafted proposes the continued regulation of intermittent drainages and many seasonal ponds on private farms and ranches while doing nothing to reform the interpretation of the farming exemption.Portions of the 1986 version of the law were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in Rapanos v. United States in 2006, Francois said.“So, for however long they are in effect, the newly re-imposed 1986 regulations will illegally assert the United States Army’s regulatory authority over intermittent and ephemeral drainages and seasonal ponds on farms and ranches all over the country,” he said.In particular, Francois said, the 1986 law allows the federal agencies to “narrowly” interpret an exclusion for farming activities that Congress included in the Clean Water Act.“This broadens the category of activities on private farms and ranches that would require dredge and fill permits, including — more often than most farmers realize — plowing and other tillage,” he said.“Dredge and fill permits require, on average, more than two years and more than $250,000 to obtain. The nation that requires its farmers to wait two years for permission from the Army before growing food will not eat well. So there is every reason to legally challenge EPA and the Army whenever they illegally attempt to assert control over farming operations on private property.”Francois said because environmental groups likely will sue to stop the new rule once it’s finalized, it remains uncertain how long farmers and ranchers would fall under the auspices of the 1986 definition or even the 2015 rule.“They (environmentalists) have a decent track record of obtaining injunctions against President Trump’s deregulatory efforts,” he said. “So, nobody really has any idea yet how long the illegal 1986 regulations will be in effect if left unchallenged.”Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(AG/CZ )© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Planes, trains and epic hikes — Rund um den Gelmersee (GC32DQT) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgWhat’s your favorite way to travel to and from geocaches? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:More Two geocachers with smiles after earning their smileys. Photo by geocacher Mr.QuadyQuite the precarious hike. Watch your step! Photo by geocacher jokamaBeautiful views of the Gelmersee. Photo by geocacher D’Fenneks Hold on! The train you take to get to the Gelmsersee takes on a 106% grade! Photo by geocacher vomhoger.Geocache Name:Rund um den Gelmersee (GC32DQT)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2/3Why this is the Geocache of the Week:To get to many amazing mountain views, you have to endure a long and arduous hike. For the amazing views you get around the Gelmersee in Switzerland, you just have to hold on and ride the train up a 106% grade. And that’s not it—afterward, you can hike around the lake along narrow pathways carved into the stone walls as you collect clues for the Geocache of the Week. This geocache will take you to multiple stages on a tour around the lake (the name, translated from German, means “Around the Gelmersee”). For the awesome journey and beautiful views, this multi-cache gets this week’s honors.# of Finds:86# of Favorite Points:28What geocachers are saying:“Wow, what an amazing place! My personal Swiss tour guide always takes me to the most amazing places! This one proved to be a fun challenge since we unknowingly passed the first stage. A little brain power made it work with the stages we did have. Thanks for the fun!” – Love[translated from German] “What a magnificent day. Weather couldn’t be better, and the railroad wasn’t overbooked. We stumbled anti-clockwise around the lake, absorbing the wonderful Nature. We would have done this hike even without the cache there! Of course, the GC was the cherry on top. Thanks!” – Mr.Quady[translated from German] “The impressive little rail took us to daring heights under incredible summer weather, followed by a circumnavigation of the lake on foot. Those railroad builders sure were inventive. After a successful log we took the train back down into the valley. TFTC.” – ScioWhat the geocache owner, Eltitas, has to say:On this geocache’s inspiration: “It is absolutely gorgeous up there. The hike around the lake is pure bliss!…I had been there many times before placing the multi cache.”When asked about the reaction to all of the favorite points and positive logs: “Joy. Satisfaction. Happyness.”And to the geocaching community: “My life motto is “carpe diem”. I try to use every day as if it were my last. Nobody knows how many days they have remaining. But everyone can spend the current day in a way to give them as much happyness as possible.”Photos:center_img SharePrint RelatedEpic Adventure, — Wet Surprise (GC1YV80) — Geocache of the Week Video EditionAugust 20, 2014In “Community”A geocache made in Hollywood (but placed in Washington). — Ring of Fire (GCJYHZ) — Geocache of the WeekJune 27, 2013In “Community”Epic Find, Epic Selfie — Kjerag (GCXKXJ) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 23, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

Foursquare Launches Effort to Create a “Rosetta Stone” for Location Data

first_imgRelated Posts audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Location#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting As location-based services continue to spring up, it’s becoming increasingly important that these companies have access to correction location data. However, there’s no one place where developers can go to access or verify this data, and there’s no single database for location-based information.But Foursquare has just announced an effort to move things in that direction: a “venue harmonization map” that it says it hopes can serve as a Rosetta Stone, of sorts, for location data.Part of Foursquare’s new initiative involves opening its Venues API and removing some of the restrictions on access to it. The API will be available at higher rate limits, but more importantly, now developers will be able to search Foursquare venues and find associated data – such as tips, photos, and trending check-in information – without requiring their end-users to authenticate via Foursquare. Creating a Rosetta Stone for Location DataThe Venue API is part of a larger effort of “building a comprehensive Venue Harmonization map.” This will help link information about places from one database to any other, and Foursquare announced four partners that are involved in this at launch: The New York Times, New York Magazine, Thrillist, and MenuPages. As it currently stands, if you look up a restaurant in one location database – via Foursquare, for instance, it will have a different ID number than if you look that up its review in The New York Times. This can make integrating data different. The Venue Harmonization Map aims to “translate between these databases, making it easier to create mash-ups, link to pages on other sites, or add foursquare widgets like ‘Add to foursquare’ to publisher sites.”The Future of the PlatformThis won’t put the location data under Foursquare’s control per se. It’s just a way to translate IDs – think “Rosetta Stone.” And it seems unlikely that all the players in the location space, namely Google and Facebook, will play along. Nonetheless, Foursquare’s announcement will give developers a boost in building products that can access all this data, including the real-time check-in information. In light of some of the recent kerfuffle around the Twitter’s relationship with third party development, it’s noteworthy that the title of Foursquare blog post asserts “the importance of platforms” – a comfort perhaps to developers who may feel suddenly wary about building products on someone else’s API. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Create Suspenseful “Split” Horror Titles in After Effects

first_imgLearn how to design and animate split horror titles with custom shading and textures, inspired by M. Night Shyamalan’s Split.Does your video project require a serious suspense or horror feel? Creating custom horror titles can sometimes be a struggle — after all, there are a million ways to go about it.In this After Effects tutorial, we’ll take a look at recreating the main title from M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie, Split. This tutorial covers basic principles of suspense design like applying textures, splitting text, and adding shadows to separate the cuts.Image: James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split via UniversalSuspenseful/horror titles follow a general philosophy of design — they need to be eerie and unsettling to your audience. The titles should represent what your story or message is about. The movie Split is based on an antagonizing multiple personality villain who abducts three women.The title design clearly represents the antagonist (or, really, in Split’s case, antagonists) and the theme of split personalities through the split-shadowed ridges within the text. Furthermore, the title design indicates the genre of the film. You’ll see in our tutorial how to grab the audiences attention with your title by adding a touch of distortion to the beginning of the animation in order to create a jarring offset.Here’s a quick preview of the final horror title result:Here’s what you’ll take away from this exciting Split Horror Text After Effects tutorial:How to design textured titlesCreate shadow shading for depthCreate a replaceable text workflowDistort and split textCreate an awesome title animation Download the Free Project FileDOWNLOAD FREE ‘SPLIT’ TITLES PROJECT FILECreating horror titles can lead to a road of endless possibilities. Keep in mind that titles should always complement your story, represent your genre, and set the mood of your product. So have fun and be sure to experiment with these concepts to create your own unique horror/suspense titles.last_img read more

Son Heung-min says ‘sorry’ to Tottenham for taking break for Asian Games 2018

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-min is all set to represent his country at the upcoming Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia but also felt sorry about leaving his club early on in the Premier League season.Son, who was recently handed a new five-year contract with Tottenham, is one of the three overage players to be named in the South Korean squad or the Asian Games football tournament, starting August 14.For the Asian Games, Tottenham have agreed to release Son after their opening Premier League match at Newcastle United on August 11.”I feel sorry because Tottenham is my team and I feel very sorry to be leaving my teammates,” Son was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.”I am playing for my country and that is also important, but honestly I feel very sorry about that. That is what I feel,” Son said.”We can talk about (the national service) afterwards. We haven’t won it already. We are going there to win something, and winning trophies for my country is always good. I don’t travel there for nothing.”Son was South Korea’s star player at the recently-concluded FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia but they failed to advance from their group that consisted of Sweden, Mexico and Germany.South Korea lost their opening two matches to Sweden and Mexico but pulled off an upset of the ages by knocking out Germany of the tournament with 2-0 win. However, that could not save their fate in the World Cup.Son and his teammates would want to erase the pain of that early World Cup exit by winning gold at the Games in Indonesia.advertisement”It was disappointing but we finished well against Germany,” said Son.”Our country was happy because they were No.1 in the FIFA rankings and the defending World Cup champions. For me, the tournament was disappointing because I always expect more than the group stage. I wanted to stay longer than we did. But it was a good experience to play at the World Cup and I look forward to playing in another four years.”Also read – Son Heung-min: South Korean star’s shades of tears at World Cup 2018When questioned about teammate and World Cup’s Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, Son said: “Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world. That is why he has won the Golden Boot twice in the Premier League and once at his first World Cup.”He deserved it as well because he worked really hard. He will come back with a lot of confidence and I think he can win another Golden Boot.”(With IANS inputs)last_img read more