Costas Returns To Olympic Stage

first_imgSOCHI, Russia — Bob Costas returned as host for NBC’s prime-time Olympic coverage Feb. 17, if still not exactly clear-eyed, at least with a sharpened sense of respect for the colleagues and crew who covered for him during a six-day absence.Costas joked at the show’s opening that he was “sitting in” for Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, who had subbed for him while he was out with an eye infection. He thanked the two, and viewers for expressing concern.“My apologies to everyone for the unavoidable but uncomfortable circumstance of a broadcaster’s ill-timed affliction getting in the way, even for just a moment, from what we all came here for,” Costas said.Hours before his return, he told The Associated Press that his infection has to run its course of 2-to-3 weeks, the entire Olympics. “It’s the all-time perfect bad timing, but what can you do? It’s a curve ball and you’ve got to go with it,” Costas chuckled during an interview, “even though I couldn’t spot the rotation on a curve ball right now.”The broadcaster who began his Olympic work as a late-night host at the 1988 Seoul Games looked relaxed at the NBC compound in a navy polo shirt and cardigan sweater.Traces of his bout with viral conjunctivitis were still visible — the infection began in his left eye and spread quickly to the right — and both are still reddened. “I’m better than I was,” he said, “but not as good as I’d like to be.”Costas nursed a cup of Starbucks coffee and propped his feet up on the desk as he discussed his unwanted week off.He rated himself a 2 on a scale of 1-10. At one point, he thought there was about a 10 percent chance he wouldn’t make it back for the games.Costas interviewed President Obama on Feb. 6, the night before the opening ceremonies. He awakened the next morning “and my left eye was like a slit, and I’m thinking, ‘What the hell?’” Costas recalled. “But I’m also thinking maybe I put a few eye drops in and it resolves itself. But as soon as the doctor got a look at it, he realized something was wrong.”Costas worked that night trying to cover up the redness by wearing glasses that made him look like a hipster. Drawing barbs from TV critics and snickers on social media, he finally sidelined himself after five nights of Olympic coverage when his blurred vision and sensitivity to light made working impossible.“When something out of the ordinary happens, like with my eyes, you know (the attention is) coming, but again, the degree of attention to it makes me uncomfortable. Not because I don’t understand it,” he said, “but because that isn’t the story that we came here expecting to talk about.“So what I tried to do the first few nights — when I thought it was only going to be a few nights — is kiss it off with a candid line and move on and not dwell on it. But when it got to the point where I couldn’t be on the air,” Costas added, “you couldn’t expect that people would ignore that.”Current Today show host Lauer and former co-anchor Vieira subbed for Costas. It was the first time anyone except Costas had been the host of an Olympic prime time telecast on any American network since 1998.Costas said he spent three days in a darkened hotel room awake at odd hours. The chance to watch the NBC feed kept him current, but also gave him a different perspective on the coverage.“When they did the hookup, it really didn’t matter when I slept — from noon to 8, or midnight to 8 in the morning. Generally, I was awake at 5 (a.m., Sochi time) so I watched a good portion of prime-time every night. … I experienced it something closer to the way someone in the States would, except it was dawn when I was doing it,” he added, “and it was a little blurry.”Costas also said he the chance to watch some of the network’s cable coverage of events in real time, and thought about whether that would influence his own presentation.“My Olympic road is closer to its end than its beginning,” he said. “By the time I can foresee prime-time changing radically, somebody else will be doing it.”(Jim Litke, AP Sports Writer. AP TV Writer David Bauder in New York contributed to this report)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

New products at the TFA online store

first_imgThe first item is new ankle socks available in red and blue, in all of the normal sizes. Stay tuned to the website as there will soon be long sleeved Referees shirts available (in red and blue). Both are trial items and will depend on demand. Only limited stock is available! To order the products, visit the TFA Online store:http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=396last_img

SecretaryGeneral welcomes news of Palestinian unity government

15 March 2007Welcoming reports that negotiations for a Palestinian national unity government have been completed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he hoped the new administration would respect existing agreements and reflect widely held principles on the conflict in the Middle East. United Nations spokesperson Michele Montas told journalists at the daily briefing, in response to questions on the intra-Palestinian talks, that Mr. Ban is now looking forward to the formation of both the Government and its programme.She said he hoped that the Palestinian Government would respect all existing agreements and reflect principles outlined by the diplomatic Quartet, the international grouping that includes the UN as well as the European Union, Russian Federation and the United States.Those principles include a commitment to the Road Map, the plan that envisages two States, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side in peace and security. They also include the recognition of Israel and a rejection of violence.The negotiations follow an accord reached in Mecca last month by Palestinian groups to end the intra-Palestinian violence and to try to work together to form a unity government. read more

Kansas Is The Only Final Four Team Playing Modern Basketball

Why the team had to change this season isn’t much of a mystery. The high-low offense frequently puts the key decisions of a possession in the hands of the team’s big men, either after receiving a pass at the top of the key (the “sweet spot” that allows a player to shoot, pass or get back on defense) or down in the low post. This allows the offense to get its big men open through screens and ball reversals and for the bigs to find cutters for easy buckets. It requires bigs who can execute a moving, developing offense. But the Jayhawks’ frontcourt exploded just before the season, leaving the team without that crucial component.Five-star freshman Billy Preston never played a game for the Jayhawks after coming under investigation by the NCAA; he would eventually sign with a Bosnian professional team. Jack Whitman, a transfer from William & Mary, left Kansas abruptly in the summer of 2017 just a few months after committing to the school. Self had expected Whitman to contribute heavily along the front line: “We were thin up front,” Self said at the time, “and looking to add somebody that would be eligible immediately and was experienced. … He’s a great fit for what we need because we’re going to be so young up front and he’ll add some experience.”That left Kansas with sophomores Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot, as well as late-arriving freshman Silvio De Sousa. Azubuike has been excellent — his 77.2 field goal percentage is the best in Kansas history — and De Sousa has emerged as a reliable backup. But this is not the polished frontcourt of your standard contending Kansas team. So Self has empowered his perimeter players to carry the team instead. Devonte’ Graham, Malik Newman and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk each are shooting more than five threes per game this season and hitting better than 40 percent. LaGerald Vick is shooting four per game and making 37.8 percent.By contrast, party-crashing Loyola of Chicago takes only 35.8 percent of its shots from three, below the average — though still above Self’s preferred waypoint. That’s unusual for an upset-minded team — those teams often take advantage of the short college 3-point line to achieve short-term scoring parity. Loyola instead relies on skill and strategy to win, along with new inefficiencies in the modern game ripe to be exploited by the right team.While Kansas does not attempt threes at quite the same rate as Villanova or Michigan, it has gotten off a similar number of attempts thanks to another modern facet of the squad: Kansas plays at a relatively fast tempo, while the other three semifinalists play at a glacial pace.Despite taking an enormous 47.1 percent of their shots from beyond the arc, Villanova has not pushed tempo: The Wildcats rank 225th in the country in average length of offensive possession, at 17.8 seconds, according to KenPom.com. Michigan ranks 311th at 18.7 seconds. And Loyola comes in 285th at 18.4. It makes sense for Loyola to slow pace, since underdog teams are best served by minimizing possessions and leaning on variance to carry them over more talented opponents. But a team like Villanova, more talented than nearly all of its opponents, would be better off maximizing the number of shots taken by both its own players and its opponents. Talent wins out over time.Kansas has maintained a standard brisk tempo over the past several seasons, ranking in the top 100 and often the top 50 in the nation since 2013 by KenPom.com’s average offensive possession length. (The Jayhawks rank lower on overall tempo because their defense typically forces opponents late into the shot clock, which is a good thing for a defense to do.) This season, Kansas is at 16.5 seconds per offensive possession, 76th in the country and miles ahead of its Final Four competition, making it the only program remaining that’s playing by the modern guidelines for overdogs: Push pace and shoot threes.This seems to be the season that Bill Self finally, fully, adapted to his players — and the times and, OK, the catastrophe surrounding his preseason frontcourt. This concession has allowed the Jayhawks to reach the Final Four, playing Saturday in what sure seems like the de facto championship game. Villanova will be the favorite. But Kansas, for once, will not have its own ideologies holding it back.Check out our latest March Madness predictions. Across the years, Kansas men’s basketball head coach Bill Self has fashioned an unmistakable brand of play. The Kansas Jayhawks, playing Villanova on Saturday in the Final Four, feature a high-low motion offense — inside-out basketball that moves the ball and values polished big men who can score at the rim and make decisions on the perimeter. That insistence didn’t leave much room for Kansas to adopt the ongoing 3-point revolution in basketball. Kansas stuck with its high-low system even as the very premises of the game were shifting underfoot.“When highly successful coaches adapt and succeed, like win a championship, we say they adapted to their players,” ESPN’s John Gasaway told reporter Matt Giles for FiveThirtyEight in 2016. “Self does not adapt to his players.”The lights flickered on briefly in that 2015-16 season, as observers wondered whether Kansas was finally adopting a modern rate of 3-point shooting. It didn’t last. Kansas’s rate of 3-point attempts fell off late in the season, and the team finished ranked 238th in the country in the share of its field goal attempts that were 3-pointers, according to KenPom.com. The Jayhawks were eliminated in the Elite Eight that season by a Villanova team that lived on the 3-point shot but didn’t shoot well in the quarterfinal. Self’s team took away Nova’s range, limiting it to 4 of 18 shooting from three, and the Wildcats won anyway. Perhaps this shook something loose in Self.In 2016-17, the Jayhawks threatened to be the first KU team under Self to breach the Division I average for 3-pointers attempted per field goal attempt. They weren’t a team of gunners, exactly, but their 35.9 percent 3-point attempt rate was a large step up for Kansas. This season, the Jayhawks have climbed even higher, reaching 41.4 percent — easily clearing the D-I average of 37.5 percent. That’s a quantum leap for the program given its recent history and a shocking development given Self’s stated opinions on shot selection.“Based on our history and the success that we’ve had with our shot selection over the years,” Self told the Kansas City Star in 2015, “I think 30 percent is a pretty good number for us.” read more

Mens hockey adjusting to new skin

The Ohio State men’s hockey season starts this Friday with new head coach Mark Osiecki at the helm. “With a new coaching staff you have a different feel as a team,” senior forward Sergio Somma said. “It’s kind of like you have a new set of skin.” They are hoping their new ‘skin’ will change things for the team who finished last season with a disappointing 15-18-6 record. “We have to try to create our culture,” Osiecki said. “We’d like to play an up-tempo, very aggressive offensive game.” The differences don’t end on the ice. “Coach (Osiecki) expects you to be great off the ice,” senior forward Peter Boyd said. “If you’re struggling off the ice, it’s going to relate on the ice.” The attention to detail outside the rink has resulted in more contact with the coaches through phone calls and e-mails, Somma said. The increased communication has resulted in a better understanding of the coach’s goals. “There’s kind of a point to everything that we are doing. He explains it very thoroughly,” senior goaltender Dustin Carlson said. “Guys know exactly what they are doing and why they are doing it and how to incorporate it to the game itself.” Players welcome the increase in detail and intensity. “You want to get pushed to a level that you feel uncomfortable because that makes you a better player,” Boyd said. Somma agreed. “He is going to push you to that edge, that physical edge and that mental edge that you need to get better,” he said. Seventeen of the players being pushed are upperclassmen. “I think (having so many upperclassmen) is positive on the front that there’s going to be a handful of these kids that are tremendous kids, very good hockey players that are going to definitely grasp what we’re talking about here and it’s going to help their careers,” Osiecki said. The coach was also excited about playing six of the first seven games on the road. “It brings your team close together,” Osiecki said. “It’s going to really tell us what we have, who can handle some tough situations, who can play at an up-tempo pace on a big ice sheet — we’ll learn a lot after the first few games.” Despite the early road trips and a losing record a year ago, expectations remain high. “There is no reason why we can’t win a (Central Collegiate Hockey Association Conference) title,” Somma said. Pre-season polls predict the Buckeyes to finish eighth out of eleven teams in the conference by the media and no player was on the preseason all-conference team. “I think we have a great team but it’s not going to come easy,” Boyd said. Osiecki was more concerned with implementing the proper attitude, indicating that if that was done, the wins would come. “Our goal is to develop the culture that we think that OSU hockey is going to bring to the table,” he said. “We want kids that are going to come in here and mature as hockey players and mature as a person away from the rink.” The team will showcase its new culture this Friday as the Buckeyes travel to Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Conn.). The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. read more

Helen Mirren tells women record sleazebag men on your iPhone

first_imgDame Helen has spoken of the 1970s as a decade when sexism was rife. Her 1975 appearance on Sir Michael Parkinson’s chat show is seen by many as an example of that sexism, with the presenter introducing her as the “sex queen” of the Royal Shakespeare Company and asking if her “equipment” undermined her professional credibility”.“Serious actresses can’t have big bosoms – is that what you mean?” she replied.She later described him as a “sexist old fart”. Women who are sexually harassed by “sleazebags” should secretly record the encounters on their mobile phones, Dame Helen Mirren has advised.The Oscar-winning actress said she had been treated “like a piece of meat” by men during her younger days in the industry, and wished she had stood up for herself.“It’s the only thing I regret. Being old is cool but, oh, how I wish I were 18 right now with the strength and courage to say, ‘F— off,’” she told Vogue magazine.“Why women felt they shouldn’t hurt men’s feelings, I don’t know. Not only men in the film industry but drunken idiots in bars. I have watched with glee the rise of those women who are able to take on these men.“I do wonder why more women didn’t just record these sleazebags on their iPhones. Put the phone in your pocket, hit record and catch them out.”Dame Helen, 72, was speaking in light of the #metoo movement started by women expressing solidarity with women caught up in the Harvey Weinstein scandal.The actress said she was “absolutely shocked” to hear the allegations against Weinstein, although he was “famous as an out-of-control bully”.“I never saw it myself, that rage, or even saw it from a distance being perpetrated on someone I knew. But I heard about it. But the whole sexual side I had absolutely no idea about.”last_img read more

More Metso comminution expertise for Altay Polimetally in Kazakhstan

first_imgIn addition to a grinding mill order earlier this year, Altay Polimetally has now chosen Metso as the supplier of a complete grinding system for its new copper open-pit mine in Kazakhstan. The order value is over €30 million. Altay Polimetally is targeting production of 3 Mt/y, and including host rock, 10 Mt. The plant is scheduled to begin operation last quarter 2014. Metso’s solution will help ensure that Altay reaches this target. The order which will be included in Mining and Construction’s fourth quarter 2013 orders received includes process design, engineering, complete equipment supply, controls/instrumentation and electrics, transportation and installation. The project complements two energy efficient Metso VTM-4500-C Vertimill® vertical grinding mills ordered under a separate contract earlier this year.“Metso has designed this grinding system as a standalone unit, taking full responsibility of the plant efficiency. Driven by automated control, the solution is designed to monitor the overall plant efficiency and guarantee maximum ore recovery”, says Serge de Backer, Business Manager, Crusher Systems, Mining and Construction, Metso.last_img read more

The Robot Apocalypse Has Already Started

first_img You probably heard things are going pretty bad. While people don’t agree on much these days, we all know stuff at least looks bad. Where it’s climate change, the sudden uptick in global conflict after decades of decline, or the extreme disparity between the wealthy and the poor, it’s just grim. All around. And while not all of it can be explained so easily, one of the reasons things seem shitty is that we’re witnessing the beginning of our end.Most of the time when people talk about robots taking over, it’s almost always with a future-focused frame. We think forward to when one of us might lose our jobs, not when we’re going to have to confront the consequences of the rise of the machines. We speak about the days when we no longer have to drive, for example, and wonder about the endless possibilities and how it will free us from work and we’ll in a utopia soon. Sweet, isn’t it? Unfortunately, that’s not quite how it’ll go.How do I, some random guy on the internet, know what will happen? Because we’ve been sprinting towards this future for over 70 years.One of the reasons the US economy did so splendidly well during the 1950s (besides high taxes to support infrastructure development, supporting corporate expansion), was the fact that a good chunk of the jobs available at the time were industrial. Industry, while gross and polluting, has a lot of added value. As in, when you take a ton of raw ore and transform that into steel, you’re adding a lot of value. Most people can’t smelt metal at home (though many have tried or been forced to). So that means when you buy steel vs. the dirt and rock it comes from, you’re paying a huge premium — the work is hard, dangerous, and the equipment is super expensive. Blast furnaces aren’t cheap, nor is the health insurance on the people who work them.Robot DevilThe robots of Futurama have a highly developed culture and fill a valuable role in human society. Seeing as they have their own bars, restaurants, and even soap operas, it should come as no surprise that they also have their own church. And you can’t have a good church religion without a devil, without THE devil, right? So, naturally… Robot Devil.But now? Steelworkers, coal miners, automakers — the “blue collar” industries that rocketed the US to its superpower status over the 20th century — have largely been taken over by bots. In a recent segment on HBO, coalminers lamented that their style of work isn’t being shipped to China or hindered by clean energy. No, these jobs are evaporating because bots and machines have already come for us.There’s a lot of incentive to automate these positions too — specifically because they pay so well. Many of those in heavy industry pull wages comparable to those in computer science or chemistry. Some even stack more paper than doctors or lawyers. Businesses don’t want to have to pay for that, manage taxes on those wages, or have to support the health and safety of their workers. It’s not really their fault; businesses are largely engineered for profit and profit alone. With that system, humans just aren’t worth the risk.Plus, while a person might get sick, robots are (obviously) immune to the flu. Yeah, you have to maintain them, but when you’ve got a five-ton bot that can lift a car’s chassis on its own, and then weld new bits to it as it’s moving with 100% accuracy 24/7, you can accept a little down time for repairs from time to time.As a result, most developed countries have fallen well behind their wage targets. People are making less than ever relative to the amount of value that they put into the economy. Again, that’s because of bots.Even in the service industry, computers, scanners, credit card machines and better business management and organization have led to incredible leaps in productivity. Loss prevention software, cameras, etc. have also helped dramatically cut down on the lost inventory. And with everything labeled and tracked, people can find anything in just about any store in seconds. These are small boosts to our economy’s productivity that aren’t passed to employees. They’re also the beginnings of broader automation.There are only two things that might save your job, and neither will last long. The first is how expensive you are to replace. If you take a minimum wage cashier at a fast food joint, the second it’s viable to do so, corporations will replace those positions with bots. That’s regardless of any minimum wage increases or anything else. That’s just something we’re pretty sure will happen. After all, computers and the software that they run are getting cheaper and cheaper and cheaper every single year. At some point, no matter who you are or what’s going on, your job will be done better, faster, cheaper, and more reliably with a bot.Complexity could save some jobs as well, though it’s not really clear which ones. Some writers aren’t long for this world. Neither are doctors, actually. You’d think that’d be safer because the education required is so ridiculous that it’s just something that seems like only a human can do. But that’s not going to help much. Doctors are responsible for knowing thousands of different medications, tens of thousands of different body parts, plus thousands more diseases and disorders. And they have to be able to figure out which things interact with which bits in which ways to cause or cure various symptoms and issues. Thing is, doctors can’t and don’t ever do that. And they never have. So much and so much complex knowledge, plus the interplay between each piece of a puzzle you can only see part of isn’t something that any human being is equipped to do. Medical mistakes are one of the leading causes of death for exactly that reason. Robots though? They got this shit, easy.Computers, more than anything else, can handle vast quantities of information. For now, most of us are safe because computers are still expensive and can’t quite match us for pattern recognition — a defining trait of human intellect. They can analyze millions of case files and draw connections and correlations and causative links that no human being could possibly be capable of.You might think that we could just ban robots and be fine, right? That we could stall this economic shift by avoiding the issue altogether. Unfortunately, that’s not how people work.Businesses will still want money. A few countries, yes, may choose to outlaw AI once they fully realize how big the effects on their economy have been (I think it’ll be too late because governments don’t often move too quickly in response to possible world-ending catastrophes *cough cough*), but not everyone will. And those that don’t simply can’t compete, for the same reason that humans are obsolete for most positions. Businesses will keep pushing, too, because when you can cut out millions of workers and the wages you once paid them, you get to keep the rest. And, since businesses have only one motive…That’s not to say that corporations are evil, just that they have no systems that exist to structurally discourage them from pursuing tactics that are awesome for themselves, but awful for everyone else — a tragedy of the commons for labor markets. And, in short, that means we’re doomed. Not ten years from now, but now. The time to start addressing these issues was back in the 80s, at the latest. Now, we’re going to need to scramble for new ways to organize everything in society. Elon Musk (and plenty others) famously said that automation will force Universal Basic Income down the line, but the real question is why it hasn’t already.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on targetlast_img read more

Liverpool favorites to land PSGs Adrien Rabiot

first_imgParis Saint-Germain’s jewel and one of the most promising young talents in Europe could soon leave Parc des Princes, with Adrien Rabiot edging closer towards the winter exit.The 23-year-old midfielder has already rejected to extend his current contract that’s set to expire at the end of the ongoing campaign, opening the way for interested parties to start the negotiations as early as January.Although Rabiot plays a notable role under Thomas Tuchel, he seems desperate to leave the Parisians in the forthcoming period, searching for new challenges.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.According to the Daily Express, Liverpool are leading the chase for the France international ahead of Barcelona and Manchester United who also reportedly set their sights on the youngster.The same source states that bookmaker Coral place the Merseysiders as 2-1 favorites to wrap up a deal.Considering Fabinho and Naby Keita both failed to adapt to the Premier League so far, Jurgen Klopp plans to bring another midfielder to Anfield to partner James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum in the center of the park.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday May 13 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, May 13, 2019:#1) Wilmington Board of Selectmen MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. (An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:15pm). Read the agenda HERE.#2) Wilmington Historical Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Wilmington Housing Authority MeetingThe Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Woburn Street School’s School Advisory Council MeetingThe Woburn Street School’s School Advisory Council meets at 3pm in the Woburn Street School’s Teachers Room. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Tech Buddies Drop-InThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Tech Buddies Drop-In Session from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Need technology help, but Brad isn’t here? Drop in at a Tech Buddies session! Tech Buddies is a new volunteer program connecting teens and members of the Wilmington community in need of assistance navigating their phones, tablets, cameras, and the Cloud.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, September 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, June 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, March 11, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Blade Shadow Ghost turns your TV into a snappy cloudgaming PC

first_img Share your voice Post a comment Blade Shadow Ghost delivers great gaming performance… The Ghost itself costs $140 (£110), while the service runs $35 (£27) per month. All told, it’s a pretty good deal. It’s not available in Australia yet, but the Ghost’s price converts to about AU$205.Like many competitors, the service is essentially a Windows virtual machine (VM) running on a Windows server within a datacenter; in my case, the server is running a 3.2GHz Xeon E5-2667 V3 with 12GB RAM and a Quadro P5000 with 16GB GDDR5X. It’s not cutting-edge gaming performance, but it is roughly in the same league as the GTX 1070 max-Q laptops we’ve seen recently. Overall performance will depend on the game and your quality settings.But unlike almost every other cloud gaming system I’ve seen, it runs well in 1440p and, depending upon the game, even 2160p. And it feels more baked now than it did when we tried it in its early US rollout. It’s probably the slickest, too, for a VM. (Gaming-only services such as GeForce Now are obviously more streamlined.)Though it publicly specs frame-rates of 4K at 60 frames per second (which matches most 60Hz displays and TVs and thus shows fewer artifacts) and 1080p at 144fps, it also does 1440p at 75fps, which is a solid happy medium for a lot of games. The alternative resolutions are also a perk that many competitors don’t supply, as most are limited to 1080p.04-blade-shadow-ghostGhost provides all the essential connections. However, if you hook up wired devices to the USB ports, it does ruin the look a bit, like a Mac Mini. Sarah Tew/CNET The Ghost box connects to a display via HDMI. It has four USB Type-A ports, a headphone jack and an AC adapter input. You connect via gigabit Ethernet or 802.11ac Wi-Fi (aka Wi-Fi 5). The overall fit and finish is good — for a device that feels like it’s 3D printed.It’s easy to set up and compact enough to tote from one place to another. Windows recognizes USB devices such as keyboards, mice and an HP Omen Mindframe headset as if they were running locally. (Note that I didn’t test chat or streaming functions.) There’s one big problem with the Shadow: Its 256GB Windows partition isn’t nearly big enough. You’ll need a USB hard drive to swap game installations. I’d like to see the company either increase the base configuration or introduce a tier of service with more space.       The Shadow can also connect to wireless input devices via Bluetooth. The connection isn’t really through Windows, though, just through the box itself. It doesn’t work while the VM’s open, so it’s not as convenient as it could be. 02-blade-shadow-ghostThere’s only one button, for turning it on and off. Sarah Tew/CNET Performance on the Shadow side is one thing, but your connection to the internet is another. It doesn’t handle latency problems gracefully — that’s when your internet connection sends data packets erratically and is a bigger issue than bandwidth for most people, since it can vary so much from moment to moment. It’s hard to diagnose if your network’s at fault, because (obviously) you can’t launch offline or in safe mode, among other things. And it requires a mouse and keyboard to start up, so disconnecting them to diagnose any USB connection issues isn’t an option.There’s a control panel application that displays network statistics and lets you select some basic options. In the US, Blade owns its own servers in data centers around the country (called “co-location”), and it’s newer to the US than Europe. At the moment, you can’t pick which data center to access; it’s all automatic. 03-blade-shadow-ghostSwoopy! Sarah Tew/CNET The Shadow suffers the same problems as every cloud gaming system I’ve tried, most notably a compressed tonal range. No matter how good your bandwidth is, the bitrate is never high enough that it doesn’t have to compress the video signal, which can result in flatter colors. Some people may not even notice, or they’ll notice it less once they’re immersed in gameplay. Aside from selecting the option to automate Windows updates, the rest is in your hands, such as Nvidia driver updates. Restarting during driver updates can be a bit wonky, since that tends to close the Shadow on the first reboot. But it keeps running in the cloud for 90 minutes, which means it’s really easy to launch right back into what you were doing.And when you’re not gaming? I’ve been using it as my primary work system, attached to a monitor. So far it hasn’t groaned once under the weight of several browsers’ worth of tabs or anything else I’ve thrown at it. Updated 1:04 p.m. ET: Blade doesn’t lease servers in datacenters as originally stated; it co-locates its own servers in datacenters. In practice, that gives the company more flexibility over the configurations. Tags 1:47center_img Now playing: Watch this: Desktops Gaming 0 It glows from the bottom to indicate it’s on. Sarah Tew/CNET Blade’s Shadow Ghost is a cool little box that lets you use the Shadow desktop-in-the-cloud service with just a TV or monitor. No PC required. The box that gives you the device and network connections you need to use the Windows-based desktop service. When I tried it out, I kept forgetting I wasn’t on a local PC and never found myself shrieking about the speed. I still can’t believe I like it so much.A “Shadow,” as Blade dubs the virtual system the service provides, can be used for anything, but the most obvious mainstream allure of a virtual machine these days is for cloud gaming. Think of the Ghost as a console without any local storage and simple video decoding that can run any Windows game. This is actually the second version of the box, but now it’s got a catchy name and most of the kinks worked out. last_img read more

Bentley celebrates its centenary with ultraexpensive 66pound book

first_img Bentley 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible: Unparalleled grand touring 3 Car Culture Comments Enlarge ImageThe book will be hand-bound in England. Bentley Motors Bentley Motors has a long history, and the carmaker is celebrating with a very big book. The Bentley Centenary Opus will be offered in three different versions, the company announced today, with prices ranging from £3,000 to £200,000 — or about $3,800 to $256,000.The 800-page book celebrates Bentley’s 100-year heritage with nine chapters on the brand’s performance, design, craftsmanship and similar topics. The foreword was written by fashion icon Ralph Lauren, while the final chapter, on Bentley’s future, was written by company CEO Adrian Hallmark.When fully opened, the book is nearly a meter (3.3 feet) wide, with special gatefolds up to 2 meters wide, and it weighs a whopping 66 pounds. Bentley claims the book, being published by luxury publishing house Opus, is “the biggest book ever produced on the story of an automotive brand.” The book features genuine Bentley leather bindings and one of the brand’s Bentley badges. Owners will even be able to pick the same hide color for the front cover as in their own Bentley car, and can have photos of their own cars inserted into the book.Bentley Centenary Opus bookEnlarge ImageThis version will cost you a cool $256,000. Bentley Motors Of the three different versions of the book, the first is the Centenary Edition, which is limited to just 500 copies globally and costs £3,000. The next step up is the Mulliner Edition, which is limited to 100 units and costs £12,500 (about $16,000). Its special features include a collection of 20-by-24-inch Polaroid photos of 10 significant Bentley models and 56 hand-painted watercolors. The inside of the book’s presentation case also features rubber from the tires of the 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning 2003 Speed 8 racing car.The 100 Carat Edition, however, is the book that will put all other books to shame. At £200,000 and limited to only seven copies, it gets its name from the fact it is adorned with 100 carats of diamonds. The Bentley winged badge, moreover, is set in either white gold or platinum. That’s a book we’re guessing you won’t leave out unattended on the coffee table. 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer More From Roadshow Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocratcenter_img Share your voice Preview • 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible first drive: 207-mph toupee shredder 2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid first drive: One posh plug-in 26 Photos Tags More about 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Bentleylast_img read more

Leaders pay tribute to deceased scribe Manikyam

first_imgRajendranagar: MLA Prakash Goud on Tuesday presented the bank deposit bond of Rs10 lakh to the bereaved family of Marpally Manikyam, who died of cardiac arrest recently. The bank deposit bond will help the family as they would get monthly monetary benefit of Rs 5,900 to fulfil at least their basic needs. People from all walks of life paid tribute to the late journalist at a condolence meeting held at Praja Bhavan, Shivrampally under the aegis of Rajendranagar Constituency Print and Electronic Media Reporters’ Union. Addressing the gathering MLA Prakash Goud said,” Journalists always strive hard and often put their lives at risk to bring forth the bitter side of society. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us In this endeavour they come across various challenge that even pose threat to their lives.” Recalling the service of the deceased journalist Marpally Manikyam, the MLA expressed that “since the job of Journalists are not so an easy task to deliver and every day comes with a new and emerging challenge for them, their issues must be addressed on priority basis.” Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Emphasized the need of taking immense care of the health in achieving the goals in today’s hectic life, Shamshabad DCP N Prakash Reddy said “police and journalists are having common cause of keeping the society safe from every evil and this effort demands 24×7 concentration on the issues faced by the people and the solution they need to follow suit. Advertise With Us For this, they have to take care of their health as well to serve people.” The guests and journalists’ union leaders paid a floral tribute to the portrait of the departed journalist and observed two minutes silence as mark of respect. Corporator Mailardevpally Srinivas Reddy, ACP Ashok Chakravarthi, district president APUWJ Srikanth Reddy, district president APUWJ 143 Shekhar Sagar also spoke and paid their tributes to the deceased journalist. Senior Journalist Surya Narayana supervised the programme. A large number of media persons were present on the occasion.last_img read more

Pakistan antiterror court grants interim bail to JuD chief

first_imgLahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and his three aides were granted pre-arrest bail on Monday by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan in a case pertaining to the banned outfit’s illegal use of land for its seminary. The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Lahore granted interim bail to Saeed and his aides – Hafiz Masood, Ameer Hamza, and Malik Zafar – until August 31 against surety bonds of Rs 50,000 each, Dawn newspaper reported. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us During the hearing, Saeed’s counsel insisted that Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) was not using any piece of land illegally and urged the court to accept bail pleas. Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The US declared the LeT as a foreign terrorist organisation in June 2014. Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice. Under pressure from the international community, Pakistani authorities have launched investigations into matters of the JuD, LeT and the FIF regarding their holding and use of trusts to raise funds for terrorism financing. Advertise With Us Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court (LHC) issued notices to the federal government, the Punjab government and the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) regarding a petition filed by Saeed and his seven aides, challenging charges of terror financing and money laundering against them. A two-member bench of the LHC comprising Justice Shehram Sarwar Chaudhry and Justice Mohammad Waheed Khan asked the parties to submit their replies within two weeks. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police on July 3 registered 23 FIRs against 13 leaders of the JuD including Saeed on the charges of “terror financing” in different cities of Punjab province.last_img read more

2 held with gold bars worth 7m at Dhaka airport

first_imgRepresentational image of gold bullion. Reuters file photoCustoms officials detained two people along with gold bars weighing 1.4 kilogramme at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the city on Thursday, reports UNB.Sources at the airport said a customs preventive team challenged the duo—Anwar Hossain, a resident of Mymensingh, and Tapan Chandra Pal of Lakshimpur—following their suspicious movement while crossing the green channel in the afternoon. The customs officials recovered 1.4 kg of broken gold bars, hidden in their bags, worth around Tk 7 million, said assistant commissioner of customs preventative team Saidul Islam. Anwar and Tapan arrived in Dhaka from Singapore by a Biman Bangladesh flight that landed at the airport around 6:15pm.last_img read more

NBA players Stephhate is all about jealousy

first_imgNBA players’ Steph-hate is all about jealousyAn recent article described the icy relationship some NBA superstars, including LeBron James, have with Steph Curry. Colin thinks the Curry is resented by some NBA players because they view him as athletically inferior, had an upper class suburban upbringing, and because he has ushered in the 3-ball NBA era that has made big guys who can’t shoot, almost obsolete. LeBron shouldn’t get a pass for his Game 1 bench meltdownA raw feed video of LeBron melting sown on the Cavs bench at the end of regulation in Game 1, immediately following J.R. Smith’s now-famous mental error, and Colin thinks it’s a bad look for James.He still believes the refs stole Game 1 with a controversial replay reversal of Kevin Durant’s charge, but at the time of the meltdown, LeBron checked out and seemed to reside to the Warriors winning in OT. LeBron’s frustrations with his supporting cast, the nightly burden he carries, and the situation are understandable, but he shouldn’t get a pass for bailing out on his team when they needed him the most in crisis. Also:– Sixers need to fire ColangeloGuests:Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst is in-studio explaining why the Cavs never had a chance to beat the Warriors, regardless of what happened in Game 1.Terrell Owens – Hall of Fame wide receiver is in-studio trying to convince Colin why he can still play in the NFL at 44-years-old and why he won’t go to the CFL.Armen Keteyian – Emmy winning sports journalist is in-studio discussing his new book Tiger; how Tiger’s upbringing was dysfunctional; and the signs that showed a collapse was coming.last_img read more

Puerto Limóns Carnaval 2012

first_imgNo related posts. Puerto Limón’s annual Carnaval kicked off Thursday evening with performances and the crowning of the Carnaval queen.  Based around Columbus Day on Oct. 12, Carnaval is a week long street party featuring carnival rides, street food and culminating in a parade on Oct. 20. Facebook Commentslast_img

On Womens Day a former First Lady of Costa Rica nears a

first_imgDiscovering Henrietta: The Alabama woman who became Costa Rica’s first lady Facebook Comments And watch the “First Lady” trailer: This week, a special Washington, DC screening of the documentary film“First Lady of the Revolution” honored the life of Henrietta Boggs, the U.S. citizen who became the first wife of legendary Costa Rican president José “Pepe” Figueres and went on to become the country’s First Lady.The screening on Feb. 6 was part of the lead-up to the national public television broadcast of the documentary on March 25 – it will be broadcast at 9 pm on WORLD Channel as part of Reel South Season Three, according to a statement from Spark Media – and Boggs’ 100th birthday in May.The documentary was screened before a sold-out crowd at the GALA Hispanic Theatre. Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States Roman Macaya hosted the VIP event, which was attended by many members of the diplomatic and international community in Washington, Spark Media indicated.The film, from award-winning director Andrea Kalin, chronicles Boggs’ improbable and extraordinary journey from young visitor to Costa Rica, to the wife of a revolutionary in the making, to First Lady in 1948, as well as her role in reforms President Figueres oversaw including granting the right to vote to Costa Rican women and the abolition of the country’s armed forces.“As a filmmaker I’ve witnessed the grizzly impact of war; from the refugee camps in Syria to gang-controlled barrios in Colombia,” said Kalin at the event. “Abolishing the army was a powerful and bold idea that changed the course of Costa Rica’s history and reshaped its identity. It’s an inspiration to people all over the world.”Tuesday’s event was made possible by partners including the Embassy of Costa Rica in the United States, Americas Society/Council of the Americas, Amigos of Costa Rica, Asociación Costa Rica, the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), Iniciativa Folclórica Costarricense, and the GALA Hispanic Theatre.Take a deep dive into Henrietta’s fascinating story: Related posts:Osa Peninsula organization promotes human development, conservation Kids Saving the Rainforest: the Costa Rican initiative that’s gone global Great food for local causes: ‘Festival de Vida’ begins in Atenas Ballet performance raises funds for low-income patients and familieslast_img read more

Perus defense and interior ministers resign

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Many Peruvians were outraged when the father of a slain police officer had to personally retrieve his slain son’s body from the jungle nearly three weeks after the officer went missing.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   LIMA, Peru (AP) – Peru’s defense and interior ministers have quit amid complaints from lawmakers about incompetence in the fight against Shining Path rebels.Thursday’s resignations by Defense Minister Alberto Otarola and Interior Minister Daniel Lozada come as President Ollanta Humala is on a trip to South Korea and Japan.Both were criticized for their handling of the aftermath of last month’s kidnapping by rebels of 36 construction workers in Peru’s southeastern jungle. The workers were later released but nine security force members were killed. Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Quick workouts for men Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

Related Six Nations Rugby 2013 cities guideIts S

first_img RelatedSix Nations Rugby 2013: cities guideIt’s Six Nations time, so we show you where to sample the big match atmosphere in each of the host cities.The Six Nations 48-hour pub crawl challengeSix flights, six cities, six pubs, the Six Nations: take the ultimate rugby-related pub crawl challenge.World’s 7 best rugby stadiums you have to visitGet set for the Rugby World Cup with our world tour of where to see rugby at its very best. The Six Nations Rugby gets under way this weekend. You may have already made your travel plans but there is still time to grab a bargain last-minute flight to soak up the atmosphere in the host city on a big match day, even if you don’t have a ticket. What’s more, you can find the best deals on somewhere to stay (and sleep off that hangover no doubt) with a massive choice of accommodation on our hotels search.Sat 2 FebWales v. IrelandMillennium Stadium, Cardiff, kick-off 1.30pmFind flights to CardiffFind hotels in Cardiff England v. ScotlandTwickenham, London, kick-off 4pmFind flights to LondonEg: Edinburgh to London, leaving Sat 2 Feb, returning Mon 4 Feb, from £96Find hotels in LondonSat 9 FebFrance v. WalesStade de France, Paris, kick-off 5pmFind flights to ParisEg: Cardiff to Paris, leaving Fri 8 Feb, returning Sun 10 Feb, from £223Find hotels in ParisSun 10 FebIreland v. EnglandAviva Stadium, Dublin. kick-off 3pmFind flights to DublinEg: London to Dublin, leaving Sat 9 Feb, returning Mon 11 Feb, from £67Find hotels in DublinSat 23 FebItaly v. WalesStadio Olympico, Rome, kick-off 2.30pmFind flights to RomeEg: Cardiff to Rome, leaving Fri 22 Feb, returning Mon 25 Feb, from £284Find hotels in RomeSun 24 FebScotland v. IrelandMurrayfield, Edinburgh, kick-off 2.30pmFind flights to EdinburghEg: Dublin to Edinburgh, leaving Sat 23 Feb, returning Mon 25 Feb, from £180Find hotels in EdinburghSat 9 MarScotland v. WalesMurrayfield, Edinburgh, kick-off 2.30pmFind flights to EdinburghEg: Cardiff to Edinburgh, leaving Fri 8 March, returning Mon 11 March, from £225Find hotels in EdinburghSat 16 MarchItaly v. IrelandStadio Olympico, Rome, kick-off 2.30pmFind flights to RomeEg: Dublin to Rome, leaving Fri 15 Mar, returning Mon 18 March, from £147Find hotels in Rome Wales v. EnglandMillennium Stadium, Cardiff, kick-off 5pmFind flights to CardiffFind hotels in Cardiff France v. ScotandStade de France, Paris, kick-off 8pmFind flights to ParisEg: Edinburgh to Paris, leaving Fri 15 Mar, returning Mon 18 March, from £147Find hotels in ParisReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more