St. Bernard’s girls all business in first-round playoff rout of Fremont Christian

first_imgEureka >> Every bit of the experience gained from being a two-time NCS section champion was on display for the St. Bernard’s Academy girls basketball team on Wednesday night.The Crusaders flipped the switch from the regular season and turned on playoff mode — and Fremont Christian was their first victim.St. Bernard’s (17-8 overall) started the game on a 12-0 run and never looked back, cruising to a 78-32 North Coast Section Division 5 playoff victory over the overmatched Warriors (12-9) at …last_img read more

Microsoft Used a Robot and an Xbox Controller to Shoot a Commercial

first_imgSee how Microsoft utilized Motorized Precision’s KIRA robotic camera arm to capture the Surface Studio launch video.Top image via Microsoft/Motorized PrecisionMicrosoft stole the show from Apple last week when the company released this stunning video for their futuristic Surface Studio.We previously talked all about the specs and the amazing tools developed for the Surface Studio, including the Surface Dial that will give you Tony-Stark-like control over apps — like using it as a color wheel in the Sketchable app.Image via MicrosoftWhat we didn’t talk about was the Microsoft Surface Studio release video itself. Outside of of the work of the motion designers, visual designers, and the CG renders — the shots of the actress using the Surface Studio were shot practically using Motorized Precision’s KIRA.KIRA is one of the latest in robotic camera arms. We first covered KIRA after its big splash at NAB 2016. The rig has a maximum height of 9 ft and can extend to 5.63 ft, weighing 570 lb — and the baseplate alone weighs in at a whopping 3400 lb. The KIRA has a maximum camera payload of 40 lbs and can move 3.2 ft in 0.5 seconds.Here’s a look at the KIRA in action.I wanted to know more about the development and production of this commercial, so I reached out to Sean Brown, the President of Motorized Precision. Here’s what I learned about the Microsoft Surface Studio spot.The Microsoft Hardware Design Team reached out to Motorized Precision to create and execute the motion control shots for the launch video. Shot at Cinerent West in Portland, Oregon, the KIRA was equipped with a RED EPIC DRAGON and Canon 15.5-47 mm lens. Image via Microsoft / Motorized PrecisionThere have been some updates to KIRA since NAB, including updates to the MP Studio app — which coincidentally runs on Windows machines. The KIRA also added new camera mounts and is currently testing a new modular track system set to launch next year.Image via Microsoft / Motorized PrecisionAs far as the Windows Surface Studio shoot goes, KIRA was chosen for its ability to repeat moves. Some shots required precise movements, like the multi-pass from the front of the Surface Studio to the back of the machine. The Microsoft Surface team had a series of pre-viz shots created in Cinema4D and Maya — which helped guide and program the KIRA’s motion control movements.After looking at a pre-viz shot, we would take about 5-20 minutes per shot to test it out and modify it for the real-world production. Then it comes down to testing the moves with talent and seeing how creative we can get with lighting and set.Image via Microsoft / Motorized PrecisionThe KIRA is programmed through the MP Studio app and can be controlled with an Xbox One Elite controller.  Above, you can see Sean Brown on set using the controller. With it, he can jog the robot into place and set keyframes within the MP Studio timeline to save moves.When we push left on the left joystick the robot moves left and when we push left on the right joystick it pans left etc. We made it so simple and intuitive to control that we were able to focus on the creative and not worry about the technology.Also within app, Brown can control the focus, iris, and zoom — giving him total control over every shot.Image via Microsoft / Motorized PrecisionI asked about the difficulty of lighting a moving computer monitor, especially while the camera was in motion.The lighting team worked very well with both Motorized Precision and the Microsoft team to make sure we achieved the most clean and sexy look we could for this shoot. Yes, a big screen does present challenges, but we were able to solve them by having KIRA do the same move over and over and see where we might find any problem spots.Image via Microsoft / Motorized PrecisionI finally asked about Brown’s impression of the Surface Studio itself, and how he could see himself using the device.I love the Microsoft Surface Studio from a KIRA control standpoint. We developed MP Studio originally as a touch app. On the Surface Studio I was finally able to see that app come to life with Touch Control that made sense! So I was very impressed by the product.  The Dial on set was controlling some amazing color wheels inside some of the apps used in the launch video and it was very impressive to see all the different functionality they were able to get from such a simple device.Microsoft Surface Studio Launch Video Shoot Credits: ProducersJamie FishAmber GeigerDirector of PhotographyKevin Fletcher Sean Brown (KIRA Motion Control)Grip & ElectricCoach Sarge CineMicrosoft Hardware Design TeamBrittany RedigerNick BauerYoung KimJeff McCartneylast_img read more

New Chief Justice Sworn In

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Sept. 22,2014 – A New Chief Justice will be sworn in at the Provo Supreme Court at MRHC; Hon Chief Justice Margaret Ramsey-Hale succeeds Edwin Goldsborough, who resigned last year after being Chief Justice in the islands since 2011. Related Items:chief justice, edwin goldsborough, margaret ramsey-hale Beckingham responds in 12-storey development verdict No PNP Elections dashes Chairmanship Hope for Mike Misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Constitutional Case to be launched by Mike Misick at Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Men arrested for cocaine and marijuana in Freeport

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFreeport, Grand Bahama – November 27, 2017 – An American man was arrested on American Thanksgiving day after he was found with cocaine at Freeport Harbour.  The man reportedly had 1.1lbs of the illicit drug in his possession, the cocaine is said to be with a street value of $11,500.A day later, a Bahamian man was arrested by Grand Bahama Police in a separate incident at the Western Air airport terminal, said to be with seven pounds of marijuana, a value of $7,000.The 31 year old was said to have had the drugs hidden in his luggage and it was ‘intel’ which led officers to search the man last week Friday.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Jason Dunn Named To Deans List At Colby College

first_imgWATERVILLE, ME — Jason T. Dunn of Wilmington was recently named to the highly selective Dean’s List at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year.Dunn is one of 443 Colby students-or 23 percent of the qualified student body-to have earned a spot on the Dean’s List last semester.Dunn, a member of the Class of 2021, attended Wilmington High School and is the son of Dawn Dunn and Thomas Dunn of Wilmington. Dunn earned a semester grade point average of 3.78 or higher this spring to be included on Colby’s Dean’s List.About Colby CollegeFounded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby offers a rigorous academic program rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Colby’s innovative and ambitious campaign, Dare Northward, will support deeper connections between the College and the world and a fully inclusive experience for all Colby students. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from more than 65 countries. Its Waterville, Maine, location provides unique access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Colby College via Merit.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Jason Dunn Named To Dean’s List At Colby CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Jason Dunn Named To Colby College’s Dean’s ListIn “Education”Wilmington’s Esdale Named To Dean’s List At Colby CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Apple support still strong in China despite revenue drop

first_imgApple forecast its first revenue drop in 13 years on 27 January and reported the slowest-ever increase in iPhone shipments as the critical Chinese market showed signs of cooling down. Despite this, the company reported revenue of $18.37bn (£12.83) from Greater China, accounting for 24.2% of total revenue. Revenue from the region nearly doubled in the fourth quarter. Avneesh Saxena, vice president of DCI Asia/Pacific, said Apple had performed well in the current economic state, but that the company will have to continue to be innovative if it wants to keep its edge.I feel that given the times and environment we are in, Apple has done really well. But the other point Id like to make is that too much is still dependent on iPhone – more than 65% of their revenue still comes from there – and that is a concern. They have to start looking at a more holistic contribution from some of their other products and streams, Saxena said.Saxena added that Apple faces tough competition from Chinese technology giants whose phones have become increasingly popular. Chinese vendors have come up in the last few years with formidable designs and price points that are almost 30-40% cheaper.f you look at Huawei, its not a poor mans phone anymore – its actually a solid contender to Samsung and the iPhone. To keep that margin and distance between them and the others, theyll [Apple will] have to come up with some innovative designs in the future, Saxena said.Apples China sales grew by 84% in the year to September 2015. And despite the slowdown, the company remains the most profitable in the S and P 500 and the most valuable publicly traded US tech company.last_img read more

More trouble for Karnataka Congress as senior leader Ramalinga Reddy lashes out

first_img“I am a seven-time MLA but they are neglecting me. This is also the case for senior leaders like HK Patil, Roshan Baig and others,” read his tweet expressing anger over the unfair induction of new members by neglecting the seniors.In his tweet, Reddy said that neglecting the senior Congressmen in the government and the lack of organisational foresight of some ministers resulted in the humiliating defeat of the party. He said that the main reason for this poor performance is not listening to the advice of the party seniors and the performance of some ministers.He urged the Congress leadership to set things right. “In order to face the challenging days ahead, the party and the government must address the fact that seniors have been neglected. If the situation continues like this, it’ll be difficult for senior leaders to be in the party”, he said.Reddy further suggested that the ministers who failed to deliver in the Lok Sabha elections should be given an inferior rank in the party and the senior members should be given positions in the government. Ramalinga ReddyTwitter [Representational Image]The troubles of the Congress in Karnataka don’t seem to end after the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections. Even as the party top brass is fighting to keep the coalaition government alive, senior leader Ramalinga Reddy has revolted against the leadership, blaming them for the awful show in elections.Reddy wrote an open letter to the Congress party from his Twitter handle on Monday, giving his version of the events that led to the defeat of the Congress. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 25 out of 28 parliamentary seats in the state.A former minister in the Siddaramiah-led government, Reddy was not given a cabinet position in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government. He expressed his disdain over the alliance leaders’ decision to go for a cabinet expansion to induct R Shankar and H Nagesh as part of a plan to keep the BJP at bay and help the government survive. last_img read more

Advance train ticket sale begins

first_imgPeople wait in queues for advance tickets at Kamalapur railway station. Photo: Prothom AloThe sale of advance train tickets for Eid ul-Azha journey has begun at the Kamalapur railway station in Dhaka on Wednesday morning.The ticket sale began at 8:00am from 26 counters including two for female passengers at the railway station.According to the previous announcement from railway ministry, today the holidaymakers will be given advance tickets for 17 August.A person will be able to buy not more than four tickets, the authorities added.The ministry earlier said each passenger can buy a maximum of four tickets, and once sold, tickets can’t be returned.Addressing a press conference at Rail Bhaban in the capital on 26 July, the ministry said additional trains will operate during the Eid vacation.Train tickets will be sold from Dhaka and Chattogram stations and will continue till 12 August.As per the schedule, tickets of 18 August will be sold on 9 August, tickets of 19 August on 10 August, tickets of 20 August on 11 August and tickets of 21 August on 12 August.The return tickets will be sold from 15 August at Rajshahi, Khulna, Rangpur, Dinajpur and Lalmonirhat stations.Return tickets of 24 August will be sold on 15 August, tickets of 25 August on 16 August, tickets of 26 August on 17 August, tickets of 27 August on 18 August and tickets of 28 August on 19 August.Around 300,000 passengers can travel daily during the Eid while some 260,000 passengers travel daily other times of the year.last_img read more

Trump accuses Comey of cowardice over leaks

first_imgDonald TrumpUS President Donald Trump on Sunday accused James Comey of cowardice by leaking accounts of his meetings with the president, days after the ex-FBI director testified that Trump sought to derail the Russian probe.“I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet. “Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’”Sacked FBI chief Comey delivered his bombshell allegations at a Senate hearing Thursday, saying in his sworn testimony that he had asked a “friend” identified as a Columbia University law professor to release a memo of his conversations with the president to the press.Comey said he had hoped releasing the information via the media would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to handle the Russia probe, a ploy that ultimately proved successful.He branded the president a liar and said Trump urged him to abandon the investigation into the former national security adviser Michael Flynn, an allegation Trump has denied.On Friday, Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski criticized Comey as not “man enough” for having leaked the memo via his friend rather than doing it himself.“He gave his notes to a Columbia law professor because he wasn’t man enough to give the notes directly to the media when he wanted them out to the media,” Lewandowski told NBC’s morning show “Today.”Though Trump has lambasted Comey as a “leaker,” he also claimed “total and complete vindication” following the ex-FBI chief’s testimony, focusing on Comey’s confirmation that Trump was not personally being probed.last_img read more

Putin orders partial withdrawal from Syria

first_imgRussia intervened in the Syrian conflict in 2015, staging air strikes in support of its ally Damascus targeting both the Islamic State group and other jihadists as well as rebels fighting government troops. AFP file photoRussian President Vladimir Putin held talks with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Monday for the last leg of a day-long diplomatic dash, during which he ordered the partial withdrawal of Russia’s troops from the war-torn country.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Putin at his presidential complex in Ankara for a closed-door meeting.This is the eighth face-to-face meeting between Putin and Erdogan this year, a sign of the intensity of a relationship that had hit rock bottom in November 2015 when Turkey shot down a Russian war plane over Syria.Putin was welcomed earlier in the day at Russia’s Hmeimim airbase by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on a surprise first visit to the country.In a televised speech to Russian troops, Putin said he had ordered his Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to start a partial withdrawal.“I have taken a decision: a significant part of the Russian troop contingent located in Syria is returning home to Russia,” he said at the base in Latakia Province, a government stronghold.Russia first intervened in the conflict in 2015, staging air strikes in support of Assad which targeted both the Islamic State group (IS) and other jihadists as well as rebels fighting government troops.Putin said the troops had helped the Syrian army crush the “most battle-ready group of international terrorists,” apparently referring to IS.“On the whole the task has been completed. And completed brilliantly.”‘Our homeland thanks you’Putin said last month that efforts to end the war were entering a “new stage” as the focus shifted from military intervention to political reforms.He said both Hmeimim and Russia’s naval facility in Tartus would continue to function and warned that Russia would repel any new attacks by militants.Putin made the Syria stopover, the first by a Russian head of state since president Dmitry Medvedev visited in 2010, en route to Egypt, where he met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, one of Ankara’s prime foes in recent years.Putin thanked the troops for defending Russia from terrorism and helping Syria remain a “sovereign independent state”.He said the conflict proved that Russia’s armed forces, including intelligence officers, pilots, sailors, special forces, military police, sappers and military advisers, were on top form, and he also praised the country’s defence industry.“Our homeland thanks you, my friends,” he said.‘Deep gratitude’Putin also held talks with Assad, who expressed his “deep gratitude” for Russia’s role in the conflict.“The Syrians will never forget what the Russian forces did,” official Syria media quoted him as saying.Putin said he would discuss Russia’s efforts to convene Syria’s political congress with the leaders of Egypt and Turkey, and then brief Assad.While Turkey has backed the anti-regime opposition and Russia along with Iran is the main international supporter of Damascus, Putin and Erdogan have worked closely to resolve the Syrian conflict in recent months.Ankara officially remains opposed to Assad staying in power in any transition but has notably toned down its rhetoric against the Syrian leader in recent months.After talks, Erdogan said the next step to help resolve the Syrian conflict would be to hold a second summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi “as soon as possible”.Last month Putin held a summit with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Erdogan in the city to discuss Syria.Putin said at the beginning of 2018 that a congress of national dialogue should be held to seek a political solution for Syria, adding that he spoke to Assad about it.Pentagon scepticismLast week Putin announced he would be standing in the March presidential election that he is widely expected to win, and his lightning visit to Syria was likely to play well with Russian voters.The commander of Russia’s forces in Syria, Sergei Surovikin, said 23 Russian planes, two helicopters and military police would be returning to Russia soon, national television reported.Asked how long the process of bringing back the contingent from Syria would take, Shoigu said: “They have already started coming back, we will see how it goes,” Russian news agencies reported.The Pentagon voiced scepticism about Putin’s announcement, saying such declarations were not necessarily reflected by action.The size of the Russian deployment in Syria is not known, but Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent Russian military expert, has told AFP that up to 10,000 troops and private contractors may have taken part in the conflict.Putin had ruled out dispatching ground forces in Syria, making the air force the mainstay of Moscow’s Syria campaign.Around 40 Russian servicemen have reportedly been killed in Syria since Moscow’s intervention. The Kremlin has acknowledged some of those deaths.But the losses may be higher given the number of Russian troops and mercenaries believed to be in the country, observers say.More than 340,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict broke out in March 2011 with protests against Assad’s rule that sparked a brutal crackdown.last_img read more