After all what better way to embrace the giving season? FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Second Annual Pre Christmas Market took place on November 9 at the Charlie Lake Community Hall.The Hall was filled with a variety of local vendors, making for some excellent Christmas shopping.In addition to being a fun outing, keeping residents out of the snow, the event was also a fun opportunity to support a great cause.- Advertisement -Each vendor at this event donated door prizes, and tickets for the prizes were only $2 each or three for $5.Proceeds from these ticket sales all went to the Fort St John Spay and Neuter Clinic. The event attracted quite the crowd for more reasons than one.Each year the coordinators of this event choose a cause to generously support during the Holiday Season.Advertisement
1 Transfer rumours and paper review Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been offered to Arsenal as the Paris Saint-Germain striker eyes a move to the Premier League this summer. London is reportedly the Swedish superstar’s preferred destination, with Chelsea also linked with a move. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are lining up a bid for impressive Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante. The 24-year-old has been a revelation for the Foxes this season and has attracted interest from Stamford Bridge as well as Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)Incoming boss Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly told sporting director Txiki Begiristain to place captain Vincent Kompany on the transfer list. (The Sun)Arsenal are monitoring Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain, 28, as they target a world-class striker this summer. (Football Insider).Antonio Conte wants to sign Juventus centre-half Leonardo Bonucci as a long-term replacement for John Terry if he is made Chelsea boss as is expected in the summer. (Daily Telegraph)Chelsea will have cough up £35million to sign Roma defender Kostas Manolas this summer, after the Blues failed with a £26m bid for the 24-year-old Greek international. (The Sun)Mancehster City target David Alaba, 23, is in talks about signing a new deal with Bayern Munich. (Manchester Evening News)Manchester United are ready to bid this summer for Santos midfielder Thiago Maia, 18. (Sport Witness)West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says the Hammers are interested in signing 25-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Havard Nordtveit. (Sky Sports)Patrick Kluivert is keen to join Newcastle’s backroom staff to help Rafael Benitez’ bid to keep the Magpies in the Premier League. (Newcastle Chronicle)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Frank McLintock on Arsenal: It’s time to act like we ARE one of the top teams in the worldClaudio Ranieri will NOT leave Leicester for Italy manager role‘I understand why Mark Noble didn’t make the England squad’ – Danny Murphy on talkSPORTWest Ham midfielder Michail Antonio rejects Jamaica call-up in favour of EnglandSlaven Bilic confirms West Ham ‘monitoring’ former Arsenal youngster Havard Nordtveit but denies deal is doneNewcastle v Sunderland: Rob Elliot claims Toon are a ‘top 10 team in terms of quality’Transfer report: Everton and Liverpool both keen on Paris Saint-Germain starlet Presnel KimpembePaul Pogba latest: PSG ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City in battle for £80m France star
West Ham’s first home game of the 2017/18 Premier League season will come in September after the fixtures with Southampton were reversed due to the World Athletics Championships taking place at the London Stadium.West Ham had been scheduled to host Southampton on Saturday, August 19, but the athletics showpiece finishes less than a week earlier, running from August 4 to August 13, and it will take time to return the stadium to ‘football mode’.The reversal of the fixtures means St Mary’s will host the August match and Saints are scheduled to return to West Ham on Saturday, March 31, 2018.West Ham had informed supporters of the change when the fixtures were published last week and it was confirmed on Monday.It means the Hammers’ first three games – against Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle – are away, with Huddersfield scheduled to be the first visitors following the international break on Saturday, September 9. 1 The London Stadium will host the World Athletics Championships
gameday Getty possible xi How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? 2 2 Arsenal are all set to continue their Premier League preparation with a meeting against last season’s Europa League winners.The Gunners were beaten in the semi-final stage by Atletico Madrid, but are gearing up for a new era under manager Unai Emery. How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence What time does the game start?The match takes place on Thursday, July 26.It will be held at the impressive Singapore National Stadium, which seats 55,000.Kick-off is at 12.35pm UK time, which is 7.35pm in Singapore.Which channel can I watch it on?You can watch this game live on Premier Sports, with coverage starting at 12.30pm.The channel costs £9.99-per-month and can be found on Sky channel 412 in HD and 866 in SD. Unai Emery has taken a strong squad to Singapore predicted who plays? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener NEW ERA What are the line ups?Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Guendouzi, Nelson, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang, LacazetteAtletico Madrid: Oblak, Juanfran, Montero, Thomas, Moya, Rodrigo, Olabe, Joaquín, Correa, Gameiro and Vietto The game will be played at the stunning Singapore National Stadium Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Getty FOOTBALL LATEST ALTERED
National Geographic News gave some halfway-enthusiastic press to another recurrence of a theory that circulates from time to time – that earth got its ocean water from comets. They gave air time to work by Uffe Jorgensen and a team from the Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark that concludes “comets were the culprits” in the crime of delivering water to our planet. They made their assessment based on iridium counts in some of the world’s oldest rocks in Greenland. “We may sip a piece of the impactors every time we drink a glass of water,” he said. On page 2, NG gave some air time to a critic. A geophysicist at the University of Chicago wasn’t convinced. He looked at the study and saw too many estimates. “I am afraid [they have] stretched their conclusions too far,” he said. The article ended with Jorgensen holding hands with Chandra Wickramasinghe, the Indian astronomer who thinks comets not only brought water to earth, but also life. He thinks it was a “remarkable coincidence” that the first appearance of life on earth appeared at the end of the so-called Late Heavy Bombardment, a theoretical epoch when comet or asteroid strikes were common. Jorgensen calls that period an accident, but agrees on one point: “If it had not happened, there would have been no water on Earth, and no life.”We citizens just sit here passively, listening to our shamans tell their stories of the history of the world. It has become like Muzak to our ears. We don’t even pay attention to it. We may smile when one of them comes up with a witty line, like “we may sip a piece of the impactors every time we drink a glass of water.” We even enjoy the manufactured controversies that seem to pit one shaman against another, knowing that it’s all rigged, and the outcome is not in doubt—Emperor Charles DearOne will always be vindicated, no matter what. Phrases from the epic tale The Darwinian Nights, like “Late Heavy Bombardment” and “building blocks of life” are so familiar, they go in one ear and out the other. It has the comforting lilt of a presumed truth. Snap out of it.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Russian search giant Yandex has unveiled plans to build a self-driving shuttle bus, in cooperation with Daimler, Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz, and government-backed research firm NAMI.It is Yandex’s first foray into the world of self-driving, following search rivals Google and Baidu. Instead of building all of the software and services, Yandex plans to work with NAMI on artificial intelligence, voice recognition, and cameras for the bus to see.See Also: Are self-driving cars the next crime frontier?As part of the agreement, the Yandex search engine will be front and center in the bus. Riders may be able to search the web, watch videos, and catch with friends while commuting to work or back home.The shuttle bus will have room for 12 passengers and last for 200 km (124 miles) before needing a charge. Other details, like if the bus is electric, have not been disclosed in the announcement.Yandex bus will hit road next year?NAMI has said it will start testing the shuttle bus in 2017, but the tests will not be on public roads. That puts Russia behind some states in the U.S., and some Asian and European countries, which already let auto manufacturers test cars on public roads.The Russian government has two connections to the project, with a stake in Kamaz and funding to NAMI. That might make it easier for NAMI to bring the shuttle bus to market, especially compared to competitors that might be blocked from testing vehicles in Moscow.It is not the first self-driving bus project in the world, the Swiss EPFL and Mobility Lab Sion-Valais will hit the road in a Swiss city this year. Tags:#autonomous cars#Daimler#Internet of Things#IoT#Kamaz#NAMI#Russia#Self-Driving#shuttle bus#Yandex David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Related Posts
Tags:#Beacons#Black Friday#inMarket#Internet of Things#IoT#retail#shopping#smartphone Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Francesco Gatti Related Posts inMarket, one of the world’s largest beacon platforms, says its analysis shows its platform influenced $14.5 billion in consumer spending during the Black Friday weekend.The platform noticed 370 percent more beacon detections than the same time last year, showing the rise in beacon engagement from both consumers and retailers in 2016.See Also: Estimote Mirror combines smart beacons with TV displaysBeacons send notifications to potential customers in the nearby area, which alerts them to deals, freebies, and other enhancements. inMarket provides the platform for retailers to push notifications to mobile devices, which reaches 50 million people in the United States.“Over our six-plus year history, we’ve seen a lot of trends in the echo chamber. The guiding light for us has been to drive value for consumers enabled by new technology. We focus on the user, not the tech or the hardware,” said inMarket CEO, Todd Dipaola.Significant growth in 2016 but much more to be hadinMarket experienced a 223 percent growth in clients during 2016, adding top brands such as Heineken, Clorox, Energizer, and Rite Aid. According to Johnsonville Sausage, another inMarket client, the beacon platform provided a 24 percent increase in sales.“The world has never experienced a more disruptive or relied-upon technology than mobile, and I have never seen anything as powerful within mobile as the precision data and personalized experiences created from beacons. The hundreds of partners in our beacosystem agree,” added Dipaola.84 percent of shoppers use their mobile devices while in stores and, according to inMarket, 55 percent use a mobile to aid their purchase decision. That has risen heavily in the past few years, making beacon engagement all the more powerful.Beacons are still not ubiquitous in stores and plenty of smartphones users have never received a notification, but the rise in engagement should lead to more adoption from retailers across the globe. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck
We caught up with Marc-André Ferguson, Editing and Effects Evangelist for Autodesk Smoke. Find out the benefits of a Smoke post production workflow in the interview and tutorial links below.Autodesk is making a splash in the post production industry with the rollout (and continuous improvement) of their Smoke video editing and compositing application. Smoke provides a comprehensive post production workflow. Do your editing and finishing (compositing, grading and visual effects) in one application, without roundtripping to other apps. Autodesk continues to add new tools and functionality to Smoke, taking in advice from video professionals that are using it on a daily basis. They promise many new features in upcoming releases.The release of Smoke 2013 comes with a significant price drop over previous versions, making it more accessible to a wider user-base (it can be purchased on the Autodesk site for $3495). If you’re not ready to drop that kind of cash you can also take it for a FREE 30 day trial run.We met up with Marc-Andre Ferguson, Autodesk’s main man behind Smoke 2013, to get his insight into why Smoke provides a unique toolset for video professionals. Check out that interview here:Looking to get started with Autodesk Smoke? Our Brian Mulligan has tons of in-depth Smoke tutorials here on the Premiumbeat blog – great info for Smoke newbies or long-time users looking to take advantage of the new tools added in Smoke 2013.We’ve rounded up some of Brian’s most popular Smoke tutorials: Collaborative Editing in SmokeWorking in a multi-editor post production environment? Open a Smoke project remotely or have multiple editors working on the same project at the same time…with the same clips. Essential info if you’re using Smoke in a collaborative video editing facility. Keyframing in SmokeUsing Smoke’s Channel editor you can set your keyframes in Autodesk Smoke. Adjusting animation curves allows you to give elements in your project natural, fluid looking motion. Discover quick ways to smooth and simply your keyframes. Action Node in SmokeThe action node is the basis of compositing in Autodesk Smoke. In this Smoke tutorial, you’ll learn the basics of working with nodes and how the Action in particular is essential for building your node based effects. Also includes info on the Action Output menu. Alpha and Matte Clips in SmokeIn this post, Brian shares a way to edit with alpha clips in Smoke. Additionally, you’ll learn how to export out these projects while preserving an alpha channel (transparency). Lots of useful info for working with alpha channels in Smoke’s ConnectFX. 101 Smoke 2013 Questions AnsweredOur most popular Smoke post! Brian answers 101 of the most common Smoke 2013 questions, addressing Setup/System Requirements, Audio, Editing, Titling and Training. If you have a Smoke question it’s likely answered here! Are you using Smoke for your video editing work?What do you like or dislike most about the app?Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
Eyelike spots on butterflies and caterpillars scare off songbirds and other predators, yet scientists don’t know exactly why they work. Do they startle potential attackers simply because they’re conspicuous, or do they mimic the eyes of a creature the songbirds truly fear? In a new study researchers lured great tits (Parus major) to a particular spot on the floor of their cage with a dead mealworm. When the bird swooped down upon its prey, the team flashed one of five images on a computer monitor lying directly beneath the worm: an owl (a tit predator) with open eyes, an owl with its eyes closed, a butterfly with prominent owl-like eyespots on its wings, a butterfly with eyespots whose colors had been reversed, or a butterfly whose eyespots had been digitally removed. About 68% of the birds shown the image with the eye-mimicking spots either flew away or showed signs of being startled such as chirping a warning call, the researchers report today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. That’s on par with the 57% showing the same reactions to the owl with open eyes, the team notes. But only 33% reacted similarly to the image that sported color—reversed eyespots—a difference that suggests it’s not the boldness of the image that’s startling the birds, it’s the mimicry of eye coloration in a predator the bird is likely familiar with. An even smaller percentage of the birds were startled by the butterfly with no eyespots. Interestingly, the image of the owl with no eyes seemed to spark more curiosity than fear among the would-be predators, triggering them to investigate the image more closely.
Wage theft is a rampant issue in Australia, a survey conducted on the working conditions among international students, backpackers and other temporary migrants in the country, showed. Almost 30 per cent of international students and backpackers earn $12 per hour or less, which is about half the minimum wage for a casual employee, according to the findings of the National Temporary Migrant Work Survey released on Nov. 21.“The backpackers and international students who are temporary migrants were underpaid across many industries, but the most common was the food services, especially those who serve in the food and vegetable picking businesses. At least one out of five Americans, Indians, British, Chinese and Brazilian earned half the minimum wage. Workers from Asian countries, including China, Taiwan and Vietnam, are paid lower wage rates than those hailing from North America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The underpayment was a common factor among international students and backpackers of all major nationalities,” said the report.Temporary migrant workers represent more than 10 per cent of the Australian labor market and the survey paints a grim picture of the working conditions of the migrant workers who come to Australia in search of a better future. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney, who surveyed 4,322 temporary migrants from 107 countries, including 15 per cent from China, eight per cent from South Korea, and five per cent from India.The survey found that not only are these employees workers underpaid, the conditions that they work in also tantamount to criminal forced labor. These workers are required to pay cash back to their employers as soon as they receive their wages, their passports are confiscated by their employers, and they are sometimes required to pay a deposit for their job. As many as 44 per cent of overseas workers are paid in cash, and the proportion is two in three for waiters, kitchen-hands and food servers. Half of them never or rarely receive a payslip.“At least three quarters of the backpackers and international students were aware of the fact that they were being underpaid and their wages were even lower than the minimum wages,” the report added.The reason why most of these workers continue to do such jobs is because they usually believe that everyone else who has the same visa as them is also being underpaid or earning less than the minimum wage. They also fear a backlash if they complain about the conditions that they are forced to work in and put up with it.Some workers have even called it modern form of slavery and add that they are grossly underpaid. “I think my first job, I got $AUS10 (£5.70) for two or three hours’ work. When I went picking strawberries, I think I averaged $AUS60 (£34.30)-a-day before tax for eight hours of hard work under the sun,” Laurent Van Eesbeeck, a Belgian backpacker who worked on a farm, told the Telegraph. Related ItemsAustraliaEmploymentHuman Rights