POOR PERFORMANCE LONDON (AP): The expectation is that the rails will come off Leicester’s title challenge and Manchester United will get back on track. Little goes to the script in this Premier League season. But Manchester United’s problems with scoring at home won’t go away, with boos again ringing out at Old Trafford yesterday after the hosts were stunned 1-0 by Southampton. Leicester went three points clear at the top – for 24 hours at least before Arsenal host Chelsea – by beating Stoke 3-0. And Manchester City slipped further behind the pacesetters by drawing 2-2 at West Ham. Jamie Vardy, having set the record for scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games earlier in the season, ended a goal drought exceeding 10 hours for Leicester. Danny Drinkwater and Leonardo Ulloa scored either side of Vardy’s 66th-minute goal. A first-ever Champions League qualification for the central England club seems less fanciful by the week. Manchester United went an 11th home game in a row without scoring in the first half and then conceded after the break when Charlie Austin netted on his Southampton debut. “It was a poor performance, of course, because football is not only defending but also creating chances, and we didn’t create,” van Gaal said. United remain fifth, but are now five points behind Tottenham, who came from behind to win 3-1 at Crystal Palace. A moment of individual brilliance saw Tottenham go in front with 10 minutes to go. Dele Alli, one of the breakthrough stars of the season, flicked the ball up and back over his own head before volleying into the bottom corner. The biggest scoring game of the day was on the east coast with a nine-goal thriller, including two in stoppage time. After Norwich threw away a 3-1 lead in the second half to Liverpool, Sebastian Bassong thought he had secured a 4-4 draw, but in the fourth minute of injury time, Adam Lallana scored his first goal of the season to clinch a 5-4 victory for 7th-place Liverpool.
Three teams will do battle today in the Back to Eden/Permaul’s Trading/Khan’s Trading and Trophy Stall-sponsored softball tournament as the excitement shifts to the Parika Salem Community ground from 10:00h.Organised by the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA), the tournament will see hosts Parika Defenders taking the tournament to Success Masters in the opening encounter from 10:00h in the masters’ over-45 category.The second game of the day will see Parika Defenders getting back into action against Narine Masters from 13:00h.Last week, when the teams converged at the Malteenoes Sports Club ground on Thomas Lands, Wellman Masters and Success Masters came out on top.In the first game, Wellman defeated Narine Masters by the huge margin of 79 runs, thanks to their batsmen and a five-wicket haul from Ganesh Sookdeo. Wellman took first strike, and after 20 overs, were sitting comfortably on 202 for 6. Wayne Jones top scored with 53 not out.Basil Persaud weighed in 110 werewith 37, Dinesh Vivikanand 27, and Nandram Samlall 26, all contributing to the winning total as only R. Seedat with 3/32 looked threatening.Narine Masters then found the going tough and were bowled out for 123 after 16.5 overs, with Sookdeo bagging 5/20. Suresh Ramesh made a fighting 31, and was supported by Lionel Persaud, who made 30.In the second encounter of the hot day, Success Masters were successful against Tropical Springs, beating them by 4 wickets.Tropical Springs batted first and made a respectable 152 all out from their 20 overs, with Sahadeo Budhu stroking 49, Rafeek Ali 44, and Aaron Benjamin getting 25.In the bowling department, Mark Fung was on target with 3/12 and Sham Boodram 2/20.Success Masters then made light work of the run chase, getting to 153 for 6. Hakeem Majeed made 41, Baldeo Muller 34 and Suraj Singh 24.The tournament is being played in three categories: Masters over 50, Masters Over-45 and Female Open. It is heading for an exciting finish within the coming weeks.
Energy experts often repeat the cliché, “There’s no such thing as a zero-energy home — just zero-energy homeowners.” Energy monitoring data from two well-publicized Massachusetts homes — the so-called Montague Urban Homestead house in Turners Falls and the home of Matt and Laura Beaton in Shrewsbury — prove the cliché to be true.Energy-use data for the two homes were shared in a presentation by Mike Duclos and Paul Panish at the Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington, Vermont, on February 8, 2012. Duclos and Panish are energy consultants at the DEAP Energy Group in Newton, Mass.The first of the two houses, the Montague house, is owned by Tina Clarke and Doug Stephens. It has won at least two awards: the $25,000 Massachusetts Zero Energy Challenge, and NESEA’s $10,000 Zero Energy prize. Energy-use data from the Montague house show that the homeowners used far less energy than predicted by energy models.The other house discussed by Duclos and Panish, Matt Beaton’s house in Shrewsbury, is the first certified Passivhaus in Massachusetts. Energy use data from the Beaton house show that the homeowners used far more energy than predicted.The key factor in both cases was occupant behavior.The Montague house was built by Bick Corsa with help from the homeowners. Construction was completed in 2009.Here’s a snapshot of the house:Energy modeling (using REMrate software) predicted that the homeowners would consume 5,479 kWh of electricity per year; in fact they used only 1,959 kWh — that is, only 36% of the projected usage. Average consumption was 163 kWh per month.The home’s PV array produced 4,892 kWh during the first year — two and a half times as much electricity as the owners consumed.Of course, there is no secret to low energy use. We all know how to do it: don’t use much hot water, only… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.
Google CEO Larry Page dropped a bomb on the smartphone world this morning, announcing that Andy Rubin, head of Google’s Android unit, is “handing over the reins” of the world’s most popular smartphone platform to Sundar Pichai.Android is the most used mobile operating system in the world: we have a global partnership of over 60 manufacturers; more than 750 million devices have been activated globally; and 25 billion apps have now been downloaded from Google Play. Pretty extraordinary progress for a decade’s work. Having exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android—and with a really strong leadership team in place—Andy’s decided it’s time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google. Andy, more moonshots please!Page stated that Sundar Pichai will pick up the Android reins, in addition to his responsibilities overseeing Google’s Chrome browser and OS and its Google Apps platform .Today Chrome has hundreds of millions of happy users and is growing fast thanks to its speed, simplicity and security. So while Andy’s a really hard act to follow, I know Sundar will do a tremendous job doubling down on Android as we work to push the ecosystem forward. Page’s statement leaves many questions unresolved.What will be Rubin’s next “moonshot” at Google? How long will he remain at Google?Does Pichai’s oversight of both Android and Chrome OS herald a future unification?What does this mean for the Android brand? Nexus? The rumored Google X Phone project inside Motorola?Will this impact the current line-up of Chrome-based mobile devices?Rubin’s Victory: Market DominationNo one can doubt the rapid global rise of the Android smartphone platform. As of the end of 2012, Android commanded a 48% market share — up from 31% in 2011. Second-place iPhone trailed with a 19% market share.While initially derided as a imitation of Apple’s popular iOS software, Android has rapidly improved. As ReadWrite Editor-in-Chief Dan Lyons wrote last week, even the Apple faithful within the media have begun singing Android’s praises:One by one, many of Apple’s biggest, loudest, best-known fans are jumping ship. First came Guy Kawasaki, who has become not only an Android fan but now is consulting for Motorola. Then Robert Scoble made the leap. Now Andy Ihnatko, a tech reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, has switched to Android. Moreover, he’s writing a series of articles for TechHive explaining, in great detail, all the reasons for his move.Rubin’s FailuresDespite Android’s massive market share, the promise of a Google-led OS with a thriving ecosystem of hardware partners has been limited by Samsung’s dominance of Android. As ReadWrite noted last week, 8 of the top 10 Android devices in the world belong to Samsung. Samsung’s flagship “S series” commands over 17% of the Android market. Samsung’s Note line similarly dominates the “phablet” segment.The breadth of Samsung’s offerings is choking other Android manufacturers to death. Samsung controls 47% of the total Android ecosystem, according to Localytics. Essentially, Samsung is taking all the market share and profits while would-be competitors like HTC, LG and Motorola battle for scraps.Earning reports bear this out. HTC announced earnings on Monday and was down to $2.03 billion for Q4 2012, a paltry sum compared to Samsung and Apple. Google is raking in about $1 billion a quarter from Motorola. The Droid Razr was the only non-Samsung smartphone to break the top 10.Tablets, too, remain a sore point for Android, given that Apple’s iPad continues to dominate. Potentially more troubling is the inconvenient fact that, as Adobe Digital reported, tablet usage drives more Web traffic than smartphones.So the popularity of the iPad — along with Amazon’s Kindle line, which relies on its own flavor of Android — will limit Google’s access to those devices and users. This could become particularly troubling for Google if tablet users tend to stick around remain inside Amazon’s and Apple’s retail and media ecosystems.From the Adobe web traffic analysis:Tablets drive more traffic because internet users prefer them for more in depth visits.After analyzing more than 100 billion visits to 1000+ websites worldwide, Adobe Digital Index has discovered that global websites are now getting more traffic from tablets than smartphones, 8% and 7% of monthly page views respectively. Pretty impressive for a device category that was introduced less than three years ago!More surprising, perhaps — and a more pressing issue for Google — is that Adobe noted that “all countries saw tablet traffic double in the past year.”Rubin’s departure marks a clean sweep of the leadership at major operating systems over the past six months. Scott Forstall, formerly Apple’s Senior Vice President of iOS Software, was replaced late last year by a team that Tim Cook suggested was more “collaborative.” And Microsoft’s Windows 8 chief, Steve Sinofsky, took his leave not long after the new OS debuted last October.UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal obtained a copy of Rubin’s email to Open Handset Alliance members, quoted in full, below:Dear friends,In November of 2007 we announced the Open Handset Alliance with 34 founding members. Today, I’m grateful to the over 85 OHA members who have helped us build Android and drive innovation at such an incredible pace. The Android ecosystem has seen tremendous growth since the launch of the very first Android device in October 2008. The volume and variety of Android devices exceeds even my most optimistic expectations – over 750 million compatible devices and counting!At its core, Android has always been about openness – the idea that a thousand brains are better than one. Just as the ecosystem has grown, so has our team at Google. I am incredibly proud of the phenomenal group of people that spend their days (and nights) building the Android platform and services. Just look at last year…a lean yet incredibly ambitious team released Jellybean with Google Now, launched Google Play in many languages and countries and collaborated with several partners to build three new Nexus devices to help drive innovation in the ecosystem.Today, the success of Android combined with the strength of our management team, gives me the confidence to step away from Android and hand over the reins. Going forward, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his existing work with Chrome and Apps. Hiroshi Lockheimer – who many of you already know well – plus the rest of the Android leadership team will work closely with all of our partners to advance Android and prepare the platform for new products and services yet to be imagined.As for me, I am an entrepreneur at heart and now is the right time for me to start a new chapter within Google. I am amazed by what we have accomplished from those early days (not so long ago!), and remain passionate about the power of a simple idea and a shared goal – an open source platform freely available to everyone – to transform computing for people everywhere.Thank you for your support,– andyLede image of Andy Rubin courtesy of Google Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Android#Google What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts brian s hall Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
Organize your feature film edit like the editor of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Eddie Hamilton.Editor Eddie Hamilton has worked his way up the Hollywood blockbuster editing ladder to what has to be the top spot — cutting a summer tent pole franchise hit, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.I recently put together a little round up of some of Eddie’s best interviews on the topic of editing director Christopher McQuarrie and producer/star Tom Cruise’s latest adventure over on my own blog, but I thought it would be a great idea to draw out some of the fine-grain detail of how Eddie organizes his edit in this post.Eddie shared some of his workflow tips in this fantastic interview with PVC writer Steve Hullfish, which provides some of the detail in this post, as well as other interviews with Eddie that I’ve read or heard over the years. Eddie’s essential philosophy is that everything should be so clearly labelled and logically laid out that any other editor could sit down in his chair and quickly find anything they needed.The image above is a screenshot of Eddie’s Avid Media Composer timeline for the first reel of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.Organising a Feature Film EditOrganization of your edit begins at the project level with your Bin structure. In the interview with Steve Hullfish, Eddie walks through his preferred structure which I’ve visualized for you in the above image.So what’s going on? Well, films were traditionally broken down into reels which were about 11 minutes each, due to the practicalities of handling 1000 feet of 35mm film. This is the way in which Eddie breaks the film down into manageable chunks. It also helps everyone keep tabs on which reels have been signed off or need more work. These are stored in the Cutting Copy bin.The cutting copy archive allows Eddie to keep track of every version of the film that’s ever been screened or delivered to someone, organized by date. The scenes are grouped and all of their slates labeled and organized in bins, which will sort in the correct alphabetical order.It should be noted that Eddie cuts in Avid Media Composer, which allows multiple editors to work on the same project with the same media and open and lock specific bins while they’re using them and then update for every editor globally. The image I’ve made above was created in Adobe Premiere Pro.Labelling a Feature Film TimelineIn this screenshot from the image at the top of this timeline you can see how Eddie labels his Media Composer timeline to keep track of what is on each track. The important thing to do when using a naming system like this, is to be diligent with the placement of each element of your sound mix so that everything stays where it should. Something like Roles would achieve the same result in FCPX without having to be careful about where things are physically.The mono dialogue tracks allow Eddie to work with the sound recordists original recordings for that microphone and he prefers to add in the audio keyframes to dip each line of dialogue he uses to create the best sounding version of the film he can in his edit suite. This is instead of using the supplied ‘Editor’s Mix’ from the location sound recordist, which are intended for dailies.One of the most obvious things you get from looking at a picture of Eddie’s timeline is the copious amounts of color coding he does. In the video presentation below, Eddie mentions that he color codes odd-numbered scenes in green and even-numbered scenes in blue so that “when you’re pacing out the movie you can see how long the scenes are relative to each other.”Another timeline tip that Eddie shared was his process for choosing takes. Eddie’s assistant editors create a huge selects timeline of every single line of dialogue and they lay them out in chronological order. Also each camera angle, or presumably multi-camera angle, is then organized by track with all wide shots on V1, all Over the Shoulders on V2, all medium shots on v3 and so on. This allows Eddie to very quickly watch through all takes of a line and pick his favourite. It also makes it very efficient to allow the director to see alternatives if they wish to swap something out.Editing with a Gaming MouseIn this excellent NAB 2012 presentation, Eddie shares some valuable technical tips on how we approached co-editing X-Men First Class with Director Christopher Nolan’s go-to editor, Lee Smith.One of the tips he shares is his use of the Razer Naga Ergonomic Gaming Mouse to speed up his workflow. I’ve pulled out his programmable mouse mapping from the video so you can make it your own. He skips past a couple of numbers so I’ve inserted my own suggestions. If you’re interested in this kind of thing, check out this post on editing keyboards, controllers, mice and more.Think you might incorporate some of these tips into your workflow? Let us know in the comments below!
Opposing construction of big dams in the Himalayan region, Congress MP Pradeep Tamta on Saturday said his party will launch an agitation against the proposed Pancheswar dam, saying it would drive away more than 31,000 poor families from their homes. “While the world is decommissioning big dams, Indian government is promoting these. Besides decommissioning some big dams Europe and USA have not constructed even a single big dam in the last 20 years,” the Congress Rajya Sabha MP claimed. Nepal which too has stakes in the Pancheshwar dam is yet to be approve the DPR (Detailed Project Report), he said.Traditional habitation “The tendency to construct big dams in the Himalayan region not only deprives hill villages of their cultivable land and traditional habitation but also makes the region more susceptible to earthquakes and landslides which cause loss of lives and property,” Mr. Tamta said. Mr. Tamta said that in its DPR on the proposed project, the WAPCOS (Public Sector Enterprise under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Water Resources) has said the compensation package will be given to only 1,306 families. “Congress asks the State Government where would the rest of the 29,500 families go? It is clear that these families will be given meagre compensation in the name of rehabilitation, which we will raise before the people,” said Mr. Tamta.Other regions According to the Congress MP, the history of big dams in hill region indicates that these constructions give prosperity to other regions at the price of destruction of hill regions.
Fif went to Instagram this weekend to suggest he doesn’t have any real smoke for Champ.Floyd Mayweather also in a recent interview to THE COMPLEX said:“I wish 50 nothing but the best, I want him to keep doing what he doing,” Mayweather says. “I watch Power. Even if he left the show, people still wanna watch the show. But as far as this season, it’s shit. It’s been garbage… as far as the other seasons, it’s been the best show.”50 Cent has spent the last week or so taking shots at Mayweather, and according to the boxer, he’s only responded to defend his name. “I’m not going to be out there disrespecting nobody, but I’m not gonna tolerate no disrespect.” AdvertisementIt’s been almost a month since the beginning of the most recent chapter of the public Instagram beef between Floyd Mayweather and 50 Cent. There’s been so much petty, back-and-forth name-calling that it’s difficult to remember where it all started.New York rapper 50 Cent might have just knocked himself out of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. beef. The hip-hop veteran has appeared to reveal his true feelings about the boxing icon and they’re less than tense. Advertisement