first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Injuries have robbed the Giants of several key contributors throughout the season, but Joe Panik is the first position player to be sent to the disabled list for two separate ailments.Manager Bruce Bochy said Panik was diagnosed with a “mild-to-moderate” groin strain while trainer Dave Groeschner said the injury could leave the club without one of its starting infielders for the next three weeks.Panik arrived in the clubhouse Tuesday and said he’s still sore after injuring …last_img read more


first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceAround 8 p.m. Thursday Erik Harris went to print his new Raiders contract, but his printer had no ink.A friend nearby printed Harris’ two-year deal and ran it over instead. After Harris and his wife corralled their four children for a picture, everyone wearing Raiders gear posing with Harris holding pen to paper, he went to scan the contract and send it to the Raiders.The scanner wouldn’t connect to the computer. …last_img read more


first_imgYou can get involved with Dex Kotze, Carol Bouwer and Tony Gum, the guests on Play Your Part episode 11, here:Dex Kotze’s NPO Youth 4 African Wildlife works with youth to create global conservation ambassadors. (Image: Youth 4 African Wildlife)Brand South Africa reporterDex Kotze, a businessman and conservationist, is one of the guests on the Play Your Part television series, episode 11, which will be aired on Saturday, 25 November 2017.This episode is part of a 26-series, broadcast on SABC 2.Here’s how you can get involved with this week’s guests and their initiatives:Dex KotzeKotze, a member of The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), in July led a group of YPO members and their families in participating in and funding the collaring of eight elephants and geotagging of five rhinos.This initiative was for scientific research via Elephants Alive, an NGO that works under the leadership of Dr Michelle Henley in the Associated Private Nature Reserves west of the greater Kruger National Park.Contact detailsWebsite: youth4africanwilflife.org and FacebookTwitter: @DexKotze and @Y4AwildlifeEmail: dex@youth4africanwildlife.orgTony GumTony Gum. (Image: Design Indaba)Artist in learning Tony Gum held a solo exhibition, Ode To She, at Christpher Moller gallery in Cape Town in September this year. The blogger and visual artist is known for her eccentric style. She often pays homage to traditional African wear in her art.Contact detailsTwitter: @tony_gumFacebook: Tony GumCarol BouwerCarol Bouwer. (Image: Cape Town News Magazine)Bouwer’s company, Carol Bouwer Productions, is the custodian of the Mbokodo Awards and African Odessey. It celebrates women in various disciplines in the arts. The company also produces the women’s talk show, Motswako, which is aired on SABC.Contact detailsWebsite: cbproductions.co.za and mbokodoawards.co.zaFacebook: AskMotswakoPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The second week of Feeding Farmers 2016, sponsored by AgriGold, took the Ohio Ag Net crew near the Indiana-Ohio state line to Green Oak Farms in Preble County. A notable turnout joined the team for lunch on the grain and livestock farm.Gary Long runs the grain side of the large operation. He talked with Dale Minyo about their planting season this year and the operation overall. Gary Long being interviewed by Dale Minyo Gale Long of Green Oak Farms boasts an impressive classic tractor collectionlast_img read more


first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… In the game of Internet connectivity, it appears that size does indeed matter: size of the Internet pipe, that is. And in this game, the phone companies keep losing.A new report from the Leichtman Research Group reveals cable operators acquired 330,000 new subscribers in the second quarter of 2012, while the telephone companies posted a net loss of about 70,500 subscribers.The source of the bleeding was right smack dab within the phone carrier’s DSL service: the once-mighty broadband Internet channel that has seen a lot of subscribers flee in favor of faster fiber- and cable-based services.AT&T and Verizon, the top two phone companies providing Internet service, did add 669,000 fiber subscribers via their respective U-verse and FiOS services, but that wasn’t enough to compensate for their combined loss of 763,000 DSL subscribers.No one should be terribly surprised by such small numbers – the second quarter is seldome stellar for Internet providers. College students, for instance, typically drop their subscriptions when they go home for the summer or graduate.For telephone companies, though, this was only the second time they had a net quarterly loss against the cable Internet providers like Comcast, Time Warner and Cox. In the second quarter of 2010, they dropped back by a mere 1,600 subscribers.The Rise of Cable InternetCable companies increasingly seem to have the upper hand over their phone competitors. “Over the past year, the top broadband providers have added nearly three million subscribers, with cable providers accounting for 83% of the net additions,” reported Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group.Explaining this trend comes down to three major factors:1. Size 2. Price 3. ContentSize refers to broadband speed, which is almost always much faster on cable services than DSL. Even when ADSL can match cable Internet for download speeds, cable technology enables higher upload speeds, something that more Net-savvy customers are looking for if they are using more cloud-based services for storage and application use.Pricing can work in the cable providers’ favor, too. Thanks to bundling of services and regional pricing differences, it’s hard to estimate which option is cheaper in a given region, but anecdotally in northern Indiana, the non-discounted price for a local telephone company’s fiber-based Internet service is $63/month for 24Mbps download service, while a local cable provider charges $58.95/month for a comparable 30Mbps service. (Not counting modem rental and other fees.)Assuming these providers actually deliver these advertised speeds, this breaks down to $2.63 per Mbps for the phone company and $1.97 per Mbps for the cable company. Worse for the phone company, this is the highest download speed it offers. The cable provider has two more tiers of service, up to a 105Mbps download pipe for $199.95/moth that comes in at $0.53 per Mbps.Cable companies typically have the leverage on content, too. Having already made their deals with the television and movie studios, it’s easy for the cable providers to make a few more arrangements to provide content like the Olympics online for their TV subscribers. Services like FiOS and U-Verse can make similar deals, too, but any phone company that relies on DSL as their broadband option will be at a disadvantage.Don’t Forget Wireless BroadbandOne area where the phone companies might recoup some losses against the cable providers for Internet subscribers may be rural customers. As faster 4G wireless service covers more square miles, there could be a new crop of rural customers taking advantage of broadband via that channel, especially in areas where physically stringing cable or DSL wires is impractical. If wireless broadband is factored into the phone companies’ overall Internet subscription numbers, things might not look as dire. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffittcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#networking#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


first_imgRecently the FD Early Intervention team was able to sit down with Carol M. Trivette, PhD., an associate professor at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.   In this short video she shares her thoughts on how early interventionists can best support military families facing deployment.Carol says, “Deployment can be a time of stress for families and when there is a child with a disability, it can be even more stressful. However you can reduce some of this stress by helping a parent identify successful strategies that were used in the past and new strategies the parent might want to try during the upcoming deployment. Taking the time to really listen to what a parent wants to share about previous deployment experiences including who helped, how daily routines and activities were accomplished as well as what challenges they encountered is an key first step in supporting families through this experience.”Carol M. Trivette, PhD earned her degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Child Development and Family Relations. She provided direct supports to children with disabilities and their families in home-base programs and in classrooms and was the director of an early intervention program. During most of her career, she has also been involved in applied research. Her research interests focus on identifying evidence-based practices for working with children and families in the areas of responsive parental interactions with their children with disabilities, children’s early language and literacy development, family-centered practices and family support, and the development of tools and scales to support the implementation of evidence-based practices with fidelity. She is currently an Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, where she works mainly with doctoral students focused on enhancing their research skills.This post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Amy Santos, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more


first_imgUse an expression to create random movement with the wiggle expression in After Effects. In this post we’ll show you how to create wiggle easily by modifying numbers…not keyframes.Editors sometime cringe at the word expressions, but have no fear.  When you understand them they really aren’t scary and can end up saying you a lot of time.If you’ve ever seen animations where light is flickering or a camera shakes, it’s likely you’ve seen the wiggle expression in action.  Wiggle is one of the most popular After Effects expressions, as it is easy to use and visually interesting.  Instead of creating a bunch of keyframes to make a layer randomly move, we can do this with a couple of numbers.The Wiggle Expression in After EffectsFor this example I created the word ‘wiggle’ from text.  I want the position of this text to wiggle, so select the text layer and hit P to open the Position Transform properties.Option (Mac) or Alt (PC) click on the stopwatch to create the expression. The text turns Red, telling you there is an expression applied.Type wiggle(2,50). This expression states that twice a second the text should wiggle 50 pixels on the x & y axis – the first number is how many times a second, the 2nd is the amount of pixel movement.If you want to modify the wiggle simply change the numbers.  If we had done this with keyframes, every time the client wanted changes we would have to change the keyframes – not fun!Wiggling One DimensionWhat if you want to wiggle just the x or y position? This expression is a little more complicated, but you don’t have to write it.I went to motion-graphics-exchange.com (an online resource for After Effects expressions), and searched for “wiggle one dimension”.  This is the expression they have for ‘wiggle in one dimension’:wiggle only in x (horizontal):org=value; temp=wiggle (5,50); [temp[0],org[1]];Shorthand:[wiggle(5,50)[0],position[1]]wiggle only in y (vertical):org=value; temp=wiggle (5,50); [org[0],temp[1]];Copy this text into your After Effects project and you’re done!For more After Effects expressions check out motion-graphics-exchange and aenhancers.com.  If you want to learn about creating expressions, check out: JJGifford, MotionScript and Gray Machine.Controlling the Wiggle ExpressionWhat if you don’t want the layer wiggling constantly? A common technique is to add an expressions control to a null layer so we can keyframe the wiggle.  For AE newbies, a null is an object that doesn’t render that we can use to control other layers.We are going to use the null with the original position wiggle we created on the Wiggle text (above).From the Layer Menu select New and then Null Object. Rename the Null “wiggle control” and then apply the effect “Sliders Control” (in the Expressions Controls category). Select the wiggle control layer in the timeline, and type E to reveal the Slider Control effect. Click the twirly for Slider Control to see the stopwatch.Go to the Wiggle text expression and select just the 2. with the 2 selected, click the pickwip (looks like a curly cue), and drag the pick whip to the Slider stopwatch.Pick whip is highlighted in Red:Here is the larger view:We no longer see a wiggle, as the Slider is now controlling how many times a second the text wiggles. Click the stopwatch to create a keyframe at the beginning, then move the playhead further in time and change the amount for the Slider to increase the wiggle.  You can turn on motion blur to enhance the effect.Motion Blur Highlighted in RED (click for larger view):Now you know how to create a wiggle expression in After Effects and how to control it using a null and an expression slider effect – a huge timesaver.What After Effects expressions do you rely on?Share them with us in the comments below!last_img read more


first_imgPANAJI: The by-election in the Panaji and Valpoi Assembly constituencies in Goa on Wednesday recorded nearly 75% voting. The ruling BJP and the Congress both expressed confidence that they would win the seats.In Panaji, the voter turnout was 70%, much lower than the 77.06% turnout recorded in the February 4 Assembly election. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had said all along that he was looking to win the election with a big margin, admitted that a lower turnout would reduce his winning margin. At a press conference at the BJP headquarters on Wednesday, Mr. Parrikar complained about the behaviour of Mahila Congress president Pratima Coutinho and others during the election process, and said the turnout had been poor in the rival party’s areas. He expressed confidence, however, of winning the bypoll with a good margin. “Voting percentage was low because the other side had no traction,” Mr. Parrikar said. He claimed that around 98% of the BJP’s voters had cast their votes in both constituencies.In Panaji, Mr. Parrikar was facing the Congress’s Girish Chodankar and Goa Suraksha Manch’s Anand Shirodkar. Election Commission officials attributed the comparatively low turnout in Panaji to the Ganesh festival, which will begin on Friday.Polling ended at 7 p.m., and according to the Chief Electoral Officer, the voting percentage in Valpoi was 79.80, as against the 86.29% turnout recorded in February. Health Minister Vishwajit Rane is contesting against the Congress’s Roy Naik in the constituency.Polling was by and large peaceful, barring two minor altercations in each constituency. Mr. Parrikar said he was satisfied with the conduct of the poll authorities, even as the Congress alleged that election officials were biased in favour of the BJP.Mr. Chodankar told reporters on Wednesday, “In Panaji, I was fighting alone, while Mr. Parrikar was backed by his ministers and the poll officials. It was not a fair contest.”He said that in Panaji, the altercation between former BJP MLA Sidharth Kuncolienkar and Ms. Coutinho was not handled well by poll officials. “They shoved around our women workers and the poll officials failed to act swiftly and justly,” he said. Mr. Chodankar also claimed that voters in Panaji and Valpoi had voted for change, and in anger. “People want change. They will throw out the Chief Minister and the Health Minister. We are confident of winning both seats,” the All India Congress Committee secretary said.Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Subhash Velingkar said the RSS cadre had not worked for Mr. Parrikar.“RSS workers will not vote for him, and our Anand Shirodkar will win this election, with a small margin,” Mr. Velingkar said. Mr. Velingkar had rebelled against the RSS ahead of the February Assembly election over the medium of instruction in primary schools. He later returned to the RSS fold, and continues to mentor the regional outfit of the Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM). However, the GSM is opposing the BJP-led government over its continuation of grants to English media primary schools and other issues, like government patronage to casinos in the Mandovi river.Counting of votes in both constituencies will be held on Monday.last_img read more


first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday held a video conference from Israel with senior State officials to review the situation following the train mishap in Amritsar, while the Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janta Party alleged that inaction against the organisers of the Dussehra event indicated that the government was not keen on punishing the guilty.SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and State BJP president Shwait Malik demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court into the mishap.“A non-consequential case under Section 304-A had been registered against unidentified persons with regard to the Dussehra tragedy. This itself proves that the Congress government has launched a cover up exercise to save the guilty,” the leaders said at a press conference.SAD leader Jagir Kaur alleged that the announcement of magisterial inquiry into the train mishap by Capt. Amarinder Singh was an attempt to douse inflamed sentiments on the failure of the district administration and the organisers.“Government should appoint a sitting high court judge to probe the incident and identify the guilty if the Congress government is keen that the truth come out and guilty be punished,” she said in a statement.She added that Captain Singh’s visit to Israel reflects on his gross apathy, insensitivity and indifference to the woes of victims’ families.The Chief Minister, during the video conference, asked officials to expedite the process of disbursement of the compensation for those killed in the tragedy. Besides, he asked the officials to complete the socio-economic profiling of the victims at the earliest so that their rehabilitation could be taken up on priority.Meanwhile, a video message of the key organiser of the event, Saurabh Madan Mithu, who has gone into hiding, was released on the social media. In his message, he can be heard saying he was pained by the tragedy but was being unfairly targeted. He claimed that all the necessary permissions were taken for the event. “Several announcements were also made by us asking people not to stand on the railway tracks,” said Mr. Madan.last_img read more