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first_imgSweden will adjust a key corner of its strategy for dealing with COVID-19, after the death rate at care homes spiraled out of control.The government of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven plans to spend about 2.2 billion kronor ($220 million) on ratcheting up staff levels to help protect the country’s oldest citizens. Another 2 billion kronor will go toward compensating local authorities for the extra costs they’ve incurred in dealing with the pandemic, the government said on Tuesday.Like elsewhere, Sweden’s COVID-19 related deaths have disproportionately hit the elderly. But critics argue that many of those fatalities could have been avoided if the authorities had taken more steps to focus attention on the most vulnerable demographic. Topics : Sweden’s top epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, says fighting COVID-19 is a long-term undertaking, meaning temporary lockdowns will ultimately backfire. He says once they’re lifted, infection rates will again rise.Instead, Tegnell says moderate restrictions that allow much of normal life to continue are more likely to help guide a society through a pandemic that has a protracted lifespan.The Danish wayBut the strategy remains controversial. Within the Nordic region, contrasts have been drawn between Sweden and Denmark, which opted for a strict lockdown early on.Denmark is now in the second phase of reopening its economy. What’s more, recent data even suggest its infection rate is falling, and its death rate so far is less than a third Sweden’s.Denmark opened large swathes of its economy in mid-April, including primary schools and hairdressing salons. This week, Danish shops opened for the first time in two months, with museums and cinemas set to follow.center_img Earlier this month, Sweden said prosecutors had started an investigation into the high death rate at a care home. Half of those over 70 years old who have died from COVID-19 in Sweden lived in nursing homes, according to national statistics at the end of April. As of Monday, the country had registered 3,256 COVID-19 related deaths.Controversial approachSweden’s approach to handling the coronavirus pandemic has become a topic of international debate after it opted for a much laxer lockdown, and instead relied on its citizens to follow social distancing guidelines.Swedish gyms, schools, restaurants and shops have all remained open throughout the spread of the pandemic. The strategy has so far helped shield the economy from the worst, but Sweden’s death rate is about 32 per 100,000, compared with 24 in the US. and roughly 9 in neighboring Denmark.last_img read more

first_imgAfter Effects is a powerful program that can be fantastic as an online and finishing tool with a only few changes in your preparation and workflow.A few months ago, Oliver Peters did a fantastic post about the benefits of using After Effects as a finishing tool. He covered a lot of the benefits – significantly more powerful typography and design tools, larger library of effects, powerful nesting/precomping, and even glossed over others, like better keyframe control, 3D object abilities, easy motion blur, time remapping and frame interpolation – you get the idea.What he doesn’t cover is the specifics of an After Effects finishing workflow…but you’re in luck! I’ve been using this workflow for several years.I initially started doing it because I was creating videos for a specific non-standard aspect ratio being projected by a set of image blended projectors. All of my videos had to be cropped to 2048×768, and at the time I was editing in FCP7, so all of my videos had to be formatted for this aspect ratio in After Effects. I loved the power and flexibility of the workflow so much that I kept on doing it after we moved back to a standard 1920×1080. It became even easier when I moved to Premiere Pro as my primary NLE.There are a few things I’ve learned along the way with prepping a timeline in Premiere (or whatever NLE you use) for finishing in After Effects, and they might be good things to consider if you decide to try out this workflow. All of the following suggestions are built around using Premiere’s Dynamic Link to send to After Effects, but most of them still apply if you’re using an XML and After Effects’ built in “Pro Import” command.1. Use Placeholders for TextBelieve it or not, After Effects can’t actually read the actual content of titles from Premiere. It doesn’t just ignore font and formatting like Automatic Duck used to when coming from FCP; After Effects completely replaces the text with a black solid. No actual title data is carried over. What are carried over are effects, keyframes, changes to the motion parameters, and timings (in and out points). After Effects also carries over the name of the text layer. This is the best workaround for text content: Name your title in Premiere with the full content of the text you want at that spot and After Effects will make that the name of the black solid. Then you can just copy and paste the name to a new text layer, and use the black solid for timing the in and out points. Here’s a timeline that had a ton of overlay and full screen graphics. Every pink layer is a separate graphic (click image for larger view).In my workflow, I don’t even bother with the content of the title tool. With my first text layer, I make the title show the word “placeholder”, name the title layer what the content should be, and place it. This is what every layer in the above timeline said:Then, all I have to do for the next title is duplicate the first one (for speed, I’ve mapped this to the shortcut CMD+D in Premiere to match After Effects). When you duplicate a layer in Premiere it automatically selects the layer and puts you into rename mode. Just paste or type whatever the content of the new layer should be, drag or insert/overwrite it into your timeline, adjust the timing and transition needed and there you go. No more messing with Premiere’s clunky title tool: Instead you can use After Effect’s significantly more powerful typography tools!2. Keep Tracks to a Minimum and Stay Vertically Organized in PremiereWhen you send from Premiere, After Effects lines up your clips by tracks. The tracks stay in the correct order (top to bottom, not numerically), and each track staggers/stair-steps down before starting the next track. This is important to take note of because editors tend to group things together vertically, like B-roll on upper tracks or titles above the shot it should go over. When you make the move to After Effects, even though the layer order is technically correct, since After Effects doesn’t have tracks they won’t be grouped so closely together. You may have to manually re-order the layers to suit the groupings you prefer (I always do this because it helps me keep my comp organized in the long run). Keeping tracks to a minimum (similar to collapsing or using a minimum number of tracks before sending to a color grading application) keeps these groupings easier to find and makes for a more organized comp.Designating specific tracks for specific items helps with the move and organization in After Effects. I generally use V1 for my storyline (interviews, primary narrative, etc.), V2 for all of my b-roll, V3 for all of my titles/graphics (unless I need to stack them for one reason or another), and V4 for any overlays (film flashes and light leaks, film grain, alpha matte transitions, etc.). This is all subject to change depending on the needs of my edit, but it’s a good template to stick to for me. When I move to After Effects, all of these things stay grouped together vertically.3. Use Dynamic Link, But Don’t Trust ItDynamic Link is a fantastic way to get from Premiere to After Effects. Unfortunately, it can cause problems if used too frequently, if it’s been too long since the project was open, if some source files move, if you sneeze too hard – you get the idea. I’ve heard of and seen Premiere project files and sequences get corrupted or glitched. In small uses it works, but frequent large uses can be risky.Another issue specific to the After Effects offline workflow is changes. When you use Dynamic Link, your timeline in Premiere is replaced with a linked comp. What if you need to make some editing changes? You could do them in After Effects (maybe), but it would be a total pain.My suggestion? Do one of two things:Duplicate your timeline before you send to After Effects so that you have an un-replaced version you can use for any necessary changes, which has the added bonus of leaving the linked comp in Premiere.You can send to After Effects and after it’s all done transferring you go back to Premiere and “undo” the send to AE. The linked comp is deleted, which prevents project corruption, but After Effects keeps the timeline you sent. All you do is output from AE instead of rendering in Premiere. This is my preferred option.4. Export an Audio MixdownAfter Effects is obviously not focused on audio, so working with sound in AE can be frustrating.. So, instead of sending a bunch of audio layers to After Effects (and we all know the crazy amount of audio tracks you can end up with), do your audio mixing in Premiere or a dedicated audio program, then export a WAV file mixdown and bring that into After Effects. That way you’ve only got one audio track that’s already been mastered to deal with in After Effects. You’ll also have all of the pieces you need to do your final export from After Effects, which is the point of the workflow to begin with!I hope these tips help save you some headache as you move to After Effects for all of your finishing needs!last_img read more

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next “Watching the guys at the top, LeBron (James), (Russell) Westbrook, Giannis (Antetokounmpo), K.D. (Kevin Durant), Steph (Curry), guys like that, they motivate me,” he said.Simmons was born in Melbourne but grew up in Newcastle, New South Wales where his father played and coached basketball.He has had good support from his family.“I’m grounded. I have a big family,” he said. “I’m the youngest of six, so they keep me grounded and let me know that I’m the youngest in the household.”He eventually hopes to move past the young stars game and play in the main all-star game on Sunday.“It’s really rare (for a rookie to make the All-Star Game). LeBron didn’t make it, guys like that. I think the last one was Blake (Griffin).“It’s obviously one of those things that I wanted to be in it, but it didn’t happen and we move on.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments LOS ANGELES, CA – Ben Simmons #25 of the World Team posts up on Kris Dunn #32 of Team USA during the 2018 Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game at Staples Center on February 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPNBA rookie Ben Simmons had two simple objectives coming into the 2018 NBA Rising Stars Challenge game on Friday night.“I want to win, but I want to have fun at the same time. So having fun usually comes with winning,” said the Philadelphia 76ers player.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Olympic hockey streak over as Canada loses to Czechs in shootout Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 21-year-old Australian is competing in the Rising Stars game which features 20 of the league’s top first or second year players.Simmons was selected with the top pick in the 2016 entry draft by the 76ers. He is still considered a rookie because he sat out all last season with an injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSimmons was the NBA rookie of the month for October, November and January and is on pace to become the first rookie to average at least 16 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists for a season since Magic Johnson in 1979-80.He is one of the frontrunners for the Rookie of the Year Award but is getting some competition from Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. Son of former coach among those who made it to 2016 PBA Rookie Draft PLAY LIST 04:18Son of former coach among those who made it to 2016 PBA Rookie Draft01:58Gene Simmons, Richie Sambora tipping Mayweather in upcoming fight02:45Pringle drains game-winner to lift Globalport past RoS01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Mitchell is averaging a team high 19.6 points per game to also lead all rookies in the league.Simmons said Friday that he is not thinking about the race.“I’m focused on my team making the playoffs,” he said. “So all the other accolades and awards will come in time if I do my job.”Asked if he watches Mitchell, Simmons said, “I’m not an individual type of guy. I watch team games.”He did say he hopes to eventually become of the top players in the league.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_img Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? null Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier reading • Honor 9X and 9X Pro feature notchless HD displays and pop-up selfie cams Share your voice • See All Honor Chinese phone brand Honor continues to deliver innovative phones with advanced camera technology that sell for hundreds less than those produced by Apple, Samsung or Google. The 9X Pro, announced Tuesday, features a 48-megapixel pop-up selfie cam, a trio of rear cameras that includes an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens and an edge-to-edge HD display. And you could buy three of them for the price of one iPhone XS Max.The Honor 9X series will succeed the Honor 8X, which CNET described as “a super-cheap iPhone XS Max, in all the best ways.” And the new base model starts at the same price — 1,399 yuan, which converts to roughly $205, £155 or AU$285. But you probably won’t have the chance to buy the Honor 9X or 9X Pro anytime soon in the US or a handful of other countries. Honor’s parent company, Huawei, has been blacklisted by the Trump administration due to national security concerns, and its networking equipment has been shunned by Britain, Australia and New Zealand. honor-9x-pro-01 Honor In the US, Best Buy stopped selling Huawei phones, although you can still buy some models on Amazon or through the Honor site. On Monday, the company laid off hundreds of research employees at its Futurewei subsidiary located in offices throughout the US. As such, it’s not clear when or if you’ll be able to buy the new Honor 9X and 9X Pro in the US — and that’s too bad, because the specs are pretty compelling. In addition to the pop-up camera and 6.6-inch full HD display, you get other cutting-edge features including CPU liquid cooling, at least on the 9X Pro model. Honor 9X and 9X Pro specsKirin 810 processor (with liquid cooling on the 9X Pro model)6.59-inch “all-view” edge-to-edge display with 92% body-to-screen ratio48MP rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture8MP wide-angle camera (9X Pro only)Supports up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (9X) and 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage (9X Pro)MicroSD card slotSide-mounted fingerprint sensor4,000-mAh battery rated for 10 hours of lifeColors include black, blue, red (Honor 9X) and black or purple (Honor 9X Pro)Available for preorder now, shipping on July 30 0 Google Huawei Samsung Apple Phones Politics Tagslast_img read more

first_imgNarayanganj city mayor Selina Hayat Ivy sits on the road following a clash between between Hawkers and City mayor`s followers in Chashara on Monday. Photo: Prothom AloNarayanganj Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rabbi Mia on Wednesday permitted hawkers to conduct their business as usual by occupying the sides of the city’s roads, apart from Bangabandhu Road, on temporary basis following a clash between Hawkers and City mayor’s followers on Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.The district administration, following extensive negotiations with Narayanganj city mayor Selina Hayat Ivy and lawmaker Selim Osman, reached the arrangement whereby hawkers will be allowed to conduct their business occupying the sides of the streets “in a disciplined way” from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, until a permanent resolution .Besides, a three-member probe committee headed by District’s additional Deputy Commissioner Jasimuddin Haydar, was formed to scrutinize the clash and submit the report within 7 days.Narayanganj additional Police Super Mostafizur Rahman said the investigation will proceed according to the statement of the General Dairy filed after the clash.last_img
first_imgParticipants at a Prothom Alo roundtable styled `Triumphant songs of the juveniles` at the daily’s Kawran Bazar office on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloElderly members of the family need to hear the children for inspiring their healthy growth and hepling them to attain leadership skills, said a group of teenagers.They told a Prothom Alo roundtable on Sunday that adoloscent girls do not have preparations to face the challenges of physical and mental changes during the adulthood.”We feel our families need to talk to us and let us to speak frankly to them. Health taboos such as the one on menstruation should be removed,” said Kulsum Akter, a girl from Karail slum in the city.Rhidita Haque, a student of BPATC School and College, pointed out that apart from facing health challenges, young girls are still harrassed by stalking here and there. “But the girls are often blamed for such social ills,” she regretted.Also another girl and two boys shared their experience at the roundtable styled “Triumphant songs of the juveniles” organised by Prothom Alo, in association with Unicef, at the daily’s Kawran Bazar office.Stakeholders at the discussion observed that although one-fourth of the country’s population is adolescent, their wellbeing is not taken seriously.Social problems such as child marriage, child labour and sexual harassment of the children are still common and should be prevented to ensure a better Bangladesh, they said.ABM Ruhul Azad, additional secretary of youth and sports ministry, emphasised strengthening family values to improve the life of the adolescents.“Around one third of the total population of the country is 18-35 years of age. We must use the power of the youth to reap the demographic dividend,” he insisted.The official, however, acknowledged that the government alone cannot ensure secure future of the youth unless families, communities and non-governmental sectors play their due role.Abul Hossain, project director of multi-sectoral programme on violence against women under the ministry, mentioned that the government has identified 38 hazardous works for the children but they are still working in those risky sectors.Unicef’s deputy representative Sheema Sen Gupta put emphasis on checking child marriage to ensure a better future of the country itself.Teacher of Dhaka university’s Women and Gender Studies Ayesha Banu recommended formation of separate ministry for women and children in view of importance of their issues.For improving the life of adolescents in Bangladesh, Unicef’s Neha Kapil said community leaders such as Imams shoudl be engaged in the process.Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) executive director Sheepa Hafiza, Grameenphone’s chief corporate affairs officer Mahmud Hossain, Bangladesh Mohila Parishad’s senior lawyer Dipti Rani Shikder and Dnet’s Sirajul Hossain also addressed the discussion moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Qayyum.last_img

first_imgKhulna 33.5  25.0  77     64 Rain/thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty/squally wind is likely to occur at a few places over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions and at one or two places over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Barishal and Khulna divisions in the next 24 hours till 6:00pm tomorrow (Friday).According to UNB, day and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country, Met office said.The sun sets in the capital tomorrow at 06:16pm and rises on Saturday at 5:46am.Country’s highest temperature 34.0 degree Celsius was recorded on Thursday in Jashore and Chuadanga and lowest 18.5 degree in Srimangal.Highest and lowest temperature and humidity recorded in some major cities and towns today were:City/Town Temperature Humidity in Celsius in percentage Dhaka 33.1  21.6  79   61 Cox’s Bazar   32.0   24.4  77   79 Mymensingh  29.8  21.0   91   78 Rajshahi   33.0 21.8   91    73 Rangpur   27.6  20.0 73    67 Sylhet   32.4 20.6   69     69 Max: Min: Morning Evening Barishal  33.0    20.5  78    68 Chattogram   30.8 24.3   80    76last_img read more

first_imgBlack and silver experimental vehicles parked facing south in Sacramento, California on July 17, 2010. Keeping cool using the summer heat More information: eetd.lbl.gov/news-archives/news-cool-cars.htmleetd.lbl.gov/newsletter/nl19/eetd-nl19-1-cool.htmlPaper reference: “Potential benefits of solar reflective car shells: Cooler cabins, fuel savings and emission reductions.” Ronnen Levinson, Heng Pan, George Ban-Weiss, Pablo Rosado, Riccardo Paolini, and Hashem Akbari, was recently published in the journal Applied Energy (Volume 88, pp. 4343–4357). Citation: Silver and white cars are cooler, says study (2011, October 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-silver-white-cars-cooler.html Comparison of roof surface temperatures measured during soaking and cooling trials. Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com The numbers continue to take on special significance when extended nationwide. An improvement of 2 to 2 percent in fuel economy, scaled to the fleet of light-duty vehicles in the United States, represents savings of gallons of gas in the billions, if these design changes are adopted by the automotive industry.White, silver, and other light colors are coolest, reflecting about 60 percent of sunlight but there are dark “cool” colors that can also stay cooler than traditional dark colors. When dark surfaces are needed for aesthetics or to reduce brightness, one can use special “cool-colored” materials that stay moderately cool by reflecting only the invisible component of sunlight. Solar reflective paints can decrease the ‘soak’ temperature of the air in a car that has been parked in the sun.Manufacturing designers looking more closely into recipes for pigmented coatings that maximize solar reflectance colors would find plenty of interesting research into cool colors at the Berkeley Lab. Its researchers have been looking into roofs and cool colors for some years. They have been measuring the solar spectral reflectance (reflectance versus wavelength over the solar spectrum) of commercially available pigments. The research team has developed a pigment database describing a variety of colors, including browns, blues, purples, greens, and reds, that are cool, in that they are highly reflective to near-infrared radiation. Ronnen Levinson, scientist in the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is lead author of the study. The research was published in Applied Energy.The researchers had two cars in the sun for an hour, one black and the other silver, parked facing south, in Sacramento, California. The silver Honda Civic (shell SR 0.57) had a cabin air temperature of about 5-6°C (9-11°F) lower than an identical black car (shell SR 0.05). A silver (or white) shell would allow for a lower-capacity air conditioner as well. The cars were run through five identical cycles of soaking in the sun. Each cycle consisted of an hour with the air conditioners off, followed by a half hour of cooling with the air conditioners running at maximum. The researchers measured the roof, ceiling, dashboard, windshield, seat, door, vent air and cabin air temperatures in each car along with weather conditions in the lot.Overall, the numbers compiled in this car-color exercise found that using white or silver paint instead of black paint would raise fuel economy by 0.44 mpg (2.0 percent); would decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 1.9 percent, and reduce other automotive emissions by about 1 percent. Air conditioning in cars not only decreases fuel economy but also increases tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. In this sense, cool-color cars influence both the driver and the planet. (PhysOrg.com) — From an environment standpoint, silver and white cars are cool; black cars are not. Researchers at the Berkeley Lab Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) say that the color of your car affects your car’s fuel economy and how seriously you contribute to pollution. A light-colored shell reflects more sunlight than a dark car shell. The cooler the color, the cooler the cabin air, and the less of a need to run your air conditioner. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Friday, April 5, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Kensington revamps Turkey tours as destination makes a comeback Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Kensington Tours, Turkey Posted by TORONTO — Kensington Tours has introduced a fully revamped product line for Turkey.Four new itineraries – Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery; Turkey Signature; Turkey Exclusive and Turkey and Greek Islands Honeymoon – highlight the destination’s best and outline the operator’s expertise in private-guided tours, says the company.Itineraries include evening culinary walking tours of Taksim Square, Turkish marbling classes, calligraphy lessons, cooking classes at a local Turkish home, behind-the-scenes exploration of the troglodyte dwellings of Cavusin, experiencing the sunrise onboard a hot air balloon, aroma massages in a private spa suite and sailing along the Turkish coast on a private yacht.“Each of our tours – in all destinations – are led by private guides who have deep local knowledge and exclusive connections,” says Marc Sison, Product Director.“As one of the few North American tour operators offering custom trips in Turkey, Kensington Tours prides itself on delivering the best experiences, going above and beyond for our clients, anticipating their needs and catering to their interests.”More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe new itineraries will take travellers through Turkey’s most popular cities including Istanbul and Cappadocia, and expose them to less-familiar destinations like Izmir. The Greek Islands extension offers lavish experiences in Istanbul, Bodrum, Athens and Santorini, adds Sison.last_img read more