I’m in a really good place right now: Naomi Osaka on reaching Madrid Open quarters

first_imgWorld number one Naomi Osaka delivered an improved display to reach the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open on Wednesday, beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2 6-3 while Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep also made it into the last eight.Osaka had a hard-fought three-set win over Sara Sorribes Tormo in the previous round but had a smoother match against Sasnovich, who she had brushed past 6-0 6-0 on route to her US Open triumph last year.The Belarusian showed a little more resistance this time and Osaka was forced to save two break points on her way to taking the first set and comfortably saw out the second to set up a meeting with unseeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.”I think I played well today. But I knew that I had to because I’ve played her twice before already and it was on hard court and then I didn’t know what to expect today so I tried to stay as focused as I could,” Osaka told reporters.”I’m in a really good place right now. I feel like I’m having fun playing tennis again which is always a good thing and I always play well if I have that mentality.”Kvitova, Madrid champion in 2018, beat France’s Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-3 to set up a re-match of last year’s final with Kiki Bertens in the quarter-final.Halep, champion in 2016 and 2017, will meet Ashleigh Barty of Australia after thrashing Viktoria Kuzmova 6-0 6-0, losing only 12 points in the entire match which she described as her best-ever performance.advertisement”I think it was the best match that I have ever had. I remember once I won 6-0 6-0 in 2016 in Bucharest, the final but it’s the best match and I’m happy with the way I played,” the Romanian said.Sloane Stephens beat Zheng Saisai of China 3-6 6-3 6-2 and will meet Petra Martic, who earned a second walkover in a row when her compatriot Donna Vekic retired in the third set of their match. Martic was leading 3-0 in the third, after losing the first set 4-6 and winning the second 6-3.Also Read | Naomi Osaka retains top spot in Women’s Tennis Association rankingsAlso Read | Madrid Open: Rafael Nadal cruises into last 16, David Ferrer bows outlast_img read more

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New Artwork Coming to Halifax Stanfield International Airport

first_imgVisitors to Halifax Stanfield International Airport will watch Nova Scotia’s diverse culture come to life in front of their eyes in August. Acclaimed Mi’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy’s project was announced today, July 9, by MLA Lenore Zann on behalf of Premier Darrell Dexter, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra and Peter Spurway, Halifax International Airport Authority vice-president of corporate communications and airport experience. “Showcasing our diverse culture and heritage like this immediately introduces Nova Scotia as a unique destination and encourages visitors to explore everything this province has to offer, including the art of many gifted artists whose work can be seen right across the province,” said Ms. Zann. “As one of the main gateways to the province, Halifax Stanfield airport is the perfect place to show the world how proud Nova Scotians are of our unique heritage and the accomplishments of incredible artists like Alan Syliboy from Millbrook First Nation.” “We are very pleased to have this opportunity to reflect this important element of Nova Scotia’s rich heritage,” said Mr. Spurway. “We really appreciate the support of the government of Nova Scotia that allows us to bring this unique art experience to the nearly 9,000,000 passengers and visitors who pass through our terminal each year.” Mr. Syliboy will create an original piece of art in the main lobby of the airport between Aug. 9 and 11. People will be able to watch his creative work unfold during the day or by webcast at www.flyhalifax.com. “I’m extremely proud to participate in this unique event that will bring the Mi’kmaq culture to life,” said Mr. Syliboy. “I’ve had a close relationship with the airport authority over the last number of years. My art was on display during the Canada Games and since that time, we’ve been organizing this live art project. “It’s exciting to see it become a reality and I look forward to this memorable art experience.” The province is contributing $30,000 towards the project, as part of its support for the arts and commitment to celebrating Mi’kmaq culture and heritage. The artwork will be on permanent display in the airport lobby after it is finished. FOR BROADCAST: Visitors to Halifax Stanfield International Airport will watch Nova Scotia’s diverse culture come to life in front of their eyes from August 9th to 11th. Acclaimed Mi’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy’s project was announced today (July 9th). Visitors to the airport will be able to watch his work in person or by webcast the airport’s website. The province is contributing $30,000 towards the project, as part of its support for the arts and commitment to celebrating Mi’kmaq culture and heritage. The artwork will be on permanent display in the airport lobby after it is finished. -30-last_img read more

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Kasabian To Play Benefit Gig For War Child

first_imgBritish band Kasabian have announced a gig to benefit War Child.The rockers will hit the stage at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on June 18 to raise money for the charity, which works across the world to help children in war zones.“That children suffer in war is unacceptable, and it’s important that War Child are there to do something about it,” said Kasabian singer Tom Meighan. “We couldn’t be happier to again help them in their vital work with a concert we’re really looking forward to. We hope Kasabian fans will support War Child at this event, or by donating to War Child.”Kasabian’s new album 48:13 is released on 9 June. This intimate concert is their only London show and comes three days before their huge homecoming show in Leicester and ten days before their headline slot at Glastonbury.Ben Knowles, Director of Music at War Child UK said: “Getting to see Kasabian’s Glastonbury-scale set in the intimate confines of O2 Shepherds Bush Empire will be very exciting.”The band are no strangers to supporting War Child – they brought the house down at War Child’s 2010 BRITS gig, taking to the stage just hours after walking away with the award for Best British Group.The generosity of the band, their team and the fans who buy tickets or donate will directly help to change and save the lives of the most vulnerable children suffering the brutal effects of war.Tickets to this special event are £50 and go on sale on Friday 30 May at 9am from TicketWeb.co.uk.last_img read more

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PEI delivers budget focused on health care as it takes aim at

P.E.I. delivers budget focused on health care as it takes aim at surplus by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2014 1:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHARLOTTETOWN – Some kindergarten children in Prince Edward Island will get free eye exams and glasses in a $1.6 billion budget introduced Tuesday by the provincial government that also sees revenue outpace increases in spending.The province and the Prince Edward Island Association of Optometrists are behind the program, called Eye See, Eye Learn, which Finance Minister Wes Sheridan said is aimed at improving children’s ability to learn.“Children who cannot properly see the words in their books or on their screens, or follow along with what is written on the board, may struggle to reach their potential,” he said.The program will begin this fall and eligible children who require glasses will receive them free of charge through a private-sector sponsor.Another $400,000 has been set aside to buy insulin pumps and related supplies for children with Type 1 diabetes.Sheridan said the budget stresses the importance of living within the province’s means as he aims for a surplus in 2015-16. The deficit for this fiscal year is forecast at $39.7 million.The government is projecting a 3.3 per cent increase in revenue in this fiscal year, while spending is forecast to jump by two per cent.“Departments continue to hold expenditures at current levels, while Health PEI is projecting moderate growth to meet the evolving needs of our patients,” Sheridan said.A spokeswoman for Sheridan said all the details of the programs will be released in the coming weeks as departments present their detailed spending estimates in the legislature.Among other initiatives in the budget, an additional $775,000 will be spent to help run the day surgery department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown. An expansion of the department will be completed later this spring, increasing the number of day surgery spaces to 18 from 10, and adding a separate ophthalmology suite.Sheridan said it isn’t possible to provide every health care service on the Island and the government recognizes that travel costs to seek care elsewhere can present a financial burden to some families. To help ease the cost, he said a partnership has been developed with Maritime Bus to help low-income families with the cost of transportation and accommodations.Over the past year, the province’s Liberal government appointed a new chief mental health and addictions officer. Tuesday’s budget allocates an additional $1.2 million to address concerns related to drug abuse.Sheridan said the deficit for the 2013-14 fiscal year was pegged at $51.9 million. That’s down from the original estimate of $58.9 million.The province’s net debt is expected to hit $2.17 billion by March 31, 2015. That’s about $14,863 for every man, woman and child in the province.Progressive Conservative Opposition Leader Steven Myers said Sheridan continues to bring in deficit budgets.“Islanders are suffering and this budget, like all of his budgets, does nothing to address that,” Myers said.“This government and treasurer are out of touch with Islanders and this budget, like all others, shows just how badly out of touch they are.”— By Kevin Bissett in FrederictonNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the deficit was $39.6 million. read more

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Longtime employee named new Brock Registrar

A 14-year Brock University employee has been named the new registrar.Geraldine Jones takes over the role from Barb Davis, who retired at the end of June.Jones was born in Scotland, but moved to Canada with her family when she was a young child. She grew up in St. Catharines and graduated from Ryerson before getting her first job at Brock in 2002. During her time here, she earned her master’s degree in Popular Culture.She has held various roles around the school, starting with Manager, Student Awards. She became Deputy Registrar in 2014, and is a member of the executive committee for the Ontario Universities Registrar’s Association.Brock Vice-Provost James Mandigo called the registrar a key position at the University.“From student success, admissions, advising Senate and the Board, and helping to set and implement the strategic goals of the University, the Registrar needs to work with all members of the University community,” he said.Mandigo said Jones was an ideal candidate for the role.“She has developed strong and positive relationships across Brock’s campus. Her dedication and student-centred approach to the day-to-day operations of the Registrar’s Office and her commitment to achieving the long-term goals and objectives of the University will only further enhance the success of Brock.”Jones said she learned a lot from working with Davis.“Barb was definitely a mentor and gave me an opportunity to grow and get a better understanding of the governance processes and the bigger picture things,” she said. “I’ve been fortunate at Brock to have ground-level experience and then work my way up. Hopefully I’ll have a breadth of understanding around student needs.”Jones said with universities all having to work harder to attract students, the role of the registrar’s office in the overall student experience will continue to expand.“With a time of massive change, service is going to be a great differentiator. I often liken the registrar’s office to the backbone. You don’t really realize it’s there and that you need it until it starts to hurt. If we’re doing what we need to do well and successfully, then we’re sort of unnoticed.”Jones said the office takes great pride in the role it plays throughout a student’s time at Brock.“We’re one of the few units that gets to engage with students from when Brock is one of just the many options for them to the point that they cross the convocation stage. We’re uniquely positioned, and it’s a privileged experience to see that journey,” she said.Jones officially starts in the new position Monday, July 18. read more

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Stopmotion Mario video uses 7000 Postits

first_imgEverybody loves Mario, but this stop-motion video may just make you love the Italian plumber even more. Using 7,000 Post-it notes, as he’s known on YouTube – FinalCutKing has made this amazing stop-motion short of Mario running along the wall of an office room. There’s even a cameo by Pacman and some Tetris blocks before Mario is destroyed and turned into a pile of Post-its by the evil Apple Mac keyboard.It’s all very well done and there’s even a hidden secret within the video that will allow you to play the emulation seen at the beginning of the video, can you find it?There’s a place holder at the end of the video reserved for a link to a “making of video” which I’m really looking forward to viewing. I must admit, I’m always jealous when I see these types of videos, I’d love to make a stop-motion short but I lack the skill and patience required for something as awesome as this.I’ve not watched any of FinalCutKing’s videos before so I lost about half an hour today to some of his older stuff. I especially liked the Pikachu video, if only for the ending, and the Portal pranks video which is also very well made.FinalCutKing via Destructoidlast_img read more

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Handwriting recognition The unsung hero of the Surface Pro

first_imgThere are a lot of people out there who don’t “get” the Surface Pro. This isn’t their fault, or their problem, it’s up to Microsoft to help them understand the product. So far the team from Redmond hasn’t delivered on that. One of the biggest points that Microsoft should be focusing on, in my opinion, is the Pro’s absolutely stellar handwriting recognition driven by the combination of Windows 8 and the Wacom stylus.We’ve reached a strange point, technologically, with input mechanisms. Every part of the ecosystem desperately wants to kill off the physical keyboard, but no one has really figured out what to replace it with. Most on-screen keyboards are relatively terrible, but they offer more screen real estate for other activities so we deal with them in the hopes that it will get better. Voice-to-text has made massive leaps in the last few years, but no one wants to be “that guy” walking around in public talking to their phone or computer. Microsoft made some improvements on this front with Windows Phone 8, but none of them made their way to Windows 8.When you take a look at the Surface Pro, it’s a mash up of acceptable input tools, allowing you to pick which option will make you the least miserable when writing. The primary options are as follows:You can use the on-screen keyboard, which either requires you to type while the tablet is awkwardly cradled in your lap or split into two smaller keyboards that are usable if you have giant hands with tiny thumbs.You can use a fun-looking touch cover, which is only mildly less terrible than the on-screen keyboard.You can use a tactile touch cover, if you’re a fan of a detachable keyboard that would have been considered embarrassing on a $300 netbook five years ago.What many people don’t know is that there’s another option, and it is by far the best in the industry for what it is designed to accomplish.Handwriting recognition is not at all a new concept. In fact, when most people hear “handwriting recognition” they think about Graffiti from the old Palm days, some awful hybrid between writing actual words and tricking the computer into making them show up on the computer. Handwriting recognition practically disappeared from the world for a while, as we decided the stylus was a dirty thing that should be forgotten forever (resistive touch displays were partially to blame for this).When you think about a stylus in current generation hardware, it’s usually a clumsy eraser tip style, which is horrible for just about everything. Microsoft’s decision to include a stylus with the Surface Pro comes off mostly as a tool for artists, or as a alternative form of navigation. If you are feeling brave enough to try writing with it, however, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.Just like the regular virtual keyboard, you can use handwriting recognition anywhere in the OS. You write in the black box, and than insert the translation into a text field. You can write URLs, email addresses, even passwords with surprising accuracy. Whether you’re a far of print or cursive, you’ll find that even horrible penmanship is recognized. If a mistake is made, it’s really easy to fix. You tap on the are you need to correct, and an exploded view of the word allows you to go in and make whatever changes you need. The tutorial for the different editing gestures is easily the best laid out tutorial for the entirely of Windows 8, and really makes it so you can quickly use this tool as your default writing mechanism when curled up on the couch.Handwriting is still not faster than typing, but it’s a comfortable alternative to input on the Surface Pro. This input mechanism is available on any Windows 8 install, but the combination of the stylus and the screen on the Surface Pro makes the experience really great. It’s this kind of thing that should be passed on to the rest of the Windows 8 ecosystem, encouraging an input mechanism that requires no learning and no effort, just a pen and a screen.last_img read more

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Pankorinthian Grape and Wine Exhibition

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Next Sunday, the Pankorinthian Association of Melbourne and Victoria will be hosting the Pankorinthian Grape and Wine Exhibition. The exhibition will include: grape and wine making presentations; photographic presentations; musical performances; and a variety of dance group performances. Food will be provided for those attending. MC for the day will be journalist and television presenter George Donikian. And of course, there will be plenty of wine tasting.The Pankorinthian Grape and Wine Exhibition will take place at the Preston Town Hall, on Sunday 22 April, from midday to 5:00 pm. Entry is $5 per person.last_img read more

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Flood watch for Northern Bahama Islands agencies geared up

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#floodwatchfornorthernBahamas, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 1, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Heavy downpours for Abaco, Bimini and Grand Bahama as the remnants of Tropical Storm Emily create, what is being called a rain event for the islands which are both water logged and storm weary.   During a press conference yesterday, Minister for Grand Bahama, Kwasi Thompson said officials are watching the system which developed on Monday morning and are ready to activate anything needed to keep the public and property safe.Remnants of Emily are moving ENE at 12mph with 30mph winds, and so the storm did downgrade as forecast.   Yesterday, we inadvertently said there would be 18 inches of rain. Rainfall will actually be between three quarters of an inch to four inches for the Bahama islands in the feeder bands of this disintegrating system.  We apologize for the error.Kirk James of The Bahamas Department of Meteorology warned though that the rain expected is cause for concern.   A regular monthly meeting of the Disaster Consultative Committee was held yesterday in Grand Bahama which included Social Services, which oversees the Shelters and Grand Bahama Health Services, which was prepared to dispatch an emergency team to West Grand Bahama, in the event of flooding of the Fishing Hole Road.  Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Works and the Rotary Water Relief Plant were all put on standby.Tammi Mitchell, Co Chair of that Committee told Magnetic Media that, “it is important to conduct these meetings not just when there is a threat but year round so that the Committee remains a functioning team and can address any areas of concern.”  Rainy conditions and flood warnings continue into Wednesday for Grand Bahama.#MagneticMediaNews#floodwatchfornorthernBahamaslast_img read more

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Public Comment Open For Hilcorp Lease In Anchor Point

first_imgHilcorp currently has oil and gas leaseholds of surrounding parcels and is working on production plans for the proposed new lease area. Mike, Ninilchik: “I’m requesting that they allow ample opportunity for local public input before acting on consideration of leasing to Hilcorp any lands or subsurface lands in the Anchor Point area.” The ordinance will be up for additional public comment at the borough assembly meeting on November 20. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An application submitted by Hilcorp, Alaska for an underground oil and gas lease in Anchor Point will be up for public comment at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting on November 20. McKibben, Homer: “I urge you to take an important and necessary step and think of the future, as well as the present, and say “enough” to big oil on the Kenai Peninsula.”center_img A number of Kenai Peninsula residents have already begun to submit their comments to the assembly. The application submitted is for an underground oil and gas lease for five parcels of Kenai Peninsula Borough land in Anchor Point. The total lease area is roughly 20 acres. Jo, Homer: “I am totally totally and vehemently opposed to any and all fracking in Cook Inlet, including Anchor Pt. Hilcorp should be stopped from any and all such development and activity now, and in the future.”last_img read more

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Pandora voice mode wants to spin the perfect tunes for you

first_img Mobile Digital Media Music CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Pandora will join SiriusXM for the next stage of the… $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR DaniLeigh performs at Pandora Presents Beyond last year.  Getty Streaming music service Pandora is arming to do battle with Alexa and Google Assistant in the one area it already knows well: music recommendations.Pandora on Tuesday introduced “voice mode,” a function that lets people ask Pandora’s mobile app to play something for them.”People are getting more conversational [with their voice commands], and in getting more conversational, they’re getting more vague,” Chris Phillips, Pandora’s head of product, said in an interview last week at CES in Las Vegas. “I can be vague, and it just gives me a great response.”Amazon’s Alexa has begun a process to make music recommendations by voice more conversational too, but it’s taking a different route. Last year, the voice assistant began engaging in more of a dialogue when you ask it to play something on Amazon’s own music-streaming service. It tweaked the voice assistant by letting Alexa ask follow-up questions when you’re hunting for songs and by playing samples before diving in. The goal was to get you to music you like in 25 to 30 seconds. 0 Now playing: Watch this: Sprint Post a comment Pandora is skipping the followup-question step. What sets Pandora apart is an unmatched history building technology just for music recommendations. Instead of building a voice assistant that needs to field requests about detailing the weather, hailing an Uber or explaining interstellar physics, Pandora’s voice mode needs to be good only at music discovery. And Pandora has nearly two decades of experience making music recommendations on mobile devices with its dedicated Music Genome Project, a track record that is unusually deep and long.  To put its music recommendation expertise onto a voice platform, Pandora partnered with SoundHound’s Houndify voice and conversational artificial intelligence. Voice Mode is launching for a small set of beta users Tuesday. By saying the wake phrase “Hey Pandora” followed by a request, users can guide their listening experience “by just speaking naturally,” the company said. Types of requests include: Control requests to change stations, control volume, skip or pause music, and other basic navigation commands. Thematic requests based on personalized recommendations that can be guided by moods and favorite activities like “play something for my workout” or “play music for relaxing.”Open-ended requests like “play something different, “play something I like” or “play more like this.” Basic requests for a specific artist, song, station, podcast or playlist like “play new music by…” or “play my happy jams playlist.” Interactive requests like “what song is this?” or directional requests like “add this song to my party playlist” or “I like this” to give a thumbs-up.During my demo, Phillips showed me how you can request podcasts by who appeared as a guest, so if one of your favorite celebrities or writers is doing the rounds on interviews, you can easily find a podcast she or he appeared on. Pandora said that voice mode would be widened to all mobile users “soon,” without specifying the rollout timeline.  Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here’s your place for the lighter side of tech. Apple: See what’s up with the tech giant as it readies new iPhones and more. $999 Best Buy See It See It See it See It Boost Mobile 2:44 Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple iPhone XS Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Google Pandora Tags $999 $999last_img read more

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Mazda Miata Fiat 124 Spider recalled for downshifts nobody asked for

first_img Tags 2017 Fiat 124 Spider: the Fiata is fi-awesome! 42 Photos Recalls Mazda Fiat Fiat Mazda Share your voice More From Roadshow Post a comment 30 Photos Car Industry Convertibles Review • 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review 2016-2019 Mazda Miata: A return to form 2017 Fiat 124 Spider: The Fiata is Fi-awesome James Halfacre/Mazda While the Mazda Miata and Fiat 124 Spider are thought of as usually carrying manual transmissions, a number of each are also sold with automatic transmissions. It’s the latter cog-swapper that’s at the center of a recent recall.Mazda, Fiat and supplier Aisin have issued a recall for 14,370 examples of the 2016 to 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata and 8,933 examples of the 2017 to 2019 Fiat 124 Spider. All of the affected models carry automatic transmissions, as the issue stems from a component used to control those transmissions’ shift logic. The problem stems from Aisin’s transmission control module. According to the defect report sent to NHTSA, “due to inappropriate control logic of the clutch control software… [electrical noise] may cause the vehicle to unexpectedly downshift.” A downshift nobody asked for means the car may inadvertently pitch its nose downward and begin decelerating, causing stability concerns and possibly increasing the risk of a crash.Thankfully, both Fiat Chrysler and Mazda are unaware of any accidents or injuries that could be linked to this issue. Mazda first discovered the issue after receiving a field report from a US owner, and a second report eventually arose, but those reports didn’t mention accidents or injuries.Since the issue is related to software, technicians only need to perform a quick software update to remedy the issue. Owners will be notified by first-class mail in late March. 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? More about 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata review: Club life isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK 0last_img read more

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Earl Carrington Watson Sr

first_imgEarl Carrington Watson, Sr.Earl Carrington Watson Sr., beloved husband of Inez Augins Watson, slipped into Eternal Life on Sunday, April 10, 2016, after a brief illness. He retired from the Baltimore City Health Department in 1996 holding the position of Director of Animal Control. Watson held the following  prior positions: Teacher, Baltimore City Public School System (Johnston Square Elementary School); Assistant Director, Health Education at Baltimore City Hospitals; Sr. Health Educator at Baltimore City Health Department; and, Instructor for 20 years in the Continuing Education Department at The Community College of Baltimore.Watson was a Loving Father, brother, uncle and friend. A Graduate of Frederick Douglass High School-Class of June 1953, he is presently Chairperson of his Class Alumni Committee. He rec’d his B.S. Degree from Coppin State College, now known as Coppin State University and also did Graduate work at Coppin in the Masters of Education Program.He was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and the T & T Mens Golf Club. Watson coached basketball and football in the Baltimore County Recreation and Parks programs where his children played sports for many years.He leaves to mourn the love of his life, his wife and childhood sweetheart, Inez; his loving children: three sons: Earl, Jr. (Emily); David Watson, Sr,(Donna); Antonio Watson Sr.; one daughter, Adrienne Watson Carver (Stacey, Sr.); and, a  very special niece whom he and his wife raised, Stacey Pullen Nelson (Karl).  Earl’s most loved hobby for the past 40 years was Playing Golf at Forest Park Golf Course, where he also worked until his recent bout of illness in late 2016. Earl Watson, Sr. was an amazing man that loved life and lived life to the fullest every day.  He loved God, his family, his friends and his community. He was a selfless giving, caring man with a heart of gold who lived to see others strive! He will forever be our champion of courage! “Earl the Pearl”…a precious, priceless pearl is exactly what he will always be!last_img read more

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Leap Motion targets May for preorders and store sales

first_img Citation: Leap Motion targets May for pre-orders and store sales (2013, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-motion-pre-orders-sales.html This is 3-D gesture-control where a user controls the screen in three dimensions using hands and fingers. It is capable of imaging all ten fingers and the entire hand and it actually tracks hands and fingers as well as chopsticks. © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Leap Motion will start shipping its 3-D motion controllers on pre-order basis in mid-May. Big news? For a growing Leap Motion fan base, it’s great news. Leap Motion launched its sensing controller last year, and developers began working with this advanced motion sensing technology for human computer interactions. Thousands of developers have since worked with Leap Motion’s device. According to the company, the device will cost $79.99 on pre-order and will ship from May 13. Following that, the device will be sold at Best Buy from May 19 at $80. Leap Motion creates finger-happy gesture control (w/ Video)center_img Explore further 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. The hardware will be supported in Windows 7 or 8 and Mac OS 10.7 or 10.8. The process begins when the user plugs the Leap Motion controller into a USB port, loads Leap Motion software, and waves to calibrate. The company’s claim is that its technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market. Leap Motion sees its controller as potentially entering numerous applications beyond gaming. For digital art, the art work could more readily feature 3-D images; in business, the user would create signatures; in medicine, surgeons could control 3-D medical data on the screen with hand waves and without having to remove their gloves. While Microsoft Kinect for Windows features hand and finger control, the Leap Motion device is not the same as it commands a smaller observation space, where Kinect works in an entire living room space. Technology watchers believe Leap Motion will play its own role in how future computer users interact with screens beyond mouse and touchpad. Last year’s headlines alone reflected a high level of interest in the company’s technology. Wired in May headlined “Why the Leap is the Best Gesture Control System We’ve Ever Tested.” Technology Review a month later told its readers, “Forget pinch-to-zoom,” and instead imagine rotating a hand to control the orientation of an object with six degrees of freedom, or using both hands at once to control either end of a surface, in sculpting, as part of an object destined for a 3-D printer.Recently, Leap Motion’s tendency to unleash imaginations was in evidence when Robbie Tilton reported on his blog that he used a Leap Motion for working on an image projected on to a prism. The display he designed created the illusion of depth. His use of Leap Motion helped to create a visually arresting gesture-controllable display that looked like a spinning globe floating in mid-air; a computer monitor was laid flat on a table and aimed up at the prism.last_img read more

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The Oldest Satellite in Space Showed the Earth isnt Round but PearShaped

first_imgThe second scientific satellite that the U.S. ever launched is still orbiting the Earth. According to NASA, Explorer 1 was the first satellite the U.S. sent into space, on February 1, 1958. Vanguard 1 was the second, launched just six weeks later, on March 17th.Vanguard was designed to test launch capabilities of a three-stage launch vehicle and the effects of the space environment on a satellite and its systems in Earth orbit. Today, it’s been circling the Earth for just over 60 years, making it the oldest surviving man-made satellite.A team of Vanguard I scientists mount the satellite in the rocket.According to NBC News, which did a piece ten years ago to celebrate Vanguard’s 50th anniversary, at that time the craft, had already completed 197,000 circuits of the Earth, and had traveled more than 6 billion miles.TV-4 satelliteOnly the Voyager and Pioneer probes — on their way to the edges of the solar system — have gone farther. Vanguard’s current orbit ranges from between 400 and 2,400 miles above the Earth, and the high point has only dropped about sixty miles in the last half-century.Vanguard 1 electronicsVanguard is the world’s first solar-powered satellite, and thanks to its instruments, scientists have learned incredible amounts of information regarding the planet’s size and shape, its air density and temperature ranges, and the micrometeorite density in space. It taught us that the Earth isn’t actually round, but rather a little pear-shaped, with a symmetric bulge around the equator.Vanguard 1 satellite (flight backup)The satellite itself is quite small. It has a diameter of about 6.4 inches, and weighs three and a quarter pounds — about the size of a grapefruit. It was so much smaller than Sputnik or Sputnik 2 that the Soviet Premier made fun of it.Vanguard 1 satellite (NASA). Composite illustration assembled from static display of satellite, Earth from orbit and telescope photo of stars.In a BBC report, space debris analyst Tim Flohrer said, “The earlier satellites, such as Sputnik, have all re-entered the atmosphere, but I estimate that Vanguard 1 will remain in orbit for several hundred, if not a thousand years.” Developed by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Vanguard was to be America’s first satellite program. Its system was meant to be a three-stage rocket, designed to launch a civilian scientific spacecraft.The rocket, satellite, and a considerable number of tracking stations were the American contribution to the 1957-1958 International Geophysical year. This collaboration for scientific research involved 67 nations, from both sides of the Iron Curtain.Vanguard 1 satellite sketchNRL historian Angelina Callahan said that the U.S. was very open about the launch and its intended purposes, but the Soviets played their cards closer to their chest. When the Soviets launched Sputnik in October of 1957, the American satellite team was surprised and disappointed that their colleagues in the international partnership hadn’t told them that they were sending up a satellite, too.Vanguard 1 with its six solar cells attached.Sputnik’s launch generated a lot of fear in the U.S. with the awareness that the Soviet Union could now launch missiles at the U.S., and the White House put a lot of pressure on the NRL team to get a satellite up as soon as possible.On February 1, 1958, Explorer 1 was launched, after being designed and built in just three months. It was fitted with a cosmic ray detector, to measure space radiation. Vanguard 1 followed on March 17th. Because Vanguard is solar powered, it kept sending back information until 1965. Explorer only did so for a few months.Read another story from us:When the Northern Lights were so Powerful they Started Fires in Observation EquipmentNot only is Vanguard 1 still in orbit, but it has left a lasting legacy. Its rocket systems formed the basis for the Delta launch vehicle, which is one of the most successful launchers in the world, and long-term tracking of the satellite continues to give scientists useful information about how our atmosphere influences satellites and how orbits decay over time.last_img read more

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Weather experts warn hurricanes becoming more powerful

first_imgWeather experts are warning that global warming is the likely cause behind hurricanes having more power year-over-year. They say that global warming is the reason hurricanes may become 13 percent stronger, 17 percent slower and have 34 percent more rain than they did 30 years ago.According to the University of Atmospheric Research, since 2015, hurricanes have been more constant and of greater intensity. They say that forecasts in the coming years is less encouraging as hurricanes will become more powerful and slower moving with the capacity to generate more rainfall than they do now.They explain that this is due to the fact that heat is the main energy generator of tropical cyclones, since these systems form with a temperature of at least 26 degrees Celsius on the sea surface. Global warming, which has caused temperatures of up to 50 degrees, is the main factor creating hurricane intensity.With a warmer atmosphere, hurricane activity could be 13 percent stronger, move 17 percent slower and have 34 percent more rain, they warned.Rafael Mendez-Tejeda of OMICS International says that to date, a Category 5 is the strongest when talking about hurricanes. With this you can have winds over 251 kilometers per hour, so a higher category is not difficult to imagine.“There is no superior category and I would not like to see that scenario,” he said.According to studies by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, hurricanes now intensify more quickly and are doing it with more strength and speed that 30 years ago.Gregory Foltz , NOAA scientist, reports there are many factors at play, but the main driver is a natural phenomenon that affects the temperature in the Atlantic, where the most catastrophic hurricanes occur.“The intensification is getting faster because the waters in the North Atlantic are warmer and the heat of the oceans is an important factor that feeds the hurricanes,” he said.Mexico’s National Water Commission says they forecast 32 systems during the 2018 season. They say they are anticipating 14 in the Atlantic and 18 in the Pacific, four more than the historical average with four to six directly affecting the country.While the Colorado State University predicts a near-average Atlantic hurricane season of 14 named storms (including Alberto) and 6 hurricanes, 2 of which will be intense, the forecast by British firm Tropical Storm Risk calls for only 9 named storms and 4 hurricanes, 1 of which will be intense.On the other hand, the NOAA is predicting an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season with a 70 percent likelihood of 16 named storms, 5 to 9 hurricanes, and 1 to 4 major hurricanes of a Category 3 or higher.Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground says that there is a bigger-than-usual spread in the prognoses for 2018, adding that there is more disagreement than usual among the various outlooks issued since April as to how busy a hurricane season the Atlantic will see.One source of uncertainty is El Niño, he says, which may or may not emerge later this year. In general, El Niño tends to suppress hurricane activity in the Atlantic. However, even if we do see an El Niño event, there are already signs that it may be a “Modoki El Niño”, the type where equatorial warming of the sea surface is focused more toward the central Pacific than the eastern Pacific.Modoki El Niño events are considered less likely to suppress Atlantic hurricanes.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fannie Mae Undeterred by Housing Cold Snap

first_imgFannie Mae Undeterred by Housing Cold Snap Existing-Home Sales Fannie Mae GDP Housing Starts Pending-Home Sales 2014-02-28 Scott_Morgan February 28, 2014 481 Views The housing market’s cooler-than-expected first quarter should just be a temporary blip in a year of modest overall growth, according to Doug Duncan, chief economist at Fannie Mae.Fannie Mae released Wednesday its latest economic forecast, which acknowledged that atypically harsh winter weather in much of the United States has slowed new home construction and sales in Q1 2014. But the report also reaffirms Fannie Mae’s position that the economy and housing markets will improve on 2013 growth by the end of Q4.In an accompanying podcast to the February forecast, Duncan presented a mixed bag of growth and sluggishness in the housing market. A rise in mortgage rates, which Duncan expects to top out somewhere between 4.75 and 5 percent by year’s end, will slow existing-homes sales to about 1 percent growth this year, and maybe even less in Q1, he said.Pending home sales plunged by 8.7 percent in December and were flat in January, leading to a rather guarded optimism that existing-home sales will show even tiny signs of improvement.However, Fannie Mae is openly optimistic that sales of newly constructed homes should increase sharply this year, continuing last year’s trend toward more building and sales.The caveat, Duncan said, is that the rise in new home sales is coming from a very low base. A healthy market, he said, would be about 1.7 million units built in a year. Fannie Mae predicts about 1.15 million units will be built in 2014, up from an overall 923,000 units built in 2013 (which itself was an 18.3 percent jump from 2012).This is good news for the job market, as new construction means new jobs for builders and crews. Residential construction employment jumped by 17,000 jobs in January and should continue growing modestly in 2014, even if the numbers do not reach their pre-recession plateau of 2.5 million jobs, the report stated.Overall mortgage volume, however, will likely be down this year, Duncan said. Higher mortgage rates are curtailing refinancing activity, even though an expected rise in mortgages for new home purchases should offset the drop a little, he said. Interest in mortgages peaked in May of 2013 and then fell by 20 percent, where it has stayed, according to the Fannie Mae forecast.Despite a few broken bones in housing, however, Fannie Mae expects fairer weather to usher in gentle growth for the economy for the remainder of the year. The agency expects the economy overall to increase from 2.7 percent to 2.9 percent this year, a prediction in line with the most recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, which shows a 2.4 percent growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in the last quarter of 2013. This growth continues a modest climb in the GDP throughout last year.center_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination, Secondary Market Sharelast_img read more

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Auctioncom and Five Star Institute Pledge Support to Operation Homefront and Veteran

first_img The Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado announced earlier today at the Five Star Government Forum in Washington, D.C., that the Institute would be partnering with the nation’s leading online real estate marketplace, Irvine, California-based Auction.com, and national nonprofit Operation Homefront in support of a home donation program that provides mortgage-free homes to veterans.The home donation program will be featured at the 2015 Five Star Conference and Expo, which will take place September 16 to 18 in Dallas, Texas. Five Star has partnered with various non-profit organizations over the last four years to provide approximately $4 million worth of homes to service members. At last year’s conference, Five Star presented six wounded veterans with mortgage-free homes.“The Five Star Institute remains committed to promoting the presentation of mortgage-free homes to veterans through our continuous support of donation programs such as this one,” Delgado said. “This home presentation to veterans program is part of our ongoing mission to raise awareness of the needs of our veterans to obtain housing. We are humbled by the immense level of dedication shown by Auction.com and Operation Homefront in helping us fulfill this mission.”Auction.com Executive Vice President Rick Sharga was on hand at the Five Star Government Forum on Wednesday to present a donation check for $50,000 in support of the new home donation program.“We are excited about the opportunity to sponsor this home donation program for the members of our military along with the Five Star Institute in conjunction with Operation Homefront,”  Auction.com CEO and co-founder Jeff Frieden said. “There is no one more deserving than our military heroes and their families, and we look forward to working with Five Star and Operation Homefront to help veterans and their families achieve the dream of homeownership.”Operation Homefront, which is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, has helped thousands of service members and their families with emergency and other financial assistance since it was founded in 2002. Currently, more than 2,50o volunteers nationwide assist Operation Homefront with this effort. The organization’s Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO, Tim Farrell, is a retired Air Force officer with more than 23 years of service.“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Auction.com for their generosity toward fulfilling the valuable mission of providing mortgage-free homes for veterans,” Farrell said in response to receiving the donation from Auction.com. “We are excited to be working with the Five Star Institute, an organization that has long been committed to preserving the dream of homeownership for our nation’s heroes.”Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of The MReport and TheMReport.com. in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News March 18, 2015 535 Views Auction.com Ed Delgado Jeff Frieden Operation Homefront Rick Sharga The Five Star Institute veterans 2015-03-18 Samantha Guzmancenter_img Share Auction.com and Five Star Institute Pledge Support to Operation Homefront and Veteran Home Donation Programlast_img read more

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