By BEN HARRISThey weren’t involved in Queensland’s historic win two years ago but Kim Sue See and Brooke Walker could play a big part in their state’s defence of the women’s open title.Queensland ended New South Wales’ grip on the women’s open title when they won the three-game series 2-1 in Port Macquarie in 2012 following victories in match one (5-3) and match three (3-1).It was Queensland’s first series win in the women’s open division since 2002.Now back on home soil at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland are looking to go back-to-back in the division for the first time in State of Origin history.If they do, a big reason for it could be their six debutants including Sue See and Walker.Both have represented Australia via premiership-winning stints with Queensland Secondary Schools Touch at the National Youth Championships.Sue See made her international women’s open debut on her 18th birthday in the first Trans-Tasman Test at Mudgee on ANZAC Day earlier this year.“I’m really nervous but I’m not as nervous as I would be if I hadn’t already played for Australia. It really helped. It calms me a bit,” Sue See said.Coming from Bribie Island, Sue See is playing in her backyard at Sunshine Coast Stadium.She knows New South Wales won’t be pushovers.“New South Wales have some of the best players in the world,” she said.“But as a team hopefully we can play to our strengths and we will see how we go.”Walker, 19, expects all three matches to be physical and challenging.She said it was surreal to be making her debut in the open’s team alongside the likes of Peta Rogerson and Kelly Woods.“They have experience behind them and to be able to debut alongside them it is a dream really,” Walker said.“We have the potential to win definitely. We’ve got people like Peta and Woodsy to guide us and the rest will have to step up and hopefully we can come away with a win.”The first match of the women’s open series begins at 5.20pm on Friday, September 19.The second and third matches are on Saturday at 10.45am and 4.15pm respectively.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksSOO women’s open
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 01: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh throws the ball during the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Jim HarbaughJim Harbaugh is known for his colorful personality on Twitter. Today, he’s using his account to show off some Michigan moms for Mother’s Day.Harbaugh has posted eight photos of Michigan mothers and their sons so far this morning. Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Glenda McCray, Paula O’Korn, Erica Kinnel & Susan Bunting. pic.twitter.com/ZonxmftThj— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Sela Litia Tu’ipulutu Mone, Carolyn Malzone, Kesha Bush & Pam Gedeon. pic.twitter.com/GfKpglB35f— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016This is very cool on Harbaugh’s part. Hopefully he puts up some more photos as the day goes on.
WINNIPEG – The American company that bought the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange in 2007 says it is shutting down its last commodity trading function.Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) says it will move trading of canola contracts from Winnipeg to New York by July 29.The change will effectively end trading at the WCE, which has been operating in the city since 1887.ICE says the move to New York, which requires regulatory approvals, will provide customers with deeper liquidity, reduced administrative costs and a more diversified risk management pool while retaining the same contract specifications.It says two of its 14 local staff will continue to work in Winnipeg to maintain ties with grain companies based there.The WCE has been handling futures contract trading since 1904 and was the first North American commodity exchange to shift to all-electronic trading when it shut down its “open outcry” system in 2004.
YRB North Peace General Manager Chris Charbonneau says that most of the welding will be done on the sides of some of the bridge deck’s floor beams, but that the work needs to be done during daylight hours, hence the hours of the closure.He said that some welding will also be done on the bridge’s metal deck, which is the reason for the lane closure.Charbonneau explained that while the work is listed on DriveBC.ca as running until July 26th, there is a possibility that the work could be completed by Tuesday or Wednesday.He added that YRB is asking motorists to use caution while driving through the work zone, and is apologizing for any delays that motorists experience. TAYLOR, B.C. – You’ve got three guesses why the Taylor Bridge is once again down to single-lane traffic this week, and the first two don’t count.Highway maintenance crews will be reducing Highway 97 over the Taylor Bridge down to single lane-alternating traffic between now and July 26th as welders once again make their way onto the bridge to conduct repairs.The repairs will be conducted from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and motorists are advised to expect delays of up to 20 minutes in each direction.
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. will provide the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association with $500,000 to investigate using grazing livestock to help prevent forest fires.“Using cattle and livestock grazing minimizes the growth of annual and perennial grasses, which helps to reduce wildfire risks,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “It’s one example of what we’re doing to reduce the threat of wildfires, while supporting the ranching sector and maintaining wildlife habitat in our province.”The Province will be working with local governments, the ranching sector and Indigenous communities to develop partnerships and provide opportunities for livestock owners, stakeholders and other interested parties. “Reducing the risk of wildfires and adapting to a changing climate requires more action than the status quo of the last 20 years,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “B.C.’s beef producers are well known for raising high-quality grass- and range-fed beef, and we’re working with them to find ways to combine that practice with reducing vegetation that fuels wildfires. It’s an intriguing model that I’m hopeful will become a mainstay in our efforts to protect our communities and resources from fires, as well as supporting B.C. ranchers and B.C. beef.”While targeted grazing using livestock is not a solution to all fuel management challenges, it is a powerful tool when used in combination with other methods, such as prescribed burning and selective tree harvesting.Wildfire prevention programs in southern Europe and parts of the U.S. are successfully using livestock to graze fuel breaks around communities and reduce the risk of wildfires.“The last two fire seasons have seen unprecedented resources burn in the province,” said Kevin Boon, general manager of the BC Cattlemen’s Association. “These events have shown us the value of agriculture, specifically cattle grazing, in mitigating the start or spread of fires while assisting in firefighting efforts. Cattle grazing reduces the fine fuels available for fires to take hold. This funding will allow us to develop partnerships in interface areas to help protect our lands, forests and communities, while producing some of the best quality food in the world.”Using livestock grazing to reduce the amount of herbaceous fine fuels in an area is a low carbon, cost-effective method that supports local food production and provides new opportunities for ranchers.
New Delhi: The International Cricket Council announced a star-studded lineup of commentators for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales. The complete list has a total of 24 names and it includes Michael Clarke, who was captain when Australia lifted the trophy in the previous edition of the tournament. Harsha Bhogle, Sanjay Manjrekar and Sourav Ganguly are the Indian commentators for the mega event. Kumar Sangakkara, who recently became the first-ever non-British president of the Marylebone Cricket Club, is the only Sri Lankan commentator. Pakistan’s Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja, and Bangladesh’s Athar Ali Khan are also part of the panel. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Brendon McCullum, who captained New Zealand to a runners-up finish in the 2015 tournament, is also part of the commentary panel. Regional broadcasters are also expected to add to the list of names. Full list of commentators for 2019 World Cup squad: Nasser Hussain, Michael Clarke, Ian Bishop, Sourav Ganguly, Melanie Jones, Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Atherton, Alison Mitchell, Brendon McCullum, Graeme Smith, Wasim Akram, Shaun Pollock, Michael Slater, Mark Nicholas, Michael Holding, Isa Guha, Pommie Mbangwa, Sanjay Manjrekar, Harsha Bhogle, Simon Doull, Ian Smith, Ramiz Raja, Athar Ali Khan and Ian Ward.
Central Michigan redshirt freshman guard Micaela Kelly shoots a layup during the first quarter of the Chippewas’ win against Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament at St. John Arena on March 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorIn a stunning upset, the third-seeded Ohio State women’s basketball team fell 95-78 to 11th-seeded Central Michigan Monday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Along with the loss comes the final game for five seniors on the Buckeyes’ roster, including senior guard Kelsey Mitchell.The only silver lining for Ohio State came when Mitchell scored her 20th point with 6:59 remaining in the fourth quarter, which moved her into second place all-time in NCAA women’s history for career scoring. Mitchell struggled to find her shot all night, finishing with 28 points on 11-of-29 shooting.Central Michigan’s 14 3-pointers and 25 made free throws played a huge part in its victory. Along with its relentless defense that held the Buckeyes to just 40 percent shooting, Central Michigan ensured nothing went right for Buckeyes during their final game.Central Michigan fell behind after the first quarter, but blew the door off with a 25-6 second quarter. After a 15-9 Ohio State first quarter lead, the Chippewas went on a 14-0 run to start the second quarter. The Buckeyes did not score their first second-quarter field goal until there was three minutes remaining. “I thought for a stretch there we got really good shots,” head coach Kevin McGuff said. “We missed probably four layups at the beginning of the second quarter, shots that we normally make. Then we just didn’t handle it very well cause I think we let that spill over to the defensive end. We lost a bit of focus and intensity.”Senior guard Cassie Breen and junior guard Presley Hudson combined for 19 of the Central Michigan’s 25 points in the quarter. Breen’s 12 points came in all sorts of fashion. She went 3-for-4 from the field, making 2-of-3 shots from 3s, and made all three attempts from the free-throw line. As is often the trend with the Buckeyes, when Mitchell struggled, so too did Ohio State. Mitchell shot 2-of-8 in the second quarter with her team finishing the quarter 2-of-13 from the field — with six turnovers on top. Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga couldn’t find any offense either, shooting 1-of-3 and splitting a pair of free throws.It didn’t get any better in the third quarter with Central Michigan’s onslaught continuing. Any glimmer of hope vanished when the Buckeyes were outscored 33-25 in the third quarter. Central Michigan’s seven 3-pointers put the game away for good, for it maintained a 67-46 lead heading into the fourth quarter.“We tried to play hard and compete,” Mavunga said. “Central Michigan did a good job capitalizing off of our mistakes. we had a lot of turnovers which is really unlike us. That really showed, it hurt us down the stretch. We had good possessions here and there, but Central Michigan did a good job capitalizing off what we did wrong.”Central Michigan held the lead throughout the fourth quarter, even with a valiant push from the Buckeyes. Senior forward Tinara Moore’s 20 points, along with Breen’s 22 and Hudson’s 28 points were enough to sustain its lead throughout the game. Ohio State finished Mitchell’s final season as both Big Ten regular season and tournament champions, posting a 28-7 overall and 13-3 conference record.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino never considered stripping skipper Hugo Lloris of the captaincy amid recent drink-driving charge.However, Pochettino revealed his support for the French World Cup winner is no justification for his actions.Lloris, 31, was arrested in the early hours of Friday before being released on bail and will face a magistrates’ court hearing on September 11.But he played a key role in helping Spurs defeat Manchester United 3-0 by keeping a clean slate in the game.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I never considered that,” said Pochettino when asked about rumours Lloris could be replaced as captain by Harry Kane.“I was in contact with him. So bad experience for him, he apologised (to) our fans, us, the club, he showed his regret and apologised (to) all the country because the responsibility is massive.“It is a massive lesson for everyone; he is punishing himself, he feels so sorry and so bad because he knows he made a big mistake.“But, in the same way, I think it is out of character, and we are going to of course support him, but we cannot justify (it).”
The Scottish team can come back to a UEFA competition after eight years without playing in one, but they need to beat Russian club Ufa at homeThe last time Rangers was in a European competition was eight years ago, but the Scottish team can change everything tomorrow.According to a report by The Scotsman, Steven Gerrard has urged his team to make history and win against Russian club Ufa at home this Thursday.“I wouldn’t say it’s the biggest game in our history because the history at Rangers is so big. The club has played in many games which have created our history for us,” he says.“It’s our responsibility to try to help that and to add to that. We have a responsibility to try to bring European football back.”Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“The journey we have been on has been about this moment,” he added.“We’ve worked so hard and put a lot of effort in to get this chance, I just hope the players seize this moment.”“I want them to play relaxed and play the way they have done in the previous seven games,” he commented.“We’ve had massive occasions against Skhupi, Osijek and Maribor and the players have done ever so well.”
Former England international Jamie Carragher has backed Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks to start in place of Jordan Henderson when the team plays Spain on Monday.The Three Lions travel to Seville to play Luis Enrique’s side on Monday in their third group game of the UEFA Nations League without Henderson who is suspended for the game.The Liverpool captain picked up his second yellow card in two Nations League games and will sit out the clash against La Furia Roja and Carragher believes Winks should take his place in the starting line-up.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“In midfield, maybe Harry Winks. He played really well for Spurs against Barcelona in the Champions League, against a similar type of players. Again, it won’t be easy, but I think in Seville on Monday night, we are going to have to do as well as we can to keep the ball against Spain. Winks is as good as anyone who can come in for Jordan Henderson in terms of technical ability,” Carragher said to Sky Sports.Winks has an impressive form for Spurs this season and put in a decent display in the team’s UEFA Champions League loss to Barcelona at Wembley earlier this month and carried that form during the victory against Cardiff City.The 22-year-old was a standout performer for Mauricio Pochettino’s side against the La Liga champions star-studded midfield and his club manager has previously likened him to one Barcelona’s greatest player Andres Iniesta because of his ability to dictate play.
.Bangladesh has moved nine steps down in the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2019, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, reports UNB.This is the thirteenth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness.Bangladesh has ranked 101st out of 163 countries with a global score of 2.128 while in last year its position was 93 with the score of 2.084, according to the report.Afghanistan is now the least peaceful country in the world, replacing Syria while in South Asia, Bhutan topped the index with 15th rank, followed by Sri Lanka 72.Bhutan has recorded the largest improvement of any country in the top 20, rising 43 places in the last 12 years.Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. It is joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, and Denmark.The GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. This report presents the most comprehensive data-driven analysis to date on peace, its economic value, trends, and how to develop peaceful societies.The GPI covers 99.7 per cent of the world’s population, using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources, and measures the state of peace using three thematic domains: the level of Societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict; and the degree of Militarisation.Perceptions of peacefulness have increased in some areas but decreased in others. More people across the world now feel that they have more freedom in life, are more satisfied with life, and are treated with more respect than in 2008.Many more people also feel that their countries are better places to live for ethnic and religious minorities. However, the daily feelings of sadness, worry, and stress have also increased over the same time period, said the report.
David Goldman/APPeople 6 months and older should get vaccinated against the flu, says this government poster on display in a health center in Decatur, Ga.The peak of the flu season could still be several weeks away, federal health officials cautioned Friday.“We may be on track to break some recent records,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly all states are still reporting widespread flu activity, with less severe reports only coming from Oregon and Hawaii.“Flu is incredibly difficult to predict and we don’t know if we’ve hit the peak yet,” Schuchat said in a call with reporters. “We could still see several more weeks of increased activity.”Health officials don’t directly count flu cases and deaths for the general population. They do track deaths among children, which climbed to a total of 63 for this season.Another measure is the percentage of deaths attributed to flu or pneumonia, which often accompanies influenza. Last week, 1 in 10 of all deaths reported in the United States were caused by flu or pneumonia.The rate of flu activity is similar to the rate in 2009, which was the last flu pandemic, “though that doesn’t mean we’re having a pandemic,” Schuchat said.The strain of flu known as H3N2 remains the dominant form circulating in the United States. It’s a particularly severe strain that isn’t easily stopped by the current vaccine.Two other strains are on the rise, however, and they generally cause milder symptoms. They’re also more likely to be blocked by the flu vaccine. So, Schuchat said, it’s still not too late to get vaccinated.The CDC recommends antiviral medications, such as Tamiflu or the generic version called oseltamivir, for vulnerable populations hit by flu. Those groups include young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with heart or lung disease.There are spot shortages of the antiviral drugs, Schuchat said. People seeking them may need to call multiple pharmacies to fill their prescriptions.The CDC has been working with insurers and pharmacies to alleviate those shortages and to make brand-name drugs available at a lower cost when generics aren’t available.“I wish there were better news this week,” Schuchat said.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
With freedom, joy, love and friendsI have it all!I dance in the splendor of my seniorhoodWhere life has gotten gooder than good! The Joy of Seniorhood 00:00 /06:56 Who would have known I’d feel better at …Seventy! Than I did at twenty-one!The evolution of aging has expandedMy emotional horizon in every direction.In the “ordinary” I see the “extra-ordinary.”The grass has gotten greener.The sky has gotten bluer.The present has gotten brighter.My burden has gotten lighter.The money has gotten smallLittle does it matter!I have it all! Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 6 X “Of course”… I’ve aged!The “up-shot” is … I’m. not. In. My. Grave!I no longer have a husbandI’m no longer a wife.I’m “now-in-charge”Not a slave to my life.I’m thrilled to say I’ll always be a mother.I wouldn’t have it any other way!My youthful looks have lost their charm.In their place a natural grace is formed.I’ve outgrown my immaturityAlong with my insecurity.I dance in the splendor of seniorhood. In this sound portrait, we meet poet Francis T. Goodbeer. She describes her earliest memory of poetry, how a poem can wake her up in the middle of the night and why she loves her writing class. She reads her poem, “The Joy of Seniorhood.”Francis T. Goodbeer is a retired nurse (RN, BSN) and a graduate of Prairie View A&M University. In recent years, she has been pursuing creative writing through Inprint’s Senior Memoir Workshop at Finnigan Park Community Center. Her hobbies include yoga, Pilates and weight training, and she loves to read supernatural fantasy novels, especially vampire romance. She is a native Houstonian and has a daughter. Goodbeer dreams of one day writing a poetry collection about the impact and complexities of incest, with the hope of reaching those who have experienced the pain and betrayal of incest and the people who love them. This poem first appeared in The Finnigan Anthology 2017 – 2018 and is reprinted with permission of the author.Music used: Valse Pour Maman (excerpt) by Alexandra Stréliski from Pianoscope, Annabel Lee (excerpt) by Edgar Allan Poe read by Basil Rathbone, Dies Irie (excerpt) by Kenji Bunch from Ahn Trio: Lullaby For My Favorite Insomniac, Romanze, op. 28, no. 2 (excerpt) by Robert Schumann from Timothy Hester: The Classical 91.7 Sessions and Hang on Little Tomato (excerpt) by Pink Martini from Hang on Little TomatoTo learn more about this series, go here. Share
Kolkata: A panel discussion on the ideals and contributions of Mahatma Gandhi gave eminent historians and researchers here a platform to reminisce the leader’s efforts to unite people, irrespective of faith and colour. Speaking at the session – ‘Ishwar Allah Tere Naam – Gandhi’s Secularism’- at ‘Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival’ (AKLF) here on Sunday, Rajmohan Gandhi, renowned scholar and the grandson of the leader, said, “Bapu played a significant role in introducing ‘secularism’ as one of the country’s founding principles.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “The very words ‘Ishwar allah tere naam’ is an expression of deep faith and religiosity. It showed Bapu’s desire to see God face to face. Gandhiji had an active role in shaping our secular destiny,” he said. Sugata Bose, a historian and grandnephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, said Gandhiji was a key proponent of Hindu-Muslim unity. “The term ‘secular’ was not much in use in the pre- independence era India, but Gandhiji always believed in giving equal respect to all religions and protection to every community,” he added. The 10th edition of ‘Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival’ ended on a high note on Sunday amid discussions on art, written works and socio-cultural issues by various authors, politicians and academicians.
Kolkata: The state Fire and Emergency Services department will soon introduce four robots in its fleet for more effective firefighting in the city. The department has already got the necessary nod from the state Finance department for procuring the robots.”Our firemen face a lot of difficulties in dousing fire, particularly in chemical factories. In a number of cases there have been injuries to firemen during such firefighting operations. We will be soon floating an e-tender for procuring the robots. The robots can be used in highrise fires and in chemical fires,” said state Fire and Emergency Services minister Sujit Bose. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe department, which is taking a slew of measures for modernisation, is also introducing fire balls. “The balls will be used to extinguish fire in very narrow and congested places or in locked buildings where physical entry is extremely difficult. We have plans to procure 2,000 such fire balls,” Bose added. A senior official of the department said that such fire balls are used for firefighting in a number of foreign countries and also in some other states in the country, particularly to extinguish fire in locked buildings. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”When a fire ball is thrown into a burning room or place from any small gap, it helps in dousing the fire in ten to fifteen minutes,” the official added. The fire ball, which is smaller in size than a basketball but larger than a cricket ball, contains ammonium phosphate and ammonium sulphate. However, the balls don’t explode if they accidentally drop on the ground. It will burst only when it is thrown into a fire. The official said that allocation for procurement of modern equipments like robots or fire balls is expected to be made in the state Budget. The plans for procurement of the same have been discussed time and again in a series of meetings that followed after the fire at Bagree Market in September and the recent fire at Traders Assembly building in Gariahat in December. The firefighters had faced a daunting task in extinguishing the fire on both occasions. The department has also made plans to give basic training in firefighting to students of city schools and various clubs in the city.
West Midlands Ambulance Service. Not only could you be hit with a fine, an offence such as running a red light also comes with three penalty points on your licence. According to the Highway Code: “You should look and listen for ambulances, fire engines, police, doctors or other emergency vehicles using flashing blue, red or green lights and sirens, or flashing headlights, or traffic officer and incident support vehicles using flashing amber lights.” Read MoreHow you can be fined £100 for not wearing your seatbelt properly The code says you should stop before the brow of a hill, never mount the kerb, don’t put anyone else in danger and don’t brake harshly. The Blue Light Aware website states: “Of course, there will be times when there simply is no room for an emergency service vehicle to get past, or perhaps its crew are activated by their control room to respond to an emergency while they are waiting with everyone else at the traffic lights. “On these occasions, they know that other motorists are not allowed to ‘jump’ the red light, and the emergency vehicle would ideally not activate its sirens and lights until it was safe for the vehicle in front to cross the solid white line at the junction. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailLetting the emergency services through when the sirens and lights are on is something most of us do without thinking. It is an automatic reaction to get out of the way of the people trying to save lives. But did you know in some instances it could land you with a fine? Can you drive into a bus lane, run a red light or stop in a junction box when getting out of the way? According to the Highway Code, you should give way to vehicles with flashing lights – including ambulances, police cars, fire engines and emergency doctors. Read MoreWhy you should keep your car keys in the microwave But if you break the law to let an emergency vehicle through – including moving through a red light or ducking into a bus lane to clear the path – that could mean a fine of up to £1,000, reports Devon Live . Entering a yellow box junction to give a 999 vehicle extra room could also land you in the same trouble. “On the (hopefully) rare occasions that a blue light vehicle, in ’emergency mode’, is sitting behind another vehicle at a red traffic light, it’s important to appreciate that it would be both very dangerous and illegal for the other vehicle to move across the solid white line.”
Google has just open-sourced Filament, their physically based rendering (PBR) engine for Android. It can also be used in Windows, Linux, and macOS. Filament provides a set of tools and APIs for Android developers to help them easily create high-quality 2D and 3D rendering. Filament is currently being used in the Sceneform library both at runtime on Android devices and as the renderer inside the Android Studio plugin. Apart from Filament, Google has also open sourced Materials, the full reference documentation for their material system. They have also made available Material Properties which is a reference sheet for the standard material model. Google’s Filament comes packed with the following features: The rendering system is able to perform efficiently on mobile platforms. The primary target is OpenGL ES 3.x class GPUs. The rendering system emphasizes overall picture quality. Artists are able to iterate often and quickly on their assets and the rendering system allows them to do so instinctively. The physically based approach of the system also allows developers to create visually believable materials even if they don’t understand the theory behind the implementation. The system relies on as few parameters as possible to reduce trial and error and allows users to quickly master the material model. The system uses physical units everywhere possible: distances in meters or centimeters, color temperatures in Kelvin, light units in lumens or candelas, etc. The rendering library is as small as possible so any application can bundle it without increasing the binary to unwanted sizes. Filament APIs There are two major APIs used. Native C++ API for Android, Linux, macOS, and Windows Java/JNI API for Android, Linux, macOS, and Windows Backends OpenGL 4.1+ for Linux, macOS, and Windows OpenGL ES 3.0+ for Android Vulkan 1.0 for Android, Linux, macOS (with MoltenVk) and Windows A sample material rendered with Filament. Source: Github You can check out the Filament Documentation, for an in-depth explanation of real-time PBR, the graphics capabilities and implementation of Filament. Read Next Google open sources Seurat to bring high precision graphics to Mobile VRGoogle releases Android Things library for Google Cloud IoT CoreGoogle updates biometric authentication for Android P, introduces BiometricPrompt API
Go back to the e-newsletter >Korea Tourism Organization has launched a global tourism campaign ‘Write Your Name in Korea’ which will run until the end of 2015. The campaign aims to enhance the image of Korea as a tourist destination, inviting all who love Korea and wish to visit Korea one day to participate in the campaign.The campaign features ‘Sang Sang Gil’ (meaning “imagination road” in Korean), located in the city of Changwon on the southern coast of Korea.The campaign consists of 2 major promotions, the first of which runs until 30 September 2015 at www.imagineyourkorea.com/write-your-name.The first 23,000 applicants who successfully submit their name and nationality will be selected to have their names displayed on ‘Sang Sang Gil’. Among the applicants, one person per week, a total of 6 people will be randomly selected and granted an opportunity to visit Korea. The winner and 1 companion will be awarded round-trip air tickets to Korea, 3 nights’ accommodation and a 1-day tour of ‘Sang Sang Gil’ in Changwon.In addition, if applicants of the above event visit ‘Sang Sang Gil’, they can receive special gifts and enjoy a free ride on the Changwon City Tour Bus. This promotion ends 31 December 2015.Go back to the e-newsletter >
UK telco TalkTalk has signed up 29,000 YouView customers since launching the connected TV platform at the end of September.Although that figure includes trialists, a TalkTalk spokesperson said the majority were paying customers. Engineers are connecting new YouView customers at a rate of 1,000 per day, he added.TalkTalk Plus customers can receive a YouView box free-of-charge, giving them access to 74 Freeview channels, 5,000 on-demand titles and a seven-day catch-up service. TalkTalk Plus costs £14.50 (€18.50) per month, plus £9.50 line-rental. At the end of September, the telco had 1,097,000 TalkTalk Plus customers, a 44% increase year-on-year.“We have successfully launched our TV proposition and have installed 29,000 customers to date. Customer feedback has been positive and we are growing the base according to plan, at 1,000 per day,” said CEO Dido Harding.TalkTalk invested £2 million in the YouView venture during the six months ending September 30, having spent an additional £6 million during the preceding 12 months.Rival telco BT also offers YouView boxes to its subscribers, launching the service last month. It has yet to release subscriber numbers.
Belarusian telco Beltelecom has added two packages from Russian content providers Amedia and NTV+ to its Zala TV offering.The Amedia package includes channels Amedia, Amedia 2, Amedia Premium and Amedia HIT, while the NTV+ package includes Nashe Kino, Kino, Kino 2 and Premiera.Amedia provides a range of international movies, while Amedia 2 focuses on Russian TV series and movies. Amedia Premium delivers new content from HBO, Showtime, CBS, Warner Bros, ABC Studios and the BBC.Nashe Kino focuses on Soviet-era movies, while Kino provides a range of popular movies and Kino 2 provides a choice of international movies and Premiera offers a choice of recent releases.