Eight BCSARA teams in northern British Columbia receive funding

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Eight BCSARA teams in northern British Columbia are receiving $363,000 this year as part of the Province’s $10 million, one-time funding commitments to the BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA).The money will go toward training for technical search-and-rescue, personal protective equipment, and other equipment that supports search and rescue teams.The following 8 groups will be getting the funding:Fort Nelson Search and RescueNorth Peace Search and RescueArchipelago Search and RescueAtlin Search and RescueKitimat Search and RescuePrince Rupert Search and RescueStewart Search and RescueTerrace Search and Rescue- Advertisement -Pat Pimm, MLA for Peace River North says the funding is great for those who explore the lovely nature we have but can be unprepared.“British Columbia’s Peace River Region is an incredible place to take in the great outdoors and raise a family, but many areas of our unspoiled wilderness hold inherent risk for those who are unprepared. We will continue to support emergency responders who help mitigate that risk and, in turn, the overall safety of British Columbians.”last_img read more

AT&T completes its nationwide LTE-M network ahead of schedule

first_imgRelated Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Ryan Matthew Pierson Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Your IoT devices may soon have a new network to connect to in order to transmit data directly to the cloud. AT&T has completed its nationwide rollout of its LTE-M Internet of Things (IoT) network.This rollout, which involved a software update to AT&T’s existing LTE network, enables IoT devices to connect from more places, and with better reliability than before.See also: How to feed and care for your wireless sensor networksThe LTE-M IoT network incorporates globally standardized 3GPP technology that makes use of licensed spectrum that affords carrier-grade security and reliability.The network is designed for large-scale rollouts, and plans are set to bring the network to nearby regions including Mexico and Canada.LTE-M Vs. LTEThere are some significant differences between the LTE network your smartphone uses and the one your IoT device(s) connect to.For one, the price AT&T is charging per connection is significantly smaller. Current pricing plans show a $1.50 annual charge per month per device. Additional discounts and bulk pricing plans will be available.LTE-M also does a better job at holding a strong signal through barriers such as walls and floors. It boasts a greater range and longer battery life for connected devices. This improved connectivity comes at the cost of bandwidth.LTE-M supports bandwidth of up to 384 kbps or 1 Mbps, depending on whether it is used in full-duplex or half-duplex mode. That’s quite a bit less than your smartphone, but IoT devices themselves don’t consume a lot of bandwidth at all. Generally, they are transmitting data to the cloud and receiving simple commands. Both of which are accomplished with very little bandwidth overhead.What are the advantages?In the world of IoT, size matters. The smaller the modules, the more versatile their uses can be. LTE-M enables manufacturers to work with modules that are 1/6 the size of the ones currently being used to connect to wireless networks.Battery life is better on LTE-M. LTE-M devices can enjoy a battery life of up to ten years.Connectivity is maintained through dense buildings and even underground. Maintaining a constant connection is imperative for many IoT applications. LTE-M especially useful for devices that travel in areas where maintaining a connection is an issue.“Our nationwide LTE-M deployment is another example of AT&T’s continued investment and leadership in IoT,” said Chris Penrose, President, IoT Solutions, AT&T. “We can now reach new places and connect new things at a price that’s more affordable than ever before. Our LTE-M starter kit will also spur developers to open the doors to IoT innovation.” Tags:#AT&T#Internet of Things#IoT#LTE-M#networks#wireless Follow the Pucklast_img read more

Smoke ConnectFX: The Keyer Nodes

first_imgThe Modular Keyer inside of Action or in ConnectFX does all of this for you. There are presets for each of these keyers that have the nodes added and linked up.  You can then add or delete nodes to get the best result for your individual keying situation.The Modular Keyer is the default keyer inside of Action.  It’s complex enough that it deserves it’s own blog post, so I’ll do no more than introduce it here.  Basically, it allows you to have a mini-schematic for keying inside of your larger ConnectFX setup.Smoke’s Master Keyer Node:Your first stop when you have a chroma key to perform, is the Master Keyer. Its name is appropriate as it contains a very powerful and interactive keyer with more tools to generate a clean key than any of the other keyers. By keying with the Master Keyer, you have tools for color supression, correction, and degrain built inside the node.  There are also Secondary Keyers, called Patches.Once you have your Front/Back/Matte feeding the node, you have a standard color pot for choosing your chroma key color. The Master Keyer has 2 pots so that you can chose slightly different areas, brighter and darker, and then allow you to mix between the 2 to get a good balance for the key overall. Instantly you can see how well the key is working by looking at the matte output (Press F4 twice).Your key probably isn’t perfect and there might still be some issues to work on. Here is where the Master Keyer excels.  By holding ALT and clicking in the viewer, will see a Heads Up Display (HUD) that allow you to adjust the key.  Depending on where you click in the viewer, you will get different option sliders (Matte Overall, Shadow Highlights, Ranges A,B,C,D,E),  These are smart sliders, as the Master Keyer is looking at the pixels underneath and giving you options to fix just those range of pixels. It’s very specific. Adjusting the sliders in context allows you to have real control over the key result.But sometimes you have a real problem key.  This is where the Master Keyer’s Patches come into play. Think of them like secondary keyers, similar to secondary color correction in the Color Warper.  Activate the patch by selecting it in the sampling menu. Then perform a Control+Box Selection in the viewer over a particular area you want to clean.  The Patch will analyse the pixels and assign them as white or black. Obviously it knows from previous selections that if you click to clean up an area that is currently a matte, it will fill in the pixels as white and an area that you want removed, it will make them black.You have 3 patches to work with, so you can easily clean up areas both inside and outside your matte.  The range and softness values for the patches are keyframeable. So if you have an area of you key where the lighting changes, and more shadows are introduced, you can adjust the values to compensate as the scene changes.Once you have the matte looking its best, you can now focus on the edges. Under the Color Menu, You can adjust the luminance and size of the edge. There is also a color wheel to skew the hue to better match into your background colors. For example, if you were keying your subject over red bricks, you would adjust the luma to match the brightness of the bricks and dial in a bit of red to match. This will help make your composite more realistic by blending the edges. You can also use the viewer interactive approach by selecting Blend from the Sampling Menu.The Master Keyer will also do color suppression and remove spill on your image. The color is copied from the initial key selection, but further adjustments can be made in the hue and range. You can choose to turn off the Auto CC as well by deselecting the button.  You would then need to add a Color Curves Node after the Master Keyer Node to suppress the color then.  More than likely, you can just use the internal suppression in this node.The output of the node is selectable. The result matte is always sent through the matte output, but the front can be selected to be the result with the background clip, the color corrected front without the back, or you can feed the matte output through the front. This flexibility gives you the options to add effects nodes downstream in your schematic and composite the key down the line.Keying on the Timeline:Sometimes while editing you need to get the cuts and timing down of your talent in Chroma Key as they pertain to the script or story. You can use the same keying tools from CFX on the timeline via the AXIS effect…with a few differences. If you place your chroma key talent on V2 with the background on V1 you can add an AXIS timeline effect to the chroma key.Inside of AXIS, activate the Keyer and you will see a new UI which combines all of the keyers we have talked about thus far, along with color and matte tools, histograms, and Gmasks. All in once neat and friendly package.  Since all the the keyers are independent, you can test each one and see which one works best for you right in the timeline and you can toggle back and forth.The color blend and spill suppression is available with each keyer as well as matte tools for shrink, erode, blur and invert. The histogram can be used to clamp the high and low values to clean up the key even more.Also, having the Gmask (Garbage Mask) tools at your fingertips makes trimming off bad sections of the scene and highlighting just what you want, can save you time when generating a good key.Once you have your key the way you like, exit AXIS and return to the timeline. Now, if your scenes are all the same, you can copy the AXIS effect to your other clips, adjusting Gmask as needed.  If you want to take this into ConnextFX for some more advanced effects, you can do that as well. Select your layers (Chroma Key & Background) add a CFX and make sure ‘Generate Composite’ is selected. Smoke will then take the effects you have setup already on your timeline and promote them into nodes inside of ConnextFX…with a few issues.The AXIS effect will become an Action node and the keyer inside will be the same keyer from AXIS.  The  keyer in Axis works great in the timeline with 8, 10 and 16 bit clips. But, if you are working with 10 or 16 bit clips then the keyer in Action will become inaccessible (black K).The keyer in Action (promoted from AXIS) only works with 8 bit clips. The default Modular Keyer in Action, if you activated a new Keyer setup, is 16bit. If you have any clips that are 10>16 bit, you need to activate the RGB Lut and convert them to 8 bit. Then the keyer in Action will become active (white K).  The keyer in AXIS used to be the same keyer in Action, but with the changes to the workflow in Smoke 2013, everything in CFX is processed at 16 bit fp.  This is one reason the Modular Keyer is being used as it already worked in 16 bit.  If you are working with all 8 bit clips on your timeline, then everything will be fine when you promote your timeline effect to CFX.Keying is one of the strongest features inside of Smoke. I personally do a lot of green screen work in the promos and commercials I edit. So I have gotten pretty good and pulling a good key even from compressed formats like H.264, DVCPRO HD, and AVC-I.  With better codecs and files like .r3D, and Prores4444 your ability to perform a good looking composite becomes very easy with the keyer tools in Smoke 2013. There are many keying tools inside of Autodesk Smoke 2013. So, how do you know which one to use and when?  We’ll breakdown the keyers so you can better decide which is best for your next project.Autodesk has always been known for their keying tools within their visual effects products.  Simply put, they have some of the best keyers in the business.  There are 7 keyer nodes inside of Smoke (Luma, Channel, HLS, RGB, YUV, RGBCMYL, Master Keyer).  If you want to include the Modular Keyer, which is a separate node-based keying environment, and the Diamond Keyer inside of the Color Warper, then you have 9 color keying tools.  Why so many? Well, Autodesk Flame is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, and many of these keyers started then and there. Over time, other keyer algorithms have come along, each one a little different and a little better then the ones before. And since every keying situation can be different, sometimes one keyer can perform better and give you a better result then another.[Click on Images for a Larger View]The Smoke base keyers are the Luma, Channel, HLS, RGB, YUV, and RGMCMYL keyers. The Luma Keyer is a luminance based keyer, generating a matte from luminance levels.  The others are all color based keyers where you would select a color in the image to key out. In other words, a chroma key.  Each of these keyers only accept a front image and output a result image which is a hicon matte.The best chroma keyer inside of Smoke, in terms of features and quality, is the Master Keyer. The Master Keyer also accepts a Front, Back and Matte input and outputs a front and matte result. But we will focus on that keyer in a bit.Here is an example of how each of the base keyers treat this image when we do a simple 1 click color selection. Images provided by and available via HollywoodCameraWork.usEach of these chroma keyers (Channel, RGB, YUV, RGBCHML, HLS) has a color pot to select the color on the image you would like to key out.  You then have Tolerance and Softness tools to add/subtract color information to finesse the key result.  You can dial these values using the sliders or by selecting problem areas of the image.  Depending on the quality of your image, the lighting of your blue/green screen, shadows, compression, etc, each of these keyers may give a slightly different result. So often it’s good to try them all to see which one works for your given situation.The Channel Keyer works well when you have a very clean and uniform color channel to key. The other keyers work well when the image has impurities in the chroma key like shadows or creases in the background color.These nodes just give you the basic key, and result a matte. You would then need to add some other nodes like the Color Curves for color suppression on the edges or Edge Matte Nodes to add any shrink or erodes. Perhaps even a 2D Histogram to clamp the matte and clean up some rough areas, or even a Gmask Node to add a garbage mask to isolate a part of the image.  And ultimately, comp the front and result key together in Action or in the Blend & Comp Node with a background.last_img read more

Amchang eviction drive draws flak from activists

first_imgIn a large scale eviction drive in the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Guwahati in Assam, more than 400 families were evicted by police and Forest Department officials. The drive has generated severe discontent among the members of the Mishing tribe, which accused the State Government of resorting to “anti-people policies.”Local rights activists alleged that about 15 people were injured during the eviction drive as police resorted to large scale firing of rubber bullets and tear gas shells as well as baton charge. Commissioner of Police of Guwahati Hiren Chandra Nath denied the allegations. The eviction order was issued by Gauhati High Court during a suo motu public interest litigation in 2013.“Police and Forest Department officials evicted 408 families from the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Guwahati. Fifteen people were injured due to indiscriminate baton charge and rubber bullet firing by police and four are in a critical condition,” local rights activist Ashraful Hussain told The Hindu.“The protest was totally peaceful and it was police who resorted to excessive use of force. The Assam government is claiming that the eviction drive was being conducted for the sake of preservation of wildlife, but it is nothing but shameless oppression of the poor,” said Priti Raj Doley, a member of the Mishing tribe and a leader of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity.last_img read more

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first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Blackwater suits up new acquisition Allein Maliksi when it clashes with back-to-the-wall GlobalPort in the 4:30 p.m. game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “But that’s not our goal, it’s top four,” he said after getting 28 points and 10 rebounds from import Justin Brownlee at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where the Kings picked up win No. 8 in 10 games. “It was just really important for us to get that eighth win.”Ginebra will play TNT KaTropa to close out its elimination round schedule, and a win in that Sept. 23 game would most likely give the Kings top ranking and the lightest first-round assignment in the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCone said the team was still smarting from a loss to San Miguel Beer a few nights ago.“We need to get better to reach their level,” he said. “We’re just not there yet.” Mondilla gets his redemption LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentscenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters PBA IMAGESBouncing back from a rare loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Saturday night notched a win to reclaim top ranking—which Tim Cone won’t mind losing again.“I don’t care about being No. 1, 2, 3 or 4,” Cone said after an 89-82 victory over Rain or Shine that sewed up a twice-to-beat advantage for the Kings. “[Being No. 1] just adds extra pressure on you. We want to win as many games as we can and if we end up No. 1, that’s great.ADVERTISEMENT Jake Cuenca, Gerald Anderson talk about training for triathlon PLAY LIST 00:52Jake Cuenca, Gerald Anderson talk about training for triathlon00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Grand Slam-seeking Beermen formalized entry into the playoffs earlier by squeaking past KIA Picanto, 118-112.June Mar Fajardo scored 41 points and had 17 rebounds, playing the entire second half and towing the Beermen to their sixth win in nine outings.Fajardo scored 20 of his total in the fourth period to send KIA to its 10th straight loss.Star and TNT KaTropa tangle in a crucial match Sunday at 6:45 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum where the Hotshots debut a third import in Iceland’s Kristofer Acox.The Texters will be gunning to improve a 6-3 card and stay well within top four contention, while the Hotshots, with a 5-3 record, will be shooting for a ticket to the next round.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

10 months agoZola confirms Chelsea watching Bournemouth striker Wilson

first_imgZola confirms Chelsea watching Bournemouth striker Wilsonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGianfranco Zola has confirmed Chelsea’s interest in Callum Wilson.The Bournemouth striker has scored nine goals across all competitions this season, with reports stating the Blues were contemplating a move for the 26-year-old.And speaking before Chelsea take on Bournemouth in the EFL Cup quarterfinal, Zola said the club were interested in the England international.”I’m sure that there are a lot of players that are linked with us,” the Blues assistant said.”Certainly Callum Wilson is doing very well for his club and he is of interest, not just for us, but for many.”He’s strong, fast, and he sees the goal. I like him because he’s quick, but also strong in the air, which is a very important quality.”But I don’t want to go too much into it. He’s doing very well. I’m pleased for him. He has a lot of qualities that can take him a long way.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

16 days ago​Tottenham star Alli makes drastic changes to forget injury woes

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham star Alli makes drastic changes to forget injury woesby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham star Dele Alli is willing to do anything in a bid to end his injury woes.The attacking midfielder has suffered a series of problems in the past 18 months, especially with his hamstrings.The England star is reportedly taking up yoga and seeing a nutritionist to discover what could be causing the problems.The 23-year-old is said to prefer a high protein and low sugar diet to limit inflammation in his body, per the Daily Mail.Alli has the present international break to get back to match fitness, so that he can help Spurs halt a miserable run of results.The midfielder wants to win back his place in the team and cement himself as one of their top performers. last_img read more

WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Adult Dance Classes Beginning Soon

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent announcement from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Dance Classes For AdultsHave you stayed true to your New Year’s healthy lifestyle resolutions? If not, the Wilmington Rec. Department is offering two dance classes for adults that are sure to get you moving and grooving your way to a healthier you.The “Dance Sampler” class introduces you to jazz, ballet, hip hop and lyrical dance lessons. These lessons are offered on Mondays, January 28 – March 11 (no 2/18) from 8 – 9 p.m. Cost is $52.00.Or, try “Tap Dancing” – a class that is designed for both Beginning and Intermediate dancers. In this class, you’ll learn basic tap steps and fun combinations in a light-hearted atmosphere. Classes are held on Thursdays, January 24 – March 7 (no 2/21), 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cost is $52.00, tap shoes are required.To register, visit http://www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall, Room 8. The Department  is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Adult Dance Classes Starting Soon; ‘Disney On Ice’ Tickets Sale Ends FRIDAYIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Adult Tap Dance Classes, Kids Ballet LessonsIn “Community”Wilmington Recreation Has Discounted Tickets To Canobie Lake Park’s ScreeemfestIn “Community”last_img read more

Two class 5 students drown in pond

first_imgHowrah(WB): Two class 5 students drowned in a pond in West Bengal’s Howrah district Tuesday, police said. The two students drowned in a pond in Domjur area of the district while taking a bath, they said.last_img

How AI Machines Could Save Wall Street Brokers Jobs

first_imgJune 22, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free 5 min read Morgan Stanley’s recent decision to partner 16,000 financial advisers with algorithms that can identify trades and prod brokers to reach out to clients is evidence of yet another in-road being made by machines into human roles. If brokers embrace this mind-and-machine partnership though, the payoff is job security in an industry in which returns are paramount.The financial services industry is highly Darwinian in nature, with its culture of “survival of the best performers.” Now, bringing artificial intelligence (AI) into the mix is turning the competition up a notch. The most vulnerable, ironically, could be the high-performing brokers who might be tempted to continue alone without algorithmic assistance. But as we’ve seen in chess championships like Garry Kasparov vs. Deep Blue, the supercomputer of its time, or IBM’s Watson’s victory on Jeopardy!, when human and computer are pitted against each other, the computer wins.Related: Good, Bad & Ugly! Artificial Intelligence for Humans is All of This & MoreAs research has shown, however, a human-and-computer collaboration makes an unbeatable combination. That’s why in business, science or other fields, people’s greatest collaborators are likely to be machines. On Wall Street, if a mediocre broker quickly adopts to using a machine as a partner, he or she will become a formidable performer with increased job security, potentially outperforming the strong broker who refuses to leverage the machine.Morgan Stanley, one of the world’s biggest brokerages, will roll out its AI pilot to 500 advisers in July. The rest of its brokers will be involved by year-end. The project is being billed as an augmentation of human brokers, not a robo replacement of them.Automated wealth-management services, known as “robo-advisors,” are already becoming commonplace among many cost-conscious retail investors, who are gravitating toward computers for inexpensive asset allocation and investment advice. A study in Europe by Fujitsu found that 20 percent of respondents said they would buy banking or insurance services from the likes of Google, Amazon or Facebook. Uber has made a step toward financial services by partnering with GoBank to offer checking accounts and debit cards to drivers.Related: Why Small Businesses Should Be Paying Attention to Artificial IntelligenceFor these digital disruptors, their mastery of machine learning would make it relatively easy for them to enter finance — arguably far more easily than financial advisers could enter the field of machine learning. This same problem confronted Wall Street in the 1980s when computers first entered the business. At that time, computer scientists grasped the fundamentals of finance with greater ease than finance experts learned the fundamentals of computer programming. By bringing together expertise in each field — those who know algorithms and those who finance — Wall Street can offer a high-powered collaboration.While traditional brokerage services are seen as susceptible to an “Uber-like” disruption, particularly on the retail end, the high net-worth clientele segment is more likely to be protected — at least for now due to the importance of relationships.Yet even here, the mind-and-machine partnership can take the higher end to another level. Algorithms will send brokers multiple-choice recommendations based on market changes or events in a client’s life, with the objective of generating more business with customers. But humans are being augmented, not replaced. Bloomberg quoted Jeff McMillan, chief analytics and data officer for Morgan Stanley’s wealth-management division, as saying brokers will be needed for the foreseeable future to advise wealthy clients with complicated financial planning needs.It’s analogous to what we see happening in medicine, where AI is being used to enhance physicians’ clinical knowledge in making diagnoses. One can easily imagine the day when individuals will wear biosensors that produce reams of data that can only be digested by computers to help doctors manage patients’ health conditions, from diabetes to allergies.On Wall Street, a machine may excel at making accurate market predictions, but it does so in a “black box” — a very dark and unknowable pool for high net worth investors, in particular. These individuals are used to the high-trust relationships such as in private equity, in which there is a premium for explaining how an investment strategy is structured and is expected to perform. Even the most accurate black box is not likely win the trust of a high-touch client who relies on a human relationship.Thus, for Wall Street’s biggest brokerages such as Morgan Stanley, AI becomes a tool for wealth management. While robo-advisors are embraced by retail investors, high net worth clients who are used to high touch service will still need the human part of the mind-and-machine collaboration. For this clientele, it’s a matter of trust.Related: Can Artificial Intelligence Identify Pictures Better than Humans?But as Morgan Stanley and other Wall Street firms embrace more AI, trust in wealth advisement is likely to become a triangulated relationship. Not only must the two humans — the client and the adviser — trust each other, but the two humans (and especially the adviser) must also trust the machine.For the machine, it’s about using data and machine learning to make market predictions and identify trade opportunities. For the human, it’s about relationships and building trust, an area of expertise in which people still have considerable edge over computers.  This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more